A Collection of Obituaries From the
Mitchell County (Iowa)
Laura Emma Louise Schroeder Feldt
Surnames: Feldt, Schroeder, Julson, Bartz, Mielke
(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 28 APR 1977 )
Funeral services for Mrs. Robert F. Feldt, 77, who died at her home in St. Ansgar Friday, April 22, were held on Monday April 25 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church here with Rev. Norman Betke officiating.
Laura Emma Louise Schroeder Feldt was born October 27, 1899 in Newburg Township, Mitchell County, the daughter of William F. and Antonia (Bartz) Schroeder. She was baptized at St. John's Lutheran Church, Rock Township, with Mr. and Mrs. Herman Schroeder as her sponsors. She was confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church here March 18, 1913, having been instructed by the Rev. Paul Brammer. She was and remained a faithful and active member of the congregation all her life. Mrs. Feldt had been a member of the Young People's Society, Ladies' Aid (LWML) and Esther Circle, the Fellowship Club, the Ladies' Bible Group. She held various offices in these organizations through the years.September 12, 1922 she married Robert Feldt, and two sons, Harold and Robert, Jr. were born to them. The Feldt's made their home on the family farm until 1954 when they moved to St. Ansgar. Active in the community as well as the church, Mrs. Feldt had been a member of the St. Ansgar Garden Club, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Woman's club and was a regular volunteer at the Good Samaritan Center here. She held various offices in these organizations over the years. Mrs. Feldt is survived by her husband, Robert; sons, Harold of St. Ansgar and Robert, Jr. of Crookston, Minn.; nine grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Eleanor Mielke of Wheaton, Minn.; nieces and nephews. She was preceeded in death by her parents, two brothers, Oscar of St. Ansgar and Alvin of Osage; one sister, Mrs. Mabel Julson of St. Paul, Minn. Burial was in the Newburg Township cemetery, Carpenter, with Rev. Betke in charge of committal services. INDEX
Arthur Edward Otto Rachut
Surnames: Feldt, Rachut, Pagel, Westrem
(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 14 JUL 1977 )
Funeral services for Arthur E. Rachut, 65, who died at his home in St. Ansgar Saturday, July 9, were held monday, July 11 at the Immanuel Lutheran church with the Rev. Norman Betke officiating.Arthur Edward Otto Rachut was born December 30, 1911 in Newburg township, Mitchell county, the son of Albert and Wilhelmina (Feldt) Rachut. He was baptized February 11, 1912 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Rock Township, by the Rev. Bischoff. He confirmed his baptismal vows March 28, 1926 at St. John's, having been instructed by the Rev. Gemaehlich. He attended country school and made his home on the family farm and was engaged in farming until moving to St. Ansgar in 1964. However, he continued farming until 1975 when he was forced to retire due to illness. He married Elsie Pagel September 26, 1948 at the Immanuel Lutheran church here with the Rev. Theo Eichelberg officiating. Two children were born to them. Mr. Rachut became a member of immanuel Lutheran church in January 1949 and was a member of the Voter's Assembly and remained a faithful member of the church. He enjoyed gardening and raising flowers as a hobby, especially these last years when his health failed. He had undergone seven various surgeries the past 18 years. He is survived by his wife, Elsie; a daughter, Mrs. John (Joyce) Westrem of Fort Wayne, Ind.; a son, Jerald of St. Ansgar; two granddaughters, Kelly [Rachut] of St. Ansgar and Amanda Westrem, Fort Wayne, Ind. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Oscar and Wilmer. Burial was in the Immanuel Lutheran cemetery with the [Rev.] Betke in charge of the committal services. INDEX
Therese Kirchgatter Kronemann
Surnames: Kirchgatter, Kronemann, Jadicka, Rosenberg, Koschmeder, Crom, Borchardt, Greiner,
(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; SEP 1, 1977 )
Funeral services for Mrs. Therese L. Kroneman, 83, who died at the St. Ansgar Good Samaritan Center Monday, August 22, were held Wednesday, August 24 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Rock Township, with the Rev. Richard Zellmer officiating.
