Retz Funeral Home Sheffield, Greene, Thornton & Marble Rock, Iowa
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Pam Yezek - Greene

     Funeral Services for Pamela Yezek , 74, of Greene, will be 5:00 p.m., Thursday, June 3, 2021 at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene, with Pastor Daniel Fluke officiating.  Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will follow the funeral service from 5:30- 7:00 p.m.

     Pam was born in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa the daughter of Raymond and Rogene (Powers) Koppin and passed away on May 29, 2021 at the Waverly Health Center in Waverly.  She received her education in public school graduating from Des Moines Tech in 1964.

      Pam was married in 1966 and was blessed with two children: Steve and Stacy. Pam went on to become a loving, life partner to Mike Constien of Greene. The couple has been together for the past 34 years.

     Pam was a hard worker, as a young woman she was a wife and mother, later she became a substitute school bus driver, she helped with lawn care at the cemeteries in Greene for years and did phone answering services for Reid’s / Retz Funeral Home. Her career was with Principle Group in Mason City, where she worked for 23 years. Pam retired from pharmacy work in Des Moines. She helped shut-ins in Greene with transportation, cleaning, and other duties so they could remain in their homes.  She was a kind and considerate person.

     She loved dogs, birds (especially cardinals and orioles), and was not fond of the local squirrels raiding her bird feeders.  Pam loved to spend time with her family and was host for many Thanksgiving dinners.  She was very proud of her grandchildren and tried to attend all their activities. Pam looked forward to going to Cass Lake fishing with Mike in September; a tradition they started over 20 years ago.

     Pam will be missed by her life companion, Mike Constien, Greene; children: Steve (Betty) Yezek, Manly; Stacy (Andy) Yezek, Greene; grandchildren: Zack (Diamond) Yezek, Ft. Dodge; Nathan (Allison) Germundson, Davenport; Evan (Holly Sando) Winters, Edenpraire, MN; great-grandchild Mable; sister Margie (Rob) Short, Davenport; additional family members Joyce Constien, Greene; and David (Sherri) Constien, Greene; many friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents.

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

Maynard Kingery - Charles City

     Maynard Dean Kingery (100) was born on September 21, 1920 the son of Donald and Charlotte (Barth) Kingery and passed away at his home in Charles City on May 13, 2021, with his daughters by his side.

     Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 20, 1921 at the Retz Funeral Home in Greene and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. A family funeral service will be held on Friday, May 21, 2021 at 11:00 at the First Presbyterian Church in Greene with Pastor Joan Thomas officiating.  Those in attendance at the visitation and funeral will be asked to please wear a mask. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.

     He graduated from Greene High School in 1938.  Maynard served in the United States Army during WWII from 1942-1946.  He was proud to be a part of the 2009 Honor Flight.

     On February 15, 1947, he was united in marriage to Lorraine Ewald at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.  This union was blessed with three daughters.  Maynard enjoyed farming along with raising livestock.  He farmed until he retired in l985.

     He was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church in Greene.  Maynard sat on the church session and performed many church duties over the years.  He was very active with the Pork Producers and was a member of the Good Sam RV Club.

     He enjoyed gardening, playing cards, reading, traveling in his motor home, and rock polishing.  Most of all he enjoyed going to his grandchildren's activities and playing with his great-grandchildren.  He was a kind, loving, and devoted family man.

     Those left to cherish his memory are daughters: Linda (David) Keith, Rockford and Marilyn Muhle, Solon; grandchildren: Laura (Ryan) Van Roo and children Kieran and Vaughan; Janette (Nathan) Friesen and children Ellie and Evan; Angie Ostergaard; Eric (Cheri) Muhle and children Julie and Josie; Jakub (Laura) Kingery; Leah (Will) Schupp and children William, Henry and Everly; Sister Frances Wahman, Sisters-in-law: Marlys (Richard) Reynolds, Wilma VanTuyl.

     He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years Lorraine in 2017; daughter Jolene 2003, parents, four brothers: Raymond, Leroy, Gerald, Donald Jr.

     Those planning on expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family at P.O. Box 219,

Greene, Iowa.

Marvel Landers - Greene

     Funeral services for Marvel Landers, 95, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating.  Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.

     Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, May 4th at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

     Marvel was born on March 1, 1926, on the family farm in Coldwater Twp, Greene, Butler County, Iowa the daughter of Otto and Mary (Endelman) Brocka and passed away on May 1, 2021 in Dumont Iowa.  She received her education and graduated from the #8 Coldwater Township Country School. After school she would stay with other families to help take care of their children.

     She was united in marriage to Galen Landers on September 6, 1946 in Bloomfield, Iowa. This union was happily blessed with five children. Marvel and Galen did custom baling jobs early in their marriage. Marvel sold Avon for five years and worked on the family farm alongside her husband. She had a large garden and did a lot of canning.  Marvel raised chickens for the family to eat and sold their eggs for grocery money.

     She loved to do embroidery work for relaxation. Marvel blessed each of her grandchildren and great grandchildren with a hand embroidered quilt.

     Marvel was a faithful member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene. She was baptized on March 5, 1926 and confirmed on March 17, 1940. She belonged to the quilting club and the women’s group at St. Peter Lutheran Church.  Her grandchildren would spend summers with grandma so they could attend Bible School.

