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Eileen Lesan

Mary Eileen (Yashack) Lesan was born March 24, 1920 in Mount Ayr, Iowa the daughter of Andrew Howard and Bessie May (Stuck) Yashack. Eileen was the oldest of four children. When Eileen was five years old the family moved to Lomax, Illinois for one year. Then they moved Peoria, Illinois until the depression hit and they moved back to rural Mount Ayr. In the summer of 1933 the family moved to Diagonal, Iowa. Eileen resided the rest her of life in Ringgold County. She attended school in Mount Ayr and Diagonal, Iowa. She graduated in 1938 from Diagonal High School.

On December 31, 1945 Eileen was united in marriage to Charles Joseph Lesan, son of Howard and Myra Bowles Lesan of Mount Ayr. To this union three children were born, Steven Charles, Sharon Lee, and Susan Lynn. Steven a retired teacher lives in Kansas City, MO. Sharon lives in Mount Ayr and is a resident of the Ringgold County Group Home. Susan is employed by Dowling Catholic High School as a teacher and lives in Des Moines, Iowa.

The couple lived with Charles's parent on their family farm for many years. Charles past away October, 1970. Eileen and Sharon continued living on the farm until the two moved to town in the fall of 1986. Through the years Eileen clerked at J.B. Currie Variety Store in Diagonal, Ben Franklin Store, Anthony Store and Twin Shop in Mount Ayr. She worked in the Deputy Clerk of Court for Asa Huggins from 1941 through 1946 and then for Rollin Noble from 1973 to 1985 when she retired in May of 1985. She moved to the Clearview Estates in May, 2006 and later to the Clearview Homes March 2011.

Throughout her lifetime Eileen participated in several organizations over the years. She was an active member of the First Christian Church, P.E.O Sisterhood, the American Legion Auxiliary, Modern Mothers and several other clubs. Being a wonderful cook, she enjoyed entertaining family and friends. She looked forward to playing cards and games with family and friends. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Eileen passed away December 26, 2014 in Clearview Home in Mount Ayr.

Eileen is survived by her children Steven, Sharon and Susan. Extended family includes her sister Virginia Cardamon of Des Moines; nieces Janet (Thomas) Ford, Marilyn (Steve) Werner, Vicki (Mark) Miller, Theresa (Roy) Shaw, Nancy Peters Janover and Linda (George C) Peters; nephews Frank (Joan) Cardamon, Jr., Shelly Yashask and great nieces & nephews; other relatives and friends.

Eileen was preceded in death by her husband Charles Lesan, her parents Andrew and Bessie Yashack; father and mother-in-law Howard and Myra Lesan; brother Richard (Dick) Yashack; sister Marilyn Yashack; brother-in-law Frank Cardamon; sister-in-law Marjorie Yashack; nephew Ronald Yashack; brother-in-law Bernard Peters; and sister-in-law Anne Peters.

The family would like to thank the staff for all the loving care extended to Eileen during her stay at Clearview Estates and Clearview Homes. Also a special thanks to Hospice of Central Iowa for their professional care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ringgold County Group Home.

  • Open Viewing

    December 29, 2014
    12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    December 30, 2014
    10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Celebration of Life

    December 30, 2014
    11:00 AM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Tuesday December 30 2014

    Rose Hill Cemetery

    Hwy 2 & 169
    Mount Ayr, IA


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Steve, Susie and Sharon----Your mom always had a smile for everyone. I enjoyed talking with her, when I had my beauty shop and she would bring Sharon in to have her hair cut. Very sweet lady and I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Janet Barker Knedler - Topeka, KS - Friend   December 31, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Steve, Susie and Sherri, From the time we were young, your mother has been a great memory of a warm smile and a great understanding. Don''t remember hearing a word when the Ford tractor rolled down the hill south of the house into the pond. It didn''t seem to matter whether Steve and I were jumping terraces with that tractor and Susie and I had the sewing machine humming, lunch was on the table and Eileen always had a smile. My family always had a special love for your family and that love is still with you kids today. Thank goodness for the great memories. Pastor Ed Shields

Posted by Pastor Ed Shields    December 30, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Eileen was a very sweet lady, always had a smile on her face.

Posted by guelda barker - mt ayr, IA - friend   December 29, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Susan, Steve and Sherry,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Many great talks during Eileen''s visits to Des Moines! I''ll be thinking of you all and hold you in my prayers.

Posted by Noel Nicholas - Des Moines, IA - Friend   December 28, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

It is with my deepest sympathy, I leave this message honoring your mom. I have many fond memories spending the night with Susan. Eileen would always cook something great to eat and "put up with us" just being kids. She was always so kind and thoughtful. A real lady indeed. I thought of her just last week, and memories of those days flooded back. I know your lives are rich with memories that will forever be with you.
In friendship, Mary Beth Morrow

Posted by Mary Beth Morrow - Prole, IA   December 28, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Steve, Sharon, and Susan. Your mother was a wonderful lady from a great era. Your friend, Jill

Posted by Jill (Thomas) Davis - Des Moines, IA - Friend   December 27, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. I was lucky to know Eileen and the rest of your family. I have many fond memories of times we were together at the Group Home and we had many long talks. It was always nice to see her at the Ringgold Singer concerts. I wish I had been with the group when she was a member. Prayers to all your family.

Posted by Kathleen Myers White - creston, IA - friend   December 27, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Many wonderful memories that have held for many years. Left Mt
Ayr in 1967 but remember Eileen as always so welcoming into her life
and family! Thinking of you Steve, Susan and Sharon, Lynda

Posted by Lynda Barnes - Johnston, IA - Former pastor''s wife & friend   December 27, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to Eileen''s family. She was a gracious lady.

Posted by Gwen Trullinger - Mount Ayr, IA - friend   December 26, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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