Myrtle M. Egan

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Myrtle M. Egan, 95, of Waukon, Iowa, died Tuesday, July 31, at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon, Iowa. 

Myrtle Mary Egan was born June 6, 1923, in Lafayette Township, Allamakee County, Iowa, the daughter of John “Joe” and Cecilia (Conway) Delaney. She was baptized and confirmed at Immaculate Conception Wexford Catholic Church in rural Lansing, Iowa. Myrtle attended elementary school at Wexford and Russell country schools; she attended one year of high school in Harpers Ferry, Iowa. She then stayed at home to help take care of her younger brothers and sister. Later, Myrtle moved to Minneapolis, and lived with her aunt Mary Evans while working at Strutwear Knitting Company for a year. She then got a job in the shipping department for Sears & Roebuck, which was one of her favorite jobs. Myrtle came home to help her mother cook for the threshing crew, but was not able to return to Minneapolis due to the polio outbreak. She then went to work at the toy factory in Lansing. On Oct. 9, 1947, she married John Egan at Immaculate Conception Wexford. Myrtle also worked at the speaker factory in McGregor, and for more than 20 plus years at Northern Engraving. In July 2016, she moved to Good Samaritan Center in Waukon, Iowa.

She was a member of St. Pius at Cherry Mound Catholic Church in rural Harpers Ferry, where she taught catechism and was on the Rosary Society. Myrtle enjoyed baking, especially bread, homemade cinnamon rolls and apple pie bars. She also liked gardening, canning for her large family, crocheting and making blankets for all her grandchildren. Family was very important to her and she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Myrtle also enjoyed taking trips to Ireland and Germany. She was a skilled harmonica player and entertained other residents at Good Samaritan with her music.

Myrtle is survived by her children John (Deb), of Luana, Iowa, Gary (Cindy), of Waukon, Iowa, Joe (Mary), of Waterville, Iowa, Pat (Sarah), of Monona, Iowa, Mark (Lori), of Waukon, Iowa, Mike (Laurie), of Monona, Iowa, Judy (Bruce) Cliff, of Patch Grove, and Jerry, of Harpers Ferry; 30 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren with three more on the way; her brothers Lester Delaney, Mark (Margie) Delaney, Joseph Delaney, Pat (Aileen) Delaney; her sister Delores (Bob) Mooney; sister-in-law Rose Ella Valley; brother-in-law Vernis Haberichter; son-in-law Tom (Stephanie) Rose; and many nieces, nephews, and godchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband John in 1982; father- and mother-in-law Timothy and Mary (Donahue) Egan; son Jim Egan; daughter Catherine “Kate” Rose; daughter-in-law Joni Egan; brothers: Aelred (Dorothea) Delaney, John Delaney, and Martin (Helen) Delaney; and brothers- and sisters-in-law Mary Delaney, Lore Delaney, Mary (Lawrence) Benda, Catherine and Edith (Paul) Ferring, Helen Haberichter, Harold Valley and Tim Egan.

Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 6, at 11 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Wexford Catholic Church in rural Lansing, Iowa, with Fr. John Moser officiating. Burial will be at St. Pius at Cherry Mound Cemetery, rural Harpers Ferry, Iowa. Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m., Sunday at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon, where there will be a 6 p.m. scripture service. Casketbearers are Myrtle’s grandchildren. Online condolences may be left at


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