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Alton M. Bradley
May 5, 1912 - March 4, 2010


          Alton M. Bradley was born on May 5, 1912 in Zwingle, Iowa, the daughter of Martin and Carrie Alice (Chesterman) Denlinger. On February 28, 1930 she was united in marriage to Chester L. Bradley in Graf, Iowa. They farmed and raised dairy cows. Alton’s job was to milk the cows every day. She also found time to work at Woolworth, New Home Café,  Sunset Café and at the Coliseum. Alton loved to travel and spend time in Arizona. Even in her busy life she found time to raise a beautiful family, which has continued to grow with many grandchildren, great grandchildren and even great great grandchildren. She was a very active person and touched many lives and will be dearly missed by all who knew her. She was a member of Grace United Methodist church, Eastern Star, Navy Mothers and at one time a 4-H leader.
          She is survived by her children, Velma (Kenneth) Kuehl of Farmersburg, Iowa, Luetta (Chuck) DeTimmerman of Oelwein, Iowa, Linda (Robert) Ohl of Coulter, Iowa and Milton Bradley of Woodward, Oklahoma; thirty-five grandchildren and many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, also a sister-in-law, Ilene Denlinger of Dubuque, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester (March 28, 1998), a son, Carlyn, a daughter, Marlene Fulton, a daughter-in-law, Mary Bradley two grandchildren ,a great grandchild and her siblings, Charlie, Carlyn, Wayne, Calvin, Beatrice, Clarice, Sylvia and Eldon.
          Visitation is from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Sunday, March 7, 2010 at Geilenfeld Funeral Home and one hour before the services at the church on Monday. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Monday, March 8, 2010 at Grace United Methodist Church in Oelwein.

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Luetta DeTimmerman on March 10, 2010 at 12:23 PM said:

Thank you, everyone. Linda said it all, except, we each thought we were her favorite. Luetta
Sheryl Gosse on March 9, 2010 at 11:46 AM said:

Luetta, Chuck & family: My deepest sympathy to you & your family for the loss of your mom. She lived a good life & was activity to the end. In reading her obit, I see your parents were married where my mom & her family were from, what a small world. Treasure the memories & carry on the traditions through your family & down the line. Always be there for each other and remain close with family.
Sue & Kevin Imoehl on March 8, 2010 at 6:26 AM said:

Luetta, Jodi and Families,

Sympathy on the passing of your mother and grandmother. We all have a special place reserved in our hearts for "Grandma" 'cause sometimes she's the one who holds the family together! I can see where you get your work ethic and strong sense of duty to Church and community. Blessings to you!
Sue & Kevin Imoehl on March 8, 2010 at 6:18 AM said:

Luetta, Jodi and Families,
My sympathy on the passing of your mother and grandmother. I did not know her personally, but I know the special place that "mom" or "grandma" holds in our hearts. I know she must have been a good person because of all the good things you are doing in your Church and community. Prayers and hugs for you!
Duane Denlinger on March 7, 2010 at 11:53 AM said:

First of all, my condolences to all of the Bradley family. I wish I could come to the wake and funeral but sometimes we just can't do what we wish. But, I do want you to know that your mother had a special place in my heart. I loved all of my Aunts and Uncles and, naturally some more than others. But your mother was special to me because of the time and consideration she took in writing to me while I was in the service. I really appreciated her letters. Letters to a serviceperson are special. I did not get a whole lot of mail but what I got, I appreciated. As I told Luetta, I could never complain about not getting mail because I never was much of a letter writer myself - - still am not. So for your mom to take that extra step, that extra time to write was appreciated very much because she would write even if I did not answer. That is a special kind of person. Your mom always supported servicemen especially us sailors. Did you know that she, at least for many years, supported the USO? So, be proud of your mom as I know you are and know that now she is in a place where she can not only intercede for you and me but also for all servicepeople everywhere. (And, she probably is enjoying a game of cards with a lot of people she knows)!
Linda Ohl (daughter) on March 7, 2010 at 5:26 AM said:

Dear Mom, (aka "mama")
Everyone of your family members that I have spoken and cried with since your passing on March 4th has agreed with me that there was just something so very very special about you, Mom. You were so special to us, in fact, that we cannot seem to come up with the words to describe you. To me, it seems that you walked quietly with God every single day of your life. We love you so much Mom.
You were so full of love, so full of love for everyone, and so full of giggles and laughter. If you ever had any anger towards anyone, we all know your frustration was taken out on your hanky .. as you twisted it over and over! But even that was so infrequent, because soon you would sum it up, "Oh well, we all have our faults." We love you so much Mother.
I will not mention "the COWS" here, because that is all in the distant past now. Only we, your children and grandchildren, and possibly even the great-grandchildren, will carry on with our memories of your cow stories. And, someday, we will take all your cow stories to our own graves. We love you so much Mom.
Awww, bless you mama, because you are now with our dear & precious Lord and Savior who has wiped away every tear for you. I am so very sure you and Dad are now dancing on the golden streets of Heaven where Jesus himself watches. Perhaps you have even taught Jesus how to do a square dance. We love you so much Mom.
And mama, we are all grieving terribly over your passing. People say to us, "Well she lived a long beautiful life." Oh, that you did. We are so grateful for having you for over 97 years, but I guess we just hoped you would live to be 100, or more. But God looked and said, "Chester needs her now with him." We love you so much mama, and please give Dad our love.
And so we say goodbye to you for now, Mom. You are so much a part of us. Your great LOVE will live on forever within us. Oh, what a precious gift you gave to us...your unconditional LOVE.

We love you & we miss you so much mama,

from your "kids" and grandkids

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