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Jo Ann Thies

1941 - 2021

    Jo A. Thies, age 80, of Mapleton passed away on Thursday, October 14, 2021, at Maple Heights Nursing Home of Mapleton.
    Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at the Armstrong – Van Houten Funeral Home of Mapleton.
    A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Ute. Rev. Nathan Peitsch will officiate. Committal Services will follow at St. Clair Township Cemetery of Ute.
    The Armstrong - Van Houten Funeral Home of Mapleton and Ute are in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online www.armstrongfuneral.com.
    Jo Ann Thies, the daughter of Frank and Trace (Bergerson) Wimer, was born on March 10, 1941, in Soldier. She grew up in the Moorhead and Mapleton area where she graduated from Mapleton High School with the class of 1959.
    On February 14, 1960, Jo Ann married the love of her life, Irvin Thies in St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Mapleton. The couple settled on the Thies family farm southeast of Mapleton and welcomed their three children: Shelly, Kelly, and Jim.
    Jo Ann was a faithful member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ute where she was active in ladies aid. She also enjoyed reading, playing cards, going to coffee with friends, and treasured spending time with her family.
    Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 61 years, Irvin Thies of Mapleton; children Shelly (Packy) DeMara of Sioux City, Kelly (Gary) McGathy of Wichita, KS, and Jim (Lisa) Thies of Mapleton; grandchildren: Phil (Dawn), Chris (Raelynn), Nick (Kourtney), Tonya, Alex, Amanda (Jake), and Alyssa (Brayden); great-grandchildren: Parker, Olivia, Chance, Nash, Wyatt, Haylie, Annabelle, Hazel, and Aiden; brother-in-law Gary (Maxine) Thies; nieces Carrie Huff and Laurie Johnson; extended family and friends.
    Jo Ann is preceded in death by her parents Frank and Trace Wimer; sister Bunny Traver; and parents-in-law Rudy and Hazel Thies.


Sr. Ellen Mary Garrett

1943 - 2021

    With great sadness, we say goodbye to Sister Ellen Mary Garrett. She will be deeply missed.
    There was a welcome and vigil service on Wednesday, September 29, at 9:30 a.m., in Sacred Heart Chapel, Sisters of the Presentation, and a funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m.
    Sister Ellen Mary Garrett (formerly Sister Mary Luke), 77, daughter of Morris and Mary (Adams), was born Patricia Ellen Garrett on November 11, 1943, in Fisher, IL. She entered the Sisters of the Presentation on September 8, 1961, and professed her perpetual vows on August 22, 1969.
    She earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from Clarke College (now Clarke University) in Dubuque and taught in Timber Lake, SD; St. Paul, MN; Dubuque (St. Columbkille and Resurrection), Osage, Charles City, Key West and Danbury, all in Iowa. She also served as principal in Osage. After she retired to Mount Loretto in 2010, she assisted in the Partners in Mission office and served as librarian. Sister Ellen Mary especially enjoyed her work in the library, the culmination of a life-long love of books. She also enjoyed gardening, baking, crafts, needlework, listening to classical music, playing cards, word games and word puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, and board games. She valued prayer and community service.
    At her 50th Jubilee celebration in 2012, it was said, "Sister Ellen Mary Garrett has gifted us with a gentle spirit, with intelligence and good humor. Her family has grounded her in simplicity and love of the land. Her days have been spent in teaching youth. She has done this faithfully and with care. In gentle ways Sister Ellen laughs at life's incongruities and lives with a connectedness to the earth. A person of gratitude, she celebrates life and offers a warm and hospitable welcome to all."
    Surviving are her sisters, Mary Beth Erickson and Teresa (Jep) Jeppeson, brothers Robert (Lan) and James (Sue), nieces, nephews, and the Sisters of the Presentation with whom she shared her life for 60 years.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Barbara (Sonny) Rice; her brothers, Larry and Jerome; and her brother-in-law August Erickson.
    Memorials may be made to the Sisters of the Presentation, 2360 Carter Road, Dubuque, IA, 52001, or online at www.dbqpbvms.org.


