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Paul Arthur Lenz

Paul Arthur Lenz, 71, of Ankeny passed away peacefully at home Nov. 8, 2014.

A memorial service was held on Nov. 15, at Memorial Services of Iowa in Ankeny.

Paul was born July 3, 1943 in Nodaway, Iowa to Arthur and Veta Lenz. He married Arleeta Roberts in 1963. They had three children: Perry, Wade and Dana.

He loved to fish, hunt, play Bridge and spend time with his family. He was a devoted husband. Paul worked as a farmer, fireman, plumber, maintenance manager and corporate engineer at Farmland industries. He was active in the United Methodist Church. He was very active in home restoration. The pinnacle of Arleeta and his efforts was the restoration of the Queen Belle Bed and Breakfast in Denison. He also built the last home he and Arleeta lived in.

Paul was described as a kind, gentle and caring person with a joyous spirit. Everyone who knew Paul loved him.

Paul is survived by his children (Perry, Wade, Dana), brothers (Dennis and David), sister (Donna) and five grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Connie Lyles

Celebration of Life Services for Connie Lyles, age 70, of Corning, who passed away on Nov. 11, 2014 at her home were held on Nov. 15, 2014 at the Corning United Methodist Church. Interment will be held at a later date. Instead of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to the Corning United Methodist Church or the UMC Quilter's Club. Memories can be shared with the family at under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Connie Louisa (Gissible) Lyles was born on a farm in Orient, Iowa on April 15, 1944. She was one of five children born to Vernon Gissible and June (Zimmerli) Gissible. She grew up attending school in Orient, graduating with the Class of 1962 from the Orient-Macksburg High School. On June 24, 1962, she was united in marriage to Chuck Lyles. Together they shared 52 happy years.

Connie began her married life in Cook, Neb., where her two oldest children, Cindy Lynn in 1964 and Carrie Lee in 1965, were born. The couple moved to Massena, where they purchased C & C Locker. This is where their third child, Charity Rose, was born in 1970. In 1971, the family moved to Corning, where they worked at the Corning Meat Processing Plant and their fourth child, Carla Kay, was born in 1973. In 1981, Chuck and Connie purchased the Meat Processing Plant where they worked side by side until 2000, when they sold their business. During this time Connie was fortunate to split her time between the locker and being a mother and caregiver to her four daughters.

Connie was a member of the Corning United Methodist Church, where she had served as church secretary, was a member of the Mary Martha Circle and UMW and was very active in the quilting group. She enjoyed sharing her time serving funeral lunches along with teaching Sunday school and bible school. Connie also volunteered at various other organizations throughout the Corning community. Being an avid quilter, Connie spent many hours quilting for her children and grandchildren. She and Chuck enjoyed traveling to visit their children and grandchildren along, with serving on mission trips.

Left to cherish the memories of a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend is her loving husband of 52 years, Chuck Lyles; her four daughters, Cindy Peckham and husband Mike of Ankeny; Carrie Beranek and husband Dave of Pine Bluff, Ark.; Charity Johnson of Johnston; Carla Damewood and husband Brian of Corning; eight granddaughters: Marissa, Allison and husband Matt, Ashton and husband Matt, McKayla, Taylor, Maysie, Madysan, and Tonna; three great-grandchildren, Adysenn, Tate and Aubree; three sisters, Marlyn Rectenbaugh and husband Dana; Beverly Brewer and husband Carroll; and Phyllis Dillenburg and husband Harvey; along with many other nieces, nephews, cousins and a whole community of friends.

Welcoming her to her new heavenly home with arms wide open is her infant daughter, Cherry; her parents Vernon and June Gissible; her grandparents and a brother Bill Gissible.

"Our angel on earth has been given her wings!"


Genevieve McCard

Mass of Christian Burial for Genevieve McCard, age 89, of Johnston, Iowa formerly of Corning, were held on Nov. 24, 2014 at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Corning, with Father Lazarus Kirigia serving as Celebrant. Interment was at Oak Hill Cemetery in Corning. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Corning Volunteer Fire Department or St. Patrick Catholic Church. Online condolences may be left at

Genevieve “Gen” Agnes McCard, daughter of Jacob J. Potts and Josephine (Ambrose) Potts, was born July 15, 1925 in Moorhead, Minn. Genevieve entered into eternal rest Nov. 18, 2014 at the Bishop Drum Retirement Center in Johnston, at the age of 89 years four months and three days.

