Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Glenn E. Tomforde

November 30, 2005

Glenn E. Tomforde, age 86, of Storm Lake, died on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at his home.

A graveside service was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake, with Revered Mark Abraham of St. John Lutheran Church in rural Alta officiating. Full military honors were presented by AMVETS Post #66. There was no visitation, only a gathering of friends and family at the family home at 516 Oates Street in Storm Lake at noon prior to the service at the cemetery. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

Friends who wish to send on-line condolences to the family or view the memorial folder may do so via the Sliefert Funeral Home website:

Glenn was born and raised in the area of Jackson and Heron Lake, Minn., with his father William (a railroad man) and mother Mamie (Gramma Mary) and siblings William, Jr., Arthur, Victor, Wendell, Wilma and Viola. All of his family preceded him in passing.

At barely 18, Glenn joined the U.S. Army for battle duty in Europe and Southeast Asia, where he was awarded several medals during World War II, which include the French Star and the U.S. Army Unit Silver Star. His comrades considered him an excellent shot with the carbine rifle. Glenn participated in the Normandy invasion and Battle of the Bulge. After spending time in C.C.C. camps in the Carolinas, he returned home to Storm Lake to his wife, Elna (Luepke), and his first son, Robert, who now resides in the Des Moines area with his wife, Marilyn.

Glenn worked just blocks from his home on 516 Oates, for Kingan & Company and Hygrade Meats for almost 40 years and served as union steward and vice president, when the Union was then so very needed. Though uneducated, he was a born leader and a great friend to many. Also during this time, Glenn and Elna had a son, Tommy (now living in Storm Lake with his wife, Wanda Jean), and daughter, Kathy (who lives in Kansas with her husband John). Tommy has two boys, Bryan and Daniel. Kathy's only child, Michael, and father Ron Garlock live in Storm Lake.

The pastimes Glenn grew to love were hunting and fishing, camping, plus gardening and carpentry around the house. Glenn and Elna also greatly loved many years of square dancing and church activities while living in Newell and Storm Lake.

And as anyone would say who had known him personally, Glenn would never hesitate to remind folk jokingly just how much of a good-looking man and lover he was. Glenn, through his adult life, knew many, many people who truly loved and respected him as a good man, father and husband.

Joyce A. Keenan Gard

October 29, 1935

November 30, 2005

Joyce A. Keenan Gard, age 70, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 30 in Omaha, Neb.

Joyce was born Oct. 29, 1935, in Fonda to Christopher and Ethel Spencer Keenan. She was a member of the Queen of Apostles Catholic Church. Joyce was known by all for her love of life and the joy she brought to all she touched. Joyce was proud to have sent each of her five children through the St. Albert School system.

Joyce was preceded in death by her husband Edward, who passed away in 1997, her parents, and her sister Dorothy Keenan Smith.

Joyce Keenan Gard is survived by her daughter Sharon Lier (Michael), Omaha, Neb.; sons Mark (Kim), Des Moines; Jim (Sandy), Aurora, Colo.; John (Debbie), Colorado Springs, Colo.; Christopher (Chrystal), Omaha, Neb.; grandchildren Jonathon, Andrew and Aaron Lier; Olivia, Spencer, Tyler and Kristen Gard; her brother Ron Keenan (Coleen), Storm Lake; and many nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian burial was held Saturday, Dec. 3 at 11:30 a.m. at the Queen of the Apostles Church. Rosary service was held on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. with visitation following until 8:30 at the funeral home. The burial was held at the St. Joseph cemetery with a luncheon following at Queens.

Memorials should be made to St. Albert Schools.

Vivian M. Toomer

February 26, 1924

November 26, 2005

Vivian M. Toomer, age 81, of Storm Lake, died Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 10:30 am at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Storm Lake with Pastor Connie Spitzack officiating. Burial was in Nemaha Cemetery in Nemaha. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home of Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorials honoring Vivian may be mailed to Buena Vista Regional Medical Center, 1525 West 5th Street, Storm Lake, Iowa 50588. Please note whether you wish the memorial to benefit the oncology or hospice department at the hospital.

