Obits 2013-2016

Obituaries for 2016

Dean Lewis Obit

Dean A. Lewis, age 72, of Howard passed away on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 with his family by his side. The son of the late Donald and Florence (Devroy) Lewis, he attended Annunciation Grade School and Green Bay West High School. He met the love of his life, Betty Armstrong, whom he married on June 19, 1965, at Annunciation Catholic Church. Dean served in the U.S. Navy Reserves for three years. He then loved driving truck for Red Owl and received many awards for safe driving. After Red Owl closed, he taught many new semi drivers as a "White Knuckled Driving Instructor" for Schneider Transport.

Dean enjoyed fishing with his family and friends. He loved four wheeling with his daughter and grandchildren and bow hunting. Dean had a passion for "putzing" in his garage; he could fix anything. Dean and Betty wintered in Texas for 11 years where Dean loved finding "good deals" at flea markets.

Dean is survived by his wife, Betty; three daughters, Sharla (Darrell) Filtz of Cedarburg, Annette (Joe) Wilmet of Howard, Merry (Steve) Scully of Green Bay; grandchildren, Zachary, Brianna, and Joshua Filtz; Nicole, Amanda and Becky Nowak; Dakota Dean Wilmet; Meghan (Craig) Nooyen; Stephanie and Grace Scully; his "bonus daughter" Rhonda Hill; godchildren, Julie Splawski, Ann Marie Schroepfer and Carrie Zakowski; two brothers, Marvin (Shirley) Lewis, Dale (Kathy) Lewis; his sister Barb Lewis; sister-in-law, Pat Denissen; former son-in-law, Dave Nowak; his life-long friend Tim O'Neil, and his four-legged friends, Pepper and Buddy.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his in-laws, Ralph and Gertie Armstrong, sister and brother-in-law, Shirley (Ken) Derpinghaus; brother-in-law, Don Denissen; and good friend, Dick Van.

Visitation for Dean will be held on Sunday, December 18, at Blaney Funeral Home, 1521 Shawano Ave., from 1 to 4 p.m. with a funeral service at 4 p.m. Entombment will be in Fort Howard Memorial Park. To send online condolences, please go to

Special thanks are extended to Dr. Rank for giving Dean and Betty an extra ten years together. He will be greatly loved and missed by his family.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Dec. 15 to Dec. 16, 2016

Kitty Foster Obit

Billy Hodges Obit
Billy was born on January 12, 1931 and passed away on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

Billy was a resident of Brookport, Illinois at the time of his passing.

Bill was a veteran of the U. S. Navy and held his Master's License as a Captain on the River.

He was married to Kathryn.

Bill is to be cremated and a Celebration of Life will be held on November 5th 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the Calvert City First Baptist Church at first and Ash Street in Calvert City KY. for family and friends.

Capt. Billy Lewis Hodge, 85 of Brookport, IL died October 5, 2016 in Paducah, KY.
He worked for 63 years on the rivers, starting in 1952 as a deckhand for his father, Capt. George Hodge, on the paddle-wheeler Haddie R of the Lewis Igert Barge Line.
He worked his way up to the Pilothouse and worked for several companies, ultimately retiring from Ingram Barge Company in 1994, although he continued to trip until 2014.
He had three brothers who worked on the river, and his son Craig Hodge is currently a pilot for Ingram.

Vera Salmon says about Nancy:
"Jim and Nancy Baker lived in Kansas City until their retirement and then moved to Gravois Mills Missouri by the Lake of the Ozarks. Nancy was well known in Magnolia Park for her beautiful Quilts,and many craft items; like making teddy bears out of fur coats. It was an honor to become an owner of one of Nancy's bears. Jim and Nancy returned to magnolia to visit after selling to the Ferrells."

Nancy R. Baker
In loving memory of Nancy R. Baker, who passed away on November 9, 2016, with her husband of 64 years by her side. A Life Celebration for family and friends will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14. Please contact (913) 433-6397 or (816) 853-3757 for details. Nancy is survived by husband, James Baker; son, Steve and his wife Stephanie; two grandchildren, Rachelle and Brian; and good friends. In lieu of flowers, Nancy and her family request that donations be made to Kansas City Hospice Palliative Care or Wayside Waifs Animal Shelter in Nancy's name. Longview Funeral Home & Cemetery, (816) 761-6272,
Published in Kansas City Star on Nov. 11, 2016
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Jerry Walker Obituary

Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Jay, Oklahoma, 918-253-3222. Jerry E. Walker, 68 year old resident of Jay, Oklahoma, went to be with his Lord and savior on October 16, 2016 after a long illness.

Jerry was born on April 21, 1948 in Sunnyside, Washington. He was the son of Kenneth and Margaret (Smith) Walker. Jerry graduated from Jay High School in 1966; he then earned his Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University. Jerry proudly served in the United States Army during Vietnam. Jerry was united in marriage to Kathy Dixon in Miami, Oklahoma in 1984. Jerry served on multiple conservation and fair boards throughout the state of Oklahoma. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gigging, team roping, traveling and spending time with his grandchildren. Jerry was a member of the Triple Cross Ranch Church.

