Retz Funeral Home Sheffield, Greene, Thornton Marble Rock & Meservey, Iowa
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Kathleen Lutgen - Sheffield

Kathleen Lutgen, 90, of Sheffield, passed away Sunday, May 28, 2017, at the Sheffield Care Center. Funeral arrangements are pending completion at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield.

Donna Cole - Sheffield

     A Memorial Service for Donna Jo Cole, 70, of Dougherty, will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 6, 2017, at West Fork United Methodist Church in rural Sheffield with Pastor Sandy Gobeli officiating.  Burial will be in the West Fork Cemetery, rural Sheffield.

     Visitation will be one hour before services at the church on Saturday.

Donna Jo Wilson was born March 28, 1947, in Klamath Falls, Oregon the daughter of Thomas Arnold and Marjorie (Eversol) Wilson and died, May 1, 2017 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, Iowa.

     Donna attended various public schools in California.  She went on to earn her Equine Reproduction qualifications from Colorado State. Donna also obtained her CNA and her CDL.

     Donna was united in marriage to Joseph Stearns Cole III on May 6, 1977, in Los Vegas.

Donna was very accomplished and a hard worker.  She was employed for Wells Fargo in California.  After moving to Iowa she worked as a CNA at Franklin General in Hampton. She loved horses and spent countless hours breeding, training and showing her horses. When available Donna drove truck with her husband.

     She was an active member of the West Fork United Methodist Church in rural Sheffield where she was a member of the UMW. Donna also served on the Cemetery Association.

     Donna enjoyed gardening, sewing, breeding dogs and was a very gifted artist who painted China for many years. She especially loved spending time with her husband, four children, and grandchildren.

     Living family members include her loving husband of 39 years, Joseph Cole, Dougherty; sister, Sandy Phillips, Springfield, OR; four children: Johnny Wheeler, Oklahoma City; Tammie (Mark) Vannatta, Bloomsburg, PA; Joseph Stearns Cole IV, Southern CA; James Paul (Doe) Cole; Southern CA; seven grandchildren: Kealy Stumpff, Jessica Howell, Alex Cole, Brianna Cole, Katlyn Cole, Jayde Cole, Joseph Stearns Cole V; Donna was preceded in death by her parents and Brother, Thomas Paul Wilson.

     In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family, Hospice of North Iowa, or the West Folk United Methodist Church.

Gretchen Moehle - Sheffield

            Gretchen Moehle, age 94, passed away peacefully at the Hospice of  North Iowa, Mason City on April 28, 2017. Visitation will be May 12, 11:00-1:00 pm followed by a 1:00 pm memorial service at Zion St. John Lutheran Church, Sheffield on Friday, May 12.

            Gretchen was born on April 15, 1923, to Conrad and Kate (Campen) Kirchhoff of Rockwell, IA. She was baptized and confirmed at the Rockwell St. Paul Lutheran Church. 

            On June 18, 1947, she married Albert Henry Moehle at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rockwell. Albert and Gretchen were blessed with two children, Kenneth Albert and Mardell Mae. They farmed east of Sheffield their entire married life until 1973 when they moved to the town of Sheffield when Albert became too ill to continue farming. Albert passed away in 1974.  Following his death Gretchen became a daycare provider in her home which she continued for 34 years until retiring in 2006. The many children she cared for became her extended family.

            The most special place in her heart was reserved for her cherished grandchildren and great grandchildren. She treasured and looked forward to their phone calls and visits.

            She was an active member in the Zion St. John Lutheran Church of Sheffield where she taught Sunday School for 17 years, and she served as secretary and president of the ALCW and was a long time member of the Dorcas Circle.

            Her favorite hobbies were crocheting tablecloths, dollies, and she even crocheted baby sweaters and baptismal dresses for her great grandchildren. She loved reading and playing in numerous 500 card clubs while her eye sight still allowed her to engage in these activities. She was a devoted fan of her grandchildren’s activities, faithfully attending their school, sport, and musical events.

            She belonged to the Senior Centers at Rockwell and Hampton where she developed many close friendships.

            She is survived by her son Kenneth Moehle and wife Sandee of Cedar Falls, IA, her daughter Mardell Schaefer and husband A.J. of Latimer, and 5 grandchildren: Matthew (Jana) Schaefer of Austin, TX; Brandon (T.J.) Schaefer of Pawleys Island, SC; Mikaela Schaefer of Myrtle Beach, SC; Elizabeth (fiancé Jorge Ulloa) Moehle of New York, New York; and Kristen (Evan) Graf of Glenville, IL; and five great grandchildren: Isabella and Ethan Schaefer, Eva and Teagan Schaefer, and Eliott Graf.

            She is also survived by her sister, Christine Foell and her brother, Clarence (Arlene) Kirchhoff, all of Rockwell, sister-in-law, Ailene Kirchhoff, Riceville.

            She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Albert, her sisters Gertrude, Anna, and Jennie and her brother John.

AnnaMae Meyer - Sheffield

     Anna Mae Meyer, 91, of Sheffield, went to be with her Lord and Maker December 20, 2016, at the Sheffield Care Center. Memorial Services will be held 2pm, Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Zion St. John Lutheran Church in Sheffield. Interment will be at St. John Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church 1 hour before services begin.

     Anna Mae Meyer was born May 11, 1925 in Franklin County, a daughter of James and Ruby (Hartman) Jackson.  She graduated from Hampton High School in 1944. Anna Mae worked as an aide in a doctor’s office and then as a telephone operator in Hampton.

     On August 31, 1947 Anna Mae was united in marriage with Marvin George Meyer at the Church of Christ in Hampton. This union was blessed with three children.

     Anna Mae was a devoted mother and homemaker, raising her children and helping on the farm. She was known for her flower garden, often working in the dark after the chores were done.

     She worked for Sukup Manufacturing for 10 years until 1981. Active in church Anna Mae was in the Ladies Aide and served as a Sunday School teacher. She enjoyed socializing with the West Fork Ladies Club the “What’s New Club.” Potluck meals with neighbors in the area were special times as they visited with the Kruckenburg’s, Moehle’s, Krukow’s, Wiele’s and other friends.

     She is survived by her children: Darwin (Lorna) Meyer, Sheffield; Dean (Deborah) Meyer, Cumming, GA; Carolyn (David) Heuberger, Hampton; grandchildren: Tawnya (Paul) Willits and children, Maddie & Jacquie; Brian (Hollie) Meyer, and children, Cade & Emma; Paula (Ed) Hauf, and son, Andrew; Michael (Jaime) Meyer, and children, Marissa & Dylan; Bret (Ashley) Heuberger; Crystal (Dan) Beach, and daughter, Kiah; and Drew Heuberger; sister; Sharon Miller, Ackley; sister-in-law: Patty Jackson, Iowa Falls.

     She is preceded in death by her parents, husband of 68 years, Marvin, siblings: Lola Christensen, Kenny Jackson, Harold Jackson, James (Jim) Jackson and Norma Hoffman.

Leila Nannenga - Thornton

     Leila Mae [Steenhard] Nannenga of Thornton, Iowa passed away on Friday, April 28, 2017 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, Iowa.   Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 3 at Zion Reformed Church, 2029 Jonquil Avenue, Sheffield, Iowa with Pastor Art Zewert officiating.  Visitation with be at the Retz Funeral Home in Thornton, Iowa 4-7 p.m., Tuesday.  Interment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, Thornton. Inquiries may be made at 641-892-4241.  

     Leila is the daughter of Edward and Marlys Steenhard of Sheffield, Iowa, born November 2, 1947 in Hampton.  Having grown up on a farm southwest of Thornton, Leila soon displayed her love for the out-of-doors preferring to work with her father whether it involved doing livestock chores or working in the fields. She graduated from the Meservey / Thornton school system in 1966 and went on to attend NIACC of Mason City, Iowa attaining her Associates of Arts degree. On November 29, 1970, Leila was united in marriage to Christ J. Nannenga at the First United Methodist Church of Thornton.  During the early stages of dating, the duo went to check out some springing Holstein heifers near Ventura, Iowa, the prelude to the union of a country girl and a farm boy.  To this union was born their only child, Elizabeth Ann Nannenga on November 27, 1977.

     Leila faithfully journeyed through life by the side of her husband in his many varied endeavors. Some of her experiences included working as a farrowing attendant at Pleasant Valley Pork of Swaledale, Iowa; sharing in the ownership and operation of the Townhouse Cafe of Thornton, Iowa; owner and operation of the Southern County News of Thornton, Iowa; as well as being a pillar of support during her husband's tenure as Cerro Gordo County Supervisor. 

     As a person of many talents, she enjoyed sewing many of her daughter's and husband's clothing.  As her family has a long history of enjoying the peace music can bring, she cultivated Elizabeth's interest in vocal and instrumental music throughout her daughter's school years with Elizabeth going on to become an honor graduate of Drake University of Des Moines and employed as a music teacher today.  Elizabeth's mother would seldom miss a school concert conducted by her daughter, for 'MammaBear' was never far removed from any of her daughter's activities.  At an evening musical rehearsal, Elizabeth introduced Leila as "MammaBear”: someone who will do all in her power to help, protect, and love, but beware the consequences of making her “growl”.  The nickname stuck. Leila's passion for the arts, her love of being able to create lovely items from a spool of thread, a skein of yarn or a bolt of fabric continues her legacy in her daughter's private as well as professional life.

     Leila was a quilter who enjoyed all of the sewing arts.  A fun pastime for Leila was to go on quilt-shop hopping road trips with Elizabeth. Her interest in reading as well as in genealogy suited her well as she worked for a term as school librarian and Thornton Public Librarian.  In truth, Leila was heartbroken when the Thornton school building was closed, a closing that would separate her from the many students who came to the library to read, study or just to share a concern.  Being very active in her faith, she assisted in Bible School and Sunday School programs.  She would personally go door to door in her community inviting children she knew of to attend Bible School.  Having been very influential in its structure, Leila had a high regard for the after-school 'Kid's Club' program housed at the Grace UMC of Mason City, Iowa. 

     Leila, a cancer survivor, was afflicted with Parkinson's disease as well as renal failure. She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Ann Nannenga of Thornton, Iowa; her brother Daniel Steenhard of Sheffield, Iowa; her husband Christ J. Nannenga of Story City, Iowa; her sister-in-laws Mary[Brewer] Nannenga of Story City, Iowa and Marie Nannenga of Mason City, Iowa; her niece Jackie [Mark] Hawley and great nieces Beverly and Katherine Hawley of Roland, Iowa, as well as many relatives and friends.

