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Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Emily Lou Swearinger, 84, Melbourne, died January 26, 2013.

Emily was born August 6, 1928 in Klemme to George and Blanche (Medaus) Johnson. She maried Carl Swearingen in 1951.

She is survived by her husband; children Sue (Jeff) Dillman and Kirk Swearingen; and brother Robert (Darlene) Brown

June 11, 1920  - January 22, 2013
Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Thelma E. Sefton, 92, died January 22, 2013 at the Rehabilitation Center of Hampton. Services were held January 29 at Andrews Funeral Home in Belmond. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery in Clarion. Memorials may addressed to Andrews Funeral Home, Box 224, Belmond.

Thelma Estaline was born June 11, 1920 in Webster City to Harry and Ethel (Jones) Sefton. She graduated from high school in Clarion and continued her appreciation for education at Drake University in pursuit of her teaching degree. After graduating from college Thelma taught in a country school. She had a strong passion for education which was surrounded with love of her school children. She took great pride in her profession and valued the needs of her students. Thelma taught in Galt, Popejoy and Dows where she retired after 35 years in the teaching profession.

She continued as an educator by volunteering as a Sunday school teacher at the Presbyterian Church in Dows. Thelma had a fondness for traveling, and she participated in senior bus trips to venture around the countryside and see the sights with her friends and family. Thelma also had a passion for sewing and gardening. She enjoyed volunteering her time to be an active part of the community. Thelma was an outstanding instructor, a caring neighbor and a loving family member.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Irene, Evelyn and Cleo; brother Evert; nephews Harry James and Eugene “Nick” Nicholson and his wife Shirley.

  The memory of Thelma will be in the hearts and minds of her many nieces and nephew and with her extended nieces and nephews, along with her neighbors and friends. 

Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Keith A. Loux, 79, Clarion, died January 24, 2013.

Keith Arthur was born April 7, 1933 on the family farm near Clarion, the son of Arthur and Esther Forristall Loux. He married Jane Helgevold in 1955. He was a lifelong farmer.

He is survived by his wife; and children Leland (Jane) Loux of Sac City, Kristine Burns of Temple, TX and Lynn (Linda) Loux of Belmond.

Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Thurman E. DeNio, 94, formerly of Dows and Lake Cornelia, died January 21 in Duluth, MN.

Thurman Earl was born December 8, 1918 in Wright County. He attended school near Galt and then in Dows. He operated an implement dealership and later farmed.

He was preceded in death by his wives Carolyn (Drury) and Colleen (Eckvall Sullivan) and his son David.

Survivors include his son Douglas (Lynne) DeNio; daughter Susan (Ron Heneley); his sister Doris (Chuck) Kessler; and brother Verl (Opal) DeNio.

August 11, 1918 - January 29, 2013
Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2013

James C. (Jim) Peterson, age 94, of Belmond passed away Tuesday January 29, 2013 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond.

Private family funeral services for Jim Peterson will be held on Friday February 1, 2013 at the Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick's Lane South in Belmond. Pastor Cindy Morrison will officiate. Burial will take place in the Alexander Cemetery east of Alexander. Graveside military rites will be provided by the Belmond Honor Guard.
Visitation for Jim Peterson will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Thursday January 31, 2013 at the Dugger Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in James C. Peterson’s name to the family.  
James Charles, the son of James C. and Elizabeth Christie Peterson was born on August 11, 1918 near Goodell. Jim grew up in the Goodell area. He graduated from Goodell High School in 1936. In 1942, Jim was drafted. He served his country during World War II in New Guinea. After the war, he returned to Goodell where Jim owned and operated a grocery store.
Jim was united in marriage to Eleanor Leebrick on May 11, 1954. The couple made their home in Belmond, where they were blessed with four children. Jim deliverered frieght for several years in Belmond. He also was employed as a carpenter for a time. Jim retired from Winnebago Industries Saw Mill in Forest City in 1981.
Jim enjoyed taking things apart and putting them back together again, even if they were working fine. He liked working on tractors and was able to assist his son Max in restoring a John Deere. The family even remembers him converting several school buses in campers. Jim was a member of the EUB Church in Goodell and later the United Methodist Church in Belmond. Jim served the church as trustee, as well as other positions. He was also a member of the American Legion in Goodell.  
Jim is survived by his children, Rex, Theresa Crotty and husband, Morris, Calista Henry, Max and wife Jennifer, seven grandchildren, Luke (Melissa), Ruth, Adam, Sara, Kaitlyn, Kelsey, Kinslie, and numerous other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor and two brothers, Edward and Donald.
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October 3, 1919 - February 2, 2013

