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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.