Setpember 6, 1921
December 7, 2005
Funeral services for Lois Kohrt, 84, of Aurelia, were 10:30 Monday, Dec. 12 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee, with Pastor Richard Arndt officiating. Burial was in the River View Cemetery, Rock Rapids.
Lois died Wednesday, Dec. 7, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn.
Lois Maxine Follett was born September 6, 1921, to Edwin and Minnie (Filbrandt) Follett at Granite Falls, Yellow Medicine County, Minn. She was raised in Rock Rapids, and graduated from Central Lyon High School in 1940. She received her RN degree from the Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in Sioux City in 1943.
Lois married her high-school sweetheart, Forrest Jesse Kohrt, on Oct. 10, 1942, in Chicago during World War II. They were married for 63 years. They lived in Garner and Knoxville before coming to the Cherokee area in 1954. Four years later they moved to a farm just outside of Aurelia where they lived for 28 years until moving into Aurelia in 1986. She loved nursing and provided excellent care, leadership, and staff training at Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital for over 30 years. She served as the head nurse for obstetrics and helped develop and supervise the cardiac care unit. Lois retired in 1982. She was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, and served the Lutheran Women's Missionary League and provided home visitation as a Stephen's Ministry leader. Since retirement she remained active with church activities including Stephen's Ministries and the Ladies Aid. She crocheted many booties and hats for the infants at the hospital and church. Lois enjoyed playing bridge and golf, needlepoint, and spending time with her family. Recently, Lois was honored to become a member of the Red Hat Ladies Society, and thoroughly enjoyed the activities and camaraderie.
Preceding Lois in death were her parents, and one brother, Roger Follett.
Survivors include her husband Forrest, their children; Bill Kohrt of Rochester, Minn., Alan and his wife Lois Kohrt of Atlanta, Ga., Stanley and his wife Nancy Kohrt of Guthrie, Okla., and Cindy Hilsabeck of Strawberry Point; sixteen grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert Follett of Minneapolis, Minn., and one sister-in-law, Cherry Follett of San Mateo, Calif., and other relatives and friends.
March 17, 1922
December 10, 2005
Howard R. "Shorty" Harper, 83, of Blakesburg died Dec. 10 in Ottumwa at Hospice House.
He was born March 17, 1922, in Unionville to Walter G. and Edith Mae Roland Harper.
He married B. Louise Yenger August 16, 1942, in Ottumwa. She survives.
He farmed near Moravia then served in World War II in the U.S. Army and was wounded in action in Europe in 1945. He moved to Ayrshire in 1954, to Storm Lake in 1963, then to Johnston in 1976. He retired from the Iowa Army National Guard and moved to rural Blakesburg in 1982.
Survivors include two sons Howard F. Harper (Suzanne) of Fairfax, Va., and Earl R. Harper (Jean) of Johnston; two sisters, Olive Tomlin of Moravia and Mildred Koster of Florida; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded by his parents, one brother, Bud Harper; and three sisters, Leona Scott, Hazel Cox and Verna Newton.
His body has been donated to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
A memorial service will be held at a later date with Honor Guard by Iowa National Guard.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Cancer Society or Wapello County Hospice, 312 E. Alta Vista, Ottumwa, Iowa 52501.
Robertson-Jay Funeral Home in Ottumwa in charge of arrangements.
John Herman Hinkeldey
August 25, 1950
December 7, 2005
John Hinkeldey, age 55, died on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at his home in Storm Lake.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 12, at Barker Funeral Home, Alta, with Pastor Mark Abraham officiating. Burial was at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Alta, with military rites by the VFW post #6172 of Alta. Barker Funeral Home of Alta is in charge of the arrangements.
John Herman Hinkeldey was born on August 25, 1950 to Christian and Alpha (Schramm) Hinkeldey in Storm Lake. He was baptized and confirmed at the St. John Lutheran Church, Hanover. He grew up in the Hanover area and attended the St. John Lutheran School and graduated from Alta High School.
John was an electrician and was currently employed by Norm's Livestock Supply and Service of Storm Lake. He served in the United States Air Force for four years. In his spare time, John enjoyed fishing and camping.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Ray.
John is survived by two sisters, Mary Ann and her husband Duane Davis of Topeka, Kan. and Ila and her husband Lloyd Richter of Storm Lake; one sister-in-law, Judy Hinkeldey of Alta; eight nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.
Lester J. H. Grieme
May 26, 1918
December 8, 2005
Lester Grieme, age 87, died on Thursday, Dec. 8, at Careage Hills in Cherokee.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec.10, at St. John Lutheran Church, Alta, with Pastor Mark Abraham officiating. Burial was at the St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Alta. Barker Funeral Home of Alta is in charge of the arrangements.
Lester J. H. Grieme was born on May 26, 1918, to Adolf and Frieda (Holtz) Grieme in Alta. He was baptized on June 2, 1918, at St. John Lutheran Church, Hanover, and confirmed on March 20, 1932, at St. John Lutheran Church, Hanover. Lester also attended Hanover Parochial School.
On Feb. 23, 1939, Lester was united in marriage to Della F. Menke at St. John Lutheran Church, Hanover. This union was blessed with two children, Sandra and James.
Lester was engaged in farming until 1961, when they moved to Alta. He worked for Hy-Grade Food Products until 1978. He then worked as a school custodian at Galva for two years. He became the groundskeeper at the Alta City park for seven years. In his younger years, he drove the bus for the St. John School.
Lester was a lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church, Hanover. He served as Trustee for one term, Financial Secretary for one term, and as the church custodian.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, John; and one sister, Arlene Swink.
Lester is survived by his wife, Della of Alta; one daughter, Sandra and her husband Jerry Gunnerson of Clear Lake; one son, Jim Grieme and his wife Lou of Johnstown, Colo.; eight grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; one brother, Arnold Grieme of Alta; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.