PUBLISHED Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2000.
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.
SCARVILLE - Carl Stelter, 79, of Scarville, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at the Lake Mills Care Center.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Salem Lutheran Church Chapel, with the Rev. Gary Johnson officiating. Burial will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to services on Thursday at the Salem Lutheran Chapel in Lake Mills.
Mittelstadt Funeral Home in Lake Mills is in charge of arrangements.
Mittelstadt Funeral Home, (641) 592-0221.
FOREST CITY - Robert Goranson, 77, of Forest City, died Monday (Feb. 12, 2001) at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City.
Arrangements are incomplete at the Petersen Lund Funeral Home, 505 N. Clark St., Forest City.
Petersen Lund Funeral Home, (641) 585-2685.
LOUISE A. HERTIG
RICHMOND, Va. - Louise A. Hertig, 101, of Richmond, Va., died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001, at Our Lady of Hope Health Center.
Graveside services were held at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Richmond, Va., on Jan. 31. She was buried next to her husband who died in September 1988.
Memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.
She is survived by her son, James L. Hertig, of Anderson, S.C.; and daughter, Jane L. Adamson, of Vienna, Va.; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was born in Nebraska and raised in Iowa. She and her husband, Edwin Hertig, were longtime residents of Mason City.
Woody Funeral Home in Richmond, Va., was in charge of arrangements.
ESTHER L. BEEK
MASON CITY - Esther L. Beek, 87, of 1037 19th St. S.W., died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at the I.O.O.F. Home in Mason City.
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Mason City, with the Rev. Bill Poland officiating. Interment will be in the Elmwood St. Joseph Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Mason City.
Memorials may be given to the Esther L. Beek Memorial Fund.
Esther was born Aug. 31, 1913, in Hancock County, Iowa, the daughter of Klaus K. and Mary (Saatoff) Pals. She started country schools in Cerro Gordo County then later attended Klemme High School.
She married Bernard Beek on Feb. 12, 1935, in Clear Lake. They farmed in the North Iowa area for many years before retiring and moving to Mason City.
She was an extremely take-charge person with the farming operation, making a great co-partner with her husband. She was employed by the city of Mason City as a school crossing guard for more than 20 years.
She was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, involved in the Esther Circle, along with being active in the Farm Bureau Bath Farm Women.
She is survived by three sons, Gary E. Beek and his wife, Florence, of Greene, Craig M. Beek and his wife, Nancy, of Moline, Ill., and Dennis L. Beek and his wife, Linda, of Mason City; granddaughters, Diana Pieper and her husband, David, of West Des Moines, and Michelle Beek, of Mason City; grandsons, Gregory Beek and his wife, Charlie, of Franklin, Tenn., Kirk Beek and his wife, Sarah, of Moline, Ill., Rodney Beek, of Mason City, Terry Beek and his wife, Carla, of Charles City, Dallas Beek, of Campbell, Calif., Bradley Beek and his wife, Grace, of Mason City, and Jason Beek, of Mason City; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Clarence Pals and his wife, Millie, of Forest City; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bernard, on Feb. 13, 1997; two brothers and five sisters.
Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, (641) 423-0924.
GREENE - Ellen Clikeman, 79, of 2149 300th St. in Greene, died Monday (Feb. 12, 2001) at the Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Reid's Funeral Chapel in Greene.
Reid's Funeral Chapel, (641) 823-4457.
FERN V. (RHINE) HAMAND
MASON CITY - Fern V. (Rhine) Hamand, 88, of 811 S. Illinois Ave., died Sunday (Feb. 11, 2001) at the Heritage Care Center.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Mason City, with the Rev. Bill Poland officiating. Interment will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Mason City.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.
Memorials may be given to the Fern V. Hamand Memorial Fund.
