Lenox, Taylor County, Iowa obituaries
transcribed by: Lorelei Rusco - lorerus@iowatelecom.net

Beard, Viva Frances Lininger -

Viva Frances Beard was born July 28, 1913, at Creston, Iowa.  She was the only child of Walter F and Iowa Joy Bailey Lininger.

Viva graduated from Clearfield High School. She married Emmitt Beard, and two sons were born: Derlin and David. Viva worked

at various cafes in Creston and cleaned homes in the area. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and the U.M.W.

in Clearfield and the Thursday Ladies Club. She did volunteer work at the church and nursing home and was known for wanting

to help others. She lived most all of her life on the family farm northeast of Clearfield

Viva passed away on January 7, 2002, at the Lenox Care Center in Lenox, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her two sons: Derlin Beard and wife Sharon of Omaha NE and David Beard of Maxwell CA; 4 grandchildren:

Sherry McBroom and Kerry Staples of Winterset, IA, Darcy Beard of Diagonal, and Shawn Beard of Norwalk CT; 8 great

grandchildren: Amanda, Jessie, Keenan, Tegan, Kelsey, Riley, Vincent, and Jordon.

Services were held on Saturday, January 12, at the United Methodist Church in Clearfield, Iowa, with Rev. Len Garrison

officiating. Burial was in the Clearfield Cemetery. Memorials are established in her name.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday January 16, 2002


Bell, Darl Herman -

Funeral services for Darl Herman Bell, age 83, of Clearfield were held Friday, Oct. 26, 2001 at United Methodist Church in

Clearfield with Rev. Len Garrison officiating. [Died Oct. 23, 2001]

Music was provided by Patty Parrish and Chantelle Jennett.

Casket bearers were Rod Bell, Scot Miller, Randy Miller, T.J Parrott, Steve Carter, Mike Carter, Billy Stuart, Dan Adamson,

Doyle Hancock, Doug Sobotka, Billy Flowers, Carlos Trevino and Brett Sickels.

Interment was in Clearfield Cemetery. Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Darl was born Jan. 3, 1918, north of Stringtown, Iowa. He was the son of Herman C. And Clara Belle (Eckels) Bell. He

attended school in Stringtown, and then moved to Kent in third grade. He finished school in Clearfield.

He married Margaretta Stutesman on Dec. 7, 1938. They had three children: Gaylan, Richard and Sherry.

Darl worked at the Clearfield Elevator and for George Bailey until he joined the U.S. Navy in 1944. He was in the Navy

for two years, then came back to Clearfield and carried rural mail until 1951. He then moved to Creston and continued to

carry mail until he retired and moved back to Clearfield in 1974.

He worked for the funeral home and was the "P.R. man" for the Town & Country Cafe.

He was Clearfield Mayor for two terms and served on the city council for many years. Darl was a volunteer fireman and

ambulance driver. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star, Lions Club, Board

Member of the Clearfield Housing, Clearfield Development Corp. and Lenox Ambulance.

Survivors include two sons, Gaylan (wife Linda) Bell of Clearfield and Richard (wife Kay) Bell of Kirbyville, Mo.;

daughter Sherry (husband Monte) Parrott of Afton; 13 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and two great-great

grandchildren; sister-in-law Delpha Bell of Green Valley, Ariz.; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Margaretta in 1992; a brother, Martin; a sister, Eula Campbell; a niece and a nephew.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday October 31, 2001


Bennett, Rosa May Rowe -

Funeral Services for Rosa Bennett, age 74, of Lenox were held Dec. 22 at the United Methodist Church in Lenox. Interment

was in East Cemetery in Lenox. Memorials can be given in Rosa's name! Arrangements were entrusted to Ritchie Funeral Home of


Rosa May Bennett was born August 12, 1927. She passed away on Dec. 20, 2001.

She was born to Paul R. Rowe and Floreta Phillips in Glenwood. She grew up on a farm in the Glenwood area and was

the oldest of four children. She graduated from Glenwood High in 1945.

After graduation she taught rural school north of Glenwood for two years before her marriage to Paul Bennett on June 2,

1947, in Afton. They resided at and farmed on Paul's parents' form southeast of Lenox until 1981 when they moved half a mile

to farm.

Rosa grew up in the United Methodist Church and was a member for more than 50 years. She was a lifelong UMW

member and was active in many church activities and neighborhood clubs.

She enjoyed her gardens, square dancing, sewing, and baking.

