Lucina C. 'Lou' Haas Kerper Morris

Lucina C. 'Lou' Haas Kerper Morris

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Lucina C. “Lou” Haas Kerper Morris, 93 of New Vienna, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville.

Visitation was held 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna. Visitation continued Monday from 9-10 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, St. Boniface Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Dennis Quint officiated with the Rev. Carl Ries concelebrating. Placing of the pall was done by Steve Kerper, Rick Kerper and Karen Tapke. Lectors were Melissa Mensen, Cheri Biermann and Nicole Stelken and giftbearers were Emma Oberbroeckling and Elisabeth Kerper. Eucharistic ministers were the Rev. Carl Ries, Mike Bries and Karen Kluesner. Music was provided by Rita Rahe and the St. Boniface Choir. Honorary pallbearers were VFW Auxiliary members: Verna Mae Johannes, Alice Bockenstedt, Mary Alice Fettkether, Ann Recker, Ruth Wessels, Kay Wessels and JoAnn Loeffelholz. Pallbearers were Chris Kerper, Cheri Biermann, Craig Kerper, Justin Kerper, Melissa Mensen, Jennifer Oberbroeckling and Nicole Stelken.

Lou was born July 1, 1926 in rural Guttenberg, the daughter of Hubert and Anna (Drilling) Haas. She married Arthur E. “Bob” Kerper June 9, 1949 in Garnavillo he passed away May 2, 1958. She then married Richard E. “Dick” Morris June 15, 1973 in New Vienna. He passed away May 5, 2002.

Lou worked for many years as a bank teller in local area banks. She also worked as a bookkeeper at Kerper Produce, the Dyersville Sale Barn on Thursdays and Morris Livestock. Lou was a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary 9th district in New Vienna and was past president.

She was an avid euchre player and a league bowler for many years. Lou volunteered delivering meals for senior citizens for 11 years and was the New Vienna citizen of the year in 2010.

Lou was a member of the New Vienna Historical Society and served as a tour guide at the Heritage House. She loved cooking for and entertaining family and friends and was always interested in her grandchildren and great grandchildren’s activities. She was a Cardinals baseball fan and enjoyed watching Chris and Craig play for the Farley Hawks.

Survivors include her children: Steve (Linda Goedken) Kerper, Rick Kerper, both of New Vienna, Karen (Steve) Tapke, of Dyersville; seven grandchildren: Chris (Danielle) Kerper, Cheryl (James) Biermann, and Craig (fiancé Allison Koss) Kerper, Justin (Jennifer) Kerper, Melissa (Brian) Mensen, Jennifer (Adam) Oberbroeckling, and Nicole (Sean) Stelken; 12 great-grandchildren, Elisabeth, Alexander Kerper, Max, Elena Biermann, Ethan, Madison Kerper, Rylie, Karlie, Tate Mensen, Emma, Ava, Oberbroeckling, Olivia Stelken; brother: Lavern (Bernice) Haas; sister-in-law: Norma Kerper.

She was preceded in death by her parents; parents-in-law, Otto and Anna Kerper; husbands Bob and Dick; granddaughter Emily Kerper; siblings: Anita (Alfred) Klosterman, Erwin Haas, Imelda (James) Boeckenstedt, Aletha (Edwin) Engelken; in-laws: John Kerper, Mary (Louis) Fell, Sr. Ann Marie Kerper, Theresa (Roland) Domeyer, Albert Kerper, Anthony (Iola) Kerper, James (Kathy) Kerper, Donald Kerper; half brother-in-law, Leo Kinser.

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