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March 1 - 2, 2002


Floyd Riden, 84, a resident of 700 Hildreth Street, Charles City, died Friday, March 1, 2002, at the 11th Street Chautauqua Guest Home in Charles City. Floyd William Riden was born May 25, 1917 in Butler County, the son of Howard and Mary (Schilling) Riden. He received his education from rural Butler County country schools. On November 20, 1941, he was united in marriage to Margaret Wedeking in Clarksville. Floyd was called to serve his country during World War II in the United States Army from August 27, 1942 to October 6, 1945. He was in the 18th field artillery Division, training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Floyd was sent overseas to the European Theatre, fighting in Normandy, northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and central Europe. For his service he was awarded five Battle Stars, the Good Conduct Medal and the Purple Heart. Following his discharge, he returned to Charles City where he worked at the Oliver Corporation. In 1947, he and Margaret moved south of Charles City, where they farmed until retiring 28 years later, at which time they moved into Charles City. He worked for Charles City Lumber and Peavey Lumber for three years after moving to town. Floyd was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Men’s Brotherhood, Midi’s Heritage Club, VFW and the American Legion. His retirement years were spent working in his wood shop, doing yard work, and spending time with his family, enjoying especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was awaiting the arrival of two additional great-grandchildren. Living family members include his wife, Margaret, of Charles City; a daughter, Mona Staudt and husband Ron of Charles City; a son, Gary Riden and wife Sheila of Charles City; six grandchildren, Douglas, Steven, Charles and Renee Staudt, Somer Robbins and Andrea Riden; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Harvey Riden and wife Maxine of Charles City; and a sister-in-law, Odis Riden of Charles City. His parents and a brother, Leslie Riden, preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Monday, March 4, 2002, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Charles City, with Revs. Dianne Christopher and Diane Mitchell officiating. Burial was in Sunnyside Memory Gardens, rural Charles City. The Charles City Ceremonial Unit conducted military honors at the graveside. Hauser Funeral Home in Charles City was in charge of arrangements.



A Funeral Mass for Matilda E. Holzschuh, 88, of Greene, was held Tuesday, March 5, 2002, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greene with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunken officiating. Burial was in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Greene. Matilda Elizabeth Klein was born March 5, 1914, in rural Gilbertville, Black Hawk County, a daughter of John and Anna (Funfsinn) Schmitz Klein, and died Friday, March 1, 2002, at the Heritage Care Center in Mason City. She received her education in the rural Black Hawk County schools. On June 5, 1940, she was united in marriage to Harold Holzschuh at St. Johns Catholic Church in Waterloo. They lived in Waterloo and later Oelwein before moving to Greene in 1948. Tillie was employed at the Truex Cafe and later Sonny’s Tap, both in Greene. Tillie and Harold owned and operated Holzschuh Processing for fifteen years. Tillie’s interests included garden-ing, word search puzzles, and going on the special tours offered by the bank. She was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greene, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, and St. Lucy’s Circle. She was a life-time member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Those thankful for having shared her life include her four daughters: Paulette Haley of Chico, California, Patsy and her husband Galen Hoodjer of Greene, Francine Albrecht and Judy Ellingson, both of Mason City; one son: Gary of Defuniak, Florida; nine grandchild-ren, six step-grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She leaves to join her husband Harold; parents John and Anna Klein; brother Eugene Klein; her sister: Evelyn Mishak; nine half-sisters: Kathryn Wingert, Mary Phillips, Emma O’Connor, Pearl Reiter, Cecilia Nemmers, Anglia Reiter, Elizabeth Brustkern, Molly Driscoll, Marie Mayer; five half-brothers: Joseph Schmitz, Peter Schmitz, Joseph Klein, William Klein and Lawrence Klein; and two sons-in-law: Bob Haley and Edward Albrecht; and a grandson Jonathan Holzschuh. Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Matilda E. Holzschuh Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 356, Greene, Iowa 50636-0356. Participants in the Funeral Mass were JoAnn Nixt, Lector. Alter Servers were Ben and Kurt Gansen. Presentation of Gifts by Great-grandchildren of Matilda Holzs-chuh. Special music was provided by organist, Theresa Majewski accompanying the Resurrection Choir directed by Zoe Ann Keen as they sang “Here I am Lord”, “Be Not Afraid”, “Precious Memories” and “On Eagles Wings”. Flower attendants were Shelly Jensen, Melissa Wood, Lori Van Wyk and Amy Fischer. Pallbearers were Shaun Haley, James Haley, Ryan Haley, Joe Albrecht, Eric Ellingson and Brian McBurney. Honorary Pallbearers were Zachary Jensen and Kinser Jensen. Ushers were Dean Jensen, Brent Van Wyk and Dale Wood. Reid’s Funeral Chapel in Greene was in charge of arrangements. 



