Juanita Grace (Middleton) O’Tool, 89, of Coon Rapids, Iowa, died Wednesday, January 12, 2022.
The funeral was held on Wednesday, January 19 at First United Methodist Church in Coon Rapids with Rev. Joyce Webb officiating. The service organist was Lula Garnes and the soloist was Cindy Seastrom. Interment was in Moffitt Grove Cemetery near the Guthrie Center.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Coon Rapids, and online condolences can be left with the family at www.dahnandwoodhouse.com.
Juanita was born on January 8, 1933, to Benton and Hazel (Carpenter) Evans on the family farm southeast of Redfield, Iowa. She graduated from Redfield High School in 1950. On March 23, 1951, she was married to Derald Middleton. Six children were born from this union.
She was an active member of various Methodist churches since her teenage years and began a lifelong journey with her Lord. She taught Sunday School for more than 25 years, mentored youth and helped with Vacation Bible School. She has served at many levels and positions of United Methodist Women. She has served on the board of Bidwell Riverside, the Coon Rapids Library and various church boards. She has volunteered with Parents of the Band, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, McCurdy School in New Mexico, Republican Women, and the American Cancer Society. She was also active in many other religious and civic organizations, including PEO, Red Hats, TTT, and a book club.
She was an accountant/secretary for Derald’s companies. They were active in lay witness missions and opened their home to various travelers. She was proud to have obtained a 4.0 in the AIB courses. She was an active certified lay speaker.
She married Reverend Duane O’Tool in October 1992. She enjoyed reading, crafts, and growing plants and flowers. Her children and grandchildren were a joy to her, as was sharing her faith with everyone.
Juanita is survived by her children: Rita (Dennis) Stofer, Roger (Jeanne) Middleton, Rhonda Wall and Ryan Middleton; grandchildren Tyler (Mackenzie) Middleton, Michael (Simonne) Stofer and Randa Wall; great-grandchildren: Naomi and Eliza Stofer; step-grandchildren: Ronnie (Carrie) Worley and Nicholas (Mayra) Worley and their children and grandchildren; stepchildren: Margo (Tom) Wald, Mark (Angie) O’Tool, Marlene (David) Doolittle and Marlyn O’Tool and their many children and grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her parents, stillborn daughter Vicki in 1953, husband Derald in 1991, son-in-law Randy Wall in 2004, son Rick in 2020 and husband Duane in 2021.