Maxine Gustin


Maxine Gustin, the daughter of Ernest and Mildred (Sheeder) Jensen, was born December 28, 1939 at Greenfield, Iowa and departed this life April 2, 2019 at the Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson, Iowa. She lived her life to the age of 79 years 4 months and 4 days.

Maxine grew up and attended school in Casey, Iowa. On January 11, 1958, Maxine Sheeder was united in marriage to Darrell Gustin at Panora, Iowa. Five children were born to this union. Maxine lost her son, David, shortly following his birth. Maxine and Darrell made their home in Jefferson and Maxine raised their children and also worked at Franklin Manufacturing in Jefferson.

Maxine was a strong, independent and loving person who enjoyed spending time with her family. She was an outgoing person who loved going to musical concerts and taking in various entertainment events. She and Darrell both loved the outdoors and took the family on many camping trips. She enjoyed reading, especially about history, loved cooking for the family and liked riding on trains.

Maxine is survived by her four children and their spouses; Darlene (Norman) Zollars of Jefferson, Karen (Dan) Beblo of Richland, N.C., Robert (DeAnna) Gustin of Ames and Kelly (Tim) Emery of Ames, a brother, Wayne Jensen of Anita, two sisters; Marie Allard of Kansas City, MO. and Marlene Davis of Harcourt, 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Those who preceded her in death were her parents, husband Darrell in 1996, son David, and two great-grandchildren; Richard Smith Jr. and Timothy Emery, Jr.

In accordance with Maxine’s wishes, her remains were cremated and a private family burial service was held at the Jefferson City Cemetery with Pastor Karen Patrick officiating.

Judy Stern

Judy K. Stern, the daughter of Archie and Gladys (Cafferty) Anderson, was born February 21, 1946 at Lake City, Iowa and departed this life March 15, 2019 at Lake City, Iowa. She lived her life to the age of 73 years and 24 days.

Judy grew up on her parent’s farm near Lohrville and moved into Lohrville with her parents in 1961. She attended and graduated from the Lohrville High School with the class of 1964. She then attended cosmetology school in Fort Dodge.

Curtis Stern came from North Dakota to Iowa to work and he met Judy Anderson. They were married May 7, 1966 at the Lohrville Christian Church. Three children were born to this union; Jolene, Kenneth and Karen. After their marriage, they made their home south of Lohrville and later moved into Lohrville. Judy raised her children and also worked for Air Electric in Lohrville for many years. Judy attended the Woodlawn Christian Church in Lake City.

In 1979, Judy and Curt’s youngest daughter, Karen, was involved in an accident on their acreage south of Lohrville. Karen was taken to the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City where she later passed away.  Even in a time of grief, Judy and Curt made the decision to donated Karen’s organs so that others would have life. Curt passed in May of 2013 and Judy continued to make her home in Lohrville.

Judy is survived by her two children; daughter, Jolene Beenen and her husband, Rick Francis, of Rockwell City and her children; Logan Mogler and his wife, Alyssa, and their children; Kaylee and Jackson, of Lohrville and Austin Mogler and his friend, Tiffany Phillips, and their son, Barrett, of Muscatine, son, Kenneth and his children Kennedy and Kaitlyn of Gowrie and a brother, John Anderson and his wife, Marilyn, of Lohrville. Those who preceded her in death were her parents, husband and daughter.

A celebration of Judy’s life will be held at 3:00 P.M., Friday March 29th, at the Woodlawn Christian Church in Lake City with Pastor Roy Karlen officiating.  A gathering of friends and family will follow from 4:30 to 6:30 P.M. at the Lohrville Community Building.

In accordance with Judy’s wishes, her remains were donation to the Des Moines University for scientific study. Her ashes will be buried in the Evergreen Cemetery near Lohrville at a later date.

Margaret Powers


Margaret Powers, the daughter of Harold and Anna (Goedert) Traner, was born February 26, 1926 at Carroll, Iowa and entered into rest February 5, 2019 at the Regency Park Care Center in Jefferson, Iowa. She lived her life to the age of 92 years, 11 months and 27 days.

