Retz Funeral Home Sheffield, Greene, Thornton & Marble Rock, Iowa
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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

Fannie Foss - Sheffield

     Fannie M. Foss, 86, passed away Monday, November 16, 2020, in Mason City with her daughters by her side. Graveside Services will be held at Hillside Cemetery in Sheffield at a later date.

     Fannie was born May 17, 1934, in Iowa Falls, Iowa to George and Grace (Raemeyer) Folkerts. In 1950 her family moved to Texas where she graduated High School and attended 3 years of Bible College. In 1956 the entire family moved back to Iowa Falls, and Fannie married Carl Hulsing, Jr. in Sheffield.

     They lived on a farm south of Mason City where they were blessed with 3 daughters, Carla, Renee and Rhonda.

     Besides farming, Fannie worked for Libby Owens, Axpi, Liquid Grow, Sukup Manufacturing and drove bus for Mason City Transit. In 1976 Fannie married Donald Foss of Meservey, Iowa.

     She will be remembered as a hard working lady that enjoyed being outside and getting her hands dirty while working in her garden and flower beds.

     Left to cherish her memory are her daughters: Carla Hulsing, Sheridan, WY; Renee O’Connor, Clear Lake, IA; Rhonda Milbrandt, Mason City; granddaughters: Allison Millbrandt and Lindsey Milbrandt; grandsons: Derek and Jeremiah Jacobson and 3 great grandchildren; brother James (Barbara) Folkerts, Amarillo, TX; sisters: Alice Cook, Kirksville, MO; Carol Laurens, Smithville, MO; 14 nieces and nephews.

     Fannie was preceded in death by an infant son, her parents, brothers Marvin and Raymond Folkerts, husbands Carl Hulsing and Donald Foss, and son-in-law Kevin Milbrandt.

     Condolences may be sent to Rhonda Milbrandt, 821-6th Place SE, Mason City, IA 50401.

Mark Gauley - Rockwell

    Mark J. Gauley, 58, of Mason City, formerly of Rockwell, passed away at his home November 10, 2020. Funeral services will be held 2 PM, Tuesday, November 17, at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield with American Legion Gallagher Post #208, Rockwell and VFW San Juan-Marne Post #733 providing honors. Memorials may be directed to his family at PO Box 444, Rockwell, Iowa 50469

     The service will be livestreamed at Due to the pandemic please consider attending virtually.

     Mark Gauley was born January 15, 1962, in Buffalo Center, a son of James and Mary Gauley. He graduated at Sheffield Chapin High School in 1980. Following graduation, he was employed at Eno Farms of Sheffield.

     On July 11, 1981, Mark was united in marriage with Tammy Paine, two children Dustan (Christine) and Katie (Joe) Douglas were born to this union.

     Mark enlisted in the Army and served with the 1133rd until retiring after 23 years. He served in the Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom campaigns.

     He worked for 10 years for Curries, and R.E.G. and Mechanical Air Systems. He enjoyed riding his Harley, golfing, playing cards, shooting guns and collecting knives.

     Mark is survived by his son: Dustin (Christine) Gauley; daughter: Katie (Joe) Douglas; brothers: Tom (Betty); Steve and sisters: Mary Kay (Don) Blunck and Linda (Ron) Kallheim; grandchildren: Devon Geiger, Jadyn and Arianna; several nieces and nephews.

     He is preceded in death by his parents.

Weston Schaefer - Rockwell


     Weston Schaefer, 18, of Rockwell, passed away September 25, 2020 at his home.

Memorial services will be held 10:00 A.M., Thursday, November 19, 2020 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Rockwell, Iowa with Pastor Rhea Evanson officiating.  Interment will be at the Rockwell Cemetery. 

     Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 P.M., Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Mason City. Due to the pandemic, masks are required and social distancing guidelines will be followed. 

     Weston Carol Schaefer was born in Brownsville, Texas on July 29, 2002. He was adopted at 3 days old in San Antonio, Texas by Michael and Marla (Eckhardt) Schaefer and brought home to Sheffield. He attended West Fork Schools where he was active in football, wrestling and basketball. Weston loved living on the farm and landscaping, building and welding. With his family he went on many trips to sporting events including San Diego two years ago.

     Weston is survived by his parents, Michael and Marla Schaefer; brother: Wyatt Michael Schaefer, Camp Pendleton, CA; grandparents, Carol (Klar) Schaefer, Rockwell; aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends and close friends.

     He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Marvin and Willene Eckhardt; and uncle, Allan Schaefer.  Retz Funeral Home and Major Erickson Funeral Home are serving the family.

