Elva Marie Kahn

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Elva M. Kahn, age 92 of Charles City, IA, formerly of New Hampton, IA passed away peacefully on Friday, May 15, 2015 at her home in Charles City. Elva Kahn was born on February 13, 1923 to Daniel and Anna (Holladay) White in Poplar Bluff, MO. The family moved to Sac County Iowa. After graduating from high school, Elva worked for Rath Meat Packing in Waterloo, IA. She was united in marriage to Neil Kahn Sr. in 1945 and later divorced. To this union six children were born and raised on the family farm near Williamstown, south of New Hampton. Elva moved into New Hampton and worked until her retirement. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, cooking, reading, traveling and bird watching. She was a member of the Williamstown United Methodist Church and The Coffee Cup bowling league. Elva is survived by her children Sherryl Kay Paul of Lansing, IA, Neil W. (Julianne) Kahn of Waterloo, IA, Karen A. Kahn of Charles City, Evelyn J. Budweg of New Hampton, Mary Beth (Curt) Reisner of New Hampton, and Kimberly Sue (Amy Charnley) Havens of Omaha, NE; grandchildren Shana Holland-Lair, Rachel Kahn, Brian Kahn, Sabrina (Sam) Venegas, Grant (Amanda) Harkrader, Brianna (Jared) Pitz, Daniel Budweg (Sara Marsau), Gina Havens (Dean Dacay) and Marshall Havens (Zach Connor); great grandhildren Karly, Jordyn, Ryeleigh, Wesley, Kaitlin and Logan; two brothers Joe (Doris) White of Iowa Falls, IA, C. Dale (Gwen) White of Concord, MA; and one sister Ruth Dvorak of Pella, IA. She is preceded in death by her parents Daniel and Anna White, three brothers Jerry, Dellas and Dan; one sister Roberta; grandson Reed Troy Holland; sons-in-law Roy Holland and Dennis Paul.

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  1. Sheryl, Jeannie, Mary, Kim & Family, So sad to hear of Elva’s passing. I remember the “Billtown” days, seeing & talking with her in Baileys, Ted & Mildred Store. Dad would come over to borrow hay racks on occassion. Neil & Elva were always so jolly & friendly. I remember riding the bus with the girls, Merle Thayer. I also remember Jeannie & Mary babysitting for me & my brother, was fun. You are in my thoughts & prayers. May God supply you with the faith & strength to ee you through. She is at peace in Heaven, how comforting. Reunited with all those gone before her. Love & God Bless, Debbie(Vorwald) Morrison

  2. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.I have many fond memories of your mom. Dean and Judy Speicher

  3. I am so sorry to hear of Elva’s passing . She was always my extra mother. We travelled together, went to the live stage productions together, made pies together and generally enjoyed each others company. May God hold her in the palm of his hand and give you all peace with his taking her home. With sympathy and love, Linda

  4. To the entire family, I am so sorry for your loss, she was truly an awesome lady!!! I will never forget all the sleep overs, 4-H meetings, riding horses, whatever we were doing!!! She always had a way of making me feel right at home. My deepest sympathy to all of you, may she rest in peace! Prayers and Love to all of you, Dixie (Lampe) Orthel

  5. Elva was a kind and loving lady. We enjoyed her company in our Coffee Cup Bowling League .
    And all her family who also bowled. You were all like family to us. Our condolences go out to all of her family. We’ll never forget her. I was very glad to visit with her at Little Brianna’s Birthday Party and all you girls. Maxine Skoda

  6. Kim and Family, I am sorry to read this today of the passing of your Mother. I use to live with her for a short time in New Hampton. I will always remember her smile and concern for others! She was a great lady with a great personality. she will be greatly missed by many.

  7. Your family has my sincere condolences. Elva was a very kind lady.she was an inspiration to all. Prayers to her family. Sheila Klimesh

  8. Elva was a wonderful person to get to know. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Ed and Sandy Shekleton

  9. My sympathy to you all. Fond memories of Elva – she was a mentor – she taught me things way back in the day that I do to this day because of her and think of her each and every time. May she rest in peace and peace be with all of you.
    Glenda Holthaus

  10. Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. Jesus promises that we will be able to see our loved ones again at John 5:28,29 which talks about the resurrection hope. What a wonderful hope that will be! May this bible thought bring you comfort at this difficult time.

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