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Funeral Services

Monday, April 21, 2003


Harry Dean Hollesen, age 81, of Sioux Rapids, passed away on Tuesday, April 15, 2003, at his home following an extended illnesss. Burial will be in the Lone Tree Cemetery in Sioux Rapids.

Harry Dean Hollesen was born the son of Verne and Lenore (Hendricks) Hollesen on December 22, 1921 in Sioux Rapids. He was baptized in the Methodist Church in Sioux Rapids and he attended school in Sioux Rapids. Harry entered the United States Army on August 19, 1942, and achieved the ranking of Private First Class. He fought in the 1st Infantry Division in WWII and served in the Battle of the Bulge. He also toured in Sicily, Africa, France, Germany, and England. He was honorably discharged on October 3, 1945, after being awarded seven Bronze Stars and a Good Conduct Medal.

On February 16, 1946, he was united in marriage to Joyce Francis at the Presbyterian parsonage in Jackson, MN. This union was blessed with two daughters, Cheryl and Jymme. Harry was a service station attendant and a press operator and worked for Simonsins Iron Works for 20 years. He worked for Nelson products for 29 years. Harry and Joyce have worked for First State Bank for 45 years as janitors.

Harry was a member of First United Church in Sioux Rapids. He belonged to American Legion Post #394 in Sioux Rapids for 56 years and was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 5141 in Sioux Rapids. He enjoyed woodworking and loved to go fishing and camping. Harry also enjoyed going downtown to meet his buddies for coffee. But most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family.

Harry is survived by his wife, Joyce of Sioux Rapids; his two daughters: Cheryl Wilson and her husband, Ed of Harbor City, CA and Jymme Risvold and her husband, Paul of Linn Grove; four grandchildren: Darla Chambers, Barry Bell, Travis Risvold and Trista Risvold; five great-grandchildren: Ian, Kaleigh, Zoe and Phoebe Chambers and Emily Bell; and other loving relatives and friends.

Preceding Harry in death were his parents, Verne and Lenore Hollesen; two brothers, and one sister.


Glen G. Graeber, 90, died on April 12, 2003 at Trinity Center at Luther Park in Des Moines. He was born Nov. 17, 1912 in Buena Vista County to John and Lean (Olson) Graeber. He attended schools in Cornell and Sioux Rapids and was united in marriage to Mary Dubois in Storm Lake, on August 12, 1938.

Glen successively farmed in Clay and Buena Vista Counties moving to his present farm south of Rembrandt in March 1941.

He was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Rembrandt and a member of the IOOF lodge, former president of the Buena Vista County Farm Bureau, served on the Rembrandt school board, the Farm Service Board, and the Security Trust and Savings bank board. He spent many enjoyable winters in Texas with his wife of 61 years.

Golfing, reading and planting trees were his hobbies. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary, his parents, a brother Julius and a sister Leona Waite.

He is survived by his two sons Ray and Janice, Castaic, CA and James and Bonnie, Des Moines, daughter Martha Graeber, Pharr, TX, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren, one sister Alice Edwardson, Sioux Rapids,and sister-in-law Phyllis Ingram, Storm Lake.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 26, at 11 a.m. at Rembrandt Methodist Church in Rembrandt. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or to Hospice of Central Iowa, 401 Railroad Place, West Des Moines, Iowa 50265-4730.


Merle A. Freese, age 71 of Lead Hill, Arizona, died Tuesday, April 15, at Harrison Nursing Center in Harrison, Arizona.

Cremation arrangements are by Holt Memorial Chapel in Harrison. No services are scheduled at this time.

He was born August 13, 1931 in Herring, the son of Gerd B. and Gasena E. (Odhen) Freese. He attended school in Schaller and graduated from Hays.

He served in the Marines during the Korean War. Afterwards he had farmed for many years in Iowa then began driving a truck over the road for twenty-one years. At this time he moved to Phoenix, Arizona and began working for Fry's Warehouse, being a member of the Teamsters Union. He retired from Fry's after fifteen years of service. He also enjoyed fishing and gardening.

Survivors include his wife, Vadna (Anderson) Freese; sons, Kelvin of Navasota, Texas and Berend of Washington; daughters and sons-in-law, Peggy and Eric Cruse of Milligan, Texas, Marjorie and Barry Williams of Alaska, and Carol and Steve Parker of Washington; brothers, Beren Freese of Schaller, and Alben Freese of Sac City; and six grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents and two sisters, Gertrude and Martha.


Elin Stewart, age 47, of Storm Lake passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2003. A memorial gathering was held on Tuesday, April 15, 2003 at Sliefert-Asmus Funeral Home in Storm Lake. Sliefert-Asmus Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of arrangements.

Elin N. Stewart was born the daughter of Marion and Martha Stewart on December 26, 1955, in Ashville, North Carolina. She attended Kings Park Elementary School in Springfield, Virginia and graduated from Fenster Ranch School in Tucson, Arizona. She attended the University of Arizona in Tucson for two years and received a Respiratory Therapist Certificate from Pima County Junior College.

Elin loved animals and raised and sold golden retrievers for many years while she lived in Tucson. She also enjoyed reading and writing.

She is survived by her daughter, Samantha, of Cherokee, IA; her mother; Martha Foote of Locust Grove, VA; her sister, Suzanne Stewart of Locust Grove, VA; and other loving relatives and friends.

Preceding Elin in death were her brother, David Stewart and her stepfather, Richard Foote.


Catherine A. Hanna, age 77, of Storm Lake, passed away April 15, 2003, at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs. Catherine was born November 25, 1925 in Storm Lake to Henry and Clara (Fosmark) Shaw.

She was a former restaurant owner and had worked at the Storm Lake Wal-Mart in the fabric department. Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 19, at 11 a.m. at the Sliefert-Asmus Funeral Home in Storm Lake. The Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home in Council Bluffs handled the cremation.

Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Adams of Council Bluffs; a son Ken Killingsworth of Houston, Texas; granddaughters Kelly Hochstetler of North Carolina, Andrea Killingsworth and Monica Killingsworth of Texas; one grandson Scott Adams of Arkansas; two great-grandchildren, Hayley and Tanner Hochstetler. Catherine is also survived by brother, Carl Shaw, and wife Isabelle, of Storm Lake, a sister Ethel Egertsen of Storm Lake, a sister-in-law, Leona Shaw of Storm Lake, and many nieces and nephews.