Obituaries and service notices published in the Courier today.
Anne L. Whalen
WATERLOO — Anne L. Whalen, 73, of Minneapolis, formerly of Waterloo and LeRoy, Minn., died Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Grand Meadow Healthcare Center.
She was born Aug. 10, 1946, in Buffalo, N.Y., to Francis and Lois Whalen.
She graduated from West High School in Waterloo in 1964. She attended the University of Northern Iowa and then moved to Morristown, N.J., and attended Fairleigh Dickinson University. For the next 50 years she lived in Minneapolis.
Survived by: three siblings, Michael (Kathleen) Whalen of Harpers Ferry, Jim (Connie Lee) Whalen of Des Moines and Kathy (Daniel) Anderson of Coralville; two nieces, Carey Whalen and Caitlin Bean; and a nephew, Sean (Bonnie); and close friends Mary Lepeine and Elise Harasyn.
Memorial services: 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Hindt Funeral Home in Grand Meadow, Minn.
Memorials: may be directed Seasons Hospice in Rochester, Minn.
Condolences may be left at Hindtfuneralhomes.com.
Ronald H. Foelske
Ronald H. Foelske, 77, of Janesville, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from a fall on the farm where he grew up.
Ronald Herman Foelske was born on January 24, 1942, the son of Herman and Minnie (Steinberg) Foelske in Waterloo, Iowa. He attended school in Janesville, graduating in 1959. Following graduation, he attended Wartburg College, graduating in 1965. He taught at Senior High in Dubuque for 3 years. He returned to Waverly, where he taught business at Waverly High School. On August 11, 1968, he was united in marriage to Melodie Langholz at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Readlyn. Ron worked on his Master’s in Business Administration at UNI at this time. He started his career as High School Principal in Burt, Iowa for 3 years, then spent the next 7 years as High School Principal at Aplington.
The opportunity arose then that allowed him to return home to live on the family farm. He managed and then owned Denver Insurance & Realty for the next 30 years. He was on the Janesville School Board for 12 years and got to hand each of his children their diploma.
He loved farming to his dying day. He and his family raised cattle, corn, soybeans and hay. There was no better place to raise his children and grandchildren.
Survivors are his wife pf 51 years, Melodie Foelske of Janesville, Iowa; 3 daughters, Rachel Foelske – Upshaw (John), Amy Mortenson (Rick) and Sarah Sanderson (Blair); 7 grandchildren who meant the world to him, Katie Mortenson, Grace, Lily and Cassie Upshaw, Sophie, Brody and Sydney Sanderson. He was blessed that all his children and grandchildren lived within 3 miles and were able to spend quality family time together. He is also survived by his sister, Darlene Knief (Lawrence), brother, Duane Foelske (Sandy) and sister, Andrea Musselman (Bob) as well as nieces and nephews. He will be dearly missed by those who loved and adored him. He was preceded in death by his parents as well as his sister, LuAnn Leisinger (Marvin) and a niece Janice Dryer.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 2:00 pm at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Denver, Iowa with Pastor Dawn Pederson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Denver, Iowa and also an hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. In lieu of flower, Memorials may be directed toward the Foelske family, where they will be divided between his home church, St. Peter Lutheran Church in Denver as well as the Denver and Janesville First Responders and online condolences for Ron Foelske may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home of Denver, Iowa is assisting the Foelske family with arrangements. 319-984-5379
Bryant K. “Bry” Pierson
SHELL ROCK — Bryant Keith “Bry” Pierson, 54, of Shell Rock, died Monday, Sept. 9, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
He was born Aug. 7, 1965, in Waterloo, son of Edward and Gloria (Mehmen) Pierson. On April 23, 1993, he married Joyce Fink at St. Mary Catholic Church in Waverly.
He was a 1984 graduated of Cedar Falls High School. During his life he worked for Roberts and Dybdahl in Waterloo as a truss manager and for United Equipment Accessories in Waverly as an assembler.
Survived by: his wife; a son, Justin Pierson of Waverly; a daughter, Bekka Pierson of Shell Rock; his parents of Cedar Falls; a brother, Patrick (Karla) Pierson of Cambridge; and three nieces, Sydney, Paige and Allie.
Preceded in death by: a brother, Parnell Pierson; his maternal grandparents, Ruth and Okkie Mehmen; his paternal grandparents, Frank and Goldie Pierson; and an uncle, Richard Mehmen.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at St. Mary Catholic Church, with burial in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, both in Waverly. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly.
Memorials: may be directed to the family for later designation.
Condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
Bry’s greatest enjoyment in life was time spent with family, whether it was hunting and fishing with Justin and friends or attending Bekka’s basketball games with Joyce. Other things he liked were his dog Suzie, Chicago Cubs, Dallas Cowboys and watching the outdoor channel.
David L. Hild
LA PORTE CITY — David L. Hild, 90, a resident of Rosewood Estates in Waterloo, formerly of La Porte City, died there Monday, Sept. 9.
He was born July 30, 1929, in Geneseo Township, son of Dale and Alice Yarrow Hild. He married Bonnie J. Sippel in 1951, they were later divorced.
