|MARJORIE J. THIELEN
HAMPTON - Marjorie J. Thielen, 77, of Hampton, died Tuesday (July 31,
2001) at the Franklin General Hospital Nursing Facility in Hampton.
Her funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at St. Paul's Lutheran
Church in Latimer, with the Rev. Randall Bell officiating. Burial will
be in Hampton Cemetery in Hampton.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Sietsema
Vogel Funeral Home in Hampton.
Sietsema Vogel Funeral Home, (641) 456-3232.
HAZELLE P. TAGESEN
MASON CITY - Hazelle P. Tagesen, 90, of 501 S. Kentucky Ave., died
Tuesday (July 31, 2001) at the Heritage Care Center.
Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave. in Mason City,
is in charge of arrangements, (641) 423-0924.
RENWICK - Olena Heggen, 94, of Renwick, died Saturday (July 28, 2001)
at Friendship Haven in Fort Dodge.
Her funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the Lake Lutheran
Church in rural Goldfield, with the Rev. Sandy Krynik officiating. Burial
will be in the Church cemetery.
Visitation will be held one hour before services on Thursday at the
Garry-Roberts-Murphy-Schaaf Funeral Home in Renwick is in charge of
arrangements, (515) 824-3465.
ALLISON - Erma Irene Woodley, 93, of Allison, died Monday (July 30,
2001) at the Franklin General Hospital in Hampton.
Her funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at the Bristow United
Church of Christ in Bristow, with the Rev. Sam Benjamin and Glenn Bandel
officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, rural Bristow.
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until time of services on Friday
at the church.
Sietsema Vogel Funeral Home in Dumont is in charge of arrangements,
CARL F. HAUSER
CHARLES CITY - Carl F. Hauser, 89, of 204 Glenwood Road, died Tuesday
(July 31, 2001) at his home.
His funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday at the First Congregational
United Church of Christ in Charles City, with Sister Jennifer Rausch, PBVM,
pastoral associate of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Rev.
Gale Richards, pastor of the Colwell United Church of Christ, officiating.
Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Charles City.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at Hauser Funeral
Home, 1205 S. Main St. in Charles City, and continue one hour before services
at the church.
Memorials may be directed to the First Congregataional Church, the
Hospice of North Iowa, Charles City site, or the YMCA.
Hauser Funeral Home, (641) 228-2323.
HELEN C. TRICKLE
MASON CITY - Helen C. Trickle, 94, of 302 Second St. N.E., died Sunday
(July 29, 2001) at the Good Shepherd Health Center.
Her funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Grace United
Methodist Church, 200 14th St. N.W. in Mason City, with the Rev. Sarah
Odoom officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Major Erickson Funeral
Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., and one hour before services on Thursday
at the church.
Helen Trickle was born Oct. 29, 1906, at Wells, Kan., a daughter of
Axel and Caroline (Olson) Vesterberg. She attended schools in Wells, Kan.
and business college in Salina, Kan.
She was married to Roy Trickle on March 19, 1930, at Luray, Kan. The
family moved to Mason City in March 1938. She worked for Mason City Tent
& Awning for many years and later worked at Monroe Junior High School
until her retirement in 1984.
She was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church and active in
Survivors include two daughters, Esther Helen Hanson, of Mountain Home,
Ark., and Mary Katheryn Ferleman and her husband, Tom, of Albert Lea, Minn.;
four grandchildren, Gary Hanson and his wife, Alyce, of Albert Lea, Minn.,
Larry Hanson and his wife, Kathie, of Albert Lea, Minn., Sheila Thomas
and her husband, Greg, of Albert Lea, Minn., and Tom Ferleman and his wife,
Rebecca, of Gaithersburg, Md.; eight great-grandchildren, Brandon, Ryan,
Brittany, Derek, Stacie, Grace, Riana and Andrew; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two sisters,
one brother and one son-in-law.
Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, (641) 423-0924.
VIONA ALVINA WELHOUSEN
TITONKA - The funeral for Viona Alvina Welhousen, 81, will be held
at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Good Hope Lutheran Church in Titonka, with
Pastor Jim Berka officiating. Interment will be in Good Hope Cemetery in
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Garry-Roberts-Murphy-Schaaf
Funeral Home in Titonka.
