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Funeral Arrangements

Thursday, October 16, 2003

Arnold R. Andersen

Arnold R. Andersen, age 76, of Modesto, California, formerly of Alta, passed away on Thursday, October 9, 2003, at the Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. A public graveside funeral service will be held Wednesday, October 22, at the Lone Tree Cemetery in Sioux Rapids at 11 a.m. Military rites will be provided by the Graeber Rowe Post No. 394 American Legion of Sioux Rapids. The Sliefert ~ Asmus Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorials may be directed to Grace Lutheran Church, 617 West Orangeburg Avenue, Modesto, CA 95350 or the American Legion Community Center in Sioux Rapids.

Arnold Randle Andersen was born on March 8, 1927, to Henry and Martha Andersen in Alta. He was united in marriage to Helen and they were blessed with one son, Richard.

Arnold served his country in the United States Navy from 1945 thru 1946. In 1951, He moved to California and was self-employed as a construction general contractor. Arnold and his family moved to Modesto in 1989. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Modesto. He enjoyed many things in life including woodworking, fishing and hunting.

Arnold is survived by his wife, Helen Andersen of Modesto, CA; one son, Richard Andersen and his wife, Alice of Modesto, CA; two grandchildren; one sister, Evelyn Bellcour of Fort Collins, CO., and other loving relatives and friends.

Preceding Arnold in death were his parents, Henry and Martha Andersen.

Eunice Specketer

A memorial service for Eunice Specketer, Alta, will be held at the Sliefert ~ Asmus Funeral Home in Storm Lake, on Friday, October 17, at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake. There will be no visitation. The Sliefert ~ Asmus Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

Eunice was born on December 18, 1922, near Storm Lake, the youngest child of Walter and Anna (Lucht) Sievers. She was brought to faith through baptism at Zion Lutheran Church in rural Storm Lake; and was later confirmed and married in this same church. Eunice's education consisted of both Parochial and public schools, later graduating from high school in Newell. She later took college credit classes and passed her state exams as a licensed insurance agent. The last 25 of her working years, she was employed at insurance agencies both in Le Mars and Fort Dodge.

On April 16, 1944, Eunice was united in marriage to Arlin W. Specketer of Alta. This union was blessed with three sons. Eunice and Arlin both served as foster parents for several children during their early-married life. Eunice served her church and the Lord on many committees and offices and also was a member of various choirs for over 50 years. Eunice and Arlin also served as youth counselors for 8 years at St. Peters Church in Newell.

Eunice entered the Holy Kingdom on October 5, 2003, reaching the age of 80 years and 10 months.

She is survived by her husband, Arlin, of Lakewood, CO; three sons, Gary and wife, Brenda of Blaine, MN; Bruce of Wagner, SD; and Mark and wife, Janie of Evergreen, CO.; Five grandchildren, Angie Specketer of Coon Rapids, MN, Paul and wife, Raquel Specketer of Shakopee, MN, Brandon and Kristen Specketer of Norman, OK, and Cody Specketer of Morris, MN; two great-grandchildren, Amanda and Andrew Bialon of Coon Rapids, MN.

Her parents, Walter and Anna Sievers; her sister; Verlyn Grote and her brother, Ingvahl Sievers, preceded her in death.

Donald Hansen

Funeral Services for Donald Earnest Stephen Hansen, 86, of Alta, were held on Wednesday, October 15, at the Church of Christ in Alta, with Reverend Rick Bender officiating. Burial was in the Buena Vista Memorial Park in Storm Lake.

Funeral arrangements were by Barker Funeral Home in Alta.

Donald was born the son of Hans Peter and Anna Christina (Henriksen) Hansen in Alta, on January 27, 1917. He attended school in Alta. On June 25, 1944, Donald was united in marriage to Lela Rose Lookingbill at the Presbyterian Church in Sulphur Springs. This union was blessed with three daughters, Victoria, Lynette, and Pam and four sons, Dan Doug, Darrell, and Denton.

Following their marriage, the couple made their lifelong home in Alta. Donald worked for the Buena Vista County Road Maintenance out of Alta for 35 years, retiring in 1982. He enjoyed driving the road grader and meeting and helping farmers while maintaining the roads. After retiring, he bought his first lawn tractor and for many years he did odd jobs including tilling, mowing, thatching, leaf catching, and snow removal. Donald enjoyed his hobby and spent many hours visiting with people throughout the town of Alta.

Donald passed away suddenly on October 12, 2003 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake, at the age of 86 years, eight months, and 15 days.

