Barr Memorial Chapel obituary – Alphia M. Lang, 78, Donnellson

Alphia Mae Lang, 78 years, of Donnellson, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021.

Alphia Mae Lang, 78 years, of Donnellson, Iowa got her wings and went to walk with the angels on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.  She was born November 12, 1943 in Arkansas, a daughter of Lowell and Estella (Sisk) Sisk.  She first married Ronald E Forsythe Sr.  They later divorced.  She married Gregory Lang on May 7, 1979.  He survives.

She started her education at the Montrose Township, Galland One Room Schoolhouse, and was in the first class to graduate from the newly established Central Lee High School, graduating in 1961.  She worked for 30 years at Dial Corporation, retiring from the Quality Control Department.  She was of the Methodist faith, loved to read, was a great cook, and had a big garden.  She and Greg enjoyed many Hawkeye games and watched NASCAR. Alphia loved taking vacations with her children and their families, and of course spoiling the grandkids with love and kindness.

She is survived by her husband, Gregory Lang of Donnellson; four children: Pam Forsythe Kelso and Angie (Vince) Pardall, both of Donnellson; Joe (Linette) Lang of Fort Madison, Iowa; and Jason (Juliet) Lang of Alabama; two siblings: Linnie (Hilda) Sisk of Davenport, Iowa and Betty (Mike) Carle of Fort Madison; nine grandchildren: Harley Damico, Derek Kelso (fiancé Cassie), Quentin Kelso, Kristine Forsythe, Nicole Forsythe, Richie (Jamie) Pardall, Paige (Kyle) Martinson, Phoenix Lang, and Luna Lang, six great grandchildren: Kegan, Gabriel, Sawyer, Lyra, Ezra, and Nathaniel; numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, three siblings: Charles Sisk, Alice Picton and Gene Sisk, and one son Ronald Forsythe Jr.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 – 6:00 pm Monday, September 27, 2021 at the Barr Memorial Chapel, Fort Madison.  Due to concerns of Covid, her family will not be present during the visitation.  A private family graveside service and burial will be held at a later date at Soldiers Circle, Oakland Cemetery, Fort Madison with Reverend Kayla Lange-Carney officiating.  A memorial has been established for Diabetes Foundation, contributions may be left at Barr Memorial Chapel.

Barr Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the Lang family and an online guest book may be found at

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