July 15, 1934 - Jan. 25, 2008
JoAnn Sophie Opal (Hinkeldey) Boettcher, 73, Storm Lake, finished her earthly work and joined the heavenly choir on Jan. 25, 2008. She died at home with her family by her side. She had fought a courageous battle with breast cancer 17 years ago which remained in remission. She developed another, very aggressive and relatively rare cancer diagnosed only three weeks before she passed from our presence.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008 at Grace Lutheran Church in Storm Lake, followed by graveside services. Those wishing to send on-line condolences to the family may do so via the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home website: www.fratzkejensen.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to Concordia Lutheran School in Storm Lake.
JoAnn, named after her grandparents, John and Anna (Otto) Fahr, was born July 15, 1934 on the farm in Maple Valley Township, Buena Vista County. Her parents were Edward and Leone (Fahr) Hinkeldey. She was baptized as an infant in the Lutheran faith and confirmed that faith in 1948 at St. John Lutheran Church, Hanover. She received her primary education at St. John Parochial School at Hanover. She attended Alta High School for three years, and graduated from Cherokee High School in 1952. She was an efficient secretary to the Cherokee High School principal after her graduation. She then became the deputy clerk for Cherokee County until 1956.
On Easter Sunday, April 1, 1956, JoAnn was united in holy matrimony to Lloyd Boettcher of rural Storm Lake. The couple embarked on 40 years of farming, the first 10 years north of Alta and then 30 years in Providence township southeast of Storm Lake. In 1996, they retired and fulfilled JoAnn's dream of living by the lake in Storm Lake. The couple celebrated 50 blessed years of married life in 2006. JoAnn was a doting mother to their four children: Kevin Lloyd, Iris Fay, Ione Renae, and Kayla JoAnn.
She was a dedicated, tireless partner in the farm operation; Lloyd always referred to her as the "management." Throughout her life, she was an active member of several church communities, the last 42 years at Grace Lutheran Church. She served at various times as Sunday School and Catechism teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, Altar Guild, Ladies' Aid and Circles, and was a lifetime member of the choir.
JoAnn lived her earthly life in service to her community. She was actively involved with the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center Auxiliary for a time, and she also offered care and comfort to other recovering cancer patients through Reach for Recovery. In recent years she enjoyed helping with lunch at Concordia Lutheran School. She thoroughly enjoyed her years as a member of the Friendly Neighbors Club, and delighted in playing cards with several different groups of friends. She was also a talented seamstress and scrapbooker; she always had several projects in progress for her children and grandchildren. She will be remembered as a gracious hostess and welcoming friend; a woman of strength, diligence and great heart.
Left to cherish JoAnn's memory are her husband, Lloyd; son Kevin and wife Kristi, Paoli, Pa.; daughter Iris, Grand Rapids, Mich.; daughter Ione and husband Gary Butler, Burnsville, Minn.; daughter Kayla and husband Matthew Turner, Sitka, Ark.; five grandchildren: Hannah and Emma Boettcher, Paoli, Pa.; and Sophia, Kristina, and Jonathan Butler, Burnsville, Minn.; nephew Barry Hinkeldey and family, Wauconda, Ill., and countless friends and relatives.
In heaven she has joined her parents and her brother, Roger Hinkeldey.
Donna Gregg Magnussen Robinson, 66, Newell, and formerly of Sioux Rapids, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.
Funeral services for Mrs. Robinson will be Thursday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake. Burial was in Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake.
Those who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the funeral home website: www.fratzkejensen.com
March 22, 1911 - Jan. 22, 2008
Ruth M. Thornton, age 96, died on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008, in the Methodist Manor Retirement Community at Storm Lake.
Funeral services for Mrs. Thornton will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008 at the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake, with Rev. Jamie Cutler officiating. Burial will be in Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the services.
Those that wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the funeral home website: www.sliefert.com
Ruth Mina (Miller) Thornton was born March 22, 1911 to William and Mary (Creamer) Miller in Sexton. Ruth entered high school in Algona at age 12 and graduated from Algona High School. She attended Morningside College in Sioux City, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree and major in mathematics. She was initiated into Beta Beta Beta Honorary. Ruth taught mathematics at the high school in Quasqueton for two years before her marriage in 1933 to Philip Thornton of Sioux City. They were married in the Algona Methodist Church.
She gave birth to twins, Manly Philip and Melvin Chandler in 1935. The family moved to Storm Lake in 1937, where Ruth helped her husband in the clothing and shoe store - Smart but Thrifty - altering clothes and clerking. In 1941 a daughter, Mary Ruth, was born.
