Irma L. (Zancker) Middaugh, 95, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, July 8, 2011.
She was born on August 13, 1915 in Bendena, Kansas, the daughter of Orville and Amelia Riepen Zancker. She lived in Bendena until 1928 when the family moved to St. Joseph, Missouri. In 1940 Irma moved to Topeka, Kansas only to return to St. Joseph in 1943.
Irma attended Central High School where she was a member of the first graduating class in 1933. Upon graduation she attended Platte-Gard Business College. While continuing her education, Irma worked in the office at First Lutheran Church for several years. Irma then served as the secretary and office manager for the Buchanan County Farm Bureau from 1954 – 1990. After retiring from Farm Bureau, Irma joined Gary Holeman at First Economy Insurance and subsequently Benchmark Insurance Agency, retiring yet again in 2003.
Irma was baptized and confirmed in St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bendena, Kansas and was a member of the church until 1929 when she joined First Lutheran Church in St. Joseph where she was active in Sunday School and the Church. Irma was an active member of the Altar Guild, Faith and Dorcas Circle, and she was a member of the Women of the ELCA. She served two terms as President of the St. Joseph Church Women United from 1996-1999 where she remained active until her death.
Irma was preceded in death by her parents, Orville and Amelia, her brother, Norman Zancker and his wife, Florence, her husband, Hugh Middaugh, two daughters, Beverly Ripper and her husband Roger, and Glenda Miller, her great-great-grandson, Colt Jordan and a great-nephew, Todd Rachow.
Survivors include her daughter, Pastor Dixie Wrex of Dallas, Texas, her son-in-law, Leroy Miller, Oregon, Missouri, nine grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 13 great-great-grandchildren. A niece, Sharon Rachow and her husband Tom, and a great-niece, Tiffany Rachow, and many cousins, and granddaughter and caregiver, Lorri Hamm.
Services: 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, First Lutheran Church. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. The Family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. The Family suggests memorial gifts to First Lutheran Church, St. Joseph. Mrs. Middaugh will be removed from Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory to arrive at the church one hour prior to the service.