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Donald Abbas
Dorothy M. Ambroson
Marjorie Braadland
Judy Ann Eley
Kathy Ann Hall
Ernest LeVerne Hanson
Andrea Elaine Hayungs
Tamara L. Kuhnau
Darol Merle Mitchell
Myra Shirley Nies
Betty Jean Ouverson
Martha H. Peterson
Elwin Redenius
Sylvia Haugen Severson
Irvin Sierp
Ardis Mae Fox Roberts Stockbauer
Orville H. Trytten
Vera Westby
Stanley R. Wogen
 


Dorothy Ambroson, 84
Published December 7, 2005, page B-5

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December 7, 2005

Dorothy M. Ambroson, 84, of Leland, died Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2005, at the Good Samaritan Center in Forest City. Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 3 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Leland with Pastor Randy Baldwin officiating. Burial was in Forest Home Cemetery in Leland with Petersen Lund Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Marcella, the daughter of Albert and Millie (Gullickson) Tinderholt, was born on the family farm, east of Thompson, on July 20, 1921. Dorothy was baptized and confirmed at West Prairie Lutheran Church near Thompson. On September 10, 1950, she was united in marriage with Robert Ambroson. The couple farmed near Leland their entire married lives. Dorothy joined Our Saviors Lutheran Church where she was active in various organizations. Dorothy enjoyed crocheting, doing handwork and made beautiful quilts. She worked for many years at the Leland Post Office and in the Winnebago County Assessor’s office. She entered the Good Samaritan Center in Forest City in September of 2002.

Dorothy is survived by her two children: James Ambroson and wife Melanie of Leland, Iowa and Janet Haugen and husband Dennis of Forest City; four grandchildren: Christopher Ambroson and wife Shannon of Ames; Jamie Licko and husband Jim of Cedar Rapids; Michael Haugen at Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minn., and Justin Haugen of Eagan, Minnesota.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert Ambroson, who died September 8, 2005, two brothers and two sisters.


Darol Mitchell, 61
Published December 7, 2005, page B-5

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December 7, 2005

Darol Merle Mitchell died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005, at Fairview Red Wing Hospital in Red Wing, Minn. Memorial service was held Monday, Dec. 5 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City with Rev. Laaveg officiating. Inurnment was at Madison Township Cemetery with Petersen Lund Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Darol was born in Wright County, east of Belmond, on his Aunt Jerushia and Uncle Recee Redmond’s farm to Milo Merle and Daisy R. (Wilson) Mitchell. He was the youngest of five siblings. He was raised in Forest City and attended school through the 10th grade. He then started up a band with Bob Mary. Darol also played with the Fjetland Band, with the Rondels, the Blue Banners and several other bands. On January 3, 1965, he was married to Gail Rich of Britt. This union was blessed with two daughters. The couple later divorced. Darol worked for Gulf Gas Station of Highway 69 North in Forest City. He also worked for Kayot-Forester and Winnebago Industries. He held other jobs but music was his life. On January 3, 1976, he married Beverly Jean Phillips of Woden. He adopted Jennifer Phillips and they were blessed with another daughter. The couple later divorced. In October of 1984 Darol suffered a serious stroke which left him paralyzed on the left side. He lost all his ability to sing and play music. He entered the nursing home in Austin, Minn., in 1997. He later transferred to Albert Lea, Minn., and then to a Red Wing, Minn., nursing home.

Darol is survived by four daughters: Kimberly (Richard) Brass of Thompson, Valorie (Robert) Marr of Thompson, Jesse (Scott) Schwering of Fort Worth, Tex., Jennifer Mitchell Nauman of Fort Worth, Tex., and a step-son, Richard (Dick) Phillips of Austin, Minn.; eight grandchildren: Christopher, Cory and Dakota Brass, GabreGail and Anastasia Marr, Angelica and Alex Schwering, Staci Marr and great-granddaughter, Korra Marr; two brothers, Cecil (Karen) Mitchell of Forest City, and Phillip Mitchell of St. Paul, Minn., a sister, Jeanette (Doyce) Michelson of Mt. Pleasant, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and Beverly Phillips of Fort Worth, Tex., and Gail Eggers of Fertile.

