Juletta Wendel, age 74, died Saturday, September 22, 2001 at her home
in Chester, Iowa.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, September 25,
2001 at St. Stephens Catholic Church, with burial in the Chester Hill Cemetery,
both at Chester, IA. Rev. Ray Atwood presided with the Conway Funeral Home
assisting with arrangements. Dan and Margo Bissen will provide the music
and casket bearers will be: Carl Haayer, Richard Cray, Tom Smith, Roger
Lundtredt, Gene Warnke, and Francis Nibaur.
Juletta Cecilia Wendel was born in Austin, MN, on November 22, 1926,
the daughter of Greggory and Louise (Schmitz) Bissen. She attended school
and graduated from the Rose Creek High School in May of 1944 at Rose Creek,
On October 22, 1945 she was united in marriage to Bernard Wendel in
St. Peters Church in Rose Creek. They made their home in Chester, Iowa.
Juletta was a member of St. Stephens Catholic Church in Chester, where
she held various offices for its Altar and Rosary Society. She was a member
of a sewing club, the Chester Kitchen Band, and the Chester Booster Club.
She worked for the Chester Post Office for 30 years retiring in September
Juletta is survived by her husband Bernard, one daughter: Louise and
her husband Mike Bowron of Burnsville, MN; three sons: Michael and wife
Karen of Chester, IA, Robert of Whittemore, IA, and Jeff and wife Pam of
Chester, IA; seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren; and one brother:
Benno Bissen of Austin, MN.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers: Raymond and
Bernard Bissen and two sisters: Veronica Bellrichard and Barbara Davis.
Norma Ferguson, 83, of New Hampton, died Friday, September 14, 2001
at Mercy Medical Center in Mason City of natural causes.
Funeral services will be 11:00 am Tuesday, September 18 at Trinity
Lutheran Church in New Hampton.
Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Nashua.
Friends may call from 3 to 8 pm Monday at Conway Funeral Home in New
Hampton and also an hour prior to services at the church.
Norma Emma Ferguson was born December 21, 1917, near Sumner, the daughter
of Herman & Lena (Etter) Lantow. She attended rural school near
her home. After her schooling she worked on the family farm and also
for their neighbors. She was united in marriage to Gerald Ferguson
at her parents home near Nashua on August 2, 1939. After their marriage
the couple resided on the Ferguson family farm 5 miles east of Nashua.
The couple lived on the farm for about 20 years until Gerald’s death in
1958. In October of 1959 she moved to New Hampton where she was employed
as a bookkeeper for Richard John Deere Implement and later Boos Implement
retiring from there in 1980. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran
Church and enjoyed keeping track of birthdays, anniversaries and family
history, and also enjoyed telephone conversations with her friends.
She is survived by: 2 sisters, Maxine Bennor of Nashua and Viola (John)
Sullivan of Nashua; 1 brother Raymond (Mary) Lantow of Fredericksburg;
1 sister-in-law Elaine Lantow of Nashua; 14 nieces & nephews; and numerous
great nieces & nephews.
She was preceded in death by her: parents; husband Gerald; 1 brother
Robert Lantow; 1 great niece Suzanne Lantow; and 1 nephew Glen Lantow.
Loren Fenneman, 82, of New Hampton, died Friday, August 31, 2001 at
Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton of natural causes.
Funeral services will be 10:30 am Wednesday, September 5, 2001 at Trinity
Lutheran Church in New Hampton with Reverend David Bergstrom and Reverend
Kevin Frey officiating. Dennis Strum will be the organist and will
accompany, vocalists Julie Allen and Gail Allison singing “The Lord’s My
Shepherd,” “In The Garden,” & “Beyond The Sunset.” The congregation
will sing “How Great Thou Art.”
Burial will be in New Hampton Cemetery with Jill Cowen, Michael Cowen,
Jason Cowen, Joseph Alberts, Brian Allen, Vickie Brummond, Cindy Sheridan,
Lanette Reamen, LeAnn Reamen, and Justin Allen serving as casket bearers.
