Retz Funeral Home Sheffield, Greene, Thornton Marble Rock & Meservey, Iowa
Retz Funeral HomeSheffield, Greene, ThorntonMarble Rock & Meservey, Iowa

Elizabeth Tegtmeier - Marble Rock

     Elizabeth Tegtmeier, 86, of Marble Rock, passed away Friday, February 16, 2018, at Hospice of North Iowa in Mason City. Memorial services are planned for a later date.

Mary Meints - Sheffield

Mary Meints passed away February 12, 2018 at the Sheffield Care Center. Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Zion Reformed Church, rural Sheffield, with Rev. Chris Meester presiding.  Interment will be at a later time in the Zion Reformed Church Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Friday February 16th at Retz Funeral Home.

Mary Elizabeth (Heuberger) Meints was born April 11, 1925 to Charley and Gracie (Fowler) Heuberger of rural Chapin.  Mary attended Chapin School graduating in 1942.  Wanting to be a teacher, she attended Coe College for two years and often shared the Coe College fight song when her alma mater was mentioned.  On November 26, 1944 she was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Harold William Meints.  Harold and Mary farmed in the Sheffield and Chapin area for years and finally purchased and lived on the farm that Mary grew up on.

Mary loved to cook, bake, and sew.  She always had the coffee on and goodies to share with anyone that stopped by.  Her children always came first and she spent many hours sewing dresses for her girls.  Gary came along a few years later and she was his greatest cheerleader at all of his sporting events.  When her grandchildren entered the world, nothing made her smile more as when they entered the room or she could watch them participate in their events.  She provided her family with a happy, loving home.  In later years Mary worked part time at the Bo-Shar department store and cafes in Sheffield where she baked wonderful pies. 

Mary enjoyed serving others and was an active member of Women of Zion in many capacities.  She had a great love for music.  She and Harold sang for many funerals at Zion and she belonged to the musical group, the Rural Airs.  Her family has many fond memories of singing around the dining room table after the evening meal.  Mary enjoyed playing cards with her friends and volunteering at the Sharing Shoppe.  She also enjoyed writing poetry.

            Her family is very thankful for her amazing sense of humor and for teaching them the great importance of faith and love of the Lord.

            Left to cherish her memory are three daughters, Judith A. (Dennis) Crom of Sheffield, Linda J. (Steve) Wells of Clear Lake, and Kathleen J. (Robert) Shreckengost of Sheffield; daughter-in-law Kristi (Dave) Marsen of Leeds, Alabama.  She is also survived by her grands and greats: Tim and Tracy Shreckengost, Madison & Sydney; Tom and Kara Shreckengost, Tanner & Grace, Caleb & Kellen Cameron; Chris and Danielle Crom, Olivia & Matthew; Todd and Sara Shreckengost, Hayden, Nolan, and Braylon; Joshua and Jessica Wells, Madilynn & Amelia; Jami and Jesse Peters, Kiana; Marc Wells; Jill Schade; Greg and Sarah Crom; Joelle and Bryant Newby, Kaylen & Kenzie; Jaclyn and Alex Meier, Gunner; brother and wife: Donald and Maxine Heuberger of Sheffield; sister, Virginia Clendenen of Indianola; sisters-in-law, Darlene Meints of Clear Lake; Etta Mae Heuberger of Brainerd, MN; as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold in 2010 and her son Gary Meints in 2008, her parents, grandson Joshua Schade, brother Charles Heuberger, sister Doris and husband Max Neal of San Gabriel, CA., brothers-in-law & wives, Conrad and Carolyn Meints, John and Lena Meints, and Marvin Meints.

            Mary’s family is very thankful for the love and excellent care she received from the staff at the Sheffield Care Center.  She was treated with great dignity and respect.

Robert Teeple - Greene

     Funeral Service for Robert Dean Teeple, 76, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 16, 2018 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating.  Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.

     Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 15, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene and will continue at the church on Friday one hour before service.

     Robert Teeple was born June 21, 1941 in Charles City, Floyd County, Iowa the son of Francis Robert and Dorthy Esther (Heinmiller) Teeple and died at his home in Greene Sunday, February 11, 2018 in the loving care of his family. Bob attended public school graduating from Greene High School in 1959. Following graduation he began working with his father at Teeple Service Station in Greene.

     He was raised in the Baptist Church and later joined St. Peter Lutheran Church in 1963 following his baptism and confirmation.  Bob was a man of faith that placed God first in his life. He walked according to God’s word as he loved and provided for his family.

     Bob was united in marriage to Monika Ennen on November 2, 1963 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene. This union was blessed with two children.

     Bob enjoyed cars, from drag racing in his younger years to restoring in later years winning numerous trophies for his Corvette. He was an avid Marx toy train collector which he was proud to share with his friends.  One of his greatest passions was Amateur Radio. This was a hobby he enjoyed for 40 years making friends locally and around the world.

     After a long career working at the station, Bob worked for Fort Dodge Animal Health in Charles City, Alexander Technologies in Mason City and finally, NAPA in Greene.

     Living family members include his loving wife of 54 years, Monika Teeple of Greene; children: John (Amy) Teeple of Ankeny, IA; Kristiane Teeple, Minneapolis, MN; grandchildren: Maxwell, Elli, and Anna Teeple; and sister Elaine (Ralph) Prunty of Cedar Falls, along with nieces and a nephew.

     Bob was preceded in death by his parents.

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

Jolene Edwards - Greene

     Funeral Mass for Jolene Kay Edwards, 69, of Greene, will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 15, 2018, at St. Mary Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan officiating. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery at a later date.

     Visitation will be at Retz Funeral Home from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., with a Rosary Service at 7:30 p.m.

     Jolene was born December 2, 1948 in Charles City, Iowa, the daughter of Jake and Eula (Kramer) Mehmen, and died on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at her home in Greene surrounded by her family. She attended public school graduating from Greene High School in 1967 and later attended Hamilton Business College.  After college, Jolene took a job working for State Farm Insurance in Mason City in 1969.

     She was united in marriage to Dennis Edwards on December 27, 1968 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greene. This marriage was blessed with two daughters.

     Following her marriage she moved to St. Louis where they lived until her husband’s discharge from the Army. They then returned to make their home in Greene. Jolene primary focus was on being a homemaker and raising her children. She did not work outside of the home until her children were in high school.

     Jolene began working in Greene for Stanton Live Stock as a secretary. She was later employed by Bob and Carol Cole with both their local businesses. Jolene then worked for Norman Graven Law Office and then Lawler and Swanson Law Office as a secretary and receptionist. She retired in June 2013. She was detailed oriented which made her very successful in her job field.

     She enjoyed flowers, traveling, spending time with her neighbors and especially the time spent with her grandchildren. The family vacationed in Okoboji each summer which produced many cherished memories.

     Jolene was a faithful member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene where she was also a member of St. Catherine’s Circle. She was a compassionate and caring person. Jolene always carried herself with grace and dignity.

     Living family members include her loving husband of 49 years, Dennis Edwards of Greene; her two daughters and their children: Kristin (Shahram) Malek of Maple Grove, MN, Noah Hagemeister, Isabelle Malek, Theda Malek, Reed Schneider, and Luke Schneider; Julie (Jamie) Lubbert of Canton, MO, Collin Lubbert and Taylor Lubbert; her father Jake Mehmen of Greene; one sister Diane (Mike) Grant of Mason City.

    She is preceded in death by her mother, Eula Mehmen.

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

Mariette Reid - Greene

     Funeral Services for Mariette O. Reid, 91, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, February, 12, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church in Greene with Pastor Cathy Belles officiating. Private burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., on Monday at the church.

     Mariette Oline Einen was born on April 13, 1926, in Madelia, Minnesota, the daughter of Arthur Emil and Della Marie (Cooling) Einen and entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at the Valley View Care Center in Greene.

