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Mel Ammerman - Sheffield

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Arlis Bertelsen - Thornton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ruth Wunsch - Allison

     Funeral Services for Ruth H. Wunsch, 91, formerly of Greene, will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 2, 2017, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating.  Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. Visitation will be from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Thursday at the church.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Beverly Jean Heidenwirth - Greene

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Randy Janssen - Nora Springs

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marcella Koenigsfeld - Roseville

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frances Groen - Meservey

Andrew Pals - Meservey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 Larry Lockwood - Sheffield

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Marlys Nixt - Greene

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 Donald Bonner - Swaledale   

Donald Bonner, 85, of Swaledale, passed away Thursday, August 31, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa. Visitation with Luncheon and Fellowship will be held 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, Saturday, September 9, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Rockwell. Graveside Services will follow at 2:15 pm.

 

Donald was born December 28, 1931 in Mason City, the son of Lloyd and Vivian (Vanderhoff) Bonner. He attended one year of a country school before completing his education in Swaledale graduating in 1949. Don was baptized and confirmed at the Swaledale Methodist Church but later joined the St. Peter Lutheran Church when moving back to the area to farm. While Don was an only child, he was lucky to have six Bonner cousins and eight Morse cousins so he never felt alone. His Grandma Bonner used to send the four Bonner boys, Fatt(Don), Slim, Tom, and John, outside to play before putting them to work on the farm.

 

Don began working for the Chicago Great Western Railroad in 1952 which later became the Northwestern Railroad. He was a depot agent for over 30 years before retiring from the railroad. In 1962, Don moved his family to the country and began farming – often referring to himself as the ‘midnight’ farmer while doing both jobs.

 

Donald married Bonnie Jean Colby on July 12, 1953. To this union, were born a daughter, Terri Lynn (Russell) Ewers of Clear Lake and a son, Ted Donald (Wendy) Bonner of Swaledale. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren—Caleb  & Amanda  Ewers (Caleigh and Blaise), Catherine Ewers (Fletcher), Cheryl Ewers & Thane Soderstrum (Edith and Elias), Lacy & TJ Mortenson (Acea and Rhett) and Beau Bonner.

 

Don loved his family, his friends, and farming! In the spring and fall of the year, he could be found on a tractor or even in his truck watching the fields. During the summer and winter, he played cards twice a week with his ‘card playing’ friends – many of whom he called the ‘kids’. Don was fortunate enough to live the life he loved – who could ask for more.

Kyle Marquard - Greene   

     Memorial service for Kyle A. Marquard, 62, of Greene will be held at 4:00pm, Monday, August 28, 2017 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene, officiated by Pastor Daniel Flucke. The family invite those in attendance to join them at the Round Grove Golf & Country Club in Greene for refreshments and fellowship following the service.

      Visitation will be from 4-7pm, Sunday, August 27, 2017 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene.

      Kyle A. Marquard was born on July 1, 1955 in Decorah, Iowa to Donald and Mary (Stoen) Marquard. Kyle passed away on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at his home in Greene, surrounded by family after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

      Kyle spent his childhood in Hampton, graduating from Hampton Community High School in 1973 and from Luther College in 1977. Kyle was a proud member of the Luther football team, joined the student coaching staff, scouted for the team for several years and remained a loyal Norse fan for life. He never missed a Luther vs. Wartburg football game from 1973 onwards and had many dear friends in the Luther community.

      After graduating from Luther, Kyle began his 33-year career with the Greene Community School District, first as a physical education teacher and coach and later as the guidance counselor. He received his master’s degree from Iowa State University and served as President of the Iowa School Counselors Association. He was a proud member of the Greene Community School staff, and later the North Butler Bearcat family. Kyle was a dedicated educator and was highly esteemed by his students, colleagues and the wider community. He retired from teaching in 2010.