Friends may call from 3 to 8 pm Tuesday at Conway Funeral Home in New
Hampton, and also an hour prior to services at the church.
Loren Paul Fenneman was born September 17, 1918 in Richland Township,
near New Hampton, the son of Ernest & Emma (Mack) Fenneman. He
was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church at Williamstown.
He attended rural school (Lindy) and graduated from the New Hampton High
School. After graduation he worked as an electrician for Seeliger
Electric. On September 6, 1940 he married Adeline (Edgar) at the
Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. He farmed near Fredericksburg
and New Hampton before moving to their present farm in 1957, located south
of New Hampton. Loren was active in community affairs, he was a member
of Trinity Lutheran Church and served as a member of the council, he was
also chairman of the Farm Bureau Membership Drive, President of the Pork
Producers Association, and Director on the Board for Rural Schools in New
Hampton Township. He enjoyed fishing and woodworking after retiring
from farming in 1980.
Loren is survived by his wife Adeline of New Hampton, a son Larry (Jackie)
Fenneman of Marion, IA, a daughter Mrs. (David) Lorene Cowen of Upper Darby,
PA; 4 grandchildren Jill Cowen, Michael Cowen, Jason Cowen of Upper Darby,
PA, and Joseph Alberts of Atkins, IA; a great grandson Cody Alberts; several
one step great granddaughter; and a brother Lynford Fenneman of Elma.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Lloyd Fenneman.
Orrie Eddy Thompson
Orrie Thompson, 92, of Elma, died Monday, August 27, 2001 at his home
in Elma of complications of cancer.
A memorial service will be held 2:30 pm Thursday, August 30 at the
United Methodist Church in Elma.
Inurnment will be at a later date in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Greene,
IA. Honorary casket bearers will be Al Culbert, Ken Carr, Bill Kohls,
Vic Johnson, Jack Johnson, & Joe Ludwig.
Family will greet friends an hour prior to services at the church.
Orrie Eddy Thompson was born July 3, 1909 at Greene, IA the son of
Eddy Drake & Mary Ann (Newbern) Thompson. He attended Greene
Public School. After his schooling he spent time jumping trains and
going out west to follow the fall harvest. On November 27, 1935 he
was united in marriage to Geraldine Louise Spurbeck in Independence.
Following their marriage the couple resided in Greene, where he worked
at Gambles and later had his own electrical business and then went to work
for Interstate Power Company. Orrie entered the U.S. Navy in October
of 1943 and was a Chief Electricians Mate and Chief Petty Officer while
he served in the Aluetian Islands from October of 1943 until December of
1945. After returning home from the service he owned a radio repair
shop called Thompson Radio & TV in Greene. Orrie went back to
work for Interstate Power Company and later moved to Riceville where the
couple lived for 1 year. In 1953 they moved to Elma where he was
an Area Manager for Interstate Power Company until his retirement in 1973.
Orrie was also an Amateur Radio Operator WØDFC. He was also
an expert pool player and was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He was
very dedicated to his family and friends.
Orrie is survived by
5 daughters-Kay (John) Hayden of Elma
-Connie (Don) Burzette of Stewartville, MN
-Kathy (Dave) Tempus of Nora Springs, IA
-Corinne Sivertsen of Cedar Rapids
-Mary (Larry) Thompson Williams of Rochester, MN
2 great grandchildren
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Geraldine, 3 brothers
& 3 sisters.
LUELLA E. BRAHAM
LUELLA E. BRAHAM, 95, of New Hampton, died Saturday August 18,
2001 after a brief illness, at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton.
Funeral services will be 10:30 Tuesday August 21 at St. Joseph Catholic
Church with Reverend Carl Schmitt presiding. Sister Lorraine Loecher
will be organist and accompany the St. Joseph Resurrection Choir and cantor
Joyce Shatek. Hymn selections will include: “Be Not Afraid”, “On Eagles
Wings” and “Amazing Grace”. Donald and Kathleen Braham will present the
Offertory gifts and Richard TeKippe will be lector.
