Dorothy Hampel, 82, of Garner, Iowa, died Wednesday,
Sept. 30, 1998 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester,
Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 3, at
the Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church with the
Rev. Darrell Weber officiating. Interment was in
Concord Township Cemetery.
Dorothy Esther Hampel, daughter of William L. and
Reka Christina (Goll) Haberkamp was born May 11,
1916 at Garner. She attended school at Garner,
graduating in 1933. After receiving her Normal
Teaching Certificate, she taught in a rural school
near Garner for three years. On Nov. 28, 1936, she
was married to Arnold "Bub" Hampel in Garner. They
made their home in Garner. She began working for
Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in Garner in
1945. After moving to Clear Lake in 1963, she
continued to work for Northwestern Bell as a PBX
instructor in Mason City, Iowa, retiring in 1981. In
1983, they returned to Garner and built their
retirement home. Dorothy enjoyed quilting, knitting,
golfing, flower arranging and gardening.
She was a member of Zion Evangelical and Reformed
Church where she taught Bible School, Woman’s
Fellowship and was a life member of the V.F.W.
Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary and the D.A.V.
Auxiliary. She also was a member of the Knit and
Pearl Club, Telephone Pioneers, Ventura Federated
Garden Club and a former member of the Sweet
Adelines and Toastmaster’s Club.
She is survived by her husband, Arnold "Bub"
Hampel, Garner, currently residing at Good Shepherd
Care Center in Mason City; four children, Bill
Hampel and his wife, Minnie, of Denver, Colo., Kay
Griffith and her husband, Michael, of Oxford, Ohio,
Patricia Hampel of Boulder, Colo., and Elizabeth
DenHartog and her husband, Michael, Clear Lake; 10
grandchildren, David Hampel, Walter Hampel, Serena
Eads, Cameron Griffith, Laura Austin, Arian Hampel,
Elise Chipman, Daman DenHartog, Neal DenHartog and
Kelsey DenHartog; two great-grandchildren, Christie
Lyn Hampel and Kayla Hampel; and four sisters,
Stella Hase of Odebolt, Iowa, Frances Revland of
Garner, Lyda Swanson of Klemme, Iowa, and Margaret
Rutz of Garner; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her infant daughter,
Barbara Hampel; her parents; and a brother, Clarence
Music was provided by organist, Mrs. Margaret
Jass who accompanied soloist, Loren Kalkwarf. Ushers
were Dean Goll and Al DeWitt.
Honorary pallbearers were Kirk Kinsella, Alfred
Peterson, Opal Hamilton, Shirley Haes, Gordon Haes,
Eunice Kinsella, Teressa Anderson and Grace Ausmus.
Pallbearers were Daman DenHartog, Neal DenHartog,
Michael DenHartog, Tom Hyde, Michael Griffith and
Kenneth Wayne Post
Kenneth Wayne Post, 75, of Clear Lake, Iowa, died
Friday, Oct. 2, 1998 at the Muse-Norris Hospice
Inpatient Unit, Mason City, Iowa.
Memorial services will be held today (Wednesday),
Oct. 7, at 2 p.m. at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial
Chapel, Clear Lake. The family will greet friends
one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
His body was cremated. Inurnment was in the Clear
Lake Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Kenneth
W. Post Memorial Fund.
Kenneth was born Sept. 14, 1923, in Algona, Iowa,
the son of Walter and Nellie Ada (Stewart) Post. The
family moved to Clear Lake in 1926 where Kenneth
attended school. Kenneth was a salesman for Kelco
Economentte Co., a drug sundried company, from
1951-1972. In 1972 he purchased the Coffee Shop.
Later he worked for Garth Restaurant (now known as
the North Beach), Easter Foods as the dairy
supervisor for 10 years. He worked with Walt Leslie
painting and doing other odd jobs, and the Milepost
194 Truck Stop. Organizations he enjoyed included
the Clear Lake Evening Lions and Toastmasters.
His greatest love was going and having coffee
with the guys and sharing jokes. Clear Lake was the
best place in the world for him and he had the
greatest friends here.
He is survived by his children, Cal Mohr and his
wife, Doreen, Surprise, Ariz., Kim Bliss, Kit Post,
Kelly Mohr, all of Phoenix, Ariz., and Lori
Dickerson and her husband, Darren, Clear Lake; 14
grandchildren, Chris, Jeremy, Jennifer, Rick,
Nicole, Johnny, Rana, Zachary, Megan, Nikia, Chanz,
Benjamin, Alexander and Brianne; three
great-grandchildren, Timothy, Douglas (twins) and
Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents.
