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Beverly (Grahlman) Handley - Marble Rock

     BEVERLY JEAN (GRAHLMAN) HANDLEY passed from this world to the next on November 23, 2021 at 86 years of age.

     Beverly was born on August 26, 1936, to Alfred and Virginia (Arthur) Grahlman. She lived nearly all her life in Marble Rock, Iowa. 

     Beverly married her high school sweetheart, Max Handley, on June 26, 1955. They had two children, Jill Annice Handley and David Alan Handley. Education was an important facet of her life and she was overjoyed when Jill and David received their J.D. and M.D. degrees respectively.

     When David started kindergarten, Beverly began college. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics Education in 1972. This required driving two hours round trip every day, and was at a time when adult students were quite rare. Her academic accomplishments were recognized when she was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi (education honor society) and Phi Omicron Upsilon (family and consumer science honor society). 

     Immediately after graduation, she began teaching at Charles City Community Schools and continued there until her retirement in 2001. While teaching, she earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Drake University. In 1994, she was inducted into Alpha Delta Kappa (honor society for women educators).

     Throughout her life, Beverly was an active participant in many organizations: Iowa Federated Women’s Club of Floyd County; Marble Rock Study Club; Floyd County Historical Society; American Association of University Women; Stoney Point Players; Big 4 Unit of Iowa Retired School Personnel; Home Economics Graduates Club; Marble Rock High School Alumni Association; Republican Party; Election Official and 4-H Club Leader.

      Beverly had been a member of the Marble Rock United Methodist Church for over 60 years, and contributed as a coordinator, officer, or chairperson (rarely was she merely a member!) of the following: Iowa Annual Conference Delegate; Sunday School Teacher; Vacation Church School Teacher; United Methodist Women; Pastor-Parish Relations Committee; Memorials Committee; Women’s Society Reading Program; International Women’s Day/Bell Ringing; Spiritual Growth; Friendship Day; Memorials; and World Day of Prayer.  She participated in mission projects to help those in need, by sewing pillowcase dresses and shorts; assembling layette kits, school kits, and spring baskets for UMCOR relief kits; and knotting fleece blankets. She was mentor for a confirmation class member for several years.

     Beverly had many interests and hobbies. She usually read two newspapers a day and watched at least two news programs. She was a fantastic cook, rarely making the same recipe twice. The birthday cakes she made for Jill, David, and her grandchildren were “over the top as they were like pieces of art.” She wrote and self-published a book of microwave recipes. Her cooking was featured in the April-May 2012 issue of Our Iowa Magazine. Beverly was also responsible for publishing a Cookbook featuring recipes from former Pastor’s wives’.

     Beverly was a skilled seamstress. She was had a sense of style, with an eye for how to assemble or decorate anything. Her creative problem-solving always led to the least expensive, most beautiful solutions (however, these always required the most elbow grease as well). She also enjoyed collecting and displaying antiques.

     Although Beverly seemed to be in perpetual motion, she always had time for her children and grandchildren. Every moment was a teaching moment, although her children did not realize that until they were adults. She was a thoughtful listener who asked questions so that others could discover their own answers.  She was a strict mother with high standards, but was also the first to praise something truly noteworthy.

     Beverly had a sense of adventure and preferred experiences over material things.  She had traveled to many states and Eastern and Western Canada. She took Jill to her first rock concert when Jill was in the 5th grade. One of Beverly’s mantras was “it can’t be work if you can do it while listening to music.”

     Beverly is survived by her husband Max; her children Jill (Mark) Handley and David (Chris) Handley; her grandchildren Tycho (Natalee) Andersen, Caroline Handley, and Rebecca Handley; and her sister Terry Boehlje.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, and her sisters Jerry Green and Connie Adams.

     Please join us for visitation at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at the Walter F. Bohl Community Center. A Memorial Service will follow at 11:00 a.m., officiated by Pastor Dennis Burns of the United Methodist Church. All are welcome to a luncheon and more visitation after the service.

   Beverly requested inurnment of her ashes with those of her husband, Max, after his death. Resting place will be the West Side Cemetery, Marble Rock.

   To continue Beverly’s legacy of servant leadership, she would value your support of Alpha Delta Kappa honorary education organization, American Association of University Women or the Marble Rock United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund if you wish to provide a memorial.

Larry 'Hard Rock' Krull - Greene

     A Private Family Service for Larry ‘Hard Rock’ Krull will be at Retz Funeral Home in Greene with Pastor Robert Scheurer officiating.  Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

     Public Visitation will be Monday, November 22, 2021 from 4-7 p.m. at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene.

    Larry was born on October 3, 1944, in Bristow, Butler County Iowa, one of five boys blessed to George and Bernice (Wiegmann) Krull and passed away on November 18, 2021 at the Floyd County Memorial Hospital in Charles City, Iowa. He received his education in the public schools of Butler County. Larry was confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Marble Rock in 1959 and was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene.

     Larry had several jobs, but most notably was his employment at Greene Limestone, now Skyline Quarries in Greene. He was a very hard worker and remained one of their End loader Drivers for the next fifty plus years.

Though never married, he was very devoted to his family. He faithfully attended school events for his nieces and nephews.  He enjoyed Thanksgiving and Christmas with his family and the home cooked meals were always a treat for the good humored bachelor.

     Living family members include his four brothers: Arthur (Shirley) Krull, Dumont; Garry (Darlys) Krull, Greene; Dalen (Jeanie) Krull, Greene; Donald (Kathie) Krull, Woden; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, George and Bernice Krull.

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

Linda Debner - Marble Rock

     Funeral Services for Linda Debner, 73, of Marble Rock will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 20, 2021 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Marble Rock with Pastor Robert Scheurer officiating.  Burial will be in Westside Cemetery in Marble Rock.

     Visitation will start at 10:00 a.m., at the church on Saturday, and go until service time.

    Linda was born on Sept 12, 1948, on her grandmother’s birthday, to Clarence and Helen (Patterson) Debner in Charles City, Iowa, and passed away on November 13, 2021 at the Floyd County Memorial Hospital in Charles City.

       She grew up on the farm by Greene.  She began school in Hartwick, Iowa and graduated from high school in Greene in 1966.   For a brief time she attended Hamilton Business College in Mason City.   She returned home and worked many years at the Marble Rock Public Library.  She enjoyed visiting and working with library patrons.  

     She enjoyed reading and watching Jeopardy.  She especially liked trivia and was very hard to beat at board games. She enjoyed old TV shows and movies and collected post cards and stamps.  It also was important to her to keep up with her nieces and nephews’ activities as well as her extended family of many aunts, uncles and cousins.  She enjoyed writing letters to many pen pals. 

     Linda will be missed by her family and close friends.  She is survived by two sisters Patty (Kim Don)Nelson of Marengo, Iowa and Joan (Jeff) Wright of Holmen, Wisconsin;  3 nieces Sara (Andrew) Nickerson , Alicia (Nathaniel) Blumberg, and Krysta (Kevin) Higgins; two nephews Paul (Ashley) Nelson and Jeremy Wright; and one great nephew Noah Robert Clarence Nickerson, just one week old.

