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Lamont Bernice Sanders
Bernice Sanders

Bernice Sanders, 92, died Tuesday, July 12, 2005 in good Neighbor Home Manchester, after a short illness Services; 10:30 a.m. Thursday Grace United Methodist Church, Lamont, by the Rev, Joann Hary. Graveside services; 1:30 p.m. Thursday, East Oakwood Cemetery Shellsburg... Casket bearers will be Seth Hagenson, Lizz Sanders, Eric Barker, Jake Schinze, Chip Abernathy and Roger Gilchrist. Honorary bears will be Butch Wessels, Butch Tilson, Fay Loop and Vernon Happel.

Bernice Sanders was born Feb. 12, 1913, in Shellsburg, Iowa the daughter of LeRoy and Elizabeth Stickle Van Fossen. She attended the local schools and graduated from Shellsburg High School with the class of 1932.

Bernice was united in marriage to Stanley Sanders on Dec. 25, 1935, in Morrison, Ill. They farmed in the Vinton area until 1956, when they moved to Lamont to continue farming until 1956, when they moved into Lamont.

She was an active member of Grace United Methodist church in Lamont, a member of the Ruth Circle Ladies Group and charter member of the Social Neighbors Club...

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband on Sept. 11, 1997, and her half brother Alpha T. Lapman.

Survivors include her four children: Ann Marie (Butch Wessels) Sanders Wulfekuhle of Lamont, JoLayne (John) Weber of Webster City, Steven (Joyce Geistkemper) Sanders of Masonville and Victoria (Jeff) Sanders Barker of Cedar Rapids; six grand-children, Jessica Hagenson schultz, Seth Hagenson, Faye Sanders, Jennifer Barker Criteser, Bobbie Jo Barker and Eric Barker; and five great-grandchildren, Zaclary Hagenson, Camden Schultz, Andrew Criteser, Alan "Criteser and Abigil Criteser.

{Submitter comment: Clipping Marilyn Kolsrud}

Submitted on 27-Mar-2010 by
Sheryl Mason Reynolds,

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Benton County Times; May 26, 1914
Husband Finds Wife in Death Struggle Mrs. Chas Sanders of East Taylor Township Died Suddenly Yesterday. Funeral Tomorrow.
Della Sanders

While alone at the farm home in East Taylor Township yesterday morning, Mrs. Chas. Sanders was taken suddenly ill and when found by her husband, who had been to town, was beyond the help of anyone and died in a few moments. Mrs. Sanders had been subject to sudden sick spells and on Sunday she had complained of not feeling well. She seemed in her usual condition Monday and Mr. Sanders came to town to attend to some business. When he arrived home at 12:30 o'clock, he found his wife almost gone and no relief could be given her.

The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Mt. Pleasant Church near Shellsburg, Rev. Smick of the Fairview church will officiate. The Interment will be in the cemetery of the church.

Mrs. Sanders had been a resident of Benton County since a young child. She was born in Ohio on January 8, 1858. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Meyers were among the pioneers of the county. Her marriage to Mr. Sanders took place on March 7, 1878 and her home since that time had been in Taylor Township.

Mrs. Sanders was a devboted wife and mother and she will be sadly missed in the home and in the community where she was so well known and high regarded. Her sudden death is a shock to the husband and children and to her many friends.

The surviving members of the family are the husband and three children. The two sons, Earl and Clyde, are farmers of this county, and the daughter Mrs. Goldie Slaybaugh lives near Shellsburg. Four brothers and two sister are also living. The brothers are Fred, Charles, and William Meyers of Benton County and John Meyers of Mitchell, South Dakota. Mrs. M. Bort of this sity is a sister and Mrs. Lydia Brakeman of Waverly, Oregon, is the other sister.

The husband and childen have the deep sympathy of their friends in the sorrow that has come to them.

{Submitter comment: Courthouse death records Mother's name Albertina Hauser.}

Submitted on 12-Jun-2010 by
Martha Long,

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Vinton Eagle; October 28, 1887

Elesta (Letsy) Sanders

Mrs. Sanders, mother of Mrs. Horace Ritchie of Vinton, died Tuesday and was buried Wednesday at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Eden Towhship

{Submitter comment: Wife of William Ira Sanders. Age at death 69 years, 2 months, 5 days from tombstone. Death notice states Eden Township an error. Birth date from relative.}

Submitted on 05-Jun-2011 by
Martha Long,

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Cedar Valley Times, Vinton, Iowa.; December 22, 1955
Services Saturday for Everett Sanders
Everett E. Sanders

La Porte City--Funeral services for Everett E. Sanders, 65, will be held at 2 P.M. Saturday at the Johannsen funeral home here. Burial will be in Fairview cemetery south of La Porte City. Mr Sanders died this morning at 3:30 in Schoitz Memorial Hospital at Waterloo from the effects of a coronary thrombosis suffered last Friday. He had been ill at this home after suffering a stroke July 17. The family requests no flowers be sent but that a memorial fund be established for the heart foundation.

