Laura S. TeKippe
June 22, 1962 ~ March 18, 2011
Laura TeKippe, 48, of Waukee, IA formerly of New Hampton, IA died Friday, March 18, 2011 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston following her ten month battle with cancer. She faced this challenge in typical Laura fashion, with faith, spunk, and passion. Laura was born June 22, 1962 in Iowa City, the daughter of Margaret (Fitzgerald) and Richard TeKippe. Her family moved to New Hampton when Laura was in second grade. She attended St. Joseph Catholic School through 8th grade, then attended and graduated from New Hampton High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Business from Iowa State University, and she was an avid Cyclone fan. Laura had an incredible work ethic and truly enjoyed working for Norwest/Wells Fargo Card Services for 25 years. She started at an entry level position and worked her way up to Business Systems Consultant. Her work friends and acquaintances brought her great joy. She was saddened to have to leave her work because of her illness. Being the only girl in the family, the biggest joys of Lauras life were her brothers, nieces and nephews. She spoiled all of them rotten and many people commented that they wanted to have an Aunt Laura just like her. She took care of her family and never expected anything in return. Left to cherish her memory are her parents, Rich and Marge TeKippe of New Hampton; Grandma Velma TeKippe of New Hampton; brother, Jeff and his boys, PJ and Mike; brother, Joe (Jamie) and their children, Heather (Kyle) Maakestad, J. R., and Hannah of Waukon; brother, John (Sherri) and their children, Gerene and Richie of Des Moines; and brother, Jim (Stephanie) and their children, Madison and Nicholas of New Hampton. She was preceded in death by her Grandpa Paul TeKippe, Grammy Florence Fitzgerald and Granddad Raymond Fitzgerald. Her family and many friends from Wells Fargo, St. Boniface Church, Amazing Women Cancer Support Group, and many other places will truly miss her warm smile, kind spirit, and generous heart. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Boniface Church, Spina Bifida Association of Iowa, CaringBridge, or Relay for Life Team Love for Laura. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Boniface Church, Spina Bifida Association of Iowa, CaringBridge, or Relay for Life Team Love for Laura. Cemetery: Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery at New Hampton. Visitation: Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Waukee where a vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 24, 2011 with a 7:00pm vigil service at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in New Hampton and will continue at the church one hour prior to mass. Service: Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 am on Friday, March 25, 2011 at Holy Family Parish - St. Joseph's Center in New Hampton.