In Memory of Sandra Kellen

Sandra Kellen
Sandra Kellen
Born: October 20, 1943
Died: December 10, 2018
Age: 75
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Sandra Kellen
October 20, 1943 - December 10, 2018
From: Ames, IA

Sandra L. Kellen, age 75, of Ames, Iowa, died at her home on Monday, December 10, 2018.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Nevada, with burial to follow in the Ames Municipal Cemetery.   Pastor David Burling will officiate.  Memorial visitation will be held on Monday from 5-7 p.m. at Ryan Funeral Home in Nevada. 

Born October 20, 1943, in State Center, Iowa, Sandra Lou Kellen was the daughter of Louis and Lornetta (Kuhlman) Nolta.  She graduated from State Center High School in 1961.

On March 5, 1966, Sandra was united in marriage to Daniel Kellen at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Ames.  The couple was blessed with one son, Jeff.  Sandra was employed as a secretary in various offices at Iowa State University, including the Food & Nutrition department, dean’s office of the Agricultural College, alumni office, and for Iowa State Foundation.  She served as housemother at Sigma Pi Fraternity for many years. 

Sandra enjoyed time spent “coffee-ing” with her friends, finding treasures at local thrift stores, and the company of her family, especially her grandchildren.

Survivors include her son, Jeff Kellen and wife Kim of Nevada; three grandchildren, Daniel, Joel, and Eva; a brother, Stanley (Nancy) Nolta of State Center; two aunts, Myrtis Kuhlman of State Center, and Sharon Kasischke of Hubbard; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Louis (Jean) Kellen, Melvin Ruba, Ambrose (Anne) Kellen, Jerome (Pearl) Kellen, Elizabeth Kellen, and Arnold (Peggy) Kellen; and many nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.

Sandra was preceded in death by her husband Daniel on May 31, 1967; two infant grandchildren, Cora and Casandra, in 1998; her parents; and brothers- and sisters-in-law, Dolores (Sylvester) Hansen, Lawrence (Doris) Kellen, Agnes Ruba, and Joseph Kellen.

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Sandra and her family.


Monday, December 17, 2018 at 8:17 PM
“To Sandi's family and Friends: I am so sorry we have lost Sandi. She was one of our October Babies group in Ames. We started as a group of friends who worked at Iowa State, and most of us loved kitties. I will miss Sandi's laughter and her gracious, warm, welcoming smile. One of my Christmas dolls wears a dress made by Sandi's mother. I know we all have wonderful memories of our dear Sandi. ”
- Jean Harkin
Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 9:28 PM
“My heart felt sympathy goes out to the family. I meant Sandra while taking care of her dad in home health and the nursing home. Sandra was a kind, nice lady.”
- Paula Luther
Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 9:28 PM
“So sorry to hear of Sandy’s passing. I got to know her at the Nevada Senior Center and often saw her at Snacktime. She was a very dear lady. Laura Van Allen”
- Laura Van Allen
Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 9:28 PM
“Sorry to hear about the loss of your sister, our sympathy and love.

Fred and Kay Lande”
- Fred and Kay Lande
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10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Nevada, IA


Pastor David Burling


5-7 p.m.
Monday, December 17, 2018
Ryan Funeral Home
Nevada, IA


Ames Municipal Cemetery
Ames, IA