PUBLISHED Tuesday, February 24, 2004

2004-02-24T00:00:00Z PUBLISHED Tuesday, February 24, 2004 Mason City Globe Gazette
February 24, 2004 12:00 am

Obituaries are presented as a community service of Fullerton Funeral Homes. Information is submitted by families or provided by funeral homes for publication in the Globe Gazette and Globe Online.

DOROTHY E. RIPPENTROP

LAKOTA — Dorothy E. Rippentrop, 90, of Lakota, currently residing in Mason City, died Sunday (Feb. 22, 2004) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church in Lakota with the Pastor Donna Steven officiating. Burial will take place in Maple Hill Cemetery, rural Lakota.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Winter Winter Funeral Home, 414 First St. N.W. in Buffalo Center, and will continue one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the church.

Memorials may be designated to the Dorothy Rippentrop Memorial Fund in care of the family.

Dorothy Edna (Lester) Rippentrop, daughter of Clarence and Mary (Nance) Lester, was born on Feb. 12, 1904, at Summerset, Iowa. She attended and graduated from Lakota High School in Lakota.

On Nov. 21, 1934, Dorothy was united in marriage with Albert C. Rippentrop at Estherville, Iowa. The couple made their home on a farm in German Township, south of Lakota, for 59 years.

They were blessed with three children, Waynard, Caralee, and Nyle. Albert farmed and Dorothy lovingly tended to their home and family.

In 1993, the couple moved to an apartment in Lakota.

Dorothy was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lakota where she was active with the Presbyterian Women and Martha's Circle.

Survivors include her children, Caralee Wright and her husband, Robert, of Clinton, and Nyle Rippentrop and his wife, Marge, of Rock Falls; daughter-in-law, Elenora Rippentrop of Lakota; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; four step-grandchildren; and 13 step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 62 years, Albert; a son, Waynard; two granddaughters, Vanessa and Valerie Follman; and a brother, Frank Nance.

Winter Funeral Home & Cremation Service, (641) 562-2858.

RAYMOND GERSZEWSKI

NORTHWOOD — Raymond Gerszewski, 83, of Northwood, died Sunday (Feb. 22, 2004) at the Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manly, with Reverend David Kucera officiating. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Manly.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday with a Scriptural Wake service at 7 p.m. at the Conner Colonial Chapel, 1008 First Ave. South, Northwood.

Visitation will also be from 9 to 10 a.m. on Friday at the chapel.

Raymond Gerszewski was born on Aug. 31, 1920, in Ardoch, N.D., in Walsh County, the son of Alexander and Stella (Paschke) Gerszewski. He was christened at the St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Warsaw, N.D. He attended and received his education in the rural country school near Argyle, Minn.

Ray began his elevator-building career in 1948. He worked for Selettbo Construction based in Minneapolis, Minn., for 21 years beginning in 1951, as a foreman for siding and roofing.

He was united in marriage to Selma Nelson on Dec. 28, 1968, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manly.

In 1970, he began working at B&K Lumber yard in Northwood.

In 1985, he retired and became an avid gardener.

He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manly.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Selma Gerszewski, of Northwood; stepson, Kenneth Nelson and his wife, Cindy, of Gordonsville, Minn.; stepdaughter, Mary Groe and her husband, Charles, of Northwood; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; five sisters, Anna Seeba, of Grafton, N.D., Frances Kazmierczak, of Steven, Minn., Gertrude Biggs and her husband, Paul, of Grand Forks, N.D., Loretta Lechner and her husband, Robert, of Mantorville, Minn., and Magdaline Kostrzewski and her husband, John, of Steven, Minn.; six brothers, Thomas Gerzewski and his wife, Christine, of Warroad, Minn., Chester Gerszewski and his wife, Mary, of Minneapolis, Minn., Peter Gerszewski and his wife, Frances, of Newfolden, Minn., William Gerszewski and his wife, Margaret, of Warren, Minn., Joseph Gerszewski and his wife, Margaret, of Argyle, Minn., and Steven Gerszewski, of Argyle, Minn.; numerous nieces and nephews as well as other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Sgt. Leo Gerszewski and Alexander Gerszewski; and a sister, Eleanor Smith.

Conner Colonial Chapel, (641) 324-1543.

