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Virginia ‘Ginger’ Kline

Virginia Lee “Ginger” Kline was born in Spencer on Sept. 3, 1943. One of three daughters of Millard “Wilson” and Margaret (Follon) Drury, she grew up on the family farm north of Everly along with her sisters, Rita and Frankie. She attended school in Everly, graduating from Everly High School with the class of 1961. During her school years, Ginger enjoyed sports, playing organ for their church and had a fondness for all sorts of animals. She had a big heart, a great smile and loved life.

Marvin Schmidt

Marvin Henry Schmidt, 94, passed away Jan. 24, 2024.

James Bleich

Funeral services for James “Jim” Michael Bleich, 83, of Spencer, will be conducted at 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Revs. Michael Kellogg and Kevin Richter will officiate the service. Visitation will be open after 2 p.m., Wednesday, with the family present from 5-7 p.m. at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer.

He passed away Jan. 24, 2024

David Spenst

Happy memories comfort us, as David Spenst, joined his Heavenly Father and family this week. David Spenst passed away on Jan, 15, 2024.

He was born on April 27, 1929, to Peter and Aganetha (Nettie Friesen) Spenst in Morden, Manitoba, Canada.

He was the oldest of five sisters, Berniece, Amy, Mary, Vivian and Annette and a brother, James.

Delores Peterson

Delores Thorlene Peterson, 97, of Des Moines, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024, at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines.

Betty Hansen

Betty Lou (Meyer) Hansen, 86, of Sheldon, and formerly of Spencer, passed from this life on Saturday morning, Jan. 13, 2024, from Sheldon Senior Care.

Betty was born on Jan. 2, 1938, in Marathon, to Leo and Verlette Meyer. Betty attended school in Marathon where she graduated high school in 1955. On Jan. 8, 1956, she was married to her lifelong partner, Cliff Hansen, at the Marathon Methodist Church by the Rev. Bob Smith.

Funeral Notice: Caroline Miller

Caroline Miller, 88, of Fostoria, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024, at her home. A private graveside service and interment will be in Garfield Cemetery, Webb. Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.

Anton ‘Tony’ Nielsen

Anton C. “Tony” Nielsen, 70, of Linn Grove, passed away at home on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2023.

Memorial services will be held on Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, at 2 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal. Visitation with the family present will be held at 12:30 p.m. Burial will be at the Willow Creek Cemetery in Royal.

Julie Pike

Julie Ann Pike, beloved wife, mother and daughter passed away at the age 81, on Jan. 7, 2024.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 11, from 4-6 p.m. at Bethesda Lutheran Church. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, at Bethesda Lutheran Church.

Julie was a longtime member of Bethesda Lutheran Church. It is located at 1517 Northwestern Ave., in Ames.

George Alpach

George Wayne Alspach, 82, of Grundy Center, formerly of Fort Dodge, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024, at the Grundy Care Center. A celebration of life will be held at Abels Funeral & Cremation Service — Engelkes Chapel in Grundy Center on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024, where friends and family may visit from 2-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Elaine Sorenson

Elaine Ella Sorenson, 100, of Spencer, died on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2023.

She was born April 21, 1923, in Spencer the daughter of Henry and Louise (Zender) Milton. She grew up on a farm in Clay County. Elaine graduated from Lake Center School.

She enjoyed collecting antique glass and displaying them in several cupboards. Elaine also enjoyed road trips and watching sports on TV. Elaine cooked countless meals for many people.

Funeral Notice: Pearl Phelps

Pearl Jolene Phelps, 72, of Sioux Rapids, died Jan. 7, 2024, at her home in Sioux Rapids. Graveside services will take place Saturday, Jan. 13, 2023, at 10 a.m. at Lone Tree Cemetery in Sioux Rapids. Visitation is Friday, Jan. 12, 4-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids.

Nancy Geisinger - Services Saturday, Jan. 13

Memorial services for Nancy Nadine Geisinger, 73, will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer. Interment will be at Roseland Cemetery in Sanborn.

Mary Jo Clark

Mary Jo Ann Clark, 69, of Henderson, Kentucky, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2023, after a long battle with cancer.

Verne Stinehart

A graveside service for Verne Stinehart, of Spencer, will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, 2024, at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer.

Luverne Dale Stinehart was born on Oct. 1, 1935, in Milford to Roland and Gladys (Morgan) Stinehart. Verne passed away on Jan. 2, 2024, at Spencer Hospital in Spencer at 88 years of age.

Mary Jean Schmidt

Mary Jean Schmidt was born on March 9, 1925, in Dubuque, to parents Frank John Kuhn Jr. and Emelia Lena (Reuschel) Kuhn. She was the middle child with older brother Donald Kenneth and younger sister Frances Joyce. Mary Jean lived her early years in Dubuque, where many of her maternal relatives lived.

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