Zala Baade

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Zala Pauline Schultz Baade was born December 19, 1936, on a farm near Garber. She passed away at home on April 1, 2015. Zala attended country school through eighth grade and graduated from Garnavillo High School. She was the only child of Art and Edna (Kruse) Schultz. Zala was baptized and confirmed at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Elkport. She loved music and learned to play the guitar, piano and accordion by ear. She never needed or read a note of music. She and her dad had a band called the Turkey River Rangers and entertained many people! Her love of music has been passed on to her family.

She met Cletus Baade in 1955 at a dance at Lakeside. They were married in 1956 at Zion Lutheran Church in Clayton Center. They shared 58 wonderful years of marriage working the Baade Family Farm together.

 Zala loved simple pleasures, music, crocheting, gardening and spending time with family. She crocheted many blankets that are cherished by her family.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Cletus; their three children and spouses, Marlys (Stewart) Boysen, Daryl (Carrie) Baade, Julie (Troy) Beach; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, Amy (Cole) Amsden, Trevor and Ethan, Kristy (Travis) Fleming, Sadie (Matt) Herman and Tori, Luke (Catherine) Baade and Ace, Paige (Jimmy) Baade and Logan, Dillon Beach and Haley Beach; three sisters-in-law, Dorothy Bushkofsky, Judy Schnurstein and Lorna (Dennis) Christeleit; step-siblings, Bev (Walter) Clauson, Una (John) Swanson, Charles Thomas, Jean Krieg; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law and cousins.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, April 6, 2015, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Elkader. Casket bearers were Cole Amsden, Travis Fleming, Dillon Beach, Luke Baade, Jimmy Suarez and Matt Herman. Interment was at East Side Cemetery, Elkader, Iowa Visitation was from 2 to p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2015, at Leonard Funeral Home in Elkader and one hour before service time at the church on Monday.

Leonard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left with

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