Darol was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Phyllis who died at birth, his grandparents, Thomas and Sierra Mitchell and Timothy and Purnie Wilson.


Myra Nies, 67
Published December 7, 2005, page B-5

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December 7, 2005

Myra Shirley Nies, 67, of Forest City,  died Friday, Dec. 2, 2005, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Funeral service will be Thursday, Dec. 8 at 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Forest City with Pastor Doug Snyder officiating. Burial will be at First Baptist Cemetery in Forest City. Visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Petersen Lund Funeral Home in Forest City.


Andrea Hayungs, 36
Published December 7, 2005, page B-5

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December 7, 2005

Andrea Elaine Hayungs died Friday, Nov. 25, 2005, at University Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn. Funeral service for was held Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Britt Zion Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Ron McKee and Rev. Brandt Freeburg officiating. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery, Britt, with Ewing Dugger Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Music was provided by pianist Frances Freeburg, soloists Sherry Langlitz and Bruce Halverson. Casket bearers were Mark Lewerke, Rich Lewerke, Tyler Lage, Brad Laird, Eldon Meyers and Jeff Kudej. Ushers were Lyle Meyers and Kenny Shipler.

Andrea, the daughter of Ivan and Susan Loney Imel, was born October 10, 1969, in Laredo, Texas. Andrea later moved with her parents to Gila Bend, Ariz., where she was educated. She then attended Northern Arizona University and received her Master’s Degree in 1999. On June 1, 2002, Andrea was united in marriage with Randy Hayungs at the Zion Church of the Nazarene in Britt. The couple has since made their home on the family farm near Woden. Andrea was employed at the Woden-Crystal Lake Titonka School as an elementary teacher and high school librarian and was the Crystal Lake Public Library librarian. Andrea was a member of the Zion Church of the Nazarene in Britt, where she helped with Bible school, Sunday school, Bible Quizers for children and sang in the church choir.

Andrea is survived by husband Randy; daughter Sheena at home; father, Ivan and Ann Imel of Tex.; mother, Susan and Jerry Lewerke of Britt; brother, Eric and Mikkie Imel of Mesa, Ariz.; sister, Shannon Imel and her son Micah of Britt; step-brothers: Mark and JoAnn Lewerke and Rich Lewerke all of Garner; step-sister Traci and Cody Torgerson of Chewela, Washington; paternal grandmother, Delores Imel of Ohio; Randy’s parents, Harold and Stella Hayungs of Britt; Randy’s grandmother Lydia Hillenga of Woden; brother-in-law, Gary and Dianna Hayungs of Britt; sisters-in-law: Sherri and Bruce Logemann of Earlham and Paula and Scott Davis of Lake Nabagmon, Wisconsin; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents Mildred and Harold Loney; paternal grandfather, Albert Imel; Randy’s grandparents Harm Hillenga and John and Elizabeth Hayungs and step-sister Marne Lewerke.


Martha Peterson, 85
Published December 7, 2005, page B-5

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December 7, 2005

Martha H. Peterson, 85, formerly of Emmons, Minn., died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005, at the Veterans Home in Marshalltown where she had been a resident for several years. Funeral service for will be held Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Silver Lake Lutheran Church, rural Northwood, with Pastor Kevin Mackey officiating. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Albert Lea, Minn., with Mittelstadt Funeral Home, Lake Mills, in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be Tuesday, 5 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service at the church.


Irvin Sierp, 88
Published December 7, 2005, page B-5

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December 7, 2005

Irvin Sierp, 88, of Forest City, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City. Funeral service for will be held Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 2:30 p.m. at Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca.

