Olga Maria Barnett was born March 24, 1940 at Krumbach, Germany to Josef and Anna (Zimmermann) Jeckle. Maria was raised in Germany and moved to the United States in 1958. She married Dean Barnett May 24, 1986 in Clarinda, Iowa. She was employed by NSK in Clarinda and worked until 1991. Maria passed away peacefully on August 24, 2007 at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda. She loved wildlife of all kinds, gardens and flowers, and the outdoors with a special fondness for Colorado's scenery.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Josef and Anna Jeckle and step mother Teresa Jeckle; brother, Josef Jeckle; and daughter, Anna Shepherd.
Maria is survived by her husband, Dean of Clarinda; two half brothers who live in Germany, Hans Jeckle and August Jeckle; sons, Ray Shepherd of Detroit, MI, Frank Shepherd and wife Nancy of Virginia Beach, VA, Joe Shepherd and wife Kim of Clarinda; grandchildren: Abigail and Noah Shepherd; stepchildren: Teresa Kendall of Braddyville, IA, Gayle Mains of Clarinda, IA, Tom Barnett of Auburn, NE, and Barb Evans of Nebraska City, NE; step grandchildren Derek Kendall, Stephanie and Ryan Mains, Allison and Alexandria Barnett, Pam Moyer and Jeff Evans.
Rite of Christian Burial was held Monday, August 27, 2007 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel with Father David Muenchrath officiating. Interment was at Clarinda Cemetery. Memorials to be established. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel of Clarinda is in charge of arrangements.
FERN M. MATYA
Ferne M. Matya, 81, of Corning passed away at her residence on Wednesday, August 15, 2007. She was born on September 25, 1925 to Emory Oscar and Gladys Irene (Clauson) Patton in Nodaway, Iowa. She graduated from Villisca High School in the Class of 1943.
Ferne married Herman Sprague on July 21, 1945 in Villisca. They added three children to their 4th Street, Villisca home: Tom, Richard, and Carol. She worked as a waitress at Milligan's Café, Sierp's Café, and Marsh's Café, all in Villisca, and attended the Villisca Methodist Church.
After Herman's death she married Thomas E. Matya on June 20, 1977. They moved to Bushville, Iowa (9 miles south of Corning). In 2003 they sold their home and moved to Corning, Iowa.
Ferne loved cooking, gardening, country music, and her family. She was also an avid NBA basketball fan. She played basketball in high school and made a point of teaching her children to play the game.
She was preceded in death by husband Herman Sprague; brother Frosty Patton; sisters: Lola Richie, Jean Haley, and Luella Bailey; brothers-in-law: Dale Richie, Delmar Haley, Delmar Kernen, Bob Sprague, and Glen Doan.
She is survived by her husband Thomas Matya, sons: Tom & wife Jeanie Sprague and Richard & wife Marilyn Sprague, daughter Carol & husband Larry Tener, step-children: Tom and wife Rebecca Matya, Kathy and husband John Ecklin, Nancy and husband Joe Voge, Maureen and husband Richard Weaver, Michelle and husband Kevin Behlers, 10 grandchildren, 10 great grand-children, 16 step-grandchildren, 8 step-great grand-children, and sisters-in-law: Mildred Doan, Joan Patton, Maryann & Em Ridone, Angeline Anderson, and Delores Miller.
Her services were held on Monday, August 20, 2007, at the Wolfe Funeral Home of Villisca, IA, with interment in the Arlington Cemetery outside Villisca.
Funeral services for Theola Norris, age 84 of Bedford, who died Monday, June 18, 2007, at the Bedford Nursing & Rehab Center were held Friday, June 22, 2007, at 2:00 p.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home. Burial was held in the Bedford City Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to Hospice of Central Iowa, the Bedford Ambulance or the Ahren's Memorial Park. Memories can be shared with the family on our website at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.
Theola Natalie (Hardee) Norris was the youngest child born December 16, 1922, in Nodaway, Iowa to Walter Hardee and Amy Gertrude (Hays) Hardee. She grew up attending grade school in Nodaway, graduating from the Villisca High School with the Class of 1942. On December 6, 1947, she was united in marriage to Gerald C. Norris. This loving union was blessed with the birth of two children, Connie Roberta and Ronnie Lee.
