Eloise Ziesman Cobie

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 7:24 pm

Eloise Ziesman Cobie was born April 25, 1918, near McAllen, Texas, to Frank and Alma (Thompson) Ziesman. The family was originally from Eldora, and they returned to farming in Iowa when Eloise was seven years old. She graduated from Eldora High School in 1935, after which she worked as a bookkeeper.

In 1939, she met her future husband, Delmar Cobie at the Ackley, during Sauerkraut Days Fest. They were married May 22, 1941, and set up housekeeping in Ackley. Delmar was in the Army Air Corps during WWII, so they traveled from Texas, to Kansas to Colorado and back to Iowa after his discharge. They moved to Des Moines where he got his bachelor’s degree from Drake University. In 1958, they purchased an office supply store in Decorah. Eloise managed the store and did the purchasing and bookkeeping.

They sold the store in 1972, bought an Airstream and traveled throughout the U.S. In 1978, Delmar’s health was fading, so they moved to Des Moines to be near their daughter and family. After Delmar passed away in 1988, Eloise traveled the world with family and friends. She was a beautiful seamstress, enjoyed bridge, golf, arts and crafts, lunches with friends and especially spending time with family. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church. Eloise spent her last years living at Scottish Rite Park.

Eloise is survived by her daughter, Diane Sue Bradley (Curtis) of West Des Moines; granddaughters, Jenny Pfeffer (Dan) of Des Moines and Beth McClellan (Mark) of Prairie City; grandson, John Bradley (Natia) of London, UK; and great-grandchildren, Brad, Jack and Kate McClellan, Ellie Pfeffer, and Amelia and Ava Bradley.

She was preceded in death by her husband; brother, Bob Ziesman; and sister, Gladys Ryan.

Eloise will be entombed next to her husband at Resthaven Mausoleum at a private family service. 

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