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IOWA - Howard and Mitchell Counties - Obituaries from Conway Funeral Home - 2

Posted By: GenealogyBuff
Date: Monday, 27 July 2009, at 1:23 p.m.

Caroline H. Lechtenberg
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, January 20, 2006 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian. Msgr Cletus J. Hawes will officiate. The family will place the pall at the entrance of the church, servers will be Ryan Hemesath, Josh Lechtenberg, and Aaron Lien. Lector will be Patty Lien and gifts will be carried by Nancy Lechtenberg, Kelli Swisher and Linda Hemesath. Organist will be Diane Stee and will accompany Clark Goltz and Arlene Brockman. Casket bearers will be the nine grandsons: Ron, Gary, Mike, Steve and David Lechtenberg, Warren and Grant Gerleman, Chad Canaday and Greg Jenks.
Visitation will be held from 3 P.M. until 8 P.M. on Thursday at the Schmitz Funeral Home in Ossian and from 10 A.M. until time of services at the church on Friday. There will be a Catholic Daughters Rosary at 4 P. M and a Scripture Service at 6:30 P.M. on Thursday.
Caroline H. Lechtenberg died Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at the Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian, Iowa. She was 96 years of age. Caroline was born on August 16, 1909, the daughter of Nicholas and Anna (Schmitz) Schissel in rural Ossian. She was baptized and confirmed in her faith at St. Francis de Sales in Ossian and attended St. Francis de Sales School. On October 21, 1930, she was united in marriage to Joseph Lechtenberg in Rochester, MN. They were the parents of six children: James, Mark, Duane, Kay, Joyce and Mary.
Caroline and Joe purchased a farm near Ossian and together they farmed and raised their children. Caroline enjoyed gardening, sewing, crocheting, cooking and playing cards. She was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, its Rosary Society, and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.
She is survived by one son: James (Edna) Lechtenberg of Postville; three daughters: Kay (Bill) Canaday of Arvada, CO, Joyce (Clark) Gerleman of Elizabeth, IL, and Mary (Joe) Jenks of Roswell, GA, two daughters-in-law: Mary Lechtenberg of Ossian and Jeanne Hageman of Decorah. Also surviving are 19 grandchildren, 43 great grandchildren and sisters-in-law: Hildegarde Schissel of Ossian, Odelia (Leander) Cremer of Calmar, Rita (Linus) Bodensteiner of New Hampton, Phyllis Lechtenberg of Festina and brother-in-law, Andrew Hemesath of Ossian.
Caroline was preceded in death by her husband on Feb. 9, 2001, two sons: Duane on April 6, 1988 and Mark on February 1, 1997; one grandson: Joe on December 10, 1991; three brothers: Joe, Ray and Merle Schissel; two sisters: Eleanor Scheidel and Ethel Holthaus.

Charles Joseph Hadacek
Charles J. Hadacek died Saturday, September 7, 2002 at the Regional Health Services Hospital in Cresco, Iowa. He was 69 years of age.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, September 10, 2002 at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Protivin, Iowa. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Rev. John Moser presiding. Organist will be Marlene Pecinovskyaccompanying Colleen Busta. Gifts will be presented by Sara and Charles Hadacek and Trever Shores. Eucharistic Minister will be JoAnn Dostal. Honorary Bearers will be Clarence Hrubes, Dudley Wicklund, David Juhl, Tom Hadacek, Don Lensing and Clet Koshatka. Casket bearers will be grandchildren: Shawn Sweeney, Meghan Sweeney, Justin Shores, Kyle Shores, Tony Sheridan and Bobbie Jo Sheridan.
Charles Joseph Hadacek was born on September 8, 2002 in Spillville, Iowa, the son of Joseph and Martha (Bouska) Hadacek. He attended the country school near Duncan and high school in Garner. On June 9, 1953 he entered the Army and served in the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged on May 18, 1955.
On April 2, 1956 he was united in marriage to Betty Pechota at the Assumption Church in Little Turkey, IA. Shortly after their marriage Charley and Betty moved to the family farm south of Protivin. From 1977 until 1995 he was part owner of the West Union Implement. Charley and Betty moved to town in 1994 after 37 years on the farm.
He was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the Protivin American Legion Post 605 and the Catholic Workman Branch 39.
Charley enjoyed playing cards, fishing, delivering flowers, visiting with friends and especially spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Charley is survived by his wife Betty; three daughters: Cindy Sweeney (Jan) of Dubuque, IA, Pam Shores (Lee) of West Union, IA, and Mary Beth Sheridan (Dale) of Dubuque, IA; one son: Chuck Hadacek (Lisa) of Protivin; nine grandchildren: Shawn and Meghan Sweeney; Justin, Kyle, and Trever Shores; Tony and Bobbie Jo Sheridan; and Sara and Charles Hadacek; one sister: Patricia Juhl (Maynard) of Nora Springs, IA; two brothers: Robert Hadacek (Sharon) of Forest City, IA, and Joseph C. Hadacek of Duncan, IA.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a son Larry.

