Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Margaret Irene (Irwin) Hendrickson

March 4, 1918-Nov. 22 2006

Margaret Irene (Irwin) Hendrickson, 88, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at Methodist Manor Care Center in Storm Lake.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 25, at Lakes United Methodist Church in Lake View with burial at Wall Lake Cemetery under the direction of the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home.

Visitation is from 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 24, at the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Sac City.

Margaret was born March 4, 1918 in Boyer Valley Township, Sac County to Lewis Edward and Elva (Johnson) Irwin. She had one sister, Verda Carpenter. After her mother died of Spanish flu Jan. 24, 1919, she and her sister Verda went to live with Elva's sister, Irene Johnson Irwin and her husband Robert P. Irwin. They had three children, Maurice Irwin, Dorothy Irwin Weitzel, and Norma Irwin Arnold.

Margaret graduated from Sac City High School in 1936. She married J. Preston Hendrickson on Nov. 26, 1937 in Spencer. After their marriage the couple farmed in partnership with her father, Lew Irwin on a farm near Early. Margaret and Preston had five children: David, John, Jane, Dan, and Rose Mary.

She was a member of Pleasant Hill Methodist Church, when it closed she transferred her membership to the Lake View United Methodist Church, where she served on several committees as well as circle. Margaret was a member of two neighborhood clubs: the T-4-U Club and the Pleasant Pass Timers Club.

She enjoyed cooking and gardening and traveling with her husband Preston. She loved being part of the big Irwin family as well as a welcomed member of the large Hendrickson family. She especially enjoyed all their family gatherings. Margaret was preceded in death by her mother, Elva; her father, Lewis; as well as Robert and Irene Irwin; sister, Verda Carpenter; Maurice Irwin; and in Oct. of 1988 her husband of 50 years, J. Preston Hendrickson.

Margaret is survived by her five children: David (Nancy) Hendrickson of Early, John (Jan) Hendrickson of Early, Jane (Marvin) Meusburger of Spencer, Dan Hendrickson of Early, and Rose Mary (John) Wheeler of Kansas City, Mo; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Other survivors include Dorothy Weitzel of Storm Lake; Norma Arnold of Littleton, Colo.; Kathryn Irwin of Sac City; and many other relatives and friends.

Ardeth Kreft

May 30 1923-Nov. 19, 2006

Ardeth Kreft, 83, of Newell and formerly of Early died Sunday, Nov.19 at the Newell Good Samaritan Center.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Kreft were held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25 at Faith Lutheran Church in Early. Pastor Chuck Bettin officiated. Burial is in the Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Those who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home website: www.fratzkejensen. com

Ardeth was born May 30, 1923 in rural Storm Lake to Oscar and Rose (Petersen) Willadsen. She was baptized into the Lutheran faith at Nain Lutheran Church in Newell and later confirmed her faith in that same church as a youth. She graduated from high school in Sulphur Springs.

On Aug. 6, 1950, Ardeth was united in marriage to Eugene Kreft at St. John Lutheran Church in Storm Lake. Ardeth was a dedicated and caring teacher to many young students for many years. She loved teaching young people and helping them learn.

A faithful member of Faith Lutheran Church in Early, Ardeth served her Lord gladly with her participation in the Mission Society and on various committees within the church. She was a voracious reader of all types of books and enjoyed listening to sports broadcasts on her radio.

Ardeth was a member of the Buena Vista College Choir and loved to take a turn on the dance floor. Her gentle, caring presence will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Left to cherish her memory are her sister, Evelyn Christensen of McCallsburg; sister-in-law Marilyn and her husband Gordon Fett of Storm Lake; beloved nephews and nieces; extended family and many friends.

Ardeth was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Eugene; and one brother, Leo Willadsen.

Lawrence Joseph Schmitt

Aug. 28, 1944- Nov. 23, 2006

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, Nov. 27, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Early with burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery under the direction of the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home.

Visitation was from 3 p.m.- 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 26th at the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Sac City with a vigil service at 7 p.m. Lawrence Joseph Schmitt was born on Aug. 28, 1944, in Sac City, the fourth child of seven children born to John Edward and Bertha Ann (Engel) Schmitt. He was baptized and confirmed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Early, where he also attended school graduating in 1962 from Sacred Heart Catholic School.

He was married to Susan Kae Thomason on May 11, 1974. Two children were born to this union: Coralie and Carisa.

Lawrence worked for Godbersen-Smith Construction Company of Ida Grove, as a paving superintendent of the concrete crew for 30-35 years. On June 1, 1991, he was united in marriage to Shirley Eileen Isaacson. One daughter, Nickolena, was born.

His hobbies included camping and working. He loved spending time with the family and tried to live life to the fullest. He was a loving husband, father, brother and proud grandfather who cherished the time spent with his grandchildren.

Lawrence passed away on Nov. 23, at his home in Early. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Bertha Schmitt; grandparents: Lenard and Elizabeth Engel and George and Eva Schmitt.

Left to mourn his passing include his wife; Shirley of Early; daughters; Coralie and Brent Heisner, Carisa and Anthony Bragg both of Des Moines, and Nickolena Schmitt of Early; two grandchildren; Nicholas Heisner of Des Moines and Jordan Bragg of Emmetsburg; parents-in-law; Clifford and Kathleen Isaacson of Algona; six sisters and brothers: Helen M. Henrich and husband Don of Merrill, Edward J. Schmitt and wife Sandy of Early, Catherine A. Schmitt/Christman of Bronson, Frances A. Blum and husband Loren of Schaller, George L. Schmitt and wife Sandy of Wall Lake, and Lenard J. Schmitt and wife Mary of Early; many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends.