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ALVIN MARION BROCKA
Alvin Marion Brocka, age 83, of Parkersburg, Iowa, was born the son of Otto and Mary Endelman Brocka January 1, 1919 in Butler County, Iowa, near Allison. He received his education in a country school near his home. Alvin was united in marriage to Grace Groen in the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa on September 22, 1940. The couple farmed in the Bristow and Dumont areas for 19 years. They moved to Parkersburg and Alvin went to work for John Deere in Waterloo where he was employed for 24 years, retiring January 31, 1983. Alvin was in fellowship with the Christians at Hitesville Gospel Hall. He very much enjoyed being out in nature, hunting and fishing. Alvin died at 2:15 p.m., Saturday, March 23, 2002, at the Ravenwood Nursing and Rehab Center in Waterloo, Iowa, from natural causes. He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Lucille Groen on March 16, 1987; his parents; three brothers, Harry, Floyd and Melvin Brocka; and an infant brother. Alvin is survived by his two brothers, his twin, Alfred Brocka, Cedar Falls, Iowa and Laverne Brocka, Allison, Iowa; four sisters, Gladys Hinders, Allison, Iowa; Esther Boomgarden Schmidt, Allison, Iowa; Susan Hall Bruns, Clarksville, Iowa and Marvel Landers, Greene, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral Services for Alvin were held 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at the Hitesville Gospel Hall in rural Aplington, Iowa, with burial in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Parkersburg, Iowa. Officiating was Robert Orr. Congregational Hymns were “The Old Rugged Cross,” “Amazing Grace,” and “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder.” Casketbearers were Keith Landers, Bob Boomgarden, David Boomgarden, Dennis Brocka, Larry Hall and Gary Brocka. Memorials maybe directed towards the Hitesville Gospel Hall. Redman-Schwartz Funeral Homes, Inc., Parkersburg, Iowa, was in charge of arrangements.
DONALD T. FAINT
Donald T. Faint, 76, of Allison, Iowa died Saturday, March 23, 2002 at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Iowa City. He was born August 3, 1926 in Kesley, Iowa to Joseph and Lou Amy (Hites) Faint. Donald enlisted in the US Army and served from 1944-1946. He returned home and helped farm the family farm near Kesley, Iowa. Survivors include a sister, Louise Adamson of Dewitt, Iowa and two nephews and six nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Robert and Leroy. Private graveside services were held on Thursday, March 28, 2002 at the Hitesville Cemetery, Kesley, Iowa.
Updated by Gene Manning on April 3, 2002
Tena Bruns, age 86, of Kesley, Iowa, was born the daughter of Philip and Anna Henrichs Hoodjer on July 23, 1915, on a farm near Clarksville in Butler County, Iowa. She was baptized August, 1915, in a Lutheran Church by Rev. S. Siefkes. Tena was confirmed on April 3, 1932, in Ebenezer Lutheran Church, Butler Center, Iowa, by Rev. S. M. Becker. Tena’s memory verse for Confirmation was Isiah 43:1, “Fear not for I have redeemed thee; I have called thee by name. Thou art mine.” This was a very special verse all her life. She received her education in a school near her home. After she finished school, she worked many years as a homemaker for many families in the Clarksville area. Tena was united in marriage on December 6, 1935, with John B. Bruns in St. John Lutheran Church Parsonage, Clarksville, by Rev. S.M. Becker. For ten years, the couple lived on two different farms east of Bristow, Iowa. To this union were born two daughters, Eileen and Judy, while living in that area. They attended the Vilmar Lutheran Church where both daughters were baptized. They moved to Kesley January 1, 1945, when John bought the Livestock and Feed business. They continued in this business until John’s passing January 11, 1977. When they moved to Kesley, Tena and John became members of the Bethel Reformed Church, of which Tena was still a member. Tena belonged to the Bethel Women’s Group, sang in the adult choir, taught catechism for 14 years, and was involved in many activities. She helped the Bethel Sewing Group make quilts, lap robes and clothing protectors for many nursing homes or wherever they were needed. In her own home, she loved to sew, do crafts and make quilts. She also loved baking wedding, anniversary and birthday cakes. Tena had many friends and loved to help others. She was always interested in her grandchildren and always reminded them to attend Sunday School regularly. She told them that Jesus showed His love to each one of them. Tena died at 3:05 a.m., Wednesday, March 27, 2002, at the Hampton Health Care Center in Hampton, Iowa, from complications of cancer illness. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Bruns on January 11, 1977 and by her parents. Tena is survived by two daughters, Eileen and her husband, Bob Valentine, Wellsburg, Iowa, and Judy and her husband, Jerald Heeren, Allison, Iowa; five grandchildren, Colette Nederhoff, Curtis Valentine, Coleen Johnson, Cheryl Heeren and Chad Heeren; six great-grandchildren, Jocelyn, Ross and Jensen Nederhoff and Tyler, Meghan and Michele Johnson; and four sisters, Grace Niehaus, Clarksville, Iowa; Ann DeWitt, Shell Rock, Iowa; Flora DeWitt, Shell Rock, Iowa; Phyllis Voss, Cedar Falls, Iowa and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services for Tena were held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 29, 2002, at Bethel Reformed Church, Aplington, Iowa with burial in the Bethel Reformed Cemetery, both in Aplington, Iowa. Officiating was Rev. Scott Summers. Organist was Belva Schipper. Congregational hymns were “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” and “There’s Room At the Cross For You.” Soloist Chad Heeren, accompanied by Judy Heeren, sang “He’s Living Today.” Casketbearers were Larry D. Schipper, Robert Voss, Kim Dix, Andy Aalderks, Ben DeWitt and Tom Barter. Flower Committee was Sandi Sessler and Martha Johnson. Memorials may be directed to the family. Redman-Schwartz Funeral Chapel, Aplington, Iowa, was in charge of arrangements.
