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Clifford Sheehy, 82

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
NEW HAMPTON - A Mass of Christian Burial for Clifford "Joe" Sheehy of New Hampton was held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 at Holy Family Parish - St. Mary's Center in New Hampton with Rev. Mark Osterhaus officiating. Pallbearers were Cody Sheehy, Peter Sheehy, Kevin Sheehy, Bob Stavnes, Al Weber and Andy Boss. Honorary pallbearers were Steve Orr, Bill O'Neill, Heinz Engel, Jim Ferkins, Leon Hugeback, Wayne Moetsch, Bob Rigler, Jim O'Connor and Harry Zipse. Interment was in New Hampton City Cemetery with full military honors conducted by all Chickasaw County veteran associations.

Visitation was held 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24 at the Hugeback & Chenoweth Funeral Home in New Hampton with a 7 p.m. scripture service. Visitation continued from 9-10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Clifford, 82, died Monday morning, Feb. 21, 2011 at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo.

Clifford "Joe" Sheehy was born Sept. 25, 1928, in New Hampton, the son of Gregory and Hazel (Strike) Sheehy. He received his education in New Hampton and graduated from the New Hampton High School in 1946. He was inducted into the United States Army where he served as a military policeman. He was honorably discharged as a corporal on Jan. 29, 1948.

On Sept. 25, 1951, he married Joanne Haugen at St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Hampton. Joe initially worked at Schueth Hardware and later began working at Mikkelson Motors. Joe eventually purchased the business changing the name to Sheehy Motors. He later partnered with Dick Holten forming H & S Motors in Cresco. Joe retired in 1990 and his son Bryan took over the business. Joe began a second career and became the Chickasaw County Veteran Affairs Director where he worked until his death.

In his younger years, he enjoyed pheasant hunting, fishing, golfing and traveling.

Survivors include his wife, Joanne; four sons: Bruce (Paula) Sheehy of Mesa, Ariz., Brad (Tess) Sheehy of East Bethel, Minn., Bryan (Denise) Sheehy of Cresco and John (Lori) Sheehy of Mosinee, Wis.; eight grandchildren: Joe Sheehy, Erin Ison, Abby Sheehy, Peter Sheehy, Cody Sheehy, Kate Sheehy, Hannah Sheehy and Meredith Sheehy; one brother: Gregory (Regina) Sheehy of Duluth; and one sister: Clara Mae Kruse of Monona.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters: Delphine Reilly, Rosemarie Baltes and Shirley Todd; six brothers: Bob Sheehy, Maurice Sheehy, Ed Sheehy, Gerald Sheehy, Keith Sheehy and Ralph Sheehy.

Alta Farlinger, 96

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
LYLE - Funeral services for Alta M. Farlinger of Lyle will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Lyle with Pastor Barbara Finley-Shea officiating. Interment will be in Woodbury Cemetery, rural Lyle.

Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Friday at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, Minn. and at the church one hour prior to the service.

Alta, 96, died Friday afternoon, Feb. 25, 2011 at Good Samaritan Center in St. Ansgar where she had made her home since October of 2007.

She was born Nov. 24, 1914 the daughter of Clyde C. and Orcelia (Culp) Dilling in Grand Meadow, Minn. She grew up in Albert Lea.

On Jan. 10, 1935 she married John Henry Farlinger in Northwood, Iowa. They made their home in the London area until 1943 when they moved to a farm near Lyle and St. Ansgar. John passed away on Feb. 11, 1979.

A homemaker and farmwife, Alta was very involved in Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lyle, teaching Sunday School, Bible School and singing in the choir. She also held many offices in WELCA and mission circles. She spent much of her time with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loved to cook, travel and work in her flower garden.

Survivors include one son: Earl (Marlene) Farlinger of St. Ansgar, Iowa; four grandchildren: Craig (Pat) Farlinger of West Liberty, Carlton (Lisa) Farlinger of St. Ansgar, Curtis (Lori) Farlinger of Sheridan, Wyo., and Clinton (Amy) Farlinger of Cresco; eight great-grandchildren: Clare (Beth) LeMay, John (May) Farlinger, Caleb Farlinger, Marisa Farlinger, Melissa (Russell) Miller, Katie Farlinger, Amy Farlinger and Mark Farlinger; ten great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Pat Dilling of North Carolina and Alta (Norman) Joynes of Austin; brother-in-law: Clifford Medina of Florida; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and

She was preceded in death by her husband, John; her parents; great-grandson: Lucas; and nine brothers and two sisters.

Paul Sir, 79

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
CRESCO - Funeral services for Paul A. Sir of Cresco were held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 at Notre Dame Catholic Church in Cresco with Rev. Dennis Cahill and Rev. Tim Sir officiating. The family placed the pall, with the Sir family singing. Pam Daley was the cantor and Mary Tremmel was the pianist. The gifts were carried by the daughters, assisted by the granddaughters. The pallbearers were the oldest grandsons, with the honorary pallbearers, the younger grandsons. Interment was in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, rural Elma.

Conway Funeral Home in Cresco handled the arrangements.

Paul, 79, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2011 at home.

Paul Alphonsus Sir was born Oct. 30, 1931 in Elma, the son of Joseph and Mary Sir. Paul attended country school, Lourdes School through 10th grade, and then graduated from Cresco High School. He attended Upper Iowa College for two years.

On July 8, 1952 he married Mickie O'Connor at Assumption Catholic Church, Cresco.

Paul was always self-employed. He had a bulk milk route for 18 years, sold real estate, and then became a successful insurance agent, a career from which he never retired.

Paul was a tremendous athlete who played baseball and basketball in high school and college, earning all-state honors. He remained a sports enthusiast and took great joy in following the athletic careers of his children and grandchildren.

Paul was a Boy Scout and continued to be an avid outdoorsman who loved life on the farm. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, gardening, and was a conservationist who planted hundreds of trees. In addition, he was a pilot and one of the original members of the Cresco Flying Club.

Paul was proud of his Czechoslovakian heritage and loved polka music and dancing. Paul loved and adored his eight children, their spouses, his 34 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Mickie; eight children and their families: Paul (Sandra) of Edmonton, Alberta, Steven (Caitlyn), Ben, Sam and Ethan; Lee Ann (Jeff) Fosse of Stillwater, Minn., Brady, Liz (Phil), Matt (Gina), Rachel and Alexandra; Tim (Kim) of Cresco, Joseph (Lindsey, Drake, Liam), Kelly (Dave, Iris), Mollie and Emily; Mary (Tim) Ray of Odenton, Md., Nicole (Roy), Nathan, Noah, Noelle, Natalie and Naomi; Pat (Shelly) of Shorewood, Minn., Connor, Charlie, Cara, and Coco; Mike (Julie) of Eden Prairie, Minn., Michaela, Katie, Anna, Michael, Scott and Matthew; Joe (Shannon) of New Richmond, Wis., Samantha and Zachary; Kathy (D.C.) Murphy of Marion, Ryan, Daniel and Sara; a sister: Myldred Yount of San Jose, Calif.; and many friends and relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Joseph and Adolph; two sisters: Marie Baker and Blanche Leigh; and daughter-in-law: Amy.

Kevin Boyle, 47

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
NEWALLA, OK - Mass of Christian Burial for Kevin J. Boyle of Newalla, Okla. was held on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011 at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Harrah, with Father Lucas Raj Pinapati officiating. Interment was in St. Teresa Catholic Cemetery.

Kevin, 47, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2011 following complications of a heart attack.

Kevin John Boyle was born Dec. 22, 1963 in New Hampton, the son of John and Ardel (Schwickerath) Boyle.

On April 25, 1987 he married Gail Schmitz in Raymond.

Kevin received his teaching degree from Iowa State University. He worked as a senior livestock reproductive specialist for Genex.

Kevin was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church, Harrah, Okla., and the Knights of Columbus #4598. He was very active in his church and enjoyed fishing, golfing, cooking and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Gail; three sons: Zachary stationed in the Navy at Groton, Conn., Dylan and Austin at home; his parents: John and Ardel Boyle of Elma; a brother: Kraig (Andrea) of Sleepyeye, Minn.; two sisters: Kim (Tim) Voth of Rochester, Minn. and Kelly (Ron) Blaser of Ostrander, Minn.; three nephews; and many relatives and friends.

Wanda White, 56

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

CRESCO - Wanda L. White, 56, of Cresco died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn. It was Wanda's wishes to be cremated. Memorial services for Wanda Lou White will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 19, 2011 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cresco.

