- Published: 21 November 2014
Aletha Helene Bowen was born August 3, 1917 at Sioux City, Iowa, the eldest of seven children born to Aurelius “Red” and Johanna “Hannah” (Thesenga) Bowen. As a small child she moved with her parents from Iowa to South Dakota. Her early life was spent on farms near White, South Dakota and later near Avon, South Dakota with her parents and three brothers and three sisters. After Aletha received her education she decided to stay home to help care for her eldest brother, Neil, who was handicapped since birth and needed constant care. She also enjoyed working in the garden, raising chickens and turkeys, sewing and doing fancy work for others, besides helping neighbor ladies with their house cleaning and baby-sitting. At age 16 Aletha was baptized and became a member of a little country church south of Avon now known as Friedensberg Bible Church. When it was time for the family to retire from farming Aletha moved her parents and brother with her into Avon. Here she took care of her aging parents for the rest of their lives. Later, after the death of her brother, Aletha’s sister Lydia and family moved her to Auburn, Nebraska in August of 1997 where she lived next door to Lydia. Aletha passed away at her home on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at the age of 97 years, 3 months, and 13 days. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, and two sisters. Aletha is survived by her sister Lydia Dahlenburg of Auburn; nieces and nephews, many great-nieces and –nephews, great-great-nieces and –nephews, and a great-great-great-niece. A funeral service will be held Friday, November 21, 2:30 p.m. at Hemmingsen Funeral Home in Auburn, officiated by Rev. Kirk Langer. Burial will follow in Bedford Cemetery near Howe.Pallbearers will be Wayne Vickers, John Clark, Jeff Falk, Richard Cox, and Evan Ax. Services are entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.