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Paul Arthur Gilles, 05/20/1926 - 04/03/2019

Paul A. Gilles, 92, of Waterloo, died Wednesday, April 3, at Friendship Village. 

He was born May 20, 1926, in Stacyville, the son of Roy and Anna Seibert Gilles. He married Gertrude Miller June 17, 1947, in Johnsburg, Minn. 

Paul was employed by John Deere as a laborer for 37 years before retiring in 1983. Paul served our country honorably in the Navy during World War II.

Survived by: his wife, Gertrude of Waterloo; five sons, Don Gilles of Lime Springs, Randy Gilles of Waterloo, Gary Gilles of Raymond, Curt (Chris) Gilles, and Doug Gilles, of Waterloo; two daughters, Joyce (Dave) Dunn and Jayne Gulden, both of Waterloo; 16 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 

Preceded in death by: five brothers, Wilfred, Wilmer, Reuben, Vernon, and Danny; and four sisters, Marian, Theresa, Elizabeth, and Adeline.

Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 8, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial to follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery where full military rites will be performed by the Waterloo AMVETS Post 19 the Evansdale Post 31 along with the Naval Honor Guard. Public visitation will be from 2-5:00 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway and for one hour before the service at the church. 

Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association or UnityPoint Hospice.

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Annette Condon Stewart, 08/28/1962 - 10/22/2018

On Monday, October 22, 2018, Annette Condon Stewart, loving wife and mother of three, passed away at the age of 56.  Annette was born on August 28, 1962 in Ottumwa, Iowa to Dick and Doris Condon.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Black Hills University, after growing up in Pierre, South Dakota.  She taught continuously in public schools since 1985.  


Annette had a passion for teaching young students to read.  This was particularly true of students entering kindergarten.  She loved seeing them “get it,” as well as exposing them to the joy of owning their first book.  Her passion for her students extended beyond the school day as she maintained contact with many of them after they graduated from her classroom.  She has been part of the Olympia Public School community since 1990, and spent weekends, free time, and her energy finding new ways to engage her students.  Her pride in their accomplishments was evident in the way she spoke to and about them.  Her family estimates that she had direct contact and influenced nearly 1,000 young students beginning their academic careers.  Her colleagues simply say that “She was the best kindergarten teacher ever.”


Annette was a loving mother and faithful wife.  She relished her role as the grandmother of three and could hardly wait to teach her grandchildren to read.  She enjoyed time with her husband and children, including spending time in nature, traveling to her family homestead in Iowa, and returning to the site of her childhood in South Dakota.  In between her trips to the Midwest, she also enjoyed trips to Hawaii.


She maintained lifelong connections with her childhood friends, and thrived as part of the Olympia school community.  Her friends and family remember her as an extraordinarily sweet individual who also had learned how to be stern, especially when she had to point her teaching finger to get your attention.   She is a remembered as a quiet person who was not shy about calling her legislators to impress upon them the importance of any cause she thought mattered.


Annette had a passion for the environment and animals, especially elephants.  In recent years, she was proud of the fact that she had become an Ambassador for the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.  She felt strongly that her responsibility was to give voice to these magnificent animals who couldn’t speak for themselves and deserved better than a circus or a zoo.


In 1994, she met the love of her life, John Stewart.  She married him in 1999 after a rather long courtship.  They both said that they each had the great fortune of falling in love with their best friend.  Annette was a beloved wife, a loving mother, an adoring grandmother, and a faithful friend.  She will be missed by her husband, John: her children, Travis Miller (Chelci) of Ann Arbor Michigan, Beth Miller of Seattle, Washington, and Jake Stewart of Olympia; her grandchildren, Jaydon, Rhett, and Addyson; her parents, Dick and Doris Condon; her sister and brother-in-law, Doreen and Bill Wagner; and four dear nieces.  


In lieu of flowers, Annette had requested that donations be made to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, which can be found at

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Ruth A. Condon, 09/21/1934 - 09/19/2016

Ruth A. Condon, age 81, of Osage, and formerly of New Haven, died Monday, September 19, 2016, at the Mitchell County Regional Health Center in Osage. 

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 23, 2016, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in New Haven with Father Mark Murphy officiating. Burial will be at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in New Haven. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage with Rosary at 7 p.m. 

Ruth was born September 21, 1934, in Riceville, Iowa, the daughter of Paul and Anna (Meyer) Mayer.She graduated from Riceville High School in 1952. Following graduation Ruth worked for Rath Packing Plant in Waterloo. Ruth was united in marriage to John “Jack” Condon on June 19, 1954, in Riceville. They lived in Osage until 1959, then moved to New Haven. Ruth was a member St. Peter’s Catholic Church and Altar Society.Ruth enjoyed cooking, baking, family dice games, and most importantly family time.

Ruth is survived by her four children, eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren: Larry Condon (Karen Bessette) of Poteau, Oklahoma and children Trent (Tara) Condon daughter Ella, and Jewel Condon; Janet (Duane) Hemann of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota and children Chris (Amber) Hemann children Carter and Emma; and Nate Hemann (Briana Sheehy) and son Jake; Greg (Diane) Condon of Osage and children Bethany Condon and Brett Condon; Cindy (Chuck) Pelleymounter of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin and children Alison (Jared) Weber daughter Isabel; and Andy (Martine) Pelleymounter and son Gabrial; sisters, Kathleen Hummel and Mary Ann Shane; sisters-in-law Marvel Mayer, Myrna Mayer and Betty Condon; brothers-in-law Dick (Doris) Condon and Jerome (Martha) Condon; and many loving nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John “Jack” Condon in 1999; six brothers, Charlie, Leonard, Marvin, Jackie, Donald, and Bill; sisters Joann and Gladys, and twin grandsons Justin and Jamie Condon.

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Richard Milton Ethen, 2/19/1938 - 1/3/2013

Richard M. Ethen - 74
2/19/1938 - 1/3/2013
Butler, IL

Richard M. Ethen, 74 of Butler, IL passed away on Thurs., January 3, 2013 at 7:59 p.m. at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL. Visitation will be held on Wed., January 9, 2013 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro, IL. Memorial services will be on Thurs., Jan. 10, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Paul Jones, Associate Pastor of Christian Church in Litchfield officiating. Burial will be in Elm Lawn Cemetery in Litchfield.

Mr. Ethen was born on February 19, 1938 at Stacyville, IA to the late Louis J. and Laura (Milton) Ethen. He married Ramona Jane (Goby) Horn on August 11, 2000 in Alexandria, MO, and she survives in Butler, IL.

He graduated from high school in Iowa & majored in Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University and Iowa University, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree. He had worked at Fedders Air Conditioning in Effingham, IL, Industrial Lifters Div. ACCO in Salem, IL, Crane and Monorail Div. ACCO in Fairfield, IA and he retired in 2001 from Dana Corp. in Litchfield, IL after 13 years as a Manufacturing Engineer. He had been a member of Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Eagles, Elks, and Moose. He was awarded a Patent for a tool while working for Dana Corporation in 1995 and a Manufacturing Improvement Award from ACCO Material Handling Group while at Crane and Monorail Division in 1981. He enjoyed woodworking, model making, yard work, and was an avid racing fan.