     Living family members include her children: Brenda Rickart, Charles City; Keith Landers, Bristow; Corky (Kurt) Wolf, Dumont; Denise (Stan) Pecha, Dumont; 14 grandchildren: Bryan Quade; Kevin Quade, Lorie Quade, Lindsay Landers; Mandy (Shane) Smith, Mindy Murray, Haley Robertson, Katie (Mike) Ellingson; Kristopher (Angie) Wolf, Jade (Mindy) Pecha, Hillary (Brian) Willis, Ashley (Joey) Bass, Jammie Landers,  Nichole Landers; 25 great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law Dorothy Brocka.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, twin daughters in infancy Jane and Judy; son, Bryce Landers.

Memorials may be directed to the family at P.O. Box 123, Dumont, Iowa 50625.

Neil Wedeking - Marble Rock

     Funeral Services for Neil Wedeking, 73, of Marble Rock will take place at 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 3, 2021 at the Walter F. Bohl Community Center in Marble Rock. A private burial service will follow the services at Hillside Cemetery in Marble Rock.

Visitation will be from 10:00 – 11:00 on Monday at the Community Center.

     Neil was born on February 4, 1948 in Charles City, Floyd County, Iowa, the son of Arlie and Ruth (Nicholson) Wedeking and died at his home in Marble Rock on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. He attended public school and graduated from Rockford High School in 1966.

     He was united in marriage to Lynnette Kingery on May 25, 1968 in Greene, Iowa. The couple remained happily married for the next 52 years as they raised a family of five children: Kris, Kathie, Mary Ann, Lori and Will. Neil was a humble man and very dedicated to his wife and children.

     Neil was known to most of Marble Rock and the surrounding areas as the local electrician who was dedicated to serving the community. Neil owned and operated Neil Wedeking Electric for nearly fifty years. When he was only fifteen years old, he began shadowing his father to learn the electrical trade. Neil was a very hard working man who had an amazing work ethic, which he instilled in his children. He worked seven days a week, including holidays, to take care of his customers' needs.

     His hobby was restoring and showing cars, especially his Plymouth Cudas. He traveled to many states showing his cars, including Missouri and Pennsylvania. Neil was very proud to have his 1970 AAR Cuda chosen to be one of the four Chrysler vehicles invited to the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

     Living family members include his loving wife, Lynn; his children: Kris (Brian) Loterbauer, their children: Kalynn, Samantha, and Jakob, of Mason City; Kathie (Mark) Lehmann, their children Ellie and Anna of Mason City; Mary Ann (Dave) Krull, their children Cassie and Morgan of Marble Rock; Lori (Bill) Woolm, their children Carlie and Carter of China, Michigan; and Will (Natalie) Wedeking, their children Abby and Gabby of Marble Rock; and his sister, Lorene Wedeking of St. Paul, Minnesota.

     Neil was preceded in death by his parents.

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

     To honor Neil, the family asks that you wear a car t-shirt or other casual attire to his service.

Sharon Kephart - Swaledale

     Sharon Kephart, 77, of Swaledale, passed away Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at Fairview University Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 1 at the Swaledale United Methodist Church with Pastor Wendy Johannesen presiding. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Riceville. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 pm Friday at Retz Funeral Home, Thornton and continue 1 hour before the service at the church. Memorials may be directed to her family at PO Box 131, Swaledale, IA 50477.

     Sharon Kay Kephart was born April 22, 1944 in Taopi, Minnesota the daughter of Paul and Florence (Campbell) Stark. She was united in marriage with Jim Kephart September 22, 1960. This union was blessed with four daughters.

      Sharon worked at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home as an aide then many years as the activity director. She is remembered as a selfless person who was always concerned about other’s needs.

She spent many hours perfecting her landscaping and traveling all over to find new decorations and supplies.

     Sharon is survived by her daughters: Kim Kephart, Swaledale; Kathy Kephart, Clarion; Kelly (Roger) Myhre, Swaledale; son-in-law: Don Raymond, Amery, WI; grandchildren: Matt, Heather (Jamie), Tabatha, Brandon, Nathan, Trenton, Katelyn, Mikenzi & Calvin; great grandchildren: Michael, Ryan, Kayla, Emilee, Alessi, Winter and one on the way; brother: Roger (Ruth) Stark, Osage; nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

     Sharon is preceded in death by her parents, husband and daughter Connie Raymond.

Claudia Squires - Greene

    Funeral Services for Claudia Squires, 73, of Greene will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene.  Visitation will be one hour before services at the church. There will be a private Burial at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery for Mike and his daughters.

     Claudia was born on June 7, 1947 in Cedar Falls, Iowa to Harlan and Marlis (Toombs) Nielsen and peacefully passed away in her home surrounded by her family on April 24, 2021.  She received her education in public school graduating from Dike High School in 1965.

     She was united in marriage to Michael Squires on April 1, 1967, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Cedar Falls.  This union was blessed with four daughters, Jennifer, Marianne, Karen, and Rebecca. The couple farmed and raised their family west of Greene.  They remained on the farm for forty-two years moving into Greene in 2003.

