Laura Townsend-Edler, 55 of Gladbrook, IA passed away Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at Grundy County Memorial Hospital in Grundy Center, IA. Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 23, 2020, at Anderson Funeral Homes in Marshalltown, IA.Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. until the time of the services. Due to Concerns regarding Covid-19, the family encourages the use of Anderson Funeral Homes livestream to view the service. The link will be able to be accessed off of the Anderson Funeral Homes Facebook page at the time of the service. Anderson Funeral Homes in Marshalltown has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonfhs.com
Laura was born August 14, 1965, to Henry and Mary Margaret (Finn) Townsend in Anamosa, IA. She graduated from Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School in 1983. She later on went to University of Iowa for a few years when she decided to change majors. She attended Kirkwood Community College where she earned her BSN in Psychiatric Nursing. Laura was united in marriage to her best friend Doug Edler on June 4, 1994 in Atkins, IA. In 1994 they moved to upstate New York where she worked as a psychiatric nurse. Doug and Laura moved back to Iowa in 1997 where she specialized in Hospice and elder care. You could always catch Laura cheering on her kids at all their 4-H, FFA and sporting events. In recent years she enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren. She always had unconditional love for her family and friends while her smile lit up the room.
Left to cherish her memories are her loving Husband, Doug Edler of Gladbrook; children, DaLeea (Chris) Gahring of Urbana, IA, Dustin (Gina) Edler of Vinton, IA, Dawn Edler of Vinton, IA, Andrew Townsend of Kansas City, MO, Courtney Sweeney of Urbana, IA, Margaret "Meg" (Alex Schick) Edler of Ames, IA, John Edler of Cedar Falls, IA; five grandchildren: Caiden Gahring, Bella Edler, Brianna Edler, Betty Edler, Paul Birker; one brother, Gary (Coleen) Townsend of Mechanicsville, IA and sister, Karen (Jerry) Kiburz of Scotch Grove, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents; three siblings, Linda Boots, Joe Townsend and Galen Townsend
"I had the priviledge of working with Laura at Cedar Valley Hospice and, not only was she a fountain of knowledge, but she was an excellent, compassionate, nurse with wit and tremendous love for her family. My most sincere condolences to all her family and friends.
May happy memories of Laura give you peace,
"I had the priviledge of working with Laura at Cedar Valley Hospice and, not only was she a fountain of wealth, but she was an excellent, compassionate, nurse with wit and tremendous love for her family. My most sincere condolences to all her family and friends.
May happy memories of Laura give you peace,
"Doug and family, we are definitely going to miss Laura she was a wonderful person! Wish we lived closer we would definitely be there. Hugs to you all. ??Baker Family"
"Laura was a beautiful loving and outgoing person. So sorry for the families loss. You will be forever in my prayers!! P.S. If I lived in Iowa I would be definitely attending this. OXOX "
"I have so many fond memories of Laura. She was my best nurse to work with at Hospice, my favorite cook at Spankys and a forever friend. Her laugh is something I?ll never forget, and her friendship is something I?ll always treasure! ?? Allie Ebersole"
"Very sorry to hear of Laurie?s passing. Laurie was my Hayes Elementary best friend. One of my cherished memories is staying over at her house, eating chocolates and talking about boys. Once we got naughty & opened up all the Xmas gifts under the tree. Then tried to re-wrap them..lol..we got in trouble. Very sweet and fun girl. Thanks for the memories. RIP Laurie. Your old pal, Kathi Hanson Cook"
"Doug and Andrew and family, I will cherish the memories that I have of Laura from N.Y. . We had some great times and I will miss her conversation , my prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time . She was a special person and a amazing nurse . I am sure she will be greatly missed by all, especially her family. My sympathy to you all, Karen Altomer"
"We have lost a dear friend! RIP and sympathy to all the family. "
So sorry to hear about the passing of your wife Linda. Even though I only meet her a couple times I know its hard when friends loose their loved ones. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Mike Hepker "Mac""
"My thoughts and prayers are with your family right now I just can't believe she's gone such a beautiful soul to watch her with the Residence at Polk City Nursing and Rehab was amazing such a compassionate loving caring person I'll never forget the beautiful portraits she took for our families at the center and all the wonderful memories I have working with her Kari Virden"
"Doug and family,
Please know that we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Chad & Sarah Peck, Riley, Reese & Brystal "
"Doug & Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Laura was a beautiful woman and she will be greatly missed by many. Hugs, thoughts and prayers to your entire family. Love, Chad & Stephanie Lukavsky Family"
"Doug and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I will hold on to the wonderful memories of her and our times together at St. Boniface. "
"So sorry for your loss. Laura was very caring and loving , and loved her family dearly. Prayers . Connie Strohbehn "
"Thoughts and prayers for Laura's family. She was a very kind caring woman. "
"Thoughts and prayers for Laura's family. She was a very nice caring woman. "
"Our deepest sympathy to your family. May your tears be replaced with happy memories.....many of which came from the staff and residents at Villa del Sol. Ron & Beth Tuttle"
"I am so sorry to read about Laura?s passing. She was the best hospice nurse my husband, John, and I could have asked for. She was there for us through it all. "