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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.

 

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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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.

Donna Cole - Sheffield

     A Memorial Service for Donna Jo Cole, 70, of Dougherty, will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 6, 2017, at West Fork United Methodist Church in rural Sheffield with Pastor Sandy Gobeli officiating.  Burial will be in the West Fork Cemetery, rural Sheffield.

     Visitation will be one hour before services at the church on Saturday.

Donna Jo Wilson was born March 28, 1947, in Klamath Falls, Oregon the daughter of Thomas Arnold and Marjorie (Eversol) Wilson and died, May 1, 2017 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, Iowa.

     Donna attended various public schools in California.  She went on to earn her Equine Reproduction qualifications from Colorado State. Donna also obtained her CNA and her CDL.

     Donna was united in marriage to Joseph Stearns Cole III on May 6, 1977, in Los Vegas.

Donna was very accomplished and a hard worker.  She was employed for Wells Fargo in California.  After moving to Iowa she worked as a CNA at Franklin General in Hampton. She loved horses and spent countless hours breeding, training and showing her horses. When available Donna drove truck with her husband.

     She was an active member of the West Fork United Methodist Church in rural Sheffield where she was a member of the UMW. Donna also served on the Cemetery Association.

     Donna enjoyed gardening, sewing, breeding dogs and was a very gifted artist who painted China for many years. She especially loved spending time with her husband, four children, and grandchildren.

     Living family members include her loving husband of 39 years, Joseph Cole, Dougherty; sister, Sandy Phillips, Springfield, OR; four children: Johnny Wheeler, Oklahoma City; Tammie (Mark) Vannatta, Bloomsburg, PA; Joseph Stearns Cole IV, Southern CA; James Paul (Doe) Cole; Southern CA; seven grandchildren: Kealy Stumpff, Jessica Howell, Alex Cole, Brianna Cole, Katlyn Cole, Jayde Cole, Joseph Stearns Cole V; Donna was preceded in death by her parents and Brother, Thomas Paul Wilson.

     In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family, Hospice of North Iowa, or the West Folk United Methodist Church.

Gretchen Moehle - Sheffield

            Gretchen Moehle, age 94, passed away peacefully at the Hospice of  North Iowa, Mason City on April 28, 2017. Visitation will be May 12, 11:00-1:00 pm followed by a 1:00 pm memorial service at Zion St. John Lutheran Church, Sheffield on Friday, May 12.

            Gretchen was born on April 15, 1923, to Conrad and Kate (Campen) Kirchhoff of Rockwell, IA. She was baptized and confirmed at the Rockwell St. Paul Lutheran Church. 

            On June 18, 1947, she married Albert Henry Moehle at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rockwell. Albert and Gretchen were blessed with two children, Kenneth Albert and Mardell Mae. They farmed east of Sheffield their entire married life until 1973 when they moved to the town of Sheffield when Albert became too ill to continue farming. Albert passed away in 1974.  Following his death Gretchen became a daycare provider in her home which she continued for 34 years until retiring in 2006. The many children she cared for became her extended family.

            The most special place in her heart was reserved for her cherished grandchildren and great grandchildren. She treasured and looked forward to their phone calls and visits.

            She was an active member in the Zion St. John Lutheran Church of Sheffield where she taught Sunday School for 17 years, and she served as secretary and president of the ALCW and was a long time member of the Dorcas Circle.

            Her favorite hobbies were crocheting tablecloths, dollies, and she even crocheted baby sweaters and baptismal dresses for her great grandchildren. She loved reading and playing in numerous 500 card clubs while her eye sight still allowed her to engage in these activities. She was a devoted fan of her grandchildren’s activities, faithfully attending their school, sport, and musical events.

            She belonged to the Senior Centers at Rockwell and Hampton where she developed many close friendships.

            She is survived by her son Kenneth Moehle and wife Sandee of Cedar Falls, IA, her daughter Mardell Schaefer and husband A.J. of Latimer, and 5 grandchildren: Matthew (Jana) Schaefer of Austin, TX; Brandon (T.J.) Schaefer of Pawleys Island, SC; Mikaela Schaefer of Myrtle Beach, SC; Elizabeth (fiancé Jorge Ulloa) Moehle of New York, New York; and Kristen (Evan) Graf of Glenville, IL; and five great grandchildren: Isabella and Ethan Schaefer, Eva and Teagan Schaefer, and Eliott Graf.

