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Dora Schrage - Marble Rock

     Funeral services for Dora M. Schrage will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 26, at the Walter F. Bohl Community Center in Marble Rock with Rev. Robert Scheuer presiding. Visitation will be 1 hour before the service at the Community Center. Interment will be in Westside Cemetery, Marble Rock following the service.

 

     Dora was born on May 21, 1937, at home in Charles City, the youngest of six children to Marshall and Irma (Shannon) Christensen and passed away on July 22, 2021 at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home in Rockwell. She received her education in country school and graduated from Charles City High School in 1955. When Dora was a senior she worked for Floyd County Mutual and part time for the Coop. She helped out on the family farm milking cows, helping with the pigs, and driving tractor to cut oats.

     Dora was united in marriage to Edwin Paul Schrage on June 19, 1955 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Charles City. This union was blessed with two sons, Philip Schrage and the late Duane Schrage. After marriage Dora and Edwin joined the Schrage Farming Operation. They lived in Vilmar for a couple years, moved to Allison then to Marble Rock in 1961. As a couple, she and Edwin enjoyed driving around looking at the crops and countryside. After she retired from the farming operation, she began cleaning homes for many families in the local area.

     She has been a faithful member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Marble Rock since 1961. Some of her many duties included teaching Sunday school and serving as church treasurer. The fellowship of going to church every Sunday was something she truly looked forward to.

Dora was a kind, loving, and compassionate individual. She was a spitfire, independent, and a hard worker that was dedicated to her family.

     She enjoyed quilting, puzzles, outside work, mowing lawn, listening to country western music, and cats. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren. They spent many summers with Grandma on the farm helping with the chickens and horses, husking sweet corn, gardening, and making cherished memories. She loved their hotdog roasts on the bonfires. She was a great cook, known for her beef and noodles, banana cake, and delicious Christmas goodies. Dora will be sadly missed.

     Living family members include her son Philip (Carol) Schrage, Marble Rock;  3 grandchildren: Brittany (Mike) Paulus, Marble Rock; Lindsay (Sam) Wetter, Mason City; Courtney (Matt) Schaefer, Sheffield; 2 great grandchildren: Liam Paulus and Olivia Wetter, sister-in-law Sandy Schrage, Charles City; and many nieces/nephews and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 2002, her son Duane in 2015, and her siblings and in-laws.

Roger Ames - Mason City

     Roger Ames, 85 of Mason City, passed away Friday, June 25, 2021 at Good Shepherd Health Center in Mason City. Public Visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday July 9, 2021 at Retz Funeral Home, 203 Maple Street, Sheffield. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Please wear Hawkeye clothing or colors to the visitation in Roger’s honor.

     Roger Dean Ames was born September 15, 1935 at Swaledale, a son of Lloyd Ames and Ethel (Ransom-Long) Ames. Roger was raised in the Swaledale area by his parents and step-parents Ed Ransom and Lucille Ames. He attended country school and Swaledale High School, while working on the family farm.

     On February 13, 1955 Roger was united in marriage with Leona Mae Schoning at the Sheffield Methodist Church. This union was blessed with three children.

     Roger worked for Coca-Cola then Midland Coop before working at the Portland Coop. He later became manager of the Farmers Coop in Mason City until his retirement. In retirement he worked part time in maintenance at First Citizens Bank in Mason City and for a few seasons with Leona, he managed the Rockwell Linn Grove Golf and Country Club.

     Roger was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mason City. He is well remembered attending the North Iowa Fair with his brother Bob every year to show cattle. He coached Little League baseball for many years. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, playing softball in church leagues and as an avid Hawkeye fan watching football and basketball games. He also followed the St. Louis Cardinals and the Minnesota Vikings. He enjoyed playing cards at the Rockwell American Legion with his brother, nephew and friends. His two grandchildren were the light of his life and he was so proud of both of them.

   Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 65 years, Leona; son: Michael Ames, Mason City; daughter: Kimmy (Jim) Moritz, Tampa, FL; son: Rodney (Theresa) Ames, Mason City; grandchildren: Alyssa Ames, West Des Moines and Pierce Ames, Travis AFB, CA; brother Jerry (Barb) Ames, Mason City; half sister: Barb Ames-Havill, many nieces, nephews and friends.

     Roger is preceded in death by his parents and step parents; siblings Robert, Charlotte, Francis, Gladyce, Dale, William and sister Marjorie in infancy.

     Memorials may be directed to the Family of Roger Ames, 667 Briarstone Drive, Unit 1, Mason City, IA 50401.

Pearletta McRoberts - Greene

     Private Graveside Services for Pearletta McRoberts, 97, of Greene will be Saturday, June 26, 2021, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Greene with Pastor Joan Thomas officiating.

     Pearletta Bellows McRoberts passed from this world to her savior and friend, Jesus Christ on December 14, 2020.  She was born to Emory and Mary Katherine (Srickler) Bellows on July 23, 1923. She grew up with her siblings Melvin Bellows, Leola Potter, Catherine Teeple, Emory Berdell ‘Streak’ Bellows, Max ‘Ozzie’ Bellows, and Hoton Bellows.  Today, we know that there is a joyful Bellows reunion in heaven.

     During World War II Pearletta adventured to Waterloo then Minneapolis pursuing work and gaining life-long friends.  When the war ended, Loren returned to Greene.  A friend’s invitation encouraged him to make a trip to Minneapolis where he discovered a budding relationship with Pearlie. Many train rides back and forth to Minneapolis finally ended when their love was declared in marriage on June 7, 1947. The rest of Pearlie’s life was spent in Greene with Loren, their family, and the Bellows Clan.

