Obituaries from December 2005
Josephine 'Jos' Treinen
Josephine Margaret "Jos" Treinen, 92, of Le Mars, died Monday, Dec. 26, 2005, at her residence in Le Mars. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 2, 2006, at the St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars, with the Rev. James Tigges officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation begins after 2 p.m. Sunday, with the family present 6 to 8 p.m. and a Scriptural wake service at 7 p.m., all at the Mauer -- Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars...
IRETON -- Roland Schreiner, 82, of rural Ireton, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005, at the Hillcrest Health Care Center in Hawarden. Roland B. Schreiner was born July 5, 1923 near Remsen, the son of John P. and Kathrine (Ruba) Schreiner. He was raised on a farm east of Remsen and attended country schools and St. Mary's Catholic School in Remsen. On Jan. 25, 1955, he married Eleanor Kotalik of Tabor, S.D., with the ceremony taking place in Yankton, S.D...
Elmer Ernest of Le Mars died today (Thursday), Dec. 29, 2005, at his home.
Orville Roggow, 87, of Le Mars, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2005, at Good Samaritan Village (Brentwood) in Le Mars. Orville Edward Roggow was born Feb. 3, 1918, on the family farm in Cherokee County, Iowa to Henry A. and Anna (Pingel) Roggow. He attended and graduated from Brook Consolidated School. ...
Merrill C. Davis
Merrill Curtis Davis, 93, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005, at his home. He had been a resident of Sierra Vista for the past 2 1/2 years. Merrill was born Jan. 21, 1912, in Elmhurst, Ill., the son of James and Ada Davis. He was an avid reader and loved music...
Rev. Dale George
The Reverend Dale J. George, 73, of Le Mars, died unexpectedly Monday, Dec. 26, 2005, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. The Reverend Dale George was born Oct. 17, 1932, at Maryhill in Cherokee County, Iowa, the son of Leonard J. and Kathryn (Pitts) George. ...
John S. 'Jack' Schlesser
John S. "Jack" Schlesser, 84, of Struble, died suddenly Saturday, Dec. 24, 2005, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. John Schlesser was born August 8, 1921 on the family farm in Sherman Township, Sioux County, the son of John and Julia (O'Hare) Schlesser. He was a Sioux County native and lifelong resident. Jack attended rural school at Sherman Township #8 School. He then farmed in Sherman Township, near Struble his entire life with his brother Ed. ...
Bessie J. Bernhardt
Bessie J. (Onnen) Bernhardt, 76, of Akron, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2005, at a Sioux City hospital. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday) at Trinity Lutheran Church, E.L.C.A., in Akron with the Rev. Jean Morse officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Akron. Visitation was after 3 p.m. Monday, with the family present after 6 p.m., and a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Carlsen Funeral Home-Schroeder Chapel in Akron...
Vincent 'Swede' Mansfield
Vincent "Swede" Mansfield, 73, of Fair Oaks, Calif., and formerly of Merrill, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2005, at his home in Fair Oaks after batting lung cancer for nine months.
Internment of his ashes will take place in Merrill in the spring of 2006.
Orville Roggow, 87, of le Mars, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2005, at Good Samaritan Village in Le Mars. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at Grace Lutheran Church in Le Mars with the Rev. Larry Fett officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars...
Josephine M. 'Jos' Treinen
Josephine M. "Jos" Treinen, 92, of Le Mars, died peacefully at her home on Monday, Dec. 26, 2005.
The Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home is assisting her family with funeral arrangements.
Helen J. Mallette, 90, of Chandler, Texas, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005, at a Chandler nursing center. She was born Oct. 21, 1915, in Le Mars, the daughter of Joe Clyde Overman and Edna May Ivey. She had lived in East Texas for the past 25 years, and previously lived in Iowa and Arkansas...
Marvel E. Riediger, 81, of Hinton, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005, at her daughter's residence in Sioux City, following an extended illness. Marvel E. rieidiger was born Oct. 24, 1924, near Neptune, the daughter of Oscar J. and Edith M. (Finch) Schulz, and grew up in the Neptune area. On Sept. 3, 1949, she married Earl F. Riediger at Trinity Lutheran Church, near Hinton. The couple married following Earl's discharge from the military and made their home on a farm near Hinton...
Elvira M. Kading
IRETON -- Elvira M. Kading, 94, of Ireton, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005, at Hillcrest Health Care Center in Hawarden. Elvira Kading was born Feb. 1, 1911, near Maurice, the daughter of John and Mary (Onken) Toenjes. She graduated from Ireton High School in 1928 and attended teachers college in Cedar Falls. ...
