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Darlene M. James
Darlene M. James, 78, of Mason City, Iowa was called home to be with Jesus on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010 at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City.A funeral service was held Monday, Aug. 30, at the Open Bible Church, Clear Lake, with the Rev. Will Hunsacker officiating.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Darlene M. James Memorial Fund in care of her family.
Darlene was born on July 2, 1932 in Forest City, Iowa to John and Annette (Holland) Skilbred. After the death of her mother, she continued to attend country schools until the 8th grade when she ed home to help care for her family.
On Feb. 14, 1951 Darlene was united in marriage to Gayln H. James in Mason City and to this union three children were born. Gayln preceded Darlene in death on Aug. 20, 1987.During her youth Darlene loved to roller skate. On any given day you could find her at the roller rink, skating for hours at a time. In her adult years she enjoyed making crafts, some of her favorite things to make being shadow boxes, wreaths and flower arrangements. Darlene loved flowers and her flower gardens, her favorite being roses. In her later years Darlene loved to sit on her swing in her yard and simply admire her flowers. Her greatest love and enjoyment was spending time with her family.
Twice a month Darlene would gather with the Lincoln PTA girls for breakfast and coffee, a tradition that was continued for many years, making many friends along the way. She was also a member of the Senior Citizen?s Center in Mason City. Darlene attended the Open Bible Church in Clear Lake as well as the Christian Fellowship Church in Mason City.
Those blessed in having shared in Darlene's life are her children, Gray (Claudia) James, Mason City, Wade James and special friend, Sandy Willis, Mason City, and Cyndi (Mark) Hungerford, Gladstone, Ill.; grandchildren, Travis (Tami) Dodd, Mandy Dodd, Dylan James, Gail (Eric) Thomas, and Dalton James; as well as two expected great-granddaughters, Gabrielle Thomas and Mia Dodd.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gayln; brother, Harold Skilbred; and twin brother, Darwin Skilbred.Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, Mason City, was in charge of arrangements.
Jerome (Jerry) Edward Mensch
Jerry Mensch died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010 surrounded by his family after a brief battle with liver cancer. He was born Feb. 14, 1951 in Mason City, Iowa to Maureen O'Brien Mensch and Jack Mensch and grew up in Plymouth, Iowa where his love for animals, goats and running barefoot started. Jerry's first job was cooking at the Yacht Club in Clear Lake. He lived in Waterloo, Iowa, graduating from Columbus High School in 1969.
Jerry opened the first "head shop" in Mason City, The Family Trade Center, on South Federal Ave. He married Ann Noland in 1972. They lived on the Mensch Family Farm and then their own farm outside Plymouth. Jerry worked as a silver and goldsmith for Morel Jewelers in Mason City while raising goats, peacocks, guinea hens, Great Danes and mastering organic gardening. Jerry had a goat dairy in Plymouth, and showed goats all over the US.
He became a National Goat Association Judge reaching the Senior Judge Level and loved helping both kids and professionals see the beauty and strengths of each animal.
Jerry moved to Welcome, Mass. in 1986 as Head Herdsman for Brentland Goat Farms. Moving from one coast to another in 1996 he managed the goat herd and breeding program for Redwood Hills Goat Dairy Farms in Sebastopol, Calif. Jerry moved back home to the midwest in 2005.
Jerry's most recent venture was his eclectic shop "Worn Edges" on Main Street in Clear Lake. He designed custom jewelry, continued to do silver and gold repair, sold antiques and made unique organic mirrors. He raised Cavalier King Charles Spaniels who became beloved members of many families.
Jerry (a.k.a. the dog guy) took daily walks around Clear Lake with his pack of cavalier spaniels. He attracted friends wherever he lived, worked or played and introduced many of us to new friends.
Jerry honored mother earth by creating and nurturing his gardens as he needed his hands in the dirt to complete his day. He was vibrant in his work and in how he lived his life. Jerry was feeling the desire and still creating jewelry in the days before he died. His greatest accomplishment and that which brought him greatest pride was his son, Joel, with whom he shared his artistic talents.
Jerry is survived by his son, Joel Mensch of Walker, Minn.; sisters, Kathy (Gene) Watson, Manly, Iowa, Anne (Dennis) Muehlstedt, Clear Lake, Jean Welsford, Muskego, Wis.; and lifelong friend Ann Noland of Walker. He leaves many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews who adored him as he adored them. Jerry was preceded in death by his mother, Maureen Mensch; father, Jack Mensch; brother, Tom Mensch; grandparents, Happy and Glenn Mensch and Agnes and Bill O'Brien.
