Virgil A. Leaman

CHARLES CITY — Virgil A. Leaman, 75, of Charles City died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at Floyd County Medical Center, Charles City.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Hauser Funeral Home, Charles City.


Marshall Huffman

MASON CITY — Marshall J. Huffman, 63, longtime resident of Good Shepherd Health Care Center, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Major Erickson Funeral Home and Crematory.


Dorothy V. Moorehead

MASON CITY — Dorothy V. Moorehead, 91, of Mason City died Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, Mason City. 

A memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday Feb. 13, 2012, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 302 Fifth St. S.E., Mason City, with the Rev. Craig E. Steimel as celebrant.  Inurnment will follow in the Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery, Mason City.

Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the Mass on Monday.

Should friends desire, memorials may be left in Dorothy’s name to Hospice of North Iowa.

Dorothy Veronica Singel was born Jan. 18, 1921, in New York City, N.Y., the daughter of Henry and Margaret (Wallace) Singel.  Dorothy grew up in Clausen Point, N.Y., where she met a young man named Frank Moorehead.

On May 31, 1942, Dorothy was united in marriage to Frank J. Moorehead at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in New York City; this union would be blessed with three daughters.

In her earlier years Dorothy was a stay-at- home mom where she took great care and pride in raising her daughters.  Once her children were older, she began working as a teacher’s aide in the New York City school systems, where she dedicated over 20 years to helping teach New York’s children.

Dorothy lived in New York City her entire life until she and Frank moved to Mason City in March, 1988, to be closer to their family.

Always having had a strong faith, Dorothy was a deeply devoted Catholic and prayed the Rosary daily. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

In her free time she enjoyed reading, shopping  and experimenting with her new recipes in the kitchen. She also liked music, dancing and going for walks. 

Dorothy loved spending time with her family and grandchildren. She enjoyed the company of family and friends and loved reminiscing.

Those grateful in sharing in her life are her three daughters, Dorothy (Anthony) Allison, Mason City, Patricia Moorehead, Charlotte, N.C., and Debbie (Eamon) Quinn, Mason City; eight grandchildren, Michael (Michelle) Allison, Sean (Katja) Allison, Mary (Patrick) Jackson, Patrick Allison, Colin Quinn and his fiancée Megan Griffith, Bridget Quinn, Kiera Quinn and Cade Quinn; eight great-grandchildren, Justin Allison, Keanan Allison, Dayde Allison, Xander Allison, Liam Allison, McKenzie Jackson, Teagan Jackson, and Lilli LeeAnn Allison; and her sister, Joan Singel.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents;  her husband of 67 years, Frank; and her sisters, Irene, Anne and Vivian.

Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. N.E., Mason City.


Wavel E. Meyer

MASON CITY — Wavel E. Meyer, 103, of Mason City died Monday (Jan. 30, 2012) at the I.O.O.F. Home in Mason City. 

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday Feb. 19, 2012, at Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. N.E., Mason City, with the Rev. Denny Ganz officiating.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. Sunday until the time of the service.

Burial will follow in the Decatur Cemetery in Decatur, Iowa, on Monday Feb. 20, 2012.

Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel. 641-423-2372.">

Leonard R. Erickson

HUTCHINSON, Minn. — Leonard R. Erickson, 94, of Hutchinson, Minn., passed away Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at his home in Hutchinson.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Faith Lutheran Church, Hutchinson, Minn., with interment in the Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel, Hutchinson, and  will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

Leonard is survived by his children, Leonard Erickson Jr. of Northome, Minn., Curtis (Paige) Erickson of Buffalo, Minn., Connie Erickson of Mason City, Iowa, and Russell (Dee Foutch) Erickson of Woodbury, Minn.

Online obituaries and guest book are available at"> Please click on Obituaries/Guest Book.

Alice 'Nana' Malmin

OSAGE — Alice Helen (DeLano) Malmin, 88, of Osage died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at her home in Osage.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Osage, with the Rev. Roy Ott and Pastor Edward Bard, chaplain at Hospice of North Iowa, officiating.

Burial will be in the Osage Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage.

Information available and condolences accepted at">

Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home, Osage.


Clara Jane Leitner

CLEAR LAKE — Clara Jane Leitner, 78, of 1000 Third Ave. S., Clear Lake,  died Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at North Memorial Hospital, Robbinsdale, Minn.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. Fourth St., Clear Lake, 641-357-2193.