Betty Emhoff - Sheffield

    Betty Emhoff, 95, of Sheffield, passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at the Sheffield Care Center. A celebration of her life will be planned for the spring of 2021. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Memorials may be directed to Steve and Connie Humburg, 1307 Parkview Drive, Norfolk, NE 68701

     Betty Jean Emhoff was born August 19, 1925, in Sheffield, a daughter of Harold and Goldie (Williams) Harmon. She was educated in Sheffield, graduating from Sheffield High School and was a member of the Methodist Church in Sheffield.

     On September 29, 1950, Betty was united in marriage with Lester P. Emhoff in Nevada, Iowa. They made their home in Sheffield and were blessed with two daughters: Connie and Pamela.

     Betty was a homemaker who for many years sold Avon products and bowled in leagues. She enjoyed crocheting and spending time with her friends over cards and coffee. However; she really enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

     Left to cherish her memory are her daughter Connie (Steve) Humburg, Norfolk, NE; grandchildren: Bradley (Laurie)Humburg; Brenton (Cherlyn) Humburg; Jeffery Posekany and Gregory Posekany; great grandchildren: Katie Ann and Allie Kae Humburg; Reed Jaydon, Brielle Logan and Cole Brayden Humburg; Christian, Taylor, Alyssa and Sara Posekany; brother: Joe (Beverly) Harmon; sister: Patricia (Joseph) McLaughlin; many nieces and nephews.

     Betty is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lester Emhoff; daughter Pamela Posekany; brothers: Harold Harmon, Jr. and Robert Harmon and sister Helen Thada.

Beulah Schmalle - Thornton

     Beulah K. Schmalle, 97, of Thornton, passed away Friday, November 6, 2020 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond. Family graveside services will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 12, 2020, at Pleasant View Cemetery, Thornton with Pastor Jane Harris of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Thornton presiding.

     Beulah K. Schmalle was born May 29, 1923 in Wisner Township, Franklin County, Iowa to Otto and Marie Hartwig. She was baptized in the Evangelical Church in Meservey by Rev. Henning. She attended country school in Wisner Township through the 8th grade. This was the same school her mother taught at earlier. Beulah was confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Thornton, where she later served as the Sunday school secretary-treasurer for 25 years. She was also the Cradle Roll secretary, welcoming many babies into the church.

     Wayne and Beulah were married on December 26, 1943. They lived on the Schmalle home place for 2 years before Wayne was called into the service, he was away 2 years. When he returned from the service, they moved to the James farm south of Thornton, where they lived for 39 years. While Wayne farmed the land and also fed out many beef cattle, Beulah had a flock of sheep and chickens to care for. They retired from farming in 1986 and moved into their home in Thornton.

     After retirement they enjoyed taking many bus trips with the Hawkeye Stages Company. They met and made many friends along the way, many of whom they remained in contact with.

     They were special friends of Susan Green, a resident of Opportunity Village. They visited her often and Beulah baked a cake every February for Susan’s birthday.

     Wayne and Beulah could be seen riding around on their Moto Guzzie motorcycle and attending rallies at Elkader, Iowa.

     They moved to Belle Haven Retirement home in Belmond in March 2010. Wayne passed away in November of 2010.

     Beulah’s survivors are her nephews: Douglas Caffrey and Verlynn Schmalle; nieces: Jennifer Russell, Sibyl Jorgensen, Margaret Schmalle and Marlys Schmalle. She is also survived by several Campbell cousins on her mother’s side in Missouri and Colorado.

     Beulah was preceded in death by her husband Wayne, brother Paul Hartwig and wife Mildred; nephew Robert Hartwig; her inlaws: Roger and Lois Caffrey, Alvin and Ardeth Aastrup and Verdell and Bonnie Schmalle.

Larry Moore - Thornton

     Lawrence ‘Larry’ Moore, 75, of Thornton, passed away Thursday, October 22, 2020 at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home. Funeral service will be held 10:00 am, Friday, October 30, 2020 at Retz Funeral Home, Thornton with Mr. Red Haugland presiding. Visitation will be 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday at Retz Funeral Home, Thornton.

     Larry was born December 30, 1944 in Mason City, the youngest of six children, born to Harvey and Bertha (Adney) Moore. Bertha later married Ted Albers who became a father figure for Larry. Although not officially adopted by Ted, Larry used Albers as his last name for many years.

     He attended school in Mason City until his family moved to a farm south of Swaledale. He graduated from Rockwell – Swaledale in 1963. He entered the United States Air Force and was discharged in 1964. He returned to Iowa and worked many different jobs that involved mechanics. He married and then moved to California. He managed a motor home company and enjoyed playing guitar at local clubs in the evenings. During this time, he met Glen Campbell and Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. A special memory was going to Roy and Dale’s home and spending time with them. He also enjoyed working on motorcycles and cars. His son John was born during this time and soon after they returned to Iowa.

