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Funeral Arrangements

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Patricia J. Child

Patricia J. Child, 81, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. Services were held on Sept. 27 at Iles Funeral Homes-Dunn's Chapel followed by a private burial at Glendale Cemetery.

Patty was born at Alta to Geneva and Edd Jensen. She grew up in Jefferson, graduated from Drake University and lives the rest of her life in Des Moines. Patty lived a life of love, style, beauty, grace and compassion. As she lived, she will be remember in love.

Patty is survived by her husband of 56 years, Frank; son, David and his children, Ryan, Paul, Adam and Grace; son, Tom, his wife, Diane and their children, Elizabeth and Mark; daughter, Sarah Heltman, her husband Jeffrey and their children, Emily and Timothy.

Memorial contributions may be made to the John Stoddard Cancer Center, 1221 Pleasant St., Des Moines, IA. 50309.

Jerald J. Sorensen

Aug. 28, 1941 - Oct. 4, 2008

Jerald J. "Jerry" Sorensen was born at home on Aug. 28, 1941 in Guthrie County, to Hans and Edith (Hansen) Madsen Sorensen. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church. Jerry spent his childhood in the Guthrie Center area, first attending country school and later graduating from Guthrie Center High School in 1959.

On Feb. 26, 1966, Jerry was united in marriage to Mary Beth Goodwin in the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake. The couple were blessed with three children: Angela Beth, Jerald Jerome II, and Janelle Marie.Jerry and Mary Beth made their home in Storm Lake for many years, where he was employed by Seiler Plumbing and Buena Vista Regional Medical Center before starting his own plumbing business. They moved to Panora in Dec. 2004 and Jerry retired in April 2007.

Jerry was a true outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish. He was a member of Pheasants Forever and Ducks Unlimited organizations. He liked to stay active by playing slow-pitch softball, bowling or golfing. He also enjoyed a game of darts or pool. Jerry was an avid sports fan and followed the Chicago Cubs and Bears, as well as the Iowa Hawkeyes. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake.

Jerry's family was very important to him and he was very involved in his children's activities as they were growing up in Storm Lake. He coached youth softball and baseball for many years. He and Mary Beth began camping in recent years and found it very relaxing and enjoyable. When Jerry's grandchildren came along, they found a special place in his heart and he loved to follow all their activities. A loving husband, devoted father, treasured Papa, caring brother and uncle, as well as a valued friend, Jerry will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 42 years, Mary Beth of Panora; his daughter, Angie (Mark) Kiefer of Lehigh; his son, J. J. (Tera) Sorensen of Newton; his daughter, Janelle (Jason) Van Vactor of Cherokee; his grandchildren: Grace, Emma and Clayton Kiefer of Lehigh; Kaitlyn and Aren Sorensen of Newton, and Allison and Alea Van Vactor of Cherokee; brothers Dale (Wilma) Sorensen of Shirley, Ark. and Arnold (Loretta) Sorensen of Manson; sister Norma (Thomas) McMichael of Audubon; mother-in-law Bea Goodwin of Storm Lake; brother-in-law Vernon "Bud" (Carolyn) Goodwin of Sioux City; sisters-in-law: Barbara McGowan of Carroll; Becky Harders of Fort Collins, Colo.; and Bobbie (Ron) Sargent of Storm Lake; many nieces and nephews, cousins, extended family and a host of friends.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Gaillord Long; his father-in-law, Vernon Goodwin; his brother, Merlin Sorensen, his sister, Donna Parker; and his brothers-in-law, Dan Harders and James McGowan.

Marjorie C. Murphy

May 22, 1919 - Oct. 5, 2008

Marjorie C. Murphy, age 89, of Fonda, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 2 p.m. at Mahaney Funeral Home in Fonda, with The Reverend Mr. Eldon Sullivan and Pastor Dave Veencamp officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Cemetery in Fonda under the direction of the Mahaney Funeral Home in Fonda. Visitation will be at the Mahaney Funeral Home in Fonda for one hour prior to the start of service time on Thursday.

Marjorie Christina Smith, or 'Granny" as she was known to her family, was born to Johnson Bartholomew and Lena Elizabeth (Hall) Smith on May 22, 1919 on a farm northwest of Fonda (where Jerry Hammen now lives). She spent her youth on the farm previously owned by Ed Weinzetl. She attended school through eighth grade at Cedar Township #9 School. She was the Pocahontas County top speller in seventh grade. Her handwriting was beautiful up until the last few years.

Marge was married to Carl Christensen at the Fonda Presbyterian Manse on Oct. 20, 1935 by Reverend McMian. The couple was blessed with seven children: Lyla Jean, Evelyn LuEtta, Richard Carl, Cheryl Ann, twins Dennis Ray and Donald Lee, and Kenneth Keith.

Early in 1938, Marge and Carl moved to the Bradgate-Ottesen area and farmed there until the late 1940's. They moved back to Fonda in Oct. of 1951 after Carl began working at Kingan's Packing Company in Storm Lake. Carl died March 28, 1970. In Sept. 1972, Marge married Thomas Murphy. Tom died in Aug. of 1974.

Marge was a hard worker. She took in ironings and also worked at Ewing's Outlaw Store in the 1950's, in addition to caring for her family. When the Fonda Care Center opened, she started working there as a Certified Nursing Aide for a beginning wage of 65 cents an hour. She continued working there for 22 years until she retired. She was a member of Holy Family Rosary, Catholic Daughters of America and Fonda American Legion Auxiliary.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Lyla (Melvin) Kuklenz of Fonda; Evelyn (Floyd) Hoffmann of Independence; and Richard (Lynda) Christensen of Emerado, N.D.; son-in-law, Nick Alig of Greeley, Colo.; ten grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.

Marge was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Carl Christensen; her second husband, Thomas Murphy; her daughter, Cheryl; her sons, Dennis, Donald and Kenneth; her sisters: Ruth, Evelyn and Mable; one half-sister, Sarah Mertz; brothers: Lee, Elmer, Herman, Ben, Harley, Melvin "Bud", and Daniel; and five half-brothers: George, Harry, Jesse, Jimmy and William.