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Charin Marie Brockshus

December 8, 1938 - May 9, 2019
From: Spencer, IA
Charin Marie Brockshus

Charin Marie Brockshus

Born: December 8, 1938
Died: May 9, 2019
Age: 80

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Be Joyful in Hope, Patient in Affliction and Faithful in Prayer… Romans 12:12

Charin Marie Brockshus, age 80 of Spencer, Iowa passed away on Thursday May 9, 2019, at Community Memorial Health Center in Hartley, Iowa.  Charin Marie Woodrich was born on December 8, 1938, in West Burlington, Iowa, to parents Reverend Glen Woodrich and Martha (Zink) Woodrich.  Charin grew up in Tama, Iowa, later moving to Melvin, Iowa, where she graduated as Valedictorian of her class at Melvin Community School in 1956.

On August 24, 1958, she was married, in a wedding officiated by her father, to Delmar (Del) Brockshus at the American Lutheran Church in Melvin, Iowa.  This union was blessed with sons: Todd Dale and Ross Robert and daughter, Jill Marie.  Early married years were spent on a farm near May City, Iowa, with later moves to Round Lake, Minnesota, Ames, Iowa, and Shenandoah, Iowa, before settling in Spencer, Iowa in 1966.  While Charin never was awarded a college degree, she certainly earned one by assisting Del through Iowa State University.  Charin was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, but she was also a partner and founder of Del’s Garden Center where she worked to create beauty and bounty for folks in Northwest Iowa.  Her joy was her family… she took time to spend one full day a week with her children and grandchildren.  From the time they were babies though school age, she enjoyed caring for, playing with and thoroughly spoiling her grandchildren.  She took pride in being the fastest and toughest grandma in the world and her ‘Petie the Possom’ stories are legendary.  Her garden was her passion!  Planting, tending, harvesting and preserving the vegetables gave her great satisfaction… only cooking and serving those vegetables to others would give her more joy.  She was an excellent cook and loved baking bread weekly.

Our family is grateful that our wife, mother and grandmother is resting with Jesus.  We delight in the thought that she can remember and move about with ease after many years of affliction.  We rest in the promise that Charin is filled with inexpressible and glorious joy, receiving the end result of her faith.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 60 years, Del Brockshus of Spencer; Todd (Barbara) of Spencer, Ross (Beth) of Spencer and daughter, Jill (Mark) of Sioux Center, Iowa.  Charin’s grandchildren of Todd and Barb Brockshus are David and wife, Jenna, Aaron and fiancée Ellecia, Hannah, and Isaac Robert; Charin’s grandchildren of Ross and Beth are Isaac Louis, Samuel and wife, Megan; Chloe and husband, Cole Deike.  Charin’s grandchildren of Jill and Mark Hulshof are Kacey, Ty and Reid Hulshof; great-grandchildren are Russell Deike and Lincoln Brockshus.

Charin was preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Martha Woodrich; her aunt and step-mother, Marie Woodrich, one brother, George Woodrich; and close aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services will be held at Faith Lutheran Church on Wednesday, May 15th at 11:00 AM with visitation at Faith Lutheran Church on Tuesday, May 14th 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Internment with the family will be prior to visitation Tuesday, May 14th at Harrison Township Cemetery at May City, Iowa.

The family wishes to thank the staff and administration of the Community Memorial Health Center in Hartley, Iowa for their loving, compassionate care.

A memorial has been established for the Faith Lutheran Mexico Mission Venture

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Faith Lutheran Church in Spencer.
Pastor Lee Laaveg
Her Grandchildren
Will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Faith Lutheran Church in Spencer from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M.
Congregational Hymns
"Joyful, Joyful"
"Jesus Loves Me"

