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Myndell Boshart

December 14, 1918 — March 30, 2024


WAYLAND- Myndell Lucille Boshart, 105, formerly of Wayland, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2024, at Sunrise Terrace, Winfield, Iowa.

Myndell Lucille Wagler was born December 14, 1918, to John Schertz and Ada Marie (Hirschy) Wagler at her parents’ farm home near Trenton, Iowa, in a snowstorm. She was the second child in a family of 11 children. Myndell grew up in the Trenton/Wayland area and graduated from Wayland High School and was the last surviving member of the class of 1937. Following high school, Myndell moved to Iowa City and was a housekeeper and cook for famous Iowa artist, Grant Wood, for four years. She had many experiences to share about her time there.

On September 21, 1941, she was united in marriage to Dillon Floyd Boshart at her parents’ home in a double wedding ceremony with Dillon’s twin brother, Dennis, and her sister, Esther. Myndell was an active farm wife and had many talents including sewing, especially clothing for her four daughters, baking, cooking, canning, and freezing everything available. She will be remembered for her delicious pies and cinnamon rolls.

One of her great joys was spending evenings outside tending to her large vegetable and flower gardens. Her home was filled with green plants, a testament to her green thumb. She enjoyed watching the Hawkeyes play football and especially basketball.

Myndell was a lifelong member of Sugar Creek Mennonite Church where she was active in Mennonite Women as well as volunteering many years at the Crowded Closet. Her faith, a devoted prayer warrior, and kind spirit were depended upon by her family, extended family, and friends. Her greatest joy was her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, and large extended family. She had an uncanny memory for remembering all of their names and birth dates.

She is survived by her children: Winifred “Wini” Wilt, Coralville; Doris and Bob Nelson, Wayland; Rosalee “Rose” and Art Lauer, Swedesburg; Phil and Barb Boshart, Wayland. Grandchildren: Dale Wilt, Coralville; Tricia and Ben Bender, Daniel and Annika, Coralville; Lisa and Dave McDowell, Stephanie and Josh Van Trump, Kelli and Kyle Penfield, and Michelle and Daryn Parker, Olds; Katrina Nelson, Knoxville; Rustin and Libby Nelson, Emmett, Hattie, and Felix, Urbandale; Mitch and Holly Lauer and Makena, North Liberty; Joe Lauer, Chicago, Illinois; Jill Lauer, Coralville; Julie and Adam Behrends, Brooklyn, Makayla, and Avery, Urbandale; Mike and Natalie Boshart, Keegan and Kasen, Washington; Rebecca Boshart, Wayland; eight great great grandchildren; and three sisters, Dorothy Wenger, Wayland; Ardith Eigsti, Denver, Colorado; and Kaye and Mahlon Schweitzer, Kalona.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dillon, in 1994, daughter, Linda, in 1969, son-in-law, Walter Wilt, in 2022, and her siblings and spouses, Elmer and Jean Wagler, Earles and Myrtie Wagler, Esther and Dennis Boshart, Ruth and Victor Miller, Clarence Wenger, Lois and Rollin Short, Mervin Eigsti, Mary Ellen and Einer Stoltzfus, and Verla and Merle Conrad.

A visitation will be held 2-6 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2024, at the Olson-Powell Chapel & Crematory, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, family will not be present. Per Myndell’s request, a private immediate family memorial service will be held at the Olson-Powell Chapel and burial at Sugar Creek Cemetery will be held on Friday, April 5, 2024. Following, there will be a luncheon at noon at Sugar Creek Fellowship Hall to celebrate her life with family and friends.

The family would like to thank all of the caregivers at Sunrise Terrace and Every Step Hospice for their loving care for Myndell during her residency there.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Sugar Creek Mennonite Women, Every Step Hospice, or Sunrise Terrace. The Olson-Powell Chapel & Crematory is caring for Myndell and her family. 


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