Wanda Lou White was born Oct. 3, 1956 in Freeport, IL, the daughter of Leland and Ruby (Lane) Scofield. She graduated from high school in 1974 and worked in the insurance industry for 30 years.

Wanda was married to Lewis White. In the late 90s they moved to Iowa.

Wanda loved her family, enjoyed birds and her beloved cat Norton. Her passion was crocheting. She received several awards for her crocheting and her famous chocolate chip cookies. She was known for her charity work in the community.

She is survived by her husband, Lewis; son: Robert of Cresco; daughter: Tammy (Rob) Druien of Byron, Ill.; five grandchildren: Mitch and Amanda Kuczynski, and Becca, Katie and Nick Druien; her mother: Ruby Scofield; brothers: Steven (Diane) Scofield of Nekoosa, Wis., Brian (Sharon) Scofield of New Mexico and John (Oneida) Scofield of Virginia; an uncle: Donald (Donna) Scofield of Freeport, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.

Wanda was preceded in death by her father; brothers: Ronald and David Scofield; and one sister: Barbara Scofield.

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Jeanie Wolfe, 52

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

CRESCO - Jeanie Wolfe, 52, of Cresco died unexpectedly Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 at home of natural causes. It was Jeanie's wishes to have no services. The family is planning a memorial at a later date.

Lindstrom Funeral Home in Cresco handled the arrangements.

Jeanie Kay Wolfe was born Oct. 20, 1958 in Mishawaka, Ind., the daughter of Eugene and Martha Bixler. On Dec. 2, 1977 she married Jerry Wolfe. Jeanie was President and co-owner of Wolfe Drilling Supply & Consultants, Inc. Jeanie loved her family and especially spending time with her grandson, Ryland. She was an excellent southern style cook and loved trying new recipes. She enjoyed being outside and all of her pets.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry Wolfe; her daughter: Ashley (Jeff) Schmakel of Ostrander, Minn.; son: Tanner (Callie) Wolfe of Spring Valley, Minn.; her grandson: Ryland; a sister: Melodie (Joseph) Landes of Casper, Wyo.; father-in-law and mother-in-law: Robert and Alberta Thomas of Jasonville, Ind.; and sister-in-law: Robin (Merrick) Herakovich also of Jasonville, Ind.

Jeanie was preceded in death by her father and mother.

Lavine Greenslade, 85

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

CRESCO - Funeral services for Lavine J. Greenslade of Cresco were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cresco. Interment was in Ridgeway Cemetery in Ridgeway.

Lindstrom Funeral Home in Cresco handled the arrangements.

Lavine, 85, died Friday, March 4, 2011 at the Regional Health Services of Howard County in Cresco.

Lavine Jeanette Greenslade was born Jan. 31, 1926 the daughter of Fred and Alice (Short) Rassman, Jr. Upon Lavine's parents deaths on October 14, 1933, she and her brother, Kenneth were raised by their grandparents, Fred and Anna Rassman, Sr. Lavine attended Howard County grade schools and graduated Cresco High School in 1944. She worked at Kellow's Grocery Store and the Cresco Bank. She also drove school bus for 33 years.

On June 20, 1945 she married LuVerne Greenslade. They farmed in the Cresco area for over 41 years. Playing cards was a favorite pastime of Lavine's and she held the position of Treasurer for the group.

She is survived by one daughter: Ann (John) Fravel of Sedalia, Mo.; one son: Gerald (Starla) of Cresco; grandchildren: Darrin Fravel of Chillocothe, Mo., Lori Williams of Kansas City, Mo., Jesse (Jolynn) Fravel of Sedalia, Mo., Jennifer (Lee) Heller of Ankeny, Jordan Greenslade of Cresco, and Joshua Greenslade of Cresco; great-grandchildren: Tiffany Bottcher of Kansas City, Mo., Brooke and Jake Williams of Kansas City, Mo., and Alyssa Fravel of Sedalia, Mo.; her brother: Kenneth (Arlene) Rassman of Grover Beach, Calif.; along with numerous cousins in the Owatonna, Minn. area.

She was preceded in death by her husband, LuVerne on July 24, 1990; a son: Dennis on July 20, 1968; and her parents.

Carmen Tibbals, 55

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

UNION GROVE, WI - A private family service for Carmen L. Tibbals of Union Grove, Wis. was held at the Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony, Minn. on Monday, March 14, 2011. Interment was in the Crown Hill Cemetery in Preston, Minn.