Thomas M. O'Keefe
Thomas M. O'Keefe, 74, of Kingsley, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005, at his residence following a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Kingsley. Burial will bein St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today (Wednesday), with a rosary at 4 p.m., the family present 5 to 7 p.m. and a Scripture service at 7 p.m., all at the church. The Rohde-Earnest Funeral Home of Kingsley is in charge of arrangements...
Robert E. Gray
Robert E. Gray, 69, of Akron, and formerly of Hawarden, died Monday, Dec. 19, 2005, at Akron City Convalescent Care Center. Memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden. Burial of the cremains will be in Riverside Cemetery at Akron...
Fred Borchers, 93, of Le Mars, died Monday, Dec. 19, 2005, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.
Emil Schilmoeller, 91, of Remsen, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005, at Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen. Emil Schilmoeller was born Jan. 23, 1914, at rural Granville, the son of Herman and Elizabeth (Meis) Schilmoeller. Emil was the 10th of 11 children and was raised on a farm south of Granville. ...
Mary Ellen Gollhofer
Mary Ellen Gollhofer, 75, of Le Mars, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005, at her home in Le Mars. Mary died with dignity surrounded by her children after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Mary Ellen Gollhofer was born March 24, 1930, at rural Kingsley, the daughter of William Emmet and Marie (Kimm) McDermott. ...
Edward J. Vonderharr
Edward J. Vonderharr, 95, of Granville, died unexpectedly from a heart condition Friday, Dec. 16, 2005 at Heritage House Nursing Home in Orange City. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Granville with the Rev. ...
Duane Lee Bobzien
Duane Lee Bobzien, 28, of Primghar, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2005, in Primghar. Duane Lee Bobzien was born Mar. 7, 1977 in Primghar, the son of Gaylord and Florene (Morgan) Bobzien. He grew up in rural Hartley. He attended Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School and graduated in 1995. ...
Henry H. Christopherson
Henry H. Christopherson, 95, of Pierson, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005, at the Correctionville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Correctionville. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 16, at the First Lutheran Church in Kingsley. The Rev. ...
William J. Koedam
William J. Koedam, 76, of Midway, Ark., formerly of northwest Iowa and Le Mars, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005, at his son's home in Lone Tree. William John Koedam was born Sept. 8, 1929, in Leota, Minn., the son of Jonas and Cornelia (Van Nieuwenhuizen) Koedam. On Dec. 29, 1952, he was united in marriage to Elnora Olivier in Corsica, S.D. They lived in Le Mars for 30 years...
Randy Mohning, 44, of Le Mars, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2005, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.
Vernette E. Nagel
Vernette E. Nagel, 88, of Le Mars, and formerly of the Rock Rapids area, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2005, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. Vernette Emma Nagel was born April 5, 1917, at Sioux City, the daughter of Henry and Mary (Lutzen) Ahders. She was raised in the Inwood area on the family farm. She was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church in Alvord. She attended country school and graduated from Inwood High School in 1936...
Kippy Lee Fairchild
EVERLY -- Kippy Lee Fairchild, 50, of Everly, and a former Le Mars resident, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005, at Rochester Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Kippy Lee Fairchild was born June 30, 1955, in Council Bluffs, the son of Donald and Frances (Bushey) Fairchild. ...
Velma Delutri of Merrill died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, surrounded by her family. She will be missed by her family and friends. Survivors include her husband, Joe of Merrill; eight children; 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren...
Hazel B. Farmer
Hazel B. Farmer, 85, of Le Mars, died peacefully at her home Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005. Hazel Blanche Lang was born Oct. 17, 1920, on the family farm south of Le Mars, in Stanton Township to Albert F. and Myrtle (Nicholson) Lang. Hazel attended school in Merrill. Hazel was united in marriage to Kenneth Farmer on June 8, 1937, at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Stanton Township. The couple farmed in Stanton Township and later on the Westmar dairy farm south of Le Mars...
Leland J. Bush
CLEGHORN -- Leland (Lee) Bush, 81, of Cleghorn, died peacefully into eternal life with Christ on Monday, Dec. 19, 2005, at the Cherokee Village nursing and Rehab Center in Cherokee, where he had been a residence since September 1999. Lee was born July 12, 1924, the son of Jacob and Lillian (Kirchoff) Bush. He was a resident of and farmed in Cherokee County his entire life. He received his elementary education at the Maryhill and Rock Township schools, graduating from Quimby High School in 1941...
