Donna Roling

Donna Jean Roling, 65, of Preston, Iowa, formerly of Sugar Creek, died Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at Genesis East Medical Center, Davenport, Iowa. 

In accordance with Donna’s wishes, there will be no visitation. A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sugar Creek. Burial will take place in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Sugar Creek. 

A memorial fund has been established in Donna’s memory. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com.

Donna was born in Maquoketa, Iowa, Oct. 19, 1952, the daughter of Adrian and Margaret (Trenkamp) Roling of Sugar Creek. She was raised in Sugar Creek and attended school in Sugar Creek and later graduated from Northeast High School in Goose Lake with the Class of 1970. Donna was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, where she was active in the Sugar Creek Choir and played the organ for 55 years. 

She worked as an abstractor for the Iowa Title and Guaranty Company in Maquoketa for 47 years. Donna was known as the “Family Planner,” she loved planning and taking care of her family. She also enjoyed attending church, playing music, and researching her family genealogy. Most of all, Donna treasured spending time with her family and friends.

Donna will be dearly missed by her mother, Margaret Roling of Preston; four siblings, Dale (Linda) Roling of Sugar Creek, Nancy Roling of Maquoketa, Iowa, Gary (Doris) Roling of Sugar Creek, and Janet Roling of Preston; 14 nieces and nephews; 11 great-nieces and nephews; and two (on the way) great-great-nieces and nephews.

Donna was preceded in death by her father, Adrian; and one infant nephew, Darren Roling.

 

Jacqueline Fuller
Jacqueline Fuller

Jacqueline Fuller

Jacqueline J. “Jackie” Fuller, 84, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away Monday morning, Nov. 20, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Jackie’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa.

Jacqueline Joyce Nugent was born on Oct. 16, 1933, in Clinton, Iowa, to Harry Charles and Olinda (Baute) Nugent. Her mom died at a young age and her dad married Dorothy Miller on Dec. 19, 1939. Dorothy was the only mom she ever knew. 

Jackie was a 1951 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Bryce Fuller on Nov. 17, 1951, in Bellevue, Iowa. He preceded her in death Sept. 13, 1968. She later married James Curtis Aug. 23, 1969. They later divorced.

Through the years Jackie had worked at Dolch’s Bakery in Maquoketa, in the laundry department at Maquoketa Care Center, and lastly at the Walmart snack bar, retiring May 30, 2003.

Jackie’s faith was very important to her. She was baptized at the Lutheran church in Grand Mound, confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, and later was a member of the Andrew Presbyterian Church. Since 2013 she had been a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. Additional memberships included the Maquoketa American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

Jackie enjoyed playing in area Euchre card clubs each day of the week. She especially loved her family, and will be remembered as always being kind-hearted, non-judging and accepting to all.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Tom (Sue) Fuller of Maquoketa, David (Mary Jo) Fuller of Monmouth, IA, Larry Fuller of Maquoketa, Jim (Lori) Fuller of Rochester, Iowa, Jodi (Tim) Cottle of Maquoketa, and Joe Curtis of Huxley, Iowa; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sisters Ella (Jim) Bakken of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Phyllis (Les) Schau of DeWitt, Iowa; and a sister-in-law, Marilyn Sterk, of Maquoketa. 

She was preceded in death by her mother, father and step-mother, her husband Bryce, brother Wally Nugent, and sister Dorothy Bormann.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to Camp Courageous of Iowa or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Leave online condolences at www.carsonandson.com.

Kimberly Decker
Kimberly Decker

Kimberly Decker

Kimberly Decker, 60, of Maquoketa, passed away Nov. 15, 2017, at Jackson County Regional Health Center.

A funeral service was held at East Iron Hill Church Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 11:30 a.m. Visitation was Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 9-11 a.m. at Lahey and Dawson Funeral Service in Maquoketa. Burial was at the East Iron Hill Cemetery. 

Kimberly Kay was born April 22, 1957, to Benjamin and Rosalie (Edwards) Gilmore. She married Lee Decker Nov. 27, 2010. Kim was an in-home caregiver in Jackson and Clinton counties and also worked at Rockwell Collins in Bellevue. 

Kimberly was a member of United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. She enjoyed gardening, growing her own veggies, visiting her children, reading Stephen King books, fishing and hanging out at the cabin with her husband. She had a great love for yard sales and loved antique trinkets and décor. She loved to travel and had a great love for animals, especially her cats, Leo and Linus, and her dog, Lilly. She was known as the sweetest person. 

Those left to cherish her memories are her husband, Lee Decker of Maquoketa; three children, Johnny Keil of Eldridge, Iowa, Kathryn Shanahan of Denver, Colorado, and Wesley (Randel) Shanahan of Littleton, Colorado, grandchild Daltyn Armstrong; great-grandchild Mia Armstrong; step-father John Melroy of Maquoketa; two step-children, Melissa (Luke) Brown of Lansing, Michigan, and Jason (Cathie) Decker of Colorado Springs, Colorado; five step-grandchildren; two brothers, Lonny (Nancy) Gilmore of Maquoketa and Charles (Phyllis) Gilmore of Maquoketa.

She is preceded in death by her parents. 

Memorials may be directed in her honor to her family. 

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.laheys.com

Gary Holtz
Gary Holtz

Gary Holtz

Gary Holtz, 77, of Maquoketa, passed away Nov. 13, 2017.

Funeral mass was held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, Iowa, Friday, Nov. 17, at 11 a.m. Visitation will be Thursday, Nov. 16, at Lahey Funeral Home in Maquoketa from 3 to 7 p.m. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.

Gary Lynn Holtz was born Nov. 19, 1939, to Harold and Bertha (Wellendorf) Holtz. He attended and graduated from Maquoketa High School. He married Sara Kunkel on July 7, 1962, at St. Anthony’s in Dubuque. Gary worked at Clinton Engines, Alcoa for 16 years, farmed and retired from the Iowa DOT.

Gary was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He was an honorary member of Vintage Farm Equipment Show in Atkinson, Illinois. He enjoyed tractors, antique tractor shows, fishing. He loved collecting many different things especially train sets. He was also part of the Army Reserves for six years.

Those left to cherish his memories are his wife Sara Holtz; four children, Gary F. (Cathleen) Holtz of Delmar, Theresa (Bradley) Taliaferro of Delmar, Jeffrey (Lisa) Holtz of Maquoketa, Kathryn (Randy) Shanahan of Maquoketa; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and his beloved dog, Sadie.

