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Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Elaine Bengtson

Sept. 8, 1925 - Feb. 9, 2006

Funeral services for Elaine Bengtson, 80, of Aurelia, were 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13, 2006, at the First Congregational Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Bruce Rapp officiating. Burial was in the Scandinavian Cemetery, rural Alta. Visitation was Sunday, Feb. 12 from 2-7 p.m. with the family present from 2-5 at the First Congregational Church. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia was in charge of arrangements.

Elaine died Thursday, Feb. 9 of injuries sustained in an automobile accident south of Aurelia.

Elaine Booth was born Sept. 8, 1925, the daughter of John and Margaret (Brangwin) Booth on the family farm north of Alta. Elaine graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1942. She attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake for two years and received her teaching certificate. She then taught for two years at Fairview School. On Dec. 21, 1946, Elaine married Marvin (Sven) Bengtson at her family home. Elaine worked as a unit supervisor at M. H. I. in Cherokee for 22 years.

Elaine enjoyed playing cards, golf, watching sports, and spending time with her family. She was a member of the First Congregational Church, Circle and other church organizations, and the Sunset Knoll Auxiliary.

Preceding Elaine in death were her parents, her husband Marvin on May 25, 1998, and brother-in-law Bill McCabe.

Survivors include her children: Paula and her husband Jim Weathers of Aurelia, Brian and his wife Maggie Bengtson, and Jim and his wife Corinne Bengtson all of Kissimmee, Fla.; seven grandchildren: Heather and her husband Bob Tritchel, Kevin and his wife Amanda Bengtson, Ken and his wife Debi Bengtson, Amanda, Adam and Christopher Bengtson, and Bill Weathers, five great-grandchildren: Lindsay and Megan Ramirez, and Joy, Eli, and Chandler Bengtson. Also surviving are one sister, Lois McCabe of Freeland, Wash., one sister-in-law, Chrystle Bengtson of Lake View, and nieces and nephews.

Clair Emile Ducommun

Nov. 3, 1913 - Feb. 15, 2006

Services for Clair Emile Ducommun, 92, of Storm Lake and formerly of Peterson, were held 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, at First Congregational Church in Peterson with interment following in Afton Cemetery.

He passed away Feb. 15 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center.

Clair Emile Ducommun, the son of Emile and Mary Springer Ducommun, was born Nov. 3, 1913, in Cleghorn. His childhood years were spent in Cleghorn, where he received his education at Cleghorn schools.

Clair married Marjory E. Ware in Cherokee. He farmed in the Peterson area most of his life, until moving into Peterson in 1977 to work for the Baumgarten Funeral Home, which was later acquired by Warner Funeral Home. Clair retired and moved to Storm Lake to be near his daughter, Ann, where he had resided at the time of his death.

Clair passed away at the Buena Vista County Memorial Hospital in Storm Lake on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the age of 92. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marjory on May 1, 1988; one son, Ron; one daughter, Ann Ducommum; five brothers: Delmar, Frank, Alvin, Ralph, and Roy; and his sister, Marie O'Donnell.

Left to cherish his memory are his children: Frosty and his wife, Janet Ducommun of Neosho, Mo., Julie and her fiancé Ron of Sioux City; and Don Ducommun of Neosho, Mo.; eight grandchildren: Shane and his wife, Shin Jung Ducommun, Lisa and her husband, Jim McGrath, Angela, Travis, Boone, Ronni, Marjory and Bobby Ducommun; four great grandchildren: Caelan and Ella Ducommun and Addison and Cole McGrath; one son-in-law, George Hueshen; one daughter-in-law, Robin Ducommun; two sisters: Mrs. Elva Hoogterp and Enola and her husband, Ronnie Stienke; three sisters-in-laws: Mrs. Robert Kintigh, Mrs. Jean Peterson and Mrs. Sophia Ducommun; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Ruby Eaton

Feb. 28, 1921 - Feb. 13, 2006

Ruby Eaton, age 84, of Sioux Rapids, died Monday, Feb. 13, 2006, at her home.

