Sheila F. Allen

Sheila F. Allen, age 51, died on Friday, October 12, 2012, at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, at 11:00 a.m., at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Heron Lake, MN, with Pastor Margaret Yackel-Juleen officiating.  Burial will be in the Hersey Cemetery near Brewster, MN.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington.

LeRoy “Roy” Rachuy

LeRoy “Roy” Rachuy age 93 of Sibley, IA died Thursday October 11, 2012 at the Sibley Nursing & Rehab in Sibley, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 13, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, with Reverend Scott Burdsall officiating.  Burial will follow in the Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Friday, October 12th from 4-7p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Little Rock.

In lieu of flowers memorials would be preferred to the: First Presbyterian Church in Little Rock.

Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley is in charge of arrangements.

Joan M. Whitsell

Joan M. Whitsell, age 48, of Sheldon, Iowa passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at her home in Sheldon, Iowa.

Her service will be at 10:30am Monday, October 15, 2012 at the First Reformed Church in Sheldon, Iowa with Rev. David Brower ~ officiating. Burial with will be in the East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon.

Visitation will be Sunday, October 14, 2012 from 2:00 – 6:00pm with the family present from 2:00 – 4:00pm at the First Reformed Church in Sheldon. The Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Online memorial condolences may be sent to:

Joan Marie Whitsell, the daughter of James E. and Helen M. (Ables) Short was born on January 14, 1964 in Sheldon, Iowa. Joan attended school in Sheldon and graduated from Sheldon High School in 1982. She went onto attend Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana and graduated with a degree in education in 1986. On July 26, 1986, she was united in marriage to Barry Whitsell in Sheldon, Iowa where they made their home. In the fall of 1986, Joan became employed with the Sheldon Community School where she was currently a 4th grade teacher. During this time, she also worked as a consultant for Everyday Learning Mathematics. Joan passed away on October 11, 2012, at her home surrounded by her loving family, reaching the age of 48 years, 8 months and 27 days.

She was active in the ministry of First Reformed Church in Sheldon, where she sang and played piano with the Praise Team. She was also a member of TTT and the Northwest Iowa Reading Council. Joan enjoyed reading, music, singing, playing the piano, and attending her children’s school activities. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.

Joan leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Barry; and their three children; Megan, Jordan and Tanner all at home; her father, James Short and his wife, Ann of Sheldon, Iowa; three sisters and their spouses, Jean and Leonard Linn of Iowa Falls, Iowa; Janet and Luis Mora of McAllen, Texas; Jill and Jeff Ptacek of Prescott, Wisconsin; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Helen Short and an infant sister, Julie Dee Short.

Edward “Bud” Buscherfeld

Edward “Bud” Buscherfeld, age 83 of Sibley, Iowa, formerly of Whittemore, IA passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM, Tuesday, October 16th at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Sibley, Iowa, with Fr. Tim Hogan officiating. Burial will be at 2:30 PM, Tuesday afternoon at St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery in Whittemore, IA.

Visitation will be Monday, October 15th from 2:00 to 8:00 PM, with family present from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley. There will be a Rosary at 5:00 PM and a Vigil service at 7:30 PM at Jurrens Funeral Home Monday evening.


Lavaune Stopsack

Lavaune Stopsack, age 87 of Hartley, IA, passed away at the Prairie View Nursing Home in Sanborn on Thursday, October 11th.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, October 15th at 11:00 a.m. at the Hartley United Methodist Church in Hartley with Rev. Steve Campbell officiating.

The Hartley Funeral Home in Hartley is in charge of the arrangements for 87 year-old Lavaune Stopsack of Hartley. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Spencer Howard

Spencer Howard age 70 of Ocheyedan, IA died Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at his home following a courageous battle with cancer.

Memorial service will be one week from this Thursday at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, October 18, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Sibley, IA, with Pastor Ian Vickers officiating.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Thursday, October 18, 2012.  The Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley is handling arrangements.