Everett E. Sanders was born Jan. 3, 1890, to Charles and Melinda Sanders on a farm south of La Porte City in Monroe township, Benton County. He attended the La Porte school and graduated from high school in 1909. On Jan. 30, 1918, he married Mildred Kaiser of La Porte.

For seven years they farmed north of Brandon and in 1925 moved to Brandon where they operated a grocery store. He also worked in a lumber yard. In 1945 they moved to La Porte City where he did carpentry work until his health failed.

he is survived by his wife and two daughters, Mrs Ted McClurg of Urbana, Ill., and Mrs Clare Sloan of Brandon, and four grandchildren. He was the last of his immediate family. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and infants.

Submitted on Jan 20, 2008 by
Stacey J Smith,

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from the records of the Prairie U.B. Church; LDS microfilm:

G. W. Sanders

Sanders, G.W. was born in Pittsylvania Co, Virginia, April 16, 1828. At two years of age he moved with his parents to Indiana. He was married to Mrs. Ellen Goff, Sep. 8th, 1854, Rev. John Burtner of U.B. Church performing the ceremony.

Mr. Sanders was the father of nine children, eight of which were boys.

In 1854, very shortly after his marriage he moved to Benton Co. Iowa, at which place he remained until death. He was converted in the winter of 1858 at the "Ridge School House" on Vinton Circuit, under the pastoral labors of Rev. Father Newman.

He was prostrated with sickness about the middle of August 1885, and was confined to his bed for one year and one week, before death released him from his suffering. During a great part of his sickness he suffered most excruciating pain from a combination of Rheumatism and Bright's Disease. He was resigned and trusted in his Lord. He was released by death August 21, 1886. Rev. J.G. Stewart preached his funeral sermon, from the words, "To die is to gain", on Aug 23, 1886. ---V.A.C.

{Submitter comment: Some obituaries of the people buried in the Prairie United Brethren Cemetery, Sec. 35, Taylor Township.}
Submitted on Sat Aug 28, 1998 by
Thom Carlson,

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from the 1878 History of Benton County, p. 577-8;

John B. Sanders

Eden Township.

SANDERS, J.B., farmer and stock raiser, sec. 11; P.O. Vinton; was born in Vermillion Co., Ind., July 1, 1833; came to this county in 1851; has 425 acres of land, valued at $10,600. Politics, Republican. Held the office of Constable and Township Trustee. Married Mary Rogers; she was born in Vermillion Co., Ind., Dec. 18, 1834; mother of six children, four of whom are living--Willie F., Frank L., James C., and Kate L. Emigrated from Indiana in 1851, to Benton Co., was the first Postmaster in Eden Tp.; there were only three houses in Vinton at the time he came here, not a shanty in Eden; was at the first election held in this township; thinks there were from fifteen to tweny votes cast; has been in Vinton seven years, to give his children a chance at school; raises on an average about 2,000 bushels of corn, 500 bushels of wheat, 500 bushels of oats. Mr. S. came here a poor man; knows what it is to lead a pioneer life; has accumulated a good property.

Vinton Eagle, August 28, 1917

John B. Sanders


John B. Sanders, who was known to many of the older residents as "Black John," died Wednesday, August 22, at the home of his son, F.L. Sanders near Mason City.

Mr. Sanders was the son of Booker and Lottie Sanders and was born July 1, 1833 in Vermillion county, Indiana. He came to Iowa in 1848 locating in Eden township, and always since then, although he was away at short intervals in the later years of his life, he claimed Benton county and Vinton as his home. He was married to Mary Jane Rogers March 1, 1855, at the home of the bride in Indiana, and to them six children were born, one daughter dying in infancy and one son at the age of ten years, while the family was in Kansas. The surviving children are W.F. Sanders, of Rochester, Ind., F.L. Sanders of Mason City, J. C. Sanders, former warden of the penitentiary at Ft. Madison, and Mrs. Kate Riggle, of Corwith, Iowa.

While Mr. Sanders has not been in robust health for several years, he was able to be up and around and death came from a stroke of apoplexy while he was about in the yard.

The body was brought to Vinton Friday and the funeral was held Saturday afternoon at two o'clock in the U.B. church, Rev. Uhlenhopp conducting the services, and the burial was in the U.B. cemetery in the south part of Taylor township.

