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Donald R. Anderson
Mark R. Boulton
Darrel R. Buckley
Violet V. Buns
Ann A. Christensen
Helen A. Fank
DonnaLou Kester
Viola M. Laaveg
Harvey J. LaBounty
Corma K. Leach
Ernest G. McClary
Debra M. Martin
James L. Nelson
Pearl Palmateer
Leonard J. Rayhons
Sandra Lee Sleper
Jean M. Smidt
Paul E. Spangler
Gladys Maxine Woodwick

Donald Anderson, 82
Published August 4, 2004, Page

Funeral service for Donald R. Anderson, 82 of Forest City, was held Tuesday, August 3, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City with Rev. Lee Laaveg officiating. He died Friday, July 30, 2004 at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery in Forest City with Petersen Lund Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Military Graveside Rites provided by Forest City American Legion Post 121.

Donald Robert, the second of four children was born May 20, 1922 to O. B. and Mabel (Johnson) Anderson. Don was born in Forest City, graduated from Forest City High School, and attended Waldorf College for two years. It was during his two years at Waldorf that he met his wife Charlotte D. Moen. On November 4, 1943, he was united in marriage to Charlotte D. Moen, sharing nearly 60 years of marriage before her death, June 13, 2003. His higher education was temporarily interrupted by World War II. Don served in the US Army Air Corps and was awarded the rank of Captain at the early age of 23. He was stationed in many European locations including Northern Ireland, England and Orly Field in Paris, as a Meteorologist/ Weather Officer. His forecasts were highly valued for their accuracy in guiding air squadrons throughout the European Theatre. Post-war assignments included providing forecasts for all the incoming aircraft of world leaders attending the post-war reconstruction Potsdam Conference, where Europe was divided up by the Allied countries. His last assignment was Commanding Officer of the 21st Weather Squadron, which serviced most of post-war Germany. Dons' love for meteorology continued throughout his life and included a daily study of weather statistics via the media and his personal home weather station. If you wanted to know how much rain we had last night, you would always ask Don. After the war, Don went on to receive three Masters Degrees, in Journalism, Civil Engineering, and Meteorology from the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and Northwestern University/U.S. Army, respectively. In 1952, while working for Gates Rubber Company in Denver, Co., Don decided he wanted to return to Forest City and join his fathers' insurance and real estate business. In 1977, he sold the insurance side to Manufacturers Bank and Trust while retaining the real estate business. July 1, 1978, son Rolf and wife Anne returned to Forest City becoming the third Anderson generation selling real estate in Forest City and Northern Iowa. Don insisted he had never retired and continued to work mornings at the Anderson Agency until two days before entering Hospice. Don was very community-minded, and served on many boards including the School Board and the Waldorf College Board of Regents. Don was instrumental in the Charter of Forest Federal Savings and Loan in 1966 and served as President for 16 years. A man of faith, Don was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and served on all levels of the church leadership. In 1955, Don and Sidney Rand (then President of Waldorf College) co-wrote the centennial history of Forest City. Sidney, a long time friend of both Don and Charlotte went on to become president of St. Olaf College, and later, US Ambassador to Norway. Waldorf College was very special to both Don and Charlotte. Many life long friendships were formed while attending Waldorf (1940-42), including his courtship and later marriage, to wife Charlotte. He served on the Waldorf Board of Regents and has been an active supporter and ambassador of the college.

Don is survived by his sister Dorothy Twito of Lake Mills, son Steven Robert Anderson of Los Angeles and son Rolf Ove Anderson and wife Anne of Forest City, and grandchildren; Bergen, of Chicago, Ill., Sarri and husband David Truscinski of Mankato, Minn., and Liv and Geir Anderson of Forest City.

Helen Fank, 79
Published August 4, 2004, Page

Funeral service for Helen Fank will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, August 4, at the Forest City United Methodist Church, 305 South Clark Street in Forest City with the Rev. Catherine A. Luck officiating. She died July 31, 2004, at the Good Shepherd Health Center in Mason City. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery in Forest City. Major Erickson Funeral Home of Mason City is in charge of arrangements.

Helen A. Fank, the daughter of Clarence and Alice (Thompson) Foss, was born November 5, 1924, in Forest City. Helen attended the Forest City Schools. She was united in marriage with Leo Fank on December 17, 1941, at the St. James Catholic Rectory in Forest City. They spent most of their married life in the Forest City area on a farm in Mt. Valley Township. Following the death of her husband she moved to the Autumn Park Apartments in Mason City. Helen dearly loved all children, gardening, bingo and All Star Wrestling.

