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Thursday, January 1, 2009
Lois Elaine Meier, 77, of Swaledale, Iowa died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, at the Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, Iowa, surrounded by her family.
A funeral service for Lois was held Monday, Jan. 5, at the Evangelical Free Church, Clear Lake with the Rev. Dan Jordan officiating. Burial will be held Monday at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Swaledale.
Lois Elaine Meier was born on July 6, 1931, in Clear Lake, the daughter of Charles and Elsie (Pals) Rickard. Lois was baptized in Clear Lake, and attended and received her education in the Clear Lake Community Schools, graduating from Clear Lake High School in 1949. She was united in marriage to Martin Meier on Oct. 15, 1950, in Clear Lake. After their marriage together Lois and Martin farmed near Swaledale.
Lois enjoyed collecting stamps, bird watching, sewing, and knitting, but Lois’s great love and enjoyment was her family and grandchildren. Lois loved to attend all of her grandchildren’s school activities.
Church was very important to Lois and she was very active and a charter member of the Evangelical Free Church in Clear Lake, where she taught Sunday school for over 50 years. Lois was also a member of the Women’s Missionary Society and the White Cross at the church. She sang in the church choir and was active in the stamp ministry at the church.
Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Martin Meier, of Swaledale; her children, LaRee (Neal) Manson of Marathon, Wis., Brad (Rachel) Meier of Swaledale, LaDonna Woodford of Brooklyn Center, Minn., Greg (Julie) Meier of Swaledale, and LaVon Regnier of East Bethel, Minn., 12 grandchildren, Stacey, Lisa, Joel, Christina, Amy, Anna, Sarah, Cari, Andy, Chelsy, Shealyn, and Jackson; 20 great-grandchildren; as well as other extended family members and friends.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Jean Barnes.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of the arrangements.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Alfa V. Nickerson, 87, 13713 Indigo Ave., Clear Lake, died surrounded by her loving family, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009 at Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City, Iowa from a massive stroke.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, Jan. 6, at Gallilean Lutheran Church, Clear Lake, with the Rev. Jeff Ungs officiating. Burial was in the Clear Lake Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Alfa V. Nickerson Memorial Fund.
Alfa was born Nov. 24, 1921 in Coulter, Iowa, the daughter of Chris and Ingeborg (Strandskov) Jaspersen. She attended school in Coulter and helped take care of her brothers and sisters. She later worked in a café and also for Dr. Brownstone. Alfa married Walter Nickerson on Dec. 10, 1944 at Zion Lutheran Church in Clear Lake. They lived on a farm south of Clear Lake. Alfa worked out of her home during the 1960’s, and then for Furleigh Fruit and Vegetable Farm from the 1980’s to the present.
Alfa enjoyed knitting, making afghans and blankets, playing cards, dancing at the Surf, music, watching birds and was an avid fan of the Twins, Vikings and Hawkeyes. She loved to do word puzzles and watch TV. She thoroughly enjoyed watching her son and two grandchildren show sheep at the fair. One of her fondest memories was of a 2004 trip to Washington D.C. to see the WWII Veterans Monument.
Alfa was a member of Gallilean Lutheran Church, Clear Lake, the Rural Lakettes Club and Oweso Clubs.
Alfa is survived by her children, Charlene Gillman and her husband, Leroy, Winterset, Iowa and Allen Nickerson and his wife, Sue, Clear Lake; four grandchildren, Todd Gillman and his wife, Barb, Garland, Texas, Sheri Monroe and her husband, Galen, Little Rock, Ark., Andrew Nickerson, Mason City, and Katy Nickerson and friend, Will Lubkeman, Clear Lake; great-grandchildren Bethany, Jason, Alex, George and Genny Gillman; brothers, Ervin Jaspersen, Des Moines, Iowa, Harold (Viola) Jaspersen, Thornton, Iowa, Arlo (June) Jaspersen, Albert Lea, Minn., Herluf Jaspersen, Peculiar, Mo. and Earl (Sharlene) Jaspersen, Garner, Iowa; sisters, Verna (Roy) Smeby, Joice, Iowa and Esther Gilbertson, Billings, Mont.; sister-in-law, Marlys Jaspersen, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.
Alfa was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four brothers, Harvey, Vernon, Leo and Lloyd Jaspersen.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.
Friday, January 2, 2009
Pamela Kay Christiansen, 62, of 1307 7th Ave. North, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City, Iowa.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 7, at the United Methodist Church, 508 2nd Ave North, Clear Lake, with the Rev. Diana Hoover officiating. Burial will be in the Ell Township Cemetery, Klemme, Iowa.
Memorials may be directed to United Methodist Church, Clear Lake, Hospice of North Iowa, Mercy Cancer Center, or North Iowa Humane Society.
Pamela Kay Lemke was born Feb. 7, 1946, in Mason City, the daughter of Clarence and Pearl (Neuberger) Lemke. She graduated from Klemme High School in 1964. Pam moved to Des Moines, Iowa to work for an insurance company and later worked for Meredith Publishing Company. In the fall of 1966 Pam moved to Clear Lake.
