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Funeral Arrangements

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Yvonne E. Bertness

Yvonne E. Bertness, age 87, of Sioux Rapids, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008 at the Sioux Care Center in Sioux Rapids.

Memorial Services for Mrs. Bertness will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008 at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Rapids, with Pastor Tonna Parsons officiating. Private family burial services will be held at a later date. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids is in charge of the arrangements.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids, where the family will receive friends during the entire time of visitation. Those who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the funeral home website: www.sliefert.com.

Ronald Allen Witzke

May 27, 1947 - Oct. 20, 2008

Ronald Allen Witzke, age 61, of Martensdale, and formerly of Newell, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2008, at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City, from complications following a bone marrow transplant.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008 at Hope Lutheran Church, 3857 E. 42nd Street, Des Moines. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23, at Fratzke Jensen Funeral Home in Newell. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 24th at the Newell Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Newell is in charge of local arrangements. Memorials should be sent to the family.

Ron was born May 27, 1947 in Storm Lake, to Leighton and Nettie Witzke. After graduating from Newell-Providence High School, he enlisted in the Army and served in Vietnam. Ron worked with his father as a mechanic and eventually worked in water treatment with the City of Newell and Warren Water District. He was a Boy Scout leader and enjoyed woodworking.

Ron is survived by his wife, Patricia of Martensdale; daughter Jodi (Phil) Cipale of Des Moines; sons Jeremy (Jenifer) Witzke of Lee's Summit, Mo., and Jason (Amanda) Witzke of Kansas City, Mo.; grandchildren: Emalie, Ashton, Morgan and Seth Cipale, Makenna Witzke, and Rylee, Rochelle and Devin Witzke; four sisters: Janice Holmstrom of Grafton, Wis.; Linda (Dwayne) Kay of Storm Lake; Kathy (Mike) Elston of Madrid; and Shari (Wayne) Raveling of Storm Lake; three brothers: Richard (Betty) Witzke of Newell, Tim Witzke of Newell, and Kent (Shayla) Witzke of Ringsted; many nieces and nephews, cousins and aunts. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, James.

Jimmy Alexander Mendez

Sept. 1, 1982 - Oct. 9, 2008

Jimmy Alexander Mendez, age 26, of Storm Lake, died Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008 at his residence in Storm Lake.

Jimmy was born Sept. 1, 1982 to Victor Mendez and Floridalma Pacheco in Guatemala. He was baptized as an infant and spent his youth in Guatemala before coming to the United States and Storm Lake.

Growing up, Jimmy liked to play basketball and ride his bike. He enjoyed hanging out with his many friends. He loved music and attending car shows. Jimmy was currently affiliated with Sendero de Salvacion in Storm Lake. He will be deeply missed by his family and his many friends.

Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Floridalma Pacheco of Storm Lake; his father, Victor Mendez of Guatemala; his grandmother, Julia Pacheco of Guatemala; his brother, Christopher Castro of Storm Lake; step-dad Cristobal Castro of Sanborn; his sister, Karla Vanessa Maldonado and her husband, Elvis Suazo, of California; his nephew, Alex Suazo Maldonado of California; extended family and many friends.

Donald D. Miller

Oct. 14, 1932 - Oct. 16, 2008

Donald D. Miller, age 76, of Storm Lake, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008 at his home.

Funeral services for Mr. Miller were held on Monday, Oct. 20, at St. John Lutheran Church in Storm Lake, with Pastor Bruce Lesemann officiating. Burial will be in the Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake, with full military rites by the Schaller VFW Post 4704. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

Donald Duane Miller was born Oct. 14, 1932 in Storm Lake, the son of Emil and Esther (Buddenhagen) Miller. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Storm Lake. Donald received his education in Storm Lake, graduating from Storm Lake High School.

Donald entered the United States Army on May 5, 1953. He served in the USAR Sig C, A Company, 32nd Signal Battalion until he was honorably discharged on April 20, 1955. He received the National Defense Service Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal (Germany).

