Dula K. Bockenstedt, 84, of Colesburg, died peacefully Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.
Visitation will be Sunday, Oct. 16, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW, in Dyersville, where a parish vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue Monday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home before the service.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Colesburg. Burial will follow in St. Boniface Cemetery, New Vienna. The Rev. John Haugen will officiate.
Dula was born Nov. 24, 1931, in New Vienna, the daughter of James and Agatha (Langel) Girouex. She married Laverne "Toby" Bockenstedt on Nov. 26, 1955, in New Vienna. Together they farmed and raised their family northwest of New Vienna until retiring in 1985, when they moved to Colesburg.
Dula recieved her LPN at St. Mary's School in Rochester, Minn. She was a nurse her entire life until her retirement in 2011. Dula was recognized by the governor for her many years of volunteer service in her community. She loved her family and the time she spent with them. Dula enjoyed spending time caring for her flowers. She and Toby traveled many places together, including several trips to Germany and Spain. Most recently, Dula took a trip to the Holy Land.
Survivors include her sons, Thomas (Celeste) of Iowa City, Peter (Ruth) of New Vienna, Andrew (Kimberly) of Iowa City and Matthew (Teresa) of Dyersville; 12 grandchildren: Austen, Rayanna and Landon Bockenstedt; Emily (Craig) Heims, Alicia (Paul) Overman, Nicholas (fiancee Keasha Monaghan) Bockenstedt; Shannon (Alex) Carrillo, Carley, Addie Bockenstedt and stepgrandson, Zach Brogan; and Benjamin and Katelin Bockenstedt; three great-grandchildren, Anna, Melanie and Evelyn Heims; two stepgreat-granddaughters, Lilly and Annie Johns; two sisters, Patricia (Kenneth) Fortman of Rochester, Minn., and Jeannette (Elmer) Pitterle of Watertown, Wis.; brother-in-law, John Walsh of Oak Park, Ill.; and sisters-in-law, Grace Kirsch of Dyersville, Alice M. Bockenstedt of New Vienna and Virgene Bockenstedt of Dyersville,
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Toby, in 2013; an infant son, Paul Anthony; two sisters, Phyllis Walsh and Erna (Cletus) Hughes; and in-laws, Clarence, Martin, Eugene and Alice E. Bockenstedt.
Our family would like to thank Hospice of Comfort of Delaware County, the staff at the Good Neighbor Home, and Dr. Christiansen and Jill Bushman for taking such great care of Dula and our family.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.