FRANCES DONNABELL ERICKSON WILLIAMS FREDERICK

Graveside services for Frances Frederick will be Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia, with Pastor Bruce Rapp officiating. A time of fellowship and sharing will immediately follow at the Aurelia Community Center. Local arrangements by the Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia.

Frances Donnabell Erickson was born on April 11, 1925 in the rural area around Aurelia, Iowa, the daughter of Frank and Mabel (Gustafson) Erickson. She attended school for as long as her family was willing and able to provide transportation in the family buckboard. She played with the kids in Aurelia, including Melvin, who she would eventually marry.  For her last year of school, she lived with her teacher in town. After school, she worked for a couple of years in Cherokee at the local drug store and, in the summer of 1945, Melvin came home from the Army with an engagement ring.

That same year, mom took a bus to meet Melvin in San Antonio, TX where they married. She often talked about getting married in cloth shoes because they were all that was available. This was her first time out of Iowa. From Texas, Melvin was stationed in Georgia. Mom became pregnant and Melvin received orders for Korea.  Mom went home to Iowa, had Deidra (that would be me) and with an 18 month old child, she went to Japan to meet my dad.

Dad (and mom) spent almost 30 years in the Army. From Japan, we moved to Arlington, VA where Melanie was born.  Again, dad’s orders were for overseas, including Addis Abba, Ethiopia and Heidelberg, Germany.  San Antonio, TX and Monterey, CA were our U.S. stations, then back overseas to the Panama Canal Zone.  Junction City KS, and Stuttgart, Germany assignments proceeded a tour in Vietnam for dad.  Mom brought Melanie and me back home, this time to Colorado Springs, CO where dad retired.

Mom spent all of this time with her primary job as a wife and mom. She worked as a switchboard operator for Ma Bell before moving to Japan and again as a receptionist for Honeywell Corporation after Melanie went to high school. By this time, mom and dad had retired in Edina, MN and mom had several ducks of which she was very fond.  After dad died, she worked for Strategic Designs for Learning, my company, as a receptionist and running errands.  Her last job was as the owner of All Pet Sitting.  She house-sat and cared for pets until she was no longer able to drive effectively in the dark.

Dad died in 1978 and, after more than a year on her own, she married Rex Frederick. They were married for 25 years, living in Minnesota and Colorado.  They traveled in a little camper, exploring the western U.S. and visiting relatives and friends in Minnesota and Iowa. After Rex died, mom stayed in Colorado Springs until she died on February 4, 2018.

For a little girl growing up in 1920’s rural Iowa, her life contained many exciting and challenging times. She loved the travel associated with dad’s work and she loved raising her two girls.  She was very active throughout her life, volunteering at her girls’ activities and schools, coordinating moves across continents, and attending the numerous ceremonies and events that were part of Army life.  She and Rex traveled, maintained a house and yard with gardens, and had many friends.

Throughout her life, mom was a dedicated Christian, attending non-denominational Protestant Churches while in the military and returning to the Methodist Church in which she was raised when they retired. When she was at Pike’s Peak Hospice, several members of the First United Methodist Church visited her and talked about their memories of her in their Senior Sunday School Class and the various activities in which she participated with Rex.

Frances is survived by two daughters: Deidra (Steven) Ellen Williams Funkhouser, grandchildren and great-grandchildren:  Joshua (Jenni) Funkhouser, children Isaiah, Paxton, Abigail, William, Emily; Ben (Keri) Funkhouser; Gina Wilcox (Jack) Wagner. Second daughter: Melanie (Joel) Williams Frank. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren:  Evan Frank; Lauren (Danny) Frank Thornberry, children Riley and another is expected.  Also two step-daughters: Judie Frederick St. Cyr (step-daughter) and George St. Cyr, Debbie (granddaughter) and Doug Gulbranson, Ryan (great-grandson) and Ashlyn, Parker (great-grandson), Lauren (great-granddaughter), Tami (granddaughter) and Shane Buldra, Taylor (great-granddaughter),

Madison (great-granddaughter), Jeff (grandson) and Jenni St. Cyr, Samantha (great-granddaughter), Cooper (great-grandson). Second step-daughter: Joanie Frederick McKeever, her children and grandchildren: Andy (grandson) and Becky McKeever, Caleb (great-grandson),

Lydia (great granddaughter), Anna McKeever Simpkins (granddaughter), Henry (great-grandson), Rory (great-grandson).

Siblings are Ruth and Hans Jensen. Genevieve and Dean Roggensees, their children are Marilyn (Lee) Roggensees Cruise, Alice and Clyde Konradi:  daughter, Linda (Rick) Konradi Rickencamp; daughter, Bonnie Konradi; Dan (Christine) Konradi; Lester (Cheri) Konradi; David Konradi. She was well loved by all.

LESLIE A. BANISTER

Graveside services for Leslie Banister will be held Tuesday, April 10, 2018,at 11:00 a.m. at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia, with Pastor Bruce Rapp of the First Congregational Church in Aurelia officiating. There will be no visitation. The Redig Funeral Home of Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.

Leslie A. Banister was born November 7, 1916, the son of George and Lulu Banister at Sutherland, IA. He was inducted into the Army on January 1, 1942 at Fort Dodge, IA, and was honorably discharged on October 22, 1945 at Sheppard Field, TX, having received the rank of Corporal. On December 30, 1950 Les married Marcella Evelyn Hanno in Cherokee, IA. They farmed and he worked grinding grain for many area farmers.

Les died Friday, April 6, 2018, at the Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia.

Preceding Les in death were his parents, his wife Marcella on March 27, 2007, their son Bruce Banister, two brothers; Nathan and Vern Banister, and one sister, Gladys Johnson.

Survivors include one grandson, Scott and his wife Cyan and two great-grandchildren of California.

ROBERT SATTERLEE

Robert R. Satterlee, age 88, formerly of Hessville, entered into eternal rest Saturday, February 10, 2018.

Survived by one daughter, Joanne (Warren) Hedrick; three sons: Rick (Diane) Lincoln, James (Tomasina) Satterlee, Robert (Cheryl) Satterlee; many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 37 years, Jean L. Satterlee and parents: Burdette Albert and Mary Margaret Satterlee.

Friends are invited to meet with the family on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 for visitation from 2-7 p.m. at Bocken Funeral Home 7042 Kennedy Ave. Hammond, (Hessville). Graveside burial will take place on Friday, February 16, 2018 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Aurelia, Iowa.

Robert was a resident of the Hessville area since 1960; He was retired from Burgers Supermarket where he was the bakery manager. He enjoyed wood working, camping and spending time in the outdoors. Robert was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

MARY (PEEKENSCHNEIDER) KELEHER

Mary A. Keleher, 54, of Sioux City, formerly of Aurelia, Iowa, gained her angel wings surrounded by loved ones Sunday, January 7, 2018, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, following a courageous battle with a brief illness.

Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M. Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee with Pastor Jean Morse officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. Visitation will be Friday from 5:30 until 7:30 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Mary Ann Keleher was born April 1, 1963, the daughter of Marvin and Doris (Knudsen) Peekenschneider in Cherokee, Iowa. She received her education in Aurelia. She held a few different jobs, but her favorite was following her mother’s footsteps and working with children at Apple Tree Preschool and Learning Center.

In 2007, Mary met the love of her life, Jerome Keleher They were united in marriage on May 9, 2009. They enjoyed riding motorcycles, watching the Denver Broncos, and spending time with their grandchildren. Her grandchildren were her greatest joys and she could often be found at their sporting events and spending as much time as possible with them. She was their biggest fan.

