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Peggy Dunne

Peggy Dunne, 94, of Jefferson, formerly of Churdan. Services: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 10 am at Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson, 515-386-4125. Interment: Highland Township Cemetery, Churdan. Visitation: Friday from4 to 6 pm at the funeral home. Survivors: sons David of Scranton and Bill of Badger; daughters Jane Prestidge and Sue Wanger, both of Washington state.
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Peggy Lee Dunne, the daughter of Clifford and Martha (Kelley) Rhoades, was born March 18, 1924 in Jefferson, Iowa and left this life November 6, 2018 at the Greene County Long Term Facility in Jefferson. She lived a long life of 94 years, 7 months and 19 days.
Peggy attended and graduated from the Jefferson High School. On February 4, 1945, Peggy Rhoades was united in marriage to Gerald N. Dunne at the First Christian Church in Jefferson. Five children were born to this union. Gerald and Peggy farmed near Churdan and raised their family. They moved into Churdan in 1981. Due to his health, Gerald became a resident of the Regency Care Center in Jefferson. Peggy was with him almost every day until his death in 2011.
Peggy was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Churdan. She helped in the church office, with missions and Baptist women’s group. She enjoyed making quilts and was an accomplished seamstress. She loved to host family dinners and took a special interest in her grandchildren and their activities. Peggy liked to travel which included a trip to the Philippines, trips to southern states with friends, to the west coast to visit her daughters and the eastern coast several times. She was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan and loved watching them on TV.
Peggy is survived by her two daughters; Jane (Jack) Prestidge and Sue (Ron) Wanger, both of Battle Ground, WA., two sons; David (Renee) Dunne of Scranton and Bill Dunne of Badger, seventeen grandchildren, twenty one great-grandchildren and daughter-in-law Deb Dunne of Ames. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Richard, grandson, Jason Wanger, two sisters; Barbara Rose and Joyce Kinsman and two brothers; Bob and Joseph Rhoades.
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 10th, at 10:00 A.M. from the Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson with Pastor Julie Poulsen officiating. Burial was made in the Highland Township Cemetery in Churdan. Peggy’s granddaughter, Carrie Dunne sang “It is Well” and the congregation sang “Give Thanks” and “Amazing Grace with Danille Curtis accompanying. Serving as casket bearers were Peggy’s grandchildren.

Doug Walker

Douglas Lorn Walker, the son of Roy and Phyllis (Clements) Walker, was born January 31, 1947 at Jefferson, Iowa and left this life November 4, 2018 at the Iowa University Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. He lived his life to the age of 71 years, 9 months and 3 days.
Doug grew up in the Jefferson area and attended and graduated from the Jefferson High School in 1965. He helped his father with the family farm during his youth. He later attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. On September 14, 1968, Doug Walker was united in marriage to Kathy Grow at the Lutheran Church in Hudson, Iowa. Two sons were born to this union. In November of 1969, Doug was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served as a Staff Sergeant in combat during the Vietnam War. After his time in Vietnam, he returned to the States and received an early discharge for time served in Vietnam. After Doug returned from the service, he went to work for Morton Buildings in Jefferson as a salesman and later as manager. When he retired from Morton Building, he returned to farming. As with most farmers, he never really retired form farming. Farming was Doug’s occupation, passion and his way of life. In recent years he traveled to Maui to break up the cold Iowa winters with his dear friends. Doug relished in taking Kathy for rides in his Corvette to enjoy the countryside and check crops. Doug often stepped up to the plate to help others and he was generous with his time and talents.
Doug was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson, a recently retired member of the Greene County Fair Board and a former member of the Jefferson Elks Lodge.
He cherished his grandchildren, was extremely proud of his sons and had a deep-rooted love for Kathy, his partner for 50 years. This past year allowed Doug to experience, express and know life in new light, not only for him, but also for those close to him.
Those who will dearly remember him are his wife, Kathy, two son and their wives, Scott and Angela of rural Paton and Tod and Allison of Cedar Rapids, three grandchildren; Kate, Jacey and Blake and a sister, Janice Walker and her husband, John Ryan, of Boulder, Colorado. Those who preceded him in death were his parents, a brother, Kenneth in infancy and a grandson, Lane Scott Walker in 2005.
A Celebration of Doug’s life was held at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, November 8, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson with Pastor Julie Poulsen officiating. Burial was made in the Dawson Township Cemetery west of Paton, Iowa. A special musical selection of “The Lord’s Prayer” was sung by soloist, Gary Haupert and accompanied by pianist, Danelle Curtis. Full military honors were conducted by the Jefferson V.F.W. and American Legion with the Honor Guard of members of Camp Dodge.
Serving as casket bearers were Dan Benitz, Gary Betts, Rod Wolf, Dick Walker, Denny Walker and Keith Walker.

