Miscellaneous Winnebago County, Iowa Obituaries - 1998

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Gladys Engebretson
Funeral service for Gladys Viola Engebretson, 89, was held Monday morning at Bethel Lutheran Church, Vinje. Rev. Dani Jo Ninke-Greaver officiated.
Margaret Nesje was organist for the service and Elaine Rebelein sang "I Was There To Hear Your Borning Cry" and "Precious Lord." Congregational hymn was "Beneath The Cross of Jesus."
The casket was carried by Fred Engebretson, Jon Folven, Gary Brue, Scott Engebretson, Todd Anthony and Chuck Engebretson. Interment was in Bethel Lutheran Cemetery.
The daughter of Ole and Anna (Tweed) Brue, Gladys was born April 13, 1908, in Pierre, S. Dak. When she was an infant, her family moved to rural Joice. She graduated from Lake Mills High School in 1927 and taught school for several years in rural Winnebago County.
She married Gayler A. Engebretson in Scarville June 26, 1931. The couple moved to a farm west of Vinje in 1943 where she lived the remainder of her live. Gayler died July 1, 1997. A longtime member of Bethel Lutheran Church, she served faithfully in numerous capacities. She was a former 4-H leader.
Gladys Engebretson died the evening of December 31, at her daughter’s home in LaPorte, Ind.
She is survived by one son, Rodney and his wife Barbara Engebretson of LaCrosse, Wis.; two daughters, Lorraine and her husband Jack Bunce of LaPorte, Ind., and Marcia and her husband Ray Kyrsh of Elk Grove, Ill.; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Ernest Brue of Lake Mills; two sisters, Maxine Nelson of Northwood and Genevieve Folven of Albert Lea, Minn., and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Gayler and three sisters.

Cora Amanda Heath
Last rites for Cora Amanda Heath, a native of Rake, were held Wednesday afternoon, January 7, 1998, at Winter Funeral Home, Buffalo Center.
Dr. Jennifer Edinger officiated. Casket bearers were Carl Berberich, Ted Erickson, Joel Halvorson, Steve Halvorson, Jeff Heath, Ralph Jahnke, Dick Jensvold and Troy Krinkaus.
Interment was in West Cemetery, Rake.
Following the burial, lunch was served at the Zion Lutheran Church fellowship hall.
Cora was born November 11, 1905, at Rake to Albert and Bertha (Gulbraa) Nesheim. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and lived in Rake most of her life.
She married Glen Heath August 10, 1925. He died February 27, 1956.
Cora entered Parker Oaks Care Center in Winnebago, Minn., December 31, 1997. She died there, Jan. 4, 1998.
She is survived by one son, Glen Heath, Jr. of Mankato, Minn.; two daughters, Lois Halvorson and her husband Jerome, and Sharon Erickson, all of Rake; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; one brother, Dr. Martin Nesheim and his wife Edna of Duluth, Minn., and two sisters, Della Underdahl of Blue Earth, Minn., and Ione Jones of Lime Springs; along with several dear friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Glen; her son David; four sisters and two brothers.

Clara M. Larson
Clara M. Larson of Buffalo Center died January 8, 1998, at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City, at the age of 89 years.
Her funeral service was held Monday morning at Trinity Lutheran Church. Pastor Dani Jo Ninke-Greaver officiated.
Burial was in Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery. Winter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The daughter of S. S. and Martha (Welland) Varland, Clara Matilda was born April 2, 1908, in Eden Township. She attended rural school at Eden #5 and the Thompson High School.
She married Bert E. Larson at Thompson June 12, 1936. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in June of 1986. In the fall of 1989 the Larsons moved to their present home in Buffalo Center.
She is survived by one daughter, Linda and her husband Don Landheer of Des Moines; one son, James and his wife Jill Larson of buffalo Center; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Clarence Varland of Albert Lea; and a brother-in-law, Gus Gustafson of Forest City.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Bert in 1996; and five sisters and three brothers.

Joseph Benjamin Nowak
Funeral service for Joseph Benjamin Nowak, 57, was held Saturday, January 10, 1998, at Winter Funeral Home, Buffalo Center.
Officiants were Loren Quick and Dennis Falb.
Casket bearers were Joe Badje, Phil Benn, Bill Hansen, Bob Hanson, Brad Quade and Bob Stewart.
Interment was in West Cemetery, Rake.
Nowak was born May 30, 1940, at Winnebago, Minn., to Joseph and Louise (Hurd) Nowak. He grew up in Frost and was educated at the Frost school.
He worked for several area farmers during his life and also worked at the Rake Cooperative Elevator.
He died Wednesday, January 7, 1998, at his home.
Survivors include three sons, David and his wife Sherry Caddogap of Arkansas; Tim of Alden, Minn., and Dan of Rake; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his foster parents, Cassie and Emma Johnson; and one infant daughter.