Charles Francis Milz
Funeral Services for Charles F. Milz, age 85, of Cresco, who died on Monday, October 25, 2004, at the Cresco Care Center in Cresco, Iowa, will be Thursday, October 28, 2004 at Notre Dame Parish – St Joseph’s Worship Center at 10:30 A.M. with burial in Calvary Cemetery, both in Cresco. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. with a Rosary at 5:00 P.M. and a Scripture Service at 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, October 27, at the Conway Funeral Home in Cresco.
Charles Francis Milz was born on July 6, 1919, in Howard County, near Cresco, Iowa, the son of Charles Patrick and Catherine J. (Steffen) Milz. He attended grade school in Bonair, Iowa and the Catholic school in Cresco. He spent 82 years of his life farming on the same farm where he was born, except for the four years he spent in the service. He went into the Army on October 8, 1941, at Fort Des Moines, Iowa and was there when the war broke out. He took his training at Camp Callen, California, and then was sent to the Aleutian Islands. He said that when they got there, no buildings, no people, and only the clothing they had on. Winters were so bad. He was there for two years. He was discharged on October 18, 1945 at Fort Bragg, NC. Then, he came back to the home farm.
On February 11, 1946, he was united in marriage to Mathilda Pecinovsky at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Protivin, Iowa. They have been married for 58 years. To this union three children were born:Tom, Donna, and Elaine.
Charles belonged to St Joseph’s Worship Center in Cresco, Iowa, all his life, and the Cresco American Legion. His hobby was watching baseball, but especially farming. In September of 1989, they had a farm sale, but stayed on the farm until 2001, when they moved to the Condo at Evans.
Charles is survived by his wife:Mathilda of Cresco; his son: Tom, and his wife Pat, of Stewartville, MN; his daughters:Donna, and her husband, Duayne Bothun of Birchwood, WI and Elaine Mayo, and her friend, Larry Bergmann, of Lawler, IA six grandchildren:Kim and her husband, Jeremy Lane, Kristi Bothun, Steve Milz, Scott Milz, Shelley and her husband Matt Caughron, and Sherry Mayo; five great grandsons; one sister:Katherine Veach of Dubuque, IA and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers: Joseph R Milz and Edward L Milz; and five sisters:Viola Schroeder, Florence Shea, Lucille Shea, Ruth Milz, and Opal Loney.

Charles Ray Shimak
Charles Shimak died Monday, June 09, 2003 at the Cresco Care Center in Cresco, Iowa. He was 80 years of age.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Protivin, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John A. Moser presiding. Bill Berka will be lector with Stan and Marcie Kovarik carring the gifts. Casket Bearers will be Larry and Marvin Praska, John Wacha III, Lester Hyke, David Kovarik and Ed Voves.
Charles Ray Shimak was born on May 20, 1923 in Howard County, near Protivin, Iowa, the son of Joseph and Louisa (Pecinovsky) Shimak. He was baptized in the Holy Trinity Church by Father Lakomy on May 29, 1923. Charlie received his education in the rural schools of Howard County. Following his education, he helped out on various farms. After he grew older, he started working in road construction during the summer and continued helping farmers.
On October 16, 1956 he was united in marriage to Irene Berka at the Holy Trinity Church in Protivin. They started their married life on a farm south of Waterloo, IA and moved to many locations to find work during the off seasons on the road. They lived in Osage, Elma, Protivin, Spillville, back to Elma and Lourdes and settled in Lime Springs the later years. When able to find spare time, Charlie liked to go fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Irene, and one sister, Caroline (Leonard) Praska of Cresco, IA, and one sister-in-law, Irene Shimak.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother. Clarence Shimak.

Carlton James Anderson
Carlton James Anderson was born on December 29, 1924 in Buena Vista County, near Marathon, Iowa, the son of Swan M. and Edith M. (Carlson) Anderson. He attended school in Marathon and graduated from High School in 1942. On April 23, 1943, he enlisted in the Army, serving with intelligence in the European theatre from Oct of 1944 until Sept of 1945, being discharged in December of 1945. Following his discharge, he entered college and following his degree, he graduated from the University of Iowa, receiving his J. D. Degree from its College of Law. It was during his time at the University, that he met Lona M. Brown. They were married on June 1, 1948 in Council Bluffs, IA.
Following Jim’s passing of the Bar, he practiced for a few years in West Union with a fellow attorney. In the mid 50’s, he moved with his family to Cresco and entered into the practice of law. Later he married Kathryn D. (Zehr) Kunert on October 30, 1981 in Clear Lake, Iowa. C. J. served as Attorney for Howard County, City of Cresco, and Hawkeye Tri-County Electric, for many years. He was Chairman of the Howard County Board of Health, a member of the Kiwanis Club, the Cresco Chamber of Commerce, the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, and the Cresco Country Club. Jim belonged to the First Lutheran Church until he moved to a farm south of Granger, it was then he joined St. Matthew’s Church.
Jim's favorite pastimes was playing golf, Canadian fishing trips with his friends or family, and he especially enjoyed spending time with his children and later grandchildren.
C. J. is survived by his children: Karen Anderson Noecker of Merced, CA, James Jay (Siobhán) of Mauston, WI, Janet (Ken) Platt of Birmingham, MI, Troy (Wendy) of Nevada, IA and Kristin Anderson of Montgomery, AL; five grandchildren: Emily, Cody, Chelsea, Jesse and Travis Anderson.
His parents, both wives, and two brothers, Thomas and Eugene “Buddy” Anderson preceded him in death.
C. J. died on January 7, 2005 at the West Ridge Care Center in Cedar Rapids, IA, where he has made his home for the past 4 ½ years.
Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at the St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Granger, MN with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Keith C. Parker officiated. Organist was Marjorie Ivers. Honorary Casket Bearers were Frank “Pinky” Waid and David Larson. Casket Bearers were Don Wilken, Dale Keune, Gerald Keune, Mark Bronner, Steve Linderbaum, and Manley Bigalk.

