Retz Funeral Home Sheffield, Greene, Thornton Marble Rock & Meservey, Iowa
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Pauline Schoneman - Thornton

     Pauline Schoneman, 89, of Thornton, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018, at Iowa Speciality Hospital, Belmond, IA. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 27, 2018, at Richland Lutheran Church in Thornton with Rev. Robert Harting presiding. Interment will be at Richland Lutheran Cemetery, Thornton. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday at Retz Funeral Home, 207 N. 2nd Street Thornton.

      Pauline Ruth (Schonemann) Schoneman was born April 14, 1929, on the family farm near Thornton, a daughter of William and Grace (Worthington) Schonemann. She was baptized and confirmed in the Richland Lutheran Church in Thornton, IA.   She attended country school and Thornton Public School, graduating in the class of 1946.  She attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls before starting her teaching career in Dumont, IA.  She later taught in Garner, IA, where she met the love of her life and future husband, Marion Schoneman. They were united in marriage on December 24, 1950, at Richland Lutheran Church in Thornton while Marion was on a short leave from the US Army. 

      After Marion's discharge, he and Polly took over the family farm near Thornton and raised lots of cattle and hogs. In 1954, Polly was diagnosed with a form of cancer (Osteosarcoma) while she was four months pregnant with their daughter, Pam.  She was diagnosed again with lung cancer in 1956  and 1963.  She was a very proud 63 year cancer survivor. They moved into Thornton in 1983. Polly taught kindergarten and then reading at Meservey-Thornton Elementary School until she retired in 1990. She had a great love for teaching and for helping her students; many continue to remember and thank her today.

     Avid Iowa State Cyclone fans, Polly and Marion attended every home football game for over 35 years and enjoyed the tailgating and fellowship shared with friends and family before each game in Ames, IA.

      Polly was a life-time member of Richland Lutheran Church. She was a member of the Thornton Federated Women’s Club, Ladies Aid, and she tutored students in the summers. She loved reading, doing cross words, sewing, scrap-booking for her granddaughters, and baking traditional family foods like sugar cookies and Danish Pastry.  A dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister, Polly traveled around Northern Iowa, Minnesota, Ames, and Omaha to see her family and their activities.  Polly had been at Concord Care Center in Garner, IA, since 2013; she loved the staff there and often said it was just where she was meant to be.  When Marion passed in 2016, she assured family she knew she would join him when the time was right.

     Surviving family members include her daughter: Pam (Craig) Deuel, Worthington, MN; granddaughters: Sara Jo (Josh) Pruss and their children, Josie and Ike, Omaha, NE; Abbey (Brandon) Johnson, Omaha, NE; Sara and Abbey’s father: Darrell Goff, Garner, IA; sister Judie (Larry) Lightbody, Thornton; brother-in-law: Marvin Schoneman, Garner; sister-in-law: Betty Brugman, Eden Prairie, MN; sister-in-law: Lora Mae Schoneman, Garner, IA; foreign exchange daughter: Sara Stenlund, Skelleftehamn, Sweden; special friend: Charlie Dickman, Thornton, IA; cousins, many nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

     Pauline is preceded in death by her husband, Marion, parents William and Grace, and her sisters Virginia (Jack) Beale, Shirley (Duane) Mabb, and Marian (Jack) Stiles.

 

Delmar Leedom - Sheffield

     Delmar Leedom, 71, of Sheffield, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018. Graveside services will be held at a later date.

     Delmar Alan Leedom was born June 2, 1946, in Hampton, a son of Clarence and Jenny (Pink) Leedom. He attended schools at Hansel and graduated from Hampton High School. He entered the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam.

     Delmar was united in marriage with Donna Endriss March 29, 1969 in Hampton, Iowa. He worked at International Harvester in Mason City then for Franklin County for over 30  years as a mechanic.

     He enjoyed spending time camping, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.

     Family includes 2 sons: Jason of Sheffield; James (Kari) of Katy, Texas; 4 grandchildren: Kyle, Ava, Megan and Madison; brother Keith Leedom of Virginia and many nieces and nephews.

     He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Donna in 2016 and 7 brothers and sisters.

Harley Koenigsberg - Sheffield

     Harley Douglas Koenigsberg, 92, of Sheffield, died on April 20, 2018 at the Sheffield Care Center.

     Graveside service took place on April 23rd, 2018 at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield Iowa.

     Harley was born on February 19, 1926 to Ole and Martha (Mehlberg) Koenigsberg. He graduated from Chapin High School in 1943, but he also got an education growing up on a farm with nine brothers and sisters. He recalled fondly those childhood years, often sharing memories of his farm chores and of the blizzard of ’36 that waylaid a locomotive on the railroad tracks close to his family’s farm.

     When he was 16 years old, Harley attended meetings with the Reverend W.E. Pietsch and accepted Jesus as his Savior. He was baptized on March 14, 1943 by Rev. John Walkup. Harley was a lifelong member of Grace Baptist Church of Sheffield (now First Grace Baptist Church), where he served as a Sunday school treasurer for eighteen years, and also as a trustee.   

     On June 11, 1950, Harley married Isabell Ruth Kracht at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hampton. For two years they lived in a tenant house on the farm of Harley’s brother, Willis Koenigsberg, until they bought their own farm in Cerro Gordo County in 1952, where they would spend the next 42 years farming. During their 67 years of marriage they faithfully began each day with devotions and prayer, praying for their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren by name.

     Harley was much loved by his family for his sense of humor, generosity, faith, and his homemade popcorn (with lots of butter). His witty one-liners kept us all laughing! Harley loved his family and his farm. He could often be found sitting in his cherished spot atop a hill on the farm, overlooking his fields and drinking a can of pop. Harley was also known for his perseverance—he battled non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for over 20 years. 

     Left to cherish his memory are his children Dennis (Annette) Koenigsberg, of Sheffield; and Deborah (Jim) Rumelhart, of Maineville, Ohio, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren: Bethany (Brian) Iwamoto and children Emma and Sophie; Allison (Tim) Vandall and children Everett, Benjamin and Harrison; Kevin (Kelli) Koenigsberg; Amber (David) Lapp and children Daniel, Peter, and Isaiah; Matthew (Molly) Rumelhart and baby boy Rumelhart; and April (Michael) Sam. He is also survived by one sister and two brothers: Lois (Harold) Roberts; Harry (Ann) Koenigsberg; and Melvin Koenigsberg.  

     Family members who preceded Harley in death include his parents, wife Isabell, son Steven Douglas (stillborn), 5 brothers and 1 sister.

     Special thanks to the staff at the Sheffield Care Center for the love and excellent care Harley received.

 

Mildred 'Mick' Johnson - Rockwell

     Mildred ‘Mick’ Johnson, 95, of Rockwell, passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held 7:00 p.m., Friday at the Rockwell United Methodist Church, with Pastor Travis Stevick presiding. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday at the church. Burial services will be at the Rockwell Cemetery.

     Mildred Lillian Johnson was born August 31, 1922 at home in Clarion, a daughter of Earl and Noy (Blankenship) Gates. She attended country school in the Hayfield area and Belmond High School.

     On April 1, 1940, Mildred was united in marriage with Harold Johnson at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. This union was blessed with four children. They lived on farms near Hampton and Sheffield before moving to farm in the Rockwell area.

     Mick was a longtime member of the Rockwell United Methodist Church and was devoted to her family. She was an excellent cook and could make anything, sometimes without using a recipie. She did lots of sewing for her family and many other tasks with love. She enjoyed fishing and camping with her family. After Harold's passing she hosted ‘The Boys Coffee Club’ every day when her sons would come to her home for morning coffee.

     Her family includes her children: Lloyd (Marlys) Johnson, Rockwell; Larry (Terry) Johnson, Rockwell; Karie (John) Shoop, Mason City; Marv (Becky) Johnson, Rockwell; 9 grandchildren: Kim Johnson; Dean Johnson; Sondy Ward; Brad Johnson; Brian Johnson; Jill O’Dell; Anna Plank; Trevis Johnson; Brittini Johnson; 11 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.