Helen B. Farwell
Mrs. Helen B. Farwell, 73, formerly of Clear
Lake, Iowa, died Monday, Oct. 5, 1998, at the
I.O.O.F. Home in Mason City, Iowa.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday),
Oct. 7, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist
Church, Clear Lake, with the Rev. Fred Lewis
officiating. Graveside services will be held at the
Elmwood Cemetery, Waterloo, Iowa. The family
suggests memorials to the Helen B. Farwell Memorial
Fund in lieu of flowers.
Helen was born Nov. 18, 1924 in Waterloo, Iowa,
the daughter of Elsie Turner and Howard Sandergard.
She graduated from East High School, Waterloo, in
1942. She married John R. Farwell July 21, 1946 at
the Little Brown Church, Nashua, Iowa.
Helen worked at Rath Packing in Waterloo until
1960. They then moved to Clear Lake.
Helen owned and operated the Tasty Freeze on
South Shore Dr., Clear Lake from 1963-68. She then
owned and operated the Chalet Lamp and Gift Shop on
South Shore Dr. for over 20 years retiring in 1990.
Helen enjoyed serving the public, being with
people, playing bridge, Bingo and going to the
Casino’s. She moved to the I.O.O.F. in Mason City in
She was a member of the United Methodist Church,
She is survived by her daughter, Cindy Weber, and
her husband, Wayne, Clear Lake.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and
husband in 1990.
Rev. Kenneth H.
Rev. Kenneth H. Ubbelohde, 79, of Clear Lake,
died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1998, in Miami, Ariz. He
was cremated and memorial services will held at a
later time. Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear
Lake, is in charge of services.
Jane R. Schultz
On Sunday, Oct. 18, there will be a service of
interment for the mortal remains of Jane R. Schultz,
formerly of Clear Lake.
The brief service will be held after regular
Sunday services at Saint John’s Episcopal Church,
1st N.E. and Pennsylvania Avenue, Mason City, Iowa.
It will be held at the Columbarium in the church at
Following the service, in the Parish Hall, there
will be an opportunity to visit with Jane’s husband,
A.W. "Dutch" Schultz. Jane was born on July 12,
1922, and died in St. Joseph, Mo., on July 15, 1998.
Mary Rose Maxson
Mary Rose Maxson, 61, of Clear Lake, died Friday,
Oct. 9, 1998 at the Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient
Unit, Mason City, Iowa.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 13, at
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Clear Lake, with the
Msgr. Joseph J. Slepicka officiating. Interment was
in the Clear Lake Cemetery, Clear Lake.
Mary was born March 28, 1937 in Mankato, Minn.,
the daughter of Roland and Ursala (Wagner)
Siebenbrunner. She graduated from Garner-Hayfield
High School, Garner, Iowa in 1955. She later
attended North Iowa Area Community College, Mason
Mary enjoyed her grandchildren, reading, raising
flowers, practical jokes and collecting knick
knacks. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic
Church, Clear Lake.
She is survived by six children, Daniel P.
Johnson and his wife, Judy, Council Bluffs, Iowa, R.
Lee Johnson and his wife, Cinda, Broomfield, Colo.;
Susan Kennedy and her husband, Charles, Fertile,
Iowa, Russell D. Johnson and his wife, Lora, Milo,
Iowa, David Walter Maxson and his wife, Angeleeta,
Des Moines, Iowa, and William J. Maxson, Iowa City,
Iowa; 14 grandchildren, Kristin Johnson, Summer
Johnson, Heather Johnson, Tyler Johnson, Erik
Johnson, Nicholas Johnson, Baree Weber, Eric Weber,
Troy Johnson, Brandon Johnson, Shane Maxson, Stuart
Maxson, Chelsea Maxson and Eric Maxson; two sisters,
Jean Haight and her husband, Robert, Mason City, and
Anita Friest and her husband, Ken, Clear Lake.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one
son, Richard Johnson in 1988.
Jane Berhow, 74, of Garner, Iowa, died Thursday,
Oct. 8, 1998 at the Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient
Unit, Mason City, Iowa.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 11, at
the Cataldo Funeral Chapel, Garner, with the Rev.
David Wiersbe of the Evangelical Free Church in
Clear Lake officiating. Burial of the cremains was
in Concord Township Cemetery.