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:

Vivian Marie Gregersen was born on Feb. 26, 1924, in Saratoga where she lived until the age of five. Her Danish family (father Adolf Marinus Gregersen, mother Maren Marie Neilsen-Gregersen, two sisters, Lillian and Clara and one brother Kenneth) moved to Alta in 1929. She attended Fairview School and remembers sleigh rides and gifts of apples and oranges at Christmas time. Vivian especially loved music and learning as a child. She was confirmed at the Emmanuel / Trinity Lutheran Church of Alta and grew up and lived most of her young life there. Following her graduation from Fairview High School, Vivian attended Buena Vista College receiving her degree in education and later a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. She taught school at Linn Grove, Marathon, Nemaha and Crestland of Early.

In 1947, Vivian married Donald Keith Toomer of Nemaha. Together, they made their home on a dairy farm in Nemaha. They had four children and farmed and owned and operated the Nemaha Lumber Co. Vivian was a very active member of the United Methodist Church in Nemaha, serving as the church organist and choir director for over 30 years. She was also instrumental in keeping music alive in her community and inspired many to love and enjoy music as she did. After her husband Donald died in 1996, she moved to Storm Lake. She joined St. Mark Lutheran Church where she also became active in music ministry. In her twilight years, Vivian still enjoyed music, became interested in poetry, was an avid reader and lifelong learner. She loved her home, crossword puzzles, and seeing family and friends.

Survivors include her son, Greg Toomer and Elaine Gerdes of Early; daughters: Anita Coon and husband Jay of Early, Valerie Toomer of Eden Prairie, Minn. and Jennifer Toomer of Minneapolis, Minn., six grandchildren: Lisa Toomer of Des Moines, Mark Toomer and wife Rebecca of Midlothian, Texas, Erin Toomer-Smith and husband Tim of Storm Lake, John Toomer of Iowa City, Joshua Coon and wife Christi of Smyrna, Tenn., and Gabrielle Coon-Grooters and husband Scott of Hermitage, Tenn.; six great grandchildren: Miranda Toomer, Gillian Toomer, Gavin Toomer, Samuel Toomer, Bennett Smith, and Austin Grooters; sisters, Lillian Swanson-Holstein of Alta and Clara Samuelson and husband Melvin of Storm Lake; brother Kenneth Gregersen and wife Evelyn of Phoenix, Ariz.; brother-in-law Edward Toomer and wife Gail of Storm lake; and extended family and friends.

Vivian was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Donald.

Deb Galvin

March 11, 1960

November 30, 2005

Deb Galvin, 45, of Ames, left this world Wednesday, Nov. 30. A memorial service was held at the Memorial Lutheran Church in Ames at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5.

Deb was born March 11, 1960 in Storm Lake. Growing up, she lived in Algona and graduated high school in 1977. After graduation, she attended Iowa Lakes Community College and graduated in 1980.

Through her marriage to Steve Galvin, her son was born in 1983. Deb and her son Nickolas moved to Ames in 1988. Making her home in Ames, Deb attended Iowa State University and graduated with a BA in Family Consumer Science. After graduation, Deb worked at Archway Cookie in Boone for a brief time. In 1994, she was an office manager at the Ames Tribune. In 1996, she started her own business, NHO Connection with health and nutrition store.

Her real passion came to her in 2001, when she fell in love with Fleece. She first purchased as an Internet business, and soon found out there was a need for retail in the Ames area. Deb made many fleece blankets and also invented many crafts with the fleece. In 2003, Fleecespieces was patented, and many people loved her way of making fleece blankets. Deb was blessed with many friends through the fleece business. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her son, Nickolas R. Galvin of Ames; her father, Richard H. Nelson of Spirit Lake; her mother, Norma J. Nelson of Ames; her two sisters, Robin D. Mitchell and her husband Robert of Boone and Carol Gonzalez and her husband Bruce of St. Clair, Mich.; her two brothers, Rick Nelson and his wife Kim of Broken Bow, Neb. and Tommy Joe Anderson of Oakland; and seven nieces and nephews, Seth and Sierra Mithchell of Boone, Chay and Natalya Nelson of Broken Bow, Neb., Heather Klein of St. Paul, Minn., Paul Anderson of Canada and Jason Gonzalez of St. Clair, Mich.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Deb Galvin Memorial at the Members 1st Credit Union in Ames.

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