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Jenalea Hilton 1936-2015

Aug 20, 2015

ROLFE — Memorial services for Jenalea Hilton of Emmetsburg will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, at the Shared Ministry of Rolfe with the Rev. John Tomkins officiating.

Visitation is from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Church. The Powers Funeral Home in Rolfe is in charge of arrangements.

Cheryl Jenalea Hilton, age 79, died peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, at her home in Emmetsburg, surrounded by family.

Cheryl Jenalea Hansen, the eldest daughter of Chester F. Hansen and Mildred R. MacVey, was born on Aug. 20, 1936, near Havelock. Jenalea was born during the worst thunderstorm of the summer. There had been no rain, showers or anything since the first part of June and everything was parched. The shingles and the siding on the houses were so dry they were shrinking and holes were everywhere. The house was full of milk pails, pots and pans and whatever else could catch the rain. It was Uncle Eldon and Uncle Leo’s job to keep all of these containers emptied. There was an entourage there to take care of bringing her into the world. The Dr. from Mallard, the mid-wife Marie Hoffert, her grandma, her dad and of course, her two uncles. So began the life of Cheryl Jenalea.

Jenalea was baptized, confirmed, and married in the United Methodist Church in Rolfe where she was a fourth generation member. Still a member, she was active in the Ladies Circles group. She attended Rolfe Schools from kindergarten to grade 12 graduating with the Class of 1954. On May 30, 1953, she was united in marriage to Bennie C. Hilton at the Methodist Church in Rolfe. To this union four children were born: Brent, Jim, Kevin and Sharri. They later divorced. Bennie died in 1992.

Jenalea worked a variety of different jobs: Webb Drugstore, the Rolfe Arrow, and Ben Franklin in Pocahontas. She also helped manage the Rolfe Cafe with her parents. She began working first at Horizons and then Kathleen’s, both in Emmetsburg. She also began taking nursing and secretarial classes at Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg. From 1991 to 2002, she was employed by ILCC as a member of the COC (Career Orientation Center) team and dorm mother. Jenalea was a proactive advocate for her clients and students. Many still keep in touch.

She loved her Rolfe Rams and followed her children when they participated in activities. She was also an avid E-Hawk fan, supporting her two grandchildren Kaity and Zach. She loved to tell family stories and was in the process of writing down her memories. Many family celebrations included her stories~”That’s a Keeper, Grandma”.

She is survived by her children: two sons: Brent and Mary of Cylinder, and Jim of Emmetsburg. one daughter Sharri and Charles Mason of Emmetsburg. Five grandchildren: Jacob and Jenna Hilton of Humboldt, Cheston Hilton and Trista Thompson of Fort Dodge, Joe Hilton, Kaity Mason and Zach Mason all of Emmetsburg. Great-Grandchildren: Landon and Liam Hilton, and Ayden Hilton. Siblings: Jim and Sharalyn Hansen of Rolfe, and Julie and George Freidhof of Elma. Extra special nieces and nephews: Brad, Tammy, Carter and Olivia Freidhof, Jeff Freidhof, Diane and Matt Hansel, Jessie, Ben, and Jake Peterson, Kyle, Angela and Ryanne Miller, Michael, Lauren, Noah and Amelia Miller, and Andrea, Chris and Matthew Harper.

Preceded in death by her parents Chet and Mildred Hansen, her son Kevin, her sister Janice Wiggins and husband Bennie.

Private inurnment will take place at a later date at Clinton-Garfield Cemetery in Rolfe.

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