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PUBLISHED Thursday, December 6, 2007 
Carole Jenore Freese

HAMPTON — Carole Jenore Freese, 83, died Tuesday (Dec. 4, 2007) at the Hampton Health Care Center in Hampton.

Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hampton with burial in the Hampton Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home in Hampton. The Rev. David Sorenson will officiate the service.

Carole Jenore Reinsmoen, the daughter of Peter and Olga (Skrien) Reinsmoen was born Feb. 27, 1924, on the family farm east of Joice. She attended Joice Public Schools, and was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church in Joice.

She was united in marriage to Henry “Hank” Busick Jr. On Aug. 5, 1957, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. They made their home in Hampton, where Hank worked for the Ford Garage. Hank died suddenly on March 31, 1977, but Carole continued to live in the same home.

Carole began babysitting children and did so for Pastor Larson, for who she had much admiration. She began a career as a cook in the hot lunch program in the Hampton Schools and did so for 17 years. She was well known for her wonderful cooking and enjoyed inviting many relatives and friends to eat with her. You never left her home hungry. Carole was an avid sports fan and was voted No. 1 fan for the Hampton Bulldogs. She was a faithful member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and rarely missed going to church.

She met Allyn Freese at the Senior Center Coulter and they hit it off and were married July 2, 1995, in Minnesota by Pastor Larson. They resided in Hampton in the same house where Carole lived for 57 years. They were great companions for each other and were always on the move, except for meal time when Allyn loved her cooking. Allyn’s health started to fail and he died June 17, 2006. Carole again was left alone. Her health started to fail and she entered Willow Point Assisted Living facility in Mason City in the fall of 2006, and then the care center in Hampton, where she died on Dec. 4, 2007.

She is survived by a step-son, Terry Freese of Cedar Rapids; sister-in-law, Lois Reinsmoen of Clear Lake; nieces, Marilyn (Anonson) Koenen and her husband, Maynard of Hampton, Carol Anonson of Louisville, Ky., Gloria (Tenold) Goll of Klemme, Mary (Reinsmoen) Luchsinger of Des Moines, Jane (Reinsmoen) Heilskov of Mason City, Molly (Reinsmoen) Iverson and her husband, David, of Greene; nephews, Arlyn Tenold and his wife, Judy, of Joice, Gary Tenold and his wife, Dee, of Spirit Lake, Mark Reinsmoen and his wife, Dianne, of Burnsville, Minn., Robert Reinsmoen and his wife, Mary, of Chanhassen, Minn.; and many great-nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Hank Busick and Allyn Freese; two sisters, Mildred Anonson and Carma Tenold; and one brother, Orland Reinsmoen; niece, Laura Reinsmoen; and nephew, Keith Anonson. 

Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home in Hampton, 641-456-3232.
 


 

Mildred L. Buehler

 

MASON CITY — Mildred L. Buehler, 92, of 302 Second St. N.E., died Tuesday (Dec. 4, 2007) at Good Shepherd Health Center in Mason City.

 

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. James Lutheran Church, 1148 Fourth St. S.E., Mason City, with the Rev. Paul Nelson and the Rev. Jeni Bohls officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Mason City.

 

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Mildred L. Buehler Memorial Fund.

 

Mildred Lenora Buehler was born Dec. 23, 1914, in Joice, the daughter of Carl and Bertina (Tweed) Olson. Mildred attended country school in rural Joice.

 

Mildred was married briefly to Max Lutcavish, to this union was a daughter Kayrl. She had numerous jobs in the North Iowa area, where she met Bill Buehler, a moment that changed both of their lives.

 

On Aug. 13, 1951, Mildred was united in marriage to Bill Buehler in Mason City. Bill and Mildred owned and operated Buehler’s Café for over 20 years until retirement in 1972. Mildred and Bill opened their house to their niece, Sandra, and their nephew, Bruce, who both came to live with them while attending Mason City High School.

 

Mildred enjoyed playing cards with her card club ladies, bowling, taking walks and working. She was instrumental and involved with others in what came to be community kitchen. Mildred enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

 

Mildred was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Mason City and a member of the St. James Altar Guild.

 

She is survived by her daughter, Kayrl (Don) Plagge, of Mason City; her grandchildren, Ken Plagge of Mason City, Kurt (Mary Brunet) Plagge of Ames, Karen (Dan) Havey of LaCrosse, Wis.; her sister-in-law, Gen Olson, of Michigan; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Bertina; husband, Bill; sister, Vernie Wilhite; brothers, Arnold, Franklin and Merrill Olson; an infant brother; and a sister-in-law, Helen Broers.

 

Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. N.E., Mason City, 641-423-2372.

 

www.colonialchapels.com

 


 

Darcy Lynn Kuhlemeier

 

NORA SPRINGS — Darcy Lynn Kuhlemeier, 38, a resident of the Nora Springs Care Center and formerly of Forest City and Rockford, died Wednesday morning (Dec. 5, 2007) at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, in Mason City.

 

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Fullerton Funeral Home, 123 Second St. S.E., Mason City, 641-423-8676.

 


 

Rachael Lynn Hoffman


 

CHARLES CITY — Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Hauser Funeral Home in Charles City for Rachael Lynn Hoffman, infant daughter of Michael and Tina (Bill) Hoffman, who was stillborn Tuesday (Dec. 4, 2007) at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City.

 

Hauser Funeral Home, 641-228-2323.

 

 www.hauserfh.com

 


 

Max G. Hegland

 

MASON CITY — Max G. Hegland, 72, of Mason City, died Tuesday (Dec. 4, 2007) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit.

 

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., with the Rev. Jim Stiles of First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery with military honors performed by the Mason City Veterans Memorial Association.

 

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 6, at Major Erickson Funeral Home with an Elks Lodge memorial service at 6 p.m. Visitation will also continue one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Max G. Hegland memorial fund.

 

Max was born March 29, 1935, in Mason City, the son of Gaylord and Viola Corinne (Murray) Hegland. He was raised by his grandmother, Ella Gardner, grew up in Mason City and graduated from Mason City High School. He enlisted in the Army after high school, where he served 22 years until retiring as a chief warrant officer II.

 

Max was married to Gloria Leaman in 1983 at First United Methodist Church in Mason City. He then went to work for Job Service of Iowa for 21 years until retiring. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, Elks Lodge No. 375 where he served as secretary and also exalted ruler, and he was also a member the VFW of Clear Lake. He enjoyed the time he spent at the Elks Lodge and the friendships he had there. Max liked to fish, play the slot machines, scratch tickets, taking naps and most of all being around family and friends. He will be best known as a kind, generous man who will be missed by his family and friends, and dearly missed by his beloved wife, Gloria.

 

He is survived by wife, Gloria, of Mason City; brother, Edward Lembke of Hampton, Va.; brother-in-law, Bob Paulson; sister, Rosella M. Crandall and husband, Leonard, of Waterloo; mother-in-law, Hazel Leaman of Mason City; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Ardis Paulson; brother, Joe; and father-in-law, Earl Leaman, whom he was best of friends with.

 

Arrangements are with Major Erickson Funeral Home.

 


 

Virgil Pederson


 

PAHRUMP, Nev. — Virgil Pederson, 86, of Pahrump, Nev., formerly of Mason City, died Wednesday (Dec. 5, 2007) at Evergreen Nursing Home in Pahrump.

 

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. N.E., Mason City.

 

Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 641-423-2372.

 

www.colonialchapels.com

 


Marie Harken

 

IOWA FALLS — Marie Harken, 91, of Iowa Falls, died Wednesday (Dec. 5, 2007) at Scenic Manor in Iowa Falls.

 

Funeral services for Marie Harken are pending with the Linn’s Funeral Homes Iowa Falls Chapel. Memorials are requested to the North Iowa Hospice, 1 Second Ave. N.W., Hampton.

 


 

Sena Uhlenhopp

 

WATERLOO — Sena Uhlenhopp, 86, of Waterloo, died Wednesday (Dec. 5, 2007) at the Allison Health Care Center in Allison.

