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WATERLOO — Gwendlyn Marie “Gwen” Meyerhoff, 73, of Cedar Rapids, died Saturday, Sept. 9, at Mercy-Hallmar of cancer.

She was born Feb. 4, 1944, on the farm near Readlyn to William E. Meyerhoff and Leona Orth Meyerhoff.

She graduated from Wapsie Valley Community School in Fairbank in 1962. She attended State College of Iowa (UNI) for one year; Gates Business College, Waterloo; and Kaplan University, Cedar Rapids, receiving degrees in business/accounting. Her work career started at Municipal Utilities, Cedar Falls. She then moved to Cedar Rapids working for Iowa National Mutual Insurance for 20 years, Mutual Fire and Automobile Insurance Company for 16 years and PRC for six years. After retirement, Gwen was a volunteer for the American Red Cross, volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery Program and also a bell ringer for the Salvation Army.

Survived by: two brothers, Mervin Meyerhoff of Waterloo and Donald (Marilyn) Meyerhoff of Mesa, Ariz.; a sister, Elaine Finger of Iowa City; four nephews, Leslie (Teresa) Finger and Gregory (Kristi) Finger, both of Iowa City, Javon (Rene) Meyerhoff of Excelsior, Minn., and Brian (Laura) Meyerhoff of Camus, Wash.; two great-nephews, Brett (Emma) Finger of Grimes and Mitchell Finger of Iowa City; three great-nieces, Rachel and Mackenzie Finger of Iowa City and Ava Meyerhoff of Camus, Wash.

Preceded in death by: her parents; a brother-in-law, Alton Finger; and a special friend, Frances Mason.

Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Good Shepard Evangelical Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids, with burial at 2:30 p.m. in Garden of Memories Cemetery, Waterloo. Friends may visit with the family from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

Memorials: may be directed to the American Cancer Society and Good Shepard Evangelical Lutheran Church.

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Gwen enjoyed bowling, golf, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, the Iowa Hawkeyes, decorating her place for all the holidays and hosting parties for them.

the life of: Gwendlyn M. “Gwen” Meyerhoff (1944-2017)
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