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Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Vivian Pedersen

July 17, 1921 - March 9, 2005

Funeral Services for Vivian S. Pedersen will be Tuesday, March 15 at 10:30 a.m. at Nain Lutheran Church in Newell, with Reverend Paul Johnston officiating. Burial will be in the Newell Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Newell is in charge of the arrangements.

Vivian S. Pedersen, age 83, of Newell died Wednesday, March 9 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.

Vivian Skibsted was born July 17, 1921 in Sac County to Martin and Lona (Nielsen) Skibsted. She lived the first two years of her life in Sac County before her family moved to Buena Vista County where she lived the remainder of her life. Vivian was baptized in 1921 at Nain Lutheran Church in Newell and then confirmed at Nain in 1936.

Vivian received her primary education at the Newell Schools before graduating from Sulphur Springs High School in 1939. Following her high school graduation, Vivian left for Des Moines where she attended Grandview College for a year. She later went back to school, graduating from Buena Vista College in 1967 with a B.A. in Education.

On January 24, 1942, Vivian was united in marriage to Herluf E. Pedersen in Plattsmouth, Nebraska. Their union was blessed with three daughters: Darnell, Pamela and Andrea.

Vivian was a loving wife and devoted mother whose first priority was making a warm and comfortable home for her family, whom she treasured. She also taught 4th, 5th and 6th grade language arts in Early and Newell for many years. She was a member of Sigma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, the I.E.A., N.E.A., as well as a member of the Danish Sisterhood. Vivian and Herluf both enjoyed and taught Danish Folk Dancing. She was a faithful, active, lifetime member of Nain Lutheran Church in Newell, where she taught Sunday school. She enjoyed playing piano, reading and gardening. Vivian found pleasure in nature and especially in watching birds. She was always happy to spot her favorite, the cardinal.

Vivian was a kind and gracious lady who had a gift for entertaining and making everyone feel special. She will be missed by all whose lives she touched.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters: Darnell and husband Willis Ripke of Newell, Pamela and husband Harry Horne of Houston, Texas, and Andrea and husband Art McWilliams of Logan; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Orlean Skibsted of Storm Lake; as well as many other family members and a host of friends.

Vivian was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herluf on September 6, 1998; and by her brother, Thorton Skibsted.

Max Zinn

November 5, 1929 - March 10, 2005

Funeral services for Max Zinn were Sunday, March 13 at 2 p.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Storm Lake, with Reverend Connie Spitzack officiating. Burial was in the Storm Lake Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of the Sliefert Funeral Home in Storm Lake.

Max Zinn, age 75, of Storm Lake lost his courageous 10-year battle with pulmonary fibrosis on Thursday, March 10 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Max Irwin Zinn was born November 5, 1929, to Fred and Velma Zinn on the family farm south of Storm Lake. He lived with his parents there, and attended Providence Consolidated School.

On May 13, 1951, Max enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War where he proudly served six months. His tour was shortened secondary to receiving a hardship discharge to help farm the family farm This was in effect as his father was critically injured in an automobile accident which left him with a permanent disability. Max continued serving in the Air Force Reserves until discharged on January 11, 1956.

He received his baptism and confirmation from the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake. Max later transferred his membership to St. Mark Lutheran Church in Storm Lake.

Max wed Ardyce Joyce Ness in the Witter Chapel of the United Methodist Church on November 10, 1957. To this union, four children were born: Dan, Doug, Stephanie and Sara.

During his lifetime, Max worked for HyGrade Food Products for 26 years until the plant closed. He continued farming his family's home place. He enjoyed reading, especially WWII history and aviation, attending Air Shows of World War Vintage Aircraft and restoring his classic car. More than anything, Max's family was his greatest love. He will forever be remembered as a faithful husband and a loving father and grandfather. He especially cherished his time with his granddaughters.

Survivors are his wife, Ardyce of Storm Lake; sons: Dan Zinn of Early and Douglas Zinn of Storm Lake and his very special friend Danelle Johannsen of Holstein; daughters: Stephanie Zinn of Sac City and her very special friend Royce Kemmann of Sac City and Sara Heit and her husband Craig of Apple Valley, Minnesota; grandchildren: Emma and Greta Heit of Apple Valley, Minnesota; sister Phyllis Barber of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota; and other extended family and friends.

Preceding Max in death were his parents and brother-in-law Orval Barber.