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Lillian Jensen
Lillian Jensen was born April 7, 1908, the daughter of John and Ida Jessen Lafrentz. She died Thursday, May 18, 2000 at the Eventide Nursing Home in Denison, Iowa, at the age of ninety-two. 
Lillian was born in Otter Creek Township near Kiron, Iowa, and after completing her education she helped her parents on the farm. On December 9, 1931, Lillian was united in marriage to Roy Jensen at Elk Point, South Dakota. The couple settled on a farm near Schleswig and were blessed with the birth of two daughters, Lois and Linda. Lillian and Roy enjoyed working together on the farm until retiring in 1968 and moving to Schleswig. Roy and Lillian were privileged to celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary in December of 1981. Roy died on November 14, 1989. Lillian continued to make her home in Schleswig until 1994, when she moved to Eventide Senior Housing in Denison. She entered Eventide Nursing Home in January of 2000. 
Lillian was a member of the United Church of Christ in Schleswig and various card clubs. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Lillian also enjoyed gardening and caring for her yard. In her leisure time, she enjoyed making crafts and traveling. 
Lillian was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Roy, two brothers, Art and Harold Lafrentz and one sister, Emily Kuehl. Survivors include two daughters, Lois Pickel and her husband, Richard of Schleswig and Linda Miller and her husband, Robert of Cedar Rapids; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, Rick Pickel of Des Moines and his son, Tim Pickel of Sac City, Lori Kragel and her husband, Gene of Ute, LaShelle Carlson and her husband, Lloyd and their children, Lance and Lana of Des Moines, Scott Bielenberg and his wife, Glenda and their children, Dereck and Lesley of Deloit, Christie Butterwick and her son, Alec of Cedar Rapids; three sisters-in-law, Hilda Lafrentz of Schleswig, Selma Lafrentz and Helen Johannsen, both of Denison. 
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 22, 2000 at the United Church of Christ in Schleswig, Iowa. Rev. Bob Fritzmeier officiated the service and grave side rites held at the Morgan Cemetery in Schleswig. Dorothy Jessen provided the organ accompaniment for soloist, Rubie Kastner singing, 'On Eagle's Wings' and 'How Great Thou Art' and congregational hymn, 'Amazing Grace'. Those serving as pallbearers were Murlin Johannsen, Wayne Lafrentz, Scott Bielenberg, Dale Lafrentz, Val Hennings and Rick Pickel. Arrangements were made under the direction of the Huebner Funeral Home of Schleswig. The family invited everyone in attendance at the service to join them in fellowship and lunch at the church, served by the Women's Guild. 

