George Walter Cook Jr.
George Walter Cook Jr., son of George W. Cook and Nellie Whaley Cook, was born Nov. 2, 1928, in DeSoto, Mo. and died of kidney failure Dec. 10, 2002, at his home in Truro. He was 74.
He married Dorothy Lou Hahn on Aug. 29, 1949 and they became the parents of four children, Michael, Kathleen, Daniel and Karen.
Mr. Cook married Barbara Joan Hattan on Sept. 18, 1967, in Fairview Heights, Ill.
He was a supervisor for Continental Can and had lived in St. Louis and DeSoto before moving to Truro 3-1/2 years ago.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Daniel Cook; a brother and three sisters.
Mr. Cook is survived by his wife; three children, Michael Cook and his wife, Lori Cook, of St. Louis, Mo., Kathleen Marlow of Indianola and Karen Willett and her husband, Billy Willett, of Truro; 18 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Virginia Brownlow and her husband, Joe Brownlow of St. Louis and Florence Kinkade of Texas; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Cook were at 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, Pastor Mike Carlson of the First Baptist Church in Winterset officiating.
Interment of the cremains will be at a later date in the New Virginia Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation, Middle River Hospice or Gideon Bibles.
Laura Blanche Coon
Laura Blanche Grimm Coon, the daughter of George Washington and Anna Burchett Grimm, was born Jan. 17, 1904, in Decatur County and died Dec. 16, 2002, at Osceola Nursing and Rehab Center. She was 98.
She married Myron Coon on March 26, 1927, in Creston. Mr. Coon died Dec. 22, 1990.
Mrs. Coon was a homemaker and farmwife on the couple’s farm in the Hopeville area. The couple retired and moved to Murray in 1973. Mrs. Coon moved to Osceola Nursing and Rehab Center in February of 1991.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Marilyn Louise in infancy and Janice Irving in Oct. 1982; the two boys she and her husband raised Sidney and John Braathen who was killed in World War II and six sisters and five brothers.
Mrs. Coon is survived by a grandson, Kevin Irving and a son-in-law, Jay Irving, both of Afton.
Services were at 1 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Hopeville United Methodist Church, where Mrs. Coon and her husband were members. Pastor Dwayne Henrichs of Thayer conducted the service. Burial was in the Gregg Cemetery, southeast of of Hopeville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hopeville United Methodist Church.
Powers Funeral Home of Afton was in charge of arrangements.
Jason Burbank Hatfield
Jason Burbank Hatfield, son of Richard Burbank Hatfield and Claudia Jo Moersch Roach, was born June 12, 1968, at North Kansas City, Mo. and died Dec. 13, 2002, at his home in Osceola. He was 34.
He graduated from Park Hill High School in North Kansas City and attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla.
He served in the U.S. Air Force and worked at Palleton of Osceola.
An accomplished sky diver, Mr. Hatfield was a member of various sky diving clubs. He enjoyed magic and was good at performing close-up magic. He loved playing the drums and the guitar. He played in a Christian rock band called the Martyr. He was an outdoor person who enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping and loved animals.
He was preceded in death by both of his grandmothers, Ferdine Hatfield and Marcella Wagner Moersch, an aunt, Evelyn Hatfield and an uncle, Wilbur Hatfield.
Mr. Hatfield is survived by his father, Richard Hatfield, of Kansas City, Mo.; mother, Claudia Roach of Elkhorn, Wis.; a brother, Garrett Hatfield of Kansas City; a sister, Whitney Ann Brosi and her husband Matthew Brosi of Lansing, Mich.; his grandfathers, Harlan B. Hatfield of Osceola and Wilbur Moersch of Elkhorn and an aunt, Ann Serpe and her husband, Tony Serpe of Elkhorn.
Services for Mr. Hatfield were Wednesday at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, the Rev. Phil Coe of the First Christian Church in Osceola officiating.
Casket bearers were Travis Ramsey, John Webb, Doug Robins, Jerry Ramsey, Tony Serpe and Matt Brosi. Burial was in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola.
Sara Louise Schmitt, daughter of John Harvey and Emma Maybelle Emerson See, was born Aug. 23, 1901, in Taylor County and died Dec. 12, 2002, at Osceola Nursing and Rehab Center. She was 101.
She moved with her family to Clarke County when she was quite young. The family homesteaded in South Dakota at an early age but returned to Iowa and Clarke County where she attended rural schools and lived the rest of her life.
