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Zemanek Seaton, Irma 1897-1980

OBITUARY: Irma Zemanek Seaton, 1897-1980, Mitchell County, Iowa [St. Ansgar Enterprise, 30 OCT 1980]

Mrs. Dwight Seaton Funeral Held Tuesday, October 28

Funeral services for Mrs. Dwight S. Seaton, 83, who died Friday, October 24 at the Faith Nursing Home in Osage, were held Tuesday, October 28 at the Schroeder Funeral Home here with the Rev. Bruce Wittern, pastor of the St. Ansgar United Methodist church, officiating. Irma Zemanek was born in Mitchell county January 28, 1897, the daughter of Vincent and Theresa Zemanek. She attended grade school in the St. Ansgar area, and was graduated from St. Ansgar high school in 1914. She married Dwight S. Seaton in Osage February 1920. Mrs. Seaton resided in her rural home east of St. Ansgar all her life except for a short time in Osage. For many years she was the Spring Valley correspondent for the St. Ansgar Enterprise. Mrs. Seaton was preceded in death by her husband, Dwight; her parents, Vincent and Theresa Zemanek; two sisters, Georgia Libersky and Wilma Adams. She is survived by a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Burial was in the St. Ansgar cemetery with Rev. Wittern in charge of the committal services.
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Ziegler Powers, Suzanne Jo 1942-2001

OBITUARY: Suzanne Jo Ziegler Powers, Mitchell County, Iowa [Mitchell County Press-News, online,, Posted Oct. 31, 2001]

Suzanne Jo Ziegler Powers

Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 30, 2001 at St. Ansgar Catholic Church for Suzanne Jo Powers, age 59, of St. Ansgar. Father Schneider officiated and burial was in the St. Ansgar Cemetery. She died Saturday, October 27, 2001 at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, MN. Suzanne Jo Ziegler, the daughter of Cyril (Babe) and Eleanor Ziegler Tracy, was born Jan. 4, 1942 at Mason City. She attended St. Ansgar Schools. At the time of her death she was employed at Wallace Computer Service in Osage. Suzanne was united in marriage to Clifford Powers on Nov. 28, 1959 at St. Ansgar Catholic Church in St. Ansgar. They became parents of four sons, Eric, Greg, Troy and Mike. She was an avid sports fan. She especially loved watching her children and grandchildren participate in sports as well as watching the Hawkeyes, Twins and Vikings. Her weekends were often spent playing Bingo with her mother. She was a devoted wife and mother and a proud grandmother of thirteen grandchildren. She thoroughly enjoyed time with her family. Preceding her in death was her father; maternal grandparents and paternal grandparents. Left to cherish her memory are her husband Clifford; her mother Eleanor; four sons, Eric and wife Deb, Gregory and his wife Annette, Troy and wife Sandy and Michael and wife Ann all of St. Ansgar; thirteen grandchildren, Brian, Bridget, Brooke, Megan, Andrew, Darren, Derrick and his wife, Amy, Damon, Darcy, Ben, Abbey, Alyssa and Aaron Powers. Sue leaves two brothers, Dennis Ziegler and his wife Veronica of Eagle River, Alaska, Steve Ziegler and his wife, Candy of Anchorage, Alaska and numerous family and friends.
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Zimmerman, Melvin 1950-2004

OBITUARY: Melvin Zimmerman, 1950-2004, Mitchell County, Iowa [Adapted from: Mitchell County Press-News online - 10/27/2004]

Melvin Zimmerman

Funeral services for Melvin Zimmerman, age 53, were held on October 26, 2004 at Lime Springs, Iowa, with Ministers Earvey Ensz, Richard Unruh and Raymond Ensz. Burial was in Wayne Cemetery in rural McIntire, Iowa. Melvin Zimmerman was born on December 29, 1950 to Edwin and Annie Hoover Zimmerman in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He passed away October 20, 2004 from a heart attack while hunting in the mountains in Washington state. He lived in Lancaster County until second grade, then moved to Berks County, Pennsylvania, where he grew to manhood. Melvin was very much a farm boy at heart, enjoying farm activities with parents and siblings. Melvin found companionship in Mabel Saude, also of Berks County, on October 26, 1972. To this union were born six children. They shared life's joys and sorrows for almost 32 years. They lived in Berks County, Pennsylvania, and were members of the Old Order Mennonite Church until 1982, when he gave his heart to the Lord. They were baptized into the Church of God in Christ Mennonite, in November 1983 by Minister Chester Johnson. In 1989 the Lord led them to move to Howard County, Iowa. This was a new venture, beginning the Church of God in Northeast Iowa. Some of Melvin's happiest years were spent here with the family and brethren. Melvin was preceded in death by one sister, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, one brother-in-law and one sister-in-law. Survivers include: his wife Mabel, Lime Springs, Iowa; two sons: Nelson (and Julia), and Edwin, of Lime Springs, Iowa. Four daughters: Laura (and Lynden) Warkentin, of Cartwright, Manitoba; Erma (and Gene) Esau, of Pincher Creek, Alberta; Brenda, Thelma and Kyle Wedel, Lime Springs, Iowa; Blake and Laurie Meighen, Lime Springs, Iowa became a special part of the family; parents Edwin and Annie H. Zimmerman, of Shiloh, Ohio; four brothers: Ammon (and Erma), Kutztown, Pa.; Harvey (and Erma), Edwin (and Grace), Glen (and Luella), Shelby, Ohio area; five sisters: Lizzie (and Mahlon) Sauder, Martha (and Harry) Weaver, Kutztown, Pa.; Anna (and Melvin) Nolt, Rachel (and Harvey) Burkholder, Annetta (and Lloyd) Martin, Shiloh, Ohio area; four brothers-in-law: Mahlon (and Lizzie), Kutztown, Pa.; Ivan (and Mildred), Greenwich, Ohio; Paul (and Verna), Topton, Pa.; Noah (and Arlene), Loysville, Pa.; one sister-in-law, Ruth Sauder, Millmont, Pa.; nine grandchildren and many relatives and friends.
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Zimmerman Oberholtzer, Vera c1930-2005

OBITUARY: Vera M. (nee' Zimmerman) Oberholtzer, c1930-2005, Mitchell Co., IA Originally Posted on, May 18, 2005 -- Edited by IaGenWeb

