Obituaries from November 2003
Mathilda 'Tillie' McClure
LAKE PARK -- Mathilda 'Tillie' McClure, 90, of Lake Park, died Monday, Nov. 25, 2003, at Lakes Regional Hospital. Mathilda Katherine Ritterholz McClure was born March 2, 1913, at Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Bernard and Josephine (Knight) Ritterholz. As a young child, she moved with her family to a farm near Terril, and later moved to a farm south of Lake Park...
ZELLWOOD, Fla. -- Mark T. Kreitzinger, 60, of Zellwood, Fla., died Monday, Nov. 24, 2003, at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Fla.
Ruth M. Gross
Ruth M. (Clark) Gross, 92, of Kingsley, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2003, at the Kingsley Nursing and Rehab Center. Survivors include her husband, Vernon Gross. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. today (Friday) at Congregational United Church of Christ in Kingsley...
Ramonda S. Athens
Ramonda S. Athens, 67, of Le Mars, died Monday. Nov. 24, 2003, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars following a lengthy struggle with diabetes.
Terry L. Stover-Cramer
FALL CREEK, Wis. -- Terry L. Stover-Cramer, 37, of Fall Creek, Wis., died Monday, Nov. 25, 2003, at his home. Terry was born on April 23, 1966, in Wausau, Wis., and attended Wausau West High School. He served as a correctional officer at the Jackson State Correctional Institution in Black River, Wis., and was a member of the Chippewa Valley Corvette Club. An avid fisherman and hunter, Terry loved the outdoors and counted among his best friends, his dogs Brach and Bronzie...
WYOMING, Minn. -- Ruby VanMaasdam, 81, of Wyoming, Minn., and a former Le Mars area resident, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2003, at Wyoming. The former Ruby Engelbrecht was born June 30, 1922, in Le Mars, the daughter of Emil and Grace (Wevik) Engelbrecht. She grew up in the Le Mars, Remsen and Maurice area, graduating from Maurice High School...
RICHMOND, Calif. -- Leona Hartman, 84, of Richmond, Calif., and formerly of the Craig and Akron area, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003, at her home in Richmond.
Wilfred 'Doc' Wurth, dies at 103
Wilfred "Doc" Wurth, 103, of Remsen, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2003, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. Wilfred "Doc" Wurth was born Dec. 23, 1899, at Paducah, Ky., the son of Stephen and Catherine (Englert) Wurth. Doc was raised and educated in St. John's community of Paducah. He left Paducah in 1921 and worked in Detroit, Mich., for General Motors. He and three of his cousins later worked for farmers in South Dakota until settling in the Remsen area in the late 1920s...
James R. (J.R.) Grenier
WEST DES MOINES -- James R. (J.R.) Grenier, 46, of West Des Moines, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2003, at Kavanagh on Grand in West Des Moines of brain cancer. James R. Grenier was born June 30, 1957, in Carroll. The family later moved to Le Mars, where J.R. attended Gehlen Catholic Schools, graduatiing in 1975. He graduated from Iowa State University...
Gladys J. Jauer
Gladys J. Jauer, 88, of Sioux City, and Hinton area native, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2003, at a Sioux City hospital. She was preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Carrie (Pape) Jauer. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. wednesday at Nelson-Berger Northside Chapel in Sioux City...
Katherine R. Kock
Katherine R. Kock, 92, of rural Ireton, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2003, at the Akron Care Center in Akron.
Robert G. Badgerow
HARRISON, Ark. -- Robert G. Badgerow, 79, of Harrison, Ark., died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003, in Harrison. Survivors include his wife, Carol; a sister, Thelma Arnold of Harrison, Ark.; two sons, Bruce of Kingsley and John and his wife, Myrna of Houma, La.; three daughters, Judy Muecke and her husband, Roger of Sioux City, Debra Reeg and her husband, Bob, and Bonnie Evans and her husband, Mike, of Harrison, Ark.; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren...
Albert H. Roder
Albert H. Roder, 71, of Remsen, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003, at Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen after a courageous one and one-half year battle with cancer. Albert H. Roder was born Aug. 10, 1932, at rural Neptune, the son of William and Clara (Schwarz) Roder. ...
Rose D. Oltmanns, 98, of Le Mars, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003, at the Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars. Rosina Dorothea Popken was born Sept. 28, 1905, on the family farm in Plymouth County, the daughter of Herman Conrad and Christine "Tena" Margaretha (Eden) Popken. ...
Iola E. Galles
Iola E. (Johnson) Galles, 91, of Kingsley, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2003, at Kingsley Nursing and Rehab Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roman Galles. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. today (Monday) at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Kingsley...
Philomena Schwarz, 95, of Marcus and formerly of Le Mars, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. Philomena was born Aug. 13, 1908, at rural Le Mars, the daughter of Frank and Bernadine (Deters) Harpenau. She grew up in the Le Mars area and attended St. ...
Kenneth L. Ellsworth
Kenneth L. Ellsworth, age 68, went home to be with his Lord on Monday, Nov. 17, 2003 in Austin, Texas. Kenneth LeRoy Ellsworth was born to George Colby Ellsworth and Della Mae (Cunningham) Ellsworth in Woonsocket, S.D. He married Barbara Ann Jones on Aug. ...
Gary L. Hagert
Gary L. Hagert, 44, of North Platte, Neb., died Nov. 16, 2003, at his North Platte home. He was born Dec. 15, 1958, in Le Mars, to Virgil and Lois Harms Hagert. He grew up in Greeley, Colo., and moved to North Platte in 1976. He graduated from Mid Plains Community College with an associate's art degree in electronics...
