Lucille K. Wilkins

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Lucille K. Wilkins, age 92 of Waterloo, IA formerly of New Hampton died Friday, November 16, 2012 at Windhaven Assisted Living in Waterloo. Lucille Kathleen (Wenig) Wilkins was born on April 12, 1920, in Charles City, the daughter of Roy J. and Emma A (Scharping) Wenig. She attended grades K-12 in Charles City and graduated from the Charles City High School in 1938 where she was a member of the National Honor Society. In 1940 she received the Two-Year Upper Elementary Education degree from Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, Iowa, followed by teaching at the Fairview-Consolidated School in Buena Vista County (1940-42) and Nora Springs, Iowa (1942-43). On June 19, 1943, she was united in marriage to Glenn W. Wilkins (of New Hampton) at The Little Brown Church near Nashua, Iowa. Following their marriage they lived in Perrysburg, Ohio, Dumont, Iowa (1943-44) and Greene, Iowa (1944 - 48). They were the parents of two daughters: Marilyn (Mrs. Tom Hughes) of Frankfort, KY, and Louise (Mrs. Robert Krogh) of Waterloo, IA. The family moved to New Hampton in January of 1948 where Glenn was the manager and co-owner with Howard W. David of the Pioneer Fuel Company and Culligan Soft Water. Lucille received her B.A. degree in Elementary Education in 1966 from the State College of Iowa and M.A. degree as a Reading Specialist in 1971 from the University of Northern Iowa. Lucille was installed in 1965 as a member of the University of Northern Iowa Psi Chapter of Kappa Delta Kappa, an honorary society in education. She taught reading at the New Hampton Junior High School from 1966 – 1983. Lucille was a 1969 charter member of the Alpha Zeta Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary society for women educators, and a member of the Big Four Unit of the Iowa Retired School Personnel Association. Lucille was an active member of the Congregational United Church of Christ in New Hampton and served in many areas including Sunday School Superintendent and teacher, president of Women’s Fellowship, deaconess, church ministry committee, and new building and education committees. Lucille was active in community organizations serving in many offices including: president of the New Hampton Federated Women’s Club, president of the Chickasaw County Federated Women’s Club, Girl Scout troop leader, New Hampton Quasquicentennial Celebration, historian for “Project New Horizons”, Carnegie Cultural Center permanent collection committee, and Chickasaw County Genealogical Society. Lucille’s husband Glenn, passed away April 1, 1994, due to Parkinson’s disease. Lucille married Clarence Hildebrand on August 4, 2000. She moved from New Hampton to Woolstock, Iowa, where her husband Clarence farmed. They enjoyed seven wonderful years together living on the farm. In November of 2007, Lucille moved to Windhaven Assisted Living in Cedar Falls, Iowa due to health concerns. Lucille loved to read and travel and never missed an opportunity to go and experience something new and different. She was a role model on how to live life to its fullest. She was very proud of her family. She was especially happy she was able to walk down the aisles of her four grandsons’ weddings. She is greatly loved and will always be remembered. She is survived by her husband Clarence, two daughters, Marilyn (Tom) Hughes of Frankfort, KY, Louise (Bob) Krogh of Waterloo, IA; four grandsons, Steven (Elizabeth) Hughes of Louisville, KY, Darrell (Sarah) Hughes of Hermitage, TN, Christian (Jessica) Krogh and great-grandson Connor of Chicago, and Ryan (Jess) Krogh of Cedar Falls, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Glenn. Cemetery: Interment will be held at New Hampton Cemetery in New Hampton. Memorials may be directed to the family. Visitation will be from 9:00am - 11:00am at Congregational United Church of Christ on Wednesday, November 21, 2012. Funeral services for Lucille will be held at 11:00am, Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at Congregational United Church of Christ with Pastor Laura Hucke officiating.

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  1. I fondly remember Mrs. Wilkins from my junior high years. She was a wonderful person and an even better teacher. My sincere sympathy to her family.

  2. I remember working with Lucille in my early years in New Hampton when she had seventh and eighth graders and I had sixth graders. I also remember all the flowers she had at her house on Main Street. She has been out of the area for some time now, but has been remembered and will continue to be remembered by the many students and teachers whose lives she touched.

  3. I have known Lucille sine I was a kid. My parents knew them and did business with Glen. I also had her as a teacher for 7 & 8 grade reading. Then in my adult years as she became Lucille to me instead of Mrs.Wilkins we were in the same Church @ UCC and were in Womens Fellowship together.
    I remember when I was gonna get married her RSVP was the 1st to be returned. I did visit her from time to time at Windhaven but am sorry to say the last time I seen her was around Christmas time last year and she was sick with the flu so I did not stay very long.
    My sympathy to the family as she was a wondeful lady and a great teacher.

  4. Sending our sympathy for your loss, Louise and Marilyn. Lucille made such a difference in Clarence’s life and he misses her so much. She was a wonderful woman.

  5. I mostly only got to meet and chat with Lucille a few times. But I thought of her often.
    Our hearts go out to Clarence and family.

  6. Marilyn, So sorry about your mom, and glad that you have been there. Hope we can all pack as much living into our years as she did.


  7. Oh, the suffering Adam and Eve put on the human race. Only if they would have remained obedient, (Genesis2 :17) They along with their offspring would have not suffered sickness and death. Did The God of Love, (1John 4:8) let two imperfect humans, (after sinning) bring a complete stop to his original purpose? Since he is The God of Love, it would not be susrpricing, then, that the Bible holds out the promise of Paradise on earth, In it, God will bless mankind with everlasting life. Harmony and peace will prevail. Pain and suffering will be gone. And people will be able to enjoy to the full the natural wonders of planet earth.-Isaiah 65:21-23. For further comfort and assured hope, please go to

  8. Louise,
    Our thought to you and the whole family on the passing of your mom. I lost Dad in January, but thank God I still have Mom here in the nursing home.

  9. Our belated sympathies to Lucille’s family. I first met Lucille when she traveled with Mercy’s Silver Advantage Club on our annual bus trips. She always loved to learn more on these educational tours & added quality to our trips! My parents purchased Lucille’s home on Main St. in New Hampton – “the best built home in New Hampton” according to my Dad, a home designer. They loved the fact that Lucille kept records of all home maintenance projects and took great pride in the upkeep of her home. Dad, like Glen, had Parkinson’s, so the home was a good fit for them. We know she left her mark wherever she lived…May God Bless her memory.

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