Viona Alvina Welhousen was born on July 28, 1920, in Titonka, the daughter
of Evert and Anna Kettwich Post. She received her education at a country
school in the Titonka area. After her schooling she lived at home on the
farm with her parents.
On Sept. 5, 1951, Viona was united in marriage to Wilbur Welhousen
at Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Titonka. After their marriage the
couple lived on a farm northwest of Titonka, where they lived until Wilbur
died on June 6, 1965.
Viona and her daughter, Beverly, moved into Titonka. Viona worked in
the dietary department of the Titonka School and the Titonka Care Center.
She loved spending time with her family and grandchildren, as well
as being in her home sewing and baking.
Viona was a member of Good Hope Lutheran Church in Titonka.
Viona died on Saturday (July 28, 2001) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient
Unit in Mason City at the age of 81.
She is survived by her daughter, Beverly and her husband, Les Trampel,
of Clear Lake; grandchildren, Bret and Alyssa Ennen, of Clear Lake; brothers,
Melvin Post and his wife, Berneice, of Algona, Art Post and his wife, Marvella,
of Titonka, Erwin Post and his wife, Troyce, of Titonka; and a sister,
Berneice and her husband, DeWayne Maass, of Lakota; as well as numerous
nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Wilbur.
Garry-Roberts-Murphy Schaaf Funeral Home, (515) 295-3731.
PAUL NATHANIEL JENN
BRITT - Paul Nathaniel Jenn, 25, of West Branch, formerly of Britt,
died Saturday (July 28, 2001) as a result of a motor vehicle accident north
His funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the West Hancock
High School in Britt, with Pastor Brooks Simpson and Pastor Chuck Walton
officiating. Burial will take place in Evergreen Cemetery in Britt.
Friends may greet the family from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Ewing Funeral
Chapel in Britt, and one hour before services at the high school.
Paul, the son of John and Lucinda (Hagedorn) Jenn, was born July 11,
1976, in Sac City. The Jenn family later moved to Britt, where Paul attended
the Britt grade school and graduated from West Hancock High School in 1995.
Paul attended Iowa Central Community College and then transferred to the
University of Iowa.
Paul was united in marriage with Angela Abels on Aug. 1, 1998, in Kanawha.
The couple lived in the Iowa City area, while Paul attended the University
of Iowa. He wrestled for the Hawkeyes from 1997-2000 and placed fourth
at the Big 10 meet as a junior and sixth as a sophomore.
Paul graduated from the University of Iowa in May of 2000, and received
his teaching certification in May of 2001. He was to have taught physics
at Mason City High School in the fall of 2001.
In 1984 Paul became a born-again Christian by accepting Jesus Christ
as his Lord and Savior. He worked extensively with wrestling camps and
spoke to youth groups sharing his Christian testimony. Paul was a very
caring young man who continued giving of himself as a tissue donor following
Paul is survived by his wife, Angela, of West Branch; his parents,
John Jenn of Britt, and Lucinda McClellan and her husband, Clifford, of
Temple, Texas; one brother, Stephen Jenn and his children, Jeff, Brady
and Cheree Jenn of Garner; two sisters, Laurel Thomas and her husband,
Jon, of Manassas, Va., and Kristin Jenn of Britt.
Ewing Funeral Chapel, (641) 843-3839.
EVELYN B. BEARD
MOLINE, Ill. - Evelyn B. Beard, 84, of Moline, Ill., died Sunday (July
29, 2001) at her residence.
Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday at Trimble Funeral
Home in Moline. A graveside service will follow at 11:30 a.m. at National
Cemetery in Rock Island, Ill.
Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association.
The former Evelyn Bessie Day was born May 22, 1917, in Charles City,
the daughter of Clarence and Edna (Dodd) Day. She married Harry L. Beard
on April 12, 1936, in Mason City. He preceded her in death on May 22, 1997.
Evelyn was a bookkeeper at the First National Bank of Moline for 20
years before retiring in 1979.
She was a former member of the First United Methodist Church of Nora
Springs, I and I Treasure Club, the Moline Conservation Club, Isaak Walton
League and the Giant Goose Conservation Club. Evelyn also enjoyed quilting.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Jean Beard,
of Chama, N.M.; a sister, Carline Billick, of Mason City; eight grandchildren;
and 21 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; brothers, Carroll and Harley
Day; and a sister, Clarabell Day.
