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Elsie Elizabeth BOHLEN


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1. Lyle Guy REENTS

Elsie Elizabeth BOHLEN 2

  • Born: 25 Jan 1923, Mason City, Cerro Gordo Co, IA 1
  • Marriage (1): Lyle Guy REENTS about 1944 in IA
  • Marriage (2): Harm WERKMAN on 15 May 1947 in Bristow, Butler Co, IA 1
  • Died: 28 Dec 2002, Waterloo, Black Hawk Co, IA at age 79 1
  • Buried: 31 Dec 2002, Garden of Memories Cem, Waterloo, Black Hawk Co, IA 1

bullet  General Notes:

PHOTO: submitted by Buelah DeVore Stock

1930 IA CENSUS, Butler Co, Madison Twp: Elsie E. Bohlen, 6, b. IA, parents b. IA. She was living with her parents, August & Trena Bohlen, and siblings.

SSDI: Elsie E. Werkman; b. 25 Jan 1923; d. 28 Dec 2002; issued IA; last residence: Waterloo, Black Hawk Co, IA.

OBIT: Mirror Reporter (Clear Lake, IA): 01/06/03
Elsie E. (Reentz) Werkman, 79, of Waterloo, died Saturday, December 28, at her home of natural causes. She was born on January 25, 1923 in Mason City, a daughter of August and Trienie (Bengen) Bohlen. She married Lyle Reents, and he died while in the service during WWII. She then married Harm Werkman on May 15, 1947 in Bristow. He preceded her in death on November 20, 1997.
Elsie is survived by one son, Richard H. Werkman of Kansas City, Missouri; two daughters: Vivian J. Noble of Plattsburg, Missouri and Sharon M. Banaszak of Cedar Rapids; three brothers: William Bohlen of Allison, Clarence Bohlen of Waterloo, and Herman Bohlen of Cedar Falls; one sister: Loretta Viet of Dumont; four grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; and three brothers, Harley Bohlen, Gordon Bohlen, and August Bohlen, Jr.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Cedar Falls. Burial was in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be directed to the family. Kearns, Huisman-Schmacher Chapel in Waterloo was in charge of arrangements


Elsie married Lyle Guy REENTS, son of John Edward REENTS and Viola May WICKHAM, about 1944 in IA. (Lyle Guy REENTS was born on 25 May 1921 in Pittsford Twp, Butler Co, IA,3 4 died on 19 Mar 1945 in Germany In Wwii 5 and was buried in Dumont Cem, Dumont, Butler Co, IA 6.)


Elsie next married Harm WERKMAN, son of Dirk WERKMAN and Wabke SMIT, on 15 May 1947 in Bristow, Butler Co, IA.1 (Harm WERKMAN was born on 14 Oct 1912 in IA,7 died on 20 Nov 1997 in Waterloo, Black Hawk Co, IA 7 and was buried in Garden of Memories Cem, Waterloo, Black Hawk Co, IA.)



1 Obituary of Elsie Bohlen Reents Werkman.

2 Info from Beulah DeVore Stock.

3 1930 IA Census.

4 IA, County Births, 1880-1935.

5 Arthur Wickham research files.

6 Butler Co, IA Cemetery Records - Vol. 2.

7 US Veterans Gravesites, ca. 1776-2006 (

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