Mary (Molly) Arminta Woodman was born to Thomas and Elsie (Randall) Woodman on October 30, 1925 in Chariton, Iowa. Molly was the oldest of four children.
She was a member of the Chariton High School class of 1943.
On December 18, 1945 she was united in marriage to Ronald Byron Voss at the Chariton First Christian Church. They made their home on a farm south of Oakley, and spent sixty-three years there until 2008 when Molly went to the Chariton Nursing and Rehab Center and Byron moved to Autumn Park. There were very few days when Byron did not spend the lunch hour with her after she went to the nursing home. Molly and Byron were blessed with four children.
Molly was a quiet woman. She most of all loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. As a young mother of four she was continually busy following her kids’ school events, helping with 4-H projects, etc., and just keeping her children on the “straight and narrow” path. Sometimes that was quite a task. One thing – her children all have memories of a wonderful, loving non-judgmental mother, and a lot of fun times together as a family. She also was a busy farm wife.
When the kids were home she had a large garden and did a lot of canning. She also assisted with baby lambs, pigs, and calves. Her least favorite job might have been fixing meals for the farm hands. She also loved spending time with her siblings. They were all good friends and one could never predict what they might do next. One of the favorite things everyone looked forward to at Christmas time was their silly March of the Tin Soldier singing and dancing routine.
They remained close friends throughout the years and it was heart breaking when Molly had to give up all of her bridge games with her sisters. Some of the other things Molly loved most in her life were reading, playing bridge, traveling with Byron and her siblings, boating, and her many trips to Minnesota cabin with her grandkids. If it involved family, Molly loved being there.
To the surprise of her family when they were going through her belongings, she had written many descriptive articles about her youthful years. She had spent many hours on these, they were written extremely well and they were like a “gift from heaven” for her family.
Molly passed away at the Chariton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on April 18, 2014 at the age of eighty-eight.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her granddaughter, Stacy Hancock, and her foster brother, James Keene.
She will be missed greatly by her husband, Byron; children, Donna (Roger) Hancock of Pella, Janice (Gary) Goering of Lucas,Ron(Debbie) Voss and Sam (Theresa) Voss of Chariton. Also surviving are grandchildren, Becky (Matt) Kalas, Sean(Melissa) Goering, Ron Voss, Ryan (Sarah) Hancock, and TJ (Jennifer) Voss; great grandchildren, Grant Goering, Riley and Maddison Voss, Clara and Hadley Kalas, Greta and Calvin Voss, and Beau Hancock; siblings, Gloria Sellers, Donna (Herbert) DeBok, and Tommy (Carole) Woodman.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed towards the Chariton Nursing and Rehab Center activity fund.
Pansie Alice Snider, daughter of Benjamin Arthur Snider and Anna AnDelia Snider, was born November 18, 1918 in Wayne County, Iowa. She married Robert Glen Chapman on June 15,
1940. Pansie departed this life on Thursday, April 10, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Glenn Chapman; her parents, Benjamin and Anna Snider; and by her two brothers, Otto Cleo and George Alva Snider. Pansie was trained as a teacher at an early age and taught school five terms in different Iowa rural schools. Later, she took training at Indian Hills Community College, received her degree, and was a practical nurse for forty years, working in the Centerville Hospital, a Chariton Nursing Home, and with a number of private nursing cases in Iowa and Oklahoma. Pansy described herself as “stern” in her work, and was proud of the fact that she helped many sick people during her career. Pansie and Robert lived at first on his grandfather’s rural Wayne County farm, and later in Chariton and in Oklahoma. They had returned to Iowa to take care of elderly relatives when Robert died of a heart attack on February 24, 1975. Pansie was Baptized in the First Christian Church of Pryor, Oklahoma and remained a member there at the time of her death. Services will be held 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at the Fielding Funeral Home located in Chariton, Iowa with Pastor C.J. Lathum officiating. Interment will be held in Pryor, Oklahoma
John F. Steinbach, 99, was born October 10, 1914 in Knoxville, Iowa to Frank and Anna (Farrell) Steinbach. He was raised in Chariton and went to Chariton High School through his sophomore year, when his father told him it was time for his education and took him to the farm. The year was 1931 when he began farming.
John was married to Mary Ellen Hunerdosse on April 20, 1938 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Chariton. This union was blessed with two children: Tom and Barbara. They fed sheep, cattle and hogs on their farm for many years. John was a steward of the land and was innovative in many ways. Soil conservation and improving pastures were of great importance for which he won awards in both. John built the road that curves along the ridge to his house, eliminating the up and down washed out road going north and south. A longtime member of Farm Bureau, John was awarded 'Farmer of the Year' in recognition of his success. John was involved with his children in 4-H and showing cattle. He enjoyed fishing and loved to cut firewood.
