Bertha V. Stelter
Bertha V. Stelter, 91, of Independence, Iowa died Thursday, March 10, 2011 at East Towne Manor in Independence, Iowa
Bertha was born on August 24, 1919 in New Hampton, Iowa the daughter of Clayton C. and Minnie M. (Knapp) Werner. She was a 1937 graduate of the New Hampton High School. On July 6, 1942 she was married to Elver S. Johnson in Stockton, CA. He died on August 4, 1943 during WW II. On May 12, 1946 she married Fern E. Stelter in Oakland, CA. The couple made their home in Waterloo, Iowa where Bertha was employed as a legal secretary for many years, and then for the Black Hawk County Institutional Accounts Office. Following their retirement in 1982 the couple moved to Independence, Iowa.
She is survived by five children; Lydia (George) Danehy, Waterloo, IA., Cheryl (Ron) Andrews, Marion, IA., Gerald (Susan) Stelter, and Kevin (Brenda) Stelter, Independence, IA., and Marsheila (Scot) Hunemuller, Reinbeck, IA., fourteen grandchildren, twenty two great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren, a sister; Sarah Altland, Grand Junction, CO., and two brothers; Percy Werner, Tyler, TX., and Harvey Werner, Lucerne Valley, CA.
She was preceded by her parents, her husbands; Elver Johnson in 1943, Fern Stelter on January 12, 2011, a sister; Alice Van Pelt, and three brothers; Ralph, Fred and Clayton Werner.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday, March 14th, at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory, Independence with Rev. Scott Meador officiating. Burial will be in the Wilson Cemetery, Independence. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 to 6 P.M. Sunday and from 8 to services Monday.
The family wishes to thank the East Towne Manor four; Caroline, Lillian, Maureen, and Barb for enriching their mother’s life while she was in the nursing home.
Everett H. Nelson
Everett H. Nelson, 89, of Independence, Iowa died Friday, March 4, 2011 at the Buchanan County Health Center, Independence, IA.
Everett was born on October 5, 1921 near Brandon, Iowa the son of Nels C. and Mary E. (Bolton) Nelson. He was a 1939 graduate of the Quasqueton Consolidated High School, Quasqueton, Iowa. On February 24, 1941 he was married to Marian M. Kress. The couple farmed in the Buchanan County Area until his retirement.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Marian M. Nelson, eight children; Sharon (Marvin) Thompson, Judy (Keith) Roberts and Margaret Ownby all of Independence, Iowa, Patricia Nelson, Eugene, OR., Connie Harris, Cedar Rapids, IA., Douglas Nelson, St. Petersburg, FL., Dean (Malia) Nelson, Honolulu, Hawaii, Brian (Leslie) Nelson, Fletcher, NC., 21 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, and 1 great great granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter; Jane Boies, a brother Mervin Nelson, and five sisters; Leona Hagen, Wilma Heiserman, Lorena Ward, Ila Morris, and Imogene Peterson.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory, Independence, IA., with Rev. Shirley Rozendaal officiating. Burial Rowley Cemetery, Rowley, Iowa. Friends may call from 4 to 8 P.M. Tuesday and from 8 AM to services Wednesday at the funeral home.
Ernest W. Lusk
Ernest W. Lusk, 81, of Independence, IA died Wednesday evening, February 23, 2011 at the Buchanan County Long Term Care Center, Independence, IA.
Ernest was born on December 23, 1929, near Independence, Iowa the son of Orben W. and Ethel (Pollard) Lusk. He attended the Buchanan County Country Schools and farmed in the Gilbertville, and Jesup area. He was also employed with Rath Packing Company in the 1920’s and for Matt Parrott Printing Company in Waterloo, IA. He was married to Yvonne M. Mallary on January 25, 1969 in Independence, Iowa. She preceded him in death in 2002.
He is survived by a sister; Martha Stiefel of Winthrop, Iowa, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents his wife Yvonne, a sister Lois Snyder, and a brother Robert Lusk.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday at the Freedom Baptist Church, Independence, IA with burial in the Wilson Cemetery, Independence. Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM Friday at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory, Independence, IA.
