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Funeral Arrangements

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Cheryl Grau

September 13, 1954 - November 15, 2004

Funeral Services for Cheryl Grau will be Thursday, November 18 at 11 a.m. at Nain Lutheran Church in Newell, with Pastor Paul Johnston officiating. Burial will be in the Newell Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Newell is in charge of the arrangements. Friends may call on Wednesday, November 17, 2004 from 4-8:00 p.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Newell, where the family will be present from 6-8:00 p.m.

Cheryl Grau, age 50, of Newell died Monday, November 15 in Rochester, Minnesota.

Cheryl Colleen Steinke was born on September 13, 1954 to Merril Paul and Nina K. (Roth) Steinke in Fargo, North Dakota. Cheryl was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and was a member of Nain Lutheran Church in Newell at the time of her death. She lived with her parents in Park Rapids, Minnesota as a child, attending the Park Rapids Schools and graduating from high school there. Cheryl then went on to Art School in Alexandria, Minnesota.

On February 22, 1975, Cheryl was united in marriage to Tom Grau in Park Rapids, Minnesota. The couple's marriage was blessed with a daughter, Michelle Cheryl.

Cheryl was a loving wife and devoted mother with a special sense of humor, who treasured her family and every moment spent with them. She had a lifelong love of dogs and horses that translated into raising and showing Burmese Mountain Dogs. Cheryl held close to her heart those cherished memories of showing the dogs with her daughter, and that of a special trip she and Tom took together to Russia. She liked to unwind by spending time in her garden and working with her flowers. Cheryl always cherished the fond memories she had as a youth sponsor for the Nain Luther League. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Survivors include her husband, Tom of Newell; daughter Michelle of Newell; brother Jim Steinke of Minneapolis, Minnesota; sisters: Elaine and husband Roland Senechal of Drake, North Dakota, Pat and husband Elliott Annett of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Judy and husband Bruce Patton of Park Rapids, Minnesota; parents-in-law Leo and Bernice Grau of Storm Lake, Iowa; sisters-in-law Sharon and husband Thurman Gilbert of Chandler, Arizona and Carmen and husband Barry Miller of Sun Lakes, Arizona, as well as many nieces and nephews, extended family members and a host of friends.

Cheryl was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sister.

Robert Prunty Jr.

February 2, 1924 - November 10, 2004

Funeral Services for Robert Prunty Jr. will be held on Friday, November 19 at 11 AM at the Sliefert Funeral Home, 403 4th St., Sioux Rapids, with a visitation from 9 to 11 AM prior to the service. Burial will be at Lone Tree Cemetery in Sioux Rapids.

In lieu of flowers: memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Rochelle, IL or Faith Lutheran Church in Sioux Rapids, IA. Funeral services were held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Rochelle, IL, on Monday, November 15 at 11 AM with Rev. Mark Nordman officiating.

Robert C. Prunty Jr., age 80 of Rochelle, IL passed away on Wednesday, November 10 at Franklin Grove Health Center.

Robert was born on February 2, 1924 in Mapleton, the son of Robert Charles and Elizabeth (Pendergraft) Prunty. He married LaVera Ruhs on September 1, 1946 in Schaller. He had previously owned and operated Courtesy Motors in Spirit Lake. Bob was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rochelle and was a WWII Veteran serving in the Army Air Corps.

Survivors include his wife: LaVera of Rochelle, IL; 2 sons: Lee (Jane) Prunty of Rochelle, IL and Lynn (Deb Patten) Prunty of Sioux Rapids; 2 daughters: Randi (John) Vilks of Omaha, NE and Lori (Richard) Patterson of Rochelle, IL; grandchildren: Paul (Nancy Myers) Prunty of Cypress, CA, Dejaka, Linley and Mariah Davidson of Rochelle, IL, Daniel, Casey, John (Kelly) Patterson, Chad (Shandra), Sherri and Donny; and great grandchildren: Gabriel and Shane Prunty of Cypress, CA, Alexander and Xavier Wade, and Katie Patterson of Ashton, IL.

