In Memory of Our Supporters

This new page is created in May of 2020 to acknowledge generous supporters and pro-life warriors who have died. We would love to include past supporters. Please send photos to Include the persons name and when they died and a copy of their obituary or what you want us to include.

Lyle Carpenter

Lyle Carpenter

Lyle converted to Catholicism through earnest independent discernment, and became a life-long advocate.

He and Jeanne sent ten kids to Dowling over a span of 22 years. He always encouraged his children to pursue life and faith, and to accept their life’s ups and downs as part of life and God’s plan. His optimism and graciousness drew people to him.

A grandchild wrote: “He was a great man. An ambassador of the catholic faith. A loyal family man, successful business man, a leader, and a rock. A true example of hard work, dedication, love, and strength. He had a great sense of humor. Especially his banter with Gma. I can hear his laugh now. Goodbye Gpa, you loved us dearly and thank you for all that you did for Gma and mom & dad and for us grandkids”.

Pray for us, Lyle Carpenter!

Lyle and his wife Jeanne have been champions for the cause of life and generous supporters of Iowans For Life over the years.


Therese Solawetz

Therese Marie Solawetz

Therese was born July 21, 1928 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Edward and Anna (Brzinski) Bruzan. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and later a teaching certificate from DePaul University. She taught in Wood Dale, IL for a few years before her marriage to William Solawetz on February 20, 1954 in Cicero, IL. After raising her seven children, Therese worked as a librarian and substitute teacher in Roselle, IL. She and Bill moved to Monroe in 1994. Therese was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish where she served as a substitute teacher and volunteered teaching religious education and helping with the After School Reading Program. She also volunteered her time at St. Vincent de Paul and Monroe Clinic.

Iowans for Life has received donations in memory of Therese.

Therese's son and his wife Wendy are generous supporters of Iowans for Life.

Pray for us Therese!


Ann Spooner

ann spooner

Born on March 31, 1924 in Detroit, Mich., she married David Spooner on Jan. 5, 1944. They settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, where they raised eight children prior to moving to Des Moines in 1982 to be near family.

The things that most defined Ann were her love of her Catholic faith, her love of family, (especially the children) and her unapologetic defense of the unborn.

Ann took up watercolor painting late in her life and created many beautiful works of art. Despite a prolonged struggle, visitors could always count on her wisdom, wit and tender heart.

When Roe v Wade passed in 1973, Ann said that this was the beginning of a deep moral decline in our country. She was heartsick.

Pray for us Ann!

Ann's daughter Karen and her husband Tom have picked up the torch for the cause of life and are supporters of Iowans for Life. Tom serves as board president of IFL.

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