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Hillena Kurtz, 97, Belmond, died November 1, 2003 at the Belmond Health
Care Center. Services were held November 4 at the United Methodist Church
with burial in the Belmond Cemetery.
Hillena was born July 25, 1906 in German Valley,
Illinois, the daughter of Anno and Jennie (Aldrich) Terhark. She lived in
the Belmond area most of her life. She married Mike Kurtz on October 18,
1927 and he was killed in the Belmond tornado in 1966.
Preceding her in death were her parents; husband; three
sisters and eight brothers.
Survivors are daughters, Jean O'Donnell of Amery,
Wisconsin, Ruth (Johnnye) Goll of Garner and Carole (Sanford) Morton of
Coulter; son, Bob (Irma) Kurtz of Rancho Cordova, California; and sister,
Sadie Swenson of Belmond.
Luella H. Bohning, 96, died November 3, 2003 at the Belmond Health Care
Center. Services were held November 9 at United Methodist Church in Belmond
with Rev. Michael Druhl officiating. Interment was at Belmond Cemetery. The
Tenold-Andrews Funeral Home of Belmond was in charge of arrangements.
Organist was Dona Cleveland. Casket bearers were Daryl,
Peter, Scott and Phillip Bohning, Ken Hawley and Don Kusian.
Luella was born July 27, 1907 on her parent's farm near
Wedrow, Illinois, the daughter of William and Fedelia (Hile) Rabey. When she
was four the family moved to a farm near Belmond. Luella attended rural
schools and Belmond High School, graduating in 1924. She taught in rural
schools near Belmond for five years.
On June 23, 1930 she married Peter S. Bohning at the
Little Brown Church at Nashua and they made their home on a farm near
Belmond. They had three children: Shirley, Daryl, and Donald. They moved to
Belmond in December 1963.
In addition to helping her husband on the farm, Luella
was a life long homemaker. She enjoyed traveling, reading, and playing
games. Her family was the thing she cherished the most. Luella loved to
visit with her friends and always kept in contact with others through cards
She was a long time member of the Belmond United
Methodist Church, the Belmond Grandmothers Club and the Rebecca Circle.
After her husband's death in 1970, she continued to
live on her own until becoming a resident of the care center in July 2000.
Luella was preceded in death by her parents; husband;
son, Donald Bohning (lost at sea); grandson, Joel Boreeson; sisters, Loretta
and Della Mae; brothers, Delbert, Howard and Clarence.
Survivors are daughter, Shirley Borreson of Sturgeon
Lake, Minnesota; son, Daryl (Sue Ellen) Bohning of Warren, Connecticut;
grandsons, Scott Bohning of California, Phillip Bohning of New Jersey, and
Peter Bohning of Warren, Connecticut.
Delilah Bailey, 91, a former Belmond resident, died November 5, 2003 at
the Westview Care Center in Leon, Iowa.
Services were held November 8, at the Untied Methodist
Church with Rev. Michael Druhl officiating. Music was provided by Lyn
Courson, organist and Marilyn Janssen, soloist. Interment was at Lincoln
Township Cemetery near Zearing, Iowa. Casket bearers were Mark Dorr, Todd
Anderson, Kevin Anderson, Scott Anderson, Jerry Bailey, and Morris Larson.
Harriet Delilah Bucy was born January 9, 1912 at her
parent's home in Hubbard, the daughter of Isaac and Lillian (Clancy) Bucy.
She graduated from Hubbard High School. She later attended Iowa State
College (University) for one year.
Delilah married Enlow "Ben" Bailey on December 3, 1932
at her parent's home. They lived in Des Moines; 12 years in Fort Dodge and
12 years in Marathon before moving to Belmond, where they lived for 40
Delilah and her husband enjoyed the many activities of
their children and grandchildren. She was a member of the Order of the
Eastern Star at Marathon and the PEO in Belmond. She and her husband were
long time members of the Belmond United Methodist Church where Delilah was
active in the UMW.
She loved to play bridge, enjoyed reading and was an
excellent cook. Delilah and Ben enjoyed traveling. They had been to Mexico
on several occasions and to Europe. Following Ben's retirement, they spent
nearly 20 years wintering in Kissee Mills, Missouri.
Recently Delilah lived for periods of time with both of
her daughters and then for the past 2 1/2 years at the care center in Leon.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband of
67 years; and brother, Dr. Paul C. and Evelyn Bucy.