     She received her education in public schools graduating from Cedar Rapids High School in 1944.  Mariette attended Stephens Women’s College in Colombia, Missouri, later attended Carleton College in Northfield, MN, where she finished earning her Sociology Degree. Her post graduate schooling was through Wartburg College in Waverly where she received her teaching certificate.

     Mariette lived in Madelia, MN until age 4, Cedar Rapids until age 17, and then move to St. Paul where she lived until she graduated from Carleton. She accepted a position with the Minnesota Public Health Department where she worked for one year before moving to Des Moines.

     Mariette was employed as a Field Representative for the Iowa Tuberculosis and Heart Association, covering eight southern counties in Iowa, for over five years.  She worked for Better Homes and Garden as an assistant manager for the Home Planning Service for 3 years.

     Mariette was united in marriage to Andrew A. Reid in 1949 in Des Moines, Iowa.  The couple adopted two children from birth: John Arthur “Jack” in 1954 and Elizabeth “Liz” in 1957. The family made their home in Madrid where Andy was a Funeral Director/ part owner of Sundberg Funeral Home.

     Mariette and Andy purchased Hamilton’s Funeral Home in Greene in 1961 giving birth to Reid’s Funeral Chapel.  Mariette worked in the funeral business with her husband until their retirement in 1984.

     She enjoyed traveling, reading, loved chocolate, “Mash” re-runs, good friends and the “neighborhood coffee group”. Mariette was proud to be a 61 year member of the P.E.O. organization. She was a member of The First Presbyterian Church in Greene.

     Living family members include her daughter Elizabeth (Samuel) Lazio, of Davenport, Daughter-in-law, Marilyn Reid of Greene, Granddaughter, Kathryn (Tyler) Eliason of Evansdale,  Heidi (Matt) Buddenberg, Decorah; Grandsons: Joseph and Mark Lazio both of Chicago, Kelly(Shirley) Thompson of Waterloo; Great Grandchildren, Alana and Kyle Thompson, Emma and Jace Buddenberg, Ander Eliason and Zia Lazio; special friend Jan Edwards of Greene.

     She was preceded in death by her husband Andy, her son Jack, and her parents.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family at P.O. Box 253, Greene, Iowa 50636.

Pauline Peter - Sheffield

     Pauline Peter passed away February 6, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa in Mason City. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, at Zion St. John Lutheran Church, Sheffield, with Rev. G. Kim Wills presiding. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday at Zion St. John Lutheran Church, 416 Sherman Street, Sheffield. Retz Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

     Pauline Annette Wearda Peter was born December 18, 1936, in Hampton, Iowa to Paul and Anna (Behn) Wearda. She grew up on farms near Clarion, Chapin and Sheffield. Pauline was active in band, basketball and 4-H while in high school. She was selected to All State Basketball honorable mention twice and was Iowa State Champion Poultry judge. Pauline was selected to attend the National 4-H Congress and made the trip to Chicago. She graduated high school in 1954.

      Pauline married Dean Peter on May 29, 1954 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Together they farmed for 40 years west of Sheffield. They retired in 1999 and moved to their home in Sheffield where each morning they took a 2 mile walk around town and then rode bikes down the trail.

      Pauline and Dean loved to go fishing in Minnesota, Clear Lake, the Ozarks and Canada. They trained and rode in 5 RAGBRAI’s. Pauline found homes for them to stay in each night of the ride. The year RAGBRAI went through Sheffield, RAGBRAI’s official pie judge, chose Pauline’s black raspberry pie as the best on RAGBRAI. Pauline and Dean trained and ran 5K races; Pauline did a few 10K’s.

      Family was important to Pauline and she cherished spending time with them playing cards, board games, fishing at the cabin or pond, watching them play high school and college sports, and sitting around the table sharing stories.

      Pauline was devoted to her church. She served in leadership roles as Council President, Fellowship Councilor, and Treasurer. She also volunteered to help with other church activities. Pauline was a 4-H leader, Hospice volunteer, Wednesday quilters at church bridge club and a Tri-S member.

      Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 63 years: Dean; children: Darryl (Dee) Peter, Sheffield, Iowa; Terry (Vicky) Peter, Ankeny, Iowa; Becky (Ron) Marlow, Pella, Iowa; Randy (Peggy) Peter, Grey Eagle, Minnesota; 10 grandchildren: Michelle (Chris) Goodwin; Neal (Heidi) Peter; Mackenzie (Adam) Davison; Mandy (Justin) Vogel; Laura (Kent) Patterson; Tammy (Rob) Sims; Kelli (Matt) Jens; Jena (Tyler) Beerends; Joe (Sabrina) Peter, Jaynie (Kenton) Huyser; and 26 great grandchildren; siblings: Don (Jan) Wearda; Irene (Ken) Jaspersen; Denise (Dean) Hogan and Donna (Jim) Sogard.

      Pauline is preceded in death by her parents and infant granddaughter Katie Ann Peter, daughter of Terry and Vicky Peter.

Roberta 'Bert' Scott - Greene

     Funeral services for Bert Scott, 92, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 27, 2017 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating.  Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at the church on Saturday.

     Roberta was born in Charles City, Iowa on October 14, 1925 to George William and Helen Marie Pfefferkorn Immel and passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Valley View Care Center in Greene, Iowa. 

      Upon graduating from Charles City High School in 1943, she became a photo finisher and worked for two years at the Peerless Photo Finishing Co. in Charles City, a job that she loved and excelled at due to her astute attention to detail and artistic ability.  After marrying Clar Bane Scott on November 11, 1945 in Charles City, they settled in Greene, Iowa, eventually building their lifelong family home in 1951.

     Roberta was a fantastic cook and baker, hosting countless holiday gatherings over the decades at her home.  She also was an avid bowler and bird watcher, passionately followed Iowa Hawkeye football, and loved her exercise classes.  Roberta always had a pot of coffee on for her friends and family.  A longtime member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene, she assisted with Bible school and was a former member of the Lutheran Ladies Circle.

     A talented homemaker, Roberta is survived by her two daughters, Penny Jacoby of Osage Beach, Missouri, and Debra (Les) Steere of Greene, Iowa.  In addition, she is also survived by her brother, Robert Immel of Bluegrass, Iowa; three grandchildren, Todd (Jennifer) Butzlaff of Des Peres, Missouri, Ronnie Butzlaff of Lake Ozark, Missouri, and Cindy Jacoby of St. Louis, Missouri; two great-granddaughters, Margaret Butzlaff of Kirkwood, Missouri and Claire Butzlaff of Des Peres, Missouri; two step great-granddaughters, Anna Blasberg of Columbia, Missouri and Paige Blasberg of Honolulu, Hawaii; nieces Valerie Bowman of Iowa City, Iowa, Diane Immel of Bluegrass, Iowa, and Sue Cruchellow of Bluegrass, Iowa; and close family friend Don Butzlaff of Lake Ozark, Missouri.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Clar Bane Scott, sister-in-law Virginia Immel, sister and brother-in-law Dorothy and Frances “Lefty” Bowman, and brother-in-law Clell Scott.

 

James Duffield - Charles City

    Funeral services for James Duffield, 87, of Charles City, formerly of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 12, 2018, at the Church of Christ, 302 S. Elizabeth Street, Clarksville with Pastor Val Swinton officiating.  Burial is in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene, with Military Rites conducted by Tack-Barnett Post 268 American Legion of Greene.

     Visitation will be 4-6:30 p.m., Thursday, with a Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m., at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene and will continue one hour before services at the church.

     Jim was born March 22, 1930, in Melrose, Wisconsin.  He was the son of Loran and Kathryn (Rand) Duffield and died Sunday, Jan. 7, at the Floyd County Medical Center.  Charles City, Iowa.

