A Collection of Obituaries From the

Mitchell County (Iowa)


File #3



Ernest Frederick Kofoot

Surnames:Kofoot, Robeoltman, Kline

(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 13 JUN 1991 )

Funeral services for Ernest Frederick Kofoot, 93, of Stacyville, were held Thursday, June 6 at First Lutheran Church with Rev. Robert Porisch officiating.

Ernest Frederick Kofoot was born in Geneseo Township, Cerro Gordo County, Sept. 6, 1897. He was baptized at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Rockwell and confirmed there May 28, 1910.

Ernest graduated from Rockwell High School and completed a busines course at Hamilton University (sic) in Mason City. He bought the Latimer and O'Brien Garage which he later sold and started farming in Kossuth County in March, 1925.

June 17, 1925 he married Martha Robeoltman at her parent's farm. To this union nine children were born.

For many years Ernest was a member of a male quartet.

Ernest and Martha farmed in various locations, moving to a farm east of St. Ansgar in March, 1944, where they lived for 22 years. They became members of the First Lutheran Church. He retired from farming and in 1966 moved to St. Ansgar where he worked as a carpenter until retiring at the age of 78 years.

In 1985 Ernest and Martha celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary with their family in attendance.

Ernest resided at the Stacyville Nursing Home after suffering a broken hip in April of this year. He died June 3 at Mitchell County Memorial Hospital.

Survivors include three daughters, Helen Mae Liekweg, Sheffield; Mrs. Marvin (Lucille) Solberg, Floyd; Mrs. Jim (Donella) Kline, St. Ansgar; five sons: Marvin and Donald of St. Ansgar; Ralph of Spring Valley, Minn.; Leo of Spirit Lake; and Lyle of Watseka, Illinois; 23 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; two sisters and one brother.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, an infant son, one granddaughter and one brother.

Burial was in First Lutheran Cemetery in St. Ansgar.






Hilda W. Diedrich

Surnames:Diedrich, Bartz, Schuttler, Kroneman

(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 13 JUN 1991 )

Funeral services for Hilda W. Diedrich, 85, formerly of Grafton, who died Thursday, June 6 at the Manly Care Center, were held Saturday, June 8 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Grafton, with the Rev. Gregory Bjornstad officiating.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Loyd (Dorothy) Schuttler Kroneman of Carpenter; one sister, Mrs. Matie Borchardt of Osage; and two brothers, Ervin Bartz, St. Ansgar, and Harvey Bartz, Grafton.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Otto, two brothers and one sister.






Donald A. Seater

Surnames:Seater, Heil

(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 13 JUN 1991)

Funeral services for Donald A. Seater, 84, of Northwood, who died Tuesday, June 4 were held Friday, June 7 at First Lutheran Church, Northwood, with the Rev. Leo Bjorlie and Rev. Mark Bents officiating.

Mr. Seater was born November 4, 1906 on the family farm near Northwood to Mr. and Mrs. James Seater. He grew up and lived on the home farm all his life where he raised black angus cattle. January 30, 1967, he married Delois Heil in Mason City.

survivors include his wife, Delois of Northwood and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Bernice, one brother, Robert, and one sister, Marion.

Burial was in the Sunset Rest Cemetery.






Phyllis R. McKinley

Surnames: McKinley, Reeve

(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 20 JUN 1991 )

Memorial services for Phyllis R. McKinley, 68, of St. Ansgar, who died Sunday, June 16 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Mason City, were held Tuesday, June 18 at the United Methodist Church in St. Ansgar.

Phyllis Reeve was born in Cedar Falls December 24, 1922. In 1940 she graduated from Teachers College High School. She attended Iowa State Teachers College, graduating in 1943 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and drama.

She taught English in Napier for one year and then in St. Ansgar from 1944 to 1947.

June 24, 1946, she married Philip Myerly McKinley in Cedar Falls. The two made their home in St. Ansgar, where Philip farmed until his death in 1976. Together they raised six children. In 1978 Phyllis began to work for World Book Encyclopedia, which she continued until her death.

Phyllis was an active member of her community. For thirty years she served as a Girl Scout volunteer, earning the prestigeous Thanks Badge. Since 1948, she has been a member of the IC Club along with participating in numerous other volunteer activities. She was an avid lover of books and nature.

Survivors include three daughters, Ann Randall of Sioux Falls, SD; Jane McKinley of Lawrenceville, NJ, and Priscilla Whalen of Iowa City; two sons, William McKinley of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and Philip McKinley of Okemos, Michigan; and six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Marcia, and her husband, Philip.






Gerald H. Duren

Surnames: Duren, Weber, Blaser, Kiefer, Thurnau

(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 20 JUN 1991)

Funeral services for Gerald H. Duren, 70, formerly of Stacyville, who died Thursday, June 13 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Tomah, WIS, were held Monday, June 17 at the Visitation Catholic Church, Stacyville, with the Rev. Paul Otting officiating.

Gerald Duren was born August 2, 1920 in Cazenorua, Wisconsin, a son of John and Mary (Weber) Duren. He attended school in Meyer and Stacyville. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II he became a patient in the Veterans Hospital.

Survivors include three sisters, Mrs. Ray (Madeline) Blaser, Austin, Minn., Mrs. Vernon (Priscilla) Kiefer of Adams, Minn., and Mrs. John (Olga) Thurnau of St. Ansgar; seven brothers, Elijuis and Stephen of Austin, Minnesota; Raphael and John Jr. of Osage; Otto of Lyle, Minn., Hubert of Arlington Heights, Illinois, and Joseph of Stacyville and fifty-three nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one nephew.

Burial was in Visitation Cemetery, Stacyville.






