Hannah Kay First

Posted March 27, 2013 at 12:37 pm


Jan. 27, 1994 – March 18, 2013

Hannah Kay First, 19, of Monticello, died Monday, March 18, 2013, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Friends called from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello, where a parish vigil service was held at 8 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 25, 2013, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.  Officiating was Rev. Keith Birch.

Hannah was born Jan. 27, 1994, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of Michael and Lisa (Kraus) First.  She graduated from Monticello High School with the Class of 2012, and began attending classes at St. Ambrose University.  She worked with her “Fareway Family” since she was 14 years old. She always put others first and loved her pets, especially her dog, Gus. She enjoyed baking treats for friends and family, and long shopping excursions.

Survivors include her parents, Lisa and Mike; three sisters: Molly (Tyler) McDowell of Cedar Rapids, Addy (her twin) and Natalie First; maternal grandparents: Mike (Emily) Kraus and Nancy (Merle) Gerdes; paternal grandparents: Marilyn (Doug) Picray and the late Lynn First; maternal great-grandfather, Victor Kraus; paternal great-grandfather, Roy Null, all of Monticello; aunts and uncles, Brian (Shelly) Kraus, Brenda Kraus, Aaron (Carol) First, and Kati (Jim) Besler; seven cousins, and many great-aunts and uncles.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Lynn First; great-grandparents, Janice Kraus, Marvin and Mabel Oltmann, Carlene Null, and Don and Ruth First.

The family would like to thank all the staff at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, especially Mary Schlapchol and Dr. Mohammed Milhem, for their continuing care and concern over the past nine years; and Above and Beyond Hospice. We would like to particularly thank all of our family, friends, and the community of Monticello for all the love and support you’ve shown since Hannah’s diagnosis.

Information available and condolences accepted at www.kramerfuneral.com.