He is preceded in death by his parents and sister Rozella.

Memorials may be directed in his honor to his family.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.laheys.com

Keith Drake
Keith Drake

Keith Drake

Keith Douglas Drake, 60, of Normal, Illinois, passed away at 10:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Sugar Creek Alzheimer’s Care Center in Normal.

His celebration of life was held from 2-4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Kibler – Brady - Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

He was born Nov. 13, 1956, in Maquoketa, Iowa, a son to Melvin and Altabelle Nipp Drake. He married Janelle Dunne on Sept. 16, 1978, in Andrew, Iowa. 

Surviving is his wife, Janelle Drake of Normal; daughter, Kelly Drake of Seattle, Wash.; son, Ryan (Caitlin) Drake of Champaign; granddaughter, Mia Drake of Champaign; sister, Barbara (Ed) Behr; brother, Mark (Linda) Drake; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Keith was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister.

He was employed at Caterpillar for 31 years, retiring in 2010. He enjoyed fishing and was a member of the Bloomington-Normal Bass Club.

Keith was loved by his family and enjoyed by his friends, he will be greatly missed.

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Virginia Groth
Virginia Groth

Virginia Groth

Virginia M. Groth, 89, of Davenport, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House with her loving family by her side. 

Funeral services was held on Friday, Nov. 17, at 11 a.m. at Weerts Funeral Home, Jersey Ridge and Kimberly. Visitation was held one hour before the service on Friday. Burial was at 1:30 p.m. at Monmouth Cemetery in Monmouth, Iowa. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House. 

Virginia was born Aug. 7, 1928, to Herman and Norma Brown in Bellevue, Iowa. She graduated from Monmouth High School in 1946. She graduated from AIC School of Business, where she met her future husband. On Nov. 7, 1948, she was united in marriage to Wallace Groth; he passed away in 2009. 

After their three children were grown, Virginia worked for Sears as a retail salesperson for many years. She loved to spend her free time knitting, doing needle work, putting together jigsaw puzzles, solving word puzzles, and watching Iowa Hawkeye basketball and cheering on the Chicago Cubs. Most of all, she loved to spend time with her family.

She is survived by her three children: Ronald (Connie) Groth, Deborah (Richard) Gilbert, and Cynthia (Steve Jugenheimer) Daughtery; five grandchildren: Ryan Groth, Nicholas (Amy) Groth, Brent Daughtery, Bryon (Janessa) Gilbert, and Neal (Joanna) Gilbert; four great-grandchildren: Gabe and Eli Groth, and Alex and Austin Daughtery; sister Aljean Crist; and brother Vernon Brown.  

Virginia was preceded in death by her husband Wallace, her parents, two sisters: Janis Yarolim and Emma Louise Brown; and her brother Arnold Brown.

A special thank you to the staff at the Clarissa Cook Hospice House for their loving support.

Online condolences may be expressed to Virginia’s family by visiting her obituary at www.weertsfh.com.

Glatha Winchip
Glatha Winchip

Glatha Winchip

Glatha L. Winchip, 96, of Maquoketa, passed away Saturday evening, Nov. 11, 2017, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Glatha’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at United Church of Christ in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the visitation, and burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Glatha Lucille Hute was born March 24, 1921, in Fulton, Iowa, to Roy A. and Nora Mae (Shields) Hute. She was a 1938 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Robert Barker March 7, 1940 in Maquoketa. To this union two children were born, Karen and Bob. They divorced and she later married Marvin Winchip in 1967 in Maquoketa.

Glatha had first worked for the deputy clerk at the Jackson County Courthouse for a short time. In 1958 she became executive secretary for Clinton Engines in Maquoketa. She retired in 1994 after 36 years.

Glatha was a member of United Church of Christ in Maquoketa, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary for 71 years, Jackson County Historical Society, and the Red Hats Society. She had previously been a member of the Clinton Engines Association, BPW, PALS Program where she had also served as a board member, and the WA TAN YE Club.

Glatha enjoyed crocheting, dancing, fishing, traveling and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor Glatha’s memory include her children, Karen (Billy) Garien of Maquoketa, and Bob Barker of Maquoketa; step-children, Bob Winchip of Spearfish, SD, Nancy Winchip of Shawnee, Kan., and Julie Winchip of Tempe, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Krista (Todd) Mulder, Kevin (Kiri) Barker and Josh Garien; and three great-grandchildren, Alana Barker, Lucas Mulder and Averi Barker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Roy Neville Hute, sister Pauline Brady, and her longtime special friend Robert Davis.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

Leonard Pedersen
Leonard Pedersen

Leonard Pedersen

Mr. Leonard Hanford Pedersen, Jr., 94, formerly of Calamus, Iowa, passed Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at the Gardens of Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona, following a long illness.

He was born March 15, 1923, in Calamus to the late Leonard Hanford and Threna Marguerite Pedersen and was their only child. Leonard grew up in Wheatland and was called by his middle name, Hanford, throughout his youth. After serving in the Navy during World War II as a radar technician, he went to college in Davenport and began working for Kohrs Packing Company. Kohrs was purchased by Oscar Mayer and he was moved to their home office in Madison, Wisconsin. There, he worked as the Controller and at retirement was the director of long-range planning and acquisition.

While serving in the Navy, Leonard met Nellie Johnson, who was serving in the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) and they were married for 30 years before she passed away. During a reunion of DeWitt High School, he met Betty Balliu of Maquoketa and they were married for 28 years until her death. 

Not only did Leonard have a successful career, he had his own real estate brokerage firm and even learned to fly, owning his own plane.

Surviving are his daughter, Diane T. (Michael) Feeney of Arizona; his son, Eric Pedersen of Madison; twin granddaughters, Shannon and Megan Feeney and a granddaughter, Erin (Alex) Arrango-Escalante; great-grandchildren, Liliana and Julian; step-children, Marty (Tammy) Balliu of Maquoketa, Mary (Tom) Hense of Dubuque and Michael Balliu of Chicago.

A graveside service and military rites were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Kvindherred Cemetery, rural Calamus. The Rev. William Runaas Jr. officiated.

Memorials may be made to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, rural Calamus or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements were in the care of Schultz Funeral Home, Grand Mound.

Christine Keeney
Christine Keeney

Christine Keeney

Christine C. Keeney, 76, of Marion, passed away Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, at The Villages at Marion. 

Visitation was held Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. Services will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories, with burial to follow in Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.

