Ida Mehlmann, 104, of Atlantic, and formerly of Massena, Iowa, died Monday, July 26, 2021, at the Allen Place in Atlantic. Ida Eleanor was born on September 4, 1916, in Massena, Iowa, the daughter of Elmer P. and Sadie Ann (Wilson) Spieker. Ida was a twin to her brother, Ira, both weighing 10 pounds when they were born! She loved sharing memories of her childhood including helping her dad on the farm, harrowing with a team of horses, tea parties with siblings, and giving the horses a little push when they weren’t pulling the cart up the hill. On March 18, 1939, she was united in marriage to LeRoy Mehlmann at the Methodist Church Parsonage in Atlantic. The couple made the Mehlmann Family farmhouse their home; getting electricity in 1941 and living there for the next 70 years. Ida was a homemaker; raising the children and tending to needs around the home. In later years, the couple enjoyed traveling with family and going on bus tours all across the United States, meeting friends they kept in contact with along the way. Ida was an avid quilter, quilting over 200 quilts by hand, including ones for every member of her family and many members of the Massena community. Ida also embroidered and made various crafts. Her family recalls her being able to just sit down at the piano and play by ear. Ida maintained a fruit grove and ½ acre garden; canning and freezing her abundant crop. Ida was always the one to have holiday meals; doing so well into her 90’s. At Christmas time she usually had a hand made gift for everyone, her teddy bears being a favorite. You never doubted when you visited that you would find a fresh cookie on the table or snack ready when you came in from chores. Her pies were delicious (the lady fingers too) and the grandkids also would have voted her macaroni and cheese and chocolate sauce #1! Ida was an active member of the Pine Grove Methodist Church, volunteering on Ladies Aide and as the church treasurer. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for over 50 years, the T.T.T. Society, and the G & G Neighborhood Club. Ida is survived by her children, Corinne (Jim) Beals of Ely, MN, Lavonne Krauth of Gainesville, FL, Keith (Phyllis) Mehlmann of Massena, IA, Phyllis (Kent) Berry of Atlantic, IA, Sharlotte (Steve) Michel of Henderson, NE, and Shirley (Larry) Good of Omaha, NE; grandchildren, Debra (Steve) Layher, Daniel (Linda) Beals, Patricia (Paul) Ewert, Bernie (Debbie) Krauth, Andrea Walsh, Denise Mehlmann, Steve (Melissa) Mehlmann, Cindy (Dave) Copeland, Dana (Jeremy) Freeman, Darcie Berry (Jill Fox), Doug (Marcy) Michel, Kevin (Angie) Michel, Jeff (Jaclyn) Michel and Brandon Good; 21 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Sadie Spieker; husband, LeRoy Mehlmann; grandson, T.J. Good; son-in-law, John Krauth; and siblings, Wilma Spieker, Ira (Wanda) Spieker, Glen (Pearl) Spieker, and Glee (Bill) Helvie. Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday, July 30th at Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic. Open visitation will begin at noon on Friday at the funeral home. A private family funeral service will be held with burial at the Massena Center Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family for designation at a later date. Roland Funeral Service is caring for Ida’s family and her arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com.
Louise Nettz, 84, of Casey, Iowa died Sunday, July 25, 2021 at Mercy One Hospice in Johnston, Iowa. Louise was born on September 29, 1936, in Orebro, Sweden, the daughter of Malte Emil and Helga Karolina Louise (Johansson) Mansson. She was a member of Bilkåristerna, Swedish Voluntary Corps; driving heavy military vehicles. Louise was the first Swedish female functionary in Speedway (MC dirt track). On April 30, 1959, she moved to the United States and settled in Des Moines, Iowa. While living there she worked as a stock broker and as a travel agent at Johnny’s House of Travel; a business she would later own. Louise also taught Swedish for many years in the evening at a high school in Des Moines and was a contact for Swedish exchange students in Iowa. She attended the Betty Boone Modeling School and later was honored to be named Miss Iowa in 1965. She led a very active life! On October 9, 1976, she was united in marriage to Roger Nettz, and the couple settled on a farm near Casey, Iowa. Louise is survived by her sister, Vivi-Anne Niklasson and her husband, Ove; nieces, nephews and their families, Lars Niklasson and his wife, Louise and their daughters, Viktoria and Julia, Erik Niklasson and his wife, Frida and their children, Sebastian and Emilia; brother-in-law, Ove Nilsson and his daughter, Carolin Gyllenbreider and her husband, Anders and their son, Andre; and many friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Malte and Helga Mansson; husband, Roger Nettz; Roger’s three-year-old son, Patrick Nettz; brother-in-law, Richard Nettz; and sister, Birgitta Nilsson. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at Oakwood Cemetery in Lewis, Iowa. Memorials may be directed in Louise’s name to the Animal Rescue League, 5452 NE 22nd Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50313. Roland Funeral Service is caring for Louise’s family and her arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com. ~ ~ ~ In Loving Memory of Louise Nettz BORN September 29, 1936 ~ Orebro, Sweden ENTERED INTO REST July 25, 2021 ~ Johnston, Iowa At the age of 84 years, 9 months & 26 days GRAVESIDE SERVICE 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 3, 2021 Oakwood Cemetery ~ Lewis, Iowa OFFICIANT Pastor Dean McPherson First United Methodist Church ~ Atlantic, Iowa RECORDED MUSICAL SELECTIONS “Amazing Grace” by Susan Boyle “O Store Gud (How Great Thou Art)” by Artur Erikson
Timothy Post, 53, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, formerly of Cumberland, died Friday, July 23, 2021, at Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs. Timothy Glenn was born on October 11, 1967, in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Franklin Glenn and Beverly Joan (Nellis) Post. A Celebration of Life graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 14, 2021, at the Peru Cemetery in East Peru, Iowa. Roland Funeral Service is caring for Tim’s family and his arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com.
