Page County, Iowa obituaries
Naven, Claudine Elsie Maurer - Claudine Elsie Naven, 81, Shenandoah, died Monday, June 26, 2006, following a battle with cancer. Born March 20, 1925 in Beatrice, NE, to Claude and Minnie (Kelley) Maurer, Claudine grew up in Des Moines, IA where she graduated from Roosevelt High School. Following high school she underwent training in health care and with Braniff Airlines, returning to Des Moines where she later married Dean H. Naven on November 6, 1948. In 1950 the couple spent two years in Wiesbaden, Germany where Dean was attached to the U.S. Air Force post war effort. Upon returning stateside and following her husband’s radio broadcasting career, Claudine made homes in Des Moines, Council Bluffs, Shenandoah, Fremont, NE, Sioux City and Fort Dodge, IA.
While in Shenandoah, 1953-1966, Claudine was active in St. John’s Episcopal Church, Shenandoah Garden Club, Shen Artists, Southwest Iowa Theatre Group and PEO Chapter JA. In Fort Dodge she put her artistic talents to work as owner/designer of Naven Draperies. Claudine was involved in numerous cultural and political activities while in Fort Dodge, including senior warden of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Fort Dodge Chapter of the League of Women Voters, Webster County Democratic Chair and candidate for Fort Dodge City Council. She was a supportive and loving mother to her four children, an avid cheerleader for their interests and careers.
Following the 1995 death of her husband she returned to Shenandoah in 1996 to be near two of her four children. Claudine is survived by her daughters Tamara Murray and husband Todd of Carmichael, CA, Jeri Naven-McGinnis and husband Art of Shenandoah, IA, Kim Gee and husband Gil of Farragut, IA, and son Jeffrey Naven and special friend Michon Menke of Thousand Oaks, CA; eight grandchildren Bryan Murray, Sacramento, CA, Scott Murray and Matthew Murray, Carmichael, CA, Allison Lyman, New York City, Aaron Lyman, St. Louis, MO, Jason Lyman, Farragut, IA, Katharine McGinnis and Connor McGinnis, Shenandoah, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, granddaughter Elizabeth Lyman and siblings Raymond Maurer, Helen Tyler and Jamae Finnell.
Memorial services were held on Saturday, July 8, 2006, at St. John's Episcopal Church in Shenandoah. Celebrant was Rev. Tim Vann. Organist was Mary Beth Gowing. Vocalists were Allison Kelley Lyman and Katharine Naven McGinnis. Special music was "Amazing Grace" and "Song Of Farewell". Attending the memory register was Sherry Hambsch. Caring for flowers were the ladies of the Shenandoah Garden Club. Ushers were Connor McGinnis and Matthew Murray. Inurnment will be held at a future date in Prairie Rose Cemetery near Corning, IA. Claudine donated her body to the University of Iowa for medical research. The Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at on the web.

Neal, Georgia Mae Bishop - Georgia Mae Neal, age 90, of Red Oak, Iowa formerly Stanton, Iowa, passed away Thursday, November 19, 2009 at her residence after an extended illness. Georgia Mae Neal was born June 18, 1919 near Braddyville, Iowa the daughter of George Lloyd and Virginia Mae (Lawrence) Bishop.

She was raised in Southwest Iowa and graduated from the College Springs High School in 1937. Georgia Mae was united in marriage to Floyd E. Neal on March 26, 1938 in Shambaugh, Iowa. They farmed for 38 years southeast of Stanton, Iowa in Page and Montgomery counties. They retired in 1976 and moved into Stanton. Georgia Mae was a member of the farm neighborhood club for many years. In 2003, Georgia Mae moved to Acorn Acres in Red Oak.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband: Floyd Neal on January 7, 1995; sisters: Fae, Marie, and Dorothy; and brother: Casey.

