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April 18, 1911 - October 16, 2014
Vivian Fern Swanson was born on April 18, 1911, near Palmer. She was the daughter of Carl and Jennie (Sandquist) Swanson. Vivian was educated at a country school near Pocahontas. On April 2, 1928, she married C.I. Hersom at the courthouse in Pocahontas. The couple made their home in Havelock. In 1934, they moved to Gillette Grove and in 1940, they settled in Laurens. C.I. owned and operated C.I. Hersom Construction in Laurens. He passed away on July 11, 1981, and Vivian has continued to make her home in Laurens. She entered the Laurens Care Center in December of 2010.
Vivian was a very active member of the First Christian Church, belonging to the CWF and serving in many capacities at the church. She enjoyed traveling, making huge family dinners and being the care giver for her dear family.
Survivors include her daughter: Eileen (Vince) Triggs of Laurens; son: Ron (Jan) Hersom of Laurens; daughter-in-law: Angie (Ray) Hersom Nehring of Laurens: thirteen grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Vivian was preceded in death by her husband, C.I., son, Arnie and two sisters, Mabel Nelson Sundeen and Hazel Siglin.
November 8, 1928 - October 10, 2014
Doris Pauline Petersen, daughter of Bernard and Alvina (Lammers) Petersen was born November 8, 1928, in Graettinger, IA. She received her education in the Graettinger Country Schools. On January 26, 1946 Doris was united in marriage to Howard Peterson in Jackson, MN. They made their home in Graettinger, IA, before moving to Havelock in 1952. Doris was employeed as a telephone operator by the Havelock telephone office. Doris and her family then owned and operated the Havelock Café. Doris then enjoyed working as a home health care provider for over 30 years until she retired in 1998. Doris enjoyed being a part time librarian for many, many years.
Doris enjoyed gardening, bingo, was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Doris was a member of the Havelock American Legion Auxiliary and the Hope United Methodist Church in Havelock.
Left to cherish Doriss memory are her children Paulette (Duane) Stearns of Havelock, Jeanette (Dave) Ferguson of Havelock, Carmella Peterson of Pocahontas and Chad (Kate) Peterson of Ankeny; daughter-in-law Linda Peterson of Alice, TX; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; brothers Delbert Petersen of Estherville and Merle (Irma) Petersen of Apache Junction, Az; and sister-in-law Susie Petersen of Graettinger. She was preceded into death by her parents; husband; sons, Bob, Dale, Terry and Gayle; six sisters, Hilda Luke, Mildred Luke, Edna Weir, Loretta Moore, Irene Ehlers and Luvon Peterson; five brothers, Lloyd, Fred, Henry, Alvin and Laverne Petersen.
September 24, 1942 - October 9, 2014
Robert William Pech was born on September 24, 1942, at Algona. He was the son of William and Lucille (Eisenbarth) Pech. Bob graduated from Swea City High School in 1960, and worked for Stokely-Van Kamp in Fairmont, MN. He went to junior college in Estherville for two years and went on to Mankato State for a year and a half. In 1964, Bob entered the US Army and served in Korea as a radar technician. In 1967, he finished his tour of duty and went back to Mankato State. He graduated with a BS in Learning Disabilities. Bob was married in 1969, and entered the Catholic school system, where he taught learning disabilities and coached junior high and high school basketball. In 1970, his son Shannon was born and in 1976, his son Solomon was born. In 1972, Bob took a position at the Rockwell City School. In 1974, he went to the Emmetsburg school system where he taught learning disabilities, retiring in 2002. Bob was a referee at the junior and high school levels, refereeing basketball and football. On March 24, 2001, Bob married Marilyn Williams at Sac City. The couple moved to Laurens in 2001, where Bob was a newspaper bundle hauler for the Ft. Dodge Messenger and the Des Moines Register.
Bob was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Laurens and the Emmetsburg Kiwanis Club. He enjoyed fishing, dancing, watching sports and taking care of his acreage and dogs.
Survivors include his wife: Marilyn Williams; sons: Shannon (Holly) Pech of Mankato, MN and Solomon (Jennifer) Pech Cinnamon of Seattle, WA; grandchildren: Dante and DaVinci Pech and River Pech Cinnamon; step-grandchildren: Michelle Ekman, Milyn Ekman and Dimitri Rathai; step-children: Joel (Tina) Williams of Sac City, Julie Niehaus of Des Moines, Ken (Diane) Williams of Polk City and Shannon (Kent) Johnson of Wichita, KS; fourteen step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and sisters, Connie Barker of Poplar Grove, IL and Bonnie (Nick) Schooler of Ankeny.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents and twin sons, Saul and Samuel Pech.
February 16, 1922 - October 1, 2014
Eileen Kathleen Nomann was born February 16, 1922, near Palmer, Iowa. She was the daughter of John and Theresa (Reiter) Nomann. She attended Palmer High School. On September 24, 1944, Eileen married Raymond J. Hohensee at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Palmer. The couple settled and farmed in Pocahontas county. In 1983, they retired and moved into Pocahontas. Raymond passed away in 1991.
Eileen was a member of the St. Peter Lutheran Church. She enjoyed playing cards, working word puzzles and going out to eat. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.
Survivors include her son, Eugene R. Hohensee of Dakota City, daughter, Diane K. Moore of Ocean Springs, MS; five grandchildren, Jeff Hohensee, Mike Hohensee, Julie Halverson, Angela Flowers and Tara May; nine great-grandchildren, Jamie Cline, Taylor Hohensee, Ryan Flowers, Paige Hohensee, Dylan Flowers, Logan Hohensee, Jackson Halverson, Jordin Halverson and Lana Dobbins; sister, Ivadell Peters-Staples of Omaha, NE and brother, Merlin Nomann of Modesto, CA.
Eileen was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Raymond; son, Duane Hohensee; granddaughter, Amy Gleason and brother, Kenneth Nomann.
March 31, 1935 - September 25, 2014
Arlen Ross Garton was born March 31, 1935, in Ware, Iowa. He was the son of Ross and Edith (Johnson) Garton. Arlen attended Ware Grade School for several years before moving to Marathon with his family. He graduated from Marathon High School and went on to attend business college in Salt Lake City, UT. Arlen served in the Iowa Army National Guard. On December 17, 1957, Arlen married Carolyn Kruckman in Sterling, CO. The couple settled in Laurens. Arlen worked as a salesman for the Ford Garage in Laurens and then for Mefferd Industries as a bookkeeper and Treasurer. He then worked as a rural mail carrier in the Laurens area, retiring in 2006.
Arlen was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Laurens Sportsman Club and the Rural Letter Carriers Association. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and was an avid coin and gun collector.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Garton of Laurens; children, Cindy (Greg) Beekman of Humboldt; Greg Garton of Sioux City and Jeff (Sondra) Garton of Council Bluffs; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Arlen was preceded in death by is parents and a sister, Dorothy Friis.
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Powers Funeral Home
502 4th Ave. NE
Pocahontas, IA 50574