Genevieve’s mother passed away when she was a young child, and together with her father and brother they moved to Illinois where her aunt and uncle assisted raising her. She attended rural country school, and then moved into Sterling, Ill. to attend St. Mary’s High School to complete her education.

During World War II she moved to Cedar Rapids, where she met and married Fred McCard. They remained in Cedar Rapids until Fred completed his education, and then moved to Corning. They were active in the community for the remainder of their adult life.

Genevieve was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many. She was a lifelong homemaker with many talents. She was known for her award winning pies and loved to cook and share her fruits of talent with family and friends. Genevieve took up painting in her adult life, and her artistic works became ribbon winners at local art events.

Genevieve was a loyal Democrat who opened her home to caucus events and politicians throughout the years, and assisted with elections in Corning for many years. She was a member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Corning for over sixty years, a member of the Altar Society and the American Legion Auxiliary, Ourcq Post 117.

Genevieve is survived by her son Kyle (wife Nancy) of Gowrie; grandchildren: Caroline McCard of Minneapolis, Minn., and Andrew (wife Megan) of Golden Valley, Minn.; great- grandchildren: Dominic A. McCard and Reed A. McCard of Golden Valley, Minn.; a sister-in-law, Mildred Potts of Sterling, Ill.; brothers-in-law: Dr. Ray McCard (wife Roslyn) of Macon, Ga., and Wallace Seay (wife Emilyn) of Spartanburg, S.C.; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceding her in death were her husband Fred; her parents; a brother Leo Potts; brothers-in-law Homer S. McCard and Bennard McCard; sisters-in-law Mary Will McCard and Dorothy McCard.

Donald Mach

Donald Mach was born on a farm in Narka, Kan., to Bohman and Dorothy Paulicheck Mach on May 13, 1936, during the height of the Dust Bowl period in Kansas. As a small child, Don suffered a series of illnesses and his mother and he made multiple trips via train to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., to obtain treatment. Despite this difficult start, Don lived a full and active life and passed away on Nov. 17, 2014 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center at the age of 78, after bravely battling gallbladder cancer.

Don grew up on a farm, loved the farm life and attended schools in Narka, Kan., graduating from Narka High School. As a young man he was very involved with 4-H and showmanship of his livestock. He won Grand Champion Showman Little American Royal. He also developed a lifelong interest in photography as a young boy. And finally, he loved sports, particularly basketball. He was a star point guard on his high school basketball team, even though he stood only 5’3”. Despite being recruited to play basketball at Kansas University alongside Wilt Chamberlain, Don opted to attend Kansas State University. While at Kansas State he played on the university basketball team and was a member of the Delta Chi fraternity. Don graduated in 1960 with degrees in animal husbandry and radio broadcasting.

Don moved to Corning, Iowa in 1966 when he accepted employment with the National Farmers Organization. For 25 years Don worked for NFO in their radio production unit, producing nationally syndicated radio shows such as "Here's Info with Phil Allen." His job allowed him to combine his two professional loves; radio broadcasting and agriculture.

While working at NFO he also met his future wife, Nancy Septer. They were united in marriage on April 26, 1969 and enjoyed 45 wonderful years together. Their union produced two daughters, Lori and Katina. Despite a busy work schedule, Don always put his daughters first, and never missed a basketball, volleyball, softball game or track meet. He was in the stands or in the auditorium for every vocal concert or marching band performance. He loved cheering on and supporting the Corning Junior High and High School in sports and the arts. He served on the Corning School Board for nine years and was president of the band parents association for several years as well.

Don was also involved in the community in many other ways. His love of 4-H, agriculture and photography continued throughout his entire life. Since 1983, Don served as the Adams County 4-H photography project leader. He conducted numerous 4-H photography workshops to help young people throughout Adams County improve their photography skills. Additionally, for over two decades Don served as a photography judge at county 4-H fairs throughout Southwest Iowa. Although he “judged” the photographs at each of these fairs, Don obtained the most enjoyment from meeting the children and discussing their photographs, always encouraging the young people to continue taking pictures of things they enjoyed. Don helped start the Adams County 4-H Endowment Fund in 2001 and served on the Board for many years. In 2009, Don was honored to be inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame.