     Together, they made a loving welcoming home with their children John, Jane and Mary Kate.  Pearlie and Loren shared many adventures, travels, and golfing winters in Texas.  But, the focus of Pearlie’s life was her family.  With them, she loved celebrating all the birthdays, Sunday dinners, and large family holiday get-togethers.  At her kitchen table, she developed many fulfilling relationships over a cup of coffee.

      The Church of the Brethren nurtured her relationship with Christ which spilled over into her life.  Pearlie’s friend, Jesus, filled her eight years at the care center with determined courage.  She faced each day with her “sunny side up”. She willed herself to “go with the flow” and was often heard to say, “You know, it’s all in your attitude.”

     Gramma Pearlie was blessed with three children, seven grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.  We are thankful for and will forever celebrate her life.

    Living family members include her son John (LeAnn) McRoberts, Greene; Jane (Todd) Berkley, Estero, FL; Mary Kate (Ed) Schlenger, Marcus, IA; seven grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews; sister-in-law JoAn Oberg, Prescott, AZ; many friends.

     Pearletta was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Loren; her parents, four brothers and two sisters.

 

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

Cheryl Ann Mehmen - Greene

     Memorial Services for Cheryl Ann Mehmen, 53, of Greene, will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene with Pastor Ben Hartwig officiating.  Burial will be at a later date in the Britt Cemetery, Britt.

              Visitation will be form 5-7, Tuesday at Retz Funeral Home.

     Cheryl Ann Norstrud was born on September 21, 1967, in Long Beach, California.  Her parents were Richard and Karen (Beane) Norstrud. She received her education in the Britt Public School System.     

     She attended Britt Bethel Baptist Church where she was Saved in 1977 and Baptized in 1978. After the death of one husband and a failed marriage to another Cheryl met Edward Mehmen.  The couple fell in love and were united in marriage on September 4, 2004, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Cheryl ultimately was blessed with two sons. Cheryl remained happily married for the next 17 years until her death on June 20, 2021.

     Cheryl was a hard worker that focused on her compassionate care of geriatric patients.  For health reasons she had to give up her work at the Clarksville Nursing Home.  Prior to her employment in Clarksville she also worked at the nursing home in Greene.

     She enjoyed her family and friends.  She liked to fish, and go on trips to see the NASCAR races. Cheryl liked to crochet and made hundreds of Afghans and doilies. She was very gifted and her handiwork was a blessing to many people. The joy of her life, however, was her two granddaughters whom she adored.

     Cheryl will be sadly missed by her husband Edward Mehmen, Greene; two sons: Casey Lee Olson, Charles City; Justin Alan PeCoy, Oskaloosa; two granddaughters, Lainey Lee Olson and Laci Ann Olson, St. Ansgar; her mother Karen Norstrud, Charles City; her sister Laurie Minehart,  Clarks Grove, MN; her brother Davin  (Joleen) Norstrud, Britt; sister-in-law Vicki (Gary) Kahlstorf; many friends.

     She was preceded in death by her first husband Ronald Lee Olson, her father, her grandparents Ralph and Eunice (Askelson) Beane.

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

Evelyn Van Raden - Greene

     Funeral Services for Evelyn Van Raden, 100, of Greene will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating.  Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.

     Visitation will be Monday, June 21, 2021 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. 1st Street, Greene, and will continue one hour before services on Tuesday at the church.

      Evelyn Minnie Folkers was born on November 13, 1920, in Rural Allison, Butler County, Iowa the daughter of Alfred and Elsie (DeBower) Folkers and passed away on June 16, 2021 at the Floyd County Medical Center in Charles City. She received her education in public school and graduated from Allison High School in 1939.

     She was a faithful member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene.  Evelyn was baptized on December 12, 1920 and confirmed on April 5, 1936. Evelyn taught Sunday school and belonged to the quilting club.  She made herself available for many other duties over the years.

     Evelyn was united in marriage to Vern Van Raden on June 12, 1941 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. She was blessed with 3 children. Evelyn was born and raised on the farm.  When she married Vern, they started farming near Packard then they purchased a farm east of Greene and built their home by hand. Mrs. Van Raden continued to live in the home she and her husband built after he passed away on October 19, 1994.

     She enjoyed gardening, canning, quilting, crocheting, and dancing and roller skating back in the day. She was a devoted farm wife and mother.  Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were very important to her. Most of her time was spent in service to them.  She enjoyed the family dinners especially over the holidays. Evelyn was a hard worker. In her early 80’s she poured concrete steps to her basement and in her 90’s painted on the barn!

     Living family members include her children: Barbara (Wayne) Kaminen of Ishpeming, MI; Daniel (Patty) Van Raden, Waterloo; Patti (Jim) Olmstead, Shell Rock; Grandchildren: Kevin, Cory and Michael Kaminen; Scott, Travis and Matthew Van Raden; five great grandchildren,  step grandchildren: Amy Meier, Beth Hallman, Joel Olmstead, eleven step great grandchildren and one step great great granddaughter.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, one child in infancy, Cindy Sue, two sisters: Norma Johnson and Arlene Stemmerman and a step-great great grandchild in infancy

 Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family at P.O. Box 384, Shell Rock, Iowa 50670.

Lloyd "Bud" Lacey, Jr - Greene

     Lloyd “Bud” E. Lacey, Jr. passed away on June 9, 2021, at Mercy One Medical Center in Mason City, Iowa, at the age of 95.

     At his request there will be no visitation or memorial service. Interment will be in the in Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery in Oakland, California.

Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.retzfh.com.

     Lloyd “Bud” E. Lacey, Jr. was born on May 15, 1926 in Alameda, California to Lloyd E. Lacey M.D. and Dorothy (Cave) Lacey. He attended Cleveland Grammar School and Oakland High School in Oakland, California, and attended the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming.

