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MCGG 11/25/1996
Dorothy Hanson
BUFFALO CENTER 

Dorothy Hanson, 58, died Sunday (Nov. 24, 1996) at her home
in Buffalo Center.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Winter Funeral Home.


MCGG 11/25/1996 Griffin ``Grif'' C. Venz MASON CITY Griffin ``Grif'' C. Venz, 70, of 142 Lakeview Dr., died Saturday (Nov. 23, 1996) at home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 213 N. Pennsylvania Ave. with the Rev. Nils ``Chris'' Hellevik officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave. and one hour prior to service at the church on Tuesday. Memorials may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church in memory of Griffin C. Venz. Griffin ``Grif'' C. Venz was born April 8, 1926 in Charles City, the son of Harry and Alice (Fischer) Venz. Grif graduated from Charles City High School in 1944. He then served during World War II in the United States Navy from 1944 to 1946. After the service he attended and graduated from Hamilton Business College in June of 1948. He married Jeanette Myers on April 11, 1948 in Mason City. Grif worked for Stoyles Press as a general office manager and sales representative for 11 years, 1948 to 1959. He then purchased Central Show Printing, Inc. in May 1959 and operated that until he retired on July 1, 1994. Grif was active in many community groups and activities in Mason City throughout the years. He received the Mason City Jaycees Distinguished Service Award in 1950 and the Jaycees Outstanding Young Man of the year in 1953. In 1968 he received the Seratoma Club Service and Mankind Award. Grif was a former member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church where he served as president of the congregation and served on various Boards of the church. Grif was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, serving on the Board of Trustees with Rev. LaVern Hanson and as an usher. He also served as president of the Mason City Jaycees and Mason City Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, Mason City Country Club form 19812 to 1982, and the Board of Directors of Good Shepherd Nursing Home. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed traveling and was devoted to his church. Survivors include his wife, Jeanette Venz of Mason City; two sons, Michael Venz and wife Judy of Rochester, Minn., and Larry Venz of Mason City; three grandchildren, Katherine Venz, Robert Venz, and David Venz all of Rochester, Minn.; one brother, Russell Venz and wife Rita of St. Louis Mo.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Alice ``Suzy'' LaBounty; and one brother, Earl Venz.
MCGG 11/25/1996 Walter H. Hanson BUFFALO CENTER Walter H. Hanson, 88, died Saturday (Nov. 23, 1996) at Timely Mission Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Winter Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and one hour before the service. All other arrangements are incomplete at Winter Funeral Home.
MCGG 11/25/1996 Elizabeth Granzow ALGONA Elizabeth ``Betty'' Granzow, 100, died Sunday (Nov. 24, 1996) at Good Samaritan Care Center. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Chapel of Wilson Funeral Home with the Rev. Dennis Secrease of First Congregational Church UCC officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery. Visitation will be after 9 a.m. Tuesday at Wilson Funeral Home. Public Eastern Star Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Elizabeth was born July 6, 1896 at Colesburg. Survivors include one son, the Rev. Boyd Granzow of Melbourne, Australia; one sister, Arlene Kenyon of Algona; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
MCGG 11/25/1996 Helen Sponduris MASON CITY Helen Sponduris, 87, of 222 S. Pierce, died Saturday (Nov. 23, 1996) at Willow Creek Health Care Center. Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Greek Orthodox Church of Transfiguration, 1311 Second St. S.W. with the Rev. Joseph Mirowski officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Greek Orthodox Church. Trisagion service will be held at 6 p.m. tonight at the Greek Orthodox Church. Memorials may be given to Helen Sponduris Memorial Fund. Helen Sponduris was born May 10, 1909 in Syra, Greece, the daughter of James and Kalleope (Karamolengos) Kantaris. Helen moved with her family to Mason City at the age of 3. She attended Mason City schools and worked at Mason City Laundry part-time. She lived in Mason City most of her life. She was married to Alex Garufis, Chris Makris, and Steve Sponduris, all which preceded her in death. Survivors include her daughter, Mary Linde and husband Robert of Albert Lea, Minn.; a son, Nick Garufis and wife Janet of Los Angeles, Calif,; five grandchildren, Linda Bull of Mason City, Mark Bull and wife Karen of Mason City, Helen Wagner and husband Gary of Mason City, Alex Garufis and wife Carrie of Los Angeles, Calif., and Mark Garufis of Los Angeles, Calif.; four great grandchildren, Brad and Matthew Bull, Paul Wagner, and Lauren Garufis; five sisters, Stella Markos, Irene Gazes, and Christina Klein all of Mason City, Betty Armoskus of Alameda, Calif., Mary Triantafilou of Detroit, Mich.; and one brother, Gus Kantaris of Mason City. She was preceded in death by her parents; three husbands; one daughter, Katherine Platts; an infant grandson; three sisters; and two brothers.
