Rock Rapids, IA: Grace Bertha Koerner, 71, of Rock Rapids, Iowa, died Thursday, July 20, 2023, at Lyon Specialty Care of Rock Rapids. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 2, 2023, at 11:00 AM at Porter Funeral Home of Rock Valley with Pastor Jim Sweers officiating. Inurnment will follow at Valley View Cemetery of Rock Valley. Visitation, with the family present, will be held prior to the service from 10:00-11:00 AM at the funeral home. Porter Funeral Home of Rock Valley is assisting the family with arrangements.
Grace Bertha Koerner, daughter of Bert and Anna (Van Bochove) Teunissen, was born February 9, 1952, at Canton, South Dakota. Grace grew up in Rock Valley, Iowa and graduated from Rock Valley High School. After school she married LaVern Koerner, and the couple farmed near Rock Valley. The couple later divorced.
Grace worked for several years in textile manufacturing, first in Freeman, South Dakota, and later in Canton. She later worked at a group home for Hope Haven. Grace enjoyed music, reading, gardening, and canning, especially jams and jellies.
Grace is survived by her two children, Brenda Koerner of Emporia, Kansas, and Stanley Koerner of Canton; and three brothers, Carl Teunissen, Adrian Teunissen, and Alvin Teunissen. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bert and Anna Teunissen.