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ENGELKES, Elisabeth 1908-1993


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 1/12/2017 at 18:12:10

Rites Held For Elisabeth Engelkes

Elisabeth Engelkes died September 26 at her home in Stout reaching the age of 85 years and 6 months.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, September 29, at 1:30 p.m. in the Pleasant Valley Church, near Holland, with Rev. Dick Kuiper officiating the service.

Pallbearers were Stan Stickfort, Shane Kendrick, Dale Akkerman, Roland Meester, Wendell Meester and Myron Meester.

Interment was held in the Stout Cemetery following the services at the church.

Elisabeth was born the daughter of Garhard and Martha Kruse Berends on March 26, 1908, in Beaver Township in Grundy County. She received her education in the Beaver Township #6 school and later graduated from Stout High School. She later attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls and Deaconess Hospital in Marshalltown and Advanced Medical training in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

After graduating from Deaconess Hospital, she was employed for 8 years with the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs in Tama and later in Nevada. She was employed at the St. Frances Hospital for 6 years and later as a Supervisor at the Sartori Hospital in Cedar Falls. In the early 50's, she was instrumental in founding the MRC organization in Grundy County. She was an officer in the Dike Parent Teachers Association. In the 60's she was employed by the Western Home in Cedar Falls as a supervisor.

In 1939, Elisabeth was united in marriage to Emmett Kendrick. After the passing of her husband, Elisabeth was then united in marriage to E. B. Engelkes on August 23, 1950. They made their home in Stout all their lives. He later passed away in 1982.

Elisabeth was a member of the Pleasant Valley Reformed Church near Holland, she was a member of the Ladies' Guild, Sunday School Teacher for over 30 years, and a Charter Member of the Republican Party as well. After her retiring from 45 years of Nursing, she enjoyed visiting the Civic Center and crocheting.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Emmett Kendrick, and second husband, E. B. Engelkes; 6 sisters, Pattie Arends, Minnie Lauterbach, Marie Kalkwarf, Martha Berhens, Fannie Viet and Frances Klosterboer; 3 brothers, Peter, Louie and George; and step-daughter-in-law, Elva Akkerman.

She is survived by one son, Rodney and his wife Betty Kendrick of Parkersburg; step-son, Bernard and his wife Leona Engelkes of Grundy Center; 2 grandchildren, Shane and Elizabeth Kendrick; 4 step-grandchildren, Dale Akkerman, Mrs. Berdell Schauls, James Engelkes and Faith Engelkes; 6 step-great-grandchildren; step-son-in-law, John Akkerman of Parkersburg; sister, June Meester of Parkersburg.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 7 October 1993, pg 3


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