Mary had three children; Mitch, Madison, and Nikki, from her previous marriage to Jim Loucks. Her children were the apple of her eye and she was their biggest supporter. She loved them more than life itself and they will miss her so very much.

Preceding Mary in death were her parents, Doris and Marvin, one sister, Joanne Peekenschneider, and her father-in-law Joseph Keleher.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry, her children; son Mitch and his wife Amy Loucks, and their children; Makaelyn, Tayven, and Daenon, daughter Madison and her husband Andrew Nelson, and their son, Chase, daughter Nikki Loucks, and three sons by marriage; Kacey Keleher and his wife Tricia, and their daughter Arabelle, Chris Keleher and his wife Sara, and their children; Jerrika, Evelyn, Gaige, and Benen, and Cassidy Keleher and his wife Alesia, and their son, Oakland. Also surviving are her siblings; one brother, Rodney and his wife Bonnie Peekenschneider, three sisters; Vicki and her husband Corry Gorden, Tia and her husband Jeff McKenzie, and Heidi Peekenschneider, her mother-in-law, Marilla Keleher, numerous nieces, nephews, family members and friends.

 

ERNEST A. TUTTLE

Ernest Arnold Tuttle was born on June 24, 1927, north of Aurelia, the son of Ernest Charles and Augusta Doris (Hasenwinkel) Tuttle. He attended Afton School #1 until the family moved and then attended Afton School #3. Ernie served in the US Army from October 6, 1950 until July 7, 1952, and the Army Reserve from July 8, 1952 until April 8, 1957. On September 21, 1952 Ernie married Florence Polzin at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Des Moines. They farmed outside of Aurelia. Ernie was the oldest lifetime member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, having been both baptized, on August 7, 1927, and confirmed, in 1942, there. He served on various boards at the church over the years. He operated his “Grandpa’s Fix It” shop, enjoyed tinkering, his garden and flowers, and was known for growing huge Elephant Ears plants, and spending time with his family.

Ernie died Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee, IA.

Preceding Ernie in death were his parents, four sisters; Verla Tuttle, Mildred Troester, Gladys Tuttle, and Lola Dilocker, two brothers; Marvin Tuttle and Gerald “Jerry” Tuttle, one brother-in-law, Dale Van Hemert, three sisters-in-law; Beverly Tuttle, LaVonne Tuttle, and Pat Tuttle, and one daughter-in-law, Sandy Tuttle.

Survivors include his wife Florence of Aurelia, four sons; Ernest W. and his wife Pam Tuttle of Olympia, WA, Jeff and his wife Rita Tuttle of Aurelia, Terry and his wife Mary Tuttle of Cherokee, and Tim Tuttle of Aurelia, eleven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters; Arleen Van Hemert of Johnston, IA, and Deloris and her husband William Rogers of Des Moines, IA, two brothers; Ervin “John” and his wife Elizabeth Tuttle of Cherokee, and Ron Tuttle of Holstein, one brother-in-law, Lowell Troester of Brighton, CO, one sister-in-law, Becky Tuttle of Cherokee, many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

GORDON M. ATHERTON

Funeral services for Gordon M. Atherton, 86, of Aurelia, will be Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at 10:30 A.M., at the First Congregational Church in Aurelia with Pastor Bruce Rapp officiating. Burial will be in the Barnes Township Cemetery at Linn Grove, IA. Visitation will be from 4:00 P. M. until 7:00 P.M., with the family being present from 5:00 till 7:00, at the First Congregational Church in Aurelia. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.

Gordon Maxwell Atherton was born November 21, 1931, the only child of Duard Maxwell and Lucille (Libby) Atherton at Sioux Rapids.  He graduated from the Sioux Rapids High School in 1950. Gordon served in the US Army from March of 1952 until March of 1954. On July 17, 1952, Gordon married Marilyn Movick at the Lutheran Church in Linn Grove. In 1954 they lived in Kentucky where Gordon sold furniture before coming to Aurelia. They farmed from 1954 until 1992, raising hogs and sheep. He was a member of the First Congregational Church, where he served on many boards. Gordon enjoyed spending time with family, playing cards, gardening, and reading.

Gordon died Friday, November 24th, 2017 at Unity Point St. Luke’s Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa.

Preceding Gordon in death were his parents, Max and Lucille Atherton, parents-in-law Ben and Evelyn (Olson) Movick, one sister-in-law, Karen Thrasher, and one brother-in-law, Kenneth Peterson.

Survivors include; his wife Marilyn of Aurelia, two sons; Gary and his wife Janet Atherton of Pocahontas, and Greg and his wife Peggy Atherton of Ocheyedan, one daughter, Sherri and her husband Greg Schoenfelder of Sioux City. Also surviving are six grandchildren; Sandra and husband Jason Warren of Spencer, Grant and wife Rachel Atherton of Iowa City, Alexis Atherton, Gannon Atherton, Garrett Atherton all of Ocheyedan, and Jack Schoenfelder of Sioux City, four great-grandchildren; Brayden, Carter, Addison and Avery Warren of Spencer, one sister-in-law, Jan Peterson of Aurelia, and other relatives and friends.

 

DR. PAUL B. OTTO

On September 30, 2017, Dr. Paul Bernhardt Otto, Ph.D. of Green Bay, WI, died unexpectedly with his elder daughter by his side.  On this day, after faithfully serving his God, country, family and community, Paul completed his faith journey and met his savior, Jesus Christ.

Paul was born on his maternal grandfather’s farm, near Hanover, Iowa, on June 27, 1933, to Ben and Lillie (Radke) Otto.  As a child born in the Depression Era and the eldest of seven siblings, he learned the value of hard work and a love of agriculture on the family farm. Witnessing his Uncle Werner Radke’s service inspired Paul’s patriotism as well as respect for those who serve their country and particular interest in the events of World War II.   Through baptism and confirmation in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod his strong Christian faith was solidified.  Beginning with attendance at Diamond Center country school, he developed into a lifelong scholar and teacher.  Following attendance at St. John’s Lutheran parochial school, he graduated from Aurelia High School in 195l.  After laboring as a farm hand, he developed a love of travel and learning that ranged from picking apples in Washington to welding on the Fort Randall Dam in South Dakota.  During the Korean conflict, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, became a radio engineer, and served a tour of duty in Germany (his ancestral homeland).

Following honorary discharge from the Army he used the benefits of the G.I. Bill and became the first in his family to attend college, earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern State Teachers College in Springfield, South Dakota.  He married his college sweetheart, Karen Lea Bailey, on August 21, 1960, and began teaching high school chemistry and physics in Howells, Nebraska. Together they raised two spectacular daughters, Stephanie and Michaelle, neither of whom ever learned to hold a trouble light in the proper position.

 

Following teaching assignments in Nebraska and Iowa, he pursued National Science Institute grants and became an Aggie, earning a Masters of Education degree from Texas A&M University.  After teaching in Indiana and Iowa, he moved his family to Madison, WI, where he earned a doctorate of Philosophy and a distain for hippies and other “slackers.”  Returning to the Midwest in 1972, he accepted an appointment as Professor of Science Education at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.  Over 27 years at that institution, he published two books and innumerable papers, wrote endless grant applications, inspired (or tortured) hundreds of science teachers and started the South Dakota Science Olympiad for middle and high school students.

