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Ardis Bertha Shaw, 1924-2001

December 26, 2001

Ardis Bertha Shaw, 77, died on Thursday, December 13, 2001, at her home.

Funeral services were held on Monday, December 17, at 10:30 a.m., at the Salem United Methodist Church in Meservey, officiated by the Rev. Dan Voss.

Ardis was born on June 17, 1924, on the family farm in Wisner Township, Franklin County, to Heiko Jacob and Grace Lycinda (Hafermann) Janssen. She attended Center School #5 in Wisner Township and graduated from the Meservey High School.

On August 25, 1942, Ardis was united in marriage with Wayne K. Shaw in Bethany, Missouri.

Ardis was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church in Meservey, where she was baptized and confirmed. She was a member of the Ruth Circle and the quilters group.

Ardis was committed to her family, she always arrived early for her grandchildren's school programs. She was a 4-H Leader for more than 25 years and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Golden Years Club. She also played with the Meservey Kitchen Lassies for many years. Ardis liked to quilt, she made baby quilts for each member of her family.

Ardis is survived by her children, Bertha Shaw of Eagle Grove, Kenneth Shaw and wife, Linda of Meservey, Arnold Shaw and wife, Doreen of Meservey and Lucinda Zieman and husband, David of Meservey; grandchildren, Michelle Duff and husband, Rob, Kendra Wilson and husband, Scott, Chad Shaw and wife, Ranae, Nikki Thompson and husband, Jay, Krista Dickman and husband, Joey, Kelly Zieman, Brian Zieman and Michael Zieman; great-grandchildren, Amber, Kyle & Hailey Duff, Sadie & Seth Wilson, Spencer & Connor Shaw; and a brother, Vern Janssen of Belmond.

Ardis was preceded in death by her parents; husband; 2 brothers; and one granddaughter.
©The Garner Leader & Signal 2001

Gladys Marie Dixon, 1908-2001

December 26, 2001

Gladys Marie Dixon, 93, of the Good Shepherd Health Center, died on Sunday, December 16, 2001, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, December 19, at the Wesley United Methodist church, with the Rev. Bill Poland officiating. Interment followed in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Thornton. Visitation was held from 5-8:00 p.m., on Tuesday, at the Fullerton Funeral Home, Mason City and continued on Wednesday one hour prior to the services at the church.   

Gladys was born on July 27, 1908, the daughter of Jules and Emma (Portner) Nicolet in Cleghorn. Her family lived in the Iowa Falls area for a couple of years before they moved to Thornton, where Gladys graduated from high school. Following high school, Gladys received further education at the Iowa State Teachers College. She returned to teach rural schools for several years.

On February 6, 1937, Gladys was united in marriage to Arthur Lyle Dixon at the First United Methodist Church Parsonage in Mason City. The couple lived on a farm near Meservey for five years before moving to the farm southwest of Mason city. Gladys moved to the nursing home in 1982 and spent most of the next twenty years there.

During Gladys' younger years she enjoyed doing needlework, including tatting and embroidery work. She enjoyed the activities and worship services at Good Shepherd even though she had suffered a stroke 34 years ago and was left paralyzed on her left side. Gladys never considered herself handicapped. She loved attending her children's and grandchildren's school and church programs. Gladys enjoyed attending birthday parties and always looked forward to Christmas. She was an avid reader who could not wait to get her hands on the newspaper.

Gladys was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, the Wesley United Methodist Women, and the Bath Farm Women.

Those thankful for having shared in Gladys' life include her son, Delton Dixon and his wife, LeAnn of Mason City; one sister, Mabel Oehlert of Rockwell; three grandchildren, Sara Broers and her husband, Todd of Mason City, Jeff Dixon and his wife, Michelle of Mason City and Kari McMannes and her husband, Jeremy of Suwanee, Georgia; six great-grandchildren, Justin and Jenna Dixon, Blaine and Garrett Broers and Austin and Connor McMannes.

Mrs. Dixon was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arthur in 1971; six sisters, Edith, Alice, Rose, Emma, Nellie, Helen; and two brothers, Armand and Henry.
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Timothy S. Hauge, 1969-2001

December 26, 2001

Timothy S. Hauge, 32, of Garner, formerly of Mason City, died on Sunday, December 16, 2001, at the Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, Mason City.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, December 19, at the Hogan-Bremer Colonial Chapel, Mason City. The Rev. Joel Dahlen, officiated. Burial will be in the Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery, Mason City.

