Marilyn “Darlene” Griffith, 86, of Des Moines, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Iowa Methodist Hospital. Darlene was born on December 18, 1930 in Ogden, Iowa to Luella and Edward Nelson.
Darlene enjoyed sewing, teaching others to sew, quilting but most of all she treasured time with her family and friends. She loved traveling and wintering in Texas. Darlene was the matriarch of her family and she will be greatly missed.
Those left to cherish her loving memory are her sons, Bob (Diane), Tom (Melanie) and Jim (Kathy); eight grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; brother, Don (Judy) Nelson; and many other loving family and special friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gail in 2003 and her brother, Dean Nelson.
Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Hamilton’s Southtown Funeral Home, 5400 SW 9th Street. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 6, 2017 at Christ Lutheran Church, 6411 SE 5th Street. She will be laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society in memory of Darlene.
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Mrs. Griffith is the mother of classmate Tom Griffith.
Beverly Ann Dinnen-Campbell, 61, was peacefully called to heaven on February 28, 2017 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. Per her wishes, her body has been cremated and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Beverly was born July 31, 1955 in Des Moines to Leo and Glada (Houser) Carroll. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1973. Beverly retired from Mercy Hospital in 2016 where she had worked in the IT Department for 28 years. She had a “Green Thumb” and spent lots of time working outside in her garden. Beverly cherished time spent with her ten grandchildren.
Beverly is survived by her loving husband, John Campbell; the boys, Travis (Brandi) Dinnen, Jake (Caroline) Dinnen, David (Jen) Dinnen, Michael (Denise) Campbell and Joshua (Sara) Campbell; mother, Glada Carroll; and her siblings, Phil (Janie) Carroll, Dan Carroll, Tim (Ann) Carroll and Rita (Cliff) Dawson.
She was preceded in death by her father and her sister, Linda Day.
The family would like to thank Mercy Cancer Center, Brian Freeman, M.D., John Martens, M.D., Chest Infectious Diseases, Daniel Barth, D.O. and most of all, Dona Van Berkum RN, OCN Nurse Navigator.
Condolences may be expressed at http://www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.
Published in Des Moines Register from Mar. 2 to Mar. 5, 2017
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Marcia Zarley Taylor
Sag Harbor, New York
Marcia Zarley Taylor, 61, of Sag Harbor, N.Y., formerly of Haddonfield, N.J., passed away Feb. 19, from breast cancer.
Taylor was born March 10, 1955 in Des Moines, Iowa. She was an internationally recognized agribusiness journalist. She was executive editor of DTN/Progressive Farmer and previously worked as an editor for Farm Journal and Successful Farming magazines. She was a former president of the American Agricultural Editor’s Association and was set to become North American Agricultural Journalists Association’s new president this spring.
She was a 1973 graduate of Des Moines Lincoln High School and graduated summa cum laude in 1977 from Iowa State University with degrees in journalism and agronomy. During her 40-year career, she won nearly every agribusiness award for news, feature, and editorial writing, including the AAEA Oscar in Agriculture, AAEA Writer of the Year, and two-time NAAJ Glen Cunningham Writer of the Year.
Taylor was a champion of family-owned farms and led the nation in covering the looming financial and personal pitfalls of farm families working to create workable estate plans for their farms. She was the first journalist to recognize the issues the current Affordable Care Act caused for many rural farm families.
In the 1990s, she was the first American journalist to venture into the wilds of Brazil to report on farmers, both Brazilian and American, who were challenging America’s position as the world leader in commodity grain production.
She is survived by her husband John; sisters Debbie Beres and Lori Lawson and their husbands James Beres and Dave Lawson; brother Craig Zarley and his wife Debra Durchslag; sister-in-law Mary Manley and her husband Patrick Manley; brothers-in-law James Taylor and Herb Taylor and his former spouse Jina Taylor; and three nieces and five nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father Guy Zarley and mother Marjorie Zarley Wallace.
Marcia was a loving wife, beloved aunt, avid gardener, reader, traveler, and active in her parish and women’s education. Services will be February 24, in Southampton, NY. A memorial service will be held in the spring in Philadelphia. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Marcia’s name can be made to the P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education (PCE), Old St. Joseph’s Historic Preservation Corporation (Philadelphia, PA), the Sag Harbor Partnership, or another charity of your choice .
Published in Des Moines Register on Feb. 23, 2017
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DTN/The Progressive Farmer Executive Editor Marcia Zarley Taylor’s career in ag journalism spanned four decades. (DTN photo)
This week, farmers lost one of their most intelligent, steadfast journalist supporters. Agriculture journalism lost one of its true giants.
