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Funeral Arrangements

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Grace Weaver

Jan. 3, 1940 - June 11, 2008

Grace Weaver, 68, Marathon, died Wednesday, June 11, 2008, at Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Weaver were held Monday, June 16, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Marathon. Burial was in Poland Township Cemetery in Marathon. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Those who wish to send online condolences may do so via the funeral home website: www.fratzkejensen.com .

Grace Ellen Staples was born Jan. 3, 1940 in Lake City, to Clifford and Ethel (Hoyle) Staples. She attended grade school in Lohrville, and later graduated from Hayes Township School in rural Storm Lake in 1957. Her younger years were spent in the Storm Lake area. Grace worked at the movie theater as a ticket taker and later at the downtown bookstore.

On June 28, 1959, Grace was united in marriage to Alvin "Tuck" Weaver at the Baptist Church in Storm Lake. Shortly after their wedding, Tuck and Grace moved to Mason City for a short time, before making their home in Marathon. This union was blessed with four children: Alvin Jr., Michael, Constance and Candace.

Grace was a very active community member. She was a member of the Marathon United Methodist Church, served on the Marathon City Council, as well as the Baseball/Softball Community organization. Additionally, Grace had worked at Buena Vista University and the Marathon Farmer's Coop. She was not scared of hard work and demonstrated this value by the many hours she would spend over the years tirelessly picking up rocks and walking beans.

Her family and grandchildren were the love of her life. Grace found much pride and enjoyment in spending time with her loved ones and friends. She was a great friend, who possessed a generous personality. Over the years, Grace enjoyed playing golf, being outdoors, attending craft shows and auctions, playing cards, cooking, baking pies and making homemade noodles. She had a great sense of humor and was quick-witted. She will forever be remembered as a loving wife and devoted mother and grandmother.

Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Michael (Nancy) Weaver, Sioux Falls, S.D.; daughter, Connie (Ruben) Mendoza, Lakeside; daughter, Candi (Larry) Nielsen, Newell; grandchildren: Michelle (Andy) Riesner, Cassie Weaver, Amber Weaver, Brandon Nielsen, Alex Weaver, Bryce Nielsen and Ian Morales; great granddaughter, Katie Riesner; brothers: William "Bill" (Flo) Staples, Sheldon and Raymond "Butch" (Colleen) Staples, Kerrville, Texas; several nieces, nephews, extended family and a host of friends.

Grace was preceded in death by her parents; her infant son, Alvin Jr.; her husband, Alvin "Tuck" Weaver in March 2007; sisters: Clara Kerner and Donna Hunt; brothers: Roy Staples, Clifford "Bud" Staples, Charlie Staples, Ken Potts and Don Potts.

Charles Fredrick "Chuck" Zemke

Aug. 19, 1921 - June 13, 2008

Charles Fredrick "Chuck" Zemke, 95, Newell, died Friday, June 13, 2008 at the Newell Good Samaritan Center.

Funeral Services for Mr. Zemke were Tuesday June 17, at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Newell. A Masonic Service was held Monday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. Burial was be in the Newell Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Newell was in charge of the arrangements.

Those who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the funeral home website: www.fratzkejensen.com

Charles Fredrick Zemke, son of Frederick William and Martha (Porath) Zemke, was born on Aug. 19, 1912 in Clark County near Osceola. His family moved to Mullen, Neb. where he was baptized on Sept. 4, 1913 at the Methodist Church. He attended school in Mullen until 1925 when they moved to Newell. Here he attended Varina School until eighth grade.

Charles was confirmed at the Salem German Methodist Church west of Varina in 1928 by Reverend Emil Witter. He had been a lifelong member of the Methodist Churches in both Varina and Newell, where he held several offices.

On March 3, 1940 Charles was united in marriage to Ruth Anna Briggeman of Waco, Neb. at the Varina Methodist Church. Two daughters were born to this union, Phyllis Ann and Sandra Naydene.

Chuck, as he was known, was a lifetime farmer in the Newell community, retiring from farming in 1975. He was a 4-H leader for the Newell Boosters 4-H Club for 10 years. He enjoyed his fishing trips, especially the ones to Canada where he caught the "big ones." He also enjoyed his flowers and gardening and growing "bigger and better" vegetables which he shared with others.

Chuck was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Newell, Scottish Rite, and Abu Bekr Shrine of Sioux City. He enjoyed traveling with Ruth and friends, especially with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was extremely grateful to celebrate over 52 years of marriage. His family was always of great pride and a joy in his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Ruth Anna Zemke in 1992; twin brothers Lester and Leslie; and sisters, Charlotte Witter and Bernice Smith.

Survivors include children: Phyllis and husband Eldon Kolbe, Sac City and Sandra and her husband Eldon Dilworth, Adair, Ill.; grandchildren: David Kolbe, Sara Kolbe and great-granddaughter Natasha, Des Moines; Cassandra Ballou; Jason Ballou and wife Erin Ballou and great-grandchildren: Wyatt, Mackenzie, Grace and Bryce, Newell; also several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Doris Robbins Smith

Doris Robbins Smith, 85, formerly of the Sioux Rapids and Early areas, passed away June 14, 2008, at the Garden View Care Center, Chesterfield, Mo.

Memorial services at Everly will be held later in July.