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Darla J. Brunsen


March 1, 1949 - August 15, 2023


Children laughing. Dogs romping. Cats meowing. Horses galloping. Freshly decorated holiday cookies. Baby blankets. Ballerina’s dancing. A garden of fresh tomatoes. Saltwater taffy. Sweet corn. Darla loved all of these things. We like to think these were some of the first sights and sounds she saw as crossed through the pearly gates to the afterlife.

Cecil Lee Wattermann


June 20, 1935 - August 13, 2023


Barbara Ann Menke


June 18, 1941 - August 7, 2023


A funeral Mass for Barbara A. Menke, 82, of Bancroft, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21, at Divine Mercy Parish – St. John’s Catholic Church in Bancroft. Burial will take place at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Bancroft. Visitation will be held 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20, at Oakcrest Funeral Services in Bancroft. A rosary will be recited at 1 p.m. and there will be a scripture prayer service at 3:30 p.m.

Fernando Ruben Cantu


February 26, 1948 - August 12, 2023


A funeral service for Ruben was held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023, at Oakcrest Funeral Services, Algona. Visitation was held from 3 p.m. until the time of service.

Fernando Ruben Cantu was born on Feb. 26, 1948, in Crystal City, Texas; son of Francisco and Teodora (Guerrero) Cantu. He grew up in Crystal City, Texas, graduating from Crystal City High School in 1967.

Maureen Ann Baker


April 7, 1946 - August 3, 2023


Donald Gene Miller


December 19, 1943 - August 3, 2023


Virgil Theodore Roethler


January 18, 1924 - July 27, 2023


Virgil Theodore Roethler, 99, of North Liberty, formerly of Algona, passed away Thursday, July 27, 2023, at Keystone Place at Forevergreen. A memorial will be held at a later date.

Virgil was born on Jan. 18, 1924, in Bode, the son of Phillip Roethler and Veronica (Faber) Roethler. He was united in marriage to Donna Jean Vrooman on Jan.13, 1949.

Neva Mae Johnson


May 13, 1937 - August 2, 2023


Funeral services for Neva Johnson are 11 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023, at the First Lutheran Church in Algona. Burial will be at the Riverview Cemetery.

Lucy Kathryn DeRoos


January 24, 1938 - July 27, 2023


Donald Francis Wolfe


August 19, 1948 - July 15, 2023


A Celebration of Life for Don Wolfe is planned to begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2023, at the St. Joseph - Bode Hall, Hwy 169, St. Joseph.

Kay Hefty


April 6, 1942 - July 28, 2023


A memorial service for Kay will be held 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2023, at the United Methodist Church in Lu Verne. Burial will follow at the Lu Verne Township Cemetery. Visitation will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4 at the church.

Violet Maxine Berkland


September 26, 1929 - July 25, 2023


Visitation for Violet M. Berkland was 4-7 p.m., Friday, July 28, 2023, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Depew. Funeral service was at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Depew at 10:30 a.m.  on Saturday, July 29 with Pastor Kevin Weeks officiating.

Violet was laid to rest at North St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Depew.

Harold John Ernest Peter


April 2, 1924 - March 12, 2023


Richard F. Boyer


February 1, 1933 - July 18, 2023


Richard (Dick) F. Boyer, 90, died on July 18, 2023, at Addington Assisted Living Facility in Carroll. He was born on Feb. 1, 1933, in York, Pa., his parents being Reverend Howard and Mrs. Sarah Boyer. In 1939, the family moved to Altoona, Pa. In 1947, the family moved to Rockford, Ill., where he graduated from West Rockford High School in 1950.

Virginia M. Holcomb


June 10, 1935 - July 17, 2023


Ben L. Hefty


November 1, 1938 - July 14, 2023


Ben L. Hefty, age 84, of Humboldt, passed away July 14, 2023, at the Humboldt County Hospital Long Term Care. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 22, at the United Methodist Church in Lu Verne. Burial will follow at the Lu Verne Township Cemetery. Visitation will take place 5 - 7 p.m., Friday, July 21, at the church.

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