VAN HORNE: Ilene J. (Bevins) Strellner, age 87, passed away Sunday, September 3, 2017 at Living Center East in Cedar Rapids.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 8, 2017 at Phillips Funeral Home in Keystone, with Deacon Robert Hurych officiating. The children will greet family and friends from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home in Keystone. Private family interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery rural Keystone. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to the Abbe Center, Aging Services or Living Center East.
Ilene was born on June 27, 1930 in Van Horne, the daughter of Clement “Pete” and Mabel (Seeck) Bevins. She graduated from Van Horne High School and married Edward Strellner on November 12, 1949 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids. She lived, worked and raised their family in Van Horne before moving to Cedar Rapids in recent years. Ilene worked at Farm Service and Monsanto for 36 years prior to her retirement. Throughout her life, she was involved in many church, school and community activities. She was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren competing in athletics, especially baseball and softball. One of her greatest joys was spending time with her grandchildren as they grew up.
Ilene is survived by her husband Ed of 67 years, 3 children, Dan (Anne) Strellner of Cedar Rapids, Cindy (Bob) Kaestner of Newhall, Tim (Gwen) Strellner of Marion; 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, Eric(Keevan), Brody, Kellen and Rylan Kaestner of Cedar Rapids, Grant Kaestner of Bettendorf, Erin (Owen) and Carter Stanley of College Station, TX, Dave Strellner of Telluride, CO, Jamie Strellner (Alex Craig) of Chicago, IL, Ben Strellner (Erin Coppock) of Chicago, IL and Jack Strellner of Marion; 2 sisters, Doris Osborn of Keystone, Kathleen Novak of Lisbon; special friend Patty (Mrs. Ralph) Petersen and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Edward Bevins; brothers-in-law Harold Osborn and Wes Novak; mother and father-in-law Carl and Margaret Strellner; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Leland and Donna Strellner, Joyce and Harold Frizzell and Mary and Duane Gustafson.
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