 

Funeral services are pending at Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home in Allison.

 

Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home in Allison is in charge of arrangements.

 


 

Norman ‘Chris’ McGovern


 

MASON CITY — Norman “Chris” McGovern, 57, his last known residence was at 109 19th St. S.E. in Mason City, passed away Friday, (Nov. 30, 2007) at his residence of natural causes.

 

A little memorial service for him will be held at Riverside Friends in Mason City on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m.

 

This Eastsider was born and raised in Des Moines, and was a man of many trades.

 

He was known most for his talent in music and the joy for dancing the night away. His talent of playing the guitar and singing started at a young age, which lead to playing in several small bands and giving lessons to others.

 

Chris was the son of the late Frank “Tom” McGovern and survived mother, Pauline McGovern (Galenbeck).

 

He has been set free and went to a better place in which family and friends can imagine that he is continuing to play the guitar and dancing around with his father, Tom, sister, Melinda, and brother, Greg.

 

He was a devoted, caring and loving father to his one and only daughter, Melissa McGovern-Hesse, 28, married now to Tim, who gave birth to his pride and joys. He spent his last years being with his three grandchildren who are Alexandria Nickole (9), Tobiah Nathaneal (7), and Tim Jr. (2). There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for his grandkids and couldn’t stop talking about them to friends and family.

 

He is survived by his two other siblings, Dave McGovern and his wife, Gail McGovern, of Des Moines, and his youngest sister, Joy McGovern, residing in Key West, Fla.

 

He will be missed, loved, never forgotten and never far from our hearts.

 

Arrangements are with Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., in Mason City.

 


 

Verna Mae (Mote) Konig

 

ALLISON — Verna Mae (Mote) Konig, 84, of Allison, died Tuesday (Dec. 4, 2007) at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo.

 

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 7, at St. James Lutheran Church in Allison.

 

Visitation will from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday evening at the Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home in Allison. Burial will be in the Allison Cemetery. Pastor Jeffrey Blank will be officiating.

 

Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home in Allison is in charge of arrangements.

 


Lonnie W. Davis

CLEAR LAKE — Lonnie W. Davis, 49, of 708 S. Eighth St., Clear Lake, formerly of California, died Tuesday (Dec. 4, 2007) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City. 

Memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. Fourth in Clear Lake, with the Rev. Ed Baird, chaplin of Hospice North Iowa, officiating.

Visitation will be one hour before the service on Friday. Family suggests memorials to the Lonnie W. Davis Memorial Fund.

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, 641-357-2193, is in charge of arrangements.

PUBLISHED Friday, Dec. 7, 2007 
Kenneth L. Kluckhohn

KLEMME — Kenneth L. Kluckhohn, 92, most recently of Garner, formerly a lifelong resident of Klemme, passed away Tuesday (Dec. 4, 2007) at the Westview Care Center in Britt, Iowa, following a short illness.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Immanuel Reformed United Church of Christ, Klemme. The Rev. Donna Buckmann will be officiating. Burial with full military honors provided by members of the Klemme and Garner Legion and VFW will be in the Ell Township Cemetery, Klemme.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Today at the Andrews Funeral Home, 528 East Main St., Klemme, and continue one hour prior to the services at church Saturday. Memorials may be given to the Hancock County Chapter of the American Cancer Society or to the donor’s choice.

Kenneth’s life began on Feb. 17, 1915, the oldest son of Frank and Anna (Liljenberg) Kluckhohn. He had one brother, Franklin, and one sister, Carmen. He was born in a house on Second Street in Klemme.

Kenny attended the Klemme School District and graduated in the Class of 1932. After graduation he worked at various jobs.

In 1941 he enlisted in the Navy and was aboard the U.S.S. New Mexico. He served his country from 1941 to 1945 and was honorably discharged as a fire patrolman third class.

On July 10, 1946, he was married to Caroline Schwartz in Cedar Falls, Iowa. To this union two children were born.

His best friend, Joseph West (one of the first 50 highway patrolmen) talked him into joining the Civilian Conservation Corps. One of their many jobs included laying railroad tracks from Klemme to Belmond and throughout Iowa. Kenny very much enjoyed working alongside of Joe.

For five years Kenny owned and operated the Klemme Shoe Shop, selling and repairing shoes for many people throughout the region.

He joined the Klemme Fire Department where he served as a volunteer for several years. He was a lifelong member of the Klemme American Legion and the Garner VFW. He was the adjutant for the Klemme American Legion for many years.

Being a graduate of the Klemme School, he eventually worked as the janitor and bus driver at the old school. He worked for more than 20 years at the new school.

After retirement he and Caroline both worked at BMD in Klemme.

He was a member of the UCC Church and had served as one of its elders.

His hobbies included calligraphy (old English letters), painting and gardening. In earlier years he had been a musician and for many years was the emcee for the community movies that were held downtown.

Kenny and Caroline would help people in town with various jobs such as painting, cleaning house or cleaning their yards.

In 1999 he was diagnosed with colon cancer by Dr. Norman D. Thede of Britt. He was sent to the V.A. Hospital in Des Moines where he had surgery. He had been a nine-year survivor at the time of his death.

In recent years he had enjoyed congregate meals at the old Klemme School Building.

On Aug. 1, 2006, he moved into the Prairie View Apartments in Garner, with the help of his daughter and his nephew, Randy Olsen, and his wife, Monica. He enjoyed visting with all the other residents and getting involved in their activities at the residence.

After a short illness he passed away at Westview Care Center on Dec. 4, 2007.

His wife, Caroline, passed away last year at the same place on June 9, 2006.

Survivors include his daughter, Carol Marchant, granddaughter, Angie Kluckhohn, both of Klemme; a grandson, Jeffrey Marchant, and special friend, Susie Field.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Anna (Liljenberg) Kluckhohn; a brother, Franklin Kluckhohn; a sister, Carmen Back; and his wife, Caroline.

Andrews Funeral Homes, Klemme, 641-587-2510.

 


Max Hegland

MASON CITY — Max G. Hegland, 72, of Mason City, died Tuesday (Dec. 4, 2007) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., with the Rev. Jim Stiles of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery with military honors performed by the Mason City Veterans Memorial Association.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Max G. Hegland Memorial Fund.

Max was born March 29, 1935, in Mason City, the son of Gaylord and Viola Corinne (Murray) Hegland. He was raised by his grandmother, Ella Gardner. Max grew up in Mason City and graduated from Mason City High School. He enlisted in the Army after high school, where he served 22 years until retiring as a chief warrant officer II.

While in the service he was married to his first wife, Etta, who had a daughter, Sylvia. They later divorced and Max then was married to Gloria Leaman in 1983 at the First United Methodist Church in Mason City. He then went to work for Job Services of Iowa for 21 years until retiring.

Max was a member of the Moose Lodge, Elks Lodge No. 375, where he served as secretary and also as Exalted Ruler, and was also a member of the V.F.W. of Clear Lake. He enjoyed the time he spent at the Elks Lodge and the friendships he had there.

Max liked fishing, playing the slot machines, scratch tickets, taking naps and most of all being around family and friends. He will be best known as a kind, generous man who will be missed by his family and friends and dearly missed by his wife, Gloria.

He is survived by wife, Gloria, of Mason City; brother, Edward Lembke, of Hampton, Va.; brother-in-law, Bob Paulson; sister, Rosella M. Crandall and husband, Leonard, of Waterloo; mother-in-law, Hazel Leaman, of Mason City; sister-in-law, Carol Washburn and husband, Lowell, of Mason City; first wife, Etta Hegland and her daughter, Sylvia Seidel; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Max was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Ardis Paulson, and brother, Joe, and father-in-law, Earl Leaman, whom he was best of friends with.

Arrangements are with Major Erickson Funeral Home, Mason City, 641-423-0924.

