Mark L. Schwem
GARNER — Mark L. Schwem, 56, of Garner, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Cataldo Funeral Chapel, 160 E. Fourth St., Garner, with Pastor Ed Bard, hospice chaplain, officiating. Burial will be in Concord Township Cemetery in Garner.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday at the Cataldo Funeral Chapel and will continue one hour prior to services.
Mark Loraine Schwem, the son of Loraine and Elnora (Neimeyer) Schwem, was born Oct. 16, 1955, in Sumner. He was raised on a farm north of Tripoli and attended school at Tripoli.
As a young man he worked for farmers in the area baling hay. Mark also worked for Stubmeyer’s at the sawmill and Jack Snyder’s sale barn.
On Dec. 4, 1976, he married Nancy Green of Cedar Falls. Together they had three children. They lived in Sheffield where he worked for Eno Farms. Mark was a hard worker and a wonderful provider. In 1986, they moved to Wisconsin to milk cows with his brother, Steven. They later returned to Sheffield, working for Eno Farms and the Sheffield elevator. Mark and Nancy later divorced.
In 1993, Mark was reunited with his childhood sweetheart, Connie Bauer of Garner. They made their home northwest of Ventura. Mark was employed at Curries in Mason City until April of 2011 when health issues caused him to retire. Mark also hobby-farmed, raising cows, turkeys, chickens, geese and cats. He enjoyed cat fishing, hunting, trapping, Westerns, music from the hippy era and his coon hounds, chocolate and babies.
Mark is survived by the love of his life, Connie Bauer of Garner; a litter of children, Jill Schwem (Kevin Becker) of Garner, Kelly Schwem of Forest City, Brian Schwem of Cedar Falls, Tom Smith (Crystal Pischel) of Mason City, Amy Ulven (Clint Gouge) of Garner and Jake Wolf of Algona; a flock of grandchildren, Alex, Angelle, Lakell, Keyaira, Xander, Morgan, Chase, Mattilynn, Zoey, Lucca, Cierra, Amanda and one on the way; brothers, Romaine Schwem of Waterloo, Jerry (Lucy) Schwem of Gays Mills, Wis., and Steven Schwem of Viroqua, Wis.; sisters, Merna Costa of Waterloo and Marlene (Steve) Knapp of West Gate; mother-in-law, Lois Bauer of Garner; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Julie Pigman of Crystal Lake, Hal (Cindy) Bauer of Kanawha, Janelle Smith (Lee White) of Garner, Dallas Bauer of Garner, Dean Bauer of Forest City and Mark Bauer of Garner; his former wife, Nancy Schwem of Mason City; former mother-in-law, Marilyn Green of Janesville; former brother-in-law, Mike (Jackie) Green of Cedar Falls; and a herd of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dennis Schwem; sister, Margaret Delong; sister-in-law, Shirley Schwem; father-in-law, Keith Green; brother-in-law, Duane Pigman; and his faithful dog, Dusty.
Cataldo Funeral Home, 641-923-2841, www.cataldofuneralhome.com.
Vivian A. Witham
AUSTIN, Minn. — Vivian A. Witham, 105, of Austin, Minn., died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at St. Marks Lutheran Home in Austin, Minn.
Vivian Anita Ausen was born Jan. 15, 1906, at Odin, Minn., the daughter of Gilbert and Margaret (Arneson) Ausen. She graduated from the Lake Mills High School and attended Normal School. She taught in country schools near Decorah and Lake Mills.
Vivian was married to Howard Witham in October of 1929 at the St. Olaf Lutheran parsonage in Austin, Minn. The Withams lived in Lake Mills, Blue Earth and Fairmont, Minn. After her husband’s death Vivian moved to Austin, Minn.
Vivian has been a longtime resident of the Twin Towers and The Cedars of Austin. She was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church and a former member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin.
Vivian was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling; she was also an excellent cook and gardener and enjoyed sharing the efforts of her work and stories of her gardening. She also liked to sew and do embroidery.
Vivian was preceded in death by her husband, Howard, son William, grandson Jon Berg, granddaughter Audrey Witham, great-grandson Zachary Witham, two brothers and three sisters.
