Merlene Sullivan - Sheffield
Merlene Sullivan, 67, of Sheffield, passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014, at her home. Funeral services will be held 10:30 am, Thursday, at Zion Reformed Church, Sheffield, with Rev. Art Zewert presiding. Interment will be in the Ell Township Cemetery, Klemme at a later date. Visitation will be 5:00 – 8:00 pm Wednesday at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield.
Merlene Kay Sullivan was born December 23, 1946, in Garner, Iowa, a daughter of Harold Frederick and Betty Jean (Marth) Kothenbeutel. She was baptized at the former Evangelical Reformed Church in Klemme and confirmed at the United Church of Christ in Klemme.
She was educated in the Klemme schools. Merlene graduated from the NIACC nursing program in 1974 and has been active working in the public health departments, SC/MT School and as Director of Nursing at the Sheffield Care Center. Currently she was teaching CNA courses for NIACC and ABCM Corp.
Merlene liked antiquing, crocheting, watching and feeding birds, tending her flower garden, and reading scripture. She had been regularly attending Zion Reformed Church and was active in their Bible Study group.
Missing her presence are her son: Todd Sullivan, Sheffield; grandchildren: Justin (Hollie) Sullivan, Mountainburg, Arkansas; Rachel and Jordan Sullivan, Charles City, Iowa, brothers and sisters; Daryl Kothenbeutel, Clear Lake; Beverly (Don) Girardot, Fort Wayne, IN; Leland (Robin) Kothenbeutel, Bettendorf; Bruce (Pat) Kothenbeutel, New Ringgold, PA; nieces and nephews.
Merlene is preceded in death by her son Scott; brother Gary, who died in February and her parents.
Nelsine Schroeder - Sheffield
Nelsine Schroeder, 91, of Sheffield, passed away Friday, February 28, 2014, at the Sheffield Care Center. Funeral services will be held 10:30 am, Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Zion St. John Lutheran Church in Sheffield with Rev. G. Kim Wills presiding. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 pm Friday at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield.
Nelsine Schroeder was born Anna Nelsine Marie Jensen, a daughter of Lars C. and Mary K. (Hansen) Jensen in Sheffield on January 25, 1923. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion St. John Lutheran Church in Sheffield and graduated from Sheffield High School with the class of 1941.
On January 11, 1947 Nelsine was united in marriage with Leo Otto Schroeder in Maryville, Missouri. He passed away in 2006 after 59 years of marriage.
Nelsine was a homemaker and helped Leo at his DX Station for 18 years. She served as the financial secretary at Zion St. John Lutheran Church for 13 years, and was active in the women’s groups with quilting. She crocheted many afghans and made linen savers and lap robes for the Sheffield Care Center. She enjoyed her flower gardens and baking for her family dinners. She was also an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary since 1948.
Nelsine is recognized as the Hillside Cemetery historian, she spent many enjoyable hours plotting the cemetery and keeping records that are still the foundation of the cemetery records today. Many people and funeral directors have verified information with Nelsine as her records were known to be more accurate in some instances than the city’s records.
Surviving family includes her son: Roger (Alice) Schroeder, Marshalltown; daughter: Annette (Virgil) Crawford, Sheffield; 4 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild; nieces, nephews and friends.
Nelsine is preceded in death by her parents, husband, 2 sisters, Petrea Beebe and Elizabeth Crawford.
Phyllis Statlander - Meservey
Phyllis Statlander, 89, of Meservey, passed away Saturday, February 22, 2014, at the Sheffield Care Center. Funeral services will be held 10:30 am, Wednesday at the First Reformed Church, Meservey with Rev. Rodney Meester presiding. Interment will be at the Meservey Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00 - 7:00 pm, Tuesday at Retz Funeral Home, 201 Ohio, Meservey.
Phyllis Irene Statlander was born March 10, 1924 on the family farm north of Alexander, daughter of Dan R. and Tena (Groen) Schmidt. She was baptized in the First Reformed Church in Meservey and attended country school and graduated from the 8th grade.
On August 14, 1943 Phyllis was united in marriage with Herman Statlander at the Meservey First Reformed Church parsonage by Rev. Kampmann. This union was blessed with three children.
Phyllis was a homemaker who lovingly cared for her children, tended a large garden with her husband and canned just about everything. She was an excellent cook, her baking and cooking was only from scratch. In addition to being a homemaker she did work outside the home at times, candling eggs in Alexander, laying carpet at Winnebago Industries and keeping books for her husband's business D&H Auto.
Phyllis was lifelong member of the First Reformed Church in Meservey. She always had a big garden and is remembered as the best mother, grandma and great-grandma ever. Family was very important to her and she cherished all the family gatherings held over the years.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughter: Patricia (Lloyd) Suntken, Meservey; sons: Jerry (Janette) Stadtlander, Belmond; Gary (Nancy) Statlander, Mason City; grandchildren: Anjanette (Adam) Bills, Dodge Center, MN; Darin (Erin) Suntken, Sheffield, IA; Torey (Gwen) Statlander, Owatonna, MN; Melissa (Bob) Decker, Mapleton, MN; Travis (Sarah) Statlander, Overland Park, KS; Great-grandchildren: Peyton & Mason Bills; Alexandra, Sage & Dax Suntken; Madelyn & Owen Statlander; Ellie, Thayne, Noah & Casey Decker; Reghan & Gavin Statlander; sister: Shirley Faaborg, Clear Lake, IA; brother-in-law: Roman Johnson, Hampton, IA; sister-in-law: Deon Stadtlander, Mason City and brother-in-law & sister-in-law: Myron & Sally Stadtlander, Rockford; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Phyllis is preceded in death by her parents, husband, 2 sisters Ruth Smith and Wilma Johnson, 2 brothers, Leonard and Clarence Schmidt, infant sister Berniece; 6 brothers-in-law and 5 sisters-in-law.
