|Gloria C. (Wentworth) Berhow
Thompson native Gloria C. (Wentworth) Berhow, 73, died Tuesday, April
18, 2000, at St. Josephís Medical Center in Brainerd, Minn. Her funeral
service was held Saturday morning, April 22, at Morningside Memorial Gardens
in Coon Rapids, Minn., with Pastor Ken DeFor officiating. Interment was
at Morningside Memorial Gardens. The daughter of James and Martha (Johnson)
Wentworth, Gloria was born March 27, 1927, in Thompson. She was married
to Merle Berhow and was a life member of Sgt. John Rice VFW Post #6316
of Blaine, Minn. She is survived by her mother, Martha Wentworth of Thompson;
one son, Carlyle Berhow of Baxter; four daughters, Noreen Chapman of Pequot
Lakes, El Jean Cracauer of Winona, Minn., Karen Erickson of Fridley, Minn.,
and Sharon Sabourin of Blaine, Minn.; five brothers, James Wentworth of
Nisswa, Minn., Steven Wentworth of Merrifield, Minn., Alan Wentworth of
Denver, Colo., Kerry Wentworth of Thompson and Doug Wentworth of Forest
City; two sisters, Shirley Henning of Fertile and Myrna Akers of Brighton;
14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death
by her husband; her father; two sisters and a brother.
Bette Elaine Siekmeier
Bette Elaine Siekmeier, 57, died Sunday morning, April 16, 2000, at
her home in Thompson.
Last rites were held Wednesday afternoon, April 19, at Bethany Lutheran
Church, Thompson. Pastor Gary Marzolf officiated.
Shirley Peck was the organist and Pastor Marzolf sang "Hymn of Promise."
Congregational hymns were "Amazing Grace" and "What A Friend We Have in
Casket bearers were Norman Jacobson, Bruce Jacobson, Norman Dean Spooner,
Kenneth Jacobson, David Jacobson and Gary Sanden.
Interment was in Crystal Cemetery, Crystal Lake, Iowa.
Born June 16, 1942 in Northwood, Bette was the daughter of Elmer and
Beulah (Jacobson) Olson. She was baptized at First Shell Rock Lutheran
Church in Northwood and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, Clear Lake.
She graduated from Ventura High School in 1960 then worked at Damonís
in Mason City until she married Norman Siekmeier on December 1, 1963, at
Deer Creek Lutheran Church in rural Carpenter. They farmed near Crystal
Lake and then moved to Thompson in the fall of 1982. Bette cooked at various
establishments over the years and continued baking at home for the holidays
and special orders. She had a special interest in collecting cook books
and angels and enjoyed gardening and crafts.
She is survived by her husband Norman Siekmeier of Thompson; one sister,
Judy Friesenborg of Thompson; two brothers, Harlan and his wife Sandra
Olson of Lake Mills and Donald and his wife Julie Olson of Thompson; five
nieces; two nephews; two great-nieces; and three great-nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Elmer and Beulah Olson; and
one nephew, Nicholas Friesenborg.
Edith Myra Mitchell, 86, died peacefully on Friday, March 24, 2000
at Westminster Healthcare Center in Lake Ridge, VA. She was born on March
5, 1914, in Lorimor, Iowa. She graduated from the University of Iowa with
a degree in education and was a life-long teacher.
Though she had taught every grade kindergarten through high school,
she spent most of her teaching years inspiring 4th and 5th Graders, most
recently at Hollin Hill School in Alexandria, VA.
Edie (as she was known) loved nature. She kept bees, fed birds, banded
butterflies, made maple syrup each spring, loved to go camping and canoeing,
and in later years, loved Elderhostel and frequent U.S. and International
travel. She will also be remembered for her tremendous sense of adventure.
She learned to ski when she was 40, rappelled down a mountain at 50, rode
a jet ski at 60 and went parasailing at 70.
She leaves a husband of 42 years, Arthur Mitchell; two children, Alan
Mitchell and Sue Brown; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was proceeded in death by her first husband, Arthur Israel.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 8, 2000, at 2 p.m.
at the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, (703) 765-5950. Memorial gifts may
be given to HomeCall Hospice Foundation, 3025 Haymaker Court, Suite 303,
Fairfax, VA 22031.
Funeral service for Martin Sveen of Leland was held at West Prairie
Lutheran Church Monday, October 19, 1998. Officiating clergy was Dan Christensen
with music provided by Clarine Ambroson, organist, and Wayne Ambroson,
Casket bearers were David Beenken, Dean Beenken, Mark Bachman, Bryce
Juhl, Dan Beenken, Debra Acost, Michael Solomonson and Jeremy Sveen.
Honorary casket bearers included Ted Van Hove, Arlin Zingg, Allen Peterson,
Robert Thorson, Philip Carson, Dale Zing, Leonard Holland and Vernon Shutter.
Interment was in West Prairie Lutheran Cemetery.
Born February 12, 1912 in rural Thompson to Bert B. and Dena (Kjendlie)
Sveen, Martin was baptized and confirmed in the Synod Lutheran faith. He
received his education in country schools in the Forest City and Thompson
He married Frances A. Halverson December 19, 1936, at the Synod Lutheran
Church in Forest City. The couple lived and farmed on the same farm northwest
of Leland until the spring of 1979 when they moved into Leland.
He served as school director for many years at Newton School #4. He
was an active member of West Prairie Lutheran Church until his health failed.
He served as a trustee and was on the cemetery board. In the early 1950s
he took up flying and became known as one of the "flying farmers" in the
area. Farming and farm-related activities were his life.
He died Thursday, October 15, 1998, at his home in Leland.
Survivors include two daughters, Marlis and her husband Merlin Beenken
of Wesley and Ruth and her husband Roger Bachman of Forest City; one son,
Kevin Sveen and his wife Janet of Leland; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren;
five step-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren; one brother,
Ervin Sveen and his wife Clara of Woodland Hills, Calif.; three sisters,
Emma Juhl and her husband Ralph of Crystal Lake; Mildred Nolte of North
Hollywood, Calif.; and Beatrice Carter and husband Harvey of Overland Park,
Kans; a sister-in-law, Doris Swain of Butler, Mo.; and several nieces and
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Frances; a son-in-law,
Don Solomonson; a great-grandson, Louden Beenken; three brothers, Arnold
Sveen, Elling Sveen and Philip Sveen; and three sisters, Mabel Hansen,
Nelia Draper and Marie Sveen.
Arvilla J. Olson
Funeral service for Arvilla J. Olson of Elmore, Minn., was held October
9, 1998, at Shiloh Lutheran Church, Elmore. Pastor John Hagen officiated.
Organist was Marilyn Stewart.
Casket bearers were Eldon Goeke, Alvin Ferguson, Bill Sabin, Darvin
Olson, Jarrod Stewart and John Sabin.
Burial was in Riverview Cemetery, Elmore, with Winter Funeral Home
in charge of arrangements.
Born January 1, 1908, on the family farm near Rake, Arvilla was the
daughter of Nels and Mary (Sandum) Sabin.
She married Corald Olson at Zion Lutheran Church, Rake, November 7,
Mrs. Olson died Tuesday, October 6, 1998, at United Hospital in Blue
Earth at age 90.
