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Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Wilna F. Johnson

Oct. 31, 1919 - Sept. 19, 2008

Wilna F. Johnson, age 88 of Alta, passed away on Sept. 19, at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center.

Services will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church of Alta with Pastor Terry Pollard officiating. A private family burial will follow the luncheon at the Scandinavian Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008 from 4 to p.m. with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. The Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Alta is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorials in Wilna's name may be directed to Nokomis Township Cemeteries or the charity of donor's choice.

Wilna was born on Oct. 31, 1919 to William and Carrie (Innes) Mortensen on the family farm north of Alta. She attended Alta Schools graduating with the class of 1938. Wilna married Bernard Johnson and they made their home in Alta. Bernie sold cars for a number of years. Wilna shared that strong interest in cars. Wilna was employed as a secretary and worked in several shops early in her married life. One of her hobbies was playing the grand piano that her parents purchased for her. Later in life she enjoyed watching college basketball, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Chicago Bulls. Wilna also enjoyed receiving pictures, letters and visits from family members and friends. Wilna was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and was proud to donate an afghan she made at this year's county fair.

Wilna is survived by her brother Ray Mortensen, of Alta; sister-in-law Margaret Mortensen of Alta; nephews, Dave Mortensen (Deb) of Alta, Doug Mortensen (Ida) of Forsyth, Ill., Ron Mortensen (Susan) of Fort Dodge, Marv Mortensen (Barb) of Jefferson, Tom Mortensen (Virginia) of San Diego, Calif., Dana Mortensen (Laurie) of Marion; and a niece Diane Meyer (Blaine) of Mohamet, Ill. Wilna is also survived by a number of great nephews, nieces and friends.

Preceeding her in death were her parents; husband Bernie; brothers, Paul Mortensen and Keith "Pep" Mortensen; and sisters-in-law, Annette Mortensen and Eunice Mortensen.

Helen M. Hoffman

Nov. 21, 1921 - Sept. 18, 2008

Helen Mildred Hoffman, age 86, formerly of Storm Lake, passed away at St. Luke's Home, Spencer, on Sept. 18th.

Memorial Services were held on Monday, Sept. 22, at Grace Lutheran Church in Storm Lake. In accordance with Helen's wishes cremation has taken place. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

The family requests that In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Hospice or The American Cancer Society.

Helen is survived by Kenneth, her devoted and loving husband of 67 years; children: Marcia (Larry) Siefkes of Apple Valley, Calif., Cheryl (George) Meeter of Rockford, Mich., Steven (Mary) Hoffman and Bruce (Barb) Hoffman, all of Storm Lake; 13 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren; one brother, Don (Bev) Harjes of Victoria, Tex.; one sister, Donna Mae (George) Francis of Bloomfield; sister-in-law, Lillian Harjes of Spencer; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Helen was born on Nov. 21, 1921, in Storm Lake, the daughter of Fred and Matilda (Meyer) Harjes. She was baptized, Dec. 11, 1921 and later confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Storm Lake. She attended grade school at Washington Township Country school and graduated from Storm Lake High School in 1939.

On Feb. 9th 1941, Helen was united in marriage to Kenneth Leroy Hoffman at St. Johns Lutheran Church. The couple was blessed with four children: Marcia, Cheryl, Steven and Bruce.

In 1951, the Hoffman family became charter members of Grace Lutheran Church in Storm Lake where Helen became the first president of Grace's Ladies Aid and taught Vacation Bible School, Sunday School and Confirmation. She was also an active community member, having worked with the Grant Township Community Chest Drive and Little League Baseball.

Much enjoyment was brought to Helen's life by her family, which included her special niece, Connie Fagerholm of Mesa, Ariz. Helen was proud to be a farmer's wife and work side by side with Kenneth in the day to day operations of their Centennial Farm. She also enjoyed embroidery, quilting and was never able to drive past a garage sale without stopping. Additionally, she was a dedicated fan of her favorite soap opera "Days of our Lives." Helen and Kenneth spent many happy retirement years in Mission, Tex. enjoying the warm climate and meeting new friends. Eating out was one of their favorite activities. When Kenneth retired from farming, Helen retired from cooking.

Helen will be deeply missed by her family and forever remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and three sisters.

Audrey Naughton

May 19, 1913 - Sept. 19, 2008

Audrey Naughton, age 90, of Storm Lake, died Friday, Sept. 19, at Methodist Manor in Storm Lake.

Funeral mass was held on Monday, Sept. 22, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake. Burial followed in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Audrey was born on May 30, 1913 in Ware, the daughter of Albert and Elizabeth (Smkovski) Wolf. She graduated from Ware High School in Ware.

On Sept. 13, 1937, Audrey was united in marriage to Alfred Naughton at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Pocahontas. They were blessed with five children: Janice, Alfred, Anita, Edward and Randy.

Audrey was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake, where she was a member of the Legion of Mary and St. Mary's Guild. She also helped as an election volunteer. Audrey found much happiness spending time and playing with her grandchildren. She also delighted in baking and sharing her many goodies with her family.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children: Janice Koebele and her husband, Don of Mahtomedi, Minn.; Afred Naughton of Carroll; Anita Sauer and her husband, Richard of St. Louis, Mo.; Edward Naughton and his wife, Shirley of Lake City; Randy Naughton and his wife Karen of Storm Lake; grandchildren: Todd Koebele, Jon Koebele, Tony Koebele, David Naughton, Michelle Bernholtz, Cherri Johnson, Cory Naughton, Jon Naughton, Adam Naughton, Michael Naughton, Danielle Andersen, Elizabeth Naughton, Stephanie Flotron, Jennifer Egleston, Aaron Sauer, Brian Naughton, Jeff Naughton, Keith Naughton, Jamie Naughton, Christopher Naughton, Jason Naughton, Alicia Dreessen, Kerry Naughton and Sean Naughton; forty-two great grandchildren; one sister, Deldene O'Connor and her husband, Jack of Tempe, Arizona; and other extended family and friends.

Audrey was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alfred; daughter-in-law, Marilyn Naughton; two brothers and two sisters.

Neth Khamphavongsa

Nov. 11, 1952 - Aug. 29, 2008

Neth Khamphavongsa, age 56, of Storm Lake, died Friday, Aug. 29, at his home in Storm Lake.

Funeral Service for Mr. Khamphavongsa were held on Monday, Sept. 1, at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Neth was born Nov. 11, 1952 in Banh Geuang, Thailand, the son of Beng Khamphavongsa and Sanith Saraphone. In 1980, he immigrated to the United States of America with his brother. He was married to Chankham Phommavichin 1990 in Fresno, Calif. Together, they raised one child.

Neth was a man who loved to have fun. He enjoyed attending community social gatherings. He had always enjoyed accompanying his brothers and brothers-in-law through the woods in search of a deer during hunting season. Most of all, he took pleasure in a good game of cards. His greatest love, however, was his family; father, mother and siblings; nephews and nieces. His caring ways and kindness will always be missed by all who loved him.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Chankham Phommavichin of Storm Lake; his daughter, Jeanette; Khamphavongsa of Storm Lake; his parents Beng and Sanith Khamphavongsa; brothers: Samnan (Ying) Khamphavongsa of Storm Lake, Matthew Khamphavongsa of Las Vegas, Nev., Samlan Khamphavongsa of Storm Lake and Sinsamut Khamphavongsa of Storm Lake; sisters: Tum (Pe) Soulin of Storm Lake, Joy (Douang) Vithayasab of Storm Lake and Tia (Pete) Phounsavath of Republic, Mo.; nephews, nieces and extended family members and many friends.

Neth was preceded in death by his grandparents.