Lucile W. Floyd

August 12, 1919 ~ August 22, 2018 (age 99)

The memorial service for Lucile W. Floyd, 99, of Stewartville, MN will be at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday (August 26, 2018) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline officiating. Mrs. Floyd died on Wednesday (August 22, 2018) of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center, where she had been a resident since 2013.

Lucile Winnifred Bigalk was born on August 12, 1919 in Howard County, IA to Fred and Frieda (Meyer) Bigalk.  She grew up on the family farm, attended country school and Cresco, IA schools, graduating from Cresco High School in 1937. She attended Wartburg College in Waverly, IA graduating with an Associates Degree in 1940.  She attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City, graduating with a Bachelors Degree in music education in 1952. She then began a long career as a music teacher in Iowa Public Schools. Lucile was married on August 14, 1955 in Cresco to Orval J. Floyd. The couple lived in Cresco before moving to New Jersey for 1 year.  Orval was a chemist both in industry labs and as a senior researcher at the University of Iowa. The Floyds made their home in Iowa City for many years. Mr. Floyd died in 2008 and Lucile moved to Stewartville in 2012 to live near her sister, Mildred Eberling and family. She was a past member of Zion Lutheran Church in Iowa City. Lucile and Orval enjoyed square dancing and were members of the Ocean Waves Square Dancing Club for many years. Following their retirement in 1986, they enjoyed traveling and visited 48 states. Lucile loved music and playing the piano, gardening and following Iowa Hawkeye sports teams. 

Lucile is survived by her great nieces and great nephew – Marcia Johnson of Rochester, MN; Linda Noack(Jeff Blahut) of Plymouth, MN; Bruce(Kristie) Johnson of Mpls,MN and Janell(Dan) Schefers of Rochester, MN and great- great nieces and nephews. She was preceded  in death by her husband - Orval, her parents, her sister – Mildred Eberling and infant twin sisters – Eileen and Irene Bigalk and her niece - Connie Johnson.

A time of visitation will take place 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Sunday morning. A private family burial will take place at Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City, IA at a later date.  Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville.


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