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Rose Klunder - Greene

     Funeral Services for Rose Klunder, 74, of Greene will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 15, 2019, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Greene.

     Visitation will be Sunday at Retz Funeral Home from 4-7 p.m. with a 7p.m. Scripture Service.  Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.

    Rose was born on April 17, 1944, in Charles City, Floyd County Iowa, the daughter of Harry and Dorothy (Parker) Merfeld and passed away April 11, 2019, at the Covenant Medical Center, in Waterloo. She received her education in public school graduating from Rockford High School in 1962.

     When she moved to Greene she became a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. She was a member of St. Isidore Circle and made her talents available where needed.

     Rose was united in marriage on June 2, 1962, to Richard William Klunder at St. Mary Catholic Church in Roseville. This marriage was blessed with five children. Rose became a homemaker and a mother.  She taught her children many life skills.  Rose told them to always finish what they start, to be honest, and to be hard workers. She was a devoted mother that was protective of her children.

     When her children were of school age she took employment with the First State Bank of Greene. Rose worked as a teller for many years and then was promoted to manager. In 1996 Lincoln Savings Bank took over First State Bank. Rose remained working with LSB until her retirement in 2006.

     Rose liked to work puzzles, did crocheting, worked on her collections, and never missed an auction.  She especially treasured the time spent with her children and grandchildren. Rose was very excited to have her first great- granddaughter on the way.

     Left to cherish her memory are two daughters: Kelly (Rafael) Morales, Dike; Kara (Jim) Trotter, Aledo, TX; three son’s: Brook (Krisine) Klunder, Cedar Falls, Cameron (Nancy) Klunder, Albany, GA, Darin (Shelley) Klunder, Evensdale; 15 grandchildren: Ashley and Kelsey Morales, Noah (fiancé Beca Wardell) Klunder,Owen, Sara and Vada Klunder, Brandon (AC) Klunder, Whittney Hodge, Cody (Bri) Klunder, Brayden Klunder, Colton (Gina) Card, Jake, Dora and Lucy Trotter; one great granddaughter on the way; three sisters: Sharon (Marlyn) Wunsch, Greene, Bonnie (Jim) Knapp, Greene, Nettie (Ron) Ascher, Greene; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her husband Richard in 2011, one brother-in-law Jim Meek, and her parents.

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

Carole Rohwedder - Greene

       Funeral services for Carole Rohwedder, 96, of Greene will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating.  Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

     Carole was born on October 21, 1922, in rural Marble Rock, Floyd Co., Iowa the daughter of Richard and Martha (Zitzow) Borchard and passed away on April 7, 2019 at Valley View Care Center in Greene.

     She was raised in rural Marble Rock.  Carole attended country school through the 8th grade and later graduated from Marble Rock High School in 1939.

     Carole was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene where she was Baptized on January 8, 1923 and Confirmed May 24, 1940. She was united in marriage to Richard (Dick) Rohwedder on December 23, 1942, at St. Peter’s. The couple was blessed with two children: Gordon and Gloria.  She and her husband farmed in the Marble Rock area for many years; Carole could be seen working alongside her husband in the fields.

     Carole was a 4-H Leader for a number of years.  Her daughter lovingly remembered the times spent with her mother and how much she learned from her.

     After moving to town Carole was a school bus driver working for the Greene School District. She also worked various other local jobs.

     Her favorite hobbies were doing the daily crossword and Sudoku puzzles.  She enjoyed working in her flower beds, golfing, playing cards and spending time with her family.

     Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter Gloria (Roger) Stover, Dows, IA; daughter-in-law Cheryl Rohwedder, Marble Rock, IA; her grandchildren: Randy (Kelly) Rohwedder, Menomonie, WI; Brad (Laura) Rohwedder, Charles City; Troy Stover, Manchester, IA; Wesley (Stacey) Stover, Huxley, IA.; 10 great-grandchildren and 12 great great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and many friends.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard in 2004; son, Gordon; her parents; 3 brothers: John, William and Charles Borchard; 3 sisters: Kathryn Miller, Helen Pooley, and Irene Kehn; one great grandson.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Carol Rohwedder Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 184, Dows, Iowa 50071.

Robert Leininger - Thornton

     Robert Leroy Leininger, 87, of Thornton, died Thursday, March 28, at MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center. Funeral services are 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 5, at Richland Lutheran Church in Thornton; interment in Richland Lutheran Cemetery, Thornton. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 4, at Retz Funeral Home, Thornton.

Memorials may be sent to Richland Lutheran Church.

     Bob was born Jan. 5, 1932 in Boone, Iowa. His mother passed away when he was only 4 years old. He was raised by his grandmother Emma Leininger and his dad, Harold Leininger. He spent his time working the family farm in Boone until graduation in 1950.

     Upon graduating he continued to work on the farm until he met the love of his life, Mary Lou Overman. Reluctant at first, Mary Lou soon became smitten with Bob’s charm. In 1952 they wed in State Center and from that union had two boys; David and Michael.

     Two weeks prior to discovering a child was on the way Bob enlisted into the Marine Corp. So both David and Michael were born on the military installation of Cherry Point, North Carolina. Bob was serving his tour overseas during the Vietnam war as an air traffic controller in one of the busiest airports in the world at the time.

     After discharge from the service Bob found work on an oil pipeline for a time as well as being an insurance agent.

     Upon completion of additional schooling Bob returned to his military profession as a “civilian” air traffic controller working for the FAA. This career moved him and his family every few years to new locales. Cherry Point NC to Boone IA, to Olathe, KS then Cedar Falls, IA, onto Sidney NE and finally Thornton, IA. Where Bob and Mary raised their 2 sons until they graduated and moved on. Both entering the US Army.

Bob retired in the 80’s from the FAA when the Mason City airport eliminated controllers. Due to the combined years of service for his country, he had the distinction of receiving full benefits from Uncle Sam.

     Bob was known for many things in the community. Most notably was his time and commitment to the Lions Club, where he served as District governor on two separate occasions. He was a volunteer fireman, was a member of the American Legion and volunteered for almost everything that was offered.

