Funeral Services for Helen M. Nelson, 82, of Greene will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at St. Peter Lutheran Church with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Monday, October 15, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.
Helen was born on February 1, 1936, in Whittier, California, the daughter of Moses and Lillie (Casdorph) Johnston and entered into eternal rest on October 11, 2018 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, Iowa. She received her education in public school graduating from Whittier High School.
As a young woman she worked at a local physician’s office as a medical technician. She met and married Myron Nelson on August 17, 1957 in Whittier, California. This marriage was blessed with three children.
The couple lived in California, then South Dakota and moved to Greene when her husband was transferred with the Interstate Power Company.
Helen was Baptized on February 1, 1948 in Oildale, CA and Confirmed on December 14, 1958 at Sinai Lutheran Church in South Dakota. She became a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church when she moved to Greene approximately 50 years ago. There, she served for 40 years as a member of the Alter Guild and offered her talents wherever they were needed. She was a 50 plus year member of the Tack-Branett Auxiliary and a member of the Greene Exercise Club.
Helen liked to crochet, to go walking and to spend time with her family. Helen was a devoted wife and mother who dedicated her whole life in service to her family. She especially treasured time spent with her grandchildren and great- grandchildren
Living family members include her children: Steven (Kim) Anchorage, Alaska and Steven’s children Sarah, Joshua, and Hannah; Karen (John) Greene, and their children Ashley (Steve) Coake, Kady and Kooper, Amy (Levi) Paulsen, Jonathan Worley; many friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Myron in 2011, son, Andrew, her parents, sister Mary Weldon, Brother Dwayne Johnston.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Helen Nelson Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 195, Greene, Iowa 50636
David B. Tower, 92, passed away on May 8, 2018 in Hemet, California.
David Benjamin Tower was born on March 5, 1926, to Ben and Fern Tower in Staples, Minnesota. He graduated from Staples High School and served in the Merchant Marines until World War II ended in 1945. He was discharged from the military and came back to Staples to work where he met Janette (Coleman) Tower. In June 1950, David received a B.S. degree in Pharmacology and Chemistry from North Dakota State University. He accepted his first pharmacy job in Little Falls, Minnesota.
On July 1, 1951, he married Janette Coleman in Staples, Minnesota at the Methodist Church there. After working in Staples, Minnesota, they moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he worked as a pharmacist until moving to Greene, Iowa, where they made their home. They were blessed with two children along this journey, Jeffrey and Steven.
Throughout his adult life, David was an active member of the Masonic Lodge. In retirement, they loved to travel, taking trips to England, Hawaii and Alaska, to name a few. He loved to fish and play golf and enjoyed reading, working on puzzles and watching Westerns. He spent many hours in his garden caring for his flowers.
David was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Janette Tower (2000), his son, Jeffrey Tower (2017), his parents, his brother James (Dorothy), his sister Ruth (Gerald) Hand, and other extended family members.
Left to cherish the great memories are his son, Steven and daughter-in-law Karla, grandchildren Erin (Matt) Swenka, Jonathan (Nataliia) Tower, Amanda (Jon) Wright, Justin Tower, and Jamie (James) Burrow, three great-grandchildren, Bailey, Logan and Alexandra. Also surviving David are his sister-in-law Karen Demmon and brother-in-law Donald Coleman and other extended family.
A celebration of his life will be held Friday, October 19, 2018 at the Presbyterian church in Greene, Iowa, with visitation at 10:00 am and service at 11:00 am. Burial will be immediately following the service in Rose Hill Cemetery in Greene.
Funeral services for Olivia Lines, 101, of Marble Rock will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Roseville with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan officiating. Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery, Marble Rock.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-7 p.m at the Retz Funeral Home in Marble Rock, with a Rosary Service at 7 p.m. and will continue one hour before services on Wednesday at the church.
Olivia Bredeck was born on July 2, 1917 in Albany, Minnesota to George and Anna (Purney) Bredeck and entered eternal rest on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at the Concord Care Center in Garner. She received her education in the Albany Public School and graduated in 1935.
Over the years, Olivia worked at the Harris Nursing Home in Marble Rock, was manager for the Marble Rock Locker, managed Goetzinger Hardware and Food Store and finally managed of Hoeft Grocery Store. She spent many years walking bean fields for local farmers. When she retired in the late 70’s she did volunteer work for the Treasure Chest/ Comprehensive Systems in Charles City.
She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Roseville and also attended Immaculate Conception Church in Charles City. She was proud to be the oldest person in both congregations.
She was united in marriage to Arthur W. Lines on November 20, 1947 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greene. This marriage was blessed with four children. They lived most of their lives in Marble Rock.
She liked flowers and birds, was a good cook, had a large garden and enjoyed canning, she liked to sing and play Bingo. Olivia refinished furniture and did upholstery work. Most of all she loved the time she and her husband sat on the porch “watching the world go by”. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother. She treasured the times she was able to spend with her family.
Living family members include 4 children: Kay Stiller, Garner; Lyla (Phillip) Clayton, Ogden; Allan (Sharon) Lines, Ruthven; Arthur (Nancy) Lines, Charles City; 11 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren; 14 great - great grandchildren; 2 sisters-in-law: Alice Bredeck, Elk River, MN; Lucille Lines, Brooklyn, IA; and many nieces and nephews.
Olivia was preceded in death by her husband Arthur in 1982; son-in-law Wesley Stiller in 2011; her parents and 7 siblings.
Memorials may be directed to the family at P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636.
uneral services for Maxine Kingery will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 24, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Greene with Pastor Joan Thomas officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church.
Maxine Nisas was born February 2, 1929 to Matt and Violet (Kuhn) Nisas in West Fork Township, Franklin County, Iowa and was called home to be with the Lord on September 19, 2018. She was living at the Valley View Care Center where she had resided since 2009. She received her education in Aredale graduating in 1946.
Maxine was baptized in April, 1944 at Grace Evangelical Church in Aredale, IA. After moving to Greene she became a member of the United Methodist Church.
Maxine was married to Lowell Jorges in 1947 and they were blessed with three sons. In 1962, Maxine and Lowell adopted their daughter, Charlene. In March of 1971, Maxine married Darrell “Dutch” Kingery.
Maxine worked as a CNA for Floyd County Memorial Hospital for ten years, then as a medical assistant for the clinic in Charles City, and finally for an insurance agency in Nashua.
Maxine and Darrell liked to square dance and they loved camping and traveling. They wintered in Mississippi and were at Gates Bridge in the summer time.
Living family members include her sons, Jerry Jorges, Geneva and Douglas (LaDonna) Jorges, Hampton; Daughter, Charlene (Claus) Folkerds, Hampton; brother Gerald (Cheryl) Hudson, FL; sister Linda (Tony) Brede, Shell Rock; 12 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and many friends.
Maxine was preceded in death by her husband, Darrell; her son Larry; her parents and grandparents; and sister, Beverly Henderson.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family at P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636.
Funeral Services for Betty Ann Watkins, 81, of Greene, will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 22, 2018, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Charles City.
Visitation will 4-7 p.m., Friday, September 21, 2018, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene.
Betty Ann Nelson was born June 18, 1937, in Colwell, Iowa, the daughter of Dee B. and Mary (Hennings) Nelson and passed away on Monday, September 17, 2018, at her home in Greene surrounded by her family. She received her education in the public schools of Charles City and graduated from Charles City High School in 1955.
She was united in marriage to Robert Eugene Watkins on April 3, 1955 in Austin, Minnesota. In 1961 they moved to Floyd, Iowa, later moved to a farm house in Clarksville, and ultimately to their home in Greene in 1969. This union was blessed with eight children.
Betty was an active member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene where she served on WELCA, helped serve Harvest Meals and made herself available for other projects as needed.
In addition to being a devoted wife and mother Betty worked outside the home; The Corner House, and A & W Root Beer Stand as a cook, Austinson Variety and helped with events at the Round Grove Country Club, was a member of the ladies Auxiliary, and did private catering.
Betty was an accomplished cook and baker, enjoyed sewing and made quilts for all her grandchildren. She did needlepoint, and loved flowers, especially the summer mixes. She traveled to see all of her children and grandchildren in their respective states and even went to Germany. She had a great sense of humor, was mother and then a friend to her children and respected their choices in life. Family meant everything to Betty and she was extremely proud of her children, grand, and great-grandchildren. She treasured the times they were able to be together.
Living family members include her children: Cindy (Earl) Ketchum, Owatonna, MN; Nancy (Tim) Doudell, San Jose, CA; Deb (Jimmy) Bostock, Augusta, GA; Bobbe (Pat) Fitzgerald, E. Hampton, CT; Julie Watkins, Greene, IA; Matt Watkins, Greene, IA; 6 grandchildren: Mary (Mike) Aissen, Christine (Brandon) Johnson, Kelly Doudell, Jeffrey Fitzgerald, Brittany Bostock, Noah Bostock; 4 great-grandchildren: James, Erin and Katelynn Aissen, Audrey Johnson; sister, Delores Fike, Rudd,IA; many friends.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband; two children in infancy, Jeffery and Linda; her parents; 3 sisters: Emma Byrnes, Nettie Vetter, Barbara Tynan; and brother, Glen Nelson.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Betty Watkins Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636.
Funeral Services for Darlene Ann Keifer, 78, of Greene, will be Saturday, September 15, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene, with Pastor Dennis Burns officiating. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. Visitation will be from noon until service time on Saturday.
Darlene Ann Baldwin was born March 16, 1940, in Charles City, the daughter of Bernard and Audrey (Shultz) Baldwin and passed away Monday, September 10, 2018, in Mason City, Iowa from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She received her education in the public schools of Marble Rock.
She was united in marriage to Dean William Keifer on April 6, 1957, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. This union was blessed with one son, Mike.
Darlene was a member of The Church of the Brethren in Greene where she made a profession of faith and joined the church on June 11, 2000. Formerly, she was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church in Marble Rock. She was employed at the Allison Manor Care Center and also did private duty geriatric patient care in the area. This type of work came natural to her as she was kind hearted and always concerned about the welfare of others.
She loved animals, especially dogs, enjoyed her flowers and visiting with friends over a cup of coffee, and playing board and card games. Darlene was extremely devoted to her family. Darlene treasured the times she spent attending activities, sporting events, and school programs with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Living family members include her son Michael (Pam Lienau) Keifer, Greene; 2 grandchildren: Chelsea (Dan Bach) Schroeder, Wellsburg; Dillon Keifer, San Francisco, California; 4 Great-Grandchildren: Ava and Brea Schroeder, Lyla and Lennon Bach and a fifth to arrive in March; Darlene had a very close relationship with Terri Blanchard and considered her the daughter she never had. She also loved Conner and Ryann and considered them her great-grandchildren; many friends.
Darlene was preceded in death by her husband Dean, parents, 2 sisters and 4 brothers.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Dalene Keifer Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636.
Donald Taylor, 92, of Clear Lake, formerly of Swaledale, passed away Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m., Saturday, September 1, 2018, at the Swaledale United Methodist Church. Interment will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Swaledale. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday at the church and 1 hour before the service at the church.
Donald Ross Taylor was born March 18, 1926 in Dallas Center, Iowa a son of Harry and Hazel (Gift) Taylor. He graduated from Adel High School in 1943.
Don entered the US Navy, serving as a Naval Gunner on the Merchant Marine ship SS Julian W. Mack.
On September 5, 1954 Don was united in marriage with Betty F. Tietz in Manly. They farmed north of Swaledale until retirement in 1991 when they moved to an acreage east of Burchinal. In recent years they have lived at the Apple Valley Assisted Living in Clear Lake.
Don enjoyed woodworking and being a wonderful Grandpa as well as enjoying coffee with friends at HyVee West.
Don is lovingly remembered by his wife of nearly 64 years, Betty; son Gary Taylor, Forest City; daughters: Jean (Dennis) Hughes, Lincoln, NE; Janet (Randy) Grey, Ventura; son Lee (Katrina) Taylor, Clear Lake; grandchildren: Ross (Traci) Taylor; Lisa (Jesse) Monroe: Angela (Brad) Klein; Christopher Grey; Bethanie (Joe) Farus; Kevin (Allison Taylor; Julianne (Mick) Creager; 14 great grandchildren: sister: Marily (Warren) Custer, Hugo, OK; sisters-in-law: Marge Taylor; Elaine Taylor and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Don is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Howard, Gordon Ralph and Wendell, sisters-in-law Eva and Shirley, niece Barb Dellit and nephew Norman Taylor.
Private Graveside Service for Robert Gale Lebeck, 68, of Greene, will be held at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
Robert Lebeck was born in Waverly, Iowa on May 16, 1950, the son of Lloyd and Nettie (Remley) Lebeck and passed away on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at North Iowa Mercy Medical Center in Mason City, Iowa.
Bob attended Clarksville Public Schools and later earned his GED. As a young man he lived with his family in Clarksville and moved to Greene to start a life for himself. Bob lived in town for a while before moving to his home in the country. He was married 3 times and was blessed with 4 children.
He was a kind hearted person, had a great sense of humor, loved animals, and especially enjoyed the time spent with his grandchildren. He attended many Chuckwagon Races and spent countless hours fishing and hanging out with his friends.
Living family members include his children: Theresa (Curt) Oelmann of Iowa Falls, Tammy (Matt) Banning of Center Point, John Lebeck of St. Anthony, Brandy (Mike) Hayner of Greene; 4 step children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; Siblings: Ron Lebeck, Larry Lebeck, Don Lebeck, Peggy Strickler; many friends.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, and wife Dee.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636
Daryl R. Fischer, Ph.D., 73, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on July 22, 2018. Dr. Fischer was born on March 25, 1945 in Waterloo, Iowa. He grew up in Greene, Iowa and graduated from Greene High School. He went on to earn his Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees in mathematics from Iowa State University in Ames. Dr. Fischer taught college mathematics and statistics, then spent over thirty years in the field of criminal justice statistics.
During his career, he made significant contributions to prison policy and sentencing legislation in the state of Arizona and received several awards including the Arizona Governor's Award for Excellence. In his personal life, he enjoyed playing golf and billiards, studying metaphysics and science, watching sci-fi movies, and reading books. He married twice and had two children.
Dr. Fischer was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Carol Jean, and brother, Richard Louis. He is survived by his daughters Karen (Bill) and Kristine, grandchildren Nickolas and Haley, brothers David (Pat) and Bruce (Sharon), and nieces and nephews Carmen, Ryan, Susie, Scott, and Jenny. Services will be held in Greene, Iowa on September 1, 2018 at 1:30 p.m, at Retz Funeral Home, with interment to follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 East Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ, 85014, www.hov.org.
Funeral Services for Mildred Ellen Deike, 72, of Mason City, formerly of Greene, will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene, Iowa with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. Visitation will be from 4:30-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Greene.
Mildred died Thursday, August 23, 2018 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, IA after battling multiple myeloma. Born February 1, 1946 to George and Caroline Ellis, she lost her father the day after her second birthday. Mildred and her mother travelled throughout the United States, Canada and Europe frequently visiting family as they went. Mildred walked across the street to attend school and graduated from Greene High School followed by Hamilton Business College.
Mildred met James M. Deike at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake and they married on November 12, 1966. Into this marriage were born a son, John, and daughter, Jane. Together the family moved around Iowa and lived several years in Indiana before returning home to Greene. Throughout her life, she worked various jobs the included clerical and sewing positions. Mildred enjoyed being around people dancing, playing cards, and was active in church women’s groups and quilting wherever they lived. Baking pies, canning and creating greeting cards on the computer were talents she shared with those around her.
Mildred is survived by her loving husband of 52 years James Deike living in Mason City; children John (Allison) Deike, Clear Lake and Rev. Jane (Dean) Fryda, Burlington, WI; grandsons Alex and Max Deike, Clear Lake; aunt and godmother Wilma Morse, Decorah; uncles Wilbur (Yvonne) Poppe, Denton, TX, and Harold (Audrey) Poppe, Decorah; stepbrother Galen (Carol) Menken, Greene and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents George Ellis and Caroline Ellis Menken; stepfather George Menken; aunts and uncles Lydia (Vincent) Dingfelder, Edmund (Alma) Poppe, Garland Morse, Myrtle Poppe, Melba (Dalton) Compton; and stepsister Lois (Jim) Babcock.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Mildred Deike Memorial Fund, 300 2Nd St. N.E. Apt. 301, Mason City, Iowa 50401.
Steven Kammrad, 59, of Sheffield, passed away Thursday, August 23, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa. Memorial services will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, August 24, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church, Sheffield, with Pastor Sandi Gobeli presiding. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be 1 hour before the service at the church.
Steven Craig Kammrad was born June 24, 1959, in Mason City, Iowa, a son of Louis and Eunice (Armstrong) Kammrad. He attended Sheffield-Chapin Schools, graduating with the class of 1978.
Steven farmed with his family and eventually took over operations of the family farm where his spent his entire life. He enjoyed going to farm sales and collecting antique toys and hunting prints. He is remembered as very friendly and knew everyone.
Steven is survived by his sister: Darla Robbins, Rockford, IL; brother: Darrel Kammrad, Sheffield; nephew: Daniel Robbins; niece: Jennifer (Jason) Nichols and their children Aaron and Alec. He is also survived by his loving Yorkie, Lisa.
He is preceded in death by his parents Louis and Eunice Kammrad and brother-in-law James Robbins.
Funeral Services for Ilene H. Smit, 78, of Sheffield will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 21, 2017 at Retz Funeral Home 203 Maple Street, Sheffield, Iowa. with Pastor Arthur Zewert officiating. Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield.
Visitation will be at Retz Funeral Home in Sheffield one hour prior to services on Tuesday.
Ilene Harriet Bunting was born on December 1, 1939, in Iowa City, Iowa the daughter of Galen and Esther (Gordon) Bunting and passed away on August 17, 2018 at the Sheffield Care Center in Sheffield.
She received her education in public school graduating from Mason City High School in 1957. Ilene attended Hamilton Business College in Mason City and later North Iowa Community College where she earned her CNA.
