Eugene George Sukup went to be with his Heavenly Father on July 12, 2018. His beloved wife of 66 years, Mary, was by his side.
Eugene was born to the late Dorothy Amelia (Buerkley) and Louis Sukup near Venus, Nebraska, on May 11, 1929. He was baptized on July 7, 1929, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Walnut, Nebraska. In 1938, in the midst of the Great Depression Dust Bowl, the Sukup family, which included sister Adella, moved to Iowa. They eventually settled on a farm near Hansell, Iowa, and Eugene was confirmed on August 22, 1943, at St. John Lutheran Church east of Sheffield, Iowa. He was active in both FFA and 4H, and graduated from Hansell High School in 1946. After graduation, Eugene farmed with his father.
Eugene met Mary Elizabeth Bielefeld at Luther League, after St. John merged with Zion Lutheran Church in Sheffield. Both Eugene and Mary served as Luther League President. They were married on Sunday, February 24, 1952, at Zion St. John Lutheran Church. They purchased a farm in West Fork Township near Dougherty. Eugene and Mary were blessed with two sons, Charles and Steven.
In addition to serving as a sergeant in the National Guard for eight years, Eugene was named Franklin County Outstanding Farmer in 1962. He and Mary also purchased their first grain bin that year.
In 1963, Eugene and Mary founded Sukup Manufacturing Co. in a welding shop in Sheffield. Eugene observed that pockets of grain in the bin overheated and spoiled, and he knew he could create a solution to this problem. After his initial attempt with a manual stirring auger failed, he came up with the idea of adding a horizontal auger through the handle of the drill to automate the process. He patented the idea, and the Stirway stirring machine and Sukup Manufacturing Co. were born.
Today, Sukup Manufacturing Co. holds more than 80 patents and sells its products in more than 85 countries. The company has more than 700 employees and more than 1,000,000 square feet under roof worldwide. Sukup Manufacturing Co. remains the largest family-owned, full-line grain system manufacturer. Eugene served as President of the company for 32 years. His son, Charles, became president in 1995 and his son, Steve, became CFO. Eugene remained chairman of the Board of Directors until his death.
Many will remember Eugene as a servant leader. He was a member of the Franklin County 4-H committee, Sheffield-Chapin school board, and Waldorf College Board of Regents. He was a founding board member of the Sheffield Care Center. Eugene also served three terms on the church board and as congregational president.
Additionally, Eugene will be remembered for his exceptional achievements in business, agriculture, and innovation. In 2006, Eugene was inducted into the Iowa Inventors Hall of Fame. The following year he received the Outstanding Innovation Award by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. In 2011, he received the Iowa State University Honorary Alumni Award and was inducted into the Iowa Business Hall of Fame. In 2014, Eugene was voted to become a member of Tau Beta Pi as an Eminent Engineer, and he was named a 2015 Legend in Manufacturing by Elevate Advanced Manufacturing, a program of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry. Iowa State University conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Science degree to Eugene in the fall of 2015.
Eugene is survived by his wife, Mary; his son Charles and his wife Mary (Heimbuch) Sukup of Dougherty, and his son Steven and his wife Vicki (Larson) Sukup of Clear Lake; and six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren: Nick Sukup, Coral Springs, Florida; Crystal and Matt Koch (Lily, Zander, and Grace), and Emily and Andy Schmitt (Wynn and Celia), all of Clear Lake, Iowa; Elizabeth Sukup, Ames, Iowa; Andrew Sukup, Dougherty, Iowa; and Jonathan Sukup, Dallas, Texas.
A visitation will be held on Monday, July 16, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hampton, Iowa. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 17, at 10:30 a.m., also at Trinity Lutheran Church. It is located at 16 12th Avenue NE in Hampton, Iowa. The burial will take place at the Sheffield cemetery following the service, and lunch will be served at Trinity Lutheran Church after the service.
Those wishing to honor Eugene’s memory with a contribution may consider supporting one of these organizations which were close to his heart:
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO
Sing for Joy, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
Lutheran Heritage Foundation, Macomb, MI
Mission Central, Mapleton, IA
Howard Muller, 90, of Sheffield, entered heaven Sunday, July 8, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center, North Iowa in Mason City. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 13, at Zion St. John Lutheran Church, Sheffield, with Rev. G Kim Wills presiding. Interment will be at Zion Reformed Cemetery, rural Sheffield. Visitation will be 1 hour before the service at the church.
Howard Edward Muller was born October 19, 1927, at the Hampton Hospital to Eilard and Gayle (White) Muller. He lived with his mother in Waterloo, Iowa until he was 4 years old and then came to live on the Muller farm, started by his grandfather, with his father and step-mother, Mary, and sister, Dorothy.
Howard married Doris Steffen on October 27, 1951 in Waterloo. They were blessed with four children: Robert, Patricia, Carole and Darlene.
He attended the schoolhouse on the corner of their farm through the 8th grade and received his GED from NIACC in 1984.
He took over the farm in 1947, raising cattle, hogs, chickens and crops. He considered that he lived at the right time as he farmed with horses then tractors and had the first combine in the area. He did custom combining for other farmers. He always said he lived in “God’s Country” because of the four seasons and beautiful scenery.
Howard joined the Iowa National Guard and also served in the U.S. Army 1953 – 1955.
He decided to quit farming in 1984 and worked as a custodian at Mason City Public Library and Brick and Tile office building, retiring in 2001 due to ill health.
Howard was a very devoted Christian, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, sister Dorothy Spangenburg and half-brothers, Lester and Leroy Brandt.
He is survived by his wife of 66 ¾ years, Doris and their 4 loving children: Robert; Patricia (Don); Carole (Kevin); and Darlene; grandchildren: Amanda, Melissa, Ryan, John and Grace, step-grandchildren: Randi, Myles, Justin and their spouses; great-grandchildren: Ryan, Paul and Serenity and step-great-grandchildren: Jacob, Katie, Andrew, Samuel, Kaydence, Parker, Bryan, Landon, Cayden and Stella; half-brothers Leo and Marlin Brandt, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Funeral services for Ralph F. Smith of Belmond, formerly of Thornton, will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 9, 2018, at the Retz Funeral Home in Thornton with Pastor John Tunnicliff officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Thornton. Visitation will be Sunday from 4-6 p.m. at Retz Funeral Home in Thornton.
Ralph Frederick Smith, age 97, passed away Monday, July 2, 2018 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond. Ralph was born September 10, 1920 in Williams, Iowa, Hardin County and was the son of Edwin and Ruby (New) Smith. He was educated in the country school system. Ralph entered the Army on December 30, 1942 where he served as a ball turret gunner on a B-17 named the Homesick Angel. He served in air offensives in the Europe, Normandy, Northern France, and Rhineland Campaigns completing 52 successful missions. He flew on D-Day as the Allies invaded France. For this he was awarded a Diploma of Recognition to the American Soldiers Engaged in the Battle of the Disembarkation and Liberation from the country of France. He also received 4 Bronze Stars and a Distinguished Flying Cross.
Ralph married Frances Timm on April 7, 1950, in Brownton, MN. To this union two daughters were born. He farmed west of Thornton for most of his life. He was a long time member of the Board of the Farmers Cooperative at Thornton. He was a lifetime member of the Iowa Cutting Horse Association and was inducted into the Iowa Cutting Horse Association Hall of Fame in 1999. He was able to go on an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. on September 17, 2011.
Ralph is survived by his loving daughters, Barbara (Leon) Sheets of Ionia and Betty (Bryan) Schmitt of Cresco. He has 4 grandchildren: Jarrod (Melissa) Sheets, Justina (Boyd) Durr, Eric (Heidi) Schmitt, and Adam Schmitt. His 4 great grandchildren are Keegan Crawford, Kipp Sheets, Catherine Durr, and Renee Durr. He is also survived by a brother Bill Smith and a sister Lucretia Howd.
Ralph was preceded in death by his wife Frances, brothers Ernest, Vernard, and Russell, and sister Doris.
Memorials may be directed to Winnebago Honor Flight, Republic Community Church, Howard County Special Needs Association, or to the family.
Funeral Mass for Kimberly Wunsch, 57, formerly of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 25, 2018 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.
