Gertrude J Houser

gertrude houser
Gertrude J. Houser, age 95, of New Hampton, formerly of North Washington, passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at New Hampton Nursing and Rehab with her family by her side. A private Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at Holy Family Parish in New Hampton, IA. Burial at St. Mary's in North Washington, IA to follow. There will be a rolling visitation from 4:00-7:00pm on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at Conway-Markham Funeral home. Online condolences may be left at Memorials may be directed to the family. PLEASE JOIN THE FAMILY WEDNESDAY, AT 10:30 AM VIA FACEBOOK LIVE ON THE CONWAY-MARKHAM FUNERAL HOME FACEBOOK PAGE. Gertrude “Gertie” Houser was born February 14, 1925 near Bassett, IA. She was the daughter of Calvin and Mabel (Frazee) Boggess. She was a 1943 graduate of Charles City High School. She was united in marriage to Samuel G. Houser May 29, 1943 at Immaculate Conception Church in Charles City, IA. The couple farmed side by side and welcomed 4 children, Karen, Lois, Diane and Rick. Family has always been her first priority. She cared for her aging parents, siblings and extended family. She played a very active role in the upbringing of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in North Washington, Catholic Daughters of America, 4H leader, and sold Princess House products. She is survived by 3 daughters; Karen (Dennis) Shearman of Ionia, Lois (Jack) Mahan of Colwell, Diane (Darryl) Dietzenbach of New Hampton, 1 son Rick (Donna) Houser of New Hampton, and nephew/foster son Francis Hotchkiss of Salinas, CA. 9 Grandchildren; Denise (Dale) Goodrich of Fredericksburg, Terry (Jan) Bass of Pensacola, FL., Steve (Karla) Bass of Urbandale, IA, Lori (Zach Moorman) Lechtenberg of Fredericksburg, IA, Ryan (Trishia) Dietzenbach of Oelwein, IA., Tyler (Fiancee Caysee Trumblee) Dietzenbach of Clarksville, IA., Steph (Richard) Scott of New Hampton, David Houser of Charles City, IA., and Nicole (Shane Morris) Houser of Charles City, IA; 13 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Samuel on December 25, 1999, four sisters; Grace Griffin, Lillian Schmitt, Clarinda Thoe, Maebelle Boggess, eight brothers; Melvin, Vern, Jack, Lawrence, Elmer, Leonard, Wendall, and Harlie Boggess, son-in-law Russ Bass of Charles City, one grandson, and two great grandchildren.

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  1. Diane, Darryl and family: You have my sympathy in the passing of your mother. She was a spirited lady and you will miss her. God Bless. Sharon

  2. Extending our deepest sympathy to all of Gertie’s family. Such a friendly, lovely lady. May she Rest In Peace.

  3. Gertie was a gem. I loved to visit with her over the years. Always proud of her family and loved to update me on her grandkids. Sympathies to the entire family. Barb Boeding

  4. Grandma, you have always been the backbone of our family , and we will miss you more than words can say. Thank you for everything you did for us all these years, you were the most giving and generous person I have ever known, We were blessed with the best. RIP ♡

  5. May the memories of Gertie console you in the days ahead. She was one of the great ones. All our prayers to her family. Jeanne and David Roder

  6. My sincere sympathy to Gertie family. Gertie and I became friends playing 500 cards at church, We could always visit about cards, church and family. Gertie always had a smile and I loved being with her. Praying that your rest in peace.

  7. To Gertrudes family, I am sorry for your loss. I enjoyed doing your mothers hair for many years at the NHNR center. May she rest in peace.

  8. To Karen,Lois, Diane and Rick so sorry to hear about your mom. She was always a sweet lady and fun to talk to. Lots of memories Karen back in those days. You all have wonderful memories to hold unto. Keeping you in our prayers. LeRoy and Mary Lee

  9. Condolences to the family. I have many good memories of growing up next-door to Gertie, Sam, and the Houser family. Linda (Zeien) Schmickle

  10. Diane, Darryl and family, My deepest sympathy to all. Keep her memories in your heart and remember the good times. May she rest in peace.

  11. I got to know Gertie through church. She was always one of the first ones to volunteer for anything. Super nice lady, May she Rest In Peace! My sympathy to all her family.

  12. Joining my prayers and condolences for Diane and all the family on your Mother’s death; For perpetual light to shine on her and the peace of Christ to comfort your sorrows. Patty & Bud

  13. Our sympathy to all the family. Prayers for you all in this time of loss. Sincerely, Louise and Donn Harris

  14. To the Family of Gertie Houser My sincere sympathy to all of you. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Fran Oldham

  15. We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Loren and Donna

  16. Gertrude…Definitely left a legacy, a beautiful person. Gertrude exhibited love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, etc. Gertrude had a beautiful smile. She gave sacrificially of her time and loved on children in the community, teaching life skills and leading the 4-H group for many years. I was blessed by her caring and love. Gertrude is rejoicing with Jesus. John 3:16. May God wrap his loving arms around you and your family and may the God of all comfort, comfort you, as Gertrude will surely be missed. May God Bless all of you. Joyce & David Dryer

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