Timothy Scott Hauge, was born on October 26, 1969 at Bellflower, California. He was the son of Ronald and Candace (Kamm) Hauge. He was a graduate of the Mason City High School.

He was employed at Stellar Industries, Garner. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, hunting, and especially spending time with his two boys.

Survivors include his parents, Ronald and Candace Hauge, Mason City; two sons, Zachary Hauge, Mason City and Nicholas Hauge, Garner; one brother, Dave Hauge and his wife, Amy of Boone; maternal grandmother, Pearl Kamm of Mason City; paternal grandmother, Myrtle Hauge of Mason City; and one niece and one nephew, several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandfathers.
©The Garner Leader & Signal 2001

Eugenia Clement, 1923-2001

December 26, 2001

Eugenia B. Clement, 78, died on Monday, December 17, 2001, at the Concord Care Center, Garner, from complications of Alzheimer's disease.

Her funeral was held on Wednesday, December 19, at the United Presbyterian Church in Garner, with the Rev. Roger Kallem officiating. Music was provided by organist, Audrey Sonnenberg who accompanied soloist, Sheree Pedersen and congregational hymns. Ushers were Norman Henschen and Eldon Pearson.

Casket bearers were Ron Kester, Jerry Kester, Merle Clement, Dale Martin, Jim Deibler and Mike Halverson. Interment was in the Concord Township Cemetery. The Cataldo Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Eugenia Bess Clement, the daughter of Emil and Olga (Schweers) Riff, was born on December 7, 1923 at Hondo, Texas. She attended the Murphy School near Hondo and graduated from the Hondo High School in 1941. After graduation, she attended Trinity College in San Antonio, Texas and was employed at the air force base in Hondo during WW II. It was there she met her future husband, Roland A. Clement. They were married at Hondo on June 10, 1945.

The couple lived in Hondo and later moved to Monroe, Louisiana, where Mr. Clement was stationed in the Air Force. Following his discharge, they moved to Webster City, Des Moines and in 1947 moved to Miller, where they farmed and raised their family. Mrs. Clement worked a variety of jobs in the area and in 1990 retired from Winnebago Industries. She enjoyed sewing, reading, playing games and was known for her cooking and cake baking.

She was a member of the United Presbyterian Church, UPW and served on the session. She also was a member of the Homemakers Club. She did volunteer work for the March of Dimes.

Survivors include nine children, Gary Clement of Forest City, Elizabeth Smith and her husband, Daniel of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, Craig Clement of Garner, Bruce Clement and wife, Laurel of Garner and their three children, Josah, Chelsea and Logan, Joan Hillier of Chehalis, Washington and her daughter, Morgan, Douglas Clement and wife, Mary of Garner and their three children, Nicole, Katie and Alex, Spencer Clement and wife, Karin of Fort Dodge and their three daughters, Machelle, Jessie and Barbara, Stuart Clement and wife, Angie of Miller and their three children, Karlee, Breann and Spencer and Muriel Poppens and husband, Scott of Cedar Falls and their two children, Matthew and Megan

Also surviving are a sister, Ethel Martin and husband, Joe of Hondo, Texas; a sister-in-law, Gertrude Riff of Hondo, Texas; a brother-in-law, Lawrence Guernsey of Lake Mills; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roland on August 1, 1990; son, Neal on September 11, 1983; parents; and a brother, James Riff.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association.
©The Garner Leader & Signal 2001

Nova T. Gelner, 1915-2001

December 26, 2001

Life long Klemme resident, Nova T. Gelner, died on Monday, December 17, 2001, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City. She was 86.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 22, at the United Methodist Church in Klemme, with the Rev. Paddy Druhl officiating. Music was provided by organist, Margaret Tue who accompanied congregational hymns. Special music was presented by pianist, Sue Gilland who accompanied a vocal duet of Bill Renner and Crystal Greiman. Ushers were John Schwichtenberg and Lance Arnold.

Honorary bearers were Jill Thorson, Sue Gilland, Sandra Schupanitz, Jodi Cagle, Angela Best, Stacie Harrison, Crystal Greiman and Sheryl Stokesbary. Casket bearers were Dr. Steven Stokesbary, Todd Thorson, Tom Gilland, Brent Schupanitz, Jason Cagle, Michael Best, Lance Harrison and Wade Greiman. Burial was in the Ell Township Cemetery, Klemme. The Cataldo Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Nova Theo Gelner, the daughter of Albert G. and Lillie M. (Lau) Koerner, was born on July 7, 1915 at Klemme, where she grew up and spent her entire life. She graduated from the Klemme High School in 1932.

