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Michael (Mike) William Gant, age 58

Posted December 17, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength. (Saint Francis de Salas)

Mike Gant of Mobridge, South Dakota, formerly of Hawarden, Iowa, died unexpectedly Monday, November 24, 2014. He was employed by the Mobridge-Pollok School District. Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 20 at St. Mary’s, Catholic Church in Hawarden, with the Rev. Doug Klein officiating. Visitation will be noon to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 19, at Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden. A Celebration of Life with a luncheon will follow Saturday’s services. Memorial service in Mobridge and burial will be at a later date. Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com.

Mike was born March 5, 1956, in Akron, Iowa. He was the fourth born child

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    Freda Hoss, 90

    Freda Hoss of Le Mars, Iowa passed away on Friday, December 12, 2014 at Park Place Estates in Le Mars. Mass of Christian Burial took place on Monday, December 15, 2014 at All Saints Catholic Parish-St. Joseph Church in Le Mars. Father Kevin Richter celebrated Mass. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. The Mauer – Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars is assisting Freda’s family with arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com

    Freda Irene

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    William “Bill” Meinen, 97

    William “Bill” Meinen, 97, of Akron, Iowa passed away Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at the Akron Care Center in Akron.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 13, 2014 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Akron. Reverend Craig Collison and Deacon Richard Port will officiate. Burial with military honors conducted by the Hoschler American Legion Post 186 of Akron will be St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery, Akron. Visitation will be after 3:00 p.m. Friday, December 12, 2014, with

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    Ella Frerichs, 93

    Ella Frerichs of Akron, Iowa passed away Sunday, December 7, 2014 at her home in Akron.

    Funeral services were Thursday, December 11, 2014 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church – Preston Township, rural Akron, Iowa. Minister Joel Nye officiated. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.

    Ella Katheryn Marie Beeck was born May 13, 1921 on the family farm in Johnson Township, rural

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    Ella Frerichs, 93

    Ella Frerichs of Akron, Iowa, passed away Sunday, December 7, 2014, at her home in Akron.

    Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 11 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church – Preston Township, rural Akron. Minister Joel Nye will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be after 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 10 with the family present after 5:30 p.m., and a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m., all at Carlsen Funeral Home – Schroeder Chapel in Akron. Visitation will resume from 9:30

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    Jeanne Varenhorst, 67

    Jeanne Varenhorst, 67, of Le Mars passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at Unity Point Health-St. Luke’s Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa.

    Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 6, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, E.L.C.A. in Le Mars with Rev. Dr. Jean Ziettlow and Rev. Peter Rosenkvist officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be after 4:00 p.m. Friday, December 5, 2014 at the Carlsen Funeral Home followed by a 7:00 p.m.

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    Julaine Kusler, 89

    Julaine Kusler, of Akron, Iowa passed away Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Happy Siesta Care Center in Remsen, Iowa.

    Memorial services will be held at a later date in Akron. Burial will take place in Alexandria, Minn. Arrangements are with the Carlsen Funeral Home – Schroeder Chapel in Akron. Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.

    Julaine Ione Olson was born October 12, 1925 in Bristol, South Dakota,

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    Barbara Dewey, 72

    Barbara Dewey Westfield, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly Monday, November 10, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident near Sioux City.

    A Celebration of Life Service will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 15 at the First Baptist Church in Akron. Pastor Larry Nilson will officiate. Visitation with the family present will be from 9:00 a.m. until service time on Saturday and following the service during a time of lunch and fellowship,

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    Violet Esther Siemers, 95

    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.

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    Robert “Bob” Less, 87

    Robert “Bob” Less of Le Mars, Iowa passed away Friday, October 31, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family.

    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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