James William "Bill" Berry
James William "Bill" Berry of Storm Lake died Tuesday, Dec. 20 at Buena Vista Manor in Storm Lake.
Funeral Mass for Mr. Berry was celebrated on Friday, Dec. 23 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake by Father Bruce Lawler. Burial followed in St. Mary's Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Friends called at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake starting after 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22 where the family was present from 6-8 p.m. A Legion of Mary Rosary was recited at 3:30 at the funeral home, as well as a Vigil Service at 7:30 p.m.
Friends who wish to send on-line condolences to the family or view the memorial folder may do so via the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home website.
James William Berry was born June 14, 1925 in Fort Dodge to John Michael and Ruth (Cooney) Berry. He was baptized as an infant into the Catholic faith. Bill graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Cherokee with the Class of 1944. He entered the United States Army on Oct. 6, 1943 and served his country in the 13th Airborne Division during World War II in France. On March 12, 1946, he was honorably discharged from service.
On Aug. 24, 1948, Bill was united in holy matrimony to Katherine Nelson at the rectory of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee. The couple was blessed with three children: Barbara, Joan, and Steve.
Bill was employed by Hy-Grade in Storm Lake for many years. He retired in 1981. He was a faithful member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake. He enjoyed gardening and lovingly created and tended a beautiful garden of flowers and vegetables each year. He was also an avid golfer and sports fan.
A loving husband and devoted father, Bill treasured his family. In his later years, his grandchildren brought him special joy, and he attended all of their activities, never missing any of their events. He will be remembered and missed for the friendship he offered, and his ever-present care and concern for all those he loved.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 57 years, Katherine of Storm Lake; daughter Barbara Kestel of Storm Lake; daughter Joan Hamilton of Storm Lake; son Steve (Janet) Berry of Storm Lake; granddaughter Leah (Chris) Clausen of Minneapolis, Minn.; grandson Nick Kestel of Eagle Grove; grandson Zach Hamilton of Chicago, Ill.; grandson Mike Kestel of Storm Lake; grandson Blake Berry and Brock Berry, both of Storm Lake; brothers Charles Berry of Cherokee and Jack (Avis) Berry of Cambridge, Minn.; sister Marilyn (Robert) Demers of Storm Lake; sisters-in-law Maria Berry of Arnolds Park and Marjorie Hoxie and Lois Nelson of Cherokee; and many other relatives and a host of friends.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, John Michael and Ruth Berry; a sister, Eleanor Berry; and brothers Skyler Berry and Richard Berry.
Memorials in Bill's honor may be made to Buena Vista County Hospice or St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Vergil C. Wenell
Vergil C. Wenell, 88, of Albert City, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2005, at Hovenden Good Samaritan Center in Laurens.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 10:30 a.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Albert City, with Reverends Gavin Ellis and David Wenell officiating. Burial was in the Fairfield Township Cemetery at Albert City.
Friends called at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Albert City on Monday, Dec. 26, from 4-8 p.m., where the family was present from 5-7 p.m. Those wishing to view the folder, obituary, or send on-line condolences to the family may do so via the Sliefert Funeral Home website: www.sliefert.com
Vergil Carl Wenell was born Jan. 14, 1917, in rural Albert City to Carl David and Mabel (Johnson) Wenell.
He lived with his family and attended country school through the eighth grade in rural Albert City. He received his baptism and confirmation from the Mission Covenant Church in Albert City.
On June 30, 1947, Vergil was united in marriage to Wanetta Ramona Olson in Omaha, Neb. They lived in the Albert City area, where they raised their family and farmed.
In April 1985, Vergil retired from active farming but remained proud of his country roots. Currently, he was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church, for which he had served as trustee in the past. Vergil was active in the farm and local community.
He was a past president of the Pocahontas County Farm Bureau, served 16 years on the Albert City City Council, six years on the Board of Directors on Northwest Aging, as well as a member of the Highway 20 commission.
Vergil greatly enjoyed expanding his toy collection. He loved traveling and made yearly trips to Branson, Mo., as well as two trips to Sweden to visit family. Over the years, Vergil had visited most of the states in the United States.
Those preceding Vergil in death are his parents, David and Mabel Wenell; three brothers: Arnold, Paul, and Emery Wenell; sister, Laverne Swanson; and brother-in-law, Richard Swanson.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Wanetta Wenell of Albert City; sons: Charles Wenell of Lincoln, Neb., Elwood Wenell of Albert City, and Mike Lynch and his wife Donna of Redfield; daughter, Sandra Kies and her husband Harlan of Newell; grandchildren: Jamie Kies, Melissa Payne and her husband Tom, Pamela Manary and her husband Corey, Brandon Kies and Travis Kies; great-grandchildren, Samantha Kies and Colton Payne; brother Delbert Wenell and his wife Karen of King City, Mo.; sister, Lorraine Bloom and her husband George Jr. of Guilford, Conn.; as well as other extended family and friends.