Lois Booth was born April 17, 1918 the daughter of John and Margaret (Brangwin) Booth. She graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1934. On October 9, 1943 Lois married William Francis (Bill) McCabe in Storm Lake. They moved to San Diego, CA, while Bill served on a Navy submarine during WWII. After the war they farmed near Aurelia for 28 years. Lois worked at Lockin Insurance Agency in Aurelia, and later at the Cherokee County Assessor’s Office. They retired to Whidbey Island, WA in 1982. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, traveling, and sewing.
Preceding Lois in death were her parents, her husband Bill on March 19, 1987, and one sister and her husband; Elaine and Marvin Bengtson.
Lois died October 14, 2015 in Freeland, WA.
Survivors include her three daughters; Sandi and her husband Joe Karl Beals of Cherokee, Vicki and her husband Tom Griffin of Seattle, WA, and Toni and her husband Phil Spady of Bellevue, WA, five grandchildren; Linda and husband Jeff Ducommun of Larrabee, Andrea and husband Eric Thoreson of Seattle, WA, Karla and husband Brandon Frehse of Everly, Joe Beals and wife Jamie Wilger of Urbana, IL, and Alex Spady of Bellevue, WA, six great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Ole Verner Hallquist, 86, of Aurelia will be 10:30 A.M. Saturday, September 5, 2015, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta, with Pastor Jane Johnston officiating. Interment will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. Visitation will be Friday from 2:00 P.M. until 6 P.M., with the family present from 4:00 to 6:00, at the Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia.
Ole went to be with the Lord on September 2, 2015, at UnityPoint St. Luke’s Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa. Prior to his hospitalization Ole resided at the Sunset Knoll Retirement and Rehab Center in Aurelia.
Ole was born on May 7, 1929, in Odeshog, Sweden to Axel Frithiof and Ebba Marie (Johnson) Hellqvist. He was educated in the Swedish school system.
At the age of 18, Ole left Sweden for the rich, abundant fields of Iowa and his Uncle Dave Johnson’s farm north of Alta. He worked for several farmers in the community. On February 2, 1951, he was called to military duty and served at an army base in Atlanta, Georgia, for two years. He was honorably discharged on February 1, 1953. Ole obtained his American citizenship at a ceremony in the Cherokee courthouse in l956.
When in Atlanta he met a beautiful nurse and the love of his life, Anita Guice. They were married on February 14, l953, in Atlanta, Georgia. Ole and Anita had two children, Allan and his wife Carol Hallquist of Kansas City, Missouri, and Todd and his wife Teresa Hallquist of Ecuador, and five grandchildren, Adam Hallquist of San Francisco, California, Devin Hallquist of Kansas City, Missouri, Matthew Hallquist of Camdenton, Missouri, and Jacob and Benjamin Hallquist of Ecuador.
After marrying, Ole and Anita moved to a farm south of Aurelia, Iowa, where Ole farmed for over 45 years. He was a masterful farmer with the straightest, weed-free rows in the state! Ole was a man of few words and many talents. He could fix anything and when he couldn’t, he’d create a part. He loved to work on antique tractors and play his accordion. His rendition of “You Are My Sunshine” was a family favorite.
Ole treasured his wife. His eyes would twinkle when he listened to her tales of her childhood, and he enjoyed her wonderful Southern cooking. He adored his five grandchildren and loved to spoil them. Trips to the farm meant going to get donuts from
Casey’s in the morning with Grandpa, and afternoons spent driving the go-cart he’d made for his sons decades earlier.
Ole’s pride and joy were his sons, Allan and Todd. He was a loving father who set an example of hard work, honesty and integrity. He followed their successes in sports and in business with tremendous pride. Ole often declared that he was a man of great fortune when he spent time with his sons and their families.
Ole was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta, and he was a member of the Grashoff-McManus American Legion Post #390 of Aurelia for 63 years. Ole is survived by one brother, Sven Hellqvist, and several nephews, nieces, and cousins, all of whom live in Sweden.
Ole was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Sten Hellqvist, and two sisters, Inga Salomonson and Dagny Rosendahl.
Arnold Adolph Herman Mohn was born November 6, 1917 to Claus and Margaret (Hahnkampt) Mohn at Holstein, Iowa. After the death of his parents, his home was with cousins, Henry and Wilhelmina Nelson of Aurelia. He attended country school. Arnold served in the US Army from March 27, 1941 until his discharge on September 27, 1945. He farmed for his brother Eitel until he was married. On February 20, 1949 Arnold married Arlene Margaret Dittmer at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia. They farmed in the Good Hope area until moving into Aurelia in the fall of 1979. Arlene died June 26, 1983. In August of 1985 Arnold married Lamerne (Schulke) Weiland. Lamerne died in January of 2012. In December of 2012 Arnold moved to WelCov in Alta. He was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church, the Grashoff-McManus American Legion Post #390 of Aurelia. Arnold was a Yankees fan, and enjoyed collecting pens and pencils, attending antique farm auctions, horse racing and watching the Kentucky Derby, playing 500, and his military reunions. He was a devoted and loving husband and father, and was a faithful Bible reader.
Arnold died Thursday July 23, 2015 at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee, Iowa.
Preceding Arnold in death were his parents, his foster parents, two wives, five sisters; Louise, Ella, Elfrieda, Erma, and Edna, and three brothers; Herbert, William, and Eitel.
Survivors include his children, Margaret and her husband Leo Eminger of Maumelle, AR, Joyce and her husband Gordon Sievers of Slater, IA, Brian and his wife Sandy Mohn of Aurelia, and Kristine Mohn of Minneapolis, MN, eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two step-children; Dale and his wife Jackie Weiland of Tama, IA, and Doug and his wife Judy Weiland of Colorado Springs, CO, one brother-in-law, Robert Dittmer of Holstein, and two sisters-in-law; Lauretta Skarin of Wall Lake, and Janet and her husband Ron Nielsen of Ida Grove, and many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Mildred G. “Millie” Waddell, 96, of Storm Lake, formerly of Alta, will be 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, July 23, 2015, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta, with Pastor Jane Johnston officiating. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Alta. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Ladies VFW Auxiliary #6172 of Alta, or the Trinity Lutheran Church.
