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Laberta J. Bickford

July 13, 1931 ~ February 5, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old


Laberta J. Bickford, 91, of Clinton formerly of Maquoketa passed away on February 5, 2023 at Alverno Care Center in Clinton. 


Her funeral mass will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, February 9, 2023 at Sacred Heart Catholic Chuch in Maquoketa. A visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 pm on Wednesday, February 8 at Dawson Funeral Services in Maquoketa. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Anamosa. 

Laberta was born on July 13, 1931 in Janesville, Wisconsin to Harold and Irene Secrist. She was united in marriage to John E. Bickford in August of 1957 in Anamosa, Iowa. In her earlier years she worked for Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids and became a homemaker raising their eleven children. Laberta enjoyed gardening and sewing, she even won a few Blue Ribbons over the years for her quilts at the Jackson County Fair. She was known for her hospitality and her great cooking, she was famous for her cinnamon rolls.   With even having eleven children she always knew how to make sure everyone was treated equally and their Christmas traditions were important to her. She had a special knack for making the holidays feel extra special.

Laberta is survived by her children; Louise Frasher of Anamosa, Diane Sneve of Rochester, MN, Karen (Mark) Stralow of Morrison, IL, Teresa (Mark) Lindstrom of Bryant, IA, Carmen Bickford of Phoniex AZ, Joan (Brian) Hertzler of Lacona, IA,  John P. (Melanie) Bickford of Muscatine, IA, Michael Bickford of Glen Allen, VA, Angela (Brad) Johnson of Rosemount, MN, Cecelia (Anthony) Jones of Granger, IA, and Gloria (Dr. Brian) Dornbush of Clinton, IA, 24 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and her sister, Geraldine “Gerry” of Grand Marais, MN.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and two sisters; Delores and Shirley

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February 8, 2023

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Dawson Funeral Services
105 w maple st
Maquoketa, IA 52060

Funeral Mass
February 9, 2023

10:00 AM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Maquoketa)


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