She is survived by her daughter, Diane Eide and her husband Alton of
Lakewood, Colo.; two granddaughters; one grandson; three great-grandchildren;
two sisters, Mabel Olson of Rake and Opal Story of Roundup, Minn.; two
brothers, Clifford Sabin and his wife Dorothy of Bricelyn, Minn., and Harlan
Sabin of Blue Earth.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Corald on March
28, 1981; a daughter, Delpha Kolander; two sisters, Rena and Emma; and
five brothers, Arthur Sabin, Nelmer Sabin, Edwin Sabin, Rudolph Sabin and
Dorothy R. Badje
Funeral service for Dorothy R. Badje, 66, was held Wednesday afternoon
at Zion Lutheran Church, Rake. Dr. Jennifer Edinger officiated. Comfort
music was provided by Cheri Mayland, organist, and Cordell Satre, vocalist.
Casket bearers were Jim Badje, Gary Irons, Eugene Irons, John Irons,
Kent Fischer and Gerald Zwiefel. Honorary casket bearers included Carl
Boehm, Craig Bachan, Wes Madetzke, Michael Swalve, Larry Hummer, Dale Garvick,
Verlin Lemaster and Dr. Jay Rush.
Interment was in Olena Mound Cemetery, Buffalo Center, with Winter
Funeral Home in charge or arrangements.
Dorothy Ruth Badje, daughter of Tony and Julie (Logan) Baschan, was
born October 25, 1931, at Austin, Minn. She was baptized and confirmed
at Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Austin. She graduated from Austin
High School and was employed by Hormel in Austin as a bookkeeper.
She married Varl Badje June 15, 1952, at Zion Lutheran Church in Rake.
The couple lived on the farm west of Rake.
After suffering a stroke June 29, 1997, Dorothy became a resident at
Timely Mission Nursing Home, Buffalo Center. She died there Sunday, October
She is survived by her husband Carl of Buffalo Center, one brother,
Earl Bachan and his wife Mert of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., three sisters-in-law,
Jennie Swalve and husband Evert and Bertha Irons and husband Hjelmer of
Buffalo Center, and Josie Head and husband Don of Marion, Ill; three brothers-in-law,
John Badje and wife Arelly of Albert Lea, Lawrence Badje and wife Janice
of Buffalo Center and Joe Badje and friend Mary James of Rake; and many
nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Thelma E. Johnson
Funeral service for former Thompson resident Thelma E. Johnson, 89,
was held Wednesday morning, Sept 9, 1998, at Becida Community Church in
Becida, Minn. Rev. James Werlein officiated with interment in Fern Township
Her grandchildren served as pallbearers.
The family requests that memorials be given to North County Home Care
and Hospice in lieu of flowers.
Mrs. Johnson died Thursday, September 3, 1998, at her home.
She was born June 18, 1909, in Winnebago County, Iowa, to Thom and
Jandine (Johnson) Thorsen. When she was in her early teens she moved to
the Bemidji area where she graduated high school. She returned to Iowa
and was united in marriage on June 4, 1937, to Daniel N. Johnson. They
moved back to Bemidji, then to Thompson. Lignite, N. Dak., was their home
for 13 years before returning to the Bemidji area in 1953 where she has
During the late 1950s, she was co-owner of Sallyís Yarn Shop and during
the 1970s until the early 1990s she owned and operated Great River Knit
Shop from her home.
Survivors include two daughters, Janice Kay Rein of Waite Park, Minn.,
and Ann and husband Bruce Piersol of Red Lake Falls, Minn.; three sons,
Donald and his wife Marjorie Johnson of Bemidji, Minn., Keith and wife
Julie Johnson of Bemidji and Steven and wife Christine Johnson of Becida,
Minn.; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Janice
(Bert) Johnson of Bemidji.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Daniel in 1964
and two brothers, Oscar Thorsen and Albert Thorsen.
Lyle Eugene Hauan
Former Thompson resident Lyle Eugene Hauan died Friday, August 7, 1998,
at his home in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. He was 46 years old.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 29, at 10 a.m. at
Bethany Lutheran Church, Thompson, with Rev. Perry Fruhling officiating.
Following the service, a luncheon will be served at Air Bears in Thompson.
Lyle chose to be cremated and family members and friends were in attendance
as his ashes were scattered on the lake at Copper Canyon.
The son of the late Milton Hauan and Mrs. Phylis Hauan Robinson, Lyle
was born October 16, 1951, in Forest City. He served 11 years in the Air
Force during the Viet Nam era.
He and his wife Kim were married December 22, 1994, in Las Vegas, Nev.
At the time of his death, he worked for C. R. England & Son Trucking
Company. He and his wife became an owner-operating team in January of 1998.
In July of 1997, the Hauans were "Drivers of the Month." He enjoyed boating,
water skiing, farming, riding their wave runner and just living out his
dreams with his wife Kim in their own paradise.
Survivors include his wife Kim Marie Hauan of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.,
twin daughters, Lisa Marksberry of Portland, Ind., and Amy Wonsmos of Wesley;
two step-daughters, Amanda Snyder of Lake Havasu City and Stacey Ann Snyder
of Northwood; seven grandchildren; his mother, Phyllis Robinson; and five
sisters, Becky Bowling of Henderson, Nev., Jean Koontz of Lake Mills, Brenda
Austin of LaHabra, Calif., Barbara Bowling of Olancha, Calif., and Margaret
Zanitsch of Hesperia, Calif.
Emil Adolph Kallestad
Emil Adolph Kallestad, 81, of Northwood died Tuesday, July 21, 1998,
at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City. His funeral service
was held Friday afternoon, July 24, at Zion Lutheran Church, Rake, with
Dr. Jennifer Edinger and Rev. David Wall of First Lutheran Church in Northwood
Burial was in West Cemetery, Rake, with military graveside honors by
American Legion Post #539 of Rake and "Our Buddies VFW Memorial Post #6779
The son of Alfred and Julia (Quam) Kallestad, Emil was born February
5, 1917, in Frost, Minn. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran
faith. He graduated from Rake High School in 1935 and traveled around the
country playing semi-pro baseball for a short time. He was united in marriage
to Dorothy Marie Elwood August 27, 1941, at the Little Brown Church in
Nashua. She preceded him in death on February 6, 1993.
April 4, 1942, he was inducted into the U. S. Army. As a member of
the Third Division, he participated in four sea-born invasions. He was
awarded the Purple Heart, Croix De Guerre with Palm Medal, European African
Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon with one silver and two bronze battle stars,
the presidential unit citation as well as other campaign ribbons. He was
honorably discharged August 2, 1945, at Ft. Sheridan, Ill.
The Kallestads made their home in Rake for over 50 years where he worked
at various jobs until becoming employed at Fleet Guard Inc., in Lake Mills.
He worked there for 18 years until his retirement. The couple lived in
Northwood since 1991.