ALFREDA JEANETTE HOPPERSTAD

NORTHWOOD — Alfreda Jeanette Hopperstad, 91, of Northwood, died Monday (Feb. 23, 2004) at the Lutheran Retirement Home in Northwood.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Silver Lake Lutheran Church, rural Northwood, with the Rev. Thomas Hagen officiating. Burial will be in the Silver Lake Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Conner Colonial Chapel, 1008 First Ave. S. Northwood, and one hour prior to service time on Thursday at the church.

Alfreda Jeanette Hopperstad was born on April 29, 1912, in rural Worth County, Iowa, the daughter of Oscar and Annette (Breiseth) Baklund.

She was baptized and reaffirmed the faith of her baptism through confirmation at the Silver Lake Lutheran Church.

She graduated from Northwood High School in 1930. After graduating from high school she taught school in the Hartland Township School No. 5 for four years.

She was united in marriage to Raymond A. Hopperstad in November of 1936, at the Lutheran Parsonage near Northwood. After their marriage together they farmed in Hartland Township for 40 years.

Alfreda moved to Northwood in 1980, and later to Maple Court Apartments, and most recently to the Lutheran Retirement Home in Northwood.

She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, playing cards, dancing, and traveling.

She was a very active member of Silver Lake Lutheran Church.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Jerry Hopperstad and his wife, Jan, of Northwood, Lonny Hopperstad and his wife Mary of Albert Lea, Minn. Judy Hamilton and her husband Ron of Seminole, Fla., and Vicky Schmidt and her husband Gary of Fargo, N.D.; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; two nieces and two nephews; as well as other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Raymond; and a sister, Olga.

Conner Colonial Chapel, (641) 324-1543.

MARIANNE H. REYNOLDS

BURNSVILLE, Minn. — Marianne Hunchis Reynolds, 70, of Burnsville, Minn., died Thursday (Feb. 19, 2004) in St. Paul of pneumonia.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 23, at Mary, Mother of the Church, 3333 E. Cliff Road in Burnsville, with Father Jim Zappa officiating. Burial was in Boheian Cemetery in Plymouth, Iowa.

Visitation was held on Sunday.

Memorials may be given to the Open Arms of Minnesota.

Marianne was born on Aug. 18, 1933, in Mason City, Iowa. Her parents were Kathleen Dorsey Hunchis and Fred and Julia Spaanum Hunchis.

She graduated from Plymouth High School in 1951, received a B.A. from the College of St. Catherine in 1955, and an M.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1987.

Marianne was united in marriage to William E. Reynolds on June 9, 1955, in Plymouth, Iowa. They lived in Plymouth, St. Paul, Eagan, and Burnsville.

Marianne was an elementary teacher in St. Paul from 1955 to 1959, and in Burnsville from 1960 to 1993. She was Burnsville's Teacher of the Year in 1978.

Marianne was a charter member of Mary, Mother of the Church.

She was a member of the Burnsville Education Association, Minnesota Education Association and the National Education Association. She volunteered at Open Arms of Minnesota, belonged to HIV/AIDS Support Groups, and was a speaker on HIV/AIDS.

She is survived by her husband, William E. Reynolds; daughter, Anne Mary (Chuck) Taylor, of Orlando, Fla.; sons, John (Leslie) Reynolds, of Chaska, Minn., and Patrick (Laura) Reynolds, of Burnsville; seven grandchildren, Mary Michael and Katy Taylor, Joe, Mary Margret and Alice Reynolds, and Evin and Jack Reynolds; sister, Katy (Lowell) Holden; and brothers, John (Caroll) Hunchis and Bill (Bettie) Hunchis.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Kathleen Dorsey Hunchis and Fred Hunchis and her adoptive mother, Julie Spaanum Hunchis; son, William Hunchis, Jr.; and aunt, Dorothy Hunchis.

White Funeral Homes, (952) 894-5080.

FRED POWELL OLESON

KENSETT — Fred Powell Oleson, 64, of Kensett, died Saturday (Feb. 21, 2004) at the Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Shell Rock Lutheran Church in Northwood, with Reverend Karl Hermanson officiating. Burial will be in the Sunset Rest Cemetery in Northwood.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Conner Colonial Chapel, 1008 First Ave. South, Northwood, and one hour prior to service time on Thursday at the church.

Fred Powell Oleson was born on Jan. 16, 1940, in Forest City, the son of Roger and Blanche (Escherich) Oleson. He graduated from Kensett High School in 1957.

He was inducted into the U.S. Air Force on March 13, 1958, and served with the 3610th Air Base Group and was honorably discharged on April 12, 1960.

