Lavada “Dustie” Dowd

Mar 28, 2018
Dowd_Lavada newspaper



There will be a visitation from 12:00 noon to 3:00 PM on Friday, April 6, 2018 with a time of sharing at 2:00 PM at Locke Funeral Home, 1519 West 4th St., Waterloo


Mount Olivet Cemetery, Waterloo, Iowa


to the family


Lavada Fern “Dustie” Dowd, 90, of Waterloo, IA, died Wednesday, March, 28, 2018 at Covenant Medical Center of natural causes.

She was born January 3, 1928, in Hazleton, IA, daughter of Louis and Ella Waters Destival. She married John Dowd in July of 1952 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Waterloo. He preceded her in death on August 23, 1968.

Dustie graduated from Hazleton High School. At the age of 55, Dustie received her nurse’s aide and medication certifications from Hawkeye Community College. She worked at several local businesses over the years and then worked at area nursing homes as a nurse’s aide until her retirement.

She was an avid sports fan, predominately basketball, because of her sons’ involvement and she also cheered for the Hawkeyes and Cubs. She was an excellent bowler and enjoyed going to the casino, too.

Dustie is survived by a son, John G. Dowd of Waterloo; a daughter, Julie Dowd Legeros of Lake Forest Park, WA; four grandchildren: Elena (Shelby) Legeros, Anna (Alex) Fleet, Sam Dowd and Danielle Dowd; a great-grandson, Thomas Christopher Fleet; a great-granddaughter expected in June; and two sisters, Janice Schoon and Judy (Daniel) Gnade, both of Marion, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Joseph L. Dowd; a son-in-law, Christopher Legeros; a brother, Delmon Destival; and a sister, Louella Betts.

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  1. Patty Rausa | Apr 06, 2018

    Julie and Family,

    Sorry to hear about your Mom...remember great times on Forest Ave. and what a great person she was...her legacy lives on through all of you.

    Patty Quirk Raua

  2. September Sackett | Apr 04, 2018

    My deepest condolences to the family! I am so deeply     sorry for your loss! Sending my love to the whole family!

  3. Deb Willis | Apr 02, 2018
    enjoyed seeing Dustie smile every day at ridgeway place. It was nice to have gotten to know her and take care her the 3 and a half years I was at ridgeway place...we all missed seeing each other but I did come see her a couple times at western home standard  she will be missed and be in our hearts every day...RIP Ms. Dustie
  4. Evelyn Barnhart | Apr 01, 2018
    Fondly rememering Lavada. She was a great friend for 57 years. It was a sad day when weheard of her passing. Prayers to all of her family.

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