Carmen, 55, died Wednesday, March 9, 2011 after a short battle with cancer.

Carmen Lee Tibbals was born June 27, 1955 in Waterloo.

Stanley Franzen, 78

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

MASON CITY - Funeral services for Stanley B. Franzen of Mason City, formerly of Cresco and Protivin will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Protivin. Interment will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery in Protivin.

Visitation will be held 4-8 p.m. today, Wednesday, March 16 at the Conway Funeral Home in Protivin with a 5 p.m. Scripture Service. Visitation will continue 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home until time of services.

Stanley, 78, died Saturday, March 12, 2011 at Hospice of North Iowa in Mason City.

Stanley Baptist Franzen was born Nov. 11, 1932 at Auburn, Fayette County, Iowa, the son of Leo and Clara (Panos) Franzen. He was baptized and confirmed in his faith at St. Luke's Catholic Church in St. Lucas, Iowa. Stan graduated from St. Luke's High School with the class of 1951.

On Feb. 15, 1954, he married Wilma Bruess at St. Luke's Church in St. Lucas. They became the parents of eight children. Wilma died on Nov. 10, 1978. Stanley then married Alma Hemesath on July 12, 1980 and they later divorced.

Stanley farmed in the Protivin and Lime Springs area. In 1970 he purchased the farm by Schley where he actively engaged in farming until 1991. Stanley later sold his farm and moved into Cresco in the fall of 1992. In the fall of 2004, he sold his house in Cresco and moved to Protivin and in 2005 he moved to Howard Residential Care. Due to declining health and partial leg amputation, he became a resident of the Good Shepherd Health Center in the spring of 2008. Stanley had a short stay at Mercy Hospital in Mason City. He was moved to Hospice of North Iowa where he died.

Stanley's hobbies included racing, fishing, camping, the card club and social activities with family and friends. In later years, Stanley greatly enjoyed getting together with his "coffee group" at Hardee's.

Stanley served on the ASCS and REC Board of Directors for many years. He served on the Holy Cross Parish Council in Schley and beside farming he also was a DeKalb Seed Dealer.

Stan is survived by his children and their families: Carole Bolchen and daughter Kristen Franzen of Arvada, Colo.; Ruth and Kevin Hart and daughter Rachel of Mason City; Ron and Rynonda Franzen and sons: Michael and Sam of Protivin; Janet and Steven Ryberg and sons: Michael, Adam and Dustin of Mauston, Wis.; Wayne and Kenda Franzen and daughters: Lindsi, Sara, and Rebecca of Calmar; and Cheryl Franzen; one sister: Leona (Francis) O'Regan of Waukon; two brothers: Kenneth (Mary Jane) Franzen of Apple Valley, Minn. and Donald (Elsa) Franzen of Haines City, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Wilma; two infant daughters: Carol Ann and Mary Ann; his parents; two infant brothers: Norbert and Dennis; and several brothers and sisters-in-law.

Pauline Wilson, 97

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

HARMONY, MN - Funeral services for Pauline A. Wilson will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 17, 2011 at Greenleafton Reformed Church in rural Preston. Interment will be in Greenleafton Reformed Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today, Wednesday, March 16 at the Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony, Minn. and one hour before services at the church on Thursday.

Pauline, 97, died Saturday, March 12, 2011 at Harmony Community Healthcare Inc.

Pauline Amanda Wilson was born Sept. 27, 1913 in Bristol Township, the daughter of John and Wilhelmina (Dornink) Sikkink.

Julia Snyder, 72

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

CRESCO - Funeral services for Julia "Judy" A. Snyder of Cresco were held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 2011 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cresco. Interment was in Union Prairie Cemetery in rural Decorah.

Lindstrom Funeral Home in Cresco is handled the arrangements.

Julia, 72, died Monday, March, 2011 at Regional Health Services of Howard County in Cresco.

Julia Amelia Snyder was born Sept. 27, 1938 in New Albion Township, Iowa the daughter of Nathan and Irene Thompson.

She married Gordon Barness in 1955. He passed away in 1956. She later remarried. She spent several years providing an emergency foster home for at risk children in Northeast Iowa. She was also a private daycare provider raising several children as her own.

She was an avid cook and baker, and also a private caterer. She spent years providing her own private meals on wheels to senior citizens in her neighborhood and throughout the Decorah and Cresco area.

