A Collection of Obituaries From the

Mitchell County (Iowa)


File #6



Carl Schmidt

Surnames: Fischer, Schmidt, Johnson, Huettl

(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 6 FEB 1992 )

Carl Schmidt, 76, Stacyville, died Tuesday, January 28 [1992] at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota. Funeral services were held Friday, January 31 at Visitation Catholic Church, Stacyville, with Rev. Paul Otting officiating.

Rosary was said and a scripture service was held Thursday, January 30 at Visitation Catholic Church hall.

Carl Schmidt was born August 21, 1915 at Waldrof, Minn. to Joseph and Kathryn (Fischer) Schmidt. He married Phyllis Beland June 9, 1941 at Visitation Church, Stacyville. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last June.

Carl was a member of Visitation Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and Catholic Order of Foresters. He served on the Mitchell County Co-op Oil board for many years and was a past member of the Stacyville Co-op Elevator board. Carl and Phyllis farmed in the Stacyville area for 36 years.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Schmidt, Stacyville; two daughters, Mary Huettl, Oakdale, Minn; Kathy Johnson, North Carolina; two sons, Richard Schmidt, Garden Grove, CA, and Tony Schmidt, San Diego, CA; 13 grandchildren, five sisters and three brothers, nieces and nephews.

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Merle Rohde

Surnames: Rohde, Sumner, Berry, Zellmer, Fortin, Schoenfelder

(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 5 MAR 1992 )

Funeral services for Merle Rohde, 52, who died Feb. 26, 1992 at Osage, were held Saturday, Feb 29 at the Mona Lutheran Church., Mona, with the Rev. Dan Behnke officiating.

Merle Rohde was born to Vera Sumner and Merten Rohde June 21, 1939, in Austin, Minn. The family moved to South Dakota where he attended school and worked various jobs. He served in the Army from 1957-1958.

He married Wanda Longland February 14, 1959. They had four children, Marvin, Mary, Brenda and Roger. He moved back to Mona in 1974 where he was a truck driver.

Merle and Karen Zellmer Berry were married Nov. 9, 1974. They had two sons, Andy and Corey.

Mr. Rohde is survived by his wife, Karen, and six children, Andy and Corey at home; Marvin Rohde, Mona; Mary Olson, Langford, South Dakota; Brenda Schoenfelder, Chapman, Nebraska; Roger Rohde of Webster, South Dakota; two step sons, Randy Berry of Northwood and Chad Berry of Hanford, CA; 9 grandchildren; 7 step grandchildren; one sister, Twyla Fortin of Watertown, SD and one brother, Richard Rohde, Sibley.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Burial was in the Webster Cemetery, Webster, SD.

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



Benjamin F. Naber

Surnames: Naber, Garbes, Epple, Crowley, Like, Burnett

(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 5 MAR 1992 )

Benjamin F. Naber, 88, of New Hartford, died Friday, February 14 [1992] at home. Survivors include his wife, Lillian; two daughters, Prudence Naber of Cedar Falls and Joyce Burnett of Aurora, Oregon; 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; four brothers, Peter of Baldwin, KS; Wally of Dunellen, Florida; Orville of California; and Orman of Las Vegas, Nevada; and three sisters, Grace Epple, Muscoda, Wisc.; Lucy Crowley of Waterloo and Pearl Like, Aerdale. He was preceded in death by a son, Sylvan; a daughter, Delores Garbes; a grandson and a great grandson.

Services were at Cedar Falls with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, New Hartford.

Mr. Naber and his wife were in the ranching business from 1925-34 in Montana; from 1935 until retiring they farmed and were in agricultural related businesses; they moved to Florida after retirement and he was a builder and developer there. Mr. Naber was a St. Ansgar resident from 1946 to 1961. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister. One brother, Mac Naber was a life long resident of Mitchell County.



Elmer Ernest Edwin Rieck

Surnames: Krause Rieck Boettcher Knoll

(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 5 MAR 1992 )

Funeral services for Elmer Rieck, 80, who died February 26 [1992] at St. Ansgar Good Samaritan Center, were held February 29, 1992 at 1:30 p.m. at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Grafton, with the Rev. Gregory Bjornstad officiating.