CAROLE A. ESLINGER
Carole A. Eslinger was born February 19, 1942 at Osage, Iowa, the daughter of Henry and Ellen (Lundberg) Ketelsen. She attended grade and high school at Little Cedar, Iowa, graduating in 1959. That fall she began her studies at Iowa State University, majoring in home economics education, graduating in 1963. In 1992, she attended the University of Northern Iowa and received her Masters of Arts in School Counseling, at the age of 50. On March 10, 1963, Carole was united in marriage to Donald Eslinger at the Little Cedar Methodist Church. The couple lived in five states in the early years of their marriage. To this union two daughters were born, Laura and Beth. Carole was very interested in education. She was a guidance counselor at Clarksville since December 15, 1991, and had many different programs there, in a matter of speaking she wore many hats. She was a member of the American/Iowa Association for Counseling and Development; Iowa State Education Association; Clarksville Educational Association; and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. Carole had also been a co-owner of ‘Pacasa’ a sportswear business in New Hampton. She also served the New Hampton School District as a substitute teacher for 15 years. She enjoyed music, theater, reading, sewing, flower gardening and of course traveling, enjoying many trips with her family and friends. Carole is survived by her husband Donald of New Hampton; two daughters: Laura (Ivan) Kangrga of St. Louis, Missouri and Beth (Brian) Button of Des Moines, Iowa; three sisters: Fern Crites of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, Virginia Powell of Jacksonville, Florida, and Janet Bensend of Riceville, Iowa and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, and mother-in-law Hattie. Carole passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2002. A memorial scholarship for leadership has been established by her family at Clarksville Schools for a senior student attending Iowa State University. Memorials may be sent to her family or the school for this scholarship. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2002 at the First United Methodist Church in New Hampton with Rev. Catherine Luck and Rev. Brian Eslinger officiating. Special music was provided by organist-Kim Hilgendorf, flutist-Kathleen Ayers, soloist-Melissa Smith and First United Methodist Handbell Choir. Casket Bearers were Matt Hoodjer, Jeremy Johnson, Kayla Lodge, Nancy Johnson, Brandon Wedeking, Riley Bochman, Kathryn Fenneman and Sarah Wedeking. Interment was in the New Hampton Cemetery in New Hampton with Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Harm Ubben, 93, of Dumont, Iowa died on March 28, 2002 at the Dumont Care Center of natural causes. Harm was born the son of Henry H. and Gertrude (Brinkman) Ubben on February 11, 1909, in Butler County. He was raised in Butler County and educated in the Butler County country schools. On May 5, 1934, Harm was united in marriage to Marlys Hearn in Hampton, Iowa. He was a farmer all his life, and was a member of the Dumont Reformed Church. Survivors include two sons: Wayne and wife, Verla Ubben of Cedar Falls and Robert and wife, Janet Ubben of Sioux City; daughter: Karen and husband, Dennis Elkin of Mesa, Arizona; sister, Jennie Maifeld of Hampton; six grandchildren: Sherryl and husband Greg Dirks, Karla and husband Darryl Downey, Kevin and wife Sheri Ubben, Kathy Ubben, Craig and wife Lisa Ubben, Marie and husband Chris Okasaki; thirteen great grandchildren: Kyle, Nick, Tipon Dirks; Chelsea, Alyssa, and Hayley Downey; Jacob and Jessica Ubben; Braxton, Garrett and Avery Ubben; Colin and Rachel Okasaki. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one great granddaughter, Brooke Marie Dirks; three brothers Henry, Chris, and Rube and a sister, Maria. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 1, 2002 at the Dumont Reformed Church with Rev. Bob Scholten officiating. Special music was provided by organist, Jim Siebrands accomp-anying the congregational singing, and also special music by Chelsea Downey. Pallbearers were Nick Dirks, Kyle Dirks, Greg Dirks, Craig Ubben, Kevin Ubben and Darryl Downey. Final resting place was in the Dumont Cemetery with Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home in Dumont in charge of arrangements.
Bert Imming, age 87, of Austinville, Iowa, was born the son of Henry and Ruby Daniels Imming on July 27, 1913 in Shell Rock, Iowa. He received his education in a school near his home. Bert was united in marriage with Ella May Bertram on December 11, 1935 in Allison, Iowa. To this union, two children, Barton and Betty Jane, were born. He worked as a farm hand for Bruce Eckles and Glenn Stockdale for 35 years, retiring in 1975. Later in life, he enjoyed helping people getting to their doctor’s appointments and was in general, a very helping person. Bert died at 12:55 p.m., Thursday, March 28, 2002, at Maple Manor Village, Aplington, Iowa from natural causes. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Ruby Imming. He is survived by his wife, Ella Imming of Austinville, Iowa; a son, Barton of Comming, Georgia and a daughter, Betty Jane Jurs, Albert Lea, Minnesota; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Family graveside services for Bert were held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 31, 2002, at Coster Cemetery, rural Shell Rock.
Ione Rewerts, age 86, of Clarksville, Iowa, was born the daughter of Fred and Pearl Hazlett Baker November 23, 1915, on a farm in Black Hawk County near LaPorte City, Iowa. She graduated from high school. Ione was united in marriage on January 6, 1935, with Ray C. Rewerts at St. John Lutheran Church, Clarksville, Iowa. The couple lived in Butler County and farmed near Shell Rock and Clarksville. They quit farming in 1951 and moved to town in Clarksville. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Clarksville. She had worked in Clarksville as a clerk in several stores in Clarksville. Ione died at 10:35 a.m., Thursday, March 28, 2002, at the Community Nursing Home in Clarksville where she had been a resident since August, 2001, of natural causes. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Rewerts in 1967; her parents; a brother, Robert Baker and one grandson, Rick Gebhardt. Ione is survived by two daughters, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 30, 2002, at St. John Lutheran Church, Clarksville, Iowa with Pastor William Straka officiating. Organist Glenda Timmer accompanied congregational hymns “Amazing Grace” and “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.” Casketbearers were Scott Arenholz, Steve Arenholz, Chris Cain, Jeff Cain, Gaylen Kleinschmidt and Gary Rewerts. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Shell Rock, Iowa. Redman-Schwartz Funeral Homes, Inc., Clarksville, Iowa, was in charge of arrangements.
MARVIN GENE AYERS
Marvin Gene Ayers, age 74, of Aplington, Iowa, was born the son of Paul and Maxine Dye Ayers on July 24, 1927 in rural Aredale, in Butler County, Iowa. He attended school through the 11th grade. Marvin married Inez Haan on January 8, 1946, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. After their marriage, the couple lived in rural Aplington and Ackley for a short period and have lived in Aplington since 1948. He had been in the concrete construction and small engine business working for Willeke and Sons Engine Repair and for Parkersburg Lumber Co. He retired in 1990. In his spare time, Marvin loved to read and garden. Marvin died at 4:51 p.m., Friday, March 29, 2002, at Sartori Memorial Hospital from complications of a stroke. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Ayers, in 1989. He is survived by his wife, Inez Haan Ayers of Aplington, Iowa; a son, Craig A. Ayers of Aplington, Iowa; two daughters, Suzanne and her husband, Terry Geerdes of Waterloo, Iowa, and Barbara and her husband, Jim Kluiter of Shell Rock, Iowa; five grandchildren and three great-granddaughters; his mother, Maxine Dye Ayers of Aredale, Iowa; two brothers, Robert and his wife, Darlene Ayers and Kenny and his wife, Sheryl Ayers, of Dumont, Iowa and two sisters, Betty and her husband, LaVerne Swieter of Geneva, Iowa and Sharon and her husband, Wayne Folken of Waterloo, Iowa. Funeral services for Marvin were held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 2, 2002, at Redman-Schwartz Funeral Chapel, Aplington, Iowa with burial in Pleasant View Cemetery, Aplington. Officiating were Robert Orr and Leonard DeBuhr. Special music selections were “Amazing Grace” and “Old Rugged Cross.” Casketbearers were Darren Ayers, Brandon Kluiter, Daniel Kluiter, Doug Ayers, Brian Ayers and Donald Swieter. Redman-Schwartz Funeral Chapel, Aplington, was in charge of arrangements.
