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Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Bernice Koenen

Memorial services for Bernice Koenen of Des Moines and formerly of Storm Lake, were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2006 at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake.

There will be no visitation.

Eleanor Pauline Peterson

January 24, 1916 - March 22, 2006

Eleanor Peterson, age 90, of Alta, died on Wednesday, March 22, at the Good Samaritan Center in Newell, Iowa.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 25, at United Methodist Church, Alta, with Rev. Kathy Kluis officiating. Burial was at the Scandinavian Cemetery, Alta.

Visitation was held on Friday with the family present in the evening at the Barker Funeral Home, Alta. Barker Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Eleanor Pauline Peterson was born on January 24, 1916 on a farm outside Odebolt, to Edward and Mary (Gonnerman) Godbersen. She attended country school through 8th grade and was the first of her family to go into Odebolt for high school. She often talked of driving the horse and cart to school with all the school age siblings in the family and of sharing clothes with her six sisters.

After high school, Eleanor worked at the Adams Ranch near Odebolt as a housekeeper until her marriage to Arling in 1939. The couple moved to a farm southwest of Alta. They were active in Farm Bureau, and Eleanor very much enjoyed the neighborhood club called the JFF Club (Just for Fun). In 1976, they retired and moved into Alta.

Eleanor was very active in the Alta United Methodist Church, including United Methodist Women, as a Sunday school teacher, and with Bible school. During the years her three children were in school, she was active in PTA, Band Mothers, and 4-H Clubs. She loved to play softball with her children and then her grandchildren. She was an accomplished quilter and many relatives and friends have her lovely quilts in their homes. Eleanor and Arling served as custodians of the Alta Methodist Church for many years until declining health forced their retirement from that task.

After the death of Arling in 2000, Eleanor moved into Wel-Life in Alta where she was the first resident. In November of 2005, she moved to the Good Samaritan Center in Newell where she resided until her death.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Arling; her parents, Ed and Mary Godbersen; two sisters, Matilda Ziegman and Edna Godbersen Peterson; and two brothers, William and Harold Godbersen.

Eleanor leaves to celebrate and remember her life three children: Catherine Eggebraten and her husband Dean of Rio Verde, Arizona, Donald Peterson and his wife Jan of Alta, and Janet Jensen and her husband Mark of Spring, Texas; seven grandchildren, AmyLynne and James Spencer, Jill and Dave Koch, Beth and Lonnie Samuelson, Tim and Kathy Peterson, Jenette Jensen, Matt and Amy Jensen, and Goeff and Andrea Jensen; 12 great grandchildren; four sisters, Helen and Don Mentzer of Schaller, Iowa, Marjorie Thayer of Odebolt, Iowa, Mildred and Dean Hartsell of Omaha, Nebraska, and Mary Ann Siebrecht of Odebolt, Iowa; one brother-in-law, Howard Peterson of Alta, Iowa; one sister-in-law, Ethel Sundell of Reno, Nevada; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Wherever she lived and whatever she did, those who knew her remember a lovely lady, kind and caring. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great grandchildren being around her. All who knew her will miss her humor and her playful and loving nature.

Audrey Smith

August 26, 1919 - March 21, 2006

Audrey Smith, age 86, of Storm Lake, and formerly of Sioux Rapids, died Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at Buena Vista Manor Care Center in Storm Lake.

Funeral services were held on Friday, March 24, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sioux Rapids, with Father John Cain officiating. Burial was in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Sioux Rapids. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Friends called from on Thursday, March 23, 2006 at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Storm Lake, where the family was present in the evening.

A Scripture Service was held at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. that same evening. 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

Audrey Peterson was born on August 26, 1919 in Rembrandt, to Oscar and Mildred (Hanson) Peterson. She was baptized at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sioux Rapids, and later confirmed in that same parish. She remained a faithful member of her church until the time of her death. Audrey grew up in the Rembrandt community, attending school there and graduating from Rembrandt High School in 1936.

On June 3, 1940 in Sioux City, she was united in marriage to Raymond E. Smith. They were blessed with three sons: Larry, Terry and Tim; and with two daughters: Barbara and Sandra.

Audrey was a loving wife and devoted mother who made a warm and comfortable home for her family. She enjoyed playing Bingo, Dinner Daters events and Happy Hour Club.

