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Betty Berry, 84

Betty Berry, 84, of Grinnell and formerly of Montezuma, passed Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, at the St. Francis Manor in Grinnell. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 10 a.m. at the Jackson Township Cemetery in Montezuma. As her wish, her body has been cremated. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Grinnell Regional Hospice or the American Legion Auxiliary. Friends may give condolences or sign the online guestbook at Holland-Coble Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Betty Jean Berry, daughter of Arthur “Bobby” and Laurine (Benson) Olson was born on Sept. 17, 1924, in Grinnell. She was a 1942 graduate of Grinnell High School. After graduation, Betty taught country school in the Grinnell and Ewart areas. On Nov. 25, 1947, she was united in marriage to Lyle Berry. To this union four children were born, Donnie, Ellen, Tom and Janet. Lyle and Betty farmed in the Brooklyn and Montezuma areas until 1958, when they moved west of Montezuma where Betty resided until 1999, after Lyle’s death, and then moved to Grinnell. Betty worked at Brownells Inc. and Sutherland Printing in Montezuma, along with raising her family. Betty enjoyed her crafts and was active in quilting, painting, ceramics and pottery. She also enjoyed sewing and crocheting and was an avid reader. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Eastern Star and several quilt clubs; Jewel Box Quilters of Grinnell, Tuesday Quilters of Grinnell and Peacemakers of Montezuma. Betty also belonged to the Montezuma Presbyterian Church and Socialization of Retarded Citizens.

Her memory is honored by her four children, Donnie (Kathy) Berry of Montezuma, Tom (friend, Gayle) Berry of Montezuma, Ellen (Mark) Van Der Veer of Clear Lake and Janet Berry of Montezuma; one sister, Lucille Reavis of Grinnell; seven grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur “Bobby” and Laurine Olson; her husband, Lyle; and her brother, Marlyn “Ole” Olson.

Woodrow William "Woody" Boyd, 90

Woodrow William “Woody” Boyd, age 90, died Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center, Grinnell, following a brief illness. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, with the Rev. John Reynolds officiating. Burial was in the Jackson County Township Cemetery, Montezuma, with military honors conducted by Francis-Gallagher Post #294. Memorials may be contributed to the First Presbyterian Church Handicap Accessibility Fund. Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by three daughters, Linda Mullen (Brad) of Guernsey, Bev Boyd of Urbandale, and Shirley Messamer (Ron) of Adel; six grandchildren, Tina Saland (Cory) of Brooklyn, Bradford Mullen of Brooklyn, Adam Mullen of Guernsey, Teresa Gale of Waukee, Randall Messamer (Monica) of Perry, and Daniel Messamer of Puyallup, Wash.; and ten great-grandchildren, Jon Mullen, Jesse Saland, Hanna Saland, Devin and Derik Gale, Allison, Stephanie, and Alex Messamer, and Elaina and Jesse Messamer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ina Mae; two brothers, Warren and John; and a sister, Evelyn Chrissinger. Woodrow William Boyd was born June 29, 1919, in Ewart, the son of John and Eliza Smith Boyd. He received his education in the Poweshiek County schools and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Woody married Ina Mae Johnson in Montezuma on Feb. 24, 1941. He was employed as a truck driver for the Poweshiek County Roads Department for many years. He also worked as an auto mechanic in Deep River and for Dyer’s Ford in Brooklyn. Woody was an avid fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Chicago Cubs. He loved Aunt Marly’s homemade cookies, playing cards, bingo and word searches. He also enjoyed his daily drives around the area. Woody was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn. Online condolences may be extended to the family via the website

Theda Elizabeth Thorn Carron, 91

Theda Elizabeth Thorn Carron, 91, of Des Moines, formerly of Montezuma, passed from this life on Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at Calvin Community Care Center in Des Moines. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17, at Immanuel United Methodist Church, in Des Moines, of which she was a member. Burial took place at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, at Jackson Township Cemetery in Montezuma. Theda was born the daughter of Emmis Ira and Kathryn (Smith) Thorn on Nov. 5, 1917, in Montezuma. She was a 1935 graduate of Montezuma High School and attended A.I.B. Business College. After graduation, Theda was employed by the Secretary of State of Iowa and the Public Safety Department. On Dec. 5, 1941, she married William Marvin Carron in Cheyenne, Wyo., and their marriage was blessed with three children: Catherine Elizabeth, William Jackson and Brian Edward.

