Memorial services will be on Saturday Feb. 26 at 10:30 a.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. Pastor Ethan Sayler will officiate. Burial will be at a later date.
There will be a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. at the funeral home. Visitation will be on Friday at Boothby Funeral Home from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., with the family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Online condolences may be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.
Fern was born on Aug. 31, 1919 at George, Iowa to Elmer and Lena (Schuler) Spear. Fern attended Laurens Consolidated School and graduated from Cherokee Wilson High School in 1936. She was united in marriage to Wayne W. Sleezer on Dec. 30, 1941 at the Methodist Church in South Sioux City, Neb. She worked at Lumous Produce in Cherokee, and was a secretary at Lincoln Elementary School in Cherokee from 1969-1983, and was also the bookkeeper and secretary for Sleezer Roofing before retiring in 1983. She had lived in Cherokee most of her life, and also in Laurens for 14 years and two years in George. Fern was a member of Memorial Presbyterian Church, V.F.W. Auxiliary, Bridge Club, Tone Circle, and sang in the church choir. She also volunteered at the Cherokee Archives, enjoyed reading, genealogy, fishing, gardening and stamp collecting.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Wayne on April 30, 2000; her sister Ferol Phipps in 1981; and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
She is survived by her two sons: Roger Sleezer and his wife Janet of Cherokee and Paul Sleezer of Cherokee; four grandchildren: Jeffrey Sleezer of Storm Lake, Warren Sleezer and his wife Deb of Henderson, Nev.; Aaron Sleezer and his wife Susan of Leesburg, Va.; Sara Henke and her husband Scott of Chicago, Ill.; six great-grandchildren - Alicia, Jeff, Cole, Savannah, Kathryn and Kyle; a brother-in-law Junior Martin Sleezer of Claremont, Minn.,and many nieces and nephews.