Memorial services were Jan. 19, 2000 for Elmarie Smithson, 79, of Denison,
formerly of Kiron, at Pfannebecker Funeral Home in Denison. The Rev. Wayne
Fritzinger officiated with private interment in Kiron Cemetery in Kiron.
Mrs. Smithson died Jan. 14 at the Denison Care Center in Denison.
Mrs. Smithson was born Sept. 12, 1920, in Kiron, the daughter of John
Elmer and Maria Albertina (Seestrom) Hoaglund. She was raised at Kiron
and graduated from the Kiron High School. Following her education she was
employed as a secretary with the Civil Service in Des Moines.
She married Warren Rother Smithson July 27, 1957, in Omaha, Neb. The
couple made their home in Des Moines where he was manager of Veterans Memorial
Auditorium. In 1974, they retired to Kiron. He died in 1985. She continued
to reside in Kiron until moving to the Denison Care Center July 26, 1986.
She was a member of the Kiron American Legion Auxiliary.
Survivors include a brother, John Hoaglund of Charles Town, W.Va.;
two stepdaughters, Patricia Hancher and Donna Moreay; step grandchildren;
a brother-in-law and his wife, Lyle and Polly Smithson of Des Moines; and
Services were Jan. 8, 2000 for Peter Donald Baker, 74, of Ida Grove
at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Ida Grove. The Revs. Roslyn Gunnink
and Ron Johnson officiated with burial in Ida Grove Cemetery under the
direction of Christensen-Ciha Funeral Home in Ida Grove.
Mr. Baker died Jan. 5 at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove.
Mr. Baker was born Aug. 22, 1925, in Doon, the son of John and Martha
(Van Leeuwen) Baker. He grew up in the Hospers area graduating from Hospers
High School in 1942. He served in the U.S. Army for four years, then re-turned
to Hospers where he worked in the trucking business with his father.
He married JoAnne McVicker June 21, 1948, in Sheldon. The couple made
their home in Ida Grove in 1952. He joined the Iowa State Patrol in 1951,
where he worked for 17 years. He then owned and operated Baker Sand and
Gravel in Ida Grove until 1973, then farmed and for five years was a deputy
sheriff in Ida Grove. He retired in 1988.
He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Ida Grove where
he had served as trustee, Sunday School superintendent and teacher, elder
and as head usher for funerals.
Survivors include his wife; four sons and their wives, John and Elizabeth
Baker of Fort Myers, Fla., Richard and JoAnn Baker of Pocahontas, Tyler
and Debra Baker of Atlantic and Thomas and Pam Baker of Spring, Texas;
two daughters, Lue Ella Baker of Manning and Mari and her husband, Bruce
Bell, of Sioux City; 11 grandchildren; a brother and his wife, Harold and
Joyce Baker of Maurice; two sisters and their husbands, Marcella and Stan
Kroese of Sioux Center and Alvina and Al Van Roekel of Park Rapids, Minn.;
and an aunt, Nellie Noble of Rock Valley.
Services were Jan. 7, 2000 for Cora Grace Ludwig, 80, of Battle Creek
at St. John's Lutheran Church in Battle Creek. The Rev. Daniel Torkelson
officiated with burial in Mount Hope Cemetery in Battle Creek under the
direction of Christensen-Ciha Funeral Home in Battle Creek.
Ms. Ludwig died Jan. 3 at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove.
Ms. Ludwig was born Nov. 6, 1919, in Maple Township, Battle Creek,
the daughter of Berthold and Josephine (Muller) Ludwig. She was a lifelong
resident of the Battle Creek area.
She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Battle Creek and
also enjoyed her friends at Battle Creek Senior Citizens.
Survivors include two siblings, Frances Ludwig and Noel Ludwig, both
of Battle Creek; and many nieces and nephews.
Services were Jan. 6, 2000 for Lucy Glee Jahncke, 84, of Battle Creek,
formerly of Webster City, at First Baptist Church in Webster City. The
Rev. Bill Kem officiated with burial in Graceland Cemetery in Webster City
under the direction of Christensen-Ciha Funeral Home in Ida Grove.