Condolences may be sent to the family, at www.TrimbleFuneralHomes.com.
Trimble Funeral Home, (309) 764-1144.
GLENN D. KIRCHNER
DECORAH - Glenn D. Kirchner, 69, of Decorah, died on Monday (July 30,
2001) at the Winneshiek County Memorial Hospital in Decorah, after a lengthy
His funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at St. Benedict's Catholic
Church in Decorah, with the Rev. Gary Krapfl officiating. Burial will be
in St. Benedict's Catholic Cemetery in Decorah, with full military rites
at the graveside by the Helof Holm VFW Chapter No. 1977.
Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. today at the Schluter-Balik Funeral
Home, with a VFW Memorial service at 6 p.m., a Knights of Columbus Rosary
at 7 p.m. and a scripture service at 7:30 p.m. There will be additional
visitation from 8 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday morning.
Glenn Dale Kirchner was born on Feb. 22, 1932, the son of Charles and
Maude (Haag) Kirchner in Taopi, Minn. Glenn moved with his family to Ostrander,
Minn., and Austin, Minn., and then to Manly, where he attended school.
Glenn served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict from 1951-55.
He married Dolly Doocy on June 6, 1959, in Manly.
Glenn worked for AMPI for 12 years in Mason City before moving to Decorah
in 1972. He then worked for the Decorah Creamery until he retired in 1995.
Glenn was a member of St. Benedict's Catholic Church, where he served
on the parish council and as an usher. Glenn was a 4th degree member of
the Knights of Columbus and served as grand knight for two years. He helped
support the Decorah Kilties and the Nordic Dancers and was a faithful sports
When Glen retired he enjoyed golfing and fishing and especially the
time spent with his grandchildren.
Glenn's survivors include his wife, Dolly Kirchner, of Decorah; two
daughters, Glenda Moen and her husband, Paul, of Hudson, Wis. and Kaleen
Hanson and her husband, Bruce, of Waukon; three sons, Steven Kirchner and
his wife, Tessa, of Vail, Colo., David Kirchner and his wife, Laura, of
Decorah, and Michael Kirchner, of Rochester, Minn.; his mother, Maude (Kirchner)
Pruisman, of Decorah; six grandchildren, Aaron, Mackenzie and Madeline
Moen, Kylie Hanson, and Canon and Berit Kirchner; four brothers-in-law,
Darvin Hacker, of Decorah, Ron "Red" Eckhardt, of Mason City, Con Doocy,
of Mason City, and Armond Doocy, of Duluth, Minn.; and several nieces and
Glenn was preceded in death by his father, Charles Kirchner; step-father,
Klaas Pruisman; and three sisters, Elizabeth "Betty" Hacker, LaDonna Eckhardt
and Rhonda Kirchner.
Schluter-Balik Funeral Home, (319) 382-8651.
ANGELA M. DESPENAS
MASON CITY - Angela M. Despenas, 44, of 1008 First St. N.W., died Monday
(July 30, 2001) at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa.
Her funeral will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday at Hogan Bremer Colonial
Chapel, 126 Third St. N.E., with Pastor Mark Luckiesh of the Seventh-day
Adventist Church officiating. Interment will follow at Elmwood-St. Joseph
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral chapel.
Memorials may be directed to Angela's daughter Angelica Despenas at
1008 First St. N.W. in Mason City.
Angela was born July 15, 1957, in Mason City, the daughter of Joanne
(Kunz) Dailey. She attended Mason City public schools and worked for a
short time at Alexander Batteries.
Angela was primarily a homemaker who enjoyed writing letters to her
friends and constantly remodeling and redecorating her house.
Angela will be greatly missed by her mother, Joanne Dailey, of Mason
City; five children, Toni Torres, and her special friend, Paul Rowe, of
Mason City, Erik Torres and his special friend, Tara Northrup, of Mason
City, Shad Arispe and his special friend, Casey Boyd, of Elk River, Minn.,
Noah Arispe, of Elk River, Minn., and Angelica Despenas, of Mason City;
and one grandson, Alek Torres.
