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Dixie J. Shunkwiler

MASON CITY — Dixie J. Shunkwiler, 69, of 138 15th St. N.W., Mason City, went to be home with her Heavenly Father on Tuesday (Sept. 13, 2005) at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 1405 S. Pennsylvania Ave. in Mason City, with the Rev. Keith L. Scott officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. N.E. in Mason City, and one hour prior to services on Friday at the church.

Dixie J. Shunkwiler was born on Sept. 25, 1935, in Iowa City, Iowa, daughter of Howard and Vivian (Cawley) Query. Dixie lived short periods of her youth in California and Missouri but spent the majority of her life in Mason City, attending Mason City public schools. Before the birth of her children, she worked in Mason City at SS Kresge Co., Bandbox Theater and Damon’s.

Dixie was married to the love of her life, Dean Shunkwiler, on Jan. 24, 1953, at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Mason City, where they are members. They would have soon celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary. Dixie devoted her life to her husband and their five children, getting involved with the PTA and becoming a Cub Scout leader, as well as finding time to reach out to the neighborhood children.

Dixie enjoyed listening to music, playing card games and watching her favorite TV shows.

Above all, Dixie cherished her family and loved participating in family activities with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Countless hours were spent traveling, camping and fishing with them. It was important to her that they knew how much she loved and supported them. They returned this admiration, affectionately calling her “momma, nana and great-nana.” She is greatly missed by those that loved her.

Dixie is survived by her husband, Dean Shunkwiler of Mason City; five children: Jimmy Shunkwiler and special friend, Cheri Blakely, of Mason City, Vicki (Mark) Eldridge of Clear Lake, David (Virginia) Shunkwiler of Brooklyn Center, Minn., Lori Bryant of Mason City, and Larry (Ramona) Shunkwiler of Forest City; 14 grandchildren: Alison (Ryan) Dannen of Mason City, Aaron Shunk-wiler of Mason City, Keri (Paul) Mixdorf of Clear Lake, Ryan (Stacy) Eldridge of Sioux City, Staci Eldridge of Cedar Falls, Jason Calhoun of Brooklyn Park, Minn., Crystal, Tiffany and Miranda Shunkwiler of Brooklyn Center, Minn., Kelsey Bryant of Mason City, Nathan and Chelsea To and Dalton and Megan Shunkwiler of Forest City; four great-grandchildren: Madison Mixdorf, Nyah Eldridge, Aiden Dannen and Carter Dean Eldridge; one sister, Gwen (Francis) Miller of Mason City; mother-in-law, Elsie Shunkwiler of Mason City; sister-in-law, Lillian Query, of Mason City; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard “Gene” and Vivian Query; and three brothers: Gene and Bill Query and Terry Cahalan.

Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, (641) 423-2372.

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Weston Ray Smith

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Weston Ray Smith, 53, of Pleasanton, Calif., passed away on March 23, 2005, at the intensive care unit of Kaiser-Permanente Hospital in Walnut Creek, Calif.

The family asks that any memorials be made as donations to the Mason City Public Library, which Weston loved, or to Project Gutenberg (http://www.gutenberg.org">www.gutenberg.org).

Weston was born on Oct. 18, 1951, to Elizabeth Ann Smith (nee Sawatzky) and Raymond Wallace Smith, in Minneapolis, Minn. Weston moved to Clear Lake, Iowa, in 1957, when his father became director of the Mason City Public Library and his mother became a consultant to the Iowa State Library System. The family moved to Mason City in 1958, where they stay-ed until 1966.

Weston spent his formative years in northern Iowa, and recalled with pleasure events with family and friends from that period of his life. He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology and archeology from UCLA and engaged in a number of excavations of Chumash Indian sites in Southern California.

He spent many years in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a land he grew to love from his childhood trips taken while he lived in Iowa. He spent the rest of his life in the San Francisco Bay area, pursuing his interests as an independent writer and thinker.

Weston is survived by his mother, Elizabeth Ann Sawatzky (Smith); his wife, Sharon Smith; two sisters: Marina Willa Kavanagh and Lisa Ann Smith; a brother, Rowan William Smith; his three half-sisters: Rayna Holtz, Shelley Calabrese and Iris Halvorsen; and his nieces and nephews, Bianca Elizabeth Meunier, Mira Ardelle Meunier, Joel Lamont Lofton, and Andriu Orion Kavanagh.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ray Smith, former director of the Mason City Library, who passed away in 1994.


Ruth C. Deverell Horkman

ROCKFORD — Ruth C. Deverell Horkman, 81, a  resident of Good Shepherd Health Center and formerly of Charles City and 211 Sixth St. N.W. in Rockford, died Tuesday (Sept. 13, 2005) at Good Shepherd Health Center in Mason City.

Prior to her death, Ruth chose to donate her body to the Des Moines College of Osteopathic Medicine as a final token of her giving nature.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Zion Lutheran Church, 805 E. Main Ave. in Rockford, with the Rev. Patricia Shaw officiating.

The family will greet relatives and friends during a time of fellowship at the church following Ruth’s service. Inurnment will be at a later date in Riverside Cemetery in Rockford.

Those wishing to extend memorials or expressions of sympathy may direct them to Bremwood Lutheran Children’s Home in Waverly.

