Mona Campbell

Tuesday, October 24, 2023 1:06 pm

Mona A. Campbell, 91, of Waukon, died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023, at Aase Haugen Home in Decorah.

Per her wishes, no services will be held. Memorials may be directed to the PEO Chapter EK c/o Linda Johanningmeier, 1033 Highway 76, Waukon. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is assisting the family.

Mona Ann Campbell was born March 31, 1932, in Prairie City, Iowa, to John and Edna (Borene) Van Steenbergen. She was baptized and became a member of the Prairie City Methodist (later United Methodist) Church. Mona graduated from Prairie City High School in 1950. During high school, she was employed at Prairie City Lumber Company as a bookkeeper. Following high school, she attended and graduated from Iowa State Teacher’s College (later UNI) with a BA in junior high school education. She then taught upper grade levels at Toledo, Beaman-Conrad, and Postville, for a total of 32 years, as well as Saginaw, MI, for one year and Waukon Special Needs for a semester. She retired in 1996.

Mona married Robert Lewis Campbell on June 5, 1955, and they lacked three months of being married 50 years upon his passing. They raised two children: Margaret Ellen and Robert John.

Mona enjoyed sewing for herself and Margaret and liked completing various types of handiwork. Her favorite pastime was reading, and she also played in a bridge club and various bridge foursomes.

Mona enjoyed athletics. While in high school, played basketball four years and was named All-State as a sophomore to the fourth team, and first team as a junior and senior. In 1963, Mona was named to the Iowa State Girl’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Her love of sports carried on through golf for many of her adult years. She also enjoyed crosswords and jigsaw puzzles as well as Sudoku.

As a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Waukon, she could never say no when asked to help. Using her talents for singing and playing piano, she sang in the choir and played for church services as needed. She also devoted time to the church as a Sunday school teacher, Bible school teacher, and at various duties as the circle requested.

Mona is survived by her daughter Margaret Anderson of Largo, Fla.; son Robert (Marilyn) Campbell of Decorah; as well as three granddaughters: Emma, Tess, and Leslie. Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband Bob in 2005; and sister Marilyn (Waldo) Frankenstein.

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