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Elaine Ollenburg

May 3, 1932 — August 9, 2017

Elaine Ollenburg

Elaine Ollenburg, 85, of Ventura died Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at Westview Care Center in Britt.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, August 11th at St. John’s Lutheran Church east of Garner with Rev. Carl Hedberg officiating. Inurnment will be at the church cemetery.

A memorial visitation will be held from 5 PM to 7 PM on Thursday, August 10th at the Cataldo Funeral Home, 160 E. 4th St., in Garner.

Memorials may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church or the Ventura Public Library.

Elaine Ollenburg, the daughter of Henry and Ida (Hanson) Lovick, was born May 3, 1932 on a farm near Joice. She was the 10th of 12 children. She was always very proud of her large family. Elaine attended country school and graduated from Fertile High School in 1949. Although unable to fulfill her own dream of college, she remained an avid reader for her whole life and ensured that all of her children obtained degrees. After high school, she worked at the Mason City Telephone Company. On November 28, 1951, she married Robert “Bob” Ollenburg at Fertile Lutheran Church. They farmed north of Clear Lake until 1960 when they moved to the acreage at St. John’s Corner, rural Ventura where they raised their five children. Elaine was a hard worker and she taught her children to enjoy and appreciate the satisfaction that goes with a job well done. For many years Elaine and her five children were the St. John’s Lutheran Church janitors. Elaine was a stay at home mom, but operated her own upholstery business from their home. After the purchase of Ollenburg Motors she took on the job of bookkeeper. Elaine’s skills with a sewing machine, paint brush and hammer were put to use decorating her home and all of her children’s homes. And she would tell you those kids moved a lot. She loved a project, shopping for a bargain, cooking, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. Elaine and Bob spent many memorable summers at their cottage in Clear Lake and their winter home in Mission, Texas.

She was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and St. John’s LWML.

Elaine is fondly remembered by her surviving children, Sherry (Tim) Becker of Mason City, Scott (Karen) Ollenburg of Ventura, Kim (Bill) Larson of Park Rapids, MN and Dan (Kristen) Ollenburg of Clear Lake and daughter-in-law, Jeanne Ollenburg of Savannah, GA; her thirteen grandchildren, Ben Becker, Rex and Dani Ollenburg, Emily and Thomas Zanios, Grant and Amber Larson, Renee and Matt Washburn, Christopher and Tina Ollenburg, Zachary Becker and Casey Sweeny, Bridget Ollenburg, Kathryn Ollenburg, Sophia Ollenburg, Ava Ollenburg, Henry Ollenburg and Ella Ollenburg; and her 10 great grandchildren, Natalie and Riley Washburn, Eliza and Maisie Zanios, Noah, Parker and Haley Larson, Piper, Keely and Knox Ollenburg; brothers, James Lovick of Fertile and Leo and Marlys Lovick of Ackley; sister Doris Bonnstetter of Chapin, SC, and sisters-in-law Diane Lovick of Forest City and Darlene Wolfram, Spirit Lake, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Elaine was preceded in death by her husband Bob, son Reece, parents Henry and Ida Lovick; parents-in-law Emil and Olga Ollenburg; brothers and sisters-in-law Paul and Gladys Lovick, Ardie and Nita Lovick, Larry Lovick; sisters and brothers-in-law Murlette and Gilman Hagen, Amy and Don Brakke, Irene and Harvey Brakke, Pearl and Raymond Hanna, and Alice and Gordon Toresdahl.
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

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

Cataldo Funeral Home - Garner Chapel

160 East 4th Street, Garner, IA 50438

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Friday, August 11, 2017

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St. John's Lutheran Church - Garner

2405 260th Street, Garner, IA 50438

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