Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jerald Fenton Death

Died: Wed., Jul. 23, 2014

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Jul. 25, 2014
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

Funeral Service
2:00 PM Sat., Jul. 26, 2014
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

Friday, July 18, 2014

Charles Matthew Conway Obituary

Born: Tue., Apr. 30, 1940
Died: Fri., Jul. 18, 2014

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sun., Jul. 20, 2014
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

Funeral Service
10:30 AM Mon., Jul. 21, 2014
Location: St. Patrick's Catholic Church

Charles Matthew Conway was born on April 30, 1940 in Melrose, Iowa to Henry Edward Conway and Mary Gertrude Carmody Conway. Charles was the second of nine children. He grew up on a farm south of Melrose near Iconium, Iowa. He and his siblings got into many adventures on the farm. His mother Mary often saved the children from their own mischief including being chased by a bull and providing shovels to the children to unbury his brother from a corn crib. He attended country school until 8th grade and graduated from Melrose High School in 1957.
He attended Indian Hills and obtained an associates degree. He also worked on the Highway Commission in western Iowa near Omaha. He worked for Kaiser Ke-Wash, a fertilizer plant in Melrose. His true love in life was farming. He enjoyed planting and harvesting crops and driving tractors.
In October of 1966 Charles was set up on a blind date with Susan Paula Harness. They spent the evening dining and dancing. This would lead to many more dates dancing at Rathbun, and eating at the Pale Moon in Centerville. Four months later Charles proposed in February 1967, and the couple was married on July 15, 1967. They resided in Albia, Belle Plaine, and Chariton before having children. They moved to Melrose to start a family. Charles and Susan raised four children Vincent (Vince) Charles, Shannon Marie, Sean Edward, and Megan Mae.
The family moved from Melrose to Chariton in the Fall of 1977 so that Charles could be closer to work. Charles worked for the Hy-Vee Food Store for 33 years. Charles was a shift manager and HBC aisle manager. Many Chariton residents remember working with Charles as teenagers. He was not the typical smile in every aisle, but Charles could strike up a conversation with any customer. Customers knew him by name, and he said they lined up many carts deep for him to check them out. He retired from Hy-Vee in the Fall of 2000 to return to his true calling-farming. His brother Pat and R.D. Curran kept him busy in the Fall and Spring of each year. He always enjoyed driving tractors, and in retirement restored two tractors- a John Deere, and an Oliver. He was a member of the Chariton River Valley Antique Power Association Tractor Club and loved going on tractor rides and participating in parades. He looked forward to the Melrose 4th of July parade, and the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Des Moines.
Charles enjoyed taking road trips with his friends Sam Voss and Fred Peterson, and his brothers Pat and Jimmy. He enjoyed wheeling and dealing cars, tractors, lawn mowers, basically anything with a motor. He always came home with an interesting story from these “adventures”. 
Family was very important to Charles. He always had a billfold full of pictures to show off. Although they were usually slightly outdated photographs, his family was honored that he kept them close. He traveled to his granddaughters special events such as county fairs, academic awards ceremonies, and sporting events. Everybody knew who Grandpa Charlie was at these events.
Charles passed away on July 18, 2014 at Legacy Lodge Hospice in Chariton at the age of 74. Services will be held on Monday July 21, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church in Melrose. Family will receive friends on Sunday July 20, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at Fielding Funeral Home in Chariton. Memorials may be made to the family.
Charles will be greatly missed by his wife of 47 years, Susan; his children: Vince (Judy) Conway of Cannon Falls, Minnesota; Shannon (Jeff) Hafner of Panora, Iowa; Sean (Jenni) Conway of Windsor Heights; and Megan Conway of Chariton; his grandchildren: Regina, Brenna, Emma, Aubry, Alex and Marco; his siblings: Marge Moore of Clive; Jimmy (Evelyn) Conway of Des Moines; Mary Kay (Jim) Flahive of Omaha; Martha Kuhl of Urbandale; Patrick (Denise) Conway of Russell; Marilyn Thielenhaus of West Des Moines; Mark (Patty) Conway of Urbandale; and Diane Conway of Clive; and many nieces, nephews, Conway and Carmody aunts, uncles, and cousins, good friends, and his beloved beagle Hazel.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Mary Conway; Conway and Carmody aunts, uncles, and cousins, and his beloved cocker spaniel/lab Muriel.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Nick Konrad Memorial

   A memorial gathering for Nick Konrad will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Parish Center in Chariton.
   We welcome friends, neighbors and former classmates of Nick's to join his family in a celebration of his life at the Parish Center.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Melvin Lee Tubbs Obituary