     Larry was divorced and move around the country for many years, eventually he remarried and had a daughter, Judy. They settled in Iowa and after the marriage ended Larry traveled and started a construction company, working mostly out of state. He moved back to Iowa when Ted Albers got sick to help with the farm. After Ted’s death he stayed at the farm to care for his mother.

     He eventually met Bev Holt Fischer. Life became good for him once again. They were married on June 7, 1996. Larry gained a stepson, Travis. They moved from town to the country in May 1997, Larry enjoyed working with tractors and cars. He had a business repainting trucks and tractors. Being on the farm, he loved to garden and canning what he had grown. Two children were born to this union, Chance and Lauren. Larry loved teaching them about gardening, horses, trains and so much more.

     Larry was a huge John Wayne fan, naming his son Chance Wayne Moore. Lauren Frances was born in 1999 and was adored as his youngest. He tried to show the kids how to do so many things and enjoyed every minute of it.

     Dementia started to take Larry’s mind in 2010. He called it ‘old age’ and continued to live life as full as he could. He eventually got more forgetful and repeating himself as time went on. Being a stubborn man, he wouldn’t go to the doctors unless his family coaxed him into it with much difficulty. In November 2018, Larry moved into the Rockwell Community Care Center. He received wonderful care and due to Covid his family could not visit except through his window. On October 15, his health took a turn and his family was allowed to visit in a compassion room and was constantly attended to by his family in turns even though he could not communicate. He went to his heavenly home on Thursday, October 22 with his wife by his side.

     Larry is survived by his wife of 24 years, Bev; children: John (Anita) Kishline; Judy Moore; Travis Kyle Fischer; Chance Wayne Moore and Lauren Frances Moore; grandchildren: Joshua Taylor and Audrey Regensburg; sisters: Rosie Schellsmidt Nelson; Irene Hahn Kleckner and Lorna Moore Thompson; brother-in-law Curt (Kristy) Holt; several nieces, nephews and friends.

     He is preceded in death by his parents Harvey Moore and Bertha and Ted Albers; sister Marie and brother Bud, in-laws Dale and Fran Holt and his former wives. 

Duane Kreitlow - Sheffield

     Duane Lee Kreitlow, 77, of Sheffield, Iowa, moving from Missouri where he lived with his wife Donna for 25 years, passed away peacefully on October 20, 2020 at MercyOne Hospice of North Iowa. Graveside services will be held 1:00 p.m., Friday, October 23, with eulogy read by his niece Janet McKee. In event of inclement weather service will be held at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield.

     Duane Lee Kreitlow was born March 30, 1943, in Clarion, Iowa, a son of Lauren and Luella (Senenfelder) Kreitlow. After attending school at Dows Community School he began farming with his father from 1960 until enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1963.

     After being discharged in 1967 he once again farmed with his father until he began working for Walnut Grove in Sheffield. A few years later he began working for Sukup Manufacturing where he worked for 24 years until becoming disabled. He then moved with his wife Donna to Kirbyville, Missouri.

     Duane and Donna Lee Oltman were united in marriage December 27, 1972. They had no children. Throughout the years, Duane enjoyed fishing and camping. His greatest hobby until his death was talking on the ham radio to different countries and also all over the United States.

     Duane is survived by his brothers: Dennis (Jan) Kreitlow, Dows, Iowa; Dean (Vicki) Kreitlow, Papillion, NE; brother-in-law: Larry Davidson, Humboldt, Iowa and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

     He is preceded in death by his wife Donna, his parents, step-son Delmar Campbell, sister Carol Davidson, sisters-in-law Karen Kreitlow, Ione Oltman, Irene Matthews and Viola Kappen, brothers-in-law Harvey Oltman, Bob Matthews, Kenneth Kappen and nephew Gary Oltman.

John Gerhard - Postville, Iowa

     John Gerhard, 59, of Postville, formerly of Marble Rock, died Saturday, October 17, 2020, at Gunderson Health System, LaCrosse, WI, due to complications of the Covid-19.  Private family services will be held at Retz Funeral Home, Greene with Fr. Ralph Davis of St. Mary Catholic Church, Roseville presiding. Interment will be in Roseville Cemetery. Public visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday, October23. 2020 at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. 1st Street Greene, Iowa.

     Please wear a mask during the visitation. Memorials may be directed to the Family of John Gerhard, PO Box 21, Greene, Iowa 50636.

