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Obituaries on this page:

Wilma Madeline Clarissa (Helle) Hanson
Warren C. (Doc) Field
Marjorie Helen Callison
Michael Dean “Mike” Krutsinger
Rick L. Lundquist
Harry A. Vierkant
Lauren William “Bill” Nissen
Carol J. Rannals
Jacqueline Schuldt Calkins
Ina Mae (Barr) Andrews
Jacqueline Kay Howard
Helen Lucille Ford Lauber
Robert Raymond (Bob) Hanna


Wilma Madeline Clarissa (Helle) Hanson

 

Wilma Madeline Clarissa (Helle) Hanson passed away at age 89, on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 at Willow Pointe Assisted Living in Mason City, Iowa. 

A Celebration of Life service was held Tuesday, Nov. 1, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran, Thornton, Iowa, with the Rev. Rhea Evanson officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City.

Should friends desire memorials may be donated to Women’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (WELCA) in care of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Thornton, in Wilma’s memory. 

Wilma was born Dec. 14, 1921 at a prairie home in North Dakota where her parents were homesteaders. Wilma was the youngest of three daughters of Mikkel and Clara Helle.  Wilma and her sisters, Myrtle and Gladys, walked two and one-half miles to a one-room schoolhouse and walked four miles to Adrian, N.D. to pick up the U.S. mail.  Wilma was confirmed at James River Valley Lutheran Church in Montpelier, N.D., and graduated from Marion, N.D. High School in 1938.  In the late 1930’s following several years of drought, the Dust Bowl and the Depression, the family lost their homestead and moved to Mona, Iowa. Wilma worked for a few years at Hormel Foods in Austin, Minn.

On Sept. 3, 1945, she married her childhood sweetheart from North Dakota, Armand M. Hanson, at the Mona Lutheran Church. Wilma and Armand lived near Clear Lake on a family farm for 10 years, which is where Dave and her daughter Linda live today.  Wilma and Armand then moved to a farm north of Thornton in December 1955.  Together they raised three children: Hans (Sonja) of Ankeny, Iowa, Linda (Dave) Hopper of Clear Lake, and Bennett (Kay) of Ankeny. Along with working at the farm, Wilma worked for two years at Thornton school and was the activity director at the IOOF nursing home in Mason City for over 20 years.

Wilma was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Thornton, the Swaledale Federated Garden Club, and Our Day Out Ladies Club. In her spare time, Wilma enjoyed gardening and quilting with Women of ELCA.  Many quilts were donated to Iowa Lutheran Riverside Camp for children and missions.  She is most remembered for her simple, carefree, and kind spirit.  Wilma was known as Mom, Ma, Grandma, Great Hanson, Aunt Wilma, Friend and Norwegian Church Lady.

Wilma is survived by her children, Hans (Sonja) Hanson of Ankeny, Iowa, Linda (David) Hopper of Clear Lake, and Bennett (Kay) Hanson of Ankeny; grandchildren, Julie (Kevin) Quass of Ankeny, Frankie Hanson of Davis, Calif., Conrad (Wendy) Hanson of Urbandale, Iowa, Annalisa (Corey) Miner of Mason City, David Matthew Hopper and friend, Mary Pederson of Clear Lake, Jonathan Hanson and Joshua Hanson of Ankeny; step-grandchildren, Wayde (Erin) Stover of Des Moines, Iowa, Scott (Nicole) Stover of Minneapolis, Minn., and Andrew Stover of Minneapolis; great-grandchildren, Colin Quass, Berit Quass, and Rondi Quass of Ankeny, Sierra Miner and Corey David Miner of Mason City; along with other relatives and friends.

Wilma is preceded in death by her parents, Mikkel and Clara Helle; husband, Armand Hanson; sisters, Myrtle and Gladys.

Ward Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.


Warren C. (Doc) Field 

 

Warren C. (Doc) Field, 86, of  3102 17th Ave., Lot 146  Greeley, Colo. died on Friday, Oct. 21, 2011 at the Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of the Rockies in Ft. Collins, Colo.

He was born on April 4, 1925 in San Francisco, Calif. to Forrest Clayton and Louise (Casel) Field.  Warren graduated from Davenport High School in Davenport, Iowa in January 1943.  He acquired the nick name ‘Doc” during high school while caring for his teammates during football season. He went on to serve in the U.S Navy during WW II.

Doc married Crystal Schemel on June 12, 1953 in Galesburg, Ill. The couple lived in Des Moines, Iowa from 1954-1970 and later in Clear Lake from 1970 until moving to Greeley in 1998.  He enjoyed golfing, bowling, traveling and sharing his ‘jack of all trades’ gift with his children. Doc was known by his friends and family as hardworking, caring, and fun loving.

He was in the Standard Oil business for years, but after moving to Clear Lake he worked at Bob Schukei Ford, a Buick dealership, and Midwest Wheel. He managed the V.F.W. in Clear Lake, worked for Don Cramer Construction, KRIB, and he owned the Town Pump. His various jobs involved him with the Clear Lake Winter Olympus and actively keeping the Surf Ballroom from becoming a thing of the past.

His survivors include his wife, Crystal Field: two sons, Robert Field and wife, Mary, of Olathe, Kansas, Rick Field and wife, Marcia, of Sammanish, Wash.; four daughters, Linda Dollar and husband, Mike, of Greeley, Lori Saving and husband, Dave, of Lenexa, Kansas, Carolyn Prohaska of Clear Lake, and Holly Hoffart and husband, Jeff, of Cypress, Texas; 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. 

Doc was a husband, a father, a grandpa, a friend, a counselor, a carpenter and a confident. For by grace Doc was saved through faith, it was the gift of God, not by works so that he could not boast. Doc was God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works. (Ephesians 2:8 - 10)

The family will hold a memorial service in 2012.  Memorial contributions may be made to V.F.W. Post 6624, 3501 State, Evans, CO 80620 with designation of military families in need.

An online obituary and guest book are at www.moserfuneralservice.com.

 


Marjorie Helen Callison 

 

Marjorie Helen Callison left us to be with her Savior on Oct. 29, 2011.  In Heaven, she will be reunited with her husband of 63 years, James W. Callison; her son, James W. Callison Jr.; her sister, Virginia Ruttan; and her parents, Fern and Elmer Myhre.  She was the beloved mother of Michael J. Callison (JoAnn), Karen Norman (Michael), and James Callison Jr.; grandmother of Ann Callison, Michael Callison, Matthew Norman, Katherine Norman Rogers, James Callison III, Jessica Mohler; and great-grandmother to Andy and Luke Norman, Elizabeth Rogers, and Harmony and Breck Mohler.  Her legacy of love will continue through these future generations.

Marjorie lived most of her life in Des Moines, Iowa, where she was an active volunteer. 

 

Marjorie was president of the Blank Hospital Guild and the Iowa Heart Association, and was active in the initial development of the Botanical Center in Des Moines.  She was a member of the Junior League of Des Moines and the League Club of Naples, Fla. She and Jim retired to Naples, Fla. 25 years ago.  Marj and Jim lived in their family cottage during the summers in Clear Lake.  She was a beautiful, classy lady and will be missed.

Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 7, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Des Moines with interment following at Resthaven Mausoleum in West Des Moines, Iowa.  The family asks that memorial gifts in lieu of flowers be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 North Michigan Avenue, 17th floor, Chicago, IL 60601, or the American Heart Association, 1111  9th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50314.

Iles Funeral Homes, Des Moines, was in charge of arrangements.

 


Michael Dean “Mike” Krutsinger 

 

Michael Dean “Mike” Krutsinger, 47, Kansas City, Mo., died Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, at his home, following a yearlong battle with leukemia. Memorial services were held Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Evangelical Free Church, Clear Lake, with Pastor Randy Vaage officiating. Inurnment was at the Clear Lake Cemetery.  Memorials may be given to Be the Match Foundation or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Mike was born Oct. 16, 1964 in Mason City, Iowa, the son of Richard and Harriet (Stangler) Krutsinger.  He graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1983.  While in high school he was involved in marching band, choir, speech, drama and musicals.  Following high school he attended NIACC. 

Mike worked at various places in sales, working his way up to sales manager and district manager, and ended up as Sales Manager for Nebraska Furniture Mart in Kansas City, Kan. 

He loved spending time with family, nieces and nephews, and friends and “extended family.” He enjoyed traveling, going to the mountains of Colorado and Yosemite National Park.  He liked being outdoors and hiking. 

Mike is survived by his parents, Richard and Harriet Krutsinger, Clear Lake; three siblings, Linda  Gutschmidt and her husband, Roger, Gackle, N.D., Doug Krutsinger and his wife, Kelli, Marengo, Iowa and Jeff Krutsinger and his wife, DeAnn, Forest City, Iowa; paternal grandmother, Evelyn Rensink, Mason City; nieces and nephews, John and Sarah Gutschmidt, Gackle, N.D., Ian and Emma Krutsinger, Marengo, and Madelynn and Micaiah Krutsinger, Forest City; special uncle and aunt,  Bob and Joanne White, Ventura; special friends, Stephen and Krista Wright, Kansas City; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Mike was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather; maternal grandparents; and paternal step-grandfather.

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.


Rick L. Lundquist 

 

Rick L. Lundquist, 62, went to heaven to be with Jesus on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit.  He was very ready to go and went very peacefully surrounded by his loving family and his dog, Fozzie.  Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 7, at Riverside Friends Church, Mason City, Iowa with Pastor Paul Martin officiating.  Interment will be held in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Rick L. Lundquist Memorial Fund in care of the family.  Online condolences may be left for the family at www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com.

Rick was born May 13, 1949 in Mason City, the son of Kenny and Phyllis Lundquist.  He graduated from Mason City High School in 1967.  He went to UNI and graduated with a B.A. in Business in 1971. While at UNI, he met and married the love of his life, Dixie Bork. They had three children, Jason, Julie, and Sheri. Rick was always involved in his church teaching Sunday School, umpiring church softball league, and serving as a church elder.  He enjoyed trading cars and had 35 cars over the years.  Most recently, he and Dixie enjoyed riding around the lake in their little red Toyota Echo.  He also enjoyed having a variety of pets throughout his life.  Rick had a huge heart, wanting to give a helping hand to anyone in need.  He made friends easily from all walks of life wherever he went.  He loved all his family and many friends.  He always said he wanted them all to be sure to join him in heaven someday. 

Rick is survived by his wife of 41 years, Dixie; his three children, Jason (Anne) Lundquist, Julie (Johnny) Schmidt, and Sheri (Brant) Harriman; eight grandchildren, Kendall and Derek Olson, Lydia, Simon, Lucy, Annie, and Judah Schmidt, and Jillian Harriman; his mom and step-dad, Phyllis and Chuck Miller; mother-in-law, Ruby Bork; sister Shelly (Darryl) Syverson as well as many more relatives and close friends. 

He was preceded in death by his dad, Kenny Lundquist; paternal grandparents, Ludy and Hazel Lundquist; maternal grandparents, Gladys and Lester Paulson; father-in-law, Roy Bork; and one child and one grandchild who passed away before birth.


 

Harry A. Vierkant

 

Harry A. Vierkant, 89, of Citrus Heights, Calif., formerly of Mason City, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011 at Roseville, Calif. Funeral services were held Sept. 27.

Harry Arnold Vierkant was born on Oct. 22, 1921 in Webster, Wis., the fifth of nine children, to parents Harry B. Vierkant and Hazel (Meachom Vierkant. He grew up on a farm south of Mason City, and attended country school.

Harry married Lois Campbell from Rockwell, Iowa in 1941. Harry worked for area farmers for a number of years before they moved to Mason City, where he drove city bus. They later moved to Clear Lake and he worked for Allied Mills. They moved to California in the middle 50’s where Harry did construction work. Harry was well known for his handyman skills. After he retired he started “Harry’s Fix It” out of his home. Harry and Lois enjoyed 67 years together before Lois passed away in 2008.

Harry is survived by his son, Donald (Lorraine) Vierkant of Orem, Utah; daughter, Beverly Klaesson, Citrus Heights, Calif.; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Elmer (Mary Jo) Vierkant, Descanso, Calif.; one sister, Hazel Darg, Rockwell; one brother-in-law, Victor Parks, Rockwell; one sister-in-law, Wilda Vierkant, Springfield, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; and three brothers, Benjamin, David Newton and Paul Vierkant; three sisters, Faye in infancy, Ruth Kohler and Helen Parks; brothers-in-law, Karl Kohler and Robert Darg; sisters-in-law, Hilda Vierkant and Nora Bremner, and father and mother-in-law, Joe and Pearl Campbell.


Lauren William “Bill” Nissen 

 

Lauren William “Bill” Nissen, 85, of 1400 North Shore Drive, Clear Lake, died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011 at the Mercy West Campus Skilled Nursing Unit in Mason City, Iowa.  A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 11, at the Fertile Church of Christ, 3493 Eagle Avenue, Fertile, Iowa with Pastor Dennis Ganz officiating.  Inurnment will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City. Family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Ward-Van Slyke Funeral Home, 101 North 4th Street, Clear Lake on Thursday, Nov. 10. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of North Iowa.

Bill was born in rural Fertile on Sept. 2, 1926 to Henry and Ruby (Carr) Nissen.  He attended school at Hanlontown, Iowa and graduated from Fertile High School in 1944.  Bill enlisted in the Army Air Corps in August of 1944 and was honorably discharged in October of 1946.  In 1962 he married Joan Fuller and to this union, two daughters were born, Cynthia and Jennifer.  Joan passed away in 1988.

He spent seven years farming with his family and later spent most of his life working in the seed fertilizer and agriculture commercial industry.  In 1975, at the request of friends, Bill began the Nissen Crop Advisory Service, advising individual farmers about crop production programs.  In 1985 Bill was elected to the Crop Professionals Hall of Fame by his peers in agriculture all over the United States.

After his retirement in 1989 he kept his hands in the dirt growing a green lawn and beautiful flowers, not only for his own enjoyment, but for others as well. 

Bill is survived by his daughters, Cindy Nissen and her fiancé, Bob Hochstein, Machesney Park, Ill.,  and Jennifer Sillman, Ames, Iowa; four granddaughters, Lauren, Delaney, Emma and Julia Sillman, Ames.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joan; son-in-law, Chris Sillman; four sisters, Dorothy Aspland, Nelda Behl, Ruth E. Ouverson, and Margaret Matheson.


Carol J. Rannals 

 

Carol J. Rannals, 75, 405 27th Ave. S., Clear Lake, died Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 at the Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City, Iowa.  A memorial service was held Friday, Nov. 11, at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, with the Rev. Dennis Ganz officiating. Memorials may be given to North Iowa Hospice and American Cancer Association.

Carol was born Nov. 3, 1936 in Oxford Junction, Iowa, the daughter of Louis and Agnes (Koranda) Blizek.  She graduated from Maquoketa High School and attended Iowa State Teachers College.  Carol married Allen Rannals in 1956 and to this union four children were born, Bill, Barb, Bob and Becky.

Carol started teaching elementary school in Two Harbors, Minn. and retired as a substitute teacher at Clear Lake Middle School and Clear Lake High School.  She was a homemaker for many years before “subbing”. 

