Funeral Arrangements

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Una Mae Strader

Dec. 11, 1924 - March 7, 2009

Una Mae Strader, age 84, of Storm Lake, died Saturday, March 7, 2009 at her home.

Services for Mrs. Strader will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at 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.

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Una Mae Shultz was born Dec. 11, 1924 in Newell, the daughter of Clarence "Bumpy" and Laura (Mortensen) Shultz. She was baptized as an infant at Nain Lutheran Church in Newell and later confirmed her faith there as a youth. Una Mae attended grade school in Newell before graduating from Sulphur Springs High School in 1942. She continued her education at what was then Buena Vista College in Storm Lake and received her teaching certificate in 1944.

On May 24, 1946, Una Mae was united in marriage to C.L. "Stub" Strader in Olathe, Kansas. The couple was blessed with four children: Shari, Bari, Brad and Troy.

Una Mae was a faithful member of the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake. She also enjoyed a variety of interesting pastimes. She was an avid fan of basketball and baseball, especially the Chicago Cubs. Una Mae liked sewing and crocheting, and she created beautiful porcelain dolls. She enjoyed playing cards and socializing with her many friends. Without realizing that she would be creating a future family treasure, Una Mae began keeping a journal of her life when she was 12 years old. She continued recording her life with daily entries in her diaries until the day she died. Una Mae loved teaching school and was a champion for seeing that every child received whatever input they needed to learn and grow scholastically.

But her family was always Una Mae's greatest treasure. She loved to spend time with her children and her grandchildren held a special place in her heart. Her kind and caring ways will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Shari Knapp of Omaha, Neb.; sons: Bari (Kathy) Strader of Forsyth, Mo.; Brad (Maureen) Strader of Storm Lake; and Troy Strader of Ames; grandchildren (listed oldest to youngest): Julie (Jason) Keyman of Cumming, Ga.; Molly Knapp and Jill Martinez of Omaha, Neb. Scott (Rebecca) Strader of Iowa City; Katie Knapp of Omaha, Neb.; Christopher Strader of Storm Lake; and Todd Strader of Forsyth, Mo.; great-grandchildren: Taylor Keyman, Benjamin Keyman, Samuel Martinez and Nicolas Keyman; one sister, Joyce Janning of Storm Lake; extended family and a host of friends.

Una Mae was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Laura Shultz; her husband, Stub Strader; and her son-in-law, Ron Knapp.

Mildred Wadsley Irwin

Mildred Wadsley Irwin, age 97, of Storm Lake, died Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at Methodist Manor in Storm Lake.

Services for Mrs. Irwin will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2009 at the United Methodist Church in Early. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Sac City. A time of visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to the start of the services. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

Douglas Eugene McCormick

Dec. 9, 1953 - March 3, 2009

Douglas Eugene McCormick, age 55, of Ames, passed away in his sleep on Tuesday, March 3, 2009.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, March 7 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Ames with Father Ivan Nienhaus presiding. Burial followed in Ames Municipal Cemetary.

Douglas McCormick was born Dec. 9, 1953 in Albert Lea, Minn. to Clyde "Bud" and Zona (Ekle) McCormick. He spent his childhood in Rembrandt, and graduated from Rembrandt High School. He moved to Ames in 1976 and went to work for John Deere in Ankeny, retiring in 2006. He married Melissa Johnson in July 1988. He was a member of the UAW union.

Doug had a great sense of humor. He had fond memories of childhood baseball and had a real love for kids as he was a big kid himself. He was a big fisherman, as well as a sports fan, particularly the Vikings and the ISU Cyclones.

He is survived by his wife, Melissa McCormick and two daughters, Morgan and Madelon McCormick, all of Ames; father Clyde "Bud" McCormick of Ogden/Boone; sister, Dianna (Sean) Baker of California, in-laws Chuck and Mary Kay Johnson of Ames and family, two nephews and three nieces.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Zona McCormick and a brother, Michael McCormick.

Charles Frederick Matson

March 27, 1924 - March 9, 2009

Charles Frederick Matson died peacefully in his sleep on Monday, March 9 in Silver Springs, Md. following a lengthy illness. His ashes will be entombed in the Proctor Family Mausoleum at the historic Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D.C. There will be no service.

He was born on March 27, 1924 to John Charles and Gertrude (Dylocker) Matson at their home on Grand Avenue. He was the great, great grandson of early pioneers of the Storm Lake area, and his great, great grandfather was the last living Union soldier in Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents and 4 sisters. Survivors include his wife Mary (Proctor) who he married in 1950 and four children: Charles F. Matson, John Matson and Mary Frances Hogan, and Joe Kujuawa, 6 grandchildren and a great granddaughter.

Charles received his education in Storm Lake, beginning at West School and graduating from Storm Lake High School in the class of 1942. He graduated from ISU with a biochemistry degree, going next to the U. of Colorado for his Master's. He received additional education at the University of Minnesota. He was employed with Ft. Detrick, Md., doing research on agent orange and similar chemical agents.

During their later years, Charles and Mary traveled extensively around the world and throughout the United States. They often visited Storm Lake "Class of '42" reunions.