Wake service will be 4-7 p.m., Sunday, June 24, 2018 at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene, with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to services on Monday.
Kimberly Frances Wunsch was born October 10, 1960 in Charles City, Iowa, the daughter of Marlyn and Sharon (Merfeld) Wunch and passed away June 20, 2018 at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.
She graduated from Greene High School in 1979. Kimberly has worked for the Des Moines Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic in Des Moines for the past 13 years.
Kim loved to cook, attended concerts, travel, and spend time with her family. She especially enjoyed the time spent with her grandchildren and was looking forward to the two newest additions that will arrive soon.
Living family members include her four children: Zac Folkerts of Kansas City, Mo; Teah (Michael) Spark, Brentwood, MO; Bradi (Calvin) Bailey, Longmont, Co; Sawyer Kilen, Phoenix, AZ; two Grandchildren: Dean & Nora; siblings: Jean Wunsch, West Des Moines; Melissa (Brian Uhlenhop) Wunsch, Greene; Kirk (Robyn) Wunsch, Greene; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Kim was preceded in death by Paul and Nola Wunsch (paternal grandparents); Harry and Dorothy Merfeld (maternal grandparents).
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family at P.O. Box 52, Greene, Iowa 50636.
Anne Marie Nielsen, 84, of Thornton died on Friday, June 15, 2018 in Yuma Arizona. Visitation will be held at Retz Funeral Home, Thornton, Iowa on Tuesday, June 26th from
4:00 to 7:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 AM Wednesday June 27, 2018 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Thornton, with Pastor Rhea Evanson officiating. Interment will be at
Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Thornton.
Anne was born in Auburn, Nebraska, the daughter of Peter Julius and Wanda (Allen) Pimper, on August 25, 1933. She attended school in Auburn most of her life, but graduated from Thornton High School. On June 8, 1951 she was united in marriage with Franklin Nielsen at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Thornton. Two children were born to this union.
Anne was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church from the time of her marriage, where, in earlier years, she was active in Ladies Aid, and subsequently ALCW and WELCA, and taught Sunday school. She was a member of the choir for more than 40 years, including several years as choir director. She also regularly attended Christian Women’s Club, Mason City and was a member of the Mason City Women’s Club for many years.
Anne was employed as secretary to the superintendent in Thornton, IA for three years until their first child was born. At that time, she resigned to be a full time mother, still working out of the home doing bookwork for local businesses. When their children were both in school, she again worked in the Meservey-Thornton superintendent’s office for nearly ten years until she resigned due to increased demands of helping with the family plumbing and heating business. She did, however, go back into the work force when her children had graduated from high school, working first for Timm & Ostrander Insurance for eight years, and later working a number of years for Jaspersen Insurance and Real Estate. She continued to do the bookwork and help with the family business until 2011.
Anne had a deeply ingrained love of music. She enjoyed singing and playing piano as a hobby, loved spending time with friends, and did some creative writing, such as humorous readings, many of which she read as part of the programs at birthday and anniversary celebrations, bridal showers, etc. For a few years she wrote a weekly column titled “A Little Bit About a Lot of Things” for the local newspaper. Anne enjoyed being around people. She had many lifelong friends and went out of her way to keep in touch via cards and letters.
Anne leaves to cherish her memory: son Dan (Diane) Nielsen of Maple Grove, MN; daughter Dori (Bryan) Morrill of Yuma, AZ; grandchildren Jen (Ben) Kane and Jared (Joelle) Nielsen; step grandchildren Natalie Dearing and Lillian and Sam Morrill; great grandchildren Maci, Kia, and Mia Nielsen, William Kane, Alina Park, and Payton and Max Dearing, sisters-in-law: Joy Bulow and Mavis (Rod) Jensen.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband (Franklin), one brother, two half brothers and a half sister, as well as one brother and one sister who died in infancy.
Funeral services for Dale Clifford Hardy, 93, of Greene will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church in Greene with Rev. Cathy Belles officiating. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. Visitation will be at the church from 12:30 p.m. until time for the service.
Dale was born on Easter Sunday, April 12, 1925 on the family farm north of Greene, the son of Ralph Frederick and Katie (Kingery) Hardy and entered into eternal rest on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at the Rehabilitation Center of Allison where he had lived since February 2, 2013.
Dale attended rural school at Union Township #10 through 8th grade and attended Greene High School before entering World War II. He served in the Philippine Islands and Hawaii as a military police officer and received an honorable discharge on October 29, 1946. He was presented the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and Meritorious Unit Award, as well as the Over Seas Bar.
After returning to the Greene area, he worked as a mechanic at Barth’s Garage, drove a school bus and was employed as a farm hand. Dale worked at the telephone company before being asked to join Interstate Power Company (later Alliant Energy) where he remained for 35 years until his retirement in 1987. Also, he and his buddy, Clar Scott, established a Saturday tree cutting service. He always was willing to help people in the community with electrical or mechanical issues.
On June 15, 1956, he married Donna Delker at the Little Brown Church in the Vale, Nashua, Iowa. To this union were born two daughters, Jane Marie and Beth Ann. Dale loved his time with family and friends, especially if there was food involved. Donna’s mother delighted in serving Dale his favorite foods during dating years. He always looked forward to her pies and cakes.
Over the years, Dale and Donna enjoyed numerous bus trips across the United States and Canada. He always looked forward to working with his hands trying to make machinery work more efficiently or making repairs to anything that didn’t meet his approval. But most of all he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Dale was baptized at the First Presbyterian Church at Greene where he was a member for 42 years. He was a former member of the American Legion.
He is survived by his wife Donna of 62 years, daughter, Jane (Rick) Martzahn of Greene, daughter Beth (Kevin) Nordmeyer of Des Moines, grandchildren Brad (Sonni) Martzahn of Osage, Katie (Seth) McGrane of Waverly, David (Libby) Martzahn of Iowa City, Ben Nordmeyer of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, Sam Nordmeyer of Des Moines, Tom Nordmeyer of Des Moines, four great-grandchildren: Jenna, Ethan, and Becca Martzahn and Ellie McGrane, sister-in-law Joy Schueler, and nephews Doug (Tonnie Lemon) Schueler and Bob (Lynne) Schueler.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Carol at the age of four and his brother-in-law August ‘Bud’ Schueler.
Dennis Lane, 63, of Sheffield, passed away, Monday, June 11, 2018, at his home in the care of his family. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, at Retz Funeral Home.
Dennis John Lane (a.k.a. Yardo) was born November 27, 1954, in Charles City, a son of Edgar and Arlene (Willis) Lane. He grew up in Clarksville and attended Clarksville schools. After high school Denny worked various jobs before joining the staff at Sukup Manufacturing as an Industrial Painter. He also worked as a spot welder, retiring after 35 years of service.
On August 4, 1979 Denny was united in marriage with Julie Allen at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. After converting to Catholicism they were remarried in the Catholic Church the same day his first son Matthew was baptized.
As a family they enjoyed camping and fishing. He would spend hours tinkering in his garage and riding his motorcycle. He was also a die-hard Vikings fan. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Hampton.
Family members include his wife of 38 years, Julie; sons: Matthew (Liz Bogue), Sheffield and Marcus, Sheffield; grandchildren: Isaiah DeLos Santos, Hunter Lane, Connor Lane, Austin Bogue, Peyton Bogue; brothers and sisters: Doug (Shari) Lane, Dean (Barb) Lane, Juanita Shapley, Jo (Steve) Franzen, David Lane, Joyce (Dan) Doeppke; many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Denny is preceded in death by his parents, sister Judy and her husband Rick, brothers-in-law Don Shapley and Ron Hansen.
Funeral services for James Menken, 80, of Greene, will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 18, 2018, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. Visitation will be Friday, May 18, 2018 from 12:30 – 2p.m. at the church.
James was born in Greene, Iowa, on September 19, 1937 the oldest son of John and Lela (Smith) Menken and died May 15, 2018, at the Valley View Care Center in Greene. He received his education in public school graduating from Greene High School in 1955.
James was baptized in 1942 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene and confirmed in 1954. Jim ushered at church for over 20 years, served on the church council and was instrumental in building the new edition. He and his wife were Luther League sponsor’s for 8 years. Jim has recently been an active member of the Greene Men’s Wednesday Morning Prayer Group.
