Harry S. Steinfeld
April 8, 1912- Dec. 3, 2007
Harry S. Steinfeld, a longtime resident of Tenafly (Bergen County), N.J., died on Dec.3, 2007 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake. He was 95 years old.
Visitation, a family memorial service, and a reception will be held Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007 at 7 p.m. at the home of Peter and Julie Steinfeld, 110 West Lakeshore Drive in Storm Lake. Burial will be in the Storm Lake Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of arrangements.
Those who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home website: www.fratzkejensen.com
Harry was born April 8, 1912 in Breslau, Germany (a city in the eastern part of Germany called Silesia, now part of Poland), the son of Moritz and Alberta (Raschkow) Steinfeld. His parents were both of Jewish ancestry. He had a brother, Walter, and a sister, Gertrude; his father was a banker.
Harry studied law for three years in Germany with the goal of becoming a judge. However, when the Nazis took power, Harry was forced to quit his studies and he never completed his law degree. Harry's brother, Walter, was killed during a demonstration against Hitler in 1933, just five days after Hitler had taken power. It took three years for Harry to leave Germany and emigrate to the U.S.
Harry finally arrived in the U.S. in 1936, and started working in New York City. He was drafted into the U.S. Army (30th Infantry Division) in 1942. Harry fought his way from the Normandy beaches through the Battle of the Bulge into Germany where he was wounded in 1945. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for his service to his newly-adopted country.
After the war Harry returned to New York, where he re-joined his former employer, a firm that manufactured and imported Shiny Brite Christmas ornaments. He worked for this company for 35 years, becoming import manager, and traveling frequently to Japan and Hong Kong.
In 1950, Harry married Rosemarie Lebek, who had also grown up in Breslau, but had not managed to emigrate to the U.S. until after the war. They met in New York City, and after the marriage, bought a house in Tenafly where they lived for 53 years. Two sons were born to them, Peter and Andrew, who made Harry into a most loving and concerned, wonderful father. Harry became an active member of the Presbyterian Church in Tenafly, serving as deacon and elder. Service became Harry's trademark.
Both sons went through college and graduate studies. Peter married, had three children (Coryn, Nathaniel, Gwendolyn) with his first wife Laura Inglis, and settled in Storm Lake. Andrew chose international studies as his career and has been a foreign service diplomat with the U.S. State Department since 1980, serving in many different countries.
Harry retired at the age of 72. Not being used to remaining unproductive, he found himself a volunteer job in Hackensack, N.J., where he worked tirelessly for an agency that helped senior citizens find paid work in order to survive. Later, Harry became a volunteer for the Red Cross in Englewood, N.J. His motto was "sharing and caring" and he lived his whole life accordingly. Harry never stopped helping, advising, and being concerned about everyone with whom he came into contact in his long life.
In 2003, Harry and Rosemarie moved into Otsego Place, an assisted living facility in Storm Lake, where their son Peter is a professor at Buena Vista University. After four years of slowly failing health, Harry needed more care and was moved this past September to the nursing home at Methodist Manor. He was taken to the hospital for his last two days, and died peacefully in his sleep .
He is survived by his wife Rosemarie, Storm Lake; son Peter, Storm Lake; son Andrew, Washington, D.C.; three grandchildren - Coryn, Chicago, Ill.; Nathaniel, Washington, D.C.; and Gwendolyn, City; Peter's second wife Julie, and family; nephew Martin, Stow, Mass.; niece Helen, Newcastle, UK; and numerous relatives and friends who will all miss him and long remember this sunny and positive personality who gave so much of himself to all.
John J. McGown
Sept. 9, 1911- Dec. 10, 2007
John J. McGown, 96, Storm Lake, died Monday, Dec. 10, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.
Funeral services for Mr. McGowan were held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake, with Reverend. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Fonda.
The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements. Those that wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the funeral home website: www.fratzkejensen.com
John Joseph McGowan was born Sept. 9, 1911 at Joliet, Ill., the son of Luke and Catherine (Prendergast) McGowan. He was baptized and confirmed at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Fonda. He attended country school in rural Newell before graduating from Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Fonda in 1929. Following his high school graduation, John began farming in the Newell area until he moved to Storm Lake in 1974. He then began working as a maintenance man at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake.
