In memory of

Lori Lapel

September 25, 1960 - August 27, 2020
From: Wall Lake, IA
Lori Lapel

Lori Lapel

Born: September 25, 1960
Died: August 27, 2020
Age: 59
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   Lori Lapel, age 59 of Wall Lake, IA, passed away Thursday, August 27, 2020, at her home after a long and courageous battle with multiple system atrophy.  Lori Lee Auen was born on September 25, 1960, in Manning, IA, to Phyllis (Druivenga) and Virgil Auen.  She was raised on the family farm southwest of Wall Lake along with her older sister, Kathy. Lori was very active in 4-H and sports. After graduating from Wall Lake High School in 1979, Lori attended ICCC for 1 year to obtain her medical assistant certification.  She then returned home to marry the love of her life, Jerry Lapel, on August 3, 1980. They made their home near Wall Lake where, shortly after turning 21, Jerry and Lori bought Lake Lanes Bowling Alley, which they ran for 8 years.  During this time, two children were born, and in 1987 Lori returned to school at Buena Vista University to obtain her bachelor’s degree in elementary education.  A third child was born in 1990. Lori taught first through fifth grade at Odebolt-Arthur Elementary School for a total of 23 years, touching many lives and helping students who had fallen through the cracks. She retired in 2012 due to her progressing illness.

   Lori had a deep love for her family, finding pride in her children and grandchildren’s achievements and keeping a strong connection with her extended relatives.  She enjoyed many trips to local casinos and Las Vegas as well as out to Indy to spend time with her favorite people. Lori will be missed for her laugh, love, loyalty, work ethic, strength and perseverance.

   Lori is survived by her husband, Jerry of Wall Lake; mother, Phyllis Auen of Wall Lake; children, Jonathan (Abby) Lapel of Vail, Lindi (Tom) Reburn of Moorhead, MN, and Lacey (Ricky) Bruning of Auburn; seven grandchildren, Justin, Levi, Taylor, Carter, Ellie, Parker and Paxton; sister Kathy (David) Stienstra of Terre Haute, IN; cousins, Michael (Dawn) Altmanshofer of Wall Lake and Jodi (Gary) Hubbard of Indianapolis, IN; aunt, Patricia Wilkes of Fishers, IN; uncle, Robert Altmanshofer of Florence, AZ; and nephew, Matthew Stienstra of Seattle, WA.

   She is preceded in death by her father, Virgil Auen; aunt, Joan Altmanshofer; uncle, Steve Wilkes and her grandparents.
Memorial Service
4:00 p.m., Sunday
August 30, 2020
Peace Lutheran Church
Wall Lake, Iowa


Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 3:03 PM
“Don and I extend our sincere sympathy to Jerry and family and Phyllis in the loss of Lori. I have fond memories of her in kindergarten many years ago. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Hold onto all your precious memories.”
- Don And Donna Tjaden
Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 8:33 AM
“All of our sympathy for your loss. May Lori Rest in Peace. The Rickers Family”
- Christy S Rickers
Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 9:39 AM
“So very sorry for the loss of Lori. Hold all memories close to your heart.”
- Lee Ann (Fullmer) James
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 10:08 AM
“My thoughts are with you and the entire family...I mostly remember your families stopping in to eat at The Haye Loft...when we owned it. May you find peace at this time of such loss. Mel”
- Melody Shepard
Monday, August 31, 2020 at 10:00 AM
“I am so very sorry to read about Lori's passing! I enjoyed working with her when she was teaching in Odebolt. She truly cared for those kids she taught! Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers Jerry and the kids. ”
- Steph Erpelding
Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 6:38 PM
“So sorry for your loss. She was a really great person
- Carmen Cogan
Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 6:38 PM
“Jerry, we are sorry to hear of Lori's death. We enjoyed meeting Lori and you on our trip to Alaska. She is at peace and in the loving arms of our Savior.”
- Steve and Cheryl Soelberg
Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 11:18 AM
“Prayers and condolences to your family. Always enjoyed time at the farm when we were young and the Auen family at our Bartlett picnics. ”
Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 11:18 AM
“Lori was an amazing lady that that I only knew for a short year. Her patients and smile was something I will forever remember. My heart goes out to Jerry and the the kids along with all her family. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for letting me take care of your wife, mom, sister, cousin. I am a better person knowing her. She will be so missed and cherished in my heart forever. God Bess you all.”
- Jamie Clark
Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 11:18 AM
“Iím so sorry for your loss. She was my 5th grade teacher at OA. She was an amazing teacher and will be missed by several of her students!!”
- Ashley Schultz Poen
Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 7:26 AM
“One of the best and most caring teachers our children had. May God bless her memory.”
Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 7:26 AM
“Our sincere sympathy to all of you. Lori was an amazing teacher and wonderful person. I enjoyed getting to know her while I was at Odebolt also. ”
- Cindy and David Wuebker
Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 7:26 AM
“Phyllis, so very sorry to hear this. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Dan and Holly”
- Dan and Holly Hansman Fraley
Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 7:26 AM
“Deepest sympathies, Jerry & families.....✝️❤️🙏🏼”
- Bill & Deb Brotherton
Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 7:26 AM
“My deepest sympathies Jerry and family. What a courageous lady. ”
- Vickie Toms
Friday, August 28, 2020 at 8:44 PM
“My deepest sympathies to all of Lori's family A beautiful person gone to soon.”
- Tami Auen
Friday, August 28, 2020 at 8:44 PM
“Our Sympathies to Jerry and family during this difficult time. May God grant you peace in knowing that Lori will always be in your hearts.😢💔”
- Dean and Karen Grell
Friday, August 28, 2020 at 8:44 PM
“So many happy memories of Laurie, she had such a beautiful soul. My sympathies to her family”
- Janet Determann Lightfoot
Friday, August 28, 2020 at 8:43 PM
“Jerry and family your in our thoughts and prayers to all of you. ”
- Dave and Lisa Gallagher
Friday, August 28, 2020 at 8:43 PM
“Our sympathies to the Lapel family. Dan Cindy Bieret”
- Dan Bieret
Friday, August 28, 2020 at 1:52 PM
“My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.”
- Terri Nelson
Friday, August 28, 2020 at 1:52 PM
“Lori was an amazing woman and mother. I loved visiting with her while she got her hair done by mom. She will be dearly missed! Love and prayers to the entire family ”
- Mandy Buse
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