He was a member of First Lutheran Church, Northwood, "Our Buddies VFW
Memorial Post #6779 of Northwood and American Legion Post #539 of Rake.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary Savage and her husband Garry of
Mason City; two grandchildren, Kelly Savage and Brian Savage, both of Mason
City; two step-grandchildren, Mike Savage and his wife Stacy of Gilbert,
Ariz., and Jennifer Reiss and her husband Wes of Belview, Ill.; one sister,
Alvina Matson of Buffalo Center; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Lester Kallestad,
Ervin Kallestad and Melvin Kallestad; and one sister, Alice Kallestad.
Vern Keith Gullord
Memorial service for Vern Keith Gullord, 57, was held Wednesday, June
10, at Zion Lutheran Church, Rake. Gullord died May 7, 1998, at McAlester
Hospital in McAlester, Okla.
Dr. Jennifer Edinger officiated with Carol Asmus serving as organist.
Marlys Andersen, soloist, sang "Amazing Grace" and "Iím But A Stranger
Here, Heaven is My Home." Congregational hymns were "What A Friend We Have
in Jesus" and "Beautiful Savior."
Military rites were provided by Rake American Legion Post #539.
Interment was in East Cemetery, Rake.
The son of Archie and Alma (Amble) Gullord, Vern was born September
26, 1940, near Rake. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church,
Rake. He received his education at Rake Community Schools and graduated
with the class of 1958. After completing his education, he entered the
United States Army, serving his country during the Korean Conflict.
He enjoyed trucking and worked for several companies during his life.
He also worked for the Rake Farmers Co-op Elevator and for several area
He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Rake and the VFW.
Those who survive him are five brothers, Carroll Gullord and his wife
Elfreida of Mesa, Ariz., Duane Gullord of Mesa, Gordon Gullord of Cedar
Rapids, Truman Gullord and his wife Marva of Albert Lea, Minn., and Vernal
Gullord and his wife Judy of Arvada, Colo.; two sisters, LoEtta Seltun
and her husband Jerry of Bricelyn, Minn., and Sandra Walter and her husband
Robert of Morrison, Colo.; and by a special friend, Susan Steffen, of Dennis
along with many other relatives.
Preceding him in death were his parents and one infant brother.
Anora J. Evenson
Anora J. Evenson, 97,of Chicago, Ill., died May 11, 1998, at Lincoln
Park Care Center, Chicago. Her body was cremated. Memorial service will
be held at Thompson at a later date.
Anora, the daughter of Martin and Malinda Evenson was born June 20,
1901 at Roland. She moved with her parents to the Thompson area at the
age of 12. She attended a country school at Thompson and also Waldorf College.
She was a professional artist and taught art in the Chicago area for
She is survived by her sister, Mae Alm of Lake Mills, and several nieces
She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Minnie Borseth,
and three brothers, Julian Evanson, Myron Evanson, and Kenneth Evenson.
Irene Gwendolyn Kedney
Funeral service for Irene Gwendolyn Kedney was held April 29 at Trinity
Lutheran Church in Dobbs Ferry.
Mrs. Kedney died April 21, 1998, in the hospital at Dobbs Ferry, New
She was born on the Thorland farm southwest of Thompson June 19, 1921,
to Osmund R. and Emma (Mattison) Thorland. She graduated from Thompson
High School and attended Iowa State University in Ames. She also graduated
from the Kahler School of Nursing, Rochester, Minn., and served her country
in World War II in the Philippines, attaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant
in the Army Nurse Corp.
July 19, 1947, she was united in marriage at Bethany Lutheran Church,
Thompson, to Robert O. Kedney of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, where she
has since made her home. She spent many years as a nursing supervisor and
giving tender, loving care to the patients at Dobbs Ferry Hospital.
She is survived by her son, Cmdr. Robert O. Kedney II of the U. S.
Navy stationed in London, England and his wife, Linda; granddaughter Mollie
of London; grandson Robert O. Kedney III of the Naval Academy, Anapolis,
Maryland; one sister, Rachel Retland of Thompson; and two brothers, Daniel
Thorland of Thompson and Emmet Thorland of Watertown, Wis.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister, Judith
Hale; and six brothers, Harold Thorland, Victor Thorland, Randolph Thorland,
Erling Thorland, David Thorland and Paul Thorland.
Kenneth J. Bruns
Last rites for Kenneth J. Bruns, 66, were held Thursday morning, April
23, 1998, at the Grace United Methodist Church in Kiester, Minn.
Officiating clergy was Rev. Elaine Shelby. Edith Hintz served as organist.
The congregation joined to sing "Abide With Me," "Hymn of Promise," "Battle
Hymn of the Republic" and "Amazing Grace."
The casket was carried by Wayne Roth, Norman Roth, Roger Halvorson,
Leroy Bruns and Wayne Olson.
Interment was in Olena Mound Cemetery, Buffalo Center, with Winter
Funeral Home, Buffalo Center, in charge of arrangements.
Kenneth Jerrold Bruns, the son of William and Anna (Roth) Bruns, was
born August 3, 1931, on a farm north of Woden. His family later moved to
the Thompson area and he attended school at Thompson.
He married Elsie Knutson October 11, 1952. That same year he was drafted
by the U. S. Army and spent his duty on the California Coast. He was discharged
from active duty in 1954 and moved to the Buffalo Center area.
He was a grain farmers, and also raised hogs, cattle and dairy cattle.
In 1959, Ken and Elsie moved to their present home north of Thompson.
He also trucked for his brother, Clarence Bruns. He enjoyed farming, going
to the car races with his grandsons and spending time with his family.
He was a past commander of the Kiester American Legion and a member
of many other organizations. He also helped out at Air Bears in Thompson.
Kenneth Bruns died Sunday, April 19, 1998, at his home. He was 66.
Survivors include his wife Elsie; two daughters, Renee Frelund and
her husband Bill and their two sons, Mike and Tom of Mason City; Sheri
Dankert and her husband Tom and their daughter Erin of Austin, Minn., and
one son, Marcus Bruns and his wife Jolene of Forest City; one sister-in-law,
Dorothy Bruns of Cresco; his brothers, Harold Bruns of Mason City, Merlin
Bruns and his wife Leona of Fort Dodge; two sisters, Mildred Penning of
Kiester, Minn., and Myrna Christoffer of Fort Dodge; sister-in-law Elaine
bruns of Waterloo and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents; and brothers Clarence Bruns
and Marvin Bruns as well as an infant brother, Donald Bruns.
Olive T. Graber
Funeral service for Thompson native Olive T. Graber, 70, was held Saturday
afternoon at Bethany Lutheran Church, Thompson. Rev. Perry Fruhling officiated
with Mary Ann Olsen as organist and John Torkelson as soloist.
Casket bearers were Dale Gettis, Don Richards, Goodwin Boyum, Rev.
Richard Erickson, Thomas Dahl, Robert Graber and Rev. Clarence Johnson.
Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Thompson, with Winter Funeral
Home in charge of arrangements.
The daughter of John and Sophie (Ness) Ullestad, Olive was born February
7, 1928, near Thompson. She was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran
Church, Thompson, and graduated from Thompson High School. Following her
graduation from Luther College, she taught in Ledyard.
December 2, 1955, she married Roger Graber at Bethany Lutheran Church.
The couple farmed southwest of Thompson until their retirement when they
moved to Forest City.
