Leona Hadden

Leona Hadden, 90, formerly of Churdan, Iowa, died Monday, February 27, 2017 at Northern Mahaska Specialty Care in Oskaloosa, Iowa. She was born November 12, 1926, on the farm west of Churdan, to John and Anna (Carey) Shoemaker.
Being the second oldest in the family, Leona assumed responsibilities of caring for others early in life. Leona stayed with her grandparents, Joe and Mary Carey, a lot of the time since her grandmother was in poor health. After her grandmother died when Leona was 12 years old, she continued to stay with her grandfather a lot of the time to help him with cleaning and cooking. When Leona did spend a night at home, her mother would always ask her what she wanted for supper. Leona went to country school and graduated from Churdan High School in 1945. While in high school, Leona was on the girl’s basketball team, and she always commented that she was good. Leona worked at Johnson Drug Store and Minnehan Grocery in Churdan while growing up. When her mother passed away in 1947, Leona helped with raising the two younger siblings.
On June 2, 1947, Leona was united in marriage to Edward Hadden by her uncle, Reverend Leo Schumacher at St. Columbkille’s Catholic Church in Churdan. They were blessed with four children. They lived in Des Moines while Ed went to Drake. Following Ed’s graduation, they returned to Churdan, where Ed served as the postmaster from 1950 until his death on August 11, 1987. Leona was kept busy through the years raising their family and was always happy to share some of her baked goodies with the Hardy grandchildren when they were growing up near Lohrville. She also worked part time as a postal clerk at the Churdan Post Office for 24 years. Leona and Ed also attended many national postal conventions throughout the states. Leona enjoyed the many family camping trips taken each summer throughout the United States. She was even a cook while they were camping; cooking many meals on the road in the makeshift kitchen that Ed designed. After retiring from the post office, Leona operated a second hand shop, Leona’s Boutique in Jefferson. She later found a way to share her cooking with others by making salads at the Redwood in Jefferson.
After Ed’s death, Leona moved to Carroll. While living in Carroll, she helped her Aunt Bertha Schumacher while they were both living at Orchard View in Carroll. Leona would take Bertha out to eat, to the grocery store, or to appointments, and when Leona baked you can be sure Bertha got some. She moved to Oskaloosa in 2014 after her daughter, Linda, passed away.
Leona was a long time member of St. Columbkille’s Catholic Church in Churdan. She was also a lifelong member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas. She loved spending time in the kitchen cooking and baking, and got great joy from giving it to others. Leona loved to dance, play Bridge, Solitaire, and go to garage sales and second hand stores.
Leona is survived by her sons: Neal (Marcia) Hadden of Oskaloosa, Iowa and Larry Hadden of Washington, D.C.; 10 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren: Christina Stotts and her children Tyler and Tiffany of Clive, Iowa; Joseph (Stacie) Hardy and their children Sidney, Madison, Payton, and Joey of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa; Michael (Christy) Hardy and their children Megan, Mariah, Matthew, and Maximus of Lohrville, Iowa; Kevin (Patricia) Hardy and their children Burke, Kennedy, and Meeghan of Cincinnati, Ohio; Karen (Chad) Mussig and their children Madeline, Thomas, Samuel, Henry, Anna, and Kate of Gladbrook, Iowa; Mary (Andrew) Tice and their children Olivia, William, Caroline, AJ, and Josephine of Des Moines, Iowa; and Marc (Megan) of Amarillo, Texas; Andrew (Samantha) Hadden and their daughter Evelyn of Ankeny, Iowa, Brian (Rachel) Hadden of Oskaloosa, Iowa and Caitlin (Aaron) Kissinger of Pleasant Hill, Iowa. She is also survived by two sisters, Marcella Nurse of Carroll, Iowa and Teresa Fitzsimmons of Des Moines, Iowa; a brother, Johnnie (Beth) Shoemaker, of Churdan, Iowa and numerous other family members.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years; an infant son, Joseph Charles; her daughter, Linda; her parents; two brother-in-laws; Maury Nurse and Gene Fitzsimmons; a brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Sarah Shoemaker; a sister and brother-in-law, Arlene and Mel Lamaak; a sister-in-law, Virginia Minnehan and her husband, Bob, and other family members.
Mass of the Christian burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 4, 2017 at St. Columbkille’s Catholic Church in Churdan with Father Jeff Schleisman officiating. Serving as casket bearers were her six grandsons. Her granddaughters were the gift bearers. Honorary casket bearers were Cecil Hoyle, Larry Adams, Jerry White, John Hardy, Dan Nurse and Chuck Lamaak. Burial was at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Cedar Township west of Churdan.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials may be made in Leona’s memory to St. Patrick’s Historical Society, the Churdan American Legion Flag Project, or the Churdan Library Building Project.

