Isabelle Michael

Isabelle A. Michael (Mausser)

Thursday, June 7th, 1923 - Friday, July 31st, 2020
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- Isabelle A. Michael, 97, of Walker, IA died on Friday July 31, 2020 at Hiawatha Care Center in Hiawatha, IA

Isabelle was born on June 7, 1923 in Cascade, IA to John Paul and Ellen Theresa (Rowan) Mausser. Her family rented various farms before finally settling in Walker in 1937. She graduated from Walker High School in 1941 and attended Cedar Falls Teaching College. She taught in the rural county school system and later as a substitute teacher. She married Leonard John Michael on January 20, 1953 at Sacred Heart Church in Walker, and they made their home on his family farm in rural Walker. She was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She served as a member of the parish council, church trustee, and used her teaching talents as a religious education teacher.

Isabelle was a proud citizen of Walker and belonged to the Walker Historical Society. She was incredibly involved in the town’s centennial celebration. Her interests extended into genealogy and history. She also had a talent for sewing and needle point. Isabelle also enjoyed bird watching and reading. She was known for her distinct and memorable laugh.

Isabelle is survived by her children, Steve (Deb) Michael of Walker, IA, Stan Michael of Walker, and Ken Michael of Fort Worth, TX, son-in-law, Doug Swanson of Newton, IA, her sisters, Alice Muller of Muscatine, and Grace Carney of Carson City, NV; 13 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Leonard, her daughter Lenette Swanson; two grandchildren Kara and Patrick Michael; her sisters Ellen Mausser and Rose Blood; sister-in-law Ruth Mausser; her brothers Bob, John, and Richard Mausser, and her brothers-in-law; Bob Muller and Jim Carney.

The family would like to thank the staff at Hiawatha Care Center for the excellent care provided to Isabelle.

A visitation will be held at Reiff Family Center in Independence, IA from 4 PM until 7 PM on Tuesday August 4, 2020. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Walker at 10:30 AM on Wednesday August 5, 2020. Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Walker, IA.

Social distancing and facemasks are encouraged for those who attend the visitation and Funeral
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Reiff Family Center - Independence
    216 3rd Ave SE
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    Social distancing and facemasks are encouraged
  • Service

    Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 10:30am
    Sacred Heart Catholic Church
    516 Rowley St
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    Social distancing and facemasks are encouraged
    Rev. Jim Brokman
  • Interment

    Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery
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Dave & Bonny Kayser

Posted at 02:34pm
We enjoyed the years we lived across the street from Isabelle. She was always so bubbly and always had time to visit. As she aged, we kept an eye on her and now we have neighbors that keep an eye on us. Because of Dave's recent surgery, we cannot attend the visitation or funeral. In our hearts we will remember Isabelle and her family. We are so sorry for your loss, but know she is where she always wanted to be - with Leonard. God Bless All! Dave & Bonny Kayser

Ethel Hosch

Posted at 11:21am
Steve, Deb and Family, sorry for your loss of Mother and Grandmother. Love you

Janet Marin

Posted at 01:25am
Westburg # 7- 1947-1948 school year.

Janet Marin

Posted at 02:38am
Miss Mausser was my Kindergarten teacher in 1948 at country school Westburg #7 in Buchanan County. Shown in photos below, my sister Dottie is standing next to her. The other picture is of her on the tractor that had to be used to get us kids to school through the muddy roads. Miss Mausser was my favorite teacher because she gave me a positive start in school. I never forgot her warm kindness. It is good to know that she had a long and happy life. Janet (Robison) Marin

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