Miscellaneous Black Hawk County, Iowa Obituaries - 2001

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WATERLOO -- Bruce Place, 58, of Waterloo, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, at home of natural causes; services pending with Richardson Funeral Home, Cedar Falls, 266-3525.

INDEPENDENCE -- Edwin Werner, 84, of Independence, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, at Covenant Medical Center, Waterloo, after a short illness; services pending with Reiff Funeral Home, Independence, (319) 334-2501.

NEW HAMPTON -- Merle Haack, 78, of New Hampton, died Tuesday, July 31, at St. Marys Hospital, Rochester, Minn., of natural causes; services 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, New Hampton, with burial in St. Aloysius Cemetery, Elba, Minn.; visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Conway Funeral Home, New Hampton, (641) 394-4331, with a 5 p.m. rosary and a 7 p.m. Scripture service, and for an hour before services Saturday at the church.

NEW HAMPTON -- Gertrude Ferkin, 97, of New Hampton, died Tuesday, July 31, at Mercy Medical Center, New Hampton, after a brief illness; services 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, New Hampton, with burial in the New Hampton City Cemetery; visitation from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Hugeback Funeral Home, New Hampton, (641) 394-4334, and for an hour before services Saturday at the church.

CALMAR -- Viola Wiltgen, 79, of Calmar, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital, La Crosse, Wis., after a lengthy illness; services 11 a.m. Friday at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Calmar, with burial in the church cemetery; visitation from 3 to 8 p.m. today at French Funeral Home, Calmar, (563) 382-8651, with a 4 p.m. rosary and a 7 p.m. Scripture service, and for an hour before services Friday at the church.

JESUP -- Helen Schuster St. John, 91, of Appleton, Wis., formerly of Jesup, died July 21, at Rennes Health Center, Appleton, of natural causes.
She was born May 25, 1910, in Jesup, daughter of John and Felicita Terns Schuster. She married William St. John April 23, 1940. He died Jan. 21, 1977.
Survived by: a son, Thomas of Milwaukee; two daughters, Mary Dougherty of Evanston, Ill., and Judy Stadler of Appleton; 12 grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and two sisters, Pauline Groen of Waterloo and Eileen Burns of Cedar Falls.
Preceded in death by: four brothers, Cleo, Sylvester, Joseph and Wayne.
Services: were July 24 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, both in Appleton.
Memorials: may be directed to the church.
Bretschneider-Trettin-Lederer Funeral Chapel, Appleton, was in charge of arrangements.

WATERLOO -- Thomas J. Weber, 59, of Gilbertville, died Tuesday, July 31, at home of cancer.
He was born Sept. 25, 1941, in Waterloo, son of William A. and Genevieve Schares Weber. He married Mary C. Frost April 4, 1964, in Gilbertville.
A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Mr. Weber was a truck mechanic for John Deere for 30 years, retiring in 1993.
Survived by: his wife; his parents, of Waterloo; a son, Thomas of Cedar Falls; a daughter, Renee Weber of Gilbertville; three grandchildren; a brother, Greg of Jesup; and a sister, Gloria Ann Weber of Waterloo.
Preceded in death by: a brother, Gary; and maternal and paternal grandparents.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with burial in St. Mary's Cemetery, both in Gilbertville. Full military rites will be conducted by Nugent DeMuth American Legion Post 714. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. today at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on South Street, with a 3 p.m. Catholic Order of Foresters rosary, a 7 p.m. vigil service and an 8 p.m. church rosary. Visitation will continue for an hour before services Friday at the church.
Memorials: may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice or to the church.

