Ellen "Thelma" Aldeman

  • Born: August 20, 1924
  • Died: January 18, 2016
  • Location: Iowa City, Iowa

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Iowa City, IA 52240

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Ellen "Thelma" Aldeman, 91, longtime resident of Iowa City, died peacefully Monday, January 18, 2016. Ellen was blessed to have the ability and good health to stay at home, up until days before her death.

Ellen Thelma Jensen was born August 20, 1924 in West Branch, Iowa; daughter of Wilmer and Ella Jensen. She graduated from West Branch High School with the class of 1942 and attended Commercial College in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids. She worked for many years at the University of Iowa with the Saturday and Evening Class Program, retiring in 1984. She also worked with the Iowa City School District's Board of Education in their administration.

She was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Iowa City, the Church Circle, member of the former Iowa City Women's Club and spent many hours at Mercy Hospital assisting others as a hospital volunteer.

Her family includes her children; Mary Franck (Lee), Jim (Barb), Ed (Denise) and Steve Aldeman as well as many grandchildren; Mark Aldeman, Michael (Carrie) Aldeman, David, Matt (Amy) Aldeman, Chad (Gaby) Aldeman, Bill (Ariel) Henss, Megan (Erik) Johansen, Lee (Shelia) Franck and Don (Christine) Franck and great-grandchildren; Jacob, Andrew, Emily, Lucas, Lucia and Roy Aldeman and Billie Henss, Gavin, Logan, Lauryn, Lane, Jordyn Franck and Wesley Johansen.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of over 60 years, Bernard, and her eldest son, Jerry; brothers, Warren and Orvald Jensen and sister, Esther Weismann.

A service to celebrate Thelma's life will be held this spring. Following that service, inurnment will take place at the West Branch Cemetery. Memorials in Thelma's name may be directed to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church or Iowa City Hospice.

A Few Selected Verses to Reflect Upon:

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
Psalm 116:15

For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.
Job 19:25

Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Psalm 16:11

Condolence & Memory Journal

To Mary, Jim, Ed and Steve...

We were so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. The Aldeman family
will always have a special place in our hearts..You were our first true
friends in Iowa City. Those of us still here will miss her cheerful
greeting on Sunday mornings in Church. With deepest Sympathy and
God;s Peace...

Russ, Bev, Marty, Bill and Jacque

Posted by Russell Knight - Iowa City, IA - Friend   February 01, 2016

Steve and family,

So sorry to hear of the loss of your mom...


Laurie (Scott) Cummins

Posted by Laurie Cummins - Iowa City, IA   January 25, 2016

Mary, Jim, Ed, Steve and families
I was sorry to hear about your Mom/Grandma's passing. She was always a friend to all of us. You are in our thoughts and prayers! Sue Wingate Faith

Posted by A friend   January 24, 2016

Ed and Denise, I was so sorry to read of the loss of Ed's mother. May you feel God's comfort in the days ahead as you remember and treasure so many wonderful memories of his mom and the grandmother to your boys.

Posted by Lois Bird - Iowa City, IA   January 22, 2016

Steve and siblings I belonged to a coffee group that Thermal was a part of. SHE WAS ALWAYS ABOUT FAMILY!! I Know how very hard it is to lose a mother, thinking of you all.

Posted by Lynn Kieler - Cedar rapidsSHF, IA - Friend   January 21, 2016

So sorry for your loss prayers to your family.

Kathy Moel

Posted by Kathy Moel - solon, IA - friend   January 21, 2016

Thelma was not only a client, but a special friend.
She loved her family so much & was very proud of each one.
She was always anxious to share all the family events.
I will miss her, but have wonderful memories of our conversations.
My deepest sympathy to each & every one of you. I know you will miss her also.
I will look forward to the memorial service in the spring.

Posted by Kathy Grout - IA   January 21, 2016

Sending you our sincere sympathies. Your mom and mine (Irene Baxter) were neighbors on Hanover Court, and we often chatted when we ran into each other across the driveways. She was such a sweet lady.

Posted by Julie and Steve Lacina - Iowa City, IA - Neighbor   January 20, 2016

I'm sorry for the loss of your Mother. Sending sympathy & prayers.

Posted by Sara (Bartlett) Kurt - Solon, IA   January 20, 2016

Jim, Sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. Again, I have fond memories of both your mom and dad from all the times I spent at your house in our younger years.

Posted by Bob Hudson    January 20, 2016


So very sorry to learn of Thelma's passing. We will always remember her as joyous and optimistic, loving and supportive of family and friends, brimming with warmth and friendliness, anxious to talk and reminisce, sharp in memory and reflection. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers and we look forward to the memorial event in the spring.

Posted by Michael and Diane Sondergard - Iowa City, IA - Danish ancestry   January 20, 2016

I will always remember Thelma as a loving mother and devoted church member at Gloria Dei. The Boy Scouts played an active part in her life too. My condolences.

Posted by Richard & Phyllis Ruppert - Iowa City, IA   January 20, 2016

our condolences to the aldeman family.
kenny and linda fobian and family

Posted by linda fobian - iowa city, IA - friend   January 19, 2016

I want to send deepest condolences on behalf of my Mom, Shirley Budreau. She loved and cherished her friendship with Thelma and will miss her greatly. I hope you find comfort in knowing that she is in God's loving arms and at peace.

Posted by Diana Budreau Emig - Cedar Rapids, IA - Mothers relative,   January 19, 2016

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