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Carol 'Jean' Wilken - Greene

     Funeral services for Carol J. Wilken, 88, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church in Greene with Pastor Cathy Belles officiating.  Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.

     Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at Retz Funeral Home in Greene and will continue one hour prior to services at the church.

     Carol Jean was born on April 18, 1931 at the family home south of Greene, the second daughter of Harold Amos and Carol Evelyn (Freeman) Kingery and passed away Friday, October 11, 2019 at the Faith Lutheran Home in Osage, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed at the First Presbyterian Church in Greene. 

     Carol attended country school in Butler and Floyd County and graduated from Greene High School in 1949. She attended Hamilton School of Commerce in Mason City for one year.

     Carol was united in marriage to Dale Wilken on December 10, 1950 at the Presbyterian Church in Greene. They were blessed with five children, as she liked to tell, in five years and two days.

     She was employed with Schield Bantam Company in Waverly as a bookkeeper. She joined her husband in farming in the Clarksville area and on the family farm from 1953-1964. After moving to Greene she sold Avon for a short while and then took employment at Farm Services in Allison for three years.  She then accepted work with the Farmer’s Coop Society in Greene for the next twenty five years retiring in 1992. Dale would tease her saying “Mom never had a “job” until we moved to town.”  Dale and Jean later divorced but continued a family relationship with holiday get-togethers and of course, dancing.

     Jean loved her bookkeeping jobs and being with her children and grandchildren, friends, and listening and dancing to country and old time music. She enjoyed playing her keyboard and accordion, which was as big as she was.  After retirement she entertained at various nursing homes and senior centers.  Her friend, Dorothy Gibson started playing with her in Greene, Allison, Clarksville and Charles City.  They also played for the Butler County Fair in Allison on Senior Citizens Day for several years.

     Jean enjoyed her house plants, having many for 25 plus years, and working her flower and vegetable gardens.  During her time at the senior housing apartments in Greene she shared many cucumbers and tomatoes with her neighbors.

     In 1993, Jean started writing poems.  Her sisters each received a special poem about them.  A relative surprised her with a painting of bluebells after she had written about the field of bluebells on the farm.  She was very proud to be published in the “Shades of Greene” 1995 collection of poetry and the “Reflections”, a poetry quarterly of 1993.  As dementia took away many memories, she could still recite her poems word for word.

     Jean is survived by three daughters: Linda Lenz, Osage and her children and grandchildren, Rob Meek, Hayley, Hunter, Charity & Tristin of Charles City; Lisa (Jeff) Bramer, Dillon, Hayden & Tucker of Osage; John Meek(Lisa), Kamden, Brianna & Nathan of Charles City; Rick Meek(Amber), Caleb, Coryne & Cooper of Osage; Step- sons Tony Lenz and Ellen of St. Ansgar; Nick(Katelind) Lenz, Thomas & Lauren of Osage; Lana (Dan) Miller, Charles City and her children and grandchildren, Michael Garrett, Lauren & Sydney of Waterloo; Tanya Garrett (Justin), Enrique, Jasmin & Autumn of Colorado Springs, CO; Step-sons Dustin (Jennifer) & Kaden of Spencer and Darren (Jackie) Miller of Charles City. LeAnn (Tom) Merfeld, Waverly and her children and grandchildren, Christy (Jeremy) Kessens and Angie (Matt) Gilles, Tristin, Drew & Owen all of Waterloo. One son, Leland (Lisa) Wilken, Adel; his children and grandchildren, Brian of Adel; Bradley, Alicea and Chance of Niceville, FL.; Jolynn (Thomas) Blair, Brylie, Harlee & Wesley of Minburn. sister: Marlene Lauber, Greene; many nieces, nephews and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her husband Dale Wilken, daughter Lynette Wall and her son Larry Wall Jr., her sister Pauline Ruffridge, brothers-in-law Donavan Ruffridge & Ronald Lauber, and her parents.

     Her family want to thank Hospice of North Iowa and especially Faith Lutheran Home of Osage for their patience and untiring care of our Mother.

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

Darren Blanchard - Sheffield

     Funeral services for Darren Blanchard, 55, of Sheffield, will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 11, 2019, at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield. Interment will follow at Mayne’s Grove Cemetery, Bradford.

     Darren LeMar Blanchard, was born June 21, 1964 in Hawaii and passed away Monday, October 7, 2o19 at his home in Sheffield. He attended Sheffield-Chapin School.

     He loved to fish, tell stories, and play games.

     Living family members include his mother: Rose Blanchard, Sheffield; brother: Mike Blanchard, San Antonio, TX; sisters: Marlene Schinnow and Aileen Blanchard, both of Mason City; aunt, Berleen Sutter, Columbus, Georgia; cousins Molly Sutter and Brian Bottoms, Columbus, Georgia.

     Darren is preceded in death by his father, grandparents, and two maternal uncles and one paternal uncle.

Larry Butzlaff - Greene

     Funeral services for Larry Butzlaff, 76, of Greene, will be 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene, with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating.  Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.

     Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene.

     Larry Raymond Butzlaff was born in Charles City, Iowa on December 27, 1942 to Raymond Julius Herman and Marjorie Ruth (Neal) Butzlaff and died on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at the Valley View Care Center in Greene.  He lived all his life near Greene.  Larry graduated from Greene High School in 1961. He then started farming with his father.

     Larry was united in marriage to Brenda Barrett on November 23, 1963 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene. Three children were welcomed into the family on November 21, 1971; John 5, Diane 4, and Allison 3.  What a change that was!

     Larry loved farming and was known in the neighborhood as someone that could fix just about anything, especially anything with a motor.  Many times he would be brought a weed eater, lawn mower, or other small engine items that the professional shop could not fix.  Larry would wave his hand over it and say WORK and believe it or not, it would start much at the amazement of its owner.  There were many laughs when this happened.  After farming for 37 years, he rented the land and started working at Diversified Fastening in Charles City and retired 5 years later a 2nd shift supervisor.

     Larry collected many things, fishing reels, lighters, jack knives, caps, jackets and shoes. Flea markets and thrift stores were always on the menu when he and Brenda were on their road trips. Over the years the family took many camping trips out west.  Following his cancer diagnosis, Larry could go to the farm but not get out of the van, he was able to enjoy his great grandkids as they ran around the yard playing.

