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The Press OBITUARIES - April 2012

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Annie Charlotte Lehman
Annie Charlotte Lehman, 100, of Aberdeen, ID, passed away Thursday, April 19, 2012 at Spring Creek Manor, in American Falls.
Annie was born Dec. 22, 1911, in Goessel, KS, to Peter and Marie Schroeter Isaak. The family moved to Dubois, ID, in 1914, to homestead. In 1920, her family moved to the Aberdeen/American Falls area. She graduated from the eighth grade in the Fairview Country School. Her family attended the German Homestead Church until that church joined the First Mennonite Church in Aberdeen. Her summers were spent attending German Bible School, herding cows with her brothers and swimming in the canal.
Annie married Herbert Lehman June 28, 1931. She worked for many years at the local processing plant and was a floor lady at J.R. Simplot for 11 years. Herbert and Annie celebrated 65 years of marriage on June 30, 1996. Herbert passed away on April 10, 1997.
Annie was preceded in death by her six brothers and five sisters. She has three sons, Stanley (Carol) of Paso Robles, CA, Richard (Delores) of Aberdeen, Jerry (Janice) of Parma, ID; and two daughters, Audrey Gorgonzola and Marilyn Lehman of Boise, ID. She has 15 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Annie was a lifelong member of the First Mennonite Church, The Bethany Circle and The Agenda Club. She enjoyed the senior citizen activities, sewing, quilting, playing cards and gardening. She was an inspiration to all who knew her. She will be greatly missed.
Annie requested donations be given to the First Mennonite Church Deacons Fund, 381 W. Washington, Aberdeen, Idaho 83210 in lieu of flowers.
The visitation was from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday April 22, at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street in American Falls and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, April 23, at First Mennonite Church, 381 W. Washington, Aberdeen. The funeral service was at 11 a.m. Interment followed at the Homestead Cemetery.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.
Lloyd Ludwig Hoffer
Lloyd Ludwig Hoffer, 92, a lifelong resident of Aberdeen, passed away Monday, April 16, 2012, after suffering a stroke at the Veterans Nursing Home in Pocatello, ID.
He was born June 9, 1919, to Ludwig and Marie Longheinrich Hoffer at their Pleasant Valley, ID, homestead.
He attended and graduated from the Aberdeen school system. Later he met and married the love of his life, Helen Evelyn Jones of Sterling, ID, in Blackfoot on Nov. 18, 1939.
He worked as a mechanic for Albert Kosanke for a short time before moving to Long Beach, CA, where he was employed by AAA Car Club and then as a welder for Northrup Aircraft. Inducted into the army during World War II, he served as a medic for a short time, before receiving an honorable medical discharge.
He then moved his family back to Aberdeen where he started his own repair shop and also operated a leveling business doing field leveling for area farmers. Later he worked for Funk Produce for 22 years, where he designed and built the first potato scooper, used extensively in the potato and onion industry. Following Funk Produce, he was employed by the Aberdeen Experiment Station until his retirement in 1985. There he built experimental harvesting equipment and oversaw general maintenance. He also owned and operated the first Aberdeen Drive-Inn, offering delicious delights to the community for many years.
Lloyd was active in the Mennonite church and Palisades Camp building/maintenance program for many years. He loved sharing his mechanical abilities with those in need. However, his joy in life was love of family and his Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Helen and two great-grandchildren. He is survived by his seven children, Lloyd Paul (wife Marilyn), Idaho Falls, ID; Terrence Lee (wife Carolyn), Yuba City, CA; Dallas Leon (wife Sandra), Idaho Falls; Marsha Elaine (husband Merle Friesen), American Falls; Sandra Loy (husband Russ Knapp), Boise, ID; Randall Lamar (wife Galena), Boise; and Brent LeRay (wife Laura), Aberdeen; one brother, Jake Hoffer of Lake Ellsinore, CA; 24 grandchildren; and 68 great-grandchildren.
Friends are invited to join the family for the viewing at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, April 21, prior to the funeral service at 10:30 a.m. at the First Mennonite Church of Aberdeen. Interment will be at the Aberdeen Cemetery after the service.
Services are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary of American Falls.

