Mardell Loss

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CEDAR RAPIDS - Mardell K. Loss, 99, of Cedar Rapids, beloved grandmother and friend died Thursday May 13, 2010 in Mercy Medical Center. A graveside service will be held at 3 PM on Wednesday, May 19 at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, followed by a gathering at the Cedar Memorial Family Center and Library. Her great granddaughter-in-law, Rev. Katie Z. Dawson will officiate.
Those left to honor her memory include a daughter in law, Dixie Loss of Cedar Rapids, her granddaughters, Robyn Dawson of Cedar Rapids, Pamela Jensen (James) of Lisbon, her great grandchildren, Beverly Dawson-Fink (Christian) of Vinton, Lyndsay Jensen Gaffey (Jordan) of Denver, CO, Brandon Dawson (Katie) of Marengo, Jase Jensen of Des Moines, Christopher Dawson of Cedar Rapids, her great great grandchildren, Alexander, Cameron, Aden Dawson-Fink all of Vinton, a niece, Darlene Lorenz (Glen), a great nephew, Steve Lorenz (Janine), a great grand nephew, Kyle Lorenz, all of Independence, a great grand niece, Megan Lorenz (Tyler Rassmussen) of Minneapolis, MN and many dear friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 58 years, LaVerne, their son, Robert, a brother, Keith and sister-in-law Opal. A native daughter of Iowa, Mardell was born to Lawrence E. and Frances M. (Sensor) Kolp on March 27, 1911 in Independence, Iowa. She married LaVerne Loss on June 6, 1936 in Independence. They had one son, Robert. Mardell took great pride in being a homemaker. She was also employed by Averill Investment Company as secretary/treasurer for twelve years. When in her late seventies, Mardell assisted close friend, Marla Thompson with her wallpapering business. Mardell was the best grandmother and friend anyone could have asked for, always supportive, teaching 'You can do anything, once you put your mind to it'. Her love was endless.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mardell's name to Hospice of Mercy.
Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from May 18 to May 21, 2010