Laurie Petersen, 59, of Exira, Iowa, died Sunday, February 14, 2021, at her home. Laurie Sue was born on December 31, 1961, the daughter of Lyle Duane and Colleen Elaine (Kitelinger) Jeppesen of Brayton, Iowa. She was the little sister to two older brothers, and as the only girl and baby of the family, was naturally well loved and doted upon. Both Colleen and Lyle admit she may have been slightly spoiled but never came to an agreement on who was behind most of the spoiling. As a favorite childhood story suggests, even the neighbors loved her - the neighbor across the street in Brayton had an old shed that unbeknownst to Lyle and Colleen, he allowed the siblings to turn into their own personal playhouse. Laurie attended school in Exira and graduated in the Class of 1980. During her high school years, a trip to the annual 4th of July Celebration in Exira would lead Laurie to meet the love of her life, Paul Petersen. The story she told everyone went a little like this... "A friend of mine wanted to introduce me to someone she knew and once we met, we ventured off to enjoy the Independence Day festivities, including a few times around the tilt-a-whirl. Later that night, I attended the dance with Paul before heading off to meet my dad to dance in Brayton. In the weeks to follow, Paul invited me on a date, which I declined, because I already had plans with my girlfriends. We later rode together to a gathering at the Salt Cellar in Atlantic. I was oblivious to the fact that Paul thought it was a date, and once we arrived, I went about my own business and ignored him. It wasn’t until he drove me home and bought me dinner that I realized it was a date.” Already knowing Paul would be her future husband, Laurie headed off to college for a short time only, as her dad tells it, “for a man's voice stronger than mine made her decide to return to get married.” The couple was united in marriage on November 14, 1981, at the Assembly of God Church in Atlantic. They were blessed with three sons, Nicholas, Benjamin and Joel. Laurie stayed home to care for the boys in their younger years and later accepted a teacher’s aide position in the Special Education room at the Exira school. She worked at the post offices in Exira, Audubon and Atlantic; a career that spanned over 20 years. During that time, she worked in many different roles, her favorite being a trainer for future employees. In June of 2018, she took a job with TS Bank in Atlantic as a Universal Banker. Anyone that met Laurie through her work was greeted with her radiant smile and kind spirit. Laurie’s greatest joys in her life were the Lord and her family. Laurie, Paul and the kids were active members of Fellowship Church in Oakland for over 20 years. She held a deep trust in her Lord, one that was unmovable and never wavered; she was always thankful for the love and goodness he provided her. Laurie was always open and willing to share the word of the Lord with others, whether it be through praying with the hurting, encouraging those who needed hope, or mentoring many young girls to know and follow Jesus. She loved people and had a special way of connecting with others in their spiritual journey. Laurie’s grandkids will always treasure the time they spent together; it was hard to tell who was having more fun most of the time. Whether playing in the leaves or sipping tea at an afternoon tea party, she got down to their level. Laurie was the “fun grandma”, chasing, playing, and often getting louder than the kids. These qualities built memories with her grandkids' that they will never forget. Mischievous, ornery and a jokester are just a few of the words that you may think of when you think of Laurie’s personality. She had a way of making you believe anything she said. Through the years she told others she was an only child, only to be caught when her siblings showed up to an event and she had to introduce them. Did you know that Laurie had a successful vocal career? Well, that may not be all true, but she did convince her sons of this growing up. She would make up songs, possibly with a little plagiarism along the way, and sing them to the boys, telling them she wrote the melodies herself. They even believed her to be famous, "so much so" that the Bill Gaither record she had was given by him personally to remember her years as part of the Gaither Vocal Band. Laurie also would tell you her most ticklish spot was the palm of her hand, and if you tried tickling it, she would play along and giggle away; her way of hiding where she truly was ticklish. Laurie is survived by her sons, Nicholas (Janell) Petersen and their children, Hudson and Hazel of Omaha, NE, Benjamin (Vera) Petersen of Exira, IA, and Joel (Faith) Petersen and their