Olive Schlafke passed away Friday, July 15, 2011, at Bethany Manor in Story City, Iowa. Funeral services are 2:00 pm Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Jewell, Iowa. Visitation with the family present is Tuesday evening from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the church and again prior to services on Wednesday afternoon. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Jewell. Memorials may be given to Bethesda Lutheran Church in Jewell and the Chaplaincy Fund of Bethany Life Communities in Story City. Becker Funeral and Cremation Service of Jewell is caring for Olive and her family.
Olive Ferbitz Larson was born September 14, 1914, on a farm northeast of Jewell, Iowa to John O. and Ida Ferbitz Larson. She received her education in the Jewell Public Schools, graduating with the class of 1932. She was baptized and confirmed at Bethesda Lutheran Church, where she was an active member of the choir, women's groups, Sunday school teacher and Primary Department Sunday School Superintendent and assisted with many functions of the church. On April 6, 1934, Olive married Glenn Raymond Schlafke and together they farmed west of Jewell. To this union, two children were born, Glenda Jean and John Robert. Olive was a member of the Fortnightly Study club and a nurse's aide at East Lane Manor for ten years. She lived in McAllen, Texas, as a winter resident for over 30 years. Golfing, reading, playing games and visiting family and friends were her favorite activities.
Olive was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Glenn in 1991 and a sister, Christine Bergeson. She is survived by her daughter, Glenda Seela of Alexandria, Minnesota; a son and daughter-in-law, John and Marilyn Schlafke of Jewell; five grandchildren, Melanie and Roger Whaley of Mound, Minnesota, Kristin Seela of Plymouth, Minnesota, Joel and Donna Seela of Villard, Minnesota, Jayson Schlafke (Elaine Risius) of Stanhope, and Jarra Schlafke of West Des Moines; five great grandchildren, Erika and Mark Whaley, Glenn and Jarret Seela, Bridgit Schlafke; and many nieces and nephews. Olive treasured her family and will be greatly missed by all. Blessed be her memory!