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The steeple reaches toward the heavens. Easily seen by people who travel Highway 61 near Welton, Iowa.

Saint Anne's Catholic Church has been a part of small town America for more than a century.

Irish immigrants established the church one hundred four years ago. The original pews are still in the church. The windows are originals.

Saint Anne was the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Church member Carol Ann Roeder says Saint  Anne's  was named after the mother of the first resident priest.

The bricks to build the church were shipped by train  and then hauled by team and wagon to the church site.

Over the years, there have been numerous weddings and baptisms at the church.

Today, there are less than forty families in the parish. Time change, and so will Welton . The final mass at Saint Anne's will be on July 26th.

A time to reflect, to thank God for the parish and the community of believers.

One member says all good things come to an end. Now is the time. We will go on.

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