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Adeila Faye Bilyeu

February 18, 1928 — August 11, 2019

Adeila Faye Bilyeu

Adeila Faye (Anderson) Bilyeu, 91, of Forest City, died on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at Bethany Life in Story City, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 A.M., Saturday, August 17, 2019 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 232 Way Ave., Woden, Iowa 50484.

Burial will be held in Grant Township Cemetery, rural Woden, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M., Friday, August 16, 2019 at Cataldo Schott Funeral Chapel, 505 N. Clark St., Forest City, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the St. John Lutheran Church In Woden.

Adeila was born on February 18, 1928, in Sebeka, MN. She was the daughter of Glen Dean Anderson and Selma Norene (Holland) of Sebeka, MN.

She attended Township 253 grade school in Ottertail County, Minnesota. She graduated from Sebeka, MN high school in 1945. Adeila worked at the local creamery in Sebeka making butter. Shortly after graduating she moved to Forest City, Iowa and worked at the Central Cafe and then worked as a clerk for Lynn’s Department store. While there, she met Merle Bilyeu and they were married on July 5, 1947. Adeila and Merle first lived on a farm by Thompson, Iowa and then moved to Buffalo Center, Iowa where they started farming in 1949. In 1965, they purchased the Bilyeu family farm near Woden and later purchased another farm nearby.

Adeila was an active member of Grant Lutheran Church in rural Woden for over 55 years and was a member of the Rebeka Circle. She was also active in different circles, the Grant birthday club, the girls 4-H and Brownies. For 50 years she was part of the American Legion Auxiliary in Woden and VFW in Buffalo Center.

She loved to sew, garden, bake and take care of her cats. She enjoyed traveling with Merle after they retired from farming. They went to Air Force reunions for 15 years and to visit their children and grandchildren throughout the U.S.

Adeila will be remembered for unconditional love of people, her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Merle Wilbur Bilyeu and her siblings and their spouses, Geraldine Paurus (Arnold), Mavis Hansen (Emil), and Roger Anderson (Marlene)

Adeila is survived by five children, Steven (Susana) of San Antonio TX; Keith (Libby) of Ames, IA, Jeffery (Renee) of Modesto, CA; Joel (Kimberly) of Forest City, IA and Angela Bennett (Timothy) of Papillion, NE ; eleven grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
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Friday, August 16, 2019

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Cataldo Funeral Home - Main Office

760 Center Avenue, Garner, IA 50438

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

St. John's Lutheran Church

302 2nd Street, Woden, IA 50483

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