August 16, 2022

Beverly O’Rourke


Beverly O’Rourke, 88, of Fontanelle, died July 26, 2022, at the Good Samaritan Center in Fontanelle. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1 at Central Christian Church in Waterloo followed by burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation will be held an hour prior to funeral service.

Beverly Jeanne O’Rourke was born May 10, 1934, the daughter of Arthur and Blossom (Cherry) Tufts, in Cedar Rapids. Beverly graduated from Frederika High School in 1951.

She was married to Wallace Aegerter in 1951. Four children were born to this union. They later divorced. Beverly married Terrance “Irish” O’Rourke in 1963, in Villisca. The couple made their home in southwest Iowa where Beverly worked at Corning Nursing and Rehab Center. She was also a farmwife and bookkeeper at an implement store.

Beverly enjoyed music, crafts, genealogy, animals, taking care of her grandkids, going to garage sales, driving and reading.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sons, Ricki Jae O’Rourke and Michael Shane O’Rourke; grandson, Shawn O’Rourke; great grandson, Kylan O’Rourke; brother, Jack Tufts and brother-in-law, Gary Hughes.

Beverly is survived by five children: Kim (Teresa) O’Rourke of Greenfield, Tamara Tufts of Corsicana, Texas, Jina (Edd) Roberson of Corsicana, Texas, Teri Shannon (Michael) Atherley of Oelwein, and Sharon (Richard) Boykin of Trenton, South Carolina; sister, Judy Hughes; brother, Terry (Carole) Tufts; sister-in-law, Carol Tufts; 16 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.