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Funeral Arrangements

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Alice L. Ryan

June 2, 1931-April 7

Alice Louisa Ryan, 76, Fonda, died Monday, April 7, 2008 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, April 10 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Fonda, Iowa, with Father Thomas Hart celebrating the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Fonda, under the direction of Mahaney Funeral Home in Fonda.

Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9 at the OLGC Church in Fonda. A parish rosary was recited at 6:30 p.m., and a parish vigil service was held at 7 p.m., both at the church during visitation hours.

Alice was born June 2, 1931 in Gowrie, the daughter of Wilferd and Mary Viola (Currier) Sells. She was baptized as an infant and later confirmed her faith as a youth. She attended school in Gowrie before graduating from Callendar High School with the Class of 1949.

On Aug. 23, 1952, Alice was united in holy matrimony to Robert Ryan at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Fort Dodge. The couple was blessed with seven children: David, Larry, Kathleen, John, Susan, Maribeth and Peggy.

A loving wife and devoted mother, Alice treasured her family and kept a warm and comfortable home for them. She also was co-owner with her husband in their business. Alice and Robert enjoyed playing in card clubs and going dancing in their younger years. They thoroughly enjoyed spending time visiting with family and friends and the door to their home was always open to guests. When she could find a quiet moment, Alice liked to read and to do crossword puzzles. Alice's family was always most important in her life and in her later years, her grandchildren held a special place in her heart. Her kind and caring ways will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: David Ryan, Fort Worth, Texas; Larry (Ruidun) Ryan, Houston, Texas; John (Kim Brown) Ryan, Pocahontas; Susan Ryan, Jefferson; Maribeth Ryan, Mission, Kan.; and Peggy (John) Sones, Laurens; grandchildren: Meredith, Kelsey and Kelley Ryan, Chris and Sara Ryan, Tanya Teeter, Michael Ryan, Bonnie Brown, Johnny Ryan, Melissa Ryan, Kathleen and Charles Nicholes, Ryan, Parker and Spencer Sones; five great-grandchildren; brothers: Bob Sells, Don (Bernie) Sells, Bruce Sells, and Randy Sells, all of Fort Dodge; sisters: Juanita Kreibel, McNeil, Ark. and Una Lee (Jerry) Johnson, Urbana, Ill.; extended family and many friends.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert; her daughter, Kathleen; and her brother, Mike Sells.

Delmer D. Blass

October 5, 1922-April 4, 2008

Delmer Duane Blass, 85, Early, passed away on Friday, April 4, 2008 at Twilight Acres Nursing Home in Wall Lake.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, April 7 at the First Presbyterian Church in Early with Rev. Marvin Miller officiating. Burial was at the Early Union Cemetery with a presentation of the flag by the Merten V. Hair American Legion Post No. 325 of Early & Nemaha. The Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Sac City was in charge of arrangements.

Delmer was born Oct. 5, 1922, the son of Christian and Elizabeth (Bettin) Blass. He was born on the family farm south of Early, where he grew up and where he farmed and raised his own family. He graduated from Early High School in 1940 and following graduation, served three years in the United States Air Force during World War II, working as a mechanic fixing airplanes.

On Nov.1, 1946, Delmer was united in marriage to Jacqueline Luft. This union was blessed with three children: Linda, Douglas, and Barbara. Delmer was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He loved taking care of his livestock and crops, tinkering in his shop, and snuggling with his cat, Joe, and his great grandchildren. He was an avid Hawkeye Fan and enjoyed camping and fishing with his family. His special memories were of the warm winters in Texas, morning coffee with friends and a good card game.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Early where he served as an Elder and Deacon.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Jackie; his children: Linda Baumeier, Gladbrook; Doug Blass and wife Karen, Early; and Barb Dahm and husband Pat, Early; eight grandchildren: Mike Baumeier, Gladbrook; Stephanie Rahlf, Evansdale; Cari Blass, Sac City; Andrea Blass, New York City; Sarah Naberhaus, Schaller; Heather Dahm, Ames; Kristin Dahm, Lincoln, Neb.; and Kyle Dahm, Early; and three great-grandchildren: Connor and Grace Naberhaus and Allison Rahlf. Other survivors include his sister: Marjorie Blass, Denver, Colo.; sisters-in-law: Jean Blass, Early and Dorothy Mae Blass, Sac City; sisters-in-law: Mary (Maurice "Gump") Ringgenberg, Early and Donna J. "Petie" Lashier of Michigan.; brother-in-law Roy Headid, Sioux City; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

Delmer was preceded in death by his parents; sisters: Delores Headid and Dorothy Dick; brothers: Raymond and George Blass; brothers-in-law Albert Dick and Ed Lashier; son-in-law Dennis Baumeier; and parents-in-law Milton and Ernestine Luft.

Jesus Rodriguez

June 25, 1932-April 4, 2008

Jesus Rodriguez, 75, Storm Lake, died on Friday, April 4, 2008 at Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge.

Services for Mr. Rodriguez were held Tuesday, April 8 at 2 p.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake. Burial will be in Jalisco, Mexico. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Jesus Rodriguez was born on June 25, 1932 to Juan Rodriguez and Aleja Perez in La Rivera, Jalisco, Mexico.

In 1961, Jesus was united in marriage to Maria Rosario. They were blessed with eight children.

Jesus enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Maria Rosario, Storm Lake; his eight children and 25 grandchildren; one brother; one sister; extended family and many friends. Jesus was preceded in death by his parents.