Funeral Services

Thursday, April 24, 2003


Funeral services for Etta E. Caboth, 94, Aurelia, will be held Thursday, April 24, 11 a.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Schaller with Reverend David E. Hagen officiating. Burial will be in Buena Vista Memorial Park in Storm Lake. Barker Funeral Home in Alta is in charge of arrangements.

Etta E. Caboth was born on September 10,1908 on a farm near Storm Lake in Buena Vista County to Ehlar and Fredericke (Eikmeier) Suling, Etta delighted in telling about her birth taking place in the barn where the family was residing while remodeling the house. She and her brother drove their horse and buggy to school each day at Hanover Parochial School.

Etta was baptized on October 11,1908 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Hanover and also confirmed there when she was fourteen years o!d, Etta held firm to her faith all her life. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Schaller, where she was active in Ladies' Aid and Good Fellowship until her health began failing and she had to leave the farm to reside at Sunset Knoll Retirement Home in Aurelia.

On October 10, 1929, Etta and Chris Caboth eloped in LeMars. Their marriage was blessed with over 59 years until Chris passed away in 1989. To this union, two sons were born, Donald and Milton.

Etta had been a hard working farmer's wife who took pleasure in raising chickens, ducks, and geese. She shared her flock's bounty with gifts of down-feathered pillows. Gardening, flowers, and apple trees, gave her another opportunity to give. She enjoyed seeing or hearing about family and friends. An example of her continuing interest in life was shown when she took up playing a guitar again - no urging was needed for her to bring it out and strum "Let Me Call You Sweetheart", Etta passed away Easter Sunday, April 20, 2003.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Chris; three brothers; and four sisters.

Etta is survived by two sons, Donald Caboth and his wife Sally of Alta and Milton Caboth and his wife Darlene of Alta: five grandchildren: Roxane Dutler of Galva, Donelle Olsen of Sioux City, David Caboth of Wasilla, Alaska, Mark Caboth of Estherville and Michelle Swanson of Aurelia; eleven great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; and many other loving family and friends.


June Francis Rice, age 79, of Storm Lake died Friday April 18, 2003 at her home in Storm Lake after a brief illness.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 23, at the Storm Lake United Methodist Church with the Reverend Jamie Cutler officiating. Burial was in the LeRoy City Cemetery in LeRoy, Minnesota.

There will be a graveside service at 10:30 on Thursday at the LeRoy Cemetery.

June Francis Konradi was born November 29, 1923 in Ida County, the daughter of Jake and Winnie (Wimberly) Konradi. She began her education attending country school in Ida County through the 8th grade and Battle Creek High School through the 11th grade.

On March 6, 1943 June was united in marriage to Glen Rice in South Sioux City, Nebraska.

June was a member of the Storm Lake United Methodist Church. She had received her baptism from the Catholic Church in Ida Grove in 1924. During her married years, June was a housewife and enjoyed playing BINGO.

Survivors include her husband Glen Rice of Storm Lake; sons: Steve Rice of Sioux Rapids, Dennis (Deb) Rice of LeRoy, Minnesota, Kenny Rice of Sparks, Nevada and Jason (Elizabeth) Rice; brother, Clyde Konradi of Storm Lake; sisters: Helen Ellis of Minneapolis, and Dorine Oehler of Storm Lake; nineteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; and numerous other extended family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sons: Timmy Rice, Glen "Sonny" Rice, and Jim Rice; brothers, Floyd, Earl, and Bobby Konradi; and sister, Dorthy Mae Schuning.


Raymond E. "Ray" Tongate, age 88 of Storm Lake died Friday, April 18, 2003 at the Methodist Manor Care Center in Storm Lake after a brief illness.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 22, at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake with Reverend Marvin Miller officiating. Burial was in the Storm Lake Cemetery.

Raymond Earl Tongate was born June 4, 1914 in Hastings, Nebraska the son of Earl A. and Agnes Mae (Abbot) Tongate. He attended schools in Sioux Falls and Valley Springs, South Dakota and then graduated from Rembrandt High School in 1932. He attended Buena Vista College and the American Aviation Tech School in Des Moines.

On August 1, 1938 Ray was united in marriage to Elizabeth L. "Betty" Meier in Storm Lake. Betty died on October 24, 2002.

Ray served in the United States Navy as an aviation machinist's mate second class during World War II. He spent his working career in sales, manufacturing and marketing aircraft and had worked for the Carey Salt Company, Thorpe Well Company and Simonsen Manufacturing Company. Ray took great pride that he had had an opportunity to share his business experience with two young men, helping them establish their own businesses.

He was an active member of Lakeside Presbyterian Church where he was a deacon, and he was a member of the Golden K Kiwanis Club, Rotary International and the American Legion.

Ray is survived by a son Don Tongate and his wife, Linda, Nashua, New Hampshire; a daughter Jane Wells and her husband, Dan, Vienna, Virginia; a grandson Christopher Tongate and his wife, Michelle and their children Tyler and Alivia, Peoria, Arizona and other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Betty and by a sister Treza Mae.