He was united in marriage to Lois Harvey on July 10, 1965, at the First Shell Rock Lutheran Church in Northwood.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Lois Oleson, of Kensett; three sons, Fred Paul Oleson and his special friend, Misty, of Kensett, Chad Oleson and his wife, Mona, of Mason City, and Corey Oleson and his wife, Daniela, of Kensett; nine grandchildren, Daniel, Alex, Sean, Blane, Selena, William, Alayna, Zachary, and Paige; five brothers, Sherman Oleson and his wife, Anita, of Forest City, Raymond Oleson and his special friend, Maxine, of Silver Lake, Roger Oleson and his wife, Helen, of Anchorage, Ala., Berl Oleson and his wife, Ann, of Dexter, Minn., Emory Oleson and his wife, Gloria, of Port Charlotte, Fla.; three sisters, Evelyn Urbatch and her husband, Richard, of Omaha, Neb., Ruby Loken, of Mason City, and Charlotte Stohr and her husband, Larry, of Thompson; he is also survived by brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, many nieces and nephews as well as other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roger and Blanche; brothers, Valere (Frank) Oleson and his wife, Darlene, Ronald and Allen Oleson; and a nephew, Raymond (Babe) Oleson.

Conner Colonial Chapel, (641) 324-1543.

HENRY P. KOCKLER

MASON CITY — Henry P. Kockler, 85, of Mason City, died Sunday (Feb. 22, 2004) at Heritage Care Center in Mason City.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at St. John's Catholic Church, Bancroft, with Father Paul D. Bormann officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Bancroft, with military honors conducted by the Fisher American Legion Post No. 14, Swea City.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Garry-Roberts-Murphy-Schaaf Funeral Home, Bancroft and will continue one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the church.

Henry P. Kockler was born April 25, 1918, in Greenwood Township son of Peter and Josafene (Kollasch) Kockler. He grew up and attended school in the Swea City area and his family was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Bancroft.

Henry proudly served in the Army during World War II.

He married Lillian C. Kent on Sept. 4, 1942, in Springfield, Mo. They lived in various communities and settled into Mason City where he worked as an auto mechanic for Stockberger Transfer and Storage for 20 years retiring in 1980.

Henry later married Jeanine Gerbig on Aug. 17, 1996, at Grace Lutheran Church in Hanlontown.

He enjoyed doing yard work and craft work.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mason City, and longtime member of the Fisher American Legion Post No. 14, Swea City.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanine Kockler, of Hanlontown; two step-daughters, Janet Taylor, of Manly; and Sandra Scholbrock and her husband, Rick, of Hanlontown; four step-grandchildren, Madeline and Meggie Taylor, both of Manly, and Crystal and Katelyn Scholbrock, both of Hanlontown, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Henry was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife of 50 years, Lillian, on Sept. 24, 1992; one sister, Marian Hess; and three brothers, Sylvester, Joseph, and Richard Kockler.

Garry-Roberts-Murphy-Schaaf Funeral Home, (515) 885-2621.

BERDENE LOCKWOOD

OSAGE — Berdene Henriette Lockwood, of Osage, died Saturday (Feb. 14, 2004) at the Good Samaritan Center in St. Ansgar.

Private family services will be held in New York City, at a later date. Inurnment will be in the Orchard Cemetery.

Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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

MAX M. MORRISON

OSAGE — Max Merrill Morrison, 85, of Osage died Sunday (Feb. 22, 2004) at the Good Samaritan Center in St. Ansgar.

Max was born June 9, 1918, at Unionville, the son of Myron Byrl and Verna (Wamsley) Morrison. He moved with his parents to Mitchell County in 1921 and attended schools in Mitchell County.

He was baptized at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in West Lincoln, Mitchell County, in 1925.

He became a member of the United Church of Christ in 1945, and served on many boards of the church.

He married Leone Folsom on Oct. 2, 1937. They farmed all of their married life, until retiring to Osage in 1979.

He was active in the Farm Bureau as a farmer, was a 50-year member of the Osage Masonic Lodge 102 A.F & A.M., and was a Past Master of that Lodge.

He also served on the Orchard School Board for several years, served on the Faith Lutheran Home Board, and was a director on the REC Board at St. Ansgar for 17 years. After the onset of Alzheimer's Disease in 1994, he resided for three and a half years in the Patty Elwood Center at Cresco and for four and a half years in the Good Samaritan Center. His main interest was being a good farmer.