She was active as a volunteer in Wesley Acres Guild, a past president of U. M. W. Immanuel United Methodist Church, past president of Des Moines Women’s Club, past regent of DAR - Jean Marie Cardinelle, a member of Acanthus OES, PEO Chapter K.T., past president of Iowa Antique Association, and a member of Sportsman Club, Lake Vermilion, Minn.

She is survived and lovingly remembered by her children, Catherine E. (Stephen) Raps of Cook Lake Vermilion, Minn., William J. (Carla) Carron of Cathlamet, Wash., and Brian E. (Marilyn) Carron, Col. USAF Retired, of San Antonio, Texas; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Theda was preceded in death by her husband, William M. “Bill” Carron; and her parents. In lieu of flowers, the family had respectfully requested that any memorial contributions be directed to either the Des Moines Women’s Club Scholarship Fund or Immanuel United Methodist Church.

James W. Coleman, 66

James W. Coleman, 66, of Belle Plaine, died Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids from complications of surgery. Funeral mass were held at 10 a.m. on Thursday at St. Michael's Catholic Church by the Rev. Brian Shepley and Deacon Joe Behounek. Burial was in the Haven Cemetery, rural Tama. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; sons, Bill Coleman, Pat Coleman and  Dale Coleman, all of Belle Plaine; daughters, Becky Ray of Cedar Rapids, Tammy Carlson of Fairfax; brothers, George (Evelyn) Coleman of Brentwood, Mo., Ray (Betty) Coleman of Toledeo, Gary (Jani) Coleman of Indianola; sisters, Mabel Muck of Belle Plaine, Evelyn Clemann and Bernita Knudson, both of Toledo, Mary (Ray) DePauw of Brooklyn, Florence June (Paul) and Frances Williams (Vaun), both of Cedar Rapids, and Marilyn (Jim) Johnson of Chelsea; and by four grandchildren.

Donald P. Humphrey, 85

Donald P. Humphrey, 85, of Grinnell died Sept. 17, 2009, at the Mayflower Community Health Care Center in Grinnell. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 21, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Pastor Walt Claussen of Chester – Newburg Congregational Church and Pastor Todd Follette of First Friends Church officiating. Organist was Barb Chitwood and vocalist was Brockie Follette. Pallbearers were Edward, Richard, Bradley, Mark and Brian Humphrey, Marsha and Jacob Patterson, Calvin Wiseman, and Justine Budhram. Honorary bearers were Emery and Vernadine Kaisand, Donna Fleischer, Bonnie Cowger, Ferne Claus, and Dorothy Wiseman. Burial was in Prairie View Cemetery in Gilman. Memorial contributions may be directed to Newburg – Chester Congregational Church.

Don was born April 2, 1924, in Manchester, the son of Chester and Barbara Fuller Humphrey. He was raised in Hickory Grove Township near Newburg and was a 1942 graduate of Newburg High School.

On Dec. 3, 1943, he was married to Joyce Evelyn Weaver, at the Newton Parsonage. The couple farmed in Jasper County for many years and retired to Grinnell in 2007. He was a member of the Gilman Telephone Board, Hickory Grove Township Trustee, Newburg-Chester Congregational Church, and Grinnell Elks Lodge. Don was an avid hunter, fisherman, and trapper, and enjoyed the outdoors. He was a wood craftsman who created beautiful furniture for his wife, children, and grandchildren. He enjoyed farming until his retirement, then helped Richard on the farm with picking corn, driving the truck for the pickers to fill, and working on machinery prior to moving to Grinnell. He enjoyed traveling to Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska, Europe, and Branson, Mo., and particularly enjoyed the family fishing trips to Minnesota. He took great pride in teaching his children mechanical, construction, and farming skills, and the art of skinning a muskrat. Survivors include his wife, Joyce of Grinnell; four children, Edward (Carol) Humphrey of Roseville, Calif., Richard (Connie) Humphrey of Gilman, Donna (Mort) Fleischer of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Marsha (Mark) Patterson of Gilman; one sister, Dorothy Wiseman of Gilman; six grandchildren, Mark and Brian Humphrey, Justine Budhram, Bradley Humphrey, and Jacob and Erin Patterson; and one great-grandson, Miles Henry Fleischer. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Maxine Paul and Marjorie Wallis; and one granddaughter, Kasey Ann Patterson.

Janice Kay Korns, 49

Janice Kay Korns was born Aug. 2, 1960, in Rapid City, S.D., at Ellsworth Air Force Base. She died Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at Brooklyn Community Estate in Brooklyn. She was the daughter of Doris A. Bunn and the late William Franklin Korns. Memorial services were held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn.

A memorial fund has been established. Janice received her education in Brooklyn, and graduated from BGM Schools. She worked for many years at Jim and Mary’s. Her last employment was with BGM schools as a one-on-one aide in the high school. Janice enjoyed being with children, cooking, playing cards and games on the computer, and she was an avid reader.

Janice was an awesome mom and aunt to many. Her most precious love and devotion went to her daughter, Brettney Michelle Korns.

She is survived by her daughter, Brettney; her two moms, Doris A. Bunn and Janet L. Korns, both of Brooklyn; two sisters, Sherry Korns-Johnson (Steve) of Brooklyn, and Angie Bayer (Joel) of Victor; two brothers, Charlie Korns of Brooklyn, and Dan Bunn (Whitney) of Marengo; one step-sister, Darla Ingersoll (Tim) of Brooklyn; two step-brothers, Mark Rhinehart (Kayleen) and Steven Rhinehart (Jennifer), all of Brooklyn; and nieces and nephews, Blain, Calvin, Amanda, Will, Owen, Ben, Brandi, Travis, Cody, Nick, Isaac, Gianna, Teagan,  and Jayden.

Janice was preceded in death by her father, Bill Korns; her step-father, John Bunn; and her niece, Jenny Korns.

Norma (Bernie) Mohr Martinez, 84

Norma (Bernie) Mohr Martinez, 84, daughter of Sidney P. and Rose Barnes Mohr, was born July 28, 1925, in Hartford Township. She went home to the Lord on Sept. 17, 2009. Funeral Mass was held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, at St. Ludmila Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids by the Rev. Thomas McDermott. Inurnment was at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Louie; two daughters, Keveta Kay Andersen of Nicaragua, and Reveille Rae Martinez of Cedar Rapids; one granddaughter, Heather Andersen of Redding, Calif.; one sister, Nola Dodson of Clearwater, Fla.; and many special nieces and nephews, and grand and great-grand nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Lois Edwards; and two brothers, Vernal and Duane.

Her long work history included working at Hunter's and Richter's bakery, bartending at the  VFW and Eagles Club, security at the Cedar Rapids airport and baker/manager for 27 years in the Cedar Rapids Community School system.

She was an avid sports fan and actively participated in basketball, baseball, volleyball, roller skating and bowling. She belonged to the VFW Post 788 Auxillary, Los Amigos Club, and was a lector and kolache maker at St. Ludmila's Church. Bernie loved gardening, cooking, and entertaining family and friends. She will always be remembered for her infectious laugh and love of jokes

Frances Marie Wylie

Frances Marie Wylie, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, at Candlewood Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center in New Milford, Conn. She lived most of her joyful life in Brooklyn. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Madison Church of Christ, rural Brooklyn, with Dennis Smith and the Rev. John Reynolds, Jr. officiating. Inurnment will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. Memorials may be contributed to the Nebraska Children’s Home Society, 4939 S. 118th, Omaha, NE 68137-9976 or the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, 525 Broadway 6th Floor, New York City, NY 10012


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