Jerry is preceded in death by his parents Kenneth and Margaret Walker and his daughter Hayley Hughes. Left here to miss him dearly are is wife; Kathy Walker of the home, daughter Ashley Treadwell of Tulsa, Oklahoma, son Matt Walker and his wife Whitney of Jay, Oklahoma, granddaughter Pyper Handley of Tulsa, Oklahoma, grandson Gage Walker and his granddaughter Chayse Walker of Jay, Oklahoma and his sister Janie Charbonneau and her husband Harvey of Eucha, Oklahoma.

Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, October 21, 2016 at Triple Cross Ranch Church with Pastor Dewey Stanford officiating. Honoring Jerry’s life serving as Honorary Bearers will be Buddy Baker, Jeff Charbonneau, Terry Combs, Keith Culver, Jeff Lindly, Matt Matthews, Terry Morrow, Robert O’Bryan, Brad Price, Clark Richie and Gene Woods. Family and friends can leave online condolences and share precious memories by visiting Jerry’s Book of Memories at

Kitty (LaVonne) Foster passed 6/6/2016

Rose Eileen Lowrance
(September 22, 1922 - May 10, 2016)

   Mass of Christian Burial for Rose Eileen Lowrance, 93, of Farber, will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 13, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Vandalia with Father Paul Hartley officiating. Burial will be in Farber Cemetery.
   Visitation will be Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Bienhoff Funeral Home.
   Mrs. Lowrance passed away at 7:30 a.m., May 10, 2016 at Tri County Care Center in Vandalia.
   She was born September 12, 1922 in Rutland, Illinois, the daughter of William and Rose Ehrnthaller Schmillen.
   She was married to Gerald Lowrance on March 6, 1943 in Oklahoma and he survives.
   Other survivors include: three sons, Michael Lowrance of Farber, Gerard (Laura) Lowrance of Osage City, Kansas, and Timothy (Maria) Lowrance of Vandalia; two daughters, Mary (John) Wallace of Vandalia, and Susan Sheridan of Greenwood, Mississippi; three brothers, Gene Schmillen of Normal, Ill., Donald Schmillen and Gaylord Schmillen, both of Toluca, Ill.; two sisters, Delores Tapay of Los Gatos, California, and Colette Rogers of Peoria, Ill.; ten grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.
   She was preceded in death by one grandson, Tanner Lowrance; and three brothers, Tom Schmillen, Bill Schmillen, and Frances Schmillen.
   Mrs. Lowrance moved to the Vandalia area in 1962 with her family as they set up a farming operation. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church Altar and Rosary Society, and Homemakers Club. During her life, she enjoyed gardening, embroidery work, and working with crafts. When they spent the winters in Texas, she pursued her artistic talent including many mediums of painting.
   Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Steven Sheridan, Scott Sheridan, Chad Wallace, Patrick Lowrance, Aidan Lowrance, and Tyson Lowrance.
   Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church Altar and Rosary Society.

Obituaries in 2016
Rose Marie Wingert

1942 - 2016

Rose Marie Wingert passed away April 14, 2016. She was 73.

Rose Marie Konda was born on July 11, 1942 on a farm near Montrose, SD to John and Grace (O'Hara) Konda. She graduated from Parker High School in 1960. After graduation, she started her career in the medical field as a secretary. She worked first as an x-ray secretary at McKennan Hospital and began her career as a lab secretary for the next 40 years at LCM. She retired from Sanford Labs in August 2013. Her hobbies were square dancing, line dancing, knitting, crocheting and other crafts.

Rose Marie was united in marriage to Alvin Wingert on May 22, 1965 at St Joseph's Cathedral in Sioux Falls. She enjoyed camping, bus tours and square dancing with Alvin. She was a member of Christ the King Church, Shirts & Skirts Square Dance Club, and Active Generations.

Grateful for sharing her life are her brother, Francis (Judy) Konda; nephews, Jim (Kris) Konda of Jackson, MN, Mike (Amy) Konda, Sioux City, IA; niece, Cindy Konda, Sioux Falls, SD; brothers-in-law, Ron (Elaine) Wingert, Francis (Tuny) Wingert; sisters-in-law, Eilene (Cecil) McCoy, Mary Lou (John) Tunender, and Pat (Ron) Leber; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin; her parents; and brother, James.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30am Monday, April 18, 2016, at Christ the King Catholic Church. Burial will follow at 1:30pm at St. Patrick Cemetery, Montrose, SD. Visitation begins at noon, Sunday, with the family present to greet friends from 2:00 to 4:00pm and a prayer service beginning at 4:00 Sunday afternoon at Miller Funeral Home, 507 S. Main Avenue.
Published in The Argus Leader on Apr. 16, 2016


