Gloria Elizabeth Woodhouse, age 72, of Carroll, Iowa, known to most as “Glo”, died at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll on August 27, 2011.
Funeral Service will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Carroll at 3:00 P.M. on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 with Rev. Dr. Michael Fitzsimmons officiating. A eulogy will be given by retired Honorable District Court Judge Ronald Schechtman. Interment will be in the Carroll City Cemetery. Friends may call at the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll from 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday. The casket will be moved to the Church at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday where visitation will resume until time of the service. Casket bearers will be her sons-in-law: Jeff Buscher, John Mosher, and Rick Promes, and her grandsons: Andrew Buscher, Alex Buscher, Tyler Promes, Zach Promes, and Michael Woodhouse.
Born on May 21, 1939 at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, she was the daughter of Morris and Isabel (DeFore) Canfield. Gloria was a partner with her husband Bob and her son Jay and his wife Julie in the operation of the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Homes for many years, always in the background, but a very vital part of the business. She grew up in Cedar Rapids where she graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1957. Following high school, she worked as an IBM verifier at Iowa Electric Light and Power for several years. She was married to Bob Woodhouse on June 4, 1960 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Following Bob’s college years in Cedar Rapids they moved to Los Angeles, California where Bob attended mortuary school. While in California she worked as an IBM operator for Fuller Paint Company. They moved back to Iowa following Bob’s graduation from college in 1961. In 1965 they joined Merle and Dorothy Dahn in purchasing the now Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Homes. Gloria’s greatest love in life was caring for her family and their needs. She often said good family values were one of the most important things in this life. She was always interested in helping the less fortunate with food and clothing. For several years she and her husband sponsored as young man in India helping him to get a good education. Gloria was an excellent cook and loved to prepare dinner for her family and friends, always trying new recipes and creating her own which she enjoyed sharing with others. She had a passion for entertaining.
Surviving are her husband Bob Woodhouse of Carroll; three daughters: Amy Buscher and her husband Jeff of Des Moines, Iowa , Ann Mosher and her husband John of Sioux City, Iowa, and Melissa Promes and her husband Rick of Carroll; a son Jay Woodhouse and his wife Julie of Carroll; ten grandchildren: Andrew Buscher and his fiancé Lauren McLean, Megan Tuttle and her husband Marshall, Alex Buscher, Laura Mosher, Hannah Buscher, Tyler Promes, Michael Woodhouse, Zach Promes, Emily Woodhouse, and Elizabeth Promes; one brother David Canfield and his wife Kay of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; two sisters-in-law: Jo Belle Zimmerman of Mountain Home, Arkansas, and Ruth Weidtz of Vinton, Iowa; two brothers-in-law: John Woodhouse and his wife Kay of Delhi, Iowa, and Raymond Woodhouse and his wife Diana of Lisbon, Iowa; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Also surviving are a foster daughter Melanie Promes and her children Matt and Chelsea of Carroll; and her good friend and faithful maid of many years Connie Dentlinger of Carroll. She was preceded in death by her parents Morris and Isabell Canfield and her mother and father-in-law Randall and Beatrice Woodhouse.