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LaBerta Hinrichsen
LaBerta L. Hinrichsen, age 68, of Moorhead, Iowa, died Wednesday, August 2, 2000, at her home after a lengthy illness with cancer. 
LaBerta was born June 11, 1932, at Moorhead, Iowa, the daughter of Ervin and Alice (Stolley) Crews. She was baptized November 27, 1956, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Ute, Iowa. She attended Spring Valley Country School #5 through the 7th grade and attended 8th grade at the Wax School. While growing up LaBerta participated in both girls and boys 4-H, showing the Reserved Baby Beef and the Grand Champion Angus in the same year. During High School at Moorhead she participated in the girls glee's club which won a #1 rating at the Onawa Music Contest and a #2 rating at the Storm Lake Contest. She also played basketball in high school. She graduated from Moorhead High School in 1950 and then attended Morningside College, graduating with a degree in elementary education. She taught in Mondamin, Anthon, Council Bluffs, and Logan, Iowa. 
LaBerta married Earl Hinrichsen June 30, 1956, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Ute, Iowa. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, taking an active part in the care of her grandchildren. An avid reader, she also loved gardening and found joy in canning and preserving the garden harvest. She also enjoyed baking and crocheting. 
LaBerta became a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church on August 10, 1969. She was a fifty-year member of the Royal Neighbors of America, a 4-H leader, and also belonged to the Jolly Pastime Club, the Loess Hills Hospitality Association, the Moorhead Cultural Center, and served on the Moorhead Centennial Committee and was a board member of the Moorhead Library. 
Survivors include her husband, Earl; a son, Marvin Hinrichsen of Moorhead; a daughter, Kathi Aubry of Onawa; three grandchildren, Brett Aubry, Holly and Nicholas Hinrichsen of Moorhead; her mother, Alice Crews of Moorhead; an uncle, George Stolley of Idaho and an aunt, Florence Carson of Pisgah, Iowa, as well as many cousins. 
LaBerta was preceded in death by her father, Ervin Crews; and a grandson, Alvin Aubry, Jr. 
Funeral services were at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 5, at Bethesda Lutheran Church, Moorhead, with Pastor Margo P. Fohs, officiating. The congregation sang, 'On Eagles Wings', and 'He Leadeth Me' and Sam Johnson sang, 'The Lord's Prayer'. Janice Smith was organist. Interment was in Spring Valley Cemetery, Moorhead. A prayer service was held at 7:00 p.m. Friday at the Rush Family Care Service in Onawa, Iowa. 
Casket bearers were Jerry Pickle, George Moorhead, Steven Houston, Blair Holverson, Keith Hieber and Harley Beall. 

James Harrell
James A. 'Archie' Harrell, age 74, of Spring Hill, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at Spring Hill Regional Hospital. 
He was born in Washington, D.C., and moved to this area 16 years ago from Virginia. He was a steam engineer for the U.S. Government in Washington, D.C., a World War II U.S. Navy veteran, a life member of VFW Post 9236, and a Catholic by faith. 
Survivors include his wife, Olive; a son, Steven R. Harrell of Virginia; three brothers, Frederick of Virginia, Lindy of New Jersey and Vincent of Maryland; a sister, Nancy Heflin of Florida; two grandsons; and two great-grandchildren. 