Theola was a loving mother who nurtured everyone, including several neighborhood children for whom she babysat. She worked as a waitress in various restaurants for over thirty years, making many lifelong friendships with fellow employees and customers along the way. Theola was an active member of the Bedford American Legion Auxiliary for over fifty-four years, holding several offices within the organization, including being Chairman of the Poppy Sales. She was also active in the membership drives and the collection of hospital equipment. Theola was a H-U-G-E Elvis Presley fan. She loved country music and collecting salt and pepper shakers. She was an avid reader of Danielle Steele novels, and enjoyed watching professional wrestling, Wheel of Fortune and the Nebraska Cornhuskers on television. Above all, Theola was dearly loved and lived for her family. She worked hard and made many sacrifices over the years for her children and extended family and friends.
Left to cherish Theola's memory are her loving and devoted children Connie Gilreath and husband Bart; and Ronnie Norris all of Bedford; a sister-in-law, Lena Rinehart of Mission, Texas; and a very special 'Grand-dog Gusto' along with several nieces, nephews relatives and friends.
Preceding Theola in death are her parents Walter and Amy Hardee; her husband Gerald in 1991; two sisters, Thelma Sparks in 2000; and Trevia Young in 2001; a brother Truman Hardee in 2002; and a special nephew, Carroll Young in 2005.
ANDREW G. MOSBY, SR.
Andy Mosby passed away peacefully on August 13, 2007 at the age of 70 years, 4 months, 20 days at the St. Francis Hospital in Maryville, Missouri with family by his side.
Andy was born on March 24, 1937 in Winterset, Iowa to Ernest and Myrtle (Pinckney) Mosby and graduated from Arispe High School in 1955.
He married Joan Bycroft on July 15, 1956 at the Lenox United Methodist Church. To this union, three children were born: Sherry, Andy Jr, and Teresa.
Andy and Joan lived in Cedar Rapids immediately after their marriage. They moved to the Mercer Center area in 1960 where they have many fond memories of raising row crops, hogs, cattle and chickens and also a very large garden. Andy was a 4-H leader; Sunday School Superintendent; President of the Adams County Pork Producers, member of the Adams County Farm Bureau and an Archer Oil county manager. He was supportive of his children and grandchildren's school, sports, church and 4-H activities.
Andy and Joan operated Mosby's Eat-Out-Inn at Stringtown where they enjoyed meeting new people and serving great food. They moved to Arizona when the nest was empty but returned to Iowa in July 2002 to be closer to family.
Andy had a great sense of humor and enjoyed visiting with friends and playing cards.
Andy is survived by his wife, Joan, of 51 years; daughter Sherry James and husband Frank of Dawson, Iowa; son Andy, Jr. and wife Renee of Corning, Iowa; and daughter Teresa Moore and fiance Darwin Force of Bedford, Iowa; grandchildren Erik James and wife Leslie and their son Lukas; Heather James and fiance Adam Nelson; Shana Mosby and friend Tim Little; Beki Mosby and friend Matt Peterson; Shane Mosby; LeRoy Moore and fiance Fallon Lestina; Trisha Hill and husband Jake and their children Trey and Vanessa; Justin Moore and friend Lacie Hensley; Robin Moore and friend Bryan Wilmarth; Dillon Moore and Wyatt Moore.
He is also survived by his sisters, Darlene Freeman; Virgina Eighme and husband Dean; brother Robert Mosby and wife Mary Jane; sister-in law Deva Lundquist and husband Charles; half brother-in-law Ed Bycroft and wife Luella; step-brothers Steve Vanderlinden and wife Sharon; and Bob Vanderlinden and wife Jann.
Andy was proceeded in death by his parents; step-father, Milo Vanderlinden; grandson, Brandon Mosby; sister, Evelyn Mosby; and brother-in-law Harry Freeman.
Graveside services were held Friday, August 17, 2007 at Bedford City Cemetery, Bedford, Iowa with Lauri Greenlee officiating. A memorial fund is being established in Andy's name. Following the graveside service a luncheon and visitation were held at the Bedford Meal Site, 115 Pearl Street, Bedford. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel of Bedford was in charge of arrangements.
PAULETTE KAY MOATES
Paulette (Paula) Kay Moates, 62, of Villisca, Iowa, passed away Monday, August 6, 2007, at Westridge Quality Care & Rehab in Clarinda, Iowa. Paulette was born to John Harold Johnson and Glady (McCoy) Johnson on August 6, 1945, in Cherokee, Iowa.
Paulette graduated from Victor High School. On June 5, 1987 she married Clarence "Jay" Moates in Stillwater, Oklahoma. She was a homemaker primarily but did work as a nursing aide for several years.