James was united in marriage to his loving wife, Joan on August 18, 1957, and the couple made their home in Greene. They were blessed with one daughter Tamela Ann; and 2 sons, Troy James and Tory Jay.
James served on the Greene Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years. Jim was one of the founding fathers of the Greene Jaycees and stayed active with their activities. He also served as President and for other offices with the Jaycees. James was Region 3 Chaplin for the state and was awarded the OUTSTANDING YOUNG RELIGIOUS LEADER award. He was a key individual in building the north shelter house in Perrin Park.
Jim worked as a mechanic and then custodian for the Greene Community Schools for 37 years until ill health forced him to retire.
Jim loved to fish, golf, and travel through all of the states. He especially enjoyed his Grandchildren and his great-grandchildren. Jim loved to drive the motor home to Florida to spend his winters.
He will be sadly missed by his wife Josie Kay, their daughter Tami (Frank) Anamosa, Troy (Margo) of Plantation Acres, FL; Tory Jay (Kim) Charles City; grandchildren Ryan and Annie Peyton, Chelsea (Joe ) Walsh, Sarah Schindler, Karina Menken, Neil (Clarissa) Menken, Zac Schilling, Kyle Schilling, Hunter Menken, Hannah Menken, Haven Abben, Clare McNamara, Vince (Bailey) Abben; 16 great-grandchildren Lucy, Kellen, Logan, Maxwell, Chase, Kylee, Haidyn, Davyn Aislyn, Javis, Nevah, Aiden, Asher, Blake, Kari, Eden; sisters Carolyn Martin of Greeley, CO, and Evelyn (Bob) Fink of Hampton; Brothers Don (Marie) of Indianola, Gordon (Shirley) of Jefferson City, MO., Martin (Karen) of Rockwell, Douglas (Val) of Dumont.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Francis and an infant sister.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Menken family, P.O. Box 403 Greene, Iowa 50636.
Funeral Mass for Bonnie Lynch 85, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 18, 2018, with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery.
Friends may call at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday. There will be a Rosary Service at 7:30 p.m.
Bonnie Lou was born, November 12, 1932, in Floyd County, a daughter of John H. and Mary (Marzen) Meek and died on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at North Iowa Mercy Medical Center in Mason City. She received her education at the Sacred Heart Academy in Greene and later attended Greene High School, graduating in 1950.
She moved to Charles City after graduation where she worked as a bookkeeper for Bell Telephone. She would later transfered with the company to Omaha Nebraska. On April 26, 1958, she was united in marriage to Harold Lynch. Together they had three children, Raymond, Annette and Patrick.
After divorcing in 1969 she returned to Greene to take care of her mother and raise her children. She later worked as a bookkeeper for the Candle Shop and Dralle’s Department Store in Greene.
She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene and St. Joseph Circle. In her early years she enjoyed playing Softball and was an award winning bowler. Throughout the years she followed her children’s school and athletic activities. She enjoyed watching Notre Dame Football and Iowa State Basketball. She loved playing cards and enjoyed the company of family and friends.
Bonnie will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, and loving friend to all who knew her.
Bonnie is survived by a Daughter Annette (David Hall) Lynch of Mesa, AZ: two sons Raymond Lynch of Charles City and Patrick (Sheila) Lynch of Naperville, IL; a granddaughter Shannon Lynch of Naperville, IL; a sister Faye Porter of Bellevue, NE; a sister-in-law Cheryl Meek of Charles City and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents: four brother: John E. Meek, Wayne Meek, Donald Meek and Richard Meek; four sisters: Virginia Reams, Mary Jean Ramker, Shirley Schalangen and Ruth Heitland.
Those planning an express of sympathy may direct memorials to the American Kidney Association in care of the family.
Funeral services for Beverly Bone, 91, of Greene, will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 21, 2018, at Retz Funeral Home in Greene, with Pastor Cathy Belles officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. Beverly was always close to her family and will be buried right beside her parents. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the funeral home.
Beverly was born on July 11, 1926 the daughter of Elmer Claude and Joyce (McChestney) Rohwedder and died at the Waverly Health Center, Waverly, Iowa, on May 12, 2018.
She attended public school graduating from Greene High School in 1944. As a young woman Beverly worked at the Five and Dime and the A&W Root Beer Stand both in Greene. She also drove school bus for the Greene Community School District. Beverly was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Greene.
Beverly met Harrison Bone in 1945 and was united in married on April 5, 1947. They were blessed with two sons. Their marriage continued for the next 68 years until the death of Harrison in 2015.
Being a devoted wife and mother she raised her sons and took great pride in their accomplishments. Beverly was a Cub Scout Den Leader. Both David and Chuck went on to earn their Eagle Scout with Palms.
Beverly enjoyed dancing and was an avid camper. She wintered in Mercedes and Donna Texas for 17 years and also traveled to Mexico and Canada. Beverly was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Greene.
Living family members include her two sons: David (Bea) Bone, Medford, OR; Chuck (Evelyn) Bone, Eden Prairie, MN; granddaughters Gwendolyn Bone and Rebecca Bone.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family at P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa.
Funeral services for Bonnie J. Ritter and her sister Debra Ritter will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 14, 2018, at Retz Funeral Home, 423 Bradford St. in Marble Rock with Pastor Bob Scheurer officiating. Burial will be in the Westside Cemetery, Marble Rock.
Visitation will also be on Monday from 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Both sisters were born in California the daughters of Kenneth R. and Betty (Drehr) Ritter. Debra passed away on March 18, 2018 and Bonnie on May 9, 2018. The sisters were inseparable and would be honored that this tribute is for both of them.
They lived most of their lives in California and Iowa but considered Charles City there home. Each sister was blessed with one child, Bonnie with Tonya; and Debbie with Sabrina. Both daughters reside in California. Both sisters made their final home at Ravenwood Care Center in Waterloo.
Bonnie and Debra were colorful individuals that loved tattoos and partying. They both were spontaneous and had a great sense of humor that could cheer up anyone that was having a rough day. The sister’s greatest joy was spending time with their family.
For a time in their lives Bonnie and Debbie walked down some dark paths full of challenges and hurdles. They endured many hardships on those journeys. They were thankful that God’s Grace was always with them and that HE understood that we as human don’t always make the best decisions. Their family is grateful they are now at peace.
Living family members include brothers: Ronald Ritter, Kenneth Ritter and Marty Sigler; nieces: Ruth Hildahl, Heather Cory, Starla Ritter and Sherry Ritter; Nephews: Dustin Ritter and David Reibsamen; many friends.
The girls were preceded in death by their parents, grandparents and bothers Mike, Kenny and Robert.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa, 50636.
Pauline Schoneman, 89, of Thornton, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018, at Iowa Speciality Hospital, Belmond, IA. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 27, 2018, at Richland Lutheran Church in Thornton with Rev. Robert Harting presiding. Interment will be at Richland Lutheran Cemetery, Thornton. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday at Retz Funeral Home, 207 N. 2nd Street Thornton.
Pauline Ruth (Schonemann) Schoneman was born April 14, 1929, on the family farm near Thornton, a daughter of William and Grace (Worthington) Schonemann. She was baptized and confirmed in the Richland Lutheran Church in Thornton, IA. She attended country school and Thornton Public School, graduating in the class of 1946. She attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls before starting her teaching career in Dumont, IA. She later taught in Garner, IA, where she met the love of her life and future husband, Marion Schoneman. They were united in marriage on December 24, 1950, at Richland Lutheran Church in Thornton while Marion was on a short leave from the US Army.
After Marion's discharge, he and Polly took over the family farm near Thornton and raised lots of cattle and hogs. In 1954, Polly was diagnosed with a form of cancer (Osteosarcoma) while she was four months pregnant with their daughter, Pam. She was diagnosed again with lung cancer in 1956 and 1963. She was a very proud 63 year cancer survivor. They moved into Thornton in 1983. Polly taught kindergarten and then reading at Meservey-Thornton Elementary School until she retired in 1990. She had a great love for teaching and for helping her students; many continue to remember and thank her today.