Mrs. Graber was active in Bethany Lutheran Church and Linden Lutheran
For the last three years she resided at Lake Mills Care Center, Lake
Mills, where she died Tuesday, March 31, 1998.
She is survived by her husband Roger of Forest City; one son, Gary
and his wife Nancy Graber of Forest City; her daughters, Sharon Graber
of New Hope, Minn. and Judy and her husband Ken Strom of Brooklyn Park,
Minn.; eight sisters; and one brother.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother Tom and an infant
Margaret Helen Larson
Funeral service for Thompson native Margaret Helen Larson, 74, of Tucson,
Ariz., was held at Santa Cruz Lutheran Church in Tucson Saturday morning,
February 21. Interment was at South Lawn Cemetery.
Mrs. Larson died February 18, 1998, after a long illness.
She was born January 3, 1924, in Thompson to James O. and Grace (White)
Myhr. She graduated from Thompson High School and worked for a time at
the State Legislature in Des Moines as secretary to Rep. Theo Klemesrud.
June 30, 1944, she was married to Marvin O. Larson. After his return from
the service they moved back to Thompson. When her sons were grown, Margaret
worked as a dentist assistant for Dr. Carroll Block for several years.
Upon their retirement in 1976, the Larsons moved to Tucson.
Survivors include her sons, James Larson and his wife Yong Hui of Harker
Heights, Tex., and John Larson and his wife Gae of North Mankato, Minn.;
her grandchildren: Tristen Larson, Malinda Larson, Bonnie Larson and James
Larson; many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and nephews; two sisters,
Mrs. June (Gehard) Nelson of Tucson and Mrs. Paula (Robert) Buland of Arizona.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Memorials may be sent to research on lung disease, bronchiectasis,
to the National Jewish Medical Research Center, 1400 Jackson St., Denver,
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
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
Comforting music was provided by Julie Davids, pianist; soloist Helen
Wicks who sang "On Eagleís 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
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. Lukeís 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.
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.
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.
Kenneth W. Vrieze
Funeral service for Kenneth W. Vrieze of Moore, S. Car., a former area
resident, was held Tuesday morning, January 13, at Christian Reformed Church
in Woden. Pastor Perry Fruhling of Bethany Lutheran Church, Thompson, officiated.
Casket bearers were Troy Fleenor, Keith Lamaak, Bruce Kluver, LeRoy
Vrieze, Travis Tollagson and Wayne Tollagson.
Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery, Britt, with Winter Funeral Home
in charge of arrangements.
Ken was born September 10, 1946, at Garner to Clarence and Ann (Luppen)
Vrieze. He attended the Woden-Crystal Lake School District.
February 19, 1965 he married Sharon Tollagson at Woden Christian Reformed
For the past 12 years he has worked as a project superintendent for
H & M Construction Company of Jackson, Tenn. Throughout his career
he earned numerous safety awards and recognition for his years of service.
Vrieze died suddenly Thursday, January 8, 1998, at Alan Bennett Hospital
in Moore. He was 51.
Survivors include his wife Sharon of Moore, S. Car.; two sons, Jeff
Vrieze and his wife Donna and Tim Vrieze; two daughters, Cyndy Demory and
her husband Mike and Sherri Hill and her husband Robert, all of Moore;
four grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mary Carolyn Sill
Mary Carolyn Sill, 68, of Wabasha, Minn., died Monday at her home.
Her death was due to cancer.
She was born August 27, 1931, north of Titonka, to Robert and Julia
(Long) Bunkofske. She graduated from Titonka High School in 1948. She attended
Waldorf and Luther Colleges and taught elementary schools in Thompson and
Algona. After her marriage she taught at Woden until the birth of her first
She was united in Marriage to Floyd Earl Sill on July 24, 1953, at
Ramsey Reformed Church, rural Titonka. The family lived in Burt and various
localities in Minnesota before moving to Wabasha in 1975.
She is survived by her husband Floyd of Wabasha; daughters and sons-in-law,
Carol and Darwin Hovey of New Hampton, Cynthia and Michael Mawdsley of
Algona, Cathy Rudd of Eden Prairie, Minn., Cheryl Sill and friend Marty
Peil of Zimmerman, Minn.; sons and daughters-in-law, Rodney Sill of Eden
Prairie, Robert and Jill Sill of Wabasha, Richard and Holly Sill of Crystal,
Minn., 14 grandchildren; and two nephews and one niece.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 29, 2000, at 1:30 p.m.
at the United Church of Christ in Wabasha. Interment will be in Riverview
Arthur Lamoreaux Mitchell, 86, died peacefully of natural causes on
Sunday, April 2, 2000 at the Assisted Living Unit of Westminster at Lake
Ridge in Lake Ridge, VA. He had been suffering from
Parkinsonís Disease and had been grieving the loss of his wife Edie
just 9 days before.
Art was born February 9, 1914 in Titonka, Iowa. His birth name was
Lamoreaux. At the age of 6 months, he was adopted by Charlie and Ida Rose
Mitchell, a Methodist minister in northern Iowa. Art graduated from Morningside
College in Sioux City, IA with a BA, entered the U.S. Army and saw combat
duty on Siapan during World War II.
His life-long career was with the Rural Electric Co-operative Association,
first as a Power Use Advisor in Thompson, IA, then with the organizationís
state staff in Des Moines, IA, and then moved to Alexandria, VA in the
mid-60s to work with the National Rural Electric Co-operative Association
in Washington, DC. Among his responsibities
was co-ordinating the annual NRECA Washington Youth Tour, which brought
high school age youth in from all over the country for a week-long tour
of the Federal government.
After his retirement in 1979, he remained active in sound recording
projects, sang in the choir at Mt. Vernon Methodist Church and was a member
of the Kiwanis Club. With the progression of his Parkinsonís Disease, he
and his wife Edie moved to Westminster in Lake Ridge, VA in 1995.
Art was an accomplished photographer and was an expert on sound and
sound recording. He had his own commercial recording studio and darkroom
in his home. At Westminster, he raised African violets and was often found
on his iMac computer. His love of computers began when he bought the original
Mac in 1984, and he had been sending email to his grandchildren and working
on his memoirs just weeks before his death.
He was married to Edie Mitchell, who had died just 9 days prior, on
March 24, 2000. They would have celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary
on April 5th. He is survived by Edieís two children, who he adopted, Alan
Mitchell and Sue Brown, five grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
A combined Memorial Service for both Art and Edie Mitchell will be
held Saturday, April 8, 2000 at the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church in Alexandria,
VA. Memorial gifts may be given to HomeCall Hospice Foundation, 3025 Haymaker
Court, Suite 303, Fairfax, VA 22031.
Eva Rebecca Faber
Eva Rebecca Faber of Rake died March 21, 2000, at St. Lukeís Lutheran
Home in Blue Earth, Minn. She was 94.
Her funeral service was held Friday, March 24, at Zion Lutheran Church,
Rake. Officiating clergy was Dr. Jennifer Edinger.
Comfort music was provided by Julie Davids, organist, and Marlys Andersen,
soloist, who sang "He Touched Me" and "Take Thou My Hand Oh Father." Congregational
hymns were "What A Friend We Have In Jesus" and "How Great Thou Art."
