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Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Loretta Peiffer

October 26, 1914 - January 12, 2005

Funeral Services for Loretta Peiffer were held on Saturday, January 15 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.

Loretta Peiffer, age 90, of Fonda died Wednesday, January 12 in the Fonda Nursing and Rehab Center.

Loretta Marie (Strauss) Peiffer was born October 26, 1914 in Fonda. She was the daughter of John and Mary (Prendergast) Strauss. Loretta grew up on a farm south of Fonda and graduated from O.L. G. C. in 1934. After attending college at Mt. St. Clair College, she taught country school southwest of Fonda.

On September 26, 1937, she married Arthur Peiffer at O.L. G. C. Catholic Church in Fonda. They lived east of Fonda on a farm. In l960, her husband passed away. She remained on the farm for many years until she moved to town in 1975.

She loved to play cards and enjoyed traveling. Her family was the center of her life. She entered the Fonda Nursing and Rehab Center in March of 2000 and remained there until her death.

Loretta belonged to Catholic Daughters of America, Holy Family Society, Legion Auxiliary and many card clubs.

Loretta was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur, infant son, Eugene, son Terry, her parents, John and Mary Strauss, and her brother, Jack.

She is survived by her children: Nick of Fonda, Carol Marie Reinert and husband Ralph of Fonda, Duane and wife Cindy of Fonda, Judy Lo and husband Peter of Overland Park, Kansas, Robert and fiance Mic Vogal of Twin Lakes, Mary Lee (wife of Terry) of Fonda; eleven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; and many relatives and friends.

Noel Anderson

April 12, 1916 - January 9, 2005

Memorial services for Noel Anderson were held at the First Baptist Church in Storm Lake on Friday, January 14 at 11 a.m., Pastor Tom Hinshaw officiating. Burial will be at a later date. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

Noel M. Anderson, age 88, of Storm Lake, passed away on Sunday, January 9 in Sun City West, Arizona.

Noel Merrill Anderson was born April 12, 1916, in Cylinder. The son of Norwegian and Swedish immigrants, he grew up on a farm with three brothers and two sisters.

After high school, he attended business college in Des Moines where he met Mary Kachel of Des Moines and they were married on June 21, 1941.

On the day after Pearl Harbor, Noel enlisted in the Army Air Corps. Upon completion of his flight training, he was sent to the South Pacific where he flew 181 missions, logged more than 2,000 hours of flight time, and was awarded the Air Medal with oak leaf clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf clusters. In the closing days of the war, he was reassigned to the States where he served as a flight instructor.

After the war, he was offered a job with an airline, but opted to return to Iowa where he started a small business. That business, which became known as Merrill Manufacturing Company, moved to Storm Lake in 1957.

After serving as President and CEO of Merrill Manufacturing for 32 years, he retired in 1981, turning the business over to his younger son, Stephen. The holder of 12 national and international patents, Noel was elected to the Inventors' Hall of Fame in 1983.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Jewel Masonic Lodge #309, and the Abu Bekar Shrine, as well as the Elks Club of Storm Lake, Lake Creek Country Club, and Alta Country Club.

He was an avid pilot, fisherman, and golfer, and achieved local notoriety in Sun City West when he scored holes-in-one (his second and third) on two different area courses in the same week.

Noel is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary; and two children: Merrill and his wife, Dedra, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and Stephen and his wife, Jacqueline, of Storm Lake. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Matt of Wilmar, Minnesota; Joel, a student at Iowa State University in Ames; Holly, a student of Storm Lake High School; Nathan and his wife Karli of Denver, Colorado; Nicholas, also of Denver, Colorado; Whitney of Los Angeles, California; and Mitchell, a student at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado; and by a brother, Marlowe Anderson, of Lake Havasau, Arizona, and a sister, May Chenowith, of Des Moines.