Nancy Jane Berhow, the daughter of Leonard Frank
and Ann Elizabeth (Colburn) Hare, was born May 14,
1924, in Des Moines, Iowa. She attended school in
Des Moines, graduating from high school in 1943. On
July 19, 1944 she was united in marriage to John
Harlan Berhow in Des Moines. They made their home in
Des Moines where she worked at the Ankeny War Plant.
In 1949, they moved to Hampton, Iowa, and in 1962 in
Garner where they owned and operated Berhow Plumbing
and Heating for 13 years. Jane also operated J & K
Woodfinishing for many years. In December of 1997,
she moved to Westview Care Center in Britt, Iowa.
She enjoyed her family, fishing, cross-country
skiing and teaching her grandchildren to play
She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church
in Mason City, Wa Tan Ye’s and Sweet Adelines.
She is survived by four daughter, Susan
Berhow-Rivera of Apple Valley, Minn., Sandra Quintus
and her husband, Steven, Garner, Christine Greiman
and her husband, Bill, of Klemme, Iowa, and Jennifer
Berhow Hanson and her husband, Kevin, of Ventura,
Iowa; grandchildren, Jonathan Berhow-Rivera, Andrea
Berhow-Rivera, Nelson Berhow-Rivera, Erin Fortin and
her husband, Andy, Terra Bill and her husband,
Rodney, Abraham Quintus and Samuel Quintus, Natasha
Berhow, Rockford Berhow, Brandon Berhow Goll, Blair
Berhow-Goll and Dalton Berhow-Goll; a
great-granddaughter, Mikaella Berhow-Rivera; and
five step-grandchildren, Thomas Greiman, Sheena
Greiman, Tara Greiman, Rebecca Hanson and Katie
Hanson; a brother, Charles M. Hare and his wife,
Esther, of Des Moines; a sister-in-law, Opal Clark
and her husband, Max, of Tyler, Texas; six nieces
and nephews, Richard Hare, William Hare, John Hare,
Mary Swarm, Barbara Griemer and Frank Hare.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John,
Dec. 9, 1976; a daughter, Nancy Berhow, May 23,
1966; her parents; and a brother, Richard C. Hare.
Mrs. Dean Cataldo, organist, accompanied Joel
Honorary pallbearers were grandsons, Jonathan
Berhow-Rivera, Nelson Berhow-Rivera, Abraham
Quintus, Samuel Quintus, Rockford Berhow, Brandon
Berhow Goll, Dalton Berhow Goll, Charles Hare and
Virgil and Sydney
Word has been received of the deaths of former
Clear Lake residents, Virgil and Sydney Bridges.
They were killed in an accident near Nashville,
Tenn., when their car collided with a semi.
They are survived by their daughter, Mrs. Gary
(Marilyn) Ward, 2317 Roundtree Road, Knoxville,
Rod Taylor, 61, of Ionia, died Saturday, Oct. 3,
1998, at his home.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 7, at
the Congregational Church in New Hampton, with the
Rev. Carol Krause officiating. Private inurnment
will be held at a later date in the New Hampton
Rodney Albert Taylor was born in Lime Springs on
Jan. 7, 1937, the son of Albert and Evaline
(Schumause) Taylor. At the age of 10, his father
died and he made his home with his mothers, brothers
and sister at their grandmother’s. He graduated from
Cresco High School where he was a star wrestler.
On Aug. 5, 1955, he was married to Elinor Foote
in Sioux Falls, S.D. They lived in various towns
before settling in Ionia where Rod set up his
asphalt plant. Rod worked for many years laying
asphalt and digging graves for many cemeteries in
Floyd, Chickasaw, and Howard counties.
He is survived by his wife, Elinor; one daughter,
Shirly Holm, of Charles City; four sons, Rick, Gary,
Randy and Mike, all of Ionia; 11 grandchildren; his
mother and step-father, Evaline and Ray Fulcher of
Cresco; two brothers, Pat, Cresco, and Tom of
Stevens Point, Wis; two sisters, Betty Shea of Lime
Springs, and Elenor Wubben of Clear Lake.
He was preceded in death by his father, Albert
and a sister, Shirley.
Malcolm Dale Wissler
Malcolm Dale Wissler, 73, of Atlantic, died
Monday, Oct. 12, 1998, at the Cass County Memorial
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 15,
at 1:30 p.m. at the Roland Funeral Home, Atlantic,
with the Pastor Ron Barnett of St. Paul’s Lutheran
Church officiating. Interment will be in the
Malcolm, the son of Max and Velma Ruth Mauk
Wissler, was born Aug. 10, 1925, east of Lewis where
he grew up. He graduated from Lewis High School in
1943. His marriage to Lela Mae Anderson took place
on Dec. 16, 1944, at the Methodist Church in Lewis.
