Specialist Brian Anthony Botello
May 28, 1987 - April 29, 2004
Specialist Brian Anthony Botello, 19, Alta, passed away on Sunday, April 29, in Iraq.
Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, at the Summit Evangelical Free Church, Alta, with Rev. Doug M. Corlew, Pastor Kevin T. Mahr, and Chaplain Michael V. Crawford officiating. Burial will be at the Fayetteville National Cemetery, Fayetteville, Ark., on Friday, May 11. Visitation will be 4 p.m.- 8 p.m. with the family present 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. at the Summit Evangelical Free Church, Alta. Barker Funeral Home of Alta is in charge of the arrangements.
Brian Anthony Botello was born to Tony Botello and Karyn Brophy on May 28, 1987 in Muskegon, Michigan. He was a 2005 graduate of Alta High School, where he was a member of the football, track, and wrestling teams.
Brian entered the U.S. Army shortly after graduation and had recently re-enlisted for another five years, intending to make the Army his career. SPC Botello's nine military awards include the Bronze STAR Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Combat Action Badge. He was also a member of Summit Evangelical Free Church in Alta and was active in the youth group.
Brian was a tender hearted, loving person and will be fondly remembered by his family and friends. He loved life and took every opportunity to experience it to the fullest. He loved to go road tripping with his friends and hanging out with them at home. Brian also had a great love for music and was very talented at playing instruments. His favorite was the guitar and he had hoped to form a band and contract some gigs when he got back home from Iraq. He had a way of making people happy by the humorous way that he approached things and sometimes, just by a goofy look on his face - which he had quite a reputation for!
Brian is survived by his mother, Karyn Brophy, Alta; his father, Tony Botello, Muskegon, Mich.; two sisters, Jamie Lynne Botello, Alta, and Tiffany Ferris, Muskegon, Mich.; his grandparents, E.S. (LT. Col. U.S. Marine Corps, Ret.) and Sonja Lawbaugh, Fayetteville, Ark.; Edward P. (LT. Col. U.S. Army, Ret.) and Carla Brophy, Columbia, S. C.; and Carlos and Frances Martinez, Muskegon, Mich.; his aunts and uncles, Kim and Gene Bucao, Springdale, Ark.; Kathie and Steve Miller, Cape Canaveral, Fla.; John Brophy and Cheryl Giron, Tijeras, N. M.; Julia and Darren Thompson, Friend, Neb.; Jeff and Tammy Brophy, Storm Lake; Gilbert and Mary Botello, Muskegon, Mich.; Carlos Martinez, Muskegon, Mich.; Sylvia McGlaughlin, Muskegon, Mich.; Eric Martinez, Muskegon, Mich.; Gaynell Botello, Grand Haven, Mich.; and David and Kelli Botello, Virginia Beach, Va.; and numerous cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his uncle, Kevin Brophy.
Feb. 11, 1915 - April 25, 2007
Veronica Miller, 92, Fonda, died Wednesday, April 25, in the Angel Wing, Manson Good Samaritan Center.
Services for Mrs. Miller were held Tuesday, May 1, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Fonda. Reverends Thomas Hart and Richard Ries concelebrated the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in Mount Zion Cemetery in Fonda. The Mahaney Funeral Home in Fonda was in charge of the arrangements.
The family greeted friends on Monday, April 30, from 4p.m.- 8 p.m. at the Mahaney Funeral Home in Fonda, where a parish vigil service was held at 7 p.m.
Veronica Elizabeth Wilson was born February 11, 1915 in Pocahontas. She was the daughter of Fredrick and Maggie (Schott) Wilson. At the age of three years old, Veronica moved from Morgan, Minnesota to Fonda, where she was raised by her grandparents following her mother's death. She attended Fonda Community School and graduated from Fonda High School in 1932. She attended Simpson College in Indianola and graduated from Drake University in Des Moines with her teaching degree.
On May 20, 1936, Veronica was married to Arthur Miller at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Fonda. The couple lived on a farm for many years before they moved into Fonda in1980. Veronica taught school for many years. A number of her students were her own grandchildren. She taught in country schools and also at Manson, Palmer, Storm Lake St. Mary's and Fonda.
A member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Fonda, Veronica also belonged to Catholic Daughters of America and the Holy Family Society. Veronica enjoyed sewing, gardening and playing cards. She loved her family deeply and treasured the time she spent with them.
Veronica was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur; her parents, Fred and Maggie Wilson; her three sisters: Loretta Erickson, Louise Schultz and Rosie Siedler; her half-brother, Lester Wilson; her grandson, Michael Miller; and her granddaughters, Mary and Margaret Lange.
She is survived by her children: Phyllis (Fred) Marsalek, Mesa, Ariz.; David (Diana) Miller, North Pole, Ala.; Mary (Carl) Lange, Fonda; Alice (Jim) Tauber, Fonda; Jeanette Miller, Mesa, Ariz.; and Donnie (Mary) Miller, Horicon, Wis.; 34 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; her half-brother, Robert (Betty) Wilson, Grant City, Mo.; sisters-in-law Pat Wilson, Cedar Rapids and Grace Miller, Fonda; many nieces, nephews, and friends.