[Masthead] Light Snow ~ 7°F  
Feels like: -12°F
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Thomas Wells

Aug. 8, 1957- Sept. 12, 2007

Thomas Deland Wells, 50, Fonda, died on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Clarkson Hospital Burn Unit in Omaha, Neb.

Services for Mr. Wells were held Monday, Sept. 17, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Fonda. Reverends Thomas Hart and Rev. Ed Sullivan will concelebrate the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be in St. Columbkille Cemetery in Varina. The Mahaney Funeral Home of Fonda was in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation was held at the church on Sunday, Sept.16, from 4 - 8 p.m., with a parish vigil service scheduled for 7 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus Rosary was recited at 7:30 p.m.

Born to Deland and Anna Wells on Aug. 8, 1957, Tom was the sixth of seven children and the only son. Tom grew in faith through baptism, First Communion and Confirmation at St. Columbkille parish in Varina. He attended grade school through eighth grade at St. Columbkille school and graduated from Fonda Public High School in 1975. Tom earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness from Iowa State University in Dec. 1978. He was a brother of Adelante fraternity. Following graduation, Tom returned to the family farm, east of Varina to begin his life's calling as a farmer and businessman.

Tom and Lori Jensen, Kimballton, were united in marriage on Nov. 24, 1979 at St. Columbkille church in Varina. From this marriage sprang the blessings of God's graces, Kara Ann, Grant Thomas and Parker August Wells.

Tom had many interests including hunting, boating, collecting toy tractors, and watching sports, especially those in which his children participated. He shared his talents in many ways. He currently was serving on the Pocahontas County Mutual Insurance board, the Pocahontas County Foundation, as Trustee of St. Columbkille Church, where he was also commissioned as a Eucharist minister an a member of the Knights of Columbus. His other involvements included acting as an ISU Extension First Detector, participating in the Iowa Soybean Initiative program, and serving for a combined twenty-one years on the board of directors of ALCECO and Ag Partners of Albert City.

In 2000, Tom became a Farm Advantage dealer and quickly built a new on-farm business, Wells Ag Enterprises, LLC. As part of this venture, Tom earned Certified Crop Advisor status, and co-developed a business software program. Those who knew Tom, knew he had great vision for the future. Agriculture was his passion. His customers, friends and neighbors were his motivation as an advocate of fair and honest business practices.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Lori; daughter, Kara Ann and fiancé Andrew Knupp, Shawnee, Kan.; sons, Grant Thomas and Parker August Wells; mother, Anna Wells, Pocahontas; mother-in-law, Evelyn Jensen, Harlan; sisters: Mary Jo Flett, Rochester, Mich.; Deanna Veitia, Lake Arrowhead, Calif.; Marsha and Michel Maupoux,Vancouver, Wash.; Maureen and Edmond Garrett, Salisbury Center, N.Y.; Marian Wells, Redlands, Calif., and Carol and Kenneth Larsen, Cedar Rapids; brothers-in-law: Alan and Maureen Jensen, Exira; Randall and Cindy Jensen, West Des Moines, and Richard and Sharyl Jensen, Mitchellville; sisters-in-law: Joyce and Verner Hansen, Kimballton, and Cindy and Darrell Marshall, Urbandale; uncles: Orville and Judy Wells, Fonda, and T.H. Fitzpatrick, Alta; aunts: Kathryn Siela, Fonda; Bernice Wells, Fonda; Alice Martin, Tucson, Ariz.He was preceded in death by his father, Deland Augustine Wells; father-in-law, Wilfred Jensen; a nephew, Jeremy Flett; grandparents, Lloyd and Margaret Wells and Arthur and Josephine O'Meara.

Christine A. Peters

Christine A. Peters, 50, Storm Lake, died Thursday, Sept.13, in Storm Lake.

Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 17 at 10:30 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake, with Reverend Bruce Lawler officiating. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery. The Fratzke and Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Friends call from 3 - 8 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Fratzke and Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake, where family was present from 6 - 8 p. m. There was a Legion of Mary Rosary at 3:30 p.m. and a vigil service at 7 p.m. during visitation hours at the funeral home. Friends who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the funeral home website: www.fratzkejensen.com

Christine A. Brodsack was born March 8, 1957 in Fort Dodge, the daughter of Thomas P. and Jeanne V. (Yetmar) Brodsack. She was baptized into the Catholic faith as an infant at St. Matthew's Church in Clare. Her family moved to the Storm Lake area and Christine confirmed her faith as a youth at St. Mary's Church in Storm Lake. Christine received her education in Storm Lake, graduating from Storm Lake High School in 1976.

On Sept. 24, 1977, Christine was united in holy matrimony to Doug Peters in St. Mary's Church in Storm Lake. The couple was blessed with three children: Chad, Mike and Lindsey.

