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     Lucile Lavonne Schomburg Kenning, 92, passed away on Saturday, January 10, 2015, at Sunny Brook Living Care Center in Fairfield, Iowa, with her daughters by her side. A Memorial and Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at 1:30 PM at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Latimer. The family will be available to receive visitors one hour before the service. Interment of cremains will be in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery. Dugger Funeral Home, Belmond, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements. 

     Lucile was born on November 5, 1922, in Hampton, daughter of William and Bertha (Rodemeyer) Schomburg. She fondly remembered growing up on the family farm west of Latimer. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Latimer, and her faith was always very important in her life. She graduated from elementary school at St. Paul’s Lutheran School, and then went to Latimer High School, where she was an avid player as a guard on the girls’ basketball team. After graduation in 1940, she attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls to earn her teaching degree. She taught in two one-room schoolhouses in the Latimer area: Maple Grove in Scott Township and Marion Center #2. On March 4, 1944, she married John Joseph Kenning in Waterloo, and they were blessed with two daughters, Janne and Jolene. They resided in Waterloo, Clarion, and Hampton, and in 1962 they moved to Aurora, Colorado. In 1969, Lucile returned to UNI to pursue a degree in library science and became the librarian at the Dows Community School in 1973. She thoroughly enjoyed her job as a school librarian and retired from Dows in 1993.  

     Throughout her life, her greatest joy was spending time with her daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She loved attending their school and sporting events, and watching them grow. She liked visiting with friends, travelling and crocheting, and enjoyed watching a good basketball game, especially when the girls played six-on-six basketball. She never lost her love of reading and learning new things. There was always a dessert in her house, often cherry pie. And she always liked a nice bowl of ice cream before bed!

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Janne Schwerdt, Wheat Ridge, CO, and Jolene Bullis, Fairfield, IA; grandchildren Christi (Mike) Phillipps, Los Gatos, CA; Brooke (Mike) Webster, Evergreen, CO: Jenny (Jamen) Weber, Edgewater, CO: Tracy Schwerdt, Denver, CO: Heather (Derrick) Shaull, Humboldt, IA: and Cody Bullis, Cedar Rapids, IA; great-grandchildren Nicholas, Lauren, and Eric Phillips; Finnegan and Gibson Webster; Joshua and August Weber; Adrian and Haviana Schwerdt; Quentin Shaull; and Ariah Bullis; brother-in-law Mark Kenning, Richardson, TX, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters Viola Reineking and Irene Rathmann, brothers Raynor, Louis, Lester, and William Schomburg, niece Savilla Younge, who grew up as a sister with her, and sons-in-law Kerry Schwerdt and Jim Bullis.

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     Otto Joseph (Joe) Tegland, age 91, of Belmond passed away Thursday April 2, 2015 at the Iowa Specialty Hospital of Belmond.

     Joe was born November 2, 1923 at the family farm located northwest of Clarion, the son of Otto Sr. and Rachael Marie Hefte Tegland. He was baptized on December 2, 1923 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, rural Belmond and confirmed on July 3, 1938. He attended District No. 7 school in Norway Township and later transferred to Clarion, finishing the 8th grade. During that time he also helped with the farming with his father and brother. He met the love of his life, Frances Marie Rayl, at the local skating rink and the rest is history. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on August 12, 2014. Until Frances passed away this year on March 1, 2015 they were the longest married couple still attending services at St. Olaf. Joe was a lifetime member.

     They were married August 12, 1944 at the parsonage of the First Lutheran Church in Clarion. Joe and Frances were the parents of one daughter, Constance Marie, born on Joe's birthday, November 2, 1945. Joe worked for a local farmer when they were first married and later moved to their home located 9½ miles north of Clarion. He drove a Clarion school bus during the time Connie attended school in Clarion. He enjoyed playing fast pitch softball and umpired high school baseball. In 1979 they made the decision to move to Belmond where he took the position of custodian at the high school. He later was hired as a road maintainer for Wright County, retiring in 1989. After his retirement from the county he helped Connie and Bob at their farm southwest of Clarion. He loved to garden take care of their yard and sometimes helped with the flower gardens. He always enjoyed doing woodworking and made numerous projects for his family. Even with his health issues, he always insisted on doing his own yard work until two years ago. He loved being outside and working in the soil, being a true farmer at heart.. It was his passion and he took it very seriously.

