Alma Hyde

Alma Hyde, 93, of Tripoli, died Thursday, January 14, 2016, at the Shell Rock Healthcare Center.

Funeral Services will be held at Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Marilyn J. Sargent officiating. Interment will be at Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens, rural Cedar Falls at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 18th at Rettig Funeral Home in Tripoli and for one hour preceding services at the church on Tuesday. Memorials may be made in her name to Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli.

Alma Jensen, daughter of Harm and Harmke (Westermann) Saathoff, was born May 26, 1922, in Simonswolde, Germany. She was baptized in Germany. Alma and her family moved to Grundy County, Iowa in September of 1923. She received her education in the Dike Country Schools. On March 26, 1946, she was united in marriage with Charles “Jim” Hyde at Pleasant Valley Reformed Parsonage in Fern, Iowa. The couple farmed north of Dunkerton until they purchased their farm east of Tripoli in January of 1957. The couple farmed there until retiring in 1976. Alma was a long time member of Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli, where she was very active with the various groups in the church. She enjoyed gardening and bird watching, especially cardinals, blue birds, and hummingbirds, and embroidery, which she used for making many baby quilts.

Alma is survived by her six children, Harold (Alice) Hyde of Denver, Iowa; Bill (Janice) Hyde of Plainfield; Jerry (Karla) Hyde of Tripoli; Doris (Jim Kuhnle) Hyde of Black River Falls, Wisconsin; Darlene (Curt) Brandt of Waverly; and Donna (Pat) Donnovan of Shell Rock; fourteen grandchildren; twenty-four great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; one brother, Peter (Darlene) Saathoff of New Hartford; and one sister, Hattie Hartman of Aplington.

In addition to her parents and husband, Charles, who died on June 7, 2002, Alma was preceded in death by a brother, Jacob, who died in infancy, and two step-brothers, Jasper and Tole Beitleman.


Hermine and Dan Schwickerath on January 18, 2016 at 3:15 PM said:

Our sincere sympathy to our Hyde couisns in the loss of your Mother Alma. She always had a smile on her face. She'll be missed. She was a speceal Aunt. What a grand reunionin heaven it must have been when she saw Jim, her parents, brothers Tol, Jasper, Jocob and other loved ones.
Donna Johnson on January 18, 2016 at 10:18 AM said:

Bill and Donna, I'm so sorry to hear about Alma. I enjoyed very much when I worked at The Meadows in Shell Rock. She was such a sweet lady. I use to go down and get her before meals and wheel her down to the dining room. She thought I would get in trouble but I told her it was something I wanted to do and I happen to be walking down her hall. She will be greatly missed! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
Pam (Kirchhoff) Condon and family on January 18, 2016 at 7:18 AM said:

Thoughts and prayers go out to all of Alma's family. So enjoyed visits with her and my mom, Fran at the Nursing Home. As well as the waves from across the cafeteria room with the big smile. My mom valued her friendship with Alma very much. She will be missed!
Steve Debi Liddle on January 17, 2016 at 6:16 PM said:

To Bill and Darlene Sorry to hear about your mothers passing. Your thoughts and prayers for this time of sorrow. Stay strong in your faith. Steve and Debi(gronemeyer)Liddle Meriden, IA
David and Ruth Kirchhoff on January 16, 2016 at 11:47 AM said:

So many special memories of Alma throughout the years. She
would greet you with a beautiful smile, regardless of her
ailments during later years at the nursing home. We will miss our visits with her and the little waves we always gave her across the dining room when at lunch with Fran. Alma loved to share stories and pictures of her family. When she was on the farm she loved the daily visits from the wildlife around her, & we loved hearing about them. Alma and Jim were very special friends to us. She will be missed dearly. Love, Dave, Ruth, Fran, & Family

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