Christine was born Jan. 19, 1941, near Anamosa (at home) to Herman T. and Ruth Michels Osterkamp. Christine graduated from Tipton High School in 1960.  

She was employed by Schutzs Brothers Dime Store and Buds Super Value in Tipton, as well as Quaker Oats (1974-2003) in Cedar Rapids. On June 16, 1963 she married Wayne Keeney at Trinity Lutheran Church in Tipton, Iowa. 

She is survived by her daughter, Tamera (Rod) Sayasit Crosser of Marion, and stepson Richard W. Keeney of Minnesota; grandchildren Alex (Elisha) Sayasit of Marion and Denise Sayasit of Indianapolis; step-grandchildren Courtney (Luke) Harden, Chelsea Keeney, and Chloe Keeney; great-grandchildren: Amaris Davis, Jaxon Sayasit, and Maddox Sayasit; step-great-grandchildren: Haven Harden, Parker Harden, Asa Harden, Ezra Harden, and Carter Keeney; siblings Barb Wallig of Marion, Linda St. John of Stanwood, Lucille Shingledecker of Mt. Vernon, Dennis (Mary) Osterkamp of Cedar Rapids, Betty (Almore) Taken of Cedar Rapids, Evelyn Grieser of Davenport, and Belva (Lindsey) German of Clarion.

Christine was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wayne; son-in-law, Blake Sayasit; brother, Roy Osterkamp; and brother-in-law, Jim Wallig.

Memorial donations may be directed to the family.

Sharing of memories and condolences may be directed to the family at www.cedarmemorial.com under Obituaries.

Charles Kruse Jr.
Charles Kruse Jr.

Charles Kruse Jr.

Charles Ernst Kruse, Jr., 80, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away Nov. 3, 2017, at his daughter’s home surrounded by family following an extended illness.

Born Dec. 24, 1936, in Lyons, Iowa, to Charles E. and Mathilde (Bell) Kruse, Chuck grew up in Maquoketa, where he graduated from high school. 

Throughout his adult life, Chuck farmed north of Maquoketa. Prior to retiring he also worked as an RTA bus driver for Jackson County. He enjoyed nature and in the 1960s helped pour the sidewalks at Maquoketa Caves State Park. He also enjoyed sports and helped coach girls’ basketball at the junior high level as the program was developing. 

His hobbies included running his hunting dogs, working with horses, and some travel. He appreciated conservation and stewardship of the land and liked good food, farm sales, and attending his children and grandchildren’s school activities.

Chuck is survived by his children, Kelly (Peter) Nelles of Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, Kris (John) Hays of DeWitt, Korey Harmon and Kraig (Judy) Kruse of Maquoketa; eight grandchildren, Pierce and Grace Nelles, Ryanne (Mike) Trusty and Austin (Megan) Till, Kailey and Kole Harmon, and Jake and Justin Kruse; and four great-grandchildren, Niya, Kolt, Knox and Gretchen.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his three sisters, Ella Kruse Naeve, Elizabeth Rathje and Marian H. Britch; and his infant brother, Carl. 

In keeping with Chuck’s wishes, a private family service is planned. The family extends their gratitude to Hospice of Jackson County for their care and support. 

Arrangements are in the care of Schultz Funeral Home of DeWitt. Condolences may be expressed and a photo tribute viewed at www.schultzfuneralhomes.com

Dr. Melvin Bernard
Dr. Melvin Bernard

Dr. Melvin Bernard

Dr. Melvin L. “Bud” Bernard, 94, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away Wednesday morning, Nov. 1, 2017, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa.

A celebration of his life is pending and will be announced in the spring of 2018. The service will be at United Methodist Church with burial following at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa. Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Melvin Lee Bernard was born on Jan. 16, 1923, in Eagle Grove, Iowa, to George H. and Mary Estella (Lewis) Bernard. He lived on the family farm until his graduation from Eagle Grove High School in 1941. He then attended Eagle Grove Junior College and Iowa State University. 

In 1942 he enlisted in the Army and was called to service in February 1943, serving in the 2208 Trucking Company and the 1585 Trucking Battalion in the European Theater during World War II. Upon receiving an honorable discharge in December 1945, he returned to Eagle Grove. In February 1946, he boarded a train in Webster City, Iowa, that was bound for Chicago bringing with him one small suitcase. His goal was to convince the president of the Illinois College of Optometry that they wanted him as a student. Within one week of that meeting he began his education.

During this time, he met Marilyn Ruth Sack at a dance. They were married on Feb. 20, 1948 in Chicago, Ill. Bud and Marilyn were married for 61 years and have two children: Donna (Keith) Wiebersch and Gary (Barbara) Bernard.

In 1949 they moved to Maquoketa where he opened his optometric practice. After 45 years he semi-retired and sold his practice to Dr. David Sybesma. He continued his practice of optometry until 2000 when he fully retired.

Dr. Bernard was a member of the American Optometric Association, Iowa Optometric Association, College of Vision Development and fellow member of the American Academy of Optometry. He made nine trips to Mexico as a member of the Iowa Chapter of Vosh. Locally, he was a member of Rotary where he served as the 20th president of the club. He was also a member of the V.F.W., American Legion, Izaak Walton, Knights of Pythias, Ducks Unlimited and Maquoketa Area Chamber of Commerce. He was also involved in the group that brought the industrial site to Maquoketa. 

Bud was an active member of the United Methodist Church where he also served on the board during the time the church was built on Wesley Drive.

Throughout his life he enjoyed both participating in and watching all sports. He was especially proud and fond of watching his grandchildren in all of their activities. Bud also enjoyed watching the Iowa State Cyclones as well as the Iowa Hawkeyes. His personal hobbies included golfing, hunting, fishing, reading and traveling worldwide with Marilyn.

Bud is survived by his children, Donna (Keith) Wiebersch of Dubuque, Iowa, and Gary (Barbara) Bernard of Galena, Ill.; four grandchildren, Katelin Wiebersch of Dubuque, Matthew Wiebersch of Chicago, Ill., Ellen (Kyle) Colgan of St. Charles, Mo., and Samuel Bernard of Des Moines, Iowa; two brothers, Kenneth (Shirley) Bernard of Minnetonka, Minn., and Jerald (Laurene) Bernard of Cedar Falls, Iowa; sister-in-law Ruth Bernard of Cedar Falls; and brother-in-law Jim Stevenson of Scottsdale, Ariz. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Russell, sister Eileen, and his wife, Marilyn, on Nov. 5, 2009.