Clara “Barney” Carney
Clara “Barney” Carney, 78, of New Hampton, died Monday, July 30, 2001 at the New Hampton Care Center of natural causes.
Funeral services will be 10:00 am Thursday, August 2 at Williamstown United Methodist Church.
Burial will be in the New Hampton Cemetery.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 pm Wednesday at Conway Funeral Home in New Hampton, and also an hour prior to services at the church.

Cletus D. Johnson
CRESCO:Cletus D. Johnson, age 73, of Cresco, Iowa, died Sunday, May 11, 2003 at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, of natural causes.
Cletus Johnson was born February 27, 1930 in Chickasaw County, IA the son of Carl G. and Alvina (Amman) Johnson. .
On June 26, 1961, he was united in marriage to Mary F. Brannon at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Lourdes, IA. Cletus was a farmer most of his life. He became a custodian at the Howard-Winneshiek School after retiring from the farm. Cletus was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.
He is survived by his wife: Mary of Cresco; one son:Vernon (Trisha) of Omaha, NE; one granddaughter:Cortney Johnson; one sister: Donna (Gordon) Wold of Princeton, MN.
Cletus is preceded in death his parents and one brother, Norman Johnson.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, May 15, 2003 at the Jerico Lutheran Church in Jerico, with burial in the Calvary Cemetery in Cresco. Friends may call at the Conway Funeral Home in Cresco from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P. M Wednesday and at the church one hour prior to services on Thursday.

Cora Theodora [Johnson] Eaton
Cora Theodora Johnson was born September 2, 1911 in Chickasaw County in Iowa, the daughter of Thomas and Thorina (Swenumson) Johnson. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at the church near her home. She attended the rural schools in Chickasaw County.
On February 11, 1931, she was united in marriage to Alfred Hildahl at the Crane Creek parsonage by Rev. H. M. Finstad. They became the parents of five sons and two daughters. They farmed in Howard County until moving to Cresco in 1957. Alfred died on October 23, 1964.
Cora worked at the hospital kitchen, in private homes and in nursing homes as a certified nurse aide. She retired from the Evans Memorial Home.
On October 21, 1975, she was united in marriage to Lyle Eaton of Cresco. He died on April 27, 1980.
She is survived by five sons: Joseph Hildahl and Casper Hildahl both of New Hampton, IA, Stanley (Gail) Hildahl of Peyton, CO, Arlo ( LaVonne) Hildahl of Marshalltown, IA and Alton (Annie) Hildahl of Spring Lake, NC; two daughters: Rose Marie (Richard) Feenstra of Cresco, IA and Janice (Joel) Salazar of Hereford, TX; three step daughters: Marge (Ben) Jackson, Nancy Jackson and Gwen (Arnold) Peter, all of Cresco, IA, twelve grandchildren, fourteen step grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and many step great- grandchildren, two sisters, Ethel (Bill) Murray of Greenville, SC and Ruth (Ralph) Fetherolf of Hesperia, CA.
Cora was preceded in death by her husbands, Alfred on October 23, 1964 and Lyle on April 27, 1980, one sister, Evelyn Dahlen, three brothers, Arthur, Stanley, and Harold Johnson, one daughter-in-law, Janis Hildahl, one step-grandson, and one great granddaughter.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, August 23, 2004 at the First Lutheran Church in Cresco, with burial in the Saude Lutheran Cemetery. Pastor Gary K. Lee officiating. Organist is Darlene Shaw and Ronnie Hildahl is singinga solo "Thy Will Be Done". The congregation is singing "In The Garden" and "The Old Rugged Cross". Casket Bearers are Randy Lloyd, Donnie Hildahl, Ronnie Hildahl, Tricia Salazar, Rhonda O'Brien and John Aaron Hildahl.

Cyril Albert Bouska
Cyril Bouska, age 87, of Protivin, died Tuesday, October 26, 2004 at the Winneshiek County Memorial Hospital in Decorah, Iowa.
Cyril Albert Bouska was born on February 6, 1917 in Howard County, Iowa, near Schley, the son of Ben J. and Nellie (Mikesh) Bouska. He attended school in Protivin and graduated from Rudolphinum High School. Following his schooling, he returned to the farm. Cyril was very proud of his country and what it had to offer, so when war broke out, he enlisted in the U. S. Army on April 3, 1941, and served in the European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre for the biggest part of his tour of duty. He was discharged on July 18, 1945. Upon returning home, he went back to farming, which was where he desired to spend the rest of his life.
On June 4, 1946, he was united in marriage to Catherine E. “Kay” Courtney in St. Bridget’s Catholic Church at Bluffton, IA. They became the parents of two wonderful children. Cy and Kay raised their family and remained on the farm, even though they would winter in Florida or Oklahoma.
Cy was a member of Holy Trinity Church, the Knights of Columbus Council # 2744 of Protivin, the American Legion Post # 605 receiving his 60-year certificate, and a lifetime member of the V. F. W. Post #4561 of Cresco. He was an assessor of Sumner and Jackson Townships and was the Clerk of Sumner Township for all of 30 years. Cyril helped to start the Protivin Fire Department and was instrumental in purchasing the first truck. He enjoyed woodworking in his spare time, but seemed to have little of that. Cy was a family man who worshipped his children and especially his grandchildren.
Cyril is survived by his wife, Kay, one son: Gary (Linda) of Jensen Beach, FL, one daughter, Wanda (Gary) Waugh of Bartleville, OK; three grandchildren: Julie and Sara Bouska and Megan Waugh.
Preceding him in his death were his parents, and one sister, Mildred Fencl.
Funeral Services are Saturday, October 30, 2004 at the Holy Trinity Church in Protivin, with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation is 3 PM - 8 PM at the Conway Funeral Home in Protivin, with a 5 PM Scripture Service and a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7 PM.