      Kyle is fondly remembered as an influential coach and was known for his ability to bring the best out of his athletes. Coach Marquard served as head boys track coach, assistant football coach, junior high basketball coach, and junior high football coach. Kyle had a special passion for Track and Field, acting as an intercollegiate and interscholastic starter for nearly 40 years. In 2017, North Butler Schools honored Kyle for his contribution towards the construction of Greene’s first track facility and for his longstanding dedication to the sport by naming the boys’ annual home meet the “Kyle Marquard Bearcat Invitational.”

      Kyle touched the lives of many and provided great memories to all who knew him. Whether it was teaching Drivers Ed, cooking and taste testing BBQs, golfing and fishing with his closest friends or smoking a cigar and telling one of his favorite stories, Kyle brought happiness to those around him.  

      Above all, Kyle was a devoted family man. He married Diane Dixon in 1977 with whom he raised three beautiful daughters. He cherished the many adventures he had with his girls, Amanda, Paige and Molly. He adored being a grandpa and always made time to play with his grandsons. The highlight of Kyle’s summers was his week at the lake with his family, fishing with his daughters, telling stories around the campfire and joking with his brothers.

      Kyle is survived by his three daughters, Amanda (Scott) Eichmeier of Bondurant, Paige (Paul) Marquard of Hong Kong, and Molly (Carlos) Marquard of Colombia; his three grandsons Preston, Boston and Easton Eichmeier; his mother Mary Marquard of Hampton; his friend and former spouse Diane Storey of Greene; his three brothers Jeff (Dawn) Marquard of Hampton, Randy (Kay) Marquard of Hudson, and Gary (Mari) Marquard of Brooklyn Park, MN; his six nieces Erica, Angela, Mikyla, Rachel, Hillary, and Alexi; and numerous other relatives and close friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Don Marquard.

      Kyle was a great man and those lucky enough to have loved and known him will miss him dearly. His memory will live on through his family and friends.

      Those wishing to make contributions in Kyle’s memory may direct them to his family at P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa. Contributions will be distributed to St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House, in accordance with Kyle’s wishes.

Bernita Pals/Kreitlow - Meservey

     Bernita A. Pals/Kreitlow, 95, of Meservey, most recently of the IOOF Home in Mason City left this world to join her loved ones in heaven August 14, 2017. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, at First Reformed Church in Meservey with Rev. Rodney Meester presiding. Interment will be at the Meservey Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, at Retz Funeral Home, Thornton.

     Bernita was born the daughter of Agusta and Neeskea Janssen Prilipp February 8, 1922 at the rural farm home near Meservey. She graduated from Meservey Consolidated School.

     Bernita was united im marriage to Daniel Pals on March 30, 1940. They started their life together farming near Meservey for a few years and then later moved into Meservey. Daniel started his career with the Skelly Oil Company, owning and operating the Skelly Oil bulk gas plant. After Daniel’s death, she married Melvin Kreitlow with which they spent 25 years together until his death in 2004. She spent many years cooking at Meservey School, restaurants and worked at Winnebago Industries in Forest City. She was a member of the First Reformed Church and RCW in Meservey. She enjoyed many family travels to northern Minnesota on fishing trips and local camping with family.

     Bernita is survived and will be missed greatly by children: Lois Faye (Duane) Diggs, Schertz, TX and grandchildren Julie Biggs and Warren Walker; Delbert L. Pals, Mason City and grandsons Marty, Lance and Scott Pals; Harlan (Rosemary) Pals, Clear Lake and granddaughters: Krista Holmes and Emerald Pals/Jenn; Daughter-in-law: Pam Pals, Thief River Falls, MN and granddaughters Jennifer Ario and Brenda Bruggeman; Son: Keith (Kristine) Pals, Thornton and grandchildren Amy Titler, Annette Pals and Brian Pals; Debra (Tim) Martin, Fairmont, GA and grandson Jason Martin plus a number of great and great great grandchildren. Bernita is survived by one sister Elvira Kuhlers of Meservey.