Tillie Kruger, 95, of Dumont, Iowa died on Sunday, February 24, 2002 at the Dumont Care Center of natural causes. She was born on February 9, 1907, in Grundy County, Iowa. On February 5, 1929, Tillie was united in marriage to Henry Kruger in Pleasant Valley. She was a homemaker all her life and was a member of the Dumont Reformed Church. Survivors include a son: Mengel Kruger of Athens, Wisconsin; a daughter: Kathleen Schwennen of Jesup, Iowa; a sister: Lena Rindels of Parkersburg, Iowa; nine grandchildren, fifteen great grand-children, four great-great grand-children and three step great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Henry; one grandchild, Danny Schwennen and one brother Menno. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 28, 2002 at the Dumont Reformed Church with Rev. Bob Scholten officiating. Special music was provided by organist, Jim Siebrands accomp-anying the congregational singing. Pallbearers were Johnny Muller, Bob Kobliska, Duane Wubbena, Melvin Mennen, Dalen Miller, and Lawrence Winkowitsch. Final resting place was in the Oak Hill Cemetery, rural Bristow, Iowa. Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home in Dumont was in charge of arrangements.



 Edwin P. “Ed” Schrage, 66, of 1970 270th St. Marble Rock, died Friday (March 8, 2002) at Mercy Hospital of North Iowa. Funeral Services for Ed were held Tuesday March 12, 2002 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Marble Rock with the Rev. Patricia Shaw officiating. Interment was in Westside Cemetery in Marble Rock. Edwin Paul Schrage was born July 19, 1935, in rural Greene. He was one of two sons of Clarence and Valda (Walsh) Schrage. He attended school in at rural Butler County, and afterwards joined his father’s farming operation. Edwin raised quarter horses, hogs, cattle, chickens, and later draft horses. He retired in the late nineties due to health reasons. On June 19, 1955, he was united in marriage to married Dora Christensen at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church. To this union was born two sons. He was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church and was formerly on the church council. He was also a member of the farm bureau. He enjoyed reading the paper, and always the Draft Horse Journal. Edwin is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Dora, of Marble Rock; 2 sons, Duane Schrage of Charles City; Philip Schrage and his wife, Carol, Marble Rock; three grandchildren; Brittany, Lindsay, and Courtney Schrage, one brother, Linus Schrage and his wife, Sandy, of Charles City; one sister-in-law, Bernice Tapley of Elma; and many nieces and nephews. His parents preceded him in death.



 Rolland Brekke, 74, of Shell Rock, Iowa, died Sunday evening, March 10, 2002, at the Cedar Valley Hospice House, Waterloo, of lung cancer. He was born on April 18, 1927, in Lanesboro, Minnesota, the son of Iver and Ragnhild (Bothun) Brekke. He was baptized and later confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Lanesboro. Rolland graduated from the Lanesboro High School in 1945 and then entered the US Navy during WWII. Following his discharge, Rolland attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where he received his BA degree in Business. On July 15, 1950, he was united in marriage to Ellen Johnson in Highland, Minnesota. Rolland had worked for the Standard Oil Company, then he owned and operated a service station in Lanesboro. He had also worked for the Shell Oil Company in Peoria, Illinois, and in 1960, they moved to Allison, Iowa, where he was a manager for Thermogas. He retired in 1989, and in July of 1994 he and Ellen moved to Shell Rock, where for several years Rolland worked for the Pre mier Car Wash in Waverly. He was a member of Heritage Methodist Church, Waverly, the Avery-Slight American Legion Post in Shell Rock, and the VFW Post #2208 in Waverly. He was a former member of the Allison Drill Team where he had served for thirty years. Rolland was very patriotic, and his service to God and Country was very special to him. He had golfed and fished, but his greatest enjoyment came from his family, whom he loved very, very much. Rolland is survived by his wife, Ellen, of Shell Rock; his four daughters and their husbands, Randi & Rich Black of Algona, Iowa, Rachel & Steve Nieman of Shell Rock, Mary & Larry Kauzlarich of Jordan, Minnesota, and Martha & Bob Clock of Urbandale, Iowa; ten grandchildren, Jamie, Josh & Jill Black, Matt Nieman, Erica & Justin Garman, Scott Kauzlarich, Dana & John Miller, Jennifer Kauzlarich, Jeff Kauzlarich, Jason Clock; five great grandchildren, Noah, Ansley, Jay & Jessie Miller, McKenzie Garman. He was preceded in death by his parents; seven sisters, Rae Shoemaker, Gen Waushesock, Mae Lewis, Inez Gunderson, Phyllis Munden, Hannah Reeves, Alva Funke, Cecelia Brekke; and one brother, Jim Brekke. Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at Heritage Methodist Church, Waverly, with Pastor Nathan N. Frazee officiating. Burial was in the Riverside Cemetery, Shell Rock. Memorials may be directed to the Cedar Valley Hospice, or to Heritage Methodist Church.



 Marlys Ann Frey, 93, of Aplington, Iowa was born the daughter of Peter and Bertha Bruns Luppen on September 9, 1908 in Albert Lea, Minnesota. She received her education in Aplington where she graduated from high school. She later attended college in Iowa Falls and taught school for several years after that. On January 24, 1931, she was united in marriage with Edward Frank Frey in the parsonage of the Baptist Church in Steamboat Rock. The couple farmed a few years near Allison, Iowa, then moved to the farm northwest of Aplington. Edward died July 5, 1999. Marlys was a member of the Aplington Baptist Church where she served faithfully as Sunday School Teacher and was an active in the Benevolent Society for many years. On June 10, 1973, Marlys was honored for 30 years of devotion as a teacher in the Aplington Community Bible School. At home, a passion of Marlys’ was planting and watching over her flowers on the farm. Uppermost in her priorities was spending time with her grandchildren at the farm at every opportunity and concern for their education. Marlys and Ed enjoyed traveling together throughout the United States. At 7:40 a.m., Saturday, March 9, 2002, Marlys died at Maple Manor Care Center in Aplington, where she had been a resident since September, 1998. Marlys is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward Frey; an infant daughter, Merna Ruth; a daughter, Dahlia Stockdale on June 27, 1998; and a sister, Esther Leerhoff. She is survived by one son, Robert Frey and his wife, Betty Jane of Aplington; one daughter, Betty Reed and her husband, Harold of Urbandale; a son-in-law, Harold Stockdale, Ames; grandchildren: Clay Stockdale and his wife, Deb and their children, Amanda and Faith; Marla Miller and her husband, Lee; Lisa Robertson and her husband, Mark; Lane Frey and his wife, Kara and their children, Larissa and Andrew; Camila Haugstad and her husband, Steve and their children, Cameron, Hannah and Heidi; Robert Griffith and his wife, Paula; and Carlene Griffith and her daughter, Joni Beth Harbeck. Funeral Services were held March 13 at the Aplington Baptist Church with Pastor Marlin MohrmanOfficiating. Burial was in Pleasant View Cemetery at Aplington with Redman-Schwartz Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.



 Anna Marie Wolff, age 79, of Aplington, Iowa, was born the daughter of Harm and Mary Peters Frieling on January 10, 1923, in Sibley, Iowa. Later the family lived by Fern where she went to school. At age 12, the family moved to Grundy Center where she graduated from high school in 1941. After graduation she received her Normal Teaching Certificate and taught country school at Pleasant Valley #4 and Palermo School in Grundy County. She also taught Sunday School. On June 4, 1946, she was united in marriage to Henry Wolff at the Bethany Presbyterian Church in Grundy Center. They farmed south of Aplington until 1989, when they moved to their present home in Aplington. Anna was a member of the Aplington Baptist Church where she was involved in the Home Bible League, White Cross work, and quilted with the women of the church. She especially loved her family, her grandchildren and enjoyed gardening, growing flowers, reading and baking. At 4:50 a.m., Saturday, March 9, 2002, Anna died at Maple Manor Village in Aplington of natural causes. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Meinhardt Frieling and a sister, Etta Witte. Anna is survived by her husband, Henry J. Wolff; two daughters, LaDonnis Wolff of Nashua, Iowa; LaDonna Graves and her husband, Don of Dike, Iowa; two sons, LaVern and his wife, Cindy, of Aplington; Gary of Oakland, California; and five grandchildren, Lynette Petersen and her husband, Brian; David Graves and his wife, Kristal; Jason Graves, James and Brian Wolff. There are two great-grandchildren, Brandon and Brady Petersen. She is also survived by two brothers, Ben Frieling of Grundy Center and Herman Frieling of Hegins, Pennsylvania and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 12 at theAplington Baptist Church with Pastor Marlin Mohrman officiating. Burial was in Pleasant View Cemetery, Aplington with Redman-Schwartz Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.

