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Bertha Smedsrud, 89
HARMONY, MN - Funeral services for Bertha F. Smedsrud of Harmony, Minn. will be held at 11:00 a.m. today, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 at Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony. Interment will be in Elliota Cemetery in rural Canton, Minn.
Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church.
Lindstrom Funeral Home is handlng the arrangements.
Bertha, 89, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011.
Bertha Frances Smedsrud was born on May 27, 1922 in Rice Lake, Wis., the daughter of Palmar and Ada Klingsheim.
Arlene Merrick, 97
CRESCO - Funeral services for Arlene R. Merrick of Cresco were held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 at the Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home in Cresco. Interment will be Calvary Cemetery in Cresco.
A rosary was recited at 11:30 a.m. and the family greeted friends from noon until 1:00 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.
Arlene, 97, died peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011 at the Patty Elwood Center.
Arlene Rosalia Merrick was born Sept. 4, 1914 on the Barnes family farm north of Lawler. She was the second youngest of nine children born to Andrew and Mary (Hand) Barnes. She walked across the field with her brothers and sisters to attend country school once taught by her older sister, Evelyn. She graduated from New Hampton High School and then earned her normal training certificate. Arlene taught rural schools in Chickasaw and Howard counties for many years and continued her education at Luther College.
On June 10, 1939, she married Victor Anthony Merrick of Elma in Webster City, Iowa. They had a trucking business in Cresco for many years. Arlene's love of education inspired her daughter to also become a teacher. During her retirement she enjoyed visiting with friends on the telephone, keeping in touch with current news and issues, and listening to big band music. She loved and appreciated her home and the simple things in life. Arlene lived very happily there until she was ninety-two with the help of her daughter, various elder care agencies, and special care givers Carol Melver and Jo Ann Martinek. Arlene moved to the Cresco Care Center in 2006 and enjoyed the many musical performances given to the residents. In 2007 she moved to the Patty Elwood Center.
Arlene is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Anne Kjos and son-in-law, Carlton Kjos of Decorah; and two nieces: Elizabeth and Martha Barnes of Lexington, Kentucky.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: George, Alvin, Donald, and Charles; sisters: Ethyl Flynn, Evelyn Barnes, Gertrude Vinton, and Florence Franke.
Memorials may be given to the Patty Elwood Center, 21668 80th St. Cresco, Iowa.
Mary Dreckman, 71
NEW HAMPTON - A Mass of Christian Burial for Mary S. Dreckman of New Hampton was held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 at Holy Family Parish-St. Joseph's Center in New Hampton with Father Mark Osterhaus officiating. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery in New Hampton.
Visitation was held 3 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 2 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton. Visitation was also held one hour before services at the church on Tuesday.
Mary, 71, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011 at Good Shepherd Health Center in Mason City surrounded by her family.
Mary Suzanne Dreckman was born May 11, 1940, at Mission, Texas, the daughter of Joseph Edward and Sophia Rosella (Nathem) Nosbisch Sr. She was baptized at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Mission. At a very young age the family returned to the North Washington area. She attended and graduated from St. Mary's School in North Washington in May of 1958. Mary received her First Holy Communion on May 11, 1947 and was confirmed in April of 1956.
On Nov. 22, 1958, she married Robert Dean Dreckman of rural Lawler at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in North Washington. They lived in Jacksonville Township in rural Lawler until moving to their present home in New Hampton on Feb. 14, 1978.
Mary was a homemaker while her children were growing up. She was a Cub Scout den mother and a Junior Girl Scout leader for many years. She also volunteered at Head Start in Nashua for two years while her daughter, Stacie was a student there. In later years, Mary worked at Hardees, Kolby's Dine and Stein, New Hampton Care Center and retired from Kwik Star in June of 2000. Mary and Robert became parents of six sons and five daughters. Mary enjoyed playing cards with family and friends, bowling and games with her grandchildren. She loved to cook, bake, especially trying new recipes, canning the family's garden produce and working in the flower gardens.
Her hobby was collecting cookbooks and recipes. She enjoyed many special times spent with her children and their sporting activities throughout the years. In later years she dearly loved the times spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mary and her husband loved to listen to old time music and enjoyed going to polka fests and dances just to listen to the music and visit with friends.