He graduated from La Porte City High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force in Yuma, Ariz., from 1951 to 1955. David then moved to Evansdale and worked at Rath Packing Co. for many years. He later moved to Minnesota and worked before returning to Iowa to work as a supervisor at John Deere Engine Works in Waterloo for 19 years. David lived in Frederika for many years. He retired from John Deere in May 1993. He was active in the La Porte City American Legion U.S.S San Diego Post 207.
Survived by: two daughters, Ann Hild of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Gail (Keats) Garman of Blaine, Wash.; a brother, Harold (Lynette) Hild of Alamo, Texas; a sister, Carol (Robert) Usher of Waverly; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: his parents; two sisters, Katherine Marie Hild in infancy, and Shirley Juhl; and a stepson, Michael J. Witmer.
Memorial gathering: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel, Waterloo. Graveside services 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Geneseo Township Cemetery, with military rites by the La Porte City American Legion U.S.S. San Diego Post 207.
Memorials in lieu of flowers: may be directed to La Porte City American Legion U.S.S. San Diego Post 207.
Condolences may be left at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com.
David loved to camp and cook a big steak over the campfire. He was an avid coin collector and loved to share his collections with family. He was always supportive of the extended family and offered help generously. He loved to dance and spent many evenings dancing polkas and square dancing with friends.
Service Notice: Chad J. Oge
WATERLOO -- Chad J. Oge, 46, of Waterloo, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital; family-directed celebration of life will be held at a later date; visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel, Waterloo, 233-3146, with cremation to follow the visitation; memorials in lieu of flowers may be directed to the family; condolences at www.KearnsFuneralService.com.
Dorismae Nelsen Griffin
WATERLOO – Dorismae Nelsen Griffin, 89, of ManorCare Nursing Home, died Thursday, Sept. 5, at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital in Waterloo.
She was born May 6, 1930, in Des Moines. She was later adopted by Vera and Mark Brandhorst. She married Darrell (Scott) Nelsen. They were later divorced. She married Pete Griffin; he preceded her in death.
Dorismae graduated from Hudson High School. She worked odd jobs while raising her family. She later worked at Montgomery Ward, then Goodwill until she was 77 years old selling merchandise.
Survived by: her children, Greg (Vickie) Nelsen, Shelly (Bill) Wehrle of Waterloo and Kathy Forbes of Tama; her sister-in-law, Doretta Brandhorst of Waterloo; seven grandchildren, Katie Wehrle, Leslee (Todd) Johnson, Brett Wehrle, Nick Nelsen, Bonnie (Michael) Nelsen Chapman, Robby Forbes and Ashley Forbes; and four great-grandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: her parents; her husbands; and her brother, Jim Brandhorst.
Services: no services will be held. Dorismae requested to be cremated. Her ashes will be spread as each of her children wish.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Dorismae loved telling jokes and being with people. She liked taking long drives just to eat somewhere “new.” She especially loved playing cards and going to the casino. She will be extremely missed by all of her family who she loved very much.
Service Notice: Nancy B. Douglas
CEDAR FALLS – Nancy B. Douglas, 92, of Cedar Falls, formerly of Urbandale and Arlington, Texas, died Monday, Sept. 9; memorial services 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at First Presbyterian Church in Waterloo; memorials may be given to Northeast Iowa Food Bank or another helping agency; full obituary at richardsonfuneralservice.com.
Thomas W. “Tom” Biemann
LA PORTE CITY – Thomas William “Tom” Biemann, 64, of La Porte City, died Monday, Sept. 9, at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital, Waterloo.
He was born Oct. 17, 1954, in Waterloo, son of William H. Jr. and Betty Wood Biemann.
He graduated from Denver High School in 1973. Tom was the owner of Duee’s for a number of years and later worked at Tyson’s, retiring in 2016.
Survived by: six sons, Matthew Biemann, Scott (Kathryn) Biemann, Preston (Ashley) Biemann, Camron (Lily) Biemann, Dallas (Savannah) Biemann and T.J. (Ellie) Biemann; two stepchildren, Heather Murr and Katario Roby; 13 grandchildren, Abby, Lila, Brayden, Brianna, Mya, Josie, Tyler, Michael, Monica, Malcom, Eastyn, Kaleb and Levi; his mother; five sisters, Toni (Randy) Eilers, Terry (Dennis) Zaruba, Teddy (Mark) Widdel, Tracy (Michael) Dreesman and Tammy (Randy) Dillavou; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: his father; his grandparents, William H. Sr. and Derothea Biemann and Walter S. and Leola Wood; a niece, Jessica Jean Eilers; two nephews, Adam Schneider and Evan Freeman; and a brother-in-law, Rick Schneider.
Family Directed Memorial Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Denver, with burial in the church cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at Locke Funeral Home, Waterloo.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.lockefuneralhome.com.
He was a proud union steward at Tyson and was a member of Whitetails Unlimited, having previously served as president of the Black Hawk County Chapter.
