Jo (JoAnn) Blake  1946-2016

Jo (JoAnn) Blake, 70, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2016, at her home in Delray Beach, FL. Born Jan. 12, 1946 in Algona,  she was the daughter of George H. and Edith (Cox) Blake. 

Jo graduated from West Bend High School in 1964. Following graduation, she attended the University of Northern Iowa, earning a  B.A. in English and an M.A. in counseling.  After many hours of supervision from renowned  psycho-therapists, she was licensed as a Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA. Jo loved her work and was very dedicated to her patients. 

Jo led an interesting, amazing life.  In 1984 she married Chuck Landis.  Chuck was a highly respected psychologist.  They both practiced professionally in Delray Beach. Jo travelled extensively throughout her life. She was very artistic and accomplished in numerous mediums, sharing her work with friends and family.  She was proud of her work with the Hospital Art organization, adding pieces of art throughout  hospitals, to bring comfort to patients and families. 

Jo is survived by her daughter, Melissa Blake; her Aunt, Phyllis Aschenbrenner; sisters-in-law Marge Blake and Mary Blake; seven nieces: Carmen Hamilton, Connie Kerns, Cristy Blake, Cathy Spotts, Kari Blake-Schany, Jackie Jensen, and Angi Louscher; several great-nieces and nephews; as well as many close friends in Florida whom she considered family.

Jo was preceded in death by her husband, Chuck Landis; parents, George and Edith Blake; and brothers, Richard (Dick), John (Jack), and Jean, her twin.

Jo asked that anyone wishing to honor her and what she was about in the world, make a donation to Food for the Poor.  Jo emphasized that she did not want people to “donate in her name,” but to simply make the donation.  

 

 

Kerry D. Ludwig  April 19, 1960 - June 10, 2016

Funeral service for Kerry Ludwig was held Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at the Harris Funeral Home Chapel in West Bend with Rev. Thomas Hart officiating.  Interment was in the West Bend Cemetery, West Bend, IA.  Harris Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.  

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Kerry Ludwig, the son of Merle and Shirley (Kampen) Ludwig was born April 19, 1960 in Fort Dodge, IA.  He was educated at Twin Rivers School in Bode.  Kerry farmed with his family during his life.  He was married to Lori Edler and to this union three children were born: Jessica Nydegger of Webster City, IA, Nicholas Ludwig of Newton, IA and Bethany Halligan of Scottsdale, AZ.

In addition to his children, also surviving are his mother, Shirley Ludwig of Rutland, IA, 5 grandchildren and siblings, Susie Bormann of Sibley, IA, Jaeque Ersland of Alexandria, IA, Brenda Milligan of Algona, IA and Mike Ludwig of Humboldt, IA. 

Kerry enjoyed going on trips with his aunt and uncle Judy and Donnie Ludwig, as well as the time he spent at the Cletis Hundertmark farm; especially his friendship with Lynn Hundertmark. He was preceded in death by his father Merle and brother Kent. 

Donald Hanselman, age 80

Funeral service for Donald Hanselman was held Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at Peace Lutheran Church with Rev. Henry Freidrich officiating.  Interment was in the West Bend Cemetery, West Bend, IA.  Harris Funeral Home in charge of caring for the family.  www.harrisfuneralservices.com

Donald George Hanselman the son of George and Grace Hanselman was born October 15, 1935 in Emmetsburg, Iowa.  He was raised and educated in Rodman, IA.  He graduated in 1953 from Rodman High School.  The story has been told that Donnie was the Valedictorian of his class.  When asked, he would tell you that he wasn’t that smart and there were only ten people in his class.  Being the prankster he was, he decided to go canoeing on senior skip day and that got him demoted to Salutatorian.  After graduating from Rodman, Donnie enlisted in the US Army as a helicopter mechanic and served for two years.

Donald was united in marriage to Rita Higgason on April 14 1961. They resided in West Bend, Iowa and raised five children.  He worked for Snap On Tools as a production supervisor and then went to work for West Bend Auto where he was a mechanic, worked in sales and eventually took over as General Manager.  He retired from J.B. Mertz & Son, Inc. in 2010 after several years in the sales department where he enjoyed interacting with the many area farmers in the community.

Donnie enjoyed working on vehicles, watching auto races, and spending time with family.  He was also an avid Iowa Hawkeye and St. Louis Cardinal fan.  He was an active member of Peace Lutheran Church in West Bend, IA where he served as long time Elder and Treasurer. 

Survivors include children: Lisa Woldberg of Eaton, CO; Steve (Lori) Hanselman of Sioux Falls, SD; Kelly (Nicki) Hanselman of Solon, IA; Jeff (Jeni) Hanselman of Earlham, IA and Jimmy (Kellie) Hanselman of Washington, D.C.; eleven grandchildren, five great grandchildren, his sister Edith Glossen of Dakota City and his brother Eugene Hanselman of West Bend.  He was preceded in death by his wife Rita, his parents George and Grace, his sisters Eldora Krug, Le Ann Meyer, and his brother Richard Hanselman. 

He will be missed dearly and can now be at peace. 

Jimmy Frieden, age 76

Funeral service for Jimmy Jay Frieden was held Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at the Apostolic Christian Church in West Bend.  Interment was in the Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery, West Bend, IA.

Jimmy Jay Frieden was born May 25, 1940 in Lamar, Missouri to Miriam (Banwart) Frieden of West Bend, Iowa and Ray Frieden of Lamar. He passed away in Marshalltown, Iowa, exactly 76 years later on the morning of his birthday.

After living briefly in Lamar, and then Elgin, Illinois, the young Frieden family moved to a farm near Ottosen where they remained for nearly 30 years.

The boy known as Jay to family and friends in the West Bend and Lamar areas, and as Jimmy elsewhere, attended Ottosen public school through 10th grade when the small school was closed. He completed his education in West Bend, graduating from West Bend High in 1958.

In 1960 he joined the Air Force and was stationed for four years in Chateauroux, France.

Upon leaving the military service, he began his career as a professional musician, sparked by the early success of the Sonics, his band made up entirely of young men from West Bend. His passion for all types of music led him to Cleveland, and then to Boston where he met and married Patricia Sico of Revere, Massachusetts. They had two sons, Jimmy Jay, 49 and Jaron, 46.

Jimmy played guitar and bass with top bands throughout New England, and later in South Florida, before retiring and returning to his roots in the West Bend area. As a resident of Ruthven in recent years, he greatly enjoyed playing music with friends Jim Schmidt and Martin Zaugg. As "The West Benders", the trio played for appreciative patients in nursing homes, care centers, and for local charities.

As his health failed in recent years, Jay moved to the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, where he died peacefully surrounded by family members, friends and fellow veterans.

Jay is survived by his two sons Jimmy Jay of Waltham, Massachusetts and Jaron and his wife Noel of Burlington, Massachusetts, and five grandchildren: Jack, Cole, Kailey, Aria and Anya, all of Massachusetts; one brother Terry Frieden and his wife Nora, nephew Thomas and niece Kathryn, all of Alexandria, Virginia; and one sister Nancy Pedersen (Patrick Farrell) of Ankeny, Iowa, and niece Anna Pedersen of Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Other survivors include six aunts and uncles and nearly 70 Banwart and Frieden first cousins. Jay was the oldest of Paul and Elizabeth Banwart's 46 grandchildren, of whom 44 survive. Jay was preceded in death by his father Ray in 1969 and his mother Miriam in 2009.

Harris Funeral Home in charge of caring for the family. 

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 DeLos Biddle, age 89

Funeral visitation for DeLos Biddle will be held Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the Harris Funeral Chapel in West Bend from 10 AM to 11:30 AM.  Graveside service will be at the Chapel Hill Garden Cemetery in Des Moines, IA at 4:30 PM.

DeLos Biddle the son of Stanley and Ada (Flinn) was born July 10, 1926 in Dubuque, IA, where he was raised and educated, graduating from the Adel High School in 1944. 

DeLos was a WWII and Korean War veteran serving in the Pacific Theater in the Navy. He was united in marriage with Julia Marie Sides on September 13, 1946. They built their own home in Urbandale and lived their entire married lives there. 

He worked as a trolley car driver and as a repairman for Northwestern Bell for 30 years. After an early retirement, he started his own roofing and construction company. Julia preceded him in death in 2000.  DeLos moved to West Bend in 2002.

He was a long time member of the Central Iowa Model A club, a Boy Scout troop leader and member of the VFW. His special passion was making quilts for friends, family and those who needed them. 

Survivors include his son, DeLos John (Glenda) of West Des Moines, IA, daughter, Julie (Darell) Zaugg, of West Bend, IA; grandson Ben (Joy) Zaugg  of Clive, IA and granddaughter Jackilyn Zaugg of West Bend, IA, step grandson, Troy DeFrancisco of Des Moines, IA, sister, June Hollenback of Farley, IA and several nieces and nephews.

Harris Funeral Home of West Bend in charge of caring for the family. 

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Evelyn Truelsen, age 102

Funeral service for Evelyn Truelsen was held Friday, May 27, 2016 at the United Methodist Church in West Bend with Rev. Bea Kinzler officiating.  Interment was in the West Bend Cemetery, West Bend, IA.

Evelyn (Wallis) Truelsen, the daughter of Alfred and Emma (Sharples) Wallis, was born February 18, 1914 in Colfax, Iowa. At an early age she moved with her family to Tracy, Minnesota where she graduated from high school. 

Evelyn was united in marriage with Robert Truelsen on May 10, 1943 in Lakefield, Minnesota. The couple lived their married lives farming in the West Bend and Rolfe area, eventually retiring to town in West Bend. 

Survivors include her daughters, Mary Jane (Robert) Browker of Vermillion, SD, and Sharon (Robert) Lederer of Cleveland, Tennessee, 4 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Preceding Evelyn in death were her husband Robert, sisters Vera Herweg and Mary Munger. 

  Evelyn loved reading, quilting, flowers and gardening. She loved her family especially her children and grandchildren. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Harris Funeral Home in charge of caring for the family.   

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Alice Gunderson, age 88

Funeral service for Alice Gunderson was held Monday, April 4, 2016 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Whittemore with Rev. Nicholas Thackery officiating.  Interment was in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Whittemore, IA.  Arrangements by Martin-Mattice Funeral Home,  martinmatticefuneralhome.com.

Alice May Gunderson, daughter of Herman and Amanda (Rusch) Zumach, was born May 11, 1927, in Whittemore, Iowa.  She received her education in Whittemore, graduating from Whittemore High School in 1945.

 On March 27, 1949 Alice was united in marriage to Donald Gunderson at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Whittemore.  To this union four children were born.

Alice and Donald made their home on their farm near Cylinder, which is a Century Farm.  Alice worked at Zumach Grocery Store in Whittemore and was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker. 

Alice was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and Joy Circle in Whittemore.  In her earlier years she was active in the Compassionate Friends organization.

Alice enjoyed bowling and was on a bowling league for many years.  She liked playing cards, especially Phase 10 with her grandchildren and 500 with others.  Alice was a stamp and coin collector and enjoyed doing jigsaw and word puzzles.  Alice’s family was very important to her and she looked forward to family reunions.  She did a lot of genealogical research on her family and will certainly be remembered for all of the cards that she sent for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special events.  She loved following all of her grandchildren’s school activities.

After leaving the farm, Alice moved into Emmetsburg where she lived in her home until moving into PARC Hall.

Alice passed away on Friday, April 1, 2016 at PARC Hall in Emmetsburg, Iowa, at the age of 88.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Amanda Zumach; her husband, Donald; her son, Neal Gunderson; and two brothers, Herbert and Norbert Zumach.  She is survived by her children, Jay (Roslyn) Gunderson of Ringsted, Iowa, Dean (Kathy) Gunderson of Cylinder, Iowa and Mark (Teresa) Gunderson of Orange City, Iowa; eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren; as well as many other relatives and friends.

Eugene “Gene” Harig,  age 83 

A funeral mass was held for Gene Harig at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Whittemore, Iowa on Tuesday, March 29, 2016. Interment was in St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery, Whittemore, IA.

Gene Harig was born on Oct. 26, 1932, in Algona, IA, son of Joseph and Helen (McMahon) Harig.  He grew up in Algona and attended St. Cecelia Catholic School. He was united in marriage to Janice Walters on July 14, 1953 at St. Michael’s Church in Whittemore.

Gene was a Sergeant in the Army Reserves serving during the Korean Conflict. He was stationed in Germany. He graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1955.  He moved to Newton, Iowa where he worked for Maytag as a salesman.  They later moved to Carmel, IN and began his 35 year career with CNA Insurance later moving to Chicago, IL, Columbus, OH, New Orleans, LA, and Naperville, IL before moving back to Whittemore upon his retirement in 1995.

Gene made friends wherever he and his family moved, he never knew a stranger. He was an honorable person who led by example, and had a sense of humor which stuck with him even when times were hardest. Gene’s many loves included fishing, Chicago sports teams, the Ohio State Buckeyes, westerns, a good vodka tonic paired with jelly beans, and traveling with his beloved wife. His greatest love, however, was the love he had for his family and friends.

Gene Harig died on March 22, 2016 at the age of 83 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, LA.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Janice: five children, Steve (Beth) Harig of Covington, LA; Nancy Harig of River Ridge, LA: Pam (Jack) Morgan of Columbus, OH; Mark Harig of Leland, IL; and Tom Harig of Marrero, LA; 7 grandchildren; Jennifer (Richard) Baudin: Joseph (Misty) Harig; Rachelle (Frank) Eiselen; Samantha Thom; Kiley Morgan; Reid Morgan; and Maggie Harig; 10 great-grandchildren; Josh and Jasmine Harig; Joseph and Justin Newberry; Hannah and Hayden Eiselen; Lane Baudin; Trey and Trenton Colon; and Trinity Malone; brother-in-law, Jack Yeager and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Tom Gearty; his sister, Patty Yeager; his brother, David Harig; and two infant children, Joseph and Joan.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice or Americare Hospice Northshore 303 W 21st St. Covington, LA 70433 who were a comfort to Gene and his family. Oakcrest Funeral Services in charge of arrangements, www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com

 Bernard J. Thilges, age 82

  Bernard J. Thilges, 82, of Fort Dodge, passed away Thursday, March 10, 2016 at the Marian Home.

Funeral Services were held Monday, March 14th, 2016 at the Chapel of the Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home and 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church with Msgr. Kevin McCoy officiating.  Burial was in North Lawn Mausoleum with Military Rites conducted by the V.F.W. Post 1856 and the U.S. Army Honor Guard. 

  Bernard is survived by his children, David (Karla) Thilges of Fairfax; Debra (Mitch) Waage of Belmond; Kevin (Tina) Thilges of Lexington, MO; Barbara (Doug) Boyington of Humboldt; Tom Thilges of Higginsville, MO; Charles (Judy) Thilges of McMurray, PA; step-children, Linda Prather of Spirit Lake; John (Julie) Prather of Fort Dodge; Stephanie (Rich) Albright of Fort Dodge; 12 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren with 2 more on the way; 12 step-grandchildren; 2 step-great-grandchildren; his sisters, Evelyn (Donald) Lickteig of Algona; Karen (Sylvester)Berte of Lu Verne; Marlene (Tom) Altman of Irvington; Kathy (Doug) Legg of Quincy, IL; Luella Banwart of West Bend; Maxine (Gerald) Reding of Algona; LeAnn (Kenny) Traub of West Bend; brothers, Robert (Darlene) Thilges of West Bend and LeRoy (Wanda) Thilges of Fort Dodge. 

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Felix and Eulalia (Besch) Thilges; wife, Charlotte; step-son, Alan (Rock) Prather; and his brother-in-law, Gary Banwart.

  Bernard John Thilges was born August 4, 1933 in West Bend and was raised on a farm near there.  He graduated from West Bend High School in 1951 and was enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1954.  He was honorably discharged in 1955. On March 2, 1957 he was united in marriage to Mary Kingsley and the couple established their home in West Bend. He continued farming in the West Bend area until 1966.  Bernard formed his own construction company called Thilges Construction.  He moved to Fort Dodge in 1971 and worked at Stark Stormor Sales until 1991. The couple later divorced. On August 20, 1988 he was united in marriage to Charlotte Fuller and the couple made their home in Fort Dodge. Bernard was employed at Prinsco Tile for three years until retiring in August of 1995.  He was a member of Sacred Heart Church. To Bernard’s grandchildren he will always be known as “grandpa grumpy” and to his great grandchildren as “grandpa danger”. A special thank you to the Marian Home and to Hospice for their loving care of our father.

  Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.  Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home in charge of caring for the family.

Mary Jane Montag, age 55

Funeral Mass for Mary Jane Montag was held Monday, February 29, 2016 at Sts. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church with Rev. Thomas Hart officiating.  Interment was in the West Bend Cemetery, West Bend, IA.  Harris Funeral Home of West Bend in charge of caring for the family.  

