Jan. 10, 1932 - Jan. 28, 2009
Bobbie Fairchild, the daughter of Robert and Clara (Stodden) Harrison was born Jan. 10, 1932 in Sioux City. Her childhood years were spent in Sioux City, where she received her education, graduating from Leeds High School. She later received her teacher's certificate from Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb.
Bobbie married Jim Fairchild on Feb. 12, 1956 in Sioux City. Following their marriage, they moved to Sioux Rapids, where she taught Kindergarten and 1st Grade at Alta, Sioux Rapids and Sioux Central Public Schools, until her retirement in 1993 after 30 years of teaching. She was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer. Bobbie was also a member of the Women's Sorority at the church. Bobbie and Jim enjoyed camping and lived full time in their RV for seven years during their retirement.
Bobbie passed away at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer, Iowa on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009 at the age of 77. She was preceded in death by her parents and her infant sister, Carolyn Harrison. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer with Rev. Paul Hansen officiating. A public gathering will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 13 at the Warner Funeral home in Spencer.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Jim of Spencer; her children: Tim and his wife, Pat of Cornelia, Ga., Tom and his wife, Suki of Minneapolis, Minn. and Rita of Milford; five grandchildren: Hope Updyke, Heather Speers, Angela and Eric Fairchild and Garrett Sindt; 3 great grandchildren: Ashtyn and Noah Updyke nd Olivia Speers; two brothers: Wayne Harrison and his wife, Sharon of Dakota Dunes, S.D. and Bruce Harrison and his wife, Suepenn of Minneapolis, Minn.; other relatives and many friends.
Oct. 20, 1932 - Feb. 8, 2009
Louise Beitelspacher, 101, of Le Mars passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 in the Plymouth Manor Care Center at Le Mars.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009 at Christ Lutheran Church, Grant Township, rural Le Mars, with Reverend Dan Gerrietts officiating. Interment was in the Christ Lutheran Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family at www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.
Pallbearers were David Pritchett, Luke Beitelspacher, Sheryl Herrold, Jeff Buryanek, Steve Beitelspacher, Scott Renken, Lori Ollerich, and Kelly Beitelspacher. Honorary pallbearers will be all of her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.
Louise Wilhelmina Renken was born Oct. 20, 1907 on the family farm in Grant Township, rural Plymouth County, to Herman and Anna (Brabander) Renken. Louise was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church. She received her education at the Christ Lutheran Parochial School. Louise was united in marriage to H.H. Beitelspacher Aug. 11, 1931 in the Christ Lutheran Church parsonage. Together, Louise and H.H. farmed in Grant Township for many years until their retirement in 1975 when they moved to Brunsville. In 2000, H.H. and Louise moved to the 6-Plex in Akron. H.H. passed away on Feb. 26, 2002. In July of 2006, Louise moved to Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars.
Louise had been a lifelong member of Christ Lutheran Church where she had been a Ladies Aid member, Jr. Luther League leader, and volunteered wherever help was needed. Her family was her main priority in life. She enjoyed Sunday meals with her children and grandchildren. Later in life, Louise enjoyed attending school activities, sporting events, and church activities that involved her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Louise enjoyed playing pinochle with family and fiends, gardening, performing with the Akron Bellringers and quilting. All of her grandchildren and great grandchildren have a quilted item from Louise. She has attended every Plymouth County Fair from her birth through last year.
Survivors include her eight children: Don Beitelspacher and his wife Betty of Brunsville, Laura Mae Nathlich and her husband Gerald of Woodward, Delores Buryanek and her husband Jim of Westfield, Joan Renken and her husband Erv of Brunsville, Arlene Sorensen and her husband Larry of Storm Lake, Janice Pritchett and her husband Larry of Westfield, Ed Beitelspacher and his wife Doris of Le Mars, and Wayne Beitelspacher and his wife Julie of Le Mars; 24 grandchildren, 46 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren; 1 brother, Lester Renken and his wife Beulah of Newman Grove, Neb.; a sister, Florence Utech of Le Mars; 2 sisters-in-law, Ethel Renken and Esther Renken of Le Mars; and numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Louise was preceded in death by her parents, husband, several brothers and sisters, and a daughter in infancy.
Norma Jeanne Johnson
June 29, 1922 - Feb. 7, 2009
Norma Jeanne Johnson, age 86, of Storm Lake, and formerly of Sioux Rapids, died on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center at Storm Lake.
Services for Mrs. Johnson were held Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, at First United Church of Sioux Rapids in Sioux Rapids. Interment will be at a later date in Lone Tree Cemetery in Sioux Rapids.
