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MCGG 9/05/1995 
L.L. `Vern' Lane
CHARLES CITY  

     L.L. ``Vern'' Lane, 68, of 1943 Gil Avenue, Charles City, the
former sheriff of Floyd County, died Sunday (Sept. 3, 1995) at
Floyd County Memorial Hospital, Charles City, following a lengthy
illness.

No funeral services are planned. His body has been donated to
the Anatomy Department of the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Fullerton Hage Funeral Home, 401 Blunt Street, Charles City,
is in charge of arrangements.

L.L. ``Vern'' Lane was born Jan. 25, 1927, in Charles City,
the son of Lucius Lane and Geraldine Lane (nee) Novak. 
He received his education at schools in Momence, Ill.

He entered the United States Army, serving in Korea during
World War II. He rose to the rank of master sergeant, serving
as a director of transportation. He returned to the United States
and on Dec. 20, 1946, in Orlando, Fla., he married Elaine Margaret
Wells. The couple  made their home in Hammond, Ind. and Michigan
before settling in Charles City in 1949.

Upon returning to Charles City, Mr. Lane took a position with
the Charles City Police Department. He held that position for
nine years before taking a position as a deputy sheriff under
Floyd County Sheriff Ralph McCartney.

In 1960 he was first elected sheriff of Floyd County. He held
that position until his retirement in 1992.

Mr. Lane was a member of the V.F.W. Post #3914, the American
Legion Shannon Wilson Post #174 and the B.P.O. Elks #418, all
of Charles City. He was also a member of the Iowa Sheriff's Association.

In 1969, he was named Man Of The Year by the Charles City Area
Chamber of Commerce.

Living family members include his wife, Elaine, of Charles City;
a son and his wife, Marke and Laura Lane of Raytown, Mo.; a daughter-in-law,
Lola Lane and a grandson, Lance Lane, both of Joplin, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Lance Lane,
who was killed in an automobile accident in 1969.

Those considering an expression of sympathy may direct memorials
to Heart To Home Hospice, Charles City.


MCGG 9/05/1995 Cora S. Martinson MASON CITY Cora S. Martinson, 85, 843 Sixth St. S.W., died Saturday (Sept. 2, 1995) at North Iowa Mercy Health Center. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. James Lutheran Church, 1148 Fourth St. S.E., with the Rev. David Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., and will continue one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials may be directed to the Cora S. Martinson Memorial Fund. Cora was born April 29, 1910, at Ottosen, Iowa, to Rasmus Ellingson and Kari Ellingson (nee) Nelson. She attended school in Ottosen and married William R. Martinson on July 6, 1928, in Mason City. They lived in Lake Mills for most of their married life, moving to Mason City in 1956. She worked for the Hub Clothiers and Stevensons in Mason City as a seamstress. She loved to work with crafts and she enjoyed getting together for family gatherings and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, the ladies circle of the church and the Moose Lodge. Survivors include her daughters, JoAnn Carlsen and her husband, Darrell, of Clarks Grove, Minn., Sheryl Pavelka and her husband, Joseph, of Hastings, Minn., Karen Lien and her husband, Jack, of Mason City, and Lou Jean Hayes and her husband, Donald, of Waterloo; sons, Milford R. Martinson and his wife, Mary Lou, of Chillicothe, Ill., and Bill R. Martinson and his wife, Cindy, of Mason City; sisters, Rose Bakken of Kiester, Minn., and Elaine Dierson of Fairmont, Minn.; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William R., in 1983; her son, Gary, in 1936; and six brothers.
MCGG 9/05/1995 John Michael Peterson ST. ANSGAR John Michael Peterson, 34, of 511 W. Fifth Street, St. Ansgar, died Sunday (Sept. 3, 1995) at Methodist Hospital, Rochester, Minn. after a six-month battle with leukemia. A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dougherty, with the Rev. Stephen Meyer and the Rev. Paul Otting, of St. Ansgar Catholic Church, officiating. Burial will be in Osage Cemetery, Osage. Visitation will begin 3 p.m. today at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dougherty, with a 7 p.m. Scriptural prayer service and rosary. John Michael Peterson was born Jan. 24, 1961, in Vinton, son of James A. Peterson and Jean (nee) Eiel Peterson. He married Colette Staudt on Aug. 21, 1993, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dougherty. John grew up in Vinton and graduated from Washington High School in Vinton in 1979. He attended Luther College and graduated from Iowa State University in Ames in 1983 with a Bachelor of Animal Science. He was co-owner and manager of St. Ansgar Lumber Company. John had a great sense of humor and he was very close to his family. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed fishing. He was a member of St. Ansgar Catholic Church, the First Responders and the Lions Club in St. Ansgar. He was a lifetime member of Iowa State University Alumni and the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. Survivors include his wife, Colette and their infant son, Philip Michael, born July 20, 1995, of St.Ansgar; his parents, Jim and Jean Peterson, of Vinton; his parents-in-law, Donald and Betty Staudt, of Dougherty; two brothers, Steve Peterson and his wife, Kate of Madison, Wis., and Randy Peterson and his wife, Julie of Vinton; two sisters-in-law, Jackie Staudt-Netzel and her husband, Mike, of Monroe, Wis., and Connie Trautman and her husband, Dan of Cedar Rapids; two brothers-in-law, Christ Staudt and his wife, Shelle, of Dougherty, and Morris Staudt and his wife, Cindy of Dougherty; his grandfather- in-law, Vern Merfeld, of Greene; and nine nieces and four nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents. Hogan-Bremer Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. N.E., Mason City, is in charge of arrangements.