On September 5, 1935, she was united in marriage to Orville Thomas Stokesbary at Lakota. The couple had three children, Janice, Jerry and Julie. Orville Stokesbary died on December 9, 1950.

Nova married Leon Karl Gelner on March 2, 1956 at Albert Lea, Minnesota. They lived in Klemme until her health failed and she became a resident at the Concord Care Center in Garner on June 4, 2001.

Mrs. Gelner enjoyed her family and grandchildren, their friends, camping, square dancing, traveling to the Hawaiian Islands, flowers and their pet cats. She was a member of the Klemme United Methodist Church and had been a member of UMW and Circle, Square Dancers and Campers, garden club and was previously a Cub Scout Leader and a 4-H Leader.

Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Leon Gelner of Klemme; three children, Janice Janssen and her husband, Marvin of Garner, Jerry Stokesbary and his wife, Sharon of Mason City and Julie Renner and her husband, Bill of Garner; eight grandchildren, Dr. Steven Stokesbary and his wife, Sheryl, Jill Thorson and her husband, Todd, Sue Gilland and her husband, Tom, Sandra Schupanitz and her husband, Brent, Jodi Cagle and her husband, Jason, Angela Best and her husband, Michael, Stacie Harrison and her husband, Lance and Crystal Greiman and her husband, Wade; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are a brother, Gerald Koerner and his wife, Bernice of Klemme; a sister, Valeria Bridges of Garner; six sisters-in-law; a brother-in-law; 11 nieces and eight nephews. Also, Leon's family, his three children, Janice Whitehurst and her husband, Orvin of Clear Lake, Jerald Gelner and his wife, Suzee of Laveen, Arizona and Shirley Feaver of Aguanga, California; his ten grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Orville Stokesbary; her parents; a brother, Kermit Koerner; and a sister, Dolores Ridder.
©The Garner Leader & Signal 2001

Harm D. Terhark, 1931-2001

December 26, 2001

Harm D. Terhark, of Corwith, died on Monday, December 17, 2001. He was 70.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, December 20, at the St. John Lutheran Church, Corwith. The Rev. Ronald Feuerhak officiated. Music was provided by organist, Catherine Devine who accompanied congregational hymns. Usher were Richard Hankom and Craig Steenhard

Casket bearers were Bruce Terhark, Joshua Hays, Brian Terhark, Michael Robinson, Kennth Hays, Curtis Terhark, Carroll Terhark and Kenneth Terhark. Burial was in the Corwith Cemetery. A flag presentation was by the Corwith American Legion. The Ewing Funeral Chapel of Britt was in charge of the arrangements.

Harm Duane Terhark, was born on March 31, 1931, to Fred and Anna Terhark, rural Kanawha. He was the second of eight children. Harm began earning a living at a very young age, working for neighboring farmers. He built a successful farming operation in the Corwith area. In addition to his farming operations, Mr. Terhark was involved in various business enterprises including a salesman for Schroeder and Terhark Trailer Sales. He was often the top dealership for Kiefer Built trailers.

Mr. Terhark was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church, Corwith. He served on the church council on several occasions. Mr. Terhark was a committed family man and was involved in the Corwith community as well. He served on the school board at the local community school for several years. He gave of his time and generosity to the community.

He is survived by his wife, Jean (Nelson) and four children, Marquita Hays of Fort Dodge, Bruce Terhark of Corwith, Paula Robinson of West Des Moines and Brian Terhark of Waukee; seven siblings, Elizabeth Terhark of St. Paul, Minnesota, Curtis Terhark of St. Ansgar, Marge Kavaya of Mason City, Ilene Brown of Mason City, Carroll Terhark of Mason City, Kenneth Terhark of Britt and Linda Paulsen of Mason City; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
©The Garner Leader & Signal 2001

Richard O'Connor, 1915-2001

December 26, 2001

Richard "Dick" T. O'Connor, 86, of Rockford, died on Wednesday December 19, 2001, at the Nora Springs Care Center.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, December 22, 2001, at the Holy Name Catholic Church, Rockford. The Rev. Leo Riley officiated. Interment was in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Rockwell. The Fullerton-Schumburg Funeral Home of Rockford was in charge of the arrangements.

Dick O'Connor, was born on August 20, 1915 in Cartersville, Iowa. He was the son of Thomas and Myrtle (Frint) O'Connor. He attended and graduated from the Rockwell High School.