Survivors include her children: Betty Lou Spilotro and husband Dr. Vance of Los Angeles, Calif.; Kathalene Resendez of Ferndale, Califronia; Patricia Neal of Red Oak, Iowa; Lyndora Shannon and husband Phil of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Lyle Neal and wife Debra of Hi Hat, Kent.; Gerri Neal and wife Marilyn of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Johnnie Neal of Kansas City, Mo; and Dannie Neal and wife Elsie of Red Oak, Iowa; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 23, 2009 at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel with Pastor Steve McKinney officiating. Burial will be in the Mamre Cemetery at Stanton, Iowa. Visitation with the family will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, November 22, 2009 at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Heartland Hospice of Montgomery County Memorial Hospital. Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Neil, Edward B. - Edward B.Neil was born February 23, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Bruce P. and Lucile S. Neil. He passed away on January 7, 2007 at the Golden Living Care Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
He graduated from University High School at Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois. His parents moved several times and when they ended up in Texas, Ed started college at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas in 1957. His parents moved to Farmington, New Mexico in 1958. Ed left college at the end of the 1959 semester and helped his dad with the Laundromat and later the Baskin Robbins ice cream shop.
In 1962, he joined the U.S. Air Force. He was discharged at Offutt Air Force Base on October 29, 1964 on a medical. He was extremely proud of his military service. He worked several jobs and returned to college at UNO. He was working for the State Department of Roads when he met Kay Scott. They were married May 14, 1966.
Ed worked for Witco Oil Company for almost 22 years when they closed the business. He drove a delivery van for nine years for Pettit’s Pastries, starting part time and going to full time. With afternoons free, he took a thirteen week training program with Henry Doorly Zoo to become a Docent. He loved working at the zoo as a volunteer and put in more hours than anyone in his group. He was very proud of his service there. He also joined the Clarkson Hospital Walking Club and walked every Friday for two hours at the zoo.
Ed and Kay were 25 year members of REACT International, the storm watch people in Dodge County, Fremont, Nebraska. They also started several non-profit organizations and were focused on issues for the handicapped and issues focused on drunk driving.
Ed was very proud of his 40 ½ years of marriage, their difficulties and joys. They recently celebrated their 40th by taking a driving trip to New York for a week.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 11, 2007 at Hanscom Park United Methodist Church in Omaha. Graveside services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 11, 2007 at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah, Iowa. Heafey-Heafey-Hoffman-Dworak-Cutler Mortuary in Omaha and Selby-Kirsch Funeral Chapel in Shenandoah were in charge of arragements.

Nelson, John Walter Jr - John Walter Nelson, Jr., age 75, the son of John Walter and Clara M. (Swanson) Nelson was born July 23, 1930, at Essex, Iowa, and passed away March 3, 2006, in Chino, California.
On October 5, 1930, John was baptized into the Lutheran faith and on June 9, 1946, was confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Red Oak, Iowa. While growing up in Southwest Iowa, John received his elementary education at schools in Page, Mills and Montgomery Counties and his secondary education at Griswold, Iowa, in Cass County.
John was united in marriage to Elaine Danielson on January 5, 1951, in Elliott, Iowa and to this union John W., III, Gary, and Jeffrey were born. John and Elaine made their home in Maryville, Missouri, where John was employed by the local newspaper. They later moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Portland, Oregon; and Miami, Florida, where John worked for the city newspapers. He later moved to and worked at newspapers in Reno, Nevada; Van Nuys, California; and then to Walnut Creek, California, where he printed his final edition and retired. John later went “home” to Essex, Iowa, where he lived until October of 2005. At that time he returned to California (with his drums) to be near his sons.
The "Drum" was truly John’s icon. He started playing the drums when he was age four and played his first dance at the age of ten. He played through most of his life until his health started to deteriorate in recent years. For many years John performed with his own group, “Johnny Nelson and his Orchestra.” He enjoyed playing with recording artist, Roy Rogers & the Sons of the Pioneers; country western singers, Hank Thompson, Del Clayton; and big band trumpeter, Charlie Spevak. John played for many years in northern California with his band, “The Keynotes”.
Preceding John in death were his parents; brother, Ralph; and sister, Arlene.
Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, John W. Nelson, III and wife Lori of Rialto, California, Gary and Julie Nelson of Simi Valley, California, and Jeffrey and Sheri Nelson of Winnetka, California. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Daniel, Eric and Page Nelson; two sisters, Maxine Boan of Overland Park, Kansas and Marion Rupe of Pacific Junction, Iowa; seven nieces; eight nephews; plus many cousins and friends.

Essex Cemetery, Essex, Iowa.


Nelson, Kirk Matthew - Funeral services for Kirk Nelson, age 32 of Omaha, formerly of Malvern and Stanton, who died Tuesday, September 2, 2009 in Omaha will be held Saturday, September 5, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Clarinda. Visitation will be Friday evening from 5 to 7 with the family present. Interment will be held in the Bethesda Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to the Kirk Nelson Memorial Fund. Memories can be shared with the family at Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda.

