LORNE R. GANO

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Memorial services for Lorne R. Gano, 63, of Alta, will be 11:00 A.M. Thursday, April 10, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Thomas Petersen officiating. Inurnment will be at St. John’s Cemetery in rural Peterson at a later date. The family will be present for visitation on Wednesday from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the First United Methodist Church. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.  A memorial fund has been established.

Lorne Roger Gano was born February 10, 1951 in Cherokee, Iowa, the son of Lowell and Ruby (Anderson) Gano.  Lorne attended elementary school in Larrabee, IA and graduated from Aurelia High School in 1970.  On November 6, 1970 Lorne united in marriage with Christine JoAnn Bonham at Grace Lutheran Church in Storm Lake, IA.   Lorne enlisted in the National Guard in 1971 and was honorably discharged in 1979.  He was in the 41st Infantry Division.   Lorne was employed at the Cherokee Mental Health for 35 years.  He enjoyed working with his co-workers and patients.  During his employment he received the Governor’s State Top Achievement Recognition (STAR) Award for his dedication and commitment to public service.

Lorne and his wife lived on a small acreage outside of Aurelia where they raised their three daughters Amy, Lori, and Jenny.  Lorne lived life as an adventure; he could have fun doing anything.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.  He appreciated nature and loved fishing, hunting for antiques, history, and working on projects.

Lorne died Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa; he was a cancer survivor of 13 years.

Preceding Lorne in death were his parents.

Survivors include his wife Christine, three daughters; Amy and her husband Dan Skogman of Hinton, Lori Gano of Dakota Dunes, SD, and her fiancé Kent Ohlson of Aurelia, and Jenny and her husband Jon Cody of Springfield, MO, and five grandchildren; Kelsey, Tayler, Jordan, Daiton, and Elaina. Also surviving are his brother, Larry and his wife Suzi Gano of Hemphill, TX, and two sisters; Peg and her husband Jesse Fastenow of Peterson, and Polly and her husband Bruce Rapp of Aurelia, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Cliff and Catherine Bonham of Aurelia, brother-in-law, Dave and his wife Andi Bonham of Pierre, SD, sister-in-law, Sue Ellen Bonham of Marcus, IA, brother-in-law Dan and his wife Penny Bonham of Marathon, IA, sister-in-law Carri and her husband Rich Eckert of Aurelia, many beloved nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

BONNIE E. SHANK

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Graveside services for Bonnie Shank, 93, of Spencer, formerly of Aurelia, will be 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia, with Pastor Bruce Rapp of the First Congregational Church in Aurelia officiating.  Visitation will be from 1:00 until 2:00 at the Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia.

Bonnie Evone Mummert was born on October 16, 1920, the daughter of John Quincy and Lola Margeret (Stutz) Mummert at Aurelia, Iowa. She attended Aurelia Elementary and graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1940. During her junior year she was named “Miss Aurelia” and represented Aurelia at the Clay County Fair in Spencer. Upon graduation Bonnie relocated to Los Angeles, CA, where she worked as a retail cashier during the war. Bonnie married Wayne Coates who died during WWII. Bonnie then returned to Aurelia to help with her parents’ hardware store.

On November 14, 1947 Bonnie married Merlin Eugene “Sport” Shank in Aurelia and they moved to Sheldon where they managed the Sheldon Golf and Country Club for several years. In 1952 their son Mark was born. In 1954 they moved to Spencer where Bonnie worked for many years at Dr. Frink and Schlictemeiers office and later was employed at the Woman’s Shop and the Clay County Fair ticket office until she retired.

Bonnie died Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Longhouse Residence Nursing Home in Spencer.

Preceding Bonnie in death were her parents, her first husband Wayne Coates, her second husband Merlin “Sport” Shank on June 20 1998, two sisters; Geradine Mummert and Donna Taylor and her husband Jim, brother-in-law Orlo Shank and his wife Mabel, and sister-in-law Gladys Roseman.

Survivors include her son Mark Shank and his companion Karen Bishop of Spencer, one niece, Donna Rae Furlong of Sioux City, and other relatives and friends.

O. JEAN MILLS

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Private committal services for Orva “Jean” Mill, 88 of Aurelia, formerly of Everly, Iowa were held on Monday, March 24. 2014 at the Riverside Cemetery in Spencer, with Pastor Larry Lemke of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia officiating. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia was in charge of arrangements.

Orva Jean Schoelerman was born on November, 20, 1925 in Everly, Iowa, IA, the daughter of Reiman and Alma (Peters) Schoelerman. Her childhood years were spent in Everly, where she graduated from the Everly High School. She attended Iowa State University where she earned her degree. Jean taught Home Economics for one year at Polk City, IA, and for one year at Kolo, IA.

On August 10, 1947 Jean married James W. Mills in Everly where they made their home. They retired to Okoboji and Longboat Key, FL. Jean loved the water, fishing, garage sales, and she loved to sew.

Jean was a member of the Hope Lutheran Church in Everly where she was president of the Hope Lutheran Church Women, and she helped put quilts together. She was also a member of the Three Cross Church at Milford, and later St. Paul Lutheran in Aurelia.

Jean died Saturday, March 22, 2014, at the Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia.

Preceding Jean in death were her parents and her husband James on December 19, 2013.

Left to cherish her memory are one son, David and his wife Mary Mills of Longboat Key, FL, one daughter, Sue Ireland of Aurelia, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; Jessica and husband Jonathan Ticku and their two sons, Jon James and Rishi, Sarah and husband Andy O’Dear and their son Elijah and daughter Sadie, Abigail and husband Olen McGhee, Lindsay and husband TJ Eagan and their son Hunter, and John Ireland. Many other relatives and friends will cherish her memory. Cards may be sent to Susan Ireland, PO Box 121, Aurelia, IA 51005. Memorials will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

FERN I. BEEGHLEY

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Funeral services for Fern I. Beeghley, 98, of Sioux City, will be 2:00 P.M. Thursday, February 27, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Magrey deVega officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. Visitation will be Thursday from 10:00 A.M. until service time at the First United Methodist Church. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Sanford Day Care, 1724 Geneva St, Sioux City, IA 51103.

            Fern Inez Beeghley was born December 27, 1915 in Aurelia, Iowa, the daughter of Clyde and Marie (Baumann) Beeghley. She attended school in Aurelia and graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1933. She then attended the National Business Training School in Sioux City. Fern was employed as secretary by Arthur Sanford & Company from 1935 until her retirement in 1983. She was the Director and Treasurer of the Stella Sanford Child Care Center. Fern enjoyed travel, sewing, reading and bowling. She served as a bowling league secretary for 25 years. She was a member of the Aurelia First United Methodist Church.