Mr. Sanders was a man who was very partisan in his beliefs and was always free in the expression of them. He was a staunch republican and was also a member of the Odd Fellows lodge. All of his life he was known as an unusual character because of his radical views and mannerisms and his sincerity to his friends was just as strong as his dislike for those who opposed his views.

{Submitter comment: Some obituaries of the people buried in the Prairie United Brethren Cemetery, Sec. 35, Taylor Township.}
Submitted on Sat Aug 28, 1998 by
Thom Carlson,

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Belle Plaine Every Other Daily Union; March 27, 1900

Leonard Sanders

Leonard Sanders, one of the early pioneers of Taylor township, aged about 75 years, fell backwards from a load of straw last Tuesday striking on his head and shoulders. He became unconscious and remained so until his death which occurred Wednesday evening.

{Submitter comment: not related}

Submitted on 31-Jan-2022 by
John Shuck,

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Vinton Review; April 20, 1899
Martha A. Sanders

Martha A. Sebern was born in Johnson County, Indiana, March 29, 1853 and died in Vinton April 11, 1899, being 46 years and 13 days old. She was married to J.F. Sanders December 31, 1874. To them three children were born, one daughter and two sons. The daughter died in infancy; the sons have grown to manhood and were present at the funeral. She was converted in 1872 and united with the U.B. church, of which she was an active member until the time of her death. Of her family she has three brothers and two sisters living. Her oldes brother gave his life in his country's service and was buried in Indiana, and her youngest sister died in Colorado several years ago. She has one brother in Boise City, Idaho, one brother and sister in Longmont, Colorado, and a brother and sister here, John C. Sebern and Mrs. Mary Meakins.

The funeral services were held at the Mt. Pleasant Church and were conducted by Rev. E. H. Avery. A large number attended. The family has the sympathy of all in their sad affliction. J.C.S.

Submitted on 12-Jun-2010 by
Martha Long,

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Cedar Valley Times, Vinton, Iowa.; December 27, 1966
Mildred Sanders of La Porte Dies
Mildred E. Sanders

La Porte City--Mrs Mildred E. Sanders, 74, was found dead on the bathroom floor of her homo here Tuesday by her two daughters, Mrs. Clare (Gladys) Sloan of Brandon and Mrs. Ted (Betty) McClurg of Urbana, Ill., who had called at their mother's home to take her to Waterloo shopping. Death was attributed to a stroke. Mrs. McClurg was visiting her sister for over Christmas.

Mrs Sanders is survived by five grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Mabel Baylor of Clearwater, Fla.; and seven brothers, Cato Kaiser of Brandon, Phillip Kaiser of La Porte City, Sheldon Kaiser of Waterloo, Letson Kaiser of Napa, Calif., J. K. Kaiser of Aurora, IA, Paul Kaiser of Oelwein and C. S. Kaiser of Green.

Mrs Sanders was a member of the EUB church and the Lotus club. In lieu of flowers money may be given for a memorial.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:30 P.M., at the Johannsen- Rossow funeral home and burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery south of La Porte City on Highway 218.

Submitted on Jan 20, 2008 by
Stacey J Smith,

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Vinton Eagle, May 10, 1907
W. B. Sanders


Death Calls Another Benton County Pioneer to His Reward Last Tuesday-- W. B. Sanders died at his home in Vinton Tuesday morning at 5 o'clock after an illness of less than a week.

"Uncle Billy" as he was known to everybody was a man universally liked. He was of quiet disposition but by his cheerful, pleasant manner endeared himself to all who knew him.

He has been a familiar figure in Vinton and to scores of people his taking away will come as a personal loss.

Mr. Sanders was 72 years old, a native of Indiana. He settled in Eden township in 1852 and resided on the old farm until he retired from active work and moved to Vinton ten years ago.

He married Miss Ann Butcher in 1862 who, with the only son John, survive.

The funeral was held at the Eden township church yesterday morning and the burial took place in the cemetery near by.

{Submitter comment: Some obituaries of the people buried in the Prairie United Brethren Cemetery, Sec. 35, Taylor Township.}
Submitted on Sat Aug 28, 1998 by
Thom Carlson,

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Vinton Eagle; January 26, 1881
Wm Ira Sanders

Benton Township-Wm Ira Sanders who was sick for three weeks with typhoid pneumonia, died on the 19th. His remains were followed to Mt. Pleasant cemetery by a large number of people. Mr. Sanders was one of the oldest settlers of Benton County and was a Christian man, and one who was respected by all who knew him.

Submitted on 12-Jun-2010 by
Martha Long,

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