A Collection of Obituaries From the

Mitchell County (Iowa)


File #1


Joan Pearson

Surnames: Pearson, Milton, Woodward

(St. Ansgar Enterprise-Journal, St. Ansgar, Iowa, 27 FEB 1992)

Funeral services for Joan Pearson, 61, Little Cedar, who died Saturday, Feb. 22, were held Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Methodist Church at Lohrville. Burial will be in the Lohrville Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband, Paul; one daughter, Mrs. Tim (Jeri Lou) Woodward and one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Neil Pearson, Lohrville; two grandchildren; her parents, Lester and Alma Milton, Osage; one brother, Russell Milton, Little Cedar.




Flora Ada (nee Priem) Gerdts

Surnames: Gerdts, Priem, Senger, Seminario

(St. Ansgar Enterprise-Journal, St. Ansgar, Iowa, 27 FEB 1992)

Flora Ada (nee Priem) Gerdts was born January 28, 1914 on a farm in Newburg Township, Mitchell County, the daughter of Edward Priem and Ada Brandt Priem. She was baptized into the Christian faith February 15, 1914 at home by the Rev. Paul Brammer with Alma Brandt as her sponsor.

She confirmed her baptismal vows on August 19, 1928 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, having been instructed by the Rev. Paul Brammer.

She graduated from the Carpenter High School and Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota. While teaching school in South Dakota and Minnesota, she attended summer school at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul.

On October 24, 1940, she married Bernard E. Gerdts at her parent's home by the Rev. Paul Brammer. This union was blessed with three children: Bruce, Bereneice and Kathleen. They started out their marriage near Waldorf, Minn. and in 1946 moved to the farm near St. Ansgar where they lived for the remainder of their lives. She was a faithful member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and a member of the Mary Circle.

Due to Failing health she was hospitalized and departed this life on February 16 at the age of 78 years, 18 days, at the Mitchell County Memorial Hospital, Osage.

She leaves to mourn, her son Bruce of St. Ansgar; her daughters, Bereneice Seminario of Glendale of Glendale, Calif., and Kathleen Gerdts-Senger of St. Cloud, Minn.; seven grandchildren; Michael, Lori, and Douglas Gerdts, St. Ansgar; Nicole Seminario, Glendale, Calif.; Luke, Jared and Sara Senger, St. Cloud, Minn.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. Burial was at St. Ansgar Cemetery.

Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home, St. Ansgar, was in charge of arrangements.





Viola C. Dockstader

Surnames: Dockstader, Woods, May, Gomez, Abele, Pettitt

(St. Ansgar Enterprise-Journal, St. Ansgar, Iowa, 27 FEB 1992)

Funeral services for Viola C. Dockstader, 94, who died Feb. 20 at the St. Ansgar Good Samaraitan Center, were held Feb. 24 at the Otranto Community Church, Otranto, with SAvid Schmidt officiating.

Viola C. Dockstader was born Jan. 15, 1898 to William and Kitty (Woods) May in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated fro Eddyville High School, Eddyville, and State Teacher's College at Cedar Falls. She taught for many years in the Mitchell County Schools, retiring in 1963.

September 25, 1918 she married Arthur Dockstader, Otranto, in Northwood.

Viola was preceded in death by her parents, husband Arthur, one brother and five sisters.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Cecil (Marian) Blank, Garner, and Mrs. Pete (Gretchen) Gomez of Mason City.; one sister, Mrs. Albert

(Hazel) Pettitt, Austin, Minnesota; 11 grandchildren, Robert Abele, Farmington, Minnesota; Dean Abele, Northfield, Minnesota; Beverly Kester, Greene, Caryl Putzstuck, Wesley; Toni Baltierra, Rita Muniz, Tom Gomez, Mason City; Karen Navarro and Debra Navarro, Rochester, Minnesota; Mary Garcia, Des Moines and Bruce Gomez, Ankeny; 3 step grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; 7 step grandchildren; and 7 great great grandchildren.

Burial was in Woodbury Cemetery.

Schroeder and Sites Funeral Home St. Ansgar, were in charge of arrangements.





Martha Rose Kruse

Surnames: Kruse, Wagner, Huemann, Koenigs

(St. Ansgar Enterprise-Journal, St. Ansgar, Iowa, 20 FEB 1992)

Funeral services for Martha Rose Kruse, 79, Stacyville, who died at her home February 8, were held Monday, February 10 at Visitation Catholic Church with the Rev. Paul Otting officiating. Burial was in Visitation Cemetery.

Mrs. Kruse was born Martha Rose Wagner to parents Joseph Wagner and Kathryn Huemann of Meyer on Feb. 28, 1912. She attended school at Meyer.

October 18, 1938 she was united in marriage to Leo C. Kruse, and they farmed in the Meyer area until they retired. She was an active member of the Visitation Catholic Church, Christian Mothers and her church circle.

Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Leo, her parents, sister Adella Koenigs, and brothers, Frank, Louie and Albert.

She is survived by four children, Clarence P. Kruse, Osage; Dennis A Kruse, Rochester, Minnesota; Dorothy Jones, St. Charles, Minn.; Samuel H. Kruse, Meyer; three brothers, Tony Wagner; Ray Wagner and Herbert Wagner; two sisters-in-law, Irene Wagner and Laverna Kruse; 15 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.





