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The Times OBITUARIES - July 2011
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Charlotte Ann Zimmerman
Charlotte Ann Zimmerman passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, July 18, 2011 in Yuma, AZ. She was born June 16, 1937 in Bridgeport, NE.
Life was good enough to give Charlotte a lifelong marriage with her soul mate, William “Bill” Lee Zimmerman. In her younger days Charlotte enjoyed playing music with her husband and best friend, Bill. Charlotte was unlike most 74 year olds, in the sense that she loved the social network, her favorite past time was “Facebook”. She looked forward to reading comments and checking out the pictures that were posted by family and friends on her wall. Charlotte also enjoyed spending time with family and friends, fishing, camping, crocheting and boy did she love to shop.
Charlotte will be missed by her loving family members: daughters, Cheri (DJ) Nicholson of Yuma, AZ, Lori (Tino) Ayala of Elko, NV, and Juli George (Price Mayer) of Aberdeen, ID; brother, Don Kraupie of Pocatello, ID; sister, Evelyn Kraupie of Bridgeport, NE; 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Charlotte will be joining the love of her live, Bill; parents, Henry and Violet Kraupie; brothers, Vernon, Charles, Dwain and Harold Kraupie; and her sisters, Lois Sullivan and Loraine Kendall.
A Celebration of the Lives of Bill and Charlotte will be held next Father’s Day, June 17, 2012 at the Grand Canyon.
Floyd Chester “Chet” Wahlen
Floyd Chester “Chet” Wahlen, 90, of Aberdeen, ID, passed away Monday, July 18, 2011 at his home.
Chet was born Jan. 15, 1921 on the farm where he still lived. He was the sixth child of seven children born to Fred and Alma Malmstrom Wahlen. He was welcomed into the family by two brothers, Clarence (Clix) and Ferris and one sister, Mabel Phillips Gull.
Chet started school at Grandview in 1927. In 1934, when he was in the seventh grade, his father died suddenly of a broken appendix. Ferris stayed home from school to help with the family farm so Chester could finish the eighth grade. The next year Chester stayed home to help with the farm so Ferris could finish high school. Chester returned the next year and finished ninth grade in Grandview and then went to Aberdeen to attend high school. He loved all sports and particularly enjoyed basketball and baseball. He graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1940.
In August 1942 Chet enlisted in the Army Air Corps where he was trained to become an airplane mechanic. Chester was honorably discharged from the military on Oct. 13, 1945 and returned home in time to help with the fall potato harvest. He worked a year for his brother-in-law, Harvey Phillips, then returned to work the family farm with his brother Ferris.
He met a beautiful redhead from Thomas, Orva Marie Broadhead, and they were married in the Logan LDS Temple on Aug. 5, 1947.
Chester spent 52 years farming in the Grandview area and Pleasant Valley. He raised potatoes, grain, sugar beets, cattle and sheep. Chester was instrumental in starting Pleasant Valley Potato with his four sons and Dwight Horsch.
He is an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and spent 19 ½ years serving in bishoprics, 5 ½ years as bishop. Other callings included High Council, young men organization, High Priest teacher and home teacher. He was an ordinance worker in the Idaho Falls Temple for eight years and served as school board trustee for Aberdeen School District for 14 years.
After Orva Marie passed away he married Carla Adamson on March 28, 1997. Chet and Carla have enjoyed several years of traveling and keeping up with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Chet is survived by his wife, Carla; children, David (Colette) Wahlen of Aberdeen, Susan (Melvin) Markham of Huntington Beach, CA, Kim Wahlen of Aberdeen, Jan (Dave) Baker of West Jordan, UT, Wendy Wahlen of Huntington Beach, CA, Val (Lori) Wahlen of Aberdeen and Eric (Ralene) Wahlen of Aberdeen; step-children, Paul (Stephanie) Adamson of Aberdeen, Denise (Matt) Moody of Eagle Mountain, UT, Kathy (Mike) Blaker of Aberdeen, Keri (Mark) Bellows of Rochester, MN, Jonathan (Tiffani) Adamson of American Falls and Melissa (Menny) Rodriguez of Bountiful, UT; 50 grandchildren; and 50 great-granchildren.
