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Beva Jean Wedeking-Gilbert


Beva Jean Wedeking-Gilbert, age 42, of Clarksville, Iowa, was born the daughter of Leo and Dorothy (Bruns) Wedeking on November 3, 1959, at the Waverly Municipal Hospital in Waverly, Iowa. She graduated from the Clarksville Community High School in 1978, and continued her education for two additional years for nursing, at Hawkeye Tech in Waterloo, Iowa. On September 30, 1995, Beva Wedeking was united in marriage with Duane Gilbert at the Community United Methodist Church in Clarksville. They made their home in Clarksville. Beva worked at the Larrabee Center in Waverly as a nurse helping the mentally and physically disabled. She also served on the Client Care Review Board. Beva was a life long member of the Community United Methodist Church, where she was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith. She enjoyed cooking for various church activities. Beva enjoyed gardening, raising flowers, landscaping and cooking for her family. In her spare time she liked to go shopping and liked to read. She especially loved her family very much. At 9:50 p.m., Beva died at her home from Leukemia. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Ann Bruns, step-maternal grandmother, Susan Bruns, paternal grandparents, Arnold and Janie Wedeking. Beva is survived by her husband, Duane Gilbert and their two sons, Skyler Wedeking Gilbert, age 5, and Tanner Wedeking Gilbert, age 3, of Clarksville; her parents, Leo and Dorothy Wedeking of Clarksville; one sister, Rhynonda Creger and her husband, Doug of Waverly, Iowa; two nieces Andrea and Rebecca Creger; maternal grandfather, Hank Bruns of Clarksville; and special friends, Brent Bohlen, Dawn Koop and Sis Henning. Funeral Services were held at10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 20, 2002, at the Community United Methodist Church in Clarksville, Iowa with Pastors Allen & Julie Poore-Christensen officiating. Organist was Lola Clark and soloist, David Ackerman sang “The Lords Prayer.” Congregational Hymns were “This Little Light Of Mine” and “Jesus Loves Me.” Special Music was the song “Spirit In The Sky.” Honorary Casketbearers were Dr. Lee Fagre and Dr. Louis Letendre. Casketbearers were Doug Creger, Don Gilbert, Mike Gilbert, Kevin Gilbert, Wayne Gilbert, Randy Gilbert and Rich Gilbert. Interment was in Lynwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Iowa. Memorials may be sent to the family.

Orville Dean Maifeld

Orville Dean Maifeld, 70, of Hawk Point, Missouri, formerly of Dumont, passed away of cancer on Wednesday, July 17, 2002 at his residence. He was born January 16, 1932 in Dumont, Iowa, a son of J. Henry and Grace (Harms) Maifeld. He was married December 29, 1980 at the Warrenton Baptist Church to Malica Brown who survives at home. Orville attended country school and graduated from Dumont Community High School in 1951. He also attended school in Iowa city where he earned his Associates Degree. He worked as a carpenter at McDonald Douglas where he retired after thirty years of service. He was a member of The Church of the Nazarene in Wright City and the Wentzville American Legion. He enjoyed woodworking immensely. He also enjoyed going to church, planting flowers and bird watching. He is also survived by one brother: Eugene Maifeld of Allison, Iowa; two sisters: Maxine Krull of Osage Beach, Missouri and Kathlene Stoppelmoor of Clarksville, Iowa; four sons: Dan Maifeld of Las Vagas, Doug Maifeld of Pennsylvania, Mike Maifeld of Las Vegas and David Maifeld of Las Vegas; one daughter: Theresa Collins of Gainsville, Florida; two stepsons: Bill Jacobs of Wentzville and Darrel Jacobs of Wright City and twelve grandchildren. Services were held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 20, 2002 at the Funeral Home, with Brother Daniel Mund officiating. Interment with full military honors immediately followed the service at the Hawk Point City Cemetery.

