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November 19, 2017

10/9/2017 8:14:00 AM
Mass of Christian Burial for Lucy Theobald Oct. 10 at St. Bernard's

The Mass of Christian Burial for Lucy C. Theobald, 95, a longtime Stewartville resident, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Stewartville with Rev. John Wilmot officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery in Stewartville.
Mrs. Theobald died of natural causes on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 at the Stewartville Care Center, where she had been a resident since June of 2016.
Lucille Cecelia Adams was born on Sept. 20, 1922 in Meyer, Iowa, to Edward and Pauline (Hemann) Adams. She grew up in rural Meyer and attended country school and was later employed as a nanny and housekeeper in Austin.
Lucy was married on June 23, 1943 in Stacyville, Iowa to Ambrose A. Theobald. The couple farmed and lived in the Stacyville area and farmed in northern Iowa before moving to rural Stewartville in 1970, where they continued to raise their family and make their home. During those years, besides farming and milking cows, Lucy raised and butchered chickens, ducks and geese for sale, one year selling 1,600 chickens. Ambrose was employed for a number of years at Weyerhauser Co. in Austin and was employed at Mayo Clinic in Rochester for a few years. Mr. Theobald died on April 22, 1992.
Lucy was employed in food services at the Stewartville Care Center for over 25 years until her retirement in 2000. Lucy was a longtime member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Stewartville, where she was active in the CCW activities. She did upholstery repair for a number of years from her home and every fall baked apple pies for sale that her many customers and family members enjoyed all winter from their freezers. She enjoyed feeding and watching the birds in her yard and always provided "comfort food" for anyone who came to her house. Her freezer always had apple pies and the cookie jar was always full at "Cookie Grandma's." Lucy loved time spent with family, especially her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great- grandson.
Lucy is survived by three daughters and four sons, Shirley Theobald of Rochester, Bob (Veronica) of Stewartville, Neil of Dodge Center, Corwyn "Cork" (Ruth) of Austin, Norb of Stewartville, Mary (Darrell) Cheney of Nashwauk, Minn. and Pam (Kirk) Dudycha of Rochester; 20 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; three sisters and four brothers, Don (Doris) Adams and Alex Adams both of Riceville, Agnes Domino of Adams, Gladys Severson of Tacoma, Wash., Virginia Lundberg of Austin, Harry (Jeanie) Adams of Lynn Haven, Fla. and Edward (Liz) Adams of Waverly, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ambrose, her parents, and brother, Harold Adams.
A time of visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Stewartville and one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday morning.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com





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