Survivors are her daughters, Diane (Gordie) Anderson of
Lake View, Arkansas and Marcia (Wayne) Holder of Leon; grandsons, Scott
(Carrie) Anderson, Kevin (Debra) Anderson, Todd (Faith) Anderson, Mark
(Tonia) Dorr; step-grandchildren, Steve (Robin) Holder, Scott (Dee) Holder
and Spencer (Sharee) Holder; great-grandchildren, Christopher and Chloe
Dorr, Nolan and Rosalyn Anderson, Spencer and Riley Diane Anderson, Izaak
and Lucas Anderson.
Merle Charles Janssen, 77, Goodell, died November 8, 2003 at the Belmond
Care Center after a long battle with Parkinsons and cancer.
Services were held November 11 at the Trinity Lutheran
Church in Belmond, with Pastor Rod Hopp officiating. Burial was at St.
Francis Cemetery near Belmond.
Merle was born October 2, 1926 in Carroll, the son of
William and Reeka (Prill) Janssen. The family lived in Glidden until 1942
when they moved to a farm north of Goodell. Merle graduated from Belmond
High School in 1945. In 1950 he was drafted into the Army and served during
the Korean Conflict. In 1951, he married Joan Marie Lowenberg. To this union
seven sons and two daughters were born.
After his discharge from service Merle started farming
with his father, Bill and brother, Roy. In 1960 he farmed on his own. In
1970 he started Merle Janssen and Sons Chester Whites. The family raised
purebred Chester White hogs for over 25 years. Merle loved to attend the
Iowa State Fair every year and show hogs with his family and friends. He had
great pride in all of his children and enjoyed watching their sporting
events and other activities.
In February of 2001 Merle received medals in
recognition of his service in Korea. After cancer surgery in September of
2001 he entered the Belmond Care Center.
Merle was president of the Hancock Health Improvement
Association, a 4-H leader, served on the Klemme elevator board, and was a 50
year member of the Goodell American Legion.
Preceding Merle in death were infant daughter, Diana
Marie; parents, William and Reeka Janssen and brother, Roy.
Survivors are his wife, Joan; children, Danny (Donnelle)
Janssen, Dennis (Barbara) Janssen, Steve (Marilyn) Janssen, Scot (Jody)
Janssen, Terry (Donna) Janssen, Timmy (Jane) Janssen, Becky Janssen and
Bradley (Amy) Janssen; grandchildren, Matt (Melissa), Nick, Jennifer, Joni,
Jeffrey, Rachel (Nathan) Evans, Ryan (Susan), Heather, Jessica (Mike) Lane,
Eric, Nolan, Justin, Holly, Brian, Megan, Caleb and Alyssa;
great-grandchildren, Alexis Lane, Hallie and Hope Evans, and Brenden
Janssen; sisters, Leona (Paul) Givens and Faye (Wayne) Irelan; and
sister-in-law, Flora Janssen.
Otto August Vestweber, 90, Belmond, died Monday, November 10, 2003 at the
Belmond Medical Center.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m Wednesday,
November 12 at Bethany Reformed Church in Belmond with Rev. Herm Gruis
officiating. Burial will be in the Immanuel Reformed Cemetery.
Otto, the son of Conrad and Dora (Meinders) Vestweber,
was born April 4, 1913 in Wright County.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son;
sisters, Elizabeth, Anna, Alvina and Dorothea; and brothers, John, Conrad,
Bill and Curt.
Otto is survived by his wife, Wilhelmine; and children,
Bonnie (Steve) Brunotte of Tucson, Arizona; Jerry (Meg) of Mt. Prospect,
Illinois; Betty Vestweber of Rowan; Dennis (Sandy) of Leland, and Keith of
Elizabeth "Liz" Waddington, 93, died November 18, 2003 at the the Hampton
Health Care Center. Services were November 22 at Trinity Lutheran Church in
Belmond with Pastor Rod Hopp officiating. Burial was at the Belmond
Elizabeth, the daughter of Gabriel and Anna Marie Sunde
Gabrielson, was born September 17, 1910 on the Gunderson Place near Goodell.