Harlan L. Hempen
CEDAR FALLS — Harlan L. Hempen, 86, of Cedar Falls, died Monday, Sept. 9, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo.
He was born Sept. 9, 1933, in Grundy Center, son of Herman and Annie (Gerloff) Hempen. He married Mary Bown on July 3, 1953, at the Little Brown Church near Nashua. She preceded him in death on Aug. 4, 1995. He married Brenda (Harberts) Berry on April 18, 1998, at Grace Reformed Church in Waterloo.
Harlan was a graduate of Grundy Center High School. He was owner of Hempen Equipment in Cedar Falls, formerly Dike, and farmed in rural Cedar Falls.
Survived by: his wife; his son, David (Terrie) Hempen of Altoona; his daughter, Connie (Ron) Stauffer of Norfolk, Neb.; two stepsons, Neil (Traci) Berry of Janesville and Robert “Bob” (Lynda) Berry of Waterloo; a stepdaughter, Tracy (Dan) West of Cedar Falls; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Linda Loken of Northwood, Ruth Grosland of Albert Lea, Minn., and Ann Young of Renton, Wash.
Preceded in death by: his parents; his first wife, Mary; and a sister, Marion Bradwell.
Memorial services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Grace Reformed Church, Waterloo, preceded by graveside services at 9:15 a.m. in Lincoln Cemetery near Voorhies. Visitation will be 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home, Cedar Falls.
Memorials in lieu of flowers: may be directed to the church.
Condolences may be left at www.DahlFuneralHome.com.
Service Notice: Mark N. DeLange
GRUNDY CENTER -- Mark Nathan DeLange, 65, of Grundy Center, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, after a brief battle with cancer; services 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Grundy Center United Methodist Church, with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery in Grundy Center; visitation will be held before services starting at 9 a.m. Abels Funeral and Cremation Service, Engelkes-Chapel, (319) 824-3319; condolences at www.abelsfuneralhomes.com.
Steven J. Seelhammer
CEDAR FALLS – Steven J. Seelhammer, 57, of Cedar Falls, died at home Monday, Sept. 9.
He was born Sept. 12, 1961, in New Hampton, son of Robert and Harriet (Adams) Seelhammer.
He graduated from New Hampton High School in 1979 and earned his BA in physical education from the University of Northern Iowa in 1984. He taught two years in Illinois, then was a teacher and coach for 28 years in Rosenberg, Texas. He retired from teaching in 2014 and became a coach and para educator at Peet Junior High in Cedar Falls. Currently, he was the athletic director and a coach at St. Patrick Catholic School in Cedar Falls.
Survived by: two brothers, Jack (Jane) Seelhammer of North Washington and Rick (Susan) Seelhammer of Waterloo; two sisters, Linda (Gary) Steven of New Hampton and Brenda (Shawn) Bartz of Cedar Falls; six nieces and nephews, Robb (Jenn) Steven, Matt (Siri) Steven, Amanda (James) Uhlenhake, Andrew Seelhammer, Trevor and Austin Bartz; eight great-nieces and nephews; his stepfather, Joe CaPaul of Waunakee, Wis.; and three stepsiblings, Christy (Ron) Barman and Joe (Debbie) CaPaul, both of Waunakee, and Cathy (Dave) Tutton of Palmyra, Wis.
Preceded in death by: his parents; and a stepbrother, Dan CaPaul.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Cedar Falls. Visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Richardson Funeral Service, where there will be a 4 p.m. rosary. Visitation also for one hour before services at the church. Burial will in St. Mary’s in North Washington.
Memorials: may be directed to St. Patrick Catholic School athletic programs.
Condolences may be left at www.richardsonfuneralser vice.com.
Cheryl Mae Joy
Cheryl Joy, 72, of Waterloo, died Wednesday, August 28 at Hospice Home from small cell lung cancer.
She was born November 26, 1946 in Waterloo, daughter of Benjamin and Dorothy Dawson Beasley.
For most of her life, she was employed in the janitorial industry. Often working two jobs. She retired from Friendship Village.
Survivors include a daughter, Roxanne (Michael) Balvanz of Cedar Falls; grandchildren, Brittney Joy of Waterloo, Alexis, Finneran, Sage, and Iley Balvanz of Cedar Falls.
Preceded in death by her parents, a stepfather, Richard “Dick” Scheel, a brother, Marvin “Dean” Beasley, and an infant daughter, Kimberlee Sue Eighmey.
No services were held following cremation.
Cheryl loved her family and spending time with her grandchildren. She also, just recently became a new fur-grandma to a special little white puppy named Benny, that would light up her final days. Along with her two “babies”, kitties, Nikki, and Cyrus.
Memorials may be directed to Hospice House.
Service Notice: Ronald E. Kratchmer
WAVERLY -- Ronald E. Kratchmer, 84, of Waverly, died Sunday, Sept. 8, at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital in Waterloo; visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Waverly, 352-1187; cremation will follow the visitation with inurnment at a later date in Harlington Cemetery in Waverly; memorials may be directed to the family for a later designation; condolences at www.kaisercorson.com.