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“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....Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Russell Knight - Iowa City, IA

“Steve and family, So sorry to hear of the loss of your mom... Peace. Sincerely, Laurie (Scott) Cummins ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: Laurie Cummins - Iowa City, IA

“Mary, Jim, Ed, Steve and familiesI was sorry to hear about your Mom/Grandma's passing. She was always a friend to all of us. You are in our...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“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...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Lois Bird - Iowa City, IA

“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...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Lynn Kieler - Cedar rapidsSHF, IA

“So sorry for your loss prayers to your family. Kathy Moel ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: Kathy Moel - solon, IA - friend

“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...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Kathy Grout - IA

“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...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Julie and Steve Lacina - IA

“Steve, I'm sorry for the loss of your Mother. Sending sympathy & prayers. ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: Sara (Bartlett) Kurt - Solon, IA

“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...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Bob Hudson

“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,...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Michael and Diane Sondergard - IA

“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...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Richard & Phyllis Ruppert - IA

“our condolences to the aldeman family. kenny and linda fobian and family ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: linda fobian - iowa city, IA

“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...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Diana Budreau Emig - Cedar Rapids, IA


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