In 1955, Kaethe and Alfred came to the United States through a program associated with Trinity Lutheran Church in Algona. They arrived in New York City and came by train to Algona. Their sponsors were Gene and Mary Faulstich. They became United States citizens in 1961. Kaethe helped as a teachers aid at Bryant Elementary School. Kaethe enjoyed spending time with her family, baking, gardening, ironing, going for walks, and housekeeping. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church until she moved to Ventura in 2008.
Kaethe died on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at Oakwood Care Center in Clear Lake, Iowa. She was 96.
Surviving are her children, Rosalie Olson and husband, Robert, Ventura, Iowa, Alfred Hahn, Jr. and wife, Vickie, Nevada, Iowa, Gary Hahn and wife, Janet, Clear Lake, Iowa and Ingrid Spies, Winona, Minnesota. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Kevin Olson, Mark Olson, Stephanie Lonning, Greg Hahn, Monika Stalzer, Nikki Carney, Jacque Hahn, Eric Hahn, Hannah Mincks, and Alex Spies; great-grandchildren, Madalyn, Teighlor and Jillian Lonning, Bryce and Vanessa Olson, Jenna Hahn, Avery, Drake and Pepper Hinson, Harper, Colton and Chase Carney, and Edwina Mincks; and great-great-grandchildren, Payton Hewitt and Leah Kooiker.
Kaethe was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Alfred; son, Claus Dieter Hahn; sister, Frieda Fedrowitz; and brother, Kurt Walewski.