Funeral Notices

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Mary L. Miller, age 92, of Storm Lake, died Friday, Nov. 4 at Buena Vista Manor in Storm Lake.

Funeral mass was held on Monday, Nov. 7 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake. Burial was in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements are under the Friends who wish to send on-line condolences to the family, or view the memorial folder online, may do so via the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home website: www.fratzkejensen .com.

Mary Anna Leona Louise Dick was born on April 12, 1913 in Schaller to John and Madalena (Schmitt) Dick. She lived with her family in Sac County and attended school in Early and graduated in 1930. Her education continued in Carroll at St. Anthony's Nursing School.

In 1913, Mary was baptized at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Early where she was later confirmed. She was a current member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake and an honorary member of the St. Mary's Guild.

On April 28, 1936, Mary was united in marriage to William J. Miller. To this union, seven children were born: Marguerite, Kenneth, Janette, Roger, Lois, Louise and Maxine. She was a proud housewife and mother, as well as a midwife.

Mary was a polio survivor since 1948. She loved flowers and cooking. Many of her most prized moments were those spent with her children and grandchildren.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Marguerite and husband Gene Huelman of Schaller, Kenneth J. and wife Pat Miller of Storm Lake, Janette Vacek and husband Raymond of Alpha, Minn., Lois Miller of Hulbert, Okla., Louise Bohaty and husband Carroll of Ceresco, Neb., Maxine McCarthy and husband James of DeGraff, Minn.; 29 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law Marita Dick of Silver Bay, Minn. and Marcella Dick of Storm Lake; many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William in December of 1977; son Roger Miller in December of 1970; brothers: Alfred, Henry, John, Leo, Bernard, and Francis J. (in 1930 at age 29); and sister Elsie Dick who died at age 4.

Funeral Services for Verla Mae Petersen, 74, of Estherville, were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4 at the United Methodist Church in Estherville with Pastor Lynn Potter officiating. Interment followed at the East Side Cemetery in Estherville.

Verla Mae Smith, the daughter of Abe and Alta Mae (Aalborg) Smith was born April 25, 1931 at Laurens.

Verla moved with her family to the Superior area and she graduated from Superior High School in 1949. She was united in marriage to Donald Petersen on December 18, 1949, at the Little Brown Church. The couple farmed south of Estherville for a number of years. They moved into town in 1970, the same year Verla began working for Upper Des Moines Opportunity as a home health coordinator and food nutritionist where she worked until retiring in 1998. Donald died April 14, 1999.

Verla was a member of the United Methodist Church. She enjoyed family parties and reunions, shopping and going to coffee clubs, playing cards and cooking for big family meals. She found special enjoyment in growing flowers. Verla was famous for her fudge and spoiling her grandchildren.

Family members surviving include her children: Dana Burdorf and her husband, Ed of Emmetsburg, Lynda Wilson and her husband, Lonnie of Storm Lake, Doug Petersen and his wife, Edie of Marathon City, Wis., Lori Sherling and her husband Joe of Estherville, and Curt Petersen and his wife Jen of Spirit Lake, 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Also surviving are 2 brothers, Jerry Smith and his wife Nita of Presho, S.D. and Roger Smith of Estherville and 2 sisters, Ardis Hanson and her husband, Alan of Estherville and Charlene Thomsen and her husband Stan of Spirit Lake and many nieces and nephews.

Verla was preceded in death by her husband, one infant daughter, Sandra, one infant grand daughter, Kara and her parents. Online condolences may be sent to www.

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