July 11, 1940 ~ August 21, 2014

Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m.

Monday, August 25, 2014, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mallard, Iowa.

Service is 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mallard, Iowa, with the Rev. Neil Hayen officiating.

Interment will be in Powhatten Cemetery, Plover, Iowa.

Arrangements by Martin-Mattice Funeral Home


Harriet Lucille Laws, daughter of Kenneth and Lena (Methe) Truelsen, was born July 11, 1940, in Havelock, Iowa. She received her education in Mallard, graduating from Mallard High School in 1960.

On December 26, 1961, Harriet was united in marriage to Lonnie Laws at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mallard. Harriet and Lonnie made their home in Palo Alto County as well as Storm Lake, Council Bluffs and twenty eight years in Cherokee before returning to rural Mallard.

Harriet was employed as the secretary at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee for several years. She also did bookkeeping in Cherokee and was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker.

Harriet is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Mallard and was a long time member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority in Cherokee. Harriet enjoyed gardening and canning and freezing the produce she raised. She also loved sewing and quilting. She and Lonnie enjoyed golfing at area courses.

Harriet passed away Thursday, August 21, 2014, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, at the age of 74. She was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth and a brother, John Truelsen.

She is survived by her husband, Lonnie of Mallard, Iowa; her daughers, Kendra (Curtis) Weiss of Des Moines, Iowa and Kristina Wenck of Carlisle, Iowa; grandchildren, Nicholas and Allison Wenck; her mother, Lena Truelsen of Mallard, Iowa; her brother, Marlan Truelsen of Milton, Florida; her sister, Marlene Jones of Rolfe, Iowa; her mother-in-law, Viola Laws Sampson; nieces and nephews; as well as many other relatives and friends.