Globe Gazette Obituaries

2001-09-27T00:00:00Z Globe Gazette Obituaries Mason City Globe Gazette
September 27, 2001 12:00 am

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PUBLISHED Wednesday, September 26, 2001.

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ARNOLD H. ENG

MASON CITY- Arnold H. Eng, 84, of 4 Third St. N.E. died Sunday (Sept. 23, 2001) at Good Shepherd Health Center in Mason City.

His body was cremated and buried in a private family service at Park Cemetery in Nora Springs.

His memorial service will be held 2 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 29, 2001) at Hogan-Bremer Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. N.E. in Mason City, with the Rev. David J. Anderson, officiating.

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of North Iowa or to the Mason City Public Library.

Born April 17, 1917, Mr. Eng was the son of Herman and Ida (Straube) Eng, Nora Springs. He attended the Rock Grove Township School, and was graduated from Nora Springs High School in 1934.

After attending the Army Signal Corps School at the University of Minnesota, he was stationed at Camp Kohler, Sacramento, Calif.

On April 24, 1941, he married Harriett Thompson of Nora Springs and they farmed in that area until moving to Mason City in 1979.

Arnold was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Nora Springs, later joining St. James Lutheran Church in Mason City. He was involved in many activities in both churches.

For more than 30 years he was associated with the ASCS in Floyd County, serving on both the Township and County committees.

Arnold was a devoted husband and father, proud grandfather and great-grandfather. As long as he was able, he enjoyed taking care of his flower gardens. He was an avid reader, and ever since he could remember, a die-hard Cubs fan.

Those left to share the memories of his life include his wife, Harriett, of Mason City; two daughters, Michele Eng, of Mason City; Valerie and her husband, Rex Ennen, of Forest City; a granddaughter, Alicia Rozen, of Forest City; a grandson, John Rozen and his wife, Ammie, of Corwith; a stepgrandson, Bret Ennen, of Clear Lake; a stepgranddaughter, Alyssa Ennen, of Clear Lake, and one great-grandson, Skyler Rozen, of Corwith.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Hogan-Bremer Colonial Chapel, (641)-423-2372.

ROBERT 'BOB' GENE BARTUSEK

NORA SPRINGS - Robert "Bob" Gene Bartusek, 72, of Nora Springs, died Sunday (Sept. 23, 2001) at the Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.

His funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Sheckler Colonial Chapel, 114 N. Hawkeye in Nora Springs, with the Rev. Richard Pippert, of the United Methodist Church in Nora Springs, officiating. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Hillside Cemetery in Sheffield, with military honors by the Nora Springs American Legion Post #449.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. today and one hour prior to service time on Thursday at the chapel.

Robert "Bob" Gene Bartusek, was born on Jan. 18, 1929, in Mason City, the son of Cleo and Margaret (McIlhatton) Bartusek. He attended and received his education in the Mason City school system, graduating from Mason City High School in 1948.

In August of 1948, he was inducted into the U.S. Army serving in Okinawa before going to Korea serving in the 9th Infantry Division during the Korean Conflict until his honorable discharge in May 1951.

After his honorable discharge he came back to Mason City and was united in marriage to Marlys Hoskins on Sept. 29, 1951, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua.

After their marriage, Bob attended and graduated from Mason City Junior College and also attended and graduated from Hamilton Business College in Mason City. Bob worked for Interstate Power Company in Mason City, as a lineman for 30 years until his retirement.

He enjoyed collecting high line electricity insulators, enjoyed traveling to electric insulator shows, watching sports on TV, and was an avid Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Cubs, and Iowa football college fan, but his great love and enjoyment was his family and grandchildren.

He was a member of the National Insulator Association, life member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars in Mason City, and a member of the Nora Springs American Legion Post #449 and was past commander, life member of the 2nd Division Indian Head Association of the national chapter, and life member of the 2nd Division of the Indian Head Association of the Iowa Chapter.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Marlys Bartusek, of Nora Springs; three children, Denise Rottinghaus and her husband, Michael, of Nora Springs, Dennis Bartusek and his wife, Kristy, of Tempe, Ariz., and David Bartusek and his wife, Cindy, of Osage; six grandchildren, Jim and Brandon Rottinghaus, Trevor, Mackenzie, Shae, and Austin Bartusek; a sister, Shirley Suby and her husband, Leon, of Mason City; an aunt, Gladys Finch, of Mason City; a niece, Christy Wass, of Norfolk, Va., and a nephew, Scott Suby, of Schaumburg, Ill.; as well as other relatives and many friends.

