January 10, 2012
Marcele O. Pals, 95, of Thornton, died on Tuesday, January
3, 2012, at the Rolling Greene Village in Nevada.
Funeral services were held
on Sunday, January 8, at the Salem United Methodist Church
in Meservey. Interment was in the Meservey Cemetery.
Marcele, the daughter of Charles and Lydia (Kolb) Waddingham,
was born on September 1, 1916, on her parents’ farm
near Meservey. She attended the Meservey Consolidated
School, graduating in 1934. Marcele married Elmer Pals on
August 20, 1936, at the Meservey Reformed Church Parsonage.
They farmed in the Meservey and Thornton areas all their
working lives. In May 1977, they retired and moved to
Marcele had many hobbies and interests. She loved to cook
and always had baked goods, especially cakes and cookies, on
hand for children, grandchildren, neighbors and friends. She
liked to play cards, travel, visit family, had a vegetable
garden, and helped with farm work.
Marcele was a lifetime member of the Salem United Methodist
Church (formerly E.U.B.), where she was active in the United
Methodist Women and Mary Circle. In earlier years she taught
Sunday School and Junior League. Marcele was very mission
minded and with her church circle every year she gave some
animals to Heifer International. For many years Marcele and
Elmer raised heifers that were sent overseas. She also
sponsored individuals at Opportunity Village, the Woodward
Resource Center and a child in Africa.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 2002; sister and
brother-in-law, Maxine and Lewis Dorenkamp; brother and
sister-in-law, Wayne and Ruth Waddingham; grandson, Jeffery
Pals; and great-granddaughter, Lily Gelhaus.
Marcele is survived by her children, Dallas (Kaye) Pals of
Thornton, Deloris (Roger) Monson of Nevada, Larry (Darlene)
Pals of Cape Canaveral, Florida and Gary (Carla) Pals of
Clinton; grandchildren, Jill (Jerry) Hulsing, Douglas
(Julie) Pals, Amy (Brian) Johnson, Andrew (Amanda) Pals,
Tammy (Mark) Oxley, Kelley (Bill) Kelley, Michele Pals,
Kristine (Marcus) Smith, Taia (Matt) Gelhaus, Tifne Pals,
Trent (Rachel) Pals and Trevor (Rachel) Pals;
great-grandchildren, Ashley, Alyssa, Erica, Emilee,
Madeleine, Elizabeth, Carsen, Drew, Brandon (Lisa), Jeremy,
Chantel, Lauren, Grant, Natalie, Ronan, Elliott, Kian, Anna,
Hudson, Landon and Brooke; and sister-in-law, Ruth Dorenkamp.
January 17, 2012
Eugene F. Frohling, 77, of Clarion, died on Thursday,
January 12, 2012, at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond.
Services were held on
Monday, January 16, at the United Church of Rowan, with
Pastor Nancy Hofmeister officiating. Burial was in the
Evergreen Cemetery in Clarion.
Eugene was born on November 2, 1934 in Meservey, to Herman
and Gertie (Koenen) Frohling. He attended and graduated from
the Rowan High School. He married Ardith Strever on January
30, 1954 at the Congregational Church in Clarion. Eugene
enlisted in the U.S. Army in February 1954. Upon his
discharge he began farming, which was his lifelong
profession. He worked at several other jobs in addition to
farming, including at the elevator in Rowan, as a substitute
mail carrier, as a school bus driver for the Rowan Community
Schools, and for the Standard Oil Fertilizer Company for
more than 20 years.