Marion W. Hagenson
Funeral service for Marion W. Hagenson, 74, was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 26, 1998, at Bethany Lutheran Church Thompson.
Officiating clergy was Rev. Perry Furling with special music provided by Mary Aim Olsen, organist.
Congregational hymns were "‘The Old Rugged Cross", "In The Garden" and "How Great Thou Art."
As a tribute of her grandfather’s love of roses, Heidi Hagenson presented the piano solo "The Rose."
Casket bearers were Gisle "Doc" Bartelson, Al Steenhard, Lynn Ramsey, Kenneth Lein, Scott Swenson and Daniel Thorland.
Honorary Casket bearers included James Harlson, Richard Harlson, John Harlson, Dean Borg, Lyle Borg, David Olson, Marge Harlson and Jan Lein.
Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Thompson, with Winter Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Marion W. Hagenson was born September 21, 1923, near Thompson to Percy and Anna (Nolton) Hagenson.
He was baptized in the Methodist Church and confirmed in the Lutheran Church. He later joined Bethany Lutheran Church, Thompson, where he was an active member until his death.
November 5, 1943, he was united in marriage to Marjorie Hanson in Thompson. Hagenson served his country in World War II.
He owned and operated his own business in Thompson until 1980. He then became a full-time rural mail carrier until his retirement in 1989 after a total of 42 years of service to the United States Postal Service.
Marion Hagenson died January 22, 1998, at the Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.
He loved his family and enjoyed roses and antique tractors.
He is survived by his wife Marjorie of Thompson; two sons: Dennis Hagenson and his fiancé, Vicki, of Webster City; Allen Hagenson and his wife Wendy of Thompson; his grandchildren: Jessica Hagenson, Seth Hagenson, Scott and Shelley Hagenson, Brandon and Jean Hagenson, and Heidi Hagenson; one great-grandson: P. K. Hagenson; one sister: Mrs. Elmer (Doris) Olson of Forest City; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Addie Borg.

Earnie O. Halvorson
Last rites for Earnie O. Halvorson, 85, were held Saturday, January 31, at Zion Lutheran Church, Rake. Officiating clergy was Dr. Jennifer Edinger.
Comforting music was provided by Julie Davids, pianist; soloist Helen Wicks who sang "On Eagle’s Wings" and Ed and Christopher Griffin who sang "Jesus Loves Me."
The casket was carried by Dave LaTourell, Lyle Quam, Tom Halvorson, Don Ziegler, Karl Hove and Cordell Satre.
Honorary casket bearers included Erin Halvorson, Vance Halvorson, Clifford Sabin, George Faber, Robert Johnson, Wallace Quamme, Bob Midthun and Daryll Amburger.
Interment was in West Cemetery, Rake, with Winter Funeral Home in charge.
The son of Arthur E. and Clara (Quam) Halvorson, Earnie was born September 16, 1912, on the Halvorson home place. He graduated from Rake High School and attended Waldorf College.
November 16, 1935, he married Agnes Iola Erdahl at Zion Lutheran Church in Rake. The couple farmed and lived on the family century farm until 1979 when they moved into Rake.
Halvorson was very active in the community. For many years he served on the St. Luke’s and the elevator boards. He was an active Farm Bureau member, served as trustee of Lincoln Township and also was involved in various church boards.
He died Tuesday, January 27, 1998, at Ramsey/Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.
Survivors include one son, David and his wife Carolyn Halvorson; grandchildren: Dennis Halvorson and Lori and her husband Ed Griffin; three great-grandchildren, Christopher, Nicholas and Kelsey, all of Rake; two sisters, Gladys Aronson of Edina, Minn., and Janice and her husband Dave LaTourell of Lyons, Kans.; two brothers, Arden and his wife Lillian Halvorson of Rake and Harris and his wife Mabel Halvorson of Providence, Rhode Island; one brother-in-law, Milburn Johnson of Providence; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; an infant son Dennis; one sister Eileen; and one brother Marion.

