Miscellaneous Monona County, Iowa Obituaries


James Nemitz
James Richard Nemitz was born November 23, 1937, the son of Ernest and Agnes Garbe Nemitz. He died on Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison, Iowa, at the age of sixty-two. 
Jim was born in Ida Grove, Iowa, and was baptized in Christ on December 19, 1937 in Schleswig, Iowa, by Rev. Schwidder and later confirmed on March 29, 1953 at St. John Lutheran Church in Charter Oak, Iowa. He received his education in a rural school near his home, the St. Paul's Lutheran School in Hanover Township and Charter Oak Community School, graduating with the class of 1957. After completing his education, Jim helped on the family farm. 
On June 21, 1959, Jim was united in marriage to Marilyn Eggert at the Zion Lutheran Church in Denison, Iowa, by Rev. Schmidt. The couple made their home on a farm south of Ricketts, until 1968, when they moved to a farm near Denison. In the early 1990's Jim retired from farming and worked in the roofing business including Feller Roofing Company in Denison, until recently retiring. 
Jim was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Hanover Township, Charter Oak. He enjoyed polka dancing, socializing, attending sporting events and playing cards. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Phillip. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn of Denison; two daughters, Janine Whited and her husband, Brian of Owatonna, Minnesota and Janelle Johnson and her husband, Joel of Denison; one son, Jim Nemitz and his wife, Emalee of Davis, Illinois; five grandchildren, Kristin and Alex Whited, Jennifer and Jeremy McMinemee and Jakob Nemitz; one sister, Lois Lewis and and her husband, Glenn of Denison; and mother-in-law, Lydia Eggert of Denison; other relatives and friends. 
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. April 14, 2000 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hanover Township, Charter Oak, Iowa, with burial at the Crawford Heights Memory Gardens in Denison. Shirley Stull provided the organ accompaniment for congregational hymns, 'How Great Thou Art', 'Amazing Grace' and 'Onward, Christian Soldiers'. Those serving as pallbearers were Melvin Neddermeyer, Allan Neddermeyer, Vernon Nemitz, David Nemitz, Merle Keim and Mark Lewis. Honorary pallbearers were Louis Hargens, Jr. and Robert Meyer. A prayer service was held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Huebner Funeral Home in Denison. The family invited everyone to join them in fellowship and lunch at the church, served by the Ladies Aid. 

Donald Nelson
Donald T. Nelson was born June 9, 1920, the son of Roy and Lillian Nelson Nelson. He died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at his home in Charter Oak, at the age of seventy-nine, from Guillian Barri (French Polio). 
Donald was born in Eagle Grove, Iowa, where he was baptized in Christ. At an early age he moved with his family to Omaha, Nebraska, where he was later confirmed. Donald received his education in the Omaha Elementary Schools and the North High School. He entered the United States Army, where he worked as a cook and baker. 
On June 4, 1942, Donald was united in marriage to Ardis Baumgartner in Henning, Minnesota. Donald was self-employed doing construction jobs and because he enjoyed traveling the couple moved from various areas. Donald retired at the age of fifty-nine, due to health problems and in 1987, they moved to Charter Oak, Iowa. 
Donald was a member of the Soldier Lutheran Church in Soldier, Iowa. He enjoyed working on repairing boats and fishing. Donald and Ardis loved traveling in earlier years. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister. Survivors include his wife, Ardis of Charter Oak; four brothers, Roy Nelson and his wife, Betty of Manilla, Vernon Nelson and his wife, Joyce of Omaha, Wallace Nelson and his wife, Mary Margaret of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and Darwin Nelson of Omaha; one sister, Delores Johnson of Omaha; brothers and sisters-in-law, Velma and Depold Herman of Kulm, North Dakota, Merton and Melva Baumgartner of Amour, Minnesota, Donna and Alvin Ziegler of Frazee, Minnesota and Elaine and Norman Haedtke of Minnetonka, Minnesota; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, 2000 at the Huebner Funeral Home in Charter Oak, Iowa. Rev. Paul Fohs officiated the service and grave side rites held at the St.John's Lutheran Cemetery in Charter Oak. Karen Kahl provided the organ accompaniment for soloist, Henry Henningsen, singing 'Abide With Me' and 'The Old Rugged Cross' and congregational singing 'Amazing Grace' and 'How Great Thou Art'. Those serving as pallbearers were Kenneth Martin, Henry Oltmanns, Alan Oltmanns, Larry Kastner, Randy Martin and Jeff McGee. Military honors were American Legion Homer Hall Post Number 66, Charter Oak, Iowa. The family invited everyone to return to the Senior Center and join them in fellowship and lunch. The Huebner Funeral Home in Charter Oak handled arrangements. 