Virgil J. Koob


Virgil J. Koob, the son of Glen and Gertrude (Tibben) Koob, was born April 28, 1930, at the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, and passed away Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, at the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic.
Virgil was baptized while in the service at MacDill Airforce Base and was confirmed in 1955 as an adult at the Zion Lutheran Church in Atlantic. Virgil attended Brayton School through the 6th grade and graduated from Exira High School in 1949. In 1951, Virgil served in the Air Force for three years, nine months and 10 days and was deployed to England for temporary duty for three months from July through October 1953. He was early released from the Air Force as Staff Sargent.
On June 29, 1952, he was united in marriage to Catherine Elma Byrum at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Adair, and moved to Tampa, Fla., where they lived from June 1952 until October 1953. To this union two daughters were born: Linda and Rhonda. They returned to Brayton, where he worked at the Brayton Produce until August 1957 and then moved to Anita where he worked with Harold Herren on the egg and milk route for six years. Virgil then went to work for Frito-Lay for 28 years as a route salesman, before retiring in 1991.
After retiring, Virgil enjoyed wintering in Texas until 2007. He enjoyed traveling, with one of his favorite trips being Branson, Mo. He also enjoyed camping with family members and playing cards. He always appreciated having new cars.
Preceding Virgil in death were his parents; brothers-in-law, Lloyd Mertes and Jack Schwab; and a sister-in-law, Phyllis Schwab.
Virgil is survived by his wife, Catherine of Anita; his children, Linda (Max) Smith of Anita and Rhonda (Bob) Davidson of Colfax; his grandchildren, Andrea (David) Wanner of Ottumwa, Kenneth (Brooke) Smith of Bellevue, Neb., Kimberly (Kevin) Lange of Bondurant and Kathryn (Jake) Wasko of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; five great-grandchildren; and two great-granddogs; aunt, Dorine Koob; sister-in-law, Alice Mertes; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Visitation with family will be from 2 – 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21 at Hockenberry Family Care in Anita.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., on Monday, Feb. 22 at Zion Lutheran Church in Atlantic. Private family burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Anita.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to family's wishes is preferred.
Hockenberry Family Care in Anita is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left at

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Raymond "Red" Bratsven  81,  of Osseo, Wi. died Thursday at HSHS Sacred Heart
in Eau Claire.  A memorial gathering will be at a later date.
Cremation Society of Wisconsin, Altoona, is handling arrangements.

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Philip M. Jansen, age 85, of Crosby, formerly of Annandale, died September 23, 2015 at his home in Crosby.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 3:30 p.m. Monday, September 28, 2015 at St. Timothy Catholic Church, Maple Lake with Fr. John Meyer as Celebrant. Visitation will be held from 2:00-3:00 p.m. at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Maple Lake. Burial with military honors will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.

Philip Martin Jansen was born September 19, 1930 to Martin and Martha (Baier) Jansen in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As a young boy, Phil moved with his family to the Silver Creek/Hasty Area. He farmed with his Dad and at the age of 17, Phil joined the United States Army. He proudly served his country from 1948-1952 during the Korean War. He was awarded a Purple Heart and 3 Bronze Stars. Upon his honorable discharge, he went to work for Burlington Northern Railroad and as a cab driver. On September 7, 1974 he was united in marriage to Darlene Bell in Watertown, South Dakota. Phil drove truck for redi-mix for 30 years for Suburban Redi-Mix and Model Stone Redi-Mix until his retirement in 1992. He was a former member of the Maple Lake American Legion and a current member of the Crosslake/50 Lakes American Legion. In his spare time, Phil enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and traveling by RV; he liked being outdoors. He could also be seen attending auctions and estate sales. He was also be remembered for his many home remodels.

Phil is survived by his wife of 41 years, Darlene of Crosby; children, Mary Jansen of St. Anthony Village, Patrick (Carolyn) Jansen of Otsego, Philip (friend, Sharon) Jansen of Oak Grove and Richard G.B. Connick of Weston, Colorado; and nieces, nephews and other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Martha and sisters, Junette Passon and June Dalhberg.

Sarah Goelz and Krista Elsenpeter Tarbox will provide music for the service. Patrick Jansen, Philip Jansen, Gordie Fobbe, Gary Brynteson, Steve Passon and Gary Passon will serve as pallbearers. Richard G.B. Connick, Mary Jansen, Carolyn Jansen, Wayne Passon and David Passon will serve as honorary pallbearers. Arrangements are entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Maple Lake.

Newton, IA
May 19, 1947 - Sep 8, 2015
MEMORIAL SERVICE The Elks Lodge, 111 E. 2nd St. S. in Newton
Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
VISITATION SERVICE The Elks Lodge, 111 E. 2nd St. S. in Newton
Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
5:00pm to 7:00pm

Those left to honor Linda's memory are her daughter, Tracy Smith Dodd of Newton; granddaughter, Macee Smith-Leavens of Iowa City; and her brother, David (Sarah) Hall of Brooklyn. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Shari Lee Smith in 1983; and her significant other, Gary Hearl in 2014.

