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Monday, June 24, 2013
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Bondurant Christian Church
304 Grant Street South


Tuesday, June 25, 2013
11:00 am
Bondurant Christian Church
304 Grant Street South


Cory Grove Cemetery


Hamilton's Altoona Funeral Home
105 Fourth Street SW
Altoona, Iowa 50009
(515) 967-4272

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Elsie Eliza Collmann

In the arms of angels, Elsie Eliza Collmann, went to be with her Savior on June 20, 2013 at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames.

Elsie Eliza Collmann, was born on February, 22, 1913 on a farm near Maxwell, Iowa. Her parents were Frank and Pearl (Herman) Maxwell. Elsie was the oldest of seven. She graduated from Bondurant School and worked for the State Health Department until she married Hersal Collmann in 1943. They lived in Kansas for six years, where Sharon, their daughter, was born. After her birth they moved back to Bondurant, where Elsie worked in the Bondurant-Farrar lunchroom for 20 years.
After retirement, Elsie enjoyed volunteering at the Bondurant-Farrar schools for 22 years, she also spent numerous years volunteering at Veteran’s Hospital, City of Bondurant.

She enjoyed cooking (she was well known for her chicken noodles), baking (making cookies and a pie every week), reading and crocheting (making over 50 afghans). Elsie was a long time member of the Bondurant Christian Church, American Legion Auxiliary and the Rolling Agers. She lived a blessed, long and active life.

Grateful for having shared her life are her daughter, Sharon and special son-in-law, Mike; step granddaughters, Missy (Chris) Juni and Mindy (Brad) Scheideman; six step great grandchildren, Elle, Macy, Abe, Kayla, Noah and Kamryn; siter-in-law, Hester Maxwell; many nieces, nephews and friends. Also, her four-legged pals, Lucy and Sparkie.

In Heaven, Elsie will be reunited with her parents, husband of 47 years; brothers and sisters-in-law, Norman and Ruth Maxwell, Junior and Mary Maxwell, Carl Maxwell; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mabel and Franz Cherny, Hazel and Curly Shuler and Betty and Joy Wander.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at Bondurant Christian Church, 304 Grant Street South, with burial at Cory Grove Cemetery near Elkhart. Friends may visit with family from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday at the church. Following the service will be a gathering time at the church to share the great memories we all have of Elsie.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed toward the Bondurant Christian Church or the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 396.

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