Kirk Matthew Nelson was born July 9, 1977, in Red Oak, Iowa the son of Vance Nelson and Prapaporn “Dang” (Trakulma) Nelson. He grew up attending school in Stanton, Iowa through the fifth grade. The family then moved to Papillion, Nebraska for a year where he attended sixth grade. The family returned to Iowa where Kirk attended seventh grade through graduation in Malvern, graduating with the Class of 1995 from the Malvern High School. Kirk went on to attend Bellevue College for three and a half years. During this time, he also worked for UPS in Omaha, a position he held for over ten years. He was a member of the Teamsters Union during his time with UPS. With his employment for UPS, Kirk enjoyed playing golf and softball with his co-workers.

Kirk was preceded in death by his grandfather Mervin Nelson, and grandparents Son and Sook Trakulma.

He is survived by his parents Vance and Dang Nelson of Clarinda; a sister and brother-in-law Alisa and Doug Eichorn of Lincoln, Nebraska; grandmother Nadine Nelson of Red Oak; aunts Terry Maly and husband Gary of Olathe, Kansas; Trudy Nelson of Red Oak; and Jit Boshart and husband John of Bridgewater, New Jersey; uncle Todd Nelson of Red Oak; cousins Rebecca Spitler and husband Dan of Greeley, Colorado; Thomas Boshart of New York City, New York; Matthew Boshart of Bridgewater, New Jersey; Cheyanne Nelson of Red Oak; Shelby Nelson of Villisca; and Jason Maly and wife Robyn of Lincoln, Nebraska; as well as many other extended family members in the United States and Thailand.

Kirk had the opportunity to visit family members in Thailand twice in his life. When he was six years old, Kirk and his parents and sister went to Thailand for a month long visit. When he was sixteen, Kirk and his mother and sister went again. Kirk was responsible for seeing to their well being and taking care of the luggage. He was also in charge of operating the video camera so they could show movies of their trip to friends and family after they returned home. He really loved that trip because he got a chance to meet many of his cousins, aunts and uncles, and especially his grandmother.

Although Kirk was a reserved person and did not seek attention, he always enjoyed being around people, especially his family and friends. He will be remembered for his wit and charm, as well as his friendly manner. He was a joy to his family. Family reunions and get-togethers were his favorite gatherings. Kirk was a devoted worker for the United Parcel Service (UPS). Some of his extra time was spent watching movies at theatres in the Omaha area, seeing his friends and catching up with their goings on, as well as making himself available to those needing his help. Kirk was a very good cook and would often help with the cooking at family functions.

Although Kirk will be greatly missed,
his love, wit and inspiration will live on through his family.



Nelson, Marjorie - buried Mt Hope, Nyman, Iowa


Nelson, Martha Joan Rorebeck - Martha Joan Rorebeck Nelson, daughter of Warren Cleo and Ida Louise (Darby) Rorebeck, was born on February 4, 1933, at Coin, Iowa. She passed away on Sunday, August 26, 2007, at Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa, at the age of 74.

Joan’s early life was spent in the Coin and rural Northboro area. She attended school in Northboro, graduating from Northboro High School with the Class of 1950. Following high school she attended Clarinda Junior College receiving her teaching certificate in 1952. She taught at the Northboro Community Schools and later at College Springs, Iowa.

On November 23, 1960, Joan was united in marriage to Nels Ermal Nelson at Sterling, Colorado. Following their marriage they resided in Merino, Colorado, where she taught school. After their retirement they moved back to Northboro. Joan later moved to Forest Park Manor in Shenandoah and had most recently resided at Garden Care Center, moving there in May of 2007.

Joan was a member of the Northboro United Methodist Church and attended services at the First Christian Church upon moving to Shenandoah. She was a great cook and enjoyed cooking for everyone. Joan loved family get-togethers on the holidays, birthdays and any other special occasions. She enjoyed spending her spare time listening to music, playing the piano, eating out, going for rides and shopping.