Angela was preceded in death by her grandparents; and one grandchild.
Hogan Bremer Colonial Chapel, (641) 423-2372.
MARCEL 'PETE' LLOYD MOLSBERRY
MASON CITY - Marcel "Pete" Lloyd Molsberry, 98, Mason City, formerly
of Plymouth, died Monday (July 30, 2001) at the Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient
Unit in Mason City.
His funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at the St. Michael's
Catholic Church in Plymouth, with Monsignor Joseph Slepicka officiating.
Burial will be in the Bohemian Cemetery in Plymouth.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, with a public scripture
wake service at 6 p.m. at the Bride Colonial Chapel, 110 East Spring Street
The family of Marcel "Pete" Lloyd Molsberry has requested that memorial
contributions be made to St. Michael's Catholic Church in Plymouth, or
to Hospice of North Iowa in his memory.
Marcel "Pete" Lloyd Molsberry was born on March 1, 1903, in Worth County,
near Plymouth, the son of Jesse John and Mary (Albrecht) Molsberry. He
attended and received his education in the Plymouth school system.
After completing his schooling he began farming north of Plymouth,
and was also co-owner with Boyd Hodson of the Plymouth and Manly Roller
He was united in marriage to Mabel Susan Bosold on July 16, 1930, at
the Holy Family Catholic Church in Mason City. Mabel preceded him in death
on Sept. 27, 1998.
After their marriage they continued to farm on the family farm north
of Plymouth, until moving into Plymouth in 1978. They lived in Plymouth
until moving to the Willows in Mason City in 1996, and in 1998 they moved
to the Willow Pointe in Mason City.
Pete enjoyed playing baseball in high school, fishing and farming.
He also was very active at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Plymouth, and
was instrumental in the upgrading of the church in the 1940s. He also was
on the Plymouth School Board for several years, and was a school bus driver
Pete was always willing to help others, was a devoted husband, father,
grandfather, and made sure that his family made it to their activities
while growing up.
He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Plymouth, and was
a life member and 3rd degree Knights of Columbus member in Osage.
Left to cherish his memory are his children, Mary Borchardt, of Webster
City, Jeanne Kelsh and her husband, Tom, of Plainfield, Ill., and John
Molsberry and his wife, Bonnie, of Kirkland, Wash.; 15 grandchildren; 20
great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, as well as other relatives
Besides his wife; his parents; a daughter, Ann Holmes; two brothers,
Frank H. and Art Molsberry; and a sister, Monica Mitze, also preceded him
Bride Colonial Chapel: (641) 454-2242
GERTRUDE W. FICK
MASON CITY - A celebration of life will be held for Gertrude W. Fick,
91, of Mason City, at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Girl Scout Camp Tanglefoot
on the south shore of Clear Lake.
Gertrude W. Fick died on March 22, 2001, at the I.O.O.F. Home.
Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, (641) 423-0924.
LUTHER GEORGE FOLLMUTH
MASON CITY - Luther George Follmuth, 75, of 130 23rd St. S.W., died
Friday (Oct. 19, 2001) at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa.
His funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at St. James Lutheran
Church, 1148 Fourth St. S.E., with the Rev. David Anderson officiating.
Interment will be at 12:45 p.m. the same day at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday at Hogan Bremer
Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. N.E., and also for one hour prior to services
on Monday at the church.
Memorials may be directed to St. James Lutheran Church or the Arthritis
Foundation - Iowa Chapter, 2600 72nd St., Suite D, Des Moines, Iowa 50322.
Hogan Bremer Colonial Chapel, (641) 423-2372.
GARY A. HOFFMAN SR.
CLEAR LAKE - Gary A. Hoffman Sr., 62, of 1409 S. Cedar, Owatonna, Minn.,
formerly of Clear Lake, died Thursday (Oct. 18, 2001) at the Owatonna Hospital
in Owatonna, Minn.
His funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday at the Ward-Van Slyke
Colonial Chapel, 101 N. Fourth St., Clear Lake, with the Rev. Fred Lewis
of Clear Lake United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in
the Clear Lake Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. on Sunday and one hour before
services on Monday at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorials to Gary A. Hoffman Sr. Memorial Fund.