Betty Schaal

Betty Schaal was born on the solstice, June 21, 1932 at home in Indianola, Iowa to Roy and Ethel (Lane) Whitehead. She passed from this life October 26, 2018 at the Greene County Long Term Care Facility in Jefferson, Iowa. She lived her life to the age of 86 years, 4 months and 5 days.

Betty was the youngest of four girls in her family. She graduated from the Indianola High School in 1951 and worked for brief time for United Airlines prior to her marriage. On June 21, 1954, Betty Whitehead was united in marriage to Carroll (Bill) Schaal Jr. of Jefferson at the Methodist Church in Indianola. To this union were born three children. Betty and Bill settled in Jefferson and raised their family. Betty helped Bill in his business but was mainly a wife and mom.

Betty was an active member of the community and her church, the First United Methodist, where she particularly enjoyed singing in the choir. She had served as president of the P.E.O., Friday Club, Greene Co. Hospital Auxiliary and U.M.W. Betty was a loving and dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. Betty and Bill spent many happy hours with family and friends and enjoyed summers at their cabin on Woman Lake near Longville, Minnesota.

Betty will be dearly missed by her family; husband, Bill, daughters; Laura Lynn Brones and husband, Lynn, of Johnston, and Samantha Rae Schaal of Cedar Falls, son, Carroll and his wife, Pamela, of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin and grandchildren; John (Stephanie) Schaal, Brock (April) Brones, Anna Schaal (Zach) Miller, Brett Brones and Peter Schaal. Preceding her in death were her parents and three sisters; Jean, Ortha and Carolyn.

A celebration of Betty’s life was held Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at 10:30 A.M. at the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson with Pastor Julie Poulsen officiating. Musical selections, “In the Garden” and “The Lord’s Prayer” were sung by Gary Haupert and accompanied by Sheryl Sloan. Burial was made in the Jefferson City Cemetery.

Serving as honorary bearers were Betty’s grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson.

Sylvene Hatfield

Mary Sylvene Hatfield, daughter of Edward and Mary (Coan Connelly) Geisler Jr., was born on October 12, 1945 in Carroll, Iowa and left this life surrounded by her family on October 20, 2018 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. She lived her life to the age of 73 years and 8 days.

Sylvene grew up in the Churdan area and graduated from Churdan High School in 1963. She attended Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge and completed her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Psychology from Buena Vista College in 1993.

On January 30, 1971, Sylvene Geisler was united in marriage to Gary Hatfield at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Churdan. Sylvene and Gary built their home west of Churdan in 1980, raised three children and ran Hatfield Construction together for many years. Sylvene did bookwork, delivered materials and even mixed cement over the years.

After the close of the construction company, Sylvene held many other administrative positions over the years for various companies and retired in 2010 after serving for 6 years as the parish secretary for St. Columbkille Catholic Church. She was a member of the St. Columbkille choir, Citizens to Save The Valley and was a certified election official who collected numerous ballots over many elections. After her retirement, Sylvene enjoyed watching the wildlife of the timber, crocheting blankets for births in the family and other crafts, was an avid reader that visited the Churdan Public Library frequently for fellowship and reading materials and enjoyed visits to tea rooms over the years.

Sylvene will be lovingly remembered by her son Jason of Churdan, daughter Molly Blanchfield of Lake City, daughter Lisa Hatfield Case and son-in-law Steven Case of Davenport, and her four grandchildren Allyssa and Tyson Blanchfield, Ethan Case and Kaden Hatfield. She is also survived by her mother Mary Geisler, brothers Pat (Marice) Geisler, John (Marian) Geisler, Jerry (Debbie) Geisler, Andy Geisler and sister Anne (Joe) Minnehan all of Churdan; sister-in-law Linda Rice of Jefferson and brother-in-law Walter (Tressa) Hatfield of Grand Junction as well as 31 nieces and nephews and 34 grand nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father Edward Geisler Jr., husband Gary Hatfield and brothers Dan Geisler and David Geisler.

A celebration of Sylvene’s life was held on Saturday, October 27th at 10:30 a.m. at St Columbkille Catholic Church in Churdan with Father John Gerald and Father Lyn Bruch officiating. Interment was made in St Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery west of Churdan. Musical selections were rendered by the St Columbkille choir, soloist Greg Carey and organist Lois Last. A Vigil for the deceased was held Friday evening at the church led by Father Lynn Bruch.

Serving as casket bearers were her nephews John Geisler, Craig Rose, Jared Mount, Spencer Geisler, Kirk Geisler, and Alex Geisler. Honorary casket bearers were Pat Geisler, John Geisler, Jerry Geisler, Andy Geisler, Joe Minnehan and Don Frankhauser.

