June 17, 2013


Nicholas Edward Lappe, 100, died at home in Jackson, Minn., on Thursday, June 13, 2013.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carroll. Celebrant will be the Rev. Timothy Johnson, and concelebrant will be the Rev. Tim Boekelman. Casket bearers will be Nick's grandchildren. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll.

Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

Ohde Twit Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Nicholas Edward, son of J.J. and Margaret (Flies) Lappe, was born April 5, 1913, near Carroll, Iowa. He attended SS. Peter and Paul parochial school through the eighth grade. He then spent two years at Columbia School in Dubuque before graduating from Carroll High School in 1930. After the death of his father, who was in his 40s, Nick lived in town with his mother and siblings.

After graduation, Nick worked for an interior-decorating firm that specialized in church interiors. After two years he moved to California to follow his sweetheart and worked in church interior design there. On Oct. 27, 1937, Nick married Frances Margaret Conner in Palo Alto, Calif. As World War II escalated and safety on the West Coast became questionable, Nick and Frances moved back to Iowa. They farmed for 45 years, first near Carroll on the family farm and then near Creston for a number of years. They were the parents of six children.

Nick enjoyed music and taught himself to play the keyboard and sang for many years in the Elks Club Chorus. In his spare time and retirement, he enjoyed raising roses, golfing, hunting, and playing cards, games and chess with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

When it became difficult for Nick to care for his wife as her health declined, they moved to Jackson, Minn., in 1994 to be near their sons. Frances died on Sept. 27, 1995, and Nick continued to live independently in his own home. With the help of his family he was able to remain at home as his health declined. His mind remained sharp till the end.

Nick is survived by his sons Gary (Colleen) Lappe of Lodi, Calif.; Robert (Joan) Lappe of Council Bluffs, Iowa; David (Donna) Lappe of Lakefield, Minn.; and Mark (Kari) Lappe of Columbia Heights, Minn.; daughter-in-law Karen Lappe of Marshfield, Wis.; 15 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Ernestine Lappe of Carroll; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Frances Lappe; daughter Gail Lappe at 2 years of age; son Richard Lappe; and siblings Susan Nelson, Florence Lappe, Irene Curran and Anthony Lappe.