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In Memory of

Juanita Nadine Argotsinger

August 31, 1932 - September 1, 2017

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In Memory of
Juanita Nadine (Hamblen) Argotsinger

August 31, 1932- September 1, 2017


Preceded in death by parents Aaron and Zola Hamblen of Dow City, Iowa; brothers Dick (Maxine) Hamblen of Dunlap IA, Jim (Cecelia) Hamblen of Vail, IA and Kenneth (LaMae) Hamblen, sisters Alice (Lloyd) Yankey of Vail, IA and Helen (Darold) Schmidt of Lincoln NE; nieces Myrna (Roger) Mohr of Vail IA, and Janet Loy of Vail, IA and nephews Michael Gibson of Dow City, IA and Phil (Barb) Hamblen of Denison, IA.

Survived by loving husband, Dale, son...

In Memory of
Juanita Nadine (Hamblen) Argotsinger

August 31, 1932- September 1, 2017


Preceded in death by parents Aaron and Zola Hamblen of Dow City, Iowa; brothers Dick (Maxine) Hamblen of Dunlap IA, Jim (Cecelia) Hamblen of Vail, IA and Kenneth (LaMae) Hamblen, sisters Alice (Lloyd) Yankey of Vail, IA and Helen (Darold) Schmidt of Lincoln NE; nieces Myrna (Roger) Mohr of Vail IA, and Janet Loy of Vail, IA and nephews Michael Gibson of Dow City, IA and Phil (Barb) Hamblen of Denison, IA.

Survived by loving husband, Dale, son Gary VanMeter of Council Bluffs, IA and stepsons Ronald (Monica) Argotsinger, and Richard (Barb) Argotsinger, stepdaughter Nancy Moore, 7 step grandchildren Shawna (Nate) Reker, Stephanie (Dennis) Landry, Zack (Allison) Argotsinger, Teresa (Brad) Newman, Jessica Argotsinger, Jared Argotsinger all of Denver, CO, Chris (Laura) Argotsinger of Farmington, AZ, and five step great grandchildren: Brandon Hooten, Alyssa Hooten, Madelyn Landry, Gabriella Landry, Claire Newman of Castle Rock CO, a sister, Donna Gibson of Blair NE, many other family members and friends.

In Memoriam

As we celebrate Juanita's life, we start with her being born in Vail IA of loving and caring parents. She began her educational journey in a small rural school. After the family moved to a farm west of Denison, Iowa she continued with her education in a country school about 1 ½ miles away from the farm. She walked this daily with her older brother and younger sister. The journey included walking by another farm where George and Rose Argotsinger lived, her present husband's grandparents. After the family moved to a farm 3 ½ miles north of Dow City, near her present husband's family farm, she rode the bus to the Dow City School from which she graduated in 1950.

Juanita enjoyed her school experiences. She was always an honor student, receiving awards for scholarship, singing in quartets, yodeling for friends and school events and winning musical and spelling contests within the county, and then graduating as the Valedictorian of her class. She said that making the Valedictorian Speech in front of family and community was scary. She enjoyed playing basketball and lettered all four years, playing Forward on the team. She especially remembered a time that she made a shot from just past the center line, and the crowd let out a great cheer. To this day, Juanita, with joy, spoke about her bus driver Dale, now her husband, who as a senior, drove the school bus.

Her mother, Zola, in 1943, experienced a severe stroke, causing damage to the left arm, leaving her with limited control. She could still do the cooking but was unable to do housework. She directed Juanita and her sister, Donna, in that endeavor, which made such an impression on them that their skill in housekeeping has blessed them in their life.

Juanita's loving father, Aaron, frequently admonished her when she sunbathed, which she loved to do under that Iowa sun, "Juanita you are going to be sorry someday." She didn't listen and she blamed some of her recent health problems on her refusal to listen to good counsel. Even as she worked in the summer detasseling corn, she was sunbathing. She did such a good job they promoted her to "Straw Boss."

After her High School graduation, her father offered to send her to college, but she said, "Dad, save your money. I just need a job." She then proceeded to work her way toward that goal by attending the Van Sant School of Business in Omaha and supporting that endeavor, working as a Nanny and caregiver. She graduated on March 1, 1951. After working in several local businesses, she became employed by AT&T. She enjoyed her work there as well as making many new friends, retiring in the fall of 1987. After a short period, she felt the need to go back to work and began working at Interstate Electric in Council Bluffs. In 2004, she received a condolence card related to the demise of her brother Jim and wife Cecelia, from her friend of long ago, Dale Argotsinger. She responded to the card at the urging of her dear friend of many years, Anna Mae Wagner, with a short letter, thus reuniting these High School sweethearts.

Juanita will be remembered as a loving, kind, hardworking, caring person, and will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Visitation
Saturday, September 9, 2017 9:30-10:30 AM
Westlawn-Hillcrest Funeral Home
5701 Center Street, Omaha NE 68106
Directions 402-566-2500

Graveside Service
Saturday, September 9, 2017 11:00 AM
Ridgewood Cemetery, E Pierce St, Council Bluffs, IA
Directions: 712-328-1579
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