On Sept. 22, 1973, John was united in marriage to Dorothy Delmore at Marian Home in Fort Dodge. They were happily married until Dorothy's death in 2005. John was an active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake since 1974, as well as a member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed playing cards with friends. A devoted son and brother, John was a good neighbor and friend to all who knew him. He will be remembered as a kind and helpful person, one who always took time to listen.
Left to cherish his memory are his sister, Helen Riley, Emmetsburg and many nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Luke and Catherine McGowan; two brothers, Vincent and Leo; and an infant sister, Cathleen.
Clara L. Martin
Feb. 1, 1918- Dec. 12, 2007
Clara L. Martin, 89, Storm Lake, died on Wednesday, Dec.12, at the Methodist Manor Retirement Community in Storm Lake.
Funeral services for Mrs. Martin will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Faith United Assembly of God in Storm Lake. Burial will be in the Newell Cemetery. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.
Friends called from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Storm Lake, where the family was present. Those who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the funeral home website: www.sliefert.com
Clara Luscinda Clever, the daughter of Clarence N. and Carrie I. (Moore) Clever, was born at Storm Lake, on Feb. 1, 1918. She lived her youth with her parents in rural Buena Vista County on the family farm. Clara received her education at Truesdale. She was baptized at the Assembly of God Bible Camp on Casino Beach in 1929.
Clara was united in marriage to Russell Henry Martin on Oct. 27, 1934, in Fort Dodge. The couple was blessed with six children: Berton, Charlotte, Lorraine, Ernest, Raymond, and Patricia. During their 32 years of marriage, the couple farmed together in the Rembrandt and Newell areas. Clara moved from the farm, which was located east of Newell, to Storm Lake in 1966 where she was employed by the Buena Vista County Hospital as a cook and salad maker in their dietary department from 1963 to June 25, 1982. She was a member of the Faith United Assembly of God Church in Storm Lake.
Clara's special interests included crocheting, quilting, playing cards and baking. She especially enjoyed preparing meals and spending time with her family. Her kind and caring ways will be missed by all those who knew and loved her.
Those who will always cherish her memory include her children: Berton and Jean Martin, Newell; Lorraine (Eve) Lund, Moriarty, N.M.; and Patricia and Bob Schossow, Rodney; many beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her longtime friend, June Mason and husband Rick, Storm Lake; along with numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Clara was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Russell, on June 17, 1966; one daughter, Charlotte; two sons, Raymond and Ernest; one grandchild, Wanda Sue Martin; three sisters: Lovicy (Mrs. Wayne Davis), Laurel (Mrs. Henry Jensen), and Cora (Mrs. James Jensen); two brothers and a sister-in-law: William Clever and John and Myrtle Clever.
May 22, 1918- Dec. 12, 2007
Helen Benson, 89, Storm Lake, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Storm Lake.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Benson were held on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 10:30 a.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake. Burial and a brief graveside service followed at noon at the Correctionville City Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.There was visitation Saturday morning at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake for one hour prior to service time. Those who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the funeral home website: www.fratzkejensen.com
Helen Louise, the only child of Martha and Herman Andresen, was born May 22, 1918 at Schaller. She and L. A. Beers were united in marriage in May of 1940. Mr. Beers passed away in 1972. In July of 1976, Helen and Fred W. Benson were joined in marriage in a Boulder, Colorado ceremony.
Survivors include her stepsons, Bradley (Karen) Benson, Osceola; Rodney (Margaret) Benson, Charlevoix, Mich.; six grandchildren; special friends Ray and Delores Gabrial, Sioux Falls, S.D.; several cousins and many friends.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents and her husbands.
William Theodore Leondard
Nov. 18, 1927- Dec. 15, 2007
William Theodore "Ted" Leonard, 80, Sac City, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.
Funeral services for Ted will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the United Methodist Church in Sac City with Pastor Vicki Fisher officiating. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery under the direction of the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home.
Visitation is from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the funeral home in Sac City.
Ted was born on Nov.18, 1927, on a farm near Early, in Clinton Township, the eldest of three sons, to William G. and Maude M. (Hunt) Leonard. He attended the Sac City Schools graduating in 1947.
