Ferne (Zeihan) Calkins, Chatsworth, California, Ferne Kathryn Zeihan, daughter of Frank and Pearl (Harman) Zeihan, was born on a farm northwest of Jewell on April 7, 1916, and passed away October 12, 2012, at age 96. She attended Jewell schools and graduated from Jewell High School in 1933. She attended College at the University of Iowa in Iowa City through 1937 and then taught school, English and Dramatics, at Auburn and Pisgah, Iowa.
On August 11, 1941, she married Dwight Calkins of Webster City, Iowa, and they resided in Los Angeles, California where both worked during the war at Douglas Aircraft Plant.
In March 1945, a daughter was born to this union. She later worked as secretary for NAMCO in Los Angeles for many years.
Her husband passed away on April 6, 1994.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Ann O'Brien and husband Ronald J. O'Brien, of Canoga Park, California; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Maxine Johnson of Jewell, Iowa.
Ferne was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Zona Redling.
A Rosary service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 18th at St. John Eudes Catholic Church, Chatsworth, California. The Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 19 at Wee Kirk Church at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Glendale, California, with internment also at Forest Lawn Cemetery.