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Marcella Ann DeBower

Marcella Ann DeBower, 74, of Bristow, died on Tuesday, August 23, 2011, at the Waverly Health Center in Waverly. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, August 26, at the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in rural Greene with Rev. Mark Walker offi ciating. Burial was in the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery. The Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home in Allison was in charge of arrangements.

Marcella Ann DeBower was born on March 21, 1937, in Grundy Center, to Harry and Kathryn (Dudden) Groote. She graduated from Dike High School in 1954. She worked at Feller’s Variety Store in Grundy Center for several years.

She married Martin H. DeBower on April 2, 1965, at Lincoln Center Christian Reformed Church in rural Dike. Marcella was a homemaker and helped on their farm. She was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Vilmar, where she taught Sunday School and Junior Lutherans. Marcella was a long time member of the WELCA Group and enjoyed singing in the choir for more than 35 years. An avid gardener, she was known for her canning and preserving. She spent a lot of time with her family and thoroughly enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s many activities. She loved traveling, going out to eat, laughing, shopping, polka music, and she especially enjoyed celebrating their 45th Wedding Anniversary with her husband.

Marcella is survived by her husband, Martin H. DeBower, of Bristow, daughter, Dianna Peterson, and her husband, Steve, of Mason City; daughter, Angela Jacobs, and her husband, Jeffrey, of Traer, grandchildren: Justin Jacobs, Kyle Peterson, Jessica Jacobs, Luke Martin Peterson, and Jamie Jacobs; several nieces and nephews; sister-in- law, Eileen Berends, of Shell Rock; and brother-in-law, George Seehusen, of Allison.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: John and Leona DeBower, Clarence F. and Lucille Prange, Bernice Seehusen, and Leonard Berends.

Matilda Lois (Lauterbach) Johnson

Matilda Lois (Lauterbach) Johnson, 83, of Allison, Iowa, passed away August 26, 2011 at the Rehabilitation Center of Allison. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 31, at the St. James Lutheran Church in Allison with Pastor Jeffrey Blank offi ciating. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Parkersburg. The Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home in Allison was in charge of arrangements.

Matilda Johnson was born the daughter of Brunk and Minnie (Berends) Lauterbach on April 16, 1928. She was baptized and confi rmed at Stout Reformed Church. Matilda attended elementary school in rural Grundy County and graduated from Dike High School in 1946. She continued her education at Iowa Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls and taught in rural Grundy County.

On December 26, 1947 Matilda married Clarence G. Johnson of Parkersburg at the Bethel Lutheran Church parsonage. They farmed near Bristow and Clarksville before purchasing their farm near Allison in 1960. Clarence passed away April 20, 1995.

Matilda was an active member of St. James Lutheran Church in Allison, enjoyed quilt making for the church, and also enjoyed attending the Lutheran Women’s Retreat at Strawberry Point. She was also a longtime member of the Triple J neighborhood club.

Matilda enjoyed traveling with Clarence throughout their marriage and after his death in 1995 she continued traveling to Alaska to visit her daughter and family 12 more times. Her grandchildren especially enjoyed “Tea Time” at their Grandma Johnson’s house which was anytime. She also enjoyed making quilts for each of her grandchildren.

Survivors include her two daughters Mavis (Steve) Wicks of Parkersburg, Carol (Dennis) Wilcox of Madrid, one son Randal (Marj) Johnson of Clarksville, one daughterin- law Peggy Johnson of Cedar Falls; grandchildren: Jennifer (Ken) Williams, Kyle (Kristen) Wilcox, Kristen (Tyler) Brown, Krystle (Andy) Kettman, Alesha (Lucas) Wedeking, Kourtney Johnson, Edward Johnson, Griffi n Johnson, Rebekah Wicks and Matthew Wicks; great grandchildren: Zane, Eva, Aidan, Abigail, Jerad, Hunter, Lily, Emerson and Brielle; three sisters - Irene Miller of Eldridge, Virginia Miller of Dumont and Darlene Overman of Rhodes, Iowa; brother-in-law George (Eileen) Johnson of Waterloo, sister-in-law Sophia Christensen of Humboldt, many nieces and nephews and a host of neighbors, friends, and special friends from Elm Spring Apartments in Allison.