Chet is preceded in death by his wife, Orva Marie; parents; and daughter-in-law, Connie Wahlen; three infant sisters, Erma, Lenore and Felicia; and siblings, Clarence (Clix), Ferris and Mabel.
A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 25, at the Lakeview LDS Chapel in Springfield, ID. Family met with friends and relatives from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 24, and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Monday, prior to services at the church. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home in Blackfoot. Condolences may be sent to the family at
Shawna Winberg
Shawna Rae Kopp Winberg of Aberdeen, ID, passed away at a local care facility on Thursday, July 21, 2011, from her five year battle with cancer.
Shawna was born in American Falls, ID, on Dec. 17, 1960, to her loving parents George Benard and Martha Marie (Hofmeister) Kopp. She was the youngest of four children. Her siblings Richard Kopp of American Falls, Marian Pena of Lawrenceville, GA, and Darlene Miller (deceased) loved to dote on their baby sister.
Shawna graduated from American Falls High School in 1979 and immediately started on her college endeavor. She received her associate degree in computer science at Idaho State University. She used her computer skills in her job and as a secretary at Pleasant Valley Potato, and later, Simplot fertilizer division in Aberdeen.
Shawna married Blaine Winberg in 1992 and moved to Aberdeen, where they raised their two sons, Damian Jacobson and Jeff Winberg. Shawna was so proud of her sons’ accomplishments. The most recent was Damian’s service in the military and his deployment to Iraq.
Shawna loved to camp with her family and dog Saddie. One of their favorite places to go was Big Springs, between Bancroft and Lava, where they could enjoy the outdoors and ride motorcycles. Long walks with Blaine and board games in their fifth wheel were some of the pleasures they shared together on their camping trips. Shawna was always an avid reader. She often read into the night when she had a good mystery or romance novel started.
Shawna was preceded in death by her father George Kopp, sister Darlene Miller, and grandparents Ben and Alvina Kopp and Gottfried and Katherine Hofmeister. Shawna is survived by her husband Blaine Winberg, sons Damian Jacobson and Jeff Winberg, her mother Martha Kopp, siblings Richard (Edith) Kopp and Marian (Lee) Pena, bother-in-law Charlie Miller, nieces Tracy (Doug) Taki, Heidi (Brandon) Hobbs, Brooke (Garr) Bischoff, nephews Troy (Susan) Miller, Tim Miller, Bryan Kopp and David Pena, and special second mother, Grace Jacobson.
A visitation was held Tuesday, July 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 27, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, with a visitation from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. in St. John’s Fireside Room.

Floyd Chester Wahlen

Floyd Chester (Chet) Wahlen, 90, passed away Monday, July 18, 2011 at his home. Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 25, at 11 a.m. in the Lakeview LDS Church. Visitations will be held Sunday, July 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. and before the funeral on Monday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Lakeview LDS Church.
A full obituary will be published in next week’s edition of The Aberdeen Times.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home in Blackfoot. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Albert J. Horsch
Albert J. Horsch, 80, passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2011 in his home in Aberdeen, ID. He was born Aug. 9, 1930 in his home in Aberdeen, the son of Rudolph Horsch and Lisel Rullmann Horsch. He married Shirley Ann Hunsinger Horsch on Aug. 24, 1950 in the First Mennonite Church in Aberdeen.
He is survived by his children: Alberta (Ron) Zimmerman, American Falls, ID; Carla Jensen, Pingree, ID; Gerri (Roger) Wilson, Las Vegas, NV; and Debbi (Doyle) Monsen, Inkom, ID; grandchildren: Roni (Bob) Hamrick, Bremerton, WA; Ryan (Amanda) Zimmerman, Meridian, ID; Barry (Crystal) Wilson, Dover, DE; Nicole Jensen, Pingree; Jamie Jensen, Pocatello; Sean Wilson and James Wilson, Las Vegas, NV; great-grandchild, Paige Nicole Hamrick, born June 20, 2011 in Bremerton, WA; sister, Elizabeth Merrill, Salem, OR. He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Walter and Rudolph Jr., and sister, Paula Cary Cleveland.
