Charlotte A. Morris
Jan. 2, 1922 - Feb. 28, 2009
Charlotte A. Morris, age 87, of Peterson, died on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009 at Countryside Estates in Cherokee.
Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6, at the First Congregational Church in Peterson, with Rev. Charles Hall officiating. The Warner Funeral Home in Peterson is in charge of the arrangements.
A visitation will be held for one hour prior to the memorial service. Burial will be at a later date.
Charlotte A. Morris, the daughter of Frederick and Maude (Gifford) Collenburg was born Jan. 2, 1922, in Des Moines. Her childhood years were spent in Des Moines where she attended school and graduated from East Des Moines High School in January of 1939. She attended Waldorf College in 1940 - 1941 and later returned to school and on Jan. 26, 1969, graduated Summa Cum Laude and received a Business Education Degree from Buena Vista University. She continued her education there, taking required courses to maintain her teaching certificate.
On Nov. 22, 1945, Charlotte was united in marriage to Lewis W. Morris Jr. in Davenport. Following their marriage, the couple lived 57 years on their farm in Linn Grove. She moved to Peterson, for three years and then to Countryside Estates nursing home in Cherokee for 2 ½ years.
With great pride and enthusiasm, Charlotte taught business, English, and English literature at South Clay High School in Gillett Grove, as well as 50+ years as an antique dealer throughout western Iowa and southern Minnesota. Besides the love of antiques, the buying and the selling, and her many antique dealer friends, she really enjoyed seeing many of her former student at her antique booth each year at the Clay County Fair.
Charlotte was active in the B.V.F.C. serving as President, the Linn Grove Women's Federated Club, Quester's (Antique and Collectibles Club, IA Chapter), the Linn Grove Library, Bridge Club, Cub Scout Den Mother, and a Linn Grove 4-H leader, she was also an active member of the Democratic Party.
Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Lewis of 55 years; her brothers: Wally and Robert Collenburg; her sister, Grace Anderson and her stepbrothers: John and Herb Cliff.
Left to cherish her memory are her son, Lewis W. Morris III and his wife, Susan Lois of Underhill, VT; her daughter, Elizabeth Morris Cathcart of Linn Grove; her grandchildren, Jeffrey Morris and his wife, Shaun, Kara Shannon, Mecal Shannon and Carly Shannon; her one great-grandchild, Ryen Morris; other relatives and friends.
Gary W. Christiansen
Dec. 9, 1949 - March 1, 2009
Gary W. Christiansen, age 59, of Peterson, passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2009 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center of Storm Lake. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 10:00 A.M. at the Our Savior's Lutheran Church of Rembrandt with Rev. Mark R. Youngquist officiating. Burial will be at the Plainview Cemetery of Alta. The Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Alta is in charge of the arrangements.
Gary Christiansen was born on Dec. 9, 1949 to Julius (Johnny) and Maxine (Pruitt) Christiansen in Cherokee. He was confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Alta. Gary attended school at Highview, Fairview and graduated from Alta High School in 1968. He was a member of the United States Army. On Aug. 4, 1973, he married Diane Stieghorst. To this union, two children were born, Daniel and Deborah. The couple lived in Storm Lake for ten years where he was employed at several locations before moving to the Buena Vista County Conservation Park near Peterson, where he was employed as the Director for the Buena Vista County Conservation Board for over 25 years.
Gary enjoyed working in the outdoors, which was his main job and passion. He took pride in developing new wildlife areas for Buena Vista County. In his free time he enjoyed trapping, turkey hunting, and fishing. He also liked attending auctions and restoring toys and furniture as well as watching Western's and Andy Griffith. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Alta, Iowa, and was a church council member and officer.
He will be remembered as a loving husband and father, who was proud of all of his children's accomplishments including sports, music, and other various activities.
He is survived by his wife, Diane Christiansen of Peterson; his son, Daniel Christiansen of Yankton, SD, his daughter, Deborah and husband Adam Passick of Sioux Falls, SD; brother, Don and wife Kay Christiansen; sister, Rhonda and husband Dave Brock; sister, Shanda and husband Dave Bannister; brother, Rick Christiansen; sister-in-laws, Donna and husband Dave Dose, and Darlene and husband Blaine Perry; mother-in-law Esther Lamb; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Julius and Maxine Christiansen; and his brother, Jerry Christiansen.
