Lavon ‘Bonnie’ Loretta Miller, 84, of Sheffield died Monday, January 24, 2011 at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa. Funeral Mass will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rockwell with Very Rev. Kenneth Gehling and Rev. James Dubert presiding. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Friday with a Scripture Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield.
Lavon ‘Bonnie’ Miller was born in Sheffield, Iowa on April 10, 1926, a daughter of Martin and Olive (Gamble) Ubben. She attended country schools. As the oldest child in her family she cared for the younger children. During WWII Bonnie worked at the Sheffield Brick and Tile plant. She also worked at the canning plant in Ackley.
Bonnie is remembered for always being welcoming with a fresh pot of coffee, and being devoted to her children and grandchildren. Bonnie remembered all her relatives’ birthdays and made sure each received a birthday card from her. She cared for all God’s creatures especially in feeding the birds. She loved her caregivers from home health and the Sheffield Care Center especially Dixie Martin, Sue Davolt and Jeanne Wogan.
Bonnie is survived by her children: Buddy Ubben, Chapin; Cindy (Kent) Koch, Sheffield; Butch (Carol) Miller, Hampton; Deb (Martin) Barnes, Sheffield; Shelley (John) Rooney, Sheffield; grandchildren: Jenny (Rick) Knudson and their children: Nathan, Kaitlyn and one on the way; Sara (Todd) Nierengarten and their children: Joshua and Emma; Andy Ubben; Ben Ubben; Dan (Lisa) Blum and their children: Ashley, Hunter and Grady; Audrey (Jason) Arndt and their children: Cody, Collin and Alli; Catherine (Ryan) Crooks and their children: Ava, Nicholas; Mike (Jessica) Barnes and their son Jaxin; Mandy (Brian) Johnson and daughter Skyler; Olivia Rooney and Taylor Rooney; Roy Slocum and Megan (Nick) Ries; brother Alvin (Sallie) Ubben and sisters-in-law: Connie Ubben and DeLoris Ubben.
She is preceded in death by her parents Martin and Olive Ubben; son: Gary Ubben; daughter in infancy: Catherine; sister: Ilene Oehlert and brothers: Martin Ubben Jr. and Kenneth Ubben.
Kenneth L. Ubben, 71, Chapin, Iowa, died January 10, 2011 at Desert Palm Regional Hospital in Palm Springs, CA following a courageous battle with cancer. Funeral mass will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 22 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rockwell with Rev. James Dubert presiding. Visitation will be held 4-7 p.m., Friday at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield with a scripture wake service at 7:00 p.m.
Ken was born July 1, 1939 in Geneva, Iowa to Martin and Olive (Gamble) Ubben. He attended school in Sheffield, Iowa. Ken was married to Charlene Marzen on June 25, 1960 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Dougherty. To this union four children were born, Alan Lee, Lisa Ann, Mark Louis and Paula Jo.
Ken later married Connie Olsen on December 29, 1979 in Chicago, Illinois. To this union one child was born, Carrie Lea. Ken was first employed by Sheffield Brick and Tile where he worked for 25 years until the plant closed. Ken then started his own business, Ken’s Electric & Repair, where he continued to work until his health declined. Ken also worked with Gene Smit and Kim White installing furnaces and air conditioning units. Ken had many skills and tried to help anyone who needed assistance.
At the age of 16, Ken and his childhood friend, Larry Zimmerman of Sheffield, started a band called, “Kenny Ubben and the Roustabouts.” Ken was lead singer and played lead guitar, Larry played rhythm guitar and later switched to steel guitar. “Kenny Ubben and the Roustabouts” was known for decades as the best country-western band that played in North Iowa. Larry is still entertaining and carries on the name, “The Roustabouts.” Ken loved life, music, fishing and camping.
For many years, Ken and Connie enjoyed relaxing in their camper along the Shell Rock River in Rock Falls, Iowa. He enjoyed playing cards and being with his family and friends. Ken will be missed by all that knew him.
Ken is survived by his wife, Connie, Chapin; daughter: Lisa Ann (Eric) Hildreth, Olivia, MN and their children Grant and Molly; son: Mark Louis Ubben, Greene and his children Paul, Diane, Jayne and Logan; daughter: Paula Jo (Tom) Treiber, Eden Prairie, MN; daughter: Tonya (Michael) Heier, Humboldt and their children Abbie, Ellen and Jacob; daughter: Carrie (Chad) Potts, Klemme and their son: Cameron; Lance, Nicole and Amy, Children of his late son Alan Ubben and great-grandchildren: Alan and Brayden.
Ken is preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Olive Ubben, brother Martin Jr. (Bud) Ubben, sister Ilene Oehlert and a son, Alan Ubben.
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Franklin H. Nielsen, 77, of Thornton passed away Monday, January 3, 2011 at Hospice of North Iowa in Mason City. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 7, 2011 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Thornton. Internment will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery in Thornton. Visitation will be held from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 6 at Retz Funeral Home in Thornton. Memorials may be directed to the Franklin Nielsen Memorial Fund in care of the family. Franklin was born on a farm southwest of Thornton to Chris and Pearl (Buck) Nielsen on May 7th, 1933. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Thornton and graduated in 1951. One week later he and Anne were married, and this past June they celebrated their 59th anniversary together. All of these years they were constant companions and showed their love for each other. Franklin started out doing different short term jobs. Then in 1958 he started as custodian at the Thornton School, where he worked for the next ten years. From there he worked at Montgomery Wards as a department manager. In 1971 he started the Nielsen Plumbing and Heating business which he ran for 39 ½ years until he was forced to quit working due to his declining health. Franklin felt a strong commitment to his church and his community. He sang in the choir at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church for about 30 years. He served on Thornton City Council for 24 years, M-T School Board for 9 years, and was a volunteer fireman for many years. An avid golfer, he served on the Pleasant Valley Golf Course Board for 25 years. Two highlights of his life were when he received the “Giving Your Best” award and when he and Anne were asked to be the grand marshalls in the Thornton Big Days parade. Left to cherish his memory are his loving and caring wife, Anne; son, Dan (Diane), daughter, Dori (Bryan) Morrill; grandchildren, Jen Nielsen, Jared (Joelle) Nielsen, Natalie (Brian) Dearing, Lillian Morrill, Sam Morrill; great-grandchildren, Alina Park, and Payton Dearing; sisters, Ruby Easley, Mavis (Rod) Jensen, Joy Bulow; brother, Leo (Betty) Nielsen; many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Dale, Ivan, Gene, and Don Nielsen; and two sisters, Opal Obrecht and Marlene Sheriff
Harold W. Meints, 86, of Sheffield, died Thursday, December 16, 2010 at the Sheffield Care Center.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 20, 2010, at Zion Reformed Church rural Sheffield with Rev. Arthur Zewert officiating. Visitation will be held Sunday, December 19, 2010 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Retz Funeral Home in Sheffield. According to Harold’s wishes his body will be cremated after being donated to the University of Iowa’s Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. Internment will take place at a later date.
