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Lola Winona Peppmeier, 95, peacefully met Jesus on July 3, 2013 at Sunnyview Care Center in Ankeny, Iowa. She had resided there since October 2012.

She was born to John and Clarissa Vanderflught on May 17, 1918 in Beaconsfield, Iowa. Growing up, Lola enjoyed life on the farm and playing with her sister, Doris (Hutchinson), while later learning to operate farm equipment as a help to her parents. After graduating from Lamoni high school, she worked at several local businesses in Mount Ayr, Iowa. She met her future husband, the late Francis (Jack) Caldwell at a dance and they were married in 1940. To this union was born one daughter, Janice. 

In 1972 Jack passed away. Later while working at Clearview Nursing Home in Mount Ayr, Lola met the late Laurence (Ray) Peppmeier. They were united in marriage in 1976. Ray brought to this union two sons, Raymond and Dwayne. 

Lola was a member of the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr where she taught Sunday school. She also was a member of the Modern Mother’s Club and the VIC club where she loved traveling with her friends around the United States. She spent 34 devoted years working at Clearview Nursing Home but had to retire in 2007 due to health problems. Lola was a big Iowa/Iowa State fan and especially enjoyed watching basketball. She also had fun watching ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ Lola cherished spending time with and hearing stories about her 10-year-old twin great-grandsons.

Left to honor her memory include her daughter, Janice; granddaughter, Ashley Ott (Joel); twin great-grandsons, Kyle and Eric; stepsons, Raymond (Julie) and Dwayne (Gloria); stepgrandchildren, Ann Erickson (Donnie) and Denny and David Peppmeier; sister, Doris; nieces; nephews, and many friends.

Lola was preceded in death by her parents; infant sister, Opal; husbands, Jack and Ray; son-in-law, Gary, and stepgrandson, Robert Peppmeier.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to: Saint Jude Hospice, 2900 100th St., Suite 103, Urbandale, IA 50322.

Services were conducted at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr on Saturday, July 6, 2013. with Rev. Chris Conklin officiating. Organist was Nancy Sackett. 

Casket bearers were Denny Peppmeier, David Peppmeier, Gene Hutchinson, David Rathe, Hugh Terwilliger and Don Solliday.

Honorary pallbearers included Kyle Ott and Eric Ott.

Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr. 

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