Irvin, the son of Carl J. and Effie Pearl (Fulton) Sierp, was born July 10, 1917. He was united in marriage with Lucille Overman on Oct. 21, 1939. Irvin and Orie Sierp owned and operated gas stations and delivered oil in the Villisca, Tenville, and other area stations for several years. He and Lucille moved to the Forest City area where he also operated gas stations and delivered oil. He retired in 1972. Irvin was a member of Villisca Presbyterian Church and was a member of the Villisca Fire Department.

Irvin is survived by his wife Lucille of Forest City, son Robert (Marcia) Sierp of LaCrosse, Wis.; daughter Marlene (Marion) Huff of Rockwell; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, and other relatives and friends.

Irvin was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and four brothers.


Marjorie Braadland, 67
Published December 7, 2005, page B-5

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December 7, 2005

Marjorie Braadland, 67, of Woden, died Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2005, at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City following a courageous battle with cancer. Funeral service for was held Saturday, Dec. 3 at Petersen Lund Funeral Home in Forest City with Rev. Arlen Lloyd officiating.

Marjorie Iva, the daughter of Martin and Ada (Berryhill) Wubben, was born on a farm near Buffalo Center on November 26, 1938, the second of five children. In 1956, Marjorie graduated from Buffalo Center High School. She graduated from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake with a degree in education. She was a substitute teacher for several years and also enjoyed her work of many years as a nursing assistant. On October 30, 1965, Marjorie was united in marriage to Merle Braadland in Elmore, Minn. The couple lived on a farm south of Thompson for 16 years. They also lived in Wisconsin for 18 years.

Marjorie is survived by her husband of 40 years, Merle Braadland of Woden, five daughters and two sons: Vivian (Steven) Heller of Forest City, William Braadland of Buffalo Center, Vanita (Robert) Preska of Bloomington, Minn., John Braadland of Dodge City, Kansas, Valjean Lockington of La Farge, Wis., Violet (Robert) Thelen of La Farge, Wis., and Victoria Braadland of Woden. Also surviving is her mother, Ada Wubben of Buffalo Center, 21 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and four siblings: Elizabeth Gifford of Slater, Neil Wubben of Osage, Aldine Gramstad of Swea City, and Mary Behrends of Lone Rock.

She was preceded in death by her father, Martin Wubben and a grandson, Eric Heller.

Updated by Chuck Prickett 12/10/2005


Tamara Kuhnau, 38
Published December 14, 2005, page B-5

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December 13, 2005

Tamara L. Kuhnau, 38, of Forest City, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005, at the home of her sister and brother-in-law, in Leland. A celebration of life was held Monday, Dec. 12, at Word of Faith Church, rural Lake Mills, with Pastor Doug Domokos officiating.

Tamara Louise was born March 1, 1967, in Estherville to Don and Donna Kuhnau. She graduated valedictorian of her class at Estherville High School in 1985; graduated from Waldorf College with honors in 1987, and from Northwestern College in Orange City, in 1989 majoring in Political Science/Pre-Law. After working three years in Washington D.C., she returned to Iowa in 1992 to assume the position of Director of Student Activities at Waldorf College in Forest City. Later, she also served as an Associate in Campus Ministry and a Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Waldorf football team, as well as a fitness instructor at the YMCA. Tamara’s strong faith in the Lord and her love for His Word were evident in every area of her life. Her greatest desire was that God would be glorified through her life. She also had great love and compassion for people—her family, friends, neighbors, students and co-workers. Tamara loved life and lived each day to the fullest. She enjoyed traveling, gardening and landscaping, cooking, singing, and had a big spot in her heart for animals. Tamara knew how to have fun just about anywhere.

She is survived by her parents, Don and Donna Kuhnau of Estherville, her sister Twila (Gregg) Helmich, a nephew, Tyler Helmich, a niece, Hannah Helmich of Leland, and her brother, David Kuhnau, of Chicago, Ill., as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents: Wilhelm and Cleo Kuhnau, Paul and Wilma Paulson, an uncle, Roger Kuhnau and an aunt, Patti Kuhnau.


