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Laura Henrietta Caspers Ortgies
March 31, 1921 – January 16, 2019
Laura Ortgies, 97, died Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, following a brief illness.
A life celebration service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, January 25, 2019, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Anamosa, where friends may call after 9:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Prairie Hill Cemetery. Rev. Rodney Bluml will officiate at the services. Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa, has taken Laura and her family into their care.
Laura Henrietta Caspers was born March 31, 1921, on the farm in Castle Grove Township in Jones County. She was the daughter of Peter and Johanna (Poppe) Caspers. She was baptized on May 5, 1921, at S.S. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church in Castle Grove and confirmed her faith in August of 1935 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Anamosa. On October 12, 1938, Laura married Alvin J. Ortgies at St. Paul Lutheran Church. The couple farmed in Cass Township near Anamosa. The couple was married sixty-one plus years before Alvin’s death on March 18, 2000.
Laura had been a 4-H leader for the Cass Corner Charms for eleven years. She served on the County Committee for Jones County Extension Service and the Cass Homemakers. She was a charter and lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. She was active in the Rebecca Circle.
Laura is survived by four children, John Henry (Phyllis) Ortgies of Redmond, Oregon, Richard Ortgies of Anamosa, Julie (David) Raak of Ryan and Ruth Englken of Cuba, Missouri; eleven grandchildren; twenty-five great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Delores Caspers of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alvin; a grandson, Phillip Ortgies; her sister, Louise Siebels; and four brothrs, Henry, George, Carl and Earl Caspers.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Anamosa Journal Eureka, Anamosa, Iowa, 24 January 2019

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