Edna L. Snelling

            Edna Louise Snelling, daughter of Fred and Ida Ohlendorf Schuldt, was born April 9, 1914, in Fremont Township of rural Bremer County, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church-Crane Creek.

            On July 14, 1935, she was united in marriage with Lawrence Snelling. The couple farmed for many years in the Tripoli area. Edna was a member of Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli and was active in the church circles. She had also been a member of the Bremer County Women’s Farm Bureau and enjoyed being a member of the “Kitchen Band”.

            A resident of the Tripoli Nursing Home for the past three years, Edna’s death occurred there on Thursday, March 1, 2012. She was ninety-seven years old. After moving to town, she assisted with Bible study and played the organ for the residents at the nursing home for several years. Edna also enjoyed quilting, gardening, oil painting, and most especially, time spent with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

            She is survived by two sons, Jerry (Marlene) Snelling and Clark (Kathleen) Snelling, all of Tripoli; one daughter, Betty (Don) Koschmeder of Readlyn; six grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; and one sister, Delores Heidemann of Tripoli.

            Edna was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence, who died in June of 1976; her parents; one grandson in infancy; and four brothers, Lawrence, Leo, Minor, and Lorraine.

            Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 5, 2012, at Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli, with Rev. Marilyn Sargent officiating. Interment will be at the Fremont Cemetery. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., Sunday, March 4, 2012, at Rettig Funeral Home in Tripoli and for one hour before services at the church on Monday. Memorial donations may be made in her name to Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli, the Tripoli Nursing Home, or the Cedar Valley Hospice. 


Chelsey Heidemann on March 6, 2012 at 4:56 PM said:

I'm sorry to hear about the loss of Edna. She was a kind and wonderful person. I always enjoyed talking to her when I saw her with my grandma (Delores), at church, or in the community. She will be missed! My thoughts are with your family.
Ben Kehe on March 4, 2012 at 8:08 AM said:

I will always remember Aunt Edna as a kind and loving person. All my growing up years were spent in her presence on an almost daily basis. She was always ready with her smile and her clear mind to help me, as a little boy, to make the proper decisions.
I can still remember the excitement I felt to see her coming to the field with mid-morning and afternoon sweet rolls and soft drinks to keep us men going while we were working hard to bring in the crops. Great memories.
She truly treated me as one of her own sons and I will fondly remember her with these thoughts.
God bless her and may she rest in peace.
Catherine and I send our most sincere sympathy to the family.
Sincerely, Ben Kehe
Phoebe and Dave Drape on March 4, 2012 at 5:19 AM said:

Our thoughts and prayers go to all of you. Edna was such a wonderful neighbor. She was always there to listen and cheer me on thoughout the years we lived next door. Her smile is just so evident in her picture and just gives the same warmth that was always there for everyone. May God bless her and all of you.
Sincerely, Phoebe and Dave
Clarissa Moore on March 3, 2012 at 4:22 PM said:

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I met Edna through her sister Delores. She was such a kind sweet person.
Ronny and Wanda Heidemann on March 3, 2012 at 9:31 AM said:

Our prayers are with you. Aunt Edna will be missed greatly for her warm smiles and wonderful kindness. She has gone to be with God in a place that He has prepared for her. God has blessed us with the momories and love of Aunt Edna. I would like to share this David Harkin Quote with you:
You can shed tears that she is gone, or you can smile because she has lived. You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back, or you can open your eyes and see all she's left. Your heart can be empty because you can't see her, or you can be full of the love you shared. You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. You can remember her only that she is gone, or you can cherish her memory and let it live on. You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back. Or you can do what she'd want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.” Love you.
Brad & Kim Bunce family on March 2, 2012 at 2:20 PM said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

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