     Larry was always happy and helpful to anyone that needed help. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.  He was a softie for animals and loved his furry friend, especially his dog Chloe.

      Living family members include his wife of 55 years, Brenda; Children John (Christine) Butzlaff of Independence; Diane Buss/ Tim Buss Greene and Allison; Allison Reams/Dennis Jensen, Greene;

Grandchildren, Crystal Wordes/Rob Wiedmeyer, Elma; Tabitha (Damien) Mennen, Greene; Angel Fisher and Miranda Fisher, Bassett; Colin Butzlaff , Cedar Rapids; step grandchildren, Heather (Cody) Kennedy, Tuscon, AZ; Rick Gulusha (Taylor Dawson), Independence; several great grandchildren: Kamron, Mallory, Jacob, Kyra, Emma, Maia, Noah, Jaymison, and Koah; his mother, Marjorie; and his faithful canine companion Chloe.

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

Arlene Rust - Sheffield

     Arlene Rust entered eternal life Sunday, September 1, 2019. She had been residing at Grand JiVante in Ackley, Iowa. Public visitation will be Wednesday, September 4, at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield from 6-7:30. Family graveside services at Hampton Cemetery will be held at a later time.

     Catherine Arlene Rust was born August 3, 1927 on a farm outside of Clear Lake to Ernest and Ethel (Miner) Buss. She graduated from Swaledale High School and attended Iowa Teacher’s College graduating with a certificate to teach in country schools. 

     On August 10, 1947, Arlene was united in marriage to Roger Rust at the 1st Congregational Church in Clear Lake. They made their home on a farm southwest of Sheffield where they raised their four children and farmed for many years.

     Arlene was a member of the First Grace Baptist Church in Sheffield where she was active as a Bible School teacher and gifted singer. She served as Deaconess for many years.She sang with the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, was a member of P.E.O., and was an active 4H leader for many years. As an accomplished seamstress she made clothes for her family and was an excellent cook. On the farm, she tended several flower beds that were her pride and joy.

     Cherishing her memory are her children: Ron (Diane) Rust, Sheffield; Martin Rust, Madison, WI; Julie (Dennis) Barkela, Sheffield; Annette (Justin) Lohrbach, Hampton; grandchildren: Jesse(Kimberly) Rust; Benjamin (Laura) Rust; Rachel (Shane) Neely; Rebecca (Robin) Dorschner: Aaron (Alanna) Rust; Jessica (Paul) Lynaugh; Chad (Deborah) Barkela; Jenny (Trent) Reicks; Hannah Lohrbach; Maci Lohrbach; numerous great grandchildren; and sister Virginia Ireland, Corydon, Iowa.

     Arlene is preceded in death by her parents Ernest and Ethel, her husband Roger in 2009, and grand daughter-in-law Penny Rust.

     Memorials may be directed to the Arlene Rust Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 580, Sheffield, IA 50475.

Roger Marsh - Greene

    Funeral services for Roger Marsh, 80, of Greene, will begin on Sunday, August 18 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene. At 1pm a public Rosary Service will begin followed by Visitation at 1:30pm. A funeral mass will begin at 3pm with Interment including Veteran’s Honors at St. Mary Cemetery, Greene, with a meal to follow at the St. Mary Parish Hall.

     Roger Willard Marsh was born June 8, 1939, on the family farm between Greene and Dougherty and passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City. He was a son of Willard and Helen (Knapp) Marsh. He was educated in Marble Rock and graduated prior to the consolidation of the Rudd Rockford Marble Rock School district.

     Following High School, Roger enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the National Security Agency (NSA) based at Fort Devons in Ayer, Massachusetts.  He played baseball on the army unit and later participated in a training camp with the Milwaukee Braves.

     On June 3 1961, Roger was united in marriage with Theresa (Terri) Rossignolo in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Following his enlistment in the Army, Roger worked at various jobs including Oliver Implement in Charles City, IA, John Deere Harvester in East Moline, IL, Standard Oil Service Station in Marble Rock, IA, Boyd Implement in Northwood, IA, and Winnebego Industries in Forest City, IA. He began farming the family Century Farm as well as employed by the Floyd County Secondary Road Department maintaining roads for 27 years until he retired in 2004.

     Roger was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dougherty, IA and a member of the Dougherty American Legion Post for many years before joining St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greene. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, camping, hunting, feeding birds, tending his vegetable and flower gardens.

     Family members include his wife of 58 years: Terri; their Children: Sr. Julie Marsh PBVM, New Orleans, LA; Jean Staudt (Paul), Dougherty; Steven (Jolene) Marsh, Crystal Lake, MN; Grandchildren: Sean (Emily) Staudt, Sydney Staudt (Randy) Groh; Celeste Staudt; Erika Marsh (Lance) Goettl ; Andrea Marsh (Jason) Bentley; Levi Marsh (fiancé Gillian Ingebritson); and four great grandchildren: Mason Goettl, Aiden Goettl, Clayton Goettle, and James Staudt; Sister: Brenda Ballard and Brother- in-law: Roger Staudt along with many nieces and nephews.

     Roger is preceded in death by his parents; daughter Jennifer, sister Bonita Staudt, brother Ronald and brother-in-law Daniel Ballard.

     Memorials may be directed to Mayo Cancer Research Center in Rochester, MN ( and Hotel Hope in New Orleans, LA (

Evelyn Staudt - Iowa City (Marble Rock)

     Funeral Services for Evelyn Frances Staudt, 97, of Coralville, formerly of Marble Rock, will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 2, 2019, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Roseville with Father Ralph Davis officiating.  Burial will be in the Roseville Cemetery, Roseville.

     Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 1, 2019, at the Roseville School with a Scriptural Wake at 6:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue at the school on hour before services on Friday.

     Evelyn passed away at the Bird House-Hospice Home of Johnson County on Friday, July 26, 2019.       

     Evelyn Staudt was born May 6, 1922 to Carl and Hattie (Haan) Friedrichs in Butler County, Iowa.  As a small child the family moved to Marble Rock.  Evelyn received her education in the Marble Rock Schools, graduating in 1940.  In September of that year, she entered the three year nursing program in Sioux City and Mason City School of Nursing.  She received her registered nursing degree in 1943. 

