Beverly Bollhoefer, 96, of Laurel, IA, passed away Monday, January 22, 2018, at her residence. Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m., Monday, January 29, 2018, at Anderson Funeral Homes in Marshalltown, IA. Visitation will be 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 28, 2018. Interment will be at Green Mountain Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonfhs.com.
Beverly G. Karas Bollhoefer was born December 10, 1921, in Waterloo, IA, the daughter of James and Clara Howe Karas. She grew up in the Baxter, IA, and Green Mountain, IA, areas. Beverly graduated from Green Mountain High School in 1939. She was active in Marion Merry Maid 4H Club and school activities. After graduation, Beverly worked at Kiowa Corp., moving to Louisville, KY, where she married Orville F. Bollhoefer on November 29, 1942. Orville was stationed at Fort Knox, KY. Beverly worked at the Louisville Railroad office until moving to Fort Smith, AR. She returned to the Marshalltown area in 1942 and worked in area businesses as a bookkeeper. Beverly and Orville moved to Laurel in 1946. She was active in Semco Music Boosters, serving as President, Secretary, and Treasurer; President of the Laurel Home Garden Club; Leader for the Laurel Loyal Lassy 4H Club, Girl Scout Leader Junior Troop 589; Cadet Troop 590; and Senior Scout Advisor of Scout Troop 591. Beverly was Treasurer of the Laurel Mercy Hospital Auxiliary; Treasurer of the Original Wilkinson Park Board; served as Chairman of the Laurel Library volunteers. She served as the Laurel City Clerk from 1973 to 1978; she was the Mayor of Laurel for two and one half terms, four years, serving in 1986 and 1990. While Mayor, Beverly served on the Executive Board of Region 6 Planning Commission. She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Baxter, IA. Beverly was a member of the Central Iowa Genealogical Society, serving as co-librarian; member of the Gilman Paul Ward Post Auxiliary; member of Farm Bureau; member of the Spinning Wheel Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution in Marshalltown.
Beverly is survived by her daughter, Mary Ellen (Merrill) Bollhoefer Harberts of Cedar Falls, IA; a nephew who is like a son, Harold (Pam) Bollhoefer of Laurel; several other nieces and nephews, and many life-long friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Orville; her daughter, Sue Ann (William) Bollhoefer Layman; and her brothers, Lewis and Jack Karas.
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