She is survived by a daughter: Gordalana "Gordy" Neubauer of Cresco; four sons: Eric "Rick" (Kris) of Cedar Falls, Jeff of Decorah, Gary of Waukon, and Scott (Lori) Erdmann; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother: Ernie (Linda) Thompson; along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her eldest son: Hank; a son-in-law: Todd Neubauer; her parents; and a sister: Karen (Robert Tangeman).

Frances Ryan, 94

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

ROCHESTER, MN - Mass of Christian Burial for Frances "Fran" M. Ryan of Rochester, Minn. will be held at 10:00 a.m. today, Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at the Nativity Catholic Church in Harmony, Minn. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery at Plymouth Rock.

Lindstrom Funeral Home in Cresco is handling the arrangements.

Frances, 94, died Sunday, March 13, 2011 at the Eastern Star Home in Decorah where she had resided the past one and one-half years.

Frances Marie Ryan was born Aug. 16, 1916 on the family farm near Plymouth Rock, the daughter of Frank and Jule (Daley) Ryan. She worked in La Crosse, Wis. for 10 years, and then at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester for 30 years until her retirement in 1981.

In her leisure time she enjoyed reading, sewing, and traveling with her sisters.

Fran is survived by a sister: Jane Headington of Austin, Minn.; brother-in-law: Donald DeCou of Decorah; sisters-in-law: Rose Ryan of Cedar Falls and Evelyn Ryan of Decorah; plus many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers: Harold, Ed, and Layle Ryan; and five sisters: Phyllis McCabe, Mae Gossman, Doris Carr, Donna Whalen, and Anna Grace DeCou.

Gertrude Hendricks, 86

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

CRESCO - Gertrude Hendricks, 86, died Saturday, March 12, 2011 at Patty Elwood Center in Cresco where she resided for the last 20 and one-half months. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah is handling the arrangements.

Gertrude Ellen Hendricks was born March 17, 1925 on her parent's farm in Canoe Township, rural Decorah, the daughter of Horace S. and Ella M. (Korsen) Smith.

Gertrude married John A. Hendricks in September, 1946 at Decorah Lutheran Church in Decorah.

Gertrude spent the first few years of her life on the farm where she was born. She spent many days playing with her two closest friends her brother, Howard and lifelong "hearing" friend, Dorothy Hanson Phipps. At the age of seven she traveled each fall to Council Bluffs, to attend the Iowa School for the Deaf. She spent nine months each year at the school learning skills. She became proficient in sign language and formed many lifelong close friendships including that of her future husband. Gertie received Certificates of Honor at the Iowa School for the Deaf for outstanding performance in various areas including binding and sewing. She enjoyed doing needlepoint, crocheting, and knitting, making many beautiful items for friends and family. Her excellent sewing skills made her a big asset to the Bob Allen Textile Industries where she worked 20 years until retiring in 1988.

Gertie was a gymnast and played basketball. Every day she would do head stands and cartwheels, well into her 70s. Her doctor had to tell her to stop when she required shoulder surgery. She loved riding her bicycle and throughout her life went for long walks with her dog Tippy. Over a 45 year period she had three different "Tippys", all Boston Terriers.

When Gertrude's three children were young, she would read books out loud to them, an amazing feat for a nonspeaking deaf person. Gardening was one of Gertie's favorite pastimes every spring. She planted flowers surrounding her home and spent many hours tending her plants.

Gertie enjoyed traveling with her husband. Gertie visited her son, Jeff, stationed overseas with the U.S. Air Force. She traveled once to Japan (1995) alone and twice to Germany (1997 and 1998), one time alone. She had no fears traveling worldwide as a deaf person. Her courage and adventuresome spirit were amazing. Gertie was very involved with her church, Calvary Lutheran for the Deaf, and attended and held Bible Study in her home and many potlucks at the church. Her church activities played a vital and central role in her life. She was the first Secretary-Treasurer of LWML in 1951.

Gertrude is survived by her two sons: Horace (Ace) Hendricks and his wife, Judy of Ackworth, Iowa and Jeff Hendricks and his wife, Shelley of Ridgeway; two grandchildren: Horace S. (Ace) Hendricks II of Decorah and Amber Renee Hendricks of Ridgeway; three great-grandchildren: Scotty, Jackson, and Pacen Hendricks; husband, Lawrence Buchholz of Des Moines and his family.

