Ruth Edna Poepsel (November 6, 2017)

Edna Poepsel photoAugust 30, 1932 ~ November 6, 2017

VISITATION DETAILS
Friday, November 10, 2017
3:00 – 8:00 PM
St. Michael’s Catholic Church
Harlan, IA
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Family will greet friends from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

ROSARY SERVICE DETAILS
Friday, November 10, 2017
7:00 PM
St. Michael’s Catholic Church
Harlan, IA
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MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL
Saturday, November 11, 2017
11:00 AM
St. Michael’s Catholic Church
Harlan, IA
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Burial will be in the Harlan Cemetery, Harlan, IA

SURVIVORS
7 Children – Patricia (Richard) Kemp of Omaha, NE
Kathryn (Matthew) Reed of Spring, TX
James (Linda) Poepsel of Houston, TX
Susan (Forrest) Westbrook of Spring, TX
Francis (Tracey McKinney) Poepsel of Council Bluffs, IA
John Poepsel of Katy, TX
Sara Poepsel Miller of Harlan, IA
6 Siblings – Dorothy (James) McCarr of Lemont, IL
Sr. Bernice Mertens of St. Francis, WI
Joann Luttenegger of Bettendorf, IA
Leroy Mertens of West Burlington, IA
Mary Jean (Jack) Kasher of Omaha, NE
William (Joyce) Mertens of Central City, IA
8 Grandchildren
Other Relatives & Friends

Ruth Edna Poepsel, known as Edna to her family and friends, was born to Henry Christian and Ellen (Holtkamp) Mertens on August 30, 1932, in Houghton, Iowa. She graduated from Mt. Pleasant (Iowa) High School in 1950, and worked at a bank in Mt. Pleasant until her marriage to James Francis Poepsel of West Point, Iowa, on August 17, 1957. Jim’s teaching career took them to Elk Horn, Iowa, and Council Bluffs, Iowa. They moved to Harlan, Iowa, in 1967, and settled into their treasured Baldwin Street home, where Edna lived for 50 years. In 1978, Edna and Jim bought the Dairy Sweet in downtown Harlan, which Edna continued to operate for many years following Jim’s death in 1980.

As a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Harlan, Iowa, Edna’s faith was deeply important to her, and she was known to regularly and earnestly pray the rosary. She was happiest when spending time with family and friends in her home. Edna also enjoyed playing Bingo, reading, and gardening.

Edna Poepsel died on Monday, November 6, 2017, at CHI Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. She had reached the age of 85 years, 2 months, and 7 days.

Edna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; daughter, Mary Poepsel; and sister, Lorraine Mertens. She is survived by seven children, Patricia (Richard) Kemp of Omaha, Nebraska, Kathryn (Matthew) Reed of Spring, Texas, James (Linda) Poepsel of Houston, Texas, Susan (Forrest) Westbrook of Spring, Texas, Francis (Tracy McKinney) Poepsel of Council Bluffs, Iowa, John Poepsel of Katy, Texas, and Sara Poepsel Miller of Harlan, Iowa; six siblings, Dorothy (James) McCarr of Lemont, Illinois, Sr. Bernice Mertens of St. Francis, Wisconsin, Joann Luttenegger of Bettendorf, Iowa, Leroy Mertens of West Burlington, Iowa, Mary Jean (Jack) Kasher of Omaha, Nebraska, and William (Joyce) Mertens of Central City, Iowa; eight grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Harlan, Iowa, with Father John Frost celebrating. Kate Kohorst and MaryAnn Murtaugh served as the musicians. Rachel Kemp, Andrew Miller, and Ava Miller served as readers. Casket bearers were John Poepsel, Richard Kemp, Matthew Reed, James Poepsel, Francis Poepsel, and Forrest Westbrook. Burial was in the Harlan Cemetery in Harlan, Iowa. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at www.burmeisterjohannsen.com.

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5 Responses to Ruth Edna Poepsel (November 6, 2017)

  1. Ginger martin says:

    Frank and family,
    So sorry for your loss! I will always remember Edna for her kindness, generosity, and spirit. My deepest condolences to you all.

  2. Scott Wilke says:

    My condolences to the Poepsel family. I had many good times at the Poepsel house over the years. Always felt welcome in Edna’s house. Great mom who created a great family. Sorry I cannot be there to celebrate her life with you all.

  3. Barbara Comee says:

    Dear Jim and Linda,

    Bill and I send our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your precious mother. Please know we have you both and all your family in our thoughts and prayers. Sending hugs and love your way.
    Barbara and Bill Comee

  4. Clarence Busch says:

    Sara & families,

    Our heart felt sympathy and prayers to each of you.
    It is never easy to say good-bye so don’t say it. Just till we meet again!

    A memorial is being sent in your Mom’s memory to Mission Central.

    Love from Sonny and Dottie

  5. Patricia Schott says:

    Dear Patty and Family,
    My deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. While I met your mother only once at bingo, I remember her sense of humor and kindness. I know how much you loved her and she will be greatly missed. I pray that your precious memories of her will help sustain you in your grief and give much joy in the future. All my love to your entire family and especially to you, Patty, my dearest friend.
    Pat Schott

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