Aldean Kuehl, 91, Elkader, Iowa, died Friday, November 29, 2013, at the Elkader Care Center, Elkader, Iowa. She was born February 16, 1922, in rural Garber to Harley and Zala (Lee) White. Aldean was baptized at the United Methodist Church in Colesburg. She attended Mound School #4 in Mallory Township, graduated from Colesburg Consolidated School in 1938, and attended Iowa State Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls.
She was united in marriage to Marvin F. Kuehl on October 23, 1946, at the United Methodist Church in Colesburg. Aldean was a member there until marriage, when she became a member of Immanuel Lutheran in Elkport and most recently was a member of Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader.
Aldean was a very ambitious “work of art” and over the years she participated in many activities. She was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and later a Prayer Warrior for Peace United Church of Christ, Sunday school teacher, Luther League sponsor, Women’s Group officer, organizer of the 125th Anniversary of Immanuel Lutheran Church, helper in organizing the Strawberry Point Lutheran Home Auxiliary, 4-H leader for Garber Greenleaflets, 1972 Clayton County Mother of the Year, member of Do-R-Best club, teacher in rural schools in Clayton County, substitute teacher, and an associate teacher at Central Community Schools Elementary. She also was a devoted companion and helpmate to her husband, Marvin, when he suffered from debilitating rheumatoid arthritis.
Aldean thoroughly supported and enjoyed her grandchildren’s activities and was known to many of their fellow teammates as G’ma MeMe. Teaching children to read was also one of her life’s joys and she met each child she taught with enthusiasm, kindness, and no nonsense and was truly happy with their successes. Her warm and genuine smile was infectious and she was never known to let you leave her presence without receiving at least one from her. Even though the past few months were physically hard, her sharp mind and her smile remained an essential part of her presence. An excellent cook and baker, reading game “inventor,” organizer and volunteer, Aldean’s family and friends were what made life a joy for her.
Survivors include daughters, Jane Hallman, Rochester, MN, and Sue Stott, Elkader; grandsons, Aric (Sarah) Stott, Blaine Stott, and Craig (Shannon) Stott, Matt (Nita Khandelwal) Hallman, Stephen (Carrie) Hallman; granddaughter, Melanie (Nate) Herrington; great-granddaughters, Helayna, Hanna and Cadence Stott and great-grandsons, Connor, Carter, Mason, and Colton Stott and Luke Herrington; as well as two brothers-in-law, LaVern (Mac) Kuehl and Dr. Ray Kuehl and one sister-in-law, Frances Kuehl.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Marvin, and her son-in-law, Horace Hallman.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at Peace United Church of Christ, Elkader. Inurnment followed at East Side Cemetery. Friends called from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at Leonard Funeral Home, Elkader and one hour before the service at the church on Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Elkader Public Library or the Central Ambulance Replacement Fund. Leonard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left with www.leonardfuneralhomes.com.