WE APPRECIATE THE TRIBUTE ACCORDED OUR LOVED ONE BY YOUR PRESENCE TODAY. THE FAMILY OF PHYLLIS I. STATLANDER
Emma Wagner - Greene
Funeral services for Emma Louise Wagner, 87, of Greene will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 22, 2014 at St. Peter Lutheran Church with Pastor Gary Hatcher officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Friday, February 21, 2014, at Retz Funeral Home 519 N. First Street, Greene.
Emma Louise Landers Wagner was born January 31, 1927, on the family farm in Greene, to William and Martha (Meyne) Landers, Jr. and passed away on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at the Liebe Care Center in Greene. She received her education in public school graduating from Greene High School in 1945.
She worked as a switchboard operator for the telephone company in Greene for several years. Emma also was a bookkeeper for McRoberts Implement for two years.
She was a lifelong member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene where she was baptized in 1927 and confirmed in 1941. Emma was active in her church serving as a member of the WELCA and the Women’s Group.
Emma was united in marriage to Gerald ‘Jerry’ Edward Wagner on June 26, 1949, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene. This union was blessed with two children. The family made their home in Nashua. Emma was a loving wife and mother who devoted her entire life to caring for her family. Emma and her family moved to Greene in 1956.
She enjoyed knitting, roller skating and traveling. Emma and Jerry traveled all over the United States. One of their most memorable trips was a group bus trip to the World’s Fair in New York in 1964.
Living family members include her husband of 63 years, Gerald ‘Jerry’ Wagner, Greene; her children: Glenna (Jerry) Tack, Osceola, WI, Steven Wagner, Comstock Park, MI; Grandchildren: Elizabeth (Michael) Murphy and their children Jacob, Cole, and Lucas; Kevin Tack, Elsie Wagner; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings: Esther Landers, Wilber Landers, Ardean Landers, Leo Landers, Raymond Landers, Deloris Fuoss.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Emma Wagner Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636
Gary Kothenbeutel - Swaledale
Gerald "Gary" Kothenbeutel, 72, formerly of Clear Lake, Swaledale and Forest City, passed away Sunday, February 9, 2014 at the Nora Springs Care Center, with family at his side. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 7:00 pm Friday, February 20th at Retz Funeral Home, 203 Maple Street, Sheffield, Iowa, with Rev. G Kim Wills presiding. Visitation will be 2 hours prior to the service at the funeral home. Friends are invited to a time of sharing with the family.
Gerald Lee Kothenbeutel was born October 5, 1941 to Harold Fredrick and Betty Jean (Marth) Kothenbeutel in Garner, Iowa. Gary was baptized and confirmed at the United Church of Christ in Klemme. He was active in track and field and the Boy Scouts. Gary graduated from Klemme High School in 1959. After graduation Gary attended Iowa State University to study Masonry.
Gary worked for several construction companies and was respected and well known for his skill in bricklaying. His work took him to many different places in the country. He also worked several years at Tonka Coolers in Mason City.
Gary loved animals of all sorts and had many different pets throughout his life. He took pride in his training of horses and had many memorable stories of all his animals.
One of Gary's greatest joys was seeing his grandchildren and spending time with them whenever he could.
Left with memories of Gary are his children, Debra Bannister, Clear Lake; Polly Kothenbeutel, Sheffield; Kyle (Jessica) Kothenbeutel, Swaledale; grandchildren, Ryen (Danny) Preteroti, Miranda and Paige Bannister, Amber and Kory Kothenbeutel, Devon and Taylor Kothenbeutel; great granddaughter Brianna Jo Preteroti; brothers and sisters; Daryl Kothenbeutel, Clear Lake; Merlene Sullivan, Sheffield; Beverly (Don) Girardot, Fort Wayne, IN; Leland (Robin) Kothenbeutel, Bettendorf; Bruce (Pat) Kothenbeutel, New Ringgold, PA; nieces and nephews.
Gary is preceded in death by his parents Harold and Betty Kothenbeutel and a nephew Scott Sullivan. Gary was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and was a good man.
We were blessed to have had the time with him.
Lyle Severe - Rockwell
Lyle E. Severe, 91, of Rockwell, died Sunday, February 16, 2014 at Christian Park Health Care Center in Escanaba, Michigan where he had lived for the last three years to be near his daughter. Funeral services will be 10:30 am, Friday, at Rockwell United Methodist Church with Rev. John Scherb presiding. Interment will be in the Rockwell Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00 – 6:00 pm Thursday at the church, 303 Monroe Street, Rockwell.
Lyle Edward Severe was born February 13, 1923 at Dolan, South Dakota to Cassius and Blanche (Smith) Severe. He moved with his parents to a farm near Reliance. When his two sisters were old enough, he drove the three of them to school by horse and buggy. After he graduated from the eighth grade, Lyle and his older brother moved to work on their grandparents (Ed and Carrie Smith) farm near Rockwell. During this stay, Lyle became good friends with the neighbors, Ronald and Velma Ingraham; they spent many winter nights’ playing cards.
In 1940, Lyle returned to South Dakota and worked in a factory at Chamberlain for a few years. A budding romance brought him back to Rockwell where he bought a truck to haul grain and livestock. On October 27, 1944, Lyle and Velma Ingraham were united in marriage in Des Moines. They spent their entire 64 years together at their home in Rockwell. They were blessed with two daughters, Linda and Jane.
Lyle farmed and continued his trucking business until 1965. At that time, he was employed by Ruan Transport. He drove for them until retiring in 1986 when he received a plaque for one million miles of safe driving. He enjoyed his time as union steward and made several trips to the head office in Des Moines to negotiate matters on a man-to-man basis.
During retirement, Lyle raised a large garden, sharing the produce with friends and neighbors. One year he won Rockwell’s outdoor Christmas lighting contest, and Halloween brought out more decorative efforts. The Congregational Church and a few elderly ladies were thankful for his free lawn-mowing service. Velma and Lyle enjoyed being snowbirds, spending winter months in Texas and California, but mostly in Mesa, Arizona.
Lyle was preceded in death by his wife in 2009 and one sister and two brothers. He is survived by his daughters: Linda (James) Hage, Escanaba, Michigan and Jane Lou, Libertyville, Illinois, and grandchildren: Michele and David Lou and one sister Eileen Nelson of Paulatin, Oregon.
Luverne Becker - Sheffield
Luverne Christian George Becker was born on the Horstman family farm in rural Sheffield, Iowa on August 6, 1925 to Henry and Dina (Horstman) Becker. He entered into rest on Monday, January 27, 2014 at the North Iowa Hospice House in Mason City, Iowa at age 88. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 31, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Zion St. John Lutheran Church, in Sheffield, Iowa with Rev. G. Kim Wills presiding. Friends will be received at the church beginning at 9:00 am. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield, Iowa.
Luverne was raised and lived on the family farm with his mother, father, brother Raleigh, Grandmother Anna Horstman, and Uncle Chris. Life on the farm was full of adventure with his brother where they liked to tinker with building and dismantling gadgets. His grandmother’s German ancestry provided a good influence that he carried throughout his life.
Luverne attended the rural country school until 8th grade when he transferred to Sheffield High School where he met his future wife, Beatrice Arlene Sims of Sheffield, Iowa. After a short time in the Navy, Luverne returned to Sheffield to marry the love of his life, Beatrice on June 27, 1948, at the Methodist Church in Sheffield. They raised 4 children: Barbara, Katherine, Todd, and Thomas, and have 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Luverne was a member of the St. Johnʼs Lutheran Church in rural Sheffield where he was confirmed. Later his father, Henry Becker, helped with the construction of what is now the Zion St John Lutheran Church in Sheffield. Luverne following in his father’s footsteps and became a skilled construction craftsman. He helped build the educational wing of this church, where he crafted many of the detailed pieces of the wing, making this addition a beautiful spiritual addition. He also helped construct the Sunshine Apartments in Sheffield, where he was on the board of directors until his death. His love for woodworking was very evident in the home he built for his family. His attention to detail, not only in the home he built, but also in the furniture he crafted, was impeccable and was admired by all who visited their home. He practiced his skill even in retirement where he crafted detailed, exquisite clocks. His grandmother clocks were his most cherished. Luverne learned this craft from his father, and has passed this skill to his sons, Todd and Tom, and even to his grandsons.
Luverne enjoyed traveling with his wife to Hawaii and Florida to visit his daughter Kathy and her family, where he enjoyed the tropical climate and the beautiful beaches. He ventured into snorkeling, collecting shells, and enjoyed the boating trips.
Luverne is survived by his children; Barbara (Roger) Krull of Eldora, Katherine (Jack) Shea of Ft. Myers, Florida, Todd and Thomas Becker both of Sheffield; grandchildren: Eric, Mike (Dianna), Ryan Krull, Logan and Megan Shea, Kevin (Jill) Becker, Kristle (Jakob) Gayer, and Samantha Becker, and 6 great grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Don Sims of Mason City and a niece, Suzanne, of Sheffield.
Luverne is preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice, his parents, Henry and Dina, brother, Raleigh, his grandmother, Anna Horstman, his Uncle Chris Horstman, a daughter-in-law, two sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law.
Richard (Rich) Stadtlander - Meservey
Richard (Rich) A. Stadtlander, 62, of Meservey, Iowa, passed away on Friday, January 24, 2014, at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. Funeral services will be held 10:30 am, Wednesday at the First Reformed Church in Meservey with Rev. Rodney Meester presiding. Burial will take place at the Meservey Cemetery, Meservey, Iowa. Please dress casual. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 pm Tuesday at Retz Funeral Home, Meservey.
Rich was born June 28, 1951, in Hampton, Iowa, a son of Louis and Gertrude (Smit) Stadtlander. Rich graduated from Meservey-Thornton Community School with the class of 1969.
He was baptized and confirmed at the First Reformed Church in Meservey and was still a member. For many years he was employed by the Chapin Elevator in Chapin. He was presently employed by Sukup Manufacturing in Sheffield.
Rich was a avid Green Bay Packers fan and also enjoyed watching the Iowa Hawkeyes. His family meant the most to him especially his two grandsons, Zander and Josiah.
Rich is survived by his son: Josh (Kristina Robbins), Clear Lake: daughter: Rebecca (Billy McLemore), Meservey; grandsons: Zander and Josiah McLemore, Meservey; brother Larry (Connie) Stadtlander, Thornton; sister: Shirley (Marty) Proctor, Thornton; sister: Beverly Stadtlander, Meservey; brother Dean (Renae) Stadtlander, Clear Lake; sister: Brenda (John) Bracklein, Oklahoma City; nephews: Matt (Janet) Proctor, Swaledale, Tyler Stadtlander, Clear Lake; Alex Stadtlander, Clear Lake; nieces: Amy (Chad) Slagle, Bancroft; Brittany Bracklein, Morgantown, West Virginia; Chelsea (Landon) Miles, Oklahoma City; great niece and nephews: Jordan & Spencer Proctor, Tate Slagle, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Gertrude Stadtlander, maternal grandparents: Dick and Bessie Smit; paternal grandparents: Carl and Grace Stadtlander; great nephew: Zak Slagle; and several other family members and friends.
Clifford Poland - Rockwell
Clifford Merle Poland, 90, from Rockwell, IA. passed away Wednesday January 15, 2014 at his home in Sun City , AZ Funeral services will be held at the United Methodist Church in Rockwell, IA on January 25th 2014 at 10:30 AM with Pastor John Scherb officiating along with Rev. Robert Dodge, Pastor of the Britt, IA United Methodist Church and Rev. Bill Poland, assistant to the Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Des Moines, IA. Visitation will be held January 24th from 4-7 PM at the United Methodist Church in Rockwell, IA. Internment will be at the Alexander, IA cemetery.
Clifford was born to Walter and Hilda (Thompson) Poland on March 1, 1923 in Gladbrook, IA and baptized into the United Brethren Church. He graduated from Gladbrook High School and attended Northwestern University in Illinois where he was trained as a Navy radioman. He served in the Navy on an LST ship in the Pacific during WWII as a radioman and was honorably discharged in 1946. Clifford returned to the M & St. L Railroad as a telegrapher/agent serving several communities during his 40 years.
He was united in marriage to Dorothy Bell from Alexander, IA on June 23, 1946 at the bride’s parent’s home due to the unexpected fire in the local Methodist church.
He served his community as Commander of the Rockwell American Legion, charter member of the Rockwell Lion’s Club receiving a 50 year Membership Award from the International President of the Lion‘s Club, Treasurer of the Rockwell/Swaledale school board, and served in several capacities at the United Methodist Church in Rockwell being an Iowa Conference Delegate, and helping to build and finance the Alexander and Rockwell, IA Methodist churches. He also delivered “meals on wheels” serving the Rockwell community, he enjoyed working the telegraph in the depot at the Franklin County Fair for many years and taught fellow telegraphers working at the M & St. L railroad. Clifford enjoyed gardening, fishing trips to Canada, touring throughout the US and Canada, working in his wood shop and he especially enjoyed his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of 67 years, 2 sons, Greg (Lori) of Surprise, AZ and Merle (Karen) of Cedar Falls, IA; 5 grandchildren,: Jenelle Klesel (Dennis) of Naperville, IL, Chris Poland (Annie) of Ames, IA, Michael Poland of Louisville, KY, Kate Poland of Honolulu, HI and Drew Poland of Cedar Falls, IA, and 2 step-grandsons: Jeff McDonald of Scottsdale, AZ and Chris McDonald of Huntington Beach, CA. 5 great-grandchildren: Brenna, Emily and Grace Klesel, and Jamie and Evan Poland. 2 step great-grandsons: Michael Riddell and Christopher McDonald, Jr. Sisters in-law: Luverne Bell, Inez Ginapp, Lavonne Card, Arlene DeFoor and Dell Poland. Brother in-law: Dallas Card and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Clifford was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Hilda, father and mother in-law Lewis and Dora Bell, brothers, Lloyd, Richard and Lawrence; 5 brothers in-law: Glen Neal, Eldon Bell, Kenet Ginapp, Willie Pals, and Irving DeFoor ; 2 sisters in-law: Erma Neal, and Alma Pals and nieces , and nephews
Charmaine Wiebke - Greene
A visitation and Public Prayer Service for Charmaine Wiebke will be 4-8 p.m., Saturday, January 25, 2014, at Retz Funeral Home in Greene. A full Funeral and Burial will be held in April, more information will be given at that time.
Charmaine was born on April 4, 1930, the daughter of John and Sibyll (Morey) Pyatt, baptized on January 19, 1949 and died Sunday, January 19, 2014, at the Liebe Care Center in Greene. She received her education in public school graduating from Greene High School in 1948. She attended Allen School of Nursing graduating in 1953.
She was united in marriage to Harold Carl Wiebke September 12, 1953, at the First Presbyterian Church in Greene. This union was blessed with two sons.
Charmaine worked both as a nurse at the Floyd County Hospital in Charles City and as a school nurse. She was a very kind and caring person that spent much of her life caring for others. She was a lifelong member of the American Red Cross since 1944. Charmaine was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene where she taught a Bible Study and belonged to the Lutheran Women’s Circle. She welcomed opportunities to minister to others and even helped with the weekly church services after moving to Liebe Care Center.
She started traveling with her husband in the late 70’s and enjoyed their frequent trips to Arkansas. Charmaine was very family oriented and loved family dinners, special functions and holidays spent together.
Charmaine is survived by two sons: Doug Wiebke, and Dewain (Kim) Wiebke all of Greene; one Brother: Charles (Hattie) Pyatt of Charles City; one Sister: Shirley (Dean) Watters of Chattanooga, TN; one Brother-in-law: Glen (Margaret) Wiebke of Waterloo; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold in 2000, parents, one nephew, Scott Pyatt in 1973, Sisters-in-law: Lavonne Pyatt and Genevieve Wiebke.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Charmaine Wiebke Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636Helen Darlene Debner, Marble Rock
Funeral Services for Helen D. Debner, 87, of Marble Rock, will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Marble Rock, with Pastor Bob Scheurer officiating.Burial will be in the Westside Cemetery, Marble Rock. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at Retz Funeral Home in Marble Rock.
Helen Darlene Debner was born on December 27, 1926, in rural Mitchell County to John C. and Velma B. (Rutt) Patterson and died Friday, January 17, 2014, at North Iowa Mercy Medical Center in Mason City.She attended country school graduating from St. Ansgar High School in 1944. Following graduation she worked for Toeterville Hardware Store. She later moved to Charles City and worked for Oliver Corp.
On December 13, 1947, Helen was united in marriage to Clarence Debner at The Little Brown Church in Nashua.They farmed near Marble Rock, Colwell and Greene for six years operated the Hartwick Tap and Grocery in Hartwick, Iowa.
Helen was a faithful member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Marble Rock where she made many quilts to be used for mission work.
She loved flowers and gardening, making quilts, and doing puzzles. Helen was a hardworking farm wife that enjoyed being outside and caring for the farm animals.She was a very kind and generous person that was loved by anyone who knew her.
Helen is survived by 3 Daughters: Linda Debner of Marble Rock, Patricia (Kim Don) Nelson of Marengo, Joan (Jeffrey) Wright of Holmen, WI.; Grandchildren: Paul Nelson of Williamsburg, Sara Nelson of North Liberty, Alicia (Nathaniel) Blumberg of Portage, WI, Krysta Wright of Holmen, WI and Jeremy Wright of Holmen, WI; Sisters: Neva Nelson of St. Ansgar and Lois (Walt) Benesh of Austin, MN; Brother, John (Fran) Patterson of St. Ansgar; Sisters–in-law: Mildred Patterson and Ruth Patterson both of Osage, Della Van Fleet of Cedar Falls, Marlene Gerholdt of Waterloo; many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her Husband Clarence in 2001, her Parents, 5 Brothers: Don, Max, Darrell, Merle and Kenneth; Brothers-in-law, Otto Nelson, Dean Debner, Roy Keith, Jake Van Fleet; Sisters-in-law, Enid Patterson, Grace Debner, Viola Keith.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Helen Debner Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636
Ardeth Anne Aastrup, Thornton
Ardeth Anne Aastrup, age 85, formerly of Thornton, Iowa, passed away on Saturday January 11, 2014 at the Westview Care Center in Britt, Iowa. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday at Thornton United Methodist Church with Pastor Crystal Oberheu presiding. Interment will be at the Pleasant View Cemetery, Thornton. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday at Retz Funeral Home, Thornton. Memorials may be directed to the Thornton United Methodist Church or the Iowa Commission for the Blind in her memory.
Ardeth Schmalle Aastrup was born on a farm near Thornton to Samuel H. and Nellie (Merchant) Schmalle. She was a graduate of Thornton High School.
Ardeth was united in marriage with Alvin Aastrup on June 26, 1948. they farmed in the area for 42 years. To this union three children were born, Jennifer, Jerry, and Sibyl.
She was a lifelong member of the Thornton First United Methodist Church. Her hobbies included baking, horseback riding, making family photo albums, and furniture refinishing.
She is survived by her two daughters: Jennifer Russell, Cincinnati, Ohio; Sibyl (Jim) Jorgensen, Thornton, Iowa; four grandchildren: Jeff (Juli) Russell and Tim (Molly) Russell, Cincinnati, Ohio; Megan Jorgensen, Aubrey, Texas and Mariah Jorgensen, Thornton; two great-grandchildren: Charlie and Ellie Russell, Cincinnati, Ohio; one brother: Verdell (Bonnie) Schmalle, Fayette, Iowa; one sister-in-law: Beulah Schmalle, Belmond, Iowa; two brothers-in-law: Robert (Verna) Aastrup, Mason City, Iowa and Delmar (Pam) Aastrup, Noel, Missouri.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Aastrup; son, Jerry Aastrup, parents; brother, Wayne Schmalle; sister and brother-in-law, Lois & Roger Caffrey, and son-in-law, Jim Russell.
Caroline Mullen - Greene
A Memorial Service for Carolyn Kaye Mullen, 68, of Greene, will be 11:00 am, Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at the Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St., Greene, with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service. Burial will take place in the spring.
Carolyn Kaye Janssen was born January 19, 1945, in Mason City, Iowa, the daughter of Arthur and Geraldine (Ewers) Janssen and passed away on Friday, January 3, 2014, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City. She attended public schools graduating from Mason City High School and attended Hamilton Bussiness School.
Carolyn was united in marriage with Daniel Mullen on April 16, 1966 at the Rockwell Methodist Church in Rockwell, Iowa. This union was blessed with one daughter.
Carolyn was a very talented woman who loved to crochet, created beaded treasures, and engaged in a variety of craft projects, sharing them with her family and friends. She enjoyed country music, WWE Wrestling, collecting clothes and jewelry and watching soap operas. Carolyn had many collections, like to journal and believed in staying busy.
Carolyn enjoyed giving to people which was evidenced by the love and respect she received from her community. Carolyn had a great love for animals, housing and caring for a variety of stray pets throughout her life. She was an exceptional cook and baker and blessed friends and family with her creations.
Carolyn is survived by her husband of 47 years, Daniel Mullen, Greene; one Daughter, Amy (Kenny) Keeling, Runnells; Step-son, Frank (Erin) Keeling and their son Clinton Keeling; Grandchildren: Cassidy Bean, Cheyenne Mullen, both of Runnells; Mother, Geraldine Janssen, Marble Rock; Brother, Larry Janssen, Marble Rock; many friends and Carolyn's many beloved pets.
She is preceded in death by her father.
Neal O'Brien - Greene
Funeral services for Milford Neal O’Brien, 83, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 6, 2014, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Gary Hatcher officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.
Visitation will be 3:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday, January 5, 2014, at Retz Funeral Chapel, 519 N. First St. Greene, prayer service will be at 6 p.m.
Milford Neal O’Brien was born July 21, 1930, in rural Greene, Iowa, the son of John and Wilhelmina (Drogemuller) O’Brien and entered into eternal rest at his home in Greene on Wednesday, January 1, 2014. He received his education in public school graduating from Greene High School in 1949.
Neal was inducted into the United States Army in 1952 during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged in 1954.
Neal was united in marriage to Marjorie Mather on April 18, 1956, at the Methodist Church in Greene. This union was blessed with four children.
In 1949, Neal was employed by Dralle’s Department Store in their Grocery Department. He retired in 2011, having served three generations of Dralles. In his 62 years of faithful service, Neal waited on pretty much everyone in Greene. He was a kind and respectful gentleman who loved Greene and its people.
Neal was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene. He was a member of the American Legion Post 268 of Greene for 59 years. Neal also served on the Boy Scout Troop 26 committee and taught the Citizenship Merit Badges for well over 20 years. He supported all three of his sons and a grandson as they achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
He enjoyed gardening, raising tomatoes from seed, watching birds, and especially the time he spent with family and friends.
Neal is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Marjorie O’Brien, Greene; his Children: Mark (Terri) O’Brien, Greene, Jolene Stalker (friend David Durbala), Mason City, David (Terri) O’Brien, Asbury, Jason (Susan) O’Brien, Philomath, OR; seven Grandchildren: Gregory (Fiancé Sara), Kristen, Evan, Johnathan, Brooke, Julia, Claire; one Sister, Shirley (Bill) Henley, Clarksville; many nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Brothers: John, Lyle (Charlotte), Robert (Eloise); Sister, Imogene (Don) Abbott.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Neal O’Brien Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636
Ednabelle Smith - Sheffield
Ednabelle Smith, 96, of Sheffield, passed away on Monday, December 30, 2013 at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home. A Celebration of Life for Belle will be held on Friday, January 3rd at 10: 30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Sheffield with Pastor Sandi Gobeli officiating. Interment will be at West Fork Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 2nd at Retz Funeral Home in Sheffield. Those wishing to extend an expression of sympathy may consider a donation in her memory to the Sheffield EMS or First United Methodist Church, Sheffield.
Ednabelle Harms, the eldest daughter of Harm F. and Lyda Rose (Hafermann) Harms, was born September 25, 1917 in Alden, Iowa, and moved to a farm just south of Clear Lake at fourteen months of age. Belle attended Clear Lake Public Schools from where she graduated in 1934 at age sixteen, after which she attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls for two years. She taught in country schools in Cerro Gordo and Franklin counties for two and a half years.
On August 10, 1939, Ednabelle married Howard Smith of rural Dougherty at the Congregational Church in Buffalo Center. They had a son Lester and a daughter Patricia. In 1959, Belle's nephew Kevin Young joined their family and was officially adopted by Belle in 2010 as her son.
In 1965, Ednabelle returned to teaching after completing further studies at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, accepting a Special Education position at Hampton Junior High School in Hansell before becoming a third grade instructor in 1967 at Rockwell-Swaledale Elementary School where she remained until her retirement in 1979.
Ednabelle is survived by her daughter Patricia of Washington, D.C., daughter-in-law Sharon Smith of Des Moines, nephew and adopted son Kevin Young of Sheffield; two granddaughters, Nicole Smith of Des Moines and Karen Fox of Washington, D.C.; two great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Jocelyn Beeson of Washington, D.C., and brother Herbert Harms of Alden, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Belle was preceded in death by her husband Howard Smith, son Lester, sisters Eileen Harms and Alberta Young, and brothers John and Cecil Harms.
Mary Tidemanson - Greeene
Mary Tidemanson, 73, of Greene, passed away Sunday, December 29, 2013 at the Waverly Health Center following a long struggle with several illnesses. Memorial services will be held 11:00 am, Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church in Greene, with Pastor Jenny Suydam presiding. Interment will be at the Oak Grove Cemetery, Mitchell. Visitation will be 5:00 - 7:00 pm, Tuesday, Janaury 7 at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. 1st St., Greene.
Mary J. Tidemanson was born November 26, 1940, in Silverton, Oregon. She was the daughter of Peter and Gladys (Maxwell) Ditchen. She passed away on December 29, 2013, at the Waverly Health Center, in Waverly after a brave battle with several health issues.
She lived in Oregon until 1950 when her family moved back to Greene, Iowa. She went to the Coldwater Township Country School and graduated from Greene High School in 1959.
On April 2, 1963, she married Carl Tidemanson at the First Presbyterian Church in Greene, Iowa. Carl and Mary lived west of Greene until his death on June 10, 2007.
Mary worked in hospitals and care centers for over 50 years retiring after having heart surgery.
Mary enjoyed getting together with her cousins. She was a good cook and brought cheerfulness to any group. Her hobbies were fishing, boating, crocheting, old classic movies and photography. Mary very much loved her dogs, Bandit, Cinnamon, Carmie, Conrad, and cat, Callie.
Mary enjoyed traveling. She went to Hawaii, Panama, Aruba, Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and New York City.
She is survived by many cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Carl in 2007, her father in 1945, mother, Gladys in 1967, a brother Kenneth in 1995.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct their memorials to the Mary Tidemanson Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636.
Kathleen Kezar - Sheffield
Kathleen Jo Kezar, 60, of Sheffield, formerly of Waterloo, passed away Monday, December 23, 2013 at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City. Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Saturday, at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield with Pastor Ken Nason of Cottage Community Church in Hubbard presiding. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be 4:00 – 8:00 pm Friday at Retz Funeral Home, 203 Maple Street, Sheffield, Iowa.
Kathleen Jo Kezar was born May 7, 1953, in Waterloo, a daughter of Jack & Beverly (Bosley) Powell. She was educated in the Waterloo Public School. After completing school Kathleen was married and 4 daughters were born; Shelly, Karrie, Megan and Lindsay.
For the last 20 years Kathleen has enjoyed her companion Doug Foell. They have lived in Sheffield and she worked for the Sheffield Care Center for 13 years.
Kathleen was a people person who truly enjoyed life. She centered her life around her daughters and family. Kathleen loved electronic games and visiting the casinos. She could strike up a friendship with nearly anyone at any time.
Left to cherish her memory are her companion: Doug Foell, Sheffield; daughters: Shelly Shaver (Wes Webb) Eldora, Iowa; Karrie Thompson, Whitten, Iowa; Megan (Nick) Ries, Sheffield; Lindsay Kezar, Hubbard; grandchildren: Sam & Gary Vanderah, Mackenzie Shaver Marissa Rolinson, Alexis & Trent Gohring, Hailey & Lucas Ries; brothers: Virg (Betty) Powell, Waterloo; Rick (Carrie) Powell, Evansdale; Skip Powell, Waterloo; Sister-in-law: Barb Powell, Cedar Falls; many cousins, nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, brother, Jack Powell Jr. and grandson Dustin Shaver.
Hilda May Dhondt - Sheffield
Hilda May Dhondt, age 90, died on December 20, 2013 at the Sheffield Care Center in Sheffield, Iowa. Funeral services will be 10:30 am, Monday at Zion St. John Lutheran Church with Rev. G Kim Wills presiding. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery. Visitation will be 3:00 – 6:00 pm, Sunday at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield.
Hilda was born on May 3, 1923 to Albert and Wilhelmina (Wiele) Liekweg, in Ross Township. She was baptized on June 10, 1923 at St. John Lutheran Church, rural Sheffield. Hilda was confirmed on August 23, 1936 at Zion Lutheran Church and graduated from Sheffield High School in 1941.
On January 28, 1948, Hilda was united in marriage to Vernon Dhondt at the Zion Lutheran Church Parsonage in Sheffield. Following her marriage, she farmed with her husband on the family farm south east of Sheffield, where they raised dairy cows, chickens and hogs. Hilda and Vernon had three children, Leland, Barbara, and Douglas.
Hilda was a lifelong member of Zion St. John Lutheran Church and enjoyed Do-Days, quilting and circle projects. Hilda also enjoyed gardening, baking, cooking and attending the chuck wagon races at the Four County Fair in Nashua. But most important to Hilda was her family. Her love and devotion to Vernon was so evident during his illness in the care that she gave to him. She could often be found watching over her grandchildren. She was always there for everyone.
Hilda is survived by her son, Leland (Jane) Dhondt, Hampton; daughter, Barbara (Jon) Swanson, Sheffield; and son, Douglas (Julie) Dhondt, Sheffield; grandchildren: Travis (Lucy) Swanson, Cameron, MO; Amanda (Brad) Wessels, Alexander; Holly (Wilton) Wiseman, Sheffield; Brandy Dhondt, Sheffield; great-grandchildren: Raeghan Swanson, foster great-grandchildren: Zarick, Pamela, and Norman; great grandchildren: Cooper Wiseman; Carsen Wessels; brother Richard (Peg) Liekweg, Iowa Falls; sister-in-law Betty Liekweg, Janesville, and many nieces and nephews.
Hilda was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Vernon; siblings Marie (Paul) Meyer, Edna (Harry) Koch, August (Helen) Liekweg, Robert Liekweg, Maude (Dwain) Schinagel, Edward Liekweg, Doris Liekweg, Clarence Liekweg, and Elsie Liekweg.
Robert 'Bob' Ritter - Marble Rock
Funeral services for Robert L. Ritter, 64, of Marble Rock will be on 2: 00 p.m., Thursday, December 19, 2013, at Retz Funeral Home in Marble Rock. Burial will be in the Westside Cemetery, Marble Rock. Visitation will be Thursday, December 19, 2013 from noon until service time.
Robert L. ‘Bob’ Ritter was born on June 18, 1949 in Omaha, Nebraska to Kenneth R. and Betty (Drehr) Ritter and died Sunday, December 15, 2013, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City. Robert lived with his grandparents Leo and Ethel Dreher in Hayward, California in his early years.
Bob moved to the Rockford area and met Judy, whom he lived with for 12 years. During that period of time, David, Judy’s son also became Bob’s son. He then moved to Mason City. In later years Bob and David would work together roofing and eventually formed R& R Roofing.
Bob then met Donna and shared the next 14 years with her. Donna’s two daughters, Ruth and Heather also became Bob’s children. The family left Mason City moving to St. Peter, Minnesota where Bob worked several jobs. In 1987, Bob and Donna were blessed with their son, Dustin. In the early 1990’s, the family moved to Charles City where Bob cared for his father, who was in poor health.
Approximately10 years ago Bob had several strokes that left him disabled. He made his home at the 9th Street Chautauqua Guest Home in Charles City. There he made many friends and good memories. Bob loved to collect Beannie Babies, spending time with his family and good stories. Earlier in life he would take his son hunting, go fishing, and enjoyed motorcycles and anything to do with eagles.
He is survived by his Sons:, Dustin Ritter, Tama, David Reibsamen, Mason City; his Daughters: Ruth Hildahl,Belle Plaine and Heather Cory, Sheffield; Daughter-in-law, Markita Zepeda Ritter, Charles City; Grandchildren: Serenity, Kari, Colton, Allison, Michael, Liz, Josh and Katie; Sisters: Bonnie Ritter and Debbie Ritter; Brothers: Ronald Ritter, Marty Sigler, Kenneth Ritter; many friends.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and his brother Mike. Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Bob Ritter Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636
John Osborn - Greene
Funeral Services for John Henry Osborn, 70, of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan officiating. Burial will be in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First Street, Greene with a Public Scripture Service at 7 p.m.
John Henry Osborn was born on June 20, 1943, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa the youngest of 5 children to Donald Dean and Florence Lydia ( Duree ) Osborn and died on Friday, December 6, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City. He received his education in the public schools in Cedar Rapids.
John was united in marriage to Mary Ann Rutledge on September 21, 1963 in Cedar Rapids. This union was blessed with two children.
As a young man of 16 John worked in a Bakery at night and spent his days working for the local service station. He went on to work for Wilson Packing in Cedar Rapids. John worked for Cherry Burrell and did Handyman work for anyone needing help around town. Later after he had developed his construction skills he formed Osborn Construction Company. John built many homes, created house plans, concrete work, genitate surfacing, hauled dirt, and held the city contract for sidewalk work in Cedar Rapids. He contributed his time and effort to the Greene community projects. John holds two patents. He was a very hard worker and donated many hours of his expertise to helping out friends and neighbors with their personal projects.
John was a very generous man, believed in helping others, spent time mentoring youth. He served as a Boy Scout Leader in Cedar Rapids. John assisted in clean up operation after the floods both in Cedar Rapids and Greene. He enjoyed living near the river and especially spending time with his grandchildren. Even in death his generosity continued with the donation of his eyes to the Iowa Lions Eye Bank to help with restoring sight to the blind.
Living family members include his loving wife of 50 years, Mary Ann Osborn, Greene; one son: John (Misty) Osborn, Amber, Arin and Anthony, Ionia; one daughter: Tina Marie (Dan) Schleder and their children: Bradley, Ryley and Madison Schleder, Cedar Rapids; Brothers and Sisters–in-law: Cheryl (Evelyn) Rutledge, Cedar Rapids, Marilyn Billings, Florida, Joel (Judy) Rutledge, LaClaire, Judi (Don) Kielman, Clarksville; many nieces and nephews and lots of friends.
John was preceded in death by his parents, 4 siblings: Jack (Liz) Osborn, Jim (Kay) Osborn, Nancy (Bill) Lint, Betty Reed, brother-in-law, Lynn Rutledge; mother-in-law, Walda Rutledge.