She is survived by her children, Norma Berg, Houston, Texas, Stan and Shirley Witham, Osage, Audrey and Jack Hastings, Austin, Minn., daughter-in-law, Pat Witham, Ephrata, Wash., 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 24 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Ruth Jacobson, Albert Lea, Minn.; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Austin with the Reverend Karen Behling officiating.
Interment will be in the Salem Memorial Cemetery, Lake Mills. Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday from noon until the time of the service.
The Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. The family prefers memorials to Our Saviors Lutheran Church.
CLEAR LAKE — Mabel Quisling, 96, of Clear Lake, formerly of Hanlontown, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at the Oakwood Care Center in Clear Lake.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Mittelstadt Funeral Home, 902 E. Main St., Lake Mills, Iowa; 641-592-0221.
Contact the family with online condolences at www.mittelstadtfuneralhome.com.
Vivian M. Bell
MASON CITY — Vivian M. Bell, 89, of Mason City, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit.
A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 302 Fifth St. S.E., with Rev. Craig E. Steimel officiating. Interment will be at Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., with a scriptural wake service at 6:30 p.m., on Friday, Dec, 9, at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
Memorials may be directed to the Vivian Bell Memorial Fund in care of the family. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com.
Vivian was born March 7, 1922, in rural Burr Oak, the daughter of Hugh J. and Verlie M. (Pierce) Kelly. In 1940, she graduated from St. Joseph’s High School, where she played on theJoettes Basketball Team. In 1940, the Joettes played in the state tournament.
Vivian married Howard K. Bell on July 3, 1944, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. In addition to being a homemaker, Vivian worked at Mercy Hospital as a nurse’s aide for 20 years before retiring in 1984. She enjoyed spending time with her family — especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also enjoyed listening to Irish music, gambling, car rides, being outdoors, and watching TV — especially Judge Judy, the news and college basketball (March Madness). Vivian was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
She is survived by her children: Michael Bell and wife, Gloria, of Great Falls, Mont., Cheri Abel and husband, Denny, of Burlington, Iowa, Steven Bell and wife, Michelle, of Rockwell, Vickie Hentges and husband, Jim, of Mason City, Julie Smith and husband, Dusty, of Mt. Pleasant, Texas, and Kathy Foster and special friend, Mitch Olson, of Mason City; 16 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by two brothers: Larry Kelly and wife, Jan, of Mason City, and Vere Kelly and wife, Rose, of Mason City.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard, in 1986, her parents, four brothers: Leland, Robert, Parnell and Hugh Allen Kelly; and two sisters: Virginia Kelly in infancy, and Dorothy Sprinkle.
Arrangements are with Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Mason City, Iowa 50401, 641-423-0924.
Unis A. Hughes
CHARLES CITY — Unis A. Hughes, 88, of Charles City, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at Port Charles Assisted Living in Charles City.
Funeral services for Unis Hughes will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at First Congregational Church. Pastor Debra Lincoln from Colwell United Church of Christ will officiate. Burial will be in Beckwith Cemetery, rural Colwell.
Friends may call from 3-6 p.m. Sunday at Hauser Funeral Home in Charles City and Monday at the church an hour prior to the service.
The Hauser Funeral Home, Charles City, 641-228-2323, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hauserfh.com.
MASON CITY — Joyce Scheetz, 92, of Mason City, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at the Good Shepherd Health Center.
Arrangements are pending with Major Erickson Funeral Home and Crematory, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Mason City, 641-423-0924.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com.
Jodi A. Schisel
FOREST CITY — Jodi A. Schisel, 46 of Forest City, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at Mercy Medical Center in Mason City.
Memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 1:30 p.m. at Peterson Lund Funeral Home, 505 N. Clark St., Forest City. Visitation will be from noon Saturday until the time of service.
Petersen Lund Funeral Home, 641-585-2685, petersenlundfh.com.
CHARLES CITY — Lois McDermott, 89, of Charles City, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at the Floyd County Medical Center in Charles City.
Arrangements are pending with the Hauser Funeral Home in Charles City, 641-228-2323, www.hauserfh.com.