Jacinto Barrientes Sr.

MASON CITY — Jacinto Barrientes Sr., 72, of 3248 W. State Highway 76, Cape Fair, Mo., and formerly of Mason City, died Sunday (Jan. 14, 2007) at the Cox Medical Center in South Springfield, Mo.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007, at the First United Methodist Church, 119 S. Georgia Ave., Mason City, with the Rev. Michael Daley and the Rev. Jim Stiles co-presiding. Interment will be in Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery in Mason City.

The family will greet relatives and friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Jan. 19, 2007, at the Fullerton Funeral Home, 123 Second St. S.E., Mason City. The visitation will continue one hour prior to Jacinto’s service on Saturday at the church.

Those wishing to extend memorials or expressions of sympathy may wish to direct them to the Jacinto Barrientes Sr. Memorial Fund.

Thoughts, condolences and stories may be e-mailed to the family on the www.fullertonfh.com Web site.

Jacinto Barrientes Sr. was born Aug. 15, 1934, in Goliad, Texas, the son of Pablino and Nasaria Garcia Barrientes.

Jacinto was always known for his strong work ethic. From the time of his youth until his mid-30s, Jacinto worked as a ranch hand in La Ward, Texas. He was a true-blooded cowboy, breaking horses, roping calves and fulfilling the expected duties of a profession he truly loved. His relatives and friends lovingly nicknamed him “Papa.”

On March 30, 1963, in Port Lavaca, Texas, Jacinto was united in marriage to the love of his life, Mary Ellen Morales. The couple became the proud parents of five children. Jacinto was a wonderful provider for his family and his entire family was his greatest joy and highest priority.

After suffering a back injury, Jacinto and his family relocated to Mason City in 1968, where he was employed with the Milwaukee (Sioux Line) Railroad as a track maintainer for the following 16 years. He was a member of the Railroad Union.

At this same time, Jacinto and Mary Ellen accepted the privilege of raising their oldest granddaughter, Janelle. In 1999, Jacinto and Mary Ellen moved to Cape Fair, Mo., and soon after the move, he and Mary Ellen both began working at the Fairfield Marriott in Branson.

Some of Jacinto’s leisure activities and interests included watching boxing, rodeos and the weather channel on television, vegetable gardening, tending to his yard, dining out with Mary Ellen, reading maps, wrenching on cars, antique shopping, roping and his companionship with his pet dogs. His children recall his love of watching cartoons with his children and later, with his grandchildren.

Jacinto will be dearly missed by all who have shared in his life.

He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Mary Ellen Barrientes, of Cape Fair, Mo.; his three sons, Jacinto (Jessica Kohler) Barrientes Jr., Jay Barrientes and Jonathan (Nycole Hrubes) Barrientes, all of Mason City; his three sisters, Eloisa Barrientes, Nicholasa Hernandez and Dominga Gaona; and his three brothers, Victor, Pete and Pablino Barrientes.

Jacinto will also be cherished in the hearts of his grandchildren, Alex Suhr, Janelle Marie (Marshall) Huffman, Jacinto Barrientes III, Taylor Lawrenz, Jasmine Barrientes, Jessie James Barrientes, Maya Barrientes, Aleah Barrientes and Jayden Barrientes; his two great-grandchildren, Jacob Suhr and Alexa Suhr; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Preceding Jacinto in death are his mother, Nasaria Barrientes; his father, Pablino Barrientes; his infant daughter, Janelle Barrientes; and his son, Jessie James Barrientes.

“As a beloved father and grandfather, Jacinto will be forever missed, however, his loving spirit will carry on in each of his loved ones!”

Fullerton Funeral Home and Cremation Services, (641) 423-8676. www.fullertonfh.com


F. Ray Hartson

WATERLOO — F. Ray Hartson, 86, father of Rita Blaisdell, of Waterloo and formerly of Cedar Falls, died Thursday morning (Jan. 18, 2007) at Covenant Medical Center, of natural causes.

He was born May 9, 1920, in Clinton, the son of Frederick R. and Ethel Grace Stowers Hartson. He married Mary Margaret Cunningham on June 28, 1947, in Clinton. She preceded him in death on April 10, 1989.

Ray served in the Army during World War II in France. He worked for Bausch and Lomb for 40 years and then with the Kearns, Huisman-Schumacher Chapel for more than 20 years. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, serving as a cantor as well as singing in the choir. He was also a member of the Waterloo Elks No. 290, Cedar Falls Amvets and the UNI Athletic Club. He was a past member of the Clinton Lions Club.

