"BUD" ERNEST J. MURRAY
MASON CITY - "Bud" Ernest J. Murry, 78, of 850 15th St. S.E., entered into the care of the Lord Thursday (April 1, 1999) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 5, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 213 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Mason City, with the Rev. Arne Bergland officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City, with full military rites at graveside by the Mason City Memorial Association.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Mason City, and resume one hour prior to services at the church Monday.
Bud Murray was born on Dec. 10, 1920, in Hurley, S. D., the son of James and Julia (Classic) Murray. He was educated in the Glenwood, Minn., school system. He farmed with his parents outside of Sedan, Minn. During the Great Depression he served with the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1937 to 1941 at Ely and Brimson, Minn.
He served in the South Pacific with the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945 and the National Guard Unit of Spencer, Iowa, in Wurzburg, Germany, from 1951 to 1952.
Bud was employed by the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company on Oct. 13, 1945, as a construction lineman.
He was united in marriage to Evelyn Stein of Fergus Falls, Minn., on Aug. 24, 1946, in Elizabeth, Minn. They lived and transferred with the Telephone Company in various places in Iowa. He was an accomplished cable splicer and retired with the telephone company on Feb. 25, 1983.
He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, where he served as a deacon and was the head usher for 16 years. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 733 and the American Legion Post. He enjoyed fishing, walking, old farm equipment, and the Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota. His greatest love and enjoyment was his wife, three sons and five grandchildren.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Evelyn Murray, Mason City; three sons, James Murray and his wife, Kerry, Hazelwood, Mo., Terry (Kai) Murray, Iowa City, and Vincent Murray, Minneapolis, Minn.; five grandchildren, Shaun, Shannon, Timothy, Terrence and Kevin, Hazelwood, Mo.; and four sisters, Helen Halstead, Hillsboro, Ore., Virginia Weiner, Portland, Ore., Marian Arnold and her husband, Gene, Troutdale, Ore., and Margaret Johnson and her husband, George, Wilmar, Minn.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents, James and Julie Murray, and his brother, Francis Murray of Garden Grove, Calif.
JAMES EUGENE KIEFER
MASON CITY - James Eugene Kiefer, 52, of 516 Third St. NE, died Saturday (April 3, 1999) at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City.
A funeral service is tentatively set for 1 p.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church, Greene, with the Rev. Galen E. Smith officiating. Burial will be in West Side Cemetery, Marble Rock.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hogan-Bremer Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. NE, Mason City, and will continued one hour prior to the service at the church Wednesday.
Other arrangements are incomplete at Hogan-Bremer Colonial Chapel - (515) 423-2372.
LLOYD A. JENSEN
MASON CITY - Lloyd A. Jensen, 88, of 1518 Meadowbrook Dr., died Saturday (April 3, 1999) at North Iowa Mercy Health Center East, Mason City.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Mason City, with the following officiants: Lyle Schober, Richard Davis and Ruth Klevgard. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and until the time of the service Tuesday at the funeral home.
IRENE V. DANNEN
MASON CITY - Irene V. Dannen, 76, of 908 15th St. S.E., died Thursday (April 1, 1999) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Swaledale Methodist Church with the Rev. Bruce Wittern officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Swaledale.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Grarup Funeral Home, in Sheffield.
Irene was born on March 8, 1923, at Alexander, Iowa, the daughter of John and Laura (Stadtlander) Mulenbruch. She graduated from Swaledale High School.
She was united in marriage to Else O. Dannen on Sept. 16, 1941, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They farmed in the Swaledale-Sheffield area until 1960. They moved to Swaledale where she was a school bus driver for 25 years for Rockwell-Swaledale School District.
Irene was a member of the United Methodist Church Women and was the City Clerk of Swaledale for quite a few years.
Irene liked to play cards and enjoyed dancing, bowling and golfing. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Irene is survived by her husband of 57 years, Else; her children, Sharon Burkhart and her husband, Carl, of Perry, Iowa; Linda Schulz and her husband, Paul, of Hampton, Iowa; Vern and his wife, Janelle, of Plymouth, Iowa; Ron and his wife, Leilani, of Mason City, Iowa; and Duane "Pete" and his wife, Marge, of Mason City, Iowa; grandchildren, Doug Bonjour, of Perry; Curt Bonjour, of Perry; David Schulz, of Spencer; Joni Kew, of Hampton; Nick Schulz, of Sheffield; Dallas Schulz, of Hampton; Amy Stoeffler, of Mason City; Kari Pate, of Manly; Aaron Dannen, of Manly; Ryan Dannen, of Mason City; Kiley Dannen, of Mason City; Echo Cash, of Mason City; Dara Dannen, of Mason City; Kaci Dannen, of Mason City; Jorden Dannen, of Mason City; 12 great-grandchildren; brother, Wayne Muhlenbruch and his wife, Alvina, of Clear Lake; a sister, Mardene Berding, of Mason City; sisters-in-law, Adeline Muhlenbruch, of Thornton, and Pat Knutson and husband, Gary, of Forsythe, Mo.; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Laura Muhlenbruch; and three brothers, Mervin, LaVerle and Laurel.
MARTHA "MARTIE" MAE KEMMERER
CLEAR LAKE - Martha "Martie" Mae Kemmerer, 73, died Saturday (April 3, 1999) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. Fourth St., Clear Lake.
Memorial services and celebration of her life will be at a later date.
Martha "Martie" Kremmerer was born on Dec. 12, 1925, in Boone, the daughter of Alvin and Henretta (Upton) Erickson. She received her education in the Boone school system, graduating from Sacred Heart Catholic School in Boone. After completing her education, she worked for several years for the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company as an operator in Boone.
She was united in marriage to William Dean Kemmerer on April 14, 1952, in Boone. After their marriage they moved to Clear Lake where she continued to work for several years as a telephone operator for the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in Mason City. On Nov. 12, 1960, together they purchased Witkes Marine in Clear Lake which they operated for six years as Kemmerer Marine and then owned and operated Kemmerer Marine on Highway 18.
She enjoyed traveling and helping family and friends, but her great love and enjoyment was her family and grandchildren.
She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Clear Lake.
Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Dean Kemmerer of Clear Lake; two sons, Mark Kemmerer and his wife, Linda, of Clear Lake, and Kurtis Kemmerer and his wife, Suzanne, of Clear Lake; two grandchildren, Nichole and Christopher Kemmerer, both of Clear Lake; two sisters, Grace Wilhite and her husband, Don, of Moingona and Karen Peterson and her husband, Pete, of Ogden; one brother, Garreth "Bud" Erickson and his wife, Delores, of Denver, Colo.; and other relatives and many friends.
Martha was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Virginia Davis.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel - (515) 357-2193
CHRISTINE M. STAUDT
STACYVILLE - Christine M. Staudt, 93, died Tuesday (March 30, 1999) at the Stacyville Community Nursing Home.
Christine was born Aug. 3, 1905, at Marble Rock, Iowa, the daughter of John J. And Katherine (Kramer) Merfeld. She was educated in rural schools at Marble Rock, graduated from Marble Rock High School in 1923. She attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls and received her Teaching Certificate in 1925.
Christine was united in marriage to Carl E. Staudt, D.D.S., on Sept. 4, 1930, at St. Mary's Church in Roseville, Iowa. They lived in Stacyville. Carl died in 1966.
Christine moved to the Stacyville Nursing Home in 1996. Her activities included Local TB Chairperson for 25 years, Globe-Gazette reporter, 4-H Leader, and member of the Stacyville Library Board. Christine enjoyed growing flowers for use at the church. She enjoyed making clothing, quilts and afghans for her children and grandchildren. She was interested in the activities of her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed playing bridge.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 6, at Visitation Catholic Church in Stacyville with the Rev. Joseph Schneider officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held at Monday at Visitation Church in Stacyville beginning at 2:30 p.m. with a Rosary at 3 p.m. and a wake service at 7 p.m. Champion Funeral Home of Osage is in charge of arrangements.