     Claudia enjoyed gardening and quilting. She attended her grandchildren’s events, which brought her special joy. Claudia loved her two cats.

     Claudia will be greatly missed by her loving husband, Michael of 54 years; her daughters: Jennifer (Peter) Targos of Peoria, IL; Marianne (Chad) Nielsen of Greene, IA; Karen (Tim) Brown of Rockwell, IA; Rebecca (Jeff) Reimers of Rockwell, IA;  twelve grandchildren: Michael Targos, Marcus Targos, Katherine Targos, Sean Nielsen, Cain Nielsen, William Nielsen, Emersyn Brown, Ryann Orton, Everett Brown, Lane Kollmann, Josephine Kollmann, and Reva Reimers; 3 siblings: Catherine Petersen and Amy Jensen and Glen Nielsen; nieces, nephews and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents Harlan and Marlis Nielsen.

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

Vivian Stoeckel - Charles City

     A Private Celebration of Life Service is planned for April 14, 2021 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Charles City, Iowa with Father Tom Heathershaw officiating.  There will be no visitation or burial.

     Vivian was born in McIntire, Iowa on November 28, 1943, the daughter of Donald and Julia (Koeings) Belden, and passed away on March 28, 2021 at Mercy One, Mason City, Iowa.

     She received her education at Queen of Angels School in Austin, Minnesota.

Vivian was united in marriage to Harold Stoeckel on July 15, 1961, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church.  This union was blessed with one son, Johnathan.

     Vivian worked for Marshall Johnsons Farm in Hayfield, MN where her favorite chore was driving the combine. When Jon was a baby, Vivian would put Jon in the seat next to her.  She cooked at the Dodge Center School for three years. Later she became a machinist at Truth Hardware in Owatonna, MN where she worked until retirement in 2006. She moved to Charles City in 2010.

     She enjoyed working in her flower garden, raising and canning tomatoes, she loved her neighbor children and worked at teaching them to read, and especially loved her puppies (Snowflake and Ellie).

     Vivian is survived by her husband Harold of 59 years; son Johnathan, Pompano Beach, Florida; two brothers: Joe (Liz) Belden, Florida; Jim (Laurie) Belden, Dodge Center, MN; four sisters: Rosemary Brown, Austin, MN; Elizabeth Thomas, Charles City,IA; Deb (Byron) Gardner, Andover, MN; Judy Viers, Greene, IA; many nieces, nephews and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters: Sharon, Millie and Donna; one brother Donald.

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

Meta Siemons - Greene

     Meta Siemons, 96, of Greene passed away on Thursday, March 25 at the Valley View Care Center in Greene.

A private family funeral service celebrating her life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 29 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating.  Interment will follow at the Rosehill Cemetery in Greene.  A public visitation will be held before the funeral from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.

     Meta Dorenbusch was born on January 22, 1925 to Lupke and Meta (Wessels) Dorenbusch in Stapelmoor, Germany.  She was baptized on June 7, 1925 and confirmed on March 25, 1940.  After attending school through the 8th grade, Meta worked for a neighbor helping with housework, milking and other chores.  When World War II ended and Henry Siemons returned from fighting for the Germans in Russia, Henry and Meta married on February 25, 1947 at the Evangelical Reformed Church in Diele, Germany.  In January of 1950, Henry, Meta and their year-and-a-half old daughter, Gesine (Jeanie), immigrated to America and settled in Greene, Iowa.  Twin sons, Richard and Robert, joined the family in 1951.  Hank and Meta became United States citizens on October 13, 1955.

Meta worked side-by-side with Hank on their turkey farm.  She loved working in her garden, canning the produce, knitting, crocheting and being a wonderful mother and grandmother.  She will be remembered lovingly for her generous nature, cooking skills and quick sense of humor. 

     She is survived by one daughter: Jeanie (Dalen) Krull, two sons: Richard (Lorena) and Robert (Cynthia), her grandchildren: Robin (Jeff) Jacobs, Travis (Laurie) Krull, Bethany (Jamie) Grant, Brock (special friend Kylie) Siemons, Bridget (Chet) Shultz, Nate Siemons, Tony (Ericka) Siemons, Tina (Collin) Freesemann, Nikki (Justin) Miller and step grandchildren: Amy (Brady) Bruns and Angie (Travis) Marzen.  Her great-grandchildren include: Josh, Jordan (Christina), Tanner (Sam), Sarah, Michael, Ava, Chloe, Gabriella, Morgan, Maddy, Meredith, MacKenzie, Trevor (fiancé Ashley Dohlman) Taylor, Brittany, Carson, Haley, Hayden, Jaxson, Weston, Emersyn and step-great-grandchildren: Jessa (Kyler), Brylee, Owen, Tenley, Marleigh and ten great-great grandchildren.

     Meta was preceded in death by her loving husband, of 74 years, Henry (2012), her parents, and six sisters, including her twin sister who died at birth.

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

Andrew Schroeder - Coulter

A happy baby boy, Andrew George Schroeder, was born on December 23, 1981 in Modesto, California to Julie Schroeder and Michael Cabrera. In the summer of 1994, they moved to coulter and made it their home. Andrew attended CAL Community School through the 11th grade and earned his GED. In the Texarkana, Texas area he earned his degree in welding. He enjoyed spending time with his brothers, fishing and being with his dogs.

