Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday, June 10, 2003


Vivian Koth, age 73, of Des Moines, died Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at her apartment in LiGutti Tower in Des Moines. Graveside services were held Tuesday, June 3 at Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery, Storm Lake, with Pastor Steven Schulz officiating.

Vivian Elisabeth Koth was born October 30, 1929 in Elk Township, Buena Vista County, the daughter of Carl and Anna (Keilers) Koth. She graduated from Alta High School in 1947. She attended Samuels School of Beauty Culture in Sioux City and became a licensed Cosmetologist, graduating in 1948. She worked in shops in Webster City and Fort Dodge before locating in Des Moines, where she was a long-time employee of Hansen's Hair Design until retiring.

Vivian enjoyed her vacation travels and working with her house plants. She was especially fond of her niece, Cindy and husband. Bob lehl, and their children, Jason, Jamie and Brandon.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Anna Koth; nephew, Scott McConkey; niece, Florence (Mrs. Don) Koth; and a half-brother, Lorenz Koth.

She is survived by her sister, Lois and husband, Darwin McConkey of Alta; a brother, Quintus J.H. Koth and wife, Kay of Hayward, California; her half-brother's wife, Hilda Koth of Aurelia; niece, Cindy and husband. Bob lehl of Alta; nephew, Don Koth of Livermore, California; nephew, Mark and wife, Deanna Koth of Pleasanton, California; niece, Amy and husband, Barry Carroll of Hayward, California; nephew, Steven and wife. Lisa Koth of Pleasanton, California; Nancy Koth of Ripon, California; nephew, Merlin Koth of Warner Robbins, Georgia; and niece, Karen and husband, Jerold Van Hooser of Rochester, Minnesota; and extended family and friends.


Clara M. Wallen, age 97, a former resident of Storm Lake for 62 years, died Sunday, June 8, at Sacred Heart Care Center in Austin, Minnesota.

Visitation will be Tuesday, June 10, at Clasen-Jorden Mortuary in Austin. The funeral, arranged by Fusselman-Wymore Mortuary, will be Thursday, June 12 at the Methodist Church in Unadilla, Nebraska with the Reverend Jeanette Fagerberg Officiating. Burial will be in the Unadilla Cemetery.

Clara Wallen was born January 17, 1906 in Unadilla, Nebraska, the third daughter of August and Mary (Behrens) Siepelmeier. Following graduation from Syracuse High School in 1925, Clara continued her education at the University of Nebraska and was awarded a teaching certificate. She taught in country schools near Unadilla before marrying Clarence E. Wallen on June 19, 1930. They moved to Boston, Ma., where Clarence worked for the W.T. Grant Co. After several moves, they purchased a variety store in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. IN 1935, they sold this store and purchased a variety store in Storm Lake. Four more Wallen Stores were added in Newell, Sac City, and Alta and Holstein. They also opened the Storm Lake Wholesale and Distributing Co. and Town and Country Discount Store.

Clara was a member of the Storm Lake United Methodist Church, a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star and an original member of the Methodist Manor Guild. She enjoyed music, playing the piano, organ and cello. She especially enjoyed being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include a son, Don Wallen, Mesa, AZ, and a daughter, Mary Ann Leonard and husband, Gary, of Austin, MN; six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Josie Wallen and Ida Wallen and her husband who died in Storm Lake on September 22, 1973.