Pam was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Christiansen on Feb. 25, 1967, at the United Methodist Church, Klemme. She worked for the City of Clear Lake as an assistant city clerk. Pam worked for Futures Management Corporation of Iowa for several years as a corporate treasurer. Pam was the office manager for WHY USA Realty for a few years and later the office manager for Anchor Realty; retiring in February of 2008.
Pam enjoyed motorcycles and classic cars. She was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan and a huge Neil Diamond fan. Pam and Bob enjoyed wintering in Florida and Arizona. She was a member of the Clear Lake United Methodist Church, North Iowa Road Riders, and Clear Lake Auto Social Society.
Pam is survived by her husband Bob Christiansen, Clear Lake; brother-in-law, David (Alice) Christiansen, Clear Lake, and sister-in-law, Doneta Pedelty, Clear Lake; aunt, Frances Neuberger, Garner, Iowa; nieces and nephews, Anne (Finn) Bullers, Prairie Village, Kan., Tina Christiansen, La Vista, Neb., Kristi Sly, Altoona, Iowa, Kimberly (Alan) Bernhard, Bancroft, Iowa, Shelley (Michael) Phelps, Lone Rock, Iowa; great nieces and nephews; Christian and Alora Bullers, Benjamin Christiansen, Cora Jane Sly, Luke and Joshua Bernhard, Tatum, Thor, and Tenille Phelps; along with numerous cousins and other relatives and friends.
Pam is preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Pearl Lemke and cousins, Mark and Franklin Neuberger.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Maurice Eugene Kimball, 86, died at his residence in Ocala, Fla. on Jan. 5, 2009. Memorial services were held Jan. 9 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Candler, Fla. Contributions may be made in his name to Hospice of Marion County, P.O. Box 4860, Ocala, FL 34478.
Maurice was born in Clear Lake and was a graduate of Clear Lake High School. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the United States Army. He was involved in the D-Day Invasion. Following his time in the service he worked for Duesenberg Construction on the Alcan Highway. He then attended and graduated from the University of Wisconsin. He moved to Ocala from Miami, Fla. 15 years ago. He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Candler and a member of the Candler V.F.W. He was a retired accountant for Matson Surety in Miami.
Maurice is survived by his son, James Kimball; daughters, Barbara Quinn and Joan Parsons; brother, Jack Kimball and family; sister, Marilyn Fischer and family; four granddaughters and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded by his wife, Beatrice A. Kimball.
Arrangements were made under the direction of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Belleview, Fla.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Caroline E. Hammond, 88, a long-time resident of Clear Lake, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009 in Hiawatha, Iowa following a lengthy illness. A memorial service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Mason City, Iowa on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 1 pm.
Caroline was born Aug. 20, 1920 to Paul and Pauline (Neckel) Getzschman of Omaha, Neb. Caroline was a loving wife and mother, and was a skilled artist, seamstress, and pianist. She was also an excellent cook who always provided her family and dear friends in Clear Lake with homemade meals, soups, breads, and desserts. She will be remembered for her warm hospitality, love and kindness.
Caroline was active as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses for nearly 70 years. Her faith was a driving force in her life, and she enjoyed teaching and sharing the Bible’s message with others. One of Caroline’s greatest joys was studying the Bible with people.
Caroline will be greatly missed by her three daughters, Caroline (Clark) McCallum of Harlingen, Texas, Rebecca Lynxwiler of Hiawatha and Penelope (Steve) Gelner of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; a brother, David Getzschman of Omaha, Neb.; 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Caroline was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Alfred Petersen in 1943 and Leland Hammond in 1992; a sister, Dorothy Geihs; five brothers, Richard, Bill, Paul, Ed and Fred; son-in-law, Kurt Lynxwiler; and two grandchildren.
Please sign the online guest book for Caroline at www.murdochfuneralhome.com.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
John Pedersen, 90, formerly of Swaledale, Iowa, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009 at the Rockwell Nursing Home, Rockwell, Iowa.
Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 9, at the Swaledale Methodist Church, with the Rev. John Scherb officiating. Interment was at the Mt. Vernon Township Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the John Pedersen Memorial Fund.
John was born May 26, 1918 in Kason, Minn., the son of Arthur M. and Mary E. (Johansen) Pedersen. He attended rural school northwest of Swaledale. He farmed with his father. John married Inez Clark on Nov. 2, 1940. After her death, he later married Verneice Fessler on Oct. 21, 1944 at the Little Brown Church, Nashua, Iowa.
John worked in the foundry in Mason City in the mid 1940’s, and then worked for Farmer Cement Feeder Co. driving a truck and making deliveries. In 1947 he went to work for Allis Chalmers as a mechanic in Mason City until 1956 when he opened his own dealership in Swaledale and operated it until he retired in 1980. He started a wood working business with his son, Randy, and also did mechanic’s work. In the fall he would help on his son’s farm in Cresco, Iowa. He was a great problem solver and hard worker.
