94, died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. Service: Jan. 5 at 10 a.m., Cathedral of the Epiphany. Burial: Calvary Cemetery, with military rites. Visitation: Jan. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m., Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel.
88, died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017. Service: Jan. 3 at 10:30 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation: Jan. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m., at the church. Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel.
95, died Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. Memorial service: Jan. 4 at 2 p.m., United Church, Primghar. Family burial: Jan. 4 at 1 p.m., Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Visitation: Jan. 4 following the service. Eldridge Family Funeral Home, Primghar.
76, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. Service: Jan. 4 at 10 a.m., Redeemer Lutheran Church. Burial: St. Paul Hanover Cemetery, Ricketts, Iowa. Visitation: Jan. 3 from 4 to 7 p.m., at the church. Morningside Chapel, Christy-Smith Funeral Homes.
Alice F. Schenzel, 80, of Sioux City, passed away Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at a local hospital after a short illness.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Meyer Brothers Morningside Chapel, 6200 Morningside Ave. Private burial will be at a later date in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today, with the family present 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Condolences may be offered online at www.meyerbroschapels.com.
Alice was born on April 14, 1937, in Villisca, Iowa, to Harry W. and Rosa H. (Patton) Thompson. She moved to Sioux City with her family in 1950 and attended Central High School.
On Dec. 12, 1953, she married Duane D. Schenzel in Sioux City. Alice worked at various restaurants as a dishwasher. She later became an in-home day care provider for her grandkids and others. In her spare time, Alice loved sewing, quilting and embroidery. Duane passed away on Feb. 1, 2005, in Sioux City.
Survivors include her children, Mike (Deb) Schenzel of Hinton, Iowa, Brad (Betty) Schenzel of Aurora, Colo., Bonnie (James) Fields of Sioux City, Cheryl (Rich) Hesse of Hinton, Arleen (Denny) Bowers of Sioux City, and Paige (Steve) Hesse of Sioux City; 20 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren and another arriving in February.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; infant daughter, LuAnn; 8-year-old son, Dean; and four brothers.
83, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. Service: Jan. 6 at 10:30 a.m., St. Mary's Catholic Church, Rock Valley, Iowa. Private burial: Eden Cemetery, Hudson. Visitation: Jan. 5 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Porter Funeral Home, Rock Valley.
87, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. Service: Jan. 3 at 10:30 a.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, Coleridge. Burial: Lawn Ridge Cemetery. Visitation: Jan. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m., at the church. Wintz Funeral Home, Coleridge.
Ethel "Lorraine" Woebke, 93, of Ida Grove, passed away Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, at Morningside Healthcare Community in Ida Grove.
Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove. The Rev. Neil Wehmas and Rev. Richard Salcido will officiate. Interment will be held at a later date. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home in Ida Grove. Condolences may be sent online at www.christensenvanhouten.com.
Ethel "Lorriane" Woebke, the daughter of Adolph and Christina (Albertsen) Hansen, was born on May 19, 1924, on a farm called the six-mile house in Goodrich Township, Crawford County, Iowa. Lorraine grew up in Crawford County, where she attended country school. She was confirmed in her Lutheran faith on April 2, 1939.
On June 25, 1944, Lorraine married the love of her life, Walter Woebke, in 101-degree heat in the shade in Schleswig, Iowa. The couple lived in Holstein, Iowa, and the Crawford Country area before making their forever home in Ida Grove in 1955. Lorraine and Walter were blessed with four boys, Wayne, Larry, Richard, and Donald. Lorriane was employed by Koons Bakery, the sale barn, Ida Grove Cafe, and worked for 22 years as a dietary aide at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove before retiring.
Lorraine enjoyed cooking, baking cookies for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, playing cards, collecting owls, and especially loved wintering in Texas for 13 years with her husband, Walter. You might remember Lorraine and Walter from square dancing, which the couple enjoyed doing for 16 years for four nights a week with the Ida Grove Twirlers. Lorraine most recently made her home at Morningside Healthcare Community in Ida Grove. She enjoyed daily visits with her husband, Walter, and the many activities they offered, along with many new friends she made while living there.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 73 years, Walter Woebke of Ida Grove; sons, Wayne (Kimberly) Woebke of Mission, Texas, and Don Woebke of Evens, Colo.; grandchildren, Darren (Lori) Woebke of Kansas City, Mo., Chris Woebke (special friend, Jennifer Senhen) of Ida Grove, Dorian (Boyd) Maxwell of Kansas City, Stacy (Ron) Witter of Kingsley, Iowa, Megan (Zach) Montgomery of Ida Grove, and Cody Woebke (special friend, Becca Schmidt) of Ida Grove; great-grandchildren, Blake, Deandra, Autum, Caitlyn, Dylan, Carter and Maia; sister, Helen Woebke of Forest Grove, Ore.; daughter-in-law, Kimberly Woebke of Ida Grove; and extended family and friends.
Lorraine was preceded in death by her sons, Richard Woebke and Larry Woebke; her parents, Adolph and Christina (Albertsen) Hansen; sister, Malinda Abbe; and brother, Bernie Hansen.
87, died Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. Service: Jan. 2 at 10:30 a.m., Washington Heights Chapel. Private burial: at a later date. Visitation: Jan. 2 at 9:30 a.m., at the chapel. Meyer Brothers Morningside Chapel.
