Elaine Anna Struve, the daughter of John and Myrtle (Williams) Steinbeck, was born April 4, 1925, in O’Brien County, Iowa. Her childhood years were spent in Hartley, where she received her education, graduating from Hartley High School. Elaine appreciated growing up on the farm and helping her dad with some of the chores. She later continued her education at Sioux City School of Beauty.
Elaine married Gordon Struve on December 29, 1946, in Hawarden, Iowa. She was self-employed as a hairdresser for several years and a school cook for 21 years. She was a past active member of the United Church of Christ in Rossie until it closed. She enjoyed golfing and bowling long into her later years.
She passed away at the Spencer Hospital on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at the age of 96. Elaine was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gordon in 1997; one daughter in infancy, Karen Kay and daughter, Rhonda Dobbins in 2014; one son, Monte Struve; daughter-in-law, Ann Struve; five brothers: Wayne, Leland Donald, Keith and Garland; sister, Evelyn and her husband, Vernon Kruse; and sister-in-law, Ann Steinbeck.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Sondra Dolphin of Hartley, IA; one son, Roger Struve of Rossie, IA; two grandchildren: Jessica Ann Dobbins and Jacob Allen Dobbins; one sister-in-law, Donna Steinbeck of Hartley, IA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.