Ronald E. 'Gene' Heck
Ronald Eugene "Gene" Heck, 76, of Le Mars, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005, surrounded by his family at the Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen, following a five-year illness with Alzheimer's Disease. Ronald Eugene Heck was born April 22, 1929, in rural Onawa, the son of Ulysses Grant and Mabel Terrance (Ferdig) Heck. ...
Adrian S. Kale
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -- Adrian S. Kale, 87, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died Friday, Dec. 2, 2005, at Charlotte Regional Medical Center in Punta Gorda. A Celebration of Life Service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at the Carlsen Funeral Home (107 12th St. ...
Martha Groepper, 97, of Remsen, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2005, at Happy Siesta Health Care Center at Remsen. Martha Groepper was born Sept. 24, 1908, at rural Remsen, the daughter of Fred and Mary (Reisburg) Roling. Martha was raised in the Remsen area and received her education at St. ...
Betty Powell, 65, of Le Mars, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2005, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.
Joseph H. Hardarce
Joseph H. Hardacre, 80, of Le Mars, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2005, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars.
Funeral arrangements are pending with the Carlsen Funeral Home of Le Mars.
Mildred B. Strong
HAWARDEN -- Mildred B. Strong, 86, of Le Mars, and formerly of Hawarden, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005, at The Abbey of Le Mars. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist church in Hawarden with Pastor Stuart Schreur officiating. Burial will follow in the Grace HIll Cemetery at Hawarden. The Porter Funeral Home of Hawarden is in charge of arrangements...
Rev. Milo E. Morris
CEDAR FALLS -- The Rev. Milo E. Morris, 85, of Cedar Falls and longtime Iowa United Methodist minister, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005, at the Martin Center of the Western Home Communities. He was born Sep. 12, 1920, in Arlington, Wash., son of Henry L. and Bertha Putnam Morris and was raised on the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains north of Seattle. ...
Tom Victor Clark
Tom Victor Clark, a former resident of Le Mars, died peacefully at his home in Downey, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2005, with family members by his side. Tom was born June 24, 1918, in Kingsley, and moved to California in 1960. He was actively involved in Kiwanis and was honored as a George E. Hixson Fellow for his work with the Kiwanis International Foundation Worldwide Service Project...
Charles 'Harold' Vrana
Charles "Harold" Vrana, 70, of Westfield, died Sunday morning, Dec. 4, 2005, at the Hillcrest Health Care Center in Hawarden. Charles Harold Vrana was born Oct. 14, 1935 in Manilla,, first born of twin sons to John and Mary Ruth (Saunders) Vrana. He was baptized into the Christian faith at the Presbyterian Church in Manilla. ...
Opal E. Robertson
Opal E. (Sommervold) Robertson, 87, of Akron, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005, at the Akron Care Center. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Union Creek Lutheran Church, rural Akron, S.D., with the Rev. Jean Morse officiating. Burial will be in Union Creek Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. today (Tuesday), with the family present after 6 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m., at Carlsen Funeral Home-Schroeder Chapel in Akron...
Kathryn M. Maggrett
OMAHA, Neb. -- Kathryn Margaret Maggrett, age 98, of Omaha, Neb., died early Sunday morning, Nov. 27, 2005, at the Saunders County Hospital in Wahoo, Neb. Kathryn was born Sept. 5, 1907 in Webster City, Iowa, one of four children born to Dr. A.F. and Philomena (Beck) Schultz. ...
Irene H. Jones
Irene H. (Bogenrief) Jones, 80, of Hinton, died unexpectedly Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005, at a Sioux City hospital. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Calvary Lutheran Church in Sioux City with the Rev. David Shoop officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City. Visitation with the family present will be 6 to 8 p.m. today (Tuesday) at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel in Sioux City...
Roman L. Groff
Roman L. Groff, 95, of Remsen, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005, at Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen. Roman L. Groff was born April 15, 1910, at Remsen, the son of Frank and Margaret (Homan) Groff. Roman was raised and educated in Remsen, graduating from St. Mary's Catholic School in 1928. He married Marian Hagar on June 24, 1936, at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars. They made their home in Remsen...
Clarence A. Embrock
BRANDON, S.D. ~ Clarence A. Embrock, 87, died Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2005, at Good Samaritan Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. Clarence August Embrock, son of August and Carrie (Albright) Embrock, was born on the family farm on Aug. 5, 1918, at Tea, S.D. When he was a young child, the family moved near Hudson, S.D., where he attended school in Hudson. ...