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Lorain E. Ahrens

Feb 10, 2014

Lorain E. Ahrens, 85, Mt. Pleasant and formerly of Elkader and Volga, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at the Pleasant Manor Care Center in Mt. Pleasant.

Her body has been donated to the University of Iowa Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology for medical research. A graveside memorial service will be held at a later date at the East Side Cemetery, Elkader. There will be no visitation at the Kimzey Funeral Home, Mt. Pleasant. Online condolences may be directed to

She was born Dec. 18, 1928, at home in rural Elgin. She was the daughter of George and Louise (Spichalsky) Leuchtenmacher. She began her education at the Highland Township School in Clayton County, and graduated from Elkader High School. In 1947, she married Jack Zuercher. The couple later divorced. In 1974, she was united in marriage to Melvin Ahrens. He preceded her in death.

She was employed by Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids during the 1950s. During the early 1960s, she owned and operated City Cab in Mt. Vernon. She later moved to Washington, where she worked at Advance Ross. She then accepted a position at the former Vega Industries in Mt. Pleasant. She moved to the state of Washington and later Arkansas, working various jobs. She returned to her home area and settled in Volga. During that time, she was employed by the Alpine Inn in Elkader and Elkader Community Schools. In 1999, she moved to Mt. Pleasant. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Volga.

Survivors include two daughters, Georgia (Jackie) Taylor of Des Moines and Jackie (Herb) Quayle of Mt. Pleasant; two sons, Forrest (Mona) Zuercher of Georgia and Randy Zuercher of Iowa; four step-daughters, Arlene Doeppke, Iva Dean Doeppke and LaVonne Meyer, all of Elkader and Ellen Banse of Cedar Rapids; 10 grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a brother.


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