March 19, 1927 – February 22, 2014
Beulah J. Onken, age 86, of Carroll and formerly of Lidderdale passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lidderdale with Pastor William Weiss officiating. Friends may call at the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll after 5:00 P.M. on Tuesday where there will be a prayer service held at 7:00 P.M. The casket will be moved to the church at 8:30 A.M. on Wednesday where visitation will resume until the time of service. Organist for the service will be Rebecca Dose. Casket bearers will be Tony Heinrichs, Tom McClue, Ross Onken, Kent Kellen, Justin Kellen, and Grant Bettin. Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery near Lidderdale.
Born on March 19, 1927 on her family’s farm near Lake View, IA, she was the daughter of Abel and Sarah (Jackson) Peters. She attended country school near the farm she grew up on east of Lake View. Following her schooling she worked on her Dad’s farm several years. Beulah was married to Lyle Onken on November 11, 1945 at the Lutheran Church near Lake View. Lyle was in the Navy so the couple moved to Vallejo, California where he was stationed. They moved back to Lidderdale in 1946. Beulah was a homemaker until her children were raised and then went to work for the US Postal Service, which she did for thirteen years, ending up as the Post Master of Ralston retiring in 1990. She moved to Carroll in 2010. Beulah was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lidderdale where she served on the altar guild, LWML, and Ladies Aid. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Beulah is survived by her four daughters: Karen Johnson of Carroll, Kathy Heinrichs and her husband Paul of Carroll, Debbie Ludwig and her husband Eldon of Carroll, and Marcia Mitchell of Carroll; 14 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; one great-great grandson; two sisters Marjorie Reinhart of Carroll and Evelyn Fredrichs and her husband Don of Wall Lake; a brother Roger Peters and his wife Rita of Lake View; a brother-in-law Wes Bettin of Owatonna, MN; a brother-in-law Doyle Onken and his wife Karen of Jamaica, IA; a brother-in-law Wally Onken and his wife Madge of Lidderdale; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Beulah was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lyle in 1980, three sons: James, Ronald, and Michael, a sister LaVerna Bettin, a brother Jimmy Peters, three grandsons: Lance Williamson, Benjamin Ludwig, and Shane Ludwig, and three sons-in-law: Gary Blakenship, Rod Johnson, and Ian Mitchell.Information provided by: Dahn & Woodhouse Funeral Home
705 N. Carroll St.
Carroll, Iowa 51401