Josephine Mary Lamphier Malone, age 105, of Sebeka died Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at Heritage House in Sebeka.
Josephine was born to Clifford and Mary (Koehler) Lamphier on Nov. 14, 1907, in Bear Creek Township near Elkader, Iowa. She was raised on a farm in Bear Creek, which flooded every spring. Josephine attended 12 years of schooling and one year of "normal training" in Elkader, studying and completing her degree to be an elementary school teacher. Upon graduation, she was employed at a nearby country school. She would always tell stories about walking through the snowy woods or crossing Bear Creek in the spring wearing her high boots to get to her school.
Josephine was united in marriage to Harold Malone on July 3, 1930, at Mary's Catholic Church in Manchester, Iowa. They lived there in three different homes for the next 63 years. They ran a Sinclair Oil Dealership and a small grocery store until they retired. In 1964, they moved to their new home on Sunset Beach just outside of Manchester. There they enjoyed their life together until Harold suffered a stroke. Josephine cared for Harold the last two years of his life. After Harold's death, she moved to Sebeka to be near her daughter, Joanne. She lived with Joanne and Ed for a year, then moved to Hilltop Villa, then to Heritage House. She loved it there, and was loved in return. She made wonderful friendships with the staff and residents there. Josephine remained in good health until the past few months.
Josephine is survived by her three children, Harold David Malone of Sartell, Joanne (Ed) Schleder of Sebeka and Charles (Marita) Malone of Kimberling City, Mo.; sisters, Adeline (Frank) Arnold of Elk River and Berniece Hodgson of Platteville, Wis.; grandchildren, Lisa (Gaylard) Carlson, John (Rona) Schleder, Charles Schleder, Susan (Robert) Morton, Cathy (Lynn) Johnson, Diane Malone and Dave (Chris) Malone; great-grandchildren, Eddie Carlson, Nate Carlson, Rob Johnson, Jessie Malone, Josh Malone, Luke Schleder, Hannah Schleder, Lavender Schleder, Sam Morton, Sierra Morton, Jessica Carlson, Jamie Carlson, Josie Carlson, Joy Fredrickson and Jordan Carlson; and many nieces and nephews. Josephine was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, her parents and six brothers and sisters.
Visitation was Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at the Wevley Funeral Home in Sebeka. A funeral mass was set to take place at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Manchester, Iowa, and she will be laid to rest beside her husband in St. Mary's Cemetery. May she rest peacefully in the arms of our loving God. Mom, grandma and great-grandma, she will be dearly missed.
Arrangements were entrusted to Wevley Funeral Home of Sebeka. Please visit www.wevleyfuneralhome.com to leave online condolences.