HAWARDEN -- Ellen Schoenrock, 94, of Hawarden, died Thursday, June 8, 2006, at Hillcrest Health Care Center, Hawarden.
Ellen Schoenrock was born Dec. 4, 1911, in Le Mars, the daughter of Paul and Rachel (Pitts) Durr. Ellen was a telephone operator in Le Mars before she was united in marriage to Emil Schoenrock on Feb. 6, 1929, in Le Mars. Together they farmed near Le Mars until 1932 when they moved to Hawarden.
Ellen worked with Emil in the popcorn stand for 50 years. She was one of the founders of the Thrift Shop in 1974, volunteering until 1995. Ellen also did some childcare in her spare time. She enjoyed gardening and crocheting rugs for her many friends and family.
Ellen was a longtime member of Ladies Aid, Sunday School Teacher and sang in the choir. Ellen moved to Hillcrest Care Center June 1, 2006.
Survivors include her daughter, Elaine Kerr of San Diego, Calif.; sons, Garland (Sandra) Schoenrock of Victoria, Kan., Gary (Holly) Schoenrock of Atlantic and Dennis Schoenrock of Hawarden; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Lorraine Durr of Merrill and Colleen Durr of Le Mars.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Emil in 1995; brothers, Carl and Orville Durr; sisters, Irene Nanninga, Alice Madsen and Jeanne Corley; and a son-in-law, Don Kerr.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawarden with the Rev. Todd Bunge officiating. Burial will be at Grace Hill Cemetery at Hawarden. Visitation will be today (Monday), beginning at noon with the family present from 6:30 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden.