Obituaries on this page:
Shelby Warren Pierce
Mary Jane Huntington
Phyllis M. Dean
Betty Jean Suby
Shirley M. Nicholson
James W. Callison
Ronald “RC” D. Cooke Sr.
Stewart (Stu) Earl Wilder
Arlene L. Becker
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Shelby Warren Pierce, 95, of Clear Lake died Saturday,
Jan. 2, 2010 at his home.
According to Shelby’s wishes, he was cremated and a memorial
service will be held at a later date.
Shelby was born on a farm northwest of Ventura on Nov. 25, 1914 to
Ora J. and Bertha Pierce. In 1917 the family moved to
a farm in Paynesville, Minn., living there until 1929, and
moving back to Mason City where Shelby attended grade and
high school. After school he began working with O.T.
Balmat Company, then later worked seven campaigns with the
Sugar Beet Co. In 1933 he and his parents moved to
East Main, Clear Lake. In 1935 he started working for
Moffett and Thompson Garage. On Sept. 17, 1938, he
married Opal B. Hanson Christensen. He was later
employed by Floyd and Leonard in Mason City and Debruyn and
Pugh Implement in Clear Lake. In 1948 Shelby built his
own garage on 8th Avenue North. He was in business for
20 years. In 1968 he worked for Beck Excavating
Company and retired in 1977.
Shelby enjoyed traveling, fishing and hunting. He was a
member of the First Congregational Church, IOOF Lodge 187
and held offices in both.
Shelby is survived by his wife, Opal, at the IOOF Home; daughters,
Nancy and her husband, James Hoffman, Kenniwick, Wash., and
Conny and her husband, Jim Redway, Clear Lake; five
grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Phil, Ed,
Bill and Ora; a grandson, Scott and granddaughter, Eva Ann.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Mary Jane Huntington, 76, 201 N. 35th St., Clear
Lake, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010 at Muse-Norris
Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City, Iowa. A
memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Clear Lake United Methodist
Church, 508 2nd Ave N., Clear Lake, with the Rev.
Diana Hoover officiating.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 -7 p.m. at the Ward-Van Slyke
Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake and then one hour before
the service at the church. Inurnment will be at a
later time at Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City.
Memorials may be made to the Clear Lake United Methodist Church,
Clear Lake Public Library, Hospice of North Iowa or
Iowa State Chapter, P.E.O.
Mary Jane Arnold was born, May 23, 1933 in Ames, Iowa
to Floyd J. and Mary H. (Condon) Arnold. She
graduated from Ames High in 1951 and Iowa State
Teachers College in 1955. In 1956 she married
Robert W. Huntington in Ames.
Mary Jane taught music and English at Dows Community
School, and English at Madrid Community School.
She was an assistant to the children’s librarian at
the Clear Lake Public Library.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church in
Clear Lake, 21st Century Club and Chapter LE, P.E.O.
Mary Jane served on the Executive Board of Iowa
State Chapter, P.E.O. for six years and as its
president in 1991-92.
Mary Jane is survived by her husband, Robert
Huntington, Clear Lake; a son, Brad Huntington and
his wife, Loree, Thompson, Iowa; a daughter, Martha
Huntington, Clear Lake; three grandchildren, Erin
Renea, Blake Parker and Ashley Kate Huntington,
Thompson; a sister, Elizabeth and her husband, Jim
Graham of Arvada, Colo.; a brother, Merle, of
Newport News, Va. and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a
sister-in-law, Nancy Arnold.
Monday, January 4, 2010
Phyllis M. Dean, age
81, of Eagan, Minn. and formerly of Clear
Lake, Iowa and Faribault, Minn. passed away
on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010 at Fairview Ridges
Hospital in Burnsville, Minn.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, Jan 9, at the
Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Faribault.
Interment was at the St. Lawrence Cemetery
Phyllis Mary Barry, the daughter of Leo and Lillian (Cyr) Barry,
was born on Aug. 21, 1928 in Faribault.
Phyllis graduated from high school in
Faribault. She lived in Albert Lea,
Minn. and Japan prior to moving to Clear
Lake in 1980. She worked at
Opportunity Village for 25 years. In
2005 she moved to Eagan to be near her
family. Phyllis was a member of the
Albert Lea Moose Lodge and was involved at
her church in Clear Lake. She enjoyed
being involved in the lives of her children
She is survived by three children, Barry (Junko) Dean of
Minneapolis, Minn., Ann-Marie (Bruce)
Hoffman of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Michael
(Nancy) Dean of Eagan; five grandchildren,
Nicole Clark, Danielle Cartinhour, Kristen
Morgan, and Preston and Andrea Dean; two
great-grandchildren, Kendric and Cadence
Clark; seven sisters, Pat (Raymond)
Schwichtenberg, Geraldine (Jim) Stevens,
Mary (Jerry) Brown, Dorothy (Doug) Paulson,
Carol Eveslage, Diane (Wayne) Beumer, and
Sharon (Karl) Teater; and other relatives
She was preceded in death by her parents.
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Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Betty Jean Suby, 80, of Fertile, Iowa,
passed away at Mercy Medical Center North
Iowa, Mason City, Iowa, on Tuesday, Jan. 5,
2010. Funeral services were held Monday,
Jan. 11, at the Fertile Lutheran Church with
Lay Minister Dave Halverson officiating.
Interment was in Brush Point Cemetery, rural
Fertile. Family suggests memorials to Betty
Jean Suby Memorial Fund.
Betty was born Aug. 6, 1929 the daughter of Harold and Edna (Grein)
Johnson at Bancroft, Iowa. Betty moved
with her family to Mason City and graduated
from Holy Family Catholic School in 1947.
She worked as an operator for Bell Telephone
Company in Mason City. Betty married Robert
Dale Suby on Sept. 29, 1951 in Mason City.
They later moved to Fertile where she
continued to live. Betty worked for
Clear Lake McDonald’s for over eight years.
Betty enjoyed gardening, camping and dancing. She was
involved with community events in Fertile
and attended the Fertile Lutheran Church.
She especially enjoyed being with her
Betty is survived by her four children, Steve (Joyce) Suby,
Marion, Iowa, Sheila (Mark) Enderson, Lake
Mills, Iowa, Brenda (Bob) Jones, Fertile,
Lisa (Mike) Lacey, Clear Lake;
daughter-in-law, Nancy Suby, Fertile; 11
grandchildren, Eric Suby, Mike Suby, Bob
Enderson, Travis Enderson, Stacy Walker,
Emily Suby, Jessica Jones, Vanessa Jones,
Tanner Lacey, Bryar Lacey and Jake Lacey;
six great-grandchildren, Haley Suby, Zack
Suby, Hannah Enderson, Lilly Enderson,
Alyson Walker, and Jenna Walker; brothers,
Harold (Betty) Johnson, Owatonna, Minn. and
Dennis (Liz) Johnson, Aberdeen, S.D.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Edna Johnson;
husband, Robert Suby; son, Brad Suby; four
sisters, infant sister Lorraine, Elaine
Hendricks, Rose Lee Johnson, Miriam
Muhlstein; and a brother, Leon Johnson.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Shirley M. Nicholson, age 77, of Belmond,
Iowa, died, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at the
Rehabiltation Center of Belmond.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at the St.
Olaf Lutheran Church, located six miles west
of Belmond. The Rev. James Harbaugh
will be officiating. Burial will be in the
Belmond Cemetery. Those wishing to
express their sympathies through a memorial
in Shirley’s name may choose a charity of
their own choice.
Shirley Mae Nelson, the daughter of Oscar
N. and Carrie (Shaw) Nelson, was born Nov.
7, 1932, in Belmond. She attended
Belmond Community Schools and graduated from
Belmond High School with the class of 1950.
Following high school Shirley attended
cosmetology/beauty School in Des Moines,
Iowa. She later owned and operated her
own beauty shop in Belmond for a number of
years. Her professional life included
a tenure of over 29 years of employemnt as
the activity director at the Belmond Health
Care Center. In addition, Shirley
worked in and directed the operation of the
beauty shop at the care center where she
continued her focus on making the residents
lives brighter and more fulfilling, as she
had done for so long in the activity
director position. Many of the local
high school students who had an interest in
the healthcare field were privileged to job
shadow with Shirley over the years.
She truly enjoyed both educating them and
being in their company.
