OBITUARY

Gail LePera

May 5, 1932June 8, 2019
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Gail LePera, 87, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Spurgeon Manor in Dallas Center. A celebration of life service will be 11 a.m. Friday, June 14, 2019 at McLaren’s Chapel in West Des Moines with burial at Resthaven Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Friday until service time at McLaren’s.

Gail was born in Osceola, IA on May 5, 1932 to Waldo and Frances Rayburn. She loved flowers, going fishing and mushroom hunting, tending to her lawn and was even the Lawn of the Month, making spaghetti dinners, and spending time with her family.

Gail is survived by her caring and loving husband of over 60 years, Francis; son, Larry (Kathy); Lisa (Jim) Green; three sisters, Joyce (Don) McClellan, Joy (Dale) Howe, and Janet (George) Norris; grandchildren, Ryan (Ashley), Marc LePera, Courtney LePera, Jackson Green and Jordyn Green; and great grandchildren, Mia, Piper and Hayes.

Memorial contributions can be made to Spurgeon Manor or the Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Iowa Chapter.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, June 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 14, 2019

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Courtney LePera

June 13, 2019

I really looked up to my grandma Gail. Her and I decorated cookies for almost every holiday for many years. Whenever she babysat me she would always take me out to the garden and go on and on about how to take good care of it. She would always let me ride the bike in the basement because she knew it was my favorite thing- even when she told me not to. Her and I would go on walks and I would always want to go back to the house because I was bored and she would say “Nope we need to go one more time around the neighborhood for good exercise.” She was fiesty and I admired that about her. Grandma was very loved and will be very missed. Love, Courtney.

Chris Allen

June 13, 2019

I did not have the opportunity to meet Gail but knowing that she was family to Larry, Ryan, Marc, and Courtney that tells me she was a GREAT person. She is in a much better place now.

Thoughts and prayers are with you. Chris Allen

Marc LePera

June 11, 2019

Grandma and I had a lot of laughs together, too many to name them all. I remember one time when I was in my teens and didnt want to get up and go to church. She brought in a bowl of water next to my bed and started flicking water on my face and she said, "Marc Francis LePera I bless you in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." She was determined to get me to church that day...and it worked.
I also remember getting her pretty revved up. I cant remember what I said to get her so heated but I remember her chasing me with a comb saying, "I've had it! I'm going to paddle your little ass!" (I was probably about 10).
I learned most of my cooking skills from grandma Gail. She had the best spaghetti and homemade cinnamon rolls. The cinnamon rolls won me first place at school (thanks grandma).
Most of all grandma was always there for me. She always had my back through thick and thin and I loved her for that. RIP Grandma.

Ryan LePera

June 11, 2019

I learned the spaghetti recipe and the love of gardening from Grandma Gail. She was so much fun to stop over and have a conversation with... even if she was battling the blue jays in the back yard or trying to reduce the mosquito population at the bird bath. She was one of the Greats and will be missed. Many many fond memories!

Ryan

Nona Warden

June 11, 2019

Gail was my neighbor for over 50 years. Always enjoyed our walks together. She will be missed by family and friends. Rest in peace my friend, Nona

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