Avid Iowa State Cyclone fans, Polly and Marion attended every home football game for over 35 years and enjoyed the tailgating and fellowship shared with friends and family before each game in Ames, IA.
Polly was a life-time member of Richland Lutheran Church. She was a member of the Thornton Federated Women’s Club, Ladies Aid, and she tutored students in the summers. She loved reading, doing cross words, sewing, scrap-booking for her granddaughters, and baking traditional family foods like sugar cookies and Danish Pastry. A dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister, Polly traveled around Northern Iowa, Minnesota, Ames, and Omaha to see her family and their activities. Polly had been at Concord Care Center in Garner, IA, since 2013; she loved the staff there and often said it was just where she was meant to be. When Marion passed in 2016, she assured family she knew she would join him when the time was right.
Surviving family members include her daughter: Pam (Craig) Deuel, Worthington, MN; granddaughters: Sara Jo (Josh) Pruss and their children, Josie and Ike, Omaha, NE; Abbey (Brandon) Johnson, Omaha, NE; Sara and Abbey’s father: Darrell Goff, Garner, IA; sister Judie (Larry) Lightbody, Thornton; brother-in-law: Marvin Schoneman, Garner; sister-in-law: Betty Brugman, Eden Prairie, MN; sister-in-law: Lora Mae Schoneman, Garner, IA; foreign exchange daughter: Sara Stenlund, Skelleftehamn, Sweden; special friend: Charlie Dickman, Thornton, IA; cousins, many nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
Pauline is preceded in death by her husband, Marion, parents William and Grace, and her sisters Virginia (Jack) Beale, Shirley (Duane) Mabb, and Marian (Jack) Stiles.
Delmar Leedom, 71, of Sheffield, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018. Graveside services will be held at a later date.
Delmar Alan Leedom was born June 2, 1946, in Hampton, a son of Clarence and Jenny (Pink) Leedom. He attended schools at Hansel and graduated from Hampton High School. He entered the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam.
Delmar was united in marriage with Donna Endriss March 29, 1969 in Hampton, Iowa. He worked at International Harvester in Mason City then for Franklin County for over 30 years as a mechanic.
He enjoyed spending time camping, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.
Family includes 2 sons: Jason of Sheffield; James (Kari) of Katy, Texas; 4 grandchildren: Kyle, Ava, Megan and Madison; brother Keith Leedom of Virginia and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Donna in 2016 and 7 brothers and sisters.
Harley Douglas Koenigsberg, 92, of Sheffield, died on April 20, 2018 at the Sheffield Care Center.
Graveside service took place on April 23rd, 2018 at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield Iowa.
Harley was born on February 19, 1926 to Ole and Martha (Mehlberg) Koenigsberg. He graduated from Chapin High School in 1943, but he also got an education growing up on a farm with nine brothers and sisters. He recalled fondly those childhood years, often sharing memories of his farm chores and of the blizzard of ’36 that waylaid a locomotive on the railroad tracks close to his family’s farm.
When he was 16 years old, Harley attended meetings with the Reverend W.E. Pietsch and accepted Jesus as his Savior. He was baptized on March 14, 1943 by Rev. John Walkup. Harley was a lifelong member of Grace Baptist Church of Sheffield (now First Grace Baptist Church), where he served as a Sunday school treasurer for eighteen years, and also as a trustee.
On June 11, 1950, Harley married Isabell Ruth Kracht at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hampton. For two years they lived in a tenant house on the farm of Harley’s brother, Willis Koenigsberg, until they bought their own farm in Cerro Gordo County in 1952, where they would spend the next 42 years farming. During their 67 years of marriage they faithfully began each day with devotions and prayer, praying for their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren by name.
Harley was much loved by his family for his sense of humor, generosity, faith, and his homemade popcorn (with lots of butter). His witty one-liners kept us all laughing! Harley loved his family and his farm. He could often be found sitting in his cherished spot atop a hill on the farm, overlooking his fields and drinking a can of pop. Harley was also known for his perseverance—he battled non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for over 20 years.
Left to cherish his memory are his children Dennis (Annette) Koenigsberg, of Sheffield; and Deborah (Jim) Rumelhart, of Maineville, Ohio, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren: Bethany (Brian) Iwamoto and children Emma and Sophie; Allison (Tim) Vandall and children Everett, Benjamin and Harrison; Kevin (Kelli) Koenigsberg; Amber (David) Lapp and children Daniel, Peter, and Isaiah; Matthew (Molly) Rumelhart and baby boy Rumelhart; and April (Michael) Sam. He is also survived by one sister and two brothers: Lois (Harold) Roberts; Harry (Ann) Koenigsberg; and Melvin Koenigsberg.
Family members who preceded Harley in death include his parents, wife Isabell, son Steven Douglas (stillborn), 5 brothers and 1 sister.
Special thanks to the staff at the Sheffield Care Center for the love and excellent care Harley received.
Mildred ‘Mick’ Johnson, 95, of Rockwell, passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held 7:00 p.m., Friday at the Rockwell United Methodist Church, with Pastor Travis Stevick presiding. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday at the church. Burial services will be at the Rockwell Cemetery.
Mildred Lillian Johnson was born August 31, 1922 at home in Clarion, a daughter of Earl and Noy (Blankenship) Gates. She attended country school in the Hayfield area and Belmond High School.
On April 1, 1940, Mildred was united in marriage with Harold Johnson at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. This union was blessed with four children. They lived on farms near Hampton and Sheffield before moving to farm in the Rockwell area.
Mick was a longtime member of the Rockwell United Methodist Church and was devoted to her family. She was an excellent cook and could make anything, sometimes without using a recipie. She did lots of sewing for her family and many other tasks with love. She enjoyed fishing and camping with her family. After Harold's passing she hosted ‘The Boys Coffee Club’ every day when her sons would come to her home for morning coffee.
Her family includes her children: Lloyd (Marlys) Johnson, Rockwell; Larry (Terry) Johnson, Rockwell; Karie (John) Shoop, Mason City; Marv (Becky) Johnson, Rockwell; 9 grandchildren: Kim Johnson; Dean Johnson; Sondy Ward; Brad Johnson; Brian Johnson; Jill O’Dell; Anna Plank; Trevis Johnson; Brittini Johnson; 11 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.
Mildred is preceded in death by her parents, husband, 2 grandchildren Allen William Shoop and Timothy Justin Johnson and her brothers and sisters.
Arlene Vanston, 100, formerly of Sheffield, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the Griggs County Care Center in Cooperstown, North Dakota. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be Wednesday, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield.
Arlene Rose Terrill was born May 8, 1917, in Franklin County, Iowa a daughter of George and Cornelia (Bayliss) Terrill. She attended country school and Hampton High School.
On August 15, 1936 Arlene was united in marriage with Gilbert Taylor. They worked for area farmers before farming on their own in later years. Arlene worked at Mode-O-Day, in Mason City. Gilbert passed away in 1963. Several years later she married LeRoy Vanston. They lived and farmed east of Sheffield. He passed away in 2002. Arlene continued to live on the farm until 2008 when she moved to North Dakota to be near her daughter. For the past three years Arlene lived at the Griggs County Care Center.
Arlene quilted both at home and the Zion St. John Lutheran Church for many years and she volunteered at the Sheffield Sharing Shoppe. Everyone loved her cooking, especially her Lemon Meringue Pie. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed fishing and raising her chickens and ducks.
Left to cherish her memory are her children: Gilberta Taylor, Finley, ND; Lester (Leona) Taylor, Clear Lake; Sandra Sue Taylor, Mason City; 6 grandchildren: Roderick (Shelly) Keniry; Jackie Keniry; John Taylor (friend Jennifer Deshler); Wendy (Ron) Rindels; Kevin Staudt; Angela (Darin) Roach; 13 great grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren; sister Janis Ort, Nashua and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, 2 husbands, son Dennis in infancy, brother Harry Terrill and sister Marlys Steenhard.
Memorial services for Elizabeth Tegtmeier, 86, of Marble Rock will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the Walter F. Bohl Community Center in Marble Rock with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan presiding. Interment will be at the Hillside Cemetery, Marble Rock.
