Feb. 17, 1924 - Jan. 12, 2009
Elizabeth McSwain, 84, of Spencer, died Jan. 12, 2009, at her home following a brief illness.A private memorial service will be held at a later date in Phoenix, Ariz.
Elizabeth (Betty) Anna Rosson was born Feb. 17, 1924, in Readstown, Wis., to Albert and Ellyn (York) Rosson. She graduated from Readstown High School in 1941, and from Viterbo College, St.Francis School of Nursing, La Crosse, Wis., in 1945.
Betty worked as a registered nurse at Gundersen Clinic in La Crosse before enlisting in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in 1947. She served at Fort Carson in Aurora, Colo., where she met Arch Dale McSwain, who was serving in the Army as a lab technician. They were married May 20, 1949. They later were stationed at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX. They also lived in Virginia and Florida.
Betty returned to Wisconsin in 1950 and worked at Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua. In 1959, she received her degree in Public Health Nursing from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She served as the Vernon County Public Health Nurse for many years. In 1975, Betty accepted a nursing position at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where she lived and worked for nine years. During this time she traveled throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe.
After retiring as a nurse, Betty moved to Spencer, in 1987 to be near her children and grandchildren. She worked part time as a proctor at Iowa Lakes Community College, Spencer Campus, between 1991 and 2000. Betty was an active volunteer, contributing her time and talents to various non-profit organizations and public agencies through the RSVP Volunteer Program. As a lifelong animal lover, she especially enjoyed her volunteer time at People for Pets. She loved golf, bird watching, gardening, wildlife and nature.
She was preceded in death by her son, Michael, in 2001; her husband in 1961; her sister, Alice Glass; her brother, Raymond Rosson; and her parents.
Betty is survived by two daughters and their husbands: Susan and Dennis Garvin of Storm Lake, and Mary and Steven Steele of Spencer; five grandchildren: Jill (Jerry) Mills of Jefferson; Joe (Nicole K.) Steele of Spencer; Aaron (Nicole M.) Steele of Ames; Laura (David) Eckert of Ely; and Leslie McSwain, Kingsland, Ga.; 14 great-grandchildren; special friends, Donna Ekberg, Maxine Salmon, and Bonnie DeMers; other relatives and friends, including the caring residents at Golfview Condominiums.
May 9, 1920 - Jan. 10, 2009
Doris Haidsiak, age 88, of Schaller, died on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009 at First Presbyterian Church in Schaller. Burial was in Schaller Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Schaller was in charge of the arrangements.
Doris Bernice Drake was the second of five children, born May 9, 1920, to Frank and Lois (Baird) Drake in Siebert, Colo. She lived most of her young life in South Central Nebraska. She graduated from Superior High School in Superior, Neb., in 1937 and taught in the rural schools of Nuckolls County, Neb.
On June 7, 1941, Doris was united in marriage to Lester "Pid" Haidsiak in Wichita, Kan. The couple was blessed with four daughters: LaVonda, Dottie, Jackie, and Kathy. Following a series of dry weather years and crop failures they moved to the Schaller area in the spring of 1945. They lived on and farmed the Clella Denman farm south of Schaller for three years. In 1948 they moved to the Fred Claussen farm. In 1950 they moved to the George and Elsie Seek home place east of Schaller. Here they resided and farmed for 24 years until Lester's death in June 1974.
Doris took pleasure in her role as a housewife and mother. She was also an active member of the Ladies Aide (United Women) of the First Presbyterian Church in Schaller. Doris enjoyed reading, crocheting, playing cards with family and friends, and was an avid gardner. Above all, Doris loved visiting with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Those left to cherish her memory include her four daughters: Lavonda Herron and her husband Steven of Storm Lake, Dottie Baker and her husband Hank of Sioux City, Jackie Goodin and her husband Michael of Schleswig, and Kathy Siebrecht and her husband David of Schaller; grandchildren: Marc (Becky) Herron, Jason (fiancée, Carolyn Wilson) Siebrecht, Jamie (Tracy) Siebrecht, Andrew (Andrea) Baker, and Angie (Chad) Allen; great-grandchildren: Bailey Siebrecht, Madison Tresler, McKenna and Sydney Wilson, Cooper, Cobe and Cade Siebrecht, Morgan and Michael Allen, Riley and Kayla Herron, and Annalysa Baker; a sister-in-law, Ruth Borcherding; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, and a host of relatives and friends.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lester, a grandson, Daniel Herron; three brothers and one sister.
Helen Pingel, age 99, of Storm Lake, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009 at Methodist Manor Retirement Community in Storm Lake.
Services for Mrs. Pingel will be held Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Storm Lake. Interment will be in Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake.
Friends may call on Friday, Jan. 16, 2009, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Storm Lake, where the family will be present during the entire visitation.