Gary was born May 25, 1939 in Mason City, the son of George F. and
Nina (Zimmel) Hoffman. He attended school in Clear Lake.
He married Karolyn Newell on March 13, 1962, at the Little Brown Church
in Nashua, and was married for 21 years.
Gary worked at the Clear Lake Truck Stop, drove semi for Ruan Transport,
Bonner Trucking, Gene Meyer Trucking and Gerald Foutch Trucking for a total
of 25 years. He then worked at the Clear Lake Bakery and then Slidell Inc.
in Owatonna, Minn. until retiring due to ill health.
Gary enjoyed his electric trains and collecting coins.
Gary is survived by his six children, Gary A. Hoffman Jr. and his wife,
Kim, of Indianola, Lee Hoffman, of Minnesota, Shirley Sykes and her husband,
Wallace, of Citra, Fla., Earl Hoffman, of Minnesota, Karla Barnes and her
husband Stan, of Owatonna, Minn., and Roxane Balderas, of Clear Lake; his
former wife, Karolyn Hoffman of Clear Lake; nine grandchildren, Amber Hoffman,
Ashley Hoffman, Teddy Sykes, Samantha Sykes, Caley Hoffman, Karmen Barnes,
Veronica Morales, Anthony Morales and Misty Morales; four great-grandchildren,
Dakota Morales, Ciara Morales, Nikolas Padilla and Spencer Espejo; four
sisters, Betty Lunn and her husband, George, of Clear Lake, Judy Bishop
and her husband, Glen, of California, Evelyn Frank and her husband, William,
of Mason City, and Linda Finger and her husband, Dale, of Forest City.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Marlene Stevens; and
her husband, Robert Stevens; and one infant brother.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, (641) 357-2193.
CRYSTAL LAKE - Mildred Fredrickson, of Crystal Lake, died Friday (October
19, 2001) at the Texas Terrace Care Center, St. Louis Park, Minn.
Arrangements are incomplete at the Cataldo Funeral Home in Britt, (641)
BESSIE ANNA KADUCE
BELMOND - Bessie Anna Kaduce, 94, a lifelong resident of the Belmond-Meservey
area, died Tuesday (Oct. 16, 2001) at the Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient
Unit in Mason City.
Bessie Meints was born Sept. 14, 1907, on her parent's farm in Avery
Township, Hancock County, near Meservey, the daughter of Abner and Grace
(Kielman) Meints. She attended rural school.
Bessie married Johannes "Joe" Kaduce on Sept. 13, 1930, at the Reformed
Church parsonage in Klemme. Following their marriage, the couple farmed
with Joe's brother on a farm that the brothers had purchased together.
In addition to farming with her husband, Bessie was a lifelong homemaker.
She had worked in housekeeping at the Belmond hospital from the mid-1950s
to the mid-1970s when she retired.
Bessie and Joe moved to Belmond following Joe's retirement from farming
in 1964. They lived for a number of years in their own home before becoming
residents of the Leinbach Center Retirement complex in Belmond, where she
had lived for the last 15 years. Her husband preceded her in death on June
Most of Bessie's life centered on her husband, siblings, children,
grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and friends.
Bessie loved hosting family dinners, holidays and various other family
gatherings. She always kept track of birthdays and other special occasions
in her family's lives.
A favorite activity was visiting over tea, cookies and cake with her
friends and family. She loved canning, baking and dining out.
She and her husband had enjoyed traveling and had been to many places,
including Hawaii and Florida. They also enjoyed going dancing at the Surf
Ballroom in Clear Lake.
Bessie received her "honorary" high school diploma from Meservey High
School at age 90. She was known by everyone as "Grandma," and her grandchildren
considered her their best friend.
Bessie was a lifelong member of the Reformed Church, attending both
in Meservey and at Immanuel Reformed Church in Belmond.
