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Ronald Wayne Fox
Ronald Wayne Fox, 83, of Allison, Iowa, passed away Friday, April 10, 2015, at his home in Allison.
He was born on December 19, 1931, in Aredale, Iowa, to Edward and Hazel (Pencook) Fox. Ronald graduated from Bristow High School. He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
Ronald was united in marriage to Faythe Dickman on August 17, 1953, in Washington, D.C. He was a retired livestock buyer. Ronald was a member of the Bristow Amvets and was affiliated with the Allison Congregational Church. He enjoyed sports, fishing, playing cards, putting puzzles together, birds and spending time with his family and friends.
Ronald is survived by his wife Faythe Fox of Allison, son Rick Fox of Le Mars, daughter Charmaine Power of Albia, daughter Sally and husband Jack Grutz of Bellevue, granddaughter Kayla Grutz and Niel Burns of Pierre, South Dakota, granddaughter Courtney Grutz and fiancé Zack Konetski of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, brother Orville (Ardith) Fox of Waverly, sister-in-law Irene Brinkman of Waverly, along with several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Hazel Fox, brother Walt Fox, sister Wilma Truax, sister Lorraine Botterbrodt, son-in-law Edward Power, brother-in-law Harvey Brinkman and brother-in-law Emery (Margaret) Dickman.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 13, 2015, at the Allison Congregational Church in Allison, with Pastor Ralph Wedeking officiating. Burial took place in the Allison Cemetery.
Sietsema Vogel Funeral Home in Allison was in charge of arrangements.
Shirley A. Henley
Shirley Ann Henley, age 78, of Clarksville, Iowa, was born the daughter of John and Wihelimina (Drogenuller) O’Brien on August 29, 1936, in Charles City, Iowa. Shirley graduated from Greene High School in 1954 in Greene, Iowa. After graduation, Shirley attended LaJames Beauty School in Mason City. She then worked as a beautician.
Shirley was united in marriage with William “Bill” Henley on November 16, 1955 in Shell Rock, Iowa. After their marriage, Shirley and Bill lived in Shell Rock, they later moved to Plainfield, Waverly then to their present home in Clarksville. Following the birth of their children, Shirley stopped working as a beautician to stay at home and raise their children. After the children were raised, Shirley worked ten years for Roling Chevrolet in Waverly. When they moved to Clarksville, Shirley began working for Orly’s Meat Market in Clarksville.
Shirley was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Greene. She enjoyed sewing, making rugs, and cooking. Shirley took pleasure in gardening, especially flowers. Her family was always most important to Shirley.
Shirley died Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Waverly Health Care Center in Waverly, Iowa, of natural causes. She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, John, Lyle, Robert and Neal O’Brien; one sister, Imogene Abbott and one daughter-in-law, Marie Henley.
Shirley is survived by her husband of 59 years, William of Clarksville; four sons, Jeff (Linda) Henley of Stout, Iowa, Brian (Michelle) Henley of Aurelia, Iowa, Greg Henley of Miller, Iowa, and Steve Henley of Clarksville; one daughter, Renee (Mark) Quastad of Swea City, Iowa; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; one sister-in-law, Marjorie O’Brien of Greene; and many nieces and nephews.
No services are scheduled at this time. Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Clarksville is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be left at www.redman-schwartz.com
E. Jean Folkerts
E. Jean Folkerts, 88, of Allison, Iowa, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa. She was born on August 10, 1926, in Shell Rock, Iowa, to Jerry and Ella (Ooster) Mennenga.
Jean was united in marriage to Richard Folkerts on June 24, 1950, in Shell Rock, Iowa. She was a farmwife and a clerk for Ripley Township. Jean was a member of the KYN club and the St. James Lutheran Church in Allison, where she taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was part of the church circle. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, baking and spending time with her family.
Jean is survived by her daughter Linda (Larry) Mersch of Ft. Dodge, son Duane (Glenda) Folkerts of Allison, daughter Sheryl (Howard) Paul of Spirit Lake, grandchildren Lisa (Dave) Eberline of Bristow, Dave Folkerts of Buckingham, Laci (Kory) Hummel of Waverly, Nick (Jamie) Mersch of Muskegon, Michigan, Janelle (Tom) Dellwo of Bellevue, Nebraska, Crystal (Phil) Saxon of Cedar Rapids, Eric (Courtney) Paul of Aberdeen, South Dakota, and Emily (Tait) Anderson of Watertown, South Dakota, great-grandchildren Collin Mersch, Cameron Mersch, Grant Saxon, Blake Saxon, Evan Dellwo, Luke Dellwo, Alexis Folkerts, Emma Eberline, Dillon Eberline, Faith Eberline, Tristen Anderson, Olivia Anderson and one on the way, brother Bud (Marlene) Mennenga of Clarksville, sister Marie Heeren of Bristow, sister Paulene Meyer of Allison, sister-in-law Darlys Mennenga of Clarksville, sister-in-law Margaret Folkerts of Parkersburg, cousins-in-law Johnny Johnson and Alice Foster, along with many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sisters and one brother.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at St. James Lutheran Church in Allison, with Rev. Jeffrey A. Blank officiating. Burial took place in the Allison Cemetery.
Sietsema Vogel Funeral Home in Allison was in charge of arrangements.