     Mildred is preceded in death by her parents, husband, 2 grandchildren Allen William Shoop and Timothy Justin Johnson and her brothers and sisters.

Arlene Vanston - Sheffield

     Arlene Vanston, 100, formerly of Sheffield, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the Griggs County Care Center in Cooperstown, North Dakota. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be Wednesday, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield.

     Arlene Rose Terrill was born May 8, 1917, in Franklin County, Iowa a daughter of George and Cornelia (Bayliss) Terrill. She attended country school and Hampton High School.

     On August 15, 1936 Arlene was united in marriage with Gilbert Taylor. They worked for area farmers before farming on their own in later years. Arlene worked at Mode-O-Day, in Mason City. Gilbert passed away in 1963. Several years later she married LeRoy Vanston. They lived and farmed east of Sheffield. He passed away in 2002. Arlene continued to live on the farm until 2008 when she moved to North Dakota to be near her daughter. For the past three years Arlene lived at the Griggs County Care Center.

     Arlene quilted both at home and the Zion St. John Lutheran Church for many years and she volunteered at the Sheffield Sharing Shoppe. Everyone loved her cooking, especially her Lemon Meringue Pie. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed fishing and raising her chickens and ducks.

     Left to cherish her memory are her children: Gilberta Taylor, Finley, ND; Lester (Leona) Taylor, Clear Lake; Sandra Sue Taylor, Mason City; 6 grandchildren: Roderick (Shelly) Keniry; Jackie Keniry; John Taylor (friend Jennifer Deshler); Wendy (Ron) Rindels; Kevin Staudt; Angela (Darin) Roach; 13 great grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren; sister Janis Ort, Nashua and many nieces and nephews.

     She is preceded in death by her parents, 2 husbands, son Dennis in infancy, brother Harry Terrill and sister Marlys Steenhard.

 

Elizabeth Tegtmeier - Marble Rock

     Memorial services for Elizabeth Tegtmeier, 86, of Marble Rock will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the Walter F. Bohl Community Center in Marble Rock with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan presiding. Interment will be at the Hillside Cemetery, Marble Rock.

     Elizabeth was born in New Hartford on December 18, 1931, the daughter of Jans and Etta (Deraad) Arends and died February 16, 2018, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.  She attended public school in New Hartford, Clarksville, Greene, and Marble Rock.

     Elizabeth was united in marriage to Irven Henry Tegtmeier on November 17, 1951, at the Baptist Church in Marble Rock.  This union was blessed with one son, Jim.

     For over 40 years she was a bookkeeper for Tegtmeier Backhoe and Trucking in Marble Rock.

     She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, watching and feeding birds, cooking, and playing with her great grandchildren. Elizabeth loved “Wheel of Fortune” and other game shows. She also like to play cards.

     She is survived by her son Jim Tegtmeier of marble Rock; Grandaughters: Kristy Tegtmeier and daughters: Elizabeth, Makenna of Marble Rock; Chelsie Purchase and daughters Kenzie, Chloe, and Karissa all of Charles City; sisters Edna King and Mary Jane Pickett both of Marble Rock; brothers: John Arends of Rockford, Elmer Arends of Nashua and Gary Arends of Waterloo, and Roger Arends of Charles City.

     Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Irven Tegtmeier, her parents; sister Esther Green; brothers Donnie Arends and Siebe John Arends.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Elizabeth Tegtmeier Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 2, Marble Rock, Iowa 50653.

Grace McDowell - Hampton

     Grace McDowell, 92, of Hampton passed away Sunday, March 18, at Hospice of North Iowa. Visitation will be held 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 5 at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield. Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 6, at the West Fork United Methodist Church, rural Sheffield. Interment will be at the Hampton Cemetery.

     Grace Ethyl McDowell was born January 23, 1926 to Ray and Haeryette (Johnson) Bridge. She attended school and graduated from Bondurant High School She also graduated from Felt and Tarrant Comptometer School in Des Moines.  She then located a job with the F.W. Fitch Shampoo Co. in Des Moines as an office worker.

     Grace met Bob McDowell in February, 1946 at the Tromar Ballroom in Des Moines. They were united in marriage November 2, 1946 at the Bondurant Federated Church. They settled on the family farm and remained married for 61 years. Together they raised three boys. Later in life they had two grandchildren nearby and she spent many hours teaching and caring for them. She was excited to become a Great Grandmother in recent years.

     Grace loved to raise garden produce and help out on the farm wherever she could. Among those many chores were caring for sick animals, walking beans and driving the ‘H’ for the hay fork. She nursed a sickly yellow kitten back to health which would become a long time family pet named ‘Bill’.

     Grace also was good at her crafts especially making cornhusk dolls. She would even give demonstrations on how to make them at various clubs and meetings. She would use any money she made from selling her creations to buy things for their house.

     Grace had a fun loving personality and exchanged jokes and pranks with friends and neighbors. She enjoyed entertaining at home. One of her friends group called themselves ‘The Butterfly Girls’.

     She was a member of H.O.A. (Help One Another) club, the Child Guidance club, and the West Fork United Methodist Church.

     Most of all, she loved her family. For the last eleven years of his life, Bob had Alzheimer ’s disease. Grace devotedly cared for him so he could be at home where he was most comfortable. After Bob’s death, Grace was successfully treated and became a cancer survivor.

     Grace is survived by sons: Bruce (Anne), Camarillo, CA; Alan, Fairfield, OH; and Mark (Connie), Hampton; four grandchildren: Andrew (Nicole), Davenport; Melinda (Wes) Tremmel, Garner; Kim (Vince) Feck, Keller, TX; Scott McDowell, Springfield, MO; 2 great grandchildren: Lily and Emma McDowell, daughters of Andrew and Nicole; sister: Florence (Roy) Bishop, Ankeny.

     She is preceded in death by her parents and husband Bob.

Lucille Deam - Sheffield

     Lucille Deam, 92, of Sheffield, passed away Monday, March 26, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa, in Mason City. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 30, at the First United Methodist Church, Sheffield, with Pastor Sandi Gobeli presiding. Interment will be at the Hampton Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., Thursday at the First United Methodist Church.

     Lucille Lois Olk was born August 18, 1925, daughter of Ernest and Holda (Eichmeier) Olk in Franklin County where she lived her entire life, she attended and graduated from Chapin Consolidated School in 1942.

     On December 14, 1944 Lucille was united in marriage to Willis Deam at St. John Evangelical Reformed Church rural Latimer. They made their home on the Deam family farm east of Chapin.

     Lucille began working at the Chapin Elementary/Jr High School as a secretary until it closed then transferred to the Sheffield High School. She very much enjoyed her job with the staff and students for 28 years, retiring in 1990.

     Church was important to Lucille, she was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church in Chapin until in closed then the First United Methodist Church in Sheffield. She was very active with the women's groups.

     Lucille loved her role as a homemaker and was an accomplished cook. She liked playing 500, gardening, baking and traveling. She most loved being a mom, grandma and GG and had a unique and wonderful relationship with each one and thoroughly enjoyed any and all family gatherings.

     Left with many cherished memories are her son and family: Rich & Connie of Sheffield: Seth & Erica of Alaska, Maria & Macel Collins of Sheffield and children: Hadassah, Ezekiel and Ketziah; and Ira also of Sheffield; Lucille’s daughter and family: Nancy & Larry Adams of Clear Lake: Andy & Otis Moore III of Colorado and children, Otis IV and Olivia; and Micky Adams also of Colorado; along with many friends and extended family members.

     She is preceded in death by her parents, husband and a twin brother and sister who died in infancy.

Eileen Lutcavish - Sheffield

     Eileen Lutcavish, 90, of Sheffield, passed away, Monday, March 19, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa. Funeral services will be held at noon, Friday March 23, at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be 11:00 – Noon, Friday at the funeral home.

     Eileen May Lutcavish was born June 20, 1927 a daughter of Arthur and Elizabeth (Knapp) Culver in Sheffield, Iowa. She was educated in the Sheffield School.

