Theo (Aspholm) Tiffany

Theo (Aspholm) Tiffany


Theo Tiffany, 85, of Britt, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa in Mason City.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at First Lutheran Church, 70 Fifth Avenue Northwest in Britt, with Pastor Norm Bauer officiating.  Burial will be at 11:00 AM on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at Ashton Cemetery in Jasper County. 

Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 PM on Tuesday, April  22, 2014, at Ewing Funeral Chapel, 178 Center Street West in Britt, and will continue one hour prior to services at the church.

Theo, the daughter of Eric Theodore and Anna Christina (Kallenberg) Aspholm, was born on June 6, 1928, in a little white house on Swede Hill in Manson, Iowa. She was one of 9 children, and told many amusing tales of her childhood and of the pranks and hijinks instigated by her brothers, particularly Paul and Lowell. She graduated from Manson High School in 1946.

After high school, Theo completed secretarial and business training in Des Moines at the American Institute of Business and secured a secretarial job in Des Moines.  She worked for 2 years until she set off for some adventure.  She traveled and worked at Yellowstone National Park, and traveled to Reseda, California, where she lived with her sister, Lottie Johnson and family, and worked in Los Angeles for a short time.

In December of 1950, she returned to Manson then secured another secretarial job in Des Moines. In June of 1950, Theo met George Tiffany while playing tennis in Drake Park. Family lore suggests that Theo beat George at tennis that day; it was the beginning of a 55 year long romance. George and Theo were married on June 23, 1951, at St. John Lutheran Church in Des Moines.

In their early years, Theo and George lived in Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Wheaton, Illinois, and Windsor Heights, Iowa. In 1974, Theo and George moved to Marshalltown, Iowa when they purchased Iowa Step and Tank Company. Theo returned to work as the Office Manager of Iowa Step and Tank, then as the Vice President and Office Manager of the Party Pac Popcorn Company which they founded. Theo and George moved to Britt in 1985.

She was member of First Lutheran Church in Britt and was active in Lutheran churches all her life. She was also an active PEO member and past-president of the Hancock County American Cancer Society. She was an avid bridge player both with George and also later in several women’s bridge clubs. Her hobbies included sewing, needlepoint, entertaining, cooking; she loved to serve others. Above all, faith, family, and friends were most important to her.

Theo is survived by her four children, son, Dennis and wife Patricia, of Rochester, Minnesota, daughter, Patricia Johnston and husband Lorren, of Fairbanks, Alaska, son, Doug and wife Brenda of West Des Moines, Iowa, and daughter, Lisa Nelson and husband Mark of Forest City, Iowa; grandchildren, Anna and Amy Tiffany, Eric and Theresa Tiffany, Keeley O’Keefe and Shanna and husband Devin Eilers, Nehemiah and Noah Nelson, and Natalie and husband Theadore Bradbury; sisters-in-law, Wilma Aspholm of Manson, Johanna Hudson of Des Moines, and Betty Tiffany of Indianola and many nephews, nieces and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ted and Anna Aspholm; husband of 54 years, George Tiffany; brothers and sisters, Carl, Wayne, Myrtle, Lottie, Edith, Paul, Lowell and Betty Joan and by her niece, Dorothy Schneider.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Lutheran Church, Britt, Iowa.


Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Where: Ewing Funeral Chapel – Britt
178 Center Street West, Britt, Iowa 50423
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Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: First Lutheran Church – Britt
70 5th Avenue North West, Britt, Iowa 50423
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