Miscellaneous Buena Vista County, Iowa Obituaries


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Elizabeth Lester
Funeral services for Elizabeth "Beth" Lester, 23, of Rembrandt, were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2002, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake, with Father John F. Cain officiating. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery in Sioux Rapids. Sliefert Redig Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of arrangements. A memorial fund has been established.

Beth died Thursday, July 18, 2002 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. 

Elizabeth Frances Lester was born on Good Friday, April 13, 1979, at Buena Vista County Hospital in Storm Lake, the daughter of Darrell and Dixie (Pitts) Lester. She was baptized at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Sioux Rapids. She was raised in Rembrandt and graduated from Sioux Central High School in 1997. Beth graduated from Iowa State University in August 2001. She was employed with Early Head Start in Spencer and lived at home with her mom and dad.

Beth loved life and loved to talk. She never knew a stranger. She enjoyed showing cattle and was a member of the Iowa Limousin Association. She especially loved playing with her nieces and all little children, and being with family and friends.

Preceding Beth in death were her brother, Joshua Lester on September 29, 1983; her grandmother, Frances Sue Dowdy; and a special great aunt, Doris Gilbert.

Survivors include her finance, Ryan Buckendahl of Alta; her parents, Darrell and Dixie Lester of Rembrandt; two sisters, Karla and her husband Brian Ahrendsen of Westside and Stacy Lester of Rembrandt; two nieces, Megan and Emma Ahrendsen of Westside. Also surviving are her grandparents, Bill and Dorothy Pitts of Bella Vista, Ark. and Eugene and Susie Dowdy of Paducah, Ky.; great-grandmother Emma Lou Hardin of Ledbetter, Ky.; several aunts and uncles; numerous cousins; and a world of friends.

Noah Dose
Noah Benjamin Dose, infant son of Vicar Benjamin and Rebecca (Eichenseer) Dose, was stillborn on Friday, July 19, 2002 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Green Bay, Wis.

Survivors include his parents of Shawano, Wis.; maternal grandparents Tom and Ruth Eichenseer of Ankeny; paternal grandparents Dave and Donna Dose of Storm Lake; maternal great-grandmother Christine Baldus of Jewell; paternal great-grandparents Bob and Esther Lamb of Storm Lake and Elsie Dose of Anthon; maternal aunt Angie Eichenseer and maternal uncle Tony Eichenseer, both of Ankeny; two paternal uncles, Josh Dose of Des Moines and Matthew Dose of Storm Lake; and one paternal aunt, Amanda Dose of Storm Lake.

Funeral services were held on Monday, July 22, 2002, at St. James Lutheran Church of Shawano. Interment was at Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake. Schroeder-Mickelson Funeral Service of Shawano is assisting the family.

Kathleen Miller
Funeral services for Kathleen "Kate" Miller, 92, of Aurelia, were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 22, 2002, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta, with Pastor Lilette Johnson officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Aurelia. Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia was in charge of arrangements.

Kate died Wednesday, July 17, 2002 at Sunset Knoll Retirement Home in Aurelia.

Vera Kathleen Dunn was born June 16, 1910, the daughter of Frank and Sadie (Jamieson) Dunn at Marcus. She graduated from Marcus High School. On April 15, 1931, Kate married John P. Miller in Marcus. Kate and John farmed. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Ladies Aid, and played cards with several card clubs.

Preceding Kate in death were her parents; husband John on December 29, 1981; two sons, Gaylen Miller and Robert Miller; and one sister, Phyllis Wilberding.

Survivors include one son, Loren and his wife Carolyn Miller of Tipton; two daughters-in-law, Donna Miller of Ida Grove and Gayle Brownmiller of Aurelia; 12 grandchildren: Cal and his wife Julie Miller, Carrie and her husband Doug Gulseth, Matt and his wife Staci Miller, Amy and her husband Bob Mikos, John Miller, Elizabeth and her husband Joseph DeMonico, Patrick and his wife Mary Miller, Joel and his wife Judy Miller, Megan and her husband Ken Bahl, David and his wife Cathy Miller, Kristen and her husband Chris Fleck, and Aaron Miller; 20 great-grandchildren; one sister, Nellie Pearson of Storm Lake; and nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Robert Konradi
Robert B. Konradi, age 70, died on November 30, 2002 at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Sioux City following a brief illness.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 3, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, Storm Lake, with the Reverend Douglas Klein officiating.

Visitation was Monday at Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home, Storm Lake.

Robert B. Konradi was born November 14, 1932 in Ida Grove, the son of Jake and Winnie (Wimberly) Konradi. He attended school in Battle Creek.

On July 19, 1952 in Danbury, Bob was married to Violet Siebold. He was employed by Merrill Manufacturing, Benberg and Jenkins House Moving Company, and he drove various trucks.

Bob was a member of St. Mary's Church in Storm Lake. His favorite pastime was going to his grandchildren's ball games.

