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Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday, August 5, 2003


Mildred E. Bartels, age 83, of Storm Lake died Wednesday, July 30, 2003 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Funeral services were held Sunday, August 3 at the St. John Lutheran Church in Storm Lake with Reverend Douglas Haynes officiating. Burial was in the Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Mildred E. Bartels was born November 15, 1919 to Herman and Maria (Schweer) Bartels at Tobias, Nebraska. She was baptized November 27, 1919 and confirmed April 9, 1933 at the Zion Lutheran Church at Tobias. She received her education at Zion Lutheran Parochial School at Tobias.

Mildred moved to Storm Lake in the spring of 1938. She did house work for different families for the next ten years. At that time she was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, rural Storm Lake. She transferred her membership to St. John Lutheran Church in Storm Lake in 1948.

Starting in 1949, Mildred began working for Drs. Hansen and Prescott at the Buena Vista Clinic until she retired in 1987. She taught Sunday School at St. John's for 18 years. She was a member of the Choir and the Altar Guild.

Mildred is survived by two brothers, Victor and wife Mathilda Bartels and Eldo and wife Neoma Bartels both of Storm Lake; a nephew, Dan and wife Desiree Bartels.

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Gertrude.


Houmphanh Phosy, age 71, of Storm Lake died Thursday, July 31, 2003 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Rites for Houmphanh Phosy were Saturday, August 2 at the Fratzke and Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake, with the Fratzke and Jensen Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Houmphanh Phosy was born on March 2, 1932 in Xayabory, Laos. During his stay in Laos, he had a difficult childhood, as he was an orphan. However, Mr. Phosy was not distracted by those obstacles from pursuing his dreams.

At the age of 18, he served in the army, and also in the Vietnam War, helping the Americans. In 1959, he was married to Pat Phosy and they had five children together. Because of aiding the Americans, he and his family had a legal right to come to the U. S. and became a U.S. citizen. This was where he started his new life.

On September 11, 1987 he and his family moved to the U. S. A. Living in the United States without knowing English did not discourage him from making the best for his family. He was a wonderful husband and father. The hard work paid off, he was retired in 2002. On June 3, 2003, he became very ill from cancer and finally rests in peace on July 31, 2003 at 1:50 p.m.

Mr. Phosy is survived by his wife and his five children.


Funeral services for Margene M, Otto, 67, of Aurelia, were held Monday, August 4, 2003, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Larry Lemke officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Aurelia. Margene died Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at her home in Aurelia.

Margene Minnie Otto was born to Elmer and Elda (Hoffmeier) Otto on November 14, 1935, in Cherokee. She was baptized as a baby, and was confirmed in the Lutheran Faith at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia. Margene attended school at Diamond number 1 until she started as a fifth grader at Aurelia Community School. She graduated in 1954 from Aurelia. She then attended Business School in Sioux City for one year, Margene worked at Cherokee State Bank, and Central Trust Bank and Grawburg Bookkeeping both in Cherokee.

She worked at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, and at the Cherokee Mental Health, Margene enjoyed her family, knitting, and watching sports on television.

Preceding Margene in death were her parents; maternal grandparents, Fred and Minnie (Bartz) Hoffmeier; paternal grandparents, Henry and Katherine Otto.

Survivors include one brother, Eldon (Tony) Otto and his wife LaVonne of Aurelia; two nieces, Caria and her husband Richard Banweil and their two children, Erica and Brian, of Alta; Synda and her husband Scott Jepsen of Ida Grove.