Pauline Henry, 93, of Story City passed away February 2, 2013 at Bethany Manor surrounded by her family.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 1:30 p.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Story City. Burial followed in the Story City Cemetery. Visitation was Tuesday from 4 to 6 at Soderstrum Funeral Home in Story City.

Pauline “Polly” was born on October 3, 1919 on a farm near Goldfield, Iowa, the daughter of Roy and Myrtle Hilderbrand. She graduated from Goldfield in 1937 and from the American Institute of Business (AIB) in Des Moines, IA.

She worked as a county clerk at the Wright County Courthouse in
Clarion, IA; as a stenographer – typist for the US Employment Service in Fort Dodge, IA; as a stenographer – secretary for the Army Air Force Bombardier School in Big Spring, TX; as an accountant for Gambles in Oelwein, IA; and from 1961 – 1984 as an interviewer, clerk, secretary for the Newton Job Service in Newton, IA.

On August 28, 1941, Pauline married Bill Henry. Bill’s promotions as a Rock Island Railroad Agent allowed for Pauline’s numerous jobs. After they retired, Pauline and Bill traveled to many countries and enjoyed most of the states and Canada with their Sunday School pals from Newton.

She was an Elder at the United Presbyterian Church. She loved to bake cookies, pies, muffins, cinnamon rolls, and deserts. She and Bill delivered her sweet treats and meals on wheels in Newton for many years. She loved babysitting her grandchildren and holding her great grandchildren.

After 40 years in Newton, Pauline and Bill lived four years at the Meadows in Clarion and lived 13 years at the Timberland Village in Story City to be closer to her daughter and family.

Survivors include: her daughter, Vicki and John Kruger, her son-inlaw; three grandchildren, Kristine (Devin) Fuhrman of Ankeny, Michael (Heather) Kruger of Huxley, Kimberly (Eric) Mueggenberg of Des Moines; five great grandchildren, McKenna and Kaylin Fuhrman, Braden and Breanna Kruger and Lilly Mueggenberg; and two sisters, Rose Mary Byrd of New Hampton, IA and Rodean Frakes of Goldfield, IA.

She was preceded in death by Bill in 2011, her parents, her sister Marjorie Whyte and brothers-in-law John Whyte and Charles Byrd.

Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church Choir. Soderstrum Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.


Lynn Schnell, 65, of Galt, Iowa, passed away Jan. 22, 2013, at his home in Seale, Alabama.

Private Interment Service was held at Fort Mitchell National Cemetery in Alabama. He leaves to mourn his mother, Viola, and brother, Danny Schnell of Clarion.

Lynn Schnell, 65, of Galt, Iowa, passed away Jan. 22, 2013, at his home in Seale, Alabama. Private Interment Service was held at Fort Mitchell National Cemetery in Alabama.

He leaves to mourn his mother, Viola, and brother, Danny Schnell of Clarion.

Posted on 6 February 2013

August 5, 1950 - February 7, 2013

Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Guy P. Priestly, 62, died February 7, 2013 at his home in Alexander with his family at his side following a short battle with cancer. A private family service was held at Andrews Funeral Home in Belmond. Burial was in the Belmond Cemetery.

Guy Prescott, the son of Samuel Morris and Virginia Elizabeth (Willis) Priestly, was born August 5, 1950 at Long Beach, CA. He graduated from high school at Victorville, CA. 

