Marla Dawson

Marla Dawson, age 74 of May City, IA passed away at her home in May City, IA on Tuesday, March 27, 2012.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 31st at 2:00 p.m. at the Hartley Funeral Home Chapel in Hartley. Rev. Paul Johnson will be officiating.

Visitation will be at the Hartley Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, March 31st one hour prior to the memorial service.

The Hartley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for 74 year-old Marla Dawson of May City, IA.

Victor O. Augsburger

Victor O. Augsburger age 95 of Sibley, IA died Monday, March 26, 2012 at Sibley Nursing & Rehab Center in Sibley, IA. 

Funeral service will be 11:00 AM, Friday, March 30th at Zoar Presbyterian Church in George, IA, with Rev. Dale Lint officiating. 

Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church Friday morning. 

Victor O. Augsburger was born February 13, 1917 in Bluffton, Ohio, the son of Elias and Fannie (Steffen) Augsburger.  He graduated from Bluffton High School.  Victor then attended Moody Bible Institute, Aurora College and McCormick Theological Seminary before finishing his education at Harvard Divinity School where he received his Master of Sacred Theology Degree. 

On October 30, 1938 Victor was married to Mary Jane Ross in Princeton, IL. In 1949 he entered the United States Air Force, serving as Chaplin in England and was honorably discharged in 1954.  He and  Mary Jane served pastorates at the First Presbyterian Church in Biloxi, MS, Zoar Presbyterian Church, George, IA, First Presbyterian Church, Sun City, AZ, and Faith Presbyterian Church, Lennox, SD. In 1985 Victor and Mary Jane retired to Sun City, AZ. 

On November 24, 1997 Victor’s wife Mary Jane died after 59 years of marriage.  On March 20, 1998 Victor married Ethel Trei at Sun City, AZ.  Victor’s health began to decline as a result of cancer.  In 2008 they moved to Sibley, IA. Victor and Ethel shared a love for music.  After losing his eyesight, singing hymns from memory was something they did every day.  In 2009 Victor entered the Sibley Nursing & Rehab Center in Sibley, IA, where he remained until his death this past Monday, March 26, 2012 at the age of 95. 

He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Ethel Augsburger of Sibley, IA; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elias and Fannie Augsburger; his first wife, Mary Jane Augsburger; six brothers, Alvin, Hiram, Elias Jr., Paul, Bill and James Augsburger; five sisters, Dinah, Helen, Martha, Elvina and Ella.

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Clara Hoefler

Clara HoeflerClara Hoefler, 85 years old, of Earling and formerly of Granville, Iowa died on Monday March 26, 2012 at Little Flower Haven in Earling, IA.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 29, 2012 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Granville with Rev. Richard Ball officiating and Rev. Robert Hoefler concelebrating. Burial will be in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Granville.

Visitation will be anytime after 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, 2012. There will be a parish rosary at 5 p.m., and a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., all at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Granville.

Services have been entrusted to Fisch Funeral Home and Monument in Remsen. Condolences may be sent online to

Clara was born February 9,1927, in Fleming, CO. She was the daughter of Anton & Stefany (Tepley) Brekel. She graduated from St. Peter’s High School (the only member of her class).

On May 14, 1946, she married Arnold Hoefler, to whom she was married 62 years. Together, they had two sons, Jim & Fr. Bob. They lived in Granville from 1946 on, first in town (no running water), then on the farm east of town (with running water), and finally in town again after retirement. She moved to Little Flower Haven in Earling, IA, in April, 2008. She remained there until her death. Arnold died May 31, 2008.

During her time in Granville Clara was an active member in the community, St. Joseph Catholic Church & church guild. The love of her life was making music. For 40 years, she was the organist at St. Joseph Church. She loved to provide background music at the parish’s annual turkey suppers. She loved to lead musical sing-alongs at area bars. She helped out on the farm, but left most of that work to her husband, although she would help bring in the crop at harvest time. She took care of the house and garden. Although a native of Colorado, she came to love her new community through her active involvement. The pinochle card club lasted for many years.

Survivors include her son Fr. Bob of West Des Moines, her daughter-in-law Sharon of Jasper, AL, & nieces & nephews scattered throughout the U.S.

Preceded in death by her parents, her son Jim, her sisters Anna, Elizabeth, Martha & Sister Lucilla, her brother Joe & Louise.

Alfred Fick

Alfred Fick, age 87, of Boyden, IA, died Thursday, March 22, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Center in George.

The funeral service will be 10:30 AM Tuesday, March 27th, at St. John Lutheran Church – rural Boyden. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Visitation will be Monday, March 26th, from 2:00 to 8:00 PM with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Jurrens Funeral Home in George, IA.

Alfred Fritz William Fick was born on October 16, 1924, at Boyden, IA, the son of John and Marie (Bahlke) Fick. He was baptized on November 2, 1924. He was confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church on April 2, 1939. His Bible verse was Psalm 51:12. Alfred attended St. John Christian Day School near Boyden. On December 18, 1946, he was united in marriage to Elsie Winter. Together they farmed and operated a Registered Brown Swiss dairy until 1987. They retired and moved into Boyden in 1991. Alfred moved to the Good Samaritan Center in George on July 7, 2009. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church his entire life. He served on the church council and faithfully attended Bible class. In his younger years, he enjoyed Brotherhood and playing dart ball. He served on the Boyden Co-op and AMPI Boards. Alfred was a member of the Brown Swiss Association and exhibited his cattle at fairs. Alfred and Elsie traveled extensively. They attended many national Brown Swiss conventions. They enjoyed Senior Camps and tours sponsored by Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp. Their international travels included Switzerland, Italy, Germany, and Australia.