Darlene Ann Mracek
Darlene Mracek died Tuesday, September 16, 2003 at her home in Cresco, Iowa of cancer. She was 75 years of age.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, September 19, 2003 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery, both inProtivin, IA. Visitation will be Thursday, September 18 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Conway Funeral Home in Cresco where there will be a rosary at 5 PM and a scripture service will be at 6:30 PM. There will be visitation at the Conway Funeral Home in Protivin one hour prior to services on Friday.
Darlene Ann Mracek was born on October 12, 1927, five miles north of Lawler in Chickasaw County, Iowa, the daughter of Frank and Anna (Kacher) Leuenberger. She attended the Utica #8 school, graduated from Lawler High School in 1945 and attended Iowa State Teachers College receiving her teaching certificate. She taught in the rural school until her marriage to Daniel Mracek on June 6, 1950 at St. Mary’s Church in New Hampton, Iowa.
Darlene was an active member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Protivin, a member of the Holy Trinity Rosary Society, the Domestic Executives in Protivin and was a former 4-H leader. After they moved to Cresco on October 1, 2000, she wanted to become active in her new endeavors and they joined the Notre Dame Parish and its Rosary Society. She also joined the Friends In Council Study Club.
Darlene liked to travel and go on bus tours. She liked to dance, take care of her garden, walk, and loved to attend the sporting events of her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Dan; her children: Diane (Gerald) Pecinovsky of Newton, IA, Connie Mracek of Neenah, WI, Dennis (Donna) of Protivin, IA, Kathy (Steve) McCarville of Cresco, IA, Jane (Pete) Heying of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Tom (Laura) of Kasson, MN; 15 grandchildren: Jill, Julie and Eric Pecinovsky; Jeff Mracek, Aimee Wesley and Amanda Jirak; Ryan, Kelly, Kyle, and Kimberly McCarville; Adam, Nicholas and Alex Heying; Matthew and Jonathan Mracek; one great granddaughter: Simone Wesley; and one brother: Louis(Glenna) Leuenberger of Ft. Dodge, IA.
Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers: Ben, Leo, Clarence, Eugene and Henry Leuenberger, three sisters: Tillie Novotny, Lillian Leuenberger and Irene Shores.

Darrell Lee Sowers
Darrell L. Sowers died Thursday, October 9, 2003, at his home in Cresco of natural causes. He was 72 years of age.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 A.M. Monday, October 13, 2003 at the United Methodist Church, with burial in New Oregon Cemetery, both in Cresco. Pastor Lewis Flanigan will preside. Mary Ellen Turnmire is the organist, with Pam Daley singing, “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art”, with the congregation singing, “All Creatures Great and Small”. Casket bearers will be Jerry Knoll, Willie Howard, Ray Reasland, Don Sowers, Doug Sowers, Brad Sovereign and Boston Nesteby.
Darrell Lee Sowers was born on January 3, 1931, near Sumner, Iowa , the son of Kenneth Monroe and Marjorie (Treloar) Sowers. He attended the country school until the 8th grade, then went to Sumner High School, from which he graduated. Darrell received his Biology and Physical Education Degrees from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. He entered the Army on August 7, 1953 and served until June 25, 1955 during the Korean Conflictattaining the rank of Sgt(T).
Darrell was united in marriage to Janice Knoll on June 1, 1957, at Kanawha, Iowa. Darrell taught school at Rockwell-Swaledale for thirteen years, before coming to Cresco. He taught a science curriculum at Crestwood High School until his retirement in 1990. He also taught a summerscience program at Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar.
Darrell was an enthusiastic teacher, an avid sports fan, and a stamp collector. Afterretirement, he continued to present programs to students that had a learning message regarding chemicals.
He is survived by his wife, Janice, four children:Arlene Wright of Waterloo, IA, Dee, and her husband,Rick Sovereign of Cresco, IA, Brian of Marshalltown, IA, and Kay, and her husband, Larry Core of Virginia Beach, VA; nine grandchildren:Jonathan and Jeremy Wright, Casi, Brad, and Bethany Sovereign, Boston Nesteby, Whitney, Austin, and Joshua Sowers; two brothers:Doug (Marian) Sowers of Fredericksburg, IA and Don (Marlys) Sowers of Postville, IA, and two sisters:Margaret (Willie) Howard ofSumner, IA and Mernie (Ray) Reasland of Webster City, IA.
Darrell was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Dylan Sowers and a son-in-law, Bob Wright.

