Miscellaneous Winnebago County, Iowa Obituaries - 1997


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Henry W. Nath, Jr.
Graveside service for Henry Walter Nath Jr., age 85, of Mitchell, S. Dak., was held Saturday morning at Rose Hill Cemetery, Thompson, with military rites. Nathís grandson, Jeff Nath, played "Taps."
Born January 12, 1912, in Boone to Henry and Kate (Lass) Nath, Sr., Henry served with the Coast Guard during World War II and served most of his time in the South Pacific.
He married Doris Brigston April 11, 1946, at Albert Lea, Minn. The couple farmed in the Leland area until his retirement in 1968 when he moved to Two Harbors, Minn. He lived there until 1992 when he moved to Mitchell.
Nath was a charter member of the Thompson VFW and received his 50-year certificate last year. He was a past trustee of the Winnebago Lutheran Church at Leland and was a current member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Mitchell.
He died September 30 [1997] at the Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell.
Survivors include one daughter, Caren Minn of Sioux Falls, S. Dak., and one son, Dennis W. Nath, Sr., and his wife Mary of Mitchell; one sister, Marie Nath of Thompson; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife; an infant daughter; one grandson; four brothers, two sisters; and a son-in-law.

Elwood Peterson
Former Thompson resident Elwood Peterson of Hudson, Mich., died October 4.
Peterson was a brother-in-law of Marie Peterson and a cousin of Vern Peterson.
His funeral service was held October 7 in Michigan.

Charles Edward (C. E.) Judd
Funeral service for Charles Edward (C. E.) Judd, 88, was held Saturday afternoon, November 8, at Bethany Lutheran Church, Thompson.
Officiating clergy was Pastor Perry Fruhling.
Special music was provided by Chris Hill, organist; Mike Holstad, soloist; and Mary Ann Olsen, accompanist for "The Navy Hymn." Congregational hymns were "Beautiful Savior," "Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art."
Casket bearers were Kent, Kurk, Todd and Megan Erickson; Jacquelyn Morgan-Pattinson; and David, Mark, Larry and Darwin Solberg.
Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Thompson, with Winter Funeral home in charge of arrangements. Military rites were performed by Thompson Veterans Color Guard.
C. E. was born March 17, 1909, to Andrew and May (Miller) Judd in Green County. He was baptized at the First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson and grew up on a farm near Paton where he graduated from Paton High School. He was also graduated from Iowa State College in Ames. He worked as a County Extension Director in the Iowa Counties of Story, Wayne, Boone and Winnebago.
During World War II, he served as Lieutenant in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater. He taught the veteranís agricultural classes at Lakota and farmed near Thompson.
February 12, 1934, he was married to Theo Norman at her family home near Paton.
C. E. was committed to improving the lives of the people in the communities where he lived by being an active member in many organization, most recently being the Area Agency on Aging and Young at Heart. In the churches where he worshipped he used his talents in the areas of education, administration and youth and senior ministries. He was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Thompson.
He died November 5, 1997, at his home in rural Thompson at 88 years of age.
Survivors include his wife Theo; three daughters and their husbands, Harriet and Darrell Morgan of Thompson, Majory and Lowell Solberg of Forest City and Judith and Robert Erickson of Cooper Mountain, Colo.; nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Pauline Underwood of Boone; one brother, Robert Judd of Urbana, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and one grandson.

Jake Risius
Last rites for Jake Risius, 92, were held Monday afternoon, November 24, 1997, at Liberty Lutheran Church in Rake. Rev. Glenn Smith officiated.
Pianist was Arlene Endreland. The congregation sang "Amazing Grace," "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" and "Good Night and Good Morning."
Honorary casket bearers included Ronald Boettcher, George Faber, Vernon Jacobson, Herman Thompson and Arnold Van Gerpen.
The casket was carried by Dale Anderson, Ron Anderson, Elvin Haugen, Glendon Matheson, Mark Murra and Peter Van Gerpen.
Interment was in Graceland Cemetery, Buffalo Center. Winter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The son of John and Alice (Meyer) Risius, Jake was born April 27,1905, on a farm near Iowa Falls. He was baptized and confirmed at Ramsey Reformed Church, rural Titonka. He completed eighth grade in a country school.
December 20, 1927, he was married to Annie Rippentrop at First Congregational Church in Buffalo Center. Together they farmed near Lakota, Stevens and Frost and for 42 years by Rake until they moved into town in 1977. Risius enjoyed visiting with his friends and especially his family.
He died Thursday, November 20, 1997, at United Hospital, Blue Earth, Minn.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Annie Risius of Rake; three sons, Marvin and his wife Frances of State College, Penna., Norman and his wife Mavis of Lake Mills, and Larry and his wife Kathy of Lafayette, Colo.; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Dena Gable of Spencer; and one brother-in-law, George Rippentrop of Buffalo Center; several nieces, nephews and many special friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister; two brothers; and one infant brother.

