A Collection of Obituaries From the

Mitchell County (Iowa)


File #5



Wayne Robert Fossey

Surnames: Fossey, Nelson, Klampe, Dahle

(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 2 JAN 1992 )

Funeral services for Wayne Robert Fossey who died December 17 [1991] at his home near Otranto, were held December 20 at the Mona Lutheran Church with Rev. Daniel Behnke officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Mona.

Wayne was born August 3, 1928 in Mitchell County to Alf O. and Amanda (Nelson) Fossey. After graduation from St. Ansgar High School he worked in St. Ansgar for a couple of years and then joined in the work on the family farm. He married Phyllis Mae Hansen in 1969 and they had four children. He farmed for 41 years. Wayne loved to travel and he went all over the continental United States and Hawaii and Alaska. One family member said, "For Wayne, there were no strangers. He treated the whole world as if all were neighbors."

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; his son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Barb Klampe, Waseca, Minnesota; three daughters and a son-in-law, Tamera and Janis at home and Sue and Roger Dahle, Owatonna, Minnesota; five grandchildren; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Darwin and Betty Fossey, St. Ansgar, Merlin and Alice Fossey, Austin, Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his parents.

The organist was Robert Abkes from Waldorf College, Forest City. Scott Meyer from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania was soloist.



Robert E. Schmidt

Surnames: Schmidt Graper Trettin Kroneman Tabbert Spitz

(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 2 JAN 1992 )

Robert E. Schmidt of rural Grafton died Wednesday, December 25. At the time he was in the Veterans Administration Hospital in Iowa City.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 28 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Grafton with the Rev. Gregory Bjornstad officiating. Burial was in the Grafton Cemetery with graveside military rites by Grafton American Legion Post 616.

Robert was 59 years old, born July 25, 1932 at Hayfield, Minnesota to Marvin and Gladys Graper Schmidt. He graduated from Clarion High School in 1951. He served four years in the Navy and married Phyllis Trettin April 25, 1954 in Grafton. They had three daughters, Vicki, Robin and Kimberly.

"Schmitty" as he was known to his friends, was a farmer who also worked for Crystal Sugar in Mason City. In the past he worked for David Manufacturing for 17 years. He was very active in the church and legion. He was an avid Hawkeye, Twins and Viking fan. Robert loved to spend time fishing, especially with his grandchildren. But, most of all Schmitty will probably be remembered for the great stories that he loved to tell.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis of Grafton; three daughters, Mrs. James (Vicki) Kroneman, Osage; Mrs. Duane (Robin) Tabbert, Grafton; and Mrs. Mike (Kimberly) Spitz, Osage; one sister, Mrs. Melvin (Judith) Westcott of Savannah, Georgia and one brother, Leslie Schmidt, Georgetown, Kentucky; five grandchildren, Keith, Tim and Melinda Kroneman and Kyle and Troy Tabbert.

He was preceded in death by his parents.



Alfrieda Ida Marie Walk

Surnames: Walk Hartwig Dalluge Jordan

(St. Ansgar Enterprise-Journal, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 2 JAN 1992)

Alfrieda Ida Marie Walk, 80, Northwood, died Tuesday, December 24 [1991] at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Mason City. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.. Saturday, December 28 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Grafton with the Rev. Gregory Bjornstad officiating. Burial was in the Grafton Cemetery.

Alfrieda Ida Marie Walk was born November 26, 1911 in Barton Township, Worth County, the daughter of Martin and Emelia (Hartwig) Walk. She was baptized January 3, 1912 by the Rev. John Landdeck and confirmed April 10, 1927 by Rev. Landdeck in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Grafton. She attended rural schools in Barton Township, Worth County.

Alfrieda took care of her mother and the house work. She also helped out on the family farm.

She resided in rural Worth County until the fall of 1965 at which time she moved to Northwood. She enjoyed sewing and gardening and was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Grafton, Bolan Circle and the Northwood Senior Citizens.

Alfrieda is survived by many nieces and nephews as well as other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Richard, Robert and Erwin Walk; and two sisters, Hedwig Dalluge and Henrietta Jordan.