Maril Beck
Maril L. Beck, 97, passed away Thursday, April 5, 2012 in his home in Aberdeen, ID.
Maril was born July 19, 1914, in Spanish Fork, UT, to Nephi Beck and Lettice Leyshon Beck. He had one sister, LaRita Phillips, and one brother, LaVoy Beck. The family moved to Aberdeen when Maril was three years old.
He met Julia Jacobs at a dance in Rockland. They soon fell in love and were married Jan. 2, 1937, and were later sealed in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on Dec. 27, 1946. They had five children: Donald (Darlene) Beck, Santa Ana, CA; Loah (Von) Thompson, Las Vegas, NV; Faye (Mike) Welch, Aberdeen; Victoria (Lorin) Lords, Lehi, UT; Connie Kay (Brent) Cornforth, Aberdeen. Maril and Julia have 27 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.
Maril farmed most of his life. In 1947, he built a family home on an 80 acre farm and gravity irrigated 360 acres for many years by himself. In 1960, Maril sold the farm, built a home in Aberdeen and started working for Simplot Soil Builders where he managed the plant in American Falls. After 14 years, he left Simplot and drove school bus for the Aberdeen School District and many high school wrestling matches.
Maril retired in 1984 to fully enjoy his family and many hobbies. He loved to hunt, fish, camp, work with wood and spent many hours in his yard and garden. Maril was preceded in death by his wife Julia, his parents, siblings, daughter Loah Thompson and great-grandson Stockton Welch.
A viewing was held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Aberdeen First Ward, on Sunday, April 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. A second viewing was Monday, April 9, from 10 to 10:45 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. Interment followed the service at the Aberdeen Cemetery. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.

Rodney Dwain Fernau
Rodney Dwain Fernau, 78, passed away Saturday, March 31, 2012, in Keizer, OR, after a long illness. He was born Feb. 19, 1934 in Long Pine, NE. He was the 13th of 14 children born to David and Ella Fernau, of Ainsworth, NE.
On Sept. 10, 1955, he married Clarice McIntyre, in Mission SD. The couple moved to Idaho where two of three daughters were born. In 1961 they returned to Nebraska, where their final daughter was born in Ainsworth. In 1969 they moved to Omaha, and Rodney worked for the Paxton Mitchell Company. In 1978, he transferred to Dewey, OK, and work for the company until the company closed in 1982. The couple then moved to American Falls.
After Clarice found out she had ALS, the couple moved to Newberg, OR, where Clarice lost her battle and passed away Jan 14, 1990. Rodney then married Joan Harris, and adopted Joan’s two children.
Rodney is preceded in death by his parents, David and Ella; his first wife Clarice; two sisters, Lottie and Vera Esterly; five brothers, Calvin, Dale, Charles, Dean and Glen.
He is survived by his wife Joan; four daughters, Rhonda (Dave) Halstead of Boise, ID, Rogene of Claremore, OK, Rochelle (Dale) Baisch of American Falls, Tracy and a son, Eric, both of Salem, OR, one sister, Ruby Barrit, WY, four brothers, Lester (Maxine), Wilbur (Dori), Vern (IdaBell), Sidney (Joyce), all of Idaho, and Earl, NE, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was held in Newberg, OR, on Thursday, April 5.

Martha Bauer
Martha Lilifae Wenz Bauer, age 93, of American Falls, passed away at Quinn Meadows Care Center in Pocatello on Saturday, March 31, 2012.
She was born Oct. 10, 1918, in Kamima, ID, to Phillip and Louisa Quenzer Wenz. Martha had three older sisters – Olga (Rhyne), Magdalene (Reeb), and Lydia (Lehman) and two older brothers – John and Manuel.
Martha married the love of her life, Emil Emmanuel Bauer, on May 30, 1935. They had three children – Larry Richard, Donna Lorraine, and JoAnn Rose.
Martha enjoyed a very active and fulfilling life. She enjoyed gardening, canning, baking, sewing, singing, yodeling, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, and shopping. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her two brothers and three sisters; her husband, Emil Bauer; her son, Larry Bauer; her granddaughter, Terry Mitchell; and her great-great-grandson, Seth Ala. She is survived by her two daughters, JoAnn Bauer of Idaho Falls and Donna Ala (Bill) of Casper, WY; 10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by those she left behind.
All services will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 656 Tyhee Ave., American Falls. Visitation will be at St. John’s Lutheran Church in the Fireside Room on Wednesday, April 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday, April 5, from 10 a.m. until the service. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Falls View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.

