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Funeral Arrangements

Thursday, May 29, 2003


Genevieve (Jane) Candor Walby, age 92 of Storm Lake, died Saturday, May 24, 2003, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorial Services were held Tuesday, May 27, at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake with Rev. Duane Queen officiating.

Jane was born March 11, 1911, in Cogswell, North Dakota, the youngest of four children born to Robert Arthur and Viola Kendall Candor. She attended Battle Creek (Michigan) High School her junior and senior years, graduating in 1928. She then attended Battle Creek Community College for two years before transferring to Iowa State University in Ames, where she was affiliated with Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. She graduated from Iowa State University in 1932 with a degree in dietetics. She did a one-year internship at the University of Minnesota Hospital and then accepted a job in Foley, Minnesota as the county home extension agent.

On April 25, 1936, Jane married Alden M. Walby at her family home in Cogswell. They lived in Oakes, North Dakota, until the spring of 1945 when they moved to Alexandria, Minnesota. In March of 1951, Jane returned to the University of Minnesota to take further dietetics courses. Upon completion, she accepted a job as the first dietitian at Buena Vista County Hospital, until her retirement in 1970.

During her life, Jane was active in Lakeside Presbyterian Church, Tuesday Study Club, SERPACI, Eastern Star, Storm Lake Centennial activities, and the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Chapter JD. She sewed over 1,700 garments for Hillcrest Family Services in Dubuque, and Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc. She wrote her memoirs in a booklet, "I Remember When", with proceeds going to fund a journalism scholarship at Buena Vista University.

Jane is survived by two daughters, Ida Mae (Ren) Holland of Little Falls, Minnesota, and Ann (Ray) Steben of Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alden of 54 years, one sister, two brothers, and her parents.

Memorials may be designated to Lakeside Presbyterian Church or Hillcrest Family Services of Dubuque. Funeral arrangements were made by the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home of Storm Lake.


Irma J. Harris, age 77, of Des Moines formerly of Newell, passed away Friday, May 23, 2003 at Genesis Care Center in Des Moines, following a lengthy illness.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 27, at the United Methodist Church in Newell. Rev. Geneva Parsons officiated. Burial was in the Newell Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home of Newell was in charge of arrangements.

Irma Jean Carlson Harris was born November 27, 1925, in Sioux Rapids, the daughter of Oscar and Blanche Dunlap Carlson. She graduated from Linn Grove High School and attended Buena Vista College. She taught country school near Spirit Lake.

Irma was united in marriage to Edwin Harris on February 21, 1954 at their farm home, Newell.

In 1970, she received her LPN degree from Iowa Central Community College, Fort Dodge. She was employed at Buena Vista North Manor. Following their retirement, Irma and Edwin enjoyed traveling in their motor home and spending winters in Tucson, Arizona.

Irma enjoyed knitting and gave many afghans, slippers and stocking caps to relatives and friends.

Playing Bingo was one of her favorite pastimes in addition to the morning coffee with friends.

Her family was very important to her especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include her daughter Donna Davis and friend Kasey Kiplinger, Des Moines; three grandsons: Jeffrey and Audra Davis, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Tony Davis, and Robbie Davis, Des Moines, four great grandchildren; step daughter Charlene and Jim Breazeale, Pleasantville; three step grandsons: Steve, Shane and Shawn Breazeale, and five step great grandchildren; brothers: Oliver and Betty Carlson, Algona, Glen and Nola Carlson, Storm Lake, Oscar and Marilyn Carlson, Onalaska, Wisconsin, Don and Deb Carlson, Fort Dodge, Larry and Sheryl Carlson, Alta; one sister, Donna Stelling, Pocahontas and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her husband Edwin (2000); son James Lee Master (1967); infant granddaughter; parents Oscar and Blanche Carlson; brother Arvid Carlson; brother-in-law Hans Stelling; sister-in-law Jan Carlson and two nephews Bill Carlson and Rory Carlson.


Conrad Louis Schafer, 82, a resident of Mt. Vernon, died of cancer at home on Thursday, May 22, 2003. He was born on July 8, 1920 in Sac County. He lived there until joining the U.S. Air Force in 1942. Conrad was confirmed in 1946. He was a long-time faithful member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Storm Lake and Trinity Lutheran Church in Mt. Vernon.

On July 6, 1943, he married Gladys Dierenfeld in Wall Lake. After the war they went back to Iowa and finally settled in Storm Lake where they raised their four children with much love. Connie worked at Hygrade for thirty-three years and semi-retired in 1981. Because he loved being on the golf course, he then became a groundskeeper at the Alta Country Club where he was a long time member.

He moved to Mt. Vernon in 1993 where he enjoyed helping neighbors with lawn mowing, painting, furniture making, and other handyman jobs.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys; four children: Beverly and her husband John Butterfield of Spokane, Brice and his wife, Carolyn, of Mt. Vernon, Kenny of Denver, Co., and Kendra and her husband Mike Range; five grandchildren: Jan and her husband Barry Danzig, Becky and her husband Brian Leighton, Dan Range, and Niki Range; four great-grandchildren: Christy Swanson, Llysah Karl, Stacy and Christopher Leighton.

Conrad was preceded in death by his parents Conrad and Anna Schafer; three brothers: Herman, Vernon and Leonard; five sisters: Catherine Nelson, Viola Stock, Irene Schafer, Annaville Myers and Edna Mae Wedlock; and his grandson Brandon Schafer.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, May 27, at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Cremation arrangements are under the care of Kern Funeral Home.


Memorial services for Merle Freese age 71 of Lead Hill, Arkansas formerly of Schaller will be held Saturday, May 31, at 1:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Schaller. Burial will be held in the Schaller Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Schaller is in charge of the arrangements.

Merle was born, August 13, 1931 in Herring. The son of Gerd B. and Gasena E. (Odhen) Freese. He attended school in Schaller and graduated from Hayes.

He served in the Marines during the Korean War. Afterwards he had farmed for many years in Iowa and then began driving a truck over the road for 21 years.

At this time he moved to Phoenix AZ, and began working for Fry's Warehouse, being a member of the Teamsters Union. He retired from Fry's after fifteen years of service. He also enjoyed fishing and gardening.

Survivors include his wife, Vadna (Anderson) Freese of the home; sons, Kelvin of Navasota, TX., and Berend of Washington; daughters and sons-in-law, Peggy and Eric Cruse of Milligan, TX; Marjorie and Barry Williams of Alaska, and Carol and Steve Parker of Washington; brothers, Bernen Freese of Schaller, and Alben Freese of Sac City; as well as six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Gertrude and Martha.


Graveside committal services for Vivian Koth, of Des Moines, will be Tuesday, June 3, at 2 p.m. at BV Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake, with Pastor Steve Schulz officiating. There will be no visitation.

Survivors include a sister, Lois and husband, Darwin McConkey of Alta; and a brother, Quintus and wife, Kay of Hayward, California; also nieces and nephews, Cindy and husband Robert Iehl of Alta, and Don Koth, Mark and wife Deanna Koth, Amy and husband, Barry Carroll, Steve and wife, Lisa Koth and Nancy Koth, all of California.

A complete obituary will appear at a later date.