 


Darcy Lynn Kuhlemeier

NORA SPRINGS — Darcy Lynn Kuhlemeier, 38, a resident of the Nora Springs Care Center and formerly of Rudd, Rockford and Forest City, died Wednesday morning (Dec. 5, 2007) at the Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City.

A private family funeral service will be held at the Zion Lutheran Church in Rockford with the Rev. Patricia Shaw officiating. Interment will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Rockford.

The family will greet relatives and friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Today (Dec. 7, 2007) at Fullerton Funeral Home, 123 Second St. S.E., Mason City.

Those wishing to extend a memorial in Darcy’s name may direct them to Krysilis, 905 Hwy. 69 So., Forest City, IA 50436.

Darcy Lynn was born on July 16, 1969, in Osage, the daughter of Sandra Kay (McDowell) and Courtney Lee Kuhlemeier.

Due to her extensive disabilities, Darcy became a resident at Krysilis in Forest City in 1978, where her special needs were constantly and tenderly cared for. The staff and residents became her “home away from home and her second family.”

When Darcy’s parents or other family members spent time with her at Krysilis or took her to their home for a visit, they sensed a special excitement in Darcy. She seemed to recognize their presence and the inclusion and importance of her life in their family.

On Feb. 20, 2007, Darcy became a member of the Nora Springs Care Center family where she had since resided.

Darcy will be cherished in the hearts of all who have shared in her life.

She is survived by her loving parents, Courtney and Sandra Kuhlemeier of Rockford; her brother and sister-in-law, Brett and Deb Kuhlemeier, and their children, Connor, Collin, Clayton, Cooper and Camden Kuhlemeier of Rudd; her grandparents, Horace “Pat” and Luci Kuhlemeier of Hubbard; her grandmother, Rose Ann Miller of Rudd; “her family” at Krysilis and numerous other relatives and friends.

Preceding Darcy in death and welcoming her into Heaven are her brother, Justin Kuhlemeier; her grandfather, Ralph McDowell; her grandmother, Patricia Kuhlemeier; and her step-grandfather, Arnold Miller.

The family wishes to extend a special thank-you and deep appreciation to the many people who throughout the years gave unselfishly of their time, love, support and care for Darcy.

Fullerton Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 123 Second St. SE, Mason City, 641-423-8676.

 


Willard Anderson

MASON CITY — Willard Anderson, 79, died Thursday (Dec. 6, 2007) at his home in Mason City.

Arrangements are pending at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 641-423-0924.

 


Ardith A. Meyer

VENTURA — Ardith A. Meyer, 79, 211 E. Lake St., Ventura, died Thursday (Dec. 6, 2007) at the Good Shepherd Health Center, Mason City.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 2404 260th St., Garner, with the Rev. Carl Hedberg officiating. Inurnment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City.

Visitation with family will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake. Memorials may be given to Good Shepherd Health Center or Hospice of North Iowa in memory of Ardith A. Meyer.

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, 641-357-2193, www.colonialchapels.com.

 


Grace Jerdee

CHARLES CITY — Grace Jerdee, 81, of Charles City died Wednesday (Dec. 5, 2007) at her home in Charles City.

Funeral services for Grace Jerdee will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Hauser Funeral Home in Charles City. Pastor Dennis Niezwaag of the Saint John Evangelical Lutheran Church will officiate. Burial will be held in Sunnyside Memory Gardens, rural Charles City.

The family will greet friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until service time.

The Hauser Funeral Home, (641) 228-2323, www.hauserfh.com, Charles City, is in charge of arrangements.

 


Sena Uhlenhopp

WATERLOO — Sena Uhlenhopp, 95, of Waterloo passed away Wednesday (Dec. 5, 2007) at the Allison Health Care Center in Allison, Iowa.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home in Allison with burial in the Hitesville Cemetery, rural Aplington, Iowa.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home in Allison. Pastor Bill Carpenter will officiate the service.

Sietsema Vogel Funeral Home, Allison, 641-456-3232.

 


Robert L. Jorgensen

OSAGE — Robert L. Jorgensen, 86, of Osage, died Wednesday (Dec. 5, 2007) at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Champion–Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage, (641)732-3706.

 


Dorothy E. Olson

MASON CITY — Dorothy E. Olson died Thursday (Dec. 6, 2007) at the IOOF Home in Mason City.

Arrangements are pending with Major Erickson Funeral Home, 641-423-0924.


PUBLISHED Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007 
Ardith A. Meyer

VENTURA — Ardith A. Meyer, 79, 211 E. Lake St., Ventura, died Thursday (Dec. 6, 2007) at Good Shepherd Health Center, Mason City.

A memorial service will be held Monday, Dec. 10, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 2404 260th St., Garner, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Carl Hedberg officiating. Inurnment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City.

Visitation with family will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake. Memorials may be given to Good Shepherd Health Center or Hospice of North Iowa in Memory of Ardith A. Meyer.

Ardith was born Jan. 2, 1928, in Mason City, the daughter of Leon and Frances (Brokaw) Probert. She graduated from Mason City High School in 1946 and attended Mason City Jr. College. She was assistant telephone operator for Northwestern Bell in Mason City.

Ardith married Lambert Meyer July 7, 1952, in Mason City. She worked at the phone company till she quit to raise the family. They lived on a farm south of Ventura where they raised turkeys. After the family was raised, she went to work for Unisys and later Rockwell Collins until she retired. They moved to their present residence in 1966.

She love to take her grandchildren shopping, reading, crossword puzzles and traveling. Ardith was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, rural Garner.

Ardith is survived by her husband, Lambert Meyer, Ventura; one son, Stanley Meyer and his wife, Elaine, Clear Lake; three grandchildren, Abby Meyer and her special friend, Tony Bauman, Clear Lake, Seth Meyer, Cherokee, and Anna Meyer, Iowa City; brother, Leon Probert, Mason City; sisters-in-law Jean Probert, Seville, Ohio, Elaine Lauterback and her husband, Richard, Iowa Falls, Dorothy Meyer, Miami, Fla., and Joann Meyer, Milwaukee, Wis.; brothers-in-law, Arthur Meyer and his wife, Pat, Clear Lake, Glen Meyer and his wife, Roberta, Iowa Falls, and Harold Meyer and his wife, Bonnie, Waterloo.

Ardith was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Paul Probert; daughter, Linda Meyer; and brothers-in-law, Victor and Raymond Meyer.

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. Fourth St., Clear Lake, 641-357-2193.

www.colonialchapels.com

 


Jan Raber

KANAWHA — Jan Raber, 64, of Kanawha died Thursday (Dec. 6, 2007) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.

Funeral services for Jan Raber will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Britt with the Rev. Brian Dellaert and the Rev. Jerry Kopacek officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Ewing Dugger Funeral Chapel, 178 Center St. West in Britt, and one hour prior to services at the church. Rosary will be recited at 5 p.m. by the Knights of Columbus.

Ewing Dugger Funeral Chapel, 178 Center St. West, Britt, 641-843-3839.

 


Margaret Helen Laipple

HAMPTON — Margaret Helen Laipple, 90, of Hampton, died Friday (Dec. 7, 2007) at Franklin General Hospital in Hampton.

Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Monday at the First Congregation United Church of Christ in Hampton.

Family will greet friends from 10 a.m. until the service at the church in Hampton. Inurnment will take place at a later date in the Hampton Cemetery. The Rev. John Byrne will officiate the service.

The Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home in Hampton is in charge of arrangements.

 


Ron J. Sherman

MANLY — Ron J. Sherman, 54, 309 S. Todd St., died at his home in Manly.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. N.E., Mason City, with the Rev. Richard Sherman officiating. Ron’s family will greet friends one hour prior to service time.

Memorials may be directed to the Ron J. Sherman Memorial Fund.

Ron J. Sherman was born on March 19, 1953, in Mason City, the son of Thomas and Irene (Germann) Sherman. Ron attended Mason City schools and graduated from Mason City High School.

