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March 7, 1929 - December 6, 2013
Marvin L. Mengel age 84, of Palmer, passed away Friday, December 6, 2013, at the Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.
Marvin LeRoy Mengel was born March 7, 1929, at Paton, Iowa. He was the son of William and Nellie (Anderson) Mengel. Marvin attended Paton High School in Paton, Iowa. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 - 1953 during the Korean War. On August 30, 1953, Marvin married Betty Lou Aden at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Pocahontas. The couple lived near Paton until 1967 when they settled on their farm east of Palmer. Betty Lou passed away in 2006 and Marvin continued to make his home on the farm.
Marvin was a member of the St. Peter Lutheran Church. He served on the Church Council and the Palmer Elevator Board. He was also a member of the Palmer American Legion and AMVETS. Marvin enjoyed fishing, telling jokes and gardening both flowers and vegetables. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Survivors include his sister, Dorothy Lynch of Broken Bow, Nebraska; several nieces and nephews and many friends. Marvin was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty Lou; brother, Dean Mengel and sister, Doris Leichliter.
Vosika, Richard "Smoke"
November 8, 1926 - November 26, 2013
Richard Smoke Vosika, 87, passed away, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
Richard was born Nov. 8, 1926, on the family farm to Adolph and Mary (Hudek) Vosika. He began farming with his dad after graduating from Pocahontas High School in 1944, retiring in 1989 after a career spanning more than 45 years.
He married Viola Margaret Besch at Saints Peter and Pauls Catholic Church in West Bend, Iowa, on Nov. 14, 1957. They had five children. Viola passed away in 1981. On March 7, 1987, Richard married Kathy Osweiler in Pocahontas and lived there 14 years before moving to Twin Lakes, Iowa, in 2001.
Richard served the community in several capacities, including being elected Pocahontas County Supervisor from 1976-1979, as well as serving as a Township Trustee for Sherman Township. He also was an active member of the Farmers Union and Knights of Columbus.
He was extremely proud of his Czech heritage and Catholic faith, helping in the restoration of Saints Peter and Paul Church in Pocahontas, which was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. With his ancestral roots stemming from Lidice, Czechoslovakia, he created a memorial that was placed outside the church to commemorate the small town that was decimated during World War II.
Richard had many interests during the course of his life and enjoyed activities such as polka dancing, gardening, playing cards, collecting and restoring antique cars and hog roasting with his homemade barbeque. He also was a master tinkerer and welder, creating works that only his family could truly appreciate.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy of Manson, Iowa; children, Michael (Linda) Vosika of Pocahontas; Jeanne (Michael) Vande Voort of Ames, Iowa; Mark (Heidi) Vosika of Pocahontas; and Mary (Patrick Green) Vosika of Waukee, Iowa; stepsons, Gary Osweiler of Ankeny, Iowa and Brian (Layla) Osweiler of Ankeny, Iowa; nine grandchildren; and sister, Jeanette Frost of Windsor Heights, Iowa.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Viola; son, Alan; brothers, Cyril and Lowell; sister, Lois Grant; and stepdaughter, Michelle Osweiler.
Bellows, Verna Belle
October 10, 1928 - November 23, 2013
Verna Belle Bellows - age 85, of Albert City, formerly of Newell, passed away Saturday, November 23, 2013, at the Pleasant View Home in Albert City, Iowa.
Verna Belle Neitzel was born October 10, 1928, near Newell, Iowa. She was the daughter of Robert and Hattie (Beckfield) Neitzel. She attended country school and graduated from Newell High School in 1946. On June 12, 1949, Verna Belle married Carl Bellows at Varina. The couple settled on the family farm near Newell where they farmed and raised their family. Verna Belle and Carl lived their entire married life on the farm until December of 2012 when Verna Belle moved to the Pleasant View Home in Albert City.
