Betty Storm

Betty Storm age 79 of Sanborn, IA passed away at her home near Sanborn on Wednesday, March 28, 2012.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 31st at 2:00 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sanborn. Rev. Jesse Burns will be officiating.

Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 31st at the church with the family present from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Inurnment will be at Roseland Cemetery in Sanborn at a later date.

The Sanborn Funeral Home in Sanborn is in charge of the arrangements for 79 year old Betty Storm of Sanborn. In lieu of flowers the family wishes that memorials be given in Betty’s name to the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sanborn.

Betty Faye Storm, the daughter of Edward and Louise (Neumann) Schirmer, was born on January 23, 1933 in Sanborn, IA. She was baptized on June 11, 1933 and confirmed on May 29, 1949. Betty grew up in the Sanborn area and received her education at Sanborn Public School.

She was united in marriage to Vernon Kenneth Storm on October 1, 1950 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sanborn, IA. To this union four children were born, Edward, Leslie, Rodney, and Anita. Betty lived with her parents in Sanborn while Vernon proudly served his country in the Korean War. Following Vernon’s return home the couple moved to the family farm west of Sanborn where they were engaged in farming together for over 60 years. Betty passed away unexpectedly at their farm on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at the age of 79.

Betty was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church of Sanborn where she taught Sunday school for many years. She volunteered her time at the Archer Public Library and East Elementary School. She always enjoyed having coffee with her friends. She dearly loved the time spent caring for her grandchildren, taking them to their various activities. She was a people person and no one was a stranger to her. Family and friends could always count on Betty to send a card for many different occasions. Her hobbies and special interests included cooking, baking, and gardening. She collected anything to do with owls and was a huge Elvis Presley fan.

She is survived by her husband Vernon of 61 years; children: Edward Storm and his wife, Cindy, of Sioux City, IA, Leslie Storm and his wife, Janice, of Sanborn, IA, Rodney Storm and his wife, Pauline, of Sanborn, IA, and Anita Heitritter and her husband Todd of Archer, IA; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Lillian Schirmer of Sanborn, IA and Betty Schirmer of Washta, IA; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, four sisters, and a great grandson.

Janet F. Wielenga

Mrs. Janet Wielenga, age 66, of Orange City, passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at the Orange City Area Health System Hospital.

There will be a funeral service on Saturday, March 31, at 10:00am, at the Alton Reformed Church in Alton. The Rev. Scott Bonestroo will officiate. Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Friday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Janet Faye was born on September 16, 1945, at Orange City, the daughter of Harold and Christine (Pott) Menning. She was raised in the Newkirk and Orange City areas, where she graduated from the Maurice-OrangeCity High School.

On June 25, 1965, she married Lawrence Andrew Wielenga in Newkirk. They made their home in Orange City, where she was a homemaker. Beginning as a teenager, she worked at several businesses in Orange City. Janet and her daughter, Dawn, also owned and operated the Wagon Wheel Restaurant in Orange City. In addition, she worked with her daughter, cooking and baking at the Tri-State Livestock Auction Café in Sioux Center. Most recently, she was a clerk at the Fareway Store in Orange City.

Janet was a member of the Alton Reformed Church, where she was involved in many of their ministries, including a Bible study.

She enjoyed caring for people, especially her husband and daughter, and she liked spending time with her grandchildren, with whom she would often bake. She was known for bringing food to people and never missed an opportunity to help others. Her favorite saying was, “Smile, you don’t know who is watching”.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Dawn Renae Hanson, of Alton, and her special friend, Tony Beegle; four grandchildren, Zachary Michael De Haan, of Alton, and his friend, Kimmi Fuller; Tanya Nicole De Haan, of Orange City, and her friend, Todd Reis; Coleton Lawrence Hanson, of Alton, and his friend Kelsy Stewart; and Carter James Hanson, of Alton; two great-grandchildren, Dawson Andrew Reis and Dakota Rae-Lois Reis; her mother, Christine Menning, of Orange City; a brother and his wife, Stan and Sharon Menning, of Dawson, Minnesota; two sisters, Darlene, and her husband, Randy Immeker, of Sioux Center; and Charlene Palsma, of Alton; and several Wielenga brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her father; Lawrence’s parents, Andrew and Tina Wielenga; a brother-in-law, Lee Palsma; and several Wielenga brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Memorials will be directed to the Orange City Area Home Health and Hospice.


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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