Those left to cherish the memory of her life are her two daughters,
Marlene and Leonard Gobeli and Cynthia Sanders, all of Mason City; her
grandchildren, James and Jody Gobeli, Douglas Gobeli, Dale and Kim Gobeli
, Jeffrey Gobeli, and Laura and Alfredo Viteri, Teresa and Chip VanHorn,
Gregory Hall, Monica and Carlos Gomez, Melissa and Kirk Hill, Lisa and
Dave Lane, Matt and Kristie Rink and Tony and Ann Carlson; great-grandchildren,
Lance, Jennifer, Timothy, Jesse and Jake Gobeli, Ashley, Zachery and Mallory
Lane, Elizabeth and Ericka Anderson, Anna and Jenna VanHorn, Amelia Viteri,
Joshua, Allysa and Alexandra Hill, Courtney and Haley Rink, Grant Carlson
and Joey Hall; and four great-great-grandchildren, Irie, Tatin, Hunter
and Vincent. She also is survived by many, many, nieces and nephews.
Bessie was preceded in death by her parents, Abner and Grace; her husband,
Joe; her daughter, Mavis Weaver; an infant brother, Herman; three great-grandchildren,
Micheal Dale Gobeli, Bess Amanda VanHorn and Charles Anthony Carlson; brothers,
Alfred, Abbie and Herman Sr.; sisters, Minnie, Amanda, Elizabeth, Gertie,
Irma and Grace; and a son-in-law, Bud Weaver.
Funeral services are set for 10:30 a.m. today at Immanuel Reformed
Church in Belmond, with Pastor Robert Ford officiating. Burial will be
in the Immanuel Church Cemetery in Belmond.
Visitation was held on Friday at the Tenold Funeral Home in Belmond
and will continue from 9:30 a.m. until time of services today at the church.
Memorials may be given to Hospice of North Iowa or to a cause of the
Tenold Funeral Home, (641) 444-4474.
DONALD J. 'DON' RIPPENTROP
MASON CITY - Donald J. "Don" Rippentrop, 81, of 722 S. Indiana Ave.,
died Thursday morning (Oct. 18, 2001) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient
His funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday at Wesley United Methodist
Church, 1405 S. Pennsylvania Ave., with the Rev. Bill Poland officiating.
Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at Fullerton Funeral
Home, 123 Second St. S.E., Mason City, and one hour prior to services at
the church on Monday.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials
to Wesley United Methodist Church or Hospice of North Iowa.
Don was born on July 18, 1920 at Titonka, one of two children of John
G. and Anna (Kuchenreuther) Rippentrop. As a young family, they moved to
the Thompson area.
He graduated from the Thompson High School in 1937 and then joined
his father in the farming operation. There he met the woman of his dreams,
Josephine (Joe) Wessels, living right down the road. They were united in
marriage on his 21st birthday on July 18, 1941, at Elmore, Minn. To this
union were born five children. They continued farming until moving to Mason
City in 1959. He was employed at Northwestern Portland Cement Company.
Later he was pulled by his love of automobiles into the auto service
manager field in Mason City. Later they moved to Dundas, Minn., where he
worked for Chrysler Village as the service manager in nearby Northfield.
He retired in 1982 and returned to Mason City.
Don was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. He along with his
wife of 60 years enjoyed their grandchildren. He was an avid fisherman,
trying to catch anything that swam. He was a good hunter, providing geese,
ducks, pheasants, rabbits and squirrels for his family. He also enjoyed
Those who are thankful for sharing Don's life include his wife, Josephine,
of Mason City; two daughters, Jean and her husband, Ronald LaCoste, of
Rockford, and JoAnn and her husband, Larry Mozack, of Mason City; three
sons, Ronald and his wife, Linda Rippentrop, Robert and his wife, Bev Rippentrop,
all of Mason City, and Rodney and his wife, Kathy Rippentrop, of Apple
Valley, Minn.; 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law,
Jan Oliver of Mason City; one aunt, Veda Kuchenreuther of Algona; numerous
nieces and nephews, including his blood niece, Linda, and her husband,
Ron Lee, of Titonka, and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one great-granddaughter, Erica
Huebner; and one sister, Delores and her husband, Bill Rode.
Fullerton Family of Funeral Homes, (641) 423-8676.
ANNA C. WALTER
MASON CITY - Anna C. Walter, 97, of 302 Second St. N.E., died Thursday
(Oct. 18, 2001) at the Good Shepherd Health Care Center in Mason City.
Her funeral will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday at Hogan-Bremer Colonial
Chapel, 126 Third St. N.E., Mason City, with the Rev. Bill Poland officiating.
Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Mason City.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral chapel.
