Laura Belle Demuth
Due to state and federal guidance on gatherings because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the family had a private family visitation on Monday, April 20, 2020 at the White Funeral Home, 1315 Main Street, Jesup, IA.
With safety for all in mind, but still share Belle with extended family and friends, the community was invited to drive through the funeral home driveway and say goodbye to Belle, through the window, between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Monday.
There was a private family funeral service for Belle held at St. Athanasius Catholic Church in Jesup at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21. Fr. Jeffrey A. Dole was the celebrant. Honorary Casket Bearers were Dale Mangrich, J.J. Green, Denny Staebell and Cleo P. Schmit. Casket Bearers were Brian Jerrit, Aaron Fischels, Noah Burrage, Bruce Pint, Roger Wirtz and Brian L. White. The service was Live Streamed on the church website, www.saintaparish.com.
Following the service, Belle was laid to rest at St. Athanasius Catholic Cemetery in Jesup, next to her beloved husband, Robert Demuth.
Memorials will be directed to St. Athanasius Catholic School in Jesup and to Camp Courageous in Monticello, IA. Memories and condolences may also be shared on the funeral home website, www.White-MtHope.com.
Belle Demuth was born June 2, 1929, in Fayette, IA, the daughter of Joshua Green and Agnes O. (Hardin) Green. She attended school in Fayette and graduated with the class of 1947. She worked 11 years at the Davis Drug Store in Fayette before her marriage to Robert John Demuth. They were married on September 9, 1953, in Oelwein, IA. They lived for a short time in Austin, MN, before moving to Jesup in 1964, when Bob began working at John Deere in Waterloo. Belle was a member of St. Athanasius Catholic Church and Catholic Daughters of America in Jesup. She did volunteer work at St. Athanasius School for many years and taught CCD in her home years ago.
Belle is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Jillaine “Jill” and Darryle Else of Jesup, IA; one son and daughter-in-law, Jack Demuth and his wife Jean Fujita of Chicago, IL; three grandsons, Daniel (Kelly) Demuth of Cave Junction, OR, Luke Demuth of Chicago, IL, Derrick (Alicia) Tatro of Cedar Rapids, IA; two granddaughters, Brandy Jo Else and her husband, Brian Jerrit, of Waialua, HI and Stacey Fischels and her husband, Aaron Fischels, of Jesup, IA; three great-grandsons, Jahsiah Demuth, Dalton Tatro and Dakota Tatro; also, three great-granddaughters, Maya Demuth, Athena Demuth and Bowen Annabelle Fischels.
In addition to her husband, Bob Demuth; her parents; four sisters, Susan Parker, Martha Bullock, Betty Blue and Bea Meredith; and one brother, James S. Green, preceded her in death.
White Funeral Home Jesup, IA, was in charge of the arrangements.