Obituaries and service notices in the Courier from today.
Leona Hunt (1924-2019)
ACKLEY — Leona M.K. Oelmann Hunt, 94, of Ackley, died Wednesday, April 17, at Hansen Family Hospital, Iowa Falls.
She was born Oct. 10, 1924, in rural Ackley, daughter of Anna D. Bunte Oelmann and Gustav H. Oelmann. She married Merle W. Hunt on Sept. 23, 1944, at Evangelical Church in Ackley. He preceded her in death after 68 years of marriage.
Leona graduated in 1942 from Ackley High School and attended Iowa State University. Merle and Leona worked together in the Hybrid Seed Corn business, Ackley Fertilizer Sales and Hunt’s Fine Gifts along with family members.
Leona was a member of the Presbyterian Church, choir, organizations and serving her church teaching, on boards, for over 65 years. She was a member of P.E.O., a 19-year member of the Ackley German Band, Ackley Chamber and Bridge Club.
Survived by: a son, James M. Hunt; a daughter, Jean Ann (Rod) Kolthoff; grandchildren, Jason W. (Michelle) Hunt, Joseph M (Misty) Hunt and Jamie A (Jeff) Rae; great-grandchildren, Carrinton G. Hunt, Alayna N. Hunt, Jadyn M. Rae, Jenika J. Rae, Jaxon M. Hunt, Jordyn M. Hunt; stepgreat-grandchildren, Courtney, Isabel and Mary Ann Winters; AFS daughter and family Nasrin Arsalla Hakimi and Salim Shinkai, and Seidahl; a niece, Mary Kay Oelmann Collins and family; and a nephew, Tom Oelmann (Marty).
Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, Merle; a brother, Warren Oelmann; and a sister-in-law, Marge Oelmann.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at First Presbyterian Church, Ackley, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. today, April 19, at Sietsema Funeral Home, Ackley.
Memorials in lieu of flowers: may be directed to First Presbyterian Church in Ackley.
Leona enjoyed music, cooking, gardening, decorating, traveling with family, spending winters in Brownsville, Texas, and summers camping and later years in Wisconsin.
Family meant a lot to Leona. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were so important to her. She liked getting the family together for dinners or cookouts.
Ellen C. Snyder (1940-2019)
WATERLOO — Ellen Colene Snyder, 78, of Fort Dodge, formerly of Waterloo, died Wednesday, April 17, at Simpson Health Center at Friendship Haven in Fort Dodge.
She was born Oct. 3, 1940, in Waterloo, daughter of Ruel and Eloise (Francis) Shepard. On Feb. 13, 1960, she married Richard Snyder at Immaculate Conception Church in Charles City.
She graduated from Waterloo East High School in 1958, and then from the Waterloo School of Beauty Culture. Ellen and Richard first lived in Charles City where Ellen was a homemaker. After moving to Fort Dodge in 1965, Ellen worked as a beautician at Friendship Haven for 33 years. She was a member of the Waterloo Community Playhouse, Waterloo Symphony and the Fort Dodge Symphony for which she played cello. She was also a member of the Webster County Women’s Chorus, Fort Dodge Civic Glee Club, First Covenant Choir and Sonshine Singers.
Survived by: her children, Denise (Paul) Halverson of Fort Dodge and Richard Snyder of Slifer; her mother of Fort Dodge; a grandson, Miles McLellan; her stepgrandchildren, Jason (Christine) Halverson, Jerod (Amy) Halverson, Andrea Marshall and Natalie Halverson; and her great-grandchildren, Kinley, Owen, Cole, Addison, Bennett, Emersyn and Mason.
Preceded in death by: her father; and her husband.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, in the Tompkins Celebration Center at Friendship Haven, Fort Dodge, with entombment in the Chapel of Peace Mausoleum. Visitation is from 10 a.m. until services in the Tompkins Celebration Center. Gunderson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Fort Dodge, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: may be directed to Friendship Haven or First Covenant Church.
Music was her passion and she loved singing praises to God! She made a wonderful home for her family and shared her gift of hospitality with everyone she encountered.
Carlah A. Apfel (1955-2019)
WATERLOO — Carlah A. Apfel, 63, of Waterloo, died Wednesday, April 17, at UnityPoint-Allen Hospital.
She was born Aug. 25, 1955, to Leonard and Helen (Frickson) Tyler in Colorado Springs, Colo. She married Jim Apfel on Nov. 5, 1983 in Houston, Texas.
She attended school at La Porte City High School. Carlah worked for the Waterloo Fish Market for over 10 years, Midwest Provisions for eight years, and she finished her working years as the head cook at Covenant Medical Center for 21 years. She later retired, treasuring time with her family and planning family trips. She was a one-time cancer survivor.
Survived by: her husband, Jim; five children, Beth Amo, Lonnie Tyler (Christy Pospisil), Nathan (Shalonda) Tyler, James Apfel and Jamie Apfel (Jamar Jenkins); five sisters, Debbie Plunkett, Mildred Rinnels, Tammy Tangen (Dan Mulholland), Violette Tyler (Scott Reavis) and Larissa (Billy) Deeds; four brothers, Russell Tyler, Robert Tyler, Matthew (Rachael) Tyler and Kurt Coburn; and nine grandchildren, Austin (Kami) Amo, Jared Amo, Lailah, Kingston and Raevyn Tyler, Antony and Jayla Rivera, and Jaleah Jenkins and Jamar Jenkins Jr.
Preceded in death by: her parents; five brothers, Mike, Lester, Jody, Richard and James; a brother in-law, Bobby Reynolds; a sister in-law, Teri Tyler; and a granddaughter, Dani Marie.
Services: Carlah never liked being the center of attention and per her wishes there will be no services.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Carlah was her family’s matriarch, always caring and putting others first. She looked forward to the holidays, especially Christmas. She was an avid Elvis Presley fan who loved to travel and thrift shop. Most of all, Carlah loved being with her children. She will be deeply missed.
Sandra R. "Sandi" Gruver (1950-2019)
CEDAR FALLS — Sandra R. “Sandi” Gruver, 68, of Cedar Falls, died Wednesday, April 17, at Cedar Falls Health Care Center after a fight with cancer.
She was born May 3, 1950, in Waterloo, daughter of Vincent and Helen Kearney.
Sandi graduated from Columbus High School. She worked for Four Oaks in Cedar Rapids in human resources and later as a youth counselor before retiring due to disability.
Survived by: two sons, seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild with another on the way, Dustin (Ashley) Gruver (Mason, Declan, Baylee) of Cedar Falls and Troy Gruver (Ali, Kate, Summer, Vince) of Phoenix, Ariz.
Preceded in death by: her parents.
Services: The family will honor Sandi’s wish for there to be no services. Family will be present for an inurnment.
Memorials: can be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.parrottandwood.com.
“Momo” as we called her had a big heart and loved her grandchildren so much; she will be missed.
Service Notice: Mary Bennett
WATERLOO -- Mary Zlabek Liberte Bennett, 93, of Waseca, Minn., died Monday, April 15, at Lakeshore Inn in Waseca. Services 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Waseca; visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 22, at Dennis Funeral & Cremation Services in Waseca, (507) 835-2190, with a 7 p.m. parish prayer service; services also at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at Crucifixion Catholic Church, Le Crescent, Minn., with burial at the church cemetery; visitation from 11 a.m. until services at the church; condolences may be left at dennisfuneralhomes.com.
Service Notice: Harold Biermann
FERDERIKA -- Harold Biermann, 81 of Tripoli, formerly of Frederika, died on Wednesday, April 17, at the Tripoli Nursing and Rehab; services 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Frederika, with burial at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, rural Frederika; visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Waverly, 352-1187, and also for an hour before services on Saturday at the church; condolences left at www.kaisercorson.com.
Gloria T. "Tedi" Fredrick (1931-2019)
WAVERLY — Gloria Theo “Tedi” Nellor Fredrick, 87, formerly of Waverly, died Friday, April 12, at Clarksville Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center.
She was born April 18, 1931, in Moorhead, daughter of Clara Rose Wilhelmina Pautsch Nellor and William McKinley “Max” Nellor. She married Arnold Alfred Fredrick on April 19, 1952. He died June 27, 1995.
She graduated from Charter Oak Public Schools in 1948. She graduated from Iowa State Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls, now known as the University of Northern Iowa, with a standard elementary teacher’s certificate in 1950. She was a second-grade teacher with the Clarksville Community Schools from 1950 to 1952. She was a member of St Paul’s Lutheran Church. She taught preschool at St. Paul’s Lutheran School from 1970 to 1981. She also worked for the Wartburg College Film Service and volunteered for Bartels Lutheran Home.
She was a longtime member of Matthias Circle, Music and Drama Club Division of Waverly Women’s Club, Waverly Hospital Auxiliary and PEO Chapter BC serving in many leadership capacities. She was a Brownie Scout and Cub Scout leader as well as a PTA officer and Senior Luther League adviser.
Survived by: a daughter, Candi (Mel) Brekhus of Southlake, Texas; a son, Tom Fredrick of Leawood, Kan; three grandsons, Tom (Mandy) Brekhus and their children, Cora and Ella of Southlake, Rayner (Heather) Fredrick of Nashville, Tenn., and Matthew Fredrick (girlfriend Marisa Morris) of Lawrence, Kan.; a sister, Pat (Jim) Nellor Wickwire of Hermosa Beach, Calif.; a brother-in-law, Ray Fredrick of Waverly; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Preceded in death by: her husband; her parents; her infant sister, Constance Dee; a granddaughter, Kacie Brekhus; and her in-law’s; Arnie’s siblings, Erma (Howard) Eppler, Deleva (Earnie) Oppermann, Lillian (Arn) Jahr, Gladys (Frank) Burge, Donna Andersen and Bill (Shirley) Fredrick.
Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, April 25, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School, with burial in Harlington Cemetery, both in Waverly. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at Kaiser Corson Funeral Home Waverly, followed by Celebration of Tedi’s life at 7 p.m. at the Waverly Golf & Country Club.
Memorials: may be directed to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School.
Condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
Tedi was elegant, classy, sophisticated, charming, fashionable, trendy, witty, intelligent, gracious and thoughtful. We are comforted she is whole again in a place where she can see with both eyes, walk with both legs, stand tall and proud, shoot some hoops, cook some food, and be reunited with loved ones.
Florence Wald (1930-2019)
CEDAR FALLS — Florence “Babe” Wald, 88, of Cedar Falls, died Tuesday, April 16, at Lexington Estate at Buchanan County Health Center from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.
She was born July 12, 1930, in the township of Reseburg, near Thorp, Wis., daughter of William and Leora (Pagel) Dudansky. She married Adolph “Dutch” Wald Jr. on May 6, 1950, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Thorp. He preceded her in death Nov. 21, 2016.
She graduated from Thorp High School in 1948 and worked at the Thorp Farmers Store. She later co-owned and managed Walnut Grove Mobile Home Park in Cedar Falls with her husband, prior to retiring. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
Survived by: her daughter, Jacqueline Wald of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and two sisters, Leora Graski of Owen, Wis., and Geraldine Dudansky of Thorp.
Preceded in death by: her son, Jeffrey Wald; and a sister, Betty Calcote.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at Richardson Funeral Service, with burial in Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens, both in Cedar Falls. A reception and visitation will be held for one hour before services.
In retirement, Dutch and Babe traveled a lot. They spent many winters in Arizona and Florida, making many good friends along the way. She liked working in the yard, fishing, visiting presidential libraries, playing bingo, and of course, dancing.
Betty J. Morrison (1944-2019)
LA PORTE CITY — Betty June Morrison, 75, of La Porte City, died Monday, April 15, at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital of natural causes.
She was born March 27, 1944, in Waterloo, daughter of Ernest and Dorothy Sackett Dickinson. She married Ronald “Ron” Morrison on Sept. 21, 1963, in Waterloo.
She was a graduate of Waterloo East High School and also attended Hawkeye Community College. Betty worked as a nurse at Colonial Manor in La Porte City for many years. She was a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waterloo.
Survived by: her husband; a son, Kevin Morrison of Waterloo; two daughters, Sandra (Keith) Bushman of Colorado and Melissa (Chad) Purdy of La Porte City; six grandchildren, Stallone, Carter and Gibson Purdy, Katelyn and Lindsay Bushman and Julian Harrington; and her dog, Oscar.
Preceded in death by: her parents.
Services: 1 p.m. today, April 18, at Garden View Chapel, Waterloo, with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation will be for one hour before services.
Memorials: may be directed to Multiple Sclerosis Service League, 760 Ansborough Ave., Waterloo 50701.
Condolences may be left at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com.