Margaret attended St. Joseph Grade School, two years at St. Angelus Academy and graduated from the Carroll High School in 1944. After graduation, she attended St. Anthony School of Nursing in Carroll.

On July 3, 1946, Margaret Traner was united in marriage at Carroll, Iowa to Donald Powers of Rockwell City. To this union were born six children; Jayne (Larry) Hested of Geneva, Illinois, Lynda (Dick) Pawlowski of Lake Panorama, Mary (Gene) Gutshall of Lake City, Tom (Sharyl) Powers of Jefferson, Nancy (Gary) Carlson of Clive and Sharon (Brent) Black of Nevada. After their marriage, Don and Margaret farmed and raised cattle near Rockwell City and Lohrville. Margaret worked at Shady Oaks Care Center in Lake City for many years and then worked as a ward clerk at Trinity Regional Hospital in Fort Dodge; retiring in 1986.  In their later years, Don and Margaret spent 32 winters in Magic Valley Trailer Park at Weslaco, Texas. They retired from farming in 1985 and moved to Jefferson in 1989. Don passed away in 2011 and Margaret moved to Evergreene Ridge apartments in Jefferson. She had been a resident of Regency Park Care Center since June of 2015.

Margaret was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jefferson and enjoyed going to Mass daily. Margaret liked crochet-ing, playing bridge and golf.

Margaret is survived by her six children, 15 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers; Don and Jack Traner, a sister, Lois Stork and a son-in-law, Lynn Dial.

Mass of the Christian burial was celebrated at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, February 9, 2019, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jefferson with Rev. Father Allen Reicks officiating, Eucharistic Ministers; Brent Black, Sharon Black and Gene Gutshall, Readers; Ashley Carlson and Jennifer Swayne and Gift Bearers, Julie Buckley and Lori Hofmeyer. Burial was made in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Jefferson. A special musical selection “Here I Am, Lord” was sung by Margaret’s granddaughter Marsha WrightSkinner. At the service, Greg Carey served as cantor and Lois Last was the organist. A Vigil for the Deceased was held Friday evening at 6:00 P.M. at the Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson.

Serving as casket bearers were Tom Powers, Todd Pawlowski, Jeremy Gutshall, Trent Powers, Bryce Black and Colynn Black

Memorials may be given to the family to be distributed at their discretion and may be sent to the funeral home.


Wilma Hunter

            Wilma Irene Hunter was the daughter of Ben and Lillie (Patrick) Clipperton and was born on December 3, 1922 in their home southwest of Churdan, Iowa and passed from this life January 30, 2019 at the Shady Oaks Care Center in Lake City, Iowa. She lived her life to the age of 96 years, 1 month and 27 days.
           Wilma grew up in rural Churdan, moving to her home north of Churdan when she was in junior high school.  After she graduated from Churdan High School in 1940, she attended Iowa State Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls.  Wilma taught at three country schools in rural Churdan.  She enjoyed teaching and as her life unfolded often served in teaching roles.  She would say “once a teacher, always a teacher”.
           On April 10, 1947, Wilma was united in marriage with Floyd Clare Hunter in the home in which they resided north of Churdan.  To this union two children were born.  She was a homemaker and worked in several office positions throughout her life.  Two of her favorites were being the Office Deputy Sheriff of Greene County and the Secretary to the Dean of the College of Home Economics at Iowa State University.  She also enjoyed her work at the Greene County ASCS office and the Churdan Elevator.
          Wilma was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Churdan at which she served as a Sunday school teacher and pianist, President of the local American Baptist Women and the Guild Girls’ Advisor.  In the community, she was a 4-H leader for the Highland Lassies and a member of the Friday Club and the Rebecca Lodge. For 18 years, Wilma and Clare traveled to Arizona to serve as volunteers on Rainbow Acres, a ranch for adults with developmental disabilities.  Wilma spent much of her time tutoring ranchers on math and reading skills, which she found very rewarding. In 2009, they received the “Outstanding Service Award” from Rainbow Acres. Wilma enjoyed doing many crafts including painting, crocheting and embroidery.  She took great pleasure in flowers. Traveling was also a pleasure as they visited all 50 states and 12 countries including the Holy Land. Wilma will be forever missed by all who knew her, especially by her family.
          Wilma is survived by Clare, her loving husband of 71 years; two children, Dennis (Pauline) Hunter of Fort Dodge and Joanna (Billy Sammons) Hunter of Churdan; two grandchildren, Amy Kirkhart and Amanda (Dustin) Haggard; six great grandchildren, Paige, Peyton, Kadyn, Brock, Kamdyn and Karsyn; two step grandchildren and four step great grandchildren, and former daughter in law Mary Cerwick; and many nieces and nephews.  Those who preceded her in death were her parents and brother, Wayne Brody.
         A celebration of Wilma’s life was held at 10: 30 A.M. Monday, February 4, 2019, at the First Baptist Church in Churdan with Pastor Bobby Palmer, Rev. Gary Wagner and Rev. Lowell Hoyle officiating. Rochelle Guess Fagg and Renaye Lindgren accompanied the congregation singing “In the Garden”. Special music included Danielle Curtis singing “Beyond the Sunset” and “Wings of a Dove”, and a piano solo “Ode to Wilma” by Billy Sammons. Burial was made in the Highland Township Cemetery in Churdan.
         Serving as casket bearers were Charlie Paup, Tracy Hunter, David Brody, Peyton Mericle, Brock Mericle, and Dustin Haggard. Honorary casket bearers were Keith and Rhetta Wright and all Wilma’s nieces and nephews including Ann Meyer, Byron Paup, Harold Hoyle and Marc Hoyle.

Rose Bea Siemann


On March 4, 1924, Rose Bea Conner was born at home to Frank and Melissa Moore Conner of Churdan, IA, joining her cherished older sister, Catherine Hazel, on the homestead farm northeast of Churdan. Rose Bea attended Hyland School #2 and Churdan High School.  With Hazel on the violin and Rose Bea on the piano, they played for dances, anniversaries, parties, and local events.  Through the mentorship of young Doctor Phillips Lohr, M.D., she received her Registered Nurse Degree from St. Anthony School of Nursing in Carroll, IA in 1945.

By this time, her sweetheart, John L. Siemann, had finally returned from WWII; they became engaged, with Rose Bea insisting that they wait one more year before marriage while she began her nursing career at Mercy Hospital in Ft. Dodge. On September 10, 1946, they wed in St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Churdan.  The couple moved to the rented 240 acre farmstead between Lohrville and Churdan, 2 miles straight north of Adaza.  That farm became the home of the couple and their five children until they moved to Jefferson in 1969.

Rose Bea’s roles of wife, mother, and farmer are well known in her rural community; her life’s work of nursing brought healing, hope, compassion, and peace to patients, family, staff, and authorities alike. She worked wards, floor, surgery, long term, inservice, emergency room, o.b., home care, etc.  She helped establish cardiac units in hospitals throughout west central IA.  When Rose Bea reached eighty years of age, John said, “Enough nursing.”

Rose Bea is survived by her five children: Thomas (Tom) of Carroll, IA and Mary Schachtlie of Des Moines, John (Johnny) and Linda, of Kansas City, MO, Mary Elizabeth (Mary Beth) Siemann of Cedar Rapids, IA, Margaret McDermott and Paul, of Fort Madison, IA, and Michael (Mike) of Terrell, TX. Rose Bea is also cherished by seven grandchildren, eight greatgrandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren, with one on the way.  Additionally, she is the well-loved aunt and cousin of many.

Rose Bea is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her sister, several nieces, a nephew, and many cousins, etc.

