Gordon SmithGordon W. Smith, age 81, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at Sanford Sheldon Senior Care in Sheldon, Iowa.

Memorial Services will be Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at Parkview Assembly of God. Rev. Ken Snyder officiating. Graveside Services will be Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at Roseland Cemetery in Sanborn, Iowa. Visitation will be Friday, October 3, from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in Sheldon.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to www.andringafuneralhome.com

The Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in charge of arrangements for Gordon Smith.

Funeral-female1Kimberly Jolene DeSorbo, age 45 of Hartley, IA passed away at the Spencer Municipal Hospital on Sunday, August 28th, 2014.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, October 3rd at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Sibley, IA.

Visitation will be held at the Hartley Funeral Home in Hartley on Thursday, October 2nd from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., with the family present from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday evening. Burial will be held at Holman Township Cemetery near Sibley, IA.

The Hartley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for 45 year-old Kimberly Desorbo of Hartley.

photo(2)John “Jake” Daniel Wright Holley, 24, of Orange City died September 24, 2014 at home.

A memorial service will be at 10:30 AM Thursday October 2, 2014 at Pedrick Funeral Home in Douds, Iowa with Pastor Jeff Richard officiating. Visitation will be after 3 PM on Wednesday at Pedrick Funeral Home in Douds with the family present from 5-7 PM. Burial will be at a later date in Mt. Moriah Cemetery north of Douds, Iowa.

Memorials to the Culinary Arts Department of Indian Hills Community College may be left at the funeral home or cemetery or mailed to the family at 10417 Dewberry Avenue, Libertyville, IA 52567.

Jake was born September 23, 1990 in Bakersfield, California. He grew up in the Libertyville, IA community, and graduated from Fairfield Community High School and Indian Hills Community College Culinary Arts Program where he was honored by being on the Dean’s List. He was a chef at Northwestern College, Orange City. In 2008 he was the first State of Iowa Army Youth Volunteer of the year Award Winner.

Surviving are his parents, Aaron and Juli Waugh of Libertyville, Lee Gant of Fairfield and Kent Holley of Grand Island, NE; two brothers, Steve Gant (Lauren) of Muscatine and Matthew “Rusty” Gant of Boulder, CO; a niece and nephew, Elsie and Chase and grandparents, James Waugh of Libertyville and Duane and Kay Holley of Grand Island, NE.

Mr. Donald Smit, age 81, of Hull, passed away on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at the Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, September 27, at 11:00 am, at the First Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Kevin Yurk will officiate. Private family interment prior to the service at Hope Cemetery in Hull. Visitation with the family will be on Friday, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at the church. Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.


Martha Wilhelms, age 85, of Sibley, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at the Country View Manor in Sibley.

Burial of cremains will be Saturday, October 11 at 2:30 P.M. at Chester City Cemetery in Chester, Nebraska. Visitation will be Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. with the family present in Hebron, Nebraska at Price Funeral Home.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to www.andringafuneralhome.com

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley in charge of arrangements for Martha Wilhelms.

BLEEKER, Leola picLeola Bleeker, age 81 of Sheldon, IA formerly of George, IA died Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Sanford Hospital in Sheldon, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Tuesday, September 23rd at First Baptist Church of George, IA, with Rev. Dr. Mike Hagan officiating.  Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Visitation will be Monday, September 22nd from 3:00 to 8:00 PM, with the family present 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Jurrens Funeral Home of George, which is in charge of the services for 81-year old Leola Bleeker of Sheldon.

Mr. Thomas Mulder, age 88, of Hull, passed away on Friday, September 19, 2014, at the Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon.

There will be a celebration of his life on Monday, at 10:30am, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Carl Klompien, the Rev. Brent Mulder, and the Rev. Luke Wynia will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the Hope Cemetery in Hull. There will be a family prayer service on Monday, at 9:30am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

Visitation will be after 3:30pm on Sunday, with the family present from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, at the funeral home.

Obit PhotoLouise A. Smith, 66, of Atlantic, Iowa, formerly of Primghar, passed away on Wednesday, September 17 at her home in Atlantic.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the First United Presbyterian Church in Atlantic, with Lynn Stamp officiating. Burial will be in the Atlantic Cemetery followed by a luncheon at the church. Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, September 20, 2014, at Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic.

Memorials may be made to the family for designation at a later date.


