Page County, Iowa obituaries M names


 

Maas, Edward John - Edward John Maas, the son of Paul and Clara (Rosenthal) Maas, was born August 21, 1923, near Farragut, Iowa, and passes away July 27, 2004, in Omaha, Nebraska, at the age of 80.
Growing up on a farm south of Shenandoah, Ed attended White Cloud Country School through the eight grade and then Shenandoah High School graduating in 1941. He was baptized at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fremont County. Serving in the United States Army during World War II from 1943 to 1945, Ed was stationed in England and Germany as a medic in the Army Corps of Engineers.
In 1948, Ed was united in marriage to Vivian Cutburth and to this union, Linda and Cynthia were born. In 1962 Ed was united in marriage to Fairis Sliger Whitehill. He farmed for seventeen years before moving to Shenandoah, where he then worked at the Coop and Sorenson’s Gas Station. He retired at the age of 75. Through the years, Ed enjoyed farming gardening and attending to his flowers. He was a life member of VFW Post 7224.
Preceding Ed in death were his parents and infant sister.
Survivors include his wife, Fairis Maas of Shenandoah; two daughters, Linda Maas of Red Oak, Iowa and Cynthia Palmer and husband, Paul, of Sun City Arizona; stepchildren, Danny Whitehill and wife, Mary, of Farragut, Linda McMullen and husband, Gene, of Shenandoah and Vickie Stevens and her husband, David, of Shenandoah. Also surviving is a brother, Albert Maas and wife, Elise, of Riverside, California; sister, Carolyn Jackson of Corning, Iowa; Granddaughter, Tiffany Palmer; six step grandchildren, Kenny Whitehill, Jamie Whitehill, Leigh Morris, Katie Morris, Diane Wilson and Sheri Wilson; plus three great grandchildren and five step great grandchildren, other relatives, and friends.

Memorials may be directed to the Presbyterian Outreach Center.

St Paul's Cemetery [Shenandoah]


MacDonald, Cheryl Sue - Cheryl Sue MacDonald was born to James Orlin MacDonald and Carol Jean Olson MacDonald on March 15, 1944 in Hamburg, Iowa. She was the third of four children. Cheryl passed away Sunday, July 15, 2007 at Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah at the age of 63 years and 4 months.

She graduated from Essex High School in 1962. Cheryl was a nurses aide in Creston before becoming a nurses aide at Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah. She was a member of the Memorial Baptist Church of Shenandoah. When her health kept her from attending church, she enjoyed her Bible Study Group. Cheryl was an avid reader and enjoyed going to the library.

Cheryl was preceded in death by her father, James; maternal grandparents, Carl Emmanuel and Nellie Sophia Wedell Olson; paternal grandparents, Oscar and Dora Mae Robinson MacDonald; sister and brother-in-law, Jan and Allen Bellew; nephew, Brett Howard MacDonald; stepfather, Fred Olson and stepsister, Deloris Olson.

Survivors include her mother, Carol J. Olson of Shenandoah, IA; brothers, Jerold (Beverly) of Bella Vista, AR and Carl “Bill” (Joan) of Charlotte, IA; nieces and nephews, Brenda (Larry) Harris of Clarinda, IA, Leann (Harley) Wilt of Tecumseh, MI, Brad (Brenda) MacDonald of Shenandoah, IA, Heather (Ron) Lewis of Urbandale, IA, Teri (Mike) Ready, Kay Morgan, David (Chris) Cleary all of Clinton, IA, Deanna (Jeff) Beaubouef of Shreveport, LA and Matthew (Robin) Bellew of Livingston, LA; stepbrothers, Tom (Jennifer) Olson of Shenandoah, IA, Darwin (Nancy) Olson of Augusta, KS, Bob (Susan) Olson of Essex, IA; stepsister, Sharon (Kim) Buckminster and their families as well as other relatives and friends.

Celebration of life services were held on Wednesday, July 18, 2007, at 2:00 p.m. at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah. Pastor Jim Ressegieu gave the words of comfort. Soloist was Bill Sons who sang, "One Day At A Time" and "Safe In The Arms Of Jesus". Attending the memory register were Beverly MacDonald and Joan McDonald. Casket bearers were Brad MacDonald, David Cleary, Clay Harris, Randy Lundgren, Kirk Lundgren and Steve Grindle. Interment was in the Essex Cemetery. Memorials are being directed to either the Memorial Baptist Church or to Garden View Care Center. The Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.hackettlivingston.com on the web.

Mace, Aileen Mildred Richie Weland - Aileen Mildred Weland-Mace, was born on March 21, 1922 at Riverton, Iowa, the daughter of Reuben and Vinnie (Monk) Richie, and passed away on Saturday, June 24, 2006, at Northview Manor, in Tarkio, Missouri.
Growing up, Aileen lived in the southwest Iowa communities of Riverton and Hamburg and northwest Missouri communities of Watson and Westboro. On April 27, 1940, Aileen was united in marriage to Kenneth Charles Weland at Shenandoah, Iowa. After their marriage they resided in Shenandoah. After the death of Kenneth in 1974, Aileen continued to live in Shenandoah. In 1991, she was united in marriage to Donald Mace at the First United Methodist Church in Shenandoah. Following their marriage they resided in Shenandoah and later moved to Essex, Iowa. Mr. Mace passed away on March 9, 2001. Aileen worked for over 25 years as a secretary at Henry Field Seed and Nursery Company. She was a devoted Methodist and was a lifetime member of the Degree of Honor Club. Aileen enjoyed her yard, her flowers and gardening. She also loved her grandchildren, traveling, and her beloved pet dog Penny; along with her many enjoyable times with her friends.
Preceding Aileen in death were her parents, her husbands, Kenneth Weland and Donald Mace; and infant son Richard; daughter Janice; brothers, Bob, Harold, and Dick Richie. Survivors include her daughter Sharon Grebe and husband Dick of Tarkio, MO; brother Cecil Richie of Shenandoah, IA; grandchildren, Teresa Boldra of Omaha, NE, Terry Grebe of Tarkio, MO, Christopher Miller and wife Liz of Omaha, NE, Mellissa Powers and husband Matt of Omaha, NE, six great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Monday, June 26, 2006 at 2:30 p.m. at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah, Iowa. Words of comfort were given by Rev. Jim Gubser. Musical selections were "Amazing Grace", "Beyond The Sunset" and "Take My Hand Precious Lord". Attending the memory register was Teresa Boldra. Honorary casket bearer was Cecil Richie. Casket bearers were Dick Grebe, Terry Grebe, Trent Boldra, Ty Boldra, Chris Miller and Matt Powers. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah, Iowa. Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.hackettlivingston.com


Macrander, Mary Louise Fecher - Mary Louise Macrander, daughter of John M. and Lillian A. (Perry) Fecher, was born on July 11, 1916, at Blanchard, Iowa. She passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2006, at the Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah, where she had been a resident, at the age of 90.
Her early life was spent growing up in the Blanchard and Westboro, Missouri area. Mary received her education in the Blanchard and Westboro community schools. For several years during high school and after graduation, Mary worked as a nanny living in families’ homes and taking care of their children. She also worked in the grocery store in Westboro. On September 17, 1940, Mary was united in marriage to Maurice Macrander at Clarinda, Iowa. Following their marriage they resided in Westboro where Mary worked as a homemaker. Mary was a member of the Westboro Methodist Church and a lifetime member of the Garden Club in Westboro. Mary enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing, canning and caring for others.
Preceding Mary in death were her parents; husband, Maurice; brothers, Francis and George Fecher; brother-in-law, Adolph Fullerton; sister-in-laws, Ruth and Thelma Fecher; and a niece, Roeline Fecher. Survivors include her sister, Esther Fullerton of Clarinda, IA; nieces and nephews, John Fecher of Greenfield, IA, Sherry Lininger and husband Jay of Clarinda, IA, Rick Fecher and wife Tammmy of Portland, OR, and Mary Susan Herold of Overland Park, KS; great nieces and nephews, Matt and Shannon Fecher and family, Jeff and Jennifer Fecher and family, Tim Fecher, Jeremy and Kris Wise and family, Joshua Wise and Shannon Taylor and Dillion; great nieces and nephews, Jesseca Walker and Gregory, and Lukas, Lexie and Lynde Herold; other relatives and friends.


