Funeral Arrangements

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Alvin Peterson

Apr. 10, 1928 - Dec. 25, 2008

Alvin George Peterson, age 80, of Newell, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008 at the Newell Good Samaritan Center.

Funeral services for Mr. Peterson were held on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Newell. Burial was in the Newell Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Newell was in charge of the arrangements.

Alvin was born on April 10, 1928, to George and Buelah (Anderson) Peterson at the family farm home, north of Storm Lake. His education was in the country school-Scott Center and Rembrandt. He was born a farmer and remained a good farmer all his life.

On April 10, 1955, Alvin was united in marriage to Geneva Porath. She passed away in 1998.

Alvin was a faithful member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Newell. He was actively involved in the church, serving as Elder for many years. At the time of his death, Alvin was serving on the Board of Elders.

He was an avid Newell-Fonda sports supporter, following the various boys and girls teams during their seasons.

Alvin was a kind and faithful husband, neighbor and a good brother to his sister, Charlotte of Storm Lake, and his one niece, Patricia Johnson Kirby, who was the delight of his life.

Preceding Alvin in death are his parents; step-mother Linnea Peterson; his wife, Geneva and her parents, August and Tina Porath; brother-in-law Merritt Porath and sister-in-law Lurline; and nephew, Wendell Johnson.

Left to cherish his memory are his sister Charlotte Ann Johnson of Storm Lake; his niece, Patricia Johnson Kirby and her husband, Mark, of Denison; sister-in-law Grace Porath of Pocahontas; nieces, nephews and many cousins; special friends, Rick and Pam Sievers and family of Newell and Rusty and Karen Corderman and family of Newell; as well as many friends.

John H. Dvergsten

Jan. 4, 1916 - Jan. 4, 2009

John H. Dvergsten of Storm Lake, died on Jan. 4, 2009 at Methodist Manor in Storm Lake.

Services for Mr. Dvergsten will be held on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake. Burial will be in Storm Lake Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

John was born Jan. 4, 1916 to Anton Dvergsten and Emma (Volden) Dvergsten in Watson, Minn. He worked in his family's general store until he graduated from Montevideo High School in 1934. He was most proud of attaining an Eagle Scout status while in school. John attended the University of Minnesota for one year and then began selling Northrup King Seeds throughout Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.

In 1942 John was drafted into the horse cavalry which was interesting because he had not ridden horses prior to his induction. He went to Ft. Meade, S.D. and was issued a large horse named 'Bomber'. Over time, they became good friends and John continued to enjoy riding horses after his army years.

When the horse cavalry was disbanded, John was sent to Vancouver Barracks, Wash. While there he met his bride to be, Borghild. John served in Scotland, England, France and Germany during WWII and attained the rank of Captain. Upon his return to civilian status, John and Borghild were married in 1946 in Minneapolis, Minn. John remained in the Army Reserve and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

John joined his brother, Irvin, in the Woman's Shop in Spencer, after his army service. In 1947, John and Borghild had an opportunity to buy a women's clothing store in Storm Lake and The Woman's Shop began its long run. John and Borghild were blessed with two children, David and Karen. Both John and Borghild were committed to their family, their store and their community for the rest of their lives. They were business partners and ran the store together for over forty years.

Upon retiring in 1984, John and Borghild began traveling in their Airstream trailer and Airstream motor home. They enjoyed the camaraderie of the Airstream Association and John was delighted to be a member of the Airstream Band. They enjoyed their winter home in Melbourne Beach, Fla. for many years.

John was extremely active in the community and was particularly proud to serve as co-chair of the 1959 "Save The Lake" dredging campaign and as chairman of the Buena Vista College 75th anniversary celebration. Since he owned the uniforms, he was the leader and first clarinetist for the infamous Kiwanis Zauer Krout Band. John served as president of the Chamber of Commerce and as president of SERPACI. He was active in Kiwanis for over 50 years and enjoyed his long time association with Buena Vista University. He served as a Director of the Buena Vista County hospital for twelve years with a term spent as president. John served on the Board of Citizen's First National Bank from 1963 to 1967 and was active in the Storm Lake Industrial Corporation. John and Borghild were members of the Lakeside Presbyterian Church.

