Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday, May 13, 2003


Esther A. Helgeson, age 84, of Albert City, passed away on Wednesday, May 7, 2003, at her home. A funeral service was held on Monday, May 12, 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 was in charge of the arrangements.

Esther Arvilla (Stanerson) Helgeson was born the daughter of John and Edith (Hanson) Stanerson on March 2, 1919 in Dolliver. She was baptized and confirmed at the Palestine Lutheran Church, grew up on a farm, and graduated high school in Dolliver. Esther attended the Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

On September 30, 1939 Esther was united in marriage to John Helgeson in rural Dolliver. This union was blessed with four children: James, Julie, David and Denise. John and Esther lived in the Estherville area until 1955 when they moved to a farm near Albert City. After the death of her husband, John, in 1985, Esther moved into town. Esther dedicated her life to raising her family and working with her husband on their farm. She was a longtime active member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Albert City.

Esther enjoyed collecting dolls and making greeting cards. But what she enjoyed the most was being with her family. She was a loving mother and a devoted grandmother. Her strong Christian faith was an important part of her life.

Esther is survived by one son, David Helgeson and his wife, Sharon of Albert City; two daughters: Julie Helgeson of St. Paul, MN and Denise Fritz and her husband, Dave of Clear Lake; seven grandchildren: Shawn Fritz of Berkeley, CA; Steve Fritz of Namibia, Africa; Krista Fritz of Chandler, AZ; Melvin Helgeson and his wife, Gretchen of New Berlin, WI; Martin Helgeson of Green Bay, WI; Philip Helgeson of Minneapolis, MN; and Kelly Habben and her husband, B.J. of Kingsley; seven great-grandchildren: Daryn, Parker, Caden and Shaylen Habben and Emma, Ellie and Isabella Helgeson; one brother: Frank Stanerson and his wife, Laurie of Radcliffe; three sisters: Ruth Knutson of Estherville; Naomi Mager and her husband, Cecil of Newell; and Mary Bjelland of Radcliff; and many other loving relatives and friends.

Preceding Esther in death were her parents, John and Edith Stanerson; husband, John A. Helgeson; and son, James A. Helgeson.


Memorial services for Nancy L. Locke (Bauer), age 63 of Albuquerque, NM formerly of Alta, will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, May 17, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Auburn with Pastor Asmus officiating.

Nancy died Friday May 2, 2003 at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, NM.

Nancy was born November 9, 1938 the daughter of Chris and Esther Bauer from Auburn, the eldest of three children. On February 9, 1958 she was united in marriage to Dennis Locke. She was a wonderful wife and mother and a best to all. She will be forever in our hearts.

She is survived by her husband, Dennis of Albuquerque, NM; a daughter Cindy of Albuquerque, NM and Rick Haun, Albuquerque, NM.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents Chris and Esther Bauer and one daughter Tammy Locke.


James Neary, age 86, of Spencer, formerly of Marathon, passed away on Thursday, May 8, 2003, at the Longhouse-Northshire in Spencer. A graveside service was held on Monday, May 12, at the Poland Township Cemetery in Marathon with Reverend Tammy Anderson officiating. The Sliefert - Asmus Funeral Home in Marathon is in charge of the arrangements.

James William Neary was born October 1, 1916 to Bernard and Elva (Coddington) Neary on the Sioux Indian Reservation in Burt Co., Nebraska. He was second in the family of five children.

Jim attended several schools in Nebraska and Iowa and graduated from Walthill, Neb. in 1935. He married Beulah Johnson of Marathon on May 18, l940.

Jim worked at Lockheed Aircraft in Los Angeles for four years during the war. Their children, JoAnn and Fred, were born during this time. They returned to Iowa in 1944 and he farmed near Marathon until 1982 when he retired and they moved to Laurens. They moved to Spencer in 1989.

Jim was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Marathon. He loved farming and gardening. He was a friend to everyone and was always willing to help anyone in need. His garden was free to anyone who wanted it and some who didn't.

He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, one sister and two brothers.

Survivors include a son, Fred Neary and Sandi of Marathon; a daughter, JoAnn and Bill Kinrade of Ames; a granddaughter, Kathie and Jim Obradovich of Des Moines; a grandson, Craig and Indira Kinrade of Bondurant; two great-grandchildren, Kumari and Wil of Bondurant; and many friends and relatives.