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Christina E. Ohlen

Christina Elizabeth Crandall Ohlen was born October 21, 1915 at Blairstown to Frank and Petrina (Peterson) Crandall and grew up in Blairstown, graduating from Blairstown High School. She taught at the Blairstown #6 country school for a time and on October 21, 1941 she married Loren Ohlen in MO. The couple farmed around Blairstown until 1978 when they retired to Vinton. Loren moved to the La Porte City Nursing and Rehab Center and shortly after that, in 1998, Christina moved to Sunnycrest Nursing Center in Dysart. Christina was active in the Farm Bureau, the Legion Auxiliary and volunteered more than 1000 hours at the VA Hospital in Iowa City. She enjoyed sewing and quilting, organic gardening, writing and spending time with her grandchildren. Her death came peacefully from natural causes on Friday, October 17, 2003 at Sunnycrest Nursing Center in Dysart at the age of 87 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers and a granddaughter. Christina is survived by her husband, Loren, La Porte City, IA, daughter, Emmarella Westrom and husband, Norlin, Elbow Lake, MN, sons William F. Ohlen, Elberon, IA, Chuck Ohlen and wife, Sara, Sterling, VA, 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Submitted on May 28, 2006 by
Charley Ohlen,

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Waterloo Daily Courier; December 5, 1944

Henry Ohlen

Vinton ó Funeral services for Henry Ohlen, 95, who died Friday evening in the Vinton hospital, were here Tuesday at the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. Clyde Williams, east of Vinton and later at Concordia Lutheran church in Newhall; born Dec. 27, 1849, in Germany; came to America when he was 14; on Dec. 6, 1881, he married Christine Abraham, who preceded him in death in June, 1941: after living in Wisconsin he moved to Keystone and later to Newhall, where he made his home until two years ago, when he started living with his granddaugther, Mrs. Williams; leaves following children: August, Luzerne, Henry F., of Blairstown, Mrs. Dora Warlike, of Scranton. N. D.; had been in the Vinton hospital for the last three weeks receiving treatment for a fractured hip.

{Submitter comment: Not related}
Submitted on Feb 11, 2006 by
John Shuck,

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Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home; n/a
Larry G. Ohlen

Obituary for Larry G. Ohlen

Larry G. Ohlen, 70, of rural Blairstown, died Friday, January 28, 2011, at his home surrounded by his family after a 5-year battle with cancer. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 1, 2011, at St. Johnís Catholic Church in Blairstown with Father Brian Dellaert as Celebrant. Visitation will be held at St. Johnís on Monday, January 31, from 4 to 7 p.m. with a Scripture service at 7 p.m. and also one hour prior to Mass on Tuesday. Interment will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Blairstown.

Larry was born April 26, 1940, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of George H. and Louise L. Eckert Ohlen. He attended Blairstown High School. On June 23, 1959, Larry was united in marriage with Darlene Schulte at St. Patrickís Catholic Church in Watkins.

Larry was a lifelong farmer, retiring in February of 2003. He was a member of St. Johnís Catholic Church in Blairstown. He served on the Coon Creek Telephone Board and as a Trustee for LeRoy Township. He enjoyed camping and riding his John Deere Gator.

Larry is survived by his wife of 51 years, Darlene, of Blairstown; one son, Craig Ohlen of Blairstown; one daughter, Kathy (Scott) Novotny of Newhall; five grandchildren: Jeremy Smith, Jessica Smith (Ryan Miller), Andrew Ohlen, and Ryan and Sarah Novotny; one great-grandchild, Liberty; one brother, Robert (Jean) Ohlen of Blairstown; one sister, Caren (Gene) Jarnagin of Eagan, MN; mother-in-law Mildred Schulte Sokol of Blairstown; and two sisters-in-law, Adeline Schmuecker and Donna (John) Heilman. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Becky Ohlen Smith, on January 14, 2000; and a sister in infancy. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hospice of Mercy.

{Submitter comment: n/a}

Submitted on 28-Oct-2019 by
Weston Hartz,

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Hrabak Funeral Home

Lawrence Ohlen

Lawrence E. Ohlen, 85, died Friday, November 17, 2006 at St. Lukeís Hospital in Cedar Rapids following an extended illness. Services will be 1:30 PM Tuesday at the Hrabak Funeral Home by Rev. Michael Musick. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 Ė 7:00 PM Monday at the funeral home.

He is survived by a brother, Donovan Ohlen of Chelsea. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, August and Mae Houser Ohlen, his twin brother Loren, and sister Maxine Williams.

{Submitter comment: Submitted by Charley Ohlen - Nephew}
Submitted on Dec 23, 2006 by
Charley Ohlen,

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Loren Henry Ohlen

Loren Henry Ohlen was born December 31, 1920 at Van Horne, IA, to August and Mae (Hauser) Ohlen. He attended school in Luzerne and on October 21, 1941 he married Christina Crandall in Missouri. The couple farmed in the Blairstown area until he retired from farming in 1978 and Loren also worked for 27 years at Amana Refrigeration. In 1983 Loren and Christina moved to Vinton and he also worked for Pioneer Seed at the Marengo plant for a few years. After his retirement, he enjoyed camping and fishing. Since 1994, Loren has been a resident at the La Porte City Nursing and Rehab Center where his death came early Monday morning, May 23, 2005 at the age of 84 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Christina in 2003, a granddaughter and his sister, Maxine Williams. He is survived by his sons, William F. Ohlen, Elberon, IA, and Chuck (Sara) Ohlen, Catlett, VA, daughter, Emmarella (Norlin) Westrom, Elbow Lake, MN, his twin brother, Lawrence Ohlen, Belle Plaine, IA, brother, Donovan (Georgetta) Ohlen, Chelsea, IA, nine grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
Submitted on May 28, 2006 by
Charley Ohlen,

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