William Whitsell

William C. Whitsell, the son of John W. and Eva Verlee (Purvis) Whitsell, was born August 10, 1930 in Jefferson, Iowa and departed this life February 25, 2017 at the Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson, Iowa. He lived his life to the age of 86 years, 6 months and 15 days.
Bill grew up in the Grand Junction area and graduated from the Grand Junction High School in 1948. Bill served in the U.S. Navy from December of 1951 to October of 1953. After the service, Bill returned to Grand Junction and helped his father on the farm. Later he worked in Ames as a boiler maker. Bill was married and later divorced. One daughter was born to this union. For most of Bill’s working years, he was an over the road semi truck driver. He lived in Denver, Colorado and drove to and from California.
On August 31, 1978, Bill was married to Delores Uselton in Colorado. They made their home in Denver. Bill continued to drive trucks and later drove heavy equipment at a mining operation in northwestern Colorado. After retiring, Bill and Delores operated a self-serve gas station in Greeley, Colorado. They moved to Grand Junction to make their home in the late 1990s. Due to Bill’s health, he was a resident of the Regency Park Care Center in Jefferson for a short time.
Bill was a member of the Church of Christ Church in Jefferson, a Life Member of the V.F.W and a Past Commander in the V.F.W. Bill enjoyed picture and word search puzzles, traveling and seeing the country and to eat; trying out all the cafes. Before his health problems, Bill loved to do wood working; making lots of shelves for Delores to load with pictures and he also made many yard ornaments.
Bill is survived by his wife, Delores, a daughter, Belinda (Kelly) Caldwell of Carroll, step-children; Allen (Jan) Chapman of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Wyatt (Diane) Chapman of Broomfield, Colorado, Anita (Joe) Armenta of Sierra Vista, Arizona and Teresa (Paul) Welston of Fredricksburg, Colorado and a sister, Dorothy McComb of Iowa Falls, Iowa. Those who preceded him in death were his parents, a brother Wayne Whitsell and a step-daughter Maria Chapman.
Graveside services were held at 1:00 P.M. Friday, March 3, 2017, at the Jefferson City Cemetery with Pastor Bruce Webster officiating. Full military honors were conducted the U.S. Navy Honors service with assistance from the Jefferson V.F.W.
Casket bearers were Allen Chapman, Wyatt Chapman, Kelly Caldwell and Bryan Higgins. Honorary bearer was Gary Higgins.

Philip “Bud” Minnehan

John Philip “Bud” Minnehan, the son of Jack and Helen (Tasler) Minnehan was born April 19, 1927 at his parent’s home in Adaza, Iowa and departed this life February 21, 2017 at SunnyBrook Assisted Living Facility in Carroll, Iowa. Philip lived his life to the age of 89 years, 10 months and 2 days.
Philip attended rural school and then attended high school in Lohrville, Iowa. After school, he farmed with his dad on the family farm in Greene County.
On February 3, 1948, Philip Minnehan was united in marriage to Rosemary Monahan at Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lohrville. They farmed in Calhoun County for ten years until they bought a farm west of Churdan that they called home and raised their family and lived for fifty-six years. To this union, three children were born.
Philip enjoyed living on the farm and working outside. He was involved in agriculture for sixty years. Philip was a crop farmer but his love was livestock. He raised cattle and hogs and had a special fondness for his horsed and dogs.
Philip never failed to find a card game of Euchre or 500 whether with his family or grandchildren or his many friends at SunnyBrook. Family was important to Bud, and he was happiest being surrounded by close family and friends. Many a story was shared by Bud at the family gatherings.
Philip is survived by his three children; Quentin (Linda) Minnehan of Churdan, Elaine (Dennis) Taute of Scottsdale, Arizona and John Minnehan of Yankton, South Dakota; six grandchildren; Jason (Brooke) Minnehan, Michelle Minnehan, Kristin (Matthew) Percival, Sara (Brett) Estervig, Bryan (Natalie) Taute and Tyler Minnehan; and eight great-grandchildren; Ava and Halle Minnehan, Reese Golightly, Penny Percival, Abby, Ty and Will Estervig and Lukas and Genevieve Minnehan and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Those who preceded him in death were his parents, his wife, Rosemary, his grandson, Matthew Minnehan, two brothers William Minnehan and Patrick Minnehan; and four sisters Beatrice Henning, Delores Conley, Karen Wagner and Marjorie Minnehan.
Mass of the Christian burial was held on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Colunbkille Catholic Church in Churdan with Father Jeff Schleisman and Father Tim Johnson officiating. Burial was in the St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery in Cedar Township. Organist at the service was Lois Last and Cantor was Greg Carey.
Casket bearers were Jason Minnehan, Bryan Taute, Anthony Minnehan, David Minnehan, Ron Wagner and Tim Wagner.