Christine was a loving wife and devoted mother who kept a warm and comfortable home for her family. She enjoyed bowling, camping, golf, snowmobiling and reading. She was always happy to spend time with her friends. Her family was always her first priority and Christine treasured the time she was able to spend with her husband and children. She will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 30 years, Doug, Storm Lake; her son, Chad, Fort Collins, Colo.; her son, Mike, Laurens; and her daughter, Lindsey, Storm Lake; brothers Terry Brodsack, Cedar Rapids, and Art (Pam) Brodsack, Cedar Falls; sisters Mary (Randy) Tovar, Austin, Minn., and Trish (Jeff) Sauter, Arnolds Park, and extended family and many friends.

Christine was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Sharon.

Birdie Meree Jacobson

Sept. 26, 1916- Sept. 13, 2007

Birdie Meree Jacobson, 90, Sioux Rapids, died Thursday, Sept. 13, at Sioux Care Center in Sioux Rapids.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Jacobson were scheduled for Monday, Sept. 17, at 10 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Sioux Rapids, with Reverend Tonna Parsons officiating. Burial was in Lone Tree Cemetery at Sioux Rapids. The Sliefert Funeral Home of Sioux Rapids is in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation were held from 5- 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids, where the family will be present. Friends who wish to send on-line condolences to the family may do so via the Sliefert Funeral Home website: www.sliefert.com

Birdie Meree Fast was born Sept. 26, 1916 in Barton County, Missouri to Kiley May (Rickman) Fast and Claudie Marion Fast. She was raised in that area and received her teaching degree there. She taught for a short time before meeting her future husband.

Floyd and Meree were married May 26, 1938 at the Jacobson Farm near Sioux Rapids. Their union was blessed with four children: Charlie Marion, Roger Dale, Thomas Floyd and Janice Eileen. Roger Dale died shortly after he was born.

Meree, which she preferred to be called, was very active in the farming operation. She enjoyed canning, baking, gardening and cooking for the many people who would "just stop by." Meree was very well-known for her homemade sour cream chocolate cakes. She really enjoyed entertaining and visiting. And in her free time she helped when needed with the many chores around the farm. Meree loved nature and enjoyed watching and feeding the many birds.

Meree was active in her local church, serving on the Ladies Aid as well as other committees. She truly enjoyed the times the ladies gathered together to make quilts. Meree and Floyd chose to take classes at the First Lutheran Church in Sioux Rapids and were baptized there. She lived for her Lord and walked with Him.

Family was very important to Meree. Her grandchildren were very special to her and they all spent many hours with her. She had saved every clipping from the paper about any events her family members were in. Each of them was very dear to Meree in their own special way. She took great pride in knowing all her children had served their country. And when Janice was stationed in Japan, Meree and Floyd were fortunate to visit her.

Meree entered the Sioux Care Center in the spring of 2002. It was there she passed away at the age of 90 years and 352 days.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Charlie and Bonnie, Mankato, Minn.; Thomas and Pam, Sioux Rapids; and Janice Trebesch, Linn Grove; grandchildren: Erica and Jon, Spirit Lake; Mike and Anna, Tucson, Ariz.; and Ensign Matthew Jacobson, United States Navy; many other special relatives and friends.

Meree was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her son, brother, Barton and son-in-law Glen Trebesch.

Darlene Mae Foster

May 4, 1938- Sept. 12, 2007

Darlene Mae Foster, 69, of Newell, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Sept.12, at her home.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Alta, with Pastor D. Duane Olson officiating. Burial will be at the Correctionville Cemetery, Correctionville. Visitation was Monday from 4- 8 p.m. with the family present 6- 8 p.m. at the Barker Funeral Home in Alta. Barker Funeral Home of Alta is in charge of arrangements.

Darlene was born on May 4, 1938 to Albert and Elsie (Meier) Schau in Danbury. She attended Rock Center School through the fourth grade and she attended the Cushing School fifth grade through eighth grade. She graduated from Correctionville High School in 1957.

After graduation, she worked at several places. She later worked at Hy-Vee in Storm Lake as a Bookkeeper for over 15 years.

Darlene was united in marriage to Earl Sachau on April 8, 1958. He passed away on July 17, 1962.

Darlene was united in marriage to Norman Foster on May 4, 1963. They had been married for 29 years when he passed away on May 20, 1992.

Darlene enjoyed working in her yard with her many collections. Above all, she loved to do counted-cross stitch and won many top prizes for her creations that she entered at various fairs. She enjoyed her workouts at the Fitness Center in Storm Lake, going on bike rides, listening to country music, traveling, and she especially enjoyed spending time with her special friend, Noel Walsh.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husbands, Earl and Norman.

Darlene is survived by one brother, Jerry A. Schau, Correctionville; one niece, Debra DeRucher and her husband Dale, Akron; one nephew, Ricky Schau, Akron; five cousins, Desirae, Tiffany, Hallie, and Chandra DeRocher, and Colton Schau, all, Akron; her special friend, Noel Walsh, Alta; and a host of other relatives and friends.