Marcia Zarley Taylor, DTN/The Progressive Farmer Executive Editor and 40-year agricultural reporter, passed away Feb. 19 after a brief illness.
Taylor’s importance to the DTN/PF team, and to agriculture, is best summed in the title of her online blog, “Minding Ag’s Business.” That is what she did throughout a four-decade career: Taylor tended to, wrote about, worried about, and led others’ thinking about, the business of agriculture.
“She changed DTN,” said DTN Editor Emeritus Urban Lehner, who hired Taylor in February 2007. She came to this staff with a large resume, most recently as chief editor of Top Producer Magazine. Taylor was instrumental in Lehner’s efforts to expand the DTN/Progressive Farmer operation into the most powerful, most award-winning newsroom in agriculture.
This week would have been her 10th anniversary at DTN/The Progressive Farmer.
Taylor helped set the tone for news and feature coverage that focused on the information farm business owners needed to make some of their most important decisions on land, capital investments, banking and navigating complex farm programs.
Throughout her career, she championed the business of modern commercial-scale agriculture not with hollow platitudes, but with solid business knowledge that challenged the industry to be better.
While she did not grow up on a farm, the native Iowan took to the industry quickly, and saw in it a fitting match for her business-reporting skills. After graduating summa cum laude with a degree in journalism and agronomy from Iowa State University, her byline was soon a familiar one on the pages of Successful Farming, Farm Journal and Top Producer, the latter where she became editor-in-chief in 1990.
Taylor was always reporting and listening, and those skills kept her constantly on the cutting edge of agricultural trends. She was among the first to begin referring to the group of bold, professional, rapidly expanding farmers as “young tigers,” in the early 1990s. She brought the stories of their aggressive, sometimes risky, farm business successes and failures to her audience without apology.
Taylor was tenacious, yet tender. Hers was perhaps the most difficult beat in business-to-business journalism: Getting farmers, bankers, economists and politicians to open up and share their most intimate business knowledge, their strategies, their wins and their losses.
These were the type of articles where even a slightly less-sensitive approach would get the story, but burn the source. Yet Taylor had the innate ability to get her subjects to open up their ledgers and their minds to the world, and left them eager to share again.
She also was among the first to realize the path to being a successful “tiger” was a lonely one. Her story subjects, especially the most successful, were often shunned in their local communities. Coffee shop talk was often about them, it rarely included them.
Her stories were the impetus for some of the most influential professional farmer networking groups in modern times. The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP) and its related group, AAPEX, the Top Producer seminars, and DTN’s own Ag Summit, were either created by, inspired by, or furthered by Taylor’s constant drive to help professional farmers help themselves.
“Our mission and objectives couldn’t have been better matched,” said Danny Klinefelter, who started TEPAP. “We were both targeting the very business oriented; continuous improvement agricultural producers that we knew were going to be the future of U.S. agriculture.
“Marcia and I both recognized that the traditional ‘one size fits all’ type of education was a thing of the past for this group of producers,” Klinefelter said. “I’m going to miss her and so is agriculture.”
She also personally moderated a peer group of farmers from across the U.S. who met to share, critique and support each other’s enterprises. She was working with that group in late January when she fell ill.
Taylor didn’t only focus inside this country. She was the first U.S. agricultural journalist to venture into the wilds of Brazil in the 1990s, and introduced U.S. farmers to the “cerrado,” and places such as Mato Grosso, people such as Blairo Maggi. She told the stories of the farmers, both Brazilian and U.S. born, who were challenging America’s position as the world leader in commodity grain production.
More recently, she led the nation covering the looming financial and personal pitfalls of farm families working to create workable estate plans for their farms. She was the first to recognize the issues the current Affordable Care Act caused for many rural farm families, and she navigated the constantly changing waters of crop insurance programs. Many a crop insurance adviser has said, “I first want to see what Marcia Taylor writes, then I know how to advise my customers.”
“Marcia was the ultimate professional, a tough editor who demanded the best from everyone,” said Gregg Hillyer, friend, colleague and editor-in-chief of The Progressive Farmer. “She was a person you didn’t want to disappoint.”
One of those people, Jeanne Bernick, now with K-Coe Isom, began her career as Taylor’s news intern, then became a writer and eventually followed Taylor’s footsteps as chief editor of Top Producer.
“Oh, the red ink that marked my copy,” Bernick said of her early days. “I remember getting into a taxi one night outside the headquarters in Philadelphia and crying on my way home as I stared at the amount of red on the pages of my story. Every editing mark, however, was made with intent to improve my writing for the reader.”