     Linda was preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Helen Debner.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 207 S. Main St., Marble Rock, Iowa 50401.

Ricky (Rock) Frey - Bristow

     Ricky Frey, 65, of Bristow, passed away Saturday, November 6, 2021 at his home following a long bout with cancer. No services are scheduled at this time. In his generosity he donated his body to the University of Iowa for educational and scientific purposes.                                                          

     Rick was born May 3, 1956 in Charles City the son of Allie John and Patricia Ann (Berns) Frey. He attended Allison-Bristow School, graduating in 1974.

     For many years Rick worked as a backhoe and bulldozer operator in heavy construction activities. For several years, he worked at Hewitt Racing, building dynos, He enjoyed working on small engine repairs in his shop, He enjoyed fishing, visiting with friends, cutting wood for the winter, and taking his dog Shadow for drives.

     Rick is survived by one son Kyle Lee Frey and 2 grandchildren, 2 brothers: Larry and Mike Frey; & his cousins, his faithful dog, Shadow, & many friends

     He is preceded in death by his parents and sister Janeece, paternal grandparents, maternal grandparents, and Uncles and Aunts.

Renee O'Connor - Clear Lake

     Renee Kimberlee O’Connor, 60, of Clear Lake. passed away October 28, 2021 at MercyOne Hospital in Mason City surrounded by her sister Rhonda Milbrandt and niece Lindsey Milbrandt.

     Renee was born April 18,1961 in Mason City Iowa to Carl Hulsing and Fannie Foss.

Renee graduated from Sheffield High School in 1979. She later married Dennis O’Connor and lived in Granby and Denver Colorado. While in Colorado, Renee spent her time working multiple clerical jobs, and housekeeping at Silver Creek Ski Resort.

     In 1999, Renee moved back to Iowa where she enjoyed her free time doing eBay sales, going to garage sales, and shopping at thrift stores. She eventually ended up in Clear Lake, Iowa to be closer to her family and help pug sit her sister Rhonda’s pug dogs, Libby and Dougie.

     Renee had a passion for pugs, she was a PUG NUT! She collected anything and everything pug. Per her request, her late pug dogs China, Brandy, and Harley will be buried beside her.

Though organ donation, Renee’s organs have restored life’s promise for many families.

     Left to cherish her memory her sisters, Rhonda Milbrandt of Mason City, IA, Carla Hulsing of Sheridan, WY. Nieces Allison Milbrandt Tiffin, IA and Lindsey Milbrandt Boston, MA. Nephews Derek and Jeremiah Jacobson of Missouri. Aunts Alice Cook and Carol Lourens of Missouri.

     She is preceded in death by parents Carl Hulsing and Fannie Foss, infant brother, brother-in-law Kevin Milbrandt, and uncles Marvin, Raymond, and James Folkerts.

     A private burial will be at a later date.

 

Condolences maybe sent to:

Rhonda Milbrandt

821 6th Place SE

Mason City, IA 50401

Gail Schafer - Greene

     Funeral Services for Gail Schafer, 87, of Greene will be Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 3:00 p.m., at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating.  Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Greene.

    Visitation will be from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. on November 6, 2021 at St. Peter Lutheran Church.

     Gail was born on May 1, 1934 to Orley Gale and Mary Lavina (Bushbaum) Alden in Dougherty, Iowa. Gail was the middle child, with older brother Marvin Bushbaum and younger sister Irene Lindsey (nee’ Alden).  Gail passed away on October 24, 2021, at her daughter’s home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

     After graduating from Greene High School in 1952 she married Gordon Dale Schafer in 1955. Gordon and Gail had three children, Ron Schafer, Janet Schafer, and Lori Schafer. They spent many happy years together until Gordon’s death 1986.  

     Over the years, Gail enjoyed a number of professions, including selling Avon, working for a Veterinary service, working as a Secretary for Sneed Insurance, and managing Round Grove Golf and Country Club. Gail’s final job was working as a public-school bus driver. She loved getting to know the children of Greene and North Butler.

     Gail was a generous volunteer and active community member throughout her life.  As a Girl Scout leader for a number of years, she taught many skills and particularly loved taking the girls on camping trips. She coordinated local blood drives for the American Red Cross and was an active member of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary for over 50 years, serving as President for several.

     A dedicated member St. Peter Lutheran Church throughout her life in Greene, Gail served on the Church Council and as President of the Church Board. She taught Jr. Lutherans, WINGS, and high school Sunday School, and directed the annual Christmas Program for decades, and helped with Quilting Days.

     Gail was an avid sports fan, never missing any of her children’s games, including cheering on son Ron in football and baseball, daughters Janet in softball, basketball, and track, and Lori in softball, basketball, track and volleyball. Later she made sure to catch Iowa Hawkeyes, and Iowa State Cyclones football and basketball games.

     She also loved playing sports herself. Gail and husband Gordon played in many husband-and-wife tournaments together, and Gail participated in League bowling for a number of years.
     Gail enjoyed traveling when possible, particularly enjoying a trip to St. John Virgin Island with her daughter Janet and friends in the 2000’s. She also loved visiting daughter Lori in San Antonio, Texas and spending time with son Ron and his family in Forest City, Iowa.

      Gail was overjoyed when her grandson Dylan Scott Schafer was born in 2005 to son Ron Schafer and Tammy Hanson, of Forest City, Iowa. Dylan loved spending the night with Grandma at her home on the Shell Rock River, and they went on many adventures together including a trip to Colorado to see daughter, and Dylan’s Aunt, Janet. Dylan often attended church with Gail.

     Gail is preceded in death by her husband Gordon, by parents Mary Gibson Aldan and Orley Aldan, and brother Marvin Bushbaum.

     She is survived by son Ron Schafer (Tammy Hanson),  daughter Janet Schafer (Nora Maez), daughter Lori Schafer, grandson Dylan Scott Schafer, sister-in-law Ramona Schafer, brother-in-law Duane Schafer (Barb Schafer), sister Irene Lindsey (nee’ Alden), son Ron Schafer (Tammy Hanson),  and many beloved nieces and nephews.

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

 

Elna Clikeman - Greene

     Graveside Services for Elna Clikeman 75, of Greene will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, October 11, 2021, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating.

     Elna was born on January 20, 1945, in New Hampton the daughter of Roy and Louise (Rabe) Beck and passed away on October 7, 2021, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She attended public school and graduated from New Hampton High School.  After graduation she worked for Allen Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa delivering mail to the patients.

     She was united in marriage to Don Clikeman on March 20, 1965, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in New Hampton which was Elna’s home church when she was growing up.  The couple was blessed with three children.  Elna and Don farmed in Greene and raised their family.  Elna kept herself busy with farm chores, children, and calves.

