Beverly Lupkes, 91

Beverly Lupkes, 91, of Ackley, passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 at her home in Ackley. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 2, 2024 at the Washington Reformed Church in rural Ackley with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Monday at the Sietsema Funeral Home in Ackley. Memorials may be directed to Lake View Camp in Pella and the Cedar Falls Bible Conference. Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of the Sietsema Funeral Home in Ackley. 

Beverly Ann (Krull) Lupkes was born on February 2, 1933, to Edward and Magdalene Krull. Raised in rural Kesley, Bev never moved more than a few miles from her birthplace. She attended Bear Grove School and graduated from Aplington High School and worked at the Iowa State Bank following graduation. In 1953, Bev was married to Walter Lupkes and was a true partner in faith, in family, and in farming. As an infant, she was baptized at Washington Reformed Church in rural Ackley, professing her personal faith in Jesus at a young age, and served her entire life in this faith community as the church secretary, a Sunday School teacher, youth group advisor, choir member, and Guild member. She was a master gardener, seamstress, homemaker, 4-H leader and Lupkes Post #83 Amvet auxiliary member. Above all, she relished in her family and delighted in their activities and lives. Family holiday gatherings were some of her favorite times. Bev enjoyed traveling and seeing the places that were so meaningful for her and her family. She stayed living on the farm following dad’s death in 2008. In her retirement, Bev loved to read and was always willing and ready to play a game of Wahoo or Rummikub with anyone ready for the challenge.

Bev is survived by her children, Marcia (Mark) Matheny, Brian (Ann) Lupkes, Roxane (Curt) Wilson, Dawn (Tom) Kroontje, Tim (Beva) Lupkes and Clark (April) Lupkes along with New Zealand exchange student daughter, Anne Fawke. Affectionately known as Gigi to her 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, her loss is deeply felt. Also surviving are her sisters, Judy Koenen and Mavis (Darwin) Kampman and brother Eldon (Francis) Krull along with two sisters-in-law, Shirley Lupkes and Gladys Lupkes.


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