Ron was a past owner and operator of Sherman DX gas station. He was an avid pilot and space enthusiast. Ron will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

He was a member of the planetarium society.

Ron is survived by his mother, Irene, currently residing in the Living Care Center in Fairfield; his siblings, Connie Farmer (John), Omaha, Neb.; Deanna Kienast (Joseph), Dallas, Texas; Father Richard Sherman, Pastor of St. Pius X Catholic Church, Moab, Utah; Mary Shill, Eagle River, Alaska; June Lowenberg (Greg), Fairfield; nephews and niece, John S. Farmer (Jill), Sam S. Kaufman (Kristen), Chistopher and Tyler Shill, Kyla and Davis Lowenberg; and great-nieces, Peyton and Maya Farmer; as well as other relatives and friends.

His father, Thomas, preceded him in death.

Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. N.E., Mason City, 641-423-2372, www.colonialchapels.com.

 


Kenneth L. Phillips

DES MOINES — Kenneth L. Phillips, 84, of Des Moines, formerly of Mason City, died Thursday (Dec. 6, 2007) from lung cancer.

A family visitation will be Sunday at Westover Funeral Home in Des Moines from 2 to 4 p.m.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at the United Methodi st Church in Van Meter followed by interment at the Van Meter Cemetery.

Ken was born March 12, 1923, in Ewing, Mo., the son of R. Leo and Ilene Pearn Phillips. Before he was a year old the family moved to Van Meter where he grew to manhood. He graduated from Van Meter High School in 1941 and later graduated from Capital City Commercial College in Des Moines.

Ken was a combat veteran of WWII, having piloted a B-24 Liberator bomber in 35 missions against the enemy and was decorated. He achieved the rank of first lieutenant.

On June 23,1945, he was united in marriage to Marjorie Ann Isaacs of Thompson. After nearly 62 years of marriage, she preceded him in death on May 21, 2007. His business career consisted of eight years in the retail hardware trade and 31 years as a field representative for Equifax Corp., doing investigative work for over 30 years.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mason City and sang in the chancel choir for 33 years. From 1961 until his death he was a member of the River City Barbershop Chorus.

Survivors are son, Rex, of Des Moines, and daughter, Gay (Ron) Russell of Adel, two grandsons and a great granddaughter.

Westover Funeral Home, 6337 Hickman Road, Des Moines, 515-276-4567.

 


Marian M. Chaney

MASON CITY — Marian M. Chaney, 83, of 108 13 St. S.W., died Friday (Dec. 7, 2007) at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home.

Arrangements are incomplete with Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel in Clear Lake.

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N Fourth St. Clear Lake, 641-357-2193.

www.colonialchapels.com

 




Willard ‘Bill’   D. Anderson

MASON CITY — Willard “Bill” D. Anderson, 79, died Wednesday (Dec. 5, 2007) at his home.

Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., with Pastor Tom Healey, Hospice of North Iowa chaplain, officiating. Military honors will be performed by the Mason City Veterans Memorial Association. Inurnment will be held in Henrytown Lutheran Cemetery in Henrytown, Minn., on Monday.

A gathering of friends and family will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Willard “Bill” Anderson memorial fund.

Arrangements are with Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave. in Mason City, 641-423-0924.

 


Millus Anne Charlson

CLEAR LAKE — Millus Anne Charlson, 69, 512 Eighth Ave. N., Clear Lake, died Thursday (Dec. 6, 2007) at the Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the United Methodist Church, 508 Second Ave N., Clear Lake, with the Rev. Diana Hoover officiating.

Visitation will be held Monday, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel. Interment will be held at Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery, Mason City. Memorials may be given to the Clear Lake United Methodist Church or Hospice of North Iowa. Other arrangements are incomplete at Ward-Van Slyke.

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. Fourth St., Clear Lake, 641-357-2193, www.colonialchapels.com.

 


Dorothy E. Olson

MASON CITY — Dorothy E. Olson, 85, of Mason City, died Thursday (Dec. 6, 2007) at the IOOF Home.

Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Friday (Dec. 14, 2007) at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1405 S. Pennsylvania Ave., with the Rev. Keith Scott officiating.

A gathering of friends and family will be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Inurnment will be held in Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Dorothy E. Olson memorial fund.

Arrangements are with Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Mason City, 641-423-0924.

 


Robert LeRoy Jorgensen

OSAGE — Robert LeRoy Jorgensen, 86, of Osage, died Wednesday (Dec. 5, 2007) at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Osage with the Rev. Dennis Hanson and the Rev. Roy Ott officiating. Burial will be at the Osage Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage, and will continue one hour before services at the church.

Memorials may be given to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church or the Cedar River Recreation and Fine Arts Center.

Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home, Osage, 641-732-3706.

 


Rachael Lynn Hoffman

CHARLES CITY — Rachael Lynn Hoffman, infant daughter of Michael and Tina (Bill) Hoffman, was stillborn Tuesday (Dec. 4, 2007) at Mercy Medical Center in Mason City.

Memorial services for Rachel Lynn Hoffman will be held 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Faith Bible Chapel in Charles City. Pastor Jason Boyd will officiate. Inurnment will be at a later date.

The family will greet friends an hour prior to the service on Sunday.

The Hauser Funeral Home, 641-228-2323, www.hauserfh.com, in Charles City is in charge of arrangements.


PUBLISHED Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007 
Virgil Lyle ‘Pete’ Pederson

PAHRUMP, Nev. — Virgil Lyle Pederson (Pete), 86, of Pahrump, Nev., originally of Mason City, Iowa, died Wednesday (Dec. 5, 2007) at the Evergreen Nursing Facility in Pahrump.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007, at the Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 Third Street N.E., Mason City, with the Rev. Jim Stiles of the First United Methodist Church in Mason City officiating. Burial will take place at Memorial Park Cemetery, Highwy 18 West, Mason City, with military graveside honors conducted by members of the Mason City Veterans Memorial Association.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to service time at the chapel.

The family of Virgil L. Pederson has requested that memorial contributions be made to The National Museum of the American Indian in his memory.

Virgil L. Pederson was born on Oct. 1, 1921, in Mason City, the son of Oscar and Laura (Steiff) Pederson. He attended school in Mason City and graduated from Mason City High School. Prior to his entry into the Navy he attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He was inducted into the U.S. Navy and served overseas on the USS Niobrara during World War II.

After his honorable discharge fron the Navy, Pete returned to Iowa and completed his four-year degree from the University of Iowa with a library of science degree. He went on to earn a master of library science degree from Columbia University in New York City. During his career as a librarian, he worked for the American Bar Foundation in Chicago and subsequently for the office of the president at the University of Chicago, from where he retired after fifteen years of service.

Pete was united in marriage to Darlene Spangler on Feb. 2, 1963, in Chicago, Ill.

Pete was an avid reader and especially enjoyed studying indigenous cultures. He fostered a particular interest in 18th century English history and possessed an uncanny memory for dates and events. Pete took particular enjoyment in the symphony and the opera.

Pete was active in the community and donated his time to various organizations such as the PTA, Friends of the Library, the Pahrump Valley Museum and Historical Society, the Pahrump Valley Rockhounds and the Pahrump Valley Visual and Performing Arts Council. In addition, he volunteered countless hours at the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. He was a long-standing member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Darlene Pederson, of Pahrump; one son, David Pederson, of Pahrump; two daughters, Martha Pederson of Chicago, Ill., and Laura Pederson of St. Paul, Minn.; two grandchildren, Rory and Drake Pederson both of Pahrump; as well as other relatives and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Laura Pederson; one brother, Lloyd; and one sister, Bertha.

A memorial service in Pahrump, Nevada, will be held later in the month.

Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, Mason City, 641-423-2372.

www.colonialchapels.com

 


Earl Brackey

MASON CITY— Earl Brackey, age 83, of Mason City, formerly of Lake Mills, died Friday (Dec. 7, 2007) at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007, at the Lake Mills Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lake Mills, with Rev. Karl Hermanson officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Otto/Chose Post No. 235. Inurnment will be held at a later date.

Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007, at Mittelstadt Funeral Home, 902 East Main Street in Lake Mills, and will continue one hour prior to services at the church.

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of North Iowa, 232 Second St. S.E., Mason City, IA, 50401.

Earl Junior Brackey was born on Nov. 15, 1924, in Aurora, Mo., to parents Selmer and Irene (Ballard) Brackey. His family moved to Bristol in Worth County, Iowa.

Earl entered the United States Army in 1943 and fought for our country during World War II in the European Theater, and was honorably discharged in 1951.

In June of 1951, Earl was united in marriage with Bonnie Mae Escherich. The couple had three children: Rick Lee, Dan Ray, and Colleen Ananda Brackey.

Earl was later married to Floy Bernadine Salveson in October of 1964. The couple had a daughter, Penny Renae Brackey. Earl also helped raise three step-children: Carolyn, Patricia, and Rickey Brady.

Earl worked for Ed Holland and for Waste Systems, and resided in Lake Mills for 18 years. He enjoyed fishing, country music, jigsaw puzzles, and collecting coins and scrapping iron.

Earl entered the Manly Nursing and Rehab Center in March of 2005, and moved to the Heritage Care Center in Mason City in 2006. Earl was very fortunate to receive excellent care for his last days at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.

Survivors include his children and step-children, Rick Lee Brackey and his wife, Kim, of Durant, Dan Ray Brackey and his wife, Donna, of Litchfield, Ill., Colleen Ananda Kilborn and her husband, Tom, of Mason City, Penny Renae Ledbeter and her husband, Tom, of Charles City, Carolyn M. Kielty and her husband, Bob, of Charles City, and Patricia Maryann Winters of Delona, Minn.; 17 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two brothers, James Franklin Brackey of Council Bluffs, and Robert Brackey of St. Paul, Minn.; a sister, Mary May Lechman of Palmdale, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Selmer and Irene; a sister, Betty Jean Ouverson; and a step-son, Rickey Samuel Brady.

The family wishes to thank all who helped support Earl with their prayers and helped make him feel comfortable until his entry into Heaven.

You can contact the family with on-line condolences at: www.mittelstadtfuneralhome.com

Mittelstadt Funeral Home, Lake Mills, 641-592-0221.

 


Marian ‘Maxine’ Chaney

MASON CITY — Marian “Maxine” Chaney, 83, of 108 13th St. SE, passed away Friday (Dec. 7, 2007) at the Rockwell Community Care Center in Rockwell.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday (Dec. 10, 2007) at the Grace United Methodist Church in Mason City, 200 14th St. N.W., with the Rev. Keith Scott officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Mason City.

Visitation will be held from 2 until 4 p.m. today at Hogan Bremer Moore Colonial Chapel in Mason City, 126 Third St. N.E., and one hour prior to service time Monday at the church.

Her family and friends knew Marian only as “Maxine.” Maxine was born on Feb. 4, 1924, on a farm in rural Burchinal, Iowa, the daughter of Floyd and Leila (Best) Rowe. She received her education from Swaledale Schools and graduated with the Class of 1941.

Maxine was united in marriage to Clarence E. Miller in October of 1946 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. To this marriage two children were born. Maxine later married Roger Chaney in 1976.

Maxine worked for Zanios Foods and AMPI before she married Clarence. After marriage, she had many part-time jobs but most of the time she was a homemaker. She was always there for her children when they came home from school. Her greatest joy was her family and she loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and her great-grandchildren.

Maxine loved to cook for her family, and especially loved making holiday meals. In later years, she loved to watch the cooking channel and would spend hours reading recipes. She loved flowers and spent many hours in her flower beds. She also loved gardening and canning. Maxine would can many quarts of tomatoes each year for her spaghetti sauces and soup. Oyster stew was something she looked forward to each fall. She also loved to play cards, puzzles, and Scrabble. Maxine could always be found gathered around the kitchen table for a card game. She loved going to the Mississippi River and tried to make that a yearly occurrence, most of the time with her children and grandchildren. Roger and Maxine enjoyed traveling to California and Washington, D.C.

She is survived by her two daughters, Rhonda (Chip) Hurd of Mason City, and Sandra (David) Gobeli, of Hancock; three grandchildren, Ashlee (Josh) Madole, of Mason City, Ivan Hurd III, of Mason City, and Christopher (Samantha) Gobeli, of Britt; two great-grandsons, Ian and Isaac Gobeli, of Britt; one sister, Bonnie (Robert) Arnold, of Albert Lea, Minn.; and one brother, Dale (Jean) Rowe, of Rockwell; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Maxine was preceded in death by her parents; husband Roger; and two brothers, Donald and Daniel Rowe.

Ward Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, 641-357-2193.

www.colonialchapels.com

 


Jan Raber

KANAWHA — Jan Raber, 64, of Kanawha, passed away Thursday (Dec. 6, 2007) at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.

Funeral services for Jan Raber will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Britt with the Rev. Brian Dellaert and the Rev. Jerry Kopacek officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 2 until 5 p.m. today at Ewing Dugger Funeral Chapel, 178 Center Street West in Britt and one hour prior to services at the church. A rosary will be said at 5 p.m. by the Knights of Columbus.

Jan Fredric Raber was born at home on Aug. 10, 1943, to Glenn and Alice (Graeber) Raber. He graduated from Kanawha High School in 1961.

On July 18, 1964, Jan was united in marriage with Irene Paca at St. Wensceslaus Catholic Church in Duncan, Iowa. Through the years he was employed by Kanawha Coop Oil Company, Britt Cooperative, Kiefer Built in Kanawha and drove truck for Tim Johnson Trucking of Kanawha.

Jan enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, rendezvousing, woodworking and playing cribbage with friends.

Jan was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Britt and the Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the Kanawha Fire Department for over 20 years.

Jan is survived by his wife, Irene, of Kanawha; two sons: Steve Raber of Britt, Tim (Andrea) Raber of Clear Lake; one daughter, Pam (Joe) Pritchard of Clear Lake; five grandchildren: Ryan, Angela, Emily and Ellen Pritchard and Mitchell Raber; one brother, Michael (Angela) Tague of Las Vegas, Nev.; one sister, Glenda (Kevin) Healy of North Las Vegas, Nevada, and numerous other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Kathryn Pritchard; and brother, Leroy Tague.

Ewing Dugger Funeral Chapel, Britt, 641-843-3839.

 


Paul W. Lau

GARNER — Paul W. Lau, 88, of Garner, died Saturday (Dec. 8, 2007) at Mercy Medical Center–North Iowa in Mason City.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Peace Reformed Church, south of Garner, with the Rev. Harvey Opp officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 4 until 7 p.m. Monday at the Cataldo Funeral Chapel in Garner and will continue one hour prior to services at the church.

Cataldo Funeral Home, 641-923-2841.

www.cataldofuneralhome.com

 


Ruth Abrams

MASON CITY — Ruth Abrams, 80, of 1216 12th St. N.E., died Saturday (Dec. 8, 2007) at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, Mason City.

Arrangements are incomplete with Ward Van Slyke Colonial Chapel in Clear Lake.

Ward Van Slyke Colonial Chapel Clear Lake, 641-357-2193.

www.colonialchapels.com

 


Millus Anne Eastman Charlson

CLEAR LAKE — Millus Anne Eastman Charlson, 69, of 512 Eighth Ave. N., Clear Lake, died Thursday (Dec. 6, 2007) at Muse Norris Hospice, Mason City.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at United Methodist Church, 508 Second Ave N., Clear Lake, with the Rev. Diana A. Hoover officiating. Burial will follow at Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery, Mason City.

Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Monday at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapels, 101 N Fourth St., Clear Lake. Family suggests memorials to Clear Lake United Methodist Church or Hospice of North Iowa.

