Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Elders Rod and Bev Simpson of the Ames, Community of Christ will officiate. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Aurelia. There will be a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m.Thursday at the funeral. Visitation will be today from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home with the family present from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Online condolences may be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.
Fern was born April 14, 1915 in Cherokee County, to Irvin Glenn. and Lulu Inez (Crippen) Hahn. She attended country school and graduated from Aurelia Community Schools in 1932. She was married to Willard Dale Petlon on Feb. 22, 1940 at her parents' home in Afton Township, Cherokee County. She and her husband farmed in Buena Vista and Cherokee Counties for many years, moving to Aurelia on Nov. 10, 1989. She was a member of the Community of Christ Church in Cherokee and was also a member of the Friendship Club, Birthday Club and Afton Community Club. Fern taught Sunday School for many years, was active in the women's work at her church and loved to work in her flower garden.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Willard on March 13, 1997; and her sister and brother-in-law, Lois and Paul Stieneke.
She is survived by her daughter Jolene Petlon Jacob and her husband Roger of Nevada,Iowa; two grandchildren, Janae Bowen and her husband Glen of Waukee and Christopher Jacob and his special friend Alexandrea Ackerman of Ankeny.