Harriet Tegtmeier, 72, passed away on Sunday January 14, 2018 at Arlington Place in Oelwein. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Geilenfeld Funeral Home and from 9:00 to 10:30 on Wednesday at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein. Funeral services will be at 10:30 on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home with Rev. David Byrd officiating. Interment will be in Fontana Cemetery at Hazleton. A memorial fund has been established for Fontana Park in Hazleton.
Harriet was born on December 22, 1945 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the daughter of Harry and Bernice (Bennett) Knudson. She graduated from the Maynard High School in 1963. Harriet was united in marriage to Aulden Tegtmeier on August 14, 1965 in Westgate, Iowa. She worked at Mercy Hospital in Oelwein and MHI in Independence and as a nurse’s aide. She enjoyed taking the bus tours to Branson, Shows at the Williams Center, playing cards, going out to visit the Amish, her church and fellowship with people, but her greatest love was her family and her faith. Harriet was the life of a party, she made everybody smile and laugh and she will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her children, Walter (Andrea) Tegtmeier of Oelwein, James Tegtmeier of Des Moines, Iowa and Lisa (Brock) Staley of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; 12 grandchildren, Ryan (Julie), Adam, Alan, Caleb, Joe and Josh Tegtmeier, Travis, Braeden and Kaitlyn Tegtmeier, and Christian, Kelsie and Erica Staley; 2-sisters, Blanche (Carroll) Schult of Oelwein and Kay Pint of Littleton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Aulden, a brother, James “Jim” Knudson; a sister, Geri Becker and her parents, Harry and Bernice.