Vera M. Oberholtzer

Services for Vera M. Oberholtzer, 75, of Ephrata, Pennsylvania, and fomerly of Osage, Iowa, were held Monday, May 9, 2005 at her late home and further services were at Meadow Valley Mennonite Church with Bishop Lester B. Martin officiating. Interment was in the adjoining church cemetery. Vera died at her residence on May 5, 2005, after a brief illness. Vera was born in East Earl, a daughter of the late Jonas M. and Sarah N. Martin Zimmerman. She was the wife of Noah M. Oberholtzer. She was a member of Meadow Valley Mennonite Church, Weaverland Conference, and was a homemaker. Vera was preceded in death by a son, Nelson and a grandson Nevin. Her survivors include her husband, two sons, Marlin Z., husband of Eva Mae Zimmerman Oberholtzer of Ephrata and Landis Z. husband of Amy Newswanger Oberholtzer of Nora Springs, IA; a daughter Nancy Z., wife of Alvin M. Martin of Richland; 27 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, a brother Lloyd M. husband of Irene High Zimmerman of East Earl; two sisters Elva M., wife of Luke M. Eberly of Stevens and Irene M., wife of Lester L. Zimmerman of East Earl and a foster sister, Verna G. Martin of Bethel. Arrangements by Strading Funeral Homes, Akron/Ephrata.
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Zirwes, Grace (Cleveland) 1888-1980

OBITUARY: Grace A. Zirwes, 1888-1980, Mitchell County, Iowa [St. Ansgar Enterprise, 27 NOV 1980]

Grace A. Zirwes Funeral Held Here Monday, Nov. 24

Funeral services for Mrs. Grace A. Zirwes, 92, who died at the St. Ansgar Good Samaritan Center Friday, November 21, were held Monday, November 24 at the Schroeder Funeral Home here with the Rev. Bruce Wittern, pastor of the St. Ansgar United Methodist church, officiating. Grace Almira Zirwes was born September 6, 1888 at the Cleveland homestead, Rock township, the daughter of Myron H. and Elia (DuShane) Cleveland. She attended school at Rock Number 3. June 30, 1919 she married Harry F. Zirwes at the her family farm home. They made their home in Milwaukee, Wis. Her husband died in 1964. Mrs. Zirwes remained in Wisconsin until 1968 when she came to St. Ansgar to be a resident at the Good Samaritan Center and to be near her niece and family. Mr. and Mrs. Zirwes had no children. She was the last survivor of her family. Her husband, one brother, two sisters and her parents preceded her in death. Survivors include nieces and nephews: Mrs. William Neeley of St. Ansgar; Mrs. James Rhinehart of Oceanside, Calif.; Alton Gilbertson of Texas; Gary Gilbertson of California; Mrs. Richard Wallace of Mason City and Mrs. Veylord Kuker, Sumner. Burial was in the Cleveland family plot in the Osage cemetery with Rev. Wittern in charge of the committal services.
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Zitnak, Verna (Beyer) 1916-1991

OBITUARY: Verna M. (Beyer) Zitnak, Mitchell County, Iowa (St. Ansgar Enterprise, 18 APR 1991)

Verna M. (Beyer) Zitnak [1916-1991]

Funeral Services for Verna M. Zitnak, 74, of Austin, Minn., who died Wednesday, April 10 at St. Olaf Hospital, were held Saturday April 13 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Austin with the Rec. John K. Pfeiffer officiating. Verna Zitnak was born July 22, 1916 at St. Ansgar to Richard and Anna (Rachut) Beyer. She was baptized August 13, 1916 and confirmed April 13, 1930 at Immanuel Lutheran Church by the Rec. Paul Brammer. Rev. Brammer also performed her marriage on May 1, 1939 in the parsonage of Immanuel Lutheran to Thomas E. Zitnak. They moved to Austin in 1942 where she was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church. She is survived by her husband, Thomas Zitnak, Austin; two sons, Thomas D. of New Brighton, Minnesota and Dennis of Blue Earth, Minn.; six grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Lloyd (Wilma) Hansen, St. Ansgar; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Edwin and Arthur Beyer.
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Zobeck, Charles 1917-1997

OBITUARY: Charles H. Zobeck, 1917-1997, Mitchell County, Iowa [Based on Obituary in Mason City Globe Gazette; September 19, 1997]

Charles H. Zobeck

RICEVILLE, IOWA-- Charles H. Zobeck, 80, of Riceville, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 1997, at the Regional Health Services Hospital, Cresco. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the St. Peter's Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Matthew Versemann officiating. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery. The Conway Funeral Home, Riceville, is in charge of arrangements. Charles was born Aug. 6, 1917, in North Dakota. Survivors include his wife, Kathleen; three daughters, Sandra Michels, Medford, Minn., Sharon Zobeck, Riceville, and Vickie Zeien, Phoenix, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, John Zobeck, New Hampton, and Dale Zobeck, Lime Springs; three sisters, Katherine Drtina, Cresco, Dorothy Bartels, Rochester, Minn., and Lucille Wolfe, Chester. He was preceded in death by his two half brothers, Nelson Zobeck and Raymond Zobeck.
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Zrostlik Johanns, Rose 1912-2004

OBITUARY: Rose (Hrubes) Zrostlik Johanns, 1912-2004, Mitchell Co., Iowa Adapted from: Mitchell County Press-News online -- Oct. 6, 2004

Rose Johanns

A Mass of Christian Burial for Rose Johanns, age 91, of Osage, Iowa, was held on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Osage, with Rev. Mark Reasoner officiating. Burial was in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Osage. Rose died Monday, Sept. 27, 2004, at the Faith Home in Osage. She was born Oct. 19, 1912, on the family farm near Duncan, Iowa, the daughter of Jilji and Rose (Hejlik) Hrubes. Rose married Jim Zrostlik in 1933. Jim died in 1935. Rose married Marvin Johanns on February 25, 1941, in Duncan. They farmed east of Osage for 49 years, moving to Osage in the fall of 1989. Marvin died December 26, 1989. Rose was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Osage, and a member of the Sacred Heart Ladies Guild. She was a member of the Mitchell County Hospital Auxiliary, serving as a volunteer in the hospital. Rose also volunteered at Sacred Heart School. Rose was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband Jim Zrostlik in 1935; her second husband Marvin Johanns in 1989; three brothers, Frank, John and Ray Hrubes; two sisters, Agnes Nedved and Emily Trca; and a daughter-in-law Lois Johanns. Rose is survived by her daughter Janice (Edward) Kodet of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and their son Daniel Kodet of Minneapolis; her son Clarence "Joe" Johanns of Ames and his children; Denise (Rodger) Lovig of Story City and their children, Alex (Bobbi) Balfanz and their daughter Parker Rose; Kimberly (Joe) Chelsvig and their children Benjamin and Dawson; Karen (David) Burgus of Osceola and their children Chris and Adrienne; Alan (Kristine) Johanns of San Diego, Calif. and their daughter Kamryn; Sharon (Joe) Schwabe of Denver, Colo. and their children Sarah, Jennifer, Joseph and Megan; Nancy (Mark) Shaw of Ames and their children Rachael, Phillip and Kristine; Joel Johanns of Ames; three sisters, Elsie Vavrik of Garner, Helen Malek of Garner, and Mary Trca of Britt; two brothers, Joe (Leona) Hrubes of Britt, Clarence (Joan) Hrubes of Garner; two sisters-in-law, Margaret Hrubes of Garner and Alyce Hrubes of Garner; and one brother-in-law Vince Nedved of Garner. Arrangements by Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home 641-732-3706.
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Zuehl, Dorothy 1915-2003