Linda was a graduate of BGM High School in 1965. She had also attended Marshalltown Community College

Linda had been the HR manager at K-Mart in Newton. She had also worked as a Black Jack dealer at the Meskwaki and Lakeside Casinos. 

Linda was a member of the Lady Elks in Newton and of the 2nd Ave. Gang. She loved her family and pets. She also enjoyed fishing, gardening and crafts.

Memorials to WesleyLife Hospice or to the Jasper County Animal Rescue League & Humane Society may be left at the Elks on Wednesday evening or at the Wallace Family Funeral Home. Memorials may also be mailed to the Wallace Family Funeral Home please add, Attn: Smith Family on the envelope.


Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Clyde Hancock passed

Marie Flood sent :
Clyde passed away this morning.  For those of you who wish to send a card the address is:  Barbara Hancock
6201 Plaza Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76116
Have no other information at this time.  Marie

Obituary for Delbert Wiese

A funeral service for Delbert Wiese, age 82, will be held Friday, September 4th at 10:30am at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sioux Valley, Minnesota.

Delbert Otto Wiese, the son of Leona (Timm) and Rudolph Wiese, was born July 27, 1933 in Sioux Valley Township in Jackson County, Minnesota. He was baptized in the Presbyterian Church in 1935. Delbert attended school in Sioux Valley and Round Lake, graduating in 1951. He then attended Worthington Junior College. Delbert served 1 years in Co I, 135th Infantry Division National Guard at Worthington. He entered the US Army in 1953, serving in Germany, until receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1955.

On November 20, 1955, Delbert was united in marriage to Shirley Ihnen. They were blessed with three children, Lona, Keith and Kelly. He farmed in Round Lake Township for forty-five years.

Delbert was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sioux Valley. He was an American Legion member since 1955 and served as 2nd District Adjutant in 1967 and 1968. He was presently Commander of the Sioux Valley American Legion. Delbert served nine years on the Round Lake Elevator Board, six years on the Sioux Valley School Board and thirty-four years on the Round Lake Township Board. Delbert also served as Director on the Corn Belt Mutual Insurance for twenty years

Delbert was a lifetime horse lover. At one time, he participated in chuck wagon racing and participated in horse shows with his children. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren and loved to spend time with them. Delbert and Shirley have spent many winters in Donna, Texas and enjoyed their friends in Magnolia Park. He also enjoyed golfing, fishing and woodworking.

On August 31, 2015, Delbert passed away at Spencer Municipal Hospital in Spencer, Iowa at eighty-two years of age.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley of Jackson; children, Lona (Steven) Lende, Keith Wiese and Kelly (Joan) Wiese; six grandchildren, Alex Lende, Dylan Lende, Brittany Lende, Courtney Wiese, Tyler Wiese and Alexa Wiese; one great-grandchild, Bailee Wiese.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Ardyth Techau Constantine; brothers-in-law, Alvin Techau and Stanley Constantine; niece, Kathy Gonzales; nephew, Kedric Techau.

Turner Jenness Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Donald (Don) Brandt
Brandt, Donald (Don)

Don Brandt, age 81, of Rural Pittsville, WI passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on August 22, 2015 at St. Joseph Hospital, Marshfield, WI.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 26th at 1:00 pm at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 3214 Mannville Lane, Marshfield.

Don was born on November 11, 1933 to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Brandt in the same home in which he resided for the past 46 years.

He married Donna Johnson on May 3, 1955, they just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this spring with family and friends. He worked at Arts Body Shop for 45 years retiring in 1994. His hobbies included riding motorcycles, snowmobiling, hunting and fishing.

Don is survived by his wife Donna, 3 daughters, Debbie (Craig) Eggen, Dianne (Donald) Luther, Dawn (Duane) Svenson. 6 grandchildren, Dane (Rhonda) Luther, Doddie (Joe) Regenold, Daniel (Danielle) Luther, Christopher (Angela) Eggen, Leslie (Josh) Jerrett, Emma (Jonathan) Starck. 11 great grandchildren, Logan, Dylan, Dryden, Dawson, Daryn, Dalton, Dominic, Molly, Drew, Dayton and Devin. Also Cousins, nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his parents and 1 sister Sally (Bob) Burt.

The Cremation Society of Wisconsin is assisting the family.

Published in the Marshfield News Herald on Aug. 24, 2015


Esther V. Shelden, 98, of Brookings, passed away Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at The United Living Community in Brookings. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, August 8, 2015 at First Lutheran Church in Brookings. Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Friday at Rude’s Funeral Home in Brookings.

Esther Viola Isackson was born on February 8, 1917 in Brookings County, SD the daughter of Martin and Mary Louisa (Lee) Isackson. She received her education in rural school in Medary Township and also attended Brookings High School. She was united in marriage to Harold W. Shelden on September 28, 1935 in Brookings. After their marriage, they farmed in Brookings County until their retirement in 1997. Esther and Harold wintered in Texas for 35 years until 2010.