Anna was born on Feb. 25, 1904, in Lake Wilson, Minn., the daughter
of Seivert and Bertha Johnson, who immigrated from Dovre, Norway.
She was married to Harry A. Walter on Sept. 21, 1921, in Slayton, Minn.
They moved to Mason City immediately after their marriage.
She was a lifelong homemaker who was active in Wesley United Methodist
Church, the church women's club and the Railroad Engineers Auxiliary.
Anna enjoyed collecting antiques, crocheting, gardening and playing
She is survived by two sons, Robert Walter and his wife, Annette, of
West Des Moines, and Richard Walter and his wife, Mary, of Ankeny; 12 grandchildren;
24 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters,
Phyllis Kasper of Pipestone, Minn., and Marce Kasper of Scottsdale, Ariz.
Anna was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three brothers,
four sisters, two sons, Harry Jr. and David Walter, and one great-grandson.
Hogan Bremer Colonial Chapel, (641) 423-2372.
LANNY L. CUNNINGHAM
FOREST CITY - Lanny L. Cunningham, 49, of Forest City, died Thursday
(Oct. 18, 2001) at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City.
His funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday at Immanuel Lutheran
Church in Forest City with the Rev. Michelle Simonson officiating. Burial
will be at Oakland Cemetery, Forest City.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the Petersen Lund
Funeral Home, 505 N. Clark St., Forest City.
Lanny L. Cunningham was born in Forest City on March 9, 1952, the son
of Lloyd and Helen (Lundstrum) Cunningham. He received his education in
Forest City schools and graduated from Forest City High School.
Lanny joined the U.S. Army after his graduation. He served in Germany
as a tank commander for three years. There he met his wife, Linda Schuetz,
and they were married in Germany on July 20, 1974.
Following his discharge from the service, the couple made their home
in Forest City. Lanny began working at Winnebago Industries in 1974. He
was shop foreman in the Warranty Department at the time of his death. He
was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City.
Lanny was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt and fish, go camping
with family and friends and enjoyed shooting black-powder rifles.
He was a gifted mechanic who enjoyed working in his shop at home, helping
friends keep their cars and tractors running. He loved his antique John
Deere tractors and treasured time spent with friends and loved being Papa
to his grandson, Dylan.
Lanny is survived by his wife, Linda Cunningham, of Forest City; two
daughters, Angie Cunningham and Gina Schleuger and husband, Curt, all of
Forest City; a brother and his wife, Tom and Debbie Cunningham, of Forest
City; two sisters, Dawn Cunningham of Keokuk and Joan Weaver, of Palm Bay,
Fla.; a grandson, Dylan Schleuger; and two sisters-in-law, Marie (Duckie)
Menke of Camden Point, Mo., and Terri Huso, of Forest City.
Lanny was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Helen Cunningham;
and his stepmother, Maxine Cunningham.
Petersen Lund Funeral Home, (641) 585-2685.
ELEANOR ROHNE TUE
NORTHWOOD - Eleanor Rohne Tue, 93, of Northwood, died on Friday (Oct.
19, 2001) at the Lutheran Retirement Home in Northwood.
Her funeral will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday at First Lutheran Church
in Northwood with the Rev. Allan Stoa officiating. Burial will be in Sunset
Rest Cemetery, Northwood.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the Schroeder
& Sites Funeral Home, Highway 65 S., Northwood. Visitation will continue
one hour prior to services on Monday at the church.
If desired, memorials may be given to the First Lutheran Church Sunday
School in Northwood.
Eleanor was born on March 13, 1908, at her parents' farm in Freeborn
County, Minn., near Deer Creek. After graduating from Winona State Teachers
College, she taught school for 12 years before raising her family.
She was an active member of First Lutheran Church where she was primary
Sunday school department leader for 40 years.
Her daughters will cherish her love for them, for gardening, her church
and other children.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard B. Tue; her parents,
Mathais and Annette Rohne; sisters, Lulu Halver, Alice Cronwell and Olova
Rislov; and brothers, Irving Rohne and Martin Rohne.
She is survived by two daughters, Janet (James) Hermanson and Kathleen
(Chet) Harrison; two granddaughters, Kirsten (Rob) Carolin and Melissa
(Boake) Munsch; a great-grandson, Benjamin Carolin; stepgrandson, C. J.