OBITUARY: Dorothy B. Zuehl, 1915-2003, Mitchell Co., Iowa [Adapted from: Mitchell County-Press-News online - Posted Dec. 31, 2003 ]

Dorothy B. Zuehl

Funeral services for Dorothy Zuehl, age 87, of St. Ansgar, Iowa, were held at 10 am, on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Toeterville, Iowa, with Dr. Elaine Siemsen officiating. Burial was in St. Peter Cemetery in Toeterville. Dorothy died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003, at Mitchell County Regional Health Center in Osage. Dorothy Zuehl was born Dec. 29, 1915, in Mitchell County, Iowa, to Leo and Lydia (Kruger) Bublitz. She was baptized Jan. 23, 1916, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Grafton, Iowa, and confirmed Mar. 29, 1931, at the same church. Dorothy received her education in the Carpenter Consolidated School in Carpenter, Iowa. On Nov. 25, 1934 she married Kenneth W. Zuehl in the Grafton church. God blessed their marriage with four children, Kenneth Dean, Roger, Harriet and Verle. Jan. 1, 1939 they moved to Toeterville, where Kenneth worked for the Coop Oil Company. Soon after moving to Toeterville they transferred their church membership to St. Peter Lutheran Church. There Dorothy was an active member of the ladies aid and also an honorary member of Ruth Circle. In November 1995 Kenneth and Dorothy moved to Worth Living Center in St. Ansgar. Dorothy moved to the Good Samaritan Center in St. Ansgar in August of 2001. Preceding Dorothy in death were her husband Kenneth on March 26, 1997 and twin great-grandchildren. She is survived by her four children Kenneth Dean and his wife Mary of Osage and their children, Bonnie, Donnie, Jim and Terrie; Roger and his wife Diane of Racine, Wisconsin, and their children Mark, Karla and Lois; Harriet Schulz and her husband Gerold of St. Ansgar and their children Kimberly, Steven, Craig and Kaye and Verle and his wife Darlene of Northbridge, Massachusetts, and their children Laura and Barbara. Dorothy is also survived by 29 great-grandchildren. Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home, 641-732-3706, Osage, is in charge of arrangements.
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Zuehl, Kenneth 1912-1997

OBITUARY: Kenneth W. Zuehl, 1912-1997, Mitchell County, Iowa [Based on Obituary in Mason City Globe Gazette; Mar. 28, 1997]

Kenneth W. Zuehl

ST. ANSGAR, IOWA--Kenneth W. Zuehl, 84, of St. Ansgar, and formerly of Toeterville, died Wednesday (March 26, 1997) at the Good Samaritan Center in St. Ansgar. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Toeterville, with the Rev. David Palm officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter Cemetery, Toeterville. Kenneth was born Sept. 16, 1912, in Hancock County near Britt. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Zuehl, St. Ansgar; one daughter, Harriet Schulz of St. Ansgar; three sons, Kenneth Dean Zuehl of St. Ansgar; Roger Zuehl of Racine, Wis., and Verle Zuehl of Northbridge, Mass.; 13 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his stepmother, one sister, two brothers and two great-grandchildren. The Champion Funeral Home, Osage, is in charge of arrangements. Copyright 2006 - IaGenWeb


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Zwerneman Moore, Hazel 1908-2004

OBITUARY: Hazel Nalia (Zwerneman) Moore, 1908-2004, Mitchell Co., Iowa [Based on obituary in Mitchell County Press-News online, Posted July 28, 2004]

Hazel Nalia Zwerneman Moore

Memorial services for Hazel Nalia Zwerneman Moore, 96, who passed away Sunday, July 17, 2004 at the Good Samaritan Center in St.Ansgar, Iowa, were held on Saturday, July 24, 2004 at First Lutheran Church in St. Ansgar, Iowa, with Rev. Robert Porisch officiating. Burial was in Newburg Cemetery, Carpenter, Iowa. Hazel was born February 29, 1908 in Carpenter, Iowa, the eldest daughter of Charles Philip Zwerneman and Hilda Marie (Larson) Zwerneman. Following the death of her mother in 1914 Hazel made her home with her grandmother Maren Larson of Carpenter. Hazel attributed much of her success in life to the influence of Grandma Larson, as she was a stern, but fair and loving person. Hazel was confirmed in the Christian faith at Deer Creek Church in Carpenter on March 6, 1923. As one of a small high school class, Hazel was called upon to assist in teaching other students at Carpenter Consolidated Schools when one of the instructors fell ill. She graduated from Carpenter High School in 1926. After her high school graduation she attended Hamilton Business College in Mason City, Iowa. Hazel was employed at a law office in Northwood, Iowa when the opportunity arose that took her to employment in Washington, D.C. She was employed as a civil servant in the Federal and State Labor Departments, House of Representatives, Treasury and Labor Departments, U. S. Customs, and Selective Service System. While she was working, Hazel also found time to attend law school at Columbia University. During this time she met Robert Lee Moore, a special agent for the FBI, whom she later married in Honolulu, Hawaii on November 11, 1941. Their union was blessed by the arrival of their cherished daughter, Margaret Lee Moore, on September 29, 1942. Hazel, Robert and Margaret resided in Honolulu, Hawaii, where Robert continued to work for the government. He was issued the first pass to Hickam Field following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Robert's employment took them to Nevada, where he was head of the Nevada State Gaming Commission. Hazel was employed as secretary to the Nevada Gaming Board, and later became personal secretary to Governor Grant Sawyer of Nevada. The family eventually returned to Hawaii, where Robert started Robert L. Moore Associates, a private investigation firm. He was self-employed at this firm until his death on June 22, 1965. Hazel was employed at the State House in Honolulu until Robert's death, when she retuned to Washington, D.C., where she was employed until her retirement. She moved several times, eventually returning to the midwest. She always said that now she had made the "full circle," having returned to her roots in the Carpenter area. Hazel was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Moore, her parents, Charles and Hilda Zwerneman, brothers Carl and Lloyd Zwerneman, a sister, Laura Plummer, nephew Lloyd P. Zwerneman, Jr.,stepmother, two sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law, two stepsisters and a stepbrother. She is survived by her daughter, Margaret Lee Moore, of St. Ansgar, half-sister, Mrs. Glen (Mildred) Martin of Bloomington, Minn., a niece, Laurel Kimber of St. Ansgar, nephew Lee Zwerneman of Choteau, Mont. and great nieces and nephews Sarah Calhoon, Katie Kimber, Amanda Kimber, Lynette Dodson, Charles Zwerneman, David Zwerneman, Craig Zwerneman and Crist Zwerneman as well as many cousins and a host of friends. Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home, St. Ansgar, was in charge of arrangements.
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Penney, Dean Edward 1939-1962