Survivors include her husband Robert of New Hampton; her children: Robert Dreckman, Jr. of New Hampton, Roger (Carla) Dreckman of Lawler, Richard (Mary) Dreckman of Waukon, Susan (Henry) Straight of Arthur, Russell (Pat) Dreckman of New Hampton, Raymond Dreckman of Protivin, Sharon (Richard) Zeien of New Hampton, Shirley (Chris) Brinkman of Manly, Ronald (Rhonda) Dreckman of New Hampton, Sara (Chris) Onken of New Hampton and Stacie Dreckman of New Hampton; 34 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Elizabeth Nosbisch of Des Moines and Beverly Goebel of Reinbeck; one brother: Thomas (JoLene) Nosbisch of Des Moines; two sisters-in-law: Helen Nosbisch of Waterloo and Earlene Nosbisch of Reinbeck; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mary was preceded in death by a grandson: Jeffrey Robert Dreckman; her parents: Joseph Nosbisch Sr. on June 27, 1973 and Sophia Nosbisch on February 3, 1983: brothers: Robert Nosbisch, William Nosbisch, Richard "Tiny" Nosbisch and her twin brother, Joseph Nosbisch Jr.; in-laws: Walter and Sylvia Dreckman; and brother-in-law: Raynold Goebel.
Lawrence Gunderson, 80
CRESCO - Funeral services for Lawrence "Larry" C. Gunderson of Cresco will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 at the First Lutheran Church in Cresco.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today, Wednesday, Jan. 11 at the Lindstrom Funeral Home in Cresco and one hour prior to services at the church. Interment will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery in Cresco.
Larry, 80, died peacefully Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 at Winneshiek Medical Center Hospice in Decorah surrounded by his family.
Lawrence Caroll Gunderson was born Jan. 4, 1931, in Austin, Minn., the son of Lawrence T. and Clara (Hoseth) Gunderson. He attended grade and middle school in Austin until eighth grade. He graduated from Cresco High School in 1949. He was a Spartan letterman in football, baseball and basketball.
He served aboard the USS Deuel APA 160 as a Classified Store Keeper in the US Navy for four years. He was fortunate to be able to travel to Japan, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean ports.
After returning to the states, he married Marlys Ann Hoppie on Oct. 25, 1958. To this union four daughters were born, Tammi, Vicki, Cindi, and Terri. They later were divorced.
Larry, also known as Gundy, Sonny, Junior, LC, Grandpa Gunder, and Fearless worked at Cresco Machine all his life until he retired. He traveled Northeast Iowa, Southeast Minnesota and called upon numerous small automotive and mechanic business owners which he became longtime friends with.
Early in his adult life he had the opportunity to be sponsored as a professional bowler. He declined this opportunity in order to stay home, run the family business, and raise his four daughters. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, walking, and bike riding, and stopping in local business establishments to visit. He enjoyed playing cribbage, cards and dominoes with his mom while she was a resident at the Evans Memorial Home. He was also a lifelong member of First Lutheran Church in Cresco. Above all, he enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-children.
He is survived by his four daughters: Tammi (Arlyn) Skoda of Cresco, Vicki (David) Disney of Urbandale, Cindi, (fiance Jeff Kath) Grover of Cresco, and Terri (Craig) Cotant of Cresco; 12 grandchildren: Adam (Jessica), Amanda (Erik), Amelia (Damian); Joel (Samantha), Jeff and Elizabeth; Brandon (Jill) and Samantha; Jenn, Andy, Emma, and Ty; six great-grandchildren: Aidan, Awnan, DJ, Kassidy, Lydia, and Wyland; one sister: Rheta Wilson; one uncle: Robert Gunderson; also several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Larry was preceded in death by one great-grandson: Aries Minter; his father; mother; two brothers; and aunts and uncles.
Matilda Milz, 86
CRESCO - Funeral services for Matilda M. Milz of Cresco were held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012 at Notre Dame Catholic Church in Cresco.
Visitation was held 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1 at the Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home, Conway Chapel. The American Legion Auxiliary held a service at 3:00 p.m. and scripture wake service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation was also held one hour before services at the church on Monday.
Matilda, 86, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 at the Cresco Care Center.