     Eileen was united in marriage with Lynn Kammrad. When their son was 8 months old Lynn passed away. Eileen married Jerry Lutcavish September 8, 1957 at the EUB Church in Sheffield. She was active in raising her family and doing bookwork for Jerry’s business, Jerry’s TV. She attended the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Sheffield then Calvary Alliance Church in Mason City later First Baptist Church in Sheffield.

     For the past 8 years Eileen has been a resident at the Sheffield Care Center and her family is thankful for the care she received while living there.

     Family members include her sons: Rick Kammrad, Forest City; Ron (Sharon) Lutcavish, Norwalk; grandchildren: Kristie Lee (Rick) Morris, Forest City; Jake (Amanda) Lutcavish, New Mexico; Tori Lutcavish, Des Moines; Kati Lutcavish, Iowa City; many great and great great grandchildren.

     She is preceded in death by her parents, both husbands and all her brothers and sisters.

Andy Nelson - Greene

     Funeral Services for Andrew Nelson, 59, of Greene, will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, Marchl 14, 2018, at St. Peter Lutheran Church with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating.  Burial will be at a later date in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church on Wednesday.

     Andrew Nelson was born on February 5, 1959, in Brookings, South Dakota, the son of Myron LeRoy and Helen Minerva (Johnston) Nelson and passed away on March 9, 2018, at the North Iowa Mercy Medical Center in Mason City. He attended public school graduating from Greene High School in 1977.

     Andrew was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene.  He was baptized on March 15, 1959 in Sinai, South Dakota and confirmed April 7, 1974 at St. Peter Lutheran in Greene.

     Andrew worked most of his life for Smithfield Foods formerly Armour- Eckrich Meats of Mason City.

     Andrew was a friendly man that enjoyed people.  You could count on seeing him at TJ’s daily for the noon special and a coke. He would then spend many hours visiting with his friends from the community. Andrew enjoyed watching television, playing board games with his family and being on the computer. Andrew took special pride in his nieces and nephews who brought true joy to his life.

     Living family members include his Mother, Helen Nelson of Greene; siblings: Steven (Kim) Nelson of Anchorage, Alaska and Karen (John) Worley, of Greene, Iowa; nieces and nephews: Sarah, Hannah, Joshua Nelson; Ashley (Steve) Coake, Amy (Levi) Paulsen, Jonathan Worley; many friends.

     Andrew was preceded in death by his father Myron.

Esther Dorenkamp - Mason City

Esther Dorenkamp, 97, died Friday, March 9, 2018 at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home. Services will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday at Zion Reformed Church, rural Sheffield, with Rev. Chris Meester presiding. Interment will be in Zion Reformed Church Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Monday at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield.

Esther was born March 3, 1921 at Belmond, daughter of Dick and Minnie (Pals) Barkema. She attended rural school, walking a mile each way, in the Belmond area. After schooling she worked for area families as a hired girl. She met Dick Dorenkamp at Immanuel Reformed church outside Belmond.

Esther was united in marriage with Dick Dorenkamp February 20, 1941 at the Immanuel Reformed Church parsonage. They made their home on a farm in the Belmond area. In 1959 they moved to the Sheffield area where they continued to farm. They retired in 1975 and moved into Mason City.

Esther was a longtime member of Zion Reformed Church where she taught Sunday School and was a member of Zion’s Reformed Church Women. She enjoyed making quilts, gardening and having growing plants in her house at all times. She enjoyed being around children, especially her grandchildren.

Surviving family members include her children: Duane (Doreen) Dorenkamp, Mason City; Jim (Jan) Dorenkamp, Sheffield; Karen (Dennis) Downing, Austin, TX; Ardith (Bob) Parks, Alexander; 13 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren; brother: Dick Barkema, Jr.; sister: Amelia Guth; many nieces and nephews.

Esther is preceded in death by her husband Dick, daughter Janet Dorenkamp, grandson Drew Dorenkamp, her parents, 4 brothers and 3 sisters.

Esther’s family is thankful for the excellent care and respect she received from the staff at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home.

Keith Pals - Thornton

Keith Pals

Thornton

     Keith G. Pals, 66, of Thornton, entered eternal rest Sunday, February 25, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 1, 2018 at First Assembly of God Church, 1301 N. Carolina, Mason City. Interment will be at Meservey Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, at Retz Funeral Home, 107 N. 2nd Street, Thornton.

    Keith was born the son of Daniel and Bernita (Philipp) Pals, March 1, 1951 at Belmond, Iowa. He grew up in Meservey, Iowa and graduated from Meservey-Thornton Community School in 1969.

     Keith married Kristine Kriens on June 13, 1970 at the Thornton Methodist Church. They went to Northwestern College in Orange City, graduating in 1974. He then pursued Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan and Dubuque, Iowa; obtaining his M.Div. Degree in 1980. Keith pastored for 32 years, serving 6 United Methodist in Iowa and one independent church in Illinois.

     After retiring he enjoyed Bible studies, prayer groups and mentoring those who were interested in the ministry. Keith loved spending time with his wife and family, and friends, especially if a cards or a game were involved. He enjoyed encouraging people where ever he went and prayed with many of them.

     Keith is survived by his beloved wife Kristine; daughter, Amy Titler, Hazelwood, MO and her children: Jordyn and Jonathan; daughter, Annette Pals, Mason City and her children: Alexis and Taylor (Brad Romer) and daughter: Kyah; son, Brian (Sarah) Pals, Hartley, IA and their children Matthew (fiancé Ashlynn Kampa), Emma and Ellie; 4 siblings: Lois Diggs, Schertz, TX; Delbert Pals, Mason City; Harlan (Rosemary) Pals, Clear Lake; Debra (Tim) Martin, Fairmont, GA; sister-in-law: Pam Pals; mother-in-law: Florence Kriens, Clear Lake; sisters-in-law: Karen (Jim) Ries; Koleen (Dennis) Black; aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and a multitude of loving friends.

     He is preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law, brother Curtis Pals, brothers-in-law, Jack Walker and Duane Diggs, sister-in-law, Rhonda Pals.

Merlin Ruiter - Clear Lake

Henry Vierkant - Clear Lake

     Henry Vierkant, 103, of Clear Lake, passed away Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at the Apple Valley Assisted Living in Clear Lake. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 27, at the First Reformed Church, Meservey, with Rev. Rodney Meester presiding. Interment will be at the Meservey Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour before the service at the church.

     Henry Vierkant was born November 7, 1914 in Wisner Township, Franklin County, Iowa, a son of Berand and Gesema (Arenholtz) Vierkant. He attended country school until beginning to work on the farm for his father and brother.

     Henry was united in marriage with Elizabeth Koch April 9, 1941. They farmed near Meservey until retiring from farming in 1962 and moving to Mason City. Henry continued working until he was in his 80’s ending his career at Lea Mobile Glass.

     Henry lived for his grandkids, spending as much time enhancing their lives with his presence and teachings. He never skipped an opportunity for new experiences including the last few years when he was able to ride in a John Deere Combine, a helicopter and a Polaris Slingshot. He loved to travel to see the country and drove 2 trips to Alaska.

     Family members include his daughter: Suzanna (LaVerne) Lee, Clear Lake; son: Jim (Connie) Vierkant, Thornton; six grandchildren: Theresa (Danne) Thomas; Marilyn (Jeff) Inman; Michelle (Tom) DelaRiva; Barb (Matt) Lenning; Arlene (Darin) Enderton; James (Sheri) Vierkant; 9 great grandchildren; sister-in-law: Dolores Niese.

     He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, 3 brothers and 3 sisters.

William O'Brien - Charles City

     Willliam O'Brien, 63, of Charles City, passed away Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at Good Shepherd Health Center in Mason City.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, February 26, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Greene, with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan presiding. Interment will be at St. Mary Cemetery, Greene.

     Visitation will be 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., SUNDAY with a Rosary Service at 7:00 p.m., at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. 1st Street, Greene.

Audrey Dix - Greene

     Funeral Services for Audrey Jean Dix, 91, of Greene, will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 24, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church in Greene with Pastor Cathy Belles officiating.  Burial will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Greene.
     Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church.