Millus was born on April 1, 1938, in Mason City, Iowa, the daughter of Donald S. and Liberty M. (Stephens) Eastman. She attended elementary school in Clear Lake, graduated from West High, Waterloo, and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.

Millus married Roger E. Charlson in July of 1963 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Waterloo. They lived in Clarion, then Fort Dodge, where Millus worked as a telephone switchboard operator then receptionist for Fort Dodge Labs and Iowa Beef.

After becoming divorced, Millus returned to Waterloo working with the State of Iowa Soil Conservation. Later she moved to Clear Lake where she recently worked with the Girl Scout office in Mason City. She loved to be with family, play piano, sew, bake, work with ceramics, and play cards at Singles Club. Millus was active in church choir, bells, and teaching Sunday school.

She is survived by her four children: son, Steven E. Charlson (wife, Alison) Des Moines, daughter, Anne M. Charlson Hatoum (husband, Nassir) of West Des Moines, daughter, Carolyn K. Charlson Ferry of Eagle Grove, and daughter, Susan E. Charlson of Eagle Grove; a sister, Miriam Eden (husband, Jim) of Colorado; and ex-husband, Roger E. Charlson of Fort Dodge; 13 grandchildren: Emily Charlson, Kevin Charlson, Steven Charlson, John Charlson, Nicholaus Ferry, Mason Ferry, Stephanie Ferry, Jordan Ferry, Brooklynn Ferry, Kaitlynn Ferry, Eric Lawler, Faith Lawler, and Ashley Lawler.

She was preceded in death by her father and stepmother, Don and Myra Eastman of Clear Lake; mother and stepfather, Liberty and Lyle Jenkins of Waterloo; and brother, Earl James Eastman of Clear Lake.

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. Fourth St., Clear Lake, 641-357-2193.

www.colonialchapel.com

 


Willard ‘Bill’ D. Anderson

MASON CITY — Willard “Bill” D. Anderson, 79, died Wednesday (Dec. 5, 2007) at his home.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., with Pastor Tom Healey, Hospice of North Iowa chaplain, officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Mason City Veterans Memorial Association. Inurnment will be at 3 p.m. Monday in Henrytown Lutheran Cemetery in Henrytown, Minn.

A gathering of friends and family will be held at 10 a.m., one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to the Willard “Bill” Anderson Memorial Fund.

Willard “Bill” Anderson was born on Oct. 30, 1928, in Harmony, Minn., the son of Irvin and Ruth (Magnusson) Anderson. Bill graduated from Canton High School in 1946. He attended Winona State College for a few years after high school. He joined and served in the Winona National Guard until enlisting in the Army in 1949 and served as a sergeant until being honorably discharged in 1952.

Bill worked for Winona County as an accountant for a few years before moving to Marion, Iowa from 1966-1973, and then moving to Mason City after purchasing the Family Bowl, which he owned and operated in the 1970s.

Bill was an avid and talented bowler who also enjoyed playing cards and golfing. Bill also liked going fishing on the weekends with his buddies and was a member of the V.F.W. in Mason City.

Bill is survived by his children, Curtis Anderson and wife, Paige, of Avon, Colo., Sandee Gardner and husband, Michael, of Warsaw, Mo., Carol Rae Stephenson and husband, James, of Denver, Colo., and William “Bill” Anderson and wife, Sandy, of Olathe, Kan.; grandchildren, Isaac and Aili Anderson, Josh Mercer, and Ashlee Gardner; great-grandchildren, Shawn Mercer and Emma Fowler; sisters, Lorraine Peterson and family of Decorah, and Nila Klinge and family of Cedar Rapids; cousins, Ms. Marie Anderson and family of Rochester, Minn., and Mr. and Mrs. Vayden Anderson and family of Winona, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Irvin and Ruth Anderson.

Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, Mason City, 641-423-0924.

 


Marshall A. Bredeson

LELAND — Marshall A. Bredeson, 68, of Leland, died Friday (Dec. 7, 2007) at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Leland with Pastor Timothy Miller officiating.

Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007, at Petersen Lund Funeral Home, 505 N. Clark St., in Forest City, and one hour prior to service at the church.

As per Marshall’s wishes, following the funeral service, his body will be cremated and inurnment will be held in the spring.

Petersen Lund Funeral Home, Forest City, 641-585-2685.

www.petersenlundfh.com

 


Robert LeRoy Jorgensen

OSAGE — Robert LeRoy Jorgensen, age 86, of Osage, died Wednesday (Dec. 5, 2007) at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, (Dec. 11, 2007) at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Osage with the Rev. Dennis Hanson and the Rev. Roy Ott officiating. Burial will be at the Osage Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4 until 7 p.m. Monday at the Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage, and will continue one hour before services at the church.

Memorials may be given to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church or the Cedar River Recreation and Fine Arts Center.

Robert was born on Sept. 18, 1921, in Osage, to Victor and Rose (Hiner) Jorgensen. He was baptized and confirmed at the First United Methodist Church in Osage. Robert attended Osage schools, was a member of the Class of 1939, but graduated with the Class of 1940, due to the scarlet fever epidemic of that time.

He was united in marriage to Helen C. Olson, the girl next door, on June 30, 1945, in her family home in Osage, where they lived for the next 61 years, prior to his moving to the Evergreen Apartments in December of 2006. Robert became a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church after his marriage. Following Robert’s high school graduation, he worked at Oliver in Charles City. He then became the owner and operator of the Red Owl grocery store on East Main Street in Osage, after which he worked for Gildner’s Clothing (now Fleming’s) and was employed by the Waterloo Courier. Later, Robert was employed at White Farm in Charles City as an inventory production and ordering clerk until his retirement. He also held a real estate broker’s license. Robert was a member of Sunny Brae Country Club, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Conservation Club, all in Osage.

Survivors include a daughter, Julia Ann (Larry) Kotewa of Peoria, Ill., a son, Robert Carl Jorgensen of Minneapolis, Minn.; a daughter, Helen Christine (Richard) McConnell of Cedar Rapids; seven grandchildren, Christopher (Kristi) McConnell of Chicago, Ill., Ben (Louisa) McConnell of Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Amber McConnell of Cedar Rapids, Patrick McConnell of Cedar Rapids, Erik (Jamie) Kotewa of Champaign, Ill., Caleb Kotewa of Jackson Hole, Wyo., and Aaron Kotewa of Jackson Hole, Wyo.; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Phyllis Hopfe of Austin, Minn.; and one niece, Sherri (Randy) Franke of Woodbury, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Helen in 1999.

Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home, Osage, 641-732-3706.

 


Jennie Arends

KANAWHA — Jennie Arends, 90, of Kanawha, died Saturday (Dec. 8, 2007) at the Belmond Medical Center in Belmond.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete with Ewing Dugger Funeral Home, Kanawha, 641-762-3211.

 


Doug White

OSCEOLA — Doug White, Sr., 57, of Osceola, died Saturday (Dec. 8, 2007) at his home in Osceola.

Funeral arrangements are being completed with the Andrews Funeral Home, Belmond, 641-444-4474.

 


Addie (Bahnsen)  M. Elsbury

ROCK FALLS — Addie (Bahnsen) M. Elsbury, 97, of Rock Falls, died Saturday (Dec. 8, 2007) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007, at the Old Stone United Methodist Church in Rock Falls, with Pastor Jim Turner and Rev. Wendy Johannsen officiating. Interment will be in the Rock Falls Cemetery.

A visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Mason City.

Major Erickson Funeral Home and Crematory, 641-423-0924.

Esther M. Walk

KANAWHA — Esther M. Walk, 88, of Kanawha, died Friday (Dec. 7, 2007) at the Kanawha Community Home in Kanawha.

Funeral services for Esther Walk will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007, at the Kanawha Lutheran Church with Janelle Siffring, AiM, officiating. Burial will be in Amsterdam Township Cemetery near Kanawha.

Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at the Ewing Dugger Funeral Home in Kanawha and continue one hour prior to services at the church.