Along with his wife, he is survived by 5 children, Todd (wife Lucinda) Ethen of White Bear Lake, MN, Tim (wife Linda) Ethen of Maple Grove, MN, Laurie (husband Gregg) Cottingham of North Mankato, MN, Troy (wife Wendy) Ethen of Hopkins, MN, Travis (wife Amber) Ethen of Pella, IA; 1 Daughter-in-law: Sherry (husband Jeff) Weaver of Austin, MN; 1 Step-son: Mark Horn of Pompano Beach, FL; 13 grandchildren, Tyler Ethen, Hilary Ethen, Dylan Ethen, Sheridan Ethen, Nate Ethen, Ethen Cottingham, Ryan Ethen, John Ethen, Katherine Ethen, Cole Ethen, Madison Ethen, Cydney Ethen, Danica Ethen; and 3 sisters, Betty Condon of New Haven, IA, Catherine Nordeen of Gaylord, MI and Barbara (husband Jim) Quinn of Oceanside, CA. He was preceded by his parents and 1 son, Thomas Richard Ethen.

Memorials may be given to American Lung Association.


Colleen P. Ethen, wife of Denny Ethen, 03/10/1937 - 12/18/2012

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 AM on Saturday, December 22, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in St. Cloud, for Colleen P. Ethen, 75, of Sartell, formerly of Elk River, who died December 18, 2012. The Reverend Jeff Ethen will officiate. Entombment will be at Assumption Cemetery.
Visitation will be at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in St. Cloud from 4:00-8:00 PM on Friday, with parish prayers at 4:00 PM. Visitation will continue from 9:00-10:00 AM on Saturday at the church. Arrangements are with the Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud.

Colleen was born on March 10, 1937, in Evansville, to George and Philomena (Wagner) Courrier. She married Bernard J. Schwartz on October 11, 1955, in Urbank. He preceded her in death on December 17, 1958. She married Dennis J. Ethen on September 2, 1961, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud.
Colleen worked for the Elk River School District as a paraprofessional for 20 years, retiring in 1997. She was active at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Elk River. She was a member of St. Andrew’s Christian Women, Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary, and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed reading, making greeting cards, playing dominoes, and time with friends and family.

Colleen is survived by: her children, Michael of Lakeville, Fr. Jeffrey of Clitherall, Catherine (Thomas) Bautch of St. Cloud, Stephen (Teresa) of Lincoln, NE; grandchildren, Paul Bautch, Anne Bautch (fiancé Brian Carroll), Laura Bautch, Caroline Ethen, Isabel Ethen; brother George Courrier.
She was preceded in death by her husband Dennis Ethen (April 18, 2002), parents, siblings Cyrilla Bitzan, Agnes Winter, and Bruce Courrier


Mary Ann Little, 9/1/1935 - 12/4/2012

December 11, 2012 7:00 am

Sept. 1, 1935 — Dec. 4, 2012

Mary Ann Little, 77, of Salem [Oregon], formerly of Albany [OR] and Vancouver, Wash., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 4, at her home.

She was born in Prosser, Wash., the daughter of Ralph and Leona (Perry) Bonifas.

Mary Ann attended the University of Washington and was a proud Huskies football fan. She was active with the St. Joseph Church in Vancouver. After she and her husband retired and sold their businesses, Ervin’s Drugs Store and Ervin’s West, they enjoyed traveling to Europe and visited all 50 states.

Mary Ann was an avid photographer and scrapbooker. She was a political enthusiast and loved to debate. She was accomplished in sewing and knitting, and she loved a good game of pinochle at family gatherings. Mary Ann’s greatest legacy was her passionate pursuit of the family’s ancestry and heritage. Her meticulous research and finely recorded details will forever remain a treasured gift to her children, grandchildren and future generations.

On May 19, 1962, Mary Ann married John “Jack” Little. She was blessed with 46 years of marriage. Jack died on April 28, 2009. Mary Ann was also preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Leona Bonifas, and son John Little in 1966. Survivors include her children and spouses, Kathryn Soldano of Yakima, Wash., Patrice and Jordan Cowman of Eugene, Joseph and Ann Little of Salem, Steve and Jody Little of Portland, Alaine Little of Portland, Anthony and Monique Little of Wilsonville, and Regan and Brad Fields of Salem; grandchildren Christopher, Michaela and Alex Soldano, Jameson, Taylor, Benjamin and Alea Cowman, Sam, Thomas and David Little, Allison and Ryan Little, Matthew and Cameron Little, and Maxwell and Olivia Fields; one great-grandson, Nikkos Soldano; and sister Kandie Dick of Republic, Wash.

A rosary will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Fisher’s Funeral Home. A reception will precede the rosary from 5 to 6:45 p.m. at the Albany Senior Center. A memorial mass will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec 20, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Prosser, Wash. Inurnment will be at East Prosser Cemetery in Prosser.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Labre Indian School in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 Washington St. S.W., Albany, OR 97321.

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Donald Nordeen, husband of Catherine Agnes Ethen, 12/15/1932 - 8/21/2012

August 24, 2012

Donald “Don” Nordeen, born Dec. 15, 1932, in Dayton, Iowa, died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012 at his home in Gaylord [Michigan].

Don graduated from Iowa State University where he majored in mechanical and electrical engineering. While there he met Kate Ethen and they wed the week after graduation, 58 years ago.
Don began work with General Motors Research Laboratories in Warren. He fulfilled an ROTC obligation and served in the U.S. Army at Fort Belvoir, Va., where their first two sons, Jon and Daniel, were born. After returning to Michigan, Don went to work at General Motors as an engineer in the GM Research Labs. During that time, four more sons were born, Charles, Robert, Curtis and Gregory. Don transferred to the GM Proving Grounds in Milford, followed by a seven-year stint as a body engineer for Oldsmobile in Lansing. While there, a daughter, Patricia, was born.

In 1977, they moved to Birmingham where Don headed the air bag project for General Motors. Further assignments included group quality assurance director of Buick, Oldsmobile and Cadillac and head of GM Powertrain Division. Don was a senior examiner for the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award, a measure of excellence given by the U.S. government. In recognition he was invited to the White House a number of times. He was also the United States representative to, and chairman of, the International Committee on Manufacturing Standards. He held numerous patents and awards and in 1999 was named the Business Quality Professional of the Year. After retirement he consulted through George Washington University with national and international clients.

Moving to Gaylord and Michaywé, Don and Kate often joked that they wanted “good golf for Don and a good choir for Kate.” They found them both in Gaylord, which they grew to love. They named their home “September Song” hoping that this was where they were in their lives. They had a sign made for the front of the house which has a music staff containing the first notes of that song and on the staff are tiny golf clubs. Always active and interested in local and national events, Don was known for his op-ed pieces and his letters to the editor. He had a number of editor friends with whom he debated world events. He was a proud father and grandfather and a loving husband. Don and Kate always said they never ran out of things to talk about. In his later years, he enjoyed meeting friends in town for breakfast and a discussion of most anything.

He is survived by Kate, his wife of 58 years; six sons, Jon, Daniel, Charles, Robert, Curtis and Gregory; one daughter, Patricia; and eight grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 10 step-great-grandchildren, and too many cats and grand-cats to list.

Memorial services will be held on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at 11 a.m. from St. Mary Cathedral. The family will receive friends at the cathedral on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of services. Contributions in memory of Don Nordeen may be made to Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation, through the Nelson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord MI 49734.

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Thomas Clifford Condon, February 23, 1924 - July 02, 2012

Thomas C. Condon, 88, Rockford, died Monday in his home surrounded by his family.  Born February 23, 1924 in Rockford, son of Clifford and Lola (Hanger) Condon.  Graduated from East High School in 1942 and attended Carroll College.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.  Married Bettie Mae Herndon on March 15, 1950 and farmed the Condon family farm his entire life.  He had previously been affiliated with Kishwaukee Presbyterian Church for many years.  He was a member of Byron Masonic Lodge #274, Tebala Shrine, and the Winnebago County Farm Bureau.  He loved farming and loved his border collies. 