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Mary Jane Montag was born December 1, 1960, the daughter of Emmet and Mary Jane (Sherrard) Montag in Emmetsburg, IA.

Mary lived in West Bend with her parents until 1972.  At that time, they moved to Forest City, IA where she continued to live with her parents until September of 1987.  At this time, Mary opted to move to Clear Lake, IA, where she lived with her many friends and extended family at Opportunity Village in Oak Hill Cottage.

Mary enjoyed many things about life. On top of her list was her many nieces & nephews.  Mary enjoyed latch hooking, ceramics, ribbon dancing and many of the other activities offered at Opportunity Village.  Mary was a sports fan and could often be heard in her room cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes whether it was football or basketball.  Mary, also, was an avid Minnesota Viking’s fan.

Mary enjoyed going on outings with her many friends from Opportunity Village.  They could be seen at the Clay County Fair, Iowa Cubs Baseball games or even at “The Surf Ballroom” dancing up a storm.  One of Mary’s favorite groups at the “Surf” was the “White Sidewalls”.

Mary will be greatly missed by her mom: Mary Jane Montag of West Bend; brothers and sisters:  Susan (John) Fuchsen of Brighton, CO, Tim (Stella) Montag of Spring Hills, KS; Joe (Kathy) Montag of West Bend, IA, Pat Montag of Dallas, TX, Judy Montag of Forest City, IA, Phil (Karen) Montag of Forest City, IA.

Also, left to cherish Mary’s memory are her many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and her extended family and friends from Opportunity Village.  Mary was preceded in death by her dad, Emmet Montag, and many special aunts and uncles.

Ruby Wolter, age 91

Funeral services for Ruby Wolter were celebrated on Thursday, February 18, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church Lotts Creek with Reverend David Bergquist officiating. Burial was in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Ruby Amanda (Tinseth) Wolter was born on February 10, 1925, to Anton and Severina (Flaten) Tinseth in  Cyrus, Minnesota. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Petri Lutheran Church in Cyrus, MN. She graduated as valedictorian of her class from Cyrus High School in 1943. She went on to nursing school and worked in Minneapolis where she met Harold. They were married Aug. 28, 1948 at the Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Minnesota. They lived in the Lotts Creek area farming where Ruby was also active as a 4-H leader, LWML, gardening, cake decorating, selling Stanley Home Products, and The Jolly Neighbors Club.

Ruby died Sunday, February 14, 2016, at the Kossuth Regional Health Center in Algona. She was 91.

Together they had five children who survive: Elizabeth “Betty” and Jim Slothower  of Denham Springs, LA; Judy and Dennis Besch of  Algona; Ernie and Lynn Wolter of Emmetsburg;  Steve Wolter of Spencer and Bruce and Teresa Wolter of Algona. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren and another one due in March. She delighted in the fact that she had five great-grandsons born in the last year. Also surviving is one sister, Lorraine and Kenneth Eken of Mayville, ND, and sisters-in-law, Regina Hagg and Elda Groen of Algona, and Elma and Harlan Wehrspann of Emmetsburg. 

Preceding her in death were her husband, Harold, her parents, sister, Doris Johnson and brothers, Ernest and Arthur Tinseth. vArrangements were handled by Oakcrest Funeral Services of Algona. Condolences may be left at www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.

Eldwin Richard “Sonny” Schmidt, age 87

Eldwin Richard "Sonny" Schmidt was born on August 12, 1928, in West Bend, Iowa. He was the son of Henry Jr. and Celina (Wirtz) Schmidt. He received his education at the country school south of Winthrop, Minnesota. He served his country in the United States Army from 1954-1956.

On February 6, 1954, Eldwin was united in marriage to Lois Mae Bauman at St. John's Parsonage in Hector, Minnesota. In 1956, the couple moved to Winthrop. Eldwin and Lois shared 62 years of marriage and were blessed with 8 children. Eldwin was employed as a plumber for Heuer Plumbing and Heating, as a truck driver for Eckert Trucking and then at Eckert Farm Supply for 10 years, retiring in his 80's.

Eldwin enjoyed fishing and hunting in northern Minnesota and was an outdoor man. He was mechanically inclined and enjoyed spending time at his cabin in Nimrod, and also his home and backyard. Eldwin loved spending time with his family, especially with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Eldwin was baptized as an adult on October 3, 2015, at the Apostolic Christian Church in Winthrop. He passed away on Sunday, February 14, 2016, at his home in Winthrop at the age of 87 years.

Eldwin is survived by his wife, Lois Schmidt; 8 children: Mary (Greg) Haslip, Pat Sjogren, Kent Schmidt, Curt (Pam) Schmidt, Sue (Tom) Johnson, Michael Schmidt, Scott Schmidt, and Douglas Schmidt; 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Celina Schmidt; siblings: Arnold Schmidt, Arline Lindstrand, Mildred Simonton, and Joyce Abbell. 

Funeral services were held Thursday, February 18, 2016 at the Apostolic Christian Church in Winthrop, Minnesota, with interment at the Winthrop Cemetery.

Agnes Kisch, age 75

Agnes Kisch, 75, of Algona, formerly of Wesley, died, Saturday February 20, 2016, at Kossuth Regional Health Center, with her daughters by her side.

Visitation was held Monday, February 22, 2016 from 4-7 p.m. at Oakcrest Funeral Services, Algona.  A funeral mass was held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at St. Cecelia Catholic Church, with Father Edward Girres officiating.    Interment was held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Wesley.

Agnes Mary Goetz was born March 23, 1940, in Wesley, Iowa, to George and Clara (Ricke) Goetz.  Agnes was baptized on March 31, 1940, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.  She attended school in Wesley, graduating from Wesley High School in 1958.

On November 18, 1959, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Wesley, she was united in marriage to Frank Kisch.  Together they raised three daughters; Sheila, Diane and Linda.  The couple farmed for several years in the Whittemore and Algona area.  In 1968, they moved to Wesley, taking over the family farm for the next 40 years.   In 2008 they retired and moved to Algona.

In her early years Agnes was a school librarian for the Corwith-Wesley Public School system.  Her love of flowers led to a career at a flower/gift shop which she eventually purchased and renamed, “Our Favorite Things” from 1983-1986.  Agnes worked for Wiltgen’s Jewelers for 10 years.  Most recently, she worked part time decorating for weddings.

Agnes had numerous talents.  An extremely gifted seamstress, she could create and sew anything.  She enjoyed her vegetable garden and canning.  She had a great eye and knack for decorating and was passionate about her home.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 56 years, Frank Kisch; daughters, Sheila Washburn of Algona, Diane (Kirk) Merchant of Sioux City and Linda (David) Lange of Richardson, TX; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Arlene (Richard) Reising of Algona; brother Paul (Sherry) Goetz of Omaha, NE, as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Oakcrest Funeral Services in charge of arrangements.  www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com

 Selma Suzanne Pertl, age 79

Selma Suzanne Pertl, 79, passed in peace on the morning of February 17 in the home she’d worked a lifetime to create. After growing up in Cylinder, Iowa, she attended the Iowa State Teachers College (now the University of Northern Iowa). She’d never seen a football game, never heard of a pizza, until college.

After marrying in 1956, Sue, her husband Mars, and their children made homes in the college towns of Iowa City, Macomb, and Carbondale, before settling in Memphis in 1985. Sue worked in doctors’ offices around town, handling claims and scheduling, over the course of the next twenty years. She was a member of the Memphis I-Club and spent her weekends cheering the Hawkeyes, Tigers, and eventually the Grizzlies. After retirement, she volunteered for twelve years at St. Francis Hospital in Bartlett during the week and cherished her relationship with the community at Christ the King Lutheran Church. She became both an aqua chick and a certified spoon hanger, traveled the country to visit her grandchildren, and was never above the occasional trip to the casinos. She averaged ahead of the house. To those who knew her, she was a best friend to all, and one of the most genuinely selfless people they’d ever encountered. 

She is predeceased by her parents, Odne and Selma Stokka, her husband, Mars, and her sister-in-law, Jane. She is survived by her brother, Odne Stokka (Marlene) of Estherville, IA, brother-in-law Don (Miriam) of Columbia, SC, and sister-in-law Peggy Miller (Ray) of Council Bluffs, IA; her children, Steven (Tammie) of Memphis, David (Tammy) of Albion, Illinois, James of Murphysboro, Illinois, and Karen Zupancic (Gary) of Portland, Oregon; and her grandchildren, Matthew, Michael, Jenna, (Steven) Benjamin, Alexander, (David), Cameron, Spencer, and William (Karen).  

A reception was held at Christ the King Lutheran Church,  Memphis, TN, on Tuesday, February 23 at 10 a.m. with service following at 11. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Christ the King Lutheran Church.  Online condolences may be made at www.FamilyFuneralMemphis.com

Aurellia Besch, age 98  

Funeral Mass for Aurellia Besch was celebrated on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at 10:30 a.m at St. Michael’s Catholic Church with Father Edward Girres officiating. Burial was in the St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery.

Aurellia, daughter of Genevieve “Jane” (Elbert) and Conrad Alig, was born on September 25, 1917 in Washington, Illinois. When she was 7, she moved to Whittemore.  She attended Presentation Academy in Whittemore and graduated in 1935.  She attended Briar Cliff College, Sioux City, IA for one year.  She worked at Geelan’s Store from 1936-1945. She married George Peter Besch from West Bend, IA on January 15, 1945 at St. Michael’s Church in Whittemore. They lived in Buffalo Center for 4 years before returning to Whittemore.  She worked at Elbert’s Hardware for 27 years, retiring at 70.

Aurellia was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother.  She was involved in the Catholic Daughters of America, the Rosary Society and Renew program at St. Michael’s and attended daily Mass.  She enjoyed playing cards and belonged to the Jolly 500 and Grandmother’s Clubs.  She loved to play bingo and delighted everyone with her wit and humor.

Aurellia Marie Besch, 98, died Wednesday, February 3, 2016 surrounded by her family at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, IA where she has been a resident since 2008.

Survivors include, children:  Sister Carol Besch of Dubuque, IA, Judy (Mike) Curran of Elk Point, SD, Ron (Barb) Besch, Bellevue, IA, Jean Richter, Sioux City, IA; grandchildren, Kevin Curran, Charlie Curran, J.P. (Kathleen) Curran, Tim (Heather) Curran, Joe (Hillary) Curran, Kate Besch, R. J. (Heather) Besch, Betsy (Jeremy) Laisure, Jason (Tina) Richter, Bob (Natalia) Richter and John Richter, 12 great grandchildren and one due in July; sisters, Donna Schwab, Bettendorf, IA, and Mary Conrad, Lake City, IA.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George and daughter, Mary Jane Besch, her parents, siblings and in-laws, Carmella (Roy) Graham, Irene Alig, Genevieve (Joe) Lee, Freda Mae(Don) Weidman, Mayme Ann (Bob) Reinarts, Emelene (Merwyn) John, Leland (Doris) Alig,  Susan Alig and brothers-in-law Don Conrad, Merle Herbers, Dick Schwab and Lyle Ramnes.

Arrangements were handled by Oakcrest Funeral Services of Whittemore. Condolences may be left at www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.

Hulda Marie Wirtz, age 103

Funeral service for Hulda Marie Wirtz was held Monday, February 15, 2016 at the Apostolic Christian Church with the Apostolic Christian Church Ministers officiating.  Interment was in the Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery in West Bend, IA.  Harris Funeral Home in charge of caring for the family.   www.harrisfuneralservices.com

Hulda Marie (Fehr) Wirtz, 103, was born March 15, 1912 at West Bend, Iowa, the daughter of Alfred and Mary Gerber Fehr.  She passed away February 12, 2016 at Algona, Iowa.  Hulda was raised on the family farm in Kossuth County, along with her brothers, Henry, Paul, Eli and Elmer.  A younger brother, Daniel, died in infancy.

Hulda attended country school through the Eighth grade.  In her youth, she worked at various jobs in the West Bend area, and for a time was a housekeeper in Peoria, Illinois.  As a young woman, she became a member of the Apostolic Christian Church at West Bend.  She married Fred Wirtz at West Bend on May 24, 1936, and they farmed near West Bend for 41 years.  Their home was blessed with ten children, five boys and five girls.  She enjoyed gardening, baking, and family music and appreciated time spent visiting with family and friends.  Hulda had a special gift for making each child and grandchild feel loved and valued.

Her surviving children are:  Mary (Ted Besch) of Storm Lake, IA;, Esther (Lester Frieden) of West Bend; John (Ella) of Fort Dodge, IA; Eli (Marilyn) of Urbandale, IA; Alvin (Wendy) of Wylie, TX; Lori (Frank Jones) of Gold Canyon, AZ; Luanne (Chuck Collins) of Plano, TX; Irene (Alan Blair) of Humboldt, IA; and Fred Wirtz, Jr. (friend Lila Smith) of West Bend.  She is also survived by her daughter-in-law, Peggy Perkins Wirtz of Belmond, IA; her sister-in-law, Betty Wirtz of West Bend, IA; and a special double-cousin, Madeline Gerber Banwart.

At the time of her death, Hulda had 26 living grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, six step-great-grandchildren, and seven great-great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Wirtz; a son, Aaron; a daughter-in-law, Patsy Banwart Wirtz; a grandson, James Wirtz; and her parents and brothers.

Michael Lowman, age 52

Michael Lowman, 52, of Boone, Iowa passed away at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, Iowa on Tuesday afternoon, December 22, 2015.

He was born on December 17, 1963 in Glascow, Montana the son of Thayne and Karen (Christenson) Lowman.

Mike graduated from West Bend High School in West Bend, Iowa and attended Iowa State University.

 On September 3, 1988, he married Karen Heller at West Bend, Iowa.  The couple later divorced.

 For the past 20 years, Mike was employed as an engineer with the Union Pacific Railroad where he was currently employed at the time of his death.

 Mike served on various Sleeping Angels Foundation committees and enjoyed snowmobiling and riding his motorcycle with his friends.  He was also a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, Division 6.

Michael’s mother preceded him in death.  Survivors include his son Ryan Lowman of Boone; a daughter Katie Lowman of Ogden, Iowa; a grandson Jack Lowman; father Thayne Lowman; and a brother Kevin Lowman of West Liberty, Iowa.

Friends gathered on Saturday afternoon, January 2nd at Toby K’s Event Center, 1801 Mamie Eisenhower Avenue in Boone, Iowa to share in a Celebration of Life memorial service.

 In memory of Mike, memorial contributions may be left to the family or to the Sleeping Angels Foundation.

Online condolences may be made at starkwelin.com.

 Stark-Welin Funeral Directors in Boone, Iowa was in charge of arrangements. 

 

Janet M. Welter, age 67

A Time for Remembering for Janet M. Welter was held Sunday, January 3, 2016 at the Harris Funeral Home in West Bend.  A private burial was held at the Union Cemetery, Ottosen, IA.  Harris Funeral Home was in charge of caring for the family.  

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Janet Schafer, the daughter of Carl and Marie (Dorweiler) Schafer was born September 11, 1948 in West Bend, Iowa, where she was raised and received her education, graduating from the West Bend High School in 1966. She then attended La James College of Hairstyling in Mason City. 

On September 11, 1970, she was united in marriage with David Welter at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. The couple lived and farmed the majority of their married lives in the Ottosen area. 

Janet is survived by her husband David of Ottosen, IA, children, Jesse (Shawn) Welter of Ottosen, IA and their children Kayla, Cassidy, Alexis and Ryker; Jillian (James) Hansen of West Bend, IA and their children Tyler and Cooper; and Justin(Allison) Welter of Ames, IA and their daughter Emma, mother-in-law, Alice Welter of Ottosen, IA, siblings: Francis (Nancy) Schafer of West Bend, IA, Karla (Clarence) Hanson of Graettinger, IA, Pat Keeble of West Bend, IA,  Linda Konken of West Bend, IA, Dorothy Struthers of Ankeny, IA, Anna (David) Schwint of Storm Lake, Iowa, Theresa (Dean)McKee of Sioux City, IA, and brother-in-law Terry Struecker of West Bend, IA. 

Janet was a devoted mother, had a special love for her grandchildren and loved gardening and baking.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Marjorie.

 

Charles “Chuck” Schmidt, age 78

Funeral Mass for Charles E. Schmidt was held Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at Sts. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church with Rev. Thomas Hart officiating.  Interment was in the West Bend Cemetery, West Bend, IA.  Harris Funeral Home was in charge of caring for the family.  

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Charles ‘Chuck’ Earnest Schmidt, the son of Earnest and Ida (Banwart) Schmidt was born January 1, 1937 on the family farm in Ottosen, IA. He received his education at a country school north of Ottosen until the third grade, then finished his education at the West Bend Community School. 

