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Iola Block

May 15, 2018
Emmetsburg News

Funeral services for 92-year old Iola Block, formerly of the West Bend and Emmetsburg area, were Monday, May 14, 2018 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg. Burial was at the West Bend Cemetery in West Bend, Iowa. Iola died Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Wesley Acres in Des Moines Iowa.

Iola was born April 8, 1926 in rural Harcourt, IA, the daughter of Paul and Myrtle (Mars) Selander. She grew up in the Harcourt area, and she was a 1943 graduate of Harcourt Community High School. After graduation, she moved to West Bend where met her future husband and worked at the caf. On December 31, 1948, Iola was united in marriage to Richard Rasmussen and to this union, five children were born. Richard preceded Iola in death in 1975. Iola married Lewis Block on June 5, 1982, and he preceded her in death in 2014

Iola was a very hard worker. In 1969, and at the age of 43, she began nurses training. She became an LPN, and she worked at the Humboldt and Palo Alto County Hospitals. She was one of the pioneers in hospice, working as a nurse before the program began. One of her other favorite pastimes was going to dances. She will be remembered for her line: "I can't dance, but I sure can intermission."

Left to cherish her memory are her two daughters: Kathleen Baltisberger of Ankeny, Iowa and Marilyn Banwart (Mike) of Emmetsburg, Iowa; her son, Bruce Rassmusen (Julia) of Unionville, Missouri; brother, Kenneth Selander of Fort Dodge; two sisters: Clarice Lundberg of Dayton, Iowa and Marvel Peters of Des Moines, Iowa; 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands: Richard Rasmussen and Lewis Block; two sons: Richard P. Rasmussen and Ronald R. Rasmussen; great-granddaughter, Brenna G. Sullivan and her son-in-law, Jack Baltisberger.

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