In Memory of Ellen Pfleeger

Ellen Pfleeger
Ellen Pfleeger
Born: June 3, 1946
Died: October 4, 2020
Age: 74
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Ellen Pfleeger
June 3, 1946 - October 4, 2020
From: Ida Grove, IA

Ellen Pfleeger, age 74, of Ida Grove, Iowa passed away on October 4, 2020, at her residence of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 9, 2020, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Father Richard D. Ball will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, October 08, 2020, 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

Born June 3, 1946, in Ida Grove, Iowa, Ellen Louise was the daughter of Henry and Emily (Bauer) Renze. 

Ellen grew up near Arthur, Iowa and attended school in Odebolt, graduating with the Odebolt-Arthur class of 1964.  Following graduation, Ellen attended Iowa School of Beauty in Sioux City, Iowa, and became a licensed cosmetologist. 

On May 23, 1970, Ellen was united in marriage to Eldon Pfleeger in Ida Grove.  They were blessed with two children, John and June.

Ellen worked for the Curley Q Beauty Shop before she became a stay-at-home mom to raise her two children.  When John and June were older, Ellen returned to the work force at the Ida County Courier and Midwest Industries.  After some years in retirement, Ellen found herself being beckoned to the OABCIG schools where she was most recently working in the school kitchens.

Ellen had a passion for quilting and if you were lucky enough to receive one of her amazing quilts, you knew it was made with love.  She also enjoyed gardening, tending to her flowers, whipping up something special in the kitchen, and always looked forward to her morning coffee visits.  Ellen was also known for hosting wonderful meals for her family of neighbors.  Ellen’s grandchildren were her pride and joy.  Numerous games of Bingo (with prizes!) were played with them over the years. 

Left to cherish Ellen’s memories include her two children, John (Kim) Pfleeger of Lake Villa, Illinois, and June (Tracy) Hammond of Cherokee, Iowa; four grandchildren, Greta and Gage Pfleeger of Lake Villa, Illinois, and Alex (Alissa) and Arika Hammond of Cherokee, Iowa; one great-granddaughter, Alivia Hammond of Cherokee, Iowa; siblings, Floyd (Arlis) Renze, Fred (JoAnn) Renze, Mary (Charlie) Holthus, Shirley (Pat) Scanlan, Pat (Ray) Coenen, and Pete (Vickie) Renze; brother-in-law, Roger (Karen) Pfleeger; and sisters-in-law, Barb Pfleeger, Gwen Pfleeger, and Connie Pfleeger; as well as many nieces, nephews, and neighbors who were like family.

Ellen was proceeded in death by her husband, Eldon, in 2013; parents; father-in-law and mother-in law, Earl and Arvilla Pfleeger; and brothers-in-law, Gary Pfleeger, Lyle Pfleeger, and Richard Pfleeger.

Memorials can be directed to the Pfleeger/Hammond family at 1072 540th Street, Cherokee, Iowa 51012.



10:00 a.m., Friday
October 9, 2020
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Father Richard D. Ball


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Christensen-Van Houten 
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


"On Eagle's Wings"
"How Great Thou Art"
"Amazing Grace"


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Monday, October 12, 2020 at 9:34 AM
“Praying for you and your family during this time of loss. I remember our summer picnics with Ellie and Eldon. I loved catching fireflies in their yard and having so many generations together. My condolences. ”
- Amanda (Scanlan) Garman
Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 9:44 AM
“Saddened by the loss of your mom. I have great memories from our summer vacation to the "city". She always made it fun and memorable. In addition, it was a momentous occasion when my dad retired his barber's kit and your mom took over the task of cutting our hair. You are in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Phillip Scanlan
Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 9:44 AM
“So sorry to hear of Ellen’s passing. Sending thoughts and prayers to the family.”
- Robert and Renee Renze
Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 9:44 AM
“Our sympathy and prayers to Ellen's family She was a great person sure loved visiting with her she was so active and loving and helpful We have many fond memories with her
- Wayne and Ina Mae Bliesmann
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 11:38 AM
“Dear John & June, I was saddened to learn of your Mom's sudden death. I will fondly remember our interactions through the years. I always enjoyed her keen sense of humor & quick smile. I am sending my sincere condolences & a virual hug to you both. Heaven has gained a new angel. ”
- Judy Andresen
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 10:39 AM
“I'm so sorry for your loss. Ellie was a great aunt. She will be missed.”
- Lisa MAREE Renze
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 10:39 AM
“With deepest love and sympathy to all Pfleeger family for loss of our dear friend Ellen Pfleeger”
- Don and Judy Rooney
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 10:39 AM
“Prayers for the family.”
- Sandy Lichter
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 10:39 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss! I remember her with great fondness!!! Wish I could come but at this time I am not able to. Will remember you all in my thoughts and prayers!!”
- Joleen Manion
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 10:39 AM
“So sorry for the family loss. Keeping the family in our thoughts & prayers.
Harold Raymer & family”
- Harold Raymer & family
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 10:39 AM
“So sorry to hear about Ellen. Ellen had so much joy in her heart. She will be missed so much. Enjoy your memories!”
- Cathy Ferguson Ballard
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