   Melvin Lee Tubbs was born on May 31, 1952 to Robert and Esther (Cook) Tubbs in Corydon, Iowa. Melvin passed away on July 14th, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. 
   Melvin started school in Corydon along with his siblings, but after losing his father at a young age, he then relocated to Silvis, Illinois, where he graduated in 1970 from United Township East Moline, Illinois. 
   Along with this relocation, he gained a step-father, Carl Richards that you could usually find Melvin standing right next to. That is where he discovered his love of construction and mechanical work. He did interrupt this passion while serving his country from 1972 through 1974 in the Lance Missile Division of the U.S. Army. Upon his return from the service he went back to construction work where he operated many different types of equipment building the highways that we travel today from Illinois to Iowa. The one and only thing that even tempted him to leave this passion was when his son Carl Robert was born in 1983. At that point he decided he needed a job where he was home every day to see that boy grow up. Being a dad was the best thing ever for Melvin, or at least he thought until Carl gave him his first grandchild, Madison this past year. When Melvin decided to park the big equipment he came back to Chariton, where he owned and operated propane tank deliveries here and much of Southern Iowa. In 1986, Melvin changed jobs again to Lucas County Health Center, first in the custodial department, but then to the Head of Purchasing. Melvin took great pride in this position of making sure the hospital was getting the best deal and had what they needed at their fingertips. Melvin retired LCHC in 2010. 
   Even though Melvin spent many hours helping others and different groups and organizations locally after working full time for so many years, he soon yearned for something to fill his time. At this time he began helping when needed with the Briggs Family Farms, where he discovered he missed his calling because he enjoyed farming, and the new companions he found with the Briggs family. Along with this new job, he also joined the Chariton School bus team, where he thoroughly loved transporting the kids, greeting them every day and stumping them with a trivia question to make them “use their brains for more than a hat rack”, as he would say. 
   Whatever Melvin did he gave it his all and wouldn’t hesitate to give a stranger the shirt off of his back, if they needed it. He will be greatly missed by all those that knew him. Melvin held many positions in the Chariton Eagles Club, Pony Express of Iowa and doing many, many fund raisers for Camp Sunnyside. If you crossed paths with Melvin since last September then you would have seen pictures of his second love in life, his grand-daughter. He was such a proud Grandpa and wanted everyone to see his bundle of joy. Melvin will be deeply missed by his son, Carl, Lynn, and grand-daughter, Madison. Also, his siblings that he so enjoyed spending time with, Carla (Mike) Brown of Chariton; David (Annette) Tubbs of Centerville; Richard of Joy, Illinois; J.C. (Shirley) Tubbs of Lexington, Maryland; DeWayne Richards of Odessa, Texas; Roberta Biddle of Emmetsburg, Iowa; Juanita Scott of Clinton, Iowa; and Bev (Brian) Gustafson of Dubois, Wyoming. 
   He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Tubbs; mother, Esther Richards; step-father, Carl Richards; a brother, Guy Tubbs; and a sister, Mary Lou Sunday; and a brother-in-law, David Biddle. Melvin will also be missed by his little furry friend, Katie that he enjoyed so much sharing his home with. Memorials can be made to Pony Express for Camp Sunnyside, or to the family.