Gertrude was preceded in death by her parents: Horace S. and Ella Smith; her son: Jerry A. Hendricks; and her brother, Howard C. Smith.

Norine McKinstry, 87

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

RAPID CITY, SD - Funeral services for Norine M. McKinstry of Rapid City, S.D. were held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at First Presbyterian Church. Interment was held in Black Hills National Cemetery at 1:00 p.m.

Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16 at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home.

Norine, 87, died Sunday, March 13, 2011 at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Norine M. McKinstry was born April 13, 1923 in Cresco, the daughter of Charles and Myrtle (Stevens) Fagner. She graduated from Cresco High School in 1940. After graduation she was employed by the US Government as a secretary with the US Signal Corps at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.

Following WWII, she moved to South Dakota where she married her high school sweetheart, James R. McKinstry. She spent the next 65 years being a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend and avid baseball fan.

Norine was a member of First Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Woman's Association.

She is survived by two sons: Jim A. (Suzanne) McKinstry of Rapid City and Rob (Linda) McKinstry of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa; two daughters: Linda McKinstry and Nita (Ron) Eikenberry, all of Rapid City; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two sisters: Ora Mae Sommer of Forest City and Charlene Knutson of Cresco.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James; her parents; and one brother: Dale.

Betty DeRuiter,71

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

LIME SPRINGS - A memorial service for Betty L. DeRuiter of Lime Springs was held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 18, 2011 at the Lime Springs United Methodist Church with Rev. Candraeah Carey officiating. A committal service will be held at a later date in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Lime Springs.

Lindstrom Funeral Home in Cresco handled the arrangements.

Betty, 71, died Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at her home in Lime Springs.

Betty Lou DeRuiter was born July 20, 1939 in Elkader, the daughter of Charles and Fannie (Ross) Rodas. She attended country schools and graduated in 1956 from Edgewood-Colesburg High School. She received her teaching degree from Upper Iowa University and taught in the Edgewood-Colesburg and Howard-Winneshiek school districts for 39 years.

On May 31, 1959, she married Arnie DeRuiter at the Congregational Church in Edgewood. They lived in Edgewood until 1968 when they moved to Lime Springs.

She enjoyed flower gardening, reading, and coffee time. She was active in Oneota Club, Commercial Club, library board and many other community activities. Betty loved spending time with her family, especially her four grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Arnie of Lime Springs; children: Mark (Bonny) DeRuiter of Byron, Minn., Janet (Tim) Smith of Elk River, Minn., and Craig (Sherri) DeRuiter of Delaware, Ohio; grandchildren: Zach and Kelsey Smith and Jacob and Joshua DeRuiter; sisters: Phyllis O'Rourke of Woodbury, Minn. and Elaine (Ted) Roth of Guttenberg; sister-in-law: Charlene Rodas of Arlington, Iowa; and her brother: Lowell (Maureen) Rodas of Strawberry Point.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother: Donald Rodas; and brother-in-law: Art O'Rourke.

Lois Fencl, 80

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

MINNETONKA, MN - Funeral Mass for Lois Fencl of Minnetonka, Minn. will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at Holy Trinity Church in Protivin.

Lois, 80, died Tuesday, March 15, 2011.

Lois Fencl was born May 13, 1930 in Cresco, the daughter of Clarence and Myrtle (Sweeney) Barnes. She graduated from Assumption High School in 1948.

On Aug. 20, 1951, she married Don (Sugar) Fencl at Assumption Catholic Church. They retired and lived on Crescent Lake in Rhinelander, Wis. when Don passed away in 2006. Lois then moved with her daughters to Minnetonka.

She is survived by her daughters: Nancy and Mary Beth of Minnetonka, Minn.; her brother and sister-in-law: Leland and Lois Barnes of Whitehouse, Texas; sister-in-law: Helen Fencl of Protivin; and nieces and nephews in Texas, California, Iowa, and Missouri.

Lois was preceded in death by her husband Don; her parents; and infant sister: Minerva.

