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Barbara Lammers, 83

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

CHESTER - Funeral services for Barbara Lammers of Chester were held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012 at the Chester United Methodist Church in Chester with Pastor Candraeah Carey officiating. Pallbearers were Cory, Colby and Casey Cartney, Steve Ellingson, Jeremy Lammers, Jason Peterson, Nathan Shaw and Justin Hovey. Interment was held in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Lime Springs.

Lindstrom Funeral Home in Cresco handled the arrangements.

Barbara, 83, died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012 in St. Michael, Minn.

Barbara Lammers was born March 4, 1929 in Atkinson, Ill., the only child of Russell and Alice (Steiner) Krakliow.

On Aug. 9, 1947 she married Harvey Hans Lammers in Burlington, Iowa. They farmed in the Lime Springs and Chester areas. They later owned and operated the Wheel Inn in Chester for 23 years, retiring in 1993. After retirement they enjoyed traveling and spending several winters in Arizona. Barbara enjoyed many activities: shooting pool, playing cards and dancing she was also inducted into the Bowling Hall of Fame.

Barbara is survived by two children: Sue Cartney of Otsego, Minn. and Larry (Pam Edwards) Lammers of Chester; a daughter-in-law: Barb Lammers of Cresco; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Harvey; a son: Curt; a son-in-law: Mike Cartney; her parents; and her step-mother: Grace Krakliow.

Mildred Eberling, 98

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

STEWARTVILLE, MN - A memorial service for Mildred A. Eberling of Stewartville, Minn. was held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline officiating. Burial with a committal service will take place at a later date at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Cresco.

Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday morning.

Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartvlle handled the arrangements.

Mildred, 98, died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012 of natural causes at Olmsted Medical Hospital in Rochester, Minn. where she had been a patient since last Wednesday.

Mildred Ada Eberling was born June 16, 1914, in Howard County, Iowa the daughter of Fred and Frieda (Meyer) Bigalk. She grew up on the family farm, attended rural schools and graduated from Cresco High School in 1932. On May 2, 1936, she married Lloyd W. Eberling in Cresco. They became the parents of one daughter, Constance Rae. They farmed in Albion and Vernon Springs Townships and in 1972 following her father's death and the failing health of her husband, they moved to Cresco to care for her invalid mother. Mr. Eberling died on August 12, 1975.

Mildred was baptized, confirmed and married in the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cresco and she belonged to its Ruth Circle, was past president of its E.L.C.W. and was also a member of the choir for several years. She enjoyed music and was occasionally asked to play violin or piano for different programs. For a number of years she was employed at the Leuthold Ready to Wear Store. After retiring from there, she did Home Health Care for several Cresco residents. Mildred moved to Stewartville in 2003 to live near family.

She enjoyed sewing, gardening, playing cards, playing her violin and traveling, but her main interest was always her family. She loved making quilts and their favorite foods for them, but best of all was just being together.

Mildred is survived by four grandchildren: Marcia (Brian) Ferson of Stewartville, Linda Noack of Plymouth, Minn., Bruce (Kristie O'Brien) Johnson of Minneapolis, Minn., and Janell (Dan) Schefers of Rochester, Minn.; seven great-grandchildren; four step great-grandchildren; son-in-law: Glen Johnson of Peterson, Minn.; and one sister: Lucile Floyd of Stewartville.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Lloyd; her daughter: Constance "Connie" Johnson in 2008; her parents; and twin infant sisters.

James Gunhus, 75
U.S. Air Force

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

PAPILLION, NE - Funeral services for James "Jim" R. Gunhus of Papillion, Neb. were held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 at the First Lutheran Church in Cresco. Interment was held in Oak Lawn Cemetery in Cresco.

Lindstrom Funeral Home in Cresco handled the arrangements.

James, 75, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012 at home after a lengthy illness.

