July 26, 2017


Lauren Goodenow, 23, of Omaha, Nebraska, and formerly of Lake View, Iowa passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017, in Omaha.

Funeral for Lauren will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 28, at United Church of Christ, 409 Maple Ave. in Schleswig, Iowa, with Pastor Kevin Freese officiating.  Burial will take place at Wall Lake Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 27, at Farber and Otteman Funeral Home, 1120 W. Main St. in Sac City, and resume one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the Lauren Goodenow Scholarship fund, c/o Della Goodenow, 960 East Shore Drive in Lake View, Iowa, 51450.

Ewing Funeral Chapel in Britt, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.

Lauren Ruth ‘Rudy’ Goodenow, daughter of Mason and Della (Benson) Goodenow, was born Dec. 3, 1993, in Ida Grove, Iowa. She was raised in Lake View, where she ran high school cross country and track, with her mom being her biggest fan. She received the Runner of the Year Award in 2011.  Lauren was also involved in FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America), was a member of the East Sac County National Honor Society, was a wrestling manager, and was also a mentor in the East Sac County Mentoring Program.  She graduated with honors from East Sac County High School with the Class of 2012.

Following high school, Lauren attended the University of Northern Iowa for two years studying elementary education before she was accepted into the occupational therapy program at College of St. Mary’s in Omaha, where she was currently working toward her master’s.  Lauren was a determined and passionate student, and her strong work ethic was evident not only in school, but at work at the Country Club, Barefoot Bar, and most recently at Edge Physical Therapy and also provided in-home care for the elderly and disabled.

Lauren’s favorite hobbies were running and exercising. She also enjoyed reading and watching movies with family and friends.

Lauren had an adventurous spirit, and was fortunate enough to travel whenever she could.  She spent a semester abroad in Grenada, Spain, during which she also travelled to Amsterdam, Italy, Gibraltar, and for her 21st birthday ventured to Dublin, Ireland, to hear one of her favorite bands, Mumford and Sons.  She also visited Hawaii with her friend Sydney and vacationed with family in Mexico and New Orleans.  Her happiest places, however, were Lake View and Lake Okoboji, and spending time with her family and friends there was most important to her.

Lauren will be remembered for her quick wit, sense of humor, and sense of adventure.  She had many friends and children were drawn to her and loved her, especially her nieces and nephews who lovingly called her “Aunt Nicki Minaj.”

Lauren lived her life by her favorite creed, the Golden Rule.

Lauren is survived by her parents, Della (Jerry Kruse) Goodenow of Lake View and Mason (Sheryl) Goodenow of Ida Grove; siblings Maggie (Brian) Steinkamp and their daughter Avery Mae of Breda, Abby Goodenow of Britt, Brenda (Terrance) Wood and their children Aidan and Clare of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Jenni (Greg) Vander Sluis and their children Cooper, Charlee, and John of Sheldon, and Matt Welte of Danbury; grandparents William and Marge Benson of Schleswig, Bruce Goodenow of Spirit Lake, Gary and Myrna Kruse of Lake View, and Faye Kruse of Lake View; aunts and uncles Tina and Brian Wellendorf and family of Ida Grove, Chris Pfannkuch and family of Phoenix, Sharon Benson and family of Des Moines, and Kim and Brad Waldemar and family of Deloit, Mike Goodenow and family of Florida and South Carolina, Mark Goodenow of Marshall, Minnesota, and Mitch (Jennifer) Goodenow and family of Waukee along with numerous aunts and uncles from the Dean side of the family; boyfriend Royce Rosemeyer of Odebolt; along with numerous cousins, other family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandmothers Patricia Goodenow and Gala Dean, and her uncle Craig Pfannkuch.