June 30, 1923 - March 7, 2005
Funeral services for Phyllis Thompson were held at Farber and Otteman Funeral Home in Sac City on Friday, March 11 at 10:30 a.m. Gary Witte, a minister, former next-door neighbor, and friend conducted the service.
Phyllis June Thompson, 81, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 7 at the Sunset Knoll Retirement Home in Aurelia.
She was born on June 30, 1923 on her family's farm in Irwin to Ora Elida Thompson Barratt and Thomas William Barratt.
Following a childhood spent on her parents' farm, in 1940, Phyllis graduated from high school, where she was the president of her senior class. In 1942, she earned a teaching certificate from the Teachers' College in Cedar Falls. In 1967 she completed her B.A. in elementary education from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake.
Phyllis Barratt married Leonard Thompson, her beloved husband and life's partner of 51 years, on September 12, 1948. Phyllis and Leonard made several moves around Iowa, as Leonard accepted school superintendent positions in Union, Dunlap, and Rockwell City. They ultimately settled in Sac City.
After Leonard retired, he and Phyllis were fortunate enough to enjoy several years of mutual good health, and traveled when they could. They especially enjoyed looking at crafts and then figuring out how to duplicate them. Leonard did the woodwork; Phyllis took on any painting or other artistic touches.
Phyllis did some substitute teaching in Sac City. She was also an active member of the women's circle at Sac City's United Methodist Church, a member of the local PEO chapter, and a regular volunteer at the Sac City Public Library. Her primary focus in life, however, was to create the warmest and most supportive family environment possible for her husband and two sons, and later, for her grandchildren as well. An accomplished cook and baker, Phyllis presided with gentle grace over many a family gathering.
As her grandchildren grew and became involved in a variety of activities, from figure skating to school sports and theater productions, Phyllis and Leonard loyally attended as many of these events as possible, just as they had done for their sons' activities.
Phyllis never forgot the birthdays or special occasions of friends or family members And both Phyllis and Leonard made a special effort to be of whatever assistance they could if an elderly friend needed help. When Leonard's cancer, in remission for over 20 years, once again made him ill, Phyllis was his primary care giver and his rock.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Marjorie Barratt Greene, her brother Gale Barratt, and her husband Leonard Thompson.
She is survived by her brother, Garland Barratt, her sons, William and Robert Thompson, and grandchildren: Dan, Sarah and Aaron Thompson; Megan and Kyle Thompson; and Kyle and Nathan Burris.
Phyllis's family has designated the Sunset Knoll Retirement Home in Aurelia as the place where any memorials can be sent. Address: P.O. Box 67/Aurelia, Iowa 51005. Phyllis resided at Sunset Knoll from March 2003 to the present. The staff there looked after her with great kindness. Sunset Knoll plans to put any funds received toward the purchase of a van, so that they can offer residents convenient transportation to any appointments. Phyllis will be greatly missed by the many people who loved her.
Funeral services for Bernard Miller will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 12 at the First United Methodist Church, 119 S. Georgia Ave. in Mason City with the Rev. Jim Stiles officiating. Interment will be in Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery, Mason City. Military respects at the cemetery will be conducted by the Mason City Memorial Association.
The family will greet relatives and friends at the church one hour prior to Ben's service.
Those wishing to extend memorials or expressions of sympathy may direct them to the Bernard Z. "Ben" Miller Memorial Fund.
Bernard Z. "Ben" Miller, 87, a resident of the I.O.O.F. Home in Mason City since February of 2002 and formerly of Mason City, died Tuesday evening, March 8, at the Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.
Ben will be dearly missed by his family and friends who have shared in his life.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy (Fraser) Miller of Mason City; his sons, William K. (Lois) Miller of Sharon, Massachusetts and Robert C. (Mary) Miller of Mason City; his daughter, Barbara (Bill) Cobb of Ames; his two sisters, Ruth Thornton and Lois Travis, both of Storm Lake; his seven grandchildren, Rebecca (Jeff) Karen, Joseph Miller, Saul Miller, Kary Miller, Cindi Miller, Ty Cobb and Bree Cobb and one great-granson, Evan Karen.
Thoughts, condolences and stories may be sent to the family at www.fullertonfh.com.
Fullerton Funeral Home and Cremation Services 641-423-8676.
September 6, 1919 - March 3, 2005
Funeral services for Theone Harris were held Tuesday, March 8 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Laurens. Burial was in the Calvary Cemetery at Laurens.
Theone Harris, age 85, died March 3 at her home in Laurens.
Theone Louisa Olson was born on September 6, 1919, at Chamberlain, MN. She was the daughter of Carl A. and Pearl (Sutliff) Olson. Theone was educated in rural Hubbard County Minnesota schools. She graduated from Ankeny High School in 1938 and later received her normal training. She taught school in Hubbard County for six years. On April 16, 1945, Theone married Michael Harris at Park Rapids, MN. The couple made their home in Park Rapids until 1947, when they moved to Laurens. Theone was the children's librarian at the Laurens Public Library for several years. Mike died on November 20, 1999, and Theone has continued to make her home in Laurens.
Theone was a member of Sacred Heart Church, the Rosary Society and the Legion of Mary. She also belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary and the Palette Daubers club. Theone and Mike enjoyed vacationing in Minnesota and Theone liked painting, reading, gardening and walking in her spare time.
Survivors include her children: Mary (Larry) Sprick of Alta, Michael (Lorraine) Harris of Ft. Collins, CO. and Robert (Linda) Harris of Alta; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters Marian Hruby Goodrich of Menahga, MN, Deltha Barber of Spirit Lake and Barbara Salton of Spencer; and brothers, Herbert (Alice) Olson of Lyons, NY, Charles "Bud" (Edith) Olson of West Union, Dean (Dodie) Olson of Sheldon and Palmer (Paula) Olson of Storm Lake.
