In Memory of Marjorie M. Kollbaum
Died: November 10, 2015
Marjorie M. Kollbaum, age 93, of Odebolt, Iowa, formerally of Kiron, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at the Odebolt Specialty Care formerally Odebolt Nursing & Rehab, of Odebolt, Iowa.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the Bethel Lutheran Church, of Kiron, Iowa. The Reverend Trish Underburg will officiate. Committal Services will follow at the Bethel Lutheran Cemetery, of rural Kiron, Iowa. Visitation with the family present will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 13, 2015 at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa, and will resume on November 14, 2015 one hour prior to the Funeral Service at the Bethel Lutheran Church of Kiron, Iowa. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to www.christensenvanhouten.com
Marjorie was born on May 4, 1922 in Kiron, Iowa, to Edwin G. and Edna L. (Hultander) Johnson. She was baptized into her faith on August 6, 1922, and confirmed in 1935 at the rural Bethel Lutheran Church of Kiron, Iowa. She attended school in Kiron and graduated with the class of 1939.
On August 26, 1939, she was united into marriage to Fred H. Kollbaum, at St. Johns Lutheran Church of Storm Lake, Iowa. Marjorie and Fred made their home in Kiron, Iowa, and were blessed with two children, Karen and Dennis.
Marjorie loved being a homemaker. She was an accomplished cook who loved to bake. She delighted in sharing her creations with her family and friends over a warm cup of coffee.
Marjorie was a loyal lifelong member of the Bethel Lutheran Church of Kiron. Even when she lost her eyesight and moved to Odebolt, Iowa, with the help of a good friend, she could continue to attend services in Kiron. When she was unable to make it to Kiron, she would walk to the Methodist or Presbyterian Church in Odebolt right near her home.
She enjoyed her years being a member of the Kiron Coffee Club with many of her life long friends. For years she was the representative for the annual Christmas Seals Drive in the Kiron area. Marjorie volunteered for 17 years as the Bethel Church Financial Secretary. When her husband opened Fred’s Plumbing and Heating, she worked answering the phone and keeping the books for his business. Her hobbies were cooking, embroidery, needlepoint and traveling. Even after she lost her eyesight, she kept very active walking, cooking and keeping her own home for over 20 years.
Left to cherish her memory are her loving children, Karen (James) Wareham of Odebolt and Dennis (Patsy) Kollbaum of Boone, Iowa; six grandchildren: Tracy (Jerry) Church of Euless, TX, Debbie (Peter) Messtorff of Benbrook, TX, Curt (Vonnie) Wareham of Odebolt, IA, Lisa (Todd) Lundgren of Emmetsburg, IA, Jennifer (Pedro) Martinez of Plymouth, MN, Pete (Elli) Kollbaum of Bloomington, IN; 14 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; one brother, George Norman (Alice) Johnson of Iowa Falls, IA; niece, Linda (Don) Lee of Crete, NE; nephew, Tom Johnson of Denver, CO; and extended family and friends. She will be missed by us all, but we celebrate her life.
Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Edna Johnson; one brother, Warren Johnson in infancy; and husband, Fred Kollbaum.
If you wish, memorials may be given to the Bethel Lutheran Church of Kiron, Iowa.
10:30 a.m., Saturday
Novemer 14, 2015
Bethel Lutheran Church
Rev. Trish Underberg
Rev. Ken Miller
Pastor Bill Crawford
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday, November 13, 2015
Christensen - Van Houten
To continue one hour prior to service
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Saturday November 14, 2015
Bethel Lutheran Church
Margaret Ann Buller, Organist
Jerry Peterman, Vocalist
"My Work Is Done"
"Under His Wings"
"Just A Closer Walk With Thee"
"What A Friend We Have In Jesus"
Bethel Lutheran Cemetery
Rural Kiron, Iowa
I was checking the Odebolt news and was so surprised to see that your mother passed away. It was nice to see her for a few minutes at Creek Days last summer. She has always been so upbeat, despite the loss of her sight. She was always one of my favorite Bethel ladies. (shhh... don't tell anyone). You are all in my prayers.
Such a great pleasure and so glad that she and Aunt Wanda
Were great friends. Marge will be missed.”
We all have wonderful memories of special experiences with your mother. She lived a long life and despite her vision disability, she made the most of every day. One will not soon forget having coffee and enjoying a sweet or two at her home. Her wonderful rye bread was so special. I recall caroling at her lower level home in Kiron when I was a teenager in Luther League with the Bethel kids. She was a neat lady and raised a wonderful family.
My sympathy to you at this time. She leaves us with many pleasant memories.
I am so sorry to hear of your loss (and mine as well). I just saw Marge on Saturday and had a great talk! I will miss her so very much, as I am sure you will. Don't hesitate to let me know if you need something. So sorry for your loss.”
Our deepest sympathies what a wonderful lady she will be missed the memories of her comming in the cafe an her asking me to make her salad plate for her.Many fond memories of her.”
I was shocked when I pulled up Christensen-Van Houten web site and saw Marge passed away.
She was such a sweet kind lady. Despite her handicap for seeing, she handled it well. Enjoyed
our occasional visits. She would hear my voice and say "is this Jerry". She has seen the path
now that God has made for her. May she rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you
in the days ahead.