Ewing Dugger Funeral Home, Kanawha, 641-762-3211.


PUBLISHED Monday, December 10, 2007 
Addie (Bahnsen) M. Elsbury

 

ROCK FALLS — Addie (Bahnsen) M. Elsbury, 97, of Rock Falls, passed away peacefully Saturday (Dec. 8, 2007) surrounded by her family at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City.

 

 Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, at the Old Stone United Methodist Church in Rock Falls, with Pastor Jim Turner and Rev. Wendy Johannsen officiating. Interment will be in the Rock Falls Cemetery.

 

A visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. today at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave. Memorials may be directed to the Addie (Bahnsen) M. Elsbury Memorial Fund.

 

Addie Marie (Bahnsen) Elsbury was born on Feb. 26, 1910, in Iowa City. She was baptized at the orphanage and at ten days of age she was brought by train to the Plymouth Junction and became the adopted daughter of Robert and Emma (Daligh) Mitchell. She grew up northeast of Plymouth. She received her eighth grade diploma at Northwood, Iowa, on May 10, 1924.

 

Addie cared for her mother at age 17 until her death in 1930. She married Carsten J. Bahnsen on March 20, 1932, in Albert Lea, Minn. They had her father, Robert Mitchell, live with them and they cared for him until his death in 1935.

 

Carsten and Addie raised their children Dola and Westly “Bud” on the Schneider farm northeast of Rock Falls. They bought the Charles “Burt” Olden place in Rock Falls in June of 1955 and retired from farming to that acreage in 1957. Together they had a large garden with strawberries and sweet corn to sell and give away to family and friends. Addie lovingly took care of the Rock Falls Cemetery for 25 years. She dressed thousands of chickens for area farmers. Carsten and Addie belonged to the Garden Club and Birthday Card Club. Carsten died on Dec. 13, 1973.

 

On April 23, 1983 Addie married Aaron “Andy” Elsbury. While with Andy, she belonged to the North Iowa Vintage Auto Club. They wintered in Apache Junction, Ariz., until Andy’s death on May 16, 1997.

 

Addie was a member of the Old Stone United Methodist Church. She loved to work. She was happiest when the lawn needed mowed and was able to do this to the age of 93. She liked to keep her hands busy and crocheted afghans and doilies large and small.

 

Addie is survived by her daughter, Dola (Jack) Shannon of Mason City, and son, Westly R. “Bud” Pauline Bahnsen of Mason City; grandchildren, Debbie (George) Perry of Plymouth, Kristie Infante, John Infante, and Joy Campbell all of Mason City, Lindee (Steve) Civorellie of Albert Lea, Minn., Chris (Linh) Bahnsen of Lake Wales, Fla., Paula (Ross) Anderson of Dumont, Carrie (Ron) Waldbillig of West Des Moines; thirteen great grandchildren; nine great-great grandchildren; Andy’s children, Thelma, Coral, Clair and their families; special friends, Jerry and Judi Ulin and her friends and neighbors at Rock Falls.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; and son-in-law, Jack Shannon.

 

The family would like to thank everyone at Willow Point Assisted Living and Hospice of North Iowa for all their wonderful care and compassion.

 

Major Erickson Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements, 641-423-0924.

 

www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com

 


 

Marian ‘Maxine’ Chaney


 

MASON CITY — Marian “Maxine” Chaney, 83, of 108 13th St. S.E., passed away Friday (Dec. 7, 2007) at the Rockwell Community Care Center in Rockwell.

 

Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. today (Monday, Dec. 10, 2007) at the Grace United Methodist Church in Mason City, 200 14th St. NW, with the Rev. Keith Scott officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Mason City.

 

Visitation will be one hour prior to service time today at the church.

 

Her family and friends knew Marian only as Maxine. Maxine was born on Feb. 4, 1924, on a farm in rural Burchinal, Iowa, the daughter of Floyd and Leila (Best) Rowe. She received her education from Swaledale Schools and graduated with the Class of 1941.

 

Maxine was united in marriage to Clarence E. Miller in October of 1946 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. To this marriage two children were born. Maxine later married Roger Chaney in 1976.

 

Maxine worked for Zanios Foods and AMPI before she married Clarence. After marriage, she had many part-time jobs but most of the time she was a homemaker. She was always there for her children when they came home from school. Her greatest joy was her family and she loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and her great-grandchildren.

 

Maxine loved to cook for her family, and especially loved making holiday meals. In later years, she loved to watch the Cooking Channel and would spend hours reading recipes. She loved flowers and spent many hours in her flower beds. She also loved gardening and canning. Maxine would can many quarts of tomatoes each year for her spaghetti sauces and soup. Oyster stew was something she looked forward to each fall. She also loved to play cards, puzzles and Scrabble. Maxine could always be found gathered around the kitchen table for a card game. She loved going to the Mississippi River and tried to make that a yearly occurrence, most of the time with her children and grandchildren. Roger and Maxine enjoyed traveling to California and Washington, D.C.

 

She is survived by her two daughters, Rhonda (Chip) Hurd of Mason City, and Sandra (David) Gobeli, of Hancock; three grandchildren, Ashlee (Josh) Madole, of Mason City, Ivan Hurd III, of Mason City, and Christopher (Samantha) Gobeli, of Britt; two great-grandsons, Ian and Isaac Gobeli, of Britt; one sister, Bonnie (Robert) Arnold, of Albert Lea, Minn.; and one brother, Dale (Jean) Rowe, of Rockwell; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

Maxine was preceded in death by her parents; husband Roger; and two brothers, Donald and Daniel Rowe.

 

Ward Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, 641-357-2193.

 

www.colonialchapels.com.

 


 

Jennie Arends

 

KANAWHA — Jennie Arends, 90, of Kanawha, died Saturday (December 8, 2007) at the Belmond Medical Center in Belmond.

 

Funeral services for Jennie Arends will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007, at the United Methodist Church in Kanawha. The Rev. Cynthia Morrison will officiate. Burial will take place in the Amsterdam Township Cemetery in Kanawha.

 

Visitation for Jennie Arends will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007, at the Ewing Dugger Funeral Home 118 East Second Street in Kanawha and one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

 

Ewing Dugger Funeral Home, Kanawha, 641-762-3211. 

 


 

Paul W. Lau

 

GARNER — Paul W. Lau, 88, of Garner, died Saturday (Dec. 8, 2007) at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City.

 

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Peace Reformed Church, south of Garner, with the Rev. Harvey Opp officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

 

Visitation will be held from 4 until 7 p.m. today at the Cataldo Funeral Chapel in Garner and will continue one hour prior to services at the church.

 

Paul William Lau, the son of Emil W. and Alma Ella (Haberkamp) Lau, was born on July 21, 1919, on a farm south of Klemme. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Reformed Church in Klemme. Paul attended country school in Twin Lakes Township and graduated from Klemme High School in 1937. Following graduation, he helped build the new high school in Klemme and worked for farmers in the Klemme and Duncan area.

 

 On Dec. 17, 1943, Paul married Velma E. Kaduce at Immanuel Reformed Church in Klemme. They farmed in the Goodell and Klemme area. Paul also was a Kruger seed dealer for several years. In 1977, Velma passed away.

 

 On Sept. 16, 1978, he married Phyllis Asche at Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church in Garner. They lived on the farm until 1984, when they moved into Garner.

 

Paul had many interests. He especially enjoyed working on the farm, gardening, fishing, trapping, playing cards, selling his produce at local Farmers’ Markets and going uptown for coffee in the morning. Teasing the grandkids also gave him great pleasure.

 

He was a member of Peace Reformed Church, Garner Creamery Board and belonged to the Klemme Lions Club, serving as club secretary for sixteen years.