Harold William Meints was born on March 3, 1924, the third of four sons to Harm and Ella (Stadtlander) Meints of rural Chapin. In the first two years of his life he developed Infantile Paralysis. It affected his left eye and his parents were told he would never walk. His mother was very determined and exercised his legs every day and proved the doctors wrong. He went on to attend country school and graduated from Chapin High School in 1942.
On November 26, 1944 he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Elizabeth Heuberger, at Zion Reformed Church. Harold and Mary farmed in the Sheffield and Chapin area for several years before moving to the farm they purchased and lived on. While he continued to farm, Harold worked as a truck driver for several trucking firms. Delivering motor homes for Winnebago Industries, Harold and Mary had the opportunity to see much of the United States. In 2001, they moved to Sunrise Homes in Sheffield, where he enjoyed living and helping his neighbors. He also worked for Retz Funeral Home assisting his friend, Fred Retz.
Harold was an active member of the Zion Reformed Church where he served on the Consistory and was a Catechism and Sunday school teacher. He was a member of the Sheffield Lions Club for several years. He also had a great love of music as he was a self-taught guitarist. Harold enjoyed singing at different events in his church and belonged to the musical group, the Rural Airs, for ten years. His family has many fond memories of singing at the dining room table after the evening meal.
Through out the years, Harold’s competitive spirit played out in the variety of activities he participated in. He enjoyed snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, golfing and excelled in fast pitch softball (hitting four home runs in one game). Some of his best memories were spent on the golf course with his son, family members, and friends. He always loved watching his grandchildren as they participated in their many activities. Family was very important to him and he taught them to have a great faith and love of the Lord.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife and partner, Mary, three daughters: Judith A. (Dennis) Crom of Sheffield, Linda J. (Steve) Wells of Clear Lake, and Kathleen J. (Robert) Shreckengost of Sheffield; daughter-in-law, Kristi (Dave) Marson of Mason City. He is also survived by his grands and greats: Tim and Tracy Shreckengost, Madison and Sydney; Tom and Kara Shreckengost, Tanner and Grace, Caleb and Kellen (Cameron); Chris and Danielle Crom, Olivia and Matthew; Todd and Sara Shreckengost, Hayden, Nolan, and Braylon; Joshua and Jessica Wells and Madilynn; Jami and Jesse Peters and Kiana; Marc Wells; Jill and Joshua Schade; Greg Crom; Joelle Meints; Jaclyn Meints. He is also survived by sister-in-laws, Carolyn Meints of Sheffield and Darlene Meints of Clear Lake, as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his son Gary Meints in 2008, his parents, his three brothers, Conrad, John, Marvin Meints, and sister-in-law Lena Meints.
Harold’s family is very thankful for the love and excellent care he received from the staffs of Hospice of North Iowa and the Sheffield Care Center. He was treated with great dignity and respect.
Charles ‘Chuck’ M. Rabey Sheffield
Charles ‘Chuck’ Rabey entered Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit on Thursday, December 9 and died Monday, December 13, 2010 at 83 years of age. His family will greet friends and relatives at the First United Methodist Church in Sheffield 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday. Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday at the church with Pastor Janet Rieckhoff-Faris presiding. Interment at Hillside Cemetery in Sheffield will be held at a later date.
Charles ‘Chuck’ Malcolm Rabey was born in Lyon County near Larchwood, Iowa, April 9, 1927 a son of Malcolm and Hulda (Oehmke) Rabey. He grew up and was educated in Larchwood working with his father as a carpenter. Chuck enlisted in the U.S. Navy March 2, 1945 and served in the Pacific Theater.
Chuck was united in marriage with Mildred Harter August 16, 1953 at the Methodist Church in Logan, Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State Teachers College in 1955 with a Bachelor’s degree. He taught P.E., Industrial Arts and Driver’s Training at Williamsburg, Iowa. At the Marcus and Mariden-Cleghorn Schools he coached girls basketball and taught elementary math. He earned his Master’s Degree from the University of Iowa in 1964 and then became Elementary Principal at Sheffield-Chapin. He retired in 1989 and has continued to live in Sheffield.
Chuck was an avid sports fan, attending nearly every game his schools played in during his career. He was active in the Lion’s Club and golfing was his passion. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Sheffield for many years.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 57 years, Millie; children: Bob (Christine) Rabey, State Center, Iowa; Jerry (Cindy) Rabey, Sheffield; Joelle (Dave) Henderson, Altoona, Iowa; Jeff (Annette) Rabey, Omaha, Nebraska; 14 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; sister: Wanda Wright, California and a host of extended family members.
Chuck is preceded in death by his parents Malcolm and Hulda Rabey, sister Leola (Joe) Clercx; brother Duane (Betty) Rabey and brother-in-law: Paul Wright.
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Matilda E. Schroeder, Sheffield
Matilda Schroeder, 90, of Sheffield and Coulter, died Thursday, December 9, 2010 at the Franklin General Hospital in Hampton. Public visitation will be held 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Sunday at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield. Private family services will be held with burial at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield..
Matilda Emily Wiele Schroeder was born July 11, 1920 east of Sheffield at the farm home of her parents William and Anna Liekweg Wiele.
Matilda was baptized in the Lutheran faith by Rev. E.A. Hannf in August 1920 and was confirmed in 1934 by L.W. Reuther. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church east of Sheffield and later became a member of Zion St. John Lutheran Church in Sheffield.
Matilda attended rural school, and graduated from Sheffield High School in 1938.
Matilda and George Schroeder were married at the Little Brown Church at Nashua, Iowa on September 29, 1953. They are the parents of one daughter Julie, three grandsons: Andrew, Anthony and Benjamin, one great grandson and one great granddaughter. She enjoyed her familiy and friends.
