Laura L. Stolz

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Laura L. Stolz, age 59, of New Hampton, died Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at University Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa of a sudden illness with her family by her side. Laura Lee Reihle was born on November 25, 1952 to Leo and Margaret (Hackman) Reihle in New Hampton, IA. She attended school in Turkey Valley and graduated from New Hampton High School in 1971. Laura attended the University of Northern Iowa for one year and began working at Sara Lee after high school. She worked there for 27 years. In 2001 Laura returned to UNI and graduated in 2005, earning her degree in special education. Laura began teaching in a behavioral disorder class at Castle Hill School in Waterloo. She also was employed at Exceptional Persons, Inc. in Waterloo as a care provider. Laura was united in marriage to Dennis “Red” Stolz on November 24, 1972 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Hampton. To this union four children were born. Laura enjoyed spending time with her family, shopping with friends, reading, and teaching her students. She was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Ionia. Laura is survived by her husband, Dennis “Red” Stolz of New Hampton; her children, Jeremy (Christine) Stolz of Waterloo, Jessica (Matt) Brogan of Cedar Falls, and Jon Stolz of Waterloo; her grandchildren, Abigail Stolz, Evan Stolz, Benjamin Brogan, Madilyn Brogan, Zachary Brogan and Wesley Brogan; her sisters, Ann (Ed) Conway of New Hampton, Ellen (Adrian) Kuennen of Iowa City, Carol (Ron) Griffith of West Des Moines and Linda Schaefer of Glendale, AZ; one brother Jeff (Sherri) Reihle of Mt. Vernon, IA and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Benjamin and one brother-in-law, Steve Schaefer. Cemetery: Burial will be at New Hampton Cemetery in New Hampton. at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton, with a 4:30pm Scriptural wake service and will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Ionia, IA with Father Mark Osterhaus celebrating the mass. Memorials may be directed to the family.

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  1. Jeremy, Jessi and family …. so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. We will be praying for you during this very difficult time – and in the months and years to come.

  2. Jess and Family – I am soo sorry for your loss; your mom was a wonderful person and will truly be missed. Thoughts and prayers to you all during this difficult time.

  3. Jessi and family-
    Thinking of you today. May you find strenth in your family and friends at this difficult time. You will be in our prayers during the days and weeks ahead.
    Kristi-Tory-Kinsey-Karsyn and Kesley

  4. Laura was such a special gift given to us all. She was a shoulder to cry on, a cheerleader, and one could always count on her for a laugh. Please know you all have my deepest sympathy. I will cherish the time I was able to spend with your wife, mother, grandmother.

    You are all in my thouts and prayers.

  5. My deepest sympathy goes out to Laura’s entire family. I didn’t know Laura well however she was always encouraging and she truly cared about the children in her class. She will be missed.

  6. My deepest sympathy to the family Laura Stolz family.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers. from Brenda Parks and Gloria Parks

  7. My heart is so heavy….I am so sorry for your loss….Laura was an absolutely amazing person. She loved her family so much. She was so very proud of her children and grandchildren. I have heard so many wonderful stories. There will be a special place in my heart for her. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow. May she rest in peace.

  8. My prayers go out to your whole family. I will remember her for the warm, kind words and encouragement she always was willing to share. She touched many hearts in her students, co-workers, friends, family. She will be missed and remembered by all.

  9. Our deepest sympathy and prayers to all of Laura’s family.
    May you find peace knowing that Laura is now with her
    Heavenly Father and looking down on all. May all of the
    cherished memories give you comfort.
    Merle & Karen Schwickerath

  10. Our sincere sympathy to all the family of Laura Stolz. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May all the cherished memories you have of Laura sustain you in this time of sadness.
    Our love and prayers,

    Louise and Donn

  11. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Laura was a great person and a great co-worker at Sara Lee. She will be missed, especially her smile. Thinking of you.

  12. Red, Jessica, Jeremy and Jon – you have our sincere deepest sympathy at the loss of Laura. She was a wonderful, kind person. I have lots of fond memories of her and always remember the wonderful times we shared together. She will be missed by so many. May she rest in peace. I love you Laura!!!!