Survivors include his son, James Condon; daughters, Nancy (Condon) Applegate (Fred), Carol (Condon) Maples (Robert) and Laura Condon; grandchildren, Jason Applegate, Dan Applegate, Laura Applegate, John Maples, Thomas (Samantha) Maples and  great grandchild, Tylar Applegate.  Predeceased by his wife Bettie on December 4, 1978, his parents and his sister, Colleen Peacock.

A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 7, 2012 in Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Road with Rev. Randy Young officiating.  Burial in Kishwaukee Cemetery.  Visitation from 10:00 a.m. until a Masonic Service begins at 11:00 a.m.  Memorials may be made to Northern Illinois Hospice & Grief Center, 4215 Newburg Road, Rockford, IL 61108 or Byron Masonic Lodge #274, PO Box 580, Byron, IL 61010. 

Marvin (Red) Bernard Krebsbach, husband of Mary Adeline Gilles, 10/12/1924 - 4/4/2012

Stacyville, Iowa- Marvin (Red) Bernard Krebsbach, 87, died on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at the St. Ansgar Good Samaritan Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM at the Visitation Catholic Church, Stacyville, with Father Jack McClure CPPS officiating. Burial will be in the Visitation Catholic Cemetery, Stacyville. Visitation is scheduled for Monday, April 9 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Visitation Catholic Church, Stacyville, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 PM. Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home of St. Ansgar, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Marvin was born on October 12, 1924 in Union Township, Mitchell County, Iowa, northwest of Stacyville to Anton and Rose (Wingert) Krebsbach. He attended Union #2 country school for eight years and four years at Visitation High School, graduating in 1943. On June 2, 1945 he entered into the United States Army and served in active duty in France until October of 1946 when he was discharged. He was then employed by Theobald Implement in Stacyville and also worked for Hormel in Austin, Minn for a time.

Marvin was united in marriage on June 25, 1947 to Adeline Gilles. They began farming northwest of Stacyville in 1949 where they remained for forty years. In 1990 they retired to a new home in Stacyville. They were lifelong members of the Visitation Catholic Church in Stacyville. Marvin was a member of the Mitchell County Hospital Board for seventeen years. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, boating and in his later years he spent many hours building wooden replicas of farm equipment that he used during his years of farming.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Adeline in 2000; two brothers, Raymond and Eugene; an infant sister; sisters and brothers-in-law, Wilfred (Chrystal) Gilles, Wilmer (Arlis) Gilles, Rueben (Ardella) Gilles, Leo (Marian) Johnson, Vernon Gilles, Theresa Langenfeld, Daniel Gilles and Clarence Hemann.

Marvin is survived by his thirteen children; Diane Rose, Kenny, Jim (Sheryl) Krebsbach of Stacyville, Judy (Rick) Thurnau, Emily (Rod) Kuntz, Marcia (Mike) Molsberry of St. Ansgar, Marilyn (Dave) Bode of Osage, Gregg (Mindy) Krebsbach of Stacyville, Russ Krebsbach of Owatonna, MN, Roger (Tina) Krebsbach of Newburgh, In., Joleen (Gary) Pedersen of Mason City, Ia, Carolyn (Dave) Devens of St. Ansgar, and Paul (Coralie) Krebsbach of Stacyville; 38 grandchildren; 42 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; sisters-in-law; Barbara Krebsbach of Stacyville, Ardella Krebsbach of Adams, Mn, Gloria Gilles of Adams, Mn, Elizabeth Hemann of Stacyville.; brothers-in-law Greg Langenfeld of Dunlap, Ia., Paul (Gertie) Gilles of Waterloo, Ia.; many nieces and nephews.

Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home, St. Ansgar, Ia. 641-713-4920.

Denise Renee (Clapper) Powers, daughter of Dale Clapper and Janice (Milton) Clapper, 2/23/1964 - 2/16/2012

Mason City Globe Gazette, 2/18/2012

INDIAN MOUND, Tenn. - Denise Renee Powers, 47, Indian Mound, Tenn., passed away Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, at Blanchfield Army Hospital, Fort Campbell, Ky., after a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Feb. 20th, at 11 a.m. at the Dyer's Creek Church of God with the Rev. Jeff Wallace officiating. Burial will follow at the Hall Cemetery, Indian Mound, Tenn.

Visitation will be Sunday, Feb. 19th, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Anglin Funeral Home, and also 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Dyer's Creek Church of God.

Denise was born Feb. 23rd, 1964, in Clear Lake, daughter of Dale and Janice Clapper, who reside in Clear Lake. Denise had may loves including caring for her family, painting, photography and scrapbooking. She also enjoyed rescuing animals and caring for her many pets.

Denise leaves behind many loved ones including her husband, Jeff Powers; daughters, Alicia Powers and Christina Fisher; son in-law, James Fisher; granddaughters, Emma Fisher and Zoey Powers, all of Indian Mound, Tenn.; brothers, David Clapper and Chad Clapper, of Clear Lake.

Denise will be greatly missed by all those who were fortunate to have shared in her life. We know she now watches over each of her loved ones, from her special spot in heaven.

David Allen Miles
, son of John and Coke Miles, 12/11/1945 - 6/23/1011

David Allen Miles, 65, of Shalimar, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2011. A funeral mass was held at 10: a.m. Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with Monsignor Slade Crawford officiating. Burial was at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Florida.

Dave was born December 11, 1945 in Osage, Iowa, a son of the late John Dalton Miles and Mary Colleen Condon Miles.

Dave served proudly as a pilot in the United States Air Force for 30 years. Dave was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. He was a man of impeccable character and a devoted Catholic. He was passionate about flying and was a flight instructor for many years. His interests included flying, gardening, and traveling. His family remembers him as a loving and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and a great role model.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 43 years, Judith Mize Miles of Shalimar, one son: John David Miles and his wife Shawn of Jacksonville, 2 daughters: Maureen Miles Johnson and her husband, Richard of Niceville, and Elizabeth Colleen Miles Graddy and her husband Michael of Tallahassee, 7 grandchildren: Michaela, Trevor, Jacob, and Emma Rose Graddy, Katherine, Gianna , and Mary Colleen Johnson, one brother: Michael John Miles and his wife Terri of New Mexico and one sister: Patricia Miles of Oregon.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the building fund at St. Mary's Catholic Church and House of St. Joseph the Workman, 319 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32547.

Arrangements made by Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, N.E., Fort Walton Beach, Florida, 32547. 864-3361. Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at

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Marilyn E. Helfter, 10/02/1927 - 5/22/2011

NEW HAVEN - Marilyn Elizabeth Helfter, 83, of New Haven, died Sunday, May 22, 2011, at the Mitchell County Regional Health Center Emergency Room in Osage.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 26, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in New Haven with the Rev. Ray E. Atwood officiating. Burial will be at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery in New Haven.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage with a rosary at 5:30 p.m.

Marilyn was born Oct. 2, 1927, in Austin, Minn., the daughter of Loren and Frances (Kortuem) Reed. She graduated from St. Augustine Catholic High School in Austin in 1945. On April 7, 1947, she married Donald J. Helfter at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin. Marilyn was a farm wife and a homemaker. She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in New Haven and was a member of the Ladies Altar Society. Marilyn enjoyed reading, Scrabble, puzzle books, gardening, cooking, baking, and spending time with her family.

