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Carma Margaret Drechsler

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Carma Margaret Drechsler
Died on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Monday, October 16th, 2017
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 Brady St., Davenport
1:00 pm Monday, October 16th, 2017
at the church
Cemetery: National Cemetery
Carma Margaret Drechsler, age 97, of Davenport, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 at Ridgecrest Village Crest Health Care, Davenport. She was being cared for by the loving staff of Crest and Genesis Hospice. Memorial services in celebration of her life will be held at 1 PM Monday, October 16th at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 Brady St., Davenport, where her family will greet friends from 12 noon until time of service. Inurnment will be in the National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois. Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Camp Shalom, or Lutheran World Relief.. Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport, is assisting her family with arrangements.
Carma was born on August 10, 1920 in Davenport, Iowa. She was the youngest of three children born to Otto Gruenau and Rosette (Thomsen) Gruenau. She attended Grant Elementary, Sudlow Junior High, and Davenport High School, graduating in 1938. Carma met her future husband Jo S. Drechsler in Chemistry class at Davenport High.
After high school, Carma attended Augustana College and Saint Luke’s School of Nursing. She then worked at the Davenport Public Library. She continued to see Jo during this time, and on March 14, 1941, they were married at Saint Paul Lutheran Church.
Their first son, Jo Jr., was born in November of that year and son Lawrence was born 14 months later in 1943. While Jo was serving in the United States Army Occupation Forces in Germany and Austria from June of 1944 to September of 1946, Carma was home raising two small boys. Carma and Jo wrote many love letters and sent many photos to each other during this time, Carma even sending lipstick kisses on tissue paper to her Jo. After Jo’s return home, more children were added to the family- Celia in 1948, Carol in 1957 and Christopher in 1960.
Carma was a loving mother and very skilled in running her household. She was a wonderful cook, and especially liked to bake pies, coffee cakes, breads and Christmas cookies. Many friends and teachers over the years were recipients of her baked goodies.
Carma was also a skilled seamstress, making many of the clothes she and her family wore. She made several quilts over her lifetime, and she and Jo continued piecing quilts for Saint Paul Lutheran Church until they were well into their 80’s. Carma also enjoyed knitting and made numerous sweaters, scarves and hats for Lutheran World Relief and other organizations.
Carma was always involved with her children’s activities, as a Cub Scout Den Mother, Girl Scout leader and Sunday school teacher. She was involved with the Garfield Elementary School PTA for over 20 years. She and Jo were avid tent campers, and took their family on camping trips from Maine to New Mexico.
After her children left the nest, Carma became even more involved with activities at St. Paul. She was active in the women’s group WELCA, the Kings Daughters, her Myr Lin-Ann Circle, Stephens Ministry, and the St. Paul prayer chain.
Carma and Jo were among the founders of Camp Shalom, an originally Lutheran multi-denominational church camp located near Maquoketa, Iowa. They helped build cabins, lay trails, plant trees, and cooked in the kitchen for many years. She faithfully attended church and read her bible. Her life was a testament to her deep faith, trust and love for her Lord.
After her husband retired, Carma and Jo took many wonderful vacations- to China, Russia, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, France, Copenhagen, Canada and Alaska, plus many trips to visit family all across the United States.
Carma was preceded in death by her sister Eleanor, brother Curtis, son Jo, daughter Celia, and grandson Jo R.
Carma is survived by her husband of 76 years, Jo, of Crest Health Center in Davenport; son Lawrence of Culpeper, VA; daughter Carol (Loren) Conrad of Albion, IA; son Christopher (Natacha) of Saint Paul, MN; grandchildren Jane (Jay) Jessen, Andrew Chace, Emily (David) Smesrud, Erin (Kirk) Conrad-Schwarte, Kristin Conrad, and Joel Conrad, great-grandchildren Jakob and James Jessen, Elenora and William Smesrud, as well as several nieces and nephews and other relatives.
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