     She is preceded in death by her parents, (Augusta had a fatal farming accident in the fall of 1921 so  Bernita never knew her father), step-father Ernest Unverferth, husbands Daniel Pals and Melvin Kreitlow; son Curtis, daughter-in-law Ronda Pals, sisters Mabel Lauen and Ruth Waddingham, brother Elmer Prilipp, brothers-in-law John Lauen, Wayne Waddingham and Clarence Kuhlers and sister-in-law Cora Prilipp.

Luverne Bell - Thornton

     Luverne Bell, 95, of Thornton, passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home. Funeral Services will be held 1:30 p.m., Saturday, at Retz Funeral Home, Thornton, with Rev. Travis Stevick of Rockwell United Methodist Church presiding. Interment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, Thornton. Visitation will be 1 hour before the service at the funeral home.

     Luverne Mae Baker was born February 27, 1922, on the family farm near Thornton, daughter of Walter and Malinda (Johnson) Baker. She graduated from Thornton High School in 1939 and later attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls.   She then taught school at Richland Township School that she attended as a child.

     Luverne was united in marriage with Eldon Bell at Bethany, Missouri, on July 19, 1941, in a double wedding ceremony with her brother, Russell, and his wife, Jean Baker.

     After their marriage, they farmed near Alexander until moving to a farm they purchased south of Thornton in 1954. She lived there until 2012 when she moved to the Rockwell Community Nursing Home.

     Luverne was a longtime member of the Alexander United Methodist Church. She loved to travel and wintered in Weslaco, Texas, with Eldon for over 20 years. She enjoyed playing Bridge with her friends and many different games with her grandchildren. Fishing, golf, and gardening were also other activities she enjoyed.

     Family members include her sons: Dennis (Gloria), Lincoln, NE; Richard (Julie), Thornton; and Douglas, Thornton; 6 grandchildren: Tammy (Harlan) Sorensen; Bryan Bell; Trent (Jenny) Bell; Aaron (Kimberlee) Bell; Alison Bell (Jason Boesch); Megan (David) Little;  13 great grandchildren: Jessica (Andrew) Malone; Abigail Sorensen; Hayley Bell; Garrett Bell; Karissa (fiancé Darion Shropshire); Nicholas Bell; Hannah Bell; Emalee Bell; Natalee Bell; Aaden Bell; Austin Bell; Jacob Little; Claire Little; 1 great great grandchild: Jade Malone; sisters-in-law: Dorothy Poland, Rockwell; Lavonne (Dallas) Card, Alexander; and many nieces and nephews.

     She is preceded in death by her parents; Walter and Malinda Baker, her husband, Eldon, in 2005;  and her brother Russell and his wife, Jean Baker.

DeAlta McKee - Chapin

     DeAlta McKee, 85, of Chapin, passed away July 11, 2017, at her home in Chapin. Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 11, 2017, at Zion St. John Lutheran Church, Sheffield with Pastor G Kim Wills and Pastor Sandy Gobeli presiding. Interment will be at Wayside Cemetery, Chapin. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 10, at Zion St. John Lutheran Church.  Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield has been entrusted with arrangements.

     DeAlta Roberta Rasmussen was born September 13, 1931, at home in Wisner Township, Franklin County to Nels and Ellen (Pedersen) Rasmussen. She was baptized at St. John Lutheran Church, rural Coulter and attended school in Alexander.  During high school her family moved to Hansell where she graduated with the class of 1949.

     On November 11, 1950, DeAlta was united in marriage with Marvin Edward McKee at St. John Lutheran Church in Coulter. They moved to a farm near Hansell then to the Sheffield Brick and Tile farm. In 1973 they moved to Chapin where there is a big void without her.

     DeAlta was devoted to her family and raised her children along with starting a store in her home, “DeAlta’s Crafty Corner.” She was known for making dolls and Teddy Bears and Santas. She is remembered for her skills in converting old fur coats and wedding dresses into her creations. She was a long-time member of Zion St. John Lutheran Church in Sheffield and with her family often attended West Fork and Sheffield’s First United Methodist Churches.    

