Miscellaneous Turner County, Iowa Obituaries

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Mary Ann Blundell

Mary Ann Blundell, 68, died Saturday, Dec. 1.

Mary Ann was born on July 9, 1933, to Arvid and Anna Hultgren in Rochester, Minn. Her mother died three days later. Mary Ann lived with an aunt for the first years in Kenyon, Minn. until her father remarried Annette Roisum and they later moved to Minneapolis, Minn. 

She was active and confirmed in Bethel Lutheran Church in Minneapolis before attending Augustana College in Sioux Falls. 

Her father died in 1944 from diabetes.

While in college she met Richard Blundell and they were married on Feb. 3, 1954 at Sioux Falls. They lived in Canton, Ohio where she finished her studies and graduated in June of 1955. They moved to Minneapolis and in 1959 became commissioned to be missionaries in Cameroon. They first spent a year in Paris studying the language before serving in Cameroon.

They had homes in Minneapolis and the Twin Cities area, Austin, Texas, and now Yankton. 

Wherever they lived they were active in church. 

Mary Ann liked to sew and did a lot of sewing in Cameroon. In 1992 they went back to Cameroon as volunteers. They would come home to see family and friends. The last couple of years they have spent six months at a time in Cameroon. 

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband Dick; three children, Lisa Vitek, Dion, and Dirk and wife Dorene; four grandchildren, Heather, Blake, Austin, and Cole; and two sisters, Mildred Hamblin and Helen Johnson. 

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton. Burial was in Rosehill Cemetery in Parker. 

Hofmeister-Jones Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
 

Clara Kost

Clara Kost, 93, of Menno, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001, at the Menno Olivet Care Center, Menno.

Clara was born to Henry and Elizabeth (Heckenlaible) Schempp on Dec. 6, 1908, on the family farm near Freeman. She was baptized on Feb. 28, 1909, at Bethlehem Reformed Church in Freeman by Henry A. Bartill. 

She lived on a farm for 29 years in rural Hurley then moving to Lennox in 1970.

Clara entered the Menno-Olivet Care Center in 1990 where she resided at the time of her death. Clara enjoyed gardening, flowers, and quilting. 

She was a faithful member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Parker. 

Survivors are her husband Carl of Menno, two sisters Talitha Kirscheman of Menno, and Johanna Jerke of Tabor; a host of nieces and nephews and a brother-in-law David Kost of Menno. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Reinhold Schempp and a brother who died in infancy, five sisters Carrie Kost, Martha Kirschenman, Rose Kost, Regina Wuerffel, and Hulda Boegler. 

Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 14, at Grace Lutheran Church, Menno with the Rev. Leon Schulz officiating. Burial was in the Menno Cemetery. 

Arrangements were made by Kostel Funeral Home.
 

Gerald O'Hara

Gerald O'Hara, 73, of Sioux Falls, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002.

Gerald O'Hara was born July 13, 1928, near Canistota, to Michael and Katie (Woods) O'Hara. 

He attended schools in the Humboldt and Parker area. 

He served in the US Navy. 

He married Margaret Beck on Jan. 10, 1950, and farmed near Hartford. He moved to Sioux Falls and worked as a heavy equipment operator until he retired in 1980 with a disability. 

He was a life member of the VFW 28, Cooties, the 40 & 8, and the Hartford American Legion. 

Jerry was past Post Commander of the VFW and Past State Commander of the Cooties. 

Jerry was active with VFW Teener Baseball, served as Bingo Chairman, and was on numerous VFW committees. He was an usher at St. Joseph Cathedral for a number of years. He was interested in John Deere tractors. 

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Margaret; six sons, G. Marvin (Gail), and Brian of Sioux Falls, Daniel (Lauri) of Aberdeen, Michael (Patti) of Madison, Wis., Kevin of North Pole, Ark., and Thomas (Sue Green) of Seattle, Wash.; three daughters, Agnes (Charles) O'Hara, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Denise (Jeff) Savage, Sioux Falls, Julaine (Jon) Sannes, Sioux Falls; 22 grandchildren; one great-grandson; two brothers, Robert O'Hara and Wayne O'Hara; three sisters, Leona O'Hara, Rachel Pagan, and Ann Carlson; a special nephew and niece, Frances Konda and Rose Marie Wingert; and his Godmother, Marcella Sunder-land. 

Services were held at St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls. 

Burial was in St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery in Sioux Falls. 

Arrangements were made by Miller Funeral Home of Sioux Falls. 
 

Lois Petersen

Lois E. Petersen, 76, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002.

Lois E. Petersen was born on November 12, 1925 in Turner County, to Niels and Katherine (Andersen) Petersen, the 12th of 13 children. 

