Obituaries

September 6, 1952 - September 9, 2022

Gloria Ann Fortner

Cherokee, IA

Gloria Ann Fortner, the daughter of James and Mary “Tiny” (Gordon) Gill, was born September 6, 1952, in Cherokee, IA. Her childhood years were spent on the farm west of Meriden, IA, where she attended school and graduated from Meriden-Cleghorn High School in 1970. Gloria worked at the…
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February 3, 1955 - August 21, 2022

Marie Ellen Jones

Cherokee, IA

Marie was born on February 3, 1955 at Buena Vista Hospital in Storm Lake, IA to parents John and Lucille (Dryer) Jones.  Marie was a twin to Mille (Jones) Bruhn.  Marie graduated from Aurelia High School in 1973.  After graduation, Marie attended Buena Vista University for one year…
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April 9, 1942 - August 13, 2022

Phyllis Kay Ames

Cherokee, IA

Phyllis Kay Ames, the daughter of Melvin and Alice (Puhrmann) Schmidt, was born on April 9, 1942, in Le Mars, IA. On May 3, 1942, she was baptized at her grandparent’s home.  She was confirmed on May 27, 1956 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee. Her childhood years were spent in rural…
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October 7, 1937 - August 12, 2022

Marilee Elizabeth Peterson

Aurelia, IA

Marilee Peterson passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family in her home in Aurelia on August 12. Funeral services will be held at 11 am, Wednesday, August 17th, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee, Iowa, with Rev. Jean Morse officiating. Marilee Elizabeth (Dorr) Peterson was…
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June 24, 1948 - August 9, 2022

Linda Lou Ruschmann

Cherokee, IA

Linda Lou (Burns) Ruschmann, 74, died peacefully in her sleep, with her son, Brandon, by her side, on August 9, 2022 in Cherokee, Iowa after a long and courageous battle with cancer. As the beloved matriarch of her close-knit family, Linda will be lovingly remembered by her son Brandon,…
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March 24, 1933 - August 3, 2022

Norma Marie Olhausen

Cherokee, IA

Norma Marie Olhausen, the daughter of Oscar and Astrid (Roseen) Klingborg, was born March 24, 1933, in Cleghorn, IA. Her childhood years were spent in Quimby where she attended and graduated from Quimby High School. Following her schooling, she worked at the telephone company for a short time.…
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October 13, 1938 - July 22, 2022

Jeanine Valentine

Cherokee, IA

 Jeanine Valentine, the daughter of Raymond and Helen (Thompson) Struck was born October 13, 1938, in Spencer, IA. Her childhood years were spent in the Truesdale/Webb, IA area where she attended school. She attended Storm Lake St.Mary’s School her senior year where she played…
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June 18, 1933 - July 21, 2022

Val Dean Koch

Cherokee, IA

Val Dean Koch, 89, of Cherokee, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2022 surrounded by family.   Val Dean was born on June 18, 1933, in Norfolk, NE, to Mildred (Albers) and Fred Koch. Val Dean graduated from Aurelia High School in 1952. Following graduation, he traveled to Washington DC…
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