In memory of

Iva Cecilia Boisen

November 22, 1922 - August 21, 2017
From: Sac City, IA
Iva Cecilia Boisen

Iva Cecilia Boisen

Born: November 22, 1922
Died: August 21, 2017
Age: 94
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     Iva Boisen, age 94, of Sac City, IA, passed away on Monday, August 21, 2017, at Park View Rehabilitation Center in Sac City.  Iva Cecilia O’Tool was born on November 22, 1922, to William Francis and Coletta Christine (Schelle) O’Tool in Breda, IA.  She was baptized in the Catholic Church in Auburn, IA, as an infant and confirmed her faith on March 26, 1960 in the Catholic Church in Schaller, IA.  Iva grew up in Kniest Township, near Carroll, IA, and attended catholic schools in Breda, Mt. Carmel and Kniest Township.

     On September 25, 1945, Iva was united in marriage to Luvern Boisen in Sac County, IA.  Two sons were born to this union: Darrell and Dwight.  They made their home in Sac City.  Iva was a wonderful wife and mother, providing a loving home and supportive environment for her family.  She treasured her sons and adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

     Iva worked at several restaurants and as an aide in several nursing homes.  When they lived in Atlantic, IA, Iva was the housekeeping manager of the “Wise Owl Motel.”  She enjoyed playing cards with a small 500 Card Club, visiting with the members of the Coffee Times Group, quilting, crafts, counted cross stitch, sharing with old friends and attending car races.  Iva loved painting, specializing in scenery paining, which are still hanging in her home today.  Iva was a long standing, grateful, member of the world-wide fellowship of Al-Anon Family Groups.  Community involvement included: member of Help Your Neighbor Group (HYN), Sac City Lions (being awarded the Warren Coleman Honorary Award from the Iowa Lions Foundation).  Iva also helped the Sac City Knights of Columbus with events and fundraising. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

     Survivors include her son Dwight Boisen and wife Deb of Mason City, IA; grandchildren: Robin Boisen of Des Moines, Jared Boisen of Oskaloosa, and Scott Boisen and wife Kate of Mt Pleasant and their children, Lauren and Ava.  Other survivors include her brother Melvin O’Tool of Boone; several nieces, nephews and extended family members.

     Iva was preceded in death by her parents; husband “Hank”; son Darrell; sisters: Dorothy Pollman, Darlene Gross; and brothers: Arnim, Lowell and Roger O’Tool.


Memorials will be made to the following in Iva’s memory:

Al-Anon Family Groups, Save Our Schools (SOS) in Storm Lake,

Sac City Lions, Sac City Knights of Columbus

St. Mary’s Parish, Help Your Neighbor (HYN)


Mass of the Christian Burial
10:30 a.m., Monday
August 28, 2017
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Sac City, Iowa
Father Joe Dillinger
3:00-5:00 p.m., Sunday
August 27, 2017
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa

Vigil Service
5:00 p.m.
Knights of Columbus
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Oakland Cemetery
Sac City, Iowa


Monday, August 28, 2017 at 2:11 PM
“To Iva's family,
I worked for many years with Iva at the Palo Alto County Hospital. She was a good friend to all she worked with. She also made contact with some of us when she was coming too West Bend once a year for her taxes, and we would meet for lunch. It was a special time for all of us. She was such a joy to be around, and I am sure she will be miss by many family and friends. May God be with all of you during this hard time. Take care.”
- Velma Johnson
Monday, August 28, 2017 at 2:11 PM
“Dwight and Family, Sorry we couldn't make it back. Your Mom was a neat lady and will be greatly missed. Some of my fondest memories as a child was with your family up in West Bend. We had such a good times on those summer vacations. Your Mom was a great Aunt to me and so was Hank a great Uncle. I will always remember Uncle Hank as a very good baseball player. I'm glad you kept "never miss" in the family. Iva was a very kind lady and didn't mince her words. You always knew where she stood on things. I loved that about her. The tribute you put together was fantastic!”
- Denny & Cathy O'Tool
Friday, August 25, 2017 at 9:32 PM

Our heartfelt condolences are extended to the family.

I haven't been to Iowa often, and last saw Iva 2 years ago at a family gathering. While we weren't particularly close, I always admired her, and she was always cheerful and engaging. We'll miss her.

With warmest thoughts of happy memories,

Dale Pinnekamp and Lynda HIng

- Dale Pinnekamp1795
Friday, August 25, 2017 at 3:19 PM
“Iva was also a member of the Sac City Welfare Board for many years, where she also served as the President for several years. We will miss her on our Board, she was always so willing to serve and help others.”
- Mary Klindt
Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 4:16 PM
“Dwight & Deb and family, we will miss Iva, always enjoyed visiting with her at the Boisen picnics and Christmas dinners. Can hear her laughter and see her smile even now. Those memories we will always cherish. You have our sympathies. Terry & Robin Boisen”
- Terry & Robin Boisen
Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 4:16 PM
“I am incredibly blessed and thankful to have known Iva and to have her in my life and the lives of my children. My heart breaks for the Boisen family... Dwight, Jared, Scott, Robin, and to all who loved her. I know how difficult this loss must be... You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending all of my love... ”
- Heather McSparen
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