MCGG 11/25/1996 William Hall FLOYD William ``Bill'' Hall, 57, 505 Chittendon St., died Saturday (Nov. 23, 1996) at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Des Moines. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity United Methodist Church in Charles City with the Rev. Blair Rohde-Frank, pastor of Grace United Methodist Church of Floyd, officiating. Burial will be in Sunnyside Memory Gardens with military honors conducted at the graveside by the Charles City Ceremonial Unit. Friends may call Hauser Funeral Home, Charles City, from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the church one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be directed to the family. William Ernest Hall was born Nov. 30, 1938, at Waterloo. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn of Floyd; two sons, Rick Hall of Waverly and Rod Hall of Nora Springs; a daughter, Renee Burdett of Floyd; seven grandchildren; his mother, Irene Heidt of Cedar Falls; six brothers, Howard Hall of Hawkeye, Dick Heidt and Lee Heidt of Cedar Rapids, Roland Heidt of Dike, Chuck Heidt of Waterloo, and Daryl Heidt of Allison; 10 sisters, Rosalie Dann of Parkersburg, Betty Wadey of Charles City; Joyce Maddox of Montgomery, Al., Dora Moran, Shirley Blanchard, Joleen Janda, Linda Liddell, and Connie Folker all of Cedar Rapids, Helen Macon of Belton, Mo., and Cheryl Bowers of Riceville. He was preceded in death by his father and step-father.
MCGG 11/25/1996 Evalyn Violet Hebel MASON CITY Mrs. Evalyn Violet Hebel, 90, died Saturday (Nov. 23, 1996) at Heritage Health Care Center. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Holy Family Catholic Church, 714 N. Adams Ave. with the Rev. John R. Kremer and Msgr. Joseph J. Slepica officiating. Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery. Visitation begins after 3 p.m. today at Hogan-Bremer Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. N.E. Scriptural Wake will be 7:30 p.m. tonight at the funeral home. Evalyn was born March 15, 1906 in Albert Lea, Minn. the daughter of Ove and Gusty (Laite) Sanderson. She graduated from Mason City High School. She married Henry John Hebel on July 18, 1923 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Manly. Evalyn and her husband owned and operated the yellow cab business in Mason City until 1946. They lived their entire married lives in Mason City. They enjoyed spending their winters in Mesa, Ariz. where she enjoyed playing shuffle board, needle pointing and playing bridge. She was an avid antique shopper. Evalyn was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church; St. Theresa's Circle; former member of Catholic Daughters of America; and Joyce Kilmer Study Club in Mason City. Evalyn is survived by four daughters, Dorothea Pritchard of Mason City, JoAnn Harrer and her husband Jerry of Mason City, Barbara Rodgers and her husband Marlin of Eden Prairie, Minn., and Henrietta McGregor and her husband William of Roswell, Ga. She was the grandmother of 23 and great-grandmother of 47. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband in 1973, one sister, and two brothers.
MCGG 11/26/1996 Edith Rausch CHARLES CITY Edith (Mrs. Robert) Rausch, 73, of 100 Park Lane Drive, and a former Floyd resident, died Sunday (Nov. 24, 1996) at home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Hauser Funeral Home, 1205 S. Main St.
MCGG 11/26/1996 Merlin Bobst CLARION Merlin Bobst, 75, of Clarion, died Monday (Nov. 25, 1996) at home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Willim Funeral Home.