Organist, Denise Laaveg
Harrison Township Cemetery
May City, Iowa


Monday, July 1, 2019 at 7:54 AM
“So sorry to learn of Charin’s passing. She and Del were good friends and neighbors in Ames wile attending ISU. I will share this with Jane Anderson, another close neighbor in Ames.”
- Ivan Denny
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 5:58 AM
“Our sympathy to your family for your loss. God be with you all.”
- Gary & Dee Kilpatrick
Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 8:02 AM
““So very sorry to our good friend, Del Brockshus & your family on the passing of your wife, mother, & grandmother.. She has added her voice to the chorus of unending praise to God & our Savior Jesus Christ. Sending our Love & Prayers to the Family & Friends who Love Her & will Miss Her So.””
- Tom & Glenna
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 12:33 PM
“Thinking of all of you.”
- Kim Halverson Untiet
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 12:33 PM
“Del and family,
Charin was a welcoming and compassionate spirit. My condolences. I think often of my time with you at the early days of establishing your garden center.”
- Bryce Abel
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 7:51 AM
“Del & family, thinking of you all & wishing you moments of comfort & peace during this difficult time. Sande & Randy Geidl”
- Sande & Randy Geidl
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 8:44 PM
“Del and Family, I am deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Charin was a special soul. She was among my favorite people that I had the pleasure to clean for years ago. She always had a smile and kind word. May all the love and many memories you share of Charin give you comfort till you meet again. Sincerely Jeannie Lawrence”
- Jeannie Lawrence
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 11:34 AM
“Todd and Barb and family - SOOOO so sorry for your loss but celebrating with you that she has actually come face to face with Jesus. What an amazing feeling of love and comfort we have, as Christians, knowing this fact. It is difficult for us left here to mourn our loss, and a mother, so precious and true is a mother's love. What a wonderful woman your mother was, Todd. Such a legacy she leaves and such an example for so many to be kind and hard working and loving. She raised an absolutely awesome man in you Todd. I cannot tell you how much I admire you and your family. My heart breaks for you and your children but I know you know, your mother is in a much better place. Much love and hugs, my friend. Patty”
- Patty Ellsworth
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 7:52 AM
“As our own personal matchmaker, Charin will always hold a special place in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.”
- Melissa & Dan Loving
Monday, May 13, 2019 at 2:14 PM
“So sorry for your loss, Del. Glenna always enjoyed having Charin wait on her. We just last week bought a new apple tree & planted it this weekend before Mothers Day for our 5th grandchild. Glenna has been calling it Charin's tree. It was a pleasure working with you, Del, as one of O'Brien County's Supervisors. Prayers & Blessings to you Del & the Family.”
- Tom & Glenna Farnsworth
Monday, May 13, 2019 at 2:14 PM
“Todd and family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom, Grandma, and of course Wife. My deepest sympathies. - - Lauri”
- Lauri Connell Cullen
Monday, May 13, 2019 at 12:00 PM
“Dear Brockshus family,
So sorry for your loss. I have wonderful memories of the kitchen department at Del's. She would come over and show me all the new gadgets and I could tell we were both lovers all things kitchen gadgets!! Still own those gadgets and think of her when I use them! May peace surround you during this time!
- Stacey (Krengel) Sassman
Monday, May 13, 2019 at 12:00 PM
“Todd, and Ross, So sorry to hear about your mom, my prayers are with you.”
- Mike Durst
Monday, May 13, 2019 at 12:00 PM
“To the family and friends of Charins my heart goes out to you and yours !
She was one of the hardest working women that I ever knew !
She was there to help out anyone that needed help !
A true follower of Jesus !
RIP Charin”
- Rhonda Olson
Monday, May 13, 2019 at 9:39 AM
“Del and Family, So sorry for the loss of your loved one. We remember the fun days of card playing and all the goodies that were served before, during and after cards were played. It was always fun to see and taste the good things that Charin would prepare. She will be missed but will be in a better place now. We send our Prayers!”
- Sheldon & Mary Olson
Monday, May 13, 2019 at 9:38 AM
“Del and family, our hearts are hurting at your loss. Charin was one in a million, and I believe our lives are better for having had the opportunity to know her. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.”
- Tom & Kathy Traughber
Monday, May 13, 2019 at 9:38 AM
- john cathy kirschbaum
Monday, May 13, 2019 at 9:38 AM
“Del and family - I'll never forget all of the late nights preparing for "Wishes" at SCT. Charin was always raring to go. God's blessings to you all and His peace knowing she continues to love and watch over you.”
- Char Faber
Monday, May 13, 2019 at 7:53 AM
“To the family and friends of Charin; May your memories and stories fill your ♥️ hearts with joy and bring you piece as you travel through the days to come.”
- Kimberly Feller
Monday, May 13, 2019 at 7:53 AM
“Del and Family,
We were sorry to hear of Charin's passing. We loved going to Del's when we were in Spencer. Charin was always so helpful. May God bless you, comfort you and give you peace through this time of sorrow. Frank & Pat Rouse”
- Frank & Pat Rouse
Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 12:39 PM
“When my niece, Lori Gray, wrote that Charin had passed away, I immediately thought how she and Janine Cook were chatting and having a good time together. Charin was an amazing lady.