Karl Harken, age 82, of Aplington, Iowa, was born the son of Klaas and Malinda (Meyer) Harken on June 26, 1932, at home in Aplington. He graduated from the Aplington High School in 1950. Following graduation he began working for his father at Harken Lumber in Aplington, along with his brother Ivan.
Karl was united in marriage with LeAnn Mae Ascher on May 12, 1952, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Wellsburg, Iowa. The couple made their home in Aplington. On March 5, 1953, Karl was drafted into the United States Army. He served overseas with the 141st Tank Battalion and also Company “A” in Hanau, Germany, until he was honorably discharged on February 28, 1955. LeAnn passed away in 1980.
Karl married Sandy Vanderwerf on February 27, 1982, at the First Presbyterian Church in Aplington. He retired after 50 years, but still enjoyed his daily time at the lumberyard for many years.
Karl was an active and faithful member of First Presbyterian Church and served as a Trustee many terms. He was a long time member of the Aplington AMVETS and was privileged to attend the honor flight to Washington D.C. He had a great passion for the growth and advancement of the community. He served on the Aplington City Council several times; was an Aplington Volunteer Fireman for many years; assisted with the development of the Maple Manor Nursing Home; and was recognized as Aplington Citizen of the Year in 2013.
Karl loved learning new jokes to tell and always had a funny story to share. Through the years he enjoyed pheasant hunting, golfing and traveling. Spending time with his family was most important, especially at the cabin on Lake Ponderosa.
Karl went to heaven Saturday, February 21, 2015. He was preceded in death by wife, LeAnn Harken; his parents; and two brothers, Donald and Ivan Harken.
Karl is survived by his wife of 32 years Sandy Harken of Aplington; three sons all of Aplington, Kelly (LeeAnn) Harken, Randy (Galene) Harken, and Derek (Jessie) Harken; seven grandchildren, Katie (Robert) Melrose, Mark Harken, Holli (Mike Kalkwarf) Harken, Matt (fiancée, Sarah Dunegan) Harken, Mallory (Matt) Morris, Colton Harken and Caylee Harken; three great-grandchildren, Kiara Morris, Jade Morris and Jeb Kalkwarf; two great-grandbabies to be, Kalkwarf and Melrose; and extended family.
Funeral Services for Karl were held Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Aplington Evangelical Presbyterian Church with burial in Pleasant View Cemetery. Officiating the service was Pastor Michael McLane with Lenee Pollock playing the piano. Congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art” and “God Bless America”. Special music was provided by Randy Aalderks singing “I Can Only Imagine” and “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)”. Casketbearers were Matt Harken, Matt Morris, Jack Harken, Mark Harken Mike Kalkwarf, Colton Harken, Robert Melrose and Jim Harken. Honorary Casketbearers were Katie Melrose, Caylee Harken, Holli Harken, Kiara Morris, Jeb Kalkwarf, Mallory Morris and Jade Morris. Military rites were provided by Aplington AMVETS Post #102.
Memorials may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice, St Jude’s Children Research Hospital, or the Veteran’s Honor Flight.
Redman-Schwartz Funeral Chapel in Aplington is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be left at www.redman-schwartz.com.
Helen Grace (Zimmerman) Eichhorn
Helen Grace Zimmerman Eichhorn, 101 years and 357 days of Clarksville, Iowa, went to be with her Savior on February 9, 2015 surrounded by her loving family at her daughter’s home.
She was born on February 15, 1913 in Bismarck, North Dakota, the daughter of William M. and Charlotte M. Poole Zimmerman at the Bismarck hospital.
She lived in North Dakota where her Father was a school teacher until he was called to become a minister. She was his shadow going with him to school in the horse and sleigh as a young child. Her parents moved to Ohio where her Father was affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal denomination and she attended all but her senior year in high school in Ohio. They moved to Riceville, Iowa, where she graduated from high school.
She attended Gates Business School for a short time, drove the car for Mrs. Moser and Mrs. Webster in Waterloo, cared for Marilyn and Vera Jean King in Waterloo and Donald Hageman in Waverly prior to her marriage.
She was married to James A. Eichhorn on February 15, 1939 in Dunkerton, Iowa. To this union, two daughters were born: Jean and Karen.
She and her husband lived on the family farm all of their married life. She was a member of United Methodist Church, Shell Rock, Iowa, where she was a member of the Women’s Society and Circle, Culture Club (a neighborhood club that was in existence for over 50 years), Book Club in Shell Rock, Card Club rural Waverly, The Mad Hatters of Urbandale and she loved to play Skip Bo, do crossword puzzles, read and entertain her friends with coffee and cookies. Family was very important to her especially her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim in 2001, two grandsons, Michael J. Griffen in 1980 and Allen J. Griffen in 1989, a son-in-law, Terry L. Griffen in 2009 and her two sisters, Edna May in 1912 and Maxine Gibson in 2014, her parents, Rev. William M. Zimmerman in 1953 and Charlotte M. Poole Zimmerman in 1982.
