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Eileen Arthur
June 22, 1953 - October 20, 2012

Eileen Rae Arthur, 59, of Oelwein died Saturday, October 20, 2012. Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Wednesday, October 24 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30AM on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Maynard with Pastor Ian Wolfe officiating.  Inurnment will be in Long Grove Cemetery at Maynard.

Eileen was born on June 22, 1953 in Oelwein, Iowa the daughter of Earl and Donna Arthur. She grew up in the area and graduated from West Central High School in 1971.  Eileen worked for Donaldson for twenty-three years until they closed their plant in Oelwein, she was presently working for Pries Enterprise in Independence, Iowa. Eileen was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Maynard.

Eileen was a wonderful cook and loved baking for all her family and friends, especially on Holidays. When you didn’t find Eileen in the kitchen she enjoyed shopping, gardening, watching football and basketball, attending her nieces and nephews activities, or helping Myron show his cattle. Eileen shared her time and many talents with everyone she knew and cared for.  Eileen loved her family and the time she could spend with them, especially her granddaughters Mykah and Afton. Eileen will be dearly missed by all who knew and continue to love her.     

Eileen is survived by her son Dave Wilhelmi (fiancé, Traci) of Eleva, Wisconsin; her grandchildren Mykah and Afton Wilhelmi; her special friend of over twenty years, Jim Bentley of Oelwein; her siblings: Lois (Bob) Eggerth of Swea City, Iowa, Betty (Ernie) Cox of Prescott, Arizona, Joyce Geistkemper of Fayette, Iowa, Vern (Jo) Arthur of Waverly, Iowa, Rodney (Becky) Arthur of Loveland, Colorado, Myron (Jan) Arthur of Maynard, Iowa, Jerry (Florida) Arthur of Norwalk, Iowa and Eleanor Miner-Hageman (Jim Hageman) of Calmar, Iowa; her uncle Ed Meyer of Oelwein and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Eileen was preceded in death by her daughter Marcia Wilhelmi (1991); her brothers: Gene Arthur (2008) and Bernard Arthur (1941); her brothers-in-law: Jim Geistkemper (1998) and Brooks Miner (1995) and her parents Earl (1991) and Donna (1988). 


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Jim and LaVanda Meyer on November 3, 2012 at 8:07 PM said:

We just read about Eileen now. We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Our daughter, Liz was in basketball and volley ball with Marcia and our son, Jim, graduated with Marcia at West Central. Jim and I knew Eileen and she came to see us when Liz died. She was a really good person. Our prayers are with you and her.
Ellen Johnson on October 28, 2012 at 12:29 PM said:

My mom, Esther Johnson, had Eileen as one of her students when she taught at West Central. Mom thought so much of her. How sad!
Jerry Cumberland on October 26, 2012 at 4:15 PM said:

Prayers and condolances to Eileen's family. My parents often talked of how she visited them and helped them in certain circumstances when they needed assistance. May God give comfort to all her brothers and sisters. I am sure she will be deeply missed.
Dean and Nancy Franzen & Family on October 24, 2012 at 1:20 PM said:

Dave, Traci, & family as well as Aunt Elenore, Tanner, Cody, & Seth:
Our hearts are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Eileen, she was a wonderful person. We have enjoyed getting to know her & Dave through Elenore and will miss seeing her gentle smile at some of the family functions. Elenore, we are especially thinking of you as we know how much Eileen meant to you, she was by far more than a Sister she was truly a friend. We know she will be missed by you all and we can only pray that you will find comfort in the many memories she left behind for all of you.

Love and Sympathy to you all,

Love Dean, Nancy, Isaac, & Ryan Franzen
Gail Ehlers on October 24, 2012 at 8:56 AM said:

From myself, Jodi and Jason...our sincere condolences to Eileen's family and her friend Jim. She loved to attend her children's sports and she supported the teams. She used to ride to ballgames with me and Michele. What fun times that was for us mothers. Cherish the good times and know that she iskdGLex watching over you now.
Jodi Vinck on October 24, 2012 at 8:38 AM said:

I want you to know that you and your family are in my thoughts. My deepest sympathies go out to all of you.
Renee J (MDSC) on October 24, 2012 at 7:35 AM said:

I am so sorry for your loss.
Thniking of you and your family.
Beryl Ouimette on October 24, 2012 at 7:29 AM said:

Dave, I am so sorry for your loss and the pain your family is going through. We are holding you in our thoughts and prayers as you move through this difficult time.
Jerry and Kathy Cole on October 23, 2012 at 10:15 PM said:

Our sincere condolences to Eileens family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
J'Andrea Gibney and Family on October 23, 2012 at 1:35 PM said:

I have been friends with Eileen since our daughters were
in school activities and sports. Wanted the family to
know we were thinking of them. J'Andrea,Kathie,Kris & Kara.
John & Leah Kruse on October 23, 2012 at 10:31 AM said:

Our hearts go out to you and your family at this trying time. Love and prayers.

John & Leah Kruse & family
Linda Hupfeld on October 23, 2012 at 9:16 AM said:

Dave and the entire Arthur family - so sorry for your loss - you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Steve & Donna Saathoff on October 23, 2012 at 8:45 AM said:

Our deepest sympathy. Eileen was such a kind friendly person. I always enjoyed visiting with her when we would see her out and about. She will be missed by many. Out thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Lynn Thompson Oct. 23,2012 on October 23, 2012 at 7:58 AM said:

Dave and family,
I just ran into your mom at the Kokomo on Thursday and she was so excited about your week-end at Pella. She talked alot about your girls.
Sorry about her passing...
Lynnette Rochford on October 22, 2012 at 9:18 PM said:

Our sincere condolences to you,Dave and your fiance and family. Eileen attended so many family gatherings at Joyce's and was always very friendly whenever I ran into her around town and at various school events. I am so sorry for the entire Arthur family for this sudden loss of a talented, caring family member. I will miss seeing Eileen. God be with all of you during this difficult time.
Lynnette Rochford
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