     She is preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Marlys Steenhard, and brother-in-law Karl Nannenga.

Maxine Fischer - Meservey (Wausau, WI)

     Maxine Fischer, 85, of Meservey, Monday, April 24, 2017 at Aspirus Hospital in Wausau, Wisconsin. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 2nd at First Reformed Church in Meservey, Iowa with Rev. Rodney Meester presiding. Burial will be in the Meservey Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Monday, May 1 at Retz Funeral Home, Thornton.

     Maxine Sena Fischer was born June 7, 1931, in Renwick, IA, a daughter of Lucas Bunk and Dora (Pogge) Bunk. Maxine spent her early life on a farm northwest of Renwick where she attended country school in the early grades and then graduated from Renwick Public School. Following school, she went to Eagle Grove Junior College and Wartburg College in Waverly to pursue a teaching degree. After college, she moved to Meservey to teach and that is where she met her husband, Bill, who she married on December 21, 1955 at the Wright Christian Reformed Church near Kanawha.

     Teaching was a significant part of Maxine’s life and she taught in the Meservey, Meservey-Thornton, and Sheffield-Chapin-Meservey-Thornton school districts throughout much of her life, most of this time in the elementary grades. She took numerous continuing-education courses through the Mason City Area Education Agency and at North Iowa Area Community College, leading to a degree from Buena Vista University. A significant teaching achievement was pioneering the concept of Gifted and Talented programs. She led a Gifted Program at Meservey-Thornton schools and spoke at many state teaching conferences on this subject. She was a loved teacher and made a significant impact on many students throughout her long teaching career.

     Another significant part of Maxine’s life was caring for her family. She spent countless hours enabling her children to receive music lessons, participating in festivals, competitions, and concerts, as well as participating in a wide variety of academic opportunities. She was a great encourager and worked very hard to help them excel. She loved being a grandparent and became a significant encourager to her grandkids.

     Maxine is survived by one daughter, Debra Fischer, Branson, MO; two sons: Michael Fischer, Wausau, WI; Timothy (Catherine) Fischer, Minneapolis, MN; four grandsons: Geoffrey and Lucas, Wausau; William and Andrew, Minneapolis; one granddaughter: Amanda, Wausau; sister: Alice Heitland, Mason City; brother: Chris Bunk, Renwick.

     She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Bill; brother-in-law: Roger Heitland; sisters-in-law: Delores Fischer, Doreen Fischer and Anne Snell and her daughter-in-law: Diane.

Dean Oldag - Sheffield

     Dean Oldag, 88, passed away Sunday, April 23, 2017, at his home in Sheffield. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

     Dean Eugene Oldag was born on a farm near Postville, March 3, 1929, a son of Harold and Christine (Froning) Oldag. He attended country school and was confirmed at the Lutheran Church in Postville. His family moved to Sheffield and he attended Sheffield High School.

     Dean entered the US Navy, serving in WWII and the beginning of the Korean War. He sailed around the world twice.

     On May 4, 1951 Dean was united in marriage with Ardella Mae Brouwer at the Methodist Church in Sheffield. This union was blessed with one daughter.

     Dean worked 37 years for IPS which became MidAmerican Energy. They lived in Clarksville, Hampton, Rockwell and Sheffield. For the last year Dean lived at the Deerfield Place Assisted Living in Sheffield.

     He volunteered many places, including running Bingo at the Sheffield Care Center, and had been a volunteer fireman in Hampton and Rockwell, was a Mason, Shriner and member of the American Legion.  He greatly enjoyed hunting and fishing and in later years golf. A practical joker, Dean made everybody laugh and teased those he liked.

     Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Ardella, Sheffield; daughter: Kathy Nuddleman, Mason City; grandchildren: Wyatt Dean Nuddleman; Nicole Faye (Joel) Gould; sisters: Lindy Miller and Mariellen VanBlaricom and many nieces and nephews.

     He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother George.

Orville Caspers - Swaledale

           Orville Caspers, 92, of Swaledale, passed away Saturday, April 8, 2017, at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Thornton, with Rev. Rhea Evanson presiding. Interment with Veteran’s Honors will be at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Swaledale. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 400 Larch Ave, Thornton.

Orville Ray Caspers was born February 10, 1925 on a farm near Rockwell, Iowa to Herman “Deed” and Fredericka “Freda” (Wohler) Caspers. He was a big brother to Dale, who was two years younger. They were best of friends and farmed together for many years.

Orville married Bernice Nauman of Floyd, Iowa on March 8, 1951. From this union came five children- Jack, Donald, Edward, Richard, and Susan. Orville and Bernice farmed in the Swaledale area until they retired several years ago. Orville served in the United States Army in the 96th Infantry Division in World War II. He received a purple heart, bronze star, and a good conduct medal for his exemplary military service. After he recovered from being wounded in combat, he was then transferred to an artillery/ordinance division until his army tenure ended. Orville believed in honoring our flag and saluting our fallen soldiers. His dedication and passion taught his children and grandchildren to respect the flag and those who have fought for our freedom.

Orville enjoyed hunting and fishing, traveling, family picnics, making homemade ice cream, and driving around to check on his crops. He also liked going to morning coffee at the Swaledale town hall, spending time with family and friends, going to dances and attending his annual 96th Infantry Reunions. He especially loved his signs along the Swaledale highways, i. e. one such sign was “Swaledale Next 7 Exits,” …he loved a good laugh. He also looked forward to spending his winter months in McAllen, Texas, where he and Bernice could dance and attend jam sessions. They enjoyed going down to Texas for the winters for 37 years.

His friendliness, generosity, sense of humor, and witty personality will be deeply missed. He had a great love for his family and friends, his country, Swaledale, Thornton, Rockwell and the North Iowa area. Orville was a member of the Thornton American Legion, Mason City VFW, 96th Infantry Division, and St. Paul Lutheran Church of Thornton.  

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Bernice. Son: Don (Julie), children: Todd (Julie); Heather. Son: Ed (Rebecca), children: KayLee (Chris) Anderson; Leighton Knaus; Jacqlyn; Emily; Edison, all of Swaledale, IA. Son: Rich (Alyce), children: Caroline; John “Jack” of Glenview, IL. Daughter: Susan (Bob) Shanks, children: Nicholas; Parker, of Plainview, MN. Granddaughter: Amanda (Travis) Hobbiebrunken, children: Alec; Aisley of Sheffield, IA. Grandson: Brandon (Jody) Sheriff, children: Genna; Gavin; Graci of Sioux Falls, SD, sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Alice and Vic Klopping. Sisters-in-law: Ardis Richardson, Gladys Wandro, Gloria Nauman and Janet Nauman. Brothers-in-law: Lester Nauman and Paul Nauman, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Herman “Deed” and Fredericka “Freda,” son Jack, daughter-in-law Bonnie, brother Dale, sister-in-law Jeannette, great nephew David Caspers, father-in-law and mother-in-law: Emmett Fredrick and Hannah Nauman, brothers-in-law: Donald Wandro, David Nauman and Emmett Nauman Jr., sisters-in-law: Phyllis Nauman and Vera Nauman, nephews: Derek Nauman and Russell Nauman and numerous cousins.

Lester Adelmund - Greene

     Funeral services for Lester Lee Adelmund, 76, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 8, 2017, at St. John Lutheran Church in Clarksville with Pastor Charlie Underwood officiating.  Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.

     Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Friday, April 7, 2017, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene.

     Lester Lee Adelmund was born May 21, 1940, in Parkersburg to Henry Vern and Sophie (Thorne) Adelmund and passed away Wednesday, April 05, 2017, at his home in Greene.  He received his education in country schools in the Parkersburg area and graduated from Allison High School in 1958.

     Following graduation he worked as a young man helping his family on the farm.  In 1960 he began working for John Deere where he would remain for over 31 years.

     Lester was united in marriage to Ruth Ann Penning on May 8, 1961 at the Dumont Reform Church in Dumont, Iowa.  This union was blessed with two daughters, Lori and Lisa.

      He began farming in 1966 while he continued working for John Deere. Lester was a very hard working man and worked both jobs until his retirement.

     Lester has been a faithful member of St. John Lutheran Church since 1966 where he served on the church council and ushered.

     He enjoyed woodworking and making things such as end tables.  He liked to dance, play cards, and was a member of several card clubs. Mostly he was devoted to spending time with his family and friends. He was a kind individual that was always willing to lend a helping hand to family, friends, or even someone he did not know.

     Lester is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Ruth Adelmund, Greene; daughters: Lori (Ryan Joseph) Nettelton, Charles City and their children: Sofie and Ryan; Lisa Adelmund and Jay Evans, Buffalo Grove, IL;  brothers and sisters: Larry (Helyne) Adelmund, Charles City; Richard (Rose) Adelmund, Greene, Delos (Delores) Adelmund, Greene; Alvin (Judy) Adelmund, Clarksville; Wanda (Vern) Buchholz, Tripoli; Carol (Duane) Stotler, Greene; Kathy (Alan) Siemons, Greene; in-laws: Russell (Paulette) Penning, Newton; Donna (Ted) Rigby, Newton; Darwin (Brenda) Penning, Newton; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Sophie Adelmund; brother, Ron and Gert Adelmund; brother-in-law, Darrell Penning; mother and father-in-law: Harm and Bernice Penning; and niece, Tara Adelmund.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Lester Adelmund Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636.

Goldie Siems - Sheffield

Goldie Siems, 92, of Sheffield, died Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at the Sheffield Care Center. Family graveside services will be held at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield.

Vivian Hanawalt - Meservey

     Vivian Hanawalt, 94, of Meservey, passed away Friday, March 24, 2017, at the Sheffield Care Center. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, at First Reformed Church in Meservey with Rev. Rodney Meester presiding. Interment will be at Meservey Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, at Retz Funeral Home, Thornton. Memorials may be directed to the Thornton/Meservey EMT’s, the Sheffield Care Center 0r First Reformed Church in her memory to Vivian Hanawalt Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 580, Sheffield, IA 50475.

     Vivian Ruth Hanawalt was born on a farm in Franklin County a daughter of Floyd William and Effie (Hansen) Obrecht. She was raised with siblings Thayne and Roger.

