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Fern Bartik
Richard A. Bartleson
Albert L. Book
Elvina A. Bowman
Dr. Michael D. Brown
Tanner E. Brunsvold
Z. Sadie Charlson
Timothy M. Collins
Neville H. (Bud) Dakken
Larry Dean Evers
Phyllis L. Faber
Margaret E. Hill
Cheryl “Sherry” Hocum
Herbert B. Holland
Alice Jean Irish Kenney
James D. Larsen
Lilia D. McCauley
Clarine Evelyn Moe
B. Duane Opdahl
Paul A. Otto
Hazel Palmer
Marvin LeRoy Rye
Sharon Lelane Schultz
Leora Mary Smith
Agnes Marie Stecker
Othelia C. Torkelson
Marie K. Vaag
 


Timothy M. Collins, 47
Published March 1, 2006, page B-5

Timothy M. Collins, age 47 of Forest City, died Monday, February 20, 2006, in Forest City. Funeral service was Friday, February 24 at 1:30 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City with Pastor Lee Laaveg officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery in Forest City. Visitation was from 4 to 8 PM Thursday, Feb. 23 at the funeral home and an hour prior to service at the church. Petersen Lund Funeral Home 505 N Clark St Forest City IA 50436 641-585-2685 www.petersenlundfh.com.

Timothy Michael Collins was born in Rock Rapids, IA, on March 27, 1958, the son of Dr. Perry L. and Joan (Koller) Collins. He received his elementary education in Rock Rapids and graduated from Central Lyon High School in 1977. He worked in Worthington, MN for a time at Campbell’s Soup and Bedford Industries. In 1990 he married Darcy Anderson. The marriage later ended in divorce. Tim continued his education at the Jackson Technical Institute, graduating as a lineman. In 1993, Tim began working for the city of Forest City as a lineman, a position he held until his death. In 1998 he met Rhonda King and the couple has made a life together. Tim was an attentive father. He loved restoring old cars with his son Ben and the two of them had been working on building a dune buggy. He enjoyed fishing and being Ben’s wrestling “coach”. He liked to take Ashley snowmobiling and enjoyed watching her play volleyball and cheerleading. He treasured quiet times spent with Rhonda and the grandchildren. Tim was always there for other people willing to lend a hand and help out. He enjoyed NASCAR, the Minnesota Vikings and Texas Hold-Em.

He is survived by his children, Ashley and Ben Collins of Forest City and Stacy (Collins) Schulz of Brewster, MN; fiancée Rhonda King of Forest City; his mother Joan Collins and brother Steven Collins, both of Rock Rapids, IA; sisters Leigh (Mark) Stewart of Rock Rapids and Caryn (Kevin) Raddle of Fulda, MN; step-children Allison (Matt) Zrostlik of Forest City and Mike (Mishala) Good of Forest City and three step-grandchildren, Caleb Zrostlik and Hannah & Mark Good.

Tim was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Perry L. Collins.

'If you knew him, you liked him'

Forest City man who was victim of accidental shooting remembered for devotion to kids
Published March 1, 2006, page
A-1

By Bob Fenske
Of The Summit

FOREST CITYTimothy Collins was the good-natured instigator who whistled the theme song from “Wizard of Oz” every morning as he arrived at work. But, his friends and co-workers, say Collins will most be remembered as a man who was devoted to his children.

Collins died Feb. 20 as the result of an accidental shooting at the Forest City Police Department’s range, which is located in the southwest corner of the city. “He was a fun guy, and everyone knows about him and his practical jokes,” said Collins’ boss, Forest City Electric Plant Director Kevin Swanson. “The thing about Tim you’re never going to forget, though, is that his kids meant everything to him.”

Collins worked as a lineman for the city, and after getting off work on Feb. 20, he decided to do some target shooting. At around 3:45 p.m., a motorist saw Collins’ body at the range and called police. Paramedics arrived a short time later and confirmed the death. Forest City Police Chief Dan Davis said last Thursday that the shooting was accidental, based on evidence found at the scene and the results of an autopsy performed by Dr. Byron Carlson, the Winnebago County medical examiner. Forest City police, along with officers from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, are continuing the investigation. “On something like this, you just want to make sure everything is checked out. We’re really crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s,” Davis said. “We know it was an accidental shooting, and it’s just a tragedy.”

Davis said Collins was one of the key players in getting the shooting range built. “He spent a lot of time, including a lot of his own time, making sure it was up to speed. The thing about Tim is if you knew him, you liked him. He just had that easy-going personality about him.” Swanson said Collins loved joking with his co-workers. “He was always the guy who would talk someone else into making the hole in the pop can. You knew it was Tim’s idea, but he always gave you that great look that said, ‘Who, me?’” And Swanson said Collins could take grief as well as he could dish it out. Mostly, though, Swanson will remember how much his friend and employee cared for his family that included fianc/ Rhonda King, two children — Ashley, a freshman at Forest City High School, and Ben, a sixth-grader at the middle school — two step-children and three step-grandchildren.

“You could mess with Tim, but you couldn’t mess with his kids,” Swanson said. “He had a real soft spot for his kids, and he’d do anything — and I mean anything — for them."

Elvina A. Bowman, 86
Published March 1, 2006, page B-5

Elvina A. Bowman, age 86 of Forest City, died Tuesday, February 21, 2006, at the Good Samaritan Center in Forest City. Funeral service was Saturday, February 25 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Leland with Rev. Clarence Baalson officiating. Burial was at Forest Home Cemetery in Leland. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 PM Friday, February 24 at the funeral home and an hour prior to service at the church. Petersen Lund Funeral Home 505 N Clark St Forest City IA 50436 641-585-2685 www.petersenlundfh.com.

Elvina Ann Bowman was born on April 9, 1919, in rural Forest City, Iowa, the daughter of Helmer and Elizabeth Ann (Range) Myre. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and attended rural school near her home. Her father died when she was eleven and the family moved to Forest City where she graduated from Forest City High School in 1937. She married Orval Bowman on October 12, 1940, at the Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church in Forest City. After Orval returned from the service in 1945, the couple made their home on a farm east of Leland for over 45 years. This being where they raised their family. Elvina was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Leland where she was active in Ladies Aid, circle and other women’s activities. Her special interests through the years have included her children’s and grandchildren’s school programs, sports and concerts. Good memories include lots of picnics, fresh peach pies, Sunday drives, getting together with friends and family, and especially keeping in touch with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, no matter how close or far away they lived. The couple retired from farming and moved to Forest City in 1991. Orval passed away in April 2000. Elvina continued living at home until recently entering the Good Samaritan Center in Forest City. She died there on February 21, 2006 at the age of 86 years.

Elvina is survived by her children and their spouses: Patricia and Ron Johnson of Bemidji, MN, Marcia and Jon Hillesland of Leland, IA, David and Elizabeth Bowman of Ames, IA, and James and Nancy Bowman of Forest City, IA. Grandchildren include: Ron Jr. and wife Cherlyn, Rod and Randy Johnson and Michael Johnson and wife Angela; Rob and wife Roxanne, Kent and wife Melissa Hillesland, Kandyce and husband Randy Larson; Judd and wife Cassie Bowman; Lindsay and husband Mike Tuszynski and Amy Bowman. Also surviving are eight great-grandchildren: Jennifer, Joshua & Joylyn Johnson, Jessica Johnson, Haley Asmus, Kali Johnson, Isaac Hillesland and Ada Tuszynski: two sisters: Fern Rollefson of Forest City and Gladys Hagenson of Thompson; a sister-in-law, Charlotte Baumann of Bancroft, IA, and a brother-in-law, Rudy Monson of Forest City.

Elvina was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Orval, sisters Evelyn Pletcher, Esther Sitzler and Doris Monson, brother Harvey Myre and son-in-law, Jimmy Van Lenning.


Hazel Palmer, 87
Published March 1, 2006, page B-5

Hazel Palmer, age 87 of Forest City, died Tuesday, February 21, 2006, at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City. Funeral service was, February 24 at 10:00 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Forest City with Rev. Douglas Farrell officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery in Forest City. Visitation was from 4 to 8 PM Thursday, February 23 at the funeral home and an hour prior to service at the church. Petersen Lund Funeral Home 505 N Clark St Forest City IA 50436 641-585-2685 www.petersenlundfh.com.

Hazel Ellen Palmer was born on April 26, 1918 on the Lundstrom farm near Lime Creek (Winnebago River) northwest of Forest City. She was the daughter of Albert E. Anderson and Mable J. (Myre) Anderson. Hazel’s Sunday School teacher led her to accept the Lord as her personal Savior at a young age. In 1918, her parents purchased and moved to the Louis Nelson farm west of Forest City, where she attended Linden #7 rural school. Hazel graduated from Forest City High School in 1936. She then worked various jobs, one of which was an operator for Farmer’s Mutual Telephone Company. Later she taught in a one-room schoolhouse at Forest #8 (Otis School) and was then hired by C. M. Palmer to teach in Forest #4 (Palmer School). It was at this teaching position where Hazel met her husband-to-be. On June 14, 1940, Hazel married Donald Nelson Palmer at the Radio Chapel in Mason City, Iowa. Hazel was a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother who was a lifelong member of Calvary Baptist Church. Her love for Jesus and her faithfulness to her church was evident throughout her life. She enjoyed participating in sewing and mission circle, AWANA club, in addition to teaching Sunday school and Vacation Bible School. She found pride and happiness in gardening, sewing, baking and ceramics while living and working on her family’s farm in Forest City. Hazel also was a 4-H Club Leader for a time and was a long time member of her neighborhood birthday club. For over 30 years, Hazel and Donald spent summers in Iowa and winters in Arizona, to enjoy time with their 4 sons and respective families.

Hazel is survived by her husband, Donald Nelson Palmer; four sons, Gary and his wife Esther of Bartlett, Tennessee; Charles and his wife Linda of Tempe, Arizona; Douglas and his wife Joy of Forest City, Iowa; and Timothy and his wife Barb of Forest City, Iowa; 8 grandchildren; brother Marvin D. Anderson of Forest City, Iowa; sister Marilyn Sogard of Ames, Iowa and sister Nancy Johnson of Plymouth, Minnesota.

Hazel was preceded in death by her parents and step-father (Walter J. Thompson), sisters, Lucille, Irene, Grace, Janice and Evelyn, and brothers Marlowe, Merle, Carroll and Arden.


Othelia Torkelson, 94
Published March 1, 2006, page B-5

Othelia C. Torkelson, age 94 of Forest City, died Wednesday, February 22, 2006, at the Good Samaritan Center in Forest City. Funeral service was Saturday, February 25 at 2:00 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City with Rev. Lee Laaveg officiating. Burial was at Ellington Township Cemetery in rural Forest City. Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, February 24 at the funeral home and an hour prior to service at the church. Petersen Lund Funeral Home 505 N Clark St Forest City IA 50436 641-585-2685 www.petersenlundfh.com.

Othelia Cornelia Torkelson, the daughter of Osmund and Bessie (Olson) Torkelson, was born near Humboldt, Iowa, on April 21, 1911. The family moved to a farm near Thompson, Iowa, where Othelia met and married Clarence Torkelson. Othelia was a lifelong homemaker while she and Clarence raised nine children. Later in life she started the career she totally loved and had been in training for almost her whole life, a cook at the Good Samaritan Center in Forest City. God came first in her life followed closely by her family. Her family and friends will remember her warm and caring ways. Othelia’s children all feel they were especially blessed to have her as a mother. Her heart had a special spot for each of her 26 grandchildren whom she lived to spend time with. Each one of them has special memories of times spent with her. She was definitely a cookie-baking grandma. Othelia’s love of music was instilled in all her children. She taught herself to play the piano and read music like a professional, a skill she used for many years as her church’s organist. She was especially proud of any grandchild’s music ability and was an encouraging force in their involvement in music. Othelia’s children and grandchildren witnessed her boundless love of God’s creatures. Birds, numerous cats and dogs and children found a safe haven in her care. Othelia was born to teach. Her home became a classroom to her family and friends. She especially loved to teach the story of Jesus’ love but you could also have lessons in baking, sewing, crocheting, knitting, canning, baby care, animal care, music, wallpapering, quilting, gardening and any part of nature. Othelia was a life-long learner. She was an avid reader and loved to complete crossword puzzles. She could master any craft she tried, soon becoming the person who taught others her newly learned skill. She loved to travel and was especially proud of her trip to Mount St. Helens soon after it erupted. In her late sixties, she was the proud owner of her first car and the driver’s license she worked hard to obtain. You would often find her family gathered at her house on Sundays experiencing a delicious meal and special time together. Her children remember special foods she would make just for them. She always had a very special relationship with all her daughters-in-law and sons-in-law and found a very special spot in that big heart of hers just for them. Othelia loved to spend time with her brothers and sisters. She spent many happy hours quilting at her sister Thelma’s house.