Bernard J. Hemann

Surnames: Hemann, Halbach, Hackenmiller, Full, Mueller

(St. Ansgar Enterprise-Journal, St. Ansgar, Iowa, 20 FEB 1992)

Funeral services for Bernard J. Hemann, 87, Stacyville, who died February 15, were held Feb. 18 at Visitation Catholic Church, Stacyville, with the Rev. Melvin Hemann officiating. Burial was in the Visitation Catholic Cemetery, Stacyville.

Mr. Hemann was born July 16, 1904 at Stacyville to Mathias and Gertrude (Hackenmiller) Hemann. He attended Visitation School.

He was married to Olive S. Halbach October 26, 1927 at Stacyville. Mr. Hemann was a life long member of Visitation Catholic Church, and was active with the Catholic Order of Foresters, both on local and state levels. He served as state court trustee with the Foresters and was a member of Knights of Columbus.

He farmed the Hemann homestead which is one of Iowa's Century farms. In 1962, after retiring, Bernard worked part time for the city of Stacyville and also became an active member of the Mitchell County Historical Society.

He is survived by his children, Rev. Melvin Hemann, Rickardsville; Kathleen (Mrs. Clemens) Full, Iowa City; James W. Hemann, Garner; Sister Camilla Hemann, Dubuque; Mathew Hemann, Stacyville; Lucille (Mrs. Helmut) Mueller, Palatine, Illinois; and Rev. Everett Hemann of Dubuque; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, three brothers and seven sisters.





Leone Wilhelmine Henriette Braun Marcks

Surnames: Marcks, Braun, Hartwig, Schmarzo, Ruechel, Hanna, Foth, Siskow

[St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa 16 MAY 1991]

Funeral Services for Leone Marcks, 84, who died May 6 [1991] were held Thursday, May 9 at Schroeder and Sites Funeral Home with the Rev. N.E. Betke officiating.

Leone Wilhelmine Henriette Braun Marcks, daughter of William and Minnie Schultz Braun, was born February 15, 1907 at Bolan in Worth County.

She was baptized into the Christian faith on March 17, 1907 at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Grafton by the Rev. C. Landdeck with Wilhelmine Braun, Henrietta Hartwig and Frank Braun as her sponsors.

She confirmed her baptismal vows March 28, 1920 at Grafton, having been instructed by Pastor Landdeck.

She grew up in the Bolan area and as a young lady worked at the Klindt Hotel in St. Ansgar. November 25, 1925 she married W.E. Marcks and later divorced. This union was blessed with two daughters. She lived in St. Ansgar all her life and loved music and encouraged it in her children. She enjoyed her family, with crocheting and fishing as her hobbies.

Leone is survived by two daughters, Mrs. James (Geneva) Hanna of Osage and Mrs. Ken (Doris) Schmarzo of Charles City; five grandchildren: Michael Hanna of Storm Lake; Suzette Ruechel Blakestad of Shelby; Allen Ruechel of Clear Water, Fla.; Julie Hanna Foth of Cedar Falls; and Bill Schmarzo of Cincinnati, Ohio; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Lyle (Pearl) Christy of Austin, Minn. and Mrs. Bill (Wilma) Siskow of Dougherty.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and one sister.

Burial was in the St. Ansgar Cemetery.





Robert Leo Greiner

Surnames: Greiner, Bedford, Copeland

(St. Ansgar Enterprise, 9 MAY 1991)

Funeral services for Robert Leo Greiner, 75, of Austin, Minnesota, who died Thursday, April 25 in a pickup accident south of Austin, Minnesota on highway 105, were held Monday, April 29 at the First Baptist Church in Austin with the Rev. Allan Flint officiating.

Bob Greiner was born March 20, 1916 in Floris County to Elsmore and Cora Mae (Copeland) Greiner. At the age of six he moved with his family to the Carpenter area where he grew up on a farm southwest of there and attended Carpenter school.

June 25, 1938, he was married to Blanche Bedford of Lyle in the Little Brown Church at Nashua. To that union were born four daughters. He had worked for the George A. Hormel and Company for 33 years upon retirement.

In 1946 he accepted the Lord as Savior and was baptized in August of 1947. He attended Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Lyle until 1965. For the past 26 years he was an active member in the First Baptist Church in Austin. he was president of faith Bible class and a board member of the Woodbury Cemetery Association.

He is survived by his wife, Blanche of Austin, Minnesota; four daughters, Mrs. Hilmore (Georgia) Williams; Mrs. Richard (Betty) Grinstead, Mrs. Warren (Bonny) Troavs and Rebecca Pepper of Austin,

Minnesota; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; six sisters, Inez L. Huber, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Ruth Belz of Annadale, Minn.; Hazel Petznick of Fairfield, Wisc., Faye Severson of Austin, Minn., Dorothy Hulshizer of Maustom, Wisc.,and Louise Kirchgatter of St. Ansgar,; five brothers, Louis of Oklahoma City, Okla., William of St. Ansgar, Glen of Hernando, Florida, Verlin of Pauls Valley, Calif., and James of Mason City.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson, one brother and four sisters.

Burial was in Woodbury Cemetery in Lyle, Minnesota.





Verna M. Zitnak

Surnames: Zitnak, Rachut, Beyer

(St. Ansgar Enterprise, 18 APR 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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