Funeral services will be held at the St. John's United Church of Christ, South of Peterson, on Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Mike Tolles officiating.
Visitation will be at the church from noon until service time on Friday. Arrangements are under the care of Tait Funeral Home of Cazenovia, N.Y., and Johnson Funeral Home of Stanton, Neb., with assistance from Boothby Funeral Home of Cherokee. Burial in the cemetery at St. John's United Church of Christ, the same church founded by her German ancestors and where she was baptized, confirmed, and married.
Mangold, long-time Alta resident, was born on August 30, 1915, to Wm. H. and Sophie Luetkeman Mueller on a farm in Brooke Township, Buena Vista County. She was baptized as an infant and renewed that covenant through confirmation at St. John's United Church of Christ in 1930. She was a 1935 graduate of the Brooke School where she was a star basketball player, a member of the declamatory program, and the editor of "The Bubbling Brooke," the school section of the Peterson newspaper.
On September 12, 1935, she was married at St. John's United Church of Christ to Wilbur D. Mangold of the Highview area. This union was blessed with three children--William, Susan, and Jean.
The couple farmed in the Alta area until 1954. They then moved into the town of Alta where they lived until 1962. At that time, they moved to Council Bluffs and then to Des Moines in 1964. After her husband's death, she remained in Des Moines until 1981 when she retired from Broadlawn's Hospital where she was employed for 17 years in the Out Patient Department. She then moved to New Woodstock, NY, to be closer to her daughter Jean and family. She entered Harding Nursing Home in Waterville, N.Y., in June of 2005 and remained under their loving care until her death.
While living in Alta, she was a dedicated member of Trinity Lutheran Church, giving freely of her time and talent. She sang in the church choir and was active in the Ladies' Aid, serving as their president in 1953. For several years she was a Sunday School teacher as well as the superintendent of both the Sunday School and Vacation Bible School.
Her volunteer spirit continued during her years in New Woodstock where she was a volunteer at the New Woodstock Free Library for 24 years. She received their "Volunteer of the Year" award in 2004 and retired in April of 2005 because of failing health.
She was an extraordinary homemaker, never wavering in her devotion to her family. Throughout her life, she also honored her German heritage and spent many enjoyable hours researching and recording the genealogy of her immigrant ancestors as well as sharing German traditions with her family and friends. She continued to sing German hymns and recite German prayers her entire life.
She was a proud American and loved to travel this beautiful country. She also enjoyed the outdoors while hiking, golfing, and gardening. She was an extraordinary cook, loved the music from the "Big Band Era," was an avid reader, and found great joy in creating many beautiful hand-sewn and crocheted pieces. Above all, she adored her grandchildren and their families, regarding each one of them as a special blessing. She met life with a smile and treasured the countless simple pleasures that came her way.
She was preceded in death by her father, William Mueller in 1969, her mother, Sophie in 1981, her husband, Wilbur in 1974, her son, Bill in 2005, a grandson Paul Mangold in 1968, her brother Darrell Mueller in 1983, her sister Laura Buddenhagen in 2002, and her brother-in-law Arthur Buddenhagen in 1971.
She is survived by her daughter Susan Olson and husband Vernon of Dickens, a daughter Jean Kent and husband Robert of Cazenovia, N.Y. and a daughter-in law Evelyn Mangold of Marengo. Also cherishing her memory are nine grandchildren--Timothy Mangold and Tracy of Marengo; Jacklyn Gebhardt of Jacksonville, Ill.; Debbie Jokisch and Bruce of Virginia, Ill.; Julie Malach and Bill of O'Fallon, Mo.; Dana Prather and Mike of Jacksonville, Ill.; Amy Lovelady and David of Columbia, Mo.; Steven Kent of DeWitt, N.Y.; Michael Kent of Auburn, Wash.; and Johanna Kent of Maui, Hawaii. She is also survived by 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren as well as her sister-in-law Fern Mueller of Cherokee and many devoted nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Contributions in Velma's memory may be made to the St. John's United Church of Christ; 4486 20th Ave; Peterson, Iowa 51047.