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Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Kenneth J. Kas

April 1, 1914- Jan. 2, 2008

Kenneth J. Kas, 93, Sioux Rapids, died on Thursday, Jan. 2, at the El Dorado House in Gilbert, Ariz.

Services for Mr. Kas was held Monday, Jan. 7, 2008 at 10 a.m. at the First United Church in Sioux Rapids. Burial is in Lone Tree Cemetery at Sioux Rapids. The Sliefert Funeral Home of Sioux Rapids was in charge of arrangements.

Visitation took place Sunday, Jan. 6, from 5-7 p.m. at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids, with the family present during that time. Those that wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the funeral home website: www.sliefert.com

Kenneth John Kas was born on April 1, 1914 to John and Faye (Fisher) Kas at Random Lake, Wisconsin. Ken lived his youth in Wisconsin and Iowa. He was a 1932 graduate of the Sioux Rapids High School.

Ken was united in marriage to Esther Marie Hadenfeldt at the First Congregational Church in Sioux Rapids on Sept. 18, 1935. The couple was blessed with two daughters, Kathleen and Karen. Following his graduation from high school, Ken worked for Kaplan's Grocery in Laurens. He was later in employed with Iowa Electric Light and Power. In 1939, Ken and Esther moved to a farm south Sioux Rapids where they lived and worked until their retirement. During their retirement years, they enjoyed the winter months in Texas for 20 years.

Ken was a member of the First United Church of Sioux Rapids where he faithfully served on various boards and committees of the church. He also served on the Board of Trustees for Lee Township for 25 years. Other boards that Ken actively participated in were the Livestock Breeders Association, the Livestock Feeders, the Board of Directors of the Sioux Rapids Country Club, and he was a member of the Buena Vista County Board of Adjustment. Ken was very civic-minded and had also was an active member of the Lion's Club for many years.

Those who will always cherish his memory include his two daughters: Kathleen Weisbrod, Chandler, Ariz.; and Karen Hanrahan, Sioux Rapids; his grandchildren: Kimberly Wetzel Smith, Humboldt; Dr. Warren (Mindy) Weisbrod, Chandler, Ariz.; John (Connie) Hanrahan, Ft. Collins, Colo.; Kevin (Beth) Hanrahan, Omaha, Neb.; and Thomas (Karrie) Hanrahan, Omaha, Neb.; his great grandchildren: Travis and Brenna Wetzel, Humboldt; Madison and Walker Weisbrod, Chandler, Ariz.; Michael and Mikayla Hanrahan, Ft. Collins, Colorado; Kenny and Karen Hanrahan, Omaha, Neb.; and Kaylee Wallace, Omaha, Neb.; his two sisters: Jean Anderson, Laguna Hills, Calif.; and Marian (Lu Verne) Whitman, Rosemead, Calif.; other relatives and many friends.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Esther, on Oct. 9,1995; one brother, Harry Kas; and two sisters, Alice Eastman and Katherine Boles.

Blessed be the memory of Kenneth John Kas.

Margaret Edson Ayers Peterson

Nov. 11, 1912- Dec. 12, 2007

Margaret Edson Ayers Peterson, 95, New Hope, Minn. died Dec. 12. Memorial service was held on Dec. 14 at Messiah United Methodist Church, 17805 Cty Rd 6, Plymouth, Minn. and visitation was held that day. Interment was in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Calif. Gearty-Delmore Chapel of Plymouth, Minn., 763-553-1411 is handling the arrangements.

Margaret was born in Storm Lake, Nov. 11, 1912 to Willis and Ethelyn (Bailie) Edson. She was the oldest of five children and the last to die. Margaret taught many years in the Goodell and Kanawha, schools and finished her career as head librarian in the Storm Lake School District. She moved to southern California after retirement spent many happy years traveling and enjoying the southern California area with many summers spent in the Sandpoint, Idaho area.

Survived by daughter, Sue (John) Burrs, Corwith; sons, Bill (Nancy) Ayers, Rockford, Minn; James (Hope) Ayers, Brooklyn Park, Minn.; step-son, Randy (Sandy) Peterson, Navato, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grand children; three great-great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by husband, Harry Peterson, Homeland, Calif.; great-grandson, Andy Rasmussen; two sisters and two brothers.

Ruth M. Bierman

June 16, 1919- Jan. 3, 2008

Ruth M. Bierman, 88, Cherokee, passed away Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008 in the Crystal River Nursing Home in Waupaca, Wisc..

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 10:30 a.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. Rev. Ethan Sayler will officiate. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery at Cherokee. There will be a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. at the funeral home on Tuesday. Visitation was on Monday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. with the family present from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee.

Ruth was born on June 16, 1919 at Storm Lake, to George and Maude (Malbone) Daniels. She graduated from Storm Lake High School in 1937. She was married to Vernon F. Bierman on October 16, 1938 at Elk Point, S. D. She was a member of the Memorial Presbyterian Church in Cherokee. She enjoyed traveling and working crossword puzzles.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Vernon on Dec. 15, 1996, two brothers Glen and Clayton Daniels, and one sister Margaret Kavane.