Elaine (Meyer) Eckard

WHITTEMORE —  Elaine Marie (Meyer) Eckard, 55, died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, at her home in Cedar Rapids.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Whittemore with the Rev. Michael Botsford officiating. Burial will be at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Whittemore.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at Oakcrest Funeral Services of Whittemore, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.">


Norma J. Thomas

CHARLES CITY — Norma J. Thomas, 86, of Charles City died Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at Cedar Health in Charles City.

Funeral services will be  10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Messiah Lutheran Church, 705 Third Ave., Charles City, with Pastor Jane Keel officiating.

Burial will be at Sunnyside Memory Gardens, rural Charles City.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at Fullerton-Hage Funeral Home, 401 Blunt St., Charles City, and one hour prior to services at the church.

Norma was born Oct. 18, 1925, in Plainfield, Iowa. She married William Thomas on Nov. 26, 1976. She spent most of her adult life living in Charles City, where she worked for Comprehensive Systems  before retiring in 1981.  Much of her time was spent working with Foster Grandparents, where she served for over 20 years and received numerous awards. She spent her last few years at Cedar Health, where she continued serving in a number of capacities.

Norma was preceded in death by her husband, William, in 2008, along with her parents.

Norma is survived by her two children, Dan “Samlee” (Dim) Monroe of Fort Worth, Texas, and Nancy (Dennis) Schriever of Marble Rock; brother, Lee (Betty) Bauman of Medinah, Ill.; and four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Condolences may be shared with the family at"> In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Iowa Hospice.

Fullerton Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 401 Blunt Street, Charles City, IA.


Florence A. 'Grannie' Roberts

CHARLES CITY — Florence A. “Grannie” Roberts, 95, formerly of Cedar Terrace South 71, Charles City, died Friday Feb. 10, 2012, at Cedar Health.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 106 Chapel Lane, Charles City. Sister Diana Blong will officiate.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at Fullerton Hage Funeral Home, 401 Blunt St., Charles City, and one hour prior to services at the church on Monday. A Rosary will be said at 3:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Charles City. Condolences may be shared with the family at">

Florence Anna was born to William and Frances Grube in Elma, Iowa. She was one of five children. She graduated with the class of 1934 from Immaculate Catholic School.

After graduation she moved to the Chicago area and was employed as a nanny for five years. During the war she was employed in a factory,  manufacturing gas masks for the Army. During that time she met and fell in love with her future husband. They met at dances at the USO Club, and shortly before he was sent overseas to serve his country in the Army she was united in marriage to Clifford Roberts on May 30, 1942, in Chicago.

While he was overseas she worked for Bell Telephone Company as an operator. Following Cliff’s return in 1945 they remained in Chicago, moving back to Charles City in 1946.

During their early years she remained at home to raise her five children and then worked for Ray’s Pizza Factory. All during her life she loved crafting, especially ceramics. She also planted her flower and vegetable gardens and was known for her bread pudding and pumpkin bars. On Friday nights she and Cliff were found spending time playing cards on a rotating schedule at different friends’ homes.

The family loved to camp, go to the VFW for dances, visit upper Michigan to visit relatives and spend time in the winter in Texas near their daughter.

Grannie did lots of volunteer work, including helping with bingo at the Ninth Street Chautauqua Home, helping with funeral dinners at IC Church, was a member of St. Francis Circle which was started by her mother  and participated with the Fountain of Youth Craft workers at the Senior Center. In her spare time she read western novels and played with her favorite Yorkshire dog, B.B.

Those surviving Florence include her three children, Diane Garrett, Charles City; Duane and wife Jeannie Roberts, Garner; and Debra and husband Frank Fouts, Clovis, N.M.; and 13 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clifford, on July 28, 1978; son, Dale; and daughter, Darlene Brand;  three grandchildren, Troy Kielty, Travis Dana and Tara Roberts; two sisters,  Hazel Galant and Marcella Boynton; and two brothers, John Paul and Ralph Grube.

Fullerton Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 401 Blunt St., Charles City, IA; 641-228-4211.">

J. James 'Jim' Eden

MASON CITY — J. James “Jim” Eden, 71, of 198 S. Grover Ave., Mason City, passed away Friday  Feb. 10, 2012, at the I.O.O.F. Home, Mason City.