Ilene was united in marriage to Duane D. Smit of Sheffield on December 31, 1965. Ilene live in the Evansdale/ Waterloo area for one year before she and her husband made their home in Sheffield. They have lived in Sheffield for the past 52 years.
Ilene worked at AC Nielsen in Mason City, PSI in Belmond and at the Sheffield Care Center. She enjoyed relaxing with a book and cooking, but her favorite thing to do was camping and fishing with her beloved husband, Duane, at Bay City, WI. Many wonderful summers were enjoyed there with family and special friends.
Ilene will be greatly missed by her husband, Duane Smit, her sisters, Judy (Randal) Hostetler, Marlette, MI, and Marilyn (Roy) Gongroee, Davenport, IA; sisters-in-law, Patricia Smit, Laurie Smit, Sharon Smit, Diane (Ted) Hughes all of Sheffield, IA, Elaine (Donald) Lubkeman, Clear Lake, IA, Mavis (Gordon) Meyer, Latimer, IA, Brother-in-law Delbert (Carolyn) Smit, Sheffield, IA; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Galen and Esther Bunting; parents-in-law, Henry and Tena Smit; her brother, Richard Bunting and Brothers-in-law: Donald Smit, Harold Smit, Gene Smit and Dale Smit.
Memorials may be directed to the Ilene Smit Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 580, Sheffield, Iowa 50475.
Funeral services for Sally Tindall, 84, of Bristow will be 1:30 p.m., Friday, August 10, 2018 at the Greene Community Center in Greene with Paul Mull officiating.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Thursday, August 9, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene and will continue at the Community Center one hour before services on Friday.
Sally passed away at her home in Bristow on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 surrounded by her family.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Sally Tindall Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 219 Greene, Iowa 50636.
Matthew Retz, 23, passed away Sunday, August 5, 2018 at his home in Charles City. Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 15th at Zion St. John Lutheran Church in Sheffield with Rev. Kim Wills presiding. Visitation will be 4:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 14th at Zion St. John Lutheran Church, Sheffield.
Matthew Jon Retz was born April 7, 1995, in Waverly, Iowa, a son of Fredric and Nancy (Peterson) Retz. Matthew was baptized May 1995 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Waverly and was confirmed October 2009 at Zion St. John Lutheran Church, Sheffield. Matthew attended elementary and middle school at the SCMT schools. He graduated from West Fork High School and received his Eagle Scout in May of 2013.
After graduation, Matt attended Wartburg College for a short time, before finding his passion in EMS. Matt attended DMACC in Ankeny, and obtained his certification as a paramedic in 2014. Matt was employed in EMS at Franklin General Hospital, Hampton; Midwest Ambulance Service, Des Moines; and at AMR Ambulance in Charles City where he loved his work and teaching community CPR. Matt was a past member of Sheffield Emergency Squad and was currently a volunteer for Charles City Search and Rescue. Matt was a caregiver and a teacher through and through. Anyone who had the privilege of knowing Matt knew that it did not matter how much or how little or how long you knew him, if you knew him he was your friend.
Matt is survived by his parents, Fred and Nancy Retz; Sisters: Caitlin (Paul Tauro) Retz; Sarah Retz; Brother: Jacob Retz; Grandparents: Ron Peterson; Dick and Shirley Retz; Aunts and Uncles: Brian Peterson, Alison (Mark) Law, Brenda (Rick) Laslo, Celia (John) Nelson, Drew (Lisa) Retz, Rev. Elizabeth Retz. Cousins: Cadence Nez-Peterson, Sarah Nez-Peterson, Chris Law, Heather (Tommy) Powers, Andrew Laslo, Rachel Laslo, Adam Nelson, Samantha (Travis) Smith, Jamie (Daniel) Heeren, Ben Retz, Frank Nez, Jr.; Foreign-exchange sisters: Jana Wolgast, Germany, Marilia Mendes, Brazil and Giulia Monoco, Italy; all of his EMS brothers and sisters; and his faithful K-9 companions, Skeeter and Duke.
He is preceded in death by his grandmother, Luanne Peterson, cousin, Lyle Retz and his cherished beagle Megan.
Funeral Mass for Rosie Trees, 64, of Greene, will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at St. Mary Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan officiating.
Visitation will be at Retz Funeral Home in Greene from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 7, 2018 with a Rosary Service at 7:00 p.m.
Rosie was born May 26, 1954, in Mason City, Iowa the daughter of Alphonse and Rose (Esser) Wihlm and passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, August 2, 2018, surrounded by her family and after a long courageous battle with cancer. She received her education in Greene graduating from Greene High School in 1972.
Rosie was a faithful member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene.
On December 30, 1972, Rosie was united in marriage to Bryon Trees at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greene. This union was blessed with two children, Eric and Lacie.
Rosie worked for 34 years at the Butler County Engineer’s Office. She enjoyed walking, baking, working with her flowers, camping and attending her children’s and grandson’s sporting events.
Everyone knew Rosie loved to spend time doing things with her grandchildren, Deric and Caelyn. She took them swimming, fishing, sledding, and to the park which brought her great joy.
Rosie is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Bryon; her children: Eric (Lisa) Trees, Clarksville; Lacie (Cole) Clarke, Fairbank; two grandchildren: Deric Trees and Caelyn Clarke; brothers: Bill (Shelby); Dan; Larry (Jane); Dick; Dave (Linda); and Mike (Deb) Wihlm; sisters: Kathy Brunsma; Connie (Bruce) Helgeson; Barb (B0b) Raisty and Judy (Dave) True; brothers-in-law: Al (Jan) Trees and Doug (Emily) Trees; aunts, one uncle, many nieces, nephews, and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband’s parents, Duane ‘Buck’ and Gladys Trees; two sisters-in-law: Karen Wihlm, Micki Wihlm.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Rosemary Trees Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 10, Greene, Iowa 50636.
Funeral services for Norma Ewald, 91, of Greene will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, August 13, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Marble Rock with Pastor Dennis Burns officiating. Burial will be in the Westside Cemetery, Marble Rock.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Sunday, August 12 at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene.
Norma was born February 26, 1927 in Greene, Floyd County, Iowa, the daughter of John and Helen (Thompson) Hinrichsen and passed away Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at the Valley View Care Center in Greene. She received her education in Marble Rock and graduated from the Marble Rock High School. Norma later attended La James School of Beauty.
Norma was united in marriage to Eugene Ewald on October 3, 1948, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. This union was blessed with five children. Norma was a devoted farm wife and mother. She attended her children’s school activities, sporting events, and was active with their 4H projects. Family was very important to her.
Norma was a faithful member of the United Methodist Church in Marble Rock. She was a peace maker, was always very edifying, and had a warm smile and a strong faith. She was a member of the “Hi Neighbor Club”, the United Methodist Women’s Club, and a 500 Card Club. Norma was an accomplished cook and baker and will be remember for her fine meals and delicious pies.
Living family members include her children: Vicki (Mike) Majewski, Greene; Patti (Larry) Schulte, Carmel, IN; Julie Ritter, Lake Mills; Sherri Yerkey, Cave Creek, AZ; Gary (Chris) Ewald, Evansdale; 14 grandchildren; 21 great- grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Norma was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene; her parents; three brothers: Mervin, Alden and Perry; grandchild Nicolas Ewald; great grandchild Elsie Ritter; son-in-law Jim Ritter.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Norma Ewald Memorial Fund, P.O.Box 135, Greene, Iowa 50636.
We would like to express our gratitude to the staff at Valley View Care Center for their loving and tender care and the St. Croix Hospice.
Funeral Services for Richard E. Ott, 94, of Greene will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at Calvary Baptist Church in Greene with Pastor Ben Hartwig officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene.
Richard Earl Ott was born on a farm near Dougherty, Iowa on July 28. 1924 to Roy and Easter (Hill) Ott and died on July 28, 2018 on his 94th birthday at Valley View Care Center in Greene, Iowa. He celebrated his 94th birthday in Heaven with his Lord and Savior.
On February 11, 1945, he was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth McElroy. They were blessed with seven children. As a young man, he worked for various area farmers. In the 50’s, he purchased the farm near Marble Rock and Greene that he lived on for the next 65 years.
He enjoyed family, farming, horses, mules and his walk with the Lord. As a child he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior. His blessed hope of Heaven was realized with his family at his side on his 94th birthday. He was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Greene. He will be remembered by those that knew him best as a man devoted to his Savior.
He is survived by his children, Mike Ott (Elaine) of Marble Rock, Patsy Ott-Pick (Bill) of Cedar Falls, Mary Jo Brown (Dan) of Ankeny, Janet Schrock (Chris) of Ankeny, Rick Ott (Kristi) of Greene, Kelly Ott (Ann) of Osage, 22 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, a brother, Don Ott, sister-in-laws, Sharon Ott, Louise Ott, brother-in-laws, Dean Abbott and Charlie McElroy.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary, his daughter, Charlotte Miller, son-in-law Dick Miller, grandson Dana Miller, his 7 sisters, Eunice, Gladys, Mary, Grace, Evelyn, Lois, Ila, and his 5 brothers, Malcolm, Homer, Harold, Jim and Larry.
