Eva Irene Varenhorst was born May 13, 1922, on her family's farm west of Le Mars, one of 11 children born to Harvey and Mabel (Gabel) Herman. She attended country school near her home in rural Merrill.
On Feb. 22, 1949, Eva and Harry Varenhorst were united in marriage at the Herman home. The couple made their home on a farm west of Le Mars. It was there that Eva and Harry farmed together and raised their four children. Upon retirement, they moved to Le Mars. Harry died Jan. 15, 1991.
Eva was currently a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars. While living on the farm she was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, rural Merrill, Iowa where she taught Sunday School and participated in American Lutheran Church Women (ALCW). She was also a member of the Country Gardener's Club and the Caregiver Review Committee at Brentwood Good Samaritan Village in Le Mars. She loved flowers and gardening, especially African Violets, and taking pictures.
She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Gene Varenhorst and his wife, Kathi, of Woodstock, Ga., Joan Ernst and her husband, Dennis, of Le Mars, and Mary Lenz of Le Mars; six grandchildren, Justin Boyd and Tiffany Gunter, of Woodstock, Ga., Dena (Bill) Fender of Dallas, Texas, Kimberly (John) Wilson of Sioux City, Christa Lenz and John Lenz, both of Le Mars; five great-grandchildren Chad Gunter and Addison Drew Boyd of Woodstock, Ga., Michaela Fender and Abigail Fender, of Dallas, Texas, and Sophie Wilson, of Sioux City; four sisters Marjorie (Virgil) Willer of Akron, Delores Bohlken of Le Mars, Shirley (Verlyn) Baker of Pickstown, S.D., and Gladys Mroczkowski, of Le Mars; two brothers, Milford (Sharon) Herman of Grand Terrace, Calif., and Donald (Gloria) Herman, of Urbandale; sisters-in-law Katherine "Sis" Varenhorst, Lois Varenhorst, Estella Herman and Nancy Herman, all of Le Mars; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harry; son, Virgil on June 18, 2003; five brothers Milton, Gerald, Willard, Duane and Leland in infancy; in-laws Elizabeth Herman, Robert Mroczkowski, Bill and Helen Varenhorst, Ervin and Myrna Varenhorst, Fritz Varenhorst, Elmer and Cleone Varenhorst, Bob and Beverly Jurgenson and Norman Varenhorst.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars. The Rev Gary Landsness and Pastor Marcia Young will officiate. Burial will follow at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Craig. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today (Monday) at the Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. The family will be present from 6-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church on Monday prior to the funeral.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.