PUBLISHED THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2002.
Obituaries are presented as a community service of Fullerton Funeral Homes. Information is submitted by families or provided by funeral homes for publication in the Globe Gazette and Globe Online.
ROSE R. HUGHES
BRITT - Rose R. Hughes, 69, of Britt, passed away Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002) at the family home in Britt.
Funeral services for Rose Hughes will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Britt with Father Michael Schueller officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.
Friends may greet the family from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Ewing Funeral Chapel, 178 Center St. W., Britt, and one hour prior to services at the church. The Catholic Workman will recite the rosary at 7 p.m. today at the funeral chapel in Britt.
Rose, the daughter of Frank G. and Lillian Hejlik Wellik, was born on Sept. 7, 1933, near Duncan. Rose attended country school and graduated from Britt High School.
She was united in marriage with Thomas G. Hughes on Nov. 8, 1954, at Duncan. The couple have since made their home in Britt. Rose received many awards for her outstanding sales achievements as an Avon Lady for the past 20 years.
The joys of her life were playing tea with her precious granddaughters, her flower garden, embroidering dishtowels and her coffee at the round table at the Hobo House.
Rose was a member of the Catholic Workman Branch 51, St. Patrick's Rosary Guild and the Hancock County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
Rose is survived by her husband, Tom, of Britt; three daughters, Becky of Connecticut, and Mary Jo and Linda of Britt; two sons, Todd and wife Jennifer of Thompson, and Jeff of Britt; three granddaughters, Bailey, Lucy and Ella; two sisters, Marie Loebig of Mason City and Marcella Doughan of Algona; a brother, Frank E. Wellik and his wife, Shirley, of Britt; a sister-in-law, Arlene Wellik of Woden; many nieces and nephews, and lots of Bohemians and her "Hobo Family," where she was known as "Railroad Rose."
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Evelyn Holck; a brother, Paul Wellik, and three brothers-in-law, Lloyd Holck, Dale Doughan and John F. Loebig.
Ewing Funeral Home, (641) 843-3839.
ROSE M. WINTZ
CLARION - Rose M. Wintz, 75, of Clarion, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the United Church of Christ Congregational in Clarion with the Rev. Curt Miner officiating. Burial will be in the Hitesville Cemetery in rural Aplington.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Willim Funeral Home, 602 N. Main St. in Clarion, and will continue one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.
Willim Funeral Home, (515) 532-2233.
RALPH LEONARD GRIMM
OSAGE - Ralph Leonard Grimm, 52, of Osage, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002).
He was born in Charles City on Jan. 25, 1950, the son of Jim and Annabelle (Koebrick) Grimm, and was baptized at St. John's Lutheran Church in Charles City in 1952. He was a 1969 graduate of Osage High School.
Ralph served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, and was united in marriage to Carol Jeanne Schoenborn in June 1970 at Fort Sill, Okla. Following his service in the Army, the couple returned to Osage, where they farmed.
He was employed at Spahn & Rose Lumber Co. for the past 30 years. He was a member of the Osage V.F.W. and Osage American Legion.
Ralph was an avid wrestling fan, and participated in the Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament. His passion for the sport had a great influence on his sons' wrestling careers.
He was well known in the area for his lawn work with his Ford 8Ntractors, which he collected. Ralph was well known for his generosity and his willingness to help anyone at anytime.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 833 Ash St. in Osage, with the Rev. Dennis Hanson and the Rev. Dennis Niezwaag officiating. Interment will be in the Osage Cemetery with military honors by Osage V.F.W. Post 7920 and Osage American Legion Post 278.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage and one hour before services at the church.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Grimm of Osage; one daughter, Vicki Fox and fiancé, Kenny Low of Osage and his children, Stephanie, Allison and Ryan; two sons, Heath Grimm and his wife, Angela, of Fayette, and Chris Grimm of Osage; his parents, Jim and Annabelle Grimm, of rural New Haven; five sisters, Beverly Friend (Bob) of Charles City, Jeanne Loomer (Jim) of Greene, Kathy Kimm (Kevin) of Charles City, Julie Foth (Lawrence) of Osage and Janelle Nuehring (Bill) of Rockwell; four brothers, Roger Grimm (Judy) of Elma, LeRoy Grimm (Sue) of Independence, Richard Grimm (Theresa) of Osage and Robert Grimm (Shelley) of New Haven; numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews; father and mother-in-law, Don and Claire Schoenborn of Osage; brother and sister-in-law, Dar and Geri Thompson of St. Ansgar; sister-in-law, Mary Kay Schoenborn and special friend, Mike, of Clear Lake; and brother and sister-in-law, Ed Schoenborn (Janna) of Santee, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents and other relatives.