Rev. Leo E. Andersen
Rev. Leo E. Andersen, 71, died Wednesday morning, February 23, 2011, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Leo was born on December 20, 1939 near Viola, Iowa the son of Edward and Fern M. (Price) Andersen. He was a 1958 graduate of the Troy Mills High School, Troy Mille, Iowa. On August 12, 1961 he was married to Sharon (Sheri) Andersen in Troy Mills, Iowa. The couple farmed in the Troy Mills area, and was working toward his Theology Degree at St. Paul’s Seminary, Kansas City, Missouri. He served as pastor at the Alice United Methodist Church, the Urbana United Methodist Church, Silver Creek United Methodist Church and the Rowley United Methodist Church. Leo and his family formed the Andersen Family plus Gospel Band performing at many venues in the area.
He is survived by his wife Rev. Sheri Andersen, six children; Julie (Jim) Sweers, Kanawha, IA., Michael (Tina) Andersen, Troy Mills, IA., Joyce (Russell) Strabala, Lisbon, IA., Matt (Beckie) Andersen and Marshall (Rebecca) Andersen, Independence, IA., Jolene (Matthew) Peters, North Augusta, SC., twenty five grandchildren, four great grandchildren, two sisters; Jeanne (Gene) Carson, Troy Mills, IA., Wilma Perrin, Orient, IA., and a brother; Larry (Coleen) Andersen, Hopkinton, IA.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 10 A.M. Monday February 28, 2011 at the Alice United Methodist Church, Center Point, IA., where friends may call from 3 to 8 P.M. Sunday, and from 8 to services Monday. Burial will be in the Troy Mills Cemetery, Troy Mills, IA.
Martin Matthew Sackett
Martin Matthew Sackett, 77, passed away Wednesday, February 16, 2011, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House in Hiawatha, Iowa, surrounded by his family.
Survivors include his loving wife Marcia, three sons; Mark, Mitchell and Monty (Kaylene) Sackett all of Walker, Iowa, grandchildren; Aaron & Ella Sherman, Walker, IA., Jessica Sackett, Minneapolis, MN., Morgan Sackett and friend Grant Kocer, Rochester, MN., Martin Sackett II and friend Heather Dake, Madison Sackett, Walker, IA. and friend Kalli Wittenburg, Springville, IA., Cody Sackett and friend Courtney Lappe, and Chase Sackett, Walker, IA., three great grandchildren; Charli and Jake Sherman and Hayden Drake, two past daughter-in-laws; Sherry Sackett, Walker, IA., and Robyn Sherman, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, two sisters; Jennie (Frank) Smith, Palo, Iowa, Jean (Ron) Johnson, Atkins, IA., two brothers; Norman (Zelda) Sackett, Center Point, IA., and David (Helen) Sackett, Anamosa, IA., two brother-in-laws; Tommy Poyner, Cedar Rapids, and Otis Anderson, Ankeny, IA., and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister; Carol Poyner, a brother-in-law; Mick Hilleshiem, a sister-in-law; Delva Sackett, a nephew; Jeff Smith, and a very close friend; Phil Airy.
Martin was born on August 1, 1933 in Monticello, Iowa, the son of Roy and Ina (Winch) Sackett. He graduated from Urbana High School in the top ten of his class. He joined the US Navy in 1951 serving in Japan until his discharge in 1953. He was married to Marcia Anderson on March 24, 1957. He was a lifelong farmer for 53 years with his wife at his side.
He was the mayor of Sackettville, Pop.6, a member of the Hawkeye Antique Tractor Pullers, A 54 year member of the Walker American Legion, The Hawkeye Vintage Farm Machinery Association and a member of the Farm Bureau for 53 years. His interest were in stock car racing, tractor pulling, shopping for tires, checking for weeds in the fields and just driving around the neighborhood.
Funeral services will be held at 11 A.M. Saturday, February 26, 2011 at the Walker United Methodist Church, Walker, Iowa where friends may call from 3 to 8 P.M. Friday, and from 9 AM till services Saturday. Burial will be in the Walker Cemetery, Walker, Iowa
Charlotte A. Dudley
Charlotte A. Dudley, 79, of Independence, Iowa, and formerly of Brandon, Iowa, died Sunday morning, February 13, 2011, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Charlotte was born on September 11, 1931 in Disputanta, Virginia the daughter of James H. and Rebecca A. (Woomer) Treaster. She graduated from the Hopewell High School in Hopewell, VA. On July 21, 1951 she was united in marriage to Rudolf K. Dudley in Disputana, VA., where the family lived until moving to Independence and Brandon, Iowa area in 1965. Following the death of her husband in 1998 Charlotte moved into Independence, Iowa.
