Clarice A. Burkgren

Jul 31, 2019
Burkgren, Clarice (2)


10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 3, 2019 at the American Lutheran Church, 801 Monroe St.  La Porte City, Iowa


  5-7 p.m. Friday and also one hour before the service all at the American Lutheran Church 801 Monroe St.  La Porte City, Iowa.


West View Cemetery


In Lieu of Flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for distribution later to a variety of charities close to the family.


Clarice A. Burkgren, 83, of La Porte City, died Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at MercyOne Waterloo Medical Center.  She was born August 28, 1935 at her home in Gowrie the daughter of Clarence W. “Cash” and Gladys Sundberg Carlson.

She graduated from Gowrie High School in 1953 and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics Education in 1957 from Iowa State University.

Clarice married Robert L. Burkgren on March 9, 1957 at Zion Lutheran Church in Gowrie.

She was a Home Economics Teacher a total of 7 years, 13 years of Substitute Teaching, and was the Church Secretary at American Lutheran Church in La Porte City for 22 years. 

She had been a member of the American Lutheran Church in La Porte City since 1965. She was also a member of the Women of the Church: ALCW and WELCA, 4-H Leader for Big Creek Township Girl’s Club, Little 5 Swim Team Conference Secretary/Treasurer, Charter Member of Autism Society of Iowa where she served as Treasurer and or Board Member, Board Member of Comprehensive Systems, INC. and La Porte City Women’s Club Woman of the Year in 1983.

Survived by: her husband, Robert of La Porte City; three daughters, Barbara Wiebbecke of Hendersonville, TN, Brenda (Wayne) Kirk of Bowling Green, KY, Beth Burkgren of Cedar Falls; one daughter-in-law, Kathy Burkgren of Groton, NY; 6 grandchildren and their families, Rob (Michelle) Wiebbecke and children, Ayanna, Eden and Derek; Katrina (Ben) Brasfield; Alyssa (Andrew) Bleaken and daughter Alexa; Mikaela Burkgren; Michael and Madelyn Kirk and one sister-in-law, Sharon Carlson of Otho.

Preceded in death by: her parents, Clarence “Cash” and Gladys Carlson; one son, Bradley Keith Burkgren; one brother, Willis “Sunny” Carlson and one great grandson, Logan Wiebbecke.

La Porte City Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements 319-342-3131. 

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  1. Steven Blocker | Aug 10, 2019
     Please accept my condolences for the passing of Clarice Burkgren.
  2. Michelle Hicks | Aug 05, 2019


    I still can't believe it! It's like a VERY bright autism advocate beacon has gone dark. Clarice will be missed by many in the autism community as well as the ASI Board past and present! 

    I wish I could have been there to support you at the funeral! :(   

    Instead I am sending you a HUGE email HUG!

    Take care of yourself my friend! So very sorry for OUR loss!


  3. Debbie Peterson Poyer | Aug 02, 2019
    I'm so sorry for your loss.
  4. Diana Parks | Aug 02, 2019
     We are so sorry for your loss.  God give you His great comfort and strength.
  5. Mike Dierdorff | Aug 01, 2019
    So sorry for your loss. She was a strong advocate in the autism community in Iowa. She will be missed. 

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