A Collection of Obituaries From the

Mitchell County (Iowa)


File #7



Evert John Gerber

Surnames: Gerber, Thompson

(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 17 FEB 1977 )

Funeral services for Evert Gerber, 55, who died December 24 [1976] at Rochester, Minn., were held December 28 at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Waltham, Minn. with the Rev. Karl Koch officiating. Interment was at St. Michael's Cemetery in Waltham.

Mr. and Mrs. Gerber at one time owned and operated the Otranto store.

Evert John Gerber was born January 8, 1922 at Walters, Minn., the son of Marvin and Edith Gerber.

On May 10, 1842 he was united in marriage to Beryl Thompson.

Survivors are his wife, Beryl; two daughters, Mrs. Richard (Marlene) Johnson, Plymouth and Mrs. Robert (Evelyn) Schrage of Nora Springs; parents, Mr. and Mrs Marvin Gerber; sister, Mrs. Douglas (Delores) Stanton; seven grandchildren; eight nieces and nephews.



Pearl Jane Fox

(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 24 FEB 1977 )

Funeral services for Mrs. Pearl Fox, 85, who died at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mrs. and Mrs. Frank Griga in Osage Tuesday, February 22, will be held Thursday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. at the Schroeder and Dunn Funeral Home here with the Rev. Howard Reed, pastor of the St. Ansgar Baptist Church officiating.

Burial will be in the St. Ansgar cemetery. A complete obituary will appear in next week's Enterprise.



Pearl Jane Fox

Surnames: Fox, Ivey, Griga

(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 3 MAR 1977 )

Funeral services for Mrs. Pearl J. Fox, 85, who died in Osage Feb. 21, were held February 24, at Schroeder and Dunn Funeral Home here with the Rev. Howard Reed, pastor of St. Ansgar Baptist Church officiating.

Pearl Jane Fox was born April 18, 1891 in Aberdeen, S.D. the daughter of William and Amelia Ivey. She married Raymond Fox October 1, 1908 and five children were born to htem. They farmed about 50 years in the St. Ansgar community until 1961 when they retired and moved to St. Ansgar.

Mrs. Fox was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers and one sister. She is survived by her five children: three sons, Harold, Leonard, and Edgar, Sr. of St. Ansgar; two daughters, Mrs. Frank Griga (Blanche) of Osage and Mrs. Joe (Luella) Slaichert of St. Ansgar; also 16 grand-children and 19 great grandchildren, three sisters and one brother.

Burial was in the St. Ansgar cemetery with Rev. Reed in charge of committal services.

Relatives and friends from out of town attending the funeral were from Burlington, Muscatine, Waterloo, Cresco, Osage, Riceville and Bancroft, and Winona, St. Paul, Gaylord and Austin, Minn.



J. Bruce Sefert

Surnames: Sefert,

(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 24 FEB 1977 )

Word has been received of the death of J. Bruce Sefert, 69, in Madison, Wis.

He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Will Sefert, residents of the Carpenter and St. Ansgar area. Services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. at the Connelly Funeral Home in Riceville.

Graveside services and burial are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. at the Newburg Township cemetery near Carpenter.

Mr. Sefert is survived by several cousins in the surrounding area.



C. Frances Anderson

Surnames: Knudson, Leidall, Anderson

(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 3 MAR 1977 )

Funeral services for Mrs. Melvin (Frances) Anderson, 81, who died in Austin February 18, were held Feb. 24 at Faith United Methodist church in Austin with the Rev. Howard Bredesen officiating. Interment will be in the spring at Six Mile Grove cemetery, Lyle.

C. Frances Anderson, the only daughter of Knut and Emma (Knudson) Leidall, was born in Mitchell County September 15, 1895. She was baptized and confirmed at the Six Mile Grove Lutheran church and attended the rural Union township No. 5 school, and graduated from Lyle high school.

July 27, 1917 she married Melvin S. Anderson and four children were born to them.

They spent the first years of their life on a farm in Nevada township and later moved to Lyle where her husband Melvin operated a filling station from 1934 to 1947. They moved back to Austin. Mrs. Anderson had been a member of Six Mile Grove and Our Savior's Lutheran Churches and since moving to Austin a member of Faith United Methodist Church.