Charlotte loved her family, she enjoyed camping, crocheting, reading and crossword puzzles.
She is survived by four sons; Ronald (Holly) Dudley, Gladbrook, Iowa, Donald (Lisa) Dudley, Caddo Mills, Texas, James (Diane) Dudley, and Arthur (Teresa) Dudley both of Independence, Iowa, Nine Grandchildren and Nine Great Grandchildren, a sister; Mildred Pleasant, Hopewell, VA., and a brother; Charles Treaster, Richmond, VA.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Her Husband Rudolpf in 1998, seven sisters; Mary McClure, Elizabeth Rodkey, Dorothy Smith, Georgia Krick, Ada Pearson, Sarah Simmons, and Gladys Browder, and three brothers; Robert, Clair, and James Treaster,
Funeral services will be held at 11 A.M. Thursday at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory in Independence, Iowa with Rev. Scott Meador officiating. Burial will be in the Troy Mills Cemetery, Troy Mills, Iowa. Friends may call from 4 to 8 P.M. Wednesday and from 8 A.M. till services Thursday at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory, in Independence.
Dr. James A. Sloan, DVM
Dr. James A. Sloan, DVM, 87, of Independence, died Thursday, Feb.3, 2011, at Buchanan County Long Term Care , in Independence.
Jim was born in Cono Township, Buchanan County, the son of Fred and Emma (Kolarik) Sloan. He graduated from Walker High School in 1940. He attended Coe College and then served with the Medic and Engineers Unit of the U.S. Army during World War II. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1949 in Veterinary Medicine. On Oct. 30, 1949, he married Joan Ruhr in Atlantic, IA. The next month he started his veterinary practice in Independence which he continued for 61 years until his death.
Jim was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Independence where he enjoyed bible study and fellowship. He loved his family, having coffee and sharing stories with friends, and had a lifelong love of baseball and the White Sox.
Dr. Sloan was a member of the Iowa Veterinary Society, a member of Rotary since 1949, a member of the Board of Health for 35 years, served on the Independence School Board, and was a little league coach.
He is survived by his wife, Joan Sloan of Independence, children: James (Mary Kay, of Pine City, MN, Michal (Mark) of Winona, MN, John (Deb) of Boise, ID, David (Krys) of Mason City, nine grandchildren, Katie Trumble, Molly Czeslawski, Elizabeth Sloan, Christina Sloan, Daniel Roskos, Matthew Roskos, Andrew Sloan, Ian Sloan, and Erika Sloan. One great-grandchild, Jimmy Czeslawski.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Fredric, and his grandson, David.
Memorial Services will be held at 11 AM Monday, February 7, 2011 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Independence, Iowa with Rev. Kurt Bockoven officiating. Interment will be held at a later date in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Independence, IA. Friends may call from 1 to 5 Sunday at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory, Independence, Iowa where a military memorial service will be held at 4 P.M. Sunday.
Mariann F. Hepker
Mariann F. Hepker, 72, of Coggon, Iowa died Wednesday morning, February 2, 2011 at her home near Coggon, Iowa.
Mariann was born on April 30, 1938, in Toledo, Iowa the daughter of Leo and Bessie (Izek) Hepker. She attended the Toledo Schools, and was united in marriage to Don Charles Hepker on June 13, 1964 in Davenport, Iowa. She farmed and milked cows in the Center Point area until her husband’s retirement from Wilson Foods in Cedar Rapids. They then moved to the Coggon area to continue farming on a smaller scale. She loved to gardening, farming, and taking care of her family.
She is survived by her Husband Don, a son Rick (Connie) Kaufman, Central City, IA, two daughters; Lisa (Ira) Parizek, Rowley, IA, Lorie (Jack) McMurray, Hiawatha, IA, a step daughter, Valorie Tolefson, Bonaparte, IA. Six grandchildren, two step grandchildren, three step great grandchildren, four brothers; Melvin (Julie) Kaufman, Winthrop, IA, Leroy Kaufman, Farmington, NM, Larry (Velma) Kaufman, Center Point, IA, and Gary (Linda) Kaufman, Toddville, IA.