            She is also survived by her sister, Christine Foell and her brother, Clarence (Arlene) Kirchhoff, all of Rockwell, sister-in-law, Ailene Kirchhoff, Riceville.

            She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Albert, her sisters Gertrude, Anna, and Jennie and her brother John.

AnnaMae Meyer - Sheffield

     Anna Mae Meyer, 91, of Sheffield, went to be with her Lord and Maker December 20, 2016, at the Sheffield Care Center. Memorial Services will be held 2pm, Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Zion St. John Lutheran Church in Sheffield. Interment will be at St. John Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church 1 hour before services begin.

     Anna Mae Meyer was born May 11, 1925 in Franklin County, a daughter of James and Ruby (Hartman) Jackson.  She graduated from Hampton High School in 1944. Anna Mae worked as an aide in a doctor’s office and then as a telephone operator in Hampton.

     On August 31, 1947 Anna Mae was united in marriage with Marvin George Meyer at the Church of Christ in Hampton. This union was blessed with three children.

     Anna Mae was a devoted mother and homemaker, raising her children and helping on the farm. She was known for her flower garden, often working in the dark after the chores were done.

     She worked for Sukup Manufacturing for 10 years until 1981. Active in church Anna Mae was in the Ladies Aide and served as a Sunday School teacher. She enjoyed socializing with the West Fork Ladies Club the “What’s New Club.” Potluck meals with neighbors in the area were special times as they visited with the Kruckenburg’s, Moehle’s, Krukow’s, Wiele’s and other friends.

     She is survived by her children: Darwin (Lorna) Meyer, Sheffield; Dean (Deborah) Meyer, Cumming, GA; Carolyn (David) Heuberger, Hampton; grandchildren: Tawnya (Paul) Willits and children, Maddie & Jacquie; Brian (Hollie) Meyer, and children, Cade & Emma; Paula (Ed) Hauf, and son, Andrew; Michael (Jaime) Meyer, and children, Marissa & Dylan; Bret (Ashley) Heuberger; Crystal (Dan) Beach, and daughter, Kiah; and Drew Heuberger; sister; Sharon Miller, Ackley; sister-in-law: Patty Jackson, Iowa Falls.

     She is preceded in death by her parents, husband of 68 years, Marvin, siblings: Lola Christensen, Kenny Jackson, Harold Jackson, James (Jim) Jackson and Norma Hoffman.

Leila Nannenga - Thornton

     Leila Mae [Steenhard] Nannenga of Thornton, Iowa passed away on Friday, April 28, 2017 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, Iowa.   Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 3 at Zion Reformed Church, 2029 Jonquil Avenue, Sheffield, Iowa with Pastor Art Zewert officiating.  Visitation with be at the Retz Funeral Home in Thornton, Iowa 4-7 p.m., Tuesday.  Interment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, Thornton. Inquiries may be made at 641-892-4241.  

     Leila is the daughter of Edward and Marlys Steenhard of Sheffield, Iowa, born November 2, 1947 in Hampton.  Having grown up on a farm southwest of Thornton, Leila soon displayed her love for the out-of-doors preferring to work with her father whether it involved doing livestock chores or working in the fields. She graduated from the Meservey / Thornton school system in 1966 and went on to attend NIACC of Mason City, Iowa attaining her Associates of Arts degree. On November 29, 1970, Leila was united in marriage to Christ J. Nannenga at the First United Methodist Church of Thornton.  During the early stages of dating, the duo went to check out some springing Holstein heifers near Ventura, Iowa, the prelude to the union of a country girl and a farm boy.  To this union was born their only child, Elizabeth Ann Nannenga on November 27, 1977.

     Leila faithfully journeyed through life by the side of her husband in his many varied endeavors. Some of her experiences included working as a farrowing attendant at Pleasant Valley Pork of Swaledale, Iowa; sharing in the ownership and operation of the Townhouse Cafe of Thornton, Iowa; owner and operation of the Southern County News of Thornton, Iowa; as well as being a pillar of support during her husband's tenure as Cerro Gordo County Supervisor. 