     Bud served in the Army of the United States from November 1944 until November 1946, where he served 18 months overseas in the Philippines during World War II and Japan’s Occupational Army.

     Following his military service, he worked on the Broken Arrow Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming which was owned by his father. He moved to Iowa in 1955 to begin his farming career three miles south of Greene. He retired in January 1988 and continued living in the farm house until 2020 after which he moved to the Elm Springs Independent and Assisted Living facility in Allison, Iowa.

     Bud served on the Butler County Farm Bureau Board, the Butler County Extension Council, Round Grove Golf and Country Club Board, and was as an Associate Member of the Farmers’ Cooperative Board. He was also Master of the Masonic Lodge in Greene in the early 1960s.

     Bud truly enjoyed his grain and livestock farm operation. In his retirement, he traveled extensively and especially enjoyed his time spent in Arizona during the cold winter months in Iowa. He was an avid supporter of the football and basketball programs at Iowa State and the University of Iowa. However, he loved interacting with his nephews who were avid supporters of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Dorothy Lacey Nelson, his brother-in-law, John C. Nelson, and a nephew, Michael Nelson.

     He is survived by three nephews, Ken (and Nancy) Nelson of Williamsburg, VA, Doug (and Susan) Nelson of Indian Land, SC and Jeff (Rhonda Fleischer) Nelson of Hastings, NE. He is also survived by five great nieces and three great nephews and their families.

     The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to the management team and health care workers at Elm Springs Independent and Assisted Living in Allison, Iowa for their care, compassion, respect and love for Bud.

     The funeral home will forward memorials to the family. Please send to P.O. Box 219 Greene, Iowa 50636.

Pam Yezek - Greene

     Funeral Services for Pamela Yezek , 74, of Greene, will be 5:00 p.m., Thursday, June 3, 2021 at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene, with Pastor Daniel Fluke officiating.  Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will follow the funeral service from 5:30- 7:00 p.m.

     Pam was born in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa the daughter of Raymond and Rogene (Powers) Koppin and passed away on May 29, 2021 at the Waverly Health Center in Waverly.  She received her education in public school graduating from Des Moines Tech in 1964.

      Pam was married in 1966 and was blessed with two children: Steve and Stacy. Pam went on to become a loving, life partner to Mike Constien of Greene. The couple has been together for the past 34 years.

     Pam was a hard worker, as a young woman she was a wife and mother, later she became a substitute school bus driver, she helped with lawn care at the cemeteries in Greene for years and did phone answering services for Reid’s / Retz Funeral Home. Her career was with Principle Group in Mason City, where she worked for 23 years. Pam retired from pharmacy work in Des Moines. She helped shut-ins in Greene with transportation, cleaning, and other duties so they could remain in their homes.  She was a kind and considerate person.

     She loved dogs, birds (especially cardinals and orioles), and was not fond of the local squirrels raiding her bird feeders.  Pam loved to spend time with her family and was host for many Thanksgiving dinners.  She was very proud of her grandchildren and tried to attend all their activities. Pam looked forward to going to Cass Lake fishing with Mike in September; a tradition they started over 20 years ago.

     Pam will be missed by her life companion, Mike Constien, Greene; children: Steve (Betty) Yezek, Manly; Stacy (Andy) Yezek, Greene; grandchildren: Zack (Diamond) Yezek, Ft. Dodge; Nathan (Allison) Germundson, Davenport; Evan (Holly Sando) Winters, Edenpraire, MN; great-grandchild Mable; sister Margie (Rob) Short, Davenport; additional family members Joyce Constien, Greene; and David (Sherri) Constien, Greene; many friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents.

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

Maynard Kingery - Charles City

     Maynard Dean Kingery (100) was born on September 21, 1920 the son of Donald and Charlotte (Barth) Kingery and passed away at his home in Charles City on May 13, 2021, with his daughters by his side.

     Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 20, 1921 at the Retz Funeral Home in Greene and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. A family funeral service will be held on Friday, May 21, 2021 at 11:00 at the First Presbyterian Church in Greene with Pastor Joan Thomas officiating.  Those in attendance at the visitation and funeral will be asked to please wear a mask. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.

     He graduated from Greene High School in 1938.  Maynard served in the United States Army during WWII from 1942-1946.  He was proud to be a part of the 2009 Honor Flight.

     On February 15, 1947, he was united in marriage to Lorraine Ewald at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.  This union was blessed with three daughters.  Maynard enjoyed farming along with raising livestock.  He farmed until he retired in l985.

     He was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church in Greene.  Maynard sat on the church session and performed many church duties over the years.  He was very active with the Pork Producers and was a member of the Good Sam RV Club.

     He enjoyed gardening, playing cards, reading, traveling in his motor home, and rock polishing.  Most of all he enjoyed going to his grandchildren's activities and playing with his great-grandchildren.  He was a kind, loving, and devoted family man.

     Those left to cherish his memory are daughters: Linda (David) Keith, Rockford and Marilyn Muhle, Solon; grandchildren: Laura (Ryan) Van Roo and children Kieran and Vaughan; Janette (Nathan) Friesen and children Ellie and Evan; Angie Ostergaard; Eric (Cheri) Muhle and children Julie and Josie; Jakub (Laura) Kingery; Leah (Will) Schupp and children William, Henry and Everly; Sister Frances Wahman, Sisters-in-law: Marlys (Richard) Reynolds, Wilma VanTuyl.

     He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years Lorraine in 2017; daughter Jolene 2003, parents, four brothers: Raymond, Leroy, Gerald, Donald Jr.

     Those planning on expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family at P.O. Box 219,

Greene, Iowa.

Marvel Landers - Greene

     Funeral services for Marvel Landers, 95, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating.  Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.

     Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, May 4th at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

     Marvel was born on March 1, 1926, on the family farm in Coldwater Twp, Greene, Butler County, Iowa the daughter of Otto and Mary (Endelman) Brocka and passed away on May 1, 2021 in Dumont Iowa.  She received her education and graduated from the #8 Coldwater Township Country School. After school she would stay with other families to help take care of their children.

     She was united in marriage to Galen Landers on September 6, 1946 in Bloomfield, Iowa. This union was happily blessed with five children. Marvel and Galen did custom baling jobs early in their marriage. Marvel sold Avon for five years and worked on the family farm alongside her husband. She had a large garden and did a lot of canning.  Marvel raised chickens for the family to eat and sold their eggs for grocery money.

     She loved to do embroidery work for relaxation. Marvel blessed each of her grandchildren and great grandchildren with a hand embroidered quilt.

     Marvel was a faithful member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene. She was baptized on March 5, 1926 and confirmed on March 17, 1940. She belonged to the quilting club and the women’s group at St. Peter Lutheran Church.  Her grandchildren would spend summers with grandma so they could attend Bible School.

     Living family members include her children: Brenda Rickart, Charles City; Keith Landers, Bristow; Corky (Kurt) Wolf, Dumont; Denise (Stan) Pecha, Dumont; 14 grandchildren: Bryan Quade; Kevin Quade, Lorie Quade, Lindsay Landers; Mandy (Shane) Smith, Mindy Murray, Haley Robertson, Katie (Mike) Ellingson; Kristopher (Angie) Wolf, Jade (Mindy) Pecha, Hillary (Brian) Willis, Ashley (Joey) Bass, Jammie Landers,  Nichole Landers; 25 great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law Dorothy Brocka.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, twin daughters in infancy Jane and Judy; son, Bryce Landers.

Memorials may be directed to the family at P.O. Box 123, Dumont, Iowa 50625.

Neil Wedeking - Marble Rock

     Funeral Services for Neil Wedeking, 73, of Marble Rock will take place at 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 3, 2021 at the Walter F. Bohl Community Center in Marble Rock. A private burial service will follow the services at Hillside Cemetery in Marble Rock.

Visitation will be from 10:00 – 11:00 on Monday at the Community Center.

     Neil was born on February 4, 1948 in Charles City, Floyd County, Iowa, the son of Arlie and Ruth (Nicholson) Wedeking and died at his home in Marble Rock on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. He attended public school and graduated from Rockford High School in 1966.

     He was united in marriage to Lynnette Kingery on May 25, 1968 in Greene, Iowa. The couple remained happily married for the next 52 years as they raised a family of five children: Kris, Kathie, Mary Ann, Lori and Will. Neil was a humble man and very dedicated to his wife and children.

     Neil was known to most of Marble Rock and the surrounding areas as the local electrician who was dedicated to serving the community. Neil owned and operated Neil Wedeking Electric for nearly fifty years. When he was only fifteen years old, he began shadowing his father to learn the electrical trade. Neil was a very hard working man who had an amazing work ethic, which he instilled in his children. He worked seven days a week, including holidays, to take care of his customers' needs.

     His hobby was restoring and showing cars, especially his Plymouth Cudas. He traveled to many states showing his cars, including Missouri and Pennsylvania. Neil was very proud to have his 1970 AAR Cuda chosen to be one of the four Chrysler vehicles invited to the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

     Living family members include his loving wife, Lynn; his children: Kris (Brian) Loterbauer, their children: Kalynn, Samantha, and Jakob, of Mason City; Kathie (Mark) Lehmann, their children Ellie and Anna of Mason City; Mary Ann (Dave) Krull, their children Cassie and Morgan of Marble Rock; Lori (Bill) Woolm, their children Carlie and Carter of China, Michigan; and Will (Natalie) Wedeking, their children Abby and Gabby of Marble Rock; and his sister, Lorene Wedeking of St. Paul, Minnesota.

     Neil was preceded in death by his parents.

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

     To honor Neil, the family asks that you wear a car t-shirt or other casual attire to his service.

Sharon Kephart - Swaledale

     Sharon Kephart, 77, of Swaledale, passed away Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at Fairview University Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 1 at the Swaledale United Methodist Church with Pastor Wendy Johannesen presiding. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Riceville. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 pm Friday at Retz Funeral Home, Thornton and continue 1 hour before the service at the church. Memorials may be directed to her family at PO Box 131, Swaledale, IA 50477.

     Sharon Kay Kephart was born April 22, 1944 in Taopi, Minnesota the daughter of Paul and Florence (Campbell) Stark. She was united in marriage with Jim Kephart September 22, 1960. This union was blessed with four daughters.

      Sharon worked at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home as an aide then many years as the activity director. She is remembered as a selfless person who was always concerned about other’s needs.

She spent many hours perfecting her landscaping and traveling all over to find new decorations and supplies.

     Sharon is survived by her daughters: Kim Kephart, Swaledale; Kathy Kephart, Clarion; Kelly (Roger) Myhre, Swaledale; son-in-law: Don Raymond, Amery, WI; grandchildren: Matt, Heather (Jamie), Tabatha, Brandon, Nathan, Trenton, Katelyn, Mikenzi & Calvin; great grandchildren: Michael, Ryan, Kayla, Emilee, Alessi, Winter and one on the way; brother: Roger (Ruth) Stark, Osage; nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

     Sharon is preceded in death by her parents, husband and daughter Connie Raymond.

Claudia Squires - Greene

    Funeral Services for Claudia Squires, 73, of Greene will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene.  Visitation will be one hour before services at the church. There will be a private Burial at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery for Mike and his daughters.

