Katie Thovson Baartman
April 11, 1915-Dec. 31, 2005
Katie Thovson Baartman, age 90, of Sheldon, formerly of Alta, died on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005, at Northwest Iowa Health Center in Sheldon.
Her life will be celebrated with a service at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5 at Barker Funeral Home, Alta, with Rev. Marvin Lindley officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. at Madison Township Cemetery, Forest City. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Barker Funeral Home of Alta is in charge of the arrangements.
Katie Ver Hoef was born April 11, 1915, near Granville to John and Grace (Roetman) Ver Hoef. While growing up, Katie lived in North Dakota, Minnesota, Forest City, and Sioux County.
She married Willard Thovson on April 15, 1933, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. To this union were born two sons, Dennis and Paul, and one daughter, Janet. Katie and Willard farmed, then purchased a hardware store in Fertile which they owned for five years until it was destroyed by fire. After Willard's death in 1970, Katie worked for school hot lunch programs in Lake Mills and Boyden and for 11 years served as a Food Service Supervisor for the Lake Mills Nursing Home.
In 1985, Katie married Edward Baartman and they made their home in Boyden. Ten years later they moved to Alta and lived there until 2004, when they moved to Fieldcrest Assisted Living in Sheldon. Katie entered Oak Park Care Center in Sheldon on Dec. 5, 2005.
Katie loved the Lord and served Him as LCW President, Sunday School Superintendent, and was a Sunday School Teacher for 20 years. She also attended many Bible studies, and was an active church member wherever she lived. Katie enjoyed golf, bowling, handwork, quilting, and was a very good cook. Katie and Ed also enjoyed camping at the Iowa Great Lakes and met many friends there. While Katie only had an eighth-grade education, it was very important that her children had the education that she didn't have, and she was proud of their many achievements. She will be remembered for her love of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and her extended family.
Katie Thovson Baartman was 90 years, eight months, and 20 days old when she went to be with the Lord on Dec. 31, 2005.
Katie left this life to be with those who have passed before her, including: her parents; her first husband, Willard; brothers, Francis and Herman Ver Hoef; sister, Jean Gahan; brother-in-law, Leonard Steffen; and sister-in-law, Esther Ver Hoef.
Those remaining to cherish Katie's memory are her husband of 20 years, Edward; son, Dennis (Marlys) of Berkeley Heights, N.J.; son, Paul (Carole) of Mesa, Ariz.; daughter, Janet (Don) Peterson of Alta; stepsons, Kenneth (Shirley) Baartman, Edwin (Kathy) Baartman, and Allen (Bonnie) Baartman, all of Boyden; stepdaughter, Patricia (John) Steensma of Sanborn; sister, Nancy Steffen of Garner; brother, John (Marjorie) Ver Hoef, Jr., sister-in law, Lois Ver Hoef, and brother-in-law, Don Gahan, all of Forest City; five grandchildren, Diane (Holly) Malone of Houston, Texas; David Thovson of Kirkland, Wash.; Jill (David) Koch of Cedar Rapids; Beth (Lonnie) Samuelson of Badger; Timothy (Kathy) Peterson of Alta; six great-grandchildren, Adam, Allison, Madelyn, Emily, Henry, and Oliver; 12 step grandchildren; 27 step great-grandchildren; one step great-great grandchild; and many other relatives and friends.
Ervin W. Schmidt
Feb. 4, 1909 - Dec. 17, 2005
Ervin W. Schmidt, age 96, a former Chief of Administration, Office of Security, CIA, and a resident of Montgomery County, Md., from 1951 to 2003, received his victory in Christ on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005, at Amerisist of Warrenton, Virginia.
Funeral service for Mr. Schmidt will be held at St. John Lutheran Church, Hanover, rural Alta, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2006, with Reverend Mark Abraham officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, also at Hanover. Arrangements are under the direction of the Sliefert Funeral Home in Storm Lake. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005, at the Lutheran Church of St. Andrew in Silver Spring, Md.
A brief time of visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to service time. 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: www.sliefert.com
Erv was born in Sac County on Feb. 4, 1909, and spent most of his early years there on a farm. He graduated from Galva High School and the American College of Commerce in Omaha, Neb. He served as assistant postmaster in Schaller, Iowa from 1937 to 1941 and then accepted an appointment with the Public Buildings Administration in Washington, D.C. Erv transferred to the Office of Strategic Services in 1943 and continued his career into the CIA from which he retired in 1969.