Ray was active in Troop 87 at Orchard Hill School in Cedar Falls and chairman of the Troop committee. He was past district commander and also served on the executive board of the Winnebago Council of Boy Scouts, representing the council at many national meetings. He was the recipient of the Silver Beaver Award and the Saint George Award. One of Ray’s most enjoyable experiences was climbing the Tooth of Time in Philmont, New Mexico.

He is survived by one son, Thomas M. (Marcia) Hartson of Cedar Falls; two daughters, Mary Ann (Craig) Lee, of Cedar Falls, and Rita Rae (Wayne) Blaisdell, of Clear Lake; one sister, Jean Alyea of Covington, Ind.; and five grandchildren, Jason (Hanna Kolodziejski) Lee, Erica Lee, Andrew (Tasha) Blaisdell, and Michael and Becky Blaisdell.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 22, at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church with burial in Mt Olivet Cemetery.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Kearns, Huisman-Schumacher Chapel on Kimball in Waterloo, and an hour before services at the church. There will be a 7 p.m. vigil service Sunday at the funeral home.

Those who wish may direct memorials to the Blessed Sacrament Church Choir or the Winnebago Council B.S.A.

Kearns Funeral Home, (319) 233-3146. http://www.kearnsfuneralservice.com">www.kearnsfuneralservice.com

Frank C. Stork

BANCROFT — Frank C. Stork, 81, of Bancroft, died Wednesday (Jan. 17, 2007) at Kossuth Regional Health Center in Algona.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bancroft, with Father Paul D. Bormann officiating. Burial will be in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Bancroft American Legion.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Friday) at the Garry-Roberts-Murphy-Schaaf Funeral Home in Bancroft, with a Scripture prayer service at 7 p.m., followed by a combined Knights of Columbus and Catholic Order of Foresters rosary at 7:30 p.m.

Garry Roberts Murphy-Schaaf Funeral Home, (515) 885-2521. http://www.oakcrestfuneralservices">www.oakcrestfuneralservices.

Edna Cora Halvorson

NORTHWOOD — Edna Cora Halvorson, 96, of Northwood, died Wednesday (Jan. 17, 2007) at the Lutheran Retirement Home in Northwood. Edna had been a resident of the Lutheran Home since Dec. 29, 2006.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 22, 2007, at the First Shell Rock Lutheran Church, 1406 Central Ave., Northwood, with the Rev. Karl Hermanson officiating. Burial will be in the Somber Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Lake Mills.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Conner Colonial Chapel, 1008 First Ave. S., Northwood. Visitation will also be one hour prior to service time on Monday at the church.

The family of Edna Cora Halvorson has requested that memorial contributions be made to the First Shell Rock Lutheran Church or to Somber Lutheran Church Cemetery Association in her memory.

Edna Cora Halvorson was born on May 5, 1910, in Freeman Township in Freeborn County, Minn., the daughter of Emil and Minnie (Peterson) Nelson. She attended school in Freeborn County, and graduated from Albert Lea (Minn.) High School. Edna received her teachers certificate at the teachers college in Austin, Minn. After completing her schooling, she taught in country and public schools for 30 years in Freeborn County

She was united in marriage to Melvin Halvorson on August 16, 1931. He preceded her in death on May 7, 1980.

Edna enjoyed traveling, reading, playing cards, sewing, making quilts for missions, flowers, especially geraniums, and was making lefse until a year ago. Edna also enjoyed spending time with her family.