MILDRED M. KRUSE
Funeral services for Mildred M. Kruse were held Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at 2:30 p.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Vilmar with Pastor Mark Walker officiating. Mildred M. Kruse, 89, of Traer, and formerly of Allison, passed away Saturday, March 30, 2002 at Sunrise Hill Care Center in Traer after a lengthy illness. She was born February 7, 1913 in rural Butler County, the daughter of William and Clara (Renning) Allan. She received her teachers certificate through Iowa State Teachers College. She then taught country school at Brushy Mound School in rural Butler County. On December 24, 1934, she was united in marriage to Frank Kruse in Austin, Minnesota. They farmed north of Allison until retirement after which they made their home in Allison. In recent years, she moved to Traer and resided at the Sunrise Hill Care Center. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Vilmar, where she was active in many church activities including, Women of the Church and Bible Study. She also was a member of the Garden Club and Card Club. Her hobbies included quilting, fishing, and needlework. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Frank on May 27, 1993; five brothers; and two sisters. She is survived by her son Gary (Jean) Kruse of Traer; her daughter Janet (Joe) Segreti of Iowa City; five grandchildren: Todd (Lori) Kruse of Tama, Tim (Tami) Kruse of Keystone, Chad (Melissa) Kruse of Mitchellville, Scott (Melissa) Fetherolf of Lakewood, Colorado, and Angela Dotson of Forest City; seven great-grandchildren: Ashley, Morgan, Kaylee, Paige, Marcus Damion, and Nathanael; two sisters: Maxine (Chris) Hoodjer of Clarksville, and Ruth Hummel of Allison; one brother Glenn (Marilyn) Allan of San Antonio, Florida; and two sisters-in-law, Hilda Kruse and Helen Lampman, both of Greene; and a brother-in-law, John Weiland of Greene. Harrison Funeral Home in Tama, Iowa was in charge of arrangements.
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CONNIE ANN RUST
Connie Ann Rust, age 57, of Clarksville, Iowa, was born the daughter of Ralph and Pauline Hirsch Smith on August 25, 1944, in rural Clarksville, Butler County, Iowa. She received her education in the Clarksville School and completed her GED. Connie was united in marriage to Leslie Herman Rust on February 15, 1962, at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Clarksville by Rev. Rueben Topp. The couple made their home in Clarksville where they had lived since. Connie loved children and spent over 15 years doing day-care in her home. She enjoyed her five years as an Avon representative and for three years, she was a Girl Scout leader. Connie was a member of the Church of Christ in Clarksville, where she had been baptized on February 24, 2002. Connie’s grandchildren were a great joy to her. They had often referred to her as their “school bus driver.” Connie died at her home on Sunday, March 31, 2002, of complications of cancer. She was preceded in death by her son, R.H. Allen Rust on August 22, 1964; her parents and one sister, Betty Jo Faust. Connie is survived by her husband, Jack Rust of Clarksville; one son, Scott and his wife, Judy Rust of Greene; three daughters: Stacey and her husband, Steve Kettwig, Shawn Rust, and Shannon and her husband, Darren Spree, all of Clarksville; four brothers: Ralph, Jr. and his wife, Clara Smith, Kenny and his wife, Annetta Smith, Harry Smith, and Bill Faust and his wife, Carla, all of Clarksville; three sisters: Judy Davis, and Vicky and her husband, Dean Hilmer, all of Clarksville, and Mary and her husband, Mike Lay of Missouri; grandchildren: Stephanie, Travis and Matthew Rust; Samantha and Shana Kettwig, Courtney Rust and Blake Spree and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 4, 2002, at the Church of Christ in Clarksville with Pastor Val Swinton officiating. Organist, Audrey Rosenwinkle accompanied the congregational hymns: “The Old Rugged Cross,” and “Lord, I’m Coming Home.” Soloist Samantha Kettwig sang “Amazing Grace” and soloist, Karen Smith sang “Just A Closer Walk With Thee.” Casketbearers were David Smith, Chad Smith, Steve Thorne, John Davis, Terry Davis and Jamie Lee Smith. Burial was in Lynwood Cemetery in Clarksville with Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Clarksville in charge of arrangements.
