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Funeral Annoucements

Tuesday, May 20, 2003


Eldora Hazel Haack, age 93, of Early, died Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at the Twilight Acres Nursing Home in Wall Lake.

On February 4, 1910, a tiny, brown-eyed baby girl, to be named Eldora Hazel Jackson, blessed Herbert and Jessie Jackson on their farm known as the "Jackson Fruit Farm" at rural Newell. She joined siblings Merle and Isabelle, to be later joined by Marion and Lorraine.

Riding in a horse-drawn wagon or sleigh, Hazel attended grade and high school in Newell, where she participated in operettas, sang in the choir, and took many sewing and cooking classes. When Hazel graduated in 1927, she had earned a teacher's certificate.

During the summer of 1927, while recovering from thyroid surgery in a Battle Creek hospital, Hazel met Herman Haack when he came to visit his sister, Gertie. This chance meeting prompted friendship, which grew into love; and Herman and Hazel were married December 4, 1930 in Storm Lake. To this union four children were born: Donald, Darlene, Duane and Dianna.

Herman and Hazel farmed near Battle Creek and Newell, and then moved to a farm north of Early where they farmed and raised livestock until Herman's death in 1968. Hazel remained on the farm until the mid-1980's, when she moved into Early.

Hazel was a very active farm wife, and she had a phenomenal capacity for work. Hazel's small frame conquered the numbing labor which was common to raising chickens and hogs, running a dairy, and nurturing a huge garden. She enjoyed canning all the food her family ate, baking bread, rolls and pies; and she was also an active quilt maker and card player. Membership in the Kil'Kare Klub, a rural ladies club, involvement with the United Methodist Women in Early, and teaching Bible school satisfied her need for social activity.

Hazel is survived by her son: Duane G. Haack and wife Cheryl of Schaller; two daughters: Darlene J. Garrels of Wall Lake, and Dianna J. Waldstein and husband Scott of Early; one sister, Lorraine Johnson of Joplin, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Virginia Jackson of Laurens; grandchildren Margo Townsend and husband John of Quimby, Brian Haack and wife Alicia of Nemaha, Mark Determann and wife Joyce of Wall Lake, Kenneth Determann and wife Sue of Wall Lake, Beverly Determann of Forest City, Kimberly Beeby and husband Daniel of Pensacola, Florida, Djana Trofimoff and husband Alexander of Kansas City, Missouri, Kristen Miller and husband Al of Gilbert, Steve Waldstein and wife Julie of Reinbeck, great-grandchildren: Makala Dierks and husband Andy, Saidee and Jesse Haack, Mike and Josh Williams, Tara and Shawna Determann, Nicole and Nickolas Determann, Shannon, Rebecca and Christine Beeby, Anna and Nikolas Trofimoff, Sara, Jeff, Jenna and Megan Miller, Kody, Taylor, Coltan and Brady Waldstein, and Justin Wolf; great-great-grandchildren Shantell Williams, and Alex and McKenna Dierks, and other extended family and friends.

Preceding Hazel in death are her parents, Herbert and Jessie Jackson; her husband, Herman; two brothers, Merle and Marion Jackson; one sister, Isabelle Kluge; son and daughter-in-law, Don and Donna Haack; two sons-in-law, Melvin Determann and Lennis Garrels; two brothers-in law, John Johnson and Charlie Kluge; one sister-in-law, Pansy Jackson; and one grandson-in-law, Bruce Sperfslage.


Marvin Sassman, age 87, of Marathon, passed away on Friday, May 16, 2003, at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake. A funeral service was held on Monday, May 19, at the United Methodist Church in Marathon with Reverend David Schumann officiating. Interment will be in Poland Township Cemetery. A visitation was held on Sunday, May 18, at the Sliefert - Asmus Funeral Home in Marathon. The Sliefert - Asmus Funeral Home in Marathon was in charge of the arrangements.

Marvin W. Sassman was born the son of John and Kate (Partridge) Sassman on October 6, 1915, near Marathon. He lived his entire life in the Marathon community. Marvin was united in marriage to Lorrene Gross on July 6, 1937, in Jackson, MN. This union was blessed with four children.

As a young man, he worked for the CCC. Later, in his adult years, Marvin was a farm-to-market truck driver until he retired in 1977. In addition to trucking, Marvin delivered the Des Moines Sunday Register for 37 years and he also drove the school bus in the Marathon school district for 18 years.