He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 65 years, Elsie; children, Linda (Kent) Olson of St. Paul, MN, Pastor John (Kathy) Fick of Grand Forks, ND, Carleen (Kevin) Ringgenberg of Springdale, AR, and Galen (Sandy) Fick of Boyden, IA; 6 grandchildren, Pastor Erik Olson of Elk Point, SD, Kyle Ringgenberg of Fort Worth, TX, Pastor Marie (David) Olson Purcell of San Antonio, TX, Matthew (Heidi) Fick of Williston, ND, Kari Ringgenberg of Springdale, AR, and Anna Fick of Grand Forks, ND; great granddaughter Elliot Kate Fick of Williston, ND; sister-in-law, Erma Fick of Hull, IA; brothers-in-law, Jurgen Oeding of Luverne, MN, Paul Albers of Adelaide, Australia; nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.

Alfred was preceded in death by his parents, John and Marie Fick; brothers, Ferdinand, Rudolf; sisters, Anna Oeding, Larine Oeding, Erna Albers, still born sister; and brother-in-law Walter Oeding.

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Robert L. “Jake” Mulder

Robert L. “Jake” Mulder 73 of Primghar passed away on Thursday March 22, 2012 at the Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday March 26, 2012 at the American Reformed Church in Primghar Rev. Dennis Hietbrink and Rev. Thomas A. Connors will officiate with a graveside service at10:15 A.M. Monday at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Primghar.

Visitation will be after2 P.M. Sunday with the family present from4 to 6 P.M. Sunday at the Eldridge Family Funeral Home in Primghar.

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Robert L. “Jake” Mulder, the son of Jake and Gertrude (Reekers) Mulder was born September 15, 1938 in Sheldon, Iowa. He moved with his family in 1951 to Primghar and finished his education graduating from Primghar High School in 1956. He worked for Orrie Kleinheksel Electric and later Ewoldt Motors. In July of 1960, he began working for the City of Primghar working his way up to the Superintendent of Utilities before his retirement in September of 1995. On September 1, 1978, he was united in marriage to Rosalyn Whittlesey at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Sanborn. Their married life was spent in Primghar a community they enjoyed and supported. He passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota reaching the age of 73 years, 6 months and 7 days.

He was a member of the American Reformed Church in Primghar, which he attended as well as attending St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Sanborn. He was currently President of the TCA Board in Sanborn and a charter member of the Primghar Golf and Country Club. He was a 41 year member of the Primghar Fire Department retiring in August of 2011. He enjoyed golfing and belonged to the Old Farts with Carts. During the summer he liked his garden, taking care of his lawn and also enjoyed traveling especially with Rosie. Jake was known as a true Packer fan making the journey each year to Green Bay for a Packer home football game.

Jake is survived by his wife, Rosie of Primghar; one sister, Janice and her husband, Marvin Peterson of Paullina; also many nieces, nephews and other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Henry, Jake Jr. and Warren.

Jake will be missed by all that knew and loved him.


Note:  The Sanford Clinic in Sheldon, Sanborn, Hartley and Boyden will be closed TODAY, Monday, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm due to Jake’s funeral.

John B. Strack

John B. Strack, age 93 of Pocahontas, formerly of Paullina, passed away on Thursday, March 22 at the Arlington Place of Pocahontas, Iowa.

Funeral service will be Monday March 26th at 11am at the St. Peter Lutheran Church of Pocahontas, with Pastor Paul Bengtson officiating. Burial will be at a later date.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the St. Peter Lutheran Church of Pocahontas.

John Benson Strack was born May 28, 1918, in Blue Earth, Minnesota. He was the son of Jacob and Anna (Benson) Strack. He graduated from Paullina High School in 1936. John enlisted in the U.S. Army – Air Core during WW II, where he served as a flight instructor. Following his military service, John attended the University of Iowa where he earned a Master of Arts Degree. On June 16, 1949, John married Marilyn Weems in Paullina. The couple lived in Manchester for 3 years where John taught all levels of school art. In 1953, they moved to Primghar. In O’Brien county, John pioneered a county wide teaching program where he traveled to 22 rural and 10 town schools, teaching elementary and junior high art courses. In 1977, John and Marilyn moved to Paullina and in 1979, John retired from teaching art after 26 years of service. Marilyn passed away in 2003.

John was a member of the Paullina Presbyterian Church, American Legion and Lions Club. He served on the Paullina Library Board and the O’Brien County Conservation Board. He enjoyed painting and traveling with Marilyn with their camper and RV. John especially enjoyed his grand and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his daughter, Patricia (Perkins) Patton of Las Cruces, NM; sons, Steven (Michelle) Strack of Papillion, NE and William (Kirsten) Strack of Pocahontas; grandchildren, Travis (Holly) Strack, Tiffani Strack, Elizabeth (Douglas) McGraw; Nicole (Brian) Tjaden and Kyle (RaeAnn) Strack; great-grandchildren, Jacob & Madison Strack; Katelyn, Ashley & Joseph Strack; Cierra, Amelia & Kaydence McGraw; Cade & Ava Tjaden, and Bentley Strack and a sister, Marian DePoister of Chandler, AZ.

John was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Marilyn

Powers Funeral Home of Pocahontas is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences and obituaries, visit