The family would like to say a special thanks to Pastor Ben Hartwig, the staff at Valley View Care Center in Greene for their exceptional care, and the staff of the St. Croix Hospice.
Memorials may be directed to the Richard Ott Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636.
Funeral Services for Mary Ann Osborn, 75, of Greene, will be Monday, July 30, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan officiating. Burial will be in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Greene. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.
Mary Ann Osborn was born on March 2, 1943 in Cedar Rapids the daughter of Gilbert Mayo and Walda Sophia (Lenhart) Rutledge and passed away at her home in Greene on Thursday, July 26, 2018. She received her education in Cedar Rapids graduating from Jefferson High School.
She was united in marriage to John Henry Osborn on September 21, 1963 in Cedar Rapids. This union was blessed with two children.
Mary Ann worked for Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids for 38 years. Her husband, John, formed Osborn Construction in Cedar Rapids later moving the business to Greene where they made their home. Mary Ann was a very hard worker, worked alongside her husband and it was often said that “she could do the work of two men”.
Mary Ann loved to go “second handing” and always thought of others when she did, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed finding and refinishing antiques, she found charm in them and always preferred them over something new. Mary Ann was proud of her family and talked about her grandchildren often. She loved animals especially her little dog Abby. Mary Ann was a very kind, thoughtful and generous person. She was always concerned for the welfare of others and wanted to be sure everyone, even strangers had something to eat.
After retirement Mary Ann and her husband wintered in Florida which she looked forward to every year. There they made many new friends.
Living family members include one son: John (Misty) Osborn, Greene and their children Amber, Arin (Abe) and Anthony; one daughter Tina Marie (Dan) Schleder and their children: Bradley, Ryley and Madison Schleder, Cedar Rapids; great grandchildren: Marshall, Adler, and Dylan; siblings: Cheryl (Evelyn) Rutledge; Marilyn Billings; Joel (Judith) Rutledge; Judith (Donald) Kielman; many beloved nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by her husband, John in 2013; her parents; brother Lynn; brother-in-law Bob Billings, faithful canine Abby.
Memorials may be directed to the Greene Local Food Bank.
Jim Hanig, 53, of Sheffield, passed away Monday, July 23, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 27, at Zion St. John Lutheran Church in Sheffield with Rev. Kim Wills presiding. Visitation will be 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., Thursday at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield.
James Allen Hanig was born November 5, 1964, in Mason City, a son of Donald and Barbara (Tenney) Hanig and lived in Dougherty. He attended elementary and middle school at Sheffield-Chapin. He graduated from high school in Pinole Valley High in California.
After graduation he returned to Iowa and worked with Hanig Construction, United Building Center, Sukup Manufacturing and Seabee Corporation.
On July 6, 1985 Jim was united in marriage with Coleen Kay Dixon at Zion St. John Lutheran Church in Sheffield. This union was blessed with four children, Cody, Samantha, Amber and Stephanie.
Jim loved being with his family and spending time with his granddaughter, Shyanne, watching football, especially the 49ers and watching movies.
Jim is survived by his wife of 33 years, Coleen; children: Cody (Kati) Hanig; Samantha Hanig; Amber Hanig, Stephanie Hanig (Levi Noah); granddaughter: Shyanne Blue; brothers and sisters: Joe Hanig (Linda Vold); Linda (Lloyd) Hamman; John (Joan) Hanig; Frank (Janet) Hanig; Laurie (Jerry) Donnenwerth; and Ed (Terri) Hanig.
He is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, sister Donna, nephew Adam and step-father Donald Graves.
Eugene George Sukup went to be with his Heavenly Father on July 12, 2018. His beloved wife of 66 years, Mary, was by his side.
Eugene was born to the late Dorothy Amelia (Buerkley) and Louis Sukup near Venus, Nebraska, on May 11, 1929. He was baptized on July 7, 1929, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Walnut, Nebraska. In 1938, in the midst of the Great Depression Dust Bowl, the Sukup family, which included sister Adella, moved to Iowa. They eventually settled on a farm near Hansell, Iowa, and Eugene was confirmed on August 22, 1943, at St. John Lutheran Church east of Sheffield, Iowa. He was active in both FFA and 4H, and graduated from Hansell High School in 1946. After graduation, Eugene farmed with his father.
Eugene met Mary Elizabeth Bielefeld at Luther League, after St. John merged with Zion Lutheran Church in Sheffield. Both Eugene and Mary served as Luther League President. They were married on Sunday, February 24, 1952, at Zion St. John Lutheran Church. They purchased a farm in West Fork Township near Dougherty. Eugene and Mary were blessed with two sons, Charles and Steven.
In addition to serving as a sergeant in the National Guard for eight years, Eugene was named Franklin County Outstanding Farmer in 1962. He and Mary also purchased their first grain bin that year.
In 1963, Eugene and Mary founded Sukup Manufacturing Co. in a welding shop in Sheffield. Eugene observed that pockets of grain in the bin overheated and spoiled, and he knew he could create a solution to this problem. After his initial attempt with a manual stirring auger failed, he came up with the idea of adding a horizontal auger through the handle of the drill to automate the process. He patented the idea, and the Stirway stirring machine and Sukup Manufacturing Co. were born.
Today, Sukup Manufacturing Co. holds more than 80 patents and sells its products in more than 85 countries. The company has more than 700 employees and more than 1,000,000 square feet under roof worldwide. Sukup Manufacturing Co. remains the largest family-owned, full-line grain system manufacturer. Eugene served as President of the company for 32 years. His son, Charles, became president in 1995 and his son, Steve, became CFO. Eugene remained chairman of the Board of Directors until his death.
Many will remember Eugene as a servant leader. He was a member of the Franklin County 4-H committee, Sheffield-Chapin school board, and Waldorf College Board of Regents. He was a founding board member of the Sheffield Care Center. Eugene also served three terms on the church board and as congregational president.
Additionally, Eugene will be remembered for his exceptional achievements in business, agriculture, and innovation. In 2006, Eugene was inducted into the Iowa Inventors Hall of Fame. The following year he received the Outstanding Innovation Award by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. In 2011, he received the Iowa State University Honorary Alumni Award and was inducted into the Iowa Business Hall of Fame. In 2014, Eugene was voted to become a member of Tau Beta Pi as an Eminent Engineer, and he was named a 2015 Legend in Manufacturing by Elevate Advanced Manufacturing, a program of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry. Iowa State University conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Science degree to Eugene in the fall of 2015.
Eugene is survived by his wife, Mary; his son Charles and his wife Mary (Heimbuch) Sukup of Dougherty, and his son Steven and his wife Vicki (Larson) Sukup of Clear Lake; and six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren: Nick Sukup, Coral Springs, Florida; Crystal and Matt Koch (Lily, Zander, and Grace), and Emily and Andy Schmitt (Wynn and Celia), all of Clear Lake, Iowa; Elizabeth Sukup, Ames, Iowa; Andrew Sukup, Dougherty, Iowa; and Jonathan Sukup, Dallas, Texas.
A visitation will be held on Monday, July 16, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hampton, Iowa. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 17, at 10:30 a.m., also at Trinity Lutheran Church. It is located at 16 12th Avenue NE in Hampton, Iowa. The burial will take place at the Sheffield cemetery following the service, and lunch will be served at Trinity Lutheran Church after the service.
Those wishing to honor Eugene’s memory with a contribution may consider supporting one of these organizations which were close to his heart:
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO
Sing for Joy, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
Lutheran Heritage Foundation, Macomb, MI
Mission Central, Mapleton, IA
Howard Muller, 90, of Sheffield, entered heaven Sunday, July 8, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center, North Iowa in Mason City. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 13, at Zion St. John Lutheran Church, Sheffield, with Rev. G Kim Wills presiding. Interment will be at Zion Reformed Cemetery, rural Sheffield. Visitation will be 1 hour before the service at the church.
Howard Edward Muller was born October 19, 1927, at the Hampton Hospital to Eilard and Gayle (White) Muller. He lived with his mother in Waterloo, Iowa until he was 4 years old and then came to live on the Muller farm, started by his grandfather, with his father and step-mother, Mary, and sister, Dorothy.
Howard married Doris Steffen on October 27, 1951 in Waterloo. They were blessed with four children: Robert, Patricia, Carole and Darlene.
He attended the schoolhouse on the corner of their farm through the 8th grade and received his GED from NIACC in 1984.
He took over the farm in 1947, raising cattle, hogs, chickens and crops. He considered that he lived at the right time as he farmed with horses then tractors and had the first combine in the area. He did custom combining for other farmers. He always said he lived in “God’s Country” because of the four seasons and beautiful scenery.
Howard joined the Iowa National Guard and also served in the U.S. Army 1953 – 1955.
He decided to quit farming in 1984 and worked as a custodian at Mason City Public Library and Brick and Tile office building, retiring in 2001 due to ill health.
Howard was a very devoted Christian, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, sister Dorothy Spangenburg and half-brothers, Lester and Leroy Brandt.
