Lucille Catherine Laing

Sep 12, 2018
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Mass of Christian Burial
9:00 a.m. Friday, September 21, 2018 at St. Edward Catholic Church
1423 Kimball Avenue, Waterloo, Iowa 50702


3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Locke Funeral Home with a 3:00 p.m. Rosary, followed by Mercy Hospital (Cedar Rapids) Nursing Honor Guard presentation


Private family burial will take place at Waterloo Cemetery


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice (2001 Kimball Avenue, Waterloo, IA 50702) or St. Edward Catholic Church (1423 Kimball Avenue, Waterloo, IA 50702)


Lucille Catherine Laing, 97, of Waterloo passed away peacefully at Friendship Village Medical Center Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

Lucille was born the second of five children on the family farm in Victor, Iowa on November 20, 1920. Her parents were Clarence and Philomena (DeMeulenaere) Beran. She graduated from St. John School in Victor and Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Iowa City, Iowa. She entered the Navy as a nurse in 1942. She worked at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland and Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, California.

She was united in marriage to Theodore "Ted" Laing December 5, 1943 at St. Joseph's Cathedral in San Diego. They eventually moved to Waterloo to be closer to family. She worked at Schoitz Hospital until retirement in 1982.

They raised four children and were faithful members of St. Edward Catholic Church for 65 years. Ted passed away in 2009. Lucille was a wonderful cook and her family remembers many picnics at Byrnes Park and in the backyard. She enjoyed bridge groups, book club participation, and golf with friends and Ted. They loved to travel in their retirement. She volunteered regularly at Schoitz Hospital. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her faith was unfailing, and she always showed us how to apply faith in daily life.

The family wishes to extend their deepest thanks to Friendship Village friends and caregivers, Cedar Valley Hospice nurses and Locke Funeral Home for their loving care of Mom.

Lucille is survived by four children, James (JoAnn) Laing of La Jolla, CA; Linda (Wally) Narins of Rice Lake, WI; Catherine (Douglas) Brace of Waterloo; and John (Denise) Laing of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL; 12 grandchildren; 24 great‑grandchildren: Sean Laing, Shannon (Nick) Alford and their children Ella and Finley Alford, Andrew (Carey) Laing, Katie (Dennis) Auth and their children Aiden, Lucy, William and Molly Auth, Christopher (Page) Narins and their children Lucia, Edward, Emelia, and Levi Narins, Markus (Mackenzie) Naris and their children Charlotte and Elanora Narins, Patrick (Cindy) Brace and their children, Kristian and Alexis Leonard and Jhori and Ari Brace, Jeffrey (Annie) Brace and their children, Eliza, Cooper and Kennedy Brace, Angela (Jason) Glynn and their children, Lucas, Anna and Connor Glynn, Bryan Nelson and his daughter Breanna Nelson, Brandon (Lora) Laing and their daughter Brooklyn Laing, and Brenton Laing; a sister-in-law, Madeline Beran of San Luis Obispo, CA; and six nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years and parents; an infant brother; two brothers, Ray and Harold Beran; a sister, Agnes Griffin; two sisters‑in‑law, Irene Beran and Jacqueline Wright; and many first cousins.

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  1. Mary Ann (Frost) Paulukonis | Sep 24, 2018


    Even when a mother lives to the age of 97, her loss is still a loss. May God hold you and all your family close in these days of grieving and may you know her presence in a special new way as the months and years go by.

  2. Joe & Kathy Draude | Sep 19, 2018
    What a wonderful tribute to your Mom , who lived a full life and left an incredible legacy. Kathy and I extend our most heartfelt sympathy in your loss. She was with Ted for 65 years ,an amazing achievment, and now they are together again for eternity. 
  3. Bob Saunders | Sep 17, 2018
    it was such a joy to have known both your mom and dad.  I will keep her in my prayers.
  4. Columbus High School Alumni | Sep 16, 2018
    Our deepest sympathy to the Laing family.
  5. Cindy Hohlfeld Marsh | Sep 16, 2018

    Linda and family,

    So sorry for the loss of your Mom. Though I never met her, the  obituary was a beautiful testament to the person she was. Peace be with you all.


  6. Susan Bedard Nemmers | Sep 14, 2018

    As a young girl I have such fond memories going to the Laing home.... in fact, when I am in town driving by the West third home I still get warm fuzzies. 

    Among many things Lucy was a wonderful cook and baker … Cathy and I would always find the beautifully decorated Christmas cookies stored in the chilly coat closet.  Lucy knew that we would get into them but always smiled when she caught us. 

     But what  I will never forget about Lucy was her quiet gentle ways. My mom was in and out of the hospital a lot during my high school days and it was always such a comfort to know that Lucy would tell me that she requested to take care of mom when she was on duty.  She knew my concern and my heart. She was very much a second mom to me.

    When she would put her white nurses uniform on she became angelic. it must’ve been wonderful having a mom for a nurse... she was the first inventor of the squatty potty right Cathy?  

      Lucy leaves such a legacy  in the women that she raised… Ted and Lucy were the dream team when it came to raising families. 

     My deepest sympathy to the Laing family.



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