Funeral Arrangements

Monday, November 29, 2004

Jean Peterson

April 20, 1913 - November 19, 2004

Jean passed away on November 19 at Methodist Manor in Storm Lake at the age of 91 years, six months, and thirty days.

Alice Jean Peterson was born on April 20, 1913 to Rev. A.J. and Frances (Brown) Barkley in Merrill. She attended school in several communities in northwest Iowa and graduated from Farnhamville High School in 1931.

Jean attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake and Iowa State Teacher's College (UNI) in Cedar Falls, earning degrees in music and elementary education. She began teaching at Highview Consolidated Schools in 1935. She also taught in mechanicsville, Estherville, and Cedar Rapids.

On August 26, 1945, she was united in marriage to Melvin Peterson in Smithland and they settled on the family farm north of Alta. This union was blessed with one daughter, Miriam.

Jean was active in the community, both in the country and also when they retired in Alta in 1976. She taught piano lessons to many children, directed choirs, and accompanies vocalists. She was an active member of several groups, including the Nokomis Study Club at Trinity Lutheran Church. In the 1970's, she taught English to recently immigrated Laotians. Jean also collected sea shells and presented programs about them.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her twin brother, John Barkley and his wife Edna; one sister, Evelyn Barkley; two brothers-in-law, Bob Martin and Vincent Peterson and his wife Dorothy.

Jean is survived by her husband, Melvin of Alta; one daughter, Miriam and her husband Don Baker of Cedar Falls; two grandsons, Lee Baker and his wife Amy of Eugene, Oregon and Brandon Baker of Denver, Colorado; one sister, Ada Marie of Spirit Lake; one brother-in-law, Pastor Ordell Peterson and his wife Dorothy of Rock Island, Illinois; seven nieces and nephews; and numerous friends.

Irene Eickman

May 31, 1912 - November 21, 2004

Mass of Christian burial for Irene Eickman will be held Saturday, November 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Fonda, with Father Thomas Hart officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery at Fonda under the direction of the Mahaney Funeral Home in Fonda.

Irene Eickman, age 92, of Fonda died Sunday, November 21 at Marshall, Minnesota.

Mary Irene (Lenahan) Eickman was born May 31, 1912, at Newell. She was the daughter of John J. and Mary (McNamara) Lenahan. She grew up on the family farm south of Newell and attended school in Newell. After graduating from the Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, she taught for many years in country schools as well as in Schaller and Lake View.

On January 3, 1946, she married Edwin Eickman at St. Mary's Church in Storm Lake, Iowa. They lived on the Eickman farm four miles east of Fonda. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing and reading. She took special pleasure in visiting with her children and grandchildren. A highlight of her later years was a trip to Ireland with three of her daughters. Irene belonged to the Catholic Daughters, Holy Family Society and the Little Flower Missionary Society.

She and her husband moved to a home in Fonda in 1992. In March of 2000 she became a resident of the Fonda care center. She moved to the Marshall, Minnesota, nursing home in March of 2004, where she passed away.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Robert and infant brother Dennis Lenahan, and her husband Ed in 2003.

She is survived by her five children: Patricia Birk (Ken Yeggy) of Iowa City; Kathleen Weishaar (Mark) of Malvern, Pennsylvania; Janet Healy (Mike) of Marshall, Minnesota; Sally Sauter (Jack) of Rancho Mirage, California; and James Eickman (Cathy) of Mountain Home, Arkansas.

Also surviving are 12 grandchildren: Chris Birk, Gretchen Yeggy, Michael Weishaar, Angela Weishaar Maycock, Katie Weishaar, Jim Healy, Colleen Healy, Carolyn Healy, Julia Sauter, Laura Sauter, Bill Eickman and Jay Eickman; brother-in-law Leonard Eickman and sisters-in-law Rose Eickman and Sr. Maristella Eickman. She will be greatly missed by all those who love her.