children, Mae, Penelope, Jude and Sawyer of Exira, IA; father, Lyle Jeppesen of Anita, IA; brother, Duane (Marla) Jeppesen of Harrisonville, MO; sister-in-law, Chris Jeppesen of Kansas City, MO; brother-in-law, Jon (Katie Organ) Petersen of Riverside, IA and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, Paul; mother, Colleen Jeppesen; and brother, Tim Jeppesen. Open visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 19th at Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic, followed by visitation with the family present from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The family requests that masks be worn and social distancing be observed. A private funeral service will be held. The service will be livestreamed at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 20th. Burial will be at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, west of Exira, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed in Laurie’s memory to the Phoenix Academy, 1110 North 66th Street, Omaha, NE 68132.Memo: Memory of Laurie Petersen. Phoenix Academy is a non-profit interventional school where Laurie’s grandson, Hudson, attends. Roland Funeral Service is caring for Laurie’s family and her arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com. ***SLIDESHOW AND SERVICE (Service starts at 7:00)***
Treva Pitka of Atlantic, Iowa, passed away on February 5, 2021, at Heritage House in Atlantic. Treva Eileen (Hicks) Pitka was born in her grandfather’s country home near Eldorado Springs, Missouri, on August 10, 1920, to James McKinley and Ceatta (Huff) Hicks. She graduated from Montezuma Consolidated High School in 1938. After graduation, she worked for 2 ½ years in the R. W. Boyd law office to help support the family as her father was killed in a jalopy race when she was 18. On April 5, 1941, she married William Legion (Bill) Pitka in Brownwood, Texas, where he was stationed with the army. She had many adventures following her army husband between Texas to the east coast as he moved from army base to army base during WWII. A great memory Treva shared with generations, was shooting a Thompson submachine gun across the Rio Grande while Bill was patrolling the border in the night. After the war, Treva and Bill returned to Montezuma, Iowa, to raise their four children, Ceatta, Melody, William F (Bill), and Harold James (Jim). During that time, Treva worked for her sister, Hazel Sig, at Sig Manufacturing Company. In 1956, the family moved to Grundy Center and in 1957, they moved to Atlantic, where Treva lived the rest of her life. In 1960, Treva returned to work to help support her family and send her children to college. She worked for over 50 years for the Friday family, beginning with Publisher’s News and ending with her retirement when she was 90. She was a member of the Atlantic United Methodist Church since 1957. Church involvement was always important to her. She began teaching Sunday school at the age of 12 and taught for more than 25 years. She and her husband led the youth in MYF for four years in Atlantic during the time when their children were teenagers. Her strong Christian faith guided her through life. Treva was very thankful for the wonderful people and services available in Atlantic, as well as family members who helped her to live at home in her later years. She was also proud of, and thankful for, her loving family and friends, who made phone calls, visited her often (especially for her birthday and Christmas every year), and helped with upkeep of her property, which allowed her to stay in her home through her 100th birthday. She is survived by her sister, Hazel Sig (Montezuma, IA); sister-in-laws, Edith Peters (Peoria, AZ) and Della Hicks (Shoreline, WA); daughter, Melody Winter (Montevideo, MN); son, William F. Pitka, (Union Hall, VA); six grandchildren, Ryan (Susan) Pellett (Omaha, NE); Rick (Rina) Mann (Mableton, GA); Beth (Jon) Salesberry (Ankeny, IA); Aaron (Dawn) Pellett (Alborn, MN); William A. Pitka (Coralville, IA); Angela (Ike) Peterson (Spearfish, SD); ten great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband William L. Pitka; son, H. James Pitka; daughter, Ceatta Mann; daughter-in-law, Ann Pitka; parents, James and Ceatta Hicks; brothers, Mearle Grant Hicks and Harold James Hicks, and many other relatives during her 100 years. Open visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Thursday, February 11th at Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic. No visitation with the family present is planned. A private family funeral service will be held at Roland Funeral Home with burial in the Atlantic Cemetery. Roland Funeral Service is caring for Treva's family and her arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com.