     Bob’s Sharp Shop was his next chapter. When he bought sharpening tools and machines to occupy his time, he had no clue how much his service was needed. People came from miles around to have their blades or chains

sharpened or fixed. Bob’s other hobbies over the years included: Fishing, golfing, fastpitch softball, hunting, roller skating, bowling, raising rabbits, tropical fish, and St. Bernard dogs for pets and competitive showing. Bob loved everyone and all creatures great and small. Friends came easy for him because he had a heart of gold and people were drawn to his personality. He could make conversation with anyone at all. It was amazing.

     His love of family was most precious to him. Time spent with his bride or his children, or grandchildren, were the best moments in his life. (So he said many times.)

     Bob was preceded in death by his mother Mabel. His father Harold. His step Mother Helen. His grandparents and his uncle. Many cousins as well.

     Bob is survived by his wife Mary Lou. His sons Dave (Jeannie) and Mike (Paula) Leininger. His  grandchildren, Austin and Rylee Leininger. His step grandchildren, Callie and Lincoln Kibsgaard and Larissa Levenhagen. His step great grandchildren, Kaden and Camryn Sexton.

     Bob touched many many lives and will be dearly missed.

Harry Schmidt - Greene

    Harry Schmidt, 90, of Greene, left this world and entered into the presence of his Lord on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at the Waverly Health Center. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 23, at the Greene Community Center. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 22, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. 1st Street, Greene. Memorials may be directed to the family in care of Retz Funeral Home, P.O. Box 219, Greene, IA 50636

     Harry Conrad Schmidt was born in rural Butler County, November 28, 1928, a son of Henry and Martha (Meyer) Schmidt. He was educated in Coldwater Township Country Schools through the 8th grade. He was saved by the Grace of the Lord, July 17, 1967 at 2:00 am.

     On February 16, 1952 Harry was united in marriage with Eloise Siemons in Hardy, Arkansas, this marriage has lasted over 67 years. To this union three daughters were born. He worked on the family farm and did custom corn shelling, combining and trucking with Harvey Siemons. He also delivered Oliver tractors nationwide. In 1952 Harry began grain farming and in 1974 added turkeys to his farming operation. In 1990 Harry retired and they moved into Greene.

     Harry attended Antioch Gospel Hall, rural Clarksville. He was devoted to his family and especially treasured his children and grandchildren.

     His family includes his wife: Eloise; daughters: Janell (Merle) Ridder, Waterloo; Janet (Ken) Feckers, Clarksville; son-in-law: Larry Schwinger, Stuart, Iowa; grandchildren: Kendra (Neal) Rochford; Kayla (Jeremy) Wolf; Kory (Sarah Wilcox – fiancé) Feckers; John (Kelly Smith) Schwinger; step-granddaughter Glynna Borwig; 9 great grandchildren; 4 step great grandchildren; brother: Mervin (Ruth) Schmidt, Mason City; sister: Thelma (Bud) Allison, Des Moines and many nieces and nephews.

     He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter: Jolene Schwinger; sisters: Ellene (Wilber) Landers and Lois Nuss; brother: Robert Schmidt.

Donna Kreitlow - Sheffield

     Donna Kreitlow, 78, of Sheffield, passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at Hospice of North Iowa in Mason City. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 25, at Retz Funeral Home, 203 Maple Street, Sheffield, with Pastor Sandy Gobeli presiding. Internment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield.

     Donna Lee Kreitlow was born April 13, 1940, at Latimer, Iowa, a daughter of Henry and Louise (Koenen) Oltmann. She graduated in 1958 from Sheffield – Chapin High School. After graduating she began working for Martinson Manufacturing Co. in Sheffield. After 28 years with Martinson’s she worked at Winnebago in Hampton until 1993. She moved to Missouri with her husband in 1993 and worked for Hagale Industries and Omni Corp until retiring in 2009.

     Donna was united in marriage with Robert Campbell in 1961. To this marriage a son, Delmar Dean Campbell was born in 1962. This marriage was dissolved in 1967. In December 1972 Donna married her husband of 46 years, Duane Lee Kreitlow. They moved back to Sheffield in the fall of 2018 to be closer to family.

     Throughout the years, Donna enjoyed bowling, fishing, camping, playing cards and attending shows in Branson, Missouri.

     Donna is survived by her husband, Duane; brothers-in-law: Dennis (Jan) Kreitlow, Dows; Dean (Vicki) Kreitlow, Papillion, NE; Larry Davidson, Lake Montezuma, AZ, and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

     Preceding her in death are her parents, her son Delmar, brother Harvey Oltmann; sisters: Viola (Kenneth) Kappen; Irene (Bob) Matthews; sisters-in-law: Ione Oltmann, Karen Kreitlow and Carol Davidson.

Evelyn Sheriff - Sheffield

     Evelyn Sheriff, 71, of Sheffield, passed away Monday, March 4, 2019, at her home. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 8, at Zion St. John Lutheran Church, Sheffield, with Rev. G Kim Wills presiding. Interment will be at Wayside Cemetery, Chapin. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield.

     Evelyn Mae Sheriff was born April 14, 1947, in Mason City, a daughter of M. Dwain and Maude (Liekweg) Schinagel. She was confirmed at Zion St. John Lutheran Church on March 26, 1961. Evelyn attended Sheffield-Chapin School, graduating with the class of 1965. She then attended LaJames College and earned her license as a beautician.

     On August 27, 1967 Evelyn was united in marriage with Eugene Sheriff at Zion St. John Lutheran Church. While Gene was finishing college Evelyn worked in the Seed Lab at the Botany Department at Iowa State University. They lived in New York for a few years before returning to Sheffield to help manage the family farm for 4 years before returning to Rochester, New York. She then worked at Harris Seed Company, sending mail order seeds all over the country and recognizing many Sheffield addresses and names.

     Later Gene was transferred to Colorado and they lived there for 15 years until retirement when they moved back to Sheffield.  Evelyn worked at the Sharing Shoppe in later years.

Evelyn had a passion for feeding and watching wild birds and taking care of stray cats, which became family. She loved celebrating holidays, especially Christmas and collecting Hummels and Roseville Pottery.