James R. Gunhus was born Nov. 25, 1936 in Cresco, Iowa, the son of Ted and Evelyn (Ratcliffe) Gunhus. He graduated from Cresco High School in 1955. After graduation, Jim enlisted in the United States Air Force.

On Aug. 10, 1958 he married his high school sweetheart, Sharon Lybbert. Jim was the proud father to four children, Jim (Jennifer) Gunhus, Julie (Mark) Schneider, Ted Gunhus, and Candace Riha. He was a loving and involved grandfather to eight grandchildren, Dustin Zuck, Ashley Zuck, Alex Gunhus, Amanda Gunhus, Chandler Gunhus, Logan Schneider, Grace Gunhus, and Langley Riha.

Jim retired from John Deere in 1999 and moved to the Omaha, Neb. area to be with his family. His love of sports stayed constant and he enjoyed his time on the golf course. He was an active member of First Lutheran Church in Papillion, Neb.

Survivors include his wife Sharon; their children; grandchildren; his sister: Darlene Bronner; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother: Orville; and his sister: Marcella Creger.

Donald Vick, 64
U.S. Army

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

RIDGEWAY - Graveside services for Donald "Donnie" G. Vick of Ridgeway were held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012 at St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery in Calmar, Iowa with Rev. Richard Lacey officiating. Honorary pallbearers were all of Donnie's grandchildren. Military Rites were held by Clarence Bily American Legion Post #467, Spillville, Iowa.

Schluter-Balik Funeral Home in Decorah handled the arrangements.

Donnie, 64, died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012 at the VA Medical Center in Iowa City.

Donald Gene Vick was born Nov. 19, 1947 in Decorah, Iowa, the son of Vernon and Mildred (Keck) Vick. Donnie attended Decorah Community Schools and received his GED in the US Army, when he served from Jan. 22, 1965 to Jan. 21, 1971.

On Oct. 31, 1970, he married Ila Mae Houdek in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Donnie welded at Iowa Manufacturing, worked at Wilson Packing Plant, and for Les Hanneman Construction in Cedar Rapids. He then drove truck for Little Jenny's Trucking and Bill Wilson Trucking in Cedar Rapids, and then for Ron Hilton Trucking in Fairfax. Donnie was an owner-operator, hauling general freight from 1978 until the present.

He was a member of the Clarence Bily American Legion Post #467, in Spillville, where he always enjoyed helping with the fish fry. He also liked to donate to the Ridgeway Fire Department, First Responders and to the School. Donnie enjoyed treasure hunting with Craig Ellingson, loved buying on "K-bid", buying and trading cars, where his motto was "buy high - sell low"! He will be missed by his family, where he often called Ila his "Cupcake" or "Bride" and will miss going to Protivin on Wednesday for chicken with "Baby" and going fishing with this grandchildren and fishing trips to Canada.

Donnie is survived by his wife: Ila Mae Vick of Ridgeway; three children: Tammy (Dale) Good of Buffalo Center, Iowa; Jamie (Amber) Vick of Oelwein, and Jenny (Don) Engelhardt of Ridgeway; nine grandchildren: Mitch Carpentier, Taylor Carpentier, Onna (Kris) Guthart, Alex Good, Mandi Good, Dalton Vick, Alysara Vick, Austin Engelhardt and Kandace Engelhardt; two great-grandchildren: Kyhanna and Karter Guthart; siblings: Rod (Donna) Vick of Cedar Rapids; Greg (Kathy) Vick of Decorah; Bobbie Matthews of Eugene, Ore.; Cathy (Todd) Scheidel of Clermont, Iowa; Harlan (Elaine) Vick of Phoenix, Ariz.; Mike (Jennifer) Vick of Ellison Bay, Wis.; Sally (Jim) Tieskoetter of Castalia, Iowa; Wanda Schroeder of Prairie du Chien, Wis.; and Larry (Karen) Berg of Castalia; brothers and sisters-in-law: Ron Hovey of Fort Collins, Colo.; Ed Fadness of Fort Collins, Colo.; Larry and Pat Houdek of Cresco; Steven and Janet Houdek of Calmar; Karen Jertson and Butch of Dubuque; Pat Houdek and Eric Witzke of Cedar Rapids; Deborah Strasser and Dennis Frimml of South Amana, Iowa; along with many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Donnie was preceded in death by his father: Vernon Vick on Jan. 3, 1996 and his mother: Mildred Vick on Sept. 3, 2002; three sisters: Janet Harkness on July 22, 1996; Joan Hovey on Feb. 15, 2003; and Ruth Fadness on Feb. 9, 2011; father and mother-law: Gabriel in 1987 and Viola Houdek on Jan. 21, 2006; brothers and sisters-in-law: Ed Jertson on May 15, 2005; Loretta Marhoul in 1983; George Marhoul in 2005; and Luanne Houdek in infancy; nieces and nephews: Adrian Vick, Kayla Marie Vick, Shon Houdek and Randy Hovey.

