Ileta Oakland

Ileta M. Oakland, 86, of Waukon died Thursday, December 7, 2023 at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 15 at 11 a.m. at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon, with Pastor Cathy Jurgens officiating. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.

Friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church Friday. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling the arrangements.

Ileta May Oakland was born May 14, 1937, in Waukon, the daughter of Carl and Esther (Hermier) Kugel. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon. Ileta attended Ludlow #1 country school in rural Waukon through eighth grade and graduated from Waukon High School in 1955.

December 27, 1964, she married Herman Oakland at Zion United Church of Christ. After they were married, they farmed together in Ludlow township before they moved into Waukon in 1992. After moving to Waukon, she did house cleaning for several families in the Waukon area. She also babysat her grandchildren.

Ileta was a member of Zion United Church of Christ where she was active in the ladies’ groups. She also taught Sunday School, helped with the monthly newsletter, and with the children’s library. Ileta loved working in her vegetable garden and flower gardens. She enjoyed reading, canning her produce from the garden, and loved to bake. Ileta also enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Marilyn Oakland and Donald (Sarah) Oakland, both of Waukon; two grandchildren, Emma (Dakota Gies) Oakland and Wade Oakland; two brothers-in-law, Kermit (Linda) Oakland and Gordon (Marlys) Oakland, both of Ossian; a sister-in-law, Pat Oakland of Castalia; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herman, who died in 2002; her siblings: Ruth (Hubert) Cooper, Donald, Eldo (Marjorie) and Roger (Mary) Kugel, Marjorie (Calvin) Winter, and LaVonne (Egbert) Ewing; a sister-in-law, Marie (Carl) Decker; and a brother-in-law, Lloyd Oakland.

Casketbearers are Wade Oakland, Terry Winter, Pat Burckart, Keith Burger, Andy Sires and Emma Oakland. Online condolences may be left at