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Alice Van Heiden, 80, of Wellsburg, Iowa, died Wednesday, February 20, 2002, at the Grundy County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit, Grundy Center, Iowa, of natural causes. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 23, 2002, at the Bethany Presbyterian Church in Grundy Center with Pastor Kent Leydens officiating. Burial was in the Ackley Christian Reformed Church Cemetery in rural Ackley, Iowa. Alice was born on July 18, 1921, in Butler County near Ackley, the daughter of Bert and Gertie (Bunk) Abbas. She attended grade school in Austinville and graduated from Ackley High School in 1939. Alice married Benjamin DeVries and then later divorced. On February 17, 1949, she was united in marriage to Ben Van Heiden at the Reformed Church parsonage in Bristow, Iowa. Ben passed away on February 18, 1995 in Allison, Iowa. Alice was a member of the Bethany Presbyterian Church in Grundy Center. Survivors include her ten children: Jeanette Merrill of Allison, Lavern Van Heiden and his wife Beverly of Wellsburg, Jerry DeVries of Reinbeck, Benjamin J. DeVries and his wife Judy of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Jerald Van Heiden and his wife Connie of Kinsman, Illinois, Richard Van Heiden and his wife Victoria of Steamboat Rock, Merna Lovell and her husband Larry of Waverly, David Van Heiden and his wife Dianne of Hudson, Laurie Diehm and her husband Don of Reinbeck, and Kenneth Van Heiden and his wife Barbara of Cedar Falls; thirty grandchildren; thirty-one great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; three sisters: Remda Geerdes of Ankeny, Iowa, Bertha Bishop of Denver, Iowa and Henrietta Johnson of Aplington. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ben Van Heiden, a son Gary Lee in infancy, three brothers: Arend, Fred, and George Abbas, and a sister: Lucille Plutschaun. Doyen-Abels Funeral Home in Wellsburg was in charge of arrangements.

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Herbert G. “Herb” Folken, 92, of Winter Park, Florida, died on March 16, 2002. He was born in Allison, Iowa and was an Agriculture Economist for the Federal Department of Agriculture. He was married to Molly Hill and they moved to Stuart, Florida in 1978. He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Winter Park, and a member of the University Club of Winter Park Farm House Fraternity, NARFE. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Survivors include his wife: Molly Hill Folken of Winter Park, Florida; a son: Dennis N. Folken of Sapphire Lakes, North Carolina; three stepdaughters: Jean Hill Cooley of Land O’ Lakes, Florida, Barbara Hill Formoso of Burk, Virginia and Rebecca Hill McAllister of Golfport, Florida; ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Homes. Inc. of Orlando, Florida was in charge of arrangements.



Funeral services for Fern Lockard Bakker, age 79, of Parkersburg, Iowa were held at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at the Waterloo Memorial Park Chapel, with burial in the Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery, both in Waterloo, Iowa. Fern died at 5:18 a.m., Friday, March 15, 2002 at Maple Manor Village, Aplington, Iowa, from natural causes. She was preceded in death by her first husband, H. Lloyd Lockard and a brother, Claude Carpenter. She is survived by her husband, Fred H. Bakker of Parkersburg; a son, Dean Lockard of Waterloo; two daughters, Sharon Bouchard of Waterloo and Sandra Miller and her husband, Mike of Omaha, Nebraska; four grandchildren; one sister, Ruby Witt of Waterloo and on brother, Ralph Carpenter of Waverly. Memorials may be directed to Maple Manor Village or Cedar Valley Hospice.



