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Ethel J. Pohlen

March 13, 2019
Estherville News

Funeral services for Ethel J. Pohlen (mother of Jacqueline Pohlen-Klepper of Milford) of Estherville will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday March 13, 2019, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Estherville, with Father Merlin Schrad, offiating. Interment will be at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery, Estherville. She died on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at her home at Windsor Manor in Estherville at the age of 92.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville with a Catholic Daughters of America Rosary at 7 p.m.

Ethel Julia (Neppl) Pohlen the daughter of Henry J. and Mary (Snyder) Neppl was born October 17, 1926, in Estherville, Iowa.

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She received her education and graduated from Estherville High School. Following high school, Ethel worked at JC Penney's in Estherville.

On June 29, 1950, she was united in marriage to Jerome Pohlen at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Estherville. Over the years the couple lived in several towns while Jerry served in the military. Along the way, they adopted their five children. Ethel and Jerry settled in the McLean, Va., and Washington, D.C. area for several years and had several foster children while living in McLean. The couple retired in Destin, Fla. For hobbies, Ethel enjoyed golfing, gardening, bowling, and traveling the world. Ethel was known for her famous cookies.

Ethel was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters of America and was Chair of the Special Olympics.

Left to cherish Ethel's memory are her husband, Jerome of Estherville; children, Maggie (Kim) Kazel-Pipitone of Holyoke, Minn.; Geralyn (Tom) Osoba of Parker, Colo.; Jeff Pohlen of Bloomington, Ind.; Mark Pohlen of New Orleans, La.; Jackie (Mark) Klepper of Milford, Iowa; five grandchildren, Angela, John, Ashley, Kelly, Lani; three great grandchildren, Olivia, Fran, Bane; siblings, Lorraine Kirchner; Bernice Bendixen, Rita Mae Fox, Earl "Bud" (Dorothy) Neppl and several nieces and nephews.

She has been preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Isadore Neppl, Florence Christensen, Melvin Neppl, and Gerald Neppl.



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