Interment will be Calvary Cemetery, New Hampton with Linus Bodensteiner,
Al Riley, Arnie Tierney, Joe Leibold, Lee Miller, George Knutson, Richard
Rosonke and Richard TeKippe serving as casketbearers.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 pm Monday at Conway Funeral Home in New
Hampton where there will be a 4:30 combined Catholic Daughters and Rosary
Society rosary and a 6:30 pm scripture service.
Visitation will also be at the church an hour before service time.
Luella Estella Braham was born July 11, 1906 at New Hampton, the daughter
of Frank and Estella (Ennessy) Wentz. After graduating from New Hampton
High School, she was employed at Olmstead and Gardner Drug Store until
her marriage to George Braham on June 27, 1938 at St. Joseph’s Rectory
in New Hampton.
She was a member of St. Joseph Church, St. Joseph Rosary Society
and was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Joan of Arc
Council 388 since 1927.
Luella is survived by 1 son Donald and his wife Kathleen of Virginia
Beach, VA, a grandson Steven Braham and his wife Tracey of Virginia Beach,
a granddaughter Christine Nance and her husband Russell of New York City,
a great granddaughter Sydney Braham of Virginia Beach.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband George February
6, 2000, a daughter Marilu Braham, and 3 brothers Orval, Raymond
and Merle Wentz.
Ralph M. Ries
Ralph M. Ries, 84, of Elma, died Monday December 3, 2001 at Floyd County
Memorial Hospital in Charles City of natural causes.
Funeral services will be 11:00 am Thursday, December 6 at Immaculate
Conception Church in Elma with Reverend John Hemann officiating.
Theresa Burke will be the organist and will accompany the granddaughters
serving as vocalist as well as the Immaculate Conception Church Choir singing
“How Great Thou Art,” “Amazing Grace,” “Be Not Afraid,” & “On Eagles
Wings.” Lector will be Sr. Phyllis Ries. Eucharistic ministers
will be Chuck & Elaine Ries and Lyle Ries. Gift bearers will
be sons, Gary L., John, Ed R., and Mike L. Ries. Mass servers will
be Joanna Ries, Daniel Ries, Cory Gebel, & Michael Laures. Ralph’s
wife and children will place the pall.
Interment will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in North Washington with
Jeff Laures, Brian Laures, Doug Laures, Bob Schaudenecker, Kevin Ries,
Mark Ries, Kent Ries, and Patrick L. Ries serving as casket bearers.
Honorary casket bearers will be the granddaughters Emily C. Ries, Julie
Gebel, Lori Marsh, Mary Jo Urbatsch, Kelli Zimmerman, Janae Wilson, Deb
Ries, Nicole A. McCurdy, and Jessica J. Mathews as well as the Elma Knights
of Columbus Council #4144 and Catholic Order of Foresters St. Benedict
Court #1245 of North Washington.
Friends may call after 3 pm Wednesday at Conway Funeral Home in Elma
where there will be a 4 pm rosary society rosary and a 7 pm scripture service
followed by a combined Knights of Columbus and Catholic Order of Foresters
Ralph M. Ries was born March 6, 1917 near North Washington, the son
of Ed & Anna (Nosbisch) Ries. He attended Immaculate Conception
Catholic School in North Washington. After his schooling he farmed
with his family on the family farm. On Tuesday, November 26, 1940
he was united in marriage to Mary Schwickerath at Immaculate Conception
Church in North Washington. After their marriage the couple farmed
in Chickasaw County for 7 years. In 1947 the couple purchased a farm
in Howard County (1 mile west of Elma). In the couple moved to Elma
in 1975 and he continued farming until his retirement in 1980. Ralph
enjoyed carpentry and woodworking, fishing, traveling, and playing cards,
but his great love and enjoyment was spending time with his grandchildren
and great grandchildren. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception
Church in Elma, Elma Knights of Columbus Council #4144, 4th degree Knights
of Columbus (Davis Assembly,) and the Catholic Order of Foresters St. Benedict
Court # 1245 of North Washington.
Ralph is survived by his wife Mary of 61 years; 2 daughters Elaine
(Chuck) Laures of Osage and Marilyn (Gary) Schaudenecker of Alta Vista;
4 sons John (Cathy) Ries of Elma, Gary L. (Mary Jo) Ries of Elma, Ed R.
(Jean) Ries of Spring Valley, MN, and Mike L. (Janice) Ries of Cresco;
17 grandchildren; and 24 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; 4 brothers his twin Raymond,
Harold, Leonard, and Cletus in infancy; 2 daughters Janice and Marianne
Leland Panoch, 73, of New Hampton, died Monday, November 26, 2001 at
the New Hampton Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in New Hampton of natural
Funeral services will be 10:30 am Friday, November 30 at St. Joseph
Catholic Church in New Hampton with Reverend Carl Schmitt officiating.
Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery, also in New Hampton.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 pm Thursday at Conway Funeral Home in
New Hampton, where there will be a 4:30 pm rosary & 7 pm scripture
service. Visitation will also be an hour prior to services at the
Leland Francis Panoch was born August 10, 1928 in Howard County, the
eldest son of W. Joseph & Rose (Bilek) Panoch. He was baptized
and confirmed at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. He attended
country school near his home. Leland worked for the Rath Packing
Plant in Waterloo, Oliver-White Farm Equipment in Charles City, and also
building contruction work. He resided in the New Hampton area for
most of his life. He was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church
in New Hampton. In his final days, Leland enjoyed his family, grandchildren,
and friends and found comfort in the love from family and friends.
He is survived by:
2 sons-Lee and his wife Michelle of Cresco, IA
Larry of Cresco
2 grandchildren-Adam & Abby (Children of Lee)
4 brothers-Joe and his wife Jane of Castalia
-Ray and his wife Carol of New Hampton
-Don of Fredericksburg
-Ron and his wife Nancy of Punta Gorda, FL
2 sisters-Lorraine Scholbrock and her husband Marvin of New Hampton
-Gigi Wollenberg of Rochester, MN
several nieces & nephews
He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Rose Marie
Merle Hereid, 75, of Jerico, died Saturday, November 24, 2001 at his
home in Jerico of natural causes.
Funeral services will be 10:30 am Tuesday, November 27 at Immanuel
Lutheran Church rural Lawler with Reverend Peter D. Peterson officiating.
Verna Orvis will be the organist and will accompany those in attendance
singing “How Great Thou Art,” & “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.”
Burial will be in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, rural Lawler with
Joel Knutson, Gary Borlaug, Don Hereid, Jeff Knutson, Jeff Engstrom &
Kenny Hines serving as casket bearers. Honorary casket bearers will
be Lawrence Ondrashek, Harlan Anderson, Harry Sorenson, Raymond Nystel,
Donald Knutson, Paul Johnson, Daryl Iverson, and Harvey Knutson serving
as honorary casket bearers.
Friends may call from 3 to 8 pm Monday at Conway Funeral Home in New
Hampton and also an hour prior to service at the church.
Merle James Hereid was born January 1, 1926, in Jacksonville Township,
rural Lawler, the son of Ingvald & Clara (Johnson) Hereid. He
attended country school near his home in Jacksonville Township. After his
schooling he went to work at White Farm in Charles City. On March
5, 1948 he was united in marriage to Adis G. Knutson at Saude Lutheran
Church Parsonage. After their marriage the couple farmed in the Saude
area. The couple moved to a farm near Alta Vista in 1968. Merle
then went to work for Sara Lee in 1972, until his retirement in 1987, when
the couple moved to Jerico where he was currently residing. He loved
playing cards and fishing.
Merle is survived by:
a son Denny (Judy) Hereid of Sumner
a daughter Deanna (Bob [Tex]) Hageman of New Hampton
a granddaughter Angie (Doug) Ellanson of Sarona, WI
4 grandsons Shawn Hereid of Tripoli
-Drew Hereid of Sumner
-Blaine Hageman of New Hampton
-Colin Hageman of New Hampton
2 great grandchildren
3 Step granddaughters
1 step grandson
2 brothers- Lowell (Pete) Hereid of Jerico
-Paul Hereid of New Hampton
3 sisters-Ann Borlaug of New Hampton
-Ada Engstrom of Praire Du Chien, WI
-Orreann Hereid of Edina, MN
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Adis (January 28, 2000),
a grandson Adam Hereid, 3 brothers Harold in infancy, Carlton, Oliver (Don).
James Opat, 90, of Elma, died Thursday, November 22, 2001 at Colonial
Manor in Elma of natural causes.
Funeral services will be 10:30 am Monday, November 26 at Our Lady of
Lourdes Catholic Church, rural Elma with Reverend John Hemann presiding.
Organist was Theresa Burke and she accompanied the Our Lady of Lourdes
church choir singing “Here I Am Lord,” “How Great Thou Art,” “& “Be
Not Afraid.” Lawrence link was the lector. The Vince Link family
presented the offertory gifts. James’ nieces & nephews place
Interment will be in the church cemetery with Paul Sir, Chuck Stevenson,
Leslie Opat, Jim Opat, Norb Burke, Nate Dockendorf, and Don Ludwig.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 pm Sunday at Conway Funeral Home in Elma
where there will be a 6:30 pm scripture service to be followed by a rosary.
Friends may also call an hour prior to services at the church.
James Joseph Opat was born July 13, 1911 near Lourdes, IA on the farm
home of his parents James J. & Mary Elizabeth (Kobliska) Opat.
He attended the rural school and spent his working years on the Opat Family
Farm. He was joined in the farm operation by his brother Joseph.
James loved to play cards and enjoyed dancing.
He is survived by nieces & nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters- Mary Lenk, Cecelia
Suits, and Adeline Humpreys, and 2 brothers-Joseph & Edward Opat.
S. Elouise Roberson
S. Elouise Roberson, 85, of Jerico, died Thursday, November 22, 2001
at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton of natural causes.
Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Sunday, November 25, 2001 at Jerico
Lutheran Church in Jerico with Reverend Kent Dethlefsen officiating.
Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 pm Saturday at Conway Funeral Home in
New Hampton and an hour prior to services at the church.
Memorials may be directed to the Jerico Lutheran Church.
Sarah Elouise Roberson was born November 11, 1916, in Ruthven, IA,
the daughter of Daniel & Myrtle (Brott) Walters. She was raised
in the New Hampton area and graduated from New Hampton High School.
She was united in marriage with Harvey Raymond Roberson on October 14,
1937 at the Jerico/Saude Lutheran Parsonage. Following their marriage
the couple farmed north of Jerico and resided there for their entire married
life. During that time Elouise worked at J.C. Penny’s. Elouise
was a skilled painter and had paintings exhibited throughout Iowa and the
surrounding states. She was a member of the Jerico Lutheran Church,
Ladies Aid, the County Liners Card Club for over 40 years, and was a 4-H
club leader for many years. She enjoyed flower arranging.
She is survived by her husband Harvey of Jerico, 6 children Diane (Donald)
Burch of Galena, Il, Jean Cutsforth of Cedar Falls, Betty (Bob) Arndt
of Des Moines, Suzanne (Stewart) Stover of Rockford, IL, Robert (Marcia)
Roberson of New Hampton, Sara (Wayne) Haskovec of Reinbeck. 13 grandchildren,
14 great grandchildren; a brother Robert Walters of Grundy Center; a sister
Donna Zeien of Hastings, MN.
She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters Ruth Stapher, Betty
Fliger and a brother Arthur Walters.
Harold Piper, 60, of Ionia, died Thursday, November 22, 2001 at his
home in Ionia of natural causes.
Funeral services will be 10:30 am Monday, November 26 at the Ionia
Congregation Church in Ionia with Reverend Catherine Luck officiating.
Burial will be in Alcock Cemetery, rural Fredericka with Jim Stanton,
Terry Hennings, Tim Piper, Greg Hennings, Tony Hennings, & Jeffrey
Hennings serving as casket bearers.
Friends may call from 3 to 8 pm Sunday at Conway Funeral Home in New
Hampton, and an hour prior to services at the church.