He was also the “voice of Corning and Adams County” in a literal sense. Since 1992, Don was the Adams County correspondent for KCSI radio in Red Oak. As with his career with NFO, Don was able to combine two of his great loves: his community and radio broadcasting. Since 1992, Don produced radio broadcasts focusing on the happenings in Corning and Adams County. If there was something interesting happening in the community, Don would report on it. He loved producing his Coach’s Corner shows, focusing on the sports teams in Corning and enjoyed producing his yearly reports from the Adams County Fair. Don was an extrovert who loved leaving the house with his tape recorder to meet someone in town for “an interview.”

In his later years, Don enjoyed spending time with his two granddaughters, Isabella and Sophia. He had many wonderful trips to Philadelphia to visit them and the entire family took a lovely trip to Mexico for Katina’s wedding in 2012. However, Don loved Corning most of all and thoroughly enjoyed playing with his granddaughters in the backyard, taking them to the Corning Aquatic Center and showing them the wonders of small-town Iowa.

Don was a wonderful and compassionate husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many. He will be greatly missed. Preceding Don in death were his parents, Bohman and Dorothy Mach; his mother- and father-in-law, Glen and Lois Septer; and his brothers-in-law, Dave Harvey and Dick George.

Those left to cherish his beloved memory are his wife, Nancy of Corning; daughter Lori and son-in law Luis Ortiz of Philadelphia, Penn., and their daughters Isabella and Sophia; daughter Katina and son-in-law Joseph Weissenburger of West Des Moines; and many other family, loved ones and friends.

Services were held on Nov.21, 2014 at Pearson Family Funeral Service in Corning, with the Rev. Ken Rummer officiating. Interment was at Prairie Rose Cemetery, south of Corning.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family to be determined at a later date. Pearson Family Funeral Service of Corning was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Julia Graf

Julia Graf, 87, of Corning, Iowa died peacefully on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 at the Humboldt County Memorial Hospital in Humboldt, surrounded by family members.

Julia was born on Feb. 9, 1927 in Cornell, Wis., to a family of Czech descent. As a young child, she took pride in helping her mom tend to the garden and learning to cook for a large family. Following her graduation from the Cornell High School she worked at the local paper mill. One of her favorite pastimes was going to dances, as she loved to jitterbug. She was united in marriage to Edwin Graf on Oct. 8, 1942 in Camp Douglas, Wis. To this union ten children were born, five girls and five boys. During her life on the farm with Ed and the children in Wisconsin, many memories were made, including summer picnics at Mill Bluff, working in the garden and taking cucumbers to the pickle factory.

Julia has lived in Corning since 1968. During this time her life was devoted to raising her family and supporting them in whatever they did. She also worked at the Congregate Meal Site for several years prior to her retirement. She enjoyed knitting afghans, helping with the garden at the Peterson farm, canning and spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of the Optimist Club and enjoyed giving back to the community through their various activities.

Julia was preceded in death by her parents, James and Agnes Klima; a son, Gary Lee; brothers, Tony and Wally; sisters, Luella, Agnes, Marion, Myra, Josephine and Hertha.

Survivors include children: Fred (Joyce), Dan (Rebecca), Jean (Pat) Paul, Bob (Karen), Patty (Doug) Peterson, Ed, Julie, Brenda (Jerry) Larsen and Lisa. Also left to cherish her memory are twenty-two grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; her sister, Rose and many friends.

Julia was a Godly woman in mind, heart and spirit. When a family priest asked which child she loved the most she said, “I love them all the same.” When asked which child she would help the most she said, “The one who needs it the most.” Her legacy is her family and friends, whom she always greeted with open arms and a “hello honey.” In her final moments she shed a tear of joy as she was welcomed into the loving arms of our Saviour who reunited her with her son Gary.

Open Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 28 from 1–8 p.m. and the family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. at Pearson Family Funeral Service in Corning. The rosary will be said at 5:30 p.m., prior to the visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Corning, where Julia has been a member since moving to Corning. A luncheon will be provided at the Parish Center following interment at Calvary Cemetery. Pearson Family Funeral Service of Corning is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Memorials to St. Patrick's Catholic Church or to Congregate Meals in Corning.