   On January 8, 1957 he was united in marriage with Carol Laubenthal at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in West Bend. The couple lived on a farm near Ottosen, where they had a dairy and crop farm and raised seven children.  Due to health reasons, they moved into West Bend in 1987.  Chuck retired from farming and worked for West Bend Ford until 2005.

  Chuck had a great passion for the farm and anything he could tinker with; there wasn’t much he wouldn’t attempt to fix.  Chuck enjoyed golfing and playing cards with his friends and family.  He was an active community member, which was shown by his role in starting the West Bend Golf and Country Club and West Bend Ford.  He was a member of the Sts. Peter and Paul Church and Knights of Columbus.  Chuck also served on the school board.

Survivors include his wife Carol of West Bend, IA, children: Joe (Sue) Schmidt of Ottosen, IA, Jane (Charlie) DeLaCroix of Greeley, CO, Paul (Lori) Schmidt of Ottosen, IA, Lisa Schmidt of Dubuque, IA, Brian (Nancy) Schmidt of Fort Dodge, IA, and Bruce Schmidt of Omaha, NE; grandchildren: Justin (Katie) Schmidt of Lakeville, MN, Nicole (Mike) Myer of Curlew, IA, Lindsey (Levi) Trauger of Algona, IA, Christopher (Mindy) Schmidt of Humboldt, IA, Alex and Darren DeLaCroix of Greeley, CO, great-grandchildren: Morgan, Wyatt and Tate Charles Myer, Leandra and Baby Trauger; brother Jim (Sherry) Schmidt of West Bend, IA, sister Marilyn (Lyle) Zeltwanger of Valparaiso, IN, and his uncle Ervin Banwart of West Bend, IA, 2 step granddaughters and 6 step great-granddaughters.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Earnie and Ida, and his daughter, Karen in 2010.

 

Lannie L. Miller, age 78

Funeral Mass for Lannie Miller was held Friday, December 18, 2015 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Rev. Thomas Hart officiating.  Interment was in the West Bend Cemetery, West Bend, IA.  Harris Funeral Home was in charge of caring for the family.   www.harrisfuneralservices.com

Lannie Lee Miller was born on April 26, 1937 in West Bend, the son of W. Wayne and M. Hazel Bell Miller. He graduated from West Bend High School in 1955. Before graduating, Lannie enlisted in the National Guard. In 1954, he attended NCO School at Fort Riley, KS. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant at the Iowa Military Academy in 1960. In 1962 he attended the US Army Artillery & Missile School in Fort Sill, OK. He was discharged in 1964. 

Lannie was united in marriage to Charlene Thul on December 28, 1961 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Joe. They farmed near West Bend where Lannie also trucked for Wayne Miller and Sons. Eventually this trucking business became Miller Brothers Trucking which he co-owned with his brother Herb. In 2001, Herb sold his shares to Jeff and Rusty and the business became Miller Freightlines, LLC. Lannie was also a hog buyer for Heinold and IBP from 1985-1994. 

Lannie was a true believer in service to his community. He served on both the West Bend and West Bend-Mallard School Board for over 20 years. He was a Palo Alto County Supervisor for 12 years. Lannie also served on several state level boards including PURE (People United for Rural Education), Iowa State Mental Health and Disabilities Commission, Iowa State Association of Counties Board of Directors, Iowa Hospital Licensing Board, and the Iowa Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. 

Lannie was an avid reader of many newspapers and always watched the evening news. He believed it was important to be aware of and care about what was going on in the world. He enjoyed getting into lively debates on nearly any topic imaginable with anyone who was willing to participate. 

Those left to honor his memory include eight children, Vicki Miller of Mt. Airy, GA, Jeff (Rhonda) Miller of Des Moines, Kris (Randy) Adams of Las Vegas, NV, Tina (Craig) Banwart of Ottosen, Rusty (Rachel) Miller of Clermont, GA, Amy (Bob) Wasson of Waukon, Andi (Adam) Sadler of West Bend and Dixie (Ross) McConnell of Indianola; 22 grandchildren, Abby, Jack, and Anthony Miller, Amanda (Brennan) Kollasch, Casey and Sterling Sprau, Danielle and Andrew Adams, Chelsea (Jordan) Laubenthal, Mackenzie and Cole Banwart, Savannah and Jacob Miller, Regan, Brooke and Mason Wasson, Charli, Ryen, Memphis and Axl Sadler, and Cooper and Collins McConnell. Also surviving are two sisters, Joyce (Bart) Derrick of Ocean View, Delaware and Peggy (Merle) Boomgarden of Algona and one brother Mike “Butch” Miller of Spirit Lake. 

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Charlene on October 29, 2015; his parents, four brothers Herbert, Richard, Bernard, and Dennis and two sisters-in-law Phyllis and Jackie Miller.

Leroy C. Johnson, Age 80

Leroy was called to the Lord November 16, 2015, the day before his 81st birthday.

Born November 17, 1934 in West Bend, Iowa to Clarence C. Johnson and Meta Balgeman Johnson. He grew up on a farm near West Bend. He graduated from West Bend High School in 1953. In 1954 he joined the Navy and served our country for four years. After the Navy he started a long career with Moorman Feed Company. He met and married Sue Tucker in El Monte, CA. She passed in 1981. 

Later he moved north, with Moormans, to Manteca, CA. He met and married Norene Herzog and together enjoyed life to the fullest. Norene passed in 1999. Leroy was active with the Moose and VFW for many years. He enjoyed fishing and camping.

Leroy is survived by his son Richard Johnson (Lori) of Wisconsin, their children Cody, Kelsey and Trevor; a daughter Debbie Greenwald of Colorado, her children Wade and Jennifer; a step-son Peter Herzog (Ruth) of Manteca, their children Crystal and Nicole; a step-daughter Susan Crane of Manteca, her children Joshua and Michael. He was blessed with 10 great- grand children. In addition, Leroy was survived by one sibling Eileen Johnson Jensen Anderson (Jim).

He was the best dad, friend and all around goofball you could want to know. All who met him left with a smile. A memorial service was held in Manteca, CA on November 22, 2015.

 

Helen A. Zaugg, age 96

Funeral service for Helen Zaugg was held Saturday, November 21, 2015 at the Apostolic Christian Church in West Bend with the Apostolic Christian Ministers officiating.  Interment was in the Apostolic Christian Cemetery, West Bend, IA.  Harris Funeral Home of West Bend was in charge of caring for the family.

Helen A. (Banwart) Zaugg, the daughter of Joseph and Ella (Cordill) Banwart was born February 10, 1919 in Winthrop, Minnesota. At an early age, her family moved to Fort Scott, Kansas where Helen was raised and received her education. She also obtained a degree in nursing home administration. 

On January 9, 1941 she was united in marriage with Edward Zaugg in Fort Scott, Kansas. The couple lived in West Bend from 1941-1961 when they moved to Mallard where they lived until 1976. She has been in West Bend since 1976. Helen and her husband owned and operated the West Bend Care Center for many years. She was a faithful member of the Apostolic Christian Church, West Bend. 

Survivors include her children: Roger (Joyce) Zaugg of Jordan, Minnesota, William (Connie) Zaugg of West Bend, IA, Marvella (Larry) Wickman of Emmetsburg, IA, and Beth Zaugg of Portland, Oregon; 12 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren; sisters: Irene (Lester) Kaiser of Morton, Illinois and Ruth (Jim Bahr) of Fort Scott, Kansas.   She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Edward in 1998, a son Kem and siblings Albert, Glen, Earl, Clarence, and Mabel. 

 

Charlene K. Miller, age 73

Funeral Mass for Charlene Miller was held Monday, November 2, 2015 at Sts. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church in West Bend, IA with Rev. Thomas Hart officiating.  Interment was in the West Bend Cemetery, West Bend, IA.

Charlene Kathryn Miller was born on June 30, 1942 in St. Joseph, the daughter of Eugene and Emma Becker Thul. She attended elementary and most of high school in St. Joe. She graduated from Bishop Garrigan High School as part of the first ever graduating class in 1960. 

Charlene was united in marriage to Lannie Miller on December 28, 1961 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Joe. They lived and farmed near West Bend. In 1980, Charlene started working at Lamperts which eventually became Community Lumber, a position she held for 35 years. Using the knowledge she had gained from those years spent around contractors, construction crews and customers, Charlene was eventually able to build and move into her own dream house in December 2005. 

Charlene had many passions in life. She joined a bowling league in 1965 at Lou’s Lanes. After Lou’s closed, she continued to bowl in leagues in Algona and Humboldt up until the time of her death. When West Bend built a golf course she took up the sport so she could support the venture and have another hobby to share with others. Charlene loved to travel and would say “Yes!” to anyone who asked her to go somewhere with them. These adventures took her to Italy, Alaska, Hawaii, New York and almost every other state in the country. 

Charlene was an avid seamstress. She sewed clothes for her daughters when they were younger. More recently, she enjoyed making dolls, blankets, bags and other items for her children and grandchildren. She was always looking for some unique, new project to dive into. 

Those left to honor her memory include her husband of 53 years, Lannie of West Bend; eight children, Vicki Miller of Mt. Airy, GA, Jeff (Rhonda) Miller of Des Moines, Kris (Randy)Adams of Las Vegas, NV, Tina (Craig) Banwart of Algona, Rusty (Rachel) Miller of Clermont, GA, Amy (Bob) Wasson of Waukon, Andi (Adam)Sadler of West Bend and Dixie (Ross) McConnell of Indianola; 22 grandchildren, Abby, Jack, and Anthony Miller, Amanda (Brennan) Kollasch, Casey and Sterling Sprau, Danielle and Andrew Adams, Chelsea (Jordan) Laubenthal, Mackenzie and Cole Banwart, Savannah and Jacob Miller, Regan, Brooke and Mason Wasson, Charli, Ryen, Memphis and Axl Sadler, and Cooper and Baby McConnell. Charlene is also survived by eleven siblings, Donna (Ray) Forsythe of Fort Dodge, Barb Forsythe of Chandler, AZ, Jean Pittsley of Libby, MT, Virginia (Joe) Kulisek of Westchester, IL, Richard (Sheryl) Thul of Boone, Emily Bendickson of Farnhamville, Millie Crawford of Fort Dodge, Irene Cameron of Des Moines, Peggy (Ron) Kovacs of Glen Campbell, PA, Don (Linda) Thul of West Bend, and Carla (Frank) Montag of West Bend.   She was proceeded in death by her parents; one brother, David Thul; two sisters, Mary Lu Thul and Fran Johnston; brothers-in-law Dale Pittsley, Gary Bendickson, Bill Crawford and Richard Cameron.

Harris Funeral Home of West Bend in charge of caring for the family.   www.harrisfuneralservices.com

Rosanne J. Schuster, age 79

 A Funeral Service for Rosanne J. Schuster of Baudette, MN was held on Monday, October 19, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Baudette, MN. Visitation was held on Monday, one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment was held at Hillside (Zippel) Cemetery in Baudette, MN.

Rosanne passed away on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at Lakewood Health Center in Baudette at the age of 79.

Rosanne Justine Bormann was born on June 24, 1936 to Charles and Anna (Hartman) Bormann in Iowa. She graduated from Presentation Academy in 1953 and was married to Keith Ballard on December 28, 1954. Keith and Rosie managed the West Bend Hatchery until 1961 when they purchased Smith’s Resort (now Ballard’s) and moved to Lake of the Woods. They ran Ballard’s Resort together until Keith’s passing in 1978. In 1979 she married Jim Schuster and resided along the Rainy River until a year ago when she  moved into Parker’s Arc. 

During her marriage to Jim, she spent many winters in Arizona golfing, visiting family, and enjoying the RV life. One of Rosie’s proudest moments was the summer she hit not one, but TWO holes-in-one at Oak Harbor!! When traveling was no longer an option, she found great pleasure in feeding and watching the birds throughout the changing seasons. But Rosie’s greatest pleasure in life was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who will fondly remember that each visit to Grandma Rosie’s   house was first greeted with a BIG hug, then an ice-cream treat!

Rosie is survived by her children: Steve (Joanne) Ballard, Marijean (Dallas) Block, Sharon (Dave) Ingeman, Tom (April) Ballard, Amy Ballard (Lynda Annoreno), Sara (Al) Thompson, and Jeff (Kristie) Ballard: foster children: Lorrie Ulfers, Sr. Rosalyn Ulfers, Jim (Sue) Ulfers, Carol (Bob) Besch, and John Dube; step-children: Judi (Don) Kuchenbecher, Jane (Dan) Kruse, Connie Schuster, Barbie Salic, Bill (Ann) Schuster, and Jacque (Doug) Kruse; 42 grandchildren, and 70+ great-grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers Jerry (Norma) Bormann, Father Charles Bormann, Moe (Eileen) Bormann, sisters Maurine (Bob) Reding, and Sister M. Emilie Bormann.

Rosie was preceded in death by her parents, her two husbands, Keith Ballard and Jim Schuster, infant sister Anne, brothers, Rich and Vern Bormann, children Sue (Ulfers) Dube, Brad Schuster, and Bill Ulfers.  Helgeson Funeral Homes and Cremation Services in charge of arrangements.

 

Merril Hefty, age 81

Funeral service for Merril Hefty was held Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Peace Lutheran Church with Pastor Nicholas Thackery officiating.  Interment was in the West Bend Cemetery, West Bend, IA.  

Merril Duane Hefty was born September 7, 1934 in Hardy, IA, the son of Henry and Mildred (Rummens) Hefty. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from the Vernon Consolidated High School near Renwick, IA. 

In 1954, Merril was united in marriage to Judy Harmon at Zion Lutheran Church, Luverne, IA. To this union five children were born. Merril and Judy farmed in the LuVerne area until 1962 when they moved to the Ottosen area to continue farming and raising livestock.  In 2000, Merril and Judy moved to an acreage just outside of West Bend, IA. 

Left to cherish his memory is his wife Judy; children: Judy (Jim) Crawford of Emmetsburg, Dave (Becky) Hefty of West Bend,  Bruce (Kim) Hefty of Bradgate,  Steven Hefty of West Bend, and Janet (Tom) Hartman of West Bend; 14 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren; siblings: Betty Billings of Kansas City, MO, Alma Chatman of Las Vegas, NV, Ben (Kay) Hefty of LuVerne, IA, Eunice (Dennis) Albright of Albuquerque, NM and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mildred Hefty, a sister Lela Hefty and brothers: Short, Bud and Gary Hefty.

 Harris Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.  www.harrisfuneralservices.com

 

Jill Fehr, age 30

A funeral Mass for Jill Fehr, 30, of Whittemore, was held 10:30 AM Thursday, October 15, 2015, at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Algona.  Burial was in St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery, Whittemore.

Jill Elizabeth Fehr was born March 2, 1985, in Forest City, daughter of Pat and Jamie (Vaske) Johnson.  She attended St. John’s Catholic and Seton Grade School graduating from Bishop Garrigan High School in 2003.  She then attended Iowa Lakes Community College School of Nursing and graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Nursing.

Jill was married to Anthony Fehr on January 19, 2008, at Ocho Rios, Jamaica.  Anthony and their two year old son, Jameson, were the complete focus of Jill’s life.  She had a great sense of care for people especially her family and friends, and the people she helped as a nurse.

Jill had a passion for shopping.  She enjoyed bubble baths and from an early age she enjoyed reading and listening to books on tape.  She also enjoyed vacationing and being surrounded by her family and friends.   

Jill developed Type I diabetes at age 11.  Every day she wanted to live a “normal” life and she struggled with this daily. She developed many complications and getting through most days without pain was a challenge, but always went on with an infectious smile.  Jill died Saturday evening, October 10, 2015, at the age of 30.  

She is survived by Anthony and Jameson of Whittemore; her parents, Jamie and Kent Elbert of Whittemore and Pat Johnson of Titonka; two sisters, Heather Kelly and her husband Josh of Waterloo and their children, Owen and Mazie, and Sydney Elbert of Whittemore; her maternal grandparents, James and Marlene Vaske of Bancroft, and her paternal grandparents, Joan and Gary Smidt of Titonka.  She is also survived by her parents-in-law, Jeff and Beth Fehr of Whittemore; two brothers-in-law, Chris Fehr and his wife Becca of Minneapolis, MN and their children Cullan, Sylvia, and Greta, and Dustin Fehr of Whittemore and his children Tristan and Emalin; her grandfather, Art Elbert of Whittemore; her grandparents-in-law, Larry and Carol Fehr of West Bend and Joyce and Art Hix of Fenton; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives.  She was preceded in death by her grandfathers James Johnson and Roger Anderson, and grandmother Clarice Elbert.