On May 10, 1965, Donald was united in marriage to Margaret Livesay at The Little Brown Church in Nashua. The couple was blessed with three children: Gordon, Caroline and Dawn.

Donald was a long term employee of Hygrade until its closing, and of Transcontinental Cold Storage until his retirement in November 2007.

Donald was a lifetime member of St. John Lutheran Church in Storm Lake, as well as of the V. F. W. Post 4704 in Schaller. He enjoyed watching sporting events and playing checkers and catch with his grandchildren, as well as attending all his grandchildren's sporting and school events. Donald's family was always first in his heart and he treasured the time he spent with his wife, children and grandchildren. His kind and caring ways will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 43 years, Margaret, of Storm Lake; his son, Gordon (Bev) Miller of Storm Lake; his daughter, Caroline Richter of Storm Lake; his daughter Dawn (Russ) Moore of Sergeant Bluff; grandchildren: Kyle Richter, Brenna Richter, Aaron Miller, and Dawson Miller, all of Storm Lake, and Landon Moore of Sergeant Bluff; extended family and many friends.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Esther Miller; an infant granddaughter, Sarah Rose Miller; his sister, Joyce Brown; and his brother-in-law, Arthur Brown.

Robert D. Jensen

May 5, 1924 - Oct. 17, 2008

Robert D. "Bob" Jensen, Sr., age 84, of Lakeside, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2008 at the Good Samaritan Center in Newell.

Private family services will be held at a later date. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home of Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that anyone who wishes to honor Bob do so by sending a donation in his memory to the American Cancer Society. Those wishing to send on-line condolences to the family may do so via: www.fratzkejensen.com.

Robert Dale Jensen was born on May 5, 1924 to Jens Peter and Christine (Andersen) Jensen in Omaha, Neb. He worked for his dad on the farm until he was drafted in 1949 and again in 1951. He was in Chicago, Ill. during his second draft, and there he met his wife, Anna B. Izrael at a roller skating rink. He loved skating and was a very excellent skater.

On Feb. 23, 1952, Bob married Anna at the Trinity Slovak Lutheran Church in Chicago. They had four children: John, Anne, Ken and Bob Jr. The family stayed in Chicago until 1964. Bob worked as a carpenter for John Mansville Asbestos wood.

They came to the farm, north of Storm Lake, in March of 1964. He and his son, Bob Jr., looked at many farms in Illinois before coming to Storm Lake. His family all worked together on the farm. Bob especially liked to mow hay in the road ditches. Bob Jr. bought a round baler from Duane Gerlach in the early 1980's and they baled thousands of acres. He and his family raised many hogs and started to call the farm, Pig Town. In his later years, Bob still worked at the farm. He loved all the dogs and they will miss him.

He leaves his wife of 56 years and his family: Anne Jensen and husband, Bob Steele, of Durango, Colo.; Ken Jensen and his wife, Sharim, and their children, Amy and David of Warrenville, Il.; John Jensen and his wife, Janice, and their children, Jeremy, Derek and Stacey of West Chicago, Ill.; and Bob Jensen, Jr. of Storm Lake. He also leaves cousins: Mary Alice and Nancy Jensen, and Verna Mae Jessen, all of Omaha, Neb.; and brother-in-law, John and wife Ann Izrael of Park Ridge, Ill.

Preceding him in death are his sister, Mary Ann McShane and her husband, Ikem, of Omaha, Neb.; his parents, Jens and Christine Jensen; his father- and mother-in-law, John and Anna Izrael; his cousins: Howard, Dick and Bud Jensen, and Kenneth Jessen, all of Omaha.

Bob will be missed by all his friends. He thoroughly enjoyed the Newell Good Samaritan Center and all the people who helped him. Thank you to Pastor Jerry Oakland and Pastor Jamie Cutler for all their visits.