She was united in marriage to Jack Lobdell in
1954. The couple’s union was blessed
with five children, Kim, Brett, Blake, Kurt,
and Tracy. Shirley and Jack raised
their family in Belmond following their
marriage. The family reflects back
fondly on memories of Sunday afternoon
fishing excursions and picnics when Jack and
Shirley would take them on an adventure to
Morse Lake and the day would often conclude
with a trek to the Lake Cafe at Lake
Cornelia for a treat. Jack passed away
on Aug. 18, 1968. Following his death
Shirley became even more dedicated and
focused on the needs of their children.
Shirley married Eugene “Nick” Nicholson in
1973. During the years of their life
together the couple enjoyed bowling on mixed
couple’s leagues, following the many
activities of their family, and the daily
happenings of whatever life might bring
them. Shirley’s children also have
great memories of fishing trips to the pit
on the Iowa River and various other family
happenings. For 23 years, Shirley and
Nick enjoyed each other’s company and the
journey of married life before Nick died in
Shirley was a long time member of St. John
Lutheran Church in Belmond and more recently
had became a member of St. Olaf Lutheran
Church. She was a long time member of the
V.F.W. Auxiliary Post #4244. Shirley
was an avid bingo player and looked forward
to each and every opportunity to enjoy this
favorite pastime, whether it was a local
trip to play the game or one of the many
excursions to Mason City and other places
with Nick and other family and friends for
some bingo fun. Shirley’s passion for
bingo was most likely only equaled by her
love of playing cards. Be it times
spent with the Tuesday “31” Card Club,
“Royal Rummy Club”, a friendly game of
cribbage with friends at the retirement
apartments, or other more intense
competitions with a teammate playing “500”.
She had recently won the Belmond Hospital
“500” Bridge Marathon with one of her
favorite partners, Ryan Lobdell, her
grandson. Shirley’s children and
grandchildren will miss her wonderful,
homemade caramels, anise candy, her
delicious homemade caramel corn, and the
other candies and treats she made at
Christmas and throughout the year.
Shirley truly enjoyed the simple things of
life, such as times spent in the presence of
her family, an afternoon spent visting with
friends, or an outing to church or another
destination with her most cherished friends.
She was never one for needing to be the
center of attention or had a great need for
Her memory will live on in the hearts and
minds of her surviving children, daughter,
Kim Lobdell, Iowa City, Iowa, and sons,
Brett (Sonja) Lobdell, Belmond, Blake (Jane)
Lobdell, Clear Lake, and Tracy (Stacey)
Lobdell, Marshalltown, Iowa; her sisters,
Genevieve (Ralph) Turner, Belmond, and
Marilynn (George) Eekhogg, Belmond, and
brother, Eugene (Magaret) Nelson, Belmond,
and sister-in-law, Em (wife of the late
Robert “Ozzie” Nelson) Belmond; her
grandchildren, Kellie and Kyle Miller, Ryan
and Reece Lobdell and Kristina “Tina” Cook,
Bryce and Colin Lobdell, and two
great-grandchildren, Lordan and Keyra Cook;
also many nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands,
Jack Lobdell, and Eugene “Nick” Nicholson;
her son, Kurt Lobdell; and her
brother, Robert Nelson.
Andrews Funeral Home, Belmond, was in charge of arrangements.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
James W. Callison, 82,
passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010 at
the Carlisle Naples in Naples, Fla. neral services will be held at 1:30 p.m.
on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at St. John’s
Lutheran Church in Des Moines, Iowa with
interment following at Resthaven Mausoleum
in West Des Moines.
Jim was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on Feb. 13, 1927. He was a
proud alum of Shattuck-St. Mary’s School,
later serving on the Board of Trustees.
Jim attended Drake University and was a
veteran of the U.S. Army. He was an
owner and Chairman of the Board of Midwest
Wheel Companies headquartered in Des Moines
with offices in Clear Lake. Jim was a
past Des Moines Planning & Zoning
Commissioner, Des Moines City Councilman, an
Iowa Development Commissioner and a past
member of the National Municipal League.
He was a past president of the National
Wheel and Rim Association and, in 2008, Jim
was inducted into the Heavy Duty Aftermarket
Hall of Fame.
