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Lauretta Van Buskirk

September 19, 2018

Lauretta Van Buskirk

Le Mars, Iowa

Lauretta Van Buskirk, 90, of Le Mars, passed away Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in rural Akron, Iowa. The Rev. Lil Johnston will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday, with the family present 5 to 7 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m., at Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. Condolences may be directed to the family at www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.

Lauretta Elizabeth Catherine Kruse was born on Aug. 20, 1928, on the family farm in Washington Township, Plymouth County, Iowa, the daughter of Harm D. and Louise (Ahrendt) Kruse. She attended country school near her home and later graduated from Le Mars High School in 1946 after studying Normal Training.

She married William Lowell Van Buskirk on Nov. 29, 1946, at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in rural Akron. They farmed together in Grant Township. She was a country school teacher in Johnson and Grant Townships for several years. She had been a resident at Plymouth Manor Care Center since January 2013.

She loved being outdoors, and enjoyed gardening, and tending flowers. She raised chickens and helped with all farm chores.

Lauretta was a lifelong member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church. She taught Sunday School and played the piano and organ for countless church services, weddings and funerals for more than 60 years. She loved music and played the piano, organ and accordion. She also sang in the church choir.

She will be dearly missed by her daughter, Beverly Van Buskirk of Le Mars; a brother, Charles Kruse of Le Mars; a nephew, Tim and Sherry Kruse; a niece, Linda and Mike Oxley; a grandnephew, TJ Kruse; along with several nieces and nephews; and two sisters-in-law, Carol Van Buskirk and Florence Van Buskirk.

Lauretta was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William on Nov. 9, 1988; a brother and his wife, Leonard and Charlotte Kruse; a grandniece, Lynnae Kruse; two brothers-in-law, Lloyd Van Buskirk and Roland Van Buskirk; and four sisters-in-law, Hazel Newman, Helen Francis, Charlotte Mitchell and Shirley Bockelman.

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