Norma Rohlk

December 8, 1926 - November 21, 2004

Funeral services for Norma Jean Rohlk were held Wednesday, November 24 at the First Presbyterian Church in Alta with Pastor Craig Lee officiating. Burial was in the Buena Vista Memorial Park, Storm Lake. The Barker Funeral Home in Alta was in charge of arrangements.

Norma died Sunday, November 21 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Norma Jean Cool was born December 8, 1926, in Bowman, North Dakota, to Abraham and Natalie (Theeler) Cool. She was baptized on July 10, 1927, at the Congregational Church in Wessington Springs, South Dakota. Her father died when she was eight years old and she moved with her family to Waterloo. She graduated from West High School in Waterloo on June 2, 1944.

She married Eldon Warren Rohlk on January 2, 1949, in the First Congregational Church in Waterloo.

The couple farmed north of Storm Lake for a few years before settling on a farm five miles south to Alta.

Norma joined the First Presbyterian Church of Alta on October 29, 1950, and was an extremely active member of the church, teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School and serving as a Deacon, Trustee, Elder and Moderator. She was a member of the Nokomis Study Club, Martha Circle, Daytime Circle, Birthday Club, PEO and a card club. She also served on the board of Meals on Wheels.

In addition to her church and community involvement, Norma enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Earlier in her life she enjoyed doing ceramics and later took up cross stitching, quilting and other handiwork. She enjoyed growing flowers in her garden and had an appreciation for music.

She is survived by her husband, Eldon Rohlk; three sons, Michael Paul and wife Mary Ann Rohlk of Cape Coral, Florida, Dale and wife Christine Rohlk of Omaha, Nebraska, Tom and wife Leanne Rohlk of Midlothian, Virginia; daughter, Lori and husband Matthias Pfeiffer of Mesa, Arizona; eight grandchildren, Ashley Rohlk, Lincoln, Nebraska, Courtney Rohlk, Atlanta, Georgia, Joshua Rohlk, Omaha, Nebraska, Jessica and husband Tony Licb of Madison, Wisconsin, John T. Rohlk, Omaha, Nebraska, Andrew and Rebecca Rohlk, Midlothian, Virginia, and Max Pfeiffer, Mesa, Arizona; two sisters, Leah Creswell, Spirit Lake, and Doris Tharp, Waverly; and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, William Paul Cool and Clifford Theeler Cool.

Lois H. Frykberg

March 16, 1917 - November 23, 2004

Funeral services for Lois H. Frykberg were held Friday, November 26 at 10 a.m. at Warner Chapel of Spencer with Rev. Tom Dettmer and Rev. Deb Mechler officiating. Interment was at the Fairfield Cemetery in Albert City.

Lois passed away at St. Luke Lutheran Home on Tuesday, November 23 at the age of 87.

Lois H. Frykberg, the daughter of Henry C. and Mabel Nelson Anderson was born March 16, 1917 in Albert City. Her childhood years were spent in Albert City where she received her education, graduating from Albert City High School. Following high school, Lois attended Buena Vista College for one year.

Lois married Mauritz Frykberg on February 9, 1938 in Albert City. Following their marriage, they farmed in the Albert City area until 1940 when they moved to Boulder, Colorado. In 1953, Lois and Mauritz purchased a retail variety store in Dows which they operated until 1975. They resided in Storm Lake from 1979 until 1991, when they moved to Spencer. She enjoyed handiwork, golfing and bowling. During her retirement years Lois and Mauritz especially enjoyed R.V. traveling and camping. Lois resided at Riverview Terrace in Spencer for several years before moving to St. Luke Lutheran Home in October of 2004.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Mauritz, on November 6, 1993.

She is survived by one son and his wife, Ronald and Wanda Frykberg of Omaha, NE; two grandchildren, Dru Frykberg, Ames, and Randall Frykberg, Roseville, MN; one sister, Ruth Bean of Albert City; as well as other relatives and friends.