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CHARLES CITY — Maxine Maland, a longtime resident of Charles City, died Tuesday morning (Jan. 3, 2006) at Floyd County Memorial Hospital in Charles City at 90 years of age.
Funeral services for Maxine Maland will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Charles City with the Revs. Dennis Niezwaag and David Werges officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Charles City.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Hauser Funeral Home, 1205 S. Main St. in Charles City, and one hour prior to services Saturday morning at the church.
Maxine Gladys Wicks, the daughter of Cryder and Nettie (Erickson) Wicks of Kanawha, was born Sept. 26, 1915. The Wicks family of six children grew up in this predominately Norwegian immigrant farm country in north central Iowa where St. John’s Lutheran Church served as a center of their family and community lives.
Graduating from Kanawha High School in 1933, Maxine was a forward on the girl’s basketball team, acted in school plays, sang in school musicals, co-directed the local 4-H club, taught Sunday school and acted as pianist for St. John’s Lutheran Church of Kanawha from 1933-1940.
She received her teacher’s certificate from what is now the University of Northern Iowa at Cedar Falls and taught in the one-room country school house near her home.
On June 23, 1940, Maxine Wicks married former Kanawha resident and recent graduate of the Iowa State University Veterinary College, Dr. Paul Maland. Paul and Maxine settled in Charles City, raised five children — known as “the 5 Js” — and celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on June 23, 2005.
It is a challenging task to honor the whole fabric of another’s life with adequate words, so picture Maxine Maland’s nine decades of living as a richly colored quilt of daily engaged Life! — woven together with strong dominant threads of love, kindness, compassion, a deep faith in God, service to community, and an ever-present ear listening to others with heart and mind.
Day by day, Maxine cared for “the 5 Js,” answered the phone and scheduled “Doc’s” veterinary calls, was active in St. John Lutheran Church on numerous committees, was a choir mother, Sunday school and Bible school teacher and a member of WELCA. She was an active parent in PTA, Boy and Girl scouts and other school committees.
Maxine also enjoyed her volunteer work with the Ladies Hospital Auxiliary, Virginia Tietz’s second-grade class at Jefferson School as a reading assistant, and her relationships in PEO, Women’s Club, and weekly get-togethers with women friends at their McDonald’s coffee group.
In addition to all of these community connections and devotion to her family and her 10 great-grandchildren, two of the most meaningful threads to Maxine’s life were her work as a Hospice volunteer, where she and Paul were recognized as Hospice Volunteers of the Year in 1993, and her role as mentor and friend to a young mother’s group in Floyd County, being nominated for “State of Iowa Mother” in 1974.
The friendship, fun and love among this group of women and their families has nurtured and sustained Maxine for always and forever. Maxine was also known to be an excellent cook who delighted many over the years with her Norwegian kringla, raspa kumla, apple pie and potato salad.
In later years, Maxine truly enjoyed each grandchild and great-grandchild and felt blessed to be an important part of their lives. After attending countless concerts and sporting events of their own children, she and Paul continued to enjoy those of the grands and great-grands.
Maxine Maland is survived by her husband, Paul, of Charles City; daughter Judy and her husband, Kip Hauser, and their children Laurie, Rebecca, and Stephen; daughter Janet and her husband, Roger Hanson, of Fenton, Mo., and their children Kristen and Kurt; daughter Jeanine Maland of Asheville, N.C., and her daughter, Molly Maland; son Jim Maland and K.D. Maynard of Brattleboro, Vt., and their children Emily and Tyler; and son Jerry Maland and his wife, Jane, of Harrison, Ark., and their children Justin, Jenny, Jeff and Jessica. And so dear to Maxine are her 12 grandchildren, their spouses and their delightful families, 10 great-grands in all! In addition are Maxine’s loving sisters, LaVonne Nosbusch of Los Angeles, Calif., and Carole Basler of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; and sister-in-law, Imogene Wicks of Belmond.