Her early adult years were spent on the family home near Hurley diagonally adjacent to the quarter where she and her husband Leo E. Christensen would farm for the last 50 years. 

They where married on December 22, 1946. They had three children, Larry, Leanne, and Louise, and three grandchildren, Jim, Mike, and Annie. Lois was always involved in church, 4-H and Pork Council activities. Besides her family, she had three great loves, reading, the animals, especially the pigs, and cooking. 

There was always food, lots of food, in the house and she was always experimenting with new recipes. She was instrumental in publishing two cookbooks. One cookbook was for the South Dakota Pork Council, and the second cookbook is called the "Petersen Pantry", which is the Petersen family cookbook. 

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband Leo; 3 children, Larry and his wife Pat, Alexandria, Va., Leanne Hearne and her husband Thomas, Eden Prairie, Minn., and Louise Albers and her husband Kenneth, Canton; 3 grandchildren, James and Michael Hearne, and Annie Albers; 6 brothers and sisters, Marge Speh, Balaton, Minn., Irene Lease, Canton, Harland, Hurley, Ruby Peters, Phoenix, Ariz., Marvin, Sioux Falls, and Alvia Farrar, Hurley; and many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by 6 brothers and sisters, Edward, Chris, Anna Hansen, Clara Larsen, Marie Gerdes, and Edsel. 

Memorials may be directed to the Arthritis Foundation and the NACC (National Association for Colitis and Crohn's Disease). 

Services were held at Bethany Lutheran Church. Burial was in Hurley Cemetery. 

Arrangements were made by Hofmeister-Jones Funeral Home. 
 

Darrell Salter 

Darrell Salter, 69, died Monday, March 31, 2003. 

Darrell Keith Salter was born on Sept. 29, 1933, at Huron, to Boyd "Jim" and Hazel "K.C." (Wenger) Salter. 

He attended school in Iroquois and graduated from Iroquois High School in 1951. Although only 17 years old, he enlisted in the US Navy and served on active duty during the Korean Conflict until 1954. He later served in the South Dakota National Guard and attained the highest Army enlisted rank of sergeant major. Nevertheless, he always considered himself a sailor. 

On April 1, 1956, he married Arlene Corcoran at St. Martin Catholic Church, Huron. 

After graduating from Huron College, he taught English in Selby and Bryant before becoming a school administrator. Darrell served as the superintendent of schools in Erwin, Wolsey, Wessington Springs, and in Parker, where he retired in 1994. 

During his thirty-five year professional career, Darrell earnestly continued his formal education. He received his masters degree from South Dakota State University and he earned a doctoral degree in education from the University of South Dakota in 1986. 

He will be remembered by all who knew him for his keen intellect and his deep sense of patriotism and public service. Darrell served for over 30 years as a volunteer with the South Dakota American Legion Boys State program, acting as its director for the past 10 years. 

He was also an active member of a number of community boards and organizations. Darrell was a proud member of the American Legion, VFW, the Beadle Club, Knights of Columbus, and St. Christina Catholic Church, Parker. 

He was loved and revered by his family as a patient, caring and selfless man. 

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of 47 years, Arlene; three children, Lisa Vanderberg and her husband, Rick, Sioux Falls; Karen Lyle and her husband, Jeff, Sioux Falls, and Mark Salter and his wife Sue, Brandon; six grandchildren, Matt, Erika, Hanah, Christi-ana, Margaret, and Sophia, and a sister, Shirley Scotter, Huron. He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Services were held on Thursday, April 3, at St. Christina Catholic Church in Parker. 

Burial with full military honors was in St. Martin Catholic Cemetery in Huron. 

Arrangements were made by Hofmeister-Jones Funeral Home of Parker. 
 

Lucille McFail 

Lucille McFail, 83, died Tuesday, April 1, 2003. 

Lucille McFail, was born in Parker, Sept. 27, 1919. She was the daughter of Arthur and Millie Herrig. 

Lucille moved to Min-neapolis, Minn., after high school. She lived in the Minneapolis/ St Paul area for 50 years. 

After she started having health problems, Lucille moved to Denver to be with her family. She was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, John B. (Jack) McFail. 

Lucille is survived by her two daughters, Mary Pfeifer, Denver, Colo., and Sandra Fenton Denver, Colo., and one grandchild, Kerstine Pfeifer, Denver, Colo. 

Lucille passed away April 1, 2003, at Sunrise Assisted Living in Westminster, Colo. 

Services were held on Friday, April 4, at Crossroads Baptist Church, Northglenn, Colo. 