Harold James Piper was born April 30, 1941, in Iowa City, IA, the son
of Clyde & Irene (Brewer) McDaniel. He received his education
in Ackley. On June 10, 1962 he was united in marriage to Geraldine
Lampe at the Little Brown Church. After their marriage the couple
resided in various places near New Hampton. Harold worked for McGrath’s
Implement for 25 years and T & K Repair for 10 years. In 1993
the couple moved to Ionia where they were currently residing. In
1998, Harold started his own business, Piper Repair, in Ionia.
He is survived by his wife Geraldine, 2 daughters Pamela (Terry) Hennings
of Tripoli, Annette (Jim) Stanton of Woodward, IA, a son Tim (Melissa)
Piper of Woodward, IA, 5 grandchildren Gregory, Anthony, & Jeffrey
Hennings of Tripoli and Rylie And Levi Stanton and 8 Step brothers &
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son Toni Lee
Helena Mannetter, 92, of Elma, died Thursday, November 22, 2001 at
Mitchell County Regional Health Center in Osage of natural causes.
Funeral services will be 10:30 am Saturday, November 24 at St. John
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Charles City.
Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, also in Charles City.
Friends may call from 3 to 9 pm Friday at Conway Funeral Home in Elma,
and also an hour prior to services at the church.
Helena Evelyn Schmidtke Mannetter was born March 16, 1909, in rural
Orchard, IA, the daughter of Alexander Ferdinand & Helena Christine
(Guderian) Schmidtke. She was baptized in April of 1909 at St. John
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Charles City by Reverend Casselman.
As a young girl she moved with her family to rural Osakis, MN where she
attended the local country District 23 School. In 1926 she graduated
from Osakis High School and continued her education there taking additional
secretarial courses the next year. Later she moved back to rural
Orchard with her parents. She worked as a housekeeper for the Bill
& Clara Wandro Family caring for Donald, Gallus and Gale. Sunday
September 6, 1942 she and Siegfried Fred Mannetter were united in marriage
at the Little Brown Church in Nashua by the Reverend Walter M. Fritschel.
The couple lived and farmed in the Deerfield area. In March of 1943
they moved to rural Elma where they farmed and in March of 1953 moved to
the farm where she was residing at the time of her death. She was
a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Charles City where
she was active in her church circle. Thru the years she was a Mitchell
County Extension Council Member, a member of the Farm Bureau and the Farm
Bureau Women’s Organization. She Enjoyed going on bus trips with
the Osage Senior Center. But most of all she loved her 3 grandchildren
and her great granddaughter Mija.
She is survived by:
a daughter-Kay (Algie A.) Slindee of Elma
grandchildren-Sonja (Michael) Cotton of Charles City
-Brent of Elma
-Nadia of Cedar Rapids
a great granddaughter Mija Selene Cotton
a brother- Harold (Wanda) Schmidtke of Oscoda, MI
2 sisters-in-law-Laura (Wilbur) Henry of Charles City
-Regina Wise of California
a brother in law-Agon (Barbara) Mannetter of Charles City
Several cousins, nieces & nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents
Husband-Zeke (October 21, 1993)
infant daughter-Dianne Lynne
2 sisters-Frances & Ruth
2 brothers-Vernon & Donald
Harold “Buggs” Fossen
Harold “Buggs” Fossen, 74, of Jerico, died Wednesday, November 14,
2001 at Methodist Hospital in Rochester of cancer.
Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Sunday, November 18 at Jerico Lutheran
Church, rural New Hampton with Reverend Kent Dethlefsen officiating.
Burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors provided
by the Lawler American Legion Post 279. Casket bearers will be Gene
Flatjord, Bruce Flatjord, Keith Vsetecka, Bruce Qualley, Marvin Martinek,
& Bob Martinek.
Friends may call from 3 to 7 pm Saturday at Conway Funeral Home in
New Hampton, and an hour prior to services at the church.