Madsen, Ruby L., Rose Hill Shenandoah, Iowa

 

Magneson, Ann Stackhouse - Ann Magneson was born May 5, 1940 in Villisca, Iowa, to Clifford DeWitt and Mildred Irene (Beavers) Stackhouse. Ann passed away suddenly October 29, 2008 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
She was the eldest of three children. She began grade school in Villisca, and attended a rural school west of Red Oak, Iowa for a brief time. Ann finished school in Villisca, Iowa with the Class of 1958. Ann and Merlin Magneson were united in marriage December 30, 1957 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. To this union three children were born: Dan, Jeff, and Trisha.
They lived in Shenandoah, Iowa where Merlin worked at a C.P.A. firm. They then moved to Clarinda and purchased an accounting firm from True Whitehead in January 1972. Ann was a bookkeeper for the Magneson Accounting Firm from 1972 through October 1994. Following this she worked at various businesses from 1994 to 2008: CDS in Red Oak, Clarinda Feed Service, Black Plumbing & Heating, Clarinda Regional Hospital, and Snyder Auto Body & Paint.
Ann was a member of Mamrelund Lutheran Church in Stanton, Iowa. Ann was an avid reader, and was currently serving on the board of Trustees for the Clarinda Lied Library. She was also treasurer of the Clarinda Lied Library Foundation and an active member of the Friends of the Library. She enjoyed spending time with her friends as a member of the Strawberry Bloomers Red Hat Society. She was very proud of her children and her grandchildren’s achievements. She enjoyed her pet poodle “Tia”, big band music, trying new recipes, and her flower garden. She was a very warm and loving person who enjoyed her family and friends.
Preceding her in death were her father Clifford, and her sister Elaine Johnson.
Ann is survived by her husband of over 50 years Merlin, mother Irene Stackhouse of Clarinda, sister Mary Stackhouse of Omaha, Nebraska, son Dan of Quilcene, Washington, son Jeff and wife Tammy of Stanton, Iowa, daughter Trish and husband Kevin Anderson of Stanton, Iowa, nephew Kelli Johnson of Sioux City, Iowa, grandchildren Heather and husband Adam Downing, Dayne Magneson, Ashley Anderson and fiancé Chris Williams, and Alyssa and Alexa Anderson. Ann will be deeply missed by family and many friends. She touched many lives.

Funeral services for ANN MAGNESON of Clarinda, Iowa will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday November 1, 2008 at the Mamrelund Lutheran Church in Stanton, Iowa with Interment at the Mamre Cemetery in Stanton, Iowa. Visitation will be 7 -8 p.m. Friday October 31, 2008 at the Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda, Iowa. The Tradition of Walker-Merrick Funeral Home served the family.

 

Maher, Dorothy Anna Howard - Dorothy Anna Maher was born on December 8, 1914, at the farmstead seven miles north of Malvern, Iowa, in Mills County. She was the youngest daughter of Herbert and Minnie (Leu) Howard. Dorothy passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2006, at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa, following a brief illness.
She attended country grade school and graduated from Malvern High School in 1933. Following graduation she received her Normal Teacher Training Certificate and taught in Mills County country schools around Silver City and north of Imogene. On June 30, 1942, Dorothy was united in marriage to Gerald J. Maher at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Imogene. To this union two children were born, Gary and Genene.
Through the years, she was a member of St. Patrick’s Altar Society, taught CCD for several years and belonged to the Strahan Garden Club and Mills County Farm Bureau. She was an avid supporter of her children and grandchildren in their 4-H and school activities.
Preceding Dorothy in death were her parents; her husband Gerald, in 1975; her sister and brother-in-law, Vera and Paul Jabker; and step-daughter, Geraldine Minnie Viner. Survivors include her son, Gary Maher and wife Mary of Imogene, Iowa; daughter, Genene Fienup and husband Steven of Shenandoah, Iowa; two grandchildren, Timothy Maher of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Ashley Maher-Widen and husband Matthew of Des Moines, Iowa; one great grandson, Davin Maher-Widen; two step-granddaughters, Connie Viner-Blank and husband Lloyd and their children, Christopher, Ben and Michael of Emerson, Iowa and Brenda Pace and husband Larry and their children, Chehala, Kasha and Lawrence of Treynor, Iowa; nephew, Eugene Jabker and wife Joan of Florence, Alabama. Also surviving are three AFS grandchildren, Annie Ip of Hong Kong, Paolo Erba of Switzerland and Te Duangpatra of Thailand; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, March 11, 2006, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Imogene. Celebrant was the Rev. Kenneth Gross. Interment was in the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Imogene.


Maher, Madge Louise Martin - Madge Louise Maher, daughter of Edward and Hannah Anastasia (Foley) Martin, was born on July 28, 1910, on the family farm east of Imogene, Iowa. She passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2008, at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa, at the age of 97.

Growing up in rural Imogene, Madge received her early education at Goff country school. She attended high school in Shenandoah, graduating with the Shenandoah High School Class of 1928. Following high school, she attended business school in Omaha, Nebraska. Upon graduating from business school in 1929, she returned home to help her father and uncle because of the Great Depression and lack of jobs. In the 30’s she took over all of the household duties when her mother’s health declined. Madge continued to care for her mother until she passed away in 1944.

On April 4, 1951, Madge was united in marriage to Patrick Thomas Maher at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Imogene. Following their marriage she and Patrick continued to live with and care for her uncle and father. Her Uncle Mike passed away in 1957 and her father passed away in 1960. Together, she and Patrick continued to live on the farm until Patrick’s death in 1989 after 38 years of marriage. Madge continued to live on the home farm until September of 2007 when she entered the Good Samaritan Care Center in Red Oak, Iowa. Madge was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church where she was active in the Altar and Rosary Societies holding numerous offices. Reading, cooking, gardening and playing pitch brought great enjoyment to Madge. Her special interests were her family, neighbors and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Patrick; uncle, Michael Martin; sisters, Mabel Anderson and her husband Oscar, Nellie Gleason and her husband Tom, and Edna Martin; brothers-in-law, Francis Hughes and Francis Maher; and brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Helen Maher. She is survived by her son, Marty Maher and his wife Wanda of Imogene, IA; four grandchildren, Marie Phillips and her husband Matt of Muscatine, IA, Julie Maher of Eden Prairie, MN, John Maher of Pella, IA, and Lisa Maher of Imogene, IA; two sisters-in-law, Catherine Hughes and Wilma Maher, both of Shenandoah, IA; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; other relatives and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial was held from the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Imogene on Friday, February 29, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. Celebrant was Father Ken Gross. Eucharistic Ministers were Darwin Bugg, Paul Whannell, and Marie Trout. Altar Servers were Kenny Young and Kyle Madison. Lector was Sandy Bugg. Organist was Mary Beth Gowing and Vocalist was Anne McDonald. Gift Bearers were Marie Phillips, Matt Phillips, Julie Maher, John Maher, and Lisa Maher. Honorary Casket Bearers were Vern Lightfoot, Carroll Gutschenritter, Carl Maher, Bud Laughlin, Michael Delehant, Jim McDonald, John McDonald, Marty Laughlin, Dave Naegele, and John Kasper. Casket Bearers were Jerry McDonald, Duane Madison, Rob Lightfoot, Jim Gutschenritter, Blaine Maher, and Joe Jordan. Interment was in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Imogene. Memorials in Madge’s name are being directed to the charity of the donor’s choice

 

Maher, Wilma Rose Coy - Wilma Rose (Coy) Maher was born in Cherry Creek, NE on November 25, 1921, the daughter of Roy and Philomena (Adcock) Coy. Wilma entered into eternal peace on March 31, 2010 at the Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa.