Jerry hosted Labor Day Pig Roasts on his farm east of Plymouth for many years in the '70's and '80's which brought friends from far away together again. Jerry wanted to have "One Last Pig Roast" so that is how we will celebrate his energy, legacy and spirit. The best pig roasts have family, friends, music, stories, bonfires, potlucks and a pig. Please join those who loved him dearly at the Mensch Halverson Family Farm, north of Mason City, on Saturday, Sept. 25, starting at 1 pm. Bring a dish, guitars, songs and memories to share. Memorials can be sent to his family at PO Box 449, Clear Lake, IA 50428.
Emmanuel "Bud" Frank
Emmanuel "Bud" Frank, 84, of Clear Lake, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. His wife, son, and daughter were at his side. A memorial service was held Friday, Sept. 3, at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, with Chaplain Jim Allard officiating. According to his wishes, he was cremated. Following the memorial service, a private family inurnment was held at the Memorial Park Columbarium, Mason City, with military honors conducted by members of the Clear Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Emmanuel D. "Bud" Frank was born on June 13, 1926, in Mason City, Iowa the son of Jacob and Katherine Frank. Bud was the youngest of 11 children. He had three brothers and seven sisters. He attended school at Holy Family Catholic Schools. Bud was inducted into the Army in 1944, where he served his country honorably and faithfully spending, two years in Europe. After receiving his honorable discharge, he spent several years in California. Bud ed to Mason City for a visit where he met Marilyn Anderson at the Surf Ballroom. They were united in marriage on April 11, 1953, and made their home in Clear Lake. To this union were born four children, three boys and one girl. Bud was a loving and thoughtful husband and father. He liked to keep busy and always had a lot of projects and interests. He liked to watch the Hawkeyes but never put his interests before family time. He spent a lot of time with his children and was very supportive and involved in all of their various activities. Bud enjoyed a full, active lifestyle. He liked to antique and travel. Bud and Marilyn spent 16 wonderful winters in Texas enjoying dancing, jams, hiking, biking, swimming, and all the great activities there. Bud also enjoyed camping on Lake Superior in Minnesota, gardening, and feeding and watching the birds.
Grateful for having shared 57 years together is his wife, Marilyn, of Clear Lake. Also left to cherish his memory are his son, Michael Frank of Clear Lake; his daughter, Michelle Hamel and her husband, Tim, of Rochester, Minn.; and grandchildren, Andrea Frank, Amanda Reb and her husband, Jeremiah, of Mason City, and Joshua and Stephanie Hamel, of Rochester. Bud is also survived by two sisters, Teresa Hamman and Barbara Kolda, as well as many other extended family members and friends. Bud was preceded in death by his father and mother; two sons, Daniel and Douglas; five sisters, and three brothers. The family requests that any memorials be directed to Hospice of North Iowa, whose wonderful staff was so kind and helpful during Bud's last months.
Arlene Betty Hughes
Arlene Betty Hughes, 82, of 114 N. Lakeview Dr., Clear Lake, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at the Clear Lake United Methodist Church with the Rev. Diana Hoover officiating. Interment will be in the Clear Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour before the service on Thursday at the church. Family suggests memorials to Clear Lake Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration or the Clear Lake United Methodist Church.
Arlene was born Jan. 1, 1928 rural Iowa Falls, Iowa the daughter of Charles and Mary (Hoelscher) Dass.
She grew up on the farm. She and her sisters had lots of chores to do. Walking the beans and corn fields, when the pastures were short they herded the cattle in the road ditches. She attended Ellis #5 country school and graduated from Owasa High School. After graduation she worked for Raleigh Aborn at Aborn Drug Store. She later moved to move to Mason City and worked at Bergo's and Younkers.
She met Dick Hughes and they were married Feb. 4, 1962 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Mason City, Iowa. They lived awhile in Mason City, but later moved to Clear Lake. They owned and operated the Rose Bowl Bowling Alley, where she worked along with her husband for over 35 years.
Arlene always looked forward to the Fourth of July holiday each year because she loved the excitement it brought to Clear Lake. She always made it a point to spend some time in the Bingo tent in City Park and had wonderful memories of ferris wheel rides with her late husband. But her favorite part of the holiday was, without a doubt, the fireworks display over the lake. Chamber officials note that Arlene's love of the fireworks isn't limited to viewing them. For many years she has supported the growing costs of presenting the fireworks, generously making donations to the Chamber behind the scenes.
She was a member of the Clear Lake United Methodist Church. The family would like to thank Girling Health Care; Hospice of North Iowa; Mercy Home Care and all of Arlene's private care givers who cared for her under difficult circumstances.
She will be sadly missed by her many friends and her sister, Jeanette White, Iowa Falls; several cousins; and special friends, Jim and Deb Stanton, Clear Lake.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Mary Dass; husband, Dick Hughes; sister, Helen Dass; and brother-in-law, Carrol White.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.