Mildred Genevieve Speulda was born on November 4th, 1918 at Akron, Iowa, the daughter of Louis and Anna (Trautt) Speulda. She received her education in Wayne, NE, graduating in 1935. On November 18, 1955 Millie married Lyle Lee Waddell in Luverne, MN. Millie worked at Cobblestone, DeKalb, Depot Lounge, and babysat for families in Alta. She retired in 1990. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the Ladies VFW Auxiliary #6172 of Alta, and a past president of the AmVets Auxiliary, and she enjoyed golf, bowling, canning, and cooking.
Millie died Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at the North Lake Manor in Storm Lake, where she had been a resident since April 6, 2010.
Preceding Millie in death were her parents, first husband Joe Bateman, second husband Lyle Waddell on January 21, 2005, one brother, Bob Speulda, one sister, June Schoby, one son-in-law, Rex Kent, one great-grandson, Aaron Michael Waddell, and two brothers-in-law; Robert Bursick and Fred Schoby.
Survivors include her four children; Susan Freese of Des Moines, Genevieve Kent of Mesa, AZ, Richard and his wife Kathy Bateman of Paonia, CO, and Carl and his wife Bobbie Waddell of Spencer. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren, one brother, Lloyd and his wife Ellie Speulda of Candler, NC, one sister, Norma Bursick of Sioux City, special family member, Dee Waddell Meyer, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
James Alan Nelson was born September 8, 1930, at Aurelia, Iowa, the only child of Harold Verner and Lela Irene (Johnson) Nelson. He graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1948, and then attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake for one year. Jim entered the United States Air Force on November 7, 1951, in Sioux City, IA, and was discharged on November 7, 1955, at George Air Force Base in California.
On June 17, 1956, Jim married DeAnna Rae Regina Goettsch at the Methodist Church in Holstein, IA. He was a farmer, a dealer for Northrup King Seeds, and was owner/operator of Special Windings. Jim was a member of the Aurelia First United Methodist Church, in his youth he attained the level of Eagle Scout and was a Scout Master for several years, and obtained the Order of the Arrow, was a member of the Grashoff-McManus American Legion Post #390 of Aurelia, Toast Masters, Red Power, the Air Force Association, the Experimental Aircraft Association, and International Harvester Collectors Iowa Chapter #5. He enjoyed his family, photography, model railroading, aviation, and steam and tractor shows.
Jim died Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at the Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia, IA.
Preceding Jim in death were his parents, Harold and Lela Nelson.
Survivors include his wife, DeAnna of Aurelia, four children; JoLynn and her husband Duane Heschke of Aurelia, Mark Nelson and Valerie Tilghman of Kennesaw, GA, Bruce Nelson and Lynn Cunningham of Des Moines, IA, and Steven and his wife Betty Nelson of Aurelia. Also surviving are nine grandchildren; Kris and husband Luke Fleener, Kelly and husband Jeff Price, Kathy and husband Michael Leach, Bradley Nelson, Abigale Nelson, Lindsay Nelson, Audrey Nelson, Grant Nelson, and Amber Martin, four great-grandchildren; Jayleen and Kaycee Leach, Nash Price, and Sabrina Fleener, one brother-in-law, Kenneth Goettsch of Seal Beach , CA, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.
Charles was born December 23, 1932, on a farm north of Laurens, Iowa, the only son of Lester and Eleanor Lavina (Short) Christenson. They moved to Marathon in 1936. He was baptized and confirmed in the United Methodist Church in Marathon. He attended school in Marathon and Lincoln Lee Township. In 1950 he graduated from Marathon Consolidated School. While a senior he was offered a farm to rent and did until 1953. Then he was drafted into the United States Army. Discharged in 1955, he returned to Marathon and farmed for 42 years.
He was united in marriage on January 25, 1953, to Marilyn Jean Orcutt in Sioux Rapids, IA. They were active in church and Eastern Star. They had three girls; Cynthia Jane, Deborah Suzanne, and Nancy Jo. Marilyn died of cancer in 1968.
On June 1, 1969, Charles married Barbara Sue Orcutt in Blencoe, IA. They had two girls; Sara Kay and Amy Ruth. They wintered in Arizona for 16 years. In 2006 they moved off the farm to Aurelia. They celebrated 46 years of marriage.
Charles was proud of his family and his vocation of farming. He was a 58 year member of Universal Masonic Lodge #587 of Marathon and a Past Master, and a 58 year member of Eastern Star and a Past Patron. He enjoyed playing cards, sporting events, golfing, and reading.
Charles died Monday, July 6, 2015, at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee, IA.
Preceding Charles in death were his parents, his wife Marilyn, one sister, Mary and her husband Merle Waggie, and one son-in-law, Russel Pischel.
Charles’ life is celebrated by his wife, Barbara of Aurelia, daughters; Cindy and her husband Earl Baier of Des Moines, IA, Deborah Pischel of Machesney Park, IL, Nancy and her husband Criss Wood of Yuma, AZ, Sara and her husband James Evans of Maple Grove, MN, and Amy Christenson of Sioux City, IA, grandchildren; Carl, Wesley, Valerie, Ali, Marilyn, Krista, Charlie, Hayden, and Henry, great-grandchildren; Seth, Charlie, Tennessee, Jacob, Kash, Cindy, Baylee, Alyssa, Seth, Alyvia, and Amiyah, sister, Fran and her husband Ralph Hazen of Mesa, AZ, sisters-in-law; Donna Yeager of Spencer, IA, Janice Reck of Enterprise, AL, and Pat and husband Alan Jaycox of Denison, IA, nieces, nephews and many friends.
