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Evelyn J. Chappell

Evelyn June Chappell, only daughter of Donald E. and Dortha I. (Falconer) Pearson was born May 22, 1928 in Carl Township, Adams County, Iowa. Evelyn entered eternal rest on Monday, July 7, 2014 at Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston, at the age of eighty-six years, one month and fifteen days.

Evelyn graduated from Corning High School with the class of 1945. She received her Normal Training Certificate and taught in a country school in Carl before her eighteenth birthday, and again taught in a rural school several months in 1947 and 1953. Later Evelyn worked as a District Avon Representative. She and Ted Moran were founding members and managers of their band, The Stragglers. Evelyn managed the family farm for over twenty years, of which she was very proud. Evelyn was a member of the Carl United Methodist Church. She enjoyed singing, playing the guitar and keyboard, which was a reflection of her passion for music. She also loved cooking and sewing. When she was young she loved riding horses.

Left to cherish Evelyn’s memory is her constant companion of twenty-three years, Ted Moran of Creston; daughters, Linda (Gordon) Lundberg of Ames and Diann (Dave) Zimmerman of Clive; a son, Jim

(Michelle) Chappell of Phoenix, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Marlin (Elinor) Pearson of Corning; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral Services were held at the Pearson Family Funeral Service in Corning on July 14, 2014, with Rev. Fred Bryson officiating. Interment was at the Carl Cemetery.


Memorials may be directed to the Carl United Methodist Church. Pearson Family Funeral Service of Corning was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com.


Leola Hawthorne

Leola Hawthorne, 98, of Creston passed away Sunday, July 13, 2014 at Prairie View Assisted Living in Creston, Iowa. Funeral Services will be 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Pearson Family Funeral Service, located at 809 W. Montgomery St., Creston. Rev. Jim Morris and Rev. Bill Briley will officiate. Interment will be at Graceland Cemetery, Creston. Open Visitation at the funeral home will be from 1–8 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, with family receiving friends from 6–8 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the family to be determined at a later date. Online condolences may be left atwww.pearsonfuneralhomes.com.

Leola Maxine (Neill) Birt Hawthorne was born on Jan. 29, 1916, on a farm in rural Adams County near Mt. Etna, to Edna Furn (Cline) Neill and Ralph Edward Neill. She grew up on the farm and was always a farm girl at heart. As a young girl she attended Hiland Church with her family and was baptized there. Through eighth grade she went to Hunter School, a little one-room schoolhouse not far from her home. Leola and her brother usually walked to school and would sometimes ride their ponies. If the snow was really bad, her father would carry her to school on his shoulders! While attending Corning High School she also worked at Parkers Jewelry Store.

She was united in marriage to Erwin Frank Birt on Jan. 24, 1937. To this union three children were born: Melvin, Robert and Patricia. They lived on a farm north of Prescott until 1944 when they sold everything and moved to California. This was during World War II. Erwin worked in the shipyard on North Island and they lived on Coronado Island. They lived there about nine months before moving back to Prescott, where they bought an 80-acre farm north of Prescott. In 1954 they were able to buy a larger farm three miles north of Prescott. That is where the family lived until 1965 when they retired from farming and moved to Creston.

Leola was a housewife and a homemaker. She loved to garden, work with flowers, sew and was a wonderful cook. Family favorites were her homemade chicken and noodles and homemade pies. She made a quilt and an afghan for each one of her grandchildren and a baby afghan for each of her great-grandchildren. She was happiest when spending time with her family especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was very excited when she held her first great-great grandson on Christmas Day 2013, celebrating five generations of Birts.

Leola was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Ladies Afternoon Circle in Creston. She belonged and was a very active member of the Order of Eastern Star in Prescott. The Chapter celebrated their 50th anniversary on June 13, 2009, where Leola received her 50-year member pen. When the Prescott Chapter closed, she transferred her membership to the Vesta Chapter in Corning. She also belonged to the White Shrine of Jerusalem in Creston. Leola loved playing cards with family and belonged to several card clubs over the years. She had the reputation of being quite the card shark with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Leola and Erwin spent several winters in Apache Junction, Ariz., until his passing on May 14, 1984. Many lifelong friends were made there.

On Oct. 28, 1984 Leola married Cleo Hawthorne at the First United Methodist Church in Creston. They spent twenty years enjoying the winters in Apache Junction, Ariz. In March of 2008, they sold their home on New York Avenue and moved to Regency Park in Creston. In April of this year they moved to Prairie View Assisted Living.

Leola was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Erwin Birt; son, Melvin Birt; granddaughter, Sandra Birt; brother and sister-in-law, Loren and Joy Neill; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bill and Lucille Bradley; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Joe and Floss Birt; nieces, Sandra Neill and Carol Larson; nephew, Steve Birt; and step-son-in-law, Larry Templeton.

She is survived by her husband, Cleo Hawthorne of Creston; son, Robert Birt and wife Connie of Essex; daughter, Patricia Vrieze of Waukee; ten grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Duane and Rowlene Birt of Prescott; step-daughter, Donna Templeton of Atlantic; four step-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and wonderful friends.


