In Memory of

Eileen Hiniker

January 6, 1929 - December 22, 2016
Eileen Mary Hiniker was born to Nora (Hoffman) and Charles Kellen on January 6, 1929 in LeMars, Iowa. She grew up in LeMars until the age of five when she moved with her family to a farm outside Iona, Minnesota. Eileen grew up there attending St. Cloumba Catholic Schools graduating as valedictorian in 1946. She then graduated from Mankato School of Business and worked as a secretary/bookkeeper in Mankato, MN. While living there Eileen met the love of her life, Owen Hiniker. They were married October 18, 1948 at St. Columba Catholic Church in Iona, MN. Eileen lived in numerous states including North Dakota, Kentucky, Tennessee, Delaware, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa following her husband's large scale electrical work projects. They had two daughters Linda and Jan. Eileen enjoyed all aspects of raising her family. She also enjoyed cooking, baking, and cake decorating. Her brownies and pecan pie were family favorites. Eileen loved working in her flower garden, flower arranging and teaching her daughters the names of flowers. Eileen was active in Democratic politics for 28 years and served as the treasurer of the Cherokee County Democrats for 12 years. She also enjoyed working the county elections for a number of years. In her youth, she enjoyed ice skating, keeping scrapbooks, and dancing. During her life she spent time on many other interests including: reading, crocheting, crafting projects, ceramics, attending auctions, and playing bingo. Most of all Eileen loved spending time with her family, her husband, two daughters, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The last 20 years of Eileen's life were plagued by numerous challenging medical problems. Even though she was often experiencing pain, she persevered and was an inspiration to her family. Eileen will be lovingly remembered by her daughters Linda Hiniker of Fort Dodge, IA and Jan (Kenneth) Kistenmacher of Cherokee, IA; grandchildren, Kristi (Benjamin) Held of Coralville, IA and Keith Kistenmacher (special friend Hannah Haas) of Windsor Heights, IA; great-grandchildren, Alexandria and Edmund Held of Coralville, IA. She is survived by her sister Janice (A.J.) Del Calzo of Edina, MN; sister-in-laws, Ellen Kellen of Cedarburg, WI, Marilyn Erickson of Coon Rapids, MN, Lorraine (Wayne) Mayer of Virginia, MN, and Gloria Hiniker of San Antonio, TX; brother-in-law Roger (Arvis) Hiniker of Oceanside, CA; as well as a number of nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. Eileen was preceded in death by her husband Owen (in 2013); parents, Charles and Nora Kellen; in-laws, Walter and Cecelia Hiniker; brother, Kenneth Kellen; brother-in-laws, Daryl Hiniker, Loren Hiniker, Richard Erickson; and sister-in-law, Faye Hiniker.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee, Iowa.
Father Dan Guenther
Public visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. Monday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Monday night at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Organist- Charlotte Groves Vocalists- I.C. Funeral Choir
Mt. Calvary Cemetery Cherokee, Iowa


Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Linda and Jan,
So sorry to hear the passing of your mother. I know my mom will miss her!
Peace to you and your families.”
- Stephanie (Ament) Schutt
Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Dear Linda and Family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I was trying to find your phone number when I saw your mother had passed away. I know that loosing her at this time of year is especially difficult. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. ”
- Mary Ellen Pisarik Autry
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Jan so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Prayers for you and your family. She was such a nice lady.”
- Diana Driggs
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Dear Jan, So sorry to here about your mother. Life goes so fast. All the sudden we're 60 ourselves.”
- Michael Zembsch
Monday, December 26, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“I am sorry for your loss. Linda you have been so attentive to your mom and her needs. She was able to manage all her health issues with your help. I know you will miss her. ”
- Ron and Mary Kitterman
Monday, December 26, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry for your loss. I really enjoyed knowing and working with your mom and dad. Such a nice tribute video. So many memories. Thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
- Lorna F. Clark
Monday, December 26, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“We are so sorry about the loss of your mother/grandmother. She was a remarkable woman and will be missed by many. May God be will you at this difficult time. Lynette & Pat Hyndman”
- Lynette M. Hyndman
Saturday, December 24, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Linda.....just saw this online in Sioux City paper. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. You have been such a good daughter and I know how much you will miss her. I will write more later. Pat”
- Pat Kirby
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