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Lucille Anne (Gorkow) Harris, 94, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester. She was born on March 14, 1929, in Strawberry Point, the daughter of Check and Rose (Simek) Lang. Lucille was raised in the Strawberry Point area and was a 1947 graduate of Strawberry Point High School.
On January 13, 1947, Lucille was united in marriage to Charles Gorkow at St. Mary Catholic Church in Strawberry Point. Seven children were born to this union. Charles passed away on January 16, 1971. Lucille attended Iowa State Teachers College and received her teaching license. She taught at Xavier School in Dyersville, St. Joseph School in Earlville, and St. Paul’s School of Religion in Manchester.
On December 22, 1972, Lucille married Ray Harris at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester. He died on May 23, 1979. She worked at Armstrong’s Department Store in Cedar Rapids and Walmart in Manchester.
Lucille was a longtime member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. Church and her family were the most important things in her life.
Survivors include her five children, Jerry Gorkow of Manchester, Tom Gorkow of Manchester, Merri Chris (Lee) Hawker of Manchester, Jeff (Linda) Gorkow of Cedar Rapids, and Marcia (Mark) Schaul of West Des Moines; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one brother, Edgar “Pete” Lang of Cedar Rapids; sister-in-law, Shirley Lang of Lincoln, Nebraska; brother-in-law, Clair Way of Cedar Rapids; and many nieces and nephews.
Lucille was preceded in death by her parents; her two husbands, Charles Gorkow and Ray Harris; sons, Dennis in infancy, and Kelly (Pam Ormaas) Gorkow; brother, Jack Lang; and three sisters, Shirley (Raymond) Grant, Lois “Gaye” Way, and Barbara (Herbert) Hunt.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Good Neighbor Home for their kindness and compassionate care given to our mother during the past several years.
Lucille’s family requests that any memorials be directed to the Good Neighbor Society.