The family extends a special thank you to Jake Bickford and Chuck Farnum for their special friendship and to all of the personnel at Clover Ridge Place and Hospice of Jackson County for their exceptional care.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Dr. Melvin L. “Bud” Bernard memorial fund has been established.

Leave online condolences at www.carsonandson.com.  

Mary Leget
Mary Leget

Mary Leget

Mary I. Platner Schnell Leget, 80, of Maquoketa passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017.

A celebration of Mary’s life will be held on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 from 2 to 4 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Mary Irene Platner was born on May 15, 1937, in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, to Glenn and Marie (Stoneking) Platner. She grew up on a farm in Marion, Iowa, and was a 1955 graduate of Marion High School. She married Russell E. "Gene" Leget in 1974 in Galena, Illinois. He preceded her in death on Oct. 4, 1998. 

Mary had worked as a bookkeeper at Penrose Hardware Store and more recently at Stickley Electric in Maquoketa for many years.

Mary enjoyed gardening, canning, listening to music, and being with nature. She especially cherished time with her family and friends. Mary’s fun-loving spirit and kindness will be greatly missed.

Those left to honor Mary's memory include her children, Rogene Ann Schnell of Vadnais Heights, MN, and Craig Allen (DiAnna) Schnell of Excelsior Springs, MO; a brother Allen Platner of Marion, IA; a sister Glenna Whitmarsh of TX; 2 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; 1 step-great-grandchild; and best friend, John Stockel of Lancaster, WI. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Russell E. "Gene" Leget, a son William "Bill" Schnell, sisters Pauline and Harriet, and infant brother Glenn Wayne.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.    

Margery Penningworth
Margery Penningworth

Margery Penningroth

Margery Jean Penningroth, 95, of Maquoketa passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, Iowa.

A celebration of Margery’s life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Friends and family may gather in “The Bistro” at Carson’s immediately following the service. A private burial will be at the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery.

Margery Jean Scott was born on Jan. 25, 1922, in Baldwin, Iowa, to Fred and Etta (Harding) Scott. She was a graduate of Baldwin High School and Maquoketa Junior College. She married Ergon Lester Penningroth on July 24, 1944 in Baldwin. He preceded her in death on July 21, 2011.

Margery taught school for two years, worked at the Rock Island Arsenal during World War II and was a homemaker. Additionally, she had farmed with her husband on the family farm near Elwood retiring to Maquoketa in 1988. 

Margery had been a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church. She enjoyed being active in church and the ladies group helping to serve their monthly dinners. She also enjoyed playing cards in various card groups, flower and vegetable gardening, needlework, and had kept a daily diary throughout her married life.

Those left to honor Margery’s memory include a son, Dean Albert Penningroth of Punta Gorda, FL; and several nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, 7 brothers Galen, Claire, Blaine, Keith, Charles, Fred, and Bob, 4 sisters Dorothy, Ferne, Gertrude and Betta, and her husband Ergon. 

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to Hospice of Jackson County or the Elwood United Methodist Church.

The family would like to give special thanks to Dan and Colleen Kilburg for their special care of and dedication to the Penningroth family, as well as the faithful caregivers who cared for her in her home.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

Phyllis Edwards
Phyllis Edwards

Phyllis Edwards

Phyllis R. Edwards, 85, of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, Oct. 29, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Phyllis’ life will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Phyllis Regina Yarolem was born on Dec. 2, 1931, in Canton, Iowa, to Charles and Blanche (Bickford) Yarolem. She attended school in Canton and later in Onslow.  She married Arley Dale Edwards on Aug. 11, 1951, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 4, 1972.

Phyllis had first worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa. She then worked for Formfit in Monmouth, Illinois making garments for several years. Lastly, she worked for over 15 years at Servus Rubber in Rock Island, Illinois on the assembly line and in the shipping department.  Upon her husband’s death, she moved to Maquoketa in 1972 and then to Monmouth in 1973.

Phyllis enjoyed visiting with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her family. She liked playing cards, fishing, camping, puzzle books and watching NASCAR with Carl Edwards being her favorite driver.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, John “J.C.” (Jean) Martensen of Welton, IA, Ellen (James) Wadsworth of Eldridge, MO, Dale (Lonna) Edwards of Rock Island, IL, Arla (James) Clark of Wyoming, IA, and Arley “Bryan” (Christine) Edwards of Milan, IL; a step-daughter, Laurie (Michael) Lemmer of Cascade, IA; a sister Marlene Kaye (Robert) Hess of Eldon, MO; a brother, Jerry (Janice) Yarolem of Maquoketa, IA; sisters-in-law, Beverly Yarolem of Monmouth, IA, and Marlene Yarolem of Baldwin, IA; 28 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Arley Dale Edwards, a daughter Wendy Passig, 3 great-grandchildren Levi Edwards, Braxton Maher and Manixx Maher, 5 brothers Charles Jr., Kenny, Rex, Wayne and Bob Yarolem, 3 sisters Marietta Graves, Jane Holland and one infant sister, and a special friend of over 30 years Robert Benischek.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Phyllis R. Edwards memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.   

Megan Medinger
Megan Medinger

Megan Medinger

Megan N. Medinger, 35 of Eldridge, died on Friday Oct. 27, 2017 from complications from metastatic osteosarcoma.

A Rite to Life will be held at the Church of Visitation in Camanche on Sunday Nov. 5, 2017 from 1-4 p.m.

Megan was born on May 4, 1982 in Clinton, daughter of Douglas and Nellie Medinger. She graduated from Camanche High School in 2000, she continued her education at Loras College in Dubuque, IA where she received her BS in BioChemistry and then to the University of Iowa where she completed her PharmD. Megan worked for CVS Pharmacy in Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. In Megan’s free time she enjoyed traveling and supporting her Hawkeyes and Cubbies.

Survivors include Father Douglas Medinger and Mother Nellie Medinger, two sisters Rachael and Shawna Medinger, niece Chealsa Andersen, aunts and uncles: Suzanne (Larry) Rubel, Gibby Rich, Jeff (Jean) Medinger, Terry (Brenda) Medinger, Greg Medinger, Beth (Tim) Doyle, three godchildren and adopted family: Mama (Jane) Clark and Christine (Mike) Clark.

