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Laura Hucke

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Laura Jane Hucke age 77, of Fredericksburg, IA died Wednesday September 6, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Peace United Church of Christ of Fredericksburg with Rev. Betty Schmudlach officiating. Andy Jons will be the vocalist with Robin Jons the pianist, singing 'How Can I Keep From Singing' and 'I Can See Clearly Now'. Interment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Fredericksburg with Bill Mulder, Marv Steege, Danny Steege, Keith Kreun, Andy Rosulek, Hugh Mackintosh and Dave DeVilder as pallbearers. Friends may greet the family 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 8, 2017, at the Hugeback - Johnson Funeral Home in Fredericksburg with further visitation one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Laura Jane Hucke was born December 1, 1939, at the Madison Church of Christ Parsonage in Brooklyn, Iowa the daughter of Herbert Arnold and Frances Helen (Graham) Kleiss. She attended country school near Brooklyn, Iowa and graduated from the Brooklyn High School. She was Co-Validictorian of her graduating class and won various solo and small group vocal music awards. Laura also spent one year of studies at Iowa State and one year at Bible College in Oklahoma City. In 2000, Laura took United Church of Christ seminary classes and graduated as a Lay Minister. On Memorial Day in 1957, Laura met Roger Alan Hucke on a blind date arranged by Laura’s cousin, Bonnie (Kleiss) Erickson. They were united in marriage, February 26, 1960 at the Madison Church of Christ in Brooklyn. On November 14, 1961 they was blessed with the birth of their daughter, Robin and on February 2, 1967 their son Steve was born and was adopted into the family in May. The couple started their married life living in Arlington, Virginia. Roger had a civil service job working for the Marines and was already living there so after their marriage they spent one year in Arlington whereLaura worked at the Northern Virginia Sun Newspaper. After realizing the city life wasn’t for them, they moved back to the Fredericksburg/Sumner area. In 1974 they purchased and moved their family to the Hucke Family Farm. The farm has been in the Hucke family since 1902 when Roger’s grandfather purchased it. Laura was a stay at home mom from 1960 – 1991, devoting her time, love and attention to her two children. In 1991 she became the Assistant Librarian at the Upham Memorial Library in Fredericksburg. She also was a licensed Lay Pastor for the United Church of Christ in Fredericksburg from 2000 – 2004, becoming the associate Pastor for four years. Laura was always very active in the UCC Peace Church, helping with Sunday School, Bible School, Women’s Bible Study groups, Choir, Youth Musical Programs and Women Fellowship. She also did a year of Supply Preaching. She was the Pastor at the Clarksville UCC for two years and also the New Hampton and Ionia UCC Congregational Churches, until she retired in May of 2013. Laura was the Dairy Princess Chairperson at Dairy Days for two years, also helping with Cancer Bike-A-Thons and Summer Reading Programs. She loved her Card Club, bird watching,tending to her plants and flowers, reading and studying. She was a very organized person and loved to plan activities and trips. She founded the Hucke/Mitchell Singers, arranging and producing the music, writing the scripts, and directing the programs. She was a gifted writer, and wrote wonderful stories for her grandkids. Laura is survived by her husband of 57 years, Roger; daughter, Robin (Steve) Jons of Fredericksburg; son, Steve (Dawn) Hucke of Byron, Mn; grandchildren, Andy Jons, Seth Jons, Danielle Hucke and Collin Hucke; sister, Marjorie (Dave) Devilder of Brooklyn, Iowa; one brother, Paul Kleiss of Osage Beach, MO. She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Frances Kleiss; brother, Alan Kleiss and grandson, Brandon Jons.

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  1. So sorry to hear of Laura’s passing. She officiated Melba’s funeral and we were so happy with the compassionate message she delivered. May God give you comfort in these troubling times. Don and Judy Forsman

  2. Our first grandchild suffered a health issue and was transported to Iowa City when he was five months old. The prayers and words of comfort Laura shared with me will never be forgotten. She was a great lady with such a strong belief in God. Wishing your family strength during this trying time. Cheryl Hotz

  3. My heart goes out to your family for the loss of your mother. Wish I could be there to give you all hugs of love. My prayers are with you all.

  4. We are very sad to hear this news. But we can be comforted in our sorrow knowing one day your family will be reunited. She is with other loved ones in Heaven walking on streets of gold. I imagine her by the tree of knowledge as she was always so smart and hungry to learn more and more. We pray the Holy Spirit wraps Himself around your family in this hard time. We will be praying for you guys. with love- Al, Chantal, and Logan Papousek

  5. I was at New Hampton/Ionia and served as Laura’s mentor for part of her program. Truth be told, she was as much my mentor in many ways, and I treasure the times we had working together. Your family and friends are in my prayers as you gather to support one another and celebrate one of the most gracious, gentle, strong women that ever walked this earth. — Carol (Krause) Nealis, Morris, New York

  6. Laura was a gracious and beautiful woman. I remember her from high school and stories through Dawn. I connected with her a few times over the past several months. Praying for comfort for your family and that you are experiencing as much joy at having her in your life as you are sorrow at the thought of missing her for this short time until you see her again. Love to you.