Edna was a member and very active in her church, at First Shell Rock Lutheran Church, and was a former member of Somber Lutheran Church in rural Lake Mills.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Phyllis Jacobs and special friend, Jesse Wright, of Mission, Texas, Betty (Duane) Peterson, of Emmons, Minn., Ron (Esther) Halvorson, of Joice, Marliss “Molly” (Gary) Bachtle, of Northwood, and Roger “Bud” (Arlyce) Halvorson, of Glenville, Minn.; 15 grandchildren, Mark (Julie) Jacobs, and Michael Jacobs and fiancée, Cindee Stumo, of Albert Lea, Minn., Danny Peterson and special friend, Sammie Smith, of Las Vegas, Nev., Terry (Audrey) Peterson, of Clear Lake, Debbie (Bruce) Madsen, of Albert Lea, Minn., Linda (Greg) Ordway, of Branson, Mo., Lori Halvorson, and Lonna (Dan) Nielsen, of Winterset, Lee (Dana) Halvorson and Jeff (Michele) Bachtle, of Northwood, Scott (Becky) Bachtle, of Albert Lea, Minn., Cynthia (Jim) Williamson, Mary (Dar) Wagner, Troy (Dawn) Bachtle, and Jason (Jodie) Bachtle, all of Northwood; four step-grandchildren, Clark (Becky) Mittag, of Glenville, Minn., Craig (Anita) Mittag, of Prescott, Jay (Heidi) Mittag, of Aplington, and Jill (Jeff) Strangstalien, of Westby, Wis.; 32 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Dena Peterson of Emmons, Minn.; as well as other relatives and many friends.

Edna was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Melvin; son-in-law, John I. Jacobs; seven sisters; three brothers and their spouses.

Conner Colonial Chapel: (641) 324-1543. http://www.colonialchapels.com">www.colonialchapels.com


Susan M. Fuller Grove

BROOMFIELD, Colo. — Susan M. Fuller Grove, 42, of Broomfield, Colo., formerly of Garner, died Sunday (Jan. 14, 2007) at Avista Hospital in Louisville, Colo., after a long, courageous battle with colon cancer.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Garner with the Rev. Henry Huber officiating. Burial will be in St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Garner.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Cataldo Funeral Chapel in Garner, and will continue one hour prior to services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Susan Grove Cancer Fund, c/o Dave Grove, 13980 Westhampton Court, Broomfield, CO 80020. The family will donate these monies to cancer research.

Susan Marie Fuller Grove, daughter of Dr. Lyle R. and JoAnne (Thielen) Fuller, was born on Dec. 29, 1964, at Britt. She was the seventh of eight children. She grew up in Garner and graduated from Garner-Hayfield High School in 1983, where she was active in National Honor Society, cheerleading, drama and was on Student Council.

She continued her education at the University of Iowa, graduating with a BA in elementary education. Susan then taught for several years in Itasca, Ill. On Sept. 5, 1986, she was married to David Grove, her high school sweetheart. They lived in Chicago, Denver, Cincinnati, and, in 2000, moved to Broomfield, Colo.

She is survived by her husband, David Grove, of Broomfield, Colo.; their three children, Patrick, 20, Joseph, 16, and Sarah, 10; her mother, JoAnne Fuller; brothers, Joe, Steve, Mark, John and Greg Fuller; her favorite sister, Tres Brown; and 24 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Lyle; and her brother Michel.

Cataldo Funeral Home, (641) 923-2841. http://www.cataldofuneralhome.com">www.cataldofuneralhome.com

Greg Kathan

OSAGE — Maurice Gregory Kathan, of Osage, passed away Jan. 11, 2007, in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., at the age of 79, after an extended cancer illness of 17 years.

He was born Aug. 15, 1927, in Osage, to the late Maurice (Kit) and Merle Kathan. In 1950, he married Rita Quinby; to their union three children were born. In 1966, he married his best friend and loving wife of 40 years, the best catch of his life, Marcella White. Greg served in the Coast Guard at the age of 17 during World War II.

Greg loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting, the Hawkeyes and spending time with his family and friends. Yearly fishing trips to Canada were a wonderful getaway. He also enjoyed living in Arizona during the winters, fishing for striped bass. Greg was known as a talented and successful businessman for the Carnation Dairy Co. and Kathan Real Estate Inc. in Osage. He will be dearly missed.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Jan. 19, 2007, at the Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage, with the Rev. Robert Melhorn officiating. Burial will be in the Osage Cemetery with military honors at the grave by Osage American Legion Post 278.

Visitation was held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage.

Greg is survived by his wife, Marcella, of Osage; his children, Anita (Keith) Bostrom, of Loveland, Colo., Andrew Kathan, of Tyler, Texas, Kurt (Karla) Kathan, of Loveland, Colo., and Kelly (Brian) Bergmann, of Saratoga Springs, Utah; his sister, Colleen (Bill) Gast, of Nora Springs; his sister-in-law, Jan Kathan, of Duluth, Minn.; eight grandchildren: Robert (Joana) Crownover, Anna (Josh) Bonafede, Brianne Bostrom, Carrie and Sara Kathan, Kyler Kathan, Alexa and Paige Bergmann; and four step-grandchildren: Arianna and Aaron Bostrom,   and Nick and Tiffany Rogers. He has one great-grandchild, Kaden Bonafede, and two step-greatgrandchildren, Cameron Cochran and Cole Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Charles Kathan.