Betty LaVonne Grienke was born on January 11, 1928, the daughter of Herbert and Christina (Gerjets) Grienke in Aurelia, Iowa. She attended school in Aurelia and graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1945. Betty worked for two years as a secretary for the Department of Agriculture at the Capitol Building in Des Moines. On October 5, 1947 Betty married Gerald Anderson at the Congregational Church in Aurelia. Betty was a member of the First Congregational Church where she was a member of Dorchester Circle, Women’s Fellowship, and sang in the choir for many years. Betty was a member of the Pythian Sisters for 49 years, and was the pianist for the group. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, playing piano, card clubs, Bingo, and fishing. Most important were home and family, where she always had an unlimited supply of food for company. Betty and Gerald spent 24 years wintering in Florida or Arizona.
Betty died Sunday, June 21, 2015 at the Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia.
Preceding Betty in death were her parents, one sister, Darlene and her husband Cliff Menefee, one brother-in-law, Dorrel Huseman, one sister-in-law, JoAnn Anderson, and three nephews; Craig Menefee, Bradley Anderson, and Mel Anderson, Jr.
Survivors include her husband, Gerald Anderson of Aurelia, one son, Gary Anderson of Waconia, MN, one daughter Christy and her husband Kent Hyndman of Mankato, MN. Also surviving are two granddaughters; Lisa and her husband Brad Bock of Waconia, and Kelly and her husband Mark Nevermann of Chanhassen, MN, six great-grandchildren; Allison and Cole Seeman, Lauren and Alex Bock, and Joey and Jackson Nevermann, one sister, Myrna Huseman of Aurelia, two brothers-in-law; Melvern and his wife Marylyn Anderson and Gorlyn Anderson all of Phoenix, AZ and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Jared “Bud” Zarr, 91, of Aurelia, will be 4:30 P.M. Saturday, June 20, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Thomas Petersen officiating. Burial will be in the Afton Cemetery, rural Cherokee. Visitation will be on Friday from 4:00 until 8:00, with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00, at the Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia. A memorial fund has been established.
Jared Washington Zarr, Jr. was born October 26, 1923, the son of Jared W. and Hazel (Kissinger) Zarr, Sr. at Vivian, South Dakota. When Bud was ten years old the family moved to Cherokee. He graduated from the Washington High School in Cherokee in 1940. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 until 1946. On December 17, 1949, Bud married Harriet Louise Mohror at the Little Brown Church in the Vale at Nashua, IA. They farmed in the Aurelia area. He was a member of the Aurelia First United Methodist Church, Beef Producers, and the Aurelia Golf Club board. He also did carpenter work for several people.
Bud died Thursday, June 18, 2015, at the Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia.
Preceding Bud in death were his parents, his wife Harriet on February 28, 2006, three sisters; Fern Zarr, Ruth and her husband Ed Walter, and Mae and her husband Herb Nelson, three sisters-in-law and their husbands; Marcella and husband Leonard Stout, Vera and husband Roy Stieneke, and Dorothy and husband John Hartwig.
Survivors include two daughters; Sherrie and her husband Tom Mahoney of Salina, KS, and Toni Zarr of Des Moines, one brother, Harold and his wife Marge Zarr of Sioux City, one sister-in-law, Phyllis and her husband Rex Boatman of Waterloo, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Herbert Dean Will was born December 23, 1927, the son of Herbert J. and Gladys (Lane) Will on the family farm at Aurelia. He graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1945. On November 25, 1949, Dean married Eveline Stanworth at the St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Cherokee, IA. They made their home on the farm at Aurelia for 54 years, retiring in 1999. He served with the Iowa National Guard, being discharged in 1954. Dean was recognized as the Master Pork Producer for the State of Iowa in 1981. Dean was a partner in the creation of Maple Valley Wood Shavings in Aurelia. He was a lifelong member of the Aurelia First United Methodist Church where he served on numerous boards and committees. Dean enjoyed all things agriculturally related. After retiring Dean became a delivery driver for Sleezer Select Stock for several years. The last few months he mastered (more or less) the iPhone with much assistance from the children, and enjoyed showing off his skill.
Dean died Friday, May 15, 2015, at the Cherokee Villa Nursing and Rehab Center.
Preceding Dean in death were his parents, his parents-in-law; Rev. Ernest and Mary Stanworth, his sister Marian Will Reilly, and twin grandsons; Xander and Xaine Yost.
Survivors include his wife Eveline of Cherokee, eight children; Jeffrey Will of Adel, IA, Laurie and her husband David Rehnstrom of Hartington, NE, Kevin Will of Gaithersburg, MD, Suzanne Lux of Lincoln, NE, Christine and her husband Randy Albers of Urbandale, IA, Richard Will and his wife Julia Getchell of Portland, OR, Sara and her husband John Yost of Olathe, KS, and Andrea Will of San Antonio, TX. Also surviving are thirteen grandchildren; Jenna Rehnstrom and her husband Chris Liberto and their children Hunter and Quinn of Sioux City, IA, Jordan Rehnstrom of West Des Moines, IA, Nicole Will of Virginia and her children Trinity, Violet, Wisdom, Virtue, and Cody, SeAnne Will of Maryland and her children Alyssa and Anthony, Grant Will of New Hampshire and his daughter Cadence, Abigail and her husband Aaron Kalkbrenner and his daughter Julia of Waterloo, IA, Brittany Lux of Sioux Falls, SD, Jaden Lux of Sioux City, Katie and her husband Grayson Path of Nebraska City, NE, Stephen and his wife Lacey Albers of Searcy, AR, Megan Albers of Searcy, AR, MacKenzie Yost of Kansas, and Spencer Strait of San Antonio, TX, one sister, Joann and her husband George Pithan of Sioux City, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends
Anna Margaret Pfeifer was born on July 25, 1931 on a family farm in Pierce, Nebraska, the daughter of Frederick and Catherine (Ketter) Pfeifer. She graduated from the St. Bonaventure Catholic School in Columbus, NE in 1949, and then attended the Commercial Extension School of Commerce in Omaha, NE and graduated in 1950.