Leola was always a devoted wife and mother, thinking first of her family and their happiness. She will always be remembered for her everlasting smile and friendly personality by her many friends she acquired wherever she went. It is consoling to remember her glad heart and the love she had for all of us.

Clare (Talty) Hogan

Clare (Talty) Hogan, 103, died July 8, 2014 at Freedom Inn, Sun City West, Ariz.

Clare was born in Massena, Iowa and graduated from Corning High School in 1929. She attended St. Joseph’s Academy in Ottumwa, and taught rural schools for two years before marrying Vincent Hogan on Dec. 30, 1931 at St. Patrick’s Church in Corning. They farmed near Corning for 23 years, moved to Colorado in 1954 and relocated to Arizona in 1980 to be near family. Clare lived a rich and full life, caring and sharing with all of her friends. She especially loved her 100th birthday celebration on Dec. 8, 2010 surrounded by family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent Hogan, infant son, Edward Joseph, and son-in-law, Charles Grosscup. She is survived by three children: Jim (Margaret) Hogan of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Janice (Bob) Schiltgen of Lake Elmo, Minn.; and Phyllis Grosscup of Sun City West, Ariz.; two grandchildren: Colleen Crisera and Mike (Liz) Hogan; seven great-grandchildren: Sean, Leland and Fiona Hogan, Brendan and Melanie Barker, Emilia and Anthony Crisera; three step-grandchildren: Sam (Gloria) Haddad, Tamara (Mihajlo) Popovich and Pamela (Philip) Ferrante; and step-great grandchildren: Bryan, Jordan and Ben Haddad, Ljubo and Niko Popovich, Sam Ferrante and Rhiannon Campbell. Other surviving close relatives include Ann, Rutledge and Tres Lilly of El Paso, Texas; Mary Clare Rothfield of Huntington Beach, Calif.; Jean Williams of Plano, Texas; Esther Hogan of Corning; and Jeannie and Bryan Boswell of Loveland, Colo.


Funeral Mass was held on July 11 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Glendale, Ariz., with interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Mesa, Ariz. Clare’s family wishes to extend special appreciation to Dr. Napoleon Bravo, the staff at Freedom Inn and Serenity Hospice. Memorials can be given in memory of Clare to your favorite charity.

Clara Huff Mitchell

Clara Huff Mitchell 93 went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Living Center South at Geneva where she had resided for the past 5 ½ years. Mrs. Mitchell was born in Sempronius on Huff Road, which is now Mitchell Road, to Florence Nettleton Huff and Charles Huff. She lived there for 82 years.Clara graduated from Moravia Central School class of 1938. She went on to Albany School of Nursing where she obtained her LPN.

She married Charles Mitchell of Scipioville, N.Y., and they ran a successful dairy farm on Mitchell Road, raising a herd of Holstein cows for thirty years, then built a new home down the road and lived there for 30 years. After her husband’s death she moved to Mill Stream Court in Moravia.

Clara was best known in the Sempronius/Moravia area for writing her column NONE SUCH for the Moravia Republican Register. She wrote this column about 50 years. She was very community minded serving on the Moravia Board of Education for 12 years, Historian for Sempronius for 50 years, Republican Committee Person for Sempronius for 50 years. She loved her Republican party. She was a member of Moravia Grange for over 75 years. She was also active in PTA, 4-H, Lake Como Senior Citizens, serving as treasurer. In her spare time she worked at Maxwell Nursing Home in Moravia for 15 years and then went to Howd Nursing for another 20 years.

Clara enjoyed serving in the Sempronius Baptist Church singing in the choir, teaching Sunday school, and helping with the youth groups for over 50 years. She also served as the Church Clerk for Sempronius Baptist Church and the Dresserville Baptist Church for many years.

She enjoyed reading, embroidering and baking. Her children, nieces and nephews remember her sweet rolls, especially.

She is survived by her three children Barbara (Dave) Thorsen of Cayuga, Charles Keith (Enid) Mitchell of Dansville and Virginia (Jim) Knapp of Prescott; grandchildren Charles (Tami) Thorsen of Rock Hill, S.C.; Kristine (Brian) Sennett of Lynchburg, Va.; Philip Thorsen (fiancée Marcia Groover) of Robinson, Ill.; Heather (Karthic) Anumalasetty of Dansville, Scott Mitchell of Avon; Anna (Caleb) Hastings of Wichita, Kan.; Emily (Juern) Akkermann of Prescott; great-granddaughter Amanda (Henry) O’Neal of Wayland; Austin and Caris Thorsen, Ashley and Kyle Sennett, Ellie and Annika Akkermann of Mabry; Ty, Kara Hastings; brother-in-law Bradley Mitchell of Aurora and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents Clara was predeceased by her beloved husband Charles Mitchell, brothers Willard and Warren Huff, sisters-in-law Helen and Cornelia Bradley Huff, Helen Anna Jordan, Eunice Hicks Miller, Betty Mitchell; brothers-in-law Wilson Mitchell, Leonard Jordan, Wilbur Hicks and Grant Miller.

