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Funeral Arrangements

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Bruce W. Geisinger

Sept. 29, 1923-Feb. 19, 2008

Bruce W. Geisinger, 84, Sioux Rapids, died on Tuesday, Feb.19, in the Cherokee Regional Medical Center at Cherokee.

Funeral Services for Mr. Geisinger were held on Friday, Feb. 22, at 1:30 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Rapids. Burial is in Lone Tree Cemetery at Sioux Rapids.

Visitation took place on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 5-7 p.m. at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids, where the family was present during that time.

The Sliefert Funeral Home of Sioux Rapids was in charge of arrangements. Those who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the funeral home website: www.sliefert.com

Bruce Weldon Geisinger, the son of Oren S. and Fern L. (Samsel) Geisinger, was born at Cornell, on Sept. 29, 1923. Bruce lived his youth and received his education in the Cornell area, graduating from the Cornell High School.

Bruce was united in marriage to Colleen Frances Quigley in the First Lutheran Church at Jackson, Minn. on Feb. 7, 1953. The couple was blessed with five children: Ron, Kurt, Eric, Marcia, and Beed.

Bruce loved the land and devoted himself to the farming vocation his entire lifetime. Bruce and Colleen farmed in the Linn Grove and Sioux Rapids areas during their married life. In addition to his grain farming, Bruce also raised milk and stock cows. He was a very successful farmer and received awards for high corn yields and also for his milk cows.

Bruce was a baseball enthusiast and even into his adult years, he still participated in the sport. When he could no longer play baseball, he still enjoyed watching the games. He also enjoyed hunting, especially turkeys, and will be remembered as a hard working man with a commendable work ethic. Bruce had a love for music and could quite possibly have been the biggest John Denver fan ever. Bruce was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Sioux Rapids, where he had been a Sunday School teacher. He also had driven a school bus for several years.

Among those who will always cherish his memory are his children: Ron and Sonya Geisinger, Linn Grove; Kurt and Debra Geisinger, Linn Grove; Eric and Ann Geisinger, Peterson; Marcia Smithey, Dimock, S.D.; and Beed and Heather Geisinger, S.R.; his grandchildren: Brandy and Todd Dirksen, Rhiannon and Matt Chizek, Lee John Geisinger, Samantha Farrenkopf, Zamara Geisinger, Eli Geisinger, Todd and Heather Geisinger, Jonathon Geisinger, Jason Geisinger, Shena Geisinger, Jake Smithey, Jeff Smithey, Taylor Geisinger, Austin Brown, and Clayton Geisinger; his great-grandchildren: Nathan, Tyler, Lauren, and Anna Dirksen, and Cooper Chizek; his sister and brother-in-law, Norma and Don Anderson, Sioux Rapids; other relatives and a host of friends.

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Colleen, on Nov. 8, 2004; his son-in-law, Eddie Smithey; his grandchildren: Emily and Andrew Geisinger, and Nickolas Geisinger; his great-grandchildren, Bailey Geisinger and Matthew Chizek; one brother, Gerald Geisinger; and one sister, Ruth Thompson.

Lola Naslund

Lola Naslund, 75, Galva, died on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the United Methodist Church in Galva. Burial will be in the Galva Township East Cemetery.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Schaller, where the family will be present from 6-8 p.m.

The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Schaller, is in charge of the arrangements.

Arlin E. Otteman

Jan. 29, 1918- Feb. 21, 2008

Arlin E. Otteman, 90, Lake View, formerly of Sac City.passed away on Thursday, Feb. 21, at his home in Lake View.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 25 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sac City. Burial is at the Oakland Cemetery with a flag presentation by the Sac City American Legion and V.F.W. The Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Sac City was in charge of arrangements. View Arlin's online memorial or send condolences at HYPERLINK "http://www.farberotteman.com" www.farberotteman.com.

Visitation was from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, and from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Sac City.

He was born January 29, 1918, in rural Albert City, the son of William C. Otteman and Mary K. (Sievers) Otteman. He was baptized, confirmed and married in St. John's Lutheran Church, rural Albert City.