His parents, and a stepfather preceded him in death.

Sheckler Colonial Chapel, (641) 749-2210.

REBA POWERS

FOREST CITY - Reba Powers, 91, of Forest City, died Friday (Sept. 21, 2001) at the Algona Manor Care Center in Algona.

Her funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at the United Methodist Church in Forest City with the Rev. Gary Marzolf officiating. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery in Forest City.

Visitation will be from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, at the Petersen Lund Funeral Home, 505 N. Clark St. in Forest City.

Reba R. Powers, daughter of William and Ruth (Kelley) Taylor, was born Jan. 27, 1910, in Forest City. She graduated from a local country school in 1924. She met and married William Smith of Kirksville, Mo. in 1929. To this union were born eight children, Eugene (wife Shirley), Alice (husband Art), Frank (wife Barbara), James (wife Sandra), Mary (husband David), Dewey (wife Ruth), Lois (husband Rick), and Lawrence (wife Kathleen).

Reba and Bill farmed different places in the area until buying a farm near Fertile. William died in 1950, after which Reba farmed with the help of her children, and later worked at the Forest City Hospital and the local nursing home.

She married Jim Pospisil in 1956 and he passed away in 1966. In 1978 she married Maynard Powers of Crystal Lake.

During this marriage she joined the United Methodist Church in Crystal Lake. Maynard died in 1992, leaving Reba alone again.

For several years after his death Reba lived at the Town Square Apartments in Forest City, leaving only recently to live at the Algona Manor Care Center to be near some of her many grandchildren.

Reba is survived by six children and their spouses, Eugene and Shirley Smith, of Mason City, James and Sandra Smith, of Phoenix, Ariz., Mary and David Tiedens, of Overguard, Ariz., Dewey and Ruth Smith, of Pequet Lake, Minn., Lois and Rick Lowenberg, of Iowa City, and Lawrence and Kathleen Smith, of South Carolina; two sisters, Marjorie Gorball, of Forest City and Doris Swain, of Butler, Mo.; and 27 grandchildren and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren. Also, three stepchildren, Marlene Bushman, of Crystal Lake, Jack Powers, of Garner, and Karen Hanson, of Forest City, along with many step-grandchildren.

Reba was preceded in death by her parents, three husbands, a daughter, Alice; a son, Frank; and a brother and his wife, Carroll and Helga Taylor. She will be missed by many people.

Petersen Lund Funeral Home, (641) 585-2685.

BARTON 'BART' KARL FRONING

NORA SPRINGS -Barton "Bart" Karl Froning, 56, of Nora Springs, died Tuesday (Sept. 25, 2001) at Broad lawn Hospital in Des Moines.

His funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. on Friday at the St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Nora Springs, with the Rev. Ruth Hansen officiating. Burial will be in the Park Cemetery in Nora Springs, with military graveside honors by the H.D.S. American Legion Post #449 in Nora Springs.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Sheckler Colonial Chapel, 114 N. Hawkeye, Nora Springs, and one hour prior to service time on Friday at the church.

The family of Barton "Bart" Karl Froning has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be directed to the family.

Barton "Bart" Karl Froning was born on Nov. 12, 1944, in Mason City, the son of Karl and Ruth (Bonjour) Froning.

He was baptized at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Mason City and attended and received his education in the Mason City School system, graduating from Mason City High School in 1963.

Bart was inducted into the U.S. Marine Corps serving five years in the Corps, and served two tours of duty with the Recon Special Ops in Vietnam.

After his honorable discharge he came back to Mason City and was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart Linda Davis on February 1, 1969, in Mason City.

For 30 years Bart worked as an iron worker for the Iron Workers Local #67, working mostly in the state of Iowa. Bart was a very hard worker, and was very proud of his job. He was also a very devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and also loved camping with his family, and any other activities that involved his family.

He was a member of the Iron Workers Local #67 for 30 years.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Linda Kay Froning, of Nora Springs; his children, Dawn Miller and her husband Michael, Jamie Froning and his wife, Nicky, and Jason Froning and special friend, Liz Eckhardt, all of Nora Springs; four grandchildren, Chase, Skyler, and Harley Froning and Brianna Miller; his three sisters and a brother, Beverly Arp and her husband, Marvin, of Manly, Georgia Holm and her husband, Darrell, of Mason City, Noreen Thompson, of Clear Lake, and Gene Froning, of Mt.Olivet, Ky.; several nieces and nephews as well as other relatives and many friends.

