May 8, 1927 - Feb. 3, 2006
Gwendolyn Anderson, age 78, of Spencer and formerly of Albert City, died Thursday, Feb. 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. Friends who wish to send online condolences or view Mrs. Anderson's memorial folder may do so via the Sliefert Funeral Home website: www.sliefert.com
Gwendolyn Luetta Wilner was born on May 8, 1927, in Laurens Benjamin and Ruth Wilner. She was baptized into the Lutheran faith at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Albert City, was later confirmed there, and has been a lifelong, faithful member of that congregation. Gwendolyn received her education in the Albert City schools, graduation from Albert City High School in 1945.
On June 25, 1948, Gwendolyn was united in marriage to Duane Anderson. Their union was blessed with two sons, Dennis and David and one daughter, Delores. Gwendolyn was a homemaker who loved to keep a warm and comfortable home for her family. In her spare moments, she liked to sew and enjoyed camping and fishing. She was a loving wife and devoted mother who especially treasured time with her children and grandchildren enjoying family activities. Her caring presence will be missed daily by those who knew and loved her.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband of more than 57 years, Duane Anderson of Spencer; son Dennis and wife Margaret Anderson of Lawton; son David Anderson of Truesdale; daughter Delores Anderson of Pheonix, Ariz.; grandchildren: Brandon Anderson of Fonda, Rebecca Anderson, Benjamin Anderson, and Michelle Anderson, all of Lawton, as well as extended family and many friends.
Gwendolyn was preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin and Ruth Wilner.
LaBetha "Betty" L. Erickson
Sept. 7, 1925 - Feb. 1, 2006
LaBetha "Betty" L. Erickson, age 80, of Cherokee, formerly of Alta, died on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006, at Cherokee Villa Nursing and Rehab Center in Cherokee after a valiant fight with cancer.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta with Pastor Ted Eilders officiating. Burial was at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Aurelia. Visitation was on Saturday from 1-8 pm with the family present 6-8 pm. Barker Funeral Home of Alta was in charge of the arrangements.
Betty L. Erickson was born Sept. 7, 1925, on a farm in Cherokee County to Charles and Lillian (Wunschel) Galvin. She attended rural schools and graduated from Aurelia High School in 1943.
Betty was united in marriage to Marlyn Erickson on Feb. 14, 1945, in Alta. They farmed until 1956 before moving into Alta. Betty worked as a cook for 10 years at the Alta Hospital before retiring after being diagnosed with M.S. They lived in Alta until 1999 when they moved to Cherokee.
Betty was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta. She enjoyed cooking, baking, embroidering tea towels, and visiting with family and friends. She will be fondly remembered by her granddaughters and her great-grandchildren for her chocolate chip cookies.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Marlyn; an infant daughter, Sharon; three brothers, Don, Paul, and Larry; and four brothers-in-law, Orlan Sauter, Jim Brisbois, Earl Erickson, and Paul Raper.
Betty is survived by one daughter, Donna and her husband Dave Bofenkamp of Cherokee; two granddaughters, Jodi and her husband Matt Mongan of Cherokee and Julie Bofenkamp of San Antonio, Texas; three great-grandchildren, Kylie, Carson, and Kenna Mongan; four brothers, Junior Galvin and his wife Tena Mae of Aurelia, Bob Galvin and his wife Ardiss of Alta, Garold Galvin and his wife Ila Mae of Alta, and Leland Galvin of Aurelia; seven sisters, Alice and her husband Delbert Peterson of Storm Lake, Delores Brisbois of Richland Center, Wis., Bonnie Raper of Cherokee, Jean and her husband Loren Neville of Moville, Pat and her husband Stan Peterson of Aurelia, Carol and her husband Bernie of Aurelia, and Sandy and her husband John Zimmerman of Sac City; two brothers-in-law, Norman Erickson of Greeley, Colo. and John Erickson and his wife Marty of Berthoud, Colo.; three sisters-in-law, Lorraine Galvin of Alta, Jeanie Galvin of Aurelia, and Sharon Galvin of Cherokee; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Marjorie J. Madsen
Nov. 18, 1925 - Feb. 3, 2006
Marjorie J. Madsen, age 80, of Rembrandt, died Friday, Feb. 3 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.
Funeral Services were held Monday, Feb. 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the Riverside Presbyterian Church in Linn Grove. Burial was in the Good Hope Cemetery in Correctionville. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.
Friends called from 2-5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 5 at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake, where family greeted friends. Friends who wish to send on-line condolences to the family may do so via the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home website: www.fratzkejensen.com
Marjorie Jean Turnquist was born on Nov. 18, 1925, on a farm near Marathon, daughter of Gust and Hattie (Lutter) Turnquist. She attended Lincoln-Lee rural school, graduating in 1943.
As a single lady, she worked as a telephone operator in Sioux City.
Her husband-to-be, Glenn L. Madsen, born May 25, 1923, in Newell, enlisted into the Navy in December 1944 and was stationed in Gulfport, Miss. Marjorie took a train to join him and they were married July 28, 1945. They were later stationed at Minneapolis before Glenn's honorable discharge in 1946.