Elizabeth was born in New Hartford on December 18, 1931, the daughter of Jans and Etta (Deraad) Arends and died February 16, 2018, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City. She attended public school in New Hartford, Clarksville, Greene, and Marble Rock.
Elizabeth was united in marriage to Irven Henry Tegtmeier on November 17, 1951, at the Baptist Church in Marble Rock. This union was blessed with one son, Jim.
For over 40 years she was a bookkeeper for Tegtmeier Backhoe and Trucking in Marble Rock.
She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, watching and feeding birds, cooking, and playing with her great grandchildren. Elizabeth loved “Wheel of Fortune” and other game shows. She also like to play cards.
She is survived by her son Jim Tegtmeier of marble Rock; Grandaughters: Kristy Tegtmeier and daughters: Elizabeth, Makenna of Marble Rock; Chelsie Purchase and daughters Kenzie, Chloe, and Karissa all of Charles City; sisters Edna King and Mary Jane Pickett both of Marble Rock; brothers: John Arends of Rockford, Elmer Arends of Nashua and Gary Arends of Waterloo, and Roger Arends of Charles City.
Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Irven Tegtmeier, her parents; sister Esther Green; brothers Donnie Arends and Siebe John Arends.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Elizabeth Tegtmeier Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 2, Marble Rock, Iowa 50653.
Grace McDowell, 92, of Hampton passed away Sunday, March 18, at Hospice of North Iowa. Visitation will be held 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 5 at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield. Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 6, at the West Fork United Methodist Church, rural Sheffield. Interment will be at the Hampton Cemetery.
Grace Ethyl McDowell was born January 23, 1926 to Ray and Haeryette (Johnson) Bridge. She attended school and graduated from Bondurant High School She also graduated from Felt and Tarrant Comptometer School in Des Moines. She then located a job with the F.W. Fitch Shampoo Co. in Des Moines as an office worker.
Grace met Bob McDowell in February, 1946 at the Tromar Ballroom in Des Moines. They were united in marriage November 2, 1946 at the Bondurant Federated Church. They settled on the family farm and remained married for 61 years. Together they raised three boys. Later in life they had two grandchildren nearby and she spent many hours teaching and caring for them. She was excited to become a Great Grandmother in recent years.
Grace loved to raise garden produce and help out on the farm wherever she could. Among those many chores were caring for sick animals, walking beans and driving the ‘H’ for the hay fork. She nursed a sickly yellow kitten back to health which would become a long time family pet named ‘Bill’.
Grace also was good at her crafts especially making cornhusk dolls. She would even give demonstrations on how to make them at various clubs and meetings. She would use any money she made from selling her creations to buy things for their house.
Grace had a fun loving personality and exchanged jokes and pranks with friends and neighbors. She enjoyed entertaining at home. One of her friends group called themselves ‘The Butterfly Girls’.
She was a member of H.O.A. (Help One Another) club, the Child Guidance club, and the West Fork United Methodist Church.
Most of all, she loved her family. For the last eleven years of his life, Bob had Alzheimer ’s disease. Grace devotedly cared for him so he could be at home where he was most comfortable. After Bob’s death, Grace was successfully treated and became a cancer survivor.
Grace is survived by sons: Bruce (Anne), Camarillo, CA; Alan, Fairfield, OH; and Mark (Connie), Hampton; four grandchildren: Andrew (Nicole), Davenport; Melinda (Wes) Tremmel, Garner; Kim (Vince) Feck, Keller, TX; Scott McDowell, Springfield, MO; 2 great grandchildren: Lily and Emma McDowell, daughters of Andrew and Nicole; sister: Florence (Roy) Bishop, Ankeny.
She is preceded in death by her parents and husband Bob.
Lucille Deam, 92, of Sheffield, passed away Monday, March 26, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa, in Mason City. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 30, at the First United Methodist Church, Sheffield, with Pastor Sandi Gobeli presiding. Interment will be at the Hampton Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., Thursday at the First United Methodist Church.
Lucille Lois Olk was born August 18, 1925, daughter of Ernest and Holda (Eichmeier) Olk in Franklin County where she lived her entire life, she attended and graduated from Chapin Consolidated School in 1942.
On December 14, 1944 Lucille was united in marriage to Willis Deam at St. John Evangelical Reformed Church rural Latimer. They made their home on the Deam family farm east of Chapin.
Lucille began working at the Chapin Elementary/Jr High School as a secretary until it closed then transferred to the Sheffield High School. She very much enjoyed her job with the staff and students for 28 years, retiring in 1990.
Church was important to Lucille, she was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church in Chapin until in closed then the First United Methodist Church in Sheffield. She was very active with the women's groups.
Lucille loved her role as a homemaker and was an accomplished cook. She liked playing 500, gardening, baking and traveling. She most loved being a mom, grandma and GG and had a unique and wonderful relationship with each one and thoroughly enjoyed any and all family gatherings.
Left with many cherished memories are her son and family: Rich & Connie of Sheffield: Seth & Erica of Alaska, Maria & Macel Collins of Sheffield and children: Hadassah, Ezekiel and Ketziah; and Ira also of Sheffield; Lucille’s daughter and family: Nancy & Larry Adams of Clear Lake: Andy & Otis Moore III of Colorado and children, Otis IV and Olivia; and Micky Adams also of Colorado; along with many friends and extended family members.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband and a twin brother and sister who died in infancy.
Eileen Lutcavish, 90, of Sheffield, passed away, Monday, March 19, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa. Funeral services will be held at noon, Friday March 23, at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be 11:00 – Noon, Friday at the funeral home.
Eileen May Lutcavish was born June 20, 1927 a daughter of Arthur and Elizabeth (Knapp) Culver in Sheffield, Iowa. She was educated in the Sheffield School.
Eileen was united in marriage with Lynn Kammrad. When their son was 8 months old Lynn passed away. Eileen married Jerry Lutcavish September 8, 1957 at the EUB Church in Sheffield. She was active in raising her family and doing bookwork for Jerry’s business, Jerry’s TV. She attended the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Sheffield then Calvary Alliance Church in Mason City later First Baptist Church in Sheffield.
For the past 8 years Eileen has been a resident at the Sheffield Care Center and her family is thankful for the care she received while living there.
Family members include her sons: Rick Kammrad, Forest City; Ron (Sharon) Lutcavish, Norwalk; grandchildren: Kristie Lee (Rick) Morris, Forest City; Jake (Amanda) Lutcavish, New Mexico; Tori Lutcavish, Des Moines; Kati Lutcavish, Iowa City; many great and great great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, both husbands and all her brothers and sisters.
Funeral Services for Andrew Nelson, 59, of Greene, will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, Marchl 14, 2018, at St. Peter Lutheran Church with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church on Wednesday.
Andrew Nelson was born on February 5, 1959, in Brookings, South Dakota, the son of Myron LeRoy and Helen Minerva (Johnston) Nelson and passed away on March 9, 2018, at the North Iowa Mercy Medical Center in Mason City. He attended public school graduating from Greene High School in 1977.
Andrew was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene. He was baptized on March 15, 1959 in Sinai, South Dakota and confirmed April 7, 1974 at St. Peter Lutheran in Greene.
Andrew worked most of his life for Smithfield Foods formerly Armour- Eckrich Meats of Mason City.
Andrew was a friendly man that enjoyed people. You could count on seeing him at TJ’s daily for the noon special and a coke. He would then spend many hours visiting with his friends from the community. Andrew enjoyed watching television, playing board games with his family and being on the computer. Andrew took special pride in his nieces and nephews who brought true joy to his life.
Living family members include his Mother, Helen Nelson of Greene; siblings: Steven (Kim) Nelson of Anchorage, Alaska and Karen (John) Worley, of Greene, Iowa; nieces and nephews: Sarah, Hannah, Joshua Nelson; Ashley (Steve) Coake, Amy (Levi) Paulsen, Jonathan Worley; many friends.
Andrew was preceded in death by his father Myron.
Esther Dorenkamp, 97, died Friday, March 9, 2018 at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home. Services will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday at Zion Reformed Church, rural Sheffield, with Rev. Chris Meester presiding. Interment will be in Zion Reformed Church Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Monday at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield.