Dorothy Sedlacek Kopploman

Surnames: Sedlacek, Kopploman, Bublitz, Lee, Hylden

(St. Ansgar Enterprise-Journal, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 9 JAN 1992 )

Dorothy Sedlacek Kopploman, 73, of Pomona, CA, formerly of St. Ansgar, died Saturday, Dec. 28 [1991] at home. Graveside commital services were held ... Monday at the St. Ansgar Cemetery with the Rev. Paul Otting officiating.

Mrs. Kopploman was born August 22, 1918 at St. Ansgar, the daughter of Frank and Della (Hylden) Sedlacek. She was raised on a farm near St. Ansgar and then lived for a time in Chicago.

March 18, 1953 she married Daniel Kopploman at St. Ansgar. They moved to California in 1957. Mr. Kopploman died August 31, 1971. Mrs. Kopploman was self employed owning several restaurants in California.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Delores Bublitz of Pomona, CA; one granddaughter, Mrs. Bill (Debbie) Lee of Riverside, CA; one great granddaughter Danielle (Angell) Kopploman.

Preceding her in death were her parents and husband Daniel.



Oscar J. Schroeder

Surnames: Schroeder

(St. Ansgar Enterprise-Journal, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 9 JAN 1992)

Funeral services were held for Oscar J. Schroeder, 70, January 9 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, St. Ansgar. Burial was in the Immanuel Cemetery with full military honors by his comrades of the St. Ansgar Legion Post.

He passed away January 7 at Roschester, Minnesota.

Oscar J. Schroeder was born August 7, 1921 in St. Ansgar, the son of Oscar G. Schroeder and his wife, Frieda, nee Schroeder. He was baptized into the Christian faith by Pastor Paul Brammer at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, St. Ansgar, Sept. 4, 1921 with Ed Mielke and Antonia Schroeder as his sponsors. He confirmed his baptismal vows April 14, 1935, having been instructed by Pastor Brammer and remained a lifelong member of the church.

O.J. attended the St. Ansgar schools and graduated from St. Ansgar High School in 1939. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from 1942 to 1946. He attended Mortuary School in St. Louis, Missouri and graduated in 1948.

He was united in marriage to Dorothy McGoon November 28, 1948 at Hampton by the Rev. Dr. Rowley at the Hampton Methodist Church. This union was blessed with two sons, Dwight and Melvin.

Mr. Schroeder was involved in the funeral home and furniture store until his retirement in 1981. His hobbies included fishing, early morning golf in his retirement years and gardening.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Melvin G. Schroeder and granddaughter Molly.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy of St. Ansgar; two sons, Dr. Dwight Schroeder and his family of Cedar Rapids and Melvin Schroeder and family, St. Ansgar; five grandchildren, Jonathan, Christopher and Elizabeth Schroeder of Cedar Rapids, and Mitchell and Betsy Schroeder of St. Ansgar.




Grace Margaret Claassen Ralph

Surnames: Claassen, Ralph, Brazier,

(St. Ansgar Enterprise-Journal, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 23 JAN 1992 )

Grace Margaret (Claassen) Ralph, 86, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 1992 at McIntosh, Minn. Memorial serivces were held Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Schellhammer-Harris Funeral Home in Mallard.

Mrs. Ralph was born June 27, 1905 at Havelock.

Survivors include her husband, William of McIntosh, Minn.; two sons, Robert of Thief River Falls, Minn. and Albert of Grafton; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one sister, Lena Brazier of Havelock.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and seven sisters.



Ina M. Anderson

Surnames: Anderson, Hansen, Seffinga

(St. Ansgar Enterprise-Journal, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 23 JAN 1992 )

Ida M. Anderson, 90, formerly of Mitchell, died Friday, Jan. 17 [1992] at Mitchell County Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services were held ... Monday at Faith Lutheran Church in Mitchell with the Rev. Richard Zellmer officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Mitchell.

