Ethel Laverna Bengtson was born on May 6, 1926, daughter of Amandus and Esther (Johnson) Bengtson at Aurelia. Ethel was baptized and confirmed at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee. She attended country school for eight years then four years at the Aurelia High School, graduating in 1944. On Dec. 15, 1946 Ethel was united in marriage to Orville Hiemstra. They made their home on a farm at Kingsley, and moved to Aurelia in 1963. Orville died on March 22, 1989. On Sept. 21, 1995, Ethel married William Weiss. They made their home at Spirit Lake, where she attended Grace Lutheran Church. Ethel enjoyed sewing, baking, gardening, playing cards, and keeping in touch with her family and friends.
Ethel died Saturday, May 7, 2011, at her home in Spirit Lake.
Preceding Ethel in death were her parents, two sisters; Lenora Bengtson and Marlyce Bergstrom, four brothers; Clarence, Verner, Leonard, and Reuben Bengtson, and her husband Orville.
Survivors include her husband William Weiss of Spirit Lake, two daughters; Shanda and her husband Larry Reilly of Aurelia and Janilyn and her husband David Ohlaug of Brainerd, Minn., and three step-children; Greg and his wife Kathy Weiss of Mahopac, N.Y., Julie and her husband Steve Schmidt of Spirit Lake, and Debra and her husband Bill Wignall of Winterset. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Tadd Reilly of Bowling Green, Ky., Kasey Reilly and Kalli Reilly both of Aurelia, Kari and husband Scott Faber of San Diego, Calif., Brandon Ohlaug of North Liberty, and step-grandchildren Kristi and husband Mike Bauerly of San Francisco, Calif., and Amanda Weiss of Mahopac, N.Y., and two great-grandchildren, Lynsee Ockerman and Tyson Faber. Also surviving are one sister, Helen Thompson of Seal Beach, Calif., one brother, Ronald and wife Darlene Bengtson of Mesa, Ariz., and six sisters-in-law; Marshea Bengtson of Phoenix, Ariz., Willie Lou Bengtson of Mesa, Frances Hiemstra of Aurelia, Keith Hiemstra of Letcher, S.D., Catherine Faulkon and Marie Weiss both of Mason City, one brother-in-law Frank Weiss of Mason City, and other relatives and friends.