At 90 years of age Matilda passed away at Franklin General Hospital in Hampton, Iowa on December 9, 2010. She is preceded in death by her husband, George in 1984, her parents William and Anna Wiele, Six brothers: Julius, William, Chris, Ernest, Elmer and Fred, three sisters: Elsie (Mrs. Albert) Humburg, Bertha (Mrs. Harvey) Meyer and Lena (Mrs. Leslie Nielsen.
She is survived by her daughter, Julie Schroeder, Coulter; three grandsons: Andrew, Anthony and Benjamin; one great grandsons and one great grand daughter. Many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Lawrence Donald (Don) Ballhagen Sheffield
Lawrence Donald (Don) Ballhagen, 79, of Sheffield passed away, Thursday evening, November 11, 2010 at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa in Mason City. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday at Zion St. John Lutheran Church, Sheffield with Rev. G. Kim Wills presiding. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery of Rockford. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Monday at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield.
Don was born August 26, 1931 at Rockford, Iowa, the eldest child of Lawrence and Irene (Marrs) Ballhagen. Don graduated from Rockwell High School. He served four years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict on the hospital ship U.S.S. Consolation. He returned home to work at Deckers and Murphy Truck Lines, he then started farming at Rockford. On May 24, 1957 Don was united in marriage with Diana Eberling at Rockwell. To this union 3 children were born, Kevin, Kathy and Koreen.
He began farming in the Sheffield area in 1965 and for many years ran the Sheffield Inn with his wife Diana.
He will be missed very much by his wife, children and grandchildren who were the love of his life. He very much enjoyed his family times. In his spare time he enjoyed going fishing with his buddies Mel Ammerman, Mel Bolk, and Jerry Patro. On Saturday evenings he would settle in with his bowl of popcorn and watch RFD tv.
Don is survived by his wife Diana; son Kevin (Tami) of Sheffield; daughters: Kathy (Kelly) of Phoenix, AZ and Koreen Potts of Newburgh, IN; five grandchildren: Mark, Carley and Shelby Ballhagen, Reagan and Henry Potts; one brother; Duane (Shirley) Ballhagen, Rockwell; and one sister, Sandy (Harold) Pippert, Mason City.
Don is preceded in death by his grandson, Travis Ballhagen, his parents, sister, Sharon Cordle, niece Brenda Cordle, and nephew Will Ballhagen.
Memorials may be directed to the Sheffield Fire Department, Sheffield Emergency Squad or the American Legion at Rockwell.
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Wayne Schmalle Thornton, Iowa
Wayne Schmalle, 89, of Thornton, died Monday, November 8, 2010 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond. Funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Thornton, with Pastor Milton D. Johnson presiding. Interment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, Thornton. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Wednesday at Retz Funeral Home, Thornton. In lieu of flowers Wayne’s family suggests memorials may be directed to Opportunity Village or St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in his memory.
Wayne Lloyd Schmalle was born October 11, 1921 on a farm S.W. of Thornton, Iowa the oldest child of S.H. ‘Sam’ and Nellie (Merchant) Schmalle. He was baptized at the Thornton United Methodist Church. He attended school in Thornton and graduated from high school with the class of 1940.
On December 26, 1943 Wayne married Beulah Hartwig at the Lutheran Parsonage in Thornton. He became a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in 1945. He farmed with his father and in 1946 was inducted into the Army and served for two years.
When he returned from the service he and Beulah moved onto their own farm two miles south of Thornton where they lived for 39 years.
During this time he held various positions on the Farmers Coop Board, church council at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Cerro Gordo Cattlemen’s Association and ASC Committeeman.
In 1986 Wayne retired and he and Beulah moved into Thornton. He enjoyed doing things for others, helped organize the Babe Ruth League and for ten years kept the ball diamond mowed and in shape. He loved to go for rides on his motorcycle, often with Beulah as his passenger. He enjoyed going fox hunting with his buddies and playing pinochle. He also enjoyed the many bus trips he and Beulah took to most of the states and even Mexico, Canada and Alaska.
Wayne is survived by his wife of 66 years, Beulah; sister: Ardeth (Alvin) Aastrup; brother: Verdell (Bonnie) Schmalle; brother-in-law: Paul (Mildred) Hartwig; nephews: Douglas Caffrey; Verlynn (Ann) Schmalle; Robert Hartwig; nieces: Margaret (Douglas) Yoder; Marlys (Mike) Kallis; Jennifer Russell; Sibyl (Jim) Jorgenson; special friends: Dale (Carol) McBride and family; Susan Green.
Wayne is preceded in death by his parents; sister: Lois (Roger) Caffery and nephew: Jerry Aastrup.
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Marilyn Lamp Sheffield
Marilyn Lamp, 78, of Sheffield, passed away at her home, November 8, 2010. Private family services will be held at Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery, Davenport, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to Camp Courageous of Iowa at Monticello or to other organizations in her memory.
Marilyn Jean Lamp was born December 18, 1931 at Davenport, Iowa a daughter of Harvey and Hilda (Cook) Lamp. She grew up in Bennett, Iowa and graduated from Tipton High School. Marilyn then attended Cornell College and the University of Iowa where she graduated with a Nursing degree. She then earned an advanced degree from Marycrest College in Davenport and worked as a surgical nurse at Mercy Hospital in Davenport. She also worked for many years as a school nurse in the Davenport School system. After retiring Marilyn moved to Sheffield to her parents former home.
She is survived by her sister: Jan (Bob) Arduser, Monticello, Iowa; niece: Lori (Ignacio) Mendieta and their children: Rob, Mitch, Morgan and Dylan; niece: Kari Paulsen and Tom Paulsen and children: Jeremy (Kara), Jason and Jade; niece Kris Kromminga and children: Sara, Kaci & Taryn.
Marilyn is preceded in death by her parents and Rich Kromminga, husband of her niece Kris Kromminga.
Frances Rodemeyer Sheffield
Frances Rodemeyer,94 of Sheffield, died Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at the Muse Norris Hopsice Unit in Mason City. Funeral services will be held 10:30 A.M., Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Sheffield. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. visitation will be Thursday 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield.