His parents, maternal and paternal grandparents; a nephew; and all his aunts and uncles preceded him in death.

Bart was a very special man who had an unbelievable love for his family and friends, and always put them first.

Sheckler Colonial Chapel, (641) 749-2210.

BLANCHE 'PAT' WALSH

MESA, Ariz. - Blanche "Pat" Walsh, 94, formerly of Mason City, died Sunday (Sept. 23, 2001) in Mesa, Ariz.

Pat was born Oct. 6, 1906, in Dumont and was married to George "Brick" Walsh on Sept. 18, 1930. They lived in Mason City until 1956 when they relocated to Milwaukee, Wis., returning to Mason City in 1966. In 1986 she moved to Mesa, Ariz. to be near her daughter, Janet Freuler and family.

Pat enjoyed desert living and watching "her" Cubs in spring training and on TV. She became an instant Arizona Diamondbacks fan from their first game and was so thrilled to be able to attend a D 'Backs game last year.

Pat was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church while living in Mason City.

She worked many years at the Mason City Tent & Awning. She also enjoyed gardening and playing bridge.

Surviving is daughter, Janet Freuler; granddaughter, Marijo Swartz and husband, Rick; great-granddaughter, Erin Olson, all of Mesa, Ariz.; great-grandson, Travis Olson, of Milwaukee, Wis.; nieces, nephews, and close friends.

Preceding her in death were her husband, George "Brick" Walsh; granddaughter, Terri Pilacek; son-in-law, Bob Freuler; and brother, Amos Allen.

A memorial service will be planned at a later date in Mason City.

Mountain View Memorial Gardens Mortuary in Mesa, Ariz. is in charge of arrangements.

Mountain View Memorial Gardens Mortuary, (480) 832-2850.

DEWEY E. SOWDER

MASON CITY - Dewey E. Sowder, 79, of Mason City, formerly of Forest City, died Monday (Sept. 24, 2001) at Muse Norris Hospice in Mason City.

A funeral Mass will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at St. James Catholic Church in Forest City, with the Rev. Craig Steimel officiating. Burial will be in St. James Catholic Cemetery in Forest City.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at Petersen Lund Funeral Home, 505 N. Clark St. in Forest City, and one hour prior to services at the church.

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of North Iowa in Mason City or the Forest City American Legion Post 121.

Dewey E. Sowder was born at Derby, Iowa on Dec. 25, 1921, the son of Ralph and Margaret (Ballard) Sowder. The family came north after a few years, settling in the Hayfield-Britt-Crystal Lake area. Dewey attended the Hayfield Schools - eventually playing on their basketball team. After graduation he went to California to work in a defense plant.

When World War II began he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving as a first lieutenant stationed in the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations. He received two Distinguished Flying Crosses and other numerous citations.

Following his discharge from the service in 1945, he returned to Forest City where his family lived. He met and then married Bernadette Noble of Garner on July 28, 1945. The couple made their home in Forest City where Dewey worked as parts manager for Whiteis Auto for over 40 years.

He was a member of American Legion Post 121 in Forest City and a member of St James Catholic Church.

He treasured time spent with his family and had a life-long passion for flying.

He is survived by his wife, Bernadette Sowder, of Mason City; and five children, David Sowder and wife, Kathy, of Vadnais Heights, Minn., Kris Sowder Warner and husband, Jack, of Champlin, Minn., Linda Sowder Quigley and husband, Jim, of Iowa City, John Sowder and wife, Colette, of Forest City, and Mary Sowder Thompson and husband, Mitchell, of Oxford. Also, six grandchildren, Christopher Warner, April Sowder, Eric Sowder, Preston Sowder and Alexandra and James Thompson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Earl and James Sowder; a sister, Evelyn Clark; and a grandson, Derek Gordon Sowder.

Petersen Lund Funeral Home, (641) 585-2685.

MARI LYNNE BURKHOLDER

CLARKSVILLE - Mari Lynne Burkholder, 38, died Sunday (Sept. 23, 2001) at Mercy Hospital, Des Moines, of an aneurysm.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Waverly with Pastor Susen LeBlanc officiating. Burial will be in Poyner Township Cemetery in rural Gilbertville.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. today at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, 218 Second St., S.E. Waverly

Mari was born on June 15, 1963, in Waterloo, the daughter of John and Esther (Brocka) Folkerds. She attended and graduated from Janesville High School in 1981. She continued her schooling at the University of Northern Iowa and later graduated from the Business Institute of Technology in Cedar Falls. Mari then went to work for Principal Financial Group in Des Moines.