MCGG 9/05/1995 Kathryn Grosland FREMONT, Neb. Kathryn Grosland, 63, of Fremont, Neb., died Thursday (Aug. 24, 1995) as a result of a car-truck accident in Wisconsin. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, 1995 at St. Theodore's Catholic Church, Albert Lea, Minn., with the Rev. Robert Schneider officiating. Interment will be in St. Theodore's Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea, with a 7 p.m. prayer service. Kathryn was born July 24, 1932 in Austin, Minn., to Fred and Mary Mentel. She graduated from St. Augustine High School and after high school, she worked for Nordaas Homes. She married Virgil Grosland on March 13, 1952 at Queen of Angels Church in Austin and they lived in Albert Lea, Minn. A few years later, they moved to Northwood, Iowa to farm, raising cattle, chickens, pigs and growing corn and soybeans. She also worked for Miami Margarine in Albert Lea for a short time. In 1974, they sold the farm and moved to Austin, Minn., where she continued to be a housewife and mother. In 1978 she moved with her husband, Virgil to Fremont, Neb. where she resided with him until her death. While she lived in Fremont, she sold American Guaranty Life Insurance, Stanley and Avon Products and worked for FTE Telemarketing. Kathryn enjoyed talking to her grandchildren, playing cards, collecting music boxes, doing ceramics and being involved in community events and church choir. Kathryn is survived by her husband, Virgil; four children, Mary K. Grosland of Owatonna, Minn., Valerie Madsen and her husband, Chris of Fremont, Neb., Todd Grosland of Waseca, Minn. and Theresa Frost and her husband, Daryl of Delano, Minn; four grandchildren, Amanda, Hannah and Sara Frost, and Travis Madson; a sister and brother-in-law, Marcella and Melvin Schwartz of Rose Creek, Minn.; brothers and sister-in-laws, Harry and Stella Mentel and Clarence and Elaine Mentel, both of Austin, Minn.; nieces and nephews. Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents; and a son, Mark D. Grosland. Memorials may be sent to Kathryn's daughter, Mary Grosland, 760 Mineral Springs Rd., Owatonna, Minn. 55060.
MCGG 9/05/1995 Howard George Clapham GREENE Funeral services for Howard G. Clapham, 80, of 402 N. First St., Greene, will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at United Methodist Church in Greene, with Pastor Gene Burry and Pastor Perry Brown officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at Reid's Funeral Chapel in Greene where the family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour before services at the church on Wednesday. Howard George Clapham was born Dec. 22, 1914 in Canby, Minn., the son of Emmett W. Clapham and Anna Clapham (nee) Larson; and died Sunday (Sept. 3, 1995) at Muse Norris Hospice Unit of North Iowa in Mason City. He lived his childhood years in Canby and Jordan, Minn. In 1926 he and his family moved to the Greene area where he received his education in rural Butler County Schools. On July 3, 1943, he was married to Esther T. Miller in Dumont. They farmed in the rural Greene area until 1960 when he became employed as a custodian for Greene Community Schools until his retirement in January of 1980. Esther passed away on May 8, 1987. Howard loved his family and many friends, playing cards and going for rides in Greene and the countryside of Butler County. He was a member of United Methodist Church of Greene. Survivors include one daughter, Sue and son-in-law Dick Swartz of Andover, Minn.; one son, Steve and daughter-in-law, Kris of Greene; three grandchildren, Katie Swartz Rousemiller and husband, Christopher of St. Paul, Minn.; Nate and Ross Clapham, both of Greene; one sister, Evelyn and her husband, Charles Truex of Greene; two nephews, Don McGee of Greene and Terry Truex of Waukee, Iowa; and a special friend, Ruby Erpelding of Greene. He was preceded in death by his wife, Esther; his parents; and two sisters, Lenore Shafer and Margaret Pringle. Memorials may be directed to the family.
MCGG 9/05/1995 Gertrude W. Lindquist FERTILE Gertrude Lindquist, 89, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Fertile, died Friday (Sept. 1, 1995) at Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Church of Christ, Fertile, with the Rev. Dennis Ganz officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Petersen Lund Funeral Home, Forest City, is in charge of arrangements. Gertrude W. Lindquist was born in Beloit, Wis., on May 7, 1906, the daughter of Walter Varner and Nellie Varner (nee) Kirby. She received her education in the school system at Clemons, Iowa and graduated from high school there. She married Leslie Lindquist at St. Anthony, Iowa. The couple farmed in the St. Anthony area during the early years of their marriage. In 1932, they moved to Fertile, Iowa. Gertrude worked for several years as a cook for the Fertile school and later worked at Stitchcraft at Winnebago Industries in Forest City. She was a member of Church of Christ in Fertile for over 60 years and was very active in the church. She enjoyed gardening and crocheting. Leslie died in 1980. Gertrude moved to the Willows in Mason City in 1989. Last year, she moved to Cedar Rapids to be nearer to her daughter. She is survived by a daughter, Phyllis Purcell of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; two sons, Lyle Lindquist of San Francisco, Calif., and Dale Lindquist of St. Louis Park, Minn.; a sister-in-law, Francis Lindquist of Lynnwood, Calif.; a niece, Maxine McCormack of Garden City, Minn.; nine grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leslie Lindquist; a son, Lane Lindquist; and a brother, Earnest Varner.
