Vera D. Roberts
Sept. 21, 1916 - Dec. 24, 2008
Vera D. Roberts, age 92, of Storm Lake, and formerly of Marthon, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.
Funeral services for Mrs. Roberts were held on Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, at Grace Lutheran Church in Marathon. Interment was in Poland Township Cemetery in Marathon. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Marathon was in charge of arrangements.
Vera De Velbiss Cooper was born Sept. 21, 1916 in Somers, the daughter of Granville William and Harriet Irene (Cook) Cooper. She started school at a country school northwest of Emmetsburg. Her parents then moved to Somers, where Vera continued her education. In the spring of 1929, her parents again moved, this time to Cornell, and stayed there for a year. They then moved to Dickens, where Vera graduated from high school in 1934.
On March 3, 1936, Vera was united in marriage to Arlo Benjamin Roberts in Jackson, Minn. They were blessed with a daughter, Susan. After Arlo was discharged from military service in 1943, he and Vera moved to Storm Lake so Arlo could take employment with DeKalb Seed Corn company. In 1952, Vera and Arlo moved to Marathon. Vera became a substitute clerk at the Marathon Post Office in 1959, and later was appointed clerk, a job she held until her retirement in July of 1979. After Arlo's death in 1995, Vera moved to Storm Lake.
Vera was a member of the United Methodist Church in Marathon and a member of Eastern Star. She enjoyed membership also in the Unique Club in Marathon, as well as several card clubs. She liked to knit and crochet and enjoyed corresponding with friends and family through email on her computer. Friends and family will remember her wonderful sense of humor.
Vera's first love, however, was always her family. She treasured every moment she was able to spend with them. Her kind and caring ways will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Susan Gieske and her special friend, Jim Klepetka, of Alta; her grandchildren: David (Jodi) Siebrecht of Urbandale; Dan Siebrecht of Omaha, Neb.; and Ryan (Julie) Siebrecht of Sioux Rapids; her great-grandchildren: Sara and Keri Siebrecht of Urbandale, Kylie Siebrecht of Alta, and Cole, Caleb and Cody Siebrecht of Sioux Rapids; brothers Jack (Marcille) Cooper of San Marcos, Calif. and Conard "Chub" (Ruth) Cooper of Amana; sisters: Maxine "Mickey" Rube of Benbrook, Tex.; Ruth Gorman of Storm Lake; and Geraldine "Geri" Holmes of Escondido, Calif.; as well as extended family and many friends.
Vera was preceded in death by her parents, Granville and Harriet Cooper; her husband, Arlo Roberts; her grandson, Marc Arlo Gieske; her brothers: Edward, Charles and Forest; and her sisters: Irene Junkemeier, Loretta Meyer and Edna Jones.
Arnol C. Fjordbak
Dec. 30, 1919 - Dec. 26, 2008
Arnol C. Fjordbak, age 88, of Benson, died Friday, Dec. 26 at Golden Living Healthcare center in Benson, Minn.
Services were held on Monday Dec. 29, at First Evangelical Free Church in Benson, with Pastor Reed Egerstrom officiating. Burial was in Benson City Cemetery.
Arrangements were with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, Minn.
Arnol Christian Fjordbak was born Dec. 30, 1919, in Storm Lake, the son of Bernhard Otto and Emma (Hansen) Fjordbak. He was baptized and confirmed in Truesdale. He grew up in Storm Lake, and completed the 12 grade in Truesdale.
On June 7, 1941, Arnol was united in marriage to Cozette Patricia Olson at South Sioux City, Neb. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II, from September, 1942 to March, 1944. After he was discharged from the Army, they moved to Hendricks, Minn., and lived there for seven years. They moved to Benson in 1951, and farmed in Six-Mile Grove Township. Among the things he enjoyed was playing baseball, playing trumpet and piano, and singing with his brothers. Arnol was called from this life on Friday, Dec. 26, 2008 at the Golden Living Healthcare Center in Benson. He attained the age of 88 years, 11 months and 26 days.
Arnol is survived by his wife, Cozette of Benson, Minn.; his children: Marcia (Hank) Slocum of Dayton, Minn., Eloise (Jim) Cavers of Alexandria, Minn. and Paul (Dee) Fjordbak of Belton, Mo.; seven grandchildren: Stephanie Burns, James Cavers, Sean Cavers, Andrew Cavers, Colleen Slocum, Lee Slocum, and Kristin Murray; ten great-grandchildren: Sophia, Conner, & George Cavers, Wyatt, Colton, & Jackson Cavers, Emma Cavers, David, Hannah, and Skylar Slocum; siblings: Norman (Betty) Fjordbak of New Prague, and Roger (Ruth) Fjordbak of Benson; sisters-in-law: Annette Fjordbak of Dallas, TX, Dorothy Bjerk of Benson, Minn. and Margaret Fjordbak of Sioux City; and other relatives and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Ben and Emma; brothers: Dale, Willard, and Everitt Fjordbak; and sister, Lorraine Lord.
Pauline L. Douglass
Jan. 19, 1917 - Dec. 19, 2008
Pauline L. Douglass, age 91, of Storm Lake, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2008 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.
Funeral services for Mrs. Douglass were held on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008 at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake. Reverend Tom Hinshaw officiated at the service. Burial was in the Storm Lake Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.
Pauline Lunette Mudge, the daughter of Ray and May (Redenbaugh) Mudge, was born Jan. 19, 1917 at her parents' home in the Storm Lake area. She attended country schools before graduating from Sulphur Springs High School in Sulphur Springs, in 1935. She then continued her education at Buena Vista College and studied art for a year.
Pauline was united in marriage to Gilbert Douglass on May 22, 1955 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. She and Gilbert worked together in Douglass Clothing Company in Storm Lake until 1994, when Pauline retired. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Storm Lake. She greatly enjoyed her time spent in Arizona, picking fruits, going to flea markets, having breakfast at Denny's and spending time with friends.
Pauline will be remembered as a thoughtful lady of independent disposition who lived her life with grit and determination. Her home on Lake Avenue in Storm Lake was her castle, where she enjoyed feeding countless generations of squirrels and birds while savoring the view of beautiful Storm Lake from her backyard deck.
Among those who will cherish her memory are her son, Dr. Ronald (Jerilyn)Dreyer of Denison; daughter Janet (Ken) Dreyer-Johnson of Kanab, Utah; daughter Barbara Douglass and her special friend, Steve, of Storm Lake; grandchildren: William Grieme, Janelle Zoch, Brenton Dreyer, Jessica Burk and Michelle Nebeker; great-grandchildren: Mercedes Dreyer, Kevin (Mary) Grieme, Stephanie Grieme, Erin Hallenbeck, Jason Hallenbeck, Evan Burk and Natalie Burk; one great-great-grandchild, Caden Grieme; her sister, Doris Clough of Storm Lake; extended family and many friends.
Pauline was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and May Mudge; her husband, Gilbert Douglass; and her sister, Lois May Rehnstrom.