Verna Belle was a member of the United Methodist Church in Newell and in Varina where she taught Sunday School for many years and as secretary in Newell. She was also active with the United Methodist Women locally and at the district level. She was a member of the NCN Club, Rebecca Lodge, Women's Relief Core and American Legion Auxiliary. She served as a Cub Scout Leader and as a poll worker. She loved to attend and follow her grandchildren's activities. She and Carl were longtime members of the Albert City Threshermen's Association - where in 2013 they were honored as Grand Marshals. During Threshermen's Days, Verna Belle spent many years at the school house providing information to visitors.
Survivors include her husband, Carl Bellows of Newell; daughter, Nancy Frederiksen of Des Moines; son, Bob (Janet) Bellows of Pocahontas; six, grandchildren, Karla Niederkofler, Shawn Frederiksen, Scott Frederiksen, Kayleen Tometich, Jodi Frederiksen and Jon Bellows; and twelve great-grandchildren. Verna Belle was preceded in death by her parents.
April 22, 1928 - November 2, 2013
Maryanne Buss, age 85 of Pocahontas, passed away on November 2, 2013 at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home in Fort Dodge, Iowa after a short illness.
Maryanne Terhune was born in Lone Tree, Iowa. She graduated from Lone Tree High School, and the Paris Academy Beauty School in Cedar Rapids. On February 21, 1949, she was united in marriage to Melvin J. Buss at Onawa, Iowa. The couple farmed in Onawa and Ute, Iowa for a number of years, where Maryanne helped with the farming operation. She also owned and operated a beauty salon. In 1966, they relocated to West Branch, Iowa where Melvin was in sales with Crows seed corn and Maryanne worked at Owens Brush in Iowa City. In 1968, when Melvin was promoted they moved to Mendota, Illinois and Maryanne spent 22 years working for Sunstrand Corporation in LaSalle, Illinois. Upon retirement they returned to Ute, Iowa. After 51 years of marriage, Melvin passed away and Maryanne moved in 2000 to Pocahontas, Iowa and wintered in Mercedes, Texas.
Maryanne was a member of the St Peter Lutheran Church. She was an avid cribbage player and a very competitive card player. She truly loved all card games and enjoyed teaching them to others. For many years she was a duplicate bridge instructor.
Maryanne loved water skiing, camping, and loved to entertain. She and Melvin enjoyed traveling.
Survivors include her daughters, Anna Buss of Iowa City and Beth (Gary) McCartan of Pocahontas; sister, Betty Boots of Mechanicsville; brother, Jim Terhune (Connie Hulett) of Davenport, sister-in-law, Joyce Terhune of Lone Tree; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Maryanne is preceded in death by her husband, Melvin; sisters, Joann (Richard) Pump of Rockford, IA and Rebecca Jane Terhune of Plfugerville, TX; brother, Wallace Terhune of Lone Tree and granddaughter, Jennifer Ann (Buss) Rath.
April 6, 1921 - November 2, 2013
Edith Mae Krohn, age 92, passed away on November 2, 2013, at West Bend, Iowa.
Edith Mae Hartman was born on April 6, 1921, at Murray, Iowa. She was the daughter of Conrad and Anna (Tammen) Hartman. On June 19, 1939, she married H. Francis Larson at Rolfe. To this union, four children were born: Gary, Dianna, Robert Lee and Gerald Dean. Francis passed away on December 17, 1965. Edith worked at various places until 1972, when she met Claus Krohn. They were married at Lytton on March 4, 1972. The couple made their home in Sac City. They were married twenty-eight and a half years. Claus passed away on September 8, 2000. Edith moved to Rolfe in 2001.
Edith was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
In her spare time, she enjoyed crocheting, gardening and playing cards.
Survivors include her children: Gary (Betty) Larson of Rolfe and Dianna Johnson of Bloomfield; grandchildren: Cheryl Vigdal, Darrin Johnson, Daryl Johnson and Dana Johnson; twelve great-grandchildren; step-daughters: Jule (John) Hudgens and Janice (Bob) Lange; step-son: Ken (Beth) Krohn; eight step-grandchildren and many, many step-great-grandchildren.
Edith was preceded in death by her parents, sons Robert and Gerald, husbands, Francis and Claus, son in law, Dean Johnson, seven brothers and one sister.
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