Mrs. Jahncke died Jan. 2 at Willow Dale Care Center in Battle Creek.
Mrs. Jahncke was born July 27, 1915, in Webster City, the daughter
of George and Chlista (Willson) Wilson. She graduated from Lincoln High
She married Vernie Jahncke June 6, 1940, in Webster City, where the
couple made their home and lived their entire married life. Over the years
she was employed at the Webster City Greenhouse, Hart-Carter, and at Hamilton
She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church and also belonged
to the Garden Club.
Survivors include a sister and her husband, Liz and Jim Rice of Battle
Creek; and many nieces and neph-ews.
Graveside services were Jan. 7, 2000 for Darlene Bloyer Anderson, 72,
of Schaller at Schaller Cemetery. The Rev. Carol Gailey of Early officiated
under the direction of Farber and Otteman Funeral Home in Schaller.
Mrs. Anderson died Jan. 4 at a Sioux City hospital.
Mrs. Anderson was born Aug. 29, 1927, the daughter of George and Grace
She was employed as a custodian at Schaller-Crestland School for many
years. Her husband, Vaughn, died in 1984.
Survivors include three sons, Thomas of Castana, Steven and his wife,
Coleen of Roscoe, Ill., and Larry and his wife, Jullie of Schaller; a daughter
and her husband, Katherine and Steve Koetters of Sioux City; 13 grandchildren;
nine great-grandchildren; three sisters, Emma Claus of Hornick, Gene Carstensen
of Arthur, and Shirley Riggles of Colorado; and a brother and his wife,
Ray and Barbara Kroeger of Oregon.
Services were Jan. 8, 2000 for Charlotte E. Bloom, 90, of Hawarden at
the United Methodist Church in Hawarden. The Rev. Dean Shelly officiated
with burial in Galva Township Cemetery in Galva under the direction of
Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden.
Mrs. Bloom died Jan. 4 at Hillcrest Health Care Center in Hawarden.
Mrs. Bloom was born Sept. 22, 1909, in Galva, the daughter of William
I. and Mabel (Davis) Jacques. She attended Morningside College in Sioux
City and graduated from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake.
She married Lyle McDiarmid in March 1933. The couple lived in Storm
Lake, Early and Galva. He died in 1957.
She married Howard Bloom Aug. 7, 1965, in Storm Lake. The couple made
their home in Ames and Des Moines before moving to Hawarden in July 1982.
He died in 1992.
She taught school for 42 years in many cities including, Galva, Des
Moines and Ames.
She was a past president of Ha-warden Hospital Auxiliary and Des Moines
Retired Teachers Asso-ciation. She was active in the United Methodist Church,
politics and community affairs. She enjoyed teaching piano lessons and
was a member of Order of Eastern Star.
Survivors include a son and his wife, Robert and Colleen McDiarmid
of San Jose, Calif.; a daughter and her husband, Janet and Lyle Thompson
of Hawarden; a sister and her husband, Dorothy and George Krohn of Storm
Lake; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and
Vern "Whitey" Boerner
Services were Jan. 8, 2000 for Vern L. "Whitey" Boerner, 95, of Odebolt
at the United Methodist Church in Odebolt. The Rev. Al Milligan officiated
with burial in Odebolt Cemetery under the direction of Farber and Otteman
Funeral Home in Odebolt.
Mr. Boerner died Jan. 6 at Loring Care Center in Sac City.
Mr. Boerner was born Nov. 5, 1904, on a farm southwest of Odebolt in
Levey Township, the son of John and Lena (Roth) Boerner. He received his
education through the eighth grade at a country school in Levey Township.
He was baptized at the United Methodist Church in Odebolt.
He married Alice Waggoner of Odebolt Dec. 7, 1941 in Marshall, Minn.
The couple farmed the Kessler farm northwest of Odebolt from the time of
their marriage until Dec. 7, 1941. They farmed the Rafferty farm northwest
of Odebolt from 1941 until December of 1947. In 1945, he bought into the
International Harvester dealership, Cowlham and Roth Implement in Odebolt.