Esther was a baptized and a lifelong member in the First Lutheran Church in Brookings. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, baking, square dancing with the Circle and Swing Club and traveling with their friends in the Ring Neck Winnie Traveling Club. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends.

Esther is survived by her daughter, Dorothy (Vernon) Wendt, of White, SD; seven grandchildren, 13 greatgrandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harold; son, David; one grandchild, Randy; one brother, Louis and one sister, Martha.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed the American Cancer Society.

Condolences may be sent to the family through
Marian French

1951 - 2015 | Obituary |  Condolences

Marian French Obituary
Mrs. Marian French, age 64 years, resident of Thunder Bay, ON passed away peacefully at home on June 25th, 2015. Born January 15th, 1951 in Fort William, ON. She enjoyed camping, grandkids and travelling. Marian is survived by her husband Alan French; children: Neal Chicoine, Brad Chicoine (Krista), Shelley French (Jason), Kerri French; grandchildren: Brandon, Autumn, Riley, Ryan, Cody, Brianna and great granddaughter Thalia; siblings Yvonne Guillet, Shirley, Bill Hughes, Larry Hosanna, Henry and Eileen Hosanna, Stanley and Margaret Hosanna and David Hosanna.She was predeceased by her "bestest" friend Bonnie Carniato. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held at 2:00pm on June 30th, 2015 at the Airlane in the Madrid Room. Donations to the Northern Cancer Fund would be greatly appreciated by the family. 
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(August 2, 1938 - June 1, 2015) 

Sally A. Louks, 76, of Croswell, MI, passed away June 1, 2015. She was born August 2, 1938 to the late Wilbur and Thelma (Livingston) McGregor in St. Clair, MI. She owned Flowers by Sally flower shop in Port Huron, MI. Sally is survived by her husband, Donald H. Louks; two sons, Gary R. (Julie) and Gregory H. Louks; a sister, June Rosell; 6 grandchildren, Nathan Louks, Nichole Favors, Michelle, Brandon, Sierra and Austin Louks; and great grandchildren, Parker and Dean Louks and Noelle Favors. There will be no calling or services.
Floyd Foote

Birth date: April 16, 1913
Death date: May 28, 2015

Floyd was born April 16, 1913 in Howard County to William and Ella (Kleiboer) Foote. Floyd married the love of his life, Eva May Nicoll in Logansport, Indiana on February, 20, 1937. Together they farmed their entire lives until 1978. At age 18 Floyd started hauling cream with a horse and sleigh, he continued to haul cream and milk until 1972. In 1939 he bought a new John Deere A tractor that was his pride and joy for many years, the tractor is still in the family. In his spare time Floyd enjoyed following boxing and high school wrestling. Floyd and Eva wintered in Donna, Texas for 37 years and returned to the family farm to live every summer until entering the Cresco Care Center in September of 2011.

Floyd is survived by four children: Elinor Taylor of Ionia, IA, Roger (Donna) Foote of Lime Springs, IA, Connie (Roger) Ihrke of Elgin, MN and David (Vickie) Foote of Fate, TX; 12 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren and 26 great-great-grandchildren. Floyd was preceded in death by his wife Eva in 2012, a son-in-law, Rod Taylor, a daughter-in-law, Carol Foote; a brother Howard Foote and a sister, Morna Lewis.

Kenneth Sikes Passed

Kenneth Sikes lived on Cherry Street in Magnolia Park. He was found dead in his RV last Wednesday, April 27th.
Harold G. J. Endline 

Our beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, Harold G.J. Endline, 99, of Beaver Township, passed away Friday morning, March 13, 2015 at McLaren Bay Region. He was born the son of the late Fred and Mary (Vogtmann) Endline Feb. 29, 1916 in Beaver Township, and had resided in this area all his life. He worked and retired from The Dow Chemical Co. in Midland after 40 plus years of service. At one time he was a very active member of Zion Ev. Lutheran Church (Beaver), and he loved to hunt and he rode motorcycles up to the age of 96 years young. In September of 1939, he married Elaine W. Endline, and she preceded him in death on March 9, 1991.

He leaves behind to cherish his legacy two children, Cheryl (Frederick) Workman and Larry D. (Jill) Endline; a granddaughter-in-law, Melanie Endline; and two great-grandchildren, Collin and Brittan.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Jason R. Endline; and his siblings, Esther, Elsie and Oscar.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church (11 Mile and Seidler Roads) in Beaver. The Rev. Seth R. Hemme will officiate. Private burial will take place in Zion Cemetery (Beaver Twp.)

Harold's family will receive friends at the Auburn Chapel of the Cunningham-Taylor Funeral Homes, Inc. on Wednesday, from 2-8 p.m. On Thursday morning, Harold will lie in state at the CHURCH from 10 a.m. until time of service. For those planning an expression of sympathy, envelopes for Zion Ev. Lutheran Church (Beaver) will be available at the funeral home.

