Helpful Links

Here are some places on the internet that we would like to share with you.


Social Security

The loss of the family wage earner can be devastating to the survivors. The social security office offers a variety of booklets concerning survivor benefits. Of course, the information provided does not contain all provisions of the law. Each case may be different and you need to contact Social Security pertaining to your individual needs. You can speak to a service representative between 7AM and 7PM on business days. Remember to have yor social security number ready. Call 1-800-772-1213.

In north Iowa, call the Mason City office at 1 866 365 6708.



Veterans Administration

Contact VA online http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USVA/bulletins/f8da60 For benefits information and claims, call 1-800-827-1000. For government life insurance information and claims, call 1-800-699-8477. The National Cemetery will verify eligibility of all applicants and will maintain the schedule of the Committal Services at the cemetery. Most veterans who have been discharged from active duty military service, under other than dishonorable conditions, are intitled to burial in a National Cemetery. Veterans and members of deceased veterans can request copies of proof of veteran military service (DD214)forms online at: www.archives.gov/research_room/vetrecs/ You can also use: www.va.gov

Planning Ahead

Interment/Inurment Options


Meaningful Funerals

This will help you with the many options that are availble to You.



Talk of a Lifetime

This link will help you have the Talk of a Lifetime with your loved ones to help you find out what is important to them.

Grief Support

Sesame Street Children and Grief

About 2.5 million American children under age 18 have experienced the death of a parent, including the more than 12,000 who have lost a parent in the military over the past eight years. While nothing can fully shelter a child from the impact of such a loss, When Families Grieve outreach materials have proven to provide some comfort. The effort includes two outreach kits in both English and Spanish — one specifically for military families, as part of a larger efforts to support these families, and another for the general public — along with community events and a primetime TV special hosted by Katie Couric and the cast of Sesame Street. Through DVDs, family activities, and books included in the kits, Elmo and his friends encourage children to open up about their feelings to help relieve the sadness, anxiety, and confusion they often experience. An accompanying guide educates parents and caregivers on strategies for discussing death with children and reassuring them that, with love and time, things will get better. As someone who provides direct support and services, you can adapt these ideas for use in group settings or to help you provide one-on-one support. These multimedia resources include video material, a guide for parents and caregivers, and a children’s story.


When Families Grieve addresses:

  • talking with children about death
  • helping children to express different emotions
  • remembering loved ones together
  • beginning the process of moving forward.


So far, close to 1 million When Families Grieve outreach kits have been distributed to families and grief service providers nationwide, and 83 percent of caregivers using the kit feel they “have more appropriate language to better discuss death with my child.” Just as remarkable, 95 percent of those who received these educational materials used them, with 91 percent of caregivers rating them “Good” or “Excellent.” That kind of support is no small solace in times of grief. Many resources can be found at: http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/ t o p i c s a n d a c t i v i t i e s / t o o l k i t s / t l c / griefresources


Three Oaks Greenhouse

704 W Main Street (641) 592-4468 1-888-833-6257 Owner - Steve Peterson (641) 592-6070 Cell (641) 590-2519

Places of Worship

Asbury United Methodist Church

107 East Main Street Lake Mills, IA 50450 (641) 592-1106 Rev. Shirley Hoffmann-Will cell (641) 919-4314



Bethany Lutheran Church

201 Franke St. Joice, IA, 50446 641-588-3366 Pastor Bill Peters and Pastor Randy Baldwin



Immanuel Lutheran Church

105 E. 3rd St. Scarville, IA, 50473 641-568-3666 Pastor Randy Baldwin



Salem Lutheran Church

Salem Lutheran Church 401 S Lake Street (641) 592-1771 Pastor Melinda McCluskey



Silver Lake Lutheran Church

705 Silver Lake Rd. Northwood, IA, 50459 641-293-5556 Pastor Randy Baldwin



St. Patrick's Catholic Church

St. Patrick's Catholic Church 406 South Grant Street Lake Mills, IA, 50450 641-592-0022



Winnebago Lutheran Church

40029 210th Avenue Lake Mills, IA, 50450 641-567-3550 Pastor Bill Peters


Country Inn & Suites

Located by Diamond Jo Casino I-35 and Exit 214 11 miles from Lake Mills on Hwy 105. 1-800-456-4000



Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Holiday Inn Express & Suites located at intersection of Hwy 105 & I-35 4721 Wheelerwood Road Northwood, IA 50459 641-323-7500 1-800-HOLIDAY



Lake Mills Motel

Lake Mills Motel 402 N. Lake Street Phone 641-592-3711 641-903-8493 Barb James


Custom Monuments

Mittelstadt Funeral Home offers monuments in house from Sunburst Memorials based out of St. Cloud, Minnesota.  Inquire with Amy or Isaiah for any monument questions or needs.

Funeral Related

Batesville Casket Company

Aurora Casket Company


Lake Mills Graphic

Phone #(641) 592-4222 FAX #(641) 592-6397 email: graphic@wctatel.net Owner: Terry Gasper



Mason City Globe Gazette

Daily Paper Phone: 1-800-421-0524 FAX: (641) 421-7108 email: news@globegazette.com



The Albert Lea Tribune

Daily Paper Phone: 1-800-657-4996 FAX: (507) 373-0333 email: obituaries@albertleatribune.com

Sympathy Expressions



Memory Book, Gift for You (Family Learn)

Create your own Memory Book commemorating the life of a loved one. The sharing of memories is a positive, healing experience for families. Learn how by clicking on this link.

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