Millie Morello
Funeral service for Thompson native Millie Morello, 91, a longtime Omaha pianist, was held October 17 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Omaha.
Ms. Morello died October 14, 1997, of kidney failure.
She was born in 1906 to Dr. Ed and Sophie Stewart. Dr. Stewart was the first dentist in Thompson and remained so for 35 years until his death in 1943.
Lillie started playing piano with no lessons by the age of nine. She started playing professionally at 12 years of age for church, in school and the background music for silent movies at the theatre in Thompson and small towns in the area.
She married Albert Mart in 1929. He had a truck farm, 10 acres, on the road to the cemetery in Thompson.
Moving to Omaha in 1942, Lillie played the piano professionally in various lounges.
She married Mac Mcabe in 1955. He died in 1956. She then married Lester Morello in 1966 and he died a few years ago.
In June of 1997, Lillie was honored for being a Methodist for 75 years and for belonging to the Eastern Star for 73 years.
At the time of her death, she was still playing piano at church and senior functions, up until a month before she died.
She is survived by her daughter, Margaret Carlson of Omaha; two sons, Donald Mart of Loveland, Colo., and Raymond Mart of Omaha; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
All three of her brothers have died within the last few years. A younger brother died at the age of 12 of a brain tumor.

Arthur L. Graham
Last rites for Arthur L. Graham, 55, of Rake were held December 4 at Zion Lutheran Church, Rake. Pastor Jennifer Edinger officiated.
Burial was in West Cemetery, Rake.
Graham died December 1, 1997, at the United Hospital in Blue Earth, Minn.
Born October 18, 1942, in Algona, he was the son of Dwight and Olga (Holm) Graham. He married Ruth Sanke August 19, 1965, in Blue Earth.
He was employed at Forest City at Foresters and Winnebago Industries. He was presently employed in the maintenance department of Seneca Foods in Blue Earth.
He is survived by his wife Ruth Graham of Rake; three sons, Ronald Graham and wife Lori of Fort Collins, Colo, Mark Graham and his wife Michelle of Mankato and David Graham of Iowa City; three granddaughters; one sister, LaVonne Runkle of Humboldt; and his mother-in-law, Waneta Sankey of Winnebago, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant brother.

Johanna Secilia Nelson
The oldest member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Thompson, Johanna Secilia Nelson, died Tuesday, December 23, 1997, at the Lake Mills Care Center. She was 102 years of age.
Her funeral service was conducted the morning of December 26 at Bethany Lutheran Church.
Officiating clergy was Pastor Perry Fruhling with Mary Ann Olsen serving as organist.
A trio of Lavonne Grunhovd, Joan Christianson and Karen Askeland sang "How Great Thou Art" and Kathy Nelson sang "Jeg Er Saa Glad Hver Yulekveld." Congregational hymns were "Amazing Grace" and "Good Christian Friends, Rejoice."
Honorary casket bearers were Johannaís great-grandchildren: Tony Nelson, Derek Nelson, Molly Nelson, Jason Brekken, Grant Brekken, Peter Brekken, Jacob Brekken, Lisa Nelson and Taylor Nelson.
The casket was carried by Mike Shivers, Ted Hovda, Dick Langerud, Terry Steinmetz, Mike Swenson, Jim Moen, Steven Nelson, Gary Nelson and Dave Brekken.
Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Thompson, with Mittelstadt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
The daughter of Johan and Martha Opsal, Johanna was born November 8, 1895, on a small island north of Stavanger called Fogn, Norway. She was confirmed at Finney.
At the age of 18, she came to America. She married Peter J. Nelson, who was also from Stavanger, Norway, in 1918. They were parents to one son, Leonard J. Nelson. They lived on a farm by Thompson for 16 years and in 1941 purchased a farm southwest of Lake Mills.
Johanna belonged to Bethany Lutheran Church at Thompson all her adult life. She was active in the ladies auxiliary and circle until the past 12 years.
Survivors include her son Leonard and his wife Florence Nelson of Leland; three grandchildren, Steven and his wife Kathy nelson, Gary and his wife Julie Nelson, all of Leland, and Lori and her husband Dave Brekken of Lake Mills; and nine great-grandchildren as listed as honorary casket bearers.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Peter on February 12, 1977; and her sister Hanna Hovda.

Aleta Rasche
Funeral service for Aleta Rasche, 81, of Fairmont, Minn., mother of Michele Thompson of Rake, will be held Friday, January 2, at 2 p.m. at St. Johnís United Church of Christ in Fairmont, Minn. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Fairmont.
Mrs. Rasche died Sunday evening, December 28, 1997, at her home in Fairmont.
Survivors include one son, Michael James Larson of Mankato, Minn.; one daughter, Michele Thompson and her husband Richard of Rake; stepdaughters Sharon Roe and husband John of St. Paul, Minn., and Marilyn Wessels and husband Duane of Albert Lea, Minn.; many grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband William Rasche; three daughters, Leslie Jean Theobald, Nancy Sue Roberts and Patricia Ann Hopf.

Opal Mae Friesenborg
Funeral service for Opal Mae Friesenborg, 90, was held Monday afternoon, December 29, at Bethany Lutheran Church, Thompson. Rev. Perry Fruhling officiated with Mary Ann Olsen as organist.
Vocalist were Rosemary Brackey and Jan Block who sang "Your Borning Cry" and "Does Jesus Care." The congregation sang "Lift High The Cross" and "How Great Thou Art."
The casket bearers were Tracy Adams, Kurt Allen, William Friesenborg, Joe Larson, John Larson and Brent VanKoevering.
Burial was in Olena Mound Cemetery, Buffalo Center.
The daughter of Francis and Helen (Espe) Berhow, Opal was born July 18, 1907, near Kanawha. Her family moved to Buffalo Center in 1919. She was confirmed at Liberty Lutheran Church, Rake, and received her education at Buffalo Center High School.
In 1925 she was married to William Friesenborg. He died November 15, 1958.
Mrs. Friesenborg moved to Thompson in 1975 and resided there until 1991 when she became a resident of Timely Mission Nursing Home in Buffalo Center. She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Thompson, and was active in the Eden #4 Birthday Club for several years.
She died December 25, 1997, at Timely Mission.
Survivors include two sons, Gary and his wife Linda of Buffalo Center and Tim of Golden City, Mo.; two daughters, Arvilla Allen and her husband Eugene of Rockford, Ill., and Jackie Larson of Buffalo Center; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Arlene Warner and her husband Maynard of Rockford, Ill., Wanda Cairns of Tavares, Flo., and Helen Nitzband and husband Rod of Eufaula, Okla.; as well as several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Bill; two sons, Billy and Marlyn Friesenborg; one daughter, Arlette; and a son-in-law, Ronald Larson.

Margaret Sarah Swearingen
Longtime Thompson resident Margaret Sarah Swearingen, 88, died Friday, December 19, 1997, at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Care Unit, Mason City.
Her funeral service was held Tuesday afternoon, December 23, at First Baptist Church, Buffalo Center. Pastor Gary Bergman officiated.
Vera Bronleewe was organist for the service and Pastor Gary and Linda Bergman were vocalist. Congregational hymns were "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Amazing Grace."
Honorary casket bearers were Debra Bulawski, Donnie Lamb, Jodi Nordskog, Tammy Solberg, Kelly Fredrickson, Bret Lamb and Dayne Lamb.
The casket was carried by Douglas Mayland, Brian Swearingen, Mike Swearingen, Jay Swearingen, Kevin Swearingen and Troy Swearingen.
Burial was in Harrison Township Cemetery, Swea City.
The daughter of Daniel and Sadie (Clark) Funderbruk, Margaret was born June 22, 1909, near Swea City.
She married Lucien M. Swearingen August 30, 1927, at Webster City. The couple farmed and moved to the Thompson area in 1957. In 2979 they retired from farming and purchased a home in Thompson.
Mrs. Swearingen is survived by two daughters, Donna Mayland and her husband Alfred of Rake; Sharon Lamb and her husband Jammie of Scarville; four sons, Dennis and wife LaVonne Swearingen of Kiester, Minn., James Swearingen of Glenville, Minn., Danny and his wife Kathy Swearingen of Thompson and Bill and his wife Diane Swearingen of Thompson; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Glennice Schweiger of Fairmont, Minn., and Daisy Gayle Funderbruk of Oakland, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Lucien on October 30, 1987; and six brothers and sisters.