Wilma’s early years were spent in Cherry Creek, NE until the age of 7 when the family moved to Randolph. There she attended school and graduated from Randolph High School. She played many sports during her high school years and continued her love for sports. Following graduation she attended Peru State Teacher’s College where she received her teaching certification. Wilma taught country school for 1 year. On June 3, 1941 she was united in marriage to James Louis “Francis” Maher at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Imogene. The couple was blessed with 34 years of marriage before Francis’ passing on January 14,1976.

The couple moved from the farm into Imogene in 1966. They owned and operated the General Store in Imogene for 12 years. Wilma was a hard working and dedicated wife and mother. She enjoyed tending to her garden and spent many hours at the stove canning. She enjoyed attending the many activities that her children and grandchildren were involved in, as well as remaining active in her church. She was a dedicated member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and the Altar Society. She held many offices, she was a true servant to the Lord.

In December of 1999 Wilma moved to Admiral Manor in Farragut. She enjoyed the new friendships and surroundings. For the past six years she has resided at Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sons Roger, Matthew, and Michael, daughter Mary Morton, brothers Leroy and Tom Coy, sisters-in-law Madge Maher, Helen Maher and Catherine Hughes, and brothers-in-law Jerome, Patrick and Donald Maher.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children Patricia Connelly of San Diego, CA, Robert Maher and wife Jeanne of Russellville, MO, William Maher and Celeste of Treynor, IA, Duane Maher and wife Mary of Omaha, NE, Denise Donnelly and husband Bob of Redmond, OR, Jeremiah Maher and wife Donna of Shenandoah, IA, Douglas Maher and wife Cindi of Poway, CA, Sandra Bugg and husband Darwin of Farragut, IA and David Maher of Farragut, IA; 50 grandchildren; 64 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; daughters-in-law Margaret Maher of Red Oak, IA and Betty Jo Maher of Cotton, MN, sister-in-law Mary Coy of Titusville, FL; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.



Malmberg, Julie Ann - Julie Ann Malmberg was born on January 28, 1969 in Shenandoah, IA, the daughter of Ronald Wayne and Colene Kay (Ahrens) Malmberg. Julie entered into the arms of the Lord on April 5, 2009.

Julie was raised in the Shenandoah community where she attended school and graduated from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1987. Following high school she attended Northwest Missouri State University and later transferred to the University of North Carolina where she graduated with a degree in Human Resources. After graduating from college she continued to live in North Carolina and later moved to New Jersey. She then returned back to Shenandoah to be closer to her loving family.

Julie worked as a Human Resource professional in a number of industries including healthcare, computers and banking. Her most rewarding job, however, was that of being a mother.

She devoted her life to the care and well being of her four beautiful children. Being a mother, raising two sets of twins was quite challenging, but with the support of her family, friends, church and community she managed to do quite well. She always enjoyed spending time with her family, caring for her pets and watching movies. She also collected Precious Moments and Coca Cola items.

She was preceded in death by her mother Colene and grandparents; Harold and Hazel Malmberg and Milton and Edna Ahrens.

Those left to honor her memory include her precious children; Hunter, Dalton, Dylan and Heidi Kellogg; father Ron Malmberg and wife Diana of Shenandoah; twin brother Jeff Malmberg and wife Amy of Denver, CO; sisters Patty Throne and husband Steve of Omaha, NE and Rhonda Elming and husband Mark of Johnston, IA; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.


Mann, Ferrell - Mrs. Mann passed away on Friday evening, April 18, 2009 at Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah

 

Mann, Susan Jane Peterson - Flag Day June 14, 1941 was very special at the Dr. Paul Axel and Shirley (Howes) Peterson home as their first child Susan Jane arrived. The family made their home in Clarinda with Susan attending school, being active in church activities at the First United Methodist Church including youth groups and singing in the choir. Her three siblings joined her during the years, Sally, Kris and Julie.
She graduated from Clarinda High School in 1959 and attended University Of Iowa where she received an MSN Degree. She was very active in the University of Iowa alumni. She was awarded membership into the University of Iowa President’s Club, which is a program associated with the University Foundation. She was active in nursing as an R. N. many years. One of her greatest and most challenging endeavors was developing and implementing the nursing program at the Missouri Western State College in St. Joseph, Missouri. She was employed by American Nurses Association assisting groups particularly on the East Coast in developing Continuing Education Programs that made A.N.A. Certification. She worked as a Consultant for A.N.A clients after she left A.N.A. Many persons benefited from her work. Susan was an avid sports fan her entire life. She also enjoyed traveling, especially the trips she took with her seven nieces and nephews. She was very generous with her time with many “adopted” nieces and nephews, as well as her own. Susan moved to Arizona and enjoyed volunteer work at a hospital and cancer center before moving back to Omaha, Nebraska.
Susan passed away at Methodist Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska May 6, 2008. She was preceded in death by her parents: Dr. Paul Axel and Shirley Hope (Howes) Peterson.
Surviving her: sister Sally Nordland of Clarinda, Iowa; brother Kris Peterson and wife Cece of Omaha, Nebraska; sister Julie Goodrich and husband Bill of Springfield, Missouri; nieces and nephews: Holly Stansbury and husband Pete of Clarinda, Iowa; Andy Nordland and wife Karla of Kansas City, Missouri; Betsy Obermoller and husband Scott of Omaha, Nebraska; Sherry Carne and husband Brad of Omaha, Nebraska; Lora Lento and husband John of Omaha, Nebraska; Sarah Bond of Kansas City, Missouri; Jake Bond and wife Julie of Kansas City, Missouri.
Memorial services were held Saturday, May 10, 2008 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, with Rev. Andy Rubenking officiating. Inurnment was at Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa. Memorials are suggested in Susan’s name. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mannasmith, Dorothy Jean Dowell - Dorothy Jean (Dowell) Mannasmith was born on April 27, 1926 in Shenandoah, Iowa to Floyd and Viola Dowell. She passed away on December 8, 2009 at Goldenrod Manor Nursing Home in Clarinda Iowa.

Dorothy grew up on a farm east of Coin, Iowa and graduated from Coin Consolidated High School in 1944. She was united in marriage to William Andrew Mannasmith at the Presbyterian Church in Coin, Iowa on March 3, 1946 where they made their home in the Coin area for 59 years. After her husband’s death, she lived in Forest Park Manor and the past three years had wonderful times and care at Goldenrod Manor in Clarinda.

Her great love was for music, which she passed on to her family and shared with Coin and other communities. She was active in the community of Coin by performing in many shows and serving on the Town Council, Library Board, and served as a promoter for the Coin Centennial Celebration. Dorothy taught sign language at Iowa Western Community College and shared the art of signing to many young people in various public schools. She was a faithful, lifetime member of the Coin Presbyterian Church, serving as the organist over 30 years and in recent years played for the Northboro Church and the Congregational Church of Farragut where she was currently a member. Her community service to the town of Coin and to her churches was immeasurable.