Frances Lucile Rodemeyer was born January 3, 1916 in Sheffield, Iowa, the first child of David and Minnie (Ingebretson) Atkinson. She grew up on the family farm south of Sheffield with her two brothers, Richard and George, and sister, Jane, and was educated in Sheffield. After attending State Teachers College in Cedar Falls for two years, she returned to Sheffield to teach in a one room country school. Fran returned to college, majored in math and business, and graduated with a B.S. degree from Grinnell College in 1939.
On August 4, 1940, Frances married Milo B. Rodemeyer, son of Dr. Frederick and Sophia Rodemeyer of Sheffield. They moved to Minneapolis, MN, where Janet was born. When Milo left to serve in the United States Navy in World War II, Fran and Janet moved to Sheffield to be with family.
After the war, Fran and Milo made Sheffield their home, where David and Joan were born. The loss of Milo in 1959 left her alone to raise her family and care for Milo's parents. Fran was a dedicated parent to her three children, supporting their academic, athletic, music and church activities. Her association with faculty and students during the fourteen years she served as secretary to the high school principal added to her school involvement.
Frances was an active citizen of the community. She worked on the planning committee for the present day Methodist Church, was a member of United Methodist Women and taught Sunday School. Fran enjoyed PEO, Eastern Star, InterNos Study Club, and the Library Foundation. She helped in the planning and building of the new, present library.
Fran enjoyed traveling the world, including many lakes, rivers and countries of most continents. She liked preparing meals and baking for family and friends. The 32 winters she spent in her Florida home allowed her to enjoy golf and bridge all year.
Having lived a long life, she was able to care for her mother and be an important part of her grandchildren and great grandchildren's lives. Her family was always her focus and support.
Living family members include her son, Dave (Joan) Rodemeyer of Naperville, IL, daughters, Janet (Richard) Wells of Chappaqua, NY and Joan (Brian) Johnson of Marshalltown, IA; eight grandchildren, and three great grandchildren; brother in law Col. Dean E. Esslinger and sister in law Maxine Atkinson.
David Bielefeld, Sarasota, Florida
David Bielefeld, 83, of Sarasota, Florida, formerly of Sheffield, died Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at Riviera Palms Rehabilitation Center in Palmetto, Florida. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Monday at Zion St. John Lutheran Church, Sheffield, Iowa with Rev. G. Kim Wills presiding. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield with veteran’s honors by Harlow Ray Masse Post #277 American Legion, Sheffield. Visitation will be 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Sunday at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield.
David Martin Bielefeld was born September 20, 1927 at the family farm near Sheffield. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church, rural Sheffield. He graduated from Sheffield High School.
David entered the U.S. Army and served in the Occupation Forces in Japan.
He returned to Iowa and married Eleanor Thompson, four children were born to this union. He farmed with his parents before taking over the family farm north east of Sheffield.
On February 12, 1983 David was united in marriage with Bonnie Wood. He continued farming and working at Agri Industries Soybean Plant in Mason City. After 32 years at the bean plant David retired. They have lived in Florida for the last 20 years.
David was an avid fisherman, taking many fishing trips and excursions over the years, many with family or close friends.
David is survived by his wife Bonnie Bielefeld, 4 children: Douglas (Gayle) Bielefeld, Ft. Collins, CO; Barbara (Robert) Lundt, Caledonia, MN; Ted Bielefeld, Rockwell, Todd (Deborah) Bielefeld, Mason City; 4 step-children: Marty (Dianne) Lee, Redwing, MN; Lonnie Lee, Austin, MN; Jamie Lee, Sarasota, FL & James Lee, Garner, IA; 14 Grandchildren & 7 Great Grandchildren; sister Marlys (Marvin) Kramer, Sheffield.
He is preceded in death by his parents and a sister in infancy.
Johanna M. Heaford Rockwell, Iowa
Johanna Heaford, 92, of Rockwell, died Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home. Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M., Monday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Rockwell with Rev. Joel Dahlen presiding. Interment will be at the Rockwell Cemetery. Visitation will be 3:00 – 5:00 P.M., Sunday at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield. Those wishing to may direct memorials to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church or the Rockwell Community Nursing Home.
Johanna Marie Koenen was born November 29, 1917 on the family farm near Latimer a daughter of Harm Sr. and Sena (Halfwassen) Koenen. She graduated from Latimer High School and received a 2 year Teacher’s Diploma from Central College. Johanna returned to the Latimer area where she taught at country schools in the area.
On June 15, 1938 Johanna was united in marriage with Oscar Carl Heaford at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. She became an active member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and a devoted mother to her children. She also did secretarial work and bookkeeping for her husband’s oil service. After Oscar’s death in 1975 Johanna worked at Younkers in the Domestics department for several years. She loved fishing trips each year to Minnesota with the family which continued with her husband long after their children were grown. They also enjoyed Rockwell-Swaledale sports during their children’s participation and for years to follow. She remained active in the church with Ladies Aide and Sunday School. Bird-watching was also a favorite activity.
Johanna is survived by her daughter: Elaine (Dallas) Abrams, Menifee, CA; son: Bill (Katie) Heaford, Dysart, IA; grandchildren: Douglas Abrams and son Dalton; Lisa (Geoff) Conrad and children Brittany, Jacquelin and Brandon; David (Kimberly) Abrams and daughter Annalyse; Christian Heaford and son Boston; Andrew (Heather) Heaford, Amy (David) Carey and children Calista, David, Piper and Johanna; Elizabeth Chalise and children Jazen and Nicholas; Anne (Adam) Happel and son Beckett; and Brett Heaford; sister-in-law: Vi Koenen, Hampton and several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Darrell, four sisters and 3 brothers.
Donnie Lee Jensen Thornton, Iowa
Donnie Jensen, 57, of Thornton, passed away Saturday, October 9, 2010 at his home. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday at Retz Funeral Home, Thornton with Mr. Red Haugland presiding. Interment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, Thornton. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday at Retz Funeral Home, Thornton. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the care of the Donnie Jensen Memorial Fund.
Donnie Lee Jensen was born August 31, 1953 at Mason City, Iowa a son of Eugene and Mildred (DeVries) Jensen. He was baptized and confirmed at Richland Lutheran Church in Thornton. He graduated from Meservey-Thornton High School in 1971.
Donnie worked at the Skelly Station in Thornton and later Schroeder’s DX. For many years Donnie worked in construction, ending his career with Neff Construction due to health reasons in 2009.