She was preceded in death by brothers, Orville, Everett and Raymond Wicks, along with her nephew Randy Wicks. We recognize as well countless other family members, nieces and nephews and beloved friends of the Charles City community.
The family suggests giving memorials to Hospice of North Iowa Charles City site, St. John’s Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice. The entire family has been touched by the countless acts of kindness to Maxine and Paul during her illness.
The Hauser Funeral Home, (641) 228-2323, www.hauserfh.com.
Jim A. Lyons
ROSWELL, Ga. — Jim A. Lyons, 81, of Roswell, Ga., died Dec. 20, 2005, of pancreas/liver cancer.
Jim grew up in Clear Lake and born Oct. 31, 1924, to Homer and Atha Lyons. He enrolled in the United States Marines in 1943, served during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946. Jim was blessed to find his second wife, Leola Nelson, in 1977, with whom he spent the rest of his life. Subsequent advances in Jim’s career concluded with a move to Roswell, Ga., where he retired.
He is survived by his wife, Leola (Nelson) Lyons, married 28 years; brothers, Jerry and Jack of Texas; and sister, Ruth Ann of Nevada; sons, Barry and wife, Heidi Krause-Lyons, of Minnesota and Gregory Lyons of Colorado; daughter, Karel and husband, Bob Wilkinson, of Virginia; and stepdaughter, Sandra and husband, Jay Miller. Jim was blessed with eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by first wife, June Lyons; his brothers, Bud, Bill and Joe; and sisters, Molly and Marge.
BRITT — Florence Bird, 85, of Britt, passed away Monday (Jan. 2, 2006) at Westview Care Center in Britt.
Funeral services for Florence Bird will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Britt Zion Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Ron McKee officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Britt.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Ewing Dugger Funeral Home, 178 Center St. W. in Britt, and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.
Florence Bird, the daughter of Engle and Jessie Schutjer VanDusseldorp, was born on March 27, 1920, in Orthel Township where she grew up and received her education. She worked for various families as a hired girl. She married Kenneth Bird on Nov. 16, 1940. She worked at Hancock County Memorial Hospital and the Westview Care Center. Florence worked at Snap-On and in 1985 she retired. After retiring, she babysat for various families and housesat for elderly women.
Florence enjoyed crocheting and embroidering along with quilting as she made quilts for her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed her flowers, sewing and refinishing furniture. She enjoyed traveling and going to visit family and friends.
She was a member of Zion Nazarene Church, Rebekah Lodge, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Britt Senior Citizens and the Hospital Auxiliary.
Florence is survived by one son, Ken Bird, and his wife, Diane, of Britt; two daughters, Sally and her husband, Bob Haag, of Algona, and Etta and her husband, Dave Mull, of Forest City; seven grandchildren, Scott Haag and his wife, Jennifer, of Irvington, Jolene Duffy and her husband, Chris, of Olathe, Kan., Leslie Christensen of Overland Park, Kan., Nathan Christensen of Olathe, Kan., Aaron Bird of Webster City, Adam Bird and his wife, Molly, of Hampton, and Andrew Bird of Independence; seven great-grandchildren, Amanda Claussen, Jacob and Katelyn Haag, Conor, Kieran and Aidan Duffy and Teaghan Bird; special niece Connie and her husband, Ervin Tegtmeyer, of Woden; son-in-law Wayne Christensen and his wife, Nancy, of Aurora, Colo.; sister-in-law, Nona VanDusseldorp, of Britt; along with nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth, in 1978; daughter, Karen, in 1994; parents; step-mother, Lillie VanDusseldorp; sister Pearline and her husband, Merle Johnson; two brothers, Melvin VanDusseldorp and Carl (Red) and his wife, Emma VanDusseldorp.
Ewing Dugger Funeral Home, (641) 843-3839.
C. Janet Narum
NORTHWOOD — C. Janet Narum, 92, formerly of Northwood, died on Dec. 29, 2005, in Fort Worth, Texas.
Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home in Northwood, where there will also be an Order of Eastern Star service at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Sunset Rest Cemetery in Northwood.
Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home of Northwood is in charge of arrangements.
Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home, (641) 324-1121.
Elizabeth E. ‘Bettie’ Garthwaite
CHARLES CITY— Funeral services for Elizabeth E. “Bettie” Garthwaite, 91, of 300 Kelly St. Charles City, will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Reid’s Funeral Chapel, 519 N. First St., Greene, with burial in Riverside Cemetery in Charles City.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral chapel.
Elizabeth Ellen Martin was born July 13, 1914, in Charles City, the only daughter of Guy and Edna (Beckwith) Martin, and died Sunday (Jan. 1, 2006) at Salsbury Baptist Home in Charles City.
She received her education in the Charles City public schools, graduating in 1931. As a young lady, she performed in a vaudeville troop after high school.
On June 11, 1935, she was united in marriage to Paul Edwin Garthwaite in Charles City. To this union was born one son. They made their home in Charles City until Paul was called to serve in the United States Army, at which time his family accompanied him to various military posts stateside until he was sent overseas in 1943. Bettie and Tim returned to Charles City, where she lived with her parents until Paul’s discharge.
In 1947, Paul and Bettie began Garthwaite Printing Co. Office Supplies and Stationary. In 1957, Paul was appointed postmaster for Charles City, and Bettie diversified the business into a gift shop which she operated until her retirement in 1972. They spent their retirement years traveling throughout the United States and spending their winters in Pensacola, Fla., until his death on May 29, 1999.
Bettie will be remembered as a devoted wife and mother. She enjoyed entertaining guests in her home and going out for dinner with close friends of the family. Bettie was instrumental in the beginning of the Charles City Little Theater Group.
Those thankful for her full and abundant life include her son, Martin “Tim” (Donna) Garthwaite of Charles City; two grandsons, Jeffery (Kristi) Garthwaite of Richmond, Va., and Paul G. (Deb) Garthwaite of Fountain, Colo.; and four great-grandchildren, Zachary, Hannah, Leah, and Ryan.
She leaves to join her parents and husband. Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Bettie Garthwaite Memorial Fund, in care of the family, 411 Howard St., Charles City, IA 50616.
Reid’s Funeral Chapel, (641) 823-4457.
Erma A. Broers Wirtz
ST. GEORGE, UTAH — Erma Arlene Broers Wirtz, age 81, passed away Saturday (Dec. 31, 2005) at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George from heart failure.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006, at St. George Community Baptist Church with viewings from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff Street, St. George, and again from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday prior to services at the church.
Interment will be in St. George City Cemetery.
Friends and family are invited to offer their condolences at www.spilsburymortuary.com. Click on the dove. Obituaries are also available at the Web site. Click on the rose.
She was born May 29, 1924, to Bardelt and Elizabeth Broers in Mason City, Iowa. She married Herbert F. Wirtz in Mason City, Nov. 14, 1948.
Erma worked many years in Mason City before they moved to St. George, Utah. She worked as a telephone operator for Northwestern Bell, a cashier for the city of Mason City, and then as a cashier for Cerro Gordo County. Before moving to St. George, she was an office manager for Tyler Ryan Furniture in Mason City.
Erma and her husband moved to St. George in 1979. She always loved pictures of mountains, so Utah was the place for her, and she could also be near her children.
Erma was president for two years of the Community Baptist Church Women’s Missionary Society of St. George, and President of the American Legion Auxiliary, for one year. She enjoyed helping make quilts, lap robes and other items for people in need.
Surviving family include her husband, Herbert; children, Nancy (David) Woolley, and Gary (Mary) Wirtz, both of Salt Lake City, Utah; grandchildren, Steve (Amanda) and Nathan Chrysler of Salt Lake City, Utah, Stan Wirtz of Long Beach, Calif., Janelle (Alex) Alexander of Ogden, Utah, and Daniel (Lubna) Wilkenson of India; and two great-grandchildren, Ellis and Karsen Alexander.
Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, (435) 673-2454.
Orville James Lovik
Orville James Lovik, 88, formerly of the Ventura and Forest City areas, passed away Nov. 14, 2005, at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Ventura High School in 1935.