Arrangements are incomplete at Major Erickson Funeral Home and Crematory.


Eunice E. Kurtz

BELMOND — Eunice E. Kurtz, 99, of Belmond, died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, at the United Methodist Church in Goodell. Pastor Janet Rieckhoff-Faris will officiate. Burial will take place in the Amsterdam Cemetery east of Goodell.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the church in Goodell.

Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South, Belmond, is in charge of arrangements.

Eunice Esther, the daughter of Lewis and Nina P. Emerson Wesenberg was born Nov. 16, 1912, in Goodell. Eunice grew up in Goodell, where she attended school and graduated from Goodell High School in 1929. She attended the Iowa State Teacher’s  College in Cedar Falls but had to leave because of The Depression.

Eunice held several important jobs over her life and never turned away from opportunity. She worked for the Hancock County Farm Bureau in Garner and Douglas Aircraft Co. in Long Beach, Calif. Later, she returned to Iowa and did accounting for the family farm equipment business, Jim Howie, J.D. Farm Equipment and Urich Implement in Garner.

Eunice was united in marriage to Ernest Kurtz on July 13, 1940. The couple made their home in Garner. Eunice raised her brother’s three daughters while living in Garner. Eunice entered the Belmond Community Apartments after Ernie died in 1991. She moved to the Rehabilitaton Center of Belmond in 2007.

Eunice was a woman before her time. She liked nice things and worked hard to acquire them. Eunice traveled throughout the United States. She enjoyed dancing, playing cards and doing crossword puzzles. Eunice and Ernie were accomplished antique collectors. She loved to do china painting, quilting and complicated hardanger.

Eunice was a life-long member of the United Methodist Church in Goodell. She served the church in numerous capacities, led the choir, played the piano, taught Sunday school and chaired Ladies Aid. Eunice was also a member of Eastern Star since 1934.

Eunice is survived by a niece, Patricia Weisbrot and husband, Howard, of Cushing, Maine, along with numerous great-nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Wayne and wife Viola, and Lewis in infancy; sister, Naida Wilkinsen and husband, James;  niece, Pamela Wesenberg Christiansen; and niece, Paula Wesenberg Rowland.

Dugger Funeral Home,  111 Luick’s Lane S., Belmond, IA 50421. 641-444-3248.

Marie Thill

FAIRMONT, Minn. — Marie Catherine Thill, 89, of Fairmont, Minn., died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, at Fairview University Hospital, Minneapolis, Minn.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, at St. Benedict Catholic Church, St. Benedict, Iowa.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Oakcrest Funeral Services, Algona, where a Rosary will be said at 4:30 p.m. followed by a parish prayer service at 6 p.m.

Marie Catherine Thill was born May 27, 1922, in St. Benedict, Iowa, to John and Anna (Hilbert) Kellner. She attended school at St. Benedict and St. Cecelia’s School in Algona.

She cared for her mother during her illness then was married to Roman Thill on March 5, 1946, at St. Benedict. The couple farmed near St. Benedict until moving to Fairmont, Minn., 18 years ago. Marie enjoyed flowers, quilting, gardening and canning. She was a past grand regent of the St. Benedict C.D.A.

Survivors include her  daughter, Marie Elaine Pufpaff of Minneapolis, Minn.; son Tim Thill and wife Donna of Forest City, Iowa; and daughter Ramona and husband Doug Hall of Fairmont, Minn.; 12 grandchildren, Mark Thill and wife Angie, Chris Thill, Wendy and husband Paul Albert, Monika and husband Ernest Lampe, Kelley Pufpaff and wife Josephine, Aaron Yaeger and wife Natalie, and Sarah Strege; Lisa and husband Dan Swenson, Tom Hall and wife Laurie, Ann  Mattson, Kimberly Ochoa and Peter Bao Vo and wife Lisa; and 23 great-grandchildren.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roman, in 2009;  her infant daughter, Mary Elizabeth; five sisters, Kate Bormann, Susan Arndorfer, Marcella Recker, Frances Godfredson and Rosallia (Babe) Ama; and two brothers, Matt and Vincent Kellner."> 515-295-3731.

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