Donald K. Haahr, 84, of Brownsville, Texas and formerly of Newell, passed away Oct. 11, at the Valley Baptist Medical Center in Brownsville, Texas.
A memorial service for Mr. Haahr is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 20, at 3 p.m. at Nain Lutheran Church in Newell. Burial will be in the Newell Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Friends who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via website at www.fratzkejensen.com
Don was born in Newell on July 15, 1922 to Vernon and Anna Haahr. After graduating from Newell High School, he joined the Navy as a radio and radar specialist and for four 1/2 years served his country during World War II in the South Pacific. Following his discharge from the service he married Betty Johnson, also a Newell native.
Don worked as an engineer at a number of radio and TV stations around the country, including Washington DC, Detroit and Cody, Wyoming. In the early 1950s, he and Betty returned to Iowa and settled in Ames where they adopted a son, Jon. In 1959, Don moved his family to Cedar Rapids, where he spent the rest of his career working for Collins Radio/Rockwell International as an engineer.
In 1973, Betty passed away from cancer and two years later Don married Jessie Romp. He retired from Rockwell International in 1979 and moved with Jessie to Brownsville, Texas to retire. Don remained active, and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the Masonic Lodge and the Full Gospel Men's Group.
He leaves his wife Jessie; son Jon and daughter-in-law Terry; stepdaughter Marilyn; his brother Leon and sister-in-law Ruby Haahr, and sister Verla and brother-in-law Bill Reading, as well as five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Margie Hammer, age 83, a lifetime resident of Storm Lake, Iowa, died Sunday, Oct. 15, at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.
Services for Mrs. Hammer are schedule for Thursday, Oct. 19, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Storm Lake. Burial will be in Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.
Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake were in charge of the arrangements.
1/16/1917 - 10/11/2006
LaVada Petersen, age 89, of Newell, died very peacefully on the afternoon of Oct. 11, 2006 at Newell Good Samaritan Center.
Funeral services for Mrs. Petersen were Oct. 16 at Nain Lutheran Church in Newell, with burial in the Newell Cemetery. Pastor Greg Baskerville officiated at the service. Friends who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the website: www.fratzkejensen .com
Laura LaVada Miller was born Jan. 16, 1917 in Purdy, in Lucas County to Edward Elmer Miller and Edna Rosetta (Clement) Miller. She was baptized in the First Christian Church in Belinda, Iowa at the age of 12 years. She received her first eight years of her education in country schools in English township, also in Lucas County. She moved to Chariton, to finish her high school education, graduation in 1934. Following her college education in Des Moines, and at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, she then taught school in several country schools for three years.
LaVada moved with her parents to a farm in Buena Vista County, in 1938, where she met her neighbor "across the fence." On Aug. 13, 1939, she was married to that neighbor, Eugene Aroe Petersen in the Sulphur Springs Church in Sulphur Springs. Three children were born to this union: Leah Rosetta, Jon Ralph and Donald Eugene.
The Petersens spent most of their lives farming in the Newell, area until 1974, when they decided to retire to Phoenix, Arizona. Finding retirement boring, the couple began renovating homes for resale and managing apartment complexes until they decided to "really" retire. LaVada worked for several years as a nurse's aide at Methodist Manor and Buena Vista County Hospital in Storm Lake. She was an active member of the Buena Vista County Rebekah Lodge #258 her entire life, and served as the Iowa Rebekah Assembly state president from 1965-1966. She was a member of the Ladies Encampment Auxiliary #86 of Storm Lake and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Patriarch Millatant of Storm Lake. In Phoenix, she joined the Charity Rebekah Lodge #6 and was very active there, as well. Other activities LaVada enjoyed included singing with the Buena Vista Choral group and her membership in the Rural Study Club of Providence Township in Buena Vista County. LaVada enjoyed baking wedding cakes and making wedding dresses for several brides in the area. She loved her crafts and music a great deal. She also enjoyed spending time doing church work in both Nain Lutheran Church in Newell and Camelback Christian Church in Phoenix.
For the past few years, LaVada has lived back in Newell in an apartment, wanting to enjoy her time with her family. LaVada spent a great deal of time with her family, traveling between Phoenix, Newell and Arkansas on a regular basis. She had been in failing health for some time and finally entered Newell Good Samaritan Home in Newell in the fall of 2005, where she resided until the time of her death.
LaVada was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Edna Miller; her husband, Eugene Petersen; sister Lucile Anderson of Chariton; sister Cleta Thomas and husband, Richard, of Lakeside; sister Madalyn Clothier and husband, Walter, of Applington; brother Clement Miller and wife, Jess, of Fairmont, Minn.; parents-in-law Andrew and Ivo Petersen; and brother-in-law Ralph Petersen of Newell.
She is survived by her daughter, Leah Franzmeier, of Newell; son Jon and wife Joy Petersen of Lead Hill, Ark.; son Donald and wife Joan Petersen of Phoenix, Ariz.; brother Calvin "Bud" and wife Shirley Miller of Dayton; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren and their spouses; other relatives and a host of friends.