February 3, 2014


Lucille Elizabeth Onken, 90, of Lidderdale, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at St. Anthony Nursing Home in Carroll.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lidderdale with Pastor William Weiss officiating.

Organist for the service will be Tami Biggerstaff, and trumpeter will be Vicki Grundmeier. Casket bearers will be Scott Wenck, Rick Onken, Bruce Knute, Stan Berns, Tracy Onken, Sam Berns and Stuart Berns. Honorary casket bearers will be Lucille's grandchildren Chad Rapp, Adam Onken, Holly Rapp, Cassia Onken and Haley Lutwitze.

Burial will be at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery near Lidderdale.

Friends may call after 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll where there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. The casket will be moved to the church at 8:30 a.m. Friday when visitation will resume.

Online condolences may be left for Lucille's family at www.dahnandwoodhouse.com.

Born Jan. 26, 1924, on her family's farm south of Lidderdale, Iowa, she was a daughter of William and Freda (Hebbel) Berns. Lucille was baptized May 25, 1924, and confirmed in the Lutheran faith on March 11, 1938, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lidderdale. She grew up on the farm and attended country school as a girl. She graduated from Glidden High School in 1941. Lucille was married to Virgil A. Onken on Feb. 11, 1942, by Pastor Rudolph Herrmann at Immanuel Lutheran Church parsonage. The couple made their home northwest of Lidderdale, and Lucille was active in their farming operation. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lidderdale where she was active with the altar guild and taught Sunday school. Lucille loved to prepare meals for her family and spend time with her grandchildren.

Lucille is survived by a daughter Ruby Lutwitze and her husband Ron of Carroll; a son Roger Onken and his wife Carol of Carroll; four grandchildren: Adam Onken of Leigh, Neb., Holly Rapp and her husband Chad of Centennial, Colo., Cassia Onken of Bensonville, Ill., and Haley Lutwitze of Carroll; a brother Don Berns of California; two sisters: Gladys Liebsch-Heuton of Rembrandt, Iowa, and Viola Fricke of Nebraska; a sister-in-law Bonnie Onken of Carroll; a brother-in-law Jack Hembree of Yuba City, Calif.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Lucille was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Virgil in 1987; four brothers: Gilbert, Fred, Earl and Ivan Berns; and three sisters: Leta Wenck, Irma Hoffman and Betty Badder.