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Obituary for Donald J. "Lefty" Theobald
Donald "Lefty" Theobald Mapleton, IA - Donald "Lefty" Theobald, 90, of Mapleton, Iowa passed away unexpectedly Friday, May 31, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa. The funeral Mass will be Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mapleton, Rev. Dan Greving and Deacon Ray Rosburg officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Mapleton. Visitation will be Monday, June 3, 2013 after 5:00 p.m. with a Vigil Wake Service at 7:00 p.m. at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mapleton. The full obituary will be found at www.armstrongfuneral.com where on lines condolences can be directed to the family as well. Donald John Theobald was born May 13, 1923, at Mapleton, IA, the son of John and Mary (Hupke) Theobald. He lived his entire life in Mapleton at two residences. First on the family farm, followed by his current location in town. He graduated from Mapleton High School with the class of 1940. While in high school, Donald was the pitcher for the baseball team where he earned his well known nickname of "Lefty." After high school, he worked on the family farm and continued to pitch for area baseball teams. Lefty married Rosemary Lally on December 31, 1953, at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Vail, IA. In 1967, Lefty moved his family to the current location in town. At this time, he sold Walnut Grove Seed until 1970, then became the manager of Willow Vale Golf Course in Mapleton. In 1978, he started working for the City of Mapleton until retirement. This provided Lefty with the opportunity to pursue various recreational activities including golf. Lefty always stayed active and gave many hours to caring for his home, multiple gardens and yards. He was a faithful lifelong member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mapleton where he ushered at Mass for 70 years. In addition, he was President of the Northwest Iowa Greenskeepers Association, Mapleton Club member and a regular participant in the NW Iowa Old Timer's Golf League. Finally, through think and thin, he was a dedicated Chicago Cubs fan. Survivors include Rosemary, his wife of almost 60 years; three daughters, Marie Theobald and her husband Bill Walasinki of Indianapolis, IN, Jeanie Theobald of Mapleton, IA, and Sue Cahalan and her husband Tom of Norway, IA; one son Mike Theobald of Kansas City, MO; six grandchildren, Katie Christensen, Carol Woods, Molly and Patrick Cahalan, Maura and Amy Matney; three great grandchildren, Andrew and Owen Christensen and Finnley Rockdaschel; two step great-grandchildren, Paige and Brady Woods; two sisters, Rita Zerwas of Manning, IA and Theresa Sperry of Schuyler, NE; five sisters-in-law, Sheila Theobald of Danbury, IA, Phyllis Theobald of Chicago Heights, IL, Shirley Theobald of Mapleton, IA, Margaret O'Brien of Brooklyn,WI and Rita Kenney of Cherokee Village, AR; two brothers-in-law, Bob Sperry of Schuyler, NE and Emmet Bruning of Omaha, NE; along with other extended family members and many good friends. Lefty was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Lester, Ralph, Harlan, John (died at birth) and Paul (died at birth) Theobald; and one sister, Rosina Hoesing.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
St. Mary's Catholic Church
703 Heisler Street
Mapleton, Iowa 51034
Monday, June 3, 2013
After 5:00 p.m.
Armstrong Funeral Home
210 South 5th Street
Mapleton, Iowa 51034