MCGG 9/05/1995 William Virgil Buck RICEVILLE William V. Buck, 86, of Riceville, died Saturday (Sept. 2, 1995) at Maple Manor Nursing Home, Osage. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Church, Riceville, with Father Mosher officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood St. Joseph Cemetery, Mason City. Visitation will begin 2:30 p.m. today at Conway Funeral Home, Riceville, with a 7 p.m. Scripture service. William Virgil Buck was born on Oct. 29, 1908 in Fort Dodge to William Buck and Lillian Buck (nee) Rafferty. He was united in marriage to Mary Catherine Jarosh on Sept. 12, 1933, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mason City. He was a World War II veteran. He was an electrician for many years. He then moved to a farm near Riceville where he farmed until his retirement in 1973, moving into Riceville. His hobbies were wintering in Missouri and fishing. Survivors include his wife, Mary of Osage; one son, William C. Buck of Osage; one daughter, Rosemary Veech and her husband, David of Mason City; one grandson, David E. Veech and his wife, Gidget of Manly; one granddaughter, Michele Olson and her husband, Troy of Peterson, Iowa; two great-grandchildren, Joshua David Veech and Hunter Mychael Veech of Manly; one brother, Raymond and his wife, Mary of Portland, Iowa; one sister, Daisy Brown and her husband, Clifford, of Highland, Ind. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Clyde; four sisters, Grace Patterson, Eva Wherman, Ruth Smith and Margaret Meehan; one grandson, Michael Veech and one granddaughter, Katherine Ann Veech.
MCGG 9/05/1995 Hugh Rolland "Ron" Magner MASON CITY Hugh ``Ron'' Rolland Magner, 69, of 625 Third St. N.E., died Sunday (Sept. 3, 1995) at North Iowa Mercy Health Center East, Mason City. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church, Mason City, with the Rev. Ronald Stein officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Northwood VFW #6779. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Fullerton-Patterson James Funeral Home, 123 Second St. S.E., Mason City. Those planning an expression of sympathy may designate memorials to the Hugh (Ron) Magner memorial fund. Hugh (Ron) was born Dec. 14, 1925 to Hugh A. Magner and Dorothy Magner (nee) Moore in Mason City. He was baptized at the First Baptist Church in Mason City on April 13, 1938. He attended Mason City High School and served his country in the United States Marine Corps from February of 1944 to May of 1946, serving as a corporal in the Pacific. Hugh (Ron) married Maxine Sprung on Feb. 16, 1947 in Sheffield, Iowa. He worked in plumbing and heating for many years and owned and operated Ron's Plumbing and Heating in Northwood for 10 years, retiring in 1984 due to health problems. Hugh (Ron) was a member of the Northwood Fire Department and the Rescue Squad for several years. He was a founding member of the Northwood Baptist Church and a past commander of the Northwood VFW #6779. Hugh's (Ron's) hobbies included home and mechanical repairs, fishing, and helping others. He loved and enjoyed his family and grandchildren. Hugh (Ron) is survived by his loving wife, Maxine, of Mason City; four daughters, Maureen Magner of Mason City, Mrs. Tom (Phyllis) Kendall of Boone, Mrs. Larry (Jeannie) Parcher of Mason City, and Kathleen Helgeson of Northwood; six grandchildren, Todd Kendall and his wife, Kristen of Ames, Scott Kendall of Boone, Laurie Parcher and Bradley Parcher of Mason City, and Lisa Helgeson and Michael Helgeson of Northwood; two brothers, John Magner and Earl Strait, both of Mason City; and two sisters, Ethel Magner of Mason City, and Deloris Stromley of Brunswick, Ga.; one aunt, Shirley Bilstad of Mason City and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one granddaughter, Sarah Parcher.
MCGG 9/05/1995 Gloria Hansen FAIRFIELD BAY, Ark. Gloria Hansen, 73, of Fairfield Bay, Ark., died Sunday (Sept 3, 1995) at her home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Hauser Funeral Home, 1205 S. Main St., Charles City.
MCGG 9/06/1995 Helen Anna Davis CLEAR LAKE Helen Anna Davis, 88, of 410 Third Ave. N., Clear Lake, died Monday (Sept. 4, 1995) at the IOOF Home, Mason City. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church, Clear Lake, with the Rev. Fred Lewis officiating. Burial will be in the Clear Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. Fourth St. The family suggests memorials to the United Methodist Church in her memory. Helen was born May 20, 1907 near Eureka, Ill., the daughter of Edward Renz and Anna Renz (nee) Hamilton. The family moved to Pierre, S.D., for three years, then traveled to Clear Lake. She received her education in Clear Lake, graduating in 1925. She then attended college in Boulder, Colo., studying home economics. She married Clair Davis on July 14, 1929, in Clear Lake. The couple lived in Mason City for a short time, where Clair was a member of the police force. She helped Clair to operate a peanut vending machine business over a 50-mile radius for several years before starting a family. She was co-owner of the Tot-To-Teen Shop in Clear Lake from 1951-56 with Francis Miller. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Clear Lake and helped with the Sunday school programs there for 43 years. She was also a member of the Sorosis Club. She is survived by a son, Jerry Davis, of Clear Lake; a daughter, Judy Lincicum and her husband, Clayton. of Clear Lake; six grandchildren, Dawn Ann Theilen and her husband, Tim, of Clear Lake; Dan Lincicum of Clear Lake; Daren Lincicum of Fertile; Wendy Lincicum of Des Moines; Dawn Marie Chadrick of Clear Lake, and Jennifer Davis of Des Moines; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clair, in 1979; a sister, Thelma Ratkovich; two half-brothers, Vernon and Harold Richardson; and one great-granddaughter, Abby Marie Theilen.