She is survived by her two sons, David Fank and his wife Mary of Mason City, Dan Fank and his wife Jodi of Manly; grandchildren, Matt Mattocks of Grundy Center, Lisa Fank of Mason City, Krista Fank, Ashton Fank and Adrii Fank all of Manly; four sisters, Clarice Fank of Mason City, Lois Tanner and husband Walter of Mason City, Mary Starn of Lake Mills, June Gibbs and husband Carl of Mason City; many nieces and nephews; three sisters-in-law, Louise Wediking of Clear Lake, Goldie Fank of Clear Lake and Clairabel Fank of Emmetsburg, Iowa and many close friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one brother, James Foss of Richland, Washington, several nephews, brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law.

Ernest McClary, 68
Published August 4, 2004, Page

Funeral service for Ernest G. McClary, 68 of Forest City, was held Thursday, July 29 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City with Rev. Barb Spaulding officiating. He died Monday, July 26, 2004, at his home in Forest City. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery in Forest City with American Legion Post 121 providing graveside military rites. Petersen Lund Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ernest G. McClary was born in Washington, D.C. on June 7, 1936, the son of William and Mildred (Rasnick) McClary. Ernie received his education in Washington, D.C. He served in the United States Air Force for 14 years, enlisting in 1953. Following his discharge he worked for a brief time in Washington before moving to Forest City. Ernie began delivering motor homes for Winnebago Industries in 1969 and continued until his death. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, playing his guitar and singing and was an accomplished practical joker. He loved spending time with his family and they remember his wonderful cooking. He was a member of the American Legion Post 121 in Forest City.

Ernie is survived by his children: Rick McClary, Kimberly Colby and husband Danny, Tina Stinnett, Teresa Harmdierks and husband Mark, Tonya Stevens and special friend John Eberett, Tiffiney McClary and special friend Brett Hansen, 16 grandchildren, a few great-grandchildren and his ex-wife Donna McClary and her special friend Larry Eiseman. Also surviving are three brothers and a sister: Robert Lusby and John and Donald McClary; and Deloris Conrad and husband Kenneth.

Ernie was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mildred McClary and sister-in-law Peggy Lusby.

Updated by Chuck Prickett 8/5/2004

Debra M. Martin, 50
Published August 11, 2004, Page

Memorial service for Debra M. Martin, 50 of Forest City, was held Saturday, August 7 at First Baptist Church in Forest City with the Rev. Edward Bard, Hospice chaplain, officiating. She died Wednesday, August 4, 2004, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City. Cataldo Funeral Home of Britt was in charge of arrangements.

Debra May, the daughter of Travis and Lauralie (Packer) Walker, was born November 18, 1953, in Chicago, Illinois. Debra grew up in Iowa and graduated from Rockwell Swaledale High School. On April 25, 1978, she was married to Eldon Martin at Trying, Tex. Debra was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Debra enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. She loved writing poetry and short stories. She also enjoyed cooking. Debra's greatest joy came from being with her husband, and children. She considered her grandchildren to be the greatest blessing in her life. She was an amazing, loving and caring woman who will be missed deeply by all those who were fortunate enough to know and love her.

She is survived by her husband, Eldon of Forest City; three daughters, Tina Martin of Forest City, Angella Russell of Forest City and Brenda (Steven) Sinclair of Forest City; nine grandchildren; her father, Travis (Mary) Walker of Dyersburg, Tenn.; six sisters, Lynda (Ralph) Mugan of Kilgore, Tex., Tammy Mugan of Hampton, Sherry Dietz of Texas, Gail Brookfelt of California, Anita Ward of Dyersburg, Tenn., and Amy Hill of Dyersburg, Tenn.

She was preceded in death by her mother, grandparents; and her sister, Patty Ahmed.

Mark R. Boulton, 52
Published August 11, 2004, Page

Memorial service for Mark R. Boulton, 52, was held Wednesday August 4 at Ward-Van S1yke Colonial Chapel in Clear Lake with Rev. Thomas Healey officiating. He died Sunday, August 1, 2004, at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City, after a courageous battle with leukemia. Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Mark Randall, the son of Max Richard Boulton Sr. and Maxine Rose (Monson) Sears, was born October 30, 1951, at Forest City. Mark graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1970. He was a foreign exchange student in high school to Bogotá, Columbia. After high school he attended Iowa State University for two years majoring in engineering where he was a thespian participating in drama.

He worked for General Electric Telephone Company in Forest City later transferring to Oxford, and ending in Michigan where he resided for many years. Mark started doing construction work independently specializing in roofing, gutters, and siding. In 2002 he moved back to Iowa when he was diagnosed with leukemia and to be closer to his family.

He belonged to the ROTC in Ames and was a member of the CB Club known as "Cable Cutter". He was a volunteer fireman for Forest City Fire Department. He loved to sing karaoke and play guitar, fish, camping, and anything to do outdoors. His greatest love was his family.