     Elna was an active member of St. Peter Lutheran Church.  She served as head of the Funeral Lunch Committee for forty years.  She also made her talents available during fall festival and other fund-raising events. She baked hundreds of Christmas cookies and looked forward to delivering them to the shut-ins, those in need, and special friends.  She was very faithful to God and her church.

     Elna loved to bake bread and cook.  She baked rolls for family and catered events. Furden was the special breakfast for kids and especially grandkids and hot crossed buns were prepared the night before and baked Easter before sunrise.

    Elna will be sadly missed by her husband of 56 years, Greene, Two children: Bret (Wendy) Clikeman, Steamboat Rock; April (Scott) Johnson, New Providence; son-in-law Phil Roe, Eldora; Brother Ralph (Norma Jean) Beck, New Hampton, many nieces, nephews.

Grandchildren Ben (Alex) Woodman, Pete (Jane) Woodman, Noah Clikeman, Eli Roe, Jesse Roe, Bethany Roe, Louisa Johnson, Ella Johnson, Sophia Johnson.

     She is preceded in death by their daughter Julie Roe, her parents, granddaughter Vienna Johnson, sister Marie Denner.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family at P.O. Box 219 Greene, Iowa 50636.  For those unable to attend, special memories related to Elna written in cards would be cherished.

 

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Raymond DeVries - Greene

    Funeral Services for Raymond DeVries, 92, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating.  Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Greene with full Military Honors conducted by Tack Barnet Post 268 American Legion of Greene.  Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.

     Raymond was born on February 27, 1929 near Kesley, Butler County, the son of Carl and Stella (Hovenga) DeVries and passed away on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at the Valley View Care Center in Greene. He received his education in the public schools of Aplington and Parkersburg and farmed with his father.

     He enlisted in the United States Army on March 5, 1951 in Des Moines, Iowa. He served in the Korean War and was honorably discharged on Feb 28, 1953.

     Along with farming SW of Greene he worked at the “Oliver and White Equipment” in Charles City where he worked for 29 years until his retirement in 1992. Raymond worked for Austin Auto in Greene for six years and was Mayor of Greene for six years.

     Raymond was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene where he enjoyed serving on the Church Council and was President of the Congregation for two terms.

     Ray loved to farm and enjoyed country music and treasured his Martin Guitar that he learned to play at the age of 16.  Ray also played the drums, accordion, and steel guitar.  He liked cars, traveling and golf (that he took up later in life.) He loved spending time with his family. Ray was a man that believed that your life should model what you believe.

     He will be sadly missed by his wife Emma, Greene; his four children Randy (Anne) DeVries, Greene; Doreen Towsley Cook, Sebrings, FL; Lynn (Jean) Towsley, Greene; Brent Towsley (Ginney), Greene; Grandchildren, Katie (Ben) Hassman, Jennifer (Cole Neved) DeVries, Charles (Mallory) DeVries, Bryon (Caryl) DeVries, Eric (Carrie) Cunningham, Timothy Cunningham, , Levi (Sarah) Towsley, Amy (Shane) Testroet, Sara (John) Kirschbaum, Megan (Scott) Marsden, Mareah (Austin) VanZante, Emily (Keith) Degan, Samantha Sullivan, Great Grandchildren: June Hassman, Adrian Hassman, Matilda DeVries, Raymond DeVries, Hallie (Trae) Ulrich, Dallas Testroet, Dawson Testroet, Alysa Towsley (Ryan), Clayton Towsley, Emma Towsley, AirAnna Kennedy, Cassie Kennedy, Emily Skiye, Noah VanZante, Emma Marsden, Nora Marsden; great-great grandchildren: Brantley Grimm, Rowan Ulrich, Olivia Maxine Geise; two sisters, Shirley Wanner, Dumont; Patricia (Lloyd) Grandon, Dike; Nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, and his first wife Janice Martzahn DeVries, son-in-law Gerald (Jerry) Cook, brother-in-laws Phil Wanner, Richard Froning.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the American Legion, 10068 Sandhill Road, Greene, Iowa 50636.

George Sneed, Jr. - Greene

     Funeral Services for George “Sam” Sneed, 95, of Greene are incomplete.

George was born on February 7, 1926, in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of George Albert and Catherine Loretta (Lewis) Sneed and passed away on Sunday, September 26, 2021 at the Rehabilitation Center of Allison, Allison, Iowa.

     Sam attended Omaha South High and worked for a period for the Union Pacific Rail Road while in High School.  He moved to Long Beach, California and attended school while working in the ship yard as a welder building Liberty Ships. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943. He served in the Pacific and saw many months of action. Sam received an honorable discharge when the war was over and returned to California.

     Sam married Charmayne Boyd on her 19Th birthday (September 21, 1946) at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard in California.  The couple was blessed with three sons: Gordon, Karl, and Bruce.  Sam began his life long career in insurance sales. Sam and his family moved to Greene where they lived from 1950-1984. Sam owned and operated Sneed Insurance in Greene until his retirement on January 1, 1984.

     In January 1984 Sam sold Sneed Insurance Agency to his son, Bruce, and Sam and Charmayne retired to Bella Visa, Arkansas until returning to Greene on Mother’s Day in 2013 when Charmayne’s health began to fail.

Sam was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene, belonged to the Junior Chamber of Commerce, and held offices at the Round Grove Country Club.

     He enjoyed fishing and hunting but mostly played golf and bowled.  Five times he made a whole-in-one and achieved 700 in a bowling series. He loved to travel, primarily in his motor home, but also visited Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean.

     Living family members include his three sons: Gordon (Marilyn) Sneed, TX; Karl Sneed, Greene; Bruce (Bonetta) Sneed, Greene; 5 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and friends.

Sam was preceded in death by his wife Charmayne; his parents; two brothers and one sister.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family at P.O. Box 551, Greene, Iowa 50636.

Jay Luebbers - Greene

    Funeral Services for Jay Luebbers, 64, of Minneapolis, Minnesota will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 24, 2021 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene with Father Ralph Davis officiating.  Burial will be in the Dumont Cemetery at a later date.

     Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Thursday, September 23, 2021 at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene, Iowa and will continue one hour prior to services at the church. There will be a rosary service at the funeral home at 7 p.m.

     Jay was born in Hampton, Iowa, on May 15, 1957 a son of Berton ‘Paul’ and Mavis (Tjabring) Luebbers and passed away on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at the Loren on Park Assisted Living in Minneapolis.

     He received his education in public schools in Dumont graduating from Dumont High School in 1975. Jay earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of Northern Iowa four years later.  Jay loved music and immediately secured a position    teaching in the Ackley schools, Oelwein and later in Minneapolis.

     In the early 90’s Jay bought a duplex in Minneapolis and set up residency. Between his teaching positions he began to entertain at local dinner theaters. Jay also performed in various musicals in the city.

     Jay was a member of the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he utilized his talents in music as a member of their choir.