Those left to cherish the memory of her life include her children: Margie Sogard of Ames, Bernice Voelker of Charles City, Carroll Torkelson of Fertile, Ronald (Lucille) Torkelson, Leslie (Paulette) Torkelson, Roger Torkelson, Wayne Torkelson and Marsha (Mark) Brunsvold, all of Forest City; 24 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers, Orrin Torkelson, and sisters: Lavina Askeland, Thelma Sunde, Louise Jermeland, Julaine Albertson, and Darlene Hanna. Also surviving are two sisters-in-law, Linda Kesler and Bonnie Torkelson and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Clarence, son Clarence Junior, daughter Margie Helen , grandchildren Lisa Tate, Hollis, Debra and LaRae Torkelson. She was also preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, Joe, Clifford, John, Arthur, John, and Myrtle.


Sherry (Ingebretson) Hocum, 58
Published March 1, 2006, page B-5

Cheryl “Sherry” Hocum, 58, of Platteville, Colo. died Wednesday, February 15, 2006, at the Hospice and Palliative Care of Northern Colorado inpatient unit in Greeley, Colo. Funeral services were held Feb. 21 at Stoddard Funeral Home in Greeley, Colo. Interment at Mizpah Cemetery in Platteville, Colo.

She was born April 4, 1947, in Forest City to Arden and Helen (Anderson) Ingebretson. She attended school in Forest City Community Schools and later took several college courses in Minneapolis. Sherry worked for several years at the Crystal State Bank in Robbinsdale, Minn. and at the Courage Center in Minneapolis as a personal care attendant. Currently she was working at the accounts payable department for the City of Longmont Colorado. On October 1, 1988, she married Douglas Hocum, formerly of Forest City, in Northglenn, Colorado. Mrs. Hocum was a very private person who enjoyed spending time with her husband, going on camping and fishing trips, area sightseeing rides and working on outdoor projects at home. She was an avid reader and liked doing crossword puzzles and studying clothes and colors.

Survivors include her husband Douglas Hocum of Platteville, Colo.; sons Neil Baker of Mission, Kans.; Corey (Diane Ricks) Parker of Hudson, Colo.; grandson Jacob Douglas Parker of Lochbuie, Colo.; stepdaughter Kimberly (Greg) Visage of Henderson; stepson Keith (Shenell) Hocum of LaSalle; sister, Brenda Ingebretson of Las Vegas, NV; brother Gary Ingebretson of Lake Mills; and two nephews Jason (Lynnea) Ingebretson of Denver, Colo.; and Michael (Rachel) Ingebretson of Wabasso, Minn.

She was preceded in death by her parents.


Marie K. Vaag, 78
Published March 1, 2006, page B-5

Marie K. Vaag of Chino Valley, Ariz., formerly of Forest City and Bode, died Saturday, February 25, 2006, at Las Fuentes Care Center in Prescott, Ariz. at the age of 98 years. There will be a Memorial service and celebration of her life at Pilot Knob Lutheran Church, rural Forest City, in early June, followed by inurnment next to her husband in Bode.

Marie Katherine Vaag, daughter of Nels M. and Dorthea (Dahle) Helle was born May 4, 1907, on a farm west of Scarville. At three weeks her mother took her to the prairies of North Dakota, near Montpelier, where her father was homesteading. September 21, 1927, she married Alfred P. Vaag on the home farm place. Alfred and Marie made their home in Bode where three children were born to them: Dolores, Darlene and Dennis. Alfred died April 20, 1958, leaving Marie a 51 year old widow. She moved to Forest City (where her daughter Dolores lived) in August, 1958, and worked at several jobs while simultaneously being a companion to older women who needed her help. She was a nurse’s aide, a receptionist at Dr. H. R. Wilson’s optometrist office and a telephone operator-receptionist at Waldorf College until her retirement. Her strong faith in Jesus, her Lord and Savior, were evident to all who knew her and she had a ministry of knitting small children’s sweaters and baby afghans for children (through missions) all over the world from South America, to Africa, Russia, China and Mexico. Hundreds of children have been kept warm by her labor of love. Marie was a person who loved people and had a compassion for all and will be greatly missed. At the age of 98 she made a move from Forest City to Chino Valley, Ariz. and she really enjoyed the views of the mountains and wildlife.

Left to remember her are her daughters, Dolores Bartleson (Hanford) of Chino Valley, Ariz. and Darlene Walsh of St. Louis, MO. and daughter-in-law, Elaine Vaag of Omaha, Neb., 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren, a sister-in-law, Verna (Helle) Miller of Humboldt and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Alfred Vaag; son, Dennis Vaag, in 2002; son-in-law, Jerry Walsh, in 2003; a sister, Inga Hanson and brother, Albert Helle and two great-grandchildren.

Updated by Chuck Prickett 3/4/2006


Alice Jean Irish Kenney, 83
Published March 8, 2006, page B-6

Alice Jean Irish Kenney passed away February 25, 2006, at her home in Orinda, California.

She was born Alice Jean Irish to Magdalene Grimm and Dr. Thomas Judson Irish in Forest City, Iowa, on August 26, 1923, the eldest of five siblings. She graduated from Forest City High School, salutatorian of her class, and attended Carleton College for two years before graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Iowa in 1945. She was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Alice Jean went on to work at Scripps Metabolic Clinic in La Jolla, California, before earning her MS in biochemistry from the University of California in Berkeley, with honors. She was an active member of the research team for Cancer Studies at U.C. Berkeley, and later worked at Stayner Pharmaceuticals in Berkeley, California. She met her husband, Robert Warner Kenney, while living at the International House at U.C. Berkeley, and they were married on June 2, 1950. Together they raised their family in Orinda, California. Alice Jean, familiarly known as Ollie, was a devoted wife and mother, and contributed to numerous charities, including World Vision, Jewish Women’s Federation, the Unitarian Church, Red Cross, and The United Way. She was an avid bird-watcher and nature-lover all her life.

She was preceded in death by her brother, John Irish; her parents Magdalene Irish and Dr. Thomas Irish; and brothers-in- law Dr. John Baker and Donald Craig, PhD.