She is survived by son Gary McLennan of Villisca, son Brian and wife Denise McLennan of Sacramento, CA; granddaughters Angelina and Tiffany; brother Donald and wife Marty Johnson of Minneapolis, MN; step- son Clarence Jay Moates, Jr. of Bentonville, AK; and step-daughter Margie (Randy) Kuhn of Red Oak, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Memorials may be directed to the family. Graveside services were held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, August 11, 2007, at Arlington Cemetery. Wolfe Funeral Home of Villisca is responsible for the arrangements.
Minnie Findley, 89, of Villisca, Iowa, passed away Monday, August 6, 2007, at the Villisca Good Samaritan Center, Villisca, Iowa. Minnie Marie Findley was born to Leonard Larson and Hilda Swanson Larson on August 30, 1917 in Stanton, Iowa.
Minnie graduated from Stanton High School. She was married to Bill Findley. She was employed as a bookkeeper at the Villisca Elevator for 23 years.
She is survived by her two sisters Myrtle Larson and Irene Robinson both of Villisca and a niece Linda Ridenour of Atlanta, GA. She was preceded in death by her parents Leonard and Hilda (Swanson) Larson, husband Bill, brothers Dennis Larson and Weldon Larson, nephew Larry Robinson, and brother-in-law Don Robinson.
Memorial may be directed to the family. Funeral services were held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, August 9, 2007, at the Wolfe Funeral Home, Villisca, Iowa, with burial at the Arlington Cemetery outside Villisca.
Ruth Darlene Waldron
Ruth Darlene Waldron was born November 17, 1926 in Tarkio, Missouri in the home of her parents, Wilbur and Pearl (Racine) Waldron. She died Saturday, August 13, 2005 at Jennie Edmondson Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Ruth was a 1944 graduate of Shenandoah High School. She met Leroy Kenneth Hartstack while roller skating at Porter’s Lake. They were married on August 18, 1946 at Immanuel Lutheran Church. He survives on their farm at Bethesda, Iowa.
Ruth served her Lord by being on several church committees and being active in the Wedding Ring group. Her golfing, flower gardening, reading and listening to music were her favorite hobbies. Ruth served as a Douglas Duty Doer 4-H Leader for several years. Working at the food booth at Page County Fair and helping the 4-H girls with their projects was a pleasure for her. She also enjoyed friendship through the neighborhood garden club, the Gay Gadabouts and traveling with the Prestige Club. Ruth was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She believed in family. When her mother passed away, she wanted to have the family Thanksgiving dinners. Year after year, many of her brothers, sisters and their families would come and enjoy her wonderful cooking and hospitality. Christmas Eve was also a very special time for Ruth. It was a family tradition to attend the Immanuel Christmas Eve Program and afterwards go to her home for her wonderful cooking. She made EVERYONE a Christmas stocking and gave presents galore. Ruth and Leroy’s home was always full of love and warmth for all who entered. One of the last great pleasures Ruth had was Leroy’s Surprise 80th Birthday Party. Planning a surprise for the love of her life meant so much to her and reuniting with family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilbur and Pearl; parents-in-law, Otto and Lena Hartstack and sister, Mary Monson.
In addition to her husband Leroy, survivors are her son, Richard Hartstack and his wife Joy of rural Bedford, Iowa; daughters, Becky Davis and her husband Randy of Clarinda, Iowa, Gail McCurdy and her husband Dave of Kirksville, Missouri, Rozann Beatty and her husband Don of Topeka, Kansas. In addition, Ruth had ten grandchildren: Ben Hartstack and his wife Phyllis of Houston, Texas, Christina Hartstack and Mike Saylor of Bedford, Iowa, Wendy and Dan Halloran of Clarinda, Iowa, Jake and Lindsey Davis of Las Vegas, Nevada, Maggie Davis of New Market, Iowa, Kara Cohagen of Kirksville, Missouri, Beth and Ty Mason of Bedford, Iowa, Roland Cohagen of Kirksville, Missouri, Samuel Beatty of Topeka, Kansas and Simon Beatty of Topeka, Kansas. Surviving siblings are, Warren and LaVita Waldron of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Fred and Karen Waldron of Kansas City, Missouri, Frances Davis of Anderson, Indiana, Kenneth and Ginger Waldron of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, Roger and Loree Waldron of McAllen, Texas; along with seven great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Rev. Jerome Wagoner officiating. Burial was at Immanuel Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the church’s furnace and air conditioning fund. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel of Clarinda was in charge of arrangements.