     Audrey Jean Packard was born Sept 12, 1926, Ankeny Iowa, the youngest child of 5, to Leon Jay and Florence Gertrude Packard and passed away February 21, 2018 at the Valley View Care Center in Greene.  In 1932, during the depression, at five years of age, her family moved to Packard. She attended country school in Packard and graduated from Greene High School in 1944.
     She married Minor Dix in 1947 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua.  To this union five children born.  They farmed southeast of Greene until 1959, when the family moved to the Packard farm at Packard, Iowa, where they raised their family. Minor and Audrey moved to Greene in 1996.  Audrey took care of others her entire life. Living on the family farm, she hosted all the Packard's when they came back to visit, welcoming their families.  Later, she hosted all family holidays of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
      It was during her childhood that the Packard club was formed. A group of women from Packard got together to make layettes for the young families that were living in tents at Camp Comfort. They enjoyed their time together so much that they started the Packard Club. Women around Packard met on a monthly basis for about 80 years, until it was recently disbanded. At the last meetings they played dominoes at TJ's Bar or met at the community room at Valley View Care Center. Audrey also had vivid memories of herding cows down the backroad with her sister during the dust bowl, when a sand storm came up. The cows put their tails up and headed for home. The girls were supposed to stay until their mom waved a dish towel. Finally, after it got so bad, they held a stick between them and ran home crying, blinded by the sand, only to get heck for not coming home sooner.
     Audrey was an independent woman, enjoyed quilting and made many quilts for her children and grandchildren. She belonged to the First Presbyterian Women’s Circle, and a gardening and quilt club. In 1979 she participated in RAGBRAI across Iowa with her daughter, Lucinda. Thirty years later her granddaughter Michaela road RAGBRAI, riding on her grandma's old Peugeot bike. Audrey and Minor enjoyed traveling in their retirement years.  A guided horseback ride in the Rockies, was a highlight.   Audrey and Minor made numerous trips to Agency Bay Lodge with her family and caught her last northern while fishing with her sons, Tom and Minor, when she was 88. Most of all she loved to tag Monarch butterflies, tagging about 250 from 2004 to 2011, tagging her last one at age 84 years.   She was thrilled when 4 of her butterflies were recovered in Mexico.
     Living family members include 5 children: Minor (Kathy) Dix, Mt. Vernon, IA; Tom (Belinda) Dix, Shell Rock, IA; Lucinda (Dennis) Echelberger-Fergus Falls, MN; Mark (Lori) Dix, Nora Springs, IA; Susan (Steve) Clausen, Chatham, IL; 12 grandchildren: Alison (Mel Steen) Dix, Justin (Cara) Dix, Kasey Dix, Lucas (Brooke) Dix, Shane Vineyard, Chad (Marissa) Vineyard, Nickie (Lon) Welsh, Andrea (Greg Holdsworth) Echelberger, Michaela Echelberger, Carley Dix, Christopher Clausen, McKenzi Clausen; 9 great-grandchildren: Gavin Clausen, Libby, Andrew, Audrey, Mac and Will Dix, Gabby and Dylan Penate, George Welsh; brother Gail (Beverly) Packard, Vancouver, WA; brother-in-law Duane Smith, Greene, IA.

     Audrey was preceded in death by her husband Minor, parents; brothers Robert (Ann) Packard and Leon (Helen) Packard; sister Helen (Norbert) McCauley; sister-in-law Twila Smith; in-laws Dawn (Paul) Cheney; Chuck (Darlene) Ray; and Kermit(Lola) Dix.

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

Darrell 'Dutch' Kingery - Greene

     Funeral Services for Darrell ‘Dutch’ Kingery, 95, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 24, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Greene with Pastor Ann Donat officiating.  Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene, with Military Honors conducted by Tack- Barnett Post 268 American Legion of Greene.

     Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m.- 10:30 a.m., Saturday, at the church.

 

     Darrell was born on January 2, 1923, the son of Darrell William and Osea Pluma (Hesalroad) Kingery and died at the Valley View Care Center in Greene on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.  He attended public school graduating from Marble Rock High School in 1940.

     Following graduation Darrell worked with his father on the family farm. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943. He was honorably discharged in 1946 after being stationed in the Pacific. He was so proud to be included in an Honor Flight several years ago.

     When he returned from the service he continued farming and later drove semi, drove a milk truck and worked for Oliver White.

     Darrell was united in marriage to Marjorie Lucas in 1946. This union was blessed with three children. In 1972 he married Maxine Jorges. Darrell lived in Nashua from 1972 until 2008 when he moved to Greene. He remained in his home until January 2014 when he moved to Valley View Care Center.

     Darrell and Maxine liked to square dance and they loved camping and traveling.  They camped in Mississippi in the winter and at Gates Bridge in the summer.

     He was proud to be a member of Tack-Barnett Post 268 American Legion of Greene.  He was a member of the Methodist Church in Nashua and attended the Plainfield Baptist Church.

     Living family members include his wife, Maxine of Greene; son Jim (Peggy) Kingery, Moscow, Idaho; daughters Lynn (Neil) Wedeking of Marble Rock and Nancy (Denny) Osborn of Janesville; grandchildren: Jamie (Angela) Kingery, Kris (Brian) Loterbaur, Kathie (Mark) Lehmann, Mary Ann (Dave) Krull, Lori (Bill) Woolm, Will (Natalie) Wedeking, Brad (Shelly) Osborn, Bethany (Jeremy) Heidemann; 4 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and many friends.

     Darrell was preceded in death by his parents; sister Ethel McNutt; brother Keith Kingery.

 

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

Isabell Koenigsberg - Sheffield

     Isabell Koenigsberg, 89, went home to be with her Lord on February 19, 2018, at the Sheffield Care Center.

     A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 am, Friday, February 23, at First Grace Baptist Church, Sheffield, Iowa. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield, Iowa following the service.

Isabell Ruth Kracht was born on September 9, 1928 to Daniel and Rose (Fink) Kracht of Hampton. She graduated from Hampton High School in 1946 and received a teaching certificate from Iowa State Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls. She taught kindergarten in Eldora, Iowa from 1948-1950.

On June 11, 1950, Isabell married Harley Koenigsberg at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hampton.  Together they spent 42 years farming in Cerro Gordo County before retiring to Sheffield.  Their marriage—their exceptional devotion and tender care for one another—has touched many people over the years and has been a faithful witness to Christ’s love.

     Isabell was confirmed in Trinity Lutheran Church in Hampton, and as an adult was an active member of Grace Baptist Church (First Grace) in Sheffield, where she served as a Sunday School teacher for 25 years.  She was a student of the word of God and prayed diligently for others, especially her family.

     Isabell was known to her family and friends for her kind and gentle spirit, her faith, her thoughtfulness, and her good cooking. Family favorites include her chocolate cake and roast beef dinners with mashed potatoes. She always had an interest in words, often looking up a word she didn’t know in the dictionary – this might have stemmed from being the Franklin County Spelling Bee champ in 1941! She also enjoyed flowers and gardening.  She faithfully wrote in her diary every night before she went to bed.

     Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 67 years: Harley; children Dennis (Annette) Koenigsberg, of Sheffield; and Deborah (Jim) Rumelhart, of Maineville, Ohio. She is also survived by six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren: Bethany (Brian) Iwamoto and children Emma and Sophie; Allison (Tim) Vandall and children Everett, Benjamin and Harrison; Kevin (Kelli) Koenigsberg; Amber (David) Lapp and children Daniel, Peter and Isaiah; Matthew (Molly) Rumelhart; April (Michael) Sam; and a brother, Wesley Kracht.

Isabell is preceded in death by her parents and son, Stephen Douglas (stillborn).

     Special thanks to the staff at Deerfield Place and the Sheffield Care Center, for the love and excellent care Isabell received.

Mary Meints - Sheffield

Mary Meints passed away February 12, 2018 at the Sheffield Care Center. Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Zion Reformed Church, rural Sheffield, with Rev. Chris Meester presiding.  Interment will be at a later time in the Zion Reformed Church Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Friday February 16th at Retz Funeral Home.