Preceding Dorothy in death were her husband, William Mannasmith ; her parents, Floyd and Viola Dowell; brother, Richard Dowell; brother, James Andrew Dowell; great granddaughter, Julia Ruth Braymen; special uncle, Milton Dowell.

Survivors include daughter, Dianne Braymen and her husband John of Urbandale, IA, ; son, Larry Mannasmith and his wife Rhonda of Maryville, MO.; daughter, Colene Doucette and partner Georgia Bichekas of Omaha, NE; grandchildren, Erica and Neil Seeley, Noah and Lindsey Braymen; Vanessa and Tye Parsons, Hilary Mannasmith and fiance Ian Simmons;Tyler and Elizabeth Doucette, Robin and Chris Drennen; great grandchildren, Norah and Kieran Seeley; Lucy and Ellie Parsons; Jadyn, Jakob, Paige, and Chandler Doucette; Bailey and Eli Drennen; brother, George Dowell and wife Nellie; sister Marilynn Graham and husband Richard; sister in law, Berniece Dowell; special aunt, Mrs. Thelma Dowell; numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends. Her greatest passion in life was her family who loved her dearly and will miss her greatly.


 

 


Marshall, Viola Marie Stratton - Viola Marie Marshall, age 86 of Council Bluffs, Iowa and formerly of Randolph and Shenandoah, Iowa was born February 15, 1921 in Louisville, Nebraska, the daughter of John Thomas and Evelyn C. (Hoover) Stratton. Viola passed away on Thursday morning, February 15, 2007 at Alegent Health Midlands Hospital in Papillion, Nebraska.
Viola attended school in Louisville, Nebraska and graduated from Louisville High School. On September 1, 1940 she was married to August Fay Marshall in Louisville, Nebraska. To this union two daughters were born, Connie and Nancy.
Viola worked for Mt. Arbor Nursery in Shenandoah for more than 35 years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Shenandoah and Randolph, Iowa. She enjoyed bowling, golfing, quilting and family gatherings.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Fay in 1999; and two brothers, John C. and Floyd Stratton.
Survivors include her children, Connie Bruner and her husband Tom (BG, Ret.) of Crescent, Iowa, Nancy Murphy and her husband Ed of Bellevue, Nebraska; granddaughters, Tracey Rayhons and her husband Jerome, Diane O’Hara and her husband Mike, Kim Caniglia and her husband Matt; four great granddaughters, two great grandsons; sister Evelyn Sahs of Talmage, Nebraska along with other relatives and friends.
Graveside services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, February 19, 2007 at the Randolph Cemetery at Randolph, Iowa with Rev. Karen Bash officiating. Visitation with the family present will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 18, 2007 at Selby-Kirsch Funeral Chapel in Shenandoah, Iowa. A memorial fund is being established in Viola’s name. Selby-Kirsch Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Martin, Alice Claire Caster - Alice was born on June 2, 1921, in rural Underwood, Iowa, to Charles and Mary Agnes(Daley) Caster. She graduated from Underwood High School and Ottumwa Heights College, and took classes at Creighton University and UNO. She taught elementary school in Corning, Underwood and Crescent prior to her marriage. She met Patrick Martin at a dance in St. Patrick Hall in Neola, and they were married on June 25, 1952. She moved to Imogene with Patrick where they farmed and raised a family. She and Patrick were married 50 years before his death on January 5, 2003. She was active in the St. Patrick Altar Society in Imogene, taught religious education and was a 4-H leader. She liked to sew.

Survivors include her seven children, Leo and wife Sue Martin of Council Bluffs, Paul Martin of Clive, Mary and husband John Fischer of Neola, Barbara and husband Jerry Lundgren of Omaha, Katie and husband Pat Daly of Clive, Carl and wife Carol Martin of Council Bluffs, and Mark Martin of Des Moines, one brother, Robert Caster of Lincoln, and ten grandchildren—Tony Fischer and fiancée Beth Newell, Anne and husband Matt Brummett, Emily Fischer, Daniel Fischer, Michael Lundgren, John Lundgren, Kathryn Lundgren, Maureen Martin, Patrick Martin and Molly Martin.

Also surviving are her sister-in-law Jeanette Caster, brothers-in-law Tom and wife Mary Martin and Gerald Martin, and sister-in-law Jeanne Martin. She was preceded in death by her siblings and spouses: Mary Ann and Jim Finn, Helen and Russ Madsen, Charles Caster, John Caster, Sarah Caster, and Marci Caster and her husband’s brothers and spouses James Martin, Joe Martin, Michael and Louise Martin, Edward and Esther Martin and Joyce Martin.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, December 19, 2006, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Imogene. Celebrants were Father Dan Kirby and Father Kenneth Gross. Altar servers were Maureen Martin, Kathryn Lundgren and Molly Martin. Lector was Kathy Regan. Eucharistic ministers were John Martin, Jr. and Sandy Bugg. The petitions/offertory reading was by John Martin. Attending the memory register were Darlene Laughlin and Jackie Hughes. Ushers were Peggy Martin and Laura McGargill. Gift bearers were all of Alice's grandchildren. The organist and soloist was Bonnie Kramer. Casket bearers were Tony Fischer, Michael Lundgren, Daniel Fischer, John Lundgren, Patrick Martin, Matt Brummett, Ray Madsen and John Martin. Interment was in the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Imogene. Memorials may be offered to St. Patrick Church, St. Albert School, Mt. Michael Benedictine School, Duchesne Academy or donor’s choice. The Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah was in charge of the arrangements.


Martin, Harold Duane - Harold Duane Martin, the son of Charles Edward and Helen Viola Robb Martin, was born in Shenandoah, Iowa on June 15, 1923, and passed away at Shenandoah Medical Center on August 21, 2006, at the age of 83 years, 2 months and 6 days.

Harold spent his entire life in Shenandoah, attending Rice Country School, later Shenandoah High School where he graduated with the class of 1940. On June 8, 1946 Harold married Maurine (Ennie) Pierson at Hiawatha, Kansas, and to this union two children were born, Kathy and Steve. Harold worked for Barry Seed Company, Sexaur Seed Company and later for Henry Field Seed and Nursery Company retiring in 1988. Harold was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church, and Elks Lodge 1122 of Shenandoah, Iowa.

Harold loved gardening, fishing, woodworking , working in his yard, refinishing furniture and spending time with his grandchildren.

Harold was preceded in death by his father, Charles Edward Martin ; mother Helen Viola Martin; sisters, Ilene Martin and Iva Powers; two brothers, Owen Martin and Chuck Martin. Survivors include his wife Maurine (Ennie) Martin of Shenandoah; daughter Kathy Weaver and husband Lynn of Papillion, Nebraska; grandchildren Cole Weaver of Ames, Iowa, Sadie Weaver of Omaha, Nebraska, Sophie Weaver of Papillion, Nebraska; son Steve Martin and wife Karen Martin of Omaha, Nebraska; grandchildren, Luke Martin and wife Amber and great granddaughter Kylie Martin all of Spirit Lake, Iowa; grandson, Seth Martin of Council Bluffs, Iowa; a brother, Pete Martin and wife Maggie in Colorado; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Celebration of life memorial services were held on Thursday, August 24, 2006, at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Shenandoah. Words of comfort were given by the Rev. Jim Gubser and Marie Hilton. Soloist was Susie Schaaf. Organist was Becky Hoenshel. Honorary bearers were "all of Harold's friends". Attending the register book were Phyllis Scott and Arlyne Collins. In charge of memorials was Janet Jones. Ushers were Jim Sligar and Darrell Jones. Inurnment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah. Memorials are being directed to Habitat for Humanity, the Shenandoah Healthcare Foundation or to the First United Methodist Church. The Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials are being directed to Habitat For Humanity, the Shenandoah Healthcare Foundation, or to the First United Methodist Church in Shenandoah.


