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Funeral Arrangements

Monday, October 2, 2006

Martha H. Hinton

Martha H. Hinton, 99, Newell, and formerly of Storm Lake, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006 at the Newell Good Samaritan Center.

Friends who wish to send online condolences or view Mrs. Hinton's memorial folder online, may do so via the Sliefert Funeral Home website: www.sliefert.com

Martha H. Hinton was born July 30, 1907 in Baltimore, Md. to Thomas W. and Martha D. (Cochrane) Fowler. Martha was baptized in the Baptist faith as a child. She grew up in the Baltimore area and graduated from high school there.

Martha was married to Warfield Elliott and to this union three children were born: Martha Thelma, Warfield, and Thomas A.E. She married Ivey Washington Hinton in 1941. During her marriage, she traveled throughout Europe as Ivey was in the United States Army. They later settled in Rocky Mount, NC where they were co-founders of Grace Free Will Baptist Church.

Martha spent her life as a loving wife and mother. She taught Sunday school for many years and in her spare time she loved to read.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ivey; her daughter, Martha Thelma; one son, Thomas A.E.; and all her brothers and sisters.

She is survived by a daughter-in-law Sherille Elliott, Storm Lake; grandsons Edison (Melissa) Elliott, Alta, and Brian (Kimberly) Elliott, Storm Lake; great-grandchildren: Thomas Douglas, Donovan Kyle, Tamara Kay, Blake, Zachary, Timothy; extended family and friends.

Keith "Pep" Mortensen

Keith "Pep" Mortensen, 77, Brookings, SD and formerly of Alta, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006, at Brook View Manor in Brookings, SD.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. today, Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Barker Funeral Home, Alta, with Pastor Terry W. Pollard officiating. Inurnment will be at the Scandinavian Cemetery, Alta. Barker Funeral Home of Alta is in charge of the arrangements.

Keith Innes Mortensen was born Dec. 21, 1928, to George William and Caroline Alice (Innes) Mortensen in Alta. He attended Alta High School.

On June 7, 1952, Keith was united in marriage to Annette Larson. This union was blessed with two sons, Tom and Dana.

Pep enjoyed keeping in touch with his many friends, even though he had relocated to South Dakota in the 1980s. He also enjoyed traveling, photography, and hunting. He loved to make people laugh and he was a good friend to many. He was a kind and loving father and grandfather and he will be greatly missed. Keith was a member of the Elks Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Annette; and one brother, Paul Mortensen.

Keith is survived by two sons, Tom Mortensen and his wife Virginia, San Diego, Calif. and Dana Mortensen and his wife Laurie of Marion; four grandchildren, Tyler, Nicole, Kyle, and Scott Mortensen; one brother, Ray Mortensen, Alta; one sister, Wilna Johnson, Alta; one sister-in-law, Margaret Mortensen, Alta; and many nieces and nephews.

Kenneth Burke

Kenneth Burke, 90, Storm Lake, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Funeral Mass for Mr. Burke is scheduled for 10 a.m. today, Saturday, Sept. 30 at the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake, with Father Matt Hewitt as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery with full military rites performed by AMVETS Post #66. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

Friends who wish to send online condolences to the family or who wish to view Mr. Burke's memorial folder or video tribute online may do so via the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home website: www.fratzkejensen.com

Kenneth Cecil Burke was born in Henry, SD on Feb. 27, 1916. He was the youngest of 10 children of Patrick Francis Burke and Theresa (McKenna) Burke. He attended a one-room schoolhouse and worked on the family farm. His father died when Ken was 11 years old, leaving the family to manage through the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.

In 1942, Ken enlisted in the United States Navy and honorably served in the South Pacific during World War II. He was stationed aboard an LST, participating in 10 amphibious landings, including the liberation of New Guinea and the Philippines. He was in Manila Bay when General McArthur made his famous return to the Philippines. After the war ended, Ken earned his B.S. in Agricultural Economics from South Dakota State University. He went to work as a field officer for the Iowa Farm Bureau. While working in the Sibley area, he met the young woman who would be his wife for 55 years, June Elinor Whitney. They were married in 1951.

Ken began his employment with Citizen's First National Bank and moved his family to Storm Lake in 1954. He remained with the bank until his retirement in 1986. He continued to serve on the bank's board of directors for many years following his retirement. While working for the bank, Ken attended the Harvard School of Banking and the University of Wisconsin School of Banking.

During the years Ken lived in Storm Lake, he served as president of the Chamber of Commerce, and president and director of the Community Chest. He also was a lifelong member of the Kiwanis Club. As a charter member of the Lake Preservation Association, Ken played an integral role in the first dredging of Storm Lake in 1958. His Catholic faith was an important part of his life, and he was an avid supporter of St. Mary's parish and school. He served as lay director for St. Mary's parish for a number of years and was a continuous presence in church volunteer efforts.

Ken was often heard proudly stating that "his only jewels were his children" and "eight kids and not a horse-thief in the bunch."

He is survived by his wife, June, Storm Lake; his eight children: Pat (Carol) Burke, Morris, Minn.; Tim (Mary) Burke, Storm Lake; Jane (Dave) Smith of Hagerstown, Md; Anne (Mark) Hoffard, Storm Lake; Joe Burke, Dallas, Texas; Julia (Pat) Mooney, Storm Lake; Susan Burke, Whitefish Bay, Wis.; and David (Cathy) Burke, St. Paul, Minn.; 18 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; extended family and many friends.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, nine siblings and a granddaughter.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ken's honor may be directed to St. Mary's Parish in Storm Lake or the Lake Preservation Association.

Heidi (Wilde) Fitzgerald

After a long and courageous battle with multiple myeloma, Heidi J. (Wilde) Fitzgerald, West Des Moines, 42, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006, at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral for Heidi will be today, Saturday, Sept. 30, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Coumsel Church, Fonda. Visitation will be prior to the funeral at the church from 9-10 a.m.

Heidi was born April 4, 1964 to Lester D. and Mary Penelope (Fitzgerald) Wilde. She went to Rembrandt Consolidated School and graduated from Sioux Rapids/Rembrandt High School in 1982. Heidi attended William Penn College in Oskaloosa and also NW Missouri State College in Maryville, Mo.

Heidi's career took her down many path - nanny, park conservation assistant, office manager, human resource assistant for Jackpot Junction Casino, dialysis tech and she had been accepted to the Mercy School of Nursing before her diagnosis.

She is survived by her mother, Penny Wilde, Fonda; sisters, Lisa Weideman (Mike) Evergreen, Colo.; Angele Wilde, Storm Lake; and Shelley Wilde, West Des Moines; nieces and nephews, Jacob (Jonathon), Heather (Dustin, Taylor, Grace) Daphne, Jesse (Dylan) Drue, Ashley and Dallas; her grandmother, Gladys Wilde; and many, many, aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Lester D. Wilde; grandparents, Emmett and Helen Fitzgerald; and Henry Wilde; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

"Grief doesn't need to be fit into a calendar nor is sadness or grief a disease that needs to be cured!"