Bob was one of nine children and is also survived by seven siblings: Loise Addison of Fresno, CA, Betty Koepenick of Folsom, CA, Mary Beth (Les) Marousek of Atlantic, Shirley (John) Stell of Berthoud, CO, Ruth (Frank) Rausch of Folsom, CA, Jack (Judy) Prunty of Lorimor, Kay (Don) Mayes of Pueblo, CA, and Rex (Linda) Prunty of Swisher; and brother-in-law John Fiebig of Tracy, CA.

Bob was preceded by his parents and a sister Virginia Fiebig.

Teresa Mae Mason

December 14, 1955 - November 10, 2004

Funeral Services for Teresa Mason were held on Monday, November 15 at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Marathon, with Pastor David Schumann officiating. Burial was in Poland Township Cemetery at Marathon under the direction of the Sliefert Funeral Home in Marathon.

Teresa M. Mason, age 48, of Marathon, died Wednesday, November 10, at the University Hospital in Iowa City.

Teresa Mae Wipperling was born December 14, 1955 to Marvin August and Caroline Lou (Sothan) Wipperling at Norfolk, Nebraska. She was baptized and confirmed in Zion Lutheran Church, rural Storm Lake. She spent her childhood in her parents' homes in Rembrandt, Albert City and Marathon. Teresa attended elementary school at Marathon and high school in Storm Lake.

On December 27, 1975, Teresa was married to Charles Herbert Mason at Zion Lutheran Church near Storm Lake. Their union was blessed with two children: a son, Gabrial Charles Mason and a daughter, Nicole Hope Mason.

Teresa was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Marathon. She worked at Corney Corner, Newell Good Samaritan Center and the Methodist Hospital during her life. She enjoyed baking for her family, crafts and crocheting in her spare moments. Teresa was a devoted mother who treasured her family and the time she spent with them.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Nicole of Cedar Rapids; her significant other, Arnold Grow of Marathon; sisters: Cindy Morse and Kathy Wipperling, both of Storm Lake; her brothers: Marvin Wipperling , Glenn Wipperling of Laurens, Ronald Wipperling of Laurens, and Leon Wipperling of Alta; her granddaughter, Tabytha Mae Lou Buettner of Cedar Rapids; as well as other extended family members and a host of friends.

Teresa was preceded in death by her parents; her son; and her grandparents.

Lola I. Petersen

March 8, 1917 - November 12, 2004

Funeral Services for Lola Petersen were held on Monday, November 15 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Marathon, with Pastor David Schumann officiating. Burial was in Poland Township Cemetery at Marathon under the direction of the Sliefert Funeral Home in Marathon.

Lola I. Petersen, age 87, of Albert City died Friday, November 12 at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Albert City.

Lola Irene was born on March 8, 1917 to Francis and Clara (Harrington) Putnam on a farm near Laurens. She attended country school for most of her school years, then went to Laurens High School and graduated with the Class of 1934.

On July 19, 1936, Lola was united in marriage to George Petersen at the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake. They were blessed with three children: Beverly, Dwaine and Janet.

Lola was a loving wife and devoted mother whose first priority was always her family. She also worked at the Marathon school and the Laurens State Bank before retiring in the summer of 1983. Lola was a faithful member of the Marathon United Methodist Church where she was active in her church circle and served as president of the UMW. In her spare moments, she enjoyed sewing, baking, gardening, crocheting and watching and listening to song birds. Her favorite was the beautiful red cardinal.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, Dwaine Petersen of Spencer; daughters Beverly and husband Eugene Sandvig of Marathon and Janet and husband Keith Struss of Albert City; sister Alta Carpenter of suburban Chicago, Illinois; grandchildren: Rick and wife Sally Sandvig of Spencer Randy and wife Jonann Sandvig of Rowlett, Texas, Pat and husband Jeff MacGregor of Spencer, Connie and husband Larry Aronson of Albert City, Melinda Struss of Albert City, and Robert Struss of Albert City; 13 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, other extended family members and a host of friends.

