Laura Jeanne Wood, 73, diedpeacefullySaturday, December 31, 2022 at the Vinton Lutheran Home. Funeral services will be2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 4at VanSteenhuyse-TeahenFuneral Home, Vinton with Pastor Brian Reeves officiating. Visitation will be 12:00 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home.
Laura is survived by her husband, Loren of Vinton; three sons: Loren(Connie) of Cedar Rapids, Les (Amy) of Urbana and Levi (Heidi) of North Liberty; eight grandchildren: Payton, Jordan, Sloan, Landon, Lexie, Josiah, Keller and Emerson; one brother, BobBantzofEast Farmington, WI; two sisters: Carol (Dale)Larimer of Cedar Rapids and Kathy (David)Demullingof Osceola, WI;brother-in-law,MarlynMayhewofVinton;and numerous other family members.
Preceding Laura in death were her parents;sister,Shirley Mayhew; sister,Bette(Bryson)Clymer; brother, Jack(Carol)Bantz; sister-in-law,IreneBantz.
Laura was born in VintonMay 21, 1949,the daughter ofFranklin"Gale"and Maxine (Kelley)Bantz. Shegraduatedfrom Washington High School in 1967. She then attended Paris Academy of Beauty School in Cedar Rapids, graduating in 1968. Laura's career as a beautician and then owner of Laura's Beauty Salon spanned a period of over 40 years. On May 10, 1968, Lauraand Loren eloped to Mt. Carroll, IL, where they wereunited in marriage.
In herearly yearsLauraenjoyedgardening, reading, sewing andworkingwith stained glass. Later in life she found peace in being with Loren and her pets while at home.
A memorial fund has been established.
Condolences may be left at www.teahenfuneralhome.com.
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