Funeral Arrangements

Monday, February 6, 2006

Gwendolyn Anderson

Feb. 2, 2006

Gwendolyn Anderson, age 78, of Albert City, Iowa, died Thursday, February 2, 2006, at Long House Nursing Home in Spencer.

Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Albert City, with Reverend David Bernhardt officiating. Burial was in the Fairfield Township Cemetery at Albert City. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Albert City was in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation was held one hour prior to service time at the church.

John F. Severson

Sept. 5, 1952 - Jan. 30, 2006

Funeral services for John F. Severson, 53, of Aurelia, were held Friday, Feb. 3, 2006, at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia with Pastor Larry Lemke officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Aurelia.

Visitation was 2-8 p.m. Thursday, with the family present from 6-8 p.m., at the Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia.

John Frederick Severson was born Sept. 5, 1952, in Storm Lake, the son of Oscar Norman and Joyce (Strader) Severson. He attended school in Storm Lake. He received his degree in social work from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake.

On Feb. 24, 1979, John married Linda Tscherter at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia. John worked as a drug counselor and resident treatment worker for M.H.I. in Cherokee for 10 years and then as a social worker for Lutheran Social Services. John loved music, playing guitar, keyboard, and saxophone, and being with his family.

John died Monday, Jan. 30 at his home in Aurelia.

Preceding John in death were his parents and his father and mother-in-law, Ernest and Phyllis Tcherter.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Severson of Aurelia; three sons, Shawn Severson of Norfolk, Neb., Jon and his finance, Lori Patterson, of Lincoln, Neb., and Cody Severson of Lincoln, Neb.; one brother, Jim, and his wife, Marguerite Mouw, of Salem, S.C.; one brother-in-law and his wife, Mick and Guila Tscherter, of Nevada, Iowa; one sister-in-law and her husband, Sandi and Dale Witt, of Spencer; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Edward "Blackie" Winebrinner

Dec. 15, 1926 - Jan. 29, 2006

Edward "Blackie" Winebrinner, age 79, of Newell, Iowa, died Sunday, January 29, 2006 in Sac City, Iowa.

Funeral Service will be held Thursday, February 2, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Newell. Burial will be in the Newell Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Newell is in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2006 from 4-8:00 p.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Newell, where the family will be present from 6-8:00 p.m. Friends who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home website:

Edward Calvin Winebrinner, better known as Blackie, was born December 15, 1926 to George Winebrinner and Eva May (Brott) Winebrinner at Bedford, Iowa. His parents moved to Fonda, Iowa, where he grew up. As a youth he went to live with Ray Longnecker, a farmer living south of Fonda.

In September of 1950, he was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in rural Sac City, Iowa.

Blackie was united in marriage to Ruth Hardyk at St. Peter's Lutheran Church on October 6, 1950. Their union was blessed with six children: Donald, Dennis, Susan, Michael, Martin and John.

After serving two years in the Army, Blackie farmed for two years, then moved his family to Newell. While living there, he worked for the City of Newell, Buena Vista County and Wilson Foods in Cherokee, Iowa. In 1961, Blackie joined Alcoholics Anonymous, and has been active in the fellowship since then.

When Blackie retired from the City of Newell in 1989, he and Ruth built a summer cabin at Spirit Lake, where they enjoyed the summers. In 2002 they sold that place, and have spent their time since at their home in Newell.

Blackie enjoyed hunting and fishing. In later years, he discovered he enjoyed growing flowers. He made his home beautiful with this love of flowers.

Blackie was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and one grandson.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth; children: Donald and wife Darlys, Dennis and wife Debbie, Susan and husband Marlow Scheffer, Michael and wife Joan, Martin and wife Pam, and John and wife Joy. Blackie is further survived by his grandchildren: Jill and husband Jamie Tuttle; Eric, Travis, Shaun, Kayla, Todd, Brandie, Joshua and Caleb; as well as extended family and a host of friends.