Phillip Howard Betz, age 75, of Albert City, died Thursday, Dec. 12, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake. A memorial service was held on Monday, Dec. 16, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Albert City.
Phillip Howard Betz was born on October 25, 1927 in Storm Lake, the son of Roy and Catherine (Longwood) Betz. He was raised on the family farm near Truesdale. He attended school in Truesdale and graduated from there. Phil was united in marriage to Geneva Kruse on Nov. 9, 1950, at St. John's United Church of Christ in rural Newell and this union was blessed with four children: Linda, June, Betty and Terry.
Phil worked in the agricultural industry as both a farmer and in related farming businesses. He was active in the church and held many church offices throughout his life. He enjoyed camping, watching baseball, babysitting, and visiting with friends and family. He was always interested in his grandchildren and their activities.
Phil is survived by his wife, Geneva; three daughters: Linda Gutel and her husband Dave of Storm Lake, June Betz-Calderon and her husband Rick of Houston, Texas, and Betty Swenson and her husband Glen of Albert City; one son: Terry Betz and his wife Toni of Albert City; seven grandchildren: Amy, Heather and Brent Gutel, all of Storm Lake; Kyle and Karla Swenson, both of Albert City; and Ashley and Trevor Betz, both of Albert City; and other loving relatives and friends.
Preceding Phil in death were his parents and one brother.
Esther Rose Carlson, age 94, of Storm Lake, died Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake. A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at St. John Lutheran Church in Storm Lake. Interment was in the Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery.
Esther Rose Hardebeck Carlson, daughter of Frank Hardebeck and Minnie Getzmeier Hardebeck (Ziemke), was born on Jan. 9, 1908, in New Mexico. She was baptized in New Mexico, and was confirmed on March 20, 1921 in Hanover. Esther spent her childhood and youth in Sac County living in the Galva and Schaller vicinity. She attended a parochial school located southeast of Hanover and completed the eighth grade in a country school in the Hanover area.
Esther lived in Sac County until her marriage to John Henning Carlson. Esther and John were united in marriage at the Zion Lutheran Church in Denison on Feb. 24, 1930. They farmed in Buena Vista and Sac counties for 15 years until moving to Storm Lake in June of 1946, when the family became members of St. John Lutheran Church. Esther and John were blessed with three daughters: Rosemary, Shirley, and Jeleen.
Esther was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church, serving as a member of the Ladies Aid. She was a mother and homemaker. After the death of her husband, John, on Feb. 21, 1968, Esther cooked at Faith, Hope, and Charity. She retired from this profession after 11 years.
Esther is survived by two daughters: Rosemary and husband Gordon Bergquist of Alta, and Jeleen and husband Arlan Bargloff of Dubuque; five grandchildren: Renae and husband Bud Harger, Susan and husband, Rick Elsenpeter, Gary and wife Sharie Bergquist, Stacy and husband Shane Love, and Scott and his wife, Karen Stephan; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and other loving relatives and friends.
Preceding Esther in death were her parents; her husband, John Carlson; her daughter, Shirley Stephan; and her sister, Mary Danielson.
Ruby Elvira Curtis, 87, passed away on Friday, Dec. 13, at the Methodist Manor in Storm Lake. The funeral service was held on Monday, Dec. 16, at the Evangelical Free Church in Albert City. Interment was in the Oakhill Cemetery in Cherokee.
Ruby Elvira Dahlgren was born on Nov. 27, 1915, to Hattie (Halstrom) and Gust Dahlgren in Meriden. She was baptized and confirmed at the Oakdale Free Church in Meriden. On May 29, 1937, Ruby was united in marriage to William Curtis in Cherokee, and they were favored with 65 years of marriage. They were blessed with two children, Ronald and Jean Ann, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Ruby dearly loved and cared for her family.
Ruby attended Cherokee Junior College and Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls. She taught country school around Meriden. After her marriage to William, the couple farmed near the towns of Cherokee, Webb, and Albert City. When William went into the refrigeration and electrical business, Ruby was the business manager.
Ruby had been an active member of the Albert City Evangelical Free Church, serving as deaconess, Sunday School teacher, member of WMS, Dorcas, and serving on many committees. She served as state and national treasurer for the Evangelical Free Church Women's Missionary Society. Ruby also belonged to the Mayview Club.
Ruby enjoyed fishing trips with William and her family, trips to see family, traveling throughout the nation to the Holy Land and other countries in the Middle East, Germany, the Scandinavian countries, Canada, and Mexico.
Ruby excelled in sewing and in all types of handiwork. She enjoyed gardening and working with flowers, and also enjoyed all aspects of cooking and baking.
Ruby is survived by her husband, William Curtis of the Methodist Manor; son Ronald and wife Paula of Dayton, Ohio; daughter Jean Ann and husband Roger Voss of La Crosse, Wisc.; five grandchildren: Mike Curtis and wife Kim of Kennelt Square, Penn.; Eric and wife Kathy Curtis of Newark, Ohio; Karl Curtis of San Francisco, Calif.; Kim and husband Aaron Gibbons of North Branch, Minn.; and Jon Voss of Madison, Wisc.; four great-grandchildren: Jonathan and Ryan Curtis and Eli and Zach Gibbons; special nieces and nephews; a sister-in-law, Charlotte (Curtis) Worthley of Pueblo, Co.; and a brother-in-law, Elmer Hemingway of Iowa City.
Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, Hattie and Gust Dahlgren; a brother, Eldon Dahlgren; and a sister, Lucille Hemingway.
Memorials are preferred.
Hertha L. Vaudt, 93, of Storm Lake, formerly of Boone, died on Friday, Dec. 13, at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake following a brief illness.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Boone with Rev. Lindsay Watkins officiating. Graveside services were held Wednesday at the Storm Lake Cemetery with Reverend E. W. Lichtsinn of St. John's Lutheran Church in Storm Lake officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church of Boone or to the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center Nurses Association in Storm Lake.
Hertha Emma Louise Boysen was born Sept. 3, 1909, in Ida Grove, the daughter of Cornelius and Louisa (Streck) Boysen. She was baptized and confirmed in Ida Grove and graduated from Ida Grove High School in 1927. She then underwent training to become an educator and taught country school in Ida County. She had also worked as an aide for Boone County Home Health Care Services.
She was united in marriage to Herbert H. Vaudt in Ida Grove on Dec. 12, 1937. The couple observed their 65th wedding anniversary this past Thursday.
Hertha was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Boone, where she participated in Ladies Guild and Fellowship Club. She enjoyed crocheting, quilting and tatting, playing cards and spending time with her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband, Herbert of Storm Lake; three sons: Don and wife Myrene of Dakota Dunes, S.D., Dick and wife Jan of Marshalltown and Denny and wife Sue of Storm Lake; a daughter, Debra Strasser and husband Roger of Sioux Falls, S.D.; 12 grandchildren: Jill Metheny and husband W.D., Jodi Johnson and husband Jeff, Shari Benson and husband Marc, Sharla Mozer and husband Brad, Shelley Clayton and husband Dale, Brad Vaudt and wife Dawn, Brian Vaudt and wife Shanan, Brady Vaudt and wife Liz, Brenda Headington and husband Darin, Cory Vaudt and fiancé Bridget DeVos, Dan Vaudt and Libby Vaudt.
Also surviving are 22 great grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Elmer Rice of Sioux City and many nieces and nephews, extended family members and friends.
Hertha was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers: Walter and Gustav, and three sisters: Mary Schmidt, Minnie Petersen and Florence Rice.