         In July 1943 she married Louis Merfeld.  September 1944, Louis was killed in action on a bombing mission over Germany.   Their son, Ronald, was born three months after this.  Evelyn and her small son moved to Mason City where she continued on with her nursing career.  On November 25, 1946 she was married to Clarence Staudt of Marble Rock.  They made their home on the family farm.  To this union, three sons and one daughter were born.     After the children were all in school, Evelyn returned to nursing at the Floyd County Memorial Hospital, ending her profession as Director of Nursing in 1977.

       Clarence and Evelyn moved to their new home, adjacent to the farm in 1976.  They enjoyed many years of retirement traveling with the Heritage Club of Charles City and many trips on their own visiting children and new grandchildren.  Evelyn enjoyed gardening, golfing, reading, crocheting and crafting.  They spent about 30 winters in Florida.  In 2009, Clarence and Evelyn moved to their independent living apartment in Coralville.  Clarence passed away in 2012, just months short of his 100th birthday.   Evelyn became a strong Hawkeye fan in the fall and winter and enjoyed Cubs games in the summer.

       Evelyn was a long time member of St. Mary’s Church, Roseville and a member of the Rosary Society.

  She is survived by her five children, Ronald (Ann) Merfeld, Lawrenceville, New Jersey;  Michael Staudt (Cindy), Waterloo, Ia/Sun City, Arizona; Thomas Staudt (Maria), Tucson, Az; Keith Staudt (Jayne), Bay City, Texas, Lisa Staudt (Jack) Paige, Iowa City; 13 grandchildren, Brad, Allison (Joe Haas)  and Tyler Merfeld (Jill); Chris (Nicole) Jordan and Michaela Staudt; Alex, Spencer and Betsy (Joe Zebrowski) Paige and Regan Staudt.  Evelyn is also survived by two sisters, Mary Koenigsfeld of Marble Rock and Wilma Bock of Charles City and many much loved nieces and nephews.

       She was preceded in death by her parents, devoted husband, Clarence, two sisters, Edna Garl and Carol Hearn, two brothers, Robert and Leroy Friedrichs, and an infant grandson, Nathan Paige.

         Evelyn will be remembered for her sweet smile, a heart full of love for family and friends and her faith.  She will be missed and remembered fondly.

     Memorials are to be sent to Lisa Paige, P.O. Box 219 Greene, Iowa 50636, to be given to St. Mary Catholic Church in Roseville.

Fred Hawker - Greene

            Memorial services for Fred J. Hawker will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. (visitation one hour prior to service) at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene, with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Greene.

            Fred died Tuesday, July 23, at Allen Memorial Hospital in Water-loo, after being taken there from the Clarksville Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center where he had resided since April.

            Fredrick John Hawker was born on November 26, 1935, in Wawa-ka, Indiana, son of Fred M. and Mary (Hooten) Hawker. The family moved to West Liberty, Iowa, where Fred was joined by his sister Margo and his brother Dwight.

            Fred had fond memories of his boyhood home and West Liberty -- building and flying model airplanes, riding horseback at his grandparents’ farm, and having adventures with a group of other young boys. His Boy Scout troop financed a small Statue of Liberty model that stands near city hall. He delivered newspapers and helped mow the local cemetery as part time jobs. 

            The family moved to Tipton, Iowa, when Fred was a sophomore in high school. He enjoyed taking part in instrumental and vocal music, and football, basketball and track.

            It was in Tipton that his love of journalism, which became his career, began -- with a job at the Tipton Conservative, where he was hired to do printing, reporting, and photography.

            After graduation from Tipton High School in 1954, Fred attended Iowa State University, Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, and eventually graduated from the University of Iowa where he majored in journalism.

            While at the University of Iowa he met Sylvia Johnson, also a journalism student, and the two were married on Easter Sunday, March 29, 1959, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sheldon, Iowa, Sylvia’s hometown. After their wedding, the couple returned to classes in Iowa City.

            Fred was drafted into the U.S. Army that summer and was ultimately stationed at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, where the couple enjoyed more than three years. Their son Devin was born on June 8, 1962, four months prior to Fred’s release from the Army.

            Fred, Sylvia and Devin returned to Iowa in the fall of 1962, where Fred became editor of the Ida County Pioneer Record, a weekly newspaper in Ida Grove, Iowa. 

            His next newspaper employment was in Pella with the Pella Chronicle, and it was during those years that their children Kara and Ross were born. After working for the Pella Chronicle, Fred took a position as Director of Publicity at Central College in Pella.

            Fred and Sylvia purchased The Greene Recorder in the fall of 1970. The family moved to Greene in October 1970, their children graduated from Greene High School, and it is where Fred and Sylvia have lived since. 

            In Greene, in addition to running the newspaper -- writing a weekly column: “from this angle”, writing ever so many stories, and taking thousands of pictures -- Fred was very involved in community activities. He was the first recipient of the Greene Spirit Award for all of his efforts.

            He was instrumental in moving the Rock Island Depot from its site on the railroad tracks to a nearby location, and he, with some help, stripped and painted the structure, replaced windows, and worked inside. He was very proud of that accomplishment. His interest in railroads prompted Fred to visit other depots, and to make a train layout in his home.

            Fred was also active in the Greene Jaycees, and was involved in starting River Days as a local celebration. He was an active part of the group that welcomed the Vue family from Laos to Greene, helping prepare in advance for their arrival, and helping them adjust to the community. He took part in other local committees and activities, and was on hand for nearly all activities and ball games, always with his camera in hand. His son Ross, who followed his dad in the newspaper business in Greene, discovered Fred had taken nearly 40,000 photos through the years.

            Fred was presented the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame Award 1993 by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad. He was inducted into the Butler County Hall of Fame in 2019. Through the years, he received a number of Iowa Newspaper Association awards and one national newspaper award, which he accepted in Boston, MA.

            Devin, Kara and Ross all took photographs for the Recorder during their years at home.

            Ross and Sarah purchased The Greene Recorder from Fred and Sylvia in 2002 and Fred helped mail the papers each week until shortly before he entered the Clarksville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was always interested in the newspaper’s production and content.

