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Luetta Pleshek

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LuEtta Marianne Pleshek, 92, passed away on Monday, April 3, 2023, at Benton House Assisted Living in Port Orange, Florida.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 20, at United Methodist Church in Scranton, Iowa, with the Rev. Bobbi Maltas officiating. Music will be by Karen Murphy. Burial will be at Scranton Township Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Saturday, May 20, at the United Methodist Church.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Scranton. Online condolences may be made to the family at

LuEtta was born on Jan. 24, 1931, to Elmer Christian and Esther Pearl (Clayton) Eberle in Salix, Iowa. She moved with her family in 1934 to Scranton, Iowa, where she spent most of her life.

Following her graduation in 1948 from Scranton Consolidated School, she worked several years for the Scranton Journal and later for Security Savings Bank where she made lifelong friends.

On July 9, 1950, LuEtta married James S. Craigmile in Scranton. They made their home and raised their children, Barbara and Jami, in Scranton and the surrounding area for 27 years. After Jim’s passing, LuEtta married Harry A. Pleshek on May 9, 1981. She often remarked about how lucky she was to have found two good husbands. After four years living in Jefferson, Lu and Harry moved to Mims, Florida. They had many good years in the sun playing Mexican Train, going to the flea market, and socializing with family and friends.

Lu lived the last three years of her life at Benton House Assisted Living in Port Orange, Florida, making new friends and earning the nickname Lucky Lu for her tendency to win at the poker table.

LuEtta is survived by her daughters: Barbara (Vince) Elser of Lake Park and Jami (James) Leiting of Burlington; stepchildren: Brent (Tina) Pleshek of Melbourne, Florida, and Lisa (Dwayne) McClintock of Boston, Massachusetts; grandchildren Nick (Arin) Elser, Jacque Elser, Joshua (Carol) Leiting, Jacob Leiting, Nichole (Steven) Canty, Monica Pleshek, Roark Hart and Chelsea Warren; great-grandchildren: Grace and Gavin Elser, Sydney, Elizabeth and Chloe Leiting, and Keira Warren; brother Ronald (Madge) Eberle; sisters Phyllis Vollstedt and Gwen (Fred/Cash) Register; in-laws Judy Craigmile, Gail Craigmile, Richard, Irene and Phillip Pleshek; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands: Jim Craigmile and Harry Pleshek; sister Nadine Black and her husband Alvin; brothers Duane Eberle and his wife Pat, Merle Eberle and his companion Charlotte Lockey; brother-in-law Dean Vollstedt; grandsons Patrick Pleshek, and Stone McClintock; great-granddaughter Hannah Leiting; niece Rhonda Hagge; great-niece Elizabeth Hagge; and in-laws Charles, Mary and John Craigmile, Marvin and Kay Tasler, Nadine and Keith Markley and Patty Boles.

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