Funeral Services

Monday, April 28, 2003


Elinor L. Shaw, age 91, of Storm Lake died Thursday, April 24, 2003 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center after a lengthy illness.

Funeral services will be Saturday, April 26, at 11 a.m. at the Storm Lake United Methodist Church with the Reverend Jamie Cutler officiating. Burial will be in the Wall Lake Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established.

Elinor Louise Jensen the seventh child of Oliver and Ethel (Russell) Jensen was born on a farm in Sac County, on December 23, 1911. When she was 2 months old, her father retired and the family moved to Lake View. After graduating from Lake View High School in 1929, Elinor attended Business School in Omaha.

On August 26, 1933 she was united in marriage to Edward W. Shaw of Wall Lake. The couple spent the first 5 years of their life together in Wall Lake where their son, Tom was born. In 1938 they moved to Storm Lake and with the exception of a few years during World War II have remained in Storm Lake.

Elinor was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church, she participated in many church and community activities and she especially enjoyed working with children in Bible School each year. She was a 50-year member and Past Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star and she was a charter member and third president of the Methodist Manor Guild and a member of the Cosmopolitan Club. Elinor enjoyed doing volunteer work with the Buena Vista Regional Medical Hospital Auxiliary for several years. Besides her special love of children, she liked reading, flower gardening, collecting flow blue dishes and playing bridge.

Survivors include her husband, Ed, Storm Lake; a son Tom and his wife, Sharan, San Antonio, TX; granddaughters: Stephanie Shaw, San Mateo, CA and Adrienne Shaw, Oakland, CA; numerous other extended family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and four sisters.


Funeral services for Esther Rolfs Nelson, 97, of Manchester, Connecticut, formerly of Aurelia, will be 10:30 A.M. Saturday, April 26, at the First Congregational Church in Aurelia, with Lay Pastor Bruce Rapp officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Aurelia. Visitation will be Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with the family present from 6 to 7, at the Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia.

The family requests that all memorials be directed to the Aurelia Public Library.

Esther died Tuesday, April 22, 2003, at the Manchester Manor in Manchester, Connecticut.

Esther Christine Rolfs was born August 15, 1905, the daughter of Thomas G. and Edith (Beard) Rolfs in Lawton, the eldest of nine children.

She attended Park College in Parkville, Missouri and was an honor student in Latin. She also attended Momingside College in Sioux City, and took additional courses at the University of Iowa. Esther earned her teacher's certificate at age 19. She taught at Moville High School, Valley Junction (now West Des Moines), and Aurelia, teaching Latin, English, and Ancient History.

On August 16, 1930 Esther married Wesley Kenneth Nelson. Wesley's parents, and then his sister, owned and operated Else's Cafe on Main Street in Aurelia. She lived in Aurelia for 43 years, where she raised her children and was a leader in the community. Esther was an officer in many organizations including the Women's Club of Aurelia, the Cancer Society, Bridge group, and helped to organize the PTA, She was a member of the Congregational Church, the Peregrins White Circle, and taught Bible school. She was an avid reader and crossword puzzle wizard. Esther moved to Connecticut in 1971 after her husband's death and became a specialist in caring for twins, and worked into her 80's. She had traveled by both covered wagon, to Colorado at about age 8, and jet aircraft, through her 90's.

Preceding Esther in death were her parents; her husband Wesley on September 1, 1970; one son, Caroll Don Nelson; three grandsons; Steve Nelson and two infants; two sisters, Alice Rolfs and Dorothy Kaup; and two brothers, Thomas, Jr. and Claus Rolfs.

Survivors include her seven children, Mary Ann Ettinger of Manchester, Connecticut, Larry and his wife Donna Nelson of St. Louis, Missouri, David Nelson of Nevada City, California, Noel Nelson of Glendale, Arizona, Marcia White of Lakeville, Massachusetts, Gretta and her husband Fred Earnest of Shawnee Mission, Kansas, and Craig Nelson of Denver, Colorado; one daughter-in-law, Barbara Sharp of Mayer, Arizona; eleven grandchildren; thirteen geat-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. Also surviving are three sisters, Edith Rayburn of Seattle, Washington, Elsie and her husband Homer Foster of Moville, and Shirley and her husband Roland Meidinger of Jamestown, North Dakota; one brother, Richard Rolfs of LeMars, and many nieces and nephews.