Paul Flora

Services for Paul Flora, oldest male Iowan, held July 22. Funeral services for Paul Flora, 108, of 219 North Water Street, Greene; were held Monday, July 22 at the First Presbyterian Church in Greene with Rev. Paul Uzel officiating. Paul Lester Flora was born December 20, 1893, in rural Coldwater Township, Butler County, lowa a son of Harvey Edward and Jennie M. (Thompson) Flora; and died Thursday, July 18, 2002, at his home in Greene having attained the advanced age of 108 years, 6 months, and 28 days. He received his education at the rural country school thru 8th grade. He spent most of his life farming. On December 20, 1917 he was united in marriage to Dianna Ruth Kingery at his parents log house in Bemidji, Minnesota. They were married nearly 80 years, working alongside each other on the farm, caring for each other, and their family. To this union was born three daughters. He will be remembered as a special Grandfather who always took an interest in his grandchildren and their activities. Following retirement they enjoyed spending thirteen winters in Bradenton, Florida. On February 12, 1995 they received an award or being the Longest Married Couple in the State of lowa on World Marriage Day of that year. In February, 2002 Paul was honored with the distinction of being the oldest man in Iowa. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Greene for over 80 years. Living family members include two loving daughters: Evelyn Straw of Charles City and Eleanor Reed of Greene; six grandchildren: Paul Sedgwick, Donna Wunsch, Jim Reed, Barbara Botterbrodt, Gary Reed, and Steve Reed;19 great grandchildren, and 22 great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Ruth, on June 16, 1997, daughter: Norma; four sisters: Gertrude Tack, Edna Tack, Harriet Barnett and Wilma Gallagher; two brothers: Earl and Ray in infancy.

Jennie Eilderts


Jennie was born January 26, 1913, in rural Grundy County, the daughter of Henry and Tena Schulte Johnson. She received her education in the Aplington Schools. She married Dick Eilderts on February 6, 1932, in the First Reformed Church parsonage in Aplington. The couple made their first home on a farm near Parkersburg. Jennie was a homemaker most of her life. After Dick’s death in 1968, she went to work at Maple Manor in Aplington. She retired in 1979. She was a member of First Reformed Church where she was active in the Women’s Guild. She collected tea cups, enjoyed gardening, and traveling and especially enjoyed taking bus tours. Jennie loved to spend time with the grandchildren. Jennie died at her home in Aplington on Friday, July 19, 2002, of natural causes. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick Eilderts in 1968; one grandchild, Rodney Dean Eilderts; two brothers, Harry Johnson and Fred Johnson and two sisters, Pearl Ross and Dorothy Neessen. She is survived by one son, Marvin (Mildred) Eilderts, Parkersburg, Iowa; three daughters, Viola (Ken) Lanam, Scottsdale, Arizona; Delores (Ted) Jungling, Aplington, Iowa; and Beverly (Wendell) Busch, Cedar Falls, Iowa; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; two sisters, Henrietta Schipp, Waterloo, Iowa and Marjorie Collins, Waterloo, Iowa; one sister-in-law, Tillie Johnson, Ackley, Iowa. Funeral Services were held at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 23, 2002 at the First Reformed Church, Aplington, Iowa with Rev. Harlan DeJong officiating. Organist was Lois Wessels. Vocalists Willie Aalderks and Randy Aalderks sang “How Great Thou Art” and “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.” Congregational Hymns were “Savior, Like A Shepherd Lead Us” and “Shall We Gather At The River.” Honorary Casketbearers were her Granddaughters, Charlene Daniels, Michelle Busch, Paige Messang and Julie Karsjens. Casketbearers were her grandsons, Allen Eilderts, Dennis Jungling, Gaylen Eilderts, Russell Jungling, Randy Eilderts and Brian Eilderts. Flower Committee was Marion Kramer, Millie Ridder and Virginia Dean. Interment was in Pleasant View Cemetery, Aplington, Iowa.

Vera L. Pulis

Graveside Services for Vera L. Pulis, age 87, of Naples, Florida, and formerly of Clarksville and Dubuque, Iowa, will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 26, 2002, at the Lynwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Iowa. Rev. Rueben Topp will be the officiant. Vera died at 5:20 p.m., Friday, July 19, 2002, in Naples, Florida, from natural causes. Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, at the Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Clarksville. A visitation was held at the Hodges Funeral Chapel in Naples, Florida on Monday, July 22, 2002. Burial will be in Lynwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Iowa.Vera was born August 18, 1914, at Clarksville, Iowa, the daughter of Edward and Augusta Metsdorf Sinram, the fourth of five children. She graduated from Clarksville High School in 1931.Vera married Mark S. Pulis on July 16, 1946. They made their home in Dubuque, Iowa where Vera was living and had worked for two doctors of Dentistry as a Dental Assistant and later was employed by Walgreen’s and Montgomery Ward. She became active in social and charitable organizations. She was a former member (for many years) of the Finley Hospital Sunshine Circle Auxiliary as well as the Hillcrest Family Service. She was involved in arts and crafts and caning chairs. She enjoyed bowling as a team member of the league bowling for many years.Upon her husband’s retirement, they moved to Naples, Florida in 1981 and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1996. Vera had become interested in vocal harmonizing music and for several years was a member of the Joyful Sound Group and the Naples branch of Harmony International.Vera was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Irma Martin, Irene Priest and Lucille Eckrich and one brother, Harlan Sinram.She is survived by her husband, Mark, of 56 years, and several nieces and nephews.Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home, Clarksville, Iowa, is in charge of local arrangements. Memorial maybe directed towards the family of Vera Pulis.

Andrew Sessler

Andrew Sessler, 84, of the Shell Rock Care Center and formerly of Plainfield, Iowa, died early Tuesday morning, July 23, 2002, at the Shell Rock Care Center of natural causes. Andrew was born on July 19, 1918, on a farm north of Aplington, Iowa, the son of John and Johanna (Meyer) Sessler. Andrew attended the Aplington Community School System and following his schooling helped area farmers. On October 17, 1945, he was united in marriage to Marjorie Irene Hardy at the Church of the Brethren in Greene. The couple made their home on a farm in Aplington for a short time before moving to a farm in Clarksville. In 1971, the couple sold their farm and moved to a homestead near Clarksville and later resided in Plainfield. Following the farm sale, Andrew worked part-time for the Waverly Sale Barn. On May 13, 1996, Andrew became a resident of the Shell Rock Health Care Center. Marjorie died on April 3, 2000. Andrew was a member of the First Baptist Church in Plainfield. He enjoyed war films, farming, bingo, visiting people and giving his grandchildren wagon rides. He is survived by one daughter and her husband, Carole and Gary Wilder of Peoria, Arizona; one son and his wife, Dwayne and Connie Sessler of Shell Rock Iowa; four grandchildren, Jeremy Sessler and his wife, Laura of Denver, Iowa, Janel (Sessler) Thurm and her husband, Mark of Denver, Iowa, Jason Sessler of Shell Rock, Iowa, and Alesha Wilder of Arizona and is currently attending William & Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginia; two great grandchildren, Madison Thurm and Jacob Sessler; one brother, Art Sessler and his wife, Lavola of Parkersburg; and three sisters, Anna Mae Rogers of Des Moines, Ruth Sessler of Los Angeles, California, Irene Walterman of Dike. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Marjorie; and a sister, Dorothy Seehusen. Funeral services were held Saturday, July 27, 2002, at 1:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Plainfield, with Pastor Dan Driscoll officiating. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Greene. Memorials may be directed to the family and a memorial fund will be established at a later date. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Shell Rock, was in charge of arrangements.

Paul Keiser Huisinga

Paul Keiser Huisinga, age 75, of Aplington, Iowa, was born the son of Claude L. and Edith K. (Keiser) Huisinga on May 15, 1927, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He graduated from Aplington High School with the class of 1944. Paul married Lucy Mae Daws on June 21, 1946, in the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. The couple made their home northwest of Parkersburg, Iowa where Paul farmed and ran his business. He retired in May of 1999 and moved to his present home in Aplington. Paul professed the Lord as his Savior at a young age. He was a very active member of the Aplington Baptist Church were he served as a Deacon, Moderator, Sunday school Superintendent, and Sunday school Teacher. Paul also served the North American Baptist Conference on the state and national level. Paul was active in his community on several committees and boards. He was a member of the Aplington Lions Club, the Butler County Extension Council, served as a Monroe Township Trustee and was on the election board. He enjoyed his children and grandchildren, fishing, hunting, reading and traveling with Lucy. Paul died at Cedar Falls Health Care Center, Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Sunday, July 28, 2002, at 5:05 a.m. of natural causes. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy on September 24, 2001; his parents; and one brother, Myrlin Huisinga. He is survived by two sons, Howard (Debby) Huisinga, Parkersburg, Iowa and Randy (Colleen) Huisinga, Davenport, Iowa; one daughter, Paulette (Chuck) Fay, Heath, Ohio; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; one brother, Gordon (Betty) Huisinga of Minnetonka, Minnesota and a sister-in-law, Burdell Huisinga, Aplington, Iowa. Funeral Services were at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 31, 2002, at the Aplington Baptist Church in Aplington, Iowa. Officiating was Rev. Marlin Mohrman, the Organist was Becky Ostercamp, the Vocalists were Joel and Joyce Frey singing “There Is A Redeemer.” The Congregational Hymns were “To God Be The Glory,” “My Faith Has Found A Resting Place” & “Amazing Grace.” The Honorary Casketbearers were Wilbur Huisinga, Howard Best and Dena Hanken and the Casketbearers were Matt Schwenk, Rich Tarin, Ben Huisinga, Chip Fay, Lee Huisinga and Lyle Huisinga. The Flower Committee was Kathy Bodecker and Judy Lindeman. Interment was at the Pleasant View Cemetery, Aplington, Iowa. Redman-Schwartz Funeral Chapel in Aplington, Iowa were in charge of the arrangements.