     John Vern Gerhard was born November 3, 1960, in Charles City, Iowa a son of Gary and Donna (Osier) Gerhard. John was educated in the Rudd, Rockford, Marble Rock School system.

     John lived his life to the fullest and ran wide open with no fear, but he had a heart of gold and would help anyone who needed a hand. He liked to restore old equipment and tractors and had a special knack with engines of all sizes, including lawnmowers.

     John lived in Kansas for many years where he drove semi and worked in the feed lots and on farms. He worked for several years at White Industries in Charles City and most recently in maintenance at Agri Star in Postville.

     Left to remember him are his parents: Gary and Donna Gerhard, Greene; brother: Tim Gerhard, Mason City; sister: Jackie Adams, Greene; brother: Mike Gerhard (Laura Wood), Clear Lake; his girlfriend: Donna Cordes; 3 children: Adam, Cole and Kaycee; step-daughter: Kylie; nieces and nephews: Kristie Bales; Jamie (C.J.) Goltz; Ashley (Brian) Gansen; Chase (Gabi) Adams; Madison (Chris) Engels; Cade (Heidi) Gerhard; Maci Gerhard; numerous aunts, uncles, great nieces, nephews and friends.

     John is preceded in death by his grandparents: Carl and Catherine Gerhard and Don and Geri Osier.

Francine Albrecht - Nora Springs

     Francine Albrecht, 71, of Nora Springs, formerly of Greene, will have a Celebration of Life Service, Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at 7:00 p.m., at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. in Greene, with Father Ralph Davis officiating.   Burial at St. Mary Cemetery, Greene. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

     Francine was born on March 29, 1949, in Charles City, Floyd County, Iowa the daughter of Harold and Matilda (Klein) Holzschuh and passed away on October 14, 2020, at Mercy One Hospital in Mason City.

     She attended St. Mary Catholic Academy in Greene and graduated from Greene High School.  She then went on to become a cosmetologist.

     Francine was united in marriage in June of 1971.  She was blessed with two children. She was a loving, dedicated, wife and mother.

     Francine was a hard worker and worked for Kmart in Charles City for over eight years.  She was a “people person “and really enjoyed visiting with all her customers.  She liked sewing but most all enjoyed bowling.  Francine belonged to bowling leagues at the Bowing Lanes in Greene for many years.

     Francine made her home at the Nora Springs Care Center for ten plus years.  She enjoyed the residents and appreciated the kindness of the staff.

     Living family members include her children: daughter, Melissa (Dale) Wood of Rockford, their children: Cheyanne, Keely, and Tahlia; son Joseph Albrecht of Mason City, his child Derik Jackson, great grandchildren Adalynn, Randy, and Owen Jackson; sister Judy Ellingson of Allen, TX; and brother Gary Holzschuh of Florida; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and two sisters: Patsy Hoodjer, Paulette Haley.

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

Marcella 'Sally' Osterman - Greene

     Funeral services for Marcella Osterman, 95, of Greene will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene with Father Ralph Davis officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery in Nashua.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be a lunch prior to burial at the Greene Community Center at noon.

     Marcella “Sally” Cathrain (Frascht) Osterman was the daughter of Bernard and Elizabeth (Osier) Frascht was born April 25, 1925 on a farm between Greene and Charles City and passed away on October 10, 2020 at the Valley View Care Center in Greene. Sally attended country schools.

     She was united in marriage to Robert (Bob) Osterman on April 9, 1947 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Charles City. To this union two children were born.  In 1952, Bob and Sally moved to their farm northwest of Nashua.  Sally was dedicated to helping with the farming and could operate the farm machinery with the best of them. She always had a big garden and enjoyed raising her chickens and geese.  She and Bob moved into Nashua in 1989. Sally enjoyed the gambling bus trips to Tama, dancing, curling, golfing, and playing cards.  She and Bob also cherished many family times together and attending the grandkids activities. They enjoyed being ‘snow birds’ in Florida for many years.

     Sally was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Nashua, St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene, Women of the Moose, Riverton Homemakers, and was a 4-H leader.

     Sally is survived by a daughter, Jan (Alan) Trees, Greene; a son, Gary of Charles City; grandchildren: Angie (Brian) Ulrichs, Brad (Melannie) Trees, Justin (Beth) Trees; eight great-grandchildren: Trevor, Taylor, Peyton, McCabe, Hadleigh, Brandon, Brock and Brody; great-great grandson, Jayce; Sister, Bernice Harrington, Waverly; sister-in-law, Catherine Osterman, Rockwell; along with several nieces, nephews, family members and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob in January, 2006, a grandson, Matthew Trees in infancy, her parents and a brother, Gus Frascht.