     Claudia was born on June 7, 1947 in Cedar Falls, Iowa to Harlan and Marlis (Toombs) Nielsen and peacefully passed away in her home surrounded by her family on April 24, 2021.  She received her education in public school graduating from Dike High School in 1965.

     She was united in marriage to Michael Squires on April 1, 1967, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Cedar Falls.  This union was blessed with four daughters, Jennifer, Marianne, Karen, and Rebecca. The couple farmed and raised their family west of Greene.  They remained on the farm for forty-two years moving into Greene in 2003.

     Claudia enjoyed gardening and quilting. She attended her grandchildren’s events, which brought her special joy. Claudia loved her two cats.

     Claudia will be greatly missed by her loving husband, Michael of 54 years; her daughters: Jennifer (Peter) Targos of Peoria, IL; Marianne (Chad) Nielsen of Greene, IA; Karen (Tim) Brown of Rockwell, IA; Rebecca (Jeff) Reimers of Rockwell, IA;  twelve grandchildren: Michael Targos, Marcus Targos, Katherine Targos, Sean Nielsen, Cain Nielsen, William Nielsen, Emersyn Brown, Ryann Orton, Everett Brown, Lane Kollmann, Josephine Kollmann, and Reva Reimers; 3 siblings: Catherine Petersen and Amy Jensen and Glen Nielsen; nieces, nephews and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents Harlan and Marlis Nielsen.

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

Vivian Stoeckel - Charles City

     A Private Celebration of Life Service is planned for April 14, 2021 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Charles City, Iowa with Father Tom Heathershaw officiating.  There will be no visitation or burial.

     Vivian was born in McIntire, Iowa on November 28, 1943, the daughter of Donald and Julia (Koeings) Belden, and passed away on March 28, 2021 at Mercy One, Mason City, Iowa.

     She received her education at Queen of Angels School in Austin, Minnesota.

Vivian was united in marriage to Harold Stoeckel on July 15, 1961, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church.  This union was blessed with one son, Johnathan.

     Vivian worked for Marshall Johnsons Farm in Hayfield, MN where her favorite chore was driving the combine. When Jon was a baby, Vivian would put Jon in the seat next to her.  She cooked at the Dodge Center School for three years. Later she became a machinist at Truth Hardware in Owatonna, MN where she worked until retirement in 2006. She moved to Charles City in 2010.

     She enjoyed working in her flower garden, raising and canning tomatoes, she loved her neighbor children and worked at teaching them to read, and especially loved her puppies (Snowflake and Ellie).

     Vivian is survived by her husband Harold of 59 years; son Johnathan, Pompano Beach, Florida; two brothers: Joe (Liz) Belden, Florida; Jim (Laurie) Belden, Dodge Center, MN; four sisters: Rosemary Brown, Austin, MN; Elizabeth Thomas, Charles City,IA; Deb (Byron) Gardner, Andover, MN; Judy Viers, Greene, IA; many nieces, nephews and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters: Sharon, Millie and Donna; one brother Donald.

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

Meta Siemons - Greene

     Meta Siemons, 96, of Greene passed away on Thursday, March 25 at the Valley View Care Center in Greene.

A private family funeral service celebrating her life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 29 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating.  Interment will follow at the Rosehill Cemetery in Greene.  A public visitation will be held before the funeral from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.

     Meta Dorenbusch was born on January 22, 1925 to Lupke and Meta (Wessels) Dorenbusch in Stapelmoor, Germany.  She was baptized on June 7, 1925 and confirmed on March 25, 1940.  After attending school through the 8th grade, Meta worked for a neighbor helping with housework, milking and other chores.  When World War II ended and Henry Siemons returned from fighting for the Germans in Russia, Henry and Meta married on February 25, 1947 at the Evangelical Reformed Church in Diele, Germany.  In January of 1950, Henry, Meta and their year-and-a-half old daughter, Gesine (Jeanie), immigrated to America and settled in Greene, Iowa.  Twin sons, Richard and Robert, joined the family in 1951.  Hank and Meta became United States citizens on October 13, 1955.

Meta worked side-by-side with Hank on their turkey farm.  She loved working in her garden, canning the produce, knitting, crocheting and being a wonderful mother and grandmother.  She will be remembered lovingly for her generous nature, cooking skills and quick sense of humor. 

     She is survived by one daughter: Jeanie (Dalen) Krull, two sons: Richard (Lorena) and Robert (Cynthia), her grandchildren: Robin (Jeff) Jacobs, Travis (Laurie) Krull, Bethany (Jamie) Grant, Brock (special friend Kylie) Siemons, Bridget (Chet) Shultz, Nate Siemons, Tony (Ericka) Siemons, Tina (Collin) Freesemann, Nikki (Justin) Miller and step grandchildren: Amy (Brady) Bruns and Angie (Travis) Marzen.  Her great-grandchildren include: Josh, Jordan (Christina), Tanner (Sam), Sarah, Michael, Ava, Chloe, Gabriella, Morgan, Maddy, Meredith, MacKenzie, Trevor (fiancé Ashley Dohlman) Taylor, Brittany, Carson, Haley, Hayden, Jaxson, Weston, Emersyn and step-great-grandchildren: Jessa (Kyler), Brylee, Owen, Tenley, Marleigh and ten great-great grandchildren.

     Meta was preceded in death by her loving husband, of 74 years, Henry (2012), her parents, and six sisters, including her twin sister who died at birth.

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

Andrew Schroeder - Coulter

A happy baby boy, Andrew George Schroeder, was born on December 23, 1981 in Modesto, California to Julie Schroeder and Michael Cabrera. In the summer of 1994, they moved to coulter and made it their home. Andrew attended CAL Community School through the 11th grade and earned his GED. In the Texarkana, Texas area he earned his degree in welding. He enjoyed spending time with his brothers, fishing and being with his dogs.

