Ermelin Lenora Fallgatter (November 2, 2016)

ermelin-fallgatter-photoApril 8, 1922 ~ November 2, 2016

Saturday, November 5, 2016
10:00 – 11:00 AM
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Kimballton, IA
(get directions)

Saturday, November 5, 2016
11:00 AM
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Kimballton, IA
(get directions)
Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Kimballton, IA

Museum of Danish America
Elk Horn, IA

2 Daughters – Juleann Fallgatter (Dan MacMillan) of Washington, DC
Michelle (Hisham) Elkhatib of Ames, IA
1 Son – Spencer (Lilia) Fallgatter of Chandler, AZ
7 Grandchildren – Kyle MacMillan
Alexandra Fallgatter
Kristian Fallgatter
Mazen (Lama) Elkhatib
Rami Elkhatib
Samer Elkhatib
Sara Elkhatib
1 Great-grandchild – Adam Elkhatib
Other Relatives & Friends

Ermelin Lenora Fallgatter, the daughter of Alfred and Karen (Pedersen) Simonsen, was born April 8, 1922, in Kimballton, Iowa. She graduated from Elk Horn High School in 1939.

On November 29, 1946, Ermelin married Robert Keith Fallgatter at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kimballton. They resided in Des Moines, Iowa, until 1954. Ermelin attended Grand View College in Des Moines, and was later employed by the Des Moines Chamber of Commerce and Western Policy Committee, as well as working part time for American Evangelical Lutheran Church President Dr. Alfred Jensen.

After Robert’s ordination as a Lutheran pastor in 1954, Ermelin did volunteer work, played the organ and participated in the Lutheran Church Women’s group in the parishes where her husband served as pastor including the communities of Wilbur, Washington; Marlette and Brown City, Michigan; and Dunlap, Iowa. She, along with her husband, produced the convention minutes for the 1954 Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church Synod Convention at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls, Iowa, and for many ensuing conventions.

Ermelin was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kimballton. In later years, Ermelin and Robert enjoyed providing the Danish open-faced sandwiches and the fellowship of the residents of the Salem Lutheran Home, Elk Horn, Iowa, on many Sunday afternoons.

Ermelin L. Fallgatter died on November 2, 2016, at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines, Iowa. She had reached the age of 94 years, 6 months, and 25 days.

Ermelin was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. She is survived by two daughters, Juleann Fallgatter (Dan MacMillan) of Washington, DC, and Michelle (Hisham) Elkhatib of Ames, Iowa; one son, Spencer (Lilia) Fallgatter of Chandler, Arizona; seven grandchildren, Kyle MacMillan, Alexandra and Kristian Fallgatter, Mazen (Lama), Rami, Samer, and Sara Elkhatib; one great-grandchild, Adam Elkhatib; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was held on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kimballton, Iowa, with Pastor Sam Jacobs officiating. Shirley Pattee served as the organist. Casket bearers were Dan MacMillan, Rami Elkhatib, Samer Elkhatib, Kyle MacMillan, Hisham Elkhatib, and Kristian Fallgatter. Burial was in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Kimballton, Iowa. Memorials may be made to the Museum of Danish America, Elk Horn, 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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2 Responses to Ermelin Lenora Fallgatter (November 2, 2016)

  1. Loris Laursen Coltson says:

    Thank you for letting our church know about your mother’s passing. There are many at Hope Lutheran in Marlette who remember your parents. Your dad was pastor here from Feb 14, 1960 until Oct 1968. Your family was very blessed to have your mother for so many years.
    Loris Laursen Coltson

  2. Elisabeth Petersen says:

    I am so sorry to learn of the passing of your mother! Your parents were an important part of my churchlife in Dunlap. I haven’t seen any of you for so long. I have a lot of good memories of you all both in church and in school. You are in my prayers! Take care! Elisabeth McAllister Petersen

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