Wretha Flohr Bosma
December 26, 1937 - December 11, 2017
Wretha Flohr Bosma, 79, formerly of Mason City, Iowa, died December 11, 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado with family at her side after battling Alzheimer's disease. Born and raised on the family farm near Ottumwa, Iowa, Wretha was valedictorian of her high school before attending Iowa State University, where she met James (Jim) Flohr. Shortly after graduation, Wretha and Jim married and began their teaching careers in New Jersey. When they returned to Iowa and settled in Mason City, Wretha was active at Wesley Methodist, and then First United Methodist churches, and later Congregational church, with choir, hand bells, Women's Circle, and committees. She was a member of PEO, Home Ec Club, Wa-Tan-Ye, White Shrine, and loved her bridge clubs and theater groups. A life-long seamstress, Wretha's sewing accomplishments were diverse, from wedding dresses and drapes to quilts, quilts, and more quilts! She was especially proud to create the paraments at First UMC. Early on, Wretha was a tailor for Gildner's, and then worked at Bette's, teaching sewing classes and selling Bernina sewing machines. She also taught night classes at NIACC, combining her love of sewing and teaching. Wretha was employed for many years at Farm Credit Services, always enjoying the interaction with farmers and their families. In 1989, Wretha married Clarence Bosma, and they continued to enjoy working with farmers and then traveling far and wide. After Clarence's death in 1996, Wretha traveled a bit more with family and friends, and even tried 'snowbirding' a few years to Apache Junction, AZ.
Wretha moved to Colorado in 2012 where she enjoyed her view of Pikes Peak, being close to Chris and Brian, and fiddling with fabric until the end. We are incredibly thankful for the support and care of our families, friends, clients, a very precious caregiver, and hospice.
Survivors include son Mike (Letty) Flohr and granddaughter Iliana of California, daughter Chris Flohr (Brian Anderson) of Colorado, sister Dorothy (Charles) Swanson, sister-in-law JoAnn Larson, brother-in-law Steve Flohr, and numerous nieces and nephews. Stepchildren John Bosma, Mark Bosma, Linda Bosma, and four step grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents, husbands Jim Flohr and Clarence Bosma, sister Helen Louise Myers. Wretha's wishes were for her body to be donated to medical research and education. Interment will be at a later date in Storm Lake, Iowa. Condolences may be left online ottumwacourier.com/wretha bosma or mailed to the Bosma and Flohr families in care of Chris Flohr, 4912 Garden Trail, Colorado Springs, CO 80918. Memorials may be made in Wretha's name to the charity of your choice or Hospice of North Iowa.
Her losses and sorrows have been great, but her love greater. She looked forward to those who await.
Robert “Bob” Hansen
May 17, 1945 - February 7, 2018
Robert “Bob” Hansen, 72, of Cedar Falls, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls. A memorial gathering of friends will be held on Tuesday, February 13th from 1:00 PM until the time of the Memorial Service at 2:00 at the Engelkes-Abels Dike Chapel, 680 Main St., Dike, Iowa. Following the service, the family would like to invite those in attendance to the Dike American Legion for refreshments. A private burial will take place at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.abelsfuneralhomes.com
Bob was born on May 17, 1945 in Cedar Falls, Iowa to his parents George & Marvel (Toombs) Hansen. He grew up in the Dike area with his family where he attended school, and later graduated from Dike High School. After high school, Bob enlisted in the United States Navy and served in the Philippines from 1963 to 1967, when he was honorably discharged. On May 3, 1969, Bob was united in marriage to Therese Dunt in Gilbertville. The couple welcomed a son and a daughter into their family. She preceded him in death on January 9, 2015. The couple and their children later moved to Mason City where Bob began working at the Clear Lake Bakery, specializing in making cookies. When his 2 children were grown, Bob and Teri moved back to the Dike area, settling in Cedar Falls. He then began his career at Hy-Vee in Waterloo where he worked in the bakery department. He retired full time but continued working for Hy-Vee part time. On December 5, 2017, Bob was united in marriage to Janet Hewitt in Waverly, Iowa. The couple made their home in Cedar Falls.