The name of the business was changed to Boerner and Roth Implement.
The couple had a farm sale Jan. 8, 1945 and moved into Ode-bolt where
they lived in rental property until 1965 when they pur-chased his mother's
home. In 1956, he sold his part of Boerner and Roth Im-plement to Vern
Roth. He then went to work, driving a tank wagon for Eddie Wolterman at
Wolterman Oil. Several years later, drove tank wagon for Almer Noyd at
Noyd Oil, until his retirement.
As a young man, Boerner played softball. He continued this until he
was about 35 years old. From 1946-88, the couple went fishing in Minnesota
and Canada every spring and fall.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Wheeler Club, Richland
Club and served as a director of the Sac County Sportsmen's Club in the
'50s and '60s.
She died in 1990. He remained in their home until Nov. 3, 1991, when
he be-came a resident at Colonial Manor in Odebolt.
Survivors include a son and his wife, Douglas and Bonnie Boerner of
Sac City; a daughter, Beverly Boerner Oregon of Nevada; four granddaughters;
11 great-grandchildren; a brother and his wife, Ralph and Bonnie Boerner
of Odebolt; and a sister-in-law, Miriam Boerner of Odebolt.
Services were Jan. 10, 2000 for Virginia Ann Schmidt, 79, of Arthur
at the Evangelical Free Church in Arthur. The Rev. Robert Lundberg officiated
with burial in Odebolt Cemetery under the direction of Christensen-Ciha
Funeral Home in Ida Grove.
Mrs. Schmidt died Jan. 7 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.
Mrs. Schmidt was born Dec. 10, 1920, in Odebolt, the daughter of Reuben
and Elna (Larson) Lindskoog. She was baptized and confirmed at the Odebolt
Covenant Church. She received her early education at Wheeler #5 Country
School and graduated from Odebolt High School. Following graduation, she
received her teacher training at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake. She
taught seven years at Wheeler #3 and #5 Country Schools near Odebolt.
She married Melvin Schmidt Oct. 24, 1945, at the Odebolt Covenant Church.
The couple lived their entire married life on their farm south of Arthur.
They celebrated their 54th anniversary in 1999.
She recently attended the Evangelical Free Church of Arthur and was
a member of the FCWM (Dorcas).
Survivors include her husband; a daughter and her husband, Joan and
Dwain Swensen of Kiron; two sons, Arlo Schmidt and Alan and his wife, Kim
Schmidt, all of Arthur; seven grandchildren; Jennifer and Jodie Swensen
of Kiron, Matthew and his wife, Gena Schmidt of Orange City and Aaron,
Micah, Isaac and Audra Schmidt, all of Arthur; a brother and his wife,
Wayne and Ruby Lindskoog of Odebolt; and many relatives.
Services were Jan. 10, 2000 for Steven LeRoy O'Donnell, 94, of Holstein,
formerly of Ida Grove, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Ida Grove.
The Rev. Roslyn Gunnink officiated with burial in Sunny Hill Cemetery in
Grimes under the direction of Christensen-Ciha Funeral Home in Ida Grove.
Mr. O'Donnell died Jan. 6 at Good Samaritan Center in Holstein.
Mr. O'Donnell was born March 24, 1905, in Polk County, the son of James
Edward and Florence (Wilcox) O'Donnell. He grew up and received his education
in Grimes, graduating from Grimes High School in 1923. He earned his bachelor's
degree and master's in education at Drake University in Des Moines, and
began his 48-year career in education as a teacher.
He married Mildred Verner June 11, 1927, in State Center. The couple
lived in several Iowa towns over the years while he served as superintendent
of schools including Elkhart, Shelby and Primghar. In 1951, they moved
to Ida Grove. She died in 1999.
He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Ida Grove as
well as the Order of Masons.