ANNETTA J. FLESHNER
Annetta J. Fleshner, 75, of Waverly, Iowa, died Wednesday evening, April 3, 2002, at the Shell Rock Health Care Center, Shell Rock, of natural causes. She was born on September 1, 1926, near Clarksville, the daughter of Harm and Trena (Frerichs) Hartema. She attended country school near her home and following her formal education, she helped her family at home. On February 28, 1947, she was united in marriage to Glen R. Fleshner in Clarksville, where they made their home until 1948, when they moved to Waverly. As her children grew older, Annetta provided child care for area Waverly families. In 1964 she began working at Panters Glass Company in Waverly. In 1966 Annetta went to work for the Chamberlain Manufacturing Com-pany in Waterloo, where she worked for the next 25 years, retiring in 1991. Glen died on April 16, 1985, and Annetta continued to live in Waverly. Following her retirement from Chamberlain’s, Annetta worked for several years in the mail room at Century Companies in Waverly. In January of this year Annetta became a resident of the Shell Rock Health Care Center due to her ill health. She loved children, and enjoyed caring for them through day-care. Annetta loved music and flowers, and loved to keep her home in immaculate order. She was a very generous person who enjoyed helping others any way she could. Annetta is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, James and Shirley Fleshner of Waterloo; four daughters: Beverly and Gary Folkerts of Clarksville, Kathy Fleshner of Waverly, Cheryl Fleshner and Denny Krueger of Waverly, Brenda and Bob Everts of Parkersburg; seven grandchildren and their families: Teresa Meyers, Madison and Gage, Trent and Michelle Hudson and Bailey, Billy Fleshner, Tony Fleshner, Marci Fleshner, Nathanial and Noelle Everts and Carter, Nicholas Everts; three sisters: Marion McNielus of Waverly, Jennie Bertram of Parkersburg, Esther Nieman of Shell Rock; and by her special friend, Eldon Renning of Shell Rock. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Glen; one daughter in infancy, Lori; four brothers and five sisters; and two step grandchildren, Zach Folkerts and Teah Folkerts. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2002, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Waverly, with Rev. Cheryl Doely officiating. Memorials may be directed to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or to the family. Burial was in the Harlington Cemetery, Waverly with Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly in charge of arrangements.
Carolyn Jean Kramer
Carolyn Jean “Buffy” Kramer, age 63, of Aplington, Iowa, was born the daughter of Clarence and Marjorie Gress Fuller on January 1, 1939, in Marquette, Iowa. She received her education in McGregor where she graduated from high school. Carolyn was united in marriage to Dennis Kramer, Sr. on July 2, 1965, in Caladonia, Minnesota. After their marriage, the couple lived in Oelwein, Dike and Vinton prior to moving to their present home in Aplington. She had been a truck driver and construction worker for many years of her life. Carolyn and Dennis had started a trucking company, Hausman Trucking, which they ran for several years. She was a member of Aplington Baptist Church. Carolyn enjoyed growing flowers, traveling the countryside in her convertible and riding the motorcycle to many states with her husband. She also enjoyed spending time with her sister in McGregor where she was raised. Carolyn always put her heart and soul into her family and her work. She loved spending time with her family and friends. Carolyn died at 6:48 p.m., Saturday, April 13, 2002, at her home in Aplington, Iowa, from natural causes. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Marjorie Fuller, an infant sister, Clarice and one brother, Wayne. Carolyn is survived by her husband, Dennis Kramer, Sr., of Aplington, Iowa; three daughters, Cindy Sue Lovell of Oskaloosa, Iowa; Brenda Anderson and her husband, Rod, of Parkersburg, Iowa; and Margie Rompot and her husband, Randy of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; two sons, David Kramer and his wife, Joyce, of Phoenix, Arizona and Dennis Kramer, Jr., of Appleton, Minnesota; eight grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren; two sisters, Delores Schultz of McGregor, Iowa and Laura Fernau of Oelwein, Iowa. Private graveside services will be Friday, April 19, 2002, at Pleasant View Cemetery with Pastor Ron Bartlett of First Congregational Church, Parkersburg, officiating. Redman-Schwartz Funeral Chapel, Aplington, was in charge of arrangements.
Rudy Wessels, age 81, of Allison, Iowa, was born the son of John and Margaret (Bruns) Wessels on April 3, 1921, rural Shell Rock, Iowa, Butler County. He received his education from a country school near his home. Rudy was united in marriage with Gertrude H. Rottink on April 3, 1941, in Kesley, Iowa. They made their home and farmed near Shell Rock for three years and moved to their present farm near Allison. Rudy loved his life as a farmer of 61 years and until his sudden illness, he was preparing for this springs planting. When he wasn’t farming he enjoyed repairing equipment. Rudy was in fellowship with the Christians at the Stout Gospel Hall, Stout, Iowa. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior on February 7, 1974. Isaiah 43:25 Rudy died at 8:23 p.m. on Monday, April 15, 2002, at the Allison Health Care Center, Allison, Iowa, of natural causes. He was preceded in death by his parents; six sisters, Gertie Harken, Henrietta Junker, Lottie Fecht, Engelena Brocka, Jeanette Brocka, Martha Jacobs; and three brothers, Ontjo, John and Bruno Wessels. Rudy is survived by: his wife, Gertrude H. Wessels of Allison, Iowa; one son, Gerald Wessels and his wife, Bonnie of Parkersburg, Iowa; one daughter, Carolyn Cooper and her husband, Jack of Allison, Iowa; six grandchildren, Lesley VanderHolt, Jerry Wessels, Shari Meyer, Brad Cooper, Tammy Johnson and Debra Decker; and 11 great grandchildren, (Jordan and Jenzen VanderHolt), (Mercedes and Mason Wessels), (Alex Kreimeyer), (Brett and Bethany Cooper), (Allison Johnson) and (Benjamin, Abigail and Leah Decker). Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 18, 2002, at Stout Gospel Hall, Stout, Iowa with Mr. Russell Nesbit and Mr. Robert Orr officiating. Congregational Hymns were “Have You Found the Savior Precious,” “When My Life Work Is Ended,” and “Meet Me There.” Casketbearers were Paul Wessels, Ronald Wessels, Galen Brocka, Gordon Brocka, Gene Jacobs and Rae Dean Jacobs. Burial was in Allison Cemetery, Allison, Iowa. Redman-Schwartz Funeral Homes, Parkersburg were in charge of arrangements.