He will be greatly missed by his extended family of friends.
Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home, (641) 732-3706.
CHARLES A. DIDIO
BELMOND - Charles "Chuck" A. Didio, 61, of Victorville, Calif., formerly of Belmond, died Sunday (Dec. 1, 2002) at the Victor Valley Hospital in Victorville, Calif.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Belmond with the Rev. David Beckman and Deacon Nick Schmit officiating. Burial will be in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery in rural Belmond, with military rites performed by the Belmond Honor Guard.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Dugger Ewing Funeral Home, 111 Luick Lane S. in Belmond, with a parish rosary at 5:30 p.m. and a scriptural wake service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church.
Dugger Ewing Funeral Home, (641) 444-3248.
MANLY - Marcella Rossiter, 91, of Manly, died Wednesday (Dec. 4, 2002) at the Manly Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Manly.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Bride Colonial Chapel, 110 E. Spring St. in Manly.
Bride Colonial Chapel, (641) 454-2242.
KLEMME - Ethel Bacon, 93, most recently of Illinois and a longtime resident of Klemme, died Wednesday (Dec. 4, 2002) at the Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Ill.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Tenold-Andrews Funeral Home, Klemme.
Tenold-Andrews Funeral Home, (641) 587-2510.
A. MARIE MANTZ
MASON CITY - A. Marie Mantz, 94, of Mason City, died Wednesday (Dec. 4, 2002) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave. in Mason City.
Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, (641) 423-0924.
TIMOTHY RICHARD MAMMEN
PLYMOUTH - Timothy Richard Mammen, 44, of 23058 Tulip Ave., Plymouth, died Thursday (Nov. 28, 2002).
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church, 119 S. Georgia Ave. in Mason City, with the Rev. Douglas Anderson officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Plymouth.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave. in Mason City, and one hour before services at the church.
Memorials may be given to the Timothy Mammen Memorial Fund.
Tim was born April 21, 1958, in Estherville, Iowa, the son of Richard and Carol (Helvick) Mammen. Tim graduated from Mason City High School in 1976.
He currently worked as a self-employed motorcycle mechanic in Plymouth.
He enjoyed motorcycle rallies, hunting, fishing, cooking, gardening, his nieces, nephews and friends.
Tim is survived by his mother, Carol Mammen of Boulder, Colo.; a brother, James Mammen of Boulder, Colo.; a sister, Kelley Weber of Beatrice, Neb.; a special friend, Courtney Askvig of Goldfield; a brother-in-law, Scott Weber, of Lincoln, Neb.; nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Tim was preceded in death by his father, Richard; sister, Teresa, and nieces Brienna and Grace Weber.
Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, (641) 423-0924.
WILLIAM E. LAPITZ
GARNER - William E. Lapitz, 84, of Garner died Wednesday (Dec. 4, 2002) at Prairie View Apartments in Garner.
His funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Garner with the Rev. Michael Schueller officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Garner Veterans Ceremonial Unit. Interment will be in St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Duncan.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the Cataldo Funeral Home in Garner and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church.
William Edward Lapitz, the son of Francis Thomas and Stella C. (Rayhons) Lapitz, was born Nov. 23, 1918, at Duncan. He attended Garfield Township School No. 9, Britt High School and Garner High School, graduating in 1936. Following high school, he worked as a painter and carpenter.
From 1942 to 1946, he served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II, spending six months in France and Germany.
Bill attended the University of Minnesota from 1947 to 1951, receiving his bachelor of science degree in education.
He taught in Kanawha from 1951 to 1952 and mathematics at Rudd-Rockford- Marble Rock High School from 1952 until 1979, when he retired from teaching.
After his retirement, he returned to Duncan to care for his sister. In 1989, he moved to Iowa City and in June of 1990 he moved to Prairie View Apartments in Garner.
He was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Duncan, the American Legion in Rockford, and was a former member of the NEA and ISEA.
He is survived by his sister, Alice Meister, of Manning; a nephew, Bill Meister, of Manning; two nieces, Kathy Nash, of Sedona, Ariz., and Connie Meister of Sacramento, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, James and Frank Lapitz, and a sister, Margaret Lapitz.
Cataldo Funeral Home, (641) 923-2841.
ARNOLD 'BUD' WAYNE MILLER
RUDD - Arnold "Bud" Wayne Miller, 82, of Rudd, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002) at the Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church in Rudd with the Rev. Lisa Locoh and the Rev. Terra Amundson officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Rudd with military graveside honors by the HDS American Legion Post in Nora Springs.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Sheckler Colonial Chapel, 114 N. Hawkeye in Nora Springs, and one hour prior to service time Friday at the church.
