Elisabeth Lukefahr


Date: Thu, February 25, 2016
Start time: 11:00 am
Congregational United Church of Christ
308 E 2nd St N, Newton, Iowa 50208
Arrangements By:
Brooks Funeral Care


Elisabeth Lukefahr

December 11, 1939 - February 20, 2016

Elisabeth “Liz” Lukefahr, 76, passed away peacefully on February 20, 2016. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, February 25, 2016 at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Newton, IA.

Elisabeth Mary Fischer was born December 11, 1939 to Richard and Gladys (Benkart) Fischer in Des Moines, Iowa. She was educated in the Des Moines Public Schools and graduated high school from Roosevelt. She attended 2 years of college in Columbia, MO where she met James “Jim” Lukefahr. They quickly eloped in Moberly, MO on June 4, 1962. With their union came 3 sons, James, Gregory and Douglas. They lived in Harlan, IA for 9 years as a family until they moved to Newton, IA in 1971 where they made their forever home.

Liz worked most of her life until her retirement as an instructor/teacher of swimming and gymnastics for the YMCA. She had many interests including: playing bridge with friends, working out, traveling, swimming, attending sporting events of her grandchildren, indoor potting and plants, a soap opera enthusiast, movie comedies, and she especially loved spending time with her family and friends. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandma, and sister.

Liz will be missed by her husband of 53 years, James “Jim” Lukefahr; children, James (Lori), Greg (Mary) and Doug (Julie) Lukefahr; grandchildren, Katie, Brock, Jace, Seth and Jayden; brother, Rod (Carmen) Fischer of Cameron Park, CA; along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a toddler brother, Billy Fischer; and brother, Dick (Nancy) Fischer.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Congregational United Church of Christ in Newton, IA. The family would like to express their gratitude towards the Hobbs family for their comfort and support during this time and Georgeine at Cut Loose, Liz’s hair stylist and friend, for her many conversations spent with Liz every Thursday.

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