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Allegra A. "Allie" Dane

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Dane, Allegra A. "Allie"
Feb. 16, 1927 - Nov. 19, 2012
Mrs. Allie A. Dane, 85, of Iowa City, IA, formerly of Venice, Florida, died on Nov. 19, 2012. Visitation will be held from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Fri., Nov. 23, 2012 at Gay & Ciha Funeral Service in Iowa City, IA. Services will be held at 11:00 am on Sat., at First United Methodist Church in Iowa City, IA. Funeral arrangements by: Gay & Ciha Funeral Service.
Allegra Gardner Dane died on November 19, 2012 at Mercy Hospital following a glorious day of giving thanks and celebrating Christmas with all 26 immediate family members. After everyone left she called a few of her friends to tell them about her wonderful day before she died suddenly and peacefully.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made out to any of Allegra's four favorite organizations: First United Methodist Church of Iowa City, the Iowa 4-H Foundation for the benefit of the Johnson County 4-H Endowment Fund, or the University of Iowa Foundation for the benefit of either the John Dane Family Cochlear Implant Research Fund or the International Writing Program. Online Condolences may be left at www.gayandciha.com
Allegra Alice Gardner was born February 16, 1927 in Iowa City, the fourth of five children of Russell Otis Gardner and Helen Siegling Gardner, and raised on their family farm near Morse, Iowa. She and John Dane met as Junior Farm Bureau members, and celebrated 63 years of marriage this year. Allie was active in her children's education, serving as room mother for each of the children and encouraging them in their participation in school, scouts, and 4-H activities. Allie was a lifelong promoter of Iowa agriculture through the Johnson County Farm Bureau, ISU Extension Master Gardening Program, the Johnson County 4-H Fair, and the annual spring Agriculture Appreciation Day. Allie and her husband John built Haldane Farm and Dane's Dairy, now in its 53rd year, into a local landmark. In 1995, Allie was selected as an Iowa Master Farm Homemaker by Wallaces Farmer magazine. In 1994, Allie and John purchased a winter home in Sandalwood Park, Venice, Florida. For the past 18 years, John and Allie enjoyed each winter with their many new friends at Sandalwood.
Allie was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church and involved in Methodist Women (Circle). Allie was an avid supporter of the Republican Party, an unwavering booster of Iowa sports teams, and a competitive bridge player--hosting bridge and duplicate bridge groups for over 50 years and earning some masters points. Allie also enjoyed euchre games with her rural group and friends at Sandalwood.
Allie is survived by her devoted husband, John Dane, and her five loving children, nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren: James "Jim" (Ruth) Dane of Iowa City, their daughter Jane Jennifer "JJ" (Erik) Severson of West Des Moines and their infant daughter Allegra Jane "Allie"; Margaret "Peg" (Bill) Ehler of Newton, and their children Tony (Sara) Ehler of Chicago, Christina Ehler and her infant daughter Angel of Newton, and Tricia (Aaron) Groves and their infant daughter Adalynn of Newton; Donna Allegra Dane of Iowa City; Harold John "Jack" (Michele) Dane of Bettendorf, and their three sons, Calvin, Iowa City, Nathan, Chicago, and Adam, Bettendorf; and Dr. Helen Dane (Roger Hohle), North Aurora, Illinois and their two children Max Hohle, Bayview, ID, and Rae Hohle, North Aurora. Allie is also survived by her brother Dwight Russell Gardner, Morse, Iowa; and her sister-in-law Mary Ann Gardner Schaap of Temecula, California.
Allie was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Helen Gardner Miller of Iowa City and Phyllis Gardner McMillan of Austin, TX and her brother Dr. Charles Gardner of Fallbrook, CA.
John Dane and the Dane family want to recognize Donna Dane for her great love, devotion and care of Allie and for carrying forward the tradition of Dane's Dairy.

Published in Herald Tribune from Nov. 23 to Nov. 24, 2012
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