Isabelle A. Michael – Walker

WALKER-  Isabelle A. Michael, 97, of Walker, IA died on Friday July 31, 2020 at Hiawatha Care Center in Hiawatha, IA.

Isabelle was born on June 7, 1923 in Cascade, IA to John Paul and Ellen Theresa (Rowan) Mausser. Her family rented various farms before finally settling in Walker in 1937. She graduated from Walker High School in 1941 and attended Cedar Falls Teaching College. She taught in the rural county school system and later as a substitute teacher. She married Leonard John Michael on January 20, 1953 at Sacred Heart Church in Walker, and they made their home on his family farm in rural Walker. She was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She served as a member of the parish council, church trustee, and used her teaching talents as a religious education teacher.

Isabelle was a proud citizen of Walker and belonged to the Walker Historical Society.  She was incredibly involved in the town’s centennial celebration.  Her interests extended into genealogy and history.  She also had a talent for sewing and needle point.  Isabelle also enjoyed bird watching and reading.  She was known was her distinct and memorable laugh.

Isabelle is survived by her children, Steve (Deb) Michael of Walker, IA, Stan Michael of Walker, and Ken  Michael of Fort Worth, TX, son-in-law, Doug Swanson of Newton, IA, her sisters, Alice Muller of Muscatine, and Grace Carney of Carson City, NV; 13 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Leonard, her daughter Lenette Swanson; two grandchildren Kara and Patrick Michael; her sisters Ellen Michael and Rose Blood; sister-in-law Ruth Mausser; her brothers Bob, John, and Richard Mausser, and her brothers-in-law; Bob Muller and Jim Carney.

The family would like to thank the staff at Hiawatha Care Center for the excellent care provided to Isabelle.

A visitation will be held at Reiff Family Center in Independence, IA from 4 PM until 7 PM on Tuesday August 4, 2020.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Walker at 10:30 AM on Wednesday August 5, 2020. Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Walker, IA.

Social distancing and facemasks are encouraged for those who attend the visitation and Funeral Services.

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