Martin, Merna Faye Brink - Merna Faye Martin, age 89, the daughter of Royal A. and Elsie (Nelson) Brink, was born January 4, 1915, on the family farm south of Shenandoah, Iowa, and passed away February 18, 2004, at the Gardenview Care Center in Shenandoah.
Growing up the second oldest of 11 children, Merna could be relied upon to help raise the other children, do chores, drive the tractor, as well as find time to do the outdoor activities she so enjoyed. Her father instilled in her a love of sports, particularly baseball and tennis. In fact, her father, Roy, built a tennis court on their farm, where Merna and her sister, Shirley, and a host of friends and neighbors learned to master the game. Both men and women put that skill to the test in the Shenandoah City Tournament in 1937 where Merna walked away with the trophy.
Receiving her education in the Shenandoah school system, Merna graduated from high school in 1933, received Normal Training and taught school for a short time at Honeycreek country school.
On September 20, 1941, Merna was united in marriage to Charles D. Martin and together they raised six children, Rodney, Ed, Sandra, Sharon, Charlotte, and Darlene.
Following the death of her husband in 1958, Merna moved her family to Shenandoah. Her sense of humor and quick wit helped sustain her as she continued the job of raising her children alone. She was employed at Earl May Seed and Nursery Company for over 30 years, retiring at the age of 65. Her love of the outdoors continued, and often times she could be seen working in her yard and garden and tending to the flowers around the house. It seemed there was no task or job she wouldn’t accomplish from refinishing furniture to constructing her driveway out of old red bricks.
Preceding Merna in death were her parents; husband, Charles, in 1958; youngest of her children, infant son, Gary Dean Martin; sister, Mildred Brink; and brothers, Dale, Willard, Boyd and Eldon Brink.
Survivors include her children, Rodney Martin and wife, Cheryle, of Grimes, Iowa, Ed Martin and wife, Patsy, of Shenandoah, Sandra Dallas and husband, Harold, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Sharon Davis and husband, Chris, of Readlyn, Iowa, Charlotte Butterbaugh of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Darlene Carlson of Pleasant Hill, Iowa. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren, Randy and Chad Martin, Lisa Burt, Lori Lee Barnett, Darrin and Brian Gilbert, John and Jean Dallas, Holly and Chuck Martin, Troy and Cory Davis, Jenny Smith, Todd Butterbaugh, Kristina Sickels, Suzanne Runyon, and Wendy Carlson plus 18 great grandchildren. Other survivors include Merna’s sister, Shirley Hunter of Canon City, Colorado; brothers, Glen Brink of Farragut, Iowa, Lee Brink and wife, Mary, of Stockton, California, Russell Brink and wife, Vernice of Farragut, and Gene Brink of Saint Louis, Missouri plus other relatives and friends.
Memorials May be directed to the Turnbull Child Development Center.

Rose Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah


Maxwell, Evelyn - Funeral services for Evelyn Maxwell, 82 of Clarinda, will be held 10:30 Friday, April 4, 2008 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel with interment at Clarinda Cemetery

 

McCall, George E. - George E. McCall was born on March 15, 1931; the son of Marion and Ruth (Stafford) McCall in Hamburg, Iowa. George passed away at his home on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at the age of 77 years, 11 months and 9 days.

George worked for the Iowa Department of Transportation from 1954 until his retirement in 1992, after 38 years of dedicated service. He was also a 15 year member of the Army National Guard.

George was a beloved father and grandfather. He enjoyed having coffee with his buddies and passing the time visiting.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Teresa McCall and his parents.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter Barbara Andrews of Las Cruces, New Mexico; grandchildren Joshua Wellborn of Omaha, Nebraska and Melanie Wellborn of Las Cruces, New Mexico; great-grandchildren Addison Schilling of Shenandoah, Iowa, Dylan Wellborn and Katelyn Wellborn-Saiz of Las Cruces, New Mexico and Kylie Wellborn of Omaha, Nebraska; other family and a host of friends.

Funeral Services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2009 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home with Rev. Karen Bash officiating. Sharing special memories of their grandfather were Melanie and Joshua Wellborn. Carmen Harms assisted with the memorial register. Special music for the service included recordings of "In The Garden", "Amazing Grace" and "Because He Lives". Serving as casket bearers were Greg Richardson, Rusty Linthicum, Mike Bartles, Terry Stafford, Russell Fithen and Joshua Wellborn. Stephen Wellborn served as a honorary casket bearer. Interment followed at the Rose Hill Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Shenandoah American Legion Post #88. The ladies of the First Christian Church served a luncheon for the family following the services.

McCollum, Gene W. - Gene passed away on Tuesday, July 4, 2006, in Sacramento, California. Gene was a former resident of Coin, Iowa, where he operated a television and radio repair shop.
Survivors include his daughters, Deborah Kay Baker of Citrus Heights, CA, Becky Schoening and her husband Tom of Farragut, IA; four grandchildren, Rob Baker of Citrus Heights, CA, Keaton Dyche, Riley Dyche and Breanna Dyche, all of Farragut, IA; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.
Graveside services were held Friday, July 14, 2006 at 11:30 a.m. at the Elmwood Cemetery in Coin, Iowa. Words of comfort were given by Matthew Olsen. Casket bearers were Keaton Dyche, Riley Dyche, Tom McCollum, Jim Coburn, Morris Dinges and Jacob Coburn. Interment was in Elmwood Cemetery. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.hackettlivingston.com

McCollum, Teresa - Jul 2007 hackett


McComb, Wilda "Gerry" - Growing up near Clarinda, Iowa, and the Yorktown, Iowa, areas, Gerry attended country school at Salem and Page Center and later moved with her family to Clarinda, where she graduated from the Clarinda High School in 1936. After high school she worked in the office at the Lyle Corporation in Clarinda. On February 3, 1940, Gerry was united in marriage to Arthur McComb and to this union, three sons, Dee, Robert and Jerel were born. They farmed east of Coin, Iowa, for awhile before moving to Malloy, Iowa, where they farmed for one year and then moved back to the Coin area. In 1946, they moved to a farm near Essex, Iowa, where they farmed until retiring in 1975 and moved into Essex the following year.
Gerry not only found time to maintain their home and raise their family, but through the years found time to work at Spurgeons Department Store in Shenandoah and later assisted Art in owning and operating Johnny’s Café in Red Oak, Iowa. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Essex and liked to meet with other women sharing ideas on gardening and cooking. Gerry enjoyed fishing, gardening and was known to be a great cook. She will be remembered for her kind, loving and gentle heart. She had no enemies and knew no strangers.
Preceding Gerry in death were her parents and sister, Vera Mitts.
Survivors include her husband, Arthur McComb of Shenandoah; sons and daughters-in-law, Dee and Sheryl McComb of Shenandoah, Bob and Nancy McComb of Shenandoah and Jerel and Gloria McComb of Essex. Also surviving are grandchildren and their spouses, Tammy and Roger Brand, of New Virginia, Iowa, Brian McComb of Denver, Colorado, Melissa and Dennis Whitcomb, of Portland, Oregon, Tom and Barbara McComb of Portland, Jeremy McComb of Essex, and Adam and Renae McComb of Whitebear, Minnesota; stepgrandchildren, Donelle Baldwin, Machelle Stream, Jody Brown and Bobbi Crowell; sisters-in-law, Ruth Miles of Farragut, Ruby Boehm of Grandview, Missouri and Frances McComb of Grand Island, Nebraska plus 10 great grandchildren other relatives and many friends.
Wilda "Gerry" McComb, age 85, of Shenandoah, Iowa, and formerly from Essex, Iowa, passed away Monday, September 6, 2004, at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa.

Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association or to the Polsley Cemetery Association.

Polsley Cemetery, near Yorktown


McCowen, Kenton Jay - Kenton Jay McCowen was born January 26, 1968 in Clarinda, Iowa, the son of James and Elaine (Murphy) McCowen. He passed away on Friday morning, May 9, 2008 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa at the age of 40 years, 3 months and 13 days.

Jay graduated from South Page High School in 1986. He recently worked for the Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines in the Informational Technology Department. Jay was an avid sports fan and her enjoyed hiking and fishing. Sarcastic at his worst and hilarious at his best, he will always be remembered for his humor and laid back attitude. Many will never be able to attend a bonfire, play a game of horseshoes or listen to a bluesy tune without thinking of him.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Elaine in 1992.

Survivors include his daughter, Shea of Des Moines, Iowa; his father, Jim McCowen and his wife Gloria of Coin, Iowa; two brothers, Kris and family of Heidelberg, Germany, Kirk and son Stephen of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; sister Karla and family of Maryville, Missouri; along with many other relatives and friends.

Our “Jay-Bird” has flown home and I’m sure he whistled the whole way.”




McCoy, Rosalie "Rosie" Finlay - Rosalie was born on November 30, 1942 in Shenandoah, Iowa, the daughter of Robert Ward and Wanda Lee (Searl) Finlay. Rosalie entered into the arms of the Lord on Tuesday evening; October 21, 2008 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Rosie attended school in Coin and Farragut until the 8th grade. She continued her education in Shenandoah. On April 23, 1960 she was united in marriage to Donnie McCoy in Clarinda, Iowa and to this union four children were born. The couple resided in Clarinda and Shenandoah before making their home in Northboro.

Rosie worked side by side her family at their business, "McCoy Locker" from 1970-2008. She was a dedicated mother who was always there for her family. She was a member of the Northboro Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, the Northboro Betterment Club and also served as a Cub Scout Leader. Rosie also belonged to several Pinochle and Bridge groups in Northboro. She enjoyed cooking and was very talented in the kitchen. She served many delicious meals to her family and for the community over the years.

She was preceded in death by her father Robert Finlay and by an infant sister Karen Finlay.

Those left to honor her memory include her children Tammy Braymen and husband Glen of Shenandoah, Angie McCoy of Westboro, Jim McCoy of Northboro, and Drs. Jeff McCoy and wife Wendy of Coin; eight grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; mother Wanda Finlay of Shenandoah, sister Jackie Gleason and husband Ken of Essex and brothers Bob Finlay and Dan Finlay and wife Deb all of Shenandoah; other relatives and many friends.

Remembrance Services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday; October 24, 2008 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home with Rev. James "Buck" Buckhahn officiating. Attending to the memory register was Sherry Barnes while Becky Parmenter cared for the flowers. One of Rosie's favorite songs, "Angels Among Us" was played in her honor. Inurnment followed in the Union Grove Cemetery in Northboro, Iowa.

McCrary, Nathan Otis "Mac" Jr - Nathan Otis “Mac” McCrary, Jr, was born on July 16, 1921 in Fremont County, Iowa; the son of Nathan Otis and Mary Elvira (Buntz) McCrary, Sr. Mac entered into the arms of the Lord on Friday morning; September 12, 2008 at the Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa.

Mac attended school in Shenandoah and graduated from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1938. On December 7, 1941, the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mac enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he served his country with pride until 1944.

On August 6, 1944 he was united in marriage to Jeane Borland at the First Christian Church in Shenandoah, Iowa. They moved to Ames, Iowa where Mac attended Iowa State University. They later moved to Kansas City where Mac attended Kansas City School of Watchmaking. Mac bought his first jewelry store in O’Neil, NE; later they opened the McCrary Jewelry Store in Red Oak, Iowa until 1962, when he began working for the Iowa Department of Transportation in Ames, Iowa. Following his retirement the couple moved back to Shenandoah. The couple was blessed with over 64 years of marriage.

Some of his interests included working with stain glass, watch making, working on clocks, genealogy, and raising asparagus. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Shenandoah, the 40/8 of the American Legion Post at O’Neil, Red Oak and Shenandoah where he served as Post Commander. He was also a member of the Shenandoah Elks Club #1122, and served in several other community organizations.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Helen Lane, Lois Miller, and Ruth Brown.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Jeane McCrary of Shenandoah, IA; children; Daniel Jay McCrary and wife Maggie of Grosse Pointe Park, MI, Marty Jean Barnett and husband Larry of Red Oak, Iowa, Jon Otis McCrary and wife Heidi of Kalamazoo, MI; grandchildren; Misty Schwartz and husband Gary, Mendy Hayes and husband Steve, Megan Hylok and husband Dan, Anna McCrary, Ryan McCrary, Nathan Tyler McCrary, and Phillip Jon McCrary; 9 great grandchildren; sister Edith Handy, sister-in-law Martha Yates; nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held on Monday, September 15, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Shenandoah. Words of comfort were given by Rev. Rick Sleyster. "On Eagles Wings" was sung by Becca Cusick. Terry Stafford accompanied on the piano. "Unforgettable" was also played. Ushers were Don Nelson and Tom Brodersen. Scripture was read by Mendy Hayes. Attending the memory register were Barb Teachout and Carol Bonwell. Caring for the flowers were Clarice Maher, Lavonne Weller and Mary Irvin. Casket bearers were Dan Hylok, Gary Schwartz, Casey Wilson, Doug McGinnis, J. C. Irvin, LeRoy Spears and Rick Sleyster. Honorary casket bearers were all of Mac's Friends and the members of the Shenandoah American Legion Post #88. Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery. Military rites were accorded by the Shenandoah American Legion Post #88. The Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


McCreight, Harold W. "Mac" - Harold W. (Mac) McCreight, 95, Tucson, Ariz., formerly of LaCrosse, Wis., was born July 10, 1912 in Tarkio, Mo., and died April 23, 2008. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Eleanor (Skip). He is survived by his sons Jerold (Susan) and John (Colleen), seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters Ellen Bohm of Brighton, Colo., and Martha Grimes of Green Valley, Ariz.
Harold graduated from Clarinda Junior College and started his business career with Gambles Skogmo in Clarinda, Iowa. He was a store manager for Gambles in Yankton, S.D., Kenosha and Waukesha, Wis. He advanced to Sales Manager for Western Auto in Los Angeles, Calif.
Harold, along with a group of investors, purchased Pyroil Co. of LaCrosse, Wis., in 1953; elected President and CEO in 1964.
Harold was a life long member of the Shriners. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed fishing with the grandchildren. Harold’s family wishes to thank the staff of Wingate’s Adult Care Home for the quality of life they provided in the last two years of his life.
Memorial Services were 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2008 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Inurnment at the Clarinda Cemetery, following the committal service a time of fellowship and lunch at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel. The Tradition of Walker-Merrick Funeral Home provided the arrangements.In lieu of flowers, send donations to a charity of your choice.