     On September 15, 1958, Jim married Carol JoAnn “Joanie” Figgins, in Canton, South Dakota. He lost his beloved Joanie in 2006.  On March 21, 2009, Jim   married Carol Jean “Jean” Ferch whom he cherished until his death.

     Jim received his education in the rural Bristow schools. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in post WWII Germany.  He was a devoted, lifetime member of the VFW.  Jim was an over the road-  truck driver for Murphy Trucking, Shippers Service, Diversified Carriers Inc., trucker of the year for Dart Transit, and ended his career at Norseman Trucking. During his 50-year career he drove more than 6,000,000 miles.

     His interests included Cubs baseball, Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers football, listening and dancing to country and western music.  Finally, in his eighties he tried learning to play guitar. He had been known to sing on stage with his favorite band, Endless Summer, at the Elks Club where he was also a member. Jim was a devoted family man.

     Jim is survived by: his wife Jean; three sons, Terry Taylor of Cedar Falls, Del Duffield of Charles City, David (Debra) Duffield of El Cajon, CA; a daughter, Connie (Dan) Glandon of Charles City; a stepson Timothy (Kimmy) Kernes of Winterset;  two stepdaughters, Laurie Pederson (fiancé Timothy Betts) of Charles City and Orchard,  and Kathleen Wray  (Doug Probst) of Creston; a sister-in-law, Betty Pennington of Mason City; six grandchildren, Cody Duffield, Lindsey (Jarrod) Tell, Joshua Duffield, Cassandra Glandon, Jesse Duffield, Jason Glandon; and one great-granddaughter, Lynnlee Tell, nine step grandchildren.

     He was preceded in death by his wife, Joanie Duffield; his parents; son, Douglas James Duffield; his brother, Don Duffield; two sisters Lorraine Sessler, Martha Starkey; and two stepsons, Bob Kernes and Patrick Kernes.

     Memorials may be directed to the family at P.O. Box 313 Rockford, Iowa 50468-0313

Ron Siems - Sheffield

     Ronald Dick Siems, 67, known as ‘Hort’ by most, died Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at home. A visitation of family and friends will be held at Zion St. John Lutheran Church, Sheffield, Saturday, January 13, 2018, at 10:30 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11:30 a.m. led by Rev. G Kim Wills. Immediately upon conclusion of the service, everyone is invited to share more memories during a lunch provided in the church fellowship hall. The gathering to celebrate Hort’s life will be informal.

     Ron was born February 1, 1950 to Dick and Goldie (Rieman) Siems, and was a lifelong resident of Sheffield. He was baptized as an infant in the former EUB (Evangelical United Brethren) Church, attended Sheffield-Chapin Schools and graduated in 1968.

     In 1970 Ron married the love of his life, Judy A. Loken. Together they had a daughter – Rebecca Anne, and a son – Joseph John.

     Ron was employed at the Sheffield Brick and Tile for many years until it closed down completely. Then he began his career as a semi-truck driver. He drove for Doug’s Transfer until the business was discontinued, then shortly thereafter, drove many years for Con-Way Freight, (now known as XPO Logistics), til he retired in 2016.

     Ron spent his childhood as a very quiet and shy person and no one really knows how that changed, but when he started talking, he kept on talking, and talking, and talking!

     Ron was a champion pool player and would take on any opponent that challenged him.

     Ron was a ball player! He began with Little League Baseball and ended with Slow-Pitch Softball into his 50’s. There was even a time that he played for 3 different teams. He coached Little League as well as a couple of women’s softball teams. He also did more than his fair share of umpiring.

     Ron went right from ballplayer to golfer. It didn’t take long for him to love the game, even though his club would sometimes fly farther than his ball in the beginning.

     Ron was a hunter. For many years he hunted with his “Buckshot Buddies” over by Greene. He loved pheasant season and it was his favorite time of year, as they were some of his favorite people.

     Ron was a dad. He thoroughly enjoyed children…especially his own. They were his pride and joy and a great source of happiness.

     Ron was a grampa…with them his pride, joy and happiness became greater!

     Left with many memories to share with each other are his wife of 47 years: Judy Loken Siems; daughter: Rebecca Siems Anderson (Jerry) of Des Moines; son: Joseph Siems (Melanie) of Nora Springs; granddaughter: Emily N. Siems; grandson: Brody J. Siems; mother-in-law: Ann Loken, Sioux Falls, SD; brothers and sisters-in-law: John (Bev) Loken, Eden Prairie, MN; Alan (Joan) Berdahl, Sioux Falls, SD; Roger (Jana) Stumme, Tripoli, IA; Jeff (Sue) Loken, Dakota City, IA and their families; uncles Edward Siems, Sheffield, Iowa; Delbert Siems, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Robert Rieman, Quincy, IL, and numerous cousins.

     He is preceded in death by his only brother: Anthony (Tony) J. Siems and his parents.

Richard Mason - Chapin

Richard Mason, 82, of Chapin, died Monday, January 1, 2018 at his home. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday at First Grace Baptist Church, Sheffield with Rev. Ken Livingston presiding. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, at First Grace Baptist Church. Retz Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

     Richard Dale Mason was born October 20, 1935, the son of Joseph and Helen (Bents) Mason in Dumont, Iowa. He grew up in Dougherty and graduated from Sheffield High School in 1954. His plans to attend college were altered when he received a request from his country to serve in the Army.

     Richard was united in marriage with Darlene Ubben at the E.U.B. Church in Sheffield on December 29, 1957 and just celebrated their 60th anniversary.

     Rich began working at the Chapin School as Janitor and continued in Sheffield as they closed the Chapin building. After nearly 30 years he left the school in 1988 and became the Dock Manager at Younkers in Mason City and held that position for 17 years.

     A family oriented man, Richard enjoyed attending all his grandchildren’s activities and sports. He instilled the lessons in his family to always help those who are in need. He was definitely a ‘Mr. Fix-it’ rarely discarding things because, ‘they just might be useful to fix something else.’ He was active in his church, as an usher and greeter, served on the designing and building committee and assisting with the building of the current building. In the summer Richard frequently rode his bicycle to Sheffield each day to visit his friends.

     Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 60 years: Darlene; children: Brenda (Carl) Anderson, Shawnee Mission, KS; Brian (Kim) Mason, Belmond; Rhonda (Amado) Guerrero, Sheffield; 8 grandchildren: Bridget (Mark) Ortiz; Danielle (Josh) Arnold; Jenna Anderson; Rachel (C.J.) Reeves; Lindsey Mason; Madelyne Mason; Jacy Guerrero; Ylani Guerrero; great grandchildren: Isabella; Camden, Sophia, Sebastian, Elijah & Oliver.

     Richard is preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Helen Mason and mother and father-in-law: Emil and Dorothy Ubben.

Gordon Rohwedder - Marble Rock

     Funeral services for Gordon Rohwedder, 74, of Marble Rock will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 5, 2018, at the Walter F. Bohl Community Center, 520 College Street, Marble Rock with Pastor Dennis Burns officiating.  Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Marble Rock.

     Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday also at the Community Center.

     Gordon L. Rohwedder was born in Charles City, Iowa, the son of Richard and Carole (Borchard) Rohwedder and died on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.  He attended public school graduating from Rockford High School in 1961.

     Gordon was united in marriage to Cheryl Carlson on August 20, 1962, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.  This union was blessed with two sons, Randy and Brad. The couple farmed in the Marble Rock area moving into Marble Rock in 1988. Gordon farmed over 2, 000 acres in the area retiring in 2008.

     Gordy was a member of the United Methodist Church in Marble Rock.  He served for five years as a councilmen and eight years as Mayor of Marble Rock. Gordy served eight years on the Floyd, Mitchell, and Chickasaw Solid Waste Management Agency. He was also a member of the Lions Club.

