Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on May 12, 1984 · 2
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Mason City, Iowa
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Saturday, May 12, 1984
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Tlh' dkiolw ire!?! Mason City-Clear Lake. Iowa ' 2 Saturday, May 12, 1984 c Obituaries Jackie Olson GARNER Mrs. John (Jackie) Olson, 37, of Marshalltown, formerly of Garner, died Thursday (May 10, 1984) at home. Funeral services and burial will be Sunday in Hartford, Ky. Mrs. Olson was born Sept. 2, 1947 to Nobel and Melanie Leach in Hartford, Ky. She married John Olson, formerly of Garner, in 1977. They lived in Garner and moved to Kentucky and then to Marshalltown in October 1983. The family requests memorials be given to the Hospice Society of Marshalltown. Survivors include her husband, John; three sons, Mike of Kentucky, and Darrell and Eric, both at home; her parents, Nobel and Melanie Leach of Kentucky, her mother-in-law and father-in-law. Palmer and Vera Olson, Mason City; two sisters-in-law. Jo Bantz, Mason City, and Kris Olson, Sacramento, Calif., and one brother-in-law, Hans Olson, Los Angeles, Calif. Alvar P. Olson MASON CITY Funeral services tor Alvar F. Olson, 69, of Simp-sonville, S.C., formerly of Mason City, will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Major Erickson Funeral Home, Mason City. He died Wednesday (May 9, 1984) at a Simpsonville, S.C., hospital. The Rev. Don Benson of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Mason City, will Alvar P. Olson officiate and burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery here. Visitation will be 2 p.m. Sunday until time of services at the funeral home. The family requests memorials be made to the Alvar P. Olson Memorial Fund. Mr. Olson was born Jan. 25, 1915 in Mason City to Peter and Emma (Jackson) Olson. He attended Mason City schools and worked at Northwestern States Portland Cement Co. until entering the U.S. Army in September 1944. He was discharged from the service in February 1946 and continued working at the cement company until retiring in 1980 after 34 years there. Mr. Olson married Stella Marie Henna-gir on Nov. 26, 1949 in Mason City. They moved to Simpsonville, S.C., in 1980. Mrs. Olson died last November. He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Simpsonville, S,C. He also was a 40-year member of the Moose Lodge and a 25-year club member of the Moose Club. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Bill (Barbara Jean) Query, Mason City; one son, Gerald Alvar Olson, Cedar Rapids; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandson; one stepdaughter, Mrs. Charles (Shirley) Clifton, Redwood City, Calif.; three stepsons, Dr. James B. McCord, Wheaton, 111.; Kenneth M. McCord, Anderson, S.C.; and Raymond V. White, Piano, Texas; 13 stepgrand-children; four sisters, Mrs. Charles (Jennie) Prohaski, Mrs. Vern (Agnes) Bohl, and Mrs. John (Clara) Grier, all of Mason City, and Mrs. John (Florence) Oster-kamp, Hawarden, and one brother, Leonard C. Olson, Mason City. Clifford W. Miller STRATFORD Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. today at Calvary United Methodist Church, Stratford, for Clifford Wesley Miller, 68, of Stratford, who died Wednesday (May 9, 1984). Mr. Miller was born July 16, 1915 in Bismarck, N.D., to LeRoy and Olga Pauline (Pederson) Miller. He graduated from Butler Community School in Butler, Mo., and farmed in the Aurelia area and in Missouri. On Nov. 17, 1945 he married Dorothy Thevenin at Aurelia. He had operated meat lockers in Wells and Alden, Minn., and in Thompson and Stratford. He was an Army veteran of World War II and past president of the Iowa Meat Processors Association. The Rev. Richard Russell and the Rev. J. Paul Stevens will officiate and burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Aurelia. The Carson Funeral Home, Dayton, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, Stratford; two daughters, Mrs. Arlo (Dianne) Stoltenberg, Mason City, and Mrs. Joseph (Joan) Crenshaw, St. Louis, Mo.; three granddaughters; two sisters, Ethel Brockman, Manhattan, Kan., and Alyce Holt, Apple Valley, Calif., and one brother, Stanley Miller, Santa Ana, Calif. Lynn E. Jenson NORTHWOOD Funeral services for Lynn E. Jenson, 76, of Route 1. Northwood, a retired salesman for the Hormel Co., Austin, Minn., will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at First Lutheran Church, Northwood. He died Thursday (May 10, 1984) at home. The Rev. Allan Hermeier will of- Lynn E. Jenson ficiate and burial will be in Sunset Rest Cemetery, Northwood. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. Sunday at Hogan-Bremer-Conner Colonial Chapel, Northwood. The family requests memorials be made to the First Lutheran Church, Northwood. Mr. Jenson was born Feb. 17, 1908 in Worth County to Ole P. and Carrie (Garnas) Jenson. He attended Worth County area schools and graduated from Northwood High School. "In 1931 he graduated from Carleton College, Northfield, Minn., with a degree in business. While at Carleton College, he played on the football team as an offensive and defensive guard. He was named to the Midwest Football Team in 1929 and 1930. He married Ardith Kohlmann on Aug. 21, 1982 in Northwood. He worked as a salesman in the Midwest for the Hormel Co., out of Austin, Minn., for over 40 years and at the time of his retirement in 1973 was a city salesman for the company. He was a member of First Lutheran Church, Northwood Lions Club, Northwood Country Club, Shrine Club of Austin, Minn., and Masonic Lodge. Survivors include his wife, Ardith: one daughter, Mrs. John (Carol) Laabe, Akron, Ohio; two granddaughters, Mrs. Don (Margi) Byers, Wads worth, Ohio, and Kathy Zody, Delaware, Ohio, and two great-grandsons, Adam and Justin Byers, both of Wadsworth, Ohio, and one sister, Mrs. Priscilla Rigo, Northwood. William 'Bill' Grefe MANLY - William E. "Bill" Grefe, 68, the retired owner and operator of Grefe's Tavern, Manly, and retired Worth County road maintenance employee, died Friday (May 11, 1984) at a Mason City hospital. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Church, Manly, with the Rev. Linus Rasing officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Manly. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. Sunday at Hogan-Bremer-Bride Colonial Chapel, Manly, where a parish wake will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday. Mr. Grefe, the son of William F. and Naomi (Wachsnicht) Grefe, was born April 29, 1916 in Belmond. He attended school in Manly and served in the Army as a staff sergeant in the 63rd infantry of the 6th division during World War II. He received a Purple Heart. He owned and operated Grefe's Tavern in Manly for 38 years and was a Worth County road maintenance employee for 30 years, and onetime foreman for the crew, retiring in 1982. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Manly, and the American Legion Edward-Tosel Post 110, Manly. Survivors include his wife, Helen; one sister, Mrs. Clarence (Alice) Olson, Mason City, and two brothers, LeRoy, Dumont, and Robert, Hampton. Leo Jeffries OSAGE Leo Jeffries, 68, of Osage, a retired truck driver, died Friday (May 11, 1984) at an Osage hospital. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Champion Funeral Home, Osage, with the Rev: George Hope of the First Baptist Church, Osage, officiating. Burial will be in the Osage Cemetery, -where military rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post 278, Osage. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Mr. Jeffries was born Feb. 8, 1916 at Pomeroy to Frank and Elsa (Kirgus) Jeffries. He married Irma . Adams on Sept. 28, 1944 and served in the Army during World War II. He retired in 1973. " Survivors include his wife, Irma; . two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Carole) Britt, Round Lake Beach, 111., and Bonnie Loterbauer, Manly; two sons, Leo Frank Jeffries, Parnell, and Oliver Jeffries, Osage, and nine grandchildren. Anna Witthoft SHEFFIELD - Mrs. Anna Witthoft, 85, of Sheffield, died Friday (May 11, 1984) at the Hampton hospital. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Hampton, with the Rev. Roland Pillack officiating. Burial will be in the Hampton Cemetery. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Sunday at Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home, Hampton. Mrs. Witthoft was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Hampton. Survivors include three sisters, Mrs. Arthur Widmann, Plover, Wis.; Mrs. Minnie Fresemer, New Brighton, Minn., and Mrs. Sherwood Nichols, Castro Valley, Calif., and two brothers, Dick Lippert, Whittier, Calif., and Max Lippert, Plover, Wis. Claus Weiner HAMPTON Funeral services for Claus Weiner, 74, of Chapjn, who died Friday (May 11, 1984) at a Hampton nursing home, will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Sietsma-Vogel Funeral Home, Hampton. The Rev. Walter Kleinfein of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hampton will officiate. Burial will be in the Hampton Cemetery. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Mr. Weiner was a retired farmer. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Leola Rieken of Dougherty; a brother, George Weiner of Geneva' and his mother, Mrs. Lena Dolson of Dougherty. Funerals today (Saturday, May 12) IVERSON, Franklin, 64, of Emmons, Minn., at 11 a.m. at the Emmons Lutheran Church, Emmons, Minn. SCHULTZ, Alwin W., 80, of St. Ansgar, at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, St. Ansgar. HENDRICKSON, Purl, 87, of Sheffield, at 10:30 a.m. at Grarup Funeral Home, Sheffield. WORLEY. James K;, 67, of Greene, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Greene. SIGMOND, Phillip N., 70, of rural Kensett, at 10:30 a.m. at Bethanv Lutheran Church, Kensett. KUEHL, Ada W., 85, of Osage, formerly of St. Ansgar, at 2:30 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, St. Ansgar. MILLER. Clifford W., 68, of Stratford, at 10:30 a.