CEDAR RAPIDS - Beulah Reed Odekirk Falck, 80, of Cedar Rapids, went to be with her Lord and Savior Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 in her home, with her children by her side.
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Her funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids, with Pastor Brad Brown officiating. Interment will be in Palo Cemetery, Palo.
Family will greet friends from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday with a time of sharing from 6 to 7 p.m. at Cedar Memorial West, Cedar Rapids, and also one hour before the service Saturday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in her honor to the Salvation Army and Wickiup Hill.
Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com.
Beulah Reed was born Oct. 29, 1933, in rural Aurora the daughter of George and Donna (Pieplow) Reed. Beulah was raised in the area, and attended Stanley School, Donnan School near Randalia, and Randalia High School. She was a 1951 graduate of Maynard High School, and then attended Upper Iowa University.
On Sept. 8, 1951, Beulah was united in marriage to Kieron Odekirk at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colo. Together, while Kieron was in the Air Force they were "travelers" for four years and then settled in Cedar Rapids. Beulah was a homemaker and was employed in retail. After her husband's death she furthered her education at Kirkwood and then taught for 11 years at Share and Care Preschool. Beulah was married to Gerald "Jerry" Falck on Aug. 21, 2004, at the Union Church, rural Aurora, and together they resided in Cedar Rapids.
Beulah was a longtime member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids for over 50 years where she served on numerous committees. She loved gardening, canning, fishing, and an occasional trip to the casino. Each holiday she delivered her famous sugar cookies to her kids and grandkids. She will be remembered also for her love of the Amish community.
Survivors include her 3 children, Kent (Gloria) Odekirk of Mesa, Arizona, Debbie (Keith) Phelps of Monticello, and Tina (Ceazar) of Cedar Rapids; 8 grandchildren, Kurtis Odekirk, Katrina (Todd) Roalson, Robert Odekirk, Jamie (Ron) Chittick, Marsha (Jon) Otto, Joshua Winkie, Jacob Winkie, and Jenna Green; 9 great-grandchildren, Kandace Odekirk, Alexandria Dake, Andrew, Dylan, Samantha, and Aubrey Chittick, Jared Curran, Rylee and Jonah Otto; 5 step-grandchildren, Donald (Tia) Craig, Samantha Evens (Dee), James Craig, Michelle (Brad) Owens, and Mary Steger; 10 step-great-grandchildren, Kelsey and Brandon Zeadow, James "J.R." Craig, Taylor Evens, Rylee, Blair, and Evah Owens, Jessica and Derrick Steger, and Shelby Randall; her siblings, Betty (Jack) Riley of Galena, Ill., Bonnie Kastli of Oelwein, Charles (Sandy) Reed of Sumner, Nancy (Gary) Maurer of Aurora, Gary (Penny) Reed of Maynard, and Eugene (Evie) Reed of Maynard; 2 brothers-in-law, Burton (Dorothea) Odekirk of Fayette and Don (Arleta) Vandersee of Fayette; her aunt and uncle, Bob and Esther Reed of Manchester; Jerry's 3 children, Steve Falck of Des Moines, Jodi (Brian) Muller of Manchester, and Richard Falck of Oelwein, and son-in-law, Dan (Bonnie O'Brien) Freeman of Independence, Jerry's 4 grandchildren, Jacob Freeman, Morgan, Zachary, and Kaylee Muller; Jerry's siblings; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Beulah was preceded in death by her two husbands, Kieron Odekirk on Sept. 8, 1988, and Gerald Falck on May 15, 2012; her parents; two siblings, Beverly Vandersee and Georgia (Harold) Nolting; brother-in-law, DuWayne Kastli; and infant step-great-great-grandson, Zane Zeadow.
Published in Oelwein Daily Register on Nov. 20, 2013