Alan L. Russett

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Fairbank: Alan LeRoy Russett age 83 passed away August 28, 2016 at Mercy Living Plus in Oelwein, Iowa. Alan was born December 14, 1932 in Frankville, Iowa the son of Daniel and Dorothy (Kneeskern) Russett. After graduating from high school he attended Winona State Teachers College for two years and then he enrolled at the University of Iowa school of Pharmacy. During this time he decided he was not getting what he wanted out of pharmacy school, so he joined the Army and became a medical corpsman. During his time in the Army he met his future wife Elsie Guseman, she was also in the Army, they were married May 22, 1957 in Morgantown, WV. Upon completion of his military service Alan returned to pharmacy school and graduated in 1959. Alan worked as a pharmacist for 54 years in numerous locations, including Oelwein, Creston, Iowa Falls and Anamosa where they raised their two sons and finally at various Covenant Clinic pharmacies around northeast Iowa before retiring. He was also an active member of the Fairbank American Legion Fortsch-Duffy Post 552 and the United Methodist Church also of Fairbank.

Survivors: his wife, one son; Dan (Maureen) of Naperville, Illinois, one daughter-in-law; Linda Fries of Dubuque, four grandchildren; Emily, Erica, Maria and Timothy, one brother; Randy (Helen) Russett, four sisters; Dolores Stephan, Mary Breitsprecher, Beverly (Curt) Ruston and Kathleen (Allen) Gerber, one sister-in-law; Sue Russett, two brothers-in-law; John Schultz and John Moore.

Preceded by: his parents, his son, James Russett, three brothers; Donald, Keith and Merlin Russett, one sister; Jan Schultz, two brothers-in-law; Gerald Stephan and Gary Breitsprecher.

Services: 10:30 AM Friday, September 2, 2016 at United Methodist Church in Fairbank

Visitation: 4:00-7:00 PM Thursday September 1, 2016 at Woods Funeral Home in Fairbank and for one hour before services Friday at the church.

Military Rites: Fairbank American Legion Fortsch-Duffy Post 552

Inurnment:  at a Veterans Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials: in lieu of flowers can be directed to the United Methodist Church, Fairbank.


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Ramona C. Menuey

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Fairbank: Ramona C. Menuey age 90 passed away Tuesday August 16 at Mercy Living Plus in Oelwein. Ramona was born August 16, 1926 near Jesup, IA the daughter of John and Irene (Hess) Toussaint. She attended and graduated from Sumner Schools in Sumner, IA. After graduating from high school she worked at Rath Packing in Waterloo for about 7 years. Ramona married Donald Menuey July 27, 1953 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sumner. She and Don made their home in rural Fairbank where they raised eight children. Ramona was a dedicated homemaker and mother and truly enjoyed both.

Survived by: four sons; Randy (Kim) of Fairbank, Steve (Connie) of Britt, Tony (Jo) Menuey of Dewar and Kerry (Melanie) of Fairbank, four daughters; Sandy (Mike) Tagtow of Fairbank, Diane (Garry) Damon of Dewar, Becky (Dave) Acker of Waverly and Brenda (Jim) Joynt of Waterloo along with 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters-in-law; Barb Toussaint of Sumner, Gerri Menuey of Florida and one brother-in-law; Archie Miller of Independence.

Preceded by: her parents, her husband, one grandson; Josh Menuey, two sisters; Marcella Wheeler and Veryl Schares and one brother; Vern Toussaint.

Services: 10:30 am Saturday, August 20, 2016 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fairbank.

Visitation: 4:00-7:00 pm Friday August 19 at Woods Funeral Home, Fairbank.

Parish Rosary: 4:30 pm Friday August 20 at Woods Funeral Home.

Burial: Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Fairbank.

Memorials: may be directed to the family.

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Bonnie L. Meany

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Fairbank: Bonnie Meany age 91 passed away August 2, 2016 at Mercy Hospital in Oelwein, IA. She was born February 3, 1925 in Waterloo the daughter of Lester and Matilda (Hoyer) Jones. Bonnie attended Lincoln School and graduated from East High School in 1943, both in Waterloo. She married Richard Meany on October 23, 1950 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Waterloo. After they were married they lived in Waterloo until moving to Fairbank in 1995. Bonnie worked for Iowa Public Service Company (now known as Mid-American Energy) for 44 years retiring April 1, 1987. She was a long time member of the American Legion Ladies Auxillary , she also was a volunteer at Cedar Valley Hospice in Independence as well as the Fairbank Public Library.

Survivors: two nieces; Barbara Farmer of Vinton and Sally Shannon of Clearwater, FL

Preceded by: her parents, her husband and a brother Wallace Jones.

Services: 11:00 am Friday, August 5, 2016 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fairbank.

Visitation: 9:00-10:45 am Friday August 5, 2016 at Woods Funeral Home, Fairbank

Burial: Calvary Cemetery, Waterloo, IA

Memorials: to the Fairbank Veterans Memorial Park

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