     DeAlta’s family includes her 8 children: Janelle (Al) Fink, Hampton; DelRay (Janet) McKee, Sheffield; Jeri (Cliff) Bonjour, Chapin; Dylan (Kristi) McKee, Sheffield; John (Jane) McKee, Sheffield; Dawn (Pat) Hegtvedt, Sheffield; Joel (Robin) McKee, Hampton; Donnie (Kristin) McKee, Webster City; 27 grandchildren; 45 great grandchildren with 1 on the way;  3 great great grandchildren; 3 sisters-in-law: Irene Annonson; Loraine (Dean) Schrock; Eileen McKee and special friend Ronnie Schultz.

     She is preceded in death by her parents, husband in 2011; 3 sisters, 1 brother in infancy and one great grandson.

Darrell Needham - Greene

     Funeral services for Darrell Downs Needham, 88, of Greene will be held on Friday, August 4, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Greene, with Pastor Ann Donat officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Greene.

     Visitation will be Thursday, August 3, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St., Greene.

     Darrell Downs Needham was born April 16, 1929, son of Berle and Esther (Downs) Needham, in Dayton Township, Butler County, Iowa, and died July 31, 2017, at Muse Norris Hospice in Mason City.

     Darrell attended Greene Public Schools, Mason City Junior College, and Iowa State University.

     Darrell was united in marriage with Carol Anna Streyffeler on March 13, 1949, in Des Moines, Iowa. They farmed in the Greene area all their married life.

     He was a horseman and a cattleman, having annual cattle drives. 

     Riding a good horse through the timbered pastures along Coldwater and Palmer Creeks, checking cattle, were times of reflection, renewal and joy. His children were his most reliable cowboys.

     Darrell was conscious of conservation practices in his farming, and was a longtime ridge no-tiller. He believed strongly in taking care of the land.

     He had enjoyed farming with his brother Sherm in recent years. They planted corn and soybeans this spring as always.

     Darrell was active in many local, county, state and national organizations in the United Methodist Church, Farm Bureau, Soil Conservation, Butler County and ISU Extension, Cattlemen’s Association, Republicans, and the State Rural Development Commission. He was on the Soil Conservation Commission 50 years, and a member of the Butler-Grundy Farm Service Company board. He was named Outstanding Butler County Cattleman, state finalist Wallace’s Farmer Master Farmer, member and chair of Butler County and State Extension Councils, and local 4-H leader.

     In his church he was a member and chaired the Administrative Board, and chaired finance, evangelism, and missions committees over the years. He was church treasurer, lay leader, and board of laity member.  He and Carol were state chair of the Methodist Ingathering for years. He participated in adult Sunday School classes for more than 30 years, and had especially been enjoying the church’s current adult class.

     He was chairman of the local Foods Resource Bank Committee which has hosted farmers from developing nations and raised funds for food projects in many countries. He was also active in Heifer Project International.

     Darrell was a member of the Greene Betterment organization, the school building committee, received the Greene Volunteer Spirit Award, and along with Carol served as grand marshals of the 2010 River Days parade.

     He was a long-time member and occasional leader of the men’s ecumenical Bible study group in Greene. He was a regular blood donor. Darrell was an avid reader.

     Darrell and Carol enjoyed traveling, and they visited several European countries. They traveled to Cameroon, Africa five times, and also explored parts of the United States, Canada and Mexico. They spent a month on St. Simons Island, Georgia, for many years.

     Darrell had been planning an area on his farm, which would include plants that would draw Monarch butterflies and help their survival in the U.S. His family plans to carry out his wishes.

     Darrell was preceded in death by his parents, and by his beloved wife Carol on April 26, 2016. 

     He is survived by his children: Tom (Barbara); Rosanne Foster (Steve); Joe (Sybil); Dave (Judi); and Mary Swartz (Scott); 18 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; his sister Edna Rogers; and his brothers: Sherman and Nick. 

     Memorials may be directed to the Muse Norris Hospice Center in Mason City and the Greene Public Library.