On September 20, 1952 Anna was united in marriage to Robert P. Waddell at the St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Columbus. Robert was stationed in the Navy at that time in Norman, OK where they made their first home. In 1956 they moved to Aurelia, IA, where they continued to live and were blessed with three sons.
Anna was employed at the Cherokee Creamery, Farmers National Bank, Cherokee County Courthouse in the Treasurer’s office, Country Side Estates, and Hardee’s, semi-retiring in 1996. She continued to work part-time at the Social Security Office in Storm Lake until 2005.
Anna’s life centered around her family, church and community. Anna was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters of America, Catholic Church Guild, the Aurelia Catholic Ladies Circle, and Lector. She delivered Meals on Wheels for several years and regularly attended the Aurelia Community Coffee. She enjoyed being outdoors whether it was working in her flower beds or watching the wildlife. She also enjoyed playing cards, embroidering, crocheting, genealogy, oil painting, refinishing furniture, and watching movies. Anna loved her family and often expressed her gratitude for her husband, sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Anna passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at the Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia.
Preceding Anna in death were her husband Robert on January 20, 1992, her parents Frederick and Catherine, her parents-in-law Charles and E. LaMerne Waddell, three brothers-in-law; Louis Meisenbach, Gary Holst, and Larry Lickiss, and three sisters-in-law; Lucille Pfeifer, Ardiss Pfeifer, and Ruth Ann Pfeifer.
Left to cherish Anna’s memory are her sons; Charles Waddell of Alta, IA, Michael and his wife Jeannine Waddell of Aurelia, and Timothy Waddell of Hawarden, IA, five grandchildren; Nathan Waddell of Des Moines, IA, Brandi and her husband Jesse Haberl of Royal, IA, Danielle Waddell of Spencer, IA, Robert D. and his wife Valerie Waddell of Olathe, KS, Stephanie and her husband Charles Horton of Lilburn, GA, and three great-grandchildren; Grady Waddell and Maia Waddell of Olathe, and Tessa Haberl of Royal. Also surviving are one sister, Julene Holst of Omaha, two brothers; Ralph Pfeifer of Lincoln, NE, and Theodore Pfeifer of Gretna, NE, two sisters-in-law; Marilyn Waddell and Charlene Lickiss both of Aurelia, and many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Betty Lou Speers was born July 9, 1931, the daughter of Harold and Ruth (Mummert) Speers at Aurelia. She graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1949. On November 23, 1949, Betty married Donald Nelson Wieland at the Little Brown Church in the Vale at Nashua, IA. They made their home in Aurelia. Betty worked as a sales clerk at the Fashion Shop in Aurelia, and later as the secretary for the Aurelia High School Principal from 1965 until her retirement. She served as a Cub Scout den mother for many years. Betty was an active member of the Aurelia First United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Martha Circle and served on the funeral lunch committee, the Aurelia Heritage Society, and the American Legion Auxiliary.
Betty died Friday, April 10, 2015, at the Sunset Knoll Care and Rehab Center in Aurelia.
Preceding Betty in death were her parents, and her husband Don on August 19, 2007.
Survivors include two sons; David and his wife Susan Wieland of Kansas City, MO, and Dennis and his wife Janice Wieland of Aurelia, four grandchildren; Nicole and her husband Matt Busenbark of Kansas City, MO, Leah and her husband Dan Niemeier, Drew and his wife Shana Wieland, and Dustin Wieland all of Aurelia, four great-grandchildren; Bryce Busenbark, Gavin and Gracelyn Niemeier, and Reese Wieland, and one brother, Don and his wife Alice Speers of Storm Lake. Also surviving are seven step-grandchildren; Kristin and her husband Kai Lewis, St. Cloud, MN, Will and his wife Coralie Cosgrove and Wade and Harmony Cosgrove all of Portland, OR, Stephanie and her husband Steve Zarr of Cherokee, Peter Cosgrove of Quimby, and Emily and Addie Cosgrove both of Aurelia, ten step-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
A celebration of life gathering for Joann Samsel, 75, of Lakeside, will be held from 6:30 until 8:00 P.M. on Monday, March 30, 2015, at the Church of Christ in Storm Lake. Private family burial will be in the Storm Lake Cemetery at a later date. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.
Joann Charlotte Fray was born June 21, 1939 in Fairfield, Iowa, the daughter of Ivan C. and Lucile (McFarland) Fray. In 1955 Joann was adopted by Richard and Cleta Thomas of Storm Lake. She graduated from the Storm Lake High School in 1958. In 1961 she graduated from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake with a degree in elementary education. Joann’s first teaching position was fourth grade in Fairmont, MN. On June 23, 1963 Joann married Tom Samsel at the Church of Christ in Storm Lake. Later she became certified to teach art and taught at Newell, Storm Lake St. Mary’s, Sioux Rapids-Rembrandt, and Aurelia. Joann and Tom owned and operated the Photo-Craft photography studio in Storm Lake. Joann was a home health provider for family and friends for many years. She was a member of the Church of Christ, where she was organist for several years. She had an outgoing personality and no one was a stranger for long.
Joann died Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the Unity Point St. Luke’s Health Center in Sioux City after a battle with cancer.
Preceding Joann in death were her parents, two sisters; Virginia Johnson and Joyce Boyd, and two brothers; Frank Wehmeyer and Steven Handy.
Survivors include her husband Tom of Lakeside, two sisters; Pauline and her husband Ernie Dicks of Ottumwa, IA, and Linda McNatt of Albuquerque, NM, three brothers; Carl Miller of Oregon, Ivan Carbaugh of Oklahoma City, OK, and Warren and his wife Elizabeth Wehmeyer of Washington, two brothers-in-law; Gene Johnson of Greenville, TN, Richard Boyd of Ottumwa, one sister-in-law, Carolyn Handy of Ottumwa, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Anna Sophie Loux was born December 25, 1919, the second oldest of seven children born to David and Lydia (Claude) Loux. After graduating from high school in Woolstock, Iowa, she graduated with a Cosmetology degree from Storm Lake Beauty School and began working in Aurelia, later opening Ann’s Beauty Shop which she ran for many years. She also met and married Virgil Larson of Aurelia on Aug 20, 1938 at the Congregational parsonage. They celebrated 60 years of marriage together. Anna and Virgil loved to travel after they retired, and they made it to all of the United States and Canada. She was proud of being a Lifetime member of the Aurelia Legion Auxiliary. She was a resident of Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia. Anna joyfully celebrated her 95th birthday on Christmas Day 2014.
