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May 24, 1931 - April 18, 2014
Edna M. Wentzel - age 82, of Pocahontas, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014, at her home in Pocahontas, Iowa, surrounded by her loving husband and children.
Edna Mary Schumacher was born May 24, 1931, at Wadena, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Henry and Mabel (Gleason) Schumacher. She graduated from Cathedral High School, Crookston, MN, in 1949. On February 26, 1952, Edna married Robert L. Wentzel at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Wadena, MN. In 1954, the couple moved to Denver, CO while Bob was stationed at Lowry Air Force Base. In 1956, they returned to Wadena, MN where Bob was stationed with the U.S. Air Force. In April 1959, the couple moved to Pocahontas where they opened True Value Farm & Home Store. She was married to the love of her life for 62 years.
Edna was a member of the Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church, Catholic Ladies Society and the C.D. of A. Edna enjoyed birds and nature, riding on the golf cart, watching the Golden Girls and listening to Kenny Rogers. She also enjoyed traveling to Ireland and sitting on her front porch. Edna's family was very important to her and she was especially proud of her grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Wentzel of Pocahontas; children, Mike (Jane) Wentzel of Emmetsburg; Pat (Amber) Wentzel of Pocahontas; Mary Jo (Brian) Schroeder of Pocahontas; Kelly (Tammy) Wentzel of Earlham; Diane (Tim) Flaherty of Pocahontas; Nancy Wentzel of Des Moines; David (Melissa) Wentzel of Albert Lea, MN and Susie Wentzel of Emmetsburg; 21 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
Edna was preceded in death by her parents; sons, Robert John and Daniel and seven brothers & sisters.
Anderson, Leilani "Lani"
November 20, 1944 - April 13, 2014
Leilani (Lani) Anderson, age 69, of Sunland Springs Village, Mesa, AZ, formerly of Pocahontas, passed away on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, AZ from a brain aneurysm.
A Memorial Service was held at Fellowship Square, Mesa, AZ where her mother, Lanore Richardson, resides. This service took place on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Details are available at MariposaGardens.com funeral home website.
Services at the Powers Funeral Home, Pocahontas, IA will be pending until a yet to be determined date. At that time there will be a memorial service at the Hope United Methodist Church, Pocahontas, IA, with burial at Summit Hill Cemetery in Pocahontas.
Lani is survived by her husband, Doug, their son, Joel of Chicago, IL, her mother, Lanore of Fellowship Square, Mesa, AZ, and two brothers, Kenton and Scott, both of Iowa.
Powers Funeral Home in Pocahontas, IA is handling local arrangements.
February 12, 1920 - April 10, 2014
Doris E. Hubbard age 94, of Pocahontas, passed away Thursday, April 10, 2014, at the Pocahontas Community Hospital in Pocahontas, Iowa.
Doris Emily Hubbard was born February 12, 1920, at Laurens, Iowa. She was the daughter of Lou and Carrie (Leander) Hubbard. She graduated from Laurens High School in 1937 and attended business school in Chillicothe, MO. She entered the U.S. Army in 1943 and received basic training in Ft. McClelland, AL. She was stationed in Australia, New Guinea and the Philippine Islands. She was honorably discharged in 1945 with the rank of Sergeant. Doris attended bible college in New York City from 1946 - 1950 and served as a missionary in the Philippines with the Far Eastern Gospel Crusade from 1952 - 1956 and 1958 - 1962. Doris then moved to Wheaton, IL where she worked at Wheaton College as Librarian for 20 years. In retirement, Doris moved to Spring Lake, MN and in 1986 she returned to Pocahontas County. She enjoyed doing needlework and was an avid reader.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, Beverly (Mrs. Harold) Hubbard of Barrett, MN; nieces & nephews, David Ives of Murfreesboro, TN; Linda Endersby of Arnolds Park; Ginger Gilbert of Bertha, MN; Kenneth Hubbard of Elbow Lake, MN; Larry Hubbard of Elbow Lake, MN; Bruce Hubbard of Chaska, MN and Cheryl Anderson of Tomball, TX.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Milton, Fay and Harold Hubbard and sisters, Mildred Dershom and Gladys Ives.
Mason, William "Bill"
December 10, 1949 - April 6, 2014
William (Bill) Mason, 64, of Pocahontas passed away April 6, 2014 at Pocahontas Community Hospital following a long battle with cancer. Funeral Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 10, 2014 at St. Peter Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at Ingemann Cemetary in Moorhead, Iowa.
Bill was born December 10, 1949 in Onawa, Iowa, son of Robert and Jessie Mason, brother of Pat (Mason) Phillips. He graduated from East Monona High School in 1968, and Westmar College in 1972, where he played football and baseball. He received his Master of Science in Education degree in 1984 from Drake University.
Bill was a teacher for 41 years, from 1972-2013. He taught at Dow City, West Bend, Pocahontas, and Storm Lake St. Marys. Mr. Mason was a well respected teacher and coach, impacting the lives of thousands of students and athletes throughout his career. He was best known for his quick wit and fiery competitive spirit. He retired in 2013 due to illness. In the summer of 2013, he was inducted into the Iowa Girls Softball Coaching Hall of Fame.
Bill married his high school sweetheart, Mary Frances, on January 25th, 1969. They have two daughters, Michele 1969 and Melanie 1974.
Survivors include his wife Mary Frances, Pocahontas; daughter Michele (spouse Melissa), Pittsburgh; daughter Melanie (spouse Kim), Des Moines; and sister Pat (spouse Dennis), Seattle. Bill was preceded in death by his parents.
April 6, 1950 - April 2, 2014
Melvin L. Wardlow - age 63, of Havelock, passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at his home in Havelock, Iowa.
Melvin Leroy Wardlow was born on April 6, 1950, in Iowa City, Iowa. He was the son of Benjamin and Marie Wardlow. After his father passed away, Maylon Squires married his mother. Melvin married Judy Marie Waggoner on February 7, 1981, at Gravity, Iowa. Together they had three children, Melvin Leroy Wardlow Jr., William Joseph Wardlow and Alicia Marie Wardlow. He worked at Fisher Goldstar in Laurens for many years before going to work at Pengo, where he made many friends.
Melvin is survived by his wife: Judy; sons: Melvin Jr. and William, all of Havelock; daughter: Alicia Wardlow of Laurens; grandchildren: Tristan Chase and Trinity Wardlow, Cameron and Candice Long, Abegail and Layla Anderson; sister: Sherry Terry; brothers: Willie and Chester Squires.
Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, Marie and Benjamin, step-father Maylon Squires, sisters, Fannie Strange, Alice Kalkas, Verna Hoover and Carol Terry, brothers, Benjamin Wardlow and Gerald Squires and great-nephew, Andrew Mutchler.
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Powers Funeral Home
502 4th Ave. NE
Pocahontas, IA 50574