Loveland, CO – Darlene R. Nyren 96, formerly of Gowrie and Lanyon, passed away Monday, February 27, 2023 at McKee Medical Center in Loveland, following a brief illness. Private Family Services will be at a later date. Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie is serving the family.
Darlene R. Hout was born January 16, 1927 in Jolley, Iowa where she grew up on the farm with six brothers and sisters. After graduating from Jolley High School, she moved to Fort Dodge where she met her future husband, Morris Nyren of Lanyon, Iowa. They married June 8, 1946. The couple farmed near Lanyon where they raised their three children Dennis, Jeanne (Kent) and Janet (Specketer).
Darlene was preceded in death by her husband Morris; and son Dennis. She is survived by her daughters; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Darlene died peacefully with her daughters by her side.
Betty I. Schneider, age 92, passed peacefully from this world into the waiting arms of her Savior on January 27th while at the Paula Baber Hospice House. She waited to make her final journey until all of her children could be with her one last time.
Betty Schneider (Stanberg) was born at home on a farm near Dayton on 2/10/1930.She attended Otho School. She met and married Eugene Urban in 1948. They had six children before they divorced. She later met James Schneider at a Bohemian Hall dance. They married and lived on a farm near Churdan for 28 years. She loved the farm life.
She worked at Friendship Haven as a Med Aide for 10 years. She was a long-time member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Callendar, a Red Hat Ladies member, and was the President of the Good Sam R.V. Club. She was a member of Ft. Dodge Trinity United Methodist Church.
She was a winter Texan in the Rio Grande Valley for 43 years. She and Jim made friends with other winter Texans from all over the US. She ran the dances at the RV park rec hall for many years.
Betty was an avid gardener, producing plenty to provide for her family. She loved playing cards, especially Skip-Bo with family and Grandkids. She embroidered many dish towels, always giving them away to family and friends. She also loved playing Bingo with her daughters and usually won at least one game. She enjoyed travelling with her kids.
Surviving Betty are her children Diane Amandus, Omaha; Mike Urban, Colorado Springs; Nancy Weldon (Cliff), Fort Dodge; Claudine Glynn, Boone; Roxanne Hirsch (Randy), Paton: and Tom Urban (Lisa), Harrisburg, PA. She left 15 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Preceding Betty in passing are her parents, Bessie and Charles Stanberg, 1st husband Eugene Urban, husband James Schneider, brothers Basil and Jack Stanberg, and sister Ila Mae (Stanberg) Newell, granddaughters Jamie Urban and Brandy (Hirsch) Shearer, and son-in-law Ron Glynn. Betty’s love for her family was endless, attending all their sporting events, church events, and birthdays.
Services were held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 1, at Trinity United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Jena Finch-Manchester officiating. Interment followed at Elkhorn Township Cemetery. Visitation was held 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at Gunderson Funeral Home & Cremation Services.
Gowrie - Marie E. Hockemeier, 100, passed away Sunday, February 5, 2023 at Aspire of Gowrie Care Center. Memorial Services will be 4:00 p.m. Sunday, February 26, 2023 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Farnhamville with Pastor Aaron Zimmerman officiating. A visitation will be 3:00 p.m. Sunday at the Church until service time. Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie is serving the family. Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.
Survivors include her grandchildren, Crystal (Chris) Searles of Gowrie, Jeff (De) Miller of Peoria, Matthew (Lisa) Hockemeier of Ogden, Jennifer Miller Hannani of Peoria, Corey (Annette) Hockemeier of Paton, and Julie (Bo) Cheesman of Peoria; 16 great grandchildren; and 6 great-great grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death were her parents; 4 brothers; first husband Clarence Hockemeier; husband Donald Ferguson; daughter Phyllis Miller; son Rudy Hockemeier; and grandson Tracy Hockemeier.