He is survived by his wife of 66 ¾ years, Doris and their 4 loving children: Robert; Patricia (Don); Carole (Kevin); and Darlene; grandchildren: Amanda, Melissa, Ryan, John and Grace, step-grandchildren: Randi, Myles, Justin and their spouses; great-grandchildren: Ryan, Paul and Serenity and step-great-grandchildren: Jacob, Katie, Andrew, Samuel, Kaydence, Parker, Bryan, Landon, Cayden and Stella; half-brothers Leo and Marlin Brandt, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Funeral services for Ralph F. Smith of Belmond, formerly of Thornton, will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 9, 2018, at the Retz Funeral Home in Thornton with Pastor John Tunnicliff officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Thornton. Visitation will be Sunday from 4-6 p.m. at Retz Funeral Home in Thornton.
Ralph Frederick Smith, age 97, passed away Monday, July 2, 2018 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond. Ralph was born September 10, 1920 in Williams, Iowa, Hardin County and was the son of Edwin and Ruby (New) Smith. He was educated in the country school system. Ralph entered the Army on December 30, 1942 where he served as a ball turret gunner on a B-17 named the Homesick Angel. He served in air offensives in the Europe, Normandy, Northern France, and Rhineland Campaigns completing 52 successful missions. He flew on D-Day as the Allies invaded France. For this he was awarded a Diploma of Recognition to the American Soldiers Engaged in the Battle of the Disembarkation and Liberation from the country of France. He also received 4 Bronze Stars and a Distinguished Flying Cross.
Ralph married Frances Timm on April 7, 1950, in Brownton, MN. To this union two daughters were born. He farmed west of Thornton for most of his life. He was a long time member of the Board of the Farmers Cooperative at Thornton. He was a lifetime member of the Iowa Cutting Horse Association and was inducted into the Iowa Cutting Horse Association Hall of Fame in 1999. He was able to go on an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. on September 17, 2011.
Ralph is survived by his loving daughters, Barbara (Leon) Sheets of Ionia and Betty (Bryan) Schmitt of Cresco. He has 4 grandchildren: Jarrod (Melissa) Sheets, Justina (Boyd) Durr, Eric (Heidi) Schmitt, and Adam Schmitt. His 4 great grandchildren are Keegan Crawford, Kipp Sheets, Catherine Durr, and Renee Durr. He is also survived by a brother Bill Smith and a sister Lucretia Howd.
Ralph was preceded in death by his wife Frances, brothers Ernest, Vernard, and Russell, and sister Doris.
Memorials may be directed to Winnebago Honor Flight, Republic Community Church, Howard County Special Needs Association, or to the family.
Funeral Mass for Kimberly Wunsch, 57, formerly of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 25, 2018 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.
Wake service will be 4-7 p.m., Sunday, June 24, 2018 at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene, with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to services on Monday.
Kimberly Frances Wunsch was born October 10, 1960 in Charles City, Iowa, the daughter of Marlyn and Sharon (Merfeld) Wunch and passed away June 20, 2018 at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.
She graduated from Greene High School in 1979. Kimberly has worked for the Des Moines Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic in Des Moines for the past 13 years.
Kim loved to cook, attended concerts, travel, and spend time with her family. She especially enjoyed the time spent with her grandchildren and was looking forward to the two newest additions that will arrive soon.
Living family members include her four children: Zac Folkerts of Kansas City, Mo; Teah (Michael) Spark, Brentwood, MO; Bradi (Calvin) Bailey, Longmont, Co; Sawyer Kilen, Phoenix, AZ; two Grandchildren: Dean & Nora; siblings: Jean Wunsch, West Des Moines; Melissa (Brian Uhlenhop) Wunsch, Greene; Kirk (Robyn) Wunsch, Greene; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Kim was preceded in death by Paul and Nola Wunsch (paternal grandparents); Harry and Dorothy Merfeld (maternal grandparents).
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family at P.O. Box 52, Greene, Iowa 50636.
Anne Marie Nielsen, 84, of Thornton died on Friday, June 15, 2018 in Yuma Arizona. Visitation will be held at Retz Funeral Home, Thornton, Iowa on Tuesday, June 26th from
4:00 to 7:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 AM Wednesday June 27, 2018 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Thornton, with Pastor Rhea Evanson officiating. Interment will be at
Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Thornton.
Anne was born in Auburn, Nebraska, the daughter of Peter Julius and Wanda (Allen) Pimper, on August 25, 1933. She attended school in Auburn most of her life, but graduated from Thornton High School. On June 8, 1951 she was united in marriage with Franklin Nielsen at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Thornton. Two children were born to this union.
Anne was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church from the time of her marriage, where, in earlier years, she was active in Ladies Aid, and subsequently ALCW and WELCA, and taught Sunday school. She was a member of the choir for more than 40 years, including several years as choir director. She also regularly attended Christian Women’s Club, Mason City and was a member of the Mason City Women’s Club for many years.
Anne was employed as secretary to the superintendent in Thornton, IA for three years until their first child was born. At that time, she resigned to be a full time mother, still working out of the home doing bookwork for local businesses. When their children were both in school, she again worked in the Meservey-Thornton superintendent’s office for nearly ten years until she resigned due to increased demands of helping with the family plumbing and heating business. She did, however, go back into the work force when her children had graduated from high school, working first for Timm & Ostrander Insurance for eight years, and later working a number of years for Jaspersen Insurance and Real Estate. She continued to do the bookwork and help with the family business until 2011.
Anne had a deeply ingrained love of music. She enjoyed singing and playing piano as a hobby, loved spending time with friends, and did some creative writing, such as humorous readings, many of which she read as part of the programs at birthday and anniversary celebrations, bridal showers, etc. For a few years she wrote a weekly column titled “A Little Bit About a Lot of Things” for the local newspaper. Anne enjoyed being around people. She had many lifelong friends and went out of her way to keep in touch via cards and letters.
Anne leaves to cherish her memory: son Dan (Diane) Nielsen of Maple Grove, MN; daughter Dori (Bryan) Morrill of Yuma, AZ; grandchildren Jen (Ben) Kane and Jared (Joelle) Nielsen; step grandchildren Natalie Dearing and Lillian and Sam Morrill; great grandchildren Maci, Kia, and Mia Nielsen, William Kane, Alina Park, and Payton and Max Dearing, sisters-in-law: Joy Bulow and Mavis (Rod) Jensen.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband (Franklin), one brother, two half brothers and a half sister, as well as one brother and one sister who died in infancy.
Funeral services for Dale Clifford Hardy, 93, of Greene will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church in Greene with Rev. Cathy Belles officiating. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. Visitation will be at the church from 12:30 p.m. until time for the service.
Dale was born on Easter Sunday, April 12, 1925 on the family farm north of Greene, the son of Ralph Frederick and Katie (Kingery) Hardy and entered into eternal rest on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at the Rehabilitation Center of Allison where he had lived since February 2, 2013.
Dale attended rural school at Union Township #10 through 8th grade and attended Greene High School before entering World War II. He served in the Philippine Islands and Hawaii as a military police officer and received an honorable discharge on October 29, 1946. He was presented the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and Meritorious Unit Award, as well as the Over Seas Bar.
After returning to the Greene area, he worked as a mechanic at Barth’s Garage, drove a school bus and was employed as a farm hand. Dale worked at the telephone company before being asked to join Interstate Power Company (later Alliant Energy) where he remained for 35 years until his retirement in 1987. Also, he and his buddy, Clar Scott, established a Saturday tree cutting service. He always was willing to help people in the community with electrical or mechanical issues.
On June 15, 1956, he married Donna Delker at the Little Brown Church in the Vale, Nashua, Iowa. To this union were born two daughters, Jane Marie and Beth Ann. Dale loved his time with family and friends, especially if there was food involved. Donna’s mother delighted in serving Dale his favorite foods during dating years. He always looked forward to her pies and cakes.
Over the years, Dale and Donna enjoyed numerous bus trips across the United States and Canada. He always looked forward to working with his hands trying to make machinery work more efficiently or making repairs to anything that didn’t meet his approval. But most of all he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Dale was baptized at the First Presbyterian Church at Greene where he was a member for 42 years. He was a former member of the American Legion.
He is survived by his wife Donna of 62 years, daughter, Jane (Rick) Martzahn of Greene, daughter Beth (Kevin) Nordmeyer of Des Moines, grandchildren Brad (Sonni) Martzahn of Osage, Katie (Seth) McGrane of Waverly, David (Libby) Martzahn of Iowa City, Ben Nordmeyer of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, Sam Nordmeyer of Des Moines, Tom Nordmeyer of Des Moines, four great-grandchildren: Jenna, Ethan, and Becca Martzahn and Ellie McGrane, sister-in-law Joy Schueler, and nephews Doug (Tonnie Lemon) Schueler and Bob (Lynne) Schueler.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Carol at the age of four and his brother-in-law August ‘Bud’ Schueler.
Dennis Lane, 63, of Sheffield, passed away, Monday, June 11, 2018, at his home in the care of his family. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, at Retz Funeral Home.