Taylor was both a great mentor to agricultural journalists and a leader in the profession. She was a former president of the American Agricultural Editors’ Association and was set to become North American Agricultural Journalists Association’s new president this spring. Either individually, or as leader of reporting teams, she won nearly every award there was to win for news, feature and editorial writing, including the AAEA Oscar in Agriculture, AAEA Writer of the Year, and two-time NAAJ Glen Cunningham Writer of the Year.
In 1988, she took an editorial sabbatical to be the “Professional in the Classroom,” teaching agricultural journalism courses at the University of Missouri. It was a time she often reflected on throughout her career.
She is survived by her husband, John; sisters, Debbie Beres and Lori Lawson; brother, Craig Zarley; brother-in-laws, Jim Beres and Dave Lawson; sister-in-law, Debra Durchslag, and a niece and five nephews.
“Marcia was one of the preeminent ag journalists of her generation,” said Lehner. “Her contributions to DTN/The Progressive Farmer — as a writer, an editor, and the editorial leader of the Ag Summit — were enormous. And she was a wonderful friend and a wonderful person. To say she will be missed is a massive understatement.”
She changed DTN. She changed agricultural journalism. She changed modern agriculture.
Indianola; formerly of Des Moines
Harriet Marie Petosa, 92, died Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Vintage Hills of Indianola. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, at St. Theresa Catholic Church, where visitation begins at 10. Burial will be at Glendale Cemetery.
Mrs. Petosa lived in the Des Moines area all of her life. She retired as an Occupational Technician in the Real Estate Department for U.S. West. She was a member of St. Theresa Rosary Society, the Telephone Pioneers, the Military Order of the Purple Heart Auxiliary Chapter 1979, and the Bellizzi MacRae American Legion Auxiliary.
Surviving is her brother, Carl E. Jeffers of Flagstaff, Arizona; two daughters: Debra Leahy of Des Moines and Susan Cole of Phoenix, Arizona; two sons: Anthony J. of Solana Beach, California and John J. of Urbandale; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Harriet was preceded in death by her husband, John; infant daughter, Martha; and sister, Lucile Dennis
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the St. Theresa Foundation or the Royal Order of the Purple Heart Auxiliary #1979.
Published in Des Moines Register on Mar. 3, 2017
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Mrs. Harriet Petosa is the mother of classmate Debra Ann Petosa VendeWeerd.
VICTORIA SANFORD HIATT, 61, of Manning (Graveside Svcs. 9/28/16)
September 24, 2016 by Chris Parks
VICTORIA SANFORD HIATT, 61, of Manning died Friday, September 23rd at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Graveside services for VICTORIA SANFORD HIATT will be held 11-a.m. Wed., Sept. 28th, in the Manning Cemetery. Ohde Funeral Home in Manning has the arrangements.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-until 7-p.m. Tuesday.
VICTORIA SANFORD HIATT is survived by:
Her son – Brett (Kasie) Sanford, of Manning.
Her sisters – Toni Golley, of Cambridge, & Michelle Sanford, of Des Moines.
Her brothers – Matthew Sanford, Mark Sanford, Martin Sanford, and Monte Sanford, all of Des Moines.
and 4 grandchildren.
Michael is survived by his loving wife, Nancy; brothers, James (Lynne) and Ron (Toni); daughters Michelle Bailey (Josh) and Sarah Grant (Richie); grandchildren, Mallory, Landon, Gavin and Ethan Grant and many nieces and nephews and a group of close friends – you know who you are. Michael was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, sister-in-law, Nanette and his beloved pet dog, Madison.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Central Iowa.
On-line condolences may be expressed at:
Published in Des Moines Register on Sept. 18, 2016
Born Nov 12, 1953 in Terravecchia, Italy, Rose was a Lincoln HS graduate & owner/operator of La Rosa’s restaurant. She died unexpectedly on March 16, 2016.
Rose is survived by her children, Mia and Frank; sister, Rachel; brother, Gennaro Nucaro. Also, nieces/nephews, Rosa, Lisa, Louisa, Victoria, Louie, Frank, Cosimo, Atticus. She was preceded in death by her parents, Guiseppe & Luigina; brother, Louis; sister, Anna; uncle, Ciccio; nephew, Corky; husband, Frank.
Services will be March 24 in Texas. Memorial contributions may be made to www.gofundme.com/rosebarattafuneral
Published in Des Moines Register on Mar. 21, 2016
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