Ten Mile Lake Association
Obituaries 2008

Remembering our Ten Mile Lake Friends...2008

Mary Virginia Knowles Campbell   1918 - 2008

Mary Virginia Knowles Campbell, 90, died peacefully Sunday, November 30, 2008 at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, NE.

She was born in Omaha NE on May 4, 1918, the eldest child of James Walter and Katherine Martin Knowles. Mary Virginia attended elementary school at Duchesne Academy and graduated from Omaha Central High School. She attended Bradford Junior College in Bradford, MA, and then attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She was a princess in the 1938 Ak-Sar-Ben Court. She married Stuart Douglas Campbell of Norfolk, NE, on August 23, 1941 in Omaha. Following Dr. Campbell’s medical residency they lived in Wayne, NE and moved to Scottsbluff in 1947. Mrs. Campbell resided in Scottsbluff for 54 years, with a brief move to Omaha from 2001 to May, 2008, when she returned and moved to the Village at Regional West.

She was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, St. Agnes Altar Society, AAUW, and St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary, and was 50-year member of Chapter ET of PEO.

Mary Virginia is survived by her children Katherine (Paul) Edelbrock of Scottsbluff, Anne (John) Jones of Petaluma, CA. Susan (Steve) Wilson of Enterprise, AL, Joan Campbell of Lincoln, Doug (Laurie) Campbell of Sonoma CA, Allan (Pam) Campbell of Bemidji, MN, and Ginny (Gabe) Ojeda of Kingston, TN. She is also survived by 29 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, her son-in-law John Ringle of Minnesota, and her brother Jim (Birdie) Knowles of Omaha.

Her husband Douglas, brother Eugene “Bud” Knowles, sister Rosemary Sorz, daughter Julie Ringle, grand-daughters Maggie, Alison, and Molly, and son-in-law John Campbell preceded her in death.

The Campbell family spent many years on the South Shore of Ten Mile Lake, in the Woock cabins. Eventually they bought one of these cabins

(Information provided by Sally Helsman.)

Barbara Sigrid Galdames   1948-2008

Barbara Sigrid Galdames, 59, of Ten Mile Lake (Hackensack, MN) died on August 26, 2008 in Fargo, ND following an unexpected stroke and automobile accident near her home. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Andrea Galdames (Paul Dosh), her son, Sebastian Galdames, her three brothers: Andrew Larson (Kate Larson), Juan Larson, and David Larson, granddaughter Araminta Patricia, and numerous relatives and friends.

Barbara was born to Patricia (Peterson) and Robert Larson on November 16, 1948 in São Paulo, Brazil. She spent much of her youth living in Lima, Peru and Santiago, Chile, but always maintained a connection to the family property on Ten Mile Lake, visiting it with her family when possible. Barbara married Gustavo A. Galdames in Santiago in 1971. In 1974 she and her husband moved to Dallas, Texas where they resided for several years. Both Andrea and Sebastian were born in Dallas. Gustavo was killed in a car accident in 1979 and Barbara returned to Santiago with her children for a year before moving permanently to Ten Mile Lake.

Barbara was a devoted and adored daughter, sister, mother, and grandmother. For many years she worked as a teacher to young children before becoming a greenhouse manager. She had a talent for growing flowers, fruits, and vegetables and maintained a beautiful garden that surrounded her home. Most recently Barbara worked at the AmericInn in Walker. She is deeply missed by family, friends, and coworkers.

A memorial service will be held at her home on Saturday, October 11, 2008. Memorial contributions can be made to Minnesota Public Radio or the Ten Mile Lake Association in her name.

(Information provided by Barbara's daughter, Andrea Galdames)

Bernice Brown Stahler

Bernice Brown Stahler died peacefully in her sleep on August 12, 2008, in San Diego, CA, at age 96. She was born in Anoka in 1912. She was a graduate of the University of Minnesota. Along with Pearl Johnson, Gert Kuehl, and their three husbands from Lamberton, MN, she brought her family to Ten Mile Lake in 1947. (The wonderful Ten Mile Lake History of 2007 has many entries from these three families.)

Although Bernice and her husband, “Chuck” Stahler, moved their family west (eventually to California) in 1952, Bernice’s daughter Mary and son John continued to visit Ten Mile Lake. John owned the old green Hansel place, near Helen Anderson, from 1990 to 2005. Bernice’s last visit was in 1998, at age 86, but she always loved Ten Mile Lake.