Therese Laura Elise Kirchgatter was born May 25, 1894 in Barton township, Worth County, the eldest daughter of Henry C. and Therese (Jadicka) Kirchgatter. She was baptized July 22, 1894 by the Rev. C. Ide in Carpenter and confirmed on April 5, 1908 by the Rev. F. Landeck in the Evangelical Lutheran church in Grafton. She grew up on a farm near Carpenter and attended school there.
February 8, 1920 she became the weife of Artur W. Kroneman at the Evangelical church in Grafton with the Rev. C. Landdecke officiating. They settled on a farm southwest of St. Ansgar. Four daughters and one son were born to them: Dorothea, Raymond, Wanda Margaret and Irene. They remained on the farm until the early 1950's at which time they moved to St. Ansgar. Mr. Kroneman died May 5, 1961 and August 5, 1966 Mrs. Kroneman became a resident of the Good Samaritan Center here. Mrs. Kroneman had been a member of St. John's Lutheran Church all her married life, although she had been unable to attend services in recent years. Mrs. Kroneman fell a short time ago and sustained a fractured hip.
Survivors include her son, raymond, Osage; three daughters, Mrs. Dwight H. (Wanda) Crom of Northwood; Mrs. Roy (Margaret) Koschmeder of Osage; Mrs. Neil (Irene) Beard of Santa Fe, N.M.; also three sisters, Mrs. Eddie (Ella) Rosenberg of Grafton; Mrs. Lawrence (Rose) Borchardt of Carpenter and Mrs. William (Dorothy) Greiner of St. Ansgar; 11 grandchidlren; two great grand- children; many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Kroneman was preceded in death by her parents, husband arthur, and one daughter, Dorothea as well as several grandchildren.
Burial was in St. John's Lutheran cemetery with the Rev. Zellmer in charge of committal services.INDEX
Clarence Fred Hinsman
Surnames: Hinsman, Kirchgatter, Hesterberg, Borchardt, Wilde
(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 8 SEP 1977 )
Funeral services for Clarence F. Hinsman, 69, who died at his farm home, rural Mitchell, August 31, were held September 2 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Rock township, with the Rev. Richard Zellmer officiating.
Clarence Fred Hinsman was born July 28, 1908 in rural Plymouth, the youngest son Henry and Hulda (Kirchgatter) Hinsman.
He was baptized at St. John's Lutheran August 16, 1908, and confirmed there March 25, 1923 by the Rev. Gerhard Gemaehlich.
November 28, 1933 he married Laura Wilde, and two children were born to them. In addition, a grandnephew, Lee Marreel, made his home with them for several years.
The Hinsmans farmed fulltime on the farm where he had lived since the age of two, until a few years ago, and moved to Osage in February of this year.
Mr. Hinsman is survived by his wife, Laura; a daughter, Mrs. Paul (Ruby) Hesterberg of LeCenter, Minn. and a son, Darrell of near Grafton; also a sister, Mrs. Lydia Borchardt of Mason City; five grandchildren: Timothy at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn.; Doris at Luther College, Decorah; John, Luther and Judith Hesterberg; Lee and family of Sequin, Tex. and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and two brothers.
Burial was in St. John's Lutheran cemetery with Rev. Zellmer in charge of the committal serviceINDEX
Alice Rustad Gaarder
Surnames: Gaarder, Rustad, Nelson, Fossey, Cedarstrom
(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; OCT 6, 1977 )
Funeral services for a former Otranto resident, Mrs. Harold Gaarder, 71, who died September 27 in Sioux Falls, S.D., were held September 29 at George Boom Funeral Home in Sioux Falls, S.D. with the Rev. Dennis Griffin officiating. Interment was in Sioux Falls.
