Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Richard R. Tolzin

Oct. 7, 1920 - Nov. 29, 2008

Richard R. Tolzin, 88, of Cherokee, died Saturday Nov. 29, 2008 at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center, Cherokee, following a brief illness.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday Dec. 3, 2008 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Cherokee. Reverend Richard Arndt will officiate. Burial will be in the Cherokee Memory Gardens Cemetery, Cherokee. Military Graveside Honors will be provided by the Cherokee V.F.W. L.A. Wescott Post #2253. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 1 to 9 p.m. with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Greenwood Funeral Home, Cherokee. Online condolences may be left at

Richard was born Oct. 7, 1920 in rural Galva, to William and Elizabeth (Peters) Tolzin. He was raised in the Hanover and Aurelia area. He entered the United States Air Force after his schooling and was discharged due to disability. On Jan. 3, 1943 he married Dorothy Reinert. She preceded him in death on Oct. 3, 1981. Richard was engaged in farming all of his adult life and worked for the ASCS for many years. On Nov. 24, 1984 he married Freda Admire. Richard was a God fearing and dedicated man. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Richard was confirmed on May 26, 1935 at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Aurelia. He was an active member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee where he served on the board of trustees and was also an elder. Richard was an active member of the Lions Club and also a member of the Quimby American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, Freda; a daughter, Connie Nelson and her husband, Dennis, of Cherokee; a step son, Doug Admire and his wife, Barb, of Lake Park; grandchildren, Jeff Nelson and his wife, Cinda, and their children Mack and Brit of Reedsburg, Wis.; John Nelson and his wife, Tracy, and their children Ben, Ella, Corey Meyer, and Kim Meyer of Iowa City; step-grandchildren Kaleb Admire of Cedar Falls; Kate Romig and her husband, Nate, of Cedar Rapids; Kim Jacobus and her husband, Justin, and their child Jaiden of Cedar Rapids; a sister-in-law Monica Tolzin of Aurelia; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy, sisters Alice Heimsoth, Ethel Breyfogle, Fern Geuther, and Ruby Tolzin; brothers Willis Tolzin and Ralph Tolzin.

Matthew Actouka Shed

Nov. 22, 2008 - Nov. 22, 2008

Mathew Actouka Shed, infant son of Ryan Shed and Sabrina Actouka, Storm Lake, died shortly after he was born on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Funeral services for Mathew were held Friday, Nov, 28, 2008 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake. Rev. Jeremy Wind celebrated the mass. Burial was in St. Mary's church cemetery in Storm Lake. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements. Those who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the funeral home website:

Mathew is survived by his parents, Ryan and Sabrina; his maternal grandfather, Antonio Actouka, Micronesia; his maternal grandmother, Marietta Albert , Storm Lake; his paternal grandfather, Aklihno Konopehpa Shed, Sacremento, Calif.; his sister, Sadishia Actouka, Storm Lake; aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Consa Actouka; and his aunt, Tanya Shed.

Donald "Shorty" Galbraith

Donald "Shorty" Galbraith, age 80, of Newell, died on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008 in rural Newell.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the United Methodist Church in Newell. Burial will be in the Newell Cemetery with military rites by the Newell American Legion Post #193. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home of Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation will be from 3-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home at 1615 W. Milwaukee Ave. in Storm Lake. The family will be present to greet friends from 6-8:00 p.m. A memorial fund has been established in Shorty's memory.

Ed Witte

Ed Witte, age 92, of Schaller, died on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Schaller. Burial will be in the Schaller Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Schaller is in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation will be from 4-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Schaller, where the family will be present from 5-8:00 p.m.

Faye Braunschweig

Faye Braunschweig, age 84, of Spencer, died on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008 at the Spencer Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer. Burial will be at the Waterman Cemetary in Spencer. The Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation will begin after 5 p.m.. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer. The family will be present from 5 to 7 p.m. Memorials may be given to the Spencer Hospital Auxilary.

Helen Simon

Helen Simon, age 88, of Sioux Rapids, died on Friday, Nov. 28, 2008 at the Sioux Care Center in Sioux Rapids. Funeral mass was held on Monday, Dec. 1, 2008 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sioux Rapids. Burial was in the Lone Tree Cemetery in Sioux Rapids. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids was in charge of the arrangements.

Emmett F. Hammen

July 25, 1926 - Nov. 27, 2008

Emmett F. Hammen, age 82, of Storm Lake, and formerly of Fonda, died on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008 at his residence after a long illness.

Services for Mr. Hammen were held on Monday, Dec. 1, 2008 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake. Reverend Bruce Lawler celebrated the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Storm Lake. The Mahaney Funeral Home of Fonda was in charge of the arrangements.

Emmett Francis Hammen was born on July 25, 1926 in Jolley, to Zeno and Bertha (Kapsch) Hammen. He lived with his family in the Jolley area and graduated from Jolley High School in 1943. While in school he and his brothers formed a basketball team called the "Hammen Five" which his father, Zeno, coached. They played all over the area for various events.

During World War II, Emmett proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy. While in the Navy he also was a Golden Glove Boxer.

On Sept. 17, 1949, Emmett was united in marriage to Patricia Ann Lamoureux at St. Columbilles Church in Varina. This union was blessed with eleven children: Carole, Brian, Jackie, Jerry, Steve, Kim, Greg, Pam, Barry, Lisa and Deanna.