     He liked to sing and dance and to spend quality time with family and friends.  He loved the social life style the city provided for him. He was well known in his community and was a kind, good hearted, “good guy” just a truly nice person. Jay loved flowers and worked hard to landscape his yard. He had always a bit of a handy-man, seemed to be able to do anything. Jay had a good sense of humor and loved to develop elaborate pranks to play on his family, especially on the holidays.  He was sentimental and interested in family history. He proudly displayed pictures of ancestors in his home. He was colorful and creative.

     Jay will be sadly missed by his parents, Paul and Mavis Luebbers, Greene; Dan (Dana) Luebbers, Iowa City; Shelly (Frank) Brown, Nashua; six nieces and nephews: Tiffany (Tylor) Hogan, Brice Luebbers, Kaylee (Jeremy) Bilharz, Boe (Alexis) Brown, Luke (Harley) Brown, Jessie (Kasey) Brown, many good friends.

     He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

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

Deanna Lou Kruckenberg - Mason City

     Funeral Services for Deanna L. Kruckenberg, 80, of Mason City will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 10, 2021 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Rockwell with Rev. Jane Harris officiating.  Burial will be at a later date. Services will be livestreamed on St. Peter’s Facebook page “St. Paul and St Peter Lutheran Churches” and on St. Peter’s You Tube Channel: St. Peters Lutheran Church Rockwell, IA”.

     Visitation is at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Rockwell Thursday, from 5-7 p.m. and will continue at the church one hour prior to services on Friday.

     Deanna was born in Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa the daughter of Donald and Mabel (Nicolet) Oehlert and passed away on August 31, 2021 at the Country Meadow Place in Mason City. She received her education in country school, graduated from Rockwell High School, and attended Hamilton Business College.

     Deanna was united in marriage to Larry Kruckenberg on June 12, 1960 at Zion St. John Lutheran Church in Sheffield. The couple was blessed with two children, Kurt and Kandee. Deanna remained at home until the children were in high school; during which time she helped out on the farm while Larry was at work. Future employment included Sears, the North Iowa Credit Bureau and the Cerro Gordo County Treasures Office, where she remained for 20 years.

     She was a member of the Rockwell Women’s Club, WELCA, and of the church choir. Deanna loved music and played the Accordion.  She enjoyed traveling anywhere with her family, after retirement they enjoyed many memorable trips especially to Alaska.

     She will be sadly missed by her husband of 61 years, Larry Kruckenberg, Mason City; children: Kurt (Dina) Kruckenberg, Omaha, NE; Kandee Bartholomew (Jack Riemer), Mason City; grandchildren: Jennifer (Scott) Watson; Joshua Kruckenberg; Katee (Jared) Arndt; Christina Olson (Rudy Hall), Brianna Olson;  great grandchildren: Devynn, Roman, Hadlee and Breckyn.

     Deanna was preceded in death by her parents.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family at 17369 Kingbird Ave., Mason City, Iowa 50401.

Mavis Meyer - Mason City

     Funeral services for Mavis Ann Meyer, 73, of Mason City (formerly of rural Latimer) will be 10:30 AM, Saturday, August 28, 2021 at Zion Reformed Church in rural Sheffield with Rev. Petri VanRooyen officiating.  Visitation will be at the Zion Reformed Church, in rural Sheffield, on Friday, August 27, 2021 from 4-6 p.m.  Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Sheffield.

     Mavis was born on May 3, 1948, in Sheffield, the daughter of Henry and Tena (Koenen) Smit and passed away on August 24, 2021 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City. She attended school at Sheffield-Chapin Community Schools graduating in 1966 and later graduated from Hamilton Business College.

     Mavis was united in marriage to Gordon Meyer on November 24, 1967 at the Zion Reformed Church in rural Sheffield. They were blessed with two sons: Chad and Kevin.

     She worked for a local lawyer for several years.  She was then fortunate to work at home doing income tax work and helping with the family farm as they raised their two boys.  Until retirement, Mavis worked for the United States Post Office for over 20 years as clerk and postmaster.  

     Mavis was a longtime member of Zion Reformed Church in rural Sheffield. She was very devoted to her relationship with the Lord and her church. Mavis was happy to share her faith with others whenever possible.  She taught Sunday school and catechism, ran the sound system for the church and belonged to the Women of Zion.  She enjoyed traveling, making jewelry, Hardanger embroidery, baking, working in her garden and spending time with family and friends.

     Living family members include her loving husband of 53 years, Gordon Meyer, Mason City; Sons: Chad (Maricia) Meyer, San Antonio, TX; Kevin (Janet) Meyer, Clear Lake; Grandchildren: Grant and Cole Meyer; Carson and Grace Meyer; Siblings: Duane Smit, Sheffield; Elaine (Don) Lubkeman, Clear Lake; Diane (Ted) Hughes, Sheffield; in-laws: Pat Smit, Sheffield; Carolyn Smit, Sheffield; Laurie Smit, Sheffield; Sharon Smit, Sheffield; and many nieces and nephews.  

     Mavis was preceded in death by her parents; and five brothers: Donnie, Delbert, Gene, Harold, and Dale.

 

In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorials be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Lee Roy Swanson - Clarksville

     A Celebration of Life Service for Lee Swanson, 73, of Clarksville will be announced at a later date. Burial will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Mason City, Iowa.

Lee was born in Osage, Iowa, on September 22, 1947, the son of Raymond Lyle and Arlene Liberty (Rodrian) Swanson and passed away on August 24, 2021 at the Mercy One Medical Center in Mason City, Iowa. He received his education in public school and graduated from Greene High School in 1966.

     Lee was drafted into the United States Army on November 15, 1966.  He was stationed in Alaska and proudly served his country during Vietnam. He was honorably discharged on October 30, 1968.

     Lee liked to tinker with things… anything; he enjoyed being outside, listening to music and having a cold drink with buddies. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan and enjoyed watching NASCAR.  He was gifted a bike from a friend which he was very proud to ride. Lee loved his dog, Motley.

     Lee worked as a lineman for Iowa Telecom for many years following his duty time with the Army.  He settled in Greene where he raised his two daughters. He was a simple man with a strong will. He spent the last 20 years with his life-companion, June Zmolek in Clarksville. As his health began to fail June and his daughters were there to help.

     He will be sadly missed by his two daughters: Amy (Brady) Bruns, Tripoli; Angie (Travis) Marzen, Marble Rock; his grandchildren: Brylee and Owen Bruns, Tenley and Marleigh Marzen; one brother, Ronnie (Sue) Swanson, Pardeeville, WI; sister-in-law Shirley Swanson, San Juan Capistrano, CA; partner-in-life, June Zmolek and her children Jen, Jesse, Katie, Rosie;  and many friends.

     Lee was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Terry.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family at P.O. Box 681 Clarksville, Iowa, 50619.

Delores Main Slagle - Sheffield

     Graveside services for Delores Main Slagle, 93, of Sheffield will be held 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 18, 2021, at Harlington Cemetery, Waverly, with Pastor Sandy Gobeli of First United Methodist Church, Sheffield presiding. As Delores just celebrated her birthday with family and friends no visitation will be held. Memorials may be sent to 316 N. 7th St., Sheffield, IA 50475.

     Delores Darlene Pedersen was born March 7, 1928 in Alta, Iowa a daughter of Lester LeRoy and Gladys (Cone) Pedersen. She passed away at her home in Sheffield, Sunday, August 15, 2021. Delores graduated from Fairview School in Alta. She worked for a time in Omaha, Nebraska, returning to Alta to work in the bank.

     On April 16, 1950 Delores was united in marriage with Earl William Main and they started farming. Delores and Earl farmed near Oelwein, IA from 1963 – 1971, where they milked cows and made many lasting friendships. They sponsored an exchange student from New Zealand and Delores was able to travel to New Zealand to visit Kaye and her family. Many happy memories were created in Oelwein. Later they moved to Waverly where she worked at the Bremer County Auditor’s Office.

     Earl passed away in December 1989. Delores married Art Slagle May 23, 1992. They moved to an acreage near Dumont. They showed pony hitches with the family. Delores and Art were able to have time for traveling.

     Delores enjoyed her time with children and her grandchildren, great grandchildren and her ponies and dogs.

     Left to cherish her memory are her children Belva & Gary Payton, Thornton; Keith & Lissan Hugo Main, Clear Lake; exchange daughter Kaye Johnston and her husband Chris Jennings, their children, Roslyn, Juliet & Campbell and two granddaughters in Christchurch, New Zealand; grandchildren & great grandchildren: Justin Payton, Dylan Rios, Andrew Payton; Daniel & Elisha Payton; Alexis Bray; Grace & Cale Payton; Jacob Main; Chelsey and Alex Hunemuller; Kade, Drake & Hunter; Art’s children: Brenda, Bruce, Jim, Brian, Gary, Berk & Sharon; grandchildren and great and great-great grandchildren. And many friends.

     Delores is preceded in death by her parents, husbands, brother Donald Pedersen, grandson Charles Payton, step children Darrel Slagle and Judy Dole and granddaughter Jacqueline Slagle.

Marlys Pals - Meservey

     Funeral services for Marlys Joan Pals, 87, of Meservey will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 14, 2021 at the First Reformed Church in Meservey with Rev. Rodney Meester officiating.  Burial will follow in the Meservey Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 4-7 p.m. at the Retz Funeral Home in Thornton.

     Marlys was born on October 25, 1933 in Sheffield, Franklin County, Iowa the daughter of Lavine and Doris (Thomas) Peter and passed away on August 11, 2021 at her home in Meservey. She attended school southwest of Sheffield through 7th grade and then attended Sheffield Public School and graduated with the class of 1951. She then attended Hamilton Business College in Mason City and graduated from there in 1952.  She worked in the Standard Oil Company office in Mason City from June 1952 until January 1956.

     She was united in marriage to Nathan Pals on April 18, 1956. They recently celebrated their 65th Anniversary. She worked as a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service in Meservey  from May 1957 until retiring in October of 1992.

     She was a member of the Meservey First Reformed Church where she taught Sunday school for many years, a member of the Reformed Church Women’s Group and the Meservey American Legion Auxiliary.

     Her family was everything to her and she will be greatly missed by her husband Nathan, Meservey; one daughter, Lori (David Clausen), Mason City; one son, Ryan (Tasha) Pals, Meservey; 5 grandchildren: TJ Stalker (Tiffini Portis) and Sarah (Alex) Mariner, Mason City; Cade, Bo and Jake Pals all of Meservey; 3 step-grandchildren Aubry, Alyssa and Preston Henkes; 4 great-grandchildren: Jacob and Aubrey Mariner and Taya and Thomas Stalker; and one on the way in January; sisters-in-law: Mary Peter, Sheffield; Wanda Pals, Clear Lake.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, Lavine and Doris Peter, brother, Cecil Peter and Granddaughter, Chloe Grace Pals.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family at P.O Box 95, Meservey, Iowa 50457.

Pamela Ricke - Sheffield

Pamela Sue Ricke (Heitland), 70, of Sheffield Iowa passed away at Mercy One Hospital Mason City, IA on Wednesday August 4, 2021. She was surrounded by family as she was welcomed home into the Lord’s arms.

            Pamela was born on May 25, 1951 to John and Neita Heitland of Dougherty, Iowa. Their union was blessed with Pamela and her younger brother Michael.  The family resided outside of Sheffield, on a small farm.  Pamela graduated from Sheffield Highschool in 1969.  She then went on to Hamilton Business College where she received her Business Degree. 

            Pamela married Paul Ricke of Wesley, IA on December 26, 1975.  They made their home in Sheffield where they raised their four children.  She enjoyed road trips with family and was always prepared with roadside picnics.  She fiercely loved every member of her family for who they were as individuals. 

            Pamela made a career in law enforcement.  She retired from the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s department in 2013, where she was the Dispatch Supervisor.

            Pamela most enjoyed spending time with her family and gardening.  She had a large vegetable garden every year and enjoyed harvesting and canning the bounty.  In her spare time, she quilted blankets for her children and grandchildren.  She was an active member of Zion St. John Lutheran Church and their Quilters Guild.  She also donated her time to the Lion’s Club and was on the board of the West Fork Food Pantry.   

            Pamela is survived by her beloved husband of 45 years, Paul Ricke of Sheffield, IA; her children and grandchildren: Timothy Armstrong-Ricke and his children Payton & Kolby, Des Moines, IA;  Casandra (Paul) Thomson and their children Hannah & Hadleigh, Charles City, IA; Lucinda (Galen) Wilkinson and their children Tristin & Jotham, Carl Junction, MO;  Sara (Ricardo) Fonseca Ricke and their children Ricardo & Cristian, Ankeny, IA; her brother, Michael (Jan) Heitland, Spring Valley, MN and many other relatives and friends.

            She is preceded in death by her parents John and Neita Heitland. 

            The visitation and funeral service will be held at Zion St. John Lutheran Church in Sheffield, IA.  Visitation will be on Monday, August 9, 2021 at 4pm-7pm.  The funeral service will be held Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 2 pm. 

 

Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Family, to be donated to the West Fork Food Pantry and the Quilters Guild.

Carol Landers - Greene

     Funeral Services for Carol Landers, 76, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, August 12, 2021 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene with Father Ralph Davis officiating.  There will be a Rosary Service conducted by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.

     Visitation will be Wednesday, August 11, 2021 from 4-7 p.m., at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene and will continue at the church one hour before services.

Carol was born on November 19, 1944, one of 10 children to Thomas and Rosalinda (Baker) Monaghan and entered into eternal rest on August 4, 2021 at Valley View Care Center in Greene.  As a small child Carol was stricken with Guillain - Barre Syndrome. This greatly impacted her throughout life. She received her education in public school and attended Waverly High School.

     Carol was united in marriage on February 8, 1964, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Waverly, Iowa to Verl Landers. The couple was blessed with two sons, Scott and Steve. Carol’s early life was focused on being a good wife and mother.  Later she was employed at the Rehabilitation Center of Allison where she worked for nearly twenty years.