            Fred’s faith in God was a key part of his life. He was faithful in Scripture reading and maintained and prayed a lengthy prayer list until shortly before his death. He was thinking about teaching a Sunday School class in the future and had requested materials from Pastor Daniel Flucke, which he had received and enjoyed viewing. He enjoyed the many activities at the care center, especially the church services. He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene and was an active member of the congregation, serving terms on the church council, teaching an adult Sunday School class, and occasionally filling in as service leader/preacher when asked by the pastor. He also preached at various other area churches. He was one of the instigators of the ecumenical men’s Bible study.

            One of his favorite activities was taking part in and later leading Lay Witness Missions in a number of communities. He liked reminiscing about this.

            Throughout his youth Fred was a Boy Scout, earning the rank of Eagle Scout, taking part in Boy Scout events and activities, leading troops, and taking boys to camp. He worked with Scouting in Greene.

            When Fred and Sylvia’s children were at home they enjoyed taking camping trips, often with a minimum of equipment, to Branson, Missouri; the Black Hills, the East Coast where they visited places along the way -- New Jersey where Devin was born, Washington D.C., New York City, New England states, Niagara Falls, and Florida. There were many trips to Duluth, MN, when the Gower cousins were growing up. After Kara and Kurt’s marriage, the family took a driving trip to Lake Charles, Louisiana, to see Fred’s family. Fred and Sylvia also traveled to Thailand to visit his father and his wife.

            After his retirement, Fred and Sylvia had a Water Tower Tours project where they drove to every town in Iowa, taking pictures of water towers and other interesting things. They had a slide program that they gave many times to groups. Their family put their program into a book which meant a great deal to them.

            Fred is survived by his wife of 60 years Sylvia; his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild: Devin and Wendy Hawker, Hannah and Bridger, and Grace; Kara and Kurt Vander Wiel, Logan and Lauren and Juniper, Caleb and Claire, and Ethan and his fiance Delaney Schaffner; and Ross and Sarah Hawker, Lauren, Nathan, and Kirsten. He is also survived by his brother Dwight Hawker, and his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Walt and Kay Gower and their family.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Margo Rogers, and his sister-in-law Kathy Hawker.

Kathryn Cassmann - Greene

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     Funeral services for Kathryn Cassmann, 85, of Greene, will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 18, 2019, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating.  Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.

     Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.


     Kathryn Mae was born in Rockford, Iowa, on December 6, 1933, the daughter of Henry and Ina Mae (Baxter) Berk and died at the Rehabilitation Center of Allison on Saturday, July 13, 2019.  She received her education in country school and attended Greene High School.

     She was an active member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene. Kathryn was baptized on March 25, 1948, in the United Methodist Church in Greene.  She was confirmed November 17, 1950, at St. Peter Lutheran. Kathryn was in the quilting club, helped with the “Country Time” festival, and helped with funeral luncheons.  Kathryn enjoyed being a greeter at the Saturday Night Service. She was very dedicated to her church and made her talents available when needed.

     Kathryn was united in marriage to Dale Cassmann on November 24, 1950, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene.  They were blessed with four children: Dennis Dale, Douglas Dean, Bruce Eugene, and Brenda Lee. 

     Kathryn worked alongside her husband as a farm hand on various local farms. She owned and operated the Riverside Restaurant in Greene for 9 years.  Kathryn worked for the Austinson Variety Store in Greene for 19 years.  She was known for her homemade pies and her beautiful quilts.  She also kept busy quilting for others.  She made quilts for each of her family members and for weddings or other special occasions.  Kathryn also enjoyed playing cards and collecting tea pots. Most of all, Kathryn was a devoted mother and grandmother who loved to attend her grandchildren’s activities. She was an extremely gifted individual and a very hard worker.

     Those left to cherish her memory are her children: Dennis (Merlette) Cassmann, Bristow; Douglas (Starla) Cassmann, Osage; Bruce (Janet) Cassmann, Greene; Brenda (Gary) Geuther, Waverly;

8 grandchildren: Terence Cassmann, Tiffany Cassmann,; Cody Cassmann, Michell (Brian) Squier, Melinda Cassmann, Christopher Cassmann; Lisa (Jeremy) Faktor, Jennifer Geuther; 6 great grandchildren: Destiny Squier, Thomas Squier, and Samuel Squier; Autumn Faktor; Caleb Faktor, Toby Faktor, one sister, Helen (Kenneth) Hansen; one aunt, Darlene Heitz; 2 sisters-in-law, Bertha Mars and Lorna Berk; nieces, nephews, and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale; 1 brother in infancy, 2 brothers: Roger and Donald; her parents, and 2 nieces.

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

Doris Holmgaard - Thornton

     Doris Holmgaard, 89, of Thornton, passed away Monday, July 8, 2019, at the Oakwood Care Center in Clear Lake. Memorial services will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 14, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Thornton with Rev. Joel Dahlen presiding. Interment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Thornton. Visitation will be 1 hour before the service at the church

     Doris Arlene Holmgaard was born August 30, 1929 in Thornton, a daughter of Walter A.H. and Maria Maltilda (Christensen) Holmgaard. She was educated in the Thornton School District and graduated in 1947. She was confirmed the Lutheran Church in Thornton and is a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

     After high school Doris worked for veterinarian offices, Dr. Janson, Dr. Diercks, Dr. Fredericks and Dr. Terry until her retirement. She was active in the St. Paul Women’s groups and was the treasurer of WELCA and enjoyed their quilting groups. She was a charter member of the Thornton Lioness’ Club and enjoyed gardening, crafting, quilting and traveling.

     Living family members include her brother-in-law: Robert Tracy; sister-in-law Bonnie Holmgaard and nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and cousins. Also cherishing her memory are special friends Linda and Roger Engebretson and their family.

     She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Maynard and Dale, sisters: Virginia and Myrna and nephew Allen.

     Memorials may be directed to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Thornton in her memory

Shirley Schroeder - Greene

     Funeral Services for Shirley Schroeder, 83, of Greene, will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 12, 2019, at St. Peter Lutheran Church with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating.  Burial will be at a later date in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.

