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Thursday, May 8, 2003


Carl Herbert Bjork, age 90, of Albert City, passed away on Saturday, May 3, at Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge. A funeral service was held on Wednesday, May 7, at 11 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Albert City with Reverend David Bernhardt officiating. Interment was in the Fairfield Township Cemetery. The Sliefert - Asmus Funeral Home in Albert City is in charge of the arrangements.

Carl Herbert Bjork was born the son of Axel Fredrick and Emma Olivia (Eckman) Bjork on June 25, 1912 in Buena Vista County. He grew up on the family farm located between Albert City and Marathon. He attended school in Marathon and graduated from Marathon High School in 1930. Carl spent the first few years after graduation working on area farms. He also worked for Thieman Factory, Superior Manufacturing and helped his uncle Oscar in his blacksmith shop. In 1935, Carl attended the Coil Electrical School in Chicago.

On September 5, 1940, Carl was united in marriage to Cora Bakke and this union was blessed with six children: Clarice, Charles, Carol, Carl (Roger), Corlys and Colleen. Carl continued his love of farming throughout his life, working in partnership with his dad. During his farming years, he was also a substitute mail carrier for 20 years. In 1983, Carl and Cora built a home and moved into town. They lived in their home until Cora passed away in 1995. Carl later moved into an apartment while continuing his community service activities.

Carl worked hard to provide a good life for his family. In addition to farming and raising his children with Cora, Carl was active in his community in many ways. He served on the church board, sang in the church choir, taught Sunday School, was a Luther League sponsor and served on the ASCS county committee for Poland Township for 15 years. Carl also was active in the Thresherman's and the Historical Association, was a board member for Northwest Aging Association in Buena Vista County for eight years, served on the Pleasant View Home board for nine years in addition to volunteering at the nursing home and was a board member for Young At Heart. In 1999, Carl was named the Centennial King for Albert City and also gave his time to serve on the Centennial board. He was a member of the Marathon Alumni Association and a lifetime member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Albert City where he was baptized on July 7, 1912 and confirmed in 1928.

In addition to his community service activities, Carl enjoyed spending time playing cards with his friends at the Senior Center. He loved to garden, and he and Cora were known for raising beautiful and bountiful vegetable gardens and orchards. Carl was a volunteer for every Red Cross bloodmobile drive and enjoyed quilting with his family. He was a taxi driver for many of his friends and thoroughly enjoyed visiting with people.

Although Carl loved his community, the love and devotion he had for his family was immeasurable. Family was everything to Carl, and he valued his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren immensely. Carl was known to go to as many of his grandchildren's ball games as he possibly could, one year hitting all 30 games, both home and away, in the month of June.

Carl is survived by his six children and their families: his daughter, Clarice Shaw of Lacey, WA and her three children and their families: Rachel and Greg Peterson (Ed, Tina, Sarah, David and Bob), Tim and Susan Shaw (Jared and Abbye), and Derek and Elizabeth Shaw (Tiffani, Miranda and Ryan); his son, Charles Bjork and his wife, Carol of Syracuse, NE and their three children and their families: Kyle and Traci Bjork (Lindsey and Emma), Kent and Kelly Bjork, and Keri and Neal Dermer (Rachel and Nicholas); his daughter, Carol Zaruba of Vadnais, MN and her two children and their families: Jody and Scott Renneke (Hannah and Andrew), and Brian Zaruba; his son, Carl (Roger) Bjork and his wife, Ethel of Laurens, and their two children and their families: Chad and Julie Bjork (Mallory, Madelyn and Makayla) and Jason and Lindzy Bjork; his daughter, Corlys Gehling and her husband, Jerry of Omaha, NE and their three children and their families: Gretchen and Jason Bavlnka (Caleb, Jordan and Kyle), Jerry Gehling II, and Ted Gehling; and his daughter, Colleen Struss and her husband, Dean of Albert City, and their four children: Kirk Struss, Travis Struss, Erik Struss, Alex Struss; his two brothers: Ray Bjork of Albert City, and Morri (Linea) Bjork and his wife, Marge of Preston, MN; his sister, Dorothy Bultema and her husband, Johnnie of Richvale, CA; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins and countless friends.