Master Sgt. Lovik was a veteran of 20 years in the United States Air Force. He honorably served his country during World War II and held a top secret security clearance allowing him to work on the atomic test. His final tour of duty was at Hunter Air Force Base in Savannah, Ga., where he was a quality maintenance inspector for B-52 bombers. He was a recipient of several commendations and awards. He also served an additional 20 years with the Civil Service.
A private graveside service with military honors was held at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005, at Arlington National Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie (Ward) Lovik of Atlanta, Ga.; two sons, Lawrence (Jean) Lovik of Montgomery, Ala., and Michael Lovik of Atlanta, Ga.; two granddaughters, Melani Lovik of Birmingham, Ala., and Juli (John) Hansen of Calera, Ala.; two brothers, Virgil (Romane) Lovik of Fertile and Lloyd (Mary) Lovik of Grafton; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Swen and Hilma Lovik of Forest City; and sisters, Edythe Otis and Irene Oettchen; and brothers, Harry, Norman, Roy and Duane Lovik.
Bernice L. ‘Bea’ Luchsinger
LAKE MILLS — Bernice L. “Bea” Luchsinger, age 82, of Lake Mills, died Monday (Jan. 2, 2006) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, Iowa.
Funeral Mass will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Lake Mills with Father Jerry Blake officiating. Inurnment will take place at a later date at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, rural Lake Mills.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. today at Mittelstadt Funeral Home, 902 E. Main St. in Lake Mills.
Bernice Lucille Gilleran Luchsinger was born Oct. 6, 1923, in Des Moines to parents William and Sarah (Mann) Gilleran. She attended and graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Des Moines.
On Dec. 28, 1951, Bea was united in marriage with William “Lucky” Luchsinger in West Des Moines. The couple moved to Lake Mills in January 1960. Bea was very active at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and she enjoyed taking part in the American Legion Auxiliary, both in Lake Mills.
She loved spending time with her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren, especially. Bea spent her free time traveling socially with family and friends, and reading. Her twinkling blue eyes and beautiful smile will be missed greatly.
Bea is survived by her eight children, Pat (Karen) Luchsinger, Bill (Karen Strohbeen) Luchsinger, Mary Fure, Mike Stipe, Scott (Mary) Stipe, LuAnne (Dennis) Rognes, Linda Luchsinger and Lisa (Mike) Champa; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Mary Minarsich, Margaret Umphress and Katherine Green.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William, in 1992; and a son-in-law, Dene Fure.
Mittelstadt Funeral Home, (641) 592-0221.
Eddie G. Ellingson
IOWA FALLS— Eddie G. Ellingson, 82, of Iowa Falls, passed away Wednesday (Dec. 28, 2005) at Sun City Ariz.
Funeral service will be 1:30 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Iowa Falls with Rev. Don Preston officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Iowa Falls. Military rites will be conducted by the Hyman-Peavey American Legion.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at Surls Funeral Home, 505 Stevens St. in Iowa Falls, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. An Elks memorial service will be held at 7 p.m.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials directed to Hospice of North Iowa or the Union Cemetery Society.
Eddie was born Aug. 4, 1923, in Gordonsville, Minn., the son of Eddie and Alma (Nesset) Ellingson. He graduated from Northwood High School and Ellsworth College. On Aug. 19, 1951, he was united in marriage to Margaret Hamilton at First United Methodist Church in Iowa Falls.
Eddie worked at the Franklin Furniture Store, Ralston-Purina and the United States Post Office for 29 years. He was a past member of Meadow Hills Country Club and Highland Golf Club. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Iowa Falls, Iowa Falls Hyman-Peavey American Legion Post No. 188, and Iowa Falls Elks Club BPOE Lodge No. 1674.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret; two daughters, Debbie Ellingson of Fort Collins, Colo., and Lori Arbogast and her husband, Jeff, of Denver, Colo.; two sons, Brian Ellingson and his wife, Cynthia, of Phoenix, Ariz., and their children, Robert and Mia, and Todd Ellingson and his wife, Maureen, of Jackson Hole, Wyo., and their children, Michaela, Mitchell, and Matthew.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Robert Eddie (Chick) Ellingson; brothers, Lloyd, Alton, and Vernon; and his sister, Almira.