Donald Roy Burr
Don Burr, age 77, of Cresco, died Friday, November 25, 2005 at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse, WI; after a short illness.
Donald Roy Burr was born on January 27, 1928 in Lime Springs, Iowa, the son of Roy and Esther (Sheppard) Burr. He graduated from Cresco High School, and farmed most of his life in the Cresco area.
Don entered the U. S. Army on June 8, 1954 serving a tour of duty in Korea. He was discharged on March 7, 1956. Following his discharge, Don returned to farm at Cresco.
On September 4, 1956, he was united in marriage to Lucille Bechtel at Waukon, IA. Don was a hard working dairy farmer, who also raised some pigs. He farmed up until he was 65, and even then continued helping Rick with some of the field work.
In earlier years, Don enjoyed dancing, it was going to a dance that he met Lucy and decided that she was the one that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. In later years, he enjoyed watching football on television. He also started reading and liked the western sagas.
Don spent many years working with 4-H, and on the Howard County Fair Board.
Don is survived by his wife, Lucy of Cresco, IA; one daughter: Donna Burr of Minneapolis, MN; and five sons: Richard Burr of Cresco, IA, David Burr of Chester, VA, Larry (Bonnie) Burr of Cresco, IA, Jerry Burr of Gold Hill, OR, and Danny Burr of Golden, CO; one granddaughter, Katie; one brother: Robert (Jean) Burr of Cedar Falls, IA; and three sisters: Marjorie (Raymond) McGee of Cresco, IA, Reva Shafovaloff of Pensacola, FL, Lois Powell of New Mexico.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 A.M. Tuesday, November 29, 2005 at United Methodist Church in Cresco, with burial in the New Oregon Cemetery, at Cresco. Visitation will be held at the Church in Cresco from 12:30 A.M. until 1:30 P.M. on Tuesday.

Donald James Pecinovsky
Don Pecinovsky, age 86, of Cresco, Iowa, died Sunday, August 29, 2004 at the Cresco Care Center, where he has lived since June 26.
Mass of Christian Burial is held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, September 1, 2004, at the Notre Dame Parish-St. Joseph’s Worship Center, with burial in Calvary Cemetery, both at Cresco, Iowa. Very Rev. Gary F. Krapfl is officiating. Casket bearers are: Ben Beller, BJ Pesky, Todd Utzig, Bob Holman, Chris Lentz, and Jim Downey. Visitation is from 4 P.M. until 7 P.M. Tuesday at the Conway Funeral Home in Cresco, with a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 5 P.M. and a Scripture service at 6:30 P.M.
Donald James Pecinovsky was born on September 11, 1917 in Howard County, near Cresco, the son of Frank and Louisa (Svestka) Pecinovsky. He attended Assumption School through the 11th grade. Feeling the need to aid his country, Don enlisted in the Navy on October 7, 1942 at Des Moines, IA and served at various naval stations and ships as a radioman second class until his discharge on August 4, 1945 at Shoemaker, CA. .
On September 29, 1943, he was united in marriage to Irene Bakula at St. Joseph’s Church in Cresco. They became the parents of three children: Sue, Lyn and Mike. Following his return from the Navy, Don and Irene farmed for a short period of time. Later he moved to Cresco and started working for Standard Oil. He then started carrying mail for the Post Office. Don preferred being a rural carrier so when the opportunity presented itself, he transferred to the rural carriers and delivered mail until about 1987.
Don was a member of St. Joseph’s Worship Center, the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion and the V. F. W. He loved music and had his own bands, the Ace High Buddies and later the Don Peck Combo, for many years. Don enjoyed working with wood, making plaques or dressers. He liked to bowl, fish and watch John Wayne movies. Don liked to travel, would spend part of his later years with his son, and really enjoyed teasing.
Following the death of Irene in 1969, Don was united in marriage to Gladys Vick Engen on October 16, 1976. Gladys died on August 23, 2000.
Don is survived by his children: Sue (Jim) Downey, Lyn L. Rose, all of Ft. Myers, FL, and Mike (Marian) Pesky of Sioux City, IA; four step children: Gerald Engen, of Blaine, MN, Vince Engen of Aurora, IL, Linda Hjelmeland and Sharon Roher, both of Decorah, IA; eight grandchildren: Laura, Shannon, and Brian Pesky, Nicole Vanderlinden; Heather Renfro and Ryan Downey; Todd and Chad Utzig; eleven step grandchildren; four great grandchildren: Mason and Gavin Utzig, Avery Beller and Collyn Renfro; seventeen step great grandchildren; two sisters: Geraldine Pecinovsky and Elizabeth Durfey; two nieces and two nephews; and two sisters-in-law: Mildred Vick and Helen Vick, both of Decorah, IA.
He was preceded in death by his parents, both wives, three brothers: Edward, Adolph and Arthur Pecinovsky, and one sister: Emma Simmons.

Donald “Doc” Eckerman
Don “Doc” Eckerman, 89, of Lime Springs, Iowa, died Wednesday, September 15, 2004 at his home of natural causes.
He was born February 5, 1915, in Early, Iowa, the son of Frank and Louise (Dorneden) Eckerman. His family moved to a farm in the Davis Corners area when he was a youngster. He attended Saratoga #6 rural school and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. He married Marybelle Ahern on June 24, 1939 and they raised afamily of 11 children. They farmed their entire lives near Davis Corner. Marybelle died January 26, 1987. Since that time, he has spent winters with his daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Michael Kramer in Cincinnati and summers on his beloved farm. Don was an active member of Assumption Church in Cresco, was a member of the Knights of Columbus and sold SAR Seed Corn. He enjoyed baseball, gardening, fishing, and working in his shop, making birdhouses and time spent with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren on his beloved farm. He was a wonderful role model and inspiration, with a great sense of humor and will be greatly missed by all.
Survivors include ten of his children:Jeannine (Gene) Herring of Marion, IA; Ronald (Carol) of Evansdale, IA; Mike (Gail) of Lanesboro, MN; Terry (Kay) of Cresco, IA; Leo of Chetek, WI; Ann (Mike) Gunzel of Lee’s Summit, MO; Joan (Michael) Kramer of Cincinnati, OH; Joseph (Joyce) of O’Fallen, IL; Mary (Mike) Otis of Clear Lake, IA; Cynthia (Dave) Lamfers of Des Moines, IA; 28 grandchildren: Douglas and Greg Herring, Cheryl Schwabb, Lori Eigen, Julie, Jeffrey, Jennifer and Christopher Eckerman, Elizabeth Waeghe, Michelle Lucas, Jason Eckerman, Melissa Davis, Tracy Wright, Eric Eckerman, Shelby and Riley Eckerman, Aaron Gunzel, Adrienne Arcand, Joanne Simpson, Brian and Scott Kramer, Rochelle Impastato, Heather and Donald Eckerman, Matthew, Nathan, Nicholas, and Michalene Otis, 16 great-grandchildren, 2 step-great grandchildren, and one brother:Jean (Beth) Eckerman of Mason City, IA.
Preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Marybelle, a son, Richard in 1995, a grandson, Glen Herring, a daughter-in-law Sharon Eckerman, three brothers:LeRoy, Clarence (Jack), and Arthur and three sisters:LaVerne Nosbisch, Wilma Sullivan and Marie Sullivan.
Funeral Services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, September 18, 2004 at the Assumption Worship Center, with burial in Calvary Cemetery, both in Cresco. Friends may call from 4:00 until 9:00 PM on Friday, September 17 at the Conway Funeral Home with a Rosary at 5 PM and a 7:30 PM Scripture service. Visitation will be from 9:30 AM until service time at the church on Saturday. Memorial may be directed to the family.

Dorothy M. Bouska
Dorothy Bouska died Saturday, May 06, 2006 at the Cresco Care Center where she has lived since March 3. She was 88 years of age.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, May 9, 3006 at Notre Dame Parish-Assumption Worship Center with burial in Calvary Cemetery, both in Cresco. Rev. Richard J. Ament will officiate. The pall will be placed by John Kout and Mary Kruse, reader will be Sue Eckerman,gifts will be carried by Jane Wedo and Lori Schutte and eucharist minister will be Janet Andera. Organist will be Suzanne Ollendick and Joe Wacha will lead the congregation in singing "On Eagle's Wings", "Amazing Grace", "Here I Am Lord", and "How Great Thou Art". Casket bearers will be: Gary, Dale, Joe and Kenneth Balik, Tim Ryan and Gene Riha.
Dorothy M. Bouska was born on February 5, 1918 on the family farm near Little Turkey, Iowa, the daughter of John and Rose (Schwade) Balik. She attended the rural school near her home through the eighth grade and then stayed at home helping with the farm and household chores.
On September 4, 1946, Dorothy was united in marriage to Leonard Bouska at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Spillville. Following their marriage, they set up farming in New Oregon Township between Cresco and Protivin. They retired from the farm in 1979 and moved to Cresco.
Dorothy was a member of St. Joseph Worship Center, the Altar and Rosary Society, numerous card clubs, and the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed dancing, gardening, and most of all she enjoyed visiting with family, friends and neighbors.
Dorothy is survived by one sister, Evelyn (Ed) Ryan of Decorah, IA and one brother, Raymond (Doris) Balik of Protivin, one sister-in-law, Gladys Balik of Lawler and one brother-in-law, John Kout of Lawler, several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Leonard on August 27, 1989, one brother, Richard Balik and two sisters: Marie Balik and Helen Kout.

Dorothy Mae Jacklin
Dorothy M. Daskam, age 78, died Thursday, September 23, 2004, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN after a short illness.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, September 27, 2004 at the United Methodist Church in Cresco. Burial in the Eddy-Kendallville Cemetery. Pastor Lewis Flanigan officiating. Mary Ellen Turnmire is organist accompanying the congregation as they sing "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Swing Low Sweet Chariot". Casket bearers are the grandchildren: Heather and Brandon Brumm, Lindsay and Megan Daskam, Jared and Brian Rance.
Dorothy Mae Jacklin was born on April 7, 1926, the daughter of Alonzo and Minnie(Radechel) Jacklin in rural Winneshiek County near the Minnesota border south of Harmony, MN. She attended rural grade school in Winneshiek County, graduating from the 8th grade in 1939. She then attended and graduated from Harmony High School in 1943.
On April 14, 1945, she was united in marriage with Donald Daskam at the Methodist Parsonage in Harmony, MN. To this union, three children were born:Kathleen Ann, Allan Dean, and Darla Lee. Donald and Dorothy farmed in the Kendallville area moving into Cresco in 1976. Dorothy worked at the Howard-Winneshiek School from 1971 until 1988 in food service.
Dorothy belonged to the United Methodist Church and the “Nifty-over-Fifty” exercise class. She enjoyed antiquing, reading, and collecting copper. She had very little spare time, but always found extra time to spend with her grandchildren, family and friends.
She is survived by her children:Kathy and her husband, Dale“Okie” Brumm of Rochester, MN; Allan, and his wife, Julie of Cresco; and Darla, and her husband, Ray Rance of Lime Springs; six grandchildren:Heather and Brandon Brumm, Lindsay and Megan Daskam, and Jared and Brian Rance; one sister: Eleanor Kittlesonof Blooming Prairie, MN.
Preceding Dorothy in death were her parents and her husband, Donald on September 3, 1986.