 

Owing to his dissatisfaction with the meager pay of teachers and a chronic inability to idle, he developed additional skills in his “spare” time.  With his wife and daughters as often-recalcitrant apprentices, he became a carpenter, plumber, and electrician by building three houses; raised cattle and monstrous gardens, refinished furniture, and overhauled antique tractors and many other mechanical things.

On May 26, 1990. he married Kathryn Marie Tillo, and they began a multi-year acquisition of five Packer Pups.  In 1997, he achieved Professor Emeritus status and relocated with his wife to Green Bay, WI.  He failed to understand the “retire” part of retirement and so finished the basement of their home, helped to build a church, guided curriculum development for a Lutheran High School, acquired an acreage and five tractors that he used in creating  a vineyard, orchards, and overwhelming vegetable gardens; volunteered in his community; and became an elder in his church.  His leisure activities included hunting, fishing, carpentry, writing articles and another book, and cheering for the Packers, and tormenting his friends and family with a repertoire of awful jokes. Alone or with his family, he traveled throughout North, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and New Zealand. At the age of 81, he climbed Machu Picchu in Peru and finally hung up his trekking poles.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Leon, Wendell and Stanley and sister Carolyn (Janovick).  He is survived by his wife, Kathryn; his daughters, Stephanie (Gary Johnson) and Michaelle (Don Hochhalter), Littleton, CO; his sisters, Ardelle (Don) Staver and Helen (Dennis) Holliday; his beloved grandson Cole Otto Hochhalter; former wife, Karen Otto; brothers and sisters-in-law John Janovick, Janice Werthman, Vince & Susan Tillo, Ted & Leigh Ann Tillo, and Joe Tillo; father-in-law, John Tillo; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Paul’s funeral will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 11:00a.m. at Christ of the Bay Lutheran Church, 450 Laverne Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311.  Visitation will be from 10:00 – 11:00a.m., and a luncheon will immediately follow the service.  Interment with military honors will occur Monday, October 9, at 11:00 a.m. at Diamond Township Cemetery, south of Aurelia, Iowa – V Avenue (M21) between 620th and 630th Streets.  A luncheon will follow at St. John Lutheran Church-Alta, 169 630th Street, Alta, Iowa 51002. The family requests any memorials be directed to Green Bay Trinity Lutheran School, 120 S Henry St, Green Bay, WI 54302, or N.E.W. Lutheran High School, 1311 S. Robinson, Green Bay, WI  54311.

 

RODNEY G. MONGAN

Memorial services for Rodney G. Mongan, 63, of Sioux City, will be Saturday, September 23, 2017, at 1:00 P.M., at the First Congregational Church in Aurelia with Pastor Bruce Rapp officiating. Inurnment will follow the service at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. Visitation will be from 10:00 A. M. until service time at the church. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.

          Rodney Glenn Mongan was born June 10, 1954, the son of Lawrence G. and Jeanette M. (McClain) Mongan at the Sioux Valley Hospital in Cherokee, Iowa.  He attended school in Aurelia, graduating from the Aurelia High School in 1972. He was a professional baker and culinary chef, having worked at Cherokee Mental Health, Cherokee Country Club, HyVee Bakery, Vander Meer Bakery in LeMars, the St. Lukes Hospital kitchen in Sioux City, and most recently at the Sioux City Convention Center as a baker and chef. He enjoyed computer games and spending time with his family.

                    Rodney died on September 18, 2017 in his home.

                         Preceding Rodney in death were his parents, and one nephew, Andrew G. Namanny.

          Survivors include; one brother, Loren and his wife Deb Mongan of Aurelia, one sister, Sheryl and her husband Jerry Namanny of Cherokee, eight nieces and nephews; Lance Mongan, Melinda and husband Kenneth Thompson, Kellie and husband Michael Lunning, Adam and wife Michele Namanny, Melissa and husband Rick Still, Brian and wife Nichole Bruns, Kayla Bruns, and Kyle Bruns, and niece-in-law Cloudy Namanny. Also surviving are sixteen great-nieces and nephews, Hanna and Emma Lunning, James Thompson, Matthew, Abram, Caiden, Aaliyah, Riley, and William Bruns, Clayton and Kasey Domsch, Brynna, Carson, Nathaniel, Mendy, and Stacy Namanny, and other relatives and friends. 

 

MYRNA J. HUSEMAN

Funeral services for Myrna J. Huseman, 90, of Aurelia, will be Thursday, August 17, 2017, at 10:30 A.M., at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Jon Riggert officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia, at a later date. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 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.

Myrna Jean Grienke was born on September 20, 1926, near Aurelia, the daughter of Herbert and Christina (Gerjets) Grienke. She attended Aurelia School, graduating in 1944. After her graduation she attended AIB for one year, then worked in Des Moines at the State House for the Department of Agriculture. On May 1, 1947 Myrna married Dorrel Adair Huseman, who had returned from service. Six children were born to this union. Myrna was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, where she was a very active member. She enjoyed playing Bridge, drinking coffee, selling antiques and doing antique shows, and was an avid reader. She liked to attend her children’s and later grandchildren’s activities.

Myrna died Monday, August 14, 2017 at the Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia, IA.

Preceding Myrna in death were her parents, her husband Dorrel in 1980, two sisters, Darlene and husband Cliff Menefee, and Betty Anderson.

Survivors include six children: William and his wife Rose Marie Huseman of Norman, OK, Kimberly Huseman of Aurelia, Dan and his wife Barb Huseman of Aurelia, James Huseman of Storm Lake, Ben Huseman of Aurelia, and Frank and his wife Brenda Huseman of Manson. Also surviving are seven grandchildren: Melissa and husband Dennis D’Annunzio, Tom and Josephine Huseman, Neil Huseman, Amy and husband Derrick Elman, Erin and husband Scott Patton, Evan Huseman, and Taylor and wife Olivia Huseman, nine great-grandchildren: Aaron and Nate D’Annunzio, Cole, Max and Kai Huseman, Payton and Noah Elman, and Kyler and Brynn Patton, one brother-in-law, Jerry Anderson of Aurelia, one sister-in-law, Marjorie and husband Ron Neulieb of Alta, nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

 

ELIZABETH (BETTY) M. REDIG

Mass of the Christian Burial services for Elizabeth (Betty) Redig, 89, of Storm Lake will be 10:30 A.M. Thursday, August 3, 2017, at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Storm Lake, with Father Timothy Friedrechsen officiating. Burial will be in the Storm Lake Cemetery, Storm Lake, IA. Visitation will be Wednesday, from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M., at the KC Hall in Storm Lake. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth Marie (Betty) Pedersen was born January 24, 1928, in Waukegan, IL, the daughter of Christen Jensen and Pearl Sena (Davenport) Pedersen. She attended school in Libertyville, IL, until the family moved to Newell in 1934, graduating from the Newell Providence School in 1946. Betty then attended Buena Vista College where she lived with Dr. R.R. and Mrs. Hansen, and later Cliff and Alma Sliefert.  She quit college to become a telephone operator for Northwestern Bell in Storm Lake.  On September 27, 1948 she was united in marriage to Melvin Anton Redig at the St. Mary’s Rectory. From then on Betty was affectionately known to close family as “Queenie”.  The couple made their home on East Lakeshore Drive for the next 68 years, where she always loved her view of the lake.  Betty was an active person playing basketball in high school, after her marriage she enjoyed golfing having obtained a hole in one on May 5, 1980, bowling, playing volleyball, watching the Iowa Hawkeyes, and she especially enjoyed playing cards with friends and family. Betty was into the latest technology, and boy, did she love a parade! Her routine included coffee with the girls in the morning and an afternoon Coke with friends. One of the highlights of her week was getting her hair done.  She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, a doting grandmother and great-grandmother. Betty was usually in charge, if something didn’t suit her fancy her reaction was called “going Dane”. She was a 68 year member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church where she sang in the Funeral Choir for several years.  She played golf at Lake Creek as long as her health permitted.

