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Funeral Announcements

Thursday, September 4, 2003


Dorothy M. Anderson, age 88, of Storm Lake, passed away Friday, August 29, 2003, at the Methodist Manor in Storm Lake. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, September 2, at the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake with Reverend Jamie Cutler officiating. Burial was in the Storm Lake Cemetery. The Sliefert ~ Asmus Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Dorothy Margaret Anderson, daughter of Clara and Earl Mandernach, was born on a farm north of Storm Lake on August 17, 1915. She graduated from Truesdale High School in 1932 as Valedictorian and attended Buena Vista College for two years, taking pre-nursing courses. She then entered Methodist Hospital, School of Nursing in Sioux City, and received her R.N. degree in 1937. Later that fall, she went to Chicago, IL where she worked at Presbyterian Hospital for several years, and then for a private physician in Chicago. Dorothy retired from nursing in the early 1960s and returned to Storm Lake in 1963.

On March 16, 1957, Dorothy married Russell G. Anderson of Gary, Indiana, formerly of Linn Grove. She was a member of the United Methodist Church since she was a child. Dorothy's life was dedicated to the care of others.

Preceding Dorothy in death were her parents, her husband, Russell and two brothers, LaVerne who died in infancy and Raymond who died in 1993.

She is survived by one brother, Earl J. Mandernach of Battle Creek; one step-daughter, Patricia Spears of Florida; sister-in-law, Irene Mandernach of Storm Lake; and several nieces and nephews.


Bernard Dick, age 84, died Thursday, August 28, 2003 at the Methodist Manor Nursing Home in Storm Lake following a lengthy illness.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 30, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake, with Father Bruce Lawler officiating. Burial was in the St. Mary's Cemetery, Storm Lake. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Bernard Dick was born on December 23, 1918 to John and Magdalena (Schmitt) Dick at Schaller. He spent his childhood with his parents in the Schaller community, attending school there through the tenth grade.

On September 30, 1944, Bernard was united in marriage to Marcella Koenck at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Early. He farmed many years south of Storm Lake, worked as a mechanic for the Volkswagen dealership and was employed in maintenance at the Pamida and Alco stores in Storm Lake.

Bernard loved his family and greatly enjoyed family get-togethers. He liked to travel with his family and friends. Bernard delighted in gardening and had a real green thumb. He loved horses and dogs; one dog in particular was like a best friend to him.

Survivors include his wife Marcella of Storm Lake; his sister Mary Miller of Storm Lake; nieces and nephews: Luella and Bill Smith, Francis and Kay Dick, Marguerite and Gene Huelman, Kenneth and Pat Miller, Jeanette and Ray Vacek, Lois Miller, Louise and Carroll Bohaty, Maxine and Jim McCarthy, Jean and Dave Hadden, Joan and Jim Snyder, Sheryl and Jim Roling, Sharon Knebel, Barbara and Dave Hoban, Robert and Merilee Dick, Donna Jean Moe, Jim and Pat Dick, Ray Dick, Roy and Sally Dick, Diane and Don Iverson, Mary and Eric Lind and Melissa Dick; many extended cousins, other relatives and friends.

Mr. Dick was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Henry, Frank, Alfred, John and Leo; and by his nephews Linus Dick and Roger Miller.


Phyllis Potter, age 79, of Storm Lake died on August 27, 2003 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Funeral Services were held Saturday at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake.

Phyllis Irene Tymeson was born on August 14, 1924 to Ariel and Gail (Crowley) Tymeson in Storm Lake. She was baptized in the Presbyterian faith.

Phyllis spent her childhood living with her parents and brother Dick in Storm Lake, where she completed her elementary and high school education. After her high school graduation in 1942, Phyllis went to Buena Vista College in Storm Lake for a year and then enrolled at Union Pacific School. She then was employed as a secretary for the Union Pacific Railroad in Salt Lake City, Utah.

On November 29, 1945 Phyllis was united in marriage with Robert J. Potter in San Francisco, California. Two children blessed this union, a son Page and a daughter Stacey.

Phyllis was a loving wife and devoted mother who put her family's well-being first in her life. She kept special memories of Page's and Stacey's weddings close to her heart over the years.

An enthusiastic sports fan who enjoyed high school and professional basketball and baseball, Phyllis liked to recall her trips to watch the Twins play. She loved to fish and remembered fondly when she began salmon fishing. Other cherished memories were the days she and Robert spent building their first house in Ames by hand, the mornings she arose early to watch the sun come up, and the days she would feed wild ducks and geese from the lake in her own backyard.

Phyllis Potter is survived by her husband, Dr. Robert Potter of Storm Lake; her son, Dr. Page Potter and his wife, Beth, of Bowlus, MN; her daughter Stacey and husband Doug Terrill of Spirit Lake; her grandchildren Spring Terrill of Milford, and John Sullivan of Milford; her great-granddaughter, Sierra Terrill of Milford; her brother Dick and wife Kitty Tymeson of Florida; and her two sisters-in-law Pat Obye and Maxine Stewart.

Preceding Mrs. Potter in death were her parents, Ariel and Gail Tymeson.


Barbara E. Sassman, age 65, of Rembrandt, passed away on Friday, August 29, 2003, at her home. A funeral service was held Wednesday, September 3, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Rembrandt with Reverend Emily Allen officiating. Burial was in the Poland Township Cemetery in Marathon. The Sliefert ~ Asmus Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

Barbara Ellen Mitchell Sassman, one of five children of Aubrey Clarence and Edith Grace (Parsons) Mitchell, was born on August 16, 1938, in Clay County. She attended school in Greenville-Rossie and graduated from Greenville-Rossie High School in 1956. After graduation, Barbara moved to Sioux Rapids. On November 13, 1960, she was united in marriage to Norman Gene Sassman at the First Congregational Church in Sioux Rapids. They moved to a farm near Rembrandt where they raised their three sons, Jeff, Jay and Cory.

Barbara helped Norman on the farm and began selling Avon in 1983. She also worked as a waitress at various places. Of all the jobs Barbara had, what she enjoyed the most was being a wife and a mother. Norman passed away on June 27, 1995, and Barbara moved off the farm and into Rembrandt in 1998.

Barbara enjoyed many things in life including flowers and canning. She was an avid Wednesday night Bingo player in Sioux Rapids. But, what she cherished most of all, was spending time with her family and her friends who loved her very much. She was especially fond of her grandson, Matthew.

Preceding Barbara in death were her parents, Aubrey and Edith; her husband, Norman; her sister, Marilyn.

Survivors include her three sons: Jeff Sassman and his wife, Jean of Storm Lake, Jay Sassman and his wife, Tammy of Rembrandt and Cory Sassman and his friend, Angie of Sioux Rapids; one grandson, Matthew Sassman of Rembrandt; a brother, Rolland Mitchell and his wife, Catherine of Rembrandt; sisters: Lola Luinstra and her husband, Wilbert of May City, and Sherry Peterson and her husband, Dean of Spencer; a brother-in-law, Don Nielsen of Webb and many other loving relatives and friends.