Andrew passed away Monday, March 8, 2021 in Waterloo where he was working for Tysons.

Cherishing his memory are his mother, Julie of Coulter; sister: Tiffany (Randy) Burk, Glastonbury, CT; brothers: Anthony (Liz), and Benjamin, all of Coulter; Seven nieces and nephews and many friends.

A visitation will be held 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Saturday, March 13, at Retz Funeral Home, 107 N. 2nd Street, Thornton. Memorials may be directed to his family in his memory.

Janice Schwieger - Greene

Janice Schwieger, 75, of Greene passed away Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at Unity Point Allen Hospital in Waterloo. Private family funeral service will be held, 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 6, 2021 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene, with Pastor Daniel Flucke presiding. Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. Public visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m, Friday, March 5, at Retz Funeral Home 519 N. 1st Street, Greene.

Jan Schwieger was born June 11, 1945, in Charles City a daughter of Daniel and Marjorie (Darby) Miller. She graduated from Rockford High School and worked various jobs around the community. Jan married and had a son, and remarried and had another son and daughter. She worked hard to raise her children and attended Nursing classes to become a Licensed Practical Nurse at NIACC while her children were in grade school.

Jan worked at Schoitz Hospital in Waterloo and about 21 years at the Waverly Municipal Hospital as an LPN. In 2001 she had a liver transplant and retired from nursing.

Jan spent 37 wonderful years with her companion Gerald Schrage. They loved to travel and would go fishing in Lake Eerie every year.  They also loved to winter in South Padre with special friends Jan and Nick. Family was important to her and she enjoyed watching her grandchildren’s school events and athletics but especially loved wrestling season.  She raised Doberman’s with Gerry for many years and still has her faithful companion Shawn-sai. 

Living family members include her children: Todd (Carla) Murray, Adel; Joe (Tina) Nelson, Greene; Toya (Jeremy) Knapp, Greene; grandchildren: Drew (Ashley) Murray; Dustin (Samantha) Murray; Gian (Nettie) Duckworth; Cameron (Alexandria) Duckworth; Cody (Jacee) Nelson; Dalton Nelson; Trae (fiancé Hallie) Ulrich; JC Ulrich and Kinsley Knapp; great-grandchildren: Kenley, Brycen, Waylon and Rowan and was eagerly expecting three that are on the way; one sister: Judy Lau, Greene; and nieces and nephews.

Jan is preceded in death by the love of her life Gerald Schrage, her parents, sisters Jeanie (Roger) Brandow and Joanne (Ervin) Uhlenhopp.

Memorials may be directed to her family at Retz Funeral Home PO Box 219, Greene, IA 50636

Mary Ann Jensen - Greene

     Private family service for MaryAnn Jensen, 80, of Greene will be Friday, February 26, 2021 at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene.  Public visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home Thursday night.

     MaryAnn Susan Jensen (Brinkman) was born April 9th, 1940 in Waverly, Bremer County, Iowa, the daughter of Harry and Ruth (Hoffert) Brinkman. She was baptized on May 19th, 1940 at St. John’s Vilmar Lutheran Church. She passed away on February 19th, 2021 at home with her family by her side.

     She attended and graduated from Greene Community School in 1958. She loved playing the saxophone in the marching band. She met the love of her life, Clarence, at a high school football game. She said one look at him and she fell in love. After graduation she attended Humbolt Institute Airline Secretarial School in Minneapolis, MN with the hopes of becoming an airline stewardess. In 1958 you had to be 21 years of age to be a stewardess, so with the urging of Clarence to come to Washington, D.C. where he was stationed in the army at Fort Meade, Baltimore, Maryland, she bought a one-way train ticket. She became employed as a typist for the Department of the Navy.  One of her proudest moments was when she typed orders for NASA’s program Project Mercury, the first American astronauts in space. 

     MaryAnn and Clarence were united in marriage on May 23, 1959 in Washington, D.C.  After Clarence was discharged from the army, they loaded their car and drove back to Iowa to settle on the farm south of Greene, where they raised their 6 children. She was very active in the farming operation: caring for the pigs, driving all kinds of farm machinery, the combine being her favorite!  Being a fabulous cook MaryAnn was famous for her scalloped corn.  Over the years she enjoyed fishing, going to races, playing cards, and spending time with family and friends. MaryAnn and Clarence had adventurous spirits and loved to travel. Highlights included travels to Alaska, Australia, Fuji, New Zealand, and several National Parks. She was witty and fun loving. 

     She was the loving wife of 60 years to her late husband, Clarence; Beloved mother of her six children: Aliene (Tim) Thunell, Greenwood, IN;  Ferlin (Jill) Jensen, Greene; Faron (Michelle) Jensen, Greene; Dean (Shellaine) Jensen, Greene; Debra (Adam) Akers, Hampton; Ranae (John) Krull, Oregon, WI. She will be greatly missed and remembered in love by her 17 grandchildren: Tiberius Thunell, Rhiannon Thunell; Amanda (Zack) Allan, Shane Jensen; Ashley (Drew) Murray, Heather (Wes) Gardner, Kelsie Jensen, Taylor Jensen; Kylie (Cameron) Stewart, Zachary (Sara) Jensen, Kinser Jensen, Chloe (Dylan) Fehlberg; Chelsea (Bryan) Loftus, Isabell Akers; Ryan Krull, Will Krull, Lane Krull; and 13 great-grandchildren. 

