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Pauline Kay Elarton


Pauline Kay Elarton, 73, of rural Martelle, Iowa, passed away on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, unexpectedly from a short illness.
Pauline was born on Dec. 1, 1944, in Manchester, Iowa. She graduated from Maquoketa Valley High School in 1962 and went to work for United Fire & Casualty shortly after. She was employed by United Fire for 54 years, the last many years as an insurance underwriter.
On June 30, 1969, she married Donald W. Elarton in the First Congregational Church in Cedar Rapids.
She is survived by her husband, Don, of 48 years; son, Joshua Elarton, his wife, Heather, their sons, Ethan and Parker, and their daughter, Rachel, and her husband, Ryan, all of Peoria, Ill; and daughter, Sarah Rochau, and husband, Bob, of rural Mechanicsville, and their three children, Chase, Jacob and Skyler. Chase's son Henry was the light of Pauline's life as her first great-grandchild.
Pauline also is survived by her brother, Ron Batterton, his wife, Evelyn, their daughter, Stacey, of Earlville, and son, Tom, and wife, Jo, and daughter, Ashley, of Petersburg, and daughter, Megan, of Guttenberg, their second son, Brad, and fiancee, Carrie, and their son, Blaze, all of Waubeek; her brother, Doran Batterton and his wife, Mary Nell, of Dyersville, and their son, Andrew, and wife, Dana, of Palentine, Ill., and their two children, Bryce and Avery. Doran and Mary Nell also have a daughter, Emily Trumm (husband, Nick), and their two sons, Greyson and Bodey, all of Dyersville.
Pauline had many cousins scattered around the country of whom she thought very highly. She had many fond memories of growing up with family close by and attending school together. She was especially close to Rita and Carla Dettbarn.
Pauline loved working for United Fire. She was well-
liked by many and will be greatly missed. She also will be missed by very close friends and relatives, Tom and Celia McGowan of Norfolk, Conn., Bob and Cathie McGowan of Martelle and Jerry Hinman of Dubuque.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at Linn Grove Church, 2000 Linn Grove Road, Mount Vernon, Iowa. The Rev. Carla Burge will officiate.