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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.

Duane (Riley) Towers

Duane William “Riley” Towers now rests peacefully after, according to him, “loving each day of his life” for the last eighty-five years. A Navy man, a farmer, and the pillar of his family – Riley always welcomed a good laugh, relished in storytelling and conversation, appreciated a good meal shared with family and created an abundance of memories for those fortunate enough to know him. Duane passed away October 4, 2018 at the VA Hospital in Des Monies.
Duane was born in Churdan, IA to Doris (Rogers) Towers and Joe Towers on January 19th, 1933. There was no running water out on the farm in those days and he attended the rural school Highland #6 for nine years and later graduated from Churdan High School. He did his best to stay out of trouble with his brother Roger “Dave” and sister Anne. He was bright and ambitious and joined the U.S. Navy taking him out west where he bravely served on a West Pacific tour on the U.S.S. Carp operating out of Yokosuka, Japan. On leave from the submarine, he married his high school sweetheart, Carolyn (Lamoureux) Towers, on February 6th, 1954 in sunny San Diego, where he would serve the remainder of his tour. He was awarded three whole days for a honeymoon with his new bride. He went on to be honored with the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Medal, and Good Conduct Medal. Riley returned home to Churdan a decorated and dedicated veteran, where he and Carolyn built a legacy and lifetime of love with their eight beautiful children, fifteen gorgeous grandchildren, and thirteen joyous great-grandchildren.
Grandpa Riley modeled the value of family and community. The business of farming engaged the whole family in lessons of compromise, perseverance, and good, hard work. The Cedar farm serves as the scene for some of the family’s favorite memories of walking beans, busy harvests, 4-H calves, and big family gatherings. When he wasn’t in the combine or corralling the kids, he traveled the state selling crop insurance where he refined his gift of making fast friends with just about anyone. He was well read and had an abundant capacity to find common ground with all in his company.
Together with Carolyn, they served as permanent fixtures on the bleachers of Paton-Churdan athletics spanning generations and celebrated countless weddings, graduations, and baptisms with their gregarious family and many friends. Grandpa Riley was so very proud of each of his family members and made sure to let them know just how special they were to him.
Service over self kept Grandpa busy with the Lions Club and as a lifetime member of the U.S. Holland Submarine Veterans club. It was his great honor to serve the American Legion Post for 40 years, including 25 years as Commander. We can picture him with his strong stance and proud salute each Memorial Day bringing us all poppies, telling stories about his time in the service and teaching us the importance of love of country and appreciating those who have made sacrifices for our freedom.
His family, detailed below, will miss his warm smile, hearty laugh, sweet hugs and kisses, and will do their best to embody his philosophy on life and parting words, “keep the shiny side up.”
Duane is lovingly survived by his wife, Carolyn, children: Dan Towers, Churdan, Catherine Towers, Covolo, California, Tim and Julie Towers, Churdan, Teresa (Teri) and Dr. Patrick Harr, Maryville, Missouri, Michael (Mick) Towers, Adel, Tami and Joe Nugent, Shawnee, Kansas, Joseph Towers, Kansas City, Missouri, and Sarah and Matt Burnett, Ankeny; grandchildren: Brian and Crystal Towers, Ankeny, Kristin and Joe Brookover, Urbandale, Justin and Diana Towers, Jefferson, John and Libby Towers, Churdan, Nicholas and Mary Glasnapp, Dallas, Texas, Traci and Mark Kennedy, West Des Moines, Eileen and Danny Splendore, Perry, Jenny and Will Nicholson, Jefferson, Becky and Matt Halling, Perry, Joseph Towers, Churdan, Erin Nugent, Shawnee, Kansas, Megan Nugent, Shawnee, Kansas, Layla Burnett, Ankeny, Harrison Burnett, Ankeny, Greyson Burnett, Ankeny; great-grandchildren: Taya, Vivian, Nathan, Natalie, Noah, Anna, Claudia, Claire, Hayden, Thomas, Blake, Scarlett and Bartney, sister Anne Anderson of Florida and brother and his wife, Dave and Valerie Towers of California. He is preceded in death by his mother Doris (Rogers) Towers, father Joe Towers, nephew Kevin Towers, and daughter-in-law Sharon Towers.
Mass of the Christian Burial was held Monday, October 8, 2018, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Churdan with Father Jeff Schleisman. Burial with full military honors was made in the St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery. Musical selections were played by organist Lois Last and Rochelle Guess and selected songs were sung by members of the Carey family.
Visitation was held Sunday 4-7 p.m. at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with vigil services held at 6:30 p.m. led by Father John Gerald.