Arrangements are with Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home, (641) 732-3706.

Pearl B. Aird

MASON CITY — Pearl B. Aird, 86, of 605 S. Polk Ave., died Monday (Jan. 15, 2007), at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City.

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. today, Jan. 19, at the Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. N.E., Mason City, with the Rev. Jon M. Seda officiating. Interment will be in Elmwood St. Joseph Cemetery in Mason City.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service today at Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. N.E., Mason City.

Memorials may be directed to Pearl B. Aird Memorial Fund.

Pearl was born May 17, 1920, in Spirit Lake, the daughter of Frank and Corra Nickelson. She attended school in Arnold Park, Iowa.

Pearl was united in marriage to Donald Patrick Aird; to this union two children were born. Pearl and Donald moved to Mason City, where she worked for Mercy Hospital as a dietary tech for many years until her retirement in 1983.

Pearl loved gardening, sewing, reading, and walking; her greatest love was spending time with family and friends.

Pearl is survived by her children, Patrick Aird and special friend, Darlene Graves, of Mason City, Scott Aird, of Mason City, and Ruth (Jerry) Bose, of Jacksonville, Ill.; grandchildren, Tanner, Ashley, Donald, and Terri Aird; great-grandchildren, Rachel, Angel and Destiny, along with many other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, (641) 423-2372. http://www.colonialchapels.com">www.colonialchapels.com

Robert T. Kelly

BRITT — Robert T. Kelly, 88, of Britt, passed away on Monday (Jan. 15, 2007) at Westview Care Center in Britt.

Funeral services for Robert Kelly will be held at 10:30 a.m. today, Jan. 19, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Britt with Father Henry Huber officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery near Britt. Military graveside services are under the direction of the Britt Ceremonial Honor Guard.

Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007, at Ewing Dugger Funeral Chapel in Britt, with a 7 p.m. Scriptural wake service and a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7:30 p.m. There will be visitation one hour prior to services today at the church.

Robert Terrance Kelly, son of Frank V. Kelly and Ella (Mullin) Kelly, was born Oct. 28, 1918, on a farm southwest of Britt. He was educated the first five years in the rural schools of Hancock County. Later, the family moved to a farm in Britt township. So his later schooling was completed in the Britt Public Schools, graduating in 1936.

After graduation, he worked on the family farm for two years before attending Iowa State College, graduating with a degree in general engineering. In 1942, he started working for Glen L. Martin in Omaha, where they were building the B-26 airplanes. In 1943, he transferred to Seattle as a liaison engineer between Glen L. Martin and Boeing for the manufacture of B-29 bombers. In 1944, he enlisted in the Navy Reserve as an ensign. The war ended in 1945 and he was discharged from the Navy as a second lieutenant.

On Jan. 3, 1946, he was married to Evangeline Cruise at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Britt. He went to Indianapolis, where he worked for 20 years for Factory Insurance Co. as a fire protection engineer. During this time, he also received his master’s degree from Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind. Upon the receipt of his master’s degree, he elected to join the staff at Wright Patterson AFB in Ohio in the same capacity. Three years later, he went to St. Paul to work for the 3M Co. After 13 years, he retired and moved back to Britt.

He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, the National Fire Protection Association, Society of Fire Protection Engineers, Society of Certified Safety Engineers, the Britt Historical Society and the Britt Library Board. Upon his return to Britt, he volunteered to be the area weatherman with the assistance of Bernard Kunkel.

Survivors include his wife, Evangeline; two daughters: Elizabeth (Ken) Gigax and Paula Kelly. He is also survived by his three sisters: Arlene McDermott, Rose Mary Stevermer and Teresa Rottinghaus; and one brother, Paul (Marlys) Kelly. In addition, he is survived by two sisters-in law: Bonnie Kelly and Noreen Kelly. He is also survived by many cousins, nephews, nieces, great-nieces and nephews and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers: Joseph and Francis.

After his retirement, Bob was able to enjoy one of his favorite hobbies — traveling. He and his wife spent many years enjoying tours and spending the winter in Arizona, Texas and California.

Ewing Dugger Funeral Home, (641) 843-3839.

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