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> ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS
> IS A NEW SURNAME
> Dear Santa; don't bring me new dishes
> I don't need a new kind of game.
> Genealogists have peculiar wishes
> For Christmas I just want a surname
> A new washing machine would be great,
> But it's not the desire of my life.
> I've just found an ancestor's birth date;
> What I need now is the name of his wife.
> My heart doesn't yearn for a ring
> That would put a real diamond to shame.
> What I want is a much cheaper thing;
> Please give me Mary's last name.
> To see my heart singing with joy,
> Don't bring me a real leather suitcase,
> Bring me a genealogist's toy;
> A surname with dates and place.
> Published October 2007
> Tama County [Iowa] Museum News
> Re-published: Wayne County [Iowa] Genie News, Nov 2008
> Happy Thanksgiving and a Joyous Christmas - Carroll
Oh my goodness. ... how very true. Thanks for the chuckle. :)
Mary Beth in Wisconsin
On Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 11:08 AM, CARROLL FULLER <phylful(a)msn.com> wrote:
> > ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS
> > IS A NEW SURNAME
There are no words to express my sorrow for you, Darlene. When I have made
the trip to Chariton to visit the Genealogy Library with my dear cousin Carrie
(Curtis) Brown, you have been my guiding light through the vastness of gene
records in your small confined area. You make the search easy and enjoyable.
The work you have done with the newsletter, websites and library to help all
of us no matter how large or how small may go unrecognized many days but
please know how much you are appreciated and how much we all support you at this
tragic time in you families lives. God Bless you!
Debbie (McGill) Neece
(Curtis, Henry, McGill, Scovil)
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So very sorry to hear of the loss
of your loved one! May Kenneth rest in
peace. And, may he smile upon you for
your expertise and volunteerism, another
love in your life.
Many of you will be interested in the following from this morning's Des
Moines Register. Surely all of us have been helped at one time or another by
Darlene, indexer of Lucas County newspapers, a prime mover behind the Lucas
County Genealogical Society newsletter and a constant and helpful presence
at the library and I know we'll be thinking about her and her family now.
KENNETH HARLAN ARNOLD
On November 12, 2008 Kenneth lost his eleven month long battle with lymphoma
at the age of 75. Kenneth was born May 1, 1933 to Guy Merl & Martha Mae
(Smith) Arnold. He grew up and went to school in the Puckerbrush and
Chariton area. He served in the Korean Conflict in several army bases in the
US and Germany.
On June 29, 1953 he married Darlene Ann Steinbach and to this union was born
four children: Gordon, Dennis, & Eric. An infant daughter died at birth.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Orval and Homer; and his
infant daughter. He is survived by his wife, Darlene; and his sons: Gordon
of Springfield, MO, Dennis (Cindy) of Chariton, and Eric (Julie) of Russell;
four grandchildren: Brian Arnold of Chariton, Amanda (Michael) Brennecke of
Clio, Nicole (Nick) Williams of Oskaloosa, and Jenny Arnold of Chariton; two
great grandchildren: Makayla & Dylan Brennecke; a brother Keith (Phyllis) of
Corydon, three sisters: Elma Pastrick of Fairfield, CA, Effie Pierschbacher
of Chariton, and Ruby (Glen) Engle of Lincoln, NE; an aunt Vera Penick of
Liberty Center; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial services will be held on November 15, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. at the
Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton with family receiving friends one
hour prior to services. Burial will be at a later date in the Newbern
Cemetery. Online condolences for the family may be left at