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Nevva Hjortshoj


Nevva Hjortshoj, age 100 of Monroe, passed away on Sunday, August 24, 2014, at Nelson Manor in Newton. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 28, 2014, at the Monroe United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m., with burial following at Silent City Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 27, 2014, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the church. The family will greet friends from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Monroe United Methodist Church or the Monroe Public Library. Condolences may be left for the family at

Nevva Lillian Hjortshoj was born March 22, 1914, in Atlantic, Iowa, sixth child of Raymond and Lillian Potts Odem. She graduated from Wiota High School in 1931. After further education, she taught at a rural school, Grove #6 in Cass County and later was the Office assistant for the Cass County Farm Bureau Office. October 4, 1938, she married Gunnar Hjortshoj at her parent's home southeast of Atlantic. Gunnar and Nevva farmed at Anita for 7 years before moving to a farm west of Monroe. They farmed there for 31 years before moving to Monroe. Nevva was a member of the United Methodist Church. She taught Sunday School for many years and helped to create the Junior High Youth group at the church. She was a member of the Cass County 4-H Girls Committee, and a 4-H Leader in Jasper County. She was a member of the United Methodist Women, Monroe Mothers Club, Monroe Woman's Club and Jasper County Historical Society. She was happy to be a Kiwanis Queen and her and Gunnar hosted the annual picnics for many years. She loved her family and delighted in the great-grand children's visits. She was always interested in and inquired often about their activities. She was an excellent cook, often serving lunch or dinner on short notice to the many visitors to the farm. She always looked forward to visits from friends. Gunnar and Nevva spent several winters in Apache Junction, AZ. Nevva moved to Newton Village when she was 90 and enjoyed the many activities provided at the assisted living facility. She made many friends at the Village and was very appreciative of the staff and the care she received. In April, 2010, she fell and broke a leg and has resided at Nelson Manor in Newton since her fall and thankful for the loving and caring staff at Nelson Manor.

She is survived by her daughter Carol Ann (Larry) Diekema and three sons, Paul (June) and Darrell (Karlin) of Monroe and John (Sharon) of Huxley, 11 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, and two great great grandsons. Nevva was proceeded in death by her husband, Gunnar in December, 1988, parents, four brothers, Ralph, Lloyd, Wayne and Claire Odem, two sisters, Doris Stoodt and Norma Tanner, and one grandson, Shawn Hjortshoj.

Published in Des Moines Register on Aug. 27, 2014
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