Bernice was a wonderful, remarkable woman. She will be sorely missed by her family. She leaves children Mary, John, and Ann, and grandchildren somewhere north of ten (John himself has five great grandchildren.)

Bernice Stahler’s life touched many; it is hard to imagine that anyone was left wanting, since she had a positive message for everyone. Her death is a great loss for all who knew her.

(Information provided by John Stahler, son.)

Stan Adams

Stan Adams, 46, a lifelong Ames resident, died Friday, August 1, 2008, at Ten Mile Lake, of a heart attack. Stan was born May 18, 1962, in Tacoma, Washington, the son of Bruce and Nancy (Getz) Adams. He graduated from Ames High School in 1980, and from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 1987. He married Loretta Lutjen June 23, 1984. He was employed at CMA IDEACOM as a salesman.

He and his family enjoyed vacationing at Ten Mile Lake, where he enjoyed water skiing and other water sports. He loved his children, and enjoyed ISU athletics, the Green Bay Packers, and the Boston Red Sox. His love of all types of music inspired him to listen to music and to converse about it often.

Stan is survived by his wife, Loretta Adams; one daughter, Lindsey Jo Adams, and one son, Dylan Marshall Adams, all of Ames; by his mother Nancy Adams, of Ames; brother Jay (Linda) Adams, of Huxley; sisters Marna (Gary) Lenz, of Bloomington, MN and Sarah Adams (Kevin Koshmeder) of St. Croix Falls, WI; brothers Denny Marshall, of Lincoln , NB and Frank Marshall, of Yelm, Washington; sister Eva (Kevin) Grauer of Lincoln, NB; and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; his dad, Bruce Adams; his in-laws, Delbert and Izetta Lutjen, and one brother, Vince Marshall. A funeral service was held Friday, August 8, 2008 at the United Church of Christ-Congregational in Ames, with the Reverend Paul Johnson officiating.

(Information provided by Jack Adams, uncle.)

Margaret "Peggy" Decker Winton Anderson   1923 - 2008

Margaret “Peggy” Decker Winton, 85, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 23, 2008 after a period of declining health. She died as she lived, with durable grace. She was a native of Minnesota and spent most of her life in the state, interspersed with periods in Idaho, Oregon, California, and Massachusetts.

She graduated from Northrop Collegiate School and attended Pomona College and the University of Minnesota. A good heart and a determined positive attitude toward life were Peggy’s hallmarks. She was highly compassionate and generous with a pervasive concern for the well-being of others. She relished cooking and entertaining, and had a natural talent for color and design expressed in her clothing, her home décor, her appreciation of good art, and in her proficiency as an accomplished gardener. She was an able sculptress and created engaging water colors into her later years. As a high school student she participated in musical theater, and singing was a lifelong joy. She played tennis proficiently as a youth, skied, golfed, and adored dancing. She enjoyed travel to Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and Hawaii.

Peggy was married for 48 years to Clifford F. Anderson, a member of the 1941 and 1942 University of Minnesota football teams, and captain-elect of the 1943 team. Peggy was predeceased by her husband, her parents, David J. Winton and Katherine D. Winton, and by her brother, David M. Winton. She is survived by her sister, Katherine W. Evans; son, Mark Anderson; daughter, Katherine A Crosby and husband David Washburn; and her companion, Yale Smiley.

Cliff and Peggy first came to Ten Mile as guests of Bob and Katherine Crabb, and then bought a cabin on Lower Ten Mile Lake Road in the 60s. Eventually they became part of the group that bought Hillaway and built a new cabin on the East Shore.

(Information provided by Karin Arsan.)

Effie Wilson Anderson

Effie Wilson Anderson, 93, of Ames, Iowa, died Sunday, June 22, at Bethany Manor in Story City. She was born October 12, 1914, in Boone, Iowa, the daughter of Walter R. and Bessie (Norick) Wilson. She graduated from Boone High School in 1931, attended Boone Junior College, and graduated from Drake University with a degree in education. She taught in rural schools in Boone and Story counties and in elementary schools in Cambridge and Ballard Community District in Story County. She enjoyed reading, public radio, bridge, and cross-stitching her own designs, but her passion was teaching kids to read. She and Glenn enjoyed 33 years at their summer home on Ten Mile Lake.

