Ila (Tanhoff) Alesch passed away Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007, at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer.
Ila Leone (Tanhoff) Alesch, was born in Clay County on April 6, 1918, to Albert and Agnes (Straight) Marienau. She grew up on a farm near Langdon and attended grade school at Lake Center School, graduating from Terril High School. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church.
Ila married Verday W. Tanhoff on Jan. 21, 1940, in Estherville. Their first home was in Spencer before moving to California for a few years while Verday worked in a shipyard. They returned to Iowa and lived in Everly. There they spent the majority of their 39 years together except for 18 months when they owned and operated a restaurant in Sutherland.
Ila and Verday had three children: Janice, Terry and Cheryl. In the earlier years she helped Verday in the restaurant in Sutherland. She was a telephone operator at the United Telephone Office in Everly for many years until it switched over from manual to dial. She was also a sales clerk at the Women's Shop and then a waitress at the Hotel and White Marlin. She was also involved with Verday (Tanny) in the operation of the Western Club.
Ila was active with the Clay County Democrats in the late 50's and 60's, at one time served as Clay County Chairman and also ran for representative against Republican incumbent, Wiley Mayne.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Verday in 1979 and Arnold in 1992; and her son, Terry in 1999.
Ila is survived by her two daughters: Janice Englert of Spencer and Ron Englert of Royal, and Cheryl Doty and her husband, Bob of Colorado Springs, Colo.; five grandchildren; and sixgreat-grandchildren.
Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.