     As a person of many talents, she enjoyed sewing many of her daughter's and husband's clothing.  As her family has a long history of enjoying the peace music can bring, she cultivated Elizabeth's interest in vocal and instrumental music throughout her daughter's school years with Elizabeth going on to become an honor graduate of Drake University of Des Moines and employed as a music teacher today.  Elizabeth's mother would seldom miss a school concert conducted by her daughter, for 'MammaBear' was never far removed from any of her daughter's activities.  At an evening musical rehearsal, Elizabeth introduced Leila as "MammaBear”: someone who will do all in her power to help, protect, and love, but beware the consequences of making her “growl”.  The nickname stuck. Leila's passion for the arts, her love of being able to create lovely items from a spool of thread, a skein of yarn or a bolt of fabric continues her legacy in her daughter's private as well as professional life.

     Leila was a quilter who enjoyed all of the sewing arts.  A fun pastime for Leila was to go on quilt-shop hopping road trips with Elizabeth. Her interest in reading as well as in genealogy suited her well as she worked for a term as school librarian and Thornton Public Librarian.  In truth, Leila was heartbroken when the Thornton school building was closed, a closing that would separate her from the many students who came to the library to read, study or just to share a concern.  Being very active in her faith, she assisted in Bible School and Sunday School programs.  She would personally go door to door in her community inviting children she knew of to attend Bible School.  Having been very influential in its structure, Leila had a high regard for the after-school 'Kid's Club' program housed at the Grace UMC of Mason City, Iowa. 

     Leila, a cancer survivor, was afflicted with Parkinson's disease as well as renal failure. She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Ann Nannenga of Thornton, Iowa; her brother Daniel Steenhard of Sheffield, Iowa; her husband Christ J. Nannenga of Story City, Iowa; her sister-in-laws Mary[Brewer] Nannenga of Story City, Iowa and Marie Nannenga of Mason City, Iowa; her niece Jackie [Mark] Hawley and great nieces Beverly and Katherine Hawley of Roland, Iowa, as well as many relatives and friends.

     She is preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Marlys Steenhard, and brother-in-law Karl Nannenga.

Maxine Fischer - Meservey (Wausau, WI)

     Maxine Fischer, 85, of Meservey, Monday, April 24, 2017 at Aspirus Hospital in Wausau, Wisconsin. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 2nd at First Reformed Church in Meservey, Iowa with Rev. Rodney Meester presiding. Burial will be in the Meservey Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Monday, May 1 at Retz Funeral Home, Thornton.

     Maxine Sena Fischer was born June 7, 1931, in Renwick, IA, a daughter of Lucas Bunk and Dora (Pogge) Bunk. Maxine spent her early life on a farm northwest of Renwick where she attended country school in the early grades and then graduated from Renwick Public School. Following school, she went to Eagle Grove Junior College and Wartburg College in Waverly to pursue a teaching degree. After college, she moved to Meservey to teach and that is where she met her husband, Bill, who she married on December 21, 1955 at the Wright Christian Reformed Church near Kanawha.

     Teaching was a significant part of Maxine’s life and she taught in the Meservey, Meservey-Thornton, and Sheffield-Chapin-Meservey-Thornton school districts throughout much of her life, most of this time in the elementary grades. She took numerous continuing-education courses through the Mason City Area Education Agency and at North Iowa Area Community College, leading to a degree from Buena Vista University. A significant teaching achievement was pioneering the concept of Gifted and Talented programs. She led a Gifted Program at Meservey-Thornton schools and spoke at many state teaching conferences on this subject. She was a loved teacher and made a significant impact on many students throughout her long teaching career.

     Another significant part of Maxine’s life was caring for her family. She spent countless hours enabling her children to receive music lessons, participating in festivals, competitions, and concerts, as well as participating in a wide variety of academic opportunities. She was a great encourager and worked very hard to help them excel. She loved being a grandparent and became a significant encourager to her grandkids.