Norma Jeanne McDonald, the daughter of Loren and Gladys (Renville) McDonald, was born at Hale, Mo., on June 29, 1922. She was baptized in 1934 at a Baptist Church in Hale, Mo. Jeanne began her education in a country school near Avalon, Mo. and later completed her education at the Avalon Consolidated School, where she graduated from high school in 1940. She continued her education at the Jackson School of Business in Chillicothe, Mo.
Jeanne was united in marriage to Marvin E. May on Oct. 31, 1943, at Chillicothe, Mo. The couple was blessed with two daughters: Marcia and Marilyn. Following their marriage, Jeanne and Marvin resided in Missouri before moving to Sioux Rapids, in 1948. In 1950, they began their 19-year-long farming vocation north of Sioux Rapids. In addition to helping on the farm, Jeanne worked at the Bulletin-Press newspaper office in Sioux Rapids, was an Avon representative and worked for a time in a music store. Marvin died on Jan. 22, 1972.
On Feb. 14, 1995, Jeanne married Roy Johnson in Green Valley, Ariz., and they spent most of their married lifetime in Sioux Rapids. In June of 2008, Jeanne and Roy moved to Otsego Place in Storm Lake, where they were currently residing.
Jeanne was a talented pianist and played with the Cliff Lee and Rhythm Kings Band of Sioux Rapids for many years. She also took great pride in her rose garden that she tended in her yard and received great enjoyment from giving her roses as gifts to her family and friends. Jeanne also enjoyed playing cards and being a member of the Jolly Elders and Young at Heart Clubs. She was a member of the First United Church of Sioux Rapids, was a Sunday School teacher and served in various offices in the church. Jeanne's family was an integral part of her life and she made many special memories for them, including her homemade rhubarb jam. She also enjoyed bringing the family together for special occasions and family fellowship times. When her daughters were younger she supported and encouraged them through her attendance at all of their activities.
Those who are grateful for having shared in her life include her husband: Roy, of Storm Lake; her daughter, Marcia Robbins of Alta; her daughter, Marilyn and Rick Forkenbrock of Cherokee; her grandchildren: Rich and Jennifer Felton of Oceanside, Calif.; John and Heather Joy Felton of Rutland, Vt.; Angela and Randall Davis of Branson, Mo.; Alison Forkenbrock of Cherokee; Sarah Robbins of Alta; Matthew Robbins of Alta; her step-grandchildren: Tonya and Trevor Williams of Walford; Trish and Tony Hagstrom of Cedar Rapids; Tyler and Jen Johnson of Appleton, Wis.; Jill and Chad DeJong of Knoxville; Cale Johnson and his fiancée, Christie, of Sioux Rapids; four great-grandchildren, six step-great-grandchildren; a half sister, Madelyn and Melvin Maybrey of North Kansas City, Mo.; her sister-in-law, Hilda and Bill Williams of Independence, Mo.; other relatives, and her many friends.
Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Marvin; her brother, Harold McDonald; and her step-daughter-in-law, Marjorie Johnson.
Meda B. Otteman
Sept. 2, 1922 - Feb. 8, 2009
Meda B. (Hauenstein) Otteman, age 86, of Storm Lake, died at the Good Samaritan Center in Newell, Iowa on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009.
Services for Mrs. Otteman were held Wednesday, Feb. 11 at Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake, with Pastor Heather Shoup officiating. Burial was in Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements. Those that wish to send online messages of condolence to the family may do so via the funeral home website: www.fratzkejensen.com.
Meda was born Sept. 2, 1922 to the late Frank and Madge Hauenstein on a farm near Columbus Junction. Meda completed high school in Cotter, then continued her education at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, where she graduated with a degree in teaching. She was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.
Meda came to Albert City, to teach Home Economics. On Aug. 4, 1946, she was united in Marriage to Delwin Otteman of Albert City. Meda's ability to recognize good architecture and design, along with her flawless sense of color coordination, soon led her to a career in interior design. For over 30 years, she served the Storm Lake and Sac City areas with Farber & Otteman Furniture stores. She also was an accomplished seamstress and did exquisite needle work.
Meda and Delwin retired from farming in 1992 and moved to Storm Lake. They also had a home in Litchfield Park, Ariz., where they wintered for many years. While in Litchfield, they were active in the Litchfield Park Presbyterian Church. Meda was a member of Chapter JD PEO, Harker House Chapter of Questers, the Art Club, and Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake. She and Delwin were very proud of and supported Buena Vista College as well as Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Meda was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Delwin; and a brother, Roy Hauenstein.
Survivors include her sister, Roberta Johnson and husband, Don, of Overland Park, Kan.; her sister-in-law, Barbara Hauenstein of Columbus Junction; her sister-in-law Ronona Baak and husband, Cliff, of Newell; many nieces, nephews and friends.