Elisabeth Martha (Doring) Ibrahim, 87, passed away on April 30, 2013. “For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.” 1 Thess. 4:14.

Elisabeth wishes were to be cremated. A Mass of Christian Burial officiated by Rev. Shane Deman, will be held at Sacred Heart Church on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. A visitation for family and friends will be held at Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home on Friday, May 17 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Elisabeth was born February 9, 1926 in Blankenburg am Harz, Germany. Her life spanned from growing up in the Hartz Mountains in East Germany to schooling and working at a convent. Then she was conscripted into service during WWII, which interrupted her nursing studies, to care for wounded German and Allied soldiers. After the war, she married Shukri Ibrahim who was from Tetovo, Yougoslavia, thus, losing her German citizenship and became a woman without a country for nearly 10 years until her naturalization in America. She was very proud of her citizenship and wouldn’t let anyone speak ill of the freedoms she cherished in her beloved country.

At the age of 25, she and her husband left Germany in 1952 with four children in tow and one on the way, settling in Otho, IA. The family she left behind included her mother, who was caught behind the communist iron curtain. She never saw her mother again. It was nearly 40 years before she would return to see her surviving aunt, uncle, and cousins. Her nursing skills were put to good use working at Trinity Regional Hospital for nearly 40 years.

Elisabeth is survived by five children, Pete Ibrahim (Betty); Syra Ibrahim; John Ibrahim (Diane); Selvie Roosa; and Igbal Lennon (Tom). She will be missed by her 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild, who brought her much pride and happiness.

She was preceded in death by her parents and son-in-law, Tim Roosa.

Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.