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Ethel E. Blum Abkes
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Ethel E. Abkes, 79, of Cedar Falls, died Monday, June 16, 2008 at her home of natural causes. Ethel was born February 20, 1929 in rural Cedar Falls, the daughter of Wesley & Ethel (Garton) Blum. She married Virgil Abkes November 25, 1949 in Iowa Falls. He preceded her in death August 20, 1983. Ethel was employed in the food service department at the University of Northern Iowa from 1966 to 1999. She was a Warder with Order of the Eastern Star, Cedar Falls Chapter #78 and also volunteered with Sartori Memorial Hospital.Survivors include her daughter, Vicki (David) Combs of Cedar Falls; three sons, Clayton Abkes of Colorado, Douglas (Ione) Abkes of Waterloo and Bruce (Tracie) Abkes of Cedar Rapids; five grandchildren, two great grandchildren; and two brothers, Robert Blum of Waterloo and Roger (Ruth) Blum of Veradale, Washington.Ethel was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; three brothers, Wesley Blum, Jr., Harold Blum and William Blum; and one sister, Caroline Johnson.Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 20, 2008 at First United Methodist Church with interment in Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home and for one hour prior to service time at the church on Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, or the church.
- James Tomlinson
 Added: May. 25, 2011

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