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“Janet and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a wonderful woman. ”
1 of 28 | Posted by: Mary Anne Sheets - North Libertqy, IA

“Janelle and all of your family: Jim and I are so sorry for your loss. I am sure your mother is up in heaven, reusing her aluminum foil and wax...Read More »
2 of 28 | Posted by: Jan & Jim Barnes - Coralville, IA

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Eileen. Your in our hearts and prayers. ”
3 of 28 | Posted by: Henry and Penny Sines - CA

“How blessed you were to have had such a wonderful mother. My deepest sympathy to the whole family. ”
4 of 28 | Posted by: Betty (Scheetz) Wood - Iowa City, IA

“I am very sorry for the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. ”
5 of 28 | Posted by: Julie eckrich - Oxford, IA

“So sorry for your loss. Let there be comfort in knowing she and Jean are together again. We so enjoyed bowling with them for many years. Always happy...Read More »
6 of 28 | Posted by: John & Pati Hahn, Tami & Lyle Greiner - IA

“Jo Anne, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. I know when my Mom, Shirley Frees, moved to Colonial it helped her to see someone she...Read More »
7 of 28 | Posted by: Vicki - New Orleans, LA

“To the Bryant family my condolences at this time. I hope the many memories you have comfort in your loss. Sincerely, Sandy ”
8 of 28 | Posted by: Sandy Dennis - West Branch, IA

“Randy, Sandi, Keith and family I am sorry for your loss. I remember your mother coming to Sheriff's Dept. events with Jean. You are all in my prayer...Read More »
9 of 28 | Posted by: Dan Hayslett - Iowa City, IA

“Eileen was so joyful. Everyone loved to be around her. She always had a smile and her personality was happy. It made everyone around her happy. My...Read More »
10 of 28 | Posted by: Edith Reynods Sladek - MO

“I was surprised and saddened to read your Mother's obit today. I am glad you have many happy memories of her. My deepest sympathies to you all. ”
11 of 28 | Posted by: Barb Taylor (Johnson) - Iowa City, IA

“Sorry to hear the news about Aunt Eileen. I have a lot of great summer memories when I went camping with Grandma and Grandpa Geg. with the Bryants to...Read More »
12 of 28 | Posted by: Kimberly (Witte) Thomas - Logan, IA

“Janelle - Sorry for your loss. It is difficult anytime but especially around the holidays. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this...Read More »
13 of 28 | Posted by: Becky Davis - Wellman, IA

“Our prayers are with the family of Eileen. ”
14 of 28 | Posted by: Kalee and Willie Nelson - Oxford, IA

“I'm so sorry to hear of the death of your mother, Junet. My sympathy and prayers to you and your family. God bless you. ”
15 of 28 | Posted by: Pat Fankhauser - Tipton, ID

“JoAnn So sorry to hear of you Mother's passing. She will be missed by many around the Cosgrove-Oxford area. Rosie (Ipsen) Dalton Des Moines ”
16 of 28 | Posted by: Rosemary Dalton - Des Moines, IA

“We are saddened with the loss of Eileen. She was always such a joy to be around. She always seemed to have energy in abundance! My family and I...Read More »
17 of 28 | Posted by: Bill and Karen Ruth - IA

“So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She lives on in all of you and the memories you have. My Sincere Sympathy to all of you. Deb Coblentz...Read More »
18 of 28 | Posted by: Deb Coblentz Harland - Kalona, IA

“I am so sorry to hear of Eileen's passing. She was a very special, kind and respected lady. You have many memories to hold on to and keep her in...Read More »
19 of 28 | Posted by: Brenda Verry - Clear Lake, IA

“Jo Anne, I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. As it happens my mother and yours both ended up living at Colonial Manor this year. ...Read More »
20 of 28 | Posted by: Cheryl Frees Westfall - AZ

“I was so amazed by how you honored your mother. After reading the obit, I was just so uplifted and not sad by what you had to say about Eileen. I...Read More »
21 of 28 | Posted by: Jacki Roe-Eckrich - North Liberty, IA

“So sorry to hear of the death of your Mom, Grandma, Sister, Aunt and Friend. My prayer is that you find strength and comfort in each others arms. ”
22 of 28 | Posted by: Lena Mears - IA