Fullerton Funeral Home, 123 Second St. S.E. in Mason City, is in charge of arrangements.

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


Georgetta V. Farrer

MASON CITY — Georgetta V. Farrer, 88, of Mason City died Tuesday (Sept. 13, 2005) at Good Shepherd Health Center.

A prayer service will be held 11 a.m. today at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., with the Rev. Nick Knoth, chaplain of Good Shepherd Health Center, officiating. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will greet friends one hour before the service today at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave.

Memorials may be directed to the Hospice of North Iowa.

Georgetta was born on Oct. 7, 1917, in Kanawha, the daughter of Clyde and Margaret Davison. She was the youngest of nine children. She attended school in Sheffield and graduated from Mason City High School.

She was united in marriage to Lloyd J. Farrer on Aug. 3, 1941. She and her husband were owners of J & L Tire Co. for many years.

She is survived by a sister-in-law, Jane Davison of Boone; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lloyd, in 1991; brothers, Bill Davison and wife, Flora, Joe Davison and wife, Lavone, and Bob Davison; sisters, Vera Roderick and husband, Lester, Marguerite Wirth and husband, Burl, Gladys Dransfeldt and husband, Robert, Charlotte Freudenberg and husband, Carl, and Roberta Gilchriest and husband, Earl.

Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, (641) 423-0924.


Katina (Douros) Bizios

MASON CITY — Katina (Douros) Bizios, 93, of 1904 S. Monroe Ave., Mason City, died early Tuesday morning (Sept. 13, 2005) at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 1311 Second St. S.W. in Mason City, with the Rev. Joseph Mirowski officiating the celebration of Katina’s life. Interment will take place in Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery in Mason City.

The family will greet friends from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the church. The Trisagion prayer service will begin at 6 p.m. following the formal visitation.

Those wishing to extend memorials or expressions of sympathy may direct them to the Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 1311 Second St. S.W., Mason City, IA 50401. Thoughts, condolences and stories may be sent to the family at http://www.fullertonfh.com">www.fullertonfh.com.

Katina (Douros) Bizios was born to Dimitris and Kaliope (Karamitsanis) Douros on June 10, 1912, in Asprokabos, Greece. Katina was educated in Greece. On Sept. 19, 1937, Katina was united in marriage to John S. Bizios in Asprokabos, Greece.

The couple has resided in the Mason City area since 1958. Katina was employed with the Park Hospital in Mason City as a kitchen aide for several years.

She was a member of Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Mason City and the Daughters of Penelope.

Katina will be dearly missed by all who have shared in her life.

Grateful for having had the privilege of sharing in Katina’s life are her loving and devoted husband of nearly 68 years, John S. Bizios of Mason City; her two sons, Spiro Bizios of Marshalltown and Harry Bizios of Flower Mound, Texas; six grandchildren: Tina Bizios, Tiffany Bizios, Traci Bizios, Katina Bizios, John Bizios and Jonathan Bizios.

Preceding Katina in death are her parents, Dimitris and Kaliope Douros; a daughter and two sons in infancy; four sisters and three brothers.

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


Marjorie M. Zeimet

BODE — Marjorie M. Zeimet, 82, of rural Bode, died Wednesday (Sept. 14, 2005) at the Kossuth Regional Health Center in Algona.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, rural Bode, with Father Paul Eisele officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in rural Bode.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Garry-Roberts-Murphy-Schaaf Funeral Home in Algona, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. and a Catholic Daughters of the Americas rosary at 7:30 p.m.

Garry-Roberts-Murphy-Schaaf Funeral Home, (515) 295-3731.


Lorraine Friedrich

CHARLES CITY —   Lorraine Friedrich, 83, of Charles City died Wednesday (Sept. 14, 2005) at Floyd County Memorial Hospital in Charles City.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Charles City with Pastor Dennis Niezwaag officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Hauser Funeral Home, 1205 S. Main St. in Charles City, and one hour prior to services on Monday at the church.

The family will also be receiving friends at the Chris Friedrich residence, 901 20th Ave. in Charles City.

Hauser Funeral Home, (641) 228-2323.


Hugh O. Roberts

MASON CITY — Hugh O. Roberts, 90, of 1000 N. Eisenhower Ave. in Mason City, died Tuesday (Sept. 13, 2005) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave. in Mason City.

Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, (641) 423-0924.


Lewis Bleich

ALGONA — Lewis Bleich, 78, of Algona died Wednesday (Sept. 14, 2005) at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Wilson’s of Algona, 403 E. McGregor in Algona.

Wilson’s of Algona, (515) 295-2622.


Laurence R. Popp and Dorothy A. Popp

MASON CITY — Laurence R. Popp died Feb. 25, 2003, and Dorothy A. Popp died Jan. 4, 2005.

A graveside inurnment will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Thornton with Chaplin Nick Knoth officiating. Military honors will be conducted by members of the Mason City Veterans Memorial Association.

Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, (641) 423-2372.

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Edna F. Uker

MASON CITY — Edna F. Uker, 98, of Mason City died Wednesday (Sept. 14, 2005) at the Heritage Care Center.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave. in Mason City.

Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, (641) 423-0924.

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