Elizabeth Jansen

Mrs. Elizabeth Jansen, age 86, of Alton, passed away on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Society Cottage Center in Le Mars.

There will be a celebration of her life on Friday, July 6, at 10:30am, at the Alton Reformed Church in Alton.  The Rev. Dr. C. Orville Kool will officiate.  Interment will be prior to the service at the Nassau Township Cemetery near Alton.  There will be a prayer service on Friday, at 9:30am, at the church.

Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Thursday, with the family present from 6:30pm to 8:00pm, at the church.  Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.


Connie Schmith

Connie Schmith, age 56 of Oklahoma City, OK died Monday, July 2, 2012, at the Deaconess Hospital in Oklahoma City.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hull, IA with Rev. Robert Gordon, officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be will be Monday, July 9, 2012 from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of George

Agnes Schmidt

Agnes Schmidt, age 87, of Ocheyedan, Iowa passed away on Sunday, July 1, at Dougherty Hospice in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 1:30 P.M. at Zion Lutheran Church Horton Township, Ocheyedan, Iowa. Rev. Paul Johnson officiating. Burial in the Ocheyedan Township  Cemetery,  Ocheyedan, Iowa.

Visitation will be Friday, July 6, 2012 from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Chapel in Ocheyedan.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to www.andringafuneralhome.com

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley and Ocheyedan in charge of arrangements for Agnes Schmidt.

Burnette Hough

Burnette Hough,  age 89, of Lake Park, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at Lake Park Care Center in Lake Park, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, June 29, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Milford, Iowa. Father Tom Flanagan officiating.

Burial will be at 1:00 P.M. Friday at Silver Lake Cemetery in Lake Park, Iowa.

Burnette Anna Mae Hough was born on May 9, 1923 in Lake Park, Iowa. She was the daughter of George and Emma (Voss) Atzen. She was baptized in St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Roswell, New Mexico. Burnette lived her youth in Lake Park, Iowa where she attended school and graduated from Excelsior High School.  She was united in marriage to Thomas R. Hough of Lake Park on October 28, 1942 at the Catholic Church in Royal, Iowa. They farmed at Lake Park for many years. Burnette worked for Dr. R. J. Coble for five years. They moved to Fremont, California and Burnette was employed at Montgomery Wards in the office for six years. In November of 1974, they moved to Oroville, California where she worked at Gibson Pharmacy for six years. In May of 1988, they moved back to Lake Park, Iowa. Thomas passed away on February 11, 2005.

Burnette was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Milford, Iowa where she was very active when she was able. She was a member of the Lake Park Cemetery Society and Royal Neighbors. Burnette enjoyed cooking and baking. She treasured the time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She passed away on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at Lake Park Care Center.

Those left to cherish her memories are her children, Allen E. and wife Elsie Hough of Danville, KY, and their children, Tommy of Fort Smith, AK, Frank and Sarah of Rochester, MN, Adam of Rochester, MN; John E. and Mureen Hough of Lake Park, IA, and their daughter, Michelle Houghof Milford, IA; James R. and wife Brenda Hough of Dakota Dunes, SD, and their children, Staci and Roger Luebbert and daughters, Adyson and Jessa of West Point NE, Steve Hough and daughter, Alexis of Homer, NE; sister-in-law, Theresa Miller of Homer, NE; dearest friends, Val Vierra, Pat Childars and Jeri Hough.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Hough, her parents, one brother, Raymond Atzen, two sisters, Edna Atzen and Hazel Atzen.

Joyce Lundt

Joyce Lundt, age 87 of Sanborn, formerly of Linn Grove, passed away on Tuesday, June 26 at the Prairie View Nursing Home in Sanborn.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30A.M., Friday, June 29, 2012 at the Warner Chapel in Spencer. Interment will be at the Riverside Cemetery of Spencer, Iowa.

Visitation will begin after 12 noon on Thursday, with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Thursday evening at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Ann Orr

Mary Ann Orr, age 75 of Rock Rapids, IA, formerly of Laurens, IA passed away Monday, June 25, 2012 at Rock Rapids Health Centre in Rock Rapids, IA.

Funeral service will be 11:00 AM, Monday, July 2nd at United Methodist Church in Rock Rapids, IA, with Rev. Dean Shelly officiating.

Burial is planned for 2:00 PM, Monday afternoon at East Side Cemetery in Estherville, IA.

Visitation will be Monday morning, from 9:00 AM until the hour of service at the United Methodist Church in Rock Rapids.

Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Ann blessed the world with her birth on April 15, 1937 in Estherville, Iowa, as the daughter of George Curtis and Kathryn Marie (Van Der Stoep) Vedder. She attended the Estherville Community Schools and graduated from high school in 1955. Her dream was to be a teacher so she continued her education at Estherville Junior College earning her teaching certificate. She began teaching in Mallard, IA, until August 2, 1959, when she was united in marriage to Kenneth L. Jacobson at the United Methodist Church in Estherville. Two daughters were born to that union, Marilee Kay and Ann Marie. The family lived in various places, such as Graettinger, IA, Emmetsburg, IA and Urbandale, IA. Mary Ann continued teaching in the communities of Emmetsburg and Adel with her specialty being lower elementary and remedial reading. November 1969 the family was involved in a car accident which resulted in Kenneth’s death on November 29, 1969. Mary Ann married Robert M. Orr on March 31, 1972. They made their home in Laurens, IA, where she substitute taught and owned and operated the “Bargain Basement”. She also managed the Laurens Retirement housing Corporation for a couple years.

Mary Ann put her heart into every community she called home. She touched many lives through her dedication and volunteerism. As a member of Laurens United Methodist Church, she taught Sunday school, was a youth group leader and a United Methodist Women’s officer. She served as president of the library board, was a member of the foundation board, head start board and an organizer of the pre-school in Laurens. She was a strong advocate and teacher for the GED program with Iowa Central Community College in Ft. Dodge, IA, where she once had a scholarship in her name. Being around children gave her joy and she delighted in portraying Mrs. Santa Claus at the holidays, and acting with the Downtown Drama Theatre Company. She volunteered with the Girl Scouts and enjoyed following her grandchildren’s events. She looked forward to traveling with Bob, playing cards, and spending time with relatives and friends. Celebrating the holidays and milestones of family was her specialty. Mary Ann was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She loved her family more than anything and was truly proud of her Dutch heritage.

Mary Ann is survived by her husband of 40 years, Robert M. Orr of Rock Rapids, IA; two daughters, Marilee (Dave) Schleusner of Rock Rapids, IA and Ann (Ryan) Westphal of Cheshire, CT; two granddaughters, Natalie Schleusner of Mankato, MN and Kendra Schleusner of Rock Rapids, IA; one brother Verlyn (Dorothy) Vedder of Estherville, IA; two sisters-in-law, Lois (Ralph) Torreson of Estherville, IA and Marjorie (Roger) Steward of Clear Lake, IA; two brothers-in-law, Lauren Orr of Emmetsburg, IA and Dale Orr of St. Louis, MO; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by parents; her grandson, Alexander Westphal; two sisters, Mildred Huntsinger and Kathleen Higgins; and two brothers, George Jr. Vedder and Frank Vedder.