     Maxine is survived by one daughter, Debra Fischer, Branson, MO; two sons: Michael Fischer, Wausau, WI; Timothy (Catherine) Fischer, Minneapolis, MN; four grandsons: Geoffrey and Lucas, Wausau; William and Andrew, Minneapolis; one granddaughter: Amanda, Wausau; sister: Alice Heitland, Mason City; brother: Chris Bunk, Renwick.

     She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Bill; brother-in-law: Roger Heitland; sisters-in-law: Delores Fischer, Doreen Fischer and Anne Snell and her daughter-in-law: Diane.

Dean Oldag - Sheffield

     Dean Oldag, 88, passed away Sunday, April 23, 2017, at his home in Sheffield. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

     Dean Eugene Oldag was born on a farm near Postville, March 3, 1929, a son of Harold and Christine (Froning) Oldag. He attended country school and was confirmed at the Lutheran Church in Postville. His family moved to Sheffield and he attended Sheffield High School.

     Dean entered the US Navy, serving in WWII and the beginning of the Korean War. He sailed around the world twice.

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

     Dean worked 37 years for IPS which became MidAmerican Energy. They lived in Clarksville, Hampton, Rockwell and Sheffield. For the last year Dean lived at the Deerfield Place Assisted Living in Sheffield.

     He volunteered many places, including running Bingo at the Sheffield Care Center, and had been a volunteer fireman in Hampton and Rockwell, was a Mason, Shriner and member of the American Legion.  He greatly enjoyed hunting and fishing and in later years golf. A practical joker, Dean made everybody laugh and teased those he liked.

     Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Ardella, Sheffield; daughter: Kathy Nuddleman, Mason City; grandchildren: Wyatt Dean Nuddleman; Nicole Faye (Joel) Gould; sisters: Lindy Miller and Mariellen VanBlaricom and many nieces and nephews.

     He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother George.

Orville Caspers - Swaledale

           Orville Caspers, 92, of Swaledale, passed away Saturday, April 8, 2017, at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Thornton, with Rev. Rhea Evanson presiding. Interment with Veteran’s Honors will be at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Swaledale. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 400 Larch Ave, Thornton.

Orville Ray Caspers was born February 10, 1925 on a farm near Rockwell, Iowa to Herman “Deed” and Fredericka “Freda” (Wohler) Caspers. He was a big brother to Dale, who was two years younger. They were best of friends and farmed together for many years.

Orville married Bernice Nauman of Floyd, Iowa on March 8, 1951. From this union came five children- Jack, Donald, Edward, Richard, and Susan. Orville and Bernice farmed in the Swaledale area until they retired several years ago. Orville served in the United States Army in the 96th Infantry Division in World War II. He received a purple heart, bronze star, and a good conduct medal for his exemplary military service. After he recovered from being wounded in combat, he was then transferred to an artillery/ordinance division until his army tenure ended. Orville believed in honoring our flag and saluting our fallen soldiers. His dedication and passion taught his children and grandchildren to respect the flag and those who have fought for our freedom.

Orville enjoyed hunting and fishing, traveling, family picnics, making homemade ice cream, and driving around to check on his crops. He also liked going to morning coffee at the Swaledale town hall, spending time with family and friends, going to dances and attending his annual 96th Infantry Reunions. He especially loved his signs along the Swaledale highways, i. e. one such sign was “Swaledale Next 7 Exits,” …he loved a good laugh. He also looked forward to spending his winter months in McAllen, Texas, where he and Bernice could dance and attend jam sessions. They enjoyed going down to Texas for the winters for 37 years.

His friendliness, generosity, sense of humor, and witty personality will be deeply missed. He had a great love for his family and friends, his country, Swaledale, Thornton, Rockwell and the North Iowa area. Orville was a member of the Thornton American Legion, Mason City VFW, 96th Infantry Division, and St. Paul Lutheran Church of Thornton.  

