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Valerie Hartwell-Stabenow-Enlow, 63

December 20, 2012

Valerie Hartwell-Stabenow-Enlow, 63, died Sunday morning, Dec. 16, 2012, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Born Valerie Hartwell on Jan. 17, 1949, in Marshalltown, she was the daughter of Robert and Shirley (Cooley) Hartwell. She attended school in Albion and later in Marshalltown. In 1972, Val was united in marriage to Roger Stabenow and they made their home in Marshalltown, where she was employed in the laundry department at Marshalltown Manor. Later, she worked at the 13th Street Inn for over 20 years. She and Roger had three kids: Todd, Tony and Lisa, who caused her a lot of grief and grey hair.

On Aug. 2, 2002, Val was united in marriage to Preston Eugene "Gene" Enlow in Bloomfield. They lived together in Libertyville, where they enjoyed entertaining family, playing cards and caring for their best friends: Peewee, Blackie, Whitney and Becca-Sue.

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Left to cherish her memory are her beloved husband of 10 years, Gene; her children: Todd Stabenow, of Marshalltown, Tony Stabenow, of South Beach, Fla., and Lisa Stabenow (Saul Vasquez), of Marshalltown; her grandchildren: Adriana Andrade, Kruz Vasquez and Keyana Vasquez, all of Marshalltown; her sisters: Gloria Dankbar, of Marshalltown, Roberta Stier, of Chandler, Ariz., and Jill Hartwell, of Libertyville, as well as many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by Gene's children: Geraldine Enlow, Harold Enlow, Gloria Bestland and Preston Enlow as well as a whole bunch of grandkids! Val had an especially close relationship with her niece Jody Wallen (married to Kenny Wallen, of Albion) and her nephew Wesley Hartley, of Newburg.

In death, Val rejoined her mother (20 years to the day), her father and her brother, Donald.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at the same location. To provide an online condolence or share an experience you had with Val, please visit



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