Elsiebel Kasch-Noe, 96, of Weslaco, Texas, formerly of Marne, Iowa, died Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco. Elsiebel was born on July 2, 1923, on the Harvelawn Farm north of Marne, Iowa, the daughter of Fred R. and Rilla W. (Harvey) Long. She attended country school at Clay #8 and graduated from Atlantic High School in 1941. Following graduation, she attended Grinnell College for two years. In 1939, Elsiebel joined the Rainbow Girls and in 1942, The Order of the Eastern Star. She was a lifelong member and later became a part of both Liberty Chapter #230 in Marne, Iowa, and the Chapter in Weslaco, Texas. Elsiebel was also a member of the United Methodist Church and Elks Auxiliary in Weslaco. As a young woman, she showed quarter horses and was affiliated with the Iowa Saddlehorse Association. She volunteered her time as a Covenant Visitor, visiting shut-in's for over 30 years. She took cancer patients to appointments for 25 years, and worked with the American Cancer Society making heart pillows and lap robes for cancer patients during treatments at the local medical centers. Outside of her volunteer work, Elsiebel enjoyed yard work, gardening, dancing, golfing, and spending time with family and friends. Elsiebel is survived by her daughter Linda S. (Tim) Parr of Alamo, Texas; son, Dennis L. (Sherry) Carver of Goldendale, Washington; grandchildren, Ryan (Tammy) Carver of Meridian, Idaho, Lindsey (Tony) Crawford of Edmonds, Washington, and Dacia (Ryan) Paganelli of Gig Harbor, Washington; 11 great grandchildren, niece, Sandy A. (Marsha Borders) Peggs of Atlantic, Iowa; nephew, Fred L (Darlene) Peggs of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin and numerous cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Rilla Long; husbands, Clarence F. Kasch and Ed Noe; and her sister, Wilma Peggs. An Order of Eastern Star service by Liberty Chapter #230 and funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, January 23, 2020, at Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic, with Pastor Nancy Jensen of the United Church of Christ officiating. Committal services will take place in the Brighton Township Cemetery, north of Marne. Following the committal service, a luncheon will be held at the Marne United Methodist Church. Roland Funeral Service in Atlantic and McCaleb Funeral Home in Weslaco are caring for Elsiebel’s family and her arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com. IN REMEMBRANCE OF Elsiebel Kasch-Noe BORN July 2, 1923 ~ Marne, Iowa DIED January 15, 2020 ~ Weslaco, Texas At the age of 96 years, 6 months & 13 days EASTERN STAR AND FUNERAL SERVICE 1:30 p.m., Thursday, January 23, 2020 Roland Funeral Home ~ Atlantic, Iowa OFFICIANTS Liberty Chapter #230 Order of the Eastern Star ~ Marne, Iowa Pastor Nancy Jensen United Church of Christ ~ Atlantic, Iowa MUSICIAN Heidi Hinman MUSICAL SELECTIONS “Ivory Palaces” “In The Garden” CASKET BEARERS Kent Weber Alan Cranston Larry Peggs HONORARY CASKET BEARERS Chuck Peggs Harvey Peggs Dennis Peggs Don Pelzer FLOWER COMMITTEE Sandy Peggs Shirley Weber INTERMENT Brighton Township Cemetery ~ Marne, Iowa LUNCHEON Elsiebel’s family invites friends & relatives to join them for lunch at the Marne United Methodist Church following services at the cemetery.