Arrangements were made by National Cremation Ser-vice in Englewood, Colo. 
 

Mayme V. Johnson 

Mayme V. Johnson, 89, died Friday, April 4, 2003, at Tieszen Memorial Home, Marion. 

Mayme Vera Nowstrup was born on Aug. 30, 1913, in Turner County, to Andrew and Maggie (Larsen) Nowstrup. 

She graduated from Parker High School in 1931. 

Mayme married Donald L. Johnson on June 28, 1957, at Luverne, Minn. They farmed south of Parker until their retirement, and they moved into Parker in 1973. She had lived in and around Parker her entire life before moving to the Pioneer Villa in Viborg in 1998. She was a member of First Baptist Church. 

Grateful for having shared her life are nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband in 1989, a brother in infancy, and a sister and her husband, Mae and Ervin Budde. 

Funeral services were held on Monday, April 7, at First Baptist Church in Parker. 

Burial was in Rosehill cemetery in Parker. 

Arrangements were made by Hofmeister-Jones Funeral Home in Parker.

Hank Niezwaag 

Hank Niezwaag, 76, died Thursday, March 20, 2003. 

Henry Benjamin Niezwaag was born on June 23, 1926, on a farm southwest of Chancellor to Claus and Dena (Joffer) Niezwaag. At a early age he was baptized at the Sandham Reformed Church, Monroe. 

He grew up near Parker before serving in the US Army during WW II, having served in the European Theatre. 

On Oct. 21, 1952, he was united in marriage to Lavon Jansa at Marion. They lived in Marion where he was employed by Turner-Hutchinson Electric Co-operative for 31 years, retiring in 1981. Upon retiring he began keeping weather data for the United States Weather Bureau at the Marion Station. 

He began writing a weekly column for the Marion Record in 1987. He was a member of First Reformed Church, Mon-roe, having served as Elder, taught adult Sunday school and assisted with Bible school, he was a member of and past commander of the American Legion, and loved to hunt and fish. 

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Lavon; two children, Linda Dykstra and her husband Brian, Marion, and Rick Niezwaag and Nicole, Monroe; a brother, Jake Niezwaag and his wife Gladys, Marion; and six grandchildren, Brandyn, Lindsay, Bobbie Jo, Brandi, Aricka, and Victoria. 

Services were held on Tuesday, March 25, at the First Reformed Church in Monroe. 

Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery in Marion. 

Arrangements were made by Hofmeister-Jones Funeral Home. 
 

Edwin Thomas 

Edwin Lee (Red) Thomas, 86, died Friday, March 21, 2003, at Rapid City Regional Hospital. 

Red was born in Wheatland, Iowa, in 1916. His parents were Jacob and Anna Thomas. 

Red grew up in Clinton, Iowa. After graduating from high school, he attended college at Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell. 

He served in the Army during WWII being discharged as a Captain. He returned to Mitchell to finish college. 

While in Mitchell he married Norma Coats, and they were blessed with one son, Thomas (Tommy). 

After graduating, the family moved to Parker where Red started his teaching career. Red was head basketball coach for Parker until 1957 when the family moved to Rapid City. Red taught and coached in Rapid City until his retirement. 

During his time in Rapid City he started many state and regional track meets. He spent many hours on the road refereeing basketball games in the Hills area. Red continued being a starter for track meets until he was 75 years old. 

Red enjoyed anything that had to do with the outdoors. 

He and his son, Tommy, enjoyed golfing, hunting, and fishing together. The preparation for the annual hunting trip back to Doland was just as important to Red as was the planning for coaching his basketball teams or teaching in his classroom. 

Red was know for his helping hand at everything he did. Even when hunting, he was teaching, showing his nieces and nephews the correct way to handle a gun. 

After the death of Norma in 1994, Red moved to Sturgis with his son and daughter-in-law, Joanne. When Tommy died in 2002, both he and Joanne moved back to Rapid City. 

Red was preceded in death by his wife and son, his parents, one brother and two sisters. 

Red is survived by his daughter-in-law, Joanne Thomas Farwell, Parma, Idaho; brothers and sisters, Ray Thomas and LilyMae Martindale, Clinton, Iowa; Dorothy Roeder, Bozeman, Mont. 

Red is also survived by his in-laws, Francis and Gleo Coats; their children, Jim and Jane Coats, Doland; Cheri and Richard Martian, Trail City; Ron and Marylee Coats, Verndale, Minn.; Maurice and Ester Coats, Virginia Beach, Va.; Rachel Coats and her children, Dana and Chere Coats, Don Coats, Mike Coats and Karen Davis, Rapid City. 