Louis Novak

Surnames: Novak, Barta, Toms, Groth, Champion, Williams, Lewis

(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 20 JUN 1991)

Funeral services for Louis Novak, 75, of rural Grafton, who died Monday, June 10 at his home, were held Saturday, June 15 at Champion Funeral Home, Osage, with Rev. Jerry Newland officiating.

Louis Novak was born March 1, 1916 at Burr Oak to Joseph and Frances (Barta) Novak. In August 1938 he married Myrtle Toms at Osage. He attended school in Mitchell and they lived there until 1955 when the family moved to Grafton where he was a vegetable farmer.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Paul (Barbara) Groth, St. Ansgar; Mrs. Delmar (Judy) Champion of Monmouth, Illinois; and Mrs. Ray (Susan) Williams of Washington; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Myrtle in 1983, one daughter, Cynthia, three brothers, Benny, Joe and Stanley; one sister, Blanche Lewis.






Mary Helen Wolff

Surnames: Wolff, Hobbs, Seffenga, Bryche

(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 19 SEP 1991)

Funeral Services for Mary Helen Wolff, 74, of St. Ansgarm who died Tuesday September 10 at the St. Ansgar Good Samaritan Center here, were held Thursday September 12 at Immanuel Lutheran Church of St. Ansgar, with Rev. Norman Betke officating.

Mary Helen Hobbs Wolff, daughter of Lee Roy Hobbs and wife Agnes Seffenga Hobbs, was born June 19, 1917 at Exland, Wisconsin.

She was baptized into the Christian faith in April, 1929 at the Congregational Church at Osage by the Rev. R.L. Styles. She was married there on November 2, 1935 by Pastor Styles to Alfred Wolff.

Mary Wolff became a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of St. Ansgar February 19, 1939 having been instructed by Pastor Brammer, and she remained a faithful member throughout her lifetime.

Mary is survived by two sons, Ronald of Louisville, Kentucky; Larry of St. Ansgar; daughter, Mrs. Leslie (Linda) Bryche of Orchardl nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; one sister, Ruth Wolff of St. Ansgar; one brother, Merle Hobbs of St. Ansgar; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Alfred, one brother and one grandchild.

Burial was in St. Ansgar Cemetery.






Kermit Trettin

Surnames: Trettin, Wheeler, Porter

(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 1 AUG 1991)

Funeral services for Kermit Trettin, 73, of Grafton, who died Wednesday, July 24 at Mitchell County Memorial Hospital, were held Saturday, July 27 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Grafton, with the Rev. Gregory Bjornstad officiating.

Kermit Trettin was born April 28, 1918 near Grafton in the same home where he lived all his life. He attneded Grafton schools and graduated from Grafton High School

He married Olive Wheeler on september 15, 1942 at St. Joseph, Missouri, and they made their home on the farm near Grafton. He was a ham radio operator.

Survivors include his wife, Olive of Grafton; one daughter, Mrs. Gary (Mardell) Porter of Sandusky, Ohio; two sons, Robert of Waterloo and Thomas of Fairfax, Virginia, and five grandchildren.

He was preceded i ndeath by his parents and one grandson. Burial was in the Grafton Cemetery.






Edna Susan Duenow

Surnames: Duenow, Koster, Storie, Tracy, Markham, Runtsch

(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 22 AUG 1991)

Funeral services for Edna Susan Duenow, 96, of St. Ansgar, were held Wednesday, August 21 at Immanuel Lutheran Church here with the Rev. Norman Betke officiating.

Edna Susan Duenow was born February 25, 1895 at Hawarden, Iowa, Sioux County. She was the daughter of Herman and Jennie (Storie) Koster.

When she was a young girl the family moved to Riceville. She attended Howard County School and the Riceville Public School. After the family moved to Mitchell County she attended school here in this county.

On November 30, 1915 she was united in marriage to Carl A. Duenow at the home of her parents. They farmed in the vicinity of St. Ansgar and Mitchell for 36 years until they moved to St. Ansgar in the fall of 1951.

She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church where she was active in Ladies Aid and was a member of Esther Circle.

She is survived by three daughters: Mrs. Glenn (Shirley) Markham, Osage; Mrs. James (Eleanor) Tracy, St. Ansgar; and Mrs. Lawrence (Margaret) Runtsch, of Austin, MN; five sons: Wayne of Brownsdale, Texas; Kenneth of St. Ansgar; Carl of Clear Lake; Merlyn of Montgomery, Minnesota; and John of Cheney, WA.

Other survivors include 40 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, her parents and two brothers.

Burial was in the St. Ansgar Cemetery.






George R. Rosenberg

Surnames: Rosenberg, Priem, Ruechel, Dieterichs, Trudeau

(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 5 SEP 1991 )

Funeral services for George R. Rosenberg, 90, of St. Ansgar, who died August 30 at the Good Samaritan Center here, were held at St. John's Lutheran Church near St. Ansgar with Rose Marie Lewis and Clint Pickett, Intern Pastors, officiating on Monday, September 2.

George R. Rosenberg was born August 28, 1901 in Newburg Township, Mitchell County, to Edmund and Hattie Priem Rosenberg. He was baptized September 22, 1901 and confirmed April 16, 1916 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Rock Township.

He was engaged in farming until 1955 after which he drove school bus, delivered milk and worked at the Standard Station in St. Ansgar.

George is survived by two sons, Raymond of Grafton and Russell of St. Ansgar; three sisters, Josphine Ruechel of St. Ansgar; Alice Dieterichs of Osage; and Rosalyn Trudeau of Mason City; eleven grandchildren and several great grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and thre sisters.

Burial was in the St. John's Lutheran Cemetery southwest of St. Ansgar.

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