Leona Martha Behrle

June 9, 1924 ~ March 31, 2014 (age 89)

Leona Martha Behrle, 89, of Tipton, died peacefully in her home with her family by her side. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 10:30 am at Fry Funeral Home in Tipton, Iowa with the Rev. Richard Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Tipton Masonic Cemetery. A time of food and fellowship will be offered in the funeral home following the graveside committal service. Her family will receive friends from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 3, 2014 in the chapel of Fry Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hospice of Mercy Hospital, Iowa City or to the family. You may share a personal remark, condolence or a photograph at

Martha, daughter of Charles Wilson and Mary Josephine Reiss Bishop, was born on June 9, 1924 in Perryville, Missouri. She was united in marriage to Fred T. Behrle on January 31, 1942 in Perryville. Martha worked for Oral-B as an Inspector in Quality Control for 26 years and was a member of Teamsters #238. Martha liked to describe herself as a member of the Baptist faith. She loved to quilt, crochet, sew, go fishing and bake bread.

Martha is survived by her 3 daughters; Martha "Leona" (Chuck) Nation of WY., Susan (Paul) Swearengin of PA., Irene (David) Falkner of Cedar Rapids, IA., her sons; Thomas F. Behrle of WI., Gerald W. Behrle of Lowden, IA., Eddie (Lori) Behrle of West Union, IA., Mike (Barbie) Behrle of Pineville, MO., and Dewey (Cheryl) Behrle of Tipton, IA.; sister-in-law, Vera Bishop of IA.; many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Johnnie Behrle; her grandsons, Bret Behrle and David Behrle; sisters, Rosemary, Lorean and Alma; her brothers, Merideth, Infant baby boy, David, Dewey, Charles and Chester.

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