Rose E. Cloud

1923 - 2021

    Rose E. Cloud, age 97, of Mapleton passed away on Friday, October 8, 2021, at Maple Heights Nursing Home of Mapleton.
    Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary service at 6:30 p.m. and a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 14, 2021, at St. Mary's Catholic Church of Mapleton.
    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 15, 2021, at St. Mary's Catholic Church of Mapleton. Father Richard D. Ball will officiate. Committal services will follow in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery of Mapleton.
    The family requests mask be worn by during all services. Memorials may be directed to the family to be designated at a later date.
    The Armstrong - Van Houten Funeral Home of Mapleton is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online www.armstrongfuneral.com.
    Rose Elizabeth Cloud was born on November 19, 1923, in rural Mapleton, the daughter of Eugene and Mary (Dergans) Wimmer. She graduated from St. Mary's Elementary Catholic School in 1937 and Mapleton Consolidated High School in 1941. After graduation she worked for two years as office secretary for Superintendent Bert Vander Nald and at First State Bank in Mapleton during the summer months. In August, 1943, she became employed at the Farmers Savings Bank in Danbury, working there until 1946.
    Rose was united in marriage at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mapleton on January 22, 1946, to Wilbert J. "Shorty" Cloud who had returned from overseas duty in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Shorty served his country from 1941 to December 1945. Rose and Shorty started farming in 1947 and lived in the Mapleton, Anthon and Oto area, moving to the farm they purchased at Oto in 1971 and farming there until 1985. They continued living on the farm until 1995 and then retired to their home in Mapleton. They were faithful members of St. Mary's Catholic Church. Wilbert passed away on September 28, 1997.
    Rose was a member of St. Mary's Guild and served on the funeral committee. She was a member of the Mapleton American Legion Auxiliary Post 496 and was a volunteer at the Mapleton Food Pantry for a number of years. Rose was also a member of the Mapleton Scarlet O'Hatters.
    Rose was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother who loved them all and loved cooking for the big family get-togethers. She loved cooking, gardening, canning, and sewing for her children as they grew up. She and Shorty were happy raising their family on the farm with everyone helping with the chores, especially milking the cows.
    Rose and Shorty loved listening and dancing to polka music and attended many polka dancing festivals over the years. In recent years, Rose enjoyed bingo, crocheting, playing cards, and belonging to a fun card club in Mapleton.
    Surviving family members include eight children: Susan (Ron) Hood of Omaha; Robert (Diane) Cloud of Danbury; Charles (Annette) Cloud of Oto; Patricia Christensen of Elk River, MN; Steven (Chrystal) Cloud of Sioux City; Trudy (Ron) McGrain of Mapleton; Mark (Camille) Cloud of Anthon; and Julie (Dan) Drenkhahn of Mapleton. In addition, 28 grandchildren and numerous great and great-great grandchildren; 1 brother, Eugene (Alice) Wimmer of Mapleton; and many nieces, nephews, and good friends.
    Rose was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Mary Wimmer; her husband, Wilbert; son-in-law Lyle Christensen; grandson Christopher Cloud; sisters Katherine Rosch, Margaret Good, and Elnora Reimer; and brothers Joseph Wimmer and August Wimmer.