The Sliefert Funeral Home of Storm Lake is in charge of arrangements. Those who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the funeral home website: www.sliefert.com.
May 12, 1933 - Jan. 11, 2009
Barbara Joan Koopman, 75, of Sioux Falls, S.D. died peacefully Jan. 11, 2009 at Bethany Manor after battling ovarian cancer for the past 2 ½ years.
The celebration of her life service will be at 1 PM Jan. 15, 2009 at Good News Reformed Church.
Barbara Joan Larson daughter of Melvin (Happy) and Leta (Crepps) Larson, was born May 12, 1933 at the Kruse Maternity Home in Arlington, S.D. Following her graduation from Lake Norden in 1951 she attended General Beadle College where she earned her State Teaching Certificate in 1956.
Barbara married John Koopman Aug. 19, 1954 at the Congregational Church in Badger, S.D. The couple enjoyed teaching and being involved in education in several different communities in South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa over the years while they raised their two boys Bradley and Douglas. Barbara was always involved in the life of the church they attended. She was involved in bible studies, choir, and various boards to which she was elected. In 1980, John and Barb moved from Scotland, S.D. to Storm Lake where Barbara was an assistant school librarian at the Storm Lake High School.They eventually moved to Sioux Falls in 1999.
Barbara's top loves were her Lord, taking care of her family, as well as reading and writing.
Grateful for being a part of her life are her husband John, of Sioux Falls, S.D., her sons Bradley (Beverly) Koopman of Harrisburg, S.D. and Douglas (Jodee) Koopman of Boulder City, Nev., her five grandchildren, Peyton, DJ, Karlee, Jennifer (Ben) Powers, and Christopher, her sibling Donna (Van) Bergener of Fremont Calif., and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Larry and Bobby.
The family has requested that memorials be directed to the Aseracare Hospice, Comfort Keepers, or Bethany Manor of Sioux Falls. Condolences may be left for the family at www.minnehahafuneralhome.com. The Minnehaha Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Feb. 8, 1936 - Jan. 9, 2009
Cyrilla Anne Gallagher, 72, of Storm Lake, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center following a battle with cancer.
A funeral Mass was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 12, 2008 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake with the Reverend Bruce Lawler officiating. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery, Storm Lake. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.
Anne Stock was born Feb. 8, 1936 in Sioux City, the daughter of Everett and Cyrilla Stock. She attended school in Storm Lake and graduated from Storm Lake High School in 1954.
Anne attended the University of Northern Iowa (then called State Teachers College of Iowa) and earned a degree in elementary education in 1957. She later enjoyed teaching stops in Algona, Vinton, Strawberry Point and Storm Lake, all in Iowa.
While teaching kindergarten in Vinton, she met salesman Don Gallagher and the two were married five months later in Storm Lake, on Aug. 5, 1961. The couple resided in Vinton before moving to Strawberry Point in 1963. The Gallaghers raised eight children in Strawberry Point. Anne worked as a homemaker and then started a pre-school in their home in 1977. She followed their youngest child to kindergarten in 1981, when she resumed her teaching career in the kindergarten classroom.
The family moved to Storm Lake in 1988 and Anne served as a substitute teacher until she was hired to direct the Talented & Gifted program in the Storm Lake Community School District in 1991. She retired from teaching in Storm Lake in 2001.
In addition to teaching and raising her family, Anne was devoted to her church and community. She was a board member for Storm Lake's Dollars for Scholars program. She was also a Rosary leader and member of the Legion of Mary in Storm Lake. She served as a school board member, a Cub Scout den mother, a religious education teacher and a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church Choir in Strawberry Point.
Along the way she attended more than 1,000 little league and high school baseball games, often keeping score of those contests in a notebook, a hobby she began during her days as a girl watching the Storm Lake Whitecaps semipro baseball team.
When not following high school or college athletics, Anne kept busy crocheting, reading and listening to the Chicago Cubs. She created nearly 400 afghans, all given to newborns, high school graduates or newlyweds. When she suspected this Christmas might be her last, Anne crocheted a personalized afghan for each one of her 23 grandchildren.
She was known for her faith, her commitment to education, an infectious laugh and all things Irish.
Anne is survived by her husband of 47 years, Don, in Storm Lake, eight children, their spouses and 23 grandchildren. The children are: Maggie and her husband Allen Rudy of Radcliffe; Dan and his wife Jen of Waukee; Joe and his wife Cathy of St. Charles, Mo.; Tim and his wife Jill of Moville; Marty of Storm Lake; Katie and her husband Matt Dunning of Cedar Falls; Ed and his wife Gina of Jackson, Minn.; and Jerry and his wife Kelly of Eau Claire, Wis. Anne is also survived by one brother, Bill Stock of Clive.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Tom Stock.