He enjoyed woodworking and playing pool with his buddies at Westy’s and watching old western movies. He loved animals and his cats and dogs were his family.
Donnie is survived by his parents: Eugene and Mildred Jensen, Thornton; sisters and brother: Connie (Larry) Stadtlander, Thornton; Mike (Betty) Jensen, Thornton; Kathy (Tom) Janeka, Thornton; Laurie (Floyd) Mecham, Clear Lake; nieces and nephews: Robert (Shea) Jensen, Jamie Janeka & fiancé Amanda Hull, Amber Janeka & Kelly Jensen and his friends from Westy’s.
He is preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents.
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Robert Allan Schuler, 81, of Forest City, formerly of Thompson, died Thursday, September 30, 2010 at the Good Samaritan Society in Forest City. No services are planned at this time.
Engelina (Ann) Schulte Thornton, Iowa
Engelina (Ann) Schulte, 79, died Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, at the First Reformed Church, Meservey with Rev. Rodney Meester presiding. Interment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, Thornton. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday at Retz Funeral Home, Meservey.
Engelina was born on April 7, 1931 on a farm northwest of Thornton, Iowa to John and Adeline (Fastenau) Schulte. Ann attended country school, and graduated from Swaledale High School in 1950. After graduation she helped her parents on their farm north of town, sold Avon for 25 years and worked at Casey’s in Clear Lake, Iowa for 18 years.
She was a lifetime member of the First Reformed Church of Meservey, Iowa. She was an active participant in the RCWM Ladies Aid, the “As You Like It” Club, and the Swaledale Garden club. Ann loved gardening, mowing the lawn on the farm, driving her car, traveling, and talking with people. She even loved sports of all kinds—she loved life.
She is survived by: sister-Mary Rebecca Schulte-Dwan, Mesa, AZ, sister-in-law: Jane Schulte, St. Paul, MN. Nieces and nephews: Debra (Jack) Anhorn, Waterloo; Diane (Terry) Beckman, St. Paul, MN; Douglas John (Dora) Schulte, San Diego, CA; Lori Burke, Mesa, AZ and Sharlene Dwan, Clarkdale, AZ. Great nieces and nephews: Brian (and friend Chandra) Anhorn, Brent Anhorn, and Bradley Anhorn, Waterloo; Lindsey (Dana) Pearson, St Paul, MN; Jennifer (Charlie) DeMars, Osceola, WI; Gina Schulte, San Diego, CA; and Adeline and Samantha Burke, Mesa, AZ. Great-great nieces and nephews: Alex Pearson, St Paul, MN and Rylee Anhorn, Waterloo; and many friends and relatives to numerous to list. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Wilke Schulte.
Tressie Stadtlander, 88, of Meservey, passed away Sunday, September 12, 2010
at Good Shepherd Health Center in Mason City. Funeral services will be held 10:30 A.M., Tuesday at the First Reformed Church in Meservey with Rev. Rodney Meester presiding. Interment will be at the Meservey Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Monday at Retz Funeral Home, 201 Ohio Street, Meservey. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the church or the Alzheimer’s Association in her memory.
Tressie Stadtlander was born, March 16, 1922 at Lakota, Iowa a daughter of Edward and Alice (Bockholt) Abbas. On October 28, 1939 Tressie was united in marriage with Bennie Stadtlander. They farmed together at for area farmers and themselves in the Meservey area. Bennie passed away May 29, 1989. Tressie moved into Meservey.
Tressie became a member of the First Reformed Church in Meservey in 1940. She was a member of Reformed Church Women’s Ministry and was devoted to service of the church. She loved traveling with her brothers and sisters and sharing birthdays and holidays with family.
Her family includes two sons: Edward (Janice) Stadtlander, Meservey; Lee (Cathy) Stadtlander, Ankeny; six grandchildren: Annette (Tony) Cockrell, Darcy Lutgen and friend Dave Ruiter; Shelly Black and friend Rohn Kuhlers; Danelle Stadtlander and friend Mike Balek; Troy (Alicia) Stadtlander; Rachal (Mike) Bryan; 10 great grandchildren: Cody, Tristan, Abby, Adam, Grant, Caden, Carlee, Caylee, Olivia and Matthew; sisters: Fannie (Warren) Braund; Edna (Clarence) Isebrand, Esther (Ordel) Dickmeyer and brother: Teus Abbas.
Tressie is preceded in death by her parents, husband, 2 sisters and 2 brothers.
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MITCHEL D. HARTWIG
Mitchel was born in Belmond, Iowa on June 28, 1943 to George “Tom” and Irene Hartwig, and grew up on a farm outside of Thornton, Iowa. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church ELCA in Thornton.
Mitchel was a proud graduate of Thornton High School Class of 1961, and counted spending time with his classmates in the years that followed one of his great enjoyments. Mitchel was very active in the community, serving on the boards of Mason City Gas & Oil, St. Paul Lutheran Church of Thornton, and the Meservey-Thornton Community School. He was very engaged in the activities of his children, serving as a 4-H leader, basketball coach, and member of the booster club.
Mitchel greatly enjoyed time with his family and especially his 7 grandchildren. He was also fond of fishing trips up North, playing in fast pitch softball leagues, playing cards, coffee with ‘the boys’, and collecting farm toys and other antiques from across the Midwest.
Mitchel is survived by his wife Rosalie; son Guy (Jill) and grandchildren Rachel, Emmery, and Camryn of Woodbury, Minnesota; daughter Angie Kinseth (Rick) and grandchildren Benjamin, Morgan, Elijah, and Maya of Belmond; son Matthew of Washington, DC; sister Leilani Dannen (Ron) of Mason City; brother Max Hartwig (Gaylynn) of Lake Forest, Illinois; aunt Doris Nicholson; many nieces and nephews; and numerous relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Thornton on Wednesday, September 15 at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Milton D. Johnson presiding. Interment will be at the Meservey Cemetery. Visitation services will be held Tuesday, September 14 at the Retz Funeral Home in Thornton from 4-8 p.m.
In lieu of gifts, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society office in Mason City at 130 4th St SW, Mason City, Iowa 50401 or at www.cancer.org.
Janiece Renberg Sheffield, Iowa
Janiece Renberg, 73, of Sheffield, died Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at the Rehabilitation Center of Hampton. Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M., Friday, September 3, 2010 at Richland Lutheran Church, Thornton. Burial will be 1:00 P.M., Friday at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be 5:00 - 7:00 P.M, Thursday at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield, IowaJaniece Renberg, 73, of Sheffield, died August 31, 2010 at the Rehabilitation Center of Hampton following a brief but courageous battle with leukemia.