Esther was born March 3, 1921 at Belmond, daughter of Dick and Minnie (Pals) Barkema. She attended rural school, walking a mile each way, in the Belmond area. After schooling she worked for area families as a hired girl. She met Dick Dorenkamp at Immanuel Reformed church outside Belmond.
Esther was united in marriage with Dick Dorenkamp February 20, 1941 at the Immanuel Reformed Church parsonage. They made their home on a farm in the Belmond area. In 1959 they moved to the Sheffield area where they continued to farm. They retired in 1975 and moved into Mason City.
Esther was a longtime member of Zion Reformed Church where she taught Sunday School and was a member of Zion’s Reformed Church Women. She enjoyed making quilts, gardening and having growing plants in her house at all times. She enjoyed being around children, especially her grandchildren.
Surviving family members include her children: Duane (Doreen) Dorenkamp, Mason City; Jim (Jan) Dorenkamp, Sheffield; Karen (Dennis) Downing, Austin, TX; Ardith (Bob) Parks, Alexander; 13 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren; brother: Dick Barkema, Jr.; sister: Amelia Guth; many nieces and nephews.
Esther is preceded in death by her husband Dick, daughter Janet Dorenkamp, grandson Drew Dorenkamp, her parents, 4 brothers and 3 sisters.
Esther’s family is thankful for the excellent care and respect she received from the staff at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home.
Keith G. Pals, 66, of Thornton, entered eternal rest Sunday, February 25, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 1, 2018 at First Assembly of God Church, 1301 N. Carolina, Mason City. Interment will be at Meservey Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, at Retz Funeral Home, 107 N. 2nd Street, Thornton.
Keith was born the son of Daniel and Bernita (Philipp) Pals, March 1, 1951 at Belmond, Iowa. He grew up in Meservey, Iowa and graduated from Meservey-Thornton Community School in 1969.
Keith married Kristine Kriens on June 13, 1970 at the Thornton Methodist Church. They went to Northwestern College in Orange City, graduating in 1974. He then pursued Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan and Dubuque, Iowa; obtaining his M.Div. Degree in 1980. Keith pastored for 32 years, serving 6 United Methodist in Iowa and one independent church in Illinois.
After retiring he enjoyed Bible studies, prayer groups and mentoring those who were interested in the ministry. Keith loved spending time with his wife and family, and friends, especially if a cards or a game were involved. He enjoyed encouraging people where ever he went and prayed with many of them.
Keith is survived by his beloved wife Kristine; daughter, Amy Titler, Hazelwood, MO and her children: Jordyn and Jonathan; daughter, Annette Pals, Mason City and her children: Alexis and Taylor (Brad Romer) and daughter: Kyah; son, Brian (Sarah) Pals, Hartley, IA and their children Matthew (fiancé Ashlynn Kampa), Emma and Ellie; 4 siblings: Lois Diggs, Schertz, TX; Delbert Pals, Mason City; Harlan (Rosemary) Pals, Clear Lake; Debra (Tim) Martin, Fairmont, GA; sister-in-law: Pam Pals; mother-in-law: Florence Kriens, Clear Lake; sisters-in-law: Karen (Jim) Ries; Koleen (Dennis) Black; aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and a multitude of loving friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law, brother Curtis Pals, brothers-in-law, Jack Walker and Duane Diggs, sister-in-law, Rhonda Pals.
Henry Vierkant, 103, of Clear Lake, passed away Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at the Apple Valley Assisted Living in Clear Lake. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 27, at the First Reformed Church, Meservey, with Rev. Rodney Meester presiding. Interment will be at the Meservey Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour before the service at the church.
Henry Vierkant was born November 7, 1914 in Wisner Township, Franklin County, Iowa, a son of Berand and Gesema (Arenholtz) Vierkant. He attended country school until beginning to work on the farm for his father and brother.
Henry was united in marriage with Elizabeth Koch April 9, 1941. They farmed near Meservey until retiring from farming in 1962 and moving to Mason City. Henry continued working until he was in his 80’s ending his career at Lea Mobile Glass.
Henry lived for his grandkids, spending as much time enhancing their lives with his presence and teachings. He never skipped an opportunity for new experiences including the last few years when he was able to ride in a John Deere Combine, a helicopter and a Polaris Slingshot. He loved to travel to see the country and drove 2 trips to Alaska.
Family members include his daughter: Suzanna (LaVerne) Lee, Clear Lake; son: Jim (Connie) Vierkant, Thornton; six grandchildren: Theresa (Danne) Thomas; Marilyn (Jeff) Inman; Michelle (Tom) DelaRiva; Barb (Matt) Lenning; Arlene (Darin) Enderton; James (Sheri) Vierkant; 9 great grandchildren; sister-in-law: Dolores Niese.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, 3 brothers and 3 sisters.
Willliam O'Brien, 63, of Charles City, passed away Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at Good Shepherd Health Center in Mason City.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, February 26, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Greene, with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan presiding. Interment will be at St. Mary Cemetery, Greene.
Visitation will be 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., SUNDAY with a Rosary Service at 7:00 p.m., at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. 1st Street, Greene.
Funeral Services for Audrey Jean Dix, 91, of Greene, will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 24, 2018, at the First
Presbyterian Church in Greene with Pastor Cathy Belles officiating. Burial will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Greene.
Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church.
Audrey Jean Packard was born Sept 12, 1926, Ankeny Iowa, the youngest child of 5, to Leon Jay and Florence Gertrude Packard and passed away February 21, 2018 at the Valley View Care Center in Greene. In 1932, during the depression, at five years of age, her family moved to Packard. She attended country school in Packard and graduated from Greene High School in 1944.
She married Minor Dix in 1947 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. To this union five children born. They farmed southeast of Greene until 1959, when the family moved to the Packard farm at Packard, Iowa, where they raised their family. Minor and Audrey moved to Greene in 1996. Audrey took care of others her entire life. Living on the family farm, she hosted all the Packard's when they came back to visit, welcoming their families. Later, she hosted all family holidays of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
It was during her childhood that the Packard club was formed. A group of women from Packard got together to make layettes for the young families that were living in tents at Camp Comfort. They enjoyed their time together so much that they started the Packard Club. Women around Packard met on a monthly basis for about 80 years, until it was recently disbanded. At the last meetings they played dominoes at TJ's Bar or met at the community room at Valley View Care Center. Audrey also had vivid memories of herding cows down the backroad with her sister during the dust bowl, when a sand storm came up. The cows put their tails up and headed for home. The girls were supposed to stay until their mom waved a dish towel. Finally, after it got so bad, they held a stick between them and ran home crying, blinded by the sand, only to get heck for not coming home sooner.
Audrey was an independent woman, enjoyed quilting and made many quilts for her children and grandchildren. She belonged to the First Presbyterian Women’s Circle, and a gardening and quilt club. In 1979 she participated in RAGBRAI across Iowa with her daughter, Lucinda. Thirty years later her granddaughter Michaela road RAGBRAI, riding on her grandma's old Peugeot bike. Audrey and Minor enjoyed traveling in their retirement years. A guided horseback ride in the Rockies, was a highlight. Audrey and Minor made numerous trips to Agency Bay Lodge with her family and caught her last northern while fishing with her sons, Tom and Minor, when she was 88. Most of all she loved to tag Monarch butterflies, tagging about 250 from 2004 to 2011, tagging her last one at age 84 years. She was thrilled when 4 of her butterflies were recovered in Mexico.
Living family members include 5 children: Minor (Kathy) Dix, Mt. Vernon, IA; Tom (Belinda) Dix, Shell Rock, IA; Lucinda (Dennis) Echelberger-Fergus Falls, MN; Mark (Lori) Dix, Nora Springs, IA; Susan (Steve) Clausen, Chatham, IL; 12 grandchildren: Alison (Mel Steen) Dix, Justin (Cara) Dix, Kasey Dix, Lucas (Brooke) Dix, Shane Vineyard, Chad (Marissa) Vineyard, Nickie (Lon) Welsh, Andrea (Greg Holdsworth) Echelberger, Michaela Echelberger, Carley Dix, Christopher Clausen, McKenzi Clausen; 9 great-grandchildren: Gavin Clausen, Libby, Andrew, Audrey, Mac and Will Dix, Gabby and Dylan Penate, George Welsh; brother Gail (Beverly) Packard, Vancouver, WA; brother-in-law Duane Smith, Greene, IA.