     She was preceded in death by: her husband, Clarence Jensen, her son Ferlin, her parents, Harry and Ruth Brinkman. 

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

Lorraine Brinkman - Greene

    Lorraine M. Brinkman, 100, of Greene died Thursday, February 4, 2021 at the Rehabilitation Center of Allison.   She was born January 19, 1921 in Butler County, daughter of Isaac and Nellie Damro Tack.  She married Ray V. Brinkman, from Packard, on June 17, 1943 in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, while Ray was serving in the Navy. 

     Lorraine graduated from Greene High School, taught country school east of Greene, and later worked at the Oliver plant in Charles City.  Following Ray’s return from WWII, they first farmed near Packard, and later purchased a farm west of Greene which they operated until retirement in 1995.

     Lorraine was a faithful member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene and participated in a number of women’s circles and other activities for years.  She was active in the Coldwater Club and she and Ray loved to play cards with their group of friends.

     Lorraine is survived by her children: Cheryl (Joseph) Donlon, Duane (Cheryl) Brinkman, and Howard (Karen) Brinkman; Grandchildren Keith (Alison) Donlon, Katie (Jeremy) Rasmussen, Mark Brinkman, Tim Brinkman, Rachel Brinkman, Anna (Inho) Kim, and Paul Brinkman; Great grandchildren Blake and Cale Donlon, Taylor and Norah Rasmussen, and Taehoon and Taeseung Kim.  She is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews.

     Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ray, sister Dorrene; brothers-in-law John Entz, Richard Ritchie, Bill Duncan, and Clarence Brinkman; sisters-in-law Irene Sartori, Carol Ritchie, Peggy Brinkman, and Ruth Duncan.

     A celebration of life and interment will be scheduled at a later date.  Those wishing to express sympathy may direct memorials to the Lorraine Brinkman Memorial Fund, Retz Funeral Home, P.O.  Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636. 

Cleo Johnson - Rochester, MN - formerly of Greene                    TIME CHANGE

Friends are welcome to the visitation at 1:00 PM on Friday, February 5th at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene and to the service at 2:00PM. 

     Cleo Corrine Johnson, 94, of Rochester formerly of Greene, died Friday January 29 at Seasons Hospice House.

     She was born on Sept. 12, 1926 in Jefferson Township, Butler County, Iowa, daughter of Clarence and Flossie DeBower. She grew up in rural Allison and graduated from Allison High School.

     Cleo married Raymond Duane Johnson March 31, 1946, at St. James Lutheran Church in Allison, Iowa. They farmed east of Greene for 59 years, the first two years of which were without electricity or indoor facilities. They later built a new home in Greene and moved off the farm in 1995.

     After retiring from the farm she learned how to use a computer. She would read online news, correspond by email and play games. In 2011 she moved to Fairway Ridge in Rochester, MN.  Cleo loved playing cards, watching major league baseball, especially the Minnesota Twins, and all Iowa State University sports. She and Raymond enjoyed many family fishing trips,  bus trips around the US in addition to travels to Hawaii, Jamaica and Alaska.

     She is survived by a daughter Janice(husband Kenneth) Offord of Rochester, MN , daughter Marilyn Myers (Donald Wunsch) of Ankeny, IA, son Warren (wife Shirley Stout) of Chariton, IA, six grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

     Cleo was preceded in death by her parents, husband Raymond in 2004, brother William DeBower and grandson Chetan Offord.

     Friends are welcome to the visitation at 1:00 PM on Friday, February 5th at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene and to the service at 2:00PM.  Masks must be worn by all attending. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Greene. Retz Funeral Home in Greene is in charge of the arrangements.

     In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Greene Public Library, 231 W. Traer, Greene, IA 50636 or St. Peter Lutheran Church, 324 E. Traer, Greene, IA 50636.

Betty Taylor - Swaledale

     Betty Taylor, formerly of Swaledale, went home to be with her Lord Saturday, January 30, 2021 at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home.

     Due to COVID concerns, a private service will be held for immediate family only.  Interment will be in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Swaledale.  The service will be available to be viewed after noon, Sunday, February 7, at

     Betty Florence was born to Christoph and Mabel (Roberts) Tietz December 4, 1930, in Mason City, IA.  She was the second child of eight children. 

     She attended Elementary School at Rudd, IA in 1936. Betty became an “in home care taker” in 8th grade to the Calahan family in Manly until she graduated from Manly HS in 1949. She attended Hamilton Business College in Mason City where she was on the college Basketball team. After completing college she lived in Mason City and worked at the local Lumber yard where she learned to read blue prints.

     Betty was a driving force to start the Cerro Gordo Rural Young People Group in Mason City (RYP).  It was a singles group for rural people.   She met her husband at RYP. Donald and Betty married on Sept 5, 1954.

They farmed near Swaledale and raised 4 children.  In 1991 they moved to the Burchinal area to retire.

