Funeral services were held on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010 at the United Methodist Church in Newell. Burial was in the Newell Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Newell was in charge of the arrangements.
Elsie Mae Fitchett was born April 3, 1914 to Jonathon T. and Maggie (Bellows) Fitchett on the Fitchett family farm north of Newell. She is the last survivor of ten children.
Elsie attended the country school one half mile south of the family farm in Coon Township.
On Jan. 7, 1931, Elsie was united in marriage to Clarence R. Kuhn at the Methodist Parsonage in Pocahontas. They were privileged to spend 68 ½ years together.
Elsie was known for her excellent cooking, baking and keeping a warm comfortable home for her family. She also enjoyed fishing any chance she got.
Elsie leaves to mourn her passing three daughters and one son-in-law: Shirley Blome of Mesa, Ariz.; Darlene Bodholdt of Newell; and Clarice (Delbert) Walker of Fort Dodge. Her grandchildren: Brad (Debra) Blome of Heath, Texas; Tracy (Joel) Saxen of Mesa, Ariz.; Mitchell Bodholdt of Aurora, Colo.; Quentin (Sherrie) Bodholdt of Newell; Cody (Jeffrey) Demers of Storm Lake; Troy (Linda) Lawrence of Gowrie; Blake (Tracy) Lawrence of Fort Dodge; and Rachel Lawrence of Fort Dodge. Also surviving are 16 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jonathon and Maggie Fitchett; her husband; sons-in-law, Bruce Bodholdt and Arvin Blome; a great grandchildren, Blair Lawrence; 1 infant brother, Tom; 5 brothers: Orson, Harold, Floyd, Alanson, and Paul; 3 sisters: Carrie Hansen, Bess Whelan, Nettie Witzke.