February 28, 2011 - 2:54 pm - Posted in News

On Saturday, February 26 at 2:46 p.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary that had occurred at 4743 Jay Avenue, two miles south of Orange City, IA.  Upon further

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February 28, 2011 - 10:05 am - Posted in Obituaries

There will be a funeral service on Tuesday, March 1, at 2:00pm, at the American Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Keith Krebs and the Rev. Alan Hofland will officiate.

There will be a family graveside service on Wednesday at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City.

Visitation with the family present will be on Monday, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Wayland Cecil was born on May 11, 1922, in St. Laurence, South Dakota, the son of Lincoln and Emma (Parks) Breese. He was raised mostly in South Dakota, but graduated from South High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He also attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. During World War II, he served as a medic.

On March 25, 1944, he married Martha Helen Nelson in Emmetsburg. They made their home in Emmetsburg, where he joined his father-in-law in the abstract business. About 1950, they moved to Orange City, where he worked with Jack and William Hospers in the Sioux County Abstract Company. He later became co-owner of the business with Al Heemstra. In retirement, he assisted at Oolman Funeral Homes.

Mr. Breese was a member of the American Reformed Church, where he served as a deacon and an elder. He also belonged to the Masonic Lodge for over fifty years. He served as a member and president of the Maurice-OrangeCity School board of directors and as a member of the Orange City Tulip Festival Steering Committee.

He was proud of all the trees he planted in South Dakota, and he was a great family man. He enjoyed bowling, gardening, swimming, and having coffee with friends.

Survivors include his wife of almost 67 years; two daughters and their husbands, Susan and Gerald McGlaughlin and Rebecca and Tony Lake, all of Cedar Falls; three grandchildren, Nicholas Lake, of Cedar Falls; Eric McGlaughlin, of Washington, D. C.; and Heather McGlaughlin Nuehring, of St. Louis, Missouri; three great-grandchildren; and four nieces.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Julie Breese, in 1982; and a sister, Geraldine Eagleton, in 1972.

February 28, 2011 - 8:42 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Helen Gebauer, age 89, of Alton, Iowa, passed away on Monday, February 28, 2011, at the Sanford Sheldon Medical Center.

There will be a funeral service on Friday, March 4, at 10:30am, at the Alton Reformed Church in Alton. The Rev. John Thornton will officiate. Interment will follow at the Nassau Township Cemetery near Alton.

Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Thursday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City, Iowa.

Helen was born on July 16, 1921, in Sheldon, the daughter of Joe, Sr., and Mary (Muilenburg) Erkes.

On June 21, 1939, she married William Gebauer, Jr., of Alton, in Sheldon. For sixty years, they made their home in Alton, where they owned a small dairy and oil business. “Bill” passed away on February 1, 1999, in Orange City.

Helen then moved to the Pioneer Memorial Home in Orange City, where she spent eight great years caring for a sun-porch full of beautiful and exotic plants. For her final three years, she was in the care of Sanford Sheldon Senior Care. How fitting that her earthly life began and ended in the same town.

She was a member of the Alton Reformed Church.

Her life was totally devoted to her children, as she never worked outside the home. Many remember her as the “Apple Pie Lady”, because every year she and Bill would make and sell over 300 apple pies. Mr. and Mrs. Gebauer travelled extensively, visiting 49 of the United States as well as Europe and enjoying winters in Arizona.

Survivors include her six children who adored her, Judie Muilenburg, of Seattle, Washington; Mary Jo, and her husband, Bill Kammerer, of Yuma, Arizona; twins, Shirley, and her husband Lauren Vos, of Sioux Center, and Sharon Gebauer-Eberle, of San Diego, California; Bill Gebauer, and his wife, Teresa, of Albert City; and Bruce Gebauer, and his wife, Rhonda, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; nine grandchildren, and twenty great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sons-in-law, a grandson, five brothers, and a sister.

Helen touched so many lives in a positive way. She will be missed so much by so many and will remain in the hearts of all that knew her. As much as her family will miss her, they are happy that now she is with their Dad in heaven. We love you, Mom!