Obituaries, March 24, 2006
ARLETTA MOLENDORP, 88, of Sibley, died Tuesday, March 21, 2006, at Osceola Community Hospital, Sibley. Born March 11, 1918, in Ocheyedan, Iowa, she was the daughter of Frank Jr. and Dora Schroder Hromatko. She married Herman Molendorp June 1, 193...
ARLETTA MOLENDORP, 88, of Sibley, died Tuesday, March 21, 2006, at Osceola Community Hospital, Sibley.
Born March 11, 1918, in Ocheyedan, Iowa, she was the daughter of Frank Jr. and Dora Schroder Hromatko. She married Herman Molendorp June 1, 1938, in Sibley. He died Jan. 3, 1995.
She lived her youth in Ocheyedan, where she attended country school and graduated from Ocheyedan High School. She became a teacher and later took teaching classes at Westmar College in Le Mars, Iowa, to get her teaching certificate. She taught at a country school in rural Sibley. Following marriage, the couple lived and farmed in Allendorf for 19 years, and she continued teaching school. In 1957, they moved to Sibley and worked as custodians for the Sibley school system for 19 years. She also punched school lunch tickets for many years. After retirement, the couple enjoyed their trailer home in Arnold's Park. Following her husband's death, she continued to spend summers in Arnold's Park until 2003. She was a member of Trinity Reformed Church and later the First Reformed Church of Sibley.
Surviving are two sons, Gene (Alice) Molendorp, Peculiar, Mo., and Lynn (Linda) Molendorp, Spirit Lake; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. today, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m., at Andringa Funeral Home, Sibley.
The service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Reformed Church, Sibley, with the Rev. Gary Van Heukelom officiating. Burial will be in Holman Township Cemetery, Sibley.
SIGRIDUR HULDA DIEDRICH, 88, of Manitoba, Canada, died Sunday, March 12, 2006, at Betel Home, Gimli, Manitoba, Canada.
Born July 4, 1917, in Wynyard, Saskatchewan, Canada, she was the daughter of Sigtryggur and Kristin Kristjansson. She married Clarence (Bud) Diedrich. He preceded her in death.
She grew up and attended school in Gimli and then moved to Reykjavik, Iceland, where she met her husband. They moved to the United States, where they operated a Dairy Queen store in Worthington, St. James and Webster City, Iowa. She returned to Gimli in 1977 and worked for several years at the Viking Motel.
Surviving are two sons, Gunnar (Kathy) Kristjanson, Bloomington, and Sivar (Joan) Diedrich, Aitkin; one sister, Charlotte Kristjanson, Winnipeg; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
The service was March 16 at St. Michael's Catholic Church. Burial was in the Gimli Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to Betel Home Foundation, Gimli, Manitoba, ROC 1B0, Canada.
LOWELL F. REINERS, 81, of Sibley, died Tuesday, March 21, 2006, at Royal C. Johnson Veterans Hospital, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Born Nov. 26, 1924, in Sibley, he was the son of Ben and Eva Cairy Reiners. He married Bernice Stallman Feb. 8, 1946, in Sibley.
He attended country school in Sibley. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 36th Infantry, and was honorably discharged two years and four months later with the rank of T/5. He served overseas and was involved in three major campaigns: The battle for Monte Cassino, the Invasion of Anzio and the Invasion of Southern France, where he was wounded. Following marriage, the couple farmed southwest of Sibley from 1946 until retiring and moving to town in 2002. He was a member of St. Andrew's Catholic Church, VFW, American Legion in Sibley and the Disabled American Veterans.
Surviving are his wife; four children, David (Elaine) Reiners, Bryan, Texas, Janet (Steve) Appel, Worthington, Lawrence (Kristine) Reiners, Apple Valley, and Marilyn (Kenneth) Lohberger, Jordan; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
The service will be 10:30 a.m. today at St. Andrew's Catholic Church, Sibley, with the Rev. Clair Boes officiating. Burial will follow in St. Andrew's Catholic Cemetery, Sibley.
KATHLEEN "KATHY" AXFORD, 77, of Bingham Lake, died Thursday, March 23, 2006, at Windom Area Hospital.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at LaCanne Family Funeral Service, Windom, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church, Windom.
The service will be 10 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church, Windom, with the Rev. Gary Wiens officiating. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Windom.