Jim is survived by Marjorie, his wife of 63 years; his son,
Michael (JoAnn); his daughter, Karen
(Michael) Norman; six grandchildren and four
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association
(225 North Michigan Avenue, 17th floor,
Chicago, IL 60601) or the Shattuck – St.
Mary’s School (Advancement Office, P.O. Box
218, Faribault, MN 55021).
Friday, January 15, 2010
Ronald “RC” D. Cooke
Sr. 63, of 3 South 18th Street, died Friday,
Jan. 15, 2010, at Mercy Medical Center North
Iowa, Mason City, Iowa.
A memorial service was held Monday, Jan. 18, at Ward Van Slyke
Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, with Pastor
Dennis Hudson officiating. Inurnment will be
in Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City.
Memorials may be directed to the Ronald D. Cooke Memorial in care
of Donna J. Cooke, 3 South 18th Street,
Clear Lake, Iowa 50428.
Ronald Dean Cooke Sr. was born Nov. 5, 1946, in Clarion, Iowa the
son of Robert and Genevieve (DeLano) Cooke.
He graduated from Clarion High School in
1964. He served in the National Guard
As a young teenager Ron began working in a café, which later lead
him to his career of managing and operating
several businesses including the Bungalow
Café in Forest City, Helen’s Supper Club in
Eagle Grove, Ron’s Restaurant in Clarion,
Happy Chef, Story City and Lakecrest Café,
Clear Lake. Ron owned and operated the
Pancake Inn, Mason City, Dart Drive Inn and
Shady Beach, Clear Lake. He later
managed Tropic Sun Fruit & Nut, Austin,
Minn., and Capt K’s Ice Cream, Mason City.
He also owned Iowa Walk-In Connection.
Ron was united in marriage to Donna Fjelstad in 1967. To this
union four children were born. Ron was
united in marriage to Donna Jurgensen on
June 28, 1991.
In his free time Ron enjoyed dancing and listening to his wife
sing. His greatest love was spending
time with family and friends.
Ron is survived by his wife, Donna Jurgensen-Cooke, Clear Lake;
children Ron Jr. (Diane) Cooke, Minneapolis,
Minn., Dan (Holly) Cooke, Clear Lake, Tami
(Marcus) Willy, Winston Salem, N.C.;
step-children, Matthew (Michelle) Jurgensen,
Clear Lake, Mark (Tammy) Jurgensen, Forest
City, Iowa, Jessica (Robbie) Pfeiffer,
Dallas, Texas, Aaron (Christine) Jurgensen,
Dallas; grandchildren, Addyson and Cooper
Cooke and Ethan Willy; step-grandchildren,
Joshua, Lucas and Madelynn Jurgensen,
Michael, Brad, Jake, Zach and Haley
Jurgensen, Olivia Pfeiffer, Lauren and Evan
Jurgensen; great-grandson, Cayden Jurgensen;
brother, Robert (Bernadine) Cooke, Belmond,
Iowa; sister, Carlene Cooke, Minneapolis;
father and mother-in-law, Robert and Maxine
Ellis; brother-in-law, Steve (Becky) Ellis,
all of Stuart; along with several nieces,
nephews, other relatives and friends.
Ronald is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Rhonda
Cooke; brother, Jerry Cooke; and sister,
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Stewart (Stu) Earl Wilder, 77, 1745 210th
St., Garner, Iowa, died Sunday, Jan. 17,
2010, at Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit,
Mason City, Iowa. A Celebration of
Life will be held Friday, Jan. 22, 11 a.m.,
at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N.
4th St., Clear Lake. Visitation will
be Thursday from 5 – 7 p.m. at Ward-Van
Slyke. Interment will be at the Clear
Lake Cemetery. Military Honors will be
provided by the Clear Lake V.F.W.
Memorials may be given to Hospice of North
Iowa or a food bank of your choice.
Stewart (Stu) was born on Sept. 7, 1932 in Clear Lake to
Frank Hart and Lillian Mae (Wilcox) Wilder.
Stewart attended Clear Lake Schools and was
a member of the class of 1950. He
worked for Watertower Paint and Repair
before entering the Army in 1953, serving in
the Korean War. After being honorably
discharged on July 20, 1954 he
continued working for Water Tower Paint and
Repair for a total of 11 years. He
then began work at Cenex-Land O Lakes Feed
Plant in Mason City and retired in 1992
after 31 years. He was a member of
Teamsters Union Local 828 in Mason City and
was on the Board of Trustees for several
years and was also Union Steward at Land O
Lakes for 17 years.