Mary Lou Hoegh, 93, of Atlantic, Iowa, died Thursday, January 2, 2020, at Heritage House in Atlantic. Mary Louise was born on September 5, 1926, in rural Stanton, Iowa, the youngest of three daughters born to Carl Magnus and Otelia (Malmberg) Peterson. Growing up she and her sisters were active in daily chores on the farm. Mary Lou attended Stanton schools where she played basketball and graduated from Stanton High School. Following graduation, she moved to Red Oak and started working at the Murphy Calendar Factory. On May 6, 1951, she was united in marriage to Kenneth “Kenny” Knudsen Hoegh in Red Oak, Iowa, and the couple made Atlantic their home. Mary Lou worked at John Nelsen Insurance and after raising her children started work at the Atlantic Medical Center on opening day in 1969. She always dreamed of being a nurse so when she took this job, she was excited to be in healthcare. Mary Lou worked there for over 35 years as a receptionist and also in medical records. Mary Lou was extremely proud, especially in those days, to have tackled the computer system. Mary Lou and Kenny loved to travel; Europe, Alaska and Panama Canal being a few of their favorites. The couple enjoyed getting away and time with others at Elder Hostels; educational travel tours for adults. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, where she was active in ladies circle and other various committees. It is no surprise that Mary Lou was a social butterfly and took every opportunity she could to be out and about with friends and volunteering in the community. She looked forward to bridge club and coffee with friends, whether it be out or them stopping over to her home; her door was always open! Most would say Mary Lou was known for her love of coffee, the stronger and hotter the better, and her beautiful white hair. In recent years she looked forward to attending Silver Sneakers at the Nishna Valley Family YMCA; again, another social outing to be with friends. Mary Lou was an avid sports fan catching games any way she could. While Mary Lou was known to be the dictator, she was also the glue that held the family together. Her family looked forward to her cinnamon rolls and chocolate and lemon meringue pies at the holidays. Mary Lou is survived by her daughters, Emily Krengel and her husband, Mark of Atlantic, IA and Holly Hoegh and her husband, Pete Butterfield of Davis, California; sons, Tim Hoegh and his wife, Kathy of Atlantic, IA and Chris Hoegh and his wife, Julie of Knoxville, IA; grandchildren, Andy (Emma) Hoegh, Hans Krengel, Tressa (Sam) Zook, Cydney (Chris) Karstens and Jayney Hoegh; and great-grandchildren, Eleanor and Georgiana Hoegh, Cambry, Covi, and Caiya Karstens, and Theodore Krengel. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Kenneth; and sisters, Helen (Harry) Johnson and Frances (Bill) Scott. Visitation with the family present will be held from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday, January 10th at Roland Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 11th at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Atlantic. Burial will be held prior to the service at 10:00 a.m. in the Atlantic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family for designation at a later date to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and Nishna Valley Trails. Roland Funeral Service is caring for Mary Lou’s family and her arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com.
Ruth LeAnn Richter, 82, of Atlantic, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, January 1,2020, at Cass County Memorial Hospital. Ruth was born on October 11, 1937, the daughter of Omar J. and Merle Marie (Turner) Huffman. She lived in Missouri until moving to Oakland, Iowa, after her parents passed away. She graduated from Oakland High School in 1955. Following graduation, she moved to Atlantic and began working at Walnut Grove. While there she met her future husband, Donald Eugene Richter. The couple married on May 26, 1962 and over the next eight years Ruth's dream of being the mother of six children came true. In 1966 two honorary daughters were added to the family when they opened their home to nieces Leanne and Cindy. Don and Ruth started their family while living in Atlantic, later moving to Wiota and Des Moines. They returned to make Atlantic their home in 1975. Ruth was a homemaker for many years, and as her children grew older, she also found work outside the home. She was employed by several local businesses, including Court Collections and Bowers Bakery. Ruth found her creative outlet in sewing and crocheting. Most evenings she could be found at home, in her chair, working on a commissioned project, or something that was destined to be a gift for a friend or family member. Whichever it was, Ruth was meticulous in her work. If she wasn't in her chair, Ruth could be found in the kitchen, cooking or baking one of the many dishes that her family loved. She was a wonderful cook, and many happy memories were created around her kitchen table. Every year Ruth looked forward to watching the girl's Iowa High School State Basketball Tournament. She was an avid Elvis fan and loved to receive any Elvis-themed gift. Ruth was a member of SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Friends of the Library, and was a proud sister of Atlantic BPOE Does #23, where she held various offices over the years, including President and secretary, and once was honored as Doe of the Year. But family was Ruth's first priority. Her world revolved around those she loved. She was always available to listen, console, advise, or share a laugh. A visit from a family member would bring a smile that lit up the room. She was always happiest surrounded by her family, and she found many ways to convey her love for them. Ruth is survived by her daughters, Stephanie Richter of Atlantic, IA, and Regina Richter of Omaha, NE; sons Gary (Sally) Richter, Jon (Lee Schipull) Richter, and Phil (Shawnell) Richter, all of Atlantic, IA; special nieces, Leanne Belcher of Atlantic, IA and Cindy Blair of Wiota, IA; grandchildren, Gregory (Jess Stein) Richter, Jessica Richter, Lydia (Ian) Goehring, AJ Richter, Harison Richter, Kale (Kayla) Richter, and Callie Richter; honorary grandchildren, Lynette and Nathan Marr, and Macey and D.J. Blair; great-grandchildren, Lillian, Alexis, Bristol, Gage, Jovi, Jenner, Grey, Bailey, Tinley and Winter; brothers-in-law, Bill Richter, Bernald "Jr." (Ruth) Richter and Ron (Norma) Dant; sisters-in-law, Mardell Richter, Roxanne Richter, Ellen Richter, and Barb Sisler; and many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Omar and Merle Huffman; husband, Don Richter; son, Jeff Richter; great-grandson, Liam Goehring; sisters, Helen Dant and Norma (Bill) Zentmire; sisters-in-law, Dorothy (Roger) Power and Ellen Richter; brothers-in-law, Larry Richter, Tom Richter, Ron Richter, and Dick Sisler. A Rosary service will be held at 5:00 p.m., Sunday, January 5th at Roland Funeral Home, followed by a BPOE Does Memorial Service. Visitation with the family present will be held from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sunday also at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 6th at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Atlantic. Burial will be in the SS Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church or the Atlantic BPOE Does #23. Roland Funeral Service is caring for Ruth’s family and her arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com. CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF Ruth L. Richter BORN October 11, 1937 - Missouri ENTERED INTO REST January 1, 2020 - Atlantic, Iowa At the age of 82 years, 2 month & 21 days MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 6, 2020 SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church - Atlantic, Iowa CELEBRANT Father Trevor Chicoine ORGANIST Elsa Casey CANTOR Diedre Casey MUSICAL SELECTIONS Processional - “Here I Am Lord” #686 Offertory - “How Great Thou Art” #494 Communion - “Ave Maria” by Pat McCauley Recessional - “Amazing Grace” #612 PALL BEARERS Gregory Richter Jessica Richter Lydia Goehring Ian Goehring AJ Richter Harison Richter Kale Richter Callie Richter HONORARY PALL BEARERS Nathan Marr Macey Blair DJ Blair FLOWER COMMITTEE Sara Sisler Jen Eggen Darla Opoil INTERMENT SS Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery - Atlantic, Iowa The family invites you to join them for lunch following the interment at the Parish Center.
