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Marie Nuehring

August 19, 2008

Marie L. (Meinders) Nuehring, 91, a long time resident of rural Klemme, died on Saturday, August 9, 2008, at the Summit Pointe Living Complex in Marion.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 16, at the Immanuel Reformed United Church of Christ in Klemme, with Reverend Donna Buckman officiating. Burial was in the Ell Township Cemetery, Klemme. 

Marie, the daughter of Lottie and John Meinders, was born on September 26, 1916 in Meservey, one of six children. She married Erwin G. Nuehring on September 8, 1937, and they began farming near Klemme.

In addition to providing for the  needs of her family, Marie was a hardworking partner on the farm. Erwin and Marie wintered in Palmetto, Florida, for 20 years while spending their summers in Iowa. Following Erwin's death in February 1996, Marie lived at the Prairie View Apartments in Garner for six years and then moved to Marion to live with her daughter, Marcella before recently becoming at resident of Summit Point.

Marie's family was always foremost in her life.  She was a dedicated, nurturing and loving wife, mother and grandmother. Her family recalls the wonderful meals and delicious canned produce that she made, Sunday gatherings and meals with relatives, occasions when Marie and Erwin would sponsor youth group gatherings and events at their farm, and the beautiful sewing, embroidery, quilting and other handcrafted items she made.

Marie enjoyed raising flowers and always had a large garden. She and Erwin loved to go dancing at the Surf Ballroom and looked forward to annual fishing excursions at Cass Lake, MN with her sister Mildred and Duard Lewis. The couple enjoyed traveling around the U.S. delivering motorhomes, and had been to nearly every state, including Alaska. Their grandchildren cherish memories of times spent in Florida and on the farm picking fresh fruit from the trees in their yard, running around at the farm, or a  trip to the ocean for a picnic and afternoon of collecting sea shells.

Marie was a 4-H Leader and was active in the Dorcas Circle and as a church youth fellowship sponsor for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; granddaughter, Debbie Meyer; brother, Elmer Meinders; sisters, Vergie Josten and Marjorie Lemke; and sons-in-law, Garth Holscher and Eugene Sharp.
Survivors include children, Marcella Sharp of Marion, Eldon (Theresa) Nuehring of Milton, Florida and Karen (Herbert) Dahlin of Jacksonville, Florida; grandchildren, Harriet (Mike) Hansen, Nadine Meyer, Eldon Nuehring, Jr., Elizabeth (Clinton) Bradshaw, Julie Dahlin and Joyce Dahlin; great-grandchildren, Amber Meyer, Andrea Meyer, Neil Hansen, Tristan Bradshaw, Katherine Alexis Bradshaw and Gabriel Bradshaw; great-great-grandchildren, Essence and Orion Castle; and sisters, Mildred Lewis of Logan, New Mexico and Gladys Jurgemeyer of Garner.
©Belmond Independent 2008

Pamela Kass

August 19, 2008

Pamela R. Kass, died on Monday, August 11, 2008, at home surrounded by her family.

Funeral services were held on Friday, August 15, at the Rosemount (MN) United Methodist Church. Memorials may be sent to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Pamela Rae, was born on September 22, 1946 at Garner, the daughter of Russell and Margaret Reasoner. She graduated from the Belmond High School in 1964.

She is survived by her husband of 36 years, John Kass of St Paul, Minnesota; and her daughter, Christina (Gordon) Ferguson.
©Belmond Independent 2008

Robert Brade

August 19, 2008

Robert Allen Brade, 65, died on Tuesday, August 12, 2008, at his home in Quinby, Virginia.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 16, at the Smith's Chapel United Methodist Church in Quinby, with Pastor Thomas Durrance officiating.

Robert, a native of Garner, was the son of the late Jack and Bertha Walton Brade, and also son to the late Lee Swaney and Walt Henschen of Garner. He was also predeceased by his mother and father-in-law, Arlo and Lucille Stoltenberg of Belmond and daughter in-law, Marguerite Brade. 

Robert was a retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant. For over thirteen years he worked at the White House Communications Agency, serving under and supporting Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan. After his retirement from the military, he worked for 20 years at the Pentagon. Robert was a member of Smith's Chapel United Methodist Church, treasurer of Little Pungo Ruritan Club, and a member of Believer's vocal quartet.

