Juanita A. "Skeet" Close, 84, of Waverly, Iowa, died on Sunday, November 28, 2010 at the Waverly Health Center from complications of pneumonia.
Juanita was born on April 20, 1926, in Allenton, Wisconsin, the daughter of Joseph F. and Anne (Sherman) Gardner. She was baptized in Allenton and then moved with her family to Waverly at the age of 6. She was confirmed at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Waverly. She graduated from Waverly High School in 1944. Juanita was united in marriage to Robert E. Close on July 30, 1951, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Waverly. She worked at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company from 1945- 1963; for the City of Waverly Utilities and while working at the Waverly Golf Course, she assisted her husband Robert with Close Concrete Construction in Waverly. In 1980, she started working for Wartburg College as a Telephone Counsel Operator, retiring in 1991.
Juanita is survived by her daughter, Linda Close (Stephen Strassburg) of Waterloo, Iowa; two granddaughters, Tammy Close of Kansas City, Missouri and Abbie (Steve) Chalupnik of Great Falls, Montana; two great-grandchildren, Sequoia and Simeon; sister, Agnes Reif of Pembroke Pines, Florida; sister, Patricia (Leo) Broxterman of Davenport, Iowa; brother, Jude (Judy) Gardner of Omaha, Nebraska, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Robert E. Close in 2000, two brothers, Vincent in 1997 and Daniel in 2010.
Memorial services will be held on Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 10:30 am at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly. Burial of her cremains will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Waverly. According to Juanita's wishes she was cremated and the family will greet friends from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesday at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Waverly. There will be a 5:00 pm Rosary and a 7:00 pm Scripture Service on Wednesday evening at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the family and online condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com
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