Marilyn is survived by her husband, Donald J. Helfter of New Haven; her children, Michael (Eileen) Helfter of Jasper, Ind., Frank (Joann) Helfter of Osage, Theresa (Dale) Newton of Stacyville, Ellen (Mark) Vogel of Scottsdale, Ariz., Henry Helfter of Hollandale, Minn., Mary Helfter and husband Bill Thompson of Primghar, Rebecca Helfter of Wilmington, Del., Anthony (Kristy) Helfter of New Haven; grandchildren, Todd and Ryan Helfter, Kayla Williams, Christopher Helfter, Nick Newton, Allison Schroeder, Diana Newton, Dana and Scott Vogel, Adam, Kiel and Ellen Helfter; seven great-grandchildren, a sister, Sharon Miller, and two brothers, Richard (Char) Reed and Clifton (Nancy) Reed, all of Austin, Minn.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Ken; a granddaughter, Rhonda Wagner; a great-grandson, Tyler Wagner; and a sister, Dorothy Schroeder.

Information available and condolences accepted at Funeral Home, Osage 641-732-3706.

Published in Globe Gazette from May 23 to May 24, 2011

Lloyd Milton, 6/7/1910 -  11/10/2009

Mason City Globe-Gazette online, 11/12/2009

Lloyd Milton, age, 99, a lifetime Mitchell County resident, passed away, Tuesday (Nov. 10, 2009) at the Stacyville Nursing Home.  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage with Pastor Gary Gilbert officiating. Burial will be at the Little Cedar Cemetery. Visitation is from 6:30-8 p.m. Friday at Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage.

Lloyd was born June 7, 1910, on the family farm near Little Cedar, the son of Henry H. and Agnes (Mitchell) Milton. He attended Little Cedar Schools and graduated in the class of 1928. Lloyd married Sigrun Loden, the daughter of Erick and Dina Loden, on April 9, 1939, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. They raised three sons, H. E. (Gene), Gary and Robert. Lloyd farmed for many years, near Little Cedar on the family Century Farm, before moving to Osage in the fall of 2002. Lloyd is survived by his sons, Gene (Bonnie) Milton of Washburn, Gary (Barbara) Milton of Apple Valley, Minn., Robert (Linda) Milton of Glendale, Ariz.; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 49 years, Sigrun; a sister, Laura Ethen; and brothers, William, Leslie, and Maurice Milton.

Arrangements are by Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home, 641-732-3706.

John J. “Jack” Little, 3/19/1935 - 4/28/2009

Jack Little, 74, died Tuesday at his home in Albany surrounded by his family. His death followed quickly after the diagnosis of cancer. His wife and children were able to maintain a constant vigil his last week with one or another holding his hand and talking to him.

He was born on St. Joseph's Day in Walla Walla, Wash., to Roy and Edith (Champoux) Little. When he was baptized at St. Patrick's Church in Walla Walla, he was given the name "John Joseph," but he would forever be "Jack." He often quipped that only insurance men called him John.

Jack's parents owned and operated Little's Drugs, and Jack was very proud of the fact that he went to work at the store for his parents at the age of 12. By the time he was 13 he had graduated to making home deliveries on his bicycle. Since the pharmacy was located in the lower end of Walla Walla, Jack loved to tell that his first job was delivering medicines and perfumes to the ladies who lived in the rooms upstairs.

Jack attended St. Patrick's Grade School and High School and graduated in 1953. The following fall he sold his car for $7 and his bicycle for $10 and left for Washington State College. He joined the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity and made life-long friends during his time there. He played on the WSC golf team and lettered three years.

Following graduation from Washington State in 1957 and realizing that the Army would soon be looking for him, Jack searched out a short-term job. He found the perfect one when a large clinic in Honolulu, Hawaii, needed a pharmacist for six months. To hear him tell it, for six months he worked with a wonderful group of people, escorted all the single young lady tourists, and got sun-burned every day. During his enlistment in the Army, he was a medic giving shots and filling medications for the men stationed in the ring of missile defenses which surrounded Los Angeles. He loved to point out that he successfully protected beautiful downtown L.A. - during peace time.

When he and the Army gratefully went their separate ways, Jack returned to eastern Washington. He was not ready to settle down, and knowing the plight of small town druggists, Jack worked the next couple of years as a relief man. Having been raised in a small pharmacy, he was able to walk in and take over for vacation-starved owners - many of whom were old friends of his father.

While working at a small drug store in Prosser, Wash., he made the mistake of selling a camera to a particular lady customer. He and Mary Ann Bonifas were married in Prosser on May 19, 1962. They made their first home in Vancouver, Wash., and remained there for 16 years. Jack worked for Hi-School Pharmacy as well as a small independent pharmacy, the hospital and a nursing home.

Jack and Mary Ann were members of St. Joseph's Church, where their growing family attended school and Jack was the president of the Parish Council.

In 1978, Jack bought Ervin's Drugs in Albany and his children delighted in telling everyone that their father pedaled drugs on the corner of Santiam and Pacific. Later he would buy a second store, Ervin's Drugs West. After selling the original store, he operated Ervin's Drugs West as a small professional pharmacy until his retirement in 2000. Jack put his whole heart into creating a small-town, friendly pharmacy and established close ties with many, many of his customers. While he had no regrets when the time came for him to retire, many of his friends and customers were bereft at losing their source of good and not-so-good stories. To celebrate the end of 53 years in the business, Jack rented a top hat and tails and wore the costume to work the last two days on the job.

Almost before the ink was dry on the sale of his store, he and Mary Ann bought an R.V. and headed out. Accompanied by one cat or another, they traveled to 50 states (only 48 in the R.V.) and nine provinces. They made nine trips across country from coast to coast and visited air museums from Seattle to Pensacola. Jack was particularly eager to visit the villages of Quebec where his family had settled in the early 1600s.

Jack enjoyed his golf but had to give it up because of arthritis. As a child he had learned the basic skills of woodworking, and he concentrated on what he called "making piles of sawdust." He created rocking chairs, up-right chairs, tables, chests, beds, highboys, desks and many rolling pins. His chief aim was to create one unique item for each of his children. He accomplished that last fall.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Edith Little; sister Mary Jane Aylward; and infant son John.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; seven children, Kathryn Soldano of Yakima, Wash., Patrice and husband Jordan Cowman of Eugene, Joseph and wife Ann of Salem, Stephen and wife Jody of Portland, Alaine Little of Portland, Anthony and wife Monique of Wilsonville, and Regan and husband Brad Fields of Salem; 16 grandchildren, Christopher, Michaela and Alex Soldano, Jameson, Taylor, Benjamin and Alea Cowman, Allison and Ryan Little, Mathew and Cameron Little, and Maxwell and Olivia Fields; one great-grandson, Nikkos Soldano; brother-in-law James Aylward and wife Joyce; nephews and nieces Patrick Aylward and wife Peggy, John Aylward and wife Jennifer, Colleen Aylward, and Janie and husband Jon Anderson; three aunts, Rags Little of Longview, Wash., Bev Champoux of Yakima, and Rita Champoux of Las Vegas; numerous cousins scattered throughout Washington and beyond; and his cat, Oscar.

A recitation of the rosary will be at 7 p.m. Monday at Fisher Funeral Home in Albany. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Albany. Burial will be at 11 a.m. May 8 at East Prosser Cemetery in Prosser.

Memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan Evergreen Hospice, and sent in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 Washington St. S.W., Albany, OR 97321 (

[Note:  Jack was the husband of Mary Ann Little, who is the great-granddaughter of Mary Ann Condon Leonard--a daughter of Michael Condon.  Mary Ann Little has been an important contributor to my genealogy web site.]

Claire Schoenborn, wife of Don Schoenborn, 4/26/1929 - 4/28/2009

Mitchell County Press-News, Story created Apr 29, 2009 - 13:27:14 CDT.

Claire Rosenquist Schoenborn, age 80, of Osage, died Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 1, 2009, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Osage with Rev. John Moser officiating. Visitation is from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage with a scripture wake service at 7:30 p.m. Private inurnment services will be held at St. Peter's Cemetery in New Haven.

