Joseph “Joe” Matthew Firsching, 89, of Mason City, passed away peacefully, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, with his family by his side.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. with a one hour prior visitation on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 302 5th St. S.E., Mason City. Father Rodney Allers will be officiating. Inurnment will follow at Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery. Those planning on expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Joseph Firsching Memorial fund. Online condolences may be left at www.fullertonfh.com.
Neva S. McDonald
Neva S. McDonald, formerly of Clear Lake, passed away in Escondido, Calif., on Oct. 5, 2014, as a result of Alzheimers disease. She was 94.
Neva Shirley Smith was born in Hudson, S.D., on Sept. 1, 1920, the daughter of Ross and Myrtle (Miner) Smith. She spent her childhood in the Hudson area where Neva met her lifetime sweetheart, Dennis Wayne McDonald, son of Charles R. McDonald and Amy R. Edson. Neva and Dennis were married in 1939, and they enjoyed a long and happy life together (over 70 years). Dennis died in March of 2010.
Mildred A. Jensen
Mildred “Millie” Ann (DeVries) Jensen, 83, of Thornton, Iowa, passed away on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, at her home, under hospice care, surrounded by her loving family.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, Oct. 9, at Retz Funeral Home, in Thornton, with Mr. Gerald Haugland presiding. Interment was at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Thornton.
Mildred was born Nov. 8, 1930, in Sheffield, Iowa, to Jerry and Lena (Schroeder) DeVries. Mildred graduated from the Thornton Consolidated School in 1949 with high honors.
Orin J. Solbrack
Orin Juel Solbrack, 72, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, at the Oakwood Care Center, in Clear Lake.
A Memorial Service and celebration of his life, was held in the Severtson Forum of the Kinney-Lindstrom Center at Opportunity Village, Clear Lake, on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, with Pastor Rich Murray officiating. Inurnment was held in the Salem Memorial Cemetery.
Norman J. Ballantyne
Norman J. “Bill” Ballantyne, 91, of Clear Lake, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, with his family by his side at the Oakwood Care Center, Clear Lake.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, with Rev. Dennis Ganz officiating. Burial will be in Clear Lake Cemetery. Family will greet friends one hour before the service. The family suggests memorials to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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