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Ellen Von Stein Creston

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 8:56 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 10:39 a.m. CDT

Ellen (McFee) Von Stein, 68, of Creston died Dec. 7, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Powers Funeral Home, junction of highways 34 and 25. The Rev. Jim Woodworth will officiate. Burial will be at a later date. Open visitation will be 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday with family present 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are to be established in her name. Online condolences may be left at www.powersfh.com.

Ellen May (McFee) Von Stein, daughter of Esther May (Pridgen) and Hugh Lynford McFee, was born June 11, 1945, in Creston.

Ellen graduated from East Union in 1963 and studied at Creston Junior College for two years.

Ellen move to and worked in Omaha, Neb., for three years. She worked as a secretary most of her life. She moved to and worked in Des Moines and later worked for the American Lung Association. She also worked in Ankeny for Perishable Distributors of Iowa (PDI).

On Aug. 6, 1988, Ellen married Carl Lee Von Stein in Bondurant.

They settled in Bondurant, where she helped with the farming and continued with PDI freight services. She worked for Tone’s Spices in Ankeny.

In May 1993, they moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., where they managed Pueblo Sereno Mobile Home Park for 14 years.

In 2009, they returned to Iowa, settling in Creston.

Ellen is survived by her husband Carl Lee Von Stein, daughter Carrie Dowda (significant other Kevin Giles) of Creston, stepdaughter Teresa of Des Moines; stepsons, Bob (wife Renee) Von Stein of Mingo, Ken Von Stein of Worcester, Mass., and Scott (wife Sheila) Von Stein of Des Moines; stepdaughter-in-law Tami of Texas, brother John McFee of Creston, sister Kathryn (husband Jack) Adams of Creston; brothers-in-law, Dean (wife Cheryl) Von Stein of Vinton and Leon (wife Joan) Von Stein and Steve (wife Marlys) Von Stein, all of Bondurant; sisters-in-law, Jeane (husband Ed) Zielinski of Scottsdale, Ariz., Jeri (husband Homer) Brumley of Warsaw, Mo., and Carol McFee of Rosalie, Neb.; grandchildren, Alex Carter Dowda and Nathan Lee Dowda; seven step-grandchildren, six step-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and other family.

Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter before birth Rachel Marie Dowda; sisters, Mary Sevier in 2003, Karen Miller in 2001 and Deanne and Linda McFee in infancy; brother Bob McFee in 2004, brother-in-law Darrell Miller, sister-in-law Joan Von Stein in infancy; and aunts and uncles, Edith McFee, Lois and Paul Pridgen and Bob and Twyla McFee.

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