Friday, July 11, 2014

John Peter "Pete" Kassler Obituary

   John Peter ("Pete") Kassler, 81, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2014, at Legacy Lodge Hospice in Chariton, Iowa. 
   John was born December 30, 1932, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Esther Louise (Porter) and Carl Joseph Kassler. John enjoyed his childhood years in the home his mother, a homemaker, and father, proprietor of Marion Electric Company and a WWI veteran, built upon their marriage. 
   John was active in high school football, basketball, track, and softball, as well as all school musical activities at Marion High School. He spoke many times of throwing the winning basket in a close game with a rival team in the WaMac Conference. During his senior year he performed in a clarinet trio which was the only instrumental ensemble entry from Marion High School to earn a Division I rating at state music contest that year. 
   His future wife, Leota, was one of the members of that trio. Upon graduation from high school John attended the University of Iowa. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1955 and later received a Master of Music degree from the same institution. John was drafted into the United States Army five days after graduating from college. He was stationed at Fort Holabird in Baltimore, Maryland, where he served in the Counter Intelligence Corps. 
   On September 3, 1955, he married his high school sweetheart, Leota Marie Hay. Upon John’s discharge from the Army in 1957 he began a thirty-five year career as a public school instrumental music educator, with his first position in Kanawha, Iowa. He also enjoyed tenure in the Winfield -Wyman school system and the Iowa Valley (Marengo) school system. 
   From 1966-1992 he was the High School Band Instructor at Chariton Community High School. Under John's leadership the high school band and its members enjoyed many successes, receiving top ratings at state music contests and record numbers of individual Division I ratings at state solo and ensemble contests. John’s students were consistently selected for the Iowa All State Band and other noted honor bands, and received music scholarships to various colleges and universities. John maintained a summer program that included weekly concerts on the Chariton Court House lawn. Teaching and music were highlights of John's life. He took great pride in the accomplishments of his students, many of whom continue to play and enjoy music, and pursue careers as music educators and professional musicians because of his influence and encouragement. 
   In his later years, John always enjoyed hearing about past students, their lives and their success. For many years John conducted the Aeolian Singers, a choral ensemble that had a long tradition of musical theater productions and concerts of classical choral music. 
   John has also conducted the Chariton United Methodist Adult and Handbell Choirs. In his retirement John enjoyed golfing, playing clarinet in the Russell Town Band and Chariton Community band, the IBARD retired band directors band, and adjudicating Iowa High School Music Association music contests. He also had several private students. 
   He was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church. He also volunteered with the SHIIP program and greatly enjoyed helping people with their needs. 
   He is survived by his wife, Leota, daughter Barbara (Michael) Wells of Storm Lake, Iowa; son, David Kassler of Rochester, Minnesota; grandson Benjamin Wells, of Decorah, Iowa; sister, Kay Micheletti of Colorado Springs, Colorado; niece Cindy (Tony) Catanese of Lakewood, Colorado; and nephews James (Marcia) Noxon of Ames, Iowa and Robert Noxon of Colorado Springs, Colorado. 
   In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to the Chariton Public Library, the First United Methodist Church, or the Legacy Lodge Hospice House.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Ardys Arlene (Ashby) Curtis Obituary

   Ardys Arlene Curtis, 92, died July 9, 2014 at Kavanagh House in Des Moines. 
   Ardys was born January 10, 1922 to George and Edith Ashby at Norwood in Lucas County, Iowa. She grew up on the farm with her parents, three sisters and one brother, attended the Norwood Consolidated School where she met her true love, Vic Curtis. After graduation Vic moved to California and they continued dating by writing letters. Ardys enrolled in nurses’ training at Broadlawns Hospital in Des Moines, graduating in 1942. Once a nurse, always a nurse and her class of 17 were lifelong friends bonded by the experience. She worked at Broadlawns Contagious Hospital for seven months, then made the train trip to San Diego to marry Vic on May 1, 1943.
   In California she worked as an office nurse and dental assistant. Ardys and Vic moved back to Iowa in 1951 and had two children, Susan and Jim. When both were in school, she went back to nursing at the fledgling Planned Parenthood, piloting a home- visit program, and continuing there for 17 years. 
   Ardys treasured people. She had friends young and old, and if she ever met you, she knew your life story and sent you cards and notes for your special occasions. When handwriting became difficult, she kept going with her typewriter. Ardys loved to bake and brightened many people’s day with a box of chocolate chip cookies. Her other specialties were banana bread, lemon poppy seed cake, and orange rolls. Ardys had the patience and ability for intricate crafts. She loved to give gifts and over the years shared many items she made. Ardys and Vic were ballroom dancers, loved traveling, and were true sweethearts and partners throughout their long and happy life together.
   Ardys is survived by daughter Susan (Rick Knight) of Des Moines; son Jim (Gayle) of Chariton; granddaughter Sarah (Joshua Michel) and great-granddaughter Madelynne Grace of Ames; and grandson Joshua of Chariton. She was preceded in death by Vic, her parents, and her siblings, Alice, Marion, and Charlene.
   Funeral Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July 14, 2014 at Bloomfield United Methodist Church, 5930 Indianola Avenue, Des Moines. The family will greet friends starting at 12:30 p.m. at the church. A private family burial will be held at a later date. 
   Memorial contributions may be made to the family to be shared between Bloomfield United Methodist Church, and Broadlawns Medical Center Foundation towards Nursing Alumni Projects. 
   Condolences may be expressed at:

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Freida Alberta (Scott) Cochran Obituary