On February 3, 1937, he was united in marriage to Mary "Myrtle" Paulus at the Holy Name Catholic Church in Rockford. Mr. O'Connor started farming but realized that trucking was what he enjoyed. He enjoyed doing his own maintenance and repairs on the trucks. He was a member of the Holy Name Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Myrtle; two daughters, Mary Ann Martzahn and her husband, Roger of Greene and Karen Dow and her husband, Bob of Rudd; two sons, Gerald "Jerry" O'Connor and his wife, Maxine of Mason City and John "Jack" O'Connor and his wife, Cleo of Rudd; one sister, Lenore Alger of Spencer; 18 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Mr. O'Connor was preceded in death by his parents; and two granddaughters.
©The Garner Leader & Signal 2001

Lorraine Swalve, 1923-2001

December 26, 2001

Former Garner resident, Lorraine Swalve, of Fremont, California, died on Thursday, December 20, 2001, at Hayward, California. She was 78.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, December 28, at the Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church in Garner, with the Rev. Dean Stille officiating. Music will be provided by organist, Margaret Jass who will accompany congregational hymns. Ushers will be Dean Goll, Bob Gray and Loren Kalkwarf.

Casket bearers will be Douglas Lemke, Daniel Juhl, Andrew Juhl, Merlyn Borchers, Garland Brinkman and Robert Pellett. Interment will be in the Ell Township Cemetery, Klemme. Visitation will be held from 4-7:00 p.m., on Thursday, at the Cataldo Funeral Home, Garner and one hour prior to services at the church. The Cataldo Funeral Home of Garner is in charge of the arrangements.

Lorraine Swalve, the daughter of Bernard and Cecil (Bryant) Knoll, was born on December 6, 1923 at Belmond. At an early age, she moved with her family to a farm northeast of Garner and later into Garner. She graduated from the Garner High School in 1941, as valedictorian of her class. After graduation, she was employed by the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in Garner and then Maben Insurance for several years.

On May 14, 1947, she was united in marriage to Raymond B. Swalve. They lived in Garner until the summer of 1970 when they moved to Fremont, California. Lorraine was a devoted homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond of Fremont, California; two sisters, Irma Haaf of Garner and LaVon Lemke of Garner; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Elmer Knoll; and three sisters, Elsie Dorenkamp, Isabelle Dankbar and Reta Juhl.
©The Garner Leader & Signal 2001

Aldean Shipman, 1926-2001

January 2, 2002

Aldean Shipman, daughter of Carl and Paulina Tjeranson Nerem, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, December 27, 2001.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, December 30, 2001, at the St. John Lutheran Church in Corwith, Iowa.

She was born on January 19, 1926, and was 75 years, 11 months, and eight days old at the time of her death. Aldean received her education in the rural schools in Wright County and graduated from the Renwick High School.

On July 3, 1942, she was married to Roland H. Erdman who was killed in action in March 1944. On October 14, 1945, Aldean was united in marriage to Wilbur John Shipman. They moved from Renwick to the Corwith area, where she continued to live. She lived in the Waukee area with her children the past year. She was a member of the St. John's Lutheran Church, ALCW, and a member and past president of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Aldean enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and her Norwegian heritage. She was well known for her wit, canning & cooking, creative poems, and having a heart of gold. Throughout her life she worked with her husband as he farmed in the Corwith area and operated Shipman Shelling & Trucking Service.

She was also employed at Winnebago and the Corwith-Wesley Schools.

She is survived by eight children, Jackie Harle of Sheffield, Iowa, Trudy (Ron) Cook of Beloit, Wisconsin, Ramona Shipman of Perry, Iowa, Brad (Mary) Shipman of Van Meter, Iowa, Sara (Wyatt) Earp of Waukee, Iowa, Tonya (Dan) Butler of Aitkin, Minnesota, Wade (Pam) Shipman of Fayette, Alabama and Angela (David) Anliker of Perry, Iowa; one sister, Mrs. Bud (Lucille) Hoveland of Clarion, Iowa; 26 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Aldean was preceded in death by her husbands, Roland Erdman and Wilbur John Shipman; her parents, Carl and Paulina Nerem; one son, Roland Erdman Shipman; one daughter, Leann Lucille Shipman; one granddaughter, Carly Elizabeth Earp; and five brothers, Lawrence Nerem, Tjeran Nerem, Selmer Nerem, Marvin Nerem and Gerhard Nerem.
©The Garner Leader & Signal 2002

Dean E. McAfee, 1926-2001

January 2, 2002

Dean E. McAfee, 75, of Garner, died on Friday, December 28, 2001, at his home.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, January 5, 2002, at the Cataldo Funeral Home in Garner. The Rev. Fr. Michael Schueller will officiate.

