Ethel M. Bigler

Dec 31, 2017
Bigler, Ethel


10:30 on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 320 Mulberry Street in Waterloo


Public visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday at Kearns Kimball Chapel where a parish vigil service will be held at 7 p.m.

Visitation continues Thursday morning an hour prior to the services at Queen of Peace Catholic Church.


Garden of Memories Cemetery


May be directed to the family.     


Ethel M. Bigler, 92, of Evansdale died Sunday, December 31, 2017 at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo.

Ethel was born on January 10, 1925 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of Louis F. and Eveline E. (Abernathy) Makowsky. She attended Anoka Minnesota High School and graduated with the class of 1943.

She married Donald Henry in 1945, and they were later divorced. She married Donald Bigler in 1974; he preceded her in death in 2010.

Ethel worked at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo as a LPN for 25 years, retiring in 2002. She was an active member of Queen of Peace Parish in Waterloo and helped with the community meals at the church. Ethel enjoyed travel, hunting, fishing and trapping with her husband.

Survivors include three children: Robert F. Henry of Evansdale, Laraine Wahl of Waterloo and David (Mary) Henry of Adel, IA; seven stepchildren: Leona Bigler of Evansdale, Rick (Marilyn) Bigler of Washington state, Joyce (Ron) Stohr of Kentucky, Dan (Cheryl) Bigler of Evansdale, David Bigler of Evansdale, Sandi (Calvin) Horn of Evansdale, and Benjamin (Jill) Bigler of Independence, IA; ten grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; a significant other, Frank Fenner of Jesup; and her companion, Bootsie the cat.

She was proceeded in death by her husband, Donald Bigler; a son, Raymond Henry; six brothers and three sisters.

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  1. Helene Mainville | Jan 07, 2018
    Hello, I am working on the Numainville / Makowsky family tree. I came upon the obit for Ethel. My thoughts are with you as you loose a matriarch. Helene
  2. Sue Carver | Jan 02, 2018
    I met Ethel through her son Raymond and gis wife, Jane when she visited Alaska many times. She was such a kind thoughtful person. She will be missed by all of their froends who grew to love her in Alaska. May she rest in peace. 
  3. Brittany Derifield (Crouse) | Jan 02, 2018

    My family and i lived down the road for Ethel many many years. She was such a sweet lady and had an amazing collection of trolls :). She will be deeply missed. Praying for the family. 

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