 Freida Alberta (Scott) Cochran was born November 6, 1921 in Derby, Iowa and passed peacefully into heaven July 5, 2014. 
   She and Archie eloped October 15, 1940 and spent 59 years together before Archie’s death in 1999. They lived on a farm between Chariton and Derby for most of those years before retiring in Humeston. Freida lived her last three years at Valley View Village Assisted Living in Des Moines, Iowa. 
   Freida’s powerful loving force for her family will be so missed. Her homemade fudge, noodles and pies are legendary within her family. Each family member was blessed with at least one quilt which was a hand pieced, hand quilted work of art. Freida accepted the Lord as her personal savior at an early age and was a member of First Baptist Church of Humeston, Iowa. 
   Previously she was a member of First Baptist of Chariton where she taught second grade Sunday School for several years. She was a member of the social committee at both churches and provided food for many funeral dinners. Monday Bible study at Valley View was a favorite. 
   Freida is survived by daughters, Sheryl Smith (Tom) of Wasilla, AK, Dona Gail Woehl (Mike) of Ankeny, IA; grandsons, Tom (Pam) Smith of Wasilla, AK, Chad Smith of Tallahassee, FL, Jonathan Woehl of Russell, MN and Logan Woehl of Des Moines, IA; four great grandchildren, Ella, Claire, Thomas, and Owen of Wasilla, AK; brother-in-law, Ross Cochran (Lorna) of Lucas, IA and various nieces and nephews. 
   Preceded in death by her husband, Archie; her parents, Harry and Holly Scott; and her brother, Gail (Louise) Scott. 
   In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests that memorial contributions be given to the Humeston Public Library, 302 Broad Street, Humeston, IA 50123.

Jeanne Norman Death

Jeanne Norman
January 17, 1938 - July 5, 2014

Friday, July 4, 2014

Bethel Harrington Obituary

   Bethel Harrington, 88, of Chariton passed away Friday, July 4, 2014 at Legacy Lodge in Chariton. 
   Bethel is survived by her husband, Lee Harrington of Chariton; her son, Mark (Wilene) Harrington of Killeen, Texas; her daughter, Lori (Karl) Stone of Chariton; grandchildren: Jerid Delpierre, Aimee Delpierre, great grandson, Asher Delpierre, 3 step grandchildren: Karla (Don) Frisby, Shawn (Teri) Stone and Tanner (Jennifer) Stone; 5 step great grandchildren: Alexis Frisby, Mercedes Frisby, Lia Stone, Reagan Stone and Beckett Stone; 1 sister, Wilma Ralston; and many nieces and nephews.
   She was preceded in death by her father in 1936, her mother in 1973, her oldest sister, Opal Weidauer, in 1939, and her sister, Leola McKinley, in 2013.
   Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 10, 2014 at the Church of the Nazarene in Chariton with Rev. Jon White officiating. Interment will be in Chariton Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Memorials may be given to the family.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Carol M. Laing Obituary

Born: Thu., Dec. 25, 1924
Died: Sun., Jun. 29, 2014

Visitation1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Thu., Jul. 03, 2014

Funeral Service2:00 PM Thu., Jul. 03, 2014

   Carol Maxine Laing passed away Sunday June 29th at the age of 89. 
   Carol was born on Christmas day in 1924 in Chariton, Iowa to Ora and Maude Kendrick. She grew up in Chariton and graduated from Chariton High School in 1942. She attended junior college and then moved for a short time to Kansas City where she worked as a bookkeeper for a lumber yard. 
   On March 5th 1946 she was united in marriage to Mahlon Laing. To this union five children were born. As a young adult Carol loved to dance. She would work at the movie theater at night and then walk miles to the Chariton Gun Club so that she could finish her night out dancing. Many family Christmas parties were spent dancing in the basement and her children remember watching her and her brother, Burdette, dancing the jitter bug where he would throw her over his shoulder and under his legs. 
   Carol enjoyed traveling. Over her lifetime she traveled to many places within the United States and outside the United States including Switzerland, Italy, England, Brazil, Spain, and Africa. One of her favorite trips was to New York City with her three daughters and two daughters-in –laws shortly before the twin towers fell. 
   Carol was an avid reader and read the newspaper everyday of her life until her sight made it impossible to read anything but the headlines. She made it a priority in her life to stay up on current events and many fun and sometimes contentious conversations took place around her kitchen table. 
   Carol and Mahlon spent many evenings playing bridge with friends. She was a very good bridge player and belonged to several ladies bridge groups. A quiet and unassuming woman Carol’s family always came first she loved hosting family dinners and it was important to her that family spend quality time together. A great listener and good conversationalist her children and grandchildren often stopped to see her where she was quick to whip up a meal for them and visit. The kids of every age knew their way to the candy cupboard where she had a stash of red licorice, chocolate, and at Valentines cinnamon hearts. She especially enjoyed Christmas and spent many hours finding just the “right” gift for each of her grandchildren. 
   She was preceded in death by her parents Ora and Maude Kendrick, her brothers Don, Floyd, Burdette, and her sisters, Beulah and Wilma and her husband Mahlon Laing. Carol is survived by her five children, Susan Arnold of Urbandale, Terri (John) Petersen of West Des Moines, Steve (Kathy) Laing, Christine (Jim) Curran and David (Cindy) Laing all of Chariton, a sister-in law Jane Kendrick, 15 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. 
   Memorials can be made to First United Methodist Church in Chariton or Legacy Lodge Hospice.