  13. To all of Laura’s family:I am so sorry to hear of Lauras death. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. We are never ready to let go of our loved ones. Keep your memories close. Tale care, Kathy

  14. We are so very sorry to hear the loss of Laura. Our deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

  15. Ann and family of Laura. Our thoughts ard prayers are with you during this time. Laura was alwasy so happy and enjoyed life. It is so difficult when someone so young is taken away but please know God is with you all.

  16. At the risk of sounding irreverent, I miss the early days of sitting around Grandma Marge’s table, drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes while the guys were out hunting, golfing or whatever. Laura was so amazing at making things perfect for gatherings and visits at their home. One of my favorite stories is her talking about trying to discipline Jeremy complete with finger wag when he was 8″ taller than her…him, trying to stifle the giggles of what that looked like. Jess, her little Barbie doll who at a VERY early age was as enthusiastic about trying on clothes as Laura was to dress her. Jon, sweet, fearless blondie who ran her like crazy but could NOT make her mad! I so admire her rebound from the Sara Lee shutdown to getting the kids through school, then going back to school herself to become a special education teacher. What a loss those students must be feeling right now. She lived a life of quality no matter what the circumstances and was a positive contributor to all who knew her. God watch over Dennis, the kids and grandchildren. There are so many who will miss her.

  17. Dennis and family, My heart and prayer goes out to you on the loss of Laura, She was a ray of sunshine to us all. I will always remember her smile and positive outlook on life. Her memory will only bring positive thoughts. She will always be here in our hearts. May God bless you all.

  18. Dennis, Jeremy, Jess and Jon- Our deepest sympathies go out to you at this very sad time! Your wife/mom was such a wonderful, caring person and loved by all who knew her. As Duce stated earlier, heaven is surely alot brighter having her. She will be greatly missed by all. May you all find comfort in all the memories you have of her. Talk of her often-and she will never be too far away!! I pray that God will hold you all extra close thoughout the days to follow. Take care guys and God bless!!

  19. Dennis, Jeremy, Jess, and Jon–We are so sorry to hear about your mother. We will keep you in our prayers in the following days. May you find comfort in your family and friends during this difficult time.

  20. Dennis, Jeremy, Jessie & Jon-You all know how important your family and Laura are to us. We hold you all in our hearts and know Laura is with the angels because of the beautiful person she was. Remember all your special times with her. We love you all.

  21. Dennis, Jeremy, Jessie, Jon, and familys, our words cannot express to you the loss you must be feeling. Laura was a beautiful person. She will be very deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  22. Dennis, Jeremy, Jon, and Jess,
    Our deepest sympathy to you! We are so very sorry for your loss. Laura was a wonderful lady and certainly will be missed by so many. You are all in our thoughts and prayers! See you soon! Love, Donna and Pete

  23. Dennis, Jessi, Jeremy & Jon & all the rest of the family- I’m so sorry that dear Laura is gone – she was such a good friend and she was there and shared many of the most special times in my life. I’m so thankful for Dennis’s birthday party and that we got to spend that happy time together. I know this will live such a hole in your lives as it will for all who knew her. She made the world a better place just by being in it. She was a great person and a great friend and she will be missed very much. She had a beautiful smile and a beautiful soul that will live on in our memories forever and I’m thankful that we had a chance to call her our friend.

  24. Dennis: The sudden loss of your best friend will be with you forever but you will always have great memories and you know she is in a better place still watching over you and your family. She was the best part of you and you made a beautiful couple. She will be missed by everyone that had the honor of knowing her. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  25. I am so sorry to hear about Laura….I remember her from the Lawler days…She was so very pretty and still is. I ran into her a few times after moving to New Hampton and she always had that beautiful smile and something to say.. Thoughts and prayers go to Laura’s entire family.

  26. I am so saddened to hear of Laura’s death. I didn’t know her very well except as a customer in Pocketful of Posies. I always enjoyed her visits. She was always upbeat and and happy and made me laugh. Myself and our staff extend our condolences. She was a very special lady.

  27. I am so sorry to hear about Laura. She was always such a delight to talk to.. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this heartfelt time..

  28. I cannot find the words to say how sorry we are for your loss. Red and your whole family will be in our prayers.

  29. I pray for my friend Jessi and her family that they heal in God’s love and know that their beloved mother is in a glorious place, holding the hand of her son and making everyone laugh.