Rev. Paul Anderson
Rev. Paul Edward Anderson, age 55, of Soldier, Iowa, died suddenly on Friday, April 7, 2000, at Burgess Health Center in Onawa, Iowa. 
Rev. Anderson was born May 14, 1944, at Maywood, Illinois, the son of Charles and Katherine (Westrich) Anderson. He graduated from Ames High School in Ames, Iowa, in 1962. In 1966 he graduated from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. He received his Master of Divinity Degree from Lutheran Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1970. In 1972 he was ordained at Trinity Lutheran Church in Worchester, Massachusetts. He received his Doctorate of Ministry at Andover Newton Seminary in Newton, Massachusetts in 1978. 
He married Ann Kathryn Lundvall in 1967 in Ames, Iowa. He served parishes in South Paris, Maine; West Haven, Connecticut; Bangor, Maine and Soldier, Iowa. 
Survivors include his wife, Ann of Soldier; his parents, Charles and Katherine Anderson; a brother, John and his wife, Barbara; a sister, Karen and her husband, Charles Taylor; and several nieces and nephews. 
Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 10, 2000, at the Soldier Lutheran Church at Soldier with Bishop Curtis Miller officiating. Assisting Bishop Miller were Rev. Steven Hetzel, Rev. Margo Fohs, Rev. Paul Fohs and Rev. Robert Kruempel. The organist, Mrs. Gilma Gibbs Ahlers, accompanied the congregation in the songs, 'A Mighty Fortress Is Our God' and 'Lift High The Cross'. Pearson Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Soldier and Onawa, handled arrangements. 
Honorary casket bearers were members of the Church Council. Casket Bearers were Leonard Jensen, Tim Fundermann, Ron Amunson, Don Hadden, Kevin Swenson and Vern Melby. 

Rita Henry
Rita Irene (Grant) Henry, age 81, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and formerly of Ute, died January 15, 1999, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. 
Memorial service was held 4:00 p.m. Saturday, January 23, 1999. Rita donated her body to the Creighton University Anatomical Board. A graveside memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 26 at St. Clair Cemetery in Ute at 10:30 a.m. 
Rita was born on a farm south of Ute, Iowa, the daughter of Adam and Minnie Grant. She married Harlow Henry in September of 1936. They farmed in the Ute area until Harlow's death in 1970. Rita then moved to Omaha, Nebraska, and worked at St. Joseph's Hospital in the records department, and then later at the Red Cross. She retired in January 1992. 
In September of 1994 she moved to the Independent Living Section of Risen Son Christian Village. 
Rita was a member of AARP and the Ute Christian Church Ladies Aid Society. 
Survivors include three sons and their wives, William and Sandra Henry of Bourbonnais, Illinois, Wayne and Jacqueline Henry of rural Council Bluffs and Gary and Judy Henry of Council Bluffs; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Myrtie Longlee of Sioux City and Edith Kraft and her husband, Ronald of Venetta, Oregon; many nieces and nephews. 
She was preceded in death by a sister, Laura Gibbs; two brothers, Vernon and Everett Grant and two grandsons, Jeff and Brian Henry. 
Honorary pallbearers were Rita's grandchildren. 