Lola was preceded in death by her husband, George; two brothers: Francis Putnam and Stacy Putnam; and two sisters: Gladys Weeks and Mary King-Kruger.

Oscar Emanuel Peterson

November 5, 1906 - November 13, 2004

Religious services for Oscar Emanuel Peterson were held Tuesday, November 16 at Hope Evangelical Free Church, Storm Lake, with Rev. Jim Hofman officiating. Interment followed at Storm Lake Cemetery.

Oscar passed away on November 13 in Storm Lake at the age of 98 years and eight days.

Oscar Emanuel Peterson was born on a farm north of Center Grove Church on November 5, 1906, to Gustaf and Anna (Gustfason) Peterson. He received his education at the Scott Center School.

Okie farmed at home and did corn shelling with his brother, Elmer.

On March 11, 1937, he was united in marriage to Linnea Larson at her parents home in Salem, South Dakota. They purchased a farm and raised crops and livestock. Oscar also farmed with his brother, Delbert, for many years.

Oscar attended Center Grove Free Church and held many positions there. After the closing of Center Grove, Oscar and Linnea attended Hope Evangelical Free Church in Storm Lake.

Although Oscar and Linnea never had children, they were beloved by the young and old alike. Linnea passed away October 15, 1996. The following year, Oscar moved into the Methodist Manor. He set a wonderful example for the following generations to follow.

He was preceded in death by his parents; eight brothers, George, Elmer, Elving, David, Waldemar, Irving, Carl, and Ernest; and two sisters, Esther and Mabel.

Oscar is survived by one brother, Delbert Peterson and his wife Alice of Storm Lake; three sisters-in-law, Mildred Peterson of Mason City, Ethel Larson of Salem, South Dakota, and Florence Montgomery; and many nieces and nephews.

Arthur Pender

October 7, 1917 - November 9, 2004

Memorial Services for Arthur Pender were held Saturday, November 13 at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Schaller with Reverend Carol Gailey officiating. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Schaller was in charge of the arrangements.

Arthur R. Pender, age 87, of Schaller died Tuesday, November 9 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Art was born October 7, 1917 to Jess and Sallie (Bateman) Pender in Bedford, Indiana. He was baptized in the Methodist religion in Lawrence County, Indiana. Art grew up in Indiana and attended the Schaswick Township School.

On January 7, 1940, Art was united in marriage to Marjorie J. Brisbois in South Dakota. They were blessed with three sons: Robert, Lloyd and Tom. Art was a loving husband and devoted father and grandfather who enjoyed every moment he spent with his family. Art liked to spend his spare time playing golf and cards, doing wordbook puzzles, traveling and gardening.

Those left to cherish Art's memory include his wife of nearly 65 years, Marge, of Schaller; his sons: Robert and wife Karen Pender of Alta, Lloyd and wife Lynn Pender of Saginaw, Michigan, and Tom and wife Sharon Pender of Las Vegas, Nevada; grandchildren: Traci DeWitt of Bailey, Colorado, Toni and Lewis Castor of Davenport; Jennifer and Paul Van Steenhuyse of Bettendorf, Brian and Nancy Pender of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Dave Pender of Saginaw, Michigan, Kevin and Carol Pender of Saginaw, Michigan, Craig and Lorie Pender of Detroit, Michigan, Sallie and Rob Campbell of Alta and Shane Pender of Kansas City, Missouri; step-grandchildren: Ron and Brian Underwood and Janelle, Emily and Jake Tucker; great-grandchildren: Samantha and Derek Pender, Tristin and Ashley Pender, Kyle and Alison Pender, Jadeyn Pender, Taylor Campbell and Curtis Castor; several step-great-grandchildren, as well as other extended family members and a host of friends.