Willard A. Johnson
Willard A. Johnson, 72, of Austin, Minn., died November 23, at Austin Medical Center.
He was a native of Rake, born February 28, 1925. He graduated from high school and attended college prior to his marriage to Lois Hanna in 1951. They farmed near Frost until 1966 and then moved to a farm at Moscow, Minn. In 1971 he retired from farming and worked for Culligan and Lindsey Water Conditioning and the Mower County Shopper. He was a member of Moscow Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his daughter, Judienne Tabor of Austin; one son, Shannon Johnson of Faribault; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews and a special friend, Betty Holan of Austin.
He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.

Harold L. Rockwell
Funeral service for Harold L. Rockwell, 82, was held Wednesday morning, November 26, 1997, at Bethany Lutheran Church, Thompson.
Rev. Perry Fruhling officiated with Mary Ann Olsen as organist. Soloists were Rev. Fruhling who sang "Jesus Loves Me" and Amy Thorland who sang "Precious Lord Take My Hand." Congregational hymns were "What A Friend We Have in Jesus," "Rock of Ages" and "Amazing Grace."
Casket bearers were Mike Rockwell, Mark Rockwell, Brian Rockwell, Ryan Sorensen, Alan Amundson and Robert Hill.
Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Thompson, with Winter Funeral Home handling arrangements.
Born April 24, 1915, at Leland to Karl and Grace (McMains) Rockwell, Harold was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church, Thompson.
He married Eunice Larson in Mansfield, Mo., June 28, 1941, and farmed in the Thompson area during the 1950s. In later years he worked for the Horsewell Potato Farm, did farm work for Cliff Branstad and performed local carpentry work with contractor Ernest J. Helgren. In his retirement years he enjoyed woodworking, making various wooden toys and other small items.
Harold Leslie Rockwell died at his home Sunday, November 23, 1997.
His survivors include his wife Eunice of Thompson; five children, Patricia and her husband Clifton Hill of Thompson, Wendell and his wife Muriel Rockwell of Waunakee, Wis., Marceen and her husband John Sorenson of Minneapolis; Helen and her husband Don Amundson of Jordan, Minn., and Warren and his wife Marie Rockwell of Prairieville, Lo.; 12 grandchildren, Teresa Jurrens of Sibley, Jodi DeLay of Dallas, Tex., Debra Thorne of Lake Mills, Robert Hill of Moore, S. Car., Bradley Rockwell of Holt, Mich., Mark Rockwell, Mike Rockwell and Brian Rockwell of Waunakee, Wis., Diana Sorenson of Ames, Ryan Sorenson of Mankato, Minn., and Lisa and Alan Amundson of Jordan, Minn., six great-grandchildren; one sister, Lois Anderson of Mason City; one brother, Max Rockwell of Reynolds; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Walter Rockwell; and two sisters, Vera Martin and Faye Draper.

Eliza M. Sabin
Eliza M. Sabin, 81, of Manly died November 10, 1997, at Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.
Her funeral service will be held today (Thursday), at 10:30 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Manly. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City.
Eliza was born January 14, 1916, in Rake to Arent and Petra (Holm) Rake. She received her education in the Rake school system. She married Arthur Sabin Feb. 28, 1935, in Rake. The couple farmed in the Emmons and Blue Earth areas and moved to Bricelyn in 1936 where they continued to farm until 1942 when they moved to Albert Lea, Minn., farming there until moving to Manly in 1946. Liza and her husband Art had been custodians at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church from 1975 until January of 1997.
She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Sarah Circle, quilting circle and Memorial Committee.
Survivors include her husband, Art Sabin of Manly; six children, Duane Sabin and his wife Sharon of Urbandale, Gloria Reindl and her husband Jack of Adair, David Sabin and his wife Gloria of Marshall, Minn., Mark Sabin and his wife linda of Clear lake and Dan Sabin and special friend Colleen Rhodes of Northville, Mich.; 13 grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Bertha Nelsen and her husband Nels of Austin, Minn., and Alma Christiansen of Mason City and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, and one brother.

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