Gary Hardenbrook
Gary L. Hardenbrook, age 58, of Overland Park, Kansas, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, at his home. 
Funeral services were held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 20, 2000, at the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Olathe, Kansas. 
Mr. Hardenbrook was born January 4, 1942 in Harlan, Iowa, living in Overland Park, Kansas, the past 12 years coming from Columbus, Nebraska. He was a 1959 graduate of Mapleton High School in Mapleton, Iowa. He was an Air Force Veteran during the Vietnam Conflict. He was an Air Traffic Control Specialist at the Federal Aviation Administration Center in Olathe retiring in 1997 after 29 years of service. 
He was a member of the Chanute Kansas Post of the American Legion. 
He was preceded in death by his father, Don Hardenbrook in 1994 and a brother, Earl Hardenbrook in 2000. 
Survivors include his wife, Lois Hardenbrook of Overland Park, Kansas; a son, Max Hardenbrook of Lenexa, Kansas; his mother, Rose Hardenbrook of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa; a brother, Brian Hardenbrook of Sioux City, Iowa; and mother-in-law, Wilda Gore of Pittsburg, Kansas. He is also survived by two children and five grandchildren from a previous marriage, from Minnesota. 

Melvin Buss
Melvin Buss, age 73, of Ute, Iowa, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at his residence. 
There will be no services. He is donating his body to the University of South Dakota for science. Arrangements were made under the direction of the Armstrong Funeral Home of Ute. 
Melvin was born August 21, 1925 the son of William and Eliza (Mahlock) Buss in Dewitt, Nebraska. He attended school in Onawa, Iowa. On February 20, 1949, he was united in marriage to Maryann Terhune. The couple farmed near Onawa for 3 years and then later moved to Ute in 1952 where they farmed for 14 years. They moved to West Branch, Iowa in 1966 where he was employed by Crows Seed Corn as a district manager. They moved to Mendota, Illinois in 1968 where he worked for Wick Buildings, and then as a sales agent for Merschman Seeds until his retirement. The couple then retired to Ute in 1994. 
Melvin was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ute. He started the 4-H Club in Monona County. He was a member of Elk, Moose, Lions and Eagles Clubs. 
He enjoyed family, reading, playing bridge, boating, traveling, woodworking, and many hobbies. He also enjoyed spending the winters of his retirement years in Casa Grande and Mesa, Arizona. 
Survivors include his wife, Maryann; two daughters, Anna Buss of Iowa City, Iowa and Beth and her husband, Gary McCartan of Pocahontas, Iowa; two brothers, Martin Buss of Mapleton, Iowa and Otto Buss of Cottage Grove, Oregon; two sisters, Ida Oliver of Winterset, Iowa and Pearl Timms of Oshkosh, Wisconsin; three grandchildren, Preston and Cory Rath of Iowa City, Iowa and Aaron McCartan of Pocahontas, Iowa. 
He was preceded in death by one brother, Herbert Buss; one sister, Rose Paulovich and one granddaughter, Jennifer Rath. 

Estella Head
Estella L. Head, age 97, of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.
Services were held 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 5 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes with Father Jerry Rogers officiating. Burial was in the Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery. A prayer service was held at 7:00 p.m. Sunday at the West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes. 
Estella L. Head was born April 2, 1903, the daughter of Joseph and Ida (Barbeau) LeFebvre in Mapleton, Iowa. She grew up and received her education in Mapleton, graduating from high school there. She then worked for the Bennett Law Office in Mapleton. She married Donald W. Head on February 24, 1925 in Mapleton. The couple moved to Sioux City in 1955. She moved to Detroit Lakes, Minnesota in 1968. She worked for Norby's Department Store in Detroit Lakes from 1968-1973. Her husband, Donald died in 1968. 
She had been a resident at Emmanuel Nursing Home since 1993, where she loved to knit. She knit 3,427 newborn baby hats for newborns at St. Mary's Hospital in Detroit Lakes. 
Survivors include two daughters, Norma Jean Maute of Palm Coast, Florida and LaVonne (Norbert) Caulfield of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota; one son, Richard Head of Knoxville, Iowa; 12 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald; two brothers, George and Walter LeFebvre and two sisters, Clara Neubran and Alice Quigley. 
Pallbearers were Steve Caulfield, Bruce Caulfield, Jeff Caulfield, Kevin Caulfield, Kent Caulfield, Craig Caulfield, Mark Caulfield, Robert Caulfield and Kurt Maute. 

