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Thursday, January 15, 2004


Graveside services for Mattie Grace Johansen, 98, Storm Lake were held Saturday, January 10, at the Elk Township Cemetery in Alta. Memorial may be given to Buena Vista Manor. Barker Funeral Home in Alta, was in charge of arrangements.

Mattie Grace Johansen, 98, of Storm Lake, died Wednesday at the Buena Vista Manor Nursing Home. This has been her home for the past twenty years. She was born February 1, 1905. She is the adopted daughter of Nels P. and Cecelia (Hansen) Johansen.

She attended school in Buena Vista County. Mattie enjoyed playing the piano and for many years played for services and pleasure at the Manor. She could listen to a tune and was able to play it. Her piano playing has been enjoyed by friends and family. She would help with various duties wherever she lived and would have a big smile for all.

Survivors include nieces and nephews including Grace (Johansen) Jensen of Storm Lake and Mariene (Turnquist) Kline of Red Wing, MN.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Hans, Anton, and Charley; and two sisters.


Funeral Services for Esther Annette Johnson, 80, Alta, were held at the Barker Funeral home, Alta, on Tuesday January 13, with Reverend Jamie Cutler officiating. Burial was in Buena Vista Memorial Park, Storm Lake.

Esther Annette Johnson was born on April 4, 1923 to Carl and Nelma (Carlson) Anderson at Alta. She was baptized at the Lutheran Church in Alta and later joined the Methodist Church in Alta and then Storm Lake. She attended and graduated from Fairview School and attended the Grand Island Business College in Grand Island, Nebraska.

After finishing her course of study, Annette started working at the Citizens First National Bank in Storm Lake. She later worked for Runge and Schreiber in Alta, Bill Sandburg in Storm Lake, and Hunzelman and Putzier, from which she retired, in Storm Lake.

Annette was united in marriage to Craig Johnson of Storm Lake in 1949. This union was blessed with two sons, Mark and Kent.

Annette enjoyed traveling with her husband and sons in earlier times to Colorado and California. She also had the chance to take a Caribbean Cruise with her aunt and cousin. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and cutwork and took great pleasure being around her large extended family.

Annette made many friends in the Storm Lake area and got to know and become friends with many of the people that she did income tax work for during her days with Bill Sandburg and Hunzelman and Putzier. She was well-liked by all who knew her and will be greatly missed by her family, relatives, and many friends.

Annette passed away on Saturday, January 9, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake, at the age of 80 years nine months, and five days.

She is survived by her two sons, Mark and Kent Johnson, both of Storm Lake; two sisters, Enid Peters and her husband Lavern (Pete) of Roseville, California and Janet Schive of Marshalltown; one brother, Marvin Anderson and his wife Coke of Sioux Rapids; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Preceding Annette in death were her parents; her husband, Craig; two brothers, Leland (Jim) and Keith Anderson; and a baby sister, Marlys Anderson.


Memorial Services for Elmer Harold Thompson, 75, of Alta, will be held Thursday, January 15, 10 a.m., with Reverend Kathy Kluis officiating. Burial will be in Buena Vista Memorial Park with Military Rites by the VFW Post 6172 of Alta.

Elmer Harold Thompson was born on September 2, 1928 to Joseph Harold and Lula (Gallion) Thompson in Corning, Kansas. He graduated from high school in Corning and then joined the Air Force in 1947. In 1950, he was in the Army Reserves and was called to fight in the Korean War.

Elmer was united in marriage to Ida Maria Johnson on December 27, 1949 in Holton, Kansas. This union was blessed with a daughter, Karolyn, and two sons, Monte and Randy.

Elmer and his family moved to Alta in 1960 and he went to work for Melanders in 1961 and retired from there in 1992. Upon retiring, he started a small saw sharpening business in the back of their Laundromat.

Elmer enjoyed many activities, including fishing, hunting, and playing golf. He was a member of the Pomgranate Lodge 408, the Masons, and the VFW Post 6172 in Alta.

Elmer passed away suddenly on January 11, 2004 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake, at the age of 75 years, four months, and nine days.

Elmer is survived by his wife, Marie of Alta; one daughter, Karolyn Hildreth and her husband Ron of Alta; two sons, Monte Thompson and Randy Thompson and his wife Sally, all of Alta; six grandchildren, Erin Molgaard and her husband Peter, Amber and Josh Thompson, and Randy Jr., Justin, and Tabatha Thompson; four brothers, Gary Thompson of Hoyt, Kansas, Bill Thompson of Onega, Kansas, Donny Thompson of Topeka, Kansas, and Harry Thompson of Borger, Texas; two sisters, Connie Thompson of Leander, Texas and Dorothy Thompson of the Dalles, Oregon; two great-grandchildren, Nyden and Sunshine Thompson; and many friends.

Preceding Elmer in death were his parents and one brother, Dale Thompson.

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