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Earlene Frances McKenna

October 29, 1950 February 20, 2010
Earlene Frances McKenna
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Obituary for Earlene Frances McKenna

Earlene Frances McKenna, age 59, died peacefully at her home after a courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, February 20, 2010, surrounded by her loving family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 25, 2010 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Vinton, with Rev. Ardel Barta as celebrant.  Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Vinton.  A Rosary service will begin at 2:30 p.m. followed by a visitation from 3 to 8 p.m. and a Scripture Service at 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 24, 2010 AT ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH IN VINTON.
Earlene was born October 29, 1950 in Waterloo, IA, the daughter of Earl and Agnes Meier  Youngblut.  Earlene attended St. Mary’s of Mt. Carmel school in Eagle Center, Don Bosco High School, Gilbertville, and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in elementary education. 
On November 20, 1971, she married William R. McKenna at St. Mary’s of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Eagle Center.  The couple began farming near Hudson and moved to a farm west of Vinton on Jan. 1, 1974.  They farmed and sold seed west of Vinton until her husband’s death. Earlene was a substitute teacher in the Vinton School district at various times throughout the years. She most recently worked as a customer service representative at Wilson-Hite Insurance from 2003 until the present. 
Earlene was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Vinton where she was active in the Altar and Rosary Society.  She was a past 4-H leader of the Jackson 4 Leaf Clovers and was a Blood Drive Coordinator for the American Red Cross.  She enjoyed spending time with family, friends and neighbors. Her greatest joy came in playing with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her parents, her six children, Charlie (Kim) McKenna and their children, Max, Madeline and Meredith, Clear Lake; Tracy (Jay) Severtsgaard and children, Tyler and Grant, La Porte City; Dan (Brie) McKenna and children, Noel and Wesley, Vinton; Dawn (Karl) Janssen and children Carly and Samuel, Van Horne; John (Nichole) McKenna and children Clayton and William, Vinton; Katie (Brian) Hopper, Iowa City; her nine siblings, Teresa (Jim) Schmitz, Gilbertville; Rita (Craig) Rogers, Eveleth, MN; Leonard (Linda) Youngblut, Buckingham; Mary Wilson, Winter Park, FL; Nancy Newton, La Porte City; Harold (Amy) Youngblut, Waterloo; Marlys (Ted) Baebenroth, Minneapolis, MN; Lisa (Mark) Althof, Dysart; Anita Youngblut (Rick Scholz), Denver, CO and many nieces and nephews.
Earlene was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, on November 7, 2001 and two brothers, Peter and Eric Youngblut, brother-in-laws, Joel Newton and Ron Schmitz and father-in-law, Robert McKenna.
A memorial fund has been established.


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