Audrey M. Lenaburg, 89, of Tucson, Arizona, formerly of Dysart and Traer, Iowa, died April 7, 2012 at Tucson Medical Center Hospital of pneumonia.
Born March 12, 1923 in Dysart, Iowa, Audrey was the third of five children born to George F. and Malena C. (Buttenob) Lamprecht. In 1877 her grandparents, Villem and Christine (Wieben) Lamprecht of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, met and married in Tama County and purchased prairie land SE of Dysart on Salt Creek (Highway 21). When they retired from farming in 1907, they gave farms to their three sons, George, William and Peter, and moved into Dysart, purchasing the house on the SW corner of Main and Connell Street, built by Christine's brother, Waterloo architect Jurgen Wieben. The George F. Lamprechts relocated to this home when they retired from farming and for a time Audrey and her daughter lived there also prior to its sale in 1956.
As a child, Audrey grew up on the George F. Lamprecht farm SW of Dysart (Farm Rd. south of the cemetery) which is still in the Wilbert Lamprecht family. She graduated from Dysart High School in 1940. She attended Western Telegraphy School in Crawfordville, Indiana, and worked at Western Union in Clinton and Marshalltown, Iowa during WWII. She attended business school and worked in Dysart as a telephone operator. She moved to Traer in 1955 and was employed at the law office of Thomas and Thomas and later the Bauch Law Office. She was Assistant City Clerk at the Traer Municipal Utilities/City of Traer office for 20 years.
Her first marriage ended in divorce. On August 31, 1958, she married E. Merle Dalziel and he adopted her daughter. After Merle died November 5, 1972, she married Noel H. Lenaburg of Dysart on July 10, 1974, and they resided in Traer. Noel died on November 25, 2006, and in November, 2010, Audrey moved to Tucson to live with her daughter.
Audrey was organized, artistic, a great record-keeper, and had beautiful handwriting. She enjoyed writing, dancing, baking pies, playing cards and games, and telling jokes, but most of all she loved her family. A life-time member of the American Legion Auxiliary, she headed the Junior Legion Auxiliary in Dysart and served in numerous official capacities in Traer. She created and sustained the Memorial Day tombstone War Dead window in Traer from 1984 until 2010. She developed a "Flag Day" program to decorate all home lawns. In 1980 she was named "Woman of the Year" for the State of Iowa, American Legion Auxiliary. She was baptized and raised a Lutheran and later became a member of the Traer and Dysart Methodist churches.
Audrey was born with a rare, debilitating eye disease, Chronic Progressive External Ophthalmoplegia (C.P.E.O.) but never considered herself disabled, although, as a complication of the disease, because she could not blink, was legally blind toward the end of her life. The disease presents around age 20 with drooping eyelids and causes slow paralysis of the eyelids (closure) and eyeballs (immobile). She had many eye surgeries at University Hospitals in Iowa City, Iowa, to lift one eyelid and to protect and retain her sight, for which she was eternally grateful.
Besides her husbands, she is preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Mildred Lamprecht; two brothers, Norman and Wilbert Lamprecht; a nephew; one step-daughter; and one step-granddaughter. She is survived by her daughter, Karen Dalziel Tallman of Tucson, Arizona; a granddaughter, Autumn Sensor Tallman and great-grandtwins, Ilan and Lila Tallman, all of Iowa City, Iowa; a brother, Lloyd (Carolyn) Lamprecht, of Sun City, Arizona; a sister-in law, Marcia Lamprecht, of Sublimity, Oregon; 4 nieces; 4 nephews; 2 step-daughters; 8 step-grandchildren; 11 step-great-grandchildren; and 8 step-great-great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Audrey M. Lenaburg may be sent to: The University of Iowa Foundation for the Department of Ophthalmology, Occuloplastics/C.P.E.O., P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, IA 52244-4550.
Services will be held Saturday, May 12, 2012, at the Dysart Methodist Church, Dysart, IA, at 10:30 a.m., followed by burial at the Dysart Cemetery. Contact Overton Funeral Home for additional information (319) 478-2775.