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Funeral Announcements

Monday, August 15, 2005

Brian Gustafson

Aug. 12, 1943 - July 20, 2005

Brian Gustafson, age 61, of Sioux Falls, S.D., and formerly of Storm Lake, died Wednesday, July 20, in Mesa, Ariz.

A memorial prayer service was held Friday, Aug. 12, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake. Reverend Dr. Beverlee Bell of the Storm Lake United Methodist Church officiated. Graveside rites and inurnment will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, in the Storm Lake Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

Friends called from Friday evening at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake, where the family was present. Those who wish to send on-line condolences may do so via the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home website: www.fratzkejensen.com.

Brian was born Aug. 12, 1943 to Floyd and Wanda (Cress) Gustafson in San Jose, Calif. After the family moved back to Iowa, Brian attended grade school in Sulphur Springs and then graduated from Storm Lake High School with the Class of 1961. Brian received his undergraduate degree at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, his Masters in Education from Drake University in Des Moines, and his Doctorate of Philosophy in Administration and Curriculum from Iowa State University in Ames.

Brian believed in education and the difference it could make in the life of every child. He was active and involved in state education associations, including the Iowa Educational Research and Evaluation Association, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Iowa Assoc. for Supervision and Curriculum Development, School Administrators of Iowa and National Association of Elementary School Principals. He worked in education and school administration until his retirement in 2001.

Brian enjoyed traveling, and he liked to fly and sail. He was a voracious reader. He took pleasure in cooking a meal for himself or to share with family and friends. Brian loved his dogs and enjoyed the outdoors and camping. He was a light in the lives of those who knew and loved him and will be missed dearly.

Left to cherish his memory are his father, Floyd Gustafson of Storm Lake; brother Steve and wife Janelle of Storm Lake; sister Jan and husband Frank Klahs of Storm Lake; nieces, nephews and extended family, as well as a host of colleagues and friends.

Brian was preceded in death by his mother, Wanda Gustafson.

Elgie Anthony Goedert

Sept. 13, 1921 - Aug. 9, 2005

Elgie Anthony Goedert, age 83, of Fonda, died Tuesday, Aug. 9, at his daughter's home in Fonda.

Funeral Services were held on Friday, Aug. 12, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Varina with Father Thomas Hart and Father Don Reis as concelebrants at the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial with Military Rites by W.D. Steiner Legion Post of Varina was in St. Columbkille Cemetery at Varina under the direction of the Mahaney Funeral Home in Fonda.

Friends called on Thursday evening, August 11, at the Mahaney Funeral Home in Fonda, where a parish vigil service was held at 7 p.m.

Elgie Anthony Goedert, son of Leo and Josephine (Pille) Goedert, was born Sept. 13, 1921 at his home in Maple River. He was the oldest of five children. At the age of 83 years, 10 months and 27 days, he was taken from us after suffering a series of debilitating attacks to his health.

Elgie grew to manhood in the Maple River area near Carroll. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II, after which he returned home to help on the family farm.

He married Marie Cecilia Gehrig on June 9, 1949 in Varina. They farmed near Nemaha for a few years before moving to the Varina/Fonda area, where he resided and farmed the rest of his life. Elgie enjoyed fishing and hunting in his early years and playing cards and checking out the crops later in life. He was an active member of the W.D. Steiner Legion Post in Varina, the Varina Fire Department, and Church Council for many years.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Mary Rollie and children Dawn and James of White Bear Lake, Minn.; his son, Joe and wife Nancy and their children, Brittany and Hilary of Laurens; his son, Gene and wife Jeannine and their daughters, Kate, Ashley and Hannah of Fonda; and his daughter, Barbara and her children Nick, Toby, Chris and Robin of Fonda. Elgie had a special relationship - both working on the farm and personally - with the Archer clan: Tom, Paul, Pat and especially Mike. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, in-laws and other extended family from both sides, and many friends.

Elgie was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marie; sister Alice Archer; son-in-law Mike Rollie; brother Leo and wife Harriet Goedert of Varina; sister Betty and husband Dick Blomberg of Albert City; and sister Pearl Herbaugh of Tuscan, Ariz.

Harold Huges Wood

Aug. 13, 2005

A private funeral service honoring Harold Huges Wood, age 89, was held Saturday, Aug. 13.

Harold graduated from Buena Vista University and received his PhD from Cornell University in New York. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant in the South Pacific during World War II.

Harold is survived by his wife of almost 63 years, Julia Papez; children Priscilla (and Everett) Madsen, Omaha; Pamela (and James) Walters, Atlanta, Ga; Patricia Wood, Decatur, Neb.; Harold (and Nancy Wood), Colchester, Conn.; David (and Vicki) Wood, Lincoln, Neb.; Susan (and Alvin) Pahlke, Winner, S.D.; Nancy (and Terrance) Zuerlein, Little Rock, Ark.; Deborah (and Steven) Blum, Minneapolis, Minn.; and Kimberly (and Ross) Bacon, Dakota Dunes, S.D.; 27 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He also leaves a sister Thelma (and Keith) Neller, Sacramento, Calif.; brothers Gerald (and Vera) Wood, Storm Lake; and Virgil (and Florence) Wood, Sioux City.

Memorials may be made to Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, or Spectra Health Care, 5726 120th Avenue, Storm Lake.