Marceyne "Marcy" Eloise Ockenfels
Marceyne "Marcy" Eloise Ockenfels, 89, of Iowa City, passed away Saturday, May 16, 2020.
Graveside Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 23, at St. Joseph Cemetery in Iowa City. The Very Rev. Rudolph Juarez will officiate.
Visitation will be from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, May 23, in the parking area at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 4330 St. Patrick's Drive, Iowa City. Please follow signage. Friends are welcome to drive through, greet the family, and pay their final respects to Marcy. At 10:45 a.m., a prayer will be recited, and the funeral procession will leave for the cemetery.
Social distancing must be respected.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to
the Mort and Marcy Ockenfels Scholarship Fund
for the Children's Cancer Connection, 2708
Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312; or www.childrenscancerconnection.org/donate. When donating online please note in memory of Marcy Ockenfels.
Marcy was born Nov. 3, 1930, in West Union, Iowa, the daughter of William and Gladys (McGowan) Barker. She graduated from Kirkwood High School. Marcy was united in marriage to Maurice "Mort" Ockenfels on Nov. 29, 1949, at Hamilton AFB, Calif. They proudly said that the secret to their marriage lasting over 67 years was their agreement that whoever filed for divorce had to take all of the kids! Together they founded City Carton Recycling Co., which they operated for 25 years. Following retirement in 1990, Mort and Marcy sold the business to their children. City Carton Company was the largest recycling company in Iowa. Prior to City Carton, they established Ockenfels Transfer, a trucking company in 1963. Marcy was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters and Women of the Moose. She was a ruthless euchre player, a rabid Hawkeyes fan and supporter, and was the football pool "bookie" for many years!
Marcy and Mort wintered in Arizona for over 30 years and traveled the world together. Marcy was known as the "Angel Lady" and "Grandma Angel" for all the Angel pins she gave away. She loved being Grandma, and no grandchild or great-grandchild was ever allowed to be within 50 feet without giving her a hug immediately.
Marcy is survived by eight of her children, Margie (Dennis) Maurer of Waterloo, Donna (Fred) Renon of San Diego, Calif., John (Deb) of Swisher, Mark of Davenport, Andy (Kathy) of Riverside, Tim (Lisa) of Mount Pleasant, Cindy Ward of Davenport and Chris (Verlaine) of Riverside; 12 grandchildren, Charles (Sheila), Brandi (Jenn), Dan, Kris, JR (Jesse), Travis (Torri), Austin (Nikki), Jake (Cindy), Abbey, Becca, Christine and Jennifer (Daryl); 17 great-grandchildren, Jacey, Justin, James, Gavin, Alexia, Jon, Kayla, Sam, Alex, Zack, Abel, Charlotte, David, Zoey, Emma, Ezra and Delaney; and Ockenfels in-laws, Rosie Beadle, Marge McFate, Therese Johnson (Clair Rausch), Marilyn Ong, Larry Ockenfels (Mary) and Ginny Storjohann (Neil Scarlett). She also is survived by her beloved (and spoiled) house cat, Miss Becky.
Marcy was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Mort, children, Maurice Jr., Gene and his wife, Vivian, Debbie and Jerry; and her siblings, Robert Barker, Francis "Iky" Barker, Donna Kennedy and Lora Jane Breitkrenz.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.lensingfuneral.com.