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October 30, 1921 - July 21, 2014
Islea was born October 30, 1921 near Gilmore City, Iowa to her parents, John George Ricklefs and Myrtle Christina Bendixen Ricklefs. They moved to the Palmer area where Islea attended country school until third grade. They then moved to a farm south of Rolfe and she attended country school in Garfield Township. She attended high school at Rolfe, graduating as valedictorian in 1939. She graduated from Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls (now UNI) and taught first and second grades at Rembrandt and Rolfe as well as served as a substitute teacher many years. On August 5, 1942, she married Gerald Graeber at Foster Field Army Air Base Chapel in Victoria, Texas. They lived in Florida, Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma and Arizona while Gerald was stationed at air bases and trained fighter pilots during World War II. They returned to Rolfe, Iowa in 1947 to farm. In 1959, they moved to the farm at West Bend, Iowa and upon retirement in 1983, moved to Spencer, Iowa. Throughout her life Islea was an advocate for the importance of education and leadership. In
addition to her teaching profession, she demonstrated this by being a scout leader, Sunday School and Bible School teacher, 4-H leader, and school Music Mother. Her organizational skills and attention to detail were unmatched. She will be remembered for her creativity which was evidenced in her stylish
entertaining, the clothes she expertly sewed for the family, the crafts she made, the flower arrangements and décor that graced her home, and her clever word-smithing of special messages to those she loved. Her favorite pastimes were accounting, gardening, cooking, playing bridge, couples dancing, attending Okoboji Summer Theater, music events, traveling in the motor home, and parenting.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Gerald (Jerry) Graeber of Spencer, IA; son, Steven Graeberof Evergreen, CO; daughter, Marsha and Dick Swanson of Spirit Lake, IA; granddaughter, Heather Swanson of Denver, CO; sister, Berniece Sedlacek of Elkhorn, NE; brother, Virgil Ricklefs, of
Gilmore City, IA; brother, Merlin and Karen Ricklefs, of Rochester, MN and many nieces and nephews.
Islea was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Bernard and wife, EDeane Ricklefs; Brother-in-law, Albert Sedlacek; and Sister-in-law, Dorothy Ricklefs.
July 9, 1932 - July 11, 2014
Bette was born in Sheldon, Iowa on July 9, 1932.
She was preceded in death by her parents Kate and Mathew Schultz, brother Matt Schultz Jr., husband John Paul DeVolder as well as several brothers in law and sisters in law.
She is survived by her sister Mary Jo Wilder, her children Dennis (Cheryl) DeVolder, Mary (Jim) DeVolder Heintz and Michael (Leslie) DeVolder. Bette was devoted to her children and grandchildren Caitlin, Emily, Allison, Claire, Shannon, Keri and Jack. She also leaves behind her beloved nieces and nephews.
Bette attended Briar Cliff College and taught kindergarten as well as elementary school, prior to marrying John and raising her family. Spending a year in Europe was one of the familys most treasured experiences together. Christmas was her favorite holiday, but she really loved anytime she could spend time with her family. She was an excellent card player and enjoyed playing bridge with her friends. Bette also loved to shop especially when it was for others.
In Lieu of flowers, Donations may be made in Bettes name to the Colorado Springs Cerebral Palsy Association or the Juvenile Diabetes research Foundation.
June 9, 1930 - July 8, 2014
Gerald Francis Ruddy was born June 9, 1930 in Emmetsburg, Iowa. He was the son of John "Jack" and Eileen (Reagan) Ruddy. He was educated at Emmetsburg Catholic Schools. He served in the U.S. Army from 1948 - 1952 during the Korean Conflict and was stationed in Japan. On May 16, 1953, Gerald married Joann Douglas in Emmetsburg. The couple lived in Emmetsburg until 1978, when they moved to Pocahontas. Jerry worked several jobs before being employed at E.R. Buske Mfg. for 25 years, retiring in 1995. Joann passed away in May of 2013.
Jerry was a member of the Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, fishing and working on his house.
