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Ferne Sturtz

Posted May 21, 2013 in Boone, Obituaries

March 11, 1919 – May 19, 2013

Ferne Sturtz

Ferne Sturtz

Ferne Sturtz, age 94, of Boone, passed away Sunday, May 19, 2013 at the Eastern Star Masonic Home in Boone.

Following cremation, a memorial service will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, May 24, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 712 12th Street in Boone with Rev. Lindsay Watkins officiating.

Burial will be in the Mineral Ridge Cemetery, west of Ridgeport, Iowa.

Ferne was born on March 11, 1919 in a farmhouse near Boone, Iowa to Otto John and Clara (Kammin) Meyer. She grew up on a farm near Stanhope, Iowa and attended Hamilton County School.

Ferne was married to Edward Kenneth Sturtz on December 3, 1940. The couple lived on a farm near Gilbert until 1973, and then moved to Boone.

Ferne was employed by Iowa State University until her retirement at the age of 65.

Ferne was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Boone.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Edward in December 18, 1993, her brothers, Roy, Marvin and Laverne; her sisters, Pearl Happel and Gladys Malchow.

She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Zanker of Omaha, Nebraska; her son, Kenneth Sturtz of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; her daughter, (Betty) Jean Burns and her husband, James of Waukesha, Wisconsin; her 10 grandchildren, Kevin, Doug, Greg, Jessica, Shannon, Shawn, Doneen, Julie, Sarah, Kristin; her 19 great-grandchildren, Jacob, Terri, George, Tenley, Ansley, Karalyn, McKinley, Tyler, Madison, Avery, Samuel, Eliza, Tatum, Taylor, Maddie, Abbey, Conner, Caleb, Callan; several step-grandchildren; her brother, Harlan Meyer and his wife Marge of Grant Park, Illinois; numerous nieces and nephews; her sister-in-law, Nadine Sturtz of Ankeny and brother-in-law, Ole Sturtz of Ankeny.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Trinity Lutheran Church, in memory of Ferne Sturtz.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Walter ~ Schroeder Funeral Home at Fifth & Story Streets in Boone is in charge of arrangements.

Information provided by:
Walter-Schroeder Funeral Home
503 Story Street
Boone, Iowa 50036

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