She was preceded in death by her parents,and an infant son; Brian.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Saturday at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory, Winthrop, IA where friends may call from 11 to services. Burial will be held at a later date.
Donald L. Hoeger
INDEPENDENCE– Donald L. Hoeger, 73 of Independence, Iowa, died Sunday, January 30, 2011, at Buchanan County Long Term Care, in Independence. Iowa.
Don was born on December 7, 1937, in Luxemburg, Iowa the son of Sylvester J. and Marie E. (Wernke) Hoeger. He graduated from the St. Boniface Catholic High School, New Vienna, Iowa, and received a B.A. Degree in Philosophy from Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa in 1961, and a JD Degree, from the University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City in 1965. On September 30, 1967 he was united in marriage to Kathleen Wick in Coos Bay, Oregon. The couple resided in Decorah, Iowa where Don practiced Law with the Isadora Meyer Law Firm. In 1970 Don became an assistant Attorney General serving with the Iowa Department of Transportation, Ames, Iowa until 1972 when the family moved to Independence, Iowa and Don became a partner in the Greif-Klotzbach Law Firm later becoming the Hoeger-McClintock Law Firm practicing until his retirement in 2002.
Don loved his family, he was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing. He loved cooking, discussing politics, and the Iowa Hawkeyes
He was a member of the Iowa Bar Association, the Buchanan County Bar Association, the Judicial Nominating Committee, the Buchanan County Compensation Committee and the Knights of Columbus.
He is survived by his wife Kathy Hoeger, Independence, Iowa, three daughters; Ann Hoeger, Chicago, IL., Marie (Chad) Hoeger Bement, Wauwatosa, Wis., Margaret Hoeger (Joseph Davoli), Falls Church, VA., three grandchildren; Annamaria Davoli, Drew and Jack Bement, his mother; Marie E. (Wernke) Hoeger, Dubuque, IA., a sister; Karen Osterhaus, Davenport, IA., and a brother; Stephen (Jean) Hoeger, Dubuque, Iowa.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, February 5, 2011 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Independence, IA with Rev. Don Plamondon officiating. Burial will be held in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Independence, IA. Friends may call from 3 to 8 P.M. Friday and from 8 A.M. to 10 A.M. Saturday at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory, Independence, where a rosary will be recited at 3 P.M. and a parish vigil service will be held at 7 P.M. Friday.
Ronald D. Abben
Ronald D. Abben, 74, of Independence, Iowa died Sunday morning, January 16, 2011 at West Village Care Center, Independence, Iowa.
Ron was born on August 16, 1936, in Dumont, Iowa the son of Edward and Iva E. (Wickham) Abben. He was a 1954 graduate of the Bristow High School, Bristow, Iowa and a graduate of the Chicago Broadcasters School, Chicago, Illinois, and later he received an accounting certificate from Hawkeye Tech., Waterloo, IA. He served in the U.S. Army from May 21, 1957 to his discharge on May 20, 1960. On August 10, 1959 he was united in marriage to Janice C. Hites in Belton, Texas. The couple made their home in the Waterloo, Iowa area until 1973 at which time the couple moved to Independence, Iowa. Ron was employed as a Broadcaster with various radio stations in Northeast Iowa and with Rath Packing and Iowa Ham prior to his retirement.
He is survived by his wife Janice, Independence, Iowa, four daughters; Donna Ross, Crescent City, CA., Debra (Kevin) Klotzbach, Independence, IA., Rhonda Zieser, Independence, IA., Christina (John) Moran, Independence, IA., ten grandchildren, six great grandchildren, a sister; Betty Wubbena, Waterloo, IA., and two brothers; Eldon (Grace) Abben, Evansdale, IA., and Richard Abben, Waterloo, IA.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers; Ivan and Beryl Abben.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Independence with Rev. Tom Jones officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Independence. Friends may call from 4 to 8 P.M. Tuesday. At the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory, Independence, and from 9 A.M. to services Wednesday, at the church. A Military Memorial Service will be held at 7 P.M. Tuesday.