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Obituaries from the week of February 6, 2008

Eunice Anderson, 91
Eunice Anderson, age 91 of Walnut Grove passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at Valley View Manor in Lamberton following a stroke. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 4, 2008 at English Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove.
Euncie Anderson was born on July 8, 1916 in Carroll County near Lanesboro, Iowa to Albert and Clara (Riedesel) Beckmann. She was baptized and confirmed in the Methodist faith. She moved with her family to Walnut Grove in 1920, then to Lamberton in 1925 where she graduated from high school in 1933. Eunice was united in marriage to Valarious Anderson on January 1, 1935. After enjoying a two month honeymoon visiting relatives in Iowa, they settled into farming and raising a family. They lived on farms near Lamberton, Wanda and Walnut Grove, moving into Walnut Grove in November 1981. Val passed away Thanksgiving night in 1986. Eunice moved to Country View apartments in Walnut Grove in May 2005. After suffering a stroke in November 2007, she moved to Lamberton Valley View Nursing Home.
Eunice was a faithful member of St. Olaf and English Lutheran Churches and for many years she enjoyed the fellowship of Ruth Circle, Mission Circle and English WELCA. She held different offices in church, taught Sunday School and Bible School. Eunice was a member of Sew-So Club and Hill Birthday Club. She spent the entire year crocheting over 200 snowflakes every year for friends, family and church. Every high school graduate in the family received a quilt, as well as her children on their 25th wedding anniversary. She had continued sewing quilt tops for missions after she was no longer able to hand quilt. She enjoyed helping in the fields, tending to her vegetable and flower gardens, reading Western novels and spending time with her family. She was called ‘Grandma Tippy’ or ‘Flower Grandma’ by her grandchildren after the pet dog and flower dresses she wore.
She is survived by her children and spouses: Judy and Don Johnson of Walnut Grove, Wayne and Connie Anderson of Tracy, Ken and Sandy Anderson of Revere, Dee and Brian Skalbeck of Mound, and Barb and Walt Boyd of Fortson, GA; sisters: Fern Larson of St. James and Pearl and John Anderson of Wakarusa, IN, and brother Dietrich and Kelly Beckmann of Brookfield, WI; 14 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three brothers and two sisters.
Interment was in the Walnut Grove Cemetery. The Walnut Grove Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Lyle Porter, 91
Services for Lyle O. Porter will be 11 a.m. Thursday, February 7, 2008 at the Tracy United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 4 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at the Almlie Funeral Home in Tracy, with a prayer service at 5 p.m. and the Masonic service following. Visitation will continue on Thursday one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in the early Summer of 2008. The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be placed at
Lyle Orvin Porter was born June 6, 1916 to Elgin and Dorothy (Fisher) Rea in Tracy, MN, Lyon County. He was baptized and confirmed in the Tracy United Methodist Church and attended Tracy Public Schools. Lyle graduated from Tracy High School in 1934 and then received a two year accounting degree.
On July 31, 1936 Lyle married Leona A. Lemon in Sioux Falls, SD and they made their home in California shortly thereafter. They returned to Tracy when Lyle was drafted into the U.S. Army in May of 1945. He was stationed at Camp Robinson in Arkansas and received his Honorable Discharge in August of 1946 with a rank of Technician Fifth Grade. Lyle returned to Tracy and worked for the Land-o-Lakes Company as a bookkeeper and then for Gordon Mattson’s John Deere Implement before opening his own business in 1956. Lyle operated Lyle O. Porter Accounting until his retirement in 1993 when he sold his business to Minehart and Associates of Marshall, MN.
Lyle was a life long member of the Tracy United Methodist Church, a member of the Tracy American Legion and the Minnesota Association of Public Accountants. He was also a very active member of the Masonic Lodge #155 in Tracy, where he was part of the Scottish Right’s and served the Lodge as Worshipful Master. Lyle will be remembered for his great sense of humor and honesty and his love of flying, holding a pilot’s license for many years.
In 2007 he moved to his grandson’s home in Burnsville, MN. On Sunday, February 3, 2008 Lyle died, surrounded by his loving family, at the age of 91.
Lyle is survived by his one daughter, Camilla (Jeremy) Ipsen of Sarasota, FL; one son, Ronald (Della) Porter of Lake Benton, MN; four grandchildren, Greg (special friend, Amy Shaw) Ipsen of Burnsville, MN, Scott Ipsen of St. Paul, MN, Erin (Troy) Ipsen-Borgersen of St. Paul, MN and Rochelle (special friend, Barry Severin) Porter of Joliet, IL; ten great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; nieces and nephews.
His parents, wife, Leona and many siblings preceded him in death.

Philip Hassenstab, 67
Philip M. Hassenstab, 67, of Mason City, IA, died Friday, February 1, 2008 at Mercy Medical Health Center-North Iowa after a sudden illness. Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at 10:30 AM at St. James Lutheran Church, Mason City, with Pastor Paul C. Nelson, Pastor Jeni Bohls and Pastor Patti Aurand of the First Congregational United Church of Christ officiating.
Phil was born March 11, 1940, in Seattle, Wash. He moved with his family to Minnesota and graduated from Tracy (Minn.) High School in 1958. He attended South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in Rapid City, S.D., graduating with a degree in civil engineering.
On June 10, 1961, he married LaDonna Jean Foster in Walnut Grove, Minn. He joined the Iowa Department of Transportation in 1962, starting his engineering career in Denison, Marengo and Council Bluffs before moving to Mason City in 1974. He retired from the DOT in 2002. Phil was active in the River City Barbershop Chorus for more than 30 years, and was honored as “Barbershopper of the Year” in 1987. He served several roles with the chorus, including president and most recently chorus librarian. He was also a long-time member of St. James Lutheran Church and a friend of First Congregational Church. He enjoyed participating in the activities of the Saint James Saints, and was also a member of the Mason City Noon Kiwanis. He enjoyed music, reading, traveling, cooking, sports, and first and foremost, his family. He was an amazing husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, LaDonna, of Mason City; daughter Colleen Fritz, her husband Scott and son Luke of Cedar Rapids; son Scott Hassenstab, his wife Mary Ellen Rogers and their daughters Cara, Nicole and Erin of Hiawatha; daughter Kelly Hidlebaugh and her children Katie and Jake of Marion; daughter Lisa Hassenstab and her partner Ryan Underwood of Niles, Ill.; brother Jerry Hassenstab and his wife Nanette Straw of Edmonds, Wash.; sister-in-law Lani Hassenstab of Edmonds, Wash.; sister-in-law LeOna Haase and her husband Don of Blue Earth, Minn; sister-in-law Lori Bents and her husband Mark of Apple Valley, Minn..; eight nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, LeRoy Hassenstab; his mother, Mary McLean Hassenstab; and brother Paul Hassenstab.
Interment was in Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to St. James Lutheran Church or First Congregational Church in Mason City.