Preceding Joan in death were her parents, Warren and Ida Rorebeck; husband, Ermal; sister, Jean Cox; brother, Duane Rorebeck; and infant sister, Doris. Survivors include her brother, Don Rorebeck and his wife Rita of Shenandoah, IA; nieces and nephews, Leanne Billiau of Abington, PA, Jim Rorebeck of Albuquerque, NM, Bev McKenney and husband Les and family of Shenandoah, IA, Janice Ray and husband Kent and family of Fairfax, MO, Mike Cox and wife Carol and family of Farragut, IA; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 29, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah. Words of comfort were given by Rev. Karen Bash. Caring for the flowers was Lora Lea Fulk. Attending the memory register was Jean Polsley. Casket bearers were Mike Cox, Les McKinney, Chris Olson, Chris Moore, Kent Ray and Ron Nelson. Interment was in the Union Grove Cemetery at Northboro. Memorials in Joan's name are being directed to the Brooklyn Olson Medical Trust Fund. The Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Nelson, Stanley Nels - Stanley Nels Nelson, age 82, the son of Edward H. and Anna L. (Kemper) Nelson was born January 9, 1923, on a farm south of Farragut, Iowa and east of Riverton, Iowa, and passed away November 3, 2005, in Shenandoah, Iowa.
Growing up in Locust Grove Township Stan attended Fairview Country School through the 8th grade then attended Farragut High School, where he graduated in 1941. After high school he farmed with his dad and helped his uncle until entering the United States Army in 1943. Stan served in the South Pacific until January 1946.
On February 24, 1946, Stan was united in marriage to Nora Starnes and to this union, Gayle, James, and David were born. They farmed in the Farragut area until March of 1952, when Stan started his long career of 32 years with Safeway Stores. After retiring he returned to farming. Stan entered Gardenview Care Center in July of 2002, where he lived the remainder of his life.
Stan was an active bowler for 30 years winning many trophies. He served as Boy Scout Master in Farragut from 1955 to 1965. He was a member of the Farragut Congregational United Church of Christ, where he served as a trustee for 30 years and Sunday school superintendent for many years.
Preceding Stan in death were his parents, Edward and Anna Nelson.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Nora, of Farragut; daughter and son-in-law, Gayle and Gary Day of Hildreth, Nebraska; sons, Jim and Dave Nelson of Farragut; four grandchildren, Duane and Dennis Day, and Keith and Christan Nelson; plus three great grandchildren, Christopher, Emily and Gabriel Day. Also surviving are sisters and brothers-in-law, Agnes Hopkins of Whitehouse, Tennessee, Betty and Lyle Van Ness of Shenandoah, Lois and Delbert Walter of Lenox, Iowa, and Shirley and Bill Farrell of Shenandoah; brothers and sisters-in-law, Enos and Marg Nelson of Council Bluffs, Iowa and Delbert and Delores Nelson of Overland Park, Kansas; plus nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Farragut Cem

Nesmith, Darlene Lincoln - Darlene Nesmith, daughter of Charles Henry and Emma Lena (Webster) Lincoln, was born on June 18, 1932 in Oregon, Missouri. She passed away on Saturday, February 10, 2007, at the Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 74.

Most of Darlene’s life was spent in the Shenandoah area with the exception of a few stays in Missouri. On June 18, 1952, Darlene was united in marriage to Tom Nesmith in Shenandoah where they made their home. She worked for Henry Field Seed & Nursery for 10 years and Earl May Seed & Nursery for 20 years. Darlene enjoyed reading and traveling with family and friends. She also had a great love for pets. She will be remembered by her family as a loving mother, wife, grandmother and friend.

Preceding Darlene in death were her parents; brother, Glen Lincoln; and husband Tom Nesmith. Survivors include her children, Linda Romick and her husband Robert of Hot Springs, SD, Gary Cooper of Farragut, IA, Sheryl Shelton and her husband Robert of Aurora, CO, and Kelly Nesmith and his wife Karen of Omaha, NE; three grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; sisters, Ruby Maher of Gravity, IA and Doris Moore of Eugene, OR; brother, Leon Lincoln of Overland Park, KS; other relatives and many friends.

Graveside memorial services following cremation were held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 13, 2007, at the Rose Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Allan Bash gave the words of comfort.

Nevius, Cecil Maurice "Maury" - "Maury" Nevius passed away Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa. Services for Maury will be held on Friday, September 4th at the Wolfe Funeral Home of Villisca with burial in the Villisca Cemetery following.

Cecil Maurice Nevius was born in Clarinda, Iowa to Cecil and Velma (Berry) Nevius on July 16, 1928. He farmed then worked for Union Carbide from 1956 until he retired in 1992. On May 21, 1950 he was united in marriage to Joyce Kathryn Enarson at the Villisca Methodist Church. He enjoyed going to the casinos, playing cards and spending time with family.

Maury was preceded in death by a sister, Thora Elaine in 1934, his father in 1960 and his mother in 1990.