Interment will be in the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by the Garner Veterans Ceremonial Unit. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

Dean Edwin McAfee, the son of Lawrence and Wilhelmina (Regennitter) McAfee, was born on July 28, 1926 at Lisbon. He attended school in Geneva and Hampton. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in July of 1944, serving in the CBMU #555, where he spent time in Panama, Nicaragua and both sides of the Panama Canal Zone at Balboa and Coco Solo.

After his discharge in July of 1946, he moved to Garner where he worked for Duesenberg Construction in the summers and Garner Motor Sales in the winters for seven years and from 1952 to 1954 at the Bancroft Deitering Garage.

On April 30, 1955, Dean McAfee married Carol A. Neitzel at the St. Michael's Catholic Church in Whittemore. The couple lived in Garner where he was employed at the Garner Motor Sales for 18 years full time, Bock Transport from 1966 to 1970 and the Ziesmer Truck line from 1970 to 1974. He was self employed as a mechanic from 1974 to 1978, worked at IMT from 1978 to 1995 and Stellar Industries until 2001. During his time at IMT he traveled to China, Mongolia, Sweden, Mali, Africa and throughout the United States, which were the highlights of his work years.

Dean was a life member of the Edwin Jante VFW Post #5515 and Gifford Olson American Legion Post #256.

He is survived by his wife, Carol of Garner; five children, Tim McAfee and wife, Jan of Overland Park, Kansas, Tom McAfee of Colleyville, Texas, Terry McAfee and wife, Stacy of Sacramento, California, Becky Hejlik and husband, John of Britt and Brenda Swaim and husband, Chuck of Ames; nine grandchildren, Andrea Hejlik, Allison Hejlik, Amber Hejlik, Matthew Swaim, Jessica Swaim, Sean McAfee, Seamus McAfee, Nicholas McAfee and Alexander McAfee.

Also surviving are two brothers, Don McAfee and wife, Shirley of Mason City and Dale McAfee and wife, Theony of Cheyenne, Wyoming; three sisters, Wilma Mordhorst and husband, Al of Arkansas, Audrey Anderson and husband, Robert of Ankeny and Margaret Baldridge of Centralia, Illinois; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Shannon McAfee in 1994; five brothers, LeRoy, Clark, Wilbert and infants, Lawrence and Russell; and two sisters, Iva Myers and Carol Elphic.
©The Garner Leader & Signal 2002

Ruth D. Suntken, 1916-2001

January 2, 2002

Ruth D. Suntken, 85, died on Friday, December 28, 2001, at the Belmond Medical Center.

Funeral services were held on Monday, December 31, at 10:30 a.m., at the First Reformed Church in Meservey, with the Rev. Rodney Meester officiating.

Ruth Dorenkamp Suntken, was born on May 25, 1916 near Alexander, Iowa, the daughter of Jacob and Rosa (Pals) Dorenkamp. She was baptized on June 9, 1916, at the Reformed Church in Meservey. She attended country schools and graduated from the Meservey High School in 1934.

Ruth was united in marriage with Harm J. Suntken on December 16, 1937, at the Parsonage of the Meservey Reformed Church. They made their home in Meservey for a short time then moved to a farm southeast of town and farmed there until 1963 when they moved into town.

Ruth was a life long member of the First Reformed Church, Meservey, where she was a member of the Dorcas Circle and Ladies Aide. She was a member of the Kitchen Klatter Band and the Golden Years Club. Ruth was known for her Cinnamon Rolls. She also enjoyed gardening, playing cards, bowling and crocheting.

Ruth is survived by her five children, Fred (Sandra) Suntken of Meservey, Lawrence (Janet) Suntken of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Bonnie Lou (Don) Brunstein of Omaha, Nebraska, Lloyd (Pat) Suntken of Meservey and Rosalie (Mitchel) Hartwig of Thornton; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; brother, Robert Dorenkamp of Kendalwood, California; three sisters, Bonnie Boelman of Meservey, Leona Lieberknecht of Belmond and Marie Schott of Jacksonville, Florida; and sister-in-law, Ruth Dorenkamp of Clear Lake.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; husband; 2 brothers; 4 sisters; and 1 granddaughter, Tia.
©The Garner Leader & Signal 2002

Eleanor Arleen Kubly, 1913-2001

January 2, 2002

Eleanor Arleen Kubly, 88, died on Friday, December 28, 2001, at the Algona Manor Care Center, Algona.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 2, 2002, from 4:30-8:00 p.m., at the Garry-Roberts-Murphy-Schaaf Funeral Home in LuVerne, Iowa. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 3, at 10:00 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in LuVerne.