Effie married Glenn E. Anderson August 15, 1937. She was a member of the United Church of Christ (Congregational) in both Ames and Hackensack, MN. She was a charter member of the Beta Gamma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Honorary Society for Women Teachers.

She is survived by three daughters, Charlene (Watson) Mason, Glennis Anderson, and Verdene Anderson; one son, Glenn (Catherine) Anderson; nine grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn, and three sisters: Irene, Genevieve, and Zoe.

A private family burial service was held at Linwood Cemetery in Boone.

(Information from the Ames Tribune, June 25, 2008.)

Ned Jeffries Goodwin

Ned Jeffries Goodwin, 73, of Sun City, Arizona, died on May 16, 2008. He was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1934. In 1949 he moved to Walker, Minnesota where he graduated from high school in 1952. He attended the university of Minnesota and graduated from Brown Institute with a degree in Mass Communication. Ned served in the navy during the Korean War. He was editor of the “Kwajaleen Post” Newspaper in the Marshall Islands and spent two years in Hawaii as the official guide for tours of Pearl Harbor. Later he was stationed at the Pentagon on the editorial staff of All Hands Magazine. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, he finished his education and in 1958 began his long career in broadcasting in Marshall, Minnesota. In 1959 he was hired by Station KBUN in Bemidji, Minnesota. In 1964 he became General Manager and was named Vice President of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting Company in 1967. He built FM Station KBHP in 1972.

In 1988, Ned had open-heart surgery after a near-fatal heart attack. The company was sold in 1989, but Ned continued on the air with his very popular program, “Musical Memories,” which ended in 1994 after 23 years. He worked for Public Television for two years as director of Development, retiring again in 1995.

Ned was active in Bemidji civic affairs, serving as President of the Park Board and Councilman; in 1970 he was elected Mayor of Bemidji. He became an active member of the Minnesota Broadcasting Association in 1964 and served on the Board of Directors, as Secretary/Treasurer, and Vice President; from 1986 to 1988 he served as President of MBA. He received the MBA Pioneer Broadcaster Award in 1989, and was honored as one of the original members of the MBA Hall of Fame in 2001. In addition to his busy professional life he enjoyed acting with the summer stock Paul Bunyan Playhouse in Bemidji for 17 years.

In 1994, Ned married Mariana Elsenpeter. When he retired they moved to Ten Mile Lake, in Hackensack, MN. In 1996 Ned and Mariana bought a home in Sun City, AZ and were “snow birds” for ten years. In 2005 they sold their lake home and became permanent residents of Sun City.

Ned was preceded in death by his father, Ned, Sr., his mother, Orlean Magee, and step-father, Roy Magee; and grandson, Jeremy Goodwin. He is survived by his wife Mariana; two sons, Brad (Amy) Goodwin of Brooten, MN, and Paul (Kim) Goodwin of Bemidji, MN; daughter July (Tom) Wollack of Andover, MN; step-mother Marlea Turgeon of Evanston, IL; half-sisters Marlea Jean (Brian) Robb of Buffalo Grove, IL and Pam (Kelly) Gavin of Bradenton, FL; half-brother Jeff Goodwin of Mahomet, IL; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

A memorial service will be held in Bemidji at a later date. Inurnment will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Walker, MN.

(Information provided by Ned’s wife, Mariana Goodwin)

Margaret Elizabeth Gits

Margaret “Marty” Elizabeth (Ford) Gits, a longtime resident of Bemidji, MN died Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at Neilson Place in Bemidji. Marty was born September 9, 1930 in Marshall, MN to Dr. Burton Ford and Mary Lauretta “Laura” (Graney) Ford. Marty graduated from Marshall High School in 1948 and from St. Catherine’s College in 1952. She did graduate work at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she received a Master’s Degree in Art History. She married Gregory E. Gits on August 13, 1955 in Marshall, MN.

Marty was employed in St. James, MN School District and at St. Ann’s in Minneapolis until she retired to raise a family. She was a St. Philip’s Trustee and was involved in St. Jude’s Circle. Marty was a master knitter and crocheter, enjoyed crossword puzzles, water color and oil painting, and was an avid reader. She was a loving mother, thoughtful person, a creative cook, an avid bridge and cribbage player, and especially loved spending time with her children and grandchildren at Ten Mile Lake. She had spent every summer since she was nine years old at the Gits cabin, formerly the Ford cabin.