     Gordy liked to tinker with cars and machinery, enjoyed playing golf with his wife and friends, crossword puzzles, ice fishing, riding his motorcycle and snow mobile. Gordy had a cabin in Philips, Wisconsin the family enjoyed together for mini vacations. He was very artistic and mechanical and fabricated many parts he need on the farm or for projects he tackled. He was a hard worker and was very dedicated to his family.  Gordy liked being a father and grandfather and was faithful to attend school functions.  Two highlights in Gordy’s life were when he was told he was going to be a grandfather and the farm sale at the end of his career that allowed him to recognize how successful he had truly been over the years.

     After retirement he had his workshop to tinker in and to have coffee in with his friends every morning.

     Living family members include his loving wife, Cheryl of Marble Rock; two sons, Randy (Kelly) Rohwedder of Menomonie, WI; Brad (Laura) Rohwedder of Charles City; grandchildren: Brooke (Steve) Paulsen, Kameron Rohwedder, Kelsey Rohwedder, Shelby Atkinson (fiancé Jacob Von Tish); great-grandchildren: Hayden Rink, Max and Arlo Atkinson, Addison and Cooper Paulsen and one on the way; mother Carole Rohwedder, Greene; sister Gloria (Roger) Stover of Dows; mother-in-law Dorothy Carlson of Mason City; brother-in-law: Jerry (Judy) Carlson and sister-in-law: Carole Tanner; nieces, nephews and cousins, faithful canine Maggie.

     Preceded in death by his Grandson, Father, and Father-in-law.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Gordon Rohwedder Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 265, Marble Rock, Iowa 50653.

Gordon Brouwer - Sheffield

Gordon Brouwer, 81, of Sheffield, passed away, Saturday, December 30, 2017 at the Sheffield Care Center. Memorial services will be held in the spring.

Mary Jane Rawson - Sheffield

     Mary Jane Rawson, 77, of Sheffield, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at the home farm. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 6, 2018, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Thornton, with Rev. Rhea Evanson presiding. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be 4:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, January 5, 2018 at Retz Funeral Home, 107 N. 2nd Street, Thornton. Memorials may be directed to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in her memory.

     Mary Jane was born in Swaledale, Iowa on August 31, 1940, the daughter of Louie and Reva (Tice) Peters. Mary Jane attended Swaledale High School. She graduated from Mason City Junior College and finished her teaching degree at Drake University. She taught in Kanawha, Ankeny and Washington, Iowa. She left teaching to raise her three daughters in Newton then returning to Northern Iowa in 1974.

     Mary Jane was united in marriage with Mike Rawson on January 13, 1978. They established their home where they raised their family in Thornton. During these years ‘MJ’ devoted 25 years of invaluable service to Opportunity Village in Clear Lake, where she retired from.

     Mary Jane spent a lot of her time traveling to Des Moines to spend time with her daughters and grandchildren. She always had weekly dinners with her granddaughter, Ellyse, who is attending NIACC. Her retirement years did not slow her down and she was more active in those years. MJ was very devoted to her communities and to her church.

      Mary Jane is survived by her children:  Randy (Barb) Rawson, John’s Island, SC; Daughters: LeeAnn Rawson, Charleston, SC, Kris (TJ) Guzzi, Altoona, Shari (Michael) Rudawski, West Des Moines, Stacy (Adivino) Vasquez, Ankeny, Steve (Faith) Peters, Rockwell; Grandchildren: Miranda Rawson, Ellyse Rogers, Jimmy Guzzi, Sam Schmida; Ethan Rogers; Siblings: Tootie (Daryl) Buchholtz, Swaledale, Gary (Karen) Peters, Ventura, Bev (Ron) Behr, Rockwell, Sister-in-laws: Nancy Peters and Priscilla Scholten and many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

     Mary Jane is preceded in death by her parents, Louie and Reva Peters, husband, Mike, brother, Lynn Peters and grandson, Colby Rawson.   Mary Jane’s life was a blessing, her memory a treasure, and she is loved beyond words and will be missed beyond measure.

“The hardest part isn’t losing you; it’s learning to live without you”

Sandra Kammrad - Forest City

     Sandra Kammrad, 69, of Forest City, died Thursday, December 21, 2017, at Hospice of North Iowa in Mason City. Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m., Thursday, December 28, at First Grace Baptist Church, Sheffield, with Rev. Ken Livingston presiding. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield.

     Sandra Lee Kammrad was born November 6, 1948, in Mason City, a daughter of Everett and Eleanor (Anderson) Berrier. She grew up attending Mason City Schools and graduated before attending NIACC.

     On June 17, 1967 Sandra was united in marriage with Rick Kammrad at Calvary Alliance Church in Mason City. While he served in the Army the couple lived in Germany. When they returned to Iowa, Sandra worked for Sukup Manufacturing. They later relocated to Forest City and Sandra worked for Pamida for many years.

     Sandra like to sew for others and made many bride’s maid dresses and gowns. She also was an accomplished cook and enjoyed gardening, especially her flowers. She was a collector of dolls, both Barbie and porcelain dolls. She also had a collection of rare Salvation Army Dolls.

     Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 50 years, Rick Kammrad; daughter: Kristie Lee (Rick) Morris, Forest City; 2 grandchildren: Cassandra (Phil) Biermann and Sarah Miles (Drew Heuberger);  7 great grandchildren: Nevaeh, Bryce, Mallorie, Lily, Parker, Bentley & Linkin; brother: Richard (Sandy) Kunzman; sister: Janet (Roger) Carpenter; aunt: Shirley Wallace and mother-in-law: Eileen Lutcavish; aunt Shirley Wallace, many cousins and extended family.

     Sandra is preceded in death by her parents and nephew Timmy Carpenter, aunts Hazel Hernandez and Thelma Mahaffey and uncle Irvin Terry.

Evelyn Stabenow - Greene

     Funeral services for Evelyn Stabenow will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 23, 2017, at St. Mary Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Mary Cemetery.

     Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Friday, December 22, 2017, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene, Iowa. with a rosary service to follow at 7p.m.

     Evelyn was born on July 4th 1927 to Will and Genevieve Stanton Stabenow at their farm home in rural Greene and passed away December 18, 2017 at the Allison Rehabilitation Center in Allison, Iowa. Evelyn attended country school until 8th grade then attended Greene High School where she graduated in 1946.  

     After High School Evelyn worked at the Charles City Laundry for a number of years until she moved to Greene with her parents. She was a babysitter to many families in Greene along with being a caregiver to her parents.

     Evelyn was a deeply caring person and did all the worrying about the wellbeing of friends and family.  She never missed sending greetings to everyone with cards and notes.  Evelyn was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and St Jude’s circle.

      Evelyn is survived by her sisters Rita Merfeld of Greene and Carla Phalen of Cedar Falls; her nephews Mike Merfeld, David Merfeld, Pat Phalen and niece Theresa Vickery; great nieces and nephews Jordan Merfeld, Zach (Alysha) Merfeld, Rachel Vickery, Mark Vickery, Trent Merfeld, Jenna Vickery and Tyler Merfeld; great great nieces and nephew Cadence, Taylor and Brady Merfeld; special cousins the Barnetts, Gales and Stanton kids.

     She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers-in-law; Richard Merfeld and Michael Phalen; and nephew John Phalen.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Evelyn Stabenow Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 492, Greene, Iowa 50636

Alva Eugene Lubkeman - Rockwell

     Alva Lubkeman of rural Rockwell passed away Thursday, December 14, 2017, at the Sheffield Care Center. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, at Zion St. John Lutheran Church, Sheffield, with Rev. G. Kim Wills presiding. Interment with Veteran’s Honors will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be 3:00 – 6:00 p.m., Sunday, at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield.