Keith Esbeck, 62, of Atlantic, Iowa, died Thursday, July 15, 2021, at his home. Keith Nolan was born on May 18, 1959, in Atlantic, Iowa, the son of Roger Owen and Marian Lee (Young) Esbeck. He grew up north of Marshalltown in Conrad, Iowa and attended BCL schools. He exceled on the football field; playing on varsity as a freshman and reminisced about winning the state championship his senior year. Keith graduated from BCL High School in the Class of 1977. Following graduation, he moved to the Hancock area and worked at a factory in Council Bluffs for a short time before starting his career at Hy-Vee. On April 17, 1982, he was united in marriage to Donna Richter and the couple was blessed with three children, Brian, Blake and Brandi. The kids will warmly remember how he was always there for their various activities and treasure the time they spent together on many trips to the Carson Rodeo, Iowa Cubs games, and Friday nights at the Danish Inn. While working for Hy-Vee he was the Kitchen and Deli Manager; living various places for work until moving to Atlantic in 1999. He later was employed at Owner Revolution in Atlantic and mostly recently retired after over 15 years from working in the kitchen at the Glenwood Resource Center. His love of cooking also led to some side restaurant and bakery ventures opening The Kickstand in Panora in 1994 and Ezzy’s in Atlantic in the early 2000’s. Keith’s hot beef sandwich was a meal to talk about, one of the best around. He also made delicious donuts and pastries. Keith was a straight forward kind of guy and never hesitated to give you his two cents worth. He had a good heart and was always good about sending out cards. This past summer he was able to watch the grandkids t-ball games. He loved being outdoors and looked forward to searching out that perfect spot to trap and in the spring to hunt mushrooms. His favorite fishing holes included Schildberg’s north quarry and Lennon Mill, off of Lake Panorama. Keith seemed to have a green thumb when it came to gardening; nurturing an apple orchard and several gardens at one time for many years, including at his parent’s in Panora, grandparent’s in Exira and a few in Atlantic. He grew anything you could think of and sold his produce and jam, (strawberry rhubarb being a best seller!), at farmers markets in Atlantic and on Broadway in Council Bluffs. Keith was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan; living and breathing anything Hawkeye. FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FOR IOWA, GO HAWKS! Keith is survived by his children, Brian (Quinn) Esbeck of Atlantic, Blake (Holly) Esbeck of Atlantic, and Brandi (Cameron) Thompson of Griswold; grandchildren, Willow Esbeck, Axel Esbeck, Elijah Carlson and Lydia Esbeck; his parents, Roger and Mariann Esbeck of Panora; siblings, Mark (Jane) Esbeck of Sarasota, FL, Crystal (Tim) Case of Beaman and Sharon (Roger) Hoover of Le Grand; and many nieces and nephews. Per Keith's wishes cremation has taken place and no services will be held. Roland Funeral Service is caring for Keith's family and his arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com.
Betty Sunderman, 86, of Walnut, Iowa, died Sunday, July 11, 2021, at Allen Place in Atlantic. Betty Jean was born on July 17, 1934, at home in Hancock, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph and Dorothy Irene (Croghan) Beckendorf. She graduated from Lewis High School in 1952. On August 22, 1954, she was united in marriage to Darrell Dean Sunderman at the First United Congregational Methodist Church in Lewis. The couple was blessed with two sons, Sam and Steve. Betty was a natural at caring for others and was always there for her family. Her cooking was exceptional and always brought family together, anything she made was delicious, especially her Thanksgiving meal. She maintained a large vegetable and flower garden; canning countless produce through the years. When looking out the window she loved watching the squirrels and birds at their feeders, with cardinals being her favorite. Betty enjoyed putting puzzles together. Her works of crocheting, knitting and needle point was shared with others throughout the years. She followed sports and looked forward to attending Walnut High School basketball games and watching the St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs and NBA basketball. Betty was a longtime member of the Walnut First Presbyterian Church; serving as church treasurer, Sunday School teacher, and active with the United Presbyterian Women. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for over 50 years. Betty is survived by her son, Steve (Michelle) Sunderman of Walnut; step-granddaughter, Jenny Bunker of Manning; brother, Bob Beckendorf of Atlantic; and extended family. She is preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Dorothy Beckendorf; husband, Darrell Sunderman; son, Sam Sunderman; brother, Boyd Beckendorf; and sister-in-law, Beverly Beckendorf. Open visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic. Visitation with the family present will be held prior to the service on Wednesday at the church starting at 9:30 a.m. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at the First Presbyterian Church in Walnut. Burial will be in the Layton Township Cemetery. Memorials may directed to the family for designation at a later date. Roland Funeral Home is caring for Betty’s family and her arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com. ~ ~ ~ In Loving Memory Of Betty Sunderman BORN July 17, 1934 - Walnut, Iowa DIED July 11, 2021 - Atlantic, Iowa At the age of 86 years, 11 months & 25 days FUNERAL SERVICE 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 14, 2021 First Presbyterian Church - Walnut, Iowa OFFICIANT Pastor Bill Switzer RECORDED MUSICAL SELECTIONS “How Great Thou Art” by Alan Jackson “In The Garden” by the Studio Musicians CASKET BEARERS Steve Sunderman Jack Ploen Chuck Ploen Jason Ploen Jim Hansen Mark Beckendorf HONORARY CASKET BEARERS Sherri Hetrick Russell Beckendorf INTERMENT Layton Township Cemetery - Walnut, Iowa SPECIAL RECORDED MUSIC “Lead Me Home” by Heidi Hinman