     She was a member of the Swaledale Methodist Church, teaching Sunday school, youth leader and a member of UMW. The church family was very important to Betty.  The church has a wonderful ministry to those in the congregation who are elderly and widowed. She greatly appreciated all of the love and support from the congregation. 

     Betty worked at Ingebretson Grain in Thornton for 18 years as the bookkeeper.  She  enjoyed getting to know all of the area people, and watched many of the children grow up to be farmers.  After their move to Burchinal, she worked at the Burchinal Coop.

     She was very proud to have served 19 years on the Kinney Pioneer Museum Board.  She especially enjoyed taking the school children on tours wearing her pioneer dress.  Later years were spent going to the special events held at the museum and rekindling the many relationships she met through the museum.

     She is survived by her 4 children.  Gary Taylor, Kensett, and his special friend Dawn Floy; Jean (Dennis) Hughes, Lincoln, NE; Janet (Randy) Grey, Ventura; Lee (Katrina) Taylor, Clear Lake.   Grandchildren: Ross (Tracy) Taylor; Lisa (Jesse) Monroe; Angela (Brad) Klein; Christopher Grey; Bethanie (Joe) Farus; Kevin (Allison) Taylor: and Julianne (Nick) Creager; 16 great grandchildren; Siblings: Ann Henry, North Carolina; LeRoy Tietz, Charles City; Erma Smith San Janito, CA ; Peggy Vosburg, Carlsbad, CA; Tom (Margaret) Tietz Murrieta, CA. and many nieces,  nephews and friends.

     Betty is preceded in death by her husband Donald of 61 years; Parents; Brother Bill Tietz, sister, Lois Julseth, four sister in law Mary Kay Tietz, Eleanor Tietz, Lydia Tietz and Virginia Tietz, five brother in law George Kensinger, Richard Troxell , Henry Smith, Dave Julseth, and Bill Henry, Scott her nephew and Traci her niece.

     In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in memory of Betty to Swaledale United Methodist Church, Kinney Pioneer Museum or Rockwell Nursing Home as per her wishes.

     The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to the entire staff at the Rockwell nursing home for the wonderful care both of our parent received these past five plus years.

     Condolences can be sent to Taylor Family, 1552 270th St, Ventura, IA  50482.

'Tom' Bernard Dailey - Greene

     Private Funeral Services for Bernard ‘Tom’ Dailey, 79, of Greene, will be at St. Mary Catholic Church, Greene with Father Ralph Davis officiating.  Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery. Public visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 PM, Friday, January 22 at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. 1st Street, Greene.

     All healthy people are welcome to attend the visitation on Friday at the funeral home. Masks must be worn and socially responsible distancing practices will be followed.

     Tom was born on September 18, 1941 in Charles City, Iowa a son of Bernard and Marian (Crimmings) Dailey and passed away on January 19, 2021 at Unity Point – Allen Hospital in Waterloo. He was baptized Sep 19, 1941 into Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Charles City, Iowa.

     Growing up in Grafton, two of his favorite activities were riding his horse, Lady, and playing baseball. Tom graduated from Grafton High School with the class of 1959. His family then moved to Phoenix due to his father’s health and Tom managed a roller-skating rink for a couple years before he returned to Iowa. He served in the National Guard in Arizona and in Iowa from January 1960 through December 1961.

     Back in Iowa, Tom worked several jobs eventually becoming a carpet layer starting with Dralle’s Department Store and continued in this profession nearly 20 years. In 1963, he was married to Sandra Schrage, and three children were born to this union.

     Tom met Evelyn Basener in 1971 at the roller rink in Clear Lake and they were wed on August, 11, 1973 in Meservey, Iowa. To this union one daughter was born.

     Being a jack of all trades, he held a variety of positions and after a time delivering Winnebago motor homes, he started Tom’s Small Engine Repair in Greene. He operated this business for over 30 years.

     Tom was a member of St. Mary Church and the Knights of Columbus. In his younger years, he spent a significant amount of time working at and patronizing roller rinks. He loved traveling with his wife and visited Ireland, England, Italy, Jamaica and Mexico in addition to much of the United States. He loved watching old western movies, especially John Wayne movies, and enjoyed taking care of the acreage and being with his canine sidekick, Doc II.

     Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 47 years, Evelyn; children: Denice (Dan) Gruver, Mason City and their sons Brandon and Jacob; Jeffrey (Mary) Dailey, Corcoran, CA and their daughters Paula (Mark) Barron and Tasha (Marty) Weeks; Paul Dailey, Mason City; Crystal (Heath) Wilken, Cedar Falls and their daughters Lillian and Amelia; several great grandchildren; a sister: Marlene Brinker; and sister-in-law: Cindy Dailey; several nieces, nephews and friends and his faithful companion Doc II.

     Tom is preceded in death by his parents, brother Jack Dailey and brother-in-law Ray Brinker.

Verlene Senne - Allison

     Verlene Kay Senne, 81, passed away at her daughter’s home, rural Allison on January 14, 2021 while under hospice care. Private family services will be held at the family home with Pastor Daniel Fluke of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Greene presiding. Interment will be at South Vilmar Cemetery at a later date.