Mary Elizabeth (Heuberger) Meints was born April 11, 1925 to Charley and Gracie (Fowler) Heuberger of rural Chapin.  Mary attended Chapin School graduating in 1942.  Wanting to be a teacher, she attended Coe College for two years and often shared the Coe College fight song when her alma mater was mentioned.  On November 26, 1944 she was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Harold William Meints.  Harold and Mary farmed in the Sheffield and Chapin area for years and finally purchased and lived on the farm that Mary grew up on.

Mary loved to cook, bake, and sew.  She always had the coffee on and goodies to share with anyone that stopped by.  Her children always came first and she spent many hours sewing dresses for her girls.  Gary came along a few years later and she was his greatest cheerleader at all of his sporting events.  When her grandchildren entered the world, nothing made her smile more as when they entered the room or she could watch them participate in their events.  She provided her family with a happy, loving home.  In later years Mary worked part time at the Bo-Shar department store and cafes in Sheffield where she baked wonderful pies. 

Mary enjoyed serving others and was an active member of Women of Zion in many capacities.  She had a great love for music.  She and Harold sang for many funerals at Zion and she belonged to the musical group, the Rural Airs.  Her family has many fond memories of singing around the dining room table after the evening meal.  Mary enjoyed playing cards with her friends and volunteering at the Sharing Shoppe.  She also enjoyed writing poetry.

            Her family is very thankful for her amazing sense of humor and for teaching them the great importance of faith and love of the Lord.

            Left to cherish her memory are three daughters, Judith A. (Dennis) Crom of Sheffield, Linda J. (Steve) Wells of Clear Lake, and Kathleen J. (Robert) Shreckengost of Sheffield; daughter-in-law Kristi (Dave) Marsen of Leeds, Alabama.  She is also survived by her grands and greats: Tim and Tracy Shreckengost, Madison & Sydney; Tom and Kara Shreckengost, Tanner & Grace, Caleb & Kellen Cameron; Chris and Danielle Crom, Olivia & Matthew; Todd and Sara Shreckengost, Hayden, Nolan, and Braylon; Joshua and Jessica Wells, Madilynn & Amelia; Jami and Jesse Peters, Kiana; Marc Wells; Jill Schade; Greg and Sarah Crom; Joelle and Bryant Newby, Kaylen & Kenzie; Jaclyn and Alex Meier, Gunner; brother and wife: Donald and Maxine Heuberger of Sheffield; sister, Virginia Clendenen of Indianola; sisters-in-law, Darlene Meints of Clear Lake; Etta Mae Heuberger of Brainerd, MN; as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold in 2010 and her son Gary Meints in 2008, her parents, grandson Joshua Schade, brother Charles Heuberger, sister Doris and husband Max Neal of San Gabriel, CA., brothers-in-law & wives, Conrad and Carolyn Meints, John and Lena Meints, and Marvin Meints.

            Mary’s family is very thankful for the love and excellent care she received from the staff at the Sheffield Care Center.  She was treated with great dignity and respect.

Robert Teeple - Greene

     Funeral Service for Robert Dean Teeple, 76, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 16, 2018 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating.  Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.

     Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 15, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene and will continue at the church on Friday one hour before service.

     Robert Teeple was born June 21, 1941 in Charles City, Floyd County, Iowa the son of Francis Robert and Dorthy Esther (Heinmiller) Teeple and died at his home in Greene Sunday, February 11, 2018 in the loving care of his family. Bob attended public school graduating from Greene High School in 1959. Following graduation he began working with his father at Teeple Service Station in Greene.

     He was raised in the Baptist Church and later joined St. Peter Lutheran Church in 1963 following his baptism and confirmation.  Bob was a man of faith that placed God first in his life. He walked according to God’s word as he loved and provided for his family.

     Bob was united in marriage to Monika Ennen on November 2, 1963 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene. This union was blessed with two children.

     Bob enjoyed cars, from drag racing in his younger years to restoring in later years winning numerous trophies for his Corvette. He was an avid Marx toy train collector which he was proud to share with his friends.  One of his greatest passions was Amateur Radio. This was a hobby he enjoyed for 40 years making friends locally and around the world.

     After a long career working at the station, Bob worked for Fort Dodge Animal Health in Charles City, Alexander Technologies in Mason City and finally, NAPA in Greene.

     Living family members include his loving wife of 54 years, Monika Teeple of Greene; children: John (Amy) Teeple of Ankeny, IA; Kristiane Teeple, Minneapolis, MN; grandchildren: Maxwell, Elli, and Anna Teeple; and sister Elaine (Ralph) Prunty of Cedar Falls, along with nieces and a nephew.

     Bob was preceded in death by his parents.

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

Jolene Edwards - Greene

     Funeral Mass for Jolene Kay Edwards, 69, of Greene, will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 15, 2018, at St. Mary Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan officiating. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery at a later date.

     Visitation will be at Retz Funeral Home from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., with a Rosary Service at 7:30 p.m.

     Jolene was born December 2, 1948 in Charles City, Iowa, the daughter of Jake and Eula (Kramer) Mehmen, and died on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at her home in Greene surrounded by her family. She attended public school graduating from Greene High School in 1967 and later attended Hamilton Business College.  After college, Jolene took a job working for State Farm Insurance in Mason City in 1969.

     She was united in marriage to Dennis Edwards on December 27, 1968 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greene. This marriage was blessed with two daughters.

     Following her marriage she moved to St. Louis where they lived until her husband’s discharge from the Army. They then returned to make their home in Greene. Jolene primary focus was on being a homemaker and raising her children. She did not work outside of the home until her children were in high school.

     Jolene began working in Greene for Stanton Live Stock as a secretary. She was later employed by Bob and Carol Cole with both their local businesses. Jolene then worked for Norman Graven Law Office and then Lawler and Swanson Law Office as a secretary and receptionist. She retired in June 2013. She was detailed oriented which made her very successful in her job field.

     She enjoyed flowers, traveling, spending time with her neighbors and especially the time spent with her grandchildren. The family vacationed in Okoboji each summer which produced many cherished memories.

     Jolene was a faithful member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene where she was also a member of St. Catherine’s Circle. She was a compassionate and caring person. Jolene always carried herself with grace and dignity.

     Living family members include her loving husband of 49 years, Dennis Edwards of Greene; her two daughters and their children: Kristin (Shahram) Malek of Maple Grove, MN, Noah Hagemeister, Isabelle Malek, Theda Malek, Reed Schneider, and Luke Schneider; Julie (Jamie) Lubbert of Canton, MO, Collin Lubbert and Taylor Lubbert; her father Jake Mehmen of Greene; one sister Diane (Mike) Grant of Mason City.

    She is preceded in death by her mother, Eula Mehmen.

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

Mariette Reid - Greene

     Funeral Services for Mariette O. Reid, 91, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, February, 12, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church in Greene with Pastor Cathy Belles officiating. Private burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., on Monday at the church.

     Mariette Oline Einen was born on April 13, 1926, in Madelia, Minnesota, the daughter of Arthur Emil and Della Marie (Cooling) Einen and entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at the Valley View Care Center in Greene.

     She received her education in public schools graduating from Cedar Rapids High School in 1944.  Mariette attended Stephens Women’s College in Colombia, Missouri, later attended Carleton College in Northfield, MN, where she finished earning her Sociology Degree. Her post graduate schooling was through Wartburg College in Waverly where she received her teaching certificate.

     Mariette lived in Madelia, MN until age 4, Cedar Rapids until age 17, and then move to St. Paul where she lived until she graduated from Carleton. She accepted a position with the Minnesota Public Health Department where she worked for one year before moving to Des Moines.

     Mariette was employed as a Field Representative for the Iowa Tuberculosis and Heart Association, covering eight southern counties in Iowa, for over five years.  She worked for Better Homes and Garden as an assistant manager for the Home Planning Service for 3 years.

     Mariette was united in marriage to Andrew A. Reid in 1949 in Des Moines, Iowa.  The couple adopted two children from birth: John Arthur “Jack” in 1954 and Elizabeth “Liz” in 1957. The family made their home in Madrid where Andy was a Funeral Director/ part owner of Sundberg Funeral Home.