     Family members include her husband of 51 years: Eugene; brothers: Roger (Lisa) Schinagel, Mason City; Gary Schinagel, Mason City; many Nieces and Nephews including: Nichole Schinagel, Beau Schinagel, Caden Schinagel, Delaney Schinagel, Phillip Sheriff, Brian Sheriff, Erin Sheriff, Steven Sheriff, Max Tuinstra, Rene Tuinstra, Amy Layman, William Tuinstra, Jamie Meier, Levi Sheriff and Hayley Armstrong; In-laws: Keith (Linda) Sheriff; Diane Tuinstra; Jay (Eva) Sheriff; Dale (Gail) Sheriff; special friends: Diane Schinagel and Beverly Strattman.

     Evelyn is preceded in death by her parents.

Jessie Oelkers - Thornton

     Jessie Louise Harmon Oelkers, 98, of Thornton, passed away peacefully Monday, February 25, 2019, at the Sheffield Care Center. Funeral services will be held 6:30 p.m., Friday, March 1, at Richland Lutheran Church, Thornton. Interment will be at Richland Lutheran Cemetery, Thornton at a later date. Visitation will be 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Friday at the Church prior to the funeral.

    Jessie was born January 31, 1921, on the family farm, a daughter of J. Frank and Mabel (Ingebretson) Harmon. She was proud to have just celebrated her 98th birthday.

     She graduated from Thornton High School with the class of 1939, and has been a lifelong member of Richland Lutheran Church.

     After graduating from High School she began working at the First State Bank, in Thornton. Her career with the bank lasted 51 years.

     Jessie was united in marriage with Herman Oelkers on November 28, 1945. They had no children and focused their time on traveling and volunteering at Opportunity Village in Clear Lake. She enjoyed ceramics and many other types of crafting.

     Jessie is survived by a niece: Bev (Larry) Moore, and family; nephew: Curt (Kristy) Holt and family; great nephews and nieces: Travis, Chance, Lauren, Jessica, JD, Kelsey, Anna and Makenzie; great-great niece and nephews: Adeline, Hank and Joshua.

     She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, sister and brother-in-law: Frances and Dale Holt.

     The Jessie Harmon Oelkers family would like to extend our gratitude to all the staff of the Sheffield Care Center and St. Croix Hospice.

     Memorials in her memory may be directed to Jessie Oelkers, c/o Retz Funeral Home, P.O. Box 580, Sheffield, IA 50475.

Jerry Wagner - Greene

     Funeral services for Jerry Wagner, 94, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at St. Peter Lutheran Church with Pastor Daniel Flucke presiding. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

     Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Monday, February 18, 2019 at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene.

     Gerald was born November 18, 1924, in Floyd County the son of Oscar and Emma (Biekert) Wagner and passed away on Friday, February 15, 2019, at Valley View Care Center in Greene.

     Jerry received his education in rural Butler and Floyd County schools, and attended Nashua High School.  On June 26, 1949 he was united in marriage to Emma Landers at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene and the union was blessed with two children.  Jerry became a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Nashua, Iowa.  The family moved to Greene from Nashua in 1955.

     Jerry was baptized and confirmed at Evangelical Reformed Church at Pleasant Hill. Later he became a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene. He served on the Stewardship Committee, Church Council, and was an usher for services and funerals.

     Before moving to Greene, Jerry was employed at the Oliver Factory in Charles City and the Chrysler Plymouth Garage in Nashua. After moving to Greene, he worked for McRoberts Implement as a mechanic and Shop Forman for the next 35 years.

     Jerry enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren, he liked to travel, do gardening and woodworking.

     Living family members include his two children: Glenna (Jerry) Tack, Osceola, WI; Steven (Quan) Wagner, Comstock Park, MI; grandchildren: Elizabeth (Michael) Murphy, Eau Claire, WI; Kevin (Mandyn) Tack, Amery, WI; Elsie Wagner, Detroit, MI; great-grandchildren: Jacob Murphy, Cole Murphy, Lucas Murphy; sister Jean Weigand, Nashua; two sisters-in-law: Shirley Petrak, Charles City and Bonnie Wagner, Eagan, MN; brother-in-law Edward Fuoss, Waverly; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

     Jerry was preceded in death by his wife, Emma in 2014, his parents, two brothers: Max Wagner and Kenneth Wagner.

     In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family at P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636.

James McLennan - Sheffield

     Jim McLennan, 62, of Sheffield, passed away Thursday, February 7, 2019, at his home. Funeral services will be 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 12, at Zion St. John Lutheran Church, Sheffield with Rev. G Kim Wills presiding. Visitation will be 1 hour before the service at the church.

     James Allen McLennan (Taco) was born on March 13, 1956, in Charles City and brought home to Jim and Betty McLennan of Greene, Iowa.  He attended school in Greene until his family moved to Independence, Kansas where he graduated from Independence High School. He went on to acquire a bachelor of science in physical education from Fort Hays State College.  After many jobs including house painting, fueling chemical spraying planes, and farrowing hogs, he owned “Jim’s Pro” in Greene.

     He married Dawn Freeseman and to this union, three children were born.  Jamie Lee, Jered Reed, and Jordan William. Jim became employed at the Eaton Corporation in Belmond, Iowa where he remained for a total of 35 years.  He especially enjoyed his job as a metallurgical lab technician at the plant.

     Jim married Lucy Turner Rummens on July 10, 2005.  They lived in Belmond until 2017 when they moved to Sheffield for Jim’s retirement.  Jim enjoyed his retirement by spending time with friends and family, especially his bar families at the Corner Bar and Sparetime Lanes in Belmond and Deb’s Wild Horse Saloon and The West Fork Wharf.  He had countless friends where ever he was and he enjoyed spending as much time as he could with all of them.

     Jim had a love for playing softball and officiating school softball.  He had a long career of bowling and competed at state and national bowling for years.  He loved to fish, most of all ice fishing, and especially with friends. Jim loved to listen to conservative talk radio, as well as classic rock and roll.  The Three Stooges, Perry Mason, and NCIS were his TV preferences.

     Jim is survived by his wife, Lucy, his children Jamie (Nevada, Ia.), Jered (Chicago, Il.), and Jordan (Kansas City, Mo.)  Sarah Rummens (Sheffield, Ia.), Jess Rummens (Petaluma, Ca.) Four grandchildren Lillian Eberly, Calvin Rummens, Kyleigh and Henry Voss.  

     He was preceded in death by his parents Jim and Betty McLennan.

