March 29, 1914 - October 7, 2004
Funeral services for Elizabeth E. Harder, age 90, of Galva were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 11 at the Galva United Methodist Church in Galva under the direction of Christensen-Huffman Funeral Homes. The Reverends Ron Johannsen and Ron Johnson officiated the service, with burial following in Galva Township Cemetery East.
Elizabeth died Thursday, October 7 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.
Born March 29, 1914, in Ida County. Elizabeth E. Harder was the daughter of Thomas and Margaret (Fair) Coalter. She attended Silver Creek Township country school, and graduated from Arthur High School in 1932. Elizabeth worked in various capacities, including as a bank teller in Omaha, Nebraska, and as a clerk at the Lindsay General Store in Arthur and for the J.C. Penney store in Ida Grove. She then earned her teaching certification and taught school in Ida County country schools and later in Galva.
On February 26, 1947, Elizabeth was united in marriage to John V. Harder. The couple made their home for several years in Aurora, Colorado, then returned to Iowa where they lived for a time on a farm in Ida County, then moved to the Quimby area. In 1962, they settled on a farm north of Galva. Elizabeth and John were blessed with two daughters, Mary and Jean.
Elizabeth was an active member of the Galva United Methodist Church. She participated in Methodist Women and also was a member of the Order of Eastern Star. In earlier years, Elizabeth was busy with many school and community events. She had a strong love of family and enjoyed crocheting, reading, baking, and canning.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Medeck and husband Dan of Tulsa, OK and Jean Harder of Galva; two grandsons and their wives, John and Becky Medeck of Le Sueur, MN, and Shawn and Chrissy Medeck of Broken Arrow, OK; a great-grandson, Ian Medeck of Le Sueur, MN; a brother and his wife, James and Persis Coalter of Ida Grove; as well as many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, Thomas Elwood Coalter in infancy, and Thomas Wesley Coalter; and six sisters, Tessie Carlberg, Eva Carlberg, Eleanor Guenther, Florence Glade, Dorothy Lund, and Marjorie Compton.
Elizabeth will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.