Arnold Gude, 95, of Atlantic, Iowa, and formerly of Elk Horn, Iowa, died Thursday, December 26, 2019, at Allen Place in Atlantic, Iowa. The son of Elmer and Dagney (Leistad) Gude, he was born July 7, 1924, at his parents’ home in Marne, Iowa. He was baptized and confirmed at the Elk Horn Lutheran Church in Elk Horn. Arnold attended rural school in Audubon County, Iowa, and graduated from the Elk Horn Community Schools in 1942. On July 25, 1943, he enlisted in the United States Navy. During his tour of duty, he served in the South Pacific and was honorably discharged on April 25, 1946. He purchased his first farm that spring and started farming. On August 1, 1948, he was united in marriage to Doris Jacobsen at the Elk Horn Lutheran Church. Four children were born to this union: Fred, Mary, Dave and Paul. Early in their marriage they made their home in Audubon County until they decided to relocate and bought their current farm south of Elk Horn in March of 1955. He grew row crops and raised cattle, hogs, and chickens. He retired from farming in 2004, but continued to help his son Paul operate the family farm until he was 93 years old. Arnold and Doris enjoyed their home until they moved to Allen Place in January of 2019. Arnold was a lifelong member of the Elk Horn Lutheran Church. He was also a member of the Elk Horn American Legion Post #322 for 75 years. A worker at heart, he knew how to pause and enjoy coffee with the guys every morning. He was a diehard Yankee Fan! That may only have been rivaled by his avid following of his kids’ and grandkids’ sporting events; he never missed a game and kept stats during the basketball games. Arnold is survived by his wife of 71 years, Doris Gude of Atlantic, Iowa; children, Fred (Diana) Gude of Atlantic, Mary (Denny) Moore of Maryville, Tennessee, Dave (Pam) Gude of Harlan, Iowa, and Paul (Annette) Gude of Atlantic; grandchildren, Frederick (Sara) Gude of Lenexa, Kansas, Melissa Gude and her significant other Paul Perkins both of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jennifer (Elliott) Roberts of Bennington, Nebraska, Jill (Jason) Cloud of Fort Mills, South Carolina, Kelly (Ken) Richardson of Knoxville, Tennessee, Laura (Brandon) Wall of Rosemont, Minnesota, Sara (Dan) Reznicek of Billingham, Washington, Jeffrey (Tiffanie) Gude of Atlantic, and Amanda Gude and friend Chris Petersen of Atlantic; 14 great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Donna Gude of Elk Horn, Iowa; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; mother- and father-in-law, Fred and Agnes Jacobsen; brother, Jerry Gude; sister, Betty (Ranald) Hansen; and sister-in-law, Alice (Egon) Simonsen. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, at 11 a.m., at the Elk Horn Lutheran Church in Elk Horn, Iowa, with Pastor Keith Menter officiating. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service on Tuesday, at the church. Interment will be in the Elk Horn Lutheran Cemetery. Military rites will be performed by the Elk Horn American Legion Post #322. Roland Funeral Service is caring for Arnold’s family and his arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com. IN REMEMBRANCE OF Arnold Gude BORN July 7, 1924 - Marne, Iowa DIED December 26, 2019 - Atlantic, Iowa At the age of 95 Years, 5 Months & 19 Days FUNERAL SERVICE 11 o’clock a.m., Tuesday, December 31, 2019 Elk Horn Lutheran Church - Elk Horn, Iowa OFFICIANT Pastor Keith Menter ORGANIST Nancy Watson MUSICAL SELECTIONS “How Great Thou Art” # 532 “Amazing Grace” by Pastor Keith Menter “Anchors Away” CASKET BEARERS Fred Gude Dave Gude Paul Gude Denny Moore Frederick Gude Jeffrey Gude MILITARY RITES Elk Horn American Legion Post #322 INTERMENT Elk Horn Lutheran Cemetery Elk Horn, Iowa The family appreciates your presence and care and invites you to join them for lunch in the church fellowship hall following the committal service.