Ingeborg C. Roggatz

1937 - 2021

    Ingeborg C. Roggatz, age 84, of Anthon passed away on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at MercyOne Medical Center of Sioux City.
    Private Services were held in Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City.
    The Armstrong - Van Houten Funeral Home Anthon, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online www.armstrongfuneral.com.
    Ingeborg Christa Roggatz, the daughter of Irwen and Gertrude (Bruhn) Kuhtz, was born on March 14, 1937, in Berlin, Germany. At the age of 15, Ingeborg and her mother Gertrude relocated to the United States, where they settled in Anthon.
    On November 4, 1956, Ingeborg was united in marriage to LaVern Roggatz in St. John's Lutheran Church of Climbing Hill. The couple welcomed two children, Dennis and Kathy. Ingeborg and LaVern made their home on the family farm between Anthon and Oto for the next 41 years, raising crops and livestock. In 1981, Ingeborg started her career at Countryside Healthcare Center of Sioux City as a cook in the kitchen. She was an accomplished cook and enjoyed making a variety of dishes. In 1997, the couple retired from farming and moved into the town of Anthon.
    Ingeborg liked to crochet, knit, sew, and do needlepoint. She also enjoyed gardening and canning the fruits of her labor to later be used in her cooking. Family was very important to Ingeborg and she relished in every moment she was able to spend with them.
    Ingeborg was preceded in death by her parents Irwen and Gertrude Kuhtz; brother Wolfgang Kuhtz (age 2); husband LaVern Roggatz; and daughter Kathy Ryan.
    She will live on in the hearts of those left behind, son Dennis "Denny" and wife Lori Roggatz of Bronson; son-in-law Pat Ryan of Sloan; grandchildren: Jayme (Ben Clark) Uhl of Bronson, Austin and wife Brandee Roggatz of Waukee, Dusty (Andrea Willroth) Roggatz of Sioux City, Joshua Ryan of Sloan, and Zackary Ryan of Sioux City; great-grandchildren Victoria Ryan and Peyton Roggatz; and extended family and friends.


Calvin J. Gothier

1940 - 2021

    Calvin Jay Gothier, age 81, of Anthon passed away peacefully of natural causes, surrounded by his family, on Monday, September 27, 2021, at MercyOne Medical Center of Sioux City.
    A Funeral Service was held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at the United Methodist Church of Anthon. Lay Minister Shirley Nelson officiated. Committal Services followed in Oak Hill Cemetery of Anthon.
    Visitation was held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 1, 2021.
    The Armstrong - Van Houten Funeral Home of Anthon was in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online www.armstrongfuneral.com.
    Calvin Jay Gothier was born on August 13, 1940, in his current home in Anthon. He was the eldest son of Everett Neeble and Mae Eugene (Griffith) Gothier.
    Calvin grew up in Anthon and graduated from Anthon Public School in 1958. He participated in multiple sports including baseball, basketball and track. After finishing high school, he attended Wayne State College for a year before returning home.
    On November 26, 1960, Calvin was united in marriage to Joyce Evelyn Ashley at the United Methodist Church in Anthon. The couple were blessed with two children: Rhonda Jeanne and Jeffrey Frank.
    Calvin was an A.F. & A.M. Mason, a member of the Little Sioux Cycle Club, served as a 4-H Sheep Superintendent, volunteer fireman and fire chief, school board member, community choir, and a member of the Anthon United Methodist Church where he was in both the choir and the men's ministry group. During the Anthon Centennial in 1988, he was head of the planning committee and grand marshal of the parade.
    He carried on his love of sports as a catcher on an adult fast pitch softball team. Calvin and Joyce also supported the activities of their kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids, being regulars at the gym or ballfield cheering them on. Calvin liked attending rodeos, trail rides, card parties, playing Aggravation and Cribbage with friends, and was an avid reader.
    Calvin was a member of a farming family where, along with his dad Everett, his uncle Donald Gothier, and grandfather Col. Frank C. Gothier, they operated the largest mink ranch in the U.S. He also raised Black Angus cattle with farms in South Dakota and Iowa. He retired in 2005 after suffering a stroke.
    Left to treasure his memory are his wife of 60 years, Joyce; daughter, Rhonda Jeanne of Jacksonville, FL; son Jeffrey Frank (Jacque) of Anthon; grandchildren Kayla Joyce of Jacksonville, FL; Zachary Jeff of Anthon, Austin Jay of Sioux City, Brady Dean of Anthon, and Drew Jayden of Sioux City; great-grandchildren Alyxus Jeanne and Jayce Calvin both of Jacksonville, FL; brother Doug (Lee) Gothier of Madison, WI; sister Alice Sobieski of Correctionville; and extended family and friends.
    He was proceeded in death by his maternal grandparents, Alton Jay and Alice Olivia Griffith; paternal grandparents Col. Frank C. and Nelle Neeble Gothier; mother Mae Eugene Griffith Gothier; stepmother Beulah Griffith Gothier; father Everett Neeble Gothier, stepmother Wilma Arlene Gothier; and brother-in-law Gary Sobieski.