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

     Shirley Mae was born on  November 17, 1935, on a farm 1 ½ miles north of Bristow, West Point Township, Butler County, Iowa, the daughter of Wilhelm L. and Minnie Christine (Finke) Salge and died on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at the Valley View Care Center in Greene.

     She attended Coldwater #9 Country School through the 8th Grade, attended Bristow High School and later earned her diploma from Hamilton School of Commerce in Mason City.

     She was baptized December 8, 1935 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Vilmar and Confirmed April 10, 1949 also at St. John’s. Shirley became a member of St. Peter Lutheran in Greene on July 24, 1961.

     Shirley was employed at Wubbena Produce in Bristow for a year, worked for the Butler County Treasurer office for a year, Butler County Assessor Office for several years, and the Iowa Department of Human Services for the next 36 years.

     She was united in marriage to Clifford Cecil Truex, after their divorce she married Howard Allen Schroeder in 1961.

     Shirley grew up on a farm and learned early the value of family.  She loved to dance, do word search puzzles, was an avid reader, like to camp and travel and play computer Pogo.  She was very supportive of her children and grandchildren and attended all their church and school events. She made great pea soup and was known for her wonderful homemade chocolate cake. Shirley recognized the needs of others, especially those less fortunate, and being a tender hearted soul found a way to help many.

     She is survived by her children: Jerry Clifford Schroeder, Greene; Jan Marie Miller, Mason City, Allen Dwight (Olene) Schroeder, Greene; grandchildren: Abby Rose Miller, Elizabeth Cornellia Schroeder; great-grandchild Mya Lynn McWilliams; many friends.

     Shirley was preceded in death by her husband Howard, her parents and two sisters, Minna Louise and Darlene Elaine and her brother Donald William.


     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family at P.O. Box 305, Greene, Iowa 50636.

Evelyn 'Babe' Truex - Greene

Evelyn ‘Babe Truex, 102, of Greene, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at the Valley View Care Center, Greene.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 5, at the Brethren Church, Greene, with Pastor Joan Thomas presiding. Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.

Visitation will be 1 hour before the service at the church on Friday.

Matthew Bohach - Bristow

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     Funeral Services for Matthew John Bohach, 46, of Bristow will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 29, 2019 at the American Legion, 10068 Sandhill Road, Greene, Iowa, with Caitlin Tauro officiating.  Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Greene.

     Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Saturday at the Legion.

Matthew John Bohach was born on June 19, 1973, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Gary and Diane (Reed) Bohach and passed away at his home in Bristow on Friday, June 21, 2019, of natural causes.  He received his education in public school graduating from Greene High School in 1992.  He attended North Iowa Area Community College where he graduated from the Auto Body Repair program in 1993.

     Matt worked many jobs throughout his life but recently was employed for Sukup Manufacturing in Sheffield as a welder. He loved to wear bib-overalls, his cowboy boots and hat and any western wear.

     He had many hobbies including Cowboy Action Shooting, drawing, writing poetry and creating craft item from horseshoes. Matt loved to cook and experiment with new recipes He looked forward to his weekly bonfires and visiting with his friends. He owned Matt’s Cowboy Creations which he operated out of his home in Bristow. Matt’s business was both local and on the internet. He was an active member of the Bristow Fire Department.

     Although he was single, Matt was very much a “family” man.  He enjoyed spending time with children

especially Kevin, Melissa and Mattison and valued their help with his crafts. He appreciated the support Reece and McKenzie gave him and loved spending time with them. Matt was particularly close to Kurt and Mendy Knapp, John Dunlop and Amanda Karaba. He considered Harley and Marilee Knapp his second family. Matt did not always see eye to eye with his brother Russell but they loved each other very much.

     Living family members include his mother Diane (Ron) Stangl, Charles City; father Gary (Joyce) Bohach, Waterloo, IA; brother Russell (Jessica) Bohach, Bristow; niece McKenzie; nephew Reece; three step-sisters: Angela Fernau, Lisban; Brenda Ingalls, Charles City; Cindy (Dan) Reinke, New Albin, IA; one step brother Josh (Brianna) Ingalls, Seattle, WA; several step-nieces and nephews; faithful canine companion ”Buddy” and many friends.

     He was preceded in death by his grandparents; one uncle and three aunts.


In lieu of flowers the family requests that all memorials be sent to the Bristow Fire Department.

Barbara Smith - Itasca, Illinois

Barbara F. Smith, nee Fredericks; age 93, of Carol Stream, IL passed away in the early morning hours of June 13th, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, who passed away in 1992, and her sister, Maxine Atkinson, who passed away in 2016. She is survived by her four children: Judi (Joel King), Carol (Robert Minix), Doug (Jeanne) and Steve (Kari), seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, with one on the way. Barbara was born in June, 1925 on the family farm near Hampton, Iowa. After marrying Harold, they settled in Itasca, IL where Barbara  was very active in her church and community for 57 years. She was very involved in the Itasca Historical Society and in her church, teaching Sunday school, being Sunday school superintendent, serving on the church council for many years and on the Linda Susan Benson Fund board.  She helped with the PADS ministry and food bank ministry in Itasca, and was honored in the 2016 Itasca Memorial Day parade as grand marshal. Visitation Saturday, June 22 from 10:00 am until time of Service, 11:00 am at Retz Funeral Home 203 Maple Street, Sheffield. Interment Hillside Cemetery.

Lloyd Johnson - Rockwell

     Lloyd Dean Johnson, 77, of Rockwell passed away on Father’s Day, June 16, 2019, after his battle with Myeloid Leukemia. Per his wishes, no services will be held. Burial will be at a later date at the Rockwell Cemetery.

