Elaine B. Conlon

Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Elaine B. Conlon

Services for Elaine B. Conlon, were held today, Monday, Jan. 19, 2009 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ayrshire. Rev. Peter Nguyen officiated the service.

Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery in Ayrshire.

Elaine passed away Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 at Iowa Health Center in Des Moines, Iowa at the age of 78.

Elaine Bernadette Conlon, daughter of Edward and Bernadette (McDonough) Kajewski, was born July 9, 1930, in Emmetsburg. She received her education in Emmetsburg graduating from Emmetsburg High School. Following graduation, Elaine attended Nurses Training at St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital in Fort Dodge where she graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1951.

On Jan. 15, 1952, Elaine was united in marriage to Thomas J. Conlon at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Graettinger. To this union four children were born.

Elaine was employed as a nurse in area hospitals and nursing homes. She worked at the Palo Alto County Hospital for many years and was instrumental in the community health program. She served on the County Health Board for Palo Alto County.

Elaine was a devoted member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Altar Society in Ayrshire and was a past member of Catholic Daughters of America. She was a member of the Retired Nurses Group as well as a member of the Birthday Club in Ayrshire and Great Oak Card Club.

Elaine joined Tom on their 57th wedding anniversary.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Tom; a son, James Conlon; a brother, James Kajewski; and a sister, Kay Jones.

Elaine is survived by her children: Joe Conlon and his wife, Joann of Allison, John Conlon and his wife, Cathy of Waterloo, Julie Williamson and her husband, Rich of Ruthven, and daughter-in-law, Karen Conlon of Spencer; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters: RoseAnn Jacobs of Fulton, Mo., and Mary Ellen Benz of Mallard.

Arrangements were handled by Martin-Mattice Funeral Home.