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780 12th St. SW
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Le Mars, IA 51031
Phone: 712-546-4903
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Elaine Hodnefield

Elaine Marie Hodnefield

Sunday, March 21st, 1948 - Thursday, October 1st, 2020
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Elaine Marie Hodnefield, 72, of Kingsley, Iowa passed away on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at Unity Point Health in Sioux City, Iowa. A Celebration of Life will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at the Johnson – Earnest Funeral Home in Kingsley. Masks and social distancing will be required. Pastor Ken Kraft will officiate. Burial will take place at the Hauges Cemetery in Jackson, Minnesota. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be directed through

Elaine Marie Hodnefield was born to Cornelius (Corny) and Mildred (Millie) Hodnefield in Jackson Minnesota on March 21, 1948. It was Palm Sunday, also the first day of spring. She was the first of their three children. She grew up on a farm near Lakefield Minnesota with her two younger sisters Kathy (Kathleen) and Ellie (Elinor).

Elaine was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church. She was a woman of strong Christian faith and values. Elaine was an excellent student and knew at a young age that she wanted to be a teacher. Her favorite childhood activity was playing school with her two rather reluctant sisters as students. She graduated Valedictorian from Lakefield MN High School in 1966. She studied Elementary Education at Mankato State College where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1970.

Elaine’s teaching career spanned 47 years from 1970 to her retirement in May 2017. She did her student teaching in Northfield MN. She taught in Paullina IA before joining the Kingsley -Pierson School district. She taught primarily 3rd grade classes. Elaine was passionate about teaching. She taught three generations of children in the Kingsley -Pierson schools. She will be remembered for the many lives she helped to shape as a teacher. She treated every student as though they were her own children. Elaine was involved in many of the school’s activities. She loved to go to football and basketball games.

Elaine was a die-hard Twins baseball fan. Her favorite player was home run hitter Harmon Killebrew. She would celebrate his birthday every year and was able to meet him in person after he retired.
Elaine was proud of her Norwegian ancestry and visited Norway twice. She also traveled to Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Russia and took a cruise from Vancouver to Alaska with her sisters and their husbands. She was an enthusiastic tourist, always looking for things that would help her in her teaching. This was true if she were going to Moville or San Francisco.

Elaine was the family historian and keeper of the birthdays. She knew birthdays of most, if not all, of the extended family as well as all her friends and probably most of the kids that she taught. You could always see the sparkle in her eyes and hear the glee in her voice when she would say “Do you know whose birthday is today?”

Elaine was an optimist. She always tried to see the best in people. She was devoted to the students she taught, her family and her friends. Elaine was the one who strove to nurture family relationships. She had a knack for choosing just the right cards and gifts for celebrations of holidays, birthdays, graduations and anniversaries. She loved to celebrate the milestones in life.

She is survived by her sisters Kathy Brandt and her husband Ed of Tracy MN and Ellie Funk and her husband Dean of Brooklyn Park MN. Also survived by nieces and nephews, Neal and Mary Brandt of Lakefield MN, Nicole and Jeff Konz of South Haven MN, Nadine and Kurt Weedman of Tracy MN, Lisa Funk and fiancé Eric Hermansen of Forest Lake MN, Cory Funk and Mary VandeVoort of Woodbury MN, and 10 great nieces and nephews who all adored her and knew her only as “Auntie”.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents and great niece Sophia (Funk) Fleming. She will be interred near her parents and grandparents at Hauges Cemetery of Jackson MN.

Memorials in Elaine’s name will be used to fund a scholarship for a student of elementary education.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 17th, 2020 | 9:00am - 12:00pm
    Saturday, October 17th, 2020 9:00am - 12:00pm
    Johnson -Earnest Funeral Home
    313 Barre St.
    KINGSLEY, IA 51028
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  • Service

    Saturday, October 17th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, October 17th, 2020 1:00pm
    Johnson -Earnest Funeral Home
    313 Barre St.
    KINGSLEY, IA 51028
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    Pastor Ken Kraft
  • Interment

    Hauges Cemetery
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Peggy Mast

Posted at 03:54pm
Michelle Schroeder, Jo Riemenschneider, Randi Anstine, Jody Reinking, Wendy Seggerman, Kris Hackett, Peggy Mast, Mary Kennedy, Dean Harpenau, Brian Mulder, Susan Carver, Gayle Lees, Audrey Bollin and Audrey Talbert have planted 50 memorial trees in Elaine's honor. She was very thoughtful and always remembered many of us at K-P with cards and special gifts for all occasions. We were all very fortunate to have her in our lives.

Jason Freking

Posted at 08:03am
Was sad to hear about the loss of Elaine. My sympathies to you all.

Heidi McPartland

Posted at 12:45am
Elaine was truly a "one of a kind" teacher and friend. Her passion for educating children was so genuine and caring. The way she set high expectations made her students want to eagerly meet them because they wanted to please her. Her smile put the children at ease and her patience was so steady. I still thank God for placing me in her room to be my mentor teacher because I did learn from the best.
Probably the things I remember most about her is her loyalty-she attended every major event in our lives, her laughter and smile, the amazing amount of love she had for her family, and how she modeled and encouraged us in our faith with the Lord.
Please accept our deepest sympathy and love. Jim, Heidi, Mitchell, Mariah, and Marcus McPartland

Chad Howard

Posted at 11:31pm
Miss Hodnefield was the best 3rd grade teacher ever! She was honestly, one of my favorites! That infectious smile and her kind heart set her apart from the others. I remember kids in my class getting into lines just to get a hug from her. I tried it too, and I will say she gave a wonderful hug. I would go back to those good old days in a heart beat if offered a chance. As Gina mentioned, Miss Hodnefield read "Charlotte's Web" to us. I just remember how cool that book and story was, and it was her that made it so interesting. I'm sad that time gets away from us, I wish I could have one last conversation with Miss Hodnefield to tell her thanks for all she did for her Kingsley-Pierson kids. She was a major influence on my life and I will cherish those memories forever. She was an extordinary woman that will truly be missed. Deepest sympathy for family and friends.
-Chad Howard

Randy & Darla

Posted at 03:51pm
We are sending our love, support and deepest sympathy to your family ❤️ She was a special lady.

Diane Loudermilk Posted at 06:28pm

Kathy and Elinor. So sorry for your loss. Elaine and I enjoyed all the football and basketball games at LHS. We also enjoyed band trips together. We kept up with Birthday cards and Christmas cards all these years. Wish we would have lived closer. She was a special person in my life. Sending ❤️

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