Laura Rosalia Carrier Sodawasser Heying, 96, passed to the Lord and angels from Hawkeye Nursing Facility on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. God watch over her and keep her in his love.
Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m., Friday June 8 at Holy Spirit Parish- Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m., Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd.
Laura was born on December 12, 1921 the oldest child of Lewis and Hilda (Felder) Carrier of Guttenberg, Iowa.
She was a hard -working wife, mother, grandmother and great- grandmother. She lived during the Great Depression doing with little to get by. While a young girl living in Guttenberg she graduated from St. Mary’s grade school and high school. She sang in the school choir and worked at the button factory, punching buttons from river shells, along with helping her family of three sisters and two brothers with many chores. During these years she met Russell Sodawasser, her high school sweetheart, living also in Guttenberg.
She married Russell while in the army in July 1943 and lived in Guttenberg. Upon his return from service in WWII they lived in Dubuque, Waterloo and then returned to Dubuque. Born to this marriage were two daughters, Laura Lee and Jean Marie.
She worked at The Dubuque Stamp and then The Dubuque Pack for 29 years until the Pack closed its doors. While working at the Dubuque Pack she met many friends, which she stayed in touch with throughout the years.
One of her favorite trips was to Hawaii with her lady friend, Mary Danzer.
Russell preceded her in death in May 1979. Laura and her daughters enjoyed shopping and going out to eat. Spending time with mom created lots of precious memories.
A few years after Russell’s death Laura married Louis Heying. They traveled and enjoyed life together. He preceded her in death a few years after marriage.
We truly love our mom. We were like The Three Musketeers! We tried to do things as threesomes. Mom really enjoyed gambling and to this she had her name on a few tri- state billboards and also won a Cadillac at the Diamond Jo. In later years the Diamond Jo was known as her “fun” place.
She was known for her famous rhubarb pie and many delicious cakes and meals from scratch. She was a wonderful cook and homemaker!
Even in all years, mom enjoyed dancing and always had “heels” ready for a fun night out. She was a “classy” lady. To this we add “Hard working hands are now at rest”! Mom, we miss you terribly.
Those left to cherish her memories include her daughters, Laura Lee (Melvin Randy) Degenhardt and Jean McGeough; grandsons, Clayton (Tanya) Degenhardt, Eric (Abbey) Degenhardt, and Kyle McGeough; great- grandchildren, Gunnar and Chiara Degenhardt and Rosalyn and Gilbert Degenhardt; brother, Daniel (Rita) Carrier; brothers-in-law, Ray (Ruth) Kleinow, Wayne (Sandy) Sodawasser; sisters-in-law, Carolyn Carrier and Georgia Sodawasser; and many nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Patricia Kleinow, Sr. Mary Ann Carrier, Winifred “Winnie” Fassbinder; and her brother, Jerome (Bud) Carrier; son-in-law, Gary McGeough; brother-in-law, Henry Fassbinder Jr.; a niece, Julie Fassbinder Sodawasser Zittergreen; many aunts and uncles; and in-laws, Albert (Florence) Sodawasser; Father Ardell Sodawasser, Della Rose Banwarth, Al and his son, Richard Sodawasser and Bob (Rita) Sodawasser.
A Laura Heying Memorial Fund has been established.
Our thanks to EMT’s, Finley Hospital, and Mercy Hospital, Dr. Kris Nelson and Joan from Grand River Medical, Jill and the staff at Hawkeye Nursing Facility and Hospice of Dubuque for your kindness and care given towards mom and us during this difficult time.