She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence in 1995, two sons Ronald in infancy and Gerald in 2004.
Sylvia Henrietta Winkowitsch

Sylvia Henrietta Winkowitsch, 72, of Bristow, died on Tuesday, August 23, 2011, at the Mercy Medical Center North Iowa in Mason City. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 26, at the Bristow Reformed Church in Bristow with Pastor Tamara EnTin offi ciating. Burial was in the Allison Cemetery. The Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home in Dumont was in charge of arrangements.

Sylvia Winkowitsch was born on November 8, 1938, in Hampton, to Henry and Malinda (Eichmeyer) Farnham. She graduated from the Hampton High School. She married Jim Winkowitsch on March 3, 1962, in Hampton. She worked as a nurse’s aid and was a homemaker and a farm wife.

Sylvia was a member of the Bristow Reformed Church. She enjoyed cooking and spending time with her grandchildren, playing the piano and listening to Tiffany play her piano. She also enjoyed farming with her husband.

Sylvia is survived by her husband, Jim Winkowitsch, of Bristow; a son, Tim Winkowitsch, and his wife, Deanne, of Hampton; a son, Brian Winkowitsch, and his wife, Patti, of Bristow; a daughter Tammy Brocka, and her husband, Gary, of Dumont; a brother, Charles Farnham, of Oregon, a sister, Kathy Brandt, and her husband, Howard, of Hampton, her grandchildren: Cassie Hutzel, Nathan Hutzel, Tiffany Winkowitsch, Jesse Winkowitsch, Marty Winkowitsch, Stephanie Brocka; and a great-grandson, Titan Pearson. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Fern Evangeline Conrad Wix

Fern Evangeline Conrad Wix, 92, of Allison, died at the Allison Rehabilitation Center early Monday morning, August 29, 2011. A memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 2, at St. James Lutheran Church in Allison, with Rev. Jeffrey Blank offi ciating. Inurnment will be held at the Allison Cemetery at a later date. The Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home of Allison was in charge of arrangements.

Fern Evangeline Conrad Wix was born on February 12, 1919, the daughter of Walter and Anna Speth Conrad of Tulare, S.D. She was the second of eight children. Her siblings included Milton, Delphia, Delberta, Clarence, Helen, Wayne, and Bobby; her two surviving siblings are Helen Peters of Spencer, and Wayne Conrad of Waterloo.

Fern spent most of her growing up years in Minnesota where she attended school through the eighth grade. On September 9, 1940, Fern married Bill Wix of Allison. After 12 ½ years of marriage they welcomed their only child Bill Jr., into their family. He was truly the light of their lives.

Fern and Bill lived 60 years as husband and wife with Bill then passing away in April of 2001. Fern, a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother was a longtime member of St. James Lutheran Church in Allison. Over the years she helped raise and nurture many children in Allison as a daycare provider. She enjoyed baking bread, rolls, and cookies and always welcomed guests with a cup of coffee. Ila Wangsness was treasured as an “almost sister” who shared many, many cups of coffee with Fern. Fern also gardened and canned lots of pints and quarts of fruits and vegetables in her lifetime.

Fern is survived by her son Bill Wix Jr., and his wife, Connie, of Allison; a granddaughter, Bethani Shaull, and her husband, Jason, of Allison; a grandson, Robert Wix, and his wife, Kristen, of Allison; plus four great-granddaughters: Abbie, Brooklyn, Colby, and Eden all of Allison. Fern always felt blessed to have her family living right in Allison where she did.
James “Jim” Walter Hoerman

James “Jim” Walter Hoerman, age 81, of Clarksville, Iowa, was born the son of Walter and Evelyn (Marston) Hoerman on March 12, 1930, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He lived on a farm west of Allison, Iowa, until 1941 when they moved to a farm east of Clarksville.

Jim went to school for two years in Plainfield before attending Clarksville and graduated from the Clarksville High School in 1949. Jim pitched for the baseball teams in both Plainfi eld and Clarksville. After graduation, Jim began driving stock car at the races all over Iowa from 1949 to 1969 and was also farming on a farm east of Clarksville.