John was preceded in death by his wife Mary Ellen in 1995 and son Tom in 2008. Surviving are his daughter, Barbara Noftsger of Ankeny; grandchildren: Pam Scarpino, Kathy Fox, Chris Steinbach, Scott Steinbach, Doug Steinbach, and Susan Steinbach; and many great grandchildren, daughter-in-law JoAnn Steinbach of Liberty and special friend Ethel Smith.
A funeral service for John will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 11, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Chariton. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton, with a rosary service at 5:00 p.m. Memorials may be given to Lucas County Fair Board and Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Condolences may shared at www.pierschbacherfuneralhome.com.
Bobby was born in the Humeston area on August 29, 1934. Bobby liked to play music and sing. What he really liked was kidding people. Bobby attended Cambria and Derby schools. In the early 1960’s he moved to California. There he set up his own business and he also worked on lawn mowers until he got sick and moved back to Iowa. He lived in the Humeston-Derby area until his death. Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Lester Lee and Katherine Lucille Jackson. Bobby is survived by his sister, Alfretta Stephensen and son, Edward Poole and wife Donna; his brother, Richard and wife, Corinne Jackson and children Julie and Gene Page and daughter Kim, Tony and wife Lori Jackson children Jessica Graves and her son Cole and daughter Eden; Caelen and wife Samantha Jackson, Humeston; Taylor at home; Cherie and Jason Cerveny and sons, Alex, Braden, Carson and Daniel.
Roger Dean Cackler, 76, of Melrose passed away March 28, 2014 at the Lucas County Health Center with his children by his side. Roger Dean Cackler, son of Inez (Lovell) and H.C. Cackler was born November 2, 1937 in Chariton, Iowa. Roger was educated in rural schools in Lucas County and graduated from Chariton High School in 1956. After graduating high school, Roger began his career in cabinet making in Denver, Colorado with his Uncle Byron Lovell. He moved back to Iowa and started building homes. Roger had many business partners over the years, the latest being his best friend and business partner, (brother from another mother) Bud Schumann. Roger and Bud built many beautiful homes throughout Lucas and the surrounding counties. In later years, Roger built his own home and retired to Green Acres in Monroe County near Lake Rathbun. Roger enjoyed his time at Green Acres working in his shop and building numerous items for family and friends. He enjoyed his garden and feeding the birds. A favorite pastime was driving down to Honey Creek to count the deer and turkey. After his wife, Donna passed away his constant companion was his beloved pet, Miss Kitty. Roger is survived by his four children, Vicki Burns of Pleasant Hill, Sandy (David) Hoadley of Osceola, Curt Cackler of Des Moines, and Cindy (Gary) Main of Des Moines; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren, a niece and nephew. In addition to his immediate family, Roger will be missed by many life- long friends and his Green Acres family. Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Clovie and Inez; his wife, Donna; his sister, Glenna Kern and son-in-law, Larry Burns. Friends are invited to visit and remember Roger with his family from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Fielding Funeral Home, 227 S. Grand Ave., Chariton, Iowa. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 1:30 p.m., at the funeral home. Burial will be at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Oakley, Iowa. Family and friends will gather at Carpenter’s Hall on Court Ave. in Chariton following internment.
Betty R. Johnson passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2013, at the age of 88 in her home at Emeritus Senior Living in Rockford, Illinois. She was born on March 19, 1926, in Osceola, Iowa, the second of two daughters of Oscar and Mamie (McKnight) Marquis. She grew up on a farm in Osceola, Iowa, and later moved with her parents her junior year of high school to a farm outside Chariton, Iowa. She graduated from Chariton High School with the class of 1944. After high school she worked at Crozier’s Store where she met Edwin Johnson. They were married at her parent’s home on September 10, 1947, by Reverend Archie Beals and moved to a farm outside of Russell, Iowa. They farmed for over 30 years and were blessed with two children--daughter Martha and son Duane. They retired and moved to Chariton, Iowa, in 1984 but faithfully attended First Baptist Church of Russell throughout their married life. Betty was widowed in September 2002 and moved to Rockford in July of 2011 to be near her daughter and son-in-law. Betty is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Duane and Brenda Johnson of Ankeny, Iowa; grandson and wife, Alex and Sadie Johnson of Omaha, Nebraska; granddaughter Jenna Johnson of Ankeny, Iowa; daughter and son-in-law Martha and Don Johnson of Belvidere, Illinois. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, husband Edwin, and sister Glida Marquis Palmer. Services were held Saturday, March 29 at 10:30 am at the Fielding Funeral home with Pastor Russell Harris officiating. Interment was in the Chariton Cemetery.