Ralph Miller
Ralph Hans Miller was born July 18, 1914, the oldest son of Charlie F. and Emma Tedsen Miller. He died at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison, Iowa, Monday, May 15, 2000, at the age of eighty-five.
Ralph was born in Grant Township, Ida County, near Ida Grove, Iowa. He was baptized in Christ on July 18, 1915 at the Friedens Evangelical and Reformed Church in Schleswig by Rev. W.R. Weizeler and later confirmed there on September 24, 1944 by Rev. R.F. Rinne. At the age of five and a-half years, he moved with his family to a farm in Cooper Township, Monona County, near Mapleton, Iowa. Ralph received his education at Cooper Center Number 5 School and after completing his education, he worked as a farmhand in Crawford County. 
On December 10, 1938, Ralph was united in marriage to Arlene Louise Kropf at Vermillion, South Dakota and were blessed with the birth of three children, Lornetta Mae, twins, Barbara and Bobby. The couple started farming on March 1, 1939 in Woodbury County near Oto, Iowa for four years. March 1, 1943, the couple moved to Crawford County and farmed until January 4, 1956, when they had a farm sale and moved to their present home in Schleswig. 
After moving to Schleswig, Ralph worked at the Schleswig Lumber Yard and various jobs, including janitor in the Schleswig-Ricketts Community School for six years. He also drove a school bus for three years, retiring June 1, 1980. 
Ralph was a devoted member of the United Church of Christ in Schleswig, their Brotherhood Organization and the Schleswig Community Club. He was also treasurer of the Sunday School, sang in the Barber Shop Chorus and in church as a soloist and a member of the church choir. Ralph was a very loving and caring husband, father and grandfather whose family was very important to him. He loved cars, polka, and band dancing and was the social director of the Schleswig Community Club for hiring bands. In his leisure time, Ralph enjoyed traveling, collecting pipes and four and eight track tapes. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Carl Miller. Survivors include his wife, Arlene of Schleswig; two daughters, Lornetta Mae Bielenberg and her husband, Dale of Englewood, Colorado, Barb Beeck and her husband, Larry of Schleswig; one son, Bobby Miller and his wife, Janis of Plankinton, South Dakota; eight grandchildren, Troy Bielenberg and his wife, Karen, Tracy Morrell and her husband, Jamie, Dawn Lehnert and her husband, Scott, DaNae Krutzfeldt and her husband, Paul, Danielle Wingrove, Kardel Miller and his wife, Kim, Kamden Miller and his wife, Samantha, and Klayton Miller; one sister, Emma Jean Edgington and her husband, Frank of Mapleton; one sister-in-law, Lois Miller of Mapleton; one brother-in-law, Lyle Kropf and his wife, Jean of Kiron; other relatives and friends. 
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 19, 2000 at the United Church of Christ in Schleswig, Iowa. Rev. Bob Fritzmeier officiated the service and grave side rites held at the Morgan Cemetery in Schleswig. Dorothy Jessen provided the organ accompaniment for soloist, Rubie Kastner singing, 'How Great Thou Art' and 'I Know Who Holds Tomorrow'. Those serving as pallbearers were DaNae Krutzfeldt, Danielle Wingrove, Troy Bielenberg, Kamden Miller, Dawn Lehnert, Klayton Miller, Kardel Miller and Tracy Morrell. Arrangements were made by the Huebner Funeral Home of Schleswig. The family invited everyone to join them in fellowship and lunch at the church, served by the Women's Guild. 

Bert Golden
Bert T. Golden, age 95, of Onawa, Iowa, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000 at Elmwood Care Center in Onawa, Iowa. 
Bert was born November 9, 1904, at Little Sioux, Iowa, the son of Ira and Carrie (Henry) Golden. On October 8, 1924, he married Joy Eva Oliver at Onawa. She died June 13, 1971, at Onawa. He married Ellen (Jackson) Hall on July 3, 1973 at Elk Point, South Dakota. He was a lifelong resident of Monona County and farmed in the Little Sioux, Blencoe, and Castana areas. 
He retired and the couple moved to Onawa in 1988. He had been a resident of Elmwood Care Center since January 1994. 
He was affiliated with the First Christian Church in Onawa, a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge and the Eagles Lodge #2270 at Onawa. He loved farming and livestock and his favorite evening social activity was dancing. 
Survivors include his wife, Ellen of Onawa; a son and his wife, Harlen and Betty Golden of Cathedral City, California; a daughter, Jeanette Smith of Castana, Iowa; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a half-sister and her husband, Hildred and Harold Hollinger of Merrill, Iowa; three step-sons and two step-daughters and numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Joy; a daughter, Helen Hilton; a sister, Katherine Edwards; a brother, Ace Golden; three half-brothers, Ted Golden, Maurice Golden and John Gross; a half-sister, Florence Gross, and a step-son. 
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 12, 2000, at the First Christian Church in Onawa, Iowa, with Pastor Donald R. Ludwick officiating. The organist was Mrs. Jack Jordan and the soloist, Mrs. Dennis Marcum, sang the selections, 'The Old Rugged Cross' and 'One Day At A Time'. The organ selection was 'Mansion Over the Hill'. A special recorded selection was 'Grandpa (Tell Me About the Good Old Days)' by the Judds. 
Honorary Bearers were Larry Stevens, Barry Erickson, Fred Hall Sr., Raymond Letterly, Tim Bennett, and Gerald Davis. 
Casket Bearers were Mike Golden, Jesse Hilton, Patrick Smith, Brandon Golden, Christy Zimmerman and Robert Hilton. 
Interment was held in the Kennebeck Cemetery, Castana, Iowa, with arrangements by Pearson Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Onawa, Iowa. 