     Vivian was a member of the Lutheran Church and after moving to Meservey she became a member of the First Reformed Church in Meservey in 1986.

     Vivian was united in marriage with Joe Emmanuel Hanawalt on October 18, 1945 at the United Lutheran Church in Thornton. Joe and Vivian celebrated 66 years of marriage before his death in 2011.

     Vivian was Salutatorian of her class at the Thornton High School in 1939. She attended one semester of college and earned her certificate to teach at country schools. She obtained her degree from Mason City Jr. College in 1958 and a Bachelor of Science from Wartburg College in 1968 and did graduate work at Bemidji State College, the University of Northern Iowa and obtained her Learning Disabilities Certificate from Iowa State University.

     Vivian taught at Thornton, Rockford, Coulter, Graetinger, Sheffield-Chapin, Kanawha and Franklin County rural schools. Education was very important to her and she worked endless hours to help her students achieve their best.

     Vivian had many other activities as President of the Ladies Aide, helped with 4H clubs as well as being a member for many years. She was active with the American Legion Auxiliary in Meservey, for many years Vivian served on the Meservey Town Council. She taught Bible School, was superintendent the Floral Hall at the North Iowa Fair and worked at the Franklin County Fair where she entered many winners in the floral, baking and genealogy departments.

     Vivian served as delegate in the Democratic Party to County, District and State Conventions.

     Her passion was her flowers and all her gardens. She loved sharing her produce with so many and always planted for all her friends to enjoy. Her baking style was astronomical, baking for so many and sharing with family and others, making breads, salads, angel food cakes, candies and pickles, pears from her trees, grapes from her vines or eggs from her chickens.

     Vivian and Joe built a cabin in Minnesota and enjoyed the fishing their and sharing with friends and family that vacationed there, where she had another garden. She enjoyed camping, with Joe she traveled to Australia to visit family in 1989.

     Vivian is survived by her brother, Roger Obrecht; son, Ken (Julie) Hanawalt and grandson, Justin. Also nieces and nephews: Audrene Hansen, Maureen (Jerry) Modderman, Jackie (Gary) Dirks, Martha Statlander, Mary (Paul) Schlichting, Jeffrey Obrecht (Becky Parrish); sister-in-law, Nina Mulder and many great nieces and nephews that loved to be the recipients of her homemade breads, strawberry shakes, camping and fishing trips and the special times spent together.

     Preceding her in death were her husband, parents, brother Thayne (Opal) Obrecht, sister-in-law, Leah Obrecht, niece Colleen Obrecht.

Minnie Bruns - Greene

     Funeral services for Minnie Margaret Bruns, 92, of Greene, will be Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating.  Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.

 

     Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Friday, March 24, 2017, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene, and will continue one hour before services at the church on Saturday.  There will be a Public Scripture Service at 7 p.m., Friday.

     Minnie Uhlenhopp was born on September 9, 1924, in Aplington, the daughter of Harm R. and Nellie (Johnson) Uhlenhopp and died on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at the North Iowa Mercy Medical Center in Mason City.

     She received her education in the public schools of rural Kesley, Iowa.  Minnie was a faithful member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene where she was baptized and confirmed in 1943.

     Minnie was united in marriage to Dale Melvin Bruns on August 30, 1942, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene.  This union was blessed with three daughters, Shirley, Marlene, and Jean.

     Minnie worked side by side with her husband on their farm west of Greene and also with their woodworking projects.  She dedicated her life to her husband and her children.

     Minnie was gifted in cooking, canning, and gardening.  She loved to make homemade bread and pies almost as much as the family enjoyed eating them. She will be remembered for her delicious vegetable beef and dumpling soup. 

     Minnie was a kind, thoughtful, loving, and humble individual.  She never had anything bad to say about anyone. Her favorite saying was “I love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck”.

     She enjoyed playing 500, Rummy, Sequence and other board game.  For over nine years she was a member of local ladies card group, affectionately referred to as the “Golden Girls”.  These ladies rotated home gatherings playing cards once a week for fun and fellowship. She will be greatly missed.

     Living family members include her three daughters: Shirley (Jim) Fesenmeyer, Greene; Marlene ((LaVern) Landers, Greene; Jean (Lynn) Towsley, Greene; six grandchildren: Rod (Marty) Fesenmeyer; Shannon (John)Latham, Sheffield; Jason (Kayleen) Landers, Greene; Angela (Tim) Christensen, Greene; Amy (Shane) Testroet, Greene; Levi (Sarah) Towsley, Greene;  17 great-grandchildren: Evan (Amanda)Fesenmeyer; Kyle (Toshia) Fesenmeyer; Alex Fesenmeyer; Ian Latham, Elle Latham; Courtney (Dustin) Bauman; Wyatt Landers; Haley Landers; Riley Christensen; Reed Christensen; Darby Christensen; Hallie Testroet; Dallas Testroet; Dawson Testroet; Alysa Towsley; Clayton Towsley; Emma Towsley; one great-great granddaughter, Tinsley Fesenmeyer; sister, Anna Mae Schipper, Ackley; brother, Harley (Althea) Uhlenhopp, Hansell; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years Dale in 2008; her parents and five brothers.

 

Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Minnie Bruns Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636.

 

Ruby Rader - Hampton

Ruby Rader, 71, formerly of Hampton, passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Smithville, Tennessee. Memorial service arrangements are pending completion at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield.

Delmar Brady - Latimer

     Delmar Brady, 86, of Latimer passed away Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at the Sheffield Care Center. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 18, at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Latimer with Rev. Diane Friedericks presiding. Interment will be at the Marion Center Cemetery, rural Hampton. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday at Retz Funeral Home, 203 Maple Street in Sheffield.

     Delmar Lee Brady was born November 17, 1930 in rural Franklin County, the son of David Wright and Lottie Mae (Bonjour) Brady. He spent his childhood attending school and working of the family farm and graduated from Thornton High School.

     He was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and received an honorable discharge after serving 2 years in Germany.

     On May 5, 1957, Delmar was united in marriage with Martha Bruns at the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Latimer.

     He farmed for a year near Thornton, then moved to the family farm near Latimer. Delmar loved farming and being on the farm. They raised broilers to sell, sold eggs and milk. They also raised pigs farrow to finish and had cattle. He would be up at 6:00 a.m., get dressed, have his signature bowl of “Corn Flakes” with toast and jelly, and out the door he’d go to do chores.

     Taking pride in his farm, nothing could be left sitting outside unless it wouldn’t fit in the shed. He even walked out into the bean field one Sunday morning in his church clothes to pull a weed that was missed during bean walking season.

     He served on various offices for the church and measured land for the ASCS Office. He also enjoyed playing 500 in a card club and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

     Left to cherish his memory are his son Doug (Michelle) Brady, Sheffield; son-in-law Todd Mollenbeck, Latimer; six grandchildren: Mike Brady, Ankeny, Mark (Holly) Brady, Ankeny; Blake Brady, Sheffield; Trevor Mollenbeck, Latimer; Devyn Brady and Kylie Brady of Sheffield; 6 great grandchildren; brother: Glenn (Rosemary) Brady, Clear Lake; sisters-in-law: Shirley Brady, Sheffield and Dorothy Brady, Mason City; brother-in-law: Jim (Rosie) Bruns, Waterloo and many nieces and nephews.

     Delmar is preceded in death by his parents, wife Martha Brady, daughter Linda Mollenbeck, 2 sisters: Iva Miller and Eleanor Engebretson, 3 brothers: Robert, Melvin and Lyle, infant grandson: Cody Mollenbeck.

Matilda Ott - Marble Rock

    Funeral services for Matilda Elizabeth (Til) Ott will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Calvary Baptist Church in Greene with Pastor Ben Hartwig and Dr. Dan Brown officiating.  Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.

     Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene.

     Matilda Elizabeth was born September 7, 1927,in Charles City, to William and Ida Mae (Feldman) Love and died on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at North Iowa Mercy Medical Center in Mason City.

     She received her education in public school graduating from Charles City High School in 1946. Matilda worked at the B & L Bakery, Oliver Corp. and Peerless Photo Company during her school years.

     Matilda accepted the Lord as her Lord and Savior at Bethel Baptist Church, in Marble Rock, at the age of 35. She became a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Greene, on December 6, 2009, where she had been attending for many years.

     Matilda was united in marriage on September 15, 1946, to Harold Eugene Ott at the Methodist Parsonage in Charles City.  This union was blessed with two sons, Jerry Lee and David Eugene.

     She and her husband farmed west of Dougherty until 1949, when they moved to Charles City.  In 1957 they moved to a farm east of Marble Rock and in 1966 to one to the west, then moved to town in 1980.  In 1994 they moved to Florida but in 2000, due to illness, the couple moved back to Iowa settling in Nora Springs.  They built their home in Marble Rock in 2003.

     Matilda enjoyed crocheting, knitting, and baking for family and friends.  She loved flowers, feeding and watching birds, and taking bus trips.

     Left to cherish her memory are her two sons: Jerry (Linda) Ott, and Dave (Beth) Ott all of Marble Rock; six grandchildren: Melissa (Delmer) Fenton, Rockford; Angela (Brian Keith) Ott, Marble Rock; Amy (Joshua) Anderson, St. Charles, IA; Nathan (Carrie) Ott, Mason City; Kevin (Brooke) Ott, Waukee, IA; Cory Ott, Marble Rock; 19 great-grandchildren: Madison Fenton, Cole Fenton, Tyler Keith, Dylan Keith, Gabrielle Keith, Adriane Ott, Bria Ott, Calan Ott, Danika Ott, Michah Ott, Ayla Ott, Addison Ott, Haylie Ott, Lillie Ferguson, Madelyn Anderson, Noah Anderson, Isaiah Anderson, Ella Grace Anderson; sister, Marquerite Kratchmer, Spooner, WI, many nieces and nephews and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her husband in 2007; two great-grandsons: Jordan Fenton and Anthony Keith; her parents; three sisters: Marie Kollmann, Wilma Lockhart and Ethel Jones.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family at P.O. Box 293, Marble Rock, Iowa 50653.

Edward Miller - Waverly/Bristow

     Funeral Services for Edward William Miller, 86, of Waverly, will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Charlie Underwood officiating.  Burial will in South Vilmar Cemetery, Vilmar, Rural Greene, Iowa.

     Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Monday, March 13, 2017, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene.

     Edward William Miller was born on May 17, 1930, north of Bristow, Butler County, Iowa to Fred and Mattie (Mason) Miller and  passed away Friday, March 10, 2017, at the Waverly Health Center in Waverly, Iowa.

     Edward was a lifetime member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene where he served on the church council and made himself available for other duties as needed.

     He received his education in country school and graduated from Greene High School in 1949.  Following graduation he returned to the family farm to work. 

     Edward was united in marriage to Luella Cargill on October 5, 1952, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Nashua.  This union was blessed with three children.

     Edward enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his country stationed in Panama.  Following his honorable discharge he returned to his father’s farm and eventually purchased his own.

     Edward was devoted to his family and the farm.    He told his children that nothing in life will be given to them. If you want to succeed you must work so he raised them with a strong work ethic. Despite his strict guidance, the loving, kind and tender love of a father shined through. His children proudly credit their father with their strong foundation and successes in life today.

     Although most of his time was spent working Edward did take time to go on a few fishing trips with his friends from the Corner Feed Store.  He enjoyed visiting, kept up with the stocks and markets, and served on the Coop Elevator Board in Greene. Edward was especially proud of his grandchildren and their accomplishments.  He was very devoted to them helping them in whatever way he could.

     Living family members include his loving wife, Luella of Waverly; his daughter, Lyna Miller of Waverly; son, Bruce (Jeanette) Miller, of Bristow;  five grandchildren: Benjamin Robert (Allison Juhl) Miller, Minneapolis, MN; Anthony Edward Miller, Minneapolis, MN; Katie Luella (Ben) Hassman, Iowa City; Jennifer Janice DeVries, Minneapolis, MN; Charles Randall (Mallory) Devries, Indianapolis, IN;  three great-grandchildren: June Susan Hassman, Matilda Mae DeVries, Edison Augustus Miller; three sisters: Elaine Bleam, Manson, Iowa; Marlene Mickelson, St. Charles, Chicago; Shelby (Charles) Baltes, Hampton; one brother, Fred (Suzanne) Miller, Bristow; nieces and nephews and friends.

     Edward was preceded in death by his daughter, Susan in 2015 and his parents.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Edward Miller Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636.

Dale Caspers - Swaledale

     Dale Caspers, 89, of Swaledale passed away Sunday, February 26, 2017, at Hospice of North Iowa in Mason City. Funeral services will be held 10:30 Wednesday, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Thornton. Interment will be at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Swaledale. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, 400 Larch Street, Thornton. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of North Iowa or St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church.

     Dale was born October 9, 1927, on a farm between Rockwell and Swaledale to Deed and Freda (Wohler) Caspers. At age 5 he started country school to which he and Orville would either walk or ride a pony the 1 ½ mile to get there. The family moved to Swaledale in 1934 and finished his home schooling from there on. His parents had a dairy operation and Dale helped delivering milk door to door for 5 cents a quart. Then a law was passed that the milk had to be pasteurized, so they quit selling and sent the milk that was left over after feeding the hogs to the Swaledale Creamery.

     As a junior in high school Dale had to have a kidney removed at Mayo in Rochester. The doctors told him, “You better get a desk job for the rest of your life.” He tried to get in the service three times, like his father and brother but because of the lost kidney they would not take him. He graduated in 1946 from Swaledale HS as Valedictorian and went on to receive a BA degree from Iowa University. After graduating he went home and started farming and never left. That one kidney has served him well and those doctors don’t know what they were talking about.

     He met Jeannette Ashland of Clear Lake at the Surf in 1952 and they married February 14, 1954, to this union four children were born. Dale and Jeannette continued farming with cattle, hogs, sheep, chickens, corn, beans and hay, much of their equipment being homemade. They traveled over most states, Mexico, and Canada, fishing and sightseeing and were members of many organizations of the area. Dale claimed to have the largest collection of old outhouses anywhere.

     At around 80 Dale started slowing down and eventually moved to assisted living in Mason City where he spent much time thanking God for many wonderful years with great family, wife, kids, grandkids and great grandkids, also all his wonderful friends in the Swaledale area past and present.

     Dale says when he gets to heaven he hopes God will explain to him why he took his grandson David, age 26, away from us at such an early age.

     He is survived by his children: Jon (Carol); Mary; Bill (Deb), all of Swaledale; Lori of Mason City; grandchildren: Sarah (Jon) Hickman; Joni, Billy (Cacharel) and Brian (Carli); great grandsons: Drew, Orion and a great granddaughter due early April; brother: Orville (Bernice); sisters-in-law: Elaine Olson of Garner; Betty Ashland, Sequim, WA; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and his special friend Dolores McLaughlin.

     Dale is preceded in death by his parents, his wife in 2004, grandson David in 2014, nephew Jack Caspers, and niece Kim Lewis, brothers-in-law: Robert Ashland, Bill Wreghitt and Jim Olson.

 

Frances Riles - Dougherty

     Frances Riles, 69, passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at the Rehabilitation Center of Hampton. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, at Zion St. John Lutheran Church with Rev. G Kim Wills presiding. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Sunday, at Retz Funeral Home, 203 Maple Street, Sheffield.

     Frances Ann Riles was born May 13, 1947, in Hampton, daughter of Oran and Irene (Harms) Rieman. She graduated from Sheffield High School and LaJames College in Mason City. She worked in salons in Mason City and Sheffield.

     On February 17, 1968, Frances was united in marriage with Gary Riles at Zion St. John Lutheran Church in Sheffield. They were blessed with 2 sons. Frances became a devoted mother and homemaker until her boys were older and then began working in the dietary department at the Sheffield Care Center, becoming the manager. She worked for the care center for 25 years.

     Frances enjoyed cooking and baking, always making sure there was plenty for everyone. She enjoyed visiting and sharing coffee with her sister and mother. She had a collection of recipes and cookbooks she enjoyed sharing with her nieces. She also was a 4H leader. Frances enjoyed taking day trips, where she wouldn’t have a plan would just head out to see something new. She liked plants and gardening and her flower beds.

     Frances is survived by her husband of 49 years, Gary; 2 sons: Steve and Mike Riles, both of Sheffield, brother: Merlyn Rieman, Hamton; brothers-in-law: Richard Ubben, Dumont; Gene (Carolyn) Riles, Sheffield; Greg (Diane) Riles, Sheffield; Grant (Melinda) Riles, Emporia, KS; nieces and nephews.

     She is preceded in death by her parents, sister, Virginia Ubben and sister-in-law, Judy Rieman.

Verle Steere - Greene

     Funeral Services for Verle Henry Steere, 82, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 25, 2017, at St. Peter Lutheran Church with Pastor Daniel Flucke 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 one hour before the service at the church on Saturday.

     Verle Henry Steere was born May 2, 1934, in Coldwater Township, rural Greene, Butler County, Iowa to Albert William and Mabel (Martzahn) Steere and passed away on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the Valley View Care Center in Greene.

     Verle attended Coldwater Township Country School and later attended Greene High School. He was drafted into the United States Army where he served his country stationed in Germany.  He was honorably discharged.

     Following his discharge from the service Verle farmed on a farm South West of Greene. His life was devoted to caring for the farm where he remained until his recent move to town.

     He was a lifetime member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene. He was baptized on May 20, 1934 and confirmed on March 21, 1948.  Verle was also a member of the Butler County Cattlemen Association.  Verle loved to travel and greatly enjoyed raising and caring for his chickens.

     Living family members include: two sisters: Lorene Wolf of Charles City and Bernice Wolf of Greene; 12 nieces and nephews; many friends.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Hilda Michael; one brother, Maynard Steere.

 

Memorials may be directed to the family at P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636.

Ralph D. Behnke - Greene

     Ralph D. Behnke (94) passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Monday, February 20th, 2017.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 1:30 pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Greene with refreshments to follow in the church fellowship hall.  Burial will take place at Rosehill Cemetery in Greene. Visitation will be 1 hour before the service at the church

     He was the son of Albert and Bessie (Yohn) Behnke, born December 1, 1922 on the family farm in Greene, Iowa.  Ralph attended Packard Country School. 

     On October 14, 1944 he was united in marriage with Evelyn P. Ewald at the Ewald family farm in Marble Rock, Iowa.  Ralph and Evelyn farmed until the late 90’s where they raised their 3 children Clayton, Michael and Marcia.

     He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Greene.

     Ralph and Evelyn spent many winters in Mesa, Arizona where they golfed and he played Rolli Bowly.  He was an avid hunter of fox and deer.  He was a member of the Powersville Fox Hunting Club and was still an active deer hunter at age 90.  They took numerous fishing trips to Northeast Iowa, Minnesota and Canada.  In 1996, he upheld a promise when grain prices reached a high and treated his whole family to a fishing trip at Pine Point Resort in Upsala, Canada.  He loved to drive the country side looking at crops and wildlife.  Ralph was always happy to talk about weather, crops, the “good ole days” or anything that came up in conversation and many of his grandchildren inherited this gift to gab. 

     Ralph is survived by his three children, Clayton (Cora) Behnke of Gretna, Nebraska, Michael (Terri) Behnke of Greene, Marcia (Bob) Larson of Dougherty.  His grandchildren Chris (April) Behnke, Pat (Katie) Behnke, and Rick (Amy) Behnke all of Omaha, Nebraska, Ryan (Joanie) Behke of Greene and Kurt (Erin) Behnke of Cedar Falls, Jamie (Matt) Brinkman of Council Bluffs, Tony (Becky) Larson of Clear Lake, 11 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and 6 step great grandchildren, 2 sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by his wife Evelyn, sisters Myrtle Kramer and Evelyn Holzschuh, sister-in-law Maxine Kranz. 

     Memorials may be directed to the family.

Martin 'Marty' Majewski - Greene

     A Graveside service and burial for Marty Majewski, 64, of Greene was held Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Greene with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan officiating. 

     Marty was born on January 14, 1953, in Charles City to Merle and Margaret Rebecca Louise (Gates) Majewski and passed away peacefully, from medical complications, in his home in Greene. He received his education in public school graduating from Greene High School in 1973.

     Following graduation Marty worked for White Farms Equipment in Charles City. Later he was employed for TASKO in Shell Rock and eventually for Greene Ag. Services in Greene under Tom Heidenwirth.  Marty remained there until he was forced to retire due to health issues.

     Marty loved the Shell Rock River and spending time along the waterfront with his family and friends.  Marty hosted many 4th of July celebrations, at the river behind his home, producing many lasting memories with his friends. He enjoyed motor cycles and vintage cars and was very skilled in working on them. He had a good sense of humor and a very kind heart.

     Living family members include his brother, Tom (Joan) Daiker, Charles City;  special friends Randy DeVries, Brent Towsley, Tom Heidenwirth and Don Daiker; and numerous classmates and friends.

Mary Blau - Sheffield

     Mary Blau, 87, of Sheffield, passed away Saturday, February 18, 2017, at Hospice of North Iowa. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, at First Grace Baptist Church in Sheffield. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be 1 hour before the service at the church.

     Mary Elizabeth Collins was born December 1, 1929 at Grand River, Iowa, a daughter of John Salas and Malissa Ellen (Wilson) Collins. She married Aeiko Blau on June 18, 1949, in Genesco, IL. The couple farmed in the Meservey area for 26 years before moving to the Sheffield area. Mary was a hard worker her entire life and in addition to farming worked as a waitress, cleaned houses, delivered newspapers and worked in housekeeping at St. Joseph Hospital Mercy and earned the position of housekeeping supervisor.

     She was a member First Grace Baptist Church in Sheffield.

     Survivors include her Children: Peggy Buecker, Rosemary Blau; daughter-in-law: Patty Blau; Grandchildren: Debra (Jeff) Bendickson, Penny (Craig) Miller, Ann Rheingans, David Blau, Jeremy (Nadene) Hungerford, Todd (Carrie) Hungerford, Stacey (Josh) Hollingsworth, Matthew Blau; Great Grandchildren: Ryan Willis, Brittany (Joseph) Hart-Vilmain, Mary, Josh, Steve, Matthew Bendickson, Sarah Hopkins, Audrey (Ben) Misikin, Craig Jr. (Tonya) Miller, Aaron (Elizabeth) Miller, Amber (Raymond) Novakoski, Steven Blau, Cordell Rheingans, Kya, Owen, Allyson Hungerford; Great Great Grandchildren: Devin, Dakotah, Hadley, Madison, Alexandria, Amberella, Mayoree, Raymond Jr, Liam, Michael, Joshua, Chloe, Zach, Jorden, Kennedi, Payton.

     She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Aeiko, son Daniel, grandson-in-law Craig Miller, great grandson Raymond, brothers and sisters: Opal Richardson, Edward Collins, Cager Collins, Earl Collins, June Woods, John Collins, Sarah Jaquet, Ethel May Hamrick.

Ronald Thomas - Greene

     Ronald Fay Thomas, 83, a Middleton, WI resident passed away peacefully Saturday, February 11, 2017 surrounded by his loving family at his favorite winter home in Cape Coral, FL.  Ron was born on February 13, 1933 to Theodore and Grace (Backer) Thomas in Dayton Township, Butler County, Greene, Iowa.

     After high school he joined the U.S. Navy in 1950 and was a Veteran of the Korean War serving on the U.S.S. Sutherland  DDR743; a Destroyer, advancing in rank to Petty Officer First Class in under three and a half years.  While still in the service he married Marvilyn Joan Tolliver on October 8, 1952 at Zion Lutheran Church, Waterloo, Iowa. After military service, Ron and Marvilyn moved to Milwaukee, WI where he studied engineering at Milwaukee School of Engineering on the GI Bill.  After graduation, he entered the HVAC field, working in Milwaukee and then moving to Middleton in 1966 and then spending the rest of his life in the Middleton/Madison area.

     Ron was a longtime manager of the Machinery & Systems Division of the Carrier Corporation, division of United Technologies Corporation, receiving many marketing and engineering awards from his company up until his retirement on January 1, 1998.  Following his retirement he was president of the Zenas Corporation, a consulting engineering firm.

     He was a registered Professional Engineer and Past President of the Madison Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and also served many terms on the board of governors.  He was active in the design and construction of many large building HVAC and plant projects in the state of Wisconsin.  He was a life member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, The Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers in Construction, a Life Member of ASHRAE, life member of the VFW Post 8216 in Middleton, a member of the American Legion Post 0275 and the National Tin Can Sailors Association.

Ron loved to fish and camp with his many friends and family on the lower Wisconsin River.

     He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Marvilyn Thomas of Middleton, WI; two sons, Kurt Thomas (Teresa) of Roscoe, IL and Charles Thomas of Middleton, WI; two daughters, Debra Alt (Chuck) of Mazomanie, WI, Theresa Thomas of Hartland, WI; seven grandchildren, Jessica, Jeffrey, Garrett, Dana, Logan, Taylor and Cooper; one great granddaughter, Madison Thomas of San Diego, CA; Brother, Darrell Thomas of Sioux City, IA; two sisters, Joyce Elliott (Kenneth) and Kathy Billings Timmer (James) of Cedar Falls, IA; as well as numerous Nephew, Nieces and extended family members.

     Ron was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son, Eric James.  

     Funeral Services will be held 1:00pm, Saturday, February 18, 2017 at St. Peters Lutheran Church, 324 E. Traer St., Greene, IA 50636.  The Family will receive friends for a time of visitation at 12:00 noon up to the hour of service.  Burial will immediately follow at Rose Hill Cemetery, S. Main St, Greene, IA 50636 with Military Honors being presented.  

The Family invites all to join them for a light lunch back at St. Peters Lutheran Church following the graveside service.  

     Memorial contributions in memory of Ronald Thomas are suggested to the Salvation Army. 

Dallas Pals - Thornton

     Dallas Lee Pals, 79 passed away peacefully at Muse Norris Inpatient Hospice in Mason City Iowa on February 9, 2017 after his victory over cancer.  Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, at First United Methodist Church in Thornton with burial at Evergreen Cemetery, Britt. Visitation will be 3:00 – 7:00 p.m., Sunday at Retz Funeral Home, Thornton.

     Dallas was born June 8, 1937 to Elmer and Marcele Pals in rural Meservey, IA. He was a graduate of Meservey High School in 1954 and Westmar College in 1958. He taught and coached in Pocahontas, South Clay, Winterset, Meservey-Thornton and CAL, before returning to the farm. 

     Dallas married Katherine (Kaye) Lee on June 10, 1962. They had five children.

     He was a teacher to the core, always wanting to teach children how to be better in school and life. His true passion was coaching. It engaged his competitive nature and his love of teaching. He coached basketball and softball, but softball was clearly his favorite. He retired from coaching at age 74 and was inducted into the Iowa Softball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2006. He instilled love and compassion in each of his children. At the time of his death, two of his children and a granddaughter followed in his footsteps -- teaching and coaching.

     Dallas and Kaye were blessed to be able to return to the family farm in 1977 when his parents retired. He saw the farm become a Century Farm in 1993 and continued farming until his retirement at age 75.

     He was preceded in death by his son Jeff; his parents Elmer and Marcele Pals; his father and mother-in-law Norman and Bernice Lee; his sister-in-law Carla Pals and several aunts and uncles.

     Dallas is survived by: his wife Kaye of Thornton, IA. His children, Jill and Jerry Hulsing, Grinnell, Iowa; Doug and Julie Pals, Clive, Iowa; Amy and Brian Johnson, Mason City, Iowa and Andrew and Amanda Pals, West Des Moines, Iowa. His nine grandchildren: Ashley, Alyssa, Erica and Emilee Hulsing, Madeleine and Elizabeth Pals, Carsen Johnson, Drew and Aubrey Pals. His siblings, Deloris and Roger Monson, Larry and Darlene Pals and Gary and Mary Pals, his sister and brother-in-law Merle and Jim Hahn and several nieces and nephews.

     Memorials may be directed to Muse Norris Inpatient Hospice in Mason City or Thornton United Methodist Church.

Darwin Ebling - Greene

     Funeral services for Darwin Keith Ebling, 84, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 28, 2017, at the United Methodist Church in Greene with Pastor Cathy Belles 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 4-7 p.m., Friday, January 27, 2017, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St in Greene.

     Darwin was born on August 12, 1932, in Waverly, Bremer County, Iowa, the son of Harold and Florence (Dye) Ebling and entered into eternal rest on Monday, January 23, 2017, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City, surrounded by his family.

     He received his education in public school graduating from Dumont High School in 1949. He enlisted in the United States Army in April 1953, and served in Germany as part of the 60th Field Artillery Battalion. He was honorably discharged in February 1955.

     Darwin was united in marriage to Fonda Worley on September 11, 1955, at the Methodist Church in Aredale, Iowa.  This union was blessed with five children.  The couple remained married for the next 45 years until Fonda’s death.  Darwin married Frances Van Dyke in August 2004.

     Darwin spent his entire life farming in the Aredale area.  He moved to Greene in 1992 and finally retired from farming just a few years ago.

     When he lived in the Aredale area Darwin was a member of the Methodist Church in Aredale where he served on the Board of Trustees and taught Sunday school.  When he moved to Greene he became a faithful member of the United Methodist Church in Greene where he offered his talents whenever needed and proudly served for years as an usher.

     Early in his life Darwin was very involved with the 4-H program. Later he served on many Farm Coop type boards, was involved in the Pro Farmer Tour, worked with the Food Resources Bank, was a member of the Wednesday Morning Men’s Prayer Group, and was a member of the Tack Barnett Post 268, American Legion of Greene. Darwin was proud to have participated in the Honor Flight in November 2015.

     Darwin is survived by his children: David (Vanessa) Ebling, Waverly; Dienna (Les) Schafer, Greene; Jody (Kenny) Wunsch, Marshalltown; Sheila (Bob) Atkinson, Sheffield; step-daughter, Deb (Randall) Miller, Ames; and step-son, Tom (Lori)Van Dyke, Dumont; 23 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Joyce (Gerald) Krukow, Mason City; Marian Worley, Greene; and Edie (Don) Hodges, Marshalltown; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his wives Fonda in 2001, Frances in 2016; son, Doug Ebling; his parents, Harold and Florence (Dye) Ebling; brother, Warren (Rose) Ebling; sister, Wilma (LeeRoy) Collins; brother-in-law, Donovan Worley.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Darwin Ebling Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636.