     Mariette and Andy purchased Hamilton’s Funeral Home in Greene in 1961 giving birth to Reid’s Funeral Chapel.  Mariette worked in the funeral business with her husband until their retirement in 1984.

     She enjoyed traveling, reading, loved chocolate, “Mash” re-runs, good friends and the “neighborhood coffee group”. Mariette was proud to be a 61 year member of the P.E.O. organization. She was a member of The First Presbyterian Church in Greene.

     Living family members include her daughter Elizabeth (Samuel) Lazio, of Davenport, Daughter-in-law, Marilyn Reid of Greene, Granddaughter, Kathryn (Tyler) Eliason of Evansdale,  Heidi (Matt) Buddenberg, Decorah; Grandsons: Joseph and Mark Lazio both of Chicago, Kelly(Shirley) Thompson of Waterloo; Great Grandchildren, Alana and Kyle Thompson, Emma and Jace Buddenberg, Ander Eliason and Zia Lazio; special friend Jan Edwards of Greene.

     She was preceded in death by her husband Andy, her son Jack, and her parents.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family at P.O. Box 253, Greene, Iowa 50636.

Pauline Peter - Sheffield

     Pauline Peter passed away February 6, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa in Mason City. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, at Zion St. John Lutheran Church, Sheffield, with Rev. G. Kim Wills presiding. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday at Zion St. John Lutheran Church, 416 Sherman Street, Sheffield. Retz Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

     Pauline Annette Wearda Peter was born December 18, 1936, in Hampton, Iowa to Paul and Anna (Behn) Wearda. She grew up on farms near Clarion, Chapin and Sheffield. Pauline was active in band, basketball and 4-H while in high school. She was selected to All State Basketball honorable mention twice and was Iowa State Champion Poultry judge. Pauline was selected to attend the National 4-H Congress and made the trip to Chicago. She graduated high school in 1954.

      Pauline married Dean Peter on May 29, 1954 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Together they farmed for 40 years west of Sheffield. They retired in 1999 and moved to their home in Sheffield where each morning they took a 2 mile walk around town and then rode bikes down the trail.

      Pauline and Dean loved to go fishing in Minnesota, Clear Lake, the Ozarks and Canada. They trained and rode in 5 RAGBRAI’s. Pauline found homes for them to stay in each night of the ride. The year RAGBRAI went through Sheffield, RAGBRAI’s official pie judge, chose Pauline’s black raspberry pie as the best on RAGBRAI. Pauline and Dean trained and ran 5K races; Pauline did a few 10K’s.

      Family was important to Pauline and she cherished spending time with them playing cards, board games, fishing at the cabin or pond, watching them play high school and college sports, and sitting around the table sharing stories.

      Pauline was devoted to her church. She served in leadership roles as Council President, Fellowship Councilor, and Treasurer. She also volunteered to help with other church activities. Pauline was a 4-H leader, Hospice volunteer, Wednesday quilters at church bridge club and a Tri-S member.

      Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 63 years: Dean; children: Darryl (Dee) Peter, Sheffield, Iowa; Terry (Vicky) Peter, Ankeny, Iowa; Becky (Ron) Marlow, Pella, Iowa; Randy (Peggy) Peter, Grey Eagle, Minnesota; 10 grandchildren: Michelle (Chris) Goodwin; Neal (Heidi) Peter; Mackenzie (Adam) Davison; Mandy (Justin) Vogel; Laura (Kent) Patterson; Tammy (Rob) Sims; Kelli (Matt) Jens; Jena (Tyler) Beerends; Joe (Sabrina) Peter, Jaynie (Kenton) Huyser; and 26 great grandchildren; siblings: Don (Jan) Wearda; Irene (Ken) Jaspersen; Denise (Dean) Hogan and Donna (Jim) Sogard.

      Pauline is preceded in death by her parents and infant granddaughter Katie Ann Peter, daughter of Terry and Vicky Peter.

Roberta 'Bert' Scott - Greene

     Funeral services for Bert Scott, 92, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 27, 2017 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating.  Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at the church on Saturday.

     Roberta was born in Charles City, Iowa on October 14, 1925 to George William and Helen Marie Pfefferkorn Immel and passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Valley View Care Center in Greene, Iowa. 

      Upon graduating from Charles City High School in 1943, she became a photo finisher and worked for two years at the Peerless Photo Finishing Co. in Charles City, a job that she loved and excelled at due to her astute attention to detail and artistic ability.  After marrying Clar Bane Scott on November 11, 1945 in Charles City, they settled in Greene, Iowa, eventually building their lifelong family home in 1951.

     Roberta was a fantastic cook and baker, hosting countless holiday gatherings over the decades at her home.  She also was an avid bowler and bird watcher, passionately followed Iowa Hawkeye football, and loved her exercise classes.  Roberta always had a pot of coffee on for her friends and family.  A longtime member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene, she assisted with Bible school and was a former member of the Lutheran Ladies Circle.

     A talented homemaker, Roberta is survived by her two daughters, Penny Jacoby of Osage Beach, Missouri, and Debra (Les) Steere of Greene, Iowa.  In addition, she is also survived by her brother, Robert Immel of Bluegrass, Iowa; three grandchildren, Todd (Jennifer) Butzlaff of Des Peres, Missouri, Ronnie Butzlaff of Lake Ozark, Missouri, and Cindy Jacoby of St. Louis, Missouri; two great-granddaughters, Margaret Butzlaff of Kirkwood, Missouri and Claire Butzlaff of Des Peres, Missouri; two step great-granddaughters, Anna Blasberg of Columbia, Missouri and Paige Blasberg of Honolulu, Hawaii; nieces Valerie Bowman of Iowa City, Iowa, Diane Immel of Bluegrass, Iowa, and Sue Cruchellow of Bluegrass, Iowa; and close family friend Don Butzlaff of Lake Ozark, Missouri.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Clar Bane Scott, sister-in-law Virginia Immel, sister and brother-in-law Dorothy and Frances “Lefty” Bowman, and brother-in-law Clell Scott.

 

James Duffield - Charles City

    Funeral services for James Duffield, 87, of Charles City, formerly of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 12, 2018, at the Church of Christ, 302 S. Elizabeth Street, Clarksville with Pastor Val Swinton officiating.  Burial is in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene, with Military Rites conducted by Tack-Barnett Post 268 American Legion of Greene.

     Visitation will be 4-6:30 p.m., Thursday, with a Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m., at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene and will continue one hour before services at the church.

     Jim was born March 22, 1930, in Melrose, Wisconsin.  He was the son of Loran and Kathryn (Rand) Duffield and died Sunday, Jan. 7, at the Floyd County Medical Center.  Charles City, Iowa.

     On September 15, 1958, Jim married Carol JoAnn “Joanie” Figgins, in Canton, South Dakota. He lost his beloved Joanie in 2006.  On March 21, 2009, Jim   married Carol Jean “Jean” Ferch whom he cherished until his death.

     Jim received his education in the rural Bristow schools. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in post WWII Germany.  He was a devoted, lifetime member of the VFW.  Jim was an over the road-  truck driver for Murphy Trucking, Shippers Service, Diversified Carriers Inc., trucker of the year for Dart Transit, and ended his career at Norseman Trucking. During his 50-year career he drove more than 6,000,000 miles.

     His interests included Cubs baseball, Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers football, listening and dancing to country and western music.  Finally, in his eighties he tried learning to play guitar. He had been known to sing on stage with his favorite band, Endless Summer, at the Elks Club where he was also a member. Jim was a devoted family man.

     Jim is survived by: his wife Jean; three sons, Terry Taylor of Cedar Falls, Del Duffield of Charles City, David (Debra) Duffield of El Cajon, CA; a daughter, Connie (Dan) Glandon of Charles City; a stepson Timothy (Kimmy) Kernes of Winterset;  two stepdaughters, Laurie Pederson (fiancé Timothy Betts) of Charles City and Orchard,  and Kathleen Wray  (Doug Probst) of Creston; a sister-in-law, Betty Pennington of Mason City; six grandchildren, Cody Duffield, Lindsey (Jarrod) Tell, Joshua Duffield, Cassandra Glandon, Jesse Duffield, Jason Glandon; and one great-granddaughter, Lynnlee Tell, nine step grandchildren.

