Elsie Onken

June 26, 2012

Elsie Onken

Elsie Onken passed away on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at the Greenfield Manor.

Funeral Services: Saturday, June 30, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Greenfield with burial in the Greenfield Cemetery. A luncheon will be held following the committal services at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Greenfield.

Open Visitation: Friday, June 29th, from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield.

Memorials: To the Elsie Onken memorial fund to be established by the family.

Elsie Darlene Onken was born March 23, 1916, in Grand River Township, Adair County, Iowa, to Ray C. and Gladys B. (Busch) Augustine. She passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at the Greenfield Manor in Greenfield, Iowa, at the age of 96.

Elsie grew up and was raised in Adair County. On July 19, 1933, she was united in marriage to Arnold Onken in Shenandoah, Iowa. To this union two children were born: LeRoy and Marilyn. Arnold and Elsie farmed in Adair County most of their lives and retired and moved into Greenfield in 1976. Arnold passed away in 1996.

Elsie loved flowers, gardening, home decorating, playing cards and being with her family. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Garden Club, card clubs and was very active in the United Methodist Women Circles.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arnold Onken; three brothers, Verlyn Augustine, Roscoe Augustine and Wyman Augustine; and one sister, Velma Combs.

She is survived by her son, LeRoy (Bud) Onken and wife Sherry of Fountainhills, Arizona; daughter, Marilyn Adamson and husband Doug of Bella Vista, Arkansas; nine grandchildren; twenty-two great grandchildren; seven great great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

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