Survivors include his wife Joyce, daughter Connie (Rod) McAlpin, grandson Jeff Hillhouse, 5 step grandchildren, 1 great grandson and 7 step great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday, September 4, 2009 at Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca with Rev. Gordon Scott officiating. Interment was at Villisca Cemetery, Villisca, Iowa. Memorials may be made to the Villisca Methodist Church or the Red Oak Rescue Unit. Wolfe Funeral Home provided arrangements.

Newberg, Joyce Allene Clark - Joyce Allene Clark-Newberg passed away Sunday, August 3, 2008, at her home in Independence, Missouri.
Born January 17, 1939 in Cabool, Missouri, she was the daughter of Seth and Emsey Clark. Her family moved to Clarinda in 1941 where she lived until her marriage to Mahlon Newberg on June 9, 1956. After their three children were born, they moved to Independence, Missouri on July 3, 1969 where she spent the rest of her life.
She was a hard worker and enjoyed gardening, crafts, cooking and traveling. The greatest love of her life was being a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She was preceded in death by parents Seth and Emsey Clark, and a brother, Darwin Clark. She is survived by her husband, Mahlon Newberg, sons John Newberg and Frank Newberg of Independence, MO, and a daughter, Debbie Smith of Clarinda, Iowa. Grandchildren Travis, Heather and Jessica Smith of Independence, MO, Shantika Smith of Clarinda, Iowa, and Seth Michael and Brandi Newberg. Great-grandchildren Jasmine Harris-Smith, and Kaden Smith of Independence, MO. Also a brother, Marvin Clark of New Market, Iowa, and a sister, Jan McClarnon of Braddyville, Iowa.
A memorial was held Saturday, August 9, 2008 for family and friends a the home of her son, Frank Newberg.
Nicholas, Woodrow Wilson - Woodrow Wilson Nicholas, 87, was taken to Heaven on November 24, 2009, in Mount Vernon, Ill., while returning from the Iowa farm to his home in Coral Gables, Fla. Woody was born in Jacksonville, Fla., March 21, 1922, and moved to Miami at age 5 with his father, mother, brothers and sisters.

He attended Miami schools. He married Frankie (Crussell) Nicholas on August 17, 1951, at the First Presbyterian Church of Miami. The births of his daughter, Lisa Nicholas Smith, and son, Louis K. Nicholas II, completed his family.

Having attended the church with his father, he joined at age 12. His 77 year membership was the longest of active members. He served the Lord faithfully as a Trustee, Elder, Treasurer, and Usher. The Nicholas' made life-long friends at the church.

After school and military service in the Army Air Force during World War II, Woody joined the family wholesale distribution business, J.K. Nicholas & Co., Inc., where he served as president until his retirement.

In a tradition started by his mother, and continued by his sister Frances and wife Frankie, the family and guests still gather on Sundays after church for a traditional Lebanese dinner at Woody's home.

After retiring, Woody and Frankie restored the Iowa farm home where Frankie's grandfather, Frank McNeal, was born. For over 20 years, the Nicholas family, children, grandchildren, relatives, and friends have vacationed at the farm, where they enjoyed the peace and joy of the farmlands, and good times with Crussell relatives, neighbors, and friends.

On his first trip to Iowa, Woody stood on the hill at the small, countryside Rose Hill Church, and said. "How beautiful. This is where I want to be buried."

Woody was preceded in death by his father, Louis, mother, Aneesie, brothers, Louis Jr. (Faith) and James, sisters, Frances (Louis) Jepeway and Margaret Evans, and nephew, Tom Evans.

He is survived by his wife and two children; dearly loved son-in-law Phil Smith and daughter-in-law Teri (Solis); grandchildren Will, Drew, and Stephen ("Mark") Smith, and Frances and Louis ("Nick") Nicholas, who were a source of joy and pride; and nieces, nephews, in-laws and cousins. Woody was a man of God; a good son and brother; a devoted husband; a loving father and grandfather; a caring uncle; and, a faithful friend.

A private, family only gathering, "A Time of Remembering," was held on Sunday, Dec. 6, after the traditional Lebanese dinner. At a later date, a memorial service and burial at the Rose Hill Church in Iowa will follow. The family suggests memorials to The Rose Hill Cemetery Endowment Fund, c/o Marvin Freed, Treasurer, 306 South Center Street, Shenandoah, Iowa 51601.
Nicks, Esther A. - Funeral services for Esther A. Nicks, age 80 of Clarinda, will be held at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah, Iowa on Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Karen Bash officiating. Burial will take place at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah. Visitation with the family will be held one hour prior to the service. Memorials to the donors choice. Miss Nicks passed away at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Saturday evening, March 21, 2009.