Andrew passed away Monday, March 8, 2021 in Waterloo where he was working for Tysons.

Cherishing his memory are his mother, Julie of Coulter; sister: Tiffany (Randy) Burk, Glastonbury, CT; brothers: Anthony (Liz), and Benjamin, all of Coulter; Seven nieces and nephews and many friends.

A visitation will be held 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Saturday, March 13, at Retz Funeral Home, 107 N. 2nd Street, Thornton. Memorials may be directed to his family in his memory.

Janice Schwieger - Greene

Janice Schwieger, 75, of Greene passed away Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at Unity Point Allen Hospital in Waterloo. Private family funeral service will be held, 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 6, 2021 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene, with Pastor Daniel Flucke presiding. Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. Public visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m, Friday, March 5, at Retz Funeral Home 519 N. 1st Street, Greene.

Jan Schwieger was born June 11, 1945, in Charles City a daughter of Daniel and Marjorie (Darby) Miller. She graduated from Rockford High School and worked various jobs around the community. Jan married and had a son, and remarried and had another son and daughter. She worked hard to raise her children and attended Nursing classes to become a Licensed Practical Nurse at NIACC while her children were in grade school.

Jan worked at Schoitz Hospital in Waterloo and about 21 years at the Waverly Municipal Hospital as an LPN. In 2001 she had a liver transplant and retired from nursing.

Jan spent 37 wonderful years with her companion Gerald Schrage. They loved to travel and would go fishing in Lake Eerie every year.  They also loved to winter in South Padre with special friends Jan and Nick. Family was important to her and she enjoyed watching her grandchildren’s school events and athletics but especially loved wrestling season.  She raised Doberman’s with Gerry for many years and still has her faithful companion Shawn-sai. 

Living family members include her children: Todd (Carla) Murray, Adel; Joe (Tina) Nelson, Greene; Toya (Jeremy) Knapp, Greene; grandchildren: Drew (Ashley) Murray; Dustin (Samantha) Murray; Gian (Nettie) Duckworth; Cameron (Alexandria) Duckworth; Cody (Jacee) Nelson; Dalton Nelson; Trae (fiancé Hallie) Ulrich; JC Ulrich and Kinsley Knapp; great-grandchildren: Kenley, Brycen, Waylon and Rowan and was eagerly expecting three that are on the way; one sister: Judy Lau, Greene; and nieces and nephews.

Jan is preceded in death by the love of her life Gerald Schrage, her parents, sisters Jeanie (Roger) Brandow and Joanne (Ervin) Uhlenhopp.

Memorials may be directed to her family at Retz Funeral Home PO Box 219, Greene, IA 50636

Mary Ann Jensen - Greene

     Private family service for MaryAnn Jensen, 80, of Greene will be Friday, February 26, 2021 at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene.  Public visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home Thursday night.

     MaryAnn Susan Jensen (Brinkman) was born April 9th, 1940 in Waverly, Bremer County, Iowa, the daughter of Harry and Ruth (Hoffert) Brinkman. She was baptized on May 19th, 1940 at St. John’s Vilmar Lutheran Church. She passed away on February 19th, 2021 at home with her family by her side.

     She attended and graduated from Greene Community School in 1958. She loved playing the saxophone in the marching band. She met the love of her life, Clarence, at a high school football game. She said one look at him and she fell in love. After graduation she attended Humbolt Institute Airline Secretarial School in Minneapolis, MN with the hopes of becoming an airline stewardess. In 1958 you had to be 21 years of age to be a stewardess, so with the urging of Clarence to come to Washington, D.C. where he was stationed in the army at Fort Meade, Baltimore, Maryland, she bought a one-way train ticket. She became employed as a typist for the Department of the Navy.  One of her proudest moments was when she typed orders for NASA’s program Project Mercury, the first American astronauts in space. 

     MaryAnn and Clarence were united in marriage on May 23, 1959 in Washington, D.C.  After Clarence was discharged from the army, they loaded their car and drove back to Iowa to settle on the farm south of Greene, where they raised their 6 children. She was very active in the farming operation: caring for the pigs, driving all kinds of farm machinery, the combine being her favorite!  Being a fabulous cook MaryAnn was famous for her scalloped corn.  Over the years she enjoyed fishing, going to races, playing cards, and spending time with family and friends. MaryAnn and Clarence had adventurous spirits and loved to travel. Highlights included travels to Alaska, Australia, Fuji, New Zealand, and several National Parks. She was witty and fun loving. 

     She was the loving wife of 60 years to her late husband, Clarence; Beloved mother of her six children: Aliene (Tim) Thunell, Greenwood, IN;  Ferlin (Jill) Jensen, Greene; Faron (Michelle) Jensen, Greene; Dean (Shellaine) Jensen, Greene; Debra (Adam) Akers, Hampton; Ranae (John) Krull, Oregon, WI. She will be greatly missed and remembered in love by her 17 grandchildren: Tiberius Thunell, Rhiannon Thunell; Amanda (Zack) Allan, Shane Jensen; Ashley (Drew) Murray, Heather (Wes) Gardner, Kelsie Jensen, Taylor Jensen; Kylie (Cameron) Stewart, Zachary (Sara) Jensen, Kinser Jensen, Chloe (Dylan) Fehlberg; Chelsea (Bryan) Loftus, Isabell Akers; Ryan Krull, Will Krull, Lane Krull; and 13 great-grandchildren. 

     She was preceded in death by: her husband, Clarence Jensen, her son Ferlin, her parents, Harry and Ruth Brinkman. 