They lived in Shelby and Cass Counties where he
farmed from 1944 to 1957; worked for International
Farm Equipment from 1957 to 1962; and was then
employed by Walnut Grove Products in Atlantic. They
moved to Sun Lakes, Ariz., in 1983. Lela died Feb.
3, 1994, in Sun Lakes and Malcolm moved back to
Atlantic in June of 1998 following health problems.
Malcolm was a member of Odd Fellows Lodge; Atlantic
Elks Lodge #445; and was a 4-H leader.
He is survived by a son, Clyde Eugene Wissler and
his wife, Kathy of Clear Lake; one daughter, Janet
Gruber and her husband, Jim, of Murray, Neb.; four
grandchildren, Amber, Brooke, and Marshal Wissler,
all of Clear Lake, and Byron Gruber of Murray, Neb.;
one brother, Marion Wissler and his wife, Carolyn of
Des Moines; one sister, Betty Watson of Lincoln,
Neb.; and a number of nieces and nephews; and a
close friend, Lucille Alff, of Lewis.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his
wife, Lela; and one son, Larry Wissler, May of 1962.
Bula Mae Becker, 86, of Clear Lake, Iowa, died
Monday, Oct. 12, 1998, at her home.
Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 19, at
the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel. Graveside
services were held at the Masonic Cemetery, Dallas
Center, Iowa. Memorials can be made to the Hospice
of North Iowa.
Bula was born on Aug. 27, 1912, in Perry, Iowa,
the daughter of Elmer Martin and Mary Louise (Young)
Brelsford. She attended Boone County schools. Bula
married Matthew John Hill in 1933. They had four
children. They lived in Perry, Iowa. On May 29,
1956, she married Marlowe Becker. They moved to
Clear Lake in the late 1960s where she had lived
Bula loved crocheting, traveling, metal detecting
She is survived by her son, Don Hill and his
wife, Sandy, Boone, Iowa; two daughters, Velma Brown
and her husband, Dean, Leavenworth, Wash., and Betty
Erwin, Everett, Wash.; two step-daughters, Sandy
Heard and her husband, Rollie, Rockford, Iowa, and
Elaine Smith, and her husband, Keith, Mannford, Okla;
one daughter-in-law, Erma Hill, Everett, Wash.; one
step-daughter-in-law, Sophie Becker, Eagle River,
Wis.; two sisters, Betty Heffern and her husband,
Cletus, Mason City, Iowa, and Katherine Fisher and
her husband, Claude, Mountain View, Mo.; three
brothers, Marion Brelsford, Perry, Iowa, Lloyd
Brelsford and his wife, Lila, Jefferson, Iowa,
Delbert Brelsford and his wife, Fern, Perry; two
sisters-in-law, Dorothy Brelsford and Goldie
Brelsford, Perry; nine grandchildren; 19
great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren;
10 step-grandchildren; and 14
She was preceded in death by her parents; her
husband, Marlowe, in 1993; a son, Robert in 1988;
two brothers, Kenneth and Harold Brelsford; one
step-son, Dean Becker; and one sister-in-law, Erna
Phyllis M. Rod, 50, of Yuma, Ariz., formerly of
Denver and Clear Lake, Iowa, died Oct. 21, 1998 at
her home in Yuma of cancer.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 25, with
the Rev. Dean Hess and the Rev. Doctor Steven
Ullestad, Bishop, conducted the service. Graveside
services were held Monday, Oct. 26, at the Clear
Lake Cemetery. Memorials may be given to St. Peter
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denver, Zion United
Lutheran Church in Clear Lake, or Gloria de Cristo
Lutheran Church building fund in Yuma.
Phyllis was born Feb. 3, 1948, in rural Lone
Rock, Iowa, the daughter of A.B. and Ella Jensen
Cherland. She received her education at Central
Schools, rural Fenton, Iowa; Waldorf College in
Forest City, Iowa, and graduated from Fairview
Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis, Minn. in
1970 as a registered nurse. She married Robert Rod
on May 29, 1971 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden
Valley, Minn. She worked most recently in the Post
Anesthesia Care Unit at Allen Memorial Hospital in
Waterloo, Iowa, before moving to Arizona in April of
She was a member of Gloria de Cristo Lutheran
Church in Yuma, the women of the ELCA, and was a
volunteer in the surgical family waiting area at
Yuma Regional Medical Center.
