Carl Juergensen

Carl Andrew Juergensen, the son of Conrad and Emma (Wittfoth) Juergensen, was born April 27, 1935 on the family farm north of Churdan, Iowa and departed this life November 25, 2020 at Regency Park Nursing & Rehab Center in Jefferson, Iowa. He lived his life to the age of 85 years, 6 months and 28 days.

Carl attended country school at Highland #1, grades (1-7) and graduated from the Churdan High School in 1953. After graduation, he farmed with his father and brother.

On June 9, 1963, Carl was united in marriage to Betty Rynearson at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Farnhamville, Iowa. Three daughters, Carol, Beth and Andrea, were born to this union. Carl and Betty lived and farmed on the family farm which was recognized as a Century Farm and Betty taught school in Churdan.

Carl farmed his entire working life raising crops and livestock. His daughters actively helped on the farm when they were young. In early years, he did custom (corn) shelling with his father and brother. Carl was active in his community and church. He was a longtime member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and served as an elder and trustee. In later years, he attended church at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Jefferson. He was a member of the Churdan Lion’s Club, Greene Co. Fair Board, Greene Co. Historical Society, Farm Bureau, Four County Antique Tractor Club and Farmer’s Lumber Coop. Carl enjoyed bowling and he and Betty enjoyed traveling, wintering in Arizona and taking part in tractor rides. His wife of 39 years passed away in 2002. He remained in his home on the farm and later moved to the Garden’s Retirement Community in Jefferson. Due to failing heath, Carl moved to Regency Park in October of 2019.

Carl was very proud of his grandchildren and attended their activities and was a proud great-grandpa.

Carl is survived by his three daughters, Carol (Mike) Christensen of Jefferson, Beth Jass of Garner and Andrea (Lew) Nedved of Britt, five grandchildren; Spencer (Eric) Hink, Ryanne (Adam) Connell, Courtney Jass, Kiersten Jass and Nathan Nedved, three great-grandchildren; Aurora Hink, Christian Hink and Hannah Connell, a brother, Calvin (Erma) Juergensen, three sisters-in-law, Ilene, Jean and Pearl and nieces, nephews and cousins. Those who preceded him in death were his parents, wife, twin infant brothers, father and mother-in-law, Ivan and Thelma Rynearson, son-in-law, Mark Jass and granddaughter, Kaylee Jass.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Jefferson with Pastor Dennis Martens officiating. Burial was made in the Highland Township Cemetery in Churdan. Musical selections played at the service were “Shine Jesus Shine”, “Beautiful Savior”, “I Will Rise” and “Amazing Grace”. A visitation was held prior to the service.

Serving as casket bearers were Cale Juergensen, Connor Juergensen, Perry Parker, Lew Nedved, Nathan Nedved and Mike Christensen.

Lil Wirt

Lillian “Lil” Wirt, 88, the daughter of Lorenzo and Elatia “Hilary Navorro” Rosales was born July 19, 1932 in Libertyville, Illinois and departed this life October 14, 2020 at the Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge.

Lil was raised in Fort Dodge and attended Catholic school. Lil was united in marriage to Curtis Wirt on April 12, 1958 in Fort Dodge. They continued their life in Lohrville raising their two sons Gene and Jeff. After the boys were older, Lil worked at Air Electric and the Lohrville Locker.

Lil loved to garden and enjoyed planting flowers in the yard around her home. Lil and Curt both enjoyed playing golf and they were members of the Gowrie Golf Country Club. Curt passed away in 2016, Lil continued to make her home in Lohrville with help of Gene and Jeff. Lil lost her oldest son, Gene, in 2019.

Lil is survived by her son, Jeff, two grand-children; Heather Taylor and Cody (Amada) Wirt, three great-grandchildren; Ava, Kinley and louis and three sisters; Angelina Fair, Fran Rosales and Shirley Nelson. Those who preceded her in death were her parents, husband, son, one sister, Rorie Tuel and brothers; Gilbert, Ralph and Leo Rosales.

A funeral service was held at 2:00 P.M. Friday, October 23rd, from the United Methodist Church in Lohrville with Pastor Lorinda Hoover officiating. Burial was made in the Evergreen Cemetery near Lohrville. A lunch was served by the Lohrville Methodist Women following the graveside service at the Lohrville Fire Department meeting room. Masks are required at the Church.

Janice Ham

Janice P. Ham, the daughter of George and Vera (Osborn) Hudson, was born June 13, 1935 in Winterset, Iowa and departed this life October 13, 2020 at the Greene Co. Medical Center in Jefferson, Iowa. She lived her life to the age of 85 years and 4 months.

Janice attended school in Winterset and graduated in 1953. After graduation, she worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone. On October 29, 1955, Janice Hudson was united in marriage to Donald Ham at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Winterset. Janice and Don adopted two children into their family, David and Jolene.

During their marriage, Janice and Don lived and worked in many communities. Janice was a bookkeeper at Olson Produce in Manilla, Farner-Bocken in Carroll, Union Trust and Saving Bank in Fort Dodge, Jack Moritz Management in Omaha and Wadsworth & Smith CPA firm in Boise, Idaho for 22 years. She retired in 1997. She was also an instructor for AARP 55 Alive Mature Drivers.

Janice and Don moved to Jefferson in 2000 and were members of Central Christian Church.

Janice liked to draw different subjects and listen to soft older music and religious music. Janice and Don both enjoyed traveling.

Janice is survived by her husband of 65 years, two grandchildren and a half-brother, Steven Reese Igo of Houston, Texas. She was preceded in death by her two children, David and Jolene Hoisington, parents, step-father Wilbur Igo and a grandson Allen.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 20th, at 10:30 A.M. at the Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson with Rev. Norman J. Alexander of the Central Christian Church officiating. Recorded songs, “How Great Thou Art” and Amazing Grace” was played. Burial was made in the Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter.