Robert Schmidt - Greene

     Funeral Services for Robert Eugene Schmidt, 84, of Greene will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 27, 2017, at Grace Baptist Church in Waverly with Pastor Jim Lee officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene, with Military Honors conducted by Tack-Barnett Post 268, American Legion of Greene.

    Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene, and will continue one hour before services at the church on Thursday.

    Robert was born on December 29, 1932, the son of Henry and Martha (Meyer) Schmidt on the family farm in Coldwater Township, Iowa and passed away on July 24th on that same farm where he had lived his entire life.

    He attended country school graduating from Greene High School in 1952. After high school he helped on the family farm. Robert served in the United States Army from 1954-1956.

     Robert was united in marriage to Karon Siemons on August 17, 1958, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Greene. Together they had three children: Kari (Tom) Hamrick, Joan (Felix) Bello, and Brian Schmidt.

     Robert loved being a farmer.  He enjoyed golfing with a special highlight being his hole in one at Round Grove Country Club.  Robert loved serving his Savior and held many leadership positions at church over the years.  He loved his family.

     He was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Waverly, American Legion of Greene, served on the Greene School Board, and was a Township Trustee.

     In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org or 2530 University Ave., Suite 2, Waterloo, Iowa 50701.

     Survivors include his wife Karon, three children, nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters: Elene Landers and Lois Nuss.

Lorraine Kingery - Charles City

     Funeral services for Lorraine M. Kingery, 90, of Charles City, will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 22, 2017, at the First Presbyterian Church in Greene with Pastor Cathy Belles officiating.  Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. Visitation will be Friday, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Retz Funeral Home Greene.

     Lorraine was born in Marble Rock, Iowa, on May 12, 1927, the daughter of Henry and Marguerite (Thomas) Ewald and passed away on Sunday, July 16, 2017, at the Floyd County Medical Center in Charles City, surrounded by her family.

     Lorraine grew up on a farm near Marble Rock and graduated from Marble Rock High School in 1944. She then attended Hamilton Business College, graduating the following year. Lorraine worked at Standard Oil Co. in Mason City for a time.

     On February 15, 1947 Lorraine was united in marriage with Maynard Kingery at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. To this union 3 daughters were born: Linda, Jolene and Marilyn.

     She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Greene, the Porkettes, Help a Neighbor Club and served as a 4H leader. Lorraine helped on the family farm, especially with the harvest and kept busy with gardening, sewing, playing cards, traveling the U.S. and cooking. Her scrap books were kept with meticulous detail and her baking specialty was her pecan pie. Most of all she enjoyed going to her grandchildren’s activities and playing with her great grandchildren.

     Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 70 years: Maynard; daughters: Linda (David) Keith, Rockford; Marilyn Muhle, Solon; 6 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; sister: Marlys (Richard) Reynolds, Sumner; sisters-in-law: Frances Wahman and Wilma VanTuyl.

     Lorraine is preceded in death by her parents and her daughter Jolene Kingery in 2003, 2 sisters and their husbands: Evelyn & Ralph Behnke and Maxine and Albert Kranz.

Lewis Majewski - Greene

     Funeral Mass for Lewis Martin Majewski, 96, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Greene with Military Honors conducted by Tack-Barnett Post 268, American Legion of Greene.

     Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, July 18, 2017, with a Rosary Service at 7 p.m., at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene and will continue one hour before services at the church on Wednesday.

     Lewis Martin Majewski was born January 28, 1921, in Pleasant Grove Township, Floyd County, Iowa, the son of John Leo and Grace Dorothy (Strong) Majewski and entered into eternal rest on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at the Valley View Care Center in Greene.

     He attended rural schools in Floyd and Butler County, and the Sacred Heart Academy in Greene until 11th grade. Lewis graduated from Greene High School in 1940. Before going into the service he worked for Delone Woods at D.X. Station.