She is survived by her two daughters: Jeanne Griffen of Urbandale, Iowa and Karen Patterson (Don) of Troy, Michigan; two grandchildren: Amanda Dunakin (Dean) of Chicago, Illinois and Jeffrey Patterson (Marissa) of Rochester Hills, Michigan.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 21, at 11 a.m. at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Shell Rock, Iowa, with burial in Riverside Cemetery, Shell Rock. Visitation will be held at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Shell Rock on Friday evening, February 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Memorials may be directed to Helen’s family and online condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Shell Rock is in charge of arrangements.
Verla Arlene Endelman
Verla Arlene Endelman, age 86, of Waverly, Iowa, formerly of Clarksville, Iowa, was born the daughter of Clarence Edwin and Viola (Schisel) Ball on November 24, 1928, in Mason City, Iowa. She graduated from Shell Rock High School in Shell Rock, Iowa, in 1946.
Verla was united in marriage with Harry Henry Endelman on November 30, 1947, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Verla and Harry farmed at their place southwest of Clarksville until 1998, when they moved into Clarksville. Through the years, Verla worked as a waitress at Amicks Café and Peterson’s Café in Shell Rock and a cook at Butler County Home. She also worked at Waverly-Bremer Pack, Rath Packing Company in Waterloo and as a CNA at Shell Rock Care Center. She retired in 1994.
Verla was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Clarksville and Rebekah Lodge. She enjoyed bowling, playing cards, going to garage sales, cooking and visiting with her family. Verla truly loved food and music. She collected bells and always had pets, usually both a dog and a cat. Verla enjoyed fishing, but her favorite times were spent with her family, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Verla died Sunday, February 1, 2015, at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community in Waverly, Iowa, of natural causes.
Verla is preceded in death by her husband, Harry on June 10, 2006; one grandson, Ryan Endelman; her parents; three brothers, Gene, LeRoy and Ernest Ball; three sisters, Alpha Greenlee, Valora Greenlee and Mary Ella Shorter.
Verla is survived by five sons, Charles (fiancée, Kristi Cave) Endelman of Waverly, Keith (Brenda) Endelman of Muskegon, Michigan, Craig (Terry) Endelman of Alcester, South Dakota, John (Kim) Endelman of Shell Rock and Dennis (Jennifer Bentley) Endelman of Clarksville; one daughter, Kathy (Donald) Franzen of Plainfield, Iowa; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one brother, Marlin (Gleora) Ball of Waverly; two sisters, LaDonna Spencer of Plainfield, and Doreen Miller of Waverly and two sisters-in-law, Darlene Ball of Geneseo, Illinois and Dena Junker of Clarksville.
Funeral Services were held Thursday, February 5, 2015, at St. John Lutheran Church in Clarksville, with Pastor Charles Underwood officiating. Pianist was Sharon Leerhoff and she accompanied the congregation as they sang “In The Garden”, “Just A Closer Walk With Thee” and “Old Rugged Cross”. Burial was at Lynwood Cemetery in Clarksville, with Derek Endelman, Kevin Endelman, Philip Franzen, Timothy Franzen, Blake Franzen, Travis Endelman and Jamie DeBerg serving as Casketbearers. Honorary Casketbearers were (The late) Dale Greenlee and Gary Olmstead. Verla’s nieces, Debbie Canfield, Dawn Leisinger, Donna Sturges and Deanna Verdon served on the Flower Committee.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Clarksville was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.redman-schwartz.com
Lyle Edgar Engel
Lyle Edgar Engel, 86, of Waverly, died Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at the Rehabilitation Center of Allison in Allison, Iowa.
Lyle was born east of Clarksville on the family farm on December 15, 1927, the son of Rudolph and Vera (Grapp) Engel. He was baptized and confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church in Shell Rock. He attended country school through the 8th grade and then graduated from Clarksville High School in 1946, alongside his high school sweetheart and eventual wife, Charlotte Nordman. The couple were married on April 20, 1947, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Waverly.
Lyle farmed the surrounding area for ten years. He then owned and operated Lyle’s T.V. in Waverly, selling Zenith products, for 30 years. He also worked for IPS (Iowa Public Service) for 11 years, sold and serviced Winpower Generators, and delivered Winnebago motor homes where he made 28 trips to Alaska.
Lyle was a longtime volunteer fireman for the Waverly Fire Department. Lyle had a passion for splitting and burning wood, even up until this past year. He enjoyed making many different kinds of wines out of his home. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family.
Lyle is survived by his wife, Charlotte of Waverly, three daughters; Janice (Norm) Mulder of Shell Rock, Lorie (Ken) Henning of Shell Rock and Kathleen D’Eliseo of Tampa, Florida, two sons; Lee (Jenice) Engel of Clarksville and Glenn (Sanae) Engel of Waverly, 21 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren, two brothers; Arlyn (Mavis) Engel and Terry (Jolene) Engel, two sisters; Vera Lee (Richard) Kraft and Elda Kraft. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Carol Marie Gill; great-grand twins, Isaac and Tyler Brase; son-in-law, Paul D’Eliseo; brother, Galen Engel; and brother-in-law, John Kraft.
Funeral services were held at Saturday, November 8, 2014, at Peace United Church of Christ in Waverly with Pastor Jon Hennings officiating. Burial followed in the Harlington Cemetery, Waverly. Memorials may be directed to the family and on-line condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly was in charge of arrangements.
