DENVER — AuRae Darlene Heidemann, 87, of Denver, died Monday, Jan. 8, at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community in Waverly.
She was born Feb. 22, 1930, in Independence, daughter of Esther Louise Emmons and Clark Dwight Burington. On Sept. 10, 1950, she married Reuben Heidemann in Cedar Falls. He died March 1, 1999.
AuRae graduated from Strawberry Point High School in 1947. She and her husband farmed in Black Hawk County until retiring in 1986 and moving to Denver, Iowa. AuRae drove a school bus for the Denver Public School Systems for 39 years. She also worked as a certified medical aide for the Denver Sunset Home and the Larrabee Center. She retired in 2015. AuRae was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Denver and Women’s Fellowship.
Survived by: six children, Deborah (Roger) Lantzky of New Hampton, David (Patty) Heidemann of Ankeny, Keith (Brenda) Heidemann of Denver, Lynnette (Gary) Mills of Georgetown, Ky., LeAnn (Tim) Kingsley of Cedar Falls and Kathy (Jason) Uecker from Mingo; 17 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Harold (Charlene) Burington of Cedar Falls; and several nieces and nephews.Preceded in death by: her parents; a brother, Forest Burdette; a sister in infancy, Lucille Burington; and a great-grandson, Brodie Lantzky.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Denver, with burial in St. Paul United Church of Christ Cemetery, Mount Vernon Township. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Denver, and also for an hour before services Saturday at the church.Memorials: may be directed to the family for later designation.
Condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
AuRae volunteered as a 4–H leader for more than 50 years, and received a volunteer award from the state of Iowa for her years of dedication. She also liked music, crafts and sewing. However, cake decorating was her passion!