Rose Bea Siemann

1924 – 2019

Visitation: Tuesday, January 29, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.,                                         Vigil Service – 6:15 p.m. Brown Funeral Home, Jefferson, IA

Wednesday, January 30, 9:15 a.m.    – 10:15 p.m.  St.Columbkille Church, Churdan, IA

Mass of Christian Funeral: Wednesday, January 30, 10:30 a.m.                         St.Columbkille Church

Burial: Wednesday, January 30, following the Mass, St.Patrick Church          Cemetery, Cedar Township, Greene County, IA

Funeral Luncheon: Immediately following burial, St.Columbkille                                     Parish Hall


Priest: Rev. Steve Brodersen

Cantor: Greg Carey

Organist: Michelle Fields

First Reader: Mary Cheboski

Second Reader: Amy Linden

Petitions: Family member

Gifts: Great-grandchildren Marian and Peter Weeks

Pall Bearers                                                           Honorary Pall Bearers

David Anderson                                                   James Eichied                                Kathryn Anderson                                   Dennis Hendricks                                  Leo Anderson                                                       Paul McDermott                                      Jon Linden                                                          Mike Schultz                                                        John Siemann                                                      Gerald Wright                                    Mike Siemann                                                                                                                     Tom Siemann

Velma Radebaugh

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             Velma Radebaugh, 98, of Jefferson passed from this life on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 following a brief illness at the Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson, Iowa.
            Velma, the second daughter born to Cyrus and Alta Lulu (Hiddleson) Radebaugh, was born June 10, 1920 at her parent’s farm home in Hardin Township, Greene County, Iowa. She attended her first eight years of school at Hardin No. 4 country school under the tutelage of the same teacher, Mrs. Grace Lamb. From an early age, Velma had an interest in music and played the violin and piano. Velma graduated valedictorian of her class from the Jefferson High School in 1937. Her father died the year that she graduated, and Velma attended Grinnell College that fall. Her mother and grandmother purchased a small home a block from the college dormitory to be close to Velma. Velma received a Bachelor’s Degree in music from Grinnell College in 1942. She began her teaching career and taught for three years in the Bayard and Ogden schools. She then went to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where she received her Master’s Degree in music education in 1945. Following that she taught in the Carroll and Perry schools, and then taught in the Ames Community School in 1955 until her retirement in 1982. Velma returned in Jefferson and lived with her sister, Vivian, and helped Vivian in a craft business known as The Crafters until its closing. Following her sister’s death in 1991, Velma continued to live in Jefferson and in 2003, Velma’s nephew, Rory Autenreith, came to make his home with Velma. Rory passed away in 2007 and Velma continued to live in the home until 2015 when she became a resident of the Greene County Long Term Facility in Jefferson.
           During her life, Velma was a member of the Baptist and Methodist churches and at her death was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Jefferson. Velma was member of the Jefferson CZ Chapter, P.E.O. and a 75-Year member of Beta Sigma Phi Beta Alpha Chapter in addition to being a past member of the Retired Teachers and Delta Kappa Gamma. In her retirement, Velma enjoyed reading, needle work and playing her grand piano. Velma was never married and had no children but she lovingly referred to her farm tenants, Dave and Steve Haupert, and Randy Riley and their families as her “boys”. She will always be remembered by her friends as a caring and loving person who was openly and appreciatively grateful for any kindnesses that she received from others. She loved flowers and her favorite phase when she received them was “Aren’t they lovely”.   Her genuine appreciation made it a joy to others to give to her, even if it was just a smile or hug.  Her response to the gift or gesture, however small it may have been, elevated the gift to the most important thing in her life on that day, and she remembered it from that day .
               She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister and brother-in-law, Vivian and Dean Autenreith and nephew, Rory. Funeral services were held, Monday, January 28, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at the Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson with Rev. Dennis Martens and Rev. David Simonson officiating. Burial was made in the Rippey Cemetery at Rippey, Iowa. Musical selections chosen by Velma were “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “The Lord’s Prayer”. Serving as casket bearers were Steve Haupert, Dave Haupert, Randy Riley, Zeck Simonson, William Radebaugh and Colby Peacock. Memorials are suggested to be given to the Bell Tower Community Foundation in Velma’s name at 115 E. Lincoln Way St., Suite 200, Jefferson, Iowa  50129.