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Funeral Arrangements

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Mary Ann Gard

March 6, 1933 - Aug. 30, 2008

Mary Ann Gard, age 75, of Early, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008 at Methodist Manor after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. She entered into eternal rest surrounded by her husband and children.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated by Father Larry Burns at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Early. Burial was at the Sacred Heart Cemetery immediately following the service. Arrangements were under the direction of Farber and Otteman Funeral Home in Sac City.

Mary Ann Scharfenkamp was born March 6, 1933, at St. Anthony's Hospital in Carroll, to William J. and Dorothy A. (Simons) Scharfenkamp. She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith and attended St. Peters and Paul grade school. She went to St. Angela Girls Academy in Carroll for high school and graduated in 1951. Her nurturing and caring disposition led her to enter St. Anthony's School of Nursing where Mary Ann received her degree in 1954 as a registered nurse. After graduation she worked in the surgery department at St. Anthony's Hospital and then as an office nurse at the Carroll Medical Center for Dr. Josef Martin, an orthopedic specialist.

On April 22, 1957, Mary Ann was united in marriage to William Gard at Holy Family Catholic Church in Lidderdale. They began their married life together on a farm a couple of miles northwest of Early and lived there until moving to town in 1999. The couple were blessed with five children, Diane (Wilson), Donna (Carleton), Michael, David and Kate (Ware). She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Her family was first and foremost throughout her life but she was always there to lend a helping hand to friends and neighbors. During her married life Mary Ann worked as a nurse at various times. When her children were young, she worked part-time at Loring Hospital in Sac City and then as the school nurse at Sacred Heart. In 1993, with her children raised, Mary Ann returned to nursing this time caring for residents at Methodist Manor and Otsego Place. She retired in 2004.

Mary Ann was an active member of Sacred Heart Church and she served as Guild President, Eucharistic Minister, and took Communion to the home bound. Mary Ann always enjoyed attending her children's school and sporting events. As her children were growing, she often played games with them and she continued this later in life with her grandchildren. One of her favorite pastimes was to play cards, especially bridge, and she participated in many bridge tournaments. Mary Ann also enjoyed having coffee with neighbors and friends.

Those who will greatly miss her and cherish her memory include husband Bill, children: Diane (Mark) Wilson of Nevada; Donna (Glenn) Carleton of Apple Valley, Minn.; Michael (Julee) of Aurora, Ill.; David of Early; and Kate (Chad) Ware of Walker; 11 grandchildren: Erin and Nicole Wilson; Colin, Connor and Gavin Carleton; Anna, Andrew, and Caroline Gard; and Emma, Ellie, and Elise Ware; sisters: Janet (Dick) Davis of Jefferson and Jean (Joe) Berger of Webster City; brothers: John (Karen) Scharfenkamp of Carroll, IA and Roy (Carol) Scharfenkamp of Baudette, Minn.; 2 aunts: Louise Friedman of Raleigh, NC and Kathryn Simons of Coon Rapids; along with many extended family members and friends.

Mary Ann has passed from this life and gone home to be with our Lord and in doing so joined her parents: William and Dorothy; brother and sister-in-law: Bob and Mary Jane Scharfenkamp; father-in-law and mother-in-law: Albert and Kathryn Gard; brother-in-law: Frank Nielsen; three nephews and a niece.

Marie Grote

Dec. 29, 1915 - Aug. 26, 2008

Marie Grote, age 92, of Storm Lake died on Tuesday, Aug.26, 2008 at Methodist Manor in Storm Lake.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008 at Grace Lutheran Church in Storm Lake, with Reverend Steven Schulz officiating. Burial was held at Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Marie Buchholz was born Dec. 29, 1915 in Grant Township, Buena Vista County, northeast of Storm Lake, to William and Malinda (Hoberman) Buchholz. She was baptized on Jan. 9, 1916 by Reverend Albrecht at Zion Lutheran Church in rural Storm Lake. She attended Zion Lutheran parochial school and was confirmed by Reverend Albrecht on April 13, 1930.