     He was preceded in death by his wife, Joanie Duffield; his parents; son, Douglas James Duffield; his brother, Don Duffield; two sisters Lorraine Sessler, Martha Starkey; and two stepsons, Bob Kernes and Patrick Kernes.

     Memorials may be directed to the family at P.O. Box 313 Rockford, Iowa 50468-0313

Ron Siems - Sheffield

     Ronald Dick Siems, 67, known as ‘Hort’ by most, died Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at home. A visitation of family and friends will be held at Zion St. John Lutheran Church, Sheffield, Saturday, January 13, 2018, at 10:30 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11:30 a.m. led by Rev. G Kim Wills. Immediately upon conclusion of the service, everyone is invited to share more memories during a lunch provided in the church fellowship hall. The gathering to celebrate Hort’s life will be informal.

     Ron was born February 1, 1950 to Dick and Goldie (Rieman) Siems, and was a lifelong resident of Sheffield. He was baptized as an infant in the former EUB (Evangelical United Brethren) Church, attended Sheffield-Chapin Schools and graduated in 1968.

     In 1970 Ron married the love of his life, Judy A. Loken. Together they had a daughter – Rebecca Anne, and a son – Joseph John.

     Ron was employed at the Sheffield Brick and Tile for many years until it closed down completely. Then he began his career as a semi-truck driver. He drove for Doug’s Transfer until the business was discontinued, then shortly thereafter, drove many years for Con-Way Freight, (now known as XPO Logistics), til he retired in 2016.

     Ron spent his childhood as a very quiet and shy person and no one really knows how that changed, but when he started talking, he kept on talking, and talking, and talking!

     Ron was a champion pool player and would take on any opponent that challenged him.

     Ron was a ball player! He began with Little League Baseball and ended with Slow-Pitch Softball into his 50’s. There was even a time that he played for 3 different teams. He coached Little League as well as a couple of women’s softball teams. He also did more than his fair share of umpiring.

     Ron went right from ballplayer to golfer. It didn’t take long for him to love the game, even though his club would sometimes fly farther than his ball in the beginning.

     Ron was a hunter. For many years he hunted with his “Buckshot Buddies” over by Greene. He loved pheasant season and it was his favorite time of year, as they were some of his favorite people.

     Ron was a dad. He thoroughly enjoyed children…especially his own. They were his pride and joy and a great source of happiness.

     Ron was a grampa…with them his pride, joy and happiness became greater!

     Left with many memories to share with each other are his wife of 47 years: Judy Loken Siems; daughter: Rebecca Siems Anderson (Jerry) of Des Moines; son: Joseph Siems (Melanie) of Nora Springs; granddaughter: Emily N. Siems; grandson: Brody J. Siems; mother-in-law: Ann Loken, Sioux Falls, SD; brothers and sisters-in-law: John (Bev) Loken, Eden Prairie, MN; Alan (Joan) Berdahl, Sioux Falls, SD; Roger (Jana) Stumme, Tripoli, IA; Jeff (Sue) Loken, Dakota City, IA and their families; uncles Edward Siems, Sheffield, Iowa; Delbert Siems, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Robert Rieman, Quincy, IL, and numerous cousins.

     He is preceded in death by his only brother: Anthony (Tony) J. Siems and his parents.

Richard Mason - Chapin

Richard Mason, 82, of Chapin, died Monday, January 1, 2018 at his home. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday at First Grace Baptist Church, Sheffield with Rev. Ken Livingston presiding. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, at First Grace Baptist Church. Retz Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

     Richard Dale Mason was born October 20, 1935, the son of Joseph and Helen (Bents) Mason in Dumont, Iowa. He grew up in Dougherty and graduated from Sheffield High School in 1954. His plans to attend college were altered when he received a request from his country to serve in the Army.

     Richard was united in marriage with Darlene Ubben at the E.U.B. Church in Sheffield on December 29, 1957 and just celebrated their 60th anniversary.

     Rich began working at the Chapin School as Janitor and continued in Sheffield as they closed the Chapin building. After nearly 30 years he left the school in 1988 and became the Dock Manager at Younkers in Mason City and held that position for 17 years.

     A family oriented man, Richard enjoyed attending all his grandchildren’s activities and sports. He instilled the lessons in his family to always help those who are in need. He was definitely a ‘Mr. Fix-it’ rarely discarding things because, ‘they just might be useful to fix something else.’ He was active in his church, as an usher and greeter, served on the designing and building committee and assisting with the building of the current building. In the summer Richard frequently rode his bicycle to Sheffield each day to visit his friends.

     Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 60 years: Darlene; children: Brenda (Carl) Anderson, Shawnee Mission, KS; Brian (Kim) Mason, Belmond; Rhonda (Amado) Guerrero, Sheffield; 8 grandchildren: Bridget (Mark) Ortiz; Danielle (Josh) Arnold; Jenna Anderson; Rachel (C.J.) Reeves; Lindsey Mason; Madelyne Mason; Jacy Guerrero; Ylani Guerrero; great grandchildren: Isabella; Camden, Sophia, Sebastian, Elijah & Oliver.

     Richard is preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Helen Mason and mother and father-in-law: Emil and Dorothy Ubben.

Gordon Rohwedder - Marble Rock

     Funeral services for Gordon Rohwedder, 74, of Marble Rock will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 5, 2018, at the Walter F. Bohl Community Center, 520 College Street, Marble Rock with Pastor Dennis Burns officiating.  Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Marble Rock.

     Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday also at the Community Center.

     Gordon L. Rohwedder was born in Charles City, Iowa, the son of Richard and Carole (Borchard) Rohwedder and died on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.  He attended public school graduating from Rockford High School in 1961.

     Gordon was united in marriage to Cheryl Carlson on August 20, 1962, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.  This union was blessed with two sons, Randy and Brad. The couple farmed in the Marble Rock area moving into Marble Rock in 1988. Gordon farmed over 2, 000 acres in the area retiring in 2008.

     Gordy was a member of the United Methodist Church in Marble Rock.  He served for five years as a councilmen and eight years as Mayor of Marble Rock. Gordy served eight years on the Floyd, Mitchell, and Chickasaw Solid Waste Management Agency. He was also a member of the Lions Club.

     Gordy liked to tinker with cars and machinery, enjoyed playing golf with his wife and friends, crossword puzzles, ice fishing, riding his motorcycle and snow mobile. Gordy had a cabin in Philips, Wisconsin the family enjoyed together for mini vacations. He was very artistic and mechanical and fabricated many parts he need on the farm or for projects he tackled. He was a hard worker and was very dedicated to his family.  Gordy liked being a father and grandfather and was faithful to attend school functions.  Two highlights in Gordy’s life were when he was told he was going to be a grandfather and the farm sale at the end of his career that allowed him to recognize how successful he had truly been over the years.

     After retirement he had his workshop to tinker in and to have coffee in with his friends every morning.

     Living family members include his loving wife, Cheryl of Marble Rock; two sons, Randy (Kelly) Rohwedder of Menomonie, WI; Brad (Laura) Rohwedder of Charles City; grandchildren: Brooke (Steve) Paulsen, Kameron Rohwedder, Kelsey Rohwedder, Shelby Atkinson (fiancé Jacob Von Tish); great-grandchildren: Hayden Rink, Max and Arlo Atkinson, Addison and Cooper Paulsen and one on the way; mother Carole Rohwedder, Greene; sister Gloria (Roger) Stover of Dows; mother-in-law Dorothy Carlson of Mason City; brother-in-law: Jerry (Judy) Carlson and sister-in-law: Carole Tanner; nieces, nephews and cousins, faithful canine Maggie.

     Preceded in death by his Grandson, Father, and Father-in-law.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Gordon Rohwedder Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 265, Marble Rock, Iowa 50653.