Orville Trytten, 87
Published December 14, 2005, page B-5

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December 13, 2005

Orville H. Trytten, 87, of Lake Mills, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005, at his home in Lake Mills. Funeral service was Monday, Dec. 12 at Salem Lutheran Church in Lake Mills with Rev. Roger Dykstra officiating. Burial was in Salem Memorial Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Otto/Chose Post #235 of the American Legion and arrangements by Mittelstadt Funeral Home.

Orville Herman, the son of Oscar and Emma (Leifson) Trytten, was born May 16, 1918 in Thompson. Following baptism and confirmation in the Lutheran faith, Orville moved with his family to Lake Mills. After serving in the U.S. Army, he was married to Irene M. Trenhailein 1944 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Following six years of farming in the Thompson and Grafton areas, they opened the Golden Star Roller Rink, which moved seasonally to various towns in northern Iowa. Orville loved working with children and enjoyed playing games with his family who had a weekly family meal (“Fat Tuesday”) at his home in Lake Mills. Orville shared his enthusiasm for music, skating, carnivals, parades, fireworks, outdoor movie theaters and all things fun with his children. His greatest treasures were his family—wife Irene, children and grandchildren.

Survivors include five children, Viola Simmons of Lake Mills, Dean (Beverly) Trytten of Taylors, S.C., Twyla (Alain) Pederson of Lake Mills, Karen (Mike) Leidal, of Austin, Minn., and Pamela McPherson of Boulder City, Nev.; two brothers, Arlo (Darlene) Trytten of Lake Mills, and Glaydon (Donna) Trytten of Lake Mills; nine grandchildren, Nickolas Simmons, Dana (Becky) Trytten, Dana Benson, Denise (Jerry) Lensing Jerry (and stepson Michael), Misty Liedal, Tara Leidal, David Meineke, April (Christopher) Harris, and Alex McPherson; and four great-grandchildren, Brandon (Simmons) Ralston, Michael and Jessica Harris, and Madison Rose Lensing.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene, his parents, Oscar and Emma Trytten; two grandchildren, Jason Leidal and Chad Simmons; brothers, Lawrence Trytten, Elmer (Bud) Trytten, Hiram Trytten; and sisters Juella Trytten and Alice Peterson.


Kathy Ann Hall, 47
Published December 14, 2005, page B-5

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December 13, 2005

Kathy Ann Hall, 47, of Warr Acres, Okla., died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2005, at her home after a five-year battle with ovarian cancer. A memorial service was held Tuesday, December 13 at Candle-wood Chapel in Midwest City, Okla., with Chaplain Mark Thompson officiating. Interment was at Pleasant Valley Cemetery with Corbett Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Kathy Ann was born July 19, 1958, in Clinton, to Paul and Zella (Altenburg) Severson and was raised in Forest City. She graduated from Forest City High School in 1976. Following graduation, Kathy attended Upper Iowa University in Fayette and then enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1978. She worked as a telephone field phone linesman and parts clerk with the 8th Infantry Unit in Bad Kreuznach, West Germany until 1982. She returned to the States and joined the Colorado Army National Guard in Golden, Colo., and also attended Parks College in Denver receiving a degree in Travel/Transportation in 1983. In June 1984, she was married to Thomas “Glenn” Hall, whom she had met in Germany, in Blue Mountain, Miss. They later moved to California where Kathy enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1986 and served as a jet engine mechanic at Travis AFB, California until 1990. In 1989, Thomas “Glenn” was killed in a motor vehicle accident. While in California, Kathy also attended Solano Community College and graduated with AS degrees in both Business Marketing in 1993 and Business Management and Administration in 1994. She then moved to Idaho and attended the University of Idaho and graduated with a BS degree in Environmental Science in 1998. She moved to Alaska to find work and met and married Stanley Slagle in 2000. They were later divorced. She then moved to the Oklahoma City area where she completed the tile setting program at Francis Tuttle Technology Center in 2003 and the plumbing program at Mid-Del Technology in 2005, and received an Associate of Applied Science degree in Construction Technology from Oklahoma State University in 2005. She will be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor and her perseverance and determination. She was an avid traveler, stamp collector, and downhill skier. She also had a remarkable talent for remodeling houses. Kathy was an avid reader with a personal library of thousands of books. She quenched her thirst for knowledge by continually taking college classes.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas “Glenn” Hall; her father, Paul Severson; and her infant brother David Paul Severson. She is survived by her mother, Zella Severson of Longmont, Colo.; three sisters, Susan (Charles) Smith of Olive, Mont.; Nancy (Todd) Shafer of Auburn, Wash.; and Marsha Campbell of Hanahan, S.C.; a brother, Steven (Penny) Severson of Edmond, Okla.; a nephew, Matthew Smith; six nieces, Lisa Smith, Katie Smith, Brandi Shafer, Ashley Shafer, Dezirae Ferrin, and Skyler Severson; and two great nieces, Hailee Ross and Kaylianne Jordan.


Stanley Wogen, 87
Published December 14, 2005, page B-5

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December 13, 2005

Stanley R. Wogen, 86, of Kiester, Minn., died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005, at Lake Mills Care Center in Lake Mills. Funeral service was held Wednesday, Dec. 7 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, in Kiester, with Reverend Richard Steffens officiating. Interment was in Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery in Kiester.

Stanley R., the son of Sam and Lizzie (Wiig) Wogen, was born in Humboldt County on Oct. 28, 1919. Stanley was baptized in Humboldt and confirmed at Bethel Lutheran Church in Vinje. He attended high school in Kiester, graduating in 1937. On Oct. 13, 1945, he married Evelyn Jensen of Albert Lea, Minn. He was engaged in farming until 1964. He then managed Kiester Lanes for two years, and then went to work for Sime Equipment Company where he served as parts manager until retirement. He was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church since 1952 and served several terms on the church council, including two years as president. He and his wife spent 16 winters in McAllen, Texas while keeping their home in Kiester. Stanley enjoyed traveling, bowling, and golf.

He is survived by his wife Evelyn Wogen of Lake Mills, and two sons: Duane Wogen of St. Charles, Ill.; and Dennis (Peggy) Wogen of Malta, Ill.; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; as well as two sisters: Selma Sime and Luella Flo of Lake Mills.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers: Milford and Elvin Wogen.


Ardis Stockbauer, 72
Published December 14, 2005, page B-5

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December 13, 2005

Ardis Mae Fox Roberts Stockbauer, 72, died Thursday, Nov. 10 at her home in Milton, Fla., after a short illness. A memorial service was held at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Nov. 17.

Born in Forest City November 26, 1932, she was the youngest daughter of Floyd C. and Florence E. Frisk Fox. Ardis, a musician and singer, competed at the state high school levels, was class president, and a member of the First Baptist Church. After graduating from Waldorf College she moved to Denver, Colo., and roomed with classmate and life long friend Janice Prelip. In 1956 she married Carlton Roberts of Framingham, Mass. Daughter Crystal Ann was born November 3, 1957, in Forest City while home for Floyd’s funeral. The family moved from San Antonio, Tex., to Orlando in March, 1958, where she attended Florida Shores Baptist Church. Ardis was an office manager for two moving van agents. Divorced in 1968, Ardis married Jay Grant Dudley from Malad City, Idaho, in 1970 and returned to Forest City in 1976. She was an office manager for Siddal’s Moving and Storage and a receptionist at Waldorf. They relocated to Cape Canaveral, Florida in 1986. In 1989 she married Donald Stockbauer, later relocated to Milton, Fla., and was active in St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, the local garden club and the Red Hat Society.

She is survived by her husband Don, daughters Crystal Bingham of Watertown, N.Y., and stepdaughter Jessica Bright, of Bronson, Fla.; stepsons Chuck and Jim Dudley of Salt Lake City, Utah; sisters Norma Hockbein, Cannon Falls, Minn., Phyllis Specker, St. Paul, Minn., Ruby Almert, Flat Rock, N.C., grandchildren Ryan Baker, Jack Bingham, Daisy, Robbie, Bruce, Dennis, and Dylan Bright, a niece and five nephews.

Ardis was preceded in death by husband Grant.

Updated by Chuck Prickett 12/16/2005


Elwin Redinius, 63
Published December 21, 2005, page B-5

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December 20, 2005

Elwin Redenius, 63, of Britt, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005, at Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City. Funeral service was held Monday, Dec. 19 at First Lutheran Church in Britt with Janelle Sifring, AiM, officiating. Organist Donna Tech accompanied soloist John Weishaar and congregational hymns. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Britt, with Ewing Dugger Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Casket bearers were Steve Waters, Shawn Van Laere, Brent Drahn, Jason Redenius, Bob Seefeld and Roger Ewing.

Elwin James, the son of Menno and Lora (Stohr) Redenius, was born April 25, 1942, in Britt. Elwin grew up in the Britt area, and graduated from Britt High School in 1960. Following graduation, he joined the National Guard/Army Reserves. He was employed at the milk plant in Britt and at Floyd and Leonard’s in Mason City as parts man. On May 28, 1965, Elwin married Linda Brunner in Mason City. The couple lived in Mason City for three years and then moved to the family farm near Britt where Elwin farmed for 37 years. Elwin loved spending time with his family especially his grandchildren and friends. He loved his Corvettes, racing and farming. He was instrumental in establishing the Britt Hobo Day Car Show. Elwin was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Britt.

Elwin is survived by his wife Linda; four daughters: Sandra (Troy) Thompson of Arlington, Wash., Sara Jo (Steve) Waters of Ankeny, Stephanie (Brent) Drahn of Charles City, Susan (Shawn) VanLaere of Mason City; six grandchildren: four brothers: Myron Redenius of Billings, Mont., Kermit Redenius and wife Kristin of Webster City, Gerald Redenius and wife Yolanda of Britt, Ronald Redenius and wife Mary Jane of Forest City; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law Rose Redenius.


Sylvia Severson, 90
Published December 21, 2005, page B-5

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December 20, 2005

Sylvia Haugen Severson, 90, of Forest City, died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005, at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa in Mason City. Funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 17 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City with Pastor Barb Spaulding officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery, Forest City, with Petersen Lund Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Sylvia Ada was born on a farm in Grant Township, Winnebago County, on December 13, 1915, the daughter of Ole. G. and Gerda (Gjerde) Hanna. Sylvia received her education in rural schools near her home and graduated from Forest City High School in 1934. After receiving her Normal Training, she began teaching in country schools in Ellington Township and Grant Township. She married Ray Haugen on August 12, 1939. The couple lived on a farm east of Forest City where they raised hogs, cattle and horses. During this time, Sylvia was active in the Rainbow Trail Riders. She loved animals and especially enjoyed her horses. Ray died in 1973. On June 5, 1976, Sylvia was united in marriage to Orle Severson. Sylvia was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City. She was a talented china-painter and shared this talent with others. For nearly 50 years she taught china painting classes to area women, often holding classes every day. She loved to travel and spent 26 years wintering in Mission, Texas with Orle. She entered the Good Samaritan Center in Forest City on November 1, 2002.

Sylvia is survived by her step-children: Jerry (Mary Lou) Severson of McDonough, Ga., Marilyn (Ed) Hrubes of Henderson, Nev., and Dennis (Cathy) Severson of Eagan, Minn.; six grandchildren, Jeff Hrubes of Cedar Rapids, Greg Hrubes of Henderson, Nev., Diana Severson of Atlanta, Ga., Sara (Chris) Wier of Shakopee, Minn., Erin Severson of Eagan, Minn., and Lindsay Severson of Eagan, Minn.; two great-grandchildren, Kelsey and Cole Hrubes of Cedar Rapids. Also surviving is a sister, Virginia Wessels of Forest City and three sisters-in-law: Lois Hanna of Woden, Virginia Meinecke of Leland and Cleora Severson of Escalon, Cal.

Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands Ray and Orle and two brothers, Alvin and Gordon Hanna.


Donald Abbas, 80
Published December 21, 2005, page B-5

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December 20, 2005

Donald Abbas, 80, of Kanawha, died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2005, at Wright Medical Center in Clarion. Funeral service for was held Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Kanawha Christian Reformed Church with Pastor Steve Schulz officiating. Burial was at Amsterdam Township Cemetery, Kanawha, with Ewing Dugger Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Organist Marilyn DeKruyff accompanied soloist Ryan Zonnefeld and congregational hymns. Casket bearers were Jason and Angela Abbas, Jeremy and Sara Abbas, Valorie and Ryan Zonnefeld, Daniel and Lisa Mouw, and Stephanie Mouw.

Donald E., the son of Fred and Grace Folkerts Abbas, was born August 15, 1925, in rural Kanawha. Donald was raised in the Kanawha area where he attended country school and graduated from Kanawha High School in 1943. Following graduation, Donald helped his father farm the family farm. He was united in marriage with Eleanor Ruka on April 10, 1948, in Goodell. The couple made their home in the Kanawha, Britt and Corwith areas. Following their retirement they moved from the Corwith farm into Kanawha. Donald loved his family and friends very much. He especially enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed bowling, listening to male gospel quartets and traveling when given the opportunity. He served as a role model to his family and was a true inspiration. In 1999, Donald married Leona Carlson Freerksen in Jenison, Michigan. The couple made their home in Kanawha. Donald was an active member of the Kanawha Christian Reformed Church and served on the church council as deacon and elder and was a member of Men’s Society.

Donald is survived by his daughter, Lois Ann (Glen) Mouw of Sioux Center; his son, Darl (Paula) Abbas of Kanawha; two step children: Arlene (Larry) Goemaat Lakewood, Cal., and Richard (Ruth) Freerksen of Grand Rapids, Mich.; five grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; 14 step great-grandchildren; his sister, Audrey Mehl and her husband, Norman of Britt; his brother, Dennis Abbas and his wife, Jean of Marshalltown, numerous other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step mother Maude; first wife, Eleanor in 1998; second wife Leona in 2005, and brother Jerry.


Judy Eley, 60
Published December 21, 2005, page B-5

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December 20, 2005

Judy Ann Eley, 60, of Lake Mills, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2005, at Mercy Medical Center in Mason City. A memorial service was held Monday, Dec. 19 at Mittelstadt Funeral Home in Lake Mills with Rev. Roger Dykstra officiating.


Ernest Hanson, 94
Published December 21, 2005, page B-5

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December 20, 2005

Ernest LeVerne Hanson, 94, of Garner, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2005, at the Good Samaritan Center in Forest City. Funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 20 at Faith Lutheran Church in Miller. Burial was in Madison Township Cemetery, Forest City, with Petersen Lund Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Updated by Chuck Prickett 12/22/2005


Ernest Hanson, 94
Published December 28, 2005, page B-8

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December 20, 2005

Ernest Hanson, 94, of Garner, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2005, at the Good Samaritan Center in Forest City. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 20 at Faith Lutheran Church in Miller. Burial was in Madison Township Cemetery, Forest City, with Petersen Lund Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Ernest LeVerne, the son of Lewis and Hannah (Hanson) Hansen, was born on a farm near Thompson, on October 16, 1911. Ernest received his education in a country school near Miller. He married Florence Rhine on December 25, 1935. To this union five children were born. Ernest worked for area farmers for several years. In 1943, he began farming on his own northeast of Miller. He enjoyed gardening and watching the deer and wildlife on the farm. He treasured time spent visiting with family and friends and loved a Sunday drive in the country to check on the crops. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Miller.

Ernest is survived by his sons and their spouses: Arlo (Maralyn) Hanson of Mason City, Ron (Donna) Hanson of Forest City, Carroll (Kathryn) Hanson of Glenville, Minn., Joel (Brenda) Hanson of Garner; 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Milton Hanson of Forest City and Earl Hanson of San Clemente, Calif.; three sisters, Dorothy Wilson of Garner, Lula Schroeder of Britt and Vivian Rasmussen of Clear Lake.

Ernest was preceded in death by his parents, his son Gene, grandson Todd, brothers Duane and Raymond Hanson, sisters Mary Stewart and Pearl Pinkerton, daughter-in-law Karen Hanson, a sister who died in infancy, Laurel and brothers-in-law Alvin Schroeder and Forest Wilson.


Betty Ouverson, 76
Published December 28, 2005, page B-8

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December 20, 2005

Betty Jean Ouverson, 76, of Fertile, died at her home on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005. Funeral service was held Friday, Dec. 23 at the Church of Christ in Fertile with Pastor Curt Gallmeyer officiating. Burial was in Grant Center Cemetery, rural Clear Lake, with Petersen Lund Funeral Home of Forest City in charge of arrangements.

Betty Jean, the daughter of Selmer and Irene (Ballard) Brackey, was born in Aurora, Missouri, on September 21, 1929. The family moved to Bristol, in Worth County, when she was six months old. She attended Bristol No. 3 school for eight years then graduated from Lake Mills High School in 1948. She attended Waldorf College one year. In 1949 she was united in marriage with Robert Ouverson at Lake Mills Lutheran Church. They farmed for 56 years at Fertile. Betty loved to sew, garden, and provide for her husband, children, and grandchildren.

Those left to remember her are, her husband; Robert W. Ouverson, children: Bruce (Mara) Ouverson of Mason City, Lisa (Rod) Nielsen, of La Porte, Ind., Brian (Roberta) Ouverson of Fertile, and Cynthia (Charles) Taft of Mechanicsburg, Penn., grandchildren: Tony Funk, Rachel Nielsen, Joseph Funk, Bethany Nielsen, Sarah Taft, Emily Ouverson, Elizabeth Ouverson, Lydia Ouverson, Katelyn Ouverson, and Amelia Ouverson; siblings: Earl Brackey of Manly, James Brackey of Omaha, Neb., Mary Lechman of Lancaster, Calif., and Robert Brackey of St. Paul, Minn.

She was preceded in death by her parents.


Vera Westby, 91
Published December 28, 2005, page B-8

Posted Online
December 20, 2005

Vera Westby, 91, of Eagle Grove, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005, at the Rotary Ann Nursing Home in Eagle Grove. Funeral service was Tuesday, Dec. 27 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City with Pastor Barb Spaulding officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery, Forest City, with Petersen Lund Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Vera, the daughter of Harry and Lucy Frowick, was born on September 13, 1914, in Juliaetta, Idaho. After living in Lakeland, Fla., for five years, in 1920 the family moved back to Thompson where Vera grew up on the Michaelson family farm. She graduated in 1931 from high school. After graduating from the American Institute of Business in 1921, she worked in Des Moines as a secretary for the president of Bankers Life Insurance Company until 1940. While working in Des Moines she met Roy Peterson and they were married on April 2, 1938, in Omaha, Neb.. They moved to Winnebago County in 1941, eventually making their home in Forest City where Vera worked as a legal secretary for Nels Branstad from 1952 to 1960. In 1960 she ran for and won the election for the Clerk of the District Court, a position she held until her retirement in 1976. In 1961 Roy passed away from a heart attack. On August 14, 1982, she was married to Joseph Westby. They enjoyed living in Decorah, Clarion and Mesa, Ariz. Vera was active in the Lutheran Church women’s circle, the Federated Club, the Republican Women, the Sons of Norway, bridge club and served on the United Fund Board. She also enjoyed knitting, china painting, oil painting, gardening and traveling.

Vera is survived by a brother, Larry, a sister, Isabelle, a son Clinton Peterson of Palm Desert, Calif., a daughter Diane and husband Paul Edwards of Clarion, two granddaughters and their husbands and two great-granddaughters.

Updated by Chuck Prickett 12/29/2005

 
 
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