After retirement, Mr. Schmidt became the Director/Developer of Raven Rock Lutheran Camp, a 250-acre site in the Catoctin Mountains near Thurmont, Md., with programs for all age groups including under-privileged. For his 10 years of volunteer service for the camp and other humanitarian actions, he was given the Servant of Christ Award by the Southeastern District, Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod in 1988. Erv was active in the Lutheran Laymen's League from 1946 to 2001, an organization known for its worldwide Christian broadcasts by over 2,000 stations. For his love of serving people in volunteer work, including Meals on Wheels and Social Ministry, he was named one of the Beautiful People of Maryland in 1989.
Erv was married to Thekla Hesse, of Mapleton in 1936 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Hanover where he was baptized and confirmed as a child.
He is survived by two daughters and their husbands: Karen and Thomas Cavanaugh of Basye, Va., and Barbara and Gerald Wilkes of Warrenton, Va.; and by five grandchildren: Tamara Ellerbe, Susan McColough, Thomas Wilkes, Pamela Range, and Steve Grupe, as well as five great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lutheran Hour Ministries, 660 Mason Ridge Center Drive, St. Louis, Mo., 63141-8557.
Jan. 6, 1917 - Dec. 29, 2005
Patricia Stull, age 88, of Storm Lake, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.
Funeral Services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake, with Reverend Duane Queen officiating. Burial was in the Storm Lake Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.
Friends called at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake on Monday, Jan. 2 from 4-8 p.m. where the family was present from 6-8 p.m.
Patricia Adeline Prichard was born Jan. 6, 1917, to Harry Robert Prichard and Elsie May (Young) Prichard in Thief River Falls, Minn. Patricia was baptized in 1917 in the Methodist Church at Thief River Falls. Shortly thereafter she moved to Storm Lake with her parents, four sisters, and one brother. She graduated valedictorian from Storm Lake High School in 1934. She attended Buena Vista College for two years, transferring to Wayne University in Detroit, Mich., where she graduated in 1938 with majors in economics, mathematics, and accounting. While in Detroit she lived with her cousin Dorothy Skewis.
In 1938 Pat was united in marriage to Walton M. Bedell in Storm Lake. Her marriage to Walton was blessed with five children, Toni, David, Daniel, Deborah, and Leland. Following Walt's death in 1958, Pat moved her family to Cedar Falls where she worked as an office manager and bookkeeper.
In 1964 Pat married Keith Stull in Storm Lake and joined him in the farming business. Keith's children, Bonnie, Terry, and Timothy became part of her life.
Pat was a faithful member of the Lakeside Presbyterian Church. She taught Sunday school for many years and was an active member of the Presbyterian Circle and UPW. She was an avid card player and belonged to the "Five Fifty-Eight" card club for many years. She enjoyed gardening and growing flowers, bird and wildlife watching, reading, crossword puzzles, and was well known for her baking skills of homemade bread and pies. More than anything, Pat cherished spending time with her grandchildren.
Left to cherish Pat's memory are her children: Toni Butler (James) of Elk Grove, Calif.; David Bedell (Donna) of Claremont, Calif.; Daniel Bedell (Gerlinde) of Portland, Ore.; Leland Bedell (Jody) of Maple Valley, Wash.; step-daughter Bonnie Zetterman (James Bennett) of Sioux City; stepson Terry Stull (Margaret) of Storm Lake; son-in-law H. James Tope of Storm Lake. Her thirteen grandchildren include: Kristen Gordon, Scott Bedell, Melanie Bedell, Nathan Sutton, Bradley Sutton, Lauren Bedell, Daniel Bedell, William Bedell, Benjamin Bedell, Rebecca Bedell, Elizabeth Bedell, Faye Hale, and Terrence Stull. Also included are four great- grandchildren: Alan Bedell, Derek Hale, Douglas Hale, and Laura Sutton; two sisters, Peggy Darland (Jack) of Cresco and Anita Martin (Dale) of Waukon; sister-in-law Carolyn Stull, Storm Lake, as well as other extended family and friends.
Preceding her in death are her parents, Harry and Elsie Prichard; husband Walton M. Bedell; husband Keith Stull; daughter Deborah Tope; step-son Timothy Stull; sisters, Janet Titsworth and Polly Slife; and brother Robert H. Prichard.
Her family and friends will remember her for her sense of humor and quick wit.