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Elaine Anna Struve

April 4, 1925 - October 20, 2021
From: Spencer, IA | Originally: Rossie, IA
Elaine Anna Struve

Elaine Anna Struve

Born: April 4, 1925
Died: October 20, 2021
Age: 96

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Elaine Anna Struve, the daughter of John and Myrtle (Williams) Steinbeck, was born April 4, 1925, in O’Brien County, Iowa.  Her childhood years were spent in Hartley, where she received her education, graduating from Hartley High School.  Elaine appreciated growing up on the farm and helping her dad with some of the chores.  She later continued her education at Sioux City School of Beauty.

Elaine married Gordon Struve on December 29, 1946, in Hawarden, Iowa.  She was self-employed as a hairdresser for several years and a school cook for 21 years.  She was a past active member of the United Church of Christ in Rossie until it closed.  She enjoyed golfing and bowling long into her later years.

She passed away at the Spencer Hospital on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at the age of 96.  Elaine was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gordon in 1997; one daughter in infancy, Karen Kay and daughter, Rhonda Dobbins in 2014; one son, Monte Struve; daughter-in-law, Ann Struve; five brothers: Wayne, Leland Donald, Keith and Garland;  sister, Evelyn and her husband, Vernon Kruse; and sister-in-law, Ann Steinbeck.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Sondra Dolphin of Hartley, IA; one son, Roger Struve of Rossie, IA; two grandchildren: Jessica Ann Dobbins and Jacob Allen Dobbins; one sister-in-law, Donna Steinbeck of Hartley, IA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal.
Pastor Mark Wilms
Kyle Vogt
James Vogt
Keith DeBeor
Steven Steinbeck
David Steinbeck
Dennis Steinbeck


Jacob Dobbins
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7:00 P.M., Monday, October 25th with the family present at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
"Amazing Grace"
"The Old Rugged Cross"
By The Congregation

"Forever Autumn" - Postlude

Sue Brugman
Lincoln Cemetery
Rural Rossie, Iowa

A lunch and time of fellowship will be held after the graveside services at the church.


Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 7:30 AM
“Sondra and Roger, I am sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I first remember her when she trusted me to care for the twins when they were babies. Then she was my hairdresser for years, and last we worked together at school together where her cooking was way beyond what was expected of a school cook. Making the special baskets for taco salad and rolls beyond compare. She was just a great friend too. Never heard her say a bad word about anyone. So happy she passed those great baking skills on to you Sondra.”
- Judy Langholz
Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 2:12 PM
“Dear Sondra--I'm sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She is especially in a many of my young memories. I was always so impressed how active she stayed into old age. And she always had time for my mom. See was thoughtful and kind. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God's peace be in you all.”
- Donnis Eninger Stugart
Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 2:12 PM
- Sandy Olberding
Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 2:12 PM
“Sending sympathy and prayers to your family at the passing of your mom. ”
- Anita Ollinger Sponheim
Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 3:19 PM
“Sondra and Roger
Our hearts were sadden when we heard of Elaines passing. I have so many good memories of Elaine and the family as I seemed to be at there home all the time. She was a wonderful cook, at home and at the school. She will be missed. ”
- Shirley and Denny Johanson
Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 10:10 AM
“Heaven has gained another angel. Elaine could do anything and worked very hard her whole life. Prayers for her family.”
- Myra S Coover
Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 8:01 AM
“Sonny and Roger, I am so sorry.”
- Lisa (Johnson) Kaiser
Friday, October 22, 2021 at 5:02 PM
“What a joy it was to know Elaine, with her ready smile and gentle laugh! Terry always said no one could make caramel rolls to equal Elaine's!! No one! Please accept my sincere sympathy at this tender time.”
- Marcia Steffen
Friday, October 22, 2021 at 1:14 PM
“Sondra and Roger - So sorry to hear about your Mom. She was such a neat lady! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family.
God bless.....”
- Shari & Ken Emmert
Friday, October 22, 2021 at 8:54 AM
“You have my Deepest Sympathy! Aunt Elaine had such a sweet personality! Always will remember her kindness and her wonderful cinnamon rolls! May you cherish your memories of her. Thoughts and prayers are with you!”
- Lynne Steinbeck Butterfield
Friday, October 22, 2021 at 7:28 AM
“Roger and all,
Im so very sorry about your mother passing. Rest in peace!”
- Gayle Bailey
Friday, October 22, 2021 at 7:28 AM
“Elaine was a wonderful neighbor. She fixed my Mother's hair many times. She gave us a cake recipe called "Wachy Cake" many years ago and I still make that cake. My love and sympathy to her family. May she rest in peace.”
- Sara French Suda
Friday, October 22, 2021 at 7:28 AM
“What a special lady your Mother was....and an excellent cook! We had many visits when I was teaching at CCE.....and I treasure every one of them. I know you will cherish all the times you had together too. Memories last forever and bring smiles!
You are all in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Audrey Schmidt
Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 4:48 PM
“Roger and family. So sorry to hear of your loss of your Elaine. She was a wonderful person and a great cook. ”
- Diane Parks
Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 4:48 PM
“Roger & Sandra,
I am so very sorry for the loss of your mother. She was such a wonderful woman.... I enjoyed caring for her & she will be missed greatly! ”
- Tasha Watkins
Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 4:48 PM
“Sorry to hear of Elaine's passing as the Fredin Family has many memories with the Struve Family as we all grew up. I especially remember her as the school cook.”
- Terry Fredin
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