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Leatrice Einck

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Leatrice Einck, age 82, of Nashua died Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at her home. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at the United Methodist Church in Nashua with Pastor Alfredo Agtarap presiding. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Nashua, with Noren Smith, Norris Smith, Ken Douglas and Walt Schmitt serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Mel Anderson, Gerald Vanderwerf, Duane Lines, and Howard Campbell. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Monday, October 13, 2014, at the Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home - Olson Chapel in Nashua. Visitation continues for one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Leatrice Marie Einck was born September 9, 1932, in rural Butler County, Iowa, the daughter of Carl and Maude (Burbridge) Smith. She attended rural country schools and graduated from Nashua High School in 1951. After graduation, Leatrice worked at Schueth Hardware in New Hampton, and later at Lutheran Mutual in Waverly, Iowa, for over twenty years. During the evenings, she also was a Tupperware representative in both Iowa and Arizona. Leatrice married Leroy Peters in 1954. During their marriage they lived in Missouri and Iowa. The couple later divorced. Leatrice married Wayne Einck on March 22, 1980, at the United Methodist Church in Nashua. They made their home in Youngtown, Arizona until 1992. In 1992 they moved back to Nashua and built their retirement home. Leatrice enjoyed taking care of her yard, working in her garden and watching birds in her backyard. She cherished visiting with her friends, family and neighbors and enjoyed church and community activities. Leatrice was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Nashua. Survivors include one brother, Darwin Smith of Webster City, Iowa; 39 nieces and nephews; and a large extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Wayne (2006); three brothers, Norman Smith, Carl Smith, Lavane Smith; one sister, Marva Smith; three siblings in infancy.

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  1. Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Services created a video in memory of Leatrice Marie Einck

  2. Lea had to be closer than a sister, back when we were so active in the American Waterhawks ski club, In fact they lived with us while they were building their house on Lakeshore Drive. She was always AUNT LEA to our children. Lea was a super friend, and a huge asset to our Tupperware unit. We traveled to Tupperware conventions in Utah, and hugely missed her when she moved to Arizona and will miss her now. Leroy and Pat Cleveland – Charles City, Iowa

  3. Lee, was almost always the first one I want to greet when I came rushing from the first worship service at Republic Community Church. Her fresh and welcoming smile was something I needed to proceed with my second task to preach God’s Word on a given Sunday. Often as a pastor, I am intentional in looking for church members I believe especially faithful in coming to church. It was a subjective assessment on my part, though. Truly, Lee was one of the persons I want to talk and meet as a new pastor in the church (es) and community I now consider my own. Lee came to church needing assistance, with her walker. But she came regularly just the same. I can see in her love for her church, and the issues and causes her church represents. The world will always be a better place because of Christians like Lee. May she find in God’s tender mercies the comfort and divine companionship we hope to have for ourselves someday. Pastor Fred Nashua United Methodist Church

  4. I first met Lea in 1964 when I started work at Lutheran Mutual. She was my supervisor for a time and we became good friends. I wish to extend my sympathy to her family and friends. Lynda Rasmussen Barbian

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