He is survived by significant other Doris Franzen of Rock Falls, three daughters, Candice Sue Boulton, of South Korea, Crystal Marie Boulton, of Kansas City, Kan., Cassandra Jean Boulton, of Woodward, one son, Randall Dean Boulton-Sougstad, of Forest City, brothers and sisters, Michael Richard Boulton, of Waco, Tex., Marsha Rose Thayer, of Clear Lake, Matthew Roger Boulton, of Gardner, Kan., Max Richard Sr. and his wife Hyeon Ju Boulton, of Seoul, South Korea, Merry Rebecca Boulton-Trosper and her husband William, of Rock Falls, step-father Rancher Sears, of Clear Lake, Linda Ann Boulton, of Wayland very special four legged friend Divot, along with many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by grandparents, parents, brother Martin "Marty" Ralph Boulton, sister-in-law Dolores Moore.

Violet V. Buns, 82
Published August 11, 2004, Page

Violet V. Buns, 82 died Monday, August 2, 2004, at the Westview Care Center, Britt. Memorial service for her, was held Friday, August 6 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Woden with the Rev. Arlen Lloyd officiating.  Music was provided by organist, Emogene Kurtzleben who accompanied soloist, Bruce Wubben, and congregational hymns. Ushers were Tony Buns and Maurice Buns. Honorary bearers were Carmen Fjetland, Vi Korte, Marjory Squier, Alvina Brandt, Thresa Baade and Nodia Jumpp. Internment was at Bingham Township Cemetery, south of Woden. Cataldo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Violet Virginia, the daughter of Olaf and Anna (Paulsen) Wieth, was born April 26, 1922, at Omaha, Neb. At an early age she moved with her family to Crystal Lake where she attended school. Following her schooling she moved to Iowa City where she worked as a nurse’s aid. On June 30, 1943, she was married to Henry Buns. They lived in Woden where she was employed for almost 30 years as a store clerk at the Woden Grocery Store. Violet enjoyed her family, reading, and gardening. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid.

She is survived by her four children, Diane Fortner and husband, Bill, of Broken Arrow, Okla., Jackie Fredrickson and husband, Larry, of Forest City, Betty Hanna and husband, Steve, of Crystal Lake and Lannie Buns of Woden; ten grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; a great-great grandson; two sisters-in-law, Martha Thieben of Woden and Caroline Cordes and husband, Albert, of Britt; and many nieces and nephews.

Violet was preceded in death by her husband. Henry, in November 1967; her parents; three grandchildren; and two sisters, Vivian Fischer and Carmen Nail.

Sandra L. Sleper 61
Published August 11, 2004, Page

Funeral service for Sandra Lee Sleper, 61, of Titonka, was held on Sunday, Aug. 8, at Bethany Evangelical and Reformed Church in Ledyard with Rev. Victor Vriesen officiating. She died August 5, 2004. Burial was at Highland Home Cemetery in Ledyard with Garry-Roberts-Murphy-Schaaf Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Sandra Lee Sleper was born in Ledyard on January 20, 1943, the daughter of Ervin and Doris Johnson. She graduated from the Ledyard High School in 1961 and then attended business school in Omaha, Nebraska. She was united in marriage to Eldean Maschoff on August 24, 1963, in Ledyard and with him had two children. The couple lived in Minnesota for several years before moving to Crystal Lake in 1973. Sandy then married to Russel Sleper on July 28, 1984, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Russel and Sandy lived on a farm near Titonka. She was a member of the Bethany Evangelical and Reformed Church in Ledyard. Athletics were an important part of Sandy's life. She excelled in high school softball and basketball and continued playing women's softball for many years. She was an excellent bowler and later showed her abilities on the golf course as well. She was Mike and Lisa's number one fan at sporting events and other activities, as well as those of her father, brothers, nieces, nephews and grandchildren. College basketball and golf were her TV favorites. With Russ, she shared her love for old time music and dancing, horseback riding, golfing, playing cards, the Iowa Hawkeyes, vacationing in Biloxi, Mississippi, and spending time with friends. She enjoyed her Sunday evenings, having taco pizza with Russ and friends in Blue Earth. Sandy was an excellent cook and known for her delicious desserts. Her favorite books were cookbooks and a hobby was clipping tasty recipes from magazines. We will especially miss her roast, mashed potatoes, bacon, homemade pizza, tapioca pudding, homemade bread and banana cream pie. Manufacturer's Bank and Trust in Forest City was Sandy's second home for the past 31 years, and she last held the position of Director of Customer Banking Services. She was a dedicated employee who considered it so much more than a job. She very much loved her MBT "family" and customers. Above all, what Sandy cherished most was time spent with her family. Her energy for her grandchildren was amazing and she played a big part in how terrific they are today. Sandy enjoyed excellent health until she was suddenly diagnosed with aggressive incurable brain cancer in December, 2003. In recent months she took several trips with family to Arizona, Virginia, and New York City. She amazed others with her strength, spirit and good humor, and never wavered in her love for Dairy Queen ice cream and caramel corn.

