Ronna M. Lounsbery of Ottosen, IA passed away on Saturday, September 4, 2021, at Trinity Regional Hospital in Fort Dodge, IA.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 10:00 AM at St. Olaf Lutheran, Bode, IA. Joyce Schmidt will officiate. Visitation will be Friday, September 10th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM with a Prayer Service at 7:00 PM at St. Olaf Lutheran, Bode, IA. Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home is serving the family.
Ronna Mae Lounsbery was born on February 18, 1943, in Sioux Falls, SD, the daughter of Raymond and Evaline (Brindley) Hitzeman. Her parents moved to Worthing, SD in 1959 where she graduated from Worthing High School in 1961. On January 25, 1963, she married Roger Lee Lounsbery (son of Verle and Lily (Edman) Lounsbery in Pipestone, MN. To this union were born 6 children: Kenneth, Wm. Sean (Bill), Sheryl, Karyl, Chandra, and Wm. Shane (Will). With her husband teaching and coaching, they moved frequently from Vermillion, SD where he received his teaching and coaching degree from the University of South Dakota to Otis, CO; Hay Springs, NE; Lawrence, NE; Fayetteville, AR; and Bode, IA. While living in Lawrence, NE she worked in the Blue Hill Nursing Home for two years. After moving to Bode, she became clerk of the Bode Post Office in 1977 and Postmaster of the Ottosen Post Office in 1980. Due to Postal Regulations, the family then moved to Ottosen in 1981. She spent 32 years in the U.S. Postal Service and retired in 2008. Due to downsizing Ronna was the last Postmaster to serve the Ottosen Post Office. Ronna was a council member and town clerk for Ottosen for many years. She was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Bode, IA; Gleaners Circle, Ottosen American Legion Auxiliary, and Ottosen Community Center holding offices in all of them. She was a charter and fulltime member of the Humboldt County Genealogy Society. Her favorite pass times were quilting, scrapbooking, gardening, and doing family genealogy. Ronna really loved getting hugs from her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Among survivors are her husband, Roger of Ottosen; children: Wm. Sean (Kim) Lounsbery, Frankfort, NY; Sheryl (Todd) McMahon, Bode, IA; Karyl Meister, PhD., Madison, WI; Chandra (Paul) McMahon, Whittemore, IA; and Wm. Shane (Charity) Lounsbery, Des Moines, IA. She has 19 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren with two more on the way. Also left to cherish her memory are siblings Rita (Al) Larson; Rose (Dewey) Kephart; Ed (Francine) Hitzeman; Ruth Watkins; Ken (Vivian) Hitzeman; Kim (Loren) Burnham; Chad (Katie) Hitzeman; and brother-in-law Charles Breed. Preceding her in death were a son, Kenneth; parents, Raymond and Evaline Hitzeman; sister-in-law Kay Breed; and brother-in-law Gib Watkins.
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