BBQ set to celebrate Allene Fawcett’s life
 Allene “Granny” Fawcett

The family of Allene Fawcett, known to many as Granny, is inviting her friends to join them at the Oologah Community Building at 1 pm Monday, March 23, to celebrate her joy of life and love of friends and family.

Because Granny loved a party, Mike and Michael Fawcett will be smoking meat for bar-b-q, one of her favorites, and ask friends to bring a sharing dish.

Allene left this earthly life Sunday March 15, 2015 to join her husband of 54 years, Dwight Len Fawcett, daughter Janice Barnes, and sisters, Lorene Wright Buster and Dorothy Wright Gordon.

Allene was born in Tyro, Kan., on Dec. 5, 1924 to Austin and Faye Wright.  Allene and Dwight, also known as “Pinky” to other ham operators, had two other children, Michael Len Fawcett, Redbud Marina, Okla., and Pat Hahn of Donna, Texas.   She is survived by 8 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 17 great-great-grandchildren.

Dwight and Allene lived most of their married life in the Tulsa-Claremore area of Oklahoma before an AMCO job transfer to Lubbock, Texas.  They later retired to the mountains of Mayhill, New Mexico.  The couple loved camping and fishing, even guiding caravans of RV’ers into Mexico and Canada.

After Dwight’s death in 1996, Granny lived with her daughter Janice in San Bernardino, Calif., until Jan’s death in 2003. In later years she has lived with son, Mike Fawcett and daughter Pat Hahn, blessing them with part of each year.  In July of 2014, Granny moved to Cardinal Heights Senior Living in Collinsville.

She told family that she felt like a young bride setting up her first house.  She loved playing the card game, progressive rummy, cooking and trying new recipes, potluck dinners, and any kind of party or get together.

Granny attended Oologah United Methodist Church when possible and helped Mike with annual Oologah Area Chamber Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinners.  She taught her children to respect and appreciate all police, fire, and emergency personal as she had lived through three fires, the latest being Christmas 2014, and had served Rogers County as a female bailiff under Sheriff Amos Ward and Judge Steven J. Adams while living in Claremore.

She inspired, loved and embraced life and we will miss her dearly.

Eleanor  Piche
Mrs. Eleanor Madeline Piche, age 76 passed away with her family and her beloved dog Rambo by her side on March 22, 2015.  Born on December 14, 1938 in Kenora, Ontario, she attended school in St. Adolphe, Manitoba and Lafleche, Saskatchewan.  When she returned to Kenora she met her husband and together they raised 3 children.  Family was important to her and she enjoyed spending her time camping and fishing with them.  She loved nature and the outdoors.  You would often see her at the window of her home watching the hummingbirds or the deer.  She had a soft spot for animals and the underprivileged.  There was always a pet in her house and each year at Christmas she would send a card telling you about the goat, chicken, cow or rabbit she had purchased in your name for those who didn’t have.  She had many talents.  She enjoyed singing and was a member of St. Joseph’s Church Choir.  She also enjoyed painting and was very good at it. When she wintered in Texas she joined a paint class and rarely missed herThursday mornings socializing and creating a new piece of art.  A good seamstress, she used that skill later in life when she took up quilting and spent a lot of time doing that with her sister and niece.  Left with her strength and memories, she is survived by her husband of 55 years, Edouard Piche, children, Donna-Rae Stevens (Kent), Denise Singleton, Leslie Piche (Tammi), grandchildren, Rejeanne, Larissa, Myles, Rikki, Steven and Lindsay, four great- grandchildren, sister Carol Markham, two brothers, Edmond Gagnon and Edward Gagnon, several nieces, nephews and special friends who all had a place in her heart.  Predeceased by her mother, father, 2 brothers and 6 sisters.
Cremation has taken place and a private Celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
We would like to thank the “Angels in Scrubs” at the DRHC who treated Eleanor and her family with care, compassion, respect and dignity.  No words can describe how grateful we are.

In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations may be made to the Dryden Regional Health Centre Palliative Care Unit or the Second Chance Animal Shelter through the Dryden Community Funeral Home 249 Grand Trunk Ave., Dryden, ON P8N 2X3

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Barney Blaeser Obituary

Posted: Friday, December 27, 2013 12:00 am

Whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16

Bernard O. Blaeser passed away peacefully on Monday, December 23, 2013, surrounded by family.