  30. I’m so sorry to hear of Laura’s passing. I had the privilege of working with her at Castle Hill a few years ago. As many have already said, she was always a listening ear and shoulder to cry on. She was there when I needed her most. She always spoke fondly of her family, especially her grandchildren. I know she will be deeply missed.

  31. Jeremy
    & the rest of the Stolz family

    I am so sorry for your loss.
    You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

  32. May all the beautiful memories help to ease your grief and bring comfort in your time of sadness.Thoughts & prayers are with you and your family

  33. My sincere sympathy-I was sorry to hear of LAURAS passing –It is very sad when someone leaves us so young–My love and prays–Grant

  34. My thoughts and prayers go out to Lauras Family. I always enjoyed working with Laura at Sara Lee, we had many good times and laughs together. I will never forget her smile.

  35. Our deepest sympathies to Laura’s family. Our hearts are truly sad for the loss of such a wonderful, beautiful soul.
    Our prayers are with you.

  36. Our sympathy goes out to the entire Stoltz family. We worked with Laura for many years. She was truly a wonderful and compassionate person that will be missed by many.

  37. Our thoughts and prayers are for you and all of Laura’s family. Nothing we say can help ease the pain but we want you to know that we care and are thinking of you often.

  38. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Laura and her family. We enjoyed working and talking with her. She will be sadly miss by all.
    Jerry and Jane Hammel

  39. Red & family,
    We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Laura was one of the most positive people I have ever known. She always had a beautiful smile on her face and was always fun to be around. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, remember all the good times and Laura will be with you forever.

  40. Red and Family: We are so sorry to hear of Laura’s passing. She was such a beautiful person. She will be greatly missed by all; but especially the children that have come to love her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God bless you at this difficult time.

  41. Red, Jeremy & Christy, Jess and Jon – so sorry to hear of your loss. You now have a special angel watching over you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

  42. Red, Jeremy & Christy, Jess, and Jon – our sincere sympathy and prayers go out to all of you. Laura was such a very special, kind and loving person & she will be missed by so many. I really enjoyed working with her while at Sara Lee together. It is hard to know exactly what to say at a time like this, but please know you are in our thoughts & hearts.

  43. Red, Jeremy, Jess & Jon,
    We were so saddened to hear of your loss. Laura was a beautiful person inside & out. She touched so many people with her caring ways. You will never be alone. She will guide you & watch over you. She is an angel. We are thinking of you all in our thoughts & prayers.

  44. Red, Jeremy, Jess, and Jon…..our condolences on the passing of Laura. A very nice lady who it seemed like always was smiling. God Bless:)

  45. Red, Jeremy, Jess, Jon and all the family…We just cannot say how heavy our hearts are for you in your loss…it will be a huge void. Laura was a beautiful soul and I can’t think of a more caring or compassionate person. We shed tears because she is gone but smile because she lived…hopefully the memories will carry you through…our deepest sympathy.

  46. Red, Jeremy, Jessica and Jon, Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of Laura. It is difficult to even comprehend the shock and anguish you must all be feeling. Cherish your memories of Laura to help you through this terribly sad and difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  47. Red, Jeremy, Jessica, Jon and family,
    We are truly at a loss for words to describe our sadness and heavy hearts when we heard of Laura’s illness and sudden death. Heaven has been blessed with a beautiful angel now that Laura has joined the ranks there. I am so thankful for the years at Sara Lee as we were able to work together and support each other through parenthood, joys and sorrows, job loss, and going back to school at UNI. She was so proud of her family and their accomplishments. Many of us will miss her sense of humor and smiling face. Until we meet again, rest in peace my friend.
    Sharon and Joe Haskovec

  48. Red, You are in our thoughts and prayers. Laura was a wonderful wife and mother, not to mentions, a great teacher.

  49. To all the Stolz families, Laura was a special person to all that knew her. I can still remember her special laugh she had. She was a special Sara Lee worker, so glad to know her. Our sympathy, thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

  50. to dennis and family so sorry to hear of lauras passing. known laura a long time thru her sara lee days. dennis my prayers are with you and your family.

  51. To Laura’s family–I worked with Laura at Sara Lee. She was a wonderful person with a great smile and lots of love for her family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers to Laura’s family.



  53. We are so sorry to hear about Laura. We remember the days when you guys lived on our farm and we first got to know Laura. She was the kindest person you could meet. Dennis, you and the whole family are in our thoughts and prayers. She will be sweetly missed but watching from heaven above. May God keep his arms wrapped around you all and comfort you.

  54. We are so sorry. Laura was our co-worker at Sara Lee. Always a smile and cheerful comment would come from her to help make anybody’s day a better one. May your memories, family and friends help you through this tough time.

  55. We are terribly shocked and heartbroken by news of the loss of a beloved and wonderful mother and grandmother.

  56. We send our prayers to Laura’s family. Laura was a very special lady. She will be the angel that will be keeping her family strong. God Bless Your Family

  57. What a wonderful life…Laura. Hours were spent next to her on an assembly line. The conversation was meaningful and positive.

    God bless Laura in heaven and her family on earth.

    Forever an angel.

    Brenda & Rick Schnoebelen

  58. Ace I am extremely sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family. Laura was a loving, caring person who was a deep friend to many. I pray the Lord will provide you strength and comfort in this time of loss for you and your family

  59. Dennis , Jon and Families,
    We want to express our deepest sympathy to you. Laura was
    a wonderful person and will be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Roger, Laurie & David Tiemessen

  60. Dennis and family- It is such a hard time of the year but losing someone close is hard anytime. My Mom passed on Dec. 28 and will be there to greet and entertain Laura. She will be in good hands. Prayers to you all. Peggy

  61. Dennis, Jeremy, Jessica and Jon:
    Please accept our sincere sympathy. Laura was a wonderful person; she always had a smile and cheerful attitude. Cherish your memories. She is looking after all of you at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Bob and Cyndy Weiglein

  62. I knew Laura from working at EPI. I am so so sorry for your loss. She was a dedicated and warm woman. Again.. so sorry..

  63. I’m going to miss Laura so much, I care about her & did many things together. She was very nice to me & we had fun together. She was a good person. We laughed & she helped me a lot. I’m sorry that you lost Laura. I will miss her too.

  64. It is with great saddness that we express our sympathy to all of you. Your mother was one of a kind Jememy even when she was a young girl growing up in Lawler. The entire Speltz family also wish to extend their prayers and love to all of the Reihle siblings. Her friendship will always be a treasured memory.

  65. Jeremy, Jon, and Stolz family,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Laura’s passing. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers and hoping love and support from your family, friends and community comforts you during this time.

  66. Laura was the sweetest lady and the nicest person I know. Dennis, Jeremy, Jess, and Jon you are in our thoughts and prayers and so saddened by your loss.

  67. Laura…My playmate cousin on our many trips to New Hampton when we were kids. Closest in age and younger than our sisters we had our own kind of fun. Memories of you keep me smiling and the knowledge that we have a reunion yet to come. I am sorry for the loss the family feels and know it’s because of the great love you shared. Hoping to be there tomorrow. Cousin Peggy

  68. Our deepest sympathy to Laura’s family and relatives.
    Our Prayers are for all of you. Laura was a highschool classmate of mine and my first wife, Barbara (Kuennen)
    Bailey, deceased. Sincerely, Charles and Mary Bailey

  69. Red and the entire Stolz Family, peace and blessings to you are this time of incredible pain. Laura was always a fun and lively lady. I especially enjoyed our time together at CountryFest many, many years ago. More recently, it was fun chatting with her about work related incidences. It was obvious she loved her job and the challenges that came along the way. She will be dearly missed by the Ionia community.

  70. So very sorry for you loss, Laura was so young, Anne Combs is our daughter in law and talked highly of Laura and what a great lady she was, she will live on in the hearts of all her family and friends and heaven has a new angel. We send our sympathies to all…

  71. To Laura family, I worked with Laura at EPI. Im sorry for your loss. Laura will be missed by so many as she touch the lives of so many. Laura was a loving, caring person who was a joy to be around.

  72. To Laura’s family – we are sorry to hear of the passing of Laura. She will be missed by many. You have many memories to share with others that will bring a smile to your face and lighten your hearts. Blessings to your family in the days ahead. Russ & Angie Laures

  73. We were so saddened to hear of Laura’s passing. Although she was one of. The youngest of the cousins, her warmth and spirit were a gift to all who knew her. My dad (russell) always called her laura with the smiing eyes. Please accept message as a collective hug to all of you who were closest to her heart.