Art was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Mary; and four brothers: Kenneth, William, Merrill and Jess, Jr.

Colleen Geisinger

September 20, 1934 - November 8, 2004

Funeral Services were held on Friday, November 12, at 1:30 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Rapids, with Pastor Tonna Parsons officiating. Burial was in Lone Tree Cemetery at Sioux Rapids under the direction of the Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids.

Colleen Geisinger, age 70, of Linn Grove, died at her home, Monday, November 8.

Colleen Frances Quigley was born September 20, 1934 to Frank and Oma (Jeppson) Quigley in Sioux Rapids. She was baptized and confirmed in the Congregational Church in Sioux Rapids. She attended elementary and high school in Sioux Rapids.

On February 7, 1953, Colleen was united in marriage to Bruce Geisinger at First Lutheran Church in Jackson, Minnesota. Their union was blessed with five children: Ron, Kurt, Eric, Marcia and Beed. Colleen was a loving wife and devoted mother who treasured her family and enjoyed all of their activities. She derived great pleasure from the many hours she spent playing games at the kitchen table with her children and grandchildren.

Colleen liked to garden and enjoyed drawing, reading, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, cross stitching and playing cards. In her younger years, she enjoyed bowling and basketball. She had many hobbies.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Bruce of Linn Grove; her mother, Oma Quigley at Pleasant View Home in Albert City; children: Ron and wife Sonya Geisinger of Linn Grove, Kurt and wife Debra Geisinger of Linn Grove, Eric and wife Ann Geisinger of Peterson, Marcia Smithey of Dimock, South Dakota, and Beed and wife Heather Geisinger of Sioux Rapids; grandchildren: Brandy and Todd Dirksen of McChord AFB, Washington, Rhiannon and Matt Chizek of West Des Moines, Lee Geisinger of Cedar Rapids, Sammy Farrenkopf and Zamara Geisinger of Linn Grove, Elijah, Todd and Jonathon Geisinger of Linn Grove, Jason and Shena Geisinger of Peterson, Jake and Jeff Smithey of Dimock, South Dakota, Taylor Geisinger of Spencer, Austin Brown of Sioux Rapids, and Clayton Geisinger of Sioux Rapids; great-grandchildren: Nathan, Tyler and Lauren Dirksen of McChord AFB, Washington; and other extended family members and friends.

Colleen was preceded in death by her father, Frank Quigley; her son-in-law, Eddie Smithey; grandchildren, Emily and Andrew Geisinger and Nickolas Geisinger; and great-grandchild, Bailey Geisinger.

Wilma Bell Dingman

October 24, 1910 - November 5, 2004

Memorial Services were held on Thursday, November 11 at the United Methodist Church in Marathon immediately following a 2 p.m. interment in Poland Township Cemetery at Marathon. Services were under the direction of the Sliefert Funeral Home in Marathon. Pastor David Schumann officiated.

Wilma Dingman, age 94, of Marathon, died Friday, November 5 at Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge.

Wilma was born October 24, 1910 at Marathon to James William and Lucretia May (Hayes) Watts. She lived with her parents at their rural Marathon home as a child and attended the Pickeral Lake Country School.

On March 5, 1930, Wilma was united in marriage to Roy Lemont Dingman in Marathon. Their marriage was blessed with a son, Donald.

Wilma spent her life making a warm and comfortable home for her family, who she cherished. She was a member of the Marathon United Methodist Church. She enjoyed crocheting afghans in her spare time.

Survivors include her son, Donald Dingman of Vancouver, Washington; three grandchildren: David Dingman and Donna Jo Dingman, both of Vancouver, Washington, and Dee Ann Jacklin of Bristol, Rhode Island; five great-grandchildren: Josh Dingman, Joy Dingman, Danielle Nickel, Deedra Troup and Deonna Wilson; six great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Jeanette Decker of Laurens; and other extended family and friends.

Wilma was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brothers, William Glen Watts and Kenneth Watts.