Norma Hoelscher, 82, of La Porte City, died Thursday, April 7, 2011 at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home. She was born February 23, 1929 in Reinbeck. She is the daughter of Fritz and Katie Linder and Emil Linder. She married Bernell V. Hoelscher on September 14, 1968 in Waterloo; he preceded her in death on July 16, 1986.

Norma graduated from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in 1950. She worked as a Surgical Nurse for Schoitz Hospital, Covenant Medical Center, and Dr. Lane Reeves, retiring in 2000.

Norma was member of the American Lutheran Church, La Porte City Garden Club, Trees Forever, Cedar Valley Arboretum, Harmony House Greenhouse, Schoitz Retirees Club, and was Queen of the La Porte City Red Hat Society.

Survived by: two sons, James (Jennifer) Hoelscher of La Porte City, Steve (Joan) Hoelscher of Newton; one daughter, Jerriene (Al) Harper of Topeka, Kan.; three grandchildren, Nick (Jean) Harper of Topeka, Kan., Ryan Hoelscher of Buffalo, N.Y., Lisa (Jamie) St. John of Newton; four great-grandchildren, Lillie Harper, Zachary Hoelscher, Josie Swihart and Austin St. John, and three sisters, Marlyn Linder and Lin Johnson of Reinbeck and Karen (Richard) Steele of Verona, Wis.

Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband and one grandchild in infancy, Joy Hoelscher.

Services were held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at the American Lutheran Church with burial in the West View Cemetery both in La Porte City. Visitation was from 4-7 p.m. Monday at the American Lutheran Church, and one hour before the service.

Norma was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and nurse. She spent her life selflessly caring for family, friends, and her community. It was easy to feel God’s love through her, whether she was baking cookies for neighbors, picking out just the right flowers to plant along a street or holding a patient’s hand as they went into surgery.

To Norma there was nothing better than family gatherings, serving in her church and spending time with her friends quilting, gardening and going out to eat.

Memorials may be directed to the American Lutheran Church, Cedar Valley Hospice or the La Porte City Garden Club.

La Porte City Funeral Service in charge of arrangements 319-342-3131. Online condolences may be left at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com.


Cecil R. Lauterbach, 82, of Reinbeck, formerly of Waterloo, died at the Grundy County Memorial Hospital, Wednesday, April 6, 2011, following a brief illness.

Cecil Ray Lauterbach was born May 27, 1928, in Reinbeck, the son of Edd and Esther Meewes Lauterbach. He lived in Reinbeck until the 8th grade when his family moved to Waterloo. He joined the U.S. Marine Corp. in his Junior year at West High School, in 1946, and served until 1948, much of the time in Guam. Following his discharge he returned to West and graduated in 1949. He attended the typesetting program at the University of Iowa, worked for a time as a typesetter at the Cedar Valley Times in Vinton and returned to Waterloo to work at John Deere. He attended the Electrician program there and worked as a journeyman electrician for 35 years, retiring in 1987.

Cecil married Mary Ann Stewart July 27, 1952 in Waterloo and she died June 22, 1988. He married Diana Cummings on April 7, 1989 in Waterloo.

He was a member of Waterloo First United Methodist Church. He was a member of American Legion Post #138, AMVET Post #19, 50-year member of the American Numismatic Assoc., and a volunteer with Cedar Valley Hospice since 1988.Cecil was an avid bowler, enjoyed golf, quiet time in the garden, a coin collector for many years, and enjoyed traveling.

Cecil is survived by his wife Diana; son Charles (Teresa) Lauterbach of Pleasant Hill, Iowa; daughter Jane Marie (Mark) Hill of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; daughter Ann Elizabeth (Rochelle Prunty) Lauterbach of Putney, Vt.; step-daughter Mona (Kevin) Ash of Grundy Center; step-son Roy (Linda Dixon) Cummings of Portland, Ore.; step-son Mark Cummings of Cedar Falls; step-son Lee (Teresa Urich) Cummings of Waterloo; step-son Glen (Sherry) Cummings of Spencer; 1 granddaughter and 11 step grandchildren; 9 step-great grandchildren; and three brothers: Russell Lauterbach of Waterloo; James Lauterbach of Des Moines; Gary (Rosella) Lauterbach of Humboldt.

Cecil was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Mary Ann, step-son Carl Cummings, step-grandson John Cummings, and brothers Leon and Kenneth Lauterbach.

Services were held Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Waterloo; Burial in Memorial Park Cemetery with military rites by Amvets Waterloo Post #19 and Evansdale Post #31. Memorials may be made to Waterloo First United Methodist Church or Cedar Valley Hospice. Arrangements by Locke Funeral Home (319) 233-6138. Condolences may be left at www.LockeFuneralHome.com.