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HARRENSTEIN, Alvin 1918-1977


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 9/24/2013 at 08:58:17

Alvin Harrenstein Rites Monday

Funeral services for Alvin G. Harrenstein, 58, of R.R. 1, Grundy Center were held at the Colfax Center Presbyterian church, rural Holland Monday, February 7 at 1:30 p.m. He died Friday, February 4, 1977 at the Grundy County Memorial hospital.

Rev. Jerry VanCurler officiated at the services. Mrs. Tom Simms sang "Mansion Over The Hilltop" and "The King is Coming." She was accompanied by Mrs. Raymond Hinders who also played selected prelude and postlude organ numbers. Harm G. Hook, Milf Meyer, and Harry Ascher were ushers. Mrs. Naaman Haren and Mrs. Bernard Buskohl were in charge of the flowers. Pallbearers were Naaman Haren, Kay Reynolds, Wayne Eilers, Kenneth Eilers, Carroll Haren and Tom Simms.

Burial was in the Colfax Center cemetery, rural Holland. Friends and relatives returned to the church following the committal service for fellowship and refreshments. A memorial fund has been established.

Alvin was born December 6, 1918 in Colfax township, Grundy county, Iowa, the son of Ben and Elsie Oswald Harrenstein. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. On February 20, 1945 he was united in marriage to Grave Beenken at Wellsburg. After their marriage he was stationed in Oklahoma until September 1945. At that time they returned to Grundy county and began farming northwest of Grundy Center, which is the present Harrenstein home.

Alvin had been a patient at the hospitals in Marshalltown and Des Moines before entering the Grundy hospital on January 4. He was a member of the Colfax Center Presbyterian church, where he sang in the choir, and had been a trustee and deacon.

Survivors include his wife Grace, two sons, Alvin Dean Harrenstein of Parkersburg, Larry Harrenstein of Grundy Center and Mrs. Charles (Brenda) Mooty III, 2 granddaughters, one brother, Edwin Harrenstein of Dike, two half brothers, Jake Harrenstein of Smith Center, Kansas, John Sealman of Grundy Center, seven half sisters, Mrs. Oscar (Ora) Meyer of Stout, Mrs. Herman (Jennie) Boike, Waterloo; Mrs. Klaas C. (Elsie) Kruger, Holland; Mrs. Carl (Jennie) Olson, Reno, Nevada; Mrs. Jacob (Bertha) Smit, Iowa Falls; Mrs. Cora Harrenstein, St. Paul, Minn.; and Mrs. Harley (Annetta) Dothager of New Hampton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Albertus, two half sisters and five half brothers.

Arrangements were made by the Engelkes-Abels Funeral Home.

--newspaper clipping, source unknown


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