John was the former Mayor of Swaledale, a council member, and a member of the Swaledale Fire Department. He was on the Cerro Gordo Condemnation Board and a member of the Swaledale United Methodist Church. He loved fishing and family gatherings.
John is survived by his wife, Verneice Pedersen, Rockwell; three children, Clifford Pedersen and his wife, Gaye, Cresco, Janice McCleish and her husband, Richard, Liberty, Mo., and Randy Pedersen and friend, Jean Hilbert, Wesley, Iowa; eight grandchildren, Jennie (David) Mills, Julie (Kevin) Carter, Lisa (Daryl) Sobolik, Angela (Scott) Linard, Matthew McCleish and fiancé, Nicole Marriott, Johnny (Jenny) Pedersen, Katie Pedersen and friend, Troy Smeby, and Arthur (Molly) Pedersen; 13 great-grandchildren; siste, Alma Hanley, Clear Lake, brother, Robert Pedersen, Lake Mills, Iowa and many nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Inez, in 1943; an infant daughter, Gloria Pedersen; two brothers, Ervin and Clarence Pedersen; and an infant sister.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Raymond W. Trojahn, 85, 1037 19th St. SW, Mason City, Iowa, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009 at the I.O.O.F. Home, Mason City.
A funeral service was held Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the United Methodist Church, Clear Lake, with the Rev. Diana Hoover officiating. Military Honors were provided by the Clear Lake V.F.W. at the church. Inurnment will be at the Pleasantview Cemetery, Hartley, Iowa at a later date. Memorials may be given to the Raymond W. Trojahn Memorial Fund.
Raymond was born Feb. 6, 1923 in Hartley, the son of William and Amanda (Jansen) Trojahn. He was raised on a farm near Hartley. He graduated from Hartley High School. Following high school, Raymond served in the Army during WWII. He married Lois Fern Bracker on July 18, 1945 in Hartley. They farmed there for three years. They moved with their daughter, Becky, to Texas in 1949 where he worked as a theater manager for Central States. They moved to Clear Lake in 1968 and retired in 1987. Following retirement he worked for Crescent Electric for seven years.
Raymond and Lois loved to square dance and line dance with the River City Squares and dance to big band music such as Sammy Jensen.
Raymond is survived by his wife, Lois Trojahn, Mason City; three daughters, Becky Berg and her husband, Larry, Spirit Lake, Iowa, Nancy Huber and her husband, Eugene, Clear Lake, and Billie Hartman and special friend, Shannon Bilyeu, Forest City, Iowa; grandchildren, Eric Berg and his wife, Angela, Spirit Lake, Bryan Berg and his wife, Kristin, Santa Fe, N.M., Kelley Huber, Dubuque, Iowa, Sara Huber, Clear Lake, Matthew Hartman and Mandy Hartman, Forest City; and one sister, Lillian Klinker, Hartley.
Raymond was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Esther Rost.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Marie Faber, 73, of 207 South 13th St., Clear Lake, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, at the Oakwood Care Center, Clear Lake, surrounded by her loving family. A memorial service was held Monday, Feb. 2, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Clear Lake, with the Rev. John R. Tilp and Msgr. John Hemann officiating. Inurnment was in the Clear Lake Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Marie Faber Memorial Fund.
Marie was born on the family farm on Oct. 24, 1935, the daughter of Carl A. and Helen (Gard) Sippel at Schaller, Iowa. Marie graduated from Sacred Heart Catholic School in Early, Iowa. She attended Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, Iowa.
Marie was united in marriage to Jerry Faber on Feb. 11, 1956 at Early, Iowa. They moved to Clear Lake in 1959 where they placed their roots raising five children. Marie worked as a waitress at Witke’s, The Ritz, Best Western and Martha’s in Clear Lake and Holiday Inn and Seven Nations in Mason City. She was very involved at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church where she played the organ for over 40 years providing music for the congregation, funerals and weddings. She loved to paint scenic pictures, ceramics, puzzles and knitting. She was devoted to praying the Rosary. Marie’s greatest gift was to lead her family by faith and example.
Marie is survived by her husband, Jerry; five children, Carol (Greg) Jennings, Sue (Matt) Larsen, Bill (Christina) Faber, all of Clear Lake; Ellen (Kevin) Miller, Indianola, Iowa, and Steve (Angela) Faber, Clear Lake; 16 grandchildren, Andrea (Tom) Rauk, Amanda (Jeremy) Korenberg, Gregory (Christy) Jennings, Ehrin (Tony) Kelly, Jack (Sara) Larsen, Steven (Joella) Larsen, Ann Marie Miller, Elana Miller, Michael Miller, Samantha Faber, Rea Faber, Madison Faber, Kaye Faber, Jessica Faber, Sara Faber and Joe Faber; four great-grandchildren, Ruby Rauk, Lucy Rauk, Max Kelly and Nora Jennings; one sister, Joan Bloyer, Odebolt, Iowa; a brother, Joe (Mary Ann) Sippel, Storm Lake, Iowa; and her mother-in-law, Mary Faber Ludwig, Clear Lake.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Bill and Edward Sippel.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.