Obituary of Ethel Marie Gentes
Born March 21,1933 at home in Chenoa, Illinois to Elsa (McKinney) Rasmus and Walter Rasmus, she was the third of fourteen children. Left to cherish her memory are her husband Bob of 14 years, her children Curtis (Wanda) Isaacson of Clarinda, IA, Deanne Isaacson of Lincoln, NE, Jolinda Gowing of Clarinda, IA, Kris (Julie) Isaacson of Plainfield, IL, and Eric (Lana) Isaacson of Shelbyville, KY; Stepdaughter Julie Branan (and family) Bloomington, IL and stepson Mike Gentes (and family) Grand Island, NE. Also surviving are sisters; Hazel Isaacson of Mesa, AZ, Bessie (Chuck) Ritter of Alamogordo, NM, Margaret (Gene) Ketchmark of Overland Park, KS, Janet (Bill) Harrison of Creve Coeur, IL, Doris (Chris) Sawin of Westport, WA, and brother Jack Rasmus of Chenoa, IL. Beloved grandchildren Dan (Amy) Isaacson, Angie (Trent) Dow, Doug (Kim) Downing, Jordan (Krystal) Gowing, Emily (Brad) Lawson, Anna and Zack Isaacson, Bria, Kyra, and Joel Isaacson. Great Grandchildren: Noah, Eliana, Zia, and Luke Isaacson, Sant and Breck Dow, Gabby, Cheyenne, and Christin Downing, Silas, Mara, and Ezra Gowing, Amari, Julissa, and Elijah Lawson.
Preceding her in death were her parents Walter and Elsa Rasmus, first husband Darrel (DD) Isaacson, son-in-law Kevin Gowing, infant brother David, brothers Carl (Helen), Phillip (Berniece), and Donnie Rasmus, sisters Corriene (Lyle) McCollum,
Ethel grew up in Chenoa, IL with her 12 siblings and many foster siblings. She graduated from Chenoa High School and received a scholarship to attend nursing school at Kings County Hospital in New York City where she met Darrel Isaacson who was in the army stationed at Fort Tilden in New York City at the time. They married December 3, 1954, and returned shortly after to live in Southwest Iowa. Ethel was a devoted farmwife and busy and loving mother. She was active in the Page County Farm Bureau, Christian Women’s Club and the Yorktown and Shenandoah United Methodist Churches. Darrel and Ethel taught high school Sunday school for several years, enjoyed a trip to the Holy Land in 1979, and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2004.
After Darrel passed away Ethel reconnected with high school classmate Bob Gentes from Lexington, IL and they married on October 30, 2008. They enjoyed each other’s love, company, and support for over 14 years.
Ethel’s laughter was contagious and her outlook on life proved her genuine faith in Jesus Christ as her hope and Savior. She served Christ in her home and in the church for many years. During her lifetime and especially in her last few months of earthly life she shared her faith and hope in Jesus with her many visitors.
While no one welcomes death; she did not fear it, knowing she’d be united with her Savior and reunited with the many loved ones who went before her.
In Loving Memory
1933 - 2022