Esther A. Nicks was born at Shenandoah, Iowa on January 15, 1929, she attended school in Shenandoah graduating with the Shenandoah High School Class of 1948. After graduation she attended school in Chicago, Illinois to become a Medical Technician. After her graduation she worked in Des Moines, Iowa for a number of years. She later returned to Shenandoah and became a LPN and worked at the Hand Hospital in Shenandoah, Iowa. Esther moved to Clarinda and became a LPN at the State Hospital, where she worked for over 24 years before retiring. While in Clarinda she was involved with the Glenn Miller Birthplace Society, American Legion Auxiliary, Page County Historical Museum and was a member of the First Christian Church in Shenandoah, Iowa. She enjoyed helping people.

Esther was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Earl and Clyde Nicks. Survivors include her two sisters; Norma Mattes of Clarinda, Iowa and Lola Owens and husband Burvon of West Plains, Missouri; three aunts, Esther Clark of Auburn, Nebraska, Maxine Keith of Kansas City, Kansas, and Agnes Keith of Arlington, Texas along with many niece, nephews and many friends.
Nielsen, Barbara Ann O'Brien - Barbara Ann Nielsen the daughter of Louis Edward O'Brien and Julia Jean Rose O'Brien, was born at Shenandoah, Iowa on December 1, 1947. She entered into rest on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at the age of 60 years, 11 months and 18 days. Barbara attended St. Patrick's Parochial School in Imogene, Iowa until the eighth grade, after which she attended Shenandoah High School graduating with the Class of 1965. After graduation she attended and graduated from Stewart Beauty School in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
On May 13, 1967, she was united in marriage to Larry Nielsen at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Imogene, Iowa. To this union one son Troy, was born. After their marriage they lived in Walnut, Iowa, later moving to the towns of Shenandoah and Clarinda making their home for many years in rural Imogene, Iowa. Barbara moved to Shenandoah in 2006.
Throughout her lifetime she had been employed at Henry Fields Nursery Company, later working for many years as an operator for Northwestern Bell in Shenandoah; in later years she was employed at Central Surveys in Shenandoah.
Barbara was a long time member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. She enjoyed reading, playing cards, and photography.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Larry on April 8, 1990. Survivors include her son Troy Nielsen and wife Kelly of rural Imogene, Iowa; grandchildren, Drew Nielsen and Sydney Nielsen of rural Imogene, Iowa; her parents Louis and Jean O'Brien of Shenandoah, Iowa; other relatives and many friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 22, 2008 at the St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Vern Smith celebrating the mass. Attending to the memorial register were Faustina McGinnis and Marcella Ryan, while Don Gibson and Dr. Pat Emge served as ushers. Assisting with the mass were Mary Beth Gowing as organist, Jane Emge as song leader, and Blaine Maher as lector. Casket Bearers for the service included Jeff Miller, Mark Feller, Donnie Doyle, Jr., Don Delehant, Rick Lambertsen and Drew Nielsen. Burial followed at Rose Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Nielsen, Larry Wayne - Larry Wayne Nielsen, son of John and Marie (Case) Nielsen, was born December 2, 1949 at Grape Community Hospital in Hamburg, Iowa. He passed away on Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at the age of 56 years at his home in Shenandoah.
Larry spent his life in Southwest Iowa; growing up in Hamburg and later moving to Shenandoah. He worked many jobs through the years, including Vogel’s Popcorn, Sawyer Grocery Store, Excel, and Con Agra.
Larry spent his spare time reading and watching movies. His favorite authors were Louis L’Amour and Zane Gray and he loved any type of western.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his good friend, Regina Bennett; three daughters, Diedra (Dee) Renee Resh and husband Bill of Shenandoah, IA, Sonja Nielsen of Hamburg, IA and Shannon Burgett and husband Eric of Lewiston, NE; two brothers, Jerry Nielsen and wife Elaine of Missouri Valley, IA and Bill Nielsen and wife Sue of Hamburg, IA; four grandchildren, Kaylea Resh, Elijah Resh, Charlie Resh and Jonathon Burgett along with many other family and friends.
Graveside services were held Friday, July 21, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. at the Walnut Cemetery near Climax, Iowa. Words of comfort were given by Dr. Charles Peterson. Caket bearers were Larry Hertensen, Larry Ware, Dennis Gresham, Joe Bergen, Bill Welchans, T.J. Kinison and Kyle Sparks. Interment was in Walnut Cemetery.
