Funeral services for Robert L. Sorensen, Sr., 89, of Aurelia will be 10:00 A.M. Friday, May 24, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Kim Dewey officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5:00 until 8:00, with the family present, at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia. The Redig Funeral Home of Aurelia is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.

Robert Laverne Sorensen was born March 13, 1930, the son of Fred and Audrey (Koehler) Sorensen at Cherokee, IA. He attended school in Sioux City. Bob served in the U.S. Army. He married Barbara Beckner and they had seven children. On December 6, 1969 Bob married Barbara (Rokes) Nilles in South Sioux City, Nebraska. Together they had one son, Robert L. “Bobby” Sorensen, Jr.

Bob spent most of his working years driving truck for Cliff Benson, Orlo Shank, and Maple Valley Woodshavings in Aurelia. He then retired from First Coop in Alta. Bob was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia. He enjoyed fishing, camping, and eating out. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

Bob died Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at the Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia.

Preceding Bob in death were his parents, one daughter, Deborah, two sons; Robert Jr. “Bobby” Sorensen and Rodney Sorensen, and one sister, Donna Reed.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara of Aurelia, five children; Rick Sorensen of Sioux City, IA, and Ron (Clyde) and his wife Jodi Sorensen of Alton, IA, Rhonda and husband Doyle Cowell of Dickens, IA, Roxy and her husband Joe Rose of Redwood Falls, MN, and Ranae Steuk of Spencer, IA, and four step-children; Jim and his wife Amy Nilles of Merrill, IA, Dale and his wife Jan Nilles of Las Vegas, NV, Becky Nilles of Springdale, AK, and Ray Nilles of Cherokee, IA. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, fifteen step-grandchildren, thirty great-grandchildren, one sister, Barbara Sorensen of Sioux City, one brother, Fred Sorensen, Jr. and his wife Shirley of Primgahr, and one brother-in-law, Beryl Reed, nieces, and nephews.



Rodney Lee Sorensen, 56, died unexpectedly on Friday, May 10th, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. A private family service will take place at a later date. Memorials may be sent to the family at PO Box 535, Aurelia, IA.

Rodney was born on August 7, 1962 in Alta, Iowa. He lived in Aurelia, Iowa and graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1980. Shortly after graduation Rodney went to live in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was employed by a siding company installing residential siding for many years.

Rodney is survived by his son, Reese (Trish) Sorensen, and granddaughter, Carmen Sorensen all of Colorado Springs CO, father and step-mother, Robert and Barbara Sorensen of Aurelia, mother, Barbara (Lyle) Downs of Elk Point, SD, brothers; Rick Sorensen of Sioux City, IA, and Ron (Jodi) Sorensen of Alton, IA, sisters; Rhonda (Doyle) Cowell of Dickens, IA, Roxy (Joe) Rose of Redwood Falls, MN, and Ranae Steuk of Spencer, IA, step-siblings; Jim (Amy) Nilles of Merrill, IA, Dale (Jan) Nilles of Las Vegas, NV, Becky Nilles of Springdale, AK, and Ray Nilles of Cherokee, IA, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Rodney is preceded in death by a sister, Deborah Sorensen, a brother, Robert Sorensen, Jr., paternal grandparents, Fred and Audrey Sorensen, and special friend, Carmen Ramos.


Graveside services for Dennis D. Reilly, 70, of Baxter, Iowa, formerly of Aurelia, will be held Saturday, May 25, 2019, at 10:00 A.M. at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Aurelia, with Pastor Bruce Rapp officiating. Military Honors will be presented by the L. A. Wescott Post #2253 of the VFW of Cherokee and the Grashoff-McManus American Legion Post #390 of Aurelia. Following the committal service family and friends are invited to a time of remembrance at The Tap in Aurelia. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of the arrangements.

