FLOYD — Joyce Sigler, 87, of Floyd, died Wednesday (March 28, 2007) at the 11th Street Chautauqua Guest Home in Charles City.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at the the Grace United Methodist Church in Floyd with Pastor LaVonne Kaasa officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery at Charles City.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Hauser Funeral Home, 1205 S. Main in Charles City, and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the charity of choice.
The Hauser Funeral Home, (641) 228-2323. www.hauserfh.com
Beverly A. Boyd
BELMOND — Beverly A. Boyd, 75, of Belmond, died Tuesday (March 27, 2007) at Heartland Regional Medical Center in St Joseph, Mo.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Dugger Ewing Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane S. in Belmond. (641) 444-3248.
NORA SPRINGS — Jennifer Hamand, 25, of Nora Springs, died Wednesday (March 28, 2007) at the Nora Springs Care Center.
Arrangements are incomplete with Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, (641) 423-0924. www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com
Kathy Jo Berge
OSAGE — Kathie Jo Berge, 43, formerly of Osage, died Wednesday (March 28, 2007) at the Ninth Street Chautauqua Guest Home in Charles City, following a lengthy illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage, (641) 732-3706.
Thelma R. Bramsen
MASON CITY — Thelma R. Bramsen, 77, of 1119 Fourth St. S.E. in Mason City, died Tuesday (March 27, 2007) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.
At Thelma’s request, a private family inurnment will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Pleasant View Cemetery in Thornton.
Cremation has taken place at Cremation Services of North Iowa in the care of Fullerton Funeral Home.
Memorials may be directed to the donor’s favorite church, charity or organization.
Thoughts, condolences and stories may be e-mailed to the family on the www.fullertonfh.com Web site.
Thelma Ruth Bramsen was born at rural Thornton, on Feb. 8, 1930, to Raymond C. and Dora T. (Hanson) Bramsen.
In 1948, Thelma graduated from Swaledale High School.
Thelma began her employment at Northwestern Bell (U.S. West) Telephone Co. in 1950 and was employed in clerical and administration with the company for 36 years, until retiring in 1986.
Thelma had lived in the Mason City area since 1950. She was a past member of St. James Lutheran Church in Mason City and the Hawkeye Pioneer Organization. Thelma enjoyed solving crossword puzzles, was an avid reader, passing the time by sewing and growing houseplants.
Thelma will be dearly missed by all who have shared in her life. Although she did not have children of her own, those special family members left to cherish her memory include her sister, Gladys Moore, of Pensecola, Fla., two nephews, Jeff (Susan) Moore of Omaha, Neb., and Kerry (Jackie) Moore of Laurel, Md., cousin, Mike (Linda) Smith, of Mason City; a great-niece, Amanda Moore and two great-nephews, Lewis and Daniel Moore.
Preceding Thelma in death are her parents, Raymond and Dora Bramsen; and her brother-in-law, Roland Moore.
Fullerton Funeral Home and Cremation Services, (641) 423-8676.
Sister Mary Michael Rottinghaus
DUBUQUE — Sister Mary Michael Rottinghaus, PBVM, 85, died Tuesday (March 27, 2007) at Mercy Medical Center.
Services will be 11:30 a.m. Friday at Mount Loretto, Dubuque, with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, Iowa.
Leonard Funeral Home, Key West, is in charge of arrangements.
Sister Michael was born in Seneca, Kan., on Sept. 22, 1921, the daughter of Joseph and Catherine (Gudenkauf) Rottinghaus. She entered the Sisters of the Presentation in June 1944 and professed her perpetual vows on May 16, 1950.
Survivors are her sisters, Mary Catherine Clark, Sisters Anthony and Rosanne Rottinghaus, PBVM, and brothers, Raymond (Teresa), Joseph (Delores), and James (Dixie) Rottinghaus; many nieces, nephews and the Sisters of the Presentation with whom she shared her life for 62 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Winnie (John) Merfeld, and brothers, Anthony “Bud” (Norma), and Raphael Rottinghaus, and brother-in-law, Robert “Jack” Clark.
Leonard Funeral Home, Key West, (563) 556-6788.
Harold E. Von der Linde
URBANDALE — Harold E. Von der Linde, 83, formerly of Mason City, died Sunday (March 25, 2007) at the Bickford Cottage Assisted Living Facility in Urbandale, Iowa.
