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Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Berneta R. Dunham

January 10, 1926 - April 20, 2006

Berneta R. Harson Dunham, age 80, of Storm Lake, died Thursday, April 20 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Funeral serviceervices were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 24 at the First Baptist Church in Storm Lake, with Reverend Tom Hinshaw officiating.

Those who wish to send online condolences or view Mrs. Dunham's memorial folder may do so via the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home website: www.fratzkejensen.com

Berneta Ruth Harson was born January 10, 1926 on a farm near Rowan in Wright County to Harry James Harson and Carol Velva (Hoke) Harson. She attended grade school in Alexander and graduated from Emmetsburg Public High School in 1943. Berneta continued her education at the former Iowa State Teachers College, now U.N.I., in Cedar Falls and started her teaching career on her 18th birthday at a country school north of Emmetsburg. Berneta later earned a masters degree from Iowa State University. She taught in various elementary schools in Iowa, among them were Cylinder, Kingsley, Jefferson, Paton-Churdan, and Boone. At the time of her retirement, she had been principal at Remsen-Union for 19 years.

On June 10, 1951, Berneta was united in marriage to Vernon V. Dunham, Sr. Their union was blessed with two children, Vernon, Jr. and Nancy. Berneta was a loving wife and devoted mother and grandmother who treasured the time she spent with her family. In her later years, she delighted in her grandchildren and loved to attend their activities and just spend time with them. She enjoyed painting, sewing and reading, and spent many hours in community service. Berneta was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Storm Lake. She will be missed daily by all those who knew and loved.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, Vernon Dunham, Jr. of Paullina, Iowa; daughter Nancy Steward and husband Thomas of Storm Lake; grandsons Thomas, David and James Steward of Storm Lake; sister Marion and husband Cecil Morgan of Storm Lake; sister Janice and husband Clifford Christensen of Alta; sister Lowene Heaverlo of Council Bluffs; sister Carol Douglas of Spencer; sister Nancy Glackin of Dickens; brother Don Harson and wife Virginia of Hartley; sisters-in-law Ruth Harson of Emmetsburg, and Bonnie Harson of Spencer; nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.

Preceding Berneta in death were her parents, her husband, Vernon Dunham, Sr.; two infant brothers; brothers Robert Harson and Harold Harson, Sr.; and brothers-in-law Jim Heaverlo, Lyle Douglas and Al Glackin.

Rayleen Raveling

February 2, 1948 - April 19, 2006

Rayleen Raveling, 58, of Albion, died April 19, 2006 at Homeward Hospice in Ames. Her death came peacefully at 11:02 a.m. with family and friends at her side. Memorial services and a celebration of Rayleen's life was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22 at the Albion Methodist Church with Pastor John Hall officiating. For condolences, please visit www.mitchellfh.com.

Born on February 2, 1948, in Spencer, she was the daughter of Dwight Franklin and Lola Ann (Fatheree) Siefken. She grew up and received her education in the Spencer and Algona areas. She graduated high school from Albert City -Truesdale in 1966.

In August 1966, in Peterson, she was united in marriage to Keith Raveling. Throughout her life Rayleen was a farmer's wife, worked at the City Hall of Spencer, the Heartland Press of Spencer, Weidman's of Muscatine, and was a truck driver. She enjoyed crocheting, especially baby blankets. She was a member of the Albion United Methodist Church, and her church family was very important to her. Her friends and family will miss her unique sense of humor.

Left to celebrate her life are her children: Robert (Suzanne) Raveling Carroll and Katherine (Mark) Mitchell, Marshalltown; grandchildren: Aaron, Shawnell, Jacob, Randi and Erykah; sisters: Marcy Siefken Alta, Lynne Raveling (Jason) Pocohantas, and Jan Severson (Rod) Storm Lake.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Condolences may be sent to Kathy Mitchell, 1516 West State Street, Marshalltown 50158.