Janiece was born April 19, 1937 at the family farm three miles north of Latimer to Earl and Dorothy (Muhlenbruck) Rasmussen. She was baptized May 9, 1937 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Latimer. Janiece lived in several different houses in north Iowa as a child, and spent many happy hours playing with her aunt Elaine. She attended country school with her future husband, Leo, and they both belonged to the same church since 1950. Janiece was confirmed in 1950 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hampton.
Janiece and Leo were married on June 11, 1961 by Rev. John Molstad Sr. at Richland Lutheran Church in Thornton. She gave birth to Lisa in 1967 and Brad in 1969. She was very proud of her children and their accomplishments. Janiece and Leo lived west of Sheffield on two different farms until they moved to town in 1999.
Janiece attended Wartburg College in Waverly. She began working in the Franklin County Treasurer’s Office in 1957. She transferred into the Auditor’s office and worked there until her children were born. Janiece then became a stay at home mom and devoted mother. She returned to work full time in 1987 at the Assessor’s Office and retired in 2002.
Janiece’s retirement years were spent in a very active life with Leo. She enjoyed visiting her children and grandchildren. She loved watching her grandchildren play volleyball and golf. She was a very faithful caregiver to her mother while Dorothy was living. Janiece and Leo spent time during the winter months in Scottsdale, Arizona, where they would attend Chicago Cubs spring training games.
Janiece would host family gatherings after her mother became too ill to do so. She was very involved in the lives of her nieces and nephews. Janiece was interested in geneology and records of births and deaths in the family. She enjoyed playing cards and gardening and was proud of her Danish heritage. Janiece was a very meticulous person, was very knowledgeable and had a great memory. If anyone had a question about family or friends, they would ask her.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 49 years, Leo; daughter: Lisa (Fred) Wood, Wake Forest, North Carolina and their children; Alexa and Jackson Wood; son: Brad of West Des Moines; sisters Sue (Bob) Rube and Kathy (Dale) Brayton, both of Sheffield, brother-in-law: Duane Renberg; sisters-in-law Delores Vosburgh and Janice (Roger) Fekkers; aunts Lydia Muhlenbruck, Marian Muhlenbruck and Elaine Nagel and numerous nieces and nephews.
Janiece was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, Earl and Dorothy Rasmussen, and in-laws Bert and Ina Renberg, brother-in-law Marvin Vosburgh and sister-in-law Carole Renberg and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Juanita Blood Sheffield, Iowa
Juanita L. (Emhoff) Blood, went to join the love of her life, James G. (Gunner) Blood, on Monday, August 23rd, 2010.
Jerry Hathaway Thornton, Iowa
Jerold Hathaway, 73, of Latimer, died Saturday, July 31, 2010 at his home. Memorial services will be held 3:00 P.M., Thursday at Retz Funeral Home, Thornton with Mr. Red Haugland presiding. Jerry was a very hard working man and took very good care of his family; he would help anyone who needed help asking for nothing in return.
Jerold Elmer Hathaway was born July 3, 1937 at Muscatine, Iowa a son of Charles Raymond and Gertrude (Peck) Hathaway. He attended Muscatine public schools.
Jerold served in the United States Army at the end of the Korean War.
Jerry worked as a skilled mechanic for 46 years, owning his own business in Moline, IL for many of those years. After he retired he moved to the Thornton area and drove truck for four years for FS in Thornton. In April 2007 he bought the bar in Thornton and Westy’s opened.
On March 14, 1971 Jerry married Z. Louise Wakeland at Rock Island, Illinois. Jerry was a life member of the VFW, American Legion, Eagles, Moose and Elks Lodges. He liked bowling, fishing, gardening and woodworking. He greatly enjoyed the Sunday afternoon pool matches with close friends Denny Pastour and Don Jensen. He is remembered as a Jack-of-all-trades and a Master Mechanic who worked hard his entire life.
Missing him dearly will be his wife, Louise; children: Jerry Hathaway Jr. (Kathy), Carol (David) Holladay, Mark Hathaway, Steven (Cindy) Westerman, Robert Westerman; 8 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; sisters: Clara Hathaway and Patricia (Jim) Fischer.
Jerry is preceded in death by his parents, infant brother: Charles Ray; sisters: Doris & Melva and brother Bill.
Marlin Eugene Ingebretson Thornton, Iowa
Pastor Marlin E. Ingebretson, 83, of Thornton, Iowa, died Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home.
He was born July 15, 1926 to Sylvan and Bertha (Flugum) Ingebretson in Lake Mills, Iowa. He was baptized at Winnebago Lutheran Church, and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City in 1941.
After graduation from Forest City High School in 1944, he entered the United States Navy where he served until 1946. His military experiences, particularly his connections to Navy chaplains, encouraged him to plan his pre-theological studies.
Marlin attended Waldorf College from 1946 until 1948 and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College in 1950. He received his divinity degree from Luther Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1954. He received his Master of Theology degree from Luther Theological Seminary in 1963.
Marlin was united in marriage to Marilyn Joanne Carlson of St. Paul, Minnesota on June 19th, 1953 in St. Paul.
Marlin served as pastor of St. Paul and Upper Fall River Lutheran in Eureka, Kansas. In Iowa, he served at Bethesda Lutheran in Jewell, Trinity Lutheran and Ullensvang Lutheran in Thor, Peace Lutheran in Ryan, and St. Paul Lutheran in Thornton. He also served on the faculty of Waldorf College in Forest City. He retired in 1996.
Marlin was giving, kind to all, a peacemaker and a faithful servant to the Lord.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother Stanley, brother Arden, sister Arlene, infant son Kent, and sister-in-law Elaine Boyd. He is survived by his wife Marilyn of Thornton; children, Mark (Christine) of Rochester, MN, Karen (David) Burrier of Pleasant Hill, IA, Janna Willardson of Addison, TX, Susan (Jim) Cramer of Anaheim, CA; ten grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren; brother Dean (Diann) of Alexandria, MN; brother-in-law George Boyd of White Bear Township, MN; and cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Visitation will be at the Retz Funeral Home in Thornton from 4 to 8 p.m on Sunday, July 18th. Interment will be at the Oakland Cemetery in Forest City at 9 a.m. Monday, July 19th. A Celebration of Life and Praise Service will follow at St. Paul Lutheran in Thornton at 11 a.m.