Audrey was preceded in death by her husband Minor, parents; brothers Robert (Ann) Packard and Leon (Helen) Packard; sister Helen (Norbert) McCauley; sister-in-law Twila Smith; in-laws Dawn (Paul) Cheney; Chuck (Darlene) Ray; and Kermit(Lola) Dix.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family at P.O.Box 219
Greene, Iowa 50636.
Funeral Services for Darrell ‘Dutch’ Kingery, 95, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 24, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Greene with Pastor Ann Donat officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene, with Military Honors conducted by Tack- Barnett Post 268 American Legion of Greene.
Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m.- 10:30 a.m., Saturday, at the church.
Darrell was born on January 2, 1923, the son of Darrell William and Osea Pluma (Hesalroad) Kingery and died at the Valley View Care Center in Greene on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. He attended public school graduating from Marble Rock High School in 1940.
Following graduation Darrell worked with his father on the family farm. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943. He was honorably discharged in 1946 after being stationed in the Pacific. He was so proud to be included in an Honor Flight several years ago.
When he returned from the service he continued farming and later drove semi, drove a milk truck and worked for Oliver White.
Darrell was united in marriage to Marjorie Lucas in 1946. This union was blessed with three children. In 1972 he married Maxine Jorges. Darrell lived in Nashua from 1972 until 2008 when he moved to Greene. He remained in his home until January 2014 when he moved to Valley View Care Center.
Darrell and Maxine liked to square dance and they loved camping and traveling. They camped in Mississippi in the winter and at Gates Bridge in the summer.
He was proud to be a member of Tack-Barnett Post 268 American Legion of Greene. He was a member of the Methodist Church in Nashua and attended the Plainfield Baptist Church.
Living family members include his wife, Maxine of Greene; son Jim (Peggy) Kingery, Moscow, Idaho; daughters Lynn (Neil) Wedeking of Marble Rock and Nancy (Denny) Osborn of Janesville; grandchildren: Jamie (Angela) Kingery, Kris (Brian) Loterbaur, Kathie (Mark) Lehmann, Mary Ann (Dave) Krull, Lori (Bill) Woolm, Will (Natalie) Wedeking, Brad (Shelly) Osborn, Bethany (Jeremy) Heidemann; 4 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and many friends.
Darrell was preceded in death by his parents; sister Ethel McNutt; brother Keith Kingery.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family at P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636.
Isabell Koenigsberg, 89, went home to be with her Lord on February 19, 2018, at the Sheffield Care Center.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 am, Friday, February 23, at First Grace Baptist Church, Sheffield, Iowa. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield, Iowa following the service.
Isabell Ruth Kracht was born on September 9, 1928 to Daniel and Rose (Fink) Kracht of Hampton. She graduated from Hampton High School in 1946 and received a teaching certificate from Iowa State Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls. She taught kindergarten in Eldora, Iowa from 1948-1950.
On June 11, 1950, Isabell married Harley Koenigsberg at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hampton. Together they spent 42 years farming in Cerro Gordo County before retiring to Sheffield. Their marriage—their exceptional devotion and tender care for one another—has touched many people over the years and has been a faithful witness to Christ’s love.
Isabell was confirmed in Trinity Lutheran Church in Hampton, and as an adult was an active member of Grace Baptist Church (First Grace) in Sheffield, where she served as a Sunday School teacher for 25 years. She was a student of the word of God and prayed diligently for others, especially her family.
Isabell was known to her family and friends for her kind and gentle spirit, her faith, her thoughtfulness, and her good cooking. Family favorites include her chocolate cake and roast beef dinners with mashed potatoes. She always had an interest in words, often looking up a word she didn’t know in the dictionary – this might have stemmed from being the Franklin County Spelling Bee champ in 1941! She also enjoyed flowers and gardening. She faithfully wrote in her diary every night before she went to bed.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 67 years: Harley; children Dennis (Annette) Koenigsberg, of Sheffield; and Deborah (Jim) Rumelhart, of Maineville, Ohio. She is also survived by six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren: Bethany (Brian) Iwamoto and children Emma and Sophie; Allison (Tim) Vandall and children Everett, Benjamin and Harrison; Kevin (Kelli) Koenigsberg; Amber (David) Lapp and children Daniel, Peter and Isaiah; Matthew (Molly) Rumelhart; April (Michael) Sam; and a brother, Wesley Kracht.
Isabell is preceded in death by her parents and son, Stephen Douglas (stillborn).
Special thanks to the staff at Deerfield Place and the Sheffield Care Center, for the love and excellent care Isabell received.
Mary Meints passed away February 12, 2018 at the Sheffield Care Center. Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Zion Reformed Church, rural Sheffield, with Rev. Chris Meester presiding. Interment will be at a later time in the Zion Reformed Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Friday February 16th at Retz Funeral Home.
Mary Elizabeth (Heuberger) Meints was born April 11, 1925 to Charley and Gracie (Fowler) Heuberger of rural Chapin. Mary attended Chapin School graduating in 1942. Wanting to be a teacher, she attended Coe College for two years and often shared the Coe College fight song when her alma mater was mentioned. On November 26, 1944 she was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Harold William Meints. Harold and Mary farmed in the Sheffield and Chapin area for years and finally purchased and lived on the farm that Mary grew up on.
Mary loved to cook, bake, and sew. She always had the coffee on and goodies to share with anyone that stopped by. Her children always came first and she spent many hours sewing dresses for her girls. Gary came along a few years later and she was his greatest cheerleader at all of his sporting events. When her grandchildren entered the world, nothing made her smile more as when they entered the room or she could watch them participate in their events. She provided her family with a happy, loving home. In later years Mary worked part time at the Bo-Shar department store and cafes in Sheffield where she baked wonderful pies.
Mary enjoyed serving others and was an active member of Women of Zion in many capacities. She had a great love for music. She and Harold sang for many funerals at Zion and she belonged to the musical group, the Rural Airs. Her family has many fond memories of singing around the dining room table after the evening meal. Mary enjoyed playing cards with her friends and volunteering at the Sharing Shoppe. She also enjoyed writing poetry.
Her family is very thankful for her amazing sense of humor and for teaching them the great importance of faith and love of the Lord.
Left to cherish her memory are 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) Marsen of Leeds, Alabama. She is also survived by her grands and greats: Tim and Tracy Shreckengost, Madison & Sydney; Tom and Kara Shreckengost, Tanner & Grace, Caleb & Kellen Cameron; Chris and Danielle Crom, Olivia & Matthew; Todd and Sara Shreckengost, Hayden, Nolan, and Braylon; Joshua and Jessica Wells, Madilynn & Amelia; Jami and Jesse Peters, Kiana; Marc Wells; Jill Schade; Greg and Sarah Crom; Joelle and Bryant Newby, Kaylen & Kenzie; Jaclyn and Alex Meier, Gunner; brother and wife: Donald and Maxine Heuberger of Sheffield; sister, Virginia Clendenen of Indianola; sisters-in-law, Darlene Meints of Clear Lake; Etta Mae Heuberger of Brainerd, MN; as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold in 2010 and her son Gary Meints in 2008, her parents, grandson Joshua Schade, brother Charles Heuberger, sister Doris and husband Max Neal of San Gabriel, CA., brothers-in-law & wives, Conrad and Carolyn Meints, John and Lena Meints, and Marvin Meints.
Mary’s family is very thankful for the love and excellent care she received from the staff at the Sheffield Care Center. She was treated with great dignity and respect.
Funeral Service for Robert Dean Teeple, 76, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 16, 2018 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.
Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 15, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene and will continue at the church on Friday one hour before service.
Robert Teeple was born June 21, 1941 in Charles City, Floyd County, Iowa the son of Francis Robert and Dorthy Esther (Heinmiller) Teeple and died at his home in Greene Sunday, February 11, 2018 in the loving care of his family. Bob attended public school graduating from Greene High School in 1959. Following graduation he began working with his father at Teeple Service Station in Greene.
He was raised in the Baptist Church and later joined St. Peter Lutheran Church in 1963 following his baptism and confirmation. Bob was a man of faith that placed God first in his life. He walked according to God’s word as he loved and provided for his family.