 

Paul is survived by his wife, Phyllis, of Garner; children, Graydon (Sally) Lau of Britt, Janelle (Tom) Renner of Ventura, Marian (David) Scott of Ames, Dennis (Michelle) Lau of New Hampton and Mark (Lori) Lau of Garner; step-children, Gregory (Karen) Asche of Andover, Minn., Peggy (Steve) Matous of Mason City, Carol (Byron) Hangaya of Montevideo, Minn., and Dawn (Steve) Hensley of Mason City; forty-three grandchildren; twenty-five great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Velma Lau of Madrid and Ramona Lau Schmidt of Ventura; brothers-in-law, Richard Happel of Alexander and Leonard (Arlene) Kaduce of Klemme; and many nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Velma, Feb. 15, 1977; a sister, Lois Happel and two brothers, Allen and Verner Lau.

 

Cataldo Funeral Home, Garner, 641-923-2841.

 

www.cataldofuneralhome.com.

 


 

Edward G. Riekena

 

BRITT — Edward G. Riekena, 89, of Britt, formerly of Forest City, died Sunday (Dec. 9, 2007) at the Westview Care Center in Britt.

 

Services are pending at the Cataldo Funeral Home in Britt.

 

Cataldo Funeral Home, Britt, 641-843-3811.

 

www.cataldofuneralhome.com.

 


 

Eugene ‘Bucky’ Drager


 

ALGONA — Eugene “Bucky” Drager, 87, of Algona, died on Sunday (Dec. 9, 2007) at the Good Samaritan Society, Algona Center.

 

Funeral services are pending with the Wilson-Lentz Funeral Home of Algona. Condolences may be sent to www.lentzfuneralhome.com.

 

Wilson-Lentz Funeral Home, 515-295-2622.

 


 

Marshall A. Bredeson

 

LELAND — Marshall A. Bredeson, age 68, of Leland, died Friday (Dec. 7, 2007) at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, Iowa.

 

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 12, 2007, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Leland with Pastor Timothy Miller officiating.

 

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Petersen Lund Funeral Home in Forest City and one hour prior to service at the church. As per Marshall’s wishes, following the funeral service his body will be cremated and inurnment will be held in the spring.

 

Marshall A. Bredeson was born in Lake Mills on Jan. 17, 1939, the son of Arthur and Gladys (Howard) Bredeson. He received his education in Leland and served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Korean Conflict. He was a long-time member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Leland.

 

On Aug. 14, 1970, he was united in marriage to Sherry Johnson at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Leland. The couple made their home in Leland their entire married lives.

 

Marshall’s working life began at Sid’s in Forest City. He managed the liquor store for a time and then began working at Kayot Forester. Later, he worked for Winnebago Industries as a security guard, eventually becoming an electrician in customer service, a position he held for thirty-four-and-a- half years, until retiring on Oct. 17, 2007.

 

Marshall enjoyed camping and visiting with friends and family. He liked to read, do crossword puzzles and watch classic movies on television. He was always ready to share a joke with you and loved sitting down to a good meal but most of all he treasured time spent with his family, especially his grandson, Ethan.

 

Marshall is survived by his wife, Sherry, of Leland, and daughter and son-in-law, Nicole and Jim Weaver of Waukee; and grandson, Ethan. Also surviving are a brother, Dale Bredeson, of Spencer; sister-in-law, Wanda Bredeson of Forest City; brother-in-law, Kevin Johnson, of Forest City, brother-in-law, Gayle (Virginia) Johnson of Arizona; sister-in-law Donna (Herman) Gerdes of Stromsburg, Neb.; and many nieces and nephews and cousins.

 

Marshall was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, Orland and Eva Johnson; a brother, Donald, and sister-in-law, Donna.

 

Petersen Lund Funeral Home Forest City, 641-585-2685.

 

www.petersenlundfh.com.

 


 

Douglas White

 

LORIMOR — Douglas White, 57, died at his home in Lorimor on Saturday (Dec. 8, 2007).

 

Funeral service will be at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007, at the Assembly of God Church in Osceola. Burial will be in the White-Woolery Cemetery in Climax Springs, Mo.

 

Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. at the church in Osceola on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007 and again one hour prior to the service.

 

Arrangements are with Andrews Funeral Home, Belmond, 641-444-4474.

 


 

Francis G. Ames

 

KLEMME — Francis G. Ames, 78, of Klemme, died Sunday (Dec. 9, 2007) at the Concord Care Center in Garner.

 

Arrangements are pending with Andrews Funeral Home, Klemme, 641-587-2510.

 


 

Esther Walk


 

KANAWHA — Esther M. Walk, 88, of Kanawha passed away Friday (Dec. 7, 2007) at the Kanawha Community Home in Kanawha surrounded by her children.

 

Funeral services for Esther Walk will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007, at the Kanawha Lutheran Church with Janelle Siffring, AiM, officiating. Burial will be in Amsterdam Township Cemetery near Kanawha.

 

Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. today (Monday, Dec. 10, 2007), at the Ewing Dugger Funeral Home in Kanawha and continue one hour prior to services at the church.

 

Esther Marie Walk was born on Nov. 26, 1919, in Erin Township the daughter of Charles and Effie (Bray) Howlett. She attended rural school and graduated from Kanawha High School in 1937.

 

On Feb. 26, 1937, she was united in marriage to Fred William Walk at the Little Brown Church. This marriage blessed them with seven children. They farmed near Kanawha until the death of her husband in 1960. Esther remained on the farm and raised her children until retiring in 1972. She was a member of the Kanawha Lutheran Church.

 

Esther loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren enjoying shopping trips, birthday parties and holiday gatherings. She also enjoyed coffee parties with her friends, gardening, watching and feeding the birds and flowers, especially her rose bed.

 

Left to cherish her memory are her five daughters: Judy (Harold) Bohlen of Shakopee, Minn., Jane (Jack) Mewes of West Bend, Betty (Lyle) Faris of Kanawha, Diane Omvig of Kanawha, Donna (Todd) Wolf of Garner; one son, David (Doreen) Walk of Kanawha; 17 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Effie Howlett; her husband, Fred Walk; one son, Bill Walk; one sister, Opal Ryerson; three brothers: Harry, Howard and Robert Howlett; one grandson, Nickolas Pogge; one daughter-in-law, Myrna Walk; and one son-in-law, Roger Omvig.

 

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Kanawha Lutheran Church or the West Hancock ambulance service.

 

Ewing Dugger Funeral Home, Kanawha, 641-762-3211.

 


 

Jerry Anderson


 

Avoca — Jerry Anderson, age 67, died on Saturday (Dec. 8, 2007) at Creighton Medical Center in Omaha, Neb.

 

 Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Avoca, Iowa, with burial at Graceland Cemetery in Avoca.

 

Visitation will be held from 4 until 9 p.m. today, Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, with a vigil service at 7 p.m. at Pauley Jones Funeral Home in Avoca, Iowa.

 

Jerry is survived by his wife, Sharon Anderson, of Avoca; his children: Kevin Anderson and his wife, Margy, of Kansas City, Mo.; Keith Anderson and his wife, Anita, of Avoca; Kelli and her husband, Jeff Jaacks, of Moville, Iowa; Kern and her husband, Brent Funk, of Norwalk; Kandi Anderson of West Des Moines; 11 grandchildren; sisters: Nancy and her husband, Darrell Sliger, of Rockford, Judy and her husband, Ray Harris, of Mason City; brothers: Roger Anderson and his wife, Deb, and Alan Anderson and his wife, Sharon, all of Mason City; and one half-brother, Harry Anderson Jr. of Cumberland, Wis.

 

Pauley Jones Funeral Home in Avoca is in charge of the arrangements, 1-800-447-2588.

 


 

Arnold Hogen


NORTHWOOD — Arnold Hogen, 85, of 901 Second Ave. N., died Sunday (Dec. 9, 2007) at the Lutheran Retirement Home in Northwood.

Arrangements are incomplete with Conner Colonial Chapel in Northwood.

Conner Colonial Chapel, Northwood, 641-324-1543.

www.colonialchapels.com.

                                         Posted by Gene Manning