She was preceded in death by Godmother Sue Mayland, Grandparents: Alvin and Evelyn Medinger and Everett and Greta Rich, sister Heather Medinger, aunt Velma Rich and uncle Mickey Rich.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at University of Iowa Hospitals, where Megan received her cancer treatments.

Please direct online condolences to www.chapmanfh.com”.

LeRoy Petersen
LeRoy Petersen

LeRoy Petersen

LeRoy W. “Pete” Petersen, 86, of Warrensburg, Missouri and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, at St. Lukes Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.

LeRoy W. “Pete” Petersen was born on July 22, 1931, in Ottumwa, Iowa, and was the son of Engvirt and Nettie Hazel (Hayward) Petersen. He was a 1949 Wyoming High School graduate.  He enlisted in the Navy and was a Seabee spending time in the South Pacific.  After his discharge, he began working for Joe Martin Chrysler Plymouth in Maquoketa, Iowa, as a Parts Manager, working there for 39 years. When Joe Martin closed, he and LaVonne moved to Missouri where he worked for Warrensburg Chrysler as Parts Manager, retiring in 1992.

He married LaVonne M. Ruggeberg on Sept. 7, 1957 in Lost Nation, Iowa. 

“Pete” loved fine cars, his dogs and high quality trap shoot guns. He was known for never driving a car that was dirty or that did not have a show room shine on it.  He had several Springer Spaniels and later made several rescue dogs his much loved favorite pets. He took up the hobby of trap shooting and enjoyed every match he was in for over 50 years. He became very good and won many trophies and awards over the years. He and LaVonne managed the Sedalia Rod and Gun Club over 15 years, making it a successful operation and making many close friends.

“Pete” was a member of the Missouri trapshooters, the Amateur Trap Shooting Association and the Sedalia Rod and Gun Club.

He is survived by his wife, LaVonne Petersen; and a brother-in-law, Leyland Ruggeberg. 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A graveside service and burial will be held at a later date from the Lost Nation, Iowa Cemetery. A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to Warrensburg Animal Shelter, City Hall, 102 S. Holden, Warrensburg, MO  64093 or S.T.A.F.F (Society for treatment of abandoned and fractured friends) P.O. Box 1324, Laurie, MO  65038.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.CarsonAndSon.com.  

Dorothy Carstensen
Dorothy Carstensen

Dorothy Carstensen

Dorothy Lois Carstensen, 91, of Preston died Oct. 27, 2017, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa.

She was the daughter of Harry and Susie (Campbell) Fey and was born on Oct. 3, 1926, in Maquoketa, Iowa. She was educated in schools in Clinton County and attended the Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls. She taught in the Elwood and Delmar schools.

On Aug. 3, 1952, she married Ingwer Carstensen in Elwood. They farmed in Clinton and Jackson Counties.

She is survived by her husband Ingwer; children Jim (Dawn Strait) Carstensen of Bellevue, Connie (Dan) Conine of Robins, and Mary Jo (Rich) Hainstock of Vinton; grandchildren Matt (Danielle) Hainstock, Carissa and Ben Conine, Ethan and Maggie Carstensen and step-granddaughter Jenifer (Josh) Pierce; step-great granddaughter Kinzie; numerous nieces, nephews, great, great-great and even great-great-great nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her brother Lloyd Fey and sisters Ethel Fey and Eleanor (Elly) ter Haar.

Visitation were 4 to 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, and services were 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, both at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Preston Cemetery.

She was a member of the Preston Legion Auxiliary Unit 602 for 48 years, the Preston United Methodist Church, and the Jackson County Retired School Personnel.

She especially loved being with her family. She enjoyed baking, gardening, playing cards, serving others and corresponding with friends and family.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Dorothy L. Carstensen memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

Pamela Ampulski
Pamela Ampulski

Pamela Ampulski

Pamela Easton Ampulski, 64, of Marion, passed away Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, at Bickford Cottage, Marion. 

The family greeted friends 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at Faith Lutheran Church in Marion. Celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the church conducted by Pastor John Albertson. Inurnment will be at a later date at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa. Arrangements by Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion.

Survivors include her husband, Joseph, of Marion; three daughters, Jacqueline, Danielle, and Elizabeth Ampulski of Marion; sister, Tamara (Bill) Cochran of Moline, Illinois; brother, Barry Easton of Arizona; nephew, Barry Mathew Easton; and niece, Erin Cochran.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Maxine Easton.

Pam was born March 17, 1953, the daughter of Donald and Maxine (Davis) Easton in Maquoketa. She graduated from Marshalltown High School in 1971. On May 19, 1984, she married Joseph William Ampulski in Arlington Heights, Illinois. She worked at Alexian Brothers Hospital as a respiratory nurse, Waseca School District, Barnes and Nobel Book Store and was president of Waseca Chapter of the ARC. Pam was a Girl Scouts leader for Madison, Waseca and Marion. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Marion.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.

Please share a memory of Pam at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.

Earl Shady
Earl Shady

Earl Shady

Earl A. “Butch” Shady, 69, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, Oct. 20, 2017, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.

A celebration of Earl’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Monmouth, Iowa, Cemetery with military honors.

Earl Arthur Shady was born July 30, 1948, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to J. Neville and Helen A. (Johnson) Shady. He attended Monmouth schools and graduated from Midland High School. He then farmed for a year prior to being drafted. He served in the U.S. Army receiving an honorable discharge. He married Patty Westphal. They later divorced and he married Debi Todhunter. Three sons were born to this union. They later divorced. He then married Kathy Gray in 1982 in Maquoketa.

“Butch” was a family-oriented man who always had a smile on his face and a joke to tell. He would help anyone who needed help. He loved horses and enjoyed raising them, often giving them away. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan and liked to build things. He was known to tear down old barns then rebuild them. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Those left to honor Earl’s memory include his wife, Kathy Shady, of Maquoketa; children, Lohnne Shady of Charleston, S.C., Lance (Misty) Shady of Chillicothe, Mo., Luke (Chrissie) Shady of Ely, Nev., Joshua (Tara) Shady of Boone, Iowa, and Jennifer Vorbeck Moore of Iowa City, Iowa; 14 grandchildren; brothers, Harry (Audra) Shady of Zwingle, Iowa, and Theodore “Ted” Shady of Maquoketa; sister Elaine Watters of New Orleans, La.; sister-in-law Georgia Shady of Maquoketa; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, brothers James and Jesse Shady, and sisters-in-law Genevieve Shady and Joan Shady.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Earl A. “Butch” Shady memorial fund has been established.

