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Pearl M. Rawn -- Austin

AUSTIN -- The funeral for Pearl M. Rawn will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Lyle, with the Rev. Barbara Finley-Shea officiating. Burial will be in Woodbury Cemetery in Lyle Township.

Mrs. Rawn, 88, of Adams, died Thursday (Nov. 11, 2004) at Adams Health Care Center.

Pearl Marie Fritcher was born Jan. 17, 1916, in St. Ansgar, Iowa. The family moved to Otranto, Iowa, where she lived 21 years, graduating from Otranto Consolidated School. She married Rufus Rawn in April 1938, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. The couple farmed northwest of Lyle for 44 years. Mr. Rawn died in 1982. Mrs. Rawn later moved into Lyle; she moved into the health care center in 1999.

She was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church, its WELCA, Mary Circle, Lyle Senior Citizens, Woodbury Willing Workers and the Pythian Sisters of Lyle. She worked for Burghard Produce and the Gamble Store in Lyle, in Hollandale picking potatoes, for Austin Drug for 23 years, at a cafe in Lyle and doing jobs for neighbors.

She is survived by four daughters, Beverly De Maris of St. Ansgar, Mary Lou (Ray) Ringham of Mason City, Iowa, Betty (Gregg) Johnson of Lyle and Debra (Jim) Whalen of Winona; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; a sister, Zella (Gerald) Francis of Osage, Iowa; and a brother Earl (Doris) of Sunland, Calif.

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She was preceded in death by a son, a daughter, a granddaughter and a brother.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in Austin and an hour before the service at the church.

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