Graveside services will be held 11:30 a.m. today, March 29, in Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery in Mason City, with the Rev. Jo Frahm-Watkins, of First United Methodist Church, officiating.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. today at the Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, 111. N. Pennsylvania Ave. in Mason City.
Memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church and the Alzheimer’s Association.
Harold E. Von der Linde was born on April 12, 1923, to Gustave A. and Anna A. (Jaehugahuber) Von der Linde in Swaledale. Harold continued his formal education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He was in the Army’s military rotary services and served in World War II.
Harold married Johanna (Stephenson) Kirsch on Nov. 27, 1966. Harold worked for the Milwaukee Road Railroad for over 40 years, retiring in 1983 as a machinist supervisor. While working for the railroad, he attended the American Association of Industrial Management for three years. Harold also volunteered at the Community Kitchen for 11 years and was a member of the American Legion.
Harold is survived by his wife, Johanna Von der Linde, of Urbandale; children, Richard Von der Linde and wife, Debbie, of Pewaukee, Wis., Michael Kirsch and wife, Chris, of Watertown, Wis., William “Bill” Von der Linde and wife, RaeLynn, of Des Moines; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sister, Mildred Pals and husband, Clarence, of Forest City.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Gustave and Anna Von der Linde; sister, Irene; and brother, Milton.
Arrangements are with Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, (641) 423-0924. www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com
Vernon F. Stork
MASON CITY — Vernon F. Stork, 83, of 511 River Bend Court, died Thursday (March 22, 2007) at Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, Texas.
A memorial Mass will be held 10 a.m. Friday, March 30, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 714 N. Adams Ave., with the Rev. Jon Seda officiating.
There will be no visitation; upon his wishes his body will be cremated.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association or the Hospice of North Iowa.
Vern was born on Aug. 15, 1923, in Breda, Iowa, to Frank and Minnie (Tiefenthaler) Stork. He attended and graduated from St. Bernard’s High School in Breda. After graduation he attended Creighton University for two years until he was drafted into the U.S. Army. Vern served in World War II in the European Theatre as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne unit. While in the service he was awarded four Bronze Stars and one Purple Heart for his service. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1945.
Vern married Rita Schiltz on Oct. 9, 1945, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Carroll. After his return from the Army he started his career in the banking business, working for many small town banks in Iowa. He worked for the Federal Intermediate Credit Bank in Omaha, and then moved to Mason City, where he worked for Production Credit Association until retiring as the CEO.
Vern enjoyed fishing, golfing and the time he spent with his family. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, Lions, and long-time member of Holy Family Catholic Church.
Vern is survived by his wife, Rita, of Mason City; children Steve (Patrice) Stork of Pasadena, Calif., Mary (Joe) Cuseo, of Los Alamitos, Calif., Mike Stork of Long Beach, Calif., and Dave (Holly) Stork, of Klamath Falls, Ore.; sister, Emma Dirks, of Storm Lake; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Suzan Graf.
Arrangements are with Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, (641) 423-0924. www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com
Dorothy N. Barkema
GARNER — Dorothy N. (Soma) Barkema, 81, a native of Wright County, died Friday (March 23, 2007) at the Concord Care Center, Garner, where she had been a resident for the past four years.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 304 Third Ave. N.E. in Belmond, with the Rev. Troy Flibsen officiating. Burial will be in the Immanuel Reformed Church Cemetery east of Belmond.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Andrews Funeral Home, 516 First St. S.E. in Belmond.
The family suggests those wishing to express their sympathies through a memorial, may direct them to the Hospice of North Iowa, the Alzheimer’s Society, or to the donor’s choice.
Dorothy Soma was born Nov. 13, 1925, in Wright County, Iowa, the daughter of Norris and Eveline (Johnson) Soma. She attended grades 1-4 at Hickory Grove, fifth grade in Goodell, and 6-12 at rural Belmond and Belmond High School. Dorothy’s first career began as a country school teacher.
Dorothy was united in marriage to Lyle Barkema on Oct. 26, 1945, at her parents’ home near Belmond.
They farmed in the Belmond, Goodell, and Klemme areas before moving to Clear Lake in 1977, living on North Shore Drive, a long-time dream of Dorothy’s.
She loved spending time decorating the house, enjoying the view and of course dancing at the Surf Ballroom. Dorothy also worked as a nurse’s aide at the Oakwood Care Center in Clear Lake.