MCGG 11/26/1996 Wanda T. Harris CLARION Wanda T. Harris, 88, of Clarion, died Monday (Nov. 25 1996) at the Clarion Health Care Center. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Willim Funeral Home, with the Rev. Curt Miner of the United Church of Christ Congregational officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the Willim Funeral Home. Wanda T. Harris was born Aug. 4, 1908, in Clarion. Survivors include her daughter, Beverly Elliott of Lakeside, Calif.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
MCGG 11/26/1996 William C. Buck OSAGE William C. ``Bill'' Buck Jr., 62, of rural Osage, died Sunday (Nov. 24, 1996) at his home. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with the Rev. Dennis Cahill officiating. The family requests memorials be given to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. William C. Buck Jr. was born June 12, 1934, in Mason City. Survivors include one sister, Rosemary Veech of Mason City. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife. Champion Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
MCGG 11/26/1996 Dorothy F. Hanson BUFFALO CENTER Dorothy F. Hanson, 58, of Buffalo Center, formerly of Wilmar, Walters and Wells, Minn., died Sunday (Nov. 24, 1996) at home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Congregational Church, with the Rev. David Langer officiating. Burial will be at West Zion Cemetery, near Rake. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Winter Funeral Home. Memorials may be given to the First Congregational Church Sunday School or to Hospice of North Iowa. Dorothy Florence Hanson was born Dec. 29, 1937, in Buffalo Center. Survivors include her husband, Marlyn, Buffalo Center; two sons, Paul Marlyn Hanson of Eden Prairie, Minn., and Dr. Todd Jeffrey Hanson of St. Anthony Village, Minn.; three grandchildren; her parents, Wm. Paul and Lillian Mastin, Buffalo Center; and two sisters, Delores Loewe of LeCenter, Minn., and Ramona Carlson of Wesley.
MCGG 11/26/1996 Walter H. Hanson BUFFALO CENTER Walter H. Hanson, 88, of Buffalo Center, died Saturday (Nov. 23, 1996) at the Timely Mission Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Winter Funeral Home, with the Rev. David Langer officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Winter Funeral Home. Walter Harvey Hanson was born Aug. 13, 1908, at Buffalo Center. Survivors include his wife, Elvera of Buffalo Center; and one brother, Elmer, Roswell, Ga. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and six brothers.
MCGG 11/26/1996 Ricky G. Jung MASON CITY Ricky G. Jung, 42, of 524 18th St. S.E., died Sunday (Nov. 24, 1996) at home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 213 N. Pennsylvania Ave., with the Rev. John ``Jack'' Gannett officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., and one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Memorials may be given to the Francis Lauer Youth Services or Gerard of Iowa. Ricky was born April 7, 1954, in Mason City, the son of Henry L. and Helen M. (Koch) Jung. Ricky was raised in Sheffield and in 1970, the family moved to Mason City where Ricky graduated from Mason City High School. Ricky was last employed at Opportunity Village in Clear Lake. He enjoyed fishing, photography, the outdoors, the Minnesota Vikings, and being with his family. He will be lovingly missed by his family. Survivors include his mother, Helen M. Jung of Mason City; daughters, Ashley M. Jung and Amanda J. Jung; brother, Ronald L. Jung, Chicago, Ill.; fiancee, Leanne F. Craig and her children, Lisa, Brandon and Logan; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.
MCGG 11/27/1996 William C. Buck OSAGE William C. ``Bill'' Buck Jr., 62, of rural Osage, died Wednesday (Nov. 20, 1996) at his home. Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with the Rev. Dennis Cahill officiating. The family requests memorials be given to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. William C. Buck Jr. was born June 12, 1934, in Mason City. Survivors include one sister, Rosemary Veech of Mason City. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife. Champion Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
MCGG 11/27/1996 Otis Vaagen RAKE Otis Vaagen, 76, of Rake, died Tuesday (Nov. 26, 1996) at his home. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Liberty Lutheran Church with the Rev. Glenn Smith officiating. Burial will be in West Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Winter Funeral Home, Buffalo Center, and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Otis Vaagen was born Nov. 2, 1920, in Rake. Survivors include his wife, E. May Vaagen of Rake; one daughter, Karen Silrum of Clive; one son, David Vaagen of Albert Lea, Minn.; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Paul Vaagen of Forest City, and Martin Vaagen of Chicago, Ill.; and four sisters, Gertrude Russ of Rake; Ada Leland of Albert Lea, Minn.; Edna Chidester of Mesa, Ariz., and Anna Mae Nodland of Frost, Minn. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
MCGG 11/27/1996 Edith Rausch CHARLES CITY Edith Rausch, 73, of 100 Park Lane Drive, and a former Floyd resident, died Sunday (Nov. 24, 1996) at home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Karen Rask Behling officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Floyd. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Hauser Funeral Home, 1205 S. Main St. Edith Rausch was born July 26, 1923, in Mount Valley Township, Winnebago County. Survivors include three daughters, Linda Rausch-Danniels of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Debra Beliso of Long Beach, Calif., and Susan Rausch of Pasadena, Calif.; two grandchildren; two sisters, Geneva Hendrikson of Mason City, and Charlotte Oulman of Leland; and four brothers, George Brones, Donald Brones and Allen Brones, all of Denver, Colo., and John Brones of Forest City. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
MCGG 11/27/1996 June M. Bradley CLEAR LAKE June M. Bradley, 62, of Scottsdale, Ariz., and formerly of Clear Lake, died Tuesday (Nov. 26, 1996) at her home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. Fourth St.
