Service


Date:

January 30, 2020

Start Time:

11:00 a.m.

Location:

Brooks South Town Chapel

Address:

7601 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, Iowa

Arrangements By:

Brooks South Town Chapel

Visitation


Date:

January 30, 2020

Start Time:

10:30 a.m.

Location:

Brooks South Town Chapel

Address:

7601 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, Iowa

Edna Laura Wheatley Ortale Goodhew

Edna Laura Wheatley Ortale Goodhew, 97, passed away on Sunday January 26, 2020 at Iowa Jewish Senior Life Center.
Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at Brooks South Town Chapel, 7601 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, Iowa. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until service time at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in Edna’s name to the Iowa Jewish Senior Life Center or a charity of your choice.
Edna was born on April 15, 1922 in London, England, but immigrated with her family to Brisbane, Australia, in 1926. It was 1945 when she became an Australian war bride, marrying John Ortale. Traveling to the United states on the USS Mariposa, Edna settled in Des Moines with John until his death in 1961. Edna returned to Brisbane with her 5 children; where she subsequently, married Alan Goodhew. Over the years, Edna, Alan, and the 5 children returned to Des Moines. She loved to travel, read, and knit, and always enjoyed teaching daughters and granddaughters the craft. Edna had a great love of family, life, a strong spiritual foundation, and we celebrate her life.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Rhonda Ortale, Beth (Jim) Nixon, Tony (Sue) Ortale, Gary (Kris) Ortale and Monica Ortale and her 6 grandchildren, Ryan, Brandon (fiancé Kelly), Lisa, Laura, Tony, and Drew Ortale.
The family would like to thank the staff of Iowa Jewish Senior Life Center for their care over the past year.

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