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Priscilla Ann (Bagge) Moorman died on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home where she had been a resident for the last year and a half.
Priscilla was born January 21, 1932, Petersburg, Iowa, to Joe and Clara (Osterhaus) Bagge. She grew up helping on the family farm southeast of Petersburg.
A graduate of Xavier High School, Dyersville, she became a stenographer at All Steel. At a dance in Petersburg she and Lavern H. Moorman met. They married August 18, 1954. Residing in Manchester, Iowa, after their marriage, Lavern farmed with his father and Priscilla worked at Anthony’s Department Store.
In the spring of 1955 they moved to a farm near Lavern’s family. Together they farmed and began raising six children. In 1968 Priscilla and Lavern bought their own farm east of Strawberry Point and expanded their farming operation, finished raising their six children, and soon enough began having grandchildren for visits.
Priscilla was a good friend to many. She loved the neighbors and the activities and card playing of the East Country Club. And still enjoyed the Greeley bunch with whom she and Lavern continued to play cards—a total of 60 years. She and Lavern made friends on their travels to many parts of the world, and she donned her hat for outings with the local “Red Hats.” Taking her grandchildren places or having them at the farm was a great joy.
Priscilla was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Strawberry Point. Cleaning the church and helping at church events were tasks she loved. She was a proud member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
She was a fabulous cook and baker, home decorator, seamstress, crafter, gardener—both vegetables and flowers—and farm wife. Lavern has said, “There are people married to farmers and then there are farm wives.” Rope pulling with teammates was an intense passion for a period. Feeding rock pickers was also a passion and delight for Priscilla. Her children and grandchildren benefited from all her talents, from the work ethic she modelled, and her children from, when asked why they had do something, her response, “Because I said so.”
Sr. Carla said, “She couldn’t do what she used to do.” At least not here. It is the season for rock picking and gardening; we think Priscilla is attending to both in heaven.
Survivors include her husband, Lavern of Edgewood; her children, M.J. Dolan of Des Moines, Gail Moorman Behrens of Arlington, Brad Moorman of Strawberry Point, David (Holly) Moorman of Strawberry Point, Alan (Kathy) Moorman of Coggon, and Karl Moorman of Hiawatha; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mary Ellen Hoefler of Lamont.
Priscilla was preceded in death by her parents; one great-grandson, Noah Novotny;sister and brother-in-law Alice and Bert Boeckenstedt; sister and brother-in-law Pearl and Omer Koelker; sister and brother-in-law Jeanette and Cletus Tauke; brother and sister-in-law Jerome and Imogene Bagge; sisters Laura Elizabeth "Betty" Bagge and Mila Bagge; brothers Leon Bagge and Daniel Bagge; and brother-in-law Arnie Hoefler.