Gail E. Koester
Oct. 31, 1941 - Sept. 18, 2008
Gail E. Koester, age 66 of rural Denison, passed away with family by her side on Sept.18, at Rochester Methodist Hospital. Gail E. (Wright) Koester was born to Russell Wright & Stella (Siefken) Wright on Oct. 31, 1941, in Sioux Rapids. She was baptized at the Little Sioux Valley Lutheran Church and confirmed at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Rembrandt. As a child, Gail and her sister, Lois, would go with their parents into Rembrandt, where Gail's dad would run the picture show. Gail learned her hard work ethic on her parents' farm. Gail had a beautiful singing voice and sang in choirs and choruses at church and school. Gail graduated from Rembrandt High School in 1959 where she also played the tenor saxophone in the school band.
After she graduated from Waldorf Junior College, she then moved to Northfield, Minn., where she worked in the office of the treasurer of St. Olaf College for a number of years. She was united in marriage to David Koester on April 23, 1966, at St. John's Lutheran Church. Together they farmed in the Denison area, raising three children. While raising their children Lori, Mark, and Lynette, Gail returned to work at Ryt-Way Packaging and Northfield Retirement Center.
What Gail really enjoyed was being with her family, whom she loved dearly, and nearby friends. She also enjoyed vacations to Northern Minnesota with extended family. In her free time, and in her retirement Gail enjoyed spending time on their farm, playing with her three grandchildren, cooking meals that they all enjoyed, and caring for her kitty cats.
Gail is survived by her husband David of Dennison; her children, Lori Koester (and David Flom) of Denison; Mark Koester of Denison; Lynette (and Brandon) Belch of Kenyon; three grandchildren, Jennifer and Alexander Flom, Abigail Belch; her sister Lois (and Gary)Yocum of Fort Smith, Ark.; many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. She will be dearly missed. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Vang Lutheran Church with Pastor Terje Hausken officiating with interment at Oaklawn Cemetery. Casket bearers were Mark Koester, Al Sommers, Dan Koester, Arland Schwake, Tom Swanson, and David Sommers. Arrangements by the Bierman Funeral Home of Northfield.
Vera Bradley, age 90, of Albert City, and formerly of Storm Lake, died on Monday, Sept. 15, at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Albert City.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008 at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home at 1615 W. Milwaukee Ave. in Storm Lake. Inurnment will be in the Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.
There will be no visitation.
Walter L. Dierenfield
Walter L. Dierenfield, age 96, of Storm Lake, died on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008 at Sunset Knoll Nursing & Rehab Center in Aurelia.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008 at St. John Lutheran Church in Storm Lake. Burial will be in the Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.