Survivors include her husband Paul of Lenox; four children, David Bennett of Brooks; Pauline Bennett-Gannon (husband

Brian) of Fairbanks, Alaska; Frank Bennett of Barstow, Calif.; and Karen Heck (husband Evan) of Coon Rapids; two sisters,

Ruth Mott (husband Bill) of Council Bluffs, and Elizabeth Wilson (husband Gordon) of Glenwood; 10 grandchildren and six great


Preceding Rosa in death were her parents, Paul and Floretta, a daughter Floretta in 1951 and a sister Alice Springer.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday January 2, 2002


Bierkamp, Judith Bearbower Durand -

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Creston for Judith (Judy) Bierkamp, age

67, who died Nov. 16, 2001. Interment was in the Morgan Cemetery at Kent. Father Leonard Kenkel officiated at the services

conducted by Coen-Beaty-Pearson Family Funeral Service.

Judith was born September 18, 1934 to Donald Bearbower and Vivian Phillips Bearbower at Davenport, IA. She graduated

from high school in Davenport and Southwestern Community College. June 12, 1971 she was united in marriage to Robert

Bierkamp at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Davenport, IA.

She worked at Crossroads Mental Health and Hy-Vee in customer services. She was a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic

Church; Ladies Literacy; Chairman of Union County Democrats, Creston Community Theater, Crest Area Arts Council; Planned

Parenthood board member and Democratic State Central Committee.

She is survived by her husband Robert Bierkamp; mother Vivian Stephens; children Ruth (husband Craig) Bolinger of

Creston; Donald (wife Becky) Durand of Cedar Rapids; Susan (husband Steve) Easier of Sharpsburg; Ann (husband Kevin) Lisk

of Creston; Nancy (husband Tim) Loudon of Creston; Mary Holbrook of Lenox; and Kristina (husband Eric) Numberg of

Tiffin; brother Phillip (Bonnie) Bearbower of Davenport; 9 grandchildren and 4 step-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her father Donald Bearbower, first husband Francis Durand, daughter Julia Durand;

granddaughter Ressie Holbrook.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday November 28, 2001


Bricker, Marjorie E -

Marjorie E. Bricker, age 80, of Ukiah, Calif., died Monday, November 5, 2001, at her home in Ukiah, with family present.

Cremation was at Evergreen Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Bricker was born July 30, 1921 , in Lenox, and had been a resident of this area for several years. Prior to living here, she

had lived in Willits, Reno and the Bay Area. She was a homemaker and had been married for 60 years. She is survived by

her husband, Milton J. Bricker. Milton and Marjorie owned and operated a jewelry store in Lenox for many years.

A family spokesperson says she will be remembered for her soft voice, love of reading and coupon clipping.

She is also survived by sons, Jay Bricker of El Cerrito and Mark Bricker of Ukiah; a sister, Phyllis Clifton of Bellingham,

Wash., and many aunts, uncles and cousins who she took great pleasure in keeping in touch with.

Eversole Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday January 16, 2002


Bunting, Mary -

Mary Bunting of Creston passed away on Dec. 9, 2001, at the age of 84. Funeral services were held Dec. 12, 2001, at Coen-

Beaty-Pearson Chapel in Creston with Rev. Clark Finehout officiating. Memorials were established in her name. Burial was

in North Fairview, Lenox.

She was born Nov. 6, 1917, to Raymond and Eva P. (Johnston) Bunting in rural Adams County. She attended Adams

County schools and graduated in the Class of 1935. She then attended Northwest Missouri State University, where she

received an undergraduate degree. She later received a Masters Degree from Arizona State.

Mary was a teacher in Prescott and rural schools in Adams County until moving to Arizona. In Phoenix she taught for nearly

27 years before moving to Creston. She was also a librarian.

She was a member of the Central United Methodist Church and held a position in the district office for the NEAIEA Teachers

Association. She was president of the Adams County Schools Association and was Beta Sigma Phi.

Survivors include a brother, Wayne Bunting of Creston; a sister, Merle Burkhalter of Creston; seven nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister Vera Bovaird; two brothers-in-law, Arthur Burkhalter and Carl Bovaird.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday January 2, 2002


Campbell, Esther C Olson -

Esther C. Campbell, age 94, of Des Moines died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001 from heart failure. Services were held Dec. 18 at

Westover Funeral Home in Des Moines. Burial was in West Fairview Cemetery, Lenox.

Esther was born Sept. 12, 1907, in Millard, Neb., to Gustaf and Elizabeth Olson. She moved with her family to the Lenox

area as a small child. She was married to Leland Campbell in 1926. In 1957, she and Leland moved to Des Moines.

Esther retired from Yonkers in 1987. She had been in charge of the Alterations Department at the downtown store and the

Merle Hay Mall store. She was an expert seamstress and enjoyed all kinds of handwork such as crocheting and embroidery. She

was an avid reader and enjoyed working in her flower garden.

She was baptized Sept. 17, 1972, and was a member of the Point of Grace Church.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Phyllis and Arnold Stone of Des Moines; her son and daughter-in-law Larry

and Rosemarie Campbell of Cainsville, Mo.; her daughter and son-in-law Connie and Richard Bissell of Elkhart, Iowa; eight

grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband Leland.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday January 2, 2002


Fitzgerald, Winnie Alice Miller -

Winnie Alice Fitzgerald, daughter of Joseph Edward and Anna Elizabeth (Wheatley) Miller, was born March 29, 1910 in

Ringgold County, near Mt Ayr, IA. She passed away on November 22, 2001 at the Lenox Care Center in Lenox, Iowa, at

the age of 91 years, seven months and 24 days.

Winnie graduated from Mt. Ayr High School and later attended summer school in Waterloo and Shenandoah, IA. She

taught country school in Ringgold County for four years with 22 children in attendance her last year.

She moved to Taylor County and was united in marriage to Orville (Pete) Fitzgerald on April 23, 1932. They resided and

farmed in the Gravity and Sharpsburg area until 1951. At that time, they bought a farm at Grand River, IA. They lived there

only a short time before returning to the Sharpsburg area, where they farmed until 1973. They retired from fanning and

built a new home in Lenox. After Pete's death in 1989, Winnie continued to live in Lenox until 1992. She then purchased a

new mobile home and moved to an acreage near Corning to be with Rich ad Jean. She lived in their loving care for her last

nine years. Winnie was a kind and loving person, she will be missed by many.

Survivors include a son, Richard (Jean) Fitzgerald of Corning; grandchildren: Ron (Susie) Fitzgerald of Bedford; Chris

(Mike )Irvin of Bedford, Brian Fitzgerald of Corning; Kathy Cordell (Jim) McCall of Dothanm, AL; Patty Cordell Poole of

Dothan; Sharon Cordell (Quent) Dalton of Sharpsburg; sister, Marie Jeter of Bedford; brother Robert (Ardith) Miller

of Jackson, CA; 13 great grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; three step-great-great grandchildren,

numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceding Winnie in death were her parents; husband, Pete, a daughter, Barbara Joan Cordell; infant grandson, Dennis

Cordell; four sisters: Bernice, Gladys, Fern and Mary; two brothers: Roy and Lee.

Rev. Tim Maxa officiated at the service held at Coen-Beaty-Pearson Family Funeral Home Sunday, November 25, 2001.

Interment was at the North Fairview Cemetery in Lenox.

Memorials are designated for Camp Sunnyside at Des Moines.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday November 28, 2001


Godden, Arline Pontow -

Memorial services were held at 10:45 a.m. Nov. 11, 2001, at the Westminister Presbyterian Church in Hot Springs, Ark. for

Arline P. Godden, 94, who died at a local nursing home in Hot Springs on October 25, 2001, with Dr. Jimmie Lancaster and

Pastor Bill Sitz officiating.

Burial was held in Memory Garden at the West Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. Coen-Beaty-Pearson Family Funeral Service

was in charge of the burial.

Arline was born October 16, 1907, in Creston, IA, the daughter of Herman and Julia Pontow. She was married to Theron

L. Godden.

Arline was a member of Westminister Presbyterian Church and sang in their choir. She was a member of Hot Springs Music

Club, the Apollo Music Club of Chicago; belonged to the Discussion Group of Hot Springs and was President of Business

and Professional Women, Gold Coast Chapter, Chicago.

Preceding her in death were her husband, parents, brother Rawlston E. Pontow of Sun City West, AZ.

Survivors include Jack Templeton, a cousin and his family of Grinnell.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday November 28, 2001


Goldsmith, Eleanor Septer -

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. October 30, 2001 at Coen-Beaty-Pearson Family Funeral Home in Corning for Eleanor

Goldsmith, 83, who died October 28. The service was conducted by Larry Johnson and burial in the Prairie Rose cemetery.

Eleanor was born June 28, 1918, in Adams County to Lloyd Otto and Mabel Nelson Septer. She graduated from Corning High

School in 1937. February 27, 1940 she was united in marriage to Olin Goldsmith, in Corning. She was a homemaker most of her

life, but worked several years at Getter Pharmacy after moving to town in 1972. Eleanor lived in Adams county her entire life. She

was a member of the United Methodist church and enjoyed playing cards with friends.

Eleanor is survived by children: Russell and wife Janet Goldsmith of West Des Moines, Bill Goldsmith of Warrensburg,

MO, Steven Goldsmith of Corning and Margery and husband Steve Huffman of Geneseo, IL; sister Lois Stewart of Corning, six

grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and many other relatives.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband in 1988, brother Glenn Septer; sister Effie Palmer and one great grandchild

Christian Goldsmith.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday November 7, 2001


Hutchison, Marjorie Frances Twaddle -

Margie Hutchison, age 91, of Lenox, Iowa, formerly of New Market, Iowa, died Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at the

Lenox Care Center, Lenox, Iowa. Funeral services were Friday, November 29, 2001 at the Walker-Merrick Funeral

Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Dan Wiebesiek officiating.

Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery. A memorial will be established. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, was in

charge of arrangements.

Marjorie Frances Hutchison was born June 16, 1910, to Arthur Twaddle and Minnie Mae (McComb) Twaddle near

College Springs, Iowa. She attended Amity School at College Springs through the 10th grade. On February 14, 1929, Margie

was united in marriage to John Frank Hutchison who proceeded her in death November 13, 1959. Margie was the telephone

operator of the New Market Fanners Exchange from 1963-1975. She also cooked at the Coachmen Inn. Margie was a

member and past Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a member of the New Market Methodist Church and held

several church offices. Margie had been a member of several clubs in the New Market area.

Survivors include three daughters: Shirley Nook and husband Dwight of Lenox, Iowa, Marlene Madden and husband

John of Otley, Iowa, Janice Shelton and husband Eugene of Belton, Missouri, 11 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren.

Preceding Margie in death were her parents, husband, two brothers, Farrell Twaddle and Harold Twaddle and son Arthur

Hutchison, March 4, 1979.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday December 5, 2001


Lindell, Anna Mae Rightsell Tims -

Funeral services for Anna Mae Lindell, age 93, of Lenox, who died Friday, January 4, 2002, were held Tuesday, January 8 at

1:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Lenox. Interment was held in the Evergreen Cemetery in Red Oak. Memorials can

be given in Annna's name. Arrangements entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.

Anna Mae Lindell was born March 11, 1908, in Knoxville, Tennessee, to Rufus Rightsell and Alethea Swank Rightsell.

Anna was the oldest daughter of nine children, six brothers and two sisters. She was baptized and confirmed in the First Baptist

Church in Knox City, Texas, at an early age.

On October 6, 1937, she was united in marriage to Russell Lindell in Shenandoah, Iowa. Together she and Russell lived on

the Lindell Century Farm and attended the Lutheran Church in Nyman until they purchased a farm northwest of Lenox in 1950.

At this time they joined the United Methodist Church in Lenox. Anna was an active member of the ladies Quilting Circle. At last

count she had assisted in quilting in over ninety-six large quilts and has baby blankets in eight states! She was active for many

years in the Sunshine Sisters Club and ladies church circles, as well as heading up the church dinners for many years. Anna had

the gift of hospitality and was always there when someone was in need. She enjoyed the farm life and spending time in her flower

garden tending to her roses and dahlias. In 1973 Anna moved to Lenox. She was a wonderful cook, well known for her cinnamon

rolls. No one ever went away hungry when Anna was around! Anna loved being with her family and friends.

Left to cherish Anna's memory are her son Keith Lindell and wife Jean of Lenox; three daughters: Marvin Parker of Council

Bluffs; Ellen (Tims) Brashers of Grove, Oklahoma: and Donna Cope and husband Tom of Omaha, Nebraska; a granddaughter,

Barbara Kricsfeld and husband Berry; two grandsons: Troy Lindell and fiance Tricia; Brent Lindell and wife Kristine; two

great-granddaughters: Jennifer and Kristin Coppa; two greatgrandsons: Logan and Keegan Lindell; four step granddaughters;

one step grandson; ten step great-grandchildren; two sisters: Lucille Gillespie of Red Oak and Marjorie Foster of Port

Hueneme, California; along with several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends and neighbors.

