Monday 27 April 2015


Marcele Kottman



Marcele Marjorie (Pals) Kottman, 92, formerly of Thornton, Iowa, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at the Rehabilitation Center, of Hampton, Iowa.

A funeral service was held Saturday, Oct. 25, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Thornton, with Rev. Rhea Evanson officiating.    Interment was at the Pleasantview Cemetery, Thornton.  Memorials may be given to the Marcele Kottman Memorial Fund.


Beverly Lechner



 Beverly Ann Lechner, 74, of Rockwell, Iowa, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Due to her wishes she will be cremated.
 A celebration of her life will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, with Rev. Rhea Evanson of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Rockwell, officiating. Inurnment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City, Iowa. Family will greet friends from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel and then an hour before the service on Thursday. Family suggests memorials to Beverly Ann Lechner Memorial fund.


Joseph Firsching



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


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.


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