Fern passed away Monday, February 24, 2014, at the Touchstone Living Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

Preceding Fern in death were her parents, and her brother, Ray Beeghley.

Survivors include her niece, Jean and her husband Glenn Bakke of Long Beach, CA, her nephew, William and his wife Glynn Beeghley of LaQuinta, CA, and many great-nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.

DORIS J. CARLSON

CarlsonnewsFuneral services for Doris J. Carlson, 83, of Aurelia, will be Friday, January 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 Memory Gardens Cemetery in Cherokee. Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M., with the family present, at the church. A memorial fund has been established. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia was in charge of arrangements.

Doris Jean Joy was born on February 24, 1930 at Correctionville, IA, the daughter of Loren and Mildred (Perkins) Joy.  She graduated from the Correctionville High School in 1947. On May 2, 1948 Doris married Clifford Carlson 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. Her life centered around her community, church, and family. She was part of Federated Women’s Club and Community Kitchen Band, and regularly attended the Aurelia Community Coffee. She was actively involved with Women of the World, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and Lutheran’s for Life, taught Sunday school and led Bible studies and she faithfully participated in Bible study groups until the last few weeks of her life. Doris gave 25 years of her life serving at Sunset Knoll Retirement Home and Sunset Knoll Auxiliary. She enjoyed music, was an avid reader, worked crossword puzzles daily and enjoyed a good game of solitaire. She liked to watch dancing and ice skating programs, playing cards and games with her family and in her later years discussing American politics. She was the most enthusiastic fan at all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s sports activities and events. She loved cooking and baking and serving her family which she did into her later years. She deeply loved her family and expressed often her gratefulness for the husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren the Lord had given her.

Doris died Monday, January 27, 2014 at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee.

Preceding Doris in death were her parents, one son, Ricky Carlson, and one niece, Cindy Carlson.

Survivors include her husband Clifford of Aurelia, 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, Kaylie and Elyse Carlson, and Ary Carlson, two sisters; Donna and husband Ron Conley and Diane and husband Darrell Wieland all of Cherokee, other relatives and friends.

VERLYN G. DYSLIN

verlynnewsMemorial services for Verlyn G. Dyslin, 86, of Aurelia, will be 11:00 A.M. Thursday, January 16, 2014 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Larry Lemke officiating. Inurnment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia, at a later date. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 until 8:00, with the family present from 6:30 to 8:00, at the Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia.  Military honors will be by the Grashoff-McManus American Legion Post of Aurelia and the L. A. Wescott VFW Post of

Cherokee.  In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.

Verlyn Galen Dyslin was born December 8, 1927 at Aurelia, IA, the son of Gahlen Albert and Helen (Gerjets) Dyslin.  He attended Brooke School, country school, and then the Aurelia High School, graduating in 1946. Verlyn served in the US Army. On March 12, 1950 Verlyn married Elaine Fae Pedersen at the Presbyterian Church in Alta. He worked for different farmers during his school years, and after being discharged from the Army he farmed north of Alta and worked for Kingan Packing Plant, then later for Caswell Mfg., Lundell Mfg., and for Cherokee County as a maintainer driver. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Alta, and the Alta Square Dance Club. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, ballroom and square dancing, and loved playing cards with various card clubs of which he was a member.

Verlyn died Monday January 13, 2014 at the Sunset Knoll Care and Rehab Center in Aurelia.

Preceding Verlyn in death were his parents, an infant son, two sisters, one in infancy, and Rozella and her husband George Bruns, Jr., one daughter-in-law, Julie Dyslin, and two brothers-in-law, Richard Martin and Duane Haley.

Survivors include his wife Elaine of Aurelia, three children; Cheryl and her husband Rod Hasenwinkel of Aurelia, Mark and his wife Nancy Dyslin of Stillwater, MN, and LeAnn and her husband Roy Wadsley of Nemaha, IA. Also surviving are five grandchildren; Allison and husband Craig Wisniewski of Osceola, IA, Molli and husband Nate Overturf of Aurelia, Kayla and husband Mike Martens of Albert City, Kaine Wadsley of Nemaha, Kelsey and husband Brice Pollock of Santa Clara, CA, two great-grandchildren; Hannah and Cael Wisniewski, three step-great-grandchildren; Abigail, Piper, and Peyton Overturf, two sisters; Bonnie Martin and Joan Haley both of Sac City, IA, one brother-in-law; Richard and his wife Julie Pedersen of Alta, many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

WALLACE E. BURNS

wallynewsA memorial service and celebration of life for Wallace “Wally” Burns, 87, of Storm Lake, will be held at the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, January 10, 2014, with the Rev. Dr. Matt Miller officiating. Visitation will follow the service at the church. Inurnment will take place in Ventura, IA, at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the Diabetes Unit at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center. The Redig Funeral Home of Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.

Wallace Edward Burns was born on August 18th, 1926 in Mason City, Iowa, the son of Mansel Wood and Nellie (White) Burns.  He graduated from Mason City High School in 1944, and immediately enlisted in the Army Air Force and served in Germany during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1947. He worked for Henkel Construction then Pure Carbonic Co., both in Mason City, before becoming a teacher.

On August 29, 1948, Wally married Patricia Rae McPeek at the Methodist Church in Mason City. They had three children; Karen, Peggy, and Michael. He graduated from Iowa State Teachers College in 1950. Wally began his career as an educator teaching science at Alexander High School in Alexander, Iowa.  He continued teaching sciences for the Sheffield Public Schools, while completing his Masters degree in Educational Administration at Iowa State Teachers College.  He served as a science teacher and principal at Lansing High School, Lansing, Iowa.  He served as High School Principal and Superintendent for the St. Ansgar Community School System.  His career continued as he served as Superintendent of Schools in Marathon Public Schools and Stanwood Public Schools.  Wally and Pat moved to Storm Lake in 1974 when he became the Director of Secondary Education for Iowa Central Community College, until his retirement in July of 1991.

Wally was a member of the Masonic Lodge beginning at the Pearl Lodge #426 in Sheffield, later was a member of the Jewell Lodge #309 in Storm Lake, and then became a member of the Pomegranate Lodge #408 in Alta. He became a fifty year member in 2008. He was a member of the VFW, Phi Delta Kappa, and the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake, the Wiseman’s Club of Mason City, Lion’s Club, and the Elks.  He volunteered for the Heart Association serving as President for three years and received a State Award, was a lifetime member of the NRA, and a charter member of the Buena Vista Rifle and Pistol Club. He served on the Storm Lake City Council from 1996 through 2007. Over the years Wally enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapshooting, being an NRA Trainer, candy making, cooking, flea markets, and coffee with his friends at Hardee’s.