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Bernice. Son: Don (Julie), children: Todd (Julie); Heather. Son: Ed (Rebecca), children: KayLee (Chris) Anderson; Leighton Knaus; Jacqlyn; Emily; Edison, all of Swaledale, IA. Son: Rich (Alyce), children: Caroline; John “Jack” of Glenview, IL. Daughter: Susan (Bob) Shanks, children: Nicholas; Parker, of Plainview, MN. Granddaughter: Amanda (Travis) Hobbiebrunken, children: Alec; Aisley of Sheffield, IA. Grandson: Brandon (Jody) Sheriff, children: Genna; Gavin; Graci of Sioux Falls, SD, sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Alice and Vic Klopping. Sisters-in-law: Ardis Richardson, Gladys Wandro, Gloria Nauman and Janet Nauman. Brothers-in-law: Lester Nauman and Paul Nauman, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Herman “Deed” and Fredericka “Freda,” son Jack, daughter-in-law Bonnie, brother Dale, sister-in-law Jeannette, great nephew David Caspers, father-in-law and mother-in-law: Emmett Fredrick and Hannah Nauman, brothers-in-law: Donald Wandro, David Nauman and Emmett Nauman Jr., sisters-in-law: Phyllis Nauman and Vera Nauman, nephews: Derek Nauman and Russell Nauman and numerous cousins.

Lester Adelmund - Greene

     Funeral services for Lester Lee Adelmund, 76, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 8, 2017, at St. John Lutheran Church in Clarksville with Pastor Charlie Underwood officiating.  Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.

     Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Friday, April 7, 2017, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene.

     Lester Lee Adelmund was born May 21, 1940, in Parkersburg to Henry Vern and Sophie (Thorne) Adelmund and passed away Wednesday, April 05, 2017, at his home in Greene.  He received his education in country schools in the Parkersburg area and graduated from Allison High School in 1958.

     Following graduation he worked as a young man helping his family on the farm.  In 1960 he began working for John Deere where he would remain for over 31 years.

     Lester was united in marriage to Ruth Ann Penning on May 8, 1961 at the Dumont Reform Church in Dumont, Iowa.  This union was blessed with two daughters, Lori and Lisa.

      He began farming in 1966 while he continued working for John Deere. Lester was a very hard working man and worked both jobs until his retirement.

     Lester has been a faithful member of St. John Lutheran Church since 1966 where he served on the church council and ushered.

     He enjoyed woodworking and making things such as end tables.  He liked to dance, play cards, and was a member of several card clubs. Mostly he was devoted to spending time with his family and friends. He was a kind individual that was always willing to lend a helping hand to family, friends, or even someone he did not know.

     Lester is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Ruth Adelmund, Greene; daughters: Lori (Ryan Joseph) Nettelton, Charles City and their children: Sofie and Ryan; Lisa Adelmund and Jay Evans, Buffalo Grove, IL;  brothers and sisters: Larry (Helyne) Adelmund, Charles City; Richard (Rose) Adelmund, Greene, Delos (Delores) Adelmund, Greene; Alvin (Judy) Adelmund, Clarksville; Wanda (Vern) Buchholz, Tripoli; Carol (Duane) Stotler, Greene; Kathy (Alan) Siemons, Greene; in-laws: Russell (Paulette) Penning, Newton; Donna (Ted) Rigby, Newton; Darwin (Brenda) Penning, Newton; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Sophie Adelmund; brother, Ron and Gert Adelmund; brother-in-law, Darrell Penning; mother and father-in-law: Harm and Bernice Penning; and niece, Tara Adelmund.

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

Goldie Siems - Sheffield

Goldie Siems, 92, of Sheffield, died Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at the Sheffield Care Center. Family graveside services will be held at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield.

Vivian Hanawalt - Meservey

     Vivian Hanawalt, 94, of Meservey, passed away Friday, March 24, 2017, at the Sheffield Care Center. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, at First Reformed Church in Meservey with Rev. Rodney Meester presiding. Interment will be at Meservey Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, at Retz Funeral Home, Thornton. Memorials may be directed to the Thornton/Meservey EMT’s, the Sheffield Care Center 0r First Reformed Church in her memory to Vivian Hanawalt Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 580, Sheffield, IA 50475.

     Vivian Ruth Hanawalt was born on a farm in Franklin County a daughter of Floyd William and Effie (Hansen) Obrecht. She was raised with siblings Thayne and Roger.

     Vivian was a member of the Lutheran Church and after moving to Meservey she became a member of the First Reformed Church in Meservey in 1986.