Survivors include two daughters and their husbands, Kathleen and Robert
Clark of Urbandale and Janet and Arthur Banks of Boston, Mass.; two grandchildren,
Michael Robert and his wife, Kyle Clark of Silver Springs, Md., and Kevin
Joseph Nelson of New York City, N.Y.; and one great-grandson, Michael Conor
Services were Jan. 10, 2000 for Philip Arthur Kuchel, 86, of Kingsley
at Kingsley United Meth-odist Church. The Rev. Paul Evans officiated with
burial in Kingsley Cemetery under the direc-tion of Michaelson Funeral
Home in Kingsley.
Mr. Kuchel died Jan. 6 at Kingsley Rehab and Care Center in Kingsley.
Mr. Kuchel was born Feb. 20, 1913, in Holstein, the son of Philip and
Minnie (Lage) Kuchel. He moved with is family to a farm near Kingsley when
he was six years old. He attended Kingsley High School.
He married Maxine Steffe May 18, 1937, in Kingsley. He served his country
during World War II with the Work Projects Administration, where he learned
painting and carpentry.
Following his return to the Kingsley area, he became a general contractor
doing construction and painting. He also was a land developer and built
many houses in Kingsley and the surrounding area.
He was a member of the Kingsley United Methodist Church and Cosmos
Masonic Lodge 470, where he was a past Master. He served on the Kingsley
Survivors include his wife; six sons and their wives, Don and Twila
Kuchel of Brandon, S.D., Terry and Deborah Kuchel of Tucson, Ariz., Ken
and Doneen Kuchel, Mark and Barb Kuchel and Kevin and Shari Kuchel, all
of Kingsley, and Blaine and LuAnne Kuchel of Spirit Lake; two daughters,
Deb and her husband, Lowell Chinn and LuAnne Ruba, all of Kingsley; 20
grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; three brothers and their wives,
Russell and Keith Kuchel of Montana, Berneil "Buck" and Carol Kuchel of
Arizona and Gaylen and Wanda Kuchel of Omaha, Neb.; and a sister-in-law,
Dorothy Kuchel of Mechanicsville.
Services were Jan. 10, 2000 for Kelly Sue Koopman, 32, of Le Mars at
St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars. The Rev. Richard Ries officiated
with burial in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars under the direction of Feuerstein
Funeral Home in Le Mars.
Mrs. Koopman died Jan. 7 at her home.
Mrs. Koopman was born April 12, 1967, at Britt, the daughter of Harlen
and Florence (Houts) Harris. She grew up in Remsen and graduated from Remsen-Union
High School. She graduated from Iowa Western College in Council Bluffs.
She married Keith Koopman June 3, 1989, at Le Mars. The couple made
their home in Le Mars. She worked for Wells Dairy for several years and
then operated a day care center in her home.
She was a member of St. James Catholic Church and the Altar Society.
Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Rachel, at home; two sons,
Zachery and Matthew, both at home; her mother of Le Mars; her father of
Superior; five sisters and their husbands, Micki and John Fischer of Arthur,
Jackie and Mike Schnepf of Le Mars, Vickie and Doug Eaton of Plymouth,
Minn., Diane and Wayne Wolf of Mart, Texas, and Cyndi and Don Emida of
Fort Madison; four brothers and their wives, Marlen "Sam" and Donita Harris
of Glencoe, Minn., Kevin "Roy" and Diane Harris of Castle Rock, Colo.,
Tom and Joyce Harris of Georgetown, Texas and Randy and Jane Harris of
Virginia Beach, Va.; maternal grandmother, Barbara Houts of Desert Hot
Springs, Calif.; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Mark and Bernice
Koopman of Le Mars; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Doug and Stephanie
Koopman of Aurora, Colo., and Denny and Lori Koopman, Scott and Marle Koopman
and Kim and Darrell Hargens, all of Le Mars.
Services were Dec. 28, 1999 for Nilmah Cecelia Gilbert, 93, of Danbury
at the United Methodist Church in Danbury. The Rev. Glenn Fouts III officiated
with burial in Liston Township Cemetery in Danbury under the direction
of Armstrong Funeral Service in Mapleton.