Marvin Francis Bruns

Funeral services for Marvin F. Bruns, 87, of 201 North Fourth Street, Greene, will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2002, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene, with Pastor Gary Hatcher officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Greene. Marvin Francis Bruns was born July 8, 1915, in rural Scott Township, Floyd County, a son of Herman and Martha (Abendroth) Bruns, and died Saturday, July 27, 2002, at the Liebe Care Center in Greene. He was baptized August 22, 1915, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene. He received his education in the Floyd and Butler County grade schools. Marvin affirmed his faith on May 19, 1929, at St. Peter Lutheran Church. On December 11, 1938, he was united in marriage to Rosamond Sophia Dralle at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church at Vilmar. During the Depression he worked for area farmers for a dollar a day. In 1935 he purchased a portable feed grinder that he operated until he started farming in 1939. He farmed southwest of Greene and was the Trojan Seed Dealer until his retirement in 1979. They moved to their new home in Greene in 1989. Marvin and Rosamond were members of St. John Ev. Lutheran Church atVilmar where he served on the Church Council and was Chairman of theCongregation. After moving to Greene they became members of St. Peter Lutheran Church. He served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Farmers Coop Elevator of Greene and nine years school director of Coldwater No. 9. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Marvin had a great love for nature and had many memorable fishing trips to Canada. He spent countless number of hours making gifts out of wood which he loved giving to his family and others. Those thankful for sharing his life are his loving wife of 63 years, Rosamond; three daughters and their spouses: Virginia and Don Feldman, Sandra and Gene Ross, Judy and John Osier, all of Greene; 10 grandchildren: Robin (Duane) Majewski, Troy (Teresa) Feldman, Tim (Marla) Feldman, Todd (Teri) Ross, Traci (David) Zvokel, Tara Ross, Jon Osier, Jan (Tom) Muench, Jill Osier and Jess Osier; 12 great-grandchildren: Tyler and Melissa Majewski, Lisa and Jared Feldman, Brady, Kelsey, and Megan Feldman, Nicholas and Carter Ross, Christian and Kinsey Zvokel, and Dante Ross; one brother: Dale and his wife Minnie Bruns of Greene and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Edna Akin, one brother in infancy, and a great-grandson Anthony Ross. Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Marvin F. Bruns Memorial Fund in care of the family.

Robert Lotis Cashatt

Robert Lotis Cashatt, age 68, of Parkersburg, Iowa, was born the son of Donvon Rollow and Naomi Woneta (Foster) Cashatt on December 31, 1933, in Waterloo, Iowa. He received his education from various schools in Minnesota and Iowa. Bob was united in marriage with Delores Joann Kadous on August 8, 1959. They made their home in Parkersburg. Bob served in the United States Navy. He worked for the Chicago North Western Railroad until 1995 when he retired after 43 years of service. He was a member of the NRA, the Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, the Brotherhood of Maintenance Way and ARRP. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping and shooting bow. He liked to ride four wheelers, motorcycles and he enjoyed the companionship of his dogs. At 4:46 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2002, Bob died at his home of complications of cancer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Delores Cashatt in 1984; and his parents. Bob is survived by one daughter, Colleen Kae Mennen and her husband, Jesse of Parkersburg; four sons, Donald Ray Cashatt and his wife, Karen of Parkersburg, Ricky Lee Cashatt of Kesley, Iowa, Timmy Allen Cashatt and his friend, Lynne of Dike, Iowa, Mitchell Cashatt of Parkersburg; three grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; one brother, Daryle Cashatt and his wife, Bonnie of DeBary, FL. Funeral Services were at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 3, 2002, at the Parkersburg United Methodist Church in Parkersburg, Iowa. Officiating was Rev. Sue Meade and Rev. Bill Carpenter, the Organist was Mary Ann Simon and there was Special Music played “Go Rest High On That Mountain,” by Vince Gill and the Congregational Hymns were “How Great Thou Art” and “Amazing Grace.” The Honorary Casketbearers were Curt Peterson, Craig Anderson, Ernie Nicklaus, Craig Stickley, Lee Schrage and Vernie Simon. The Casketbearers were Randy Schell, Bob Schell, Duane Hosch, Terry Reagan, Jerry “Baldy” Goerish and James Hansel. Interment was at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Parkersburg, Iowa, With Full Military Rites conducted by the Parkersburg American Legion, Post 285.

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