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Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Elsie Otto

Dec. 8, 1915 - March 13, 2009

Funeral services for Elsie Otto, 93, of Aurelia, will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Larry Lemke officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. Elsie died Friday, March 13, 2009, at the Sunset Knoll Nursing & Rehab Center in Aurelia.

Elsie Caroline Radke was born Dec. 8, 1915, the daughter of Albert H. and Katherine (Fick) Radke in Galva. Elsie graduated from the Galva High School in 1934. On March 25, 1936 Elsie married Wilbert Henry Otto at the St. John Lutheran Church in Galva. Wilbert and Elsie farmed in the Hanover and Holstein areas before moving to Aurelia in 1946. They retired into town in 1973. She was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia where she served on the Ladies Aid and taught Sunday school for many years. She was always ready to volunteer at church and for other groups in Aurelia; she also was a member of the Aurelia Friendly Seniors. She enjoyed gardening, raising flowers, knitting, quilting, playing card, and traveling. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.Preceding Elsie in death were her parents, her husband Wilbert on May 10, 1992, one daughter, Myra, in 1942, one son, Duane, in 1974, one grandson, David Steffens in 1972, one daughter-in-law, Carolyn Hegland in 2009, one sister, Irene Radke in 1920, and one brother, Virgil Radke in 1963.

Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis and her husband John Baumann of Aurelia, Eileen and her husband Ron Steffens of Cumming, Ga., three sons, Rev. Rodney and his wife Phyllis Otto of Grandville, MI, Gary and his wife Alura Otto of Aurelia, and Joel and his wife Cheryl Otto of Sioux City. Also surviving are 20 grandchildren, DeAnn Malfero, Jeff Otto, JoDee Otto, Michael Otto, Cynthia and husband Jeff Kai, Kelley and husband Dan Roberts, Alan Baumann, Christopher and wife Melissa Otto, Stephen and wife Jennifer Otto, Andrew and wife Pamela Otto, Jayson and wife Kelly Otto, Aaron and wife Jennifer Steffens, Matthew Steffens, Rebecca and husband Ryan Hodges, Sarah and husband Wayne Walter, Erika Otto, Priscilla Otto, Travis Otto, Nicholas Peck, and Tyler Peck, 30 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. Four brothers and their wives, Kenneth and Mary Radke of Galva, Wendell Radke of Oldsmar, Fla., Dean and Margaret Radke of Galva, Lee and Beverly Radke of Holstein, one sisters-in-law, Elmeree Radke of Holstein, and nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Jeannie M. Berg

Oct. 13, 1925 - March 12, 2009

Jeannie M. Berg, age 83, of Storm Lake, and formerly of Early, died Thursday, March 12, 2009 at Methodist Manor in Storm Lake.

Services for Mrs. Berg were held on Monday, March 16, 2009 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Early, with Father Larry Burns celebrating the Mass of Christian Burial. Interment was in Sacred Heart Church Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

Jeannie was born Oct. 13, 1925 in Gettysburg, S.D., the daughter of David and Ethel (Hall) Vetter. She spent her youth in the Gettysburg area, attending school there and graduating from Gettysburg High School.

On Dec. 6, 1951, Jeannie was united in marriage to John Edward Berg at Rapid City, S.D. The couple was blessed with five children: Andi, Jeannie, Veronica, Emmet and Mary Frances.

Jeannie was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Early, as well as a member of Sacred Heart Guild. She was a "jack of all trades," able to make many beautiful sewn and crafted items. She enjoyed crocheting and almost any type of handwork. Jeannie also liked to read and watch mystery programs on television.

Although she was always busy, Jeannie's first love was her family, and her greatest joy was her grandchildren. She treasured every moment she was able to spend with them. Her kind and caring ways will be deeply missed by all those who loved her.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Andi (David) Bonham of Fort Pierre, S.D.; Jeannie (Roger) Van Houten of Pierre, S.D.; Veronica Rose Isaacs, Emmet (Linda) Berg, and Mary Frances Berg, all of Storm Lake; grandchildren: Shane David (Stephanie) Bonham of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Miles Michael (Cindy) Bonham, Cody Dean Van Houten and Harley David Van Houten, all of Pierre, S.D.; John David (Liza Fouche) Isaacs of Houston, Tex.; Stefanie Michelle Isaacs of Des Moines; Isaiah Michael (friend Kellie Burke) Isaacs of Storm Lake; Joshua John (fiancé Kelli Carstensen) Berg of White, S.D.; and Jessica Jo Berg of Brookings, S.D.; great-grandchildren: Alissa Joy and Payton William; sisters: Helen Etta (Robert) Wallace of Pierre, S.D.; Anna Laura (Wally) Lucks of Worthington, Minn.; sister-in-law Veronica Vetter, son-in-law Steve Isaacs, special friends Kim Bolles and Lacey Roberts; extended family and many friends.

Jeannie was preceded in death by her husband, John Berg; her parents, David and Ethel; brother, Phillip, her sister, Phyllis; her parents-in-law, Emmet and Margaret Berg; and brothers-in-law Calvin Greve and Chad Yost.

Paul H. Fredericksen

Nov. 9, 1918 - March 12, 2009

Paul H. Fredericksen, Sr., age 90, of Newell, died Thursday, March 12, 2009, at the Newell Good Samaritan Center.

Services for Mr. Fredericksen were held on Monday, March 16, 2009 at Nain Lutheran Church in Newell. Burial was in Elk Township Cemetery in rural Alta. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Newell was in charge of the arrangements.

Paul Harold Fredericksen was born Nov. 9, 1918 in Alta, the son of Nels and Sena (Mortensen) Fredericksen. He spent his youth in the Alta community. Paul was not able to attend school past the fourth grade. Because his parents both died, he was working for room and board by the time he was only 12 years old. He was employed by the Buena Vista County Road Maintenance department for many years until his retirement in November 1981.

Paul was a member of Nain Lutheran Church in Newell. He enjoyed having morning and afternoon coffee with his buddies in Newell during his retirement years. His faithful companion was his dog, Sugar, who he loved-and Sugar felt the same way about him.Paul will be remembered as a devoted father and caring grandfather and great-grandfather. Paul, Jr. recollects that "I never heard anyone say anything bad about my Dad. I always wanted to be just like him."

Left to cherish his memory are his son, Paul H. Fredericksen, Jr.; his daughter, Judy M. Fredericksen; grandchildren: Scott Ellwanger, Kara Toedtli, Brandon Fredericksen, Matt Fredericksen, and Nicole Giddens; great-granddaughter, Samantha Fredericksen; sister Doris Henricksen of Luck, Wisconsin; extended family and friends.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Nels and Sena Fredericksen, and by his brother, Don Fredericksen.

Mildred Gnewuch

Mildred Gnewuch, age 90, of Albert City, died Monday, March 16, 2009 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 20, 2009 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Albert City. A time of visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to the start of services on Friday. Burial will be in Fairfield Township Cemetery in rural Albert City. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Albert City is in charge of the arrangements.