Mrs. Gilbert died Dec. 23 in Sioux City.
Mrs. Gilbert was born April 27, 1906, in Ashton, Ill., the daughter
of Charles P. and Ada Grace (Ed-gington) Baker. In 1910, the family moved
to Mapleton and in 1912 moved nine miles southeast of Dan-bury. She graduated
from Dan-bury Public High School in 1925. She attended the University of
Ne-braska at Lincoln where she re-ceived her teaching certificate. She
then taught in a country school for five years.
She married Clark Gilbert Dec. 19, 1931, in Wilbur, Neb. The couple
moved to Tabor in 1946 and returned to Danbury in 1951. She worked for
the Flora Betts Insurance Agency from 1951-67 when she purchased the business
and renamed it the Gilbert Insurance Agency. Her husband died in 1970.
She retired in June of 1982.
he was a member of the United Methodist Church in Danbury where she
was a member of the United Methodist Women, served as church treasurer
and Sunday School superintendent and taught Sunday school. She served as
the Liston Township clerk from 1968-95.
Survivors include a son, Harry Gilbert of La Habra, Calif.; three daughters
and their husbands, Barbara and Keith Tucker of Glenwood, Kay and Tom Pfaffle
of Placentia, Calif., and Mary and Leon Ortner of Danbury; two sisters,
Donna Longlee of Castana and Norma Johnson of the Whiting Care Center in
Whiting; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and other relatives.
Services were Dec. 30, 1999 for Amelia M. Harris, 87, of Holton, Kan.,
at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Larkinburg Cemetery.
Mrs. Harris died Dec. 27 at her home.
Mrs. Harris was born May 29, 1912, in Crawford County, the daughter
of John and Anna (Rahn) Wittmaack.
She married Leo C. Harris July 15, 1928, in Ida Grove. She lived in
Arrington and Whiting before moving to Ida Grove where she lived for more
than 20 years. She was a homemaker. Her husband died in 1977. She had lived
in Holton since 1991.
She had been attending the Larkinburg Christian Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Karen Bagwell of Whiting and Shirley
Calvert of Topeka; five sons, Wilbur Lee Harris of Hoyt, Leslie Wayne Harris
of Westmoreland, Eldon Leo Harris of Holton, Wendell Edward Harris of Meriden
and Kenneth Eugene Harris of Arizona; 44 grandchildren; 92 great-grandchildren;
and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be given to the Larkinburg Christian Church or Jackson
County Friends of Hospice c/o Mercer Funeral Home, Fourth and Montana,
Holton, Kan. 66436.
Joseph Stapleton Jr.
Services were Dec. 31, 1999 for Joseph P. Stapleton Jr., 73, of Battle
Creek at Christensen-Ciha Funeral Home in Ida Grove. Dr. Herbert Johnson
officiated with burial in Ida Grove Cemetery.
Mr. Stapleton died Dec. 29 at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove.
Mr. Stapleton was born Aug. 28, 1926, in Ida County, the son of Joseph
and Jane (Hayward) Stapleton Sr. He grew up in the Battle Creek area and
graduated from Battle Creek High School in 1943.
He married Donna A. Williams Sept. 23, 1947, in Ida Grove. The couple
made their home near Battle Creek where he farmed for many years. He also
worked as a truck driver for Godbersen-Smith Construction.
Survivors include a son and his wife, Patrick Lee and Kate Stapleton
of Battle Creek; a daughter, Sandra Kay Jepsen of Early; eight grandchildren;
10 great-grandchildren; a special friend, Gretchen Louderbach of Holstein;
three sisters, Mary Rice of Kingsley, Ellen and her husband, Mike Furlich
of South Sioux City, Neb., and Rose and her husband, Herbert Hein of Battle
Services were Jan. 3, 2000 for Paul J. Burkhardt, 81, of Holstein at
Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Holstein. Burial was in St.
Martin's Catholic Cemetery in Odebolt under the direction of Barker Funeral
Home in Holstein.
Mr. Burkhardt died Dec. 29, 1999 at Sioux Valley Hospital in Cherokee.