Memorials may be given to your choice of world hunger charities, Rockwell Community Nursing Home or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Eileen Lucille Jewell Sheffield, Iowa
Eileen Jewell, 78, of Sheffield, died Monday, July 5, 2010 at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, Iowa. Private family funeral services followed by burial at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield are being conducted by Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield. Her family suggests memorials may be directed to Hospice of North Iowa in her memory.
Eileen Lucille Jewell was born October 21, 1931 in Sheffield, one of 12 children to August and Ella (Block) Siems. She graduated from Sheffield High School as Vice President of her senior class. She worked at the Sheffield telephone office until her marriage.
On August 5, 1951 Eileen was united in marriage with Robert Jewell. They farmed near Sheffield and she became a devoted mother to her three daughters. She was active in the Evangelical United Brethren Church and was a generous hostess in her home. She volunteered at the Sharing Shoppe, delivered Meals on Wheels and stayed active in her flower and vegetable gardens. She was also quite artistic in making decorative birdhouses. Eileen is remembered as a wonderful baker and made the best potato salad in the state.
Left to cherish the good times are her husband of nearly 59 years: Robert; three daughters: Peg Jewell, Sheffield; Nancy Swieter, Sheffield and Karen and Dave Rust, Mason City; grandchildren: Brian & Jennie Bonjour; Stephanie Swieter; Stacey Swieter; Laura Rust and Angela Rust; great grandchildren: Justin, Joey and Amber Bonjour; sisters and brothers: Sue Wagner; Tilene Humpheys; Ed Siems, Dale Siems and Delbert Block; many nieces and nephews.
Eileen is preceded in death by her parents, grandson Allan Bonjour 2 sisters: Luella Lahner & Louise Romine; 4 brothers: Elmer Siems, Martin Siems, Dick Siems and Benny Siems.
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Evaline E. Brown Rockwell, Iowa
Evaline E. (Evie) Brown, 91, of Rockwell, died Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Rockwell with Rev. Joel Dahlen presiding. Interment will be at Rockwell Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield.
Evaline Estella Brown was born April 27, 1919 at Sheffield a twin daughter of Harry Benjamin and Helen (Rattz) Rurup. She was baptized May 25, 1919 by the Lutheran pastor at Sheffield. Evaline was confirmed in the Christian Faith July 7, 1940 at St Peter Lutheran Church by Rev. H.J. Landick. She attended grade school in Rockwell and Sheffield areas and graduated from Sheffield High School June 3, 1937
Evaline was united in marriage with Delbert Edward Brown January 27, 1938. To this union was born one son, Dallas. Evaline and Delbert Farmed west of Rockwell until 1976 after the death of Delbert, Eveline then moved into Rockwell.
Evaline was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and was an active member of the Rebecca Circle, Altar Guild, and ladies quilting. She also belonged to Grandmother’s Club and Kensington Club.
Evaline worked as a cook at Kelli’s Kitchen in Rockwell from 1977 to 1991.
She is survived by her son Dallas (Lois) Brown, Rockwell; grandson: Don (Carrie) Brown, Rockwell and their children: Cody Brown, serving in the Navy in Japan and Wyatt of Rockwell; grandson: Mike (Jennifer) Brown, Rockwell and their children: Treven, Austin Ethan and Kiden all of Rockwell; sisters: Betty (Henry) Sambdman, Davenport and Barb Sweeny, Cedar Rapids; sister-in-law: Gladys Rurup, Rockwell.
Evaline is preceded in death by her parents and husband Delbert in 1976. She also is preceded in death by sisters: Edith, Erma, Ida, Vera, Kathryn, Thelma, Geraldine and twin sister, Esteline; brothers: Herman (Hans) and Harry (Bud).
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Irene Koenen Meservey, Iowa
Irene Koenen, 89, of Meservey, Iowa, died Friday, April 16, 2010 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond. Funeral services will be held 1:30 P.M. Tuesday at the First Reformed Church, Meservey with Rev. Rodney Meester presiding. Interment will be at Meservey Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday 4:00-8:00 P.M. at Retz Funeral Home, Meservey.
Irene Koenen was born January 23, 1921 at Alexander a daughter of Herman and Dena (Peil) Pals. She attended school in Alexander and Thornton, graduating with the Thornton class of 1938.
Irene worked as a hired girl doing childcare and housework for family members. Irene was united in marriage with Virgil Wayne Koenen after he returned from the war on January 10, 1946. They farmed southwest of Meservey.
Irene and Virgil retired from farming in the late 1970’s and moved into Meservey. Irene was active with the Reformed Church Women’s Ministry, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Golden Years club.
Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter: Patricia (Roy) Markwardt, Swaledale; son: Darwin (Genelle) Koenen, Boone, Iowa; daughter: Pamela (Mark) Thompson, Clear Lake; grandchildren: Chad Markwardt, Justin (Wendy) Markwardt. Leslie Koenen, Monica Koenen, Natalie Koenen, Sara Thompson & Andy Thompson; 5 Great Grandchildren; sister: Berniece (Herman) Suntken; brother: Robert Pals; special sister-in-law: Phyllis Steenhard; sister-in-law: Lois Schlichting, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband in 1995, and brother Glen.
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Lula Ellen Plendl Woodley, 61, of El Paso, Texas (formerly of Kingsley, Iowa) went home to be with the Lord, April 15, 2010, at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, Texas after a courageous battle with cancer.
Lula was born to Helen Bradley Plendl and Harry Joseph Plendl, on September 4, 1948. Lula grew up on a farm west of Kingsley, Iowa with 7 brothers and sisters. She attended and graduated from Kingsley-Pierson High School in 1966.
She was a dedicated army wife, loving mother of two children and a cherished grandmother of six. For 25 years she worked at the Ft. Bliss Army Base as a
Sales Associate at AAFES in El Paso, Texas up until the time she began her battle with cancer. Lula was an avid fan of her grandchildren’s sporting activities. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and siblings, country music, and keeping in touch with family and friends. Her most cherished moments were spent with her children and grandchildren.