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

Junior Floyd Edgington - Sheffield

     Junior Edgington, 93, of Sheffield, died Thursday, October 8, 2020, at MercyOne North Iowa in Mason City. Graveside Service with Military Honors, by Harlow Ray Massee Post 217 American Legion, will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, October 17, at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. A procession will leave Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield at 2:00 p.m. and travel by Junior’s farms before arriving at the cemetery.

     It is requested that masks be worn and social distancing be practiced at the cemetery for the safety of all who attend.

     Floyd P. Edgington, Jr. was born September 2, 1927 in Franklin County a son of Floyd and Mildred (Best) Edgington Sr. He attended country school for a time. Then lived for a couple years with the family in California, returning to Sheffield in 1939. Junior graduated from Sheffield High School. He loved playing baseball and basketball.

     Junior entered the US Army and served in the Pacific Theater before returning home to farm with his dad.

     On December 27, 1950 he was united in marriage with Betty Homestead, the new Home Ec. teacher in Sheffield. He continued farming with his father and worked in real estate and owned the One Stop Gas station in Sheffield. As his son grew, three generations worked together on the farm. Junior’s passion was the Sheffield Cattle Company. He traveled over the Dakota’s and Montana buying cattle to bring to Sheffield to sell to area farmers.

     Junior was a Shriner and loved the parades. He was community minded and donated the land for the baseball and softball fields to support youth sports opportunities in Sheffield. He loved to work and farm and actually sold beans the day before he died and was active in real estate. He enjoyed driving around the farms until the end.

     He is survived by his son: Bryan Edgington (friend Carolyn Rowlett), Basalt, CO; daughter: Valerie Edgington (friend Jon Luellen), Aspen, CO; niece and nephew: Marilee Oldorf and Bill (Cindy) Mateer, and other family and friends.

     Junior is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Betty, and sister Margaret Mateer.

Russell Ewers - Clear Lake

     Russell D. Ewers, 66, of Clear Lake, passed away Monday evening, October 5, 2020 at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa following a cardiac event. Due to Covid-19, a graveside service for the family will be held Sunday, October 11 at the Mount Vernon Cemetery at 2pm with a luncheon to follow at their home.

     Russell was born March 20, 1954 in Mason City, the son of Larry H. and Laura Lee (McCourt) Ewers. He graduated from Mason City Schools and received his AAS degree from NIACC in Heating and Air Conditioning. Russ worked for local climate control businesses before starting his own company, Air Care, Inc. in 1976. He later sold his share of the company and took a job as a metal fabricator for Northwest Cement Company which subsequently became Holnam Cement Company of Mason City. Russ took early retirement from the cement plant upon its closure. Additionally, for 17 years Russ’s second job was farrowing and raising feeder pigs.

     Russell married Terri Lynn Bonner on June 18, 1977. To this union, were born three children and five grandchildren-- Caleb Russell (Amanda) Ewers, Caleigh and Blaise; Catherine Lynn (Ryan Bedore) Ewers, Fletcher; and Cheryl Jean (Thane Soderstrom) Ewers, Edith and Elias. He is also survived by his mother, Laura Lee Ewers; sister, Linda (Jerry) Berding; brother, Steve (Joan) Ewers; mother-in-law, Bonnie J. Bonner and brother-in-law, Ted (Wendy) Bonner as well as three nieces; Karri (Matt) Miller, Rachel Berding, Lacy (TJ) Mortenson and one nephew; Beau (Anna Lynn) Bonner.

     Russ loved to work with his hands both in and out of his shop. He always had an ongoing project--repairing older vehicles, creating welded coat racks, building wood furniture, or maintaining his home and outer buildings in top condition. Russ loved being a grandfather and wanted to make sure his grandchildren all had something from him that he had done just for them. He believed in helping other people and to this end became a donor to the Iowa Donor Network to help as many others as possible. He will be greatly missed.

Weston Schaefer - Rockwell

     Weston Schaefer, 18, of Rockwell, passed away September 25, 2020 at his home. Public Service of Remembrance will be 3:00 p.m., Saturday, October 10 at the Sheffield City Park with Pastor Jane Harris of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Rockwell presiding. A private family service with burial at the Rockwell Cemetery will be held at a later date.

     Weston Carol Schaefer was born in San Antonio, Texas on July 29, 2002. He was adopted at 3 days old by Michael and Marla (Eckhardt) Schaefer and brought home to Sheffield. He attended West Fork Schools where he was active in football, wrestling and basketball.

     Weston loved living on the farm and landscaping, building and welding. With his family he went on many trips to sporting events including San Diego two years ago.