Bob was united in marriage to Monika Ennen on November 2, 1963 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene. This union was blessed with two children.
Bob enjoyed cars, from drag racing in his younger years to restoring in later years winning numerous trophies for his Corvette. He was an avid Marx toy train collector which he was proud to share with his friends. One of his greatest passions was Amateur Radio. This was a hobby he enjoyed for 40 years making friends locally and around the world.
After a long career working at the station, Bob worked for Fort Dodge Animal Health in Charles City, Alexander Technologies in Mason City and finally, NAPA in Greene.
Living family members include his loving wife of 54 years, Monika Teeple of Greene; children: John (Amy) Teeple of Ankeny, IA; Kristiane Teeple, Minneapolis, MN; grandchildren: Maxwell, Elli, and Anna Teeple; and sister Elaine (Ralph) Prunty of Cedar Falls, along with nieces and a nephew.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials may be directed to P.O. Box 219 Greene, Iowa 50636
Funeral Mass for Jolene Kay Edwards, 69, of Greene, will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 15, 2018, at St. Mary Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan officiating. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery at a later date.
Visitation will be at Retz Funeral Home from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., with a Rosary Service at 7:30 p.m.
Jolene was born December 2, 1948 in Charles City, Iowa, the daughter of Jake and Eula (Kramer) Mehmen, and died on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at her home in Greene surrounded by her family. She attended public school graduating from Greene High School in 1967 and later attended Hamilton Business College. After college, Jolene took a job working for State Farm Insurance in Mason City in 1969.
She was united in marriage to Dennis Edwards on December 27, 1968 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greene. This marriage was blessed with two daughters.
Following her marriage she moved to St. Louis where they lived until her husband’s discharge from the Army. They then returned to make their home in Greene. Jolene primary focus was on being a homemaker and raising her children. She did not work outside of the home until her children were in high school.
Jolene began working in Greene for Stanton Live Stock as a secretary. She was later employed by Bob and Carol Cole with both their local businesses. Jolene then worked for Norman Graven Law Office and then Lawler and Swanson Law Office as a secretary and receptionist. She retired in June 2013. She was detailed oriented which made her very successful in her job field.
She enjoyed flowers, traveling, spending time with her neighbors and especially the time spent with her grandchildren. The family vacationed in Okoboji each summer which produced many cherished memories.
Jolene was a faithful member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene where she was also a member of St. Catherine’s Circle. She was a compassionate and caring person. Jolene always carried herself with grace and dignity.
Living family members include her loving husband of 49 years, Dennis Edwards of Greene; her two daughters and their children: Kristin (Shahram) Malek of Maple Grove, MN, Noah Hagemeister, Isabelle Malek, Theda Malek, Reed Schneider, and Luke Schneider; Julie (Jamie) Lubbert of Canton, MO, Collin Lubbert and Taylor Lubbert; her father Jake Mehmen of Greene; one sister Diane (Mike) Grant of Mason City.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Eula Mehmen.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Jolene Edwards Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636
Funeral Services for Mariette O. Reid, 91, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, February, 12, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church in Greene with Pastor Cathy Belles officiating. Private burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., on Monday at the church.
Mariette Oline Einen was born on April 13, 1926, in Madelia, Minnesota, the daughter of Arthur Emil and Della Marie (Cooling) Einen and entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at the Valley View Care Center in Greene.
She received her education in public schools graduating from Cedar Rapids High School in 1944. Mariette attended Stephens Women’s College in Colombia, Missouri, later attended Carleton College in Northfield, MN, where she finished earning her Sociology Degree. Her post graduate schooling was through Wartburg College in Waverly where she received her teaching certificate.
Mariette lived in Madelia, MN until age 4, Cedar Rapids until age 17, and then move to St. Paul where she lived until she graduated from Carleton. She accepted a position with the Minnesota Public Health Department where she worked for one year before moving to Des Moines.
Mariette was employed as a Field Representative for the Iowa Tuberculosis and Heart Association, covering eight southern counties in Iowa, for over five years. She worked for Better Homes and Garden as an assistant manager for the Home Planning Service for 3 years.
Mariette was united in marriage to Andrew A. Reid in 1949 in Des Moines, Iowa. The couple adopted two children from birth: John Arthur “Jack” in 1954 and Elizabeth “Liz” in 1957. The family made their home in Madrid where Andy was a Funeral Director/ part owner of Sundberg Funeral Home.
Mariette and Andy purchased Hamilton’s Funeral Home in Greene in 1961 giving birth to Reid’s Funeral Chapel. Mariette worked in the funeral business with her husband until their retirement in 1984.
She enjoyed traveling, reading, loved chocolate, “Mash” re-runs, good friends and the “neighborhood coffee group”. Mariette was proud to be a 61 year member of the P.E.O. organization. She was a member of The First Presbyterian Church in Greene.
Living family members include her daughter Elizabeth (Samuel) Lazio, of Davenport, Daughter-in-law, Marilyn Reid of Greene, Granddaughter, Kathryn (Tyler) Eliason of Evansdale, Heidi (Matt) Buddenberg, Decorah; Grandsons: Joseph and Mark Lazio both of Chicago, Kelly(Shirley) Thompson of Waterloo; Great Grandchildren, Alana and Kyle Thompson, Emma and Jace Buddenberg, Ander Eliason and Zia Lazio; special friend Jan Edwards of Greene.
She was preceded in death by her husband Andy, her son Jack, and her parents.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family at P.O. Box 253, Greene, Iowa 50636.
Pauline Peter passed away February 6, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa in Mason City. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, at Zion St. John Lutheran Church, Sheffield, with Rev. G. Kim Wills presiding. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday at Zion St. John Lutheran Church, 416 Sherman Street, Sheffield. Retz Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Pauline Annette Wearda Peter was born December 18, 1936, in Hampton, Iowa to Paul and Anna (Behn) Wearda. She grew up on farms near Clarion, Chapin and Sheffield. Pauline was active in band, basketball and 4-H while in high school. She was selected to All State Basketball honorable mention twice and was Iowa State Champion Poultry judge. Pauline was selected to attend the National 4-H Congress and made the trip to Chicago. She graduated high school in 1954.
Pauline married Dean Peter on May 29, 1954 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Together they farmed for 40 years west of Sheffield. They retired in 1999 and moved to their home in Sheffield where each morning they took a 2 mile walk around town and then rode bikes down the trail.
Pauline and Dean loved to go fishing in Minnesota, Clear Lake, the Ozarks and Canada. They trained and rode in 5 RAGBRAI’s. Pauline found homes for them to stay in each night of the ride. The year RAGBRAI went through Sheffield, RAGBRAI’s official pie judge, chose Pauline’s black raspberry pie as the best on RAGBRAI. Pauline and Dean trained and ran 5K races; Pauline did a few 10K’s.
Family was important to Pauline and she cherished spending time with them playing cards, board games, fishing at the cabin or pond, watching them play high school and college sports, and sitting around the table sharing stories.
Pauline was devoted to her church. She served in leadership roles as Council President, Fellowship Councilor, and Treasurer. She also volunteered to help with other church activities. Pauline was a 4-H leader, Hospice volunteer, Wednesday quilters at church bridge club and a Tri-S member.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 63 years: Dean; children: Darryl (Dee) Peter, Sheffield, Iowa; Terry (Vicky) Peter, Ankeny, Iowa; Becky (Ron) Marlow, Pella, Iowa; Randy (Peggy) Peter, Grey Eagle, Minnesota; 10 grandchildren: Michelle (Chris) Goodwin; Neal (Heidi) Peter; Mackenzie (Adam) Davison; Mandy (Justin) Vogel; Laura (Kent) Patterson; Tammy (Rob) Sims; Kelli (Matt) Jens; Jena (Tyler) Beerends; Joe (Sabrina) Peter, Jaynie (Kenton) Huyser; and 26 great grandchildren; siblings: Don (Jan) Wearda; Irene (Ken) Jaspersen; Denise (Dean) Hogan and Donna (Jim) Sogard.
Pauline is preceded in death by her parents and infant granddaughter Katie Ann Peter, daughter of Terry and Vicky Peter.