October 10, 1915 - May 28, 2006
Esther Buch, age 90, of Newell, died Sunday, May 28, at the Newell Good Samaritan Center in Newell.
Esther Martina Jensen was born in Sac County, on October 10, 1915 to Miller and Hedvig (Jensen) Jensen. Her parents were both born in Denmark, so Esther and her only sister, Beulah, were the first generation in her family to claim American citizenship by birth. She was baptized at Nain Lutheran Church in Newell and later was confirmed in the same church. Esther received her education and graduated from the Newell High School. She went on to attend what is now known as the University of Northern Iowa to earn her teaching certificate and then taught school for five years.
On May 23, 1939, Esther was united in marriage with Albert Christian Buch, the youngest son of Nels and Anna Buch, at Nain Lutheran in Newell. The couple was blessed with three sons: Allan Christian, Ronald Miller and James Raymond. Esther and Albert farmed and lived on their land for 50 years before they retired and moved into Newell. In 1989, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Four years later, in 1993, Albert passed on.
Esther was a loving wife and a devoted mother who treasured the time she spent with her family. She was a lifetime, faithful member of Nain Lutheran Church in Newell, where she taught Sunday School for several years, served as Sunday School Superintendent and was a member of the Nain Lutheran Church Women. Esther was a member of the Providence Township School P.T.A. She belonged to the Providence Rural Study Club, and was a past chairperson of that group. She was also a member of Buena Vista County Farm Bureau Women and the Danish Sisterhood.
After teaching school and raising a family, Esther embarked on yet another career as a nurses aid at what was then the Buena Vista County Hospital in Storm Lake. Esther also did volunteer work at the hospital-most often taking the book cart around to the many patients to see if she could find something for them to read during their stay in the hospital. She was awarded a 100-hour pin for her volunteer work at the hospital.
Esther will be remembered for her love of family, her pride in her Danish heritage, her faithful service to her Lord, and her kind and caring spirit. She will be missed daily by those who knew and loved her.
Left to cherish her memory are her sons: Allan and his wife Sally Buch; Ron and his wife Annell Buch; and James and his wife Sandy Buch; her grandchildren: Greg Buch, Aaron Buch, Jason Buch, Kristin Buch, Nathan Buch, Matthew Buch, Hannah Buch, Bill, Steve, Bob, and Laura Bonaguidi, Wendy and Tom Ward; extended family and friends.
Esther was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Albert; and her only sister, Beulah Meinert and her husband Ray Meinert.
February 14, 1930 - May 28 2006
Alberta Thomsen, age 76, of Newell, died Sunday, May 28, at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.
Alberta Louise Kaskadden was born February 14, 1930 at home in What Cheer, to Mildred Mae (Moore) Kaskadden and Benjamin Franklin Kaskadden. To this union a brother, Benjamin Franklin Kaskadden, Jr. was also born. Alberta was blessed with two other brothers, Edward Leroy Fox and Norman Eugene Fox. She attended rural schools and completed her schooling at the Barnes City School.
Alberta was united in marriage to Eggert Andrew Thomsen on September 14, 1946 and moved to Newell, where she lived the rest of her life. To this union Donna Mae Thomsen was born October 19, 1947; followed by Donald Andrew Thomsen on October 17, 1949; Rex Edward Thomsen on October 17, 1952; Ruth Louise Thomsen on October 17, 1953; Susan Kay Thomsen on August 2, 1957; and Shirley Jane Thomsen on February 2, 1959.
You would always find her at home in the kitchen cooking and baking for her family, collecting recipes, taking care of her numerous plants and flowers, gardening, bird and nature watching, reading, and taking care of her home, children, and grandchildren. She also loved to fish and picnic at Storm Lake.
Preceding her in death were her parents, brother Edward Fox, Sr. of Storm Lake, and grandson Philip Thomsen of Scottville, Mich.
Alberta is survived by her husband Eggert Thomsen of Newell; children: Donna and Keith Biggins of Storm Lake; Don Thomsen of Delray Beach, Fla.; Rex and Sharon Thomsen of Scottville, Mich.; Ruth Westergaard of Newell; Susan and Mark Puhrmann of Newell; Shirley Watkins of Laurens; grandchildren: Todd Biggins of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Chad Biggins and Beth Ayala of Lakewood, Colo.; Amy and Ted Bokolas of Deerfield Beach, Fla; Matt Thomsen and Kim Costa of Deerfield Beach, Fla.; Carrie Thomsen of Deerfield Beach, Fla.; Mike Thomsen of Deerfield Beach, Fla.; Ed and Sarah Thomsen of Allegan, Mich.; Cindy Thomsen of Scottville, Mich.; Cheri and Jason Erickson of Zuschi, Japan; Curt Westergaard of Newell; Chris Westergaard of Newell; Eric Puhrmann of Newell; Erin Puhrmann of Newell; Jessica Watkins of Laurens; Josh Watkins of Laurens; great-grandchildren: Johnny and Gabe Bokolas of Deerfield Beach, Fla.; Hunter Thomsen of Deerfield Beach, Fla.; Anthony Thomsen of Allegan, Mich.; Caleb and Ethan Erickson of Zuschi, Japan; brothers: Benjamin Franklin Kaskadden, Jr. (Frank) of Oskaloosa; and Norman Eugene Fox of Turlock, Calif.; many nieces, nephews, and friends.