As a young man Guy loved the challenge and freedom of riding the waves while surfing.  He enjoyed the rush of mountain skiing. An excellent skier, he was known to ride his skis backwards nearly as proficiently as forward. Guy was a free spirit and loved to spend time outdoors. He was fond of motorcycles, especially Harley Davidsons. One of his jobs was working on a fishing boat, taking clients out to catch trophy fish.  He often referred to this as his favorite job.

Guy was united in marriage to Bobbi Jo Foss on August 20, 1977 at Bethany Reformed Church in Belmond. Their union was blessed with two beautiful girls which he adored, Ashly Jo, and Jody A. 

For most of his career Guy was a master carpenter. He was meticulous in his trade and known far and wide for his skills. Guy shared and honed his trade until injuries from an accident forced him to retire from full time construction. He did, however, continue to do home projects for his family.

Guy and Bobbi Jo looked forward to each opportunity to spend time with their daughters. He loved to support them in their extra curricular activities. He was always concerned about their well being, even more so in recent years following Jody's passing  in April 2007. Guy made it a priority to call Ashly Jo many times a day to just check in and see what was going on in her life.

Guy enjoyed watching television game shows. He loved to play along and was knowledgeable about all of them. He could tell you the history of each show, including the names of hosts over the years. His favorite was Wheel of Fortune.

He loved his Yorkies and would often be seen in Alexander taking them on walks. Guy enjoyed yard work and could be found riding his mower numerous times a week as he kept the yard in tip top shape. He also loved antiques and small collectibles.

Guy was preceded in death by his  parents; daughter Jody A.; and brothers Mike and Christopher "Andy" Priestly. 

His memory will live on in the hearts and minds of his wife Bobbi Jo; daughter Ashly (fiancee Kenn Jenkins) of Alexander; sister Roxanne (Tom) Fitzsimmons of Grass Valley, CA; mother-in-law Evanette “Evie” (Ken) White of Belmond; and brothers-and-sisters-in-law Tony (Shelley) Foss, Gayle (Les) Thompson and Sally (Brad) Lindeman, all of Belmond, and Todd (Denise) Foss of Clarion.

December 31, 1927 - February 8, 2013
Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Eugene (Gene) L. Nelson, 85, Belmond, died February 8, 2013 at Rehabilitation Center of Belmond. A funeral Mass was held February 12 at St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Belmond. Inurnment was in Belmond Cemetery. Military rites were provided outside the church by the Belmond Honor Guard.

Eugene Leroy, the son of Oscar and Carrie Shaw Nelson, was born December 31, 1927 in Clarion. He grew up in Belmond and graduated from Belmond High School in 1946. He joined the United States Air Force and served at bases around the world. He was an aviation mechanic and worked mostly with the large cargo planes. Notably, he was serving in Europe during the Berlin Airlift.

Gene was united in marriage to Margarette (Marge) Nedved on May 15, 1951 at the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Duncan. They lived in Texas while he finished his tour with the Air Force. That same year they moved back to Belmond to raise their family. Gene began working at General Mills, but soon was employed by his father at Nelson Sand and Gravel. After his father’s death, the Nelson family owned and operated the business until 1991. Gene retired that same year. 

Eugene belonged to the St Francis Xavier Catholic Church and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, and watching and reading westerns. He is remembered for his love of woodworking and the time spent in his shop. With either sports or a western on the television, Gene would finish the day with a bowl of chocolate ice cream.

He was preceded in death by son Rodney; sister Shirley Nicholson; brother Robert (Ozzie) Nelson; brothers-in-law Jack Lobdell, Nic Nicholson and George Eekhoff; and nephews Blake and Kurt Lobdell.            

Eugene is survived by his wife Marge; son Mike (Lisa) of Mason City; granddaughters Roslind Gustafson (Doug) of Harcourt, Riea Scearcy (Earl) of Manly, Jessica Tempus (Brandon) of Belmond, London Nelson of Waterloo, Kylie Nelson of Belmond and Brittany Hendricks of Evansdale; great grandchildren Zoey, Josie, Zeb, Jade, Zadin, Riley, Kaleb, Brayden, Parker and Carson; daughter-in-law Denise Krull (Dennis) of Belmond;  sisters Genevieve (Ralph) Turner and Marilyn Eekhoff of Belmond; and sister-in-law Emma Nelson of Belmond.