He was born on Christmas Day in 1923 to Carl and Tena Blaeser. In 1937, he graduated from Chippewa Falls High School. He married his best friend, Beverly Walker in 1942. Barney was a go-getter and worked hard at any job he had. Through the years, he was employed at A.E. Rogers Dealership, Gillet Rubber Co., The Harischfeger Corp., and Fuller Brush Co. He found his calling in barbering and owned his own shop in Chippewa Falls. During World War II he was a PFC in the U.S. Army Air Force. He served from '43-'46.
Barney is survived by his sister, Jeanette (Fran) Gagnon; sisters-in-law, Marcella Blaeser and Darlene (Dale) Sommerfeld; special nephew, friend and roommate, Mark Gagnon; his son, Dennis (Joann) Blaeser; daughter-in-law, Carol Blaeser; grandkids, Corey Blaeser, Kim (Grant) Heiman, Jodeen (Steven) Flaten, Tammy Blaeser and Matt Blaeser; great-grandkids, Garrett (Gwen) Heiman, Jayde, Breanna and Mackenzie Heiman, Tucker and Samuel Flaten. He has additional nieces and nephews he loved very much.
Barney was preceded in death by his wife, Bev, in 2007; his son, David in 2012; brothers, Cliff and Willard; nephews, Steve, Jeff and Mike Blaeser.
Visitation will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday, December 29, 2013. Service of Worship at 2:30 p.m.. Both will be at Concordia Lutheran Church, 3715 London Rd., in Eau Claire, where a lunch will follow the service. Pastor Aaron Hamilton will officiate.

Gary Hearl Obituary

Gary A. Hearl, 67, of Newton died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at Skiff Medical Center in Newton. A visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Memorials in Gary’s name may be left at the funeral home.
Gary, the son of Ernest and Lucille M. (Dittmer) Hearl, was born on Sept. 12, 1946, in Oak Park, Ill. In 1951, the family moved to Newton. Gary graduated from Newton High School in 1964, and became a production worker at the Maytag Company in Newton. He worked there until his retirement in 1992. Gary was a member of the Elks Lodge, Masonic Lodge, Shriners and the Local UAW 997. He enjoyed going mushroom hunting, to auctions and races and doing renovation projects.
Those left to honor Gary’s memory are his son, Brian (Emily) Hearl; granddaughter, Miley Hearl; mother, Lucille Hearl; sister, Cindy Reynolds; his significant other, Linda Smith, all of Newton; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest “Bud” in 1979; brother, Ernest W. Hearl in 2000; sister, Nancy Foster in 2008.
Edna Pauline Skuza (1922 - 2014) Obituary
Edna came to Magnolia Park from 1988 to 2005

Edna Pauline Skuza (1922 - 2014)

 Edna Pauline Skuza, 91

St. Cloud

Nov. 18, 1922 - Feb. 18, 2014

Edna Pauline (Talbert) Skuza, age 91, St. Cloud, MN, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at Country Manor Health Care Center, Sartell, MN.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Salem Lutheran Church, St. Cloud, MN. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 25, 2014 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm at the Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud, MN and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Sauk Rapids, MN.

Edna Pauline (Talbert) Skuza was born to George and Lisa (Gifford) Talbert on November 18, 1922 in Minden Township, Benton County, Minnesota. She began her education in a rural school, later attending Riverview Lab School at St. Cloud State College. She graduated from Tech High School in 1940, and then completed a two-year program at the University of Minnesota School of Agriculture, St. Paul campus. On February 6, 1943 she married Lawrence Skuza. The couple resided in Popple Creek for two years before moving to St. Cloud. While raising their three daughters, Edna was an active member of the PTA, serving as president, secretary, and treasurer, as well as a member of the PTA council. She was also a dedicated Girl Scout leader, Campfire leader, and also served on the local board of each.

Edna worked for 17 years as the Food Service Supervisor for the St. Cloud School District 742, retiring in 1984. During her tenure, she was also a member of the Minnesota State Food Service Board. Upon retiring, Edna and Lawrence moved to a lake home on Cotton Lake near Detroit Lakes, MN. They enjoyed summers by the lake while spending each winter in southern Texas. Edna returned to live in St. Cloud after the death of her husband in 1999.

Over the years Edna remained an active member of Holy Cross, Our Saviors, and Salem Lutheran churches. She was a member of the choir, served as an officer in various women's organizations, as a member of the church council, and as a church office volunteer.

She is survived by three daughters - Je Layne (Ron) Hernandez of Rome, GA; Susan (George) Logan of Marietta, GA; Nancy (Bruce) Livingood of Ham Lake, MN; seven grandchildren - Larry (Cara) Schwichtenberg, Robert (Nicole) Schwichtenberg, Kurt (Chrissy) Schwichtenberg, Donna (Kenneth) Vaughn, Kate (Ben) Pearson, Aaron (Amanda) Livingood, Laura Livingood; ten great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence on April 17, 1999, siblings Nola Neeser, Don Talbert, Glen Talbert, Stella Johnson, and many other loved ones.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Shirley A. Hare Obituary

Shirley A. Hare

Shirley Hare, age 75, from Madison, South Dakota died on Monday, February 24, 2014 at Golden Living Center in Madison. Visitation with a time of Prayer will begin at 6:00pm on Thursday, February 27th 2014 at Randall Funeral Home in Madison. Private family burial will be in the Rosehill Cemetery in Wentworth, South Dakota. 