     Weston is survived by his parents: Michael and Marla Schaefer; brother: Wyatt Michael Schaefer, Camp Pendleton, CA; grandparents: Carol (Klar) Schaefer, Rockwell; aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends and close friends.

     He is preceded in death by his grandparents: Marvin and Willene Eckhardt and uncle: Alen Schaefer.

Fred Taylor - Meservey

     Fred Taylor, 69, passed away Sunday, September 20, 2020, at home surrounded by his family. Celebration of Life Services will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 25, in the shelter at the Meservey City Park. Interment will be in the Meservey Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour before the service at the park.

     Fred Gilbert Taylor was born April 17, 1951, a son of Clifton and Ferne (Floy) Taylor (Darnell). He was baptized at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Ventura and confirmed at Richland Lutheran Church in Thornton. He attended Meservey-Thornton School, graduating with the class of 1969 then attended Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN.

     Fred had 3 sons: Craig, Adam and Eric. On June 26, 1998 he married Deb Nickluas and gained 5 more children who he treated as his own. Jennifer, Melanie, Leslie, Crystal and Troy.

     In high school and after his college years Fred worked for Floy Farm Drainage. Eventually he began working for North Iowa Coop, in Thornton and retired in 2013.

     Family was the most important thing to Fred, spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchild, and was always available with ‘Grandpa’s Taxi Service.’ He enjoyed camping and visiting with everyone he met.

     Left to cherish his memory are his wife: Debra; sons: Craig (Emily) Taylor, Magnolia, TX; CPO Adam Taylor, Jacksonville, FL; Eric (Katie) Taylor, Des Moines; Jennifer Schreckengost, Meservey; Melanie (Dean) Dixon, Sheffield; Leslie Johnson, Mason City; Crystal Schipper, Clear Lake and Troy Schipper, Sheffield; 20 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; sister: Doreen (Arnie) Shaw, Meservey; brothers: Shane Darnell, Mason City; Scott (Mary) Darnell, Westminster, CO; nieces and nephews and a large extended family and many friends.

     Fred is preceded in death by his parents; 1 sister and 1 brother at birth and one grandson, Noah.

Mark Dannen - Sheffield

     Mark Dannen, 57, of Sheffield, passed away Sunday, September 20, 2020, at his home. Private family services with burial at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield will be held at a later date. PUBLIC VISITATION will be held 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday, September 25, at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield. Memorials may be directed to the family at 511 E. Elm Street, Rockwell, IA 50469.

     Mark David Dannen was born August 31, 1963, in Pender, Nebraska, a son of David and Judy (Oehlert) Dannen. He was baptized in the Reformed Church. At a young age his family relocated to Sheffield where he attended Sheffield – Chapin Schools, graduating with the class of 1981. He then attended NIACC, graduating in 1983. Mark began working at Eaton’s Inc. in Belmond immediately after graduating from NIACC. He worked there until retiring in 2018 after 35 years.

     Mark was united in marriage with Julie Meyer at Zion St. John Lutheran Church in Sheffield on August 2, 1986. They lived in Sheffield for many years before moving to their acreage outside of Sheffield. Where he built the house and outbuildings including the ‘Hunting Shack.’ He loved being outdoors and being active, whether it was hunting, coaching little league, spending time with his grandkids or tooling around in the 4 wheeler with his dog Mya. Mark worked hard for his family. He always managed to get his family to try new things, whitewater rafting, ziplining or hiking trips were among the memorable events.

     Living family members include his wife Julie; son: Josh (Amanda) Dannen, Rockwell; grandchildren: Vincent, Emmett and Amelia; mother: Judy Dannen, Chapin; sister: Debra (Randy) Meyer, Sheffield and their children: Eric (Brittnee) Meyer and their children: Anthany and Owen; Ashley (Shawn) Francis and children: Sydney, Londynn, Jordynn, and Paxton; father-in-law: Merlin (Norma) Meyer.

     He is preceded in death by his father David Dannen and mother-in-law Karen Meyer.

Margaret Downing - Shell Rock

     Funeral services for Margaret L. Downing, 94, formerly of Greene will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 14, 2020 at St Mary Catholic Church in Greene with Father Ralph Davis officiating.  Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Greene.

Visitation will be Sunday, September 13, 2020, from 3-6 p.m., with a Rosary at 6:00, at St. Mary Catholic Church.

     Margaret Loenza (Fish) Downing of Shell Rock, died peacefully at Shell Rock Health Care Center on September 6, 2020 at age 94. She was formerly a resident of Waverly, Iowa and Greene, Iowa.

     Margaret was born on November 19, 1925, the youngest and only daughter of Byron and Letha (Bisbee) Fish. She and her three brothers were raised on a farm outside of Alden, Iowa. She attended Alden High School until just before the start of her senior year when the family relocated to a farm outside of Marble Rock, Iowa. In 1943 she graduated from Marble Rock High School.

