Grace V. Reicks, 91

Grace V. Reicks age 91, of Lawler, IA, died Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at New Hampton Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Lawler, with Rev. Aaron Junge presiding.

Interment will be held in our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church Cemetery in Lawler with Clinton Van Winkle, Nicholas Shill, Todd Van Winkle, Samuel Reicks, Logan Shill, Cory Reicks, Lance Halverson, Levi Dunn - Reicks, Nathan Shill, Kody Reicks, Kyle Reicks and Mitchell Reicks serving as pallbearers.

Friends may greet the family 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. Monday, December 3, 2018, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Lawler where they will be a 2:30 p.m. parish scripture service. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass at the church on Tuesday.  Online condolences for Grace's family may be left at

Grace Veronica Reicks was born November 25, 1927, on the family farm near Seneca, WI. As a daughter of William and Ida (Einck) Huinker and the Great Depression, following her school years and her father’s death, she worked on the farm near Ossian and later in Chicago, all for her large childhood family. With Eugene Reicks, her new husband in 1949, she made a home and new family on a farm north of Lawler. 

Grace raised 8 children and worked on the farm whenever a hand was needed (picking rock, hauling wagons, pulling pigs etc, etc.) while maintaining the house and all that goes with it. She kept the books, kept the chickens, always had a large garden and was constantly sewing clothes for her family with her beloved Pfaff sewing machine (60 years and counting). She sewed at least 100 quilts with that machine and then hand quilted many of them. She was a devout Catholic and member of the Catholic Daughters for many years as well as teaching humility and service.

Her cooking leaves lots of delicious memories with many family favorites, holiday specials, and ‘field picnics’. She enjoyed so many things, the kids and grands horsing around, Butch and her loved Cubs including many games in Chicago, fishing and playing cards every chance they could, bowling Thursday nights, trips with friends… Never a dull or still moment.

It was important to Grace that all her children knew how to work hard and play hard. She set a good example for her children and taught them how to care for others. Above all, she did whatever was needed of her all through her long life.

Grace is survived by four sons, Allen (Judy) Reicks of Pella, IA, Duane (Penny) of Lawler, IA, Mike (Jennie) Reicks of Lawler, IA, Steve (Tammy) Reicks of Solon, IA; three daughters, Eileen (Gerald) Nelson of Eau Claire, WI, Kathleen (Randall) Van Winkle of Farmington, IA, Leeann (Mark) Reicks of Anchorage, AK; twenty six grandchildren and twenty five great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Sue Reicks of Decorah, IA; two brothers, William (Phyllis) Huinker of Postville, IA, Thomas (Joyce) Huinker of Festina, IA, brother-in-law, Alex Reicks of Lawler, IA; one sister, Joanne (Francis) Wenthold of Ossian, IA; sister-in-law, Edna Huinker of Decorah, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Eugene in 2012; son, Dave in 2004; two brothers, Charles and Ralph Huinker; five sisters, Lillian Hagaman, Alice Reicks, Catherine Moellers, Luella Reicks and Eunice Bushman; along with numerous brothers and sisters-in-law.

Memorials should be directed to the family.

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