Services were Dec. 30, 1999 for Kara Kay Pithan, 16, of Danbury at St.
Mary's Catholic Church in Danbury. The Rev. David Hogan officiated with
burial in Danbury Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Armstrong Funeral
Service in Mapleton and Danbury.
Ms. Pithan died Dec. 27 as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile
accident in Danbury.
Ms. Pithan was born Dec. 15, 1983, at Sioux City, the daughter of Greg
and Janet (Fitzpatrick) Pithan. She lived her entire life in Danbury. She
started school in the kindergarten class at Maple Valley School in Mapleton.
She attended Danbury Catholic School through the sixth grade, Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto
Junior High School in Anthon and was currently a member of the sophomore
class at Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto High School in Mapleton.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Danbury where she
participated in St. Mary's CCD program. She played softball on the Danbury
Little League team throughout her childhood, sharing championship titles
with her teammates in the Minors in 1995 and Majors in 1996. She went on
to play softball, volleyball and basketball during her junior high and
high school days. This school year, she was active as a manager for the
Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto High School wrestling team and served on the student
Survivors include her parents; a sister, Maggie, at home; her maternal
grandmother, Laura Fitzpatrick of Danbury; a paternal grandmother, Helen
Pithan of Danbury; her lifelong best buddy, Megan Armstrong of Danbury;
and other relatives, neighbors and classmates.
Services were Jan. 3, 2000 for Wayne Alfred Raasch, 89, of Odebolt at
First Presbyterian Church in Odebolt. The Rev. Charles Bulger officiated
with burial in Odebolt Cemetery under the direction of Farber and Otteman
Funeral Home in Odebolt.
Mr. Raasch died Dec. 29, 1999 at his home.
Mr. Raasch was born April 21, 1910, in Richland Township, near Odebolt,
the son of Henry and Josephine (Halboth) Raasch. He was a farmer and supportive
of his church, community and the Odebolt Cemetery. He helped Harry Iversen
with the Pee Wee square dancers in his earlier years.
He married Elizabeth Love of Arthur on Aug. 1, 1933. The couple lived
on a farm in Richland Township until 1978 when they moved to their home
in Odebolt. They observed their golden wedding anniversary in 1983. She
died in 1984.
He was baptized and confirmed in the Salem Reformed Church. When it
closed, he became a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Odebolt.
He was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge No. 477 and a lifetime member
of the R.L. Tilton Lodge in Des Moines.
Survivors include a sister and her husband, Caroline and Howard Peterson
of Alta; a sister-in-law, Elaine Raasch of Odebolt; a brother-in-law, Wesley
Love of Arthur; a niece and her husband, Bonnie and Gerald Mason of Branford,
Conn.; three nephews, Robert and his wife, Ann Peterson of Aurelia, Jim
Raasch of Odebolt and Dan and his wife, Rachel Love of Arthur; four great-nieces;
and a friend, Margaret Meyer of Lake View.
Memorial services were Jan. 4, 2000 for NaDyne Newman Patrick, 86, of
Iowa Falls at First United Methodist Church in Iowa Falls. The Rev. Sarah
Rohret-Odoom officiated with inurnment in Mount Hope Cemetery in Mapleton
under the direction of Surls Funeral Home in Iowa Falls.
Mrs. Patrick died Dec. 30, 1999 at Heritage Care Center in Iowa Falls.
Mrs. Patrick was born May 23, 1913, in Mapleton, the daughter of Samuel
and Helen (Newman) Nepper. She graduated from Mapleton Community School
in 1930. In 1934, she graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. degree in math
and physics from Morningside College in Sioux City.