Dennis John Lane (a.k.a. Yardo) was born November 27, 1954, in Charles City, a son of Edgar and Arlene (Willis) Lane. He grew up in Clarksville and attended Clarksville schools. After high school Denny worked various jobs before joining the staff at Sukup Manufacturing as an Industrial Painter. He also worked as a spot welder, retiring after 35 years of service.
On August 4, 1979 Denny was united in marriage with Julie Allen at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. After converting to Catholicism they were remarried in the Catholic Church the same day his first son Matthew was baptized.
As a family they enjoyed camping and fishing. He would spend hours tinkering in his garage and riding his motorcycle. He was also a die-hard Vikings fan. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Hampton.
Family members include his wife of 38 years, Julie; sons: Matthew (Liz Bogue), Sheffield and Marcus, Sheffield; grandchildren: Isaiah DeLos Santos, Hunter Lane, Connor Lane, Austin Bogue, Peyton Bogue; brothers and sisters: Doug (Shari) Lane, Dean (Barb) Lane, Juanita Shapley, Jo (Steve) Franzen, David Lane, Joyce (Dan) Doeppke; many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Denny is preceded in death by his parents, sister Judy and her husband Rick, brothers-in-law Don Shapley and Ron Hansen.
Funeral services for James Menken, 80, of Greene, will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 18, 2018, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. Visitation will be Friday, May 18, 2018 from 12:30 – 2p.m. at the church.
James was born in Greene, Iowa, on September 19, 1937 the oldest son of John and Lela (Smith) Menken and died May 15, 2018, at the Valley View Care Center in Greene. He received his education in public school graduating from Greene High School in 1955.
James was baptized in 1942 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene and confirmed in 1954. Jim ushered at church for over 20 years, served on the church council and was instrumental in building the new edition. He and his wife were Luther League sponsor’s for 8 years. Jim has recently been an active member of the Greene Men’s Wednesday Morning Prayer Group.
James was united in marriage to his loving wife, Joan on August 18, 1957, and the couple made their home in Greene. They were blessed with one daughter Tamela Ann; and 2 sons, Troy James and Tory Jay.
James served on the Greene Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years. Jim was one of the founding fathers of the Greene Jaycees and stayed active with their activities. He also served as President and for other offices with the Jaycees. James was Region 3 Chaplin for the state and was awarded the OUTSTANDING YOUNG RELIGIOUS LEADER award. He was a key individual in building the north shelter house in Perrin Park.
Jim worked as a mechanic and then custodian for the Greene Community Schools for 37 years until ill health forced him to retire.
Jim loved to fish, golf, and travel through all of the states. He especially enjoyed his Grandchildren and his great-grandchildren. Jim loved to drive the motor home to Florida to spend his winters.
He will be sadly missed by his wife Josie Kay, their daughter Tami (Frank) Anamosa, Troy (Margo) of Plantation Acres, FL; Tory Jay (Kim) Charles City; grandchildren Ryan and Annie Peyton, Chelsea (Joe ) Walsh, Sarah Schindler, Karina Menken, Neil (Clarissa) Menken, Zac Schilling, Kyle Schilling, Hunter Menken, Hannah Menken, Haven Abben, Clare McNamara, Vince (Bailey) Abben; 16 great-grandchildren Lucy, Kellen, Logan, Maxwell, Chase, Kylee, Haidyn, Davyn Aislyn, Javis, Nevah, Aiden, Asher, Blake, Kari, Eden; sisters Carolyn Martin of Greeley, CO, and Evelyn (Bob) Fink of Hampton; Brothers Don (Marie) of Indianola, Gordon (Shirley) of Jefferson City, MO., Martin (Karen) of Rockwell, Douglas (Val) of Dumont.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Francis and an infant sister.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Menken family, P.O. Box 403 Greene, Iowa 50636.
Funeral Mass for Bonnie Lynch 85, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 18, 2018, with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery.
Friends may call at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday. There will be a Rosary Service at 7:30 p.m.
Bonnie Lou was born, November 12, 1932, in Floyd County, a daughter of John H. and Mary (Marzen) Meek and died on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at North Iowa Mercy Medical Center in Mason City. She received her education at the Sacred Heart Academy in Greene and later attended Greene High School, graduating in 1950.
She moved to Charles City after graduation where she worked as a bookkeeper for Bell Telephone. She would later transfered with the company to Omaha Nebraska. On April 26, 1958, she was united in marriage to Harold Lynch. Together they had three children, Raymond, Annette and Patrick.
After divorcing in 1969 she returned to Greene to take care of her mother and raise her children. She later worked as a bookkeeper for the Candle Shop and Dralle’s Department Store in Greene.
She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene and St. Joseph Circle. In her early years she enjoyed playing Softball and was an award winning bowler. Throughout the years she followed her children’s school and athletic activities. She enjoyed watching Notre Dame Football and Iowa State Basketball. She loved playing cards and enjoyed the company of family and friends.
Bonnie will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, and loving friend to all who knew her.
Bonnie is survived by a Daughter Annette (David Hall) Lynch of Mesa, AZ: two sons Raymond Lynch of Charles City and Patrick (Sheila) Lynch of Naperville, IL; a granddaughter Shannon Lynch of Naperville, IL; a sister Faye Porter of Bellevue, NE; a sister-in-law Cheryl Meek of Charles City and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents: four brother: John E. Meek, Wayne Meek, Donald Meek and Richard Meek; four sisters: Virginia Reams, Mary Jean Ramker, Shirley Schalangen and Ruth Heitland.
Those planning an express of sympathy may direct memorials to the American Kidney Association in care of the family.
Funeral services for Beverly Bone, 91, of Greene, will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 21, 2018, at Retz Funeral Home in Greene, with Pastor Cathy Belles officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. Beverly was always close to her family and will be buried right beside her parents. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the funeral home.
Beverly was born on July 11, 1926 the daughter of Elmer Claude and Joyce (McChestney) Rohwedder and died at the Waverly Health Center, Waverly, Iowa, on May 12, 2018.
She attended public school graduating from Greene High School in 1944. As a young woman Beverly worked at the Five and Dime and the A&W Root Beer Stand both in Greene. She also drove school bus for the Greene Community School District. Beverly was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Greene.
Beverly met Harrison Bone in 1945 and was united in married on April 5, 1947. They were blessed with two sons. Their marriage continued for the next 68 years until the death of Harrison in 2015.
Being a devoted wife and mother she raised her sons and took great pride in their accomplishments. Beverly was a Cub Scout Den Leader. Both David and Chuck went on to earn their Eagle Scout with Palms.
Beverly enjoyed dancing and was an avid camper. She wintered in Mercedes and Donna Texas for 17 years and also traveled to Mexico and Canada. Beverly was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Greene.
Living family members include her two sons: David (Bea) Bone, Medford, OR; Chuck (Evelyn) Bone, Eden Prairie, MN; granddaughters Gwendolyn Bone and Rebecca Bone.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family at P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa.
Funeral services for Bonnie J. Ritter and her sister Debra Ritter will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 14, 2018, at Retz Funeral Home, 423 Bradford St. in Marble Rock with Pastor Bob Scheurer officiating. Burial will be in the Westside Cemetery, Marble Rock.
Visitation will also be on Monday from 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Both sisters were born in California the daughters of Kenneth R. and Betty (Drehr) Ritter. Debra passed away on March 18, 2018 and Bonnie on May 9, 2018. The sisters were inseparable and would be honored that this tribute is for both of them.
They lived most of their lives in California and Iowa but considered Charles City there home. Each sister was blessed with one child, Bonnie with Tonya; and Debbie with Sabrina. Both daughters reside in California. Both sisters made their final home at Ravenwood Care Center in Waterloo.
Bonnie and Debra were colorful individuals that loved tattoos and partying. They both were spontaneous and had a great sense of humor that could cheer up anyone that was having a rough day. The sister’s greatest joy was spending time with their family.
For a time in their lives Bonnie and Debbie walked down some dark paths full of challenges and hurdles. They endured many hardships on those journeys. They were thankful that God’s Grace was always with them and that HE understood that we as human don’t always make the best decisions. Their family is grateful they are now at peace.
Living family members include brothers: Ronald Ritter, Kenneth Ritter and Marty Sigler; nieces: Ruth Hildahl, Heather Cory, Starla Ritter and Sherry Ritter; Nephews: Dustin Ritter and David Reibsamen; many friends.
The girls were preceded in death by their parents, grandparents and bothers Mike, Kenny and Robert.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa, 50636.
Pauline Schoneman, 89, of Thornton, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018, at Iowa Speciality Hospital, Belmond, IA. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 27, 2018, at Richland Lutheran Church in Thornton with Rev. Robert Harting presiding. Interment will be at Richland Lutheran Cemetery, Thornton. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday at Retz Funeral Home, 207 N. 2nd Street Thornton.
Pauline Ruth (Schonemann) Schoneman was born April 14, 1929, on the family farm near Thornton, a daughter of William and Grace (Worthington) Schonemann. She was baptized and confirmed in the Richland Lutheran Church in Thornton, IA. She attended country school and Thornton Public School, graduating in the class of 1946. She attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls before starting her teaching career in Dumont, IA. She later taught in Garner, IA, where she met the love of her life and future husband, Marion Schoneman. They were united in marriage on December 24, 1950, at Richland Lutheran Church in Thornton while Marion was on a short leave from the US Army.