Posted on 7 September 2012

William Sullivan, 56

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

PROTIVIN - A Memorial Mass for William "Bill" Sullivan of Protivin was held on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 at Holy Trinity Church in Protivin.

Bill, 56, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn. following a brief illness.

William Sullivan was born May 1, 1956 in New Hampton, Iowa, the son of Leo and Marie (Eckerman) Sullivan. Bill graduated from Riceville High School in 1974.

He married Barb Hemann in 1974 and they later divorced. In 1988 he married Diane Bruess.

Bill worked at Sara Lee from 1974 until it closed in 1999. He then worked for Art's Milling Service in Protivin until he became ill in late 2011.

Bill enjoyed life and was a dedicated family man. He enjoyed cooking, taking care of his flowers and feeding and watching his birds. He enjoyed spending time with friends, especially his "Deer Camp" buddies and his son, Chris. He also enjoyed hunting, mowing the cemetery in Protivin and watching his son Chris play sports and watching the Green Bay Packers.

Bill is survived by his wife, Diane; a daughter: Carrie (Stuart) Ridge of San Diego, Calif.; two sons: Corey and Chris of Protivin; two grandchildren: Piper and Tristan Ridge; one brother: Mike (Betty) of Fairbank; two sisters: Barb Hugeback of New Hampton and Sue (Gary) Cenek of Cresco; his mother-in-law: Irene Bruess of Protivin; brothers and sisters-in-law: Donna (Doug) Reiseck of Waterloo, Kathy (Dale) Ryan, Jan Hansmeier, Connie (Keith) Lukes, Larry (Diane) and Randy (Zita) Bruess, all of the Protivin area; Betty (Doug) Soukup of Spillville and Cindy (Ed) Behr of Mason City; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother: Al (Ann); brother-in-law: Leon Hugeback; his father-in-law: Art Bruess; and a sister-in-law: Susie Bruess.

Thomas Darling, 84
U.S. Army   Korean Conflict

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 1

NEW ALBIN - A Mass of Christian Burial for Thomas C. Darling of New Albin was held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in New Albin with Rev. John Moser officiating. Interment was held in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in New Albin with Military Rites by the New Albin VFW #5603.

Visitation was held Thursday, Sept. 6 from 4-8 p.m. at the New Albin Community Center in New Albin where there was a Parish Scripture Service at 6 p.m. Visitation was also held at the church on Friday one hour before mass time.

Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Lansing, Iowa handled the arrangements.

Thomas, 84, died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012 at Thornton Manor in Lansing.

Thomas C. Darling was born July 12, 1928, in Jefferson, Minn., the son of Lysander and Clara (Myer) Darling. He attended school in New Albin through the tenth grade. He served with the US Army in Korea and was awarded a purple heart from injuries sustained in combat.

On June 13, 1955 he married Elizabeth "Betty" Meyer at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Galesville, Wis.