Over the years, Emmett spent most of his working life as a livestock buyer and auctioneer. He owned and operated Fonda Livestock Sales for approximately 15 years while also auctioning household and farm sales in the area. He and his son, Jerry, became partners and he continued with Jerry in the auction and livestock business until his accident and subsequent retirement in 1999. Even though he was paralyzed, he continued to assist in the spring and fall Fonda Salebarn Consignment and Machinery Auction. He actually helped auction the last consignment sale in September 2008. In his later years, Emmett enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, as well as, playing dominoes and cards.

Emmett was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Fonda, from his marriage until 1975. He was also a life long member of the Fonda Knights of Columbus. Emmett, Pat and family moved to Storm Lake and he was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake until his death.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, of 59 years, Patricia Hammen of Storm Lake; his children: Carole Ann Sebben and her husband, John of Storm Lake; Jackie Wernimont and her husband, Bill of Winneconne, Wis.; Jerry Hammen of Fonda; Steve Hammen and his wife, Sue of Schaller; Kim Svejda and her husband, Mike of Mason City; Greg Hammen and his wife, Lori of Fort Dodge; Pam Eike and her husband, Jay of Broomfield, Colo.; Barry Hammen and his wife, Shelly of Storm Lake; Lisa Lauritsen and her husband, Mark of Laurel, Md.; Deanna Langworthy of Omaha, Neb.; grandchildren: Jay Sebben and Jessica Imming; Jed Hammen; Corey Wernimont, Tracey Lamb, Amy Dwyer; Gary Hammen, Sheena Bauer, Shane, Kayla and Brooke Hammen; Ashley, Heidi and Matt Hammen; Molly Stockberger, Brent and Austin Svejda; Tyson and Eric Hammen; Aaron and Lauren Eike; Michael and Megan Hammen; Alyssa and Andee Lauritsen; Quinn and Isaiah Langworthy; great grandchildren: Jack, Tanner and Ava Sebben; Hunter Schmitt, Carter and Keanan Imming; Emerson and Elizabeth Wernimont; Kyle, Brayden and Alyssa Lamb; Dylan, Chloe and Maddox Dwyer; Ashlyn Hammen, Tyler Hammen and Keagen Bauer; Lilly and Liam Stockberger; Alaina Hammen; one sister, Bernadine Hanson; one brother, Norman Hammen; other extended family and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his son Brian, his parents; his brothers: Keeven, Bill, Hubert, Junior, Dale, Earl and Donald Hammen.

Margaret Louise Stauter

June 22, 1921 - Nov. 24, 2008

Margaret Louise Stauter died Monday, Nov. 24, 2008 in Fonda.

Services were held on Monday, Dec. 1, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Church of Christ in Fonda. The Mahaney Funeral Home of Fonda was in charge of the arrangements.

Margaret was born in Fonda on June 22, 1921 to Lou and Florence Stauter. She received her high school diploma in Fonda and graduated from the American Institute of Business in Des Moines. She was employed as a bookkeeper at Pomeroy State Bank, Stauter Motors in Fonda, WR Grace in Atlantic, Peterson Motors, and Anderson Brass in Storm Lake before retiring.

Margaret resided in Fonda her whole life and was a member of the United Church of Christ.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents Florence and Lou Stauter, her twin brothers Merle and Earl, sister-in-law Dean Stauter, and her nephew Dr. Robert L. Stauter.

Left to cherish her memory are her brother Roy and wife Jean, sister-in-law Irene Stauter, many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, and cousins.

Willard Lee Gerke

Sept. 22, 1947 - Nov. 18, 2008

Willard L. Gerke, 61, Sioux City, and formerly of Newell, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008 at his home in Sioux City.

Services for Mr. Gerke were held at Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home, 1615 West Milwaukee in Storm Lake. Burial was in the Newell Cemetery in Newell. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Memorials or cards may be sent to Willard's son: Randy Gerke, 1385 N. El Dorado Drive, Chandler, Ariz. 85224.

Willard Lee Gerke was born Sept. 22, 1947 to Ewald and Alice Gerke. He was baptized Oct. 3, 1947 at his home and confirmed March 26, 1961 at Zion Lutheran Church in rural Storm Lake. He attended parochial school at Zion Lutheran Church in rural Storm Lake through the eighth grade before graduating from Newell-Providence High School in 1965.

Following graduation, Willard worked at Nobles in Sac City, then went to work at the Hygrade packing house in Storm Lake. He joined the National Guard. In February of 1971, Willard was united in marriage to Nadene Kracht. To this union, two children were born: Randy and Robyn. Willard was very proud of his children and their accomplishments.

When the Hygrade plant in Storm Lake closed, Willard moved his family to Moville and he was employed at John Morrell in Sioux City. He later moved to Sioux City, continuing to work at John Morrell.

Willard's hobbies included watching NASCAR racing, competing in demolition derbies, and fishing. He was a great cook. Willard loved horses and enjoyed working with them.

Left to cherish Willard's memory are his son, Randy Gerke and his daughter, Robyn Gerke, both of Chandler, Ariz.; sisters: Maxine Lullman and Fern (Jim) Bjorklund, both of Storm Lake; brother Clifford (Norma) Gerke, Newell; nephews and nieces: Kevin (Brenda) Lullman, Storm Lake; Kent (Theresa) Lullman, Storm Lake; Cheryl (Dan) Kerkhoff, Manning; Denny Gerke, Newell; Lisa (Jay) Newell, Littleton, Colo.; and Darrin (Karman) Bjorklund, Dodge, Neb.; extended family and many friends.

Willard was preceded in death by his parents, Ewald and Alice Gerke; and one brother-in-law, Shorty Lullman.