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Juletta Wendel
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, MN.
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 of 1998.
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
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
1918-2001 
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 step grandchildren; 
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
WØDFC
1909-2001 
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 
13 grandchildren 
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 Rosary. 
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 in infancy. 

Leland Panoch
Leland Panoch, 73, of New Hampton, died Monday, November 26, 2001 at the New Hampton Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in New Hampton of natural causes. 
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 church. 
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 Blong. 

Merle Hereid
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
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 the pall.
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
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 & sisters. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son Toni Lee Piper (1962). 

Helena Mannetter
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
Melvin Roberg, age 86, died Sunday, June 2, 2002 at his home in Cresco, Iowa.
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
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.


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