     He is survived by his daughter, Connie Loux and husband, Bob of Clarion and their three children-Thomas (Stacy) of Sugarland Texas, Matthew (Elaine) of Katy, Texas and Ellen (Troy) Krumm of Ankeny; seven grandchildren: Mandy, Derek, Bryce, Paige, Josh, Caleb and Owen; one sister, Ilene Kalkwarf of Belmond; one sister-in-law, Marilyn Schultz of Des Moines; nieces, nephews and cousins.

     He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances on March 1, 2015; parents, Otto and Rachel; seven brothers and sisters, one sister-in-law, Betty Carolus; two brothers-in-law, Robert Kalkwarf and Donald Schultz; nephews and cousins.

      A private family burial will be held Evergreen Cemetery, Clarion at a later date.

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  Lois M. Sprau, age 85, of Watertown, South Dakota, and long-time resident of Meservey, passed away Wednesday April 15, 2015 at the Jenkins Hospice Center in Watertown.

  Funeral services for Lois M. Sprau will be held at 1:30 P.M. Saturday April 18, 2015 at the Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South in Belmond. Robert Dugger will preside over the funeral service. Burial will be in the Meservey Cemetery south of Meservey.

  Visitation for Lois M. Sprau will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Friday April 17, 2015 at the Dugger Funeral Home and will continue for an hour prior to services on Saturday. The family wishes memorial contributions be made in Lois M. Sprau’s name to the Wounded Warrior’s Foundation; fostering a well-adjusted successful new generation of wounded service members.

  Lois M., the daughter of Herman and Elsie Staffecker Jutting was born August 16, 1929 in Mason City, Iowa. Lois grew up with her family in Clear Lake, South Dakota where she attended schools.

  Lois was united in marriage to Jacob Sprau on December 11, 1948 in Vinton, Iowa. The couple started their family by making a home in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, while Jake worked road construction. In 1955, the young family moved to Meservey. It was there, the couple raised a family. Lois worked diligently to be a great homemaker and better yet mother. Of all the numerous busy aspects, Lois relished in life, being with her kids and grandchildren was most important. Jake passed away in 1993, and Lois moved to Watertown, SD in 2001, to be closer to her siblings.

  Lois is survived by her children, Gregory and Deb Sprau of Stanchfield, MN, Karen and Keith Johnson of Meservey, Kevin and Kathi Sprau of Monticello, Michael and Tracee Sprau of Ottumwa, eleven grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren, three sisters, Helen Stavick, Violet Engles, Betty Minnick, brother, Harold Jutting, numerous other nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, relatives and friends.

  She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Jake, grandson, Dustin, a sister and four brothers.

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     Margreta V. Smidt, age 95, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 8, 2015 at the Christian Rest Home in Grand Rapids, MI. Family surrounded her as she passed from this life to her eternal rest.

     A family committal service will be on Thursday, May 21, 2015 in the Ramsey Reformed Church cemetery near Titonka, Iowa. Memorial services for family and friends will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday, May 22, 2015 at the Ramsey Reformed Church near Titonka, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Bethany Reformed Church, Belmond, Iowa or Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa (Rev. and Mrs. Esdert Smidt Scholarship Fund). Condolences for the family of Margreta V. Smidt may be left via e-mail online at Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South in Belmond is in charge of arrangements. 

     Margreta Violeta (Cordes) Smidt, daughter of John and Reka (Janssen) Cordes, was born on September 7, 1919, in Lakota, Iowa. At an early age, the family moved to Titonka, Iowa where she grew up and attended country school, German Township District #9.  

     On September 8, 1941, Margreta was married to Esdert Warner Smidt, also of Titonka. The young couple moved to Holland, MI where the groom was enrolled in Western Theological Seminary. In June, 1944, after completing his studies, the couple moved to Willow Lake, South Dakota where they began their ministerial career serving Immanuel Reformed Church. In 1952 the couple answered a call from the Dumont, Iowa Reformed Church serving there until 1963. From 1963-1971 the family lived in Sibley, Iowa where they continued their ministry at First Reformed Church. In March, 1971, the family moved to Belmond, Iowa to serve Bethany Reformed Church and continued to serve there until their retirement in July, 1979. The couple then moved to their own home in Belmond. Five months later, Margreta was widowed when her husband Esdert was tragically killed in a car accident. Margreta continued to reside in their home until April, 2007 when she moved to the Belmond Community Apartments. 

     Margreta's faith and love of God was her strength and compass in life and death. She enjoyed being active in the ministries of the churches they served, working especially with women's ministries, education and music. She loved her family and was a compassionate and caring mom, grandma, great-grandma, sister and aunt. She was a gentle and gracious friend, staying in contact with many for decades. Homemaking, reading, gardening and playing Scrabble were her delights. Prayer was her passion and calling. She continued until her death to be a committed member of the Bethany Reformed Church in Belmond, Iowa.

     Margreta is survived by her son Corwin and his wife, Marilyn of Ada, MI, and their children, Andrea (husband Richard Sittema, children John and Mary Sue), Corwin (wife, Melissa, children Matilda and August); daughter Merrita and her husband Prospero Tumonong of Rockford, MI and their children, Spenser (wife Lisa, daughter Isabella), and Samara (fiancé Santino); and son Reginald and wife Kathleen of Morton, IL, and their children Benjamin (wife Rebekah, children Isaiah, Brooklyn, and Joseph), Peter (wife Jennifer, daughter Cambria), and Samuel (wife Sarah) as well as many nephews and nieces. 

     Margreta was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Rev. Esdert Smidt, one sister Rose Karels and her husband, and four brothers, John, Ralph, Albert and Ken and their wives as well as Esdert’s brothers and sisters and their spouses. 

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     Richard D. (Dick) Halsne, 67, of rural Thornton died Saturday, May 16, 2015, at his home near Thornton.

     Funeral services for Richard D. (Dick) Halsne will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday May 21, 2015 at the United Methodist Church in Thornton. Services will be officated by Pastor Crystal Oberheu and Gerald (Red) Haugland. 

     Visitation for Richard D. (Dean) Halsne will be held from 4:00 - 6:00 P.M. Wednesday May 20, 2015 at the United Methodist Church in Thornton. Memorial contributions may be directed in Richard D. (Dick) Halsne's name to the family. Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick's Lane South in Belmond is in charge of arrangements.

  Richard Dean, the son of James Sr. and Helen Paulson Halsne was born January 4, 1948 in Mason City. Dick grew up in the Thornton area where he attended school and graduated from Thornton High School in 1966.

  Dick was united in marriage to Lorie Traeger in 1998. The couple made their home near Thornton. Dick had three sons-Richard, Michael, and Brandon. Dick farmed for a short while before working for Frederickson welding in Clear Lake and later working for area farmers and eventually working and retiring from the North Iowa Coop in Thornton. He worked for the Coop for 30 yrs including part time in his retirement. He served in the National Guard and was a member of the VFW.

