Phyllis Ann Hagemeier

IDA GROVE – Services for Phyllis Ann Hagemeier, 84, of Ida Grove will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove. Her service will be live-streamed and can be viewed at: Burial will be in the Ida Grove Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4:30-6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove. Ernst Funeral and Cremation Services of Waukee is in charge of arrangements.

Phyllis died Sept. 2, 2021, in Ida Grove. 

Phyllis was born July 3, 1937, at home to Edwin and Frieda (Bergmeier) Stokebrand in rural DeWitt, Neb., youngest of four children. She was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church and confirmed March 1951.

She was raised on the family farm south of DeWitt. Phyllis attended country school through fifth grade and then transferred to the DeWitt school system, due to District 13 only having three students. She graduated from DeWitt High School in 1954.

Phyllis began teaching country school while attending Doane College in Crete, Neb. She then transferred to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, graduating in 1959 with a bachelor of science in education degree. She then taught second grade at Garfield Avenue School in Milwaukee, Wis.

Phyllis married Richard Hagemeier, son of John and Bertha Hagemeier, July 3, 1960, at Trinity Lutheran Church in DeWitt. They moved to Ft. Louis, Wash., where Richard was stationed, and Phyllis taught school on the base, making many lifelong friends. Following Richard’s honorable discharge from the Army, they moved to Ida Grove in 1963, where they raised their three children.

Phyllis was very engaged in community and church activities. She advocated for and worked hard on the Pleasant Valley Bike Trail. She served on the Community Housing Board, Horn Hospital Auxiliary, Library Board, and Ida Grove Centennial and RAGBRAI committees.

She was actively involved in the local Republican party for many years. Phyllis was in church bell choir, church circle, recorded church services and served on the remodel committee for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church’s 125th anniversary and rededication.

Phyllis loved spending time with family and friends. She enjoyed golf and her euchre group. She hosted many social events at her home, including a “royal wedding reception” at 4 a.m. for Charles and Diana, as reported by the Ida County Pioneer Record newspaper.

Phyllis enjoyed gardening and taking care of her yard in her quest to win the “Yard of the Month” award. She decorated anything and everything for every holiday, including risking serious injury to put Christmas lights on the large evergreen in her front yard.

She knitted and crocheted, but sewed only when she absolutely had to. Phyllis enjoyed bird watching, chocolate and orange pop. She loved college football, basketball and volleyball. She taught her children basic math skills by running the NCAA tournament pool for many years. Phyllis was, of course, a loyal Cornhusker fan.

She is survived by two daughters, Teresa and Jami; a son, Rick, and a daughter-in-law, Kristina; three grandchildren: Annika, Nathan and Kristian; a brother, Norman Stokebrand; many nieces and nephews; and her granddogs, Ellie and Dexter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard, in 2019; her parents; a sister, Darlene Pohlman; a brother, Wallace Stokebrand, and sister-in-law, Donna; and a sister-in-law, Virginia Stokebrand.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Phyllis' memory to the Ida Grove Volunteer Ambulance Service, 701 E. 2nd Street, Ida Grove, IA, 51445.