Gary R. Grote
June 15, 1931- July 20, 2007
Gary R. Grote, 76, Sioux Rapids, died Friday, July 20, at Spencer Municipal Hospital in Spencer.
Memorial services for Mr. Grote were held 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 23, at the First United Church in Sioux Rapids, with Reverend Leila Prince officiating. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids was in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation was held at the church for one hour prior to service time. Friends who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the funeral home website: www.sliefert.com
Gary Randall Grote, the son of Floyd and Ruth (Crick) Grote, was born on June 15, 1931 in Sioux Rapids. He was baptized and confirmed in the United Methodist Church at Sioux Rapids. He maintained his life-long membership as an active member of the First United Church in Sioux Rapids. Gary attended and graduated from Cornell High School in 1949.
On Jan. 28, 1953, Gary was united in marriage to Wanda Henley in Jackson, Minn. They were blessed with five children: Rebecca, Scott, Michelle, David and Deanna. Gary was engaged in farming for much of his life. Later, he worked for Ranco Industries in Sioux Rapids.
Throughout his lifetime, Gary found much enjoyment in hunting, fishing and spending time outdoors. He took much pride in living a simple life and finding pleasure in the little things. Above all, Gary loved his family and friends and cherished the time he spent with them. He will be missed dearly by all who knew him.
Those who will always cherish his memory include his wife of 54 years, Wanda, Sioux Rapids; his children: Rebecca Burke and her husband Bill, Des Moines; Scott Grote, Linn Grove; Michelle Morgan and her husband Don, Chillicothe, Ohio; David Grote and his wife Katie, Eden Prairie, Minn.; and Deanna Hempfling and her husband Allan, Omaha, Neb.; ten grandchildren; two great grandchildren; other extended relatives and many friends.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents.
Valborg "Vallie" Johanna (Haugen) Swenson, 93, Storm Lake, died July 20, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 25, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Storm Lake with Pastors Connie Spitzack and Mark Youngquist officiating. Graveside services and burial will be at 3:30 p.m., following the church service, at the Soldier Valley Lutheran Cemetery in Soldier.
Visitation will be 5- 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 24, at the Fratzke and Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake where the family will be present to greet friends. There will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Visitation will continue at the church on Wednesday, one hour prior to the service.
The Fratzke and Jensen Funeral Home were in charge of the arrangements. Those wishing to send on-line condolences to the family may do so via: www.fratzkejensen.com
May 29, 1933- July 20, 2007
Lester Henry Tiefenthaler, 74, Early, passed away on Friday, July 20, at Loring Hospital in Sac City.
Mass of the Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 23, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Early, with Father Larry Burns officiating. Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery under the direction of the Farber and Otteman Funeral Home.
Visitation is from 2 -8 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, at the funeral home in Sac City with a vigil service at 7 p.m.
The son of Jacob (Jake) and Mary (Maim) Derner Tiefenthaler, Les was born on May 29, 1933, in Carroll County. His parents lived in Carroll County for a while and later moved to Early. He was baptized at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Breda and confirmed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Early where he remained a life-time member of the Sacred Heart Parish. He attended school through the eighth grade at Sacred Heart Catholic School.
On June 28, 1954, Les was married to Donna Haradon at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Early. They made their home near Early where Les farmed. This union was blessed with a son, Raymond, and two daughters, Nancy and Kim.
Les loved the farm life, he took great pride in keeping his crops free of weeds, and looked forward to the fall harvest. Farming was his life but his family was his love. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother. Les enjoyed a good game of cards, going fishing, and watching sports on TV. He cherished the time he could spend with his family and friends, especially watching his grandchildren grow up and following their activities in school. Les retired from farming in 2000.
Survivors include his wife, Donna; son Raymond Tiefenthaler and wife Jolene, Early; two daughters: Nancy Suhr and fiancé Tracy Heuton, Nemaha; and Kim Fickett and husband Terry, Sioux City; six grandchildren: Angie (Patrick) Brenner, Lytton; Justin (Kami) Tiefenthaler, Early; Dylan, Blake, and Rachel Suhr, Nemaha; and Isabella Fickett, Sioux City; three great-grandchildren: Austin Brenner, Lytton, and Joseph and Jolynn Tiefenthaler, Early. Other survivors include his brothers: Elmer Tiefenthaler and Marvin Tiefenthaler and his wife Rita, and a sister Wilma Feilmeier, all of Early; many extended family members and friends.
Les was preceded in death by his parents, Jake and Maim Tiefenthaler; sisters: Irene and Alma Tiefenthaler; sister-in-law Rita Tiefenthaler; two brothers: Urban Tiefenthaler and Emery Tiefenthaler and his wife Lois; and father and mother-in-law, Dwight Haradon and Rachel (Ellis) Haradon.
Paul Anderson, 53, Peterson died July 21 at Mercy Medical Center, Sioux City.
Services for Mr.Anderson will be held Wednesday July 25, at 1:30 p.m .at the United Methodist Church in Peterson. Rev. Roger Maize will officiate.
Visitation will be held after 3 p.m. on Tuesday with family present from 6- 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Warner Funeral Home in Peterson.
Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Peterson at a later date.
Online condolances may be sent to www.warnerfuneral.com