Jurgen Petersen
Jurgen Heinrich Petersen was born November 23, 1902, the son of Peter W. and Hulda Brockman Petersen. He died at the Eventide Lutheran Home in Denison, Iowa, Wednesday, May 17, 2000 at the age of ninety-seven. 
Jurgen was born in Hanover Township, Crawford County and was baptized in Christ on January 25, 1903 in Hanover Township by Pastor Runge. He was confirmed in the Lutheran faith on March 24, 1918 by Pastor Firnhaber in Schleswig, Iowa. 
After receiving his education, he joined his parents and brothers, starting the Peter W. Petersen and Sons' farming operation, known as the Sunny Slope Stock Farm. He enjoyed farming until his retirement in March 1968, when he moved with his mother and brother Henry to Schleswig. 
Jurgen was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Schleswig, Iowa. He was a loving brother and uncle. He enjoyed playing cards, fishing, and spending time with his family. Jurgen entered the Eventide Lutheran Home in Denison on November 13, 1986, where he enjoyed playing bingo, bowling, and looking out of his window at the squirrels, and watching the trains. 
Jurgen was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, C. Henry, March 25, 1997 and Bernhard, February 28, 1956; one sister, Elsie Carstensen, March 23, 2000; one brother-in-law, Friedrich Carstensen, December 20, 1998; one niece, Elaine Schroeder, March 5, 1942; and one great-niece, Sandra Ramer, April 16, 1991. Survivors include one brother, Emil Petersen and his wife, Lillie of Schleswig; one sister-in-law, Leila Zage of Schleswig, Iowa; nieces, nephews; great-nieces; great-nephews; four great-great-nieces; three great-great-nephews; many other relatives and friends. 
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 20, 2000 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig, Iowa. Rev. Merle Mahnken officiated the service and grave side rites held at the Morgan Cemetery in Schleswig. Marlene Hight provided the organ accompaniment for congregational hymns, 'How Great Thou Art', 'I'm But A Stranger Here' and 'I Know That My Redeemer Lives'. Those serving as pallbearers were Daniel Schroeder, Wayne Schroeder, Patrick Hanrahan, Jens Carstensen, Darryl Petersen, Dean Schroeder, Chad Petersen, Ralph Neumann, Don Hanrahan, Jay Petersen, Alan Nemitz, Tim Stoppel, Dave Nemitz and Bruce Kelly. Arrangements were made by the Huebner Funeral Home of Schleswig. The family invited everyone in attendance at the service to join them in fellowship and lunch at the church, served by the Ladies Aid. 

Margaret Meyer
Margaret Meyer was born on a farm in Charter Oak Township, Crawford County, Iowa, May 25, 1910, the oldest of nine children born to Theodore and Ella Hopp Meseck. She was received into God's Kingdom of Grace through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism June 19, 1910 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hanover Township and confirmed in her Christian Faith in March of 1926 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Soldier Township. She was raised on the farm receiving her education in the local parochial schools. 
On February 22, 1931, Margaret was united in marriage with Henry O. Meyer at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Soldier Township with the Rev. von Gemmingen officiating. Their union was blessed with three daughters, Marilyn, Ruth Ann and Renee. They made their home on the farm one and a half miles north of Ricketts where Margaret enjoyed helping her husband with the farm work and raising their family. In 1975 they retired and moved to Ricketts where they resided until moving to Denison in July of 1982. 
Henry died September 30, 1982 and Margaret continued to make her home in Denison. In 1992, due to failing health, Margaret made her home with her daughter, Renee and Butch Miller in Denison until moving to Eventide Lutheran Home in June of 1994. 
In earlier years when her health permitted she enjoyed gardening, flowers, her pet cats and playing cards. She had the ability to remember dates and found great enjoyment in remembering family and friends with birthday greetings. 
Margaret died Monday evening, May 29, 2000, at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison. At the time of her death she had attained the age of 90 years and 4 days. 
She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Denison. 
Including her parents and husband, Margaret was preceded in death by two daughters, Ruth Ann as an infant in 1944 and Marilyn Iversen, June 15, 1981, three brothers, Henry Meseck, Delaine Meseck and Merrill Meseck and two sisters, Lucille Kelm and Lila Topf. 
Those who remain to cherish her memory include one daughter, Renee and her husband, Butch Miller of Denison; son-in-law, Donald Iversen of Encino, California; four grandchildren, Sheryl Iversen of Oceanside, California, Jennifer and her husband, Pastor Steve Bagnall of Lewisville, Minnesota, Camille and her husband, John Shipley of Hanover Park, Illinois and Elliott Miller and his wife, Kari, of 29 Palms, California; four great-grandchildren, Anna and Paige Bagnall of Lewisville, Minnesota, Jack Shipley of Hanover Park, Illinois, and Sierra Miller of 29 Palms, California; one brother, Edgar Meseck and his wife, Elvera of Schleswig, Iowa; two sisters, Ellen Jepsen of Denison and Delores and her husband, LeRoy Bumann of Schleswig, Iowa; three sisters-in-law, Esther Meseck of Charter Oak, Pauline Meyer of Manilla and Erma Wingrove of Charter Oak; two special nieces, Myra McFarland of Schleswig and Judy Neitzke of Tilden, Nebraska; many other nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. 
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 2, at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison, Iowa with the Rev. Kurt R. Kaiser officiating. Music for the service was provided by Larry Boeck singing, 'What A Friend We Have in Jesus' and the congregation singing, 'Rock of Ages, Cleft For Me' and 'Lift High The Cross'. Karen Kahl served as organist. Casket bearers included Gary Meseck, Dennis Jepsen, Ron Kelm, Dwyane Lee, John M. Dorfler and Ross Thul. Interment was at the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Soldier Township, Ricketts, Iowa. The Pfannebecker Funeral Home in Denison was in charge of the arrangements. 

