Carol Von Eschen (June 25, 2021)

Carol Von Eschen photoApril 14, 1939 ~ June 25, 2021

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Thursday, July 1, 2021
12:00 – 2:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church
Shelby, IA
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Thursday, July 1, 2021
2:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church
Shelby, IA
(get directions)
Burial of ashes will be in the Shelby Cemetery, Shelby, IA

Husband – Del Von Eschen of Shelby, IA
6 Children – Danny Bain of Shelby, IA
Garvin (Melissa) Bain of Sioux Falls, SD
Tim (Cheryl) Bain of Hancock, IA
Deb (Barry) Lawson of Olathe, KS
Lori (Roger) Loerch of Ruskin, FL
Don (Connie) Von Eschen of Avoca, IA
13 Grandchildren
19 Great-grandchildren
Other Relatives & Friends

Freda Carroll “Carol” Von Eschen, the daughter of Fred and Nettie (Jackson) Smith, was born on April 14, 1939, in Coin, Iowa. She attended Coin Public Schools and graduated with the Class of 1957. Carol then married Dana A. Bain, and three sons were born to this union. The couple later divorced.

In 1970, Carol moved to Shelby, Iowa. She worked as a Northwestern Bell telephone switch operator and later, as a lineman. On May 29, 1976, Carol married Delmar Lee Von Eschen at the Methodist Church in Shelby. The couple farmed, and Carol helped around the farm in whatever way she was needed.

Carol was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Shelby, Iowa. She was also a longtime member of the Women’s Federated Club of Shelby. Carol was a very talented seamstress and quilter; her many creations included suits, wedding dresses, general clothing and furniture upholstery. She was a wonderful cook and baker who loved spending time with her family, especially during the holidays. Eager to try or do anything, Carol had proudly served as an EMT with the Shelby Volunteer Fire Department for many years, and was also an excellent marksman and hunter.

Carol Von Eschen died on Friday, June 25, 2021, at CHI Health Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She had reached the age of 82 years, 2 months, and 11 days.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Ed Smith; and one sister, Vida Williams. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Del Von Eschen of Shelby, Iowa; six children, Danny Bain of Shelby, Iowa, Garvin (Melissa) Bain of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Tim (Cheryl) Bain of Hancock, Iowa, Deb (Barry) Lawson of Olathe, Kansas, Lori (Roger) Loerch of Ruskin, Florida, and Don (Connie) Von Eschen of Avoca, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

The memorial service was held on Thursday, July 1, 2021, at the First Presbyterian Church in Shelby, Iowa, with Pastor Heather Ploen of United Lutheran Church, Shelby, Iowa, officiating. Georgene Juhl was the musician, and Chyann Bain was the special speaker. The “Last Page” call by Shelby Fire and Rescue and burial of ashes was held at the Shelby Cemetery, Shelby, Iowa. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home of Harlan and Shelby, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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7 Responses to Carol Von Eschen (June 25, 2021)

  1. Patsy Bolin Mahoney says:

    Carol and I attended high school at Coin, IA. We played in many basketball games together and generally hung out as friends when she lived on the farm during our high school years. Her nickname was “Fred”, and we had many good times together as teenagers. I am saddened by her passing. Her friendly smile and infectious laugh will always be remembered. Sleep peacefully my friend.

  2. Derek Hughes says:

    Grandma Carol you will forever be missed but for always be remembered. The love you showed all your grandkids was something I can only hope that I can do for my family one day. I remember from both a very young all the way up to becoming an adult we always had such a great time chatting and most of all laughing. You were a welcoming spirit and I know you’ll continue that in Heaven. Please watch over grandpa and all of us as we go through the different stages of loss and grief. Love you always Derek & the Hughes Family

  3. Leslie A. Hughes says:

    I LOVE you Grandma sooo soo very much! I will forever miss your loud bursts of laughter, your hugs, cooking and hanging out in your sewing room. I’m soo sad you didn’t get to meet your great grand daughter Violet in person but soo very grateful you did via FaceTime. I’m forever grateful for all of our memories together. Your soo talented and definitely made a mark here on earth. Can’t wait for the day I get to hug you heaven. Love you and miss you ! Xoxo Leslie & Violet

  4. Dee Dee says:

    She was an amazing seamstress. We loved her. She saved the day many times with our alterations. Was always nice chatting with her. We will miss her. Dee Dee and Steve Leinen and family. Donation will be given to the fire department in her name.

  5. Diane Garrison says:

    So sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. She was such a sweet and nice lady. I enjoyed talking with her whenever I took my sewing alterations to her. She had quite the sense of humor. Prayers and blessings to the family.

  6. Crystal says:

    I love you grandma thanks for making me your own. Thanks for all the amazing memories. Love you!

  7. Cindi Lidgett says:

    Carol was one of those people that you wish you could emulate. She was happy, strong, smart, hardworking and genuine and an all around Wonderful Lady.
    It has been an absolute honor to have known her. She will be missed.
    You are all in my thoughts and Prayers.

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