McDermott, Ernest Patrick - Ernest Patrick McDermott, the son of Ralph Henry and Edith Gertrude (Johnson) McDermott, was born on July 2, 1915 in Fremont Count, Fisher Township, Iowa and entered into rest on July 28, 2006 at the Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa. Ernest grew up and attended country schools in Fremont County

Later he attended Shenandoah High School and during that time, he hauled other kids to school to help pay for his gas and books. Ernest graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1933. After graduation times were hard and jobs were scarce. Ernest ran a dairy farm northeast of Shenandoah and also worked at Henry Fields seed house, plus he worked on some farms in Fremont County. Sometimes in the winter Ernest would work in Omaha at Cudahy Packing Plant. Later on he and his brother Jay McDermott farmed together until 1973. Ernest worked at the Shenandoah Broad Street School as a custodian from 1968-1981 and part time at the Shenandoah Lowell Street School from 1981-1986. After his retirement Ernest worked part time as custodian for St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Shenandoah.

From 1933-1973 Ernest made his home with his parents. Sundays’ were always fun when many of the 26 nieces and nephews and their parents would gather at the McDermott home for dinner and visiting and of course Christmas was even more special when almost all of the family would gather. Visiting with his nieces and nephews was special for him.

On November 10, 1974 Ernest was united in marriage to Viola DeWitt Stotts at Omaha, Nebraska and they made their home in Shenandoah. After his retirement Ernest loved to garden. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1479, Shenandoah Elks Lodge 1122 and St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents, three brother in laws, George Dinville, Tom Perkins and Dale King. Survivors include his wife Viola McDermott of Shenandoah, IA.; sisters, Lucille King of Humbolt, NE., Madalene Perkins of Tabor, IA., Irma Dinville of Randolph, IA., and Carol Catus of Ames, IA.; his brother James Ralph (J.R.) McDermott of Shenandoah, IA; numerous loving nieces and nephews and step children.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Shenandoah, Iowa. Celebrant was Rev. Vern Smith. Jan Ludwig attended the memory register. Ushers were Mike Lonowski and Norbert Martin. Ben Fair and Hanna Fursa were altar servers. Bill Ludwig was lector for the service. Song leader was Jane Emge and organist was Mary Beth Gowing. Honorary casket bearers were Kenneth R. Stotts, Jr., James Stotts, Norman Fuller, Gene Catus, Leo Perkins and Robert Stanbrough. Casket bearers were Steve Dinville, Tom Dinville, Glen Catus, Bob Catus, Paul Perkins and John Perkins. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah, Iowa. Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


McDermott, James Ralph "J.R." - James Ralph (J. R.) McDermott, son of Ralph Henry and Edith Gertrude (Johnson) McDermott, was born on February 9, 1922, in Locust Grove Township in Fremont County, Iowa. He passed away on Friday, April 6, 2007, at the age of 85 at the Shenandoah Medical Center in Shenandoah, Iowa.
James grew up in rural Fremont County where he attended various country schools. He attended St. Patrick’s Academy in Imogene and the Shenandoah Public Schools before graduating from Farragut High School in 1940. Following graduation he worked as a farmhand. On October 13, 1942, James enlisted in the Army. He was an MP and served with the 342nd MPEG Company where he earned four bronze stars. He was honorably discharged from the Army on December 4, 1945. Upon his return home from the war James went into farming with his brother Ernest and also worked part-time as a substitute rural route mail carrier out of Imogene. In the early 1970’s he went to work for Farmland Coop and from there went to work for Eaton Transmission Company until his retirement. James was married to Janet Ellis and they made their home in Shenandoah. They were later divorced in 1989. James was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Shenandoah and a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1943, having obtained Fourth Degree Knight. He was a member of the V. F. W. He enjoyed being with family and attending family picnics. He loved visiting with all the nieces and nephews when possible. His main interest was playing cards with his friends and also solitaire.

Preceding James in death were his parents; brother, Ernest McDermott; three brother-in-laws, George Dinville, Tom Perkins and Dale King. Survivors include his four sisters, Lucille King of Humboldt, NE, Madalene Perkins of Tabor, IA, Irma Dinville of Randolph, IA and Carol Catus of Ames, IA; numerous loving nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

Mass of Christian Burial services were held on Wednesday, April 11, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Shenandoah. Celebrant was Rev. Vern Smith. Altar server was Hanna Fursa. Lector was Richard Haigwood. Vocalist was Fred Strunk and organist was Mary Beth Gowing. Attending the memory register was Gloria Mauer. Caring for the flowers were Cindy Green and Ann Maher. Usher was Mike Lonowski. Honorary casket bearers were the members of the Knights of Columbus. Casket bearers were Stacey Perkins, John Perkins, Steve Dinville, Tom Dinville, Don Catus and Tom Catus. Military rites were accorded by the Shenandoah American Legion Post #88. Burial was in the Mount Calvary Cemetery at Imogene. The Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials are being directed to either the Garden View Care Center or to the Alzheimer's Association.


McDermott, Viola Mae DeWitt - Viola Mae (DeWitt) McDermott was born on November 19, 1919 in Farmingdale, Illinois, the daughter of James and Chloe Viola (Walker) DeWitt. Viola entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at the Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa.
Viola’s early years were spent in Chillicothe, Missouri where she attended school and graduated with the Class of 1937. She later made her residence in Long Beach, California before moving to Shenandoah. She was united in marriage to Bob Stotts. The couple later divorced.
Viola later found happiness with her marriage to Ernie McDermott. She worked as a cook for several local restaurants including A&W Rootbeer, The Country Club and the Tall Corn. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Some of her interests included gardening, cooking and sewing. She was a lovely and caring lady, who will be missed by all those whose lives she touched.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ernest “Ernie” McDermott and her parents.
Those left to honor her memory include her children; Judy Cook of Shenandoah, Roberta Craig and husband Eddie of Council Bluffs, Kenneth R. Stotts and special friend Jane Uehling of Omaha, James Stotts and wife Josiane of Glenwood; grandchildren; Kenneth Stotts, Jr., Tammy Kenny, Misty Radil, Eddie Craig, Candi Cook, Matt Cook, Robert Stotts and Shawna Stotts; eight great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at St. Mary' Catholic Church with Father Vern Smith celebrating the mass. Attending to the memorial register was Connie Butcher, while Dr. Pat Emge served as an usher. Special music for the service was led by Jane Emge with Mary Beth Gowing playing the organ. Hilda Mattern served as the Lector. Casket Bearers included Eddie Craig, Matt Cook, Bob Radil, Jim Stotts, Kenneth Stotts, Sr. and Bob Stotts. Honorary Casket Bearers were David Kenny, Dennis Mastny and Ed Craig. Burial followed in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Rural Imogene, Iowa. A luncheon followed in the Burial at St. Mary's Parish Hall.


McDonald, Harold Leroy - Harold Leroy McDonald, age 89, the son of Bert and Anna (Smiley) McDonald was born December 3, 1914, near Shambaugh, Iowa, and passed away September 18, 2004, at Gardenview Care Center in Shenandoah.
Growing up in the Coin and Northboro, Iowa areas, Harold graduated in 1932 from the Amity High School in College Springs, Iowa. On June 20, 1942 he was united in marriage to Eileen Norton in Rock Port, Missouri. Harold farmed his entire working years raising crops, hogs and cattle. He took great pride in keeping his farmstead neat and orderly. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church in College Springs and Farm Bureau.
Preceding Harold in death were his parents; sister Mary Bell Coulter and a sister at infancy.
Survivors include his wife, Eileen McDonald of Shenandoah; sister, Edna Runyan of Shenandoah; sister-in-law, Bernie Norton of Cheyenne, Wyoming; plus several nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorials may be directed to the Shenandoah Ambulance Fund in his memory

Rose Hill cemetery, Shenandoah, Iowa.

