Ellen A. Stout
Ellen A. Stout, 87, of Solon, passed away Wednesday,
Aug. 5, 2020, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 10, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with Father Charles Fladung presiding. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. A public drive-by visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, where the family will be greeting everyone outside the church entrance. Everyone attending should remain in their cars and wear a mask as they greet the family. Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Solon are in charge of Ellen's arrangements.
Ellen was born July 16, 1933, in Iowa City, Iowa, to John and Marie Cilek. Ellen was married to Herman G. Stout on May 1, 1956. They met at the dance hall in Swisher, Iowa, and it was love at first sight.
Ellen loved being an educator. Her entire life was dedicated to educating the children of Solon, Iowa. After graduating from high school, she went to Ottumwa Heights to attend nurses training. After discovering nursing was not for her, she became a secretary and later a stay-at-home mom. She then decided that educating the children of Solon was her calling. She opened a preschool and named it Play and Learn Preschool. For the next 50 years, Play and Learn was a place for all children to grow and develop.
Ellen was a pillar of the community. She gave a great deal of time and talent to the Solon Public Library, the Solon Music and Athletic boosters and was a spiritual leader at St. Mary's Catholic Church, where she taught religious education for many years.
When walking through Play and Learn and Ellen's home you were sure to be greeted by a loving smile and a friendly conversation. Ellen was a loyal Hawkeyes fan who rarely missed a basketball or football game. Her life was a living example of the following Bible verse: "And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God forgave you in Christ," Ephesians 4:32.
Ellen is survived by her children, Tom (Jan) Stout, Lisa (Jeff) Kaefring and Jeanette (Jeff) Stewart; her seven grandchildren, Evan, Jordan, Whitney (Max), Adam (Stephanie), Hillary (Kyle), Jacob (Anna) and Rachel; and her five great-grandchildren, Henry, Vera, Diana, Philip and baby Wehr.
She is preceded in death by her parents and husband.
All of these she loved and touched deeply.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com.