In memory of

Edith Carolyn Woodke

July 3, 1923 - September 16, 2019
From: Milford, IA
Edith Carolyn  Woodke

Edith Carolyn Woodke

Born: July 3, 1923
Died: September 16, 2019
Age: 96
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   Edith Carolyn Woodke, of Milford, IA, formerly of Early, Nemaha, and Sac City, IA, passed away on Monday, September 16, 2019, at the Accura Healthcare of Milford, at the age of 96.  Carolyn Rutledge was born on July 3, 1923, to John and Beulah (Manly) Rutledge in Alberta, Canada.  Carolyn’s family lived in Bowden, Canada until 1929, York, NE, for a year, and then moved to Early, IA, where she attended elementary and high school graduating in 1941.  She continued her education at Morningside College in Sioux City for a year studying music.

   Carolyn was united in marriage to Harold Eugene Woodke on July 29, 1942, at her parents home in Early.  They made their home in Schaller and after Harold returned from serving in the military, moved to Early.  They were blessed with five children: Marilyn, Carolyn, Mary, Doris, and Robert.  She cherished her family and was a wonderful homemaker.  She liked creating different crafts, and loved reading and quilting.  Family gatherings and holidays brought her great happiness; cooking their favorite dishes and decorating for the holidays with her homemade crafts.  She had also worked as a school aide and school bus driver.  As a member of the United Methodist Church in Early and Nemaha, Edith served as a District Officer of the U.M.W. 

   Harold and Carolyn lived in Early until 1967, when they moved to Nemaha. They ran a small grocery store in Nemaha for a short period of time.  In 2008 they moved to Oak Terrace in Sac City.  Carolyn spent her last seven years at Accura Health Care in Milford, IA.  She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

   Survivors include her children: Marilyn Jean (Orville) Lewis of Terril, IA, Mary Margaret Sargent of Saint Robert, MO, Doris Elaine (Larry) Chalin of Delavan, MN, and Robert John Woodke (Dale Lemon) of Uniontown, PA; her ten grandchildren: Marshall (Kim) Lewis of Bennington, NE, Rhonda Stanley of Atlantic, IA, Matthew (Kiersten) Lewis of Fleming Island, FL, Jason Dreessen of Lawrenceville, GA, Wendy Sievers of Sac City, IA, Heather (Roger) Mahan of Lubbock, TX, Michael Shannon and fiancé Sarah Dimig of Nemaha, IA, Joseph Shannon (Tamra Friend) of Saint Robert, MO, John Woodke of Greenock, PA, and Maisie Woodke of Greenock, PA; 16 great-grandchildren; her sister Kathryn M. Carlson of Lincoln, NE; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

   Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents John and Beulah Rutledge; husband Harold Woodke; infant daughter Carolyn H. Woodke; and two brothers: Robert and Perry Rutledge. 



Memorials may be directed to Lakes Regional Hospice or the Accura Healthcare of Milford.



Memorial Service
2:30 p.m., Saturday
October 5, 2019
United Methodist Church
Nemaha, Iowa

Pastor Laurel Westerkamp
Private Family Interment
Union Cemetery
Early, Iowa


Monday, September 30, 2019 at 4:10 PM
“To Mary and her entire family,
So sorry to hear about your wonderful mother, she was a special lady.”
- Paul and Ina Rae Shannon
Monday, September 30, 2019 at 4:10 PM
“The world’s best cookie maker!!!! Kids remember all the fun we had camping at the lake!!! Our fathers both ground feed for a living. A very special family to have known growing up!!! Remember the great times and now she is with Harold again!!!! ”
- Connie Adkins
Friday, September 27, 2019 at 9:18 AM
“Dee so very sorry to hear of your mother’s death, we are never ready to lose them at any age, You shall be in my thoughts and prayers!”
- Ardell Blekfeld
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 4:10 PM
“Our prayers and sympathy to your family in the loss of your loved one. May all your treasured memories be a comfort to you.”
- Neil & Anita Mason
Friday, September 20, 2019 at 11:10 AM
“So sorry to learn of Carolyn's passing. She is now at peace. Let all the wonderful memories you have bring you peace also.
Prayers and blessings to each of you.”
- Beth Nellis Goodvin
Friday, September 20, 2019 at 11:10 AM
“I was so very sorry to hear of Carolyn's passing. Carolyn was such a nice lady and I am blessed for having known her. My sincere condolences to all of her family.”
- Nora Beving
Friday, September 20, 2019 at 11:10 AM
“Blessings to the Woodke family. Carolyn was a wonderful person. She was a part of our growing-up years. It's hard to lose these people May all your memories of her bring you peace. My sympathy and prayers are with you.”
- Beth Nellis Goodvin
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