     Vivian was united in marriage with Joe Emmanuel Hanawalt on October 18, 1945 at the United Lutheran Church in Thornton. Joe and Vivian celebrated 66 years of marriage before his death in 2011.

     Vivian was Salutatorian of her class at the Thornton High School in 1939. She attended one semester of college and earned her certificate to teach at country schools. She obtained her degree from Mason City Jr. College in 1958 and a Bachelor of Science from Wartburg College in 1968 and did graduate work at Bemidji State College, the University of Northern Iowa and obtained her Learning Disabilities Certificate from Iowa State University.

     Vivian taught at Thornton, Rockford, Coulter, Graetinger, Sheffield-Chapin, Kanawha and Franklin County rural schools. Education was very important to her and she worked endless hours to help her students achieve their best.

     Vivian had many other activities as President of the Ladies Aide, helped with 4H clubs as well as being a member for many years. She was active with the American Legion Auxiliary in Meservey, for many years Vivian served on the Meservey Town Council. She taught Bible School, was superintendent the Floral Hall at the North Iowa Fair and worked at the Franklin County Fair where she entered many winners in the floral, baking and genealogy departments.

     Vivian served as delegate in the Democratic Party to County, District and State Conventions.

     Her passion was her flowers and all her gardens. She loved sharing her produce with so many and always planted for all her friends to enjoy. Her baking style was astronomical, baking for so many and sharing with family and others, making breads, salads, angel food cakes, candies and pickles, pears from her trees, grapes from her vines or eggs from her chickens.

     Vivian and Joe built a cabin in Minnesota and enjoyed the fishing their and sharing with friends and family that vacationed there, where she had another garden. She enjoyed camping, with Joe she traveled to Australia to visit family in 1989.

     Vivian is survived by her brother, Roger Obrecht; son, Ken (Julie) Hanawalt and grandson, Justin. Also nieces and nephews: Audrene Hansen, Maureen (Jerry) Modderman, Jackie (Gary) Dirks, Martha Statlander, Mary (Paul) Schlichting, Jeffrey Obrecht (Becky Parrish); sister-in-law, Nina Mulder and many great nieces and nephews that loved to be the recipients of her homemade breads, strawberry shakes, camping and fishing trips and the special times spent together.

     Preceding her in death were her husband, parents, brother Thayne (Opal) Obrecht, sister-in-law, Leah Obrecht, niece Colleen Obrecht.

Minnie Bruns - Greene

     Funeral services for Minnie Margaret Bruns, 92, of Greene, will be Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 10:30 a.m., 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 4-7 p.m., Friday, March 24, 2017, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene, and will continue one hour before services at the church on Saturday.  There will be a Public Scripture Service at 7 p.m., Friday.

     Minnie Uhlenhopp was born on September 9, 1924, in Aplington, the daughter of Harm R. and Nellie (Johnson) Uhlenhopp and died on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at the North Iowa Mercy Medical Center in Mason City.

     She received her education in the public schools of rural Kesley, Iowa.  Minnie was a faithful member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene where she was baptized and confirmed in 1943.

     Minnie was united in marriage to Dale Melvin Bruns on August 30, 1942, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene.  This union was blessed with three daughters, Shirley, Marlene, and Jean.

     Minnie worked side by side with her husband on their farm west of Greene and also with their woodworking projects.  She dedicated her life to her husband and her children.

     Minnie was gifted in cooking, canning, and gardening.  She loved to make homemade bread and pies almost as much as the family enjoyed eating them. She will be remembered for her delicious vegetable beef and dumpling soup. 

     Minnie was a kind, thoughtful, loving, and humble individual.  She never had anything bad to say about anyone. Her favorite saying was “I love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck”.

     She enjoyed playing 500, Rummy, Sequence and other board game.  For over nine years she was a member of local ladies card group, affectionately referred to as the “Golden Girls”.  These ladies rotated home gatherings playing cards once a week for fun and fellowship. She will be greatly missed.