     Verlene Senne was born May 21, 1939 in Greene, Iowa a daughter of Verle and Thelma Barth. She was baptized and raised in St. Peter Lutheran Church and graduated from Greene High School. She attended Wartburg College for two years and traveled with the Wartburg Choir to Germany. 

     Verlene was united in marriage with Floyd Senne at St. Peter Lutheran Church on September 20, 1959. They lived on farms in the Allison area their entire married lives. After their marriage she became a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Vilmar and was active in the choir for many years, Women’s circle, taught Sunday School and was a co-leader of the Luther League. Music was a big part of her life, she played piano for church and the care center for years. Verlene had a special place in her heart for children she worked at Higgelty Piggelty Pre-School for nearly 20 years. She was active in the Butler County ARC, and loved corresponding with her family and friends and loved to travel. She collected thousands of angels over the years and was an always laughing, she is remembered as a person who’s cup was always overflowing. She treasured kids and had a very special place in her heart for her grandchildren and has many God-children.

     Left to cherish her memory are her daughter: Amy Fehlberg, Allison; grandchildren: Emily Fehlberg (Troy Suarez), Groton, Conn and her daughter Shayne Suarez; Dylan (Chloe) Fehlberg, Austin, Texas; Dalton Fehlberg, Fayetteville, North Carolina; Sister: Diane Osier, Greene; Brother: John (Carol) Barth, Greene; many nieces and nephews and friends.

     Verlene is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Floyd, son Greg, brother Ronald Barth, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Dorothy Senne, Marla Senne, Roy Senne and James Osier, nieces Deb Maddox and Julie Tucker; special aunt Minnie Kleinschmidt. 

Arlene Puhl - Greene

     Funeral services for Arlene Puhl, 97, of Charles City, formerly of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 23, 2020, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene with Father Ralph Davis officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Greene. Masks are required. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.

     Arlene was born on August 5, 1923 in Greene the Daughter of James Garfield and Anna (Helt) Reed and passed away on December 17, 2020 at the Chautauqua Guest Home #2 in Charles City.

     Arlene received her education in public school graduating from Greene High School in 1943. She studied for one year with the Hamilton Business College. Arlene was blessed with Leo Puhl to spend many years of her life with.

     She worked for Oliver Corporation in Charles City for eight years and for Salisbury for two years. Arlene also, enjoyed working  alongside Leo on the farm.

     Arlene traveled to Europe, Alaska, Canada and across the United States. She was a very kind and generous person that was very concerned about her family. She always wanted to know their needs were met. Arlene payed for the funerals of many of her family members.

     Living family members include one sister, Ruby Hobert of Allison and several nieces and nephews; one sister-in-law Eleanor Reed of Greene, many friends.

     She was preceded in death by her life partner, Leo, her parents, four brothers: John, Orville, Donald, Merlin; five sisters: Mabel, Velma, Lavon, Bernadine, Vera.

     Memorials may be directed to Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. P.O. Box 219 Greene, Iowa 50636.

Virginia Lease - Sheffield

     Virginia M. Lease, 99, of Davenport, Iowa, passed away on December 16, 2020, at Senior Star Memory Care Center.  Funeral services will be at Zion St. John Lutheran Church, Sheffield, Iowa at 1:00 on December 21. Graveside services will be at the family burial plot in Coulter, Iowa.   Due to Iowa COVID-19 restrictions, all who attend must wear a mask and maintain social distance. The Retz Funeral Home in Sheffield, Iowa is caring for Virginia's family and making arrangements.

     Virginia Marguerite Madson was born on March 19, 1921 in Selma, California, the daughter of Peter and Minnie (Hansen) Madson.  Her parents moved back to Iowa when she was just a baby.  She was a 1938 graduate of Latimer High School, in Latimer, Iowa. She graduated from Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing before enlisting in the U.S. Navy Nursing Corp.  After the war, Virginia continued her education at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota where she earned her Bachelor’s degree. She remained active in nursing education, teaching at Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis, Mercy Hospital in Mason City, and finally at NIACC until her retirement.

     While in the Navy, Virginia met her future husband, Max Lease.  Together they bought land in Sheffield and began farming.  It was here that they raised their three children.  They were blessed with 42 years of marriage before Max's passing in 1992.

     Virginia was an active member of Zion St. John Lutheran church in Sheffield.  She served on the Altar Guild, taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, and was a member of WELCA and the Morning Circle.  She also served as council secretary and was on the "Search Bible Study" leadership team.  She spent many hours as a volunteer at the Sharing Shoppe in Sheffield. 

     Those left to honor her memory include her three children, Karen Lease (Jean- Paul Daubard), Versailles, France, Jeffrey (Patty) Lease, Davenport, Iowa, Dr. Suzanne Lease (Mike Watts), Cordova, Tennessee, and two granddaughters, Rachel Byrd, North Liberty, Iowa, and Mary Beth Landphair, Huntsville, Alabama, and 5 great grandchildren.

     Family memories include music in the house, the assembly line needed to freeze the sweet corn, baking (cinnamon bread, rhubarb pie – yum!), sledding down Galvin’s hill on the old wooden toboggan, and later, cross-country skiing with her on the family farm.