     Lloyd was born March 14, 1942, in Hampton, Iowa to Harold and Mick (Gates) Johnson. He spent all his years in the Rockwell area, first attending Country School and graduating from Rockwell-Swaledale High School in 1960.
     He farmed and was employed at White Farm Equipment until it’s closing, then at Con-Agra Foods. In addition to farming later years were as a seasonal truck driver for the Dougherty Ag Center.
     Lloyd was united in marriage with Marlys Wickwire on Father’s Day, June 16, 1963. His motto, “Don’t worry – Be happy” was evident in his activities; he enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing from his houseboat on the Mississippi, golfing, trap shooting in his earlier years, wintering in South Padre, TX, and spending a lot of time with his grandson Victor on Skype. Lloyd won the State Industrial Trap Shoot along with many trophies for his marksmanship.
     Lloyd was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, a past member of the Rockwell Jaycees, Trap Shooting clubs, Linn Grove Golf Club and Board.
     He is survived by his wife of 56 years; Marlys; son: Dean (Marlena) and grandson Victor of Wroclaw, Poland; daughter: Kim Schow and grandsons Max and Nick of Casper, WY; brothers: Larry (Terry) Johnson; Marv (Becky) Johnson all of Rockwell; sister: Karie (John) Shoop, of Mason City; sister-in-law: Betty Wickwire, Hampton; nephews, nieces, extended family members and friends.
     Lloyd is preceded in death by his grandparents; parents; mother and father-in-law: Lee & Dorothy Wickwire; step-mother-in-law: Carrie Wickwire; brothers-in-law: Bob and Gary Wickwire; sister-in-law: Mary Morison; nephews Zachary Shoop and Tim Johnson.

Charles Pyatt - Charles City

     Funeral Services for Charles Pyatt, 91, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at the First Presbyterian Church in Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating.  Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.

     Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, June 10, 2019, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.

     Charles was born on the family farm on April 5, 1928, the son of John and Sybil (Morey) Pyatt and died on June 5, 2019, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.  He received his education in rural schools and graduated from Greene High School in 1946.  He farmed his entire life on the family farm except for 1948 when he attended radio school.

     On October 29, 1950, he married LaVonne June Eliasen, they raised 7 boys: Steven, Stan, Scott, Stew, Tom, Tim and Anthony.  LaVonne passed away on their 54th Wedding Anniversary. Charles then married Hattie Havig on August 27, 2005, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua.

     Charles’ passion was being a steward of the land. He won Conservationism Awards and was a forerunner of contour farming and terracing.  He always fought for the rights of the farmer from the NFO days and helped form the American Corn Growers Association. Seeing the value of corn he tried to find new markets for his crop.  He worked hard at developing an ethanol plant in Minnesota.  He became a lobbyist for the American Corn Growers which took him to Washington D.C. to fight for the farmer.

     He loved to play sports and always said he was the best left handed baseball pitcher Powersville ever had. For 20 years he watched his boys play sports and continued to watch his grandchildren through school. He was an avid fan of the Minnesota Twins.

     Charles liked to travel and often took Sunday rides to look at crops. He would drive his pickup, tapping to Country Music while selling for Na-Churs or to town to enjoy a cup of coffee and the latest bit of news.  He enjoyed the outdoors from fishing trips to Canada to being a part of the Red Fox Hunting Club.

Charles starred in a documentary, King Corn, and was proud of teaching a couple city boys a little about farming.

     He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Greene. Charles was a gifted man that made his talents available whenever needed. Charles carried himself as an authority figure and was very business minded. He was known for his ability to tell a story, his infectious smile, and his love of family.

     Left to cherish his memory is his wife Hattie, sons: Steve, Stan (Rhonda), Stew, Tom (Bev), Tim, Tony (Michelle) Pyatt; grandchildren Adam (Jan) Pyatt, and their children Kylie, Jayden, Bryce; Lauri (Sterling) Smith; Sara Pyatt; Elizabeth (Chad) Riley and children, Stella, Sophia; Jonathan Pyatt; Addison Pyatt; Joel Pyatt and Grace Pyatt;  sister Shirley Watters; numerous stepchildren, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

     Charles was preceded in death by his parents, John and Sybil; first wife, LaVonne, son Scott, sister Charmaine; grandson Ryan, brothers-in-law Dean Watters, Harold Wiebke and Walter Eliasen; sister-in-law Judy Eliasen.

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

N. Bruce Inman - Rockford

     Funeral services for Bruce Inman, 76, of Rockford, will be 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at the United Methodist Church in Marble Rock with Pastor Dennis Burns officiating.  Burial will be in the Westside Cemetery in Marble Rock with Veterans Honors by Stroud Gates Post 387 American Legion of Marble Rock.

     Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at the Marble Rock Methodist Church.

     Bruce was born on July 17, 1942, in Rochester, Minnesota, a son of Loren and N. Darleen (Johnson) Inman and died on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at Mercy One in Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa.  He received his education in public school graduating from Rockford High School in 1960.  He attended Mason City Junior College, Wayne State College in Nebraska, and finally, Winona State College in Winona MN

Bruce proudly served in the United States Army which instilled in him a love for his country and other veterans.  He spent many hours in service to his community with military functions. He was honorably discharged from the Service as an E5.

     Bruce worked for the Coop in Rockford.  One day when checking a grain bin silo dust vent he looked across toward Charles City. He could see the Tornado that leveled Charles City in the 60’s he took his 5 gallon gas can and his chain saw and headed for the city to help.  When he arrived the firefighters put him to work checking for operable fire hydrants. He was always willing to help anyone in need.

     Next he worked for Sherman Williams in Charles City. Bruce worked for Hillman trucking, for farmer Bob Fischer of Rockford, Trettin Inc. of Rockford, and finally for Mike Sinning.

     He was activ   in 4-H with Amanda, volunteered at the Floyd County Fair in Charles City, and was awarded the Iowa FFA Degree.  Bruce was a manager at RRMR for the Football and Basketball Teams.  He was a member of the City Council in Rockford and delivered congregate meals for years.

    Bruce was a member of the United Methodist Church in Marble Rock where he served on the Board of Trustees, the Leadership Committee and the SPRC. He was very active in the American Legion Post 387 of Marble Rock where he served as Commander for several years

     He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Vicki Inman of Rockford, daughter Amanda Inman, Rockford; sister Nancy (Lawrence) Schmitt, Charles City, nieces and nephews Lucian (Stena) Schmitt, Charles City, Dawn (Todd) Beukema, Bondurant, IA, Daniel (Stephanie) Schmitt, Charles City, 2 great nieces and 2 great nephews, many friends.

Bruce was preceded in death by his brother Lucian and his parents.

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

Helen Ascher - Greene

     Funeral Services for Helen Ascher, 91, of Greene will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 3, 2019, at St. John’s United Church of Christ Pleasant Hill, rural Nashua, Iowa, with Pastor John Cofield officiating.  Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

     Visitation will be 4:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. in Greene and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.