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

Lorraine Brinkman - Greene

    Lorraine M. Brinkman, 100, of Greene died Thursday, February 4, 2021 at the Rehabilitation Center of Allison.   She was born January 19, 1921 in Butler County, daughter of Isaac and Nellie Damro Tack.  She married Ray V. Brinkman, from Packard, on June 17, 1943 in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, while Ray was serving in the Navy. 

     Lorraine graduated from Greene High School, taught country school east of Greene, and later worked at the Oliver plant in Charles City.  Following Ray’s return from WWII, they first farmed near Packard, and later purchased a farm west of Greene which they operated until retirement in 1995.

     Lorraine was a faithful member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene and participated in a number of women’s circles and other activities for years.  She was active in the Coldwater Club and she and Ray loved to play cards with their group of friends.

     Lorraine is survived by her children: Cheryl (Joseph) Donlon, Duane (Cheryl) Brinkman, and Howard (Karen) Brinkman; Grandchildren Keith (Alison) Donlon, Katie (Jeremy) Rasmussen, Mark Brinkman, Tim Brinkman, Rachel Brinkman, Anna (Inho) Kim, and Paul Brinkman; Great grandchildren Blake and Cale Donlon, Taylor and Norah Rasmussen, and Taehoon and Taeseung Kim.  She is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews.

     Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ray, sister Dorrene; brothers-in-law John Entz, Richard Ritchie, Bill Duncan, and Clarence Brinkman; sisters-in-law Irene Sartori, Carol Ritchie, Peggy Brinkman, and Ruth Duncan.

     A celebration of life and interment will be scheduled at a later date.  Those wishing to express sympathy may direct memorials to the Lorraine Brinkman Memorial Fund, Retz Funeral Home, P.O.  Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636. 

Cleo Johnson - Rochester, MN - formerly of Greene                    TIME CHANGE

Friends are welcome to the visitation at 1:00 PM on Friday, February 5th at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene and to the service at 2:00PM. 

     Cleo Corrine Johnson, 94, of Rochester formerly of Greene, died Friday January 29 at Seasons Hospice House.

     She was born on Sept. 12, 1926 in Jefferson Township, Butler County, Iowa, daughter of Clarence and Flossie DeBower. She grew up in rural Allison and graduated from Allison High School.

     Cleo married Raymond Duane Johnson March 31, 1946, at St. James Lutheran Church in Allison, Iowa. They farmed east of Greene for 59 years, the first two years of which were without electricity or indoor facilities. They later built a new home in Greene and moved off the farm in 1995.

     After retiring from the farm she learned how to use a computer. She would read online news, correspond by email and play games. In 2011 she moved to Fairway Ridge in Rochester, MN.  Cleo loved playing cards, watching major league baseball, especially the Minnesota Twins, and all Iowa State University sports. She and Raymond enjoyed many family fishing trips,  bus trips around the US in addition to travels to Hawaii, Jamaica and Alaska.

     She is survived by a daughter Janice(husband Kenneth) Offord of Rochester, MN , daughter Marilyn Myers (Donald Wunsch) of Ankeny, IA, son Warren (wife Shirley Stout) of Chariton, IA, six grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

     Cleo was preceded in death by her parents, husband Raymond in 2004, brother William DeBower and grandson Chetan Offord.

     Friends are welcome to the visitation at 1:00 PM on Friday, February 5th at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene and to the service at 2:00PM.  Masks must be worn by all attending. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Greene. Retz Funeral Home in Greene is in charge of the arrangements.

     In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Greene Public Library, 231 W. Traer, Greene, IA 50636 or St. Peter Lutheran Church, 324 E. Traer, Greene, IA 50636.

Betty Taylor - Swaledale

     Betty Taylor, formerly of Swaledale, went home to be with her Lord Saturday, January 30, 2021 at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home.

     Due to COVID concerns, a private service will be held for immediate family only.  Interment will be in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Swaledale.  The service will be available to be viewed after noon, Sunday, February 7, at www.retzfh.com.

     Betty Florence was born to Christoph and Mabel (Roberts) Tietz December 4, 1930, in Mason City, IA.  She was the second child of eight children. 

     She attended Elementary School at Rudd, IA in 1936. Betty became an “in home care taker” in 8th grade to the Calahan family in Manly until she graduated from Manly HS in 1949. She attended Hamilton Business College in Mason City where she was on the college Basketball team. After completing college she lived in Mason City and worked at the local Lumber yard where she learned to read blue prints.

     Betty was a driving force to start the Cerro Gordo Rural Young People Group in Mason City (RYP).  It was a singles group for rural people.   She met her husband at RYP. Donald and Betty married on Sept 5, 1954.

They farmed near Swaledale and raised 4 children.  In 1991 they moved to the Burchinal area to retire.

     She was a member of the Swaledale Methodist Church, teaching Sunday school, youth leader and a member of UMW. The church family was very important to Betty.  The church has a wonderful ministry to those in the congregation who are elderly and widowed. She greatly appreciated all of the love and support from the congregation. 

     Betty worked at Ingebretson Grain in Thornton for 18 years as the bookkeeper.  She  enjoyed getting to know all of the area people, and watched many of the children grow up to be farmers.  After their move to Burchinal, she worked at the Burchinal Coop.

     She was very proud to have served 19 years on the Kinney Pioneer Museum Board.  She especially enjoyed taking the school children on tours wearing her pioneer dress.  Later years were spent going to the special events held at the museum and rekindling the many relationships she met through the museum.