     She enjoyed playing cards, was a good cook and baker especially in pie making and liked to spend time with family and friends. Carol was not a complainer, she was a good caretaker, kind, and compassionate. Carol’s pride and joy were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

     Carol was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene. Over the years she did many things, most notably was her participation in the Funeral Lunch Committee.

     Carol will be sadly missed by her son Scott Landers, Greene; 3 grandchildren: Derek, Trent (Danah); and Tonya; one sister Rosemary (Ed) Bahlmann, Waverly; 3 brothers: Gerald (Pernella) Monaghan, Waverly; Raymond Monaghan, Waverly; James (Jennifer) Monaghan, Waverly; step great grandchildren: Callie, CJ, Lexie, Lyllie, and Kayleigh; brother-in-law Galen Rogers, Austin, MN; several nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by her husband Verl, son Steve, her parents, and 3 brothers: Bernard (Betty), Donald (Shirley), Ralph (Danna); 2 sisters: Donna Rogers and Shirley (Jerry) Langham.

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

Linda Kay (Krumrey) Litterer - Greene

     Funeral Services for Linda Litterer, 74, of Greene will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at St. John Pleasant Hill Church with Pastor Drew McHolm officiating.  Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Nashua, Iowa.

     Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Sunday, August 8, 2021 at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene, Iowa.

NOTE: VISITATION IS SUNDAY FUNERAL IS TUESDAY

     Linda was born on May 12, 1947 in Charles City, the daughter of Lawrence Raymond and Annette Lois (Smith) Krumrey and entered into eternal rest, surrounded by her loving family, on August 3, 2021 at the Cedar Valley Hospice House in Waterloo, Black Hawk County, Iowa. She received her education in public school and graduated from Charles City High School.

     Linda was united in marriage to Merlin Litterer on July 31, 1965 at St. John Lutheran Church in Charles City. This union was blessed with three children, Shellie, Travis, and Katie. She worked as a cook/waitress for years and later at the Greene Nursing Home. Linda enjoyed reading, sewing, dancing, and playing cards.

     Linda was a faithful member of St. John Pleasant Hill Church in rural Nashua.  There she made her talents available to accommodate many projects over the years and helped on the funeral dinner committee. She was a kind, loving mother and grandmother whose focus in life was her family. Her biggest pride and joy was her great-grandchildren.

     She will be sadly missed by her loving husband of 56 years, Merlin Litterer; her children: Shellie (Craig) Olson, Campbellsport, WI; Travis (Tammy) Litterer, Greene; Katie (Thomas) O’Loughlin, Independence, IA; 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren: Justin (McKennah) Litterer and children Lynlee and Ryker; Nathan Olson; Ethan (Zoe Lee) Bidwell and child Mia; Ashley Olson; Elijah Bidwell and Aaron Olson; step siblings: Barbara (Ron) Rice, Mason City, IA; Janet (Bill) Vokes, Floyd, IA; April (Jeff) Rusch, Brighton, CO; Millard (Patti) Smith, Frederick, CO; brother-in-law Harley Lovik; special friends Ellen Reints, Jane Wihlm and Mary Jo Stille; nieces, nephews, and friends.

     Linda was preceded in death by her parents, her step-father Willis Smith, her sister Barbara; brother Robert, sister-in-law Kathy, step sister Nancy and parents-in-law.

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

Bonnie Loomis - Greene

     A Memorial Service for Bonnie Loomis, 81, of Greene, will be 1:30 p.m., Saturday, August 7, 2021, at the First Presbyterian Church in Greene with Pastor Joan Thomas officiating.  Burial will be at a later date in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Floyd County, Iowa. There will be no visitation as per Bonnie’s request.

     Bonnie Zurcher was born in Charles City, Floyd County, Iowa on August 17, 1939 to Tom Oliver and Florence (Pringle) Zurcher and entered into eternal rest on July 28, 2021 at the Rockwell Community Care Center in Rockwell, Iowa. She received her education in country school and attended Charles City High School.

     She lived with her family on a farm near Powersville. Bonnie said she had a great childhood on the farm with all the animals, despite the work that was involved. She loved all animals and was concerned for their care and wellbeing.  She was especially fond of cats.

     Bonnie was raised in the First Presbyterian Church in Greene.  She was an active member that loved to attend and participated in all its activities. She taught Sunday school, was Choir Director for around 10 years and was the President of UPW and was an Elder. Bonnie was Clerk of Session and started the Presbyterian Cookie Project to raise fund for mission work. She was President of the Greene Women’s Club and Secretary of the North Central Tourism Committee.

     Bonnie was a soloist for her church and blessed many weddings, funerals, cantatas and other community functions with her beautiful voice. Bonnie said her father was a great singer but her mom…well not so much! She especially loved Gospel music and dabbled in song writing.  She wrote “Coming Home” a sentimental song about Greene.

     She always lived on the farm even after being united in marriage to Ervin Loomis on July 14, 1957. Bonnie formed and operated the Corner Dress Shop in Greene in the seventies and worked as a secretary for a while.  Bonnie started The Spirit of Greene in 1988 and served as Executive Director of the boat. Bonnie opened and operated the Paddle Inn Restaurant, up river, until 1992. She served meals to over 55,000 visitors in 5 years --- 44 at a time. She and Erv had the wonderful job of delivering Motor Coaches for 5 years which allowed them to enjoy the country side. Bonnie retired in 1997.

     In her spare time she enjoyed camping with Erv, family and friends and her time in the kitchen cooking.  She was a hard worker but always remembered to be a wife and mother first.

     Bonnie will be sadly missed by her loving husband of 64 years, Ervin Loomis, Greene; Kim (Curtis Nauman) Loomis, Rockford; and extended family and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers, one sister and some friends and many family pets.

 

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family at P.O. Box 76 Greene, Iowa 50636.

Jack Eno - Sheffield

     Jack Eno, 78, of Sheffield, passed away Monday, July 26, 2021, at Mercy One North Iowa in Mason City.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 30, 2021, at Rolling Acres Christian Reformed Church in Mason City, with Pastor Phil Boender presiding. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield, at a later time. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday at Retz Funeral Home, 203 Maple Street, Sheffield, and continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

     Jackie Dean Eno was born October 2, 1942, at the family farm in Sheffield, a son of Walter and Arlene (Heitland) Eno. He worked on the family farm and graduated from Sheffield High School.  After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, and served in Vietnam as a draftsman.

     When his enlistment was over, Jack entered Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville, MO, where he received a Bachelor’s in Agricultural Science. He returned to Sheffield, took over the family farm, and operated Eagle Prairie Stock Farm. He was very active in the cattle industry during this time, traveling all over the country and working with the American Breeders Services.