Betty died Sunday, July 30, 2017, at Methodist Manor in Storm Lake, where she had been a resident for 15 days.

Preceding Betty in death were her parents, son-in-law, Rick Hilbert, brother, Paul Pedersen, sister, Marian Kinney, and one sister-in-law, Vie Pedersen.

Surviving Betty are her husband Melvin Redig of Storm Lake, one daughter, Marcia Hilbert of Manchester, IA, two sons; Randy Redig of Newell, and Roger and his wife Pat Redig of Aurelia, six grandchildren; Amy and husband Brad Pohlman of Urbandale, IA, Nicolle and husband Eric Rubendall of Wilmington, NC, Mandy and husband Trevor Shannon of Burnsville, MN, Sarah Hilbert and spouse Donna Lancaster of St. Paul, MN, Rachel and husband Simon Williams of Carroll, and Roman Redig of Aurelia, nine great-grandchildren; Alyssa and Ben Pohlman, Andrea and Asher Shannon, Braeden, Dory and Finley Hilbert, and Erica and Riley Williams. Also surviving are one brother, Jim Pedersen of Sierra Vista, AZ, one sister-in-law, Donna Pedersen of Rock Valley, IA, and nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

GEORGE W. COWELL

Funeral services for George Cowell, 88, of Storm Lake, will be 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at the K.C. Hall in Storm Lake with Pastor Missy Brown officiating. Burial will be in the Storm Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M., with the family present, at the K.C. Hall. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.

George William Cowell was born September 24, 1928, the son of David Hildreth and Wilma Merle (Melcher) Cowell on the family farm at rural Monona, IA. He attended Big Foot country school in Linton Township, and Waterville High School, graduating in 1946. He worked on the family farm with his father, helping other area farmers as needed. On November 2, 1952 George married (Betty) Joanne Welsh at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Monona. Thirteen months after they were married George entered the Army. While he was stationed at Monterey, CA, she joined him there for several months and when he went overseas she returned to Monona. After his honorable discharge in November of 1955 they farmed north of Monona with his parents, then at Oelwein, IA, and Neillsville, WI, before returning to the family farm. They moved to Cedar Rapids in 1965 and George went to work for Link-Belt Speeder where he worked for almost 20 years before the plant closed. He then worked for Jim Young Janitorial and later at United Fire and Casualty in maintenance. They remained in Cedar Rapids until 1987 when they moved to Storm Lake where he worked maintenance for the United Methodist Church. Family was everything to George and Jo, opening their home to many of their kid’s friends who also called them Dad and Mom. After retiring from the church he went to work part-time for Merrill Manufacturing in Storm Lake where he worked for 20 years, retiring in 2015 at age 87. George was thrilled to have taken the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. in September of 2015. He loved his family, enjoying his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and all those that called him Grandpa. George was an avid card player, enjoyed reading and watching westerns, loved his garden, and had a lifelong love for baseball. He loved to fish, and shared his apple butter with anyone he came across. His role as the family historian was something he cherished and he was always pleased to share the past with those in the present.

George died on July 21st, 2017 at the Sunset Knoll Care and Rehab Center in Aurelia.

Preceding George in death were three infant sisters; Mae, Gloria, and Maxine, his parents, his wife Jo on January 22, 2011, two brothers; Duane and Bruce Cowell, and one nephew, Dwight Cowell.

Those left to cherish his memory include one daughter, Pat and her husband Roger Redig of Aurelia, and one son, Tom Cowell of Storm Lake. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Rachel and husband Simon Williams, Roman Redig, Leah and husband Alex Newman, Simon Cowell, Thomas Cowell and Jazmine Ring, Anna Cowell, and Lakota Cowell. Also surviving are six great-grandchildren; Erica and Riley Williams, Kellan Cowell, and Chael, Chandler, and Camryn Newman, one sister, Marcella and her husband Kenneth Wendel of Postville, IA, one sister-in-law, Carol and her husband Dan Schroeder of La Crosse, WI, nieces and nephews, and other relatives, friends and neighbors.

JOYCE M. ERICKSEN

Funeral services for Joyce Ericksen of Alta will be 1:00 P.M. Monday, July 24, 2017, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta, with Pastor Kim Dewey of the Alta United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Alta. Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta.

Joyce Margie Hanssen was born February 13, 1922, the daughter of Hans N. and Agnes (Madsen) Hansen at rural Alta, IA in Elk Township. She lived as a youth in the Alta area helping her dad farm as well as working for Rupert Wilmas at age 12 driving a tractor and 2 row cultivator. She attended both grade school and high school at Fairview School, graduating in 1939. She was baptized and confirmed in the Baptist faith at the Elk Baptist Church, rural Alta. Upon graduation, Joyce worked for Superior Manufacturing in Albert City, Albertson & Company in Sioux City, the Peterson Grocery and Drygoods Store in Alta, and Professional Seed Company of Alta.

On July 4, 1945 she received her engagement ring and on November 11, 1945 she was united in marriage to Wayne W. Ericksen at the Elk Baptist Church, rural Alta. The couple was blessed with two children, Ardell Diane in 1951 and Randall Wilbur in 1953. Wayne and Joyce farmed the Ericksen Homestead west of Alta for 40 years, and in 1992 she moved to her current location in Alta. She continued working with the soil, producing a large garden and enjoyed the fruits of her labor with family, friends and neighbors.

A loving wife and devoted mother, Joyce kept a warm and comfortable home for her family, a home where guests were always welcome. Her faith in God was very important to Joyce, and she passed that love to her family and friends in thought, word, and deed. One of Joyce’s favorite verses was: “To the world you are one person, but to one person you are the world.” She was a member of the Alta United Methodist Church for 72 years, where she taught Sunday School, was active in the UMW, and served on the church board. She was a Charter Member of the VFW Auxiliary Post 6172 for 71 years and belonged to neighborhood card groups and Just A Club. Joyce served as a member of the Resident Advocate Committee at Spectra Health Center and on the Meals on Wheels committee for several years.

Working with her husband Wayne on the farm, attending sporting events, fishing, bowling, having her family visit and hosting large meals at the farm for birthdays, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas and attending Touch of Broadway and BVCT Summer Musical performances brought her great joy. She enjoyed playing games with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, especially dominos and crazy eights. Joyce will be well remembered for her countless visitations to nursing homes and hospitals to visit family and friends.

Joyce went home on July 19, 2017, at her home in Alta at the age of 95 years, 5 months, and 6 days. She will be dearly missed by all those who loved her.

Joyce was proceeded in death by her parents, Hans N. and Agnes Hansen, her husband, Wayne, daughter, Ardell, great-grandson, Alex Macias, two sisters; Loretta Smith and Maxine and husband Kenneth Miller, and brother Russell and wife Elsie Hansen.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, Randall Ericksen, Alta, granddaughters; Terri and husband Tomas Macias of Perry, IA, Krista and husband Manuel Espinoza of Perry, grandson, Nathan and wife Lydia Rabinowitz of Omaha, and brother-in-law Raymond Deanne and wife Loretta Ericksen of Longmont, CO. Also surviving are six great-grandchildren; Tausha Warriner, Samantha Macias, Teresa and husband Steven Jacobson, Carmela Espinoza and Hector Espinoza all of Perry, and Jaxson Rabinowitz of Omaha, five great-great-grandchildren; Alex Fabio Amerdosh, Jason and Emma Jacobson, Alex Cardona Espinoza and Omar Ruedos all of Perry, and other relatives and friends.