Preceding Wally in death were his parents, brother Jay Burns, and son-in-law Frederick Richard Copley.

Wally suffered a fall while visiting his daughter in Atlanta, GA and was admitted to the Atlanta Medical Center where he died December 24, 2013 from complications caused by the fall.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Pat of Storm Lake, his children; Karen Burns Copley of Green Valley, AZ, Peggy Fillio of Atlanta, GA, and Mike and his wife Doris Burns of Madison Lake, MN. Also surviving are three grandchildren; Matthew and his wife Erin Burns of Costa Mesa, CA, Kathryn Fillio of Atlanta, GA, and Margaret Copley Roark and her husband David Roark of Waldorf, MD, three step-grandchildren, Katie Sheppard of Lahaina, Hawaii, Jamie Sheppard of Mankato, MN and Jessie Sheppard of Madison Lake, MN,  five great-grandchildren; Megan, Molly, and Wyatt Burns and Frederick and Matthew Roark, one sister, Janet Grady of Millersville, MD, one sister-in-law, Jo Charipar of Cedar Rapids, IA, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

LOUIS G. HUFFMAN

Louis G. Huffman, age 63, of Aurelia died at his home on December 23, 2013. Louis is survived by his wife, Diana. There are no services pending at this time.

JOY NIELSEN

Joy2 Memorial services for Joy Nielsen, 95, of Cherokee, formerly of Aurelia, will be 10:30 A.M. Saturday, December 21, 2013, at the First Congregational Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Bruce Rapp officiating.  There will be no visitation. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.

Helen Joy Dailey was born on April 30, 1918, the daughter of Harry and Pearl (Beeghley) Dailey at Aurelia, Iowa. She attended Aurelia Elementary and graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1935. She then attended ST. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Sioux City, graduating in 1939.

On November 11, 1942 Joy married Earl Nielsen at her parents’ home. Joy was an RN at Sioux Valley Hospital for many years. She enjoyed baking and was well known for her pies and cookies that she shared with many friends and neighbors. She loved to travel with Earl in their trailer. They were lucky enough to visit 48 states and parts of Canada. Joy enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, and took special joy in her great-grandchildren. She was an avid reader, always had a book she was reading or re-reading.

Joy died Thursday, December 19, 2013 at Careage Hills Nursing Home in Cherokee.

Preceding Joy in death were her parents, an infant son, her husband Earl on December 31, 2004, her brother Floyd and his wife Ellen Dailey, grandson Jeff Calvert, son-in-law Craig Menefee, and one nephew Mike Dailey.

Survivors include her children; James and his wife LuAnn Nielsen of Granger, IA, Patricia Nielsen and her husband Roger Stoakes of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Joan Menefee of Boone, IA, one granddaughter, Carrie and her husband Erik Lundy of Des Moines, IA, two great-grandchildren, Josie Lundy and Megan Lundy of Des Moines, and other relatives and friends.

JAMES MILLS

JamesPrivate committal services for James W. Mills, 89, of Aurelia, formerly of Everly, Iowa, were held on Friday, December 20, 2013 at the Riverside Cemetery in Spencer, with Pastor Larry Lemke of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia officiating. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia was in charge of arrangements.

James Weaver Mills was born on July 15, 1924 in Spencer, IA, the son of Lloyd and Helen (Weaver) Mills.  His childhood years were spent in Everly, where he received his education. He attended Iowa State University, entered the Navy as a radio tech, returned to ISU and graduated with a degree in Animal Husbandry.

On August 10, 1947 James married Orva Jean Schoelerman in Everly. They made their home in Everly and began farming and then purchased the local insurance agency, Mills Insurors and became a partner in the Everly State Bank. He and his wife retired to Okoboji and Longboat Key, Florida.

James was a Board President of the Clay County Fair and also the church board of Hope Lutheran Church in Everly. He was a member of the Lutheran Church in Everly, transferred to Milford, and finally to St. Paul Lutheran in Aurelia.

James died Thursday, December 19, 2013 at the Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia following a battle with Alzheimer’s.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Jean of Aurelia, one son, David and his wife Mary Mills of Longboat Key, FL, one daughter, Sue Ireland of Aurelia, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren: Jessica and husband Jonathan Ticku and their two sons, Jon James and Rishi, Sarah and husband Andy O’Dear, their son, Elijah and daughter, Sadie, Abigail and husband Olen McGhee, Lindsay and husband TJ Eagan, and John Ireland. Many other relatives and friends will cherish his memory.

Cards may sent to: Jean Mills, PO Box 121, Aurelia, IA 51005. Memorials will be donated to Alzheimer’s Research.

ORLYN WEBB

orly2Funeral services for Orlyn Webb, 71, of Aurelia, will be 10:30 A.M. Friday, December 13, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Tom Petersen officiating. Military Honors by the Grashoff-McManus American Legion Post #390 of Aurelia and the L. A. Wescott Post # 2253 of the VFW in Cherokee. Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M., with the family present from 6:00 to 7:30, at the First United Methodist Church. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements. A memorial fund has been established.

            Orlyn Lee Webb was born July 5, 1942 at Sac City, Iowa, the son of Forrest and Mabel (Ellwanger) Webb.  He attended school and graduated from the Galva High School in 1960. He entered the Navy as a mines man and served until 1964. After his honorable discharge he attended Buena Vista College for four years, graduating with a degree in business. Orlyn worked for Lehigh Cement for seven years. He then owned and operated Francis Tap in Aurelia for 30 years and farmed the century old family farm, retiring in 2002. Orly loved to travel and was proud that he had been to all 50 states, plus trips to Europe, the Scandinavian Countries, Mexico, and Jamaica. He looked forward to his winters in Florida which he enjoyed for eleven years.

On December 14, 1991, Orlyn married Nancy Galvin at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia. He was a member of the Aurelia American Legion, the Aurelia Golf Course, and the Silver Creek United Methodist Church in Galva. He loved fishing, golf, and playing cards and cribbage with family and friends. Orly was an avid sports fan, especially cheering for the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Green Bay Packers, and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Orly died Saturday, December 7, 2013, at his home in Aurelia surrounded by family and friends after a five year battle with cancer.

Preceding Orlyn in death were his parents, one brother, Duane Webb, and one sister-in-law, Cheryl Webb.