On October 19, 1951, James was united in marriage with Marian Hirsch at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They made their home and farmed with Jim’s parents northeast of Clarksville. When his dad passed away, he had to stop racing, to farm full time.

Jim served in the United States Army from 1952 until he was honorably discharged in 1953. Jim was a Sergeant during the Korean Conflict where he served overseas in Korea.

For many years Jim and Marian spent the summer months in Emily, Minnesota, where they managed an RV park. They would leave after the planting season was finished, and in October they would return to the farm in Clarksville, just in time for harvesting. Jim was a member of the First United Church of Christ ~ Pleasant Valley in rural Clarksville.

His grandchildren were an important part of his life. They enjoyed spending a lot of time together fi shing and hunting. In his earlier years Jim hunted nearly everything and in his later years he mainly hunted deer. Jim was an avid walleye fi sherman. A fun time was going “can hunting” with grandpa. For many years Jim loved to go snowmobiling with his friends and family.

Jim died Wednesday, August 31, James “Jim” Walter Hoerman 2011, at the Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa, of natural causes.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marian on September 24, 2009; one grandson, Dustin; and a twin brother and sister in infancy.

Jim is survived by three children, two daughters, Branda (Jerry) Schunk of Clarksville, and Randi (her special friend, JR Wright) Hoerman of Waverly, and one son, Larry (Brenda) Hoerman of Clarksville; seven grandchildren, Amy, Brooke, Christel, Erin, Emily, Jason and Jeremy; eight great-grandchildren; and one brother, Vern Hoerman of Wisconsin.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 6, 2011, at Redman- Schwartz Funeral Home in Clarksville with Dan Forry offi ciating. Music was provided by Harriett Forry and the Congregational Hymns were “In The Garden” and “Amazing Grace.” Burial was held in Lynwood Cemetery in Clarksville with Jim’s grandchildren serving as casket bearers. Full Military Honors were conducted by the Clarksville AMVETS, Post #30. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Online condolences may be left at
Marvin Gene Hearn

Marvin Gene Hearn, 51, of Dumont, died after a three year battle with cancer, and went to live with our Lord on Monday, September 12, 2011. Celebration of Life services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 15, at the Trinity Reformed Church in Allison, with Rev. Gary Mulder officiating.

A public visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at Trinity Reformed Church in Allison. Burial will be in the Dumont Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family at P.O. Box 134, Dumont, Iowa 50625.

The Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home of Dumont is in charge of arrangements. Marvin Hearn was born on July 8, 1960, to Merle and Beulah (Miller) Hearn, of Dumont. Marvin graduated from Dumont High School in 1979.

He was a dedicated servant for whatever task called him: Dumont Co-op Elevator, Sukup Mfg., B&B Oil Co., Allison FS, custodian/maintenance/bus driver for Hampton-Dumont Schools, Hearn Propane, and custodian/ maintenance for Waverly-Shell Rock Schools.

Because his health began to fail in December 2010, he was forced to stop working. He loved working and helping others; he enjoyed camping and traveling when he could. Marvin, along with his brothers and parents, presented concerts in many churches - known as the “Singing Seven” during their younger years. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his wife and daughter, Mollie, and also with his extended family.

Marvin also served on the Dumont City Council for 10 years and currently served as Mayor for Dumont for the past eight years. On June 19, 1981, Marvin married Julie Ann Meyer at Trinity Reformed Church, Allison. Together they prayed for a family, which was answered April 1, 2002, with the miracle birth of their daughter, Mollie Ann, a true blessing from our Heavenly Father.

Marvin was an active member of Trinity Reformed Church in Allison where he served several terms as Sunday School Superintendent and on the Consistory.

