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Funeral Arrangements

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Leona Wallace

Dec. 8, 1919- Feb. 2, 2008

Leona Wallace, 88, Early, died Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Odebolt Nursing & Rehab Center in Odebolt.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Schaller, with Reverend David Lyons officiating. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery in Early. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Schaller is in charge of the arrangements.

Friends called from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Schaller, where the family was present from 6-8 p.m. Those wishing to send online condolences may do so via the Fratzke & Jensen website: www.fratzkejensen.com.

Leona Martha Eliza Hansen was born on Dec. 8, 1919 in Cook Township, Schaller, to Emil and Caroline Hansen. She attended country school before graduating from Odebolt High School. Following graduation, Leona attended Buena Vista College, where she received a teaching degree. She taught country school for two years, then clerked at Millers Grocery Store for five years.

As an infant, Leona was baptized and later confirmed into the Lutheran faith. She joined St. Paul Lutheran Church in Schaller in 1940. She was a member of the Ladies Aid and Cook Merry Gardeners.

On October 11, 1949, Leona was united in marriage to Elery Wallace of Battle Creek, Iowa. They were married at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Schaller. Leona and Elery lived on a farm south of Battle Creek, Iowa for a year and a half, before moving to their present home, Cook Township, Early, Iowa. Four children were born to this union: Kenneth, Glen, Melvin and Marlene.

Leona enjoyed gardening and especially flowers, and doing puzzles. She loved her family dearly and her grandchildren held a special place in her heart.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children: Kenneth Wallace and his wife Pam, Sac City; Glen Wallace, Early; Melvin Wallace and his wife LaVon, Early; and Marlene Buffinton, Denison; grandchildren: Crystal (Chris) Rardin, Cole (Tessa) Wallace, Cassie Wallace, Cody Wallace, Jenny (Troy) Rubendall, Greg Wallace, and Aaron Wallace; great grandchildren: Makayla and Brooke Rardin, MacKenzie and Nathan Wallace, Tori and Addison Rubendall; as well as a host of extended family and friends.

Leona is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elery; one brother, Charles Hansen, Sr.; and son-in-law, Jim Buffinton.

Joseph F. Rupp

Dec. 30, 1941- Feb. 1, 2008

Joseph F. Rupp, 66, Cherokee, passed away Friday, Feb.1, in the Cherokee Regional Medical Center.

There will be a time of sharing for family and friends on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. The family would invite everyone to the upper level of the Cherokee Community Center for lunch following the time of sharing.

Joe was born Dec. 30, 1941 in Cherokee, to Joseph John and Beulah (Pelton) Rupp. He attended Cherokee Schools. He was married to Mary Schmelzer on December 1, 1962. He was married to Mary Haslam in 1972. He was married to Suzanne Grienke on July 5, 1991 in Cherokee, Iowa. He was known by his family and friends as "Papa Joe." He had worked in manufacturing, had been a truck driver and also worked construction, retiring in 2000 due to health conditions. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, cooking chili and making his own salsa, hunting and traveling.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Ronnie Rupp.

He is survived by his wife Suzanne, and six children: Wendi Smith and her husband Jeff, Tipton; Terry Oroszi and Scott, Miamisburg, Ohio; Brandi Rupp, Morrison, Ill.; Joe Rupp Weins and his wife Heidi, Woodland, Calif.; Bill Glieck and his fiancé Diana Broyles, Cherokee; Megan Booher, Cherokee,; 12 grandchildren and one sister: Sonya Dyste and her husband Gerald of Forest City.

Marie Mack

Marie Mack, 86, Storm Lake, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Mack will be held on Friday, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Storm Lake. Burial will be in Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake.

Visitation will take place Thursday, Feb. 7, from 6-8 p.m. at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Storm Lake, where the family will be present.

The Sliefert Funeral Home of Storm Lake is in charge of arrangements.