Marie E Hockemeier, daughter of William and Emma (Koenke) Dencklau, was born August 9, 1922, at Vincent, lowa. Marie attended country school in Vincent. She was united in marriage with Clarence Hockemeier on April 9, 1944, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Vincent. They farmed in the Gowrie area for many years and moved into Gowrie in 1978. After Clarence’s death, she was united in marriage with Donald Ferguson in 1998. She was a member of Holy Trinity Church in Farnhamville.
Marie enjoyed farming and gardening. She worked with chickens while employed at Farm Egg, Larson Labs, HyVac/HyLine. She baked pies for Lizer Livestock and birthday cakes for the Gowrie skating rink. Putting on garage sales brought her joy, especially around the 4th of July.
By Shari Everhart
The annual meeting of members of the Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association was held Tuesday evening, March 7th in the gymnasium at Southeast Valley High School in Gowrie, and carried out this year’s theme of “Full Steam Ahead.”
The business meeting was conducted with FORVIS Partner, Jeff Naig, who reviewed the financial statement based on the 2022 audit. A bit unusual this year, was the financials included a negative number in other revenue due to the losses in the financial market as well as a positive number showing income taxes as a benefit based on depreciation of outside investments. Overall, Naig reported another very strong cash flow and balance sheet. Read More...
By Shari Everhart
After being awarded a ‘2022 FEMA Assistance to Firefighter Grant’ and following the FEMA guidelines for the bidding and procurement process, the Reading-Cedar Fire Department (Farnhamville) is proud to announce that a decision was made to purchase a new fire truck from Toyne Fire located in Breda, Iowa, according to Fire Chief Jay Anderson. “Toyne Fire came in the most competitive bid and is also a builder of quality equipment that is local here to Iowa and fortunately for our department,” Anderson said. Read More...
Southeast Valley students competed at the National History Day District contest at Buena Vista University on Thursday, March 8th. To qualify, students completed massive amounts of research based on their chosen topic. Each topic relates to this year’s theme, “Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas”. Projects had to incorporate this theme.
Four projects from Southeast Valley were part of the district competition. They included two group exhibits, one individual exhibit and one group website. Read More...
By Shari Everhart
At a recent end-of-the-year Southeast Valley High School wrestling awards program held recently, Head Coach Jeff Miller opened the gathering by thanking all in attendance for attending. And said, “Thanks for coming. Have we recovered from our hangover yet? It seems like all boys’ sports programs were suffering a bit after coming off a dominant year, then we got shocked back into reality with a tough year like this. But let’s be honest, we knew it was going to be a tough year and we would struggle. Losing a ton of senior leadership from last year’s squad and only returning basically two wrestlers with full-time Varsity experience, taking lumps was going to be in our future. We’ll discuss our season in a bit.’
Coach Miller went on to issue thank you’s to the media - “The Gowrie News;” the cheerleaders (Stephanie Vogel, sponsor for signs/posters in the lunchroom and to the parents, to which he added was one of the toughest jobs in the wrestling arena. “We want our sons to experience the thrill of victory and we feel the pain when they lose. We all have been there together -- hopefully they gain some very important life skills when it comes to battling back, overcoming adversity later in their lives.” Read More...
The Southeast Valley 8th Grade Jaguar Boys basketball team competed in the Heartland States Basketball Championship from March 10 to 12, 2023, in Sioux City, IA. The team had an impressive performance, finishing as Runner-Up in the tournament.
The team started their weekend off on a positive note by winning their first game on Saturday morning against South Sioux City, NE, with a score of 52-29 at the CNOS FieldHouse in North Sioux City, South Dakota. However, their second game against Sioux City East, a 4A school, was a tough one, and they lost 76-55. The coaches, Russ Hanson and Steve Gutshall, spent the night strategizing a plan for the boys to win against Sioux City East if they faced them again in the finals.
On Sunday morning, the team took on another good team, Bishop Heelan, a 3A school and 2022 Heartland States Champs, in a close game. At halftime, the Jaguars were down by three points, but they fought back and secured the win with a score of 58-46. The team then traveled to a different venue to compete in the championship game against the very fast and talented Sioux City East. Read More...