Fern Clella Furst

Fern C. Furst, 85, of Fort Dodge, formerly of Humboldt, passed away Monday evening, Nov. 12, 2018, at Friendship Haven in Fort Dodge.

She was born Sept. 26, 1933, in Bancroft, the daughter of Fred and Charlotte (Bond) Habeger. She spent her early years on a farm near Bancroft and attended country school near Bancroft. The family later moved to Burt, and she graduated from Burt High School in 1951. She then graduated from Iowa State Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls.

She was united in marriage to Richard J. Furst on July 10, 1955, in Burt. The couple made their home in Humboldt and Fern taught second grade, first at Renwick then Taft Elementary, when it opened in Humboldt. After raising daughters, she became a substitute teacher in the Humboldt School System. For the last 30 years of her career she served as the Deputy Auditor of Humboldt County. Fern was a member of a dance band in her early years called, Gloom Chasers. She also was a member of 4-H, showed beef cattle and had a grand champion steer at the Kossuth County Fair in 1952. She liked to travel and especially enjoyed coffee with friends and time with family.

She is survived by her daughters, DeAnna (Jim) Luciow, Petoskey, Mich., and Denise (Korey) Schroeder, Stockbridge, Ga.; her grandson, Jack Richard Luciow; her brother, Duane (Shirley) Habeger, Algona; many nieces and nephews; and her friend and special companion, Clyde Farmer. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard, her granddaughter Hannah Suzanne Schroeder, her sister Frances Sarchet, and her nephews Kent Habeger and Marc Sarchet.

Visitation was from 11 a.m. until the noon funeral service, Sunday, Nov. 18 in the Celebration Center of Friendship Haven, Fort Dodge. Burial was in East Lawn Cemetery, Algona. Memorials in Fern’s name may be made to the Good Samaritan Fund at Friendship Haven or Stand Up To Cancer at www.masonlindhart.com.


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