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Obituaries from January 2012

Shirley M. Felts (01/30/12)
Shirley M. Felts, 78, of rural Le Mars, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer. Shirley was born June 5, 1933, at Paducah, Ky., the daughter of Paschal and Tillie (Ruden) Wurth. She lived in Kentucky for three years when the family moved to the Remsen area. She attended Union Township school and Remsen St. Mary's school...
Gloria Woodard (01/30/12)
Gloria Jean Woodard, 66, of Oskaloosa, formerly of Le Mars, died suddenly Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, at the Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas. Gloria Jean Woodard was born March 25, 1945, in Orange City, the daughter of Henry and Adaline (Sanow) Vander Vegte. She was a 1963 graduate of Le Mars High School...
Floriene Kass (01/27/12)
Floriene Kass, 76, of Marcus, died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. The Earnest - Johnson Funeral Home in Marcus is assisting Floriene's family with funeral arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com...
Gloria Jean Woodard (01/27/12)
Gloria Jean Woodard, 66, of Oskaloosa, formerly of Le Mars, died suddenly Jan. 23, 2012, at the Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church in Oskaloosa, with the Rev. ...
Ray K. Hansen (01/26/12)
Ray K. Hansen, 87, of Marcus, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at Heartland Care Center in Marcus. Ray Kenneth Hansen was born on July 5, 1924 in Le Mars, the son of Charlie and Lillian (Hinspeter) Hansen. He was raised in the Granville area where he attended country school. He later graduated from Le Mars Central High School in 1942. Ray then worked for his uncle as a farm hand and did local trucking...
William 'Bill' P. Weber (01/26/12)
William "Bill" Paul Weber, 67, of Freeport, Minn., died peacefully in his home surrounded by his family Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 24, 2012. Bill was born Oct. 1, 1944, in Le Mars, the son of Ricks and Mary (Brennan) Weber. He grew up in Le Mars where he lived until joining the Marines...
Ray K. Hansen (01/25/12)
Ray K. Hansen, 87, of Marcus, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at Heartland Care Center in Marcus. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Peace Lutheran Church in Marcus. The Rev. Don Erickson will officiate. Burial will follow at Marcus Amherst Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Earnest - Johnson Funeral Home in Marcus. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral service on Friday...
Jane Homan (01/25/12)
Jane (Lanzendorf) Homan, 85, of Alton, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, at Touchmark at All Saints, Sioux Falls, S.D., following a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Jane Elizabeth Lanzendorf was born Oct. 1, 1926, in Oyens, the daughter of George and Elizabeth (Gengler) Lanzendorf. She attended school in Oyens and Le Mars, graduating from Le Mars High School in 1943. After graduation, she worked as a legal secretary...
Marlene J. Mousel (01/25/12)
Marlene Jean Mousel, 82, of Le Mars, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Society in Le Mars. Marlene Mousel was born June 3, 1929, in rural Alton, the daughter of Joseph and Celeste (Homan) Mousel. She was raised and educated in the Alton area. I...
Marlene J. Mousel (01/24/12)
Marlene J. Mousel, 81, of Le Mars, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, at Good Samaritan Society-Le Mars. Arrangements are pending with the Carlsen-Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars. Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com...
J.M. 'Jim' Corley (01/23/12)
J.M. "Jim" Corley, 96, of Le Mars, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 , at the Good Samaritan Society-Le Mars. J.M. "Jim" Corley was born Aug. 9, 1915, the son of Marcellus "Cell" and Edna (Nichols) Corley on the family farm located in Mullenberg County, near Greenville, Ky. When Jim was 16 years old, he came to Iowa and worked as a farmhand for several years...
Edith Renken (01/23/12)
Edith Renken, 84, of Le Mars passed away Thursday, January 19, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Society of Le Mars. A Celebration of Life service will be at 7 p.m. today (Monday) at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with Pastor Marcia Young, A.i.M. of St. ...
Violet Snell (01/19/12)
Violet E. Snell, 91, of Marcus, and formerly of Lake Park, died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at Heartland Care Center in Marcus. Violet Evelyn Snell was born Aug. 5, 1920, in Round Lake, Minn., the daughter of Oscar and Eva (Willardsen) Sjostrom. She received her education in Sioux Valley, Minn., where she graduated from high school. Following school, Violet worked at her uncle's restaurant in Pipestone, Minn...