 

McDonald, Michael James Sr - Michael James McDonald, Sr., son of James Patrick and Ruth Mary (McDonald) McDonald, was born on March 22, 1956, in Omaha, Nebraska. Mike passed away on Monday, May 12, 2008, in rural Adams County, Iowa from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Highway 34 at the age of 52.

His early life was spent growing up on the family farm outside of Emerson, Iowa. Mike attended the Nishna Valley Community Schools, graduating from Nishna Valley High School in 1975. On November 27, 1981, Mike was united in marriage to Mary Suzanne McCoppin at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Following their marriage they made their home in rural Emerson. Mike farmed most all his life and had a great passion for agriculture. He especially loved raising cattle and enjoyed his dogs and horses. He was active in 4-H throughout the years. Some of the things that helped define Mike were his little brother, love of chocolate and motorcycles. He will be remembered for his big heart, his love of life and his comedic side. The epitome of a good person, Mike never knew a stranger and loved visiting with his friends and neighbors. He reveled in his role of Santa Claus at Christmas for the neighborhood kids and family. Mike was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

Preceding Mike in death was his infant daughter, Mary Grace McDonald. Survivors include his wife, Suzanne McDonald of Emerson, IA; their three children, Megan Kendrick and her husband Josh of Hurricane, WV, Michael McDonald, Jr., of Emerson, IA, and Katie McDonald of the home; his parents, Jim and Ruth McDonald of rural Emerson, IA; brother, Tom McDonald and his wife Susie of rural Emerson; nephew, Levi McDonald; numerous cousins; his dog Sammy Boy; extended family and many friends.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, May 17, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Imogene. Celebrant was Father Donald Bruck. Altar servers were Devin and Joanie Laughlin. Lector was Julie Babbitt. Vocalists were Anne Smith and Sheri Bowen. Organist was Ardis Dusenberry. Attending the memory register were Kathy Grindle, Dawn Hillyer and Linda Stouder. Ushers were Steve Grindle and Larry Stouder. Honorary casket bearers were John McDonald, Bud Laughlin and Marty Laughlin. Casket bearers were Dave Bowen, Scott Hillyer, Jim Laughlin, Rick Mabary, Kevin Maher and Dick Paul. Burial was in the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Imogene. Memorials in Mike's name are being directed to the family. The Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah was in charge of the arrangements.


McElroy, James J. "Jim" - James Robert McElroy was born on August 20, 1952 in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of Robert Thomas and Joyce Kathleen (Mattes) McElroy. James entered into eternal peace on Monday, April 20, 2009 at the Shenandoah Medical Center in Shenandoah, Iowa. Although Jim is gone from this earth, a part of him will continue to live on through his generous gift of eye and body donation for medical research

Jim was raised in the Shenandoah community. He attended school and graduated from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1970. Following graduation he attended college at Iowa Western Community College and also Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa. He later moved to the Council Bluffs and Omaha area, but returned to Shenandoah to help his father in McElroy Electric.

Jim worked for the City of Shenandoah as a custodian, and also worked at the Shenandoah High School as a custodian, when needed. Jim was a kind-hearted man, who was always willing to help others when called upon.

Some of Jim’s interests included reading, attending church, visiting art museums, dancing, attending single reunions at Graceland College and supporting the Shenandoah Mustang’s Athletic Programs. Jim was an active member of the Lion’s Club where he held several offices including Chaplain for many years and the Community of Christ Church in Shenandoah.

He was preceded in death by his father. Those left to honor his memory include his mother Joyce, an aunt Norma Mattes of Clarinda, Iowa, numerous cousins and many friends

 

McGargill, Kolleen Joan Hughes - Kolleen Joan (Hughes) McGargill, daughter of Joseph Edward and Jackie Jean (Reed) Hughes, was born on March 20, 1966, in Shenandoah, Iowa. She eternally entered into rest on Wednesday, September 12, 2007, at her home in rural Randolph, Iowa, following a lengthy bout with cancer.

Her early life was spent growing up in the rural Imogene, Iowa, area. Kolleen attended the Farragut Community Schools, graduating from Farragut High School with the Class of 1984. She then attended Tarkio College in Tarkio, Missouri, graduating in May of 1988 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She began her teaching career at Albany, Missouri. Kolleen then taught at Saint Albert’s Primary in Council Bluffs, Iowa for eight years. She enrolled at Creighton University in Omaha and received her Master’s Degree in Counseling in December of 1997.

On April 6, 1997, Kolleen married her high school love, Dave Luke McGargill at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Imogene. They made their home in rural Imogene where Kolleen continued to work at St. Albert’s School until May of 1999. To Kolleen and Dave were born four children: Taylor McGargill was born on April 27, 1998, Paul McGargill born on July 20, 1999, Emily McGargill born on November 11, 2001, and Morgan McGargill was born on August 24, 2003. She was a lifetime member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and was active in the Altar Society and Faith Formation Education Board. Kolleen enjoyed running, exercising, playing volleyball and traveling. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Preceding Kolleen in death were her grandparents, Robert and Dorothy Reed and Lucille and Leo Hughes; aunt, Mary Ditmars; and two uncles, Johnny Hughes and Billy Hughes. Survivors include her husband, Dave McGargill and children, Taylor, Paul, Emily and Morgan of rural Randolph, IA; parents, Joe and Jackie Hughes; ten brothers and sisters, Kim Hughes and wife Becky, Kelly Hughes, Kevin Hughes and wife Stacy, Karla Hughes, Karoline Carnes and husband Scott, Kenny Hughes and wife Theresa, Kay Durfey and husband Doug, Karrie Hughes, Kirk Hughes and fiancé Emily Olesen, and Kris Hughes; father and mother-in-law, Luke and Beverly McGargill; other relatives and many friends.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, September 15, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Imogene. Celebrant was Father Kenneth Gross. Attendee was Father John Clark. Concelebrants were Father Dan Kirby, Father James Kleffman, and Father Vern Smith. Placing of the Pall was by Kay Durfey and Kris Hughes. Organist was Larry Mannasmith. Song leader was Therese Sunderman. Musical selections were "Here I Am Lord", "Seek Ye First", "Precious Lord, Take My Hand", "Prayer Of St. Francis", "Just A Closer Walk With Thee", "Hail Mary, Gentle Woman" and "On Eagles Wings". Altar servers were Brady Gutschenritter and Joe Blake. Lectors were Kirk Hughes and Jake McGargill. Gift bearers were Taylor McGargill, Kennedy Hughes and Annie Van Houten. Caring for the flowers were Becky Hughes, Teresa Hughes, Jodi McGargill and Emily Olesen. Ushers were Doug Durfey and Scott Carnes. Attending the memory register were Tammy Franks and Linda Laughlin. Casket bearers were Kim Hughes, Kevin Hughes, Kelly Hughes, Kenny Hughes, Kirk Hughes, Tom McGargill, Kenny McGargill and Tim McGargill. Honorary casket bearers were Karla Hughes, Karoline Hughes Carnes, Kay Hughes Durfey, Karrie Hughes, Kris Hughes, Stacy Hughes and Jenny Hughes. Interment was in the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Imogene. The Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah was in charge of the arrangements. Memorials are being directed to the Dave & Kolleen McGargill Children's Education Fund.