In Memory of

Iva Mae Keiser

May 11, 1924 - July 21, 2019
From: Rockwell City, IA

Rockwell City – Iva Mae Keiser 95, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2019 at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home, Fort Dodge.  Memorial Services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 8, 2019 at Emanuel – St. John Lutheran Church, Lytton, with Pastor Ben Worley officiating.  Visitation will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Church until service time.  Burial will be at Garfield Township Cemetery, East of Lytton.  Palmer & Swank Funeral Home, Rockwell City is serving the family.

     Iva Mae is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband Donald; her parents, Severin and Thelma (Berge) Tonderum; sisters, Sylva Heggen and Nathalie Schulze; and brother Ordean Tonderum.

     Iva Mae Tonderum Keiser was born May 11, 1924 on a farm near Terril, Iowa.  She was baptized and confirmed at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Bode.  Iva Mae graduated from Bode High School.  She then attended and graduated from Waldorf College with a teaching degree. Iva Mae taught schools at Roland, Lake Park, Rolfe, and Armstrong.  She furthered her education and graduated from Drake University with a bachelor’s degree and received her library science degree from Mankato State University.  On July 24, 1976 she was united in marriage to Donald Keiser at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Humboldt.  The couple enjoyed traveling and wintering in Tucson, Arizona for many years.  Donald passed away in 2015.  Iva Mae became a resident of Sunny Knoll Care Centre, Rockwell City.  She was a member of Emanuel – St. John Lutheran Church, Lytton.

Memorial Services
2:00 p.m. - Thursday
August 8, 2019
Emanuel - St. John Lutheran Church
Lytton, Iowa
Pastor Ben Worley
1:00 p.m. - Thursday
August 8, 2019
Emanuel - St. John Lutheran Church
Lytton, Iowa
Garfield Township Cemetery
East of Lytton, Iowa


Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 6:11 AM
“Rest well Aunt Mae. You will be remembered with much admiration, respect and love. ”
- Steph Smith

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 9:20 AM
“Remembering her as Miss Tonderum, a kind and loving fourth grade teacher. You were a wonderful teacher, many students are better humans for having been in your classroom. RIP”
- Pam (Marler) Pedersen

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 12:50 PM
“Mae was a family friend of Wes and Elaine Bennett. When I first met the family I met Mae too--she was family. What a gem she was. I am sorry to hear of her passing but she had a great life! My sympathy to her nieces and nephews as she talked about you guys when we were together many years ago.
I have family coming Thursday so can't make the funeral services. My oldest daughter told me when she heard about Mae that Mae is "{rocking in heaven with that black mink coat!!! She loved that coat!). God bless you all and our family will be thinking of her Thursday.
As always, Barb Bennett (Kenny's wife----Kenny passed away in February so they are all watching over us now!)”
- barbara bennett

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