Herbert Dean Will was born December 23, 1927, the son of Herbert J. and Gladys (Lane) Will on the family farm at Aurelia. He graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1945. On November 25, 1949, Dean married Eveline Stanworth at the St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Cherokee, IA. They made their home on the farm at Aurelia for 54 years, retiring in 1999. He served with the Iowa National Guard, being discharged in 1954. Dean was recognized as the Master Pork Producer for the State of Iowa in 1981. Dean was a partner in the creation of Maple Valley Wood Shavings in Aurelia. He was a lifelong member of the Aurelia First United Methodist Church where he served on numerous boards and committees. Dean enjoyed all things agriculturally related. After retiring Dean became a delivery driver for Sleezer Select Stock for several years. The last few months he mastered (more or less) the iPhone with much assistance from the children, and enjoyed showing off his skill.
Dean died Friday, May 15, 2015, at the Cherokee Villa Nursing and Rehab Center.
Preceding Dean in death were his parents, his parents-in-law; Rev. Ernest and Mary Stanworth, his sister Marian Will Reilly, and twin grandsons; Xander and Xaine Yost.
Survivors include his wife Eveline of Cherokee, eight children; Jeffrey Will of Adel, IA, Laurie and her husband David Rehnstrom of Hartington, NE, Kevin Will of Gaithersburg, MD, Suzanne Lux of Lincoln, NE, Christine and her husband Randy Albers of Urbandale, IA, Richard Will and his wife Julia Getchell of Portland, OR, Sara and her husband John Yost of Olathe, KS, and Andrea Will of San Antonio, TX. Also surviving are thirteen grandchildren; Jenna Rehnstrom and her husband Chris Liberto and their children Hunter and Quinn of Sioux City, IA, Jordan Rehnstrom of West Des Moines, IA, Nicole Will of Virginia and her children Trinity, Violet, Wisdom, Virtue, and Cody, SeAnne Will of Maryland and her children Alyssa and Anthony, Grant Will of New Hampshire and his daughter Cadence, Abigail and her husband Aaron Kalkbrenner and his daughter Julia of Waterloo, IA, Brittany Lux of Sioux Falls, SD, Jaden Lux of Sioux City, Katie and her husband Grayson Path of Nebraska City, NE, Stephen and his wife Lacey Albers of Searcy, AR, Megan Albers of Searcy, AR, MacKenzie Yost of Kansas, and Spencer Strait of San Antonio, TX, one sister, Joann and her husband George Pithan of Sioux City, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends
Anna Margaret Pfeifer was born on July 25, 1931 on a family farm in Pierce, Nebraska, the daughter of Frederick and Catherine (Ketter) Pfeifer. She graduated from the St. Bonaventure Catholic School in Columbus, NE in 1949, and then attended the Commercial Extension School of Commerce in Omaha, NE and graduated in 1950.
On September 20, 1952 Anna was united in marriage to Robert P. Waddell at the St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Columbus. Robert was stationed in the Navy at that time in Norman, OK where they made their first home. In 1956 they moved to Aurelia, IA, where they continued to live and were blessed with three sons.
Anna was employed at the Cherokee Creamery, Farmers National Bank, Cherokee County Courthouse in the Treasurer’s office, Country Side Estates, and Hardee’s, semi-retiring in 1996. She continued to work part-time at the Social Security Office in Storm Lake until 2005.
Anna’s life centered around her family, church and community. Anna was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters of America, Catholic Church Guild, the Aurelia Catholic Ladies Circle, and Lector. She delivered Meals on Wheels for several years and regularly attended the Aurelia Community Coffee. She enjoyed being outdoors whether it was working in her flower beds or watching the wildlife. She also enjoyed playing cards, embroidering, crocheting, genealogy, oil painting, refinishing furniture, and watching movies. Anna loved her family and often expressed her gratitude for her husband, sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Anna passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at the Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia.
Preceding Anna in death were her husband Robert on January 20, 1992, her parents Frederick and Catherine, her parents-in-law Charles and E. LaMerne Waddell, three brothers-in-law; Louis Meisenbach, Gary Holst, and Larry Lickiss, and three sisters-in-law; Lucille Pfeifer, Ardiss Pfeifer, and Ruth Ann Pfeifer.
Left to cherish Anna’s memory are her sons; Charles Waddell of Alta, IA, Michael and his wife Jeannine Waddell of Aurelia, and Timothy Waddell of Hawarden, IA, five grandchildren; Nathan Waddell of Des Moines, IA, Brandi and her husband Jesse Haberl of Royal, IA, Danielle Waddell of Spencer, IA, Robert D. and his wife Valerie Waddell of Olathe, KS, Stephanie and her husband Charles Horton of Lilburn, GA, and three great-grandchildren; Grady Waddell and Maia Waddell of Olathe, and Tessa Haberl of Royal. Also surviving are one sister, Julene Holst of Omaha, two brothers; Ralph Pfeifer of Lincoln, NE, and Theodore Pfeifer of Gretna, NE, two sisters-in-law; Marilyn Waddell and Charlene Lickiss both of Aurelia, and many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Betty Lou Speers was born July 9, 1931, the daughter of Harold and Ruth (Mummert) Speers at Aurelia. She graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1949. On November 23, 1949, Betty married Donald Nelson Wieland at the Little Brown Church in the Vale at Nashua, IA. They made their home in Aurelia. Betty worked as a sales clerk at the Fashion Shop in Aurelia, and later as the secretary for the Aurelia High School Principal from 1965 until her retirement. She served as a Cub Scout den mother for many years. Betty was an active member of the Aurelia First United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Martha Circle and served on the funeral lunch committee, the Aurelia Heritage Society, and the American Legion Auxiliary.
Betty died Friday, April 10, 2015, at the Sunset Knoll Care and Rehab Center in Aurelia.
Preceding Betty in death were her parents, and her husband Don on August 19, 2007.
Survivors include two sons; David and his wife Susan Wieland of Kansas City, MO, and Dennis and his wife Janice Wieland of Aurelia, four grandchildren; Nicole and her husband Matt Busenbark of Kansas City, MO, Leah and her husband Dan Niemeier, Drew and his wife Shana Wieland, and Dustin Wieland all of Aurelia, four great-grandchildren; Bryce Busenbark, Gavin and Gracelyn Niemeier, and Reese Wieland, and one brother, Don and his wife Alice Speers of Storm Lake. Also surviving are seven step-grandchildren; Kristin and her husband Kai Lewis, St. Cloud, MN, Will and his wife Coralie Cosgrove and Wade and Harmony Cosgrove all of Portland, OR, Stephanie and her husband Steve Zarr of Cherokee, Peter Cosgrove of Quimby, and Emily and Addie Cosgrove both of Aurelia, ten step-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
A celebration of life gathering for Joann Samsel, 75, of Lakeside, will be held from 6:30 until 8:00 P.M. on Monday, March 30, 2015, at the Church of Christ in Storm Lake. Private family burial will be in the Storm Lake Cemetery at a later date. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.
Joann Charlotte Fray was born June 21, 1939 in Fairfield, Iowa, the daughter of Ivan C. and Lucile (McFarland) Fray. In 1955 Joann was adopted by Richard and Cleta Thomas of Storm Lake. She graduated from the Storm Lake High School in 1958. In 1961 she graduated from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake with a degree in elementary education. Joann’s first teaching position was fourth grade in Fairmont, MN. On June 23, 1963 Joann married Tom Samsel at the Church of Christ in Storm Lake. Later she became certified to teach art and taught at Newell, Storm Lake St. Mary’s, Sioux Rapids-Rembrandt, and Aurelia. Joann and Tom owned and operated the Photo-Craft photography studio in Storm Lake. Joann was a home health provider for family and friends for many years. She was a member of the Church of Christ, where she was organist for several years. She had an outgoing personality and no one was a stranger for long.
Joann died Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the Unity Point St. Luke’s Health Center in Sioux City after a battle with cancer.
Preceding Joann in death were her parents, two sisters; Virginia Johnson and Joyce Boyd, and two brothers; Frank Wehmeyer and Steven Handy.
Survivors include her husband Tom of Lakeside, two sisters; Pauline and her husband Ernie Dicks of Ottumwa, IA, and Linda McNatt of Albuquerque, NM, three brothers; Carl Miller of Oregon, Ivan Carbaugh of Oklahoma City, OK, and Warren and his wife Elizabeth Wehmeyer of Washington, two brothers-in-law; Gene Johnson of Greenville, TN, Richard Boyd of Ottumwa, one sister-in-law, Carolyn Handy of Ottumwa, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Anna Sophie Loux was born December 25, 1919, the second oldest of seven children born to David and Lydia (Claude) Loux. After graduating from high school in Woolstock, Iowa, she graduated with a Cosmetology degree from Storm Lake Beauty School and began working in Aurelia, later opening Ann’s Beauty Shop which she ran for many years. She also met and married Virgil Larson of Aurelia on Aug 20, 1938 at the Congregational parsonage. They celebrated 60 years of marriage together. Anna and Virgil loved to travel after they retired, and they made it to all of the United States and Canada. She was proud of being a Lifetime member of the Aurelia Legion Auxiliary. She was a resident of Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia. Anna joyfully celebrated her 95th birthday on Christmas Day 2014.
Anna died Monday, March 16, 2015, at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee, Iowa.
Preceding Anna in death were her parents, husband Virgil in 1998, son Richard in 1984, three sisters; Velma Tesdahl, Iola Isenberger, and Deloris Boyd, and three brothers; Donald, Dean, and Loren Loux.
Survivors include a son, Laverne and his wife Kay Larson of Burnsville, Minnesota, a daughter, Anita and her husband Jim Mackay of Manitoba, Canada, a daughter in-law, Janice Grillo of Naperville, Illinois, six grandchildren; Lennelle & Matthew, Deron & Bret, Chad & Mark, numerous great grandchildren, and other relatives and friends.
Darlene Faye Grienke was born on August 22, 1925, the daughter of Herbert and Christina (Gerjets) Grienke in Aurelia, Iowa. She attended school in Aurelia and graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1943. After graduating, she worked as a teller in the Farmer’s National Bank. On September 12, 1945 Darlene married Clifford Lashley Menefee in Aurelia. After his service in WWII, they farmed north of Aurelia. Darlene worked for many years in the Farmer’s National Bank and the First Trust & Savings Bank in Aurelia. She enjoyed her card clubs and the winters she and Clifford spent in Arizona, as well as the years on the lake in Arnolds Park. Nothing made her happier than fishing with her family. Time spent with her granddaughters and great-granddaughters was especially important to her along with the many card games they played.
Darlene died Friday, March 13, 2015 at her home.
Preceding Darlene in death were her parents, her husband Clifford and son Craig in 2008.
Survivors include her son Steven Menefee of Bloomington, MN, daughter-in-law Joan Menefee of Boone, IA, two granddaughters; Carrie and her husband Erik Lundy of Des Moines, and Stephanie Menefee of Milwaukee, WI, and two great-granddaughters; Josie and Megan Lundy of Des Moines. Also surviving are two sisters; Myrna Huseman and Betty and her husband Jerry Anderson all of Aurelia, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Funeral services for Marian A. Reilly, 93, of Aurelia, will be 10:30 A.M. Monday, January 19, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Thomas Petersen officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. The family will be present for visitation on Sunday from 2:00 until 5:00 at the church. Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church or the Aurelia Heritage Society. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.
Marian Adaline Will was born August 21, 1921, the daughter of Herbert and Gladys (Lane) Will at Aurelia. She graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1939. Following graduation she attended Tri State Business School in Sioux City, graduating in 1940. She then worked in Sioux City, and later at the ACS office in Cherokee. On September 5, 1942, Marian married Robert Reilly in South Sioux City, NE. Marian and Bob moved to Aurelia in 1950 to farm and own and operate Reilly Cattle Company. She enjoyed having coffee with friends, and was a member of the Aurelia First United Methodist Church, the Federated Woman’s Club, the Aurelia Heritage Society, American Legion Auxiliary, Aurelia Golf Course, Maple Valley Friendship Club, Pinochle Club, and was a volunteer for the Cherokee County Cancer Society for 15 years ten of which she was Chairman for the county.
Marian died Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at the Sunset Knoll Care and Rehab Center in Aurelia.
Preceding Marian in death were her parents, and her husband Bob on February 2, 1998.
Survivors include three children; Linda and her husband Bob Kelch of Mesa, AZ, Dennis Reilly of Baxter, IA, and Larry and his wife Shanda Reilly of Aurelia. Also surviving are eight grandchildren; Susan and husband Dan Griffin, Sarah and husband Todd Matthies, Ben and wife Elise Reilly, Stephanie Reilly, Robert Reilly, Tadd and wife Amanda Reilly, Kasey Reilly and his fiancé Kristen Copeland, and Kalli Reilly and her fiancé Patrick Myron, twelve great-grandchildren, one brother, Dean and wife Eveline Will of Cherokee, one sister, Joann and husband George Pithan of Sioux City, one sister-in-law, JoAnn Swoboda, and many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Gloria Mae Harden was born on May 7th, 1927 at Cherokee, Iowa, the daughter of George and Alice (Goettsch) Harden. She graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1944. After graduation she worked for Janzen’s Department Store in Storm Lake.
On February 25, 1947, Gloria married Alfred William Felten at the St. John’s Evangelical and Reformed Church at Brooke. To this union four children were born; Alvern, Byron, Audrey, and Galen. Alfred and Gloria had a dairy farm north of Aurelia. Gloria was a farm wife, raising chickens and packing two cases of eggs every day. Later, she helped raise the baby calves for the dairy operation.
Gloria was a member of the St. John’s Church where she was active in Ladies Aid for many years. She was also a member of C.A.B. Birthday Club and neighborhood 500 card groups. Gloria enjoyed gardening and flowers, babysitting grandkids, visiting family and friends, and writing letters to her four sisters.
Gloria died Sunday, January 4, 2015, at the Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia.
Preceding Gloria in death were her parents, her husband Alfred on June 5, 2001, one son, Galen Felten, one brother, Virgil Harden, and two sisters; Berniece Koopman and Norma Peterson.
Survivors include her children; Alvern Felten, Byron and his wife Deb Felten, and Audrey and her husband David Gustafson all of Aurelia. Also surviving are seven grandchildren: Neil and his wife Nichole Gustafson, Tyler Gustafson, Keith Gustafson, Nathaniel Felten, Nicholas Felten, Amanda Felten, and Neal Felten, two sisters, Thelma McGee of Columbus, NE, and LaVonne Hoops of Holstein, one brother-in-law, Gilbert Peterson of Peoria, AZ, one sister-in-law, Betty Laursen of Aurelia, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Marilyn J. Klockow, 75, of Aurelia, will be Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at 10:30 A.M., at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Larry Lemke officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M., with the family present, at the church. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.
Marilyn Joyce Klockow was born on August 20, 1939 in Alta, IA, the daughter of Arnold Emil and Frieda Anna (Hansen) Klockow. She graduated from the Brooke Consolidated School in 1957. Marilyn was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church and taught Sunday school. She enjoyed knitting, embroidery, watching basketball and other sports, listening to news and discussing politics and activities with her niece and nephews and their families.
Marilyn died Saturday, December 27, 2014 at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee, IA.
Preceding Marilyn in death were her parents, her sister Margaret Koch and her brother-in-law Robert Koch, and her brother Robert Klockow.
Survivors include one niece, Beverly and her husband Dale Wordekemper of Storm Lake, and three nephews; Randy and his wife Sharon Koch of Storm Lake, Ken and his wife Cathie Koch of Knox, IN, and Dave and his wife Jill Koch of Cedar Rapids, IA. Also surviving are great nieces and nephews; Kari, Doug and wife Jill, Lindsey and husband Zach Kroenke, and Eric Wordekemper, Jeremiah Koch, Amy and husband Chris Frank, Josh and wife Alaina, and Jake and wife Tigre Koch, and Adam and Allison Koch, great-great nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Keith G. Hickey, 78, of Aurelia, will be 2:00 P.M. Friday, November 21, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Thomas Petersen officiating. Inurnment will be in the Diamond Township Cemetery, rural Aurelia. The family will be present for visitation on Friday for one hour prior to the service time. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.
Keith Garland Hickey was born August 23, 1936, the son of Garland and Leone (Cook) Hickey at the Bates Hospital in Aurelia. He began country school at Diamond #2 until it closed and then attended school in Aurelia, graduating from the Aurelia High School in 1954. Following graduation he began farming with his father until inducted into the Army in 1959. Most of his tour of duty was spent in Korea where he was a teletype operator. Following his discharge in 1962 he returned to farming.
He enjoyed working with the Pedal Power Pullers, traveling to attend antique farm machinery shows, and was an avid reader. He was known for his sense of humor.
Keith died Thursday, November 13, 2014, at the Unity Point St. Luke’s Medical Center in Sioux City following a long illness.
Preceding Keith in death were his parents.
Survivors include his sister Joyce and her husband Dale Doescher of Galva, a nephew, Robert and his wife Gail Doescher of Geneseo, IL, and a niece, Linda and her husband Gary Paulson of Plymouth, MN, and friends.
Funeral services for Bertha Swanson Carlson, 88, of Cherokee, IA, formerly of Aurelia, IA, and Alta, IA, will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee, with Pastor Jean Morse officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 A.M. until service time at the church. Burial will be at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.
Bertha Elizabeth Gesy was born on June 6, 1926, the daughter of Fred and Bertha (Whitesitt) Gesy in Fonda, IA. She graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel School in Fonda, and then attended and graduated from the American School of Beauty in Des Moines. On June 6, 1946, Bertha was united in marriage to Sven Albert Swanson in Fonda, IA. This union was blessed with four children. They farmed in the Aurelia area. Albert died December 9, 1978. On September 3, 1994, Bertha married Harry Clifford Carlson at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee. They lived in Aurelia. Harry died April 24, 2002. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church where she was active in church circles, made many banners, baptism blankets, and was a mentor for confirmands. She was a past president of the PTA, and was active in Music Boosters and all school activities, and Cub Scouts. Bertha was a member of “Just a Club” and 500 Club. She enjoyed square dancing, traveling with Harry, camping and fishing, seamstress work, quilting and giving many away, scrapbooking, teaching tole painting classes, was active in Relay for Life, and she owned a craft supply store in Cherokee. Bertha was noted for her Swedish rye bread, pumpkin chiffon dessert, and her Swedish meatballs. Bertha’s greatist joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bertha died Sunday, October 19, 2014, at the Countryside Estates Care Center in Cherokee, IA.
Preceding Bertha in death were her parents, two husbands; Albert and Harry, one grandson, Shane Swanson, four sisters; Florence Nord, Maxine Wine, Alice Irene Stumpf, and Agnes Eileen Bartels, five brothers; Lawrence Gesy, Emmitt Gesy, Virgil Gesy, Joe Gesy, and Leo Gesy.
Survivors include her children; Richard and his wife Marsha Swanson of Spirit Lake, IA, Steven and his wife Colleen Swanson of Rembrandt, IA, Paulette and her husband Dennis Erlandson of Storm Lake, IA, and Pauline and her husband George Lightsey of Collins, MS, seven grandchildren; Heather Swanson, Keith and Nancy Erlandson, Judy and Nate Jones, Eric and Christina Lightsey, Michael and Laura Lightsey, Kelli and Ronald Pedersen, and Keisha and Bryon Trimble, and thirteen great-grandchildren. Also surviving are four step-children; Larry and Val Carlson of Cherokee, Rodney and Connie Carlson of Grinnell, IA, Dianne and Thomas Walsh of St. Mary’s, KS, and Pamela and Duane Jahner of Annadale, VA, seven step-grandchildren; Jay and Julie Carlson, Bill and Kris Carlson, Tom and Ellen Carlson, Jacob and Adrian Walsh, Julie and Jeff Hutley, Justin and Erica Walsh, and Catherine Jahner, nine step-great-grandchildren, one sister, Marcella Hammen of Rockwell City, IA, one sister-in-law, Vera Silseth of Milwaukee, WI, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Gladys Irene Huseman, 98, of Aurelia, formerly of Storm Lake and Schaller, will be held at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Schaller at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, with Pastor David Lyons officiating. Burial will be in the Schaller Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, and one hour prior to the service at the church in Schaller. The Redig Funeral Home of Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.
Gladys Irene Jacobson was born on September 4th, 1915 at Galva, Iowa, the daughter of Fred and Hazel (Challman) Jacobson. She graduated from Galva High School in 1932. After graduation she helped at home and did housework for others.
On December 17, 1936, Gladys married Martin Huseman. She and her husband bonded his two daughters; Beverly and Joan, with the two children; Gilbert and Lucille, that were subsequently born of their union to form one family. They farmed south of Galva until 1949, south of Aurelia for two years, the Newell area for one year, and east of Schaller until 1958 when they moved into Schaller. Gladys worked at the café, the school kitchen, and then for 20 years at the State Bank in Schaller. In December of 2001 she moved to Methodist Manor Residential living in Storm Lake, in 2003 she moved to Otsego Place Assisted Living in Storm Lake, and in November of 2006 she moved to Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia. Gladys was always very active in her church. She was a Sunday school teacher, and an officer of Ladies Aid Guild and Ladies Fellowship. She enjoyed gardening, was a 4H leader for several years, playing cards and belonged to several Bridge clubs, and time with her grandchildren. She always kept journals and enjoyed visits from family and friends.
Gladys died Friday, August 29, 2014, at the Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia.
Preceding Gladys in death were her parents, husband Martin Huseman, daughter Beverly and her husband Art Soellner, son-in-law Harold Brownmiller, Jr., sister Geraldine and husband Raymond Voss, two brothers-in-law, Werner Grieme and Orville Matzke, and infant grandson David Kent.
Survivors include her children; Joan Brownmiller of Aurelia, Gilbert and his wife Sharon Huseman of Muscatine, IA, and Lucille and her husband Duane Kent of Aurelia. Also surviving are twelve grandchildren: Beverly’s children; Vicki and Jim Woods, Doug and Sheila Soellner, Sue and Mark Gray, Becky and Rusty Neely, Brian and Rae Soellner, and Dan and Barb Soellner, Joan’s children; Roxy and Bob Richard and Steve and Kathy Brownmiller, Gil’s children; Loni and Scott Rhodes and Wenda and Pete Castillo, and Lucille’s children; Greg and Amy Kent and Heather and Scott Cole, 33 great-grandchildren, 23 great-great-grandchildren, one sister, Sharon Matzke of Omaha, NE, one brother, Darold and his wife JoAnn Jacobson of Schaller, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Memorial services for Clifford E. Carlson, 88, of Aurelia, will be Thursday, July 24, 2014, at 10:30 A.M., at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Larry Lemke officiating. Inurnment will be in the Memory Gardens Cemetery in Cherokee, with Military Honors by the L. A. Wescott Post # 2253 of the VFW in Cherokee. There will be no visitation. A memorial fund has been established. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.
Clifford Eugene Carlson was born on August 27, 1925 at Beaver Creek, MN, the son of Otto and Alma (Poppenhagen) Carlson. He graduated from the Meriden High School in 1943. Cliff served in the Navy from July 17, 1943 until his honorable discharge on March 10, 1946. On May 2, 1948 Cliff married Doris Joy at the Trinity Lutheran Church parsonage in Cherokee. They made their home in several towns in Cherokee County, at Early, and moved to Aurelia in 1973. Over the years Cliff worked for Steele’s Ranch, Baumann Farms, Simonsen’s Manufacturing, and as Territory Representative for Simonsen Fertilizer until his retirement in 1990. Cliff was a member of Men of Faith, Lutheran’s for Life, and the VFW. He enjoyed fixing bikes and clocks, collecting radios, watching his grandkids participate in sports, and WW II Naval history.
Cliff died Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at the Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia.
Preceding Cliff in death were his parents, one son, Ricky Carlson, his wife Doris on January 27, 2014, one sister, Florine Kass, and two brothers; Frank Carlson and Leland Carlson.
Survivors include three sons; Loren and his wife Cheryl Carlson of Storm Lake, Terry and his wife Kathy Carlson of Washington, IL, Randy and his wife Lynn Carlson of Waukee, IA, and one daughter, Dee and her husband Curt Otto of Holstein. Also surviving are eight grandchildren; Brandt and wife Nicky Carlson, Linsay and husband Simeon Vladimirov, Gabriel and wife Kendra Carlson, Jordan and wife Courtney Carlson, Joshua and wife Heather Carlson, Brandon and wife Deidre Carlson, Matthew and wife Allie Otto, and Kelly and wife Abbie Otto, nine great-grandchildren; Jaxson and Owen Otto, Dillon, Adelaide, Myra, and Hayden Carlson, Kaylee and Elyse Carlson, and Ary Carlson, two brothers; Stan Carlson of La Pine, OR, and Les Carlson of Oliver, British Columbia, Canada, three sisters; Ruth Oliver of Sioux City, IA, Gladys Meyer of Tempe, AZ, and Charlene Letsche of Marcus, IA, and other relatives and friends.
Hazel Catherine Jones was born July 15, 1914 in Boyd, Kentucky, the daughter of Edward Huber Jones and Ida Frances (Cummings) Jones. She attended school in Covington, KY. In 1947 she married Woodrow Roberts, and they later divorced. Hazel went to work for American Airlines in Cincinnati, OH, in 1949 as a bookkeeper, hostess, cashier, and cook. In 1955 Hazel married Jack Zitt, they divorced in 1961. In 1958 she left the airlines and moved to Park Hills, KY, where she worked for Town & Country Restaurant for nine years. In 1968 she moved to Storm Lake where over the years she worked for Storm Lake Pizza House, Lakeshore Café, the Harbor House, Doris’s Downtown, and the Lake Café. Hazel helped open and then worked at the Senior Center for nine years until her retirement in 1989.
Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were the greatest joys in her life.
Hazel died Sunday, July 13, 2014, at the North Lake Manor in Strom Lake.
Preceding Hazel in death were her parents, two sisters; Helen Brautigan and Mable Rinehardt, and three brothers; Marvin Jones, Leland Jones, and Kenzie Jones.
Survivors include her children; Mike and his wife Tina Roberts of Barnum, IA, Jackie Hales and Rod Janssen of Spirit Lake, IA, and Georgia and her husband Mike Flanigan of Storm Lake. Also surviving are seven grandchildren; Joshua Roberts, Tanner and his wife Amy Roberts, Walker Roberts, Janice Lammers, Justin and his wife Sarah Bock, Katie Flanigan and Abe Flanigan, seven great-grandchildren; Kyle and Derrick Champine, Haley and Piper Roberts, Natalya, Nalayni, and Nadya Bock, one sister-in-law, Frances Jones, and nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Cleone Louise Van Winkle was born on December 16, 1933, the daughter of Carl Lee and Stena Martha (Larsen) Van Winkle at Brewster, Minnesota. She graduated from the Strom Lake High School in 1952. On June 15, 1952 she was united in marriage to Vergil “Bud” James Dyslin at the Church of Christ in Storm Lake. This union was blessed with three children; Ronald, Sharmin, and Kimberly. Cleone owned and operated the Natures Nutrition Center in Storm Lake, which she operated for 20 years until retiring in 2001. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Cleone died Thursday, July 3, 2014, at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.
Preceding Cleone in death were her parents, one sister, Juanita Schramm, one brother, Joe Van Winkle, and her husband Bud on April 25, 2014.
Survivors include one son, Ron and his wife Christine Dyslin of Warrenville, IL, two daughters; Sharmin and her husband Charles Ziska of West Valley City, UT, and Kimberly Dahm of Storm Lake, four granddaughters; Chelsea Dahm of Tiffin, OH, Emily Dahm of Los Angeles, CA, and Eleanor Dyslin and Elizabeth Dyslin both of Warrenville, IL. Also surviving are three brothers-in-law; Donald and his wife Darlene Dyslin of Minneapolis, MN, Larry and his wife Elaine Dyslin of Wheat Ridge, CO, and Joey and his wife Kathy Dyslin of Cherokee, two sisters-in-law; Donna McKissock of St. Paul, MN, and Diane Quevedo of Richardson, TX, nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Gerald “Jerry” Dale Matzdorff, 84, of Aurelia, will be 10:30 A.M. Saturday, June 21, 2014 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Larry Lemke officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 until 8:00, with the family present, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements. Military honors will be by the Grashoff-McManus American Legion Post of Aurelia.
Gerald Dale Matzdorff was born July 31, 1929 in Cherokee, IA, the eldest of seven sons born to Emil H. and Goldie I. (Whiting) Matzdorff. He attended Brooke School, graduating in 1948. Jerry served in the US Air Force from December 28, 1950 until his honorable discharge November 26, 1954. On June 26, 1956 Jerry married Jeanette Jean Swanger at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia. He was a mechanic for Harry Howell in Aurelia, then for Dunn Chevrolet in Cherokee. He then became the service manager for the Buick dealership in Cherokee, then for Peterson Motors in Storm Lake, and later for Fitzpatrick’s in Storm Lake where he continued to help around the dealership after his retirement. He was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church, the Grashoff-McManus American Legion Post #390 of Aurelia, and was a member of the Aurelia Fire Department from March 14, 1969 until March 12, 1984. He enjoyed golfing, cars, motorcycles, and card clubs.
Jerry died Wednesday June 18, 2014 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.
Preceding Jerry in death were his parents, and three brothers; Duane, Ronald, and Darrel Matzdorff.
Survivors include his wife Jeanette of Aurelia, three sons; Ken and his wife Alane Matzdorff of California, Den and his wife Jenny Matzdorff of Texas, Dan and his wife Gabby Matzdorff of Minnesota, and two grandchildren; Timothy and Molly Matzdorff. Also surviving are his mother-in-law Velma Swanger of California, three brothers; Lyle and his wife Stallene Matzdorff of Arizona, Donny Matzdorff of Arizona, and Verle and his wife Vicky Matzdorff of LeMars, three sisters-in-law; Sharon and husband Don Moore of Cherokee, Donna Hallgrimson and Ardy and husband Bill Benson all of California, and many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Graveside services for Ruth Anderson, 89, of Cherokee, formerly of Aurelia, will be 12:00 P.M. Saturday, May 31, 2014, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia, with Pastor Jean Morse of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:30 A.M. until service time at the Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia. A memorial service will be held at a later date due to family health issues.
Ruth Elaine Busser was born on May 31, 1924, the daughter of Claus and Grace (Nickols) Busser in Alton, IA. She graduated from the Wilson High School in Cherokee, IA in 1942. On December 27, 1942 Ruth was united in marriage to Merle Buford Anderson at his family’s farm home near Maryhill, IA. Ruth worked for F.W. Woolworth, Lew McDonald, Esq. and Public Loan Association. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee where she served as secretary of the Women of the E.L.C.A., and as a member of the Alter Guild. Ruth also worked for the Federal Election Board and enjoyed politics. Ruth and Merle made their home in Aurelia from 1958 until they moved to The Gardens in Cherokee in August of 2009.
Ruth died Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at the Spencer Hospital in Spencer, IA.
Preceding Ruth in death were her parents, her husband Merle on December 4, 2012, two brothers; Richard Busser and Donny Busser, and one sister, Marion McDevitt.
Survivors include her children; Doug and his wife Liz Anderson of Bellevue, WA and Peoria, AZ, Janice and her husband Jim Bouquet of Wabasha, MN, and Mark Anderson and his partner Jennifer Herft of Beverly Hills, CA. Also surviving are six grandchildren; Brad and his wife Heather Anderson of Snoqualmie, WA, Michael and his wife Amy Anderson of Snoqualmie, WA, Jacqueline Lovett-Wray and husband Jeff Wray of Haverford, PA, Jill and husband Andrew Brown of Greenville, NC, Erik Anderson of Georgetown, Washington D.C, Ian Anderson of Philadelphia, PA, nine great-grandchildren; Brady and Courtney Anderson, Laura and Logan Anderson, Anne, Brittainy and McKinley Lovett and Natasha Wray, and Chloe and Max Brown, one brother, James and his wife Doreen Busser of Lodi, CA, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Gary Glenn Pfaff was born December 11, 1946 in Alta, Iowa, the son of Louis Edward and Lois Irene (Beeghley) Pfaff. He graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1965. On August 13, 1965 Gary married Ruth Sickels in Kalamazoo, MI. Gary retired from the Navy after 21 years of service. He worked as a laborer for Freudenberg NOK in Spencer for 18 years. He enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, music, fishing, Nascar, rodeo, and traveling.
Gary died Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at the Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.
Preceding Gary in death were his father, his son Gregory, son-in-law Robert Molnar, and three brothers-in-law; Carl Plagman, Robert Hiatt, and Ronnie Sickels.
Survivors include his wife Ruth of Peterson, two daughters; Penny Molnar of Sioux Rapids, and Wendy Baker and her partner Michael Hellman of Sutherland. Also surviving are nine grandchildren; Wendy and husband John Bailey, Aaron Hobson, Zachary Molnar, Catherine Baker and partner Travis Morton, Mikka Baker and partner Steven Partridge, McKenzie and husband Clinton Larson, Dakota Hellman, Dallas Hellman, and Ariel Hellman, seven great-grandchildren; his mother, Lois and her husband Richard Weathers, one sister, Ann and her husband Jerry Sandine, one brother, Dan and his wife Deb Pfaff, his parents-in-law, Melvin and Mildred Sickels, four sister-in-laws and one brother-in-law and their spouses; Patricia and Ray, Dianne and Jim, Carol and Dan, Ralph and Lori, and Karen and Pat, many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Carlos Warren Bryan was born March 13, 1916 in Cedar, Iowa, the son of Leon J. and Lida Mae (Black) Bryan. Carlos graduated from the Cedar Consolidated High School in 1933, and from Central College in Pella in 1938. He began his first teaching job in Troy, IA, the first of several small towns. During his two years there he decided to work toward his principal’s certificate at Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, IA. On August 20, 1939 Carlos married Helen Geraldine Miller in Cedar Falls, IA. Carlos entered the Army on December 17, 1943 and was honorably discharged on May 21, 1946 as a Sergeant. He returned to being a principal-teacher, and to continuing his own education through North Texas State, Iowa State, and Drake University. He received his master’s degree and in 1952 assumed the position of superintendent for the Rembrandt School system. In 1960 he was offered, and accepted, the superintendent job in Aurelia where he would remain for the next 22 years until his retirement in 1982.
Carlos was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, American Legion, and a past member of the Kiwanis Club, AASA and IASA. He enjoyed music, sports, and played horseshoes, tennis, and golf.
Carlos died Sunday, May 11, 2014, at the Sunset Knoll Care and Rehab Center in Aurelia where he had been a resident since 2009.
Preceding Carlos in death were his parents, his wife Helen on September 8, 2011, a sister Darlene in infancy, two brothers; Glen in childhood and Lelyn Bryan, and two sisters; Jean Cobb and Hazel Toler.
Survivors include his three sons; Steve and his wife Frances Bryan of New Canaan, CT, Scott and his wife Shuyuan Bryan of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Craig and his wife Nancy Bryan of Apple Valley, MN. Also surviving are five grandchildren; Christine and her husband Law Biddle, Laura and her husband Andy Podmolik, Emily Bryan, Peter Bryan, Jing Yao Zhou and her husband Bai Liang, two great-grandchildren; Bai Xin Yuan and Bai Xin He, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Darlene P. Lydell, 66, of Alta, will be 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta, with the Rev. Don Rothweiler officiating. Burial will be in the Scandinavian Cemetery, rural Alta. Visitation will be Monday from 6:00 P.M. until 7:30 P.M. at the Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.
Darlene Phyllis Murphy was born May 4, 1947 in Sioux City, IA, the daughter of Lloyd and LaVonne (Christensen) Murphy. She attended schools in West Bend and Farnhamville, and graduated from Carroll High School. She attended Nettleton Business Training College, then Iowa Central Community College for secretarial courses and received an Associate’s degree. She continued her studies and received certification to work as a CNA. She worked for 20 years as a CNA in Humboldt and Aurelia, IA, and various other places.
On January 18, 1970 Darlene married David Lydell in Fort Hood, Texas.
Darlene was very talented as a seamstress, a knitter, and in needlepoint. She was meticulous in her projects making sure that the back of a project was as pretty as the front. She loved to bowl and was proud of the 600 series that she bowled. She was an avid reader, reading more than 100 books a year. She loved all types of music. She told her great- nephew to remember that she loved all music including opera, because it has a story to be told.
David and Darlene spent many years traveling to the Iowa State Fair and the various county fairs in Iowa. After David’s retirement they traveled down the southern states of the United States and to Jamaica during the summer of 2013.
Darlene died Friday, May 2, 2014, at Waverly Care Center in Waverly, NE. Cancer may have taken Darlene’s earthly vessel but could not destroy her loving and caring spirit. She is now in the glorious presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Darlene is preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers; Robert Hodges and William Hodges.
Survivors include her husband of 44 years; David Lydell of Alta, two sisters: Judy and her husband Darwin Thede of Apache Junction, AZ, and Pamela and her husband Brian Faubion of Lincoln, NE, two brothers; David Murphy of Apache Junction, AZ, and Patrick and his wife Kelly Murphy of Humphrey, NE, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
‘Those who die in grace go no further from us than God and God is very near’ Joyce Annette Radke, 76, of Aurelia died Monday the 28th of April at Unity Point St. Lukes Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa. Her family was by her side as she passed to be with the Lord. Joyce was born in Des Moines, Iowa to John and Eleanor (Jenkins) Redenbaugh on March 27,1938. She was a beloved daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and child of God. She was baptized 1946 at First Baptist Church in Newton, Iowa and confirmed in 1958 at College Hill Lutheran, Cedar Falls, Iowa. She graduated from Storm Lake HS in the class of 1955 and attended UNI. She and Erik Radke from Aurelia were wed August 11, 1957 and deeply devoted for 56 years. She was active in the Aurelia community and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. She had been secretary of Iowa District West Missouri Synod for Ladies Aid, also co-chairing housing for the Missouri Synod Lutheran International Ladies Aid Convention finding housing for 8000 women. Joyce is preceded in death by her parents and son, David Erik Radke.She is survived by her husband Erik Radke; son Mark Radke and his wife Barbara of Aurelia, Iowa; daughter Annette Harris and her husband Dr. Stephen Harris of Charlotte, NC; and daughter-in-law Dr. Anne Radke of Mint Hill, NC. Joyce leaves behind five grandchildren: (Mark’s) Erin Garcia of Valladolid, Spain and Sarah Radke of Marshall, Missouri; (Annette’s) Philip Harris of Steamboat Springs, CO and Wesley Harris of Charlotte, NC; and (David’s) Erika Jane Radke of Mint Hill, NC. Joyce enjoyed travel, arts and crafts and technology from floppy discs to ipads. She enjoyed wintering in Alamo, Texas for the past 12 years and loved staying in touch with her grandchildren using Skype and Facebook. She suffered many years of severe arthritis. She needed multiple operations in her later years and spent much of her time in rehabilitation. Her family will remember her as amazingly strong, stoic and always devoted to her Christian faith. Redig Funeral Home of Aurelia, Iowa is handling arrangements. Visitation will be held on Thursday May 1st at St. Paul Lutheran Church from 4-8pm with the family in attendance from 6-8pm. Funeral Service will be at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Friday May 2nd at 10:30am with Pastor Larry Lemke officiating with burial following at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Donations received will be contributed to the St. Paul Lutheran Organ Fund.
Vergil James Dyslin was born on August 10, 1930, the son of Floyd G. and Myrtle Fearn (Loving) Dyslin on a farm near Elk Point, South Dakota. He spent his childhood around Jefferson, S.D., where he received his early schooling. His family then moved to a farm near Cherokee. Bud graduated from the Quimby High School. He helped his dad with the farming until he entered the Marine Corps in 1952 during the Korean Conflict. On June 15, 1952 he was united in marriage to Cleone Louise Van Winkle at the Church of Christ in Storm Lake. This union was blessed with three children; Ronald, Sharmin, and Kimberly. After returning from service they settled in Cherokee and he worked as a meat cutter for the Swanson Grocery Store. He also worked for Fareway and Super Value in Storm Lake. He later worked for Sears for nearly 20 years. After the Sears store closed he became a licensed realtor until his wife needed him to help her run her business, Natures Nutrition Center which she operated for 20 years. He retired in 2001. Bud was very active in the Church of Christ, having served as an elder, deacon, and Sunday school teacher. He loved to read, enjoyed his vegetable garden, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Bud died Friday, April 25, 2014, at the Methodist Manor in Storm Lake.
Preceding Bud in death were his parents, one brother, Harold Dyslin, and two sisters; Dorris Deaton and Evelyn Sassman.
Survivors include his wife Cleone Dyslin of Storm Lake, one son, Ron and his wife Christine Dyslin of Warrenville, IL, two daughters; Sharmin and her husband Charles Ziska of West Valley City, UT, and Kimberly Dahm of Storm Lake. Also surviving are four granddaughters; Chelsea Dahm of Tiffin, OH, Emily Dahm of Los Angeles, CA, Eleanor Dyslin of Boulder, CO, and Elizabeth Dyslin of Warrenville, IL, three brothers; Donald and his wife Darlene Dyslin of Minneapolis, MN, Larry and his wife Elaine Dyslin of Wheat Ridge, CO, and Joey and his wife Kathy Dyslin of Cherokee, and two sisters; Donna McKissock of St. Paul, MN, and Diane Quevedo of Richardson, TX, one sister-in-law, Elaine Dyslin of Norfolk, NE, nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.
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.
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.
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.