A Private Family Service for Scott Bertram, age 39, of Shell Rock, Iowa was held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 15 2002, at the Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Clarksville. Burial of cremains was in the Allison Cemetery. He had worked as a part-time farm laborer. On Saturday, March 9, 2002, Scott died at his home in Shell Rock, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his father, Fred, one sister, Janice Bertram, and a nephew. Scott is survived by his wife, Lorie Bertram, of Shell Rock; his mother, Carrie Bertram of Allison; four brothers, Ron Bertram of Shell Rock, Dan Bertram of Shell Rock, Larry Bertram of Kesley, and Kenneth Bertram of Clarksville; and eleven nieces and nephews. Memorials may be directed to the family of Scott Bertram. Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Clarksville was in charge of arrangements.



 Mary Draves, 74, of Webster City, died Friday, March 15, 2002, at Trinity Regional Hospital in Fort Dodge. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at Asbury United Methodist Church, with Rev. Mike Morgan officiating. Burial was in the Cass Township Cemetery, north of Webster City. Mary Louise Waugh, daughter of Mark and Hazel Barnes Waugh, was born January 16, 1928 at Armstrong, Iowa. She graduated from the Clarksville High School in 1945. On August 26, 1951, she married Emil Draves in Clarksville. The couple resided in Webster City. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Draves is survived by her husband, Emil; daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Brian Coon of Gencoe, Minnesota; son and daughter-in-law, Craig and Becky Draves of Ham Lake, Minnesota; step-children, Roger and Linda Draves of San Jose, California, Virgil and Ruth Draves of Kirkland, Washington; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Richard Waugh of Clarksville. She was preceded in death by her parents. She was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church, Priscilla Circle and a volunteer of the Hamilton Hospital Gift Shop.



 Funeral services for Mrs. Helen Pooley, 89, of Greene were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the First Presbyterian Church in Greene with Pastor Paul Uzel officiating. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Greene. Helen Augusta Borchard was born December 7, 1912, west of Rockford, a daughter of Richard H. and Martha M. (Zitzow) Borchard, and died Friday, March 15, 2002, at the Nora Springs Care Center after a brief illnss. At the age of three her family moved west of Marble Rock where she later attended Scott Center School, and in order to attend high school in Marble Rock she and a friend worked for room and board so they could stay in town during the winter months. After her completion of high school, she worked for Black’s Department Store in Waterloo. On October 14, 1934, she was united in marriage to S. Dwight Pooley at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Helen was bookkeeper for the S. D. Pooley Lumber Company in Greene for 37 years, working until shortly before her death. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Women, Good Cheer Circle, and the Greene Woman’s Club. Living family members include her children and their spouses: Priscilla and Earl Landers of Greene, Richard and Janice Pooley of Norristown, Pennsylvania, Alan and Sandra Pooley of Apple Valley, Minnesota, Philip and Mary Ann Pooley of Hurst, Texas; seven grandchidlren and their spouses: Lynn and Don Swanson, Lisa Pooley, Dyanna Pooley, Justin and Lisa Pooley, Brandon and Trudy Landers, Brendt and Karen Landers, Barry Landers and his friend Daphne; eight great granadchildren: Chemiere Verhey, Kelsey Swanson, Tyler Landers, Taylor Landers, Trevor Landers, Brylee Landers, Owen Landers, Cooper Landers; two sisters: Carol and her husband Richard Rohwedder of Greene, Irene Kiehn of Fort Lupton, Colorado; and her brother, William Borchard of Marble Rock. She was preceded in death by her husband, S. Dwight Pooley; one sister, Catherine Miller, and two brothers, John Borchard and his twin brother Charles Borchard who died in infancy; and a grandson, Danny J. Landers. Special music for the funeral was provided by organist, Theresa Majewski accompanying the duet of Twyla Ring and Jack Reid as they sang “In The Garden” and Twyla Ring singing a solo “When Peace Like a River,” and the congregational hymns of “Let All Things Now Living” and “To God Be the Glory.” Flower attendants were Darlene Brinkman and Barbara Vance. Casketbearers were William Borchard, Jr., Gordon Rohwedder, Justin Pooley, Brendt Landers, Brandon Landers and Barry Landers. Ushers were Pat McRoberts and Emery Neymeyer. Reid’s Funeral Chapel in Greene was in charge of arrangements.

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