Helen J. Woodford
March 12, 1924 - February 1, 2004
Helen J. Woodford, age 79, of Marathon, passed away Sunday, February 1, 2004, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake. A funeral service was held Friday, February 6, at the United Methodist Church in Marathon with Reverend David Schumann officiating. Burial was at Poland Township Cemetery in Marathon. The Sliefert ~ Asmus Funeral Home in Marathon is in charge of the arrangements.
Helen Jean (Simeon) Woodford was born the second of five children to Henry and Jennie (Olsen) Simeon on March 12, 1924, at Paullina. She attended school at Laurens in her early years and graduated from Marathon High School in 1942.
In September of 1943, Helen was united in marriage to Elden Woodford at Lawton, Oklahoma, while Elden was in the Army at Fort Sill. They returned to Iowa and engaged in farming in 1946 until they retired in Marathon in 1982. Helen and Elden celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary in September of 2003.
Helen was involved in many activities during her lifetime. She joined the Ladies Aid Society at the Methodist Church in 1946 and held many positions in the organization, being a continuous member since that time. She enjoyed bowling in younger years and had several 600 series to her credit.
Helen served as the permanent secretary for the Marathon Alumni Association for many years as she was always very interested in the organization. She enjoyed playing cards and belonged to several card clubs in the area. Helen was the "Voice of Albert City Threshermen," manning the microphone during the three days of activities at the threshing site. She had that duty for many years, and enjoyed her part in announcing the events of the show. Helen was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, serving many years and was Vice President of the Iowa American Legion Auxiliary from 1971 to 1972. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 394 in Sioux Rapids, Iowa, and attained 55 years of continuous membership. Helen was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Unit No. 3533 in Laurens.
Helen was a faithful member of the United Methodist Church of Marathon since 1942, and sang in the choir for many years. She was a very capable lady and a Christian who believed in God and His Word.
Mourning her passing are her husband, Elden Woodford of Marathon; daughters: Deanna and Rex Ingalls of Marathon, Linda and Howard Shelton of Big Lake, MN and Julie and Tim Lullman of Storm Lake; seven grandchildren: Chris Jackson of Marathon, Misty Shelton and friend, Chris Asplund of Fargo ND, Lynn and Nicole Shelton of Albertville, MN, Tara and Jeannie Lullman of Storm Lake and Jessica and Faron Woodford of Celina, OH; two great-grandchildren: McKenzie and Sydni Shelton of Albertville, MN; one brother, Jon and Patty Simeon of California; one sister, Joann Fast of Aurora, SD; one sister-in-law, Susie Simeon Morgan of California and many other loving relatives and friends.
Preceding Helen in death were her parents: Henry and Jennie Simeon; two sons: Douglas Allen in infancy and Edwin Bruce Woodford; sister, Ardean Martin and her husband, Arlo; brother, Harlan Simeon; son-in-law, Robert L. Jackson; two grandchildren: Robert Lee Jackson Jr. and Jon William Jackson; Elden's parents: John and Jessie Woodford; sister-in-law, Mary Woodford and brother-in-law, Archie Woodford.
August 5, 1913 - February 3, 2004
Elsie M. Hansen, age 90, of Storm Lake, died on Tuesday, February 3, 2004 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.
Memorial service was held on Wednesday, February 4, under the direction of the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake, at the funeral home.
Elsie Marie Hansen, the daughter of Otto and Agnes Anderson Johnson, was born in Des Moines, on August 5, 1913.
She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith.
Her childhood years were spent in Alta and the Highview area where she attended school. On August 23, 1933, she was united in marriage to Einer A. Hansen. To this union a son, Gary was born.
Elsie was a devoted wife and mother and enjoyed her children and family.
Several years were spent near Aurelia and Alta where they were engaged in farming. In 1941 they moved to Rembrandt and to Storm Lake in 1954. Following Einer's death in 1970, Elsie moved to McCord Manor and then to Buena Vista Manor due to failing health.
She is preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a sister, Edna Johnson; a brother, Stanley Johnson; and step-father, Herman Franzene.
She is survived by her son, Gary and wife Karen of Denver, CO; three grandchildren, Kim and Eric Martins of South Orange, NJ; Kari Kline of Denver, CO; and Jeff and Becky Hansen of Denver, CO; 4 great-grandchildren, Taylor and Mitchel Martins; Kendall Kline; and Jill Hansen; four sisters, Elayne and Everett Grapenthin of Linn Grove; Vivian and Jack Kaufman of Storm Lake; Vera and Frank Miller of Bella Vista, AR; and JoAnn Heppler of Apple Valley, CA; a sister-in-law, Delores Johnson of Peterson; beloved nieces and nephews, and many friends.
Friends wishing to send condolences on-line may do so via the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home website: www.fratzkejensen.com Memorial gifts may be sent to the Elsie Hansen Memorial Fund c/o Buena Vista Manor, 1325 Lake Ave, Storm Lake, IA 50588.
Harold LeRoy Waltz
February 11, 1923 - January 2, 2004
Harold LeRoy Waltz, 80, Ellsworth, died Monday, January 2, 2004, at the River Falls Area Hospital in Wisconsin. Funeral services were held Friday, at the Maiden Rock United Methodist Church, Maiden Rock, Wisconsin with Rev. John Hazen officiating.
Burial will be in the Trenton Cemetery, Hager City, WI, in the spring, with military rites provided at that time by the veterans of Plum City.
Harold was born February 11, 1923 in the town of El Paso, the son of William and Rynetta (Jennings) Walz. Harold served in the U.S. Army from 1943 until his discharge in 1946. He married Lois Pfluger on March 19, 1946 in Red Wing, Minnesota. Harold was the District Director for the USDA in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa for many years, retiring in 1982. Harold & Lois lived in Storm Lake, Iowa for many years.
Harold enjoyed camping, fishing, cutting wood and caring for his lawn.
He was a member of the Plum City American Legion, Hancock Lodge #229 of Free and Accepted Masons, Ellsworth, and the Maiden Rock United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Lois, Ellsworth, WI; seven children: Gary (Delores) Waltz, Maiden Rock, WI., Neal (LeAnn) Waltz, Rush City, MN., Guy (Carol) Waltz, Spooner, WI., Ned (Anna) Waltz, Plum City, WI., Nancy (Ronald) Speers, Alta, Gay (Douglas) Heath, Plum City, WI., Nick (Heidi) Waltz, Ellsworth, WI; 16 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
His parents preceded him in death.