Ann Elizabeth Stark - Greene

     Funeral services for Ann Elizabeth Stark, 56, of Greene, will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 14, 2017, at the First Presbyterian Church in Greene with Pastor Cathy Belles officiating.  Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery at a later date.

     Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Friday, January 13, 2017, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene.

     Ann Elizabeth Stark was born on June 6, 1960, in Ames, Iowa, the daughter of Allen and Donna (Wendorff) Trenkle and entered into eternal rest on Friday, January 6, 2017, at her home surrounded by her family.

     Ann received her education in public school graduating from Ames High School in 1978. She furthered her education earning a bachelor degree from Iowa State University in 1982 in Music Education. She taught Band at Greene High School for one year following graduation.

     Ann was united in marriage to Steve Stark on June 19, 1983 at the First Presbyterian Church in Greene.  This union was blessed with two daughters, Amy and Emily.

     Ann ran a daycare from her home until her children were of school age. She worked part-time for Comprehensive Sound Services for 27 years and later with the City of Greene as well.

     She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Greene where she served as an Elder, Clerk Session, Treasurer, and sang in the choir, and was a member of the Presbyterian Quartet.

     Ann was a member of the Greene Volunteer Ambulance from 1995-2016 (21 years), Service Unit Manager and Leader for the Greene Girl Scouts, played in the Hampton Municipal Band for 33 years, and participated in the North Iowa Concert Band.

     She was very talented and enjoyed sewing, crocheting, cross-stitch, embroidery work, knitting, reading, walking, music, gardening, and wine-making. Ann accompanied many vocal and instrumental students at music contests.

     Ann is survived by her loving Husband of 33 years, Steve; two Daughters: Amy Marie (Luke) Johnson, Ames; Emily Elaine (Will) Schuldt, Janesville; grandchildren: Madaline Schuldt, Leo Johnson and Landon Johnson; Father, Allen Trenkle, Ames; Sisters: Laura (Stefan) Beskow, NC; Janet (Kevin) Binder, Ankeny; Brother-in-law Doug (Sara) Stark, Greene; Niece, Sarah Binder; Nephews: Jason Binder, Nathan Stark, Collin Stark,  and many friends.

     She was preceded in death by her Mother, Donna Trenkle in January 2015.

Memorials may be directed to the Ann Stark Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636.

Jason Reser - Bristow

     Funeral services for Jason Reser, 39, of Bristow, will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 9, 2017, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating.  Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery at a later date.

    Visitation will be 3-7 p.m., Sunday, January 8, 2017, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene.

     Jason Richard Reser was born June 14, 1977, in Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, the son of Richard and Nancy (Manning) Reser.  He entered into eternal rest on Thursday, December 29, 2016, at his home in rural Bristow. He attended public school graduating from Greene High School in 1996. He attended Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls graduating from the Swine Confinement Management Program in 1997.  In 1998 Jason graduated from the Ellsworth College Carpentry Program.

     Jason was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene where he was baptized August 7, 1977 and confirmed on October 25, 1992.

     Jason was united in marriage to Kay Tjelmeland on June 23, 2001, at the Vinton Presbyterian Church, in Vinton, Iowa. They were blessed with two children: Davis Jay and Nora Kay.

     Over the years Jason worked on many carpentry, remodeling, cabinetry, furniture, mechanic, farming and hog production jobs.  He loved carpentry and did many jobs with his dad and grandfather.  Jason enjoyed his time building a beautiful duplex log cabin in northern Minnesota.  He shared many days with his dad, grandfather, and Roland Martzahn farming and in hog production.

     Jason's most cherished times were spent playing with his children. He loved them dearly and they brought him great joy.  Some of Jason's and the children's best memories were Boy Scout outings and playing nerf guns  with Davis, playing kitchen and Barbie dolls with Nora, and going on family fishing trips to Minnesota and Canada.

     Jason loved to grill and cook and loved to make homemade breakfast pizza and other goodies for his children, as well as special recipes for family cookouts and get togethers.

     One of his many talents was to tinker on anything and figure out how to fix it.  He loved to help his sisters with their many projects and helped his dad with many repairs, whether it was something mechanical, engines, or electronic, he could fix it.

     Jason was a gentle, patient, and kind father. He had a good heart and would drop anything to do a favor or job for anyone who asked for help.  He always wore a smile and had a witty comment to share.

     Jason is survived by his two children, Davis Jay and Nora Kay both of Greene; his parents, Richard and Nancy Reser, rural Bristow; three sisters: Kari (Greg) Rausch, Lamont; Leah Reser, Bristow; and Katie (Greg) Platts, Mason City; four nephews: Nolan Reser, Aiden Platts, Colton Platts, Dylan Rausch; one niece, Kaitlyn Rausch; many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and a canine companion, Oso.

     He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Herbert and Norma Manning; Paternal Grandparents, Gene and Avis Reser.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Jason Reser Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636

JoAnn Shreve - Marble Rock

     Funeral services for JoAnn Harriet Shreve, 74, of Marble Rock will be 10:30 a.m., January 4, 2017, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. in Greene with Pastor Janet Dorenkamp officiating.  Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will 10:00 a.m., Wednesday at the funeral Home.

     JoAnn was born at home in Allison, Butler County, Iowa, on November 14, 1942, to  John Edwin and Ruth JoAnn (Barth) Heyenga and passed away on Friday, December 30, 2016, at the North Iowa Mercy Medical Center in Mason City.

     JoAnn attended public schools in the Greene School District.  As a young woman she worked for several cafes in the area as a waitress.

     JoAnn was united in marriage to Darwin Shreve on June 6, 1961. This union was blessed with four children. Raising her family became her mission in life. When the children were all in school she rejoined the work force working for Allstates Quality Foods in Charles City.  She remained there for the next 20 years.

     She enjoyed going on camping and fishing trips with her family. She especially enjoyed cooking and having all her family over for big family dinners. She liked country music and collecting anything with a chicken decoration. JoAnn fed and watched hummingbirds and played the slots from time to time. When her husband became ill she was the primary care provider for him until his death a year ago.

     JoAnn is survived by four children: Darwin D. Shreve, North Pole, AK; Danny (Denise) Shreve, Greene; Debbie (Ricardo) Wells, Charles City; David (Suzy) Shreve, West Union; eleven grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Darwin; her parents; one sister, Janet Bullock.

Margie Wihlm - Marble Rock

     Margie E. ‘Micki’ (Kunkle) Wihlm, 65, of Marble Rock, passed way Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 at the North Iowa Mercy Medical Center in Mason City. A Funeral Mass for Micki Wihlm will be held 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Roseville, rural Marble Rock, Iowa. Visitation will be held at St. Mary’s Roseville gym on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m.

     Micki, the daughter of Keith ‘Tiny’ and Lois (Hannamann) Kunkle, was born October 14, 1951 in Oelwein. Micki graduated from Oelwein High School and Hamilton School of Business in Mason City.

     On April 8, 1972, Micki was united in marriage to Dick (Richard) Wihlm at St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene. The couple made their home in Marble Rock.

     Micki worked for the Rockford school district for 37+ years as a school bus driver, dishwasher and janitor. She was a loving, caring yet tough woman, just ask the thousands of students she has driven to school over the years. She enjoyed reading, watching movies, and playing cards with friends in card club. Micki loved spending time with her grandchildren and watching them at their sporting events.

     Survivors include her husband, Dick Wihlm; children, Trampus (Tammy) Wihlm of Cumming, Jolli Wihlm of West Des Moines, and Shadi (Scott) Norby of Rudd; seven grandchildren, Marissa Norby, Trey Norby, Makenna Norby, Nate Aveni, Ben Aveni, Zane Wihlm and Holden Wihlm; siblings, Kathryn Knowles of Charlotte, NC, Sue Baldwin of Waterloo, Gordon (Mary Jo) Kunkle of Hazleton, and Gaylen (Deb) Kunkle of Oelwein; four stepsisters, Karen (Dave) Fernandez of Cedar Rapids, Sherry (Mike) McGinnis of Phoenix, AZ., Diane Buckingham of Vinton, and Corinne (Jay) Joslyn of Iowa City; one stepbrother, Bob Palmer of Alaska; and many nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters in-law, other relatives and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; stepmother, Norma Kunkle; sister, Mary Ann Kunkle, niece, Diane Baldwin, mother-in-law and father-in-law Alphonse and Rose Wihlm and sister-in-law Karen Wihlm.

     Memorials may be directed to the family at P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636.

Edythe Naumann - Mason City

     Edythe D. (Waters) Naumann,92, of Mason City, died Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at the Sheffield Care Center. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, at Holy Family Church, Mason City. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be 1 hour before services at the Church.

     Edythe was born August 22, 1924, on a farm in Floyd, County, Iowa. She was the ninth child of Harry and Edith (Arthur) Waters. She graduated from Marble Rock High School in 1941.

     On June 13, 1944 Edythe was united in marriage with Bernard Naumann at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Roseville, Iowa. To this union two children were born.

     Edythe worked with her husband doing bookwork for Naumann Electric for many years. She enjoyed reading, growing flowers, traveling and most of all being with her grandchildren and family.

     Edythe is survived by her son: Gary Naumann, Excelsior Springs, MO, and his children: Staci (Mark) Mellman, Payton Myah and Avery; Susan Umbarger, Gabe, Grady and Sam; Scott (Peg) Naumann, Nick and Morgan; Sonya (Jeff) Naumann-Skinner; Edythe’s daughter: Carolyn (Gene) Riles, Sheffield, Iowa and her children: Pamela (Daren) Meints, Ethan and Collin; Kathy Riles, Jackson Beach.

     She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, five brothers: Herbert Waters, Tom Waters, Arthur Waters, Merle Waters and Lloyd (Jack) Waters; four sisters: Juanita Burns, Dorothy Wells, Elsie Rahl and Velva Brown.

Gerald Schrage - Allison

     Funeral services for Gerald Dean Schrage, 73, of Allison, will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 22, 2016, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene, with Pastors Daniel Flucke and Calvin Fick officiating.  Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, December 21, 2016, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene and will continue at the church one hour before services.

     Gerald was born on February 2, 1943, in Waverly, Bremer County, Iowa, the son of Ervin and Margaret (Gronigan) Schrage and died Sunday, December 18, 2016, at his home in Allison.

He received his education in public school graduating from Allison-Bristow High School in 1961. Gerald went on to attend the U.S. Trade School in Kansas City.

