Thelma Dresselhuis Obituary

Thelma L. Dresselhuis
Thelma L. Dresselhuis
Thelma L. Dresselhuis

January 1, 1902 - January 5, 2008
Born in Anita, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Thelma L. (Hansen) Dresselhuis of Des Moines, formerly of Odebolt, died peacefully at the age of 105 on January 5, 2008. She was predeceased by her husband, George. She is survived by two children, Ellen Dresselhuis, Minneapolis, MN, Gerrit (Julie) Dresselhuis, Sioux Falls, SD, two grandchildren, Lynette (David) Hildring, Larchwood, IA, and Neil (Delana) Dresselhuis, Brandon, SD, two great grandchildren and three step great grandchildren.

Except for a few years prior to her marriage in 1935, Thelma was a lifelong Iowan. She was born on a farm near Anita, grew up in Cedar Falls and taught in various towns in Iowa. Prior to her marriage she worked for several years for the YWCA in Janesville, Wisconsin. After their marriage, George and Thelma moved to Odebolt. Thelma moved to Des Moines following George's death in 2004 and has made many friends in her three plus years at Wesley Acres.

Thelma was a graduate of Drake University and active in many clubs, including P.E.O, D.A.R and Questers. She was the first woman elected to the Odebolt School Board and served two terms in the 50's during a time of consolidation and building. Her hobbies included gardening and flower arranging. Thelma and George loved to travel and in the 70's through the mid 90's visited many interesting places, including China, Japan, India, Egypt, Australia and New Zealand, England, Portugal.

Thelma enjoyed her birthday celebration at Wesley Acres in November, receiving and visiting with many friends and family. She was mentally alert and active all her life, and participated in many of the activities available to her at Wesley. She never met anyone without offering a smile. She was gracious, interested, caring and kind to all alike. She leaves a legacy of a life well lived and a death with dignity. She will be greatly missed. Funeral services will be held in the Odebolt Methodist Church, Odebolt, Iowa, 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 23. Memorials suggested to the Odebolt Methodist Church or the Odebolt Public Schools.





Odebolt Methodist Church
Odebolt, IA 51458
Saturday, February 23, 2008
11:00 AM


Odebolt Public Schools
Odebolt Methodist Church