MARIAN H. COOMBS

Graveside services for Marian H. Coombs, 91, of Aurelia, will be 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia, with Pastor Bruce Rapp of the First Congregational Church in Aurelia officiating. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.

Marian Hope Patten was born on July 4, 1925, the daughter of William C. and Charlotte (Lanham) Patten in Windom, MN. After graduation from the Aurelia High School in 1942 Marian attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake where she obtained her teaching certificate in 1944. She taught at Harris, IA, Fruitland, ID, Primghar, IA, and Ida Grove, IA. She worked as a Girl Scout counselor at Locust Grove Camp in Tulsa, OK. On July 10, 1948 she married Oren William Coombs in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Marian was a member of Country Ramblers 4H, the American Shetland Pony Club, and the American Quarter Horse Association. She was also member of the First Congregational Church where she served as Sunday school teacher, Circle Chairwoman and Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President of Fellowship, Memorial Chairman, and as Deaconess.

Marian died Sunday, June 25, 2017 at the Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia where she had been a resident since January 27, 2017.

Preceding Marian in death were her parents, her husband Oren Coombs on November 26, 1996, one son, Tim Coombs, one sister, Mildred Peterson, three brothers; Billy, Lloyd, and Wilbur Patten, two step-sons; Robert and Dan Coombs, and three step-daughters; Jane Coombs, Lois Gross, and Gloria Lansford.

Survivors include her three sons: Tony and his wife Rhonda Coombs of Aurelia, Terry and his wife Cathy Coombs of Johnston, IA, and Tracy and his wife Deb Coombs of Alma, WI. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, one brother, Robert Patten of Ankeny, IA, one sister-in-law, Sally Patten of Carroll, IA, numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

BEVERLY J. PETERSON

Beverly Peterson of Truesdale gave up her earthly life on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at the Unity Point St. Luke’s Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa, after a brief illness. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Elk Township Cemetery, rural Alta. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.

          Beverly Jean Heuton, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend was born on June 18, 1941 to Elmer and Martha (Galvin) Heuton at Jefferson, Iowa. She attended school in Jefferson, IA and finished her schooling in Sioux City, Iowa.

On April 7, 1963 she was united in marriage Marvin Eugene Peterson at the Lutheran Church in Sutherland, where Beverly had been helping out area families.  The couple were blessed with two children: Anthony and Keith. She spent her time being a homemaker, taking care of her family and helping Marvin with their farming operation. She spent many happy hours knitting and crocheting, tending their gardens, and enjoying their grandchildren’s sporting events.

In 2001 she and Marvin moved from the farm in the Alta area into Truesdale.  Beverly enjoyed her area birthday clubs.  She loved to travel to visit family and attend threshing events in Iowa as well as other states.  She and Marvin were the unofficial greeting committee at the Highway 3 & 71 Sparky’s Truck Stop, where they often enjoyed coffee and meals.

          Beverly was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters-in-law, Arlene Gosch and Marilyn Heuton, and her two brothers-in-law, Carlton Surmons and Stanley Peterson.

          She is survived by her husband Marvin, her two sons; Anthony (Tony) Peterson of Litton and Keith Peterson of Pocahontas, her four beloved grandchildren; Leah Peterson of Sioux Falls, Christina Peterson of Storm Lake, Derris Peterson of Cherokee and Matthew and his wife Liz Peterson of Litton, and two great-grandchildren; Daxton Peterson and Adia Peterson.  Also surviving is one sister, Doris (Dody) Surmons of Winston Salem, NC, two brothers; Glen Heuton of Kansas City, MO, and Rick Heuton of Winston Salem, NC, and two sisters-in-law;  Betty Peterson of Cherokee and Pat Peterson of Aurelia, and one brother-in-law, Bernard (Bernie) and his wife Carol Peterson of Aurelia, and nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

LARRY D. KOLPIN

Funeral services for Larry D. Kolpin, 86 of Aurelia, will be Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at 10:30 A. M. at the St. John’s Church, rural Peterson, with Lay Pastor David Orthman officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.

Larry Dean Kolpin was born near Aurelia, Iowa, the son of Fred T. and Edna L. (Tigges) Kolpin on April 20, 1931. He attended country school and graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1948.

On September 3, 1949 Larry married Betty Nelson in Vermillion, S.D. They farmed until retiring in 2009.

Larry was a member of the St. John’s Church and served on the Church Board. He was a member of Farm Bureau, bowling league, and card club.

Larry died Friday, June 2, 2017 at the Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

Preceding Larry in death were his parents, one son, Darwin Craig Kolpin, one sister and her husband; Carolyn Ann and Don Henderson, brothers-in-law Don Stohrer, Bill Fox, and Jerry Drzycimski, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; Blair and Doris Watson and Kenneth and Lucille Nelson, and one nephew, Graham Kolpin.

Survivors include his wife Betty of Aurelia, six children; Lynn and her husband Tom Suffield of Cedar Park, TX, Rick and his wife Vicki Kolpin of Aurelia, Rhonda and her husband Don Handy of Aurelia, Van and his wife Julie Kolpin of Eugene, OR, Dana and his wife Sherry Kolpin of West Branch, IA, and Ryan and his wife Lori Kolpin of Aurelia, twenty-one grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his brother Fredrick G. Kolpin of Las Cruses, NM, four sisters-in-law; Norma Fox of Aurelia, Shirley Drzycimski of Alta, Doloris and her husband Orville Tapper of Marcus, and Arlene Stohrer of Homosassa, FL, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

DR. EDMUND R. MCGUIRE, D.V.M.

Mass of the Christian Burial services for Dr. Edmund R. McGuire, D.V.M., 72, of Cherokee will be 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee, with Father Dan Guenther officiating. Interment will be in the Afton Township Cemetery, rural Cherokee. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M., with a Parish Rosary service at 7:00, at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.

Ed died Thursday, May 25, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

Edmund Raymond McGuire was born on November 30, 1944, in Bancroft, IA, the son of Charles and Charlotte (Hood) McGuire. He attended St. John Catholic School in Bancroft, graduating in 1963. Ed attended Iowa State University and became a veterinarian. In 1967 Ed married Jean Karels, they divorced in 1982. After becoming a DVM, he practiced at the Fairmont Veterinary Clinic in Fairmont, MN, and in Swea City, IA. On March 19, 1983 Ed married Jessie Rees at Hanover. From 1972 to 2006 Ed was a federal veterinarian for the USDA. His most recent position was that of consultant to Siouxpreme Pack. He retired from that position in 2014.

Since his retirement Ed has continued his lifelong interests of gardening, caring for animals, and woodworking on his acreage northeast of Cherokee. Other interest included genealogy, his grandchildren’s activities, travel, and his dog Shay.

Preceding Ed in death are his parents, an infant daughter, Samantha, one brother, John McGuire, one sister, Patricia Colleen, three brothers-in-law; Don Degen, Stephen Brandenburg, and Thomas Rees, and one sister-in-law, Barbara McGuire.