Velma “Pauline” Morris
Pauline was born Nov. 4, 1919, the second daughter of Joe and Marie (Francy) Blair. The Blair family lived in the town of Broken Arrow, OK. Pauline attended school in Broken Arrow and graduated in 1937.
When she turned 19, she was swept off her feet by a handsome young cowboy from Idaho named Layton Morris. Pauline left her beloved family and married Layton on Dec. 12, 1939 in Pocatello, ID. They celebrated their honeymoon hand milking their small herd of cows, and thus began their journey of life together. The happy couple settled in a log house in American Falls, where they started their family. They marketed their milk and cream on a milk route. Hard work and dedication was the rule they lived by throughout their life together. Nothing came easy during this era of tough times, but as Pauline delivered her twin daughters, Lorene and Florene, faith, love, and persistence would carry them through.
Layton lived close to the land, and always worked with cattle and horses, fulfilling his cowboy roots. The young family moved to Pocatello where Pauline, pregnant with Linda, got homesick for family in Oklahoma. She gathered her twin babies and traveled by train back home for a visit. Linda was born after she returned to Pocatello. Layton worked at a gun plant during this time, and Pauline continued to tend to her family.
They later moved to Black Rock where they worked their ranch and dairy. Layton was injured during this time and lost two fingers in an accident. This put additional hardship on Pauline. The injury and responsibility to his family prevented Layton from fighting in World War II, but he got to witness the birth of their first son, Johnny. Two years later they were blessed with a darling daughter, Joy.
Eventually they moved to a ranch in Mink Creek. While their house was being built, Pauline and her young family camped in a one room garage for 6 months. The family then moved to the garage and utility room of their new house until the house was finished. Layton supplemented the ranch by landscaping and hauling “black dirt”. Rickey was born during this time, completing the Morris family.
Layton sold their new house in Mink Creek and bought a dry farm in Rockland where the family lived in a two bedroom apartment in the top of a quonset hut. They also bought a ranch on Rock Creek. The kids attended school in American Falls, so Layton built a house in town for winter, and they spent the summers in Rockland. Eventually the family moved to a new home Layton built on a ranch west of American Falls where they milked cows and raised beef cattle. Pauline had a passion for chickens, and started an egg business with 300 laying hens. Her egg route and Layton’s income from the Lamb Weston plant supplemented the ranch and kids. When Layton retired, they sold the ranch and moved to town where they spent over three decades enjoying their journey. Layton, the love of Pauline’s life, passed away in 1997.
Pauline always tended a large garden and provided for her family and guests with the produce she preserved. She was an accomplished seamstress, and made most of the girls’ clothes. Her butterscotch pies were in great demand, and her homemade bread was legendary. If you knew Pauline, you experienced her bread, which she shared with everyone. Pauline worked 25 years during potato harvest in quality control for Zimmerman Farms, and was on the Senior Citizen Board. She spent several years as a “Pink Lady” at the hospital, helping the “old people”, many of which were younger than herself. For Pauline, old was only a state of mind. But Pauline’s most notable accomplishment was her dedication to her faith in Jesus. She diligently attended the Assembly of God Church and taught Sunday School for 63 years. Many of you, young and old, who read this can boast of learning about the bible from Pauline’s Sunday School classes.
Family was everything to Pauline. She treasured her time spent with her children, grandkids, great-grandkids, and extended family. Pauline was all about love. If Pauline knew you, you could count on her prayers. The final three years of her life were spent in the Power County Nursing Home in American Falls. Pauline continued to brighten the world around her, and commented that “If I can’t be in my home, this is a good place to be.” The family extends thanks to all who cared for her during this time.
Pauline was the last of her siblings. At age 92, she outlived her older sister June Bickel, younger sister Betty Smith, and younger brother Billie Blair. Survivors include her children Lorene (David) Zimmerman of American Falls; Florene (Jim) Steen of Twin Falls, ID; Linda (Jim) Jacobson of Black Diamond, WA; Johnny (Trudy) Morris of Midvale, ID; Joy (Larry) Ranstrom of Pocatello, ID; Rickey (Carol) Morris of Council, ID; and Ralph Richard of Inkom, ID. She has 16 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Pauline left us March 26. 2012.
The funeral service was held at 1 p.m., Monday, April 2, at the American Falls Christian Fellowship in American Falls.
The visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 1, and Monday, April 2, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St., American Falls.
Memorials can be made to American Falls Christian Fellowship, 329 Harrison Street, American Falls, Idaho 83211.
Pauline’s colorful life spanned an extraordinary era. At her birth Jesse James and Wyatt Earp were alive; farming and transportation were still done with horses. She got to witness man walking on the moon, television, and travel and communication devices beyond description. Through all this change, one thing remained constant in Pauline’s life; her unconditional love. May each of us who have been enriched by Pauline’s example share that love with those around us. Nothing would make Pauline happier than this.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.
 
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