Eugene enjoyed all types of woodworking and he refinished
and replicated antique furniture. He loved fishing and
looked forward to the annual summer fishing trip with his
family each August. He was a gifted musician, singing tenor
in several music groups, including a quartet with his
siblings. He was also a regular attendee of the Dows jam
sessions. Eugene was a member of the United Church of
Rowan, where he held several church offices and was a member
of the American Legion in Rowan.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Vickie
Sue Frohling; granddaughters, Tiffaney, Sondra and Marcie
Stork; son-in-law, Stephen Stork; and sister-in-law, Jessi
Eugene is survived by his wife, Ardith of Clarion; his
children, Leslie Stork of Pequot Lakes, Minnesota and Gene
(Kristi) Frohling of Rowan; grandchildren, Aimee Miller of
Rowan, Jonathan (Miranda) Stork of Pequot Lakes, Alex
Frohling of Rowan and Kathleen (Kenny Charpentier) Stork of
Pine River, Minnesota; great-grandchildren, Warren Miller,
William Miller, Hannah Miller, Jethro Charpentier and Violet
Stork; sisters, Bonnie (Robert) Leist of Rowan and Diane
(Gordon) Sandman of Belmond; and brother, Randy (Pam)
Frohling of Belmond.
January 24, 2012
John Phillip Just, 88, of Belmond, died on Monday, January
16, 2012, at the Mercy Medical Center in Mason City,
surrounded by his loving family.
A Mass of Christian Burial
was held on Friday, January 20, at the St. Francis Xavier
Catholic Church in Belmond, with Monsignor Joseph Slepicka
and Deacon Jerry Teymeyer officiating. Burial, with military
honors, was in the St. Francis Catholic Cemetery near
Belmond. Memorials may be directed to the Veteran’s Center
of Belmond, St. Francis Xavier, or to the Children’s Garden
John, the son of Jacob and Frances Basgall Just, was born on
October 29, 1923 at Belmond. He attended country school in
Plum Grove near Lake Cornelia and then town schools in
Alexander, Thornton and Sheffield, where he played baseball
and softball. He had to leave school after the 10th grade to
help on the family farm where he drove a four-horse team for
field work. He helped with thrashing, milking cows, and
tending to the livestock. He talked often of his horse
Cricket and hitching up the wagon to take cream and eggs to
town to sell. He loved to reminisce about playing cowboy on
his horse, tell stories about his days of thrashing and
stretching barbed wire.
John was a WW II Veteran who flew his flag proudly. He
served his country from December 11, 1945 until he was
honorably discharged as a Private First Class. John spent
part of his military tenure in Okinawa. His military
occupation was a half track driver. He drove Hqs. Btry 274th
AFA, drove fire direction equipment, .50 caliber machine gun
ammunition, carried men, equipment and supplies. John made
daily inspections and routine repairs to the half track,
made daily inspections and routine check ups, and was a
cannoneer. He had received commendations including the
Victory Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon. He was
proud to share about his stature of 5'5" and 160 lbs. and
was recognized as the sit-up champion of his platoon.
John was united in marriage to Amy Meyers on September 18,
1949. Their marriage was blessed in the Catholic Church on
October 13, 1952 by Father Ormsby. They made their home in
Belmond where they raised seven children. John was employed
for a time with Spahn and Rose Lumber Co. and the Tomco and
Acco Seed Companies, where he was given the nick name
"Yogi". He retired in 1988 and remained active doing odd
jobs mowing lawns, tilling gardens and blowing snow.
He truly loved spending time with his family and friends. He
loved fishing, listening to country music and playing his
harmonica. He was an avid sports fan and loved to watch
football. His favorite teams were the Iowa Hawkeyes and
Minnesota Vikings. John truly enjoyed going to the races and
cheering for his great-grandson, Zac and the Belmond Boys.
John had a love for animals, especially horses. He loved a
buggy ride on Sunday afternoons. He was adamant about
feeding his birds and squirrels and loved to sit and watch
them eat. He always had a garden full of vegetables and a
huge variety of flowers planted in the yard. He loved to sit
outside and soak up the sun and just enjoy the day. John was
a strong and gentle man with a cunning sense of humor. He
was never afraid to show his emotions. He adored and was
mutually adored by his family and friends and never missed
an opportunity to give them a kiss and hug and tell them he
loved them. He treasured every birth as his family grew and
mourned deeply for everyone he loved and lost.