Doris Batcheller


Doris M. Batcheller, the daughter of Ralph and Mary (Gobel) Granger, was born November 21, 1923 at Alma, Michigan and passed from this life September 29, 2020 at the Fort Dodge Villa Care Center in Fort Dodge, Iowa at the age of 96 years, 10 months and 8 days.

Doris attended and graduated from Saginaw High School in Saginaw, Michigan. After graduating, Doris worked as a clerk for the Bigelow Company in Saginaw. In October of 1944, Doris joined the U.S. Navy and served as a Seaman first class in the Waves (Women accepted for voluntary service). While in the service Doris met Harley Batcheller, who was also serving in the Navy. On August 25, 1945, Doris Granger was united in marriage to Harley Batcheller in Rockville, Maryland. Two children, James and Peggy, were born to this union. After their marriage and discharge from the Navy, the couple moved to Paton where Harley operated a service station. Doris raised her family and later worked as school secretary at Paton for several years. Starting in 1975, Harley and Doris enjoyed spending their winters in Florida. Harley passed away in October of 2001 and Doris continued to make her home in Paton. Later she moved to an apartment in Fort Dodge to be near her son and after a fall she became a resident at the Fort Dodge Villa.

Doris was a member of the Paton Presbyterian Church and the Eastern Star.

Doris is survived by her two children; Jim and his wife, Sandy, of Fort Dodge and Peg Whitmore and her husband, Paul, of Laurie, Missouri, 7 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren, two sisters, Esther LeGrow of Michigan and Betty O’Deray of Florida and a brother, Dan Granger of Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one brother Dick Granger.

Graveside services were held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, October 3, 2020, at the Paton Township Cemetery with Glenn Rohden officiating. Full military honors were conducted by the Navy Honor Guard.

Russ Johnson

A public visitation with his family for Russell Johnson, 69, of Jefferson will be held Friday, September 11, from 5 to 6 PM at Brown Funeral Home and followed by a Elks Memorial Service. Private burial will be held at the Jefferson City Cemetery. Public visitors are requested to wear face masks. Russ passed away August 28th at his home.

He is survived by his wife, Dee, five children, Martin (Kim) Johnson of Wisconsin, Phillip (Jama) Johnson of Grundy Center, Tammie (Doug) Carey of Hampton, Dawn (Chad) De Vries of Waukee and Julie Gunderson of Hampton, two brothers Steven and Gregory and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to hospice or two of Russ’s favorite Jefferson Elk’s Projects; “Dictionaries for grade schools” or “Books for Reading”.

Mary Geisler

Mary C. Geisler was born the daughter of John and Agnes (Fickbohm) Coan on July 2, 1919 at Perry, Iowa and passed from this life June 29, 2020 at her rural home near Churdan, Iowa. She lived a full life to the age of 100 years, 11 months and 27 days.
Mary’s mother died when Mary was eighteen months old and her father could not care for his five children. Mary’s mother’s sisters stepped forward to care for the children and Mary’s aunt, Emily Connelly and her husband, Patrick, took Mary into their home. They raised Mary and later legally adopted her. Mary attended country school and graduated from Churdan High School in 1936 at the age of 16. She then attended Cherokee Jr. College and Iowa University of Northern Iowa, receiving a Teacher’s Certificate. She returned to Churdan and taught in country school during the height of the “Great Depression” which left an indelible impression on her. Her favorite subject was history and she was an avid book reader. It is thought that she had read over 5000 books from Churdan Public Library.
On May 23, 1944, Mary Coan was united in marriage to Edward Geisler, Jr. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Eight children were born to this union, Sylvene, Patrick, John, Jerry, Anne, Andy, Daniel and David. After marriage, Mary semi-retired from full time teaching but would do substitute teaching. She fully retired in 1955. Ed and Mary farmed and raised their family in the Churdan area. They moved into Churdan in early 1970’s and Mary enjoyed helping at the Brown Funeral Home where her assistance was greatly appreciated. They moved back to the family farm in 1988. Ed passed away 1989 and Mary continued to live on the farm until her death.
Mary was a lifelong member of St. Patrick and later St. Columbkille Catholic Churches. Mary joined the Catholic Daughters of America in 1947 and was a member for 83 years. She was also a member of the Rosary Society, 50-year church choir member and taught religious classes for 25 years. Mary was always thankful for her full life but had many times of great sadness, especially the deaths of four of her children. She is survived by her children; Patrick (Marice) Geisler, John (Marian) Geisler, Anne (Joe) Minnehan and Andy Geisler, daughter-in-law, Deb Geisler, all of Churdan, 22 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Those who preceded her in death were her parents, husband, children; Sylvene, Jerry, Daniel and David, sons-in-law, Gary Hatfield and Todd Mount, grandsons, Ryan Geisler, and Bart Baugh, great-granddaughter, Lola Geisler, brother, Gene Coan, and three sisters, Dorothy Pitzen, Pauline Brennon and Helene Kopp.
A private family Mass was held, July 2, 2020, (Mary’s 101st birthday) at 10:30 A.M. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at Cedar with Father John Gerald officiating. Burial was made in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Musical selections were played by organist, Lois Last and Greg Carey served as cantor. Mary had requested that “Ava Maria” be sung at her funeral and it was sung by Steve Carey.
Casket bearers were grandsons; Jason Hatfield, John Geisler Jr., Greg Geisler, Jerad Mount, Kirk Geisler and Spencer Geisler.
Memorials are suggested to be given to St. Patrick’s Historical Church Fund or the Churdan Public Library.