Leona Janie Groen
Leona Janie Groen, age 96, of Clarksville, Iowa, was born the daughter of Fritz and Mathilda (Lundt) Poppe, on September 14, 1918, rural Clarksville, Iowa. She was baptized into the Christian faith on December 12, 1918, and later confirmed on August 16, 1931, at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Clarksville. She received her education from Butler County School #6 near her home.
On January 5, 1939, Leona was united in marriage with Wilbur Elliott Groen at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Clarksville. They made their home and farmed near Clarksville, Fremont Township for a short time. Leona helped with the farming and raised chickens. Through the years she worked at Poppe’s Grocery Store and Macy’s Variety Store, both in Clarksville. In 1972, Leona earned her G.E.D at Hawkeye Tech Community College in Waterloo, Iowa. She also was a child care provider for many families in the area.
Leona was a faithful member of Immanuel United Church of Christ where she had taught Sunday School, was active in Women’s Fellowship and sang in the church choir. She enjoyed baking, sewing, playing cards and was a member of the Live and Learn Club.
Leona died Friday, October 10, 2014, at Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Clarksville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur Groen on August 22, 2002; two sisters, Lelah Reints and Mathilda Lutzke; and three brothers, Edmund Sr., Hugo and Arthur Poppe.
Leona is survived by two sons, Jim Groen of Clarksville, and Wilson (Mary) Groen of Franktown, Colorado; one daughter, Barb (Richard) Eckhoff of Allison; five grandchildren, Marcus (Rebecca) Groen, Shelly Groen, Rebecca (Brian) Treitz, RaeAnn Eckhoff, and Tressa Eckhoff; three great-grandchildren, Liliana, Joseph and Clara Treitz.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Clarksville, with Pastor Linda Myren officiating. Organist was Sharon Leerhoff and she accompanied the congregation as they sang “In The Garden” and “Borning Cry”. Burial was at Lowell Cemetery in rural Clarksville with Mark Ringleb, Kenny Buskohl, Harold Poppe, Calvin Poppe, Lenard Reints and Darrel Groen serving as Casketbearers. Flower Committee was Bob and Sherry Litterer.
Memorials may be directed to the Immanuel United Church of Christ or the Clarksville Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center both in Clarksville. Online condolences may be left at www.redman-schwartz.com
Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Clarksville was in charge of arrangements.
Margaret Gerdes, 84, of Dumont, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at Franklin General Hospital in Hampton, Iowa.
Margaret Evelyn (Becker) Gerdes was born May 6, 1930 to John and Helen (Folkers) Becker at Ackley, Iowa.
She graduated from Ackley High School in 1948. Following graduation, Margaret worked at Rath Packing in Waterloo, Iowa, but the love of a farmer moved her to the farm.
She married Paul H. Gerdes on September 1, 1950 at St. John’s Evangelical Reformed Church in Ackley, Iowa. She and Paul made their home for 60 years in the same house he was born in.
Margaret loved living in the country and the farm way of life.
Margaret was a member of the Dumont Reformed Church and previously taught Sunday School and catechism for many years, Butler County Farm Bureau Women, Butler County Farm Bureau membership campaign chair, Butler County Extension Council, the Republican party, worked tirelessly on Relay for Life and was the area American Cancer Society daffodil chairperson for many years. She and Paul enjoyed their camaraderie with the IPLA (Interstate Producers Livestock Association) board of directors, of which Paul was a member. She and Paul also enjoyed their fellowship and service as Gideons. Margaret was also an important part of supporting Paul and his lay speaking at area churches.
Margaret enjoyed crocheting and saw to it that each of her children and grandchildren had a specially made afghan.
She worked at Cropmate and J&C Grocery for many years as a clerk and enjoyed her 'social' time there. To say she loved her job as hostess at Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home in Dumont is an understatement. Although it meant a sad occasion for her to go to work, she enjoyed greeting people and treating the deceased with the utmost respect and dignity.
Margaret is survived daughter Marilyn (Roger) Freeman, son Mark (Deb) Gerdes, grandchildren David (Shanna) Freeman, Andrea (Derek) Nyhus, Jodi (Harv) Demuth, Kelli (Shane) Roenfanz, and Maggie Gerdes, great grandchildren Tyler, Josephine, Morgan, Annie, Max, Bryce, Grant, sister Hazel Fuller, brother-in-law Herman (Donna) Gerdes, and sister-in-law Darlene Gerdes.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, infant brother, sister Dorothy Freese, brothers-in-law Russell Fuller, Frederick Freese, and Robert Gerdes.
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 7, 2014, at the Dumont Reformed Church in Dumont. Burial took place in the Dumont Cemetery.
Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home in Dumont was in charge of arrangements.
Holger Marion Heilskov
Holger Marion Heilskov was born June 27, 1919 on a farm west of Coulter to Soren and Katrina (Sondergaard) Heilskov and died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the Rehabilitation Center of Hampton, in Hampton, Iowa.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in rural Hampton, with Pastor Gary Carman officiating. Burial took place in the St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Hampton.
Sietsema Vogel Funeral Home in Hampton was in charge of arrangements.
Robert Michael Hovenga
Robert Michael Hovenga, age 74, of Greene, Iowa, was born the son of Sweer and Nellie (Abbas) Hovenga Jr, on April 3, 1940, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waverly, Iowa. He attended country school in the area.
