Retz Funeral Home Sheffield, Greene, Thornton & Marble Rock, Iowa
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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.

Norma Sheriff Zimmerman - Mason City

NORMA SHERIFF ZIMMERMAN
Mason City

     Norma Zimmerman, 90, of Mason City passed away, Friday October 19, 2018 at Hospice of North Iowa in Mason City. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 22, at the First United Methodist Church in Sheffield. Presiding will be Pastor Jeff Dahlin of Praise Community Church in Mason City.

Visitation will be at the church in Sheffield, Monday 10:00 a.m. until the service. Burial will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield.

     Norma Jean Brouwer Sheriff Zimmerman was born at Klemme, Iowa January 30, 1928.  She was a daughter of Arthur and Sylvia (Moberly) Brouwer. She attended schools at Thornton, Hayfield, and Sheffield.  She was baptized in Klemme Methodist church and joined the Methodist church at Hayfield, Iowa.  She later joined the First Methodist Church in Sheffield, then transferred her membership to First United Methodist Church in Mason City, Iowa.  She attended Iowa State Teacher College and taught a year in a country school west of Sheffield.  She married Lynn Sheriff in 1946 and five children were born to this union.  Eugene (Evelyn) of Sheffield, Keith (Linda) of West Des Moines, Diane Tuinstra of San Antonio Tx, Jay (Eva) of Sheffield, and Dale (Gail) of Sheffield.

     Norma has eleven grandchildren: Philip, Brian, Erin, Steven, Max, Renee, Amy, William, Jamie, Levi, and Hayley, along with many great grandchildren.

     Norma was involved in farming her entire life, as a farmer’s daughter, farmer’s wife, and as an owner of her own farm.  She started her own business in Mason City caring for the elderly.  Norma essentially spent her life caring for others: first her family, then her mother, then the elderly who just needed some tender loving care.

After retirement Norma volunteered at Hospice North Iowa for many years.  Norma married Karl Zimmerman in 2002.  Norma enjoyed attending the annual Brouwer Picnic and seeing all of her brothers, sisters, children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

     Surviving Norma are her husband Karl Zimmerman, her children and grandchildren, brother Duane Brouwer of Iowa Falls, sister Darlene (Merlin) Peter of Ankeny, sister-in-law Joyce Brouwer of Sheffield, and many nieces and nephews.

     Norma was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Lynn Sheriff, brothers Ivan, Elwyn, and Gordon, sister Ardella Oldag, sisters-in-law Jean and Dorothy, brother-in-law Dean Oldag, son-in-law Mark Tuinstra and one grandson.

Helen Nelson - Greene

     Funeral Services for Helen M. Nelson, 82, of Greene will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at St. Peter Lutheran Church with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating.  Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.

     Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Monday, October 15, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.

     Helen was born on February 1, 1936, in Whittier, California, the daughter of Moses and Lillie (Casdorph) Johnston and entered into eternal rest on October 11, 2018 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, Iowa.  She received her education in public school graduating from Whittier High School. 

     As a young woman she worked at a local physician’s office as a medical technician.  She met and married Myron Nelson on August 17, 1957 in Whittier, California.  This marriage was blessed with three children.

The couple lived in California, then South Dakota and moved to Greene when her husband was transferred with the Interstate Power Company.

     Helen was Baptized on February 1, 1948 in Oildale, CA and Confirmed on December 14, 1958 at Sinai Lutheran Church in South Dakota.  She became a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church when she moved to Greene approximately 50 years ago.  There, she served for 40 years as a member of the Alter Guild and offered her talents wherever they were needed. She was a 50 plus year member of the Tack-Branett Auxiliary and a member of the Greene Exercise Club.