He is survived by his wife Violet, Storm Lake; a daughter Joy Schuler and her husband Randy, Storm Lake; two sons: Larry Konradi and his wife Kathy, Watertown, S.D. and Lee Konradi; grandchildren: Chad Konradi and his wife Di, Bobbie Jo Konradi, Lisa Dukes and her husband John, Molly LaFave and her husband Chad, and Heath Humpal; three great-grandchildren: Kami, Kristofer, and Jasmine Konradi; a brother Clyde Konradi; and three sisters: Helen Ellis, June Rice, and Dorene Oehler.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers Earl and Floyd; and a sister, Dorthy Mae Schoning.


Joseph Anderson
Joseph Frank Anderson, age 99, passed away Saturday November 30, 2002 at Methodist Manor in Storm Lake. Funeral services were on Tuesday, December 3, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at Oakdale Evangelical Free Church in rural Meriden. Visitation was on Monday, December 1, at Sliefert-Asmus Funeral Home in Storm Lake. 

Joseph Frank Anderson was born on May 7, 1903 in Liberty Township, Cherokee County, to Oscar and Selma (Waddell) Anderson. He was baptized and confirmed at Oakdale Evangelical Free Church in rural Meriden. He attended the country school near his home through the eighth grade. On December 19, 1924 Joseph married Ruth Johnson and this union was blessed with nine children. 

Joseph worked in the agricultural field in many ways including in the trucking business, as an elevator manager, in maintenance, as well as in implement sales. On March 19, 1971 Joseph married Margaret Moritz in Jackson, Minn. He retired in 1980. He enjoyed fishing and spent many days on or near the lake. He also enjoyed collecting coins. 

Joseph is survived by four sons: Verland Anderson and his wife Georgia of Sioux City, Willis Anderson and his wife Joyce of Alta, James Anderson and his wife Rose of Woodstock, Minn., and Dale Anderson and his wife Carolyn of Spencer; three daughters: Millette Gripp of Prescott, Ariz., Delores Smith of Storm Lake, and Evelyn Borron and her husband Darwin of Storm Lake; 24 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ruth and his wife Margaret, two sons: Lawrence Anderson and Robert Anderson, his two brothers: Dave Anderson and Raymond Anderson; and his two sisters: Florence Lundell and Evelyn Anderson.


Lyle D. Biggins
Lyle D. Biggins, age 65, of Storm Lake died on Thursday, November 28, 2002 at Spectra Health Care following a brief illness.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 2, 2002 at 2:30 p.m. at Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake with Pastor Darrell Schmid of Assembly of God Church, Storm Lake, officiating.

Lyle D. Biggins was born October 11, 1937 in Storm Lake the son of Melvin and Ruth (Mullins) Biggins. He attended Hayes High School, Sulphur Springs, graduating with the class of 1955. Lyle also attended Buena Vista College.

Lyle was a lifelong resident of the Storm Lake area. He farmed with his father on the family farm for many years, and also enjoyed doing carpentry work.

He is survived by his brother Keith Biggins and wife Donna, Storm Lake; sister, Lois Kolbe and husband Ron, Sac City; nephews: Todd Biggins, Storm Lake, and Chad Biggins, Denver, Colo.; special uncles: Marvin Holstein and wife, Marge, Early, Clayton Biggins and wife Marian, Storm Lake, Don Biggins and wife Lois, Storm Lake, and Lowell Hills and wife Bunny, Aurelia, as well as other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother.


Virginia Connor
Virginia Lucille Connor, age 84, passed away November 27, 2002. A visitation was held on Monday, December 2, 2002 from 5-7 p.m. at Sliefert-Asmus Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids. There will be a private family interment at a later date.

Virginia Wilson, daughter of Tennes and Pearl (Dinger) Wilson, was born in Alta on September 9, 1918. She attended the Alta School and graduated high school at age 16 in 1935. She loved sports and was good at them, especially golf in the 1930s. Virginia joined the Presbyterian Church in Alta in 1934. These were the Great Depression years, and any jobs went to men who had families to support.

On October 11, 1936 she married Walter Connor of Danbury. Three sons blessed their home and were baptized in the Presbyterian Church in Alta. They farmed for seven years in the Battle Creek and Danbury communities and in 1943 they moved to the farm north of Sioux Rapids in Clay County where all three sons went to Cornell School. She worked hard on the farm, was a good neighbor and friend. The coffee pot was always on for the many who stopped. She was always ready to help out, helping in the field and with chores when needed. They farmed from 1943-1975, when Walter died. She stayed another four years before moving to town. Virginia loved the farm and all aspects of it.

Virginia is survived by two sons, Wilson J. Connor of Spirit Lake and Thomas M. Connor of Spencer; four grandsons; two step-grandchildren; and seven great-granddaughters.

She was preceded in death by her father in 1972; her mother in 1977; her husband Walter in 1975; her son John in 2000; her sister Dolores in 1999; and her brother Cecil in 1942.


Vivian Garrison
Funeral services for Vivian L. Garrison, 96, were held on Saturday, November 30, 2002 at Greening-Egan Funeral Chapel in Shelbina, Mo. The Rev. Jim Bilbro officiated and burial was in Shelbina Cemetery.

Vivian passed away on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2002 at Salt River Nursing Home in Shelbina.

