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Marilyn Vereen Arndorfer

June 27, 1931 - February 11, 2024


Funeral Mass for Marilyn Arndorfer will be celebrated on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024, at 11 a.m. at Divine Mercy Parish - St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Algona. Burial will be in the St. Benedict Catholic Cemetery. 

Marilyn Vereen Arndorfer went “home,” as she so aptly expressed it, in the last days of her earthly life, on Feb. 11, 2024.

Pamella Lou Carrott

April 8, 1950 - February 6, 2024

Pamella L. (Tippie) Carrott, 73 of Mason City passed away peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024, at the Good Shepherd Health Center, Mason City.

Memorial Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 3rd St. NE, Mason City, IA. 

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service and a fellowship gathering will be held immediately following the service. 

Jeremy J. Knowles


September 19, 1980 - February 6, 2024


Jeremy J. Knowles, 43, of Harrisburg, S.D., formerly of Titonka, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday morning, Feb. 6, 2024.

Katie Cowles Nichols


May 19, 1940 - February 2, 2024


Katie Cowles Nichols, 83, of Sarasota, Fla. and Ménerbes, France, passed away on Feb. 2, 2024. While on an airplane flying to see her youngest daughter, she suffered a stroke and quickly passed into a coma. Her last moments were of laughter with a favorite traveling companion, Noah Strauss-Jenkins. 

Joyce Lavonne Van Horn


June 14, 1932 - February 6, 2024


Joyce Van Horn, age 91 of West Bend, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024, at the St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer. Funeral Service was 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at Peace Lutheran Church in West Bend with burial at St. Luke’s Lutheran Cemetery in Fairville. Visitation was one hour prior to the service. Services have been entrusted to Lentz Funeral Home of West Bend.

Martin Eugene McGuire


July 4, 1942 - January 14, 2024


A funeral Mass for Marty McGuire, 81, of Algona, was held Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024, at 10 a.m. at Divine Mercy Parish - St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Bancroft. The funeral was livestreamed on the Divine Mercy YouTube page. Burial followed at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Bancroft with military honors conducted by the Bancroft American Legion. 

Marion Claire Strayer


July 5, 1949 - January 30, 2024


A Celebration of Life will be held for Marian Strayer on Saturday, March 2, 2024, from 1-4 p.m. at the Colts Corner Community Room, 503 4th St. NE, Belmond, Iowa.

Donna Rae Reed


December 18, 1936 - January 25, 2024


Donna Rae Powers Reed, age 87, passed away from a long-term illness on Jan. 25, 2024, at the Ovation Sienna Hills assisted living facility near St. George, Utah. Donna was born in New Castle, Ind. on Dec. 18, 1936, but spent most of her childhood in Algona. She moved to Texas to attend Texas Tech University and lived most of her adult life in Lubbock and Granbury, Texas.

Kay Marie Gale


October 30, 1962 - February 3, 2024


James Dean Thornton


December 14, 1955 - February 4, 2024


Funeral services for James Thornton will be held on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Algona. Burial will be at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Whittemore.

Debra Ann Kollasch


October 8, 1952 - November 3, 2023


A memorial Mass and Celebration of Life for Debra A. Kollasch, will be held Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, at 10 a.m. at Divine Mercy Parish - St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Whittemore. Her family will greet people following the Mass at a reception in St. Michael’s Parish Center.

Dean Edward Ulrich Sr.


August 10, 1938 - January 29, 2024


Dean Edward Ulrich Sr., the son of Donald J. and Eleanor (McCoy) Ulrich, was born Aug. 10, 1938. Dean grew up in Fort Dodge. He was the first graduating class from St. Edmonds High School in 1956. He then graduated from Palmer College in Davenport.

Robert Thies

  February 10, 1949 - January 16, 2024


Robert (Bob) Thies, 74, of Algona, died in Algona in the presence of family Jan. 16, 2024.

Bob was born in Odebolt, in 1949, to Rachel and Pat Thies. Bob grew up on the family farm where he was the 3rd of The Lucky Seven children of Pat and Mary Thies.

Mary Ann Schmitt

  January 14, 1923 - January 24, 2024


A funeral Mass for Mary Schmitt, 101, of Whittemore, was held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 29, 2024, at Divine Mercy Parish - St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Whittemore. Burial followed at St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery in Whittemore. A visitation took place  from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 28, at St. Michael’s Church Hall in Whittemore. A rosary was recited there beginning at 2:45 p.m. and a prayer service began at 5 p.m.

Chris Eugene Rochleau


June 24, 1974 - January 26, 2024


Chris Eugene Rochleau, age 49, passed away peacefully at his home on Jan. 26, 2024, after a long hard-fought battle with cancer.

Joyce Hill


November 3, 1947 - December 30, 2023


Joyce Hill was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She left this world on Dec. 30, 2023, at the age of 76 after a courageous battle with illness.

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