Preceding Carl in death were his parents, Axel and Emma; his wife, Cora; and his son-in-law, Jerry Shaw.


Lois E. Jensen, age 83, of Holstein, died Sunday, May 4, 2003 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 8, at St. John Lutheran Church in Galva, with Reverend Paul Egger officiating. Burial will be in the Galva Township West Cemetery. The funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home of Storm Lake. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Galva where the family will be present to greet friends from 6-8 p.m.

Lois Elizabeth Jensen was born November 9, 1919 the daughter of Herman and Emma (Kropf) Schelldorf. She lived with her parents in rural Kiron, where she attended country school.

Lois was united in marriage to Russell Jensen on November 24, 1936. To this union four children were born: Jerry, Judy, Joanne, and Jon. They made their home on what is now considered the home place north of Galva. Here they lived for 22 years. Lois was an active farmwife raising her children and assisting with many of the farm duties. In 1973, Lois and Russell moved from the family farm to the Alta Golf course where they built their retirement home. They truly enjoyed their retirement for 10 years until Russell's passing in 1983.

Lois was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church in Galva. For many years, she was involved in Ladies Aid.

Over the years, Lois enjoyed her flowers and cooking, attending her grandchildren's activities, knitting, and playing cards. She was also an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bulls, and Tiger Woods. Some of her most cherished times involved traveling and spending time with family. She and Russell divided their time between traveling to Lake Okoboji and Mercedes, Texas where they often entertained friends and family. Lois was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Lois is survived by her two sons: Jerry Jensen and wife Jean of Aurelia and Jon Jensen and wife Roxanne of Galva; two daughters: Judy Murray and husband Darrell of Racine, Wisconsin and Joanne Jensen of Flower Mound, Texas; one sister, LaJune Fineran of Denison; grandchildren: Jeff Murray and wife Tracy of Racine, Wisconsin, Teresa Larson and husband Brian of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jay Jensen and wife Maggie of Sioux City, Jed Jensen and wife Amy of Spirit Lake, Don Brandt and wife Sue of Plainfield, Illinois, Kris Vaughn and husband Trent of Flower Mound, Texas, Nathan Jensen and wife Nancy of Storm Lake, Nick Jensen of Iowa City, and Olivia Jensen of Galva; eleven great grandchildren; and other extended family and friends.

Preceding Lois in death are her parents, her husband Russell, two sisters, one brother, and an infant grandson.


Arlene L. Bright, of Sioux Rapids, passed away on Saturday, May 3, 2003, at the Sioux Care Center in Sioux Rapids at the age of 81 years, 10 months, and 14 days. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, May 6, at First United Church in Sioux Rapids with Reverend Emily Allen officiating. Interment was in the Lone Tree Cemetery in Sioux Rapids. The Sliefert-Asmus Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids was in charge of the arrangements.

Arlene Lucille Bright was born to Edna Grace (Messerschmidt) Cuthbert and Irwin "Obe" Cuthbert in a small house in Sioux Rapids on June 19, 1921. She was baptized and confirmed in the Methodist Church in Sioux Rapids. She attended Cornell School for a few years and graduated from the Sioux Rapids School in 1938, at the age of 16.

On June 30, 1940, Arlene was united in marriage to Floyd Earl Bright. This union was blessed with three children: Barbara, Beverly and Steven.

Arlene was employed at the Highway Café and later at Simonsen Iron Works, retiring from there after 20 years. She was also the custodian for the Methodist Church for 20 years.

She enjoyed her church, singing, dancing, playing cards, and being with people. She was active in Jolly Elders, Dinner Date, Young At Heart, Merry Widows and participated in Babes for several years.

Arlene is survived by two daughters: Barbara Bright of Sioux Rapids and Beverly Pomeroy and her husband, Patrick of Oceanside, CA; her brother, Dale Truesdell and his wife, Pauline of Sioux Rapids; her sister Jeanette Benson of Astoria, OR; her brother-in-law, Carter Brock of Sioux Rapids; her sister-in-law, Fern Bright of Sioux Rapids; granddaughters: Jennifer and Traci Pomeroy of CA; grandson, Kevin Bright of Sioux Rapids, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Preceding Arlene in death were her parents, husband Floyd, her son, Steven, and her sister, Dorothy Brock.