He is survived by his wife, Marcia G. Stoltenberg Brade; sons, Todd A. Brade of Downingtown, Pennsylvania, Neal R. (Andrea) Brade of Front Royal, Virginia and Marc C. Brade of Gainesville, Virginia; brother, Donald (Eunice) Brade of Charlotte, North Carolina; grandchildren, Colleen, Owen, Keegan and Laurel; and brother and sister-in-law, Arlo and Dianne Stoltenberg of Mason City.
©Belmond Independent 2008

Russell Dougherty

August 19, 2008

Russell E. Dougherty, 85, of Belmond, died on Thursday, August 14, 2008, at the Belmond Health Care Center.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, August 18, at the St. Francis Xavier Church in Belmond, with Rev. Nils Hernandez officiating. Burial with military honors was in the St. Francis Cemetery near Belmond.

Russell Erwin, the son of Earl and Gertrude (DeNui) Dougherty, was born on December 19, 1922 at Iowa Falls. The family moved to Clarion when Russ was five years old. He graduated from the Clarion High School in 1941.

Russ and Maxine Martin were married on June 7, 1948 in Clarion. They eventually opened a jewelry store in Belmond, moving there in 1949.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Loren; brother-in-law, Spencer; and infant grandson, Ryan.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Dennis (Joan) of Belmond, Ron (Diane) of Ankeny, Steve (Val) of Belmond and Randy (Kris) of Belmond; brother, Dale (Irene) of Clarion; sister, Gerene Smith of Eagle Grove; grandchildren, Mark (Tammy), Phil (Christine), Brad (Amanda), Eric (Jayme), Jennifer (Joel) Eddleman, Jill (Todd) Sears, Katie (Tim) Barkema, Sara (Nic) Sailsbury, Neil Dougherty and Jacki, Chelsey and Shelby Dougherty; and 11 great-grandchildren.
©Belmond Independent 2008

Dean Prescott

August 26, 2008

Dean J. Prescott, 45, died unexpectedly on Monday, August 18, 2008, at his home in Klemme.

Funeral services were held on Friday, August 22, at the Klemme United Methodist Church, with Pastor Eric Williams of the Garner Evangelical Free Church and Pastor Paddy Druhl officiating. Burial was in the Ell Township Cemetery, Klemme. 

Dean James, the son of Clayton and Beverly (Tanner) Prescott, was born on November 25, 1962 at Britt. He was baptized and confirmed at the United Methodist Church in Klemme. Growing up, Dean was very adventurous and enjoyed racing on mini bikes, motor scooters and three wheelers. At the age of 14, he suffered injuries from an accidental gun shot that impaired him physically for the remainder of his life.

Dean graduated from the Klemme High School in 1982. He worked for a time at Korbert in Klemme. Dean was a devoted caregiver to his widowed mother. Following his mom's stroke and move to the Concord Care Center in Garner, Dean made many treks to visit her. Dean became a little more reserved, focusing his attention on his dobermans, homing pigeons and cockatiels.

Several years ago he met Sheila Orense, and their long distance relationship developed into marriage on February 7, 2006 in Garner. Dean's life and energy for adventures and travel was rekindled. Dean and Sheila traveled to various events and happenings around Iowa. Dean also enjoyed fishing at Ventura. Dean and Sheila had many plans and dreams for the years to come.

Dean looked forward to restoring a 1948 Harley Davidson street bike that he owned. He loved classic rock music and spending time on his computer. He loved hunting and the outdoors, and last fall one might find him on a country road in his wheelchair, shotgun in hand and dog at his side, pheasant hunting.

Dean was a long time member of the Klemme United Methodist Church and recently he and Sheila belonged to the Garner Evangelical Free Church.
He was preceded in death by his father; and maternal and paternal grandparents. 

Dean is survived by his wife; mother; brothers, Bill (Peggy) Prescott of Thompson, Jim (Rosalie) Prescott and Sid (Julie Haugen) Cuellar of Klemme, "Junior" Clayton (Roberta) Prescott of Garner and Ron (Jolene) Prescott of Des Moines; uncles, George Tanner of Garner and Walter Tanner of Mason City; and Aunt Lorraine of Minnesota.
©Belmond Independent 2008

Priscilla Dingler

August 26, 2008

Priscilla L. Dingler, age 54, most recently of Belmond, died of cancer on Friday, August 22, 2008, at the Belmond Health Care Center.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, August 26, at the Immanuel Reformed Church east of Belmond, with Rev. David De Kuiper officiating. Graveside services will be held later in Hill City, South Dakota.

Priscilla Lynn, was born on February 15, 1954 in Rapid City, the daughter of Jack and Helen (Yoast) Davis, the youngest of seven children. As a young child her mother divorced, and her older siblings took a greater role of looking after her. 

Priscilla graduated from high school in Hot Springs in 1972. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1976 with a degree in Nursing Home and Health Care Administration. Priscilla was the philanthropic chair for Alpha Z Delta Sorority for many years.

Priscilla spent several years raising her children, Jeffrey, Matthew and Mary Fletcher, working very hard to ensure that their necessities and spiritual needs were met. They attended church at least three times per week. Her family was always foremost in her life. 

Priscilla eventually pursued her professional aspirations as a health care administrator throughout the Midwest. She worked in Ellsworth, Kansas, Scotland, South Dakota, Parshall and New Town, North Dakota, George, Iowa and at the Belmond Health Care Center since August 2007. Co-workers reflect fondly upon her caring, innovative and meticulous leadership. Family and friends will miss her straight forward attitude and great sense of humor. Her story telling often included a unique ending and in a way that only she could tell. She will also be remembered for her strong sense of faith, renewing and strengthening her beliefs many times during her life.

Priscilla was a life long member of the American Legion Auxiliary and had been an active member of Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis. She enjoyed traveling, her family recalling trips to Tucson, Arizona and the Black Hills, visits to consignment shops, time spent "junking" and her fondness for antiquing. She was very proud of her new granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Helen Jung and father, Jack Davis.    

Survivors include her children, Jeffrey Paul Fletcher of Santa Anta, California, Matthew Owen Fletcher of Seattle, Washington and Mary Alice Fletcher and her daughter, Stella Renae of Sioux Falls; siblings, Mary Helen (Warren) Alexander of Hill City, John (Eleanor) Davis of Helmville, Montana, Gale (Sue) Davis of Rapid City, Susan Malenke of Hot Springs, Anne (Jim) Zwetzig of Hot Springs and Elizabeth Campbell (Doug Coyle) of Hot Springs.
©Belmond Independent 2008

Mary Lu Olson

August 26, 2008

Mary Lu (Cox) Olson, 65, died on Friday, August 22, 2008, at her home in Houston, Texas, surrounded by her family.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 29, at the Addicks United Methodist Church in Houston. A second service will be held at the United Church of Christ Congregational in Belmond, on Friday, September 5, at 11:00 a.m.

Mary Lu was born on November 18, 1942 in Belmond, the daughter of Luin and Mary Jane Cox. She graduated from the Belmond High School in 1960. She attended Shimer College for one year and then transferred to the University of Iowa. On February 25, 1962, she married her high school sweetheart, Ronald D. Olson, at the Belmond Congregational Church.

Mary Lu was a computer whiz, avid reader and loving mother and homemaker. She was a member of Chapter P, Houston of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.
She was preceded in death by her father in 1980.

Mary Lu is survived by her husband; sons, Dean (Ruth) Olson and John (Barbara) Olson; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Courtney, Daniel and Tyler Olson; mother, Mary Jane Cox Campbell and step-father, Bob Campbell; sisters, Lucinda (Cox) McNeely and Dr. Martha Cox (Fred) Ho; and brothers, Robert L. (Julie) Cox and James L. (Karen) Cox.

Memorials are suggested to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
©Belmond Independent 2008

Bernard Black

September 2, 2008

Bernard "Bernie" C. Black, 76, of Belmond, died on Monday, August 25, 2008, at the Mercy Medical Center in Mason City.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, August 28, at the Belmond United Methodist Church, with Pastors Mike and Paddy Druhl officiating. Burial with military honors was in the Belmond Cemetery.

Bernard Charles, the son of Raymond and Helen Ritchie Black, was born on October 5, 1931 at Battle Creek, Michigan. He graduated in 1949 from the Battle Creek Central High School and began working at Eaton. Working for the Eaton Corporation was a legacy in the Black family for over 100 years. Bernie was drafted into the United States Army in 1951 and discharged in 1953. In 1954, Bernard married Margaret "Peggy" Paro. They first made their home in Battle Creek and later in Kearney, Nebraska, Mexico City, and finally Belmond. Bernie retired from Eaton as an engineer in 1993.

Bernie enjoyed golfing, car racing and watching sports. His favorite team was the Detroit Tigers. Spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, was what Bernie loved most. He attended all of their sporting events and activities. Bernie was an active member of the Belmond United Methodist Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and three sisters.

Bernie is survived by his wife; his children, Tina (Tim) Hieb of Alda, Nebraska and David (Marlene) Black of Belmond; grandchildren, Amanda, Chelsea, Dylan, Amanda, David, Cody and Chris; great-grandchildren, Dominic, Natalie, Logan and Delaney; sister, Geraldine; brother, Raymond (Betty) of Battle Creek; and a brother-in-law, Melvin Hinkle.
©Belmond Independent 2008