Josephine Ann Ballensiefer

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Josephine Ann ('Buck) Ballensiefer, age 91, formerly of Wiota, passed away early Sunday morning, Aug. 5, 2012, at the Caring Acres Nursing Home in Anita.
Josephine Ann was born on Dec. 21, 1920 in Adair, to William Nicholas and Teresa Hannah Hollinrake Richter. She attended country schools in Adair County, high school in Exira, including a normal training course to be a teacher. She taught rural schools in Adair, Audubon, and Cass Counties. On June 5, 1943, Josephine was united in marriage to Joseph William Ballensiefer in St. John's Catholic Church in Adair. Joseph had farmed north of Wiota all his life so Josephine became a farm wife. She later became a member of St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Atlantic.
She is survived by a daughter, Mary Lee and husband Michael of Wiota; a granddaughter, Manda Thomas and husband Chad of Ackley; and a great-granddaughter, Hannah Jo Thomas of Ackley.
Josephine is preceded in death by her parents, William and Teresa; her husband, Joe, in 2006; a son, James William in 1946; a grandson, Matthew Tanner Lee in 1979, both in infancy; her siblings, Fat Richter, Slim Richter, Mary Perry, Mike Richter, Jim Richter, Bob Richter, and Paul Richter. She was the last of her siblings.
There will be an open visitation at the Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic, on Monday, Aug. 6, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. There will be a scriptural wake service at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening followed by a family visitation from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Services for Josephine will be held on Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church with Father Dan Siepker officiating. Interment will be in the St. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery in Atlantic.
Roland Funeral Service of Atlantic is caring for Josephine's family and her arrangements. Condolences for the family may be left on their website at
Published in Atlantic News Telegraph on Aug. 6, 2012
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