Arthur Worrell
Arthur R. Worrell, age 80, of Smithland, Iowa, died Monday, July 31, 2000 at his residence of cancer. 
Services were held 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 4 at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mapleton with LeRoy Struble officiating. Burial was in Little Sioux Township Cemetery, Smithland, with military graveside honors by the American Legion Leslie Seaton Post #0666 of Smithland. A prayer service was held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Armstrong Chapel in Mapleton. 
Arthur Raymond Worrell was born in Salix, Iowa on May 10, 1920 to Raymond Charles and Abbie Laura (Madsen) Worrell. He was called to serve his country during World War II in 1942. While stationed with the United States Army in England, he met Mollie Day, who became his bride on March 28, 1944. After the war, Art and Mollie lived in the Smithland, Oto, and Mapleton area where Art worked in farming and road construction. He had a strong work ethic, retiring at the age of 72 due to a health condition. 
Art was an excellent horseman and was involved with the Mapleton and Smithland Saddle Clubs for many years. 
He had a passion for card playing and would do so every chance he could. 
His friends and family will remember him for his generous heart and his 'practical jokes'. Material things were of little importance to him; his treasures were his home and his family. 
Survivors include, Mollie, his wife of 56 years; daughters, Sheryl Snell of Omaha, Nebraska, Terry Brace and Fred Daughtry of Wayland, Iowa, and Melinda Namanny and her husband, Dennis of Mapleton, Iowa; and sons, Jerry and his wife, Elizabeth and Kerry and his wife, Merilyn, all of Sioux City, Iowa; 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two sisters, Evelyn Horner of Mapleton, Iowa and Margaret Bueoy of Onawa, Iowa, along with several other relatives, neighbors and good friends. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, Danny Lee, an infant grandson, Jerry Arthur Worrell, Jr. and two brothers, Pete and Casey. 
Pallbearers were Art's children, Sheryl Snell, Terry Brace, Melinda Namanny, Jerry Worrell, Kerry Worrell and Denny Namanny and Art's friends, Don Newman, Duane Clark and Chet Claus. 

Linda Hamman
Linda K. Hamman, age 43, of Mapleton, died Monday, July 31, 2000, at Onawa, Iowa.
Services were held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 3 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mapleton with Pastor Bob Fritzmeier, Rev. Edmund Tiedeman and Pastor Linda Boggs officiating. Burial was in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Mapleton. Music for the service was by Bonita Kane, organist, St. Mary's Choir, and the Ruth Girls sang, 'Amazing Grace'. A prayer service was held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mapleton. 
Linda Kay Hamman was born July 5, 1957, at Denison, Iowa, the daughter of Dale and Madaleine (Steckelberg) Campbell. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Mapleton where she remained a lifelong member. She graduated with the Maple Valley High School class of 1975. After graduating, she worked at Home Federal Bank in Sioux City, Iowa. 
On November 5, 1977, Linda was united in marriage to Wayne Hamman at St. Peter's United Church of Christ. She worked at various Mapleton businesses including the Mapleton Press, Co-op, and the Maple Motel. She was most recently employed at Casey's General Store in Mapleton as Assistant Manager. She loved sports and was an avid bowler. She also enjoyed country music but the greatest pleasure in her life was found in her family. 
Those survivors left to cherish Linda's memory include, Wayne, her husband of 22 years; one daughter, Carrie, who will be a sophomore at Iowa State University in Ames this fall; two sons, Corey and Cody, both living at home; her parents, Dale and Madaleine Campbell of Mapleton, Iowa; one sister, Lana Lundt and her husband, Marc of Cushing, Iowa and one brother, Roger Campbell and his wife, Molly of Bakersfield, California, along with many other relatives, neighbors, co-workers and very good friends. 
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Vernon and Michael Campbell. 
Linda was admired for her strength and courage in such difficult times in recent years, however, through it all, you could still find her with a smile on her face. She will be deeply missed by all. 
Honorary pallbearers were Linda's nephews, Michael McClain, Mark Hamman, Marshall Lundt, Nicholas Campbell, Aaron Knuth, Kurtis Schultz and Spencer Campbell. 
Pallbearers were Ron Scheer, Bill Ortner, Ron Petersen, Lloyd Hamman, Dan Hieber, Den Ortner, David Rose and Don Lynn. 

