August 16, 1921 ~ February 1, 2014
Lavern “Toby” Joseph Lentz, 92, of Elma, Iowa, formerly of Waterloo, IA and Dewar, IA, passed away peacefully on February 1, 2014, at the Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Elma, IA. Lavern was born August 16, 1921, in Fillmore, IA, to Lawrence and Bridget Lentz. When he was a young boy in 1931, his family moved to an Elma, IA farm. He graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in 1939. Lavern was united in marriage to Jeanette Frances Brennan on April 23, 1945, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fairbank, IA. He farmed near Elma until moving to Waterloo, IA; and then to Dewar, IA in the early 1950s. He was employed by Rath Packing for 30 years; and retired in 1983. During his time at Rath, he also worked part-time for Dewar Elevator. He continued to work part-time for Petersen-Tietz Florist, and an Evansdale grocery store until full retirement. He was a member of St John’s, Waterloo, and St Francis, Barclay, Catholic Churches. He was also active in the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed playing cards, reading, traveling, and spending time with his family. Lavern is survived by five children, Jean Hilbert of Waverly, IA; Larry Lentz, Davenport, IA; William Lentz, Madison, WI; Janice Torrey, Waterloo, IA; and Cheri Riggins, LaPorte City, IA; nine grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. Lavern was preceded in death by his wife Jeanette, and his four brothers, Charlie, Francis, Ed, and Don, and his sister Marie (Robert) Brennan.