Elmer Ernest Edwin Rieck was born on a farm northwest of Grafton April 28, 1911 the son of Otto and Martha Krause Rieck. He was baptized by Rev. John Landdeck. When he was an infant his folks moved to a farm northeast of Grafton. He was confirmed at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Grafton April 10, 1927 by Rev. Carl Landdeck. He went to school in Union Township near Grafton.

February 1, 1942, he was united in marriage to Gladys Knoll of St. Ansgar in the Salem Lutheran Church in Albert Lea, Minn. by the Rev. W.J. Stromberg. They made their home on his father's farm near Grafton.

Mr. Rieck is survived by a sister, Matie Boettcher of Grafton and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Gladys, and one sister and one brother.

Burial was in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, St. Ansgar.

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



Lloyd Andrew Hansen

Surnames: Hansen Brown Edmonds Schauster Jeanneret Jordahl Fomon Dunn Johnson

(St. Ansgar Enterprise-Journal, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 12 MAR 1992)

Funeral services for Lloyd A. Hansen, 81, who died Monday, March 2 [1992], were held Thursday, March 5 at Immanuel Lutheran Church here with Rev. Norman Betke officiating.

Lloyd Andrew Hansen, son of Andrew Morris Hansen and his wife Maud Lillian Brown Hansen, was born June 19, 1910 at Otranto Township, Mitchell County, Iowa. He attended Otranto schools and graduated from Otranto High School in the class of 1928.

As a young man he came to St. Ansgar and worked as a garage mechanic for Schultz and Tuberty, having been schooled as a mechanic at the General Motors School at Des Moines. He was employed later by Irving Olson of Osage who took over the Chevrolet agency. When Mr. Olson quit business Lloyd worked for Halvorson and Koball, C.P. Golberg and Arthur L. Dieterich.

He married Wilma Beyer on June 15, 1932 at Albert Lea, Minn. with the Rev. Sorenson officiating. They started their married life at Carpenter and were blessed with two children, a daughter, Gloria and a son, Richard. At Carpenter Lloyd operated a garage business for two years and then worked for Feldt and Dreher Grain Co. In 1937 they moved to St. Ansgar when the Feldts took over the Dodge car agency. He was engaged in trucking and involved with automobiles and traveled all his life.

He started the first school bus service in the area in 1940 with three busses in operation until the school board decided to own their own busses. He then went into the charter bus business, transporting workers to the Oliver plant in Charles City during the war eyars. He had a number of men working for him rebuilding wrecked cars and driving busses. When the Oliver plant closed he sold his business and worked for Hiway 56 transit of Austin, Minnesota for eight years. They sold out to Ace transportation and he worked and drove for them for five years. He then was hired by Scenic Hawkeye Stages to manage a terminal at Mason City as a manager and driver for 20 years and had traveled one million, 78 thousand charter bus miles, driving from coast to coast.

Lloyd served as a member of the St. Ansgar Fire Department for 17 years. He became a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church here by Holy Baptism, March 2, 1933 having been instructed by the Rev. Paul Brammer and remained a lifelong member of the church.

As he had spent most of his adult life behind the wheel driving, so death came from a heart attack while he and Wilma were travelling to Osage March 2.

Mr. Hansen is survived by his wife, Wilma; Mrs. Jerry (Gloria) Jordahl, St. Ansgar; son, Richard of LaHabra, CA; 4 grandchildren; Kari Fomon of Coralville; Erik Jordahl, Iowa City, Dana Schauster, Anaheim, CA, Mark Hansen, Anaheim CA; three step grandchildren, Karen, Tom and Christina Jeanneret of LaHabra, CA; three great grandchildren, Joshua Fomon, Coralville, Michael and Christopher Hansen, Anaheim, CA; one sister, Edna Edmonds of Ft. Meyers, Florida, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Gladys Dunn and Viola Johnson.

