Laura E. Langel, 87, of Le Mars, Iowa passed away on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at Mercy One in Sioux City, Iowa. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at All Saints Catholic Parish – St. Joseph Church in Le Mars. Father Bruce Lawler will celebrate Mass. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 12, 2021 at the Mauer – Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. The family will be present from 5-7 p.m. with a Rosary at 5:00 p.m. and a Scriptural Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to Mass on Saturday.
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Laura Ellen Langel was born on March 22, 1933 on the family farm in Remsen, Iowa, the youngest of five daughters of Nick and Lena (Nothem) Lauters. She attended school in Remsen, graduating from St. Mary’s High School in 1951. She worked for a short time at the dime store and the movie theater in Remsen.
On April 26, 1952, Laura and Robert Theodore Langel were united in marriage at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Remsen. After Bob served his country in the United States Army, the couple made their home in Le Mars. Along with raising their family, Laura did babysitting in her home.
Laura was a member All Saints Catholic Parish in Le Mars. She volunteered by cleaning the church and assisting with funeral lunches. When her children were younger, she served as a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader. She enjoyed fishing with Bob by reading her favorite book while he fished. Summer vacations were enjoyed by camping and fishing throughout the Midwest with the family. Later, the couple purchased a mobile home and spent summers at the Iowa Lakes for over 15 years before heading north to Perham, Minnesota. Here they spent 10 years at Big Pine Lake. Laura enjoyed playing cards, doing word search puzzles and watching Hallmark movies. Her faith was of upmost importance to her. She could always be found watching Mass and praying the rosary as well as saying Novenas. She cherished visits from the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Grateful to have shared her life are her daughters, Sue and Larry Gengler of Merrill, Iowa, Jane and Tim Clarey of Le Mars, Iowa and Anne and Scott Carlson of Dakota Dunes, SD; a daughter-in-law, Tina Langel of Le Mars, IA; sons, Ken and Bev Langel of Le Mars, Iowa, Nick Langel of Le Mars, Iowa and Jim and Sarah Langel of Cedar Falls, Iowa; 23 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; a sister and her husband, Cloe and Gene Kieffer of Stamford, Connecticut; a sister-in-law, Arlis Luedtke of Le Mars, Iowa; and a brother-in-law, Wayne Mousel of Le Mars, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death are her parents; husband, Robert on December 29, 2018; a son, Ted on January 22, 2014; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Theodore and Caroline (Kunkel) Langel; step father-in-law, Lester Donlin; sisters and their husbands, Kathleen and Robert Johnson, DeLores and Ray Sjostrom and Jeanette and Wayne Delperdang; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Marlene Mousel, Butch and Lynn Langel and Wally Luedtke.
Memorials in Laura’s name may be directed to Gehlen Catholic Schools or All Saints Parish.