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Connie Tysver
Connie Sue Tysver, 57, of Storm Lake died January 31, 2003 at home after 14 years of battling breast cancer. 

Funeral services were held on Monday, February 3, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Church in Storm Lake with the Reverends Robert Schimmer, pastor and Doug Klein, associate pastor officiating. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery. Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Connie was born in Doon on August 12, 1945 to John and Frances (Mann) Keegan, where she attended Doon School and graduated from Central Lyon in Rock Rapids in 1963. She worked at Aalfs Manufacturing in Sheldon, where she met and later married Louis Tysver on February 8, 1964. In 1969 she moved to Storm Lake along with her husband and son Timothy, where daughter Tara and son Thomas were born. 

Connie was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church for over 30 years. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America. She also served as a church greeter and was on the board for CCD (catechism). Connie was one of the founders of ECHO (cancer support group). She also played an active role in Relay for Life including being on the committee for the survivor walk. Connie worked at Sears, Fareway and the Storm Lake School District. 

Survivors include her husband, Louis Tysver of Storm Lake; son and daughter-in-law, Timothy and Cammie Tysver of Douglasville, Ga.; daughter Tara Katschman of Des Moines; son Thomas Tysver of Overland Park, Kan.; grandsons John and Nicholas Tysver of Douglasville, Ga. and Brady Katschman of Des Moines; mother-in-law Gertrude Tysver of Sioux City; brother Jack Keegan and wife Carol of Edina, Minn.; sister Janet Wilton and husband Mel of Enid, Okla.; brother Bill Keegan and wife Alyce of Scottsdale, Ariz.; sister Mary Rosenberg and husband Dean of Sioux Falls, S.D.; sister-in-law Dee Keegan of Doon; sister-in-law Rena Odens and husband Larry of Gretna, Neb.; 20 nieces, 11 nephews and many other relatives and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Frances Keegan; sister Donna Breuer and husband Jim; brother Patrick Keegan and wife Mary; brother Joe Keegan and sister-in-law Renolla Tysver.

 

Deborah Varenhorst
Deborah A. Varenhorst, 47, of Wichita, Kan., died Thursday, January 30, 2003 after battling breast cancer for a year. She and her husband, Dr. Michael Varenhorst, shared their home with their five sons: Christopher John 16, Eric Michael 13, Benjamin Peter 9, Thomas Landon 7, and Alex Patrick 4.

Deborah, the daughter of John and Joy Pitstick, was born August 26, 1955 in Storm Lake. After graduating from high school she attended the University of Iowa where she received an undergraduate degree in 1977 and her law degree in 1981.

Deborah married Michael Varenhorst, also of Storm Lake, on May 21, 1977. They moved from Iowa City upon completion of their respective law and medicine degrees and then spent three years in Kansas City, Mo., and two years in Philadelphia, Penn. Deborah was in-house counsel for Mutual Benefit Life and Cigna.

In 1986 they moved to Wichita when Dr. Varenhorst joined Vitreo Retinal Consultants & Surgeons. While at home with the children, Deborah continued to enjoy her music and travel. She had a strong interest in education, with an emphasis on learning patterns. Deborah was a talented pianist, did extensive family genealogical research and spoke fluent German. She enjoyed this past summer in Germany with her family. The family belonged to St. Thomas Aquinas parish.

Survivors include her husband, Michael; their sons Christopher, Eric, Benjamin, Thomas and Alex; her mother Joy Storck Pitstick of Storm Lake; brother John (Jana) Pitstick of Minneapolis; sisters Mary (Steve) Dahm of Novato, Cal. and Amy (James) Tipton of Brownsville, Tex. Deborah was predeceased by her father, John C. Pitstick.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, February 3, 2003 at St. Thomas Aquinas Church. Downing & Lahey East Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Burial was in Storm Lake. There will be a memorial service in Storm Lake at noon on Wednesday, February 5, 2003 at Lakeside Presbyterian Church with luncheon to follow.

Memorials may be made to St. Thomas Aquinas School in Wichita, Kan.

 

Marie Reimers
Marie Matilda Amelia (Guether) Reimers of Schaller passed away Sunday, February 2, 2003 at Odebolt Nursing and Rehab Center in Odebolt. 

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 5, 2003 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Schaller with Pastor David Hagen officiating. 

Friends may call after 4:00 p.m. with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 4, at Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Schaller. 

Marie was born to John and Caroline (Hoffmeier) Geuther on April 25, 1912 on a farm near Hanover. Marie attended St. John's School in Hanover. 

On August 23, 1963, Marie and Glenn married in Lakefield, Minn. 

Marie worked as a sales clerk at The Woman's Shop in Storm Lake for a number of years and truly enjoyed the friendships she made while she was there. Marie also loved her gardening, especially her rose garden. Another passion of Marie's was her grandchildren. She very much looked forward to the time that she got to spend with each and every one. Marie was also a wonderful cook and enjoyed passing on her secrets to the younger members of the family. 