Vincent Monahan

Vincent “Vince” Monahan, the son of John and Katie (Collins) Monahan, was born April 16, 1922 in Churdan, Iowa and departed this life February 20, 2017 at the Greene County Long Term Care Facility in Jefferson,, Iowa. He lived a full life to the age of 94 years, 10 months and 4 days.
Vince attended country school in the Churdan area through the 8th grade and then went to work for the Fitzpatrick Brothers farming. On October 9, 1942, Vince enlisted in the Navy and served on the Lawrence Taylor ship. While in the Navy, Vince boxed and in later years trained guys in his home basement in Jefferson for the Golden Gloves boxing. He received an honorable discharge from the Navy in November of 1945.
On April 23, 1946, Vincent was united in marriage to Dorothy Baynes in Jefferson. Five children were born to this union. After their marriage, they went to South Carolina where Vince worked on the Savannah River Project, an atom bomb plant. After returning to Jefferson, Vince and his father-in-law Harold Baynes established and operated for several years the Baynes & Monahan Plumbing & Heating. He then worked as plumbing supervisor for Shriver Construction in Jefferson and later for L.A. Fulton & Sons in Des Moines. Vince and Dorothy were divorced in 1975 and in mid 1990, Vince moved back to Churdan. After his “quote” first retirement, he started helping his son-in-law, Royce Schulz with his plumbing & heating business well into Vince’s late 80s..
Vincent was a member of St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Churdan. Vince was an avid gardener with a large garden next to his house in Churdan and another in the country. He was known for his salsa and sauerkraut. He liked to play cards with all his friends and take fishing trips with his sons and grandsons. He had a trailer at Spirit Lake where he would take his grandkids. Most of all, his children and grandchildren were of great pride to him. Vince left Churdan in 2014 and moved to The Gardens Assisted Living Apartments in Jefferson and then moved to Long Term in 2016.
Vince is survived by four children; Shelley (Royce) Schulz of Scranton, Maria (Jim) Anderson of Ankeny, Sean Monahan of Carroll and Colin (Sonya) Monahan of Bayard, 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and a sister, Jane Brown of Fort Dodge. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Vinny Joseph Monahan, five brothers; Morris, Martin, Joe, Leo and Louis, sisters; Agnes Franey, Mary Ilene Vanderpool, Martha Louise Block and Johanna Monahan who died at birth and a son-in-law, Richard Mahoney.
Mass of the Christian burial was held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, February 25, 2017, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Churdan with Father Jeff Schleisman officiating. Musical selections were sung by the church choir with Greg Carey as cantor and Lois Last as organist. Burial was made in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery with full military honors. Visitation will Saturday at 9:00 am at the church.
Serving as casket bearers were Aaron Schulz, Jake Schulz, Nick Schulz, Ryan Mahoney, Chase Monahan, and Tage Monahan. Honorary bearers were Dean Coobs, Troy Vogl, Clint Webber, Casey Cook, LeRoy Sherlock and Tom Thorpe.