Survivors include his wife Nancy Webb of Aurelia, one son, Cameron Webb of St Louis, MO, two brothers; Donald and his wife Frances Webb of New Orleans, LA, and Forrest and his friend Cheryl Kershaw of Harvest, AL, one sister, Sandra and her husband Walter Shepherd of Hot Springs, AR, one sister-in-law, Gail and her husband Martin Rummell of Wabeno, WI, mother-in-law Imagene Galvin of Aurelia, two brothers-in-law; Randy and his wife Deb Galvin of Early, IA, and Rodney Galvin and his friend JoAnne Fystrom of St. Louis Park, MN, two aunts; June Bowers of Storm Lake and Joyce Patten of Perry, several nieces and nephews, cousins, special friends Kevin and Amanda Bengtson and family, and many friends.

ANNETTA BRAUNSCHWEIG

Braunschweig,_AnnetteMemorial services for Annetta A. Braunschweig, 87, Tavares, FL, formerly of Aurelia, will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Larry Lemke officiating. Inurnment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. 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 directed to Mount Olivet Lutheran School in Miami, FL.

Annetta Aurelia Braunschweig was born on August 11, 1926 at Aurelia, IA, the daughter of the Rev. Otto A. and Lisette L. (Gerike) Braunschweig.  She was both baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church by her father, Pastor Braunschweig. She attended Afton Township School for eight years, then Aurelia High School, graduating in 1945. She continued her education at Concordia Teachers College in Seward, NE, and Emmetsburg Community College. After graduating from college she moved to California for several years before she began teaching. Annetta taught for 26 years in Lutheran elementary schools in Iowa, Idaho, Minnesota, Texas, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, and Florida. She retired from teaching and moved to Tavares in 1991. At that time she joined Faith Lutheran Church in Eustis, FL, where she enjoyed and active life in her church and school activities until health problems limited, and finally prohibited, participation. She was a member of the Women’s Lutheran Missionary League, and officer for Aid Assoc. for Lutherans, TLC Sewing, and enjoyed doing crafts. Annetta was a very fun and loving person, and when help was needed she was always there to lend a helping hand.

Annetta died November 13, 2013 in Tavares, FL.

Preceding Annetta in death were her parents, two sisters and their husbands; Eleonora and Alfred Honsbruch and Verona and Ted Fosdick, seven brothers; Reinhold and wife Rosa Braunschweig, Theodore Braunschweig, Ottomar Braunschweig, Gerhardt and wife Helen Braunschweig, Arnold Braunschweig, Carl Braunschweig, Bernard Braunschweig, and one brother-in-law; Willis Warkentien.

Survivors include two sisters; Cornelia Warkentien of St. Paul, MN, Anna and her husband Herbert Huseman of Rice Lake, WI, two brothers; Robert and his wife Sharon Braunschweig of Donahue, IA, and Victor and his wife Okie Braunschweig of Mustang, OK, five sisters-in-law; Evelyn Braunschweig of Alta, Nelda Carney of St. Clare, MO, Beverly Braunschweig of Wall Lake, IA, Betty Braunschweig of Iowa Falls, IA, and Diana Braunschweig of Golden, CO, good friend Opal Pruitt of Tavares, FL, many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

GORDON “Gordy” GROHE

Funeral services for Gordon “Gordy” Grohe, 80, of Aurelia will be 10:30 A.M. Saturday, November 2, 2013, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee with Pastor Jane Johnston officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Cherokee. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00, at the Aurelia Community Center. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.

Gordon Walter Grohe was born on August 12, 1933, the son of Walter and Freida (Olhausen) Grohe in Storm Lake, IA. He graduated from the Storm Lake High School in 1951. On March 3, 1952 Gordy was united in marriage to Nona Peterson at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake. They had three children; Susan, Michael, and Kelli. Gordy and Nona lived on a farm where he worked for Cliff Bruce for two years. They then moved to Cherokee where he was on the Cherokee Police force and then was a deputy sheriff for three years. Gordy was a car salesman for Peterson Motors in Cherokee for 31 years. Later he worked for the Cherokee County Law Enforcement Center for 19 years, retiring in 2001. He also owned and operated Gordy’s Hamburger Shop in Cherokee and Aurelia. He mowed lawns for 25 years, which he enjoyed very much.

Gordy was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, he served as Mayor of Aurelia from January 1, 1988 until December 31, 1991, and on the board of the Aurelia Municipal Electric from February 2003 until the present. Gordy and Nona had many Yorkie and Schnauzer dogs over the years, and he enjoyed golfing, bowling, and snowmobiling.

Gordy died Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake, IA.

Preceding Gordy in death were his parents, his son Mike, and his sister, Beverly Harriott.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Nona, his children; Sue Roberts, and Kelli and her husband Steve Hirschman all of Aurelia. Also surviving are nine grandchildren; Stacy and husband Mike McGee of Cherokee, Adam and wife Dawn Roberts of Marcus, Christi Grohe of Des Moines, Wesly Grohe and special friend Danielle Lewis of Cherokee, Toby Grohe of Quimby, Taylor Grohe of Ocheydan, Kati and husband Brian Gorman of Ames, Amy and husband Nate Lewis of Aurelia, and Nick Hirschman of Ames. Also surviving are 14 great-grandchildren; Breanna, Emilee, and Kaleb McGee, Sydney, Jocee, and Mason Roberts, Izik, Tate, and Gage Piercy, Parker Michael Grohe and Devontez Grohe, Ella Gorman, and Coy and Bryn Lewis, one brother, Ronald and wife Glenna Grohe of Des Moines, one brother-in-law, Don Harriott of Helena, Montana, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

FLOYD SWANSON

Funeral services for Floyd D. Swanson, 84, of Aurelia, will be held at the First Congregational Church in Aurelia, on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 10:30 a.m., with Pastor Bruce Rapp officiating.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M., with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00, on Tuesday at the Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia.

Floyd died Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.

Floyd Dale Swanson was born near Round Lake, Minnesota, on July 3, 1929, the son of Clarence and Elfrieda (Jaeger) Swanson. His childhood years were spent in O’Brien County, IA. It was there that he received his education and was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.

Floyd started farming in 1949 near Larrabee. In 1951 Floyd entered the Army during the Korean Conflict, serving 18 months in Korea. After his discharge he returned home to farming. On February 27, 1959 Floyd married Martha Gerstandt at the Evangelical Reformed Church in Calumet, IA. Following their marriage they moved to a farm east of Aurelia, where they continue to live. In 1963 Floyd became a member of the Congregational Church in Aurelia where he served as a board member and as Deacon. He was a member of the Grashoff-McManus American Legion Post # 390 of Aurelia. He served as a director of Federal Land Bank for Cherokee County for 16 years.