Posted on 12 February 2013

December 1, 1951 - February 12, 2013

John Allen Morgan, Jr., the son of John A. and Ovedia (Halgrim) Morgan was born on December 1, 1951, in Fort Dodge, Iowa and was raised on the family farm near Thor. He attended school in Thor and Eagle Grove, graduating from Eagle Grove "Class of 1970". John then attended I.C.C.C. in Eagle Grove and Waldorf College in Forest City.

On September 9, 1972, John was united in marriage to Gayle Dooley in Eagle Grove. They made their home and raised their family on the family farm near Thor, until John retired from farming in 2007 and they moved to Eagle Grove.

John was an avid sports fan who loved coaching baseball and enjoyed all kinds of hunting with family and friends.

John passed away on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge at the age of 61 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Roger Morgan and brother-in-law, Phil Nelson.

John is survived by his wife Gayle Morgan; three sons: Linc Morgan and wife Myndi and their children, Laine and Blake of Eagle Grove, Tate Morgan and wife Anna and their children, Jaxon, Caden and Drake of Eagle Grove and Boone Morgan and wife Lindsay of Eagle Grove and their children, Mack and Mya; brother, Ronnie Morgan and wife Shirley of Eagle Grove; sister, Mary Middleton and husband Harold of Clarion; sister-in-law, Diana Morgan of Goldfield; mother and father-in-law, Marvin and LaVonne Dooley of Eagle Grove; sisters-in-law: Bonnie Nelson of Independence, DeDe Wagner and husband Jim of West Bend, WI and Kathy Hinderaker and husband Dale of Radcliffe; brothers-in-law, Tim Dooley and wife Barb of Eagle Grove and Dan Dooley and wife Mindy of Emmetsburg and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 18, 2013, at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Eagle Grove at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Richard Taylor officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Foust Funeral Home, Eagle Grove. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Eagle Grove.
Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.

Posted on 18 February 2013

June 30, 1924 - February 10, 2013. 

Harry Jay Hograbe, 88, Cedar Rapids, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at Cottage Grove Place. Service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Lovely Lane United Methodist Church with visitation one hour before the service. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today At Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories with Masonic service at 5 p.m.

Harry was born on June 30, 1924, in Waverly, and lived in Plainfield until age 17, when he moved with his family to rural Dows. He graduated from Dows High School, attended Iowa State University and served his country in the U.S. Navy in World War II.

Harry married Gladys Birdeen Leymaster on June 1, 1948, at First EUB Church in Cedar Falls. They farmed in rural Dows until moving to Cedar Rapids in 1951 when he went to work for Collins Radio. Harry retired from Collins in 1986.

Harry had an abundant curiosity and was constantly tinkering to make things better. He went from building radios at home to working on radios that went into space and to the depths of the ocean. He will be remembered for his many volunteer activities to make the world a better place: Charter Member of Lovely Lane United Methodist Church; 55 Alive Instructor and Coordinator; Crescent Masonic Lodge AF & AM; Commandery; “Happy Harry” in the Jolly Jokers clown unit of El Kahir Shrine; Hospital Dads; Old Threshers Reunion, Mount Pleasant; safety committees; and disability rights.

Harry is survived by his wife of 64 years, Gladys; daughters, Linda Osburn (Paul Hardenberg) of Garrison Minn. and the Rev. Ruth Hograbe (the Rev. Duane Lookingbill) of Annandale Minn.; two grandchildren; brother, Robert (Shirley) Hograbe of Sheffield; brother-in-law, Ralph Leymaster (Mary Rousselow) of Waterloo; honorary grandchildren; and friends of all generations.

Memorials may be directed to Lovely Lane UMC.

February 28, 1955 - February 17, 2013

Richard (Ric) White, age 57, formerly of Dows, died on February 17, 2013, in San Marcos, Texas.

Ric, the son of Jim and Jean White was born February 28, 1955. He graduated from Dows High School in 1973.