The casket was carried by Rick Brones, Earl Hovland, Tom Ague, Dennis
Bollig, Dustin Bollig and Glenn Tummel.
Interment was in Olena Mound Cemetery, Buffalo Center.
Born October 5, 1905, to Cornelius and Effie (Burma) Dirksen in rural
Latimer, Eva was baptized in the Reformed Church near Latimer. At the age
of three, her family moved to a farm south of Buffalo Center where she
was confirmed. She received her education at Buffalo Center Community School.
On December 20, 1922, she was united in marriage to Fred Faber. They
moved to the Faber farm south of Rake. They were members of Liberty Lutheran
Church, Rake, and Eva was a member of the Choir and Ladies Aid. During
the last several years, she was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Rake,
and enjoyed Ladies Aid and Circle.
She moved to Nicollet Place in Blue Earth, Minn., on November 7, 1995.
December 29, 19998, she became a resident of St. Lukeís Lutheran Home,
She is survived by one daughter, Harriet and her husband Ralph Brones
and one daughter-in-law, Mardelle Faber, all of Rake; also six grandchildren;
nine great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband Fred in 1985;
two sons, George and Richard; three grandchildren: Gregory Faber, Dean
Brones and Craig Brones; a brother, John Dirksen; and by other step-brothers
Rose A. Matheson
Last rites for Rose A. Matheson, 78, were held Monday morning, October
12, at Zion Lutheran Church, Rake.
Dr. Jennifer Edinger officiated. Comfort music was provided by Carol
Asmus, organist, and Marlys Andersen, soloist, who sang "Softly & Tenderly,
Jesus is Calling" and "What a Friend We Have in Jesus." Congregational
hymns were "How Great Thou Art" and "Amazing Grace."
The casket was carried by Stuart Wamsley, Carlyle Matheson, Eldean
Matheson, Stanley Matheson, Randy Matheson and Steve Matheson.
Honorary casket bearers included Michael Dahlke, Steven Dahlke, Andrew
Dahlke, Arnold Estebo and Arden Halvorson.
Burial was in West Cemetery, Rake. Winter Funeral Home was in charge
Rose Angelas Matheson, daughter of Nicholas and Agnes (Dulas) Kalis,
was born March 28, 1920, on the family farm near Wells, Minn. She attended
and graduated from Wells High School in 1938.
She was united in marriage to Lawrence Matheson on February 8, 1945.
The couple farmed west of Rake and they retired in 1980. Rose was active
in her church, with Sunday School, circle and aide. Her pastimes were quilting
She died Friday, October 10, 1998, at Walker-Methodist Health Center,
Survivors include a daughter, Jean Dahlke and her husband John of St.
Louis Park, Minn.; three grandsons, Michael, Steven and Andrew; her sisters
and brothers, Kathryn, Magalen, Ray, Louis and his wife Ellen, and Edward,
all of Wells, and Bernice DeWeber and her husband Glen of Benicia, Calif.;
as well as several nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband Lawrence in 1992;
four brothers, one sister and one sister-in-law.
Allen Bell, 75, of Kingman, Ariz., died Monday, October 5. His funeral
service was held Saturday in Kingman.
Bell, the son of Carl and Minnie Bell, was a 1940 graduate of Thompson
He is survived by one son, Robert Bell and his wife Kathy of Phoenix;
two grandchildren, Dena and Tom of Phoenix; one sister, Doris Jones of
Osage; and one brother, Glen Bell and his wife Claudia of Palm Springs,
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and two infant daughters.
Last rites for former Thompson resident, Robert Batton, were held Saturday,
September 19, 1998, at United Methodist Church in Emmetsburg. The Rev.
David Crow officiated. A memorial gathering was held September 12 in Colorado
Born April 20, 1927, in Lennox, Robert was the son of George and Emma
(Moore) Batton. The Batton family moved to Thompson when he was seven years
old. February 13, 1949, he was married to Darlene Richardson at Albert
Lea, Minn. The couple lived in Forest City until 1952 when they moved to
Emmetsburg. He worked at Donahue Tire Shop from 1952-1972 and was proprietor
of Battonís DX Station from 1972 until 1978. He worked for Jensvold Motor
from 1978 until retiring in 1989. The Battons moved to Yoder, Colo., in
August of 1995.
He died at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo., September
Survivors include his wife Darlene, 33650 State Hwy 94, Yoder, CO 80864-9570;
children Gail Batton, Lyle and Denise Batton, David Batton and James Batton;
six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister and two brothers.
Former area Thompson resident Vance Holland, 45, was killed in a one-vehicle
accident Sunday afternoon west of Forest City. Holland was driving north
on 110th Avenue when he lost control of his pick-up and slid off the road.
The truck rolled at least once and came to rest upside down.
Holland was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the truck,
his nephew Joshua Holland, 6, was taken by Forest City Ambulance to NIMHC,
Mason City, and kept overnight for observation.
Hollandís funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at the First Baptist
Church, Forest City.
Emma E. Thorland
Funeral service for Emma E. Thorland, 94, was held Saturday afternoon,
July 25, at Zion Lutheran Church in Thompson. Rev. Richard Newgard officiated.
Comfort music was provided by Eleanor Roper, organist. Charolette Elvebak
sang "In The Garden" and "The Old Rugged Cross." The congregation sang
"What a Friend" and "How Great Thou Art."
Casket bearers included Wallace Cox, Irwin Erickson, Lloyd Rygh, Eugene
Sauer, Adolph Swenson and Leon Wipplinger.
Interment was in West Prairie Lutheran Cemetery, rural Thompson, with
Winter Funeral Home in charge.
Emma Eudora Thorland was born March 30, 1904, near Thompson to George
and Jane (Chorlton) Cox. She was baptized in the Lutheran Faith October
18, 1917, and confirmed at the Zion Lutheran parsonage in Thompson.
She married Richard Thorland June 25, 1924. They farmed for many years
in the Thompson community and in 1980 they moved into town.
She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Thompson, and was active
in its ladies aid and circle. She also enjoyed activities with the senior
citizensí group and by being a Young at Heart member.
Mrs. Thorland died July 21, 1998, at the Heritage Home in Bancroft.
She is survived by one son, Dean Thorland and his wife Arlene of Buffalo
Center; three daughters, Virjean Skogen and her husband Norman of Thompson,
Marlene Vaske and her husband James of Bancroft and Violet Thorland and
her husband James Chaffee of Bloomington, Minn.; 15 grandchildren and 24
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Richard on March
2, 1980; two sons, Dicky and Jerry; one sister, Lillian Rygh; and five
brothers, George Cox, William Cox, Herb Cox, Walter Cox and Charles Cox.
Last rites were held Friday, June 12, 1998, for longtime Thompson resident
Charlotte Stenberg, 99. The service was held at Bethany Lutheran Church,
Thompson, with Rev. Perry Fruhling officiating.
Comfort music was provided by Mary Ann Olsen, organist, and vocalists
Amy Thorland and Rev. Fruhling who sang "Weary Now I Go To Rest" and "His
Eye Is On The Sparrow." Congregational hymns were "Crown Him With Many
Crowns" and "How Great Thou Art."
