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Obituary for IdaBelle Loewecke

November 11, 1926 – July 26, 2023

IdaBelle Loewecke (née Thompson), 96, passed away on Wednesday, July 26, 2023.

IdaBelle Loewecke
In loving memory of IdaBelle Loewecke

IdaBelle was born in Menominee, Mich. to the late George Garnet and Meta Alvina (Gelinske) Thompson on Nov. 11, 1926. She was united in marriage to William E. Loewecke on Sept. 20, 1948, in Johnson County, Iowa. IdaBelle and William were married for several years before he passed away on Feb. 28, 1976.

IdaBelle worked as a labor and delivery nurse for many years at St. Luke’s Hospital in Racine. She eventually became the head nurse for labor and delivery. IdaBelle was very passionate about her nursing career. She knew early on exactly what she wanted to do, and she made it happen. She eventually retired in 1990. She was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church.

IdaBelle was a very strong, independent woman. She did not let her age stop her from doing anything. IdaBelle enjoyed working in the garden, alongside her neighbor who also enjoyed gardening. The two would often swap plant cuttings or give advice on the best places to plant in the garden.

IdaBelle will be deeply missed by her children: Gail Collins, William (Judy) Loewecke and Paula (Kurt) Miller; grandchildren: Heather (Ryan) Sheskey, Allison(Chris) Silver, Nathaniel (Melissa) Miller, Melissa (Charles Tubbs) Miller, Paul Miller, and Danielle (Andrew) Miller; nine great-grandchildren; his siblings: Sally Johnson and Judy Paladeau; and many other friends and family.

IdaBelle was preceded in death by her husband, William E. Loewecke, and sisters, Ruby Ranew and Hazel Heinritz.


A visitation for IdaBelle Loewecke will be held at noon on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2023, at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Racine, followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like any donations to go to the First Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Obituary and photo courtesy of Wilson Funeral Home.

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