Mrs. Anderson was born July 17, 1901 at Lemon, So. Dak., the daughter of Michael and Mary (Hansen) Seffinga. Ida moved to Wisconsin with her family, later moving to the St. Ansgar area.

March 27, 1920 she married Andrew Anderson in Mason City. They lived in different areas of north Iowa. Andrew died in 1976. Ida was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church, Mitchell, and Ladies Aid of the church and the WWI Veteran's Auxilliary. She loved music and enjoyed gardening, sewing and crocheting.

Survivors include five daughters, Gladys Brych of Osage; Mrs. Raymond (Katherine) Christensen of Alden; Adeline Beinke, Aurora, Colorado; Mrs. Walter (Bernice) Peterson, Las Cruces, NM; and Mrs. Marvin (Darlene) Buckmaster of Westminster, Colorado; three sons, Glen of Austin, Texas; Melvin of Ionia, and Arnold of Glendale, Arizona; one sister, Gertrude Ruby of Exeland, Wisc.; one brother, Robert Seffinga, Hayward, Wisc.; 30 grandchildren; 42 great grandchildren; five great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three sisters, one brother and one grandson.



Dick Lenz

Surnames: Lenz, May, Houg, Fredericks, Gemaehlich, Haggerty, Haffley

(St. Ansgar Enterprise-Journal, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 23 JAN 1992)

Dick Lenz, 58, of hutchinson, Minn., passed away at his home Wednesday Jan. 15 [1992]. Funeral services were held Sat., Jan. 18 ... at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. Interment was in Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson, Minn.

Dick Lenz was born Nov. 16, 1933 in Otranto. He was the son of Thomas and Bessie (May) Lenz. Dick attended grade school in Otranto and later graduated from the St. Ansgar High School in 1951.

Dick entered the U.S. Army Oct. 23, 1952 at Mason City. He was stationed in Alaska in the Infantry Division. He was honorably discharged Oct. 22, 1954 from Fort Carson, Colorado, achieving the rank of Corporal. He continued his education by attending the Univ. of Nebraska and later Iowa State College, Ames.

June 27, 1956, he was united in marriage to Margaret Houg of St. Ansgar, in Mason City. The marriage was blessed with five children. Before moving to Hutchinson in 1965 they lived in Litchfield and Mason City. In 1966 Dick developed Mid States Sales and Supplies and worked out of his garage. In 1967 Ag Systems was created and is now operated by his son, Craig. Dick also started the Prairie House Family Restaurant chain in 1976, which was sold in 1984. In 1983 he acquired Standard Printing and added the Office Supply Store which is now operated by his son, Brian. Dick has been honored with the Small Business Man of the Year award. He was also the Minnesota Plant Food and Chemical Association past president.

In December of 1990, cancer was diagnosed and he began treatment with the Hutchinson Community Hospital, later joining the Hospice program. He returned to his home January 9, passing away Jan. 15 at the age of 58 years.

Mr. Lenz is survived by his wife, Margaret; three sons, Craig and Claire Lenz, Brian and Patti Lenz, Paul and Lana Lenz; all of Hutchinson, Minn.; two daughters, Sandy and Alan Haggerty of Corcoran, Minn., and Lori and Greg Haffley of Prior Lake, Minn; grandchildren, Lauren and Phillip Haggerty, Cassandra and Ellen Lenz; one brother, Roger Lenz and wife Filma of Riceville; two sisters, Marlese Fredericks and husband Don of Rantoul, Illinois and Bonnie Gemaehlich and husband Al of Mason City; sister-in-law, Elaine Lenz of Belmond.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Tom Lenz.



Jaynard B. Johnson

Surnames: Johnson Erickson Nelson Oelkers Bruce Zuehl Berg Allen

(St. Ansgar Enterprise-Journal, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 30 JAN 1992)

Jaynard B. Johnson, Sr., 82, of Osage died at Maple Manor Saturday, Jan. 25. Funeral services were held Jan. 28 at ... St. Peter Lutheran Church, Toeterville, with the Rev. Dennis Hanson of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Osage, officiating.

