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Mount Ayr Record News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, July 26, 2007

OBITUARY ~ EDITH MAY (PETERSON) LOUTZENHISER

Edith May LOUTZENHISER, daughter of Swedish immigrant parents, Melkar and Mary OLANDER PETERSON, was born March 11, 1914 near Morton Mills, Iowa. She was the ninth child of 10. After the death of her faterh, the family moved to Villisca, Iowa. She graduated from Villisca high school in 1932. At a young age she joined the Villisca Methodist Church.

On November 30, 1939, she was united in marriage to J. Warden LOUTZENHISER of Blockton, Iowa. After living on several farms in the area, they purchased a fram south of Blockton and remained until the death of Warden in September of 1985. To this union were born two daughters, Linda A. SWANSON of Grand Rapids, Michigan and Sandra L. LOUTZENHISER of Bedford, Iowa.

Her grandchildren, John Douglas SWANSOn of Lowell, Michigan, along with her great-grandson, Evan John SWANSON, always brought a big smile on her face. Doug, as he is known, spent his summers on the farm keeping his grandparents busy.

Upon retirement, winters were sepnt in Brownsville, Texas for 31 years. Going to Texas became another home with lots of great friends.

Edith was a 64-year member of Eastern Star. She served as treasurer of the Blockton Chapter for 25 years. She is one of the last remaining members of the Laugh A Lot Bridge Club. She loved gardening and spending time with her family and friends.

Edith passed away Friday night, July 20, 2007, at the Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; grandson, Michael R. SWANSON; five brothers and three sisters.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Linda and Sandra; her grandson, J. DOug (Dawne) SWANSON; great-grandson Evan SWANSON; granddaughter, Brandie BARNES; sister, Peggy DICKINSON of Arleta, California; sister-in-law, Idalee BROWN of Marysville, Missouri; brother-in-law, Robert (Sharon) LOUTZENHISER of Villisca, Iowa; along with a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 23, 2007, at the Blockton Christian Church with interment at Rose Hill Cemetery, Blockton. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Blockton Christian Church or a charity of your choice.

Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel of Bedford was in charge of arrangements.

Edith will always be remembered as a loving and caring mother, grandmother and friend who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, July of 2012

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