Burial was in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, St. Ansgar.

Schroeder and Sites, St. Ansgar, was in charge of arrangements.



Margaret P. Cummings

(St. Ansgar Enterprise-Journal, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 12 MAR 1992 )

Funeral services for Margaret P. Cummings, 93, of Austin, Minnesota, who died Monday, March 9, 1992 will be held at 12 noon Thursday, March 12, 1992 at Saint Augustine Church, Austin. Friends may call at Mayer Funeral Home, Austin, from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 9 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Burial will be in Osage.

Mrs. Cummings was born March 23, 1898 in Osage. August 31, 1920, she married Ray Cummings at Sacred Heart Parish, Osage.

She is survived by three daughters, one son, 19 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren.



Debra Jean Rosenberg

Surnames:Hird Rosenberg Myers Burkle Tyler Randall Lynott Willett McDermott

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

Funeral services for Debra Jean Rosenberg, 41, who died January 21, [1992] were held January 24 at United Methodist Church with the Rev. Robert Lemmermann officiating.

Debra was born August 5, 1951 in Waterloo to Robert E. Myers and Norma J. (Hird) Myers Burkle. She grew up in the Waterloo area graduating from West High School in 1969. She then attended Hawkeye Institution of Technology, Waterloo, graduating in the respiratory therapy program.

She worked at Allen Hospital, Waterloo, in the respiratory therapy department until 1982. She worked at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Mason City for over a year.

Deb married Randy R. Rosenberg august 7, 1981. She was especially fond of collecting dolls and Rockwell plates.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Norma Jean Burkle.

She is survived by her husband, Randy of St. Ansgar; two daughters, Donna and Christine McDermott, St. Ansgar; one step daughter, Charissa Rosenberg, St. Ansgar; one step son, Shane Rosenberg, St. Ansgar; father Robert Myers of Waterloo; step mother Dorothy Myers of Waterloo; three sisters, Mrs. Gary (Marcia D.) Bartels of Waterloo; Mrs. Ryan (Joan M.) Willett of Waterloo; Mrs. Steve (Nancy A.) Randall of Waterloo; half brothers Ron and James Lynott, both of Waterloo; one half sister, Tina Tyler of Waterloo.

Burial was in the First Lutheran Cemetery, St. Ansgar.

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

Debra Rosenberg, 40, St. Ansgar, wife of Randy Rosenberg, was killed early Tuesday morning as she was returning from working the third shift at the hospital in Mason City.

The Rosenberg vehicle crosses the center line and hit the back dual wheels of a semi-trailer two miles west of the St. Ansgar corner on Highway No. 9.

Rosenberg's husband, Randy, is stationed in Fort Lewis, Missouri. She is the mother of Christine and Donna McDermott and has been staying with her mother-in-law, Barb Rosenberg, St. Ansgar.

James Pals, Clear Lake, driver of the truck, was unhurt.

A complete obituary will appear in next week's EJ.



Martha Logemann

Surnames: Aurdal Weiland Johnson Brackey Logemann Ringleb

(St. Ansgar Enterprise-Journal, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 10 OCT 1991)

Funeral services for Martha Logemann, 89, formerly of Northwood, who died Wednesday, October 2 at the Good Samaritan Center here in St. Ansgar, were held Monday, October 7 at Deer Creek Valley Lutheran Church, Northwood, with the Rev. Kevin Olson officiating.

Martha Logemann was born November 15, 1901 in Ulvik, Hardanger, Norway, to Lars and Carrie Pederson Aurdal. She was baptized into the Lutheran faith in Norway.

In 1902 at the young age of six months she and her parents sailed for America. Landing in New York City, they then set out for Northwood where they lived for one year. At the age of one and a half the family made their final move to Deer Creek Township, Worth County.

She attended Sunday School and was confirmed in the Deer Creek Valley Lutheran Church, rural Northwood by Rev. David Toeve May 28, 1916.

After attending the eight grades of Deer Screen School No. 3, she attended Northwood High School where she graduated in 1920.