Betty Travis, 90, of Exira, Iowa, and formerly of Lewis, died Friday, January 29, 2021, at the Exira Care Center. Betty Lou was born on January 10, 1931, on the family farm east of Lewis, Iowa, the daughter of William Harry and Lola Belle (Waller) Berry. She attended school in Lewis, and graduated from Lewis High School in 1950. On January 7, 1951, she married Harry Travis, and they spent the first year of their marriage living in Houston, Texas, while he was in the service. In February 1952, they moved back to Lewis. Over the years Betty lived in Walnut and Atlantic, but the majority of her years were spent in Lewis. When the kids started school, Betty worked as a nurse's aide at the Atlantic and Oakland Care Centers. Betty served many meals to area residents at Bob's Downtowner, and before her retirement in 2004, she made donuts at Casey's in Griswold. In her spare time, she enjoyed sewing and crocheting; making each of the grandkid’s patchwork turtles with her scraps. She was quick to tell you that she didn't quilt, but did make comforters, and also rugs out of old jeans. Betty knew her way around the kitchen; cooking delicious meals and tasty baked goods. Every Sunday before church, which she faithfully attended, she would prepare a roast so it was ready to enjoy after. When you visited her, you knew that there were always premade sugar cookies in the freezer ready to throw in the oven. In her younger years, she was an avid gardener and loved all kinds of flowers. She was a member of the Lewis Church of Christ; served on many committees, was a member of the ladies’ aide, and sang in the choir. Betty is survived by her sons, Doug (fiancé, Kathy Stone) Travis and Paul (Jodi) Travis all of Lewis, IA; daughters, Denise Huey of Lewis, IA, and Jo Beth (Bob) Blay of Red Oak, IA; 9 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Pat Berry of Florence OR; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Lola Berry; daughter-in-law, Vicky Travis; brothers, Roger Berry and Richard Berry; sister, Wilma Weirich; great-granddaughter, Haley Marie McCormick; brother-in-law, Gerald Weirich; and sister-in-law, Arlene Berry. Open visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Friday, February 5, 2021, at Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic. No visitation with the family present is planned. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 6, 2021, at the Lewis Church of Christ. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Lewis. Memorials may be directed to the Lewis Church of Christ. Roland Funeral Service is caring for Betty's family and her arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com. In Loving Memory Betty Travis BORN January 10, 1931 ~ East of Lewis, Iowa DIED January 29, 2021 ~ Exira, Iowa At the age of 90 years & 19 days FUNERAL SERVICE 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 6, 2021 Lewis Church of Christ ~ Lewis, Iowa OFFICIANT Pastor David Anderson PIANIST Vickie Rhoads MUSICAL SELECTIONS “Then I Met the Master” “Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown” by Jim Berry “In the Garden” by the Congregation “Go Rest High On That Mountain” recorded by Vince Gill CASKET BEARERS Mike Travis Shawn McCormick Everett Cray Seth Huey Nick Blay Jered Wilson HONORARY CASKET BEARERS Anthony Cray Gabe Travis FLOWER COMMITTEE Michelle Cray JoEllen Travis Meagan Travis Chelsie Wilson INTERMENT Oakwood Cemetery ~ Lewis, Iowa Memorials may be directed to the Lewis Church of Christ. Please join the family at the Lewis Community Building for lunch and fellowship following the service at the cemetery.