She is survived by her sisters, Ellen Irish Craig of Deep River, Ontario and Sally Irish Baker of Mason City, Iowa; her brother, Dr. Thomas Irish (Sandra) of Tacoma, Washington; numerous nieces and nephews; her husband, Robert W. Kenney, PhD, of Orinda, California; and her daughters, Jane Kenney-Norberg (Eric) of Portland, Oregon and Wanda Kenney-Crook (Rick) of San Diego, California.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society.


Phyllis L. Faber, 75
Published March 8, 2006, page B-6

Phyllis L. Faber, age 75, of Forest City, died Friday, March 3, 2006, at Mercy Medical Center in Mason City. Funeral service was held Tuesday, March 7 at 1:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Forest City with Rev. Jerald Swanburg officiating. Burial was at Madison Township Cemetery in Forest City. Arrangements were handled by Petersen Lund Funeral Home.

Phyllis Lavonne Faber was born in Wallingford, Iowa, on March 28, 1930, the daughter Ordean and Adeline (Sandvig) Olsen. She received her education in Wallingford and graduated from high school there.  She attended Waldorf College in Forest City where she met her future husband Delbert (Bud) Faber. The couple was married on May 28, 1948 in Wallingford. They made their home in Forest City their entire married lives. Besides raising her family, Phyllis worked at Messer Pharmacy, the Graham Shop, and Stitchcraft. She was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church in Forest City. She enjoyed attending craft shows, knitting and crocheting. For over forty-five years she treasured the friendships in her Birthday Club. She loved spending time with her grandkids and following their sports activities as well as keeping track of what was going on in their lives.

Phyllis is survived by her son, Alan Faber and wife Denise of Woden, grandchildren: Josh Faber of Clear Lake, Jesse Faber of Woden, Andrew Faber of Forest City, and Lindsey Faber of Ankeny, and Matthew Faber of Beulah, Wyo. Also surviving are two sisters, Ardice Walker of Fort Dodge, and Shirley Ness of Omaha Neb.; sisters-in-law: Peg (Harry) Tjelta, Betty (Loren) Indvik, and Dorothy Faber, all of Forest City, and Shirley Baker of Wallingford.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sons, James and Douglas, and a brother, Harley Olsen.


Agnes Marie Stecker, 96
Published March 8, 2006, page B-6

Agnes Marie Stecker, age 96 of Forest City, died Thursday, March 2, 2006, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Kansas City Missouri. Funeral service was held Tuesday, March 7 at 1:00PM at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City with Rev. Lee Laaveg officiating. Burial will be at Good Hope Lutheran Cemetery in Titonka, Iowa. Arrangements were handled by Petersen Lund Funeral Home.

Born October 4, 1909, to Boyd & Rentje Pannkuk at Titonka, Iowa, she married Telko C. Stecker on February 22, 1933. Together they raised seven children in Titonka. In 1963 they moved to Forest City. Agnes was employed at Forest City Community Hospital for twenty one years as a unit and medical records secretary. She was very active at Immanuel Lutheran Church serving as a Stephens Ministry volunteer, a church circle member, and on the altar guild. She was a volunteer at the Good Samaritan Nursing Center and a member of its board of directors. She also volunteered for North Iowa Hospice. She enjoyed traveling, making several trips to Europe and to Israel. She loved flowers, gardening, and attending activities of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She started each day reading the newspaper and read several hooks a week. She rarely said no and was always open to new experiences except riding on escalators. In 1997, she became a resident of Garden Villa Retirement Center in Lenexa, KS. She became involved in the Center’s many activities such as plays, Red Hat Society, and local outings. She continued to enjoy family gatherings with her children and their children. Agnes had an expansive mind, a generosity of spirit, and was a wonderful role model for all those who knew her. She was known for her positive attitude, serene disposition, enthusiasm for life, and selfless focus on others. All those who knew Agnes will dearly miss her.

She is survived by her seven children, Loren of Urbandale, Marlene (Norm) Wagner of Overland Park, Kan, Judith (Kenneth) McFerren, Pueblo, Cob, Shari (Ron) Newman of Winter Haven, Fla., Mary Beth (Harold) Prince of Okemos, Mich., Ted (Michele), of St. Louis Park, Minn., Tom (Judy) of Creston, Ill., fifteen grandchildren, twenty three great grandchildren, four sisters-in-law, Elida Brandt and Anelda Stecker, Titonka, Esther Pannkuk, Mason City, Ruth Pannkuk, Cedar Rapids, one brother-in-law, Harold Anderson, Cannon Falls, Minn., and many nieces and nephews.

Agnes was preceded in death by her parents, husband Telko of 45 years, four brothers, two sisters, and daughter-in-law, Sally Stecker.


Z. Sadie Charlson, 82
Published March 8, 2006, page B-6

Joice—Z. Sadie Charlson, 82, of 598 410th Street, died Tuesday, February 28, 2006, at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City. A funeral service was held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 4, 2006, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 213 North Pennsylvania Avenue, Mason City, with Rev. Sam Hamilton-Poore, officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City. Visitation was held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the Hogan Bremer Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 Third Street Northeast, Mason City, and also one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Z. Sadie Charlson memorial fund.

Z. Sadie Charlson was born August 31, 1923, in Lake Mills, the daughter of Arthur and Pearl Olson. She was adopted by Martin and Gurine Dahlseide. Sadie attended country school and graduated from Joice High School. She was united in marriage to Sherman Charlson in 1940 at the Concordia Lutheran Church, Joice. They farmed near Joice all their married life until retiring. Sherman passed away on July 3, 1996. Sadie lived on the family farm for over 80 years. She also was employed at Fleet Guard, Lake Mills, for 23 years as a fork lift operator. Sadie was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Mason City. Sadie loved to fish and travel with Sherman across the continental United States, Canada, Alaska, and the Scandinavian countries. She enjoyed baking, playing bingo, and taking bus trips.

Sadie will be greatly missed  by her four daughters, Sharon  (Ron) Lance, Cedar Falls; Gloria  “LaRae” (Curtis) Hamilton, Escondido, Calif.; Kathy Hebel, Mason City; and Vickie Charlson, Joice; son, Steven  (Darby) Charlson, Mission, Texas; seven grandchildren, Janice Glaspie, Cedar Falls; Deana Hughes, Escondido, Calif., Thad Hamilton, Escondido,  Calif.; Brad Charlson, Oceanside, Calif.; Nicole Charlson, Salem, Ore.; Ryan Hebel, Fargo, N.D.; and Jessica Burchett, Salem, Ore.; three great-grandchildren, Danielle and Samantha Glaspie, Cedar Falls; and Wyatt Hamilton Escondido, Calif., and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Bonnie; son-in-law, John; and grandson, Jared.


James B. Larsen, 65
Published March 8, 2006, page B-6

Gainesboro, Tenn.—James D. Larsen, 65, died Saturday, February 25, 2006, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, Cookeville, Tenn. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minn.

He was born to Axel and Josephine Larsen on September 22, 1940, in Minneapolis, Minn. Jim was raised in Hinckley, Minn. and graduated from Hinckley High School in 1958. He then served three years in the Navy on the USS Plymouth Rock (1958 to 1961). He was married to Marie Sikkink and later divorced. On December 22, 1979, he was united in marriage to Mary Johnson of Forest City. He worked in production management for Honeywell in Minneapolis, Minn., Winnebago Ind. in Forest City, and retired in 1997 from Nielsen & Bainbridge in Gainesboro, Tenn. Jim had many hobbies before his health declined. He enjoyed baseball and was an avid fisherman, hunter and camper. He loved to play poker and won many tournaments in pool. He had a quick wit and loved to laugh and joke around with friends and family. He also enjoyed cooking and became well known for his homemade fudge, chili, breads, and smoke meats.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; two daughters, Jamie of Gainesboro, Tenn., Stephanie (Doyle) Smidt of Galesville, Wis., and a son, Christopher (Christine) Larsen of Winona, Minn.; two step-sons, Shaw (Lisa) Biermann of Sparta, Tenn.; Daniel (Samantha) Johnson of Baxter, Tenn.; and six grandchildren (Tyler, Nicol Derek, Madeline, Ethan and Nathan). He is also survived by four sisters, Edna (Johnny) DeStunder of La Crescenta, Calif., Betty Clark of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., Mary Ann Larsen of Elk River, Minn., and Kay (Jim) McGillivary of Bainbridge Island, Wash., and sisters-in-law Pat Larsen of Tulsa, Okla. and Janice Larsen of Cambridge, Minn.

He was preceded in death b his parents and three brothers, Christian (Crit), Lawrence (Buzz) and Axel (Buddy).


Neville H. Dakken, 88
Published March 8, 2006, page B-6

Neville H. (Bud) Dakken, 88, of Lake Mills, Iowa, died Sunday, March 05, 2006, at the Lake Mills Care Center in Lake Mills, Iowa. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, at Synod Lutheran Church in Lake Mills with Rev. Karl Hermanson officiating. Burial will take place at Lime Creek (Iowa) Cemetery, rural Lake Mills. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

Harlan Neville (Bud) Dakken was born May 7, 1917, in Lake Mills, Iowa, to Henry and Mattie (Olson) Dakken. He was baptized and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church. He attended the Lake Mills public schools. On February 10, 1935, Bud was united in marriage with  Naomi Honsey. To this marriage were born three children. Bud was a man of many talents: and artist, a writer, a builder,  and a true fisherman. He was a foreman at Winnebago Industries for a number of years, and was a member of the Army National Guard—Red Bull Division. Bud and Naomi also enjoyed their many travels together.

Bud is survived by his wife, Naomi of Lake Mills; their three children, Doris Peterson of Mankato, Minn., David Dakken and his wife, Mary of Forest City, and Dana Dakken of Lake Mills; eight grandchildren, Lori (Archie) Benike, Rhonda (Tim) Clark, Scott (Dolly) Peterson, Todd (Kim) Dakken, Tim (Kim) Dakken, Susan (Greg) Spellacy, Thomas (Kelly) Peterson, and Nathan Dakken; thirteen great grandchildren, Joseph Benike, Sarah Johnson, Katie Dakken, Megan Dakken, Mackenzie Clark, Ethan Benike, Joseph Dakken, Aaron Spellacy, Joshua Dakken, Alexander Peterson, Joshua Spellacy, Riley Peterson, and Julian Peterson; a sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Gordon Haes of Garner; and several nieces and nephews.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Cyril Dakken; and two sisters, Viola (Jester) Hill and Eunice (Guy) Peterson.


Herbert B. Holland, 95
Published March 8, 2006, page B-6

Herbert B. Holland, 95, died Friday, March 3, 2006, at home under the care of his family and with the assistance of Hospice. Memorial services will be held at a later date on the family farm near Leland. Memorials may be directed to Martha Olson, 101 Anderson Street, Jewell. Herbert was born March 24, 1910, near Leland, Iowa, the son of H. C. and Anna (Haugen) Holland. He graduated from Leland High School then attended Waldorf College for two years. Herbert graduated from Iowa State University in 1933 with a degree in Chemistry. While in college, he met his future wife, Mary Jane Sankot. They were married October 27, 1935, in Lisbon. Herbert and Mary Jane returned to the family farm near Leland where Herbert farmed until his retirement in 1983. Herbert was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Leland and had served on the Forest City School Board.

Herbert is survived by seven children, David (Beverly) Holland of Plainwell, Michigan, Jan (Lois) Holland of Centre Hall, Pennsylvania, Marianne (Greg) Michel of Des Moines, Iowa, Rebecca Doren of Sulphur Springs, Texas, Martha (Robert) Olson of Jewell, Iowa, Diane (Steve) Rickerl of Aurora, South Dakota, and Daniel (Marcia) Holland of Gulf Breeze, Florida; 17 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren.

Herbert was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Mary Jane in 2003; infant daughter, Susan Jean; three brothers, Arthur, Clifford and Elvin; and one grandson.

Major Erickson Funeral Home in Mason City is in charge of arrangements.


Tanner E. Brunsvold, 15
Published March 8, 2006, page B-6

Fertile—Tanner E. Brunsvold, age 15, of Fertile, died Sunday, March 5, 2006, at his home in Fertile. Funeral services will be Thursday, March 9 at 2:00 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City with Rev. Lee Laaveg officiating Burial will he at Oakland Cemetery in Forest City. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. and a hour prior to service at the church. Petersen Lund Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Updated by Chuck Prickett 3/11/2006


Tanner Brunsvold, 15
Published March 15, 2006, page B-6

Tanner E. Brunsvold, age 15 of Fertile, died Sunday, March 5, 2006, at his home in Fertile. Funeral service was held Thursday, March 9 at 2:00 PM at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City with Rev. Lee Laaveg officiating. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery in Forest City. Visitation was held Wednesday, March 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home and an hour prior to service at the church. Petersen Lund Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Tanner Erling Brunsvold was born in Mason City, Iowa, on April 18, 1990, the son of Bentley and Jacklyn (Steuer) Brunsvold. He received his education in the Forest City school system and was currently a sophomore at Forest City High School. Tanner loved to dirt bike, ride his 4 wheeler and go snowmobiling with his friends. He liked working on cars and enjoyed the 1979 Ford Pickup he bought from Grandpa Buck. Tanner was currently serving as “Sentinel” in the Forest City High School FFA. He played football (#89) and participated in track and wrestling. His friends were a huge part of his life. And he loved making people laugh.

Tanner is survived by his parents: Bentley Brunsvold and friend Tara Wineagar of Fertile and Jacklyn Haverly and husband Mark of Titonka; a brother, who meant the world to him, Hunter Brunsvold and wife Casie of San Diego, Calif.; grandparents included Grant (Buck) and Joyce Russell of Fertile, Bob and Judy Brunsvold of Forest City and Paul and Mary Jane Haverly of Algona. Also surviving are three aunts and an uncle: Jody (Terry) Schroeder of Estherville; Polly (Frank) Falite of Danvers, Mass; and Cindy Hanna of Minatare, Neb., and Erling (Debbie) Brunsvold of Smithtown, New York, great-grandmothers Eva Strohman and Viola (Steuer) Harpstad and many cousins.


B. Duane Opdahl, 79
Published March 15, 2006, page B-6

B. Duane Opdahl, 79, had a heart attack and went to heaven to be with Jesus on March 9th, 2006. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 18, 2006, at Faith Lutheran Church in Pierce with Rev. Gail Hart officiating, followed with a covered dish dinner at the Pierce Community Center.

He was born in Albert Lea, Minn. on October 30, 1926, to Henry and Gertrude (London) Opdahl. He was raised on the family farm near Alden, Minn. and graduated from Alden High School in 1944. In 1946 he joined the Army and was stationed in Italy for a year. He was honorably discharged in March 1948. He attended Waldorf College in Forest City. While at Waldorf, he sang in the college choir where he met his wife, Violet Mino. Their love of music continued and has been passed down to heir children and grandchildren. They celebrated 55 years of marriage this past year. He assisted his father by living and working on the family farm. In the early 1960’s he was chosen Outstanding Young Farmer of Freeborn County. While on the farm he and his brother also started Opdahl Trucking. In 1967 he and his family left the farm and moved to Forest City. He worked for Winnebago Industries, Forest City Millworks, and McAnnich Construction. He also renewed his interest and skill in flying, accomplishing the life-long goal of earning his private pilot’s license. In 1976 they moved to Pierce, Idaho, where he worked for Carl Nelson Logging, Davis Trucking, and KMC Trucking. He competed in truck driving contests at the Pierce 1860 Days and the Orofino Lumberjack Days, often winning or placing in the top three. In 1979 he and his brother purchased an outfitting business and started the Triple “O” Outfitters. He eventually sold his interest to his brother but continued to stay involved, supporting Harlan and Barb over the years with things too numerous to list. He retired in 1995 but has hauled many loads of logs since then. He was a member of the Snowmobile Groomer Board, The Howard Bradbury Logging Museum Board, and a faithful member of Faith Lutheran Church. He is a past member of the Waldorf Board of Regents and the White Pine Credit Union Board. He was an avid supporter of the right to keep and bear arms and was a Life member of the NRA and the Golden Eagles. Duane was known for his humor and story telling. He was a generous person, always lending a helping hand to his friends and family. He was also a man who loved and trusted God, sharing that love with others in the way he lived his life.

He is survived by his wife, Violet; his five children, Dennis and Jill Opdahl of Lewiston, Cindy and Don Moore of Yakima, Wash, Janet and Bob Holzer of Orofino, Betty and Howard Weeks of Cavendish, and Martin and Pam Opdahl of Pierce; grandchildren, Jeremy and Erica Opdahl and their children Keegan and Maddisyn, and Jennifer Opdahl of Lewiston, Veronica and Lars Skaar and daughter, Kaia of Story City, Laurel and Micah Cawley and Eric Moore of Yakima, Wash, Katelyn and Breck Holzer of Orofino, Holly and Clay Weeks of Cavendish, and Alex Opdahl of Pierce; one sister, Gloria Peterson of Emmons, Minn.; one brother, Harlan and Barb Opdahl of Pierce; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Pierce EMT’s, the Piano Fund at Faith Lutheran Church or Waldorf College, c/o Faith Lutheran Church, Drawer C, Pierce, Idaho 83546.


Margaret E. Hill, 82
Published March 15, 2006, page B-6

Margaret E. Hill, age 82, of Forest City, died Tuesday, March 7, 2006, at the Oakwood Care Center in Clear Lake, Iowa. Funeral service was Friday, March 10 at 10:30 AM at Calvary Baptist Church in Forest City with Rev. Douglas Farrell and Rev. Steven Cox officiating. Burial was at Madison Township Cemetery in Forest City. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 PM Thursday, March 9 at Calvary Baptist Church and an hour prior to the service on Friday. Petersen Lund Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Edith Hill was born in What Cheer, on January 18, 1924, the daughter of James and Edith (Branson) McMullin. She received her elementary education in What Cheer and graduated from Oskaloosa High School. She received her normal training to become a teacher and taught in rural schools near What Cheer from 1946 until 1948. She was united in marriage to Francis V. Hill at the First Christian Church in Sigourney, Iowa. In 1960 the family moved to Garner for a time and then made their home in rural Forest City. Margaret was a dedicated homemaker and a loving mother. Her children remember coming home from school to the wonderful aroma of her bread baking. She loved music and played the violin. For many years she wrote the Society Column for the Forest City Summit. She attended Calvary Baptist Church and was an active participant in many activities. She loved to travel and enjoyed visiting her children.

Margaret is survived by four children: Steven Hill and wife Cindy of Iowa Falls; Larry Hill of Leland; Janice Purchase and husband Tim of Bellevue, Neb., and Patrick Hill of Garner, and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Francis in 2000.


Marvin Leroy Rye, 84
Published March 15, 2006, page B-6

Marvin LeRoy Rye, died February 20, 2006, in Lynwood, Wash. Memorial service will be held at Roseville Lutheran Church, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 18. Graveside service will be held at East Zion Cemetery in Rake at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday March 19.

He was born September 18, 1921, in Fertile. Marvin LeRoy Rye and Ardys Erdal were married December 2, 1945, in Rake. Ardys preceded him in death in 2001. Marvin had a genuine spirit devoted to Christ and loving his family. His long career in banking included service as Minnesota Commissioner of Banks.

He is survived by his children Ralph (Mary), Amelia Nossum, Marty (Kathy), grandchildren (Hannah, Ellen, Rachel, Elsa, Olav, Carrie, Kelsey, Kirsten), brothers Dean Gordon and Donald.


Larry Dean Evers, 59
Published March 15, 2006, page B-6

Larry Dean Evers, 59, died on Saturday, March 11, 2006, at the Mercy Medical Center, North Iowa in Mason City. Funeral service was held March 14, at First Lutheran Church, Algona with Rev. Dr. Mark E. Holmer officiating. Burial was at East Lawn Cemetery in Algona with military honors from Hagg-Turner American Legion Post 90 and VFW Post 2541. Garry-Roberts-Murphy-Schaaf Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He was born January 23, 1947, at Odell, Neb.


Sharon Lelane Schultz, 65
Published March 15, 2006, page B-6

Sharon Lelane Schultz, 65, of Longmont died Sunday, February 26, 2006, at home. Visitation was Thursday, March 2, with vigil service at 7 p.m. at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Mass of Resurrection was held Friday, March 3, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, with the Rev. Brian Morrow officiating. Cremation followed the service. Private inurnment will take place at Longmont Mountain View Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to leave condolences.

Mrs. Schultz was born April 26, 1940, in Forest City, Iowa, to Lloyd and Jennette (Knudtson) Fredrickson. She attended Forest City public schools and was active in band; she also attended Waldorf College in Forest City. he married David E Schultz on Oct. 7, 1967, in Wells, Minn. Mrs. Schultz worked in Minnesota before her marriage, then as a homemaker and mother. She worked part time for the Daily Times-Call for eight years. In 1987, she started to work for Blue Mountain Arts Publishing of Boulder. She worked until her health forced her to retire in 2005. She attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2601 Woman's Auxiliary and Woman of the Moose Lodge 1548 of Longmont. She enjoyed bowling, knitting, card games and traveling. She also was a seamstress.

She is survived by her husband of Longmont; two sons, Brian Schultz and Kasia McRoberts of Santa Fe, NM, and Tracy Schultz and Candice Eaton of Tucson Ariz.; a daughter Heider Schuultz and Tom Neb of Durango; two brothers; Warren Fredrickson and his wife Marge of Omaha, Neb., and Larry Fredrickson and his wife Jackie of Forest City; a sister, Lois Timparo of Forest City and a grandchild, Joseph Schultz.

Mrs. Schultz was preceded in death by her parents.

Updated by Chuck Prickett 3/17/2006


Albert L. Book, 86
Published March 22, 2006, page B-5

Albert L. Book, age 86 of Forest City, died Thursday, March 16, 2006, at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa in Mason City. Funeral service was held Tuesday, March 21 at 1:30 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City with Rev. Lee Laaveg officiating. Burial was at Madison Township Cemetery in Forest City. Visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, March 20 at the funeral home. Arrangements provided by Petersen Lund Funeral Home.

Albert L. Book was born on a farm in rural Forest City, Iowa, on June 20, 1919, the son of Otto and Eda (Martinson) Book. He received his education in rural schools near his home. On October 17, 1943, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Branstad. The couple made Forest City their home throughout their married lives. Albert began working as a bricklayer for Bartleson Construction. He farmed for a time before beginning work at Winnebago Industries. He retired at age 62 and for the past 24 years has worked recycling scrap iron and other materials. His hands were never stillAlbert was a hard working man his whole life. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and being around family. He enjoyed camping and had worked part-time at the Crystal lake Park. He bought and sold tractors as well as collected model tractors and built many hayracks over the years.

Albert is survived by his six children: Lanne Book & wife Patty of Klemme; Duane (Snookie) Book & wife Mary Lou of Fertile; Gary Book & wife Pat of Garner; Patty Brighton of Forest City; Karen Brock & husband Rickie of Forest City and Nancy Kabe & husband Roger of Northwood.; 18 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are three brothers and a sister: Ole Book of Forest City; Del Book & wife Wanda of Forest City; Harold Book & wife Marlys of Fertile and Violet Charlson & husband Ray of Forest City.

Albert was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorothy, sisters Luella and Emily, brothers Floyd, Gus and Clarence, an infant brother, Everett and a great-grandson, Michael Brooks.


Lilia D. McCAuley, 49
Published March 22, 2006, page B-5

Lilia D. McCauley, 49 Fairfield, Calif., wife of former Forest City resident, Mark H. McCauley, died Friday, January 27, 2006, as the result of a car accident between Fairfield and Vallejo. Visitation was held at the Bryan-Braker Funeral Home in Fairfield on February 6, 2006. Funeral Services were conducted in the Philippines on February 14, 2006. Memorials will be used to further the education of children in the Philippines. They may be directed in care of her husband, Mark H. McCauley, 378 Acacia St., Fairfield, Calif. 94533.

Lilia was born in Tabtabungae, Rosaria, La Union, the Philippines, on September 2, 1956, to Marciana F. Decayment and Delfin Diaz. Lilia received her education there, graduating from Jose Rizal College, Philippines. In the mid-1980's she emigrated to the United States. Lilia Evangelista and Mark Henry McCauley were married October 29, 2001, in the Philippines. Planning to eventually retire there, a home was completed this past year just south of Manila. Lilia was employed for 15 years at the Fairfield Kmart. In 2000 she assumed management of TowerMart N. 86 in Cordelia. Most recently Lilia managed TowerMart No. 99 in Suisun Valley.

Survivors include her husband, Mark Henry McCauley; siblings, Lourdes (Arsenio) Cologne, Leticia (Jose Daulef) Diaz, Delfin (Luz) Diaz Jr., Ernesto (Marilou) Diaz, and Miguel (Emilia) Flores; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Marcianna E. Diaz, and her father, Delfin Diaz, Sr.


Leora Mary Smith, 88
Published March 22, 2006, page B-5

(Death, Funeral, and Burial information not provided)

Leora Mary Smith was born in Forest City, on March 5, 1918, the daughter of Albert and Lillie (Lorentzen) Lundberg. She graduated from Forest City High School and attended Waldorf College. She furthered her education at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Leora taught in rural schools in Winnebago and Hancock Counties and in Elkader. She served as principal of the Junior High School in Ventura. On December 22, 1946, she was united in marriage to Henry A. Smith, and they decided to move to Montana. Leora graduated in 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wyoming at Laramie. In 1960 she completed her Masters Degree in Elementary Education at the University of Denver in Denver, Colo. She taught on the Crow Indian Reservation at Lodge Grass, Montana and at Billings. In Wyoming, she taught at Ranchester, Casper and Powell and finally in Aurora, Colo. She taught school for 42 years.

Leora is survived by her sister, Myrth Smith of Forest City; sisters-in-law, Darleen Lundberg of Forest City, and Frances Lundberg of Glen Ellyn, Ill. and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brothers Milo and Elmer Lundberg and a sister who died in infancy, Myrth Alberta.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of North Iowa or Waldorf College.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.


Dr. Michael D. Brown, 64
Published March 22, 2006, page B-5

Dr. Michael D. Brown, age 64 of Richfield, Minn., passed away suddenly on March 9, 2006, at his home in Richfield. Funeral service was held Friday, March 17, 2006, at 1:00 p.m. at Petersen Lund Funeral Home in Forest City with burial at Oakland Cemetery in Forest City. Visitation was held an hour prior to service at the funeral home. Arrangements provided by Petersen Lund Funeral Home.

Michael D. Brown was born on July 17, 1941, in Hugh Springs, Texas. Dr. Brown was a member of the University of St. Thomas School of Education faculty in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For the past four years he had been chair of the school’s Special Education Department. He contributed much to the School of Education, the university and the state of Minnesota. He served on many state committees that dealt with special education. Dr. Brown served as an associate professor who specialized in the areas of learning disabilities, emotional behavioral disorders, mental retardation and early childhood special education. He was a member of eight professional organizations related to his field. People will first remember Michael Brown as a kind and gentle man. Then they will remember him as a gifted educator who was always there to help students with their questions and concerns. Finally, they will remember Michael as someone who worked hard to uphold the dignity, worth and rights of people with disabilities. Michael believed people are more alike than differenthe was a good man.

Michael was loved by his family, his friends and especially his Rottweilers. He is survived by his life partner of 32 years, Craig Fox and a brother, Patrick Cotter.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Updated by Chuck Prickett 3/24/2006


Richard A. Bartleson, 72
Published March 29, 2006, page B-5

Richard A. Bartleson, age 72 of Forest City, died Saturday, March 25, 2006, at the Lake Mills Care Center in Lake Mills, Iowa. Funeral service was held Tuesday, March 28 at 1:30 PM at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City with Rev. Lee Laaveg officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery in Forest City. Visitation was held from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, March 27 at the funeral home. Arrangements provided by Petersen Lund Funeral Home.

Richard Allen Bartleson was born in Forest City, on February 3, 1934, the son of George and Myrtle (Kloster) Bartleson. He was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City by the Rev. J. A. M. Hinderlie and was confirmed at Immanuel on June 3, 1951, by the Rev. Arndt L. Halverson. Rich received his education in the Forest City school system, graduating from Forest City High School in 1954. He was employed by Forest City Improvement, Danielsons Grocery, and Stitchcraft. Rich enjoyed fishing and collecting miniature cars. He liked watching sports and listening to country western music. He lived at home with his parents for many years. Recently he made his home at Forest Plaza Assisted Living in Forest City until entering the Lake Mills Care Center in October of 2004.

He is survived by three sisters: Eunice and Mel McCarthy of Kellogg, Norma and Dennis Hillesland of Spring Valley, Minn., and Alice and Ted Lewison of Forest City, and one brother, Gus and JoAnn Bartleson of Forest City. Also surviving are aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, niece baby McCarthy, nephew Jay Lewison and grand-niece Kelly McCarthy.


Fern Bartik, 87
Published March 29, 2006, page B-5

Fern Bartik, 87, of Britt, died Sunday, March 26, 2006, at the Hancock County Memorial Hospital, Britt. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday at the Cataldo Funeral Home in Britt. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Britt. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M., Tuesday at the Cataldo Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to services on Wednesday.


Paul A. Otto, 77
Published March 29, 2006, page B-5

Paul A. Otto, age 77, died on March 18, 2006, at Integris Memorial Hospital in Madill, Okla. Funeral service was held at Faith Lutheran Church, March 25, 2006, with Pastor Barbara Girod officiating. Burial was held at St. Luke's Cemetery in Oconomowoc, Wis.

Paul A. Otto was born February 10, 1929, in Oconomowoc, Wis. to Herbert R. Otto and Evelyn T. Otto (NEE Sette). He graduated from Oconomowoc High School, Waldorf College in Forest City, Luther College in Decorah and Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. He married Valdora M. Olson on June 10, 1951. To this union there were three children: Michael P. (Belle) Otto of Neosho, Wis., Scott A (Pam) Otto of Fort Dodge, and Wendy Joy (Tom) Van Ahn of Oshkosh, Wis. He served in the US Marine Corp during the Korean Conflict. He was ordained into the Lutheran Ministry in 1961 and served in the Lemmon Rural Parish in Lemmon, S.D., Immanual Lutheran in Forest City and Our Savior's Lutheran in Humboldt. He touched the lives of a multitude of people.

He is survived by his wife, three children, his sister: Joan E. (Robert) Peterson, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, three nieces, two nephews and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother: Richard Otto of Oak Park, Ill.

Paul will be deeply missed by family and friends, but we are eternally grateful for his presence in our lives.


Clarine Evelyn Moe, 81
Published March 29, 2006, page B-5

Clarine Evelyn Moe, age 81, of Lake Mills, Iowa, died Tuesday, March 21, 2006, at her home in rural Lake Mills. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 25, with visitation at Mittelstadt Funeral home. Burial was at Bethel Cemetery in rural Joice. Memorials can be made to Bethel Cemetery Fund.

Updated by Chuck Prickett 3/30/2006

 
 
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