After a year long trip to New Zealand, he worked as a mason in Iowa Falls, Indiana and Texas. Ric was a free spirit who loved his family and friends. He met life’s challenges head on. He enjoyed bluegrass concerts, camping, hiking, canoeing, and vacationing in the Colorado mountains.

He is survived by his wife, Cinda of San Marcos, Texas; son, Josh of Dallas, Texas; mother, Jean of Dows; sister, Pat (Bob) Drury of Belmond; brother, Jim (Jan) White of Ankeny; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jim White Sr.

Posted on 20 February 2013

January 4, 1920 -  February 21, 2013
Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Frances B. Neuberger, 93, most recently of Garner, formerly a longtime resident of Klemme, died February 21, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in Mason City. Services were held February 27 at the Klemme United Methodist Church. Burial was in Ell Township Cemetery, Klemme. Memorials may be directed to her daughter Claudia Neuberger, 2508 Unity Avenue North, Golden Valley, MN 55422.

Frances, the daughter of Frank and Gertrude (Geddes) Schulz, was born on a farm near Miller on January 4, 1920. She attended school in Miller and graduated from Garner High School in 1937. She married Lester Neuberger of Klemme on August 9, 1942 at the Klemme United Methodist Church. Their union was blessed with three children.

Frances and Lester lived most of their married life on a farm east of Klemme. She was a devoted wife and partner in the duties of the farm, and focused her energies and love on providing a nurturing home. She worked hard and always raised a large garden and chickens. She was a wonderful cook and was known for her fried chicken, canned foods, and baking.

Frances was a member of the Klemme United Methodist Church, UMW, church circle, and the Grandmother's Club.

Her pastimes were reading, coffee club, playing cards and bingo, bird and horse watching, writing letters and dancing. Frances never missed the opportunity to send a card or note to her family and friends. Frances and Lester enjoyed traveling with their children across the U.S. In recent times Frances and Claudia looked forward to trips and occasions together.

After Frances and Lester moved into town they spent 24 winters in Weslaco, TX where they made countless friends. Lester died in June 2004, and Frances made her home at Prairie View Apartments in Garner.

Frances will be remembered for her love for others, her warm personality, quick wit, bountiful faith, and gentle nature. She loved to be called Grandma and cherished times spent with young people. She loved to share stories of growing up and was always up for an adventure.

She was preceded in death by her husband; son Mark (1975); son Franklin (1988); and brother Robert Schulz and his wife Muriel.   

Survivors include her daughter Claudia; grandchildren Kari (Neuberger-Eidemiller-Gatlin) and husband Jason of Apollo Beach, FL, Kyle (Beth) Neuberger of Mason City, Aaron Opheim of Allison, and Megan (Opheim) Bagley and husband Brent of Ames; daughter-in-law Sinva (Neuberger) Ophiem and husband Randy of Mason City; and great grandchildren Tyler and Trevor Eidemiller, Ella Rose Bagley, Destinee Gatlin and Jaxon Tate.

April 19, 1918 - February 20, 2013

Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Donald F. Nielson, 94, Belmond, died February 20, 2013 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond. Inurnment and a family graveside service will be held later at Amsterdam Township cemetery east of Goodell.

Memorials may be made in Don’s name and sent to Dugger Funeral Home, Box 233, Belmond.

Donald, the son of Harold and Erma Felton Nielson, was born April 19, 1918 in Belmond. He graduated from Belmond High School in 1933 and then attended the University of Minnesota, earning a bachelors degree. During World War II Don served his country as a Classification Specialist and was stationed in Wyoming.

After the war Don returned to Belmond where he would make his home. He worked as a bookkeeper, first in Fort Dodge and later with a family business in Osage. All the while, Don maintained his home in Belmond. Upon retirement he worked for a lumber company in Belmond.

Don lived at the Belmond Community Apartments for 20 years, and in the last years he resided at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond.

Don belonged to the Belmond United Methodist Church. He enjoyed his life at the apartments and made many special friends both there and throughout Belmond over his lifetime. He very much enjoyed cooking, and would make cookies and candy to share with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by a sister, a brother, and a nephew.