Bob was an avid bowler and sports fan. He loved baseball (Go Cubs!), dirt track racing and his fishing trips to Canada. He was known to be a jokester and have a wonderful sense of humor. He brought joy to so many people and they will miss his wit, charm, and funny personality.
He is survived by his wife Janet Hansen of Cedar Falls; mother Marvel Hansen of Cedar Falls; son Shane (Sara) Hansen of Belmond, IA and Sharla (Mark Hadacek) Hansen of Mason City, IA; grandchildren Jordan Hansen of Belmond, Cassie Hansen of Waterloo, Jacob, Zach & Summer Hansen of Belmond, Brianna & Hansen-Simmer, Isaac Donahoo, Natasha, Spencer & Drake Hadacek of Mason City; great grandchildren Dax, Drayton and Danika; sisters Brenda (JP) Hansen, Sarah Stoffregen and brothers Jim (Coni) Hansen and Jon “Byrd” Hansen; many extended family members. Bob is preceded in death by his father George; first wife Teri; brother Phil Hansen.
Steven Thomas Rusley
March 16, 1964 - February 8, 2018
Lake Mills, IA | Heaven gained a kind hearted man with a shoulder moving hearty chuckle when Steven Thomas Rusley, 53 of rural Lake Mills died on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City, IA. Steve was hospitalized with a brain bleed.
Visitation will be Monday, February 12, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Mittelstadt Funeral Home, 902 East Main Street in Lake Mills, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Winnebago Lutheran Church, 44029 210th Avenue, rural Lake Mills, IA 50450, with Pastor Bill Peters officiating. Burial will be in the Winnebago Lutheran Church Cemetery.
Steven Thomas Rusley was born March 16, 1964 to Stanley and Alvina (Beck) Rusley at Park Hospital, Mason City, IA.
Steve lived all his life on the family farm established in 1869. Steve was looking forward to the summer of 2019 to be able to celebrate receiving the Heritage Farm award at the Iowa State Fair. This will recognize the family farm being owned for 150 years. At a very young age Steve remembers holding onto his dad's pant legs walking through the cattle yard amongst such large livestock. As the years progressed Steve graduated with many life-long friends from Lake Mills High School, Class of 1982. While in school Steve participated in various sports and a member of FFA. Steve was a member of the Mount Valley Ramblers boy's 4-H club. In July of 1981, Steve won Champion Individual Market Hog and Grand Champion Pen of Three at the Winnebago County Fair in Thompson, IA. This was the first year the Fair stopped giving out trophies and instead only gave out ribbons. Steve always remembered this, so 30-plus years later on his birthday his family presented him with a trophy inscribed with his winning credentials hoping to settle this.
After high school Steve went to college and graduated in 1984 with a degree from NIACC's Farm Agriculture Program. Steve started farming full time raising pigs in earlier years and crop farming corn and soybeans with his dad which he has continued to do till present. Steve liked to see the budding of trees in the spring because it was time for another farm planting and harvest season to begin. Steve valued the special bond over the years that existed between him and the retired farmers who entrusted him to run their acres. Steve was loyal to the GMC pickup and John Deere Farm equipment. Green and Yellow is what should be in the field except he did own an International 496 disk which he admits they got right. The first tractor he bought and still owns and insists that tractor will never leave this farm was a John Deere 4440 from his uncle Kermit. Steve and his dad restored their John Deere 4020 for tractor rides. One in Christ Lutheran Parish established and held a Tractor Ride for many successful years; everyone thought Linda came up with this, but it was Steve's idea ... Linda only delivered the message.
Steve was Baptized and Confirmed at Winnebago Lutheran Church. Now part of One In Christ Parish he considered himself fortunate to be a lifelong member amongst church member friends. He participated in Luther League in youth, Church Council member and Cemetery Board Committee.
Steve treasured at a young age neighborhood kids getting together to ride snowmobiles, dirt motorcycles and three-wheelers. Three-wheelers with bubble tires turned into four-wheeler ATVs which he took many trips as well as snowmobile trips with friends to Wisconsin. Steve commented often “I have the best friends a person could ever have.” He also felt that way about the neighborhood and farming community he lived and worked in and around, lending a helping hand when needed. With family, friends and neighbors Steve liked to pull a prank or a joke with an accomplished grin and smile.