Leave online condolences at www.carsonandson.com.

Wesley Nissen
Wesley Nissen

Wesley Nissen

Wesley D. Nissen, 36, of Monticello, Iowa, passed away on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 21, 2017, from injuries received in a motorcycle and van accident near Springville, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Wesley from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, where a 5:30 p.m. prayer service will be held. Cremation has taken place and a private burial will be held at a later date from the Oakdale Cemetery, Davenport, Iowa.

Wesley Donn Nissen was born July 16, 1981, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to John Junior and Connie Lee (Waters) Nissen. He had attended Midland High School. He married Kendra Stanton on Sept. 11, 2010, in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Wesley was a jack-of-all-trades. He had worked for Foam Rubber in Monticello from 2007 to 2013, then for Liberty Tire for four years. He most recently started working for Orbis in Monticello as a machine operator.

Wesley was always busy doing something. He loved riding his Harley and was a member of the Midwest Motorcycle Mafia. He was an avid Chicago Bears fan and liked going to auctions. He adored his son Corbin and loved spending time with him, especially playing remote control cars.

Those left to honor Wesley’s memory include his mother, Connie Nissen of Bernard, Iowa; son Corbin Nissen; sisters Kayleen (Todd) Barten of Maquoketa, and Kristen Hagemann of Maquoketa; brothers Tom Nissen of Bernard and Jens (Paula) Nissen of Des Moines, Iowa; his wife, Kendra Nissen of Monticello, Iowa; nieces and nephews, Jens, Drake, Dakota, Landen and Walker Barten, all of Maquoketa, Maddie and Gabbie Hagemann, both of Maquoketa, Rodney John Nissen of Wyoming, Iowa, and Kaden Nehl and Jordyn Hoff, both of Guttenberg, Iowa; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Carrie and Kenny Stanton of Scotch Grove, Iowa; and sisters-in-law, Brandi (Steve) Hoff of Guttenberg, Cortney (Joe) Dirks of Anamosa, Iowa, and Lynsey (Kyle Gates) Stanton of Anamosa. 

He was preceded in death by his father, John Junior Nissen, and brother Donny.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Wesley D. Nissen memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.CarsonAndSon.com.  

John Hoesley
John Hoesley

John Hoesley

John J. Hoesley, 74, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

John was born June 19, 1943, in New Orleans to Dr. John B. and Virginia (Durkin) Hoesley. 

John lived on Chicago’s south side for most of his life before moving to the western suburbs and later retiring to Iowa. He was a graduate of St. Ignatius High School and University of North Dakota, and was an Army veteran.  

He married Jeanne Muske on Aug. 27, 1968. He worked at R. R. Donnelly & Sons Co. for 25 years and afterwards operated Lisle Mail & Business Services with his wife.  

He was a member and former chairman of Friends of Jackson County Conservation and a former member of the Izaak Walton League.

Survivors include his wife; his children, John (Jae) of Chicago, Martin (Martha Keller) of Evanston, Helen (Ken Evans) of North Aurora, and Andrew (Elizabeth) of Austin, Texas; four granddaughters; brothers James, Joseph, Michael, and Mark; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Stephen; his sister, Marguerite; and brother-in-law Clyde Knoppe.

Plans are being made for a memorial service in Chicago at a later date.

Stanley Weets
Stanley Weets

Stanley Weets

Stanley E. “Stan” Weets, 86, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, at WestWing Place in DeWitt, Iowa.

A celebration of Stanley’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa, with military honors.

Stanley Erwin Weets was born on March 14, 1931 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Martin Peter and Helen (DeMoss) Weets. He was a 1947 graduate of Baldwin High School and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He married Dorothy Shaw on Feb. 11, 1956, in Morrison, Illinois. She preceded him in death on Dec. 27, 1987. He later married Patricia A. Wallace Bean on Oct. 13, 1991, in Maquoketa, Iowa. She preceded him in death on Sept. 6, 2014.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge Stanley worked as a machinist for Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for 24 years, Caterpillar in Mt. Joy, and E.J Voggenthaler for 19 years. He also farmed for many years and owned and operated the Hootonanny Cafe for five years. 

Stanley was a former member of both the Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O’Connor-Regenwether and the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75. He enjoyed camping, playing cards, and pool leagues. He was an avid bowler and had served as past president of the Maquoketa Bowling Association.

Those left to honor Stanley’s memory include his children, Nancy (Rodney) Hooton of Dyersville, Iowa, Robert Violette of Abernathy, Texas, Martin Weets of Savannah, Mo., Tom (Narja) Weets of Warrensburg, Mo., Shirley (Frank) Sallee of Livingston, Mont., Dale Weets of Wilton, Iowa, Wayne Weets of Oskaloosa, Iowa, Barbara (James Jr.) Kemp of Delmar, Iowa, Jerry (Heidi) Weets of Lockport, Ill., Virginia (Craig) McCoy of Des Moines, Iowa, and Mary Jo (Paul) Geerts of Lost Nation, Iowa; honorary son and nephew, Edward Beam of Delavan, Wis.; many grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; a brother Marvin Weets of Sabula, Iowa; and sisters Deloris Newell of Maquoketa, Iowa, Marlana Steiner of Arizona, Sharon Kreutner of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Kaye (Bill) West of Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorothy and his wife Pat, son Keith, sister Betty Mott, two grandchildren, and great-grandchild Brentley Kemp.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Stanley E. “Stan” Weets memorial fund has been established.

Leave online condolences at www.carsonandson.com.

George Davis

Funeral service with military honors for George E. Davis will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in the Becker-Rabon Funeral Home Chapel, of Lawton, Oklahoma.

George E. Davis, 88, of Lawton, passed away Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in Lawton. He was born Feb. 22, 1929, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Edgar and Kathryn (Ross) Davis. He married Vivian E. Tate Bauer in September 1960 in Pasadena, California. Mr. Davis graduated from the University of Iowa School of Pharmacy. He then served four years in the U.S. Army at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He owned and operated Tahoe City Pharmacy in Tahoe City, California, for 21 years. They then moved to Tacoma, Washington, where he owned a gourmet kitchen store. They moved to the Lawton area in 2000.  

Survivors include his wife, of the home; a son, Michael Neil Bauer Davis, Tahoe City, California; three brothers-in-law, Walter I. Reed of Meers, Joe Bressman and his wife Lou of Lawton, and Perry Tate and his wife Pat of Elgin; sister-in-law Betty Davis of Iowa; a nephew and a niece.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Ross Davis, and a sister, Mary Ellen Bilsborrow.