Eleanor Arleen Kubly, was born on May 22, 1913 at Stratford, Iowa, to Emil and Alice Holt Anderson. With the exception of 10 years living in Stratford, her entire life was spent in the LuVerne area.

Eleanor graduated from the LuVerne High School in 1930 and attended Iowa State Teacher's College (now the University of Northern Iowa) in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She received a State Rural Diploma and taught in the rural schools of Kossuth County.

Eleanor was married to Elmer Kubly, on February 23, 1935, at the Methodist Church in Canton, South Dakota. The couple farmed the Kubly home place east of LuVerne and raised two sons, Keith and Dale. In 1966, they had a home built in LuVerne and retired there. Eleanor and Elmer enjoyed traveling and spent numerous winters in Rockport, Texas. Eleanor became a resident of the Algona Manor Care Center on August 29, 2001.

Eleanor was a member of the United Methodist Church in LuVerne, and was active in the Woman's Society, serving as treasurer and secretary of various offices. She was a member of the LuVerne Library Board for a number of years and helped to make the new Library a reality. Eleanor enjoyed reading and hand work.

Eleanor is survived by her sons and daughter-in-laws, Keith and Alice Kubly of Western Springs, Illinois and Dale and Donna Kubly of Chesterfield, Missouri; three granddaughters, Heidi Kitterman and husband, David of Huntersville, North Carolina, Holli Kubly of St. Louis, Missouri and Jillian Kubly of Atlanta, Georgia; and two grandsons, Greg Kubly of St. Louis, Missouri and Scott Kubly of Oakland, California.

Also surviving are one sister, Mabel Carlson of Gowrie, Iowa; one brother, Orville Anderson and wife, Leah of Algona, Iowa; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elmer on December 3, 1997; her granddaughter, Amy Kay; and one sister, Edythe Wolf.
©The Garner Leader & Signal 2002

Harold Martin "Hap" Fessler, 1913-2001

January 8, 2002

Harold Martin "Hap" Fessler, 88, of Thornton, died on Sunday, December 30, 2001, at the Rockwell Nursing Home, Rockwell. 

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, January 2, 2002, at the United Methodist Church, Swaledale, with the Rev. Bruce Wittern officiating.  Burial was in the Clear Lake Cemetery, Clear Lake. 

Harold Martin "Hap" Fessler, was born on September 14, 1913 in rural Swaledale, the son of Peter and Freda (Schonhorst) Fessler.  He attended and received his education in the rural country school near Swaledale.  After completing his schooling, Harold helped his parent's farm on the family farm and later farmed in the Joice and Swaledale areas before farming north of Thornton for several years until his retirement. Harold also worked as a carpenter building bridges throughout north Iowa for the Combs Construction Company and also worked for the Crystal Sugar Company in Mason City for several years.

He was united in marriage to Marjorie Carlock on April 10, 1937 in Clear Lake. She preceded him in death on March 6, 1996.

He enjoyed fishing, traveling to Europe, wintering in Florida and Texas, playing 500 cards with the senior citizens in Swaledale, was an avid sports enthusiasts, especially the Iowa Hawkeye's, loved to tease family members and friends, had a gift for gab, loved watching western movies and had a great sense of humor.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Swaledale, life long member of Farm Bureau, Sams Club in Swaledale and the Swaledale Senior Citizens.

Left to cherish his memory are his two daughters, Betty Lou Fullwood and her husband, Robert of Onalaska, Wisconsin and Linda Fessler of Thornton; two grandchildren, Tony and Daren Fullwood both of Onalaska, Wisconsin; two great-grandchildren, Christopher and Samantha Jade Fullwood both of Onalaska, Wisconsin; two sisters, Alma (Fritz) Spilman of Clear lake and Verneice Pedersen and her husband, John of Swaledale; as well as other relatives and many friends.

His parents; wife, Marjorie; two infant children, Karen and Gary Fessler; one brother, Lloyd Fessler and a sister, Ann (Wayne) Barlow, preceded him in death.
©The Garner Leader & Signal 2002  

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