Louise Ann Schwartz was born on February 11, 1948, in Primghar, Iowa, the daughter of Briggs Eugene and Frances Marion (Bjork) Schwartz.  She attended elementary school in Archer and graduated from Sheldon High School in 1966.  Following high school she studied interior design at Morningside College and Iowa State University.

She and Wayne were members of 4-H when they were younger and started dating while at Iowa State University.  On May 2, 1969, she married Wayne Philip Smith at the Little Brown Church in Nashua.  Together they spent time traveling in their motor home and taking in many shows while visiting Branson.

Louise was a 4-H Leader for many years and continued volunteering even after her children were grown.  She took pride in her garden and flowers.

Louise’s family was everything to her.  The grandchildren will always remember a trip to the Wisconsin Dells, where they stayed in the “Big House.”  She and Wayne attended countless sporting events and dance recitals through the years.  Christmas was a very special time of year, and preparation began months in advance.  The baking of Christmas cookies, sometimes in the 1000′s, was a tradition she passed on from her family.  The cookies could be eaten during the holiday season, but the Santa ones had to be saved for Christmas Eve.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Wayne; daughters, Lisa (Jeff) Metheny and Amy (Jason) Berg of Griswold, Iowa; son, Nathan (Lisa) Smith of Granger, Iowa; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Joshua and Aaron Metheny, Bethany, Brandon, and Brooke Berg, and Lilly, Samantha and Mackenzie Smith; brothers, Stan (Jane) Schwartz of Primghar, Iowa, and Todd (Teresa) Schwartz of Titonka, Iowa; brothers and sisters-in-law, Joyce Ann (Jim) Waskow, Charles (Fay) Smith, Louise (Carl) Nutzman, Janice (Myron) Person, Larry (Connie) Smith, Kenneth (Lori) Smith, Ronald Smith, Marlene (Bill) Vyoral, Delores (Jim) Simmelink and Mark (Vivian) Smith; and many other family and friends.

Louise is preceded in death by her parents, Briggs and Frances Schwartz.


Perry Mogler, age 45 of Lester, IA died Monday September 15th, 2014 at his home near Lester after a three year battle with brain cancer.

Funeral service will be at 10:00 AM, Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at the Apostolic Christian Church in Lester, IA.Burial will follow at the Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery in Lester, IA. Visitation will be Wednesday, September 17th with family present from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and again from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Apostolic Christian Church Fellowship Hall in Lester.

The family requests NO flower arrangements or gifts. In lieu of these items a donation may be sent to: Apostolic Christian Church, c/o Perry Mogler Fund, 510 Dove Ave, Lester, IA 51242.

Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids is in charge of services.

For a complete obituary and online registry please visit: jurrensfuneralhome.com

Perry Paul Mogler was born September 5, 1969 in Rock Rapids, IA to Howard and Lillian (Luthi) Mogler. He was raised on a farm near Lester, IA and graduated from West Lyon Community School in 1988. In 1992 he graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Ag Business and then returned to Lester to work beside his father and brothers in the family farming operation. On August 3, 2002 he was united in marriage to Jessica Jensen from Luverne, MN. They shared their 12 years of marriage together on a farm near Larchwood, IA. Blessed to this union were five children. Perry was baptized and became a member of the Apostolic Christian Church on October 21, 2012. Perry enjoyed farming, woodworking, camping, building and flying model airplanes and most of all spending time with his family.

Those blessed to have shared in Perry’s life and left to cherish his memory are his wife Jessica and their five children: Mallorie Lynn, Rier Paul, Elise Laree, Leah Joy, and Marissa Lynn of Larchwood, IA; parents, Howard and Lillian Mogler of Alvord, IA; brothers, Rodney (Lois) Mogler of Alvord, IA; Kent (Mary) Mogler of Mendota Heights MN; Brian (Bev) Mogler of Alvord, IA; Dwight (Donna) Mogler of Alvord, IA; sisters, Beth (Myron) Knobloch of Alvord, IA; Wendy (Thadd) Knoblock of Rock Rapids, IA; and in-laws Randy and Cherie Jensen, Jamie and son Oscar Serreyn, and Jens (J.R.) Jensen all of Luverne, MN; and many nieces, nephews and other extended family members. Perry was preceded in death by both his paternal and maternal grandparents.