Bertha Lukawski, 76, of Olathe, KS formerly of Boone, IA, peacefully passed away in her home on March 31, 2019.
Bertha was born in Lunteren, Holland on August 2, 1942 to Aalt and Gysbertje (Veenhof) Boon.
Her family immigrated to America through Ellis Island in 1950 and settled in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The family quickly relocated to Boone where she attended the Hickory Grove School House. Bertha met and married James Lukawski on August 7, 1965. Jim and Bertha made a home, a family and many fun-filled memories during their 49 years together.
Bertha worked many jobs during her years in Boone including Whites Dress Shop, Osco Drug and the Moose Lodge to name a few. Bertha later found her career as the second shift supervisor for the parking and transportation division at Iowa State University where she retired after 18 years of service.
Bertha moved to the Kansas City area in 2015 to be close to her daughter and family.
Bertha’s greatest joy in life were her children and grandchildren. They brought an incredible sparkle to her eye and there was nothing she wouldn’t do or give her grandchildren. In her later years, she enjoyed time outside sitting in the sun, coffee with friends and watching old movies on TCM. She looked forward to her weekly trip to the beautician and dinners with her family. Bertha loved anything Elvis, Christmas trees and collecting porcelain dolls. She has left an extensive doll legacy for her granddaughters!
Bertha is proceeded in death by her parents, 3 siblings, and her husband. She is survived by her son, Joe (Dana) Lukawski of Sarasota, FL, her daughter, Michelle (Scott) Reek of Olathe, KS and five treasured grandchildren: Brian, Abby and Ethan Hunt and Morgan and Katherine Lukawski. Bertha also has a sister, Veeny (Dick) Jefferson of Altoona, IA as well as many loving brother and sister in laws, nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held in the Pioneer Room at the Boulders Inn and Suites in Boone, IA on June 15th from 12:00- 4:00 p.m.
Memorials can be made to the family of Bertha Lukawski.