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Merlin L. Trometer

Merlin L. Trometer, 86, of Independence, MO, formerly of Merrill, IA, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2013, at the Villages of Jackson Creek in Independence, MO. Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars, Iowa, with Rev. Timothy Geitz officiating. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Merrill, Iowa. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home. The family will be present from 6-8 p.m. with a prayer service scheduled at 7:00 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the funeral home prior to the funeral on Wednesday. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to www.mauerjohnsonfh.com

 

 

 

 

   

Donald M. Kunkel

Donald M. Kunkel, 79, of Le Mars, Iowa, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2013, at Park Place Estates in Le Mars. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 17, 2013 at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars. Most Rev. R.Walker Nickless will be principal celebrant of Mass along with other priests of the Dioceses of Sioux City. Burial will follow at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Oyens, Iowa. Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 16, 2013, at St. James Catholic Church. The family will be present from 4-5:30 and also 6:30-8. A Rosary Service will take place at 4:30 p.m. with a Scriptural Prayer Service scheduled at 7:00 p.m. There will also be a Knights of Columbus Rosary Service after the Scriptural Prayer Service, followed by a 4th degree presentation of the chalice. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to Mass on Monday. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to www.mauerjohnsonfh.com

 

 

 

   

Vicki L. Sterman

Vicki L. Sterman, 52, of Crestview, Florida, formerly of Marcus, Iowa, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2013, at her home after an extended illness.

A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, June 17, 2013, at the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home, with Rev. Greg Gabriel officiating. Visitation with the family present will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Monday prior to the prayer service. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to www.mauerjohnsonfh.com

 

 

 

 

 

Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home of Le Mars is assisting Vicki's family with funeral arrangments.

   

Richard Kalas

Richard  Kalas, 83, of rural Merrill, Iowa passed away suddenly, Thursday June 6, 2013 on his farm.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at the First Baptist Church in Le Mars with Pastor Jon Meredith officiating.  Interment with military honors provided by the Oleson-Halweg American Legion Post #125 of Merrill, Iowa will be at Resthaven Memory Gardens Cemetery in Le Mars.  Visitation with the family present will be after 4:00 p.m. Monday, June 10, 2013 at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars followed by a 7:00 p.m. Prayer Service Monday evening at the funeral home.  Visitation will continue Tuesday afternoon at the church from 1:00 p.m. until service time.

Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are with the Carlsen Funeral Home of Le Mars.

   

Russell "Russ" M. Andersen

Russell "Russ" M. Andersen, 90, of Paullina passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Hartley, Iowa.  Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 10, 2013 at the Silloam Lutheran Church in Paullina.  Rev. Liz Pfeifle will officiate with burial at the Rest Haven Memory Gardens in Le Mars, Iowa.  Visitation will be after 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 9, 2013 with the family present after 3:00 p.m. and a prayer service at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Eldridge Family Funeral Home in Paullina.

   

Randy Hillrichs

Randy Hillrichs, 56, of rural Akron, Iowa passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at Hawarden Regional Healthcare in Hawarden, Iowa.
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 10, 2013 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Craig, Iowa.  Reverend Ben Worley will officiate.  Burial will follow in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery near Craig.  Visitation with the family present will be after 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 9, 2013 with a Prayer service at 5:00 p.m., all at Carlsen Funeral Home – Schroeder Chapel in Akron.  Visitation will resume from 12:30 p.m. until service time on Monday at the church.  Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

   

Sally Nitzschke

Sally Nitzschke, 89, of Remsen, IA, passed away June 5, 2013 at Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen, IA.
  Funeral service will be at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, June 8, 2013, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Remsen with Rev. William McCarthy officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Remsen.  Visitation will be anytime after 4 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 2013.  There will be a parish rosary at 5 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m. all at the Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen, IA.  Condolences may be sent online to www.fischfh.com.

   

Patricia Schiff

Patricia  Schiff, 59, of rural Akron, Iowa passed away unexpectedly Sunday, June 2, 2013 at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 7, 2013 at Christ Lutheran Church, Grant Township, rural Le Mars, Iowa with Reverend Ben Worley officiating.  Inurnment will follow at the church cemetery.  Visitation with the family present will be after 4:00 p.m. Thursday, June 6, 2013 at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars followed by a 7:00 p.m. Prayer Service.  Visitation will continue Friday morning at the church from 9:30 a.m. until service time.  Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.

