Luella Spiegler

Luella Ann Spiegler, 85, of Waukon died Monday, May 26, 2014 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Funeral services were held Thursday, May 29 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon, with Pastor Samantha Houser officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.
Luella Ann Spiegler was born November 3, 1928 in rural Waukon on her parents’ Jefferson Township farm. She was the daughter of Theodore William and Ruby Henrietta (Sherman) Hansmeier. Luella was baptized and confirmed at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon. She attended rural elementary schools and graduated from Waukon High School in 1946.
Following school she worked for a year as a dental assistant for Dr. Roy Wheat, DDS. November 19, 1947 Luella married Glenn Arthur Spiegler at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon. They started farming with family near Caledonia, MN and later rented a couple of other area farms. Eventually Luella and Glenn bought their own farm in Ludlow Township where they operated a dairy herd and raised beef cattle, hogs and crops. Luella was very active in all aspects of the farming operation, particularly enjoying the animals, livestock and her beloved cats. In 2002 they retired and moved to Waukon. Following Glenn’s death in 2004, she lived in the La Crosse, WI area for several years before returning to Waukon in 2007.
Luella was a member of Zion United Church of Christ and the Ladies Fellowship there. She also belonged to a neighborhood club and was a 4-H leader when her girls were active. Luella was an excellent seamstress, did cross stitching work, and was a wonderful cook. She enjoyed catalog shopping, playing cards and dancing. Many of her favorite times were spent with family, including almost weekly summer Sunday outings on the Mississippi River when the family was young.
Survivors include two daughters, Sally (William) Seiter of Onalaska, WI and Nancy (Dennis) Sweeney of Waukon; four grandchildren, Bill (Melissa) Seiter of Olathe, KS, Nick (Melanie) Seiter of Canistota, SD, Kent (Brigitte) Sweeney of Waukon and Jane (Jon) Erickson of La Crosse, WI; and nine great-grandchildren, James, Ryan and Matthew Seiter, Hans, Tessa, Nora and Will Erickson, and Chase and Raven Sweeney. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Glenn; and a brother, Roger Hansmeier.
Casketbearers were her grandchildren and their spouses. Online condolences may be left at