     Graduating in the midst of World War II, Margaret was always proud of her contributions on the home front. With two of her brothers away fighting in the war, her father, who suffered from complications caused by polio in his youth, relied heavily on Margaret to assist with milking their Brown Swiss Cows and other farm chores. In the years after she graduated she also supported herself with a number of jobs outside of the farm, including candling eggs and waitressing in Greene. It was in Greene that she met Louis Downing.

     Margaret and Louis married on February 5, 1951. The two farmed outside of Greene as they raised their eight children. Margaret’s life was devoted to caring for her family. Beyond the household chores of cooking, cleaning, and childcare, Margaret was involved in every aspect of running the farm. She worked in the fields, walking beans and picking up corn, and tended to the livestock. Margaret kept fruit and vegetable gardens and as a lover of flowers she was known to create flower beds in every available space she could find.

     When the need arose, Margaret found work outside of the farm. She used her knack for caretaking and found work in health care. She spent many years working as a nurse’s aide and a home health aide. 

     In 1972 Margaret began what was most likely her favorite job, this is the year that she became Grandma. She would eventually be the proud grandmother to seventeen grandchildren and twenty-four great-grandchildren. Referred to by many as “The Cookie Grandma,” Margaret was well known for baking and delivering batches of delicious cookies to each of her grandchildren. Beyond cookies, each grandchild could be assured that when they arrived at Grandma’s house their favorite treat would be ready and waiting. Her family was spoiled with muffins, pies, and her famous fresh-out-of-the-oven dinner rolls at every gathering. 

     Margaret loved to host family get-togethers. She was her happiest when her house was full of people. These gatherings meant card games. 500 was her favorite and she taught many of her children and grandchildren to play. As sweet and loving as she could be, when it came to 500 she was very competitive. She didn’t like to lose, and very rarely did. 

     As a talented crafter she quilted, embroidered, and crocheted hundreds of gifts that her family and friends will always treasure. She inspired her family with her creativity and “do-it-yourself” attitude. She leaves behind a legacy of quilters, crafters, and creators of all types.

     Tragedy struck in 1983 when Louis lost his short battle with cancer. Margaret’s strength and faith helped guide her and her family through the loss. She would keep Louis’ memory alive for the next 37 years as she continued to lead and care for her growing family.

     Margaret’s life continued to be devoted to her family. She attended sporting events, recitals, concerts, baptisms, confirmations, graduations and much more for each grand and great-grandchild. As busy as her large family kept her, Margaret still found a way to be an active member of the Greene community. She served as a 4-H leader and was a member of various card clubs in the area. A member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, she served as a religious education teacher and was a part of St. Cecilia Circle and Catholic Daughters. Margaret spent many years volunteering with Hospice, providing in-home care. In 2011 she was the proud recipient of the Spirit of Greene Award.

     In 2004 Margaret moved to Waverly. She lived there until 2018, when she moved to the Shell Rock Health Care Center.

     She is survived by her children: Eugene (Linda) Downing of Waverly, IA; Ellen Downing of Minneapolis, MN; Darlene McGee of Minneapolis, MN; Mary (Bob) McGee of Shell Rock, IA; Carla Langfald of Scarville, IA; John (Connie) Downing of Nora Springs, IA; Sandy (Marty) Pieper of Adel, IA; and Joan (Paul) Heyes of Savage, MN. Grandchildren: Steven (Marty) Downing of Shell Rock, IA; Timothy (Andrea) Downing of Johnston, IA; Michael (Vanessa) McGee of Columbus, MN; Gregory McGee of Bettendorf, IA; Bradley (Debra) McGee of Mason City, IA; Bridget Spree of Waverly, IA: Erica (Troy Julius) Klukow of Buffalo Center, IA; Erin Larsen of Mason City, IA; Alex (Heidi) Langfald of Buffalo Center, IA; Anthony (Cynthia) Langfald of Lake Mills, IA; Andrew Langfald of Rochester, MN; Wendy (Nick) Noel of Greene, IA; Bridget (Eric) Arthur of Mason City, IA; Brett Pieper of Adel, IA; Carrie Pieper of Bloomington, MN; Corey Heyes of Shakopee, MN; Callie Heyes of Chicago, IL; and Great-Grandchildren: Jacob, Ashley, Sara, Thomas, Cassandra (Dustin), Grace, Brooke, Meredith, Amanda, Mason, Connor, Wyatt, Delayna, Kyla, Addie, Ellie, Theo, Brody, Rylea, Coleman, Kenzie, Jaxon, Maci, and Creed. Her sister-in-law Mildred Goodenberger of North Liberty, IA  and many beloved nieces and nephews.

