Lucille Wooters Obituary

Lucille V. Wooters
Lucille V. Wooters
Lucille V. Wooters

March 11, 1922 - August 13, 2013
Born in Dubuque, IA
Resided in Johnston, IA
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Luci Wooters, 91, died peacefully Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, in the presence of family at her home in Johnston, Iowa.

Luci was born March 11, 1922, in Dubuque, Iowa to Melvin and Catherine (VonFumetti) Zauche. She was raised on a farm in Peosta, Iowa before attending Dubuque Senior High School. Luci continued her studies at Clarke College and the University of Iowa, graduating as a registered nurse.

While working within the university hospital's orthopedics unit, she met her husband of 66 years, Richard C. Wooters, a medical student and patient under her care. The two married on Aug. 5, 1944. In 1949, the couple built and opened a medical practice in Windsor Heights, Iowa, which they operated for 30 years.

Luci was an avid volunteer at Lutheran Hospital, beginning in 1968, where she delivered patient mail, staffed the "thrift shop," assisted with the infant car seat program, led the craft group and worked in the surgical waiting room. She was also a proud volunteer and blood donor at the Blood Center of Iowa, donating nearly 4 gallons and volunteering 270 hours.

For more than 60 years, Luci was an active member of Windsor Heights Lutheran Church, where she was known to provide her time, talents and chicken casserole to serve Elderberries and teach Sunday School.

She spent her Saturday mornings cheering for the Iowa Hawkeyes, her Saturday evenings tapping her toes to the Lawrence Welk Show, and her weekdays watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. Luci also delighted in dining out whenever she had the chance. Over the years she frequented dozens of Des Moines restaurants where servers welcomed her and "Doc" by name.

She enjoyed traveling the world—including a Caribbean cruise celebrating her 90th birthday, spending summers at her cabins on Long Lake—"Longview Lodge" and "Bedside Manor," cooking and baking for family and friends—especially her famous Christmas cookies, and being "Grandma," "Softie," and "Gigi," to ten grandchildren, great grandchildren, and grandchildren in-law. Luci will be remembered for her selflessness and sense of humor.

Survivors include her children: Patti (Jim) Verlengia of Johnston, Joan (Tim Mlsna) Fumetti of Windsor Heights, David (Laurie) Soures Wooters of Webster, NY; grandchildren: Toni (Christopher) White, Andy (Marina) Verlengia, Chris (Ayden) Verlengia, Charles Wooters; great grandchildren: Cameron, Luci and Annie White.

Luci was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sisters and brother.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Windsor Heights Lutheran Church.





Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Windsor Heights Lutheran Church
1240 - 66th Street
Des Moines, IA US 50311
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
10:00 AM


Windsor Heights Lutheran Church
1240 66th Street
Windsor Heights, IA US 50322