Feb. 8, 1915- Jan.3, 2007
Verna Stone, 91, Storm Lake, died Wednesday, Jan. 3, at her home in Storm Lake.
Funeral service for Mrs. Stone was held on Monday, Jan. 8, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Storm Lake, with Rev. Tom Hinshaw officiating. 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.
Friends called from 4 p.m- 8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 7, at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home, Storm Lake, where the family was present from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. Those who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the funeral home website: www.fratzkejensen.com
Verna Beatrice Hansen was born Feb. 8, 1915, Alta, to Hans Peter and Anna Christine (Henricksen) Hansen. She was raised in her parents' home near Alta along with her two brothers, Melvin and Donald, and her sisters, Esther and Lorraine. Verna learned her excellent work ethic early in life as she helped on the family farm, raising chickens, gathering eggs and working in their large garden. She attended school in Alta and graduated from Alta High School in 1934. Verna then completed another year of her education at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake.
On Jan. 16, 1938 Verna was united in marriage to Earl Virgil Stone at Elk Baptist Church in Alta. The couple was blessed with four children: Jacqueline, Vernon, Kenneth and Leanne. Verna and Earl raised their family on a farm northwest of Rembrandt, where she kept a warm and comfortable home for her loved ones. Farm life meant hard work, but Verna and Earl were partners in life and shared the workload together. They retired to Storm Lake in 1982.
A faithful member of First Baptist Church, Storm Lake. Verna was involved in many church activities, always happy to help out where she could. She loved people and always welcomed friends and family to her home. Verna was a good cook and gracious hostess, no one ever entered her home without being offered food of some kind. She enjoyed entertaining and always had her camera ready to snap photos, often of everyone sitting at the table eating. She lovingly created picture albums of her photos for her children and grandchildren. Verna also enjoyed crafts and liked to read. She made quilts for everyone in her family. She loved to play cards with friends and neighbors and in her later years enjoyed playing games like Skip-bo and Uno with her grandchildren. Ultimately, it was family that was most important to Verna. Her quiet caring ways will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Left to cherish her memory are her son, Vernon and wife Carol Stone of Sun City West, Ariz.; son Kenneth and wife Sue Stone, Rembrandt; daughter Leanne Lovstad, Storm Lake and fiancé Pat Mohr of Galva; eight grandchildren: Mahlon Stone, Veronica Stone, Stephanie Estling, Jason Lovstad, Ryan Lovstad, Josh Lovstad, Sonya Geisinger and Jeff Stone; five great-grandchildren: Samantha Farrenkopf, Zamara Geisinger, Nathan Heatley, Daniel Romero and KaSaundra Romero; two great-great-grandchildren: Trinity Heatley and Nicole Farrenkopf; one sister, Lorraine Warren, Alta; sisters-in-law Lovenetta Hansen, Alta, Jean Stone, Storm Lake and Clarine Heathman, Humboldt; many nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.
Verna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Earl; her daughter Jacqueline; her brothers: Melvin Hansen and Donald Hansen; and her sister Esther Spurlock.
Edward Sullivan Sr.
Oct. 11, 1921- Jan.4, 2007
Edward J.Sullivan, Sr., 85, died Thursday, Jan. 4, . Rosary services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 7 and Funeral Mass was held 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Andover. Burial will be Wednesday, Jan. 10 at the St. Mary's Cemetery, Storm Lake.
Edward James Sullivan was born Oct. 11, 1921 in Storm Lake. He grew up on a farm near Appleton, Minn., graduating in 1938 from Appleton High School at age 16. Following service in the National Guard, he joined the US Army, transferred to the Air Corp and became a B-17 bomber pilot at age 21. Before joining the war theatre, Mr. Sullivan married Gloria J. Smith, his hometown sweetheart, during training in Seabring, Fla., on March 19, 1943. He was held as a POW for 16 months in Germany before liberation in May, 1945. Following the war, he attended the University of Minnesota graduating with a BS and MS in aeronautical engineering in 1949. Mr. Sullivan continued to serve in the Air Force Reserve and retired as Lt. Colonel after 21 years. He worked for Boeing Aircraft Co. in both Seattle, Wash. and Wichita, Kan. retiring after 33 years in 1983. Throughout his life, Mr. Sullivan was an active volunteer at his church, St. Vincent de Paul serving in a leadership role in the Parish Council and as a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus. He and Gloria enjoyed traveling and worked enthusiastically on the family genealogy. Preceded in death by a daughter Kathleen Ann Sullivan, parents, Edward and Mary Sullivan and sisters, Dorothy Baridon and Helen Bowie.
Survivors include wife: Gloria, sons: Edward J. Sullivan Jr. , Wichita, Kan., Timothy B. Sullivan of Cheyenne, Wyo. and Michael T. Sullivan , Wichita, Kan.; daughter : Mary Lynn Flatt, Geelong, Victoria, Australia; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 123 N. Andover Rd, Andover, KS 67202.
Ralph Elwood Cole
Ralph Elwood Cole, 85, Storm Lake, died Friday, Jan. 5, at Countryside Estates in Cherokee.
Funeral services for Mr. Cole will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake. Burial will be in the Schaller Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.
Friends may call anytime after 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home, Storm Lake, where the family will be present from 4 p.m.- 8 p.m.
March 28, 1952- Jan.3, 2007
Kathy Williams, 54, Le Mars passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007 at Mercy Medical Center, Sioux City. A memorial service took place at 11 a.m. on Monday Jan. 8 at the Calvin Christian Reformed Church in Le Mars. Rev. Dale Fopma will officiate. Visitation was held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 7 at the Mauer Johnson Funeral Home, Le Mars. The family was present from 2 p.m.- 5 p.m. with a prayer service held at 4 p.m. Visitation was held one hour before the church service on Monday. Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.maurjohnsonfh .com
Kathryn Teresa Williams was born on March 28, 1952 in Roanoke, Va., the daughter of Charles and Miriam Sink- Madson. At the age of nine, Kathy and her family moved to Storm Lake where she graduated from high school. She would later attend business college in Sioux City and Westmar College, Le Mars. While attending classes at Westmar she was also employed with Harker's in Le Mars. On Aug. 28, 1986 Kathy and William "Bill" Williams were united in marriage in Le Mars where the couple made their home. In 1989 Kathy began her career with IBP, now Tyson, in Dakota Dunes, S.D. She was currently working in the tax accounting division.
Kathy was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan. She also did a great deal of reading and collected frogs. Most important in her life was her family. Her life revolved around spending time with them and included raising two of her granddaughters.
She will be lovingly remembered by her husband Bill Williams, Le Mars; two sons; John Bonnema, Normal, Ill. and Jason Bonnema and his wife Jenny, Le Mars; two step-sons: Mike Williams and his fiancé Mary, Tampa Fla. and Mark Williams and his wife Rhonda, Le Mars: grandchildren: Heather, and her husband Eric, Ashley, Troy, Tyler, Kristen, Colin, Kimberly, Dylan and Kayle. A great-grandson Ethan; a brother Jim Madson and his wife Darne, San Leandro, Calif. a sister Pat Eakin and her friend, Dean Spangler, Roanoke, Va. a brother Mike Madson and his wife Carla, Urbandale; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter Joellen Bonnema in 1984; and a special aunt Bessie S. Sanderson.