Cora Koons May 7, 1931 to April 12, 2017

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Cora Lou Koons, 85, of Elkader, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at Stoney Brook Village, West Union, Iowa. She was born May 7, 1931, at Fayette, to Dale and Willa (Sperry) Owen. Cora Lou was united in marriage to Julian A. Koons on July 29, 1951. Three children were born to this union.

Following their marriage, she worked at Binks Grocery Store for 2½ years. When the family started, she stayed home and babysat, took in washings and ironing, and even took in roomers for a while. Once the children were all in school, Cora Lou started working in the kitchen at Central Community School, where she stayed for 24 years, retiring in 1991. Julian and Cora Lou enjoyed camping with friends and were able to go more following their retirement.

Cora Lou was a member of Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader, where she taught Sunday school for many years and was very active in her church circle. One of their projects was to roll denim for the Amish people to make rugs.

She is survived by her children, Julie (Rick) Whittle of Elgin, Jerry Koons (Fiancée Stephanie Bruehahn) of Elkader, Cindy Koons (Special Friend, Jim Ruff) of Monona; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchild 

Cora Lou was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Julian on May 4, 2002; one brother, Melford (Grace) Owen and a sister, Verla Jean (Howard) Popenhagen.

Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 16, 2017, at the funeral home and after 10 a.m. on Monday at the church. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Monday April 17, 2017, at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader. Interment followed at East Side Cemetery, Elkader.

Casket bearers wereShawn Whittle, Jeremy Whittle, Joshua Funk, Jared Funk, Justin Koons, and Adam Schmitt. Honorary bearers were Amanda Schmitt, Jennifer Koons, and Alicia Whittle.

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left with



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