Tom worked as a part-time police officer in New Albin and was a welder for Trane Company for 37 and a half years. He was also a volunteer firefighter. After his retirement in 1990, he worked for five years at Wal-Mart as a greeter.

Tom enjoyed hunting, baseball, was an avid Kee High fan, fishing, Chicago Cubs, and he enjoyed helping his wife with the daycare kids.

Tom is survived by five children: Daria Darling of New Albin, Douglas (Karen) Darling of New Albin, Debra Darling of Waukon, Dina (Scott) Spieker of Cresco and Daniel Darling of New Albin; his "adopted" daycare grandkids; two brothers: Robert (Mary) Darling of Strawberry Point and Elton Darling of New Albin; and several brothers and sisters-in-law.

Tom was preceded in death by his wife, Betty on Nov. 21, 1995; his parents; his brothers: Vernon, Douglas "John" and Melvin "Dag"; his sisters: Lillian in infancy, Margareta "Bunny", Elsie, Virgina, Vivian and Belva; his daughter Debra's special friend: Paul Moritz; several brothers and sisters-in-law; and his wife, Betty's parents.

Dorothy Mayer, 56

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

RICEVILLE - Funeral services for Dorothy K. Mayer of Riceville were held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 at the First Lutheran Church of Highland in rural Lanesboro, Minn. Interment will be held at a later date in the church cemetery.

Lindstrom Funeral Home in Riceville handled the arrangements.

Dorothy, 56, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 at her residence in Riceville after an extended illness.

Dorothy Karen Mayer was born Jan. 13, 1956 in Preston, Minn., the daughter of Miner Alvin and Audrey Charlotte Berge Gudmundson.

Teresa Bremseth, 77

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

HARMONY, MN - Funeral services for Teresa A. Bremseth of Harmony, Minn. were held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 at Nativity Catholic Church in Harmony with Fr. Sean Haremza officiating. Pallbearers were Bruce, Alan, Gerald and David Kingsley, Ed and Mike Vitsie. Interment was held in St. Agnes Cemetery, Plymouth Rock, Iowa.

Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony handled the arrangements.

Teresa, 77, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

Teresa Ann Bremseth was born Nov. 21, 1934, in Harmony, Minn., the daughter of Joe and Rita (Hanlon) Kingsley. She attended school in Harmony, graduating from Harmony High School in 1952.

On Jan. 10, 1953 she married LeRoy Bremseth in Harmony.

Teresa worked as a waitress and later owned the Townhouse Restaurant in Harmony. She was an active member of Nativity Catholic Church and did volunteer work at the Harmony Nursing Home. Teresa and LeRoy enjoyed camping and traveling to Texas and San Diego to visit family. The last four years she lived at Harmony Manor where she enjoyed playing cards with her friends.

She is survived by four children: Joe (Karen) Bremseth of San Diego, Calif., Rosemary Bremseth of Kerryville, Texas, Russell (Dianne) Bremseth of Cresco and Debra (Jon) Elliott of Canton, Minn.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister: Mary (Bob) Vitsie of Rochester, Minn.; and a sister-in-law: Maxine Kingsley of Harmony.

She was preceded in death by her husband LeRoy in 2007; her parents; and a brother: Thomas Kingsley.

Posted on 17 September 2012

Justin Steenhard, 31

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

ELMA - Funeral services for Justin D. Steenhard of Elma were held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 at Immaculate Conception Church in Elma with Father Steve Garner officiating. Interment was held in Holy Cross Cemetery in Schley.

Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13 at Conway-Markham Funeral Chapel in Elma. Visitation continued at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Friday.

Justin, 31, died Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 in a construction accident near Marion, Iowa.

Justin Daniel Steenhard was born May 25, 1981 the son of Martin and Kathi (Smith) Steenhard in Cresco, Iowa where he attended school. He was later employed as a welder and also was employed in the construction field. Most recently, he was employed by CFI in affiliation with Croell Redi-Mix for the past three years.