Edward Smith - Greene

     Funeral Services for Ed Smith, 82, of Greene, Iowa will be held Friday, February 15 at 11:00 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greene with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan presiding. Visitation will be at the church 1 hour prior to the service.  Burial will be at a later date in Ruthven, Iowa at the Calvary Cemetery.  

     Edward Pierce Smith, son of Victor and Lillian (Woith) Smith was born May 16, 1936 and passed away peacefully on Friday, February 8, 2019 at home with his family in Greene. Ed received his education in public school graduating from Emmetsburg High School in 1954. As a young man he worked various jobs before settling in Greene in 1970.  There he was employed by Dralle’s Department Store as manager of the men’s clothing department, retiring in January 2003.

     Ed was united in marriage to Mary Finnegan Pitcher on August 29, 1969, in St. James, Minnesota. To this union one daughter was born.  Mary brought three children into the marriage and Ed also had two children with his previous wife Carmen Bernardo.

     Ed was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greene and a member of the Round Grove Country Club. Over the years he served in several community groups including the Greene Volunteer Fire Department, Boy Scout Troop 196, Meals-on-Wheels, and Greene Betterment Council.  He was also very active supporting local sports including serving for many years as a member of the high school football chain crew. 

     He enjoyed playing golf, was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and Minnesota Vikings and Twins fan.   Ed always had time for “one more game” of cards especially Cribbage. Most of all Ed loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family and friends.

     Living family members include his loving wife of 49 years Mary, Greene; six children: Jo (Curt) Jorpeland, Kyle, TX; Vicki (special friend Steven Rand) Haub, S. Padre Island, TX; Jo Ellen (GK) Latham, Prairie City, IA;Duane (Raveevun ‘Oye’) Pitcher, Ames, IA; Daniel (special friend Margaret McCoy) Pitcher, West Des Moines, IA; Melissa (Tim) Harris, Urbandale, IA; 12 grandchildren: Camron and Ryan Jorpeland; Devan and Dalton Haub, Jessica Sturm, Maria Jansen, Christina Sturm, Noah Latham, Adriana and Thomas Pitcher; Katie and Michael Ball; 16 great-grandchildren; sister, Jalene (Glenn) Bridenbaugh; brother, Joel Smith;  sister-in-law, Suzanne Smith; as well as many other relatives and friends.

     Ed was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; Dallas Smith and Eugene Smith; two sisters, Darlene Bremer and Shirley Smith; brother-in-law, Jack Bremer; sister-in-law, Jayne Smith; niece Debbie Bremer, and great-grandchild, Tristan Charlson.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family at P.O. Box 2, Greene, Iowa 50636.

James 'Fuzz' O'Brien - Greene

     Funeral services for Jim O’Brien, 69, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 16, 2019, at St. Mary Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan presiding.

     Visitation will be 3-7 p.m., Friday, February 15, 2019,  at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene.

    Jim was born in Greene, Butler County, Iowa, October 3, 1949, the son of Raymond and Cyrilla (Stadick) O’Brien and passed away on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at the Floyd County Medical Center. He received his education at the Roseville Academy and Sacred Heart Academy prior to graduating from Greene High School in 1967.  

     Following graduation, Jim was drafted into the United States Army. He proudly served in Vietnam during his tour. Jim was awarded the National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal w/ two Bronze Service Stars; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; Combat Infantryman Badge, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal w/”V” Device & 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Sharpshooter (Rifle), Marksman.

     He was united in marriage to Jean Hauser on July 13, 1974, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene. The couple was blessed with one son, Joel.

     Following his tour in Vietnam, Jim worked for the City of Greene in the Public Works Department for the next 44 years before retiring in 2015.  At the time of his death, Jim was serving his second term as the Mayor of Greene.

     He was a member of the American Legion, served on the Greene Volunteer Fire Department for 36 years, 10 years as chief, and was also Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 26 for over 20 years, was involved with the Greene Betterment and the Trees Forever Program.

     Jim remained an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church where he served on the Parish Council, greeted, and ushered.

     Jim liked to watch dirt track and NASCAR races, go camping, golfing, and ice fishing. He loved watching nature, kayaking, and taking trips with family and friends. He frequently attended stags at the American Legion and Round Grove Country Club. He treasured time spent with family, especially his grandchildren.

     Living family members include his loving wife Jean, Greene; one son

Joel (Cindy) O’Brien, West Bend, WI; grandchildren: Ray and Rose O’Brien; sister, Mary Jungling, Waterloo, IA; one brother, Tim (Jane) O’Brien, Chandler, AZ; many nieces nephews and friends.

     Jim was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Char Hedrick.

 

All memorials can be addressed to P.O. Box 322, Greene, Iowa 50636.

 

     The O’Brien family would like to thank friends, family and the community for the outpouring of support at this time.

Richard Wharton - Marble Rock

     Funeral Services for Richard Ray Wharton, 64, of Marble Rock will be 1:30 p.m., Sunday, February 3, 2019, at Retz Funeral Home, 423 Bradford St. Marble Rock, Iowa.  Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery, Marble Rock. Visitation will be one hour before services at the funeral home on Sunday.

     Rick was born on August 8, 1954, in Dubuque, Iowa to Joyce (Ostrander) LaRue and passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at the Mercy Medical Center in Mason City. Rick grew up in Dubuque and attended public school.

     On July 19, 1975 Rick was united in marriage to Betty Moore. This marriage was blessed with two children. They lived and raised their children in Bristow.  Rick drove truck and when his children were grown Betty traveled with him. They were married for 35 years until Betty’s death in 2010.

     Rick became disabled and was no longer able to drive truck.  Several years ago he moved to Marble Rock and made his home with his daughter and her family.

     He enjoyed driving truck, fishing, gardening, and spending time with family.

     Rick is survived by his son Rick Wharton of Rockford; daughter Joanne (Jeremiah) Miller, Marble Rock; grandchildren Destiny Wharton (Andrew), Iowa Falls; April Miller (Treven), Ames; Grace and Josh Wharton, Marble Rock; Alex and David Miller, Marble Rock; sister Kitty Rogers, Dubuque; brother Greg (Tina) LaRue, Dubuque; father and mother-in-law Milford (Theresa) Moore, Dubuque; sister-in-law Mary Moore, Dubuque; nieces and nephews: Kenny, Amy, Heather Katzenburger, Chad, Jason LaRue all of Dubuque, Michael Moore, Mason City.

