Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Esther Lucille Kessler

September 28, 1921 - September 23, 204

Religious services for Esther Lucille Kessler, 82, Galva, were held Sunday, September 26 with Rev. Roger Maize officiating. Burial was in the Galva Township East Cemetery.

Esther passed away at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake on Thursday morning, September 23.

Esther Lucille Young was born at the family farm 2 1/2 miles northeast of Galva on September 28, 1921 to Robert Henry and Mary Evaline Bennett Young. She was baptized and confirmed in the Methodist Church in Galva where she remained a faithful member until the time of her death. She attended schools in Galva and graduated in 1940 from Galva High School.

August 31, 1941, Esther was united in marriage to Hubert Kessler at the First Methodist Church in Omaha, Nebraska. To this union six children were born: Dennis, Janice, Joan, Marlene, Roger and Gary.

Esther and Hubert farmed in the Galva area until retiring and moving to their new house in Galva in October 1982. The early years were busy raising their family and later she worked at the Lee Store in Storm Lake, sold Avon and worked at the Lamm Insurance Company in Galva retiring in 1983.

She was active in her church and taught Sunday School for several years. She belonged to card clubs and other organizations. She was a volunteer at the Coffee Shop at the hospital in Storm Lake. She loved to make quilts and crochet and play cards. She has made quilts and afghans for all of the family members and a baby quilt for all the new babies that arrived in the family. Esther was known as the "pie lady" of Galva and will be remembered as "Esther Bunny" at all of her Easter gatherings. Her greatest joy was having her family come to visit.

Left to cherish her memories are her husband, Hubert; six children, Dennis (Diana) Kessler of Storm Lake, Janice (Robert) Railsback of Storm Lake; Joan (Thomas) Osborn of Kansas City, Mo., Marlene (Robert) Shottenkirk of Portland, OR; Roger (Sharrel) Kessler of Des Moines, Gary (Linda) Kessler of Storm Lake; 17 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother, James (Carolyn) Young of Galva; a sister-in-law, Birdella (Bob) Brostad of Galva; and a host of extended family members as well as a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Mary Young; her brother, Raymond Young; her sister, Mabel Grieme; brother-in-law, Erwin Grieme; and two infant grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her.

Amber Kraft

May 9, 1911-September 23, 2004

Funeral Services for Amber Kraft were held Saturday, September 25 at 1 p.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Newell. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Newell was in charge of the arrangements.

Amber Kraft, age 93, of Storm Lake died Thursday, September 23 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Amber V. Wessel was born May 9, 1911 in Calhoun County to Frank and Mae (Jacobs) Wessel. She attended country school in Calhoun County. She was united in marriage to Harry Kraft on August 4, 1928 at Rockwell City; she and Harry were married for 65 years. Their marriage was blessed with five children: Dale, Leroy, Harry, Wanda and Fred. Amber and Harry moved to Fonda and spent their entire married life there. In the spring of 1993, she moved to Buena Vista Manor in Storm Lake.

Amber was a housewife who cherished her time with her family. She also was an accomplished seamstress. During her life, Amber enjoyed sewing, gardening, canning and knitting, as well as fishing and hunting.

Surviving Amber are her sons: Harry and Ann Kraft of New York Mills, MN and Fred and Karen Kraft of Fonda; grandchildren: Becky and Stewart Jessen of Linn Grove, Jeff and Dee Dee Kraft of New York Mills, MN, Brenda and Harold McGowan of Sebeka, MN, Todd and Emily Kraft of Japan, John and Dawn Miller of Piedmont, SD, Julie and Jon Bright of Sioux Rapids, Dave and Lisa Miller of Marathon, Dale and Judy Kraft of Laurens, Paul and Kelli Kraft of Albert City, Deb and Neal Lindgren of Fonda, Donna and John Weiss of Rockwell City, Fred and Shannon Kraft of New Boston, MO; great-grandchildren: Jeremiah and Joshua Jessen, Tina Ness, Rachel and Daniel Kraft, Jacob and Regina McGowan, Damen Kraft, Cody, Eric and Alex Miller, Kirk and Kayla Bright, Sara and Tara Pritchard, Kaleb and Colton Miller, Todd and Josie Kraft, Jennifer and Tony Kraft, Josh, Samantha and Savannah Lindgren, Alan and Matthew Weiss, Jesse, Derrick, Casey and Beau Kraft; 10 great-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law Ina Mae Kraft of Fonda, and son-in-law Jack Miller of Sioux Rapids; as well as other extended family members and a host of friends.

Amber was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Harry Kraft; two sons: Leroy and Dale Kraft; daughter Wanda Miller; sisters: Mildred, Lauverne, Opal, and Iona; and brothers: Elgie and Clayton.

Jean Ann Mohr

November 5, 1952 - September 18, 2004

Services for Jean (Jeannie) Ann Mohr of Galva will be held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee on Thursday, September 30 at 10:30 a.m. Greenwood Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements and will hold a prayer service on Wednesday, September 29 at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Jeannie was taken from us on September 18 in a bicycling accident. Her remains were cremated and will lie in rest beside her parents at the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Cherokee.

Jeannie was born to Kenneth and Sally (Hanlon) Berglund of rural Larrabee on November 5, 1952. The third oldest of six children, she attended Larrabee schools and was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Cherokee. Jeannie attended Washington High School in Cherokee, graduating in 1971. She briefly attended USD in Vermilion, South Dakota before returning home to marry her high school sweetheart, Patrick Mohr of Galva. After their marriage the couple moved to Fort Dodge where Patrick attended Iowa Central Community College and Jeannie was a homemaker. In 1972, Jeannie gave birth to the first of two children, Thomas. Shortly there after, the couple took up residence in Radcliffe where Patrick worked in several management positions with the Radcliffe Coop and Jeannie cared for their newborn son. She returned to farming with her husband in 1976 just outside of Galva on the farm where Patrick had grown up. In April of 1976 they were blessed with the birth of a daughter, Molly. From 1979 to 1980, Jeannie worked as a secretary for Agri Farm Supply in Holstein before finally taking up a full time position farming with her husband. She was a true partner in the farming industry with husband Patrick and enjoyed the time she spent working with him.

When Jeannie was not busy with chores and working hogs, she would take time to play with her dogs and cats, work in her garden, tend her beloved antiques, congregate with family and friends, and always made special time for her granddaughter, Michaela Mohr of Carroll. Her vacations to Mexico with Patrick were always a source of great enjoyment for Jeannie, and riding her bike was her relaxation. She created a world for all those around her where kisses were required, and hugs were mandatory.

Jeannie Ann Mohr was preceded in death by her mother and father, Kenneth and Sally Berglund.

She leaves behind her husband Patrick Mohr, rural Galva; son Tom Mohr and wife Celeste, Cleghorn; daughter Molly (Mohr) Arthur, and husband Wade, rural Holstein; three brothers; two sisters; one grandchild; and numerous friends and neighbors.