Anna died Monday, March 16, 2015, at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee, Iowa.
Preceding Anna in death were her parents, husband Virgil in 1998, son Richard in 1984, three sisters; Velma Tesdahl, Iola Isenberger, and Deloris Boyd, and three brothers; Donald, Dean, and Loren Loux.
Survivors include a son, Laverne and his wife Kay Larson of Burnsville, Minnesota, a daughter, Anita and her husband Jim Mackay of Manitoba, Canada, a daughter in-law, Janice Grillo of Naperville, Illinois, six grandchildren; Lennelle & Matthew, Deron & Bret, Chad & Mark, numerous great grandchildren, and other relatives and friends.
Darlene Faye Grienke was born on August 22, 1925, the daughter of Herbert and Christina (Gerjets) Grienke in Aurelia, Iowa. She attended school in Aurelia and graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1943. After graduating, she worked as a teller in the Farmer’s National Bank. On September 12, 1945 Darlene married Clifford Lashley Menefee in Aurelia. After his service in WWII, they farmed north of Aurelia. Darlene worked for many years in the Farmer’s National Bank and the First Trust & Savings Bank in Aurelia. She enjoyed her card clubs and the winters she and Clifford spent in Arizona, as well as the years on the lake in Arnolds Park. Nothing made her happier than fishing with her family. Time spent with her granddaughters and great-granddaughters was especially important to her along with the many card games they played.
Darlene died Friday, March 13, 2015 at her home.
Preceding Darlene in death were her parents, her husband Clifford and son Craig in 2008.
Survivors include her son Steven Menefee of Bloomington, MN, daughter-in-law Joan Menefee of Boone, IA, two granddaughters; Carrie and her husband Erik Lundy of Des Moines, and Stephanie Menefee of Milwaukee, WI, and two great-granddaughters; Josie and Megan Lundy of Des Moines. Also surviving are two sisters; Myrna Huseman and Betty and her husband Jerry Anderson all of Aurelia, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Funeral services for Marian A. Reilly, 93, of Aurelia, will be 10:30 A.M. Monday, January 19, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Thomas Petersen officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. The family will be present for visitation on Sunday from 2:00 until 5:00 at the church. Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church or the Aurelia Heritage Society. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.
Marian Adaline Will was born August 21, 1921, the daughter of Herbert and Gladys (Lane) Will at Aurelia. She graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1939. Following graduation she attended Tri State Business School in Sioux City, graduating in 1940. She then worked in Sioux City, and later at the ACS office in Cherokee. On September 5, 1942, Marian married Robert Reilly in South Sioux City, NE. Marian and Bob moved to Aurelia in 1950 to farm and own and operate Reilly Cattle Company. She enjoyed having coffee with friends, and was a member of the Aurelia First United Methodist Church, the Federated Woman’s Club, the Aurelia Heritage Society, American Legion Auxiliary, Aurelia Golf Course, Maple Valley Friendship Club, Pinochle Club, and was a volunteer for the Cherokee County Cancer Society for 15 years ten of which she was Chairman for the county.
Marian died Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at the Sunset Knoll Care and Rehab Center in Aurelia.
Preceding Marian in death were her parents, and her husband Bob on February 2, 1998.
Survivors include three children; Linda and her husband Bob Kelch of Mesa, AZ, Dennis Reilly of Baxter, IA, and Larry and his wife Shanda Reilly of Aurelia. Also surviving are eight grandchildren; Susan and husband Dan Griffin, Sarah and husband Todd Matthies, Ben and wife Elise Reilly, Stephanie Reilly, Robert Reilly, Tadd and wife Amanda Reilly, Kasey Reilly and his fiancé Kristen Copeland, and Kalli Reilly and her fiancé Patrick Myron, twelve great-grandchildren, one brother, Dean and wife Eveline Will of Cherokee, one sister, Joann and husband George Pithan of Sioux City, one sister-in-law, JoAnn Swoboda, and many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Gloria Mae Harden was born on May 7th, 1927 at Cherokee, Iowa, the daughter of George and Alice (Goettsch) Harden. She graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1944. After graduation she worked for Janzen’s Department Store in Storm Lake.
On February 25, 1947, Gloria married Alfred William Felten at the St. John’s Evangelical and Reformed Church at Brooke. To this union four children were born; Alvern, Byron, Audrey, and Galen. Alfred and Gloria had a dairy farm north of Aurelia. Gloria was a farm wife, raising chickens and packing two cases of eggs every day. Later, she helped raise the baby calves for the dairy operation.
Gloria was a member of the St. John’s Church where she was active in Ladies Aid for many years. She was also a member of C.A.B. Birthday Club and neighborhood 500 card groups. Gloria enjoyed gardening and flowers, babysitting grandkids, visiting family and friends, and writing letters to her four sisters.
Gloria died Sunday, January 4, 2015, at the Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia.
Preceding Gloria in death were her parents, her husband Alfred on June 5, 2001, one son, Galen Felten, one brother, Virgil Harden, and two sisters; Berniece Koopman and Norma Peterson.
Survivors include her children; Alvern Felten, Byron and his wife Deb Felten, and Audrey and her husband David Gustafson all of Aurelia. Also surviving are seven grandchildren: Neil and his wife Nichole Gustafson, Tyler Gustafson, Keith Gustafson, Nathaniel Felten, Nicholas Felten, Amanda Felten, and Neal Felten, two sisters, Thelma McGee of Columbus, NE, and LaVonne Hoops of Holstein, one brother-in-law, Gilbert Peterson of Peoria, AZ, one sister-in-law, Betty Laursen of Aurelia, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Marilyn J. Klockow, 75, of Aurelia, will be Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at 10:30 A.M., at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Larry Lemke officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M., with the family present, at the church. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.
