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“So sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. She was truly a free spirit and enjoyed life to the fullest. My many fond memories of your mom and all...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Rollie Boeding - Middleton, WI

“Was sad to hear of Lucille's passing. It's even more sad when it is the last one of the family to go. I enjoyed following her on Karen's Facebook...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Carol Heitz - Naples, FL - niece

“Karen & Frank, Thinking of you at this time of your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. John & Rhonda ”
3 of 15 | Posted by: John & Rhonda Hammes - Fairfield, IA

“Sorry to learn of Lucille's passing. She lived a long and wonderful life however I know you will miss her. Even though we know our parents will...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Rita Beers - Ainsworth, IA

“So Sorry for your loss. Lucille was a grand lady. I am sure she is Playing cards with my folks right now and having a beer. Great Memories. I...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Linda Sanford Pollmeier - IA

“So sorry to hear of Lucille's passing, may she rest in peace. Clare Anderson ”
6 of 15 | Posted by: Ronald and Clare(Nichting) Anderson - IA

“We are sincerely sorry, dear family, for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.Judy & Tom ”
7 of 15 | Posted by: Judy & Tom Watson - Topeka, KS

“I spent quite a few evenings at the house in the 60's. Lucille thought that I was amusing when I had a few drinks ! ”
8 of 15 | Posted by: Gary & Vickie Glover - Keosauqua, IA

“Dear Becky, Fred and family, my deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your loved one. Please know I will be keeping you all in my thoughts and...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Mary Lewis - Moline, IL

“Dear Family- Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We are so sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort in all your beautiful...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Randy & Colleen Kluver - TX

“Thoughts and prayers ”
11 of 15 | Posted by: Sandi Krauland - Carrollton, TX

“Aunt Lucille seemed a larger than life person. Since I was very young, she impressed with her energy, wit and strong sense of right and wrong. My...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: John Holtkamp - Emporia, VA

“We will miss you Lucille, You were always a joy to visit with. My prayers for you and your family. You have my deepest sympathy. ”
13 of 15 | Posted by: Anne Menke - Donnellson, IA

“To the Merschman girls, I have many great memories of your mom. She was so fun and spunky. Sending prayers for peace to all of you. ”
14 of 15 | Posted by: Mary Jo (Dingman) Green - TX

“Marcia and family, Sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She is in a happier place and at peace; always remember her having something funny to say. ...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Deb Holtkamp - Montrose, MA


Lucille Rosemary Merschman, 88, of the Kensington in Fort Madison, Iowa, formerly of St. Paul passed away at 12:50 a.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015 at the Kensington.

Born June 24, 1926 in Fort Madison, Iowa the daughter of Frank W. and Mary (Nichting) Pieper. On January 31, 1948 she married Robert G. Merschman at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Houghton, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 22, 2005.

Survivors include her five daughters Karen (Frank) Redeker of Fairfield, Iowa, Marcia (John) Kruse of Hillsboro, Iowa, Becky (Fred) Wallace of Aloha, Oregon, Joan (Gary) Gentry of Carrollton, Texas and Angie (Brad) Box of West Point, Iowa; eighteen grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren, one brother-in-law Bill (Bernice) Merschman of West Point, Iowa, one sister-in-law Renelda Pieper of Houghton, Iowa and several nieces and nephews..

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bob, one daughter Debra Freitag, three sisters Sr. Bernadine Pieper, Frances Scott Caslavka, and Ruth Holtkamp and one brother James Pieper.

Lucille was a graduate of St. John's Catholic School in Houghton. Lucille was a member of St. James the Less Catholic Church in St. Paul and the Altar and Rosary Society. Along with her husband Bob, they owned and operated a local grocery and tavern and St. Paul Feed and Fertilizer. Lucille enjoyed sewing, gardening, flowers, playing cards and spending time with her family.

Friends may call and meet with the family from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, May 3, 2015 at St. James the Less Catholic Church in St. Paul, Iowa where a parish rosary will be recited at 3:00 p.m. and a Christian wake service will be held at 5:00 p.m. that afternoon.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 4, 2015 at St. James the Less Catholic Church in St. Paul with Father Bruce DeRammelaere officiating.

Burial will be at St. James Catholic Cemetery in St. Paul.

Memorials may be made in her memory to St. James Catholic Church, Holy Trinity Catholic Schools or Lee County Hospice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.schmitzlynkfuneralhome.com. The Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in West Point is assisting the family with the arrangements.