She attended school in Goodell. Elizabeth was baptized and confirmed at St
Olaf Lutheran Church. When older, she helped her parents raise her brothers
Liz married George Waddington on August 17, 1935 in
Garner. They made their home in Belmond. She worked at Kessler Pharmacy, as
a cook at the Belmond Schools, and as a housewife and mother. George died in
1966. In 1977 Liz moved to the McBurney Apartments in Belmond.
She enjoyed cards, word puzzles, bowling, and reading
newspapers and magazines. Family was most important to her. Liz was a member
of Trinity Lutheran Church. She belonged to the firemen's auxillary,
Grandmothers Club and bridge club.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband;
son, Don in 1998; sisters, Burley and Ruth; and brothers, Tolford, Elmer and
Liz is survived by daughters, Carol Ann (Larry)
Williams of Ackley, Mary Jane (Norman) Charlton of Albion; daughter-in-law,
Betty Waddington of Fertile; grandchildren, Penny, Tammy, Bruce, Scott,
Christie and Beth; great-grandchildren, Heather, Joshua, Jordan, Candice,
Austin, Cody and Gabriel; sisters, Ruby Boller and Beaulah (Ed) Reasoner and
brothers, Gerhardt (Marion) Gabrielson and Lester Gabrielson, all of Belmond.
Albia E. Tracy, 100, died November 19, 2003 at Good Shepherd Health
Center, Mason City. According to Albia's wishes, her body was donated to the
Department of Anatomy at the University of Iowa. A memorial service will be
held at a later date.
Albia Elizabeth, the daughter of Joseph and Ann (Urdil)
Chalupnik, was born April 3, 1903 at Traer, Iowa. She lived in Jackson,
Minnesota for a short time before her family returned to Iowa when she was
nine years old. As a young adult she worked for the telephone company in
She married Edmund Tracy on October 16, 1923 in Mason
City. The couple moved to Belmond where Edmund was a rural postal carrier.
Albia devoted herself to raising their four children
and worked part time as a grocery clerk. After retiring, the couple enjoyed
traveling. They lived in Clear Lake as well as California and Arizona. After
Ed became ill they returned to Mason City where Albia cared for him for
fifteen years until his death.
Albia was an active volunteer for R.S.V.P. She enjoyed
crocheting and had crocheted over one thousand caps for school children.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband,
three brothers and four sisters.
Albia is survived by son, Robert (Myrna) Tracy of Van
Nuys, California; daughters, Elizabeth (James) Malloy of Joice, Iowa,
Kathryn (Duane) Tideback of Sun Valley, California and Patricia (William)
Wyckoff of Carson City, Nevada; 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
Inger Marie Noelck, age 86, died November 19, 2003. Funeral services were
held Saturday, November 22 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hampton.
Inger was born January 20, 1917 in Audubon County,
Iowa. She married Emil Noelck on March 15, 1941.
Survivors include her husband; her children, Ivan
(Karen) Noelck, Hampton, Jane (Roy) Overturf, Nashua, Carl (Rhonda) Noelck
of Belmond; 2 brothers, a sister, 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
Harlan Anderson, 69, died November 23, 2003 at Alexander. Funeral services
were held November 25 at the United Methodist Church in Alexander, with Rev.
Tony Hershey officiating and Carol Richards, organist.
Interment was at Amsterdam Cemetery near Goodell with
full military honors. Honorary bearers were Lenny Wiemann, Roman Johnson,
Leon Wiemann, Jim Fosnaugh, and Larry Marrell. Casket bearers were Marlin
Smith, Arlen Olson, Tim Anderson, Roger Wiemann, Mike Uhlenhopp and Douglas
Harlan, the son of Elmer and Esther (Harberts)
Anderson, was born November 18, 1934 on the family farm near Goodell. He
served in the United States Army and the Army Reserve from November 1957
until January 1963.
Harlan married Loretta Jane Foss on November 18, 1961
at Miami, Oklahoma. Their children included two daughters and a son who died
at the age of two.
In early years Harlan farmed with his parents. He later
did custom combining and corn shelling throughout the area and in other
states. He was employed at Westaby Trucking for 11 years and worked for the
D.O.T. for 7 1/2 years before an accident forced his retirement in 1984.
Harlan served on the Alexander City Council for a
number of years. He was a member of the Alexander Fire Department for more
than 20 years and served as a trustee. He could often be found doing
maintenance work, making sure that all the department's equipment was
functioning properly. Harlan would often be seen cruising about town on one
of the his Honda scooters.
Harlan enjoyed visiting his family and friends, was an
avid croquet player, especially with his grandchildren; enjoyed dancing,
looked forward to winter trips to Branson, liked gardening and camping, he
regularly attended the antique tractor show north of Belmond, he liked going
to chuck wagon races and he had several antique John Deere tractors and
mowers. His family will remember him for having a positive attitude even in
retirement due to his accident and then throughout his battle with cancer.