He married Lenna Mariner on Oct. 27, 1955 and six children were
born to this union.
From August 1975 until April 1978 he owned and operated the Coffee
Shop on Main Street in Clear Lake with his
wife and children. He kept his
full-time job during this time and was chief
bottle washer at the Coffee Shop.
He was around horses all his life and he raised many breeds of
horses. His favorite were the Halflinger
breed of small draft horses. He
enjoyed driving them and made many new
friends attending the horse expos and sales.
He was a member of the American Halflinger
Stu had to overcome many health issues but he never let life’s
trials get him down. He was very strong
until the end.
Stu is survived by his wife, Lenna Wilder, Garner; five children,
Bonnie (Ron) Gehringer, Longmont, Colo.,
Beth (Barry) Moen, Sheridan, Wy., Barbara
Wallner, Virginia, Minn., Becky (Randy)
Spilman, Clear Lake, Brenda (Steve) Hughes,
Peoria, Az.; 14 grandchildren, Katie Spilman,
Amber Schultz, Kelli Jo Hughes, Dustin
Spilman, Danielle (Dan) Maloit, Vanessa
(Jared) Golinvaux, Leah Hughes, Luke Moen,
Nathan Wilder, Joel Moen, Kane Wallner,
Tyler Wallner, Brandon (Kelli) Hill and Adam
Hill; seven great-grandchildren, Ryan
Schultz, Alexis Golinvaux, Dylan Schultz,
Cameron Golinvaux, Jonathan Golinvaux, Aaron
Maloit and Michael Moore Jr.-Hughes; sister,
Marlys Rosberg (Wayne) Sharon, Carlisle,
Iowa and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, Brian; his parents; and three
brothers, Daniel, Ethan and Dale.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Jass, 96, of Garner, Iowa
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 at the Concord Care Center
in Garner. Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan.
23 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Ventura with
Pastor Daird Korth officiating. Burial was in
Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City, Iowa. Cataldo
Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be directed to Redeemer Lutheran
Church or donor's charity of choice.
Olga Louise Jass, the daughter of
Gustav and Minnie (Michaelis) Jass, was born
September 15, 1913 on a farm near Garner. She
was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran
Church east of Garner. She attended St. John's
Parochial School and country school in Ellington
Township. Olga worked on the family farm for several
years and then moved to Peoria, Ill., where she
helped her aunt and uncle for ten years. In 1946,
she ed to Iowa and lived on the family farm
with her parents. In 1966, Olga and her mother moved
to Ventura. She worked at Oakwood Manor in Clear
Lake arid E.E Johnson Electronics in Garner,
retiring in 1974. She was a member of St. John's
Lutheran Church until 1946 when she joined Redeemer
Lutheran Church in Ventura. She belonged to Dorcas
Society, sang in choir for many years and was a
Sunday school teacher. also was a member of the
Ventura Senior Citizens. Olga is survived by
extended family and friends. She was preceded in
death by her parents; a brother, Elmer (Dorothy)
Jass; and special friend, Edward Stohr.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Isobel Leonard, 95, of Owatonna, Minn. and formerly
of Clear Lake, died peacefully Jan. 21, 2010 with
family members beside her at her son Jim's residence
Owatonna. She had been
living in The Brooks on St. Paul assisted living in
Owatonna since October
Memorial services were
Monday, Jan. 25, at the United Methodist Church in
Clear Lake with the Rev, Rhoda Preston officiating.
Burial was in
the Clear Lake Cemetery.
Memorials are preferred to
The Brooks on St. Paul, or of the donor's choice.
Alice was born July 19,1914,
to William and Lena (Brauneisen) Martin in Harrison
County, Iowa. She graduated from Logan High School
1932. Alice married Reuben Leonard on May 31, 1939
at Broadway Methodist Church in Council Bluffs,.
Iowa. Alice taught country school for several years
before becoming a full time homemaker and helping
Reuben farm in Harrison County. In 1964, they
sold the farm and moved to Clear Lake, where they
purchased and operated the Gamble store until 1974.
