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Gertrude Long

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Gertrude Long

Gertrude "Hazel" Long died Jan. 25, 2018, at Pioneer Park Health Care Center in Lone Tree, Iowa. She was 94.

Family services will be held at a later date in Eckert.

She was born Oct. 23, 1923, in Eckert to Gertrude Miller and John Kehmeier. She graduated from Eckert High School in 1941 and received a bachelor of science degree in home economics from Colorado State University in 1945.

On May 15, 1945, she married Keith Long in Eckert. They lived in Lompoc, Calif., and Lawrence, Kan., before moving to Iowa City in 1956. Mrs. Long worked for the University of Kansas as a dietitian before deciding to become a homemaker.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Iowa City, Iowa, where she served as a Sunday School teacher and elder. She was active in youth activities and was a Brownie Scout leader. She enjoyed spending time with family, gardening, reading and sewing.

Mrs. Long is survived by her husband, Keith; five children, Susan Long of Iowa City, Iowa, Donald (Ellen) Long of Littleton, Sheri (Joe) Long of Sioux Falls, S.D., Jeanne Wheeler of Houston, Texas, and Peggy (Kent) Graham of Lowden, Iowa; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two siblings, Norman Kehmeier of Eckert and Louise Kehmeier of Fresno, Calif.; and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Bethany; and two brothers, Jack and Gordon.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Compassus, 1621 E. Washington St., Suite 4, Washington, IA 52353.

Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City, Iowa, handled the arrangements.

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