     Helen liked to crochet, to go walking and to spend time with her family.  Helen was a devoted wife and mother who dedicated her whole life in service to her family.  She especially treasured time spent with her grandchildren and great- grandchildren

     Living family members include her children: Steven (Kim) Anchorage, Alaska and Steven’s children Sarah, Joshua, and Hannah; Karen (John) Greene, and their children Ashley (Steve) Coake, Kady and Kooper, Amy (Levi) Paulsen, Jonathan Worley; many friends.

     She was preceded in death by her husband Myron in 2011, son, Andrew, her parents, sister Mary Weldon, Brother Dwayne Johnston.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Helen Nelson Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 195, Greene, Iowa 50636

David Tower - Greene

David B. Tower, 92, passed away on May 8, 2018 in Hemet, California. 

David Benjamin Tower was born on March 5, 1926, to Ben and Fern Tower in Staples, Minnesota.  He graduated from Staples High School and served in the Merchant Marines until World War II ended in 1945.  He was discharged from the military and came back to Staples to work where he met Janette (Coleman) Tower.  In June 1950, David received a B.S. degree in Pharmacology and Chemistry from North Dakota State University.  He accepted his first pharmacy job in Little Falls, Minnesota. 

On July 1, 1951, he married Janette Coleman in Staples, Minnesota at the Methodist Church there.  After working in Staples, Minnesota, they moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he worked as a pharmacist until moving to Greene, Iowa, where they made their home.   They were blessed with two children along this journey, Jeffrey and Steven. 

Throughout his adult life, David was an active member of the Masonic Lodge.  In retirement, they loved to travel, taking trips to England, Hawaii and Alaska, to name a few.  He loved to fish and play golf and enjoyed reading, working on puzzles and watching Westerns.  He spent many hours in his garden caring for his flowers. 

David was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Janette Tower (2000), his son, Jeffrey Tower (2017), his parents, his brother James (Dorothy), his sister Ruth (Gerald) Hand, and other extended family members.

Left to cherish the great memories are his son, Steven and daughter-in-law Karla, grandchildren Erin (Matt) Swenka, Jonathan (Nataliia) Tower, Amanda (Jon) Wright, Justin Tower, and Jamie (James) Burrow, three great-grandchildren, Bailey, Logan and Alexandra.  Also surviving David are his sister-in-law Karen Demmon and brother-in-law Donald Coleman and other extended family. 

A celebration of his life will be held Friday, October 19, 2018 at the Presbyterian church in Greene, Iowa, with visitation at 10:00 am and service at 11:00 am.  Burial will be immediately following the service in Rose Hill Cemetery in Greene. 

Olivia Lines - Marble Rock

     Funeral services for Olivia Lines, 101, of Marble Rock will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Roseville with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan officiating.  Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery, Marble Rock.

     Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-7 p.m at the Retz Funeral Home in Marble Rock, with a Rosary Service at 7 p.m. and will continue one hour before services on Wednesday at the church.

     Olivia Bredeck was born on July 2, 1917 in Albany, Minnesota to George and Anna (Purney) Bredeck and entered eternal rest on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at the Concord Care Center in Garner.  She received her education in the Albany Public School and graduated in 1935.

      Over the years, Olivia worked at the Harris Nursing Home in Marble Rock, was manager for the Marble Rock Locker, managed Goetzinger Hardware and Food Store and finally managed of Hoeft Grocery Store. She spent many years walking bean fields for local farmers. When she retired in the late 70’s she did volunteer work for the Treasure Chest/ Comprehensive Systems in Charles City.

     She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Roseville and also attended Immaculate Conception Church in Charles City.  She was proud to be the oldest person in both congregations.

     She was united in marriage to Arthur W. Lines on November 20, 1947 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greene. This marriage was blessed with four children. They lived most of their lives in Marble Rock.

     She liked flowers and birds, was a good cook, had a large garden and enjoyed canning, she liked to sing and play Bingo. Olivia refinished furniture and did upholstery work.  Most of all she loved the time she and her husband sat on the porch “watching the world go by”. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother. She treasured the times she was able to spend with her family.