     She is preceded in death by her husband; parents, brothers and sisters-in-laws: Merle and Esther Fish; Verne and Eva Fish; and Leo and Evelyn Fish; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Margaret and Wayne Ritter; Daniel and Janet Downing; Earl Goodenberger; and Evelyn Downing; Niece:Jan (Fish) Ball; Nephews: Stephen Fish; Dale Fish; and Dennis Ritter.

     Memorials may be directed to the family at P.O Box 212, Shell Rock, Iowa 50670

Marilyn Bouillon - Greene

     Marilyn Bouillon, 75, of Greene, peacefully passed away Friday, September 4, 2020, in Greene. Funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 10, 2020, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene. Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. Visitation will be 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at Retz Funeral Home, 519, N. 1st Street, Greene and continue 1 hour before the service at the church on Thursday. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to her family at P.O. Box 25, Greene, Iowa 50636.

     Marilyn Kathleen Bouillon was born May 9, 1945, in Ionia, Iowa, the fourth of 9 children born to Cyril and Marie (Huffman) Sinnwell. She was educated in the Nashua School District, graduating in 1963.

     On June 20, 1964 Marilyn was united in marriage with Jerry Bouillon at St. Michael’s Church in Nashua. They raised 3 children.

     Marilyn worked various jobs throughout her adult life, and retired from Pfizer in 2010. While working at Pfizer and after retirement she owned and operated Bouillon Flower and Garden. She was a hard worker and was always at one job or the other.

     Marilyn will be remembered for her spunky attitude and knowledge of all things concerning plants and flowers.

     She had a great spirit of getting to know people and engaging them in conversations about their lives. She had a great love of singing to her grandchildren, dancing and playing cards with her family and friends.

     Marilyn is survived by her husband of 56 years, Jerry; children: Nanette (Tom) Spratt; Patrick (Kellie) Bouillon and Kip (Deb) Bouillon; grandchildren: Damian (Hannah) Spratt, Brett (Phil) Dane, Casie (Blake) Stroberg, Chase (Jasmine) Spratt, Jeffrey (Alexandria) Bouillon, Kirby (Brandon) Becker, Jennifer (Kelly) Warrick, Christina (Jon) Gambrell, Tricia (Stephen) Schwering and Ashley (Steve) Schwering; 11 great grandchildren and many brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and friends.

     She is preceded in death by her parents; 2 great grandchildren: Shanna and Thomas; her brother and sister-in-law: Dan and Sue Sinnwell.

Phyllis M. Jewell - Greene

     Funeral Services for Phyllis Mae Jewell, 94, of Greene will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 12, 2020, at the United Methodist Church of Greene with Pastor Joan Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. Funeral may be viewed later at There will be visitation 1/2 hour before the service at the church.

     Phyllis was born on January 31, 1926, in Greene, Butler County, Iowa, the daughter of Glen and Bertha (Shultz) Starkweather and died at the Valley View Care Center on Thursday, September 3, 2020.  She graduated from Greene High School in 1943.

     Phyllis provided administrative support for many area businesses, most notably Farmers Co-op Creamery along with other area businesses. She retired from the Butler County Public Health Department.

     Phyllis was united in marriage to Donald R. Jewell on April 10, 1946, at the Methodist Parsonage in Greene, Iowa.

     Phyllis was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church in Greene and a member of the Dorcas Circle. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

      For 18 years, Don & Phyllis were snowbirds living at Winter Ranch, in Alamo, TX. Phyllis loved to play cards (especially Bridge and 500) and work on crossword and jigsaw puzzles. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting and various crafts.

     Living family members include her two children Janet Scheidler, Lee’s Summit, MO; Karen (Jim) Papritan, Viera, FL;  grandchildren, Paul Spratt, Louisville, KY; Gina (Joey) Breece, Lee’s Summitt, MO; Dana (Jim) Mather, Rogers, AR; Brandy (Jason) Jochumsen,  Hudson, IA; and Lacey (Eric) Snoke, Carroll, OH; James (Julie) Papritan, Hempstead, NC; Jenny (Rob) Rose, Minneola, FL; Andrea (Jon) Marcum, Grain Valley, MO; Danielle (Sean Cox) Tatzko, Blue Springs, MO; 17 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Jeanene Drahos and Shirley Jewell; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, brother, Charles E. Starkweather; son-in-law, Kim S. Scheidler, brothers-in-law, Russell Jewell, and Paul Drahos; sisters-in-law Darlene (Emmet) Kiehn, Judy (Frank) Holmes.

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

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