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Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Eleanor C. Shold

March 8, 1921 - September 7, 2004

Funeral services for Eleanor C. Shold, age 83, of Albert City, were held Saturday, September 11 at 10:30 a.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Albert City with Pastor Gavin Ellis officiating. Burial was in the Fairfield Township Cemetery at Albert City. Arrangements were under the direction of Sliefert Funeral Home in Albert City.

Eleanor died Tuesday, September 7, 2004 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City after suffering several complications following knee replacement surgery in August.

Eleanor Carolyn Ekstrand was born March 8, 1921 to Carl and Ellen Ekstrand of rural Pocahontas and was the oldest of five children. She was baptized and confirmed at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Pomeroy. Eleanor attended country school through the 8th grade, then Pocahontas High School, graduating with the Class of 1938. She attended AIB in Des Moines and completed a course in bookkeeping.

She returned to Pocahontas and worked at the REC and Commercial State Bank until marriage to G. Avery Shold on August 17, 1946. They had two children, John and Deborah.

Eleanor and Avery farmed in rural Pocahontas, Webb, near Pickeral Lake and rural Albert City. She worked as a cook for the ACT school system in the early '70s. She remained on the farm after her husband died in 1993 until the spring of 2004, when she moved to the Countryside Living Apartments in Albert City, which she thoroughly enjoyed.

Eleanor was a life-long member of the Evangelical Covenant Churches of Pomeroy and Albert City, in which she served on many committees, taught Sunday School, and held offices of leadership. She was also a member of many clubs: Friendly Circle, HOA, Golden Rule, the Historical Society, and Thresherman's & Collector's Association. Her hobbies included sewing, quilting, cross-stitch, reading, crossword puzzles, and she loved to entertain family and friends.

Eleanor will be remembered for her cheerful smile, optimism, quick wit, and for her ability to embrace life with enthusiasm.

She is survived by her children: John of Anchorage, Alaska, and Deborah of Minneapolis, Minnesota; granddaughter, Stacy and husband Dustin Maymon; grandson, Tyler Shold; several great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers: Wilbur and wife Marian Ekstrand of Pocahontas and Fred and Phyllis Ekstrand of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas; brothers-in-law: Ted Omtvedt of Pawnee, Oklahoma and Clifford Shold of Albert City; sisters-in-law: Maxine and husband James Nelson of Webster City, Iowa and Roselyn Holmberg or Spencer; many nieces and nephews; other extended family and a host of friends.

Preceding Eleanor in death were her husband, Avery, their parents; sisters: Loraine Sundberg and Harriet Omtvedt; sister-in-law Nell Mae Shold; brothers-in-law: Jim Sundberg and Ned Holmberg; and grandson Mike Shold.

Arleta Crossman

July 6, 1931 - September 7, 2004

Funeral services for Arleta Cossman, age 73, of Storm Lake, were held Saturday, September 11 at 10:30 a.m. at Faith United Assembly of God in Storm Lake with Reverend Darrell E. Schmid officiating. Burial was in the Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements

Arleta died Tuesday, September 7 at Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge.

Arleta Mae Olson was born July 6, 1931 in Albert City to Emanuel and Hedvig (Hultman) Olson. The family later moved to Storm Lake, where Arleta attended and graduated from Storm Lake High School with the Class of 1949. She worked for Drs. Hansen and Prescott for a time, then spent many years employed by TWA Airlines in both Kansas City and San Francisco.

On July 2, 1954, Arleta was married to Lt. Colonel Donald R. Cossman at St. John Lutheran Church in Storm Lake. To this union three daughters and a son were born. They lived on an air base in Alaska before moving to various Air Force bases around the United States. After returning the Storm Lake area in 1972, Arleta lived with her mother. She attended church faithfully at the Storm Lake Assembly of God before she became ill and had to live in various nursing homes, spending the last years of her life at the Fonda Care Center.

Arleta will be remembered as a devoted mother, a loving grandmother, a treasured sister, a caring aunt and a valued friend.

Those left to cherish her memory include her four children: Dana and husband Don Kenney of Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, Steve Cossman of Des Moines, Sharon Moore and Diane Fogarty and partner Harold Bainter, all of Storm Lake; seven grandchildren: Shannon and husband Hunter Roth of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Marshall Touchberry of Wayne, Nebraska, Andrea Moore of Forest City, Charles Robbins, Jr. of Storm Lake, Timothy Fogarty and Tamara Fogarty of Des Moines, and Clare Kenney of Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia; a sister, Marlene and husband Les Grunig of Storm Lake; brother-in-law, Charles Perrin and wife Dorothy of Cherokee; step-sisters-in-law: Grace Harrison of Menomonie, Wisconsin, and June Harrison of Altoona, Wisconsin; step-brother, Wayne and wife Arlene Harrison of Elk Mound, Wisconsin; and many other extended family members, as well as a host of friends.

Preceding Arleta in death were her parents; her step-father, John Harrison; two sisters: Doris R. and her husband Howard Hall and Joyce Perrin; step-brothers: Elwood Harrison and Herbert Harrison; a nephew, Dan Perrin; and her children's father, Donald Cossman.