  Dick loved working outside and seemed to have the ability to fix anything that needed fixing. He loved camping, trail riding, mowing both lawn and hay, and yes he even loved baling hay. He loved watching westerns and channel surfing between them and the weather channel--the farmer in him had to know what the weather was doing. He enjoyed driving semi and working with the guys at the elevator and area farmers. He loved antique tractors (especially the Allis Chalmers) and going on the local tractor rides. He was especially fond of his horses, cats, and the family dogs. He was a dedicated worker with a strong work ethic. But most of all he loved his family as much they loved him. He met his soul mate and love of his life and often referred to Lorie as the "best thing that ever happened to him" and when talking about his children the pride was heard in his voice. He loved them more deeply than he ever let on---that was his way...actions spoke louder than words in his eyes.

  Dick is survived by his wife, Lorie; children, Richard (Trish), of Thornton, Michael (Tonya) of Hampton, Brandon (Carrie) of Osage, his mother, Helen, of Clear Lake; two sisters Carol (Cliff) Monson of Clear Lake, and Diane (Delbert) Grinkey of Roodhouse, IL; three brothers, James Jr. of Clear Lake, Tom of Holman, WI., and Mike (Trish) of Chapin, IL.; and numerous brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews, and many close friends.

  He is preceded in death by his father James Sr., a son Brian James; Lorie’s parents Carl and Donna Traeger.  

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     Karen Lucile Chapman, 73, of Denver, Iowa passed away Monday, May 18, 2015, at home after a long struggle with Pancreatic Cancer. 

      Funeral services for Karen Lucile Chapman, will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Dugger Funeral Home 111 Luick’s Lane in Belmond, Iowa. Pastor Cindy Morrison will officiate. Burial will be in the Belmond Cemetery. Friends may call on the family beginning at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday. Memorials may be made in Karen Chapman’s name to the family.

     Karen was born to Grant and Lucile Chapman July 19, 1941 in Belmond, Iowa. She graduated Belmond High School as Salutatorian in 1958. 

     In 1958, Karen married James Stadtlander. They lived in Ames, Iowa and Shenandoah, Iowa for about three years before moving to Palatine, Illinois in the Chicago area. Once settled in Illinois, Karen devoted her life to raising their two children and developing lifelong friendships. In 1982, Karen and Jim moved to Anaheim, California where they eventually parted ways.

     Karen earned her law degree at Southern California College of Law in 1989. Karen practiced law in the Orange County Sheriff’s prosecutor’s office from 1989 to 1992. 

     In 1992, Karen moved back to Belmond, Iowa to assist her parents where she renewed her relationship with Richard Hansen. Karen and Richard became soul mates, moved to the Waterloo, Iowa area and made their permanent home in Denver, Iowa. Karen loved tending to her new home, which she often referred to as their tree house in the woods.

     Karen taught law at Kaplan College in Cedar Falls, Iowa from 1993 to 1995. Karen enjoyed playing tennis, biking, gardening and arranging social events. Karen enjoyed collecting many valuable antiques throughout her lifetime.

     Karen was preceded in death by her parents Grant Chapman, 86, Lucile Chapman, 91 and her daughter Susan Kazarian, 41.

     Surviving Karen is her beloved family, son Stephen Stadtlander, 56, of Trabuco Canyon, California, his wife Pamela, 54, their children Jesseca, 24, Thomas, 23, Sarah, 21, and Susan’s children of Anaheim, California, Austin, 23, Blake, 17, Joshua, 15 Kamille, 12 and Richard Hansen of Denver, Iowa.

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     Robert E. “Bob” McNamara, age 92, of Belmond passed Sunday, May 24, 2015, at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond.

     A Mass of Christian Burial for Robert E. McNamara will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday May 30, 2015 at the St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Belmond. Rev. Jerry Blake will officiate. Burial will take place in the St Francis Cemetery near Belmond. Military graveside honors will be provided by the Belmond Honor Guard.

     Visitation for Robert E. McNamara will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Friday May 29, 2015 at the Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South in Belmond. A Parish Rosary will be recited at 6:45 P.M. and a Scriptural Wake Service will be held at 7:00 P.M Friday at the funeral home. There will be no visitation at the church prior to mass on Saturday. 

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