Norbert Hovey, 86

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

DECORAH - Funeral services for Norbert R. Hovey of Decorah were held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at Orleans Lutheran Church in rural Ridgeway with Pastor Joelle Colville-Hanson officiating. Organist was Judy Hovden and soloist was Brandi Hemesath. Songs were "How Great Thou Art", "On Eagles Wings", and "Rock of Ages". Pallbearers were: Matt Zweibohmer, Mitchell Zweibohmer, Mick Zweibohmer, Mitchell Donlon, Pete Wennes, Will Hageman and Wesley Hageman. Interment was in Orleans Lutheran Cemetery in rural Ridgeway.

Schluter-Balik Funeral Home in Decorah handled the arrangements.

Norbert, 86, died Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at Wellington Place in Decorah.

Norbert Roger Hovey was born Sept. 26, 1924, the son of Rudolph and Gladys (Benson) Hovey on the family farm near Cresco. Norbert attended Hovey country school #5, near Ridgeway.

Norbert met Virginia VanEvery at a dance at the Inwood Ballroom in Spillville and they were married on June 5, 1948, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. They farmed on the Pole Line Road for 60 years, and raised five children. Norbert enjoyed drinking coffee, along with visiting with his family and friends. He loved to farm and go to farm sales over the years. He also worked as a lineman for the Ridgeway Telephone Company. He also took night classes in Cresco, so he could get out and visit.

He was a member of the Orleans Lutheran Church and the Winneshiek County Farm Bureau.

Norbert is survived by three daughters: Sharon (Greg Thiele) Hovey-Thiele of Decorah, Judy (Frank) Hageman of Decorah, Kathy (Claude Moore) Hovey-Moore of Chatfield, Minn.; two sons: Roger (Karen) Hovey of Mason City and Gary (Susan) Hovey of Ridgeway; 17 grandchildren: Matt (fiance Kassia) Zweibohmer, Shelley (Matt) Bigler, Mick (Cheryl) Zweibohmer, Mitchell (Tiffany) Zweibohmer, Will (Lori) Hageman, DeAnna (Ryan) Pavlovec, Wesley Hageman, Dawn Hageman, Darcy (Darren) Einck, Kelsey Moore, Shawn (Janet) Wennes, Darcy (Sarah) Wennes, Pete (Shari) Wennes, Darin Meldahl, Jess (Tim) Hovey, Mitchell Donlon, and Amber Hovey; 20 great-grandchildren: Grace and Raymond Zweibohmer, Ryan and Allison Bigler, Janessa and Mason Zweibohmer, Seth and Ashley Zweibohmer, Kyle, Allison and Annie Hageman, Nathan and Noah Wennes, A.J. and Ericson Wennes, Ella and Olivia Wennes, Lily and Kaylee Hovey, Jordan Einck and Mya Pavlovec; one brother: Raymond Hovey of Cresco; one sister: Norma Jean (Harold) Peters of New Hampton; along with several nieces and nephews.

Norbert was preceded in death by his wife: Virginia on Nov. 19, 2008; his parents: Rudolph and Gladys (Benson) Hovey; one sister: Geraldine (and her husband; Raymond) Foster; one brother: Erwin Hovey; one sister-in-law: Bea Hovey; two great-grandsons: Rhett Hovey and Brooks Zweibohmer.

Katherine Henry, 74

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

CRESCO - A Funeral Mass for Katherine L. Henry of Cresco will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 25, 2011 at Notre Dame Catholic Church in Cresco. Interment will be held at a later date in New Oregon Cemetery in rural Cresco.

Friends may call at the church on Friday two hours before services.

Lindstrom Funeral Home in Cresco is handling the arrangements.

Katherine, 74, died Saturday, March 19, 2011 at the Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

Katherine Louise Henry was born March 18, 1937 in Decorah, the daughter of Mathias and Malene (Vikre) Schneberger. She attended local schools and graduated from Calmar High School.

She is survived by her life partner George Grosz of Cresco; six children: James Henry and his wife Nancy and their children Lacey of Rochester, Minn. and Jami of Cresco, Mark Henry and his children Colten, Levi, and Mati of Cresco, Christine Vokaty and her husband Edward and their children Miranda (Steve Eisermann) and their children Keenan and Konley of Holmen, Wis., and Samantha Vokaty of Ankeny, Lisa Hadacek and her husband Chuck and their children Sara and Charles of Protivin, Jacqueline Lickteig and her husband Don and their children Steven, Clinton and Stacie, and Phil Henry and his wife Diane and their children Lexie, Kaylie, Jon and Carter, all of Cresco. Also surviving is a sister: Anna Houdek and her husband Dean of Spillville; and many nieces and nephews.