     He enlisted in the United States Army in 1942. He received training in Camp Robinson, AR, Fort Benning, Georgia and Camp Shelby Mississippi. On December 8, 1944, he was deployed overseas to both France and Germany.  Lewis served in the 261st Infantry Division as a Combat Medic.  He was awarded two Bronze Stars and the Combat Medic Badge for his service in Rhineland and Central Europe.  He was honorably discharged in January 1946.

     Returning to Greene Lewis worked for Greene Super Service until he bought the Standard Station in April 1948 where he worked until his retirement in 1986.

     On December 27, 1947 he was united in marriage to Phyllis Jean MacLennan at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greene, to this union three sons were born: Michael Lewis, Jack Allan, Jay Phillip.

     He was a lifelong member of St. Mary Catholic Church.  He served on the St. Mary Board, Greene City Council, Round Grove Country Club Board, and the Albrecht Community Board for 30 years. Lewis was honored to receive a quilt for his 70 plus years of faithful service with Tack-Barnett Post 268, American Legion of Greene. He also served on the Veterans of Foreign Wars Committee for over 50 years.

     Living family members include his children: Michael (Vicki) Majewski, Jack (Colleen) Majewski, and Jay (Theresa) Majewski, all of Greene; 7 grandchildren; 3 step grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren, 8 step great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Pat (Jim) Burnell, Phoenix, AZ; brother-in-law, Ed (Diana) MacLennan, Raymond, IA; sister Berdine Majewski, Charles City, IA; many friends

     He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Melvo (Lorrane) Majewski, and Melvin Majewski; brother-in-law James (Betty) MacLennan.

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

Harold McKee - Sheffield

     Harold McKee, 93, of Sheffield passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at the Sheffield Care Center. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, at West Fork United Methodist Church in Sheffield with Pastor Sandy Gobeli presiding. Interment will be at the West Fork Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour before the service at the church.

     Harold Lloyd McKee was born May 31, 1924, on the family farm rural Sheffield, a son of Willie and Vera (VanHorn) McKee. He attended country school. Harold was baptized and raised as a member of the West Fork Church.  He farmed his entire life on the farm his family has rented continuously for 100 years, raising crops, hogs, cattle and chickens.

     Harold was a very patient man with the good humor of the McKee’s. He greatly valued the time spent with his family and was a second dad to his nieces and nephews. He taught his great nieces and nephews to drive. He enjoyed playing pool, a sport he was quite good at. Fond memories include he always got the first strawberry of the season and was often found with his brother Marvin and his family.

     Living family members include sisters: Irene Annonson, Charles City; Loraine (Dean) Schrock, Lawrence, KS; sister-in-law: Ilene KcKee, Kansas City; special nephew: Dylan (Kristi) McKee and their children: Joey, Bridget and Cassie; many nieces, nephews and long time friends.

     He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers:  Wilbur, Bob and Marvin; sisters-in-law: DeAlta McKee and Lola McKee; brother-in-law: Alvin Annonson and close friend Lloyd Annonson.

Aletha Frericks - Greene

     Aletha Frericks died on July 8, 2017, at Guardian Angels Care Center in Elk River, MN.  She was born on August 21, 1920 in New Hartford, Iowa a daughter of Daniel and Alma (Ganoung) Carpenter.

     She married Earl Warring in November of 1941.  After his death she married Lindy Frericks in 1972.  He passed away in 1993. 

     She is survived by her daughter, Wylone (Warring) Abbott, son-in-law, Richard, grandson, Brian (Kari), one great granddaughter, Nicole and one great grandson, Joshua.  She loved the country life, animals, nature, and writing letters and poems.

     Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 12 at Retz Funeral Home, Greene, with burial at the Butler Center Cemetery.

Ardella Oldag - Sheffield

     Ardella Oldag, 88, passed away May 22, 2017 at the Sheffield Care Center. Memorial Services for Ardella and her husband Dean who passed away at his home April 23, 2017 will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Zion St. John Lutheran Church in Sheffield. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield.

     Ardella Mae Brouwer was born January 8, 1929 on a farm near Klemme a daughter of Arthur and Sylvia (Moberly) Brouwer. She was baptized in Klemme and confirmed at the Methodist Church in Sheffield. She graduated from Sheffield High School and attended Hamilton College in Mason City studying bookkeeping.