Mary Wuebker

Mary Lou Wuebker, the daughter of Fred and Clara (Baumhover) Sabus, was born April 26, 1929 in Churdan, Iowa and departed this life February 17, 2017 at the Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson, Iowa. She lived her life to the age of 87 years, 9 months and 17 days.
Mary attended and graduated from High School in 1945. Mary received nursing training at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Fort Dodge and received her Registered Nursing license in 1948. She started her nursing career working at the Greene County Hospital in Jefferson for twenty years.
On January 23, 1951, Mary Lou Sabus was united in marriage to Melvin Bernard Wuebker at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jefferson. Five children were born to this union. Mary raised her family and continued to work at the hospital. In later years, Mary was Director of Nursing at the Jefferson Manor which is now Regency Park Care Center. Melvin and Mary enjoyed wintering in Yuma, Arizona and after Melvin’s death in 1993, Mary continued to spend her winters there until 2015. Mary had been a resident of the Regency Care Center since December of 2015.
Mary was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and donated her time helping with funeral dinners. When the Catholic Church had daily Mass, Mary would attend every morning and then go out with friends for coffee. She liked to read, watch tennis on TV, watch baseball on TV but only when it was the World Series, going out to eat and dancing. Mary was an outdoor person and enjoyed walking, riding her bicycle at her winter home and camping. Mary had a daily ritual; one beer and one beer only at 5 o’clock. She told people that being in your 60s was the time of your life.
Mary is survived by her children; Cathy Springer and her husband, Jim, of Jefferson, Michael Wuebker of Lakeside, California, Marty Wuebker and his wife, Allyson, of Bellevue, Nebraska and Sheila Bruhl and her husband, Cecil, of Eagle Grove, 10 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, two brothers, Bob Sabus of Fallbrook, California and Tony Sabus of Boise, Idaho and two sisters, Suzanne Reinert of Lakewood, Colorado and Sharlene Cox of Canon City, Colorado. Those who preceded her in death were her parents, husband, a daughter Christy who died in an auto accident at the age of nineteen in 1970, two sisters and four brothers.
Mass of the Christian burial was held at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jefferson with Father Jeff Schleisman officiating. Burial was made in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Jefferson. A Rosary was prayed and a prayer service followed on Wednesday evening at the Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson.
Casket bearers were Robert Hofbauer, Luke Wuebker, Jason Steenblock, Justin Springer, Cecil Bruhl, and Jeff Wand. Honorary bearers were Jeremy Springer, Tiffany Springer Steenblock, Paul Wuebker, Brittany Wuebker Campbell, Reed Wuebker, Anna Sebastion Wilson, Robert Hofbauer and Heidi Hofbauer.

Alice Happe

Alice Happe was born February 4, 1933 at Iowa City, Iowa and passed from this life on February 13, 2017 at her home in Granger, Iowa. She lived her life to the age of 84 years and 9 days.

Alice was raised in Jefferson by her mother, Alice James, and her grandparents, John and Margaret James. She graduated from the Jefferson High School in 1951. In the fall of 1951, Alice started training for her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher. She received a two year degree in elementary education from Iowa Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls in 1953.

On September 28, 1954, Alice Thompson was united in marriage to Robert (Bob) Happe at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Scranton. Ten children were born to this union. After their marriage, they lived in Scranton for a short time and then moved to a farm west of Churdan. In 1969, they moved to the family home in Churdan. Alice taught kindergarten, first, second and third grades at Paton-Churdan and Cedar Valley schools. In 1979, Alice received a B.A. degree at Drake University. Robert died in 1986 and Alice continued to live in Churdan. She retired from teaching in 1995. Due to Alice’s health, in 2015, she moved to a home in Granger to be close to her daughter, Merry Wilson.

Alice was a member of St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Churdan and belonged to the Catholic Daughters of America. She was a member of the Retired Teachers of Greene County and also volunteered at the Churdan Library and as a Pink Lady at the Greene County Hospital. Alice enjoyed following her children and grand-children’s sports and other activities. She was a fan of tennis and would watch it on TV even if it meant staying up late at night. She enjoyed musicals; especially Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera”, her favorite. She liked to read and do word-find puzzles. She loved her dogs Megan and Happy, who were like two more children to her. Alice enjoyed traveling. Favorite travels included trips to Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Monaco, Hawaii, Ireland and Rome.

Alice is survived by her ten children; Steve of Centralia, Missouri; Tony and his wife, Jacque, of Churdan; Tim and his wife, Laura, of Deltona, Florida; Teresa Brandt and her husband, Tom, of Altoona; Pam Stanhope and her husband, Steve, of Chandler, Arizona; Pat and his wife, Julie, of DeWitt; Scott and his wife, Sara, of Burleson, Texas; Annette Fahr and her husband, Randy, of Eldora; Sandy Ostendorf and her husband, Jeff, of Jefferson and Merry Wilson and her husband, Kevin, of Granger; 18 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother; husband; two brothers, Leonard Rodgers and Bud Rodgers; sister, Maxine Smith; daughter-in-law, Dianna Happe and grandson-in-law Jordan Murello.

Mass of the Christian burial was held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, February18, 2017, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Churdan with Father Jeff Schleisman officiating. Burial was made in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery west of Churdan. Musical selections were sung by the church choir with special selections by soloist, Mark Brandt and accompanied by organist Lois Last. A Rosary was prayed and a Vigil for the deceased was held Friday evening at the church.

Serving as casket bearers were grandsons; Chuck Miles, Eric Happe, Victor Anderson, Isaac Anderson, Mark Brandt, Kevin Brandt, Trevin Happe, Jordan Fahr, Keaton Ostendorf, Jacob Wilson and Nicholas Wilson. Honorary bearers were granddaughters; Chris Matusek, Errica Schriber, Christina Anderson, Jennifer Murello, Devin Happe, Jenna Fahr and Tiffany Kemp.