She is survived by her parents, of Algona, Iowa;
her husband, Bob, of Yuma, Ariz.; a son, Jason of
Flagstaff, Ariz.; a daughter, Sonja, Tucson, Ariz.;
three brothers and wives and children, Donald and
Debra Cherland, Tim and Andrew of St. Paul, Minn;
Roger and Cheryl Cherland, Jennifer, John and Jill
of rural Lone Rock, Iowa, and Steven and Darlene
Cherland, Keith, Kevin and Cole of rural Lone Rock;
her mother-in-law, Inge Rod of Fort Dodge, Iowa; and
a sister-in-law, John and Sharon Jahnke and their
children, Kristin and Hans, St. Paul, Iowa.
Shelly J. Rose, 42,
of Clear Lake, Iowa, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 1998.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 24, at
the United Methodist Church in Clear Lake with the
Rev. Fred Lewis officiating. Internment was at the
Clear Lake Cemetery.
Shelly was born Dec. 24, 1955 in Mason City,
Iowa, the daughter of Orvin and Margaret (Baker)
Vaage. She graduated from Clear Lake High School in
1974. She worked at Pamida and the Lake Theater.
Shelly married Darvin Rose on Nov. 6, 1976 at the
United Methodist Church, Clear Lake. They lived in
Forest City, Iowa, and Garner, Iowa, before moving
permanently to Clear Lake in 1988. She owned and
operated her own day care center since 1978. She was
a member of the United Methodist Church and taught
Sunday School at the Methodist Church both in Garner
and Clear Lake.
Shelly enjoyed going to antique shops and craft
shops. Friends and family remember her for always
putting others first before herself, her great sense
of humor, her love of music, her good cooking and
most of all she enjoyed family gatherings. She loved
doing crafts, arranging flowers, painting, being
outdoors and drawing pictures for her kids. She
loved the fall.
She is survived by her husband, Darvin Rose,
Clear Lake; her mother, Margaret Vaage, Clear Lake;
two daughters, Carrie Rose and Angie Rose, of Clear
Lake; one brother, Randy Vaage and his wife, Linda,
and their children, Jennifer, Michele and Jeff
Vaage, Clear Lake; mother-in-law, Laura Rose,
Morgan, Minn.; two brother-in-laws, Russell Rose and
his wife, Karen, Sleepy Eye, Minn., DuWayne Evenson,
Minnesota Lakes, Minn.; one sister-in-law, Sandy
Torkelson and her husband, Bernie, Granite Falls,
She was preceded in death by her father, Orvin
Vaage, August 1987; her sister-in-law, Mary Lou
Evenson; and her father-in-law, Marvin Rose.
Marvin G. Hansmeier,
68, of Fertile, Iowa, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1998
at North Iowa Mercy Health Center’s east campus,
Mason City, Iowa.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 24 at
the Church of Christ in Fertile, with the Rev. Denny
Ganz officiating. Burial was in Brush Point
Cemetery, rural Fertile.
The family suggests memorials to the Marvin G.
Hansmeier Memorial Fund.
Marvin was born Nov. 13, 1929 on a farm near
Foley, Minn., the son of John and Anna (Meier)
Hansmeier. He married Joan Gray on Oct. 8, 1949 in
Foley. The couple moved to Fertile in the spring of
1954. He worked for farmers in the Fertile area and
was employed at the soybean plant in Mason City,
Iowa, for more than 25 years. He also worked at the
Cenex Station, which he later owned and operated
under the name of Marv’s Service until the time of
Marvin enjoyed working and watching sports, as
well as the companionship of his buddies and
customers at his station. He will be greatly missed
by his family and a host of friends.
He was a member of the Church of Christ in
He is survived by his wife, Joan, Fertile; five
sons, Bruce Hansmeier and his wife, Glenna, Clear
Lake, Mick Hansmeier and his wife, Deb, Minneapolis,
Minn., Doug Hansmeier and his wife, Lisa, Maple
Grove, Minn., Craig Hansmeier and his wife, Dawn, of
Fertile, and Todd Hansmeier of Clear Lake; two
brothers, Robert Hansmeier and his wife, Jerry, of
Aberdeen, Wash., and Roland Hansmeier of Foley,
Minn.; nine grandchildren, Joe, Renee, Courtney,
Brent, Shane, Dan, Tara, Abby and John; and one
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two
brothers, Ralph and Willard Hansmeier.