Claire was born in Seattle, Washington, to Arthur and Selma (Krogstad) Rosenquist on April 26, 1929. The family moved to Osage in 1931, where Claire attended school, graduating in 1947. Following graduation, she worked at the local telephone company. Claire was united in marriage to Donald Schoenborn at St. Edward's Church Rectory in Sioux City, Iowa, on May 29, 1947. They had five children: Pamela, Carol, Geri, Mary Kay and Edward. Claire retired in 1997 after 27 years with the Mitchell County Home Health Service. She was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Amercan Legion Auxiliary, V.F.W. Auxiliary, past officer of the Family and Friends Association of Opportunity Village, a volunteer at Faith Home, and a former mentor in the Bridges Mentoring Program.

Claire is survived by three daughters, Carol Grimm of Osage; Geri (Darwin) Thompson of St. Ansgar; Mary Kay Schoenborn of Clear Lake; one son, Edward (Janna) Schoenborn of Santee, California; eight grandchildren, Vicki (Kenny) Low, Heath (Angela) Grimm and Chris Grimm, Kyle and Erin Thompson, Derek, Kayla and Dane Schoenborn; five great-grandchildren, Stephanie, Allison and Ryan Low, Emma and Leah Grimm; one brother, Richard (Jill) Rosenquist of Sebastopol, California; a brother-in-law, Lionel Eubanks of Chicago, Illinois; one nephew and four nieces.

Preceding her in death was her husband, Donald, in 2005; an infant daughter, Pamela; her parents, Arthur and Selma Rosenquist; an infant brother, Dale; her son-in-law, Ralph Grimm; and a sister-in-law, Irma Eubanks.

Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home, Osage, (641) 732-3706.

David M. Pagan, Jr. father of Candida Pagan, former husband of Nancy (Condon) Pagan 8/25/1951 - 1/30/2009

PAGAN David M. Pagan, Jr., age 57, passed away on Friday, Jan. 30 at Canon Hospice. Son of David Pagan and Haydee Maldonado. He was a Vietnam Veteran. Survived by daughter, Candida Pagan. Brother of Netzida Vasquez, Nelly Maldonado and Milton Pagan, nephew of Milton Maldonado. He is also survived by his devoted friends, whom he loved as family. Burial will be private. In memory of Mr. Pagan, please make donations to: Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45205 or Canon Hospice. Boyd-Brooks Funeral Service, LLC 3245 Gentilly Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70122 (504) 282-120.

John Dalton Miles, husband of Mary Colleen "Coke" Condon - 5/19/1921 - 8/20/2008

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated 11 a.m. Saturday August 23, 2008 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in New Haven, Iowa, for John D. Miles, who entered into eternal life August 20, 2008. Visitation with the family will begin one hour prior to the service. A graveside committal service with full military honors will be held 9 a.m. Monday August 25, 2008 at Rock Island National Cemetery in Rock Island Il.

John was born May 19, 1921 to Glen and Thelma (Jones) Miles. John graduated from Riceville High School in 1938. He married Mary Colleen "Coke" (Condon) April 15, 1944 in Reno NV.

He entered military service during WWII, retiring as a First Sergeant after a twenty year Air Force career. John was the proprietor of the New Haven Tavern following his military career. He operated the tavern through 1985 when he and Coke closed the tavern to retire together.

John will be missed by his children; Patricia, Dave and Mike Miles, his 5 grandchildren; John David, Maureen, Elizabeth Colleen, Grace and David Michael, 6 great-grandchildren and 3 sisters; Erma Jean Downs, Eleanor Bower and Konnie Russell.

He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Colleen.

John was a long time member of St. Peter's Catholic Church and the New Haven community. Memorial contributions are directed to St. Peter Catholic Church building fund. Condolences may also be sent to the family at

Pursel-Davis Funeral Home is in charge of caring for John and his family.

Robert J. "Bob" Ethen, son of Frank Xavier Ethen - 6/15/1923 - 3/17/2008

Bob Ethen 

Ethen, Robert J. "Bob" age 84 of Roseville [Minnesota] died peacefully on St. Patrick's Day. Bob was a Charter Member of Roseville Knights of Columbus Council # 4021, 45 year employee of Murphy Motor Freight, WWII Army Veteran, and longtime member of St. Rose & St. Agnes Mens' Clubs.

Preceded in death by: his parents Frank & Anna McNamara Ethen; and infant son Michael. Survived by: Norma, his beloved wife of 59 years; daughters Patricia (J.R.) Loman, Mary Ethen (Joe Gojmerac), Barbara (Frank) Heimstead, Kathleen (Rick) Butterfield, & Deborah Drazek (Rick Hopkins); sons Thomas, Donald (Mary Elizabeth) & Robert (Carla); 22 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; nieces; nephews; & sister-in-law Mary (Bill) Gray.

Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Wednesday March 19, 2008 at ST. ROSE of LIMA Catholic Church. Private Interment Ft. Snelling.

Bernice Pauline (Gilles) Helfter, 11/30/1904 - 7/8/2007

NEW HAVEN - Bernice Pauline Helfter, age 102, of New Haven, died Sunday (July 8, 2007) at the Faith Home in Osage.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 11, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in New Haven, with the Rev. Ray E. Atwood, officiating. Burial will be at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery, in New Haven.

Visitation will be from 4:30 until 8 p.m., today at the Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home, in Osage, where there will be a scripture wake service at 5 p.m., and a rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. There will be a time for sharing of memories after the rosary. Visitation will continue one hour before services at the church.

Bernice was born on Nov. 30, 1904, at New Haven, the daughter, of Mease and Anna (Kleckner) Gilles. She attended and graduated from St. Mary's Academy at New Haven, and then attended the Cedar Valley Seminary in Osage. Bernice was united in marriage to Lorenz P. Helfter, in 1924, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in New Haven. They lived in Ogden, Utah, for four years. They then moved back to New Haven, where she resided for the remainder of her life. Bernice worked at Pohle's Drug Store in Osage, and at the Helfter and Carroll Grocery Store in New Haven. She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, and St. Peter's Altar Society.

Bernice is survived by four children: Donald (Marilyn) Helfter, of New Haven, Joan (Jim) Yarwood, of Rockford, Ill., Marilyn (Herb) Johanns, of New Haven, and Robert (Miranda) Helfter, of Oak Island, N.C.; 18 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lorenz P. Helfter; a stillborn son, Edward Helfter; a son, Larry Helfter; a grandson, Kenneth Helfter; a great-granddaughter; and a great-great-grandson.

Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home, Osage, 641-732-3706.
Published in Globe Gazette from July 9 to July 10, 2007

Gary Kleckner, son of Robert Kleckner - 3/14/1941 - 12/26/2006

A Memorial Mass for Gary Kleckner, age 65, of Des Moines, and formerly of St. Ansgar, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 6, 2007, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Osage, Iowa, with Rev. John Moser officiating. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5 - 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5th at the Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage where there will be a scripture service at 7 p.m. Gary was cremated. Inurnment will at the St. Ansgar Cemetery with military honors at the grave by St. Ansgar American Legion Post 358. Gary passed away Tuesday, December 26, 2006, at his residence in Des Moines.

Gary was born March 14, 1941, to Robert and Frances (Rogers) Kleckner at Osage, Iowa. He attended school in Little Cedar and St. Ansgar. He graduated from St. Ansgar High School in 1958. Gary attended Loras College and Iowa State University. He joined the U.S. Army in 1961. Gary served in Korea for 18 months and volunteered to serve at Camp Century, an experimental camp near the North Pole. The camp was 30 feet under the ice and Gary operated a caterpillar on wooden tracks. Following his army services, he worked in the insurance business in Illinois for several years. He retired to the V.A. home in Marshalltown, Iowa, due to ill health.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Kleckner; a nephew, James Kleckner; one great-niece; and two great-nephews.