Robert was united in marriage to Barbara (Jane) Jacobs on January 30, 1960, at St. John Lutheran Church in Clarksville, Iowa. They made their home in Clarksville. Bob spent his adult years as a factory worker with John Deere, Winnebago Industries, and most recently Unverferth, from where he retired.
In his spare time Bob enjoyed fishing, gardening, playing guitar, and woodworking, housing many birds in the Clarksville area, but most important was time spent with his family.
Bob died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at the Waverly Health Center, Waverly, Iowa. Bob is preceded in death by his wife, Jane; one granddaughter, Casie Hovenga; his parents; three brothers, Harm, Harold, and Clarence; five sisters, Joyce Kramer, Evelyn Kramer, Jean Seavey, Marlys Reams, and Lillian Hinders.
Bob is survived by his four sons, Mike, Jerry, Shannon (Melissa) Hovenga of Clarksville and Jody Hovenga of Greene; two daughters, Brenda Urban of Clarksville and Dawn (Leon) Schmidt of Greene; eleven grandchildren, Charlie, Jeremiah, Candy, Josh, Jessica, Tyler, Michelle, Lee, Tasha, Collon, and Kara; eleven great grandchildren; one brother, Dale of Clarksville; one sister, Ruth Hinders of Clarksville; and two sisters-in-law, Judy Luhring and Connie Hovenga
Visitation was held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014, at the Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Clarksville. Memorials may be directed to the family of Robert Hovenga.
Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Clarksville was in charge of arrangements.
Esther Helen (Biekert) Griner
Esther Helen (Biekert) Griner died January 15, 2014 in her home in Sidney, Iowa.
She was born February 9, 1932 at the farm home in Butler County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Otto and Linda (Schluter) Biekert, and was the 5th of 7 children. They all attended Fremont #8 school in Butler County, walking 1/4th mile, even in the winter. Esther was the first child in the family to attend high school (waiting 2 years following 8th grade before her father allowed her to go, as he didn’t think they needed more education). She enjoyed high school and was a cheerleader, actress, and singer. In 1952, she graduated 6th in her class from Greene, Iowa.
While in high school, Esther met Leonard D. Griner, and they were married June 28, 1953. While raising 5 children, Esther began to work as a nurses’ aide and later attended nursing school in 1972. She received her LPN license and then earned her associate RN degree. She worked as a nurse at the Oelwein Care Center approximately 15 years.
Following retirement, she and Leonard moved to North East Iowa Christian Service Camp near Bristow, Iowa to serve as caretakers for 13 years. They moved to Sidney, Iowa in October 2009 to be closer to one of their children. Esther greatly loved her family, and she enjoyed quilting. She had recently finished several more quilts for great-grandchildren, with other quilts left unfinished. She had a servant’s heart and did much to serve her Lord Jesus Christ throughout her lifetime, including helping with missions and visiting shut-ins. After her retirement, she volunteered time at local nursing homes and libraries. In June 2013, Esther and Leonard celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with 47 out of 51 family members in attendance.
Esther was preceded in death by her parents Otto and Linda Biekert, and siblings Viola Iserman, Lawrence Biekert, Maynard Biekert, and Arnold Biekert. She is survived by her husband Leonard and children David (Laura) Griner of Cookeville, Tennessee; Andrew (Lorraine) Griner of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Joel (Kathy) Griner or Tabor, Iowa; Lori (Romorrow) Anderson or Phoenix, Arizona; and Timothy (Julie) Griner of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, sisters Anna Ficken of Melbourne, Iowa; Dorothy Sutcliffe of Plainfield, Iowa; and sister-in-laws Norma Biekert of Nashua, Iowa; and Phyllis Biekert of Mason City, Iowa. She was blessed to know and love 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, with 4 more soon to arrive.
Memorial services are pending for Sunday February 9, 2014 at First Christian Church in Tabor, Iowa. Condolences may be sent to Leonard Griner 901 Clay St. Apt. 20 Sidney, IA 51652-2008.
Eli David Harms
Eli David Harms, 30, of Allison, Iowa, passed away January 1, 2014, at his home in Allison.
He was born July 22, 1983, in Mason City, to David and GeorgAnne (Hanlin) Harms. Eli graduated from Allison Bristow High School in 2002. He also attended Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. Eli worked at Steel Ridge Ammunition in Allison. He was a member of the St. James Lutheran Church in Allison. Eli enjoyed hunting, especially turkey and pheasant hunting, boating and also enjoyed making people laugh with his great sense of humor. He was an avid Bears, Cubs and Hawkeye fan.
Eli is survived by twin daughters Caydence and Brooklynn Moon of Monona, a son Kinnick David Harms of Waverly, parents David and Crystol Harms of Allison, sister Jani Trotter of Parkersburg, sister Holly (Todd) Henricks of Rockwell, maternal grandmother Nora Hanlin of Kirksville, Missouri, step-sister Amanda (Keith) McCormick of Greene, step-sister Hannah (Shane) Leavens of Greene, and also many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins who loved him. He is preceded in death by his mother GeorgAnne, paternal grandparents Roland (Bud) and Ferol Harms and maternal grandfather Hubert Hanlin.
Funeral Services were held Saturday, January 4, 2014, at the St. James Lutheran Church in Allison, Iowa. Burial took place at the Allison Cemetery. Pastor Jeffrey Blank officiated.
Sietsema Vogel Funeral Homes in Allison in charge of arrangements.
Roy H. Edeker
Roy H. Edeker, 78, of Allison, Iowa, passed away Sunday, November 17, 2013, at the Rehabilitation Center of Allison.
He was born January 9, 1935, to Herman and Minnie (Rodenbeck) Edeker in rural Allison. He served his country in the United States Army. Roy was united in marriage to LaVonne M. Johnson on June 10, 1962, at the Jerico Lutheran Church. He was a farmer and an agriculture sales man. Roy was a member of the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Vilmar and served many years on the Butler County Conservation Board. He enjoyed gardening, planting trees, hunting, and wood working.
Roy is survived by his wife LaVonne Edeker of Allison, son Kevin (Rhonda) Edeker of Allison, son Steven (Jennifer) Edeker of Tripoli, sister Joan (Stan) Miller of Cedar Rapids, grandchildren Cheere, Monica, Jason, Stefanie, Kimberley, Jeremy and Natalee, and a great-granddaughter Emily Edeker. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Marlys Kruse.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, November 20, at St. John’s Evangelical Church Vilmar in rural Greene, Iowa. Burial will take place at St. John’s Evangelical Church Cemetery in rural Greene, Iowa at a later date. Pastor Mark Walker officiated the service.
Sietsema Vogel Funeral Home in Allison, Iowa, was in charge of arrangements.
Richard "Dick" Freese
Richard "Dick" Freese, age 79, of Clarksville, died Friday, November 8, 2013, at the Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, from natural causes.
Private family graveside services were held Monday, November 11, 2013 at the Lowell Cemetery in rural Clarksville.
Memorials may be directed to the family of Richard Freese. Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Clarksville is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.redman-schwartz.com
Ruby B. Hawke
Ruby B. Hawke was born March 19, 1918, a daughter of Lloyd and Pearl (Cuffel) Murphy-Bick and passed away Monday, October 14, 2013 at the Dumont Wellness Center at 95 years of age.
Ruby Hawke graduated from Hansell High School in 1935 and was united in marriage with Vernon ‘Mike’ Hudson in 1936. They were married 20 years and had four daughters: Audry (Arnold) Meyers, Longmont, CO; Patty (Gene) Miller, Dumont, IA; Patsy (Brian) Jones, Fort Dodge, IA; Dona (Donovan) Meehan, Cedar Falls, IA: 14 grandchildren and many great- and great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
In 1957 Ruby married Dallas Hawke. They farmed for a few years and then owned and operated the Allison Dairy Sweet for many years. After retiring, Ruby and Dallas moved to the Townview Apartments in Dumont where she lived until moving into the Wellness Center a year ago.
Ruby enjoyed time spent with friends as she drove for their trips to the grocery store, diner, and running errands. She loved to read and enjoyed making broomstick afghans. Her pets were special to her especially a little dog named Joey and two cats, Tabby and Tommy.
She is preceded in death by her husband Dallas, daughters Audry and Dona, her parents, sister Wanda Thorson and brother Don Murphy.
Funeral service was held Friday, October 18, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church, Sheffield, with Rev. John Scherb presiding. Interment was in the Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield.
Retz Funeral Home in Sheffield was in charge of arrangements.
Frieda Marie Fenneman
Frieda Marie Fenneman, age 105, of Clarksville, Iowa, was born the daughter of William and Emma (Busse) Edeker on January 26, 1908, rural Allison, Iowa. She attended Vilmar Country School near her home. Frieda was baptized into the Christian faith and later confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church – Vilmar.
On January 30, 1930, Frieda was united in marriage with George Fenneman at St. John’s Lutheran Church – Vilmar. They made their home north of Clarksville. Frieda and George worked together on their farm for 40 years. They retired from farming in 1970 when they built their home in Clarksville.
Frieda was a member of the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Clarksville, where she had been active with the Women’s Fellowship and Dorcas Circle. Through the years she enjoyed baking, gardening, crocheting and sewing. She made each grandchild a special quilt of their own. Frieda looked forward to the yearly fishing trips to Minnesota with the family. She always enjoyed socializing with friends and family along with playing cards.
Frieda died Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at the Clarksville Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, of natural causes. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Fenneman, in August of 1983; two daughters, Mary in infancy and Judy Schmidtke, in December of 2010; son-in-law, Dale Hostetler, in March of 2007; one brother, Harry Edeker; and four sisters, Lucille Fenneman, Lorena Heine, Viola Heine and Linda Becker.
Frieda is survived by three children, Donald (Ruth) Fenneman of Clarksville, Shirley Hostetler of Shell Rock, and Donna Mae (Bob) Fuls of Waverly; son-in-law, Ray Schmidtke; eight grandchildren, Leland (Tina) Fenneman, Duane (Dawn) Fenneman, Karen Hostetler, Larry (Lisa) Hostetler, David (Susan) Fuls, Deborah (Jeff) Schense, Brian (Rhonda) Schmidtke, and Tony (Kristi) Schmidtke; 18 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Harold (Amy) Edeker of Des Moines.
Funeral services were held Saturday, September 7, 2013 in Clarksville at Community United Methodist Church, due to construction at Immanuel United Church of Christ. Pastor Linda Myren officiated the service. Sharon Leerhoff served as organist and accompanied the congregation as they sang "What A Friend We Have In Jesus", "I Love To Tell The Story" and "Nearer My God To Thee". Burial was held at Lynwood Cemetery in Clarksville with Leland Fenneman, Duane Fenneman, David Fuls, Larry Hostetler, Brian Schmidtke and Tony Schmidtke serving as Casketbearers.
Memorials may be directed to Immanuel United Church of Christ in Clarksville and online condolences may be left at www.redman-schwartz.com.
Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Clarksville was in charge of arrangements.
Janscee Kay Feckers
Janscee Kay Feckers, 33, of Hampton, Iowa, passed away Sunday, July 14, 2013, at Franklin General Hospital in Hampton.
She was born on August 29, 1979, in Osage, Iowa, to Steve and Shellene (Sheetz) Feckers. Janscee graduated from Ackley-Geneva High School and from Kaplan University with a degree in criminal justice. She worked at Franklin General Hospital in Hampton as a unit clerk. Janscee enjoyed NASCAR and watching Jimmie Johnson, tweeting, vacationing out west, especially white water rafting and spending time with her family. She loved her dog Ella.
Janscee is survived by her parents Steve and Shellene Feckers of Dumont, sister Jodi (Nathan) Fritz of Sioux Center, sister Jacobi (Zac Grigg) Feckers of Amana, nephew Spencer Fritz, niece Lindi Fritz, nephew Kylar Fritz, niece Mylie Fritz and another due any day, grandfather Paul Feckers of New Hartford, along with several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents Bob and Bernice Sheetz and paternal grandmother Lyn Feckers.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at the Sietsema Vogel Funeral Home in Dumont. Burial took place in the Harlan Cemetery in rural Dumont.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Janscee’s family.
Sietsema Vogel Funeral Home in Dumont was in charge of arrangements.
Virgil Ray Hahn
Virgil Ray Hahn, 74, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at the Community Nursing Home in Clarksville, of natural causes.
Virgil was born and raised in rural Clarksville. He married Anna Mae Leerhoff in 1964. They later divorced but remained lifelong friends and companions. They raised Carolyn and Brian at their home in Cedar Falls, Iowa where Virgil remained until 2010 before to moving to Waverly.
Virgil spent most of his life as a skilled tradesman in the auto body field. His love of cars and the customizing of them, stayed with him throughout his life. He was renowned as one of the best in his field. It was commonplace for Virgil to take someone else’s discarded relic and turn it into a prized collector’s car.
Virgil enjoyed drives in the country with Anna Mae, seeking out his next project. He collected vintage Fords and over the years, owned many of them. One of his most prized was his 1948 Ford Coupe. He spent a lot of his time traveling to car shows and swap meets in the furtherance of his hobby.
Virgil is survived by his ex-wife and special friend, Anna Mae Hahn, two children, Carolyn (Jay) Rogers and Brian (Angie) Hahn, three grandchildren, Alyssa Rogers, James Rogers, and Nikolai Hahn. He is also survived by four sisters, Eilene Smith, Janet Vance, Shirley (Ben) Goddard and his twin sister Virginia (Al) Freymiller. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Marion Hahn.
Services will be at the Church Of Christ, 302 South Elizabeth Street, Clarksville, Ia. on Saturday, June 8 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be one hour before the service, at the Church Of Christ. A lunch will follow. Interment will be in Lynwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Ia.
Richard Charles Easton
Richard Charles Easton, 39, of Duns, UK, passed away on April 11, 2013 in Hawick, UK.
He was born November 20, 1973 in Berkeley, UK to Charles & Mavis (Jackson) Easton. Rich graduated from Rednock Comprehensive School in 1990. He graduated from Brown College in 2003. He entered into marriage October 10, 2000 with Deidre Melendy. He worked as a chef since graduating high school in various environments.
Rich enjoyed spending time with his family and their dog, Albert. He also enjoyed gaming and loved Liverpool Football Club. He volunteered his time with the McHenry County 4-H organization in Illinois, including running a cooking club for the Crystal Clovers. He had a love of polar bears and hoped to go see them in the wild.
He is survived by his wife Deidre, his son Tristan, his parents Charles & Mavis of Cam, UK, sister Tracey (Andrew) Phillips of Bournemouth, UK and three nephews. He was preceded in death by his son Ashton and grandparents.
Funeral services were held Friday May 3, 2013 at the New Hope United Methodist Church - Dumont Parish in Dumont, Iowa. Burial took place in the Dumont Cemetery in Dumont, Iowa. Pastor Mark Younge officiated the service.
Sietsema Vogel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Edward William Eilers
Edward William Eilers, 84, of Clarksville, Iowa passed away Thursday May 2, 2013 at the Waverly Health Center. As were his wishes, he will be cremated. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.
Edward William Eilers was born March 12, 1929 to William and Alma (Kampman) Eilers in Kesley, Iowa. He attended Butler County Schools and earned his GED from Hawkeye Community College.
Edward worked as a mechanic for Bill Skinner’s Standard service in Clarksville for 15 years. He worked in Waverly, IA at Krieners Imp. and Coonradt Ford-Mercury for two years each before going on to work at the Butler County Road Department for the next 20 years before retiring. Edward was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church and served on the church council twice. He was a Boy Scout master for two years, and a member of the Clarksville Community School Board for 12 years. He was also involved with the Odd Fellows for over 40 years. His hobbies included golf, fishing, hunting, and playing cards at the country club, where he was board president for 3 years. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family.
Edward is survived by his wife Georgia Eilers of Clarksville, IA; two children Sharon (Steve) Frerichs of Clarksville, IA and Edward (Sheila) William Eilers Jr. of Las Cruces, NM; grandchildren Timothy Frerichs of Charles City, Benjamin Frerichs of Waterloo, IA, and Elias Eilers of Las Cruces, NM; and two great-grandchildren; sisters Gesina Jungling of Aplington, IA, Alma Bettinga of Clarksville, IA, Grace Arends of Janesville, IA, Margareta March of Oelwein, IA, and Adeline Johnson of Allison, IA; sisters-in-law Barbara Eilers of Allison, IA and Betty Eilers of Webster City, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers William Eilers, Chris Eilers and George Eilers.
Memorials in Edward’s name may be directed to the St. John Lutheran Church.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.iowacremation.com
Cedar Memorial/Iowa Cremation was in charge of arrangements.
Elsie Frohling, 88, of Parkersburg, Iowa passed away March 22, 2013, at the Rehabilitation Center of Allison in Allison, Iowa.
She was born November 4, 1924, to Stoffer and Fyka (Smiens) Van Dyke. Elsie attended schools in Austinville, Iowa. She was united in marriage on September 20, 1944, at the Washington Reformed Church in rural Austinville, Iowa, to Jake Frohling.
She worked as a cook at Polly’s Café in Parkersburg, Iowa. Elsie was a member of the Hope Reformed Church in Parkersburg. She loved gardening, flowers, feeding birds, camping and fishing. Elsie also enjoyed playing cards, bingo, cooking and baking, cross stitching, word finds and just visiting with anyone, “she loved to visit, especially with Alberta Opperman”. She was always interested to hear about her grandchildren and great grandchildren’s activities.
Elsie is survived by her daughter Patricia (Dale) White of Waverly, daughter Kathleen (Steve) Beach of LaCrescent, Minnesota, grandson Tim (Lisa) White of Rockwall Texas, granddaughter Tracy (Ryan) Weiss of Waverly, grandson Erik (Cindy) Beach of Onalaska, Wisconsin, granddaughter Stephanie Dittburner of Neenah, Wisconsin, special niece Alberta Opperman, Allison, seven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and seven brothers.
Celebration of Life services will be held at Hope Reformed Church in Parkersburg, March 30 at 11:00 a.m. Inurnment will take place at a later date at the Washington Reformed Church Cemetery in Rural Austinville, Iowa. Pastor Leighton Seys will be officiating.
Sietsema Vogel Funeral Home in Allison is in charge of arrangements.
Diana K. Gritzner
Diana K. Gritzner, of Batavia, Illinois, formerly of Greene, passed away April 3, 2013 at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Illinois.
She was born July 16, 1951 in Independence, IA, the daughter of Edward and Marjorie (Miller) Meyer.
beauty shop and was united in marriage to Daniel Gritzner on June 13, 1971 in Clarksville, IA. Diana and Daniel have lived in Batavia for over 30 years and raised four children. While her children were in elementary school, Diana worked in Geneva as the library aid. Diana devoted her life to raising her children and supporting her loving husband.
She is survived by her husband, Daniel; four children, Nathan (Sara) Gritzner of St. Charles, IL, Gia Vasey of Highlands Ranch, CO, Mitchell (Julie) Gritzner of Montgomery, IL, and Gretchen (Hasan) Cebi of Plainfield, IL; six grandchildren, Ashland, Jadin, Hunter, Leah, Drew, and Will Gritzner; her mother, Marjorie Meyer; eight siblings, Anita (James) Kowalski, Steven (Barbara) Meyer, Rosemary (Joel) Sult, David Meyer, Stanley (Denise) Meyer, Heidi (Jeff) Kayser, Thomas (Brenda) Meyer, and Ginger (Scott) Schild: and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Edward Meyer.
Services were held at the United Methodist Church, with burial in East Batavia Cemetery, both in Batavia, IL on April 8, 2013.
Edward William Heuer
Edward William Heuer, 79, of Allison, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at the Clarksville Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Clarksville, Iowa.
He was born on May 29, 1933, in Butler County, Iowa, to William “Bill” and Ida (Dralle) Heuer. Edward was united in marriage to Okelene Bakker on June 28, 1958, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. Edward was a farmer until he retired in 1999. He was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in rural Greene, Iowa.
Edward is survived by his wife Okelene Heuer of Allison, sons Jerald (Karmella) Heuer of Clarksville, Joel (Kathy) Heuer of Allison, Jeffery (Karen) Heuer of Dumont, Jon (Brenda) Heuer of Allison and James Heuer of Allison, sister Deloris Harms of Osceola, twelve grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Bill and Ida.
Edward’s wishes were for his body to be donated to the University of Iowa Deeded Body Program. Family services will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be directed to Edward’s family, which will be further distributed to a local charity at a later date.
The Sietsema Vogel Funeral Home of Allison is in charge of arrangements.