On Sept. 13, 1936, Marie was united in marriage to Roy H. Grote. The couple was blessed with four sons: Galen, Gerald, Garlan and Gary. The family resided in Storm Lake until 1943 when they moved to an acreage in Grant Township. In 1965 they moved back to Storm Lake. In 1998, Marie was one of the first residents of Lake Pointe Villas.

Marie was a housewife and worked at Buena Vista Hospital for 18 years as a nurse's aide after the family moved back to Storm Lake in 1965. Marie loved her church and served in various group offices, both at Zion Lutheran and Grace Lutheran in Storm Lake. She taught Sunday School and sang in the church choir for many years.

Marie was an avid gardener, even at her Lake Pointe Villa apartment. She loved flowers and caring for them, and will be remembered for her "green thumb."

Marie also was active in community affairs in Storm Lake, where she volunteered many hours at the Senior Center. She served as an advocate for the elderly through the Northwest Iowa Aging organization and was especially pleased to receive an award as Outstanding Volunteer from the governor of Iowa.

Above all, Marie loved her family. It was her pleasure to remember all of them with hand-written greetings on their special days-and the family numbered over 50 at the time of her passing, including her four sons: Galen (Sheila) Grote of Sac City; Gerald (Lois) Grote of Richmond, Minn.; Garlan (Linda) Grote of Garner; and Gary (Mona) Grote of Wausau, Wis.; 13 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson, plus all their respective spouses. Marie is also survived by her sister, Matilda Sump of Storm Lake, numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends.

She was predeceased by her parents, two brothers: Aaron and Arnold, and her husband, Roy.

Marie was known by all for her caring attitude, her desire to help others however she could, and for her faith in the Triune God. May God bless the memory of Marie Grote.

Esther Victoria Seckman

June 21, 1911 - Aug. 30, 2008

Esther Victoria Seckman, age 97, of Sac City, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008 at the Loring Hospital in Sac City.

Funeral Services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Sac City on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008, Reverend Gary Witte officiating. Farber and Otteman is in charge of the arrangements.

Esther Victoria Olson was born on June 21, 1911 to John and Lena (Benson) Olson in Ida County. She was baptized and joined the Arthur Baptist Church on Feb. 18, 1923. She transferred her membership to the First Baptist Church in Sac City in 1958. She was very active in her church and held many offices in both churches. She was also a long-time member of the Eastern Star.

She attended rural elementary school schools in Sac County. She graduated from Odebolt High School and went on to further her education with a teaching degree from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake.

Esther had an active teaching career that spanned over 19 years at rural schools in Cook and Richland Township in Sac County. She spent eight years in the Schaller Public Schools and two years in the Lytton Public School system.

She was united in marriage to her first husband Perry Ross, but was widowed shortly thereafter. She met her would-be second husband with a little help from her friends, at a monthly card club gathering. On July 19, 1959, Esther was married to Ross Seckman and they made their home in Sac City. She was once known to say that she "became a wife, mother and grandmother all in one week" with the birth of their first grandchild. Esther was no stranger to hard work. After losing both of her parents by age 10, Esther and her siblings managed to keep the family farm. In her later years, she cared for many including Ross's first father-in-law, his mother, and then Ross himself after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's. She was an eternal caregiver and was also described as being "an angel sent from Heaven to care for us." Without ever a complaint and a great sense of humor, she is truly now an angel in heaven.

Left to cherish her memory are her step-son: Ronald (Jeanine) Seckman of Colo.; step-daughter: Karen (Frank) Wilson of Lawler; step-grandchildren: Lamont (Susan) Seckman; Felicia Seckman; Alison (Phil) Jarquio of Warner Robbins, Ga.; great-step-grandchildren: Michael and Charlotte Seckman; Phillip, Sebastian, and Vincent Jarquio.

Preceded in death by husbands Perry Ross; Ross Seckman; her parents John and Lena; brothers: Arthur (Erma) Olson; Oscar (Ruth) Olson; Clarence Olson; Ernest (Edna) Olson; Henry Olson; sisters: Elna Olson; Hilma (John) Siebrecht; sister-in-law: Carrie (Robert) Patts; brothers-in-law Archie Seckman; and Cleo (Olevia) Seckman.