Oakcrest Funeral Services of Algona in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be left to www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.

Charlie Baas, age 80

Funeral services for Charlie Baas were held on Saturday, October 10, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Whittemore with Reverend Mark Resner officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery.

Charles William Baas was born March 20, 1935, in Whittemore, Iowa, the son of Lester and Linda (Roeber) Baas. He grew up on the family farm near West Bend and attended St. Paul’s Lutheran School and later graduated from the Whittemore High School in 1953. After his schooling he began working on the farm.

Charlie farmed his entire life while also raising purebred Hampshire pigs and Duroc pigs. He also worked with his uncles at Roeber Building Service for many years and was a greenskeeper at the Whittemore Golf Course. For the last 30 years he also helped Chuck and Dave Bjustrom with their farming operation.

Charlie was an active member of the Kossuth County Pork Producers, Iowa Pork Producers Association and was an elder at St. Paul Lutheran Church.  He also enjoyed fishing and sports, especially the Iowa State Cyclones, Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Twins.

Charlie died Tuesday, October 6, 2015, near Burt, Iowa, doing what he loved most, farming.  He was 80.

He is survived by his siblings, Ann Helmers and husband, Marlyn of Algona; Carol Baas of West Bend; Tom Baas and wife, Cindy of Ames; sister-in-law, Deb Baas of Algona; aunt, Wilma Roeber of Britt and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Don Baas.

Arrangements were handled by Oakcrest Funeral Services of Whittemore. Condolences may be left at www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.

 

Roumain Ruppert, age 80

Funeral Mass for Roumain Ruppert was held Saturday, September, 26, 2015 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mallard, IA with Rev. Thomas Hart officiating.  Interment was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Mallard, IA.  Harris Funeral Homes was in charge of caring for the family.

Roumain John Ruppert, son of Frank and Bertha (Rubel) Ruppert, was born on November 28, 1934 in Mallard, Iowa. He graduated in 1953 from Mallard High School and began his career farming. On September 9, 1959 he was united in marriage to Lavonne Kollasch at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Whittemore. To this union, three sons and two daughters were born. 

Roumain enjoyed raising crops and especially livestock and spent his life farming the same homestead where he was born. Roumain was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and his community. He served on the Fair Board, the Cattlemen’s Association, and as a 4-H leader and volunteer. In his free time, there was nothing he enjoyed more than attending his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events and concerts with Lavonne. 

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 56 years, Lavonne, and his five children Larry (Linda) Ruppert of Mallard; Juliann (Bert) Naig of Cylinder; Eugene (Sue) Ruppert of Mallard; Carla (Mark) Mueller of Broomfield, Colorado; and Darrell (Michele) Ruppert of Mallard. He is also survived by his twelve grandchildren Melissa and Matthew Ruppert; Amy (Andrew) Ritchie and Karen (Spenser) Frank; Brian, Bradley (Courtney), and Jennica Ruppert; Adam (Rachael) and Tyler (Kasey) Mueller; John Lanning and Tristen and Isabelle Ruppert; three great grandchildren Ally, Ryan, and Matthew; and his sister Gwen (Jack) Donahue. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Francis.

Richard M. Kinseth, age 88

Funeral service for Richard Kinseth was held Monday, September 21, 2015 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ottosen, IA with Rev. Gene Broughton officiating.  Interment was in Union Cemetery, Ottosen, IA.  Harris Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.  www.harrisfuneralervices.com.

Richard M. Kinseth, the son of Mount Oliver and Olga (Floen) Kinseth was born November 5, 1926 in Ottosen, Iowa, where he was raised and educated, graduating from the Ottosen High School in 1944. On November 27, 1949, he was united in marriage with Ramona Loos at First Lutheran Church in Gilmore City. The couple lived in Ottosen the majority of their married lives. Richard worked at the Ottosen Elevator for a short while and was a mail carrier in the Ottosen area for many years. 

Survivors include his wife Ramona of Ottosen, IA, children: Craig (Vicki) Kinseth of Overland Park, KS, Gary (Kay) Kinseth of Algona, IA, Marsha (Mike) Riordan of Oskaloosa, IA, Byron Kinseth of Flagler, CO, Karen (Brett) Irving of Pittsfield, IL and Richard (Kathleen) Kinseth of Des Moines, IA; 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Delores Naeve, Charlotte Barber and Marilyn Haug,  brothers Mount Oliver Jr. and Jerry.  

 Richard was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church. He worked mowing the Union Cemetery in Ottosen and for many other people in Ottosen. He belonged to the Ottosen Card Club for over 50 years, the Rural Mail Carriers Association and coached American Legion Baseball. He also served as Mayor of the City of Ottosen for 48 years, the fourth longest serving mayor in the country.

 

Marjorie “Marge” Kenyon, age 87

Funeral for Marje Kenyon was held Tuesday September 1, 2015, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Whittemore, Iowa.  Visitation was held from 4 to 7 pm, Monday August 31, 2015 at the St. Michael’s Parish Center, Whittemore, Iowa, with a rosary held at 4 pm, and a scripture prayer service at 7 pm.  Burial was held at St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery.

Marjorie Jeanette Lickteig was born November 29, 1927, at Buffalo Center, Iowa, to Louis and Josephine (Rosner) Lickteig.  She graduated from Good Council High School, Mankato, Minnesota, and continued her education at the Iowa Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls.   

On January 30, 1951, she was united in marriage to Edward J. Kenyon in Wesley, Iowa.  Marge had a strong faith that was very important in her daily life.  Besides being an active member in her church, Marge enjoyed playing piano, baking angel food cakes, pies and other sweets for Edward.  She also enjoyed dancing, gardening, singing in choir or at family gatherings and teaching her grandchildren “chopsticks” on the piano.  Marge was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters of America, St. Michael’s Rosary Society, and 4-H.

Marjorie “Marge” Kenyon, 87, of Whittemore, died, Saturday August 29, 2015, at the Kossuth Regional Health Center, Algona, Iowa.  

Survivors include son Richard and wife Genene of Gardner, Kansas, daughter Pat and husband Craig Hand of Maxwell, Iowa, son Ron and wife Colleen of Whittemore, Iowa, son Don and wife Marita of Storm Lake, Iowa, daughter Betty and husband Steven Black of Denton, Texas, son Bill and wife Nancy of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, and son Tim of Minnetonka, Minnesota.  Also surviving are 22 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and brothers, Tom (Marilyn) Lickteig and Bob (Mary) Lickteig.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Edward Kenyon; children, Charles and Anthony; brothers, Albert Lickteig, Ed Lickteig, and George Lickteig; sister, Theresa Berger, as well as several sister-in-laws.

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Mary Bachman, age 67

Funeral Mass for Mary Bachman was held Monday, August 17, 2015 at Sts. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church in West Bend with Rev. Thomas Hart officiating.  Interment was in the West Bend Cemetery, West Bend, IA.  

Mary Ann (Anderson) Bachman, was born in Mason City, Iowa to Gilbert and Valetta (Thomas) Anderson on May 25th 1948. The second eldest of four children, she spent her early years on a farm near Carpenter, enjoying all the thrills and life lessons that farm living can bring to a child. Her lifelong love for animals began as she nurtured, fed and played with the many stray animals that ventured onto the farm, using the skills her parents had taught her to help others. 

Mary graduated from St. Ansgar High School in 1966 and threw herself into a diverse and varied work life that encapsulated everything from driving semi-trucks to working in the testing lab of Bituminous Oil. Through every job she held, and even (perhaps especially) in retirement, Mary employed her magic touch in the kitchen. Whether she was making daily meals for her co-workers, making elaborate, delicious cakes for family weddings, or rising with the sun to start the kitchen at Casey’s, Mary baked her way into dozens of hearts through just as many stomachs, none more so than her husband of more than 30 years, Wilmer “Speed” Bachman. 

Beyond the kitchen, Mary was also skilled with a loom and knitting needles, weaving rugs, crocheting baby blankets, sewing graduation quilts, and mending or altering clothing for neighbors, nephews and anyone else who asked (and plenty who didn’t even have to). An avid fisherman and gardener and general lover of the great outdoors, Mary and Speed loved sharing the fruits of their garden with family, neighbors and friends by freezing and canning the goods to enjoy in the winter months. 

And though the handicraft products of her one-woman cottage industry will be treasured by friends and family for years, it was her heart that most will remember. She was a hard-working and active member of her community of West Bend, Iowa, and a devoted, eager caretaker to anyone who was lucky enough to know and need her. She loved nothing more than to share her talents and special gifts with all who met her, and her jovial, loving spirit will be missed by her loving family, friends and neighbors. 

Survivors include her husband, Speed Bachman of West Bend, brothers Eugene Anderson of Carpenter, Iowa, Tom (Linda) Anderson of Minneapolis, Minnesota and sister, Sharon (Bill) Sloss of Stuart, Iowa. Special Nephew, Tom (Cathy) Fisher of Mt. Vernon, Iowa,  many nephews, nieces, and neighbors whom she adored greatly!

 Harris Funeral Home in charge of caring for the family.  www.harrisfuneralservices.com

 

Dixie L. Warrington

October 16, 1928 - July 10, 2015 ~ Funeral services for Dixie L. Warrington were held on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Osage, Iowa with Rev. Raymond Burkle officiating. Burial was in St. Ansgar Cemetery in St. Ansgar, Iowa.

Dixie was born in Carpenter, Iowa on October 16, 1928. She was the daughter of Rufus and Nettie (Bendickson) Frank. Dixie had one brother Delos (Delores) Frank. She was baptized and confirmed in Carpenter, Iowa. Dixie graduated from St. Ansgar High School in 1946. She married Charles Warrington on September 9, 1947 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Osage, Iowa and to this union seven children were born. She was employed by the Good Samaritan Center in St. Ansgar, working as a medaid for over 30 years. Throughout life she found a joy in writing songs, poems and making tributes to special occasions that touched her heart. She took great pleasure in spending time with her family and friends.

Dixie was preceded in death by her husband Charles in 2008, her parents and one brother-in-law, Francis Heimerman.

Dixie is survived by seven children: David and his wife Betty (Wilde) of Urbana, IA; Becky and her husband Dean Bartusek of Hanlontown, IA; Tom and his wife Amy (Thome) of Whittemore, IA; Dan and his wife Wanda (Mayer) of St. Ansgar; Donna and her husband David Capuzzi of Rochester, MN; Sue and her husband John Hackenmiller of Burlington, IA and Dawn and her husband Eric Tollefson of Britt, IA. She has 20 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Dixie passed away on July 10, 2015 in Osage, IA.  Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home of St. Ansgar, Iowa were in charge of arrangements.

 

Jay Bleuer, age 59

Funeral service for Jay Bleuer was held Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at Sts. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church in West Bend with Rev. Thomas Hart officiating.  Interment was in the West Bend Cemetery, West Bend, IA.  Harris Funeral Home of West Bend in charge of caring for the family.

Jason Brian “Jay” Bleuer was born November 15, 1955 in Sioux City, Iowa, to Rolland and Beatrice (Mertz) Bleuer. He grew up in West Bend with his family and graduated from West Bend High School in 1974. He then attended Truck and Diesel Mechanic  School at Northwestern College in Sheldon, graduating in 1976. Jay was employed by Ruan Transport in Des Moines until 1980. He farmed until the year 2000 and then went to work at West Bend Ford until 2005. Jay started working for the West Bend-Mallard school in 2006 until his recent retirement in 2015. 

Jay and his “chicken crew” were proud to cook for many parties and get togethers. He was an avid NASCAR® fan, following Dale Earnhardt for years and then following Kevin Harvick. He was a member of the West Bend Fire Dept. for 20 years, five of those years serving as Captain. Jay loved his pickups and enjoyed spending time washing and cleaning them. 

 Survivors include his father Rolland Bleuer of West Bend, daughter Michelle (Paul) Cortese of Browns Mills, NJ; sister Julie (Mark) Froneberger of Raymore, MO; brother Robert (Kelly) Bleuer of Ottosen, 2 grandchildren, 8 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews. Jay was preceded in death by his mother Beatrice in 2004.

 

Janet Brumm, age 67

Mass of Christian Burial for Janet Brumm, age 67 of North Mankato was held Thursday, June 25, 2015 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in North Mankato. 

A second memorial service was held Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wayne, Nebraska. Burial was in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.

Janet Marie Montag was born August 20, 1947 in Emmetsburg, Iowa to George and Minerva (Bachman) Montag. Janet’s life was all about her family and education. Janet graduated high school in 1965 from St. Mary’s Academy in Prairie du Chien, WI. From there she went on to Wayne State College and graduated in 1969. Janet was able to pass along her love of reading to many students when she was a librarian in Council Bluffs, Emerson and Carroll, IA from 1969 – 1975. In 1976, Janet graduated with a Masters in Library Science from Emporia State University, Emporia, KS. She worked as a librarian with Wayne State College in Wayne, NE from 1976 - 2006.  She married Michael Brumm at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wayne, Nebraska May 9, 1981. Together, the couple raised four children. She loved to spend time with her kids teaching them the values of humility and patience. She was a big advocate for those with disabilities and was her daughter Liz’s biggest supporter. She loved to watch Liz play in Miracle League and was always improving opportunities for those with disabilities. Janet loved reading, playing games and baking with her grandchildren. Janet was able to travel around the world with her husband Michael seeing many amazing sites. They loved to spend several weeks in the summer road tripping across the country with their kids when they were younger. Janet was also an avid Minnesota Twins fan and caught a game at the stadium with Mike every summer.

Janet passed away June 21, 2015 at the Mayo Clinic Health System Hospital in Mankato.

She is survived by her husband, Michael Brumm of North Mankato; children, Rebeca (Anthony) Schmitz of Sioux Falls, SD, Joseph (Megan) Brumm of Kearny, NE, Sarah (Matthew) Gaul of Tea, SD, Elizabeth Brumm of North Mankato; grandchildren, Ella Schmitz, Olivia Schmitz, Isaac Schmitz and Destin Brumm; three brothers; three sisters and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Living Links Foundation, 1230 North River Drive, Mankato, MN 56001. 

 Mankato Mortuary was in charge of caring for the family.

 

Janice Mertz, age 51

Alexandria, VA - A funeral Mass for Janice Mertz was held at 10:00 AM Saturday, June 6, 2015, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in West Bend.  Burial was in the West Bend Cemetery.  

Janice Dolores Mertz was born December 5, 1963, in Algona, daughter of H. P. “Pete” and Dolores (Shay) Mertz.  She grew up on a farm near Ottosen graduating from West Bend High School in 1982.  Janice graduated from Iowa State University, Ames in 1986. After graduating from Iowa State, she worked as a Regional Revenue Manager for Hertz in Chicago, Illinois for several years.

SSA Janice Mertz was appointed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a Special Agent in January 2000.  Her first assignment following graduation from Quantico, Virginia was to the El Paso Division at the Midland, Texas Resident Agency where Janice worked the criminal jurisdiction, crimes against children.  In January 2006, Janice was promoted to FBI Headquarters as a Supervisory Special Agent and Program Manager in the Criminal Investigative Division (CID) Violent Crimes Against Children Unit (VCACU).  Janice was then promoted to the New Orleans Division at the Baton Rouge, Louisiana Resident Agency, where she served as the Senior Supervisory Resident Agent from August 2008 – September 2010.  While stationed in Baton Rouge, she maintained responsibility for the local FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and was the Domestic Terrorism Program Coordinator for the state of Louisiana during her tenure.  Following Janice’s assignment in New Orleans, she returned to CID’s VCACU where she was detailed to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  In May 2013, Janice was appointed to the FBI Critical Incident Response Group Division and was assigned to the elite Behavioral Analysis Unit-1 for Counterterrorism, where she quickly earned a reputation as a passionate and mission focused profiler, loyal colleague and friend. In May 2015, Janice received the National Intelligence Certificate of Distinction for the Pathways to Extremist Violence.  This award recognizes an individual or team’s notable achievement involving a single accomplishment, at, or service of merit for sustained superior service.

During her time with the FBI, Janice amassed many lifelong friendships.  Janice had an easy, engaging smile and enormous heart.  She was an avid reader and born organizer of people and events.  Janice left the FBI and the world a better place than she found it.

Janice was an avid baker. She was always making baked goods, especially cupcakes for neighbors and co-workers. Every year, especially at Christmas, her friends waited eagerly to see what treats she would bring. 

As passionate as Janice was about her work, she was even more so when it came to her friends and family. She had a quick wit and could make anyone smile with her easy demeanor, cards and jokes. Having no children, she cherished her nieces and nephews and loved them as if they were her own. There was never a birthday, an anniversary, a holiday that her family members didn’t receive the ‘perfect’ card and gifts that she had the uncanny ability to find.