     Gerald was employed for Klassis Auto in Greene, United Equipment, John Deere, and Carnation all in Waverly. Gerald began farming in 1963 in Allison.

     Gerald was married and was blessed with two children, Angela and Tony. In 1980 he fell in love with his current companion Janice Schwieger.

     He enjoyed fishing, hunting, venturing out to his favorite casino, spending time with his family and his pet Doberman. He attended St. James Lutheran Church in Allison.

Gerald is survived by Janice Schwieger of Allison, his Children: Angela Schiavitti; her children Peter, Sam, Luke, Francesca Schiavitti all of Hinsdale, IL; Tony (Miriam) Schrage, Denver, IA; Janice’s children: Todd (Carla) Murray, Adel; Joe (Tina) Nelson, Greene; Toya (Jeremy) Knapp,Greene; grandchildren: Drew Murray, Dustin Murray, Gian Duckworth, Cameron Duckworth, Cody Nelson, Dalton Nelson, Trae Ulrich, J.C. Ulrich, Kinsley Knapp; two brothers: Darwin Schrage, West Union; Randy Schrage, Allison; one sister: Joan(Ed)Parkes, Waverly; nieces and nephews; his canine companion, Shawn-sai.

     He is preceded in death by his parents, sister-in-law, Barb Schrage.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Cedar Valley Hospice or to the family at P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636.

Roger Lerdal - Thornton

 

     A huge smile came across his face and Roger’s eyes opened wide. He hadn’t smiled in days, nor opened his eyes in hours upon hours, but as he left to see his mama, there was peace in seeing he was ready to go.

      Roger Lerdal, 60, passed away on December 14, 2016 at his home in Thornton, IA after fighting a tough battle with lung cancer.

     Visitation will be held at Retz Funeral Home in Thornton, IA on Saturday, December 17 at 10 a.m. with memorial service to follow at 11 a.m.

     Roger was born October 9, 1956 to Kenneth and Shirley (DeLano) Lerdal. He grew up in the Belmond area where he attended high school. He later moved to Thornton where he owned Roger’s Roofing and Construction for many years. Most recently he was employed by LeMar Industries in Sheffield.

     On December 9, 1987, Roger was united in marriage to his soul-mate, Barb Schumann. Roger loved being a family man; his wife and children were his life. A hard-working man, Roger always found time to help someone in need. He loved watching his kids in sports, and he loved beating family and friends at foosball.

     Preceding Roger in death were his parents, his sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Glenn Manasco, and his brother-in-law Ron Schumann.

     Roger promised to look over his family, and they promised to stay strong for him. Please continue to give love and support to his wife Barb, his sons Josh of Marcus and Jared of Thornton, and daughter Ferris of Mason City; brothers, Mike and Terry (Deb) of Thornton, sisters, Judy Lerdal and Janet (Dan) Cantrell of Forest Hill, Texas; his parents-in-law, Ron and Loretta Schumann, Cherokee, sister-in-law Jeanie (Ray) Murphy, Urbandale, brothers-in-law, Larry (Jenn) Schumann, Madrid, and Bill (Angela) Schumann, Cherokee along with nieces, nephews, family and friends.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family if desired.

 

Ethel Backer - Greene

     Ethel Backer died Sunday, December 11, 2016, at Valley View Care Center in Greene, Iowa. Ethel was 95 years old. Ethel enjoyed a long and healthy life, living independently and participating fully in family, community, and church activities until very recently.

     Ethel Pyle was born in Sibley, Iowa on November 17, 1921. She was the 6th of 15 children born to Harley Leo Pyle and Lula Janet (nee Snethen) Pyle.

Ethel was preceded in death by her husband, John; parents Harley and Lula; brothers David, Karl, Robert, Paul, John, and Jerry; sisters Janice, Dorothea, Helen, Bernice, and Maxine.

     She is survived by her brother Harley (Gail) Pyle of Washington and sisters Janet Huff and Marilyn (Dan) Jones, both of California.

     She is also survived by her four sons and their wives: John S. (Esther Lea) of Greene, IA; Mark (Linda) of Arcadia, WI; Paul (Wendy) of Sun City, AZ; and Joel (Suzanne) of Fort Collins, CO.

She is further survived by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren: John K. (Jody) Backer of Sioux City, IA, John’s daughter Liza, and Jody’s sons Joshua and Cody; Teresa (Jason) Thompson and their children Jaxon and Lea of Aurora, CO; Bryan Backer and his sons Tavin and Reese of Altadena, CA; Corinne (Andy) Brzeski and their children Sadie, Ava, and Bennett of Oconomowoc, WI; Amy (Matt) Lamp of Phoenix, AZ; and Tony Backer and his son Anthony of Mason City, IA. Ethel also leaves her friend, Fred Nordmeyer.

     Ethel lived in Carroll, Iowa in her youth. Ethel enjoyed spending time with her many siblings and friends, especially attending dances and roller skating.

     She graduated from Carroll High School in May of 1938. She continued her education at business school in Des Moines, Iowa. She was then employed in the office of Oliver Farm Equipment Company in Charles City.

     While employed at Oliver, she met John J. Backer. John was drafted into the US Army in 1942, and was assigned to the Air Corps. During John’s training, Ethel moved to Los Angeles, CA to stay with her sister-in-law while her brother was in the military. While in Los Angeles, Ethel continued in office work.

     During John’s radio operator training in Sioux Falls, SD, Ethel and John were married on April 12, 1944. John and Ethel were married for 62 years until John’s death in 2007.

     When John returned from the war, he and Ethel began farming in the Charles City area. They later moved to the Greene area, and continued to farm until their partial retirement and move into Greene in the 1980s.

Ethel and John traveled widely. They spent more than 20 winters in the Mesa, AZ area and made countless friends from across the country during their time there. They enjoyed golfing and fishing, making several trips north to vacation and fish.

     Ethel was a woman of many talents. Besides raising four boys, keeping a home, and helping on the farm, she was an accomplished seamstress. She was a gifted artist, filling her home and the homes of friends and family with beautiful oil paintings. Ethel enjoyed developing her artistic skill in classes in Arizona, expanding her talents into watercolors, pottery, and other art forms. She did a beautiful job restoring woodwork and furniture in their house.

     Ethel was a devoted sports fan, with a special fondness for Iowa basketball. She enjoyed playing cards of all kinds with family and friends, including her bridge group. She and John were active members of the Round Grove Golf and Country Club, and Ethel enjoyed golfing into her 90s.

     Her family is grateful for the long, healthy life Ethel lived. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren are fortunate to have spent time hearing stories about growing up in a different era, and benefitting from her sewing and artistic talents.

     Thank you to the staff of Valley View Care Center and St Croix Hospice.

A service will be held at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Greene with a burial at Rose Hill Cemetery on a date to be determined and announced.

Ken Smalley - Sheffield

     Kenneth Smalley, 79, of Sheffield, passed away Friday, December 9, 2016, at the Franklin General Hospital. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 AM at First Grace Baptist Church, Sheffield. Interment will be on a later date at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Swaledale. Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield.

     Kenneth Ray Smalley, son of Henry and Cleo Mae (Webb) Schmale was born on October 15, 1937, at the family farm between Meservey and Thornton. After Kenneth graduated with the class of 1956 he worked at Fashion Farm in Meservey for several years until it closed.

     On November 25, 1960 Kenneth was united in marriage with Constance (Connie) Swenson at the Belmond United Methodist Church.  Soon after the nuptials Kenneth went to work as a telephone man for Centel, initially assigned to the Belmond office and eventually moving the family to Sac City, Iowa when he accepted a transfer.

     In 1973 Ken accepted a position as a manager of a large ranch in Northern Missouri providing Kenneth with an opportunity to return to the passion of his youth, training horses and working with cattle. Upon the sale of the property Ken returned to northern Iowa to pursue his second passion, owning, raising and training Thoroughbred race horses. He pursued this sport at many race tracks and horse farms throughout the US eventually establishing his own business outside of Sheffield Iowa where Kenneth and Connie made their home for many years.

     He is fondly remembered by his wife of 56 years, Connie; children: Robin Smalley, Sheffield; Todd (Heidi) Smalley, Cordova, TN; David Smalley, Sheffield; Tara (Dustin) Schulz, Forest City; grandchildren: Micah Morris; McKray (Amy) Smalley; Erik Smalley, Audra Smalley; Scott Smalley; Jennifer Smalley; Jacob Schulz and Lucas Schulz; great grandchildren: Wyatt and Aislynn Morris; brothers: Vernon (Sharon) Schmale; Henry Lee Schmale; sister: Lori Harrington and many nieces and nephews.

     Ken is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Robert Schmale.

Geraldine Janssen - Marble Rock

     Funeral service for Geraldine Janssen, 95, of Marble Rock will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene with Pastor Phillips of the Gospel Lighthouse in Floyd officiating.  Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Rockford.

     Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at Retz Funeral Home in Greene.

     Geraldine Janssen was born on August 17, 1921, in Mason City, Iowa, one of ten children born to Leonard and Ida (Miller) Ewers and died Monday, December 5, 2016 at the Valley View Care Center in Greene. She received her education in the public schools in Mason City.

     She was united in marriage to Arthur Janssen on April 2, 1944, in Mason City. To this union were born two children: Carolyn Mullen and Larry Janssen. Geraldine worked at Deckers in Mason City. Geraldine and her husband moved to a farm in Marble Rock in 1971, where they lived for the next forty-five years.

     She loved music and dancing. Geraldine enjoyed going to auctions, yard sales, horse sales, and taking rides in the country.  She had a soft spot for kittens and was an accomplished cook.  Most of all Geraldine loved to work in her huge vegetable garden. Geraldine’s tea parties with her great-granddaughter, Cheyenne were also cherished times.

     She is survived by her son, Larry Janssen, Marble Rock; granddaughter Amy Keeling, Greene; two great grandchildren: Casey Bean, Ankeny; and Cheyenne Oswalt, Greene; beloved friend, Jeff Winters; many friends.

Michael Smith - Charles City

     A Memorial Service for Michael Lee Smith, 60, of Charles City, formerly of Greene, will be held at the Retz Funeral Home in Greene on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. with Chaplain David Andersen officiating.

     Michael Smith was born on June 6, 2016, in Charles City, Floyd County, Iowa, the son of Darrell and Darline (Bangs) Smith and passed away on November 30, 2016, at the Floyd County Medical Center in Charles City.

