Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at the St. John's Lutheran Church in Corwith. There will be visitation from 12:30-2 p.m. at the church. There will be a funeral service held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Washington, Iowa. There will be visitation on Wednesday from 12:00-1 p.m. Burial will follow at the Oregon Township Cemetery in Ainsworth, Iowa.
Gayle Ellen Rarick was born August 18, 1925, in Wellman, Iowa, the daughter of William and Louise (Ossman) Blum. She attended country school in Pilotburg and then went onto attend Wellman High School, graduating in 1944. Gayle took normal training and then taught school for two years.
On September 1, 1946, Gayle was united in marriage to William Rarick in Wellman, Iowa. After their marriage they lived in Hills for a short time before moving to Ainsworth. Gayle owned and operated an upholstery business where she upholstered furniture for nearly 30 years. After her husband died she later moved to Washington for a few years before moving to Corwith to be near her daughter.
Gayle enjoyed her family, especially following her grandchildren in all of their school activities. Her church family was also very important to her. She enjoyed reading, sewing, gardening, going on walks, watching games shows on tv and watching the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Gayle died Friday, September 28, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa in Mason City. She was 93.
She is survived by her children, Dave Rarick of Ainsworth; Diana and Mike Pearson of Corwith; Duane and Dena Rarick of Ainsworth; 16 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are siblings, Jim Blum of Anamosa; Mae Martin of Columbus Junction; Jeannette Sexton of Riverside and many nieces and nephew.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William; three brothers, Clarence, Donald and Marion Blum and two sisters, Viola Sexton and Lillian Graf.
Our Deepest sympathy
So sorry Dave,Duane and Diane for the loss of your Mother. A sweetie she was. I remember her doing upholstery for my folks. Know my thoughts are with you all
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. May God comfort you during this difficult time.
Vi Kruse & Kathy
Oh Diana and Mike you have our sympathy. God bless you my friends.
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