Gordon Brouwer - Sheffield

Gordon Brouwer, 81, of Sheffield, passed away, Saturday, December 30, 2017 at the Sheffield Care Center. Memorial services will be held in the spring.

Mary Jane Rawson - Sheffield

     Mary Jane Rawson, 77, of Sheffield, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at the home farm. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 6, 2018, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Thornton, with Rev. Rhea Evanson presiding. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be 4:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, January 5, 2018 at Retz Funeral Home, 107 N. 2nd Street, Thornton. Memorials may be directed to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in her memory.

     Mary Jane was born in Swaledale, Iowa on August 31, 1940, the daughter of Louie and Reva (Tice) Peters. Mary Jane attended Swaledale High School. She graduated from Mason City Junior College and finished her teaching degree at Drake University. She taught in Kanawha, Ankeny and Washington, Iowa. She left teaching to raise her three daughters in Newton then returning to Northern Iowa in 1974.

     Mary Jane was united in marriage with Mike Rawson on January 13, 1978. They established their home where they raised their family in Thornton. During these years ‘MJ’ devoted 25 years of invaluable service to Opportunity Village in Clear Lake, where she retired from.

     Mary Jane spent a lot of her time traveling to Des Moines to spend time with her daughters and grandchildren. She always had weekly dinners with her granddaughter, Ellyse, who is attending NIACC. Her retirement years did not slow her down and she was more active in those years. MJ was very devoted to her communities and to her church.

      Mary Jane is survived by her children:  Randy (Barb) Rawson, John’s Island, SC; Daughters: LeeAnn Rawson, Charleston, SC, Kris (TJ) Guzzi, Altoona, Shari (Michael) Rudawski, West Des Moines, Stacy (Adivino) Vasquez, Ankeny, Steve (Faith) Peters, Rockwell; Grandchildren: Miranda Rawson, Ellyse Rogers, Jimmy Guzzi, Sam Schmida; Ethan Rogers; Siblings: Tootie (Daryl) Buchholtz, Swaledale, Gary (Karen) Peters, Ventura, Bev (Ron) Behr, Rockwell, Sister-in-laws: Nancy Peters and Priscilla Scholten and many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

     Mary Jane is preceded in death by her parents, Louie and Reva Peters, husband, Mike, brother, Lynn Peters and grandson, Colby Rawson.   Mary Jane’s life was a blessing, her memory a treasure, and she is loved beyond words and will be missed beyond measure.

“The hardest part isn’t losing you; it’s learning to live without you”

Sandra Kammrad - Forest City

     Sandra Kammrad, 69, of Forest City, died Thursday, December 21, 2017, at Hospice of North Iowa in Mason City. Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m., Thursday, December 28, at First Grace Baptist Church, Sheffield, with Rev. Ken Livingston presiding. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield.

     Sandra Lee Kammrad was born November 6, 1948, in Mason City, a daughter of Everett and Eleanor (Anderson) Berrier. She grew up attending Mason City Schools and graduated before attending NIACC.

     On June 17, 1967 Sandra was united in marriage with Rick Kammrad at Calvary Alliance Church in Mason City. While he served in the Army the couple lived in Germany. When they returned to Iowa, Sandra worked for Sukup Manufacturing. They later relocated to Forest City and Sandra worked for Pamida for many years.

     Sandra like to sew for others and made many bride’s maid dresses and gowns. She also was an accomplished cook and enjoyed gardening, especially her flowers. She was a collector of dolls, both Barbie and porcelain dolls. She also had a collection of rare Salvation Army Dolls.

     Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 50 years, Rick Kammrad; daughter: Kristie Lee (Rick) Morris, Forest City; 2 grandchildren: Cassandra (Phil) Biermann and Sarah Miles (Drew Heuberger);  7 great grandchildren: Nevaeh, Bryce, Mallorie, Lily, Parker, Bentley & Linkin; brother: Richard (Sandy) Kunzman; sister: Janet (Roger) Carpenter; aunt: Shirley Wallace and mother-in-law: Eileen Lutcavish; aunt Shirley Wallace, many cousins and extended family.

     Sandra is preceded in death by her parents and nephew Timmy Carpenter, aunts Hazel Hernandez and Thelma Mahaffey and uncle Irvin Terry.

Evelyn Stabenow - Greene

     Funeral services for Evelyn Stabenow will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 23, 2017, at St. Mary Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Mary Cemetery.

     Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Friday, December 22, 2017, at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene, Iowa. with a rosary service to follow at 7p.m.

     Evelyn was born on July 4th 1927 to Will and Genevieve Stanton Stabenow at their farm home in rural Greene and passed away December 18, 2017 at the Allison Rehabilitation Center in Allison, Iowa. Evelyn attended country school until 8th grade then attended Greene High School where she graduated in 1946.  

     After High School Evelyn worked at the Charles City Laundry for a number of years until she moved to Greene with her parents. She was a babysitter to many families in Greene along with being a caregiver to her parents.

     Evelyn was a deeply caring person and did all the worrying about the wellbeing of friends and family.  She never missed sending greetings to everyone with cards and notes.  Evelyn was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and St Jude’s circle.

      Evelyn is survived by her sisters Rita Merfeld of Greene and Carla Phalen of Cedar Falls; her nephews Mike Merfeld, David Merfeld, Pat Phalen and niece Theresa Vickery; great nieces and nephews Jordan Merfeld, Zach (Alysha) Merfeld, Rachel Vickery, Mark Vickery, Trent Merfeld, Jenna Vickery and Tyler Merfeld; great great nieces and nephew Cadence, Taylor and Brady Merfeld; special cousins the Barnetts, Gales and Stanton kids.

     She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers-in-law; Richard Merfeld and Michael Phalen; and nephew John Phalen.

     Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Evelyn Stabenow Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 492, Greene, Iowa 50636

Alva Eugene Lubkeman - Rockwell

     Alva Lubkeman of rural Rockwell passed away Thursday, December 14, 2017, at the Sheffield Care Center. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, at Zion St. John Lutheran Church, Sheffield, with Rev. G. Kim Wills presiding. Interment with Veteran’s Honors will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be 3:00 – 6:00 p.m., Sunday, at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield.

     Alva Eugene Lubkeman was born on March 25, 1929, to William and Louise (Brammer) Lubkeman. He passed away on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at the Sheffield Care Center following a short illness. Alva attended country school before graduating from Sheffield High School. He was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church in Sheffield.

     Following graduation, Alva farmed with his dad until he was called to serve in the Army in Germany during the Korean War. This was a very significant time of his life and he was fond of retelling stories of his time in the service and serving as a cook for thousands of troops.

     Upon returning to the United States, Alva resumed farming. On November 14, 1956, he was united in marriage to Linda Walters of Mason City. Together they raised three children and worked on their farm near Rockwell. Alva lived on the family farm for over sixty years.

     Alva was a quiet, gentle man who was a friend to everyone he met. He’d have a friendly conversation with anyone and was always willing to help others. He was dedicated to his family, his parents and the family farm. This dedication was visible in his gentle leadership as a father, his preservation of the land and stewardship of its resources. He loved animals, especially his cattle. An avid reader, he enjoyed learning about new farming methods. Mostly, he enjoyed spending time with his family and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were always sure to put that wonderful smile on his face.

     Alva is survived by his three children, Alan (Paula) Lubkeman, Sheffield; Steven (Marie) Lubkeman, Rockwell; Julie (Terry) Smith, Urbandale; ten grandchildren, Joshua (Theresa) Lubkeman, Nathan (Emily) Lubkeman, Emily (Eric) Alcott, William (Katy) Lubkeman, Heidi (Gannon) Hendrick, Breanna Lubkeman, Nicole Gustafson, Joseph, Carter, and Hanna Smith. Great grandchildren include Mason, Eric, Arilynn, and Sean Lubkeman; Preston and Taylor Lubkeman; Sawyer and Lincoln Alcott; and one sister, Eleanor Olk, special friend, Byron Heginger.

     He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Louise Lubkeman; wife, Linda; brother, Wayne Lubkeman; and two great-grandchildren, Garric Lubkeman and Sophie Alcott.

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