Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday, April 22, 2003


Louis Theodore Hankel was born on January 30, 1916 to Herman and Minnie (Otto) Hankel in Hampton, Nebraska. He was baptized on February 20, 1926 by Pastor Brommer at Zion Lutheran in Hampton and confirmed on May 12, 1929 by Rev. 0. Gaebner. He attended country school in Nebraska through the eighth grade. Louie then started working on the family farm.

Louis entered CCC Camps in South Dakota in the 1930's. He moved to Iowa and began working for Dick Hinkeldey. On August 10, 1941, he married Mary Hartman at the St. John Lutheran Church in Hanover.

Louis served in the U.S. Navy from June of 1942 through October of 1945 as a Gunner's Mate, 2nd class and was awarded a Bronze Star, Louie farmed in the Hanover and Schaller areas. He also was a long distance truck driver, he delivered ground feed for the Alta Elevator, he worked at Hy-Grade in Storm Lake, and he was a grounds keeper at the Alta Country Club.

Louie was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Alta and a charter member of the V.F.W. Post #6172 in Alta, and a former member of the Kiwanis. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, playing cards, gardening, and spending time with family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary; and three sisters, Cora, Gertrude, and Clara.

Louie is survived by one son, Ronald and Linda Hankel of Yakima, Washington; one daughter, Debra and Daryl Ramquist of Bellevue, Nebraska; two brothers, LeRoy and Blondina Hankel of Utica, Nebraska and Harry and Phyllis Hankel of York, Nebraska; two sisters, Lily Bjorkman of Gretna, Nebraska and Victoria Coleman of Richardson, Texas; five grandchildren, Christopher and Stacey Hankel, Shannon Hankel, Carrie and Justin Fox, Allison Mason, and Joshua Ramquist; and three great granddaughters, Madison Hankel, Olivia Hankel, and Hailey Fox.


Joan B. Vilas, age 76, of Storm Lake died Saturday, April 19, 2003 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center after a brief illness.

Funeral services will be today, Tuesday, April 22, at 10:30 a.m. at the Storm Lake United Methodist Church with the Reverend Jamie Cutler officiating. Entombment will be in the Vilas Family Mausoleum at Storm Lake Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established.

Joan Beth Mummert was born March 7, 1927 at home in Afton Township, Cherokee County, the daughter of Troy and Grace (Huff) Mummert. She began her education attending country school and graduated from Aurelia High School with the class of 1944.

She married Wilbert Dale Vilas on February 4, 1948 at the Storm Lake United Methodist Church.

Joan was a member of the Storm Lake United Methodist Church, the Order of Eastern Star, Lake Creek Country Club, she was active in the Buena Vista County Hospital Auxiliary, the Shrine Auxiliary and the Republican Party. She enjoyed spending time with her family, playing bridge and doing needlepoint. Joan and Willie wintered with friends in Florida for 28 years.

Survivors include her husband Wilbert, Storm Lake, two daughters; Nicki McKenna and her husband, Ed, Storm Lake, Mikki Belson, Holstein, a son, Douglas Vilas, Tampa, Florida, seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, her brother, Billie Mummert, Cherokee and numerous other extended family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and by her brother, Dale.


Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, April 22 at 2 p.m., for Minnie Jensen at the United Methodist Church in Holstein. Reverend Todd Schlitter of the Holstein United Methodist Church will officiate with burial at the Holstein Cemetery.

Minnie passed away at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake on Saturday, April 19, 2003. Barker Funeral Home of Holstein is in charge or arrangements.

Minnie was born on February 16,1906 in Holstein to Carl and Emma (Grefe) Bayer. She was the third of ten children born to Carl and Emma. Since she was the oldest daughter, she helped with her younger brothers and sisters. She completed school in Holstein through the 8th grade. At a very young age she went to work helping several farm families in the area.

She was united in marriage to Axel Fred Jensen on March 30, 1927 in Sioux City. They were blessed with two children, Robert Duane and Donna Jean. Her life's work was being a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, loving sister, aunt, and a homemaker. She will be remembered for her love of cooking, baking, especially Christmas cookies, and gardening.

She lived most of life in Holstein, moving to Storm Lake in December, 1985 and to Pleasant View Home in Albert City, in November 1998.

She is survived by her children, Robert Jensen and his wife Monica of Milford, Donna Godbersen of Cherokee; grandchildren, Susanne Bicknese of Arnolds Park, Joleen and her husband Bill Werkmeister of El'Dorado Springs, Mo; Pam and her husband Don Gude of Milford, Jim and his wife Bette Godbersen of Cleghorn; great grandchildren, Rik Rydberg of Schaller, Jeni and her husband Chance Hearting of El'Dorado Springs, Mo, Lowen Gude of Milford, Taryn, Tyrel and Trace Godbersen of Cleghorn; sister Martha H. Bayer of Holstein; a brother and his wife Tony and Lee Beyer of Colorado Springs, Co. and a sister-in-law, Mildred Beyer of Holstein, plus numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Axel; her parents; a son-in-law; Wilbert Godbersen, grandson, David Godbersen; great grandson, Trent Godbersen; five brothers, Carl, Henry, Richard, William and Arther. Two sisters, Hilda in infancy and Emma Dunagan.