John was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, his brother Irvin and his sisters Ethel Canton and Alvina Shonkwiler. He is survived by his daughter Karen, and her husband Robert Eichner; his son David, and his wife Barbara; his grandchildren: Christian (Jessica) Dvergsten, Benjamin (Sarah) Dvergsten, Margaret Dvergsten, Matthew Eichner and Benjamin Eichner. His great-grandchildren are Tyler Dvergsten, Samuel Dvergsten, Charles Dvergsten and Gabriel Dvergsten.

Janice L. Nelson

May 10, 1928 - Jan. 2, 2009

Janice L. Nelson, age 80, of Storm Lake, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2009 at Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge.

Services for Ms. Nelson will be held on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Storm Lake. Reverend Tom Hinshaw will officiate. Burial will be in Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

Janice Lavonne Nelson was born May 10, 1928 on a farm in rural Alta, the daughter of John Albin and Albertina (Rydstrom) Nelson. She was baptized at First Baptist Church in Storm Lake. Janice was raised in the Storm Lake area and received her education in the Storm Lake CommunitySchool. She graduated from Storm Lake High in 1948.

Janice was a life-long member of First Baptist Church in Storm Lake, where she enjoyed her membership in the Women's Circle. She was an excellent cook and loved to bake cookies to give to others. Janice had a great reverence for the beauty of God's creation, and she loved to garden and especially grow flowers. For many years, she captivated readers of the Storm Lake Times with her genuine and heartfelt tales of life as a youngster growing up in the Storm Lake area during the Depression and post-Depression era. She often recalled that hardship was gently tempered by the love in her family. Janice's kind and caring ways will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Among those left to cherish her memory are her sister, Charlyne Van Oosbree of Jefferson City, Mo.; several nieces: Sherry Kiefer, Tina (David) Taylor, Karen (Jack) Webb, Barbara Halda, Denise (Brett) Davis; nephews John (Sally) Van Oosbree and David Van Oosbree; several great-nieces and great-nephews; extended family and friends.

Janice was preceded in death by her parents, John and Albertina Nelson; her sister, Ardyce Sampers; and two brothers, Carroll and Loren.

Timothy K. Leonard

Jan. 29, 1958 - Jan. 6, 2009

Timothy K. Leonard, 50, of Fort Dodge, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009 at Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, Neb.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10 in the chapel of Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Carmody, Pastor of New Covenant Christian Church officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 Saturday until the time of service.

Tim is survived by his best friend and partner of many years, Kay Jensen of Fort Dodge; his mother, Nancy Leonard of Storm Lake; brothers, Daniel Leonard and his wife Patty of Moville, Kevin Leonard of Grand Island, Neb., Brian Leonard of Farwell, Neb.; sister, Kathleen Bird and her husband Al of Glenwood; nieces and nephews, Michael Leonard, Ashley Bird, Brooke Bird, Allie Bird, Heather Leonard, Brianna Leonard, Damon Leonard and Aubrey Leonard. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas C. Leonard in 1991.

Timothy K. Leonard was born Jan. 29, 1958 in Watertown, S.D. In 1972 the family moved to Storm Lake and Tim graduated from Storm Lake High School in 1976. He furthered his education and graduated from Buena Vista College, Storm Lake in 1983. Following his education he moved to Fort Dodge. Tim worked for the Youth Shelter Care of North Central Iowa as a Youth Counselor. He was currently the Family Center Services Director at the Shelter. He was also serving as an adjunct professor at Iowa Central Community College.

The children that Tim worked with throughout the years were very important to him, and they held a very special place in his heart. Memorials may be left to the Youth Shelter Care of North Central Iowa.