Marie was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, George and Pete Geuther; five sisters: Celia Bell, Mayme Otto, Ethel Grunig, Clara Geuther, and Sylvia Peterson; and one great-grandson, Samuel Ray Miller. 

Survivors include her husband Glenn Reimers of Marcus; a daughter, Gay Leask of Schaller; a step-daughter, Memory Reimers of Onaga, Kan.; a step-son, Steve and wife Joann Reimers of Schaller; grandchildren Randy Leask of Omaha, Neb.; Renea Kestel of Schaller; Lorrie Roling and husband Dwayne of Schaller; step-grandchildren Missy and husband Jim Kestel of Galva; Shane Reimers of Vermillion, S.D.; Matt Reimers of Ames; great-grandchildren Tera Kestel, Amanda Kestel, Bobby Kestel, Katie Kestel, Meri Kestel, Sarah Miller, Shelby Miller; step-great-grandchildren Allison Kestel, Rebecca Kestel, Ashley Kestel, Zach Roling, Crystal Roling, Trisha Roling; two great-great-granddaughters, Autumn Kestel and Destiny Roling, as well as many other relatives and friends.

 

Vernal Anderson
Vernal A. Anderson, age 93, of Bull Shoals, Ark., formerly of Marathon, died Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Ark. A funeral service was held on Monday, February 3, 2003 at Grace Lutheran Church in Marathon at 10:30 a.m. Interment was in Poland Township Cemetery in Marathon. Sliefert-Asmus Funeral Home in Marathon was in charge of arrangments.

Vernal Alvin Anderson was born the son of Albert Alexius Anderson and Theckla Constantia Magnusson Anderson on September 15, 1909 in Kiron. He was confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in Marathon. He was united in marriage to Florence Teckla Hedvig Sundblad on August 19, 1936 at the home of her parents. This union was blessed with three sons: Gordon, Gerald, and Merlyn. Vernal was a farmer and farmed the same farm at Marathon from 1935 until 1976 when he and Florence moved into Marathon. Even then he continued to go out to the farm almost daily for several years. Vernal and Florence moved to Bull Shoals, Ark., in March 2001 to be near one of his sons as their health failed. 

A Master Horseman has been called up to manage one of God's stables. 

His first love was his family. His second love was his animals, especially his horses! He was also very proud of his Swedish heritage. He was a lifetime member of Grace Lutheran Church where he served on the council in various positions. Vernal was a man of his word and expected others to do likewise. 

Vernal is survived by his wife, Florence of Mountain Home, Ark.; two of his sons: Gordon Anderson and his wife, Diane, of Lakeview, Ark., and Merlyn Anderson and his wife, Sharan, of Gretna, Neb.; six grandchildren: Scott Anderson and his wife, Carrie; Kevin Anderson and his wife, Debra; Todd Anderson and his wife, Faith; Wendy Fenton and her husband, Conrad; Gina Young and her husband, Dagan; and Kara Anderson; two step-grandchildren: Joey Krageland and Jimmy Krageland and his wife, Jenn; 10 great-grandchildren: Nolan and Rosalyn Anderson; Spencer and Riley Anderson; Izaak and Lucas Anderson; Zachary and Jessica Fenton; and Landry and Ethan Young; two step-great-grandchildren: Oliver and Ashley Kragelund; one brother: Lester Anderson and his wife, Marvel; one sister: Ruth Burns; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Walter Sundblad and his wife, June; Oscar Sundblad and his wife Nellie; Elmer Sundblad; Nev Del Anderson; Lorraine Anderson; Esther Larson and her husband, Clarence; and June Sundblad; 32 nieces and nephews and more friends than can be counted. 

Preceding Vernal in death were his parents; his son, Gerald "Jerry" Anderson; two sisters: Mabel Carlson and Evelyn Anderson; three brothers: Delbert Anderson; Donald Anderson; infant brother Harlan Anderson; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Irving Carlson; Clifford Burns; Karl and Julia Sundblad; George Sundblad; Dorothy Sundblad; and infant granddaughter Kathy Anderson.

 

Grace Schesvold
Grace (Jorgensen) Schesvold went home to be with the Lord January 30, 2003 at the age of 76. 

She was preceded in death by parents, brother Harold Jorgensen and sister Verna Halvorsen. 

Survived by loving children Jane Schesvold, Doug Schesvold, Bruce Schesvold, Joy Nasseff and grandson Matthew Nasseff, brother Arden Jorgensen, sisters Ruth Francis and Dorothy Kahl. 

Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 4, 2003 at Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Newell.

Her children were all grateful to have been at her side during her last hours on earth. They greatly loved her and will miss her dearly. 