Lula leaves to cherish her memories, Terry, her husband and best friend of 40 years, two children Jerry (Gina) Woodley, Sheila Woodley (Maurice Butler), and six grandchildren: Joshua, Jonathan, Cristian and Brandon Woodley & Jenna and Dezmond Woodley.
Lula will be lovingly remembered by three brothers, David (MaryAnn) Plendl, Omaha, Nebraska, Larry Plendl (Linda Janssen), Hudson, South Dakota, and Joesph Plendl, Sioux City, Iowa. Three sisters Dorothy Sorenson, Lake Crystal, Minnesota, Paula (Evan) Ball, Eagan, Minnesota, and Mary Trout, Kingsley, Iowa, one sister-in-law Cynthia Plendl, Le Mars, Iowa and many nieces, nephews, and close friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Helen Bradley Plendl and Harry Joseph Plendl, one brother Kenny Plendl, sister-in-law Marge Plendl, two brother-in-laws Jens Sorenson and Donald Trout, an infant nephew Jeffery Trout, and a special niece who shared her birthday Jolene Plendl.
Visitation will be held Monday, April 19, 4 to 8 p.m. at Retz Funeral Home, 203 Maple, Sheffield, Iowa 50475. Phone: 641-892-4241. Funeral will be Tuesday, April 20, at 10 a.m. Intermittent will be held at West Fork Cemetery, Sheffield, Iowa.
Friends and family may send condolences to the family through the funeral home Web site at retzfh.com.
Irvin Charles Moritz, 94, of Zephyrhills, Florida, formerly of Thornton, died Friday, April 2, 2010 at The Gulfside Center for Hospice Care in Zephyrhills. Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M. Friday, April 16 at Retz Funeral Home 107 N. 2nd Street, Thornton with Rev. Rose Calderon-Khan of the Thornton United Methodist Church presiding. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, Thornton. Visitation will be at the funeral home Friday 9:00 until the service.
Irvin Charles Moritz was born August 10, 1915 at Thornton, Iowa a son of Charles J. and Wilamina (Minnie Meyers) Moritz. He attended Thornton Schools. He was united in marriage with Vera Norma Webb. She passed away in 1983. He moved to Florida in 1990. He married Shirley Baldwin May 25, 1990 she passed away in 2006.
Irvin worked as a Maintainer Operator for Cerro Gordo County, was a member of the Methodist Church in Thornton and was the president of the Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board and the Cerro Gordo Credit Union. Enjoyed golf, baseball, dancing and bowling.
He is survived by his sons: Charles Moritz and David (Jaunita) Moritz, sister: Margie Mikkelson and step-daughter Cherie Reedy. Nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wives, half-brother: Harry Meyers, sister: Edna Mae Lightbody and infant son: Roger.
Elsie J. Crabtree, 86, of Ankeny, formerly of Sheffield, passed away Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at her home in Ankeny. Funeral Services will be held 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, April 6 at First United Methodist Church, Sheffield with Pastor Janet Reickhoff-Faris presiding. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be Monday 5:00 - 8:00 P.M. at Retz Funeral Home in Sheffield.
Elsie June Crabtree was born June 19, 1923 near Popejoy, Iowa a daughter of Charles and Jane (Hamilton) Peterson. She graduated from the Popejoy Public School and Ellsworth College. Elsie taught in the Lytton Public School for 2 years.
On August 12, 1947 Elsie was united in marriage with Theodore “Ted” Crabtree. She became a constant help on the family farm and a devoted mother to their children. She always had an enormous garden and canned tomatoes, beans and the rest of the produce.
Her love for children strengthened her as she taught Kindergarten at the Methodist Church in Sheffield for 25 years. As a family they had many driving vacations with a station wagon full of kids. Most of the vacations were centered around a family reunion or visiting distant relatives. They also had 20 summers spent at a cabin at the Clear Lake Methodist Camp were extended family members would spend the week together.
Generosity described Elsie, there was always enough food for visitors, even those that arrived just before a meal. Her family sponsored seven exchange students and they were welcomed by family. She also was one of the world’s last great letter writers, she regularly wrote to hundreds of friends, even keeping up with the exchange students in distant lands. She loved to read and when her eyesight failed she enjoyed books on tape.
Her surviving family includes her children: Steve Crabtree; Larry (Elaine) Crabtree; Mary (Dick) Minnier; Debbie (Ken) Buenneke; Peggy Jonas; David (Eileen) Crabtree; John (Lynn) Crabtree; Laura (Robert) Lockhart; and son-in-law: Sterling Stoppelmoor; 28 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren. Elsie is also survived by her sister Esther and brothers Eddie and Erwin.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ted Crabtree in 1999, daughter Diane Stoppelmoor, and her sisters Evelyn, Elva, Erma and brother Eugene.
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Dorothy C. Whitney, 87, of Sheffield, passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City. Memorial services will be held 11:00 A.M., Saturday at First United Methodist Church, Sheffield with Pastor Janet Rieckhoff-Faris presiding. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Dorothy’s family will greet friends for 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Her family suggests those wishing to send an expression of sympathy consider memorials to Hospice of North Iowa in her memory.
Dorothy Carol Whitney was born May 12, 1922 on a farm south of Chapin, Iowa the daughter of Wayne A. and Gladys (Fowler) Crawford. She attended country school then graduated from Sheffield High School in 1939. After graduating from Hamilton’s Business College Dorothy worked for Attorney Carl Foster. Later she worked for the Sheffield Savings Bank and continued working there until 1982.
Dorothy was united in marriage with James H. Whitney March 25, 1944 in Bakersfield, California. They farmed in the Sheffield and Dougherty areas. When Jim retired they spent 16 winters at Mercedes, Texas and Apache Junction, Arizona.
Dorothy was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Sheffield and active in UMW. She was also active in the Legion Auxiliary and the Sheffield Cemetery Society. She enjoyed reading mysteries, playing golf, crocheting and knitting, and playing cards, especially cribbage, 500 and crazy rummy. She followed the Chicago Cubs with her dad and later became an avid Minnesota Twins fan. She loved dancing to “In The Mood” with Jim. Dorothy was a devoted wife and mother, enjoying her activities more if they were shared with her family.
Her family includes daughter: Carol (Glenn) Gerwitz, San Jose, CA; son: Robert (fiancé Angela Bello) and granddaughters: Alison, Jackie and Stephanie Whitney, Burnsville, MN.
Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband Jim, July 2009; her parents and grandparents.
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