     Living family members include 4 children: Kay Stiller, Garner; Lyla (Phillip) Clayton, Ogden; Allan (Sharon) Lines, Ruthven; Arthur (Nancy) Lines, Charles City; 11 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren; 14 great - great grandchildren; 2 sisters-in-law: Alice Bredeck, Elk River, MN; Lucille Lines, Brooklyn, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

     Olivia was preceded in death by her husband Arthur in 1982; son-in-law Wesley Stiller in 2011; her parents and 7 siblings.

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

Maxine Kingery - Greene

     uneral services for Maxine Kingery will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 24, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Greene with Pastor Joan Thomas officiating.  Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church.

     Maxine Nisas was born February 2, 1929 to Matt and Violet (Kuhn) Nisas in West Fork Township, Franklin County, Iowa and was called home to be with the Lord on September 19, 2018. She was living at the Valley View Care Center where she had resided since 2009. She received her education in Aredale graduating in 1946.

     Maxine was baptized in April, 1944 at Grace Evangelical Church in Aredale, IA.  After moving to Greene she became a member of the United Methodist Church.

     Maxine was married to Lowell Jorges in 1947 and they were blessed with three sons. In 1962, Maxine and Lowell adopted their daughter, Charlene.  In March of 1971, Maxine married Darrell “Dutch” Kingery.

     Maxine worked as a CNA for Floyd County Memorial Hospital for ten years, then as a medical assistant for the clinic in Charles City, and finally for an insurance agency in Nashua.

     Maxine and Darrell liked to square dance and they loved camping and traveling.  They wintered in Mississippi and were at Gates Bridge in the summer time.

     Living family members include her sons, Jerry Jorges, Geneva and Douglas (LaDonna) Jorges, Hampton; Daughter, Charlene (Claus) Folkerds, Hampton; brother Gerald (Cheryl) Hudson, FL; sister Linda (Tony) Brede, Shell Rock; 12 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and many friends.

     Maxine was preceded in death by her husband, Darrell; her son Larry; her parents and grandparents; and sister, Beverly Henderson.

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

Betty Watkins - Greene

     Funeral Services for Betty Ann Watkins, 81, of Greene, will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 22, 2018, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating.  Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Charles City.

     Visitation will 4-7 p.m., Friday, September 21, 2018, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene.

     Betty Ann Nelson was born June 18, 1937, in Colwell, Iowa, the daughter of Dee B. and Mary (Hennings) Nelson and passed away on Monday, September 17, 2018, at her home in Greene surrounded by her family.  She received her education in the public schools of Charles City and graduated from Charles City High School in 1955.

     She was united in marriage to Robert Eugene Watkins on April 3, 1955 in Austin, Minnesota. In  1961 they moved to Floyd, Iowa, later moved to a farm house in Clarksville, and ultimately to their home in Greene in 1969. This union was blessed with eight children.

     Betty was an active member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene where she served on WELCA, helped serve Harvest Meals and made herself available for other projects as needed.

     In addition to being a devoted wife and mother Betty worked outside the home; The Corner House, and  A & W Root Beer Stand as a cook, Austinson Variety and helped with events at the Round Grove Country Club, was a member of the ladies Auxiliary, and did private catering.

     Betty was an accomplished cook and baker, enjoyed sewing and made quilts for all her grandchildren. She did needlepoint, and loved flowers, especially the summer mixes. She traveled to see all of her children and grandchildren in their respective states and even went to Germany. She had a great sense of humor, was mother and then a friend to her children and respected their choices in life. Family meant everything to Betty and she was extremely proud of her children, grand, and great-grandchildren. She treasured the times they were able to be together.

