Alvin J. Full

Alvin J. Full, 85 years old, of Alton, IA,died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Orange City Area Health System Hospital in Orange City.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2012, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton with Rev. Terry Roder officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Alton.  Graveside military honors will be conducted by Floyd Post 200 American Legion.  Visitation will be any time after 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2012.  There will be a parish rosary at 5 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., all at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton.  Services have been entrusted to Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen.  Condolences may be sent online to

Alvin was born Oct. 27, 1927, at Taunton, MN, the son of Arthur and Clara (Bunkers) Full.  In March of 1928 he moved with his family to near Granville where he received his primary education at St. JosephCatholicSchool in Granville.  In 1942 they moved to near Alton where he received his secondary education at St. Mary’s Academy in Alton from which he graduated in 1945.  He was engaged in farming with his father.  On April 24, 1951, he entered the US Army, serving during the Korean War, being discharged April 8, 1953.  He then returned to Alton and farming.

On Aug. 23, 1954, he married Delores Berding at Marcus, IA.  They made their home near Alton where they farmed until retiring and moving into Alton in 1988.

Alvin was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Floyd Post 200 American Legion.  Past member of St. Mary’s Church Board, Spalding School Board and Alton Co-op Elevator Board.

Survivors include: his wife, Delores of Alton; two daughters, Kathy (Pat) Beck of Spencer, IA, Christy (Harold) Harson of Everly, IA; four sons, Steve (Nancy) of Norfolk, NE, Tony (Kris), Jerry (Nichole) all of Alton, Dan (Diane) of Royal, IA; 20) grandchildren; 14) great-grandchildren; two sisters, Inez Reichle of Alton, Jane (David) Croatt of Sibley, IA; three sisters-in-law, Alberta Full of Canby, MN, Charlene Full of Owatonna, MN, Lana Full of Stewartstown, PA.

Preceded by: his parents, five brothers, Ferdinand, Raymond, Jim, Mark and Art, one sister, Barbara Langenhorst.

Casket Bearers will be Matt Beck, Eric Full, Jason Full, Brian Christianson, Riley Full, Austin Full, Brandon Full.

Alma Van Kley

Alma Van Kley, age 85 of Sibley, IA died Thursday, January 24, 2013 at Sibley Nursing and Rehab Center in Sibley, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Monday, January 28th at First Reformed Church in Sibley, IA, with Reverend Bruce Wilterdink officiating. Burial will follow at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Sunday, January 27th from 3:00 to 7:00 PM, with family present from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the First Reformed Church in Sibley.

Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley is in charge of arrangements.

Emma Knobloch

Emma KnoblochEmma Knobloch, age 97 of Rock Rapids, IA died Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at the Lyon Manor Nursing and Rehab Center in Rock Rapids, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:00 AM, Saturday Jan. 26th at the Apostolic Christian Church in Lester, Iowa. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 25th with the family present from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Apostolic Christian Fellowship Hall in Lester.

Emma Friedricka Knobloch was born August 27, 1915 at the family farm near Alvord, Iowa, the daughter of Dietrich and Julia (Koch) Knobloch. She attended Cleveland Township School through the 8th grade. After her education she did domestic work for several families in Lyon County, Iowa. In the early 1930’s she moved to Peoria, IL to do domestic work with the Triebel family. On December 29, 1935 she was baptized at Princeville, IL. She remained with the Triebel family for 50 years. Emma moved back to Iowa in 1979 to be near family. In 2010 Emma entered the Lyon Manor Nursing & Rehab Center in Rock Rapids, IA.

She was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church in Lester, IA. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, and handiwork. She was an excellent cook and her family enjoyed her baking.

This past Tuesday, January 22, 2013 Emma died at the Lyon Manor Nursing Home in Rock Rapids at the age of 97.

She is survived by five siblings, Paulina Knobloch of Rock Rapids, IA, Wilbert (Helen) Knobloch of Lester, IA, Wilma Hoogeveen of Rock Rapids, IA, Violet (Ray) Luthi of Lamar, MO and Adolph (Jean) Knobloch of Algona, IA; three sisters-in-law, Helen Knobloch of Larchwood, IA, Phylis Knobloch of Peoria, IL and Vera Knobloch of Lester, IA; along with many nieces, nephews and other extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dietrich and Julia Knobloch; four sisters, Julia, Elizabeth, Lydia and Emelie; and five brothers, Ernst, Albert, Dietrich, Benjamin and Earl.

Lois Luton

Funeral - femaleLois Luton, age 92 of Sanborn, IA, passed away at Prairie View Nursing Home in Sanborn on Tuesday, January 22nd.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 26th at 10:30 a.m. at the American Lutheran Church in Melvin, IA.  Pastor Judy Johnson will be officiating.

Visitation will be held prior to the service on Saturday, January 26th from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the American Lutheran Church in Melvin with the family present at that time. Burial will be held at Baker Township Cemetery in Melvin.

The Sanborn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for 92 year-old Lois Luton of Sanborn.

Virgil Ray Vahl

Virgil Ray Vahl, age 56 of Steen, MN died Monday, January 21, 2013 at the Sanford Hospice Cottage in Luverne, MN.

Funeral service will be 10:00 AM, Saturday, Jan. 26th, at the Reformed Church of Steen, MN, with Pastor Mike Altena officiating.  Burial will follow at East Side Cemetery in Steen.

Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 25th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home in Hills, MN.

Online memorial condolences may be left at

Rouvina Wiekamp

Mrs. Rouvina Wiekamp, age 101, of Orange City, passed away on Monday, January 21, 2013, at the Orange City Area Health System Hospital.

There will be funeral service on Thursday, January 24, at 10:00am, at the Newkirk Reformed Church in rural Hospers. The Rev. David Powers will officiate. Interment will follow at the Newkirk Cemetery.

Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Wednesday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.