All of us at Roland Funeral Service welcome you to view our 17th Annual Evening of Remembrance. Our heart is to bring a measure of peace and healing to all we serve and encounter. Evening of Remembrance 2020 - (Our apologies for the sound issues during Abe Lincoln's performance! They are off and on for about 12 minutes during his talk): Memorial Slideshow: Grief Support Presentation:
Betty Jo Marcellus, 81, died Sunday, November 8, 2020, at Atlantic Specialty Care in Atlantic, Iowa. Betty was born October 2, 1939 to Harry Henry and Ella Mae (Diehl) Kapperman. In 1956 Betty graduated from Rock County High School in Bassett, Nebraska. After graduation Betty wed Garry Marcellus on August 18th when she was 17 years old. They were united in marriage for 64 years and had two children, Mark (Beth) Marcellus and Deb (Greg) Schuler. Betty was an inspiring, amazing woman. She worked full-time, never missing any of her kid’s many activities. She’d laugh every year when both Mark and Deb signed her up to bring homemade pies for the annual band fundraising spaghetti supper. Because Betty was a superb, “from scratch” cook, she made it look like a breeze. She always had something delicious cooking in the crock pot and loved feeding family and friends. Betty spent countless hours on a bench watching Mark and Deb participate in various activities and sports, staying up late to soak those white uniform pants in Cascade so they they’d be clean for the next game…only for them to get everything dirty again. Betty was passionate about extracurricular activities, both those she watched and those she participated in. Over the years she enjoyed singing in a Quartet, twirling the baton, playing the drums, the organ and especially the piano. Betty had the high distinction of being selected as the Supreme Musician five times for the national annual B.P.O. DOES convention, where she made lifelong friends. She had a way with staccato! Betty was an enthusiastic drag racer, traveling all over Nebraska on the weekends to compete. She was very quick starting from the “green tree” and blames her own DNA for her daughter’s “lead foot.” Betty was also an avid golfer, always hitting the ball straight down the middle of the fairway. She cherished playing in the annual KJAN golf tournament and enjoyed Wednesday ladies’ golf at Nishna Hills, where she spent some time on the women’s Board of Directors. Betty was zealous about bowling, and sponsored her bowling team, “Marcellus Insurance” for many years. She looked forward to Monday evenings at the Super Bowl. Her bag of dimes was always full, ready for the next game of cards when that elusive strike or spare might come. She enjoyed the camaraderie and competition, along with the occasional margarita when her arm was twisted. Betty was a fantastic piano teacher, accomplished legal secretary and tremendous bookkeeper for Shenandoah Ford Sales, prior to beginning an illustrious career in the insurance industry, one which spanned more than four decades. Betty was self-taught, studying and passing multiple exams to sell all lines of health, life, property and casualty insurance. Betty was only the second female insurance agent in the state of Iowa, paving the way for others to follow. She loved getting to know her clients and their families, treating them as she wanted to be treated. Her insurance journey started with Cass County Farm Bureau, continued with Insurance Agents Incorporated and Marcellus-Hummel Insurance, and most recently, her own business, Marcellus Insurance. Betty’s greatest joy was spending time with her family. She particularly enjoyed attending her grandson’s ballgames, and some of her happiest memories were the days both her children and grandson wed. Her most recent delight was the birth of her only great-grandson, Hudson Alan Marcellus. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Ella Mae Kapperman. Her memories will be celebrated by her husband, Garry; her son, Mark and wife, Beth (Schildberg) Marcellus, grandsons, Aaron Marcellus and Mike (Marlaina) Marcellus and great-grandson Hudson; Betty’s daughter, Deb and husband, Greg Schuler; Betty’s only sister, Bonnie (Bill) Sanger and their children, Vicki (George) Friedrich along with their children, Jake (Lacey) Friedrich and Alyx (John) Klosterman and their children, Quinn and Aiden and Dr. Jeff (Kelly) Sanger and their children, Paul and Joelle; brother-in-law, Ron (Betty) Marcellus and their children, Jodie (Scott) Jantz along with their children, Seth, Clair, Lydia and Samuel and Jeff (Stacey Cheeseman) Marcellus along with their children, Tristsen, Taylor, and Treighton; along with other relatives and many friends. The family would like to thank everyone at Atlantic Specialty Care for their exceptional care and friendship. A Celebration of Life with family and friends will tentatively take place next year on Saturday, October 2, 2021, when we can all be together. Memorials may be left for the family to designate at a later time. Roland Funeral Service is caring for Betty's family and her arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com