Harold Olai Fossen was born March 14, 1927, on a farm east of Jerico,
the son of Severt & Hansena (Knutson) Fossen. He was baptized
in 1927 and confirmed in 1941, both at Jerico Lutheran Church. He
graduated from New Hampton High School in 1944. On March 9, 1945, Harold
was sworn into the Naval Reserve at Waterloo, IA. He received his
basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station where he spent
6 weeks and then was transferred to a Marine training camp in Indicot,
Rhode Island for another 6 weeks of training. After his training
in Rhode Island he was sent to Camp Parks, CA where he was shipped out
to the 38th Sea-Bees in Hawaii then Okinawa, and later Yakima, Japan.
He was honorably discharged on June 6, 1946 at Minneapolis, MN after nearly
16 months of service.
After returning from the service, Harold farmed with his family and
also worked at the Oliver Corporation in Charles City. On September
5, 1964 he was happily married to Mildred Martinek at Jerico Lutheran Church.
Following their marriage the couple resided east of Jerico. In 1986
he retired from Oliver and continued farming.
He was a lifelong member of Jerico Lutheran Church, where he served
in many offices at the church and was currently serving on the cemetery
board. He was a member of the Lawler American Legion Post 279.
He was an avid sportsman, who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and trapping.
He is survived by his wife Mildred, a brother Kenneth of Jerico, several
cousins, nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Melvin Roberg, age 86, died Sunday, June 2, 2002 at his home in Cresco,
Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 P.M. Thursday, June 6, 2002 at
the Nordland Lutheran Church rural Paynesville, MN. Rev. Keith Ainsley
will officiate. Burial with military rites will be in the church cemetery.
Friends may call at the Conway Funeral Home from 5 P.M. until 8 P.M. on
Wednesday and at the church an hour prior to services on Thursday.
Melvin Oscar Roberg was born at home near Paynesville, MN, on December
13, 1915, the son of Olaf and Maime (Johnson) Roberg. He attended the rural
school near his home through the eighth grade. Following his schooling,
he helped on the farm for a while, but he loved to travel and so he went
to California and various places. He entered the U.S. Army in 1942 serving
in Africa and France. He was discharged in 1945 and returned to the midwest.
On December 30, 1947, he was united in marriage to Louise Thompson
in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After their marriage, Melvin and Louise lived
in West Allis, Wisconsin where he and a brother operated a garage. In 1951
they moved to a farm in Howard County. They moved into Cresco in 1982.
Melvin enjoyed work and traveling. He and Louise would travel to Europe
and every winter they would go to California. A couple of years ago he
fulfilled a life long dream of returning to France where he had served
during the war. He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cresco,
and a life long member of the Nordland Lutheran Church in Paynesville,
MN. He was a member of the American Legion Post in Cresco, IA.
He is survived by his children: Susan K Thomas of Redfield, SD. Brian
and Peggy Roberg of Cresco, IA. Marlys Alstad of Cresco, IA. seven grandchildren:
Krista, Jeannette, Nicholas, Rebecca, Brett, Nathan and Jenna; four great
grandchildren; four brothers: Norman of Anamosa, IA, Oliver of California,
LaVerne of Maquoketa, IA and Russell of Salina, KS; one sister: Ethel Barker
of Anamosa, IA.
Melvin was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Louise on
March 14, 1995, two brothers: Clarence and Earl and an infant sister.
George Lammers, age 74, of Dayton, Ohio, formerly of Elma, Iowa, died
Thursday, May 23, 2002 in Dayton, Ohio of natural causes.
George was born November 14, 1927 in Elma, Iowa, He married Patricia
Determan on June 21, 1952. He was also a WWII Army veteran.
He is survived by his six children, Barbara Loe of Stillwater, MN,
Ted of Dayton, Ohio, Sue Richeson of Waxhaw, NC, John of Dayton, Ohio,
Tom of Columbus, Ohio, and Ruth Lammers of Palatine, IL; and 8 grandchildren,
and his sister Terrie Kahn of Mason City, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his wife: Patricia; his parents: Herm and
Anna Mae Lammers; two brothers: Jack and David.
Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 25, 2002, at the
Immaculate Conception Church in Elma, Iowa. Visitation is from 1
P.M. until Services on Saturday, at the Church in Elma, Iowa. Burial will
be in the Calvary Cemetery at Elma.