Michael J. Asada
Last rites for former Thompson resident, Michael J. Asada, 49, were held Monday at Thorson Funeral Home, Viroqua, Wis. Burial was in the Chapel Hill Cemter at LaFarge, Wis.
Asada died February 5, 1998, at NIMHC, MasoN City, from complications of multiple sclerosis.

Ila Mae Krull
Funeral service for Ila Mae Krull, 79, was held Monday afternoon, February 9, 1998 at United Methodist Church in Thompson.
Pastor Wendy Trone officiated and the organist was Eleanor Roper.
Congregational hymns were "How Great Thou Art" and "Old Rugged Cross."
Casket bearers were her grandchildren: Mark KrulI, Lynn Krull, Jessica Krull, Curt Krull, Jason KruIl, Nicholas Krull, Cara Chapman and Tammy Henson.
Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Thompson, with Winter Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Ila Mae Krull, daughter of Richard and Tena (Helmers) Price, was born January 25, 1919, at Lakota, Iowa.
She was united in marriage to Edward ‘Dutch’ Krull on December 28, 1936, in Sioux Falls, S. Dak. They returned to the Buffalo Center area and worked for a farmer from 1936 to 1940. Then they starting farming at Buffalo Center for two years, moving to the Thompson area in 1943. Then in 1956, they moved to Vinje until 1959 when they moved to the present day farm east of Thompson.
Ila worked at Fleetguard and Winnebago for a number of years. She was instrumental in starting the Methodist food stand the first year at the Winnebago County Fair. She also enjoyed Bingo and fishing and loved to sew in her early years.
Ila was a resident of the Titonka Care Center since December 1997. She died there Thursday, February 5, 1998, at the age of 79 years.
She is survived by her husband, Edward ‘Dutch’ Krull of Thompson; one daughter, Mary Green of Thompson; two sons: Gary and his wife Jeanne of Thompson and Allen and his wife Donna of Parkers Prairie, Minn.; 10 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren; and one sister, Elsie Wilson of Hayfield, Minn.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Don; three brothers; and one great- grandson.

Richard Dietz
Richard Dietz, 52, of Denver, Colo., died February 12, 1998, at his home in Denver.
The son of Harry "Jack" and Mae Dietz, he was born October 19, 1945, in Britt. He graduated from Thompson High School in 1964 and attended NIACC in Mason City. He was a veteran and served in the Viet Nam war.
Survivors include his mother Mae Dietz of Thompson; two sisters, Harriet and her husband Bill Young of Lake Mills and Bonnie and her husband Jerry Bakken of Northwood; three nieces and two nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents.
A private graveside service will be held at a later date at the Evergreen Cemetery in Britt with Rev. Perry Fruhling of Bethany Lutheran Church, Thompson, officiating. Mittelstadt Funeral Home, Lake Mills, is in charge of arrangements.

Avis Endreland
Avis L. Endreland, 82, long-time Thompson resident, died early Monday morning (February 16, 1998) at Muse Norris Hospice in-patient unit in Mason City where she had been a patient since Friday. Prior to that, she had been hospitalized twice at North Iowa Mercy Health Center, Mason City. She had been dismissed from the hospital the most recently on Sunday, February 8. She reentered the hospital on Thursday.
Death was caused by an aneurysm.
Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 10 at Zion Lutheran Church, Thompson, with the Rev. Richard Newgard officiating. Music will be provided by the organist, Eleanor Roper. A ladies quartet comprised of Virjean Skogen, Anne Swenson, Barbara Stenberg and Bonnie Johnson will sing "Children of the Heavenly Father" and a congregational hymn is "The Strife is O’er, the Battle Done."
Interment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Avis Lindy (Lillebo) Endreland was born June 7, 1915, the daughter of John and Edna (Berhow) Lillebo at Kanawha. She was baptized on August 11, 1915. She received her education in a country school and in Belmond, Northwood and Hanlontown. She graduated from Hanlontown High School during 1932.
On January 22, 1936, she was united in marriage to Melvin W. Pech at Primghar. They made their home in Eagle Grove until moving to Thompson during 1944. They became the parents of three children: Carolyn, who died in infancy, Douglas and Linda.
Following the death of her husband in 1945, she was employed as linotype operator by the Thompson Courier - Rake Register for more than 25 years. She was the first site manager for Thompson Congregate Meals.
On May 28, 1949, she was united in marriage to Berge H. Endreland at First Methodist Church in Nashua. They lived in Thompson all of their married life. He died during 1980.
Mrs. Endreland is survived by one son, Douglas and his wife Karen of New Castle, Okla.; one daughter, Linda and her husband Eston Johnson of Rochester, Minn.; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one sister, LaVae Lillebo of Thompson; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; one daughter in infancy; two brothers, Emery Lillebo and Raynold Lillebo; and one sister, Lois Hammond.

