Theodora Wallace

Theodora Wallace

Theodora Wallace


Theodora Wallace was a devout Christian and loving mother who placed God and family as the two most important elements of her life. She believed that faith, family, and a good education were the cornerstones of one’s life and she made personal sacrifices to ensure her children were raised with these cornerstones.

Theodora was born on Nov. 20, 1935, in Columbus, Ind., the youngest of twelve children of TJ Koch and Bertha Scheidt Koch. Theodora had a gifted Alto voice and enjoyed singing Christian hymns especially those written by her father, TJ. Theodora also had a passion for gardening and was an avid Iowa basketball fan, both men’s and women’s. But her family was her greatest passion. She married Dale Wallace on Dec. 28, 1957, and was blessed with five children. Dale and Theodora moved numerous times but finally settled in Williamsburg, Iowa, which she called home for over 40 years. Theodora’s faith in the Lord Jesus Christ served as her foundation and never wavered. She passed peacefully into eternal life on Aug. 17, 2022, at the age of 86.

She is celebrating in heaven with those who preceded her in death: her husband, Dale; her parents; and her siblings, Walter Koch, Julia LaSell, Marie Blomenberg, Joseph Koch, Ruth Sheldon, Anna Knuth, Lois Steiner, Martha Meinzen, Eva Clapp and Grace Koch.

She is survived by her children, Rachel Goetz (David), David Wallace (Jill), Dan Wallace (Sharon), Doug Wallace (Jaime) and Rebecca Degan (Brian); 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Eunice Snyder.

Theodora’s family will be forever grateful for the compassionate and loving care she received while she was a resident at Highland Ridge.

A Celebration of Life Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Williamsburg. Burial will be at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Powell Funeral Home in Williamsburg. Messages and tributes may be directed to

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