Fern is survived by two sons, Marlyn Rhine and his wife, Ida, of Mason City, and Darrell Rhine, of Mason City; three stepsons, Ralph Hamand and his wife, Marilyn, of Nora Springs, Lenard Hamand and his wife, Carol, of Nora Springs, and Warren Hamand and his wife, Lila, of Nora Springs; three grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; nine stepgreat-grandchildren; two sisters, Gladys Bingham, of Norwalk, Calif., and Ella Stoltenberg, of Mason City; one brother, Raymond Stiniker, of Albuquerque, N.M.; and several nieces and nephews.
Fern was preceded in death by her parents, first and second husbands, three brothers, two sisters and two stepgrandchildren.
Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, (641) 423-0924.
You have free articles remaining.
WILLIAM F. GILBERT
GARNER - William F. Gilbert, 74, of Garner, died Monday (Feb. 12, 2001) at the Concord Care Center.
The funeral will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, with the Revs. Clyde Kieschnick and Robert Bronson officiating. Interment will be at Concord Township Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by the Garner Veterans Ceremonial Unit.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Cataldo Funeral Home in Garner and will continue one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.
Cataldo Funeral Home, (641) 923-2841.
ROBERT H. LOUNSBERRY
McCALLSBURG - Robert H. Lounsberry, 64898 160th St., died of heart failure on Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at Story County Medical Center in Nevada, Iowa.
Robert Horace Lounsberry was born on June 22, 1918, in Carlisle, Iowa, to H.C. and Alice Elmore Lounsberry. He then lived in Colo from 1919 until 1933 when he moved to the current family farm near McCallsburg. He graduated from McCallsburg High School in 1935 and was a member of the state tournament basketball team that year.
He went on to Luther College at Decorah where he earned a double major in biology and chemistry and also participated and lettered in football, basketball and track. He attended two years of graduate studies at the University of Iowa, then enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942. He qualified for pilot training and became a U.S. Air Force B-24 pilot serving in the Asiatic Pacific Theater in World War II. He flew a full tour of combat missions, receiving several military honors including the Distinguished Flying Cross, four Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Philippine Liberation Medal. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Second Lieutenant in 1945 and returned to Story County to begin farming there.
He married Muriel Dirks of Decorah on Aug. 2, 1942. To this union six children were born. He was very active and a longtime member of a variety of professional and community organizations, serving in many leadership positions on the local, state and national level.
He was a 50-year Mason, 50-year member of VFW and a lifetime member of the American Legion, serving as Iowa State Commander and National Committeeman. He was a charter member and past president of the McCallsburg Lions Club. He and Micki were chosen for the Lion's Citizens of the Year award in 1994.
He was a longtime member of the McCallsburg Presbyterian Church, where he served as ruling elder, Presbytery Delegate; Sunday school teacher and choir member.
He was active in the Republican Party, serving on the local, county, district and state levels. He also served many years on the Iowa State Fair Board, the Iowa Arboretum Board, Iowa Association of School Boards and Iowa Boys State and Iowa Farm Bureau. He participated in several agricultural trade missions across the U.S. and led tours promoting Iowa products to Germany, Japan, Egypt, Hong Kong, China, Israel and Italy.
He entered state government as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture in 1969. He was then elected Iowa Secretary of Agriculture in 1972, re-elected in 1974, 1978, 1982 and served until retiring on Jan. 3, 1987.
He received many honors from vocational agriculture, 4-H commissions, state committees, commodity groups and other state organizations. He served as president for Mid-America International Trade Council, Midwest Association of State Departments of Agriculture and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Muriel; five children, William Lounsberry of McCallsburg, Beth Rumph of Plano, Texas, Janet King of Cedar Rapids, Paul Lounsberry of Columbia, S.C. and Steven Lounsberry of Cedar Rapids. He is also survived by grandchildren, Melissa Lounsberry, Janet Rumph, Brian Rumph, Nathan King, Zachary King, Michael Lounsberry, Kerri Whitley, Kristin Thompson, Jordan Lounsberry, Andrew Lounsberry, Jeffrey Lounsberry and Sara Lounsberry; and great-grandchildren Bristen and Loren Whitley.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Bethany Lutheran Church in McCallsburg, with interment at the Colo Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. today at the McCallsburg Presbyterian Church, with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the McCallsburg Presbyterian Church, McCallsburg's Samuel Reid Post 334 or Story County Medical Center in Nevada.