Ruth E. Schmidt, 82, of Ida Grove, passed away Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at Willow Dale Wellness Village in Battle Creek, Iowa.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove. The Rev. Richard A. Salcido and Rev. Neil Wehmas will officiate. Burial will be in Ida Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home in Ida Grove. Condolences may be sent online at www.christensenvanhouten.com.
Ruth E. Schmidt, the daughter of Herbert and Lucille (Carlson) Bennigsdorf, was born on Aug. 24, 1935, in Denison, Iowa. She grew up in Charter Oak, Iowa, and was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith.
On Dec. 13, 1954, Ruth was united into marriage to Earl D. Schmidt at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove. To this union four children were born, Merle, Sherri, Sheryl, and Colleen. Ruth took pleasure in being a homemaker and running her in-home daycare for 20 years.
Ruth was a faithful member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove. She was active in her church circle and Dorcas Society helping make many quilts. She treasured spending time with her family and going to Monday morning coffee club. Ruth enjoyed flower gardening, puzzles, dancing, watching and feeding her birds, camping, and traveling. Ruth's kindness will be remembered by all the lives she touched throughout her life.
Left to carry her memory on are her four children, Merle (special friend, Julie Rae Grace) Schmidt of Ida Grove, Sherri (Steve) Skarin of Decorah, Iowa, Sheryl (Randy) Goodman of Battle Creek, and Colleen Lainhart of Kansas City, Mo.; grandchildren, Heidi Abbate of Henderson, Colo., Meagan (Danny) Cordova of Brighton, Colo., Jason (Brita) Skarin of Decorah, Matt (Carissa) Skarin of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Lindsey Terrel of Lincoln, Neb., Ryan (Dana) Goodman of Ida Grove, Shane (Tobi) Goodman of Atlanta, Ga., Jamie (Brett) Scholting of Dakota Dunes, S.D., Melanie (Tom) Bauler of Wallingford, Iowa, Nicole (James) Long of Blackwell, Okla., Jared (Sara Hilliard) Lainhart of Kansas City; brothers, Lonnie (Marva) Bennigsdorf of Battle Creek, Russell (Clara) Bennigsdorf of Ida Grove, Darrell Bennigsdorf of Ida Grove, and Vern (Edith) Bennigsdorf of Montrose, Colo.; sisters, Leila (Bernard) Lansink of Ida Grove, and Carol (Maynard) Miller of Atlantic, Iowa; sister-in-law, Sharon Bennigsdorf of Ida Grove; and extended family and friends.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert (Lucille) Bennigsdorf; husband, Earl D. Schmidt; brothers, Gary Bennigsdorf and Robert "Bob" (Marlene) Bennigsdorf; sister, Dorene Wonder; grandchild, Sara Schmidt; sister-in-law, Marlene Bennigsdorf; and brother-in-law, Leroy Wonder.
Madaline Vander Zwaag, 86, of Orange City, passed away Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, at Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. today at Free Grace Reformed Church in Middleburg, Iowa. The Rev. Stephen Breen and the Rev. Cornie Keunen will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service in Capel Township Cemetery near Middleburg. There will be a family prayer service at 10 a.m. today at Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City. You may express your sympathy at www.oolman.com.
Madaline was born on Dec. 23, 1931, in Ireton, Iowa, the daughter of Gerrit and Cynthia (Mulder) Van Ravenswaay. She was raised in various communities in northwest Iowa.
On Sept. 30, 1958, she married Peter Leo Vander Zwaag in Sheldon, Iowa. They raised their family outside of Middleburg, moved to Colorado, and later settled in Orange City, where she was a homemaker and employed at the Pioneer Memorial Home until she retired. In November 2013, she became a resident of Prairie Ridge.
"Maddie" was a member of Free Grace Reformed Church, where she was a sponsor of the Junior Reformed Church Youth Fellowship, taught Sunday school classes, and participated in the Ladies Guild. She enjoyed canning, collecting elephants, gardening, going to antique sales with her husband, weekend adventures, and most of all, spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and their many summer vacations to Minnesota.
Survivors include her husband of more than 59 years, Peter Leo; four children and their spouses, Wanda and Leroy Wichers of Le Mars, Iowa, Darwin and Barb Vander Zwaag of Rock Valley, Iowa, Cheryl and Owen Aberson of Sioux Center, Iowa, and Jeff and Leah Vander Zwaag of Ames, Iowa; 11 grandchildren, Anthony Wichers, Lindsey Wichers and her fiance, Zach Sexton, Mason Wichers, Chelsey (Vander Zwaag) and her husband, Cory Van Maanen (Jacob and Alyda), Dustin Vander Zwaag and his wife, Katie (Weston), Jesse Vander Zwaag and his wife, Abby, Jasmine (Vander Zwaag) and her husband, Greg Boer, Ashley and her husband, Jesse Wynia, T. J. Aberson (Vincent), Joshua Vander Zwaag and his wife, Brittany (Isabelle and Sofia), and Jordan Vander Zwaag; two sisters; three sisters-in-law, Lois and her husband, Paul De Jong of Orange City, Jach and her husband, Wiz Punt of Sheldon, and Sherrie Vander Zwaag of Montrose, S.D.
In addition to her parents and her husband's parents, Jocob and Arta (Doctor) Vander Zwaag, she was preceded in death by a brother and his wife, Richard and Wilmina Van Ravenswaay; a sister and her husband, Lela and Loren Van Heuvelen; and a brother-in-law, Kenneth Vander Zwaag.