James 'Jim' Mayrose
James "Jim" Mayrose, 34, of Sioux Center, died unexpectedly Sunday morning, Nov. 16, 2003, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. James Francis Mayrose was born in Le Mars, Iowa on June 11, 1969, to Rick (Richard) and Lynette (Fischer) Mayrose. ...
Betty Ann Sitzmann, age 43, beloved wife of Eugene, devoted mother to Kelly, Jessica, Dustin and Jami, died at home surrounded by her family on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, following a courageous battle with cancer.
Frances Vander Hamm
Frances Vander Hamm, 77, of Merrill, died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, at the Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars.
HAWARDEN -- Jordan Richard Merrick, 20, of Sioux Center and formerly of the Hawarden and Chatsworth areas, died thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident northeast of Ireton. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Big Springs Baptist Church, rural Alcester, S.D...
Marian Schelin, 84, of Edina, Minn., and formerly of Le Mars, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003. Marian was born Nov. 7, 1918, and lived in Alexandria, Minn., until her marriage in June 1990 to Carl Schelin of Le Mars. They made their home in Le mars until Carl's death in 1997. She remained in Le Mars for two years and then moved to Richfield, Minn...
Viola C. Junck
Viola C. Junck, 93, of Sioux City and formerly of Hinton, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003, at Bickford Cottage in Sioux City following a lengthy illness. Viola C. Junck was born Oct. 30, 1910, in Sioux City, the daughter of Herman and Mary (Ewert) Hageman. ...
Mildred Gabel, 92, of Le Mars, died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2003, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars.
Alvina J. Augustine
Alvina Julia Augustine, 93, of Remsen, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003, at Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen The former Alvina Julia Schilmoeller was born April 12, 1910, at rural Granville, the daughter of Herman and Elizabeth (Meis) Schilmoeller. Alvina was raised in the Granville area and received her education at St. Joseph's Catholic School in Granville...
John Dixon, 85, of Sleepy Eye, Minn., and formerly of Hinton, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003, at Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm, Minn. Survivors include his wife, the former Eva Weinrich. The couple owned and operated D&J Cafe for many years. Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at Hinton United Methodist Church in Hinton...
Lavina Newman, 100, of Akron, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003, at the Akron City Convalescent Care Center in Akron.
SIOUX CENTER -- Irene Punt Houtkooper, 89, of Sioux Center, died Tuesday morning, Nov. 4, 2003, at Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull. Irene R. Houtkooper was born six miles west of Sioux Center, on May 6, 1914. She was an only child born to Ernest and Fannie (Ramaker) Ruys and was raised on the family farm near Hull. She graduated from Western Christian High School in Hull...
Robert Russell, 72, of Le Mars, died Monday, Nov. 3, 2003, at Brentwood Good Samaritan Center in Le Mars.
Robert Charles Russell was born Jan. 7, 1931, in Le Mars, the son of Charles and Leona (Braun) Russell. He grew up on the family farm in Johnson Township, rural Plymouth County. Robert graduated from Le Mars High School in 1950. On April 14, 1951, he married Carol Lade at Assumption Catholic Church in Merrill. Robert enlisted in the Iowa Air Guard on April 1, 1951, and served until Nov. 16, 1952.
Charles K. Meins, Sr.
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Charles K. Meins, Sr., 75, of Manchester, N.H., and an Akron native, died Friday, Oct. 31, 2003, at the Elliott Hospital following a brief illness. Charles K. Meins, Sr., was born Dec. 13, 1927, at Akron, the son of Frederick Wilhelm Albert and Margaretta Elise (Mangelsen) Meins. He had been a resident of Manchester, N.H., for the last 10 years...
Jeanne A. Knittel
SIOUX CITY -- Jeanne A. (Witt) Knittel, 53, of Sioux City, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003, in Sioux City after a brief battle with cancer. She was most recently employed at The Abbey of Le Mars as a nurse. Survivors include her husband, Sid Knittel. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Grace United Methodist Church in Sioux City...
Marjory M. Lawrence
Marjory M. Lawrence, 74, of Le Mars, died Friday, Oct. 31, 2003, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. Marjory Mae Miller was born March 13, 1929, to Robert and Thelma Miller at Macomb, Ill. Marjory attended school in Macomb. She operated a beauty salon in Colchester, Ill., for several years. On June 24, 1964, Marjory was united in marriage to Billy Lawrence in Springfield, Ill. They moved to Le Mars in 1977. ...
Richard A. Leaverton
Richard A. Leaverton, 65, of Kingsley, and formerly of Sioux City and Le Mars, died Friday, Oct. 31, 2003, at a Sioux City hospital following a brief battle with cancer. Richard A. Leaverton was born March 31, 1938, in Sioux City, the son of Thomas O. and Ethel M. (Johnston) Leaverton. He lived in Sioux City from 1938 until moving to Le Mars in 1972. Richard served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1962. He married Bette L. Olson on June 29, 1963, in Sioux City. The couple was married for 24 years...
Charles F. 'Forry' Vogt
Charles F. "Forry" Vogt, 89, of Le Mars, died Friday, Oct. 31, 2003, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars. Charles Forrest Vogt was born Oct. 9, 1914, at Shipley, Iowa, the son of Charles Arthur and Della (Bates) Vogt. Charles married Erma Rullestad in Ames. In the summer of 1989, "Forry" and Dorothy Ross Scott were united in marriage...
Henry 'Hank' Vander Helm
HAWARDEN -- Henry "Hank" Vander Helm, 75, of Hawarden, died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003, at his home in Hawarden. Survivors include his wife, the former Eileen Marienau. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawarden...