Alice Rita Lamer (March 13, 2018)

Alice Lamer photoNovember 11, 1929 ~ March 13, 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018
4:00 – 8:00 PM
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
Walnut, IA
(get directions)
Family will greet friends from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the church.

Friday, March 16, 2018
8:00 PM
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
Walnut, IA
(get directions)

Saturday, March 17, 2018
10:30 AM
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
Walnut, IA
(get directions)
Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Walnut, IA

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
Walnut, IA

Husband – Everett Lamer of Walnut, IA
2 Daughters – Cheryl (Rick) Chipman of Harlan, IA
Cathy Lamer of Shelby, IA
3 Grandchildren – Adam (Anne) Chipman of Harlan, IA
Jerad (Katrina) Chipman of Sugar Grove, IL
Amanda Chipman of Ames, IA
2 Great-grandsons – Isaac Chipman of Harlan, IA
Luke Chipman of Harlan, IA
Other Relatives & Friends

Alice Rita Lamer, daughter of John and Bertha (Haney) Proksel, was born on November 11, 1929, in rural Papillion, Nebraska. After graduating from South High School, Omaha, Nebraska, in 1948, she worked at Phillips Department Store in South Omaha.

On February 23, 1952, in Omaha, Nebraska, Alice married Everett Willis Lamer. The couple moved to the Lamer family farm located north of Walnut, Iowa, where she was actively involved in farm life, feeding the hired man and work crews who shelled corn and baled hay. Alice and Everett remained on the farm until recently, when they made their home at Peace Haven Senior Living in Walnut.

Alice was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Walnut. When her daughters were young, she was a 4-H leader, and she played cards with two neighborhood card clubs. Alice kept a flower and vegetable garden, and canned her homegrown produce. As a busy farmwife, she cooked, crocheted, sewed children’s clothes, and baked and decorated birthday cakes for her grandchildren. During their later years, Alice and Everett enjoyed traveling with family members, her favorite being Alaska. Alice loved spending time with family and friends, and Sunday game nights with her family were special to her. Holidays were also very important to Alice.

Alice R. Lamer died on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at the Salem Lutheran Home in Elk Horn, Iowa. She had reached the age of 88 years, 4 months, and 2 days.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, John Proksel, Fred Proksel, and Tom Proksel; one sister, Dolly Oldham; and one great-grandson, Ethan Chipman. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Everett Lamer of Walnut, Iowa; two daughters, Cheryl (Rick) Chipman of Harlan, Iowa, and Cathy Lamer of Shelby, Iowa; three grandchildren, Adam (Anne) Chipman of Harlan, Iowa, Jerad (Katrina) Chipman of Sugar Grove, Illinois, and Amanda Chipman of Ames, Iowa; two great-grandsons, Isaac Chipman and Luke Chipman, both of Harlan, Iowa; three foreign exchange grandchildren, George (Rachael) Eyakoh of Addison, Texas, Murat (Begimai) Makeshev of Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan, and Mishi Makono of Tanga, Tanzania; three foreign exchange great-grandchildren, Aden Eyakoh of Addison, Texas, and Asema Makeshev and Ailin Makeshev, both of Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan; and other relatives and friends.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Walnut, Iowa, with Father Thomas Dooley celebrating. Sondra Dea and the St. Patrick’s Choir were the musicians. Casket bearers were John Luth, Jeff Hansen, Terry McMullen, David Proksel, Adam Chipman, Jerad Chipman, and Amanda Chipman. Burial was in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Walnut, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Walnut, Iowa. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at


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7 Responses to Alice Rita Lamer (March 13, 2018)

  1. Chris Putnam says:

    My condolences to the family. Alice had a big heart and was always a joy to visit with and be around. Our prayers are with you..
    Rod & Chris Putnam

  2. Belva Leydig says:

    Our sympathy goes out to Everett, Cheryl, Cathy and all the rest of the family. Wished we could be with you at this time but not able to make it.
    Burdett & Belva Leydig and Darline Brown. Prairie View, Ks

  3. Cheri Mahoney says:


    I”m so sorry to hear about your Mom – my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I have many good memories of spending time at your house and your parents love and kindness!

  4. Gloria Lamer says:

    Cathy, Cheryl and Rick and family. We are so sad to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was always Aunt Alice to Randy and I. Yes she was always so full of kind and caring words and so loved her family! We really enjoyed our last Lamer reunion in August and our visit with her and Uncle Everett. So glad we got some pictures. Love and hugs to all and we will miss her but cherish all the great memories! Our sympathies to all the family, Gloria and Randy!

  5. Diane Hughes says:

    Dear Lamer family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very trying and difficult time for you all. Alice was such a dear soul in this world. She always had a kind word for me each time I saw her. I loved receiving her cards and messages around the holidays. Every family reunion we all enjoyed her yummmy dishes she shared with us. She will truly be missed!
    God bless you all on this new journey.
    Love, Diane Hughes

  6. Judy says:

    Cathy and Family,
    My heart aches for you and your family during this time of sorrow. May your memories strengthen you as you move thru the days ahead. Please know that you are not alone.
    Judy McMahon

  7. jean jensen says:

    We are sorry to hear of your mother’s passing, May God Bless her richly. Jeannie Jensen

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