Janice was a bright light for all those who knew her. She will be greatly missed.  Janice D. Mertz died Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Alexandria, VA as a result of a motorcycle accident. She was 51.

She is survived by her mother, Dolores Mertz of Algona; 2 brothers and 4 sisters, Peter Mertz and his wife Julie of Ottosen, Mary Simpson and her husband Mike of Georgetown, TX, David Mertz of Algona, Ann Cornicelli and her husband Dr. Joe of Ann Arbor, MI, Helen Powell and her husband Dr. Steven of Ocala, FL, and Carol Eischeid and her husband Mark of Algona; 11 nieces and nephews; and 5 great nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her father on October 8, 1983; her maternal grandparents, John and Gertrude Shay; and her paternal grandparents, Peter and Elizabeth Mertz.

Oakcrest Funeral Services of Algona in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be left at www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.

 

Anna Mae Garbarino, age 87

Funeral service for Anna Garbarino was held Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Peace Lutheran Church in West Bend with Pastor Nicholas Thackery officiating.  Burial was in the West Bend Cemetery. Harris Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements and caring for the family.

On the afternoon of May 24, 2015, Anna Mae Garbarino passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at the West Bend Care Center in West Bend, IA. She was 87 years old.

Anna was born to Charles and Molly Leathers on November 22, 1928 in Xenia, IL. She was the tenth in a family of thirteen children, consisting of four girls and nine boys.

Anna worked at the Brown Shoe Company in Mattoon, IL until she met and fell in love with the late Paul Garbarino at 22 years of age. They were married on September 23, 1950 in Charleston, IL. The newly married couple traveled throughout the US, living in a trailer while Paul installed telephone systems for Strowger Automatic Electric (later GTE). During this time, two sons (Steven and Scott) were born. The family’s first home was in Fort Wayne, IN where they welcomed a daughter (Paula) named after her dad and a third son (Michael). The family then moved to Illinois, and a fourth son (John) was added. Paul and Anna became active members of the Grace Lutheran Church there in Streamwood, IL in 1960. Anna enjoyed serving in its ladies guild.

In 1987, Anna retired from Motorola after 21 years of faithful employment. She then worked for Kit Moss handling their food sampling for area stores and also as an aide at Fox Meadow Schools in Elgin, IL.

While living in Illinois, Anna enjoyed the home she and Paul built and especially loved having it full of kids, grandkids, and friends. Anna was happiest with a table of guests to feed and counters of extra food laid out, in case anyone got hungry. She also loved working in her yard and caring for her roses.

Paul and Anna moved to West Bend, IA in 2005. They became members of the Peace Lutheran Church, and Anna loved spending time quilting with her friends from its ladies guild. She always looked forward to visits from her family and friends.

Anna was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and twelve siblings.

Anna is survived by: her children Steven (Diane) of Owings Mills, MD; Scott (Marilyn) of Kenosha, WI; Paula (John) Schmidt of West Bend, IA; Michael (Susan) of Huntley, IL; and John (Denise) of St. Charles, IL. She is also survived by her ten grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. 

 

Anna C. Schultz, age 81

Funeral services for Annie Schultz were held on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with Reverend Mark Resner officiating.  Burial was in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery.

Anna Christina Schultz was born August 28, 1933, in West Bend, Iowa, the daughter of John and Esther (Anderson) Abbas.  She grew up and attended school in West Bend, graduating from the West Bend High School in 1952.

On December 11, 1952, Annie was united in marriage to Norman Schultz in Whittemore, Iowa.  After their marriage they lived and worked in Whittemore.  Annie worked as a cook at The Pub for many years.  Norman died August 29, 1989, and Annie remained in Whittemore until becoming a resident at the Good Samaritan Society – Algona in 1999.

Annie enjoyed cooking, playing cards and playing dominoes.  She was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church and was a member of the church choir for 33 years.

Annie died Thursday, May 14, 2015, at the Good Samaritan Society – Algona. She was 81.

She is survived by her daughters, Deb and her husband Harry Bormann of Cylinder; Sharon and her husband Art Mueller of Cylinder; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty and her husband Roger Rongved of Bode.  Also surviving is brothers-in-law, Charlie Schultz of Whittemore; Jim Schultz and wife June of Garner; sister-in-law, Jan and her husband Ken Mergen of Sully and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Norman Schultz; three brothers and their wives, Marvin (Alice) Abbas; Edward (Peggy) Abbas; Russell (Velma) Abbas and a sister-in-law, Shirley Schultz.  Arrangements were handled by Oakcrest Funeral Services of Whittemore. Condolences may be left at www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.

 

Eleanor Meyer, age 86

Funeral service for Eleanor Meyer was held Monday, May 18, 2015, at Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Whittemore, IA, with Reverend Mark Resner officiating.  

Eleanor Marie Meyer, the daughter of Leo August and Viola Marie (Schutt) Kinnetz, was born June 16, 1928, in rural Emmetsburg, Iowa.  She attended country school, Walnut number 6 near Osgood growing up, and graduated the 8th grade.   In her teenage years she taught school and later worked for Brennan’s, a family in Emmetsburg.  

On November 16, 1949, she was united in marriage to Elvin H. Meyer.  Together they raised three children.

Eleanor enjoyed gardening, crocheting, playing cards and watching her great grandsons play.  She was an animal lover as well, and enjoyed watching birds, cats, squirrels and chickens.  Eleanor loved country life and being a farmer’s wife.  Most of all she enjoyed her time with her grandchildren.

She was baptized and confirmed June 12, 1946 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Emmetsburg and later became a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Whittemore, IA.  

Eleanor M. Meyer, of Whittemore, died, Tuesday May 12, 2015, at Good Samaritan Society, Algona, IA, at the age of 86.

She is survived by her son, Eldon (Marilyn) Meyer of Algona; son-in-law, Steve Eckard of Cedar Rapids; daughter, Ellen (Rod) Meyer of Whittemore; grandchildren, Melissa (Jacob) Reynoldson, Eric Meyer, Mandy (Kurt) Oetken, Alisha (Daniel) Grimm and Randy (Janae) Meyer; five great grandsons and two step great grandchildren; brother, Elmer Kinnetz; sisters, Ruth Rauhauser, Eileen Flint; sister-in-law, Selma Benke as well as many other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Elvin Meyer; daughter, Elaine Eckard; brothers, Leo, Leonard, Derwood and Ronald Kinnetz; sisters, Leona Meyer and Darlene Hersom; sister-in-law, Jenny Kinnetz and a brother-in-law, Bob Rauhauser.

Oakcrest Funeral Services in charge of caring for the family. www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com

 

Joseph Lee Wirtz, age 45

Funeral service for Joseph “Joey” Wirtz was held Friday, May 15, 2015 at the United Methodist Church in Mallard, IA with Rev. Evelyn Lewiston officiating.   Interment was in Rush Lake Cemetery.  

Joseph Lee Wirtz, the son of Keith and Sandi (Howard) Wirtz was born May 23, 1969 in Emmetsburg, IA. He was raised and received his education in Mallard, graduating from the Mallard High School in 1987. He then attended the Rocky Mountain School of Fine Arts, specializing in art and design for two years.    

On June 24, 1989 he was united in marriage with Tina Travis in Mallard, IA. They have raised three children: Jacklyn Wirtz, Wyatt (Tanya) Wirtz, and KC Jo Wirtz. Joey was employed by the Palo Alto County Secondary Roads Division for 20 years. He then entered into the family business, Wirtz Backhoe & Dozer. Joey and Tina had recently bought an acreage in Marathon where he currently worked for Jeff Grossnickle's cattle and farming operation. 

Besides his parents, wife and children, Joey is also survived by his grandchildren Wesley, Bentley, Kade, Wrigley Joe, and Ashlyn. Survivors also include Joey's grandparents Donna and Robert Struchen, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other family members. Those preceding Joey in death include his sister Jeanna, grandson Keaton Wirtz, grandparents Edwin "Tubby" and Lucille Wirtz, mother-in-law Loretta Travis, and uncle Gary Travis. 

Joey loved his friends, family and his music. He and Pat Crotty started 2-4-1 in 2000. He has always been known for his never ending smile.

Harris Funeral Home was in charge of caring for the family. www.harrisfuneralservices.com

 

LeeAnn M. Meyer, age 84

  LeeAnn M. Meyer, age 84, of Algona, passed away Sunday, May 10, 2015 at the Kossuth Regional Health Center in Algona. It is only fitting that our mother/grandmother/great grandmother to pass away on Mother’s Day. Funeral services were held Friday, May 15, 2015 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Algona with Rev. Dr. Steven Turner officiating. Burial was in East Lawn Cemetery in Algona.

LeeAnn Mary Meyer, was born at home on the family farm near West Bend, Iowa. Her parents, George and Grace (Buenger) Hanselman raised her to be a Christian lady attending Peace Lutheran Church in West Bend.  She graduated proudly as a Cardinal from Rodman High School, class of nine students, in 1948. She worked as a bookkeeper at the West Bend Elevator for several years until she met her husband of 63 years. She married Amos Meyer on December 30, 1951 at Peace Lutheran Church in West Bend. Her travels took her swiftly to Georgia where Amos was stationed in the Army. Her next adventure took her to Denver, Colorado as the Army life kept her moving. She gave birth to her first of seven children in Colorado before moving back to Algona.

LeeAnn and Amos owned and operated Meyer Garden Center, a family business near Algona, for over 20 years until they retired in 1989.  Her life was that of a nurturing mother who always put God and her family in her life first. She was a very kind, soft spoken Christian person that was very deserving to leave us on her special day, Mother’s Day. She loved Gardening, the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Chicago Cubs, playing cards and was quit the witty person at times.

    Left to cherish LeeAnn’s memory is her husband Amos of 63 years; children, Gary (Desiree) Meyer of Ankeny, Keith (Linda) Meyer of Mesa, Arizona, Craig (Lieselle) Meyer of Cumming, Georgia, Lori Cleare of Houston, Texas, Dennis Meyer of Johnston, Iowa, Linda (Tom) Bjustrom of Whittemore and Karen (David) Golwitzer of Algona; 15 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; sister, Edith Glossen, Humboldt, IA, brothers, Donald & Eugene, West Bend, IA sister-in-laws, Janie Hanselman, West Bend, IA, Deloris Meyer, Algona Doris Meyer, San Antonio, TX, brother-in-laws, Earl Krug, Colorado Springs CO, Ronald Meyer, West Bend, IA, Dean (Marlene) Meyer, Algona.

She was preceded in death by her parents; mother & father-in-law Wilhelm & Arina Meyer, brother, Richard Hanselman, sister, Eldora Krug, sister-in-laws, Betty Meyer & Rita Hanselman, brother & sister-in-law Rich & Lavonne Garman, brother-in-law Kenny Meyer.  

Lentz Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.lentzfuneralhome.com

 

Jaunita Von Schmalen, age 91

Jaunita Von (Jennings) Schmalen was born on March 10, 1924, the daughter of Roy and Gusta (Cramblet) Jennings.  She grew up on a farm west of West Bend and attended school at West Bend.

Jaunita was married in 1946 to Harold Schmalen.  She worked most of her life at the Ford Garage.  In 1991, her husband, “Stub”, passed away.  She continued to live in their home until 2014 when she moved to Prairie Creek Assisted Living in West Bend.

On May 3, she entered the Kossuth Regional Health Center where she remained a patient until her death on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the age of 91.

Survivors include her “children”: Judy (Dennis) Fehr of West Bend, Joleen (Marvin) Metzger of Rock Rapids, IA, Mike (Lila) Wirtz of Goodfield, IL, Jim (Joan) Wirtz of West Bend, Chuck (Trela) Wirtz of Whittemore, and Doug (Angie) Wirtz of West Bend.  She is also survived by one sister, Marjorie Hawes of Metropolis, IL and numerous “grandchildren”, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, “Stub”, her parents, two brothers, nine sisters and one “grandson”, Adam Wirtz.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, May 22, 2015, at the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in West Bend.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Harris Funeral Home of West Bend in charge of caring for the family. www.harrisfuneralservices.com

 

Thomas Cole, age 58

Thomas Eugene Cole was born June 2, 1956 to Jack and Donna (Hildebrand) Cole in Emmetsburg, IA.  Tom passed away February 9, 2015 after a courageous fight.  Tom grew up in West Bend and joined the Army October 31, 1973.  After his discharge from the Army in 1975 he became a father to Tomlin Allen on April 1, 1978.  On July 15, 1978 he was united in marriage with his soulmate Lacie Lindmeyer.  The couple lived in Boone, IA were Thomas worked at Quinns for 20 years.  During this time the couple’s second child Tiffany Lee was born June 23, 1986.  

In 1995 the couple moved to Straford, IA where they lived until December 2005, when they moved to northern Minnesota to be closer to Lacie’s mother.

While living in northern Minnesota, Thomas enjoyed his favorite hobbies and past times: hunting, fishing, biking, farming, and all-trades, from fixing cars, his bike, refurbishing the home they lived in, and rounding up the cattle.   Tom enjoyed helping others by making bike runs for different charities.  One of Tom’s great joys in his later life, was spending time with his three grandsons: Nicholas, Zack, and Adien.

Left to treasure his memory is his soulmate Lacie of Clarissa, son Tomlin of Osceola, IA, daughter Tiffany and fiance Nathan Brown; sisters: Laura Cole-Huebert and husband Brian, of Welcome, MN; Linda Karstens and husband Wayne, of Muskogee, OK; three grandchildren, seven nieces, and two nephews; many relatives and friends.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Donna Cole, sister Terry Fitzgerald, grandparents Elmer and Geverna Cole, and Elmer and Martha Hildebrand.

A private Celebration of Life service will be held May 16, 2015.  Condolences will reach the family C/O Laura Cole-Huebert, 750 State Hwy 263, Welcome, MN 56181.

 

Mary Duinkerken, age 89

Funeral Mass for Mary Duinkerken was held Thursday, May 14, 2015 at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Estherville with Father Merlin Schrad, Celebrant.  Interment was in the St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Estherville, IA.  Henry-Olson Funeral Home of Estherville, IA in charge of arrangements.

Mary Margaret Hemple Allen Duinkerken, known as Nell to her family, the daughter of Katherine (Hermeling) & Ferdinand Hemple was born January 30, 1926 in Slayton, Minnesota.  She passed  away on  Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the age of 89.

Mary graduated from Fulda High School in 1944.  She married Jack Allen on June 9, 1947 in Avoca, Minnesota.  They lived in West Bend, Iowa & later in Estherville, Iowa.  After Jack's death in 1997, Mary married Peter Duinkerken (her high school sweetheart) of Worthington, Minnesota September 29, 2001.    

She enjoyed playing cards, gardening, soap operas, crossword puzzles & needlework.  She was an active member of St Patrick's parish prior to moving to Worthington where she belonged to St Mary's parish.  Mary worked in the food industry while living in Estherville.

Mary leaves behind her husband Peter Duinkerken & beloved sister Theresa Allen, 4 daughters, Laurie Allen & husband Robert Parker of Somerville, Massachusetts; Joan Moyer of Spirit Lake, Iowa; Kathy Fjeld & husband Rick of Granville, Iowa; Rochelle Reinesch & husband Chris of Gold Canyon Ranch, Arizona.  She had 8 grandchildren David, Allen, Heather, Heidi, Erynn, Chris, Alissa & Kellie.  She also had 8 great grandchildren:  Ella, Lyra, Ryker, Cameron, Blake, Ethan, Zackary & Chase plus numerous nieces & nephews. 

Also left to mourn her are Peter's 9 children:  Lynn Oberg, Becky Joldersma, Lisa Laughter, Carrie Tow, Carla Lang, Paul, Steve, Mark & Bart Duinkerken along with his grandchildren, great grandchildren & great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers Joe Hempel & Ed (Buck) Hemple, 2 sisters Eileen (Ida) McCormick & Adeline (Curly) Burns.

 

Sister Marlene (Mary Brian) Weber, age 76

Sister Marlene Weber, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 76, died Monday, April 27, 2015 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. She was in her fifty-fourth year of religious profession.

Sister Marlene was born November 12, 1938 to John and Bernadine Weber in Miami, Florida. When Marlene was four her family moved to Iowa. In 1958, she entered the congregation. She made her first profession on August 12, 1961. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, she received a Master’s Degree in Sociology. Continuing studies in sociology, Sister Marlene earned a PhD in Sociology from the University of Minnesota.

Sister Marlene served various positions. She was called to serve as administrator at St. Rose Convent. Four years later, she was Dean of Students at Viterlo College in LaCrosse. In 2002, for eight years, she was part of the retreat team at Mount Alverno Retreat Center in Appleton, Wisconsin. When her health started to decline, she moved to St. Rose Convent and then the Villa St. Joseph in 2013.