He had been a member of the VFW. John was a lifetime member
of the Catholic Church -- a prayerful Christian man with a
powerful belief in God. He will be remembered by all who
crossed his life journey as a man with boundless love for
others, a warm and welcoming character, who was very much
John was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Amy on
February 21, 2000; brothers, Jake, Adam, Alex and John:
sisters, Margaret, Elizabeth, Ann and Katie; grandchildren,
Karen, David and Roslyn; and great-grandchildren, Shelby Jo
Those left to cherish the memory of John's life and legacy
include his son, Garland Just and wife, Roxie of Webster
City; daughters, Judy Smith and husband, Jim, Fran Banta and
husband, Lou, Bobbi McVey and husband, Brian and Mary
Schaefer, all of Belmond, Donna Beachy of Mt. Vernon and
Lori Meints and husband, Darin of Goodell; grandchildren,
Mike, Cathy, Katie, Jennifer (Jason), Sara, Paul (Kris),
Robby (Lisa), Steve (Brenda) Tom (Dawn) Danny and Melanie,
Nathan (Laura), Jake (Yuri), Kelly (Carly), Jennifer (Jarod),
Amy (Eric), Josh (Kristie), Jackie (Bill), Jessica (Ryan)
and Stephany (Justin); great-grandchildren, Erica, Morgan,
William, Bethany, Shey, Emma, Lincoln, Dillan, Max, Zac,
Makenzy, Linzey, Jordan, Connor, Kylie, Claire, Cohen, Khale,
Taylor, Tristan, Vanessa, Mia, Tyson, Kaden, Ian, Grady,
Kirby, Jacob, Spencer, Ethan, Makayla, Evan and Liam;
step-grandchildren, Tom, Teya, Nathan, Josh, Natasha, Traci,
Dan and Troy (Brooke); step great-great-grandchildren,
Tiffany, Chyann, Kelsey, Baylee, Morgan, Olivia, Alek, Erik,
Emma, Lizzy, Paige, Katie, Allison, Colten and Liberty.
Survivors on the Just side of the family include Donna
Freeze and family, Larry and Robert, Betty and Sharron;
cousin, Mary Just; sister-in-law, Marilyn Just; nephews,
David Just and family and Randy Just and family, Robby Just
and family and Jamie Just and family.
January 24, 2012
“Bill” Reinhart, 89, of Ankeny, passed away on Sunday,
January 22, 2012, at the Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.
A memorial service will be
held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, January 28, at the Salem
United Church of Christ in Alleman, followed by burial in
the Lincoln Cemetery in Alleman. Memorial contributions may
be directed to the family in loving memory of Bill.
Bill was born on August 23, 1922 in Alleman, Iowa, to Melvin
and Martha (Matzinger) Reinhart. He served in the U.S. Navy
during World War II and was a member of the Ankeny American
Legion Post 42. Bill was a farmer and also worked for the
Klemme Co-op for 30 years. He met Dolorys Cook, a school
teacher in Alleman. They were married in 1944 and lived on
her family farm southeast of Klemme. They later built a home
just outside Belmond and attended the United Methodist
Church. They retired to Arizona in 1988. Doris died in
Denver, Colorado, in 2008 and then Bill returned to Iowa.
Bill is survived by his daughters, Merrie June Murray, Nancy
Jean (Robert) Erickson and Susan Joan Anthony;
grandchildren, Deborah Laine (Scott) Finger, Jay Bliss
Erickson and Chad William Erickson; great-granddaughter,
Emily Laine Finger; brother, Paul Reinhart; sisters, Rose
(Vernon) Herring, Marianne Barr and Marilyn Dale;
sister-in-law, Rose Marie Reinhart; and many nieces, nephews
and other extended family members.
He was preceded in death
by his wife, Dolorys Cook Reinhart; his parents; and his
brothers, Harold and Earl; and son-in-law, Alan Anthony.
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January 31, 2012
Harold A. Eckhoff, 90, of Latimer, died on Tuesday, January
24, 2012, at the Belmond Medical Center.