Alice then worked at Pearl's
She was a
member of Methodist Church of Clear Lake and Wa Tan
Ye organization. In later years she volunteered at
Opportunity Village store. Alice enjoyed spending
time with and cooking for her family,
making them many
delicious pies: Her hobbies included playing cards,
reading, traveling and doing crossword puzzles.
Alice is survived by her
sister, Lola Dinsmore of Logan, Iowa; daughter,
Connie (Merlyn) Kiefer of Bella Vista, Ark., sons
Jim (Kay) Leonard of Owatonna, and Tom Leonard (Life
Partner Lori Hatch) of Granite Falls, Minn.; eight
grandchildren, Stephen Kiefer, Stuart (Mindy)
Kiefer, Stephani (Nathan) Tobin, Derek (Kari)
Leonard, Julie Gason) Pewe, Renee Leonard, Kristen
Leonard and Ashley Leonard;
13 great-grandchildren, Joshua
and Jessica Kiefer, Marissa and Ethan Pewe, Jordyn,
Sydney, Grace and Megan Tobin, Kaden and Trent
Leonard, Tyler, Benjamin and Charles Kiefer; one
great-grear-grandson, Braeden Kiefer; and three
sisters-in-law, Nelle Wilcox of Clear Lake, Maxine
Lloyd of Richland, Wash., and Zolabeth Leonard of
Alice is preceded in death by her
husband, Reuben; one son, Earl; her parents; two
sisters, Freda Myer and Lois Dinsmore; two brothers,
Samuel Leslie and John Paul Martin; one grandson,
Gregory; and one great grandson, Isaac.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel,
Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Arlene L. Becker
L. Becker, 89, died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010 at Good
Shepherd Health Center, Mason City, Iowa. A funeral
service will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 28,
at Hogan Bremer Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 3rd St.
N.E., Mason City, with the Rev. Jim Stiles
officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, Jan. 27,
from 5 -7 p.m. at Hogan-Bremer Moore Colonial
Chapel. Interment will be at Elmwood Cemetery, Mason
City. Memorials may be given to Hospice of North
Arlene Loretta was
born Nov. 26, 1920 in Mason. City, the daughter of
Walter Fredrick and Anna Virginia (Bronner) Becker.
She was baptized and confirmed in the First
Methodist Church on Feb. 28, 1932 by William H.
Spence. She attended Sunday School and church in the
old church on North Washington which is where the
Metropolitan Bank now stands.
After graduation she was
heartbroken she couldn't go on to college, even
though she was given a scholarship to Illinois
through the help of Elizabeth Grants, her English
teacher, to her alma mater. Her mother became very
ill and was diagnosed with allergies and severe
asthmatic and heart problems at the Mayo Clinic. As
the oldest daughter her father said she had to help
with the household chores. She went to work for
Montgomery Ward. Following that she was employed by
Younkers for 31 years.
Jesus Christ as her personal savior after a meeting
with Norman Vincent Peale, who was the guest speaker
at the opening of her church's Lenten season.
Arlene was able to
go to N.I.A.C.C. evenings and worked early morning.
After graduation, she took state tests and applied
to the Department of Social Services. She had that
job for two years. She then worked for the State
Health Department with the W.LC. program and
traveled nine counties in all kinds of weather.
Arlene was a
lifelong resident of Mason City and resided at the
Good Shepherd Health Care Center since October 2002
where she received wonderful care by a loyal staff.
Arlene is survived by many nieces
and nephews. She is preceded in death by her
parents; brothers, Alfred and Arthur; two infant
brothers, Archie and Arnold; and one sister,
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Aloysius (Al) Theodore Kunst, 90, of
Clear Lake, died Sunday, Jan.
24,2010, at the Oakwood Care Center
in Clear Lake with his family at his
side. He resided at the care center
for two months after being diagnosed
with multiple brain tumors.
A Mass of
will be held at
noon Saturday, Jan. 30, at St.
Mary's Catholic Church, 509 S. Pine
St., Caledonia, Minn. Msgr. Donald
P. Schmitz will officiate and burial
will be in the Calvary Cemetery,
Caledonia. Friends may call one hour
prior to the service at the church
on Saturday. In lieu of flowers,
memorials may be directed
Hospice of North Iowa in memory of
Funeral Home of Caledonia is
assisting the family with
Wednesday, January 27, 2010*
Rae Ashland, 67, formerly of Clear Lake, died Jan.
