Edith Nelda Von Sprecken, age 97, died January 19, 2018 at Living Center West, Cedar Rapids. Services: Visitation will be at 10:00 am with the church service at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 27, 2018; both at Zion American Lutheran Church, Wyoming, Iowa. Burial: Wyoming Cemetery. Friends may call at Zion Lutheran Church in Wyoming, Iowa one hour prior to the funeral service. Survivors include one son, David Von Sprecken and wife Sandi of Shueyville and a daughter, Marie Peeters of Cedar Rapids; seven grandchildren (Jeff (Michelle) Von Sprecken, Eric (Tracy) Von Sprecken, Angela (Travis) Janko, Amy (Joe) Valentine, Alison (Ben) Sanders, Mike (Cherie) Hathcock and Michelle Mask; twenty-one great-grandchildren (Logan, Jared, Adam, Adrian, Wil, Megan, Travis, Kayla, Peyton, Carter, Michael, Cody, Jacob, Mia, Sydni, Kaelynn, Michael, Andrea, Aldin, Andrew and Jacob) and six great, great grandchildren (Max, Reece, Brennan, Madison, Caroline and Kighla Rae Ann.
Edith was preceded in death by her husband, George, her son, Marvin Von Sprecken, her parents; two sisters; and three brothers.
Edith was born on June 28, 1920, in Monticello, Iowa the daughter of Ray and Edith Davis. She attended Center Junction School and graduated in 1936. On Sept. 7, 1938, Edith married George M. Von Sprecken in Anamosa. After their marriage, they farmed various places. Edith worked at Rockwell Collins for 22 years retiring in 1978. The highlight of Edith’s career at Rockwell Collins was the time she worked on the Apollo space program.
Above all, Edith enjoyed her family and grand children. Edith and her husband George played Rummy every morning once they were retired. Edith also enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening, going to the movies and the theater, reading and sewing. Completing the newspaper crossword puzzle was a daily activity. In her early nineties it was typical for Edith to read about 6 books every two to three weeks from the Cedar Rapids and Marion Libraries. Edith was an active member of the Zion American Lutheran Church, Wyoming. She sewed and contributed many quilt tops for the Lutheran relief services.
We are very thankful to the staff of Living Center West where she resided the last two years and ten months. The staff gave mom lots of hugs, loved her sense of humor and smile and treated her with kindness and compassion.
Donations in Edith's honor may go to Camp Courageous or Zion Lutheran Church, Wyoming, Iowa.