Luella Catherine "Toot" Waldschmidt Lickteig passed away on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at Algona Van Buren Terrace at the age of 100.
Luella was born October 26, 1921 in Benson, Illinois, the daughter of Leo and Matilda Elbert Waldschmidt. The family moved to Algona, Iowa, in 1929, where she attended grade school at Saint Cecelia. Then they moved to a farm east of Wesley where she attended Catholic grade school in Wesley and later graduated from high school and junior college at Britt, Iowa. After graduation, Luella moved to Omaha, and worked in a defense plant (Selective Service Department) for 6 months, where she married Dennis Lickteig on December 2, 1942. While he was away serving in Germany during WWII, Luella moved to Fort Dodge and was employed with Equitable Life of U.S. After Dennis returned from service, they moved to Clear Lake. After living there, they moved to a farm north of St Benedict in about 1947 where they lived until retirement in 1977, when they moved to Algona. They had been married over 70 years, when Dennis passed away on March 10, 2013.
Grandma Toot enjoyed cooking, baking cinnamon rolls, cookies, pies and making Lickteig Tacos. She loved having company, especially her children and all their families, and everyone loved to come to visit Grandma Toot. Toot enjoyed doing the daily crossword puzzles. Toot and Denny enjoyed fishing and traveling, including going to Reno, NV, each year for 20 years for Army reunions. She even took one last fishing trip in September, 2021. She also enjoyed playing cards and Rummikub with her friends at Van Buren, and belonged to card clubs and Round Robin at Saint Benedict. Toot was a charter member of Saint Benedict Catholic Daughters of America and a member of Saint Cecelia Catholic Church.
Luella is survived by her 7 children: Richard (Delores) Lickteig (Wesley), Anita Campbell (Des Moines), Mike (Shirley) Lickteig (Perry), Gene (Vicki) Lickteig (Urbandale), Coleen (Larry) Kollasch (Algona), Bud Lickteig (Algona), Carol Plathe (Algona). Luella was a wonderful Grandmother and enjoyed all of her 26 grandchildren: Pam (Keith) Hoffman, Joe (Jane) Lickteig, Larry Lickteig, Dan (Patricia) Lickteig, Sara (Rob) Prehm, Jeff Gunnerson, Scott (Alissa) Gunnerson, Sara (Will) Figgins, Mark (Maria) Campbell, Julia McQuire, Mark Lickteig, Missy (Dave) Bower, Ryan (Elyse) Lickteig, Susan ( Chris) Steingreaber, John (Michelle) Lickteig, Todd (Andrea) Kollasch, Brian (Sheila) Kollasch, Kevin ( Leah) Kollasch, Greg (Holly) Kollasch, Peter (Whitney) Kollasch, Sherri (Spencer) Stensrude, Sam Lickteig, Ben (Kelly) Lickteig, Zac (Meghanne) Lickteig, Lindsay (Wade) Bellon, Charlie (Alyssa) Plathe, plus 56 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren and 6 step great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by 2 sisters-in-law Shirley Hanley and Lenore Waldschmidt. She was preceded in death by her husband and parents, sons-in-law Dale Plathe and David Campbell, a great grandchild Lucy Lickteig and 5 brothers Roland, Elliott, Eldon, Ralph, and James P. Waldschmidt.