Edna Kastner
Edna Kastner was born August 13, 1909, the daughter of Fred and Louise Schultz. She died Wednesday, July 19, 2000, at the Eventide Nursing Home in Denison, Iowa, at the age of ninety. 
Edna was born near Schleswig, Iowa, where she lived with her parents on the family farm. She was baptized in Christ on September 12, 1909 in the Lutheran faith and later confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Hanover Township on April 13, 1924 by Rev. Runge. Edna received her education at the St. Paul's Lutheran School in Hanover Township. 
On January 26, 1930, Edna was united in marriage to Lenard Kastner at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Hanover Township. The couple made their home on the Kastner Homestead Farm in Otter Creek Township, where they farmed for twenty-three years before moving to Schleswig in 1953. 
Edna was a devoted member of the United Church of Christ in Schleswig, the Women's Guild and Dorcas Society, where she held various offices. She was also a member of several card clubs. Edna was a loving and caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family. In her leisure time she enjoyed gardening, golfing and quilting. 
Edna was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Lenard in 1978, one brother, Harold Schultz, three sisters, Gertrude Schultz, Lydia Hollander and Lillie Johnson. Survivors include three daughters, Delores Nemitz of Kiron, Donna Lou Meeves and her husband, Gerald of Schleswig and Edna Mae Johannsen and her husband, Roger Lee of Arthur; ten grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; one sister, Leona Aldag and her husband, Ted of Schleswig; one brother-in-law, Bayard Johnson of Denison, formerly of Kiron; other relatives and friends. 
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 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 vocalists, Barb Buffum, Pam Gronau, and Janet Lafrentz singing, 'The Lamb' and 'I'm But A Stranger Here'. Those serving as pallbearers were Kevin Carstensen, Mark Gronemeyer, Tory Johannsen, Ritchie Meeves, David Strong, Scott Nemitz, Barry Nemitz, Bob Wittorf and Tom Skaggs. The family invited everyone in attendance at the service to join them in fellowshp and lunch at the church, served by the Women's Guild. The Huebner Funeral Home in Schleswig was in charge of arrangements. 

Elsie Carstensen
Elsie Irene Carstensen was born October 26, 1915, the daughter of Peter W. and Hulda Brockman Petersen. She died at the Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa, on Thursday, March 23, 2000 at the age of eighty-four. 
Elsie was born in Hanover Township, Schleswig, Iowa. She was baptized in Christ on February 8, 1916 at her parent's home by Rev. Runge and later confirmed in 1928 in the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Schleswig by Pastor Firnhaber. 
On December 19, 1935, Elsie was united in marriage to Freddie Schroeder. The couple were blessed with the birth of two children, Elaine and Wayne. Freddie died on March 12, 1944. Elsie was united in marriage to Friedrich Carstensen on February 25, 1949 in Schleswig, Iowa by Rev. Friedrich Wiese. This union was blessed with the birth of two children, Jens and Janice. 
Elsie was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family. She enjoyed socializing with friends with a cup of coffee, playing cards and visiting on the telephone. She also enjoyed baking and painting pillow cases and towels. Elsie was a devoted friend who as her friends knew 'she worried about everyone'.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Freddie, her husband, Friedrich, one daughter, Elaine; two brothers, C. Henry and Bernhard Petersen. Survivors include two sons, Wayne Schroeder and his wife, Carolyn of Ida Grove; Jens Carstensen of Sioux City; one daughter, Janice Nemitz and her husband, David of Denison; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Emil Petersen and his wife, Lillie of Schleswig and Jurgen Petersen of Denison; one sister-in-law, Inge Carstensen of Ida Grove; other relatives and friends. 
Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 27, 2000 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig. Rev. Merle Mahnken officiated the service and grave side rites held at the Morgan Cemetery in Schleswig. Sharon Thompson provided the organ accompaniment for soloist Henry Henningsen as he sang, 'Rock of Ages' and for congregational hymns, 'What a Friend We Have In Jesus' and 'Lift High the Cross'. Those serving as pallbearers were Daniel Schroeder, Dean Schroeder, Gaylord Boeck, Timothy Stoppel, Darryl Petersen and Alan Nemitz. The family invited everyone in attendance to return to the church and join them in fellowship and lunch served by the Ladies Aid. The Huebner Funeral Home in Schleswig was in charge of arrangements. 

