Obituaries for September 10, 2002

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 10, 2002

Naoma Ida Baldus, 87

Naoma Ida Baldus, 87, of Austin, died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home.

She was born Oct. 3, 1914, near Story City, Iowa, to Walter and Ida (Leininger) Baldus. In 1927, the family moved to a farm in Oakland.

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Naoma attended Austin High School, then vocational school, learning the sheet metal trade.

She worked as an engineer mechanic at the Minneapolis Airport, a hydraulic specialist at Douglas Airport in Chicago and a supervisor for eight Army Surplus stores in Chicago for 15 years. She later came back to Oakland to open "The Oakland Discount Center." After selling the business, she became the manager of the Green Stamp Store in Austin. She established a doll hospital in her home, a doll clinic for Austin and was a sales representative for Amway. She later was a cook at Woodvale Homes for the handicapped and then a Watkins sales person. She moved back to Rose Creek before moving to St. Mark's Lutheran Home in Austin.

Survivors include daughter, Patricia (Dean) Sawyer, Goodland, Kan.; two granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; brothers, Orville "Bud" Baldus, Owatonna; Willard "Bill" (Genevieve) Baldus, Montevideo; step-sister, Ordella (Kenneth) Rolfson, Austin; step-brother, Robert (Vickie) Shaw, Austin; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; step-mother, Lena Shaw; brothers, Irwin Baldus, Russell Baldus, Howard Baldus and Arnold Baldus; sisters, Inez Doggett and Elizabeth Coffman; step-sister, Juanita Shaw; step-brother, Arthur Shaw.

Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m., today, Sept. 10, 2002, with a 6:30 p.m. wake service and Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Service: 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Paul Nelson officiating.

Interment: Calvary Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Mayer Funeral Home, Austin.

Donald Dean Foster, 73

Donald Dean Foster, 73, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2002, at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester.

He was born April 5, 1929, to Daniel and Vera (Rhodes) Foster in Grover, Colo.

On July 9, 1947, he married Betty Schroeder in Wahpeton, N.D.

Donald served in the United States Navy. He resided in Brownsdale for 50 years, belonged to the Brownsdale Business Association, was a member of the Brownsdale Fire Department and served as Fire Chief for 35 years. He was an active member of Our Savior Lutheran Church. He worked as an auto mechanic at Brownsdale Repair.

He enjoyed his grandchildren, restoring old cars, fishing, flowers and gardening.

Survivors include wife, Betty Foster, Brownsdale; son, Dennis (Bonnie) Foster, Rochester; daughters, Nancy (Jerome) Evans, Dexter; Connie (Wendel) Sprung, Rose Creek; nine grandchildren; brother, Marvin "Bud" (Ida) Foster, Brownsdale.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Dale and Cecil; sister, Mabel; and son, Glenn.

Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002, at the funeral home and Thursday at the church for one hour before the service.

Service: 10:30 a.m., Thursday, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Brownsdale with Rev. David Truenow officiating.

Interment: Greenwood Cemetery, Brownsdale, with military honors by the Hayfield American Legion, Rothie Post 330.

Funeral Home: Czaplewski Family Funeral Home, Brownsdale.

Don Budworth Hemmer, 87

Don Budworth Hemmer, 87, of Austin, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002, at Comforcare Good Samaritan Center.

He was born Aug. 11, 1915, in Austin, to Jack and Nellie (Chandler) Hemmer.

On Sept. 15, 1935, he married Doris Flann in St. Ansgar, Iowa.

A Geo. A. Hormel & Company employee, Jack retired as a foreman after 43 years.

He was a lifetime member of the Moose Club and captain of the Austin basketball team in 1935 when they won the first state championship.

Survivors include wife, Doris, Austin; daughters, Carol (Martin) Jensen, Las Vegas, Nev.; Sharon (Robert) Bechtum, Mohave Valley, Ariz.; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Neil Hemmer, Austin.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002, at the funeral home and Thursday at the church for one hour before the service.

Service: 2 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home.

Interment: Grandview Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home, Austin.