Matilda M. Milz was born Aug. 11, 1925, in Protivin, the daughter of Joseph and Martha (Strnad) Pecinovsky. She attended grade school at Rudolphinum in Protivin. After the eighth grade Mathilda began working as a hired girl taking care of mothers and babies until her marriage.
On Feb. 11, 1946 she married Charles Milz at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Protivin. He preceded her in death on Oct. 25, 2004.
Mathilda enjoyed spending time making crafts, attending craft shows, and baking. She always had a good time playing cards, bingo, and trying her luck at casinos. Mathilda was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Regional Health Services Auxiliary, Howard Residential Care Facility Auxiliary, Farm Bureau, and liked to help at her church. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church since her marriage and now Notre Dame Catholic Church. Later in her life Mathilda enjoyed traveling overseas twice, traveling with friends, and taking day trips. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Mathilda is survived by her daughter: Donna (Duayne) Bothun of Birchwood, Wis., and their children Kimberly (Jeremy) and Kristina (Mark); her son: Tom (Pat) of Stewartville, Minn. and their children, Steve (Erin) and Scott (Erin); and her daughter: Elaine Mayo (Larry Bergmann) of Lawler and her children, Shelley (Matt) and Sherry (Jose); 16 great-grandchildren; her brother: Jerry Pecinovsky of Des Moines; her sisters: Delores (Ray) Schmitt of Winona, Minn. and Judy Busta of Protivin; two sisters-in-law: Katherine and Luella; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Richard and Don; and a sister: Elsie Schoeberl.
A Mathilda Milz Memorial Fund has been established.
Merle McGrane, 70
ELMA - A Mass of Christian Burial for Merle J. McGrane of Elma were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 at Immaculate Conception Church in Elma with Father Ray Atwood officiating. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery in Elma.
Visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9 with a 4:30 p.m. rosary and a 6:00 p.m. scriptural wake service at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma. Visitation will continue at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.
Merle, 70, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn. surrounded by his family.
Merle Joseph McGrane was born Aug. 14, 1941 in Elma, the son of Edward and Evelyn (Quirk) McGrane. Merle graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy in 1959. After graduating he worked for the Howard County Highway Department on highway maintenance, and the Howard County Secondary Road Crew.
On Oct. 26, 1968 he married Gladys Meyer at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in New Hampton. The couple made their home in New Hampton and later moved to their present home in Elma. Merle worked for Hansen Furniture in New Hampton for six years and helped Ed Conway at the funeral home. He was employed at Kitchens of Sara Lee for 17 years until his retirement in 1989. Merle enjoyed fishing, turtle fishing, dancing, sports, classic cars, yard work, fish frys, eating out, his family,and visiting with friends. Merle had a great sense of humor and was the life of the party. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Elma.
Merle is survived by his wife, Gladys of Elma; his children: Jason McGrane of Plymouth, Minn. and Brenda McGrane of Urbandale; his brothers: Jim and LaVern "Mac" McGrane, both of Elma.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister-in-law: Donna McGrane.
Online condolences may be left for Merle's family at www.conway-markhamfh.com. Memorials may be directed to the family.
Hazel Markovetz, 95
DES MOINES - Hazel Markovetz, 95, died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 at Calvin Community. A private family burial will be held at a later date at the New Oregon Cemetery in Cresco.
Hamilton's Funeral Home in Des Moines handled the arrangements.
Hazel Markoetz was born Aug. 11, 1916, the daughter of Archie and Borgine Hoyt. She was a member of the Westkirk Presbyterian Church. In 1985, she retired from the Des Moines Public School System as an elementary school teacher.
Hazel is survived by her daughter: Carol Dixon; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Markovetz; and a son: Alton Markovetz.
Online condolences may be made at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.
Maynard Satern, 92
RICEVILLE - Funeral services for Maynard E. Satern of rural Riceville were held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 at the McIntire United Methodist Church in McIntire. Interment was in Wayne Township Cemetery in rural McIntire.
Lindstrom Funeral Home in Riceville handled the arrangements.
Maynard, 92, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 at his home.
Maynard Eugene Satern was born on April 22, 1919 in Chokio, Minn., the son of John and Lily (Hundertmark) Satern.
Paul Haugerud, 41