He enjoyed camping, tinkering in his garage on vehicle repair, playing pool, bonfires and spending time with his daughters and family.

Justin is survived by his father: Martin Steenhard (significant other, Susan Boehmer) of Cresco; his mother: Kathi (Tom) Mihm of Elma; his fiance: Missy Holthaus of Elma; his daughters: Kirsten Turvold and Amber Steenhard, both of Cresco; his brother: Michael (Stacy) Boehmer of Bowling Green, Ky.; his sisters: Amy Boehmer (fiance, Scott Tienter) of Lime Springs and Lacey Roethler of Elma; his grandparents: Larry and Maryann Steenhard of Waverly and Gene and Patricia Miller of Dumont, Iowa and Jack and Norma Smith of Cresco; great-grandmother: Ruby Hawke of Dumont; his good friend: Tony Roethler; and numerous aunt, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandparents; and his paternal great-grandfathers and great-grandmother.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

George Eichenseer, 73

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

JOLIET, IL - Funeral services for George M. Eichenseer of Joliet, Ill. were held on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. Interment was held at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Joliet.

George, 73, died Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 surrounded by his loving family.

George M. Eichenseer was born the son of George and Delores (Biernbaum) Eichenseer in Nebraska and was raised by Protivin. He graduated from Rudolphinum High School in 1957 and DeVry Technical Institute in 1961. He moved to Joliet, Ill. in 1961 and worked as a route salesman for Milano Bakery - he retired in 2000.

George's greatest joys in life were spoiling his grandchildren and playing golf. He enjoyed walking and riding his bike.

He is survived by his four children: Cindy (Steve) Parini of Joliet, Cathy (Dave) Comer of Shorewood, Steve "Ike" Eichenseer of Joliet and Linda Smith of Joliet; six grandchildren: Jason Parini, Nicole Comer, Stephanie Comer, Jon Eichenseer, 1st Lt. Greg Smith and Brandon Smith; four sisters: Sr. Mary Anne Eichenseer, OSF, Joan (Bob) Humpal, Jan (Ron) Grousky and Nancy (Don) Wilhelmi; one brother: Tom (Ruth) Eichenseer; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Patricia D. (Satterfield) Eichenseer (June 21, 2003); his parents; and one grandson: Joshua.

Posted on 21 September 2012

John Perkins, 79

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

CRESCO - A Mass of Christian Burial for John Perkins of Cresco was held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 at Notre Dame Catholic Church in Cresco with Father Dennis Cahill officiating. Interment was held in Deer Creek Lutheran Cemetery in Carpenter, Iowa.

Visitation was held Sunday, Sept. 23 from 3-7 p.m. with a Parish Scripture Service following at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home in Cresco. Visitation continued one hour prior to the service at the church.

John, 79, died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 at his home surrounded by family.

John Perkins was born April 13, 1933, in Lyle, Minn., the son of Randall and Selma (Johnson) Perkins. He lived in the Grafton, Iowa and Lyle area for many years. He was once married to Patricia (Gess) Perkins and in 1975 moved to Decorah, Iowa.

On June 27, 1986 John married Ludmilla Stadler in Chelsea, Iowa and they made their home in Cresco for over 26 years. Throughout his life John worked in farming, was a small business owner, owning Perk's Saving Center in Lyle, Minn., and was a Motorcoach driver for Hawkeye Stages in Decorah for 32 years, retiring in 2006. He served as a volunteer fireman, city councilman and was involved in various church activities over the years. John enjoyed sports, especially baseball and softball, and enjoyed fishing lakes in northern Minnesota. He always loved farming and spent each planting and harvest season helping his stepson and son-in-law work the fields. He loved spending time with family.

He is survived by his wife, Ludmilla of Cresco; his daughters: Cynthia Corbin of Black River Falls, Wis., Marcia (Jim) Sewick of Waukon, Lori Perkins of Independence, and Renae (Randy) McIntosh of Decorah; stepdaughters: Charlotte (Stan) Upah of Toledo, Iowa, Denise (Rick) Mills of Kansas City, Kan., and Amy (Kevin) Brandt of Sumner, Iowa; stepson: Doug (Trish) Stadler of Chelsea, Iowa; 24 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and his sister: Helen Funk of Austin, Minn.