     Alva Eugene Lubkeman was born on March 25, 1929, to William and Louise (Brammer) Lubkeman. He passed away on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at the Sheffield Care Center following a short illness. Alva attended country school before graduating from Sheffield High School. He was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church in Sheffield.

     Following graduation, Alva farmed with his dad until he was called to serve in the Army in Germany during the Korean War. This was a very significant time of his life and he was fond of retelling stories of his time in the service and serving as a cook for thousands of troops.

     Upon returning to the United States, Alva resumed farming. On November 14, 1956, he was united in marriage to Linda Walters of Mason City. Together they raised three children and worked on their farm near Rockwell. Alva lived on the family farm for over sixty years.

     Alva was a quiet, gentle man who was a friend to everyone he met. He’d have a friendly conversation with anyone and was always willing to help others. He was dedicated to his family, his parents and the family farm. This dedication was visible in his gentle leadership as a father, his preservation of the land and stewardship of its resources. He loved animals, especially his cattle. An avid reader, he enjoyed learning about new farming methods. Mostly, he enjoyed spending time with his family and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were always sure to put that wonderful smile on his face.

     Alva is survived by his three children, Alan (Paula) Lubkeman, Sheffield; Steven (Marie) Lubkeman, Rockwell; Julie (Terry) Smith, Urbandale; ten grandchildren, Joshua (Theresa) Lubkeman, Nathan (Emily) Lubkeman, Emily (Eric) Alcott, William (Katy) Lubkeman, Heidi (Gannon) Hendrick, Breanna Lubkeman, Nicole Gustafson, Joseph, Carter, and Hanna Smith. Great grandchildren include Mason, Eric, Arilynn, and Sean Lubkeman; Preston and Taylor Lubkeman; Sawyer and Lincoln Alcott; and one sister, Eleanor Olk, special friend, Byron Heginger.

     He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Louise Lubkeman; wife, Linda; brother, Wayne Lubkeman; and two great-grandchildren, Garric Lubkeman and Sophie Alcott.

Gladys Gross - Thornton

     Gladys Anna (Miller) Gross, 98, formerly of Thornton, passed peacefully from this life to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on November 29, 2017 at the Good Shepherd Health Center, Mason City, Iowa.

     Gladys Anna Miller was born on the family farm one mile south of Burchinal on October 24, 1919, the daughter of Henry and Anna (Thiele) Miller. She graduated from Rockwell High School in 1937 and received her teaching certificate from Iowa State Teacher’s College (now UNI) in Cedar Falls. She continued her education in later years at Drake University, Mankato State University and NIACC.

     Gladys began her teaching career in a one room rural school north of Thornton, Grimes #9, from 1938-1940, earning $55 a month. Driving her Model T from Rockwell, she brought water with her every day for her students.  During those years she met her future husband Buford Gross, the love of her life, at a dance in Thornton. They were married at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Rockwell, on May 28, 1941. They lived and farmed one mile south of Thornton for 52 years.

     In 1957 Gladys returned to teaching in the second grade in the Meservey Community School and continued there for 25 years. She loved her many years of teaching, guiding her students and trying to bring out the best in them. Her motto always was, “There is good in every child.” Her second grade students were a special joy to her and they remained “her kids” throughout her life. She always enjoyed hearing from them or reading about her former students as they moved on with their lives.

     In 1982 she retired from teaching and with her husband spent many wonderful summers at their home on Leech Lake in Minnesota. They enjoyed traveling in the area, fishing for the “big ones” and welcoming family and friends to their home.

     Gladys enjoyed telling many stories of her happy life growing up in her beloved home town of Rockwell. Her granddaughter Lyndsay compiled many of those memories into a book honoring her on her 90th birthday. As a young girl she began taking piano lessons and developed a special talent which carried on throughout her life. She was confirmed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and was a Sunday school teacher and church organist there for many years.  After her marriage she joined the Richland Lutheran Church, Thornton and served as their organist for over 35 years. In addition to playing for Sunday services she also played the piano and organ for countless weddings, funerals and other events. She was a member of the Richland Ladies Aid and a charter member of the Thornton Women’s Club.

     She will be remembered fondly by her family and friends for her fun-loving approach to life, her generosity and her kindness. She enjoyed celebrating birthdays and special events with her family and also with other people she cared for by sending them a card, a note or writing them a special poem. Most of all, Gladys enjoyed spending time with her family. Being with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought her so much happiness right up to the end of her life. She taught them to have kindness in their hearts and to live their lives to the fullest. The legacy she leaves her family is the very picture of what it means to be a loving and caring wife, mother and grandmother.

     A heartfelt thank you to the staff at Apple Valley Assisted Living, Clear Lake, and the Good Shepherd Health Center, Mason City, and Hospice of North Iowa for their compassion and the excellent care given her in her later years. A special thank you to all the considerate people who stopped to visit her and send her cards on various occasions especially the Richland Lutheran Ladies Aid, Judie & Larry Lightbody, and Bonnie & Gary Younge.

     Grateful for having the joy of sharing Gladys’ life are her children; Nancy (Larry) Sheriff, Sheffield; Richard (Lori) Gross, Osage; Robert (Judy) Gross, Clear Lake; grandchildren; Matthew (Sheri) Sheriff, Norfolk, NE, Jennifer Sheriff, Sheffield; Lyndsay (Brendan) Murphy, Peachtree Corners, GA; Jordan (Sarah) Gross, St. Anthony, MN; Alison (Tom) Harris, Gilbert, AZ;  Cooper (Mallory) Gross, Sioux Falls, SD and great grandchildren Jasi Sheriff, Oliver & Harry Murphy, Crosby & Sullivan Gross and Piper Gross.

     At peace with her now in heaven are her husband Buford, her parents Anna and Henry; brother, Alvin; step-sister Helen (Miller) Anderson, an infant daughter; an infant son; and grandson Jason Sheriff .

     A memorial service and interment is being planned by her family for the spring, 2018.

 

Ron Symens - Sheffield

     Ronald Symens, 78, of Sheffield, passed away Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at the Franklin General Hospital while under the care of Hospice of North Iowa. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 2, at the First Reformed Church in Meservey with Rev. Rodney Meester presiding. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., Friday at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield.

     Ronald Luverne Symens was born January 15, 1939 in Hampton, Iowa, to Edward and Eunice (Hovey) Symens. Ron graduated from Hansell High School in 1956. He attended Central College in Pella for 2 years. After college he worked for Wolf Trucking in Latimer.

     Ron was united in marriage with Donna Suntken August 22, 1959. To this union three children were born, Brian, Linda and Mark.

     Ron started farming in 1960 in the Alexander, Meservey and Sheffield areas. He enjoyed being an umpire for baseball and softball for 25 years. Ron was a member of the First Reformed Church in Meservey where he taught Sunday School, Catechism, sang in the choir and was on the consistory for many years. He had been active in the Sheffield Lions club for several years. Ron retired from farming in 2012 and moved into Sheffield in 2014.

     Ron is survived by his wife of 58 years: Donna Symens; son: Brian (Sue) Symens and their children Elizabeth "Liz" and Ben; daughter: Linda Dippel and son Nathan; and son: Mark (Amy) Symens and their children Michael (Megan), Zachary, Spencer, Reese and Mitchell.

     He is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Eunice, a brother John Symens, a sister Audrey Jurgens, and daughter-in-law Lisa Symens.

Evelyn Downing - Clear Lake

      Funeral Mass for Evelyn Lucille Downing, 83, of Clear Lake, Iowa, will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 1, 2017, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan officiating.  Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Greene.

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

   Evelyn Lucille Downing was born May 8, 1934, in rural Greene, Coldwater Township, Iowa, the daughter of Leo Daniel and Anna Marie (Crowe) Downing and died Sunday, November 26, 2017 at the Oakwood Care Center from congestive heart failure. She received her education in public school and graduated from Greene High School in 1951.  Evelyn was employed by Interstate Power Company in Greene and then in Clear Lake for 43 years, retiring in 1994.