She married George F. Schmitt in Des Moines on Dec.12, 1922. They celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on Dec. 12, 1986.
Mr. and Mrs. Schmitt managed the A & P store in Osceola for 11 years before moving to a farm northeast of Osceola where they lived until they retired to Osceola in 1972.
Mrs. Schmitt was a member of the First Christian Church in Osceola and a member of the Four Corner Club and other bridge and neighbor clubs.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three brothers, Kenneth Edson See, Ross Emerson See and Ralph Harvey See and three sisters, Minnie E. Brewer, Laura Ellen Myers and Ethel E. Collins.
Mrs. Schmitt is survived by nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 14 at Kale Funeral Home with the Rev. Phil Coe officiating. Organist Belva White accompanied Emil Rinderspacher who sang In the Garden and How Great Thou Art.
Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Ron Fouche, Kenneth Dunbar, Robert Powell, oral Eddy, Roger Davis and Bart Griffin.
Edith Mardena Glazebrook, daughter of Albert Herman and Grace Mildred Waltz Herman, was born April 30, 1927, in Madison County and died Dec. 18, 2003, at the Lucas County Hospital in Chariton. She was 76.
She grew up in Madison County near Earlham. She attended Madison County Country School and graduated from Earlham High School. She married Jack Marvin Landers in the fall of 1944 and they became the parents of four children, Richard, Michael, James and Linda. Mr. Landers preceded her in death on July 3,1960. She married Dallas Rolland Glazebrook on Oct. 14, 1961, and they became the parents of two children, Sheila and John. Mr. Glazebrook died on June 14, 1985.
Mrs. Glazebrook was a homemaker and enjoyed being a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her family.
Mrs. Glazebrook was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; a granddaughter, Rainy Sue; a brother, Bud; two sisters, Beatrice and Bernice and a son-in-law, Jim Purscell.
She is survived by her sons, Richard Landers and his wife, Ramona Landers of Lorimor, Michael Landers and his wife, Linda Landers, of Des Moines, James Landers and his wife, Sheila Landers and John Glazebrook and his wife, Kim Glazebrook, all of Osceola; daughters Linda Carter of Guthrie Center and Sheila Purscell and Dylon Kimball of Murray; 18 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; a sister, Jo Hicks of Arizona as well as other relatives and friends.
A memorial lunch was held Dec. 22 at the Murray Legion Hall in Murray.
Memorial contributions may be directed to her family to be decided at a later date.
Dale Edwin Burgus
Dale Edwin Burgus, son of Fred Burgus and Winifred Inez Johnson Burgus, was born Sept. 29, 1923, in Murray and died Dec. 19, 2002, at his home in Osceola. He was 79.
He received his education in the Murray schools and graduated from Murray High School. A veteran of World War II, he served his country in the U.S. Navy.
He married Wylla “Billie” Duree on Aug. 10, 1946, at Saint Bernard Catholic Church in Osceola. The couple became the parents of four children, Delaine, Dayna, Debby and David.
The family lived for many years near Murray where Mr. Burgus farmed. He also worked for John Deere in Des Moines until he retired after 15 years in 1972. Mr. and Mrs. Burgus moved to Osceola in 1973.
Mr. Burgus was a member of William-Lochrie Post No. 405 of the American Legion in Murray and a member of the Osceola Eagles Aerie No. 3495 in Osceola.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife in 2000 and a grandson, Michael David Burgus.
He is survived by his four children, Delaine Gabel and her husband, Richard Gabel, of San Antonio, Texas, Dayna Dove of Iowa City, Debby Conroy and her husband, Guy Conroy, of Norwalk and David Burgus and his wife, Karen Burgus, of Osceola; eight grandchildren, Chris and Adrienne Burgus of Osceola, Tracy, Misty and Meisha Gabel of San Antonio; Ryan Dove of Des Moines and Sarah and Shawn Conroy of Norwalk; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Wayne Burgus and his wife, Roberta Burgus of Yuma, Ariz., as well as other relatives and a host of friends.
Memorial services for Mr. Burgus were Dec. 23 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, Pastor Marty Burgus officiating. Military rites were by the Murray American Legion,William-Lochrie Post No. 405.
Interment of the cremains was in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola.
Leta Blanche Armstrong Sanders
Leta Blanche Sanders, daughter of John William and Margaret Agusta Smith Reynolds, was born Oct. 28, 1909, in Warren County and died Dec. 18, 2002, at the Osceola Nursing and Rehab Center in Osceola. She was 93.
Leta received her education in the New Virginia Schools and graduated with the class of 1926.
She was a stencil file clerk for Look Magazine in Des Moines and also worked at the Martin Bomber Plant in Omaha, Neb. during World War II.
She lived in St. Charles and Des Moines before moving to Osceola in 1982.
She married Boyd Armstrong on Feb. 22, 1930. She married Calvern Sanders on Oct. 1, 1991.
Mrs. Sanders was a former member of the CWF and Women’s Relief Corp in New Virginia. She was also a member of the First Christian Church in Osceola and taught Sunday School for many years.
Leta had a wonderful sense of humor and always had a loving smile. She loved her flower garden and enjoyed reading and traveling.
In addition to her husbands, Boyd in 1983 and Calvern in 2001, she was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Maxine Reynolds in infancy, Veniece Ford, Alta DeWitt and Pearl Taylor; two brothers, Elbert and Harry Reynolds; a brother-in-law, Jessie Armstrong; and a sister-in-law, Pearl Reynolds.
Mrs. Sanders is survived by a sister, Eva Garris of Osceola and Faye Wilson of Indianola; a brother, Fayne Reynolds of Osceola; two brothers-in-law, Paul Sanders and his wife, Willene Sanders, of Osceola, Harold Sanders and his wife, Leona Sanders, of Spokane, Wash. and Forest Sanders and his wife, Betty Sanders, of Green City, Mo.; two sisters-in-law, Edna Barr and Frances Fouche, both of Osceola; as well as nieces; nephews; cousins and friends.
A memorial service for Mrs. Sanders was held at Kale Funeral Home on Dec. 23, the Rev. Phil Coe of the First Christian Church officiating. Organist was Pennie Gonseth.
Interment of the cremains was in the St. Charles Cemetery.
Elmer E. White
Elmer E. White, 93, of Runnells, died Dec. 16, 2002, at the Madison County Memorial Hospital in Winterset. Funeral services were Dec. 18 at the Runnells Christian Church. Interment was in Lowman Cemetery at Runnells.
Mr. White was born in Farrar and lived in the Runnells area until he moved to Murray in 1974 and lived there until 1997 when he moved to the senior apartments. He moved to West Bridge Care and Rehab Center in Winterset six months ago.
He retired from farming in 1977.
His son, Larry White, said of his father, he was a kind and gentle man and never spoke a cranky word to him. He was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather.
He married Beatrice White in 1931. She preceded him in death in 1994. Mr. White was survived by four sons, Larry White of Truro, Martin White of Winterset and Ed White and Roger White, both of Des Moines; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren, a sister Lenora DeReus of DeSoto; and three brothers, Ordie White and Robert White of Runnells and Byron White of Indianola.
Richardson Funeral Home in Carlisle was in charge of arrangements.
Graveside services for Beverly Ann Carlson, 59, of New Virginia who died of cancer Dec. 11, 2001, at Osceola Nursing and Rehab Center, were Dec. 14 in the New Virginia Cemetery.
Mrs. Carlson was born to Robert and Betty Dwyer Hellstern in Des Moines. She had lived in New Virginia since 1958.
She married Roger Carlson on March 7, 1969. Mrs. Carlson was a cook and a homemaker.
In addition to her husband she is survived by a son, Lane Carlson, of New Virginia; her mother, Betty Hellstern and a brother, R.J. Hellstern, both of Newton; a sister, Barbara Smalley of Arizona and a grandchild.
Memorial contributions may be made to Osceola Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Peterson Funeral Home in Indianola was in charge of arrangements.
Graveside services for Doris Mary Carlson, 92, of New Virginia were Dec. 14 in the New Virginia Cemetery. Mrs. Carlson died Dec. 11, 2001, at Clarke County Hospital in Osceola.
Mrs. Carlson was born to Perry and Elizabeth Hunt Simmerman in Cool. She attended college for a year and married C. Harold Carlson on Aug. 26, 1933. The couple moved to New Virginia in 1936.
She was a homemaker and a teacher.
She is survived by a son Roger Carlson of New Virginia; a daughter, Joyce Carlson of Austin, Texas; a brother, Merrill Simmerman of Indian- ola; a grandchild and a great-grandchild.
Memorial contributions may be made to New Virginia Fire and Rescue Squad.
Peterson Funeral Home in Indianola was in charge of arrangements.