WATERLOO -- Dale Lee Carstensen, 54, of Marion, formerly of Waterloo, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, following a brief illness.
He was born Feb. 14, 1947, in Waterloo, son of Leslie and Lucille Aswegan Carstensen. He married Barbara Jean Blackmon Sept. 5, 1968, at Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah.
Mr. Carstensen graduated from East High School and Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, where he studied as a machinist. He served with the U.S. Air Force from 1965 to 1968, and in 1996 began Aqua Technology of Iowa, which he owned and operated.
Survived by: his wife; two daughters, Lisa Waterbury of Marion and Nichole Carstensen of Cedar Rapids; his mother of Waterloo; five grandchildren; and three sisters, Judy Pullin of Ankeny, Elaine Leeper of Waterloo and his twin, Donna Carstensen, of Marion.
Preceded in death by: his father; a daughter, Tracy; and a grandson.
Services: 1:30 p.m. Monday at Toddville Free Methodist Church, with burial in Dunkard Cemetery, Toddville. Military rites will be conducted by Toddville American Legion Post 674. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Murdoch Funeral Home, Marion.
Memorial fund: has been established.

CEDAR FALLS -- Wilma A. Gormly, 84, of Liberty, Mo., formerly of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Cedar Falls, died Monday, July 30, at her home after a brief illness.
She was born Sept. 21, 1916, in Cedar Falls. She married Maurice W. Gormly, and he preceded her in death.
Survived by: a daughter, Cheryl Gormly of Cincinnati; and a brother, George Isley of Cedar Falls.
Private services will take place at a later date.
Memorials: may be directed to the charity of the donor's choice.
Northland Funeral Care, North Kansas City, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.

WADENA -- Wilma E. Herriman, 85, formerly of Wadena, died Tuesday, July 31, at Maple Crest manor, Fayette, after a long illness; survivors include a daughter, June Caley of Oelwein; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a stepgranddaughter; she was preceded in death by her husband, Leo, in September 1972; a grandson; five sisters; and six brothers; services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Wadena Community Presbyterian Church, Wadena, with burial in Wadena Cemetery; friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. today at Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home, Arlinton, and for an hour before services Friday at the church; Mrs, Herriman had done wallpapering, painting and was a cook at Valley Inn and the Chaparral.

CHARLES CITY -- Herbert W. Meyer, 83, of Charles City, died Tuesday, July 31, at Floyd County Memorial Hospital, Charles City, of natural causes; survivors include a daughter, Mary Lou Meyer of Charles City; and three grandchildren; he was preceded in death by his wife, Amy, on Oct. 20, 1984; a son, Donald; a daughter, Roseanne; a granddaughter; and two sisters, Hazel Immel and Esther Jones; services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Sunnyside Chapel Funeral Home, with burial in Sunnyside Memory Gardens, both in Charles City; friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today and 9 a.m. until service Friday at the funeral home; memorials may be directed to the family; a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Meyer delivered ice for an ice company, was a mechanic at Bathke Horvath Mobil Oil station, and was also employed by Oliver White Farm Equipment and Thompson Mobile Service.

CLUTIER -- Milo "Mike" Sevcik, 77, of rural Clutier, died Tuesday, July 31, at his home of natural causes; survivors include his wife, Helen; three daughters, Connie Kaldenberg of Newton, Cathy Rush of Marshalltown and Carol Seaton of Cedar Rapids; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a brother, Joe of Tama; and three sisters, his twin, Mary Keller of Grinnell, Lillian Wacha of Tama and Phyllis Cibula of Chelsea; he was preceded in death by two brothers, Adolph and Paul; services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, rural Clutier, with burial in the church cemetery; military honors will be conducted by Hora-Machacek Post 453; friends may call after noon today at Hand Funeral Home, Tama, where there will be a 6:30 p.m. rosary and a 7 p.m. vigil service; memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association; Mr. Sevcik attended college in Minneapolis and later accepted a position with the Hayes Aircraft Corporation as an electrician; he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1944 to 1945, and then began farming with his brother Joe in 1946; he and his wife have farmed near Clutier for more than 50 years, and Mr. Sevcik also served as the clerk for Carroll Township, Tama County, for many years.

