Colleen Hovey, 89
Tue, 03/17/2020 - 11:53am admin
March 24, 1930 —
March 11, 2020
CRESCO - Colleen Lois (Bergan) Hovey, age 89, of Cresco, Iowa died on March 11, 2020 at Regional Health Services of Howard County in Cresco.
Funeral services were held on Monday, March 16, at Orleans Lutheran Church in rural Ridgeway, Iowa. Burial was at Orleans Cemetery.
Colleen was born on March 24, 1930 in Winneshiek County to Carl and Mabel (Kjos) Bergan. She was baptized on April 20, 1930 at Madison Lutheran Church. She walked three miles to a country school in Madison Township before moving to Bluffton Township, where she attended a one-room school house, #4, with no lights. Colleen completed eighth grade before going to high school in Ridgeway, where she played basketball for four years, graduating in 1949.
She started dating Maynard Hovey when she was a senior in high school. They got married on July 28, 1950 at Orleans Lutheran Church. They farmed together and raised their five children. She was a farm wife, helping outdoors with chores and field work, as well as cooking and baking. She was very active in church activities, including Sunday School, ladies aid and janitorial duties. Colleen was a 4-H leader for many years. After the children grew up, she went to work in Cresco at Hoines Drug Store and Park View Café.
She and Maynard moved to Cresco in 1989. He died on Dec. 7, 2009. Colleen continued to live in her home until her death.
Survivors include her children, Sonia (Dean) Ollendieck, Cindy Hovey, Randy (Peggy) Hovey, Marian (Dean) Wiedeman and Clinton Hovey; 13 grandchildren, who are all casket bearers and honorary casket bearers; 30 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; her siblings, LaVerne Bergan, Ethel Tietje, Jean Morris and Janet (Joe) Frank; brother-in-law, Vernon Spilde; sister-in-law, Roseann Hovey; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Colleen was preceded in death by her husband, Maynard; her parents; her father and mother-in-law, Philip and Hannah (Hanson) Hovey; brothers, Eldon Bergan and Marvin Bergan; brothers and sisters-in-law, Herb Tietje, Jim Morris, Lois Bergan, Harlan (Norma) Hovey, Philip (Rose) Hovey, Ken Hovey, Wilma (Galin) Barth and Kathryn Spilde; and a great-grandson, Tyler Jason Hovey.