Surviving Ed are his wife Jessie of Cherokee, two sons; Michael McGuire of Backus, MN, and Chad and his wife Peggy McGuire of Sioux Falls, SD, and one daughter, Jill and her husband Ryan Johnson of Sioux Falls, five grandchildren; Samantha and Abilene McGuire, Margaret McGuire, Evan and Carson Johnson, two step-children; JoEllen and her husband Fred Yohnke of Ida Grove, and Bradley and his wife Joni Betts of Sioux City, four step-grandchildren; Dr. Jessica Albers, Matthew Jensen, and Paige and Jordan Betts. Also surviving are four brothers; William and wife Ann of Green Valley, AZ, Thomas and wife Cheryl of Lake in the Hills, IL, Martin of Algona, IA, and Joseph and wife Carolyn of State Center, IA, three sisters, Ann Degen of Bancroft, Mary and husband Don Schiltz of Estherville, IA, and Kristin Brandenburg of Armstrong, IA, one sister-in-law, Patricia McGuire of Algona, IA, and many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

 

ORVILLE E. WINTERHOF

Funeral services for Orville E. Winterhof, 95, of Cherokee, formerly of Aurelia, will be Saturday, May 27, 2017, at 1:30 P.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 Friday from 4:00 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.

Orville Edmund Winterhof was born on July 3, 1921 in Diamond Township south of Alta, IA, the son of William and Hilda (Litchenberg) Winterhof. He was baptized on July 17, 1921 at St. John’s Lutheran Church at Hanover where he later attended school and was confirmed on March 31, 1935.  He served in the US Navy during World War II. On June 30, 1946 Orville married Iona Wilhelmina Stratmann at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Latimer, IA.  Orville farmed near Aurelia until his retirement into town in 1974. He also worked at Beals Motor Rewind in Cherokee from 1970 to 1986.  He later drove for Sleezer Select Stock of Aurelia.  Orville was an active member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia.  He was a member of the Grashoff-McManus American Legion Post #390 of Aurelia, and the Aurelia Golf Club. He enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren participate in various sporting events and activities.  His family was his greatest joy who he dearly loved.

Orville died Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee, IA.

Preceding Orville in death were his parents, his wife Iona on April 30, 2016, one son, Dean Winterhof on April 26, 2005, three brothers; Wilmer and his wife Gloria, Harry and his wife Dorothy,  and Marvin and his wife Myrna, one sister, Lorna Franzmier and husband Edwin, sister-in-law and her husband Norma and Darrel Borcherding.

Survivors include two sons; Craig and his wife Patti Winterhof of Denver, CO, and Brian and his wife Lorri Winterhof of Cherokee, and four daughters; Elaine Meyer of Cherokee, Janet and her husband Dan Whitney of Aurelia, Joyce and her husband Ken Bahrke of Panora, IA, and Marcia and her husband Gary Klett of Everly, IA. Also surviving are 21 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, one brother and his wife, Vernon and Suzanne Winterhof of Aurelia, one sister-in-law, Elna and husband Kenneth Keehn of Hampton, IA, one brother-in-law, Arnold and wife Lois Stratmann of Hampton, nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

 

LAVONNE L. OTTO

 

Funeral services for LaVonne L. Otto, 79, of Aurelia, will be held Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at 11:00 A.M. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee, with Pastor Jon Riggert officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. Visitation will be Monday, from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M., at the Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia.

LaVonne Lorraine Huseman was born December 24, 1937 the daughter of Walter and Florence (Freese) Huseman near Hanover, IA. She attended grade school at Hanover, and graduated from the Alta High School in 1955.

On August 6th, 1961 LaVonne was united in marriage to Eldon “Tony” Otto at the St. John’s Lutheran Church at Hanover. LaVonne worked at Berks Studio in Cherokee, and at Sunset Knoll Retirement Home in Aurelia for more than 30 years. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee, and enjoyed crafting, coloring, watching movies, word puzzles, and board games.

LaVonne became a resident of Sunset Knoll Nursing and Rehab Center in Aurelia in April of 2016. She passed away there on April 1, 2017.

Preceding LaVonne in death were her parents, her husband Tony on March 30, 2006, two sisters; Darlene Neulieb and Myra Anabel, one brother, Malvern Huseman, and one brother-in-law, Allard Warneke.

Survivors include two daughters; Carla and her husband Rich Banwell of Aurelia, and Synda and her husband Scott Jepsen of Ida Grove, three grandchildren; Erica and her husband Jason Whittier of Webster City, Brian Banwell of Aurelia, and Sierra Jepsen of Ida Grove, and two great-grand-children; Mary and George Whittier. Also surviving are two brothers; Norbert and his wife Iris Huseman of Ida Grove, and Loren and his wife Linda Huseman of Tiffin, OH, one sister, Janice Warneke of Columbus, NE, two brothers-in-law; Ron and his wife Marge Neulieb of Alta, and Terry Anabel of Ogallala, NE, and one sister-in-law, Wendy Huseman of Edmondton Alberta, Canada, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

LARRY A. SIEVERS

Memorial services for Larry A. Sievers, 67, of Aurelia, will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Larry Lemke officiating. Inurnment will be in the Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery, Storm Lake, Iowa. Visitation will be one hour prior to the memorial services at the church. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.  In lieu of flowers memorials will be given to the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Aurelia.

 

Larry Alan Sievers was born on May 1, 1949 in Cherokee, Iowa to Lorenz Henry Sievers and Erna Elizabeth (Otto) Sievers. Following graduation from Aurelia High School in 1967, Larry served with the Army in the Vietnam War. Upon his return he attended Universal Trades in Omaha, Nebraska, where he became a mechanic. He made his life in Aurelia, Iowa where he attended St. Paul Lutheran Church, farmed his family’s land, and worked for Simonsen Rendering where he retired in 2015. Upon retirement he enjoyed small construction projects, sharing a beverage with the locals, watching old westerns, and visiting his grandson and family in Ames, Iowa. Larry died unexpectedly at his home on March 11th.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents.

Surviving Larry in death are his son, Daniel (Brooke) Sievers of Ames, Iowa, grandson, Harlan Sievers; brother Dale (Janet) Sievers; niece Micki (Jeff) Feilmeier, and four great nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his former spouse, Karen Lee and stepchildren, Kelly Simon and John Simon.

MARIAN L. KINNEY

Funeral services for Marian L. Kinney, 85, of Newell, will be 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at the First Congregational Church in Newell with Pastor Greg Baskerville officiating. Burial will be in the Newell Cemetery, Newell, IA. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 until 7:00, at the Congregational Church in Newell, with the family present. A memorial fund has been established at PO Box 412, George, IA 51237.  The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.

Marian Lucille Pedersen was born on January 25, 1932, the daughter of Christen Jensen and Pearl Sena (Davenport) Pedersen in Libertyville, IL. Her family moved to Newell when Marian was two years old. She wrapped butter at the Newell Creamery and worked as a waitress at the Newell Westside Café while in high school.  After graduation in 1950 Marian worked for Northwestern Bell in Storm Lake as a telephone operator.  On December 11, 1951 she married William Donald Ellrich at the Polk County Courthouse.  To this union three sons were born, Tom, Steve and David.  Marian worked for several years as the head cook at the Good Samaritan Society in Newell.  After her divorce from William, Marian moved to Ames where she became the House Mother and cook for the Theta XI Fraternity for one year.  She returned to Newell to marry Kenneth W. Kinney on June 14, 1978 at the Congregational Church in Newell. The couple lived on Ken’s century farm.  Marian enjoyed playing cards, doing needlepoint, and baking.  She loved to entertain and host coffee for her friends. She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Newell.

Marian died Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Society in Newell where she had been a resident since November 11, of 2014.

Preceding Marian in death were her parents, her husband Kenneth Kinney on June 18, 2012, one brother, Paul J. Pedersen, one sister in law, Vie Pedersen.

Survivors include her three sons: Tom and his wife Sharon Ellrich of Ames, IA, Steven Ellrich of Des Moines, IA, and David and his wife Marlene Ellrich of George, IA. Two step-daughters: Sandra and her husband Kent Renegar of Ankeny, IA and Candace Chesney of Des Moines, IA. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, three step grandchildren, two great grandchildren and four step great grandchildren. One sister, Betty and husband Melvin Redig of Storm Lake, one brother James Pedersen of Sierra Vista, AZ, sister in law, Donna Pedersen of Rock Valley, IA, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

MARY ANN JENSEN

JensenFuneral services for Mary Ann Jensen, 77, of Aurelia, will be Monday, January 23, 2017, at 11:00 A.M., at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Larry Lemke officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Galva East Cemetery, rural Galva. Visitation will be from 9:30 until service time at the church. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Ann Jensen was born on November 8, 1939 at Holstein, IA, the daughter of August and Esther (Ericksen) Jensen. She attended school in Holstein until the middle of 6th grade, then attended school in Aurelia until the middle of her junior year, and then attended high school and graduated from the Alta High School in 1957. Mary Ann started her work history as a checker at Peterson’s Grocery and Dry Goods Store in Alta, then was employed as a secretary at the Alta School. Then she worked at Christine’s Nursing Home in Alta, was a clerk at J. C. Penny’s Store, then worked for Iowa Power & Mid-American in Des Moines, later she moved to Sioux City and worked for Mid-American. Mary Ann then moved to Oregon where she managed Beach House Clothing Stores, and retired to Aurelia where she worked at the Aurelia Golf Club. She was a member of the data processing management association. Mary Ann was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church where she was involved in Luther League, was a Sunday school teacher, choir member, and was the Church Librarian.
Mary Ann died Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the Sunset Knoll Care and Rehab Center in Aurelia.
Preceding Mary Ann in death were her parents, and one brother-in-law, Vernon Rath.
Survivors include her two brothers; Virgil and his wife Jean Jensen of Kingsley, IA, Roger and his wife Sylvia Jensen of Sac City, IA, one sister, Loretta Rath of Aurelia, and many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

STEWART A. GUSTAFSON

stewart-a-gustafsonFuneral services for Stewart Gustafson, 90, of Aurelia, formerly of Alta, will be held Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 10:30 A.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta, with Pastor Denise Parrello officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Aurelia. Visitation will be Friday, from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of the arrangements.

Alf Stewart Gustafson was born June 27, 1926 the son of August and Augusta (Johnson) Gustafson three miles south of Aurelia, IA. He graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1945. After graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Marines Corp in 1946, and was honorably discharged in 1948. While in the Marines he served on the troop ship USS George Clymer, and participated in the Pacific Fleet maneuvers operation Penny. He visited Sweden with his family in 1930 for six months. He was proud of his Swedish heritage, spoke Swedish fluently to his family and friends, and was able to visit relatives many times in Sweden throughout his life.

On April 19th, 1952 Stewart was united in marriage to Edith Bernice Carlson at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta.  To this union one daughter, Denise, was born.  Stewart was a farmer and farmed south of Aurelia for many years.  He enjoyed high school football, the Iowa Hawkeyes, and the Iowa State Cyclones.  He loved to go to Sunday night dances with friends, playing cards, and having coffee at HyVee in Storm Lake.  He was an active member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta serving on the church council and working on the elevator project at the church.  He was a member of the Grashoff-McManus American Legion Post #390 of Aurelia.

Stewart married Juanita Hinkeldey on August 1, 1997 at the St. John Lutheran Church in Hanover. After Juanita’s death Stewart moved into Welcov in Alta.  On September 30th, 2016 due to declining health Stewart became a resident at the Sunset Knoll Nursing and Rehab Center in Aurelia where he passed away on November 29, 2016.

Preceding Stewart in death were his parents, his two wives; Edith on May 7, 1996 and Juanita on May 5, 2010, two sisters; Myrtle Gustafson and Gladys Fogelman, and two brothers; Ritzel Bert Gustafson and John Rune Gustafson.

Survivors are his daughter, Denise and her husband Greyling Fredericksen of Aurelia, three grandchildren; Curt and his wife Rachel Fredericksen of Dakota Dunes, SD, Christa and her husband Craig Kennedy of North Sioux City, and Matthew and Traci Fredericksen of Aurelia, and four great-grand-children; Alexa, Emma, Bryson, and Ali. Also surviving are three step-children; Jaclyn and Jim Narwold of Brown Deer, WI, Dave and Janeen Hinkeldey of Aurelia, and Laurie and Mark Gustafson of Palm Desert, CA, ten step-grandchildren, fifteen step-great-grandchildren, one sister-in-law, Shirley Gustafson of Alta, one brother-in-law, Chuck and Doris Carlson of Cherokee, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

JOHN M. STORBECK

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Funeral services for John M. Storbeck, 97, of Aurelia, will be 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 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 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M., with the family present, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.

John Makepeace Storbeck was born June 23rd, 1919, the son of Frank & Katherine (Dueselder) Storbeck at St. James, MN. He graduated from St. James High School and entered the US Army where he was a combat engineer for five years being stationed in Germany, France and the Philippines. While stationed in the U.S. he built bridges in Canada and Alaska. During his time in service John met and married Lillian W. Travis on November 15, 1944 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. After being honorably discharged from the Army he attended Drake University where he studied to became a pharmacist.   John served his apprenticeship in Greenawalt Pharmacy in Des Moines in 1949.  The family moved to Dubuque for one year before coming to Aurelia where he joined Dutch Honsbruch in his pharmacy, later becoming partner and adding a store in Cherokee.  After the Cherokee Pharmacy was sold, John purchased the remaining shares from Dutch Honsbruch in the Aurelia Pharmacy.  When John turned 66 he sold his pharmacy in Aurelia to George Appleseth from Storm Lake.  John enjoyed staying busy and filled in at several area pharmacies for many years.  He was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church where he was an avid member of the Men of Faith, the Grashoff-McManus American Legion Post #390 in Aurelia, Kiwanis Club, and was a former member of the Aurelia Commercial Club.  He also enjoyed golfing and fishing.

On June 20, 1999 John was united in marriage to Marilyn (Peck) George at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.  The couple enjoyed the winter months in Alamo, Texas for 15 years.

John passed away Thanksgiving morning, November 24th, 2016 at the Sunset Knoll Nursing & Rehab Center in Aurelia.

Preceding John in death were his parents, his first wife Lillian on October 29, 1997, six brothers and one sister.

