Lora Gudenkauf, 79, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at Country House Residence in Cedar Rapids following an extended illness. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Jan. 15, at St. Ludmila Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids, with interment in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monticello. Masks must be worn and fitted properly over the nose and mouth at all times to enter the church. Social distancing standards need to be strictly observed. You may access the live service by going to www.stludmila.org and then click Watch Live Masses. The video will be posted later to www.goettschonline.com and then by clicking the Watch Our Live Services on the Facebook button which will direct you to Goettsch's Facebook page. You may also sign the guest book or leave a condolence at www.goettschonline.com.
Surviving are eight children, Kim (Keith) Simoens, DeAnn (Scott) Crawley, both of Cedar Rapids, Keith (Susan) Gudenkauf, Delhi, Charlie (Mary) Gudenkauf, Barb (Brian) Marak, both of Swisher, Rose (Steve Neal) Gudenkauf, Cedar Rapids, Nancy Biggs, El Mirage, Ariz., and Steve (Sandy) Gudenkauf, Alburnett, 14 grandchildren, Tyler (Alison) Simoens, Kelsey (Daylis) Deutsch, Anthony Crawley, Lauren (Justin) Schneider, Brianna and Brandon Gudenkauf, Jade (Tim) Fisher, Malia and Grace Gudenkauf, Tanner and Trennan Marak, Ashley Wade, Jessica and James Gudenkauf; four great-grandchildren, Layla, Lane, Cole Simoens and Koen Deutsch; and her sister-in-law, Patsy Wernimont, Monticello.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, David; and two brothers and a sister-in-law, William (Ella Mae) and Gary Wernimont.
Lora Wernimont was born April 26, 1941, in Monticello, Iowa. She was the daughter of Gilbert and Doris (Eggiman) Wernimont. She attended Buck Creek schools, graduating in 1959. Lora then went to work at Monticello State Bank.
Lora Wernimont and David Gudenkauf were married Oct. 22, 1959, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Monticello. The couple farmed near Cascade and later near Swisher. Lora worked at Peoples Bank in Cedar Rapids, Amana Woolen Mills and Mercy Hospital. In 1985, the couple moved to Phoenix, where she worked at Good Samaritan Hospital. The couple retired and moved to Lake Delhi in 2001. She worked part-time at Buliceks in Delhi. Lora moved to Cedar Rapids in 2014.
Lora was a women of strong faith and loved spending time with her family. She will be remembered for her kind heart, patience, beautiful smile and sense of humor.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Country House Residence for their loving care.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donation may be directed to the family to be donated to a charity of their choosing.