Jaynard B. Johnson, Sr. was born in Deer Creek Township, Worth County, October 6, 1909, the son of John S. and Sophia (Erickson) Johnson. He was baptized at Deer Creek Valley Church, Northwood, and confirmed at Six Mile Grove Lutheran Church, Lyle. He went to school in the Lyle area.

October 21, 1935 he was married to Rosella Nelson and six children were born to this union. He lived most of his life in Freeborn and Mower County working as a farm laborer. In 1946, he started working at Hormel's as a farm laborer and retired in 1972. After retirement he moved from farmstead to farmstead raising sheep as a hobby. After losing his driver's license because of poor eyesight, he moved to Heritage House, Lyle, then to Twin Towers, Austin, Minnesota. Since December 6 he has been a resident of Maple Manor, Osage.

Jaynard is survived by his wife, Rosella of Austin; children, Lester and JoAnn Payne, St. Paul, Minn.; K. Dean and Mary Zuehl, Toeterville; Jaynard Jr. and Phyllis Johnson of Lansing, Minn.; Richard and Mary Ann Johnson, Owatonna, Minn.; Robert and Suzanne Allen of Donna, Texas; Larry and Deborah Oelkers, Grantsberg, Wis.; 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Selma Berg, Northwood; Sander Johnson, Austin, Rose Hansen, Longville, Minn.; LeRoy and Mina Johnson, Mona; Bertha Barclay, Austin; Victor and Gladys Bruce, Rochester; Jim and Avis Johnson, Phoenix, Arizona; Lola Erickson, Austin; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, George, Jason, Magnus, Johnny; sisters, Johanna and Agnes; great grandchildren, Mathew and Kathleen Novack.

Burial was in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Austin, Minn.



Nora Bertha Louise (nee Baldner) Dillon

Surnames: Dillon, Baldner, Decklever, Nagele, Homrig

(St. Ansgar Enterprise-Journal, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 30 JAN 1992)

Funeral services for Mrs. Norbert Dillon, 84, who died January 23 at Floyd County Memorial Hospital, Charles City, were held Sunday, January 26 at Immanuel Lutheran Church here [St. Ansgar] with the Rev. N.E. Betke officiating.

Nora Bertha Louise nee Baldner Dillon was born July 24, 1907 in Union Township, Mitchell county, the daughter of Henry and Amanda Decklever Baldner. She was baptized into the Christian faith August 18, 1907 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Toeterville, by the Rev. Landgrebe with Mrs. Bertha Baldner, Mrs. Louise Baldner and Charles Decklever as her sponsors. She attended the Drown School near her parents' farm. The baldners moved to St. Ansgar in 1917. She attended the St. Ansgar Public School.

She renewed her baptismal vow on her confirmation day March 20, 1921 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, St. Ansgar, by the Rev. Paul Brammer and remained a member of this congregation. She graduated from St. Ansgar High School in 1925, one month after her mother had passed away.

She kept house for her widowed father and eight year old sister. She clerked in the Hartwig Grocery, St. Ansgar, in the evenings and worked in the onion fields for a number of years.

June 17, 1931, she was married to Norbert Charles Dillon at Immanuel Lutheran Church by the Rev. Paul Brammer. They moved to a farm near McIntire, which they later purchased. This union was blessed with one daughter, MaDonna (Mrs. Arnel Nagele). In 1974 she moved to LeRoy, Minnesota and lived in the Ruth Lawson apartment. In September 1986 she moved to another apartment building where she remained until a short time ago when she suffered a heart attack and died.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Norbert and two sisters.

She is survived by her daughter, MaDonna and her husband Arnel Nagele; four grandchildren, Steven Nagele and wife Mary Jo; Randall Nagele and wife, Peggy; Sheryl Jorgenson and husband Russell; Mark Nagele; seven great grandchildren, Cory, Sara, Adam, Mitchell, Renae, Richard and Laura Nagele; one brother-in-law, William Gerard Homrig of California; nephew, David Homrig and wife, Lisa and two sons of Biloxi, Mississippi; cousins and friends.

Burial was in the Wayne Cemetery, McIntire.




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