Dolores Margaret Till, 79, of 1033 19th St SW., Mason City, Iowa died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 at Good Shepherd Health Center in Mason City. A graveside service was held Friday, Dec. 16, at Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City with the Rev. Kenneth B. Gehling officiating.
Cleo Elizabeth Cookman, 92, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City, Iowa.
A Funeral Mass was held Wednesday, Dec. 21, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Clear Lake, with Monsignor Joseph Slepicka officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date in the Clear Lake Cemetery. Should friends desire, memorials may be directed to the Cleo E. Cookman Memorial.
Donald F. “Don” Gansen, 82, 704 S. 12th St., Clear Lake, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather entered his heavenly home on Dec. 17, 2011 at the Mercy Medical Center North Iowa, Mason City, Iowa. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1001 9th Ave S., Clear Lake
Nell Irene Wilcox, 97, Clear Lake, died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 at the Oakwood Care Center, Clear Lake. A private inurnment was held at the Clear Lake Cemetery with Pastors Jill and Bob Brandstad of the Community of Christ Church officiating. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be given to the Community of Christ Church or Hospice of North Iowa.
Rita Romaine Squires, 65, 1620 Highland Dr., Clear Lake, died Dec. 3, 2011 at her residence. According to her wishes, her body has been cremated. A remembrance gathering will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16, at the Lakeview Room in the Clear Lake Park Bandshell, with Pastor Jason Boyd leading the sharing. Memorials may be given to the Rita Squires Memorial Fund.
Rita was born July 19, 1946 in Charles City, Iowa the daughter of Wilfred Carl and Lyla (Smith) Truex.
She graduated from Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock High School in 1964. She continued her education at N.I.A.C.C. and obtained her nursing degree. She worked as a nurse at North Iowa Hospital and later North Iowa Mercy Medical Center North Iowa where she was a nurse and later a nurse’s supervisor.
Rita was a very gentle and caring person. She enjoyed quilting, painting and beading.
Rita is survived by her son, Tim Squires, Manly, Iowa; two brothers, Doug Truex and his wife, Jean, Waterloo, Iowa and Rick Truex, Mason City, Iowa; and two sisters, Joan Norvold and her husband, Mark, Cedar Falls, Iowa and Charlotte Seick, Willmar, Minn.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two nephews, Tony Seick and Chris VanArkle.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.
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