John Yockey
John C. Yockey, age 86, of Mapleton, and formerly of Smithland, died Monday, April 3, 2000, at Columbus, Ohio. 
Memorial services were held 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 9, 2000, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Mapleton with Pastor Scott Fiege officiating. Burial was in Little Sioux Township Cemetery, Smithland, Iowa. Norma Jean Dose was the organist for the service and the congregation sang, 'The Old Rugged Cross', 'Children of the Heavenly Father' and 'How Great Thou Art'. Armstrong Funeral Home of Mapleton was in charge of the arrangements. 
John Clare Yockey was born October 17, 1913 on Lum Hollow farm outside of Smithland, Iowa, the son of John Lewis and Flora Ethel (White) Yockey. He attended school in Smithland until 1930. In September of 1940, John was united in marriage to Lorene Scheer. During the 1930's, he worked in the trucking industry and from the early 1940's until 1968 the couple farmed in the Hornick and Charter Oak-Ute areas. They then returned to the Lum Hollow farm. In 1978, they retired from farming and moved into Smithland. Lorene passed away May 31, 1987. John continued to live in Smithland until 1994 when he moved to Maple Heights assisted living facility in Mapleton, Iowa, and resided there until January 2000 when he relocated to Columbus, Ohio. 
He was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Mapleton where he was baptized and confirmed. He enjoyed a strong love for the outdoors which included gardening, traveling, camping and fishing. 
During his retirement years, John provided civic duties which included serving as Mayor of Smithland in the 1980's and president of the Rodney Senior Citizens Center. 
Those grateful for having been part of his life include his late wife, Lorene, three daughters, Marleen McCage of Columbus, Ohio, Virginia Petersen, now deceased, and Carolyn Carr and her husband, Darrell 'Ed' of Hornick, Iowa; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, along with many friends and relatives that he knew throughout his life. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and daughter. 
Memorials can be directed to St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Mapleton, Iowa, Atonement Lutheran Church in Columbus, Ohio, LifeCare Alliance Home Health Agency in Columbus, Ohio and Dakota Boys Ranch. 

William Knutzen
William C. Knutzen, age 94, of Ute, Iowa, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at Dunlap, Iowa. 
Services were held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 5 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ute with Pastor Edgar Bode officiating. Burial was in St. Clair Cemtery, Ute. Ruth Owens was the organist for the service and St. Paul's Choir sang, 'The Old Rugged Cross' and 'What a Friend We Have In Jesus'. A prayer service was held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Ute. 
William Claus Knutzen was born August 5, 1905, eight miles south of Ute, Iowa, the son of Claus and Rosa (Holtorf) Knutzen. He spent his boyhood days on the family farm. He attended rural Soldier School No. 6 near his home except for one year when he went to Denison parochial school and was confirmed in 1921. William then returned to live with his parents and his brother. He helped on the family farm with horses where many long hard hards of work were spent. 
On January 2, 1929, William was united in marriage to Iva Marie Ehlers at the Lutheran parsonage in Ute. The couple's life work was in farming where they raised oats, corn and hay and fed cattle, hogs and sheep. They farmed for 45 years and retired on the same farm where they built their new home in 1952. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary January 2, 1979 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ute where they were members. Ivy died November 21, 1987. 
In his leisure time, William found enjoyment in fishing. 
Those survivors left to cherish his memory include one daughter and her husband, Ruth and Wesley Seieroe of Ute, Iowa; one grandson, Rick Seieroe, also of Ute and one granddaughter, Carolyn Seieroe of Onawa, Iowa, along with other relatives, neighbors and friends. 
Along with his wife, Bill was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Erwin 'Dick' Knutzen. 
Pallbearers were Rodney Johnson, David Ehlers, Mike Mitchell, Roger Johnson, Don Petersen and Leonard Seieroe. 

