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Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Ruth Love

February 8, 1920 - August 14, 2004

Funeral Services for Ruth Love, age 84, of Newell, will be held Tuesday, August 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Newell. Burial will be in the Memorial Gardens in Boone. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home of Newell is in charge of the arrangements.

Ruth passed away on Saturday, August 14 at the Newell Good Samaritan Center in Newell. Friends may call from 6-8 pm, Monday, August 16 at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Newell where the family will greet friends.

Those wishing to send condolences via the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home website may do so at www.fratzkejensen.com.

Ruth Brunton was born February 8, 1920 in Boone, the daughter of John and Lena (Dorman) Brunton. She attended Boone Schools and graduated in 1938. She received her diploma from Des Moines Area Community College in 1977 with Correspondence Secretary. She was a Warrant Officer in the Boone Wing Civil Air Patrol in the early 1940's.

On July 10, 1945 Ruth was united in marriage to James Love. To this union, four children were born: James L. Love, Pamela Eaves, Phyllis Smith, and John R. Love. She also raised her granddaughter, Paula Love DeMey.

Ruth liked crocheting and embroidering, and also embroidering by painting.

Surviving Ruth are her children: James L. Love, Pamela Eaves, Phyllis Smith all of Pilot Mound, John R. Love of Payton; granddaughter, Paula and grandson-in-law Keith DeMey of Newell; great granddaughter Brittany Love; sister, Estella Henry of Fair Oaks, California; and a number of nieces and nephews as well as a host of other extended family members and friends.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers: Robert and John Jr., and one sister, Lois Phipps.

Chris Geisinger

Funeral services for Chris Geisinger of Storm Lake will be Wednesday, August 18th at 10:30 a.m. at the Storm Lake United Methodist Church with the Reverend Dr. Beverlee Bell and Reverend Jamie Cutler officiating. Burial will be in the Storm Lake Cemetery. Friends may call at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake after 3 p.m. Tuesday where the family will be present from 6 to 8 p.m. Those wishing to send condolences to the family on-line may do so via the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home website: www.fratzkejensen.com

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Chris' memory may be given to the Storm Lake United Methodist Church, 211 East Third Street, Storm Lake, IA 50588 or to Buena Vista Regional Healthcare Foundation, Department of Oncology, P.O. Box 309, 1525 West Fifth Street, Storm Lake, IA 50588. (Please note in check memo: In memory of Chris Geisinger).

Chris died Saturday, August 14 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake after a two-year struggle with cancer.

Chris was born in Lexington, Tennessee to Bryan and Lou Vena (Kerr) Ricketts. Her family lived in Corinth, Mississippi, until she was 11 years old before moving to Memphis, Tennessee, where she graduated from Messick High School in 1944 and received her degree to teach French and English from Memphis State University. She taught school in Memphis for two years, then moved to Washington, DC, to work with a ghost writer in General Stone's office in the Pentagon. There, she met her husband, Arch Geisinger, who was teaching Engineering at Ft. Belvoir. They were married on May 24, 1952 and lived in Falls Church, Virginia, until the end of that year before moving back to his home town of Storm Lake, Iowa.

Her marriage to Arch was blessed with three children, Stephen, Beth, and Karen, who became the source of much joy, happiness, and fulfillment to her life. She dedicated her life to raising her children, creating a beautiful home for her family, and playing an active role in the community.

Her community work included founding the Melody Club with a friend in 1953 and being an original Witter Gallery Board member for fifteen years and a past president. She was a past President of Chapter EP of P.E.O. and celebrated her 50th year of membership this year. She was also a past president of the Historical Society and the Harker House Foundation in which she decorated the house interior with two other women. She served many years on the Boards for Community Concerts and Hospital Auxiliary and was a life member of UMW at the Methodist church where she was a soloist for 20 years and taught Sunday school. She was also a member of Questers, the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and was active in the Republican Party and the Republican forum.

Chris especially enjoyed her four bridge clubs, studying art in Fine Arts Club and traveling. She and Arch traveled to Europe, Mexico, spent their winter months at their condo in Scottsdale, Arizona, for 20 years and loved visiting the San Francisco Bay Area for the past fourteen years. Chris was so pleased to celebrate her 52nd anniversary of marriage with Arch this year. She will be known for being a talented and energetic true "southern belle" and was blessed with many lifetime friends.

Chris is survived by her husband Arch; son Stephen and wife Donna and grandchildren Laura, John, Ryan, Scott, and Thomas of Kansas City; daughter Elizabeth "Beth", her husband Kevin and grandchildren Nicole and Josh of Sac City; and daughter Karen, her husband Eric, and grandchildren Andrew and David of Walnut Creek, Ca; her sister Louise Moffatt of Memphis, niece Terry Hasley of Clearwater, Fl, nephew Christopher Moffatt of Charlotte, N.C., and Dr. Lee Moffatt of Memphis and their respective spouses; special first cousin Lee and Fran Evans of Santa Rosa, Ca. and Darla and Richard Bastoni of San Francisco as well as brother-in-law, Harold; nephew Harold Jr. of Storm Lake, nephew Donald of Kansas City, and niece Susan of Storm Lake.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

James Mills

April 1, 1939

Services for James Dean Mills, age 65 of Menlo Park, California, formerly of Linn Grove, were held on Tuesday, August 10 at the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden in Palo Alto, California.

Dean died Wednesday, August 4, after a bicycling accident.

Jim was born on April 1, 1939, in Spencer, to John Vernon and Gwendolyn (Doyle) Mills. He graduated from Linn Grove Community School in 1957 and went on to complete engineering degrees at Iowa State University and M.I.T.

Jim worked for Digital Equipment Corporation during its formative years where he was responsible for much of the company's large computer systems software development and for its European engineering organization. He worked for Digital for more than 25 years before retiring from Intel which acquired Digital in 1998.

Throughout his life, he pursued many adventures and activities including rock climbing, hiking, gardening, sailing, skiing, amateur bicycle racing and French cooking.

Jim was a caring and thoughtful husband and was especially devoted to his granddaughter. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Carolyn Carder; his daughters Cate Mills and husband Owen Brydon, Monica Devroude and husband Brad, all of Boise, Idaho; his sister Mary Sundblad of Sioux Rapids; and his granddaughter Zoe Brydon.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Jay Mills of Arnolds Park.