Surls Funeral Home, (641) 648-9554.
Phyllis D. Shimek
CHARLES CITY — Phyllis D. Shimek, 79 of 800 S. Main in Charles City, died Tuesday (Jan. 3, 2006) at Salsbury Baptist Home in Charles City.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Fullerton-Hage Funeral Home, 401 Blunt St. in Charles City.
Fullerton Hage Funeral Home and Cremation Services, (641) 228-4211.
WORTHING, S.D. — Paul Vorce, 57, of Worthing, died Saturday (Dec. 31, 2005) at the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls.
Memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Minnehaha Funeral Home in Baltic, S.D. There will be no visitation.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon, of Worthing, S.D.; his dogs, Cuddles and Buttons; a brother, Charles (Joyce) of Mason City; three sisters, Fran (Darrell) Godfredson of San Antonio, and Judy (Garry) Niver and Debbie Venz, both of Mason City.
He was preceded in death by parents; and a brother, Don.
Richard A. Pope
MASON CITY — Richard A. Pope, 73, of Mason City, died Sunday (Jan. 1, 2006) at the IOOF Home in Mason City. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 2502 S. Jefferson Ave., with the Rev. Joel Dahlen officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted at the gravesite by the Mason City Veteran’s Memorial Association.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
Memorials may be directed to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church.
Richard A. Pope was born Oct. 26, 1932, the son of Edward E. and Ruth (Grover) Pope in Mason City. He attended school in Mason City and graduated from Mason City High School.
Richard served his country in the United States Navy in Korea and was honorably discharged on Sept. 22, 1955.
He was united in marriage to Rachel A. Katter on June 27, 1954, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Mason City. Richard worked for Prichard Motors for a short time before working for Wards for five years. He then began working as an appliance repairman for Sears and did so for 28 years, retiring on Nov. 1, 1990.
Richard was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, the VFW and a former member of the Moose Lodge. Richard enjoyed being outdoors and loved fishing and camping, he also enjoyed dancing at the VFW Hall. Family was also at the center of Richard’s life, he cherished the time he spent with them.
Richard is survived by his wife, Rachel Pope, of Mason City; sons, Daniel Pope of Mason City and David Pope and wife, Kristie, also of Mason City; grandchildren, Heather, Ryan and Allison; one brother, Edward Pope and wife, Valene, of Santa Rosa, Calif.; and two nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Ruth Pope.
Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, (641) 423-0924.
Mildred ‘Milly’ Gard
MASON CITY — Mildred “Milly” Gard, 89, of Mason City, died Saturday (Dec. 31, 2005) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave. in Mason City, with the Rev. Jim Stiles of First United Methodist Church officiating.
The family will greet friends one hour prior to service time at the funeral home on Thursday.
Those wishing to express their sympathy through memorials may direct them to First United Methodist Church, 119 S. Georgia Ave. in Mason City.
Milly is survived by her children, daughter, Cheryl Gard, of Los Angeles, Calif., and son, Mark Gard, and wife, Sally, of Mason City; son-in-law, David Leonard, and his wife, Toni, of Mason City; grandchildren, Cris Picht and husband, Shane, Lori Leonard and Louis Reeves, Alexander and Oliver Gard-Murray and Jordon and Brittany Seidel; great grandson, Koi Leonard-Reeves; brother, Roy Schumacher; and best friends, Tonita Daugherty, Lolita Kongable and Beverly Kohoutek.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clifford; daughters, Jacqueline and Judy; and two sisters.
Major Erickson Funeral Home of Mason City is in charge of arrangements.
Major Erickson Funeral Home, (641) 423-0924.
