Elaine Gronewold

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Elaine Gronewold of Carthage IL, age 87, passed away on February 6, 2024 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Elaine was born on December 8, 1936 in Keokuk, Iowa, to Delbert and Jessie Hempen Bachman. She graduated from Hamilton High School and then attended Gem City Business College in Quincy. On June 16, 1956, Elaine was united in marriage to her husband, Max. She was employed by Drydens in Keokuk. When they started a family, she was a stay at home mom, which was a priority to her. After raising their children, she worked at PCA/Farm Credit Services in Carthage for nearly 30 years.

Elaine and Max enjoyed square dancing for a number of years. They were also longtime members of Trinity Lutheran Church, where they raised their family and where Elaine taught Sunday School for many years. She also played the piano for Sunday School and occasionally played for church services, especially Palm Sunday. Her hobbies included gardening, sewing, baking, especially pies for funeral dinners. In later years, she enjoyed Seek & Finds.

Elaine is survived by her loving husband, Max, their children, Greg (Mindi) Gronewold, Merlin (Jolene) Gronewold and Roberta Maue, and their grandchildren, Ashton (Madalyn) Gronewold, Brooke (Evan) Davidson, Claire Maue, Luke (Tayler) Maue, and Ian Maue and 5 great grand children with #6 due to May.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, Delbert and Jessie Hempen Bachman and her brother, Alan Bachman.

Elaine’s memory will be cherished by all who knew her.


A celebration of life will be held on Friday, February 9, 2024, from 5-7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church. The funeral will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2024, at 10am at Trinity Lutheran Church with Dave Poland, officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Hamilton.  Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church, Carthage, IL. Printy Funeral Home in Carthage is in charge of arrangements.

Written by: Erin White

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