In Memory of

Glenna M. George

April 27, 1924 - January 26, 2011
Glenna M. George, the daughter of Glenn and Mabel (Bork) Greene, was born April 27, 1924, in Marcus, IA. Her childhood years were spent in Marcus and Cherokee where she attended school and won many spelling bees. Glenna married George Ryan in 1949, and then raised two children, Cherie and Bill, as a single parent until her marriage to Joe George in 1959. Joe preceded Glenna in death in 1996. A wonderful addition to the siblings in 2000 was Rod Keller, Glenna's son who had been adopted at birth. Glenna worked as a waitress in several restaurants and steakhouses until she and Joe owned and operated the busy Coffee Cup Café in Cherokee for many years, where she kept the customers happy with her homemade chicken and noodles, bread pudding and rhubarb pie. She later managed High Fashion Fabric store in Cherokee until her retirement. Glenna had an enduring love for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, a lifelong attachment to the many pets in her surroundings, and a passion for cooking, reading, and sewing. Her strong will, determination, and sense of humor helped her cope with multiple health issues and the effects of a stroke she suffered in 1992. Glenna is survived by her daughter Cheryl and husband Mac McMullen of Denison IA, two sons, Bill Ryan and wife Linda of Muscatine IA, Rod Keller and wife Karen of Hartley IA, four grandchildren: Derek Ryan (wife Amy), Aaron Ryan (wife Carmen), Megan Ryan, and Nicole Keller, six great-grandchildren, nephew Kevin Greene, niece Linda Kohn, and many family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe George, her parents, a niece Kathy French, and her siblings Melvyn and Wayne (Mike) Greene. The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation to Kate Neumann, homemaker aide to Glenna for twelve years, who lovingly cared for her like another daughter.
The family is respecting Glenna's request for no visitation or service. There will be a private family graveside ceremony at the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Cherokee in the spring.
Mount Calvary Cemetery Cherokee, Iowa


Monday, January 31, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Cherie, what a wonderful lady Glenna is. And that her smiling face is looking down on you and your Family. You were always there for her, and remember she will always be in are hearts. I will always remember what a precious friend she was to me. ”
- Annie Andresen
Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Are condolences to the family and friends. I know my mom Gayle, is probably waiting for her. I know they were great buddies.”
- Mick & Carol Pickett
Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Cherie and family, I am so saddened by this, even though this part of your mother's life completes the circle. Your mother was always sooooo kind to me. Please know I am sending healing vibes to you, my friend.”
- Jane (Hansen) Kauzlarich
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