March 20, 1921 - May 25, 2008
Jane C. Pickrel, 87, Sioux Rapids, died on Sunday, May 25, 2008, at the Sioux Care Center at Sioux Rapids.
Services for Jane were held Wednesday, May 28, at 10 a.m. at the First United Church of Sioux Rapids. Burial was in Lone Tree Cemetery in Sioux Rapids. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids was in charge of the arrangements. mThose who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the funeral home website: www.sliefert.com
Jane Catherine Lutes, the daughter of James and Gladys (Keebler) Lutes, was born at Omaha, Neb., on March 20, 1921. Jane's mother, Gladys, was a descendant of the Keeblers who owned the original Keebler Biscuit Company which is the present day Keebler Bakery. Jane lived her youth and received her education in Omaha.
She was united in marriage to Raymond Pickrel on Dec. 5, 1948, at Omaha, Neb. Jane was the mother of two daughters, Carol and Kay. Following their marriage, Jane and Ray resided at Elk Horn for 10 years where they owned and operated a locker business. They then resided in California, and in Iowa - Kimbalton, Harlan, Spencer, and Sioux City where they were engaged in various business ventures. They came to make their home in Sioux Rapids in 1968. Ray died on July 17, 1977, but Jane continued to reside in Sioux Rapids. Since November, 2007, she had been a resident of the Sioux Care Center. Jane enjoyed traveling and she had many birdfeeders in her lawn and enjoyed watching the birds. She had a special affinity for cardinals. She enjoyed all of nature and she especially cherished the times she could fellowship with her many friends. Throughout her lifetime, Jane had participated in various card clubs. She was affiliated with the First United Church of Sioux Rapids.
Those who will always cherish their memories of Jane include her daughter: Kay Pigelow, Lakeview Terrace, Calif.; her step-son: Donald Barrows, Cecil, Wis.; six grandchildren; three step grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; two special friends: Mary Mogster and Marge Johnson; nieces, nephews; other relatives; and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ray; her daughter, Carol, in 2002; her brother, Ken Lutes; and a step-grandson.
Tina L. Young
Feb. 10, 1956 - June 1, 2008
Tina L. Young, 52, Galva, died on Sunday, June 1, 2008, at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center at Storm Lake.
Tina Louise Willeford, the daughter of R.W. and Shirley (Ensley) Willeford, was born at Sioux Rapids Feb. 10, 1956. Tina lived her youth and received her education in the Sioux Rapids and Storm Lake communities.
On Sept. 10, 1982, Tina was united in marriage to Brian Young at the Galva United Methodist Church and together they were privileged to raise three sons: Adam, Aric, and Barry. Tina was not raised on a farm but she enjoyed working along side Brian in their farming operation near Galva. She assisted with raising hogs and cattle, enjoyed driving tractor and helping with the harvest. Tina took pride in keeping the building sites painted and maintained and spent many hours mowing on their farmstead.
Tina was very gifted in doing all types of crafts. She crocheted many baby blankets, did artwork on plastic canvas, weaved yarn on lawn chairs, and did decoupage pictures. Tina had a very generous and giving heart and gave to others the crafts that she made. She had a deep and abiding love for her family and she cherished the times she could spend with her husband and sons and remembering the vacations they took together. Tina's granddaughter, Cassidy, and her mother, Shannon, held a special place in her heart and she loved spending time and communicating with them. Tina had served as a Cub Scout Den mother for nine years and enjoyed attending the Iowa State Fair, playing bingo, fishing, and socializing with her friends and family. Tina was a member of the Summit Evangelical Free Church of Alta where she used her talents in assisting with the Power Point presentation during the worship services and programs.
Those who are grateful for having shared in Tina's life include her husband of 25 years, Brian, Galva; her two sons: Aric, Ida Grove and Barry, Galva; her granddaughter, Cassidy, Cassidy's mom, Shannon; and Grandpa Sherrard, all of Des Moines; four brothers, John Willeford and his special friend, Sheryl, Blue Rapids, Kan.; Bill Willeford and his special friend, Peggy Rench, Alta; Dennis and Dana Willeford, Lincoln, Neb.; and Art Willeford, Spencer; three sisters, Mary and Jim Klatt, Sioux Rapids; Linda and Steve Hendrick, Arnolds Park; and Penny Lee and her special friend, Craig Peters, Storm Lake; her father and mother-in-law, James and Carolyn Young, Galva; her loving and supportive cousins, Glenda and Tom Struve, Rembrandt; other relatives and a host of friends.
Tina was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Adam; and a special uncle, Don Ensley.
Throughout her battle with cancer, the hope, peace, and joy that Tina exemplified on a daily basis is a lasting testimony of her deep and abiding faith in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. "For to me, to live is Christ, to die is gain." Philippians 1:2
Jan. 17, 1919 - May 24, 2008
Dorothy May Gammon, 89, Albert City, died on Saturday, May 24, 2008, at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center at Storm Lake.
Services for Dorothy were held Wednesday, May 28 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church at 1:30 p.m. in Albert City with Rev. David Bernhardt officiating. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Albert City was in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy May Hurst, the daughter of Ralph and Stella (Brown) Hurst was born on Jan. 17, 1919, in Des Moines. As a very young child, she moved with her parents and her sister to Los Angeles, Calif. She attended and graduated from the John Muir Junior High School and the Horace Mann High School in Los Angeles. She continued her education and received her cosmetology license and also secretarial training. She was employed by Hughes Aircraft Corporation.
Dorothy was united in marriage to William Franklin Gammon on Nov. 25, 1953, in Los Angeles, Calif. They were blessed with two children: Lynne and Bill Jr.
The central focus of her life was being a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandma/nana/G-G. In earlier years, Dorothy and William enjoyed ballroom and square dancing. Dorothy took an active interest in her children's activities and she served as a Cub Scout leader. As a family, they enjoyed many activities that included sailing, camping, motorcycling, fishing, and visiting western national parks. She was also an avid fan and follower of her son's motocross racing. Sewing was also another special interest of Dorothy's. In later years, she and William loved going to the Lawrence Welk Village for overnight stays and to enjoy a meal and musical performance. Dorothy had a pure and beautiful singing voice and singing and music were always a part of her life. She will be remembered as a marvelous cook and enjoyed trying and collecting recipes. Dorothy also received much enjoyment from reading. She and William resided at their home in Upland, Calif. for 50 years. In August 2006, they moved to Albert City where they were residents of Pleasant View Home.
Those who are grateful for having shared in her life include her husband of 54 years, William Sr., Albert City; her children: Lynne and Allen Romo, Albert City and William F. Jr. and Joanne Gammon, Ontario, Calif.; her grandchildren: Todd and Lori Romo, Kristi and Bruce Blomberg and Brittany Gammon; her great-grandchildren: Jessica and Justin Romo and Isabella, Alexandra, and Elizabeth Blomberg; other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Ralph Hurst, Jr. at birth; a sister: Florence (Hurst) Berry; and a nephew: Ben Berry.
She will be greatly missed by her family and those whose lives she touched, but her memory will live on in their hearts.
Private family services for Hailey Deborah Foell, infant daughter of Nick and Kim Foell of Storm Lake have been held.
Hailey was born Thursday, May 29, 2008 at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Neb. She died the same day.
The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.