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Elaine Marlene Varnadore

July 26, 1945 - March 1, 2020
From: Spencer, IA | Originally: Mitchell, SD
Elaine Marlene Varnadore

Elaine Marlene Varnadore

Born: July 26, 1945
Died: March 1, 2020
Age: 74

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     Elaine Marlene Varnadore, the daughter of Evert and Evelyn (Gungtum) Wahlstrom was born July 26, 1945 in Mitchell, SD. Her childhood years were spent in Mitchell, SD, Cherokee, IA, and Newell, IA where she graduated high school in 1963.

     Elaine enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1963, where she met the love of her life, Joe. She served until her Honorable Discharge. She and Joe Varnadore were united in marriage on February 1, 1964 in Indianapolis, IN. They lived in several places while in the military, but returned to Newell, IA in 1966 and finally Spencer, IA in 1968.

     Elaine enjoyed sewing, ceramics, collecting dolls and angels. She enjoyed listening to Elvis, watching the Minnesota Vikings, Soap Operas, cooking, dancing, gambling, board games, watching her grandchildren’s sporting events, and especially spending time with family.

     Elaine passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at her home in Spencer. She was preceded in death by her parents; son Jesse; and brother, Eugene Wahlstrom.

     Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Joe of Spencer, IA; 3 daughters, Tammy Varnadore of Greensboro, NC, Tri Dodge of Milford, IA, and Molly (Jason) Campbell of Escanaba, MI; 3 grandchildren, Jake Dodge, Ben Campbell, and Sean Campbell; 2 brothers, Evert Jr. (Donna) Wahlstrom of Loveland, CO and Errol (Linda) Wahlstrom of Wilbur, NE; one sister, Betty (Keith) Movall of Newell, IA; multiple nieces, nephews, and cousins; and many close friends.

     In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Elaine's name.
Funeral Services will be 2:00P.M., Thursday, March 5, 2020, at the Warner Chapel.

Military Services will be conducted by the American Legion - Glen Pedersen Post #1 and the V.F.W. Clay County Post #3159
Pastor Paul Kaldahl
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
"Amazing Grace" Bob Varnadore
"I Won't Have to Cross The Jordan Alone" Bob Varnadore
"His Eye Is On The Sparrow" Tom Wall
"Bridge Over Troubled Water" Elvis
Private, at a later date.


Monday, March 16, 2020 at 2:17 PM
“Joe, Tri, Molly, Tammy
I have been in ICU for three weeks. So sad to hear about Elaine. We loved each other and she will always be in my heart. I pray God will comfort you all and bring you peace in time. Love to you all.”
- Letty H. Mc Cauley
Monday, March 16, 2020 at 2:17 PM
“Joe, Tri, Molly, Tammy
I have been in ICU for three weeks. So sad to hear about Elaine. We loved each other and she will always be in my heart. I pray God will comfort you all and bring you peace in time. Love to you all.”
- Letty H. Mc Cauley
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 8:10 AM
“Sympathy to daughters. Learned of it late, so unable to attend service. She must have been very proud of her family.”
- Jan Myers
Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 2:26 PM
“Varnadore Family, we send prayers and condolences in your of Elaine. May God's peace, love and comfort be with you at this difficult time.”
- Larry and Marlene Knudsen
Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 2:26 PM
“We are deeply saddened to hear of Elaine’s passing Joe. Have many great memories of working with you at the electric coop. I still remember Elaine babysitting me and my sister so many years ago. She was always so kind and had a beautiful smile. Mark and Diane Tuttle”
- Mark and Diane Tuttle
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 6:05 PM
“We were so sorry to hear about Elaine. She was a lovely lady and a wonderful mother and wife. We enjoyed our getting to know her through Joe’s tennis and her children. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love Denny and Kaye Pruce”
- Dennis snd Kaye Price
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 11:01 AM
“Al and I send heartfelt sympathy to Joe and his family on the loss of my veteran sister and know we are praying for you all. Elaine was such a sweet gal!”
- Carol & Al Hautamaki
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 11:01 AM
“Joe, it’s a sad time right now. I lost my husband, Mike, recently. Joe, I know how deeply Elaine loved her whole family. She loved you deeply. I remember having so many good times in the army with Elaine. My favorite memory is her roaring with laughter at a joke we played on Kathy, and almost rolling out of her bunk bed. Kathy and I will sure miss her.”
- Karen Farber
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 5:53 AM
“I am so sorry to hear about Elaine! Sending many prayers for comfort and hugs. ”
- Trudy Schroeder
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 5:53 AM
“Anne and I were shocked to hear the passing of Elaine. Elaine was like a combination big sister and mother to Anne and our son Jamie when we lived in their basement apartment. This is where our friendship started. We both want to express our deepest sympathies to Joe, Tammy, Molly and Teresa. We send our thoughts and prayers to you all as well as the rest of your families and friends. To my veteran sister, I wish you Godspeed. I know our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, has a barracks for you and our other military brothers and sisters. I will see you one at parade rest for your life eternal thereafter.”
- Jan and Anne Johnson
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 5:52 AM
“Joe and Family you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. As we all grieve we also rejoice knowing that our paths will cross again. Elaine is at peace and rest in the arms of our Lord God Bless you all. ”
- Mark and Mona Boyd
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 12:22 PM
“So sorry for your loss, our hearts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Rest assured she will live on in your hearts and she will Reach out to you when you least expect it ❤️”
- Patti Campbell
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 6:21 AM
“I am so heart broken to learn of Elaine’s passing. She has been a valued member of the Senior Strength and Cardio class at the Y. We so appreciated her fun nature and devoted participation. And to me personally she was so supportive when I lost my son. I know she joins her beloved son in heaven. To her family I share your sorrow. Gayle DeLoss”
- Gayle DeLoss
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 6:21 AM
“We were saddened to hear Elaine leaving this world. I really enjoyed working with her during her time with Morton Buildings. She was a great person. Our prayers and condolences go out to Joe and the rest of the family. Rest in peace, Elaine.”
- Randy Leonard
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