     Those proceeding Virginia in death were her husband, Max, three sisters, Gilberta, Anita, Vera, and her brother, Leon.

     In consideration of the struggles caused by the current health crisis, if you would like to make a donation in her memory, the family suggests FoodBank of Iowa or Habitat for Humanity. We believe Virginia would support these efforts to help the community.

Mary Kock - Greene

     Funeral services for Mary Kock,74, of Greene will be at 11.00 a.m., on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene. 

     Mary was born on July 23, 1946, in Charles City, Floyd County, Iowa the daughter of Howard Clark and Evelyn Irene (VanHorn) Wells, and passed away December 16, 2020, after a thirty year battle with Parkinson’s disease. She received her education in public school graduating from Greene High School in 1964 and later studied a year at college.

     Mary was united in marriage to Harold Kock on October 16, 1965 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene.  This union was blessed with three children, Tod, Twila and Tara. Early in her married life Mary and Harold were instrumental in setting up a Volunteer Ambulance Service in Greene.  Not only did they devote their time to this project but their finances as well. Mary transported many people to Iowa City and Rochester serving as an EMT for ten years alongside her husband.

     Mary was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene.  She was baptized on February 23, 1947 and confirmed April 10, 1960.

     As a young woman she worked at a bakery in Waverly, and was the church secretary at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene. She also worked for the A&W in Greene as a car hop. Most of her time was working as a bookkeeper at her husband’s family business, Harold’s Garage. Mary also would pick up parts for the business and spent countless hours on the road without the convenience of a cell phone.

     She was an avid Elvis fan and started most of her days enjoying his music. She loved to sew and crochet and blessed many of her family and friends with her creations. Most notably, Mary had a kind spirit and was a very devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  Her joy in life came from being part of such a close knit family.

     Living family members include her loving husband of 54 years, Harold; Children Tod (Lori) Kock, Greene; Twila Marie Kock, Grand Rapids, MI; Tara Marlene Kock, Greene; Grandchildren: Emily Egertson, Calvin Kock, Great Grand Children Kara and Kaili Egertson, Jacob Edwards, and Lydia Kock; Brother, Roger (Bonnie) Wells, Mason City; many friends.

     Mary was preceded in death by her Parents Howard and Evelyn Wells.

Memorials may be directed to the family at P.O. Box 219 Greene, Iowa to be divided between Parkinson’s Research, St. Peter Lutheran Church and Hospice of St. Croix.

Adelheid Zurcher - Greene

     Funeral Services for Adelheid Zurcher, 92, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m.  Saturday, December 19, 2020, at the St. John’s United Church of Christ with Pastor Drew McHolm officiating.  Burial will be at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour before services at the church.

     Audie was born on January 12, 1928 in Rural Nashua, Chickasaw County, Iowa the daughter of William and Mary (Wagner) Litterer and passed away on December 16, 2020 at the Valley View Care Center in Greene.  She received her education in public school graduating from Nashua High School and later attended Cedar Falls teachers college.

     She was united in marriage to Allen “Shorty” Zurcher on November 23, 1950, at St. John’s United Church of Christ in rural Nashua. They were blessed with one son.  Adelheid grew up a mile and 1/2 from the church and was always an active member.  She held almost every position in the church at one time or another as she made her talents available, to serve her Lord. Her church was her home away from home.

     She was a dedicated wife and mother but worked outside the home as well.  She was employed for Lutheran Mutual in Waverly, Iowa. The family moved to Idaho when Shorty was in the service. When she moved back to Iowa she worked as a bookkeeper for Zurcher Construction Company Inc. and Plasta Plug Inc., companies her husband started and ran until 1985.

     Audie loved her cats, was an accomplished cook and baker, and was especially happy to spend time with her grand and great-grandchildren of whom she was especially proud.

     Living family members include her son Terry (Kelly) Zurcher, Greene; grandsons: William Zurcher, Waterloo; Jodee (Brett) Cooper, Allison; their sons: Brooks and Elliott; nieces, nephews, friends and her church family.

     Audie was preceded in death by her husband, parents, twin sister Elenor Reints, Esther Sautter, Florence Hansen and Irene Bonzer.

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

Pearletta McRoberts - Greene

     Pearletta Bellows McRoberts was gifted to this world July 23, 1923. She passed to her Savior, Jesus Christ December 14, 2020. Her children, John (LeAnn ) McRoberts, Jane (Todd) Berkley, and Mary Kate (Ed) Schlenger bid her goodbye at Valley View Care Center, Greene, Iowa.  Pearlie enjoyed her whole life in Greene with her husband, Loren and her Bellows family; sisters Leola Potter and Catherine Teeple and brothers; Streak/Emory, Ozzie/Max, and Hoton Bellows.

     During World War II, she lived and worked in Waterloo and then Minneapolis.  She loved playing golf and participating in bridge club (The Eight Club) and Saturday Night 500 club, but the main focus of her life was her family.  She rarely missed a sporting event, birthday party or a Sunday dinner with her family.

     The church of The Brethren was a home away from home.  Grandma Pearlie was blessed with 7 Grandchildren and 12 Great-grandchildren.

     A Celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Letters of condolence may be sent to her family at PO Box 91, Greene, IA 50636

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