Alice Rustad, daughter of Robert C. and Annie (Nelson) Rustad, was born March 29, 1906 in Mitchell county on the Rustad farm near Mona. She attended Mona school, also Otranto, and was employed in Domestic work in Minneapolis before her marriage to Harold Gaarder on December 23, 1945 in Minneapolis. They lived in Fargo, N.D. and South Dakota before moving to Sioux Falls in 1953. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Survivors are her husband, Harold; one son, David of Sioux Falls; three sisters, Mrs. M.F. Cedarstrom of Billingham, Wash.; Mrs. Mense (Amy) Fossey of Lyle and Miss Annie Rustad of Minneapolis; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Carroll Rustad.
Relatives and friends attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Mense Fossey, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Fossey, Mr. and Mrs. Loren Meyer and Kurt, Mrs. Emery Price and Randy, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rustad, Mrs. Lila Rustad, Mr. and Mrs. Almo Jahr, Helen N. Nelson, Rudy Haugland, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Carlson from the Mona area, and Joyce Rustad, Northwood.INDEX
Arthur A. Anderson
Surnames: Anderson, Nelson, Wellvang, Bachman, Reinartz
(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 9 MAR 1978 )
Funeral services for Arthur A. Anderson, 72, of Rochester, Minn. who died February 27 while vacationing in Mesa, Ariz. were held March 2 at Gloria Di Lutheran church in Rochester with the Rev. Thomas Anderson officiating.
Mr. Anderson was born April 17, 1907 to Mr. and Mrs. Emil Anderson near Lyle.
He is survived by his wife, Lillian, the former Lillian Nelson of Lyle; one daughter, Mrs. Philip (Elaine) Wellvang of Rochester; two sons, Richard of Brandon, S.D. and David of New Brighton, Minn. his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Rose Anderson of Rochester; nine grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Eleanor Bachman of Lyle and Mrs. Verna Reinartz of Austin; one brother, G. Warren Anderson of Austin, Minn.
Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery, Rochester.
Relatives attending the funeral were: Alvin Nelson, Mrs. Eleanor Bachman, Mrs. Effie Austinson, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Golberg, Mrs. Rena Sampson, Mrs. Jeanette Reuter, Mrs. and Mrs. Don Patterson, Mr. and Mrs. Russ Sampson, Mr. and Mrs. George Fossey, Mrs. Dean Rockafellow, Mr. and Mrs. Keith Westling and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Weness.INDEX
Caius J. Anderson
Surnames: Anderson, Qualley, Lastine
(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 20 JUL 1978 )
Funeral services for Caius Anderson, 84, who died at the St. Ansgar Good Samaritan Center June 17, were held at Our Savior's Lutheran church in Lyle June 20th with the Rev. H. Luecke officiating. Burial was in Six Mile Grove Lutheran Cemetery with Rev. Luecke in charge of committal services.
Caius J. Anderson, son of Nels and Bertha (Qualley) Anderson was born in Mower county February 27, 1894. He was a lifelong resident of Lyle. He attended the Pinehurst rural school and was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.
September 8, 1935 he married Alma Lastine of Lyle in St. Paul, Minn. He was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran church, the owner of the Anderson Auto Garage and an employee of George A. Hormel & Co. and a World War I veteran.
He is survived by his wife, Alma; one son, Paul J. Anderson of Wayzata, Minn.; his daughter-in-law, Rebecca and four grandchildren, Sarah, Gretchen, Lisa and Paul J. Anderson II; one sister, Manda Hansen of St. Ansgar.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Alfred, Andrew and Oscar; three sisters, Mabel, Nora and Tillie.INDEX
Ervin William Schulze
Surnames: Schulze, Decker, Hofland, Westrem, Rosenberg, Ruehlow
(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 27 JUL 1978 )
Funeral services for Ervin W. Schulze, 81, who died at his home in Toeterville Thursday, July 20, were held Tuesday July 25 at St. Peter Lutheran church, Toeterville, with the Rev. David Ide officiating.
Ervin William Schulze, son of George and Elizabeth (Decker) Schulze was born June 21, 1897 in Mower County, Minn.
He was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter Lutheran in Toeterville by the Rev. Langrebe. Mr. Schulze attended school in rural Mower county and in Mitchell County and was a graduate of the Austin Business College.
