Luella  J. Van Wey
Luella J. Van Wey

July 15, 1934 - March 29, 2024
Born in Ackley, Iowa
Resided in Johnston, Iowa
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Luella J. Van Wey, 89, passed away peacefully at home on March 29, 2024. Visitation will be held from 10-11am, Friday, April 5, 2024 at Iles Westover Chapel. A service will follow beginning at 11am. Interment will be 3pm, Friday at the East Friesland Cemetery, rural Ackley, Iowa.

Luella was born on July 15, 1934 in Ackley, IA to parents, Walter and Carrie (Sanders) Harms. She met Leslie Van Wey on a blind date June 8, 1953, and on June 8, 1954 they married. They made their home in Waterloo, Iowa, where they raised two daughters, Lori and Leisha. They hosted foreign exchange students from France and Blackhawk hockey players.

Luella was a dental assistant, skilled seamstress, loved to travel, camping, and playing cards with her friends and family. She was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church and a girl scout leader in Waterloo.

She worked at Sears in Waterloo in the men’s department for several years before retiring in 1996. In 2007, she moved to Johnston, Iowa to be closer to her two granddaughters. She was very active. She enjoyed meeting new people, going to casinos and was involved with several women’s card groups in the Johnston area.

Luella is survived by her daughters, Lori (Deb) Van Wey and Leisha Lane; grandchildren, Jessie Kiesling Wegner (Chris Wegner), Lindsey (Tyler) Reagan and Natalie (Nick Riley) Lane; great grandsons, Lane and Rayden. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carrie and Walter, her husband, Leslie, and her son-in-law, Paul Lane.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Ellipsis in Johnston, Iowa. Online condolences are welcome at

Arrangements by Iles Westover Chapel.




Iles Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Friday, April 5, 2024
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Iles Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Friday, April 5, 2024
11:00 AM
East Friesland Cemetery, rural Ackley
11121 - 150th Street
Ackley, IA US 50601
Friday, April 5, 2024
3:00 PM