On Feb. 28, 1987, she was united in marriage to Clint Burkholder at the First United Methodist Church in Cedar Falls. The couple moved to the Janesville area until moving to their present home near Clarksville in 1991. Since 1989 Mari has worked as a contract compliance specialist in the Product Development Department at CUNA Mutual in Waverly.

Mari was currently a member of the National Barrel Horse Association, the Barrel Racing Director for the Iowa Rodeo Association, a member of the Iowa Can Chasers Association and of the Janesville American Legion Post No. 522 Auxiliary.

Mari is survived by her husband, Clint, of Clarksville; two children, Cody and Kenzie at home; her parents, John and Esther Folkerds of Janesville; and a brother, Gary Folkerds of Janesville.

Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, (319) 352-1187.

DONALD PECKHAM JR.

CLEAR LAKE - Donald Peckham Jr., 44, of 704 S. 13th St., Clear Lake, died Tuesday (Sept. 25, 2001) at the Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City.

Arrangements are incomplete at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. Fourth St. in Clear Lake.

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, (641) 357-2193.

JOAN LOUISE LINAHON

CLEAR LAKE - Joan Louise Linahon, 64, Clear Lake, died Monday (Sept. 24, 2001) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.

Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at the Zion Lutheran Church, 112 N. Fourth St. in Clear Lake with the Rev. Kermit Roisen officiating. Interment will be in the Clear Lake Cemetery in Clear Lake. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. Fourth St. in Clear Lake.

The family suggests memorials to the Joan Linahon Memorial Fund.

Joan was born on Jan. 15, 1937, in Minneapolis, Minn., the daughter of Darrell and Eleanor (Wenger) Hieronymus. Joan graduated from high school in Minneapolis and attended St. Mary's School of Nursing in St. Paul, Minn.

Joan married Patrick N. Linahon on Dec. 5, 1955, at Hampton. After marriage they lived in Minneapolis moving to Clear Lake in 1956. Joan worked at a Mason City bank before they moved to Bondurant, where she drove school bus for two years.

After moving back to Clear Lake she drove school bus for about eight years. In 1991 they owned and operated Clear Lake Appliance until 2000.

Joan liked to bowl, play golf, made ceramics for many years, enjoyed sewing and cooking. Joan and her sisters would send jigsaw puzzles to each other; she also worked crossword puzzles, played games, and was a great movie buff.

Joan is survived by her husband, Patrick N. Linahon; two children, Michael Linahon and his wife, Lisa, of Algona, and Linda Ernster and her husband, Michael, of Clear Lake; two sisters, Gerry Small and her husband, Jacke, of Irvine, Calif.; and Susan Barnhouse and her husband, Charles, of Orange, Calif.; five grandchildren, Emily Ernster, Grace Ernster, Jennifer Linahon, Lauren Linahon, and Katie Linahon; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents preceded Joan in death.

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, (641) 357-2193.

CAROL JEAN FISCHER

GREENE - Funeral services for Carol Jean Fischer, 82, of Des Moines, formerly of Greene, will be 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at Reid's Funeral Chapel in Greene, with Pastor Ashok Patet officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Greene.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Reid's Funeral Chapel in Greene, and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.

Carol Jean Fischer was born Nov. 30, 1918, at Sartori Hospital in Cedar Falls, a daughter of Louise Monroe and Althea Lecretia (Eells) Knipe, and died Sunday (Sept. 23, 2001) at the Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines of complications caused by infection.

She attended and graduated from the New Hartford High School in 1936 and graduated from the Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls in 1938. She began teaching in Ireton, Iowa, where she remained for two years, before moving to Greene where she taught until 1943.

She was united in marriage to Robert Vernon Fischer on July 3, 1943, at the Presbyterian Church in Norman, Okla. She accompanied her husband where he was stationed stateside during World War II. Following Bob's discharge they made their home in Greene where she raised her four sons, provided for her family through gardening, canning, and cooking. Her family and friends will cherish the memories of the flavors, smells, and warmth from her kitchen.

Carol Jean will be remembered by many who read to the children in the community at Story Time at the Greene Public Library for many years. They moved to Des Moines in 1970 where Bob became Publications Editor for Hyline International Farms.

She was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, having been a member in New Hartford, Greene, and currently a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Urbandale. For many years she was a Sunday School teacher and superintendent of the Sunday School. She was also involved in the Church choir and Church circles.