Funeral services were held 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 17 at First United Church of Sioux Rapids with Reverend Phillip Lewison officiating. Burial was in Garfield Cemetery at Webb. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids was in charge of the arrangements.

Friends called from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16 at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids, where the family was present. Those 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

Ruby was born Feb. 28, 1921, in Nancy, Ky., to Sam and Rilda (Dalton) Brock. She moved with her family to the Gillet Grove where she grew up and received her education, graduating from Gillet Grove High School.

Ruby was united in marriage to Joseph Eaton. They were blessed with four sons and three daughters. Ruby was a homemaker who loved sewing and gardening. She had a reputation as quite a baker. Ruby liked to catch nightcrawlers and sell them as bait to area fishermen. She enjoyed watching television. Her favorite programs were "The Price is Right" and "Q.V.C."

Ruby loved her family and treasured the time she could spend with them. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren held a special place in her heart.

Left to cherish Ruby's memory are her sons: Donald and wife Julie, Billy and wife Linda, and Jody and wife Penelope; her daughters: Connie and husband Robert White and Sandy and husband Louis Mendez; brother Carter Brock; grandchildren: Mike, Chad and Christ Eaton; Chad, Christie, Jeff and Jackie Eaton; Angie Kennebeck and Lori Jessen; Billy, Bobby, Penny and Brad White; Roger, Dianna, Holly and Alisha Tripp; and Rebecca and Nickelle Mackey; many great-grandchildren, extended family and friends.

Preceding Ruby in death were her husband Joseph Eaton, daughter Debbie, son Larry, grandson Larry, five brothers and one sister.

Ardis Hott

May 16, 1931 - Feb. 17, 2006

Ardis Hott, age 74, of Lakeside, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2006, at Methodist Manor in Storm Lake.

Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 20 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Storm Lake, with Reverends Mark Youngquist and Connie Spitzack officiating. Burial was in the Newell Cemetery in Newell. 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 Sunday, Feb. 19 from 2-6 p.m., where the family was present from 4-6 p.m. Those who wish to send online condolences to the family or view Ardis' memorial folder may do so via the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home website: www.fratzkejensen.com

Ardis Rose Gustafson was born May 16, 1931, in Alta to Conrad and Bessie (Malm) Gustafson. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta. Ardis attended grade school at Sulphur Springs before graduating from Aurelia High School with the class of 1948.

On July 9, 1950, Ardis was united in marriage to LaVern Hott at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta. They were blessed with four children: Cynthia, Corine, Loren (Bud), and John.

Ardis was a loving wife and a devoted mother who treasured her family. She kept a warm and comfortable home, welcoming all guests with generous hospitality. Her Swedish heritage was important to Ardis, and she kept it alive by preparing delicious Swedish dishes. Ardis was a lover of music and enjoyed singing. In high school, she sang with a sextet that won a medal at a national music contest in Joplin, Mo. In her younger years, Ardis shared her musical talents by singing at weddings. And as grandchildren came along, she loved to sing with them. For relaxation, Ardis liked to find a good fishing spot and wait for the fish to come to her.

Ardis was a faithful member of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Storm Lake, where she was a member of the Ladies Circle, taught Bible School, and was a substitute Sunday School teacher.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 55 years, LaVern Hott of Lakeside; children: Cynthia and husband Bruce Melohn of Newell; Corine and husband Craig Melohn of Newell; Loren (Bud) and wife LuAnn Hott of Newell; and John Hott of Richfield, Minn.; grandchildren: Justin and wife Theresa Melohn of Washington; Stacy and husband Jeff Stief of Cedar Rapids; Mitch Melohn of Davenport; Melissa Melohn of Minneapolis, Minn.; Chanda Hott of Akron, Ohio; Kelly and husband Aaron Brock of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Nathan Hott of Iowa City; great-grandchildren: Michael and Andrew Melohn and Jordon Stief; sister Vivian and husband Earl Jorgensen of Storm Lake; extended family and many friends.

Preceding Ardis in death were her parents; infant sister Helen; brothers Edwin, Ernest, Harold, Arthur, Leonard and Roland; and sister Opal.