The family of Arnold "Bud" Miller has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Arnold "Bud" Miller Memorial Fund in his memory.
Arnold "Bud" Wayne Miller, was born on May 29, 1920, in Yankton, S.D., the son of Fred and Mary (Wolf) Miller. He attended and received his education in the Hamburg, Iowa, school system, and later moved to the Floyd County area and farmed for many years.
He was united in marriage to Arlee Stiles on Dec. 9, 1939. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on July 28, 1944, serving overseas in the Philippines with the First Cavalry Division during World War II, and was honorably discharged as a sergeant first class on Jan. 9, 1946.
After his discharge, he returned to the Rudd area and farmed for a number of years while driving truck, school bus, working at Oliver's and later establishing Miller Livestock and Truck line in Rudd for 27 years.
After selling the business in 1984, he semi retired and drove truck for Hoover Hatchery in Rudd until his health began to fail and then retired.
He was united in marriage to Rose Ann Neis McDowell on March 25, 1972, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua.
He enjoyed gardening, but his great love and enjoyment was his family and grandchildren.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Rose Ann Miller, of Rudd; five sons, Jerry L. Miller and his wife, Judith A., of Rudd, Gene W. Miller, of Houston, Texas, James Miller, of Mason City, John A. Miller and his wife, Carol D., of Rudd, and Joel W. Miller and his wife, Linda L., of Rudd; five stepchildren, Sandra Kuhlemeier and her husband, Courtney, of Rockford, Cathi Hale, of Fort Dodge, Connie Rewerts, of Mason City, Jim McDowell and his wife, Claudia, of Vancouver, Wash., and Jerry McDowell, of Burnsville, Minn.; nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren and eight stepgreat-grandchildren; three sisters, Millie Peterson and her husband, Wendell, of Shenandoah, Helen Stacey and her husband, Frank, of Riverton, Iowa, and Lola Hesse, of Clinton, Iowa; a brother, Fred Miller and his wife, Marilyn, of Sidney, Iowa, as well as many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Marg Ernest and Pauline Helmers, and a brother, Charles Miller.
Sheckler Colonial Chapel, (641) 749-2210.
GEORGE HENRY FOUNTAS
CLEAR LAKE - George Henry Fountas, 72, of 720 N. 11th St., Clear Lake, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Clear Lake with Monsignor Robert Hogan officiating. Interment will be in Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery in Mason City. Military honors will be by the Mason City Veterans Memorial Association.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. Fourth St. in Clear Lake, with a scriptural wake service at 6:30 p.m. and Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7 p.m.
George was born Oct. 11, 1930, in Mason City, the son of John George and Cynthia (Schick) Fountas. He graduated from Mason City High School in 1948. He served in the United States Navy.
George married Barbara Paulsen on July 7, 1950, in Albert Lea, Minn. He worked for Interstate Power 42 years and nine months, retiring Aug. 21, 1992. At his retirement, he was area manager at Clear Lake, a post he took up in 1985. George started out in Mason City on a line crew and later became foreman. A move to Clear Lake with the same job position came in 1967. Then he served as area manager at Nora Spring for two years before being transferred back to the Clear Lake area office as area manager.
George enjoyed gardening, fishing, baking fruitcakes and bowling.
He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and Mason City Veterans of Foreign Wars. He served on the Comprehensive Systems Board, Avenue of the Saints Planning Committee, Clear Lake Economic Development Board and several other boards.
George is survived by his eight children, Mary Fountas, of Point Arena, Calif., John Fountas and his wife, Julie, of Parachute, Colo., James Fountas and his wife, Jeanne, of Adel, Iowa, Julia Pendegrass and her husband, Paul, of Oronoco, Minn., Ann Polson and her husband, Keith, of Bloomington, Ill., Paul Fountas and his wife, Vicki, of Adel, Iowa., Theresa Seecoomar and her husband, Milton, of Prairieville, La., and Philip Fountas, of Mason City; 23 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Stella Rodemeyer, of Pharr, Texas., Florence Larsen and her husband, Bob, of Clear Lake, and Lamona Hennigar and her husband, Jim, of Fort Madison, and three brothers, Jim Fountas and his wife, Joyce, of Mason City, Stanley Fountas and his wife, Kelli, of Mason City, and Tom Fountas and his wife, Bev, of Sturtevant, Wis.; sisters-in-law, Darlene Fountas of Newton, Pauline Garcia of Clear Lake, Patsy Barnes of Sheffield and Shirley Carroll of Mason City; and brother-in-law, Don Paulsen and his wife, Helen, of Mason City.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Anthony; wife, Barbara, and one brother, Nick.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, (641)357-2193.