Sandy is survived by her husband, Russel Sleper of Titonka, and her two children: Mike Maschoff and wife DeAnn, and Lisa Escherich and husband Brian, all of Ankeny, four brothers: Steve Johnson and wife Kathy of Mesa, Ariz., Ron Johnson and wife Denise of Bedford, Virginia., Bill Johnson and wife Sandy of Armstrong, and Gary Johnson, Fairmont, Minn., and eight grandchildren.

Gladys M. Woodwick, 81
Published August 11, 2004, Page

Funeral service for Gladys Maxine Woodwick, 81 of Rake, was held Monday, Aug. 9, at Zion Lutheran Church in Rake with Rev. Larry Rehlander officiating. She died Thursday, Aug. 5 at her home in Rake. Burial was at Olena Mound Cemetery in Buffalo Center with Winter Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Gladys Maxine (Geerdes) Woodwick, the daughter of Matthew and Grace (Harringa) Geerdeswas, was born on March 27, 1923, in a farmhouse four miles south of Germania (Lakota). She spent most of her childhood there. Gladys was baptized and confirmed at Ramsey Reformed Church in rural Titonka. She received her education in rural country schools through the eighth grade. Gladys left home at age 15 to work as a hired girl at over fifty homes over the years. She worked very hard cooking, cleaning, doing laundry and chores, and taking care of children in all of the homes. She also worked at Van's Cafe in Algona and at the cafe in Rake for Inger and Ed Sunde. Gladys was united in marriage to Leonard Woodwick September 7, 1959 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lakota. She will be missed for her kind and loving spirit and for her strong faith, which carried her through the trials of life.

She is survived by three daughters: Joyce and husband Dennis Tweeten of Rake, Connie and husband Dennis Clay of Blue Earth, Minn., and Sandra Woodwick of Spirit Lake, her son: Greg Geerdes of Rake, her grandchildren: Jackie Bromeland of Mankato, Minn., Elias Bromeland of Freeborn, Minn., Ben Bromeland of Rake, Jesse Clay of Mankato, Minn., Laura Clay of Spirit Lake, and Amy Grace Clay of Blue Earth, Minn., her great-granddaughter: Hannah Aasum of Mankato, Minn., her sister, Velma and husband Bill Gerdes of Woden, and her brother, Dwayne Geerdes of Rake, as well as many special nieces, nephews, cousins and a special friend and neighbor: Doris Erickson.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Maynard.

Viola Laaveg, 85
Published August 11, 2004, Page

Funeral service for Viola M. Laaveg, 85 of Mason City, was held Tuesday, August 10, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Belmond with Rev. Rod Hopp officiating. She died suddenly on Friday, August 6 at home. Burial was at the Belmond Cemetery with Major Erickson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Viola, the daughter of Olaf and Lena Larson, was born to on the family Happy Home Farm near Park River, North Dakota, on December 13, 1918. Viola was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith at Zion Lutheran Church in rural Hoople, N.D. She was raised on the North Dakota prairie and graduated from Walsh County Agriculture and Training High School in 1935. She attended business school and worked as a secretary. She also attended the Moody Evangelical Bible School in Chicago. Viola was united in marriage to Oscar Laaveg on September 11, 1943. After his ordination, she was a Lutheran pastor's wife and homemaker, until retiring to Belmond in 1982. They served parishes in Kindred, N.D., Canton, S.D., Rapid City, S.D., Helmar, Ill., Camrose, Alberta Canada, Belmond, Cylinder and Fertile. She has lived in Mason City the last five years. Viola loved growing flowers, music, poetry, reading, cooking, sewing and being a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was active in her church, Christian prayer groups and loved her family interaction. She had a deeply held Christian faith.

Left to cherish her memory are sons: Dr. Sterling Laaveg and wife Rita (Dorr) of Mason City, Paul Laaveg and wife Nancy (Coffman) of Purcellville, Virginia, Joel Laaveg and wife Gina (Sundry) of Clear Lake, Pastor Lee Laaveg and wife Denise (Helland) of Forest City, grandchildren; Aaron, Nicole Lozier and husband John, Lisa Berg and husband Jeff, Jacob, Philip, Dan, Jessica, Andrea Miner and husband Seth, Heather and Luke, great grandson; Robert Berg, sister; Pearl Loftsgard and husband Eugene of Park River, N.D.