Lucille Bennigsdorf
M. Lucille Bennigsdorf, age 91, of Ida Grove, Iowa, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, Iowa. 
Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 3, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove, with Rev. John Schauer and Rev. Michael Saylor officiating. Burial followed in the Ida Grove Cemetery. Visitation was held on Sunday at the Christensen-Ciha Funeral Home in Ida Grove. 
Born July 30, 1908, in Crawford County, Iowa, Lucille was the fourth child of Albin and Alice (Wells) Carlson. She was from a family of six boys and six girls. 
Lucille graduated from Battle Creek High School in 1926, then taught in country schools near Schleswig, Iowa. On October 17, 1928, she married Herbert Bennigsdorf in Denison. Lucille and Herbert farmed until 1958 in areas of Crawford, Monona and Ida counties. In 1959, the couple made their home in Ida Grove. They were blessed with ten children, and in 1978, celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Lucille was a resident of Morningside Rehab and Care Center since 1991. 
In addition to her ten children, Lucille was devoted to her 38 grandchildren, 91 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren. Special memories were made in August of 1999, when the entire Bennigsdorf family gathered for a wonderful family reunion at Estes National Park in the Rocky Mountains. 
Lucille loved children, and after raising her own family, was a babysitter in Ida Grove for 29 years. She was known to the children she cared for as 'Grandma B'. Lucille was a kind and concerned caregiver and was loved by all. 
Survivors include nine children and their spouses, Dorene and LeRoy Wonder of Galva, Robert and Marlene Bennigsdorf of Arvada, Colorado, Leila and Bernard Lansink of Ida Grove, Vernon and Edith Bennigsdorf of Delta, Colorado, Ruth and Earl Dean Schmidt, Darrell and Marlene Bennigsdorf, and Russell and Clara Bennigsdorf, all of Ida Grove, Carol and Maynard Miller of Atlantic, Lonnie and Marva Bennigsdorf of Battle Creek; and daughter-in-law, Sharon Bennigsdorf of Ida Grove; 36 grandchildren; 91 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Florence Jones of Ute, Lois Adams of Charter Oak and Edna Blunk of Denison; one brother and his wife, Robert and Margaret Carlson of Denison; and two sisters-in-law, Clara Carlson of Denison and Ella Mae Carlson of Ute. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Herbert on April 8, 1981; one son, Gary on February 3, 1989; two grandchildren Diana (Wonder) Schoeppner and Todd Bennigsdorf; three great-grandchildren, Sara Schmidt, Timothy Hawks and Emily Bennigsdorf; five brothers, John Carlson and his wife, Violet and Charles, Earl, Nathan, and Beryl Carlson; and two sisters, Ethel Hesse and Delores Krueger. 
Pallbearers were Lucille's granddaughters. 

Mamie Scott
Mamie J. Scott, age 93, of Ute died Thursday, March 23, 2000 at Mapleton, Iowa. 
Services were held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 28 at the United Methodist Church in Ute with Rev. Karen Handke officiating. Burial was in St. Clair Cemetery, Ute. Joyce Hanson was the organist for the service and music was 'Amazing Grace' and 'The Old Rugged Cross'. A prayer service was held Monday at 7:00 p.m. at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Ute. 
Mamie Jane Scott was born July 28, 1906, at Oakland, Iowa, the daughter of Silas and Clara (Haines) Hayes. She moved with her family to the Mapleton and Rodney, Iowa areas. On December 31, 1947, Mamie was united in marriage to Reece Collins Scott at Denison, Iowa. The couple resided in the Ute, Iowa community. Reece died April 18, 1980. 
Mamie was a member of the United Methodist Church in Ute. 
Those survivors left to cherish her memory include one daughter and her husband, Connie and Jim Johnson of Ute, Iowa; three sons and their wives, Harold and Frances Scott of Pittsburg, California, Gaylord and Carol Scott of Cloves, Mississippi and Howard and Betty Scott of Henderson, Nevada; 14 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Harry Hayes of Red Oak, Iowa; two sisters, Clara Martz and her husband, Jim of Ute, Iowa and Ellen Hopkins of Mapleton, Iowa, along with many other relatives, neighbors and friends. 
Along with her husband, Mamie was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Joseph and Elmer; three sisters, Lillie Bridgeman, Myrtle Brandon and Elsie Bridgeman and one grandson, Bobby Scott. 
Pallbearers were Verlin 'Butch' Bridgeman, Willard 'Red' Bridgeman, Wayne Johnson, Bob Bridgeman, Don Martz and Jimmie Johnson.


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