Arlin was united in marriage to Shirley I. Nichols, daughter of Henry and Mabel Nichols of Sac City, on September 28, 1941. To this union were born five children: Karen, Jolene, Larry, Shari and William.

In September of 1938 he came to Sac City to work in both the funeral home and furniture store for A. G. Neal. Arlin graduated from embalming school in 1940 as valedictorian of the class. Mr. Neal passed away very suddenly in 1943. He had asked Arlin to join him in the business as a partner beginning in January of 1944. Mrs. Neal knew his wishes and helped Charles Farber and Arlin to begin Farber & Otteman in October 1943. Mr. Farber sold his interest in the furniture store to his son, Paul, and retired from the funeral business in 1964.

He married Shirley Nichols in September 1941 and they had five children, nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. In the family are two doctors, one nurse, one kindergarten teacher and an executive with State Farm Insurance. Shirley worked side by side with Arlin, living in the funeral home from 1964 until they moved to Arlington Apartments in 1972. Shirley was responsible for rearing the children, and answering the telephone and front door. Arlin gave up much family time, but made up for it in the later years.

In 1980 three partners joined the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home organization namely Ronald Nelson, Roderick Sorensen and J. Richard Seger. There was also one other licensed funeral director, Alan Kruthoff, Lake View. The furniture business was sold in 1996 and the funeral business was sold to Nathan and Nancy Jensen of Storm Lake in 2001. At that time Farber & Otteman Funeral Home had funeral homes in Sac City, Lake View, Wall Lake, Odebolt, Schaller, Storm Lake and Newell. The licensed men stayed with the firm. Arlin was very dedicated to the funeral business and was actively involved for nearly 70 years, and was perhaps one of the oldest funeral directors in Iowa that continued to participate in the business.

Arlin was a long-time member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sac City. He belonged to the following organizations for 60 years or more: American Legion, Sac City Chamber, and received recognition from the Iowa Funeral Directors Association for being a member for 60 years.

Survivors included his children: Karen Seymour and husband Lon of Holly Springs, N.C.; Jolene Baker, Ames; Dr. Larry Otteman and wife Carole Ann, Ames; Shari Otteman, San Jose, Calif.; and Dr. William Otteman and wife Ann, Maquoketa; nine grandchildren: Wendi (Steve) Younker and their children Kaitlin and Kyle, Mason City; Matthew (Kim) Seymour and their children Abby and Emma, Woodstock, Ill.; Darren (Yoly) Baker and their son Indiana, Homestead, Fla.; Dr. Alec (Andrea) Otteman, Iowa City; Andrea Otteman, Northridge, Calif.; Jeremy Del Re, San Jose, Calif.; Joshua (Maria) Larson, Philadelphia, Pa.; Jacob (Amber) Larson and their son Luke, Dundee, Mich.; Jason Larson, Iowa City; several nieces and nephews and many cousins. He is also survived by his special friend, Bonnie L. Peters, Lake View; sister Ranona (Clifford) Baak, Newell; and sister-in-law Meda Otteman, Storm Lake.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Shirley who passed away in 2002; brother Delwin; and sister Dorthe and her husband Gerald Mernin.

Bounthom Nera

Nov. 11, 1943-Feb. 20, 2008

Bounthom Nera, 64, Storm Lake, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge.

Traditional Buddhist Rites were held at 3 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 23, at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Bounthom was born Nov. 11, 1943 in Laos. In 1966, he was married to Chai in Laos. The couple was blessed with four children: Catherine, Vilayvanh, Vilayvone and Vilayphone.

Bounthom was a hard worker, but he enjoyed fishing in his spare time. He loved his family and treasured the time he spent with them.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Chai; children: Catherine Chanthasato, Vilayvanh Colalillo, Vilayvone (Thau), and Vilayphone; seven grandchildren, extended family and many friends.

Bounthom was preceded in death by his parents.

Margaret Zweifel

Margaret Zweifel, 91, Storm Lake, died on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Funeral mass will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake. Burial will be 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Calvary Cemetery in Sioux City. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation will be 3-8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake where the family will be present 6-8 p.m. There will be a Legion of Mary rosary at 3:30 p.m. and a parish vigil service at 7 p.m.