“I think my husband said it best when he said "she was always so upbeat and always had a story". You all are in my thoughts and prayers. "Death leaves...Read More »
23 of 28 | Posted by: Barry & Holly Verry-Cabuay & family - MN

“So sorry to hear about the passing of your mother, Randy and Snandy, our prayers are with you and your family. Donna Arthur ”
24 of 28 | Posted by: donna arthur - ainsworth, IA

“Sorry to hear about Eileen. Our thoughts are with your family. Eric and Theresa Stewart ”
25 of 28 | Posted by: Theresa Stewart

“I had only met Mrs. Bryant a few times, but she was always such fun when she came to the CC Stoplight shows. I also know that her daughter Janet is...Read More »
26 of 28 | Posted by: Kristi Peck - Tipton, IA

“Dena and family, please know my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. ”
27 of 28 | Posted by: Angie (Wade) Waters

“Our prayers and thoughts go out to all of Jean and Eileen's family. You are all so special. Your parents taught you well , that hard work and...Read More »
28 of 28 | Posted by: Cheryl & Daryl Reynolds - Oxford, IA

Eileen Bryant, 89, of Oxford, died Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at the Colonial Manor Care Center in Amana.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 7, 2012, at the St. Mary's Auditorium in Oxford, with burial to follow at the Oxford Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm Thursday at the auditorium in Oxford. Memorial donations can be made to a fund that will be distributed by the family at a later date. Online condolences may be sent for her family through the web @

Eileen Shebetka was born October 10, 1923, in Oxford, the daughter of Martin and Lillian (Schropp) Shebetka. Growing up here she attended Oxford Schools graduating from Oxford High School in 1941. On May 2, 1942, she was united in marriage to Jean Bryant in Oxford. One month later, Jean was drafted into the military. He served in the Army which included 27 months overseas working on the Burma Road. During WWII, Eileen was the definition of the war bride; she followed Jean in service to their country by working a number of various jobs. From ammunition inspections at Western Cartridge Company in Wood River, Illinois, testing mortar shells in Port Clinton, Ohio to being Rosy the Riveter on B-29 airplanes in Detroit, Eileen did her part. She also worked at U.S. Rubber building tires, Nabisco Cookies in Georgia, and as a waitress in Pomona, CA and Cheyenne, WY. Following the war, she and Jean returned to Iowa where they farmed and raised their seven children. She was a true partner in farming as well as a homemaker and gardener. She spent a lot of time in a tractor seat with tractor-pulling trophies to prove that skill. When Jean was employed away from the farm, she was an able farm manager and made executive decisions such as purchasing their first big round baler.

Growing up during the depression, Eileen passed on the core values of thriftiness and self-reliance to her family. Gardening was always part of that plan and a way of life to her. With the help of family, she even enjoyed looking after a small garden visible from her assisted-living apartment in Amana, waiting for that first ripe tomato or cucumber! She was always prepared to feed a crowd, keeping her fruit room, pantry shelves, and freezers full.

To say that Eileen was a hard worker is just the tip of the iceberg; she enjoyed square dancing, bowling, the outdoors, camping, fishing, and oh yes those huge family picnics! Nothing in this world was more important to her than her family, she was so proud of Jean, her children and as grandchildren and great-grandchildren came along, "Grandma" was her favorite title in this world; she loved them dearly, and will be missed by all.

She and Jean enjoyed 67 years of marriage. They were also blessed to live in a neighborhood and community that shared fun times and supported each other in times of need. They got together for cards, sledding, and picnics, as well as farming work projects such as haymaking and corn shelling.

Her family includes her children, JoAnne (Dan) Downes of Oxford, Janet Whaley of Stanwood, Richard (Debbie) Bryant of Oxford, Jim (Cathlene) Bryant of Parnell, Randy (Sandy) Bryant of Oxford, Janelle (David) Campbell of Oxford, Keith Bryant of Williamsburg; 20 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren; sister, Evelyn Gegenheimer of Oxford; brother, Gene Shebetka of Walford; a brother-in-law, Ray Bryant and his wife, Bonnie of Layton, Utah, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Jean; son-in-law, Victor Whaley; great-grandson Alex Myers and her sister, Dorothy Hospodarsky.

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service is caring for Eileen's family and her services.