Luella Bickford, 92, died Saturday, April 28, 2018, at St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 2, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Anamosa, where friends may call after 10 a.m. Pastor Rodney Bluml will officiate at the services. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery. Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at www.goettschonline.com. Goettsch Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Surviving are her two sons, Michael (Nancy) and Mark (Rhonda), all of Anamosa; three grandchildren, Holly (Brian) Loney, Cedar Rapids, Amber (Dennis) Holland, Anamosa, and Dylan (April) Bickford, Anamosa; four great-grandchildren, Paige and Brooke Loney and Chelsea and Camden Holland; her sister, Helen (Dale) Gerst, Anamosa; in-laws, Dixie (Robert) Danley, Springville, and Roberta and Phyllis Bickford, Maquoketa; many nieces and nephews; and her very dear friend, Betty Lubben, Onslow.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles, in 2005; an infant son, Melvin Charles; and a son, Marlin Lee Bickford, in 2015; two brothers, Louis and John Osterkamp; a sister, Velda Dinse; and a half brother, Elmer Osterkamp.
Luella Matie Osterkamp was born June 4, 1925, in Scotch Grove, Iowa. She was the daughter of Earl and Anna Ketelsen Osterkamp. She received her education in the Black Oak School. On Nov. 11, 1950, she married Charles Bickford at Wayne Zion Lutheran Church. Luella and Charles made their home in Anamosa, where she worked as an egg grader at Hayden Produce. Luella was an excellent cook and baker, particularly known for her homemade noodles, pies and rye bread.
The family would like to thank the Anamosa Care Center staff who have cared for her the past seven years and the St. Luke's Hospice staff.