  74. We were so saddened to hear of Laura’s passing. Although she was one of. The youngest of the cousins, her warmth and spirit were a gift to all who knew her. My dad (russell) always called her laura with the smiing eyes. Please accept message as a collective hug to all of you who were closest to her heart.

  75. We are so saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Laura. She was a great person and will be missed by many people.

  76. What an angel Laura was, always a joy to visit with. Her warm smile and gentle spirit will be greatly missed. The Lord has great plans for Laura in heaven and will be with her family always. Our very deepest sympathy and prayers go to her entire family.

  77. You are in my thoughts. I enjoyed working with Laura at school-always a smile and friendly. You are in my prayers.

  78. Dennis,
    We are so sorry. You and Laura have always been such good friends. We will be thinking of you and your family and our prayers go out to you.

  79. I am so sorry to hear of Laura’s death. I only worked with Laura for a little over a year or so, through EPI. In that short time I found Laura to be delightful. She truly was a wonderful woman. I watched her have true compassion, understanding and insight with her clients. She was intelligent, caring and has given many beautiful memories to her clients. She will be missed. Please accept my sympathy for her early passing, and know that I will keep Laura as well as her entire family in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerly, Angela M. Woods, LISW
    Psychiatric Associates of NE Iowa

  80. I had the pleasure of working with Laura in her first years of teaching. She was a highly capable, caring individual. I so admired how she looked at each student’s struggles with the thought about how best she could teach that student. She never gave up on anyone. she will be greatly missed.

    I am sorry for her family’s loss and for the children who won’t get to know her. She was a blessing.

  81. I worked with Laura at EPI while she was employed there.When I met her,she had this soft spoken way about her that made you instantly take to her.She was patient and kind to everyone and would help you anyway she could.You could tell by the ways that she took the time to get to know the people she worked with that she loved what she was doing and she was pleased that she made a difference in their lives.She was great at her craft.When I heard of her being in the hospital and it was during the christmas holiday,I woke that morning and I kept thinking to myself that she will pull through.But I guess god had other plans for her and she will be greatly missed by all whom she came in contact with wether it be work or just speaking to her.Everyone in the Stolz family is in my prayers and thoughts

  82. I’d like to extend my heartfelt sympathies to all of Laura’s family and friends. We were highschool classmates and, while I’d only seen Laura once since then, my memories of her were of a sweet, kind, talented person. Even tho’ I haven’t enjoyed her company in recent years, I am saddened by her loss. She will certainly be remembered by all who were touched by her life.

  83. Jeremy and family……we are very sorry to hear of your loss. Please know you and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers in this difficult time.

  84. Red and Family,
    So sorry to hear of your loss, You are in our thoughts and prayers. I enjoyed getting to know Laura, as we worked together at Sara Lee. She was a sweet Lady and fun to work with. May God wrap his loving arms around your family in this difficult time. May you cherish the memories you have all made and keep them close to your heart, they will carry you through. Kurt & Glenda Schmidt

  85. Red and family.
    I am deeply saddened by the loss of Laura. Her bright cheerful face and smile lit up the whole room when she would walk in. We have not lived in the area for 12 years but that is what I remember of her. Red you are definitely in our thoughts and prayers.

  86. To all of Laura’s family: We just learned yesterday of Laura’s death and were so shocked and saddened. Laura was a very special person – so warm and friendly and the best of mothers. I remember babysitting for Jeremy during the time she worked at Sara Lee – always a big hug for Jeremy when she picked him up. I know she has a special place in heaven.

  87. To the family we extend our deepest Sympathy. We did not know Laura but do know Ann and Ed. Ed has been a dear friend for a very long time, so He can relate our message to the family. Our Prayers are with all of you.

  88. Our sincere sympathy to all the family of Laura. We remember Laura as being a kind and sincere human being – always looking out for the good of others. The memories of Laura will live on in you forever.
    Gary & Terry Ball

  89. Please accept our sympathy. I am so sorry we are unable to be there in person but know our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Rosemary and Leo

  90. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this very sad time. Gary and Mary Lou Ries

  91. So sorry to hear of Laura passing. She worked for me at Sara Lee. She was always so pleasant to be around and such a good worker. I know she will be missed.


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