     Jack was united in marriage with Cheryl Marie Posekany on May 23, 1976, at the Old Methodist Church in Sheffield. They made their home in Sheffield, raising three children. Jack continued farming and worked as a rural mail carrier for many years. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren.  He was very active in the Franklin County Fair and Iowa State Fair in his younger years and enjoyed nature and being outdoors. He had many hobbies, including woodworking, gardening, and fly tying.

     Jack is remembered by his children: Kaycee (Ryan) Kruger, Sheffield; Megan (Ryan) Hejlik, Sheffield; Sean (Jessica) Eno, Urbandale; grandchildren: Ava & Zoe Kruger; Ethan Shields, Renner Hejlik, Dylan & Isabelle Eno; brother: Gordon (Mae) Eno, California, and many relatives and friends.

     He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Cheryl in February 2020, and his foster son, Tri Nygen.

 

     In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation towards your favorite veterans, conservation, animal, or children’s nonprofit. Any monetary donations received will be placed into the Eno Memorial Fund, which will go towards various nonprofits.

 

 

Dora Schrage - Marble Rock

     Funeral services for Dora M. Schrage will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 26, at the Walter F. Bohl Community Center in Marble Rock with Rev. Robert Scheuer presiding. Visitation will be 1 hour before the service at the Community Center. Interment will be in Westside Cemetery, Marble Rock following the service.

 

     Dora was born on May 21, 1937, at home in Charles City, the youngest of six children to Marshall and Irma (Shannon) Christensen and passed away on July 22, 2021 at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home in Rockwell. She received her education in country school and graduated from Charles City High School in 1955. When Dora was a senior she worked for Floyd County Mutual and part time for the Coop. She helped out on the family farm milking cows, helping with the pigs, and driving tractor to cut oats.

     Dora was united in marriage to Edwin Paul Schrage on June 19, 1955 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Charles City. This union was blessed with two sons, Philip Schrage and the late Duane Schrage. After marriage Dora and Edwin joined the Schrage Farming Operation. They lived in Vilmar for a couple years, moved to Allison then to Marble Rock in 1961. As a couple, she and Edwin enjoyed driving around looking at the crops and countryside. After she retired from the farming operation, she began cleaning homes for many families in the local area.

     She has been a faithful member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Marble Rock since 1961. Some of her many duties included teaching Sunday school and serving as church treasurer. The fellowship of going to church every Sunday was something she truly looked forward to.

Dora was a kind, loving, and compassionate individual. She was a spitfire, independent, and a hard worker that was dedicated to her family.

     She enjoyed quilting, puzzles, outside work, mowing lawn, listening to country western music, and cats. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren. They spent many summers with Grandma on the farm helping with the chickens and horses, husking sweet corn, gardening, and making cherished memories. She loved their hotdog roasts on the bonfires. She was a great cook, known for her beef and noodles, banana cake, and delicious Christmas goodies. Dora will be sadly missed.

     Living family members include her son Philip (Carol) Schrage, Marble Rock;  3 grandchildren: Brittany (Mike) Paulus, Marble Rock; Lindsay (Sam) Wetter, Mason City; Courtney (Matt) Schaefer, Sheffield; 2 great grandchildren: Liam Paulus and Olivia Wetter, sister-in-law Sandy Schrage, Charles City; and many nieces/nephews and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 2002, her son Duane in 2015, and her siblings and in-laws.

Roger Ames - Mason City

     Roger Ames, 85 of Mason City, passed away Friday, June 25, 2021 at Good Shepherd Health Center in Mason City. Public Visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday July 9, 2021 at Retz Funeral Home, 203 Maple Street, Sheffield. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Please wear Hawkeye clothing or colors to the visitation in Roger’s honor.

     Roger Dean Ames was born September 15, 1935 at Swaledale, a son of Lloyd Ames and Ethel (Ransom-Long) Ames. Roger was raised in the Swaledale area by his parents and step-parents Ed Ransom and Lucille Ames. He attended country school and Swaledale High School, while working on the family farm.

     On February 13, 1955 Roger was united in marriage with Leona Mae Schoning at the Sheffield Methodist Church. This union was blessed with three children.

     Roger worked for Coca-Cola then Midland Coop before working at the Portland Coop. He later became manager of the Farmers Coop in Mason City until his retirement. In retirement he worked part time in maintenance at First Citizens Bank in Mason City and for a few seasons with Leona, he managed the Rockwell Linn Grove Golf and Country Club.

     Roger was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mason City. He is well remembered attending the North Iowa Fair with his brother Bob every year to show cattle. He coached Little League baseball for many years. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, playing softball in church leagues and as an avid Hawkeye fan watching football and basketball games. He also followed the St. Louis Cardinals and the Minnesota Vikings. He enjoyed playing cards at the Rockwell American Legion with his brother, nephew and friends. His two grandchildren were the light of his life and he was so proud of both of them.

   Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 65 years, Leona; son: Michael Ames, Mason City; daughter: Kimmy (Jim) Moritz, Tampa, FL; son: Rodney (Theresa) Ames, Mason City; grandchildren: Alyssa Ames, West Des Moines and Pierce Ames, Travis AFB, CA; brother Jerry (Barb) Ames, Mason City; half sister: Barb Ames-Havill, many nieces, nephews and friends.

     Roger is preceded in death by his parents and step parents; siblings Robert, Charlotte, Francis, Gladyce, Dale, William and sister Marjorie in infancy.

     Memorials may be directed to the Family of Roger Ames, 667 Briarstone Drive, Unit 1, Mason City, IA 50401.

Pearletta McRoberts - Greene

     Private Graveside Services for Pearletta McRoberts, 97, of Greene will be Saturday, June 26, 2021, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Greene with Pastor Joan Thomas officiating.

     Pearletta Bellows McRoberts passed from this world to her savior and friend, Jesus Christ on December 14, 2020.  She was born to Emory and Mary Katherine (Srickler) Bellows on July 23, 1923. She grew up with her siblings Melvin Bellows, Leola Potter, Catherine Teeple, Emory Berdell ‘Streak’ Bellows, Max ‘Ozzie’ Bellows, and Hoton Bellows.  Today, we know that there is a joyful Bellows reunion in heaven.

     During World War II Pearletta adventured to Waterloo then Minneapolis pursuing work and gaining life-long friends.  When the war ended, Loren returned to Greene.  A friend’s invitation encouraged him to make a trip to Minneapolis where he discovered a budding relationship with Pearlie. Many train rides back and forth to Minneapolis finally ended when their love was declared in marriage on June 7, 1947. The rest of Pearlie’s life was spent in Greene with Loren, their family, and the Bellows Clan.

     Together, they made a loving welcoming home with their children John, Jane and Mary Kate.  Pearlie and Loren shared many adventures, travels, and golfing winters in Texas.  But, the focus of Pearlie’s life was her family.  With them, she loved celebrating all the birthdays, Sunday dinners, and large family holiday get-togethers.  At her kitchen table, she developed many fulfilling relationships over a cup of coffee.