After Marion's discharge, he and Polly took over the family farm near Thornton and raised lots of cattle and hogs. In 1954, Polly was diagnosed with a form of cancer (Osteosarcoma) while she was four months pregnant with their daughter, Pam. She was diagnosed again with lung cancer in 1956 and 1963. She was a very proud 63 year cancer survivor. They moved into Thornton in 1983. Polly taught kindergarten and then reading at Meservey-Thornton Elementary School until she retired in 1990. She had a great love for teaching and for helping her students; many continue to remember and thank her today.
Avid Iowa State Cyclone fans, Polly and Marion attended every home football game for over 35 years and enjoyed the tailgating and fellowship shared with friends and family before each game in Ames, IA.
Polly was a life-time member of Richland Lutheran Church. She was a member of the Thornton Federated Women’s Club, Ladies Aid, and she tutored students in the summers. She loved reading, doing cross words, sewing, scrap-booking for her granddaughters, and baking traditional family foods like sugar cookies and Danish Pastry. A dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister, Polly traveled around Northern Iowa, Minnesota, Ames, and Omaha to see her family and their activities. Polly had been at Concord Care Center in Garner, IA, since 2013; she loved the staff there and often said it was just where she was meant to be. When Marion passed in 2016, she assured family she knew she would join him when the time was right.
Surviving family members include her daughter: Pam (Craig) Deuel, Worthington, MN; granddaughters: Sara Jo (Josh) Pruss and their children, Josie and Ike, Omaha, NE; Abbey (Brandon) Johnson, Omaha, NE; Sara and Abbey’s father: Darrell Goff, Garner, IA; sister Judie (Larry) Lightbody, Thornton; brother-in-law: Marvin Schoneman, Garner; sister-in-law: Betty Brugman, Eden Prairie, MN; sister-in-law: Lora Mae Schoneman, Garner, IA; foreign exchange daughter: Sara Stenlund, Skelleftehamn, Sweden; special friend: Charlie Dickman, Thornton, IA; cousins, many nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
Pauline is preceded in death by her husband, Marion, parents William and Grace, and her sisters Virginia (Jack) Beale, Shirley (Duane) Mabb, and Marian (Jack) Stiles.
Delmar Leedom, 71, of Sheffield, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018. Graveside services will be held at a later date.
Delmar Alan Leedom was born June 2, 1946, in Hampton, a son of Clarence and Jenny (Pink) Leedom. He attended schools at Hansel and graduated from Hampton High School. He entered the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam.
Delmar was united in marriage with Donna Endriss March 29, 1969 in Hampton, Iowa. He worked at International Harvester in Mason City then for Franklin County for over 30 years as a mechanic.
He enjoyed spending time camping, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.
Family includes 2 sons: Jason of Sheffield; James (Kari) of Katy, Texas; 4 grandchildren: Kyle, Ava, Megan and Madison; brother Keith Leedom of Virginia and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Donna in 2016 and 7 brothers and sisters.
Harley Douglas Koenigsberg, 92, of Sheffield, died on April 20, 2018 at the Sheffield Care Center.
Graveside service took place on April 23rd, 2018 at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield Iowa.
Harley was born on February 19, 1926 to Ole and Martha (Mehlberg) Koenigsberg. He graduated from Chapin High School in 1943, but he also got an education growing up on a farm with nine brothers and sisters. He recalled fondly those childhood years, often sharing memories of his farm chores and of the blizzard of ’36 that waylaid a locomotive on the railroad tracks close to his family’s farm.
When he was 16 years old, Harley attended meetings with the Reverend W.E. Pietsch and accepted Jesus as his Savior. He was baptized on March 14, 1943 by Rev. John Walkup. Harley was a lifelong member of Grace Baptist Church of Sheffield (now First Grace Baptist Church), where he served as a Sunday school treasurer for eighteen years, and also as a trustee.
On June 11, 1950, Harley married Isabell Ruth Kracht at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hampton. For two years they lived in a tenant house on the farm of Harley’s brother, Willis Koenigsberg, until they bought their own farm in Cerro Gordo County in 1952, where they would spend the next 42 years farming. During their 67 years of marriage they faithfully began each day with devotions and prayer, praying for their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren by name.
Harley was much loved by his family for his sense of humor, generosity, faith, and his homemade popcorn (with lots of butter). His witty one-liners kept us all laughing! Harley loved his family and his farm. He could often be found sitting in his cherished spot atop a hill on the farm, overlooking his fields and drinking a can of pop. Harley was also known for his perseverance—he battled non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for over 20 years.
Left to cherish his memory are his children Dennis (Annette) Koenigsberg, of Sheffield; and Deborah (Jim) Rumelhart, of Maineville, Ohio, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren: Bethany (Brian) Iwamoto and children Emma and Sophie; Allison (Tim) Vandall and children Everett, Benjamin and Harrison; Kevin (Kelli) Koenigsberg; Amber (David) Lapp and children Daniel, Peter, and Isaiah; Matthew (Molly) Rumelhart and baby boy Rumelhart; and April (Michael) Sam. He is also survived by one sister and two brothers: Lois (Harold) Roberts; Harry (Ann) Koenigsberg; and Melvin Koenigsberg.
Family members who preceded Harley in death include his parents, wife Isabell, son Steven Douglas (stillborn), 5 brothers and 1 sister.
Special thanks to the staff at the Sheffield Care Center for the love and excellent care Harley received.
Mildred ‘Mick’ Johnson, 95, of Rockwell, passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held 7:00 p.m., Friday at the Rockwell United Methodist Church, with Pastor Travis Stevick presiding. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday at the church. Burial services will be at the Rockwell Cemetery.
Mildred Lillian Johnson was born August 31, 1922 at home in Clarion, a daughter of Earl and Noy (Blankenship) Gates. She attended country school in the Hayfield area and Belmond High School.
On April 1, 1940, Mildred was united in marriage with Harold Johnson at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. This union was blessed with four children. They lived on farms near Hampton and Sheffield before moving to farm in the Rockwell area.
Mick was a longtime member of the Rockwell United Methodist Church and was devoted to her family. She was an excellent cook and could make anything, sometimes without using a recipie. She did lots of sewing for her family and many other tasks with love. She enjoyed fishing and camping with her family. After Harold's passing she hosted ‘The Boys Coffee Club’ every day when her sons would come to her home for morning coffee.
Her family includes her children: Lloyd (Marlys) Johnson, Rockwell; Larry (Terry) Johnson, Rockwell; Karie (John) Shoop, Mason City; Marv (Becky) Johnson, Rockwell; 9 grandchildren: Kim Johnson; Dean Johnson; Sondy Ward; Brad Johnson; Brian Johnson; Jill O’Dell; Anna Plank; Trevis Johnson; Brittini Johnson; 11 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.
Mildred is preceded in death by her parents, husband, 2 grandchildren Allen William Shoop and Timothy Justin Johnson and her brothers and sisters.
Arlene Vanston, 100, formerly of Sheffield, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the Griggs County Care Center in Cooperstown, North Dakota. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be Wednesday, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield.
Arlene Rose Terrill was born May 8, 1917, in Franklin County, Iowa a daughter of George and Cornelia (Bayliss) Terrill. She attended country school and Hampton High School.
On August 15, 1936 Arlene was united in marriage with Gilbert Taylor. They worked for area farmers before farming on their own in later years. Arlene worked at Mode-O-Day, in Mason City. Gilbert passed away in 1963. Several years later she married LeRoy Vanston. They lived and farmed east of Sheffield. He passed away in 2002. Arlene continued to live on the farm until 2008 when she moved to North Dakota to be near her daughter. For the past three years Arlene lived at the Griggs County Care Center.
Arlene quilted both at home and the Zion St. John Lutheran Church for many years and she volunteered at the Sheffield Sharing Shoppe. Everyone loved her cooking, especially her Lemon Meringue Pie. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed fishing and raising her chickens and ducks.
Left to cherish her memory are her children: Gilberta Taylor, Finley, ND; Lester (Leona) Taylor, Clear Lake; Sandra Sue Taylor, Mason City; 6 grandchildren: Roderick (Shelly) Keniry; Jackie Keniry; John Taylor (friend Jennifer Deshler); Wendy (Ron) Rindels; Kevin Staudt; Angela (Darin) Roach; 13 great grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren; sister Janis Ort, Nashua and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, 2 husbands, son Dennis in infancy, brother Harry Terrill and sister Marlys Steenhard.
Memorial services for Elizabeth Tegtmeier, 86, of Marble Rock will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the Walter F. Bohl Community Center in Marble Rock with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan presiding. Interment will be at the Hillside Cemetery, Marble Rock.
Elizabeth was born in New Hartford on December 18, 1931, the daughter of Jans and Etta (Deraad) Arends and died February 16, 2018, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City. She attended public school in New Hartford, Clarksville, Greene, and Marble Rock.
Elizabeth was united in marriage to Irven Henry Tegtmeier on November 17, 1951, at the Baptist Church in Marble Rock. This union was blessed with one son, Jim.