Nielsen, Warren Carl - Warren Carl Nielson was born March 10, 1922 in a sod house in Arthur County, Nebraska. His parents were Christian Nielson, a native of Denmark, and Martha Gschwendner Nielson. The couple had moved from Yankton, South Dakota, in the early 1900's to claim their ranchland homestead in the Sand Hills of western Nebraska.
The first three years of his life were spent in his parents' soddy. After the death of his father in 1925, his mother sold their livestock and other belongings at auction. Martha and Warren moved to Yankton, where Martha found work at a state hospital. Warren lived in the home of his aunt and uncle, Mary and Carl Anderson. Another aunt, Bertha Gschwendner, also lived in the home.
Active in theater and drama, Warren graduated from Yankton High School in 1939. He enjoyed acting in Shakespearean plays and played saxophone and clarinet in dance bands. During his time at Yankton College, he was sworn into the United States Army. In 1943 he earned a Bachelor's Degree from Yankton College, majoring in English and speech/drama. He completed student teaching and anticipated a career in education until he was bitten by the "radio bug."
Warren's first broadcasting job was at KSCJ in Sioux City, Iowa, where he soon became a well-known newscaster. In 1945, he sought to broaden his radio career at KMA in Shenandoah, Iowa. His duties there included working with many musical entertainers, such as the Blackwood Brothers Gospel Quartet with pianist Hilton Griswold, Morrie Jones, Gretta Bellamy, and the Every Family - Ike, Margaret, Don and Phil. Other notable personalities at the time included Earl May, the Reverend Edythe Stirlen, Ralph Childs, and Merrill Langfitt. In the "golden days" of radio, Warren was often the Master of ceremonies for variety shows aired before a studio audience.
At KMA, Warren's positions in his 25-year tenure included newscaster, announcer, call-in talk show host, production manager, promotion manager, program director, and associate farm director. Several times he even filled in for an ailing homemaker on her half-hour broadcast. Warren also had a half-hour program on KMA called Kiddie Korner. He called himself "Uncle Warren." The program aired in after-school time. It contained stories, music and letters read on the air from young listeners.
One of the "gimmicks" was a contest to be the person to see the first robin in springtime. Everyone who wrote an entry received a personalized card with the child's name and date, signed by Uncle Warren, stating that he or she was an official member of The Robin Watchers Society.
Warren had also filled in for Frank Field on "Over the Garden Fence" on KMTV for several years when management asked him to begin a half-hour farm show for the Omaha station. Known as the "Farm Report of the Week," this show aired on KMTV early Sunday mornings for 33 years, from 1962 to 1995. Warren wrote scripts, shot pictures, did interviews, each week including a feature with Cooperative Extension Agent and 4-H members from twenty-four counties in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.
In 1970, Warren decided to specialize in farm broadcasting. Ha accepted the position of Director of Agricultural Services for KFAB in Omaha. Warren and his family moved to Omaha in 1970. His duties at KFAB included being the first live voice at 5:00 a.m., much writing and interviewing, farm broadcasts, and a great deal of traveling to agricultural events throughout the United States. He was very proud to be a member of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting. In his later years at KFAB, Warren was pleased to work with Roger Flemmer as his associate in the farm department. Warren worked for KFAB until 1990. In all, his broadcasting career covered 52 years.
Warren's interests in private life included hunting, fishing, reading, tracking the farm and financial markets, building mini birdhouses, and following the various activities of his wife, Florence and daughter, Holly.
Warren was married to Florence Lorraine Cox, formerly of Farragut, Iowa, on June 12, 1948 in Shenandoah. Florence and daughter Holly Kathleen Nielson both survive him.
After surviving three bouts with cancer beginning in 1998, Warren was hospitalized during June and July of 2007. His life ended at Montclair Nursing Center in Omaha, Nebraska, on July 26, 2007. His characteristic baritone voice was stilled by several heart attacks and strokes.
A Memorial service was held at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. Words of comfort were given by Rev. Fred Bryson. Reading of the obituary was done by Don Hansen. Ruth Palm attended the memory register. Special music was "Turn Your Radio On", "Everybody Will Be Happy", "Old Country Church" and "Give The World A Smile". Inurnment was at the Farragut Cemetery in Farragut, Iowa. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the services.
Nixson, Marilyn M. - age 76 of Shenandoah

Nocton, Dorothy M. - Dorothy M. Nocton, age 90, of Shenandoah, Iowa, passed away August 19, 2003, at Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah.