Vivian was born in Moline, Ill., on Sept. 9, 1906, the daughter of Ella Mae Bowling White and Linnaus Porter White. On Sept. 3, 1924, she was united in marriage to Lloyd Thomas (Jim) Garrison. Preceding her in death besides her parents and husband, were a brother, Roy White, a sister, Luttie Maloney, and a great-granddaughter, Nicole Garrison. She is survived by a daughter, Norma Lee Garrison of Jeffersontown, Ky., a son, Billy Lloyd Garrison and his wife Carolyn of Nixa, Mo., (formerly of Alta) and dight grandchildren. They are Kerry Slahta, Michael and Bonnie Slahta, Steven Slahta, Judy and Steve Meyer, Ron and Janet Garrison, Janet and Bill Siglin, Larry and Carol Garrison and Randy and Sanya Garrison. Also surviving are 23 great-grandchildren, 13 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Vivian made her home in Shelbina until moving to Alta in 1972. She moved to McCord Manor in Storm Lake in 1978 and lived there until entering the Salt River Nursing Home in Shelbina in August of 1999. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Alta.


Shirley Willeford
Shirley Joan Willeford, age 68, of Sioux Rapids, passed away November 28, 2002. Funeral services were on Monday, December 2, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. at First United Church in Sioux Rapids. Visitation was Sunday, December 1, 2002 at Sliefert-Asmus Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids. Interment was in Lone Tree Cemetery in Sioux Rapids. 

Shirley Joan (Ensley) Willeford was born January 13, 1934 in Sioux Rapids to Carroll and Eva (Wahlstrom) Ensley. She was baptized at the Congregational Church in Sioux Rapids. On September 12, 1949 she was united in marriage to Ralph Waldo Willeford in Mason City, and to this union eight children were born. 

Shirley worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Pleasant View Home in Albert City. When she and Waldo moved to Springfield, Mo., she worked at Cox Hospital. Later, they moved to Storm Lake and Shirley worked at Buena Vista Manor and as a matron at the Buena Vista County Jail. She retired from Sioux Care Center. 

Shirley had many interests including knitting, crocheting, reading, working crossword puzzles, playing Bingo, and camping with family and friends. 

Shirley is survived by her husband Waldo of Sioux Rapids; four daughters: Mary Klatt and her husband Jim of Sioux Rapids, Linda Henrich and her husband Steve of Arnolds Park, Tina Young and her husband Brian of Galva, and Penny Lee and her husband Perry of Storm Lake; four sons: John Willeford and his wife Cheryl of Blue Rapids, Kansas, Billy Willeford and his wife Peg of Storm Lake, Dennis Willeford and his wife Dana of Lincoln, Neb., and Arthur Willeford of Spencer; 19 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren; 12 step-great-grandchildren; three brothers: Charles Ensley and his wife Jules of Marion, Richard Ensley of Des Moines, and Steven Ensley and his wife Vail of Sioux Rapids; four sisters: Barbara Sassman and her husband Gerald of Le Mars, Darlene Landsness of Sioux Rapids, Carolyn "Kaye" Hauscher and her husband Regan of Sioux Rapids, and Evelyn "Raye" Thul and her husband Paul of Beech Grove, Arkansas; and several nieces, nephews, and loving friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carroll Wilmer Ensley and Eva Marie (Wahlstrom) Ensley, and one brother Donald Ensley.


Randall Wiseman
Randall Lee Wiseman, age 41, of Elgin, Tex., died on Thursday, November 28, 2002 at his mother's home in Aurelia after a long illness.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 2, 2002 at 12:00 p.m. at Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake with the Reverend Duane Queen of Lakeside Presbyterian Church, Storm Lake, officiating.

The family was present at the funeral home to greet friends on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.

Randall Lee Wiseman was born December 17, 1960 in Storm Lake, the son of Thomas A. and Sandra (Davis) Wiseman. He attended Crestland Schools, graduating with the class of 1979.

When Randy was two he filled his aunt Marjorie Miller's rain gauge with two inches of water. She phoned KAYL and reported a false reading on the air.

Randy worked as a bartender and owned and operated both the Riverside Inn and the Wild Turkey. He enjoyed hunting, fishing for perch, gardening and horseback riding.

He is survived by his father, Thomas, Elgin, Tex.; mother, Sandra Millikan, Aurelia; children: Amanda and Ashley Wiseman, Kerrville, Tex., Trevor and Cheyenne Wiseman, Louisiana, and Dalton Wiseman; brothers: Tim Wiseman, Sioux Rapids, Mike Wiseman and wife Cindy, Alta, Cody Wiseman, Santa Fe, Tex.; sister Kelle Wiseman, Aurelia; grandmother Colette Wiseman, Sac City; nieces and nephews: Matt and Michelle Hamilton, Nikki Wiseman, Kylie Wiseman, Nicholas Wiseman and Christopher Wiseman; two great-aunts: Dorothy Redenbaugh and Marjorie Miller; along with many other relatives and friends.

His grandmother Betty Davis and grandfathers Vern Wiseman and Lloyd Davis preceded him in death.

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