Preceding him in death were his parents; son, Brian;
sister, Elaine; brother, Howard; and father-in-law, Roy Foss.
Survivors are his wife of Alexander; daughters, Brenda
(Bill) Dunbar of Plymouth and Beth (Mike) Eddy of Coulter; sisters, Ruby
Smith of Mason City, Ila Mae (David) Donnelly of Arvada, Colorado and Leila
(Keith) Wilhem of Phoenix; brothers, Harry (Anne Hustrulid) Anderson of
Garner and Harley Anderson of Colorado Springs; grandchildren, Kellie Ferdin
of Mason City, Kory Ferdin of Plymouth, Travis Dunbar of Mason City and
Matthew and Breille Eddy of Coulter; and mother-in-law, Johanna Foss of
George Sharp, 57, died November 25, 2003. Services were held December 2 in
Boone with burial at a later date.
George was born in Clarion on September 29, 1946, the
son of Willard and Grace (Cook) Sharp. He graduated from Clarion High School
in 1964 and married Dianne Smith at Red Oak in 1968. He was an industrial
arts teacher in Belmond for one year. He also taught at S.E. Polk, Boone and
He is survived by his wife of Boone; two sons; a
daughter; a brother; two sisters; and two grandchildren.
Ken Skrovig, 58, died November 28, 2003 at Wright Medical Center after a
long battle with melanoma. Services were held December 2 at First Lutheran
Church in Clarion with Pastor Gary Boen officiating. Burial was in Evergreen
Cemetery in Clarion.
Ken was born April 19, 1945 in Iowa Falls to Truman and
Doris (Rhodes) Skrovig. He grew up on a farm north of Dows. At the age of
14, he moved to town with his family. He was confirmed in 1958 at First
Lutheran Church in Dows. He graduated from Dows High School in 1963 and then
worked at a hardware store in Dows.
In 1965 he enlisted in the U.S. Army for a two year
tour, serving one year in Bomberg, Germany. After his discharge he began
employment at Wright County R.E.C. (Prairie Energy) as a groundsman. He
retired after 34 years as operations engineer.
In June 1968 he married Sharon Cummings of Belmond.
They had three daughters: Cyndi, Myndi and Lyndi. After retirement they
spent two winters in Florida.
Ken was a member of: First Lutheran Church in Clarion
where he was a past church council member; Dows American Legion where he was
a past Third District Commander; Clarmond Country Club; and the Lions Club.
Ken loved his Norwegian heritage, the Iowa Hawkeyes, camping, and was an
Preceding him in death were his father; grandparents,
Emma and Iver Skrovig and Ada and Wayne Rhodes; and sister-in-law, Marilyn
He is survived by his wife; daughters, Cyndi (Eric)
Rector of Clarion, Myndi (Lincoln) Morgan of Eagle Grove and Lyndi (Dan)
Gabrielson of Chicago; his mother; sister, Sheri (Paul) Harrington of Eagle
Grove; mother-and-father-in-law, Jo and Roy Cummings of Belmond;
sister-in-law, Carolyn (Gary) Skiye of Belmond; special friends, Pete and
Rosie; and grandchildren, MacKenzie, Madison, Maycie and Mason Rector, Laine
Morgan, Preston and Kenedie Gabrielson.
Shawn W. McNamara, 44, of Granite Bay, California, died November 28, 2003
while visiting his brother in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Services were held
December 5 at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Coulter with Pastor Mary Peterson
officiating. Burial was in the Coulter cemetery.
Shawn, the son of Jerry McNamara and Marilyn Ellerbeck,
was born September 4, 1959 in Waverly. He graduated from Waverly-Shell Rock
High School in 1978. He attended CSUS in Sacramento, California and received
a computer science degree.
Shawn married Deborah Kristine Krabbe on August 13,
1983. The couple made their home in Granite Bay where Shawn was the owner of
Enterprise Technology Solutions, a computer consulting firm.
He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Herluf
Shawn is survived by his wife; children, Allison,
Patrick and Morgan; mother, Marilyn Clute of New Port News, Virginia;
father, Jerry McNamara of Marshalltown; brothers and sisters, Dennis
McNamara of Marshalltown, Brian McNamara of Story City, Lynette Wells of New
Port News, Rod McNamara of Santa Fe, and Kristine Jaeger of Des Moines;
mother-in-law, Eileen Krabbe of Coulter; sister-in-law, Jean Scholvin of
Chicago; brothers-in-law, Calvin Krabbe of Belmond and Paul Krabbe of
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