Funeral Services will be Friday, March 9, 2012, at 10:30 A.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley, Iowa. Rev. Jim Berka and Rev. Durwood Clausen officiating. Burial in Gilman Township Cemetery in Ashton, Iowa.
Visitation will be Thursday, March 8, from 2:30 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. all at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley.
Eileen Joy Grave was born on January 19, 1952 in Sheldon, Iowa. She was the daughter of Emory and Henrietta (Kamies) Mohlenkamp. She lived her youth in Melvin, Iowa until she graduated from high school in 1970. Following graduation she attended Sheldon Vocational School in the secretarial program.
Eileen was united in marriage to James A. Grave of Sibley, Iowa on July 21, 1972 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley. They lived in Sibley where Eileen worked for Don Skiver, Title Company and as Deputy Clerk. Later, Eileen was appointed Clerk of Court for Osceola County, and eventually Lyon County as well. She loved her work.
She was very active at Trinity Lutheran and in her community. She served as coordinator of the Old 18th, was a member of Friends of the Library, and P.E.O. She golfed on women’s league and bowled for many years. She served on the church council several times and was currently on the call committee and the secretary of W.ELCA.
Jim and Eileen spent a great deal of time fishing in bass tournaments. They traveled many miles fishing and spending time with their tournament friends. Together they did very well and Eileen received many accolades for her bass fishing. Most summer weekends Jim and Eileen were fishing or enjoying their place at Okoboji.
The only two things that outranked bass fishing were her granddaughters, Isabelle (10) and Ilsa (4). Eileen cherished the time with them most of all. Whether it be shopping or playing Husker Du, dance programs or watching cartoons, Eileen was quick to drop everything to spend time with them. Eileen loved to travel but loved it most when it was with her family.
Eileen lived an exceptional life of high quality. For herself and for all those around her she expected much and set a high bar. Through much hard work and discipline she excelled and motivated those around her in excellence. At the same time she was a woman of great kindness and compassion. She touched many lives in deep and meaningful ways.
Eileen passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2012, at the Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Eileen was 60 years old.
Those left to cherish her memories are her husband of 39 years: Jim Grave of Sibley, IA; her son and daughter-in-law: Jay and Elizabeth Grave of Windom, MN; two granddaughters: Isabelle and Ilsa; brothers-law; sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews, and many, many friends.
Preceded in death by her parents, two brothers-in-law and her two sisters, Norma Scheiber and Phyllis Sterler.
Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to: www.andringafuneralhome.com
NOTICE: The Osceola County Courthouse will be closed from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm to attend the funeral service for Eileen Grave, Osceola County Clerk of Court who passed away on Sunday, March 4th. Eileen has been in the Osceola County Clerk of Court office for over 30 years.