     Living family members include her children: Cindy (Earl) Ketchum, Owatonna, MN; Nancy (Tim) Doudell, San Jose, CA; Deb (Jimmy) Bostock, Augusta, GA; Bobbe (Pat) Fitzgerald, E. Hampton, CT; Julie Watkins, Greene, IA; Matt Watkins, Greene, IA; 6 grandchildren: Mary (Mike) Aissen, Christine (Brandon) Johnson, Kelly Doudell, Jeffrey Fitzgerald, Brittany Bostock, Noah Bostock; 4 great-grandchildren: James, Erin and Katelynn Aissen,  Audrey Johnson; sister, Delores Fike, Rudd,IA; many friends.

     Betty was preceded in death by her husband; two children in infancy, Jeffery and Linda; her parents; 3  sisters: Emma Byrnes, Nettie Vetter, Barbara Tynan;  and brother, Glen Nelson.

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

Darlene Keifer - Greene

     Funeral Services for Darlene Ann Keifer, 78, of Greene, will be Saturday, September 15, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene, with Pastor Dennis Burns officiating.  Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. Visitation will be from noon until service time on Saturday.

     Darlene Ann Baldwin was born March 16, 1940, in Charles City, the daughter of Bernard and Audrey (Shultz) Baldwin and passed away Monday, September 10, 2018, in Mason City, Iowa from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She received her education in the public schools of Marble Rock.

     She was united in marriage to Dean William Keifer on April 6, 1957, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. This union was blessed with one son, Mike.

     Darlene was a member of The Church of the Brethren in Greene where she made a profession of faith and joined the church on June 11, 2000. Formerly, she was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church in Marble Rock.  She was employed at the Allison Manor Care Center and also did private duty geriatric patient care in the area. This type of work came natural to her as she was kind hearted and always concerned about the welfare of others.

     She loved animals, especially dogs, enjoyed her flowers and visiting with friends over a cup of coffee, and playing board and card games. Darlene was extremely devoted to her family. Darlene treasured the times she spent attending activities, sporting events, and school programs with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

     Living family members include her son Michael (Pam Lienau) Keifer, Greene; 2 grandchildren: Chelsea (Dan Bach) Schroeder, Wellsburg; Dillon Keifer, San Francisco, California; 4 Great-Grandchildren: Ava and Brea Schroeder, Lyla and Lennon Bach and a fifth to arrive in March; Darlene had a very close relationship with Terri Blanchard and considered her the daughter she never had. She also loved Conner and Ryann and considered them her great-grandchildren; many friends.

     Darlene was preceded in death by her husband Dean, parents, 2 sisters and 4 brothers.

 

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

Donald Taylor - Swaledale

     Donald Taylor, 92, of Clear Lake, formerly of Swaledale, passed away Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m., Saturday, September 1, 2018, at the Swaledale United Methodist Church. Interment will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Swaledale. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday at the church and 1 hour before the service at the church.

     Donald Ross Taylor was born March 18, 1926 in Dallas Center, Iowa a son of Harry and Hazel (Gift) Taylor. He graduated from Adel High School in 1943.

     Don entered the US Navy, serving as a Naval Gunner on the Merchant Marine ship SS Julian W. Mack.

     On September 5, 1954 Don was united in marriage with Betty F. Tietz in Manly. They farmed north of Swaledale until retirement in 1991 when they moved to an acreage east of Burchinal. In recent years they have lived at the Apple Valley Assisted Living in Clear Lake.

     Don enjoyed woodworking and being a wonderful Grandpa as well as enjoying coffee with friends at HyVee West.

     Don is lovingly remembered by his wife of nearly 64 years, Betty; son Gary Taylor, Forest City;  daughters: Jean (Dennis) Hughes, Lincoln, NE; Janet (Randy) Grey, Ventura; son Lee (Katrina) Taylor, Clear Lake; grandchildren: Ross (Traci) Taylor; Lisa (Jesse) Monroe: Angela (Brad) Klein; Christopher Grey; Bethanie (Joe) Farus; Kevin (Allison Taylor; Julianne (Mick) Creager; 14 great grandchildren: sister: Marily (Warren) Custer, Hugo, OK; sisters-in-law: Marge Taylor; Elaine Taylor and many nieces, nephews and friends.