Ruth Rathje
Ruth J. Rathje, age 91, of Canton, South Dakota, died Wednesday, May 10, 2000, at the Canton-Inwood Memorial Hospital in Canton. 
Services were held 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 13 at Canton United Methodist Church, with burial at Forest Hill Cemetery near Canton. 
Ruth Jean (Porter) Rathje, was born on November 5, 1908, the daughter of Gerald George Porter and Nora Louise (Larsen) Porter in Wayne, Nebraska. She attended kindergarten in Wayne, Nebraska, and then moved to Lake Preston, South Dakota, where she completed nine years of her schooling. Then when she and her parents moved to Madison, South Dakota, she graduated from Madison High School in 1926. 
She then enrolled in Eastern State Teachers College (now Dakota State University) in Madison where she received her Bachelor Degree in 1930. Here she was elected to the KSI National Honor Society. During high school and college she played the trumpet in the band and was active in all sports. While at Dakota State University she was employed duirng her junior and senior years at the Campus Teacher Training School as assistant to the principal. It was due to this training that she was hired in the fall of 1930 as High School Principal and speech teacher at Schleswig, Iowa. She also coached Junior and Senior class plays and declamatory in Schleswig. After several years teaching in Schleswig, she moved to Brookings, South Dakota, where she taught English, Art and Music and was grade school band director. 
On August 8, 1931 Ruth waas joined in marriage to Harry Herbert Rathje and they have celebrated their golden and 60th wedding anniversaries. In January of 1941 Ruth and Harry moved with their infant son, Harry Dean Rathje, to Canton, South Dakota. 
Ruth and her husband traveled extensively. They became residents at Canton Good Samaritan Center in 1989. Mr. Rathje died July 15, 1992. 
Survivors include her son, Harry D. Rathje, Jr. of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters and one brother. 

Raymond Simonette
Raymond Simonette, age 85, of California, died April 29, 2000. His ashes were interred at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Gustine, California on May 11. 
He was a native of Iowa and moved to California in 1938. 
Survivors include three children, Bonnie, Raymond Jr. and Robert; four grandchildren, several nieces and nephews; a brother, Alfred Simonette and a sister, Rosella Kelly. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Melvin Simonette. 

Lillian Gran
Lillian Gran was born April 12, 1912, the daughter of Christian and Maude Braden Gran. She died Monday, April 24, 2000, at the Maple Heights Nursing Home in Mapleton, Iowa, at the age of eighty-eight. 
Lillian grew up on the family farm in Jordan Township near Soldier, Iowa, and was home schooled by her family. A birth defect disabled her and she spent her life in a wheel chair. At the age of twelve, she underwent surgery by physicians at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She was confirmed in the Lutheran faith at the Soldier Lutheran Church in Soldier, Iowa, November 26, 1936. 
In her leisure time, Lillian enjoyed embroidering and making pot holders. She loved to send and receive greeting cards. She enjoyed company and especially looked forward to her birthday parties and the Christmas holidays. She loved her family very much and was always concerned about them. 
Lillian lived at Maple Heights for thirty years and received excellent care from all the employees and friends she had at the nursing home. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, and two sisters, Ruth in infancy and Edna Stockfleth. Survivors include two brothers, Roy of Mapleton and Merrill and his wife, Bette Jo of Soldier, Iowa; three sisters, Dorothy Jahn and her husband, Ervin of Gillette, Wyoming, Beulah Thompson and her husband, William of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Nadine Friedrichs and her husband, Don of Charter Oak, Iowa; several nieces, nephews and many friends. 
Memorial services were held 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 28, 2000, at the Soldier Lutheran Church in Soldier, Iowa. Rev. Steven C. Hetzel officiated the service and grave side rites held at the Soldier Lutheran Cemetery, Soldier, Iowa. Patty Jensen provided the organ accompaniment for soloist, Becky Marcum who sang, 'In The Garden' and 'The Old Rugged Cross'. The Huebner Funeral Home in Denison was in charge of the arrangements. 