Marilyn Joyce Klockow was born on August 20, 1939 in Alta, IA, the daughter of Arnold Emil and Frieda Anna (Hansen) Klockow. She graduated from the Brooke Consolidated School in 1957. Marilyn was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church and taught Sunday school. She enjoyed knitting, embroidery, watching basketball and other sports, listening to news and discussing politics and activities with her niece and nephews and their families.
Marilyn died Saturday, December 27, 2014 at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee, IA.
Preceding Marilyn in death were her parents, her sister Margaret Koch and her brother-in-law Robert Koch, and her brother Robert Klockow.
Survivors include one niece, Beverly and her husband Dale Wordekemper of Storm Lake, and three nephews; Randy and his wife Sharon Koch of Storm Lake, Ken and his wife Cathie Koch of Knox, IN, and Dave and his wife Jill Koch of Cedar Rapids, IA. Also surviving are great nieces and nephews; Kari, Doug and wife Jill, Lindsey and husband Zach Kroenke, and Eric Wordekemper, Jeremiah Koch, Amy and husband Chris Frank, Josh and wife Alaina, and Jake and wife Tigre Koch, and Adam and Allison Koch, great-great nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Keith G. Hickey, 78, of Aurelia, will be 2:00 P.M. Friday, November 21, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Thomas Petersen officiating. Inurnment will be in the Diamond Township Cemetery, rural Aurelia. The family will be present for visitation on Friday for one hour prior to the service time. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.
Keith Garland Hickey was born August 23, 1936, the son of Garland and Leone (Cook) Hickey at the Bates Hospital in Aurelia. He began country school at Diamond #2 until it closed and then attended school in Aurelia, graduating from the Aurelia High School in 1954. Following graduation he began farming with his father until inducted into the Army in 1959. Most of his tour of duty was spent in Korea where he was a teletype operator. Following his discharge in 1962 he returned to farming.
He enjoyed working with the Pedal Power Pullers, traveling to attend antique farm machinery shows, and was an avid reader. He was known for his sense of humor.
Keith died Thursday, November 13, 2014, at the Unity Point St. Luke’s Medical Center in Sioux City following a long illness.
Preceding Keith in death were his parents.
Survivors include his sister Joyce and her husband Dale Doescher of Galva, a nephew, Robert and his wife Gail Doescher of Geneseo, IL, and a niece, Linda and her husband Gary Paulson of Plymouth, MN, and friends.
Funeral services for Bertha Swanson Carlson, 88, of Cherokee, IA, formerly of Aurelia, IA, and Alta, IA, will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee, with Pastor Jean Morse officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 A.M. until service time at the church. Burial will be at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.
Bertha Elizabeth Gesy was born on June 6, 1926, the daughter of Fred and Bertha (Whitesitt) Gesy in Fonda, IA. She graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel School in Fonda, and then attended and graduated from the American School of Beauty in Des Moines. On June 6, 1946, Bertha was united in marriage to Sven Albert Swanson in Fonda, IA. This union was blessed with four children. They farmed in the Aurelia area. Albert died December 9, 1978. On September 3, 1994, Bertha married Harry Clifford Carlson at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee. They lived in Aurelia. Harry died April 24, 2002. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church where she was active in church circles, made many banners, baptism blankets, and was a mentor for confirmands. She was a past president of the PTA, and was active in Music Boosters and all school activities, and Cub Scouts. Bertha was a member of “Just a Club” and 500 Club. She enjoyed square dancing, traveling with Harry, camping and fishing, seamstress work, quilting and giving many away, scrapbooking, teaching tole painting classes, was active in Relay for Life, and she owned a craft supply store in Cherokee. Bertha was noted for her Swedish rye bread, pumpkin chiffon dessert, and her Swedish meatballs. Bertha’s greatist joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bertha died Sunday, October 19, 2014, at the Countryside Estates Care Center in Cherokee, IA.
Preceding Bertha in death were her parents, two husbands; Albert and Harry, one grandson, Shane Swanson, four sisters; Florence Nord, Maxine Wine, Alice Irene Stumpf, and Agnes Eileen Bartels, five brothers; Lawrence Gesy, Emmitt Gesy, Virgil Gesy, Joe Gesy, and Leo Gesy.
Survivors include her children; Richard and his wife Marsha Swanson of Spirit Lake, IA, Steven and his wife Colleen Swanson of Rembrandt, IA, Paulette and her husband Dennis Erlandson of Storm Lake, IA, and Pauline and her husband George Lightsey of Collins, MS, seven grandchildren; Heather Swanson, Keith and Nancy Erlandson, Judy and Nate Jones, Eric and Christina Lightsey, Michael and Laura Lightsey, Kelli and Ronald Pedersen, and Keisha and Bryon Trimble, and thirteen great-grandchildren. Also surviving are four step-children; Larry and Val Carlson of Cherokee, Rodney and Connie Carlson of Grinnell, IA, Dianne and Thomas Walsh of St. Mary’s, KS, and Pamela and Duane Jahner of Annadale, VA, seven step-grandchildren; Jay and Julie Carlson, Bill and Kris Carlson, Tom and Ellen Carlson, Jacob and Adrian Walsh, Julie and Jeff Hutley, Justin and Erica Walsh, and Catherine Jahner, nine step-great-grandchildren, one sister, Marcella Hammen of Rockwell City, IA, one sister-in-law, Vera Silseth of Milwaukee, WI, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Gladys Irene Huseman, 98, of Aurelia, formerly of Storm Lake and Schaller, will be held at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Schaller at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, with Pastor David Lyons officiating. Burial will be in the Schaller Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, and one hour prior to the service at the church in Schaller. The Redig Funeral Home of Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.
Gladys Irene Jacobson was born on September 4th, 1915 at Galva, Iowa, the daughter of Fred and Hazel (Challman) Jacobson. She graduated from Galva High School in 1932. After graduation she helped at home and did housework for others.
