Obituary for Beulah Eblen

Beulah  Eblen
Beulah Ann Eblen was born to Clara Thielen Neiens and Jake Neiens on a farm in Exira, Iowa, August 22, 1924. The third oldest of seven children, she attended the American Institute of Business in Des Moines after graduating from the Exira High School. After marrying Tom Eblen in 1947, she lived in Atlantic, Iowa, and often spent her winters in Scottsdale, Arizona. Beulah passed away November 13, 2015, at the Heritage House in Atlantic.

Beulah’s interests were legion, including her membership in the Atlantic Golf and Country Club, where she and Tom golfed regularly with a group of friends—the Commandos. She also relished playing bridge and being an early member of the Atlantic Junior Federated Club. She was committed to giving back to the community, serving on the Cass County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and being an instructor with the Reach for Recovery Program. Additionally, she participated in the Kiwanis Club’s work with needy children and the club’s outreach committee work with people with disabilities. She also truly enjoyed contributing to the annual Za-Ga-Zig chicken and noodles dinner.

The Catholic Church played an important role in her life. Following her mother’s love of quilting, she, too, quilted weekly with the church’s Sewing Circle. Significant, too, were her contributions to many funeral luncheons and to the organization, production, and participation in the church’s annual bazaar.

She loved beautiful hand-made things, and she was prolific in her creations in crewel, needlepoint, sewing, and quilting. She loved the natural world her entire life, as demonstrated in her gardening activities, including cultivating asparagus, strawberries, raspberries, flowers, vegetables, and a large fruit orchard. And her Christmas homemade peanut brittle was legendary, as were her jams, jellies, preserves, and canned garden vegetables. But her finest creations were baked goods—pastries, breads, and noodles. Baking Ida Needle’s Danish Pastries never daunted her.

She was preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Beulah Marie; three sisters, Louise Lee, Berniece Farrell, and Lee Roecker; and brother, Vernon Neiens. She is survived by her two daughters; Trudy Eblen (spouse Steven Livengood) and Kathy Sayers; one granddaughter, Andrea Rosenthal (spouse Kyle Rosenthal); great-granddaughter, Bianca Rosenthal; sister, Alyce Larson; brother, Bob Neiens; and cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Beulah Eblen’s life embodied a sincere love of friends and family, and an appreciation of beautiful, well-made things. All who knew her responded to her altruism and spirituality. She will be deeply missed.

A Rosary will be held at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 17, 2015, followed by visitation with the family until 7:00 p.m., at Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Wednesday, November 18, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Atlantic. Beulah’s interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Cumberland, following the after Mass luncheon in the Parish Center.

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Beulah Ann Eblen
BORN ~ August 22, 1924 ~ Exira, Iowa

November 13, 2015 ~ Atlantic, Iowa
at the age of
91 years, 2 months and 22 days

10:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church ~ Atlantic, Iowa

CELEBRANT ~Father Chori Seraiah

CON-CELEBRANT ~ Monsignor Lawrence Beeson

ALTAR SERVERS ~ Blaise, Ransom, and Rook Seraiah

1st Reading ~ Marlene Feilmeyer ~ Revelation 11:19 - 12:11
2nd Reading ~ Greg Roecker ~ Psalm 23 (with Congregational response)

Monsignor Lawrence Beeson ~ Matthew 5: 1-12A

GIFTS ~ Andrea and Bianca Rosenthal

COMMUNION MINISTERS ~ Todd and Jolene Roecker


CANTOR ~ Ajha Seraiah

MUSICIAN ~ Pat McCauley

Processional - Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”
Offertory - “Ave Maria” - Pat McCauley, violinist
Communion - “One Bread, One Body” #830
Recessional - Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings”

Steve Farrell
Craig Farrell
Greg Roecker
Todd Roecker

David Farrell
Marc Roecker
Scott Roecker

Mary Weresh
Marlene Feilmeyer
Virginia Wernimont
Winifred Lamaster

Greenwood Cemetery ~ Cumberland, Iowa

The family invites you to join them for a luncheon immediately
following the service at the Catholic Parish Center.

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