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Patricia Welter Luse, 86
by Report submitted · May 18th, 2017

Patricia Welter Luse, 86, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Marion, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 14, 2017, at the Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha. A parish vigil service and rosary began at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, followed by a visitation from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion. There will be visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Funeral Mass is at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion, by Father David O'Connor. Burial will take place at Oak Shade Cemetery in Marion.

Surviving are her children, Jennifer Luse and husband Brad Keown of Phoenex, Arizona, Joseph Luse and wife Cynthia of Cedar Rapids, Jean Luse-Lawrence of Weatherford, Texas, and Judith Lamoreaux of Weatherford, Texas; seven grandchildren, Lea Howell of Phoenix, Arizona, Natalie Luse (DeLane Cooper) of Cedar Rapids, Meagan Luse (Garre LaGrone) of Coralville, Adda Lynn (Dennis) Thoene of Florida, Jayk Lawrence of Florida, and Audrey and Dylan Lamoreaux of Weatherford, Texas; great-grandchildren, Deija and Daxton Cooper, Kurtis and Kelsey Thoene, and Finn Lawrence; and many loving nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jim; a brother, John Welter; two sisters, Lula Cutright and Susan Meroshek; and her faithful and loving dog, Gracie.

 Pat was born the daughter of Fredrick and Mildred Hazlett Welter on November 28, 1930, in Marion. She graduated from Marion High School in 1948. On May 27, 1950, in Marion, she was united in marriage to James N. Luse. He died December 3, 2005. In her junior year in high school, she was employed by Northwestern Bell Telephone Company as an operator. In 1957, she was transferred to the Cedar Rapids office, working as a long distance operator, repair clerk, administrative clerk, and a maintenance administrator. She retired from US West in 1986 after 35 years. Pat then joined the staff at Murdoch Funeral Home in Marion as a secretary, retiring after 23 years.

Pat was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion, Telephone Pioneers of America, Communications Workers of America Local 7101, and a former member of Marion Business Girls.

Pat enjoyed jogging, reading, traveling, and being with family and friends. She will be missed by all who loved and knew her.

Pat's family would like to thank the Ridgeview Assisted Living family and Hospice House of Mercy for the care and kindness provided to their mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

The above was written by our mother before her death. We, her children, remember her as a loving mother, a wonderful and caring grandmother, and the best event planner ever. Christmas, holidays, and her parties were grand occasions. Mom had enormous perseverance and a deep intelligence. She will be missed greatly.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, 315 18th Ave., Hiawatha, IA 52233 or to the Cedar Valley Humane Society, 7411 Mt. Vernon Rd. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403.

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