(Hilde) Harrison; and great-granddaughters, Annika and Christina Harrison.
Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home, (641) 324-1121.
WAYNE E. OUSTAD
AITKIN, Minn. - Wayne E. Oustad, 54, of Aitkin, died Wednesday (Oct.
17, 2001) at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson
Funeral Home in Aitkin with the Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Burial
will be in the Bennettville Cemetery, with military honors conducted by
the Aitkin American Legion and VFW.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Steece, Nick Dinger, Bill Turner, Mike Maxwell,
Craig Speed, George Straight, Don Cordie and Lynn Ellingston.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home
and also one hour prior to services on Monday.
He was born May 29, 1947, at Kanawha, the son of Oscar and Mildred
(Fuller) Oustad. He grew up and attended schools in Kanawha and graduated
from the Kanawha High School in 1964.
He joined the National Guard and his unit was activated during the
He lived and worked in Kanawha, farming and working as an auto mechanic
at a G.M. dealership.
He married Cheryl Steenhard in 1974 and they lived in Belmond, where
he still farmed and worked as a mechanic.
He had been coming to the Aitkin area most of his life and moved to
Aitkin in 1987 where he owned and operated Wayne's Auto Service.
He was a member of Aitkin Moose Lodge 1060 and the Aitkin American
He enjoyed fishing and racing stock cars.
He is survived by his significant other, Jeanne Monse of Aitkin, Minn.;
one son, Rick Robertson, of St. Martin, Minn.; five daughters, Mona Green
of Garland, Texas, Michelle Oustad of Blue Springs, Mo., Rachelle Robertson
of South Haven, Mich., Nikki Brinkman of Webster City and Wendy Stimac,
of Crosby, Minn.; and eight grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Cheryl, in 1989.
LAKE MILLS - James "Jim" Cavett, 37, of Lake Mills, died Thursday (Oct.
18, 2001) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.
His funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday at Salem Lutheran
Church in Lake Mills with the Rev. Roger Dykstra and the Rev. Kevin Mackey
officiating. Burial will be at Salem Memorial Cemetery, Lake Mills.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday at the Mittelstadt
Funeral Home in Lake Mills, and one hour prior to services on Monday at
Mittelstadt Funeral Home, (641) 592-0221.
RALPH VICTOR STALZER
ALGONA - Ralph Victor Stalzer, 74, of Algona, died Wednesday (Oct.
17, 2001) at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.
His funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday at St. Cecelia Catholic
Church in Algona. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Algona.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at Garry-Roberts-Murphy-Schaaf
Funeral Home in Algona, with a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 6 p.m. and
a vigil for the deceased at 7 p.m.
Garry-Roberts-Murphy-Schaaf Funeral Home, (515) 295-3731.
SCOTT C. MEYER
OSAGE - Scott Christopher Meyer, 32, of the Davis-Monthan Air Force
Base in Tucson, Ariz., formerly of Osage, died Thursday (Oct. 18, 2001)
at Saint Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson, Nev.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home
Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home, (641) 732-3706.
RONALD D. BELLINGHAUSEN
PLYMOUTH - Ronald D. Bellinghausen, 58, of Plymouth, died Friday (Oct.
19, 2001) at his home.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Major Erickson Funeral Home,
111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Mason City.
Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, (641) 423-0924.
CHARLES CITY - Zora Pieper, 89, formerly of 910 13th St., died Friday
(Oct. 19, 2001) at the Riverside Chautauqua Guest Home in Charles City.
Arrangements are incomplete at Hauser Funeral Home, 1205 S. Main St.,
Hauser Funeral Home, (641) 228-2323.
ARTHUR L. LEVANG
DES MOINES - Arthur L. Levang, 80, of 2921 Kendallwood Circle, died
Thursday (Oct. 18, 2001) at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday at Westchester Evangelical
Free Church in Des Moines. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Elim
Lutheran Cemetery near Fertile.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Southtown Funeral
Home in Des Moines.
Visitation also will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday at Petersen
Lund Funeral Home, 505 N. Clark St., Forest City.
Memorials may be given to Lutheran Brethren Schools in his memory.
Southtown Funeral Home, (515) 285-3911.