Donna Mae McLaren, 92, of Atlantic, Iowa, and former longtime Cumberland-Massena resident died peacefully Sunday morning, December 22, 2019, at the Heritage House in Atlantic. Born on November 20, 1927, just before the Great Depression to parents of direct Swedish descent (Joseph Carl and Lillian Engstrom Walburg) Donna enjoyed a happy childhood within her loving family. Although the times were tough there was always food on the table, chores to be done, and plenty of laughter and fun. The Walburg children walked through a pasture and timbered land in central Minnesota to the nearby District 3 country school, near the towns of Bodum and Isanti. Her teen years were spent with classmates in Cambridge High School and activities such as hayrides, choir practice, ice skate parties, etc., with the youth group at North Isanti Baptist Church, where three Sundays a month the services were in Swedish. Donna accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord at this time, and was baptized when she was 13. After graduation from Cambridge High School in 1945 (her classmates designated her as having the prettiest eyes!), Donna found employment as a secretary at the Allis Chalmers Manufacturing Company in Minneapolis. She and her sister, Adelle, shared an apartment on 4th Avenue and they took the streetcar to work. After a few years she and a girlfriend took a sabbatical from work and traveled by train to California and they worked on short term jobs while visiting relatives. Upon her return to Minnesota in 1948, she met a good looking Iowa farm boy who was employed at the same workplace, the Allis Chalmers Mfg. Co. Donna and Bruce were married on July 29, 1949, and began married life on the McLaren home place south of Cumberland, Iowa, where they farmed the land, raised livestock, and enjoyed a very happy 50 years together. Three children, Eric Joseph, Becky Rae, and Julie Kay completed the family circle and (with many nearby McLaren cousins) they enjoyed eating Donna’s fresh baked cookies, apple pies, cinnamon rolls, and other delicious treats. Donna enjoyed her life as a homemaker and was a longtime member of the Iris Garden Club, a 4-H leader, Cumberland Library board member, and Cass County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Member. Donna attended the Lyman Gospel Hall where she was a Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher, and a willing church kitchen worker. After moving to Atlantic in 2005 where she lived in a condominium on Chestnut Street, she attended the Atlantic Gospel Chapel where she enjoyed the fellowship of friends and participated in many Bible Studies. Donna’s most important life goal was to reflect God’s love to others and draw them to know Jesus as their Savior. May God give those who mourn her here on earth comfort and peace as they reflect on her new heavenly life without any cares or pain. She is survived by three children: Eric (Rita) McLaren of Atlantic, Iowa, Becky (John) Holmes of Atlantic, Iowa, and Julie (Fred) Gibson of Fort Worth, Texas; 10 grandchildren: Brent (Kari) McLaren, Beth (fiancé, Mark D’Angelo) McLaren, Jennifer (Nathan) Dwyer, Kristi (Mike) Driscoll, Cale (April) Welborn, Drew (Crystal) Welborn, Kirk (Lindsay) Welborn, Todd Holmes, Anthony (Mara) Gibson, and Shawn Gibson; 21 great grandchildren; one sister, Adelle Olsen; two sisters-in-law, Lois Walburg and Arlene Walburg; plus many nieces, nephews and countless friends. Donna was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Bruce McLaren; her parents, Joseph and Lillian Walburg; three brothers, Bill, Jim, and Warren Walburg; son-in-law, Craig Kischer; great granddaughter, Grace Welborn; and numerous sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF Donna M. McLaren BORN November 20, 1927 - Minneapolis, Minnesota ENTERED INTO REST December 22, 2019 - Atlantic, Iowa At the age of 92 years, 1 month & 3 days CELEBRATION OF LIFE MEMORIAL SERVICE 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 25, 2020 Roland Funeral Home - Atlantic, Iowa OFFICIANT Mike Eells MUSICIANS Janet Freeman Heidi Hinman MUSICAL SELECTIONS “Because He Lives” CASKET BEARERS Brent McLaren Mike Driscoll Nathan Dwyer Steve Erickson Mac Jensen James McLaren FAMILY GRAVESIDE 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 28, 2019 Massena Township Cemetery - Massena, Iowa Donna’s family appreciates your presence and care and invites you to join them for lunch in the fellowship hall at the Atlantic Gospel Chapel, immediately following the service.