Survivors are three sons: Vernon and Darrell of Austin; and Wayne W. of Costa Mesa, Calif.; one daughter, Mrs. Kenneth (Darlene) Wilson of Garden Grove, Calif.; nine grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; two brothers, Leonard Leidall of Lyle and Oscar Leidall of Marion, North Dakota.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Melvin in 1974; six brothers, Albert, Robert, Willie, Fred, Clifford and Walter Leidall.



Delcie Palmer Nitcher

Surnames: Palmer, Nitcher

(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 3 MAR 1977 )

Funeral services for Mrs. Chris (Delcie) Nitcher, 63, of west Lime Springs, who died Feb. 12 at the Mitchell County Memorial hospital in Osage, were held Feb. 16 at the Westminster Presbyterian church, Lime Springs, with the Rev. Dennis Johnson officiating.

Delcie was born Aug. 14, 1913 in Nebraska, the daughter of Edson and Lola Palmer.

Before moving to Lime Springs the Nitchers farmed in the Otranto area.

Mrs. Nitcher is survived by her husband, Chris of Lime Springs; one son, Christopher at home; two brothers, Clifford of DeSmit, S.D. and Clarence of Belleville, Kan.; five sisters, Mrs. Dean (Mildred) Swaney of Belleville, Kan.; Mrs. Ernie (Grace) Sterba of Witchita, Kan.; Mrs. Ken (Ruth) Oillette of Upsilanti, Mich.; She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Marion Palmer and a daughter, Delores in 1954.

Burial was in Woodbury Cemetery north of Otranto with Lindstrom Funeral Service of Lime Springs in charge.



John Robert Paulson

Surnames: Paulson, Helgeson

(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 3 MAR 1977 )

Funeral services for John R. Paulson, 84, who died at St. Olaf hospital, Austin, Feb. 21, were held Feb. 24 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lyle with the Rev. Harold Luecke officiating. Burial was at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Mona.

John Robert Paulson, son of Bert and Anna Paulson, was born Dec. 11, 1892. He spent his childhood near Hastings, Minn., and served in the U.S. Army during World War I.

November 16, 1920 he married Berniece Helgeson. They moved to Lyle in 1926 where they resided until the early 1950's when they moved to Chicago, Ill. In 1958 they purchased a home on Sibley Lake near Pequot Lakes, Minn. They moved back to Lyle in 1969, where he was proprietor of the Lyle Bakery for over 25 years.

Mr. Paulson was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lyle and the Lyle American Legion Post 105.

He is survived by three daughters: Mrs. Walter (Shirley) Norregaard and Mrs. Ronald (Doris) Harris of Lyle and Mrs. Edward (Betty) Pugh of Buchanan, Tenn.; also 15 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Edith Bauer of Racine, Wis. and Mrs. Annabelle James of Covina, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Berniece, one brother and one sister and three grandchildren.

Relatives coming from a distance were from Babbitt, Alexandria, Owatonna, Ellendale, Clarks Grove, Albert Lea, Hollandale and Austin, Minn.; Buchanan, Paris, and McKenzie, all in Tennessee.



Luther Theodore Tollefson

Surnames: Blakestad, Groth, Tollefson

(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 13 APR 1978 )

Funeral services for Luther Tollefson, 75, who died in St. Ansgar Sunday, April 9, were held Wednesday, April 12 at the First Lutheran church here with the Rev. Stephen Engelstad officiating.

Luther Theodore Tollefson was born July 11, 1902 at the family farm north of St. Ansgar, the only son of M. George Tollefson and Nilla (Groth) Tollefson. He was baptized as an infant by the late Rev. M.E. Waldeland, and confirmed by him in 1916. He received his early education in the Clayde and St. Ansgar grade schools and St. Ansgar High School. He lived his entire life in this community except for four years at Iowa State University, Ames, where he graduated in the class of 1925 with a BA degree in Agriculture and Animal Husbandry.

After his father's death he devoted his life to cultivating the family farm until his retirement in 1975 when he and his wife moved to St. Ansgar where he lived until the time of his death.

He married Myrtle (Blakestad) Neeley March 4, 1941. Mr. Tollefson was interested in civic affairs, the school system and his church. He held various offices in First Lutheran church over the years, presently serving as a member of the Planning Committee for the 125th Church Anniversary this year.