She married Sylvester Joseph Patrick Oct. 16, 1935, at her par-en-t's
home in Mapleton. She began teaching at Moorhead in 1964, then in Battle
Creek. The family moved to Iowa Falls in 1968. She taught one year at Dumont
and the next 10 years at Iowa Falls Junior High School. She retired in
1979. He died in 1986.
She was a member of the Iowa Falls Mothers Club and United Methodist
Survivors include seven sons, Neil Patrick of Hays, Kan., Joel and
his wife, Aloma Patrick, of Sioux City, Lynn and his wife, Shirley Patrick,
of Earlville, Arlen and his wife, Carol Patrick, of Ames, Galen and his
wife, Petie Patrick, of Gowrie, Kyle and his wife, Pam Patrick of Richfield,
Minn., and Kevin and his wife, Linda Patrick, of Carroll; six daughters,
Sandra and her husband, Lamar Cope of Waukesha, Wis., Pamela Fox of Plantation,
Fla., Nancy Patrick of Everly, Amy and her husband, Russell Johnson of
Creston, NaDyne and her husband, Larry Meyer, of Garnavillo, and Sara Jane
and her husband, Ed Hayward, of Primera, Texas; 34 grandchildren; and 19
Rev. Alfred Pautsch
Memorial services were Jan. 5, 2000 for Rev. Alfred Otto Pautsch, 74,
of Rockford at First Evangelical Free Church. The Rev. Brad Soenksen, professor
at Lutheran Brethren Seminary, and Rev. Howard Lanphear of First Evangelical
Free Church officiated with private graveside services in Arlington Memorial
Park Cemetery under the direction of Honquest Family Funeral Services.
Rev. Pautsch died Jan. 1.
Rev. Pautsch was born May 10, 1925, in East Peoria, Ill, the son of
Rev. and Mrs. Edward Pautsch. He lived in Athens, Ill., from age three
to 18. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy for three years.
He married Ingrid Neteland July 4, 1949. He was a 1951 graduate of
Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield, Ill. He served churches
in Waverly, Ill., Marshfield, Wis., Ida Grove and DeWitt. He retired in
July 1992. Following his retirement from parish ministry, he worked for
the Salvation Army for three years and for the Rockford Rescue Mission
for four years. He preached in various pulpits in the area, participated
in chapel services at Fairhaven Retirement Center and taught Sunday School
classes at First Free Church.
Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Ruth and Lois; three sons,
David, Mark and Joel; 26 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two brothers,
Walter and Arthur Pautsch.
Memorials may be given to the Rockford Rescue Mission or DeWitt Lutheran
Fellowship in DeWitt.
Services were Jan. 6, 2000 at 11 a.m. for Lenora Dorothy Gries, 100,
of Holstein at United Meth-odist Church in Holstein. The Rev. Judith A.
Piper will officiate with burial in Holstein Cemetery under the direction
of Barker Fu-neral Home in Holstein.
Mrs. Gries died Jan. 2 at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove.
Mrs. Gries was born Aug. 13, 1899 in Holstein, the son of Adolph and
Alma (Blunk) Schmidt. She attended Holstein public school through the eighth
grade and later attended a sewing school in Davenport.
She married Otto Gries, Nov. 26, 1919 at her parent's farm in Holstein.
She pursued a sewing career for others until her marriage and continued
that in her home and for her children. The couple resided in the Holstein
vicinity all their lives. He died in 1981. She entered Holstein Good Samaritan
Center eight months ago.
She was a member United Methodist Church, Dorcas Circle, Brunch Club,
Golden Hour Homemakers, 500 card club, sheepshead club and Senior Citizens
Club. She was also a member of the Legion Auxiliary where she held various
offices and was Ida County president for a term.
Survivors include three daughters, Elaine and her husband, Charles
Armiger, of Holstein, Jeanette and her husband, Melvin Bauer, of Holstein
and Arlene Flaskey of Brookings, S.D.; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren;
four great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Myra McNichols of Mesa, Ariz.
and Henrietta Meier of Cherokee; and many nieces and nephews.
Services were Jan. 5, 2000 for Selma W. Reimer, 85, of Holstein at Our
Lady of Good Counsel Cath-olic Church in Holstein. Burial was in Calvary
Cemetery at Hol-stein under the direction of Barker Funeral Home in Holstein.
She died Jan. 2 at Good Samaritan Center in Holstein.