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.