She especially liked to bake her "Friday afternoon" cinnamon rolls to share with her family and friends. Her family was everything to her and she treasured the time she spent with them.

Left to cherish her memory are her sons: Larry (Margene) Smith of Alcester, South Dakota; Terry (Sandy) Smith of Sioux Rapids; Tim (Anne) Smith of Amsterdam, New York.

Also her daughters: Barbara (Ron) Wagner of Storm Lake and Sandra (John) Zeman of Sac City, Iowa; grandchildren: Brian (Julie) Wagner, Jim (Kristin) Wagner, Jeff (Jolene) Smith; Paul (Jennie) Smith, Mark (fiancee Amber) Smith, Julie (Jeff) Strong, Jill Zeman, Austin and Joshua Smith, Jason Gardinier, Kelly Gardinier, Jessie Sorensen, and Amber (Al) Peterson.

She is further survived by great-grandchildren Madeline and Joseph Wagner, Benjamin Wagner, Ty and Jacob Smith, Mullin and Annika Smith, Kaitlyn and Ryan Strong, and Zeak Sorensen; one sister, Joan Sassman of Alta; extended family and many friends.

Audrey was preceded in death by her husband Raymond on May 8, 1978, an infant son, her parents, three sisters and one brother.

Herbert P. Elliott

May 26, 1920 - March 22, 2006

Herbert (Jack) P. Elliott, Jr. 85, of Searsport, Maine, died on March 22, at the Maine Veteran's Home in Bangor , Me.

He was born on May 26, 1920 in Louisville, Kentucky to the late Grace Seiler Elliott. and Herbert P. Elliott.

Jack was reared in Pelham, New York, attending the Pelham schools and graduating from Pelham High School He was a runner and ran in the Penn Relays priding himself on the Penn Relay watch that he won back in the 1930s and that still works to this day.

He graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

Jack flew 444 missions in the combined wars of WW11 and the Korean Conflict. He was a B-24 pilot flying the European Theatre in WW11 and a P-51 pilot during the Korean Conflict.

He was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross; Air Medal with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 1 Silver Service Star and 2 Bronze Service Star; National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

A "green" person, he bucked the trend of driving everywhere, instead biking to work and to friends and for shopping. Nor would he use chemicals on his lawn to rid of weeds. In lieu thereof, Jack was generally spotted on his knees "digging out the weeds" in his lawn.

A great conversationalist, Jack had tales to tell with remarkable detail - and enthralled all with his stories

In 1992 he and Nancy-Linn Nellis of Snyder County, Pa. were married in All Saints Episcopal Church, Storm Lake, Iowa.

As both had a long time desire to live in Maine, they moved to Calais, Me. in the summer of 1993 where they opened a B & B entitled Watchtide.

That home burned down and they then moved to Searsport, Maine, purchasing the old College Club Inn and transforming it to a well known B & B under the name of 1794 Watchtide...by the Sea!

Predeceased by his brother, Richard, his father and mother, Jack leaves his wife, Nancy-Linn Nellis of Stockton Springs, Maine,formerly of Searsport, Me. His God daughters , Kristin Thayer of Storm Lake, Iowa and Marshall Ballou of Ridgefield, Conn.

He will be missed by Mary Lou Freeman of Storm Lake, Mark Freeman of Lititz, Pa., Sara Freeman Rekow of Chaska, Minn., Cary Freeman Friedrich of Alta, and Maret Freeman Ashley, of Portland, Me., Susan Thayer and daughters Kim and Kristin of Storm Lake.

Jack shall always be remembered as a gentleman and a gentle soul who loved children and animals.

Friends may call for a gathering at Young Funeral Home,31 West Main St. Searsport, Maine, 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 30, 2006.

Interment will be at Glendale Cemetery, Middleburg, Pa. at some time in the future.

In remembrance of Jack, friends may make contributions to the expansion program of the Waldo County General Hospital, Belfast, Me. 04915 or to New Hope Hospice, Inc., P.O. Box 757, Holden, Me. 04429

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-spit clouds-and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of-wheeled and soared and swung

High is the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,

I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue

I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace

Where never lark, or even eagle flew-

And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

-John Gillespie Magee, Jr.