MCGG 9/06/1995 Lee Ann Harless CHARLES CITY Lee Ann Harless, 49, 2609 195th St., Charles City, died Monday (Sept. 5, 1995) at her residence following a 10-year battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Messiah Lutheran Church, 705 Third Ave., Charles City, with the Rev. Curt L. Schneider officiating. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Northlawn Cemetery, Iowa Falls. Friends may call from noon to 9 p.m. today at Fullerton Hage Funeral Home, 401 Blunt St., Charles City, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be further visitation one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Mrs. Harless, the former Lee Ann (nee) Jacobson, was born April 3, 1946, in Ames, the daughter of Oswald J. Jacobson and Irma R. (nee) Blome Jacobson. She was raised in Iowa Falls and graduated from Iowa Falls High School in 1964. She then received her Associate's Degree from Ellsworth Community College, Iowa Falls. She then attended the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls. On Aug. 27, 1967, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Iowa Falls, she married Darrell Dean Harless. The couple made their home in Charles City. Lee Ann commuted to the University of Northern Iowa and received her B.A. in Spanish in 1968. That following fall, Lee Ann started her teaching career at New Hampton Community High School as the Spanish instructor. She taught there for 27 years, and continued to hold that position at the time of her death. Lee Ann was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday school and Bible school. For many years, she was also one of the organists for the church. She was a member of the Iowa State Teachers Association, the National Education Association and the Iowa Foreign Language Association. She belonged to the National Honor Society in high school at Iowa Falls, and was the faculty sponsor for the National Honor Society at New Hampton High School. This past year, she was made an honorary member of the New Hampton Honor Society. She was also the faculty sponsor for the Spanish Club at the high school. Every other year, she would take the students on a trip to Mexico. Next to her family, teaching was the love of Lee Ann's life. She dedicated herself to education even throughout her illness. Living family members include her husband, Darrell of Charles City; two children, Matthew John Harless and Kristin Mary Harless, both at home in Charles City; her parents, Oswald and Irma Jacobson of Iowa Falls; a sister, Mary Jane Jacobson of Iowa Falls; and her father-in-law, Gayle Harless of Iowa Falls. Those considering an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family.
MCGG 9/06/1995 Selma Louise `Sally' Wiltse Selma Louise `Sally' (nee?) Osten CHARLES CITY Selma ``Sally'' Wiltse, 75, died Monday (Sept. 4, 1995) at Floyd County Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Hauser Funeral Home with the Rev. Dennis Niezwaag of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be in the Osage Cemetery. Visitation will be held from noon to 9 p.m. today and will continue at 9 a.m. until service time on Thursday at the funeral home. Selma Louise ``Sally'' Osten Wiltse was born Feb. 24, 1920, in Minneapolis, Minn. Survivors include three sons, Michael Gorden of St. Paul, Minn.; David Gorden of Apple Valley, Minn., and Richard Gorden of Des Moines; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
MCGG 9/06/1995 Judith Ruth Johnson Judith Ruth Johnson (nee) Ceder KLEMME Judith Ruth Johnson, 72, of Klemme, died Sunday (Sept. 3, 1995) at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Minn., where she had participated in a research program for cardiomyopathy the past few years. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Jerry Robertson officiating. Inurnment will be in the Ell Township Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today at the Tenold Funeral Home. Memorials may be given to the family of Judith Johnson or to the United Methodist Church handbell fund. Judith Ruth (Ceder) Johnson, the daughter of John Albert Ceder and Florence Mabel Ceder (nee) Oleson, was born June 10, 1923, at Algona. She graduated from Lake Township Humboldt County grade school and Renwick Community High School and graduated in 1941. She attended Simpson College in Indianola, and American Institute of Business in Des Moines. She worked at the Ankeny Ordnance Plant and at Beatrice Foods in Des Moines, auditing books for the salesman. On Dec. 28, 1944, she was united in marriage to Corporal Robert Clarence Johnson at the home of her parents at Humboldt. While Bob was in the service on Guam, she returned to work at Beatrice Foods. Bob and Judy made their home in Renwick, where two children were born, Margaret Ann and Marlin Alan. They moved to Klemme in 1952, where they engaged in farming. Judy enjoyed raising chickens, gardening and raising her children. They retired from the farm and ran the Klemme ``66'' Service Station. For many years, Judy served as director of Happy Arc in Garner. She was a 4-H leader, Cub Scout leader, Sunday school superintendent, member of Klemme United Methodist Women, Miriam Circle, American Legion Auxiliary, one of the original members of the Klemme Methodist Handbell Choir and served on many committees of the church. She was a tireless volunteer, enjoyed caring for her grandchildren and going to their activities. She enjoyed golf, cross-stitch, quilting, caring for flower beds, handbells, traveling, and played the role of Mrs. Soames in the play,``Our Town,'' for Klemme's centennial. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Robert, of Klemme; daughter, Margaret Tue and her husband, Mark, of Klemme; son, Marlin Johnson of Klemme; grandchildren, Miekka Katter, a student at NIACC; John Katter of Klemme; Morgan Tue of Klemme; Eric Johnson and his wife, Shawna, of Des Moines; and Michael Johnson of Klemme; stepgrandson, Drew Nelson of Monroe; great-granddaughter, Kayla Johnson of Des Moines; longtime friend, Rita Mae Rossman; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Margaret, Lillian, and Ruby Ann; and a grandson, Marlin Jr.
