In Memory of Sheila Rohlk

Sheila Rohlk
Sheila Rohlk
Born: February 9, 1936
Died: November 9, 2018
Age: 82
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Sheila Rohlk
February 9, 1936 - November 9, 2018

Sheila Rohlk, age 82, of Ida Grove, Iowa passed away on Friday, November 09, 2018, at the Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Pastor Shari O’Bannon will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa.  A Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen -Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Sheila (Fulton) Rohlk, the daughter of Scottish immigrants James and Ellen (Irvine) Fulton arrived February 9, 1936, in Ida Grove, Iowa. She often recalled her father saying she was the only good thing to come out of that year, as it was a time of devastating drought and blizzards. Sheila grew up on the family farm north of Arthur, Iowa and later became the proud owner of this century farm. She delighted in her childhood with keeping up with her older siblings, riding horses, loving her puppies and kittens, and was proud that her parents became American citizens.

This little red-haired girl attended country school at Silver Creek #8 and later moved to town to attend high school. Sheila graduated from Ida Grove High School with the class of 1954 and after graduation she worked as a Deputy Auditor at the Ida County Courthouse. She married a local farm boy Delbert Rohlk on August 17, 1958.

The couple spent most of their married life on a farm south of Ida Grove, where they were blessed with three children in three years, Kyle, Randy, and Jennifer. Sheila found joy in being a devoted wife, mother, and active farm partner. She was at home in a tractor doing field work, livestock chores, cooking, canning, and baking. She will be remembered by many for her famous baked tea rings and special potato salad.

Her children recall her smile and humor, even when things went wrong. She was always the great encourager and looked at the bright side even when life dealt her cancer, loss of vision, and declining health. She was always a role model of courage.

Sheila and Delbert worked hard, but would often escape to their favorite places in the mountains, Alaska, winter trips out West, or to the local dances with friends.  The couple moved to town in 1993 but continued to be active farmers.

Sheila was a loyal member of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Ida Grove, where she served as an elder and clerk. She was a member of Presbyterian Women, Legion Auxiliary, and Grant Homemakers. Sheila loved tending to her garden, flower beds and planning family events where she treasured spending time with her family.

Sheila is survived by her children Kyle (Mary) Rohlk, Randy (Staci) Rohlk, and Jennifer (Mike) Glawe; grandchildren Brenda (Nick) Melby, Brent (Kayla) Rohlk, Barbara (Lance) Taylor, Emily Glawe (friend Adam), Jordan Rohlk (friend Megan), Erin Glawe (friend Houston), and Autumn Rohlk; great grandchildren Dodge, Kole, Jaxson, Addyson, Kynleigh, and Theodore; dear friend and cousin Dorothy Franzmeier; special nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

Welcoming her to her heavenly home are her husband; parents; great grandson Lathen; sisters Janet Riessen and Elizabeth (Bill) Ullrich; brother George (Beverly) Fulton, nephew Jim Ullrich; great nephew James Ullrich, and many extended family members.

Her family mourns not only the loss of a mother, but the loss of a true friend.



10:30 a.m., Wednesday
November 14, 2018
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Pastor Shari O'Bannon


Kyle Rohlk
Randy Rohlk
Mike Glawe
Brent Rohlk
Jordan Rohlk
Dennis Sykes

Honorary Pallbearers
Brenda Melby
Barbara Taylor
Emily Glawe
Erin Glawe
Autumn Rohlk


4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Christensen-Van Houten 
Funeral Home 
Ida Grove, Iowa


Recorded Selections:

"Amazing Grace"
"Jealous Of The Angels"
"Letter From Heaven"
"Stroll Over Heaven With You"


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Friday, November 23, 2018 at 10:13 AM
“Rholk Family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom, grandma, & relative. My thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time. ”
- Meghan Thomson
Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 9:29 PM
“I just heard of Sheila's passing and lift your family in prayer. Sheila left an amazing legacy and example of strength and positivity in all situations. She was certainly an instrument of God's peace in this world. The Baker Family.”
- Lue E Baker
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 3:46 PM
“Kyle, Randy, Jennifer, We're sorry to hear about your mom passing. We've never known a more kind and hardworking person. We were lucky to be able to talk with her and Jen a year or so ago and enjoyed being around her growing up. She will be missed. Our thoughts are with you all. Mike and Karen Palm”
- Mike and Karen Palm
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