Marty is survived by her loving husband, Gregory gits, of Bemidji, MN; her children, Judy M. Klaers (Pat) of Fargo, ND, Charles J. Gits (Kim) of Edina. MN, Elizabeth A Nelson (Gayle) of Brainerd, MN, Helen P. Yarmoska (Wayne) of Edina, and John G. Gits (Lisa) of Madison, WI; nine grandchildren; sister Patricia Murphy of Marshall, MN; numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and grand nephews; dear friends of the Book Club and neighborhood. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Dr. Jack Ford, and her sister, Eileen Hahn. A funeral service was held at St. Philip’s Catholic Church in Bemidji on May 10, 2008, with interment at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Cemetery in Marshall, MN.

(Information provided by Marty’s husband, Greg Gits.)

Alyce Purvis

Alyce L. Purvis died April 30, 2008 in Lincoln, NE after a very long fight with Alzheimer’s disease and other health issues. She was just 3 weeks short of her 89th birthday and a few more weeks short of celebrating her 68th wedding anniversary with her devoted husband, Don. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughters,C. Leigh (Warren) Gerber and Lynn (Ross) McCown; son Rick; grandchildren Mike (Mary Susan) Gerber, Geoff (Chelsea) Gerber, Torry (John) Marszalek, Vanessa (David) Harris, C.Leigh (Jason) Hellbusch, and Chris McCown; and great grandchildren: Aidan and Chloe Gerber. Other survivors include nephews and great nieces, all of whom visited the Purvis cabin at TML numerous times.

After vacationing at various resorts on the north shore, Alyce and Don bought their cabin on Chariton Beach in 1959 and their love of the lake has grown every year since. Alyce’s industriousness and love of beauty “changed” the cabin many times over the years. She always seemed to have a paint brush or flower pot at the ready. It always resulted in a beautiful cabin. Over the years, many, many friends of the kids and grandkids would use the dock as a gathering place and if they hung around long enough, Alyce would recruit them to “throw a few rocks” onto the bank. It seemed a fair trade-off to get another water ski ride.

Alyce unequivocally and passionately loved all that Ten Mile offers:  boating, fishing, sailing, loafing on a raft, raking, gardening, planting trees, embracing the ever-changing moods of the lake, “pitch” games, picking berries and making jams and jellies, entertaining, black water hour, reading books with and without redeeming values, any number of arts and crafts, long walks on the back roads wearing a mosquito net hat, saunas, enjoying the raining times because “we need it,” singing “I See the Moon” and “The Ten Mile Song,” naps, Sunday breakfast, spoiling grandkids,  bird watching, laughing at the antics of hummingbirds, and, welcoming a beautiful, wonderful sunrise, as well as exalting a spectacular sunset.

Alyce was an adored wife, an All-American mom, the absolute best “Grammy,” and a cherished and sincere friend to many. She will be missed terribly but remembered joyfully and happily.

(Information provided by Rick Purvis, son.)

Milton M. Zobel

Miton M. Zobel, age 86, of Ida Grove, IA died Sunday, April 13, 2008 at Mission Regional Medical Center in Mission, TX.

Born January 22, 1922, in Ida Grove, IA, Milton Milford Zobel was one of nine children born to Louis G. and Anna M (Schwenk) Zobel. He was baptized January 29, 1922 at Trinity Church in Grant Township, by his grandfather, Pastor Henry Schwenk. On May 20, 1947, Milton was united in marriage to Frieda R. Reuscher. They had one daughter, Carol Ann. Frieda preceded Milton in death on August 9, 2002.

Milton served in the United States Air Force during World War II. Following his tour of duty, he returned to Ida Grove where he was active in the construction industry and other businesses since 1946. Milton was president of United Builders Inc., a diversified construction and building supply company. He constructed many homes, commercial buildings, schools, and hospitals in the community and throughout the area. He also designed and built various churches, the more recent one being St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove, his home church.

For many years Milton was an active member in the Master Builders of Iowa, serving on the Board of Directors and as secretary, vice president, and president. He was also on two committees on the national level of the Associated General Contractors of America. He was a member of the American Legion for over 50 years.

