Audrey J. Upmeyer

Jul 02, 1928 - Dec 23, 2020

Audrey J. Upmeyer

July 02, 1928 - December 23, 2020


Audrey J. Upmeyer, 92, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, December 23, 2020, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Due to the COVID 19 Pandemic, a celebration of her life will be held at a later date. A private burial will be at Oakland Cemetery, Solon, Iowa.

Audrey Jean Lenz was born on July 2, 1928 in Freeport, Illinois to Alvin H. and Ruth L. (Farnam) Lenz. She was a 1946 graduate of Freeport High School and a 1949 graduate of the University of Iowa School of Nursing. She married her college sweetheart William D. "Bill" Upmeyer on November 5, 1949 in Freeport, Illinois. Three children were born to this union, David, Cathryn and Steven.

Audrey worked as a registered nurse for many years and took great pride in being one of the first nurses who opened the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa. She maintained relationships with many of her nursing colleagues from those years.

Audrey was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Registered Nurse Club, Mother's Club, PTA and had delivered Meals-on-Wheels for many years. She enjoyed sewing and baking.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, David (Peg) Upmeyer of Grosse Pointe, MI, Cathryn (William) Rickard of Smyrna, NY, and Steven (Jane) Upmeyer of Indianapolis, IN; 4 granddaughters, Julie (Johnathan) Lewis, Dianne (Shawn) Larson, Amy (Josh) Smith, and Staci (Jack) Laski; 6 great-grandchildren, Meredith Jane Smith, Meyer Daniel Smith, Margot Jean Laski, Ffion Audrey Lewis, Nesta Wynn Lewis, and Clark Gilgamesh Larson; a brother, James (Susanne) Lenz of Chicago, IL; 3 nephews, Robert (Nancy) Upmeyer, Eric Upmeyer and Carl (Rhonda) Upmeyer; and a nephew-in-law Roger Beermann. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband William "Bill" Upmeyer on June 15, 2016, and a niece Anne Beermann.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Camp Courageous of Iowa, First Lutheran Church, or to the William and Audrey Upmeyer Family Scholarship Fund (through the Community Foundation of Jackson County).

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family. Please feel free to call with notes of support or leave words of comfort on the funeral home website at


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