Edith Correy

Ethel Corey

Ethel Ena Correy, daughter of Louis Herman Oberkamper and Neva Rebecca Witter Oberkamper, was born February 9, 1906 in Cooper, IA. and died June 14, 2005 at the Rowley Memorial Masonic Home in Perry, IA. Ethel was 99 years, 4 months and 5 days.
Ethel was the second child born to Louis and Neva. She graduated from Cooper High School. Ethel lived in Cooper until her marriage on October 30, 1926 to Irwin P. Correy in Guthrie Center. They lived after marriage in Jamaica and then farmed south of Cooper until 1938. Ethel and Irwin then moved to Rippey to make their home. Irwin was hurt while working and was bedfast from 1953 to 1971. Ethel cared for him in their home all of those years.
Ethel had worked as a cook for the Rippey School for 10 years and later at the Post Office in Rippey until retiring in the mid '70's.
Ethel was a member of the Rippey United Methodist Church and was a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star as well as being a member of the Rebekah Lodge. She enjoyed crocheting, homemaking, and quilting. Ethel was well known for her excellent cooking and for fifteen years made chili and cinnamon rolls for the BRR ride celebrated in Rippey.
Ethel was preceded in death by her parents, infant sister, Virginia, daughter Phyllis in infancy, husband Irwin, one brother Lee Oberkamper; and four sisters: Juanita Gustafson, Naomi Hamilton, Dorothy White and Florence Logan.
Ethel is survived by her son Mahlon Correy and his wife Margaret of Cape Coral, FL. three daughters, Norma Schlarbaum of Rippey, Marilyn Church and her husband Jim of Des Moines and Janice Correy of Ames; ten grandchildren; Dennis Schlarbaum and wife, Curta; Ronda Zimmerman and husband, Steve; Michael Schlarbaum and wife, Eucaria; Jeffrey Correy; Steven Correy and wife, Jen; Mark Friel, David Church and wife, Kim; Cathy Blaskovich, Andrew Church, and Brian Church and wife, Marcia. Ethel is also survived by her great grandchildren and great-greats: David Schlarbaum and wife, Heather and their triplets, Dayna Brianna, and Samantha; Todd Schlarbaum, Katie Schlarbaum, Gregory Pyles and wife Melissa and their son, Alex; Corie Bates and husband Larry, and their children, Chloe, Noah, and Zoe; Kyle Francis and wife Krystal and son, Karl; Branden Schlarbaum and wife Brittany and their daughter, Emma; Christopher Schlarbaum, Jennifer Schlarbaum; Westley Correy, Katie Correy, and Jonas, Johnny, Jacob, Matthew, Jimmy, Corey, Alison, Kyle and Nathan Church, two sister in-law; Bernice Okerkamper and Elowene Fisher, numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
Services were held on Saturday, June 18, 2005 at the Rippey United Methodist Church with Rev. Eric Guy and Rev. David Swinton as Pastors. Interment was in the Franklin Township Cemetery at Cooper, IA.