John Pontenberg

john pontenberg
John F. Pontenberg, age 79, of New Hampton, IA died on Thursday, June 18, 2009 at Muse Norris Inpatient Unit in Mason City, IA. John Francis Pontenberg was born on September 28, 1929 to DeVere and Agnes (Polansky) Pontenberg on the family farm near Schley, IA. John attended school in Alta Vista. He was employed at Chamberlains Manufacturing in Waterloo, IA. John entered the United States Army on February 7, 1951 serving his country in the Korean War. John received his honorable discharge on January 13, 1953. On September 29, 1953, John was united in marriage to Norma Hormisch at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in North Washington. The couple farmed near North Washington from 1953 to1984. John then operated J.P. Trucking until his retirement in 1998. After his retirement he had his own lawn care service, J.P. Lawn Service. John and Norma enjoyed spending winters in Alamo, TX. He also enjoyed fishing, golfing, and playing cards in Ionia and Alta Vista. John was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in North Washington and the Alta Vista VFW Paul Johann Post #4069. John is survived by his wife Norma of New Hampton, IA; four children, Gary (Deb) Pontenberg of Cedar Point, NC, Gail (Nancy) Pontenberg of New Hampton, IA, Rhonda (Jim) Thome of Plymouth, IA, and Renita Pontenberg of Jacksonville, TX; one sister Dorothy (Nick) DiGregorio of Mason City, IA; two brothers DeVere (Norma) Pontenberg of Waterloo, IA and Duane (Lynda) Pontenberg of Ft. Wayne, IN; five grandchildren Adam and Ashley Pontenberg, Dawn Kruse, Josh Pontenberg, and Haylin Burns; six great grandchildren; one brother in law Richard Schwickerath; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters Darlene Schwickerath and Dolores Rozen; and one brother in law Patrick Rozen. Cemetery: Burial will be inSt. Mary'sCemetery in North Washington with Dawn Kruse, Adam, Josh, Ashley, Nancy, Deb Pontenberg, Jim Thome, and Haylin Burns serving as casket bearers. Military Rites provided by Alta Vista VFW Paul Johann Post #4069. Visitation: Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Sunday, June 21, 2009 at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in New Hampton with a scriptural wake service at 6:00 pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Service: Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 am on Monday, June 22, 2009 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, in North Washington, IA with Msgr. Carl Schmitt celebrant.

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  1. Norma, My heart goes out to you and the family. Johnny was a wonderful person. He will be greatly missed by all.. yesterday with you, we had a wonderful chat about the wonderful times I had with you and Johnny, These thoughts will be in my memory forever. God Bless you and the family. He is with the lord now
    Tim and Connie Ellswick

  2. My heart goes out to the whole family. I was so sad to hear the news. I am so sorry that I will not be able to attend but please know you all are in our prayers.
    With all our our love,
    Mary Rozen Epsteen, Sam, and Jack

  3. Our thoughts are with the whole family in this time of sadness. We hope that you find a time to talk about memories that make you laugh and smile.
    We are unable to attend the services but our heart and prayers are with you all.

    Laurie and Mark Lichty and family

  4. David and Jeanne are sorry for your loss; please accept our sympathies and anything we can do please call. All our love.

  5. Norma and family, you have my condolences. I remember when John would come into the office where I used to work. He was always outgoing and had a good story to tell. Treasure your memories.

  6. Gary and Deb, we are thinking of you and your family. Sending prayers and love. Please let us know if we can do anything back home for you.

    Vickie and Tom

  7. Noma and family: Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family in this time of sadness.Remembering the good times spent with him will keep him close to your heart. Bob and Cyndy Weiglein

  8. Norma and Family–Sorry to hear about John. He was a great friend. You both are. He is not suffering any more. Probably he and Skeeter are playing Euchre together now. I know what you are going through, probably see you at McDonalds in a few weeks.Love, Maxine Skoda.

  9. Norma and family, we are so sorry to hear about John. We shared some good times together and will miss our “Pitstop” on fantasy racing. All of you are in our thoughts and our prayers. We will stop to see you over the 4th. God bless you. Marge and Dave

  10. to the Pontenberg family my thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time . Please let me know if i can do anything to help .. may God Bless the Pontenberg family. mark worley .. sulphur springs texas

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