Albert enjoyed his team of horses, Buck and Tuck, refinishing antiques, woodworking and farming the family homestead. He was a lifelong and faithful member of the First Mennonite Church, serving as Deacon and in many other capacities. He also served a number of years on the ASCS board of Bingham County and was a member of the Aberdeen Lions Club. Albert enjoyed drinking coffee with friends by the “round table” at the local coffee shop daily. He was a friend to all and a constant testimony of his faith and the love of life. He loved to laugh and make others laugh. He enjoyed life to the fullest and loved his family unconditionally. Albert will be greatly missed by family, friends and the entire community.
Shirley and the family wish to thank the Portneuf Cancer Center and Creekside Hospice for their tender care toward Albert.
A viewing was held Sunday afternoon, July 17, from 3 to 5, at the Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls. A memorial service was held at the First Mennonite Church in Aberdeen on Monday, July 18, at 11 a.m. The family invited everyone for a meal following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mennonite Mission Network, 381 West Washington, Aberdeen, ID 83210 or Creekside Hospice, 4425 Burley Drive, Suite C, Chubbuck, ID 83202.
Ruth Schmidt Peters Wiebe
Ruth Schmidt Peters Wiebe, 89, passed away on July 3, 2011 in Elkhart, IN. She was born Feb. 19, 1922 to David and Mary Ensz Schmidt at Bethany Deaconess Hospital in American Falls, ID.
Ruth grew up on the family farm near Aberdeen, ID. She graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1940. She was baptized and joined First Mennonite Church in Aberdeen on May 16, 1937. She was a faithful member of the church and was active in King’s Daughters and Ladies Mission Society.
Upon graduating from high school she had planned to enter nurse’s training. However, students weren’t accepted into the program right after high school. Therefore, she worked as a nurse aide and cook at the Shultz Memorial Hospital in American Falls. Her plans to become a nurse changed when she married Ernest Peters on May 23, 1943. He was serving in the U.S. Army as a medic. She felt privileged to be able to spend a few months with him in Maine and Mississippi where he was stationed. To this marriage a daughter, Marianne Ruth, was born. Six months later Ernest was deployed to Europe. In April, 1945 he was killed in a truck accident in Germany, just weeks before the war ended leaving Ruth widowed with a baby daughter.
For the next six years, Ruth worked in Dr. Frank Harms’ office in Aberdeen.
On June 13, 1951, Ruth was married to Henry E. Wiebe, who was the best man at her first wedding. To this marriage two chldren were born, Gordon Wayne and Dorothy Lucille. While the children were young she was a stay-at-home mom. Later, Ruth was employed at the University of Idaho Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Aberdeen. She worked there for 11 years until her mother’s health required that Ruth remain at home to be her caregiver.
Following retirement, Ruth and Henry enjoyed traveling and visiting their children. Especially memorable was a trip to Berlin, West Germany to visit Dorothy who was working there with MCC. They were also able to visit other European countries at that time.
Ruth and Henry sold their Aberdeen home in 1990 and moved to Kidron-Bethel Village, a retirement center, in North Newton, KS, where they became members of First Mennonite Church. They enjoyed life, making new friends, and participating in community and church activities.
As Henry’s health began to fail due to Parkinson’s Disease, Ruth devoted herself to caring for him. Even after he moved to Kidron-Bethel Healthcare she faithfully spent each day with him. Henry passed away on Sept. 5, 2003.
While Ruth was still healthy she was able to enjoy trips to Texas, Oregon, and Indiana to visit her children. She also enjoyed a cruise to Alaska with her daughter, Marianne.
Ruth was able to live by herself until she suffered a stroke in April, 2009. Because of the effects this had on her she moved to an Assisted Living apartment at Kidron-Bethel. She remained there for several months until she moved to Elkhart, IN, to be closer to her daughter, Dorothy. She lived there in an Assisted Living Facility and then in a group home for elderly.