Fredregill Funeral Home at Zearing is in charge of the arrangements.
Fredregill Funeral Home, (800) 704-8452.
TANNER JAMES WILSON
MASON CITY - Tanner James Wilson, 11, of 1104 Maple Drive, died Friday (Feb. 9, 2001) at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa.
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. Kenneth Hatland officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation was held Monday at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave. There will be additional visitation one hour prior to service time today at the church.
Memorials may be directed to the Tanner James Wilson Memorial Fund.
Tanner James Wilson was born on Nov. 1, 1989, in Mason City, the son of Robert and Karen (Query) Wilson. He was an outgoing fifth-grader who enjoyed life to its fullest. A sparkle could be seen in his eyes as he played Nintendo and board games and listened to his music. He enjoyed swimming, playing basketball and soccer. He was an avid collector of steam engines and other railroad items. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Attending outdoor church services in the summer was one of Tanner's favorite things. He enjoyed the opportunity to meet new people and shake their hands during service. He was an extraordinary child who made the most of each and every day. The most special times were those spent with his family and his cat, Cheyenne. He will forever hold a special place in the hearts of those left to cherish his precious memory including:
His parents, Robert and Karen Wilson, of Mason City; sister, Macy Wilson, of Sherman, Texas; paternal grandparents, Clara and Jim Wilson, of Mason City; great aunt, "Grandma" June Sandvik, of Mason City; special aunt, Jill Query, of Clear Lake; and several aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Albert and Gloria (Sandvik) Query, and great uncle Laverene Sandvik.
Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, (641) 423-0924.
VICKIE KATHLEEN (GROH) GREEN
THORNTON - Vickie Kathleen (Groh) Green, 52, of Salt Lake City, Utah, died Sunday (Feb. 11, 2001) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.
The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the Sacred Heart Church in Rockwell, with the Rev. Kenneth B. Gehling officiating. Interment will be at Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery in Mason City following services and luncheon.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Garry-Roberts-Murphy-Schaaf -Grarup Funeral Home in Thornton, with a 7 p.m. prayer service.
Vickie was born Oct. 2, 1948, to Victor and Mary Ellen (Plonsky) Groh of Thornton. She was raised in Thornton, attending Meservey-Thornton School and graduating from Newman High School in Mason City in1967.
Vickie was a child care technician at St. Vincent's Infant Hospital in Chicago, Ill. in 1968 through 1969. She also attended Hamilton Business School, NIACC and along with her former husband, Kim Green, served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era, receiving an honorable discharge in 1973.
Prior to her illness, Vickie was employed by the University of Utah with the Independent Study, Department of Continuing Education.
She was active in her church, an avid collector of bells, enjoyed spending time researching genealogy, and crocheting afghans for family, friends and children's hospitals.
After spending her last four months in Thornton, she will be missed by her sons, Chris Green, of Salt Lake City, Utah, Tom Green and his wife, Angelica, also of Salt Lake City, Utah; parents, Victor and Mary Ellen Groh, of Thornton; sisters, Kristie (Groh) Pope and her husband, Mel, of Madison, Wis., Polly (Groh) Nordman and husband, Bob, of St. Charles, Ill., Amy (Groh) Kuhlers and her husband, Kurt, of Thornton; and brothers, Barry Groh and his wife, Kim, of Thornton and Steve Solum and his wife, Nancy, of Franklinton, N.C.; in-laws, Mark and LaFern Green, of Salt Lake City, Utah; along with numerous nieces, nephews, friends and co-workers.
She was preceded in death by an infant brother, Randy Groh; and sister, Lisa (Groh) Buseman.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to direct memorials to Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.
Garry-Roberts-Murphy-Schaaf-Grarup Funeral Home, (641) 998-2311.