Donald is survived by three daughters, Victoria Hansen of Washington, Lynette Haake of Alta, and Pam Henderson and her husband John of Alta; four sons, Dan of Fort Dodge, (along with eight foreign exchange students: Nico, Andreas, Thomas, Ivo, Nils, Stefan, Zsab, and Felipe), Doug and his wife Pam of Armstrong, Darrell of Spencer, and Denton and his wife Melissa of Alta; two sisters, Verna Stone of Storm Lake, and Lorraine Warren of Alta; five grandchildren, Jamie, Zachary, Thomas, Aaron, and Miranda; one great grandson, Josh; three step grandchildren, Jennifer, Danielle, and Chris; two sisters-in-law, Eleanor Wendlandt of Spencer, and Love Hansen of Alta; one brother-in-law, Glen Lookingbill and his wife Shirley of Sun City West, Arizona; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lela Rose; one sister, Esther Spurlock; and one brother, Melvin Hansen.

Pearle Kaufman

Pearle Kaufman, age 101, of Storm Lake died Saturday, October 11, at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Funeral Services were held Tuesday, October 14, at the Storm Lake United Methodist Church, with the Reverend Jamie Cutler officiating. Burial was in the Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pearle Margarete Goff was born May 12, 1902 on a farmstead near Newell in Providence Township, Buena Vista County. She was one of seven children born to Dora Rosella Parker Goff and Orlando Ficklin Goff.

She was a student at Sulphur Springs school until the eighth grade when she was needed at home to care for her brothers and sisters.

On November 10, 1923, Pearle was married to Harold Francis Kaufman by Reverend Herbert Clegg at the Methodist parsonage in Storm Lake. A son and daughter were born to this union, Jack R. Kaufman and Marjorie E. Kaufman Clough, both of Storm Lake.

Pearle was a faithful member of the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake, a lifetime member of the Rebekah Lodge, Royal Neighbor Lodge and Methodist Manor Guild. She held many offices in all her endeavors, along with being Chairman of the Election Board and P.T.A. president.

Pearle wrote and presented the history of the United Methodist Church to its members. She will be long remembered for the beautiful tatting, quilting, crocheting and writings, along with the ability to alter clothes for everyone. Each of her grandchildren received a handmade quilt at their graduation. Pearle had a kind and generous spirit, always sharing her cookies, pies and rolls with shut-ins and faithfully visiting the sick.

Pearle leaves to mourn her death, her son, Jack and wife Vivian Kaufman; her daughter, Marjorie Kaufman Clough and husband Roy Clough; her grandchildren, Candy Clough and husband John Fitzpatrick, Kelly and wife Connie Clough, and Linda Kaufman Jones and husband Chauncey Jones; six great-grandchildren: Joel and Kate Fitzpatrick, Greta and Amy Jones, Christian Clough and Cole Peterson.

Preceding Pearle in death were her parents; her husband Harold in 1976; a granddaughter, Kerry Jan Clough Peterson; six brothers and sisters: Harold, Dorothy, Ruth, Frances, Dora and Charles.

Lucille Mentzer

Funeral services for Lucille E. Mentzer, age 86, of Early, will be Thursday, October 16, 10:30 am, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Early, with Father Patrick O'Kane officiating.

Lucille Elizabeth Mentzer, age 86, of Early, passed away on Tuesday, October 14, 2003, at Loring Hospital in Sac City.

Lucille was born on October 20, 1916, at Breda, the daughter of John J. and Lottie Louise (Ricke) Coon. She grew up on the farm near Early, attended Boyer Valley Country School, and Early High School. She was baptized October 22, 1916, in Breda and was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Early, where she was a member of the Guild and spent many years of being a Sacristan and Eucharistic Minister.

On January 30, 1940, Lucille was united in holy marriage to Russell P. Mentzer, in Early. They were blessed with four children: Ralph, Marlene, Marvin, and Michael.

She was a loving wife and homemaker and also worked outside the home as a school cook at Schaller/Crestland and Sacred Heart Schools, of Early, and was a green house worker, until her retirement in 1988 at the age of 72.

She loved gardening, playing cards, crocheting, and baking bread. Her home made bread and jam were shared with many. She was also an active member of the Early Women's Club, Nemaha Garden Club, delivered "meals on wheels" many times, was a blood bank volunteer, and also volunteered at the soup kitchen in Sioux City. She will be missed by many.

Lucille is survived by her son Ralph J. Mentzer and his wife Maureen of Dike; and her daughter Marlene A. Mentzer at Robins; her grandchildren: Mark, Jeff, Jana, and Matt Mentzer; great-grandchildren: Samantha Christine, Emily Allison, Joshua, Nathan, and Isabelle; her sister Loreen (Mrs. Willis) Wells of Storm Lake, and extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Russell; two sons: Marvin R. and Michael J. Mentzer; and a brother Leonard Coon.