MCGG 11/27/1996 Merlin C. Bobst CLARION Merlin C. Bobst, 75, of Clarion, died Monday (Nov. 25, 1996) at his home. Funeral services with military honors by the Clarion American Legion, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Willim Funeral Home, with Mark Young officiating. Family burial services will be held at the Rose Hill Cemetery, Eagle Grove. There will be no visitation. Merlin C. Bobst was born May 21, 1921, in Alexander. Survivors include one daughter, Karen Hotchiss of Dallas, N.C.; two sons, Jerry Payton of Belmond, and Michael Bobst of Des Moines; one sister, Wilma Thompson of Eagle Grove; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
MCGG 11/28/1996 Warren Ruby MASON CITY Warren Ruby, 84, of 639 Seventh St. N.E., died Wednesday (Nov. 27, 1996) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
MCGG 11/28/1996 Maude Studer WESLEY Maude Studer, 95, of Wesley, died Tuesday (Nov. 26, 1996) at Westview Care Center. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation will held after 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Garry-Roberts- Murphy-Schaaf Funeral Home, with a 3 p.m. Catholic Daughters of the Americas rosary and a 7:30 p.m. parish prayer service. Other arrangements are incomplete at the funeral home.
MCGG 11/28/1996 Gail R. Nelson MASON CITY Gail R. Nelson, 88, of Northwood, formerly of Mason City, died Wednesday (Nov. 27, 1996) at the Lutheran Retirement Home, Northwood. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., with the Rev. Allan J. Stoa, chaplain of the Lutheran Retirement Home, officiating. Interment will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Major Erickson Funeral Home, and until time of services on Friday. Memorials may be given to the Mason City Public Library or Hospice of North Iowa in her memory. Gail R. Nelson was born March 8, 1908, in Northwood, the daughter of Ole and Inga (Ranum) Harmon. She graduated from Northwood High School and went on to secretarial school in Waterloo. Gail married George L. Nelson on March 29, 1935, in Northwood. Gail worked many years at Lundbergs in Mason City. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, and enjoyed playing bridge. Survivors include a sister, Dorothy Horvei and her husband, Andrew, of Charles City; a sister, Phyllis Swab of Cape Coral, Fla.; nieces, Sue Whitmarch, Sondra Hecox, Rosemarie Harmon, Judy Mellem, Sally Jordan and her husband, Brad and their child, Jordan; Sheri Matheson and her husband, Steve, and their children, Jim and Tim. She was preceded in death by her husband, George, in 1982; a brother, Irvin Harmon; and a sister, Fern Mellem.
MCGG 11/28/1996 Walter J. Huxsol CHARLES CITY Walter J. Huxsol, 74, of 101 Park Lane Drive, died Wednesday (Nov. 27, 1996) at North Iowa Mercy Health Center East, Mason City. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Hauser Funeral Home, 1205 S. Main St.
MCGG 11/28/1996 James Kenneth Agey DES MOINES James Kenneth Agey, 59, of 1409 Thompson, Des Moines, died Tuesday (Nov. 26, 1996) at Mercy Hospital Medical Center, Des Moines. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Des Moines. There is no burial. The body was donated to the College of Osteopathic Medicine. Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Southtown Funeral Home, 5400 S.W. Ninth St., Des Moines. Memorials may be given to the St. Anthony's Catholic Church Foundation in his memory. James Kenneth Agey was born March 3, 1937, to Kenneth and Catherine (Carey) Agey, in Des Moines. He was employed at the U.S. Post Office Bulk Mail Center as a supervisor. He was a member of the National Association of Postal Supervisors and a regional officer of Parents Without Partners. Survivors include son, Joe Agey of Des Moines; daughter, Julie VanZuuk, New Sharon; son, Richard Agey, Des Moines; son, John Agey of Cambridge, England; son, James Agey of Des Moines; longtime companion, Donna McMulin of Newton; 12 grandchildren; and one sister, Cathie Ayers of Clear Lake.
MCGG 11/28/1996 Edward N. Hunt MANLY Edward N. Hunt, 58, of 114 W. North St., died Wednesday (Nov. 27, 1996) at his home. No services will be held. The body was cremated. Bride Colonial Chapel, 110 E. Spring St., is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of North Iowa, 232 Second St. S.E., Mason City, Iowa 50401. Edward N. Hunt was born Dec. 22, 1937, at Ukiah, Calif., the son of Irvin W. and Cleora L. (Lawrence) Hunt. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He married Doreen A. Smy in 1957 in England. Ed was employed by McKinness Excavating for 11 years. He also worked for Winnebago Industries. Ed and his wife, Doreen, were married for 39 years. Survivors include his wife, Doreen Hunt of Manly; four daughters, Susan Shannon and her husband, Mike, of Mason City; Linda Witt and her husband, James; Julie Tackett and her husband, Gene, and Kathy Ostrander and her husband, Terry, all of Manly; 11 grandchildren, John, Jackie and Robert Shannon, of Mason City; Cassandra, Katrina and Alex Witt, Jamie Patterson, Alisha and Tiffany Tackett and Chris and Tina Ostrander, all of Manly; one sister, Delores Willis of Corning, Calif.; two brothers, Leroy Hunt of Alabama, and Lynn Hunt of Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents.
MCGG 11/28/1996 Evelyn Morem FOREST CITY Evelyn Morem, 87, of Forest City, died Wednesday (Nov. 27, 1996) at the Good Samaritan Cemetery. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pilot Knob Lutheran Church, rural Forest City, with the Rev. Robert Snitzer officiating. Burial will be in Pilot Knob Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Petersen Lund Funeral Home, with the family present to greet friends. Evelyn Morem was born June 15, 1909, in Cerro Gordo County. Survivors include her husband, Raymond Morem, Forest City; two daughters, Delores Nyhus of Forest City, and Donna Eden of Wesley; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Everett Leach of Forest City. She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, one half brother and one sister.
MCGG 11/28/1996 Roger Christopherson ALLISON Roger Christopherson, 77, of Allison, died Tuesday (Nov. 26, 1996) at North Iowa Mercy Health Center East, Mason City. Graveside memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Allison Cemetery, with the Rev. Robert Orr officiating. Inurnment will be held at the Allison Cemetery. There will be no visitation. The body was cremated. Sietsema Vogel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Roger Christopherson was born Oct. 16, 1919, in Butler County. Survivors include his wife, Lucy Christopherson of Allison; two sisters, Maxine Naber of Houston, Minn., and Faye Dohrmann, Rockford; and one brother, Howard Christopherson of Rockford. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
MCGG 11/29/1996 Walter J. Huxsol CHARLES CITY Walter J. Huxsol, 74, of 101 Park Lane Drive, died Wednesday (Nov. 27, 1996) at North Iowa Mercy Health Center, Mason City. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Debra Lincoln and the Rev. J. Larry Vallery officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. today at the Hauser Funeral Home, 1205 S. Main St., and from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday. There will be additional visitation one hour prior to services at the church. Walter J. Huxsol was born Sept. 29, 1922, in Charles City. Survivors include his wife, Fran, of Charles City; two sons, Jim Huxsol of Brookfield, Wis., and Bob Huxsol of Nashua, N.H.; two daughters, Patty Huxsol of Dover, N.H., and Connie Hertel of Saco, Maine; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ruth Boelsen of Marble Rock, and Louise Huxsol of Charles City; and one brother, Marvin Huxsol of Charles City. He was preceded in death by his parents. Memorials may be directed to the family in his memory.
MCGG 11/29/1996 Maude Hanna Studer WESLEY Maude Hanna Studer, 95, of Wesley, died Tuesday (Nov. 26, 1996) at the Westview Care Center, Britt. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wesley, with the Rev. Paul Bormann and the Rev. John Cain officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will begin after 2:30 p.m. today at the Garry-Roberts- Murphy-Schaaf Funeral Home, with a 3 p.m. Catholic Daughters of the Americas rosary and a 7:30 p.m. parish prayer service. Maude Hanna Studer was born March 30, 1901, on a farm north of Corwith. Survivors include five sons, Donovan Studer of Algona; Leonard Studer of Liberty, Mo.; Rollin ``Chuck'' Studer of Britt; Merlin Studer, Wesley, and Kermit Studer, Clear Lake; 25 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and one brother, George Glawe of Corwith. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son, two grandsons, one great-grandson, one brother and three sisters.
MCGG 11/29/1996 Alfred B.C. `Al' Dann MASON CITY Alfred B.C. ``Al'' Dann, 78, of 1116 Maple Drive, died Thursday (Nov. 28, 1996) at his daughter's home in Melbourne, Fla. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
MCGG 11/29/1996 Agnes G. Fitzgerald MASON CITY Agnes G. Fitzgerald, 89, of Mason City, died Thursday (Nov. 28, 1996) at the IOOF Home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Hogan-Bremer Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. N.E.
MCGG 11/29/1996 June Maxine Bradley CLEAR LAKE June Maxine Bradley, 62, of Clear Lake, died Tuesday (Nov. 26, 1996) at her home in Scottsdale, Ariz. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Zion Lutheran Church, 112 N. Fourth St. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City. Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. Fourth St., and one hour prior to services on Monday at the church. Other arrangements are incomplete at the funeral chapel.
MCGG 11/29/1996 Robert J. Fischer ROCKFORD Robert J. Fischer Sr., of 401 First St. N.E., died Wednesday (Nov. 27, 1996) at North Iowa Mercy Health Center, Mason City. He was a longtime Rockford businessman and owned Fischer Chevrolet and Implement. Funeral services are tentatively planned for 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at the Rockford United Methodist Church. Other arrangements are incomplete at Schumburg Funeral Home.
MCGG 11/29/1996 Mary Mae Nelson CLEAR LAKE Mary Mae Nelson, 75, of 913 Seventh Ave. N., died Thursday (Nov. 28, 1996) at North Iowa Mercy Health Center East, Mason City. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. Fourth St.
MCGG 11/29/1996 Emma Hoiager HAMPTON Emma Hoiager, 90, of Hampton, died Thursday (Nov. 28, 1996) at the Hampton Care Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home.
MCGG 11/29/1996 Warren A. Ruby MASON CITY Warren A. Ruby, 84, of 639 Seventh St. N.E., died Wednesday (Nov. 27, 1996) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 119 S. Georgia Ave., with the Rev. Sharon Betsworth officiating. Private family burial will be at the Salem North Cemetery, Lake Mills. There will be no visitation. The body was cremated. Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be given to Hospice of North Iowa in his memory. Warren A. Ruby was born June 2, 1912, in Lake Mills, the son of F.A. and Dottie (Avery) Ruby. Warren attended and graduated from Lake Mills High School in 1930. He then attended Morningside College for one year, then the University of Iowa and graduated in 1935. He received his masters degree in art from the University of Minnesota. He married Evelyn Barber on May 17, 1936, in Lamoni. Warren taught in Leon for two years before coming to Mason City in 1937. He taught at Lincoln and Roosevelt for one year each before teaching at Mason City High School and Mason City Junior College, serving as art director until his retirement in 1978. Warren enjoyed woodcarving, playing cards and games, repairing clocks, model trains, photography, jewelry making and painting nature and wildlife scenes. He even learned how to paint with his left hand after his first stroke. He also was very involved with the North Iowa Band Festival and in June, he received the Dan Klempauer Band Festival Service Award for his contributions to the festivals. Warren also helped with the North Iowa Fair by decorating booths. He and Evelyn also had an ice cream sandwich stand. Warren also was an author and helped illustrate several books. He also drew anatomical drawings for the University of Iowa's Medical Department. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Toastmasters and Little Theater. He was a Boy Scout leader and former member of the Masonic Lodge and White Shrine. Warren and Evelyn enjoyed their summers at the lake in Wisconsin. Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Ruby, of Mason City; one daughter, Cheryl R. Paine and her husband, Greg, of St. Paul, Minn.; two sons, Warren A. Ruby Jr. and his wife, Bobbie, of Evanston, Ill., and Cedric E. Ruby and his wife, Donna, of West Des Moines; five grandchildren, David Ruby and his wife, Elizabeth, of Palatine, Ill.; Cedric ``Chip'' Ruby II of Fort Dodge; Cynthia Ruby of West Des Moines; Diana E. Ruby of Waukegan, Ill., and Heather Paine of St. Paul, Minn.; one great-granddaughter, Meridian Elena Ruby of Palatine, Ill.; one sister, Frances Grimes of Des Moines; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, six sisters and two brothers.
MCGG 11/29/1996 Gail R. Nelson MASON CITY Gail R. Nelson, 88, of Northwood, formerly of Mason City, died Wednesday (Nov. 27, 1996) at the Lutheran Retirement Home, Northwood. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., with the Rev. Allan J. Stoa, chaplain of the Lutheran Retirement Home, officiating. Interment will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation was held from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday at Major Erickson Funeral Home, and until time of services today. Memorials may be given to the Mason City Public Library or Hospice of North Iowa in her memory. Gail R. Nelson was born March 8, 1908, in Northwood, the daughter of Ole and Inga (Ranum) Harmon. She graduated from Northwood High School and went on to secretarial school in Waterloo. Gail married George L. Nelson on March 29, 1935, in Northwood. Gail worked many years at Lundbergs in Mason City. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, and enjoyed playing bridge. Survivors include a sister, Dorothy Horvei and her husband, Andrew, of Charles City; a sister, Phyllis Swab of Cape Coral, Fla.; nieces, Sue Whitmarsh, Sondra Hecox, Rosemarie Harmon, Judy Mellem, Sally Austin and her husband, Brad and their child, Jordan, of West Des Moines; Sheri Matheson and her husband, Steve, and their children, Jim and Tim, of Tampa, Fla. She was preceded in death by her husband, George, in 1982; a brother, Irvin Harmon; and a sister, Fern Mellem.
MCGG 11/30/1996 John Durby PHOENIX, Ariz. John Durby, 73, of Phoenix, Ariz., died Thursday (Nov. 28, 1996) at a care facility in Phoenix. Funeral services are tentatively set for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at West Prairie Lutheran Church, Leland. Other funeral arrangements are incomplete at Petersen Lund Funeral Home, Forest City.
MCGG 11/30/1996 Agnes Gaynell Fitzgerald MASON CITY Agnes Gaynell Fitzgerald, 89, of 512 17th St. S.E., Mason City, died Thursday (Nov. 28, 1996) at the I.O.O.F. Home. A funeral Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 302 Fifth St. S.E., with the Rev. John C. Paisley officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation will begin after 5 p.m. Sunday at Hogan Bremer Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St., N.E., with a scriptural prayer service at 7 p.m. followed by a Knights of Columbus rosary at 7:30 p.m. Agnes Gaynell Fitzgerald was born Aug. 24, 1907, in Latham, Ill., the daughter of John and Nel (Conroy) Gasaway. She married Willis E. Fitzgerald on Jan. 30, 1937. Agnes graduated from St. Joseph's Academy in Mason City in 1927. During income tax season she worked for various businesses preparing taxes for many years. She enjoyed traveling and sight-seeing with family and friends. She enjoyed collecting and displaying antiques. Agnes was an avid sports fan, being especially fond of the Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Twins. Agnes was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Parish and was a member of St. Leo's Circle. She volunteered for Easter Seals, Cancer Society, Red Cross and the Americana and Heritage Care Centers. Survivors include four daughters, Mary Sue Dodge and friend, Phil Abram, Mason City, Natalie (Nicki) French, Nora Springs, Joan Behr Haywood, Mason City, and Margaret (Meg) Heinrichs and her husband, Maury, Mason City; one son, Willis (Bill) Fitzgerald and his wife, Terri, Cedar Falls; 15 grandchildren, Dawn Campbell, Mason City, Tammy Portis, Nora Springs, Angela Craighton, Forest City, Kerry Johnson, Rockford, Mick and Mark Behr, both of Algona, Laurie Douglas and Kristin Behr, both of Scottsdale, Ariz., Mandy Hawkshead, Knoxville, Tracy Behr, Vail, Colo., Adam and Bradi Heinrichs, both of Mason City, Nicholas Heinrichs, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Nathan and Molly Fitzgerald, Cedar Falls; 22 great- grandchildren; two brothers, Donald Gasaway and his wife, Arlyne, Mason City, and John Gasaway, Concorde, Calif.; one sister-in-law, Barbara Gasaway, Mason City; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Willis, on Dec. 30, 1965; two brothers, Charles and William Gasaway; and two sons-in-law, Raymond French and Robert Haywood.
MCGG 11/30/1996 Richard James Klamfoth RICEVILLE Richard James Klamfoth, infant son of Ed and Audrey (Beran) Klamfoth, died Wednesday (Nov. 27, 1996) at the Mitchell County Regional Health Center, Osage. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Saratoga Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Tim Sir officiating. Burial will be in the Saratoga Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Lindstrom Funeral Home, Riceville, is in charge of arrangements. Survivors include his parents, Ed and Audrey Klamfoth of Riceville; one brother, Joshua; maternal grandmother, Marie Beran of Lime Springs; maternal great-grandmother, Barbara Beran of Riceville; and paternal grandparents, David and Sharon Klamfoth of Waverly. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather.
MCGG 11/30/1996 Mary ``Mae'' Nelson CLEAR LAKE Mary ``Mae'' Nelson, 75, of 913 Seventh Ave. North, Clear Lake, died Thursday (Nov. 28, 1996) at North Iowa Mercy Health Center East, Mason City. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Zion Lutheran Church, 112 Fourth St. North, Clear Lake, with the Rev. Kermit Roisen officiating. Burial will be in the Clear Lake Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. Monday at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. Fourth St., Clear Lake, and also one hour prior to services at the church. Mary ``Mae'' Nelson was born May 25, 1921, at Eagle Grove, the daughter of Clyde and Anna Mary (Wernet) Enfield. Most of Mae's school years were completed in Woolstock, and then she graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1938. She married Ernest ``Mick'' Nelson on April 28, 1941, in Albert Lea, Minn. Mae worked at several places in Clear Lake, including the Clear Lake Creamery, the Truck Stop, the Lake Cafe, and she was a part-time cook at the Senior Citizen's Center. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, the president of the Hope Circle, and a member of T.O.P.S. and a card club. She is survived by one son, David E. Nelson and his wife, Gloria, of Baltimore, Md.; one daughter, Judy Neuberger and her husband, David, of Thornton; four grandchildren, Michelle Luscombe and her husband, Brent, of Thornton, Mike Stout of Clear Lake, Melody Stout of Mason City, and Laura Nelson of Baltimore, Md.; four step-grandchildren, David Neuberger II and his wife, Kerry, of Klemme, Julie Anderson and her husband, Lance, of Clear Lake, and Nicole Neuberger and Johan Neuberger, both of Thornton; three great-grandchildren, Whitney Luscombe and Brandon Luscombe, both of Thornton, and Miranda Stout of Mason City; one step-great-grandchild, David Neuberger III of Klemme; a sister-in-law, Maxine Enfield; a brother-in-law, Ralph Nelson and his wife, Dorothy; a sister-in-law, Marie Poppeck; a sister-in-law, Barbara Gaines and her husband, Bob; and a sister-in-law, Margaret Nelson; and many cousins, nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brother, Franklin Enfield; and two children, Larry Wayne and Richard Paul.
MCGG 11/30/1996 Robert J. Fischer ROCKFORD Robert J. Fischer Sr., 67, of 401 First St. N.E., Rockford, died Wednesday (Nov. 27, 1996) at North Iowa Mercy Health Center East, Mason City. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Rockford United Methodist Church. Masonic funeral rites will be conducted in conjunction with the regular services. Officiating will be the Rev. Rosemary Rhode-Frank. Interment will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Rockford. Visitation will be held after 4 p.m. Sunday at the Schumburg Funeral Home. Bob was a life-long resident of Rockford following his birth on March 6, 1929, in Mason City. He was the son of Otto and Meda (Batty) Fischer. He graduated from the Rockford High School in 1947 and joined his father in the owning and operating of the Fischer Chevrolet and Implement business in Rockford. Following his father's death he continued with the business and with farming. Bob was united in marriage to Marilyn Kimball on June 2, 1956, in Clear Lake. He was a member of the Rock-Sirius Masonic Lodge #294, which is a combination of the Rockford and Nora Springs lodges. He joined the lodge in 1951. He was also a member of the Cedar Rapids Scottish Rite and El Kahir Shrine in Cedar Rapids. As Bob liked to say, his hobbies were ``Corn, Cows and Cars.'' His favorite pasttime was spending time fishing at Clear Lake, South Dakota and Canada. Bob is survived by his wife, Marilyn, of Rockford; one daughter, Jane Fischer of Mason City; two sons, Robert and his wife, Sherry Fischer Jr., and Steven and his wife, Robin Fischer, all of Rockford; one sister, Peggy Parker of Rockford; five grandchildren, Kate, Tony, Christopher, Leah and Brennan Fischer. He was preceded in death by his parents.
MCGG 11/30/1996 Emma E. Hoiager HAMPTON Emma E. Hoiager, 90, of Hampton, died Thursday (Nov. 28, 1996) at the Hampton Care Center. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church, rural Hampton, with the Rev. Louise Stromberg officiating. Burial will be in Coulter Cemetery. Visitation was held Friday at the Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home, Hampton. Emma E. Hoiager was born Feb. 4, 1906, in Ackley. Survivors include three nephews, Kermit Voy of Hampton, Harold Voy of Ft. Collins, Colo., and Tom Voy of Dunkerton; and one niece, LaVonne Cropley of Garner. She was preceded in death by her husband and 10 brothers and sisters.
MCGG 11/30/1996 Bernice L. Johnson CLEAR LAKE Bernice L. Johnson, 69, of Clear Lake, died Friday (Nov. 29, 1996) at the Oakwood Care Center, Clear Lake.