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Coleen B. Halbfass

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Coleen B. Halbfass

Des Moines

Coleen B. Halbfass, 95, of Des Moines, passed away March 12, 2014 at Ramsey Village Retirement Community. Coleen was born February 11, 1919 in Collins, Iowa to William and Eva (Smith) Carver. She graduated from Collins High School in 1936 where she lettered in basketball.

Coleen attended Iowa State Teachers' College in Cedar Falls, graduating in 1938 with a teaching certificate. She taught Kindergarten students for three years in Dinsdale then taught second and third grades at West Union for one year, and first and second grades at La Porte City for two years.

On August 24, 1944, Coleen married Herbert F. Halbfass in Hernando, MS. The couple lived in Tennessee, Virginia and California while Herbert served in the U.S. Navy. After his discharge in 1947, the couple settled in Des Moines with their daughter, Sharon. A son, Dennis Lee, later completed their family.

Coleen was a wonderful mother, wife, and homemaker. She especially enjoyed being a Camp Fire Girl and Horizon Club Leader as a young mother. She worked as a home typist, a substitute teacher for Des Moines Public Schools, and was also employed by Busy Bee Nursery School and Fashionette, a clothing store near Drake University. Coleen was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. She was an Iowa Hawkeye and Chicago Cubs fan, an avid reader, and enjoyed spending time with her family and hiking in the Colorado mountains with her husband.

Coleen is survived by her children, Sharon Lynne (John) Schlaht of Creston and Dennis (Jean) Halbfass of Altoona; two grandchildren, Kyle Schlaht of Grinnell and Tara (Matt) Klein of Des Moines; two step grandchildren, Debbie (Rusty) Dalton of Indianola and John Grimm of Pleasantville; two great-grandchildren, four step great-grandchildren, and two step­ great-great grandchildren.

Coleen was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and brother, Floyd Carver. The family would like to thank staff members at Glen Oaks Alzheimer's Special Care Center and Ramsey Village for the excellent care Coleen received during the past 3 ½ years.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at Iles Dunn's Chapel with private burial at Evergreen Cemetery in Collins, Iowa. Memorial contributions may be given to a .

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Published in Des Moines Register on Mar. 16, 2014
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