Dorothy River McCallister Fencl
Dorothy River McCallister Fencl died peacefully at the Cresco Care Center on July 12, 2004, after an extended illness.
She was born January 6, 1922 to Elmer and Eva (Jacobsen) River. Her father died when she was two months old; then she was given to her father’s sister and husband, Florence and Ward Sovereign, where she lived and grew to womanhood.
Dorothy attended rural schools graduating from Cresco Public High School in 1939. She attended business college in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
In 1941 she married Charles McCallister in Pismo Beach, California. They eventually moved to Washington state. Dorothy retired from the Douglas County Public Utility District in 1982. Her husband died in 1969. In 1983 she married Richard Fencl and returned to Cresco to live. She was a member of St. Joseph’s parish.
She is survived by two daughters: Barbara Boehl of Douglas, Alaska, and Janet McCallister Smith of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and two sons: Duane McCallister of Paso Robles, California, and Daryl McCallister of Highland Ranch, Colorado; four stepchildren: Janice Pesek of Cresco, Virginia Dunt of Rochester, Minnesota, Betty Koons of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, and James Fencl of Rochester, Minnesota. She is also survived by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, fourteen step-grandchildren, thirty-one step-great-grandchildren and eight step-great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Muriel Perry of San Antonio, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her husband Richard Fencl, who died in 2003, and by her first husband, Charles McCallister, who died in 1969; a brother, William River, and by her extended family, Florence and Ward Sovereign, Claude Sovereign, Gerald Sovereign, Clark Sovereign, Gladys Wilson and Doris O’Donnell, all of whom were her true family.
Funeral Services were held on Friday, July 16, 2004 at Notre Dame Parish-St. Joseph's Worship Center with burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery both in Cresco, Iowa. Rev. James Secora officiated. Organist was Belva Wilson. Cantor was Pam Daley. Honorary Casket Bearers were Wayne, Merle, Lowell, Jim Sovereign and Jerry O'Donnell and Gerald Wilson. Visitation was from 4-8 PM Thursday. There was also a visitation one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

Dorothy Ruby Mailey
Dorothy Mailey died Friday, January 27, 2006 at the Evans Memorial Home in Cresco, Iowa, where she has made her home since September of 2001. She was 80 years of age.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, January 30, 2006 at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Bluffton. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church. Rev. Richard Ament will officiate, Marilyn Novak will be organist, Sabrina Larson will be reader and casket bearers will be, Steve Mailey, Marty Kriener, Bob Carroll, John Sindelar, Richard Feenstra and Joe Polashek.
Dorothy Ruby Mailey was born on June 25, 1925 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Steven and Lena Marks. Her family moved to New York in the summer and to Florida in the winter, which meant that Dorothy moved around much of her growing up years.
On September 23, 1953, Dorothy was united in marriage to Roger W. Mailey in Indiana. They were blessed with four children. Prior to moving to Cresco, Dorothy and Roger lived in Chicago, where she was very active in the Ladies Auxiliary of St. George’s Catholic Church.
She enjoyed playing cards, going fishing, gardening and going on an occasional trip to Vegas to gamble. She liked pets, especially her dog Queenie. Dorothy enjoyed having her family come to visit, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Dorothy is survived by one son: Steven of Colorado Springs, CO; one daughter: Nancy (Dennis) Samec of Lime Springs, IA; six grandchildren: Bryan Mailey, Stephanie (Martin) Kriener, Sara Mailey, Steven (fiancé Cory) Mailey, Sabrina Larson and Michelle Samec;11 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Roger in 1997, and two sons: Gerald and Roger Jr.

Dorothy Lorene Price
Dorothy L. Price, 83, of New Hampton, died Saturday December 1, 2001 of natural causes at the New Hampton Care Center.
Services will be 4 pm Monday December 3 at Conway Funeral Home in New Hampton, with Reverend Catherine Luck, pastor of the United Methodist Church presiding. There will be an Order of Eastern Star service at 5:30 pm. Visitation will be 3 to 8 pm Monday at the funeral home.
Graveside services will be 11 am Wednesday in Belton, Missouri at the Belton Cemetery with a nephew, Reverend Robert Bullock presiding.
Dorothy Lorene Price was born August 29, 1918 at Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of William Marcus and Edna (Gloyd) Bullock. After graduating from Belton High School, she was employed as assistant manager of the Base Exchange (PX) at Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base in Belton.
Dorothy was married to Charles Roy Price on August 21, 1937. They residen in Belton until moving to New Hampton in 1981. Charles died just a few months after the move to New Hampton. She was active in her church circle at the Methodist Church and with the New Hampton Senior Site. She also was a 50 year member of the Order of Eastern Star.
Dorothy is survived by
a daughterNancy Ann Brown of Cedar Falls
3 grandchildrenKevin Brown of Rushville, Indiana
Kay Taylor of Wilson, North Carolina
Ken Brown of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
3 great grandchildrenJessica and Kristen Taylor and Collin Royce Brown
2 step great grandchildrenChristian and Shea
She was preceded in death by her
husband CharlesJuly 10, 1981
a sonGerald on July 15, 1966
2 brothersWilliam Bullock in 1995 and a brother in infancy
1 sister Thelma Bullock in 1936