Ruth loved nature. She went bird watching with her friend, Virginia Crocker; enjoyed trips to Martin Access to find wildflowers and was often asked by local conservation boards to guide students on nature hikes. Ruth was honored with the Judge Tobin Award by the Isaac Walton League.
Ruth and Phil became interested in archeology and participated in digs sponsored by the Cherokee County Museum. Ruth acted as secretary to the Iowa Archeological Society for 50 years and was honored with the Keyes Orr Archeological Award by the society.
Crosses were an important hobby of Ruth's. She amassed a large collection and spent many hours researching the crosses given to her by family and friends. She displayed her crosses and shared her knowledge with groups in Storm Lake, northwest Iowa and as far away as Lincoln, Nebraska; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Madison, Wisconsin and Champaign, Illinois. Part of her cross collection is on loan to the Storm Lake United Methodist Church, displayed in cases built by her grandson, Todd Turner of Cedar Rapids.
Ruth was honored as Senior Volunteer of the year in 2004 by Community Education. She was nominated by the Cosmopolitan Club. Ruth was a member of the Storm Lake United Methodist Church, the Cosmopolitan Club, a member of the Order of Eastern Star, and A.A.U.W.
Ruth is survived by her children and their spouses: Manly and Peg Thornton, Elkhart Ind.; Melvin and Rosemary Thornton, Lincoln Neb.; and Mary Ruth Turner, Cedar Rapids; grandchildren: Jeff and Karen Thornton, Croton, NY; Patrick and Jacquie Turner, Las Vegas, Nev,; Joel and Melissa Thornton, Dallas Texas; Michael and Rebecca Thornton, Houston Texas; Megan (Turner) and Steve Ginsberg, Cedar Rapids; Jay and Crystal Thornton, Seattle Wash.; Lynne (Thornton) and Haluk Sasmazer, Iowa City; Jennifer (Thornton) and Charles Thornton-Kolbe, Denver Colo.; Todd and Carmen Turner, Cedar Rapids; and Chuck Thornton, Houston Texas; 20 great-grandchildren; and her sister Lois Travis, Storm Lake.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Philip; brothers, Richard and Bernard; and son-in-law, Larry Turner.
July 14, 1953 - Jan. 25, 2008
Keith Wolf, age 54, of Storm Lake, Iowa died Friday, Jan. 25, 2008 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008 at Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake. Military graveside services were presented in the Oakland Cemetery in Sac City at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008. Those wishing to send on-line condolences may do so via the Fratzke & Jensen website: www.fratzkejensen.com.
Keith Rodney Wolf was born on July 14, 1953 to Don and Ethel (Byers) Wolf in Sac City, Iowa. He attended school in Sac City and graduated with the Class of 1971 from Sac City High School.
During the Vietnam War, Keith honorably served his country in the United States Navy.
On Sept. 8, 1989, Keith was united in marriage to Maribeth Harry in Storm Lake, Iowa.
Keith was employed by Tyson Foods for 25 years. He was a member of the Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake, where he helped with church Day Camp. He had been an active volunteer for the TLC After School Program, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, as well as coaching youth soccer and flag football.
Keith lived his life to the fullest and found much enjoyment in his family and friends, as well as his dog, Mandy. He loved hunting, fishing, attending sporting events and collecting sports memorabilia. In addition, Keith took a special interest in working on computers and was most engaged when asked by his family to assist with any computer problems. In fact, he was often considered a "computer junky". A special experience Keith shared with Maribeth was a trip he had won to attend Super Bowl XXXVII.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Maribeth of Storm Lake; his mother, Ethel Wolf of Sac City; his children: Jason (Christie) Wolf of Spring Hill, Florida; Joe (Jessi Dennis) Asmus of Barstow, California; Ashley Wolf of Storm Lake; and Keith Wolf of Storm Lake; siblings: Deanna (George) Trotter of Ainsworth, Iowa; Kerry Wolf of Brooklyn Heights, New York; Mark (Cindy) Wolf of Algona, Iowa; and Todd (Donna) Wolf of Garner, Iowa; mother-in-law, Virginia Harry of Salt Lake City, Utah; brother-in-law, Tal (Joni) Harry of Salt Lake City, Utah; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, extended family and many friends.
Keith was preceded in death by his father, Don Wolf and his nephew, Tyler Wolf.
Jane Shelp, age 85, of Storm Lake, died Monday, January 28, 2008 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.
Services for Mrs. Shelp will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 1, 2008 at Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake. Burial will be in Storm Lake Cemetery. Friends may call from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2008 at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake, where the family will be present.