While he was in high school he set pins at a Duckpin Bowling Alley, ran the movie projector for both theaters, worked in an oil station, and for Jake Mann in the Furniture Store and Funeral Home. After graduation Ted worked for Williams Milling Company for a short time and joined the Sac County Electric Company in 1948. During the next several years he read meters, was a lineman, and later worked in the office. Iowa Public Service bought Sac County Electric in 1956. He was line foreman and then area manager for 12 cities in Sac and Buena Vista County, working for the same company 42 years before retiring from Mid American on January 30, 1990.
On June 21, 1950, wedding bells were ringing as Ted was united in marriage to Hope Lovrien Peterson in the Sac City United Methodist Church. Three children were born to this union: William, Rebecca, and Bryan.
Ted was a life long member of the United Methodist Church having served on many church boards and "fixing" countless things needing repaired or installed. He was active in many community projects, having served as past President of the Kiwanis Club, Country Club, Boy Scout Master, YMCA Councilor, served on the Sac City Planning and Zoning Board, City Council Member, and Sac City Ambassador.
His interests included woodworking, hunting, fishing, golfing, gardening, photography, and was challenged to fix anything needing repair.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 57 years, Hope Leonard; step-mother Kathryn Leonard, Sac City; his son Bill and fiancé Mary Archambault, Crystal, Minn.; daughter Rebecca Leonard-Shull and husband Robert, Lytton; and grandson Ross Leonard, Carroll. Other survivors include his brother Donald Leonard and wife Velda, Santee, Calif; brothers-in-law: Glenn Lovrien and wife Pat, Hemet, Calif., and Robert Lovrien of Rockford, Ill.; sisters-in-law: Shirley Morris, Tigard, Ore., Gladys Zwiefel, Spencer, Alice Carlson, Spencer, Helen and Howard Porter, Spencer, and Shirley and Ray Ohrtman, Ringsted; many extended family members; and a host of friends.
Ted was preceded in death by his parents, son Bryan and brother Clifford Leonard.
Nina Pauline Roberts
Nina Pauline Roberts, 85, Burlington died Saturday, Dec. 15 at GRMC Klein Unit in Burlington.
Services will be held Thursday, Dec. 20 at 1 p.m. at the Parkside First Baptist Church with burial at the Olena Cemetery. Rev. Marshall Jackman and Rev. Tyrone Henderson will officiate the service.
The family will be present to greet friends at the church on Thursday from 11a.m.- 12 p.m. The family would like you to join them for a lunch at noon then the service will be held at 1 p.m. Prugh Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.
Nina was born Oct. 16, 1922 in Burlington to Vern and Marie (Peterson) Kesler. She was married to Larry Roberts, Oct. 16, 1943 at Mt. Pleasant. Nina had been the Treasurer of Buena Vista County. She was very active in her church, enjoyed socialising with her family and friends.
Survivors include sisters, Violet (Warren)Byers, Bedford, Pa.; Marjorie (Thomas) Roberts, Elk Grove Village, Ill.; brothers-in-law, Richard Carlson, Burlington; sister-in-law, Doris Kesler, Burlington, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins.
Irma Beatrce Ellison Nixon
Irma Beatrice Ellison Nixon, 85, Storm Lake and formerly of WIlliams, passed away Friday, Dec. 14, at Scenic Manor Care Facility, Iowa Falls.
Funeral services for Irma Nixon will be 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20 at the First United Methodist Church, Iowa Falls with Reverend Terra Amundson officiating.
A time of visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be at the Williams Cemetery, Williams. The Linn's Funeral Homes Iowa Falls Chapel is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Linus P. McKenna
Linus P. McKenna, 79, Storm Lake, died Thursday, Dec. 13, at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Albert City.
Funeral services for Mr. McKenna were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, at St. Mary's Catholic Church Storm Lake. Burial is in St. Mary's cemetery in Storm Lake. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.
Friends called on Sunday, Dec. 15 from 3-8 p.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake, where the family was present from 6-8 p.m. A Legion of Mary Rosary and a vigil service was held both at the funeral home during visitation hours. Those who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the funeral home website: www.fratzkejensen.com
Marie Miller, 98, Storm Lake, died on Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake. Services are pending at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake.
Funeral services for Mrs. Miller will be held on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 10:30 a.m. at St Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Remsen. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.
Friends may call Wednesday, Dec. 19, from 3:30- 8 p.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake, where the family will be present from 6- 8 p.m. A Legion of Mary Rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. and a Vigil service will be held at 7 p.m., both at the funeral home during visitation hours. Those who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the funeral home website: www.fratzkejensen.com