Gary is survived by his mother, Frances Kleckner of St. Ansgar; two brothers, Douglas Kleckner of St. Ansgar, Bruce (Joan) Kleckner of Fresno, Calif.; three sisters, Sandra (Lynn) Anderson of Antioch, Ill., Jean (Jim) White of Fullerton, Calif., Carolyn (Kelly) Williams of Austin, Minn., and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home 641-732-3706.

Maurice J. Kleckner, son of Ernest Kleckner - 2/2/1020 - 9/30/2006

St. Ansgar-- Maurice J. Kleckner, 86, died Saturday, September 30,2006 after a brief stay in Mercy Hospital.

Memorial services were held Friday, October 6, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at Visitation Catholic Church, Stacyville, with Rev. John Moser officiating. Burial was in St. Ansgar Cemetery.

Maurice was born February 2, 1920 in New Haven, Iowa, the son of Ernest J. and Florence (Fox) Kleckner. He was baptized at St. Peter Catholic Church, New Haven, confirmed and married at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Osage.

Maurice enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1939 and served six years. He obtained the rank of Chief Petty Officer and was honorably discharged in 1945. He was assigned to the U.S.S. Helena and was a Pearl Harbor survivor. He stayed with the Helena until it was sunk during the Battle of Kula Gulf in the south Pacific. Maurice was extremely patriotic and his service to his country was one of his valued accomplishments.

On May 7, 1949, he married Leona Pattyn and six children were born of their union. They made their home on a farm near St. Ansgar. He received extreme satisfaction from cultivating the land to support his family. In his free time Maurice enjoyed fishing, cards and visiting with friends. His greatest pleasure was his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Adrian, Arnie, Bob and Ray; and two sisters Helen and Patricia.

Maurice is survived by his wife of 57 years, Leona, his six children, Mark, Steve (Janet), Nancy (Tom) Schrag, Ernie (Mary), Sally (Bob) Hertel and Patrick (Marianne); ten grandchildren, Matthew, Luke, Christina, John and Emily Kleckner, Adam and Spencer Schrag and Jess, Jenny and Jackson Hertel, one great granddaughter Madelyn; two brothers, Jim and Bill Kleckner and two sisters Bernice Paulson and Mary Schwable.

Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home, St. Ansgar was in charge of arrangements. (641) 713-4920.

Marlin W. Havig, husband of Elaine Kleckner - 8/15/1917 - 8/18/2006

Mass of Christian Burial for Marlin W. Havig, age 89, of Osage, was held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 21, 2006, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Osage with Rev. John Moser officiating. Burial was at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery with military graveside services by Osage American Legion Post 278. Marlin died Friday, August 18, 2006, at the Osage Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Marlin was born August 15, 1917, in Osage, the son of Martin and Olive (Woodiwiss) Havig. He graduated from Osage High School. Marlin was united in marriage to Elaine Kleckner on August 14, 1940, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in New Haven. He served in the U.S. Army with the 101st Airborne during World War II. He was wounded on Christmas Eve, 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge. After returning from the service, he farmed and was a rural mail carrier, retiring at age 65. Marlin was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Osage American Legion Post 278, Osage V.F.W. Post #7920 and Disabled American Veterans of Mason City. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing and coin collecting.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Allene Ludgate, Doris Denning and Gloria Bucknell; and a son-in-law Walter Hungate.

Marlin is survived by his wife, Elaine Havig of Osage; three daughters, Judi (Don) Oudekerk of Buffalo, Minn., Janet (Gerald) Grimm of Mitchell, and Mary Howell of Warrenville, Ill.; a son James (Becci) Havig of Mason City; a sister Marguerite (Sylvan) Tosel of Mason City; a brother Wayland (Anita) Havig of Davenport; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren three step-grandchildren and five step great-grandchildren.

Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home, Osage, (641) 732-3706.

Agnes Catherine Kleckner, wife of Adrian Kleckner - 10/28/1916 - 3/13/2006

Funeral services for Agnes Catherine Kleckner, age 89, of Osage, were held Saturday, March 18, 2006, at the Champion- Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage with Rev. John Moser officiating. Burial was at St Peter's Catholic Cemetery at New Haven. Agnes died Monday March 13, 2006, at the Osage Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Osage.

Agnes was born October 28, 1916, to James and Emma (Aurenger) Dargan in Riceville. She graduated from Riceville High School in 1935. On June 15, 1937, she married Adrian E. Kleckner at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Riceville, making their home in Osage. Agnes was a homemaker and was also involved with her husband's business, known as Kleckner Excavating and later known as Kleckner and Hartwig Excavating and Tiling. She also worked part time at local businesses in Osage. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Guild, Women's Bowling League, and also worked many years on the Election Board, which she always looked forward to. Raising a large family she always had challenges for her children when they came home from school, such as a word of the day, spelling and meaning, and looking up subjects in the encyclopedia. Agnes was a great cook and had a tremendous sense of humor, she enjoyed entertaining the kids in song and dance.

She was preceded in death by her husband Adrian, her parents, three brothers, two sisters, and one grandson.

Agnes is survived by her children, Mary A. Thomas of Loveland, Colo., Patricia A. Humphrey of Le Roy, Minn., Adrian E. Kleckner of Des Moines, Jane E. Dahley of Wellington, Colo., Timothy J. Kleckner (Kay) of Algona, Thomas M. Kleckner of Johnstown, Colo., Jody K. Benzel (Bob) of Fort Collins, Colo., Brian A. Kleckner (Scheryl) of Newton, and Tracy S. Kleckner (Terri) of Osage; 24 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; a sister Rosemary Kinter of Des Moines; a brother Paul Dargan of Seattle, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements made by Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home, Osage, (641) 732-3706.

It's with sadness that I report the death of my father, William (Bill) Condon.  He was diagnosed with prostate cancer just before Christmas of 2003, and patiently endured various treatments over the next couple of years.  The hormone and radiation therapies may have prolonged his life, but eventually the cancer spread elsewhere.   He was in relatively good health through Christmas, 2005, but after Christmas his health declined quickly and he was admitted to a hospice room at the Osage, Iowa hospital on January 6th, when we could no longer care for him at home.  The family was with him continuously while he was in hospice, and he died peacefully at 9:30 pm on January 9th, 2006.

The following obituary was published in the Mitchell County [Iowa] Press News:

William Condon, 2/4/1927 - 1/9/2006

Posted Jan. 18, 2006

Funeral services for William Condon, age 78, of New Haven, were held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in New Haven, with Rev. Ray E. Atwood officiating.

Inurnment was at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery in New Haven, with Military Honors at the grave by Osage American Legion Post 278. William died Monday, Jan. 9, 2006, at the Mitchell County Regional Health Center Hospice Unit in Osage, of complications due to cancer. Memorials may be given to Hospice of North Iowa or St. Peter's Catholic Church in New Haven.

William Condon was born February 4, 1927, in New Haven, Iowa, to Maurice and Isabelle (Kleckner) Condon. Bill served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

On February 18, 1950, he married Betty Ethen in Stacyville, Iowa. He was in business with Jim McCarthy and Claire Condon in the New Haven Livestock. Later, he owned Condon Brothers Trucking, with his brothers, Claire and Jack. Bill was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in New Haven and the American Legion in Osage.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Claire and Jack Condon; and his sister, Colleen Miles.

Bill is survived by his wife Betty Condon of New Haven; three sons, Steve (Ruth) Condon of Golden, Colo., Mark (Ning) Condon of Savage, Minn., and Scott (Ann) Condon of Carbondale, Colo.; two daughters, Carol Condon of Colville, Wash., and Nancy Pagan of Mason City; six grandchildren; two brothers, Jerome (Martha) Condon of Bella Vista, Ark., and Dick (Doris) Condon of Chandler, Ariz.; and a brother-in-law John Miles of Marshalltown.