Preceding Anna in death were her two husbands: James Earl Tims and Russell Lindell; her parents Rufus and Alethea; two

sons: Jr. Tims and Marlin Lindell: two sons-in-law: Bernard Parker and Delbert Brashers; and all six brothers: Hubert,

George, Bill, Jack, Coy, and Stanley.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday January 16, 2002


Lutz, Eleanor Diane Bush -

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 3, 2001, at the Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in

Longmont, CO for Eleanor Diane Bush Lutz. Reverend John Thieme officiated at the service.

Eleanor Diane Bush was born February 2, 1944 in Iowa City, the daughter of Lowell and Ruby Dahlberg Bush who lived

in Lenox. She grew up in Lenox and graduated from Lenox High School in 1962.

She was united in marriage October 3, 1964 to Dennis T. Lutz. To this union a son and daughter were born. Eleanor loved

and adored her grandchildren, her face would light up when they entered the room. She enjoyed several trips to Disney

Land and Disney World and collected Disney items. She also enjoyed her house plants, working at the computer and the

mountains as well as the Denver Broncos.

Eleanor is survived by her husband, Dennis; son Jeffrey Lutz and wife Kelly of Denver; daughter Joni and husband Keith

Martin of Longmont; parents Lowell and Ruby Bush of Longmont; brothers Lowell and wife Joan Bush of Castle Rock, CO;

and Dave and wife Pam Bush of Montana; three grandchildren: Cortney Martin, Rylie Martin and Cooper Martin.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday November 7, 2001


Solomon, Donnella M Warner -

Donnella M. Solomon, 78, of Green Valley and formerly of Denver, CO passed away on November 6, 2001. She was born on

January 8, 1923 in Mount Ayr, Iowa.

She was beloved and adored by her family.

Donnella is survived by her children Kay (Ken) Rasmussen of Green Valley, Shannon (Pierce) Smith of Sahuarita, Cynthia

(Steven) Rock of Chesapeake, VA., Dee Rock of Chesapeake, VA, Giget (Alan) Lee of Indian Harbor Beach, FL.

She was preceded in death by her spouse Milton Solomon, parents Nelli and Glenn Warner, sister Doris Johnston and brother

Dale Warmer. Her mother, Nellie Edna Leighton, lived in Lenox for years. Donnella was the niece of Pete and Winnie Fitzgerald.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday December 12, 2001


Veatch, John Lee -

Funeral services for John Lee Veatch were held Friday, Dec. 17, 2001, at Coen-Beaty-Family Funeral Service in Corning.

Officiating was Rev. Dr. Jeanne Groom of the Prescott United Church.

Casket bearers were Brian David, Craig David, Darian David, Chad Enger, Christopher Inman, Jason Inman, Clayton

Beck and Elija Warrick, Honorary bearers were Angela Enger, Carrie Inman, Blythe Beck and Summer Warrick.

Interment was at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Prescott. Memorial contributions have been designated for Pheasants Forever,

Ducks Unlimited and Williamson American Legion.

John Lee Veatch, son of Walter and Leona (Inman) Veatch, was born December 9, 1957 at Rosary Hospital in Corning, Iowa.

He passed away December 4, 2001 at Alegent Health Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa at the age of 43 years, 11 months

and 25 days.

John grew up in Prescott, and graduated from Prescott High School in 1976. After graduation he attended SWCC in Creston

taking electronics. He worked various construction jobs, worked at Mosby's Oil Station in Stringtown and at Springs Oil

Station in Corning.

For many years John farmed with his father, winning the Soil Conservation Award and the Adams County Corn Growers

Award for the Contour Corn Division. He placed first in 1984, 85, 86, 88 and 1989. In 1983 he placed third and 1987 he placed

second. The last fifteen years, John was the owner and operator of the Red Bull on main street in Corning, Iowa.

John enjoyed wildlife, hunting, fishing, raising tropical fish and studying genealogy. He was a fun-loving man who enjoyed

having good laughs with his family and friends.

John's ultimate pride and joy was his daughter, Johnnie RaeAnn Veatch, who was born April 9, 1993. He enjoyed every

moment they shared together.

Left to mourn John's passing are his daughter, Johnnie RaeAnn Veatch of Kellerton, Iowa; his parents, Walt and Leona

Veatch of Prescott, Iowa; three sisters Julie Ann (Terry) Beck of Sharpsburg, Iowa; Jean (Marvin) Enger of Omaha, Nebraska;

Janice (Dean) David of Lenox, Iowa; a brother, Duane (Shelley) Warrick of Bend, Oregon; significant other, Debra Lamprecht and

her daughter, Randi Lamprecht of Corning, Iowa; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his grandparents: Charles and Florence Veatch and Guy and Lottie Inman.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday December 12, 2001