GLADBROOK -- Esther Martens, 87, of Gladbrook, died Tuesday, July 31, at Westbrook Acres, Gladbrook, of natural causes; survivors include two sons, David of Lincoln and Samuel of rural Gladbrook; two daughters, Barbara Sievers of Moravia and Connie Applegate of Garwin; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; she was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer, on Dec. 26, 1978; and an infant brother; services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Salem Church of Lincoln, with burial in Maple Hill Cemetery; friends may call after 4 p.m. today at Goettsch-Perrin Funeral Home, Gladbrook, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m.; Mrs. Martens farmed with her husband.

CEDAR FALLS -- Tom Webb, 41, of Cedar Falls, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, at home of cardiac arrest; memorial services 2 p.m. Monday at St. John American Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls, with inurnment at a later date in Garden of Memories, Waterloo; visitation at the church 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday and for an hour before services Monday; Richardson Funeral Home, 266-3525, is in charge of arrangements; memorials to Cedar Falls Paw Park.

WATERLOO -- Thomas H. Baish, 85, of Waterloo, died Thursday, Oct. 18, at Friendship Village of natural causes; services pending with Chapel of Memories-West Family Funeral Care, 233-8437.

CEDAR FALLS -- Mabel VanEvery, 90, of Windsor Care Center, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the care center of natural causes; services pending with Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway, 233-3393.

WATERLOO -- Silas Grant, 91, of Chicago, formerly of Waterloo, died Thursday, Oct. 18, at University of Chicago Bernard Mitchell Hospital of natural causes; services pending with Sanders Funeral Service, 232-5667.

WATERLOO -- Loretta Braatz, 51, of Waterloo, died Thursday, Oct. 18, at Allen Hospital of natural causes; services pending with Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on South Street, 234-6274.

GRUNDY CENTER -- Hazel I. Smith, 92, of Grundy Center, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Grundy County Memorial Hospital, Long-Term Care Unit, Grundy Center, of natural causes; memorial services 11 a.m. next Friday at First Baptist Church, Grundy Center; no visitation; memorials to Grundy Long-Term Care Unit.

IOWA FALLS -- John Bullen, 69, of Iowa Falls, died today, Oct. 19, at Mary Greeley Medical Center, Ames, of natural causes; services pending with Linn's Funeral Home, Iowa Falls, (641) 648-2569.

OELWEIN -- Nellie A. Harford, 83, of Oelwein, died Thursday, Oct. 18, at Mercy Hospital of Franciscan Sisters, Oelwein, after a lengthy illness; services 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, both in Oelwein; visitation until 6 p.m. today at Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home, Oelwein, (319) 283-4922.

SUMNER -- Arnold John Rieck, 82, of Sumner, died Thursday, Oct. 18, at home after a brief illness; services 11 a.m. Monday at St. John Lutheran Church, Sumner, with burial in the church cemetery; visitation 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home, Sumner, (563) 578-3451, and for an hour before services Monday at the church.

NEW HAMPTON -- Donna Mae Holthaus, 63, of New Hampton, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Comprehensive Systems Group Home, New Hampton, of an apparent heart attack; services 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, New Hampton, with burial in the church cemetery; visitation 3 to 8 p.m. today at Hugeback Funeral Home, New Hampton, (641) 394-4334, where there will be a 4 p.m. rosary and a 7:30 p.m. parish Scripture service.

ARLINGTON -- Pearlie D. Beltz, 88, of Arlington, died Thursday, Oct. 18, at Grandview Health Care Center, Oelwein, after a lengthy illness; services pending with Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home, Arlington, (319) 633-2585.

WATERLOO -- George J. Saucer, 72, of 1013 Vine St., died Wednesday, Oct. 17, of cancer.
He was born Nov. 15, 1928, in Clear Lake, son of George and Julia Saucer. A West High School graduate, he served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1950 and was stationed for a time in Trieste, Italy, with the 281st Military Police Company.
His career as a journalist spanned several decades, beginning at the Washington Star in Washington, D.C. He later worked at the Rock County Star Herald in Luverne, Minn. In 1962, he came to the Waterloo Courier, from which he retired in 1994 as the managing editor.
Survived by: his wife, Alyce; two sons, Thomas Saucer of Waterloo and Mark Saucer of Tampa, Fla.; two daughters, Elizabeth Burke of Aurora, N.Y., and Caroline Saucer of Bethlehem, Pa.; five grandchildren; and a brother, Edward Saucer of Marion.
Preceded in death by: an infant son, Timothy.
Memorial services: will be at a date to be announced later. Parrott & Wood Family Funeral Care is in charge of arrangements. There will be no visitation; his body will be cremated.
Memorials: may be directed to Habitat for Humanity.

