Kathy Semke, 1952 – 2020

Mary Margaret Kathelene Semke, 67, of Jefferson, passed away on February 9, 2020, after a brave battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Kathy was born December 23, 1952, to Ward Duffy and Katherine Jobush in Jefferson. After graduating from Jefferson High School in 1971, she went on to study at the University of Iowa. Continue reading Kathy Semke, 1952 – 2020

Andy Foster, 1936 – 2020

A Celebration of Life for Andy Foster, 83, of Jefferson, was held  Feb. 15 at the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson with the Rev Julie Poulsen presiding. Granddaughter Dakota Foster sang “My Heart Will Go On.” Lois Last accompanied  congregational singing. A Masonic service led by Curt Eason preceded the service.

Andrew Charles Foster was born Oct. 4, 1936, at the family home in Scranton to Paul William Foster and Nana Belle McFadden Foster. When Andy was 2 years old, his mother died. Paul married Kathryn Clark and she became the mother of the Foster family. Continue reading Andy Foster, 1936 – 2020

Ray Busch, 1942 – 2020

Ray Busch, 77, of rural Ogden, passed away February 8, 2020, at his home, surrounded by his family.

Raymond Carl Busch was born July 6, 1942, son of Fritz and Rose (Hoefle) Busch. Ray was the youngest of three children and attended elementary school in Beaver and then attended in Grand Junction, where and was crowned Homecoming King and graduated in 1960.

On December 15, 1962, Ray married Judy Groves of Rippey in Grand Junction at the Presbyterian Church. They lived in Beaver for three years then moved to a farm south of Beaver where they raised four daughters, farmed, and had livestock. Ray and Judy retired from farming in 2010. Continue reading Ray Busch, 1942 – 2020

Ruby Metzler, 1916 – 2020

Funeral services were held February 6 at Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home in Jefferson for Ruby Metzler, 103, of Jamaica.

Words of comfort were offered by Todd Muir of the Jefferson congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Honorary bearers were Bud Matthews, Ned Johnson, Tyler Muir and Kurt Meinecke.

Casket bearers were Ian Johnson, Todd Muir, Steve Curtis and Matt Ulrich. Interment was at the Junction Township Cemetery west of Grand Junction. Continue reading Ruby Metzler, 1916 – 2020

Rexine Johnson, 1922 – 2020

Rexine Johnson, the daughter of Guy and Ida (Stream) Kinsman, was born August 26, 1922 at her parent’s farm home near Churdan, Iowa and departed this life January 30, 2020 at the Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson, Iowa. She lived a full life to the age of 97 years, 5 months and 4 days.

Rexine attended and graduated from the Churdan High School in 1940 and later attended Iowa Teachers College in Cedar Falls where she received a teacher’s certificate. She returned to Churdan and taught in country schools. She later worked in a café in Churdan. Continue reading Rexine Johnson, 1922 – 2020

Patricia Monogin, 1934 – 2020

Patricia Monagin, 85, of Jefferson, died January 30, 2020, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines surrounded by her daughters Carole Monagin-Rustan and Kelly Walker, her son Mike Monagin, and many family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents Albert Case and Irene Mohr; brothers Jim Case, Chuck Case, and Donnie Case; sister Stella Ludwig; and sister-in-law Patty Case. Continue reading Patricia Monogin, 1934 – 2020

Madeline Hendricks, 1923 – 2020

Funeral services were held Jan. 30 at Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home in Jefferson for Madeline Hendricks, 96, of Jefferson.

Words of comfort were offered by Bobby Palmer, pastor of First Baptist Church of Churdan. Meladee Graven was soloist accompanied by Janet Wills.

Casket bearers were Mitch Stream, Bryan Booth, Alex Olson,  Aaron Wise, Daniel Madsen and Jared Morris. Interment was at the Jefferson Municipal Cemetery. Continue reading Madeline Hendricks, 1923 – 2020

John Zepp, 1940 – 2020

Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 27, at Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home in Jefferson, for John Zepp, 79, of Jefferson.

Pastor Caleb Delzell of The Dwelling Place offered words of comfort. Honorary bearers were Bud Haley, Anne Butler, Jasmine McClintic, Skyler McClintic, Sean Haley, River Zep, Amber McCauley, Cassie Kesselring, Ryan McCauley and Erin Richman. Continue reading John Zepp, 1940 – 2020

Cory Schwering, 1995 – 2020

A memorial service was held Jan. 19 at Clover Hall on the Greene County Fairgrounds for Cory James Schwering, 24, of Carroll.

Pastor Carol Mandziara of Ecclesia of His Grace and Glory in Clive offered words of comfort.  Soloist was Maggie Fuller, accompanied by Kevin Langel.

Honorary bearers were Cole Bush, Joey Karstens, Darrin Gordon, Chris Grossman, Clint Flack, Trevor Lawton, Cole Hastings and Tanner Lawton. Continue reading Cory Schwering, 1995 – 2020

Sue Thede, 1948 – 2020

Sue Thede was born January 12, 1948, in Galva,  to Blanche (Gray) Alftine and Ivan Alftine. Sue was called to heaven on January 9, 2020.

Sue graduated from Jefferson Community School in the spring of 1966. On April 15th of 1967, Gary and Sue were united in marriage at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jefferson. To this union was born two children, Kari and Scott. Over the years, Sue worked at Blaess Shoe Store, Dick and Jim’s Hardware, Franklin Manufacturing, and American Athletic Inc. She enjoyed spending her time cleaning houses of those residing in our community. Continue reading Sue Thede, 1948 – 2020

Elizabeth Beck, 1928 – 2020

Elizabeth Beck, 91, of Churdan, died January 1, 2020 at the Greene County Medical Center, Jefferson, with her family by her side. The family hosted a memorial visitation for relatives and friends on Jan. 6,  at the First Baptist Church in Churdan.  Elizabeth Beck was laid to rest beside her husband at the Iowa Veteran’s Cemetery, Adel.

Elizabeth (Liz) was born December 29, 1928, in El Cajon, California to Harry and Clara Brooks as their first child. Harry and Clara later welcomed twins, Joseph (Joe) and Josephine (Josie), and soon after their youngest, Dorothy. Continue reading Elizabeth Beck, 1928 – 2020

Eileen Perkins 1924 – 2019

Funeral services were held Dec. 27 at St Joseph Catholic Church in Jefferson for Eileen Maree Perkins, 95, of Panora, formerly of Jefferson.

Father John Gerald, pastor of the church, and Msgr Kevin McCoy of Holy Trinity Church in Fort Dodge, concelebrated Mass of the Resurrection. Music was provided by soloist Sheilah Pound, accompanied by Lois Last.

Casket bearers were Randy Wittrock, Denny Healy, Mike Healy, Kelly Acob, Chris Perkins and Hunter Soreide. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery in Pocahontas. Continue reading Eileen Perkins 1924 – 2019