Aug. 13, 1932- Dec.13, 2006
Lona Swain, 74, of Storm Lake, died Wednesday, Dec.13, of injuries received in an automobile accident.
Services for Mrs. Swain will be held Thursday, Dec. 21, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Storm Lake, with Reverend Bruce Lesemann officiating. Burial will be in the Storm Lake Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.
Friends called Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 4 p.m.to 8 p.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake, where the family was present in the evening. Those who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home website: www.fratzkejensen .com Memorials in Lona's honor may be directed to the Concordia Lutheran School, in care of St. John Lutheran Church in Storm Lake.
Lona Jean Hansen was born Aug.13, 1932 in Galva to Ferd and Tena (Radke) Hansen. She was baptized at St. John Lutheran Church in Galva and as a youth, confirmed her faith in that same congregation. She received her early education in the Galva School, and graduated from Galva High School in 1950. She continued her education, graduating from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake with a degree in education.
On June 24, 1958, Lona was united in marriage to Milton Larry Swain at St. John Lutheran Church in Galva. Their union was blessed with two children: a daughter, Julie, and a son, Scott.
A devoted wife and mother, Lona kept a warm and loving home for her family. She taught school for many years at schools in Battle Creek, Sulfur Springs and Storm Lake, until her retirement in 1995. She also helped in whatever capacity she was needed at Concordia Lutheran School in Storm Lake. Her students received the same devotion and care she showed to all the people who crossed her path in life.
Lona was a faithful member of St. John Lutheran Church in Storm Lake, where she taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and was very involved in the life and activities of her church.
Lona loved to shop, enjoyed sewing, reading and was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan. She treasured all the time she spent with her beloved family, but her grandchildren held a special place in her heart. Her caring and kind ways will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved her.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 48 years, Milt Swain of Storm Lake; her daughter, Julie and husband Dan Tjaden of Storm Lake; her son, Scott and wife Kari Swain of Altoona; grandson Ethan Swain and granddaughter Ellen Swain of Altoona; sister Elmira Alderson of Schaller; extended family and a host of friends.
Preceding Lona in death were her parents; her brothers-in-law David Alderson, Myron Swain and Ronnie Swain; and two sisters-in-law: Helen Swain and Toddy Swain.
Thomas H. Eickhoff
Nov. 29, 1948- Dec. 18, 2006
Thomas H. Eickhoff, 58, of Newell, died Monday, Dec. 18, at Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge.
Funeral services for Mr. Eickhoff will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sac City, with Father Lawrence McCarty officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will follow at the Newell Cemetery with full military rites presented by the Newell American Legion. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Newell is in charge of the arrangements.
Friends called Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Newell, where a parish vigil service was held at 7:45 p.m. Those who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home website: www.fratzkejensen .com
Thomas Harding Eickhoff, the son of Edgar and Betty Hansen, Eickhoff, was born Nov. 29, 1948 in Storm Lake. Tom was baptized in the Lutheran faith and confirmed April 7, 1963 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Newell. He was schooled in Newell before graduating from Alta High School in 1967. He also attended community college classes in Estherville.
On Feb. 7, 1970, Tom was united in marriage to LaDonna Richardson in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Laurens. They were blessed with three children: Shane, Kristie and Jared.
Tom entered the United States Navy on March 31, 1970 and proudly served his country during the Vietnam war. During his service, Tom earned many awards, among them the National Defense Service Medal, the Good Conduct Award, and the Vietnam Service Medal. He was honorably discharged on Jan.2, 1974
After serving his country, Tom returned home to join his grandfather, Harding, and his father, Edgar, in the family business of general contracting. He remained active in the V.F.W. and American Legion. Tom donated his time as a volunteer driver for the Veteran Administration's van. He enjoyed fishing, sightseeing, working in his flower garden, wood working and spending time with his four grandchildren.
Tom is survived by his wife, Donna, of Newell; his son, Shane and Laurie Eickhoff, Ankeny, and their two children, Thomas and Rachel; his daughter, Kristie and Luke Perrin and, Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, S. D., and their two children, Alexis and Teagan; his son, Jared and Briana Eickhoff, Bloomington, Ill.; his mother, Betty, of Newell; his brother, Bill Eickhoff of Orange City; as well as extended family and many friends.
Preceding Tom in death were his father, Edgar Eickhoff; his brother, Steve Eickhoff; and one sister, Becky Zoet.