Catherine Christiansen
Catherine Christiansen, age 97, of Mapleton, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at Mapleton, Iowa. 
Services were held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the Armstrong Chapel in Mapleton with Pastor Scott Fiege officiating. Burial was in St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery, Charter Oak, Iowa. Brenda Christiansen was the organist for the service and the music was 'Rock of Ages' and 'How Great Thou Art'. A prayer service was held at 7:00 p.m. Friday at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mapleton. 
Catherine Christiansen was born September 29, 1902 at Naper, Nebraska, the daughter of Johann and Matilda (Ring) Brickman. She was united in marriage to Henry Christiansen, Sr. on November 19, 1919 at Winner, South Dakota. The couple lived in and around the Charter Oak, Iowa, community. In 1942, they moved onto a farm near Castana where they farmed. Henry died December 13, 1982. After her husband's death, Catherine lived with her children until May of 1991 when she entered Maple Heights Nursing Home in Mapleton, Iowa. 
Those survivors left to cherish her memory include three sons and their wives, Robert and Sarah of Pueblo West, Colorado, Henry, Jr. and Darlene of Ute, Iowa, and Ronald and Connie of Turin, Iowa; five daughters, Charlotte Kendall and her husband, Leo of Toledo, Iowa, Marilyn Wallace of Ida Grove, Iowa, Edna Jensen of Castana, Iowa, June Otto Samuelson and her husband, Sam of Milan, Illinois and Carman Lamb and her husband, Dwight of Onawa, Iowa; one son-in-law, Francis Berning of Carroll, Iowa; 28 grandchildren; six step-grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren. 
Along with her husband, Catherine was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, Doris, one son, Charles, one daughter-in-law, Marie, three sons-in-law, Jim, Robert and Mike, four grandchildren, Jane, Jimmy, Kathleen and one stillborn child, two great-grandchildren, Amanda and Tim and one step-grandson, Lonnie. 
Pallbearers were Robert Christiansen, Jr., Henry Christiansen, III, Allan Christiansen, Lorne Christiansen, Brian Christiansen, Gordon Skarin, Gene Skarin, James Kendall, Dan Kendall, Richard Kendall, Donald Berning, Thomas Berning, Cory Berning, Kenneth Otto and Warren Jensen. 

Marcia Laumbach
Marcia Fay Laumbach, age 43, of Battle Creek, Iowa, died Saturday, April 29, 2000, at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, Iowa. 
Funeral services were held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at the First Presbyterian Church in Battle Creek, Iowa, with Rev. Benjamin Ray officiating. Burial followed at Morgan Township Cemetery, Schleswig. Visitation was held on Tuesday at the Christensen-Ciha Funeral Home in Battle Creek, Iowa. 
Born February 14, 1957, in Denison, Iowa, Marcia was the daughter of Milroy and Anna (Thomsen) Ernst. She was baptized and confirmed at the United Church of Christ in Schleswig, and graduated from Schleswig High School in 1975. On November 10, 1976, Marcia married Douglas Laumbach in Monette, Missouri. The couple lived for a time in Monette, then returned to Schleswig. In 1978, they made their home in Battle Creek. 
Marcia was employed as a cashier for Cronk's Restaurant in Denison, and later worked at Battle Creek Elementary School and Willow Dale Nursing Home. She enjoyed shopping, flea markets, sewing, crafting, plants and flowers, and playing cards. Marcia will be remembered as a good wife and mother, and as a caring and loving sister. 
She was preceded in death by her parents. 
Survivors include her husband, Douglas; a son, Christopher, and a daughter, Charissa, both of Battle Creek; two sisters and their husband, Kandra and James Neumann of Kiron, and Rhonda and James Steuk of Schleswig; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. 

Dean Curtis
Dean Lyle 'Joe' Curtis, 73, of Griswold, Iowa, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa. 
Joe was born at Griswold on March 11, 1927, the son of William Lyle and Pearl (Clark) Curtis. He graduated from Griswold High School in 1944 and entered the U.S. Army Air Force in May of 1945. He served in Okinawa as a part of the occupation forces and was discharged at Ft. Sheridan, Illinois in December 1946. He married Geraldine Louise Mueller on January 2, 1950 at St. John's Church at Lyman. Joe worked for Maynard Myers Construction, Braden Furniture as a carpet layer for seven years, the Griswold Coop Telephone Co. for 15 years and the Massena Telephone Co. for four years before his retirement. Joe and his wife also owned and operated the M&M Motel in Griswold from 1980-1990. 
Joe was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ at Lyman, a 50 year member of Griswold American Legion Post #508, Cass Lodge A.F. & A.M. #412 and was a Past Master. He served as Cub Scout Master for several years, was a member of the Griswold Fire Dept. from 1957-1969 and was a member of the Iowa Firemen's Association. He was also a member of the V.F.W. Post #3930 at Schleswig, Iowa. Joe's hobbies included his love for fishing, hunting and woodworking. 
Survivors include his wife, Geraldine of Griswold; his children, Kelly Curtis and his wife, Diane of Schleswig, Shelly McClain and her husband, Dan of Elliott, Kay Lary and her husband, Craig of Griswold and Jay Curtis of Griswold; three granddaughters, two step-granddaughters, one grandson, and three great-granddaughters; two brothers, Glen Curtis and his wife, Phyllis of Griswold and Duane Curtis of Fort Smith, Arkansas; and one sister, Ruby Anderson of Harlan, Iowa. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Lois Mae and Norma, both in infancy. 
Funeral services were held Friday, April 28 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John's UCC south of Lyman with Rev. James Hansen officiating. Burial was in the St. John's Cemetery. A Masonic service was held at the Duhn Funeral Home in Griswold on Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. 

Norman A. Albers
Norman A. Albers, age 66, of Battle Creek, Iowa, died Sunday, April 23, 2000, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa. 
Funeral services were held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 27, 2000, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, rural Battle Creek, Iowa, with Rev. Tom Sabel officiating. Burial followed in Midway/St. Paul Cemetery, rural Battle Creek. A prayer service was held on Wednesday evening at the Christensen-Ciha Funeral Home in Battle Creek, Iowa. 
Born January 25, 1934, in Woodbury County, Iowa, Norman was the son of Emil and Rosina (Schultz) Albers. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and remained an active member of the church throughout his life. After graduating from Battle Creek High School, he attended the Institute of Technology for Radio and Television in Omaha, Nebraska. Norman owned and operated Albers' TV & Variety Store in Battle Creek for over 40 years. On January 23, 1960, he married Marlene K. Feddersen in Battle Creek. Norman was a past member of the Battle Creek ambulance crew, and enjoyed woodworking, fishing, golfing, and collecting antiques. 
Survivors include three children, Scott Albers and his special friend, Lorna Jepsen of Holstein, Ann Albers and her fiance Greg Carr of Allen, Nebraska, and Grant Albers of Yankton, South Dakota; one grandson, Zachary, of Yankton, South Dakota; two sisters, Arlene Iversen of Battle Creek, and Donna Mae Petersen and her husband, Earl of Anthon, Iowa; one brother and his wife, Eldon and Sharon Albers of Battle Creek; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Curtis Iversen.


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