LOST NATION — Phyllis K. Sterk, 58, of Lost Nation, Iowa, died Saturday, March 14, 2009, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic in Iowa City, following a short illness.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lost Nation, with the Rev. William Kneemiller officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Lahey Funeral Home in Maquoketa, where a vigil service will be held at 8:00 p.m. The family will honor her request, and her body will be cremated after the services.

Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Lost Nation, at a later date.

Memorials are preferred.

Phyllis K. O’Hara was born April 13, 1950, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, daughter of John and Ruth (House) O’Hara. She graduated from Lost Nation High School in 1968. She was united in marriage to David Sterk on September 5, 1970, in Lost Nation, Iowa.

She was a 5th- and 6th-grade teacher at Calamus-Wheatland for 37 years.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she served on the council, a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, and a volunteer for Clinton County Hospice. She was a quilting enthusiast, enjoyed traveling and loved her kids at school.

She is survived by her husband, David Sterk of Lost Nation; one son, Philip Sterk of Brooklyn, New York; and siblings, Michael (Karen) O’Hara of Ryan, Patricia (Carl) Odean of Marion, John (Lynn) O’Hara of Lansing, Terry O’Hara of Stanwood, Don (Gloria) O’Hara of Lisbon, Steve O’Hara of Hopkinton, Greg (Judy) O’Hara of Lost Nation, Maggie Monaghan of Masonville and David O’Hara of Woodfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Robert Charles O’Hara in 1969; and a nephew, Carl Odean.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.laheys.com.

Death date: March 14, 2009