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-Anita M. Lange-

Anita M. Lange, 89, of rural Letts, Iowa, died Sunday, November 2, 2008 at Pioneer Court in Lone Tree, Iowa.

Funeral services will be Thursday, November 6, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. at the Letts United Methodist Church. Rev. Kimberly Bowles will officiate. Casket bearers will be Lyle Eichelberger, Ralph Hoag, John Oberhaus, Mitch Guldenpfennig, Matt Guldenpfennig, Jerry Lamp and Brad Phillips. Burial will be in the Letts Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 5th from 4-7:00 P.M. at the Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services in Muscatine. Memorials may be directed to the Letts United Methodist Church and the Letts Community Library in Anita’s name. Sympathy notes may be left to the Lange family at www.lewisfuneralhomes.com.

Anita Marie Bast was born June 15, 1919, in Muscatine, Iowa, the daughter of John P. and Mayme (Leu) Bast. On June 3, 1945 Anita was united in marriage to Carl F. Lange in Muscatine, Iowa. She was a life long resident and farm wife in Muscatine County. She was a member of the Letts United Methodist Church, the Letts United Methodist Women and a Trustee at the Letts Public Library. She worked for Northwestern Bell for 28 years as a telephone operator and Central Office clerk. She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers, Farm Bureau and a past President of the Letts Federated Club. Anita was a bag issuer for the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center and a receptionist at the Muscatine Art Center and Museum. Anita enjoyed being a volunteer to any person or organization who needed help. She was a 50 year member of the Unity Hospital Auxiliary volunteering to deliver mail and later volunteering at the Window Box and at the Lutheran Homes.

Anita will be dearly missed by her sons, Steven C. Lange of Muscatine, John D. Lange and special friend, Laura Alloway of Letts and Gary R. Lange and his wife, Sheree of Letts; her daughter, Mary J. Morrison and special friend, Jim Greenwald, also of Letts; 19 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Bailey of Letts and Betty Houseman and her husband, Jim of Muscatine; and several nieces and nephews.

Anita was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; twin great grandchildren, Bentleigh and Aidan; and one sister, Margaret.