Maurice and Elaine Deutsch
December 22, 2011
Maurice and Elaine Deutsch of New Hampton, Iowa passed away Thursday, December 22, 2011 at their home. Elaine Mary Boehmer was born on September 28, 1928 to Walter and Beatrice (Roethler) Boehmer in Alta Vista, IA. She graduated from St. Bernard’s Catholic School in Alta Vista. Maurice Leo Deutsch was born on January 11, 1922 to Bernard and Cecilia (Hess) Deutsch in North Washington, IA. He attended country school and helped his parents on the family farm. On April 16, 1947 Maurice and Elaine were united in marriage at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Alta Vista. The couple lived in the New Hampton-Ionia area since their marriage, and have lived on their present farm since 1965. Maurice worked as a blacksmith, at John Deere in Waterloo and he has farmed all his life. The couple was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church and Chickasaw Trail Riders for over 40 years. Maurice and Elaine enjoyed fishing, playing cards, bingo, dancing, trail-riding, riding horses in parades, going to auction sales and caring for their pets. They especially loved family gatherings, most importantly at Christmas. Maurice and Elaine are survived by their children, Leo (Serena) Deutsch of Waverly, IA, Rose (John Busta) Qualley of New Hampton, Roger (Lori) Deutsch of Prescott Valley, AZ, Barb (Gary Taylor) Richter of Ionia, Richard (Nancy) Deutsch of Ionia, Steve “Beaver” (Sheryle) Deutsch of New Hampton, Pam (Bobby) Lore of Bassett, Allen “Muddy” (Rhonda) Deutsch of Nashua and Susan (Troy) Usher also of Nashua; 26 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; Maurice’s sister, Marie Heying of Alta Vista; Maurice’s sisters-in-law, Marie Deutsch of New Hampton and Evelyn Alessi of Mays Landing, NJ; Elaine’s sister, Louise (Maurice) Conry on New Hampton; Elaine’s brother, Walley (Phil) Boehmer of Alta Vista and numerous nieces and nephews. The couple was preceded in death by their parents, their son, Bernard; their grandson, Benjamin Qualley; great-grandsons, Jackson DeSloover and John Anthony Fey; Maurice’s brothers, Victor, Carl, Francis and Henry and Maurice’s sister Cecily. Cemetery: Burial will be at St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Ionia, IA with a 4:00 rosary and a 7:30 scriptural wake service. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. A memorial mass will be held at 10:30am, Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Ionia, IA with Father Mark Osterhaus celebrating.