Dorothy is survived by three daughters, Deanna (John) Lindblad, Napa, Calif.; Robecca (Robert) Rise, Storden, Minn., and Sharane (George) Springer, Asheville, N.C.; and two sons, Rodney (Kathryn) Barkema, Forest City, and Dane Barkema, Mason City; four grandchildren Heather Harvard, Sacramento, Calif., Arianne Rise, Eagan, Minn., Meredith (Mike) Wilbur, North Mankato, Minn., and Rachel Springer, Savannah, Ga.; and two great-grandchildren, twins Jacob and Allie Wilbur, North Mankato, Minn.
Dorothy’s siblings include five sisters, Eleanor (Alvin) Pals, Belmond, Muriel (Duane) Durant, Dallas, Texas, Betty (Donald) Dorenkamp, Thornton, Lois (James) Beisner, Iowa Falls, Shirley (Arlen) Pals, Lake Mills; and two brothers, Gilma (Sandra) Soma, Belmond; and Charles (Phebe) Soma, Belmond.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Norris and Eveline; husband, Lyle; and brother-in-law, Duane Durant.
Andrews Funeral Home, (641) 444-4474.
URBANDALE — Anna Parks, 74, of Deerfield Retirement Community, Urbandale, died on Monday, (March 26, 2007) of complications from leukemia.
Phyllis Ann was born in Mason City to Dan and Irma (Long) Herrick. Anna married Jerry Parks and they lived in St. Louis, Mo., and Iowa City with their three children. While in Iowa City, Anna was employed by Lutheran Social Services. Around the age of 50, Phyllis Ann Parks changed her name to Anna Parks. In 1987, Anna moved to Des Moines, where she worked at Broadlawns Medical Center as a therapist before retiring in 1997.
Anna devoted her career to counseling and advocating for women, children and families. Anna was an exceptional listener and therapist with a very compassionate, kind, patient, loving soul. Anna had a wonderful gift and talent of instant heart connection as well as a very deep spiritual connection with each person, sunset, rock and plant. Anna loved to read, watch great movies, and play piano for her children, especially at bedtime as they were growing up
Anna loved being with her “tribe” (family and relatives). She continued to play her piano and all her grandchildren learned to play musical instruments. They continue to play today. Anna and her family all also share a great love of nature through the generations. Anna cherished each and every one of her short and long-term friendships with her friends throughout her lifetime and beyond.
Anna is survived by her lifetime partner of 20 years, Shelly Yadon, of Urbandale. Together they battled through leukemia and assisted Anna’s mother, Irma, until her passing in 1999 from cancer.
Anna is also survived by her beloved son, Tom Parks, and his wife, Peg Reiter, of San Diego, Calif.; her beloved daughter, Kate Rose, of Tucson, Ariz.; and her beloved son, Tim Parks, and his wife, Linda Joedike-Parks, of Slinger, Wis. She also leaves three beloved grandchildren, Evan, Jeremy, and Leah Parks.
She was preceded in death by her ex-husband, Jerry, in 1998. He enjoyed retirement and flying with his pilots’ club until his untimely death.
Anna will be missed and loved forever by her family and many friends of the community. Anna and Shelly are very grateful for the support and love of our many friends, families, and the Deerfield staff. At Deerfield, every single person gave Anna many actions of kindness and caring support. Our many thanks to Dr. Tim Vermillion and all the Hospice staff for their support and loving care through Anna’s transition.
A celebration service of Anna’s life will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Caldwell Raddatz Funeral Chapel, 8201 Hickman Road, Urbandale. A reception will begin at 11 a.m. at the Deerfield Community Game Room, 13731 Hickman Road, Urbandale. Burial is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Park Cemetery in Mason City.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Anna’s memory to the Des Moines Women and Children’s Shelter for abused women through Mercy Medical Center, or to Hospice of Central Iowa.
Caldwell Raddatz Funeral Home & Crematory, (515) 276-0551.
Flossie E. Douglas
Flossie E. Douglas, 95, (formerly of Manly) passed away December 16, 2006, in Kansas City, Mo., surrounded by her loving family.
Flossie was born August 6, 1911, in Fordyce, Arkansas, to the union of William and Pearlie Barnett.
Flossie was a lifelong resident of Manly, Iowa until her health declined. In 2005 Flossie’s great-nieces Kimberly and LeSondra moved her to Kansas City to be near the family members.
Flossie received Christ at an early age and was a faithful and devoted member of the New Bethel Baptist Church in Manly, Iowa, for many, many years where she served as church financial secretary until her health began to fail.
Flossie received her formal education in Glendale, Calif.
In 1942 Flossie was united in marriage to Cecil F. Douglas, the couple farmed north of Manly for 27 years, retiring in 1974 and building a home in Manly.
As a young girl, Flossie loved to play baseball, she was in a baseball league where she played ball and traveled all over northern Iowa. In later years, she enjoyed baseballs games on TV and radio. Flossie and her husband Cecil worked as a team at the Crystal Sugar Beet Plant in Manly during the winter’s months. Flossie and Cecil delivered meals on wheels to senior citizens. Flossie was a member of the Highlight Women’s Club. She enjoyed quilting she designed a quilt and named it the “The Texas Star,” the quilt was exhibited all over Iowa for 2 years. She was a seamstress, she enjoyed fishing, gardening, and ceramics. Flossie was a superb cook, and loved to entertain and everyone was always welcome to her house for a home cooked meal. In essence, Flossie was the ultimate hostess.
Flossie is preceded in death by her beloved and devoted husband of 45 years, Cecil F. Douglas; her parents, William and Pearlie Barnett; and her two brothers, Theauthus (Boss Man) Barnett and Lewis Macon (Buddy) Barnett.
Flossie leaves to cherish her memory, her nephew Leon V. Barnett (Marilyn); her nieces, Pearl Reevers, Patsy Ray, great-grand nieces, nephews, Lisa Forbush, (Hulon), Kimberly Barnett Terrell (Dwight), Brigitte Barnett Loftis (Keith), LeSondra Barnett Hollowell (Brian), Deandre Barnett (Shauntae), DeNikka Barnett, William Walker, Pamela Walker, Leslie Ray, Lois Martin, Charlotte Allen (Dennis), Verna Smith, Tom Douglas (Ann) and Marla Douglas; sisters-in-law, Neva Douglas and Vera Cooper (Erwin); special friends, Ruth, Ruby, and Willis Haddix and Lola Rhem, other great-great-grandnieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends who love her dearly and will fondly treasure their memories of Flossie Elizabeth Barnett-Douglas.
A memorial in Flossie’s honor will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 2007, at the New Bethel Baptist Church, 814 N. Grant St. Manly, Iowa.
Visitation one hour prior to the Memorial Service at 2 p.m.
We entrusted our loved one to the care of Bride Colonial Chapel Home, Manly, Iowa
DENVER, Colo. — Liala Scalf, 88, formerly of Mason City, died Sunday (March 11, 2007) at the Hospice of Metro Denver.
Liala was born in Bode, Iowa on June 5, 1918, to Levi and Josephine (Fosen) Osgood. She spent her childhood years in Lakota, Iowa.
Liala worked for Mercy Hospital 12 years on the pediatrics floor. She continued her work with children in Colorado Springs and Aurora, Colo., until the age of 85.
She loved the outdoors and hiked down Pikes Peak and throughout the Garden of the Gods well into her 70s.
Liala is survived by her daughter, Revah Bohn; stepdaughter, Cherie (John) Calbom; grandchildren, Christian Gray and Melissa (Jason) Noel; brothers, Leroy and Dean Osgood; sisters, Ruth Ellis and June Lee; as well as many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Martis; brothers, Garth, Russell, Wayne, Virgil and Elwood Osgood; and a sister, Norma Anderson.
Jerry L. Pixley
NORTHWOOD — Jerry L. Pixley, 62, of Northwood, died on Tuesday (March 27, 2007) at his home in Northwood.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 31, at the First Lutheran Church in Northwood with the Rev. Barbara Wills officiating. Burial will be in the State Line Cemetery, rural Northwood.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home, Northwood, and one hour prior to service at the church.
Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home, (641) 324-1121.
IOWA FALLS — Florence “Blondie” Lursen, 89, of Iowa Falls, died Wednesday (March 28, 2007) at the Scenic Manor Care Facility, Iowa Falls.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Linn’s Funeral Chapel, Iowa Falls, with burial to be at Union Cemetery, Iowa Falls.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
The Linn’s Funeral Homes Iowa Falls Chapel has been entrusted with the arrangements, (641) 648-2569.