Eunice Martha Wulkow went to her long-anticipated heavenly home on Sunday, July 15, 2018, at Loring Hospital in Sac City, IA. She was born March 25, 1919, to Louis and Emma (Riebesehl) Leckband at home near Ocheyedan, IA. Eunice was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, rural Ocheyedan. She was the eldest of 4 children and loved helping her father with farm work. Eunice demonstrated an early love of music, and so her parents provided piano lessons for her. She loved school and enjoyed her teachers during her 5 years of country school and 3 years of parochial school. Just as she was ready to enter high school, her mother was recovering from a serious surgery and Eunice wanted to care for her, but her mother insisted she attend school. She accompanied grade school and high school musical events on the piano, as well as playing organ for the church beginning when she was 16. Eunice graduated from high school with honors as valedictorian in the spring of 1937.
Although Eunice wanted to stay home and help her father on the farm, her grandmother insisted that she attend college. Eunice bravely took the train by herself to Ames, IA, to attend Iowa State College and earned her degree in dietetics in June 1941. While attending Iowa State, she could take 10 piano lessons for $14 from a graduate of the Julliard School, and the lessons were given on the organ in the Great Hall at Memorial Union. While in college, she met a very handsome and charming fellow student when taking the bus to the Lutheran church in Boone, IA. Despite this pleasant distraction, she accepted employment at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, awaiting internship and also acted as a Calhoun County home demonstration agent.
Shortly after Pearl Harbor, her persistent suitor Reinard proposed marriage. She traveled alone from Iowa to California where he was stationed, and she and Lieutenant Reinard A. Wulkow were married September 9, 1942, at a Lutheran church in Salinas, CA, near where he was stationed. After Reinard returned from World War II service in Europe, he took over operation of his family’s farm. This became their life-long home where they raised four daughters and enjoyed 61 years of loving marriage. Eunice was an active farm wife who sewed her children’s clothes, raised chickens and sold eggs, maintained a large garden and preserved it’s produce, and loved cooking and baking to feed many hungry work crews over the years.
Her faith was very important to her, and she set a good example of strong Christian faith throughout her lifetime. She enjoyed reading and studying the Bible and did so daily. Eunice loved her church family, and they loved her in return. Eunice began playing the organ for St. Peter’s in 1947, and in 2007 celebrated 60 years of serving the Lord as an organist there.
Eunice had been active in St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Ladies Aid and taught Sunday School, confirmation class and Bible class. She also acted as 4-H leader, performed in the Farm Bureau women’s chorus, served on the board of the Lytton museum, was an officer of the Sac County Genealogical Society and also an officer and 50-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Her greatest joys were her family, extended family and friends, and she enjoyed traveling the world with her beloved husband Reinard. Eunice was a true music lover, playing the piano daily while she still lived in her own home. She possessed the unique talent of being able to transpose from one key to another in her head, as well as to hear a song and then sit down and play it by ear. In later years she greatly enjoyed armchair travel via IPTV, and keeping her mental skills sharp by watching Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and doing word search puzzles.
Eunice is survived by her four daughters Rebecca (Al) Scholes of Waukee, IA, Melanie Brockman of Oro Valley, AZ, Barbara (Butch) Gregory of Glidden, IA, and Heidi Wulkow of Santa Monica, CA; four grandchildren Chad (Andrea) Scholes of New York, NY, Reid (Stephanie) Scholes of Scottsdale, AZ, Joanne Gregory of Ankeny, IA, and Maverick Gregory of Glidden, IA; one great-grandson Luke Joseph Scholes of New York, NY; one brother Stanley (Vivian) Leckband of Prescott, AZ; as well as many nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.
Eunice was preceded in death by her husband Reinard A. Wulkow (2003); her parents Emma and Louis Leckband; her parents-in-law Ernest and Martha Wulkow; her brother James Leckband; and her sister Phyllis Reuter.
IN LIEU OF FLOWERS the family requests memorials be made in Eunice's memory to:
St. Peter's Lutheran Church
3541 300th Street
Sac City, Iowa 50583
10:30 a.m., Thursday
July 19, 2018
St. Peter's Lutheran Church
Rural Sac City, IA