  7. Unfortunately I didn’t have the pleasure to meet Steve’s Mom, but I did have the pleasure to play baseball at Turkey Valley for her son, Steve. Laura raised a son that is compassionate, genuine and all around class act. Never met an individual with such a great attitude and has a passion for life. My condolences to Dawn and Steve and the rest of the Hucke family. In times like this your friends will shine and be there for comfort. It hurts now, but time will heal. God is good, and Laura is with her maker. Share her memories and know she will always be in your heart. Tom Smith

  8. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. Thank God we will all meet again because of Jesus! ~Katie Rich

  9. Prayers and sympathy for the Hucke family as they deal with the loss of their Mother. May she rest in peace in the arms of the Lord. Her suffering is done.

  10. I was on the Library Board when Laura worked there & she was such a great listener & really cared for everyone’s concerns. I also had the privilege of being on this same Library Board with her husband, Roger. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you, Roger & the entire Hucke family. She will be truly missed. Morry Holthaus

  11. Laura had such a kind heart and beautiful soul. She was very kind to me through some rough times. I will not forget the comfort she gave to me. Wishing your family strength and courage in this difficult time. Chris Holthaus

  12. Early memories or Laura leading us in Sunday School and later other church activities, a life well lived with faith at the center. Gods grace and favorite memories be with you all.

  13. Our condolences to the family of Laura Hucke. She was a gentle, God loving woman, wife, mother and grandmother. Jan Fenneman Manson and Lance Manson

  14. So very sorry for your family Laura was so wonderful and I remember so well her wonderful words when I had surgery years ago. What a beautiful Laura she will be missed but left our world a better place with the memories FLY HIGH BEAUTIFUL ANGEL :rose:

  15. Sorry to hear of Laura’s passing. Know that her entire family is in our thoughts and prayers. Linda and Louie Hugh

  16. The Busbee Family sends prayers and love to all of you. Laura was a lovely lady in body, mind and spirit! Many times, she showed us such kindness and hospitality. Her compassion, inspiration, creativity, good works for family and friends and the love she shared with all she met are legendary. We never will forget her, her light-filled life and the wonderful family she created. We are grateful that she was here on Earth. Now, we know she is in Heaven with Brandon and other family members, and that she is at peace.

  17. Dear Roger, Robin, Steve and families: The entire Scott family extends their deepest sympathy for your loss. Laura was a class act, inside and out, and may knowing that others share in your pain, lessen yours. Lila Scott

  18. We send much love to Roger and all of Laura’s family. She has been a bright spot in our life for many years now and will be missed. David, Celina, Elizabeth and Annie Peerman

  19. I can find no words to soften the pain today. It is difficult for me to realize I will never see Laura again. This world was a better place because of the joy she brought with her sweet smile and kind and loving ways. I feel so fortunate to have shared a part of my life with Laura. I have some wonderful memories of times spent with her when we were in school at Brooklyn. To Laura’s family, may your spirit be touched by the love that surrounds you and slowly may the healing begin.

  20. I wish I could come and pay my respects but am unable too. I have nothing but fond memories of Laura. She was a wonderful sister in law. I thank GOD for allowing me to know her. I never knew such a happy person as Laura she always had such a good attitude. I know she will be missed by so many and myself included. I will miss seeing her name light up on facebook friends list and having one of our occasional chats. I will keep you all in my prayers, Roger, Robin and Family and Steve and Family. Again I am so sorry for your loss.

  21. Our sincere sympathy, Roger and family. Be blessed in her memories. Gary & Ella Olson, formerly of Waterloo, IA and now at Spirit Lake, IA

  22. Don and I send our love and prayers to all the family. Laura had so many gifts which she shared with family, friends, community and her church. We enjoyed the times we were able to spend together when we visited Iowa and when the Huckes vacationed in Rhode Island. We give thanks to God for her life of love and ministry. Clarice and Don Gothberg

  23. Sympathy to the families of Laura. She was a beautiful person inside and out. Love a classmate friend. Joyce (Collum) Watson

  24. My thoughts are with the families :heartpulse::heartpulse::heartpulse::heartpulse::heartpulse::heartpulse::heartpulse::heartpulse::heartpulse::heartpulse::heartpulse::heartpulse::heartpulse:

  25. Roger and family, our sympathies to you at the loss of Laura. She married Gary and I in the fall of 2006 on the saturday of Thanksgiving weekend. She was always encouraging to us and our whole congregation in Clarksville. Gary and Georgia Freerks

  26. Roger and family, I send my condolences. I so enjoyed my class time with Laura as we progressed through the Learn Program. She was always so supportive of my role in ministry. Laura had so many gifts and talents and she shared them well with this world. I shall miss her deeply.


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