Katherine was preceded in death by a grandchild: Stephanie Vokaty; her parents; a brother: Lester Schneberger; and a nephew: Dan Houdek.

Gynith Groteboer, 100

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

ROCHESTER, MN - Funeral services for Gynith C. Groteboer of Rochester, Minn. will be held at 11:00 a.m. today, Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at Christ United Methodist Church in Rochester with Rev. Nancy Wheeler Handlon officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Visitation was held 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes in Rochester and one hour prior to the service at the church today, Wednesday, March 23.

Gynith, 100, died Saturday, March 19, 2011 at Madonna Towers Nursing Home.

Gynith C. Groteboer was born Jan. 30, 1911 in Spring Grove, Minn., the daughter of Oscar and Betsey Erickson.

She married Paul Groteboer of Harmony, Minn. and they farmed near Cresco, Iowa until they moved to Rochester in 1957. Gynith spent many years in retail sales working for Woolworth's for one year, JC Penney for three years, and finally for Donaldson's for 17 years.

She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church for over 54 years. She loved visits from all her family members.

Gynith is survived by her daughters: Beverly Katter of Milwaukee, Wis. and Marlys (Ken) Kramer of Stewartville; sons: Merl (Marilyn) and Dennis (Marcy); and daughter-in-law: Jan Groteboer. all of Rochester; 13 grandchildren: Vince, Eric, Jon, Jodi, Steve, Joe, Paul, Brian, Dan, Debbie, Darren, David, and Greg; 18 great-grandchildren: Erwan, Chesiree, Anna, Nick, Laura, Kelsey, Rayna, Emily, Jake, Ben, Bethany, Jessica, Darin, Nicolle, Joshua, Andrea, Alexis, and Sydney; great-great-granddaughter: Kinley; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; son: John Gary; son-in-law: Dennis Katter; sisters: Odis and Bernice; and brothers: Earl and Orris.

George West, 87

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

PRIOR LAKE, MN - A graveside service for George R. West of Prior Lake, Minn. will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 26 at New Oregon Cemetery in rural Cresco.

Ballard-Suder Funeral Home in Prior Lake, Minn. is handling the arrangements.

George, 87, died Sunday, March 20, 2011 at his home.

George R. West was born Feb. 24, 1924 in Cresco, the son of George and Alma (Klaffke) West.

George is survived by his son: Robert (Deanna Lebens) West of Prior Lake; grandchildren: Jason (Laura) West of Inver Grove Heights, Keith (Kirie) West of Chaska, Daniel West of New Market, Eric West of Chaska; and great-grandson: Lucas West.

He was preceded by his wife, Carleen (Watts) West; his parents; and a sister: Jean Davaux.

Kenneth Henderson, 82

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

CRESCO - A Mass of Christian Burial for Kenneth "Kenny" E. Henderson of Cresco will be held at 11:00 a.m. today, Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at Notre Dame Parish in Cresco. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, in Cresco.

Friends were to call at the Lindstrom Funeral Home in Cresco from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday. Visitation will continue an hour prior to services at the church today, Wednesday, March 23.

Kenny, 82, died Monday, March 21, 2011 at his home.

Kenneth Edward Henderson was born May 12, 1928 in Hillsboro, Wis., the son of Elmer and Anna (Landsinger) Henderson.

On May 16, 1953, he married Rita M. Norton at the Holy Trinity Church in Reedsburg, Wis.

Kenny worked on his father's farm before he became employed with Dairyland Power as an electrician. Dairyland transferred Kenny to Cresco in 1965, where he continued to work for the next 42 years, retiring in 1989. Kenny was also enlisted in the service from November 1950 to 1952.

For 19 years Kenny and Rita enjoyed traveling down south in the winter months. Most of his life was spent camping with his family. He was a guy who could fix or build anything and he loved teaching his sons and grandsons how to be as productive.

Kenny is survived by his wife, Rita of Cresco; two sons: David (Joelle) of Altoona, Iowa and Jeff (Tammy) of Cresco; five grandsons: Kyle (Amber) Matthew, Jeremy, Noah, and Nathan; and four sisters: Lucille Bruha, Marge Kayler, Emma Corn, and Evelyn Judd.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers: Ronald and Harley.


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