Era Hyllested

Sept. 20, 1911 - Aug. 31, 2008

Era Hyllested, age 96, of Storm Lake, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.

Memorial services for Mrs. Hyllested will be held on Thursday, Sept. 4th at 11:00 a.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake. Burial will precede the start of the memorial service and will be in the Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

Era Tillman was born Sept. 20, 1911 in Grant Township, Buena Vista County, to William and Mary (McIntyre) Tillman. She was raised in the Storm Lake area and graduated from Storm Lake High School in 1930. Following graduation, Era was employed at Northwest Bell Telephone in Storm Lake until she was married to Sidney Hyllested in 1932. The couple was blessed with three daughters: Sally, Sandra and Sharon. The girls recall that upon their arrival home from school each afternoon, they would call "Hi, Mom!" and Era was always there to answer them and welcome them home from their school day.

Era had been a member of the United Methodist Church for many years, joining when she was a young child. She also enjoyed her involvement in the Buena Vista Hospital Auxiliary and Witter Gallery, both in Storm Lake. Era and her husband enjoyed golfing together and playing bridge. When their grandchildren came in their later years, they found a special place in their hearts for them and loved following all their many sports events and activities. Era enjoyed playing the piano whenever she found the time and loved her winters in California and Arizona. She treasured her family and believed that her involvement with them was what made life so very good. A loving wife, devoted mother and cherished grandmother, Era will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her.

She leaves to mourn her three daughters: Sally Tryon of North Liberty; Sandy (Ted) Edwards of Carroll; and Sharon (Jim) Ruliffson of Hudgens, Va.; grandchildren: Mike (Cindy) Tryon of Iowa City; Shelly (Scott) Myers of Ames; Mark Tryon of Dallas, Tex.; Brad (Janice) Edwards of Fort Dodge; Kelly (Tom) Treinen of Noblesville, Ind., Tyler (Edie) Edwards of Carroll; Lisa Nelson of Gwynn, Va.; and Craig Ruliffson of Hudgens, Va.; great-grandchildren: Matt Myers, Michael Tryon, Brandon Tryon, Ashley Grady, Leah Myers, Zach Edwards, Abby Edwards, Sam Edwards, Riley Edwards, Chuck Russo, Christy Russo, Katie Nelson, Kelly Nelson, Meredith Treinen, Madelyn Treinen, Michele Treinen, Dylan Bordenaro, Drew Edwards and Dawson Edwards; one great-great-grandchild: Trayton Grady; one sister, Velma Gilbert of Edmond, Oklahoma; extended family and friends.

Era was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and one great-grandson, Michael Treinen.

Dolores Abels

Dolores Abels, age 78, of Storm Lake, died on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Memorial mass will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake. Burial will be at a later date at Oakhill Cemetery in Cherokee. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

There will be no visitation.

John A. Gibbs

John A. Gibbs, age 83, of Alta, died on Friday, Aug. 29, 2008 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake, Iowa.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 5, 2008 at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Adel.

William (Bill) Earl Caughey

William (Bill) Earl Caughey, Jr., 91, of Chicago, Ill. and formerly of Grinnell died on Aug. 25, at Norwood Crossing Nursing Home in Chicago.

A joint memorial service for Bill and his wife Ginny Caughey, who passed away on Aug. 3, 2008, was held on Aug. 30 at the Grinnell United Methodist Church. A private family burial was held at the Poland Township Cemetary near Marathon.

Bill is survived by his children, Suzanne (Lowell) Bunger of Byron, Ill., Curtis (Angel) Caughey of Breckenridge, Colo., and Jean (David) Billingham of Chicago; and six grandchildren, Matthew Billingham, William, Rachel and Anna Caughey, and Josh and Katie Bunger.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Grinnell United Methodist Church, the American Stroke Association, or the Alzheimer's Association.