Pall bearers were Dennis Appelhons, Ken Stenberg, John Nepstad, Rick
Helps, Tim Larson and Tom Larson.
Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Thompson, with Winter Funeral
Home in charge of arrangements.
The daughter of Henry and Lydia (Vikingstad) Stenberg, Charlotte was
born April 20, 1899, in Ellsworth. She was baptized and confirmed in the
She attended Waldorf College, Forest City, and graduated from Iowa
State. Miss Stenberg taught school in the Thompson area for many years.
She was very active in the Thompson Senior Center, the church circle
In 1994, she entered Lake Mills Care Center where she died Tuesday,
June 9, 1998, at 99 years of age.
She is survived by two brothers, Elmer Stenberg of Thompson and George
Stenberg of Berkeley, Calif., and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces
Preceding her in death were her parents; one brother, Cornelius Stenberg;
and one sister, Eva Bravick.
Jensine Amelia Kloppen
Funeral service for lifelong Thompson resident Jensine Amelia Kloppen,
97, was held Friday morning, May 22, 1998, at Zion Lutheran Church, Thompson.
Rev. Richard Newgard officiated.
Providing comfort music was Cyndy Johnson, organist, and Frank Myers,
soloist, singing "Rock of Ages" and "Amazing Grace."
The casket was carried by Eugene Sauer, Paul Johnson, John Wirth, Norman
Skogen, Eldon Indvik and Lowell Indvik. Burial was in West Prairie Cemetery,
rural Thompson, with Winter Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
The daughter of John and Sissel (Grytte) Klppen, Jensine was born November
6, 1900, on the family farm just south of Thompson.
She was baptized on Christmas Day, 1900, at West Prairie Lutheran Church,
rural Thompson. In 1914 she was confirmed at West Prairie Church. She was
educated at Linden #1 country school. She was a member of Zion Lutheran
Church and was active in the womenís organizations. Miss Kloppen spent
her entire life on the family farm which was recognized as a Century farm
in 1991. She was also very proud of being honored as Winnebago Countyís
first 4-H leader.
She died Tuesday, May 19, 1998, at Lake Mills Care Center, Lake Mills.
Survivors are one sister, Ingeborg Legried of Albert Lea, Minn.; one
sister-in-law, Lillian Kloppen of Lake Mills; two nieces, Helen Peterson
of Hancock, Minn., and Carol and her husband Sam Iverson of Grundy Center;
two nephews, Bruce Legried of Albert Lea, Minn., and Alvin and his wife
Lucille Kloppen of Burnsville, Minn.; several great-nieces and nephews
and one great-great nice.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Gelena; and three
brothers, Alfred, Gordon and Melvin.
Dorothy LaVonne Truman
Dorothy LaVonne Truman, 72, of Des Moines died of a heart ailment May
10 at Iowa Lutheran Hospital.
Services were held Thursday at Iles Grandview Park with burial at Sunset
Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Mrs. Truman was born in Thompson and had lived in Mason City before
moving to Des Moines 50 years ago. She was a retired service representative
with Iowa Power and a member of Capitol Hill Christian Church.
Surviving are three sons, David Bendickson. Gary Truman and Kent Truman,
all of Des Moines; three daughters, Susan Rivas of Des Moines, Nancy Marchack
of St. Louis and Colleen Lind of Burnsville, Minn.; four brothers, Marlin
Fisher of Thompson, Ramon Fisher of Humboldt, Robert Fisher of Barrego
Springs. Colo., and Richard Fisher of Lafayette, Colo.; four sisters, Faye
Tims of Des Moines. Ruth Heitland of Buffalo Center, Doris Murphy of Portland,
Ore., and Geraldine Goumas of Nyack. N.Y.; 17 grandchildren; and eight
Amil O. Haugen
Funeral service for Amil O. Haugen, 84, was held Tuesday morning, April
28, at Zion Lutheran Church in Rake. Dr. Jennifer Edinger officiated with
burial in East Cemetery, Rake.
Comfort music was provided by Carol Asmus, organist, and Marlys Andersen,
soloist. Congregational hymns were "How Great Thou Art" and "Amazing Grace."
The casket was carried by grandchildren Kenny Hanson, Jason Jagerson,
Michael Hamre, Tony Zierke, Brent Haugen, Shawn Haugen, Chad Hanson and
Randy Risius. Winter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Haugen died April 25, 1998, at the Good Samaritan Center in Forest
City at the age of 84.
He was the son of Nels and Johanna (Lein) Haugen, born February 24,
1914, at Otteson. He was baptized at St. Ola Lutheran Church in Bode. At
the age of six, his family moved to a farm southeast of Rake. He attended
country school near their home and was confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church,
Rake. Farming was his main interest and he worked for several farmers before
starting for himself. He also worked for Green Giant in Blue Earth, Minn.
August 22, 1947, he married Violet Jagerson at the Methodist Church
in Blue Earth. They moved onto her home place northwest of Rake where he
resided until entering the Good Samaritan Center March 18, 1997. This union
was blessed with three children: Gary, Dawn and Steven, and also three
children from a previous marriage: Joan, Carole and Arlowe as well as three
stepchildren: Gloria, Douglas and Scott Jagerson.
He is survived by his wife Violet of Rake; his sons, Arlowe and his
wife Ruth Haugen of Northfield, Minn., Gary Haugen of Rake, Steven Haugen
of Fairmont, Minn.; two stepsons, Douglas Jagerson of Petaluma, Calif.,
and Scott Jagerson and wife Marlys of Elmore, Minn.; three daughters, Joan
Hamre of Wallingford, carol Zierke and her husband Merle of Elmore and
Dawn Hanson and her husband Dick of Blue Earth; a son-in-law, Harold Risius
of Buffalo Center; 24 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren; four sisters,
Inga Engelby, Ida Pingle, Gudron Matheson and Ethel Doty and husband Jim;
and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a stepdaughter, Gloria Risius;
two grandsons, Jeffrey Zierke and Wade Haugen; a granddaughter, Kristi
Risius-Ricke; a sister, Sara Larson; three brothers, Tryve Haugen, Norman
Haugen and Delmer Haugen; and son-in-law Milford Hamre.
Mike Van Den Hul
Max (Mike) Van Den Hul Jr., 55, of Mason City died Saturday, April
18, 1998, at North Iowa Mercy Health Center, Mason City, due to heart complications.
His funeral service was held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22,
at Bethany Lutheran Church, Thompson, with Rev. Dan Christensen of
Serving as organist was Mary Ann Olsen. Frank Myers sang "What A Friend
We Have In Jesus" and Amy Thorland sang "In the Garden." Congregational
hymns were "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Amazing Grace."
Pall bearers included his grandson Joshua Norstrud and friends Darwin
Sittig, Robert Lappe, Alan Swenson, Ade Swenson, Ed Shepard, Dana Heinen
and Brad Huntington.