For over 40 years she was a bookkeeper for Tegtmeier Backhoe and Trucking in Marble Rock.
She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, watching and feeding birds, cooking, and playing with her great grandchildren. Elizabeth loved “Wheel of Fortune” and other game shows. She also like to play cards.
She is survived by her son Jim Tegtmeier of marble Rock; Grandaughters: Kristy Tegtmeier and daughters: Elizabeth, Makenna of Marble Rock; Chelsie Purchase and daughters Kenzie, Chloe, and Karissa all of Charles City; sisters Edna King and Mary Jane Pickett both of Marble Rock; brothers: John Arends of Rockford, Elmer Arends of Nashua and Gary Arends of Waterloo, and Roger Arends of Charles City.
Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Irven Tegtmeier, her parents; sister Esther Green; brothers Donnie Arends and Siebe John Arends.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Elizabeth Tegtmeier Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 2, Marble Rock, Iowa 50653.
Grace McDowell, 92, of Hampton passed away Sunday, March 18, at Hospice of North Iowa. Visitation will be held 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 5 at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield. Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 6, at the West Fork United Methodist Church, rural Sheffield. Interment will be at the Hampton Cemetery.
Grace Ethyl McDowell was born January 23, 1926 to Ray and Haeryette (Johnson) Bridge. She attended school and graduated from Bondurant High School She also graduated from Felt and Tarrant Comptometer School in Des Moines. She then located a job with the F.W. Fitch Shampoo Co. in Des Moines as an office worker.
Grace met Bob McDowell in February, 1946 at the Tromar Ballroom in Des Moines. They were united in marriage November 2, 1946 at the Bondurant Federated Church. They settled on the family farm and remained married for 61 years. Together they raised three boys. Later in life they had two grandchildren nearby and she spent many hours teaching and caring for them. She was excited to become a Great Grandmother in recent years.
Grace loved to raise garden produce and help out on the farm wherever she could. Among those many chores were caring for sick animals, walking beans and driving the ‘H’ for the hay fork. She nursed a sickly yellow kitten back to health which would become a long time family pet named ‘Bill’.
Grace also was good at her crafts especially making cornhusk dolls. She would even give demonstrations on how to make them at various clubs and meetings. She would use any money she made from selling her creations to buy things for their house.
Grace had a fun loving personality and exchanged jokes and pranks with friends and neighbors. She enjoyed entertaining at home. One of her friends group called themselves ‘The Butterfly Girls’.
She was a member of H.O.A. (Help One Another) club, the Child Guidance club, and the West Fork United Methodist Church.
Most of all, she loved her family. For the last eleven years of his life, Bob had Alzheimer ’s disease. Grace devotedly cared for him so he could be at home where he was most comfortable. After Bob’s death, Grace was successfully treated and became a cancer survivor.
Grace is survived by sons: Bruce (Anne), Camarillo, CA; Alan, Fairfield, OH; and Mark (Connie), Hampton; four grandchildren: Andrew (Nicole), Davenport; Melinda (Wes) Tremmel, Garner; Kim (Vince) Feck, Keller, TX; Scott McDowell, Springfield, MO; 2 great grandchildren: Lily and Emma McDowell, daughters of Andrew and Nicole; sister: Florence (Roy) Bishop, Ankeny.
She is preceded in death by her parents and husband Bob.
Lucille Deam, 92, of Sheffield, passed away Monday, March 26, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa, in Mason City. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 30, at the First United Methodist Church, Sheffield, with Pastor Sandi Gobeli presiding. Interment will be at the Hampton Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., Thursday at the First United Methodist Church.
Lucille Lois Olk was born August 18, 1925, daughter of Ernest and Holda (Eichmeier) Olk in Franklin County where she lived her entire life, she attended and graduated from Chapin Consolidated School in 1942.
On December 14, 1944 Lucille was united in marriage to Willis Deam at St. John Evangelical Reformed Church rural Latimer. They made their home on the Deam family farm east of Chapin.
Lucille began working at the Chapin Elementary/Jr High School as a secretary until it closed then transferred to the Sheffield High School. She very much enjoyed her job with the staff and students for 28 years, retiring in 1990.
Church was important to Lucille, she was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church in Chapin until in closed then the First United Methodist Church in Sheffield. She was very active with the women's groups.
Lucille loved her role as a homemaker and was an accomplished cook. She liked playing 500, gardening, baking and traveling. She most loved being a mom, grandma and GG and had a unique and wonderful relationship with each one and thoroughly enjoyed any and all family gatherings.
Left with many cherished memories are her son and family: Rich & Connie of Sheffield: Seth & Erica of Alaska, Maria & Macel Collins of Sheffield and children: Hadassah, Ezekiel and Ketziah; and Ira also of Sheffield; Lucille’s daughter and family: Nancy & Larry Adams of Clear Lake: Andy & Otis Moore III of Colorado and children, Otis IV and Olivia; and Micky Adams also of Colorado; along with many friends and extended family members.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband and a twin brother and sister who died in infancy.
Eileen Lutcavish, 90, of Sheffield, passed away, Monday, March 19, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa. Funeral services will be held at noon, Friday March 23, at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be 11:00 – Noon, Friday at the funeral home.
Eileen May Lutcavish was born June 20, 1927 a daughter of Arthur and Elizabeth (Knapp) Culver in Sheffield, Iowa. She was educated in the Sheffield School.
Eileen was united in marriage with Lynn Kammrad. When their son was 8 months old Lynn passed away. Eileen married Jerry Lutcavish September 8, 1957 at the EUB Church in Sheffield. She was active in raising her family and doing bookwork for Jerry’s business, Jerry’s TV. She attended the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Sheffield then Calvary Alliance Church in Mason City later First Baptist Church in Sheffield.
For the past 8 years Eileen has been a resident at the Sheffield Care Center and her family is thankful for the care she received while living there.
Family members include her sons: Rick Kammrad, Forest City; Ron (Sharon) Lutcavish, Norwalk; grandchildren: Kristie Lee (Rick) Morris, Forest City; Jake (Amanda) Lutcavish, New Mexico; Tori Lutcavish, Des Moines; Kati Lutcavish, Iowa City; many great and great great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, both husbands and all her brothers and sisters.
Funeral Services for Andrew Nelson, 59, of Greene, will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, Marchl 14, 2018, at St. Peter Lutheran Church with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church on Wednesday.
Andrew Nelson was born on February 5, 1959, in Brookings, South Dakota, the son of Myron LeRoy and Helen Minerva (Johnston) Nelson and passed away on March 9, 2018, at the North Iowa Mercy Medical Center in Mason City. He attended public school graduating from Greene High School in 1977.
Andrew was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene. He was baptized on March 15, 1959 in Sinai, South Dakota and confirmed April 7, 1974 at St. Peter Lutheran in Greene.
Andrew worked most of his life for Smithfield Foods formerly Armour- Eckrich Meats of Mason City.
Andrew was a friendly man that enjoyed people. You could count on seeing him at TJ’s daily for the noon special and a coke. He would then spend many hours visiting with his friends from the community. Andrew enjoyed watching television, playing board games with his family and being on the computer. Andrew took special pride in his nieces and nephews who brought true joy to his life.
Living family members include his Mother, Helen Nelson of Greene; siblings: Steven (Kim) Nelson of Anchorage, Alaska and Karen (John) Worley, of Greene, Iowa; nieces and nephews: Sarah, Hannah, Joshua Nelson; Ashley (Steve) Coake, Amy (Levi) Paulsen, Jonathan Worley; many friends.
Andrew was preceded in death by his father Myron.
Esther Dorenkamp, 97, died Friday, March 9, 2018 at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home. Services will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday at Zion Reformed Church, rural Sheffield, with Rev. Chris Meester presiding. Interment will be in Zion Reformed Church Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Monday at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield.
Esther was born March 3, 1921 at Belmond, daughter of Dick and Minnie (Pals) Barkema. She attended rural school, walking a mile each way, in the Belmond area. After schooling she worked for area families as a hired girl. She met Dick Dorenkamp at Immanuel Reformed church outside Belmond.
Esther was united in marriage with Dick Dorenkamp February 20, 1941 at the Immanuel Reformed Church parsonage. They made their home on a farm in the Belmond area. In 1959 they moved to the Sheffield area where they continued to farm. They retired in 1975 and moved into Mason City.
Esther was a longtime member of Zion Reformed Church where she taught Sunday School and was a member of Zion’s Reformed Church Women. She enjoyed making quilts, gardening and having growing plants in her house at all times. She enjoyed being around children, especially her grandchildren.
Surviving family members include her children: Duane (Doreen) Dorenkamp, Mason City; Jim (Jan) Dorenkamp, Sheffield; Karen (Dennis) Downing, Austin, TX; Ardith (Bob) Parks, Alexander; 13 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren; brother: Dick Barkema, Jr.; sister: Amelia Guth; many nieces and nephews.
Esther is preceded in death by her husband Dick, daughter Janet Dorenkamp, grandson Drew Dorenkamp, her parents, 4 brothers and 3 sisters.
Esther’s family is thankful for the excellent care and respect she received from the staff at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home.