Sister Marlene is survived by her Franciscan Community, her brother Tom (Nancy) Weber of Longmont, Colorado and her sister Barb (Jack) Schmidt of West Bend. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Bernadine Weber.

 

Angela Bergman, age 40

Funeral services for Angela Bergman were celebrated on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Whittemore with Reverend Mark Resner officiating.  Burial was in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery.

Angela Kay Bergman was born November 3, 1974, in Emmetsburg, Iowa, the daughter of Bruce and Cindy (Opheim) Ostwald.  She grew up in Whittemore and attended school in Algona and graduated from the Algona High School in 1993.  Angela went on to attend Iowa Lakes Community College and later graduated from Briar Cliff University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Resource Management. 

On April 27, 2002, Angie was united in marriage to Keith Bergman at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Whittemore.  Angela worked at Solbach’s Pharmacy, before going to work as a pharmacy technician at the Hy-Vee Pharmacy.  She was currently working at the Iowa State University Extension Office in Algona.

Angela enjoyed spending any time she could with her family as her family was everything to her.  She enjoyed scrapbooking and was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and the St. Paul’s Lutheran Women’s Guild.

Angela died Sunday, April 26, 2015, at the Kossuth Regional Health Center in Algona, Iowa.  She was 40.

She is survived by her husband, Keith Bergman of Whittemore; a son, Kaleb; parents, Bruce and Cindy Ostwald of Whittemore; parents-in-law, Dalton and Joanne Bergman of Slayton, MN; sister, Jessica and Joshua Kramer of Whittemore; brother, Justin and Diana Ostwald of Whittemore; grandfather, Delbert Ostwald of Whittemore; brother-in-law, Scott and Jessie Bergman of Springfield, IL; sister-in-law, Barb Bergman of Mankato, MN; nieces, Jasmine and Jaiden Kramer, Patience Ostwald, Allison Bergman; nephew, Evan Bergman.

She was preceded in death by her niece and nephew, Jaxon and Jevin Kramer; grandparents, Gladys Ostwald and Harold and June Opheim; grandparents-in-law, Herman and Esther Bergman and Joseph and Beatrice Kremer.

Arrangements were handled by Oakcrest Funeral Services of Whittemore. Condolences may be left at www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.

 

Lucille A. Schmidt, age 87

 Funeral service for Lucille Schmidt was held Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Apostolic Christian Church in West Bend.  Interment was in the Apostolic Christian Cemetery, West Bend, IA.  Harris Funeral Home of West Bend in charge of caring for the family.

 Lucille Ardis Schmidt, the daughter of Nathan and Esther (Kropf) Banwart, was born December 4, 1927 in West Bend, where she was raised and received her education. She was baptized in the Apostolic Christian Church October 1, 1944 in West Bend, IA. 

Before her marriage, Lucille worked for the telephone company and the Iowa State Bank. She was united in marriage with Dwaine Schmidt on September 6, 1959, in the Apostolic Christian Church. The couple lived and operated a dairy farm in Ottosen, IA from 1959 to 1972. The family then moved to Humboldt where Lucille and Dwaine owned and operated the Dairy Queen for 20 years. After their retirement, the couple moved to West Bend.  Lucille died Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at the West Bend Care Center having reached the age of 87. 

Survivors include her children: Lynn (David) Petersen of Humboldt, IA, Dennis (Annette) Schmidt of Eagan, MN, Gayle (Alex) Schimmel of Kansas City, KS, and Neal (Angela) Schmidt of West Bend, IA; grandchildren: Dylan McAfee, Cody Schmidt, Paxton Petersen, Creighton McAfee, Portlind Schmidt, April Schmidt, Lane Schmidt and Bailey Schmidt; sister Joyce Banwart of West Bend and brother Joel (Sonia) Banwart of Eureka, IL, brothers-in-law, Kenny Schmidgal of Phoenix AZ, Jack (Barb) Schmidt of West Bend and Roland Schmidt of Gibbon MN; sisters- in-law, Lois Banwart of Idaho, Verna Bruns of Gibbon, MN and Sheila (Kevin) Shaw of Algona, IA. 

Lucille was a devoted Christian, mother and wife and was a great example to her children. She was preceded in death by her husband Dwaine, her parents and siblings Glenn, Florence, Gladys, Floyd, Doris, Mary Jo, Mabel and Lydia Jean.

Harris Funeral Home of West Bend in charge of caring for the family.

 

John Elbert, age 89

Funeral Mass for John Elbert was celebrated on Friday, April 17, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Cecelia Catholic Church with Father Edward Girres officiating.  Burial was at St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery in Whittemore with military honors provided by the V.F. W. Post 2541 of Algona and the Seely-Walsh American Legion Post #425 of Whittemore.

John Lawrence Elbert was born September 12, 1925, in Whittemore, Iowa, the son of Lawrence and Johanna (Buck) Elbert.  The family later moved to Algona where John attended school and graduated from St. Cecelia’s Academy.

After his schooling John enlisted in the United States Army and served during World War II.  Upon his honorable discharge in July of 1946, John returned to Algona, where he worked in the service department at the Ford Garage. John later owned and ran the Elbert Enco gas station in Algona, before going to work for the City of Algona. John later went to work at Algona Municipal Utilities in the power plant where he worked until retirement.

John enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and in his younger years water skiing and riding his Goldwing motorcycle. He loved working in his large garden, which he took much pride in and was always willing to share his produce. As an avid fan, John spent hours watching the many different sporting events at Bishop Garrigan High School.

He was an active member of the Algona Knights of Columbus Council #952 and the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, Monsignor P.P. Gearen Assembly #2610. John was also very active in the Algona V.F.W. Post #2541 and the American Legion Seely-Walsh Post #425 of Whittemore.

John died Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at the Algona Manor Care Center in Algona, Iowa.  He was 89.

He is survived by his sister, Rosella Ryg of Algona; sisters-in-law, Lynette Elbert of Algona; Sharon Elbert of Mason City, as well as, numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Luella Wagner, Rudolph Elbert, Tony Elbert, Robert Elbert, Carmella Kline, Charles Elbert, Henry Elbert, Anna Mae Elbert and Orletha Elbert. 

 Arrangements were handled by Oakcrest Funeral Services of Algona.  Condolences may be left at www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.

 

Ruth A. Eischen, age 86

Ruth A. Eischen, 86, of Whittemore, died, Tuesday April 7, 2015, at Kossuth Regional Health Center.

A funeral mass was held Saturday April 11, 2015 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Whittemore, with Father Edward Girres officiating.  Interment was in St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery, Whittemore, IA.

Ruth Ann Eischen, the daughter of Henry and Anna (Reding) Muller, was born April 27, 1928 in Whittemore, IA.  She graduated from Whittemore High School and went on to Mercy School of Nursing in Fort Dodge, IA, where she received her accreditation as a registered nurse (RN).

Ruth was united in marriage on June 5, 1951 to Philip Eischen at St. Michael’s Catholic Church.  Together they raised their family on the farm near Whittemore.  Ruth worked at St. Ann’s Hospital from 1951 through 1971.  Not yet wanting to be retired, she worked for Dr. Daniel Bray for another 6 years and was assisting with insurance physicals.

Ruth loved to fish.  She and Phil enjoyed going to Canada, as well as Lake of the Woods.  She enjoyed playing cards whenever possible.  She was a tough competitor that did not especially like to lose, but made sure it was always fun.

Ruth was an active member of the community.  She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Rosary Society, board of Kossuth County Hospital auxiliary, Compassionate Friends and a Hospice Volunteer.  

Ruth is survived by her husband Phil; children, Nancy (Larry) Dereng of Woodruff, SC, Tom (Jane) Eischen of Algona, IA, Bette (Michael) O’Keefe of Loveland, CO; grandchildren, Ben, Chris, Eric, Gabriel, Brenden, Egan, Sara, Katie;  9 great-grandchildren; sister, Jane Scott of Burt; sisters-in-law, Wilma Muller of Algona and Stella Eischen of Algona; brothers-in-law, Jim Buscher of Algona and Harry Eischen of Wesley, as well as many other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, and 4 infant children.

Oakcrest Funeral Services   www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com

Marsha L. Nelson, age 53

Funeral visitation for Marsha Nelson was held Thursday, April 2, 2015 at the Harris Funeral Home in West Bend.  Interment will be a private service at a later date.  

Marsha (Brown) Nelson, the daughter of Roger and Janice (Bendixen) Brown, was born January 14, 1962 in Emmetsburg, IA. She was educated in Mallard, graduating from the Mallard High School in 1980. After graduation she attended and graduated from La James College in Mason City. 

   On August 11, 1989, she was united in marriage with Larry “Art” Nelson. The couple lived in the Ottosen and West Bend area during their married lives. Marsha was employed by Mark and Lori Skoglund at Skoglund’s Meat and Locker for 23 years. 

    Survivors include her husband Art of Ottosen, IA, children Brandon (Ashley) Nelson of Whittemore, IA, and Brenda (Kody) Carrigan of Emmetsburg, IA; granddaughters MaKenzie and Harper, parents Roger and Janice Brown of Algona, IA; brother Perry (Donna) Brown of Belmond, IA and sister Kari Waechter of Algona, IA.  

   Marsha loved gardening, her job with Skoglunds, reading and the family’s special vacation to Duluth, Minnesota last winter. She was preceded in death by her grandsons Kyler and Kolton and sister Diane Holmeburg.

Harris Funeral Home of West Bend was in charge of caring for the family.  www.harisfuneralservices.com

 Avis Lakin, age 74

Funeral Service for Avis Lakin was held Monday, March 30, 2015 at the Harris Funeral Chapel in Gilmore City, IA with Rev. Don Hodson officiating.  Interment was in the Marble Valley Cemetery, Gilmore City, IA.  Harris Funeral Home in charge of arrangments.  www.harrisfuneralservices.com

Avis H. (Strickler) Lakin, the daughter of Helen (Hegarty) and Kenneth Strickler was born July 4, 1940 in Algona, IA, where she was raised and educated, graduating from the Algona High School. After graduation, she attended La James College in Mason City. 

Avis was a dispatcher for the Algona Police Department for 25 years. On December 18, 1982, she was united in marriage with Harold “Butch” Lakin in Algona. The couple lived in Pocahontas for a while before moving to Gilmore City in the early 1990’s. 

Survivors include her husband Butch of Gilmore City, IA; children: Lisa (Jeff) Twait of Algona, IA, Gary Stattelman of Fort Dodge, IA, Eric (Sue) Lakin of Fort Dodge, IA and Chad Lakin of Humboldt, IA; 10 grandchildren; and her sister Irene Rickie of Algona, IA. 

Avis loved attending flea markets and visiting with anyone she might run into. She never met a stranger. Preceding Avis in death were her parents and her brother Dave Strickler.

Richard H. Hanselman, age 80

Funeral service for Richard Hanselman was held Friday, March 20, 2015 at Peace Lutheran Church with Rev. Nicholas Thackery officiating.  Interment was in the West Bend Cemetery, West Bend, IA.  Harris Funeral Home of West Bend in charge of caring for the family.  www.harrisfuneralservices.com  

Richard Harvey Hanselman, the son of George and Grace (Buenger) Hanselman was born August 11, 1934 in Rodman, Iowa. He received his education in Rodman, graduating from Rodman High School in 1952. Richard served his country from 1957-1959 in the United States Army. 

On October 24, 1959 he was united in marriage with Mary Jane Jergens at the Peace Lutheran Church in West Bend. The couple lived and raised their family in West Bend where he worked at Calloway Lumber and then Lamperts Lumber Yard. He was then self employed as a carpenter and painter. Richard was very well known and respected for the work he did as caretaker of the West Bend Cemetery for many years. He spent many hours making sure the cemetery was well manicured. 

 Survivors include his wife Jane of West Bend, IA, children: Patricia (special friend Jon McCuskey) of Mason City, IA, Bruce (Nicole) Hanselman of Woodbury, MN, Barbara (Jeff) Schmidt of Geneva, IL and Karla (Mark) Schmidt of Eldridge, IA; grandchildren: Tristan and Heather Gahn, Rachelle, Mollie and Nick Hanselman, Jordyn, Madison and Alex Schmidt and Stephanie, Randy and Shelby Schmidt; brothers and sisters: LeAnn Meyer of Algona, IA, Donald Hanselman of West Bend, IA, Edith Glossen of Humboldt, IA and Eugene Hanselman of West Bend, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Eldora Krug.

 

Robert “Bob” Wendel, age 61

Funeral Mass for Robert “Bob” Wendel was celebrated on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church with Father Edward Girres officiating.  Burial was in the Chester Hill Cemetery in Chester, Iowa.

Robert “Bob” Leo Wendel was born April 28, 1953, in Austin, Minnesota, the son of Bernard and Juletta (Bissen) Wendel. He grew up in Chester, Iowa, and attended school in Cresco and graduated from the Cresco High School in 1971.  Bob then attended Rochester Junior College for a year before going on to Gem City College in Quincy, Illinois, where he studied watch making and jewelry.  He then worked at Sara Lee in New Hampton, Iowa where he met his future wife.

On July 29, 1978, Bob was united in marriage to Connie Cochran in Jerico, Iowa.  After their marriage they lived in Algona for a short time before settling in Whittemore.  He worked as a jeweler at Wiltgen’s Jewelry for 15 years.  Bob was later diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in the late 1980’s and battled the disease with everything he had.  He was later forced to retire.

Bob enjoyed sports and playing softball while his health still allowed. He was a huge Green Bay Packers fan and loved to care for his dogs, Benji and Timber. He was a member of St. Michael’s Parish, Holy Name and a past member of the Elk’s Club.

Bob died Sunday, March 15, 2015, with his sons at his side, at the Mercy Medical Center North Iowa in Mason City,  Iowa.  He was 61.

He is survived by his two sons, Ryan Wendel of Mankato, Minnesota; Jason and Michaela Wendel of Whittemore; his father, Bernard Wendel of Chester; brothers, Mike and Karen Wendel of Chester; Jeff and Pam Wendel of Chester and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Juletta; wife, Connie on September 26, 1984; sister and brother-in-law,  Louise and Mike Bowron; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Hazel and Oliver Cochran.

Arrangements were handled by Oakcrest Funeral Services of Whittemore. Condolences may be left at www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.

 

Richard Dean Kisch, age 67

Funeral service for Richard Kisch was held at Martin-Mattice Funeral Home, Emmetsburg, Iowa, Monday, March 9, 2015 with Rev. Thomas Hart officiating.  Interment was in the West Bend Cemetery, West Bend, IA. Military Graveside Rites by West Bend American Legion, West Bend, Iowa.  Arrangements by Martin-Mattice Funeral Home, martinmatticefuneralhome.com.

Richard Dean Kisch, son of George and Susie (Marti) Kisch, was born on August 13, 1947 in West Bend, Iowa.  He received his education in West Bend, graduating from West Bend High School.  Following high school, Richard attended The Lamson Business College in Phoenix, Arizona, graduating with certification in business administration and marketing management on September 8, 1977.

Richard served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.  He was inducted on March 12, 1969, and served in the USAR control group reinforcement unit in Cam Ranh Bay, South Vietnam.  He was honorably discharged on May 31, 1971.

He returned to Iowa where he owned and operated a coin shop in Fort Dodge, buying and selling rare coins.  After selling his shop, Richard did bartending in several bars in the area.  He returned to West Bend where he worked at the liquor store for fourteen years until his retirement.  While living in West Bend, Richard cared for his mother.

Richard loved listening to country music.  He was an avid coin and knife collector, as well as several other items he was interested in.  His collections were quite extensive in size. He enjoyed NASCAR and sprint car races. Richard also enjoyed working around his yard, planting marigold and harvesting the seeds in the fall that he was always willing to share with his friends and family.

In August 2014, Richard developed cancer as a result of his exposure to Agent Orange while serving in Vietnam.  He passed away Friday, March 6, 2015 at his home in West Bend, Iowa, at the age of 67.  He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Susie Kisch.

 He is survived by several cousins and numerous friends.

 

Kathryn Moore, age 68

Kathy Moore, 68, of Columbus Junction, passed away on Saturday, February 28, 2015, at Colonial Manor.  A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 6, at the Columbus Junction United Methodist Church.  Following the service, a time of food and fellowship will be held at the American Legion in lieu of visitation.  A memorial in Kathy’s name has been established with the Columbus Junction Public Library.  Condolences to the family may be left at www.lewisfuneralhomes.com.  

