Helen J. Andersen, 95, of Reinbeck, Iowa, died Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at Parkview Manor in Reinbeck, Iowa while under the care of Cedar Valley Hospice. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 23, 2011, at United Methodist Church, Reinbeck Iowa, with Pastor Terry Plocher officiating. Burial followed at the Reinbeck Cemetery. Visitation was held from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, 2011, French Hand Funeral Home in Reinbeck. Memorials may be directed to The United Methodist Church in Reinbeck or to the family for charities of their choice in Helen’s name.

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Helen Janet Droese was born October 11, 1915, the daughter of Queene Magdalene (Hickson) Droese in Reinbeck, Iowa. On May 18, 1935, Helen was united in marriage with Hans Peter Andersen at Reinbeck Methodist Church Parsonage in Reinbeck, Iowa. The first years of their married life they lived on a farm north of Cedar Falls, then lived a short time in Prairie du Chein, Wis. before returning to the Reinbeck area where they lived and worked on a Strohbehn farm one and a half miles west of town. With the advent of World War II, a move was made into Reinbeck when Hans enlisted in the navy and Helen carried on, maintaining a good and nurturing home for her children until his return.

Helen was an 82 year member of the United Methodist Church in Reinbeck, Iowa where she taught Sunday school and was very active in WSCS and as church historian. She was a co-founder of the Girl Scout program in Reinbeck. She was also very active in Cub Scouts being a Den Mother and later helping with Boy Scouts. Helen enjoyed the outdoors with her garden and flowers and her genealogy research. Most of all she loved spending time with her beloved family of whom she was very proud and her circle of friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hans Andersen in 1988, her daughters, Jean Marie Andersen at infancy, Barbara Jane Kerls in 2008, her mother, a son-in-law, Melvin Conradi, a grandson, Michael Patrick Kerls, a great grandson, Bryan Dean Sullivan, two brothers in childhood, and one sister, Delphine Kelly.

Helen is survived by her children, James P. Andersen and his wife Kathy of Tulsa, Okla., Dr. Robert L. Andersen and his wife Judith of Etowah, N.C. and Nancy (Conradi) Jungling and her husband Delbert of Reinbeck, Iowa; son-in-law, Michael Kerls of Waukesha, Wis.; 11 grandchildren,; 20 great-grandchildren.


Roline (Wiese) Wrage passed away May 2, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nev. She was 92 years old.

Roline was born October 8, 1918 in Gladbrook, Iowa daughter of Emil and Hilda Wiese. She was the last survivor of her family of a sister Alverta Groth and brother Vanwert Wiese.

Roline was married 73 years to Claus Wrage also of Iowa. They moved to Long Beach, Calif. in 1940. They retired to Hemet, Calif. where they resided for 30 years.

Roline is survived by her daughters and son-in-laws JuAnn & Pat Miller and Sherri & Steve Sunderman of Las Vegas, Nev. as well as 4 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. A memorial will be held this summer with all of her family.


George D. Hansen, 79, of rural Hudson, Iowa, died Sunday, May 15, 2011, at his home in rural Hudson, Iowa, while under the care of Cedar Valley Hospice. Funeral services were 10:30 AM, Thursday, May 19, 2011, at Union Congregational United Church of Christ Church in Reinbeck, Iowa, with Pastor Joel Love officiating. Burial followed at the Reinbeck Cemetery in Reinbeck. Visitation was Wednesday, May 18, 2011, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at French Hand Funeral Home in Reinbeck, where there will also be a Masonic Service at 6:30 PM performed by the Coin Lodge #394. Memorials may be made to The El Kahir Shriner’s Transportation Fund or Raise the Roof Fund for United Church of Christ in Reinbeck in George’s name. To view the complete obituary or to send messages of condolence, please visit www.abelsfuneralhomes.com.

George David Hansen was born on March 15, 1932 in New Hampton, Iowa son of Arthur and Ferne (Phillips) Hansen. George grew up in the Ionia, New Hampton and Cedar Falls areas. He attended Ionia grade school then Cedar Falls High School and then graduated from New Hampton High School in 1950. After graduating he attended Wartburg College. He enlisted in the United States Navy serving his country for 16 month of active duty then joined the Navy Reserve.

On May 10, 1953, he married Shirley Marilyn Jensen at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls. After their marriage they lived in Waverly where Allen was born, Hampton where Garry was born, and Cedar Falls where Sharilyn was born. They lived in Riceville, Mason City and Cedar Falls before settling down in Voorhies area where he farmed and was a Pioneer seed corn dealer for 30 years. George was an excellent craftsman and repairman and loved the challenge of fixing and building.

He loved to read, play cards, fish, and attend his grandchildren’s sporting events and school activities. After retiring he enjoyed 13 years wintering in Pharr, Texas and watching America Funniest Videos. George was a member of the Shriner’s Hospital Dad’s and enjoyed driving children to the Shriners hospitals in Minneapolis, Chicago and Houston areas.

George was a Mason and past Worshipful Master of Coin Lodge 394 in Reinbeck for 50 years, El Kahir Shriner where he helped start the Motor Express, member of the Mobile Nobles and American Legion Post #242 of Reinbeck and Reinbeck Jaycees. He was very active at the United Church of Christ where he helped with Bazaars and Habitat for Humanity. George was a volunteer Rainbow Dad for the International Order of Rainbow for Girls.

George’s most important role was that of husband to Shirley and father to his three children, Allen (Connie) Hansen of Reinbeck, Garry (Colleen) Hansen of rural Hudson, and Sharilyn (Ken) Darst of Cedar Falls; 10 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and a sister Goldie Stottrup of Crescent City, California. He was preceded in death by his parents, Art and Ferne Hansen.