For 26 years he was a director on the Board of the Mitchell County Farmers Mutual Insurance Association. For 25 years he served as a director on the Mitchell County Board of Education. He served as co-chairman of the Mitchell County Cancer Crusade for several years. He started a milk pasteurizing plant in St. Ansgar several years ago which he operated for a number of years.

Mr. Tollefson is survived by his wife, Myrtle; one sister, Mrs. Ada Hahn of Osage; one nephew, Harlan Hahn of California; a step-son, Victor Neeley of Kennewick, Wash.; three Neeley grandchildren, Brenda Neeley Rose and son Christopher, Linda and Jeffrey Neeley, all of Kennewick.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Burial was in the First Lutheran Cemetery with Rev. Engelstad in charge of committal services.



Joseph Frederick Beyer

Surnames: Beyer, Crooks, Lemke

(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 27 APR 1978 )

Funeral services for Joseph F. Beyer, 75, who died in St. Ansgar April 21, were held April 25 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Rock Township, with the Rev. Richard Zellmer and the Rev. David Ide officiating.

Joseph Frederick Beyer was born August 7, 1902 in Newburg Township, the son of Albert and Martha (Lemke) Beyer. He was baptized September 7, 1902 by the Rev. John Becker with Frederich Steinberg, Wilhelm Boening and Emma Beyer serving as sponsors. He was confirmed April 1, 1917 by the Rev. W. Reineke.

April 25, 1934 he was married to Mary Elizabeth Crooks, with the Rev. Christian Kumph officiating. Fourteen children were born to them.

He served as a janitor for St. John's Lutheran church for 33 years, where he was an active member. He retired from farming in 1968.

Survivors include: his wife, Mary; six sons and eight daughters, Richard of St. Ansgar; Frederick of Danville, Ark.; Edward, St. Ansgar; Mrs. Robert (Esther) Kansenbach of Faribault, Minn; Paul of rural Osage; Mrs. Marion Tidemanson of Milwaukee, Wis.; Charles of Des Moines; Mrs. Richard (Verona) Allen of Newton; Mrs. Robert (Jorene) Glassel of St. Ansgar; Joseph of Shell Rock; Mrs. Don (Leone) Kofoot of St. Ansgar; Mrs. Greg (Myrno) Klemesrud of Charles City; Mrs. Ruth Evans of Des Moines; Mrs. Paul (Sharon) Pederson of Carpenter; also 30 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; five sisters and two brothers, Ida Teall of Osage; Selma Kittleson, Julius, Albert and Lavina Hannam of St. Ansgar; Hedwig Bork of Grafton; Hilda Stonehocker of St. Petersburg, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two grandchildren, three brothers, August, George and William; and one sister, Ruth.

Burial was in St. Ansgar cemetery with Rev. Zellmer and Rev. Ide in charge of the committal services.



Carl Martin Golberg

Surnames: Peterson, Golberg, Goarder [Gaarder?]

(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 27 APR 1978 )

Funeral services for Carl M. Golberg, 95, who died at the St. Ansgar Good Samaritan Center April 21, were held April 24 at Schroeder and Dunn Funeral Home here with the Rev. Stephen Engelstad, pastor of First Lutheran church officiating.

Carl Martin Golberg, son of Colbern N. and Martha R. (Peterson) Golberg, was born May 10, 1882 on a farm southwest of Carpenter where he grew to manhood. He was baptized in infancy at Deer Creek Lutheran Church near Carpenter, and confirmed in that church December 19, 1900 by the Rev. Johan Olsen.

He married Anna Goarder of Osage December 16, 1914. They established their home in Carpenter where they owned and operated a general hardware store for 33 years. They retired from their business in 1948, and upon retirement moved to Mason City to make their home.

Mrs. Golberg died August 7, 1962. Mr. Golberg then moved to St. Ansgar where he had since resided.

Mr. Golberg is survived by nieces and nephews, and one sister-in-law, Minnie Golberg of Sandstone, Minn. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna, his parents and four brothers.

Burial was in the First Lutheran cemetery with Rev. Engelstad in charge of committal services.




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