Memorials can be directed to the Churdan Public Library.

Larry Tourte

Larry Dean Tourte, the son of Leslie and Elizabeth Batcheller Tourte, was born July 30, 1937 on a farmstead south of Paton, Iowa and passed from this life with his family beside him at his home in Paton, Iowa on October 14, 2018. He lived a full and active life to the age of 81 years, 2 months and 14 days.
Larry grew up in the Paton area and attended Paton High School. He joined the U.S. Navy in May of 1955 and served with the Seabees rebuilding hospitals and schools. After his discharge in July of 1958, he returned to Paton and farmed with his father and brother, Jerry.

On June 21, 1959, Larry was united in marriage to Donna Gilley at the Methodist Church in Paton. Two sons were born to this union, Donald and Douglas. Larry continued to farm with his father and brother until his father retired and then the brothers started farming on their own. Larry continued to farm and retired in his sixties and then continued to help with the fall harvest. In 2000, he and Donna moved into their present home in Paton.

Larry was active in his community serving on the Paton-Churdan School Board, President of the Greene County Pork Producers and on the elevator board. As well as farming, Larry operated the Paton Farm Store and was a sales representative for J & M Manufacturing. Larry enjoyed life planning/going on Canadian fishing trips, playing cards and pool. He and his wife Donna spent 20+ winters in Arizona. Of most importance to Larry was his family of whom he was very proud!

Left to remember his life are his wife, Donna, two sons and their wives; Don and Sally of Geneva, Illinois and their children, David (Amy) Tourte, Michael and Annie Tourte and Doug and Becky Tourte of Paton and their children, Kelsey (Bill) Bruce and Mitchel (Leslie) Tourte, and his brother, Jerry and his wife Loretta of Paton. Those who preceded him in death were his parents.

A celebration of Larry’s life was held Thursday, October 18, 2018 at the Salem United Methodist Church with Rev. David Arulnathan officiating. Burial with Navy Military Honors were made in the Paton Township Cemetery near Paton, Iowa. Musical selections were: congregational singing of “In the Garden” (Page 314); “The Old Rugged Cross” sung by soloist, Doyle Carlson; and congregational singing of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” (Page 717) with organist, Danille Curtis.

Serving as casket bearers were Roger Wessling, James Sandberg, Daniel Johnson, Darwin Grow, William Clarke and Jack Fredrickson. Honorary casket bearers were Gordon Roese, Wilber Schumaker, George Ziehm and Ron Delance.

Maria Cristina Lynch

Maria Cristina Ghirardelli Lynch, 67, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at her home.
Maria was born in Montevideo, Uruguay on April 21, 1951 to the late Alfredo Ghirardelli Camiruaga and María Elida González Fruniz. Maria graduated from Deutsche Schule German in Montevideo.She was a foreign exchange student at Jefferson Community High School in Iowa. Maria earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Oakland City University. She was a management secretary with Whirlpool for over 20 years. Later, Maria worked as a real estate agent and with Indiana Child Services as a translator. She belonged to the Catholic Daughters and was a wonderful cook who enjoyed spending time with her Italian Club. Maria was an advocate for Hispanic Community in Southern Indiana

Maria is survived by her husband of 40 years, Tom Lynch of Evansville, IN; daughter, Stephanie Lynch Poletti (Phil) of St. Louis, MO; sister, Graciela María Ghirardelli González; brother, Alfredo Eduardo Ghirardelli González (Silvia María Giuria Barbot); sisters-in-law, Nancy Scheffers (Dan) and Mary Figenshaw (Bill); nieces, María Leticia Moreira Ghirardelli (Daniel Alejandro Giambroni Brian), María Lia Ghirardelli Giuria (Washington Salaberry Pazos), Lucía María Ghirardelli Giuria and Lisa Wilkins (Dean); nephews, Alfredo Carlos Ghirardelli Giuria (María Margarita de Loy Etchavarría), Scott Albright (Mako), Tim Figenshaw (Holly) and Steve Figenshaw; six great nieces and six great nephews.

Maria was preceded in death by her parents; father-in-law, Thomas G. Lynch; mother-in-law, Fern Leota Lynch; step mother-in-law, Thelma Lynch; brother-in-law, Carlos Efraín Moreira González.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, October 12, 2018 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with Fr. Chris Forler celebrating.

Visitation will be held Monday, October 15th, from 9:00 to 11;00 A.M. at Brown Funeral Home in with burial to follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Jefferson with Father J. Bruch officiating.
Casket bearers were Bill Figenshaw, Dan Scheffers, Steve Figenshaw, Tim Figenshaw, Scott Albright and Dean Wilkins.