She was preceded in death by her husband Oscar, parents, and brothers: Ernest, Norman, and Harry, and sister Myrtle Berg.

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of North Iowa or Radio Bible Class Ministries.

Corma K. Leach, 88
Published August 11, 2004, Page

Funeral service for Corma K. Leach of Forest City was held Monday, Aug. 9 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City with Rev. Barb Spaulding officiating. She died Friday, August 6, 2004, at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City. Burial was held at Oakland Cemetery in Forest City. Petersen Lund Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Corma Kathryn Leach was born on a farm in Mt. Valley Township, Winnebago County, on January 13, 1916, the daughter of Bent and Linda (Monson) Thompson. Bent came from Norway at the age of 19 and Linda's parents also came from Norway. Corma was baptized and attended Winnebago Lutheran Church where she was confirmed in Norwegian. She attended Forest City High School. On June 6, 1931, she was united in marriage to Fred G. Leach. The couple resided on several farms in the Forest City area for 50 years. Corma was widowed in 1981 and happily resided at Vens Heim Apartments since 1987. She later lived for a time in Town Square Apartments until moving to Forest Plaza Assisted Living. Corma was a full time homemaker. She loved to bake and cook and share it with friends and relatives and shut-ins especially relatives at the Good Samaritan Center.

Her legacy is her family who will remember her faith and love for each of them: daughter Arlys Hopkins and husband John, son-in-law Eldean Borg, seven grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, son Luverne, daughters Marlene and Linda Borg, brothers Maynard and Truman, and sisters Leona Shupe and Beulah Riekena.

The family requests memorials to be directed to the Good Samaritan Center, Immanuel Lutheran Church or Hospice of North Iowa.

Updated by Chuck Prickett 8/13/2004

Jean Smidt, 65
Published August 18, 2004, Page B-6

Funeral service for Jean M. Smidt, 65, of Woden, was held Wednesday, Aug. 11 at Woden Christian Reformed Church with Rev. Kevin Jordan officiating. She died Friday, August 6, 2004, at the Westview Care Center in Britt. Burial was at the church cemetery with Cataldo Funeral Home in Woden in charge of arrangements.

Jean Marie Smidt, the daughter of Edwin and Gertie (McNeil) Hillenga and Erna (Iverson) Hillenga, the only mother she knew and loved, was born January 26, 1939, at Algona. Jean made her profession of faith at the Woden Christian Reformed Church. She attended the rural schools of Orthel Township in Hancock County and graduated from Britt High School in 1956. She continued her education at Dordt College. On August 8, 1958, Jean was united in marriage to John Smidt at the Woden Christian Reformed Church. They lived on a farm north of Woden until 1964 when they moved to a farm near Burt. In 1988, they moved into Woden and continued farming. Due to ill health she became a resident of the Westview Care Center in Britt in 2000. Jean enjoyed her family, designing and making cakes, reading and doing crossword puzzles.She was a member of the Woden Christian Reformed Church where she taught Bible school.

Jean is survived by her husband John, of Woden, her mother Erna Hillenga, of Woden, two children: Deanna (Mike) Taylor of Cherokee and Alan (Teresa) Smidt of Forest City, eleven grandchildren: Mandy, Trish and Jordan Taylor and Ryan, Sandi, Julianne, Tyler, Kyle, Emily, Allison and Nathan Smidt, five brothers and sisters: Kay Hunter of Cedar, Minn., Doris (Dean) Haugland of Forest City, Edwin (Vicki) Hillenga of Wesley, Carol Clendenen of Auto, WV and Dean (Suzanne) Hillenga of Hobbs, NM, a sister-in-law: Grace Barnes of Iowa City, a brother-in-law: Warren (Bev) Smidt of Clayton, Wisc., and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her stillborn son, her father and her mother, Gertie.

Ann Christensen, 94
Published August 18, 2004, Page B-6

Funeral service for Ann A. Christensen was held Tuesday, August 17 at First Presbyterian Church in Woden with Judy Junkermeier, lay pastor, officiating. She died Friday (August 13, 2004) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City. Music was provided by organist, Doris Leeck who accompanied soloist, Bruce Wubben and congregational hymns. Usher was Lamont Junkermeier. Casket bearers were Don Isebrand, Roger Wood, Bob Lorenzen, Don Weiland, Marlin Cromwell, Paul Gerdes, Ron Dahle and Everett Brock. Burial was at Bingham Township Cemetery, south of Woden with Cataldo Funeral Home of Woden in charge of arrangements.

Ann Angeline, the daughter of John and Johanna (Meenk) Hoftiezer was born May 16, 1910, at Castlewood, S.D. Ann was baptized and confirmed, learning both the German and English Catechism, at the Bemis Presbyterian Church in rural Castlewood. She started country school near Castlewood at the age of 4 to learn the English language. Ann came to Iowa in 1930 where she met her future husband, Charles Christensen. They were married on November 14, 1934, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. She worked at Schelfbein Grocery for two years, Orthel Grocery Store for 10 years and was clerk at the Woden Post Office from 1950 to 1972. Ann and Charlie lived their entire married life in Woden. Ann was known to so many as Mother Ann and Grandma Ann. She was always ready and willing to help whenever and wherever she was needed. Ann enjoyed her grandson, his wife, her great grandchildren, her church and community and, most of all, helping other people. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Woden where she was the first woman elder in the church and was active as a Sunday school teacher, superintendent and was past president and secretary of the Presbyterian Women. Ann was also the Clerk of Session of the Woden Presbyterian Church for 23 years and was honored as outstanding elder of the church. She belonged to the Woden Ladies Auxiliary serving as past president, Woden senior citizens being named Outstanding Senior Citizen in 1984 and was a Gold Star Mother. Ann was one of the organizers of the first Woden Public Library. She was voted Woden's centennial queen in July 1999 and was nominated and received the Giving Your Best Award sponsored by the local TV station and sponsors in the year 2000.

Ann is survived by her grandson, Dallas Christensen and wife, Deanna, and their children, Jessica, Michelle and Jacob all of Britt; as well as many nieces, nephews and lots of friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie; parents; a son, Leon who was killed during World War II; son and daughter-in-law, Curtis and Barb; her brothers, Albert, Dick, Herman, John, Harry and Arey Hofteizer; and a sister, Jennie Lammers.

DonnaLou Kester, 64
Published August 18, 2004, Page B-6

Memorial service for DonnaLou Kester, 64, was held Tuesday, August 17 at St. Henry Catholic Church in Marshalltown with a mid-afternoon burial and committal service at the Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.

DonnaLou was the daughter of Melvin and Myrtle Peterson and was raised on a farm near Leland. She attended elementary school in Leland and graduated from Forest City High in 1957. DonnaLou received an AA degree from Eagle Grove Community College, a BA degree from UNI and a MA degree from Drake University. Her teaching career included positions at Shell Rock, Stacyville, St. Ansgar and Marshalltown. She spent the last six years partnering with her husband to develop the Cross Country Estates housing development. DonnaLou was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she was a Sunday School teacher and then a Sunday School Superintendent for many years. After retiring from 35 years of public school teaching, she served as a parish worker for Trinity Lutheran Church and was the author of email devotions for the past three years. She was a member of MEA, NEA, ISEA, Matins Kiwanis, ADK and enjoyed several bridge clubs. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, and an awesome grandma who enjoyed her family, friends, golfing, traveling and quietly encouraging others in many different ways.

DonnaLou is survived by her husband of 46 years, Larry of Marshalltown, one daughter: Lori Manderfield and her husband Jim of Urbandale, two sons: Dave and his wife Julie of Urbandale, and Dan and his wife Lora of Marshalltown, nine grandchildren, two brothers: Roger Peterson of Lake Mills and Richard Peterson of Pine Bluff, Ark., two sisters: Marjorie VerHoef of Leland, and Sharon Holland of Forest City, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother: Marvin (Bud).

Harvey LaBounty, 78
Published August 18, 2004, Page B-6

Funeral service for Harvey J. LaBounty, 78, Humboldt, formerly of Britt, was held Wednesday, Aug. 11, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Humboldt, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. William Schreiber officiated with Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home of Humboldt in charge arrangements. He died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004, at the Long-Term Care Unit of the Humboldt County Memorial Hospital in Humboldt. Military graveside rites were conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5240 of Dakota City.

Harvey Jerome LaBounty, son of David Jerome and Emma (Faust) LaBounty, was born July 2, 1926, on a farm in northern Iowa. He attended grade school at Erin No. 8 and No. 9, and graduated from Britt High School in 1943. He enlisted in the United States Navy in December of 1944, and served on the aircraft carrier USS Barnes during World War 11, as a radioman in the Pacific Theater. Following his discharge from the Navy, he returned home and attended Drake University in Des Moines. In May of 1949 he was united in marriage to Doris Darrah of Kanawha. After his graduation from Drake, he taught school in Ute from 1949 until 1956. In 1956, the couple made their home in Humboldt, where he worked as a fieldsman for Farm Bureau, until 1960. He returned to teaching, first in Gilmore City, from 1960 until 1970, and then in Humboldt, from 1970 until his retirement in May of 1988. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Iowa State Education Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Doris of Humboldt; sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Christine of Overland Park, Kan., and Randy and Janelle of Wildwood, Mo.; daughters, Becky of Cedarburg, Wis., and Renee of Palm Desert, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and a sister, Marjorie Larson of Kanawha.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Paul Spangler, 73
Published August 18, 2004, Page B-6

Funeral service for Paul E. Spangler, 73, of Britt, was held Tuesday, Aug. 10 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Britt, with the Rev. Michael Schueller officiating. He died Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, at the Westview Care Center, Britt, Iowa surrounded by his family. Ewing Dugger Funeral Home in Britt was in charge of arrangements.

Paul Eugene Spangler, the son of William B. and Glenne Sheridan Spangler, was born December 29, 1930, in Britt. Paul was a 1950 graduate of Britt High School. He graduated from Mason City Jr. College in 1956. Paul was united in marriage with Patsy Pierce on April 24, 1954, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Clear Lake. The couple made their home in Britt for 46 years, where they raised their five children. Paul was employed at Pritchard Auto in Britt as a salesman until health forced him to retire in 1980. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Britt. Paul loved and was passionate about his family and friends. He loved to socialize and joke. No one could tell a story quite like Paul. He loved God and the Catholic faith. He will be greatly missed.

Paul is survived by his wife Patricia of Britt; five children: Margaret Herman of Mason City, Lisa Smidt and her husband Paul of Kanawha, David Spangler and his wife Julie of Kanawha, Caroline Andersen and her husband Reggie of Forest City, Stephanie Specht and her husband Chris of Yankton, South Dakota; twelve grandchildren: Danielle and Nicholas Herman, Doug Smidt, Jody and her husband Matthew Clemens, and Renee Smidt, Rebecca, Melinda, and Matthew Spangler, Brian and Joe Andersen, Taylor and Whitney Specht; brother Ronald Spangler and his wife Bette of Mission Viejo, California, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters: Evelyn Long, Doloris Kayser, Patricia A. Spangler, and one brother William Spangler.

Darrel Buckley, 62
Published August 18, 2004, Page B-6

Funeral service for Darrel R. Buckley, 62, was held last month in Hanover, Md., with the Singelton Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. He died July 23 at Joseph Richey Hospice after a two-year battle with cancer.

Darrell Buckley, the son of Richard and Olive (Olson) Buckley, was born on May 11, 1942, in Iowa City, Iowa. Darrell worked for SWL Inc., in Crystal Lake, Va., and Docu-Data in Linthicum. He served in the U.S. Navy and retired in 1980 with the rank of chief warrant officer after 20 years of service. He was a member of the Elks Lodge. He enjoyed reading science fiction and stamp collecting.

Darrell is survived by his wife of 40 years, Sandra Buckley; three daughters, Laurie Murray of Millersville, Amy Baucom of Brooklyn Park and Kiaran Buckley of Hanover; three brothers, Gene Buckley of Washington, Wayne Buckley of Nebraska and Danny Buckley of Florida; and two grandchildren.

Updated by Chuck Prickett 8/19/2004

Leonard J. Rayhons
Published August 25, 2004, Page B-5

Funeral service for Leonard J. Rayhons, 82 of Garner, was held Thursday, August 19, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Garner with the Rev. Michael Schueller officiating. Lector was Shane Upmeyer. Music was provided by organist, Carolvn Kumsher who accompanied the church choir. Ushers were Bob Krai and Lawrence Engstler. Honorary bearers were the Garner Lions Club and spouses. Casket bearers were Corey Upmeyer, Shane Upmeyer, Brian Cataldo, Brian Follmann, Jason Reis, Bob Malek, Scott Rayhons and Randy Rayhons. Burial was at St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Duncan with military rites by the Gamer Veterans Ceremonial Unit. Cataldo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Leonard John, the son of John and Beatta (Wellik) Rayhons, was born February 28, 1922, at Gamer. He died Sunday, August 15, 2004, at his rural home. He attended Garfield No. 5 country school and helped his parents on the family farm northwest of Garner. On November 16, 1943, he married Emily Marie Tlach at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Duncan. They made their home across from his parent's home where they farmed. He served his country during WW II in the U.S. Army as an automotive mechanic in the European Theatre. Following his honorable discharge on October 27, 1946, he returned home and continued to farm. Besides farming he also sold hybrid seed, did custom bailing and chopping and hauled feed and grain. On May 8, 1978, his wife, Emily, passed away from cancer at the age of 52. On August 16, 1979, he married Alice (Rapp) Meints at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Garner. They lived on the home farm where Leonard farmed with his son, Marv. Leonard enjoyed his family, visiting with people, playing cards, dancing and helping on the farm. He especially enjoyed dressing up each Christmas as Santa Claus for lots of little children. He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Garner, Knights of Columbus 4th degree, St. Boniface Men's Society, Catholic Workman Lodge, Garner Lions Club, and was a lifetime member of the Garner VFW and American Legion. Leonard was also a 4-H leader, served on the ASC committee and was a trustee for Garfield Township.

He is survived by his wife, Alice of Garner; two children, Marvin (Nancy) Rayhons of Garner and Jeanette (Alien) Upmeyer of Clinton; five grandchildren, Bonnie , (Brian) Cataldo, Amy (Brian) Follmann, Cory (Jennifer) Upmeyer, Shane (Jennifer) Upmeyer and Darci (Jason) Reis; seven great grandchildren, Sam, Ray and Reed Cataldo, Ethan and Abby Follmann, James and Joshua Upmeyer; three step children, Roger Meints of San Diego, Calif., Dick (Sheryl) Meints of Meservey and Kathleen (Mike) Embertson of Mason City; two sisters, Rose Mae (Red) Baker of Garner and Darlene Oldham of Dubuque; a brother-in-law, George (Betty) Tlach of Garner; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by first wife, Emily; his parents; and two brothers-in-law, Darold Pletcher and Mike Oldham.

Pearl Palmateer, 95
Published August 25, 2004, Page B-5

Funeral service for Pearl Palmateer, 95 of Waterloo, was held Saturday, August 21 at Petersen Lund Funeral Home in Forest City with Timothy Coyer officiating. She died Saturday, August 14, 2004, at Alien Memorial Hospital in Waterloo. Burial was at Clear Lake Cemetery in Clear Lake with Petersen Lund Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Pearl, the daughter of Orin A. and Cecelia (Halverson) Calhoun, was born in Clear Lake on October 21, 1908. At the age of six, her parents and sisters moved to her grandfather's farm (Halver Halverson farm) three miles west of Fertile, Iowa. Her first year of school was in Clear Lake. She received the balance of her education in the Fertile Schools, graduating from Fertile Consolidated High School with the class of 1927. She was united in marriage with James Lloyd Palmateer on July 17, 1926. The couple moved to Rock Island, Illinois, where they lived for 13 years. Their daughter was born on October 21, 1936, in Rock Island. Mr. Palmateer's work took the family all over the country. In 1971 he retired and they moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. They belonged to the Christ United Methodist Church and were very active. Except for a few years Pearl took off to care for her baby Donna Lou, she worked for Montgomery Ward in Rock Island and for more than 13 years, for the J. M. Bostwick Department Store in Janesville, Wisconsin, as a buyer for the Drapery Department.

Pearl is survived by a brother-in-law Milo Palmateer and wife Emily, sister-in-law Pauline (Calhoun) Anderson and husband Archie; five nieces and a nephew: Evelyn (Clyde) Melick, Paula (Jim) Hansen, Patricia (Don) Haarstad, Orin (Pam) Calhoun, Pam (Rob) Coyer, Michele (Lee) Wright and longtime family friend. Donna DeGray.

Pearl was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her daughter Donna Lou, sisters Hazel and Ora and a brother, Floyd.

James L. Nelson, 63
Published August 25, 2004, Page B-5

James L. Nelson, age 63, died Saturday, June 26, 2004, at St. John Pharmacy, St. John, US Virgin Islands, of a heart attack. Services were held at Oppenheimer Beach on St. John Thursday, July 8. An additional service will be held in Jackson, WY, on September 18.

Jim was born September 18, 1940, in Forest City, to Paul R. Nelson and Jessmae (Hogge) Nelson. He graduated from Forest City High School in 1958. After attending Waldorf College in Forest City, he graduated in 1965 from South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy.

Due to a life-long love of the West he moved to Casper, WY, to begin his pharmacy career. There he met and married Susan Studer. They had two daughters, Lisa and Aran. Jim later moved to Jackson, WY, where he renovated and operated an up-scale grocery store in the Aspens, the Westside Store. Looking for a change, Jim moved to the US Virgin Islands and became a compounding pharmacist. While in the Islands, he met and married his second wife, Kathy Brown. They lived in Nashville, Tenn., for a time, before Jim returned to the Islands. Jim was known as the Medicine Man, which was also the name of the store he operated between tours of duty at various pharmacies on St. John and St. Thomas. In addition to being very entrepreneurial, Jim always tailored his learning to whatever environment he lived, always seeking out local knowledge. Jim loved serving peoples' needs and always took the extra time and energy to get to know his patients personally. He was a valuable part of the St. John community and will be missed very much. His passions included hunting, aviation and golf, having what many called the most beautiful swing ever.

He is survived by daughter Aran Nelson of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; daughter Lisa Wallace, son-in-law Chris and grandson Levi of Sheridan, WY; his sister Mary Osbom of Willis, Tex.; and his brother Robert and sister-in-law Susan of Linch, WY.

Updated by Chuck Prickett 8/26/2004




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