Funeral Arrangements

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Irene D. Larson

Irene D. Larson, age 101, of Albert City, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008 at the Pleasant View Home in Albert City.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, at 1:30 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in rural Albert City. Interment will be the St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in rural Albert City. The Sliefert Funeral Home of Albert City is in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church.

Ann A. Honsbruch

Dec. 17, 1952 - Dec. 18, 2008

Ann A. Honsbruch, age 56, of Sioux Falls, S.D. (formally of Alta), passed away on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008 at the Southridge Health Care Center of Sioux Falls. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. at the Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Alta with Pastor Scott Sailer of Faith Lutheran Church of Sioux Falls, South Dakota officiating. Burial will be at the Buena Vista Memorial Cemetery of Storm Lake. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008 one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. The Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Alta is in charge of the arrangements.

Ann was born on Dec. 17, 1952 in Alta. She graduated from Willow Community High School in 1971. She lived in the Alta and Storm Lake area before moving to Sioux Falls to be closer to her sister. She lived independently at the Tower of David until the past six months when she resided at the Southridge Nursing Home due to health reasons.

Ann enjoyed listening to music, watching movies, visiting with people, and loved to play Bingo. She never forgot to say "thank you" for all that people did for her.

Survivors include her sister Lorna (Terry) Fleming of Crooks, SD; brothers, Darrell Honsbruch of Correctionville, and Harlan Honsbruch of Grinnell; thirteen nieces; and their children.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Delbert and Melvina Honsbruch; a sister, Jerilyn; and a brother, Dennis.

Ernest "Ernie" Porath

Dec. 31, 1924 - Dec. 17, 2008

Ernest "Ernie" Porath, age 83, of Newell, died on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

Funeral services for Mr. Porath were held on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Newell. Burial was in the Newell Cemetery with full military rites by American Legion Post 193. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Memorials in Ernie's honor may be directed to St. Peter Lutheran Church in Newell.

Ernest Fredrick Porath was born Dec. 31, 1924 in Newell, the son of Edward and Anna (Degner) Porath. Ernie was baptized at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Newell as an infant and later confirmed his faith as a youth at the same church. He was raised in the Newell community, where he received his education and graduated from Newell High School .

Following high school, on July 28, 1944, Ernie joined the United States Army and was stationed in the Philippine Islands with the 43rd Infantry Division during World War II. He was awarded the Good Conduct Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 Bronze Service Star, Combat Inf Badge, APTC Ribbon with 1 Bronze Service Star, World War II Victory Ribbon, before he was honorably discharged on Dec. 15, 1945.

On Feb. 10, 1948, Ernie was united in marriage to Bonnie June Byers in Sac City. The couple was blessed with four children: Linda, Larry, Randy and Arnie. Ernie and Bonnie June raised their family on the farm in rural Newell. Bonnie June passed away on Aug. 23, 1995. On Nov. 25, 2007, Ernie was married to Coral Byers.

Ernie loved the land and he loved farming. In 2008, he retired from farming. He was also a rural letter carrier for 25 years and enjoyed the contact he had with those people on his daily route.

A lifelong member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Newell, Ernie served his Lord to the best of his abilities and in a number of ways. He held the offices of Treasurer, Elder and Trustee in the church over the years. He was also a 4-H and a Boy Scout volunteer. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with his friends. His family was always his first priority in life and he treasured the time he spent with them. Ernie, in return, was dearly loved and will be deeply missed.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Coral, of Newell; daughter Linda Porath-Kelley of Ames; son Larry (Karen) Porath of Emmetsburg; son Arnie (Colleen) Porath of Ankeny; bonus children: John Byers, Jean Miller and Carol Byers; grandchildren: Denise (Kelley) Suggs; Trevor Porath, Ryan Porath, Amanda Porath, Amy Porath, Matthew Porath, Adam Porath, and Anita (Porath) Krause; bonus grandchildren: Terri Kansler, B.J. Miller, Annie Miller, Lila Miller, Christopher Byers and Kelsey Byers; great-grandchildren: Garrett Suggs, Kelley Suggs, Ally Porath, Camden Porath, Grace Ann Porath, Cameron Porath, Alexander Porath and Caleb Porath; bonus great-grandchildren: Devin Kansler, Emily Kansler, Mikey Hosford, Lillian Steinocher, Hailey Steinocher and Mackenzie Fassett; sisters: Naomi Benna of Storm Lake, and Hazel (Robert) Messer of Cedar Falls; extended family and many friends.

Ernie was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Anna Porath; his first wife, Bonnie June Porath; his son, Randy Porath; and his brother, Raymond Porath.

Mike McCabe

June 4, 1950 - Dec. 18, 2008

Mike McCabe, 58, of Walnut died Thursday of cancer at his sister's home in Iowa City.

Memorial Services to celebrate Mike's life will be at 1 pm, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008 at the American Legion Hall in Walnut. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Iowa City Hospice.

Mike was born June 4, 1950 in Storm Lake, the son of Paul and Katherine Kelly McCabe. Mike grew up around Storm Lake and was a graduate of Albert City High School. He received is BA degree from Buena Vista College and had served in the National Guard.

Mike was a math teacher at Walnut High School for over 28 years, retiring in 2003. He was the girls softball coach at Walnut High School, and also was a basketball referee.

Survivors include his brother and four sisters, William (Kathy) McCabe of Storm Lake, Jean (Dr. Robert) Wayne of Cannon Beach, Ore., Pat (Douglas) Brown of North Liberty and Coleen (Jack) Schmillen of Iowa City; nieces and nephews, Shannon (Bradley) Strand, Will (Janae) Brown, Meghan McCabe, Mollie McCabe, Mitchell McCabe, Michael McCabe, Baizhu Schmillen, Mara Strand and Nevada Youssey; and all his friends in Walnut.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Kelly Meike.

Arrangements were with Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service. Online condolences may be sent to