January 24, 1924 he married Martha Hofland. They observed their 50th wedding anniversary in 1974.
They lived in Toeterville where he was employed as a bulk gasolene truck driver. He then began farming and continued to farm until his retirement in 1968.
He was an active member of St. Peter church and held several offices in his church. He was also an officer on the Stacyville Creamery Board for over 20 years.
Surviving are his wife, Martha; one son, Eugene of Toeterville; one daughter, Mrs. Don (Arlene) Anderson of St. Ansgar; two grandchildren, Steven Anderson of Winterset; and Mrs. Marlin (Connie) Rosenberg of St. Ansgar; two sisters, Mrs. Mabel Westrem of Toeterville and Mrs. Clarence (Rena) Ruehlow of Mason City.INDEX
Joseph S. Jordahl
Surnames: Jordahl, Burke, Olson
(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 17 AUG 1978 )
Funeral services for Joseph S. Jordahl, 65, of St. Ansgar, who died Friday, August 11, were held Monday, August 14 at First Lutheran church here with the Rev. Stephen Engelstad officiating.
Joseph Jordahl was born in Blue Earth, Minn. October 21, 1912, the son of Hans and Bessie Jordahl. He lived there until he entered college and eventually went into teaching.
He married Margaret Olson of Rake, April 21, 1935; and a son, Jerry, was born to them. Mr. Jordahl taught and coached in various sports at public schools in Rake, Fonda and Mitchell before coming to St. Ansgar in 1940 where he continued to coach and teach until his retirement in 1974.
Mr. Jordahl enjoyed teaching and coaching young people, and for most of his life was an avid fisherman and hunter. In later years he took up the game of golf which he thoroughly enjoyed until his health failed, and after surgery in 1977 he never completely recovered. Joe always remembered his former students and usually had some interesting anecdotes to relate concerning them at class reunions.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret; son, Jerry and his wife, Gloria; two grandchildren, Kari and Erik, all of St. Ansgar; a sister, Mrs. Nellie Burke of La Mesa, Calif. and a number of nieces and nephews.
Burial was in First Lutheran cemetery with Rev. Engelstad in charge of the committal services.INDEX
Rosena Priem Merkel
Surnames: Priem, Merkel, Gerlach
(St. Ansgar Enterprise, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 24 AUG 1978 )
Funeral services for a former St. Ansgar woman, Mrs. Rosena Merkel, 80, who died August 13 at the Community Nursing Home in Spring Valley, Minn., were held August 16 at 11 a.m. at First English Lutheran church in Spring Valley with the Rev. Emil Winckler officiating.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran cemetery, St. Ansgar.
Rosena Priem Merkel, the daughter of Ferdinand and Louise (Gerlach) Priem was born at St. Ansgar March 31, 1898 and was one of a family of 11 children.
She attended Newburg No. 1 school. She was married at the home of her parents to Milton Merkel January 4, 1920. They farmed in the St. Ansgar area until the death of her husband January 17, 1975. She remained on the farm until October of 1977.
Survivors are her six sons, Harvey, Kenneth, Paul, Ray and Clifford of Spring Valley, and Arthur of Lincoln, Neb.; five daughters, Mrs. Palmer (May) Vicker of Byron, Minn. and Mrs. Arleigh (Rose) Polikowsky and Mrs. Arlene Starkson of Rochester; Mrs. Darwin (Shirley) Schroeder of Elgin, Minn.; Mrs. Robert (Lorraine) Reiland of Eyota, Minn; 51 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. Also two sisters, Mrs. Mike (Edna) Brandt of Austin and Mrs. Esther Rosenberg, St. Ansgar.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; a daughter, Irene; six brothers, Rufus Priem of St. Ansgar (twin brother of Rosena), Irvin of Austin, Athur [Arthur] and three in infancy, Harvey, Henry and Louis; two sisters, Mrs. Annie Olson of Austin and Mrs. William (Lilly) Zuehl of St. Ansgar.
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