Della Newlin

Della Newlin

October 3, 1937 – November 24, 2021

On Wednesday, November 24, 2021, Della (Turvold) Newlin formerly of Harlan Iowa, passed away in Omaha, Nebraska, at the age of 83.  She was born to Odean J. Turvold and Edna A. (Walswick) in Albert Lea, Minnesota, October 3, 1937.  Della married Dennis E. Newlin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Newlin, August of 1960, at the First Lutheran Church in Northwood, Iowa.

Della was a schoolteacher who started teaching in 1957 in Swea City, Iowa, and eventually taught in Harlan, Iowa up until she retired in 2018.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Dana College in Blair, Nebraska and her Master’s in Education from University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in Cedar Falls, Iowa. 

In 2004, Della was 1 of 36 teachers across the U.S. selected to participate in ‘We the People’, a nationally acclaimed civic education program based in Washington, DC.  Della was also active in many organizations and clubs.  She enjoyed domestic and international travel, working around her home, attending Iowa State Football games, patronizing the Omaha Community Playhouse, and playing bridge.

Della was preceded in death by husband, Dennis; parents, Gene and Dutch Newlin; and parents, Odean and Edna Turvold.  Della is survived by three sisters and four children: David Newlin of Austin Texas, Dixie Peterson (Todd) of Ankeny Iowa, Dee Newlin of West Des Moines Iowa, and Dan Newlin of Seminole, Florida; three grandchildren: Logan Peterson, Taylor Peterson and Morgan Newlin.

A Memorial Service for family will take place at the South Shellrock Cemetery in Northwood, Iowa, where she will be buried with her parents Odean and Edna.


  • Leanne Renee Travis Posted December 13, 2021 10:22 pm

    Della was such a hoot! I loved teaching and spending time with her! It was so much fun being invited to her Christmas wine, pizza and treats parties at her classic home in Harlan.

  • Amanda Posted December 14, 2021 12:20 am

    I did not have the fortune to have her as a teacher, both my children did. She waas an amazing teacher she got my daughter to reach for more and tought my son it was ok to like history. My oldest is graduating this year with a love for school and learning and a lot of that is because of this amazing teacher.

  • Russell wirth Posted December 14, 2021 12:50 am

    I’m sorry for you loss. She was my favorite history teacher of all time. She will be forever missed.

  • Tami petersen Posted December 14, 2021 6:02 am

    Prayers to the family.
    In the late 90’s Della went on a trip with my daughter and myself to Tampa Florida through a school project that blew up to an amazing trip to many places including the Florida Keys.
    In the 2000’s Della had three more of our kids as their teacher. All 4 of our kids loved the stories Della told in class.
    Many great Mrs. Newlin stories have been told around our supper table. Prayers to all the family. I’m sure she is greatly missed.

  • Alicia Henkelman Posted December 14, 2021 6:49 am

    She was my absolute favorite teacher of all time!! Rest peacefully Ms Newlin

  • Jeff Barry Posted December 14, 2021 12:38 pm

    I am so sorry to hear this news. Della was a neighbor of ours, and I taught and coached Danny. She was not only an excellent educator but more importantly a wonderful person. Our Condolences, The Barrys

  • Tammie Heileson Posted December 14, 2021 8:01 pm

    She was a wonderful teacher and friend. I hope I can be just like her and live life to the fullest!

  • Kristine Olson Harmon Posted December 14, 2021 8:33 pm

    Remember Della from family friends in Harlan. Remember Della as my children’s teacher. Remember Della as a fellow teacher. Della will he missed.

  • Barb Onnen Posted December 15, 2021 7:12 pm

    Della was a loss to the College Blvd neighborhood when she moved 3 years ago. She always came back and attended Harlan and neighborhood functions. Now her loss is magnified. I cherish my memories of her and our neighborly chats, joint garage sales, and just knowing her for 46+ years.

  • Deanna Newlin Posted December 17, 2021 1:03 pm

    Della was more than my Mother In Law, she was the only mother figure I had here in Florida since moving from Canada. Her son Dan and I have a beautiful daughter Morgan, and I feel so blessed for her being the amazing Grandmother that she was. This sudden loss has been a great shock, as Della was a vibrant and energetic woman. She is irreplaceable. From our dinners at Skidders to her stories of back home and all the goings-on, and of course, all the memories at the beach. Della, you will be truly and sorrowfully missed. Thank you for being an amazing Mother, and an exceptional Grandmother, and a role model for Morgan. There is really no way to express how much you will be missed, but I can promise you this- whenever we sit on the Gulf of Mexico, there will always be an extra beach chair right next to us….waiting for you. I love you, Della,
    Deanna Newlin

  • Rebecca Rusenstrom Posted December 17, 2021 4:55 pm

    Our sincere condolences from the Rusenstrom family in Canada.

  • Gary and Carolyn Pool Posted December 22, 2021 9:40 am

    To all the family:
    We are so sorry to hear about Della and extend our deepest sympathy to you all at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during the days and weeks ahead.

  • Lana Turvold Epley Posted January 1, 2022 10:51 pm

    I am sorry to hear my dear cousin has past! What a great woman who prided herself on doing her best in whatever she was doing! She was always lovely in what she wore, what she did and what she said! As a younger cousin I always looked up to her! I will miss her tales of what she was doing and what her children were doing! She was so proud of you! I thought she would live longer than Edna! What energy she had!! She could talk to you on the phone for hours! Ha! I will miss her but admire what a wonderful person she was! I am sorry for her leaving us but know she will be with Edna and Odean in heaven!! ❤️

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