Dean Edward Penney


OBITUARY: Dean E. Penney, Mitchell Co., Iowa

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Dean Penney, 23, Fatally Injured By Lightning [August 29, 1962]

Dean Penney, age 23, of Osage, Mitchell County, Iowa, was fatally injured last Wednesday, August 29, 1962, when struck by lightning in the heavy rains. Penney was returning from the field, driving a tractor, when the accident occurred, about 4:15 p.m. two miles north and four miles west of Osage.

The tractor went off the road and overturned in the ditch. Penney was pinned under the tractor. He had been working on the Lawrence Ask farm since Monday. Penney was found by Mr. Ask not long after the accident occurred.

Funeral services were held on Saturday at the Methodist church in Osage. The C.R. Champion and Sons funeral home was in charge of arrangements, and burial was in the Osage Cemetery.

Dean Edward Penney was born in Iowa City, Johnson county, Iowa, January 30, 1939. He came to live at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Steven "Earl" Penney when he was three and one-half years old. He received his education in the public schools of Osage and became a member of the Methodist church. He joined the air force in 1957 serving three years, part of which was in Morocco.

He married Joan Markham of Osage on June 24, 1961. He had been employed at his family's business, Penney Bros. Co., in Osage; and later at the Lawrence Ask Farm where he was occupied at the time of his death.

Survivors include his parents, Steven "Earl" and Evabel Viola (Knechtges) Penney of Osage, his wife Joan, one daughter, Lynn Marie, one brother, Stephen Gregg of Minneapolis, and a full sister, Mrs. Murray Kline of Winterset, Iowa.

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Lightning Linked to Osage Death

OSAGE, IOWA -- Dean Penney, 23, of Osage, was found dead Wednesday, under an overturned tractor along a country road seven miles northwest of here.

The tractor was in a ditch, and Penney was pinned beneath it. He had been hired for a farm job near Osage only three days ago.

Authorities are further investigating the accident as there is a strong possibility of linkage with lightning. Penney, who was working for Duane and Lawrence Ask, was enroute to the Ask home during heavy rain. Authorities estimated that within five minutes after the accident he was found by Lawrence Ask, Duane's father, who had gone to investigate why the youth was not home during the rain.

The body was under the tractor, in a 10 foot ditch on the north side of the road.

The tractor had made a direct line to the ditch, with no evidence of sliding or the driver having turned the wheel.

Dr. William Spencer, Osage, and Dr. William Owen, St Ansgar, were at the scene and said death was outright. Patrolman Art Younker and Deputy Sheriff Richard Jahnel were further investigating.

The body was taken by ambulance to the Champion Funeral home where services are pending. This is the fourth fatality in Mitchell county this year.

Surviving are his wife, Joan; a daughter, Lynn Marie, 8 months; his parents Earl and Evabel Penney, all of Osage; and a brother Gregg of Minneapolis.

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Troge, Loras A. (Morische) 1929-2007

Loras A. (Morische) Troge


Funeral services for Loras A. Troge, age 77, of Osage, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2007, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1921 317th Street, south of Osage, with Rev. Bruce Kaltwasser and Rev. Clarke Frederich officiating. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery.

Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage. Loras died Tuesday, July 10, 2007, at the Osage Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Loras was born July 23, 1929, near Rudd, Iowa, the daughter of John and Emma (Dieterich) Morische. She was baptized in 1929 and confirmed in 1943 at St. John's Lutheran Church, south of Osage. Loras graduated from Rudd High School in 1947. She earned her teaching certificate from Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls in 1949. Loras taught third grade in Greene, Iowa, from 1949 to 1951.

On July 26, 1951, she married William Troge at St. John's Lutheran Church. Loras sold Aid Association for Lutherans Insurance from 1978-1992, and was an AAL-SMART Facilitator from 1977-1989. She was a life long member of St. John's Lutheran Church. She was a member of Lutheran Women's Missionary League since 1951, and served in many capacities including local, zone, and district president, district mission service chairman, international by-law committee member and co-chair of the 1996 district convention. Loras taught Sunday school and sang in the choir for many years at St. John's Lutheran Church.

She served on synodical district committees, social ministry and nominating committee, and chaired the AIDS Task Force in 1998. Loras served as a delegate for Lutheran Family Service. She served as a board member of the Faith Lutheran Home in Osage from 1991-1997, and was instrumental in getting Evergreen Assisted Living started. Loras was a member of the Mitchell County Concert Series Board, and of the Citadel Club. She sewed and designed clothing all of her life, including her daughters' wedding dresses. Loras enjoyed serving her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially at the cabin in the woods.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, William Troge.

Survivors include her loving family, Marcia Frank of Mason City, Jean Ihns of Cedar Falls, and Bruce (Leanna) Troge of Osage; grandchildren, Lindsey Ihns of Traer, Robin (Laramie) Heuser of Stillwater, Okla., Michele Ihns of Winter Park, Fla., Jason Ihns of Ankeny, Jessica, Kelci and Paul Troge, all of Osage; a brother, Vern (Eilene) Morische of Rudd; two sisters-in-law, Kathryn (Charles) Christianson of Cresco, and Margaret (Leslie) Miller of Elma.

Arrangements made by Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage, (641) 732-3706.

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Lombard, Daniel 1835-1931

Daniel Lombard

Birth: July 21, 1835, Maine
Death: March 25, 1931, Osage, Mitchell County, Iowa

Daniel Lombard, 96, oldest pioneer resident of Osage died at his home
Daniel Lombard
Wednesday morning, He was in falling health since Christmas, but a week before his death fell and broke his hip.

Daniel Lombard was born in South Paris, Oxford County, Maine, July 21, 1835. At the age of 8, his mother having died, he went to live in the home of Esther Deering in South Paris. After three years he was apprenticed to Henry R. Parsons with whom he stayed until he became of age, when he received from his employer $100 and a gold ring. Shortly after he came west in company with the N. C. Deering family and worked in the Deering sawmill on the banks of the Cedar River, southwest of Osage.

When the Civil war broke out he enlisted in the twenty-seventh Iowa
Daniel on 80th birthday
Volunteer Infantry Company K, This company was organized by Captain Granger who in later years said that Dan's name headed the list of those who enlisted here. He served four years in the army and at the close of the War went to his old home in Maine, where, he was forced to spend the next three years in bed, With returning health, tho never completely well, he returned to Iowa, and in 1869 settled on the farm in Cedar township which he purchased in 1859.

On Jan. 30, 1877, he was married to Margaret A. Clark, the Rev. T. 0. Douglass performing the ceremony. To this union were born four children: Mrs. Robert M. Whipple of Charles City, Iowa, Mrs. Ernest W. Woods of Faribault, Minn., Herbert Daniel of Estacada, Oregon, and Maud A., who died. Mrs. Lombard died July 22 1900.

Mr. Lombard continued to live on the farm until his marriage on Oct. 9, 1909 to Mrs. Emma Haydon of Minneapolis. They moved into the home in Osage where he since that resided. Mrs. Emma Lombard died August 3. 1922 and since that time her daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Ed C. Clark have lived with him. Another stepdaughter, Mrs. Nellie Haydon, lives in
Daniel's headstone
Milwaukee. He leaves beside his children, 12 grandchildren and one great grandson.

When home on furlough during the Civil war service he took three degrees of Masonry, and had the longest term of service of anyone in the local order.

Civil War Vet. Aug 14 1862 enlisted at Osage Iowa, 27th Regiment Iowa Infantry.

Description at that time: 27 yrs old, 5'7' light complexion, gray eyes, dark hair.

Mustered in on Oct. 3, 1862 at Dubuque Iowa; served as 7th Corporal, company K.

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Bell, Russell Dean 1945-2005

Russell Dean Bell 1945-2005

Russell Dean Bell, age 60, of Hudson, Black Hawk County, Iowa, and formerly of St. Ansgar, Iowa, died on Tuesday, April 26, 2005, after recently being diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He was born on February 9, 1945, in Clarksville, Iowa. He was the youngest of three boys born to John and Ena Bell. Russ graduated from St. Ansgar, Iowa in 1963, and he then moved to Cedar Falls, Iowa, and began working at John Deere.

Russ was united in marriage with Sandra Stromley, of St. Ansgar, on September 19, 1964, and they made their home in Hudson, Iowa. Russ had served with the Hudson Fire Department for 36 years. He joined the department in February, 1969, and served as Fire Chief for 16 of those years. He was the longest active member in the history of the fire department. On April 7, 2005, he was honored with Distinguished Lifetime Member Award. Russ was also an active member of the Grundy County Honor Guard and was a social member of the Hudson AMVETS Post 82.

After 35 years of working at John Deere, Russ retired in November, 1998. His love of working outdoors led him to a retirement job at Oakleaf Country Club in Reinbeck, Iowa. He became the grounds supervisor in 2000. Russ enjoyed farming with his dad and brothers as a boy and young man. He also enjoyed fishing, years of vegetable gardening, cooking, and socializing with friends.

Russ is survived by his wife, Sandy; three daughters: Renae Wason of Dunkerton, Iowa, Sue (Dave) Pearl of Aston, Pennsylvania, and Karen (Chad) Smith of Waterloo; six grandchildren: Shelbe, Hunter, and Landon Wason, Zachary Pearl, and Parker and Brody Smith; two brothers, Harlan Bell of Cedar Falls, and Jim (Nancy) Bell of St. Ansgar, Iowa; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jim (Diane) Stromley of Broomfield, Colorado; four nieces; and one nephew.

Russ was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 30, 2005 at Heartland Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church, Cedar Falls, Iowa. Pastor Reggie Hovenga officiated. Music was provided by Joe Boyle. The Grundy County Fire Association provided the Honor Guard. Casket bearers were: Gordy Clark, Jim Gates, Dave Murray, Chad Schmidt, Jeremy Trotter and Jerry Volker. Honorary casket Bearers were: Richard Gutknect, Jim Lynch, Joe Myers, Denny Saddler, and Bob Sergeant. Burial was in the Hudson Cemetery, Hudson, Iowa.

The Locke Funeral Home, Waterloo, Iowa, was in charge of arrangements.

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Hackenmiller, Alfred Joseph 1912-2008

Alfred Joseph Hackenmiller

Alfred Joseph Hackenmiller, age 95, of Stacyville, Mitchell county, Iowa, died on May 31, 2008, at the Stacyville Community Nursing Home in Stacyville.

Alfred was born June 6, 1912, in Meyer, Iowa, to John and Helen (Blake) Hackenmiller. He grew up in the Meyer area and was educated in the Meyer School. During his adolescent years, he worked on the farm with his father. Alfred then went to work at the Mayo Farm and St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn., where he came to know the Mayo brothers, Dr. Will and Dr. Charlie. This is where he met the love of his life, Cecilia Barbara Klinkhammer. In 1935, he married Cecilia in Adrian, Minn. They farmed south of Meyer their entire life. Alfred took great pride in being a dairy farmer. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Church in Meyer. His great love and enjoyment was his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his sons: Leon (Theresa) of Stacyville, Paul (Rita), St. Ansgar, Ken and friend Jane, Meyer, Charles (Shirley), Meyer; daughter, Betty (Barney) Retterath, Meyer; daughter-in-law, Joanne Hackenmiller Popp, Osage, Iowa; 34 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and sister, Catherine (Carl) Klapperich, Stacyville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; by his wife, Cecilia; by two sons, John and Eugene; by a brother, Leo; and by one grandchild.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2008, at the Sacred Heart Oratory in Meyer, with Rev. John Moser officiating. Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Meyer.

[Original obituary posted on, June 2, 2008]
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Mayer, Bonita Mae (Larson) 1952-2008

Bonita Mae (Larson) Mayer

(Mason City Globe Gazette -- July 1, 2008)

ST. ANSGAR, IOWA - Bonita Mae Mayer, 56, of St. Ansgar, died Sunday (June 29, 2008) at the Good Samaritan Center in St. Ansgar.

Bonita was born on May 22, 1952, in Osage, the daughter of Neul and Lucy (Nagle) Larson.

She graduated from St. Ansgar High School in 1970, and attended Hamilton Business College in Mason City.

On May 19, 1973, Bonita married Wayne Mayer at the First Lutheran Church in St. Ansgar, after which they lived in St. Ansgar. She was a member of the St. Ansgar Garden Club and the St. Ansgar Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed spending time with friends and family, and especially her grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2008, at the Visitation Catholic Church in Stacyville, with the Rev. John Moser officiating. Burial will be in the St. Ansgar Cemetery at St. Ansgar.

Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Visitation Catholic Church in Stacyville with a scripture wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour before services at the church.

Bonita is survived by a daughter, Robyn (Patrick) Knowlton and children, William and Lylah of St. Ansgar; a son, Gabe (Michelle) Mayer and children, Olivia and Katie of St. Ansgar; a sister, Gloria (Bob) Stewart of Faribault, Minn.; a brother, Dudley (Linda) Thompson of South Bend, Ind.; her mother-in-law, Marjorie Mayer, of Stacyville; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Terry and Linda Mayer of St. Ansgar, Grace Mayer of Mantorville, Minn., Sandra Mayer, of Rochester, Minn., Dan and Wanda Warrington of St. Ansgar, Matt and Diane Duvall of Denver, Colo., Josh and Gwen Isler of St. Ansgar, and Dean and Diane Mayer of St. Ansgar.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Mayer in 2005; her parents, Neul and Lucy Larson; her father-in-law, Gene Mayer; a brother-in-law, Kevin Mayer; and two nephews.

Arrangements handled by Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home, 641-732-3706.


Coleman, Sandra Kay (Shaw) 1945-2008

Sandra Kay (Sandi) (nee Shaw) Coleman

August 12, 1945 - April 08, 2008

Mrs. Sandra Kay "Sandi" (nee Shaw) Coleman, age 62, of Albany, Georgia, died on Tuesday April 8, 2008, in Albany, following a lengthy illness. Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 12, 2008, at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church. Rev. Ray Levreault officiated.

Sandra was born on August 12, 1945, and graduated from St. Ansgar Senior High School, in St. Ansgar, Iowa. She was also a graduate of St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Rochester, Minnesota and was a member of St. Teresa’s Catholic Church. She also lived in Ames, Iowa before moving to Albany ten years ago. She was a retired nurse and worked in Sales. She loved to work with people and spend time with her grandchildren. She was also in the Albany Day Lily Club.

Sandra was preceded in death by her parents, Kermit and Ruth Shaw.

Survivors include her husband James Coleman of Leesburg; two sons Timothy V. Coleman and his wife Kelly of Toledo Ohio; Joseph J. Coleman and his wife Lynn of Leesburg; a brother Howard Shaw and his wife Sandra of Racine, Wisconsin; five grandchildren Brennan, Colleen, and Eryn Coleman, Nicole and Simon Lavas; Several nieces and nephews.

A Prayer Service was held on Friday at 7:00PM at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Albany Community Hospice, 2332 Lake Park, Drive, Albany, Georgia, 31707, or to the American Cancer Society, 323 Pine Ave, Albany, Georgia 31701.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Home, 1503 Dawson Rd., Albany, GA, 31707; phone: 229-883-4152.

NOTES: The top photo is Sandra's graduation photo from the St. Ansgar, Iowa, high school in 1963. The middle photo shows Sandra (middle) with two other cheerleaders in high school. The bottom picture is a more recent photo, but the date is not konwn.


Owen, Patricia Lynne

Patricia Lynne Owen


Patricia Lynne Owen, age 63, passed away peacefully on August 2, 2007. Luminous and joyful in life, she leaves behind her loving sons Ryan and Darryl; mother Norma [nee Alison]; brothers, Bill and Dick; sister-in-law Cindy and nieces Ann, Susan, Sara and Amy. She will be hugely missed by the
Patti Owen, 1962
Donovans: Michael, Raymond, Margo, Kathy, Kevin, Ann, Stacy, Tom, David and Margaret.

She had a far-ranging circle of friends who will also miss the spirit and energy she brought to their lives. Patti will be remembered for her considerable writing abilities, having crafted more than eight novels, published articles in several magazines, and delivered her incredible stream of consciousness emails detailing her cozy cottage home and secret garden on the lake.

She will be terribly missed for her quirky and endless wit, her imaginative gourmet cooking abilities, and her devotion to her cats.

Patti was born to Norma [nee Alison] and Bill [Dr. William E. Owen] in San Diego, California, on March 12, 1944 while her father was serving in the Navy in WW II. She was raised in St. Ansgar, Iowa, where she was the prettiest girl in the school, even being featured in the local newspaper photo feature, in a languishing pose by the family's backyard pond.

After graduating from Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Missouri with a B.A. in English, she married Michael, and had a son, Ryan.

She taught English and Creative Writing in her early years, and spent more than 30 years in nursing in Minneapolis, Delano and at St. Mary's in Rochester, Minnesota.

She was endlessly kind and spiritual and had just completed three years of sobriety, for which she was deservedly proud. The universe is decidedly dimmer with the loss of such a bright, kind, intelligent, funny and compassionate woman.

In lieu of flowers, please adopt a cat or provide a donation in Patti's name to the Greater West Metro Humane Society, located at 4375 State Highway 55 SE, Buffalo, MN, 763-682-7061.

Serving the family was the Peterson Chapel of Buffalo.

Newspaper: Wright County Journal-Press.
Newspaper Location: Buffalo, Minnesota.
Original obituary publication dates: 11 Aug 2007, 24 Aug. 2007.


Boerjan, Shirley (Luther)

Shirley Luther Boerjan

January 13, 1945 — August 1985

Shirley (Luther) Boerjan died in August 1985 at Mountainburg, Crawford county, Arkansas.

Shirley Luther was born on January 13, 1945, to Earl and Evelyn Luther. Earl was born on December 9, 1918 and died while living at Carpenter, Iowa in May of 1966.

Shirley attended St. Ansgar public school until about 1962, when she dropped out of school to begin her life.

She married Jerry Lee "Butch" Boerjan, the son of Henry Boerjan Sr. and Eleanor Frieda Elise (nee Bublitz) Boerjan.

She was survived by her husband, Jerry Lee, (who later married a girl named Gaila), by her mother, by a sister Betty; by four brothers Dennis, Larry, Roger and Gary; by a brother-in-law Henry Allen Boerjan Jr. and his wife Virginia, by another brother-in-law Larry Boerjan and his wife Lola, by a sister-in-law Yvonne (Ivan Woods), and by a sister-in-law LaVonne Marie Severson who lived in Mountainburg, Arkansas (in 2008), and by her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Henry and Eleanor Boerjan.

She was preceded in death by her father, Earl, in May 1966; by a sister, Donna (Mrs. Russell) Hutzell in 1962.

Note: This obituary is a compilation of information from various sources.

Note: Henry Boerjan Sr. died in May 1986, and Eleanor Boerjan died January 2, 2008. Henry had been born on June 16, 1914, and Eleanor was born on July 21, 1917, to Reinhold Bublitz and Martha (nee Dietrich) Bublitz.


HOLST, Dorinda Pahl

Dorinda Pahl Holst


LYLE, MINNESOTA -- The funeral for Dorinda M. Holst was held on Saturday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lyle, with the Rev. Barbara Finley-Shea officiating. Burial was in Woodbury Cemetery in rural Lyle, Mower county, Minnesota.

Mrs. Holst, age 52, of Lyle, died on Wednesday evening, April 29, 1998, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, Olmsted county, Minnesota.

Dorinda M. Pahl was born May 2, 1945, in Osage, Iowa, and graduated from high school in St. Ansgar, Iowa, in 1963. After receiving a teaching degree from Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, she taught in Austin and Lyle schools until retiring due to medical reasons.

On Jan. 28, 1967, she married Galen Holst. Mrs. Holst was a longtime member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lyle, a member and past president of the American Legion Auxilairy, and served as clerk for the city of Lyle and as a City Council member. She enjoyed oil painting, writing, calligraphy, sewing and reading.

Survivors include her husband Galen; two sons, Steven of Austin and Scott of Lyle; two grandchildren; her mother, Dorothy (Pagel) Pahl of St. Ansgar; and two brothers, Norman Pahl of St. Ansgar and Howard Pahl of Frederic, Wisconsin; her father and a brother preceded her in death.

The Worlein Funeral Home in Austin was in charge of arrangements.


Anderson, Dean H.

Anderson, Dean Harley

Funeral services for Dean H. Anderson, age 35, of St. Ansgar, Iowa, who died as the result of an auto accident near Carpenter, Iowa on February 21, were held February 25 at Schoeder and Sites Funeral Home here, with the Rev. John P. Smith, pastor of the St. Ansgar Catholic Church, officiating.

Dean Harley Anderson was born June 25, 1946 in Mason City, Iowa, the son of Nels and Alma Pluma (DeMaris) Anderson. He attended the Carpenter schools, and for the past years had worked for a painting contractor.

He was preceded in death by his father and two brothers, Victor and Howard.

Mr. Anderson is survived by his wife, Bonnie Lou (nee Lievrouw) of St. Ansgar; by one daughter, Ann Marie, and by one son, Kameron Dean, both at home; by his mother, Mrs. Alma Anderson of St. Ansgar; by three sisters: Mrs. Clarence (Fae) Eckert of Meltonville, Minnesota; Mrs. Vern (Alta) VanHoeser of Nora Springs, Iowa; and Mrs. Robert (Doris) Pflieger of Plymouth, Iowa; and by two brothers, Russell of St. Ansgar, and Neil of Plymouth.

Dean and Bonnie Lou
and children
Burial was in the St. Ansgar cemetery with Rev. Smith in charge of committal services.

[ original version in St. Ansgar Enterprise, March 3, 1983 ]


Tollefson, Ray Loren

Ray Loren Tollefson

MACON, GEORGIA - Ray Tollefson, 58, died Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2000, at his residence in Macon,
Ray Tollefson in 1960

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the First Lutheran Cemetery, Highway 218 N. in St. Ansgar, Iowa.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Care Options, 151 College St., Macon, GA 31201.

Ray was born on July 28, 1942. He was the son of the late Clifford
Ray in 1960 in Navy uniform
and Bertha Tollefson. Mr. Tollefson had lived in Macon for the past 18 years. He worked for Parragon Industries and was a U.S. Navy veteran.

He was predeceased by his twin children, Craig and Christine Tollefson.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Tollefson; sons, Jerry Tollefson and Rick Caldwell, of Iowa, and Mick Caldwell and Joe Bullock, of California; daughters, Vickey Jensen, of Alabama and Nicky Dana, of Iowa; brother, David Tollefson, of Iowa; and 12 grandchildren.
Ray in 1956 school annual
Dana, of Iowa; brother, David Tollefson, of Iowa; and 12 grandchildren.

Hart's Mortuary of Macon, Ga., is in charge of arrangements.

[Mason City Globe-Gazette Obituaries Published Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000]

[NOTE: Ray graduated from St Ansgar High School in 1960. After graduation he enlisted in the Navy and served for four years.]


Fossey, Shirley (nee Rachut) 1941-1974

Shirley (Rachut) Fossey

#1 of 2 items:

Mrs. Kenneth (Shirley) Fossey, 32,
Shirley Rachut - 1956
died Saturday in an Osage hospital following a long illness. Funeral services will be at 2 pm Tuesday in St. John's Lutheran church, Rock Township. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Schroeder and Dunn funeral home is in charge of arrangements.
Shirley Rachut - 1958

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth; a son, Bradley; three sisters, Mrs. Alan (Mary) Greenman, Austin, Minnesota; Mrs. Verle (Darlene) Zuehl, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Mrs. Stanley (Betty) Brumm, Huntsville, Alabama; a stepsister, Ann Walk, St. Paul, Minnesota; and a step-brother, Mark Walk, Grafton, Iowa.

Also surviving are her mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Harley Walk, Grafton.

[Mason City Globe Gazette - February 25, 1974]

#2 of 2 items:

Shirley Rachut - 1955
Shirley Jean (Mrs. Kenneth Oliver) Fossey, age 32, of St. Ansgar, Iowa, died on Saturday, February 23, 1974, in an Osage hospital following a long illness.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26, 1974, at St. John's Lutheran church, Rock Township, Mitchell county, Iowa. Burial will be in St. John's cemetery. Schroeder and Dunn funeral home is in charge of arrangements.

Shirley was born on June 5, 1941 at Osage, Iowa, to Roy Otto William Rachut and Alphia Emma Krueger Rachut.

She married Kenneth Oliver Fossey on Janaury 28, 1961, by William Mohr, Lutheran pastor.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth; by a son, Bradley; by three sisters, Mrs. Alan (Mary) Greenman, Austin, Minnesota; Mrs. Verle (Darlene) Zuehl, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Mrs. Stanley (Betty) Brumm, Huntsville, Alabama; a stepsister, Ann Walk, St. Paul, Minnesota; and a step-brother, Mark Walk, Grafton, Iowa.

Also surviving are her mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Harley Walk, Grafton.


Griga, Beverly (nee Wolff)

Beverly Jean (nee Wolff) (Luce) Griga

Beverly Jean Griga, age 68, of St. Ansgar, died Monday April 6, 2009 at Hospice of North Iowa, at Mitchell County Hospital in Osage after a short illness. Funeral services will be Saturday, April 11, 2009 at 10:30 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, St. Ansgar with Rev. Dr. Byron Northwick officiating. Burial will be in the St. Ansgar Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00-7:00 PM at Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home, St. Ansgar.

Beverly Jean Wolff was born on August 28, 1940 in Iowa City, the daughter of Ted and Ruth (Hobbs) Wolff. She attended St. Ansgar High School.

Bev was united in marriage to John (Jack) Luce on December 17, 1957 in Marengo, Iowa. They lived in Marengo until moving to St. Ansgar. They were blessed with four children.

Bev worked at the Good Samaritan Center for 37 years until the time of her death.

Bev was united in marriage to Don Griga July 24, 1993. Bev enjoyed making salads for graduations, wedding, or different holidays. She also enjoyed making different foods for all of her fellow workers at the nursing home. Bev loved to cook big meals.

Bev had many collections, her favorite being Angels. Bev loved holidays and family gatherings. She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in St. Ansgar.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Ted and Ruth Wolff, brother Gary Wolff, brother-in-law Raymond Power and her mother and father-in-law.

Bev is survived by her husband Don, children Jeffery (Pam) Luce of Hillsboro, Ohio, Darrell Luce of St. Ansgar, Jaclyn (Robert) Arnold of Rochester, Minnesota, Debbie Luce of St. Charles, Minnesota; grandchildren Merideth, Christina and Jeffery Luce, Ohio, Misty (Matt) Dugstad of Albert Lea, Minnesota; Brandon (Kristine) Luce of Emmons, Minnesota, Josh Anhorn and Cody Christensen of St. Charles, Minnesota; four great-grandchildren Dawson, Alexia, Kyla and Aidan. One sister Carol Power of St. Ansgar, and brother-in-law David (Sally) Griga of Minnesota, a sister-in-law Shirley (Doug) Stille of Akines, Minnesota, several nieces and nephews, aunt, cousins, many dear friends and her special dog Duchess.

Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home, St. Ansgar is in charge of arrangements. (641) 713-4920.

[Mitchell County Press - story created April 7, 2009 -- Recent photo from Mason City Globe Gazette, April 9, 2009 -- Older photo from 1956 school annual]


Hanson, Margaret 1889-1973


August 4, 1889 at St. Paul, Minnesota

November 5, 1973
Good Samaritan Center, St. Ansgar, Iowa

First Lutheran Church, St. Ansgar, Iowa, November 8, 1973

Rev. Stephen Engelstad

First Lutheran Cemetery, St. Ansgar, Iowa

Schroeder & Dunn Funeral Home


Meyer, Raymond
Thompson, Carl
Delaney, Lloyd
Burg (or Berg), Carl

Osage News
Osage Mitchell County, Iowa
June 26, 1921


- Raymond Meyer Fell From Horse North of Stacyville Friday
- Two Drowned At Mitchell
- Carl Thompson and Lloyd Delaney Met Death When Canoe Capsized Sunday
- Gerald West, Other Party In Canoe, Escaped
- Lad of Twelve Drowned Near Orchard.

The high water claimed four victims in Mitchell county the latter part of last week. The first of these was Raymond Meyer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Meyer, who was drowned Friday evening. Raymond was a lad of only seventeen years and was working for Ed Wiesenfehl on the farm about four miles north of Stacyville.

Mr. and Mrs. Wiesenfehl had been called to Stacyville that afternoon by the death of the latter’s father, Math Diederich, and left their children to stay with young Meyer during the night. In the evening Raymond attempted to ford the river on a horse and go after the cattle, the eldest of the Wiesenfehl children, a lad of eight, having gone with him. He said he told Raymond not to try to cross the river, but the latter said he was not afraid.

In some manner the unfortunate boy lost his hold on the horse when he made a lunge and was thrown into the river. The Wiesenfehl lad went home and as the children were all small no alarm was given. Mr. and Mrs. Wiesenfehl returned home during the night, but the children were all asleep at the time and they were not told of the terrible accident until the next morning. Search was made all day Saturday for the body, but it was not found until Sunday morning when a farmer about a mile or so down the river, going across on a horse, discovered the remains of the boy, they having been washed up on the sand by the water, which had gone down considerably by that time.

Another calamity occurred on the Cedar River Sunday afternoon about 2:15 when a canoe in which Carl Thompson and Gerald West of Mitchell and Lloyd Delaney of Osage, capsized about a half mile above the dam at Mitchell. The trio had paddled that far up the river from Mitchell in a small canoe. The river at this point is said to be very treacherous, a drowning or two having occurred there some time ago, and here the small canoe capsized. Lloyd could not swim very little if at all. Gerald says he attempted to save Lloyd and had hold of him once, but that his companion slipped from him and went to a watery grave, as did also Mr. Thompson. Some say they saw footprints on the shore, indicating that Mr. Thompson may have swam ashore and then went back in an attempt to save Lloyd. Gerald says he did not see Thompson after the canoe capsized.

After this Gerald rushed to Mitchell and gave the alarm and it is said there were perhaps almost a thousand people along the river at that point within a short time.

The river was dragged and Lloyd’s body was recovered about 5 o’clock and in less than a half hour Mr. Thompson’s body was found near the point where they had sunk.

Gerald West, who escaped the fate of his companions, is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank West of Mitchell, a young man 23 years of age. Mr. Thompson also lived at Mitchell and conducted the garage there. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Thompson of Osage and leaves a wife and five children.

The other unfortunate victim was a son of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Delaney, who moved to this city only a short time ago from their farm north of town where Lloyd was born. He was twenty years of age and a graduate of Osage high school, having finished the course last year, and was also a member of the high school football team. Funeral services were conducted at the Congregational church at 10 o’clock Monday morning by Rev. Lemon and the remains were interred in Osage cemetery.

The fourth drowning occurred near the bridge over the Cedar about two miles southwest of Orchard, this victim being Carl Jenne, twelve year old son of Mrs. Tony Burg. Mr. and Mrs. Burg and the children had gone to the river from Orchard and in wading the lad stepped suddenly into deep water and was swallowed by the swift current. Search was began for the body as soon as possible, but the body was not found until Tuesday night, at the Haberkorn bend, about two miles below where the lad was drowned. Funeral services will be conducted at the church at Orchard at 2 o’clock this afternoon by Rev. Bertram. The family came to Orchard this spring. Mr. Berg being a beet worker. A full account of this sad case will be found in our Orchard items. It would seen these terrible tragedies would tend to make people more careful when the river is on such a rampage. Universal sympathy goes out to those who are bereaved, though words of comfort and sympathy cannot lighten much the grief of the surviving relatives.

[transcribed by M.O., March 2006 -- Iowa Old Press]


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