Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. today at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee, with Rev. Armand Bertrand officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Aurelia. Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee was in charge of arrangements, and online condolences may be left at www.greenwoodfuneral.com.
Monica was born on Sept. 5, 1918 in Marcus, to George and Lena Rassel. She spent her youth on a farm seven miles south of Marcus, attending school at Tilden Township #2. On May 25, 1941, she married Willis Tolzin at Maryhill, and the couple were blessed with four children. They farmed until moving into Aurelia in 1971.
In addition to being a homemaker, Monica also worked at Countryside Estates in Cherokee. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee and also the Aurelia Catholic Ladies. She had been a resident of Sunset Knoll since 2002.
Monica was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Willis , in 1979; and three sisters, Margaret Graeber, Catherine Rogers, and Peg Bernsmeier, all of Des Moines.
She is survived by her four children, Marcia Lackey and her husband Patrick, of Grand Junction, Colo.; Charles Tolzin and his wife, Julie, of Cherokee; Sharon Haake and her husband, Leslie, of Galva; and Michael Tolzin and his wife, Lori, of Brandon, S.D.; eight grandchildren, Anne Holmes and her husband, John, of Columbus, Ga.; Laura Benson and her husband, Brian, of Cherokee; Andrew Haake and his wife, Connie, of Charlotte, N.C.; Douglas Haake of Austin, Texas; Micah Klinger and her husband, Blake, of Willmar, Minn.; Elizabeth Mertz and her husband, Eric, of Marshall, Minn. and Tyler and Adam Dather of Brandon, S.D.; three great - granddaughters, McKenna Benson, Olivia Mertz, and Ruby Klinger; a sister-in-law, Freda Tolzin of Cherokee; and many nieces and nephews.