Martha Marie Wefel
Martha Marie Wefel, age 89, of Greene, Iowa, was born the daughter of August and Mary Bruns Landers on July 12, 1912 in Charles City, Iowa. She received her education in a school near her home near Greene. She was baptized April 15, 1912 at St. John Lutheran Church, Vilmar, and confirmed April 10, 1927 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Greene. December 10, 1944, Martha was united in marriage with Roy Wefel at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Greene, Iowa. The couple farmed near Greene until Roy’s death in 1976. Martha stayed on the farm until 1993 when she became a resident of Community Nursing Home. Was a life-long member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church where she was active in the Women’s Circle. Martha loved to work in her vegetable and flower garden. She was known for her great raspberry and rhubarb pies. Martha loved animals and especially loved having the grandchildren around. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy; her parents, two sisters, Lillie Landers and Pauline Bauer and one brother, Otto Landers. Martha is survived by her son, Allen Wefel and his wife, Peggy of Waterloo and three grandchildren, Katie Wefel, Nelda and her husband, James Vote, and Heather Wefel. Funeral services were held Friday, April 19, 2002, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Greene, Iowa, with Rev. Wayne Hagen officiating. Organist was Wanda Johnson and congregational hymns were “How Great thou Art,” “Jesus Still Lead On,” and “Nearer My God To Thee.” Casketbearers were Dean Wefel, Larry Garbes, Keith Bauer, Roger Bauer, Lynn Elfers and Mike Wefel. Interment was a Rose Hill Cemetery in Greene, Iowa. Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Clarksville, was in charge of arrangements
Dell E. Curtis
Funeral Mass for Dell E. Curtis, 98, of 502 West Traer Street, Greene was held Friday, April 19, 2002 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greene with Rev. Msgr.Walter Brunkan officiating Dell Eugene Curtis was born November 18, 1903, in rural Packard, Butler County, a son of William and Nellie (Woodling) Curtis; and died Tuesday, April 16, 2002, at the Ninth Street Chautauqua Guest Home in Charles City. He received his education in the rural Dayton Township schools and graduated from the Greene High School in 1923. He moved to Hollywood California, where he sold advertising for the Los Angeles Times and worked at a drug store. Upon his return to Greene he worked in the family-owned Curtis Grocery Store. On November 18, 1930, he was united in marriage to Lucy J. McGrane at Immaculate Conception in Elma. They made their home in Greene and to this union were born two daughters. In 1948 Dell and his brother Bob formed a partnership and purchased the Rohwedder Hardware Store. After Bob was appointed Postmaster Dell assumed full ownership until he sold the businessand retired in 1964. Dell was an active member of the Greene Commercial Club for many years and served on the school board. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greene. He will be remembered as one who was totally devoted to his family and one who enjoyed playing golf and going fishing. Living family members include his loving wife of seventy-one years Lucy of Greene; two daughters and their spouses: Donna and Bill Moulton of Toledo, and Karen and Ben Wegand of Nixa, MO; six grandchildren and their spouses: Joe and Donna Wegand, Christy and Rick Kihle, Shelley and Kim Willer, Deanna and George Trovas, Lynette and Don Roberts, Melissa and Steve Sabus; 12 great-grandchildren: Lesley and husband Jeff Ellis, Betsy and Tim Lambertsen, Brett Willer, Paul, Georgia, and Nick Trovas, Ashley and Alexa Sabus, Rebecca and Sandra Wegand, Tyler Heiman, Carley Kihle, two great-great-grandchildren: Macee and Noah Ellis; his sister: Margaret and her husband Harold Angarola of Chicago; two sisters-in-law: Mildred Curtis of Macon, GA, and Phyllis Curtis of White Fish, MT; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters: Letha in infancy, Dorothy Rodney, Gail Bowman, and four brothers: Leo Curtis, Claire Curtis, Gene Curtis and Bob Curtis. Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Dell Curtis Memorial Fund in care of the family.
