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Obituary for Jeannette Luerkens

Jeannette Ernestine Lane Luerkens, 83, of Marion, Iowa, formerly of Dubuque, was carried home to her Heavenly Father on Monday, July 16, 2012.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, July 20, 2012 at 9:30 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion. Family will greet friends Thursday July 19, 2012 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Marion.

Jeannette was born on March 24, 1929, in South English, Iowa, the daughter of Ernest and Marjorie Adams Lane. She attended school in South English. For 2 years, she lived with the Good Shepard Sisters in Dubuque. On March 19, 1945, Jeannette married William “Bill” Luerkens in Cedar Rapids. God blessed their union with 12 children.

Jeannette had a varied career. She was a loving day care provider, a waitress at The Ranch Supper Club and drove Taxicab for Yellow Cab, all in the Cedar Rapids area. Jeannette and Bill owned and operated the A-OK Yellow Cab Company in Dubuque from 1972 to 1989 and the Gingerbread House from 1989 to 1993. They moved back to Marion in 1993 to be closer to their children.

She is survived by her children: Richard & Bonnie Luerkens, Christine Youngmon & Gary Pantenburg, Brenda Holcomb, David & Koreen Luerkens, Cameron & Debbie Luerkens, Rita & Wayne Reif, Michelle “Mitzi” & Brad Nielson, Natalie McFarlane, Greg & Diane Luerkens, Marilyn & Doug DeVries, Alicia Luerkens; 27 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandson; sister Evelyne Barger; sister-in-law Jan Lane.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband William; infant daughter Andrea; brother Richard “Dick” Lane; son-in-law John McFarlane.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.

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