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Lorna (Bernahl) Bingham, age 86, passed away Sunday, October 3, 2022.

Lorna was born September 13, 1935, to Carl and Ida Bernahl in Meservy, Iowa on the family farm.

She attended school there until the age of ten. In 1945 she moved to Knoxville, Iowa, where she graduated high school.

Lorna has been a resident of the Des Moines area for the past 65 years. She lived in California as a younger person due to being a military wife.

Lorna worked in the secretarial, accounting, and banking fields during her working years, most notably for Diamond Labs and Wells Fargo. Lorna retired in 2004.

She volunteered her time with the Four Mile Community Center, Blue Ribbon Foundation, and Des Moines Parks & Recreation working on city gardens. She enjoyed camping at the Fair and traveling with her DSM Parks & Rec “team”.

We could write a book about all that Lorna was. She accomplished more in her one lifetime than most would in ten lifetimes.

She is survived by her son, Ricky (Kim Hesser-Bingham); grandchildren, Rob (Katie), Amy (Kelly) Kellogg, and Jon Hesser; great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Lexie, and Miranda Bingham, Nicolas Hesser Rocha, Victoria Hesser, and Teddy Kellogg; and other extended family and friends.
Lorna Bernahl
Lorna was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; son, Randall; great-grandson, Randall; parents, Carl and Ida Bernahl; and sister, Erlene Bernahl.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at Hamilton’s Funeral Home, 605 Lyon Street, Des Moines. Cremation will follow. Lorna will be buried with her husband at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be directed to The Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation.

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