In Memory of Ann Cowlham

Ann Cowlham
Ann Cowlham
Born: May 19, 1921
Died: September 30, 2019
Age: 98
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Ann Cowlham
May 19, 1921 - September 30, 2019
From: Odebolt, IA

Ann Cowlham, age 98, of Odebolt, Iowa passed away on Monday, September 30, 2019, at the Odebolt Specialty Care of Odebolt, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 4, 2019, at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Odebolt, Iowa. Rev. David Viggers will officiate. Committal will follow in the Odebolt Cemetery of Odebolt, Iowa. A Visitation will be held prior to the service from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, October 4, 2019, at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Odebolt, Iowa.  The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Anna Helen Bruns was born May 19, 1921, the third child in a family of seven children to Theodore and Tollie (Gerdes) Bruns. She was baptized and confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church in Wall Lake, Iowa.

Ann attended country school until the eighth grade. After her schooling was complete, she went to confirmation school. She was employed as domestic help for farm families and children. She married Ralph Wayne Cowlham, a local farmer, on May 20, 1938, in Harlan, Iowa and they farmed in Sac and Clark Counties.

This union was blessed with two children: Audry and Ralph Jr. They raised their family on farms in the Odebolt area and later also lived in Murray, Iowa.

Ann enjoyed being a farm wife, helping her husband and helping other farm wives care for their children and their homes. She took in her mother into her home when Tollie became terminally ill with cancer and became the primary caregiver for her up until her mother’s death.  Later she became a nurse’s aide and worked in the hospital and in the nursing home in the Odebolt area.

She was an active member in church wherever she lived teaching Sunday school, attending Ladies Aid, and participating in sewing groups. She belonged to several card clubs and the Wheeler Improvement Club.

She enjoyed entertaining family and friends in her home. She loved cooking and fellowship.  She also enjoyed children immensely, caring for many in her home. Ann was an avid sewer who always had a project she was working on. She also loved to garden and grew beautiful flowers.

Those left to cherish her memory include: her daughter, Audry (Larry) Geyer of Grundy Center, Iowa; a daughter-in-law, Peg Cowlham of Odebolt, Iowa; grandchildren: Kelli (Kirk) Duff; John (Deb) Geyer; Brad Cowlham; Lisa Leroux; Jill (Dennis) Grote; Jason (Joan) Cowlham; Tim (Karla) Geyer; and Holly (Jason) Jirovsky; great-grandchildren: Cory (Alicia) Duff; Seth (Katlin) Duff; Abby (Zak) Renze; Jordan Knoepfel; Tom Geyer; Kristine Cowlham; Rebecca Grote; Michael (Kendra) Grote; Kara Cowlham; Jared Knoepfel; Rachelle Duff; Ashley Geyer; Katlyn Cowlham; Tyler Knoepfel; Adam Grote; Jacob Cowlham; Travis Geyer; William Grote; Daytona Geyer; Luke Geyer; Tate Jirovsky; Natalie Geyer; Judd Jirovsky; Trinity Jirovsky; and Gus Jirovsky. She was also blessed with four great-great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents and parents-in-law; husband, Ralph; son, Ralph Jr.; great-grandchildren Michael and Amanda Geyer and all of her siblings.



2:00 p.m., Friday,
October 4, 2019
Trinity Lutheran Church
Odebolt, Iowa


Rev. David Viggers


Michael Grote
Adam Grote
William Grote
Jacob Cowlham
Cory Duff
Seth Duff
Luke Geyer
Tate Jirovsky

Honorary Pallbearers
John Geyer
Timothy Geyer
Brad Cowlham
Jason Cowlham


Prior to the Service
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday,
October 4, 2019
Trinity Lutheran Church
Odebolt, Iowa


"The King of Love My Shepherd Is"
"For Me to Live is Jesus"
"How Sweet The Name of Jesus Sounds"

Carol Wendel, Organist


Odebolt Cemetery
Odebolt, Iowa


Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 11:28 AM
“Our sympathy to all the family as you morn the loss of your precious loved one.”
- Bob & Leah Fineran
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 12:07 PM
“I am sorry for your loss. Many great childhood memories with my cousins and included Ralph and Ann. Thinking of you all!”
- Jenny Heinrichs Fasbender
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 12:07 PM
“May it comfort you in the days and weeks ahead, knowing that Ann is now resting in the arms of the Lord. Sending prayers your way. ”
- Dixie & Clint McCuddin
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 9:13 AM
“So sorry to hear of Ann's passing. What a great gal she was! So full of life and loved every minute of it. Our sympathy to all of the family.”
- Pat & Ann Hoefling
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 9:13 AM
“So sorry for your loss prayers to you and the family at this time of sorrow”
- Sarah Totten
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