Karen Lampman
April 8, 1945 - November 18, 2018


Karen Lampman & Diana Heyer - 2002 mini Grau reunion at Cliff's Place

Ralph Lampman & friend of Edna Mitzel

Obituary for Karen Lampman
Karen Lampman, age 73, of Arcadia, died Sunday, November 18, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at St. John's Catholic Church in Arcadia. The Celebrant will be Fr. Timothy Schott. Concelebrant will be Fr. Richard Remmes. Music will be by Sharon Bierl and the St. John's Choir. Mass Servers will be Brianna, Brett, and Blake Lux. Lector will be Deb Vonnahme. Gift Bearers will be Jay Goeser, Tricia Mitchell, and Becky Skinner. Eucharistic Minister will be Orlin Steinkamp. Casket Bearers will be Jay Goeser, Jeff Goeser, Dan Wittrock, Gary Riesselman, Tony Sievers, and Scott Lampman. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. The St. John's Guild, and the Arcadia American Legion Auxiliary will form an honor guard for the funeral mass.

Friends may call at the Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll, after 4p.m. on Tuesday, where there will be a Rosary prayed at 5 p.m., and a Christian Wake Service will be held at 6:30 p.m.

Additional visitation will be held at the Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll, and online condolences may be left at www.sharpfuneral.com.

Karen Ann (Mitzel) Lampman was born on April 8, 1945, in her grandparents' home in Manilla, Iowa. She is the daughter of Francis and Edna (Grau) Mitzel.

Karen grew up in Manilla and graduated from Manilla High School in 1963. She started working at St. Anthony Hospital in Carroll from 1963 to 1969. She then returned in 1974, and worked until she retired on September 5, 2008, after working there a total of 40 years.

Karen and Ralph Lampman, the son of Edward and Viola Lampman, were married on August 20, 1966, and they lived in the Arcadia and Carroll area most of their married life. Ralph and Karen moved to Arcadia, in August of 2002.

Karen enjoyed going out for coffee and lunch with family and friends. Karen and Ralph were very giving of their time, volunteering in many capacities for many causes. One thing they volunteered for was taking the canned goods collected at St. John's Catholic Church to the Food Pantry at Thanksgiving time for many years. After Karen retired, she volunteered at the Carroll County Historical Museum, serving as a Director. On August 11, 2011, Karen suffered a stroke, and it affected her left side. This stroke changed her life, as she had to give up much of her volunteer work.

In 2017 Ralph and Karen, along with another couple, volunteered to run the Arcadia Legion Hall, booking all the wedding events, and cleaning the facility. Karen belonged to the Arcadia American Legion Auxiliary, St. John Parish, and St. John's Ladies Guild.

Karen was preceded in death by her father, Francis Mitzel, her grandparents: Hugo and Anna Grau, and Frank and Marcellina Mitzel; her brothers in-law: Jim Goeser, Gerald Wittrock, and Donald Lampman; nephew, Christopher Goeser, niece Katie Kernes, great-niece Alexi Goeser.

Karen is survived by her husband, Ralph Lampman of Arcadia; her mother, Edna Mitzel of Manilla; her sister Janet Goeser of Harlan; sisters-in-law: JoAnn (Andy Riessselman) of Carroll; Berniece Wittrock of Carroll, Mary (Ron) Sievers of Randall, and Sandy Lampman of Manning, as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.


Children of Claus & Mathilda (Mohr) Grau:
Carolena, Hugo, William, Albert, Annie, Amanda, Henry, Detlef, Emma, Edward, Julius, Marvin, Elmer, Mathilda

Hugo August Grau was born on May 24, 1885, in Washington Township, in Carroll County, Iowa. He married Anna Waller on December 15, 1909.
They had six children: Walter, Amanda, Bernice, Hugo, Edna, and Ralph.

Claus & Mathilda Grau family

Back: Edward, Lena Hell, Albert, Hugo, Amanda Moeller, Henry
Front: Emma Pfoltner, Claus Henry Grau, Elmer (child), Julius (behind Elmer), Matilda, Detlef

Family members of August & Claus who were brothers
August Grau was Dave Kusel's great-grandfather

1. Hugo Grau, son of Claus
2. Emil Grau, son of August
3. Clara Grau, daughter of August
4. Emma Grau, daughter of Claus
5. Laura Grau, daughter of August
6. Grover Herman Grau, son of Twin Detlef
7. Carl Hell, married to Carolena Grau, daughter of Claus
8. Peter Moeller, married to Amanda Grau, daughter of Claus
9. Claus Henry Grau, son of Twin Detlef
10. Carolena Grau, daughter of Claus
11. Emma Grau, married to Grover Herman Grau
12. Martha Lena Miller Grau, married to Detlef Karl Grau
13. Detlef Karl Grau, son of Twin Detlef
14. Maria Grau married to August, son of Twin Detlef
15. Detlef Jacob Grau (Twin)
16. Annie Waller Grau, married to Hugo Grau
17. Sophia Rothfolk, daughter of August Grau
18. August Grau, son of Twin Detlef
19. Edward Grau, son of Claus Henry
20. Amanda Grau, daughter of Claus Henry
21. Alma Hell Krogman, daughter of Carolena
22. Alvina Hell Anderson, " " "
23. Lillian Hell Gulick, " " "
24. Leonard Hell, son of Carolena
25. Walter, son of Hugo and Annie Grau
26. Amanda daughter of Hugo and Annie
27. Elmer, son of Claus and Mathilda
28. Clarence Hell, son of Carolena
29. Julius Grau, son of Claus Henry
30 Mathilda Grau, married to Claus

2002 Mini Grau reunion at Cliff's Place

Grau sisters: Edna Mitzel & Ramona Boeck
Ramona married Jack Boeck - parents of Frank Boeck


Deanna (Jahn) & Estle "Gene" Rasmussen
Deanna's parents were Amos & Esther (Pfoltner) Jahn


Irwin & Carol Grau


Darlene (Flenker) & Allan Cook


Diana Heyer & Lois Hill
Carolena Grau married Carl Hell so there is a Hell/Hill connection to part of the Grau family


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