      He was preceded in death by his wife Betty Wharton; grandson Derick Wharton; Mother Joyce LaRue; step-father William ‘Bill’ Larue; sisters: Shawn Wharton and Mary LaRue.

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

Mitchell Nordmeyer - Ankeny (Greene)

Ankeny: Funeral Services for Mitchell Hoyt Nordmeyer, 56, formerly of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 2, 2019, at St Peter Lutheran Church, 324 E. Traer St. in Greene with Rev. Kyle Barton presiding and Pastor Dan Schuknecht preaching. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.

 

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Friday, February 1, 2019, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

 

Mitch was born April 7, 1962, the son of Frederick William and Ruby Jean (Wildman) Nordmeyer and passed away on January 25, 2019, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.  Mitch received his education in public school graduating from Greene High School in 1980. He was very active in high school participating in band, choir, basketball, football, track, golf.

 

As a young man he worked for Nordmeyer Construction. He also was a farm hand for Anderson Farms where he worked for more than 30 years.  Locally he was employed for Stanton Livestock driving truck which took him all over the United States. Mitch worked for Austin Auto, Unverferth Manufacturing and Waterloo Implement. He later took a position as State Instructor for Emergency Services. Mitch worked for Butler County Emergency Management Agency where he served for approximately 8 years.  Most recently he accepted a position as the Iowa Homeland Security Training Officer in Johnston, Iowa in April 2018.

 

Mitch was united in marriage to Patty Mangler in 2015 after finally finding his soul mate. Mitch had already been blessed with a daughter Whittney and a son Seth. He was previously married to Ann Wihlm and Marge DeGroote.

 

Mitch had a good sense of humor, was a kind and generous man that always put the well-being of others before himself. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, fall field work, boating, golfing, was an avid Vikings and Minnesota Twins Fan, he liked to collect John Deere memorabilia, but especially enjoyed time spent with his grandchildren.

 

He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church where he served for a time on the church council. Mitch was a member of Pheasants Forever and The American Legion of Greene. Mitch was a devoted fireman whose passion for service began at the age of 18 and continued throughout his life. He was very proud to be a member of the Greene Volunteer Fire Department.

 

Living family members include his loving wife, Patty Nordmeyer, Ankeny; children: Kris (Lacy Nagel) Bolhuis, Wellsburg; Whittney (Brandon) Franke, Charles City; Stacie (Dan) Henderson, Charles City; Ryan Shanahan, Delmar; Seth (Alex Holbach) Nordmeyer, Charles City; Brittney (Casey Henderson) Shanahan, Maquoketa; grandchildren: Jayden Nagel, Layne Nagel, Klay Bolhuis, Zuri Franke, Alex Henderson, Ryker Henderson, Gunner Henderson; father Fred Nordmeyer, Allison; sisters: Susan Nordmeyer, Ormond Beach, Florida; Sally Dixon, N. Charleston, S.C.; Sheri (Everett) Collins, Rockhill, S.C.; brother, Neal (Jacque) Nordmeyer, Greene; sister-in-law: Annette (Keith) Grimm, Delmar; brother-in-law: Vern (Ginny) Mangler, Delmar; one niece, several nephews, and many friends.

 

Mitch was preceded in death by his mother and grandparents.

 

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

 

Tommy Spratt - Greene

Private Funeral services for Thomas J. Spratt, 3 months old, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke and Pastor Gary Hatcher officiating.  Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery Greene.

 

Visitation is open to the public and will be held from 4-6 p.m., Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene.

 

Thomas James Spratt was born on October 17, 2018, the son of Chase Thomas and Jasmine Rose (Esposito) Spratt in Waterloo, Iowa and passed away at home in his parents loving care with the assistance of Cedar Valley Hospice.

 

His family is very appreciative of all the support they have received during Tommy’s short life. Tommy was a blessing that will forever live on in our hearts.

 

Tommy is survived by his parents, Chase and Jasmine Spratt, Greene; Paternal grandparents, Tom (Nanette) Spratt, Greene; maternal grandparents, Kody (Heather) Breitbach, Allison; Tommy’s aunts and uncles: Damian (Hannah) Spratt, Readlyn; Brett (Philip) Dane, Waverly;

Casie (Blake) Stroberg, Greene; Zach Breitbach, Allison; Nichole Breitbach, Allison; Justine Breitbach, New Hampton; Cousins: Jett and Isabella Stroberg, Greene;Declan Dane, Waverly; great grandparents: Donna Spratt, Greene; Jerry (Marilyn) Bouillon, Greene; Kim Jordan , Clarksville, Dan (Cheryl) Breitbach, Janesville; Andrew (Carrie) Esposito, Parkersburg.

 

He is preceded in death by his great grandfather, Jim Spratt, great grandfather David Boysen, and great great grandparents Ida and Louis Breitbach, Robert and Elizabeth Crotty; Joe and Faye Jordan.

 

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

 

Richard Wilson - Greene

     Funeral Services for Richard E. Wilson, 73, of Greene will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, January 24, 2019 at Calvary Baptist Church in Greene with Pastor Ben Hartwig officiating.  Burial will be at a later date in Westside Cemetery, Marble Rock. Visitation will be a half hour before services at the church on Thursday.

     Richard was born on July 26, 1945 to George and Bertha Mae (Bolinger) Kelly in Collbran, Mesa County, Colorado and passed away at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City on Monday, January 14, 2019.

     He received his education in public school, leaving school at the age of 16 and later enlisting in the United States Navy. He was a Vietnam Veteran that served in Japan, Korea, China, Hawaii and the Philippines.

     He was united in marriage to Margaret Briggs and the couple was blessed with three children.  After many years of marriage the couple parted ways. Richard met and fell in love with Connie Woodruff and the two were married in 1980.  Richard had lived in numerous states throughout his life relocating as work was available to him. He was a hardworking man that was referred to as a ‘jack-of-all-trades’. He did automotive repair, welding, dry wall work, and painting, owned a roofing business, drove truck and did dairy work.

     His interests were in fishing, camping, hunting, target shooting, and dinking around with engines. Richard was a member of the American Legion.

     Richard is survived by his children: Leslie (Don) Brisco, Brownwood, TX; Dennis Willson, Greene; Sean (Denise) Wilson, Houston, TX; fourgrandchildren, Alicia, Shannon, Chris, Nathan.