9, 2010 at Calvary Baptist Hospital in the New York
City area after courageously battling ovarian cancer
for over eight years.
A funeral service will be
held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29 at the Ward-Van Slyke
Colonial Chapel in Clear Lake. Pastor Michael Nash
will officiate. Visitation
will be one hour prior to the
service. Interment will be at the Clear Lake
Cemetery. Memorials should be given to the Clear
Lake Arts Center.
born in Waterloo, Iowa on Oct. 22, 1942 and adopted
in infancy by Pearl and Irving Ashland of Clear
Lake. She graduated from Clear Lake High School in
1960 and attended the University of Iowa
the University of
Arkansas at Fayetteville. She majored in speech and
theater in Arkansas, appearing in the lead role of
Anne Frank in the "Diary of Anne Frank." Linda
Ashland's November 1960 performance in the title
role was "stellar", wrote a University of Arkansas
She moved to New York and worked
in the executive training program at Saks Fifth
Avenue and then was a personal shopper at the
exclusive Henri Bendel Store. Linda, who as a high
school senior said she loved to travel, "prepare
fancy foods" and wanted to get into fashion retail
buying, was soon writing freelance articles for
Vogue Magazine and the New York Couture Group. She
parlayed her fashion and writing skills into
becoming a staff writer and editor for Women's Wear
Daily, a fashion-industry trade journal sometimes
called "the bible of fashion." She traveled to
Nassau, Venice, Paris, St. Moritz, Switzerland and
other glamorous locations to cover fashion shows and
high society weddings. She interviewed many
celebrities including Dustin Hoffman and Lynda Bird
She then worked for the
renowned Town and Country magazine for nearly 15
years. In her position as Contributing Editor for
the oldest continuously published general interest
magazine in the U.S, she traveled the world and
interviewed well known business and social figures.
her stories, she
often interwove historical and travel information
with the powerful personalities vacationing there.
"Waterskiing with the Philippines president or
chatting with Britain's Princess Margaret is part of
a day's work for Linda," wrote a 1972 Mason City
Globe-Gazette newspaper columnist. She used a skill
she learned at Clear Lake -water skiing -to join
then-Philippines President Fernando Marcos. "I went
water-skiing with him in the South China Sea," she
was quoted as saying. "He had frogmen underwater and
other guards in boats all around. He fell in the
water but I stayed up," she said. "I should have
fallen, too, so as not to upstage him, but I heard
there were sharks. I was more concerned with shark
teeth than presidential dignity."
To prepare for interviews, she
often did astrological and numerological charts on
her interviewees. Under the tutelage of noted New
York area numerologists and astrologers, Linda later
became a professional astrologer and numerologist
for socialites she met during her Town and Country
days as a writer. With an apartment residence on the
famous Park Avenue in midtown Manhattans'
fashionable east side, Linda became the sought-after
"Park Avenue Astrologer".
In a time when the national media
was buzzing about former First Lady Nancy Reagan's
reliance on an astrologer to help with the
presidential schedule, Linda was featured in New
York Magazine, the New York Post and on Bloomberg
Information Radio and the Joan Hamlin Show, among
others. She had "an all-star, power-broker
clientele," according to one New York columnist.
She had "an all-star, power-broker
clientele," according to one New York columnist. New
York City media regularly consulted her around
presidential election time. For example, she had
warned that President Clinton needed to postpone his
inaugural swearing in at noon because of "adverse
astral influences" at that hour. The last presidents
to be sworn in under those conditions, she said,
were John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.
"Perhaps the secret of Linda's
success lies in her philosophy that a person
shouldn't be afraid to plunge ahead -don't be afraid
to try something new," wrote a local reporter after
interviewing the globe-trotting New Yorker who was
back in Clear Lake visiting family.
Linda is survived by
step-brothers, Maurice Ashland of Albuquerque, N.M.,
Roger Ashland of Kensington, Maryland and Frank
Ashland of Forest, Virginia and cousins. She was
preceded in death by her parents and step-brothers.