Marvin is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lorrene of Marathon; two sons: Larry Sassman and his wife, Mary of Des Moines and Ron Sassman and his wife, Marilyn of Branson, MO; six grandchildren, Sherry Mills and her husband, Tim of Polk City, Doug Sassman and his wife, Missy of Des Moines, Mark Sassman of Chicago, Stacy Sassman and his wife, Jen of Waterloo, Michele Stacey and her husband, Mike of Lincoln, NE, and Gerry Gene Sassman of Minneapolis; nine great-grandchildren, Adam and Kelley Mills, Jerad, Molle and Grant Sassman, Emily and Abby Sassman, and Sarah and Ashley Stacey; one brother, Al Sassman and his wife, Ruth of Hastings, NE; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceding Marvin in death were his parents, John and Kate Sassman; two sons: Jerry Gene and Steven Jon; and five brothers and sisters: Lloyd, John, Ora Titus, Clarence, Ina Grow and Harold.


Emery Zeman, age 78, of Storm Lake died Friday, May 16, 2003 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 19, at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake with Reverend Douglas Haynes officiating. Burial was in the Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake with military honors by AMVETS Post #66.

Emery Zeman was born June 8, 1924 in Filer, Michigan, the son of Ed and Virginia Zeman. The family lived in Two Rivers, Wisconsin where Emery attended school through the 11th grade.

On May 8, 1955 Emery was united in marriage to Mabel Hogrefe at Zion Lutheran Church in rural Storm Lake. He had earlier received his confirmation from Zion Lutheran Church.

Emery served in the United States Navy during World War II. He was sworn in to duty on January 12, 1942 and received an honorable discharge on November 26, 1946. Following his active military career, Emery joined the Merchant Marines for eight years.

Emery worked for Merrill Manufacturing and HyGrade Foods in Storm Lake retiring in 1982. Following his retirement, Emery enjoyed fishing and ballroom dancing.

Emery is survived by his wife, Mabel of Storm Lake; brothers: Robert and Ruth Zeman of Two Rivers, Wisconsin, Jim Zeman of Lompac, California and Harold Zeman of Two Rivers, Wisconsin; sister, Charlotte Fuerbringer of Two Rivers, Wisconsin; brothers and sisters-in-law: Orville and Lilly Sievers of Newell, Elmer and Delores Hogrefe of Lowell, Arkansas, Edna Brummer and Alma Hogrefe of Albert City; many nieces and nephews and other extended family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Virginia Zeman, sisters-in-law, Adela Zeman and Jenny Zeman.


Funeral Services for Marie Ward, of Fergus Falls, will be Tuesday, May 20, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Revillo, SD with Father Robert Kieffer and Sister Joyce Leibly, at 10 a.m. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Burial will be at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery with Father Ray Otto. A prayer service will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Marie Ward, 87, of Fergus Falls died Friday, May 16, 2003 at her home.

She was born September 16,1915 to William and Emma (Rooth) Meyer on a farm near LaBolt. SD, where she grew up. She graduated from Revillo High School. At the age of 16 she graduated from Northern Normal in Aberdeen and then taught school for six years.

On June 28,1938 she married P.D. Ward at Annunciation Catholic Church in Revillo. They raised a family and lived in Revillo until 1968 when they moved to Storm Lake. In 1993 they and their son, Mark, moved to Fergus Falls.

She was a member of the Altar Society, Catholic Daughters and ARC. She was always very active in her church and in her families' many activities. She was the model of strength, patience and love as she raised her family with faith that everything will be all right.

She is survived by four sons, Joe (JoAnn) Ward of Newell SD, Pat ( Susan) Ward of Fergus Falls, Michael (Angela) Ward of Littleton, MA and Mark Ward of Fergus Falls; four daughters, Margaret Mary (George) Jurgens of Fergus Falls, Joann (Mark) Krauseneck of Grand Forks, NT), Susan (Willy) Sloan of Quasqueton, and Angela (Joe) Bindner of Cedar Rapids; sister, Gladys (Charles "Pete") Lynde of Revillo, SD; brother, Dayle (Marie) Meyer of Webster, SD; 25 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, P.D on August 25, 2002.; a daughter, Catherine; a great-grandson, Mackenzie Knutson and brothers, Everett, Oliver, Donald and Ed.


Funeral services for Elinor Martha Leone Fahr, 67, formerly of Alta, were held on Monday, May 19, at the St. John Lutheran Church in Alta with Pastor Mark Abraham officiating. Burial was in the St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Alta.

Elinor died on Thursday, May 15, 2003, at Creighton Medical Center in Omaha.

Elinor was born October 13, 1935, the daughter of Edgar Henry and Alice Matilda (Menke) Fahr in rural Alta. She was baptized on October 27, 1935 and confirmed on April 2, 1950 in Hanover. She attended St. John Parochial School and Aurelia Consolidated School. She graduated from Aurelia High School. Elinor was a life-long member of St. John Lutheran Church in Hanover. She enjoyed bowling, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.

Elinor is survived by her mother, Alice Fahr of Storm Lake; two brothers, Burdette Fahr and his wife Margret of Corning, and Randy Fahr and his wife Annette of Eldora; two nieces; three nephews; and many relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her father Edgar Fahr and her sister, Marrianna Cormany.