An online guest book and sympathy cards are available at www.beckerfuneral.com.

 

Henry Crouch Jr.

Graveside services for Henry Lee Crouch Sr. of Duck Hill, Mississippi, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Duck Hill, with the Rev. Tim Buchanan officiating. Burial will follow, with military honors at graveside.

Mr. Crouch, 84, died at his home Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. 

He was born July 2, 1933, to Noah Clayton and Addie Josie Carlton Crouch.
He was a retired employee of American Airlines and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Mr. Crouch was a member of Duck Hill Baptist Church and a past deacon at Shiloh Baptist Church and Hayes Creek Baptist Church. He was also a former Sunday School teacher at North Winona Baptist Church and Shiloh Baptist Church. Mr. Crouch was a Master Mason and member of the Winona Masonic Lodge and the Kilmichael Masonic Lodge, a Shriner, and a member of the American Legion. He was a past patron of the Winona Order of the Eastern Star. 

Mr. Crouch is survived by his wife of 65 years, Evelyn Louise Bell Crouch of Duck Hill; daughter Christie Rena Crouch Genola (Lewis) of Duck Hill; son Henry Crouch Jr. of Winona, Miss.; brother the Rev. Andrew Clayton Crouch of Duck Hill; two grandchildren, Michael Aaron Crouch and Shawn Patrick Crouch; and five great-grandchildren, Cole Blake Crouch, Zachary Austin Crouch, Michael Aaron Crouch Jr., Jonathan Lee 
Crouch and Jennifer Nicole Crouch.

Oliver Funeral Home of Winona (www.ofhwinona.com) is handling arrangements.

 

Dennis Hasenbank
Dennis Hasenbank

Dennis Hasenbank

Dennis R. Hasenbank, 76, of Maquoketa, passed away Monday evening, Oct. 2, 2017, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Dennis’ life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. A memorial visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. John’s Cemetery, Clarence, Iowa.

Dennis Ray Hasenbank was born on May 31, 1941, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Raymond Chris and Irene Martha (Wenndt) Hasenbank. He grew up in Tipton and was a 1959 graduate of Tipton High School. He then served his country in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1964, earning an honorable discharge. He married Patricia Marie “Pat” Gorsch on April 1, 1967, in Clarence, Iowa. 

Dennis was dedicated to work but never missed family events. He first farmed for a short time then became an egg broker working throughout the center of the United States for many years. At the age of 70 he decided to take the insurance examination and sold insurance for Health Markets for several years.

Dennis was a member of First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa, Maquoketa Rotary Club, and Maquoketa Masonic Helion Lodge #36 AF & AM. He loved his family and the love of his life, Pat. He and Pat danced every week and enjoyed spending time with their dancing friends. He also loved basketball and while in high school was a standout player.

Additionally, he liked golf, was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Bears fan, and was always meticulous about having a clean car. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Patricia “Pat” Hasenbank of Maquoketa; children Calvin (Heidi) Willson of Bay City, Mich., Crystal (Scott) Burmeister of Oxford Junction, Iowa, Terry Hasenbank of Wyoming, Iowa, Teresa (Kevin) Bock of Sebring, Fla., Dennis (Nicole) Hasenbank Jr. of Hiawatha, Iowa, and Denise (Wesley) Abbott of Roswell, Ga.; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother Darvin (Rhonda) Hasenbank of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and sister Deanna Rohlf of Davenport, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.  

Alvin Yaddof
Alvin Yaddof

Alvin Yaddof

Alvin Yaddof, 88, of Preston, Iowa, passed away Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, at The Alverno Nursing Facility, Clinton, Iowa. 

A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Preston. Burial will take place in Preston Cemetery, Preston. Visitation was held from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. A memorial fund has been established in Alvin’s memory for the family or for the church. Share online condolences and tributes with the family at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com.

Alvin was born Oct. 6, 1928, the son of Elmer Sr. and Norma (Ruchotzke) Yaddof in Preston. He married Velma Steines Oct. 27, 1948, in Clinton, Iowa. They raised seven children and celebrated 64 years of marriage. Velma passed away in 2013.

Alvin worked at Collin Company in Clinton for many years. He also worked with honey bees for Oliver Meyer and later ran his own bee operation for 31 years. Alvin farmed north of Preston for over 50 years. He was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and was a volunteer fireman. He enjoyed golfing and trapping moles. Most of all, he loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Alvin will be dearly missed by two sons, Leroy Yaddof and Michael (Lisa) Yaddof, both of Preston; four daughters, Barb (John) Dodd of Clinton, Iowa, Nancy (Jim) Derganz of Maquoketa, Iowa, Janet (Jon) Lee of Preston, and Debbie (David) Lee of Preston; son-in-law Terry Helmle of Preston; 16 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; brother Elmer Jr. (Carol) Yaddof of Preston; and sister Lois (Larry) Hoffman of Preston.

Alvin was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Velma; daughter, Carol Helmle; granddaughter, Amy Derganz; great-twin-grandsons, Brayden and Tanner Parr; four brothers, Melvin, Everett, Norman “Chatter” and Bob; and one sister, Florence Yaddof.

Evelyn Fagerland
Evelyn Fagerland

Evelyn Fagerland

Evelyn L. Fagerland, 86, of Maquoketa, passed away peacefully Oct. 8, 2017, from complications of Lewy Body Dementia.

A celebration of Evelyn’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, from First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, with Pastor Judy Heinrich officiating. Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, from Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Evelyn was born to Martin and Alma (Jansen) Hoffman on Dec. 16, 1930, in Clinton, Iowa. She grew up on a farm near Camanche, Iowa, attended rural schools, and graduated from Clinton High School in 1948. She worked at Excelsior Laundry and Dry Cleaners in Clinton for a short time. She was then joined in marriage to John Fagerland on Sept. 17, 1950, in Elvira, Iowa. Three daughters were born to the marriage, Karen, Kendra and Krista. John preceded her in death on April 10, 2006.

Evelyn was a member of First Lutheran Church. She was always very active as a volunteer, serving in her church throughout the years as a Sunday school teacher and choir director, and was active in the women’s groups. When her girls were young she was also a 4-H leader, Girl Scout leader, and active in band boosters. Her more recent community interests included serving as president for Jackson County Regional Health Center Auxiliary, Maquoketa Woman’s Club, and Jackson County Historical Society to which she was very devoted. Evelyn was a strong support to her husband, John, in his banking career.