The family suggests memorials be directed to Visitation School Endowment Fund, the Stacyville Library or Stacyville Community Nursing Home.
Christine is survived by two daughters, Sister Mary Arnold OSF (Kathleen) of Briar Cliff College in Sioux City and Mary Katherine Stattelman and her husband, Leo, of Clear Lake; a son, James Staudt of Dallas, Texas; five grandchildren, Anne Mascarenas and her husband, Mark, of Pueblo, Colo., Michael Stattelman and his wife Jennifer, of Stevens Point, Wis., John Stattelman of Minneapolis, David Stattelman and his wife, Elizabeth, of West Lafayette, Ind., and Liz Stattelman-Scanlan and her husband, Daniel, of Aitkin, Minn.; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Edward P. Merfeld of Marble Rock; one sister, Agatha Krambeer of Marble Rock; two sisters-in-law, Gila Merfeld of Charles City and Dorothy Staudt of Marble Rock; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Carl; five brothers, Anton, Merrick, Leander, Bernard and Louis; and sisters, Rose (Sister Mary Marcellina), Barbara and Ann.
EDWIN J. GOETZINGER
MARBLE ROCK - A funeral Mass for Edwin J. Goetzinger, 95, of 117 Iowa Street, Marble Rock, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 6, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Roseville, with the Monsignor Walter Brunkan officiating. Burial will be in the St. Mary's Cemetery
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Reid's Funeral Chapel in Marble Rock where there will be a scriptural wake service at 7:30 p.m. followed by a Rosary service.
Edwin J. Goetzinger was born Jan. 29, 1904, at Luxemburg, Dubuque County, Iowa, a son of John and Anna (Menke) Goetzinger, and died Thursday (April 1, 1999) at the Riverside Chautauqua Guest Home in Charles City.
He lived and worked his entire life in Iowa, growing up in Bancroft, where the family moved when he was 2 months old. At the age of 14, he began work in a series of family-owned businesses including a wagon factory in Dyersville and a creamery in Rockford. At the start of the Depression, he helped complete the construction and brickwork of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Ionia, where his uncle, the Rev. Charles Goetzinger, served as parish priest.
On Sept. 11, 1934, he was united in marriage to Lydia Dominica Bisenius at Immaculate Conception Church in Charles City. The couple made their home in Marble Rock where they raised four children. Together, Ed and Lydia, known as "Jimmy," owned and operated Goetzinger's Store, selling hardware, groceries and dry goods. Ed also operated a bottled liquid propane gas business and served the community as a carpenter and painter well into his 70s.
Ed and Jimmy traveled extensively in the lower 48 states before building a winter home in Arkansas. Ed was an avid baseball player in his early years, then a tennis player in later years. Music always played an important part in Ed's life. As a young man he played several instruments in his own band, performing throughout Eastern Iowa. Since 1992 he played piano weekly for residents of the care centers in Charles City.
He will be remembered for the many hours he spent working with his beautiful gardens and the immaculate condition he kept his yard. Ed and Jimmy were faithful members of St. Mary's Catholic Church at Roseville and he was a charter member of the Marble Rock Lions Club.
Living family members include his two daughters and their spouses, Janice and Earl Parcher of Marble Rock and Nancy Goetzinger and Thomas Ramsay of Minneapolis, Minn.; two sons and their spouses, Charles and Loretta Goetzinger of Chanhassen, Minn., and Robert and Dorothy Goetzinger of Hiawatha; nine grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; one step granddaughter; one step great-grandson; and his sister, Helen Alvaro of Springfield, Mass.
He was preceded in death by his wife on Jan. 23, 1991; three sisters, Esther Goetzinger, Leona Goetzinger and Irene Albang; and three brothers, Otto Goetzinger, Leo Goetzinger and Gerald Goetzinger.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Edwin J. Goetzinger Memorial Fund in care of the family.
Reid's Funeral Chapel, Marble Rock - (515) 397-2689