Richard Robert Hughes
CLEAR LAKE — Richard Robert Hughes, 80, 1315 Seventh Ave. N. in Clear Lake, died Monday (Jan. 2, 2006) at the Manly Care Center in Manly.
A celebration of life will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Clear Lake with Monsignor Robert Hogan officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date at the Clear Lake Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. today at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. Fourth St. in Clear Lake, with a 5 p.m. Scriptural wake service.
Memorials for Dick Hughes may be given to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Dick was born June 5, 1925, in Clear Lake, the son of Melville and Celia (Clack) Hughes. He graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1943. During school, he played and lettered basketball and football.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army at Fort Des Moines on Feb. 17, 1943. He attended flight school at Syracuse University, primary flight school at Dos Palos, Calif., and basic and advanced flying at Stockton Field, Calif. He left the military with an honorable discharge on March 10, 1945, as an aviation cadet. He served with the Air Force Reserves until his honorable discharge on May 20, 1955.
Dick married Hester Margaret “Mugs” Larson on Dec. 10, 1946, in Sioux Falls, S.D. Their children were Marian, Larry and Dennis. Mugs died Dec. 8, 1967.
Dick leased a gas station from Standard Oil with his brother, Bud, at 701 N. Shore Drive on October 1945, for eight years. He worked for Allied Mills (Wayne Feeds) in Mason City and Firestone in Des Moines.
He started his career at the Clear Lake Bakery in 1957, where he was a route salesman, retiring in 1987. In his retirement, he worked part-time for the Clear Lake Waterworks as a meter reader and then as a courier for Pony Express.
Dick married Joan Dobis Evens Nov. 17, 1970, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Clear Lake.
Dick was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and a past member of the church council and of the Knights of Columbus. He was a handy man at home and loved being with his family.
Dick is survived by his wife, Joan Hughes of Clear Lake; children, Marian McConathy of Yuba City, Calif., Larry Hughes and his wife, Bonnie, of Cedar Falls, Rose Burke of Red Wing, Minn., Benno Evens and his wife, Stacy, of Grand Forks, N.D., Heather Hughes and her husband, Tom McNamar, of Coralville; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Margaret Doudna of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Katherine Short of Mason City.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents; son, Dennis Hughes; grandsons, Steve McConathy and Brian Hughes; a brother, Melville “Bud” Hughes; and sisters, Maryann Hughes and Elizabeth Morrissey.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, (641) 357-2193.
A. Arlene Rossum
MASON CITY — A. Arlene Rossum, 79, of Mason City, died Monday (Jan. 2, 2006) at her home.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., with the Rev. Steve Palo officiating. The family will greet friends one hour prior to service time on Friday at the funeral home. Inurnment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to the A. Arlene Rossum Memorial Fund.
A. Arlene Kendall was born March 30, 1926, in Mason City, the daughter of Arlie Alfred and Eunice Wesley (Tharp) Kendall. She graduated from Mason City High School in 1944.
Arlene was united in marriage to Gordon Dean Rossum on Jan. 26, 1947, in Mason City. Arlene’s faith was a very important part of her life, she has been a member of Trinity Lutheran Church since 1948, where she was a member of the prayer chain.
She was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan, she also loved to care for her flowers, especially her violets. Arlene was born and raised in Mason City. She had been known as a very kind and caring person She would do anything for anyone.
Arlene’s family and friends were at the core of her life; she enjoyed spending lots of time with them. She had a special place in her heart for her precious dog, Callie, a Llahsa-Apso.
Those left to cherish Arlene’s memory are her children, Roger Rossum and wife, Deborah, of Mason City, Russell Rossum of Waverly, Mary Ann Rossum of Mason City and Dennis Rossum also of Mason City; her grandchildren, Rachel Rossum of Waverly, Aaron Rossum and special friend, Tasha, of Waterloo and Peter Rossum of Fort Smith, Ark.; one great-grandchild, Tre Jordan; sister-in-law, Lila Kendall of Mason City; long-time friend, Dixie Mennen; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son, Michael Rossum, and one brother, Euguene Kendall.
Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, (641) 423-0924.