Richard Dietz
Richard Dietz, 52, of Denver, Colo., died February 12, 1998, at his home in Denver.
The son of Harry "Jack" and Mae Dietz, he was born October 19, 1945, in Britt. He graduated from Thompson High School in 1964 and attended NIACC in Mason City. He was a veteran and served in the Viet Nam war.
Survivors include his mother Mae Dietz of Thompson; two sisters, Harriet and her husband Bill Young of Lake Mills and Bonnie and her husband Jerry Bakken of Northwood; three nieces and two nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents.
A private graveside service will be held at a later date at the Evergreen Cemetery in Britt with Rev. Perry Fruhling of Bethany Lutheran Church, Thompson, officiating. Mittelstadt Funeral Home, Lake Mills, is in charge of arrangements.

James "Jim" Strong
James "Jim" Strong, 84, a former Thompson resident, died February 14, 1998. A celebration of his life was held February 18 with the eulogy delivered by Mike Creek, friend of the family.
Born August 2, 1913, in Battle Creek, Nebraska, to Harold and Ida Strong,James lived in the Black Hills area as a young boy. He married Eileen Finer in Thompson. They moved to California to find work. Jim worked at Northrop Aircraft during the war.
The Strongs and their two children moved back to Thompson where they operated a garage with Eileen’s sister and brother-in-law. In 1950 they moved back to California where Jim returned to Northrop until 1970 when they moved to Phoenix.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Eileen; two children, son David and his wife Donna; and daughter Charri; three granddaughters; two grandsons-in-law; four great-grandchildren; one nephew and one niece.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Sue.

Cora O. Ryg
Funeral service for Cora O. Ryg, 90, was held Thursday afternoon at Zion Lutheran Church, Rake.
Officiating clergy was Dr. Jennifer Edinger. Carol Asmus served as organist.
The casket was carried by Steven Ryg, Scott Ryg, Jeff Ryg, Perry Loge, Rickie Ryg and Rodney Ryg.
Honorary casket bearers were Larry and Lois Johnson, Elvin Haugen, Odin Johnson, Lillian Johnson, Mabel Iverson and Barbara Baker.
Interment was in East Cemetery, Rake, with Winter Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
The daughter of Laffe and Kristianna (Tyellaug) Ryg, Cora was born June 10, 1907, on the Ryg farm east of Rake.
She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, Rake, where she was an active member all of her life. She attended country school and lived on the family farm until 1926 when she moved into Rake. She cared for her parents and her sister until they passed away. She also worked for various families around the area cleaning and cooking. Later she worked as a janitor at Zion Church.
Cora O. Ryg died Sunday, March 1, 1998, at United Hospital in Blue Earth, Minn.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Dora Ryg of Rake; two nephews, Arden and his wife Maxine Ryg of Mesa, Ariz., and Darvin and his wife Donna Ryg of Milaca, Minn.; one niece, Mardelle and her husband Virgil Loge of Albert Lea, Minn., and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Ole, John and Kristian; and three sisters, Anna Ryg, Amanda Helseth and Kora Louise Ryg.

Susan Jutting
Susan Jutting, 92, a native of Rake, died March 5, 1998, at Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.
Her funeral service was held March 9 at First Reformed Church in Buffalo Center with Rev. Bill Peake officiating.
Casket bearers were Tom Smith, Deborah Smith, Daniel Smith, Tanya Loumakis, Jay Jutting, Randy Jutting, Eileen Jutting and Jeralyn Smith.
Interment was in Mound Cemetery, Buffalo Center, with Winter Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Susan was born December 14, 1905, on a farm near Rake to Heiko and Jeanette (Bruhns) Jurgens.
She attended country school and graduated from Buffalo Center High School in 1924. She taught country school for six years.
June 4, 1930, she marred John H. Jutting. They farmed in the Buffalo Center and Rake area from 1930 until retirement in 1963. The couple lived on the farm until John’s death in 1975 when Susan moved to Buffalo Center.
Survivors include one daughter, Gwen Smith of Mason City; one son, Eldon and his wife Allaire Jutting of Ankeny; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two step-great-granddaughters; two sisters, Stella Frerichs of Sioux City and Lena Harms of Buffalo Center; a special nephew, Howard Jutting; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband John; three sisters and three brothers.