Edith Renken (01/19/12)
Edith Renken, 84, of Le Mars passed away Thursday, January 19, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Society of Le Mars. Edith Arlene Berkenpas was born July 21, 1927, on the family farm north of Seney, in Elgin Township, the daughter of Jake and Bertha (Dambrink) Berkenpas. Edith was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith at Seney United Methodist Church in Seney. She attended country school near Seney and later Le Mars Central High School...
James Corley (01/20/12)
James M. Corley, 96, of Le Mars, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Society in Le Mars. Arrangements are with the Carlsen Funeral Home of Le Mars. Expression of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com...
Verl Kehrberg (01/18/12)
Verl Kehrberg, 90, of Le Mars, died Sunday evening, Jan. 15, 2012, at his home. Verl Victor Kehrberg was born March 12, 1921, on the family farm in Elkhorn Township, near Kingsley, the son of Julius and Myrtle (Kellner) Kehrberg. Verl graduated from Kingsley High School in 1939...
Verl Kehrberg (01/17/12)
Verl Kehrberg, 90, of Le Mars, died Sunday evening, Jan. 15, 2012 at his home. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Presbyterian United Church of Christ in Le Mars with the Rev. Jan Christensen officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. ...
Esther Von Hagel (01/17/12)
Esther Von Hagel, 88, of Le Mars, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at Brentwood Good Samaritan Society-Le Mars. Esther Lauretta Von Hagel was born Feb. 8, 1923, in Le Mars, the daughter of Fred J. H. and Laura (Zink) Plueger. She was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran Faith at Christ Lutheran Church (Grant Township), rural Le Mars. ...
Kathryn M. Ehlers (01/16/12)
Kathryn M. (McGrory) Ehlers, 93, of Sioux City, an Ireton native and former Craig and Le Mars area resident, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at Holy Spirit Retirement Home in Sioux City. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Michael Catholic Church in Sioux City. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. today (Monday) with the family present 6-8 p.m. and a vigil service at 7 p.m. at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel in Sioux City...
Verl Kehrberg (01/16/12)
Verl Kehrberg, 90, of Le Mars, died Sunday evening, Jan. 15, 2012, at his home. Funeral arrangements are with the Carlsen Funeral Home of Le Mars. Expression of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.
Joan Loutsch (01/16/12)
Joan Frances Loutsch, 86, of Le Mars, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at her home. Joan was born Feb. 2, 1925, at rural Granville, the daughter of John and Martha (Bernard) Goebel. She was raised in the Granville area and received her education at St. Joseph's Catholic School in Granville...
Haley M. Nemmers (01/16/12)
Hayley Marie Nemmers, 21, of Lincoln, Neb., died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. She was a member of Saint Teresa Catholic Church in Lincoln. Survivors include her father Jim Nemmers of Lincoln, Neb.; sister and brother-in-law, Ashley and Matt Shultz, of Lakin, Kan.; grandparents, Dorothy Nemmers of Le Mars, and Nancy Mead, of Lincoln; a nephew, Carter Shultz, of Lakin, Kan.; and many cousins, aunts and uncles...
Esther F. Oloff (01/16/12)
Esther F. Oloff, 100, of Le Mars, formerly of Craig, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Society-Le Mars. Esther F. Winterfeld was born July 29, 1911, on the family farm near Craig, the daughter of Albert and Meta (Schulz) Winterfeld. Esther was baptized and confirmed at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Craig. She attended country school near her home and graduated from Ireton High School...
Robert J. Ortmann (01/16/12)
Robert J. Ortmann, 74, of Remsen, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen. Bob was born on May 27, 1937, at Le Mars, the son of John and Eleanor (Bohnenkamp) Ortmann. Bob was raised in Remsen and attended St. Mary's Catholic School...
Esther Von Hagel (01/16/12)
Esther Von Hagel, 88, of Le Mars, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at Good Samaritan Society-Le Mars. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Christ Lutheran Church (Grant Township), rural Le Mars. The Rev. Ben Worley will officiate. Burial will follow at Christ Lutheran Cemetery, rural Le Mars. ...
Esther Oloff (01/13/12)
Esther Oloff, 100, of Le Mars, formerly of Craig, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Society of Le Mars. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Craig. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars...
Joan Loutsch (01/13/12)
Joan Frances Loutsch, 86, of Le Mars, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at her home. Joan was born Feb. 2, 1925, at rural Granville, the daughter of John and Martha (Bernard) Goebel. She was raised in the Granville area and received her education at St. Joseph's Catholic School in Granville...