     On May 4, 1951 Ardella was united in marriage with Dean Eugene Oldag at the Methodist Church in Sheffield. This union was blessed with one daughter.

     Ardella worked for Harrison 5&10 Cent store doing payroll and bookwork. Then at the Cerro Gordo County Auditor’s office. She was a member of the Eastern Star and Zion St. John Lutheran Church in Sheffield. She did everything with her husband, hunting, fishing and took care so he could be involved in his many volunteer projects. She was a fabulous cook and took pride in her family and having an immaculately clean house.

     Survivors include her daughter: Kathy Nuddleman, Mason City; grandchildren: Wyatt Dean Nuddleman; Nicole Fay (Joel) Gould; sister-in-law: Joyce Brouwer; sister: Norma (Carl) Zimmerman; brother: Duane (Dorothy) Brouwer; sister: Darlene (Merlin) Peter; brother: Gordon Brouwer.

     She is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, brothers Ivan and Elwyn.

Memorials for Ardella may be extended to Hospice of North Iowa and for Dean to North Iowa Honor Flight.

Kathleen Lutgen - Sheffield

     Kathleen (Katie) Lutgen, daughter of Elmer and Florence Sheriff, born in Belmond, Iowa on July 24, 1926, died May 28, 2017 at 90 years of age.

     Katie attended elementary and junior high school at Belmond and graduated from Sheffield High School in 1943 at the early age of sixteen.  Katie participated in band, choir, and took part in high school class plays. 

     After High School, Katie attended college at UNI at Cedar Falls for teaching and then taught in a country school for a short time.

     In the fall of 1946 Kathleen married Robert Lutgen at the Methodist Church in Sheffield.  They settled on a farm outside of Thornton where they lived for forty years.  Katie and Bob raised three boys on the farm, Mark, Gary and Paul.  Katie worked as a nursing assistant for Oakwood Manor Nursing Home in Clear Lake and then for many years at Hospice of North Iowa in Mason City.  She was an active member of Richland Lutheran Church and the Thornton Women’s Club.

     Katie brightened the day for everyone she met.  Her hospitality, sense of humor and care for others defined her personality. She was a great cook and liked nothing more than to prepare a meal for a houseful of guests.  She gave generously and always put others first.  She planted flowers in the spring, made lemonade in the summer and washed muddy football clothes in the fall.  Katie lived for her family and cherished time spent when everyone was together.  She liked to tell stories, share laughter, enjoyed playing cards, travelling to visit others, and loved music. 

     She had a special place in her heart for her children and grandchildren.  While spending time with the kids was dear to her, she loved her husband and the two of them had many adventures together.  A favorite was going to the dance at Clear Lake with their friends on Saturday nights. 

     Words cannot express how much we will miss her.

Kathleen is survived her son Mark and wife Sherry of Jeffersonville, Indiana; son Gary and wife Chris of Stanley, Iowa; son Paul and wife Tobi of Pella, Iowa; six grandsons; Wade, Dustin, Courtney, Nathan, Cody, and Tristan Lutgen; two granddaughters; Dr. Amy Lutgen-Dewitt and Jessica Lande; eleven great grandchildren; Kylee, Nashua, Tylar, Lawson, Parker, Addison, Makinley, and Aurora Lutgen; and Brielle, Kendall and Maddox Dewitt; and brother Larry and wife Nancy Sheriff of Sheffield, and many nieces and nephews.

     Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents; brothers James and Lynn Sheriff; sisters-in-law, Marlene Sheriff, Helen Foster, Lois Bergo, and RoseAnn Midlang; and brothers-in-law, Palmer Bergo, Vern Humburg, and Norris Midlang; and Nephew, Jason Sheriff.

     Funeral Services will be held Saturday, July 1st at 2:00 p.m. at Retz Funeral Home in Sheffield, Iowa, with visitation following the service.

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