Donald is survived by nephews Tom McSweeney of Pickering, MO and John McSweeney of Cedar Falls; and great nieces Natasha Hegmann and Brenna McSweeney.


Tom Finnell passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2013, after a lengthy illness at the age of 72 years and 7 months.

Per Tom’s request cremation rites have been accorded and no services are planned. His cremated remains will be spread on a ranch in Arizona at a later date.

Tom’s pride and joy was his family. He loved horses and he was happiest when he was in his Wranglers, cowboy hat and boots.

Tom had a great sense of humor which he continued sharing until his passing.

Tom was the youngest and only brother to six sisters, four of whom have preceded him in death.

Tom is survived by his wife of 39 years, Marilyn (Bohy), step daughter, Deanna (Mark) Ziino of Indianola, his children, Christopher (Sue) Finnell of Winfield, Scott Finnell of Dallas, TX and Amy Finnell of Chariton; five grandchildren, one great grandson, his sisters, Betty Sjulin of Oregon and Rose Howell of Beatrice, NE; sister-in-law, Barbara Hoffman of Des Moines, brothersin- law, Wade Dimmitt of Red Oak and Paul Fletcher of Chandler, AZ, many nieces and nephews, and his very close friend, John Ferguson of Hamburg, IA.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. Online condolences will be welcomed at

Hilda Akers
September 22, 1916 - February 17, 2013

Hilda Akers, age 96, of Dows passed away Sunday February 17, 2013, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.

Funeral services for Hilda Akers were held on Wednesday February 20, 2013 at First Lutheran Church of Dows. Pastor Ron Nelson officiated. Burial wasin Otis Grove Cemetery east of Dows. Dugger Funeral Home, 100 North Lee Street in Dows was in charge of arrangements.

Hilda, the daughter of Jens and Lillie Peterson Christensen was born September 22, 1916 near Dows in Oakland Township. She grew up there and attended country school. Hilda then attended and graduated from Popejoy High School in 1934.

She moved to a farm north of Hampton. It was during this time, Hilda worked at a Bakery and Grocery Store in Hampton. Hilda was united in marriage to J. Maurice Akers on October 12, 1941. The couple made their home on the Aker’s family farm near Dows. Hilda worked at home as a housewife and mother.

Maurice passed away in 1973, and soon after Hilda moved into Dows. She lived there until moving to Hampton assisted living in 2011. Hilda was a devoted member of First Lutheran Church in Dows. Hilda sewed numerous quilts at the church and was still knitting blankets at the time of her death. She is remembered as an avid reader.

Hilda is survived by her children, Joyce Davis and husband, Michael of DeSoto, Wisc., Linda Dow and husband, Curtis of Dows, Janet VanOvermeer and husband, Al of Sioux Falls, SD, John Akers and wife, Ann of Charleston, NC, son-in-law, Phil Borleske of Vinton, nine grandchildren, six step grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, sister, Ethel Spencer of California, sister-in-law, Ilene Christensen of Charles City and numerous other nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Maurice, daughter, Phyllis in 2012, great grandson, John Heberlen, sister, Marie Gaard, and two brother, Leo and Nels.

Posted on 27 February 2013

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013

Patricia (Jaacks) Benson, 82, died February 27, 2013 at the Garden Valley Rehabilitation and Care Facility in Kansas City. Services are tentatively set for 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 4 at the Alexander United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Amsterdam Cemetery, Kanawha. Visitation will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the church prior to the service on Monday. Andrews Funeral Home is in charge.

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013

Vicki Kay Hirsch, 73, Alexander, died Wednesday, February 26, 2013 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond. Services will be Saturday, March 2 at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Belmond with Reverend Troy Pflibsen officiating. Burial will be in the Belmond Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Andrews Funeral Home in Belmond and will continue one hour prior to the service at church Saturday.

