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Evelyn Showers Anderson

Evelyn B. Anderson, 82, of Austin, Minn., passed away Monday Sept. 15, 2014 at the Cedars of Austin. Evelyn Belle Showers was born Feb. 9. 1932 in Adams County, Iowa to Carl and Claudine (Parrish) Showers. After her graduation from Corning High School in 1949, Evelyn attended business school in Omaha, Neb., where she received her secretarial certificate. She continued her education by taking accounting classes while raising her five children as a single parent. Evie was employed by Dubinsky’s, Weyerhaeuser and worked at the Hormel Corporate office for 13 years. She then moved to the Twin Cities area and continued her career working in various secretarial/accounting positions, returning to Austin in the spring of 2010. Evie was a great volunteer. As an active member of the Mower County Senior Center, she developed “Exercise with Evie,” the exercise program there and was a Semcac volunteer. She also volunteered at the Red Cross, Senior Center front desk and at St. Mark’s Lutheran home.

Survivors include her children: Edwin Lutz of Rochester, Minn.; Barbara (Steve) Eichhorn of Stockholm, Wis.; Joni (Chuck) Hughes of Conifer, Colo.; Jay (Kelly Rush) Lutz of Austin, Minn.; five grandchildren, Lisa (Jamie) Schoaf, Nathan (Sonja) Meyer Jr, Jonathan Schoaf, Sophia Meyer, Samantha Meyer and Chloe Meyer; and sister Marcia O’Dell of Jacksonville, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her parents Carl and Claudine Showers and her son Justin (Lynn) Lutz in 1981.

Memorial services were held on Sept. 28, 2014 at the Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin, Minn., with the Rev. Marilee Benson officiating. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service, with interment in Grandview Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at




Ann Marie (Burkhiser) Maher

Ann Marie (Burkhiser) Maher, the eldest of seven children, the daughter of Gilbert and Thelma (Ryan) Burkhiser, was born on Dec. 18, 1943 and passed away on Friday Oct. 24, 2014 at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames.

Ann attended Farragut Community Schools and graduated in 1962. After high school she attended St. Catherine’s School of Nursing in Omaha, Neb., and graduated in 1965 as an RN. Upon graduating, Ann worked at Bergan Mercy Hospital in the Cardiac Care Unit.

On Oct. 11, 1969 Ann was married to Robert Maher at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Shenandoah. From this union six children were born whom Ann considered her most precious gifts in life.

During their early years of marriage Ann and Bob fulfilled their dream of living on the farm, where they milked dairy cows and enjoyed the hard work of the farm. In 1975 Ann went back to work as a Public Health Nurse in Taylor County, where she worked for 28 years. She renewed her love for nursing and caring for all those in need. She was instrumental in making new health programs available to Taylor County and WIC programs in Southwest Iowa.

One of Ann’s proudest moments was when she was able to purchase her own acreage south of Corning, where she and her children moved to in 1990.

Ann enjoyed traveling which included several trips abroad with her family. She would spend hours looking at her world atlas dreaming of her next adventure.

After retiring in 2003, she found joy in providing care for local children who referred to her as their “nanny.” Ann loved them like her own grandchildren and had a special place in her heart for them.

In the summer, Ann would spend many hours working in her yard and garden. She took great pride in growing beautiful flowers, making huge family meals and baking dozens of sugar cookies at Christmas.

In 2010 she sold her home south of Corning and moved to Boone to be closer to her children and grandchildren. Even though she loved being closer to her family, she missed her garden, flowers, kitties and local neighbors.

Ann was a member of the Catholic Church and Altar Society.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents; Gilbert and Thelma Burkhiser.

Left to cherish Ann’s memory include her six children: Julie (Kevin) Kordick of Boone; Laura (Mike) Davidson of Des Moines; John (Stephanie) Maher of Lillington, N.C.; Paul Maher of Des Moines; Amy (Todd) Krauth of Urbandale; and Mark Maher of Johnston; 12 grandchildren: Matthew and Andrew Kordick; Ashley, Zach, Amber, Emily and Harley Davidson; Jeremy West; Logan and Ethan Maher; and Emma and Charlee Krauth; and four great-grandchildren: Gabriella Davidson, Anthony, Andrew and Landon Jones; siblings: Beth (John) Hughes of Colorado Springs, Colo.; John Burkhiser (friend Bev Saye) of Farragut; Rita (Don) Cox of Omaha, Neb.; Robert (Mary) Burkhiser of Farragut; Louis (Janet) Burkhiser of Farragut and Tom (Barb) Burkhiser of Red Oak; aunts Ruth (Bruce) Majerus of Marion and Marcella Ryan of Shenandoah, along with many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Oct. 30, 2014 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Shenandoah. Visitation with a rosary was held on Oct. 29, 2014 at Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah. Burial was held at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah. Memorials may be directed to the William J. Bliss Cancer Center and/or the Israel Family Hospice House. Remembrances and condolences can be shared at Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Death Notice

Larry Thompson

Larry Thompson, former resident of Corning, passed away Oct. 27, 2014. A visitation followed by a Memorial Prayer Service will be held Thursday evening, Oct. 30, at Atlantic First United Methodist church in Atlantic. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Oct. 31 at the Grant City, Mo., Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home at 11 a.m., with a luncheon to follow the graveside services in Grant City.

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