Red's nieces and nephews were all very special to him, especially John, Jennifer, and Alex. Red had two special students from Parker who stood by him until the time of his death, Charles Beard and John Shaeffer. 

Services were held Tuesday, March 25, at Canyon Lake United Methodist Church in Rapid City. 

Burial, with full military honors, was in the Pine Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery. 

Arrangements were made by the Osheim-Catron Funeral Home. 

Goldie Rang 

Goldie Rang, 99, died Sunday, March 23, 2003. 

Goldie Theodora Sloan was born on March 24, 1903, at Union, Iowa, to Orva Franlin and Nellie Vivian (Wilcox) Sloan. 

At the age of two she moved with her family to Parker. 

On November 2, 1921, she was united in marriage to Walter Rang. 

She worked as a cook and baker for the Parkerhouse, Reva's Cafe and the Step Inn. 

They moved to Sioux Falls in 1954 where she had worked at the Town and Country Cafe and Chris's Grill as a pastry chef. She also did baking out of her home. 

Her husband, Walter, died in 1979. She has been a resident of the Good Samaritan Village where she died Sunday, March 23, 2003, one day short of her 100th birthday. 

Grateful for having shared her life are three children, Rebecca Preheim, Freeman, Bob and his wife, Nadine, and Brad, all of Sioux Falls; eight grandchildren and several great- and great-great-grandchildren. 

Services were held on Wednesday, March 26, at Hofmeister-Jones Funeral Home in Parker. 

Burial was in the Rosehill cemetery in Parker. 

Arrangements were made by Hofmeister-Jones Funeral Home. 
 

Darold E. Hintz 

Darold E. Hintz, 68, died Thursday, March 27, 2003. 

Darold Eugene Hintz was born on July 13, 1934, near Hurley, to Carl and Anna (Snyder) Hintz. 

He attended Pleasant Ridge and District 32 country schools before graduating from Hurley High School in 1952. 

During the Korean Conflict he served in the US Navy and was stationed on the West Coast. 

On May 20, 1955, he was united in marriage to Marlene Joan Wedell at Hurley. They farmed in the Turkey Ridge area and for the past 25 years had farmed with his son, Bob. He also had worked for a time with Juel S. Johnson and Sid Elcock. 

Darold was very active in the Hurley community where he was a member of and state and local office holder of the American Legion, selective service board, coached Legion baseball, township board member, Hurley Hoppers, and the Joppa Masonic Lodge. 

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Marlene; two sons, Monty and his wife Cate, and Bob and his wife Brenda; and five grandchildren, Eric, Jordan, Renee, Ryan, and Reid. 

Masonic services were held Monday, March 31, at Hof-meister-Jones Funeral Home in Hurley. 

Funeral Services were held Tuesday, April 1 at the United Methodist Church in Hurley. 

Burial with full military honors was in the Hurley Cemetery. 

Arrangements were made by Hofmeister-Jones Funeral Home. 
 

Henrietta Versteeg 

Henrietta Versteeg, 92, died Saturday, March 29, 2003. 

Henrietta May Leguit Versteeg was born on March 19, 1911, near Platte, the daughter of Claus and Mary (Oly) Leguit. Henrietta's mother died three days after her birth. Her father could not care for Henrietta and her siblings, three sisters and one brother, the oldest being eight years old. Henrietta went to live with her aunt Henrietta VanderWall in Sheldon, Iowa. 

They moved to Parker, when her aunt married John Feenstra when Henrietta was six years old. 

She graduated from Parker High School in 1929. She attended Huron College for two years and received her teaching certificate. 

She taught rural school near Castlewood for two years and then taught near Parker at Brothersfield Township for four years. 

Henrietta married Marion H. Versteeg on Nov. 24, 1938. They lived on a farm north of Monroe for 45 years. They had two children, Maurice of Sioux Falls and Sylvia of Des Moines, Iowa. 

They moved to Parker in November 1983. 

After Marion passed away in March 1984, she moved to the Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls in the fall of 1984. 

Henrietta passed away Saturday, March 29, 2003, at the Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls. 

Henrietta was preceded in death by her husband, Marion; her parents; her sisters, Anna, Mary and Helena, and her brother, Nick. 

She is survived by her son, Maurice, and daughter-in-law, Vickie; her daughter, Sylvia, and son-in-law, Richard; six grandchildren, Todd, Lynn, Shari, Nick, Paige and Michael, and four great-grandchildren, Mitch-ell, Cooper, Jace, and Carson. 

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 1, at First Reformed Church in Sioux Falls. 

Burial was in Rosehill Cemetery in Parker. 

Arrangements were made by Hofmeister-Jones Funeral Home in Parker.


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