MCGG 9/06/1995 Bertha Hermina Janssen Bertha Hermina Janssen Kraft CHARLES CITY Bertha (Mrs. John) Kraft, 89, of 1407 Clark St., died Monday (Sept. 4, 1995) at Floyd County Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Dennis Niezwaag officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Nashua. Visitation will be from noon to 9 p.m. today at Hauser Funeral Home, 1205 S. Main St., and one hour prior to services at the church. Bertha Hermina Janssen Kraft was born Dec. 23, 1905, near Benson, Ill. Survivors include four sons, Marvin Kraft of Waverly; Richard Kraft of Clarksville; John ``Merlin'' Kraft of Dixon, Mo., and Kenneth Kraft of Ionia; three daughters, Helen Knapp of Charles City, Beverly Winkie of Belle Plaine and Shirley Day of Ionia; two sisters, Jennie Bouillion of Ionia and Ida McNealy of Hampton; 30 grandchildren; and 44 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son, one daughter, three grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, two brothers and four sisters.
MCGG 9/06/1995 Rev. David Merwin ALOHA, Ore. The Rev. David Merwin, 63, of Aloha, formerly of Clear Lake, Iowa, died Tuesday (Aug. 29, 1995) at St. Vincent's Hosptial, Portland. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 5. David Merwin was born May 15, 1932, in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of the Rev. and Mrs. Chauncey Merwin. He served in the United States Army in Korea, and later went back to Korea to minister as a missionary for many years. Upon returning to the United States, he pastored churches in Evansville, Ind., and Portland. He is survived by his wife, Judy Merwin of Aloha; two daughters, Stephanie and her husband, Darrald Fast of Portland and Sarah and her husband, Michael Miller of Franklin, Tenn.; four grandchildren; four brothers, Arthur Merwin and his wife, Mabel, of Clear Lake, Iowa; Jim Merwin of Clear Lake, Iowa; Ralph Merwin and his wife, Helen, of Franklin, Tenn., and Paul Merwin and his wife, Tillie, of McKenzie, Tenn.; nine sisters, Helen Anderson of Clear Lake, Iowa; Kit and her husband, Stanley Zirbel, of Fertile, Iowa; Jane and her husband, Jim Levisay of Ponca, Neb.; Ruth and her husband, Dick Hill of Clear Lake, Iowa; Doris and her husband, Johnny Bowman of Jackson, Tenn.; Carol May and her husband, E.C. Wilson of Jackson, Tenn.; Althea McClendon of Henderson, Tenn.; Sara and her husband, Ed Lyon of Memphis, Tenn., and Pauline and her husband, Sam Milam of Paducah, Ky. He will be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews and friends in both the United States and Korea. The family is grateful that his life was an example of God's love being shown to others. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.
MCGG 9/06/1995 W. Howard Raney ALGONA W. Howard Raney, 76, of Algona, died Monday (Sept. 4, 1995) at Kossuth County Hospital. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. today at Trinity Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Steve Turner and the Rev. Douglas Hoag officiating. Burial will be at 10:15 a.m. at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Irvington, with graveside military honors by the VFW and the American Legion of Algona. Visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Geilenfeld-Murphy-Schaaf Funeral Home, Algona. Willis Howard Raney was born Aug. 1, 1919, in Algona. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Raney of Algona; one daughter, Linda Parsons of Algona; one son, Howard M. Raney of Algona; seven grandchildren; and two sisters, Buena Potter of Emmetsburg and Norma Walker of Algona. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
MCGG 9/06/1995 Deloris Bryant Drilen Deloris Bryant MASON CITY Deloris Bryant Drilen, 37, passed away on Friday (Sept. 1, 1995) at the Regional Hospital in Trondheim, Norway. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday (Sept. 8, 1995) at the Church of Jossund in Bjugn, Norway, where she had lived for the past year and a half. Deloris, the daughter of Dennis and Dolly Bryant of Mason City, was born March 11, 1958, at Osage. She lived on the Bryant family farm at Charles City until she was 3 years old. The family then moved to Belmond, where she spent the next 17 years. She then moved to the Bryant family farm at Mason City with her son, Justin Barkema. Her many loves and interests in life were her children, the heritage of her family, exploring nature, art, music and photography. On March 21, 1991, she was married in Clear Lake to Erik Drilen from Trondheim, Norway. They lived in North Iowa for about 2 years, then moved to Norway. This was the happiest time of her life even though she was fighting the battle of her life with cancer. Deloris is survived by her husband, Erik, her daughters, Michelle and Kristen of Bjugn, Norway; her son, Justin Barkema of Mason City; her parents, Dennis and Dolly Bryant of Mason City; her brother, David of Mason City; her brother Dale and his wife, Lucinda of Huxley; her grandfather, Ralph Bryant of Charles City; her grandmother, Daisy Ellis of Britt; her uncle, Seth Bryant and his wife, Margaret ,of Charles City; her uncle, Jerry Bryant and his wife, Vi, of Monticello, Fla. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Marjory Bryant; her grandfather, Clarence Paulson; her aunt, Jean Bryant; her great-aunt and uncle, Helen and Jule Thompson. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at St. James Lutheran Church, 1148 Fourth St. S.E., Mason City.
MCGG 9/8/1995 Kevin Kloberdanz MASON CITY Kevin Kloberdanz, 40, of 2761 Fourth St. S.W., formerly of Osage, died Monday (Sept. 4, 1995) in Mason City. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Osage, with the Rev. Dennis Cahill officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 7 p.m. today at the Champion Funeral Home, Osage, with a 7:30 p.m. Scripture service. Kevin Kloberdanz was born July 22, 1955, in Osage. Survivors include his mother, Colleen Kloberdanz of Osage; his grandmother, Edna Blandin of Stacyville; three sisters, Nancy Kloberdanz of Alexandria, Va.; Joan Hoaglund of Mapleton and Dianne Klinker of Primghar; and one brother, Brian Kloberdanz of Sycamore, Ill. He was preceded in death by his father.
MCGG 9/8/1995 Phyllis Joan Knudtson NORTHWOOD Phyllis Joan Knudtson, 64, of Northwood, died Tuesday (Sept. 5, 1995) at North Iowa Mercy Health Center East in Mason City. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Christ in Fertile.
MCGG 9/08/1995 James P. Murphy ROCKWELL James P. Murphy, 79, of 504 Fourth St. S., Rockwell, died Tuesday (Sept. 5, 1995) at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. today at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rockwell, with Father Steven J. Meyer officiating. Interment will be in St. Patrick's Catholic Church Cemetery, Dougherty. Military rites will be conducted by the American Legion, Clark Dougherty Post #354. Visitation was held at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Sacred Heart School Chapel with the Sisters of the Presentation prayer service at 5 p.m. and a 7 p.m. Scripture wake service. Fullerton Patterson James Funeral Home, Rockwell, is in charge of arrangements. James P. Murphy was born Jan. 11, 1916, to John Murphy and Rose Reilly Murphy in rural Dougherty. He graduated from Rockwell High School in 1934, and served his country in the United States Navy during World War II. He married Katherine Fitzpatrick on June 26, 1943, in San Pedro, Calif. They returned to Iowa in 1944 and he resided in the Dougherty area until moving to Rockwell in 1992. He was employed by the Rockwell Farmer's Co-op, Armour's and Cerro Gordo County. James is survived by his wife, Katherine Murphy of Rockwell; three sons, John Murphy of Bremerton, Wash., Jim Murphy of Cedar Rapids, and Pat Murphy and his wife, Lori of Algona; three daughters, Regina Duggan of Waterloo, Mary (Mrs. Duane) Lyons of Clarion and Carolyn (Mrs. Ron) Englehardt of Harrisburg, Pa.; three brothers, Walter Murphy of Rockwell, Edward Murphy and Francis Murphy, both of Mason City; two sisters, Sister Mary Ellen of Algona, and Sister Mauriece Dougherty of Dougherty; and 11 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Vincent Eugene Murphy; two brothers, the Rev. Joseph Murphy and Vincent Murphy; and one sister, Mary Merfeld.
MCGG 9/08/1995 Annie (Kantaris) Apostolu Annie (nee) Kantaris GROSSE POINTE, Mich. Annie (Kantaris) Apostolu, 79, died Wednesday (Sept. 5, 1995). Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church at 21800 Marter Road, St. Clair Shores, Mich., Memorials may be made to the church or American Heart Association. Annie was born Sept. 4, 1916, in Mason City, Iowa, the daughter of Demitrios Kantaris and Kallopie Kantaris, their first child to be born in the United States. Annie lived in Mason City where she helped her family work in the Mason City Laundry until she moved to Michigan to marry her husband, the late Thomas Apostolu. Survivors include her children, Helen (Mrs. Albert) Farrah, Stella (Mrs.Dr. James) Sarcheck, Kathrine (Mrs.James) Mihail, and John Apostolu, all of Detroit, Mich.; one brother, Gus J. Kantaris of Mason City, Iowa; five sisters, Stella Markos, Helen Sponduris, Irene Gazes, and Christina Klein, all of Mason City, Iowa; Mary Triantasillou of Michigan, and Elizabeth Armoskis of Alameda, Calif.; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews; and many other loving relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Apostolu; her parents, Demitrios and Kallopie Kantaris; two brothers, Nick Kantaris and George Kantaris; and two sisters, Bessie Hall Kantaris and Soula Bistinos.
MCGG 9/08/1995 Jane Wallace OSAGE Jane Wallace, 101, died Wednesday (Sept. 6, 1995) at Faith Home. The body was cremated and there will be no services. Graveside services will be held in Dearborn, Mich. at a later date. Champion Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Jane Wallace was born March 10, 1894, near Little Cedar. Survivors include Charles and Fern Hockens of Little Cedar. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and eight brothers and sisters.
MCGG 9/08/1995 The family has requested it be printed as is. Anthony `Tony' Joseph Siesseger MASON CITY Anthony ``Tony'' Joseph Siesseger, 76, of 15 Circle Terrace, died Tuesday (Sept. 5, 1995) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit. A funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Friday at the Holy Family Catholic Church, 714 N. Adams Ave., with the Rev. John R. Kremer officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood St. Joseph Cemetery where full military honors will be conducted by the Mason City Veterans Memorial Association. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at Hogan-Bremer Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. N.E., with a Scriptural prayer service beginning at 7 p.m. Memorials may be given to Holy Family Catholic Church or Hospice of North Iowa in his memory. Tony was born in Mason City on Aug. 22, 1919, the son of Viola (Etta) Campbell and Frederick W. Siesseger. He graduated from Mason City High School in 1936, the University of Northern Iowa in 1940, and received an M.S. Degree from Drake University in 1950. He served four years in the United States Marine Corps during World War II, attaining the rank of captain. Shortly before leaving for service in the South Pacific theater, he married Elizabeth "Betty" Justin on June 2, 1942. Following the war, Tony began his career of 37 years as a public school teacher and administrator. He began teaching social studies in Roosevelt Junior High School and served as the department chairman at Mason City High School for 18 years, until his retirement in 1983. Tony was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and the Parish Council, the Knights of Columbus, American Legion and VFW. His avocations included reading, hunting and fishing, gardening and cooking. He is survived by his wife, Betty; three children, Frederic W. Siesseger and his wife, Sharon E. Hughes, of Burke, Va.; Anne Marie McNelly and her husband Jack, of Muscatine; and William J. Siesseger of Tacoma, Wash.; and six grandchildren, Marie E. Siesseger of Burke, Va., Bryan J., Anthony D., and Meghan K. McNelly, all of Muscatine, and Katherine K. and Mathew K. Siesseger, both of Gate Harbor, Wash. He was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters, Marie Randall, Margaret Burnett, Catherine Wolfe and Dorothy Tjornhom.
MCGG 9/09/1995 Melbourne `Mel' J. Trampel ROCKWELL Melbourne ``Mel'' J. Trampel, 59, of 11322 Killdeer, Rockwell, died Tuesday (Sept. 5, 1995) at his home. Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 419 N. Delaware Ave., Mason City, with the Rev. Frederick J. Wood officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Hogan-Bremer Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. N.E. The family suggests memorials to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in his memory. Mel was born May 5, 1936, in Klemme, the son of John P. Trampel and Minnie Trampel (nee) Beek. He was baptized in the Immanuel Reformed Church, Klemme, and confirmed in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Mason City. Mel graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1955. Mel married Carol J. Kinne on Feb. 23, 1958, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Algona. They lived on a farm near Rockwell for 13 years. While farming, he also drove a milk truck for State Brand Creamery, Mason City. In April of 1972 they moved to Fertile. Mel went to work at Winnebago Industries on the production assembly line where he has continued to work. They later moved to rural Clear Lake, Swaledale and then in October of 1985 moved back to the family farm in rural Rockwell. Mel loved wood working, working on the family farm, the animals on the farm and most of all, he loved his grandchildren. He was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Mason City. Mel is survived by his wife, Carol Trampel of Rockwell; three children, Debra Cummingham and her husband, Tom of Forest City; Dan Trampel of Rockwell; and Darla Reed and her husband, Jim, of Dougherty; two brothers, Ronald Trampel and his wife, Kay, of Clear Lake, and Merlyn Trampel and his wife, Nylene, of Rockwell; five grandchildren, Nickolas Cummingham, Jacob Cummingham, Joshua Cummingham, Matthew Reed and Larry Trampel; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and in-laws, Henry O.E. and Lydia Kinne.
MCGG 9/09/1995 Loretta Mae Sweet Garber CHARLES CITY Loretta Garber, 58, died Thursday (Sept. 7, 1995) at the Ninth St. Chautauqua Guest Home. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hauser Funeral Home with the Rev. John Bissett of Trinity United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery, Marble Rock. Visitation will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. today and will continue from 9 a.m. until service time on Saturday. Loretta Mae Sweet Garber was born May 7, 1937, in Iowa City. Survivors include four sons, Dale Garber of Estherville, Dennis Garber of Mason City, Douglas Garber of New Hampton, and David Garber of Denver, Colo.; one daughter, Linda Garber of Ohio; and one sister, Ruth Bankston of Fort Worth, Texas; and eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one sister.
MCGG 9/09/1995 Warren Lynn Stern ROCKFORD Warren Stern, 76, of 211 Seventh St. N.E., died Wednesday (Sept. 6, 1995) at Heritage Care Center, Mason City, following a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church with the Rev. John Albrecht officiating. Burial will be in the Sunnyside Memory Garden, Charles City. Friends may call after 2 p.m. today at the Schumberg Funeral Home. Warren Lynn Stern was born Feb. 22, 1919, at Taopi, Minn., to William Stern and Vera McKee Stern. He attended school at Taopi, Minn. On July 3, 1938, he married Lorna Carlson at Cresco. He farmed in Minnesota, worked for nine years at the Oliver Corp. in Charles City, and retired due to severe arthritis in 1975 after 23 years at Armour Foods, Mason City. For many years he and Lorna enjoyed spending their summers fishing on Mille Lacs Lake in Minnesota. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought much enjoyment to his life. He was a longtime member of the Moose Lodge #1328 of Mason City. He is survived by his wife, Lorna; two daughters, Leona and her husband, Morris Parcher, and Diane and her husband, Lyle (Timm) Marker, and one son, Dale Stern and his wife, Jan, all of Rockford; seven grandchildren, Kenneth Parcher and Paul Parcher of Northwood, David Parcher from Navarre, Fla., Karen Parcher of Rockford, Leon Marker of Ramsey, Minn., and Troy Marker and Craig Marker of Rockford; and four great-grandchildren, Christopher Parcher, Cory and Curtis Marker and Lauren Parcher. Also surviving is his brother, Donald Stern of Colorado Springs, Colo,. and his sister, Emily Carlson of Litchfield, Minn. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, William Stern and Verl Stern, and a sister, Edythe Ulrick.
MCGG 9/09/1995 Larry L. Manship HOUSTON, Texas Larry L. Manship, 58, of 6335 Cape Forward Drive, Houston, Texas, 77083, passed away Wednesday (Sept. 6, 1995) due to cancer at The Hospice of the Texas Medical Center. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Gethsemane United Methodist Church, 6856 Bellaire Blvd. with Dr. Charles Greene officiating. Inurnment will be at Riverside Cemetery, Charles City, at a later date. Earthman Funeral Directors, Houston, Texas, is in charge of arrangements. He was a member of Gethsemane United Methodist Church, Houston. Survivors include his wife, Sharon Weber Manship; one son, Kenneth Todd Manship; daughter Lori Lee Manship; grandson, Shane Manship; brother, Richard Manship; nephews Greg and Jeff Manship; and mother-in-law, Amanda Van Slyke. He was preceded in death by his parents, Truman and Dorothy Manship.
MCGG 9/09/1995 Phyllis Joan Knudtson Phyllis Joan Knudtson (nee) Ouverson NORTHWOOD Phyllis Knudtson, 64, died Tuesday (Sept. 5, 1995) at North Iowa Mercy Health Center East, Mason City. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at the Church of Christ in Fertile with Rev. Dennis Ganz officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Rest Cemetery. Visition was held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Conner Colonial Chapel, 99 11th St. S., and one hour prior to service time today at the church. Phyllis Joan Knudtson was born on Oct. 23, 1930, in Fertile, the daughter of Edwin Ouverson and Helen Humphrey Ouverson. She attended and received her education in the Fertile School system, graduating from Fertile High School in 1949. She was united in marriage to Truman Knudtson on June 6, 1949, at the Church of Christ in Fertile. After their marriage they lived in the Fertile area until 1956, when they moved to Northwood. Phyllis worked in the Worth County Courthouse, Fallgatter's Grocery Store, and Worth County Home Health Office, all in Northwood, and also helped her husband Truman as bookkeeper in the Northwood Lumber Company. She enjoyed sewing, crafts, decorating and flowers. She was a member of the Church of Christ, Fertile. Survivors include her husband, Truman Knudtson of Northwood; two daughters, Tammy Overgaard and her husband, Jeff, of Nicollet, Minn., and LuAnn Alexander and her husband, Bill, of Lafayette, Minn.; two sons, Mark Knudtson and his wife, Connie, of Osage, and Dan Knudtson and his wife, Lois, of Underwood, Minn.; 11 grandchildren, Kasey Overgaard, Rachael and Jenna Alexander, Anne, Brian, Karl, John, Tom and Joe Knudtson, Matt and Jim Alexander; one sister, Nelda Frahm and her husband, Larry of Charles City; three brothers, Curtis Ouverson and his wife, Gwen, of Fertile; Dale Ouverson and his wife, Kay, of Portland, Ore., and Dean Ouverson and his wife, Nancy of Fertile; as well as other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and one infant brother, Lowell Ouverson.
MCGG 9/09/1995 Kay M. Ellefson MASON CITY Kay M. Ellefson, 52, of Mason City, died Wednesday (Sept. 6, 1995) at North Iowa Mercy Health Center East. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at Champion Funeral Home, Osage, with the Rev. Deborah J. Stowers officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery, Rudd. Visitation was held at 3 p.m. Friday and will continue until service time today at the funeral home. Kay Ellefson was born Feb. 8, 1943, in Charles City. Survivors include her father, Mervin Muller of Nora Springs; and one sister, Dianne Lowe of Mason City. She was preceded in death by her mother.
MCGG 9/09/1995 Dorothy D. Crumb Dorothy D. Crumb (nee) Ransom MASON CITY Dorothy D. Crumb, 91, of 302 Second St. N.E., died Wednesday (Sept. 6, 1995) at Good Shepherd Health Care Center. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., with the Rev. Paul Boostrom of First Christian Church officiating. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until time of services on Saturday at the funeral home. The family requests memorials in memory of Dorothy Crumb to the First Christian Church. Dorothy D. Crumb was born March 15, 1904, in Mason City to James H. ``Tod'' Ransom and Daisy Van Note Ransom. Dorothy attended and graduated from Mason City High School in 1921. She then attended the University of Iowa. Dorothy married Charles R. Crumb on Dec. 9, 1944, in Mason City. She was a member of the First Christian Church, PEO Chapter KW, and Daughters of American Revolution where she served as a regent for a couple of years. Survivors include one brother, Harley Ransom of Mason City; two nephews, Dr. James H. Ransom and his wife, Marcia, of Topeka, Kan., and Robert C. Ransom and his wife, Donna, of Mason City; and several grand nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Charles in 1957, and her sister, Merle (Sister) Olney.