Adala M Springmier

adala springmier

May 3, 1925 ~ December 30, 2022

Born in: Waverly, IA
Resided in: New Hampton, IA

Adala M. Springmier, age 97, of New Hampton, IA passed away on Friday, December 30, 2022 at Colonial Manor in Elma, IA.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 PM on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton with Mary Ann Diesburg officiating.  There will be a one hour visitation prior to the funeral service on Tuesday.  Burial will be at New Hampton Cemetery following the funeral service.  Online condolences may be left at  Memorials may be directed to the family.

Adala Mae was born May 3, 1925, the daughter of Alfred and Milda (Dahlstrom) Kalvig on the family farm outside of Waverly, IA.  As a child, the Kalvig family moved quite often, but in June of 1933 they made their home in the Waterloo, IA area where Adala completed her education in the early 1940’s. At the young age of 13, Adala started working a couple weekends and summers at a local gas station and grocery store. During the height of WWII, at age 16, she went to work at Montgomery Wards as a sales clerk and later went to work at John Deere to help the war efforts.  In January of 1944 the Kalvig family then moved southwest of New Hampton.  During this time, Adala started going roller skating in Nashua. One evening a boy asked her to skate. She did and he continued asking several times after that until the night when he asked if he could take her home. This is when she met the love of her life, Russell Springmier.  The couple quickly fell in love and were united in marriage on October 25, 1944 in Waterloo. Together, they made their home north of New Hampton where they farmed side by side for 25 years and she also spent some time in the mid 1960’s working at Hollies Cafe.  During this time they welcomed their four children, Joanne, Janice, Judy and Lynn.  In 1970, Russell and Adala retired to New Hampton.  The move to town wasn’t quite enough to keep Adala busy.  In 1974, she purchased the A&L Dairy Queen which she ran until 1981 when her daughter Judy purchased the company from her.  Not ready to hang her hat just yet, Adala continued to work until 2003 when she retired.  Throughout the years, the Springmier family enjoyed many fishing trips and bowling tournaments.  She was a member of at United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ where she taught Sunday school.  She was also a member of the Jacksonville Happy Homemakers Club and an officer for the Women’s Bowling Association.  Adala’s greatest joy came from raising her children and caring for her family.

Those left to cherish her memories are her children, Janice (Dave) Lemke-Springmier of Douglasville, GA, Judy Eichenberger of New Hampton, IA and Lynn (Karen) Springmier also of New Hampton; her grandchildren, James (Bobby) Pietan, Michael Pietan, Julie (Mikell) Wetzell, Dana Eichenberger, Jeremy (Heather) Eichenberger, Adam (Miranda) Eichenberger, Kristy (Josh Bracken) Eichenberger, Erik Springmier and Ryan (Barbara) Springmier; step grandson Joe (Angela) Lemke; numerous great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family, and great fur babies.

Preceded in death by, her parents, her husband, daughter, Joanne Roberts, son-in-law, Gerald Eichenberger, great granddaughter, Emma Eichenberger; her siblings, Melford Kalvig, Melvin Kalvig, Lester Kalvig, Gloria Ihnen and Leo Kalvig.


Visitation: January 10, 2023 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Conway-Markham Funeral Home - New Hampton
115 N. Broadway Ave.
New Hampton, IA 50659

(641) 394-4331

Service: January 10, 2023 12:00 pm

Conway-Markham Funeral Home - New Hampton
115 N. Broadway Ave.
New Hampton, IA 50659

(641) 394-4331

Graveside: January 10, 2023 12:30 pm

New Hampton Cemetery
West Hamilton
New Hampton, IA 50659


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  1. Judy, so sorry to hear about your mom! She was a sweet lady! First time I met her was when she did Avon back in the 70’s and 80’s and she did a drawing at Christmas when you bought so much during the year and I won a 8 place setting of silverware and I still use it! Hugs and prayers to you and your family!🙏

  2. Deepest sympathy to Adala’s family. Remembering all the good times your parents shared with my parents. Adala was such a sweet lady and I loved visiting with her. Prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.

  3. Light a CandleJudy and family, my deepest sympathy at the loss of Adala. She was the sweetest lady and I really enjoyed her when working at the Dairy Creme! My thoughts and prayers to you all.

  4. Light a CandleLynn, Judy, and Jan,
    Your Mom was like a second Mom to me.
    I appreciate all she taught me. Her and your Dad were
    there for us from day one. I will miss her tremendously!!
    Hugs and prayers to all who knew her.

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