Martha Marie Baker

Martha Marie Baker, 61, of Corning, formerly of Creston and Afton, passed away Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 at her home at Midwest Opportunities Inc. in Corning. Funeral Services were held on Nov. 15, 2014 at Pearson Family Funeral Service in Creston, Father Kenneth Halbur, Jr., Holy Spirit Catholic Church, and Mary O’Riley officiating. Interment was at the Calvary Cemetery in Creston. Memorial contributions may be directed to Midwest Opportunities Inc. of Corning and/or the South Central Area Special Olympics. Online condolences may be left at

Martha Marie Baker, the daughter of Anthony Francis and Pauline Elizabeth (Thompson) Baker, was born on July 5, 1953 in Creston. Martha has lived in Creston, Red Oak, Afton and Corning. She attended Kindergarten at Lincoln School with Miss Agnew for three years, and then completed Special Education classes in 1968 with Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Brotherton. She moved to Red Oak and worked for Nishna Valley Productions in Shenandoah for a brief time in the early 1980s. She then moved to C.A.R.E. in Afton and worked at Innovative Industries, which she thoroughly enjoyed for twenty-six years. In 2010, Martha moved to Corning and resided at Midwest Opportunities Inc.

Martha participated in Area and State Special Olympics of Iowa for many years. She competed in the softball throw and received a first place medal during competition. She received several medals in other events, including the Fast Walk Run Winner in 2009. Martha also competed in bowling and track and field. She loved being around her family and loved animals, especially dogs. Martha enjoyed coloring throughout her life; and when she was younger she was taught to embroider.

Left to cherish Martha’s memory are her sisters: Mary (Mark) O’Riley of Creston; and Joan (John) Nyberg of Irving, Texas; her brothers: Mike (June) Baker of Creston and Joe (Jaycene) Baker of Altoona; her nieces and nephews: Matt (Shannon) O’Riley and children Jacob, Dan, Jessica and Dalton; Travis Adair and daughter Katie; and Alisha Peckham and son Chantz, all of Creston; Melissa Nyberg and son Dylan Roberts and Heather Nyberg and daughter Averie Doyle of Irving, Texas; Jack (Laily) West of Winterset; Brian (Robin) West of Winterset; Brandon (Courtney) West of Greenfield; Mike Baker and son Ashton and Aerica Baker (significant other, Paul Shutt) and children Rhiannon, Eric, Giada, Roman and Leo of Des Moines; Ben (Melissa) Hall and children Quinton and Harper of Waukee; Elyssa and Jarren Halstead and children Beila and Drake of Grinnell; and Summer Hall (and Ryan Meyer) of Des Moines. Also surviving are numerous cousins and her loving family at Midwest Opportunities Inc. of Corning.

Preceding Martha in death were her father on June 10, 1981; her mother on Nov. 21,1994; and her niece, Misty West, on Nov. 5, 2000.


Mabel Schweers

Mabel Ethel Hogan Schweers, 96, passed away on Nov. 19, 2014 at Mercy Hospice. Funeral services were held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Corning, Iowa on Nov. 25, 2014. Burial was at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Corning. Pearson Family Funeral Service of Corning was in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Mabel was born March 30, 1918 in Corning to Thomas Francis Hogan and Ethel Eva (Edwards) Hogan. She graduated from Corning High School in 1935 and Iowa State University in 1939.

She married Arthur Schweers on June 25, 1941 and they farmed near Lenox in southeast Adams County for 40 years. They lived in Corning and Griswold after leaving the farm.

Mabel moved to Des Moines in 2001.

Mabel’s first teaching job was in Arcadia (teaching Home Economics and junior high), which is where she met Art. Later, she taught in Bedford (teaching junior high English and French) and Prescott (teaching Home Economics), was a nutritionist for WIC and opened the Mend and Alter Shop in 1992.

Mabel and Art were honored to bring a gift of a basket of corn as an offering at the Mass that Pope John Paul celebrated at Living History Farms. They made sure that there were enough ears of corn in the basket that not only they had a blessed ear of corn, but each of their children also received one.

