In memory of

Lauren Goodenow

December 3, 1993 - July 23, 2017
From: Lake View, IA
Lauren Goodenow

Lauren Goodenow

Born: December 3, 1993
Died: July 23, 2017
Age: 23
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Lauren Ruth ‘Rudy’ Goodenow, daughter of Mason and Della (Benson) Goodenow, was born December 3, 1993 in Ida Grove.  She was raised in Lake View, where she ran high school cross country and track, with her mom being her biggest fan.  She was awarded the Runner of the Year award in 2011.  Lauren was also involved in FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America), was a member of the East Sac County National Honor Society, was a wrestling manager, and was also a mentor in the East Sac County Mentoring Program.  She graduated with honors from East Sac County High School with the class of 2012. 

Following high school, Lauren attended the University of Northern Iowa for two years studying Elementary Education before she was accepted into the Occupational Therapy program at College of St. Mary’s in Omaha, where she was currently working towards her Masters.  Lauren was a determined and passionate student, and her strong work ethic was evident not only in school, but at work at the Country Club, Barefoot Bar, and most recently at Edge Physical Therapy and also provided in-home care for the elderly and disabled.  

Lauren’s favorite hobbies were running and exercising.  She also enjoyed reading and watching movies with family and friends. 

Lauren had an adventurous spirit, and was fortunate enough to travel whenever she could.  She spent a semester abroad in Grenada, Spain, during which she also travelled to Amsterdam, Italy, Gibralter, and for her 21st birthday adventured to Dublin, Ireland to hear one of her favorite bands, Mumford and Sons.  She also visited Hawaii with her friend Sydney, and vacationed with family in Mexico and New Orleans.  Her happiest places however were Lake View and Lake Okoboji, and spending time with her family and friends there was most important to her. 

Lauren will be remembered for her quick wit, sense of humor, and sense of adventure.  She had many friends and children were drawn to her and loved her, especially her nieces and nephews who lovingly called her ‘Aunt Nicki Minaj.’ 

Lauren always lived her life by her favorite creed, the Golden Rule!  Lauren was as beautiful inside as she was on the outside. 

Left to cherish Lauren’s memory are her parents Della (Jerry Kruse) Goodenow of Lake View and Mason (Sheryl) Goodenow of Ida Grove; siblings Maggie (Brian) Steinkamp and their daughter Avery Mae of Breda, Abby Goodenow of Britt, Brenda (Terrance) Wood and their children Aidan and Clare of Eden Prairie, Jenni (Greg) Vander Sluis and their children Cooper, Charlee, and John of Sheldon, and Matt Welte of Danbury; grandparents William and Marge Benson of Schleswig, Bruce Goodenow of Spirit Lake, Gary and Myrna Kruse of Lake View, and Faye Kruse of Lake View; aunts and uncles Tina and Brian Wellendorf and family of Ida Grove, Chris Pfannkuch and family of Phoenix, Sharon Benson and family of Des Moines, and Kim and Brad Waldemar and family of Deloit, Mike Goodenow and family of Florida and South Carolina, Mark Goodenow of Marshall, Minnesota and Mitch (Jennifer) Goodenow and family of Waukee along with numerous aunts and uncles from the Dean side of the family; boyfriend Royce Rosemeyer of Odebolt; along with numerous cousins, other family members, friends, and family pet Bear. 

Lauren was preceded in death by her grandmother Patricia Goodenow and grandmother Gala Dean, and her uncle Craig Pfannkuch. 

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the Lauren Goodenow Scholarship fund, c/o Della Goodenow, 960 East Shore Drive in Lake View, Iowa, 51450. 

Ewing Funeral Chapel

178 Center Street West

Britt, Iowa 50423



10:30 a.m., Friday
July 28, 2017
United Church of Christ
409 Maple Avenue
Schleswig, IA
Pastor Kevin Freese
4:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday
July 27, 2017
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
1120 West Main Street
Sac City, IA

Will continue one hour prior
to services at the church Friday.
Wall Lake Cemetery
Wall Lake, Iowa


Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 9:23 AM
“My thoughts and Prayers go out to the family of Lauren. So sorry for your lost and may God comfort you in these days.”
- Rebecca Peters
Monday, July 31, 2017 at 6:10 PM
“Sorry to hear about passing of Lauren. Sending my thoughts and prayers to her family and friends. ”
- Brian
Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 2:42 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers to all of Laurens's family and friends”
- Mark & Tami Auen
Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 2:42 PM
“Our EDGE family was so fortunate to have known Lauren for the past year. She brought laughter to our office. She was a beautiful young lady with a golden heart. Forever in our hearts. May God Bless you in this time of grief. Our prayers are with you all. ”
- Beth and Mike Bartels, EDGE Physical Therapy
Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 2:42 PM
“Prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. I didn't know your daughter, but I have heard nothing but praise about her. I know there are no words to describe what you and your family are feeling now. Just make sure you reach out and let people help if they can.

- shari simmons
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 3:24 PM
“Sending my condolences to the family and friends of Lauren. We will miss seeing her at college of Saint Mary. She was a beautiful sweet girl. ”
- Soozie Syslo
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 3:24 PM
“I am so sorry for your loss. Lauren was a wonderful friend and I got the opportunity to get to know her and be in her life over the past year. She was a caring, loving, and positive person. Lauren could light up any room with her contagious laugh and smile. She will be missed dearly. If there is anything I can do for you all, please don't hesitate to contact me. ”
- Lauren Sorensen
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 3:24 PM
“My heart is hurting for you Della and Mason! I never knew Lauren except through the beautiful words and admiration my daughter, Antonia, had for your daughter, Lauren. She was a dear friend to Antonia and special in our eyes! May God give great peace to Lauren's rest. Antonia will be wed next week and we will be praying, in name, for Lauren and her family at the marriage ceremony. Thank you for raising such a beautiful daughter and sharing her with all the OT students at the College of St. Mary! Prayers and our most sincere condolences, Bob and Janette and Antonia Fiala”
- Janette Fiala
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 3:24 PM
“I was in the OT program with lauren. She was always so bright and smiley and ready to talk and learn. She was a beautiful person inside and out. I apologize I cannot be there to honor her that day but I want her family to know that she is remembered with a large smile on her face. ”
- Sidney Drew
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 3:24 PM
“Lauren was such a beautiful person inside and out. My thoughts and prayers are with all who loved her. She will be missed on campus especially in class. -- CSM OT Instructor”
- Jaime Garafalo-Peterson
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 3:24 PM
“Mason, Della and girls....I am so very sorry, please know that you and your families are in my heart and thoughts. I am so glad that I got to visit with Lauren and Abby when I was visiting Della, such beautiful women how proud you two must be of your 3 daughters. I can't imagine your grief, my deepest sympathy.
- Lisa Bolster Baum
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 3:24 PM
“Oh how heartbreaking this is. We send prayers, love and hugs. May God give you comfort. Bruce & Teri Brock”
- Teri Brock
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 3:24 PM
“So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers for you all.
Mark Berry ”
- Mark Berry
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