In Memory of

Roxie Behn

May 10, 1935 - July 4, 2015
Roxana (Holleran) (Christian) Behn, the daughter of Margaret (Hamilton) and Joseph Holleran, was born in Elmira, NY on May 10, 1935. She received her early education in Wellsboro, PA, and then attended Mt. Aloysius Catholic High School in Cresson, PA. She graduated with the class of 1953. On June 6, 1953, she was united in marriage to Ronald M. Christian in Wellsboro, PA. On February 14, 1981, Roxie married Walter H. Behn in Windsor, NY. Although her roots were in Pennsylvania and New York, Roxie loved Cherokee and it was where she called home for nearly 30 years. She held various managerial positions for local businesses during her working years, including JC Penny, J & K Services and Chief Cablevision. All of Roxie's favorite activities were centered on her time spent with her family or with Paul Woodall, the love of her life. She loved little kids, camp outs, fishing, playing cards, going for ice cream and especially visiting Larson Lake in Aurelia, IA. She loved having flowers grow in her yard. She had a compassionate heart, and made a special effort to reach out to comfort a friend in need. Her faith was also very important to her. Since March of 2013, Roxie was lovingly cared for by the staff at Careage Hills Nursing Home in Cherokee. They loved her feistiness and fondly called her 'Rox'. She peacefully slipped away from this life at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in the early morning hours on July 4, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Joseph Holleran, Jr., and John 'Jack' Holleran. Survivors include her loving companion of 28 years, Paul Woodall, of Sutherland, IA; her 5 children: Pandora (Dana) Phipps, Kim (Ken) Barrett, all of Cherokee, Scott (Jill) Christian of Soldotna, AK, Jill (Daren) Lynch of Oneida, NY, and Nicholas Behn of Worms, Germany; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Jane Schofield of Utica, NY; several nieces and nephews; a special friend, Wilma Hagen of Cherokee; and many other friends and relatives. The family requests that memorials in Roxie's name be directed to Careage Hills Nursing Home, 725 N. 2nd St., Cherokee, IA 51012.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 7 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Father Dan Guenther
Josh Niemeier Matt Niemeier Dan Niemeier Ken Barrett, Jr. Ty Christian David Walter Christian Lundy Gavin Niemeier Caleb Niemeier
Visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. Monday, July 6, at Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. The family will be present at the visitation from 5:00 until 7:00 Monday evening. A prayer service will follow the visitation at 7:00 p.m.
Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Cherokee


Friday, July 10, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Roxie will truly be missed. She was a character!!!”
- Glenda Parrish
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Special thoughts and prayers are with your family.”
- Jeannette Ott
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Roxie will truly be missed, she was a wonderful lady and I am glad I was able to spend time with her when I was younger. She always made me feel so welcome and part of the family. Always smiling and out going. Our sympathy to the family. Karla & Kyle Lundy”
- Karla Lundy
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“I'm so sorry for your loss... ”
- Yvonne
Monday, July 6, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Kim, Pandora and families;
We are so sorry for your loss, know that you and your families are in our thoughts and prayers. Mary and Jeff Triplett and family”
- Mary Triplett
Monday, July 6, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“I will never forget Roxie, she's one of those once in a lifetime people you meet that changes the person you are forever. She never apologized for who she was and kept us all laughing until the very end. I got to know her as both a client and resident and am so grateful for that, even when she complained to her cosmetologist about the CNA at Careage Hills, which both just so happen to be me. =) You are all in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Korriane James
Monday, July 6, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Sorry for your loss what a special person she was. She was always nice to me heart of gold. That is far few between people like her. God has a special lady. God be with you all may he keep you in his tender care”
- Linda D Vannatta
Monday, July 6, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Roxie was such a kind person. Always doing something for someone else. She was a great friend and I will always remember her laugh. Oh, how she loved to travel and see her family away from home. She enjoyed every minute of it. You all take care and remember the happy times. We love you all and you are in our thoughts and prayers. Don is ill and having trouble breathing or we would be at the services. Thank you for sharing such a nice article about your mom.”
- Jo Lyman
Monday, July 6, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Paul and family, we are so sorry for the loss of Roxie. Know you are in our outs and prayers. We shared many of special times at campouts”
- Elaine Mallette-Karli
Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry for your loss. She was a pretty special lady!”
- LaurenR Bakker
Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“im sorry to hear about your loss,she was a great lady and will be missed by all who knew her”
- Melissa Eberly
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