Services were held on
Saturday, January 28, at the First Reformed Church in
Alexander, with Rev. Phillip Arnold officiating. Burial was
in the Alexander Cemetery.
Harold was born on February 14, 1921 in Wisner Township near
Alexander, to George and Grace (Schmidt) Eckhoff. He
graduated from the Alexander High School in 1939. He was
united in marriage to Dorothy D. Jackson on November 3,
1949, at the Immanuel Church of Christ in Latimer. Harold
was a member of First Reformed in Alexander, where he served
on the church board for fifteen years. He was a dedicated
farmer his entire life.
woodworking, spending time with his grandchildren and
great-grandchildren and family gatherings. But his true
enjoyment in life was farming
He was preceded in death by his son, Darrell Allen;
daughter, Marsha Elaine; brother, Raymond; sisters-in-law,
Evelyn, Lavon and Elsie; brothers-in-law, Robert, Vincent
and Donald; and nephew, Alvin Alfson.
Harold is survived by his wife, Dorothy of Latimer; son,
Wayne (Jane) of Alexander; granddaughter, Rebecca (Steve)
Tiffany of Mukwonago, Wisconsin; grandsons, Mark (Jenny)
Eckhoff of Madrid and Brian (Ashley) Eckhoff of Marion;
great-grandchildren, Nathan and Allyson Tiffany; step
great-grandson, Michael Legan; and sister, Mildred Eckhoff
January 31, 2012
Victor A. Fleener, 73, of Belmond, died on Thursday, January
26, 2012, at his home.
A memorial gathering was
held on Tuesday, January 31, at the Dugger Funeral Home in
Belmond. Memorials may be made to the family in his name.
Victor Arthur, the son of Clarence and Dolly Kelly Fleener,
was born on July 29, 1938 in Belmond. Vic grew up in the
Belmond area where he attended school. At an early age he
started driving truck for a living. Over the next years he
drove for Pre-Lite of Renwick, National Farmline (Whites) on
the west coast and Umthum in Eagle Grove. Vic began working
in Alden for Weavers. After that company became Martin
Marietta, Vic was moved to Wisconsin.
Victor was united in marriage to Phyllis Bauer on November
22, 1989 in Baraboo, Wisconsin. They made their home there
and they started a family. Vic continued working for Martin
Marietta. In 1994, Vic and Phyllis moved to Belmond. Vic
started working for Giese Construction, which eventually
became Martin Marietta. Vic retired from Martin Marietta
after 21 years of service in 2003.
Vic enjoyed fishing, but
loved restoring and working on cars and tractors. He called
it “wrenching”. Vic is remembered as a truly wonderful
husband, father, grandfather and friend.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Victor is survived by his wife, Phyllis; daughters, Tabitha
(Nick) Isom of Clarksville, Tennessee, Victoria Fleener and
Jake of Carlisle and Nikki Fleener of Belmond; his pride and
joy grandson, Noah; sister, Bonnie (Bill) Dirks of Belmond;
and brothers, Tom of Buffalo Center and Larry (Denise) of
Dena Van Osten
January 31, 2012
Dena Van Osten, 91, of Belmond, died on Friday, January 27,
2012, at her home.
Services where held on
Tuesday, January 31, at the First Reformed Church in
Meservey. Burial was in the Meservey Cemetery.
Dena Johanna, the daughter of Hemmo and Johanna Wiegmann
Beek, was born on March 1, 1920, in Hancock County near
Goodell. She grew up in the Goodell and Meservey areas. Dena
was united in marriage to John Van Osten on March 9, 1938,
at the Reformed Church Parsonage in Meservey. They made
their home first north, and later west, of Meservey.
Together they farmed and raised a family.
Dena helped John in all areas of the farming operation, but
most enjoyed doing field work. John and Dena moved into
Belmond in 1977. He died in 1985. After John’s passing Dena
continued to live a full and busy life in Belmond. She was a
devoted, life-long member of First Reformed in Meservey.
