Call Us at (563) 242-3344


Madeline Lavern Foster - 86

12/15/1932 - 2/14/2019

Clinton, IA

     Madeline Lavern Foster, age 86 of Clinton, passed away Thursday, February 14, 2019 at the Alverno Health Care Facility surrounded by her family.   A private family service will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at the Pape Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Clinton Lawn Cemetery.


     Lavern was born in St. Joseph, Missouri on December 15, 1932, the daughter of Armond and Madeline (Schottel) Fry.   She graduated from Clarksdale High School in Clarksdale, Missouri and majored in English for 2 years in college.  Lavern married Robert Foster on December 15, 1951 in St. Joseph, Missouri.  Bob passed away on January 26, 2012.  Lavern was a proof reader at the Clinton Herald and later served as head of the Composing Department.  She later was the receptionist for Dr. German in Lyons until her retirement in 1993.  Lavern was a very active member of the First Baptist Church where she served as secretary of the board, taught Sunday school and was active with B.Y.F.  She was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star, 55 Alive and the former Odeon Club.  Lavern was an avid reader and enjoyed playing bridge and socializing with her friends.


     Lavern is survived by a daughter, Beth (Bruce) Johnson of Chester, Virginia; a son, Keevin (Christy) Foster of Clinton; 7 grandchildren, Jennifer (Chris) Evoy, Charlotte Smith, Christopher (Krystal) Johnson, Gregory (Ashley) Johnson, Abbi (Joel) Triphan, Molli (Ryan) Mercer and Tony (Marsia) Foster; 16 great grandchildren and a sister, Phyllis (Fred) Vogt of Kerrville, Texas.  In lieu of flowers the family request memorials to be given to First Baptist Church. 


A private family service will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at the Pape Funeral Home. Burial will be in Clinton Lawn Cemetery.


  • Lynnette Murphy

    on 02/19/19

    I remember our visits at Church as well as when Lavern would call me for Prayer Chain Requests. After two hours of visiting, she would always say, "I better let you go so I have more people to call. " Talk to to later, see you on Sunday. Have a good day...
  • Linda Hayward

    on 02/19/19

    We enjoyed our summer visits with Bob and Lavern. Mom and dad stopped on vacation in 1960 and we would come up for a weekend quite a few summers until we lost dad. It was always a fun time when we could get together. I loved visiting with all of you. I was just asking about Lavern when i talked to Fay Gurwell. I always enjoyed visiting with your mother. I wish we could be there for the funeral but the weather is not cooperating. Thinking of all of you at this time of loss. Sending prayers and warm thoughts your way.

Leave a comment

Fill out the above security question to submit your form.

Recent Obituaries

Audrey M. Fullan, 92

Clinton, IA

Mary Lou Hannafan, 89

Clinton, IA

Eugene R. "Charlie" Bormann, 78

Preston, Iowa

Robert L. Weber, 89

Thomson, IL

Linda J. Sibley, 67

Clinton, Iowa

David J. Ray, 73

Clinton, Iowa

Allen R. "Al" Leu, 65

Clinton, Iowa