Adelaide Cochran

Adelaide A. Cochran

1919 - 2018

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Obituary of Adelaide A. Cochran

Adelaide A. Cochran, 99, longtime resident of Oxford, died Thursday, May 10, 2018, at the Lantern Park Nursing & Rehab Center in Coralville.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10am Monday, May 14, 2018, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oxford, with burial to follow at the Oxford Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm Sunday at the church.  Memorial donations can be made to Oxford First Responders or to Iowa City Hospice in Adelaide’s memory.  To share a thought, memory or condolence with her family please visit the funeral home website @

Adelaide A. Svoboda was born January 3, 1919, on a farm north of Amana, Iowa, the daughter of Joe and Tillie (Yearsha) Svoboda.  She was united in marriage to Murrel B. Cochran on June 25, 1936, in Humboldt, Iowa.  The couple was in the livestock business for many years.  Adelaide cooked at several local cafe’s and the Iowa City Sale Barn for a number of years.  In 1969, she and Murrel and their son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Judy Cochran purchased the Oxford Sale Barn.  Adelaide began serving meals on Tuesdays which eventually turned into 6 days a week.  She was a tremendous cook and enjoyed every minute of feeding countless number of patrons over the years before retiring in 1983, but returning to help whenever she was needed!  She also enjoyed doing painting and wallpapering for people in the area.

Her favorite pastime was playing euchre with her brothers in earlier days, and later with her grandsons on the holidays.  Adelaide was a people person up to her very last breath, she still came in on Tuesdays to the Sale Barn when possible to visit cafe regulars.  Greeting them as they came in and as they left.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oxford, Oxford Super Sixties, and a monthly ladies card club.

Her family includes her daughter-in-law, Judy Cochran; four grandchildren, Chris Cochran of Daytona Beach, FL, Chuck Cochran (Tammy) of Oxford, Sandy Doyle (PJ) of Coralville, and Tom Cochran (Dawn) of Oxford; 6 great-grandchildren, Josh Cochran (Caitlin), Kati Burns (Joe), Kelly Cochran, Jacob Cochran, Jessica Doyle, and Joe Doyle;  4 great-great-grandchildren, Lexi, Addi, Kyndall and Kennedy; and a brother, S.J. “Dutch” Svoboda and his wife, Delores of Sun City, AZ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Murrel in 1999; daughter, Carol in 1963; son, Bob in 2003; her parents, a brother, Leon Svoboda and a sister, Wilma Cole.




3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018
St. Mary's Catholic Church
215 Summit Street
Oxford, Iowa, United States

Funeral Mass

10:00 am
Monday, May 14, 2018
St. Mary's Catholic Church
215 Summit Street
Oxford, Iowa, United States