Survivors include: three children, Marianne and spouse, Curtis Harper, of Richland Hills, TX; Gordon and spouse, Marva Wiebe of Hillsboro, OR; and Dorothy and spouse, Steve Wiebe-Johnson of Elkhart, IN; four grandchildren Adrienne Harper, Dana Harper, Julian Wiebe-Johnson, and Michael Wiebe.
She was preceded in death by the late Henry E. Wiebe and the late Ernest Peters, her parents, and one sister Esther Schritter and an infant sister, Evangeline.
Memorial services were Monday, July 11, at First Mennonite Church in Newton with Pastor Anita Kehr presiding. Visitation was 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 10, at Petersen Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. A private family burial was held in Greenwood Cemetery Newton, KS.

Helen Dalke
American Falls -- Helen Brucks Dalke, 96, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2011. She was born Dec. 25, 1914, on her parents’ farm at Pleasant Valley near American Falls, ID, to Henry and Louise Brucks. On June 15, 1934, she married Ferdinand Dalke of Aberdeen, ID. They were married for almost 74 years before Ferd’s passing in 2008. As long-time residents of Aberdeen, Ferd and Helen were once honored as Grand Marshals of the Aberdeen Daze Parade.
Helen had many talents. Ceramics was one specialty. She and her husband were members of the Eastern Idaho Ceramics Association. Helen made hundreds of beautiful items and won many awards at Eastern Idaho State Fairs. She also was a certified ceramics instructor and taught this craft for over 30 years. Helen also taught sewing and cooking to 4-H students. In addition, she was very gifted at quilting, oil painting and gardening. She was a member of the women’s group of the Boots and Saddle Club, Bethany Circle and the Agenda Club. Helen was considered by her children to be a great cook. Three of her specialties included Ukrainian vereniki, German peppernuts (pfeffernusse) and zwieback.
Helen was a long-standing member of the First Mennonite Church of Aberdeen.
Her husband Ferdinand preceded her in death along with her one sister and three brothers. She is survived by her three children, Delon Dalke of Yuma, AZ; Karen Dirks (Joel Moss) of Ft Collins, CO; and Nancy Clark (Greg) of Prescott, AZ. In addition, she is survived by four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made in Helen’s name to First Mennonite Palisades Camp, PO Box 246, Aberdeen ID 83210 or Access Hospice, 240 West Burnside St. Suite A, Pocatello, ID 83202. Condolences may be sent to the family online at

Roger Lee Whitnah
American Falls -- Roger Lee Whitnah passed away unexpectedly at age 77 on Thursday, June 30, 2011 in Pocatello, ID.
He was born on June 11, 1934 in Rupert, ID, to Lloyd and Norabelle Whitnah. Roger’s mother died when he was 10 years old. Lloyd then married Velma Wood and together they raised Roger, along with their children, Doug and Edna, on a homestead in Roy, ID.
Roger went to school in Rockland and then married Lydia Muller in 1960. They together had four children, Shonda, Linc, Nora and Kyle. Roger enjoyed being a rancher in the Roy area and in American Falls. He served on many committees and enjoyed all cowboy activities.
Roger is survived by his wife, Lydia; his stepmother, Velma Whitnah; brother, Doug (Carol) Whitnah; sister, Edna Whitnah; children, Shonda Whitnah, Linc (Debbie) Whitnah, Nora Howell, Kyle (Kat) Whitnah; and father-in-law, Emil Mayer. Roger has 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his mother, Norabelle; father, Lloyd; mother-in-law, Melba Mayer; and son-in-law, Brian Howell.
Viewing was held at Davis-Rose Mortuary on Tuesday, July 5, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Funeral will be held at the fine arts center in American Falls High School on Wednesday, July 6, at 11 a.m. with a viewing from 9:30 to 10:30 before the service. Interment will be at Falls View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, family would like memorials to be made to the American Heart Association in honor of Roger Whitnah.
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