On December 17, 1936, Gladys married Martin Huseman. She and her husband bonded his two daughters; Beverly and Joan, with the two children; Gilbert and Lucille, that were subsequently born of their union to form one family. They farmed south of Galva until 1949, south of Aurelia for two years, the Newell area for one year, and east of Schaller until 1958 when they moved into Schaller. Gladys worked at the café, the school kitchen, and then for 20 years at the State Bank in Schaller. In December of 2001 she moved to Methodist Manor Residential living in Storm Lake, in 2003 she moved to Otsego Place Assisted Living in Storm Lake, and in November of 2006 she moved to Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia. Gladys was always very active in her church. She was a Sunday school teacher, and an officer of Ladies Aid Guild and Ladies Fellowship. She enjoyed gardening, was a 4H leader for several years, playing cards and belonged to several Bridge clubs, and time with her grandchildren. She always kept journals and enjoyed visits from family and friends.
Gladys died Friday, August 29, 2014, at the Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia.
Preceding Gladys in death were her parents, husband Martin Huseman, daughter Beverly and her husband Art Soellner, son-in-law Harold Brownmiller, Jr., sister Geraldine and husband Raymond Voss, two brothers-in-law, Werner Grieme and Orville Matzke, and infant grandson David Kent.
Survivors include her children; Joan Brownmiller of Aurelia, Gilbert and his wife Sharon Huseman of Muscatine, IA, and Lucille and her husband Duane Kent of Aurelia. Also surviving are twelve grandchildren: Beverly’s children; Vicki and Jim Woods, Doug and Sheila Soellner, Sue and Mark Gray, Becky and Rusty Neely, Brian and Rae Soellner, and Dan and Barb Soellner, Joan’s children; Roxy and Bob Richard and Steve and Kathy Brownmiller, Gil’s children; Loni and Scott Rhodes and Wenda and Pete Castillo, and Lucille’s children; Greg and Amy Kent and Heather and Scott Cole, 33 great-grandchildren, 23 great-great-grandchildren, one sister, Sharon Matzke of Omaha, NE, one brother, Darold and his wife JoAnn Jacobson of Schaller, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Memorial services for Clifford E. Carlson, 88, of Aurelia, will be Thursday, July 24, 2014, at 10:30 A.M., at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Larry Lemke officiating. Inurnment will be in the Memory Gardens Cemetery in Cherokee, with Military Honors by the L. A. Wescott Post # 2253 of the VFW in Cherokee. There will be no visitation. A memorial fund has been established. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.
Clifford Eugene Carlson was born on August 27, 1925 at Beaver Creek, MN, the son of Otto and Alma (Poppenhagen) Carlson. He graduated from the Meriden High School in 1943. Cliff served in the Navy from July 17, 1943 until his honorable discharge on March 10, 1946. On May 2, 1948 Cliff married Doris Joy at the Trinity Lutheran Church parsonage in Cherokee. They made their home in several towns in Cherokee County, at Early, and moved to Aurelia in 1973. Over the years Cliff worked for Steele’s Ranch, Baumann Farms, Simonsen’s Manufacturing, and as Territory Representative for Simonsen Fertilizer until his retirement in 1990. Cliff was a member of Men of Faith, Lutheran’s for Life, and the VFW. He enjoyed fixing bikes and clocks, collecting radios, watching his grandkids participate in sports, and WW II Naval history.
Cliff died Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at the Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia.
Preceding Cliff in death were his parents, one son, Ricky Carlson, his wife Doris on January 27, 2014, one sister, Florine Kass, and two brothers; Frank Carlson and Leland Carlson.
Survivors include three sons; Loren and his wife Cheryl Carlson of Storm Lake, Terry and his wife Kathy Carlson of Washington, IL, Randy and his wife Lynn Carlson of Waukee, IA, and one daughter, Dee and her husband Curt Otto of Holstein. Also surviving are eight grandchildren; Brandt and wife Nicky Carlson, Linsay and husband Simeon Vladimirov, Gabriel and wife Kendra Carlson, Jordan and wife Courtney Carlson, Joshua and wife Heather Carlson, Brandon and wife Deidre Carlson, Matthew and wife Allie Otto, and Kelly and wife Abbie Otto, nine great-grandchildren; Jaxson and Owen Otto, Dillon, Adelaide, Myra, and Hayden Carlson, Kaylee and Elyse Carlson, and Ary Carlson, two brothers; Stan Carlson of La Pine, OR, and Les Carlson of Oliver, British Columbia, Canada, three sisters; Ruth Oliver of Sioux City, IA, Gladys Meyer of Tempe, AZ, and Charlene Letsche of Marcus, IA, and other relatives and friends.
Hazel Catherine Jones was born July 15, 1914 in Boyd, Kentucky, the daughter of Edward Huber Jones and Ida Frances (Cummings) Jones. She attended school in Covington, KY. In 1947 she married Woodrow Roberts, and they later divorced. Hazel went to work for American Airlines in Cincinnati, OH, in 1949 as a bookkeeper, hostess, cashier, and cook. In 1955 Hazel married Jack Zitt, they divorced in 1961. In 1958 she left the airlines and moved to Park Hills, KY, where she worked for Town & Country Restaurant for nine years. In 1968 she moved to Storm Lake where over the years she worked for Storm Lake Pizza House, Lakeshore Café, the Harbor House, Doris’s Downtown, and the Lake Café. Hazel helped open and then worked at the Senior Center for nine years until her retirement in 1989.
Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were the greatest joys in her life.
Hazel died Sunday, July 13, 2014, at the North Lake Manor in Strom Lake.
Preceding Hazel in death were her parents, two sisters; Helen Brautigan and Mable Rinehardt, and three brothers; Marvin Jones, Leland Jones, and Kenzie Jones.