Dorothy Mae Randak
Dorothy Randak died Thursday, July 28, 2005 at the Regional Health Services Hospital in Cresco, Iowa. She was 73 years of age.
Funeral Services were held at 10:30 A.M. Monday, August 01, 2005 at Notre Dame Parish-St Josephs Worship Center, with burial in Calvary Cemetery, both in Cresco. Rev. Richard J. Ament presided with the Conway Funeral Home assisting with arrangements. The family placed the pall on the casket at the beginning of worship, Ruth Shimek and Dan Williams were lectors, Donna Kelly and Patty Kohles carried the gifts, Georgine Berka was Eucharist Minister, Suzanne Ollendick was organist and Pam Daley was the song leader. Casket Bearers were: Roger Craft, Harold Craft Jr. , Robert Halweg, James and Scott Kramer, and Robert Randak.
Dorothy Mae Randak was born on April 4, 1932 in Howard County, Iowa, near Protivin, the daughter of Anton andLudmilla (Landa) Randak. She was baptized and confirmed at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Protivin. Dorothy attended the rural school and also St. Joseph’s School through the eighth grade. In about 1941, the family moved to Cresco and Dorothy helped with housekeeping. She started working at the local hospital, cooking and eventually moved over to laundry, which she really liked. She worked at the hospital for 40 years, retiring in 1990.
Dorothy loved cooking and entertaining that she would not let one leave her house without feeding them. She also enjoyed reading, playing cards, and traveling. Dorothy was a great animal lover, and treated the dogs, cats, and squirrels as though they were her own. Her greatest love was her nieces and nephews and enjoyed visiting whenever they came over.
Dorothy was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, the Circles of Faith and the Hospital Auxiliary.
She is survived by three sisters: Helen (Harold) Craft of Cresco, Iowa, Marcella (William) Halweg of San Diego, CA and Irene Kramer of La Mesa, CA and Cresco, Iowa, and many nieces and nephews.
Her parents and three nieces preceded her in death.

Edward John Hosek
Edward Hosek, 90, died Friday, September 26, 2003 at the Cresco Care Center where he has made his home since the end of January.
Edward John Hosek was born on the family farm in Howard County, Iowa, on April 2, 1913, the son of William and Emma (Mrachek) Hosek. He was baptized on May 1, 1913 at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Protivin, Iowa. He attended the rural school in Howard County. After graduating from school, he worked on the family farm.
Edward was united in marriage to Lucille Catherine Burgart on June 5, 1939 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in New Hampton, Iowa. Ed and Lucille made their home on the Hosek farm until they moved into Cresco in 1984. While on the farm, they were members of the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Schley. They joined the Notre Dame Parish when they moved into Cresco.
Ed enjoyed farming, gardening and growing flowers. He liked to play cards and go fishing. In later years on the farm, Ed started custom trucking and he enjoyed this even after moving to town.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years; two daughters: Judy Kerian and Janice (Marvin) Praska, all of Cresco, IA; seven grandchildren: Carol Monnet, Wayne, Kevin and Randy Kerian, and Nancy Melaas, Soctt and Shaina Praska; 14 great grandchildren: Jason, Kayla and Tiffiny Tlusty; Kirsten, Elyse and Alexander Kerian; Kasie, Brandon, Miranda and Dalton Kerian; Justin Kerian; Lydia, Becky Jo, and Mitchell Melaas.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents, a son David,a granddaughter Renae Praska, a son-in-law Joe Kerian; three brothers: Raymond in infancy, Leonard and William Hosek; two sisters: Helen Bakula and Marcella Koshatka.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, September 29, 2003 at the Notre Dame Parish – Assumption Worship Center, with burial in Calvary Cemetery, both in Cresco. Rev. Henry W. Charipar will officiate. The family will place the pall, and the grandchildren will be casket bearers, readers and carry the gifts.

Edwin A. Kostohryz
Edwin A. Kostohryz, age 75, of Protivin, who died Sunday, September 5, 2004, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease and complications from pneumonia.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, September 9, 2004 at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Protivin with burial in the Holy Trinity Cemetery. Rev. Robert Ament is presiding. Sue Panos is organist with the Holy Trinity Choir being led by Miriam Humpal. Gift bearers are: Shari Vrba and Terri Bylander. Bill Berka is lector.
Edwin Kostohryz was born on March 26, 1929 in Howard County, Iowa, the son of Louis and Albina (Jestrab) Kostohryz. He attended rural school and catholic school in the Protivin area. He began farming at a young age in the Protivin area and continued to farm until his retirement at the end of 2003. He always said he would farm until he could not step up on his John Deere.
Edwin was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church and of the Knights of Columbus. He was very proud of his Czech heritage and loved polka music. He liked to visit with his buddies at the coffee table and play cards. His hobbies included: bowling, fishing, riding motorcycles, collecting John Deere memorabilia and an occasional trip to the boat. He spent many hours with his favorite dog, Buster, the blue healer.
Edwin is survived by a very special friend, Dorothy Vrba and her children, Gary Vrba, Shari Vrba and Terri Bylander. He is also survived by a sister, Alice (Frank) Puffer of Ridgeway, IA and a sister-in-law, Evelyn Kostohryz. He also had several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ray Kostohryz.
Edwin was a friend, neighbor, mentor, dad and grandpa to many. He will be sadly missed by all.

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