Edith Ann Lenehan

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Edith A. Lenehan, age 58, of New Hampton, IA, passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at her home with her loving family by her side. A Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 9th from 9:00 – 11:00am with the Funeral Service beginning immediately following the visitation at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma, IA. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com. Memorials may be directed to the family. Edith Ann Oelberg was born on October 9, 1962 in New Hampton, IA to Dr. Christian and Arlene (Anderson) Oelberg. Edith attended Elma Elementary School, and graduated from Crestwood High School in 1981. She attended Iowa State University, graduating in 1985 with her Bachelors (BS) in Journalism. Edith moved to Boston, MA to begin her career as a journalist for a newspaper. Seven years later, she moved to Minneapolis, MN where she was a technical writer for American Express. It is during this time she met and began a long-distance relationship with Roger Lenehan. Edith was united in marriage to Roger on February 14, 1998 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Lourdes, IA. They made their home on the Lenehan family farm near New Hampton, Iowa. A year later, the couple was gifted with a beautiful daughter, Nadine. Edith was employed at IBM in Rochester, MN as a Technical Writer for the past 22 years, retiring this past fall of 2019. Edith enjoyed the great outdoors, especially kayaking, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Edith made being active look easy. She coordinated countless community and church events, along with extensive volunteering all while working full-time, and being a highly dedicated wife, mom and daughter to those she loved most. She was a Girl Scout Leader, and a life-long member of the Elma United Methodist Church, where she filled many key roles. Edith found great joy as a member of the Eastern Star where she was Grand Adah. Edith is survived by her mother, Arlene Oelberg of Elma., IA; her husband, Roger of New Hampton, IA; daughter, Nadine Lenehan (fiancé Jerod Westemeier) of New Hampton, IA; sister, Karen Karim of Elma, IA; brother, Jim Oelberg of Clinton, IA, and many beloved nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father Dr. Christian E. Oelberg, and an infant nephew, Aslam Karim.

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  1. I am so sorry for your loss. Edith was well loved and respected at work, and we will miss her terribly, both as a coworker and as a dear friend.

  2. My prayers and sympathy go out to the family at this time of sorrow, Heaven has gained another special angel.

  3. Nadine, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. She was such a kind woman who obviously loved you so much! I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Roger and Nadine, I am so sorry for your loss. Edith will be greatly missed. I pray the Lord gives you both His strength and peace during this difficult time.

  5. So sorry for your loss. As office neighbors for a number of years, we shared a great friendship and came to rely on each other to vent frustrations and share countless stories until we were belly laughing. I will always treasure her kindness and my time spent with her.

  6. Two of our three musketeers, the fun, laughter, lunches and photos will be no more. The memories are lasting. Rest in peace Edith, – your friend Edith

  7. I am so sorry for your loss. Wishing everyone in the family strength and comfort through this difficult time. Please accept my warmest condolences. Iggy Haider – IBM

  8. I met Edith when I worked at IBM for two years and we struck up a friendship that I have cherished ever since. She was a wonderful friend who had such a generous soul. I have since moved back to Canada and was so grateful to have met up with her when I returned to Rochester a handful of times before the pandemic. I will miss all the times that we hung out, chatted, and laughed ourselves silly. She was my favourite travel companion and dear friend. May you rest easy, Edith. My thoughts and love to Roger and Nadine.

  9. Prayers Sent For Edith’s Family At This Sad Time Of Loss. Sounds Like She Lived Life To The Fullest. God Bless You All.

  10. Roger and Nadine I am are so sorry for your loss. Much love and prayers for you both and Edith’s family. Edith and I were childhood school friends and we ran together in track/cross country. Edith was always so sweet and so kind to everyone! Please accept my condolences in this difficult time. Tina (Popken) Leib

  11. Roger and Nadine, I am so sorry to hear about Edith. So many of my memories growing up have her in them… And most of them include so much laughter. We took journalism in high school together and were co editors of the school newspaper. She was incredible and loved every minute of it. She was the best of the best and I am better for having her in my life. Please know that I am thinking of you all during this difficult time. Marina Myers

  12. Roger and Nadine, our heartfelt condolences to you both for your loss. Please know that we are thinking of you and praying for comfort and peace during this difficult time.

  13. So saddened to hear of yout loss Please know of our thoughts and prayers

  14. So sorry for your loss. Edith was always a good one for conversation at mom and dads. Once again, condolences to you and your family.

  15. Please accept my condolences and sympathy, Roger and Nadine. Edith and I were 1981 high school graduates. We met a few times through the years, and she always had an easy way of making others feel comfortable and full of joy. I am so sad to learn of her passing.

  16. Edith was a classmate of mine & my husband. We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to her family. She was the nicest person.

  17. My condolences to Edith’s family and friends. What a wonderful heart she had to spread her joy to everyone she met. Thru Eastern Star we meet folks that leave a lasting impression, and she did just that with all of us. I liked her almond bars she had baked and she shared her recipe with me. We will watch for that bright star in the night skies and remember you. Dennis DeJoode PGP

  18. Nadine, I am sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I remember that she always had a smile to share. May you remember and share your memories with a smile. Hugs to you. Mrs. Laures

  19. Roger and Nadine, I am so very sorry about the loss of your wife and mom. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May you know God’s peace.

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