Ruby Marie Oelberg
Ruby Marie Oelberg, 84, of Charles City, Iowa and formerly of Mason City, died peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010, at the Chautauqua Guest Home in Charles City, Iowa.
A funeral service for Ruby was held Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake with the Rev. Dennis Konkel officiating. Burial was held in the Clear Lake Cemetery. Ruby Marie (Christian) Oelberg was born on Feb. 16, 1926, in Mason City, the daughter of Thomas and Anna (Schmidt) Christian.
Ruby attended Iowa School for the deaf and graduated in 1944. She was united in marriage to Chris J. Oelberg of Clear Lake on Feb. 23, 1946, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Mason City. Ruby was employed at Mason City Tent and Awning, Katz Cleaner, and Marshall & Swift Cleaners as a press operator until her retirement. Ruby was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church for the Deaf in Des Moines, Iowa and was an active member of the Mascia Deaf Club Inc. in Mason City and served as former president, secretary and treasurer, and as a delegate of the Roundtable Conference and member of the Iowa Association of the Deaf in Des Moines. Ruby enjoyed reading, doing needlework, and was also very active socially in the deaf club. Ruby was very devoted to her family and loved entertaining and being a hostess to many family members and friends.
Left to cherish her memory are her two daughters, Wanda McAllister of Kimberling City, Mo., and Becky (Jeff) Elzinga of Kennewick, Wash.; her son, Randy Jay (Lisa) Oelberg of Charles City; nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; as well as many other extended family members and friends.
Ruby was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Chris; brother, Wayne Christian; and sister, Karen Hotchkiss.
Georgia M. Greve
Georgia M. Greve, 64, of 1500 South Shore Drive, Clear Lake, died Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City, Iowa.
A graveside service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City, with Pastor Ed Bard officiating. Inurnment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to the Georgia M. Greve Memorial in care of Wally Greve, 1500 South Shore Drive #2, Clear Lake, IA 50428.
Georgia M. Williams was born July 10, 1946, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, the daughter of George and Deloris (Goodrich) Williams. She graduated from Fort Dodge High School. On June 6, 1964, Georgia was united in marriage to Wallace "Wally" Greve in Fort Dodge. To this union two children were born. They made their home in Fort Dodge until 1982, when they moved to Ottumwa, Iowa. In 1987 they were transferred to Algona, Iowa. Georgia worked for Exceptional Opportunities as a direct caregiver for nine years. In 2005, Georgia and Wally retired and moved to Clear Lake.
Georgia enjoyed fishing, camping, crafts, going to the casino, living by the lake and the outdoors. She loved traveling to Las Vegas. Her greatest love was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Georgia is survived by her loving husband, Wally Greve, Clear Lake; children, Randy and Lisa Greve, Algona, Dawn Patro and John Perrott, Sheffield, Iowa; grandchildren, Trent Gifford, Sheffield, Cody Greve, Manly, David Gifford, Algona, Brandon ?Bucky? Greve, Algona; great-granddaughter, Addison Greve, Manly; siblings, Ronnie Williams, Huxley, Iowa and Deb and Wayne Oleson, Fort Dodge; close cousin and friends, Judy and Dave Helmers, Fort Dodge; best friends, Tom and Jan Lindner, Clear Lake; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Georgia is preceded in death by her grandparents; parents; and special aunt,
Ward Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.
Donald H. Ackarman
Donald H. Ackarman, 87, of Clear Lake, Iowa died peacefully on Friday evening, Sept. 17, 2010 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City, Iowa.
Memorial Mass was Tuesday, Sept. 21, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Clear Lake, with Msgr. Joseph J. Slepicka officiating. Interment was in the Clear Lake Cemetery. Family suggests memorials to Donald H. Ackarman Memorial Fund.
Don was born Aug. 21, 1923 in Lone Rock, Iowa the son of Estel (Jim) and Dorothy (Flaig) Ackarman. He graduated from Lone Rock Consolidated School.
He was united in marriage to Delores Bast on Nov. 25, 1945 in the St. Patrick's parsonage. To this union three children were born: Craig, Vickie and Jill. Don was engaged in farming until his retirement in 1985. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and loved the outdoors. His greatest fishing excursions were with friends in Canada. He was a charter member of the Ventura Gun Club, served 50 years on the Ventura Protective Association Board, served on the City of Ventura Zoning Board and was a member of St. Patricks Catholic Church.