Dena liked to play cards, work at the Lyric Theater and
coffee with friends. Dena most enjoyed always having
something for her children to eat. She will be remembered as
a feisty, yet very true loving, mother, grandmother,
great-grandmother and friend.
She was preceded in death by her husband; sisters, Minnie,
Mary and Katie; and brothers, Benny, Carl, John, George,
Herman and Henry.
Dena is survived by her children, Ardell (Linda) of Meservey
and Judy (Mike) Miller of Worthington, Minnesota;
grandchildren, Robin Van Osten, Sandra Van Osten, Brent
(Sarah) Smith and Brandon Smith; great-granddaughter,
Audrey; and sister, Frieda Wessels of Belmond.
January 31, 2012
Frederick William Greenfield, 94, of Sheffield, died on
Friday, January 27, 2012, at the Muse Norris Hospice in
Funeral services were held
on Wednesday morning at the First Grace Baptist Church in
Sheffield, with Pastor Ken Livingston presiding. Graveside
services will be at 2:00 p.m., on Wednesday, in the
Alexander Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the First
Grace Baptist Church.
Fred was born on September 4, 1917 at Alexander, the son of
Fred and Lula (Bell) Greenfield. He graduated from the
Alexander High School in 1935. On November 10, 1940, Fred
married Luella Elizabeth Schroeder. They worked together on
the family farm for over fifty years. Their home was
beautifully furnished with antique furniture that they had
Fred’s interests and loves were widespread, including
fishing, gardening, kids, animals, music, nature and his
grandchildren. A real people person, Fred enjoyed visiting
with and helping others. He was a gentle, honest, kind, fun,
thoughtful Christian man with a great sense of humor.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Luella in 2002.
Fred is survived by his children, Steve (Barb) Greenfield
and Linda (Ron) Herdliska; grandsons, Mike (Kelly) and Ryan
(Marcy); granddaughters, Stephanie (Clint) and Shelli; and
great-grandchildren, Danielle, Hayden, Allison, Payton and
January 31, 2012
Elnor Gertrude Nelson, 95, of Dixon, Illinois, formerly of
St. Cloud, Minnesota, died on Sunday, January 29, 2012.
Services and burial will
be held at the St. Olaf Lutheran Church, rural Belmond, on
Saturday, February 4, at 1:30 p.m. Visitation will precede
the service at noon. A reception will follow in the church
hall. In lieu of flowers, the family has established a
memorial to honor Elnor's favorite church and mission
Elnor was born on October 26, 1916, to Elmer and Gornelia
(Peterson) Olson in rural Webster County. She graduated from
Waldorf College in Forest City and taught elementary school
for a number of years in rural Iowa and at St. Cloud.
She was an active member in her Lutheran congregations and a
faithful supporter of the church's global mission. She will
be remembered for her devoted love of her family and
friends, her keen sense of fun and humor, her interest in
Norwegian traditions and her talents for folk painting,
baking, entertaining, public speaking and writing. Elnor was
the epitome of a faithful family member and friend who was
treasured for her tender relationships with others, her warm
hospitality and her grateful spirit. Her death is a
significant loss for all who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her her husband of 71 years,
Rev. Clifford H. Nelson; granddaughter, Ingrid Nelson; and
older sisters, Willetta O'Brion and Jodella Legvold.
Elnor is survived by her children, David (Claudia) Nelson of
Grand Detour, Illinois, Naomi Nelson (Philip Dahlberg) of
Houston, Texas, Eldon Nelson of Canyon Lake, Texas and
Stephen (Maureen) Nelson of Park Ridge, Illinois;
grandchildren, Erik (Buffy) Otterstad of Austin, Texas, Karl
(Holly) Nelson of Elgin, Illinois, Kaitlin Nelson of
Toronto, Ontario and Benjamin Nelson of Park Ridge;
great-grandchildren, Nicklas, Thomas, August and Solveig
Nelson and Tristram Otterstad; and siblings, Harriet
Schonberger, Laurine Nelson, Elmer Olson Jr. and Willard