Shirley Ann Shaver was born March 2, 1938 at Madison, SD. The daughter of Floyd C. "Shorty" and Imogene (Sterling) Shaver, she grew up on the family farm near Franklin, SD where she attended school and graduated from Franklin High School in 1956. Shirley was united in marriage to Robert "Bob" Hare on June 4, 1956 at the United Methodist Church in Madison. She farmed with her husband Bob and raised their family on the Hare homestead on the north shore of Lake Madison. In addition to farming, she worked many hours at the family's other business venture renting property to many people over the years on their lake shore property. She also worked at Chaffins, the State Cafe, Burg's Bootery, Madison Livestock Auction Company, and for Doctor's S.J. Christiansen and Doug Caron at Dakota Chiropractic. 

Above all else, Shirley was a devoted wife, mom, grandmother, daughter and sister. In other words her family was her life. Her special place was on the farm on Lake Madison. Over the years Bob and Shirley grew close to the many friends her children brought home and to the seasonal flurry on tenants at the lake. Shirley spent the last several years in The Inn On Westport, Sioux Falls, and most recently at Golden Living Center in Madison due to dementia. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband: Robert "Bob" Hare, Wentworth; children: Renee Grayson, Sioux Falls; Rod Hare, Dave (Sara) Hare, Eric (Pam) Hare all of Wentworth; grandchildren: Bob (Becky) Bessman, Becky Bessman, Katie Hare, Kelsey Hare, Tyler Hare, Laura Hare, Ashley Hare and Blaine Hare, and special nephews, Rick (Carol) Shaver, Randy (Kris) Shaver and Dan Shaver. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother and sister-in-law, Floyd C. "Bud" and Sharon (Rentz) Shaver.

These are the people that Bill and Kay Stilson purchased their trailer from.

Thursday, May 15, 2014


CLAYTON JOHN HAHN Clayton John Hahn of Donna, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg. Clay was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado April 29, 1939. He received his education in Boon, Colorado. At age 15 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served with a honorable discharge. Clay lived and worked as a dairy farmer and retired from Borden Milk Company in Lubbock, Texas.

After retirement, he enjoyed collecting coins and being a vendor in flea markets. In earlier years, he and his wife traveled as vendors in fairs and festivals. He was a wonderful grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Pat Hahn of Donna, his daughter Lynn Rodes, Charlene Smith, Darlene Jones; sons, Tim Hahn and Larry Hahn. Also surviving him are 27 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren and many extended family and friends.

Memorial services will be held at First Baptist Church of Donna, 1009 Hester Ave. on Friday, May 16, 2014 at 11 a.m. Officiating the service will be Pastor Stacey Proctor. Funeral services are under the direction of Hawkins Funeral Home in Donna. Please sign the guest book at 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Mary Ann Wildeman's Obituary

MARY ANN WILDEMAN, January 26, 1931- May 15, 2014. After 83 years Jesus saw that our dear mother was growing tired and decided that it was time to take her home to be with her husband and heavenly family. She was a caring loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother who always put her family first. We will miss you so much and all the words of wisdom and lessons that you taught us. Beautiful memories of you will live forever in our hearts.
Mom was born at home in Round Lake MN to Herman and Marie Posorske.  She attended Round Lake public school and graduated in 1949. After school mom worked at an office supply store for a short time, and then at the A & W Root Beer stand; where she met the love of her life.
Mary Ann was united in marriage to Arthur Wildeman on September 2, 1951 at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Worthington. After their marriage the couple farmed in Ransom Township. Later, after she had raised her children she worked for Sather’s candy company for 12 years.
Mom and Dad enjoyed many things together such as bowling, square dancing, roller skating, fishing trips to Canada, gardening, and canning. For 20 years they had a second home in Texas where they met many new friends who they considered their second family. This is where they acquired their favorite board game, joker, which has been passed on to us kids and grandkids. Mom was also very active in her childrens’ lives bringing them to school and church activities.
  Mom was also a member of the Bigelow Auxiliary and the PTA.  She was a very dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her husband, children and family. She was a former member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church and currently a member of the Solid Rock Assembly Church in Worthington
   Mary Ann is survived by her children, Jim (Rhonda) Wildeman, Olive Branch, MS; Jerry (Janet)  Wildeman, Sibley, IA; Debbie Kunkel, Little Canada; Lori (Doug) Nau, Worthington; Greg (Patti) Wildeman, Lake Park, IA; Paula (Denny) Engesser, Worthington and Scott Wildeman, Bigelow; 18 grandchildren, Marc, Brandon, Cody, Chris, Craig, Bradley, Tracy, Tim, Jenny, Kimberly, Kirsten, John, Eric, Jessica, Jimmy, Jason, Michael and  Britney; 14 great grandchildren;  and one sister, Myrna Bisch, Pipestone.
   She was preceded in death by husband, Arthur, on November 26, 2012, her parents, one brother and two sisters. 
Arthur L. Appleton

Arthur L. Appleton Obituary
WESLACO - Arthur L. Appleton, 84, died Sunday, June 29, 2014, at John Knox Village. Hawkins Funeral Home in Donna is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Published in The Monitor on July 1, 2014

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