     Helen was born on February 17, 1928, in Nashua, Floyd Co., Iowa the daughter of Fred and Hattie (Knutson) Swinton and died Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at Valley View Care Center in Greene. She received her education in public school graduating in 1946 from Nashua High School.

     She was united in marriage to Harley Ascher on June 6, 1948, at the Methodist Church in Plainfield.  The union was blessed with three sons: Dennis, Ronald, Robert.

     Helen was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, rural Nashua, and belonged to the Women’s Guild.

     She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, quilting, baking, gardening and canning.

      Those left to cherish her memory are her children: Dennis (Jeri) Ascher Clarksville; Ronald (Netti) Ascher, Greene; grandchildren: Lori Ascher, Lisa (Chad) Vance, Bobby (Stephanie) Ascher, Brett (Emily) Ascher, Brandie (Adam) Hoffman, Brock (Kristine) Ascher; great-grandchildren: Dakota and Lexi Vance, Dylan and, Dahlila Ascher; Peyton, Brooklyn and Brogan Hoffman; Zane, Briggs and Willow Ascher; sister Lois and brothers Maurice (Alice) and Roger(Marlys);sisters-in-law: Dorothy, Donna, and Berneice Swinton; brother-in-law Ron Albaugh, many nieces, nephews, and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her husband Harley in 2011; son Robert in 1970; and two babies, Marilyn and Gary; her parents; sisters: Mildred (Wren), Doris (Claire), Wilma (Earl), and Alfreda; brothers: Harold, Willard (Lois), Donald, Dale (Mary), Herbert (Delores), and Vernon.


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

Laura Rohwedder - Marble Rock

     Funeral Services for Laura Rohwedder, 48, of Charles City, will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 1, 2019, at the United Methodist Church in Marble Rock with Pastor Dennis Burns officiating.  Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery, Marble Rock.

     Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, May 31, 2019, at the United Methodist Church in Marble Rock and will continue one hour prior to services on Saturday.

     Laura was born on May 31, 1970 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of David and Janice M. (Ruehlow) Duenow and died on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at the Osage Rehabilitation Center.

     She was baptized on July 28, 1970 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Kansas City, MO with her Uncle Tom and Aunt Sherry Repper as her godparents. Laura was confirmed through Faith at Emmanuel Lutheran Church on May 6, 1984 in Joplin, MO.

     She received her education in various public schools graduating from Trinity Lutheran High School in 1988.  Laura continued her education at NIACC and completed a Secretarial Degree. Because her parents moved around a lot Laura and her sister Janelle (Duenow) Dokken became best friends. Laura’s parents moved to Osage after Laura’s graduation.

     Laura worked at Hardee’s in Mason City; Petrol Pumper in Clear Lake and finally Fox River Mills in Osage where she was employed for the next 25 years.

     Laura met her husband Brad in 2004 and married him on January 14, 2008.

     Laura enjoyed entertaining her nieces (DeeDee and Samantha) and stepson (Kameron) and step daughter Brooke, with carving pumpkins each year. Laura loved the children as though they were her own. She took them to Charles City to the parade and enjoyed watching sci-fi movies as well as going to parks and museums.  Laura loved life and being around people.  She was on a softball team, a volley ball team and a billiards team. Laura went dancing with friends Rita Witcraft, Melinda Sanchez, and Karla Spangenberg.

     Laura is survived by her husband, Brad; stepson Kameron, stepdaughter Brooke (Steve) Paulson and their three children, Addison, Cooper, Maddox; mother-in-law Cheryl Rohwedder, her father David (Vicky) Duenow and her mother Janice Duenow; her sister Janelle (Darin) Dokken along with their two daughters : DeeDee and Samantha; brother-in-law Randy (Kelly) Rohwedder; many uncles , aunts, and cousins.

     She was preceded in death by her grandparents, one uncle and three cousins, and father-in-law.


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


Deone Muhlenbruck Schulz Deam - Sheffield

     Funeral services for Deone Deam will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the West Fork United Methodist Church, 2200 Tulip Ave, Sheffield. Visitation will be 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., Friday AT THE CHURCH.

    Deone Jean Muhlenbruck Schulz Deam went to be with her Lord after giving her life to Christ later in her life.  She passed away Saturday, May 4, 2019 (Star Wars Day) at Mercy Medical Center in Mason City, IA.

     Born February 20, 1933, at the Lutheran Hospital in Hampton, Iowa, she was the daughter of Harry and Malinda (Plagge) Muhlenbruck. She was baptized at the Marion Center Evangelical and Reformed Church, April 23, 1933 by the Rev. C.J. Barth. On March 30, 1947 she was confirmed at the Immanuel E & R Church in Marion Township by Rev. H.H. Wintermeyer. She attended country school north of Latimer until her family moved to Latimer in the 1940’s. Then she attended the Latimer Public School. In 1951 she graduated from Franklin Consolidated School.

     Upon graduation she worked in Hampton until her marriage to Gerald L. Schulz on March 22, 1953.They were united in marriage by the Rev. H.H. Wintermeyer at the E & R Church in Latimer. They made their home on a farm five miles east of Chapin in West Fork Township for the next 28 years. To this union three children were born; Gary Allen Schulz, Sandra Kay Schulz, and Jean Marie Schulz. She was active raising the family and taking part in the farming until her husbands’ accident in August of 1976. The next five years were spent with Gerald while he was hospitalized and seeking rehabilitation for him.

     After his admission to the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown in 1981, she worked part time at the Aredale Store. In 1982 she ran unsuccessfully for the County Auditor position. She then went to college at NIACC and received her certificate for Nursing Assistant and Geriatric Aide Assistant and in the spring of 1983 she started a new career at the Sheffield Care Center. In July of 1983, her husband passed away and she moved to Sheffield to live.

     A new chapter of her life began when she became the wife of Marvin Deam and moved back to a farm west of Sheffield to make her home.

     She and Marvin were faithful members of the Zion Reformed Church, a former member of the Women of Zion, holding offices and participating in its activities, especially the Sunrise Circle Bible study, and was on the Zion Music Committee and enjoyed singing in the church choir and taught Sunday School there.

     She was formerly an active member of the Iowa Head Injury Association and the Sheffield Care Center Review Committee. She is a member of the West Fork Cemetery Society for about 50 years. She enjoyed music and played organ and piano for the Sheffield Care Center church service for many years.  She enjoyed creating things, especially with the Sunrise Circle for the bazaar. She also enjoyed making other crafts and fashioning denim quilts for her children and grandchildren.

     She is survived by; one son Gary (Colleen) Schulz of La Porte City; daughters, Sandy (Craig) Eckhardt of Hampton and Jean Schulz-Mitchell of Palmetto, Florida; step-children, Scott Deam and Tracy (Mike)Schroeder, all of Sheffield, whom she came to know and love as her children; grandchildren Jeremy Schulz, Aimee (Andy) Langager, Ben (Rachel) Schulz, Jenny Mitchell (Justin Kiefer), and step-grandchildren, Ashley Schroeder and Andy Schroeder; great-great grandchildren: Wesley, Thea and Kirby; one sister, Delores Bender of Hampton and one brother Milo (Kay) Muhlenbruck of Greene; four nieces and one nephew; a brother-in-law, Ron Schulz of Hansell; a sister-in-law, Mardel Weber; many great and great-great nieces and nephews; and all the special, dear friends from the West Fork Church.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband Gerald; her second husband Marvin; a sister, Darleen Muhlenbruck; two brothers-in-law, Robert Bender and Elmer Weber; an infant brother-in-law; mothers-in-law, Lorena Schulz and Johanna Deam; and a son-in-law, Robert Mitchell.

     Memorials may be directed in her memory to her favorite charities, the West Fork United Methodist Church, The Salvation Army or One Vision (formerly Opportunity Village).

Melu Shafer - Greene

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      Funeral Services for Melu Mae Shafer, 16, of Greene will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at the Trinity Reformed Church in Allison.  Burial will be in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Clarksville.

     Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. at the Reformed Church in Allison on Tuesday.

Melu was born on January 12, 2003, Lafayette, Colorado, the daughter of Daniel Lyn and Angela Mae (Cooper) Shafer and passed away on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at her home in Greene. Melu was a sophomore at North Butler High School.

     Melu started out in kindergarten in Colorado. She and her family moved to Iowa in 2008 and settled in the Waverly Shell Rock School District. She lived in Allison for several years before moving to Greene in 2017. She and her family are active members of Trinity Reformed Church in Allison.

     Melu was very involved in the Young Riders 4-H of Butler County, she loved horses and was researching Farrier School as a possible career goal. She attended the BSA Family Scouting, and attended youth group at Trinity Reformed Church in Allison, where she had perfect attendance.  She was very intelligent and academically successful maintaining an honor roll status at North Butler High. In February she was inducted into the National Honor Society. She was a member of the choir both at school and church. Melu was currently employed at the Little Lambs Day Care in Allison.

     Melu was quiet, kind hearted and soft spoken.  She had a great love for her Lord and a gentle spirit. Her walk glorified God and was a ministry to people she came in contact with.  She was proud to participate in a Church Mission Trip. She is loved and will be greatly missed.

     Those left to cherish her memory is her father, Daniel Shafer, Greene; her mother, Angela Cooper, California; brothers: Daniel Shafer Jr., Brighton, CO, and Michael Shafer, Greene; sister, Ann (Annie) Shafer, Greene; grandparents: Taunia (Greg) Schmadeke, Shell Rock; Kurt (Shirley) Shafer, PA; Sandy Allen, Stanton, IA; Jerry Wallace; Eugene (Dawn) Cooper, Colorado Springs, CO;  numerous aunts and uncles in CO, PA, TX and IA; many cousins, and friends.


     A memorial fund has been established at the Lincoln Savings Bank, 111 E. Traer, Greene, Iowa 50636.

David Dannen - Chapin

            David Dannen, 82, of Chapin, passed away Friday, April 19, 2019, at Mercy One – Mason City. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 23rd, at Zion Reformed Church, rural Sheffield. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield.

            Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Monday at Zion Reformed Church, 2029 Jonquil Ave., Sheffield and continue one hour before the service at the church. Retz Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

            David J. Dannen was born April 1, 1937, on the family farm near Chapin a son of Else and Marguerite (Marquardt) Dannen. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Reformed Church and graduated from Chapin High School in 1954. He then attended Central College in Pella earning his Bachelor’s degree and his Master’s in Elementary Education from UNI.

            David was united in marriage with Judith Oehlert December 31, 1959. They moved to Macy, Nebraska where David taught for eight years on the Omaha Indian Reservation, teaching several grades and serving as school principal. They returned to Iowa and he was hired with Sheffield – Chapin School teaching in several positions in the elementary and Junior High at both Sheffield and Chapin buildings. He also coached JR High Girls basketball. He retired after teaching over 30 years at Sheffield – Chapin.

            David then worked part time for Sukup Manufacturing in Sheffield in various positions from electrical work to warranty repairs for nearly 15 years until his final retirement from the workforce.

            He did not fully retire, David was very active in his church where he served for many years as an Elder and Deacon. He worked tirelessly with the Sheffield Lions Club and served many positions including local president and district governor and secretary. He worked with several area schools with the Lion’s Vision Screening program.

            David was also one of the original members of the committee to establish the Sheffield Care Center. He was active on the board continuously from its inception until earlier this year when his last term expired. He has been a Ross Township Trustee for many years and served on the Community Betterment Foundation organizing Chapin’s and Sheffield’s centennials and Mickey Mouse’s birthday party in Sheffield.

            Family members include his wife of 59 years, Judy; daughter: Debra (Randy) Meyer, Sheffield; son: Mark (Julie) Dannen, Sheffield; grandchildren: Eric (Brittnee) Meyer; Ashley (Shawn) Francis; Josh (Amanda) Dannen; great-grandchildren: Anthany, Owen, Sydney Londynn, Jordynn, Paxton, Vinny and Emmett, and he was anticipating the arrival of the next one; brother: Edward (Linda) Dannen; sisters: Esther (Harvin) Meyer; Helen Scarrow; Mary Busma; brother-in-law: Fred Eberling and many nieces, nephews and friends.

            David is preceded in death by his parents, sister, Edna Eberling and brother Paul.

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.

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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