     Don is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Howard, Gordon Ralph and Wendell, sisters-in-law Eva and Shirley, niece Barb Dellit and nephew Norman Taylor.

Robert Lebeck - Greene

     Private Graveside Service for Robert Gale Lebeck, 68, of Greene, will be held at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

     Robert Lebeck was born in Waverly, Iowa on May 16, 1950, the son of Lloyd and Nettie (Remley) Lebeck and passed away on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at North Iowa Mercy Medical Center in Mason City, Iowa.

     Bob attended Clarksville Public Schools and later earned his GED.  As a young man he lived with his family in Clarksville and moved to Greene to start a life for himself. Bob lived in town for a while before moving to his home in the country. He was married 3 times and was blessed with 4 children.

     He was a kind hearted person, had a great sense of humor, loved animals, and especially enjoyed the time spent with his grandchildren. He attended many Chuckwagon Races and spent countless hours fishing and hanging out with his friends.

     Living family members include his children: Theresa (Curt) Oelmann of Iowa Falls, Tammy (Matt) Banning of Center Point, John Lebeck of St. Anthony, Brandy (Mike) Hayner of Greene; 4 step children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; Siblings: Ron Lebeck, Larry Lebeck, Don Lebeck, Peggy Strickler; many friends.

     Bob was preceded in death by his parents, and wife Dee.

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

Daryl Fischer - Greene

     Daryl R. Fischer, Ph.D., 73, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on July 22, 2018.  Dr. Fischer was born on March 25, 1945 in Waterloo, Iowa.  He grew up in Greene, Iowa and graduated from Greene High School.  He went on to earn his Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees in mathematics from Iowa State University in Ames.  Dr. Fischer taught college mathematics and statistics, then spent over thirty years in the field of criminal justice statistics. 

     During his career, he made significant contributions to prison policy and sentencing legislation in the state of Arizona and received several awards including the Arizona Governor's Award for Excellence.  In his personal life, he enjoyed playing golf and billiards, studying metaphysics and science, watching sci-fi movies, and reading books.  He married twice and had two children. 

     Dr. Fischer was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Carol Jean, and brother, Richard Louis.  He is survived by his daughters Karen (Bill) and Kristine, grandchildren Nickolas and Haley, brothers David (Pat) and Bruce (Sharon), and nieces and nephews Carmen, Ryan, Susie, Scott, and Jenny.  Services will be held in Greene, Iowa on September 1, 2018 at 1:30 p.m, at Retz Funeral Home, with interment to follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.

      In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 East Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ, 85014, www.hov.org.

Mildred Deike - Greene

     Funeral Services for Mildred Ellen Deike, 72, of Mason City, formerly of Greene, will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene, Iowa with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating.  Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. Visitation will be from 4:30-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Greene.

     Mildred died Thursday, August 23, 2018 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, IA after battling multiple myeloma.  Born February 1, 1946 to George and Caroline Ellis, she lost her father the day after her second birthday.  Mildred and her mother travelled throughout the United States, Canada and Europe frequently visiting family as they went.  Mildred walked across the street to attend school and graduated from Greene High School followed by Hamilton Business College.

     Mildred met James M. Deike at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake and they married on November 12, 1966.  Into this marriage were born a son, John, and daughter, Jane.  Together the family moved around Iowa and lived several years in Indiana before returning home to Greene.  Throughout her life, she worked various jobs the included clerical and sewing positions.  Mildred enjoyed being around people dancing, playing cards, and was active in church women’s groups and quilting wherever they lived. Baking pies, canning and creating greeting cards on the computer were talents she shared with those around her.

     Mildred is survived by her loving husband of 52 years James Deike living in Mason City; children John (Allison) Deike, Clear Lake and Rev. Jane (Dean) Fryda, Burlington, WI; grandsons Alex and Max Deike, Clear Lake; aunt and godmother Wilma Morse, Decorah; uncles Wilbur (Yvonne) Poppe, Denton, TX, and Harold (Audrey) Poppe, Decorah; stepbrother Galen (Carol) Menken, Greene and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. 

