Funeral Arrangments

Monday, December 6, 2004


Marjorie Decker

May 2, 1921 - November 14, 2004

Funeral services for Marjorie Decker were held on Wednesday, November 17 at the United Methodist Church in Marathon, with Pastor David Schumann officiating. Burial was in the Poland Township Cemetery under the direction of the Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids.

Marjorie J. Decker, age 83, of Laurens, died Sunday, November 14 at Spencer Municipal Hospital.

Jeanette was born May 2, 1921 on a farm northeast of Marathon to James William and Lucretia May (Hayes) Watts. She lived with her parents on their farm home as a child and attended the Pickeral Lake Country School through the eighth grade. Jeanette then attended and graduated from Marathon High School

On March 28, 1943, Jeanette was united in marriage to Bernard R. Decker in South Sioux City, Nebraska. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Bernard William (Bill) and Maureen Renee.

Jeanette spent her life making a warm and comfortable home for her family. She treasured her family and loved to spend time with them.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church and worked as a cook at the school. In her spare moments, Jeanette liked to sew and crochet. She enjoyed lake scenery and drives to the Storm Lake and Okoboji areas to take in the lake views. There were happy memories for Jeanette.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, Bill and wife Krystal Decker of Rembrandt; daughter, Maureen and husband Ronald Phelps of Alta; grandchildren: Bridget Decker, Theresa Decker, Christopher Phelps and Candi Phelps; two great-grandchildren; as well as other extended family members and a host of friends.

Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a sister, Wilma Bell Dingman, her brothers: Kenneth Walen Watts and William Glen Watts, and a grandson, William Benjamin (BJ) Decker.

Katelyn Duff

December 4, 1990- November 30, 2004

Funeral services for Katelyn Duff were held at the Barker Funeral Home in Alta on Friday, December 3, 1 p.m. with Tom Daniels conducting services. Burial was in the Storm Lake Cemetery.

Katelyn passed away on November 30 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake at the age of 13 years, 11 months and 26 days.

Katelyn Lindsay Duff was born on December 4, 1990 in Miami Beach, Florida to Edward Duff and Rhonda Harrington. She moved to Storm Lake soon after her birth. At the age of 2, she moved into Faith, Hope & Charity home in Storm Lake.

Katelyn enjoyed spending time with her Grandma.

She is survived by her mother, Rhonda Harrington and husband Paul Lussman of Storm Lake; her father, Edward Duff of Cleveland, Ohio; grandparents, Sid and Vivian Harrington of Storm Lake; and her extended family at Faith, Hope & Charity facility.

Shirley Woods

May 8, 1930 - November 30, 2004

Memorial Services for Shirley Woods were Friday, December 3 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake, with Rev. Bruce Lawler officiating. Burial was in the Good Shepherd Cemetery in Jackson, Minnesota. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Shirley M. Woods, age 74, of Holstein, formerly of Storm Lake died Tuesday, November 30 at the Holstein Good Samaritan Center in Holstein.

Shirley Mae Boies was born May 8, 1930 to Samuel Peter and Grace A. (Smith) Boies. She lived as a child with her parents in Emmetsburg.

On June 9, 1949, Shirley was united in marriage to LaMar R. Baker in Long Beach, California. She was a homemaker, who loved her family dearly. She resided in Minnesota, California, and Arizona before she returned to Iowa in September of 2000.

Shirley was a member of the Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Phoenix, Arizona. She enjoyed traveling to historical sites and was a member of the 1000 Trails Travel Club. Her other enjoyments in life were playing cards and other games, sewing, collecting and refinishing antiques.

Left to cherish Shirley, are her daughters: Pamella Jean Iosty and husband Dennis of Storm Lake, Christina Jo Lovaasen and husband Gary of Goodland, Minnesota, and Melinda Jane Barros of Phoenix, Arizona; grandchildren: Tamra Bennett, Brenda Miller, Clint and Alicia Lovaasen, Brent, Amber, Joel, Sheri and Barry Anderson and Marnie Greggs; great grandchildren: Keely Bennett, Robinson, Samuel and Caroline Miller, Kailie Anderson, Camren Fisher, Davis and Shelby Greggs; one brother, William Boies of Pueblo, Colorado; two sisters: Margaret Kilen and husband Kent of Milford, Iowa and Sandra Nelson of Windom, Minnesota; as well as many extended family and friends.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, an infant daughter Mary Anne in 1952, a son Robert in 1992 and a sister Patricia Swartzbaugh.

Mary Huegerich

May 19, 1939 - November 29, 2004

Funeral services for Mary Huegerich were held Thursday, December 2 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Fonda with Father Thomas Hart as celebrant at the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery at Fonda under the direction of the Mahaney Funeral Home in Fonda.

Mary died Monday, November 29 at University Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska after a brief fight with cancer.

Mary was born May 19, 1939 to Lloyd and Margaret (Peppel) McClurg at Fonda. She graduated from Fonda Community School in 1957.

Mary married Irwin Huegerich on November 7, 1959 in Varina. To this union three children were born: Chris, David, and Larry.

Mary painted, wallpapered and cleaned homes in Fonda for many years. She also worked at the Catholic School and at the Fonda Care Center. In 1998 Mary lived part-time in Omaha, where she helped her sister, Carol, remodel an apartment building which Mary later managed. Every two weeks Mary came home to Fonda to be with her grandkids. Mary's greatest love were her grandchildren.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Christine and husband Richard Lampe; two sons, David Huegerich and Larry and wife Lonnie Huegerich, all of Fonda; five grandchildren, Tim, Laura, Jennifer, Nicole and Trevor; sister Carol and husband Mark Christiansen of Omaha, Nebraska; brothers Myron and wife Shirley McClurg of Montezuma, and Ron and wife Sue McClurg of Fort Dodge; one niece and five nephews, Linda, David, Jeff, Mike, Jim and Bobby.

Preceding Mary in death and her parents, husband Irwin, and her brother Mike.

Vira Reng

November 23, 1923 - November 28, 2004

Funeral Services for Vira Reng were Saturday, December 4 at 10:30 a.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake. Burial was in the Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Homes was in charge of the arrangements.

Vira Reng, age 81, of Alta died Sunday, November 28 at her home in rural Alta.

Vira Verle Holmes was born November 23, 1923 in rural Alta to Harrison H. and Bessie Mae (Follett) Holmes. She was baptized and confirmed in the Presbyterian Church in Alta. She received her primary education in the Alta Schools, graduating from Alta High School. Vira went on to attend Buena Vista College in Storm Lake and then West Suburban Oak Park College in Chicago, Illinois.

On November 23, 1946, Vira was united in marriage to Dr. John Reng. Their marriage was blessed with a son, David, and a daughter, Corrine. John and Vira lived in Colorado and Wyoming until 1979, when they returned to Iowa and the Alta area.

Vira was a homemaker who treasured her family. She liked to garden, was an avid collector and was very proud of her Century Farm.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, David and wife Jodi Reng of Washington; daughter Corrine and husband Steve Sheaffer of McFadden, Wyoming; five grandchildren: Dr. Cory Sue Reng, Ben Reng, Kim Gentle, Rebecca Grommon and Ramona Sheaffer; several great-grandchildren; and extended family and friends.

Vira was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John; and a sister, Vola.