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Muriel Niffenegger

A celebration of life for Muriel I. Niffenegger, 97, of Kalona will be held Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 10:30AM at the Kalona United Methodist Church with Pastor Gerry Kahler officiating. Burial will follow at Sharon Hill Cemetery in Kalona.  Visitation will be held Friday, October 31, 2014 from 4 – 8 PM at the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona.  A memorial fund has been established for Kalona United Methodist Church and Hospice.  Muriel died Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at Pleasantview Home in Kalona.

Muriel I. (Michel) Niffenegger was born August 24, 1917 in rural Kalona, Iowa, the daughter of Elmer and Alma (Ford) Michel.  She graduated from Kalona High School and Iowa Teacher's School.  Muriel taught at Middleburg School for three years and later worked at the University of Iowa until retirement.  On March 18, 1939 she was united in marriage to Arlis Niffenegger in Brooklyn, Iowa.  She was a member of the Kalona United Methodist Church, Moose Lodge, Eagle's Lodge and Rebekah's.  Muriel enjoyed dancing, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include six children: Michael (Joyce) Niffenegger of Kalona, Gerald (Eliete) Niffenegger of Florianopolis, Brazil, Ward (Kathy) Niffenegger of Kalona, Bill (Beverly) Niffenegger of Cloud Croft, NM, Dixie (Steve) Schlabaugh and Jane (John) Schlabaugh both of Kalona, 15 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Preceding Muriel in death were her parents, and her husband Arlis in 1981.

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I was saddened to see that Muriel passed.She was a great friend to my mom, Ellen.I always appreciated her and her kind spirit.She was a beautiful lady inside and out.Remember all the great memories!

Jane Yoder Borntrager Nov 20 2014 12:00 AM

I would like to offer my deepest sympathies to you. I am so sorry for your loss.Please know that you are never alone.Turn to the Holy Scriptures for guidance and to help soothe your heart.Psalms 34:18 assures us that God is near to those broken at heart and crushed in spirit.Please accept my deepest sympathies.

S Ford Nov 3 2014 12:00 AM

My thoughts are with each of you and your families during this sad time in your mother's/granmother's death. May you celebrate those wonderful memories of her life during your time together in the next few days. What a fascinating woman.

Teresa Boshart Yoder Oct 30 2014 12:00 AM