     Living family members include her three daughters: Shirley (Jim) Fesenmeyer, Greene; Marlene ((LaVern) Landers, Greene; Jean (Lynn) Towsley, Greene; six grandchildren: Rod (Marty) Fesenmeyer; Shannon (John)Latham, Sheffield; Jason (Kayleen) Landers, Greene; Angela (Tim) Christensen, Greene; Amy (Shane) Testroet, Greene; Levi (Sarah) Towsley, Greene;  17 great-grandchildren: Evan (Amanda)Fesenmeyer; Kyle (Toshia) Fesenmeyer; Alex Fesenmeyer; Ian Latham, Elle Latham; Courtney (Dustin) Bauman; Wyatt Landers; Haley Landers; Riley Christensen; Reed Christensen; Darby Christensen; Hallie Testroet; Dallas Testroet; Dawson Testroet; Alysa Towsley; Clayton Towsley; Emma Towsley; one great-great granddaughter, Tinsley Fesenmeyer; sister, Anna Mae Schipper, Ackley; brother, Harley (Althea) Uhlenhopp, Hansell; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years Dale in 2008; her parents and five brothers.

 

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

 

Ruby Rader - Hampton

Ruby Rader, 71, formerly of Hampton, passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Smithville, Tennessee. Memorial service arrangements are pending completion at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield.

Delmar Brady - Latimer

     Delmar Brady, 86, of Latimer passed away Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at the Sheffield Care Center. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 18, at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Latimer with Rev. Diane Friedericks presiding. Interment will be at the Marion Center Cemetery, rural Hampton. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday at Retz Funeral Home, 203 Maple Street in Sheffield.

     Delmar Lee Brady was born November 17, 1930 in rural Franklin County, the son of David Wright and Lottie Mae (Bonjour) Brady. He spent his childhood attending school and working of the family farm and graduated from Thornton High School.

     He was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and received an honorable discharge after serving 2 years in Germany.

     On May 5, 1957, Delmar was united in marriage with Martha Bruns at the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Latimer.

     He farmed for a year near Thornton, then moved to the family farm near Latimer. Delmar loved farming and being on the farm. They raised broilers to sell, sold eggs and milk. They also raised pigs farrow to finish and had cattle. He would be up at 6:00 a.m., get dressed, have his signature bowl of “Corn Flakes” with toast and jelly, and out the door he’d go to do chores.

     Taking pride in his farm, nothing could be left sitting outside unless it wouldn’t fit in the shed. He even walked out into the bean field one Sunday morning in his church clothes to pull a weed that was missed during bean walking season.

     He served on various offices for the church and measured land for the ASCS Office. He also enjoyed playing 500 in a card club and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

     Left to cherish his memory are his son Doug (Michelle) Brady, Sheffield; son-in-law Todd Mollenbeck, Latimer; six grandchildren: Mike Brady, Ankeny, Mark (Holly) Brady, Ankeny; Blake Brady, Sheffield; Trevor Mollenbeck, Latimer; Devyn Brady and Kylie Brady of Sheffield; 6 great grandchildren; brother: Glenn (Rosemary) Brady, Clear Lake; sisters-in-law: Shirley Brady, Sheffield and Dorothy Brady, Mason City; brother-in-law: Jim (Rosie) Bruns, Waterloo and many nieces and nephews.

     Delmar is preceded in death by his parents, wife Martha Brady, daughter Linda Mollenbeck, 2 sisters: Iva Miller and Eleanor Engebretson, 3 brothers: Robert, Melvin and Lyle, infant grandson: Cody Mollenbeck.

Matilda Ott - Marble Rock

    Funeral services for Matilda Elizabeth (Til) Ott will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Calvary Baptist Church in Greene with Pastor Ben Hartwig and Dr. Dan Brown officiating.  Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.

     Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene.

     Matilda Elizabeth was born September 7, 1927,in Charles City, to William and Ida Mae (Feldman) Love and died on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at North Iowa Mercy Medical Center in Mason City.

     She received her education in public school graduating from Charles City High School in 1946. Matilda worked at the B & L Bakery, Oliver Corp. and Peerless Photo Company during her school years.

     Matilda accepted the Lord as her Lord and Savior at Bethel Baptist Church, in Marble Rock, at the age of 35. She became a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Greene, on December 6, 2009, where she had been attending for many years.

     Matilda was united in marriage on September 15, 1946, to Harold Eugene Ott at the Methodist Parsonage in Charles City.  This union was blessed with two sons, Jerry Lee and David Eugene.