Survivors include her children; Mike and his wife Tina Roberts of Barnum, IA, Jackie Hales and Rod Janssen of Spirit Lake, IA, and Georgia and her husband Mike Flanigan of Storm Lake. Also surviving are seven grandchildren; Joshua Roberts, Tanner and his wife Amy Roberts, Walker Roberts, Janice Lammers, Justin and his wife Sarah Bock, Katie Flanigan and Abe Flanigan, seven great-grandchildren; Kyle and Derrick Champine, Haley and Piper Roberts, Natalya, Nalayni, and Nadya Bock, one sister-in-law, Frances Jones, and nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Cleone Louise Van Winkle was born on December 16, 1933, the daughter of Carl Lee and Stena Martha (Larsen) Van Winkle at Brewster, Minnesota. She graduated from the Strom Lake High School in 1952. On June 15, 1952 she was united in marriage to Vergil “Bud” James Dyslin at the Church of Christ in Storm Lake. This union was blessed with three children; Ronald, Sharmin, and Kimberly. Cleone owned and operated the Natures Nutrition Center in Storm Lake, which she operated for 20 years until retiring in 2001. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Cleone died Thursday, July 3, 2014, at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.
Preceding Cleone in death were her parents, one sister, Juanita Schramm, one brother, Joe Van Winkle, and her husband Bud on April 25, 2014.
Survivors include one son, Ron and his wife Christine Dyslin of Warrenville, IL, two daughters; Sharmin and her husband Charles Ziska of West Valley City, UT, and Kimberly Dahm of Storm Lake, four granddaughters; Chelsea Dahm of Tiffin, OH, Emily Dahm of Los Angeles, CA, and Eleanor Dyslin and Elizabeth Dyslin both of Warrenville, IL. Also surviving are three brothers-in-law; Donald and his wife Darlene Dyslin of Minneapolis, MN, Larry and his wife Elaine Dyslin of Wheat Ridge, CO, and Joey and his wife Kathy Dyslin of Cherokee, two sisters-in-law; Donna McKissock of St. Paul, MN, and Diane Quevedo of Richardson, TX, nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Gerald “Jerry” Dale Matzdorff, 84, of Aurelia, will be 10:30 A.M. Saturday, June 21, 2014 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Larry Lemke officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 until 8:00, with the family present, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements. Military honors will be by the Grashoff-McManus American Legion Post of Aurelia.
Gerald Dale Matzdorff was born July 31, 1929 in Cherokee, IA, the eldest of seven sons born to Emil H. and Goldie I. (Whiting) Matzdorff. He attended Brooke School, graduating in 1948. Jerry served in the US Air Force from December 28, 1950 until his honorable discharge November 26, 1954. On June 26, 1956 Jerry married Jeanette Jean Swanger at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia. He was a mechanic for Harry Howell in Aurelia, then for Dunn Chevrolet in Cherokee. He then became the service manager for the Buick dealership in Cherokee, then for Peterson Motors in Storm Lake, and later for Fitzpatrick’s in Storm Lake where he continued to help around the dealership after his retirement. He was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church, the Grashoff-McManus American Legion Post #390 of Aurelia, and was a member of the Aurelia Fire Department from March 14, 1969 until March 12, 1984. He enjoyed golfing, cars, motorcycles, and card clubs.
Jerry died Wednesday June 18, 2014 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.
Preceding Jerry in death were his parents, and three brothers; Duane, Ronald, and Darrel Matzdorff.
Survivors include his wife Jeanette of Aurelia, three sons; Ken and his wife Alane Matzdorff of California, Den and his wife Jenny Matzdorff of Texas, Dan and his wife Gabby Matzdorff of Minnesota, and two grandchildren; Timothy and Molly Matzdorff. Also surviving are his mother-in-law Velma Swanger of California, three brothers; Lyle and his wife Stallene Matzdorff of Arizona, Donny Matzdorff of Arizona, and Verle and his wife Vicky Matzdorff of LeMars, three sisters-in-law; Sharon and husband Don Moore of Cherokee, Donna Hallgrimson and Ardy and husband Bill Benson all of California, and many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Graveside services for Ruth Anderson, 89, of Cherokee, formerly of Aurelia, will be 12:00 P.M. Saturday, May 31, 2014, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia, with Pastor Jean Morse of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:30 A.M. until service time at the Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia. A memorial service will be held at a later date due to family health issues.
Ruth Elaine Busser was born on May 31, 1924, the daughter of Claus and Grace (Nickols) Busser in Alton, IA. She graduated from the Wilson High School in Cherokee, IA in 1942. On December 27, 1942 Ruth was united in marriage to Merle Buford Anderson at his family’s farm home near Maryhill, IA. Ruth worked for F.W. Woolworth, Lew McDonald, Esq. and Public Loan Association. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee where she served as secretary of the Women of the E.L.C.A., and as a member of the Alter Guild. Ruth also worked for the Federal Election Board and enjoyed politics. Ruth and Merle made their home in Aurelia from 1958 until they moved to The Gardens in Cherokee in August of 2009.
Ruth died Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at the Spencer Hospital in Spencer, IA.
Preceding Ruth in death were her parents, her husband Merle on December 4, 2012, two brothers; Richard Busser and Donny Busser, and one sister, Marion McDevitt.
Survivors include her children; Doug and his wife Liz Anderson of Bellevue, WA and Peoria, AZ, Janice and her husband Jim Bouquet of Wabasha, MN, and Mark Anderson and his partner Jennifer Herft of Beverly Hills, CA. Also surviving are six grandchildren; Brad and his wife Heather Anderson of Snoqualmie, WA, Michael and his wife Amy Anderson of Snoqualmie, WA, Jacqueline Lovett-Wray and husband Jeff Wray of Haverford, PA, Jill and husband Andrew Brown of Greenville, NC, Erik Anderson of Georgetown, Washington D.C, Ian Anderson of Philadelphia, PA, nine great-grandchildren; Brady and Courtney Anderson, Laura and Logan Anderson, Anne, Brittainy and McKinley Lovett and Natasha Wray, and Chloe and Max Brown, one brother, James and his wife Doreen Busser of Lodi, CA, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.