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Violet Esther Siemers, 95

Posted November 5, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Violet Esther Siemers was born April 18, 1919, in Union County, South Dakota, to George and Inez (Shuck) Fickbohm. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. She died November 2, 2014 at Bethesda of Beresford at the age of 95 years, six months and 14 days. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 7 at Peace Lutheran Church in Alcester. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Wass Funeral Home in Alcester with the family present from 5-7 p.m.

Violet was raised on the family farm and attended Prospect Hill and Garland country schools. She married Walter Swanson who passed away shortly thereafter. To this union was born a son, Raymond, who died in infancy. Violet moved to California where she worked at the

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    Services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, E.L.C.A. with Reverend Dr. Jean Ziettlow officiating. Interment will follow at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Johnson Township, rural Merrill, Iowa. Visitation with the family present will be after 4:00 p.m. Monday, November 3, 2014 at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars followed by a 7:00

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    Robert “Bob” Bliss, 88

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    Robert “Bob” was born June 15, 1926, in Akron Iowa, the first of four children to Roy and Winnie Bliss. Upon graduation from high school at age 16, he joined the Merchant Marine Academy.

    He graduated from

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    Florence Williams, 90

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    Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 17 at Brule Creek Lutheran Church, rural Elk Point. Reverend Steve Martens will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Friday at the church. Arrangements are with the Carlsen Funeral Home – Schroeder Chapel

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    Alice Marie Miller Kopp, 88

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    Alice Marie Miller was born June 2, 1926, in Hawarden, Iowa. She

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    DeLoris (Boecher) Hoffman, 78

    DeLoris (Boecher) Hoffman of Le Mars, Iowa passed away Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Society in Le Mars.

    Private family burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery – Adaville, rural Merrill, Iowa. A memorial service will be held Sunday, November 2 at 3:00 p.m. at Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars. Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through

    In humble beginnings, DeLoris Arleen Boecher was born

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    Melvin H. Nielsen, 100

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    Paul K. Philips, 55

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