Arrangements made by Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home, Osage (641) 732-3706

Alma (Brandt) Sweeney, daughter of Peter D. Brandt and Evelyn (Kleckner) Brandt - 11/20/1915 - 11/15/2005

NEW HAVEN - Alma G. Sweeney, 89, of New Haven, died Tuesday (Nov. 15, 2005) at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City.

Alma was born Nov. 20, 1915, in Douglas Township, Mitchell County, Iowa, to Peter D. and Evelyn E. (Kleckner) Brandt. She was united in marriage to Clarence Mellen Sweeney on Aug. 12, 1931, in Waterloo, Iowa. Alma and Clarence farmed all of their lives north of New Haven. Alma was a lifelong member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in New Haven and a member of St. Peter's Altar Society, where she was a past president. Alma was also a member of the NABA Women's Life Organization.

She was a very social person, enjoying card clubs and bus trips. Alma loved sewing, cooking and gardening, especially her rose garden. She loved politics and was very adamant about her views. Plans were in the making for her 90th birthday on Nov. 20. Alma squeezed every bit of enjoyment out of life.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday at St. Peter's Catholic Church in New Haven with the Rev. Ray E. Atwood officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery in New Haven.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage, where there will be a scripture service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour before services on Friday at the church.

Alma is survived by a daughter, LaVonne (Jim) Regan of Avon, Ind., and her three sons, Douglas, David, and Thomas Johnson; two sons, Gene (Dorthy) Sweeney of New Haven, and their children, Coreen, Brett, Michele, Sean, Gale and Ivy, and Don (Sue) Sweeney of New Haven and their children, Angela, Melissa and Christopher; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Peter and Evelyn Brandt; her husband, Clarence Sweeney, in January 2001, and her sister, Betty Guthart, and Betty's husband, Wendell Guthart.

Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home, (641) 732-3706.

Dan McCarthey, husband of Rosemary (Gilles) McCarthy, 8/26/1912 - 10/7/2005

Daniel Damian McCarthy

OSAGE — Daniel Damian McCarthy, age 93, of Osage, died Friday (Oct. 7, 2005) at the Osage Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in New Haven with the Rev. John Moser officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in New Haven.

Visitation will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage, where there will be a Scripture service at 6 p.m., and one hour before services at the church on Wednesday.

Dan was born Aug. 26, 1912, on a farm northeast of New Haven, the son of William and Mary (Brandt) McCarthy. He attended rural schools in the New Haven area to the sixth grade, sixth through 10th grade at St. Mary’s in New Haven, and graduated from Osage High School in 1930.

Dan was united in marriage to Rosemary C. Gilles at St Peter’s Catholic Church in New Haven on Sept. 19, 1944. He along with his brother, Richard McCarthy, farmed the family farm northeast of New Haven until his retirement in 1981. He and Rosemary then moved to Osage.

Dan was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus in Osage and St. Peter’s Catholic Church in New Haven. He also was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Osage during his retirement.

Dan is survived by his wife, Rosemary, of Osage; three daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Ervin (Pete) Hagen of Osage, Carmen and Ben Johansen of Denver, Colo., and Karen and Dwaine Heimer of Stacyville; one brother, Richard McCarthy of Osage; and one sister, Catherine Hatton, and her husband, William, of Denver, Colo. He is also survived by grandchildren, Todd Miller and his wife, Patti, of rural Osage, Erik Loften of Washington, D.C., Brian Heimer of Iowa City, and Kristy Heimer of Stacyville; three step-grandchildren, four great-granddaughters; two step-great-grandchildren and and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Mercedes Slater; and one brother, James McCarthy.

Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home (641) 732-3706.

Maurice V. Milton, 10/11/1913 - 1/6/2005

Maurice V. Milton, 91, of Mason City, died Thursday (January 6, 2005) at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit. A funeral service will be held at 1:00PM Thursday, (January 13, 2005) at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave. with Rev. Larry Day officiating. Interment will be in Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery. Full military rites will be conducted by the Mason City Veterans Memorial Association. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Wednesday at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Avenue. Memorials may be directed to the Maurice Milton fund.

Maurice was born October 11, 1913 in Little Cedar, Iowa the son of Henry and Agnes (Mitchell) Milton. He grew up on a farm west of Little Cedar, Iowa where he enjoyed many fond memories with his siblings. After graduating from Little Cedar Consolidated High School he worked for Standard Oil, before being drafted into the Army in 1941. Upon completion of boot camp he married Teresa Brattrud in Rolla, Missouri. He served in the Army Corp. of Engineers in Alaska helping to build the Alcan Highway and in the Aluetion Islands. After returning home from the Army he worked as an Oil Distributor in Jesup, Iowa for five years before moving to Marble Rock in 1951 where he worked for Oliver Tractors in Charles City for 8 years. He then moved to the Manly area where he farmed until 1964, then moving to Mason City to work for the Globe Gazette Newspaper until his retirement. After retirement Maurice worked his summers at the I-35 Rest Area Information Center. Maurice was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church, Moose Lodge, and the River City Squares and Balance and Swing Square Dance Club.

Maurice is survived by his daughter, Janice and husband Dale Clapper of Clear Lake; granddaughter, Denise and husband Jeff Powers of Indian Mound, Tennessee; grandsons, David Clapper and wife Christine and Chad Clapper and wife Angela, both of Clear Lake; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Loyd Milton of Osage, and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, William and Leslie Milton and sister, Laura Ethan [Ethen].

Fr. Roscoe L. Finnegan, son of Sophie Ethen Finnegan, 7/15/1922 - 12/4/2004

Fr. Roscoe L. Finnegan, 82, of Las Cruces, died Saturday, December 4, 2004, at Mountain View Regional Medical Center. Fr. Finnegan was born July 15, 1922, in Richmond, MN to Roscoe and Sophie Finnegan. Father was ordained in 1947 at the St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, MN.

On April 15, 1955 he entered the Minnesota Army National Guard where he was assigned as an Assistent Division Chaplain with the 47th Infantry Division. He then entered active duty as Army Chaplain assigned to Ft. Belvoir, VA on July 1, 1957. Father retired as a Colonel after 20 years of honorable service to his country in 1977 having served his country during the Viet Nam Era. While in the service he was awarded the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 1st Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal as well as a host of other medals and awards.

He will be deeply missed by his family and all his many friends who know and loved him.

A Memorial Funeral Mass will be at 6:00PM on Monday, January 10, 2005, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Tortugas, NM with Fr. Donald Adamski, Conv., O.F.M. officiating.

At his request, cremation has taken place and cremains will be laid to rest with his parents in Norwood, MN.

Lorenz G. "Larry" Helfter, son of Lorenz P. Helfter and Bernice P. (Gilles) Helfter - 7/6/1928 - 7/28/2004

Larry's obituary from the Mitchell County [Iowa] Press News:

    A memorial service for Lorenz G. "Larry" Helfter, age 75, who died July 28, 2004 in Grand Junction, Colo. was held Monday, Aug. 2 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Grand Junction, Colo.  There will be a funeral mass at St. Peter's Church in New Haven at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 6.  A meeting with the family will be before the mass, at 10 a.m.  Burial is in St. Peter's Cemetery, New Haven, Iowa.

    Lorenz was born July 6, 1928 in Ogden, Utah.  He retired after 30 plus years with the Upjohn Company and spent the last several years working with the Community Soup Kitchen in Grand Junction and was a devoted member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grand Junction.