Honorary pall bearers were Raymond Baade, Jim Vinz, Lawrence Lodin,
Sam Johnson, Charlie Miller, Patty Michaelson, LaVae Lillebo, Guy Markle,
Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Thompson, with military rites performed
by Thompson VFW. Winter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Max Van Den Hul Jr. was born October 27, 1942, at Larchwood to Max
Sr. and Nellie (Burgers) Van Den Hul. He attended school at Larchwood and
entered the U. S. Army in 1964. He was honorably discharged due to injury
He married Sandra Graff September 24, 1966, at Immanuel Lutheran Church
in Forest City. He was employed at Forester in Forest City and later moved
his family to Joice and then to Thompson. During his many years in Thompson,
he and his wife owned and operated various businesses: Vanís Restaurant,
Vanís Station, Vanís Camper Repair, Thompson Car Wash and Vanís Catering
Service. He served as Thompson City Clerk for five years before moving
to Mason City in 1993.
He was instrumental in the start up of Thompson Rescue Unit and served
as the first president of the volunteer rescue squad.
He enjoyed fishing and daily visits to East Park in Mason City. His
world evolved around his children and grandchildren. His kindness and caring
nature touched the hearts of many.
He is survived by his wife Sandi of Mason City; their five children
and families, Kim and Scott Norstrud, Mandra, Joshua and Christopher of
Thompson; Todd and Tina Van Den Hul, Keisha, Micheal and Tyler of Oelwein;
Chad Van Den Hul and Valerie Hagen, Tawnee and Shania, and Gretchen and
Logan of Forest City; Staci Van Den Hul of Mason City; and Michele and
Loren Hahle Jr., Coltin, Catalin and Shea of Mason City; 10 brothers and
sisters, Herman and Phyllis Van Den Hul of Chamberlain, S. Dak., George
and Janet Van Den Hul of Harrisburg, S. Dak., Tena Markle of Ankeny, Wilma
Mulder of Sioux Falls, S. Dak., Nellie Mullinix of Chatsworth, Marinus
and Sharon Van Den Hul of Colorado Springs, Colo., Betty and Bob Morrison
of Larchwood, Geraldine and Van Leffler of Mary Esther, Fla., Helen Crawford
of Larchwood, and Becky and Tim Breuer of Larchwood; his sister-in-law
Barb Mauer of Larchwood; his mother-in-law Florence Graff of Mason City;
and many other family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Ralph Van Den
Hul; an infant brother Gerald and an infant sister Helene.
Elmer Morris Olson
Longtime Thompson resident Elmer Morris Olson died April 1, 1998, at
the Lake Mills Care Center. He was 92 years of age.
His funeral service was held Friday afternoon, April 3, at Bethany
Lutheran Church, Thompson. Rev. Perry Fruhling officiated. Music was provided
by Mary Ann Olsen, organist, and Amy Thorland, soloist.
The casket was carried by Norman Dean Spooner, James Dishon, Norman
Jacobson Jr., Kenneth Jacobson, Gary Sanden and Wayne Peterson.
Interment was in Sunset Rest Cemetery, Northwood, with Winter Funeral
Home in charge of arrangements.
He was the son of Edward and Thea (Wold) Olson, born May 21, 1905,
He married Beulah Jacobson December 24, 1936, in Newman Grove, Neb.
After working as a farm hand around Clear Lake and engaging in farming
himself, he worked for Winnebago Industries, Forest City.
Survivors include four children: Bette Siekmeier and her husband Norman
of Thompson, Harland and his wife Sandra Olson of Lake Mills, Judy Friesenborg
of Thompson and Don Olson and his wife Julie of Thompson; seven grandchildren:
Holly Corrigan and her husband Tim of Butte, Mont., Jodi Willert of Lake
Mills, Amanda, Angela and Ashley Friesenborg and Joshua and Aaron Olson,
all of Thompson; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Edna Dishon of
Appleton, Minn., and Irene Dennis of Mason City; three sisters-in-law,
Alice Olson of Northwood, Mayvis Spooner of Northwood and Gretel Jacobson
of Newman Grove, Neb.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Beulah on September
23, 1982; one grandson, Nicholas Friesenborg; two brothers, Alvin Olson
and Marvin Olson; and three sisters, Olga Haugen, Clara Wacholz and Pearl
Herman Bernard Weaver
Funeral service for Herman Bernard Weaver, 77, was held Tuesday morning,
March 17, at Winter Funeral Home, Thompson.
Pastor Perry Fruhling of Bethany Lutheran Church, Thompson, officiated.
Casket bearers were Leonard Harms, Dennis Hoeft, Bob Mattison, Don
Mathahs, John Mathahs and Gary Shropshire.
Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Thompson.
Born March 1, 1921, at Titonka, he was the son of Herman J. and Katie
Weaver served his country in the U.S. Army from 1943 through 1946.
He married Lillian June Kitner in Minneapolis, Minn., April 29, 1950.
He was employed by International Harvester Corp. and then by Waste
Systemís Corp. as an heavy equipment operator. Mechanics was his life and
hobby. He also had an interest in airplanes and flying.
Herman B. Weaver died Saturday, March 14, 1998, at his home in Thompson.
He is survived by his wife June of Thompson; two grandchildren, Carol
Weaver of Thompson and Terry Weaver of Thompson; one great-grandson, Aaron
Weaver of Thompson; three sisters, June Behrends, Lois Harms and her husband
Leonard, and Bonnie Hoeft and her husband Dennis, all of Forest City; and
one brother, Cecil Weaver of Mason City.
Preceding him in death were his parents; one son, Vernon Weaver; one
sister and two brothers.
Gerald M. Quam
Gerald M. Quam died March 1, 1998, at his Rake home. He was 75.
Last rites were held the afternoon of March 4 at Zion Lutheran Church,
Rake. Dr. Jennifer Edinger officiated.
Organist was Julie Davids and soloist was Marlys Andersen. The congregation
sang "Rock of Ages" and "My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less."
Honorary casket bearers were Curtis Peterson, Lonnie Johnson, Omer
Folven, Jerry Winter, Elvin Haugen, Jerry Frandle and Don Skogen.
Casket bearers were Larry Johnson, Craig Folven, Tom Rygh, Ron Rygh,
Phil Knudtson and George Brookes.
Military rites were presented by the Rake American Legion/VFW Posts
Color Guard. Interment was in West Cemetery.
Born April 13, 1922, in Rake to Oscar and Lillian (Knudtson) Quam,
Gerald was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, Rake. He was
an active member of the church until his death.
He graduated from Rake High School in 1939. Following his graduation
from Luther College in 1942, he attended midshipman training and entered
the Navy in 1943. He served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.
July 31, 1943, he married Marjorie H. Hanson at Liberty Lutheran Church
in Rake. He taught, coached and was an administrative assistant in the
Rake and Buffalo Center/Rake Schools for 40 years. In 1993, he was recognized
for his coaching and his contributions to education by the Iowa State High
School Athletic Assoc.
Survivors include his wife Marjorie of Rake; one son, Mark Quam of
Clear Lake; two daughters, Marcia Folven and her husband Jon of Oshkosh,
Wis., and Louise Hagedorn and her husband John of Rake; grandchildren:
Angella, Derek and Jeff Folven and Staci, Jodi and Erik Hagedorn; one brother,
Lyle Quam and his wife Cathy of Rake; three sisters, Wanda Rygh and her
husband Lloyd of Bricelyn, Minn., Opal Teig and her husband Wayne of Rake
and Virginia Reimers and her husband Carrol of Brigham City, Utah; one
uncle, Carl Knudston and his wife Phyllis of Rake; and one brother-in-law,
Roger Hanson and his wife Bette of Birmingham, Alabama.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant brother.
Raymond M. Olson
Raymond Merlin Olson, 67, died Saturday, February 14, 1998, at the
Heritage Care Center in Mason City.
His funeral service was held the afternoon of February 17 at Trinity
Lutheran Church, rural Kiester, Minn. Rev. Dani Jo Ninke-Greaver officiated.
Organist was Cathy Van Hove. The ladies chorus sang "Borning Cry" and
Great Thou Art." The congregation sang "Precious Lord Take My Hand"
and "The King of Love My Shepherd Is."Casket bearers were Peter Forrey,
Mark Ullestad, Jeffrey Ullestad, Todd Hasche, Rodney Hunt and Ben Hunt.
Interment was in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery with Winter Funeral Home
in charge of arrangements.
Born May 9, 1930, in Eden Township to Oscar and Ida (Olson) Olsen,
Ray was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church. He remained
a lifelong member of Trinity and was active in the church council and taught
Sunday School for many years. He graduated from Kiester High School.
May 31, 1952, he married Marion "Pat" Kniefel Hunt in Owatonna, Minn.
Ray was also a past member of Thompson Rescue Unit and Thompson Lions Club.
Survivors include his wife Pat of Thompson; five children: Randolph
and his wife Naomi of Hastings, Minn., Dwight and his wife Marcia "Kim"
of Thompson, Cynthia and her husband Robert Olsen of Leland, Timothy and
his wife Julie of Thompson and Colette and her husband Steven Reimann of
Leland; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Carlyle
and his wife Carol of Thompson and David and his wife Cheryl of Owatonna,
Minn.; three sisters, Ruth and her husband Phil Forrey of Mankato, Minn.,
Carolyn Ullestad of Story City and Ramona and her husband Harold Hasche
He was preceded in death by his parents.
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 "ĎThe Old Rugged Cross", "In The Garden"
and "How Great Thou Art."
As a tribute of her grandfatherís 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.
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.
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
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.
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,
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,
He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant brother.
Funeral service for Thompson native Millie Morello, 91, a longtime
Omaha pianist, was held October 17 at St. Paul United Methodist Church
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
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
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.
Last rites for longtime Thompson resident Ella Curley were held Monday,
November 3, at United Methodist Church in Thompson.
Rev. Wendy Trone officiated. Bruce Wubben was soloist and Eleanor Roper
was organist. Congregational hymns were "Amazing Grace" and "The Old Rugged
The casket was carried by Dick Johnson, Arlan Steen, Allan Steen, Steve
Gacke, Darwin Adams and Larry Miexner.
Interment was in Crystal Lake Township Cemetery, Crystal Lake.
Ella was born August 5, 1916, at Crystal Lake to Frank and Pearl (Volding)
She married Ethan Curley at Jackson, Minn., April 11, 1936. After they
were married they made Thompson their home.
Mrs. Curley worked as a waitress in several restaurants and also worked
at Stitchcraft. She was a member of Thompson United Methodist Church.
In October of 1996, she entered the Westview Care Center in Britt where
she died October 31, 1997.
She is survived by her children: Rosella and husband Sidney Wubben
of Thompson; Gwendolyn and her husband David Farrell of Olathe, Kans.;
Janet and her husband John Paulson of Valley City, N. Dak.; Sandra and
her husband Bernie Korsa of Garner; Harold and his wife JoAnn Curley of
Garner; Bob and his wife Denise Curley of Minneapolis, Minn.; 20 grandchildren;
16 great-grandchildren and four stepchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband Ethan on February
10, 1964; two step-sons; three brothers; one sister; one grandchild; and
Mearld L. Pierce
Last rites for Mearld L. Pierce, 90, of Lake Mills, were held Saturday
afternoon, July 1, 2000, at Asbury United Methodist Church, Lake Mills.
Rev. Jeanne Martin officiated with burial at Sunnyside Cemetery, Lake Mills.
Mearld Leslie Pierce the son of Clair and Gertrude (Hoffman) Pierce,
was born March 13, 1910, at Boone. When he was four, his parents moved
six miles south of Kiester, Minn., where they farmed and he grew up with
his brothers and sisters.
On September 26, 1935, Mearld married Elizabeth Stevens at the Church
parsonage in Kiester. They bought the family farm and raised their children
Mearld loved his farming life of 35 years and retired in 1981 to Lake
Mills. He belonged to the Eagles in Albert Lea, Minn., and was a member
of Asbury United Methodist Church.
Both Mearld and Elizabeth moved into Mills Harbour in December of 1999.
Mearld passed away Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at the Lake Mills Care Center.
He is survived by his wife Elizabeth of Lake Mills; four children,
Lanny Pierce Sr. and his wife Sally of Joice; Darrell Pierce and his wife
Sandy of Sacramento, Calif., Shirley Mason and her husband Skip of Bonanza,
Oreg., and Richard Pierce and wife Darlene of Minneapolis, Minn.; seven
grandchildren: Lanny Pierce Jr., Michael Pierce, Nichole Pierce, Dawn Madson,
Jennifer (Mason) Heckman, Darla Pierce and Doreen Pierce; three step-grandchildren:
Curtis Leverton, Christen Funk and Lance Hartkopp; four great-grandchildren;
and one sister, Nadine Morgan of Seattle, Wash.
Preceding him in death were his parents; one son, Larry; two brothers,
Forest Pierce and Clair Pierce; and one sister, Maxine Ericson.
Funeral service for Dorothy Iverson, 97, of Thompson,was Thursday,
May 4, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Eden Township, north of Thompson,
with the Rev. Dani Jo Ninke-Greaver officiating. Burial was in the Trinity
Lutheran Church Cemetery.
Dorothy Malinda Iverson, daughter of Andrew and Anna (Sime) Seim, was
born June 11, 1902, in Eden Township, Winnebago County, Iowa. She was baptized
as a child of God and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church. She received
her elementary education in the Eden Township District No. 6 school. After
graduating from the Luther Academy in Albert Lea, Minn., Dorothy taught
country school for 10 years in Minnesota.
She was united in marriage to Otto Iverson on June 9, 1932, at Trinity
Lutheran Church. They lived on their farm in Eden Township for 41 years.
Dorothy was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, active in Sunday School
and Ladies Aid. In October of 1996, she moved to the Lake Mills Care Center
in Lake Mills. She passed away Monday (May 1, 2000) at the Care Center.
Survivors include her sister, Rachel Holland and her husband, Therald,
of Kingman, Ariz.;
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Otto, in
1973; a sister, Ada Hauan and her husband, Alfred; brothers, Elmer Seim
and his wife, Mabel, and Tilford Seim and his wife, Edna; a brother-in-law,
Lawrence Iverson and his wife, Evelyn; and by Roger and Donna Chose.