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Margaret J. Fouts Ettleman
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Birth: 1916
Death: May 2, 2003

FOUTS, Margaret J.
Dunlap Reporter
May 16, 2003

Margaret J. Ettleman was born March 11, 1916, the daughter of Scott and Carrie TenEyck Fouts. She died Friday, May 2, 2003 at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison at the age of eighty-seven.

Margaret was born at her home south of Dow City, where she grew up, beginning her education in a rural school near her home. She attended the Dow City Community High School, graduating with the class of 1934. She continued her education at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake receiving her teachers diploma the following year. Following her education, Margaret returned to the Dow City region where she was a teacher in various rural schools until she was united in marriage to Kenneth Ettleman May 25, 1943 in Dow City.

Kenneth was serving in the United States Navy based in Florida so the couple settled there until Kenneth was discharged in 1945. While living in Florida, Margaret worked in a department store. After returning home to the Dow City area, Margaret was a homemaker until opening a 24 hour service station and cafe in Dow City in the early 1950's. In the early 1960's they built a motel.

Margaret baked six pies each day for the cafe for many years, and became well known in the region for those savory pies which she also enjoyed baking for other local events in the area. She was also involved in the business events of the service station and motel. In addition to baking, Margaret enjoyed cleaning, cooking and gardening, specifically, her flower gardens which she had all around in the yard. Most of all, she enjoyed the time she had with her family, especially her children and grandchildren. She was active in community events that included TAP for which she was a board member and director of clothing. She was a member and historian of the American Legion and a member and church historian of the Community of Christ Church in Dow City. Though her days were busy, her character, love and compassion to her family and friends was evidenced by sending sympathy, anniversary, birthday and other well wishing cards to members of the community.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Kenneth on February 25, 1984. Survivors include three sons, Richard (Scott) Ettleman and his wife Linda of Galena, Ill., Tim Ettleman and his wife Vicky of Longmont, Colo., Ace Ettleman and his wife Marilyn of Dow City; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Jerry Fouts and his wife Betty of Dow City; one sister, Ruth Jensen and her husband Dick of Omaha, Neb.; two sisters-in-law, Adeline Ettleman of Dow City and Mary Jane Durfey of Council Bluffs; many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 5, 2003 at the Community of Christ Church in Dow City. Priest Cathy Garrett and Elder Donna Weiss officiated the service and grave side rites held at the Dow City Cemetery. Organist Susan Weber provided the accompaniment for vocalists, EveVonne Muff and Tom Ahart singing "What A Friend We Have in Jesus," "The Old, Old Path" and "The Lord's Prayer."

Honorary pallbearers were Carrie Hongsermeier, Rachael Chambers, Rebecca Ettleman, Jill Muenchrath, Roni Ettleman, Seth Ettleman, Kelly Paxton and Julie Malone.

Pallbearers were William Ettleman, Robert Ettleman, Chuck Ettleman, Kevin Garrett, Kelly Garrett and Gene Garrett. The family invited everyone in attendance at the service to return to the Dow City Community Building for fellowship and lunch, served by family friends.
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  Kenneth Ettleman (1916 - 1984)*
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Dow City Cemetery
Dow City
Crawford County
Iowa, USA
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Record added: Jun 16, 2009
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Margaret J. <i>Fouts</i> Ettleman
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Margaret J. <i>Fouts</i> Ettleman
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