Caroline Wander

Caroline Wander


Caroline Augusta Alvina Wander, 95, of Postville, Iowa died Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Good Samaritan Society in Postville, Iowa. Caroline Augusta Alvina Mueller, the daughter of Bill and Leida (Ahlers) Mueller, was born near Farmersburg, Iowa in Clayton County on November 13, 1923. She was baptized into the Lutheran faith, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Farmersburg. At a young age, Caroline moved with the family to a farm in the Clermont-Elgin area, where she received her education in the Pleasant Valley township schools, Fayette County, Iowa.  Caroline was confirmed at West Clermont Lutheran Church with Pastor Gunstan.


On August 20, 1946, Caroline was united in marriage with George Wander of Castalia at West Clermont Lutheran Church by Pastor A.O. Nesset. To this union two daughters where born, Suzanne and Debra. Together they farmed the family farm for thirty-seven and a half years, before moving to Postville in 1983.


Caroline would help with any project on the farm, she enjoyed traveling, playing cards, gardening, fishing and sewing. Their extended family of WWII buddies and their families, were a “special” group to her, when annual reunions were held all around the United States.


Caroline is survived by her daughter, Debra (Fred) Schneider of Elgin, Iowa; grandchildren, Darryl Merrick (Rui Song) of Fontana, California, Jason (Lori) Merrick of Princeton, Kentucky, Jennifer Merrick of Louisville, Kentucky and Derick (Erica) Soppe of Greenfield Center, New York.


She was preceded in death by her husband, George; daughter, Suzanne; brother, George Mueller; and her parents William and Leida Mueller.


Visitation was held from 3-6 pm on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Postville, Iowa.


Funeral Service was at 11:00 am on Friday, November 1, 2019 at Zion Lutheran Church in Castalia, Iowa with Rev. Jim Harbaugh as the officiant.


Burial followed at Pleasant View Cemetery in Castalia, Iowa.


Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Postville, Iowa. Is helping the family with arrangements.


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