Marvin is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Julie Hearn: one daughter, Mollie Ann, 9, at home; his mother, Beulah Hearn, of Dumont; four brothers: Lynn (Eunice), of Lehighton, Penn.; Keith (Vicki), of Mason City; Myron (Alice), of Dumont; and Larry (Michele), of Dumont; his aunt, Ruth (Hearn) Siems, of Dumont; his motherin- law, Joyce Meyer, of Dumont; sisters-in-law: Deb (Harris) Bettenga, of Dumont; Jodi (Lane) Tweeten, of Bristow; brothers-inlaw: Dalen (Bridget) Meyer, of Dumont; and David (Amy) Meyer, of Bristow; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Merle Hearn, in 2001; and father-in-law, Dennis L. Meyer, in 2008. 
Gale Rene Hobson

Gale Rene Hobson, 55, of Knoxville, formerly of Clarksville, died on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo, of natural causes.

A Celebration of life ceremony was held at 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, September 17, 2011, at Heery Woods Park, rural Clarksville, with Pastor Val Swinton officiating. Vocalist, Amber Benson, sang “Amazing Grace” and “In the Garden.” Casketbearers were Andrew Hobson, Robert Hobson, Joe Hobson, Shane Hobson, Ira Wikert, Matthew Hobson, and Ian Wikert. Inurnment will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family.

The Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Clarksville is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Gale Rene Hobson was born the son of Robert and Florence (Miller) Hobson in Charles City, on February 4, 1956. He attended Clarksville High School and continued his education at Hawkeye Technical College.

Gale was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Clarksville. Gale served in the United States Navy. Gale enjoyed working with leather and made many belts and purses. He also enjoyed fishing and tinkering with stuff.

Gale is survived by his daughter, Kimberly (Francisco) Limias, of Iowa Falls; four grandchildren: Laine Noah, Vanessa Ramires, Graciela Alejo, and Francisco Alejo; four brothers: Gerald (Deb) Hobson, of Shell Rock; Dennis (Kathy) Hobson, of Greene; Floyd (Sheryl) Hobson, of Waverly; and Dean (Vernita) Hobson, of Clarksville; one sister, Janine (Russ) Wikert, of Steamboat Rock; many nieces and nephews; one aunt; one uncle; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Dean Eilers; and his grandparents.
Bruno Peters

Bruno Peters, 95, of Aplington, died Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, of natural causes.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, September 16, at Bethel Reformed Church in rural Aplington with Pastor Scott Summers officiating. Organist, Belva Schipper accompanied Congregational Hymns, “The Old Rugged Cross,” “How Great Thou Art,” and “Amazing Grace.” Interment was at Bethel Reformed Cemetery in rural Aplington with Steve Ackerman, Tom Ackerman, Mark Ackerman, Gerald Peters, Dave Peters, and Steve Busse serving as casketbearers. Full military rites were conducted by Aplington AMVETS Post #102. Memorials may be directed to the family.

The Redman-Schwartz Funeral Chapel of Aplington was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Bruno Peters was born the son of Peter and Fannie (Mennen) Peters on September 12, 1916, in Butler County, near Aplington. He received his education from a rural country school near his home. Until he went into the service Bruno worked for various local farmers as a farm hand. He was drafted into the United States Army on August 13, 1942, serving overseas in Africa and Europe during World War II. Bruno served as a cook. He was often distinguished with the honor for cooking special meals for Generals at different times. He was honorably discharged on October 12, 1945. On January 2, 1946,

Bruno was united in marriage with Catherine Elizabeth Ackerman at her parent’s home north of Aplington. The couple made their home and farmed their first seven years of marriage on a farm south of Allison. They moved to a farm north of Aplington, that they called home and Bruno retired in 2000.

Bruno lived on their farm up until two years ago, when he moved to Maple Manor Village in Aplington. Bruno was a member of Bethel Reformed Church in rural Aplington and also the Aplington AMVETS. Through the years Bruno enjoyed taking many fishing trips to Canada and when they got home, they would always enjoy many good fish fries. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Bruno loved working on the farm and was proud to be called a farmer.

Bruno is survived by three sisters-in- law: Jessie Peters, of Aplington; Bernice Busse, of Allison; and Kathy Ackerman, of Allison; and many nieces and nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, and great-great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Peters, on August 24, 2008; his parents; and two brothers: Ecko and Louis Peters.

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