Esther Oloff (01/13/12)
Esther Oloff, 100, of Le Mars, formerly of Craig, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Society of Le Mars. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Craig. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars...
Velma Wiltgen (01/13/12)
Velma C. Wiltgen, 91, of Le Mars, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, at the Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars. The former Velma Clara Ann Gronemeyer was born June 29, 1920 in Preston Township, rural Craig, the daughter of Fred J. and Caroline (Marienau) Gronemeyer. She was baptized at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Preston Township and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Craig...
Esther Oloff (01/13/12)
Esther Oloff, 100, of Le Mars, formerly of Craig, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Society of Le Mars. Arrangements are pending with the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars. Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com...
Velma C. Wiltgen (01/12/12)
Velma C. Wiltgen, 91, of Le Mars, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, at the Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Le Mars with the Rev. Kevin Richter officiating. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery. ...
Alice Reid (01/11/12)
Alice Margaretha Catharina Oetken Reid, 89, of San Ramon, Calif., passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at her home. Alice was born on July 22, 1922 at the family home on a farm in Plymouth County, Le Mars, Iowa. Alice was the second of eight children born to John and Gretha Oetken. The other children were Herman, Lucille Slay (deceased), Laura Campbell (deceased), Laurence (deceased), Donald, Kenneth (deceased), and Marlene Arens...
Marlene M. Mousel (01/10/12)
Marlene M. Mousel, 76, of Le Mars died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. Marlene Marie Langel was born Dec. 30, 1935, on the family farm near Oyens, the daughter of Theodore Langel Jr. and Caroline (Kunkel) Langel Donlin. She graduated from St. Joseph Catholic High School in 1953...
Marlene M. Mousel (01/09/12)
Marlene M. Mousel, 76, of Le Mars, died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Le Mars with the Rev. Kevin Richter officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. Tuesday, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with a Christian Mothers Rosary at 4 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. scriptural wake service, all at the church...
Gertrude Vander Ploeg (01/09/12)
Gertrude Vander Ploeg, 93, of Sioux Center died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at the Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars. Gertrude Vander Ploeg was born June 12, 1918, to Peter and Tryntje (Ploegstra) Stegenga near Hull. She was raised on a farm near Rock Valley. She received her education through 8th grade in Rock Valley. She did housework for several people and also worked in the Rock Valley bakery for several years baking cookies...
Jerry Hartman (01/06/12)
Jerry Hartman, 68, of Demming, N.M., and formerly of Le Mars, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, of heart complications. Jerry Hartman was born Sept. 4, 1943, in Norfolk, Neb., the son of William and Bernice (Meyer) Hartman. Jerry was a longtime truck driver. He drove for many different companies. He was also a police officer in Le Mars and a construction worker for Irving F. Jensen. In the last 10 years, Jerry drove for W.R. Johnson Trucking...
Gertrude Vander Ploeg (01/06/12)
Gertrude Vander Ploeg, 93, of Sioux Center, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at the Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the First Reformed Church of Sioux Center with the Rev. Roger Voskuil officiating. Interment will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery of Sioux Center. Visitation will be held Sunday from 2-8 p.m., with the family present from 2-4 p.m. at the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center...
Robert P. Nuebel (01/05/12)
Robert P. Nuebel, 76, of Clancy, Mont., and a Le Mars native, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at his home. Robert "Bob" was born May 25, 1935, in Le Mars, the son of Paul A. Nuebel and Sybella (Welendorf) Nuebel. He graduated from St. Joseph Catholic High School in 1953...
Roger Shuff (01/04/12)
Roger Shuff, 83, of Le Mars, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. Roger Allen Shuff was born Oct. 2, 1928, in Wakonda, S.D., the son of John and Mable (Fischer) Shuff. At the age of six, Roger and his family moved to Ireton, where he received his education...
Donald 'Donnie' Riordan (01/03/12)
Donald "Donnie" Riordan, 83, of Pierson, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at his home following a brief illness. Donald Dean "Donnie" Riordan was born to Albert and Gladys (Baker) Riordan on Nov. 9, 1928. He was born, lived his whole life, completely remodeled and died in the same house, located on the family farm. Donnie and Beverly Bornschein were united in marriage May 29, 1955 at the Church of Christ in Pierson...
Roger Shuff (01/03/12)
Roger Shuff, 83, of Le Mars died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. A Memorial Service will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Le Mars. The Rev. John Battern will officiate. Burial will follow at a later date. ...