Survivors include: his wife Marilyn Storbeck of Aurelia, two sons and their wives; Jerry and his wife Luanne Storbeck of Encinitas, CA, and John D. and his wife Chris Kelly-Storbeck of Redmond, WA, three grandsons; Chad Storbeck, John C. and his wife Lauren Storbeck, and James Storbeck, and one great-grandson; Jonathan Storbeck. Also surviving are three step- daughters: Debra George of Kearney, MO, Mary Lynn and her husband Craig DeDecker of Norwalk, IA, and Terri Ann George of Chicago, IL, one step-son; Mathias George of Aurelia, three step-grand-children; Brian DeDecker, Jarrod Rosentreter and his wife Melanie  and Jenna and her husband Christian Huntley, 6 step- great-grand-children Vera Huntley, Colin Barnes, Kayleen Barnes, McKenna Barnes, Berkley Rosentreter and Keaton Rosentreter two sister-in-law: Nellie Storbeck of Alexandria, MN, LaVon Roberts and husband Bob of Cherokee, and many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

ROBERT T. BENGTSON

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Robert Theodore Bengtson, 79 of Aurelia, died Tuesday, November 22 at Cherokee Regional Medical Center.  Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 29, at The First United Methodist Church in Aurelia with the Pastor Tom Petersen officiating.  Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, November 28, from 4-7, with the family present from 5-7 at the church. 

Robert Theodore Bengtson was born on July 17, 1937 in Cherokee, Iowa to Clifford and Lenora (Johnson) Bengtson.  He was baptized and confirmed at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee.  He attended school and graduated from Aurelia High School in 1955.  He enlisted into the U. S. Navy in July, 1955.  He spent 12 weeks at the Great Lake’s Basic Training Camp in Chicago, Ill., 2 years at the Cabaniss Naval Air Base in Corpus Christi, TX and 2 1/2 years in Iwaknui, Japan at the Marine Air Base.  This is where he met Haruko (Linda) Mita.  Robert and Linda were married at the Japanese Counsolet in Fukukoa, Japan on November 4, 1958.  To this union three daughters were born Janet, Rhonda and Lisa.  Robert was honorably discharged from the U. S. Navy at Oakland, CA. on March 9, 1960.  Robert was a third class Yeoman, a pencil pusher by trade.  He was one of the lucky sailors that never stood a watch, inspection or marched in a parade.  Robert was hoping that he would be able to start farming but 1960 was not the year for that.  He helped his dad plant the corn that spring and then started his forty year tenure at the Farmers Cooperative Company in Aurelia.  He was the bookkeeper, office manager and asst. manager until the elevator merged with 16 other elevators which became the First Cooperative Association, Cherokee.  When the merger took place Robert held the position of bookeeper and grain manager.  

 

Robert was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, IA. where he served as Chairman of the Administrative Counsel, usher, Chairman of the Finance Committee for many years, and served on the fall harvest dinner committee for 27 years.  He served on the City’s Planning and Zoning Board of Adjustment, he was a Volunteer Firefighter for the Aurelia Fire Dept. for 18 years serving as secretary of the Fire Dept. and Secretary of the Rural Fire Board, Aurelia Golf Board Secretary/Treasurer for 3 years, member of the American Legion post 390 from 1960 to present year and served as adjutant for 2 years.

 

Robert loved playing golf, attending his grandchildren’s school and sports activities, loved to travel and most of all he loved taking his whole family on vacation trips. These trips consisted of many road miles across the states exploring 14 plus states. A few of Robert’s favorite highlights of these vacations was when his grandson had the ESPN Zone downtown Washington DC put Happy Birthday Bob on a huge neon sign and he loved following his grandson for 2 years in a row in the Cal Ripken 10-11 year old baseball world series.  He truly enjoyed spending time with his family.

 

Robert is survived by his wife, Linda, of Aurelia, three daughters, Janet McCarthy and her fiance Aaron Blenderman of Sioux City, Rhonda Jensen and her husband Kelley of Aurelia, Lisa Benson and her husband Chad of Cedar Falls, and five grandchildren, Ryan McCarthy, Tyler Benson, Jennifer Jensen, Halle Benson and Trevor Benson, and a sister Darlene Moss and her husband Frank of Sioux City, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

 

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, infant brother Dennis, sister Carolyn Catania and brother-in-law Gary Catania.

 

TENA MAE GALVIN

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Funeral services for Tena Mae Galvin, 88, of Aurelia, will be Friday, November 11, 2016, at 1:30 P.M., at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Thomas Petersen officiating and Nelva Petersen CLS. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M., with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00, at the First United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.

          Tena Mae Fox, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend was born on May 4, 1928 to Clyde and Geneva (Sexton) Fox at their farm northeast of Aurelia. She went to Afton country school for eight years and then attended the Aurelia High School where she graduated with the class of 1946. After graduation she was employed as the secretary to the school superintendent.

On June 8, 1947 she was united in marriage to Charles Galvin, Jr. at the Aurelia Methodist Church.  Tena Mae and Charlie were blessed with four children: Mike, Cindy, Jack and Ted. She spent her time being a homemaker, taking care of her family and helping Charlie with their farming operation. She spent many happy hours sewing for her family, raising chickens and planting gardens.

In 1983 she and Charlie semi-retired and moved to their home in Aurelia. She worked at the House of Yours and Colleen’s Clothes Closet for a number of years. She was an enthusiastic shopper and was always on the hunt for her next favorite “pocketbook”.

          Her greatest joy came with the arrival of grandchildren and later, great-grandchildren. She loved when they came to visit and when needed, she also babysat. Many of the great-grandchildren treasure baby quilts embroidered by her.

          She was a lifelong member of the Aurelia Methodist Church, a 4-H member in her youth and after her marriage, a member of Diamond Doers neighborhood club, and at church the UMW and Martha Circle.

          Tena Mae was widely known as the record keeper of the family. She filled notebook after notebook of family facts. Her scrapbooks are an archive of Aurelia history kept by her from early years to the present day. If you wanted information or some history, Tena Mae could usually supply the answer.

          She and Charlie were faithful members of their Pinochle club since 1949, and she could always be counted on to help organize their high school class of ’46 reunions. She enjoyed reading, jigsaw puzzles, crochet, embroidery, knitting and most recently, adult coloring books.

          Tena Mae gave up her earthly life on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at the Sunset Knoll Care and Rehab Center in Aurelia, Iowa, after a brief illness. She was 88 years, 6 months, and 4 days old.

Pallbearers are her eight grandsons: Jeremy, Dwight, Neil, Brian, David, Chris, Josh and Marcus. Honorary pallbearers are her three granddaughters: Janine, Heather and Miranda.

          Tena Mae was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Louise Bugh, her brother, Bill Fox, and a special uncle, Estle Sexton.

          She is survived by her husband Charles, her daughter, Cindy and Larry Jerge of Spirit Lake, and three sons: Mike and Karen Galvin of Galva, Jack and Nancy Galvin of Aurelia, and Ted and Sonia Galvin of Cherokee, her beloved grandchildren: Janine and Dave Baker of Scotland, SD, Brian and Moira Galvin of Bothell, WA, David and Kay Galvin of Charter Oak, Chris and Jenna Galvin of Aberdeen, SD, Dwight and Jackie Jerge of Spirit Lake, Heather and Heng Ung of Sioux City, Jeremy and Jennifer Galvin of Ames, Neil and Maranda Galvin of DeForest, WI, Josh and Amy Galvin of Cedar Falls, Miranda Galvin of Sioux City, and Marcus Galvin of Iowa City. Also surviving are her cherished great-grandchildren: Nicholaus, Allisyn and Keegan Baker, Mackenzie and Avery Galvin, Madison Young, Marissa, Owen, Anna and Chloe Galvin, Lucas, Charlee, Jonah and Maddy Galvin, Emma and Ethan Jerge, Ming, Lucy and Tao Ung, Annie, Lillie and Ben Galvin, Sam and Eli Galvin, Jay, Anthony and Mya Galvin and CJ Galvin, sister-in-law Norma Fox of Aurelia, many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and many, many friends.

 

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