He enjoyed following his children and grandchildren in all activities. His love of the land ran deep, and he so enjoyed visiting about farming and seeing a yard of well kept livestock. He was a humble and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He treasured his family and his pride in them was most evident.

Preceding Floyd in death were his parents, one brother-in-law, John Redshaw, and one nephew, Eric Swanson.

Survivors include his wife Martha Swanson of Aurelia, three children; Teresa Kelley of Sioux City, Bill Swanson of Aurelia, and Byron and his wife Michelle (Caboth) Swanson of Aurelia. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Sarah and her husband Anthony Gill of Jackson, NE, Amanda Swanson, Matthew Swanson, and Michael Swanson all of Aurelia, one sister, Lois Redshaw of Sioux City, one brother, John and his wife Mary Swanson of Ocheyedan, one sister-in-law, Helen Dau of Primghar, two brothers-in-law, Delbert Wiese of Paullina, and Albert Gerstandt of Spirit Lake, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

LUCILLE NELSON

lucille-nelsonMemorial services for Lucille Nelson, 92, of Aurelia, will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Tom Petersen officiating. Burial will precede the memorial service at 1:30 P.M. at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Aurelia. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., at the Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

Lucille Mabel Coburn was born January 15, 1921 at Marcus, Iowa, the daughter of George Alva and Mabel Ellen (Holloway) Coburn.  She attended school in Sioux City and Sergeant Bluff, and graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1939. On June 12, 1941, Lucille married Kenneth Nels Nelson in Aurelia. Lucille worked at the Mental Health Institute in Cherokee from 1960 until her retirement on April 19, 1983. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, UMW, Daughters of the American Revolution, and Federated Women’s Club. She enjoyed ballroom dancing, music, playing cards, and knitting and sewing.

Lucille died Thursday, September 5, 2013, at the Sunset Knoll Care and Rehab Center in Aurelia.

Preceding Lucille in death were her parents, her husband Kenneth on June 7, 2000, one grandson, Spenser Nelson, two sisters, Mary Coburn Walker and Carol Coburn, and three brothers, Loran Coburn, George Coburn, and infant Marvin Coburn.

Survivors include four children, Bob and his wife Jan Nelson of Cherokee, IA, Julie Gibson of Gladstone, OR, Rodney and his wife Carole Nelson of Grundy Center, IA, and Curt and his wife Tamra Nelson of Johnston, IA, eleven grandchildren; Brad and his wife Chris Nelson, Brent and his wife Debbie Nelson, Kent Gibson and his husband Ralph Buchalter, Christa and her husband Carlos Nelson, Gerry and his wife MacKenzie Nelson, James and his wife Dana Nelson, Sara Nelson, Jonathan Nelson, Matt Van Oort, Mike and his wife Melissa Van Oort, and Mark and his wife Nikki Van Oort. Also surviving are 21 great-grandchildren, Amanda Nelson, Jordan Beck, Brendan Nelson, Dylan Nelson, Cameron Nelson, Becca Nelson, Reese Nelson, Tess Nelson, Livya Nelson, Calvin Nelson, Andy Rausch, Jessica Rausch, Gabel Van Oort, Kory, Addisyn, and Dustin Van Oort, Issac, Hannah, and Abigail Buchalter, and Deon and CJ Nelson, nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

WILLIAM “Bill” MISNER

Funeral services for William “Bill” Misner, 83, of Aurelia, will be 9:00 A.M. Saturday, August 24, 2013 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Larry Lemke officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, with the family being present. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.  The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.

William Joseph Misner was born on September 27, 1929 at St. Charles, South Dakota, the son of Ernest Roy and Rachel Jane (Houdeshell) Misner.  He graduated from the Bonesteel High School in 1948. Bill served in the US Navy.  On July 11, 1953 Bill married Shirley Ann Zoss at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Armour. Bill worked for several area farmers as a hired man, then for the Elevators in Aurelia and Alta. He was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, Dart Club, Bowling Team, and the Road Angels Car Club. Bill drove stock car while living in South Dakota, sponsored a soft ball team, and he and Shirley loved garage sales.

Bill died Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake, Iowa. He had been a resident at Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia for several years.

Preceding Bill in death were his parents, his wife Shirley on December 30, 2012, one grandson, Nicholas Griggs, and three half-sisters; Ethel Barnes, Opal Schuldt, and Ella Christenson .

Survivors include four children; Pam and her husband Denny Allen of Aurelia, Penny and her husband Steve Griggs of Kissimmee, FL, Perry Misner and Di Oberg of Garden City, KS, and Paul Misner of Dubuque, IA. Also surviving are ten grandchildren; Nathan Allen, Wade and his wife Jessica Allen, Haley and her husband Matt Thiele, Mariah Allen, Tiffany and her husband Jesse Lowrie, Adam and his wife Mallory Oberg, Aaron Oberg, Angie and her husband Neil Genther, Jerry and his wife Sue Oberg, and Andy and his wife Inez Oberg, two honorary grandchildren; Katlyn and Bryce Moehr of Ft. Morgan, CO, five great-grandchildren; Alec, Drew, and Grayson Thiele, and Rory and Lilah Allen, one half-brother, Wilbur McKee, three sisters-in-law; Le Ann Schuldt, Marge Zoss and Karen Zoss, five brothers-in-law; Bennie Zoss, Bennis and his wife Donna Zoss, Jimmy and his wife Jennene Zoss, Jerry Zoss, and Larry Zoss, several nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

ERIC C. BERGE

Funeral Services for Eric Berge, 55, of Aurelia, Iowa, will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta, IA. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M., with the family being present from 6:00 – 8:00, at the Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia.

Eric Christian Berge was born June 11, 1958, at Sioux Valley Hospital, Cherokee, IA, the son of Richard Deane and Anna Jeanette (Larsen) Berge. Eric was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church, Alta, IA.  Eric was always deeply religious and was constantly praying for all those who surrounded him.  His devotion to God was strong and he would often recite passages from the Bible.

He grew up and received his education in Aurelia, graduating from Aurelia High School in 1976. Following high school Eric completed one year of college at Dana, Blair, NE.

One of Eric’s favorite hobbies was fishing. He also had a quick wit and a great sense of humor.  He was an avid writer and left us with many short essays and poems.  Eric was an accomplished golfer and would continue to amaze all who played with him as he never practiced and would seldom play.

