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Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Velma M. Bodaken

Aug. 5, 1912 - Aug. 4, 2008

Velma M. Bodaken, longtime resident of Storm Lake, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2008, at Methodist Manor Care Center in Storm Lake, one day before her 96th birthday.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Bodaken will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Storm Lake. Interment will be in Storm Lake Cemetery. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

The family suggests that memorial gifts in Velma's honor be directed to Methodist Manor Care Center in Storm Lake.

Velma Marie Deist was born August 5, 1912 in Smithwick, South Dakota, the daughter of William and Jenny (Moore) Deist. She spent her childhood in Smithwick, until the age of 16, when she departed to attend Secretarial School. She worked as an office secretary for nearly two decades. She took great pride in that work.

In 1948, Velma married Ed Bodaken. After over 30 years, their marriage ended in divorce. Velma felt blessed by the births of her two sons, Mike and Bruce. Velma lived in Storm Lake for over 50 years. There she raised her family and developed close ties to St. Mark Lutheran Church, where she had served as assistant to the Secretary in the church office.

Velma loved sports of all kinds and especially followed high school football, basketball and baseball. Her family recalls that she would often keep box scores while listening to basketball games being played throughout Iowa. Over the years, she became an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs. A real "people person," Velma loved to dance and play bingo.

She spent the last two decades of her life at Methodist Manor in Storm Lake, where she grew to appreciate those who provided for her and who indulged her in her favorite passion: chocolate.

A devoted mother and grandmother, and friend to many, Velma will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, Michael Bodaken and his wife, Fran Bernstein of Silver Spring, Maryland; her son, Bruce Bodaken of Mill Valley, California; grandsons: Conor Bodaken of Mill Valley, California; Ian Bodaken of Tiburon, California; and Alex Bodaken of Silver Spring, Maryland; extended family and friends.

Velma was preceded in death by her parents.

He is survived by his son, Greg (Marilyn) Domino of Schaller, Iowa; his daughter, Colleen (Jim) Lens, of Burlington; three grandchildren: Joshua (Jill) Lens of St. Louis, Mo.; Stacey Lens of Chicago, Ill.; and Chris (Nicole) Domino of Early; two step-grandchildren: Molly (Tom) Mohr of Cherokee; and Ryan (fiancee Susie) Bainbridge of Paullina; many great-grandchildren; his brother, Mars (Donna) Domino of Sac City; sister-in-law Anne Willert, also of Sac City; many nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.

Lora Hartje

Nov. 1, 1922 - Aug. 6, 2008

Lora Hartje, age 85, of Albert City, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake. Services for Ms. Hartje are pending at Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake.

Funeral services for Ms. Hartje were held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008 at Zion Lutheran Church in rural Storm Lake. Burial was held at the Zion Church Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home of Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

Lora Caroline Alma Martha Hartje was born November 1, 1922 to Henry and Marie (Williams) Hartje in Lincoln Township, Buena Vista County, Iowa. She was baptized November 26, 1922 by Pastor Frank Albrecht in the Zion Lutheran Church, Grant Township, rural Storm Lake, Iowa. She attended Zion Lutheran school and was confirmed March 21, 1937 by Pastor William Schuelke

Lora lived with her parents and helped care for them in their sickness. After her parents passed away, she lived with her sister, Esther and Merlyn and family, on the same family farm. She was very thankful that Merlyn and Esther always told her it was to be her home. Lora did housework and helped others with housework when they needed help. She loved working in her garden and spent many hours keeping it weed free. Additionally, Lora watched over the farm and enjoyed helping with any chores and gladly prepared many meals, especially during the harvest season

After Merlyn passed away on April 11, 1983, Lora helped her sister, Esther, with the work. She enjoyed doing babysitting for the children.

After Esther's marriage to Harold Lussman on July 14, 1991, Lora lived alone on the farm. Lora was very thankful that Harold and Esther took her to church and called her to visit in the evening. They always saw to it that Lora was always taken care of in a very special way.

After Esther passed, Lora was blessed with great help from nephews and their wives: Dale and Sandy Armstrong, Glen and Carolyn Armstrong, and Gary and Gail Armstrong. Carolyn took her to Bible class and church and brought groceries for her. Dale would always pick up some food and bring it out to her. Gary always went to the grocery store to pick up fruit for her when they came to visit from Bedford, Iowa. Glen would stop in just to check on her and brings eats for her. Lora wanted to mention in this obituary that she was thankful for all her nieces and nephews and their families for their many kind deeds, which would include, in addition to those already mentioned: Orlando and Lois Leimer, Bill and Ladene Chambers, Lavon Richardson, Ivan and LeAnn Klein, Delores Witte and Willis Wellmann. Although, Lora was their aunt, she was very much a mother and grandmother.

Preceding Lora in death are her parents, Henry and Marie Hartje; two brothers, William Hartje and Albert Hartje; two sisters, Irene Rathke and Esther Armstrong Lussman; one sister-in-law, Elsie Hartje; and two brothers-in-law, Paul Rathke and Merlyn Armstrong.

She leaves to mourn one brother-in-law, Harold Lussman; her nieces and nephews and their families, all of whom were very dear to her; extended family and many friends.

Florence Marie Grell

Jan. 6, 1935 - Aug. 7, 2008

Florence Marie Grell, 73 of Galva died Aug. 7, 2008 at the Good Samaritan Center in Holstein.

Services were held at 10:00 a.m. Monday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Galva, with Pastor Paul Egger officiating. Burial was at the Holstein Cemetery. The Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Holstein is in charge of arrangements.

Florence Grell, daughter of Hans and Ida (Andersen) Kruse, was born on January 6, 1935. She grew up on a farm southeast of Holstein and graduated from Holstein High School.

On November 29, 1953, she married Robert Grell. Florence and Bob farmed west of Holstein, and then southeast of Galva, where they resided together for the past 50 years. In 1998, Florence was diagnosed with breast cancer. After fighting a ten year battle with the disease, her final days were spent in the loving care of the Holstein Good Samaritan staff and Buena Vista Regional Medical Center Hospice.

Florence was a member of the St. John's Lutheran Church in Galva. She was active in LWML. She was also a member of the Galva American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed flower gardening, yard work, traveling, bowling and photography.

Florence is survived by her husband, Robert; a son Perry and his wife Barbara of Papillion, Neb.; two grandsons Brett Grell, and wife Nicole of LaVista, Neb., and Tyler Grell of Annapolis, Md.; a great-grandson Connor Grell; one sister, Mary Rohlk and her husband Wesley of Ida Grove; two brothers, Kenneth Kruse and his wife Mildred of Des Moines, and Lowell Kruse and his wife Brigitte of Bensheim Germany; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son Paul; and a brother Howard Kruse.

Joyce Cavanaugh

Joyce Cavanaugh, age 88, of Storm Lake, Iowa died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2008 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake. Burial will be in the St. Mary's Cemetery. The Fratzke and Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.