Violet Kueny
Violet A. Kueny, age 103, of Mapleton died Friday, June 2, 2000, at Mapleton, Iowa. 
Services were held 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 5, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mapleton with Rev. Edmund Tiedeman officiating. Burial was in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Mapleton. Lector for the service was Mary Kueny and the offertory procession was Kristine Kueny and Michael Kueny. A rosary was held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday by St. Mary's Guild and a vigil wake service was held at 8:00 p.m. at Armstrong Funeral Home in Mapleton. 
Violet Anna Kueny was born August 27, 1896, in a sod roofed house in Wilton, North Dakota, the daughter of George and Anna (Scholidon) Schrunk. She was the oldest of six children. In 1905, she traveled with her parents in a covered wagon to the Danbury-Mapleton, Iowa area where she grew up and was educated. 
On September 19, 1916, Vi was united in marriage to Charles H. Kueny in Danbury, Iowa. The couple farmed in the Mapleton area. Vi stayed at home raising her two children, Donna and Maurice, rendering lard, churning butter, baking and sewing. Vi and Charles enjoyed dancing together at any one of the local dance halls, all now gone. Charles died April 3, 1965. Vi lived in Omaha, Nebraska for about 15 years and returned to live in Mapleton where she lived independently until entering Maple Heights Nursing Home in February of 1994. 
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mapleton as well as St. Mary's Guild. She was also a member of the Royal Neighbors of America. She was known for her fine seamstress abilities and did beautiful work for her family and many in the community. 
Those survivors left to cherish Vi's memory include one daughter and her husband, Donna and Robert Petersen of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; one daughter-in-law, Fern Kueny of Mapleton, Iowa; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren and one sister, Rose Drea of Mapleton, Iowa, along with many other relatives, neighbors and good friends. 
Along with her husband, Vi was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Maurice and four brothers, Fred, Herbert, Francis and Richard Schrunk. 
Pallbearers were James Kueny, Clifford Flynn, David Flynn, Thomas Petersen, Robert Hoskins and Ron Kueny.