Paul and I send our sincere sympathy you, Del, and your whole family. ”
- Joye Twesme
Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 12:39 PM
“We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Charin was one of the hardest working people I have ever had the pleasure to work with. She taught me so much during the time I worked for her. She never asked anyone to do anything she wasn’t willing to do right along side of you. She will be missed greatly by many. Praying for your family to find peace. Kim and Matt ”
- Kim Wilson and Matt Kuehler
Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 12:39 PM
“Thinking of you at this difficult time. Hold your memories close to your heart.”
- Dean, Susan, , Joey and Kayla Reiser
Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 12:39 PM
“Karen and I want you to know that we love you more than you can know! May God grant you all peace. ”
- Chi and Karen Woodrich
Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 12:39 PM
“I have missed her at the Garden Center. Sincere sympathies to all of you, her nice family!”
- Dianne Binder
Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 12:39 PM
“May our God hold your family in his hands and comfort you.”
- Greg and Linda Manwarren
Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 12:39 PM
“I’m so sorry for the loss of your mom Ross, I’ll be holding you & your family in my thoughts during this difficult time. She was a beautiful lady. ”
- Joan DeBoer Barron
Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 12:39 PM
“To the entire Brockshus Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I'll always remember Charins smile as she greeted all that came through the doors of the Garden Center. ”
- Doug & Carolyn Alger
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 4:00 PM
“What a wonderful person! She always had a great smile. She will be missed.”
- Lois Becker
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 3:33 PM
“Del and Family
So sorry for your loss 😓
Charin was a Blessing to many which showed by her Faith in Jesus ✝️
Take care and God Bless 🙏🏻”
- Randy and Suzanne Krukow
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 10:45 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Brockshus family. Cherish the memories!”
- Bob and Lavon Montgomery
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 10:45 AM
“I am saddened by the loss of Charin. She was a wonderful individual with many talents. A true Blessing for those that knew her. ”
- Karl Brandt
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 10:45 AM
“Charin brought beauty to the lives of so many, both with her green thumb and her wonderful personality. Our deepest sympathies in your family's loss.”
- Scott & Jodi Ten Kley
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 10:03 AM
“Extending my sincere sympathies to the entire Brockshus family. What a beautiful legacy of love Charin leaves in all of you and the hearts of those she touched in her 80 years here on earth. Praying for God’s comfort as you mourn her passing and rejoicing with you in the knowledge of her eternal home. ”
- Carla Dittmer
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 9:01 AM
“My condolences go out to the family and friends for your loss. It is never easy to cope with the loss of a loved one, but God does offer hope! At Revelation 21:3,4 God promises that one day "... death will be no more..." I hope this message gives you a some comfort and peace during this difficult time. ”
- SH
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 7:58 AM
“So very sorry for your loss. God bless your family.. She will be missed.
Margaret and Mel Molitor ”
- Margaret Molitor
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 7:58 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of Charin's passing. Heaven has indeed gained a blessed angel. She will live on in your memories and in the love and faith she instilled in each of you. Sending prayers for peace and comfort to all of you in thos difficult time.”
- Barb Jacobson
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 7:58 AM
“My sympathies and love to my Brockshus family. I loved Charin's smile and laughter. Mom always had such fun with Charin (and George). I remember happy times when family would gather, and the 4th of July family reunion at the lake. Such fun. Thank you for the laughter and love. May the Lord send you his everlasting Peace.”
- Julie Marie Bruns
Friday, May 10, 2019 at 8:24 PM
“Our hearts are saddened with this news. We pray that God comforts each of you at this time. May His strength carry you through this difficult time. Charin was a wonderful individual; her soft smile and quiet nature will be missed.”
- Becky and Carl Simons
Friday, May 10, 2019 at 8:24 PM
“I enjoyed Charin's wise counsel and kind heart. Blessings and peace to you all as you share memories and celebrate her life.
Love, Linda”
- Linda Dickson
Friday, May 10, 2019 at 8:23 PM
“Our sincere condolences to the Brockshus family. I am sure everyone in Heaven is enjoying her beautiful gifts of flowers. God comforts by knowing she is resting in the arms of Jesus.”
- Bruce and Donna Osher
Friday, May 10, 2019 at 8:23 PM
“So sorry to learn of Charin’s passing. Such fond memories of your family at Bethany many years ago.”
- David and Jeanne Sandvig
Friday, May 10, 2019 at 5:02 PM
“The entire Steffen Family sends our sympathy. ”
- Tim and Sherri Steffen
Friday, May 10, 2019 at 5:02 PM
“My thoughts and prayers to the Brockshus family, she will be missed.”
- Heather Peters
Friday, May 10, 2019 at 4:12 PM
“So sorry to hear about Charin’s passing. She will always have a special place in my heart...especially when I am in the garden. She taught me a lot about gardening in the few years I worked at Del’s. I am sure she is in heaven greeting and teaching everyone up there. Our sympathies to you Del and your family. Kent and Julie Hanson”
- Julie Hanson
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