February 25, 1947 - February 21, 2013 

Michael Wayne Marvets son of Wayne and Mary (Jensen) Marvets, was born on February 25, 1947, in Waterloo. June 5, 1965, Mike was united in marriage with Frances M. Myers, who preceded him in death on March 21, 2012.Survivors include 4 daughters, Teresa Beisell, Michelle Shoon (Troy), Brenda West (John) & Tina Anderson (Kyle), 9 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and siblings, Judy, Rosie, Ron, Steve & Jody.

Services were held Monday, February 25 at 1:30 PM at the First Baptist Church, 1210 S. Commercial Ave, Eagle Grove, Iowa.

March 22, 1923 - February 17, 2013

LouCelle (Lou) Irene Nelson Fertik, 89, of Solon, Iowa, passed away February 17, 2013.

Lou was born March 22, 1923 on the family farm near Eagle Grove, Iowa to Albin J. and Tillie Mable Nelson.

She is survived by her sister, Carol Jean Schafer (Bob) of Mahnomen, MN and brother Orin L. Nelson (Marge) of Sun City, AZ. She was predeceased by her brothers Robert E. Nelson (Irma) of Eagle Grove, IA., and Albin J. Nelson (Virginia) of Nashua, IA.

She graduated from Goldfield High School, attending two years at the Eagle Grove Junior College before completing her Bachelor's in Music from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. She received her Master's in Music Education from the Teacher's College at Columbia University in New York City. Lou married Albert Golden in 1959 and lived in Bayside, New York. Mr. Golden passed away in 1969. She married Samuel Fertik in 1983, and they made their home together in Aventura, Florida. Sam passed away in 2001.
Lou Fertik was a life-long teacher who was passionate about music. Her teaching career began in Iowa in Gilmore City, Manson, and Boone. She attended the prestigious Interlochen Music Camp (University Division) in Traverse City, MI during the summers of 1945 and 1947. She embarked on an overseas teaching career in 1952 working in the Army Dependents' School in Tokyo, Japan for two years before transferring to Heidelberg Army Dependents' School in Heidelberg, Germany. Returning to the States, she served as a vocal music instructor at Roslyn High school in NY from 1959 until 1978. She capped off her extraordinary career traveling to Mussoorie, India, where she spent 1978-1982 teaching students from over 30 countries at Woodstock School, an international Christian school nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Lou and Sam retired in Florida in 1983, touring the country in their motor home, enjoying cruises and traveling to other countries, and visiting relatives and friends along the way. She was active in her home church, Bay Shore Lutheran Church, often accompanying at worship services. Lou was also an active member of the Post-Polio Association of Florida, where she bonded with other individuals who had experienced polio in their youth, and who now faced the challenges of post-polio syndrome. She was a fierce advocate for Tibetans the world over and served as regional director on the U.S.-Tibet committee. An avid amateur genealogist, she helped her mother, Tillie Nelson, pen the family history. In 1998 she was thrilled to publish her autobiography "Beyond the Fields-World Travels," sharing many of her round-the-world adventures. She was a member of the ISME (International Society of Music Educators), Business Professional Women's Club, and was listed in the 1975 International Who's Who in Music and Musician's Directory.

Lou moved to the Midwest in the summer of 2012 to be closer to family. She was a Norwegian through and through, fiercely independent, tenacious in things she believed in, yet ever generous to her family and friends from around the world. She was a unique individual who never backed down from a challenge and who embraced each new experience life brought.

Auntie Lou will be missed by all of her nieces, nephews, and extended family around the globe.

A private family burial took at the Norway Lake Cemetery in rural Eagle Grove was held earlier.

On-line condolences may be expressed at

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be directed to the Albin J. and Tillie Nelson Scholarship Fund at Luther College, 700 College Drive, Decorah, Iowa 52101. Stevens Memorial Chapel in Ames is assisting the family.

August 28, 1936 - February 21, 2013

Thomas “Tom” William Kenefick, Jr.,76, of Iowa City died Thursday, February 21 at home following a long illness.

Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 2 at 2pm at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father John Spiegel officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to either Mercy Hospital Foundation for Cancer Care or Iowa City Hospice.