   

Sgt. Justin Erickson

Sgt. Justin Erickson, 27, of Ft. Bliss, Texas, died as a result of a motorcycle accident on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 near El Paso, Texas.
Services will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8, 2013 at Grace Lutheran Church with Reverend Tim Geitz officiating.  Inurnment with military honors provided by the Iowa Army National Guard and the Olseon-Halweg American Legion Post #125 of Merrill will be at Hillside Cemetery in Merrill, Iowa.  Visitation with the family present will be after 4:00 p.m. Friday, June 7, 2013 at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars followed by a 7:00 p.m. Prayer Service.  Visitation will continue Saturday from 1:30 p.m. until service time.  Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.  ©
Arrangements are with Carlsen Funeral Home of Le Mars.  ©

   

Edward Downing

Edward C. Downing, 85, of Le Mars, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at the Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars following a brief illness.  A Celebration of Life Service will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at the United Methodist Church of Le Mars.  Rev. John Battern will officiate.  Burial will take place at a later date at Hillside Cemetery in Merrill, Iowa.  Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 2013 at the Mauer – Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars.  The family will be present from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service scheduled at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation will resume at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at the church.  Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com

 

 

 

   

Shirley Traufler

Shirley  Traufler, 81, of Le Mars, Iowa passed away suddenly Thursday, May 23, 2013 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Le Mars with Father Kevin Richter officiating.  Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars.  Visitations with the family present will be after 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Le Mars with a 4:00 p.m. combined Christian Mothers and Catholic Daughters Rosary Service followed by a 7:00 p.m. Scriptural Wake Service all at the church.  Visitation will continue Wednesday morning from 9:30 a.m. until service time.   Arrangements are with the Carlsen-Feuerstein Funeral Home of Le Mars.  Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com


 

 

 

   

Dorothy P. Spies

Dorothy P. Spies, 83, of Hinton died Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at a local care facility.  Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hinton United Methodist Church.  Private graveside services will be in Melbourne Floyd Valley Cemetery, rural Hinton.  Visitation with the family will be from 5 to 7 pm Friday, with a Prayer Service at 7 p.m. at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel in Sioux City.

Online condolences may be sent to www.meyerbroschapels.com.

Dorothy was born July 21, 1929 in Logan, IA; she was the daughter of Willard “Tommy” and Lola (Piercy) Shaw. The family moved to the Sioux City area when Dorothy was a child. She graduated from Hinton High School in 1947.  Dorothy married John R. “Jack” Spies Oct. 24, 1947 in Sioux City; he passed away on March 21, 2009 in Sioux City.

Dorothy received her teaching certificate from Morningside College and taught in rural schools in the Hinton area and the Hinton Community Schools. She was a secretary for Spies Bros for 36 years.

Dorothy was a member of Hinton United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school and held various offices on the church board. She had served as president of the United Methodist Women. She was a member of the Abu Bekr Shrine Women’s Auxiliary serving as president for 5 years. Dorothy was on the advisory board of the Shriners Hospital for Children in Minneapolis for 17 years. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile and the Hinton Civic Club. She was an active volunteer of the American Cancer Society and Meals on Wheels.

Survivors include her 3 children: Kenneth Spies and his wife Betti of Hinton, IA. Janice Allen and her husband Joel of Germantown, WI, Thomas Spies and his wife Sherry of Baton Rouge, LA; 7 grandchildren: John Spies and his wife Tonya, Brad Spies, Dana Allen, Matthew Spies, Brianna Parkhill and her husband Kyle, Kamden Spies and Cale Spies; 3 great grandchildren: Brody, Kenedi and Dawson; a sister in law: Bette Shaw of LeMars, IA; a brother in law: Duane Spies of Hinton, IA and many nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and 2 brothers: Willard and Donald Shaw

Memorials may be directed to the Shriners Hospital for Children Transportation Fund or Hinton United Methodist Church.

 

   

Roy G. Sitzmann

Roy  G.  Sitzmann, Sr., 94, of Kingsley, Iowa passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 2013 at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars with Father Paul Eisle officiating.  Interment with Military Honors provided by the Wasmer American Legion Post #241 will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Neptune.  Visitations with the family present will be after 3:00 p.m. Friday, May24th at the Carlsen-Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars followed by a 4:00 p.m. Knights of Columbus Rosary service and a 7:00 p.m. Scriptural Wake Service all at the funeral home.  Visitation will continue Saturday morning at the church from 9:30 a.m. until service time.  Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.

 

   

Curtis Dean Bolte

Curtis  Dean  Bolte, 81, of Merrill, Iowa passed away Monday, May 20, 2013 at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.

 

A Celebration of Life Service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 23, 2013 at the Merrill United Methodist Church in Merrill, Iowa with Reverend Russ Burnett officiating.  Inurnment will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Merrill, Iowa.  Visitation with the family will be from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church Thursday morning.  Arrangements are with the Carlsen Funeral Home of Le Mars.  Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.

   

Dorothy M. DeYoung

Dorothy M. DeYoung, 79, of Le Mars, Iowa passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at the Brentwood Good Samaritan Village in Le Mars.  In accordance with Dorothy’s wishes, private family funeral services will be held at Grace Lutheran Church in Le Mars with Rev. Timothy Geitz officiating.  Burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars.  Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.



 

 

   

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