     She and her husband farmed west of Dougherty until 1949, when they moved to Charles City.  In 1957 they moved to a farm east of Marble Rock and in 1966 to one to the west, then moved to town in 1980.  In 1994 they moved to Florida but in 2000, due to illness, the couple moved back to Iowa settling in Nora Springs.  They built their home in Marble Rock in 2003.

     Matilda enjoyed crocheting, knitting, and baking for family and friends.  She loved flowers, feeding and watching birds, and taking bus trips.

     Left to cherish her memory are her two sons: Jerry (Linda) Ott, and Dave (Beth) Ott all of Marble Rock; six grandchildren: Melissa (Delmer) Fenton, Rockford; Angela (Brian Keith) Ott, Marble Rock; Amy (Joshua) Anderson, St. Charles, IA; Nathan (Carrie) Ott, Mason City; Kevin (Brooke) Ott, Waukee, IA; Cory Ott, Marble Rock; 19 great-grandchildren: Madison Fenton, Cole Fenton, Tyler Keith, Dylan Keith, Gabrielle Keith, Adriane Ott, Bria Ott, Calan Ott, Danika Ott, Michah Ott, Ayla Ott, Addison Ott, Haylie Ott, Lillie Ferguson, Madelyn Anderson, Noah Anderson, Isaiah Anderson, Ella Grace Anderson; sister, Marquerite Kratchmer, Spooner, WI, many nieces and nephews and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her husband in 2007; two great-grandsons: Jordan Fenton and Anthony Keith; her parents; three sisters: Marie Kollmann, Wilma Lockhart and Ethel Jones.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family at P.O. Box 293, Marble Rock, Iowa 50653.

Edward Miller - Waverly/Bristow

     Funeral Services for Edward William Miller, 86, of Waverly, will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Charlie Underwood officiating.  Burial will in South Vilmar Cemetery, Vilmar, Rural Greene, Iowa.

     Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Monday, March 13, 2017, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene.

     Edward William Miller was born on May 17, 1930, north of Bristow, Butler County, Iowa to Fred and Mattie (Mason) Miller and  passed away Friday, March 10, 2017, at the Waverly Health Center in Waverly, Iowa.

     Edward was a lifetime member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene where he served on the church council and made himself available for other duties as needed.

     He received his education in country school and graduated from Greene High School in 1949.  Following graduation he returned to the family farm to work. 

     Edward was united in marriage to Luella Cargill on October 5, 1952, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Nashua.  This union was blessed with three children.

     Edward enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his country stationed in Panama.  Following his honorable discharge he returned to his father’s farm and eventually purchased his own.

     Edward was devoted to his family and the farm.    He told his children that nothing in life will be given to them. If you want to succeed you must work so he raised them with a strong work ethic. Despite his strict guidance, the loving, kind and tender love of a father shined through. His children proudly credit their father with their strong foundation and successes in life today.

     Although most of his time was spent working Edward did take time to go on a few fishing trips with his friends from the Corner Feed Store.  He enjoyed visiting, kept up with the stocks and markets, and served on the Coop Elevator Board in Greene. Edward was especially proud of his grandchildren and their accomplishments.  He was very devoted to them helping them in whatever way he could.

     Living family members include his loving wife, Luella of Waverly; his daughter, Lyna Miller of Waverly; son, Bruce (Jeanette) Miller, of Bristow;  five grandchildren: Benjamin Robert (Allison Juhl) Miller, Minneapolis, MN; Anthony Edward Miller, Minneapolis, MN; Katie Luella (Ben) Hassman, Iowa City; Jennifer Janice DeVries, Minneapolis, MN; Charles Randall (Mallory) Devries, Indianapolis, IN;  three great-grandchildren: June Susan Hassman, Matilda Mae DeVries, Edison Augustus Miller; three sisters: Elaine Bleam, Manson, Iowa; Marlene Mickelson, St. Charles, Chicago; Shelby (Charles) Baltes, Hampton; one brother, Fred (Suzanne) Miller, Bristow; nieces and nephews and friends.

     Edward was preceded in death by his daughter, Susan in 2015 and his parents.

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

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