Eileen Grave

Eileen Grave, age 60, of Sibley, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2012, at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Funeral Services will be Friday, March 9, 2012, at 10:30 A.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley, Iowa. Rev. Jim Berka and Rev. Durwood Clausen officiating. Burial in Gilman Township Cemetery in Ashton, Iowa.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 8, from 2:30 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. all at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley.

Eileen Joy Grave was born on January 19, 1952 in Sheldon, Iowa. She was the daughter of Emory and Henrietta (Kamies) Mohlenkamp. She lived her youth in Melvin, Iowa until she graduated from high school in 1970. Following graduation she attended Sheldon Vocational School in the secretarial program.

Eileen was united in marriage to James A. Grave of Sibley, Iowa on July 21, 1972 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley. They lived in Sibley where Eileen worked for Don Skiver, Title Company and as Deputy Clerk. Later, Eileen was appointed Clerk of Court for Osceola County, and eventually Lyon County as well. She loved her work.

She was very active at Trinity Lutheran and in her community. She served as coordinator of the Old 18th, was a member of Friends of the Library, and P.E.O. She golfed on women’s league and bowled for many years. She served on the church council several times and was currently on the call committee and the secretary of W.ELCA.

Jim and Eileen spent a great deal of time fishing in bass tournaments. They traveled many miles fishing and spending time with their tournament friends. Together they did very well and Eileen received many accolades for her bass fishing. Most summer weekends Jim and Eileen were fishing or enjoying their place at Okoboji.

The only two things that outranked bass fishing were her granddaughters, Isabelle (10) and Ilsa (4). Eileen cherished the time with them most of all. Whether it be shopping or playing Husker Du, dance programs or watching cartoons, Eileen was quick to drop everything to spend time with them. Eileen loved to travel but loved it most when it was with her family.

Eileen lived an exceptional life of high quality. For herself and for all those around her she expected much and set a high bar. Through much hard work and discipline she excelled and motivated those around her in excellence. At the same time she was a woman of great kindness and compassion. She touched many lives in deep and meaningful ways.

Eileen passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2012, at the Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Eileen was 60 years old.

Those left to cherish her memories are her husband of 39 years: Jim Grave of Sibley, IA; her son and daughter-in-law: Jay and Elizabeth Grave of Windom, MN; two granddaughters: Isabelle and Ilsa; brothers-law; sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews, and many, many friends.

Preceded in death by her parents, two brothers-in-law and her two sisters, Norma Scheiber and Phyllis Sterler.

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


NOTICE:   The Osceola County Courthouse will be closed from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm to attend the funeral service for Eileen Grave, Osceola County Clerk of Court who passed away on Sunday, March 4th.  Eileen has been in the Osceola County Clerk of Court office for over 30 years.


Charles Stadtfeld

Charles Stadtfeld, age 78 of Sioux Falls died Saturday morning, March 3rd, 2012 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls.

At Mr. Stadtfelds request, a private graveside service for immediate family will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be directed to the Sioux Falls YMCAs Lief Erickson Day Camp Scholarship Fund at 203 S. Minnesota Ave. Sioux Falls, SD 57104.

Chuck was born on Sept 14th, 1933 to Aurther and Gladys Stadtfeld in Sioux Falls. He graduated from Washington High School in 1951 and The University of South Dakota in 1956. Chuck was united in marriage to Jeanette (Zornig) Olson (formerly of the Rock Rapids area) on July 10th 1965. Charles and Jeanette made their home and raised their family in Sioux Falls.

In his professional life, Charles was an electroencephalographic technician for Neurology Associates for 34 years, retiring in 1991.

In his younger years, Chuck was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing handball with a close group of friends at the YMCA.

Throughout his life, Chuck was an avid waterfowler and fisherman, passing his love for the outdoors to his children and grandchildren. His memory will be carried on by his family in the fields, wetlands, and lakes of South Dakota.

Charles was a member of the First Evangelical Free Church in Sioux Falls. A member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, and a long time member and supporter of the Sioux Falls Family YMCA.

He is survived by his wife, the former Jeanette Olson, originally from Rock Rapids; Sons Robin Stadtfeld of Sioux Falls; Craig (Tammy) Stadtfeld of Tea; Tom (Dianne) Stadtfeld of Sioux Falls, and grandchildren Mason Burke, Megan and Piper Stadtfeld of Tea, and Aidan and Maren Stadtfeld of Sioux Falls.

The Miller Funeral Home of Sioux Falls, SD is in charge of arrangements.

Alan Siemers

Alan Siemers, age 53, of Ocheyedan, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2012, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.

Funeral Services will be Thursday, March 8, 2012, at 11:00 A.M. at the United Methodist Church in Ocheyedan. Rev. Shannon Pascual officiating.

