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Ethel Newkirk

August 15, 1928 — May 1, 2021

Williamsburg-Ethel Anna Sophia Newkirk was born August 15, 1928, on the farm northeast of Williamsburg. The daughter of Herman and Anna (Baack) Heitshusen. She attended Immanuel Parochial School. Ethel was united in marriage to Richard F. Newkirk on December 5, 1948 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church near Williamsburg. Ethel was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Williamsburg where she had been active in the church choir, Altar Guild and Women's Guild. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and spending time with her family.
Ethel passed away Saturday, May 1, 2021 at the Compass Memorial Healthcare Center in Marengo at the age of 92.

She is survived by a son, Robert (dianna) Newkirk of Williamsburg; a daughter, Becky Koele of Aurora, Colorado; a grandson, Nathan Koele; a sister Luella (Jim) Stone of Des Moines and a sister-in-law Alice Heitshusen of Williamsburg.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband 2019, 5 brothers, Ervin (Medora), Willard (Milda), Herbert (Doris), Walter (Esther) and Edgar Heitshusen and a son-in-law Calvin Koele.

Celebration of Life Service will be 10:30 on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Williamsburg. Burial will be at the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Williamsburg. Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Powell Funeral Home in Williamsburg. A memorial fund has been established for St. Paul Lutheran Church Altar Guild or Women's Guild. Messages and tributes may be left at

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Service Schedule

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Monday, May 3, 2021

4:00 - 7:00 pm

Powell Funeral Home- Williamsburg, Iowa

407 N Highland St, Williamsburg, IA 52361

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

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