Alvera E. (Hermsen) Hickey (1928 - 2013)

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INDEPENDENCE – Alvera E. Hickey, 85, of Independence died Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the home of her daughters in Des Moines.
Alvera was born on Sept. 27, 1928, near Holy Cross, the daughter of Alphonse L. and Olivia H. (Warnke) Hermsen. She moved with her family to the Independence area where she was a 1947 graduate of St. John's Catholic High School. On Feb.14, 1953 she was united into marriage to John W. Hickey. The family made their home in Independence, and Alvera was employed as a Residential Treatment Worker and a House Mother for the Mental Health Institute in Independence prior to her retirement.
She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church, St. John's Rosary Society, and the Court Ascension 495 of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. Alvera did volunteer work at the local nursing home and delivered meals on wheels. She was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family and traveling.
Surviving are six children; Cindy (Steve) Krempges, Independence., Susan and Sandra Hickey both of Des Moines, Mark (Tina) Hickey, Cedar Rapids, Marlene (Troy) Meier, Norwalk, and John (Katelynn) Hickey, Independence, six grandchildren, two great grandchildren, a sister; Anna Mae Strawn, Oelwein, and two brothers; Merlin (Jeanne) Hermsen and Kenny (Florence) Hermsen both of Independence.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John in 1994, and two brothers; James and John Hermsen.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. John's Catholic Church, Independence, with Rev. Don Plamondon officiating. Burial was in St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Independence. Friends called for visitation from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory in Independence where a rosary was recited at 3 p.m. and a parish vigil service was held at 7 p.m. Sunday.
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Nov. 18 to Dec. 7, 2013