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Stanley Hardy Sr. | Obituary | Instant News

23 September 1924
November 5, 2020

Merrimac, MA – Stanley Thomas Hardy, Sr., 96, from Merrimac, died peacefully at his home on November 5, 2020, after being sick for a while, surrounded by his family.
He was born on September 23, 1924 in Orland, Maine, the son of the late Maurice and Ruby (Snowman) Hardy. He attended school in Little Deer Isle, Maine. At the age of 13, he quit school and went to sea by boat with his uncle. He worked on a barge off the coast of Maine and traveled by tug as far south to New Orleans and to Cuba. His knowledge of the sea, which he learned largely from his great uncle in Belfast, will serve him and his country well.
He enlisted in the US Navy on March 31, 1943, and after six weeks of basic training in Newport, RI, he was assigned to the destroyer USS Hall. He was the owner of the board and was among the crew who commissioned Hall on July 6, 1943. He spent more than two years serving in the Pacific Ocean. His ships were involved in the invasion of the Marshall Islands, invasion of the Philippines, attacks on the Luzon Islands, and was part of the fire support task force during the invasion of Saipan, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. He served on the destroyer until he was decommissioned in San Diego, in December 1945. He was then assigned to the cruiser USS Pensacola until he was honorably discharged on February 9, 1946, as a Third Class Quartermaster. During his tour of duty, he received the Asia Pacific Campaign Medal with 5 stars, the Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal with one star, and the Philippine Presidential Unit Quote.
On April 9, 1951, Hardy was called to active duty during the Korean War and assigned to a training ship on the Great Lakes. He was honorably discharged on November 7, 1951. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal for service during this period.
He married Eunice Gray on March 10, 1946, at his father’s house in Brooklin, ME. They moved to Merrimac, Mass. Dan Hardy worked in a leather shop and shoe store in Haverhill, Mass. They raised three children. He is a long time member of the VFW, is active in the Pilgrim Congregational Church, is a minor league coach, Cub Scout leader, member of the Auxiliary Police, member of the Merrimac Bowling League, and has enjoyed 35 years of square dancing with Olde Town Squares in Newburyport. But most of all, she loves to be with her family whether at her summer home in Brooklin, Maine where they have lots of cooking or boating events, or on camping trips they often enjoy during the summer months. Over the years, they traveled to the east coast of the United States, from Maine to Florida, visiting friends or family during their travels.
In 1999 they moved from Merrimac to Brooklin, Maine to live with the Grays’ house for about 17 years. Then in November 2016, they moved back to Merrimac to be closer to family members.
He is one of eight children. She had died previously by her sisters Jean Haskell and Katherine Sweeney, and her brothers Wilfred and Maurice (Billy). He also died previously by a son, Stanley Thomas Hardy, Jr. (Tom).
He is survived by his beloved wife Eunice (Gray) Hardy of 74 years, daughter Constance Gordon and husband John of West Newbury, son Gary Hardy and wife Marcia of Merrimac, sister, Juanita Monfet of Merrimac, MA, sister Janice Fisher and husband, Charles (Sonny) from Atkinson, NH, and his brother Lawrence Hardy and his wife, Marcia from Merrimac, MA; five grandchildren — Kelly Burke, Daren Gordon, Eric Hardy, Jeffrey Gordon and Scott Hardy; six great-grandchildren, Megan Burke, Ally Burke, Jordan Hardy; Anna, William and Thomas Gordon; and many nephews.
Due to COVID-19, private family services will be held at a later date. In lieu of interest, a donation may be made on Stanley’s behalf to The American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Arrangements were made with Direct Cremation of the Seacoast in Hampton, NH. Online guest book available at.

Published in 12 November 2020


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Adelheid McNeil | Obituary | Clinton Herald | Instant News

Adelheid (Heidi) McNeil, age 89, from rural Preston, Iowa, passed away peacefully on November 9, 2020, with her beloved husband Archie by her side. Heidi was born in Zuckenriet, Switzerland (Canton of St. Gallen) on July 14, 1931, to Ernst and Philomena (Cordani) Waltert. Growing up as a young girl, she helped her father at the blacksmith shop, that’s how she developed her love for horses. After his elementary school years, his parents moved to the large city of Niederuzwil, Switzerland, where he attended school. During middle school, he learned how to speak and write in 5 different languages. Heidi went to college, where he graduated at the top of all men’s classes. During college, he worked as a lawyer assistant. He wanted to attend further college classes to become a vet, but was told “women aren’t allowed to do that.” Instead, she went to England for 2 years to improve her English, where she worked first as a carer for the Lord of England and her family, and then as a student nurse in an orthopedic hospital. On his return to Switzerland, he put his multilingual skills to good use as a secretary and interpreter in a large factory in Niederuzwil that did business around the world. Heidi told many entertaining and sometimes shocking (and sad) stories about growing up in Switzerland as World War II raged across Europe.

