Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Anna Owings

Anna K. Owings, 101, of Rembrandt, formerly of Storm Lake, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003, at the Methodist Manor in Storm Lake. A funeral service was held on Monday, Sept. 29, at the Sliefert-Asmus Funeral Home in Storm Lake with Reverend Duane Queen officiating. Burial was in the Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery. The Sliefert-Asmus Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Anna Katherine (Schott) Owings, the daughter of Claus and Elizabeth (Dahm) Schott, was born in Föeckbeck, Germany, March 12, 1902. She lived with her parents in Germany and later moved to New York City and then to Holstein.

Anna was united in marriage to Melville Owings and this union was blessed with two children, Bill and Judy.

In 1945, they moved from Holstein to Storm Lake where they were in the turkey business. Later they operated a duck and goose hatchery in Storm Lake until Anna's retirement in 1981.

Anna's Christian faith was important to her. She was a member of Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake.

Survivors include Anna's son, Bill Owings and his wife, Beverly of Phoenix, Ariz.; daughter, Judy Ripke and her husband, Mel of Rembrandt; grandchildren: Randy Ripke and his wife, Beth of Rembrandt, Michelle Huff and her husband, Shawn of Rembrandt, Jeff Owings and his wife, Iris of Phoenix, Ariz., and Tami Owings-Mephan and her husband, Mark of Darken Western, Australia; great-grandchildren: Heather Harter and her husband, Aaron of Carlisle, Jennifer Swalley, John Swalley and Michael Owings, all of Phoenix, Ariz., and Michael Ripke, Bradley Ripke, Christopher Ripke and Tyler Huff, all of Rembrandt; and great great-grandchildren: Stevie Harter and Zachery Harter of Carlise.

Preceding Anna in death were her parents, Claus Schott and Elizabeth Goselin; brothers, Henry Schott and Alfred Schott; husband, Melville Owings; granddaughter, Melanie Ripke and great-grandson, Matthew Purvis.

Mary C. Smith

Funeral Services for Mary C. Smith, 79, of Bellevue, formerly of Storm Lake, were held Monday, Sept. 29, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue, with Reverend Stephen Meyer. Burial will be in Church Cemetery, Bellevue.

Mary was born in Storm Lake on March 1, 1924, the daughter of Charles and Cordelia Demers, Coakley. She attended college at Bowling Green, Ohio and Kansas University in Lawrence, KS. She married Joseph J. Smith on June 4, 1947 in Storm Lake. She was a homemaker and had helped her husband with the Smith Insurance Agency in Bellevue for 20 years. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and Bellevue Garden Club. Mary was a journalist, photographer, painter and master gardener.

Survivors include her husband; son, Douglas Smith of Clive; daughters, Linda (Joe) Williams of Moreland, Geo., Michelle (Fred) Manthey of Indianapolis, Ind.; five grandchildren and one sister, Frances (Harold) Lewis of Pomeroy.