The family wants to thank all of her caregivers on the second floor of Living Center South in Geneva, N.Y., for their understanding, patience and love they gave mom during her stay with them.


Visitation hours with family will be from 10-11:30 a.m. on July 19, 2014 at Second Baptist Church, located at 1 N. Herman Ave., Auburn, N.Y. The memorial service will start at 11:30 a.m., with the Rev. Jim Main. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Dresserville Baptist Church, Crofoot Rd., Moravia, NY 13118 or SIM Mission Board, P.O. Box 7900, Charlotte, N.C. 28241. The Shakelton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Betty Johnson

Celebration of Life Services for Betty Johnson, age 85, of Corning, who died Friday, July 11, 2014 at Alegent Health Mercy Hospital in Corning, were held Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford. Interment was at Guss Cemetery. Memorials may be given in Betty's name. Memories can be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Betty Jean (Ridnour) Johnson was born Aug. 18, 1928, in Gravity, the daughter of John Ridnour and Blanche (Leighton) Ridnour. She grew up in the Gravity area attending school, graduating from high school with the Class of 1947. After graduation, Betty attended two years of Normative Teacher Training School. She then taught in Holt Center and Nodaway Center Community Schools. On Aug. 22, 1949, she was united in marriage to Wilbur "Shorty" Johnson.

Betty was a waitress at the Mitchell Cafe and Gentle's Cafe in Corning for many years; however, her true love was being a “farmer's wife.” Betty raised chickens, tended a large garden and was a good seamstress. She loved cooking and was known for her fried chicken, macaroni and cheese and her beef and noodles. She enjoyed company of all kinds, especially after her husband passed away. Betty lived on the farm for 50 years, moving into Corning in the early 2000s. While living in town she enjoyed walking and visiting with neighbors. As a child growing up, Betty played cards as her father's partner, so as the years went by she continued her enjoyment of card playing, usually Phase 10 or Rummy being her favorites.

Left to cherish Betty’s memory is a brother, Ralph Ridnour of Omaha, Neb.; a special friend, Thelma Jones; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Preceding Betty in death are her parents John and Blanche Ridnour; her loving husband Shorty in 1999; four brothers, Elmer Ridnour, Orval Ridnour, Oren Ridnour and Eldon Ridnour; three sisters, Zona Schnepp, Hazel Ridnour and Meda Mitchell; a nephew, Calvin Johnson and a niece, Phyllis Chubick.


Betty will be missed by her family and friends. She will be forever in their hearts. May God grant comfort and peace to those who mourn her passing.


Duane Simmons

Celebration of Life Services for Duane Simmons, age 81, of Bedford, who died day, Friday, July 11, 2014 at Bedford Nursing & Rehab Center were held Monday, July 14, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Bedford. Interment was held at the Lexington Cemetery in Taylor County. Memorials may be directed to the First Baptist Church Children's Camp Fund/Encouragement Link Children's Church Camp Fund. Memories can be shared with the family atwww.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Harlan Duane Simmons was an only child born Oct. 12, 1932 in Gaynor, Mo., to parents W.C. and Marjorie Lawler Simmons.

As a toddler, Duane’s family moved to Taylor County, north of the Lake of Three Fires. Duane loved the farm life and was very active in 4-H, and as an adult, was a leader for 10 years. He attended elementary school in Conway, and graduated from Bedford High School in 1951. He began farming with his father as a young man and continued farming until he was 75 years old.

In high school, Duane met his best friend, Margaret White. They were married June 29, 1952. After having four children and still farming, in 1973 he purchased and operated The Bedford Sales Company, conducting auctions and order buying cattle for individuals and various feedlots. Duane was a well-liked and respected man in the community as well as the church. He has held various leadership roles in the church and loved teaching and training, not only his own children, but also others about the love of Jesus. Duane realized as a young man the need to confess his sin and receive Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior.

He treasured the time he spent with family. He loved passing on the life lessons learned from his father about respect, hard work and honesty.

During their retirement years, Duane and Margaret made many mission trips to south Texas and Michigan serving as support to the missionaries.

Duane was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother Mabel Simmons; parents in-law Claire and Hazel White and brother in-law Marvin White. He leaves to cherish his memory: sons Randy and Jenice Simmons; Don and Norma Simmons; Greg and Pat Simmons; daughter Cheri and David Dirksen; special nephew Rick White and family; brother in-law Bennie and Kay White; nephew Britt and Heather White; uncle Lynn and Arlene Simmons; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and many cousins, friends and his beloved wife, Margaret.

“While we grieve today, we also rejoice in his victory in Jesus!”


Duane was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. His enthusiasm, humor, insight and kindness will be missed by everyone.


Death Notice


Carl Patterson, 78, of Corning died at his home on Sunday, July 13, 2014. Funeral services are pending at Pearson Family Funeral Service of Corning.

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