     Evelyn will be remembered as a loving sister and aunt to many nieces and nephews.  She remembered all of their birthdays with a nice card, letter and would offer to take them out to eat to celebrate the day! She loved to visit in person or on the phone and was always generous to everyone.

     Aunt Evie loved to shop and go out to eat! Just give her a call and she would be ready to go when you got to her apartment.  She was always very considerate to all her many friends and large family.  If you needed someone’s address, just call Evie and she would have it for you.  She sent out lots of greeting cards and she received many in return.

     She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Clear Lake and usually went to the Saturday night Mass and then out to eat with a bunch of her friends from church.

     She is survived by her sister, Millie Goodenberger of Coralville and a sister-in-law Margaret Downing of Waverly and many special nieces and nephews, including Jan, Nancy, Bob, Rick, Marsha, Eugene, Ellen, Darlene, Mary, Carla, John, Sandy, Joan, Linda, Ann, Mike, Dan, Christy, Tom and Ross and their spouses and families.

     Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Margaret Ritter, three brothers: Eugene, Louis and Daniel Downing and a special nephew, Denny Ritter.

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

Marilyn Enabnit - Marble Rock

     Funeral services for Marilyn Irene Enabnit, 80, of Marble Rock will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at the Walter F. Bohl Community Center in Marble Rock with Pastor Dennis Burns officiating.  Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery, Marble Rock.

     Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at Community Center in Marble Rock and will continue one hour before the service on Wednesday.

     Marilyn Irene Nehls was born on July 6, 1937, in Charles City, Floyd Co., Iowa, the daughter of Frank and Irene (Hobert) Nehls and died Saturday, November 25, 2017, at the Nora Springs Care Center in Nora Springs after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.  She received her education in public school graduating from Charles City High School in 1955 where she was active in the school band as a baton twirler.

     Following graduation she became a bookkeeper at Schmidt Plumbing and then at Good Year Tire. 

     Marilyn was united in marriage to Arlin Enabnit on March 3, 1957 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Charles City.  This union was blessed with two daughters: Brenda and Sandra.  Marilyn devoted her life to working alongside her husband and was instrumental in their farming operation as well as managing their home and raising their daughters. Despite her 15 year battle with Parkinson’s she remained determined and with fortitude prevailed as she battled her health related challenges.  

     She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Marble Rock for over 50 years where she taught Sunday school, when her children were young and was a member of the UMW. Marilyn was an active member of the Stroud Gates Post 387 American Legion Auxiliary of Marble Rock.

     Marilyn loved to grow flowers and garden, she enjoyed golfing and participating in tournaments, Marilyn liked to go to the casino on occasion and always enjoyed traveling with her husband. She liked the water and liked to water ski.  Her grandchildren were at the top of her list and she was very faithful to attend all of their school events.

     Living family members include her loving husband of 60 years, Arlin; two daughters: Brenda (Steve) Watters, Swaledale; Sandra (Rob) Robinson, Independence; grandchildren: Jesse (Tanya) Watters and their children: Jack, Ava, and Emerie; Jake (Katie Heuer) Watters and their son Bryer and another due in January 2018; Dr. Matt (Randy) Robinson, Mikki Scott and her son, Tanner; Toni Robinson; sister Jan (John) Coughlin and nieces and nephews.

     Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, brother Ronald, sister-in-law Betty and niece Linda Gifford.

Those planning an expression of sympathy in lieu of flowers may direct memorials to the family, P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636.

Edward Lauterbach - Marble Rock

     Funeral services for Edward Allen Lauterbach, 64, of Marble Rock will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at Retz Funeral Home in Greene with Pastor Jim Ackerson officiating.  Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery, Marble Rock.

     Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Wednesday at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene.

     Edward Lauterbach was born on July 16, 1953 in Charles City, Iowa the son of Peter and Lelia (Nash) Lauterbach and passed away on November 20, 2017, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City. Ed grew up on the family farm west of Marble Rock.  He attended grade school and junior high in Marble Rock and went to High School in Rockford.  He attended NIACC for training as a Tractor Mechanic.

     Ed worked briefly for an implement dealer until times were slow. He then worked for a pre-stressed concrete maker in Clear Lake. Later he worked for the Oliver Plant Foundry in Charles City. Then Ed got to be the farmer he had always wanted to be when he was able to rent his Uncle John Lauterbach’s farm.  He farmed with his father and brother, Brian until health issues forced him to retire.

     Ed attended the Baptist Church in Marble Rock. He loved farming, liked tractors, cars, battleships, Karaoke and his friends.

     Living family members include his brother John Lauterbach, sister-in-law, Barb Lauterbach , niece, Anna Lauterbach and several cousins.

     Ed was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Brian.

 

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Marble Rock 1st Responders or Hospice of North Iowa.

Mel Ammerman - Sheffield

Melvin Ammerman, 81, of Sheffield, passed away, Thursday, November 9, 2017, at the Sheffield Care Center. A Service of Remembrance will be held 5:00 p.m., Sunday at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield. Visitation will be 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery in Sheffield. In lieu of flowers Mel’s family suggests memorials to the American Lung Association in his memory.

                Melvin Henry Ammerman was born August 20, 1936, on a farm southeast of Meservey, a son of William and Emma (Nagel) Ammerman. They moved to the Sheffield area and Mel graduated from Sheffield High School in 1955. Mel was married to Oletha Koch, they were blessed with 3 daughters.

                Mel worked at the Farmer’s Coop for 6 years and started farming with his father in 1963. He also farmed many years with Christian Horstman, whom he considered a second father. He served on the Elevator Board and in the Army Reserves for 6 years. Mel retired in 1997 and moved into Sheffield in 2007.

                He enjoyed farming, but also spending time with his grandkids and friends fishing and golfing. He was known for a good sense of humor and while he was able, working with the American Legion especially on Memorial Day. He was dedicated and loyal to his friends, especially Dick and Lou Brown and Wayne Dahley who helped him stay independent in his home as long as he could.

                Left to cherish his memory are his daughters: Teresa (Eric) Sept, Twin Falls, ID; Debbie (Greg) Horton, Twin Falls, ID; Jodi (Aaron) Johnson, Weiser, ID; 7 Grandchildren: Jennifer (Derek) Biggers; Holly (Jared) Grimm; Erica (Mike) Urie; Kristin (Greg) Huddleston; Katelin Horton; Luke Johnson; Trinity Johnson; 9 Great Grandchildren and many good friends.

                Mel is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Donald.

 

Arlis Bertelsen - Thornton

     Arlis Bertelsen, 87, formerly of Thornton, passed away Sunday, October 29, 2017, at Deerfield Place Assisted Living in Sheffield. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m, Wednesday, November 8, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Thornton with Rev. Rhea Evanson presiding. Interment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, Thornton. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m, Tuesday at Retz Funeral Home, Thornton.

     Arlis Mae Bertelsen was born July 24, 1930, on a farm near Pilot Knob to Howard and Hazel (Halverson) Taylor. She was baptized and confirmed at Faith Lutheran Church, Miller, Iowa. Arlis graduated Hayfield High School in 1947 and attended Waldorf College in Forest City where she obtained her two-year teaching degree in 1949.

     At the age of 19 she began teaching 2nd grade at the Thornton Schools. Shortly after arriving in Thornton, she met Eugene Bertelsen. The two were married on May 13, 1951, and together raised three daughters on the family farm south of Thornton. In the early 70’s , Arlis returned to college at UNI to earn her bachelor teaching degree. She taught remedial reading in the Dougherty and Sheffield-Chapin Schools until 1992. After her retirement, she kept active reading, substitute teaching, and volunteering over 1000 hours at Mercy Medical Center in Mason City.