Mabel and Art were dedicated volunteers at the Wakonda Prayer House near Griswold for five years. She was a dedicated volunteer for the Adams County Icarian Society, French Icarian Colony Foundation and the National Icarian Colony Association (President) and Optimist Club. She enjoyed family, religious life, dancing, playing the piano, games and researching the history and ancestry of the French Icarian Colony. After moving to Des Moines in 2001, she enjoyed her Morning Mass Group, CRPH and Bible Study groups at Holy Trinity.

Mabel is survived by ten children. Teresa Parmenter of Des Moines; David (Monna) Schweers of Scottsdale Ariz.; Rita (Jim) Hughes of Council Bluffs; Anne (Tom) Pogge of Omaha, Neb.; Catherine (Bill) Riley of Lenox; Thomas (Joleen) Schweers of Omaha Neb.; Edward Schweers of Arvada, Colo.; Cecelia (Steve) Tonn of Blair, Neb.; Francis (Cindy Sorlien) Schweers of Albion, Neb.; Agnes (Ben) Casey of Des Moines; and daughter-in-law Marcia (Paul) Maynes of Lenox. She is survived by 40 grandchildren and 53 great-grandchildren. She is survived by sisters-in-law Esther Hogan, Alice (Earl) Boes, Charlotte Schweers, Adrienne Schweers and brother-in-law Robert (Velma) Schweers.

She was preceded in death by her husband Art, her son Herman, her parents, her brothers Rev. Francis Hogan S.J., Donald Hogan and sisters Edna (Ernest) Hogan DuBois and Mary Jane (Don) Hogan Jackson and son-in-law Neil Parmenter, as well as sisters-in-law Viola (Ed) Lampman, Marcella (Buddy) Berger, brothers-in-law Clarence (Babe) Schweers, Leo (Mary Frances) Schweers, Joe (Ethel) Schweers, Vincent (Helen) Schweers and Albin Schweers.

Visitation in Des Moines was on Nov. 24, 2014 from 5-7 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the French Icarian Colony Foundation, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Mercy Hospice or St. Patrick Church Corning.

Dale Shepherd

Funeral services for Dale R. Shepherd of rural Lenox were held on Nov. 23, 2014 at Pearson Family Funeral Service in Corning, with Chaplain Mary O’Riley, officiating. Interment will be at Stringtown Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be directed to the family in Dale’s name to be determined at a later date. Pearson Family Funeral Service of Corning is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left on line at

Dale was born at Villisca, Iowa, in Montgomery County to Fred and Mabel (Johnson) Shepherd on April 29, 1929. He entered into eternal rest at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs at the age of 85 years, six months and twenty days.

Dale grew to manhood on farms in Montgomery and Adams County. He attended rural schools at Longbranch, Rockdale, Jasper #4 and Grant #2 and attended Lenox High School. He was drafted into the Army in February of 1951 and was in Korea for three Christmases. He served in the 82nd Ordinance Heavy Maintenance Co. He was awarded the U.N. and Korea Service Ribbons with three campaign stars. He farmed all of his life, and he remarked that “2014 was the best crop he had ever raised.”

Dale was united in marriage to Janice Ritnour on Feb. 18, 1962 at the Strand Lutheran Church in Adams County. This union was blessed with two sons: Steven of Creston and Scott of Corning. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2012.

In 2009 he took all of his family on a Caribbean Cruise. He was a great husband, father and loving grandpa. Dale and Janice spent many vacations on motorcycle trips. They had visited all 50 states, the Panama Canal, Cancun and Canada. He took great pride in keeping his vehicles and farm tractors in great shape. The farm was his great love.

Preceding him in death were his parents and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Floyd and Delilah Ritnour.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Janice of Lenox; sons: Steven (wife Leona) of Creston and Scott (wife Teresa) of Corning; grandchildren: Tyler and Rachel of Creston and Tabitha and Tiffany of Sioux City; a brother Harold (wife Irene) Shepherd of Prescott; nieces; Susan (husband Neal) McElwain of Creston, their sons Adam and Luke; and Sharlene (husband Larry) Timm of Carroll, their children Aaron and Allison; two brothers-in-law: Russell (Dorothy) Ritnour of Creston and Ronald Ritnour (significant other, Kathy Jenkins) of Ulm, Mont. ; and many other family members and friends.


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