Leland E. (Lee)
Harthan, 88, of Clear Lake, Iowa, died Friday, Oct.
23, 1998 at North Iowa Mercy Health Center East
Campus, Mason City, Iowa.
Memorial services were held Tuesday, Oct. 27, at
the United Methodist Church, Clear Lake, with the
Rev. Fred Lewis officiating. Inurnment was in the
Clear Lake Cemetery, Clear Lake. The family suggests
memorials to the Leland E. Harthan Memorial fund.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in
charge of services.
Lee was born Oct. 1, 1910 in rural Ventura, Iowa,
the son of Benjamin and Ethel (Auchampach) Harthan.
He farmed in the the Thornton, Iowa, and Ventura
area. He later moved to Clear Lake where he worked
for the Iowa Liquor Control Commission until his
He is survived four children, Jack Harthan,
Ventura, Joan Collins and her husband, Duane, Clear
Lake, Janice Harthan-Kerdus and her husband, Robert,
Mason City, and Jerry Harthan and his wife,
Carmella, Clear Lake; one brother, Harris B. Harthan
and his wife, Henrietta, West Los Angeles, Calif.;
13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 2
He was preceded in death by his parents; his
wife, Evelyn (Miller) Harthan; and one sister,
Arthur Gilbert, 88,
of Delmar, Iowa, died Friday, Oct. 23, 1998 at his
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 27, at
the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, with
the Rev. Kermit Roisen of Zion Lutheran Church
officiating. Interment was at Memorial Park
Arthur was born Sept. 12, 1910 in Lockport, N.Y.
On May 17, 1936 he was united in marriage to
Annabelle Neilsen in Northwood, Iowa. She died
November 1992. They farmed in the Clear Lake area
and Delmar area where the couple lived for 33 years
near his son. Arthur was a member of Zion Lutheran
Church, Clear Lake.
He is survived by a daughter, Diana Carlson and
her husband, Gary, Blooming Prairie, Minn.; two
sons, Delbert Gilbert and his wife, Dorothy, Delmar,
and Duane Gilbert and his wife, Patricia, Clear
Lake; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; five
sisters, Jennie Eaton, Olean, N.Y., Viola Mazza,
Frendale, Wash., Mary Avery, Boston, Mass., Kathryn
Scutella, Olean, and Grace Brastad, Fort Wayne, Ind.
He was preceded in death by his wife; one sister;
and two brothers.
Darlene G. Reysack,
70, of Thornton, Iowa, died Sunday, Oct. 25, 1998 at
the Sunrise Healthcare Center, Mason City, Iowa.
She was cremated and inurnment will be at the
Pleasantview Cemetery, Thornton, Iowa. Memorials may
be given to the Darlene G. Reysack Memorial Fund c/o
Elizabeth Reysack, PO Box 181, Thornton, Iowa 50479.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in
charge of arrangements.
Darlene was born June 10, 1928, in Thornton,
Iowa. She was raised by her mother Lucille E.
(Harken) Prilipp and maternal grandfather, George M.
Harken. She graduated from Thornton High School in
1945 with honors. Darlene lived there until her
marriage to Theodore R. (Ted) Reysack Dec. 10, 1954.
She worked in the Mason City-Thornton area as a
telephone operator for a number of years until she
lost her voice for over three years. Ted worked as a
farm hand in the surrounding area for a time until
they moved to Hampton in the late 1950s and lived
there over 30 years. She and her daughter, Beth,
moved to rural Swaledale. In 1993 Darlene and Beth’s
family moved to Thornton. Darlene move to the
nursing home Nov. 20, 1997.
Darlene was baptized, confirmed and married in
the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Thornton, Iowa. In her
later years she was unable to attend churches due to
her ill health. While she was able, she attended
various Non Denominational Pentecostal affiliated
Darlene enjoyed her children and extended family,
especially her grandson Tony. They were the ones who
gave her, her greatest joy in life as well as her
abiding faith in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
She liked to read, knit, word puzzle books, listen
to the radio and watch TV, and talk with her family
in person and on the phone.
She is survived by her son, Randy D. Reysack and
his wife, Sandra, Thornton, Iowa; one daughter,
Elizabeth (Beth) Reysack and her husband, Gary
Overbeck, Thornton; one grandson, Tony Reysack,
Clear Lake; step-grandchildren, Lucinda McDonald and
Benjamin McDonald, Thornton; a special friend (like
a daughter) Barb Benge; and other special relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents;
grandfather, George M. Harkin, and infant son,
Timothy Vernon Reysack.