Music played an important part in Carol's life. She faithfully played the piano each day with melodies which included "Sweet Hour of Prayer" and "In an English Country Garden."

Living family members include three sons and their spouses, Daryl and Cheri, of Phoenix, Ariz., Bruce and Sharon, of Naperville, Ill., and David and Pat, of Des Moines; seven grandchildren, Karen, Kristine, Carmen, Ryan, Scott, Susan, and Jenny Fischer; two stepgrandchildren, Brian Kinnan and Tim Kinnan; two great-grandchildren, Nicholas Everett Gertos and Gloria LaVonne Fischer. She is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Fischer, of Greene, and Eileen Knipe, of Decorah.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert V. on Sept. 28, 1998; son, Richard, on Nov. 28, 1990; and brother, Paul Monroe Knipe.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Boys and Girls Club of Des Moines, 1350 E. Washington Ave. Des Moines, Iowa 50316.

Reid's Funeral Chapel, (641) 823-4557.

EARL D. GEESMAN

ALGONA - Earl D. Geesman, 71, of Algona, died Sept. 15, 2001, at the Veterans Administration Central Iowa Health Care Center in Des Moines.

His funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday at the Kossuth County Care Facility in Algona, with Father Steve Brodersen officiating. Burial will be in Burt Township Cemetery in Burt.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Garry-Roberts- Murphy-Schaaf Home in Algona.

Garry-Roberts-Murphy-Schaaf Funeral Home, (515) 295-3731.

GLADYS KETELSEN

OSAGE - Gladys Ivey Olsen Ketelsen, 94, died Monday (Sept. 24, 2001) at Good Smaraitan Center in St. Ansgar.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Osage with the Rev. Dennis Hanson and the Rev. Roy Ott officiating. Interment will be in the Osage Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage and will continue one hour before services at the church Friday.

Gladys was born Feb. 7, 1907, on the "Hume" farm one mile south of St. Ansgar, the daughter of Chris and Clara (Anderson) Olsen. She grew up in the St. Ansgar and Carpenter areas and graduated in 1926 from Carpenter High School.

Gladys was united in marriage to Elmer Ketelsen on March 23, 1930, on a Sunday evening at the First Lutheran Church parsonage in St. Ansgar. Gladys and Elmer resided on the "Ketelsen" farm in Burr Oak Township for 35 years, then they moved to the "Olsen" farm southwest of Stacyville to live for 13 years. In 1978 they moved to Osage. Gladys had been a resident of the Good Samaritan Center since 1996.

In her youth, Gladys was baptized and confirmed at the First Lutheran Church in St. Ansgar. She acted in numerous plays in high school. She was a very active member of the Burr Oak community, Women's Farm Bureau, sang with the Sweet Adelines and was a member of the Elizabeth Circle at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. She enjoyed her family, gardening, sewing, cooking, painting, genealogy and many other hobbies.

Gladys and Elmer were parents to four children, Dixie, Daisie, Dean and Dale.

She is survived by a son, Dale Ketelsen and his wife, Pat, of Baton Rouge, La.; a son-in-law, Laverne Olsen of Osage; a daughter-in-law, Karen Ketelsen of Osage; a sister, Gail Olsen of St. Ansgar; 14 grandchildren, Bill Schroeder of Orchard, Kristy and Nick Ortiz of West Des Moines, David and Rhonda Schroeder of Osage, Deidre and Bernie Badker of Columbus, Ohio, Lon and Laurie Olsen of Kensett, Lance Olsen of Osage, Danell Johnson of Osage, Kurt Ketelsen of Wilmington, N.C., Kymm and Bob Galligan of New Hampton, Kent Ketelsen of Osage, Kyra and Dan Berentsen of Riceville, Craig and Emily Ketelsen of Covington, La., Erik and Bonnie Ketelsen of Atlanta, Ga., and Penny Ketelsen of Nashville, Tenn.; 26 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elmer; three children, Dixie Schroeder, Daisie Olsen and Dean Ketelsen; a son-in-law, Rudy Schroeder; a granddaughter, Sherie Schroeder; an infant brother, Geral; and two brothers, Glen Olsen and Garman Olsen.

Champion-Burcheit Funeral Home, (641) 732-3706

GERALD 'JERRY' PETER

ELMORE, Minn. -Gerald "Jerry" Peter, 80, died Monday (Sept. 24, 2001) at Parker Oaks Assisted Living apartments in Winnebago, Minn.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Shiloh Lutheran Church in Elmore with Pastor Bob Roettiger officiating. Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery, Elmore.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the church in Elmore and one hour before the services Saturday.

