Gayle A. Hodgson

May 8, 2019
Hodgson, Gayle Crop


Family Memorial Services: 10:30 am Friday, May 17, 2019 at South Waterloo Church of the Brethren 



Private family inurnment: will precede services at Orange Township Cemetery 


Memorials: May be directed to South Waterloo Church of the Brethren or Friendship Village Auxiliary.


Gayle A. Hodgson, 95, of Waterloo, died Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at Lakeview Landing of Friendship Village.

Gayle was born October 11, 1923, in Preston, MN, daughter of Jacob and Jessie Broadwater Tammel.

She graduated from Preston High School, MN, in 1941, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Foods and Nutrician from Iowa State University in 1945. She married Walter L. Hodgson March 3, 1951, at First Brethren Church in Chicago, IL; he died January 31, 2005.

Gayle worked as a dietitian at Cook County Hospital, Chicago; Springfield City Hospital in Springfield, OH; Allen Memorial Hospital (UnityPoint) in Waterloo; and the University of Northern Iowa, where she retired in 1985.

She was a member of South Waterloo Church of the Brethren, Past President of Women's Fellowship. She was a member of Covenant (MercyOne) Medical Center Auxiliary where she had volunteered since 1986. She was a member of the American Association of University Women, Black Hawk County and Iowa States Women's Club, American and Iowa Dietetic Association, and the Friendship Village Auxiliary. In 2011 she received the mayor’s volunteer award for lifetime achievement. She enjoyed quilting.

Gayle is survived by her daughter, Sue (Ken) Hantelmann of Georgetown‚ TX; son-in-law, Robert “Steve” Grittmann of Hudson‚ IA; six grandchildren, Jeff Grittmann of Clive‚ IA, Jennifer (David) Swanson of Nevada, IA, Christopher Grittmann of Lakeview‚ MN, Derek (Dawn) Grittmann of Clive‚ IA, Christie (Chuck) Jenner of Austin, TX, and Matt (Jennifer) Hantelmann of Round Rock‚ TX; nine great-grandchildren, Taylor and Jake Grittmann, Jonathan, Jessica, and Daniel Swanson, Dexter Grittmann, Benjamin Porter, and Ainsley and Madison Hantelmann.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; a daughter, Jan Grittmann; two brothers, Juan and Donne Tammel; and two sisters, Marjorie Wissing and Vyla Blough.

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  1. Jeanette Dillon | May 17, 2019

    What little I remember of Gayle, I remember with fondness.  I knew her sister Vyla much better as she lived on the adjoining farm until we moved to Kimball Ave.  Please accept my deepest sympathy but know she lived a good live and the world was a better place with her in it.  She no longer has to worry about the troubles of the world.

    Jeanette (Johnson) Dillon


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