Edna C. Drewis

            Edna Carolina, Christina, Louisa (Kuecker) Drewis, the daughter of Heinrich and Emma (Goellner) Kuecker, was born April 19, 1916, in Melrose Park, Illinois. She was baptized by Rev. Grosse at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Addison, Illinois and confirmed April 30, 1930, at St. Paul’s Missouri Lutheran Church by Rev. Kluender at Melrose Park, Illinois. Edna went to school at Immanuel Lutheran School in Elmhurst, Illinois and St. Paul’s Missouri Lutheran School in Melrose Park, Illinois.

            She moved to Iowa in 1932, and was united in marriage with Randolph (Randy) Otto Drewis on January 19, 1938, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Randolph preceded her in death in 1990. Edna and Randy farmed on a turkey farm for many years prior to moving into Tripoli in 1960. Edna worked at Kramer-Crittenden Produce, Farmers Produce, was head cook at the Tripoli Nursing Home, and cook at Maple Hills Country Club for many years. Edna was well know for her “good cookin”.

            Edna was very active in the ladies group at Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli. She was an avid quilter and enjoyed the companionship of her fellow quilters as long as she could. Edna loved to cook, bake, garden, and sew, and was always ready for a game of cards. She was confined to her home the last few years and pieced and sewed together thirteen quilts for her four children and nine grandchildren. Edna loved to have her family with her. She had two most loved hobbies- they were quilting and the Chicago Cubs. Edna could tell you every player on the Cub team. When they were on TV, you would see her sitting in her recliner enjoying every minute of the game.

            In January of 2010, Edna entered the Tripoli Nursing Home. This was of her choice as it became very hard for her to get around by herself in her home. She still enjoyed the Chicago Cubs as well as playing dominos and cards with the residents. Her death occurred at the home on Monday, May 28, 2012. She was ninety-six years old.

            Those thankful for having shared in Edna’s life include her two daughters, Marian (Jim) Lampe of Plainfield and Marlene (Jerry) Snelling of Tripoli; her son, Marvin (Trivona) Drewis of Tripoli; nine grandchildren, Dixie (Tom) Orthel, JoEllen Figanbaum, Spencer Snelling, Todd (Julie) Drewis, Theresa Drewis, Charlene (Al) Schmidt, Brian Drewis, Tim Drewis, and Juanita Nuss; fourteen great grandchildren; one step great grandson; and three great great grandchildren.

            In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Martin Drewis; one great granddaughter, Brittany Lohmann; her parents; and two brothers, Henry F. Kuecker and Ervin Kuecker.  

            Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 31, 2012, at Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli, with Rev. Marilyn Sargent officiating. Interment will be at Fremont Cemetery, rural Tripoli. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at Rettig Funeral Home in Tripoli and for one hour before services at the church on Thursday. Memorials may be made in her name to Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli or the Tripoli Nursing Home. 


J.L. MCFARLIN on June 9, 2012 at 7:10 AM said:

S. Graves on June 5, 2012 at 5:02 AM said:

May these words recorded at Isaiah 25:8 be of much comfort to you and your family during this time of deep sorrow. "He will actually swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will certainly wipe the tears from all faces. And the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for Jehovah himself has spoken |it|," "New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures"
Jeff & Peggy on June 2, 2012 at 7:55 AM said:

Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. This is one of the most difficult things we must face in our life. May it comfort you to know that others are deeply touched by your loss. God assures us at Psalms 34:18 that he is near to those broken in heart and those crushed in spirit he saves. Jesus also promises that we will be able to see our loved ones again. Jesus own words found at John 5:28,29 tells us there will be a resurrection. What a wonderful hope! God says that soon on the earth there will be no more pain, suffering and especially death at Revelation 21:3-5 We anxiously await the day when we will no longer lose those we love. May these bible thoughts bring you comfort at this most difficult time.
Michael Nolting(Maint/Tripoli Nursing Home on May 31, 2012 at 4:12 PM said:

I can remember talking with Edna as i would pass by her room and stop to chat with her,she was a very delightful,and outgoing lady.she wil be missed May God be with her,and her family.
Mark and Juls Nemmers, Spencer, Iowa on May 30, 2012 at 11:03 AM said:

Dix and family-Our deepest sympathy to all of you. I know how important family is to you and I know that your grandma will be missed. Just know that you have a special angel watching over you every day now.
Mark and Juls Nemmers
Laura Wakefield on May 30, 2012 at 6:21 AM said:

Dear Dixie, Tom, Marian & Jim, Our thoughts, prayers & sympathy are with you. I know how special your mom & grandma were to you. May memories give you comfort. Tom and Laura Wakefield
Brittney Bunce on May 29, 2012 at 2:26 PM said:

To our dear friend Ashley and family:

Thoughts and prayers to you all. Edna was a loving and caring woman. Certainly someone to admire and a role model to many. Her beautiful personality and smile will be missed by all.

Psalm 9:9

With love,
Brittney Bunce & Kyle Kirchhoff

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home

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