Other interests and enjoyments were being with his family, fishing, golfing and going on many bus tours. He and his wife spent several winters in Arizona and Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the United Church of Christ in Osage, with the Rev. Robert Melhorn officiating. Interment will be in the Osage Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at the Champion- Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage with a Masonic Service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour before services on Wednesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the United Church of Christ Osage or the Good Samaritan Center in St. Ansgar.

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

He is survived by two sons, and one daughter: Larry Morrison and his wife Cheri and children, Kyle Morrison and Sue Miller all of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Judenne Kocer of Hiawatha and children, Myron Hein, of Fremont, Neb., and Melinda Whitmer of Platte City, Mo.; and Richard Morrison and his wife, Sharolyn, of Oakland, Minn., and children, Joel Morrison of Geneva, Minn., John Morrison of Humboldt, Matthew Morrison of Shreveport, La.; nine great-grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren and 11 step-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Don Morrison of Osage, and Paul Morrison of Kenai, Alaska; and one sister, Esther Kemp of Davenport.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Leone Morrison on Oct. 20 2003; one son, Murray Morrison in 1979; one grandson, Todd Morrison in 1978; and one sister, Eloise Ryan in 1999.

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

VALETTA M. WARD

MASON CITY — Valetta M. Ward, 100, of 1037 19th St. S.W., died Saturday (Feb. 21, 2004) at the I.O.O.F. Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave. , with the Rev. Keith Scott, Wesley United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be one hour before services Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be given to the I.O.O.F. Home. Valetta was born Oct. 30, 1903, in Ames, the daughter of Ben and Viola (Inkelking) Erickson.

She graduated from Mason City High School and Cedar Falls Teachers College.

Valetta married Earnie A. Ward June 16, 1927, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua.

She was a lifelong resident of Mason City, a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and Queen Rebekah Lodge.

Valetta is survived by her son, Keith O. Ward and wife, Donna, of San Juan Capistrano, Calif.; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Valetta was preceded in death by her husband, Earnie Ward; two sons, Roger and Allan; brother, Clyde; and sister, Adele.

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

HENRY G.VIERKANT

MASON CITY — Henry G. Vierkant, 85, of Mason City, died Sunday (Feb. 22, 2004) at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., with the Rev. Charles Q. Wallace officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. at Major Erickson Funeral Home.

Memorials can be made to the Henry G. Vierkant Memorial Fund.

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

JUDY A. PIETERSEN

LAKEVILLE, Minn. — Judy A. Pietersen, 55, of Lakeville, Minn., passed away at her home early Saturday morning (Feb. 21, 2004) after nearly a two-year battle with ovarian cancer.

She was born May 19, 1948, in Cresco, to Neil and Dorothy Gassett of Lime Springs, Iowa.

After high school, Judy attended and graduated from La'James Beauty College in Mason City. Judy worked several years at various hair salons in the area and was working in Charles City the day of the destructive tornado in 1968.

Judy married William Pietersen of Mason City, on April 12, 1969, in Lime Springs. They made their home in St. Paul where Judy continued her profession as a cosmetologist.

Judy and Will moved to Lakeville in April, 1975, where they have lived since. Judy had worked in the dental field for more than 15 years, most recently as an Ortho-Analyst for Delta Dental of Minnesota. She won multiple achievement awards during her tenure there. She also continued to work part-time as a hairdresser.

Judy is survived by her husband, Will, of 35 years; three children, Paige (Doug) Beach, of Lakeville, Patrick, of Lakeville, and Tara, of Duluth, Minn.; a grandson, Tristen Beach; her mother, Dorothy Gassett, of Lime Springs; a sister, Jean (Bill) Stopperan, of Windsor, Colo.; a niece, nephews, aunts and cousins as well as numerous friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Neil Gassett; and father and mother-in-law, Francis and Thelma Pietersen.

Visitation was held on Monday evening, Feb. 23, at White Funeral Home in Apple Valley, Minn., with services on Tuesday at Grace United Methodist Church in Burnsville, Minn. Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to Grace United Methodist Church Choir, 15309 Maple Island Road, Burnsville, MN 55306, specifically for replacing music recently destroyed by fire.

NORMAN PAUL BOHNING

HURST, Texas — Norman Paul Bohning, 59, passed away Sunday (Feb. 15, 2004) at his home.

Visitation was 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 19, 2004 at the Davis Funeral Chapel.

Graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas with the Rev. Rosemary Oberhue, officiating.

Family and friends gathered at Lane A of the cemetery.

Norman was born Oct. 15, 1944, in Belmond, Iowa, to Paul Andrew and Esther Pauline (Dorenkamp) Bohning. He grew up in the small town of Belmond, Iowa, among the cornfields of his family's farm.

Graduating from Alexander High School in 1962, he attended Mason City Junior College prior to entering the U.S. Army.

Norman served his country in Vietnam as a warrant officer and helicopter pilot, and was awarded the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters.

In 1979, he received a bachelor's degree in religion from Texas Wesleyan University.

Norman was preceded in death by his father, Paul Bohning, on Jan. 15, 1985; his sister, Rhoda "Madison" Kohler (Bohning) on Jan. 21, 2004.

A long standing member of the First United Methodist Church of Bedford, Norman touched many lives in his time with us. He will be missed by many.

Those left to cherish the memory of his life include his son, Jeffrey Alan Bohning of Bedford, Texas; his mother Esther Pauline Bohning of Belmond; his brothers, Wayne Bohning and his wife Van Jean of Beach Park, Ill.; Royce Bohning and his wife Cherie of Ames; two nieces; five nephews; and fiancée Mildred Ingram of Statesboro, Ga.

Davis Funeral Chapel, 6428 Brentwood Stair Road, Fort Worth, Texas (817) 429-3441.

TAMMY SCHULZ

LATIMER — Tammy Schulz, 34, of Latimer, died Feb. 23, 2004 at Mercy Medical Center East Campus in Mason City.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the West Fork United Methodist Church in rural Sheffield.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Sietsema-Vogel Funreal Home in Hampton, with Pastor Mark Luckiesh officiating. Burial will be in West Fork Cemetery, Rural Sheffield.

Tammy Schulz was born Jan. 31, 1970, in Charles City, to Marvin and Lois (Stanbrough) Crooks.

She was a graduate of Rockwell High School. She was united in marriage on Oct. 18, 1997, to Terry Schulz at the Little Brown Church in Nashua.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hampton.

Tammy enjoyed spending time with her husband and Lexie, playing with her two favorite dogs, Rocky and Brando.

She liked to go to country western concerts, Sunday afternoon rides on gravel roads, cook outs with friends and she loved living in the country.

She is survived by her husband, Terry Schulz of Latimer; son, Zachary Hanson, of Hampton, daughter, Lexie Schulz, of Latimer; stepson, Cody Schulz, of Latimer; stepson, Tyler Schulz, of Latimer; sister, Sheila and husband, Duane Polsdofer, of Forest City; sister, Rhonda and husband, Bill Winters, of Rockwell; brother, Randy Crooks, of Rockwell; parents, Marvin and wife, Lois Crooks, of Mason City; father and mother-in-law, Howard and wife, Coni Schulz, of Mason City; sister-in-law, RaNae and husband, Peter Hjelle, of Mason City; brother-in-law, Scott and wife, Teresa Schulz, of Sheffield; and several nieces and nephews..

She was preceded in dath by one uncle and her grandparents.

Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home, (641) 456-3232.

ROBERT J. SANKEY SR.

FORT DODGE — Robert J. Sankey Sr., 80, of Fort Dodge, died Saturday (Feb. 21, 2004) at his residence.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today at the Epworth United Methodist Church in Fort Dodge.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Garry-Roberts-Murphy-Schaaf Funeral Home in Algona, with Rev. Roger Kurtenbach officiating. There will be visitation from 11 a.m. until time of services on Wednesday.

Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Irvington.

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

MAYNARD ELMER ESTES

NORTHWOOD — Maynard Elmer Estes, 72, of Northwood, died Sunday (Feb. 22, 2004 at his home in rural Northwood.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home in Northwood. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Albert Lea, Minn.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home in Northwood.

Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home, (641) 324-1121.

MARY LOU HORAN

CLEAR LAKE — Mary Lou Horan, 67, of Opportunity Village in Clear Lake, passed away on Saturday (Feb. 21, 2004) at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Clear Lake, with the Reverend Robert Hogan officiating. Interment will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Calvary Cemetery in Eagle Grove with Rev. David Beckman officiating.

Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. the day of the service at the church.

Ward Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 North Fourth Street, Clear Lake, is in charge of the service.

Memorials may be directed to Opportunity Village of Clear Lake.

