Lela F. Walker

Oct 9, 2019
Walker, Lela Red


11:00 a.m. Monday, October 14th, 2019 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 810 Kimball Ave., Waterloo, IA  50702


an hour prior to services at the church


Woodlawn Cemetery, 1301 W Charles St, Oelwein, IA 50662


May be directed to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.


Lela F. Walker, 99, of Waterloo, died Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at Friendship Village Retirement Center.

She was born August 21, 1920, in Oelwein, the daughter of Nels and Ulla Bjorklund Nelson. Lela graduated from Oelwein High School in 1936.

She married Paul M. Walker in Ft. Smith, Arkansas on June 18, 1943; he preceded her in death on March 13, 1995.

Lela contributed to war efforts as secretary of the base Commander in Alamogordo, NM. Following World War II, she was secretary to Dean of Students at Coe College, Cedar Rapids, and worked many years as church secretary of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, where she was also a member.

She enjoyed playing bridge, doing wood decorations and crafts, and liked to cook and bake.

Lela is survived by her family, son Thomas Walker of both Houston‚ TX and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and daughter Connie Dangelser of Bellevue; one sister, Evelyn (Leland) Wickwire of Allison; grandchildren, Lezlea Pixley Dahlke of Winona, MN, and Samuel Pixley of Portland, OR; great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her; parents; two sisters, Caroline Blunt of Strawberry Point, and Laura Burco of Aurora; a brother, Charles Nelson of Waterloo, and an infant brother, Alfred Nelson; and a nephew, Dennis Burco.

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  1. De-Lisa J. Curry | Oct 12, 2019

    You have my deepest condolences,  may your dear Mother rest in peace.  She led a long and stellar life;  those left behind will both mourn and celebrate her, undoubtedly.

    Certainly the world was a better place because she was in it. May she rest in Heaven, and may family and friends know comfort and peace. 


    De-Lisa J. Curry

  2. Russell Amsbaugh | Oct 12, 2019
    So sorry to hear of your mother passing.  She had a great life & you were so blessed to have her in your life for such a long time.  Now it’s time to celebrate her life and remember all of the fantastic times you had together.

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