After graduation she attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls. Upon completion of her college education she began her teaching career that extended eleven years. She was the last teacher in the old Deer Creek Schoolhouse, and the first teacher in the new Deer Creek No. 3. She enjoyed the challenge of preparing her students for the state exams they were required to take before entering high school.

In May 1924, as leader, she helped found and organize the Deer Creek Wohelo Girl's 4-H Club which was the first club in the county and remains ever strong today.

March 14, 1931, Martha was united in marriage to J. Barney Logemann at the Silver Lake Lutheran Parsonage, Worth County, by Rev. Hans Fosness. They lived their entire life in Deer Creek Township minus the nearly six years she lived at the Good Samaritan Center in St. Ansgar.

Martha was always a willing and participating member of her church and community. Her activities included her favorites, Circle and Ladies Aid and the offices she held. As A.L.C. district treasurer, she attended the National ALCW Convention in Dallas as a delegate. She was a long time and respected Sunday School teacher for over 30 years and was a lifelong Republican worker and Iowa Farm Bureau member.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents in 1952 and 1953, her husband in 1978, one foster brother, Bill Aurdal.

She is survived by her daughters, Bernice and husband Bud Weiland, Storm Lake; Marilyn and husband Harold Ringleb of Waverly; a son, Kenneth and wife Becky; three grandchildren, Rhonda Brackey, Joice, Renae and husband Tim Johnson of Carpenter, Brian and wife Kris Weiland, Des Moines; two great grandchildren, Kayla Lynn and Kally Kathleen Johnson; two nieces and a nephew.

Burial was in London Deer Creek Cemetery.



Laurence Squier

Surnames: Replinger Poulson Squire Adams Miller

(St. Ansgar Enterprise-Journal, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 9 MAY 1991)

Funeral services for Laurence Squire, 91, who died Saturday, May 4, at Faith Lutheran Home in OSage, were held Tuesday, May 7 at United Methodist Church here in St. Ansgar with Rev. Robert Lemmermann officiating.

Laurence Squire, a son of Joseph and Louisa Squire, was born July 20, 1899 in Mitchell County. He married Hazel Frank July 16, 1918, and after her death married Mae Frank April 21, 1934.

Laurence Squire was a farmer and enjoyed buying and selling horses and cattle. He lived in Orchard, Osage and St. Ansgar areas.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Donald (Lillian) Adams, and Phyllis Miller, both of Austin, Minnesota; four sons, Larry Squire, Centerville, and Bill Squire, St. Ansgar; two sisters, Ruth Poulson, Osage, and Mildred Replinger of Hamilton, Illinois; one brother, Maurice Squire of Osage; many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two wives, two brothers, one sister, one half-brother, one half-sister, one son and one daughter.

Burial was in the Orchard Cemetery.



Hulda Wilhelmine Emilie Scheer

Surnames: Scheer Kumm Frankenmuth Kofoot Koch Hytry

(St. Ansgar Enterprise-Journal, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 11 APR 1991)

Funeral services for Hulda Wilhelmine Emilie Scheer, 88, of St. Ansgar, who died April 6, were held Wednesday, April 10 at Immanuel Lutheran Church here with the Rev. Norman Betke officiating.

Hulda Wilhelmine Emilie Scheer was born December 20, 1902 at Bazile Milles, Nebraska, the daughter of Gottleib and Alvina Kumm Scheer. She was baptized into the Christian faith January 25, 1903 by Pastor Scjormann at Christ Lutheran Church.

She attended school and grea up at Bazile Mills. On June 26, 1932 she married Edgar Scheer at Yankton, SD. This union was blessed with one daughter, BernaDean.

They started out farming in Nebraska in the depression years and then moved to Iowa. Settling first in Worth County in 1938; they moved to St. Ansgar area in 1940, living in Meltonville. Four years later they moved to the farm where the Marvin Kofoots now live. They retired to a home in the town of St. Ansgar in 1955.

Hulda worked for Dreyer (and later Brower) Drug for 13 years. A faithful member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, she served as Esther Circle member and leader for many years. She was in charge of the altar paraments for several years and made baptismal napkins.

