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Darleen Marie Bliss

December 8, 1921 — November 15, 2017




December 8, 1921

Sheldon, Iowa


November 15, 2017

Marcus, Iowa


11:00 A.M. Wednesday, November 22, 2017

United Methodist Church; Sheldon, Iowa

Rev. Marvin Lindley Officiating


From 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service

at the United Methodist Church; Sheldon, Iowa


Sweet Hour of Prayer

Jesus Loves

The Lords Prayer

Duet: Wil George & Tricia Meendering

Organist: Barb Burns


Brady Eldridge Carter Eldridge

Julianna Meyer Josie Meyer

Aubree Eldridge Beckett Eldridge


Andrew Eldridge Melissa Eldridge

Allison Meyer John Meyer

Benjamin Eldridge Sara Eldridge

Jillian Eldridge Logan Baldini

Peter Eldridge Bob Erickson


East Lawn Cemetery

Sheldon, Iowa

After the graveside service relatives and friends are invited

to join the family in the fellowship hall of the church.

Arrangements under the care of the

Vander Ploeg Funeral Home, Sheldon, Iowa


Darleen Marie Bliss, the daughter of Henry and Edna (Bonsall) Frohwein was born December 8, 1921 in rural Sheldon, O'Brien County, Iowa. She attended the Nelson country school for eight years, graduated from Sheldon High School in 1939 and Sheldon Jr. College in 1941 with a teacher's degree. She also attended one summer session at Cedar Falls Teachers College (University of Northern Iowa). She taught seven years at the Nelson school. She was an active 4-H member while growing up. Darleen met Clinton Bliss prior to World War II and after the war, on October 20, 1945, they got married at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They moved to Slayton, Minnesota where they bought a farm and farmed there for 33 years. After they retired from farming, they moved to Primghar, Iowa and later Sheldon, Iowa. They were blessed with one daughter, LaNan, and husband, Peter Eldridge, four grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.

In 2011, Darleen moved to the Christian Retirement Home and later to Fieldcrest Assisted Living, both in Sheldon. Her health deteriorated and in 2015, she moved to the Heartland Care Center in Marcus, Iowa where she passed away on November 15, 2017, reaching the age of 95 years, 11 months and 7 Days.

Darleen was an active member of the Methodist church in Sheldon, Slayton and Primghar. She taught Sunday School, Release Time, sang in the choir, a member of King's Daughters, United Methodist Women, and various church circles. Her hobbies were making quilts, 51 total, most of them hand quilted, crocheting, knitting, sewing, (which included five wedding dresses), various crafts, playing bridge and other card and board games. She and Clinton made board games, one of those being, Wahoo, that she enjoyed playing with friends, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She played billiards in a women's league in Arizona and at home with Clinton and their grandchildren.

They enjoyed camping at Cutty's at Lake Okoboji with friends and grandchildren. They also traveled on several caravan trips. She and Clinton spent many winters in Safford and Mesa, Arizona and Texas. They traveled in all the states except Maine. They enjoyed short bus trips as well.

Her memories are cherished by her daughter, LaNan and her husband, Peter Eldridge of Primghar, Iowa; four grandchildren, Andy and his wife, Melissa and their sons, Brady and Carter Eldridge of Benbrook, Texas, Allison and her husband, John and their daughters, Juliana and Josie Meyer of Austin, Texas, Ben and his wife, Sara and their children, Aubree, Beckett and another daughter arriving in February, 2018 of Paullina, Iowa, Jillian and her fianc, Logan Baldini of Flandreau, South Dakota, two foreign exchange granddaughters and their families, Caroline deVentura and her daughter, Luciana Vansantvoort of Mechelen, Belgium and Himi Matsumoto and her husband, Takashi and their daughter, Yuka of Tokorozawa, Japan.

Darleen was preceded in death by her husband, Clinton on April 8, 2007, her parents, and her sister and husband, Lela and Lawrence Betz.
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