Lucille Klaus
Lucille M. Klaus, age 87, of Ute, Iowa, died Wednesday, July 26, 2000, at Sioux City, Iowa. 
Services were held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 29 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ute with Pastor Edgar Bode officiating. Burial was in St. Clair Cemetery, Ute. Ruth Owens was the organist for the service and St. Paul's Choir sang, 'What A Friend We Have In Jesus' and 'My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less'. The congregation sang, 'I Know That My Redeemer Lives'. The Armstrong Funeral Home of Ute was in charge of arrangements. 
Lucille Emma Marie Klaus was born February 13, 1913 in Crawford County, Iowa, near Berne, Iowa, the daughter of Henry and Christina (Claussen) Namanny. She was united in marriage to Peter F. Klaus on January 15, 1931 in Ute, Iowa. The couple were married for over 60 years. They farmed in the Ute area for 38 years and lived in Ute the last 31 years. Peter entered rest November 20, 1991. 
Lucille was baptized and confirmed a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church at Ute. Lucille and her husband worked as janitors at the church for eight years. She was a member of St. Paul's Ladies Aid and the Ute Senior Citizen's Group serving as treasurer for a number of years. Her hobbies and interests included sewing, quilting, baking, gardening, and time spent with her card club. 
Among those who survive and gratefully shared her life are her daughter, Jeanette Hult and her husband, Edgar of Sioux City, Iowa; one sister, Doris Namanny of Orlando, Florida; three grandchildren, Karen Hart and her husband, Craig, Jeanine Bohlmann and her husband, Richard, all of Clearmont, Wyoming, and Matthew Hult of Areada, California; five great-grandchildren, Eric and Amy Bohlmann, and Joshua, Tanner and Chase Hart; one daughter-in-law, LaVern Klaus of Ute, Iowa; and many cousins, nieces and nephews, along with several neighbors and good friends. 
Along with her husband, Lucille was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Loren; a sister, Luella Knutson; two brothers, Lawrence and Vernon Namanny; and a great-grandson, Tyler Hart. 
Honorary pallbearers were her grandson and great-grandchildren, Matthew Hult, Joshua Hart, Tanner Hart, Eric Bohlmann, Amy Bohlmann and Chase Hart. 
Pallbearers were Ronald Knutson, Norman Klaus, Herbert Neumann, Paul Kuester, Norman Meadows and Vernon King. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Paul's Ladies Aid at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ute, Iowa. 

James Wessling
James L. Wessling, age 65, of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, died unexpectedly Monday, July 17, 2000 at a Sioux City hospital.
Services were held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 20, at Nativity Catholic Church with the Rev. Paul-Louis Arts officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Sioux City. A vigil wake service was at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Christy-Smith Morningside Chapel in Sioux City. 
Mr. Wessling was born April 6, 1935, in Mapleton, Iowa, the son of Lawrence A. and Margaret Ellen (Willson) Wessling. He was raised in Mapleton. He attended St. Mary's Grade School in Mapleton and graduated in 1953 from Mapleton High School. He married Lora L. Grass June 21, 1955 in Mapleton. 
He worked at Council Oaks Grocery in Mapleton, Fareway Grocery Store in Charles City, Iowa, and Safeway Groceries in Sioux City. He later moved to Spencer and worked at Kitty Clover, and then to Fremont, Nebraska, where he was employed with Hoover Vacuum Sales. The couple moved to Sergeant Bluff where he worked for Gerkin Windows, Zimco and Terra International in sales. He then worked part-time for Great West Casualty, retiring in April 2000. 
He was an avid bowler and a member of 27 Flags Golf Course. He enjoyed all sports activities. 
Survivors include his wife; a daughter and her husband, Debra and Doug Swanson of Sioux City; two sons and their wives, Dennis and Teresa of Sergeant Bluff and David and Peggy of Whiting, Iowa; three brothers and their wives, Jerald and Catherine of David City, Nebraska, Richard and Barbara of Grand Forks, North Dakota and Keith and Mary of Omaha; three sisters, Cheryl and her husband, Ed O'Connor, Kathleen and her husband, George Loomis, and Jean Carmichael, all of Omaha; seven grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Denise Wessling. 
Pallbearers were Ron Gibbons, Roger Ambroz, Ray McCoy, Michael Clayton, Troy Swanson and Jeremy Swanson. 

Mina Moeller
Mina Moeller, age 92, of Beaumont, California, died June 29, 2000 of congestive heart failure at Banning, California. 
Services were held July 3, 2000, at Live Oak Memorial Park Chapel in Monrovia, California. 
Mina Moeller was born December 30, 1907 at Otter Creek Township, Crawford County, Iowa, the daughter of Carl and Caroline (Jurgensen) Grell. Her educational career spanned many years with many stops, but, always another start. As a young girl she attended the Ricketts Public School and then moved to the Soldier Township Lutheran School for the 7th and 8th grades. As a young woman she attended Business College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with an eye towards secretarial and accounting courses. One of her greatest accomplishments was achieved on June 4, 1969 when at the age of 61 she received her high school diploma in La Puente, California. 
On July 9, 1929, Mina was united in marriage to George Moeller at St. Luke's Lutheran Parsonage, Soldier Township. Their marriage lasted 29 years until George's death on August 22, 1958. The Moeller family lived in Ricketts until 1944 when they moved to Charter Oak. 
Hard work was never a stranger to Mina. Beside the fact that there were six children at home she managed to always have a job, whether it was driving a 1 1/2 ton fruit truck with her husband, clerking at the hardware store, or working in the local bank. Mina and George also owned the Oak Cafe for a time. After her move to California in 1956, she was hired by the Bank of America, Los Angeles Main Office. She retired at 65 from her 'cage' as an 'Authorized Officer' after 17 years of employment. On August 22, 1990 the Daily News in Whittier, California, ran a feature article titled 'Past 'retirement age,' she still works hard and bowls 'em over'. At the time Mina was 83 and still working six days a week, bowling twice a week and secretary of both bowling leagues. 
Bowling, working, crocheting, reading, working crossword puzzles, and watching 'Murder, She Wrote', along with her family sprinkled in and around those things were her passions. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and brothers, Edlef and Albert Grell. 
She is survived by her six children, Charles Moeller and his wife, Cha of Diamond Bar, California, Gordon Moeller and his wife, Ruth of Lake View, Iowa, Rick Moeller and his wife, Pat of Beaumont, California, Georgene Downs and her husband, Stan of Cherry Valley, California, Jolene Stone of Yorba Linda, California and Buzz Boeller and his wife, Doris of Brea, California; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 
Pallbearers were Curtis Moeller, David Stone, Alex Stone, Don Christante, Rodney Barth and William King. 

Edyth Schulte
Edyth Bubke Schulte, the youngest daughter of Robert and Bertha Armstrong Porter, was born April 3, 1929, at Washta, Iowa. 
She was baptized into the Christian faith as a child. August and Agnes Christiansen of Ringsted, Iowa, took her into their home during her growing up years. She loved and respected the Christiansens very much and regarded them as her second family. 
She graduated from Ringsted High School and married James E. Sandvig on January 7, 1946. Two children were born to this union: Connie and Mike. She married Irvin T. Bubke on June 7, 1952 who was a widower with four children, Leroy, Barbara, Tom and Donnie. Born to this union were Leon, Roger, Steven, and Timothy. Edyth made it known that there is no division in family…being of the same blood or not, we're all one. 
She was a Cub Scout Leader, a member of the LWML and Sunday School teacher for many years at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Schleswig, Iowa. A loving and caring mother who taught her children Christian values, honesty, fortitute and strength. When Irvin Bubke died in 1977, Edyth went to school to become a nurse and graduated in 1978. During that time she met Francis Schulte who was a widower with four children, Terry, David, Diann and Maria. They were married March 17, 1979. Together they combined their children and became one, large, happy family. She lived and worked at OEA Manor in Omaha, Nebraska as Supervisor of the nursing facility. She loved to care for the elderly and gave unselfishly in her job to the people she admired and loved so much. She retired to Schleswig, Iowa in 1994. 
Edyth died at the Denison Care Center having attained the age of seventy-one years, three months, and thirteen days. 
Edyth was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, brothers Calvin and Hubert Porter, sister Hazel Adamson, brothers-in-law, Cecil Grigg, Ellis Adamson, Manley Anderson, Jerrold Halverson, sisters-in-law, Melva Porter and Vivian Porter; special niece, Pamela King and nephews Calvin (Sonny) Porter, Jr. and Tom Grigg. 
Survivors include children: Leroy Bubke of Harlan, Barbara Lyman and husband, Gailen of Chandler, Arizona, Tom Bubke and wife, Cathy of Schleswig, Donald Bubke and wife, Virginia of Avoca, Connie Lee and husband, Dewey of Charter Oak, Mike Bubke of Worthington, Minnesota, Leon T. Bubke and fiancee' Colleen Mencke of Denison, Roger Bubke and wife Alisa of Nemaha, Steven Bubke and wife, Terri of Omaha, Timothy Bubke and wife, Lila of Schleswig, Terry Schulte and wife, LaVonne of Westphalia, David Schulte and special friend Jo Olson of Harlan, Diann Taylor of Red Oak, and Maria Evans of Battle Creek, Michigan; her loving sisters, Ruth Grigg of Red Oak, Arlene Halverson of Ringsted, and Lucille Anderson of Alberta, Minnesota; and loving brother, L.O. Porter of Illinois; fifty-three grandchildren and fifty-one great-grandchildren. 
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2000 at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Denison, Iowa. Rev. Edward Murray served as celebrant of the Mass with interment at the Morgan Cemetery in Schleswig, Iowa. Jean Cornelius provided the organ accompaniment for the St. Rose of Lima Choir and vocalists, Darren and Dane Lee. Casket bearers were grandsons, Mike Hadfield, Scott Lyman, T.J. Bubke, Derek J. Lee, Joel Bubke, Jason Bubke, Troy Schulte and Corby Schulte. Honorary casket bearers were her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A rosary was held at 5:00 p.m. and a family prayer service at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, 2000 at the Huebner Funeral Home in Schleswig. The famiy invited everyone in attendance at the service to return to the Schleswig Community Building to join them in fellowship and lunch. 

Ralph Teut
Ralph Teut, age 91, of Ute, Iowa, died Wednesday, July 19, 2000, at Mapleton, Iowa. 
Services were held 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 24 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ute with Pastor Edgar Bode officiating. Burial was in St. Clair Cemetery, Ute. Creta Teut was the organist for the service and St. Paul's Choir sang, 'How Great Thou Art'. The congregation sang, 'I Know That My Redeemer Lives'. A prayer service was held 7:00 p.m. Sunday at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Ute. 
Ralph Emil Otto Teut was born March 8, 1909, in Soldier Township, Crawford County, Iowa, the son of Herman and Anna (Wiedemann) Teut. He was baptized into the Lutheran faith September 19, 1909 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Charter Oak, Iowa where he was also confirmed on March 6, 1923. He received his education at Crawford County Number 6 Immanuel Lutheran Country School, graduating on August 29, 1925. He worked for Crawford County for nine years operating a maintainer and snowplow. 
On December 20, 1933, Ralph was united in marriage to Ruth Ella Helen Engelke at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ute, Iowa. After their marriage, the couple engaged in farming until 1972 when the couple retired and moved into town. After retiring, Ralph did carpenter and repair work. 
He was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ute where he served as an Elder, trustee and an active member of AAL and LLL as well as a member of the Friendship Club. He was also a trustee of St. Clair Township, a town councilman, and was a Bank Director at the Ute State Bank since 1969. 
Those survivors left to cherish Ralph's memory include Ruth, his wife of 66 years; two sons and their wives, Eldon and Creta Teut of Ute, Iowa and Oran and Becky Teut of Monroe, Iowa; one daughter and her husband, Sharon and Jack Pope of Ute, Iowa; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Erna Nihsen and her husband, Gilbert of Ricketts, Iowa and Ruby Waderich of Mapleton, Iowa; and one brother, Everett Teut and his wife, Betty of Omaha, Nebraska, along with many other relatives, neighbors and good friends. 
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, eight brothers, Herb, Elmer, Melvin, Arlo, Kermit, Waldo, Orville, and Raymond and two sisters, Edna and Evelyn. 
Honorary pallbearers were Walt Nun, Johannes Petersen, Swede Aronson, Fred Soukup, Don Petersen, Harry Suckstorf and Benny Schmieder. 
Pallbearers were grandsons, Todd Teut, Paul Teut, Brian Carter, Mark Teut, Nathan Teut and Randy Carter. 
Memorials may be directed to the Lutheran Layman League in Ralph's honor.

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