Dennis Dean Reilly was born May 18, 1948 the son of Robert Payne and Marian Adeline (Will) Reilly in Sioux City, IA. He graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1966. After graduation he enlisted in the Marines. He served in Viet Nam. After his honorable discharge he worked as a hog buyer for IBP which later became Tyson. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Preceding Dennis in death were his parents, Bob and Marian Reilly.

Dennis died at his home very unexpectedly on May 9, 2019.

Survivors include his three children; Ben and his wife Elise Reilly and their children Camron, Adeline, Payne, and Sheldon of Rosebud, MT, Robert Reilly and Megan Hutchinson and their daughter Hadley of Kailua, HI, and Stephanie Reilly of Baxter, IA, one sister, Linda and her husband Bob Kelch of Mesa, AZ, and one brother, Larry and his wife Shanda Reilly of Aurelia, IA. Also surviving are three aunts; Joann and her husband George Pithan and JoAnn Swoboda all of Sioux City, IA, and Eveline Will of Fort Dodge, IA , nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.


Alice Faye Nelson, age 71, of Cherokee, passed at the Careage Hills Nursing Facility in Cherokee on April 30th, 2019. There are no services scheduled at this time.


Funeral services for Ray J. Vring, 81, of Alta, will be held Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at 10:30 A.M. at the Church of Christ in Alta, with Pastor Ben Michaels officiating. Burial will be in the St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Hanover, IA. Visitation will be Tuesday, from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M., with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00, at the church. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.

Ray John Vring was born January 19, 1938 the son of John Dietrich and Edna Marie (Hustedt) Vring at home north of Aurelia in Afton Township, Cherokee County. He attended school in Aurelia and Alta.

On June 22nd, 1962 Ray was united in marriage to Carolyn Dirks in Jackson, MN.

Ray was a farmer all of his life. He had a number of side jobs over the years including; delivering the rural Des Moines Register for 24 years and the Storm Lake Advertiser for eleven years, mowing lawns and scooping snow. Ray enjoyed collecting Farmall International memorabilia, and was an avid collector of caps. He enjoyed going to parades with his children and grandchildren. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Alta.

Ray was a survivor of colorectal cancer since 2010. He died of COPD on Sunday, April 14, 2019, with his family at his side at his home in Alta.

Preceding Ray in death were his parents, his wife Carolyn in 1999, one brother, Harry Milton Vring in 1936 in infancy, father-in-law, Harold Dirks, and two sons-in-law; Michael Snedeker, and Howard Dowdy.

Survivors include seven children; Mary Dowdy of Aurelia, Judy Snedeker of Storm Lake, John and Kelley Vring of Aurelia, Diane Vring of Alta, Michelle and Scott Gaes of Sergeant Bluff, Stephanie Vring and Michael Schwint of Storm Lake, and JoAnn Foley and Clint DeVore of Storm Lake, fifteen grandchildren, and sixteen great-grand-children.  Also surviving are his mother-in-law, Florence Dirks of Round Rock, TX, three brothers-in-law; Darold and Janice Dirks of Round Rock, TX, Bob Dirks of Spencer, and Lynn and Deb Dirks of Alta, and one sister-in-law, Barb Lehman of Ruthven, and other relatives and friends.


Memorial services for Donald D. Blake, 87, of rural Cherokee will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 6, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Kim Dewey officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service, with the family present, at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia. Burial will be in the Afton Township Cemetery, rural Cherokee. It was Don’s wish to be cremated. The Redig Funeral Home of Aurelia is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be directed to Cherokee Regional Medical Center Hospice.

Donald Dean Blake was born July 26, 1931, the son of John D. and Agnes (Scott) Blake at Cherokee, IA. He attended Afton Township School number 2 and Aurelia Community School, graduating in 1949.

In January of 1951 Don enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving in Korea during the Korean War in the 5th Air Force with the 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing. He was a senior aircraft mechanic working mostly on C-47 aircraft. He received the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Medal and the South Korean Presidential Unit Citation. In June of 2000 he received the Korean War 50th Anniversary Medal from the President of South Korea. After being honorably discharged from the United States Air Force Don served five years in the United States Air Force Reserve.

On June 1st, 1955, Don married Annette Howe at the Woodlawn Christian Church in Lake City, Iowa. They had been married 63 years. They had farmed and lived their entire married life on the Blake family farm north of Aurelia.

Don had a great love for flying. He held a Private Pilot Certificate and an Aircraft Mechanic Airframe and Powerplant Certificate and held an F.A.A. Inspection Authorization. He knew he wanted to be a pilot from the time his neighbor, Victor Carlson, gave him his first ride in his Aeronca Defender at age 15. He worked on aircraft for many years at the Cherokee Municipal Airport and in his shop on the farm. Don and Annette spent many hours in the air in their Piper Tri-Pacers. Don gave many people their first airplane ride.

Don was a member of the Grashoff-McManus American Legion Post #390 of Aurelia for over 50 years, and the Cherokee VFW Post 2253.

Over the years Don had belonged to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Experimental Aircraft Association, and the Cherokee Flying Club. Don loved vacationing with this family in the Ozarks. After retirement Don spent many hours on the computer and enjoyed flying his Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Don died Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Cherokee Specialty Care in Cherokee, Iowa.

Preceding Don in death were his parents, two brothers; Rolan and Russell, one sister; Muriel Hasenwinkel, Annette’s parents; Dewey and Tillie (Wilkie) Howe, three brothers-in-law; Wilmer Anderson, Raymond Hasenwinkel, and Harold Sommerfeld, and four sisters-in-law; Elizabeth Sommerfeld, Dorothy Wood, Peggy Blake and Donna Blake.

Survivors include his wife, Annette, three children; Debbie and her husband Arthur Owens of Ankeny, IA, Laurie and her husband Kevin Huss of Alta, and Mike and his wife Diane Blake of Aurelia. Also surviving are two grandchildren; Brent and his wife Sarah Lytle of Aurelia and Brooke and her husband Mark Robb of West Des Moines, five step-grandchildren; Ryan and his wife Joy Harrison of Sioux Falls, SD, Dustin and his wife Amanda Harrison of Omaha, NE, Jason and his wife Courtney Huss of Chapman, KS, Jennifer and her husband Justin Kjolhede of West Point, NE, and Josh and his wife Jessica Huss of Storm Lake, six great-grandchildren, eleven step-great-grandchildren, one sister, Eleanor Anderson of Aurelia, one brother-in-law, Gary Wood of Columbus, IN, and other relatives and friends.


Private family services for Wilbert D. Schwanz, 84 of Aurelia, formerly of Alta, will be held at a later date. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.

Wilbert Dean Schwanz was born at Schaller, Iowa, the son of Andrew and Bessie (Welding) Schwanz on May 26, 1934. He attended school and graduated at Schaller.

On April 17, 1956 Wilbert married Lila Grienke at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta. This union was blessed with three children; Brenda, Brian, and Rhonda. He worked at HyGrade in Storm Lake and later at the Alta Lumber Yard. He enjoyed woodworking, cars, and tractors.

Wilbert died Monday, January 28, 2019 at Unity Point Health St. Luke’s in Sioux City, Iowa.

Preceding Wilbert in death were his parents, one daughter, Brenda (Schwanz) Matsen, one brother and his wife, LeRoy and Pearl Schwanz, one sister Betty and her husband;, Marvin Sands, and seven half-brothers and sisters and their spouses; Edwin and Louise Schwanz, Clarence and Irene Schwanz, Lester and Marie Schwanz, Sally and Carl Lamuck, Harry and Mildred Schwanz, Paul and Marie Schwanz, and Dorothy and Donald Detterman.

Survivors include his wife Lila of Aurelia, two children; Brian and his wife Colleen Schwanz of Alta, and Rhonda and her husband Tony Coombs of Aurelia, son-in-law Jess Matsen of SanTan Valley, AZ, three grandchildren; Jennifer and her husband Chad Curtis of Arlington Heights, IL, Ashley and her husband CJ OBrion of Chandler, AZ, and Miranda and her husband Chris Sliefert of Sac City, IA, and six great-grandchildren; Spencer and Lauren Curtis, Taylor and Avery OBrion, and Jaxsen and Bryson Sliefert. Also surviving are one sister-in-law; JoAnn Lichter of Omaha, NE, one brother-in-law; Robert and his wife Jo Grienke of Alta, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.


Celebration of life services for Zackary Newlon, 40, of Anthon, will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 16, 2019, at the Anthon Community Center in Anthon, with Pastor Karen Handke officiating. Inurnment will be in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Anthon, at a later date.

          Zackary Randall Newlon, the son of Randy and Vicki (McDermott) Newlon was born January 29, 1978 in Alta, Iowa. He attended Aurelia Community School, graduating in 1996. After rambling around awhile he ended up in Anthon, IA.

Born into the carnival business, Zack and his family traveled on several shows; Baumann Shows, Schnetter Shows, Blues Amusements, and McDermott Family Midway, where he became ride supervisor for his Uncle Lawrence and Aunt Audrey. Later when the two carnivals merged to become McDermott Family Shows Zack went to work for his parents managing the Octopus and then purchased it. Later he did a lot of driving for his parents and his Uncle Dean and Aunt Darlett. In the off season he worked various jobs in construction, farming, and truck driving.

He had the honor of being blessed with four children; Dannie, Sydney, Blair, and Sophie. He also became a grandfather on New Year’s Eve when Dannie presented him with a little girl, Oaklynn.

Zack enjoyed spending time with his family, whether it was picking out fish with his kids for their aquarium, doing errands and repairs for his Grandma, home and car repairs for his aunts, jobs for his parents or just hanging out in the garge working on his latest project.

He had many friends and was always willing to hang out with or help in time of need. He was a truly good friend.

His son Blair also died the night of the accident. They are together now.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughters; Dannie Book of Correctionville, IA, Sydney and Sophie Newlon of Ida Grove, IA, granddaughter Oaklynn Askvig of Correctionville, parents Randy and Vicki Newlon of Anthon, sister Shannon and Shane Smith of Anthon, grandmother Delores McDermott of Anthon, and numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins, extended family and close friends.

Those waiting to greet him and Blair: grandfathers Vincent McDermott, Bob Rasmussen, Bob Newlon, and Jim Heuer, grandmother Jeanne Heuer, uncles Blair Newlon and James Rex, aunts Shannon McDermott and Janell McDermott, cousin Candy McDermott, great-grandparents Burt and Leone Mummert and Ben and Martha Brodersen, and great-uncles and aunts Don and Jeanette Mummert and Herb and Pat Rasmussen.


Funeral services for Joleen D. Bruce, 73, of Aurelia will be 10:30 A.M. Saturday, December 1, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Kim Dewey and Pastor Missy Brown officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M., with the family present, at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia.

Joleen Deniece Rapp was born September 4, 1945, the daughter of Ervil and Gladyce (Stutz) Rapp in Aurelia. She graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1963. Joleen married Jerry L. Bruce on January 19, 1963 at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia. Over the years Joleen worked as a school bus driver, as a cook at Sunset Knoll Retirement Home, operated an in-home day care, was a cook for the Aurelia School, worked at the Aurelia Day Care, and was the secretary for the First United Methodist Church. She retired in September of 2016. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, U.M.W., Pythian Sisters, and at the Methodist Church she played the chimes, and assisted with Holy Cows and vacation Bible School. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, crocheting, knitting, golf, and cooking and baking. She loved spending time with her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids.

Joleen died Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake, Iowa.

Preceding Joleen in death were her parents, Ervil Rapp and Gladyce Rapp-Cram, her step-father, Duane Cram, two brothers; Darrel Rapp and Kenneth Rapp, two brothers-in-law; Dayton Hunter, Dennis Bruce, and  parents-in-law Cliff and Florence Bruce.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband Jerry Bruce, four children; Tammy and her husband Pat Jones of Fairfield, IA, Deloy and his wife Wendy Bruce of Sioux City, IA, Darin and his wife Angie Bruce of Aurelia, and Trish and her husband Rusty Tracy of Sahuarita, AZ. Also surviving are eleven grandchildren; Tyler and wife Chaella Youde of Omaha, NE, Morae and husband Karl Metcalf of Birmingham, IA, Jacob and wife Ashley Bruce of Cherokee, IA, Jared and wife Molly Bruce of Spirit Lake, IA, Seth and wife Maribeth Bruce of Sioux City, Aaron Bruce of Estherville, IA, Lindsey and husband Gary Reicks of Ankeny, IA, Courtney Bruce of Aurelia, Samantha Tracy, Cole Tracy and Baylie Tracy all of Sahuarita, AZ, seven great-grandchildren; Avery, Grady, Cully, Pacey, Nolan, Landon and Lucan, one sister, Susan Hunter of Rockford, IL, one brother, Terry and wife Susan Rapp of Phoenix, AZ, two sisters-in-law; Myrna Rapp of Ecuador, and Bobbie Rapp of St. Cloud, MN, two brothers-in-law, Danny and wife Kathy Bruce of Vacaville, CA, and Terry and wife Sylvia Bruce of Marion, IA, and other relatives and friends.


Funeral services for Vera J. Rapp, 94, of Aurelia, will be Thursday, September 13, 2018, at 10:30 A.M., at the First Congregational Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Bruce Rapp officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Aurelia, IA. Visitation will be from 3:00 P. M. until 7:00 P.M., with the family being present from 5:00 till 7:00, at the First Congregational Church in Aurelia. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.

Vera June Willemssen was born November 18, 1923, the daughter of Ulfert C. and Hattie M. (Schuck) Willemssen at Sibley, IA.  She attended school at High View and graduated from Alta High School in 1942. Vera was united in marriage to Ladell E. Rapp on February 7, 1945, at the First Congregational Church in Aurelia. Vera worked for Fitzgerald Insurance for two years, Fraser Elevator for two years, for Farmers National Bank and then Heritage Bank in Aurelia for thirty years, and for Wal-Mart for 2 years. She was a member of the First Congregational Church, where she served on the Women’s Fellowship for over 70 years. She was a member of the Pythian Sisters for many years. Vera enjoyed spending time with family, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren  and she enjoyed watching them play sports and other activities.  She loved picnics, vacations, shopping, and playing games.

Vera died Monday, September 10, 2018 at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee, Iowa.

Preceding Vera in death were her parents, her husband Ladell on September 5, 1986, one brother, Harold Willemssen, and one brother-in-law, Tom Frederiksen.

Survivors include her two sons; Rev. Bruce and his wife Polly (Gano) Rapp of Aurelia and Brian and his wife Diana (Rider) Rapp of Peoria, AZ. Also surviving are three grandchildren; Jared and his wife Jill Rapp of Moville, Adam and his wife Renae Rapp of Cherokee, and Jada and her husband Tim Jones of Cherokee, seven great-grandchildren; Austin Rapp, Madison Rapp, Alexus Jones, Noah Rapp, Shea Rapp, Lennix Jones and Maya Rapp, one sister, Fern Frederiksen of Storm Lake, one brother-in-law, Frank and his wife Marian Rapp, two sisters-in-law, Pat Peterson, and Carmel Shaw, and other relatives and friends.


Funeral services for Pastor Theodore Letzring of Alta will be 3:00 P.M., Sunday, August 12, 2018, at the St. John Lutheran Church, Hanover, IA. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 5:00 to 7:00, with the family present, at the St. John Lutheran Church at Hanover. Services are under the direction of the Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia.

The soul of Reverend Theodore Alvin “Jackie” Letzring was taken by his guardian angel from his home on Monday, August 6, 2018 at the age of 89 years, 5 months, 28 days into the eternal presence of the One True Triune God.  Pastor Letzring was the only son born to Theodore August Letzring and his wife Helen Minnie, nee Oestreich.  He was born in his home in New Salem, North Dakota on February 8, 1929 and was baptized in the Holy Christian faith at Zion Lutheran Church, New Salem under Rev. Ralph T. Schuriet.  Confirmation of his faith took place in July 1944 under Rev. Walter A Haneman.

He attended public elementary school and high school at New Salem, graduating in 1947.  In 1949, at the suggestion of Pastor Vernon Harley, he enrolled in Concordia Theological Seminary, Springfield, IL and graduated in 1956. As a member of the Concordia Seminary Choir during his school years, he sang for the Lutheran Hour Radio Broadcast and had many chorus tours in the United States and Canada.  The choir also went on a six week tour to England in 1951.

He was married to Caroline Bargmann of New Salem in 1955.  His wife is a graduate of Concordia Teachers College of Seward, Nebraska.  She taught public grade schools in North Dakota and in a parochial school in Minnesota.

Rev. and Mrs. Letzring have five children:  Carlotta Lee (1956 – married Ron Ohm in 1979); Thomas Theodore (1957 – married Mardi Schwichtenberg in 1979); Timothy Albert (1958 – married Janice Hoganson in 1990); Crystal Lynn (1962 – married Steven Friedrichsen in 1981); and Charlene Ruth (1966 – married Roger K. Elyea in 1990).  They were blessed with fifteen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.

Pastor Letzring vicared at Council Bluffs under the tutelage of Dr. Lobeck, the former president of Iowa District West.  After graduating from the Seminary, he was ordained and installed as Pastor at Anthon, serving there from 1956 – 1959. His next parish was Yorktown 1959-1966.  He then served the dual parishes of Zion, Auburn, and St. Peters, Sac City from 1966 until 1975.  Next he served at Immanuel in Schleswig from 1975 until 1981.   He served in Iowa District East at Immanuel in Charlotte from 1981 until 1988.  He finished his called ministry at Trinity in Royal from 1988 until 2002.  He served many vacancies and pulpit coverage throughout the years.

Other services and works of the Lord were performed as a member of the Concordia Cub Weeks staff for 25 years and as a board member of Io-Dis-E-Ca Camp in Eastern Iowa for six years.  He served as circuit counselor numerous times throughout his ministry.  He attended State of the Church and Free Conferences as he stood firm in his desire to uphold the tenets of the One True Faith.  He daily enjoyed reading Christian News and kept informed on world politics through Fox News.

Pastor Letzring is survived by his wife, his children, his grandchildren and his great grandchildren.


Funeral services for Joan Brownmiller, 83, of Shawnee, Kansas, formerly of Aurelia, will be Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at 10:30 A.M., at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Derek Evans officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M., with the family present, at the church. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements. A memorial fund has been established.

Joan Marlene Huseman was born on August 14, 1934, the daughter of Martin and Lucille (Allen) Huseman at Galva. At the age of six months, her mother passed away suddenly. It was during this time that Joan went to live with relatives and formed a very special bond with her cousin, Lorene (Woghan) Heimsoth. At the age of five, when her father married Gladys Jacobson, she went to live with her father and loving new mother, Gladys. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Galva, Iowa.

She enjoyed being a cheerleader and was a member of the first six on six Aurelia Atoms girls’ basketball team. She graduated in 1951 from Aurelia High School.

On June 3, 1951 Joan married Harold Brownmiller, Jr. at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia. To this union, two children were born, Roxy and Steve. For many years, Joan was the secretary for the Superintendent, and then the School Board, retiring in December of 1995. She was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia. Joan was a collector of Barbie dolls and all things Christmas. She will always be remembered for her annual Christmas open house. She loved visiting with her friends and family, enjoying their activities and sporting events. Joan and Junior were always proud supporters of Aurelia.

Joan died Friday, July 6, 2018 at Brookdale of Rosehill in Shawnee, Kansas.

Preceding Joan in death were her parents, Martin, Lucille and Gladys, her husband Harold, Jr. on April 5, 2012, one sister, Beverly and husband, Art Soellner, and brother-in-law, Francis “Red” Brownmiller.

Survivors include one daughter, Roxy and her husband Bob Richard of Shawnee, KS, and one son, Steve and his wife Kathy Brownmiller of Denison, IA. Also, surviving are eight grandchildren; Erin and husband Keith Mann, Sean Richard, Lindi and husband Brian Dugan, Brien and husband Mike Kennedy, Megan and husband Mike Wilbur, Dan Berens, Sean and wife Cassie Berens, and Carter and wife Ivett Berens; ten great-grandchildren: Delaney, Ryleigh, Avery, Piper, Presly, Hayden, Lucy, Chase, Tyler, and Alex; one brother, Gilbert and his wife Sharon Huseman of Muscatine, IA, one sister, Lucille and her husband Duane Kent of Aurelia, one brother-in-law, Roger and his wife LaVonne Brownmiller of Mason City, IA, two sisters-in-law, Gayle Brownmiller of Aurelia, and Carolyn and her husband Bob Meyer of Naples, FL, many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.



Funeral services for Albert W. Glienke, 95, of Aurelia, will be Thursday, June 28, 2018, at 10:30 A.M., at the St. John Lutheran Church in Hanover, with Pastor Ryan Roehrig officiating. Burial will be at the Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 Wednesday at the St. John Lutheran Church in Hanover. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.

          Albert William Glienke was born on April 6, 1923 five miles south of Alta, IA, the second son of Herman and Marie (Hinkeldey) Glienke. He attended St. John Parochial School until he was confirmed.  Albert was united in marriage to Marilyn Jean North on November 17, 1949 at the Presbyterian Church in Denison, Iowa.  They are the parents of David, Terry, Julie and Lacey.  He farmed and fed cattle in Diamond Center Township south of Aurelia all his life. Albert was a lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church in Hanover.  He enjoyed his family, reading, playing cards, Nascar races, and visiting with relatives and friends.

          Albert died Sunday, June 24, 2018 at the Methodist Manor Retirement Community in Storm Lake, IA.

          Preceding Albert in death were his parents, daughter, Julie and her husband Robert Lyons, one brother, Henry Glienke, four sisters; Emma Glienke, Esther Lussman and her husband Harold, Lydia Christensen and husband Harold, and Alvina Schmidt, and two brothers-in-law; Lyle Lichtenberg and Dwaine Hinkeldey. 

          Survivors include his wife Marilyn of Storm Lake, three sons;  David of Alta, Terry and his wife Rhonda of Cherokee, and Lacey and Tami of Aurelia,  nine grandchildren; Mark and his wife Keila Glienke, Scott and his wife Alisa Glienke, Jeffrey Glienke, Molly and her husband Aaron Tucker, Amy and her husband Mitch Loucks, Matthew Glienke, Tessa and her husband Jacob Doerkson, Jacob Glienke, and Maxwell Glienke,  fourteen, great-grandchildren; Dalton, Alyssa, Tyler, Chayce, Jack, Jordyn, Camryn, Makaelyn, Tayven, Daenon, Zachary, Zoey, Jovi and Eve.  Also surviving are three brothers; Ernie and his wife Beverly Glienke of Aurelia, Herman and his wife Delores Glienke of Miami Springs, FL, Martin and his wife Jeanne Glienke of Alta, two sisters; Dorothy Hinkeldey and Marie Lichtenberg both of Alta, sister-in-law, Lorraine Glienke of Alta, and brother-in -law, Willard Schmidt of Alta, many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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



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

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

                    Rodney died on September 18, 2017 in his home.

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

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



Funeral services for Myrna J. Huseman, 90, of Aurelia, will be Thursday, August 17, 2017, at 10:30 A.M., at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Jon Riggert officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia, at a later date. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M., with the family present, at the church. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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