Ethel Laufer

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Ethel Laufer, 88, of McGregor, Iowa died Friday, May 20, at Gundersen Health Systems in La Crosse. 

Ethel was the daughter of Clarence and Edna (Drahn) Henkes and was born on Feb. 21, 1928 in McGregor, Iowa. She graduated from McGregor High School in 1946. Ethel was united in marriage with Donald LeRoy Laufer on April 16, 1948 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in McGregor, Iowa. Six children were born to this union, Donald Jr., Susan, Lynn, Mark, Karen and Michael. Ethel was a homemaker for her family. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, cooking and gardening in her younger years. Most of all, Ethel enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. 

Ethel is survived by four children, Sue (Bobbie) Henkes, Lynn (Jose) Nazario, Mark Laufer and Karen Tesar all of McGregor, Iowa; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; one daughter-in-law, Donna Laufer of McGregor, Iowa; three siblings, Hazel Bakey of Dubuque, Iowa, Bob (Mary) Henkes of Dubuque, Iowa and Palmer Henkes of Cochrane, Wis.

Ethel was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Edna; two sons, Michael Lee Laufer in 1995 and Donald Laufer Jr. in 2000 and her husband, Donald in 2004. 

God saw you getting tired when a cure was not to be. He closed His arms around you and whispered “Come to Me.”

In tears we saw you sinking as we watched you fade away; Our hearts were almost broken as you fought so hard to stay.

But when we saw you sleeping, so peaceful, without pain, we would not wish you back to suffer that again.

It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone, for part of us went with you  the day God called you home. 

There will be a private family service at a later date. Condolences may be left with Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, McGregor, Iowa is helping the family with the arrangements.


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