Gerald D. Scott
Jan. 6, 1934 - Feb. 5, 2009
Gerald D. Scott, 75, entered the Presence of the Lord on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009 at home in Selinsgrove, Pa. after a long and brave fight with cancer.
Pastor Scott was born on Jan. 6, 1934 in Storm Lake, a son of the late Walter and Merle Scott. He began his adult life as a livestock dealer, owner of Scott Sheep Company, Storm Lake.
In 1964, he was licensed as a minister with the Assemblies of God and moved to New York City to head Urban Missions, an outreach to families, teens, and children living in decaying neighborhoods of the city. His love for children was evident in his early ministry as he conducted week-long children's meetings at churches throughout the Northeastern United States, appearing as "Cowboy Jerry," using stories of the Old West to teach Gospel lessons.
He was ordained by the NJ District Council of the Assemblies of God. In 1971, he became the pastor of the Washington Assembly of God, Washington, NJ, serving as pastor through two major expansions and the construction of the Worship Center in Washington, NJ. He also led the church to begin the Good Shepherd Christian Academy, a Christian School in Washington. He was Sr. Pastor at the time of his retirement from the church in July, 2000. After retirement, he started The Scott House, Inc., which serves as a private foster care program for babies born to mothers with addictions and a home for young children from families in crisis. In 2006, he relocated with The Scott House, Inc. to Selinsgrove, Pa. from New Jersey.
Pastor Scott is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lois Jeanne (Baker) Scott; his children, Jerald, Jr. and his wife, Beverly, Washington, NJ; Jeanne Rae Bechtel and her husband, John, Union, NJ; Andre and his wife, Mildred, Washington, NJ; Jessica Santiago and her husband Haydrian, Oceanside, Calif.; Christina Ann, Easton, Pa.; Christopher Joseph, and his wife, Kristin, Ashburn, Va.; Jonetta, Michael, Cassandra, Christian, Scotty, Matthew, Edward, and Micheala Roberts, all at home.
He has many grandchildren, Jay, Sean, Christine, Maribel, children of Jerald, Jr.; John, Josh, Jason, Jana, Jeremy, Justin, and Julie, children of Jeanne and Yazmina and Nadia, daughters of Jessica.
In addition, he is mourned by dozens of people to whom he was a foster father.
He is also survived by his sisters, Elinor Hagen of Los Angeles, Calif., and Elsie Rich, and her husband, Donald, of Raymond, Calif., and Evelyn Sandgren, and her husband, Paul, of Topeka, KS; his brothers, George of Drakesville, and Glen and his wife, Wilda, of Verona, Mo.
A sister, Ellen Scott died previously.
A private funeral for members of the immediate family preceded burial at Montana Cemetery, Harmony Township, NJ.
James G. Schmidt
May 11, 1918 - March 1, 2009
James G. Schmidt, age 90, of Schaller, died Sunday, March 1, 2009 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.
Funeral services for Mr. Schmidt were held on Wednesday, March 4, at the Schaller Presbyterian Church with Pastor Adam Cox officiating. Burial was in the Schaller Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Schaller was in charge of the arrangements. Those who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the funeral home website: www.fratkejensen.com.
James Gordon Schmidt, son of Theodore and Emma (Polston) Schmidt, was born in rural Schaller, May 11, 1918. He attended grade school at Eden #9 and graduated from Schaller High School in 1935. James attended the National School of Aeronautics in Kansas City, graduating in 1940.
He married Luella Olsen on June 3, 1941 and then moved to East Hartford, Conn., where they were employed by Pratt and Whitney Aircraft. James later joined the Air Force, during which he served in the South Pacific.
After returning from the service, he and Luella moved to the "home place," where Luella had lived most of her life. There they farmed for 25 years. In 1972, they moved to the home in Schaller previously occupied by Luella's parents. Jim was then employed as chief of police in Early, for a number of years.
A life member of the Schaller Veterans of Foreign Wars, he served several elected and appointed offices on both district and state levels. He was an active member of the Schaller Presbyterian Church, where he served in numerous positions.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of nearly 50 years, Luella; son-in-law, Kenton; and sister, Mary Carville. He is survived by his daughter, Janice Gill, Ft. Madison; his son, Donald, West Des Moines; two step-grandchildren, Alex and Travis Bevelhemier; and his companion, Goldie Koehn.