On May 13, 2002, Milton married Elaine (Depauw) Hendrickson Splettstoeszer at Breezy Point Chapel in Brainerd, MN. The couple enjoyed spending time at their vacation homes in Texas and Minnesota.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine; a daughter, Carol Ann Hanson of Cedar Falls; six grandchildren: Joanna (the Rev. Kirk) Perry of Grand Marian Island, New Brunswick, Canada, Jesse Hanson of Memphis, TN, and Jeremiah, Joshua, Josiah, and Jemimah (Jamie) Hanson, all of Cedar Falls; three brothers: Victor (Lois) Zobel of Ida Grove, Martin (Beth) Zobel of Yorkville, IL, and Vernon (Marlene) Zobel of Ida Grove; as well as many nieces and nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends. In addition to his first wife,Frieda, Milton was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Edgar and Walter Zobel; and three sisters, Lusann Werning, Lydia Schlinz, and Ruth Werning.

(Information, from the Des Moines Register, was provided by Jack Adams.)

John T. Strawn Jr.

John T. Strawn Jr., 94, a part-time resident since 1974 at the family home on Long’s Bay, died March 17, 2007, in Cedar Rapids, IA.

John was born and lived his childhood in Des Moines, IA. He earned a BA in Chemistry from Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA, in 1933. In 1935 he married Olive Keeler, and they resided and farmed in rural Benton County until retiring to Vinton, IA, in 1992.

After Olive’s death in 1998, John moved to the Methwick Manor Retirement Home in Cedar Rapids, IA, and was a resident there until his death.

John served on a number of boards and committees during his life in Benton County.  He and Olive enjoyed traveling in the U. S. and abroad, and his hobbies included photography, collecting antique tractors, woodworking, hunting and fishing.   He loved every minute spent at Ten Mile with his family and friends.

John is survived by a son, Thomas; two daughters. Mary (Rick) Gaskins, and Melinda (Jerry) McCarty; and five grandchildren.

(Information provided by Mary Gaskins.)

Dorothy Gail Smith Beasley   1924 - 2008

Dorothy Gail (Smith) Beasley, 84, of Nashville, Tennessee died March 8, 2008. Dorothy Gail was born in Walker hospital, the daughter of Al and Mae Smith, original builders of Happiness Resort. Her father bought the property in 1920. The resort was then named “Hustle-Inn” lodge, and was built with the help of the early pioneers of Long Bay, such as Albert Thomas (and his team of horses), the Hobans and the Smith family. Dorothy Gail spent 15 summers helping her parents run the resort until it had to be sold to the LeClair’s during the Depression, for $3,000! She knew all of the pioneers of Long’s Bay, and recounts many incredible stories about them in the Ten Mile Lake History Book, pages 39-42.

Fortunately, a one acre lot was retained around the point, where a new cabin was built in the 1950’s by her mother and Louie Wittman, where it remains today in the Beasley-Varela name.

Dorothy Gail, a Northwest stewardess, married Colonel Lyn Beasley, USAF, and honeymooned in the Hoban’s boathouse. They had 5 children, and lived all over the world. Each summer the Beasley family returned to Ten Mile to visit their grandparents. The Beasley’s were best known for their waterskiing competitions, “discing,” and great parties. The friendships at Ten Mile were solid and lifelong. Lyn and Dorothy Gail were some of the first water-skiers on this lake, and took great pride in sharing this skill, teaching countless others to ski. Long’s Bay was always a little noisier and more active when the Beasley tribe arrived! Lyn and Dorothy Gail added a permanent home in 1986, and were members of Sacred Heart Church. They were also known for the country music concerts at the Hackensack Senior Center, and the awesome F-16 “fly-by” performed by their son, Skip, on the 4th of July 1988. She always considered Ten Mile her true home, and her legacy shall remain for the next generations

(Information provided by Mary Ann Beasley Varela.)

Robert “Bob” William Nelson, Sr.

Robert “Bob” William Nelson was born March 27, 1926, in Litchfield, MN. He lived in Cosmos and Litchfield. He graduated from Litchfield High School in 1944. After high school he served in the Army during World War II. He graduated from St. Cloud Teachers’ College in 1950, where he also played basketball. In 1950, he married Eleanor Macklin in Litchfield. He taught and coached in Byron, Gaylord, Crosby-Ironton, and Inver Grove Heights.

Bob retired in 1980, and moved to live permanently at the cabin he had built on Portage Lake, in Hackensack. He enjoyed many years of hunting, fishing, wild ricing, maple syruping, wood working, and following his son Bob’s basketball teams. Trips to Canada fishing, especially one with his children and grandchildren, pheasant hunting with his friends, and two trips to China with Ellie were highlights in recent years.

Bob was the only son of Bill and Hilda Nelson. He was husband to Ellie, and Dad to Terry, Bob (Betsy), Marybeth (Keith), Becky (Randy), and Eric. He was Grandpa to Isaac, Owen, Adam (Carrie), Britt, Molly (Erik), Ellie, Levi, and Ben, and Great Grandpa to Trey and Ty. He was brother-in-law to Phoebe (Randy) Vosbeck, Mary Jones, John Macklin, and Judy Macklin, and “Uncle Bob” to many nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; sisters-in-law B. J. Macklin and Jean (Gail) Johnson; and brothers-in-law Ken Jones and Bill (Becky) Macklin.

Bob will be remembered as a generous, giving person who always had time for others. Whenever he met people he wanted to know where they were from, what they did, and whom they knew in common, and made connections with all. He spent time helping at Union Congregation Church in Hackensack, and building homes for Habitat for Humanity.

(Information from the Walker Pilot Independent, March 5, 2008.)

Esther Carlson 1908-2008

Esther Carlson died in January, 2008, just a few months shy of her 100th birthday. She and her husband, Martin, began to vacation at Ten Mile in 1955, and in 1959 they bought a cabin on Long Beach, where they spent summers after Martin's retirement. Esther loved the lake and nature in general. She was very artistic, and many of her paintings of cabins and nature scenes grace the walls of family homes and cabins. She didn't begin to paint seriously until she was in her 60s, and after that she was very active in the Walker Art League. She enjoyed being out on the lake and fishing. Years ago she caught an 8-pound walleye that continued its growth for some time after having been mounted and hung on the wall. Esther loved to canoe, and in the 1960s and 1970s she and Martin regularly went on canoe trips to nearby rivers with the Kilanders, the Hertzmans and the Mattsons, who had a cabin on Birch Lake. With several ministers and academics in the group, the after-trip gatherings were always full of wonderfully told stories and anecdotes. She continued to enjoy canoe rides even into her early 90s, when her eyesight was failing due to macular degeneration. Esther had a very good eye for decoration, and she loved to make arrangements from wildflowers and evergreen branches.

Esther and Martin were quite cosmopolitan and lived in many places around the country, ranging from Chicago and Minnesota to Manhattan, and to St. Petersburg, FL, in retirement until they moved back to the Twin Cities late in life. They traveled widely around the world, and many friends from their travels visited them at the lake.

Esther is survived by a daughter, Mary Ann Anderson, who with husband Gary, now occupies the old family cabin, and by her son, Bruce, and wife Jean, who bought a new cabin not far away when the number of kids and grandkids became too large to fit into one building.  Esther is also survived  by four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

(Information provided by Bruce Carlson.)

Jane Benbrook

Jane S. Benbrook, 87, of Ames. IA passed away January 27, 2008. A devoted wife and loving mother, she was preceded in death by her parents, Warder-man and Mary Edna Stallings, and her brothers Ward and Jim. She is survived by Stan, her loving husband of 64 years, daughter Susan and husband Mahmood Seyala, grandson Layth and wife Suzanne, grandson Nazar, and great grandsons Caleb and Aidan.

Jane was born in Alton, IL. She attended her first year of college at Shurtleff College and graduated from Iowa State College with a bachelor of science in Home Economics. She was a member of Tri Delta Sorority and Phi Upsilon Omicron Home Economics honorary society. She served as Home Economist for Iowa Electric Light and Power in Marshalltown, IA and was a Civil Air Patrol spotter.

After training at Smith College in Northampton, MA she graduated as a Navy Ensign. She was stationed in Washington, DC and worked in the Code Rooms. After the war she taught pre-school, was a Brownie and Girl Scout Leader, a substitute teacher, a creative writer, a volunteer for “Gray Ladies,” worked for IBM, organized tours and social events, and was an avid bridge player, camper, and genealogy researcher. She spent every summer with her family at her beloved Ten Mile Lake in MN.

(Information, from the Des Moines Register, was provided by Stan Benbrook.)