     Throughout her life, she also was an active member of the Thornton Women’s Club, WELCA and taught Sunday School for many years at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Family, faith, and education were very important to Arlis. Together with Grandpa B, they rarely missed a concert or sporting event involving their grandchildren. 

     Being a child of the Depression, Arlis was personally frugal but was extremely generous with her family. Grandma B made significant annual contributions to her grandchildren’s college savings throughout her life. She was very proud that all eight of her grandchildren had achieved academic merit while earning college degrees of four years or more. Arlis was a lifelong educator and a lifelong learner.

     Left to cherish her memory are her three daughters: Lori (Richard) Jorgensen, Terri (Kent) Pals, and Sue (Bret) Lage. Eight grandchildren: Heather Jorgensen (friend Jason Quint), Matthew (Amy) Pals, Tate (Kelsey) Lage, Kristi (Joel) Kohler, Kyle Jorgensen (friend Nandita Agarwal), Gabrielle Lage (friend Chase Adams), Alex Pals (friend Kaitlin Olson), and Briana (Alex) Brayton. Four great grandchildren: Liv Taylor Ginther, Adeline Ann Lage, Hank Allen Lage and Hadley Ann Kohler. One sister-in-law: Donna Brooks and many special nieces and nephews.

     Arlis was preceded in death by her husband Eugene, parents Howard and Hazel Taylor, parents-in-law Hans and Hulda Bertelsen, brother Wayne Taylor, sister Marjorie Hopper, brothers-in-law James Brooks and Richard Hopper, and sister-in-law, Ruby Taylor.

Ruth Wunsch - Allison

     Funeral Services for Ruth H. Wunsch, 91, formerly of Greene, will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 2, 2017, 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 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Thursday at the church.

     Ruth Henrietta Folkerts  was born, June 29, 1926, and raised on the family farm in Bristow a daughter of Minno and Celia (Jepsen) Folkerts and passed away Friday, October 27, 2017, at the Rehabilitation Center of Allison in Allison.

     Ruth graduated from Bristow High School in 1944. She attended La James Beauty School and worked for Dorothy’s Beauty Shop in Greene for many years.

     Ruth saw Walter Wunsch across the room at school and told her girlfriends “that’s the man I’m going to marry”. Ruth married Walter at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa, on October 6, 1946. They made their home in Greene.  This union was blessed with five children.

     Ruth was baptized on June 19, 1927, at the United Brethren Church in Bristow and was confirmed on March 23, 1941, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene. Ruth was an active member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, where she served as a member of the Altar Guild, on the WELCA committee, and sang in the choir. Ruth made sure her children grew up with a firm Christian foundation which included Sunday school and church on a weekly basis.

     Ruth was a homemaker in every sense of the word.  She loved her family and devoted her life to caring for them.  She made home cooked meals, homemade bread and sweet rolls, sewed and did repair work, cared for the home and much more.  She loved spending time with family and friends, travel and playing golf. She was proud to make a teddy bear for each grandchild on their first birthday and a Raggedy Ann or Andy doll on their second.  These acts of love and devotion are cherished to this day.  Ruth was a soft spoken woman of few words. When she spoke it was with purpose and meaning and everyone listened.  She walked in grace and with humility and commitment.

     Ruth is survived by  her children  Linda Foster (Lloyd)  Nooksack, WA; Steve Wunsch, Ida Grove, IA; Kenny (Jody) Wunsch, Marshalltown, IA; Randy (Kelly) Wunsch, Garner, IA; Carol (Keith) Kinnaird, Redmond, WA; twelve grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Hewitt, Allison, IA; one brother-in-law Claire ‘Skip’ Merfeld, Sun City, AZ.

     Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Walter in 2002; her parents; one sister, Alice Merfeld.

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

Beverly Jean Heidenwirth - Greene

     Funeral services for Beverly Jean Heidenwirth, 90, of Greene will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 23, 2017, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating.  Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.

     Visitation will be from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Monday at the church.

     Beverly Jean Shultz was born on February 18, 1927, in Greene, Iowa, the daughter of Berton N. and Louise M. (Drogemuller) Shultz Sr. and died on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at the Valley View Care Center in Greene.  She received her education in public school graduating from Greene High School in       1944.  Beverly continued her education at Wartburg College in Waverly where she earned her teaching certificate. Following graduation she taught at several country schools in Butler County.

     Beverly was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene where she was baptized on March 20, 1927 and confirmed May 11, 1941. She was a member of the Tack-Barnett Post 268 American Legion Auxiliary and the Round Grove Country Club of Greene.

     Beverly was united in marriage to Max Raymond Heidenwirth on December 21, 1946, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. This union was blessed with two sons, Tim and Tom. Beverly worked for the family business, Greene Ag Services, as an office manager.

     She was a very accomplished cook and homemaker.  She was very particular about her home and enjoyed providing tasty meals for her family.  She played golf and bridge and loved to travel.  Beverly spent 16 years wintering at her home at Adobe Wells Country Club, in McAllen,TX.

     Living family members include her sons: Tim (Rebecca) Heidenwirth, Greene; Tom (Debra) Heidenwirth, Greene; grandchildren: Tina (Chad) Wihlm, Mason City; Matthew (Sheri) Heidenwirth, Harmony, MN; Erin (Kris) Dralle, Greene; Holly (Brandon) Beaver, Denver NC; Tomas Heidenwirth, Parkersburg; great-grandchildren: Peyton Heidenwirth, Blake Beaver, Greta Beaver, Skyler Wihlm, Spencer Wihlm, Isaac Trees, Olivia Dralle, Augusta Dralle, Eisley Dralle; sisters: Dorothy Watson, Charles City; Francis Starkweather, Norwalk; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Helen and Don Lester; several nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by her Husband, Max in 1998; her parents, Berton and Louise Shultz; Brother Berton Shultz Jr., Brothers-in-law, Norman Watson and Jerry Starkweather; mother-in-law, Marie Heidenwirth; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Hazel and Walter Detra.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family.

Randy Janssen - Nora Springs

     Randy “Buck” Janssen, 63, passed away on October 4th, 2017 in the Rockwell Community Nursing Home. Per his wishes, no funeral services will be held.

     The family requests that those who express sympathy do so by including memories and nicknames he may have had for you included with their well wishes. We thank Retz Funeral Home for their support and kindness.

     Randy was born in Charles City, IA to Roger and Carol (Steil) Janssen. He worked years ago for Trettin HE Incorporated. He was an avid outdoorsman, and loved hunting and fishing. He had a giant personality and a quick wit that will be missed by all who knew him.

     Randy is survived by his mother Carol Janssen, his brother Rick Janssen (Loren Marlette), his sister Deb (Brian) Grinstead, his daughter Tammy Janssen, daughter Amanda (Scott) Boehmer. Nieces and nephews Christopher (Kate) Janssen, Michael Grinstead, Katie (Chad) Buffington. Grandchildren Micala, Alec Fritze, Mia, Hunter, and Logan. He treasured his grandchildren and was a strong influence on their lives and they will honor his memory with the lessons he’s taught them with love and dignity. His significant other Jan Ward. He loved Jan’s children, family, and grandchildren like his own, and they will forever cherish the memories they have with him.

     Randy is preceded in death by his father Roger Janssen, and both paternal and maternal grandparents.

     The family of Randy wishes to extend our sincere thanks to all the people in the medical field and friends who offered their assistance in diligently attending to his care.

Marcella Koenigsfeld - Roseville

     Funeral Mass for Marcella Catherine Koenigsfeld, 96, of Greene, formerly of Roseville, will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 9, 2017, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Roseville, rural Marble Rock, Iowa with Msgr. Walter Brunkan and Msgr. James Koenigsfeld officiating. Burial will be in the Roseville Cemetery.

     Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Sunday, October 8, 2017, at the Roseville Gymnasium in Roseville where there will be a Rosary at 4:00 p.m., and Scripture Service at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue at the church one hour before services.

     Marcella was born October 30, 1920, in Dougherty, Iowa, the daughter of Frank and Josephine (Noss) Marzen and died Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at the Valley View Care Center in Greene, Iowa.

     She received her education in parochial and public schools graduating from Charles City High School in 1938.  Marcella worked for many local families and for world-renowned golfer, Gene Sarazen near Brookfield, Ct before marrying Lawrence Koenigsfeld on February 25, 1941, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Roseville.  For many years she and Lawrence operated the Roseville Store and were custodians for the church in Roseville.  She also worked at Meusel Hardware in Charles City for several years along with being a homemaker.

     Marcella is survived by six sons: Msgr. James of Pueblo, Co; Joseph (Mary) of Dakota City, NE; Jerome (Billie) of North Little Rock, AR; Al (Mary) of Charles City; Gene (Cindy) of Littleton, Co; and Richard (Donna Payan) of Marble Rock and Sun City, AZ; five daughters: MaryAnn (Joe) Barry of Cedar Falls, Patricia (Bob) Schmitt of Rockford; Regina (Todd Rule) Shirley of Charles City; Rosalie (Mike) Harden of Rockford; and Julie (Steve) Reese of Clear Lake; 32 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence; her parents; a brother, Kenneth Marzen; a daughter-in-law, Dian Koenigsfeld and a grandson, Gabe Koenigsfeld.

     Memorials in lieu of flowers may be directed to St. Mary Catholic Church in Roseville or the Cedar Valley Engine Club, with designation for upkeep on the Roseville Store.

Frances Groen - Meservey

Andrew Pals - Meservey

     Andrew M. Pals, 97, of Meservey, died Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at Hospice of North Iowa. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, at the First Reformed Church in Meservey with Rev. Rodney Meester presiding. Burial will be in the Meservey Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Sunday, at Retz Funeral Home, 201 Ohio Street, Meservey.

     Andrew Matthew Pals was born December 8, 1919, in Meservey, Iowa a son of Peter H. and Gesena (Wolters) Pals. He graduated from the Meservey School and helped his father on the farm.

     He was united in marriage to Lucille Donat on June 12, 1947 at the First Methodist Church in Waterloo, Iowa.

     Andrew Pals was a faithful member of the First Reformed Church in Meservey, where he served as Deacon and Elder for many years. He was an officer and board member of Sunny Side Haven in Meservey for 25 years. He enjoyed traveling, and spent several winters in Florida. He would come back with some magic trick he had learned and show it to his grandchildren and others. He loved farming and took great pride in his John Deere A tractor. He also raised Herford hogs and showed them at fairs including the State Fair where he won several blue ribbons. He was a committee member of the ASCS and belonged to the Meservey Camera Club.

    He enjoyed visiting with anyone about the old days and would say some words in German, especially when he knew they could understand what he said.

     Surviving family include son: Kent (Terri), Meservey; daughter: Carla (Bruce) Bertelsen, Greenville, WI; five grandchildren: Matthew (Amy) Pals; Kristi (Joel) Kohler; Alex Pals and friend Kaitlin Olson; Alyssa (Nick) Korwin; Jeremy Bertelsen and friend Tina Beu. He was looking forward to his first great-grandchild due in October.

     Andrew is preceded in death by his wife Lucille, his parents, a sister in infancy, 2 brothers and their wives: Fred (Helen) & Henry (Edna) and sisters Lena (Safford) Lock and Marie (Bernard) Vierkant and Lydia (Bill) Hemmes.

 

 Larry Lockwood - Sheffield

     Larry Lockwood, 81, of Sheffield passed away Monday, September 18, 2017 at Hospice of North Iowa in Mason City. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 23rd at Zion St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sheffield, IA. Pastor Kim Wills and Pastor Jennifer Henry will be officiating. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.. Friday at Zion St. John Lutheran Church, Sheffield. Burial will be at the West Fork Cemetery in rural Sheffield. Memorial gifts may be sent to Hospice of North Iowa and Zion St. John Lutheran Church in Sheffield.

     Larry was born September 14th, 1936 in Hampton, IA to Paul and Gretchen Lockwood. He graduated from Sheffield High School in 1954 and attended Iowa State College graduating with a Masters degree in Agricultural Education. He then taught Vo.Ag. in Maxwell, and later in Grundy Center.

     In 1961, he married Charlotte Hartwig, and they were blessed with two children, Wendy Marie and Mark David. Charlotte passed away in 1972.

     In 1974 Larry married Jan Boedecker and in1982 they moved to Sheffield, where they opened the Lockwood Insurance Agency, which they operated until retirement in 2000.     

     Since then, they have spent the winter months in Gold Canyon, AZ, where Larry’s favorite pastime was ATV riding in the desert with a special group of friends. Larry was a talented woodworker, enjoyed years of hunting, fishing, and golfing, and spending time with his grandchildren. He was known for his “dry” humor and long stories!

     Larry was preceded in death by first wife Charlotte, a baby brother David, his parents, and two sets of in-laws, two sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law. Larry is survived by wife Jan, daughter Wendy (Mike Schramm), son Mark (Jodi), and seven grandchildren- Mari, Aaron, and Cory Schramm, John, Peter, Rebecca, and Mary Lockwood, nieces, nephews, and many friends.

 Marlys Nixt - Greene

     Funeral Services for Marlys Nixt, 76, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at St. Mary Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan officiating.  Burial will be in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.

     Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Monday, September 11, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene, and will continue one hour before services at the church on Tuesday.

     Marlys was born on March 9, 1941, in Greene, Iowa, the daughter of William and Mildred (Rover) Steere Jr. and died on Thursday, September 7, 2017, at the Chautauqua Guest Home #2 in Charles City, Iowa. She was baptized on March 23, 1941 at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Vilmar and confirmed April 3, 1955 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene. She received her education in the Coldwater Township Country School and graduated from Greene High School in 1959.

     Following graduation Marlys stayed on the family farm helping with various chores. Marlys was united in marriage to James Nixt on April 27, 1973, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greene.  This union was blessed with four children: Amy, Anthony, Becky, and Mark. The couple raised their children on the family farm north of Greene.

     Marlys was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greene where she taught Sunday school and CCD while her children were young. She was a member of St. Rita’s Circle where she held the position of chairwoman for many years. Marlys also served the church as head of the Funeral Committee for many years. She was an Auxiliary member of the Tack-Barnett Post 268, American Legion of Greene. Marlys was always willing to donate her time for various community events.

      She provided for her family through gardening, canning, baking, and cooking.   Marlys was very particular and kept her home clean and her yard well maintained. She loved spending time outside in the garden and growing a variety of fruits, vegetables and beautiful flowers. Marlys also enjoyed feeding and watching her wild birds.  She was always ready to support and care for her family members. Throughout her life she taught her children right from wrong and how to be strong individuals. Her life was centered on her family especially her grandchildren.

     Living family members include her husband of 44 years, James Nixt of Greene, four children: Amy (Darren) Wiegand, Hartland, MN; Anthony (DeAnn) Nixt, Waverly; Becky Anderson, Greene; Mark Nixt, Greene; four grandchildren: Clay and Wyatt Anderson, Isaac and Alana Nixt; three sisters: Marilyn Steere, Greene; Marcia (Bruce) Trey, Scottsdale, AZ; Peggy (Dennis) Griffin, Greene; sister-in-law, Deb Steere, Allison; many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

     Marlys was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers: Charles Steere and Harlan Steere; one nephew, Brock Steere.

 

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

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