Steve's pride was being able to introduce and teach Jace about farming, how to operate his machinery, ride snowmobile, dirt motorcycle and four-wheelers. Steve's biggest “kick” over the years has been to watch Jace doing all that he taught him to do, “Nothing Runs better than Jace in a John Deere.”
Steve is survived by his dad, Stanley Rusley; sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Alan Johnson; nephew, Jace Johnson; first cousins all older who are like siblings with a world turned upside down saying goodbye to the youngest; second and third cousins so cherished; and his brother-in-law's father, Orville Johnson.
Steve was preceded in death by his Mom in 2003, paternal and maternal grandparents prior to his birth which he always wished he could have known; all his aunts and uncles so dear; and his brother-in-law's mom, Sharon Johnson.
You can contact the family with online condolences at: www.mittelstadtfuneralhome.com. 641-592-0221
MASON CITY | Don Sims, 87, of Mason City, IA, died Thursday, February 8, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at the Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave, with the Rev. Kathleen R. Moore of First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow in the Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 until 6 PM Tuesday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are pending with Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, 111 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Mason City, Iowa 50401, 641-423-0924, www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com
Edward J. Snopek
May 23, 1937 - February 8, 2018
VENTURA | Edward J. Snopek, 80, of Ventura, died Thursday, February 8, 2018, at Westview Care Center in Britt.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 17, 2018, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1001 9th Ave. S., Clear Lake, with Rev. John Gossman officiating. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Manly.
Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, February 16, 2018, at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake, with a rosary being said at 6:45 p.m.
Ed was born on May 23, 1937, the son of Leslie and Lucile (Bednar) Snopek in Manly. He grew up in Mason City and attended St. Joseph Schools until his junior year and then graduated from Osage High School. After graduating from the Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis, he was drafted into the United States Army and served in Germany as a tank mechanic.
Ed was an automotive mechanic for much of his life and owner of Floyd's Service in Clear Lake. He retired from the Clear Lake School District as the director of transportation. Ed was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Clear Lake and enjoyed fishing, restoring hot rods, gardening, camping, and Bluegrass music. He was a very giving person and a friend to all.
Ed is survived by his sister, Karen (Joe) Chrencik of Traverse City, MI; three nieces, Cheryl Kapler, Christa (Curt) Diemer, and Coleen (Don) Hellen; a nephew, Curt (Patty) Chrencik; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Monica, Ethan, Elena and Owen Kapler, Kara and Julia Diemer, Mitch, Daniel and Thomas Chisholm, and Ryan, Carley and Joey Chrencik.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a special friend, Millie Yates.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake. 641-357-2193. ColonialChapels.com.
MASON CITY | Colleen Boyle was called to Heaven on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. She passed away at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at Epiphany Parish, Holy Family Catholic Church, 714 N. Adams Ave., Mason City, with the Rev. Neil Manternach, celebrant. Burial will follow at Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery, Mason City.
Visitation will be held Thursday evening, Feb. 15, 2018, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Hogan Bremer Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. N.E., Mason City, where a Rosary will be recited by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas at 6:30 p.m., followed by a Scriptural Wake Service.
In lieu of custom remembrances, memorials may be given to the Newman Foundation in Colleen's name.
Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. N.E., Mason City, IA. 641-423-2372. ColonialChapels.com
FOREST CITY | Karolyn Overlie, 73, of Forest City died Friday, February 9, 2018 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, February 14, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City with Rev. Rod Hopp officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Oakland Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M., Tuesday at the Cataldo Schott Funeral Home in Forest City and will continue one hour prior to services at the church. CATALDO SCHOTT FUNERAL HOME. 641-585-2685. www.cataldoschottfh.com
Ellen R. Anderson
AMES, IA | Ellen R. Anderson, 97, formerly of Mason City, died Thursday, February 8, 2018, at the North Ridge Village, Ames, Iowa.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 AM Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Epiphany Parish, Holy Family Catholic Church with the Rev. Austin Wilker officiating. Interment will follow in the Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 PM Monday with a scripture wake service at 6:30 at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are with Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, 111 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Mason City, Iowa 50401, 641-423-0924, www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com.