Patricia Ann Loers 90, of Clear Lake, Iowa, passed away on Monday, Oct. 28, at Hospice of North Iowa in Mason City, Iowa.
She was born Patricia Ann Tott on Nov. 6, 1921, in Spirit Lake, Iowa, the first child of Arthur Tott and Ruth (Davison) Tott. Her family lived in Estherville, Iowa, for a time before returning to Spirit Lake. After graduating from Spirit Lake High School in 1939 she worked in Spirit Lake where she met her future husband, Lloyd. When World War II broke out she traveled alone to San Diego to marry Lloyd in 1942. They both worked in the shipyards where she was one of many “Rosie the Riveters.”
Juanita Jean Monce, 87, 205 27th Ave. S., Clear Lake, Iowa, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 at the Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City, Iowa.
A funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 3, at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake. Rev. Patti Aurand of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Mason City will be officiating. Interment was at Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City. The family requests any memorials be to Hospice of North Iowa in Memory of Juanita J. Monce.
Juanita Jean “Nita” was born Jan. 29, 1925 to Arthur and Gladys (Comstock) Michaels in Mason City. She attended and graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1943 and attended Hamilton Business College.
On Aug. 29, 1943 she married Francis Siesseger and to this union three children were born, Carolyn, Joan and John. She worked at the Clear Lake Bakery and Andrew’s Prestress until retirement. She then worked at Opportunity Village.
After her children were grown she moved to Arizona and Oregon where she met and married Homer (Randy) Monce. When Randy passed away she moved back to this area to be close to family.
She was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Mason City and Eastern Star. Nita loved reading, traveling, camping, photography and spending time with her family and attending picnics in the summer at John and Judy’s home.
She is survived by daughters, Carolyn (Dale) Bird, Winona, Minn., and Joan (Jeff) Nesler, Harrisburg, Ore.; son, John (Judy) Siesseger, Clear Lake; six grandchildren, Linda (Andy) Waldo, Heather, Dean, Jenny, Christopher, Shawn and Charles Nesler; five step-grand children, Kim (Randy) Young, Bruce Wilkinson, Angela Jansen, Kim (Vance) Wendel and Jason (Becky) Jansen; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; many nieces and nephews; and her extended family at Apple Valley.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Francis Siesseger and Homer Monce; infant brother, Calvin; and brothers George, Arthur, and Melvin (Mike).
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
Gordon Hartley Carlson died Oct. 30, 2012 at St. John’s Mercy Hospital, St. Louis, Mo. Internment will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis.
Mr. Carlson was born April 15, 1924 in Chicago, Ill. He served in the Eighth Army Air Corps during World War II as a Flight Engineer on B-24 Bombers earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medals among others.
Opal Berniece Pierce, 101, passed away peacefully at the IOOF Home, Mason City, Iowa, early Wednesday morning, Oct. 24, 2012. She was four days away from her 102nd birthday.
A Memorial Service was held Saturday, Nov. 10, at the First Congregational Church, Clear Lake, Iowa, with Rev. Brad Thornton officiating. According to her wishes her body has been cremated. Burial was in the Clear Lake Cemetery.
Jacqueline “Jackie” Henriette (Hall) Hoversten, 83, 113 N. 3rd St., Clear Lake, Iowa, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 at Muse-Norris Hospice Unit, Mason City, Iowa.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Zion Lutheran Church, 112 N. 4th St., Clear Lake, with Rev. Dean Hess officiating. Visitation with family will be one hour before the service at the church. Inurnment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Hwy 122 W., Mason City. Memorials may go to the Jacqueline H. Hoversten Memorial Fund.
Jackie was born March 26, 1929 in Elmhurst, Ill., the daughter of James Henry and Naomi (Earwaker) Hall. The family moved to Lake Tomahawk, Wis., in 1932. She attended Rainbow School from 1936-1943, Arbor Vitae Woodruff High School in Woodruff, Wis. from 1944-1949, and Central State Teachers College in Stevens Point, Wis., from 1947 – 1951, where she was crowned Homecoming Queen in her senior year. Jackie taught sixth grade in Marinette, Wis., from 1951 – Nov. 1952.
Jackie married Don Hoversten, Aug. 2, 1952 at the Little Brown Church, Nashua, Iowa, and to this union five children were born, Susan (1953), James (1956), William (1960), Kathleen (1962), and Todd
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