For several years, Eric lived at Pride Group, LeMars, IA where he enjoyed the companionship of friends and staff.  The last weeks of his life were spent at Cherokee Villa where he received care and kindness from the staff, and members of Iowa Hospice.

Eric died Saturday, August 10, 2013 under hospice care at Cherokee Villa, in Cherokee, IA.

Preceding Eric in death were his father Richard D. Berge, grandparents Ernest and Laura (Brodale) Berge, and Lewis and Minna (Rasmussen) Larsen.

Survivors include his mother: Anna Berge, five siblings:  Steven and his wife Jean Berge of Iowa City, IA; Beth and her husband Russ Winterhof of Aurelia, IA; Joel Berge of San Mateo, CA; Rebecca and her husband Fred Haberecht of Fort Collins, CO, and Jennifer Berge and her husband Bob Morgan of Burlington, IA., nine nieces and nephews:  Katie Berge, Kristine Berge, Nathan and his wife Sara Winterhof, Ehren and his wife Karen Winterhof, Philip Winterhof, Hannah Haberecht, Freddie Haberecht, Zachary Morgan, and Lauren Morgan, and  grand-nephew: Gabriel Winterhof.

FRANCES E. HASENWINKEL

Funeral services for Frances Hasenwinkel, 89, of Aurelia, will be 10:00 A.M. Monday, July 29, 2013 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Larry Lemke officiating.  Burial will be in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, rural Aurelia.  Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, with the family being present. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.  The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.

Frances Evelyn Hesse was born on May 21, 1924 north of Aurelia, Iowa, the daughter of Walter and Elsa (Buddenhagen) Hesse.  She graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1943. Frances taught school for three years in Afton Township.  On January 10, 1947 Frances married Merlin Fredrick Hasenwinkel at the Immanuel Lutheran Church north of Aurelia. Frances worked in the lunch room at the school for 21 years, retiring in 1989. Frances was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, having been active in various groups. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Sunset Knoll Auxiliary.  She enjoyed spending time with her family, crafts, cooking and sewing.

Frances died Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at the Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia.

Preceding Frances in death were her parents, her husband Merlin on May 14, 2006, one grandson; Cody Hasenwinkel, one grandson-in-law; Sean Brazas, and one brother, Marvin Hesse.

Survivors include her five children; Rod and his wife Cheri Hasenwinkel of Aurelia, Elaine and her husband Greg Randolph of Eagan, MN, Larry and his wife Sue Hasenwinkel of Hurricane, UT, Bonnie James of Alta, and Daryl and his wife Teresa Hasenwinkel of Mesa, AZ. Also surviving are ten grandchildren; Allison and husband Craig Wisniewski of Osceola, IA, Molli and husband Nate Overturf of Aurelia, Scott and wife Roshelle Hasenwinkel of North Charleston, SC, Nick Hasenwinkel of Salt Lake City, UT, Zack Hasenwinkel of Hurricane, UT, Corinne and husband Todd Peters of Cherokee, Jeremiah and wife Amanda James of Alta, Bobbi James of Larrabee, Luke and wife Christie Hasenwinkel of Chandler, AZ, and Allie Brazas of Mesa, AZ, 14 great-grandchildren, three sisters-in-law; Betty Hesse of Sioux City, Emily Otte of Primghar, and Phyllis Golnitz of New London, MN, several nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

 

JANET L. BACKHAUS

Funeral services for Janet Backhaus, 68, of Aurelia, will be 1:00 P.M. Saturday, July 6, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Tom Petersen officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., with the family present, at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia. The Redig Funeral Home of Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.

Janet Lou Mildenstein was born October 28, 1944 at Ida Grove, Iowa, the daughter of Walter and Lydia (Zobel) Mildenstein.  She attended school in Ida Grove.  Janet married Larry Anderson.  In 1967 Janet married Robert Hoops.  In 1982 Janet married Carl A. Backhaus, Jr.  Janet worked as a waitress, nurses aid and later at K-Products until she had a stroke.  She taught Sunday school in Galva at St. John Lutheran Church.  She and her students enjoyed the pictures that Janet drew to depict the lessons and she loved teaching the children.  Janet was known for her talent of writing poems and poetic tributes to different friends.  During her marriage to Carl, they enjoyed fishing, camping trips, and huge vegetable gardens.  She enjoyed canning and freezing the bountiful vegetables and you never left their house empty handed.  As Janet’s health declined she was in the nursing home for four weeks, she enjoyed the people she met and said the staff was great.

Janet died at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City on Friday, June 28, 2013.

Preceding Janet in death were parents, her husband Carl on April 13, 2002, two sons; Jim and Bob Hoops, and one brother, James Mildenstein.

Survivors include her daughter, Linda and her husband Marc Schwanz of Holstein, son, William and his wife Debra Hoops of Overland Park, Kansas, six grandchildren; Amber and her husband Jerry Keithley and her children AJ, Jada , Madison and Grace, Megan, Joshua, and Bethany Schwanz, and Jessica and Samantha Hoops. Also surviving are four step-children; Sheree and her husband Brad Booth of Aurelia, Janene and her husband Mark Braunschweig of Cherokee, Carla and her husband Bruce Peterson of Alta, and Bruce and his wife Kathy Backhaus of Newman Grove, NE, 16 step-grandchildren, and 14 step-great-grandchildren, two brothers; Dennis and his wife Anna Mildenstein of Medford, MA, and Donald and his wife Sharyl Mildenstein of Lake View, IA, one sister, Connie and her husband Lowell Stammer of Carroll, IA, nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

KENNETH D. PETERSON

Memorial services for Kenneth D. Peterson, 82, of Aurelia, will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Larry Lemke officiating. Inurnment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. There will be no visitation. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth Duane Peterson was born on January 22, 1931 at Minneapolis, MN, the son of Robert and Serene (Anderson) Peterson.  He attended school in Minneapolis. Kenneth entered the US Army on February 7, 1951 and was honorably discharged on September 12, 1951.

Kenneth married Marjorie Huseman on December 9, 1951 at the St. John Lutheran Church in Storm Lake.  To this union five children were born; Robert, Kathy, Bruce, Jayne, and Sharon. Kenneth worked for Engdahl Repair in Aurelia as a mechanic, at MHI in Cherokee, and then farmed in Sac, Cherokee, and Buena Vista Counties. He worked for a short time for Benberg House Moving Company in Storm Lake, drove truck cross-country for eight years, and then worked for fifteen years at the Farmers Coop in Aurelia, retiring in 1993.  Ken was proud that when he farmed he could repair all of his own equipment and enjoyed mechanical work and woodworking, he also enjoyed playing cards. Kenneth married Janice (Movick) Williams on October 24, 1987 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia.   Kenneth was a past Master of the Masonic Lodge AF & AM and Order of the Eastern Star in Alta, Iowa, and was a member of the Grashoff-McManus American Legion Post in Aurelia.

Kenneth died Sunday, May 19, 2013 at Sunset Knoll Care and Rehab Center in Aurelia where he was a resident for three years.

Preceding Kenneth in death were his parents, one son, Robert F. Peterson, one grandson, Ryan Peterson, one step-granddaughter, Brooke Anderson, one sister, Lorraine and her husband Art Nordahl, and one sister-in-law, Karen Thrasher.

Survivors include his wife Jan Peterson of Aurelia, his children; Kathy Sliz of Brunson, South Carolina, Bruce and his wife Carla Peterson of Alta, Jayne and her husband Harlan Mortenson of Des Moines, Sharon and her husband Robert Miller of Winder, Georgia, three step-children; Michelle Peters of Fairmont, MN, James Williams of Aurelia, and Andrew and his wife Dawn Williams of Plover, IA.  Also surviving are thirteen grandchildren; Jordan and Jarett Sliz, Morgan, Riley and Cooper Mortenson, Leigh and his wife Angela Peterson, Katina Johnson and Destiny Peterson, step-grand children, Shawn and Christian Williams, Amber and her husband Matthew Sparks, Mary Jackson, and Larry Ash, five great-grand-children; Tyler, Emma, and Aylah Peterson, Mazy Pitts, and Savannah Johnson, one sister-in-law; Marilyn and her husband Gordon Atherton of Aurelia, and other relatives and friends.

 

ELLA JOHNSON

Funeral services for Ella Johnson, 93, of St. Peter, MN, formerly of Aurelia and Storm Lake, will be 10:30 A.M. Thursday, May 16, 2013, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee with Pastor Jane Johnston and Pastor Delmar Carlson officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00, at the Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia. A memorial fund has been established.

Ella Evelyn Johnson was born on September 9, 1919, the daughter of Iver and Gerda (Jonsson) Johnson near Pierson, IA. Her parents were both immigrants from Sweden. Church and family was their life. They would visit relatives or friends after church and spend the day with them. She learned English in school, but never forgot her Swedish.  She graduated from high school at Grand Meadow, IA, and attended National Business School in Sioux City for one year, graduating in 1937. On July 1, 1945 Ella was united in marriage to Verner Magnus Johnson at her parents’ farm at Grand Meadow. Ella worked packing parachutes during WWII, as a secretary for Iowa Public Service, and as the legal secretary for attorney Harlan Mohn. She retired in 1979.

Ella was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Lutheran Women, and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a great mother and grandmother. She was a talented seamstress, and enjoyed playing Phase 10, the piano, and reading.

Ella died Sunday, May 12, 2013, at the Benedictine Living Community of St. Peter, Minnesota.

Preceding Ella in death were her parents, her husband Verner on July 14, 1987, one sister, Margaret Kohn, and two brothers, Clarence and Arthur Johnson.

Survivors include five children; Richard and his wife Mary Johnson of Idaho Falls, ID, Thomas and his wife Becky Johnson of Mystic, IA, Lorne and his wife Barbara Johnson of Charles City, IA, Lynne Johnson of St. Peter, MN, and JoAnn and her husband Michael Westphal of Storm Lake. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren; Traci and husband Justin Hansen, Pam Johnson, Breck and wife Jenny Johnson, Tiffany Johnson, Bryan and wife Rui Johnson, Anna Johnson, Emily Johnson, Corey and wife Jody Virgil, Staci and husband Aaron Hember, Brandon and wife Abby Virgil, Nick and wife Barbara Westphal and Dave and wife Amber Westphal, 15 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

HETTY R. ENGDAHL

Funeral services for Hetty R. Engdahl, 88, of Aurelia, will be held at the First Congregational Church in Aurelia, on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 10:30 a.m., with Pastor Bruce Rapp officiating.  Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M., with the family present from 6:00 to 7:00, on Tuesday at the Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia.

Hetty died Thursday April 4, 2013 at her home in Aurelia.

Hetty Ruth Webster was born in Charleston, Arkansas, on August 1, 1924, the daughter of Albert and Tamzie (Nolan) Webster.  She graduated from the Ft. Smith High School in Ft. Smith, AR, in 1942. Hetty was united in marriage to Edwin William Engdahl on April 18, 1943, at the First Presbyterian Church in Ft. Smith. She worked for Rightway Cleaners, and during WWII she worked in a gas mask factory. After moving to Aurelia she worked as a switchboard operator for People’s Telephone Co., as a bookkeeper for Engdahl Repair, at Kruse Grocery in Aurelia, H. L. Hunt Canning Factory in Storm Lake, and for Hy-Vee in Cherokee until she retired at 62. Hetty enjoyed flower and herb gardening, canning, bird watching, sewing, knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, reading, fishing, and collecting postcards and stamps. She loved nature and animals. Hetty was a member of the First Congregational Church in Aurelia.

Preceding Hetty in death were her parents, her husband Edwin on September 9, 2004, two sons, Paul William and David Conrad, three sisters, and four brothers.

Survivors include two daughters, Peggy Leifer and her husband Jim Sak of Aurelia, and Nancy and her husband Tom Jarratt of Sioux City, IA. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Jamie Samsel-Rodriguez and her husband Nick, Aaron and his wife Jun Samsel, and Matthew Samsel and special friend Heather Tyler, great-grandson Samuel Rodriguez and a great-granddaughter to arrive in June, two brothers-in-law, Ken and his wife Lois Jean Engdahl and Albert Engdahl all of Aurelia, one sister-in-law, Phyllis Lindgren of Meriden, special niece Jeanne and her husband Bobby Fletcher and family, Engdahl nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends, and her cats, Willie, Emmy, Dolly and Tipper.

KATHLEEN ALLEN

Funeral services for Kathleen E. Allen, 89, of Aurelia, will be held at the First Congregational Church in Aurelia, on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 10:30 a.m., with Pastor Bruce Rapp officiating.  Visitation will be from 10:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday at the Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia.

Kathleen died Friday March 8, 2013 at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee, Iowa.

Kathleen Elsie Grashoff was born in Aurelia, on December 3, 1923, the daughter of Albert and Alma (Matzdorff) Grashoff.  She graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1941. Kathleen was united in marriage to Russell A. Allen on May 22, 1943 in Merced, California. They moved back to Aurelia after Russell’s military discharge and began farming, and then they moved into town and opened Allen Plumbing. The couple then moved to San Marcos, Texas, where they remained until 1965 when they returned to Aurelia and farming. Kathleen played the organ at the Afton Community building for several years for all the senior dances. When that building closed the group then moved to the Aurelia Community Center. Kathleen also played with Kathy and the Bandsmen and The Melodiers, and with many area musicians.   Kathleen was a member of the First Congregational Church in Aurelia where she served as organist for a number of years, the American Legion Auxiliary, and ACC. She enjoyed playing the organ, playing cards, crocheting and embroidery.

Preceding Kathleen in death were her parents, her husband Russell on June 28, 2003, an infant grandson, son-in-law Tom Stevenson, one brother, Ray Grashoff, one sister, Laurine Kludas, two brothers-in-law, Ted White and Edgar Allen, and one sister-in-law, Celesta Edwards.

Survivors include four daughters, Sherri Stevenson, Tammi Allen, and Cindy Nelson all of Aurelia, and Kathy Allen of Cherokee, one son, Dale Allen of Sioux City, three granddaughters, Staci and her husband David Krier of Urbandale and their sons Thomas and Jackson, Suzanne Gustafson and Bill Meister of Aurelia and her daughters Elizabeth and Victoria, and Amanda Nelson of Aurelia. Also surviving are two brothers, Boyd and his wife Peggy Grashoff of Aurelia, and Russell and his wife Doris Grashoff of Cherokee, one sister, Karol White of Cherokee, two sisters-in-law, Jan Grashoff and Viola Allen both of Aurelia, one brother-in-law, Dick Edwards of Storm Lake, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

RICHARD (YELLOW KNIFE) SANDERS

Memorial services for Richard Sanders, 73, of Aurelia, will be 1:30 P.M. Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Larry Lemke officiating.  Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established with B.V. County Hospice.  The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.

Richard (Dick) Dennis Sanders was born on December 9, 1939 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the son of Bethel George and Mary Lovelle (Walker) Sanders.  He attended school at Midwest City, OK. Dick then attended Central State College in Edmund, OK.  He entered the US Army in 1955, and transferred into the US Air Force in 1956 and was an Air Craft Tech, being honorably discharged in September of 1961.  Dick was a member of the Masonic Lodge AF & AM of Oklahoma City having served as Master. He also served as an advisor to Boy Scouts; he was a life member of the NRA, and a member of United Nebraska Muzzleloaders.  On May 6, 2000 Dick married Delores (Dee) Louise Tyrrell Ober at the Cherokee Ridge Runners Rendezvous.  Dick was known as Yellow Knife at Rendezvous’, and was dedicated to recreating the 1880’s black powder era and preserving the lifestyles and skills of that time.  He also helped Dee publish the Powder Horn News which keeps the black powder re-enactment group united.  Dick enjoyed living history, model railroads, fishing, and was an avid rock hound and cave explorer, he enjoyed model airplanes, and was involved with several rattle snake roundups in Texas.

Dick died Friday, February 8, 2013 at his home in Aurelia.

Preceding Dick in death were his father, Bethel Sanders, and one sister, Sandra Hueston.

Survivors include his wife Dee (Ober) Sanders of Aurelia, his mother, Mary Lovelle Sanders of Midwest City, OK, one sister, Barbara Groden of Oklahoma City, OK, three step-children, DeeAnn Anderson and her husband Greg of Ringsted, IA, Larry Ober and his wife Marcia of Omaha, NE, Sheri Thompson and her fiancé Jeff Grazier of Fort Dodge, IA.  Also surviving are nine step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren, also nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

WILLIAM “Bill” BLUME

A memorial service and celebration of life for William “Bill” G. Blume, 87, of Storm Lake, will be held at the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, January 11, 2013, with Pastor Matt Miller officiating. There will be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the service. With respect to his wishes, cremation with burial in Spirit Lake will take place at a later date. The Redig Funeral Home of Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.

Bill passed away quietly on January 7th 2013 at his home in Storm Lake.

William Girard Blume was born on April 27th, 1925 near Dunlap, Iowa and was raised on the family farm by parents William A. and Edna (Girard) Blume.  He graduated from Dunlap High School in 1943, and a few months later enlisted in the Army Air Force during World War II.  He was a member of the 1377th AAF Base Unit – Air Corps Branch.  He trained in several states in the US and was honorably discharged in March 1946 after demobilization.  He attained the specialty of Airplane Armored-Gunner on the B-24 bomber and the rank of Sergeant.  Bill attended college classes in Oshkosh, WI.  His belief in, and love of, his country, the flag, and the right to keep and bear arms to defend his country were ideals he held dear throughout his life.

With the end of the war, he obtained his pilot’s license in 1946.  He worked in Spirit Lake, and later in Storm Lake for Northwestern Bell, where he was employed as a telephone lineman and in cable maintenance for the next 21years.

While in Spirit Lake, he met his life partner, Raydene Deel, daughter of Frank and Margaret Deel.  They were married at the Methodist Church in Arnold’s Park on October 18, 1948.  To this union were born Dan William, Cynthia Rae, Lori Margaret and Renae Lynn.

In the late 60’s, he began his own business as an Independent Telephone Contractor working as a cable splicer and in new construction with independent telephone companies throughout the mid-west.  He later entered into partnership with Robert Fitzpatrick of Milford.  When semi-retired he enjoyed spending time selling items at gun shows in Iowa and surrounding states.

William was a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years and held positions as Master of the Jewel Lodge, High Priest of the Rabbi Chapter, and Grand Master of Iowa.  He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake, the Eastern Star, the American Legion and the NRA.  He enjoyed hunting, target shooting, having coffee with friends and loved visits with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents Wm. A. and Edna Blume, two sisters, Betty Miller and Virginia Blume, twin brother Joseph Blume, his daughter Lori Ripley-Woodard, and son-in-law Dan Ripley.

He leaves to mourn: his wife Raydene of Storm Lake, son Dan and his wife Nancy Blume of Roland, daughter Cindy and her husband Neal Johnson of Nemaha, daughter Renae Blume of Denver, CO, son-in-law Dale Woodard of Elkhorn, NE, four grandchildren Jeff and his wife Melissa Blume, Kelly Johnson, Amanda and Kylee Ripley, step-grandchildren Jessica and Nicholas Woodard, two great-grandchildren Kade and Konnor Blume, three step-great-grandchildren, Dominik, Miah, and Makenzie Woodard, as well as extended family and friends.

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