Funeral services for Geneva C. Nelson, 94, of Aurelia, were held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 27, at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia. Pastor Jack Weida officiated the ceremony. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Aurelia. Geneva died Wednesday, Dec. 25, at the Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital in Cherokee.
Geneva Christine Nelson was born May 11, 1908, the daughter of Chas. and Sena (Johnson) Nelson at Aurelia, Iowa. She graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1926. She then attended Cornell College, graduating in 1929 with a degree in music education.
She taught music in Cherokee, and then continued her education and earned her master's degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. After graduation, Geneva taught at Valley City, N.D., and then became a professor of music at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., where she was well recognized for her contributions in the field of music education. She retired from teaching in 1973.
In 1982 Geneva moved to Tuscan, Ariz., and to the Sunset Knoll Retirement Home in Aurelia in 1998. Geneva was a member of PEO and worked in her church at First Congregational in Ann Arbor and Tuscan. Geneva traveled extensively around the world, and loved to spend time in Sweden.
Preceding Geneva in death were her parents, two brothers, George and Raymond Nelson, and one niece, DeOn Colby.
Survivors include her sister, Esther Adams of Downers Grove, Ill.; one niece, Nancy Cripe of Dallas, Texas; four nephews, Charles and his wife Jean Adams of Naperville, Ill., Sherm and his wife Joanne Nelson of Aurelia, Dean and his wife Darlene Nelson of Aurelia, and Ron and his wife Betty Nelson of Cherokee; one nephew-in-law, David Colby of Silver Bay, Minn., numerous great nieces and nephews, and many friends.
Victor H. Manrrero, infant son of Fernando and Rasabel Manrrero of Storm Lake, died Friday, Dec. 20 at the Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 3:00 p.m. at the Sliefert-Asmus Funeral Home in Storm Lake.
Virgil L. Frank, 77, of LeMars passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 24, at Brentwood Good Samaritan Center in LeMars. Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 28, at the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in LeMars. Dr. George Jennings of the First Baptist Church of LeMars will officiate. Burial will follow at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery (Adaville) in rural Merrill, Iowa.
There will be one hour of visitation at the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in LeMars prior to the service.
Virgil Lewis Frank was born on Sept. 23, 1925, at Denison, Iowa, the son of Lewis and Emma (Cassebarth) Frank. He graduated from Denison High School and later attended the University of Iowa. On March 17, 1944, Virgil was inducted into the United States Navy. He served as a Naval Aviator on the aircraft carrier USS Sador in the Pacific Theater. He attained the rank of Seaman First Class prior to his Honorable Discharge on June 1, 1946. He returned to Charter Oak, Iowa, following his service to his country.
On April 16, 1955, Virgil and Lois Jean Campbell were united in marriage at Denison. The couple made their home in Charter Oak and later Denison, where Virgil worked in auto part sales. They moved to Cherokee for a brief time and Virgil became an insurance agent. Lois Jean and Virgil then relocated to Storm Lake, where he returned to his career in auto part sales. He also worked for the Storm Lake Parks Department and drove a bus for those with disabilities. Virgil and Lois moved to LeMars in 1998. He became a resident at Brentwood Good Samaritan Center on Feb. 8, 2002.
Virgil had been a member of the Baptist Church in Denison, Cherokee and Storm Lake. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in LeMars. He was also a member of the Optimist Club of Denison and Storm Lake. He was proud of his service to his country and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Virgil was an avid fisherman, golfer and rock collector and participated with the Storm Lake Rock Hounds.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Lois Jean of LeMars; a daughter Lynelle Hodgson and her husband Rodney of LeMars; a son Kevin and his wife Danel of Arthur, Iowa; five grandchildren Roy Hodgson, Whitney, Nick, Joel and Kiley Frank; and a brother Richard and his wife Hilda of Denison.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The son of Joseph and Rose (Pattee) Halder, Lawrence Francis Halder was born July 29, 1919, near Bird Island, Minn. He passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the age of 83. Mass of the Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Varina, Iowa. Internment was at St. Columbkille Cemetery of Varina, with military rites performed by W.D. Steiner American Legion Post 588 of Varina.
Lawrence graduated from St. Mary's High School in Bird Island, Minn., in 1938. He attended college in St. Paul, Minn., at St. Thomas College from 1939 to 1941.
He was inducted into the U.S. Navy in 1942, serving during WWII on USS SYMS from 1942 to 1945. He was also stationed at Oran, Africa.
On August 28, 1943, Lawrence married Mary (Toni) Toninato at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Daytona Beach, Fla. They farmed two years in Minnesota and then moved to a farm near Varina where they continued to live. Toni passed away in 1979.
On July 18, 1981, Lawrence married Louise (Stouill) Sedlacek in Pocahontas, Iowa.
Lawrence was a member of the St. Columbkille's Catholic Church of Varina, W.D. Steiner Post 588 American Legion of Varina and the Catholic Order of Foresters of Pocahontas.
He enjoyed his family, playing cards, fishing, woodworking and traveling.
Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents; wife Toni; son Mark; four grandchildren, Stacey, Michael, Benjamin, and Vanessa; two great-granddaughters, Brittney and Bethany; one step-son, Larry Sedlacek; one brother, Adrian Halder of Seattle, Wash.; and one sister, Benita Devorak of Madison, Minn.
Survivors include his wife Louise (Sedlacek) Halder of Varina; sons Dennis (Sharon) Halder of Carroll, Stephen (Janice) Halder of Fonda, Paul Halder of Storm Lake, Tom (Sue) Halder of Lake City, Minn., William (Lynette) Halder of Storm Lake, Louis (Karen) Halder of Spencer, Alan Halder of Ackley and John (Cindy) Halder of Medora, Ill.,; daughters Judy (Edwin) King of Sweetwater, Texas, Beverly (Bill) Newman of Lawrence, Kan., Pauline Halder of Luling, La., Jane (James) Echtenkamp of Spencer, JoAnn (Steve) Rock of Mason City, Susan (Pat) Peck of Clinton and Kathy (Larry) Schulte of Rapid City, S.D.; step-children, LaVonne (Emil) Biga of Omaha, Neb., LuAnn (Mark) Harral of Omaha, Neb. and Leonard (Chris) Sedlacek of Rockwell City; 41 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren, 11 step-grandchildren; sisters Agatha Berkland of Excelslor Springs, Mo., Rita Huppert of Hastings, Minn., and Teresa (John) Baldwin of Ismay, Mont.