Memorials may be directed tot he Farragut United Methodist Church.

Interment will be later following cremation, in the Farragut Cemetery


Nothwehr, Irma Carolyn Elizabeth Huseman - Irma Carolyn Elizabeth Nothwehr was born July 26, 1914 at Yorktown, Iowa to Fredrick and Anna (Rurode) Huseman. She went to St. Paul Lutheran Church and school at Yorktown. Irma was baptized, confirmed and married at the St. Paul Lutheran Church. She was united in marriage to Harry Nothwehr March 1, 1936. They purchased their farm southwest of Yorktown in 1943. In 1979 they moved to Clarinda. Her life was centered around caring for her family. She gardened, sewed clothing, did needle work, painted ceramics, worked faithfully for church and school at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Yorktown. The Ladies Aid and choir were a few activities she enjoyed.
Harry passed away April 24, 1998. A few years after his passing Irma moved to Ft. Dodge, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two grandsons David and Gary Frank, and brothers Max and Ralph.

Irma is survived by her daughters: Sherry Frank and husband Donald of Waterloo, Iowa and Jean Haake and husband Dale of Fort Dodge, Iowa; grandchildren Randy Frank and wife Mary and Julie Blackwell and husband Dave, Shawn Haake and Ranae Haake; great grandchildren Hannah and Michelle Blackwell and Allie Haake; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Yorktown, with Rev. Nathan Dudley officiating. Interment was at Clarinda Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Paul Lutheran Church. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel served the family.

Nothwehr, Luella - Luella Nothwehr, 92, Peterson, Iowa, passed away Friday, Jan. 30, 2009 at WEL-Life at Alta, in Alta, Iowa. Services were held Monday, Feb. 2, 2009 at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Peterson, Iowa. Burial was at St. Jon’s Cemetery in Peterson, Iowa. Condolences may be sent to


Naico, Lois Mabel Swalley was born April 8, 1914 in Essex, Iowa to Harry L. Swalley and Carrie E. (Brown) Swalley. She died February 4, 2005 at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Red Oak, Iowa. She was 90 years old.

Lois attended school at Essex, Iowa until the 8th grade. On December 26, 1931 she was united in marriage to Harry C. Naico in Clarinda, Iowa. The couple made their home in Essex. Lois lived her entire life there until six years ago when she moved to the Good Samaritan Care Center.

Lois worked at Moores Café in Essex, Mount Arbor Nursery in Shenandoah and the Gas Lamp Restaurant in Essex. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Essex and a member of the Ladies Guild of the church. She was a great seamstress and she enjoyed doing needlework and quilting. Lois also loved flowers, ceramics and making her wonderful bread and rolls.

A surprise birthday party was held for her 90th birthday in April of 2004, at which all of her descendants were in attendance.

Lois was preceded in death by her husband Harry; son Joseph Naico and daughter-in-law Mary Naico; son Jerry Naico; father, Harry Swalley; mother, Carrie Swalley; mother-in-law, Laura Swalley; brothers, Harold and John and sisters, Edna, Fannie and Garnet. She is survived by son, Harry Donald and wife Pat of Okeechobee, Florida; son, Kenneth and wife Dixie of Council Bluffs, Iowa; son, Bob and wife Betty of Essex, Iowa; son, Jim and wife Sharen of Robert Lee, Texas; daughter, Maralyn Naico of Arvada, Colorado; daughter, Judith and husband Boyd Tracy of Neenah, Wisconsin; daughter Donna and husband John Roop of Fairfax, Missouri; daughter, Kay and husband Roger Green of Tarkio, Missouri; sister-in-law, Thelma Swalley of Narees, Florida; 25 grandchildren; 39 great grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; longtime family friend, Bernadine Post of Arvada, Colorado; as well as a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 9, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah, Iowa. Words of comfort were given by Lois's grandson, Rev. Pat Ryan. Attending the memory register was Catherine C. Ross. Music selections were "In The Garden" and "You Raise Me Up". Honorary casket bearers were Donald Naico, Kenneth Naico, Robert Naico, Jim Naico, Boyd Tracy, John Roop and Roger Green. Inurnment will be in the Essex Cemetery. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.