     She is preceded in death by her parents George Ellis and Caroline Ellis Menken; stepfather George Menken; aunts and uncles Lydia (Vincent) Dingfelder, Edmund (Alma) Poppe, Garland Morse, Myrtle Poppe, Melba (Dalton) Compton; and stepsister Lois (Jim) Babcock.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Mildred Deike Memorial Fund, 300 2Nd St. N.E. Apt. 301, Mason City, Iowa 50401.

Steven Kammrad - Sheffield

     Steven Kammrad, 59, of Sheffield, passed away Thursday, August 23, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa. Memorial services will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, August 24, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church, Sheffield, with Pastor Sandi Gobeli presiding. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be 1 hour before the service at the church.

     Steven Craig Kammrad was born June 24, 1959, in Mason City, Iowa, a son of Louis and Eunice (Armstrong) Kammrad. He attended Sheffield-Chapin Schools, graduating with the class of 1978.

     Steven farmed with his family and eventually took over operations of the family farm where his spent his entire life. He enjoyed going to farm sales and collecting antique toys and hunting prints. He is remembered as very friendly and knew everyone.

     Steven is survived by his sister: Darla Robbins, Rockford, IL; brother: Darrel Kammrad, Sheffield; nephew: Daniel Robbins; niece: Jennifer (Jason) Nichols and their children Aaron and Alec. He is also survived by his loving Yorkie, Lisa.

     He is preceded in death by his parents Louis and Eunice Kammrad and brother-in-law James Robbins.

Ilene Smit - Sheffield

     Funeral Services for Ilene H. Smit, 78, of Sheffield will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 21, 2017 at Retz Funeral Home 203 Maple Street, Sheffield, Iowa. with Pastor Arthur Zewert officiating.  Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield.

     Visitation will be at Retz Funeral Home in Sheffield one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

     Ilene Harriet Bunting was born on December 1, 1939, in Iowa City, Iowa the daughter of Galen and Esther (Gordon) Bunting and passed away on August 17, 2018 at the Sheffield Care Center in Sheffield.

     She received her education in public school graduating from Mason City High School in 1957. Ilene attended Hamilton Business College in Mason City and later North Iowa Community College where she earned her CNA.

     Ilene was united in marriage to Duane D. Smit of Sheffield on December 31, 1965.  Ilene live in the Evansdale/ Waterloo area for one year before she and her husband made their home in Sheffield. They have lived in Sheffield for the past 52 years.

     Ilene worked at AC Nielsen in Mason City, PSI in Belmond and at the Sheffield Care Center.  She enjoyed relaxing with a book and cooking, but her favorite thing to do was camping and fishing with her beloved husband, Duane, at Bay City, WI. Many wonderful summers were enjoyed there with family and special friends.

     Ilene will be greatly missed by her husband, Duane Smit, her sisters, Judy (Randal) Hostetler, Marlette, MI, and Marilyn (Roy) Gongroee, Davenport, IA; sisters-in-law, Patricia Smit, Laurie Smit, Sharon Smit, Diane (Ted) Hughes all of Sheffield, IA, Elaine (Donald) Lubkeman, Clear Lake, IA, Mavis (Gordon) Meyer, Latimer, IA, Brother-in-law Delbert (Carolyn) Smit, Sheffield, IA; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by her parents Galen and Esther Bunting; parents-in-law, Henry and Tena Smit; her brother, Richard Bunting and Brothers-in-law: Donald Smit, Harold Smit, Gene Smit and Dale Smit.

     Memorials may be directed to the Ilene Smit Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 580, Sheffield, Iowa 50475.

Sally Lou Tindall - Bristow

     Funeral services for Sally Tindall, 84, of Bristow will be 1:30 p.m., Friday, August 10, 2018 at the Greene Community Center in Greene with Paul Mull officiating. 

     Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Thursday, August 9, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene and will continue at the Community Center one hour before services on Friday.

     Sally passed away at her home in Bristow on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 surrounded by her family.

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

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. 

Rosemary 'Rosie' Trees - Greene

     Funeral Mass for Rosie Trees, 64, of Greene, will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at St. Mary Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan officiating. 

     Visitation will be at Retz Funeral Home in Greene from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 7, 2018 with a Rosary Service at 7:00 p.m.

     Rosie was born May 26, 1954, in Mason City, Iowa the daughter of Alphonse and Rose (Esser) Wihlm and passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, August 2, 2018, surrounded by her family and after a long courageous battle with cancer. She received her education in Greene graduating from Greene High School in 1972.

     Rosie was a faithful member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene.

On December 30, 1972, Rosie was united in marriage to Bryon Trees at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greene.  This union was blessed with two children, Eric and Lacie.

     Rosie worked for 34 years at the Butler County Engineer’s Office. She enjoyed walking, baking, working with her flowers, camping and attending her children’s and grandson’s sporting events.

     Everyone knew Rosie loved to spend time doing things with her grandchildren, Deric and Caelyn.  She took them swimming, fishing, sledding, and to the park which brought her great joy.

     Rosie is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Bryon; her children: Eric (Lisa) Trees, Clarksville; Lacie (Cole) Clarke, Fairbank; two grandchildren: Deric Trees and Caelyn Clarke; brothers: Bill (Shelby); Dan; Larry (Jane); Dick; Dave (Linda); and Mike (Deb) Wihlm; sisters: Kathy Brunsma; Connie (Bruce) Helgeson; Barb (B0b) Raisty and Judy (Dave) True; brothers-in-law: Al (Jan) Trees and Doug (Emily) Trees; aunts, one uncle, many nieces, nephews, and friends.

     She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband’s parents, Duane ‘Buck’ and Gladys Trees; two sisters-in-law: Karen Wihlm, Micki Wihlm.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Rosemary Trees Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 10, Greene, Iowa 50636.

Norma Ewald - Greene

     Funeral services for Norma Ewald, 91, of Greene will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, August 13, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Marble Rock with Pastor Dennis Burns officiating.  Burial will be in the Westside Cemetery, Marble Rock.

     Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Sunday, August 12 at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene.

     Norma was born February 26, 1927 in Greene, Floyd County, Iowa, the daughter of John and Helen (Thompson) Hinrichsen and passed away Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at the Valley View Care Center in Greene.  She received her education in Marble Rock and graduated from the Marble Rock High School. Norma later attended La James School of Beauty.

     Norma was united in marriage to Eugene Ewald on October 3, 1948, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.  This union was blessed with five children. Norma was a devoted farm wife and mother.  She attended her children’s school activities, sporting events, and was active with their 4H projects. Family was very important to her.

     Norma was a faithful member of the United Methodist Church in Marble Rock. She was a peace maker, was always very edifying, and had a warm smile and a strong faith. She was a member of the “Hi Neighbor Club”, the United Methodist Women’s Club, and a 500 Card Club. Norma was an accomplished cook and baker and will be remember for her fine meals and delicious pies.

     Living family members include her children: Vicki (Mike) Majewski, Greene; Patti (Larry) Schulte, Carmel, IN;  Julie Ritter, Lake Mills;  Sherri Yerkey, Cave Creek, AZ;  Gary (Chris) Ewald, Evansdale; 14 grandchildren; 21 great- grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

     Norma was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene; her parents; three brothers: Mervin, Alden and Perry; grandchild Nicolas Ewald; great grandchild Elsie Ritter; son-in-law Jim Ritter.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Norma Ewald Memorial Fund, P.O.Box 135, Greene, Iowa 50636.

     We would like to express our gratitude to the staff at Valley View Care Center for their loving and tender care and the St. Croix Hospice.

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