Delores Adams

Funeral services for Delores Adams, 86, of Churdan, will be held at 10:30 am Friday at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Churdan with burial in the Highland Cemetery in Churdan. Visitation will be from 9:30 to time of service at the church. The Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson is assisting the family.
Survivors include her children; Virginia Wilson of Paton, Darwin Squibb of Texas, Linda Carr of Illinois and Bob Squibb of Wisconsin.


Delores J. Adams, the daughter of Elmond and Mary (Flanery) Bauer, was born October 28, 1931 near Dana, Iowa and depart this life September 30, 2018 at Regency Park Care Center in Jefferson, Iowa. She lived her life to the age of 86 years, 11 months and 2 days.
Delores attended school in Churdan. In December of 1948, Delores Bauer was united in marriage to Duane Squibb of Scranton. To this marriage were born five children. In June of 1970, Delores Squibb was united in marriage to Roland Adams. Roland passed away in 1976.
Delores spent her entire life in the Churdan area. She worked at the Flack Café in Churdan for a number of years and at the Paton Produce. She later worked for 25 years at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Carroll as a cook in the dietary department, where she retired in 1994.
Delores was a lifelong member of St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Churdan.
Left to mourn her passing was her daughters and sons: Virginia (Rex) Wilson of Paton, Darwin Squibb of Graham, Texas, Linda (Tom) Carr of Savanna, Illinois and Robert (Kelly) Squibb of Waukesha, Wisconsin, nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and many relatives and friends. Those who preceded her in death were her parents, husband, Roland, son, Eldon Squibb, three brothers; Robert, John and Donald, son-in-law Rene James and daughter-in-law, Karen Squibb.
Funeral services were held Friday, October 5, 2018, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Churdan with Father John Gerald officiating. Serving as cantor was Greg Carey and Lois Last as organist. Burial was made in the Highland Township Cemetery in Churdan.
Serving as honorary casket bearers were her grandchildren; Kevin Wilson, Bradley Wilson, Corey Squibb, Darby Squibb, Justin Squibb, Adam Squibb, Brandon Squibb, Tonya Rhiner and Robert Squibb.

John (Jack) Griffin

John (Jack) Griffin, the son of Bernard and Lena (Hansen) Griffin, was born October 24, 1924 in Des Moines, Iowa and passed from this life August 3, 2018 at the Rowley Masonic Home in Perry, Iowa. He lived a full life to the age of 93 years, 9 months and 9 days.
Jack grew up in the Paton area attending country school and later graduated from Paton High School in 1942. He frequently praised both sets of his grandparents for their guidance while he was growing up and used them as role models for much of his life.
Jack had various jobs in the Paton area including at the Paton Drug Store while in high school. He also drove trucks for local businesses and worked for the Northwestern Railroad. On February 10, 1946, he married his high school sweetheart Roberta Mundt and they farmed the Mundt family farm. One son, John Robert, was born to this union. After a tragic farm accident which took Roberta in 1969, Jack married Betty Williams on March 6, 1971 at the E.U.B. Church in Paton. They were married for 36 years until her death.
He enjoyed reading and learning about his current interests and hobbies which included shorthorn cattle, music, auctions and flea markets. He enjoyed people, socializing and attending all the local area parades and celebrations. He never met a stranger.
Jack is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, John and Jan of Perry, one grandson Jeffry and his wife Rebecca and great granddaughter Robynn of Clear Lake. He is also survived by a brother Fred of Perry, a sister JoAnn Griffin and husband Brian of Urbana, Illinois and nieces and nephews. Those who preceded him in death were his parents, a step-father Everett Maschino and both wives.
Graveside services were held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, August 6, 2018 at the Paton Township Cemetery with Pastor Rick Gates of Crossroads Church in Perry officiating.