Graveside Services and burial of the cremated remains will be Friday, March 9, at 10:00 A.M. at Ocheyedan Township Cemetery in Ocheyedan.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 7, 2012, from 2:30 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. all at the United Methodist Church in Ocheyedan.

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

Florence Marie Boone

Florence Marie Boone, age 92, of Sheldon, Iowa passed away on Friday, March 2, 2012 at the Sanford Sheldon Senior Care in Sheldon, Iowa.

Her service will be 10:30am Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at the First Reformed Church in Sheldon, Iowa with Rev. David Brower officiating.  Burial will be in the East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon, Iowa.

Visitation will be Monday, March 5, 2011 after 3:00pm with the family present from 6:00 – 7:00pm at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon.

 Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to: www.vanderploegfunerals.com

Barbara Hubbard

Barbara Hubbard, age 89, of Rock Rapids, IA, died Thursday, March 1, 2012 at Rock Rapids Health Centre in Rock Rapids, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 AM, Tuesday, March 6th at Holy Name Catholic Church in Rock Rapids, IA, with Father Jeff Schleisman officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Visitation will be Monday, March 5th from 2:00 to 8:00 PM with the family present 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids. There will be a Rosary at 6:45 PM and a Vigil service at 7:00 PM at the funeral home Monday evening.

In Lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Lyon County Hospice.

Barbara F. Hubbard was born May 15, 1922 in Presho, South Dakota, the daughter of Francis and Viola (Paine) Sweeney. She grew up on an acreage near Presho, SD. When she began high school she moved in with her grandmother in Kennebec, SD, where she graduated from Kennebec High School. Following her graduation she moved to Sioux Falls, SD where she attended and graduated from Nettleton Business College.

On November 26, 1942 Barbara was married to Donald Hubbard in Kennebec, SD. The couple moved to Columbia, MO, where Don did basic training and Barbara worked at the University of Missouri in the Sociology Department. The Army Air Corps transferred them to San Antonio, TX where Barbara worked at Frost National Bank. Barbara returned to South Dakota when Don was assigned overseas. After the war they continued to live in Presho until 1956 when they and their four daughters moved to Rock Rapids, IA. On February 11, 2005 Barbara’s husband of 62 years died. In May of 2006 she entered the Rock Rapids Health Care Centre where she remained until her death.

Barbara was a member of the Holy Name Catholic Church in Rock Rapids and was active with the Catholic Daughters of America and St. Catherine’s Society. She played the piano by ear, was an avid reader, enjoyed playing cards with various card clubs through the years and loved spending time with her family. Barbara will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who was a beautiful and spirited woman who had an infectious smile and wonderful sense of humor.

Left to cherish her memory are her four daughters, Sharon (DeWayne) Glenn of Denver, CO, Mary Phelps of Rochester, MN, Margaret “Peggy” (Dan) Suter of Eagan, MN and Kathleen (Orin) Huseman of Harrisonville, MO; eight grandchildren, Carmen (Nate) Austin, Rob (Dana) Suter, Alex Phelps, Megan (Jerod) Harbaugh, Michelle (Montie) Springer, Lisa (Matt) Vargo, Derek (Lauren) Huseman, and Travis Huseman; and eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Margaret Hamiel of Miller, SD; and several nieces, nephews, extend family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Bill Sweeney, one sister, Jean Whitney and great-grandson, Nathan Austin, Jr.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to: www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

Merlyn Richter

Merlyn Richter, age 74 of Hartley, IA passed away at the Prairie View Nursing Home in Sanborn, IA on Wednesday, February 29, 2012.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 3rd at 10:30 a.m. at St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Hartley. Inturnment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Hartley, IA at a later date. Rev. David Ericksen will be officiating.

Visitation will be Friday, March 2nd at the Hartley Funeral Home Chapel from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday evening.

Merlyn Edwin Richter the son of Edwin and Lavina (Edwoldt) Richter was born at Granville, IA on December 6, 1937. He spent his youth living on a farm near Granville and attended school in Germantown and Paullina.

On October 4, 1964 Merlyn was united in marriage to Joyce Petersen at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon, IA and to this union three sons were born; Kevin, Gary and Brian. Following their marriage they made their home in several towns including Cherokee, Germantown, Sutherland, Granville and then Hartley. During his working years Merlyn was employed in a number of different jobs which included; construction, truck driving, farm hand and the meat packing industry.

Merlyn passed away at Prairie View Nursing Home on February 29, 2012.

Merlyn’s special interests included listening to and collecting old time music and dancing. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hartley.

Merlyn is survived by his wife Joyce; three sons; Kevin (Janet) Richter of Hospers, IA, Gary (Jeanna) Richter of Hartley, IA, and Brian (Hope) Richter of Forreston, IL; eight grandchildren; one great grandchild; one brother Marlyn Richter of Granville, IA; one sister Marlys Richter of Hospers, IA; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by both parents; a brother Virgil Richter and a sister-in-law Naomi Richter.