Corrine Schoien

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Corinne Elizabeth Schoien, 91, of Elkader, Iowa, formerly of rural Elgin, Iowa, died Friday, November 17, 2017, at the Elkader Care Center. Corinne was born on August 13, 1926, in Monona, Iowa, to Herman and Alma (Torkelson) Schoien. She was baptized and confirmed at the Highland Lutheran Church, rural Elkader, where she was a faithful lifelong member.

Corinne graduated from Elkader High School and Junior College. Following this she graduated from Iowa State with a bachelor’s degree in dietetics. Corinne then worked at St Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids and St Mary’s in Rochester MN. She then decided to obtain her teaching degree from Upper Iowa University. Following that she began her career at Valley Community High School in the fall of 1958 as the home economics teacher for the next 30 years.

Corinne was very proud of her Norwegian heritage. She and her sisters made their first trip to Norway in June of 1973, traveling all through Scandinavia and Western Europe, this being the first of several trips. They met many relatives on their visits. She also traveled many places with her friends from Iowa State. 

 Corinne loved to sew, quilt, bake Norwegian treats such as rosettes and krumkake, and of course genealogy. She resided in the family home built by her father until she moved to the Elkader Care Center in April of 2013.  She always had room in her heart and her home for her dogs, her last companion, Charlie, a yellow Lab, was quite a rascal.   Corinne always said when she lost one her many beloved dogs that they went to “dog heaven”.  The coffee pot was always on and the brownies ready to serve who ever stopped by to visit.

She is survived by her niece, Eleanor Reavis Krieg, Elgin IA, as well as great nieces and nephews and cousins. Corinne was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Irvin Schoien; her sisters, Ernestine Reavis and Arlene Schoien; and her nephew Frank Reavis. 

A visitation was held at 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church on Monday, November 27.

A memorial service was held at Highland at 11 a.m. Monday, November 27, 2017, with Rev. David L. Coffin officiating. Inurnment was at Highland Lutheran Cemetery, rural Elkader.

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home & Cremation Service assisted the family. Online condolences may be left with



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