Mary Lou was born April 10, 1936, in Clarion, one of two daughters of Joseph Augustus and Alma H. (Carlson) Horan. She grew up in Clarion, attending St. John's Catholic School.

Mary Lou became a resident of Opportunity Village in Clear Lake in 1976, and since then has enjoyed many activities there including music, crafts, and computers. She also had a great love of dogs and visiting with her family and friends.

Mary Lou was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Clear Lake.

She is survived by her brother-in-law, Dick Forbes and his wife, Beverly, of Eagle Grove; three nephews, John Forbes and his wife, Cindy, and their children, Adam and Meredith, all of Urbandale, Brian Forbes and his wife, Kate, and their children, Lauren and Grant, all of Tulsa, Okla., and Mark Forbes and his wife, Karen, and their son, Spencer, also of Tulsa, Okla.; and one niece, Monica Siemens and her husband, Ron, of Goldfield.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Patricia A. Forbes.

Ward Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 641-357-2193.

GALEN ‘BUB' CONRAD

RICEVILLE — Galen "Bub" Conrad, 63, of Riceville, died Sunday (Feb. 22, 2004) at the Riceville Nursing Home in Riceville after a lengthy illness.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church in Riceville. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Riceville.

Friends may call at the Conway Funeral Home in Riceville from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, and for one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.

Galen was born on April 4, 1940, in Mitchell County, the son of Carl and Dora (Bird) Conrad. He attended school in Little Cedar, Iowa, and graduated in 1958.

On August 17, 1973, he was united in marriage to Frances (Ray) Armstrong at the Little Brown Church in Nashua.

Bub worked road maintenance.

He is survived by his wife, Fran, of Riceville; three children, Steven (Judy) Armstrong, of Fort Worth, Texas, Teresa (Mark) Klein, of Riceville, and Barbra Hoglan, of Fort Worth, Texas; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Maryann (Roger) Schnell, of Osage, and Sandy (Dan) Vitek, of Milwaukee, Wis.; and one brother, Dennis (Deb) Conrad, of Little Cedar, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Conway Funeral Home, (866) 620-3991.

EVELYN LAVONNE PATTERSON

BELMOND — Evelyn Lavonne Patterson, 93, of Belmond, died Sunday (Feb. 22, 2004) at the Belmond Health Care Center.

Graveside memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Lindenwood Cemetery in Geneva.

There will be no visitation. The body has been cremated.

Dugger Ewing Funeral Home in Belmond is in charge of arrangements.

Dugger Ewing Funeral Home, (641) 444-3248.

WILLIAM ERNEST KALIN JR.

RALEIGH, N.C. — William Ernest Kalin Jr., 54, of Raleigh, N.C., died Feb. 22, 2004.

Mr. Kalin was a Vietnam War veteran with the 173rd Airborne Brigade 2nd of 503rd/Recon. Platoon/Wildcat 4, 1969-70, and served for more than 30 years as a firefighter in New York.

Mr. Kalin is survived by his father and mother, William Kalin Jr. and Shirley Kalin; wife, Dort Lehmann, of Columbia, S.C.; a son, William Kalin III of Watertown, N.Y.; daughters, Alona Kalin, of Raleigh, Jessica Kalin, of Raleigh, Tami Lehmann Hubler-Torrance and Jill Lehmann; grandchildren, Justice Kalin, Elizabeth Vestal, Sloane and Kennidea Hubler and Carson Torrence; sisters, Sandy Danieu, Linda Kerr and Chery Bergin; brothers, Augie Kalin and David Kalin; several aunts, uncles and a bucket full of friends.

William was a fantastic husband, fantastic man, fantastic father, fantastic grandfather and will be missed by all.

Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Montlawn Funeral Home Chapel. There will also be a memorial service held at 3 p.m. Sunday at South Bay Fire Station, South Bay, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the South Bay Fire Dept. or Palermo Fire Dept. in care of William Kalin III.

Arrangements are by Montlawn Memorial Park Funerals and Cremations, (919) 772-1073.

HELEN GJERTSON

THOMPSON — Helen Gjertson, 93, of Thompson, died Sunday (Feb. 22, 2004) at the Good Samaritan Center in Forest City.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Thompson, with the Rev. Mark Decker officiating. Burial will be in Grant Lutheran Cemetery, rural Woden.

Visitation will be one hour before the time of services at the church on Wednesday.

Winter Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Thompson is in charge of the arrangements.

Winter Funeral Home & Cremation Service, (641) 584-2520.

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