Syrena Mae Andrews was born Dec. 30, 1916, in Hamburg, Iowa. She was raised and educated primarily in Shenandoah, where she excelled in business classes, competing in typing and shorthand at state competitions. She graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1935. During her teens Syrena worked for Leanna Driftmeier and her famous Kitchen Klatter radio program, broadcast over station KMA in Shenandoah. Syrena provided sound effects for the on-air recipes, and helped produce and distribute the Kitchen Klatter magazine.
In 1937, she married George E. Ashenfelter and the couple made their home in Shenandoah and Atlantic, as well as Blair, Neb., before moving to Fort Dodge in 1951 where George was employed by Safeway Stores until his retirement in 1974.
Devoted to her family, she gave her love, time and tireless energy unconditionally and was beloved in return. Syrena was a crossword puzzle fan, an avid birdwatcher, a wonderful cook, and a great lover of music, especially in her later years when her sight was destroyed by macular degeneration. She and her son Dan spent many happy hours together over the last few years listening to music and old time radio shows.
She will be deeply missed by those who shared in her life.
She is survived by sons, Jerry Ashenfelter and his wife Sue of Le Mars, and Dan Ashenfelter of Fort Dodge; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents James and Ethel Andrews, husband George in 1988, son James in 1991 and her brother Norman in 1996.
Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Gunderson Funeral Chapel in Fort Dodge, burial will follow at North Lawn Cemetery in Fort Dodge. The visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Gunderson Funeral Home.
Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.