WATERLOO -- Peggy Lee Coffin, 51, of 1268 Westland Ave., died Tuesday, Oct. 16, at home of a heart attack.
She was born March 9, 1950, in Hazelton, daughter of Harold Lee and Dorothy May Ball Johnson. She married Dennis L. Coffin on Nov. 10, 1984, in Cedar Falls.
Survived by: her husband; two sons, Judd Jones of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Anson Jones of Akron, Ohio; her father of Waterloo; a brother, Chris Johnson of Waterloo; a sister, Diane Zager of Waterloo; and a half sister, KyLee Johnson of Waterloo.
Preceded in death by: her mother.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial fund: will be established at a later date.

WATERLOO -- Richard H. Dittmer, 48, of rural Waterloo, died Thursday, Oct. 18, at Covenant Medical Center following a brief illness.
He was born Feb. 27, 1953, son of Alban V. and Florence G. Schares Dittmer.
He graduated from Jesup Community High School in 1972 and attended Hawkeye Institute of Technology. Mr. Dittmer was employed at Warren Computer Center as a computer technician.
Survived by: his parents of rural Waterloo; two brothers, William of Elk Run Heights and Joseph of Utica, Mich.; and two sisters, Gloria Mielke of Eldora and Wanda Dittmer of Waterloo.
Preceded in death by: an infant sister, Joyce Dittmer.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Raymond, with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call after 7 p.m. today at White Funeral Home, Jesup, where there will be a 7:30 p.m. vigil service.
Memorials: may be directed to the church.

LAMONT -- Leonard W. Hesner, 75, of Lamont, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Peoples Hospital, Independence, after a brief illness; survivors include his wife, Beverly; two sons, Marc of Eldrige and Kevin of Strawberry Point; a daughter, Lisa Dumler of Waterloo; and four grandchildren; services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Lamont, with burial and military rites at Campton-Oak Hill Cemetery, east of Lamont; friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. today at Fawcett Funeral Home, Lamont, where there will be a 7:30 p.m. Masonic service; visitation also for an hour before services Saturday at the church; Mr. Hesner was a retired farmer and was a long-time Campton-Oak Hill Cemetery trustee.

DENVER -- Mildred Marie Stumme, 99, of Denver, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Denver Sunset Home of natural causes; survivors include a nephew, Philip Bloeser of Waterloo; and a niece, Rosemary Blong of Cresco; she was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond, in 1942; and a brother, Lloyd Bloeser; services were 2 p.m. Thursday at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, with burial in St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery, both in Denver; Mrs. Stumme attended State Teacher's College, Cedar Falls, then taught in Maxfield Township schools for five years.

GRUNDY CENTER -- Lois Louise Davis, 87, of Grundy Center, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Grundy County Memorial Hospital, Long-Term Care Unit, Grundy Center, of natural causes; survivors include her husband, Howard; two sons, Charles of Shellsburg and Keith of Marengo; four daughters, Doris Wrage of Bellevue, Neb., Mary Dorman of Port Orange, Fla., Carol Patterson of Amana and Jane Wilson of Grundy Center; 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Helen Shelton of Grundy Center; she was preceded in death by a brother, William Boege; and a son, Kenneth Gene; memorial services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church, Grundy Center; friends may register at the church after 1 p.m. Saturday; Cremation Society of Eastern Iowa, Cedar Rapids, is in charge of arrangements; memorials may be directed to Hospice of Grundy Center or to Grundy Center United Methodist Church; Mrs. Davis worked as a nurses' aide at the Grundy Care Center for over 20 years.