     He was preceded in death by his wife, Connie and his parents and grandson Sean Michael.

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

Berdine Majewski - Charles City

     Funeral services for Berdine Majewski, 93, of Charles City will be 11:00 am, Saturday, January 19, 2019, at St Mary Catholic Church in Greene with Rev. Msgr Walter Brunkan officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Charles City.

     Visitation at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene from 5-7 p.m. Friday, January 18, with a Rosary Service at 7 p.m. 

     Berdine was born north of Bristow in West Point Township on August 30, 1925 to George and Tillie (Miller) Kielman and passed away Sunday, January 6, 2019 at Valley View Care Center in Greene.  She received her education in West Point and Coldwater Township School and graduated from Greene High School in 1942.

     After graduation she taught 10 years in rural schools in Butler and Floyd Counties. Also taught CCD for 10 years at St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene.

     On February 19, 1949, she was united in marriage to Melvin Majewski at St. Mary’s Parsonage in Greene by Father Boyle.  They were blessed with two sons. They farmed and raised their sons on a farm northeast of Greene (Powersville vicinity) until they retired in 1987 when they moved to Charles City.

     Berdine and Melvin were interested in attending many of their grandchildren’s activities, also outdoor work, watching birds, doing puzzles, baking, cooking, canning and riding her bicycle.

     She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and St. Rita’s Circle in Greene, and Immaculate Conception Church and St. Michael’s Circle in Charles City.  She was also a former member of the Hobby Club, Chat-a-Bit, and Heritage Club and went on many trips.

     Berdine is survived by two sons: Dennis (Pam) Majewski, Greene; Duane (Robin) Majewski, Greene; four grandchildren: Tricia (Chase) Schrage, New Hartford; Jenna (Kane) Lindsey, Woodbury, MN; Tyler (Rachel) Majewski, Waverly; Melissa (Brian) Johannsen, Dike; great grandchildren: Trey, Mason, Louis, Callen, Drake, Luke, Mira, Hank and a baby Majewski due in February; two sisters: Tilleen Litterer, Charles City; Caroline Schafer, Greene; sister-in-law Darles Kielman, Rockford; many nieces, nephews and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her husband Melvin; her parents; three brothers: Otto (Hazel), Henry (Maxine Chesnut), and George; sister: Lorraine (Melvo) Majewski, and a sister in infancy, Deona; brothers-in-law: Clarence Litterer, Roger Schafer, Lloyd Majewski, Lewis (Phyllis) Majewski.

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

Ronald Dralle - Clarksville

     Funeral Services for Ronald Gene Dralle, 81, of Clarksville will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 21, 2018, at St. John’s United Church of Christ-Pleasant Hill in rural Nashua with Pastor John Cofield officiating.  Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

     Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, December 20, 2018, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene.

     Ronald Gene Dralle was born June 20, 1937 on the family farm west of Bristow, the eldest child of Siegfred and Fannie (Kielman) Dralle, and died Saturday, December 15, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospitals.

     He attended country school and graduated from Greene High School in 1955. 

      On April 8, 1956 Ron was united in marriage to Darlene Wright at St. John’s UCC – Pleasant Hill.  This marriage was blessed with three children.  Ron and Darlene farmed in the area until 1965 when they moved to the Dralle family farm.

      Ron was a lifelong farmer - "Somebody who'd bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh and then sigh, and then reply, with smiling eyes, when his son says he wants to spend his life 'doing what dad does.” – Paul Harvey

      Thankful for him in their lives are: daughter, Jolene (Jose) Infante, son, Jeff Dralle; grandchildren: Emily (Jerry), Abbey (Clinton) and their son Hudson, Samantha and her son Emrys, Zachary (Paige), Brittinae (Aaron) and their daughter Bria, Lucas (Tamara) and their boys, Edwin and Easton, Erika and Kristin.  Sister, Lois (Larry) Mason, and his wife’s brothers and sisters and their spouses, nieces and nephews.

      Ron is preceded in death by his wife, Darlene and their daughter, Janeane, as well as his parents.

 

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

Lynn Hansen - Glen Allen, Virginia

     Lynn Larry Hansen, 80, passed away Saturday, December 8, 2018, at his home in Glen Allen, Virginia. Lynn was born July 25, 1938 to Charles and Grace Hansen in Rockwell, Iowa, the youngest of three children.

     Lynn devoted his career to the country; he worked on the Apollo mission and certified submarines for the U.S. Navy. He grew up in Iowa, went to undergraduate at Iowa State and achieved a Master’s degree from Harvard. Apart from his career, Lynn enjoyed spending time outside with biking, pickle ball and water volleyball.

     Lynn is survived by his dear friend Ann Voorhis; children Lena (John) Moeller, Marty (Patti) Hansen, Kylie (Bill) Johnson, Challie (Jeff) Deibel, Toby (Allison) Hansen, Erin Hansen; and their mother Gail Wollenberg; grandchildren, Ryan, Sean, Liz, Naomi, Ever, Georgia, Arleigh and Roland. Lynn was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Claire and Ross.

     The family will receive friends from 2-3:00 pm on Saturday December 15, 2018 at Bliley’s Funeral Home, 8510 Staples Mill Road, where a Funeral Service will be held at 3:00 pm.

     A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at Pleasant View Cemetery in Thornton, Iowa.

Cal Schneck - Sheffield

     Calvin Fredric Schneck left his earthly home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Saturday December 8, 2018.  He was 93 years old.

     Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, at the First United Methodist Church, Sheffield. Visitation will be 2 hours before the service at the church. Interment with Veteran's Honors will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield.

     Cal was born July 5, 1925 to Rev William and Swanetta Schneck (née Fisher).  He graduated from high school in Rolfe, Iowa.  He then joined the Navy where he served as a machinists mate in the South Pacific during World War II.  After the war, Cal moved to Sheffield, Iowa where he owned and operated the Sheffield Produce.  In 1971, Cal closed the Produce and purchased the local hardware store which he named Cal's Hardware.  During those years he also operated the Sheffield Laundromat.  At one time, Calvin was the longest running business owner on Main Street.