John was preceded in death by his parents; brother: Allen Perkins; and grandson: Bob Bebee.

Arnold Maravetz, 91

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

ELMA - A Mass of Christian Burial for Arnold L. Maravetz of Elma was held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 at Immaculate Conception Church in Elma with Father Steve Garner officiating. Interment was held in Calvary Cemetery in Elma.

Visitation was held Monday, Sept. 24 from 4-7 p.m. with a rosary at 4:30 p.m. and a Scriptural Wake Service at 7 p.m. at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma. Visitation continued at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

Arnold, 91, died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton.

Arnold Lewis Maravetz was born December 13, 1920, on a farm near Lourdes, Iowa, the son of Lewis and Louise (Shimek) Maravetz. He attended and graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy at Elma in 1940. Arnold owned and operated Arnold's Tavern, now known as the Blue Bird, from 1945-1947. In 1947, Arnold opened his first auto body shop. After a fire in 1949, he rebuilt the shop in its current location, operating it for 60 plus years. In his later years he participated in the restoration of antique tractors and retired at the age of 90.

In 1950, Arnold met Bernadette Malek; the couple was married on Aug. 12, 1950 in Cresco, Iowa. They made their home in Elma where they raised their two children and operated the auto shop together.

Arnold enjoyed fishing, gardening, making toys and more fishing. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Elma, served on the Parish Council; a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus; a member of the Elma Fire Department, where he served as Chief at one time as well as serving on the Elma Town Council.

Arnold is survived by his children: Mark (Theresa) Maravetz of Albuquerque, N.M. and Marlys (Jens) Wiegand of West Linn, Ore.; two grandsons: Scott and Jeff; 11 great-grandchildren; one brother: Ray (Ann) Maravetz of Riceville; one sister: Marjorie (Leo) Weber of Charles City and one brother-in-law: Dick Nicholson of Osage.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernadette; his parents; and two sisters: Evelyn and Clementine.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

Gerald Bigalk, 90

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

LOMA LINDA, CA - Graveside services for Gerald "Jerry" L. Bigalk were held on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at Joshua Memorial Park, Lancaster, Calif.

Gerald, 90, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 in Loma Linda, Calif.

Gerald L. Bigalk was born May 30, 1922 near Cresco, Iowa the only child of Susie L. and Newton C. Bigalk. The family farmed in the area for a number of years and moved to Chino, Calif. in 1935 where they had a black walnut ranch. Jerry graduated from Chino High School in 1941. In 1942 he joined the Army as a medical corpsman and was discharged in 1946 as a Tech Corporal. When he returned from the war he met Artis Baudoin and the couple was married in March, 1947.

While living in the area, Jerry discovered his future vocation as a printer when he worked for local newspapers. In 1953 the couple moved to the Antelope Valley where he worked for the Ledger-Gazette newspaper and then he and Artis opened their own commercial printing business, Printing Service Center. After 34 years they sold the business.

During his time in the Antelope Valley he served the communities in a variety of elective and appointive positions. In his spare time, he gardened, maintained the Bigalk family history and shared his computer skills with others. He loved sharing his jokes and stories with family and friends.

He is survived by daughters: Barbara Thornhill of Grand Terrace, Calif. and Marcia Desjardins and her husband Michael of Furlong, Pa.; grandchildren: Craig Thornhill, Lee Thornhill, Christina Martinez, and Leslie Martinez; four great-grandchildren; and loving companion Virginia Otten.

He was preceded in death by his wife Artis in 2003.

Memorials in Jerry's name may be sent to Honor Flight, American Heart Assn. or American Diabetes Assn.

Posted on 25 September 2012


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