     She is survived by her 4 children.  Gary Taylor, Kensett, and his special friend Dawn Floy; Jean (Dennis) Hughes, Lincoln, NE; Janet (Randy) Grey, Ventura; Lee (Katrina) Taylor, Clear Lake.   Grandchildren: Ross (Tracy) Taylor; Lisa (Jesse) Monroe; Angela (Brad) Klein; Christopher Grey; Bethanie (Joe) Farus; Kevin (Allison) Taylor: and Julianne (Nick) Creager; 16 great grandchildren; Siblings: Ann Henry, North Carolina; LeRoy Tietz, Charles City; Erma Smith San Janito, CA ; Peggy Vosburg, Carlsbad, CA; Tom (Margaret) Tietz Murrieta, CA. and many nieces,  nephews and friends.

     Betty is preceded in death by her husband Donald of 61 years; Parents; Brother Bill Tietz, sister, Lois Julseth, four sister in law Mary Kay Tietz, Eleanor Tietz, Lydia Tietz and Virginia Tietz, five brother in law George Kensinger, Richard Troxell , Henry Smith, Dave Julseth, and Bill Henry, Scott her nephew and Traci her niece.

     In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in memory of Betty to Swaledale United Methodist Church, Kinney Pioneer Museum or Rockwell Nursing Home as per her wishes.

     The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to the entire staff at the Rockwell nursing home for the wonderful care both of our parent received these past five plus years.

     Condolences can be sent to Taylor Family, 1552 270th St, Ventura, IA  50482.

'Tom' Bernard Dailey - Greene

     Private Funeral Services for Bernard ‘Tom’ Dailey, 79, of Greene, will be at St. Mary Catholic Church, Greene with Father Ralph Davis officiating.  Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery. Public visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 PM, Friday, January 22 at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. 1st Street, Greene.

     All healthy people are welcome to attend the visitation on Friday at the funeral home. Masks must be worn and socially responsible distancing practices will be followed.

     Tom was born on September 18, 1941 in Charles City, Iowa a son of Bernard and Marian (Crimmings) Dailey and passed away on January 19, 2021 at Unity Point – Allen Hospital in Waterloo. He was baptized Sep 19, 1941 into Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Charles City, Iowa.

     Growing up in Grafton, two of his favorite activities were riding his horse, Lady, and playing baseball. Tom graduated from Grafton High School with the class of 1959. His family then moved to Phoenix due to his father’s health and Tom managed a roller-skating rink for a couple years before he returned to Iowa. He served in the National Guard in Arizona and in Iowa from January 1960 through December 1961.

     Back in Iowa, Tom worked several jobs eventually becoming a carpet layer starting with Dralle’s Department Store and continued in this profession nearly 20 years. In 1963, he was married to Sandra Schrage, and three children were born to this union.

     Tom met Evelyn Basener in 1971 at the roller rink in Clear Lake and they were wed on August, 11, 1973 in Meservey, Iowa. To this union one daughter was born.

     Being a jack of all trades, he held a variety of positions and after a time delivering Winnebago motor homes, he started Tom’s Small Engine Repair in Greene. He operated this business for over 30 years.

     Tom was a member of St. Mary Church and the Knights of Columbus. In his younger years, he spent a significant amount of time working at and patronizing roller rinks. He loved traveling with his wife and visited Ireland, England, Italy, Jamaica and Mexico in addition to much of the United States. He loved watching old western movies, especially John Wayne movies, and enjoyed taking care of the acreage and being with his canine sidekick, Doc II.

     Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 47 years, Evelyn; children: Denice (Dan) Gruver, Mason City and their sons Brandon and Jacob; Jeffrey (Mary) Dailey, Corcoran, CA and their daughters Paula (Mark) Barron and Tasha (Marty) Weeks; Paul Dailey, Mason City; Crystal (Heath) Wilken, Cedar Falls and their daughters Lillian and Amelia; several great grandchildren; a sister: Marlene Brinker; and sister-in-law: Cindy Dailey; several nieces, nephews and friends and his faithful companion Doc II.

     Tom is preceded in death by his parents, brother Jack Dailey and brother-in-law Ray Brinker.

Verlene Senne - Allison

     Verlene Kay Senne, 81, passed away at her daughter’s home, rural Allison on January 14, 2021 while under hospice care. Private family services will be held at the family home with Pastor Daniel Fluke of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Greene presiding. Interment will be at South Vilmar Cemetery at a later date.

     Verlene Senne was born May 21, 1939 in Greene, Iowa a daughter of Verle and Thelma Barth. She was baptized and raised in St. Peter Lutheran Church and graduated from Greene High School. She attended Wartburg College for two years and traveled with the Wartburg Choir to Germany. 

     Verlene was united in marriage with Floyd Senne at St. Peter Lutheran Church on September 20, 1959. They lived on farms in the Allison area their entire married lives. After their marriage she became a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Vilmar and was active in the choir for many years, Women’s circle, taught Sunday School and was a co-leader of the Luther League. Music was a big part of her life, she played piano for church and the care center for years. Verlene had a special place in her heart for children she worked at Higgelty Piggelty Pre-School for nearly 20 years. She was active in the Butler County ARC, and loved corresponding with her family and friends and loved to travel. She collected thousands of angels over the years and was an always laughing, she is remembered as a person who’s cup was always overflowing. She treasured kids and had a very special place in her heart for her grandchildren and has many God-children.

     Left to cherish her memory are her daughter: Amy Fehlberg, Allison; grandchildren: Emily Fehlberg (Troy Suarez), Groton, Conn and her daughter Shayne Suarez; Dylan (Chloe) Fehlberg, Austin, Texas; Dalton Fehlberg, Fayetteville, North Carolina; Sister: Diane Osier, Greene; Brother: John (Carol) Barth, Greene; many nieces and nephews and friends.

     Verlene is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Floyd, son Greg, brother Ronald Barth, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Dorothy Senne, Marla Senne, Roy Senne and James Osier, nieces Deb Maddox and Julie Tucker; special aunt Minnie Kleinschmidt. 

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