Agnes Ellen Goecke
Sept. 19, 1910 - Jan. 26, 2009
Funeral services for Agnes Ellen Goecke, age 98, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer. Father Brent Lingle will officiate the ceremony. Interment will be held at 1:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Cemetery in Estherville. A vigil service will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at Warner Chapel in Spencer. Warner Funeral Home in Spencer is in charge of the arrangements.
Agnes Ellen Goecke, the daughter of Henry and Sophia Walz Goecke, was born Sept. 19, 1910 in Estherville. Her childhood years were spent in Estherville, where she received her education, graduating from Estherville High School. She later attended and graduated from Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls.
Agnes began her teaching career in Rodman, and later Buffalo Center, until moving to Spencer in 1949. She taught elementary school for 44 years, many of it at Spencer Community School, until her retirement in 1975. She was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer, where she was a member of the BPW. She was also a past member of the AAUW and enjoyed reading, music and theatre.
Agnes passed away at her home in Spencer, on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2009 at the age of 98. She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers: Arnold, Leonard, Raymond, Melvin and Harold and two sisters: Alvina Goecke and Martha McDonald.
Left to cherish her memory are her brother, Vernon and his wife, Mary Jo Goecke of Estherville; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
Luella Bertha Friederike Nothwehr
Dec. 23, 1916 - Jan. 30, 2009
Funeral services for Luella Bertha Friederike Nothwehr, age 93, were held on Monday, Feb. 2, 2009 at St. John's United Church of Christ in Peterson. Reverend Charles Hall officiated the ceremony. Interment was held in St. John's Cemetery in Peterson. Warner Funeral Home in Spencer was in charge of the arrangements.
Luella Bertha Friederike Nothwehr, the daughter of Chris C. and Martha Luetkeman Felten, was born Dec. 23, 1916 on a farm in Spring Township in Cherokee County. Her childhood years were spent on the farm, where she was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Evangelical and Reformed Church near Peterson. She received her education at Brooke Consolidated School, where she graduated in 1936.
Luella was united in marriage to Arthur John Fred Nothwehr on Feb. 23, 1938, at the St. John's Church in rural Peterson. Following their marriage, they started farming in Cherokee County. They farmed until his retirement in 1975, at which time they moved into Peterson. She was an active member of St. John's Church, Women's Fellowship, Bible School, and was superintendent and a teacher for the Sunday school. Luella was active in several women's groups including Farm Bureau Women of Cherokee County while on the farm and in Peterson. She enjoyed raising flowers, bowling, playing cards, and her and Arthur both enjoyed dancing and traveling. She often enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. In December of 2003, she moved with Arthur to Wel Life Assisted Living in Alta.
Luella passed away on Jan. 30 at Wel Life in Alta. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arthur; one sister, Helen Sump Judson and two brothers: Alfred Felten and Chris Edward Felten.
Left to cherish her memory are her four children: Wanda Donahoo and her husband, Robert C. of Peterson, Wendell Nothwehr and his wife, Carlene of Peterson, Lowell Nothwehr of Aurelia, and Faye Capps and her husband, Dennis of San Marcos, Calif.; 11 grandchildren: Debra Maske, Susan Donahoo, Robert A. Donahoo, Jeanne Repas, David Donahoo, Carla Richardson, Rodney Nothwehr, Robin Singer, Paula Rolfes, Lindsey Capps and Robin Capps; 15 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; two sisters: Ora Honsbruch of Alta and Betty Laursen of Peterson; and in-law's: Gloria Felten of Aurelia, Betty Franken of Schaller, Erna Nothwehr of Clarinda, and Delbert and Viola Herzberg of Seward Neb.; other relatives and many friends.
Linda Kay Harms
Dec. 12, 1948 - Jan. 26, 2009
Linda Kay Harms was lifted up to our Lord on Monday Jan. 26, 2009. She was born on Oct. 1, 1948 to Ione and Donald Falck, and baptized on Dec. 12, 1948 in Cresco.
Linda was joined into marriage to Marvin Harms May 4, 1968 in Storm Lake. In addition to her husband, Linda is survived by two daughters, Debra Sedinger of Orchard Park, NY and Rebecca Carpenter of Meridian, Ind.; son Matthew Harms of Sandpoint, Ind.; and one granddaughter, Haley Sedinger. She is also survived by two brothers, Ronald Falck of Storm Lake, and Darrell Millard of Alta, as well as her father Donald Falck of Waterloo. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her mother Ione, stepfather Leslie, and her grandchildren Quinn and Fiona Sedinger.
Her love of music began at the age of five and soon she played the clarinet, adding the study of the pipe organ before her teenage years. She was an accomplished organist by the age of 14 and passionately instructed organ and piano to many students throughout her life. She graduated in 1966 from Alta Community high school in Alta.
Linda started Linda's School of Music in the early 1970s. Marvin and Linda raised their children on acreage near Rockford, where Linda was also quite involved with gardening, raising animals, and the local farmer's market. When the family moved from Iowa to Sandpoint, Idaho in 1989, she carried her passion for teaching with her. While continuing to teach piano students, she was also instrumental in starting, organizing and teaching a new preschool. Marvin and Linda moved to Post Falls, Idaho in 2000.
Throughout her life, Linda found intense joy in learning new things and was always happiest when she could fill her calendar full of events that she shared with loved ones. Among her many interests were sewing, quilting, painting, camping, traveling and gardening. Her most recent passions were machine embroidery and the painting of memory boxes for parents whose children have passed away. Through her arts, crafts and teaching, Linda was able to affect numerous lives and develop many dear friendships. She played the organ for countless funerals and weddings, and she painted almost 50 memory boxes for bereaved parents as a member of the Evergreen Memory Box Artists.
Linda was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March of 2008 and was successfully undergoing chemotherapy treatments when the Lord called her home due to complications.
A memorial service was held at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho on Friday Jan. 30, 2009. Yates Funeral Homes was entrusted with the care of final arrangements. You can sign a guestbook for the family online at www.yatesfuneralhomes.com.
George Carpenter, age 54, of Storm Lake, died Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.
Services for Mr. Carpenter will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009 at the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake. 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.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake, where the family will be present for the entire time of visitation. Those who wish to send online messages of condolence to the family may do so via the funeral home website: www.fratzkejensen.com.