Sept. 23, 1923 - Oct. 16, 2008
Loren John Henry "Peanuts" Friedrichsen, 85, Alta, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008 at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center of Cherokee. A funeral service was held Tuesday, Oct. 21 at the United Methodist Church of Alta. Pastor Terry Pollard officiated. Burial was at the Holstein Cemetery of Holstein. A Masonic service conducted by Masonic Lodge Pomegranate # 408 was held at the Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Alta. The Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Alta is in charge of the arrangements.
Loren John Henry Friedrichsen was born on a farm one mile south and one mile west of Holstein on Sept. 30, 1923 to John and Edna (Raabe) Friedrichsen. When he was just seven days old, his mother passed away and he was raised as their own son by his grandparents, John and Meta Raabe. He attended school in Holstein and graduated with the class of 1941. While in third grade, he was tagged with the nickname "Peanuts" as he was still called by the residents of that generation who live in and around Holstein.
Loren met the love of his life in Cushing at the Hadden Café. Doreen Hadden and Loren were married on Oct. 1, 1944 in the Alta United Methodist Church. Loren started farming on his grandfather's farm southeast of Holstein in 1945, but was interrupted by a term in the Navy. He served in three different seaplane tenders: USS Currituck, USS Curtiss and USS St. George. After his discharge in 1946 he went back to farming. He also played in Johnny Galvin's Orchestra for 25 years. In 1958, they bought a farm near Alta where Loren farmed until his retirement. He loved farming and working the land and raising hogs and milking cows. To this union, three children, Loreen, Louise and Lynn, were born. Loren built his dream house in 1970. He and Doreen were married for 64 years on Oct. 1, 2008. They celebrated with friends and residents of The Countryside Estates were he was a resident for 16 days.
Loren was a member of the United Methodist Church in Alta, a 50-year member of the Masons and Eastern Star. He was also a lifetime member of the VFW Post #6172. He loved to travel, work in his workshop in the basement making things, namely his name trains and selling them at craft shows. He loved fishing and attending auctions. He loved and worked hard for his family. He will always be remembered as a kind, friendly man who loved to visit with people everywhere. He always left them smiling with his sense of humor and the stories he loved to tell.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Doreen; one daughter Loreen (Mike) Moneypenny, Michie, Tenn.; his mother-in-law, Lillian Hadden Nelson, Sioux City; four grandchildren, Dawn Gehrts, Aurelia; Charlotte Tibbetts, Troutman, NC; Clinton Watts, Readlyn; and John Friedrichsen of Cherokee; six great-grandchildren, Ashley, Adam, Melanie and Amber Gehrts, Aurelia; and Dale and Travis Tibbetts of North Carolina; son-in-law Larry Dahleen; sister-in-law Connie (Bob) Hoch, Storm Lake; and brother-in-law David (Jean) Hadden; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
He was preceeded in death by his parents, John and Edna Friedrichsen; grandparents John and Meta Rabbe; a daughter, Louise Dahleen on June 29, 2001; a son Lynn on Nov. 13, 2005; a great-granddaughter, Tatum Tibbetts on Dec. 2, 1989; and his father-in-law, Gloyd Nelson.
Beth E. Sjoberg
Feb. 20, 1920 - Oct. 21, 2008
Beth E. Sjoberg, 88, Aurelia and formerly of Alta, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008 at the Sunset Knoll Nursing and Rehab Center in Aurelia, where she had been a resident for four years.
Funeral services for Beth E. Sjoberg, were Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee. Pastor Jim Steen and Pastor Bruce Rapp of the First Congregational Church in Aurelia officiated. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Aurelia. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia was in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be given in her name to Sunset Knoll Nursing and Rehab Center in Aurelia.
Beth Elaine Pedersen was born Feb. 20, 1920, in Alta, the daughter of Edward and Mary Anna (Joergensen) Pedersen. Beth attended school and graduated from the Fairview School in 1938. She worked as a nursery school teacher in Minneapolis, Minn., and at the Munitions plant in Des Moines during WWII.
On June 1, 1947 Beth married Chester Gilbert Sjoberg in Alta. She was an active member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee.
Preceding Beth in death were her parents; her husband Chet on July 17, 1999; one brother, Murray Pedersen; and one sister, Jessamae Palmer.
Survivors include; one son, John Sjoberg and his partner Jean Hagen, Iowa City; one daughter, Jane and her husband Richard George, Libertyville, Ill.; one grandson, Justin and his wife Nicol' George, Gurnee, Ill.;one great-granddaughter, Kyra George; nieces and nephews and a host of friends.