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Barbara Jane Hefty

Barbara Jane Hefty

April 10, 1944 - January 9, 2018

Barbara Jane Erickson Hefty of Carrollton, passed away January 09, 2018 at the age of 73.

She was born April 10, 1944 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, daughter of the late Edwin John Erickson and Betty Carol Harvey Erickson. She worked in child care and also was the first ever hostess at the Chick-fil-a in Carrollton, Georgia.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a brother, David E. Erickson. She is survived by her children, Kristin and Dr. Michael Poss of Carrollton, Brent and Erin Hefty of Dubai, and Aaron and Sarah Hefty of Villa Rica; sister, Marsha and Jerry Bezely of Clear Lake, Iowa; brother, Dr. Steven C. and Krista Erickson of Hamptonville, North Carolina; seven grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

In keeping with her wishes, cremation will be final disposition and a service will be planned at a later date. Those who desire may make donations to the Carroll County Alzheimer's Association at 220 West Ave., Carrollton, GA 30117. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at Martin & Hightower Heritage Chapel of Carrollton has charge of the arrangements.

Jean Ardella (Sorg) Alne

Jean Ardella (Sorg) Alne

May 23, 1933 - January 9, 2018

Kensett – Jean Ardella (Sorg) Alne, 84, Kensett, died Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at the Manly Specialty & Care Center.

A funeral service for Jean will be held at 1:00 P.M. Monday, January 15, 2018, at the Bethany Lutheran Church, 600 south 5th Street, Kensett with Reverend Tom Martin officiating. Burial will be in the Kensett Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. on Sunday at the Conner Colonial Chapel, 1008 First Ave South, Northwood. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church.

Those wishing to give a memorial in Jean's memory may wish to consider contributions be made to Bethany Lutheran Church in Kensett.

Jean Ardella (Sorg) Alne was born on May 23, 1933, on a farm near Ceylon, MN, the daughter of Fred and Mae (Cunningham) Sorg. She attended a country school the first five years, and then moved to Huntley, MN, where she graduated from high school. She also attended Mankato State College and earned an elementary teaching degree.

She was united in marriage to Roger Alne on July 28, 1956, at the Church of Christ in Austin, MN. Roger preceded her in death on March 31, 2000.

Jean taught school at Bricelyn, MN for five years and later worked at other schools.

Jean was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Kensett since 1974, where she was treasure, circle president, WELCA president, and enjoyed quilting.

Jean liked to read, bowl, quilting and gardening. She mostly enjoyed playing games with her grandchildren, and also enjoyed volunteering at the Opportunity Village Store in Clear Lake.

Those left to cherish her memory are her sons, Rodney (Carol) Alne of Butte, MT, Scott (Jody) Alne of Elk Mound, WI, Larry (Helen) Alne of Forest City, and Rick (Cindy) Alne of Bothel, WA, and Marty ((Sandy) Alne of Ft. Dodge; her brother, Lowell (Shirley) Sorg of Austin, MN, her sister, Retha Farrell of Austin, MN; her grandchildren, Jennifer (Carlos) Sanchez, Chase, Kaitlin, Krystine, Mariah, Mikaela, Joshua, Ashley, Caleb and Connor Alne; her great-grandchildren are, Santana and Izzy Sanchez, as well as many nieces, nephews, and many other extended family members and friends.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Mae Sorg; her husband Roger; brother, Marion Sorg, two sisters, Margaret Albin, and June Plath; grandchildren, Jesse and baby boy Alne; sisters-in-law, especially a dear sister-in-law, Gloria; a brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, and others.

Conner Colonial Chapel: (641) 324-1543

Funerals Friday, Jan. 12
Funerals Friday, Jan. 12

ABRAHAMS, Kevin David, 55, Northwood, 11 a.m. at First Shell Rock Lutheran Church, Northwood.

COOLEY, Doris B, Ridgeway, Iowa, formerly Osage, 11 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church Ridgeway.

DUFFIELD, James, 87, Charles City, formerly of Greene, 10:30 a.m. at the Church of Christ, Clarksville.

HEDRICK, Gary, 74, Charles City, 10 a.m. at Hauser Funeral Home, Charles City.

KAPKA, Orville Wilford, 92, Riceville, 10:30 a.m. at Lindstrom Funeral Home in Riceville.

LAMMERS, Grace Ann, 86, Mason City, 11:30 a.m. at Rock Falls Old Stone United Methodist Church, Rock Falls.

NORTH, Doris Margaret, 89, Osage, 10:30 a.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Osage.

SKENE, Edith Ingeborg, 102, of Ventura, 11 a.m. at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake.

SMITH, Richard L. "Dick," 77, Belmond, 10:30 a.m. at the Belmond United Methodist, Belmond.

Orr: Iowa National Guard in 'high operations tempo'

DES MOINES | Challenges at home and abroad are forcing the Iowa National Guard to "adapt and change" its mission to fight America's wars, secure the homeland and build lasting partnership around the world, according to Iowa Adjutant General Timothy Orr.

"As we look around the globe, the international situation today is the most complex and demanding that I have seen in my 39 years of service," Orr said in delivering his Condition of the Guard address to Gov. Kim Reynolds, top state officials and a joint session of the Iowa General Assembly on Thursday.