    Larry died as a believer in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.  Larry's devotion to his faith was obvious to anyone who met him.  He traveled many miles on his recumbent bike to administer communion and God's message to those in need.  Larry also made numerous trips during the year to visit his 99-year-old mother Bernice in Osage, Iowa.

    Lorenz is survived by his wife of 51 years, Doris M. Helfter of Pueblo West, Colo.  And children Phil (Celeste) and grandson, Matthew Helfter of Pueblo; Peter (Loraine) Helfter of Pueblo West and David Helfter of Aurora, Colo.  He is also survived by his mother Bernice Helfter, brother Don (Marilyn) Helfter; sister Marilyn (Herb) Johanns of Osage, sister Joanne (Jim) Yarwood, of Rockford, Ill. and brother Bob (Miranda) Helfter of Oak Island, N.C.

    Callahan Edfast Mortuary, Grand Junction, Colo., had charge of arrangements.

Mary A. Ethen, 2nd wife of Louis J. Ethen - 6/23/1915 - 8/20/2004

Mary's obituary from the Mitchell County [Iowa] Press News:

 Mary A. Ethen, 89, of the Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community in Waverly, Iowa, died Friday, Aug. 20, 2004, at the Bartels Lutheran Home of natural causes.

  Private Family Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Osage, Iowa, with Rev. Mark Reasoner officiating.  Burial of her remains will be in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetary in Osage.  There will be no visitation, Mary's body has been cremated.

 Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly is assisting the family with arrangements, 352-1187.

 Mary was born on June 23, 1915, in Stacyville, Iowa, the daughther of Frank and Beatrice (Curry) Hovel.  She attended the Stacyville Visitation Academy through 12th grade.  She was united in marriage to Richard V. Coonradt and the couple made their home in Osage, Iowa, where she worked as a teller for the Osage Farmers Bank.  Richard died in 1952 and in 1963, she was united in marriage to Louis J. Ethen in St. Paul, Minn.  The couple made their home in Stacyville and later moved to Waverly, Iowa.  Louis died on Nov. 11, 1998, and in March of 1999, Mary became a resident of the Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community.

 Mary was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers.

Her survivors include three step-daughters and one step-son, Elizabeth (Betty) Condon and her husband, Bill, of New Haven, Iowa; Catherine Nordeen and her husband, Donald, of Gaylord, Mich.; Barbara Quinn and her husband, Jim, of Oceanside, Calif.; and Richard Ethen and his wife, Jane, of Illinois; 19 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

James Condon Burke, son of Edmund W. Burke and Nina D. (Condon) Burke - 2/27/1926 - 8/27/2004

James Condon Burke, while traveling to visit family and attend his high school reunion in Iowa, died in his sleep Friday, Aug. 27, 2004.  He was 78 years old and preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Dolores Holland Burke; his parents Doc and Nina Burke; and his brother Dr. Ed Burke.  Surviving him are four children, Ed Burke of Plano, Texas, Peggy Huffstutler of Hollister, Calif., Diana Burke-Ross of Elkins, W.Va., and Joe Burke of Round Rock Texas; their spouses; nine grandchildren; his brother-in-law, Ed Holland of St. Louis; his sister-in-law, Max Burke of Adel; and their families.

Jim served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, graduated from the University of Iowa with a MS degree in zoology, and worked as the chief parasitologist for the U.S. Army, responsible for research, teachings, and personnel in the tropical medicine field.  He operated laboratories in Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Brazil, Malaysia, Kenya, the Congo, Panama, Germany, Texas, and Washington, D.C.  He established a Global Medicine Course, served as commanding officer for laboratories throughout Latin America, and taught preventative medicine and internal medicine to Special Forces troops prior to war deployment.  He also taught short courses for the U.S. Air Force, Temple University and Johns Hopkins University.  In retirement, he and Dolores enjoyed worldwide travel.

Graveside services were 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, with full military honors.
Porter Loring Mortuary North, San Antonio, was in charge of arrangements.

Jeanne A. (Spoden) Ziehl, daughter of Anton and Rose (Ethen) Engelhard - 6/24/1926 - 6/27/2003

Joseph Schmardel, husband of Shirley Englehard Schmardel (daughter of Anton and Rose (Ethen) Englehard) - July, 2003

Betty (Hasselberger) Englehard, wife of Richard Englehard (son of Anton and Rose (Ethen) Englehard) -October, 2003

Margaret (Wright) Schaub, daughter of Margaret (Mitchell) Schaub and Edward Wright - 1/12/1904 - 12/10/2003

Margaret was the grand-daughter of Alexander Mitchell (1853-1935) and Agnes Stewart Liston (1852-1933).  She was a niece of my great-grandmother, Agnes (Mitchell) Milton.  She had an avid interest in the Mitchell and Liston family histories, and provided me with important information.  She is survived by a daughter and two sons.

Here is Margaret's obituary from the Mitchell County [Iowa] Press News:

Margaret Gladys (Wright) Schaub--Funeral services for Margaret Gladys (Wright) Schaub were held on Tuesday, Dec., 16 at the United Methodist Church in Northwood.  The Reverend Richard Jensen officiated.  Burial was in Sunset Rest Cemetary in Northwood.  Margaret died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003 at the Luthern Retirement Home in Northwood.

Margaret Schaub was born Jan. 12, 1904 in Northwood [Iowa] to Edward D. & M. Julia (Mitchell) Wright.  She attended schools in Iowa, Washington and Minnesota.  She attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls and taught several years in Worth County Schools.

She married Earl D. Schaub of Kensett on Nov. 28, 1927 in Motley, MN.  Margaret was active in 4-H, Red Cross, United Methodist Church women's organizations and Eastern Star.  Margaret loved to paint and used her talent to make beautiful hand-painted china plates, porcelain dolls and ceramics.  She loved gardening and had done extensive research on her family history.  Margaret lived in her own home until October 2003 and was looking forward to her 100th birthday party with family and friends.
She was proceeded in death by her husband, her parents, sons Roger Schaub in infancy and Russell Schaub in 2003, her brother Donald Wright and brother-in-law Elmer Helgeland.
Margaret's survivors include her daughter Ruth (Albert) Robb of Northwood, sons Kenneth (Karen) Schaub of Austin, MN, James (Carol) Schaub of Northwood and daughter-in-law Joan Schaub of Westfield Center, Ohio.
Other survivors include her sister Dorothy Helgeland,  sister-in-law Edith Wright, grandchildren Julie (Peter) Faria, Penny Robb, Dan (Julie) Robb, Mary (CK) Christianson, tracy (Jeannie) Robb, Kasey (Sharon) Schaub, Tina Schaub and Chuck Schubert, Mat (Dana) Schaub, Heather (Jared) Brown, Diana Schaub, Kathy (Stephen) Rudolph, great-grandchildren Michael Mogk, Isaac (Jenn) Mogk, Calsee Robb, Tyson Robb, Bryan Christianson, Kerby Christianson, Jacob Robb, Katie Brown, Kimberly Brown and Karter Schaub, great-great grandsons Garrick and Damon Mogk.  There are also several step-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.
Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home, St. Ansgar and Northwood, had charge of arrangements.

Keith Jerome Dunlay, son of Tillie (Kleckner) Dunlay - 06/06/1925 - 02/26/2002

Teresa Arlene (Bratrude) Milton, wife of Maurice Milton, 03/04/1914 - 03/09/2002

Francis Xavier Ethen, son of Andrew and Gertrude Ethen, 08/14/1937 - 03/18/2002

Dennis Joseph Ethen, son of Stephen Ethen,  06/08/1936 - 04/18/2002

Leslie Henry Milton, son of Henry H. Milton - 12/23/1905 - 10/18/2002

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