In the summer of 1953, he met a young American GI (Archie McNeil) who was traveling through Switzerland on leave from his military station in Salzburg, Austria – thanks to a rainstorm that saw the two seek refuge at a small festival in the fields. near Niederuzwil. After exchanging countless letters and visiting on weekends when Archie had time off, Heidi and Archie got engaged. Archie was formally discharged from the US Army on 23 January 1954. On 30 January 1954, they married at the Lutheran Heidi church in Niederuzwil. After spending their honeymoon touring Italy’s Rivera, the couple arrived in the United States on March 5, 1954.

The couple originally made their home in the farmhouse where Archie was born near Preston. In 1958, Heidi and Archie built a new house on 50 acres of land north of his parents’ house which Archie bought before his military service. They lived there for nearly 63 years until moving to Clover Ridge Place in the fall of 2020. Heidi loves to live on the farm and continues to be busy helping Archie manage the farm, as well as raising their three children. He loves all farm animals, especially horses and pigs. She is a tremendous help to Archie at a distance to complete the hog operation (even when the local Lutheran priest catches him cursing the hog in Swiss-German). Heidi has a unique “whistle” to call her children and husband at dinner. She was encouraged to share this “talent” during one year’s “Calling Husband Contest” at the Iowa State Fair and won – much to embarrassment.

Heidi loves gardening and was instrumental in starting the Preston Garden Club where she served as President three different times. She helped with the Jackson County Fair Flower Show from 1959 to 2009, and won countless trophies and blue ribbons over the years for creative flowers, vegetables and bouquets. She spent hours in the summer and fall harvesting riches from her vast garden and laying out many cans and jugs to enjoy during the winter. Heidi and Archie took hours of classes and instruction to get certified as Master Gardeners, which they nurtured over the years. Heidi was a member of the Illowa Orchid Society for many years. Heidi is also an outstanding baker and cook, and won multiple awards for her delicious baked goods at the Jackson County Fair. At Christmas, friends and neighbors are delighted to receive mouthwatering Swiss Bread Braids and special Swiss Bratzeli biscuits as gifts.

Heidi is very involved in supporting the activities of the child and her husband. He serves as President of Preston High School Band Boosters and helps with countless 4-H and animal projects. Heidi loved to read books (especially Zane Gray’s western books) and was a member of the Preston Library Committee which helped form the new public library in Preston. During Archie’s tenure as President of Jackson County Pork Producers, Heidi was President of the Porkettes organization where they traveled to New Orleans to promote the pork industry. Heidi was a member of the Preston American Legion Auxiliary, while Archie was active in the Preston American Legion until the age of 90. He is also a longtime member of the Lutheran Church of St. John, where he is a member of the Circle and a regular volunteer at many church events.

As well as gardening and baking skills, Heidi is a skilled tailor, making most of her clothes over the years (including her daughter Heidi’s prom dress). She also enjoys knitting, crocheting, making baskets, weaving, and spinning wool into yarn. He is a member of the Gateway Spinners and Weavers, and is proud of several of his spinning wheels and looms. Heidi rejoiced in conducting spinning demonstrations for local schoolchildren and on Pioneer Day in Maquoketa. She dabbled in oil painting in her spare time (which was scarce, as a busy farmer’s mother and wife).

Coming from another country, Heidi is interested in supporting foreign exchange students. She is a “mother” to two different students who attend Preston High School – one from Japan and the other from Germany. She continued to maintain regular contact with her two “daughters” until her death. Although Heidi and Archie enjoyed being on their farm, they enjoyed many trips to Europe over the years to visit Heidi’s family, as well as many trips to Arizona to visit their daughter Heidi. They travel to Japan when the daughter of their foreign currency exchange student Yuko gets married. They also visited Hawaii twice and most of the 48 neighboring states.