Raymond A. Gjerdahl Jr.
Funeral service for Raymond A. Gjerdahl Jr., 62, manager of the Iron Horse Saloon in Rake, was held Saturday afternoon, March 21, at Zion Lutheran Church in Rake.
Dr. Jennifer Edinger officiated. Organist was Carol Asmus.
Honorary casket bearers were Larry Anderson, Steve Frandle, Steve Jirovec, Bob Joynt, Cliff LeClaire and Mike Swenson.
Raymond Andrew Gjerdahl Jr. was born November 27, 1935, at St. Paul, Minn., to Raymond Sr. and Loretta (Beck) Gjerdahl.
He was married to Terri Lusby November 7, 1987, on North Mountain in Phoenix Ariz. In December of 1993, the Gjerdahl’s made their home in Rake.
For 33 years, Gjerdahl worked for Northwest Airlines. He retired as a R. E. Mechanic. He was a member of the Moose lodge of South St. Paul and was also a Mason and a Shriner and a member of the Mizpah Lodge No. 191 of St. Paul.
His favorite pastime was Harley Davidson motorcycles and he loved to ride.
Gjerdahl died suddenly Wednesday, March 18, 1993, at United Hospital in Blue Earth, Minn.
He is survived by his wife Terri Gjerdahl of Rake; five children: Raymond and his wife Robin of Mondovie, Wis., June Marie Gjerdahl of Hudson, Wis., Misty Gjerdahl of Buffalo Center, Daniel Gjerdahl of Rake and Tabitha Gjerdahl of Rake; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Rose Marie Booth and her husband Charlie and Ann Marie Haugen, all of Phoenix, Ariz.; three brothers, Mike and his wife Nan Gjerdahl of Owatonna, Minn., Larry Stohr and his wife Sylvia of St. Paul Park, Minn., Dave Gjerdahl andhis wife Sandy of Rake; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Flo Grunvold and Marlene Davidson.

William F. Huglin
William F. Huglin, 81, Rockwell, died Tuesday, March 24, 1998, at the Good Shephard Nursing Home.
Funeral service was held at Saturday, March 28, at Fullerton Patterson James Funeral Home. Officiating was Rev. Randy Nielsen, chaplain of Good Shephard Nursing Home.
Interment was in Elmwood Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Diabetes Foundation.
Huglin was born October 12, 1916, at Blue Earth, Minn., the son of William F. and Nelle (Crawford) Huglin. He graduated in 1933 from the Blue Earth School. He was a former member of the Moose Lodge, member and past board member of the Cerro Gordo County Cattlemen Assoc. and North Iowa Golden Wedding Jubilee Club. He was a county ASC committeeman and when he lived in Rake he served on the school board.
He was united in marriage to Florence Smith on February 5, 1938, in Buffalo Center. They lived there for two years and then lived west of Rake for 19 years before moving to Rockwell in 1959. He farmed where ever he lived and loved his livestock.
Survived are his wife of 60 year,s Florence, their daughter Betty Huglin of Wausau, WI; and many nieces and nephews.
He was proceeded in death by his two brothers, Raymond and one in infancy.

Ralph C. Schnebly
Ralph C. Schnebly, 89, of Santa Clara, Calif., formerly of Thompson, died Tuesday, April 7, 1998, at the Courtyard Caring Nursing Home in San Jose, Calif.
Memorial services were held April 11 at the Wyant and Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyvale, Calif., with cremation following.
Born December 15, 1908, in Hettinger, N. Dak., Ralph was the son of Charles and Frances (Nall) Schnebly. He received his education in North Dakota and Britt.
He was married to Eleanor Goodrich of Kanawha and the couple lived near Bricelyn, Minn., Buffalo Center and Thompson.
Schnebly was employed for 19 years with the Winnebago REC and for 20 years for the Thompson Community School as custodian and bus driver. After retiring, they were managers of a mobile home court in California for 16 years.
He is survived by three daughters, Majella and her husband Don Flugum of Lake Mills, Kathy and her husband Lew Brewster of Cupertino, Calif., and Leona and her husband Ramiro Guzman of Santa Clara, Calif.; two sons, Loren and his wife Sharon of Linn Creek, Mo., and Dexter and his wife Ralphine of Witchita, Kans.; 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Eleanor in May of 1992; four brothers and three sisters.


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