Theone was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Mike; and sister, Phyllis Goebel.
Ruth M. Yungschlager
March 13, 1909 - March 2, 2005
Funeral services for Ruth Yungschlager were held Monday, March 7 at 10 a.m. at Sliefert Funeral Home in Storm Lake with Reverend Jamie Cutler officiating. Burial was in Union Cemetery at Pomeroy with Reverend Bill Howie officiating graveside. Arrangements were under the direction of the Sliefert Funeral Home in Storm Lake.
Ruth M. Yungschlager, age 95, of Storm Lake died on Wednesday, March 2 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.
Ruth Marion McKnight was born March 13, 1909 in Kansas City, Missouri to Harry Field and Nellie Estelle (Hyler) McKnight. She lived with her family in the Kansas City area, before moving to Chicago, Illinois where she attended grade school through the third grade. The family then moved to Elmhurst, Illinois, continuing her education and graduating from Elmhurst High School. Following graduation, Ruth received her nursing degree from Elmhurst Nursing School.
Ruth was baptized and confirmed in the First Evangelical Church in Elmhurst, Illinois. She was an active member and parish visitor of the United Church of Christ, where her husband was pastor.
On June 1, 1930, Ruth was united in marriage to Alfred W. Yungschlager in Elmhurst. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Harry, Doris and Carolyn.
During her life, Ruth held various jobs, including telephone operator, pre-school teacher in Elmhurst, Illinois, Parish caller in Cherokee, Iowa, and working at the Bensenville, Illinois Nursing Home. She retired in 1980. Ruth had many interests: reading, volunteering, visiting shut-ins, traveling, solving crossword puzzles, and watching Murder She Wrote, but none more important to her than spending time with family and her church.
Left to cherish Ruth's memory are her son Harry Yungschlager of Griswold; her two daughters: Doris Peterson and husband Ernest of Sioux Rapids and Carolyn Steig of Plano, Texas; grandchildren: Claire and Bill Sloan, Tim and Teresa Peterson, Scott Peterson, Lisa Peterson, Tal and Anita Steig; great grandchildren: Jennifer Peterson, Brad Peterson, Seth Steig, Caleb Steig, Simone Steig, Kenya Steig and Elijah Steig; one sister Roberta Fluegge of Las Vegas, Nevada; and a host of other family and friends.
Preceding Ruth in death were her parents, Harry and Nellie (Hyler) McKnight; her husband Alfred; brother and sister-in-law Keith and Clara McKnight; sister and brother-in-law Faith and E.O. Spangler; brother-in-law Robert Fluegge; grandson Jeffery Steig; son-in-law Cary Steig; and daughter-in-law Betty Yungschlager.
Keith Albert Bieschke
Keith Albert Bieschke, 84, a retired Army Colonel and former Business Administrator for the Sarasota County, Florida, Public Health Department, died at his home in Myakka Valley Ranches, Sarasota, Florida, on January 14, 2005.
Born in what was then Arthur Township, Mr. Bieschke grew up on a farm outside Arthur, along with his older sister Ione and brother Gerald. After graduating from Arthur High School, Mr. Bieschke attended college at Buena Vista in Storm Lake, and Iowa University in Iowa City. With the advent of World War II, Mr. Bieschke was unable to finish college and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942.
After Basic and Advanced Infantry Training, Mr. Bieschke served in the Pacific Theater on the Amchitka Island, Alaska. After Alaska, Mr. Bieschke was sent to several different military installations in preparation for D-day. Mr. Bieschke came ashore at Normandy at Utah Beach and participated in combat from there to the Ardennes Forest. After the invasion, Mr. Bieschke remained in Europe in a support role. During his combat duty, he was awarded a Bronze Star with one Oak Leaf cluster.
After World War II, Mr. Bieschke returned stateside and was admitted to Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning, Georgia, and upon completion, became an officer with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.
On March 12, 1947, Mr. Bieschke wed the former Gertrude Leichert of White Plains, New York, in Greensboro, North Carolina before shipping out to Germany for an assignment with the U.S. Army Constabulary Force in Warzburg, Germany. Mrs. Bieschke later joined him and on September 14, 1948, their first child, John, was born. With the advent of the Korean War, Mr. Bieschke and his family returned to the United States before leaving for Korea.
Mr. Bieschke landed in Korea at the landing at Inchon as a company commander and saw combat in North Korea. During his combat in Korea, he was awarded the Silver Star for leading his company during a free battle with the Red Chinese and North Koreans.
After Korea, Mr. Bieschke returned to the United States to continue his military career with assignments at Picatenny Arsenal, NJ; Ft. Knox, Kentucky; Mannheim, Germany; Bad Kreuznach, Germany, where their second child Elizabeth was born on April 7, 1956; Ft. Hood, Texas; Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas; Ft. Monroe, Virginia; Ft. Ord, California; Ft. Gulick and Ft. Davis, Panama Canal Zone; and a final assignment in Korea as a Senior Advisor. Mr. Bieschke earned his Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Sociology from George Washington University.
After retiring from the military, Mr. Bieschke moved to Sarasota, Florida and began work on his Masters Degree in Public Health from Nova University and obtained his degree in 1972. At that time he joined the Sarasota County, Florida, Public Health Department as the Business Administrator and remained there for 20 years, retiring in 1992.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Gertrude; his two children, John K. Bieschke of White Post, Virginia; Elizabeth A. Heyer of Sarasota, Florida; and three grandchildren, Sasha A. Bieschke of Washington, DC, Hans Heyer of Sarasota, Florida, and Keith Heyer of Gainesville, Florida.