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 May 2015 - Funeral Homes Receive Award


WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - Abels French-Hand Funeral Homes of Grundy Center, Dike, Eldora, Reinbeck, and Wellsburg received the Award of Excellence in Funeral Service at the 135th Annual Iowa Funeral Directors Association (IFDA) Convention held May 12-14, 2015, at the Iowa State Center and Gateway Hotel in Ames, Iowa.

The Iowa Award of Funeral Service Excellence recognizes a funeral home’s exemplary service to the community it serves. Abels French-Hand Funeral Homes, which has been serving Grundy Center and the surrounding communities for over 100 years, was one of 17 funeral homes from throughout the state to receive the award. It is the 3rd year the funeral home has been recognized by peers for this achievement. To qualify, a funeral home must excel in four of five areas: presentation of public information, active membership in the state association, sponsorship of community events or services, professional development, and personal development.

This year’s Annual IFDA Convention featured highly regarded local and national funeral service speakers who presented current information on bereavement education, business and management practices, regulatory updates, technical skills and training, and additional topics related to the funeral service profession. The Annual IFDA Convention provides funeral directors with a forum to receive and exchange information so they may return home with new ideas that will allow them to better serve the families in their communities..

The Iowa Funeral Directors Association “promotes and supports funeral service excellence©” by representing over 700 Iowa licensed funeral directors and 413 funeral home establishments throughout the state and promotes high standards within the field of funeral service through continuing education programs, legislative representation and service to Iowa communities. For consumer information regarding funeral service, please visit IFDA’s website at

Photo: Abels French-Hand Funeral Homes of Grundy Center, Dike, Eldora, Reinbeck, and Wellsburg received the Award of Excellence in Funeral Service for a 3rd year during the 135th Annual Iowa Funeral Directors Association Convention in May. L to R: IFDA President Jayme E. Lentz, Rebecca Camp, and William Camp.

 January 2015 - Winter Support Group

Abels Funeral Homes, in partnership with Cedar Valley Hospice, announces the start of their Winter 2015 Support Group.  The Winter Support Group will begin on Thursday, February 26, 2015.

The group will meet on Thursdays, February 26 through April 23 (Excluding April 2nd, Maundy Thursday)
from 3:30 -5:00 p.m. in the Eldora Public Library Community Room. 

The group will be a combination book study & support group experience. Participants will read Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart by Dr. Alan Wolfelt.

This is a short-term group (8 sessions), and participants are encouraged to attend all sessions.

Pre-registration is appreciated. Call Robyn at 319.830.4333 or Nathan at 319.272.2002.

Funeral Home

905 Edgington
Eldora, IA 50627
Phone: 641-858-2181
Fax: 641-858-3933
Funeral Home

304 North Adams
Wellsburg, IA 50680
Phone: 641-869-3336
Fax: 641-869-5223
Funeral Home

509 4th Street
Grundy Center, IA 50638
Phone: 319-824-3319
Fax: 319-824-5240
Funeral Chapel

680 Main Street
Dike, IA 50624
Phone: 319-824-3319
Fax: 319-824-5240
Funeral Home

409 Clark Street
Reinbeck, IA 50669
Phone: 319-345-2622
Fax: 319-345-2020

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