Joan (Snelling) Lewis, 88, died peacefully on September 30, 2013 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Born in Chicago, Illinois on October 28, 1924, she was the first of four daughters of Mildred and Walter Snelling. She was raised in the suburb of Park Ridge, Illinois, and attended Iowa State University where she was a member of alpha Gamma Delta sorority. At ISU, she met and fell in love with R.V. (Vaughn) Lewis who was studying to be a veterinarian. Joan married Dr. R.V. Lewis on November 10, 1945 and they made their home in Chariton, Iowa. Joan returned to college to earn her B.A. from Drake University in 1968. She was a member of Phi Sigma Iota, an international foreign language honorary society and undertook post-graduate studies at l’Universite` Catholique in Angers, France. Joan taught French and English for 20 years at Melcher-Dallas High School and she organized and led her students on several memorable trips to French-Canada. Joan thoroughly enjoyed teaching and became president of the Melcher-Dallas Education Association and was also elected as the first high school teacher to become president of the Iowa Foreign Language Association. Joan was active in many community organizations throughout her life and enjoyed working as a volunteer. She was a Red Cross volunteer at the Knoxville Veteran’s Hospital, a Girl Scout troop leader and led a Boy Scout Cub Pack. Joan was active in the America Cancer Society, Garfield School P.T.A. and was a member of Chapter N, P.E.O, and Eastern Star. She was president of the Chariton’s Women’s Club, was a charter member of the Chariton Planning & Zoning Commission. Joan taught swimming and life-saving and directed the Red Cross Swimming Program at the Chariton Pool from 1959-1969. Always active in her church, St. Andrew’s Episcopal, she was president of the Women’s Guild and taught Sunday School for many years. Joan and Vaughn moved from Chariton to Green Valley, Arizona in 2001, where she remained active in the community and continued her volunteer work through the Green Valley Recreation organization, St. Francis-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church and Chapter DA of P.E.O. Amemorial service was held for Joan this past November in Green Valley. Joan is survived by her daughter, Wendy of Eagle Grove, Iowa; her sons, Clark and wife, Kay of Sacramento, CA and Greg and wife, Sue of Scottsdale, AZ; as well as by four grandchildren; Amy and Matthew of Sacramento, Jennifer and John of Scottsdale. Also surviving is her sister, Caryl Crouch of Scottsdale, AZ and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. A Celebration of Life service for Joan is scheduled for March 29, 2014 at 1 p.m., at the Fielding Funeral Home in Chariton. Following the service there will be inurnment at the Chariton Cemetery and a reception for family and friends at the Carpenter’s Hall in Chariton. The family respectfully requests that memorial gifts for Joan be sent to , Opportunity Village, Box 622, Clear Lake, IA 50428.
Marjorie Bell passed away on Wed. March 19 at Chariton Nursing and Rehab Center at the age of 97. She was born on April 25, 1916 in Tabor, Iowa. Her early years were spent in Elliott, Iowa. Her family moved to Chariton when Marjorie began high school, graduating in 1935. After high school, Marjorie worked at Montgomery Ward as the catalog department manager. Following her marriage to Elias Bell on May 23, 1942, she became a full time homemaker - a job at which she excelled. She was a wonderful cook and always enjoyed preparing everyone their favorite foods. An avid bridge player, she belonged to several bridge clubs. She loved spending time with her friends and family and travelling. She was a loving mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed by her daughter Rhonda(Bruce) Hardy of Ames, grandson Alan of Seattle, WA and granddaughter Jill of Ames. Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband Eli, parents George and Margaret Haldeman, brother Joe Haldeman and sister-in-law Maxine Haldeman. At her request, private graveside services were held with internment at the Chariton Cemetery. Fielding Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be sent to her favorite charity, The Lucas County Humane Society. www.fieldingfuneralhomes.com
Ronnie W. Beadle, 71, of Chariton passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at his home.
Ron was born on June 28, 1942 to John & Beulah Beadle in San Diego, California. He received his education from Chariton High School. Ron worked construction most of his life operating heavy machinery. He was employed by McAninch and later took at job at the Polk County Landfill where he retired. In his spare time, Ron enjoyed fishing, hunting and wrestling.
Survivors include children: Ronda Beadle of Des Moines, Jamie Hickman of Pleasant Hill, Iowa, Moines and Jack Beadle, seven grandchildren, four siblings: Mort Beadle of Chariton, Tula Adams (Gene) of Chariton, Linda Williams (Buddy) of Boone and Sylvia of Oklahoma. His daughter Kelly Beadle, brother, Wayne Beadle and his parents, preceded him in death.
His body was cremated and no services are planned at this time. Memorials may be given to the family and condolences may be shared atwww.pierschbacherfuneralhome.com.