     Mike received his education in the Greene and Marble Rock school districts and later completed his G.E.D. He worked for the Treasure Chest in Charles City, as well as doing odd jobs around town.

     Mike was a very kind person that lived a simple life and enjoyed pets. His greatest joy was reading his Bible and studying The Word. He attended the Floyd Gospel Light House in Floyd and The Body Ministry of Christ in Charles City. Recently, Mike was attending church services at the Chautauqua Guest home where he resided.

     He is survived by two half siblings: Danny Smith , Nebraska; Brenda Downs, Minnesota; uncle, Fred Bangs of Allison and many good friends.

Pamela Sue Rother - Sheffield

     Pamela Sue Rother, 67, of Sheffield, passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa. Funeral services will be 10:30 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 Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield.

     Pamela Sue Azeltine was born February 15, 1949 at New Sharon, Iowa a daughter of Don and Dorothy (Sullivan) Azeltine. At a young age they moved to the Rowan area and she graduated from Belmond – Rowan High School in 1967. In February 1970 Pam married Kenny Grandt. They lived in the Sheffield area and were blessed with two children.

     After Kenny passed away Pam worked hard to raise her children, working at Edgington Elevator in Sheffield performing any duty including grinding and loading feed, emptying and driving truck and bookwork in the office.

     On June 18, 1988 Pamela was united in marriage with Wayne Rother in Aspen, Colorado. They were blessed with one more child. Pam devoted her time to raising her family and remodeling their home. She later worked for the J&C Grocery in Sheffield and the Apple Day Care where she especially loved taking care of the youngest children.

     A hard worker, Pam loved spending time with her family and animals, especially her pug, Scooby. She believed in self reliance which showed in her political views.

     Family members include her husband Wayne; son Donald (Veronica) Grandt; daughter: Karen (Dave) Meyer; son: Michael Rother; grandchildren: Alex Meyer, Hunter Grandt, Mathew Grandt & Carson Rother; brother: Pat (Julie) Azeltine; and her devoted dog Scooby.

     Pam is preceded in death by her parents.

Eugene D. Corwin, Sr. - Greene

     Eugene Corwin, Sr., passed away Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at his home. A Celebration of His Life will be held 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 26, at the American Legion Hall in Greene, a potluck meal will follow. In lieu of flowers his family requests memorials to Hospice of North Iowa in his memory be extended.

     Eugene Dale Corwin, Sr., was born May 12, 1940, in Cedar Falls, Iowa the son of Dale M. and Olive June (Morrow) Corwin. After attending high school Eugene enlisted in the US Navy serving as a cook aboard the USS Cacapon AO-52 between 1957 and 1961.

     After his time in the Navy, Eugene worked as a milk hauler and then worked for 30 years for John Deere in the maintenance department.

     Eugene married Joyce Kepple on March 29, 1962, to this union five children were born. Eugene was a member of the Cedar Bible Baptist Church and attended Calvary Baptist Church in Greene as well as being a member of the Eagle Ldge in Cedar Falls.

     Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 54 years, Joyce, Greene; children: Robert (Robin); Brian (Mary); Trisha Corwin; Eugene D. Jr. (Beth); Rebecca (Glenn) Goodsell; 15 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; one sister Sharon Penticoff.

     Eugene is preceded in death by his parents, sister Shirley and great grandson Kaleb.

Margaret Mateer - Sheffield

     Margaret Mateer, 95, of Sheffield, passed away peacefully Sunday, November 20, 2016, at the Sheffield Care Center. Funeral services will be held 3:00 p.m., Friday, November 25, at the First United Methodist Church, Sheffield, with Rev. Sandy Gobeli presiding. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be Friday at the church 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

     Margaret Darlene Edgington Mateer was born January 31, 1921 to Mildred Best Edgington and Floyd Edgington, Sr., on the old “Marsh Place” northwest of Sheffield. She attended Pleasant Valley #7 country school and graduated from Sheffield High School in 1937. That year she moved to California withg her parents and younger brother, Floyd Edgington, Jr. There she attended McKay Business College. She returned to Sheffield with her parents in 1939 and then attended American Institute of Business (A.I.B.) in Des Moines.

     She met Elvyn Mateer from What Cheer, Iowa while living in Des Moines. They were married May 18, 1941 and lived in What Cheer until March 1942 when they moved to Sheffield. To this union two children were born, Marilee Mateer Oldorf and Bill Mateer.

     Margaret worked at the Sheffield Co-Op until 1960 and then was employed by Sheffield Public Schools as secretary to the superintendent and to the board of education. She retired from this job in 1983.

     In 1989, following the death of Elvyn in 1984, she began working in Yellowstone National Park. For 10 years she looked forward to spending her summers there, leaving Sheffield in May and returning at the end of September.

     Margaret was a life-long member of the First United Methodist Church where she was very active with UMW and other church organizations. She was well respected for her service and faith. She was a member of P.E.O. and Eastern Star.

     Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Mildred and Floyd Edgington Sr., her husband, Elvyn Mateer, son-in-law: Roger Oldorf, sister-in-law, Betty Edgington.

     Left behind with many wonderful memories of times shared at Clear Lake at the family cabin, and on the century farm northwest of Sheffield are her daughter: Marilee Oldorf, Stanwood, IA and her children Meredith Ordorf and Erick Garcia; Melia and Marley of Burbank, CA; Nathan Oldorf and Merideth McGrath, Jakub Maia, Caiden, and Olivia of Aurora, CO; Lance and Megan Oldorf, Madelyn, Maren and Lucas, of Enterprise, AL; her son and daughter-in-law: Bill and Cindy Mateer of Sheffield and their children: Josh and Holly Mateer, Maura and Gibson of Cedar Rapids, IA; Rafe Mateer and Jodi Collette, Melina and Stryer of North Liberty, Iowa, Morgan Mateer of New York City, and Tristan Mateer of Sheffield, Iowa. She will also be dearly missed by her brother, Floyd Edgington, Jr. of Sheffield, nephew and niece, Bryan and Val Edgington, Colorado; relatives and friends scattered throughout the Midwest and many former card playing buddies in Sheffield, as well as the friends she made at the Sheffield Care Center.

Floyd Senne - Allison

     Funeral services for Floyd John Senne, 79, of Allison will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at St. John Lutheran Church in Vilmar with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating. Burial will be in the South Vilmar Cemetery with Military Honors.

     Visitation will be form 4-8 p.m., Monday, November 14, 2016, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene and will continue at the church one four before services on Tuesday.

     Floyd John Senne was born on September 19, 1937, on a farm in rural Allison, Butler County, Iowa, the son of Conrad and Dora (Kleinschmidt) Senne, and died Friday, November 11, 2016, at the Waverly Health Center in Waverly.

     He received his early education in country school, graduated from Allison High School in 1955, and attended Wartburg College in Waverly for a year and half. Floyd was confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Vilmar in 1952. Floyd’s father died young so Floyd and his brother, Roy, farmed together while in school. When Roy left to serve in Korea, Floyd farmed alone while finishing high school.

     Floyd enlisted in the Army Reserve but when his duties were completed he returned to the farm. He was united in marriage to Verlene Barth on September 20, 1959, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Greene. This union was blessed with two children: Gregory and Amy.

     A short time later Floyd and Verlene moved to their own farm and he worked for Purina in Allison while farming. He sold insurance through Lutheran Brotherhood for three years. For 33 years he was a Pioneer Seed salesman and won many awards and trips for his achievements.

     Floyd was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church in Vilmar where he served as a Sunday school teacher for high school students, a Luther League sponsor, and council member and chairman of the congregation. Together with Verlene he spent many years singing in the church choir.

     Further serving his community, Floyd was as a member of the Allison School Board for nine years. He enjoyed Iowa Hawkeye football and basketball but was known for his beautiful flower and vegetable gardens. He was very particular about the appearance of his yard and was still mowing his lawn two weeks before his death. Floyd was very dedicated to his family and especially cherished the time spent with his grandchildren.

     Living family members include his wife of 57 years, Verlene; daughter, Amy Fehlberg of Allison; grandchildren: Emily Fehlberg, Dylan Fehlberg and friend Chloe Jensen, Dalton Fehlberg; sister, Viola Luchtenberg, TX; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

     He was preceded in death by his son, Gregory in 1998; his parents; brother, Roy; two sisters: Dorothy and Marla Senne; brother, Ervin in infancy; three brothers-in-law: George Luchtenberg, Ronnie Barth, Jim Osier; two nieces: Julie Osier, Deb Barth.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family at 1011 7th Street Apt 17, Allison, Iowa 50602.

Richard Froning - Sheffield

                Richard L. Froning, 91, of Sheffield, passed away November 1, 2016, at the Sheffield Care Center. Family Graveside Services will be held at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. A Reception in Richard’s honor will be held 1:30 – 3:30 pm, Saturday, November 5, at First United Methodist Church in Sheffield.

                Richard was born August 3, 1925 at Oelwien, Iowa, the son of Ernest and Ruth (Robinson) Froning. At a young age his family moved to the Sheffield area where he attended school, graduating from Sheffield High School with the class of 1943.

                Richard was united in marriage with Maurine Nielson on October 6, 1944, they were married 67 years before Maurine passed away in 2011. To this union 3 children were born.

                He was employed by the Sheffield Brick and Tile Company for 35 years, Hawkeye Tile Co. for 13 years and for 4 years was a partner of Froning and Sheahan Chevrolet.

                Richard was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge, Des Moines Consistory and the El Kahar Shrine. He served on the School Board, City Council and EMT Board. He also served as an umpire for High School and College Baseball games for 30 years. A generous man, he always provided the popcorn for the concession stands for the Sheffield Little League and High School games. Always active he enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf, going south in the winter and north in the summers.

                Survivors include his children: Greg (Julie) Froning; Susan (Michael) Ibeling; grandchildren: Kimm Froning & Jon Marzen; step-grandchildren: Brock & Lauren Niebuhr, Mikel Niebuhr, Rachael, & Adam Dreyer, Rebecca Perry, Renee & Jordan Simon; step-great-grandchildren: Amella Niebuhr, Wren Dreyer, Addisyn Perry, Landry Johnson and Everly Simon.

                He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Maurine, son, James Lee, grandson Jason Froning and sister Merle Mahn.

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