      The Church of the Brethren nurtured her relationship with Christ which spilled over into her life.  Pearlie’s friend, Jesus, filled her eight years at the care center with determined courage.  She faced each day with her “sunny side up”. She willed herself to “go with the flow” and was often heard to say, “You know, it’s all in your attitude.”

     Gramma Pearlie was blessed with three children, seven grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.  We are thankful for and will forever celebrate her life.

    Living family members include her son John (LeAnn) McRoberts, Greene; Jane (Todd) Berkley, Estero, FL; Mary Kate (Ed) Schlenger, Marcus, IA; seven grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews; sister-in-law JoAn Oberg, Prescott, AZ; many friends.

     Pearletta was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Loren; her parents, four brothers and two sisters.

 

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

Cheryl Ann Mehmen - Greene

     Memorial Services for Cheryl Ann Mehmen, 53, of Greene, will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene with Pastor Ben Hartwig officiating.  Burial will be at a later date in the Britt Cemetery, Britt.

              Visitation will be form 5-7, Tuesday at Retz Funeral Home.

     Cheryl Ann Norstrud was born on September 21, 1967, in Long Beach, California.  Her parents were Richard and Karen (Beane) Norstrud. She received her education in the Britt Public School System.     

     She attended Britt Bethel Baptist Church where she was Saved in 1977 and Baptized in 1978. After the death of one husband and a failed marriage to another Cheryl met Edward Mehmen.  The couple fell in love and were united in marriage on September 4, 2004, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Cheryl ultimately was blessed with two sons. Cheryl remained happily married for the next 17 years until her death on June 20, 2021.

     Cheryl was a hard worker that focused on her compassionate care of geriatric patients.  For health reasons she had to give up her work at the Clarksville Nursing Home.  Prior to her employment in Clarksville she also worked at the nursing home in Greene.

     She enjoyed her family and friends.  She liked to fish, and go on trips to see the NASCAR races. Cheryl liked to crochet and made hundreds of Afghans and doilies. She was very gifted and her handiwork was a blessing to many people. The joy of her life, however, was her two granddaughters whom she adored.

     Cheryl will be sadly missed by her husband Edward Mehmen, Greene; two sons: Casey Lee Olson, Charles City; Justin Alan PeCoy, Oskaloosa; two granddaughters, Lainey Lee Olson and Laci Ann Olson, St. Ansgar; her mother Karen Norstrud, Charles City; her sister Laurie Minehart,  Clarks Grove, MN; her brother Davin  (Joleen) Norstrud, Britt; sister-in-law Vicki (Gary) Kahlstorf; many friends.

     She was preceded in death by her first husband Ronald Lee Olson, her father, her grandparents Ralph and Eunice (Askelson) Beane.

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

Evelyn Van Raden - Greene

     Funeral Services for Evelyn Van Raden, 100, of Greene will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating.  Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.

     Visitation will be Monday, June 21, 2021 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. 1st Street, Greene, and will continue one hour before services on Tuesday at the church.

      Evelyn Minnie Folkers was born on November 13, 1920, in Rural Allison, Butler County, Iowa the daughter of Alfred and Elsie (DeBower) Folkers and passed away on June 16, 2021 at the Floyd County Medical Center in Charles City. She received her education in public school and graduated from Allison High School in 1939.

     She was a faithful member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene.  Evelyn was baptized on December 12, 1920 and confirmed on April 5, 1936. Evelyn taught Sunday school and belonged to the quilting club.  She made herself available for many other duties over the years.

     Evelyn was united in marriage to Vern Van Raden on June 12, 1941 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. She was blessed with 3 children. Evelyn was born and raised on the farm.  When she married Vern, they started farming near Packard then they purchased a farm east of Greene and built their home by hand. Mrs. Van Raden continued to live in the home she and her husband built after he passed away on October 19, 1994.

     She enjoyed gardening, canning, quilting, crocheting, and dancing and roller skating back in the day. She was a devoted farm wife and mother.  Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were very important to her. Most of her time was spent in service to them.  She enjoyed the family dinners especially over the holidays. Evelyn was a hard worker. In her early 80’s she poured concrete steps to her basement and in her 90’s painted on the barn!

     Living family members include her children: Barbara (Wayne) Kaminen of Ishpeming, MI; Daniel (Patty) Van Raden, Waterloo; Patti (Jim) Olmstead, Shell Rock; Grandchildren: Kevin, Cory and Michael Kaminen; Scott, Travis and Matthew Van Raden; five great grandchildren,  step grandchildren: Amy Meier, Beth Hallman, Joel Olmstead, eleven step great grandchildren and one step great great granddaughter.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, one child in infancy, Cindy Sue, two sisters: Norma Johnson and Arlene Stemmerman and a step-great great grandchild in infancy

 Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family at P.O. Box 384, Shell Rock, Iowa 50670.

Lloyd "Bud" Lacey, Jr - Greene

     Lloyd “Bud” E. Lacey, Jr. passed away on June 9, 2021, at Mercy One Medical Center in Mason City, Iowa, at the age of 95.

     At his request there will be no visitation or memorial service. Interment will be in the in Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery in Oakland, California.

Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.retzfh.com.

     Lloyd “Bud” E. Lacey, Jr. was born on May 15, 1926 in Alameda, California to Lloyd E. Lacey M.D. and Dorothy (Cave) Lacey. He attended Cleveland Grammar School and Oakland High School in Oakland, California, and attended the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming.

     Bud served in the Army of the United States from November 1944 until November 1946, where he served 18 months overseas in the Philippines during World War II and Japan’s Occupational Army.

     Following his military service, he worked on the Broken Arrow Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming which was owned by his father. He moved to Iowa in 1955 to begin his farming career three miles south of Greene. He retired in January 1988 and continued living in the farm house until 2020 after which he moved to the Elm Springs Independent and Assisted Living facility in Allison, Iowa.

     Bud served on the Butler County Farm Bureau Board, the Butler County Extension Council, Round Grove Golf and Country Club Board, and was as an Associate Member of the Farmers’ Cooperative Board. He was also Master of the Masonic Lodge in Greene in the early 1960s.

     Bud truly enjoyed his grain and livestock farm operation. In his retirement, he traveled extensively and especially enjoyed his time spent in Arizona during the cold winter months in Iowa. He was an avid supporter of the football and basketball programs at Iowa State and the University of Iowa. However, he loved interacting with his nephews who were avid supporters of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Dorothy Lacey Nelson, his brother-in-law, John C. Nelson, and a nephew, Michael Nelson.

     He is survived by three nephews, Ken (and Nancy) Nelson of Williamsburg, VA, Doug (and Susan) Nelson of Indian Land, SC and Jeff (Rhonda Fleischer) Nelson of Hastings, NE. He is also survived by five great nieces and three great nephews and their families.

     The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to the management team and health care workers at Elm Springs Independent and Assisted Living in Allison, Iowa for their care, compassion, respect and love for Bud.

     The funeral home will forward memorials to the family. Please send to P.O. Box 219 Greene, Iowa 50636.

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.

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