Della F. (LeVelle) Walthart (1920 - 2013)

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INDEPENDENCE – Della F. Walthart, 92 years old, of Independence, died on Thursday, January 17, 2013, at ABCM Rehab Independence-East in Independence. She was born on May 7, 1920, in Deer Creek, Minn., the daughter of Benjamin Franklin and Mary Irene (Haymaker) LeVelle. She graduated from high school in Aurora, with the Class of 1939 and then earned her teaching credentials at the Normal School in Cedar Falls. In later years she attended more classes at the University of Northern Iowa. On Nov. 28, 1941, she and Russell William Walthart were married in Kirksville, Mo. He preceded her in death in 1994. Mrs. Walthart was a psychiatric aide at the Mental Health Institute in Independence for 15 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Independence and the Farm Bureau.
Mrs. Walthart is survived by four sons, Ronald Walthart of Quasqueton, Steve (Linda) Walthart of Independence, Dennis (Carol) Walthart of Colesburg, and Douglas (Julie Peyton) Walthart of Strawberry Point, and one daughter, DeeAnn (Patrick) O'Loughlin of Independence. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and one brother, Wilford (Judy) LeVelle of Walnut Shade, Mo.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Terry Walthart, two grandchildren, three brothers, and three sisters.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, at the First United Methodist Church in Independence, with Rev. Scott Meador officiating. Arthur Underwood will be an Honorary Casket Bearer. Casket Bearers will be Scott Walthart, Matthew Walthart, Mark Walthart, Travis Walthart, Curtis O'Loughlin, M.D., and Ryan O'Loughlin. Burial will be at 2 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 25, at the Garrison Cemetery in Garrison.
White Funeral Home of Independence is in charge of arrangements. Friends may call for visitation from 4 until 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, at the funeral home. On line condolences may be left at
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Jan. 21 to Feb. 16, 2013