Survivors include his sons, Steve (Mary Kapustka) Ruddy of Fort Dodge; J. Mark (Peg) Ruddy of Pocahontas and Doug (Coleen) Ruddy of Emmetsburg; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and brothers, Pat Ruddy and Eddie (Ann) Ruddy all of Ottumwa and Vic (Karen) Ruddy of Emmetsburg.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; wife Joann; three brothers and two sisters.
July 18, 1920 - July 6, 2014
Elsie Marie Miller was born July 18, 1920, in Burlington, Iowa. She was the daughter of John and Elsie (Froeschle) Miller. She was baptized and confirmed at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Burlington, Iowa. She graduated from Burlington High School in 1938 and went on to graduate from the Burlington College of Business in 1940. On April 6, 1947, Elsie married Clarence Casey Bieri in Burlington. The couple settled on a farm west of Muscatine where they farmed and raised their family. In 1973, they moved into Muscatine. On the farm Elsie was a homemaker, in 1968 she began working as secretary and bookkeeper to the Supt. of Muscatine Public Schools and then for the Public Health Nursing of Muscatine County. Clarence passed away in 1988. Elsie continued to live in Muscatine until January of 2012 when she moved to Laurens.
Elsie was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church. She loved dishes, antiques of all kinds, cooking and baking and she especially loved her family.
Survivors include her son, Sheldon (Linda) Bieri of Laurens; grandchildren, Elise (Jeffrey) Patzke, Laura (Brett) Latham and Case Bieri; and great-granddaughter, Allison Elizabeth Latham. Elsie was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Clarence and a brother, James A. Miller.
February 28, 1922 - July 6, 2014
Frieda Pauline Beuchle was born February 28, 1922, at Rodman, Iowa. She was the daughter of Fred and Mary (Dietrich) Beuchle. She graduated from Rolfe High School in 1942. During WW II she worked in a munitions plant in Chicago. On March 11, 1951, Frieda married Fred Thoren. The couple settled in Rolfe. Frieda worked at Becker's Hatchery for many years. Fred passed away in 1974 and Frieda continued to make her home in Rolfe. In October 2012, Frieda entered the Pocahontas Manor Care Center.
She enjoyed crocheting, gardening and playing bingo and she loved her pet dogs.
Survivors include her children, Rick (Nina) Thoren and Randy (Lisa) Thoren all of Rolfe and Linda (Dave) Smith of Sioux Falls, SD; grandchildren, Marian (Jeremy) Sauter, Fred Thoren; Andrew Thoren; Andrea (Josh) Smith, John (Jessica) Thoren and David Thoren (Fiancée, Taylor Martin) and great-grandchildren, Trina & Jeffery, Kaden & Rylan and Lizzi & Owen.
Frieda was preceded in depth by her parents; husband, Fred; brothers, Helmet and Fritz Beuchle and sisters, Lavonne Wienhold and Edna Lanus.
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Planning a Funeral
Life ChoicesMost of us plan ahead in life. We plan for our wedding, our children's education, family vacations, and other significant expected life events. We also plan for the unexpected events of life by purchasing home, auto and medical insurance.
Understanding the benefits of pre-planning has prompted many to take the step to pre-plan their own arrangements.
Please call us at 712-335-3334 to set up an appointment to discuss pre-planning with a caring professional.
Why Pre-Plan?Peace of Mind
Many who have undergone the emotional strain of arranging a funeral within hours of losing a loved one have made the choice to pre-plan their own funeral. Doing so lifts the burden from their loved ones by relieving decision-making pressure at a time of grief and emotional stress.
Funeral arrangements are a deeply personal choice. Pre-planning provides you with the time needed to make practical, detailed decisions that reflect your standards, lifestyle, taste and budget. And we assure you and your family that the choices you make will be carried out as planned.
When you finalize your plan, we can advise you of the total cost. You do not have to set aside funds for your plan, but doing so protects you against escalating funeral costs. By locking in today's funeral costs and ensuring that the necessary funds are set aside, you help relieve yourself of unnecessary future worry and your survivors of an unexpected expense.
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We understand that making the many decisions which come at a time of loss can be difficult. We offer our support by providing you with options as you consider making immediate arrangements.
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Powers Funeral Home
502 4th Ave. NE
Pocahontas, IA 50574