Carol’s hobbies included flower gardening, reading, playing golf, watching football, being a Clear Lake sports fan, and spending time with her grandchildren.  She was a member of Clear Lake All Vets Woman’s Golf League, Oak Hills Par 3 Woman’s Golf Club, and bridge club.  Carol moved to Apple Valley Assisted Living on Aug. 1 of this year.  The family wants to give a special thanks to Del and Harriett Winter for the love and support during the past year.

Carol is survived by her two sons, Bill (Connie Goodman) Rannals, Richmond, Va., and Bob (Monica) Rannals, Brooklyn Park, Minn.; two daughters, Barb (Jim) Istas, Eagan, Minn., and Becky (David) Edmundson, Eldridge, Iowa; ten grandchildren, Dr. Matt Rannals, Janette Peterson, Kathryn Rannals, Maggie Istas, Janice Rannals, Alex Rannals, Callie Istas, Janelle Rannals, Scott Edmundson and Rachel Edmundson; two sisters, Marlene (Bob) Kellogg, Bella Vista, Ark., and Shirley (Paul) Graul, Spokane, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews. 

Carol was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Allen, on Jan. 4, 2008; and several brothers and sisters.


Jacqueline Schuldt Calkins 

 

Jacqueline Schuldt Calkins, 68, of Ventura died Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 at the Oakwood Care Center in Clear Lake.

Private graveside services were held at Concord Township Cemetery in Garner, Iowa.  Cataldo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be given in her name to ALS Research (Lou Gehrig's Disease) in care of her sister, Judith Ann Hoppes, 15484 Bayberry Ave., Ventura, IA  50482.

Jacqueline Schuldt Calkins, the daughter of Milton and Anestel Oleson, was born Nov. 11, 1943 at Cedar Falls, Iowa.  She graduated from Garner-Hayfield High School in 1961 and continued her education at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.  She was married to Leon Calkins and they moved to Carlsbad, Calif.  She later returned to Iowa and worked in Mason City.  Jacque then moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa where she was employed at Square D for 39 years as a line leader in the assembly plant.  She met and married John Young in the 1980's.  In 2006, she moved to Ventura Heights.  She enjoyed gardening, caring for her dog and frequent outings for lunch and shopping with friends.  Jacque's activities of interest were  spending time outdoors, visiting with family and friends and going on outings in the community.

Jacque is survived by her sister, Judith Ann Hoppes of Ventura; and a niece, Sherri (Joe) Jares of Cedar Park, Texas and their three children, John, Rebecca and Alexander.

Jacque was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, John Young.

 


Ina Mae (Barr) Andrews 

 

Ina Mae (Barr) Andrews, widow of the late Gordon Andrews, passed away Nov. 16, 2011, at the Stanton Care Center, Stanton, Iowa, with her family at her side. She had been a resident there for more than three years.

Funeral services were held at the Red Presbyterian Church on Friday, Nov. 19.  The Rev. Caryn Pedersen officiated.  Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery, in Red Oak, Iowa.

Memorials, cards, or expressions of sympathies may be directed to the Ina Andrews Family, % Ron Andrews, 105 North 16th St., Clear Lake, IA 50428.  Suggested memorials include: Red Oak Presbyterian Church, Stanton Care Center, donor's choice or to the family for future designations.

Ina Mae Barr, the daughter  of John and Millie (Kenworthy) Barr was born at home on the farm in Pilot Grove Township, near Grant, Iowa, on Aug. 14, 1914.  She attended and graduated from Elliott High School and furthered her education at Normal Teacher's School at Creston, Iowa.  Following Normal school she was a teacher at two country schools near Grant for six years. Her means of transportation to school was often on horse back.

Ina married Gordon Lyle Andrews on May 25, 1936 and their union lasted nearly 64 years.  They farmed northeast of Red Oak until retirement in 1983.  A daughter, Carolyn Mae, was born Nov. 10, 1938.  A son, Ronald Dean, was born June 16, 1943, and a son, Allen Delaine, was born Jan. 18, 1946.

