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Ila E. Northup
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Ila E. Northup, 93, died peacefully Monday, August 7th at Crestview Care Center surrounded by her family.

Visitation begins at 10 AM Thursday, August 10th at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City. Funeral services will follow at 11:30 AM with Pastor Jim Altmaier officiating. A Luncheon will follow the service. Burial services will be at 1:30 PM at Oak Hill Cemetery in Coralville. Memorials may be directed to Camp Courageous.

Ila was born October 20, 1923 in Iowa City, the daughter of William and Alma Reitz Sass. On April 27, 1973 Ila married Donald Northup in Iowa City. She was a longtime resident of Iowa City, Cedar Rapids and Legacy Ridge.

Ila had been employed at Moore Business Forms and was an Avon representative. She was a member of First United Methodist Church.

Ila loved to care for others. She was a wonderful caregiver and friend. She enjoyed crafts, painting, playing euchre with friends, and reading mysteries. Ila loved to travel, and wintered in Mesa, AZ. She will be remembered as a wonderful hostess, her “secret advice” to family, her generosity and unconditional love for others. From a loving mother of three kids of her own, to an independent single lady, to a loving mother of a blended family, to a grandma, and a great grandma- she was the best! Most important to her was her family.

Ila is survived by her three children, Pat Knebel (Ben Halupnik) of Iowa City, Marilyn (Gary) Jackson of Montezuma and Jim (Joan) Altmaier of Ottumwa; three step-children, Donovan (Angela) Northup of Cedar Rapids, Sandra Taylor of Sarasota, FL and Donna Gross of Phoenix, AZ; eleven grandchildren, Tom Knebel, Kristin Knebel, Robin Jackson Miller, Stacey Jackson, Mike Jackson, Jim Halupnik, Tony Northup, Adam Northup, Jesse Gross, Paige Gross and Jeff Taylor; ten great grandchildren, Alex, McKenzie, Isla, Jude, Brooklyn, Amelia, Aiden, Eva, Josiah and Isaac.

Ila was preceded by her parents, her husband, her siblings, Phyllis Fitzpatrick, Marvin and Carroll Sass, and son-in-law, Jim Knebel.

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10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City

605 Kirkwood Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240





11:30 AM
Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City

605 Kirkwood Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

Cemetery Details


Oak Hill Cemetery -- Coralville

1st Avenue North and Russell Slade Boulevard
Coralville, Iowa 52241

Memorial Contribution

Camp Courageous

P.O. Box 418
Monticello, IA 52310

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