Banks and Beals Funeral Home obituary – Rachel S. Siemens, 89, Niota

Rachel Susan Siemens, 89, of Niota died Monday, April 5, 2021.

Rachel Susan Siemens, 89, of Niota, Illinois, passed away at 3:10 p.m. Monday, April 5, 2021 at the River Hills Village, Keokuk, Iowa.
Rachel was born on June 3, 1931 in Fort Madison, Iowa, the daughter of Whidney T. and Gladys (Little) Zern. On September 30, 1955 she married Owen Dale Siemens in Niota. He preceded her in death on January 2, 1985.
Rachel graduated from Nauvoo High School in 1949. She worked for Flora Thumbs and retired from Sheaffer Pen in Fort Madison. She was a member of the Ft. Madison YMCA and the former Nauvoo Presbyterian Church, where she served as an Elder.
 Rachel enjoyed being outside, picking mushrooms, mowing and crocheting. Rachel was known for making hats for school kids that didn’t have a hat. She made many afghans for the Niota Fire Department fund raisers. She loved shopping and vacationing with her sister. Most of all she loved and enjoyed her grandchildren.
Survivors include four children, Tina (Howard) Menke of West Point, Iowa, Joni (Mike) Watson of Dallas City, Illinois, Wesley “Sam” Siemens of Niota and Daren (Marilyn) Siemens of Niota; one daughter-in-law, Lisa Siemens of Niota; eight grandchildren, five step-grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
Rachel was preceded in death by her husband and two sons, Kevin Siemens and Dana Joe Siemens, in infancy, and eight siblings. 
Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. Thursday, April 8, 2021 at Schmitz-Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Nauvoo where the family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Mask are recommended. 
A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 9, 2021 at Schmitz-Banks & Beals with Pastor Mark Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in the Appanoose Cemetery, near Niota. 
A memorial fund has been established for the Niota Fire Department or donor’s choice. To leave a tribute for the family, please visit Rachel’s obituary at

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