Raffaela Lehman Obituary

Raffaela Faye Lehman
Raffaela Faye Lehman
Raffaela Faye Lehman

June 22, 1923 - April 18, 2006
Born in Des Moines, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Raffaela Faye (Baedaro) Lehman died Tuesday morning, April 18, 2006, peacefully surrounded by her loving family at Mercy Hospice in Johnston.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 22, 2006 at the Basilica Of St. John Catholic Church. Visitation will be held on Friday from 3 to 7 p.m., with a Vigil service at 7 p.m., at Iles Funeral Homes - Westover Chapel. Burial will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Cumberland Cemetery, Cumberland, IA.

Raffaela was preceded in death by her husband, Ross W. Lehman. Born in Des Moines, she was a devoted housewife, mother, and co-founder of Lehman’s Refrigeration in Des Moines. She was devoted to her faith and to her church. Raffaela lived her dream the last ten years of her life, singing and entertaining at various places in Des Moines, including restaurants, clubs and senior citizen homes.

Survivors include her sister, Lucille Burton of Des Moines; her nine loving children: Donna (Tom) Copper of Des Moines, Richard (Marcia) Lehman of Des Moines, Theresa (Kevin) Schumacher of Cedar Rapids, Joyce Dalbey of Gunnison, CO, Rosalyn (Michael) Rector of Little Rock, AR, Mary (Richard) Wickersham of Des Moines, Randal (Kim) Lehman of Des Moines, Victoria Lehman-Haugen of Des Moines, and Iva (Carl) Duncan of Hot Springs, AR.

Also surviving are grandchildren: Stephanie Potts and Melissa Copper, both of Des Moines, Thomas R. Copper of Marshalltown, Richard Lehman, Jr., Renee Blakely and Ross Lehman, all of Des Moines, Trina Braafhart and Patrick Cooney, both of Des Moines, Timothy J. Cooney, Jr. of Brooklyn, NY and Breda Mitchell of Kansas City, MO, John Civitate, Jr. of Gunnison, CO; Michelle Glynn of Sunrise Beach, MO, Joshua Dalbey and Jacob Dalbey, both of Gunnison, CO, Michael Rector, Jr., Raffaela Cunningham, Joseph Rector and John Paul Rector, all of Little Rock, AR, Alisha Malson of Bonderant, Rhesa Peary and Kristina Wickersham, both of Des Moines, Rosalyn Lehman, Randy Lehman Jr. and Robert Lehman, all of Des Moines, Erick Haugen of Memphis, TN, Ryan Haugen, Adam Haugen, both of Des Moines, Geff Fischer of Harrison, AR, and Carl Hollis Duncan, Jr. of Hot Springs AR.

Surviving great-grandchildren are: Jessica Potts, Brittany Copper and Julia Reints, all of Des Moines, Emma, Reagan, Daniel and Matthew Lehman, all of Des Moines, Tyler, Joshua and Elizabeth Blakely, all of Des Moines, Kayla and Kennedy Koeppen, and Katerina Braafhart, all of Des Moines, Jackson Cooney of Des Moines, Cameron Mitchell of Kansas City, MO, Michael Civitate, Hunter Glynn and Antonio Glynn, all of Sunrise Beach, MO, Gavin and Gabriella Cunningham of Little Rock, AR, Tanner Malson, Riley Malson and Aubrey Malson, all of Bonderant, Gabriella Peary of Des Moines, Riley Lehman of Des Moines, and Tryston and Cameron Fischer of Harrison, AR.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to the Basilica of St. John at 1915 University Avenue, Des Moines 50314, or Bishop Drumm 5837 Windwood in Johnston, IA 50131.





Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Friday, April 21, 2006
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Basilica of St. John's
1915 University
Des Moines, IA US 50314
Saturday, April 22, 2006
10:30 AM
Cumberland Cemetery
Cumberland, IA
Saturday, April 22, 2006
3:00 PM


Basilica of St. John
1915 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA US