Lucille D. Gansen

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Lucille D. Gansen, age 87, of Elma, Iowa passed away on December 21, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton. Lucille Deonne Gansen was born on June 11, 1926 to Daniel and Iva (Chambers) Mahoney in Nashua, Iowa. She attended Clarksville schools and was a 1944 graduate of Charles City High School. After graduation, Lucille moved to Washington D.C. where she studied at the Pentagon to become a government clerk in the Quartermaster Corps. Later she returned to Charles City where she worked as a clerk in various catalog stores. Lucille was united in marriage to Phillip Gansen on September 11, 1946 at Fort Campbell Kentucky. The couple made their home in Charles City. In subsequent years Phillip and Lucille farmed in the Riceville and Elma areas. Then in 1991 they moved to their present home in Elma. Lucille enjoyed baking bread, gardening, fishing, crocheting, playing cards and games with family and friends and also spending time with her family. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and Rosary Society. Lucille is survived by her children, Phillip (Linda) Gansen of Cedar Falls, IA, William (Alice) Gansen of Toddville, IA, Daniel (Laura) Gansen of Cedar Falls, IA, Paul (Linda) Gansen of Alta Vista, IA, Jon (Karri) Gansen of Mason City, IA and Ellen (Steve) Sanders of Highlands Ranch, CO; her sisters, Carol (Mike) Sullivan of Oconomowoc, WI and Kathy (Jim) Cowlishaw of International Falls, MN; her brother Tom (Vicki) Mahoney of New Hope, MN; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Phillip; her sons Timothy and Christopher Gansen; one great-granddaughter, Grace Gansen and two sisters, Norma Jacobs and Alice Uecker.

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  1. Lucille was a wonderful lady that always had such a warm smile with a friendly hello every time I saw her. I loved visiting with her and she always tried to be positive but also very realistic. No more suffering is a comfort to all that knew her!

  2. My prayers and thoughts go out to the Lucille Gansen Family. God has called home a lot of special Angels. she will be greatly missed.

  3. Ellen and the entire Gansen family. We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. We only know to well how it is to lose a loved one. You will be remembered in our prayers,

  4. Paul Linda and family, Lucille was a wonderful kind women, she touched many of us with her warm heart and kind smile. May God comfort you all at this time. Sending my deepest sympathies to you all.

  5. What can I say about your mom besides she was pure love. And put other people before herself. I will always miss her and that smile!!!!

  6. Our sincere sympathy is extended to the Gansen family. We will have fond memories of Lucille. She always had a little Christmas gift for Joe in appreciation for delivering her groceries. She always asked about the family and was so genuine and kind. Heaven will receive a wonderful lady.

  7. Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother and grandmother. Lucille will be remembered by her warm smile, soft voice. She touched many hearts with her life. Norb and Mary Gansen

  8. Paul, Linda and entire Gansen family –
    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your Mother. Take strength from the memories you have made over the years especially during this Christmas season.
    Dave & Cindi Freidhof

  9. Paul, Linda, and all of the Gansen family, Our sincere sympathy for the loss of your mother. Lucille was such a sweet lady. Always enjoyed visiting with her.

  10. Please accept our sincere condolences. May the words quoted from this song bring you a measure of comfort as it did for us.
    ”If a man or woman should die, can they live again?
    Hear the promise God has made:
    He will call; The dead will answer.
    They shall live at his command.
    For he will have a longing
    For the work of his own hand.
    So have faith, and do not wonder,
    For our God can make us stand.
    And we shall live forever,
    As the work of his own hand ”(Job 14:13-15)

  11. To Lucille’s family – My thoughts and prayers are with all of you, Your Mother was such a wonderful caring person. God Bless all of you!!!! Fran Gansen

  12. I always looked forward to coming and visiting you in the fall. I will miss our visits, and playing Skip-Bo. You always put everyone before yourself, and I can only hope that I can do the same thing as well as you did. I love you Grandma!

  13. Aunt Lucille and her sisters (including Norma, my grandma) are the coolest bunch of ladies I had the privilege of knowing. I regret living so far away. Her family is in our prayers. Darcy (Watkins) McPherson, Port Orchard, WA.

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