Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Lawrence G. Meseck

Dec. 20, 1921- Nov. 15, 2007

Lawrence G. Meseck, 85, Urbandale, passed away Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Karen Acres Health Center in Urbandale. Per his wishes, Lawrence was cremated. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 1 p.m. at the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church located at 904 Bluff Street, Cedar Falls with a visitation starting at 12 p.m. at the church.

Lawrence G. Meseck was born Dec. 20, 1921 in Storm Lake, the son of Arthur and Malinda (Kruse) Meseck. He married Marjorie Lois Widman on Nov. 21, 1943 in Storm Lake.

Lawrence served his country in the United States Navy during WWII serving from August 2, 1944 until his honorable discharge on February 5, 1946. Lawrence received his BA degree from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, and his MA degree from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

Lawrence worked 19 years for the Lutheran Brotherhood Insurance in Northwest Iowa, 10 years as a Vocational / Rehabilitation Counselor in Carroll, and 10 years as a Guidance Counselor in the Hinton Community Schools, Hinton.

Lawrence was a member of the Lutheran Church and the National Education Association. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, cards, dominoes, and his rock collection.

Survivors include his wife Marjorie Meseck of Urbandale; six children, Linda (Michael) Lewis, Cedar Falls, David (Cindy) Meseck, Rochester, Minn.; Chuck (Patrice) Meseck, Thiensville, Wisc.; Laura (Vernon) Dew, Kansas City, Mo.; Philip (Kathy) Meseck, Belvidere, Ill.; and Rebecca (Rick) Harmon, Des Moines; one brother Lloyd Meseck, Houston, Texas; two sisters, Arlene Grienke, Aurelia, and Cleora Slater, Storm Lake. Also surviving are 18 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Malinda Meseck and a grandson Denver Meseck.

Memorials maybe directed in Lawrence's name to the Hospice of Central Iowa (401 Railroad Place, West Des Moines.) The Cremation Society of Eastern-Central-Western Iowa assisted with arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the Meseck family at under Obituaries.

Edwin P. Madsen

March 10, 1929- Nov. 14, 2007

Edwin P. Madsen, 78, Rembrandt, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Services for Mr. Madsen were held on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Laurens, with Reverend Allan Reicks and Reverend Dale Launderville concelebrating the Mass of Christian Burial. Interment is in Lone Tree Cemetery at Sioux Rapids, with full military rites presented by the Sioux Rapids American Legion Post 394.

Friends called on Friday, Nov. 16, at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake, where the family was present. A Legion of Mary Rosary was recited at 3:30 p.m. and a parish vigil service was held at 7 p.m., both at the funeral home during the visitation hours. Those who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the funeral home website:

Edwin Patrick Madsen was born on March 10, 1929 in Denison, the son of Edwin Albert and Marie Catherine (Sheridan) Madsen. He was baptized as an infant and confirmed as a youth into the Catholic faith. Ed attended classes at Havelock and Lincoln Lee Township schools before graduating from Rembrandt High School in 1946. He then served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict before he was honorably discharged.

On June 17, 1953, Ed was united in holy matrimony with Bonnie Lenz in Spencer, Iowa. The couple was blessed with 10 children: Terry, Rich, Ron, Pat, Paul, Mary Jo, Dave, Dan, Sherry and Eddie.

Ed was a man who loved the land, so it only made sense that he spent his life doing what he loved, farming and raising cattle. An active and faithful member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sioux Rapids, Ed believed in living his faith from day to day. He gave back to the community in which he worked and raised his family. He served as a Lee township trustee, and gave of his time as both a member and president of the Rembrandt and later Sioux Rapids/Rembrandt school boards. He was an avid supporter of both the Rembrandt and Sioux Rapids Fire Departments.

When he could, Ed loved to travel and go camping. He also enjoyed riding with his sons in their semi-trucks. He liked sports and watching sporting events. But it was his family that meant everything to Ed. A loving husband and devoted father, he treasured the days of watching his own children grow up. Then in his later years, he found a special place in his heart for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His kind and caring ways will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 54 happy years, Bonnie, Rembrandt; his children: Terry Movall, Storm Lake; Rich (Linda) Madsen, Rembrandt; Ron (Karla) Madsen, Rembrandt; Pat (Milly) Madsen, West Bend; Paul (Joy) Madsen, Sioux Rapids; Mary Jo (Jim) Davis, Storm Lake; Dave (Lori) Madsen, Marathon; Dan (Michele) Madsen, Albert City; Sherry (Ryan) Mandernach, Newell; and Edwin A. (Lindsey) Madsen, Storm Lake; grandchildren: Alan (Jen), Jackie (Cory), Mark (Heidi), Molly (Daniel), Becky (Darin), Jeff (Jenny), Stefanie, Brent, Samantha, Jamie, Mandy (Brett), Chris, Ashley, Stacy, Matt (Miranda), Nikki, Kevin, Kristi, Tyler, Shelby, Mickenzie, Masey, Daniele, Nickalus, Tyler, Alexis, Jeremy, Edwin John "E.J.", and Marley; great-grandchildren: Alex, Grant, Logan, and Blake; brothers: Merle (Lorraine) Madsen, Camdenton, Mo.; Melvin (Phyllis) Madsen, Laurens; Gerald (Marge) Madsen, Cherokee; Clarence (Marie) Madsen, Okabena, Minn.; Duane (Joan) Madsen, Heron Lake, Minn.; and Robert (Sandy) Madsen, Heron Lake, Minn.; sisters: Maxine (Lee) Launderville, Lakeside; Jean Madsen of Lakefield, Minn.; sisters-in-law: Arleen Ivers, Schaller, and Eunice Shepard, Spirit Lake; extended family and a host of friends.

Preceding Ed in death were his parents and one brother, Dale Madsen.

Merle H. Brune

Merle Brune died Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Sunset Knoll Care and Rehab Center in Aurelia where he had been a resident since Feb. 2, 2002.

Funeral services for Merle Brune, 84, Aurelia will be Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Harold Werley. Visitation will be Monday from 5- 7 p.m.. at the Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia. Burial will be in the Correctionville Cemetery.

Merle Henry Brune was born Jan. 7, 1923, the son of Elmer and Elsie Emma (Todd) Brune in Correctionville.

He attended country schools in the Correctionville area. In 1940 the family moved to Diamond Township where Merle farmed, and enjoyed raising cattle and hogs. He moved into Aurelia in January of 1989.

Preceding Merle in death were his parents, and his sister, Fern Brune on May 20, 1996.

Survivors include one brother, Elmer Brune Jr. of Colorado Springs, Colo., and friends.