Orr said natural disasters in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, coupled with major cyber-attacks, and the smallest military since before World War II tested the ability of the Iowa guard and nation to fulfill global commitments "during an era of uncertainty and persistent conflict."

Currently, about 800 Iowa guard soldiers and airmen are mobilized for combat operations around the globe, he said. Since Sept. 11, 2001, more than 19,000 Iowa National Guard members serving on active duty to support the nation, he noted.

"With the level of global uncertainty today, the velocity of instability, and potential for significant conflict around the world, we are now at a point where current and projected demands for our assets around the globe to support the warfare will remain at a high operations tempo," Orr said.

For the most part, he said, 2017 was a "relatively quiet year" for emergency response operations in Iowa, but the guard deployed helicopters, aircrews and security forces as part of emergency management assistance compacts when hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria inflicted damage in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, he said.

Another important response was in the area of counter-drug programs and training, especially to combat the nation's opioid epidemic, he said. Orr noted the guard trained 340 law enforcement officers across Iowa how to properly administer the antidote for opioid overdoses, and counter-drug specialists seized more than $43 million in drugs and $3 million in cash and assets from drug dealers in Iowa.

Orr also touted the guard's economic benefits for the state, noting that military, law enforcement and civilian visitors to the Camp Dodge training installation near Johnston pumped more than $100 million of discretionary spending into central Iowa last year.

As a volunteer organization, Orr said recruitment efforts remain a priority, with a growing concern that a large percentage of U.S. military members who come from the same families - "effectively creating a class in our society that is carrying the burden for the remainder of our citizens."

"With only three out of 10 17- to 24-year-olds eligible today for military service due to various reasons," he said, "there's significant concern among civilian and military leaders about the future of our military and the readiness of our force to defend this nation in years ahead."

One change that has helped in that regard, he said, was a Department of Defense revision in 2016 that opened all military positions — including more than 1,700 in the Iowa National Guard — to women for the first time in U.S. history.

Daily Calendar
Daily Calendar Friday, Feb. 2


MASON CITY | Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors will have a board-staff discussion at 1 p.m. in the boardroom of the courthouse.

Helen 'Jean' Fretty

Helen 'Jean' Fretty

Sept. 15, 1929 - January 10, 2018

KENSETT | Helen “Jean” Fretty, age 88, died Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at the Manly Specialty Care Center.

The funeral service for Jean will be held on Saturday, January 13th, 2018 at Bethany Lutheran Church (600 South St.) in her home town of Kensett, Iowa and will begin at 10 a.m. The Reverend Tom Martin will officiate. Burial will be in the Kensett Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Friday, January 12th at Bethany Lutheran Church, from 5-7 p.m., and for 30 minutes prior to her service.

In lieu of flowers, Jean's family has requested that memorials be given to Bethany Lutheran, 600 South St. Kensett, One Vision, 1200 N 9th St W, Clear Lake, IA, The Salvation Army, 3551 Frontage Rd, Mason City, IA, Hospice of North Iowa, 232 2nd St SE, Mason City, IA or KCMR radio, 316 N Federal Ave, Mason City, IA.

Jean Fretty was born Sept. 15, 1929 in Mankato, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Frank & Florence (Benson) Steiner of Blue Earth. Jean was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Church in Blue Earth. She graduated from Blue Earth High School in 1947, then attended Minneapolis Business College. After college she worked at the Blue Earth State Bank.

Jean married the love of her life, Thomas Fretty on June 30th, 1950. Tom was called back into the Navy in 1951 (he had done a tour of duty off the coast of Japan during World War II). In 1952, Jean joined Tom in California with their 8-month-old daughter, Patty, while Tom was stationed in the Navy there. During their time in California, Jean worked at the Bank of America. In 1954 Jean and Tom moved to Kensett, Iowa, where they eventually started a business consisting of dry goods and furniture. In the mid 60's Jean & Tom moved their business to Manly, Iowa where they operated Tom's Country Market. As their “corner of highway 9 & 65” expanded, a musical museum housing band organs & old music boxes, was created. Along with this, a waterfall mountain, ice cream parlor & animated town were added. In the later years of their lives, Tom & Jean went on to be self employed in the antique business and then gradually slipped into retirement focusing on family and friends.

Jean will be lovingly missed by her children — Patty (Mark) Walker of Kensett, Sandy (Keven) Bruesewitz of Grafton & Jody (John) Kealey of Davenport, along with her grandchildren — Kendra (Tim) Stoner of Dubuque, Raechel (Luke) Fossey of Grafton, Lynnea (Tom) Morse of Indianapolis, Holly Bruesewitz of Clear Lake, Thomas Kealey of Iowa City, Mara Kealey of Ames, Kate Kealey of Davenport, Bryan Clark of Mason City and Andrea (Alex) Jahn of Germany. Jean's great-grandchildren include Hannah & Micah Stoner, Runa Morse, Phoenix & Isabella Clark and Amelie & Annika Jahn. Jean also had many extended family and friends that will miss her.

She was preceded in death by her husband Tom, her parents, her sister Ruth Blakely, & several sister & brother in-laws. Jean will be remembered by those that knew and loved her for her generous and caring spirit!

Bride Colonial Chapel, 110 E Spring Street, Manly, IA. 641-454-2242.