Melinda E. West


Melinda Elizabeth West, 75, died Sunday, April 9, 2023, at the Oakwood Care Center, Clear Lake.

A memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 20, 2023, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1001 9th Ave South, Clear Lake, with Rev. Josh Link officiating. Inurnment will take place at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Wesley, Iowa.

Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19 and one hour prior to the service at the church.  A scriptural wake service was held at 6:30 p.m. and was led by Deacon Darrel Courrier, at Ward Van Slyke Colonial Chapel.   

Melinda Elizabeth Matern was born June 30, 1947, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the daughter of Frank Henry and Dorothy Catherine (Shannahan) Matern.  Melinda graduated from Britt High School, Britt, Iowa, in the class of 1965.  She was blessed with four sons, Chris, Chad, Cory and Casey.  

Melinda continued her education graduating from Marycrest School of Nursing and Buena Vista through NIACC with her Registered Nurse Degree.  Melinda worked at MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center, Mason City, in the Birth Center; retiring after 31 years.  Melinda was a loving and caring mother attending her son’s school and sport activities.  She was known as a “Mother to All”; she would also volunteer to help first time mothers once they were home and had questions with their babies.  

In Melinda’s free time she enjoyed reading and both flower and vegetable gardening.  Her greatest love was being a grandma and attending her grandchildren’s activities.  Melinda was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Clear Lake.

Melinda is survived by her sons, Chris (Laura) West, Chad West, Casey (Toni) West; grandchildren, Jackson West and Taylor West; siblings, Michael (Vic) Matern, Marcia (Darrel) Courrier, Mark (Joyce) Matern and Mary (Forrest) Klippenstein; five nephews; along with other relatives and friends.

Melinda is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Dorothy Matern; and her son, Cory West.

Ward Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.


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