Grace was a tenderhearted woman who loved children. In her early years she often taught children in the churches she attended. In recent years she enjoyed helping with preschoolers at one of the local churches where she lived in Fargo, N.D. 

She spent her last months at Elim Care Center struggling with bone cancer. She was very grateful for all their loving and caring help. Her caregivers commented she was a very special lady, a pleasure getting to know and caring for. 

Grace lived a life unnoticed by many but known to God. She is now in the eternal, loving arms of her dear Saviour, the One who knew her the best and loved her the most.

 

Brenda Wadsley
Brenda Kay Wadsley, 41, of Humboldt, passed away January 30, 2003 at Humboldt Care Center South. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, Feburary 3, 2003, at Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home in Humboldt with the Rev. Ed Kail officiating. Burial was in Union Cemetery, Humboldt.

Ms. Wadsley is survived by her mother, Sharon Wadsley of Humboldt; father Ronald Wadsley of Sutherland; sister and brother-in-law Christina and William Webster of Spencer; brother and sister-in-law Bryon and Carol Wadsley of Humboldt; grandmother Fyrn Mueller of Sutherland; nieces Caitlyn Wadsley and Stacy, Jamie and Kelly Webster; and nephews Benjamin and Alex Wadsley. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ernest and Lilly Sump; aunt Patricia Wholert; and uncle Donald Wadsley.

Brenda Kay Wadsley was born Janury 19, 1962, in Clarion and made her home in Eagle Grove. In 1967 she moved with her family to Rolfe until 1970 when they moved to Storm Lake. Brenda worked as a babysitter while in high school in Storm Lake. She graduated in 1981 and was employed at Buena Vsita Manor in Storm lake for nine years. She moved with her mother to Cherokee in 1988 and was employed with Cherokee Villa Care Center until 1997, when they moved to Humboldt. During her years in Humboldt, Brenda was employed caring for her niece and nephews until October 2001. Brenda especially enjoyed her nieces and nephews, country music, cross stitching, riding her moped, Minnesota Vikings, Iowa Hawkeyes, her dog Jack and baking cookies.

 

Stephen Luckow
Stephen Luckow, age 44, of Sac City passed away at his home on January 31, 2003.

Services were held Tuesday, February 4, 2003 at 11 a.m. at Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Sac City. Pastor Mark Selby officiated. Organist was Mary Townsend. Honorary pallbearers included Jeff Peters, Larry Luckow, Lance Luckow, Todd Luckow, Mike Hayzlett, Trent Luckow, Travis Luckow, Bill Cates and Jeff Martin.

Steven Michael Luckow was born on May 25, 1958, the son of Lawrence and Wilma (Poen) Luckow. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanual Lutheran Church in Lake View. Steve attended Sac City schools and graduated from Sac City High School in 1976.

After graduating he farmed and also worked for many area farmers until his health forced him to retire.

In his early years Steve enjoyed his motorcycle. He also enjoyed gardening, his cats, cooking and was a faithful and dedicated caregiver for his mother Wilma.

Steve is survived by his sister Marilyn Cates and her husband Dale of Storm Lake; four brothers and their wives: Ronald and Connie Luckow of Muscatine, Randall and Betty Luckow of Sac City, Lyle and Nancy Luckow of Des Moines, and Dennis and Penny Luckow of Las Vegas, Nev; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Robert; and two sisters, Jean and Deanne.

 

Julia Roth
Funeral services for Julia McCullough Roth, 53, of Lake View, were held Saturday, February 1, 2003 at the McCullough family home in Sac City, with Fr. Larry McCarty presiding. Interment was in Oakland Cemetery in Sac City.

Julia Roth was born on Oct. 13, 1949, in Sioux City, the daughter of Jean (Cosgrove) McCullough and the late Thomas L. McCullough. She graduated from Sac City High School and completed her education at the University of South Dakota and Drake University.

She was self-employed and previously taught English at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sac City and a member of A.A.U.W

She passed away Jan. 29, 2003, at St. Anthony's Hospital in Carroll.

Mrs. Roth is survived by her mother, Jean McCullough of Sac City; her four children: Jennifer Roth Easler and her husband Mark of Des Moines; Kirsten Roth Byrd and her husband Michael of Kansas City; John Roth and his wife Kathryn of Mankato, Minn.; and Margaret Roth of Iowa City; two grandchildren: Peter and Bridget; four sisters: Margaret Grantham and her husband Mark of Del Mar, Cal.; Molly Jorgensen and her husband Ron of Storm Lake; Erin McCullough Eberle and her husband Richard of Lake View; and Lisa Toscano and her husband Andre of Manhattan Beach, Cal.; three brothers: Colin McCullough of Twin Lakes, Tom McCullough of Cedar Rapids and Peter McCullough of Vista, Cal., and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, two brothers: Brian and Thomas; and a sister, Mary.


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