Tom was born August 28, 1936 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa, the son of Thomas and Ethel Keller Kenefick.  He graduated from Eagle Grove High School in Eagle Grove, Iowa.  Tom attended The University of Iowa and graduated from the U. of I. School of Pharmacy in 1958 as the President of the Senior Pharmacy Class.  Tom met his wife, Betsy Gill, while attending the University of Iowa.

On January 3, 1959, Tom and Betsy were married in Sioux City, Iowa.  They lived in Eagle Grove for 24 years where Tom worked at and subsequently owned his family pharmacy, Kenefick Drug Store, established in 1911.  In 1983 he and Betsy moved to Iowa City.  Tom continued to work at various pharmacies around Iowa City until December of 2012.

Tom was a member of St. Mary’s Church, a board member of the University of Iowa Alumni Association representing the College of Pharmacy from 1978-83, a board member  of Iowa Plus, a member of the Johnson County I-Club and a life-long member of the Iowa Pharmacist Association.  In 2010, he was appointed by the Governor of Iowa to the State Board of Nursing Home Administrators.

Survivors include his daughters Tracy (Gary) Frakes of Iowa City and Pat (Steve) Manus of Chicago, IL.; his grandchildren Tom and Jack Frakes both of Iowa City, IA and Molly and Michael Manus both of Chicago, IL; his brother Dennis (Nancy) of Hoffman Estates, IL. and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by Betsy and his parents.

October 10, 1922 - February 16, 2013

Esther Louise Nelson Keith was born October 10, 1922 to Norman John Nelson and Louise Hansina Nelson. Norman had immigrated in 1910 from Norway thru Ellis Island. He married Louise (of Danish descent) in 1915. They resided in Eagle Grove, Wright, Iowa, where Esther was born. She had two older sisters both preceded her in death, Eileen Sullivan and Dorothy Sherman. One younger brother, Robert Nelson also preceded her in death. Her youngest sister Ruth Eudy of Eagle Grove and her younger brother Harold and wife Betty Nelson of Virginia survive her.

Esther married Howard Martin Keith on January 6, 1940 and they started their family of three, Jon Howard, Anita Jo Cowen, and Mary Louise Sullivan. The family moved to California approximately 1945 and have made their home in Bakersfield, Kern, California. Howard preceded her in death August 14, 2001. Esther loved to fish and travel in their RV. Her favorite fishing spot was Lake Meade, Nevada and Arizona.

She taught many a person how to correctly filet a large mouth bass. She was a seamstress, loved to crochet, and really loved to cook. As Esther gradually lost her sight she would remember her favorite recipes and was still able to cook.

Esther is survived by her three children, Jon and his wife Kay Keith of Bakersfield, their two boys David and Paul and three great granddaughters, Isabell, Lexy, and Chloe Keith. Daughter Anita Jo of Bakersfield, and daughter Mary Louise Sullivan and her husband Henry of Mt. Mesa and their three children, Mike, Brian and Tina.

In addition to her sister and brother, she has many caring nieces and nephews many of whom reside in the Iowa area.

She died peacefully on Saturday morning, February 16, 2013 at age 90 at Evergreen where she had been a resident for five years.

A big thank you to Hoffman Hospice who provided comfort care, also the many nurses and aides at Evergreen. No services. Mish Funeral Home

Published in Bakersfield Californian on February 21, 2013

April 22, 1931 - February 24, 2013

Maynard James Eittreim was born in Eagle Grove, Iowa, on April 22, 1931, to Emmer O. and Sarah (Horstman) Eittreim. He was raised and educated in the area of his birth. 

He is survived by his wife Marilyn; children: Denny Eittreim and wife Penny of Clarion, Diane Loux and husband Gil of Goldfield, Debbie Eittreim of Goldfield, Dougy Eittreim and wife Tina of Clarion and Darla Eittreim of Eagle Grove; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sister, Edna Arne of Eagle Grove and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Services are at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at United Methodist Church, Eagle Grove. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. today at Foust Funeral Home, Eagle Grove.

Posted on 2 March 2013 by Jay Lehmann

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