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Cera Adela Laughlin

January 20, 1921 January 13, 2019
Cera Adela Laughlin
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Obituary for Cera Adela Laughlin

Cera A. Laughlin, 97, of Waterloo, died Sunday, January 13, at Ravenwood Specialty Care.

She was born January 20, 1921 in Fellingsboro, Sweden, daughter of Emil and Victoria Celinder Johanssen. She married Loren L. Laughlin on February 17, 1940, he died March 13, 2000.

Cera graduated from East High School in 1939. She was a world class diver on the East High Shark Swim Team. She was employed as a cook at Pinky’s Tap for many years.

Cera and family came to America on a ship being processed through Ellis Island at the age of two. They became residents of Waterloo settling by cousins in the area. She was an active member at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. She had many talents; she played the Mandolin guitar and banjo, enjoyed crocheting, painting ceramics, and dancing, tap and ballroom. Cera loved flowers but most of all she loved spending time with her family.

Survivors include: four sons; Victor (Carolee) Laughlin of Jesup, Robert, Gene, and Donald Laughlin all of Waterloo; a daughter, Dawn Laughlin of Waterloo; a sister, Gloria Hinton of Ark.; 19 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and 23 great-great grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: her parents; a brother, Emil F. Johanssen; a son, William J. Laughlin; a granddaughter, Debra O’Hara; a great grandson, Jordan T. Laughlin; and brother-in-law, Richard Hinton.

A Celebration of Life will be Friday from 5-8pm with inurnment at a later date.

Memorials made be made to the Cera A Laughlin account at Veridian Credit Union.

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Celebration of Life




5:00 PM 1/18/2019 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 1/18/2019 8:00:00 PM
Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup - South Street

400 South St.
Waterloo, IA 50701

Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup - South Street
400 South St. Waterloo 50701 IA
United States

Cemetery Details


Garden of Memories Cemetery Final Resting Place

3669 Logan Avenue
Waterloo, IA 50703

3669 Logan Avenue Waterloo 50703 IA
United States

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