Luetta Christine Norland   Rhodes
Luetta Rhodes
Luetta Christine Norland Rhodes

July 12, 1928 - September 11, 2018
Born in Cylinder, Iowa
Resided in Clive, formerly of Grimes, Iowa
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Luetta was born July 12, 1928 to L. Herman and Gerda Canton Norland on a farm near Cylinder, Iowa. She passed away peacefully Tuesday, September 11, 2018, surrounded by her family.

Luetta graduated from Cylinder High School and attended UNI. Her first job was at the Palo Alto County Courthouse in the Tax Department where she met Lester L. Rhodes. They were married in 1949. His job as a field man with the Iowa Farm Bureau required many moves. They lived in Knoxville, Algona, Waverly, West Des Moines and Grimes. They had three daughters Christine, Leslee and Rebecca.

Luetta served as School Board Secretary and Assistant to the Principal at Grimes Independent School District for five years and worked at American Federal in the Accounting Department for 14 years.

She was an active member of Windsor Heights Lutheran Church and volunteered at Iowa Lutheran Hospital. She was an avid bridge player and participated in several bridge clubs. She was also active in Grimes community activities. Luetta was a warm, caring person and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Her family was very important to her.

Following Lester’s death she moved to Walnut Ridge Retirement Home. While there she participated in many of their activities and PEO.

In 2011 she met another Walnut Ridge resident, Dr. John Gustafson. They were married in 2013. Lu and John enjoyed traveling including six cruises.

Luetta was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 57 years Lester Rhodes, an infant daughter, grandson Andrew Stein, four brothers Edward, Albert, Gerald and Charles Norland; and one sister Orlue Boevers Regier.

Luetta is survived by her husband John, three daughters Christine (Gary) Knoll of Earlham, Leslee (John) Madison of Johnston, and Rebecca (Brian) Boyea of Cadott, WI; one step daughter Diana Maland of Mankato, MN, 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, two brothers James (Dorothy) and Howard (Brenda) Norland, three sisters-in-law Beverly, Virginia, and Nancy Norland; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive visitors at Iles-Westover Chapel on Thursday, September 13 from 4 - 7 PM. Funeral services will be held at Windsor Heights Lutheran Church, 1240 66th St, Windsor Heights, IA 50324 on Friday, September 14 at 11 AM.

In lieu of flowers the family encourages memorials to Windsor Heights Lutheran Church, 1240 66th St. Windsor Heights, IA 50324. Online condolences will be welcomed at





Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Thursday, September 13, 2018
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Funeral Service
Windsor Heights Lutheran Church
1240 - 66th Street
Des Moines, IA US 50311
Friday, September 14, 2018
11:00 AM
Sunny Hill Cemetery, Grimes, IA
Grimes, Iowa 50111
Friday, September 14, 2018


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