Winter Funeral Home, 414 First St. N.W., Buffalo Center, is in charge of arrangements, (641) 562-2858.

ANNIE VIEVE DUSENBERG

CLEAR LAKE - Annie Vieve Duesenberg, 88, formerly of Clear Lake, died Monday (Sept. 24, 2001) in Abilene, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, at the Christian Church, 303 Highway 18 West, Clear Lake, with the Rev. Mark Young, officiating. Interment will be in the Clear Lake Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. Fourth St. in Clear Lake, and then one hour prior to the service at the church.

The family suggests memorials be sent to H. Milton Duesenberg, 105 N. Ninth St., Clear Lake, Iowa 50428 for the Clear Lake Christian Church, Clear Lake Senior Citizens, or Windcrest Alzheimer's Care Center, Abilene, Texas.

Annie Vieve was born Feb. 22, 1913, in Oakwood, Texas. She was the youngest of six children, three sisters and two brothers, of Mac Otis and Leila Irene (Lankster) Johnson. She met her husband Milton H. Duesenberg, a native of Garner, Iowa in Oakwood. Milton was in Texas working on various road construction projects including the one being constructed past Annie Vieve parents' home.

Milton and Annie Vieve were married May 25, 1933, in Shreveport, La., and left immediately for Iowa where Milton worked on road construction. After moving from locality to locality to follow the construction, they settled in Clear Lake in 1939, where Milton joined a family road building firm and Annie Vieve as a homemaker.

Annie Vieve was a lifetime member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Clear Lake. She taught Sunday School (all ages) was active in womens group, sang in the choir, advised youth groups and held district offices. Other activities included Eastern Star, Music Mothers, Progress Club, Republican Women, and as a Girl Scout leader.

Annie Vieve is survived by her son, H. Milton Duesenberg and his wife, Lois, of Clear Lake; two daughters, Beverly Moeller and her husband, Michael, of Sioux City, and Dana Sue Martin, of Aspermont, Texas; eight grandchildren, Linda Stelter and her husband, Daryl, Gail Bridgeland and her husband, John, Dana Jo Duesenberg, Ann Rickord and her husband, Bill, John Moeller; Richard Moeller, Jeffrey Martin, and Roland Martin, 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

Annie Vieve was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Milton; granddaughter, Eva Irene Martin; great-grandchild, Joseph David Moeller; three sisters, Myrtle Vannatta, Dana Grayson, and Laurine Dixon; two brothers, Karl Johnson and Lankster Johnson.

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, (641) 357-2193.

ORA GRIESE

LAKOTA - Ora Griese, 80, died Tuesday (Sept. 25, 2001) at St. Lukes Lutheran Home in Blue Earth, Minn.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Elmore, Minn., with Pastor Ben Buck officiating, Burial will be at St. Matthews Cemetery, Stevens, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Winter Funeral Home, 414 First St. N.W., Buffalo Center, and will continue one hour before the service at the church Friday.

Winter Funeral Home, (641) 562-2858

DENNIS RAE FRITZ

TITONKA - Dennis Rae Fritz, 57, of Titonka, died Tuesday (Sept. 25, 2001) at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Garry-Roberts-Murphy-Schaaf Funeral Home in Titonka.

Garry-Roberts-Murphy-Schaaf Funeral Home, (515) 998-2735.

LORETTA L. RODEMEYER

PHARR, Texas - Loretta Lillian Rodemeyer, 92, died Sunday (Sept. 23, 2001) in McAllen, Texas. She had been a resident of Mason City before moving to Pharr, Texas.

She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in McAllen,Texas.

Mrs. Rodemeyer is survived by her daughter, Donna Secory , of Pharr, Texas; one son, Ken (Bernadina) Rodemeyer, of Mason City; daughter-in-law, Stella Rodemeyer, of Pharr, Texas; sister, Mrs. Wayne (Mildred) Oliver, of Des Moines; brother, Milo (Sophia) Roberts, of Belmond; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence, in 1963; one son, Dalton in 1997; granddaughter, Patti in 1975; great-grandson, Tim, in 1992; and her brother, Ralph Roberts.

There will be a memorial service in Mason City at a later date.

Kreidler Funeral Home, Inc. in McAllen, Texas is in charge of arrangements.

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