She is survived by two sons: John "Jack" Bierman and his wife Chris, Stevens Point, Wisc.; Richard "Dick" Bierman and his wife Judy, Cherokee; five grandchildren: Doug Bierman and his wife Trina, Stevens Point, Wisc.; Steve Bierman and his wife Brenda, Stevens Point, Wisc.; Brian Bierman and his wife Jenn, Naperville, Ill.; Abby Bierman, Cedar Falls; Andy Bierman, Cedar Falls; three great grandchildren: Braeden, Brea and McKenzie Bierman.

Mildred T. Gibson

Nov. 23, 1925- Jan. 6, 2008

Mildred T. Gibson 92, Fort Dodge, died Sunday, Jan. 6, at Tompkins Memorial Health Center.

Mildred's wishes were to be cremated. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 at Holy Rosary Church with Rev. Tim Johnson officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be at a later date at St Mary's Cemetery in Ashton. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church. Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home is serving the family.

Mildred is survived by her son, Keith Gibson and his wife Dianne, Dubuque; daughters, Joyce Russell and her husband James, Fort Dodge; Gale Gibson and her husband George, Fort Dodge; a grandson, Ross Gibson, Des Moines; sisters, Alice Hollingsworth, Lake Crystal, Minn., and Marge Ripley, George. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Lynn; three brothers and two sisters.

Mildred T. Wallrich was born Nov. 23, 1915 in Ashton. She was the daughter, Nicholes and Frances (Leinen) Wallrich. Mildred attended St Joseph's school in Ashton. She worked at various jobs after leaving home and was employed for many years for Vilas and Company until her retirement in 1985. During the war, she traveled where needed to assist in the war efforts as a riveter in World War II. On Feb. 15, 1947, she was united in marriage to Francis Gibson and they moved to Storm Lake where they made their home. She eventually moved to Fort Dodge to be closer to her daughters.

Mildred loved to laugh, play cards and bingo, and travel to the casino and spend the day. She will be deeply missed by her children.

Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.

Dale Conklin

Dale Conklin, 57, Storm Lake, died on Jan. 5, at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake. Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Wallace Funeral Home in Newton. Burial will be in the Memorial Gardens in Newton. The Fratzke and Jensen Funeral Home of Storm Lake and the Wallace Funeral Home of Newton are in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 7, at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake where the family will be present to greet friends.

Wendell Robinson

Wendell Robinson, 89, Storm Lake, died on Sunday, Jan. 6, at the Buena Vista Manor in Storm Lake.

Funeral Services will be Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 2 p.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake. Burial will be in the Cook Township Cemetery in Schaller.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 6-8 p.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake.

Garnett F. Swenson

Garnett F. Swenson, 92, Storm Lake, and formerly of Strawberry Point, died on Friday, Jan. 4, at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Funeral service will be 9 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Grace Lutheran Church in Storm Lake. Burial will be at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the Strawberry Point Cemetery in Strawberry Point. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 7, at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake, where the family will be present to greet friends from 6-8 p.m.

Marlys Ann Snavely

Feb. 4, 1935- Jan. 4, 2008

Marlys Ann Snavely, 72, Storm Lake, passed away on Friday, Jan. 4, at Buena Vista Manor Care Center in Storm Lake.

Marlys Ann Smith was born Feb. 4, 1935, to James E. and Hattie (VanDenburg) Smith in Armstrong. She attended school in Estherville, Ware, and Pocahontas, graduating in 1953.

She was united in marriage to Gene Kirchner from 1955 to 1984. She later married Art Snavely and they were married from 1986-1994.

Marlys worked for the telephone company in Storm Lake, Mankato, and Phoenix, retiring in 1994. She moved to Early, where she enjoyed working for the Methodist Church. She lived in Storm Lake for the last years.

She enjoyed her hobbies of reading history and anything that was true, sewing and quilting, and her computer.

Survivors include her brother, Duane E. Smith, Fort Collins, Colo.; two sisters, Mrs. Marlene (Keith) Thurman, Waverly; Mrs. Janet Heald, Cedar Rapids; sister-in-law, Mrs. Wilma Smith, Hardy, Ark.; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, James Ronald Smith and Byrl Smith.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the United Methodist Church in Early. Burial will be at the Early Union Cemetery under the direction of the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home.

The visitation will begin at 9 a.m., Tuesday, at the church, prior to the funeral service.

Rhina Lucinda

(Bishop) Henderson

Rhina Lucinda (Bishop) Henderson was born May 4, 1927 in Havelock, to Bill and Ella (Triggs) Bishop. Rhina attended school in Ware, where she also graduated from.

Rhina passed away in Iowa City, on Jan. 2, after a sudden illness on Christmas day. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one brother, Donald Bishop, and three sisters, Bertha Nelson, Betty Alt, and Margaret Brockey.

Services for Rhina were held at the Church of Christ in Alta, Monday morning Jan. 7, at 10:30. Visitation was on Sunday, Jan. 6, from 4-8 p.m. with family present. Burial is in the Elk Township Cemetery North of Alta.