Harriet Fern French
March 28, 1913 - March 20, 2006
Harriet French, age 92, of Alta, died on Monday, March 20, in Alta.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2006, at First Presbyterian Church, Alta, with Pastor Craig Lee and Pastor Doug Corlew officiating. Burial was at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Alta. Visitation was on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. with the family present from 6-8 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Barker Funeral Home, Alta. Barker Funeral Home of Alta was in charge of the arrangements.
Harriet Fern French was born March 28, 1913, on a farm near Remsen, Iowa, to Louis T. and Deborah (Means) Hazen. She attended country school for 11 years.
On May 26, 1931, Harriet was united in marriage to George William French in Sioux City, Iowa. This union was blessed with eight children, Priscilla, Dorothy, Virginia, Patsy, Jim, Tom, Steve, and Becky. The couple farmed at Cleghorn until 1963 when they moved to Alta, where George operated a machine shop.
Harriet was a servant in many ways; first and foremost, to her Lord and her family. She served as a Sunday School teacher, deacon, and elder in her church and was actively involved in Church Circle until her health declined. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church from 1931 to 2006. Harriet worked at Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital in Cherokee from 1958 to 1963 and Buena Vista County Hospital from 1963 until her retirement in 1972.
Harriet was very gifted and through encouragement from her son, Jim, started china painting in 1975 and continued until 1996 when her eyesight was failing. She painted many, many porcelain pieces and shared them with many relatives and friends. She was also a member of the Storm Lake Porcelain Artists. Harriet was a very loving mother, grandmother, great grand-mother, and great, great grandmother.
Harriet made her home in Alta and moved to Wel-Life in 2002 and her daughter's home on January 3, 2006. On Monday, March 20, 2006, at the age of 92 years, 11 months, and 20 days, Harriet went to her eternal resting place with her daughters, Dorothy and Becky, at her bedside.
Harriet left this life to be with those who have passed before her, including her parents; her husband, George; one great grandchild, Tara Doupe; one sister, Grace Dorr; three brothers, Wayne, Maurice, and Vernon; one son, Jim French; one son-in-law, Lee Doupe; one granddaughter, Liana Brockmann; and three sisters-in-law, Lois Hazen, Marcella Hazen, and Lucille Hazen.
Those remaining to cherish Harriet's memory include her children, Priscilla Doupe of Littleton, Colorado, Dorothy Doupe of Iowa Falls, Virginia Brockmann and her husband Rodney of St. Charles, Illinois, Patsy Rowland and her husband Bob of Littleton, Colorado, Judi French of Lufkin, Texas, Tom French and his wife Linda of Alta, Steve French and his wife Wanda of Hollister, Missouri, and Becky Meyer and her husband Lee of Alta; 26 grandchildren; 57 great grandchildren; six great great grandchildren; three brothers, Kermit and Kathryn Hazen of Marcus, and Phillip and Arlene Hazen and Robert Hazen, both of Grand Island, Nebraska; four sisters, Ruth Hazen, Connie Malloy, and Trudy Mitchell, all of Sioux City, Iowa, and Janet Whitworth of Rosehill, Kansas; and a host of extended family and friends.
March 26, 1903 - March 21, 2006
Harold Stanton, age 102, longtime fire chief at Storm Lake, died Tuesday, March 21, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.
Funeral services were held Friday, March 24, at Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake, with Reverend Duane Queen officiating. Burial will be in the Storm Lake Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation was held Thursday, March 23, at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake, where the family was present to greet friends in the evening. Friends who wish to send online condolences or who wish to view Mr. Stanton's memorial folder online may do so via the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home website at: www.fratzke jensen.com
Harold was born on March 26, 1903 in Storm Lake, to Clinton and Grace (West) Stanton. He would have celebrated his 103rd birthday in just five more days. He grew up in Storm Lake, attended school there and lived there his entire life.
Harold was united in marriage to Vyna Marie Manzer on December 31, 1925 in Storm Lake. The couple considered themselves blessed to adopt a daughter, Shirley Mae, on July 16, 1945. Vyna passed away on January 24, 1956. Harold later married Alma Peterson, who died in February of 1999.
For 41 years, Harold served the City of Storm Lake and the Storm Lake Fire Department. He was appointed by the City Council in April 1919. For the following nine years he drove fire trucks for the department. He was then appointed fire chief and served as chief for the next 32 years.
In the early years, one-day training schools for firemen were held in several northwest Iowa towns. In this connection, Stanton worked with Pat Murphy of the firemen's training school in Ames, Iowa. He also worked with Chief Roy Tiller of Waterloo; Chief H. J. Callahan of Fort Dodge; Harry Corcoran of the Iowa Inspection Bureau, Des Moines; and with Chief Charley Slade of Des Moines.
Stanton served as president of the Iowa Fire Chiefs Association for two years, and state vice president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs for five years. For several years, he served on the advisory board of the Ames fire school.
Governor George Wilson appointed Stanton chairman of Civil Defense for Buena Vista County. There were three awards given in Iowa for civil defense - Buena Vista County received one of them.
The Spencer fire in 1931 was one of the highlights of Stanton's career; he took the Storm Lake fire trucks and his crew of firemen to help fight that disastrous fire. Harold retired from his firefighting career on August 1, 1960.
Harold was a member of Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake, the Masons and the Elks Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and harness racing. He was a loving husband and devoted father and grandfather who will be missed daily by his family and all those who knew and loved him.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Shirley (Harlen) Spidell of Carrollton, Texas; grandson Michael (Sandy) Spidell of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; grandson Scott (Terry) Spidell of Carrollton, Texas; great-grandchildren: Stacy Spidell, Matthew Spidell, Andrew Spidell, Logan Spidell, Samantha Spidell and Sydney Spidell; nephew Gary Stanton; extended family and friends.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Vyna; his second wife, Alma; brother Clifford Stanton; and several uncles and aunts.