Ina enjoyed traveling, quilting, sewing and baking for her family, kids, and grandkids.  She also assisted Gordon with all of the farming and livestock chores.  Ina always cherished a good game of cards with the kids, grandkids, and Stanton Care Center residents.  Her pumpkin pie was the best bar none.

 

Ina and Gordon loved to square dance and were members of Buckle and Bows Square Dance Club for many years.  She was named Montgomery County Farm Bureau Home Maker of the Year.  She was also recognized by Governor Branstad during the 1980's and received an Iowa Volunteer Award.  She was a long time member of the "Happy Warblers" singing  group through the summer of 2011. The group sang at local nursling home, hospitals, etc.  She enjoyed belonging to the "Red Oak Old Neighbors Club."  She was a lifetime member of the Pleasant Lawn and Red Oak Presbyterian Churches where she was always very active.  She was honoree  at the Barr Family Reunion this past summer.  Each year she was an adopted grandma by various fourth grade students at the Stanton Elementary School.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Gordon in 2000; brothers, Earl  (Carrie), Lloyd (Edith), Glenn (Loretta), Russell (Dorothy); and sisters, Grace (Vernon) and Leila (Maurice).  Ina was the sole living survivor of the John and Millie Barr family.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Caroly (Newt) McCunn, Onawa, Iowa; and sons, Ronald (Martha "Wink") Andrews, Clear Lake, and Allen (Mary) Andrews, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; seven grandkids and 14 great-grandkds; and several nieces and nephews. 

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Andrews Funeral Homes, Belmond, Iowa, assisted locally by the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Home of Red Oak.


Jacqueline Kay Howard

 

Jacqueline Kay Howard, of Ventura, Iowa died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011.

A celebration of her life and gathering of her friends will be held at 2 p.m., Sat. Nov. 26, at the Colony Inn, Ventura. 

Jackie was born Jan. 31, 1940 in Ventura.

Jackie had a successful career as a boat mechanic in the Clear Lake, Cedar Rapids and Paris, Iowa areas and was also a snowmobile and vacuum cleaner mechanic. 

She enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers, NASCAR races and playing pool with the girls.

She is survived by her loving family and friends.

Ward-Van Slyke colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements


Helen Lucille Ford Lauber

 

Helen Lucille Ford Lauber, 512 North Third Street, Clear Lake, died Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 at Oakwood Care Center, just two days before her 92nd birthday, in a defiant effort to die young.

A celebration of her life was held Friday at the Clear Lake United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Diana Hoover officiating. Burial will be at the Clear Lake Cemetery at a later date.  Memorials preferred to the Clear Lake United Methodist Church.

Helen was born on Nov. 23, 1919 in Coon Rapids, Iowa, daughter of Carl Vincent Ford and Bonnie Bernice Bowman Ford.  The family moved to Storm Lake, Iowa in 1921, where Helen and her sisters, Julia Maxine Ford Julius, and Louise Bonita Ford Todd attended school and did a lot of other, more entertaining things.  Helen graduated from Storm Lake High School in 1937, attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake for two years, and received her baccalaureate degree from Iowa State Teachers College (UNI) in Cedar Falls in 1942, with a physical education major and minors in speech and history. She taught school in Lamont, Ida Grove, and Des Moines, Iowa until 1944.

On June 10, 1943 Helen married her longtime Sunday school classmate and high school sweetheart, Avery John Lauber.  Avery was a Navy pilot, serving in the South Pacific.  The couple lived in Providence, R.I. and Portsmouth, N.H. during his years of service.  After the War they lived in Storm Lake, Des Moines and Iowa Falls, Iowa.  They moved to 800 North 12th Street, Clear Lake in 1953.  The family cat died during the move.  In January 1963 they moved to Helen’s “dream house” at 512 North 3rd Street, where she lived until a week before her death.