GREENE -- Merlin Gene Ackerman, 57, of Greene, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, on his farm of an apparent heart attack; survivors include his wife, Colleen; three sons, Gene of Shell Rock, Jerry of Cedar Rapids and Jason of Ankeny; and 11 grandchildren; he was preceded in death by his parents, Charles D. and Cleone Tack Ackerman; a daughter and son in infancy, Denise and Joey; and a brother, John; memorial services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Waverly; friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home; following visitation, his body will be cremated; memorials may be directed to the family; Mr. Ackerman began working at Schield Bantam (Terex Cranes) in Waverly in 1963 and continued working at Terex for 38 years in the testing department; he also farmed the family farm near Greene.

REINBECK -- Alvin Staker, 88, of Cedar Falls, formerly of Reinbeck, died Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Covenant Medical Center Skilled Care Unit, Waterloo, of natural causes; survivors include his wife, Helga A.; two sons, Dan of Cedar Falls and Cal of Arlington Heights, Ill.; two daughters, Diane Barnidge of Madison, Wis., and Cindi Dorsey of Hudson; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Edna Beckwith and Alice Lorenz, both of Reinbeck; he was preceded in death by five brothers, Fred "Fritz," Roy, Irvin, Harold and Louis; and three sisters, Mabel Boege, Dala Hulme and Alma Barfels; services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Union Congregational United Church of Christ, Reinbeck, with burial in Reinbeck Cemetery; friends may call after 11 a.m. Sunday at Hand Funeral Home, Reinbeck, with the family present from 4 to 6 p.m.; memorials may be directed to the church in his name; Mr. Staker farmed near Lincoln before moving to Reinbeck in 1960; in Reinbeck he was employed with Cannon Construction Co. and later became self-employed in the construction trade until retirement in 1996.

MANCHESTER -- Richard H. Tegler, 85, of Manchester, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Good Neighbor Home, Manchester, after a lengthy illness; survivors include his wife, Teresa; two sons, Ronald of Buffalo Grove, Ill., and Gary of St. Louis, Mo.; three daughters, Diana Beck of Plano, Texas, Pamela Geraghty of Cedar Rapids and Cynthia Tegler of Aurora, Ill.; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; three brothers, Harold of Independence, the Rev. Herbert of Earlville and Dr. Wayne of Iowa City; and two sisters, Thelma Broemmel and Marjorie Simms, both of Denver, Colo.; services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Masonville, with burial in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, rural Masonville; friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Bohnenkamp-Murdoch Funeral Home, Manchester, where there will be a 7 p.m. Scripture service; Mr. Tegler and his wife farmed in the Lamont area until 1997; he served as an area delegate for the National Farmers Organization and as the president of the Mount Vernon Country School.

DIKE -- Clarence "Swede" Bowers, 82, of Dike, died Thursday, Oct. 18, at Sartori Memorial Hospital, Cedar Falls, of natural causes; survivors include his wife, Josephine; a brother, Howard of Dike; and three sisters, Lena Hunt and Charlotte Smith, both of Marshalltown, and Laura Ward of New Mexico; he was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth; services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lincoln Center Christian Reformed Church, with burial in Elmwood Cemetery, Dike; friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Dike Funeral Chapel, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m., and for an hour before services Saturday at the church; memorials may be directed to the family; Mr. Bowers farmed in the Dike area for 40 years.

DECORAH -- Bertha L. "Bert" Dahlke, 76, of Bloomington, Minn., formerly of Decorah, died Monday, Oct. 15, in Minneapolis of natural causes; survivors include two sons, Eric of Aitkin, Minn., and Paul of Eagan, Minn.; and three grandchildren; memorial services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Decorah Lutheran Church, with inurnment in the Lutheran Cemetery; there will be no visitation; Fjelstul Funeral Home, Decorah, is in charge of arrangements.


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