She was active in quilting over the years, enjoyed her garden and visiting the sick and shut-ins.

Hulda is survived by her husband, Edgar; daughter, BernaDean and son-in-law, Marvin Kofoot, St. Ansgar; grandchildren, Larry Kofoot of St. Ansgar; Dean Kofoot, Fort Atkinson; Vicki Koch of Las Cruces, New Mexico; Allen Kofoot of Hampton; Debra Hytry of Germany; great grandchildren, Sam Kofoot, St. Ansgar; Jeremy, Jason and Joshua Kofoot of Fort Atkinson; Dustin and Kevin Koch of Las Cruces, NM; Michael, Matthew, Marcus, Kristina and Katherine of Hampton; Ryan and Kyle Hytry of Germany; two brothers, August Scheer of Frankenmuth, Michigan and Arthur Scheer of Kansas City, Kansas; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Ella, Elsie, Martha, and Ida; brothers Otto, Rudolph and Arnold.

Burial was in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, in St. Ansgar.



Laura Henrietta Dutte

Surnames: Dutte Zerk Wilde Brown Walk Diedrich

(St. Ansgar Enterprise-Journal, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 11 APR 1991)

Funeral services for Laura Henrietta Dutte, 97, of the Maple Manor Nursing Home in Osage, who died April 7, were held Wednesday, April 10 at the St. Peter Lutheran Church, Toeterville, with the Rev. Elmer Ellefson officiating.

Laura Henrietta Dutte was born March 5, 1894 in Union Township, Mitchell County, to Henry and Josephine (Zerk) Dutte.

She was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Toeterville, by the Rev. George Landgrebe, and received her education in the Mitchell County Schools.

Laura lived with her parents and worked in different households. She helped care for her grandparents and her parents. After they passed away she kept house for her brother, Martin, until he passed away in 1983.

Grafton Manor was her home for 12 years before going to Maple Manor Nursing Home in Osage.

Laura is survived by three nephews, Elder Dutte, Harry and John Diedrich; three nieces, Ruth Wilde, Leynette Brown and Mildred Walk.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister Frieda Diedrich; four brothers, Ernest, John, Louie and Martin Dutte.

Burial was in St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery, Toeterville.



Opal Berg

Surnames: Berg Richardson Johnson Hannam Wallace

(St. Ansgar Enterprise-Journal, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 11 APR 1991)

Funeral services for Opal Berg, 76, of Lyle, Minnesota, who died March 28 at St. Mark's Lutheran Home in Austin, Minnesota, were held Monday, April 1 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lyle with the Rev. Harold Luecke officiating.

Opal Berg was born on June 30, 1914 in Lyle, Minn. to Hans and Anna Richardson. She was baptized by Rev. Elmer Moe and confirmed by Rev. O. M. Langehough and was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church her entire life. Opal attended public school and graduated as salutatorian of her class in 1932.

August 4, 1936, she was united in marriage to Lloyd Berg at the Lutheran Parsonage in Lyle by Rev. Langehough. To this union was born one daughter, Myrna Ann, who passed away at the age of two.

After their marriage, Lloyd and Opal both worked in grocery stores in Lyle. For a period of three years they lived in Minneapolis, Minn where Opal worked for Powers Department Store and Lutheran Brotherhood. After their return to Lyle they owned and operated a grocery business in Lyle and in Austin, and later farmed in the Rose Creek area.

Opal enjoyed sewing and was known as a good cook. She also enjoyed singing and sang duets with her sister, Marlys and in the church choir for many years. She was a member of Our Savior's WELCA and the Lyle Study Club.

Opal is survived by three sisters, Phyllis Wallace of San Antonio, Texas; Maryls Johnson of Lyle; Norma Hannam of St. Ansgar; two brothers, Maurice Richardson of Lyle and Lloyd Richardson of LeRoy, Minn.; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lloyd, and infant daughter, Myrna Ann; step-brother Orwin and step-sister Hazel.

Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Mona.




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