Helen and Avery were the parents of five children, Bonnie Ellen Lauber-Westover and her husband, Allan, of Brooklyn Park, Minn., Susan Lynne Lauber Clark and her husband, Jim, of St. Paul, Minn., John Ford Lauber and Elizabeth Lincoln of Minneapolis, Minn., Elizabeth Anne Lauber Hoskyn and her husband, Jim, of Richfield, Minn. and her Brazilian exchange student daughter, Agnes Soares da Silva of Washington, D.C.   

Helen has eight grandchildren, Jason Clark and his wife, Jena, Jennifer Clark, Aaron Clark and his wife, Jill, Jonas Westover, Nathaniel Westover and his wife, Michela, Sarah Lauber, Christopher Hoskyn, and Hannah Lauber.

She also has ten great-grandchildren, Johanna Clark, Benjamin Murray, Abbe Murray, Eva Clark, Lauren Clark, Chloe Clark, Sebastian Clark, Cassandra Clark, Isaiah Clark, and Scarlett Clark.

Helen and Avery loved camping and traveling to Alaska and Nova Scotia in their mini-Winnie.  They spent many great weeks in Hawaii and on the north shore of Lake Superior. 

Helen was a Methodist from babyhood, especially active in the Clear Lake United Methodist Church.  She loved her Ruth Circle, Bible studies, and church events and church friends.  She was a reader, bridge player, dog lover, devoted Iowa Hawkeye fan, and loved a good ride around Clear Lake.  She loved classical music and played violin and piano.  She was a proud wife, mom, grandmother and great-grandmother, and made the world’s best potato salad.  Most of all she loved spending time on her back porch with family and friends.

 

Helen was preceded in death by her husband Avery John Lauber; grandson, James Avery Hoskyn; great-grandson, Clark William Murray; her parents; and her sisters.

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.


Robert Raymond (Bob) Hanna 

 

Robert Raymond (Bob) Hanna, 87, of 2958 260th St., Ventura, Iowa died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011 at the Good Shepherd Health Center, Mason City, Iowa.

Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, at Redeemer Lutheran Church with the Rev. Daird Korth officiating.  Interment will be in Clear Lake Cemetery with military honors provided by the Clear Lake V.F.W.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 -7 p.m. at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel and then one hour before the service on Thursday at the church.  Family suggests memorials to Robert R. Hanna Memorial Fund.

Bob was born May 14, 1924 in Clear Lake, the son of Robert Merle and Mary (Bitker) Hanna.  He graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1941. 

He enlisted into the United States Navy in September of 1942 and served as a Boats Mate II during WWII and was discharged in 1946. 

Bob married Phyllis D. Momyer on July 20, 1961 in Sioux Falls, S.D.  They had just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in July.

Bob worked for Marigold Foods as a wholesale driver for over 42 years retiring in 1988.  He was the Marigold Clown for many years. 

He enjoyed watching western movies, having coffee with his friends and volunteering at the hospital.

He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Mason City and after moving to Ventura they became members of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Ventura.  Bob was also a member of V.F.W. 

Bob is survived by his wife, Phyllis Hanna, Ventura; daughter, Kathryn L. Hanna, Boulder, Colo.; daughter-in-law, Bernadette Eddy, Rockwell, Iowa; grandson, Charles A. Hanna and his wife, Amy, Apple Valley, Minn.; great-granddaughter, Zoe Hanna; sister-in-law, Marilyn Sayles, Austin, Minn.; brother-in-law, Ray Momyer, Mason City, Iowa; special nieces, Rosemary Ward, Clear Lake and Sandy King and her husband, Dion, Mason City; and many other nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Douglas Hanna; three sisters, Marian O’Connor, Elizabeth Bitker Olson and Lucille Van Horn and two brothers, Carl Hanna and Harold Hanna.