They returned to Iowa and began farming in Fonda for four years, then farming in the Linn Grove and Rembrandt area until retirement in 1978. She recently moved into a new home on the farm near Rembrandt and loved watching the progress and being in the new house.
She attended the Presbyterian Church in Linn Grove and had strong faith in the Lord, praying for her family members everyday. She had a great love for her family, especially children. She was passionate about farm life as weather, plantings, and harvestings were often the topic of discussion. She also enjoyed a good joke-even practical jokes.
Marjorie is survived by a daughter Carol Goodwin and her husband Keith of Correctionville; son David Madsen of Rembrandt; granddaughter Jen Derksen and her husband Steve of Blumenort, Manitoba; grandson Jason Goodwin and his wife Brooke of Correctionville; four great-grandchildren: Jessica, Tyler, Harley, and Tristan Derksen; sister Maxine Schomaker of Cedar Falls; brother- and sister-in-law, Ernie and Vivian Madsen of Pocahontas; sister-in-law Judy Madsen of Storm Lake; brother-and sister-in-law Kenny and Marthann Madsen of Pasadena, Texas; and many other family members and a host of friends.
Preceding her in death are her parents; her husband; two brothers: Lyle and Lawrence Turnquist; brother-in-law Clair Schomaker; and brother-in-law Robert Madsen.
LeRoy E. "Roy" Schwanz
March 25, 1932 - Feb. 4, 2006
LeRoy E. "Roy" Schwanz, age 73, of Storm Lake, died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.
Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 4 at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta with Reverend Ted Eilders officiating. Burial was in Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake. Military Honors were performed by the Alta VFW Post # 6172. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home of Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.
Friends called after 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3 at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake where family greeted friends from 6-8 p.m.
Friends who wish to send on-line condolences to the family, or view Mr. Schwanz's memorial folder online, may do so via the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home website: www.fratzkejensen.com
LeRoy E. Schwanz was born on March 25, 1932, in Ida Grove, to Andrew and Bessie (Welding) Schwanz. He graduated from Schaller High School in 1950. He then served his country in the U.S. Army from November 1952-54.
On March 30, 1953, LeRoy was united in marriage to Pearl Sands in Jackson, Minn. To this union, four children were born: Gary, David, Cindy, and Tim.
Over the years, LeRoy logged many hours on the road as a truck driver for Ready-Mix until his retirement in 1993.
LeRoy was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta. He enjoyed many outdoor activities, such as fishing, golfing, gardening, and traveling.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of over 50 years, Pearl Schwanz of Storm Lake; children: Gary Schwanz of Sioux City, David Schwanz of Storm Lake, Cindy Schwanz (Blake Trapp) of Aurelia, and Tim Schwanz and his wife Kathy of Waterloo; grandchildren: Erik (Amanda) Schwanz of Cherokee, Matt (Rose) Schwanz of Cherokee, Jeremy Schwanz of Waterloo, Kevin Schwanz of Waterloo, Ryan Schwanz of Waterloo, and Adam Schwanz of Ida Grove; great-grandchildren, Tyler Schwanz of Cherokee, and Brandon Schwanz of Cherokee; two brothers, Wilbert (Lila) Schwanz of Alta, and Paul (Marie) Schwanz of Denison; one sister, Betty Sands of Holstein; sister-in-law Marie Schwanz of Schleswig; brother-in-law, Don Detterman of Ida Grove; and many extended family and friends.
LeRoy was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Bessie Schwanz; four brothers: Ed, Harry, Clarence and Lester; and two sisters: Sally and Dorothy.
Cleta M. Thomas
July 31, 1906 - Feb. 6, 2006
Graveside services for Cleta M. Thomas, 99, of Storm Lake, were 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, 2006, at the Storm Lake Cemetery, with Rev. Jack Barber officiating. Visitation was Monday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Church Of Christ in Storm Lake. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia was in charge of arrangements.
Cleta died Friday, Feb. 3, at her home in Lakeside.
Cleta Maude Miller was born July 31, 1906, at Stotesbury, Mo., the daughter of Edward and Edna (Clement) Miller. Cleta attended country school and graduated from the Sheridan High School in 1924. She received her Normal Training in Cedar Falls. She then taught country school at Ventura, Williamson, Tiporary, and Olmitz for 10 years. On Aug. 13, 1935, Cleta married Richard (Dick) Thomas in Princeton, Mo.
Cleta enjoyed gardening, sewing, crocheting, and canning. She was a member of the Church Of Christ and served the church in many ways; taught Sunday school, was a member of the choir, played the piano, and taught young adults. She was a member of Eastern Star for more than 50 years.
Preceding Cleta in death were her parents, her husband Dick on July 8, 2003, one brother, Clement Miller, and two sisters, Lucille Anderson and Madalyn Clothier.
Survivors include one daughter, Joann, and her husband, Tom Samsel, of Storm Lake; one sister, Lavada Peterson of Newell; one brother, Calvin and his wife Shirley Miller of Dayton; nieces and nephews, and longtime companion, her dog Coco.