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Edna Widner

Sunday, December 28, 2008
3:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Kearns Funeral Service
3146 Kimball Avenue
Waterloo, IA 50702

Monday, December 29, 2008
9:00 AM until 10:00 AM
Faith Assembly of God Church
5112 Lafayette Road
Elk Run Heights, IA 50707

Monday, December 29, 2008
10:00 AM
Faith Assembly of God Church
5112 Lafayette Road
Elk Run Heights, IA 50707

Edna M. Widner, 99, of Evansdale, died Wednesday morning at her home of natural causes.

She was born September 27, 1909 in Gladbrook, the daughter of Claus and Meta Thomsen Stricker. She married Edward Sweerin on August 6, 1926. They were later divorced. She then married Ben E. Widner on November 17, 1945 in Waterloo. He preceded her in death on September 28, 1990.

Edna worked at Rankins Manufacturing sewing tents during WWII and then at Hinson Manufacturing, retiring after 17 years. She was then self-employed doing upholstery work in her home.

She is survived by three sons, Melvin (Boots) Sweerin of Waterloo, Edward (Barbara) Sweerin of Evansdale and James (Brenda) Widner of Jesup; five daughters, Marlys “Tootie” Murray of Waterloo, Marty (Larry) Bockholt of Fairbank, Rolene (Ted) Whitesell and Darlene (Larry) O’Brien both of Elk Run Heights and Marlene Smith of Parkersburg; twenty-eight grandchildren, sixty-five great grandchildren and thirty-five great great grandchildren.

Edna was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Edward and Elmer “Bud” Stricker; one sister: Elsie Ehrig Groth, one grandson, Tommy Whitesell; a son-in-law, Jim Smith and a daughter-in-law, Vivian Sweerin.

Services will be 10:00 A.M. Monday, Dec 29, at Faith Assembly of God Church in Elk Run Heights with burial in the Garden of Memories Cemetery. Friends may call at the Kearns, Huisman-Schumacher Chapel on Kimball from 3 to 8 P.M. Sunday and an hour before services at the church.

Those who wish may direct memorials to the family or the church.

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