MUSCATINE, Iowa - Lucille J. Flanders, 95, of Muscatine, passed away in her sleep on Sunday, January 6, 2019.
A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 11, 2019, at the St. Mary Church in Nichols. The Reverend's Mike Spiekermeier and Troy Richmond will con-celebrate. A time of food and fellowship will be held at the church following Mass. Burial will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery, Muscatine, at a later date. A rosary prayer service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the church.
There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the New Evangelization Catholic Radio. The Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Lucille was born on April 6, 1923, in Ellis, Kansas, the daughter of Joseph and Rosa Niernberger Wiesner. She married Bernard J. Flanders on April 29, 1946, in Ellis, Kansas. He preceded her in death on October 31, 2005.
Lou was a member of the Ss. Mary and Mathias Parish, Ladies Guild, and the Catholic Daughters of the America's - Joan of Arc Court 524. She loved God and her family and put her love into action every day.
Those left to honor her memory include her children, Linda Powell of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Mark Flanders and wife, Kay, of Muscatine, Susan Sivinanda and husband, Nathan, of Mt. Shasta, California, Denise Smith and husband, Johnny, of Nichols, and Joseph Flanders and wife, Joan, of Muscatine; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mary Ann Crosbie of Modesto, California.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and five siblings.
"I love this photo of Aunt Lou. To me, she was a very gracious, kind person and that just shines through in this photo. I must have looked at it five or six times today, and each time it made me smile.
Aunt Lou was my godmother. When I was a child, she took the time to wrap and send a Christmas present to me, even though she was busy with a large family of her own. It made me feel special, and I was and am grateful. She was a very kind person.
She was also a very good cook. The first time I tasted cauliflower?some sixty years ago--it was in Aunt Lou?s home. She served it whole, covered with a white cheese sauce, and I had never tasted anything so wonderful. To this day, when I make cauliflower with a cheese sause, I think of Aunt Lou.
I am sure most of my cousins and siblings also remember how much fun our Aunts and Uncles and grandparents had playing cards, arguing politics, and just being together. They knew how to have fun!
It is hard to lose a parent, even when they have lived a long life as Aunt Lou did. My thoughts tonight are for all of Bernie and Lou?s family. Sending love, Mary
"Mark and Kay, sorry to hear of Lucille's passing. I remember Mark always spoke so highly of her. May God comfort you with many good memories of your mom."
"Dear Flanders Family,
So sorry for your loss! I have very fond memories of times spent at picnics, parties, and family gatherings. Our folks were friends with many of the St. Mathias parish families. Linda and I were classmates from grade school through high school. I remember a chartreuse coat that Lou wore to mass, it complemented her beautifully. She always had a smile and friendly words. God bless you all!"
"Dear Flanders Family, and especially Linda,
Sending prayers for you and your family! Your Mother was so sweet and I remember her well. God bless you in your time of loss.
Francie Lazio Hickerson"
"Linda, I?m so sorry for your loss. Your mother was such a lovely person. I will keep her and your family in my prayers. "
"To the Flanders family.
We are so sorry for your loss. We have many fond memories of both your Mom and Dad, especially through the Knights of Columbus activities. Your Mom was such a kind and loving lady. You have our sincerest sympathy and we will keep you in our prayers.
Roberta and Geoff Hilton"