George Wilmot, age 80, of Clarksville, Iowa, was born the son of Charles and Myrtha Arends Wilmot on August 19, 1921, in Hampton, Iowa. He later moved to the Waterloo area where he attended school. His parents moved to Clarksville in 1934, where he finished his schooling in 1938. At the age of 17, he joined the C.C.C. Camp in Decorah, Iowa, to help support his parents and family. It is here that George met Florence. He married Florence Anderson on September 10, 1940, in Dumont, Iowa, in the parsonage of the Church of Christ, by Rev. Woodley. The couple lived in Decorah for a few months before moving to Clarksville in 1941, where they made their home. He was employed by the Rock Island Railroad in Clarksville for a few years. He then worked at Waverly Sugar Beet factory until 1945. He was then employed by Butler County and later became Maintenance Superintendent, retiring in 1981, due to a heart attack. George was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Clarksville, Iowa. He enjoyed fishing, camping, swimming, boating, woodworking and was always busy helping others. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. George was looking forward to camping and fishing in Clermont, Iowa, this summer with his new dog and great-grandson, Tanner. Winters were enjoyed in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He was always ready to lend a helping hand. George died at 1:41 p.m., Saturday, April 20, 2002, at the Palmer Lutheran Health Center, in West Union, Iowa, from natural causes. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Charles Wilmot. He is survived by his wife, Florence Wilmot of Clarksville; one son, Richard Wilmot, Clarksville; two grandchildren, Deborah Wilmot, and Sherry Wilmot and one great-grandson, Tanner Speidel, all of Vinton, Iowa; five sisters, Darlene Jungling, Betty, and her husband, Wayne Endelman; Virginia, and her husband, Bob Miller and Harriet and her husband, Keith Wescott, all of Waverly, Iowa and Myrtha Rust, Clarksville, Iowa. Funeral Services were held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, 2002, at the St. John Lutheran Church in Clarksville, Iowa, with Rev. William R. Straka officiating. Lois Roose was Organist the organist and the Congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art,” “In The Garden,” “Jesus Loves Me” and “The Old Rugged Cross.” The Honorary Casketbearers were his Former Co-Workers and Friends Don Frerichs Robert Schwartz Mark Ringleb Ed Eilers Darwin Wubbena Don Johnson Marlin Hinders and Harvey Miller. The Casketbearers were Charles Wilmot, Jr. Wade Miller Greg Endelman Terry Freese Kevin Bidne and Dale Hogenson. The Flower Committee was Lucille Swick and Virginia Busse. Burial followed funeral services in theLynwood Cemetery Clarksville, Iowa. Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Clarksville, Iowa, was in charge of arrangements.
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Elmer D. Day
Elmer D. Day, 72, of North Little Rock, Arkansas died April 23, 2002. He served in the U. S. Navy during the Korean Conflict and was a territory sales manager for Sun Oil Company for 21 years. He was self-employed in the Levy area for 7 years, then worked for KARK-TV as a courier for 14 years. He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters. He is survived by his wife, Geraldine of North Little Rock; two sons, Jeffrey and Gary Day, both of North Little Rock; two daughters, Kim Gable of Sherwood, Arkansas and Jennifer Lambert of Little Rock; two brothers, Harry and John Day; two sisters, Wilma McKinney and Lavon Johnson, all of Iowa; and eight grandchildren: Simon and Nicole Gable; Justin, Nina, Dalton, and Elayna Lambert; Lisa McKinley; and Katherine Day. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 26, at St. Anne’s Catholic Church with Rev. Robert T. Dienert as celebrant. Interment was in Rest Hills Memorial Park with Huson Funeral Home of Sherwood in charge of arrangement.
Diederich "Dick" Hernan Hempen
Diederich “Dick” Herman Hempen, age 60, of Parkersburg, Iowa, was born the son of Harold and Leona (Ludemann) Hempen on September 15, 1941, in Waterloo, Iowa. Dick was baptized on April 4, 1943, in the Bethel Reformed Church in Aplington. He was later confirmed December 16, 1956, in the Bethel Lutheran Church in Parkersburg. Dick graduated from Aplington High School in 1959. Dick was united in marriage with Judith Asche on September 29, 1961, in the First Congregational Church in Parkersburg, Iowa. They made their home in Parkersburg for a short time, while Dick worked at Clay Equipment in Waterloo, Iowa. They moved to Hampton and later Eldora, Iowa, where Dick was a custodian at the hospital. In 1976 they built a new house and farmed south of Parkersburg. During this time they also owned and operated Hempen Shoes and Repair in Parkersburg. Dick also worked for the City of Parkersburg. Dick attended boiler school in 1986 and then was employed at the UNI Power Plant in Cedar Falls, Iowa, as a Boiler Operator. He also enjoyed the training he received to become an auctioneer in 1987. Dick and Judy moved to town in Parkersburg in 2000. Dick enjoyed playing in several dance bands, Judy’s Playboys, the Blue Notes and later, the Country Hi Lites with his wife and brother, Ron. Dick enjoyed many summers fishing with his family at Ball Club Lake and Baudette in Minnesota and their yearly trips fishing to Ontario, Canada. Dick and Judy wintered in Dade City, Florida, but Dick often came home early to see his grandchildren. Dick was very friendly, he enjoyed his old friends and making new ones, but the most important part of his life was his family. He loved watching sports and especially watching his son coach. Dick died at 8:10 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2002, at the Meeker County Memorial Hospital in Litchfield, Minnesota, of natural causes. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Leona Hempen; and one brother, Ronald Hempen. Dick is survived by his wife, Judy Hempen of Parkersburg; one son, Kurt Hempen and his wife, Jill of Parkersburg; one daughter, Kristy Lammers and her husband, Mike of Allison, Iowa; four grandchildren, Haleigh and Keaton Hempen and Reid and Rhett Lammers; one brother, Gaylan Hempen and his wife, Carol of Clarksville, Iowa and one sister-in-law, Beverly Hempen of Aplington, Iowa. Funeral services were held at 10;30 a.m., Tuesday, April 30, 2002, at the First Congregational Church, Parkersburg, Iowa, with Rev. Ron Bartlett and Rev. Steve Petroelje officiating. Organist was Jean Bass. Congregational Hymn was “Amazing Grace.” Vocalist Stan Thompson sang “How Great Thou Art” and “The Old Rugged Cross.” Honorary Casketbearers were George Oldenburger, Gary Slocum, Chuck Becker, Dennis Schipper, Vinton Brown, Ron DeBoer, Larry Slocum, Chuck Mueller and Raymond Harrington. Casketbearers were Jeff Hempen, Delbert Huisman, Ed Thomas, Al Kerns, Mike Murphy and Tim Cuvelier. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery. Flower committee was Venita Bruns, Sharon Bartels, Glenda VanDerHolt, Kathleen Riniker and Sharon Schipper. Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home, Parkersburg, was in charge of arrangements.
Anna Nordman, age 78, of the Bartels Retirement Community in Waverly, Iowa, and formerly of Clarksville, Iowa, was born the daughter of Lloyd and Mary Niehaus DePuew on February 6, 1924, in Clarksville, Iowa. Anna was baptized into the Christian faith on March 2, 1924, at St. John Lutheran Church in Clarksville. She received her education from the Clarksville School. Anna was united in marriage to Arthur Henry Nordman on May 15, 1949, in Waterloo, Iowa. She lived in Clarksville all her life, up until the last half-year when the couple had moved to Waverly. Anna worked in Bill Tjaden’s insurance office for many years, retiring in April of 2001. She very much enjoyed working in genealogy and helped many others with their research. Anna and her husband gleaned from old Clarksville Stars, took out pertinent information dealing with Clarksville people and set up special files at the Clarksville Public Library to help those who are looking for Clarksville history. Anna was a life-long member of St. John Lutheran Church where she had taught Sunday School for over 25 years for which she received an award. Anna also was the Sunday School Treasurer for many years. Anna died at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, April 27, 2002, at the Bartels Retirement Community in Waverly, Iowa, of natural causes. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Mary DePuew. Anna is survived by her husband, Arthur Nordman of Waverly. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 1, 2002, at St. John Lutheran Church, Clarksville, Iowa with Rev. William R. Straka and Rev. Keith Tomlinson officiating. Organist Lois Roose accompanied congregational hymns, “Beautiful Savior,” “This Is My Father’s World” and “Be Still My Soul.” Casketbearers were Walt Kent, Randal Niehaus, Larry Betts, William Rosenwinkle, Larry Voigts and Tim Hoodjer. Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home, Clarksville, was in charge of arrangements.
IDA EMMA BUDDENHAGEN
Ida Emma Buddenhagen, 95, of Allison, Iowa died April 27, 2002 at the Waverly Municipal Hospital. She was born September 10, 1906 in Spring Township in Cherokee County, Iowa the daughter of William and Caroline (Miller) Golnitz. Ida attended schools in Spring Township in Cherokee County. On October 19, 1929, Ida was united in marriage to Leonard “Bud” Buddenhagen in Iowa City. She and her husband owned and operated the Allison Drug and Pharmacy Store from 1950 to 1975 in Allison, Iowa. She was an active member of St. James Lutheran Church in Allison, and also a member of many women’s circles in the church and the Women’s Club. Ida was also an avid golfer. She is survived by her daughter Sharon and husband Don Niehaus of Allison; son Jerold Buddenhagen of Waukegan, Illinois; and a brother Herbert Golnitz of Hawick, Minnesota; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one sister. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 1, 2002 at the St. James Lutheran Church in Allison with Rev. Jerry Laehn and Associate Peg Torrin officiating. Special music was provided by organist, Vivian Green accom-panying soloist, Norma Klingbeil. Pallbearers were LeRoy Dralle, Don Miller, Lester Schrage, Herbert Freese, Vernon Leerhoff and Albert DeBower. Final resting place was in the Allison Cemetery with Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home in Allison in charge of arrangements.