Don is survived by his loving wife, Delores Ackarman, Clear Lake; son, Craig (Linda) Ackarman, Ventura; two daughters, Vickie (Steve) Nelson, Emmons, Minn. and Jill Wilhelm, Clear Lake; grandchildren, Tim (Lynne) Ackarman, Miller, Iowa, Trisca (Kent) Mick, Garner, Iowa, Tami (Zach) Dillavou, Forest City, Iowa, Brad Olson, Emmons, April Wilhelm, Providence, R.I. and D.J. Wilhelm, Cedar Falls, Iowa; great-grandchildren, Josilin, Brea, Shae and Ty Dillavou and Olivia Mick; sister-in-law, Charolette Ackerman, Waukee, Iowa and brother-in-law, William Barton, Laurence Ville, Ga.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Claude Ackerman and Larry Ackarman; and his sister, Luella Barton.Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.
Letty Jane Colburn
Letty Jane Colburn, 89, 17396 Kingbird Ave, Mason City, Iowa, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010 at the Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa, Mason City.
A funeral service was held Saturday, Sept. 18, at the First Congregational Church, Clear Lake, with the Rev. Michael C. Nash officiating. Interment was at the Pleasant View Cemetery, Thornton, Iowa. Memorials may be given to the Letty Colburn Memorial Fund.
Letty was born July 24, 1921 in Clear Lake, the daughter of Charles and Irene (Aitchison) Chase. She graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1939, and was the class valedictorian. She graduated from Mason City Junior College in 1941. Following college she taught school at the rural school in Hubbard, Iowa. She then worked for a loan firm and the City of Los Angeles during the war years. She ed to Clear Lake and worked for the Clear Lake Federal Savings and Loan until her marriage to Robert E. Colburn on Sept. 26, 1952 at the First Congregational Church in Clear Lake. Later she continued with substitute work at the bank and assisted her husband in his business. Letty was a resident of Clear Lake most of her life, birth to age 66, except for six years in Los Angeles. She then moved to Thornton, Iowa. She moved to Mason City in 1998 to be closer to her children. Letty was a member of the First Congregational Church, the Star ODO Club, Progress Club, the Wednesday Bridge Bunch, the Queen Rebekah Lodge, the Mason City Senior Citizens, and Stepping Forward Club, Mason City.
Letty is survived by her son, Jack E. Colburn, Mason City; daughter, Ruth E. Meier and her husband, Rick, Mason City; grandchildren, Kelly Meier and her fianc?, John Kline, Plymouth, Iowa and Mitchell Meier, Mason City.Letty was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert E. (Oct. 1, 1987); infant brother; and infant sister, Amy Arlene Chase.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.
Mary Budolfson, 90, of Clear Lake, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010 at Good Shepherd Health Center, Mason City, Iowa.
Services are pending at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake.
Ruth Luverna (Cox) Clemens
Ruth Luverna (Cox) Clemens, 81, died at her home in Ventura Heights, Friday, Sept. 24, 2010.
A funeral service for Ruth was held Monday, Sept. 27 at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, with Pastor Rhoda Preston officiating. Interment was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Highway 18 West, Mason City, Iowa.
Ruth was born on Sept. 13, 1929, in Mason City, the daughter of Charles and Emalena (Watson) Cox.
Ruth attended and received her education in the Mason City School system, graduating from Mason City High School.
Ruth was united in marriage to Charles Clemens on March 19, 1948, at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Mason City.
After their marriage, Ruth traveled with her husband while he was stationed in the Navy.
After his discharge they ed to Mason City before moving to Ventura in 1955. They resided in Ventura for 55 years.
Ruth was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
Ruth enjoyed sewing, boating, snowmobiling, dancing, gardening and canning, but her great love and enjoyment was her husband, children, and grandchildren.
She was a member of the Ventura Riders Snowmobile Club, holding snowmobile conventions in Mason City.
Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Charles Clemens of Ventura; two sons, Steve (Kathy) Clemens of Mason City, and Rusty (Carol) Clemens of Ventura; six grandchildren, Jeff (Genevieve) Clemens of Garner, Jennifer (Tony) Trettin of Mason City, Nathan Clemens of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Matthew (Jody) Clemens of Clear Lake, Jeremy (Sarah) Clemens of Mason City, and Jason Clemens of Mason City; six great-grandchildren, Jay Clemens of Garner, Harley Trettin of Mason City, Arthur Clemens of Mason City, Aiden, Hailey, and Mackenzie Clemens all of Clear Lake; three sisters, Gertrude "Goldie" Bartusek of Old Town, Fla., and Donna Pierce, originally from Clear Lake, and Carole Bacon of Ft. Collins, Colo.; a brother, Francis Cox of Ellendale, N.D.; as well as many nieces and nephews and other extended family members and friends.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Donald Clemens, who died in November 2000; three sisters, Zona Jenkins, Patricia Flatness, and June (Patterson) Faught; and four brothers, William Cox, Charles "Eddie" Cox, Jackie Cox, and Glen Cox.