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church, Stratford. Corrections Lyle Helgeland's name was misspelled in the You Asked for It feature in Friday's Globe-Gazette. Helgeland, Mason City, was the second biggest pledge getter in the recent March of Dimes WalkAmer-ica contest. The Globe-Gazette strives for accuracy at all times but does not presume to be perfect. When errors occur, corrections and clarifications will be published in this space in an effort to set the record straight. The newspaper will accept and respond to reader reports of mistakes and inaccurate or incorrect information that has appeared in its news columns. To make such a report, phone 423-4270 or toll free 1-800-392-6622, and ask for the newsroom between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays. Flunk. . . (From Page One) denton, Fla. Although the school system holds back 10 percent to 12 percent of its kindergarten pupils each year, Hel-dreth said the tests are used mainly to identify children who have learning problems. Parents of the 340 kindergartners in Minneapolis were informed by letter this week that their children would not be passed to first grade this spring. Deputy Superintendent William Phillips and Donna McClellan, lead kindergarten intervention teacher for the school system, both said they had received no direct response from parents, but said they should not have been surprised. Parents were kept informed during the year if their child's performance level was low, Phillips said. The tests, administered to the 3,000 kindergartners on a one-to-one basis by a trained teacher, include a child's knowledge of the alphabet, comprehension of numbers, shapes, sequence and concepts such as smaller-larger, over-under and in-side-outside, McClellan said. Aiding tho victims Snell's Ambulance Service attendents remove one of two Mason City women injured in a collision at 2nd and N, Delaware about 10:10 p.m. Friday. Police said a northbound car, driven by Michael Ballard Inghram, 18, of 1627 N. Pennsylvania, ran a stop light on N. Delaware and struck an eastbound car driven by Joyce Way- (From Page One) already doing just that, said spokesman Cliff Gold, adding that much of the corporation s data came from Blue Cross-Blue Shield. Pawlewski said the hospitals have seen the data for their own institutions but have not seen the comparison. "I expect there are going to be some ooh's and ah's," he said. Commission member Sen. Edgar" Holden, R-Davenport, speculated that consumers won't make great use of the data to "shop" for hospital care, but he said he hoped at least some people would begin askr. ing questions. One question might' be, he said, "Why does it cost twice as much for this operation at your' hospital as it does at this other hospital?" And Pawlewski said that perhaps consumers could use the report as a bargaining chip to win cheaper rates at a local hospital. Joseph Le Valley, community relations director for St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Mason City, said it's difficult to comment on the costs without knowing details on how the data was compiled. The major reason for cost differences among hospitals is probably because of length of stay rather than differences in daily cost charges, he said. Some hospitals prefer to keep patients in their care longer. And in a secondary care center such as St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, the more . complicated cases are referred to the hospital. And the more complicated cases usually require a longer length of stay, he said. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, for . example, does a large number of "complex, rather sophisticated" cataract cases, he said. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital has one of the lowest patient-day costs in the state compared to other secondary hospitals, LeValley said. "We're very proud of our track record," he said. Hospital officials welcome any questions patients may have about hospital costs, he said. North Iowa Medical Center officials could not be reached for comment Friday evening. Records"" Thefts Stereo-cassette player from William Harold Byrket, 16 Quarry Road, taken from vehicle while parked at Mason City High School between 8 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. Friday, reported at 3:45 p.m. Friday. Citizens band radio, equalizer and billfold from Randy Eugene Crawford, 2403 S. Taft, taken from car while parked outside residence, reported at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Vandalism Porch slats kicked in Cobweb Corners, 915 N. Federal, reported at 2:36 p.m. Friday. Pork benefit set for today OSAGE A pork benefit for John "Herb" Meyer is planned for today at the Osage Knights of Columbus hall. Meyer, who is active in Boy Scout, church and other community activities, recently suffered a heart attack. Tickets are $3 each and proceeds will go toward meeting some of Meyer's medical expenses Hospital. . . Comparison of hospital charges DES MOINES (AP) Here is a sample comparison of hospital charges released Friday by the Iowa Health Data Commission. The commission compared 26 operations at all 130 Iowa Hospitals using 1982 Medicade data. The following list shows the hospital name, the average charge for a heart attack patient and the average charge for a cataract patient. In some cases, there is no report, indicating the data were not sufficient to make an average. Allen Memorial in Waterloo, $4,775; no report. Sartori Memorial in Cedar Falls, $3,805; $1,988. Schoitz Medical Center in Waterloo, $3,885; $1,246. St. Francis in Waterloo, $4,332; $1,555. Waverly Municipal in Waverly $2,735; no report. Buena Vista County Hospital in Storm Lake, $2,067; no report. St. Anthony .Regional Hospital in Carroll, $2,599; $2,270. North Iowa Medical Center in Mason City, $4,271; $1,154 St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Mason City, $3,951; $1,886. Sioux Valley Memorial in Cherokee, $2,930; no report. DeWitt Community in DeWitt, $2,755; no report. Jane Lamb Health Center in Clinton, $3,885; $1,788. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Clinton, $4,864; no report. Burlington Medical Center, $5,271; $1,828. Mercy Health Center in Dubuque, $4,077; $1,786. Xavier Hospital in Dubuque, $3,838; $1,709. Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson, $3,530; no report. Floyd County Memorial Hospital in Charles City, $3,851; no report. Mercy in Oelwein, $2,382; no report. Palmer in West Union, $5,076; no report. Henry County Health Center, $3,158; no report. Jackson County Public in Maquoketa, $4,449; no report. Mercy in Iowa City, $4,482; $1,836. University Hospitals in Iowa City, $6,849; $2,196. Fort Madison Community, $3,749; no report. Keokuk Area Hospital, $4,944; $1,929. Mercy in Cedar Rapids, $3,764; $1,918. St. Luke's Methodist in Cedar Rapids, $4,011; $1,550. Mahaska County Hospital in Oskaloosa, $2,825; $1,780. Marshalltown Area Community in Marshalltown, $3,091; $1,577. Muscatine General in Muscatine, $3,411; $1,763. Broadlawns in Des Moines, $3,571; no report. Des Moines General, $6,165; $2,525. Iowa Lutheran in Des Moines, $6,074; $2,014. Iowa Methodist in Des Moines, $6,051; $1,966. Mercy in Council Bluffs, $6,055; $2,634. Jennie Edmundson Memorial in Council Bluffs, $5,779; $2,011. Davenport Osteopathic, $3,943; no report. Mercy in Davenport, $5,661; $1,977. St. Luke's in Davenport, $4,763; $2,046. Mary Greeley in Ames, $3,107; $1,489. - Ottumwa Hospital, $4,965; $1,656. St. Joseph's Hospital in Ottumwa, $4,078; $1,964. Trinity Regional in Fort Dodge, $4,200; $1,781. Marian Health Center in Sioux City, $6,504; $1,897. St. Luke's in Sioux City, $6,318; $1,551. Gosch. (From Page One) peared early Sept. 5, 1982 while preparing to deliver bis Des Moines Register newspaper route in an upper middle-income neighborhood near his home. Witnesses said he was last seen talking to a man in a blue car. Since their son first disappeared, the Gosches have been highly critical of what they said was inaction and indifference on the part of state and local authorities. Their lobbying helped passage of a bill in the Iowa Legislature requiring immediate police action on reports of missing children. Noreen Gosch charged Friday that the FBI has been slow to pursue leads in the case, has given the family conflicting stories about the availability of telephone records needed to trace calls believed to be from her son and has been negligent in its handling of other aspects of the investigation. For example, she said, the Gosches' private investigator received a collect call last September from a man claiming to have Johnny and telling the family: '"You'll never get him back.'" The FBI traced that call to a phone booth in Richardson, Utah, Noreen Gosch said. "By the time they got there, it was 14 days later and he was gone," she said. lene Miller, 47, of 2015 S. Harding. Miller and a passenger, Patricia Thompson, 52, of 114 24th SW, were taken to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital with head, neck, back and leg injuries. A report on their condition was not available late Friday. Inghram was charged with failure to obey a traffic signal. (Staff photo by Ken Lee) "Due to the lack of response and the bungling on many occasions, we no longer can trust the FBI to act on our behalf," she said. Since Johnny's disappearance, the Gosches have used private investigators in the search for their son. Noreen Gosch said a private agency in Chicago is doing "very, very good" work on the case. Hawkins denied Noreen Gosch's claim that the FBI has been slow in following up leads. "We've worked as fast as we possibly can inside the environmental limitations ' that is the ability of other entities to produce what we're asking for," he said. He acknowledged it has been difficult to obtain phone records that may shed some light on three phone calls Noreen Gosch said she received Feb. 22 from an individual she believed was her son. She has asked the FBI to obtain records of all long-distance phone calls made in the country around that date. Hawkins said. "All we can do is ask the phone company, make certain requests," he said. "If AT&T (American Telephone and Telegraph) decides that the request is not attainable because of their physical limitations, then there's nothing we can do about it. We cannot order any corporation in this country to do what e want them to do." ,

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