Kathryn Ruth Shoeman was born May 24, 1946, in Ames, the daughter of Henry Paul and Julia Etta (Stone) Shoeman.  On December 27, 1970 she was united in marriage to Steven C. Moore in West Bend, Iowa.  Education played a central role in Kathy’s life.  She earned both undergraduate and master’s degrees in education from the University of Iowa.  She then taught in the Mediapolis and Columbus Junction public schools for more than thirty years, and spent the last several years of her career as a practicum and student teacher supervisor for the University of Iowa College of Education. Active in her community, Kathy was also a member of the Columbus Junction United Methodist Church, T.T.T. and the board of the Columbus Junction Public Library.  Her interests included flowers, reading, and traveling, though most of all she loved spending time with her family.   

Kathy will be dearly missed by her husband, Steven Moore of Columbus Junction; two children, Julie Moore and husband, Dr. Casey O’Donnell of Tampa, Florida and Judd Moore of St. Paul, Minnesota; two granddaughters, Marin and Rory O’Donnell; four siblings, Ron (Elizabeth) Shoeman of Longmont, Colorado, David (Becky) Shoeman of Des Moines, Iowa, Julia (Mike) Bergeson of Ames, Iowa and Karen (Glenn) Swanson of Cedar Falls, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

Myrtle Meyer, age 97

Funeral services for Myrtle Meyer were celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 21, 2015, at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Reverend Mark Resner officiating.  Burial was in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Whittemore, IA.

Myrtle Bell Meyer was born July 22, 1917, in Rodman, Iowa, the daughter of C.E. and Pearl (Lawman) Barber. She was baptized on March 31, 1929, in West Bend.  Her family later moved to Whittemore where she attended school and graduated from the Whittemore High School in 1936.  After her schooling she did house work in the area.  Myrtle was confirmed on February 13, 1938, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Whittemore.

On March 31, 1939, Myrtle was united in marriage to William Meyer at St. Paul’s in Whittemore.  After their marriage they lived, farmed and raised their children in the Whittemore area.

Myrtle enjoyed playing cards, crocheting, doing fancy work and working word search puzzles.  She was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, where she sang in the choir, led Bible class, taught Sunday School and was a member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, serving as president for many years.

Myrtle died Monday, February 16, 2015, at the Good Samaritan Society – Algona.  She was 97.

She is survived by her children, William and Paula Meyer of Cedar Rapids; Robert and Mary Jo Meyer of Whittemore; Linda and George Bargman of Hoover, Alabama; Richard and Paulette Meyer of Boise, Idaho; nine grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister, Margaret Jahr of Mankato, Minnesota; Bob and Doris Barber of LuVerne; Richard and Ellen Barber of Columbus, Ohio; sisters-in-law, Selma Behnke of Marshfield, Wisconsin, and Eleanor Meyer of Algona.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William “Bill” Meyer on November 14, 1995, and a sister, Iola Cash.

Arrangements were handled by Oakcrest Funeral Services of Whittemore.  Condolences may be left at www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.

 

J. Mae Daubendiek, age 96

J. Mae Daubendiek, age 96, of Decorah, Iowa, died Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be at 10:00 A.M. Friday, February 20, 2015 at Fjelstul Funeral Home Chapel in Decorah, Iowa with Pastor Jim Idous officiating. Burial will be in West Bend Cemetery, West Bend, Iowa.

Visitation will be from 4-7 PM Thursday at Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah and beginning at 9:00 A.M, one hour before the service, on Friday.

Jennie Mae Daubendiek was born February 3, 1919 and was a descendant of a pioneer family in West Bend, Iowa, the youngest of ten children of Harvey A. and Ada M. (Stover) Sloan of West Bend, Iowa.  She graduated from the high school there in 1936 and worked as a telephone operator there until her marriage on December 25, 1938 to Robert W. Daubendiek in Blue Earth, Minnesota.

Prior to WWII their occupation made it possible for them to travel and live in seven different states.  Robert served in the Signal Corps of the U.S. Army in Europe, winning the Bronze Star Medal.

In June 1946, the couple was given a five-day-old boy to adopt and cherish.  He brought joy and blessings during his short life.  He died in June of 1962 and is buried in the West Bend Cemetery.  Mae’s husband died in 1975 and is buried there also.

A life-long Presbyterian, Mae took pleasure in working for the church wherever they lived.  She was a past Noble Grand of the Rebecca Lodge of West Bend, Iowa.  She was a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star and past Worthy Matron of the Decorah chapter of O.E.S.  She was a volunteer Bridge teacher for the Newcomers’ Club in Decorah for many years.

 She was a co-owner of the Decorah Nursery with her husband and acted as office manager during that time.

 After her retirement, Mae authored nine books.  The first was an account of her husband’s work with black walnut trees.  She wrote eight family history books for her extended family, some of which recounted the history of her ancestors’ coming to America in 1620 and the emigration of the various branches of the family across the United States and through 350 years of history, leaving a legacy for all the generations to come, all copies of which are owned by her family.

 She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert, on October 30, 1975; her son, Andy, on June 29, 1962; her brother, Ralph Sloan; and seven sisters: Bess Wessels, Vivian Satern, Neva Fiscus, Dollie Wirtz, Golda Hansen, Mabel Post and Grace Lawman.

 Mae is survived by one sister, Dorothy Butcher of Des Moines, IA; and many nieces and nephews and their many offspring, scattered widely.

 Memorials may be given to the Cedar Valley Hospice, 2101 Kimball Avenue, Waterloo, IA 50702.

Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah is serving the family.   Online condolences may be made at www.fjelstul.com

 

Marge Jacobs, age 92

 Marjorie L. Jacobs, 92 of West Bend died Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Services were held Thursday, January 22, 2015 at the United Methodist Church, West Bend with Rev. Evelyn Lewiston officiating.  Burial followed at the West Bend Cemetery. Harris Funeral Home of West Bend in charge of arrangements.

Marjorie L. (Arnold) Jacobs, the daughter of Charles and Anna (Warner) Arnold was born August 19, 1922 in Ryan, Iowa. She graduated from the Manchester High School in 1940 and then attended Iowa State Teaching College. She taught rural school at Delaware County, Palo Alto County and Pocahontas County and later taught as a substitute. 

In 1941, Marjorie was united in marriage to Harold Jennings in Maryville, MO. The couple established their home in West Bend and in 1948 moved to Red Oak, IA. She worked for Union Carbide, where she took pride in the development and the growth of the company.  Marjorie worked for Union Carbide for 30 years until her retirement in 1978. Harold passed away in 1965.

In 1977 she was united in marriage to Donald Jacobs in Red Oak. The couple returned to West Bend where they lived during their married lives. They enjoyed spending their winters in Texas, and Marjorie continued to spend winters there after Donald died in 1997. 

She was a member of the United Methodist Church where she served as treasurer. She was also a member of the Historical Society, the Eastern Star, a past Mother Advisor of the Order of Rainbow Girls, and the White Shrine of Jerusalem in Shenandoah. 

Survivors include her sisters Doreen Renfrow, Betty Bethurum, and brothers Dorrance Arnold and Dean Arnold. Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, infant son LeRoy, husbands, Harold and Donald, infant sister Charlene and brothers Kenneth and Dale.

 

Daniel Quinn, age 34

Funeral service for Daniel Quinn was held Saturday, January 17, 2015 at St. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church in West Bend, IA, with Rev. Ed Girres and Rev. Thomas Hart officiating.  Burial was at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Palmer, Iowa.  Harris Funeral Home of West Bend was in charge of arrangements.

Daniel Thomas Quinn, the son of Pam Moeller, and Dennis Quinn, was born on March 20, 1980. He graduated from St. Edmonds High School in 1998. 

Dan was a successful business man, and recently realized his dream of owning and operating his own business. When not working, Dan enjoyed driving his car or having a glass of wine. He looked forward to spending time in Grand Marais, Minnesota; in Folly Beach, South Carolina; and next to the bonfire in his backyard. Mostly, he loved being near his wife, Jonna, whom he married in 2005. 

Indeed, Dan loved Jonna the only way he knew how...passionately and relentlessly. No end of the earth was too far for Dan if it pleased her, and he was committed to his marriage up until the moment he died. Jonna, recognizing these characteristics along with his imperfections, continues to love him to this day. 

Dan is survived by his wife, Jonna (Bruellman) Quinn of Mason City, his mother, Pamela (Art) Moeller of Fort Dodge, his sister, Chris (Scott) Timmerman, his brother, Denny (Margaret) Quinn, his sister, Sarah Moeller, stepbrothers, mother and father-in-law, Cindy and John Bruellman, brother-in-laws, Mike (Lisa) Bruellman, and Calvin Bruellman, nieces and nephew, and close friends, including Johnathan Willaman. And who can forget his beloved pets, Otis and Priest! He was preceded in his death by his father, Dennis Quinn, whom he missed dearly, and sister-in-law, Mindy Bruellman.

 

Gary Lee Gingerich, age 61

Graveside services for Gary Gingerich were celebrated on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at the West Bend Cemetery in West Bend with Reverend Dr. Steven Turner officiating.

Gary Lee Gingerich was born February 6, 1953, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, the son of Clyde and Margaret (Braatz) Gingerich.  He grew up in West Bend where he attended school and graduated from the West Bend High School.

After his schooling he worked for a short time on some farms. Gary mostly worked delivering his newspapers on his many paper routes he had. Due to some health complications Gary later spent some time at the Good Samaritan Society in the rehabilitation unit and was eventually able to return home.  He enjoyed returning to Good Sam a couple times a week to play cards and bingo with his friends.  Gary also enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers and had a big John Wayne movie collection.  He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Gary died Saturday, January 10, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa in Mason City, Iowa.  He was 61.

He is survived by his sister, Jean and her husband Weldon Mersiovsky of Walburg, Texas; nephews, Jeremy and Jason Hess and Brian Mersiovsky; nieces, Alison Kieschnick and Sara Rice; great-nephews, Noah Hess; Micah and Noah Mersiovsky; Grant and Tyler Kieschnick; Jacob and Logan Rice; great-nieces, Lucy and Winter Hess and Kara Mersiovsky and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Joan Hess and a brother, Keith Gingerich.

There will be a memorial service held at a later date.  Arrangements were handled by Oakcrest Funeral Services of Algona. Condolences may be left at www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.

 

Charley Naig, age 89

Funeral service for Charley Naig was held Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Bethel Lutheran Church in  Graettinger, Iowa with Pastor Christine Lang officiating.  Interment was in the Valley View Cemetery, Graettinger, Iowa.

 Charley Burtle Naig, the son of Elmer B. and Vera (Lawrence) Naig was born September 5, 1925, in rural Palo Alto County, Iowa. Charley passed away on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at the Palo Alto Community Health System in Emmetsburg, Iowa, at the age of 89.

He received his education in country school plus continuous home study courses.

On July 9, 1947 he was united in marriage to June Knudson at St. John's Lutheran Church in Depew, Iowa.  In 1948, Charley started farming along with his carpentry and cabinet building. Another side occupation was shearing sheep for thirty years. He enjoyed hard work. He found time to serve in the area where he lived. He did a lot of custom machine work.

Charley served 17 years as 4-H leader. He also served 24 years in government as Palo Alto County Supervisor. He was very involved with the restoration project of Five Island Lake and numerous projects in Graettinger. Charley taught Sunday School, First Communion, Confirmation and Bible Classes for 40 years. He was an active member of Bethel Lutheran Church serving on church boards in Graettinger.

Left to cherish Charley's memory are his four children, son, Dan and Sandy of Graettinger; daughters, Linda and Ray Brown and Sheree and Duane Berninghaus both of West Bend, Iowa and Peggy and David Peterson of Graettinger, Iowa; close family friend, Ruth Petrich; 15 grandchildren and 41 great grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren; sisters and brothers, Josephine Juhl; Marie Evenson; Marcella Smith; Robert Naig and his wife, Marilyn; Richard Naig and his wife, Marilyn; Gaylord Naig and his wife, Janice; Grace Ann Fanning and her husband,  Allen; sisters-in-law, Alice Naig and Mona Knudson.

Preceding Charley in death are his parents; wife, June; brother, LeRoy; brothers-in-law, Arno Juhl; Kenneth Evenson; Wayne Smith; also many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Henry Olson Funeral in charge of arrangements. www.henryolsonfuneral.com

 

Charles H. Welter, age 71

Visitation for Charles Welter was held Sunday, December 28, 2014 at the Harris Funeral Home in West Bend.  Burial was in the West Bend Cemetery.  

Charles Herman Welter, the son of Charles Welter and Alice Thorsen was born August 20, 1943 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He attended school in Ottosen and graduated from the West Bend High School in 1961. He then went to college at the University of Iowa, graduating in 1966. Chuck worked at Lennox in Marshalltown and Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Des Moines before returning to Ottosen to farm. He married Beverly Kriegel at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. The couple moved to Ottosen in the mid 1970’s. 

  Survivors include his mother Alice Welter of Ottosen, IA, wife Beverly of Ottosen, Iowa, daughter Cindy ( Dave) Wagner of Callender, IA;  grandchildren Kelly Craig of Fort Dodge, IA,  Mallory Boge of Fort Dodge, IA, and Ryan (Tiffany) Craig of Callender, IA;  and, 7 great grandchildren;  brother David (Janet) Welter of Ottosen, IA; nephews Jesse and Justin, a niece Jill and many great nieces and nephews.

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Bernadette “Beanie” Steier, age 81

Funeral Mass for Beanie Steier was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 27, 2014, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Whittemore with Father Edward Girres and Father Merle Kollasch officiating.  Burial was in St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery.

Bernadette Mary “Beanie” Steier was born September 1, 1933, in Whitttemore, Iowa, the daughter of William “Bill” and Gertrude (Reilly) Fandel. She grew up in Whittemore where she attended school at the Presentation Academy, graduating in 1951.  After her schooling she worked at the Estherville Hospital.

On November 19, 1952, Beanie was united in marriage to Elmer Steier at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Whittemore. After their marriage they lived in Whittemore where they raised their family.  Beanie helped Elmer with his flying and they also raised turkeys.

Beanie took great pride in her chapel and museum at the farm, which was known to many as The Roadside Village.  She enjoyed tending to the flowers on the outside and collecting antiques for display inside the chapel and museum.

Beanie enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, especially at their cabin on Spirit Lake.  She bowled for over 30 years and also enjoyed playing bridge and doing yard work.  She was a member of the Rosary Society, Whittemore Women’s Club and a past member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, where she had served as a past Grand Regent.

Beanie died Monday, December 22, 2014, at the Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg, Iowa.  She was 81.

She is survived by her husband, Elmer of Whittemore; daughter, Kay and Denny Meyer of Milford; daughter-in-law, LuAnn Steier of Omaha, Nebraska; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; sisters, Roseann Corley of Johnston; Marian Youngwirth of Sherburn, Minnesota; sisters-in-law, Phyllis Fandel of Whittemore and Ilene Fandel of Emmetsburg.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Larry Steier; siblings, Father Jim Fandel, Ada McCullum, Edna Conlon, Bill Fandel, Jr., Francis Fandel and Zita Bormann.

 

Arrangements were handled by Oakcrest Funeral Services of Whittemore.  Condolences may be left at www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.

 

 

Rolland George “Pete” Krug, age 83

Funeral service for Rolland “Pete” Krug were held Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at the United Methodist Church with Rev. Evelyn Lewiston officiating.  Interment was in the West Bend Cemetery, West Bend, IA.  Harris Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Rolland George “Pete” Krug, the son of Louis and Violet (Salisbury) Krug was born January 10, 1931 in West Bend, IA, where he was raised and received his education. He was raised by his stepmother Margaret Besch Krug. 

Pete was a Korean Conflict veteran, serving his country as an engineer from 1952-1954. He was united in marriage to Geraldine (Jeri) Grimm October 30, 1955 in West Bend. He worked at various jobs including the West Bend Lumberyard, the Hobarton Elevator, as well as working for various farmers in the area, including Orlo Osvig. 

Survivors include his children: Virgil (Toni) Krug of Algona, IA, Steve (Lori) Krug of Algona, IA, and Sharon (John) Ohge of Livermore, IA; grandchildren: Sara Krug, Amber Demaray, Darin Krug, Shane Krug, Dylan Krug, Brennan Albertson and Brad Albertson, and one great grandson Jordan Demaray; brothers Frank and Earl Krug, sister Eleanor Cooper and special friend Becky Banwart. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother, wife, brothers Louis and Richard Krug and sister Martha Studer.    

Pete loved hunting, fishing, card playing, having coffee with friends at the Villager and “shooting the breeze”.  He also loved to have the neighborhood children come over and ask questions when he was cleaning fish and turtles.          

 

Gesina Wilhelmina Leontine Munson, age 103

Funeral service for Gesina Munson was held Monday, November 17, 2014 at the Harris Funeral Home Chapel in West Bend with Rev. Evelyn Lewiston officiating.  Interment was in the West Bend Cemetery.  Harris Funeral Home in charge of caring for the family.

Gesina Wilhelmina Leontine (Schutter) Munson was born October 22, 1911 to Jerry and Minnie (Heetland) Schutter at Riceville, IA, where she was baptized. As an infant, she moved with her parents to West Bend where she was confirmed in the First United Presbyterian Church. 

 In 1930, Gesina graduated from the West Bend High School. In May of 1934, she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA. She taught upper elementary English and Social Studies at Halfa-Armstong, Goldfield and Wesley, Iowa. Gesina was united in marriage with Martin Clifford Munson April 23, 1938 at the Methodist parsonage in Forest City, IA.  The couple lived in Wesley, IA before moving to West Bend, and they were blessed with 4 children.  Gesina taught Sunday School at the United Presbyterian Church, sang in the choir, was the church pianist, Clerk of Session, and held offices in the United Presbyterian Women and Rodman Mariners. In May of 1955, she accompanied Cliff to the General Assembly of the United Presbyterian Church held in Los Angeles, CA. 

When the Presbyterian Church in West Bend closed in 1972, she transferred her membership to the United Methodist Church.  She attended worship, United Methodist Women and Bible Studies as long as her health allowed. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother, Brownie and Girl Scout leader, Band Mother for all four of her children, taught piano lessons and invited at least one 6th grade class into her home to watch Herb Hakes’ Iowa History lessons broadcast on TV from Ames, IA. She was a member of the Ladies Social Literary Club for 49 years, District officer of Republican Women, UNICEF Chairwoman for over 21 years, charter member of the West Bend Historical Society, pianist and officer in the Legion Auxiliary, a volunteer in the Lauback Literacy program and volunteer pianist at the West Bend Care Center for 25 years.  She and Cliff attended the Community Concert series in Algona for many years.

  In the late 1960’s, Gesina renewed her teaching certificate at Mankato State College and earned the Reading Endorsement from U.S.D., Vermillion, SD.   She did substitute teaching and taught Remedial Reading in West Bend. Gesina was an avid reader and enjoyed going for walks. She loved traveling to visit family and historical places.  Survivors include her sons Jerry of Silverdale, WA,  Dr. Paul (Janet) of Manotick, Ontario, and daughter Joyce of West Bend; 8 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.  She was preceded in death by her husband Clifford, son Philip, daughter-in-law Jeanie, her parents and  brothers Dr. John, David and Richard Schutter.

 

Jean Meyer, age 74

Funeral services for Jean Meyer were celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 30, 2014, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Whittemore with Reverend Mark Resner officiating.  Burial was in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery.  

Jean Marie Meyer was born May 8, 1940, in Whittemore, Iowa, the daughter of Herbert and Eldora (Dau) Zumach. She grew up in Whittemore where she attended St. Paul’s Lutheran School through eighth grade, and then went on to attend Whittemore High School, graduating salutatorian of her class in 1958. After her schooling she worked at the Zumach family grocery store.

On July 9, 1961, Jean was united in marriage to Gayle Meyer at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Whittemore. They lived in Whittemore for a few years before moving to the farm in 1965, where they have lived ever since. 

Jean embraced her role as a farm wife, and took great pride in running her garage sales and the antique store she had at the farm.  She was a very detailed record keeper and kept meticulous notes.  Her Christian faith was very important to her as an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

She enjoyed her cats, bowling, playing cards and doing word search puzzles. Jean was a good cook and baker, and was known for her buttered popcorn, scotcharoo bars, raspberry salad and her sweet corn.

Jean died Sunday, October 26, 2014, at the Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg, Iowa.  She was 74.

Survivors include her husband, Gayle Meyer of Whittemore; son, Jeff Meyer and his special friend, Vicky Nissen of Mount Pleasant; daughters, Dawn (Keith) Trullinger of Waukee; Michele (Rick) Poe of Des Moines; grandchildren, Brandon Meyer, Ryan Poe and Malone Trullinger; step-grandchildren, Jessica and Rebecca Poe and a step great-grandson, Dylan Poe. Also surviving are siblings, Beverly (Earl) Hartman of Minneapolis, MN; Carol Grimm of Des Moines; Allen (Phyllis) Zumach of St. Paul, MN; sister-in-law, Evonne Meyer of Whittemore and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers-in-law, Mike Grimm and Roger Meyer and a step-mother, Irene Zumach.

 Arrangements were handled by Oakcrest Funeral Services of Whittemore.  Condolences may be left at www.oakcrestfuneralservices.co

 

Agnes Baumann, age 99

Agnes Baumann, age 99, of Whittemore, died on Monday, October 27, 2014 at the Kossuth Regional Health Center in Algona.  Graveside services were held Thursday October 30th in St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery in Whittemore. 

Agnes Elizabeth Wiltgen, the daughter of Michael and Bertha (Wiesenberg) Wiltgen, was born on March 27, 1915 in St. Joseph, Iowa.  She graduated from Algona High School in 1933, the first senior class at O.B. Laing School.  On February 26, 1941 Agnes was united in marriage with John D. Baumann at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Algona.  They lived and farmed on the Baumann Century Farm, which became a Century Farm in 1976.  She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Whittemore and the Rosary Society.  Agnes enjoyed gardening, canning, sewing, flowers, reading and visiting with friends and family.

Left to cherish Agnes’s memory are her children, James Baumann of Whittemore, Ruth Ann Patterson and her husband John of Custer, Montana, Mary Jean Laubenthal and her husband Ambrose of Titonka and Joseph Baumann of Whittemore; three grandsons, David (Heather), Mark and Kevin Laubenthal; and a sister, Cecelia Koppen of Whittemore.  She was preceded in death by her parents; and five siblings, Ann Cudnik, Arthur, Clarence, John and Irvin Wiltgen.

 Memorials may be made in Agnes’s name to St. Michael’s Catholic Church.  The Lentz Funeral Home in Algona is serving the family.  Condolences may be left at www.lentzfuneralhome.com

 

Veronica Emaline “Emy” Farrell, age 79

Whittemore - A funeral Mass for Veronica Emaline “Emy” Farrell  was held on Friday, October 31, 2014, at 11:00 AM at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Whittemore.  

Veronica Emaline “Emy” Farrell was born November 21, 1934, in Whittemore, daughter of James LeRoy and Kathleen (Walsh) Farrell.  She grew up in Whittemore graduating from Presentation Academy in 1954.  Emy began working at Elbert Chevrolet in 1956 as the Business Manager.  She received many awards from Chevrolet through the years and retired in 2000.  She proudly purchased the first Corvair Station Wagon (red) from Elbert Chevrolet.  

Emy was a lifelong resident of Whittemore and a lifelong member St. Michael’s Catholic Church. She was proud of her Irish heritage and served as Grand Marshal of the Algona St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  She loved to be with her family especially her nieces and nephews.  She enjoyed traveling, golfing, bowling, playing cards, and collecting butterfly and Dreamsicles figurines.  Emy was a member of the Whittemore Community Betterment Group, the St. Michael Rosary Society, and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

Emy Farrell died Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at Good Samaritan Society Algona at the age of 79.  She had been a resident there since March, 2009.   Emy deeded her body to the Department of Anatomy at the University of Iowa for betterment of scientific purposes.

She is survived by two brothers, Leo (Arddy) Farrell of Jacksonville, FL, and Tom (Joann) Farrell of Prairie City; and many nieces, nephews, other family members, and special friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, Kenneth and his wife, Florence Farrell, Mary Catherine and her husband, Eddie Elbert, James and his wife, Lela Farrell, Helen “Skip” Wirth, and Marie Celine Farrell in infancy; a niece, Eileen Bell and a nephew, Gene Farrell.

Oakcrest Funeral Services of Whittemore in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be left to www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com. 

 

LaVerne M. Kollasch, age 85

Algona - A funeral mass for LaVerne M. Kollasch was held at 11:00 AM  on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Whittemore, Iowa officiated by Father Edward M. Girres assisted by her nephew, Reverend Mr. Jerry Jorgensen, and Reverend Mr. William Black.  Burial was in St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery in Whittemore.

LaVerne Mary Kollasch, the 2nd youngest of 7 of Joseph and Mathilda (Gehlen) Wagner was born in Kingman, KS on September 12, 1929, and lived in Willowdale, Kansas.  The family moved to a farm near West Bend, Iowa and later North of Whittemore where she continued her education and graduated from Presentation Academy in Whittemore.  She moved to Algona in 2003.

On August 23, 1949, LaVerne was united in marriage with James C. Kollasch in Osakis, Minnesota.  They made their home in Whittemore for many years raising their five children.  LaVerne was a loving and caring mother active in raising her children giving them encouragement and hope to be the best that they could be.  In later years, LaVerne found much joy in being around her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

LaVerne worked at Zumach’s Grocery Store in Whittemore and Chrischilles store in Algona where she did alterations and was a good seamstress.   She enjoyed playing cards with her family and card clubs, spending time at Okoboji, fishing, crocheting, tatting, quilting, and volunteering.  In her later years she was an avid reader and she faithfully spent her weekly prayer hour in the Adoration Chapel.  She was an active volunteer most notably at RSVP, Seton Hot Lunch, and the Food Pantry.  Those whom she touched understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time she could spend with them.  She was awarded a Governor’s Volunteer Award. 

LaVerne belonged to the Catholic Daughters of America and Hospital Auxiliary and Whittemore Legion Auxiliary, a past member of St. Michael’s Parish in Whittemore, and most recently St. Cecelia’s parish in Algona.

LaVerne Kollasch entered eternal rest on Wednesday Oct. 30, 2014 at Kossuth Co. Regional Hospital at the age of 85. 

She is survived by her children Vern (Connie) of Iowa City, Dean (Marcia) of Arcadia, Barb (Bill) Reding of Bode, Donna Kollasch of Reno, NV, Janice (Jeff) Richter of Wesley; 13 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by a sister, Odell Kollasch of Algona; and in-law’s, Geraldine Wolfe of Algona, Colleen Kollasch of Minneapolis, MN, Pat (Jim) Elbert of Algona, and Richard (Ellen) Kollasch of Princeton, IL; and many nieces and  nephews.

LaVerne was proceeded in death by her husband James C. on November 30, 2003; her parents; her sisters,  Viola (Charles) Origer, Marcella (Paul) Besch, Geraldine Reichert, and brothers, Jerome (Pat) and Cyril (Eleanor) Wagner;  her in-laws John Kollasch, William Kollasch, Florence (Kenneth) Farrell, Tom Wolfe, Mary Jo (Harry) Jorgensen, and Jiggs Kollasch.

 Oakcrest Funeral Services of Whittemore in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be made to www.oakcestfuneralservices.com.

 

 

Jeffrey Mitchell, age 49

Funeral service for Jeffrey Mitchell was held Friday, October 24, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in West Bend with Rev. Evelyn Lewiston officiating.  Internment was in the Riverside Cemetery, Rodman, IA.  Harris Funeral Home was in charge of caring for the family.

Jeffrey Cameron Mitchell was born October 10, 1965, in Le Mars, Iowa to Mary Margaret Prentice and Michael Gilbert Mitchell. Jeff lived in numerous Iowa towns before the family settled in Sioux City. He graduated from North High School in 1984.

 He worked as a truck driver until very recently. Jeff was an avid reader and enjoyed shooting his guns at target practice, researching family history, and conversations with family and friends. He will be especially remembered for his hearty laugh, love of the open road and generous spirit.  Jeff died of complications from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

 Survivors include his loving family: mother Mary Prentice and Dick Kayser; sister Jacqueline Mitchell and husband Gregg McGrath of Hingham, Massachusetts; brother Shawn Mitchell of Overland Park, Kansas; nephew Ryan Etzel of San Diego, California; and nieces Talia Mitchell of Kansas, Katie McGrath, Alicia McGrath and Kaylee McGrath of Massachusetts. 

 

Robert Forsythe, age 48

Robert was born November 3, 1965, in Emmetsburg, IA, the son of George and Barbara (Thul) Forsythe.  He was a 1984 graduate of West Bend High School.  Following his education, he joined the United States Army.  After Bob left the Army, he lived in Algona for many years. Bob enjoyed fishing, listening to music, watching movies and playing video games.

On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, Bob passed away at the Pomeroy Care Center after a lengthy battle with Pancreatic Cancer.

Bob is survived by his mother, Barbara Forsythe of San Tan Valley, AZ;  father, George Forsythe of West Bend;  three brothers:  Gary (Bettina) of West Bend, David (Joni) of Herndon, VA and Mark (Heather) of Whittemore;  9 sisters:  Julie Aldaz (Andrew) of Grand Canyon, AZ, Kathryn Cheney (Matt) of Silver Spring, MD, Debra Gibson of Queen Creek, AZ, Mary Gearhart of West Bend, Janet Nihill (Tim) of Chandler, AZ, Jill Kinney (Tom) of Owego, NY, Joni Villagomez (Jon) of American Fork, Utah, Gina Spotten (James) of Chandler, AZ and Diane Sanders (Travis) of San Tan Valley, AZ;  and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Bob in death are his grandparents, Roy and Regina (Dunn) Forsythe and Eugene and Emma (Becker) Thul; brother-in-law, Glenn Gearhart and nephew, Christopher Gearhart.

 Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Joseph with burial and military rites held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.  Online condolences: www.joycefuneralhomes.com.  Joyce Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Mildred Adams, age 93

Funeral Mass for Mildred Adams was celebrated on Monday, September 15, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Whittemore with Father John Thomas officiating.  Burial was in the St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Mildred Regina Adams was born April 23, 1921, in West Bend, Iowa, the daughter of Nick and Lena (Mersch) Schmalen.  She grew up and attended school in West Bend graduating from the West Bend High School in 1938, as the class valedictorian. Mildred then went to attend cosmetology school in Spencer, Iowa, and upon completion began working at Irene’s Beauty Shop in Algona.

On February 28, 1946, Mildred was united in marriage to Garmon Adams at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Algona.  They lived in Algona for two years before moving to a farm near Whittemore in 1948, where they raised their children. Upon all the children being in high school Mildred went back to work at the Kehler McAdams Clothing Store in Algona for 10 years.

Mildred enjoyed spending time with all her family, as well as, reading, sewing, quilting, gardening, canning and playing cards. She was an active member of St. Michael’s Parish as a member of the Rosary Society, Catholic Daughters of the Americas and was also a member of the Whittemore Women’s Club.

Mildred died Friday, September 12, 2014, at the Algona Manor Care Center in Algona, Iowa.  She was 93.

Survivors include her husband, Garmon Adams of Algona; children, Linda and Tom Bindner of Marcus; Mark and Elizabeth Adams of Marshalltown; Karen and Bill Behrens of St. Louis, MO; Barb and Bill Thompson of Des Moines; Nancy Adams of West Des Moines; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Juanita Yoch of West Bend; a brother, Edward Schmalen of West Bend; sisters-in-law, Donna Adams of Cedar Rapids and Marjorie Schmalen of Emmetsburg and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, John Schmalen; son-in-law, Craig Wambold and a brother-in-law, Clarence Yoch.

 Arrangements were handled by Oakcrest Funeral Services of Whittemore.  Condolences may be left at www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.

 

 

William “Bill” Mason, age 64

Funeral service for William “Bill” Mason was held Thursday, April 10, 2014 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Pocahontas, IA, with Pastors Joy Gonnerman and Dennis Lauritsen officiating.  Interment was in the Ingemann Cemetery near Moorhead, Iowa.  Powers Funeral Home of Pocahontas, IA was in charge of caring for the family.

William (Bill) Mason, 64, of Pocahontas passed away April 6, 2014 at Pocahontas Community Hospital following a long battle with cancer.  

Bill was born December 10, 1949 in Onawa, Iowa, son of Robert and Jessie Mason, brother of Pat (Mason) Phillips.  He graduated from East Monona High School in 1968, and Westmar College in 1972, where he played football and baseball.  He received his Master of Science in Education degree in 1984 from Drake University.    

Bill was a teacher for 41 years, from 1972-2013.  He taught at Dow City, West Bend, Pocahontas, and Storm Lake St. Mary’s.  Mr. Mason was a well respected teacher and coach, impacting the lives of thousands of students and athletes throughout his career.  He was best known for his quick wit and fiery competitive spirit.  He retired in 2013 due to illness.  In the summer of 2013, he was inducted into the Iowa Girls Softball Coaching Hall of Fame.                      

 Bill married his high school sweetheart, Mary Frances, on January 25th, 1969.  They have two daughters, Michele 1969 and Melanie 1974.    

 Survivors include his wife Mary Frances, Pocahontas; daughter Michele (spouse Melissa), Pittsburgh; daughter Melanie (spouse Kim), Des Moines; and sister Pat (spouse Dennis), Seattle.  Bill was preceded in death by his parents.