Over the years, Heidi had to report annually to the US Post office with a “Green Card” confirming non-citizen status. Sometime in his 50s, he was told to report to Omaha, Nebraska to renew his Green Card. After discussing the situation with a man in Omaha – who told him he knew more about the US than he did – he decided that it would be easier to travel to Cedar Rapids to obtain his US citizenship. He had to take a test, which he passed successfully. Before the fervent new citizens’ ceremony, the presiding judge said “no photo allowed, no speaking,” but that would be allowed after the ceremony. After the ceremony was over and Hakim shook hands with the new residents, he jokingly told Heidi that she wouldn’t shake hands until she screamed. They both laugh and he becomes a US citizen. Of the more than 70 individuals sworn in on that day as US citizens, Heidi was the only person allowed to retain his Swiss citizenship and thus has dual citizenship for both Switzerland and the US. He is happy to acquire US citizenship, but remains proud of his Swiss nationality for the rest of his life. And, he remained an excellent yoder until the last few years of his life.

Of all Heidi’s accomplishments and accomplishments in life, she is most proud of her three children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was kept informed of all their events and achievements until his death.

Heidi left her husband Archie for nearly 67 years; son of Max (Vicky) of Preston; daughter Heidi (Bill Staudenmaier) from Phoenix, Arizona; son of Tom (Beth) of Preston; six grandchildren (Adam, Albert, Kate, Carson, Jacob, and Sydney); and five great-grandchildren (Brooklyn, Zooey, Alexander, Archie and Zeke). He also left two brothers, Arthur Waltert in Switzerland, and Max Cordani Waltert in the Canary Islands, Spain, as well as many nephews and nieces. He was preceded by death by his parents, and two brothers (Edwin and Ernst). Heidi is known to always speak her mind and is not afraid to give her opinion – whether asked or not. She will be missed dearly by her family and friends.

Due to the current pandemic situation, the family will postpone the holding of the Celebration of Life until around 2021. Sympathy cards or notes can be sent to Archie at Clover Ridge Place, 205 Ehlers Lane, Apartment 147, Maquoketa, Iowa 52060. Memorials can be made for the Lutheran Church St. John, Preston. Cremation rights have been granted.


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Rodrick Dix | Obituary | Terre Haute Tribune star | Instant News

3 June 1956
24 October 2020

TERRE HAUTE – Rodrick Harold Dix, 64, from Terre Haute died peacefully on 24 October 2020 at the Gibson Hospice Center, surrounded by his family, after a long battle against cancer. He was born June 3, 1956, in Linton, Indiana, to Gerald L. Dix, Sr. and Joan Hadley Dix. He grew up in Hymera, Indiana, and graduated from North Central High School in 1974.
He is survived by his parents Gerald Dix (Carol), from Terre Haute, and Joan Dix (Barry), from Riley; sister Peggy Mills of Marshall, Ill .; her three children Tyler Dix (Amy), from Terre Haute; Sarah Barnes (Chad), from Brazil; and Kelsey Cooney (Jerry) of Fairbanks; and their mother, Julie Dix, from Brazil; nine grandchildren, Brayden Cagle, Jayce Dix, Zakary Dix, and Haley Dix; Conner Barnes, Caden Barnes, and Cameron Barnes; and Mallory Cooney and Maxwell Cooney; and some nephews. He was preceded by death by his brother Jerry Dix.
Rod owns several businesses including Beds and Bags, Accounting Data Corporation, and Tri-County Tire. He loves being outdoors and with his mechanical skills, he can fix anything.
The visit will be held on Wednesday, 28 October 2020 at DeBaun Springhill Chapel from 12 noon to 14:00. The ministry will start at 14:00 with the inauguration of Pastor JC Neff. The burial will take place at Pogue Cemetery. In exchange for interest, donations can be made to the UMG Oncology at the Hux Cancer Center or the Hospice of the Wabash Valley. Online condolences can be made to:

Published in 25 October 2020


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Shawano Football will surrender to front row Edgar | Instant News

SHAWANO, WI- The Shawano Football team have found a game for next Friday night. The Hawks (3-1) will travel to Marathon County to face the Edgar Wildcats (4-0). Edgar is ranked No. 1 in Division 7 and was D7 State Runner-Ups last year. They’ve been in state championship game three of the past four years and last won the title in 2016. The Hawks were originally scheduled to play Menasha before the Blue Jays season ended. .

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