     On July 17, 1949, Calvin was united in marriage to Ramona Anderegg in Mason City, IA.  The couple was blessed with 4 children: Jane, Jacelyn, William and Barton.  Cal and Ramona would raise their family in Sheffield.

     Aside from working, Calvin was involved heavily in community events and organizations.  Cal was very civic minded and lived by the motto, "We support them because they support us".  Throughout his long life, he served on the Sheffield City Council, and the Sheffield Betterment Committee.  He volunteered on the Sheffield Fire Department.  He was also a member of the Sheffield Community Club, the Lions Club and the Iowa Egg Council.  Calvin belonged to the Masons and American Legion and was a long time active member of the First United Methodist Church where he served in various positions.

     Cal also loved to play.  During the fall, he enjoyed a good hunting trip but his favorite time was summer when he could load up the family and trek off to a lake in northern Minnesota for walleye fishing.  And he and Ramona made many a trip with good friends Richard and Maureen Froning.  Cal was very handy and liked to be busy.  In later years he enjoyed woodworking and made many projects such as quilt racks for family members.  

     Calvin is preceded in death by both parents, his wife Ramona, his sister and brother-in-law, Lois and Donald Shimon, his daughter Jane Schneck Hlavaty, son-in-law Jon Lamphier, and grandchildren Melissa Hlavaty and Benjamin Hlavaty along with many in laws on his wife's side.

     Calvin is survived by his children, Jacelyn Lamphier of Albert Lea, MN, William (Marilyn) Schneck of Osceola, IA and Barton Schneck of Cedar Rapid, IA; son-in-law Charles Hlavaty of OFallon, MO; grandchildren Elizabeth Hlavaty, Matthew Hlavaty, Priscilla (Matt) Hume, Natalie Lamphier, Lucas (Shiera) Schneck, Noah Schneck, Micah (Ross) Hanig, Lisa (Lucas) LaVelle, and Katelyn (Skylar) Clark.  Other survisors include great grand children, Isaac Hlavaty, Madeline Hume, William and Lincoln Schneck, Clay, Lucas and Sawyer Hanig, Laikynn LaVelle and Emma Clark; along with many other in laws, nieces and nephews.  

Karen Uhde - Thornton

            Karen B. Uhde, 75, of Thornton, passed away Saturday, December 8, 2018, at Hospice of North Iowa, Mason City. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 12, at the First Reformed Church in Meservey, with Rev. Rodney Meester presiding. Interment will be at a later date. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, at Retz Funeral Home 107 N. 2nd St., Thornton. Karen bravely battled and survived cancer for 14 years and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The American Cancer Society.

 

            Karen B. Uhde was born July 24, 1943, in Meservey, a daughter of Louis and Tena (Boelman) Dirks. She graduated from Thornton High School with the class of 1961 and attended Mason City Community College. She then worked for several years at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital as a switchboard operator.

            Karen was united in marriage with Frank E. Uhde, January 25, 1969, at the First Reformed Church in Meservey. They lived in Oklahoma and Wisconsin as he served in the Army. They returned to Iowa in 1974 and to Thornton in 1980.

            Karen worked as a Teacher’s Aide at Meservey-Thornton Schools and cook for the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff Department. She loved to spend time with her family, quilting and working at her church. She was a prolific quilter who gave quilts away to all her family and anyone who needed one, even strangers. She is remembered as supportive of her family and was the ‘glue that held them together.’

            Karen is survived by her husband of nearly 50 years, Frank; children: Jeana (Aaron) Vradenburg; James Uhde; Janace (Aaron) Knapp; Kim (Ralph) Hamand; Dori (Mark) Sparby; Frank (Tonya) Uhde; 14 grandchildren and many great grandchildren; brothers: Ronald Dirks; Jim (Nancy) Dirks; John (Cindy) Dirks; sisters-in-law: Elsa Dirks and Rosie Davis; brother-in-law: ‘Butch’ Myron (Jan) Uhde and many relatives and special friends including the flamingo girls.

            Karen is preceded in death by her parents; brothers Louis, Robert and Jerry; sister Doris;  and granddaughter Jennifer Hamand.

 

Virginia Shook - Greene

     A Celebration of Life service for Virginia Lee Shook, 83, of Greene, will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 22, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church in Greene with Pastor Cathy Belles officiating.  Burial will be at a later date in Wisconsin. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church.

     Virginia was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa, November 28, 1935, the daughter of George and Myrtle (Heichel) Shorman and passed away on November 29, 2018, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, Iowa.

     She received her education in public school graduating from Greene High School in 1953 and attended AIB College of Business in Des Moines in 1954.

     Virginia lived in Cedar Falls, Iowa until the 5th grade when she and her family moved to Greene.  There, she completed her education and became employed as a secretary at Salisbury Labs in Charles City.

     Virginia was united in marriage to Stanley Shook on September 9, 1956, at the First Presbyterian Church in Greene. This union was blessed with four children. The family then moved to Wisconsin.

     Virginia ran a ceramic shop out of her basement for the next 15 years called “Ginny’s Ceramics”.  She worked for the United States Postal Service for 14 years and served as Postmaster in Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin for 3 years.

     Virginia and Stanley moved back to Greene in 1988, and decided to stay. They wintered in McAllen, Texas, for 26 years.

     Virginia enjoyed golf, fishing, quilting, and working in her flower garden. She was an artist, loved animals and especially cherished the times spent with her family.

     Family members include her loving husband of 62 years, Stanley; her children: Janella Kae (Jeff) Laube, Eau Claire, WI; Randal Edward (Sheila) Shook, Chippewa Falls, WI; Steven Lee Shook, Scottsdale, Arizona; 10 grandchildren: Kaityn Leigh Laube (Abe) Ward; Jenna Kae Laube; Mikaelah Marie Laube; Benjamin Jefferson Laube; Sarah Janelle Shook (Ross) Parks; Joseph William (Patrick) Shook; John Edward (Monica) Shook; Ryan James Shook; Conor Joseph Shook; Lee Steven (Melanie) McPherson; 4 great-grandchildren: Lee Joseph McPherson; Stanley John McPherson; Eugene William McPherson, William Rex Parks.

     She was preceded in death by her mother, Myrtle Heichel Shorman Clark; father, George Shorman; her daughter, Linda McPherson; step-father, Wilson Clark; uncle, Glade Heichel.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Virginia Shook Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 614, Greene, Iowa 50636.

Kathryn Kingery Schuknecht - Greene

     Kathryn Elizabeth Schuknecht, wife of Elwin Schuknecht passed away at the Rehabilitation Center of Allison on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, from natural causes at the age of 97.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, 17, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Greene with Pastor Joan Thomas and Pastor Nick Needham officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, 5-7 p.m., at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene.

     Kathryn Kingery was born on November 2, 1921 to Frank Clifford and Mary Elizabeth (Ray) Kingery in rural Greene, Coldwater Township in Butler County, Iowa.  She received her education in the Coldwater #2 school and graduated from Greene High School in 1940.

     Kathryn was united in marriage to Elwin Harold Schuknecht on Feburary 8, 1941, at the Church Of The Brethren in Greene. This union was blessed with three sons: Merlin, David, and Wayne.

     Kathryn was a very hard worker. She was a waitress for several businesses in the Greene and Allison areas, she did professional wall paper hanging and hand quilting. Kathryn worked for years at the poultry processing business in Greene. She was a farm wife that helped her husband with chores, raise the children and maintained a home for her family.  She was a very devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great- grandmother.

     Kathryn looked forward to coloring Easter eggs with her grandchildren on Good Friday and enjoyed hosting Family dinners on Sunday nights. Kathryn liked to fish, had a great sense of humor, was feisty, and extremely particular about her appearance. Everyone who came to visit enjoyed some of her homemade banana oatmeal cookies.

     Kathryn was a faithful member of the Church Of The Brethren where she helped on the funeral committee and with the Love Feast and Communion Services. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary.

     Those left to celebrate her life are her children: Merlin (Sandra) Schuknecht, Greene; David (Cindi) Schuknecht, Waverly; Wayne (Teri) Schuknecht, Iowa Falls; grandchildren: Makaela (Rob) Hoffman, Cameron (Sarah) Schuknecht, Katrina (Steve) TerHark, Daniel (Suzanne) Schuknecht, Darin (Jill) Schuknecht, Corey (Megan) Schuknecht, Chance (Kyla) Schuknecht;  great-grandchildren: Brooks, McKinnley, and Ryker Hoffman; Garrett and Cole Schuknecht; Hannah, Sydney and Jarek TerHark; Noah, William, Ruthi, and Hannah, Schuknecht, Jonathon and Jeremiah Schuknecht, Austyn and Wade Schuknecht; sister-in-law Katherine Schuknecht, several nieces and nephews, and special friends Susan and Sherm Needham, Brenda Ballard and Eddie Corwin.

     She was preceded in death by her husband Elwin; her parents; brothers Walter and Merl; nephew Roger Kingery.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Kathryn Schuknecht Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 631, Greene, Iowa 50636.

Karen Duff - Thornton

     Karen Duff, 78, formerly of Thornton, passed away Monday, November 5, 2018, at Good Shepherd Care Center in Mason City. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, at First United Methodist Church, Thornton with Pastor Deb Devine presiding. Interment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, Thornton. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, at Retz Funeral Home 107 N 2nd St, Thornton.

     Karen Elisabeth Duff was born February 5, 1940 in Thornton, a daughter of Jens and Elisabeth (Winther-Dahl) Pihl. She graduated from Thornton High School.

     On July 12, 1958 Karen was united in marriage with James Duff. They made their home in Thornton where she raised her family. A hard worker, Karen worked at various jobs and devoted herself to her family and her church where she was active in the United Methodist Women. She never missed her children’s sporting events and loved when her grandchildren stayed with her.

     Left to cherish her memory are her children: Rhonda (Pat) Prelip; Debra (Steve) Hill; Robert (Michelle) Duff; Ronald (Krista) Duff; 11 Grandchildren; 13 Great Grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

     Karen is preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Kay Ann, brothers Andy and Ivan and sister Dorothy Brosdahl.

Matt Retz - Charles City

      Matthew Retz, 23, passed away Sunday, August 5, 2018 at his home in Charles City.  Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 15th at Zion St. John Lutheran Church in Sheffield with Rev. Kim Wills presiding.  Visitation will be 4:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 14th at Zion St. John Lutheran Church, Sheffield.

      Matthew Jon Retz was born April 7, 1995, in Waverly, Iowa, a son of Fredric and Nancy (Peterson) Retz.  Matthew was baptized May 1995 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Waverly and was confirmed October 2009 at Zion St. John Lutheran Church, Sheffield.  Matthew attended elementary and middle school at the SCMT schools.  He graduated from West Fork High School and received his Eagle Scout in May of 2013. 

      After graduation, Matt attended Wartburg College for a short time, before finding his passion in EMS.  Matt attended DMACC in Ankeny, and obtained his certification as a paramedic in 2014.  Matt was employed in EMS at Franklin General Hospital, Hampton; Midwest Ambulance Service, Des Moines; and at AMR Ambulance in Charles City where he loved his work and teaching community CPR.  Matt was a past member of Sheffield Emergency Squad and was currently a volunteer for Charles City Search and Rescue. Matt was a caregiver and a teacher through and through.  Anyone who had the privilege of knowing Matt knew that it did not matter how much or how little or how long you knew him, if you knew him he was your friend. 

      Matt is survived by his parents, Fred and Nancy Retz; Sisters:  Caitlin (Paul Tauro) Retz; Sarah Retz; Brother: Jacob Retz; Grandparents: Ron Peterson; Dick and Shirley Retz; Aunts and Uncles: Brian Peterson, Alison (Mark) Law, Brenda (Rick) Laslo, Celia (John) Nelson, Drew (Lisa) Retz, Rev. Elizabeth Retz. Cousins: Cadence Nez-Peterson, Sarah Nez-Peterson, Chris Law, Heather (Tommy) Powers, Andrew Laslo, Rachel Laslo, Adam Nelson, Samantha (Travis) Smith, Jamie (Daniel) Heeren, Ben Retz, Frank Nez, Jr.; Foreign-exchange sisters: Jana Wolgast, Germany, Marilia Mendes, Brazil and Giulia Monoco, Italy; all of his EMS brothers and sisters;  and his faithful K-9 companions, Skeeter and Duke.

      He is preceded in death by his grandmother, Luanne Peterson, cousin, Lyle Retz and his cherished beagle Megan. 

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