Evelyn was most happy when she was having fun with her girls and grandchildren, and she loved decorating the entire house for Christmas each year. She also enjoyed sewing, antiques and genealogy; she and her husband traveled extensively and also hosted five foreign exchange students over the years, several of which were relatives from Norway.

She is survived by her daughters Karen (Terry) Slattery, Kendra (Mark) Beck, both of Maquoketa; five grandchildren, Jodi (Anthony) Capicchioni of Morton Grove, Ill., Brian (Brandi) Slattery of North Liberty, Iowa, Brandon (Jill) Beck of Bellevue, Iowa, Bjorn (Nikki) Beck of Maquoketa, and Marta Grant of Preston; eight great-grandchildren; and her sister, Arlene Hansen of Clinton, Iowa.

Her parents, husband, daughter Krista Grant and grandson Andreas Grant preceded her in death.

The family thanks Pastor Judy Heinrich, Hospice of Jackson County, the staff of Clover Ridge Place and Crestridge Nursing Home for their care and support.

Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church, Hospice of Jackson County, Jackson County Historical Society or the charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.  

Anna Stahlecker

Anna V. (Jansen) Stahlecker, 87, of Woodstock died Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, at Crossroads Care Center in Woodstock.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, starting at 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. The visitation will continue on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service at the Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home 1211 N. Seminary Ave. Woodstock. Burial will be at McHenry County Memorial Park in Woodstock.

She was born in Elwood, Iowa, on July 30, 1930, the daughter of Fred and Elizabeth (Soenksen) Jansen. She married Richard Stahlecker on March 12, 1955.

Anna enjoyed sewing, working as a seamstress for many years. She also worked in factories including Plaspros. She loved her times with her friends playing cards and being the chauffer for anybody that needed a ride. Mostly she enjoyed being with her family and friends. She was loved and will be missed.

She is survived by her son Jim (Cathy) Stahlecker; also many nieces and nephews and cousins. A special word of thanks to all the Senior Service Helpers.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1974; a brother, Sylvan (Rosalie) Jansen; four sisters Esther (Tom) Metras, Irene (Alvin) Maynard, Macy (Bob) Stone and Betty (Harold) Flemming; also many other brother-in-law and sister-in-laws.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Senior Services Association 110 W. Woodstock St. #B Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014 or Helping Paws 2500 Harding Lane Woodstock, Ill. 60098

For information call the Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home at 815 338 1710 or see our website at www.slmcfh.com.

 

Leonard Clark
Leonard Clark

Leonard Clark

Leonard A. Clark, 89, of Wichita, Kansas, and formerly of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017. 

A celebration of Leonard’s life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa, with military honors.

Leonard Allen Clark was born on Aug. 15, 1928, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Ezra and Louise (Durkop) Clark. He married Barbara H. Allison on Dec. 15, 1951, and she preceded him in death after 25 years of marriage. He later married Edith Lavon Hayzlett Moore in 1978.

Leonard served in the U.S. Navy during WWII on the Battleship USS Massachusetts. Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he worked in many small shops and finally worked for Caterpillar in Mt. Joy, IA, retiring in 1977.

He lived for many years in Joplin, MO, briefly to Topeka KS, and finally to Wichita KS. He was a Lifetime member of the Edward W. Knapper VFW Post #6174. His other passions included fishing, mushroom hunting, playing music, and playing cards and dice with family and friends.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife Edith of 39 years; brothers Dave (Loretta) Clark and Glenn (Mickey) Clark; a sister Darlene Kay Streets; sons Timothy (Geradette) Clark, Steve (Jacinta) Clark, Edwin Clark, Stanly Clark, Jason Clark, Kenny (Sherry) Hayzlett and Rodney (Yvonne) Hayzlett; daughters Vickey Clark, Linda (Jeff) Facemire, Debbie (Doug) Blain, Lora (Ed) Schiffelbein, and Judy (Garry) Nelson; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Larry, brothers Walter, Pete, Henry, James and George, a sister Melva, a half-brother Basil Clark, half-sisters Anna Clark, Mary Mundon, Virginia Clark, and Alberta Louise Clark, and several grandchildren.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

Paul Williams
Paul Williams

Paul Williams

Paul A. Williams, 66, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at his home in Maquoketa. 

A celebration of Paul’s life will be held at 6 P.M., Thursday, October 5, 2017, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.Visitation will be held prior to the service from 4 to 6 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.  Cremation has taken place and burial will be at a later date.

Paul Allen Williams was born on June 11, 1951, in Davenport, Iowa, to Harold Paul and Geraldine Elaine (Farnum) Williams.  He was raised by his father and grandparents and attended Davenport West High School.  He then served two enlistments in the U.S. Navy as a utility mechanic with the Navy CB’s.  Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he immediately began working for the Rock Island Arsenal as a boiler plant operator and obtained the rank of 1st Class Operating Engineer.  He retired in 2012 after 34 years of service.

Paul married LaVonne Martensen Andersen on September 21, 1996 in Maquoketa, Iowa.  He had attended the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa.  He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, creating and growing things, gardening, baking cookies, and in recent years watching the stock market. 

Those left to honor Paul’s memory include his wife, LaVonne Williams of Maquoketa, IA; 3 sons, Chris Williams of Davenport, IA, Jason (Dana) Williams of Tipton, IA, and Bryan Williams of IA; a step-daughter, Tiffany Anderson of Walcott, IA; a sister, Beverly (Kenny) Holzrichter of Preston, IA; a brother Rodger (Pat) Williams of Rockford, IL; a half-brother Larry (Kathy) Matejcek of MO; and 7 grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and a half-sister Becky Pritchard. 

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Paul A. Williams memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

Marianne Hoerschelman
Marianne Hoerschelman

Marianne Hoerschelman

Marianne Hoerschelman, 78, of Andrew, Iowa, passed on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at the Rehabilitation Center of Lisbon in Lisbon, Iowa.

A celebration of Marianne’s life will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, from the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Marianne Fuglsang was born on Oct. 30, 1938, in Elwood, Iowa, to John L. and Marie M. (Heneke) Fuglsang. She attended country school in Jackson County and was a 1956 graduate of Andrew High School. She married Allen R. Hoerschelman on Oct. 9, 1960, in Andrew. He preceded her in death on Feb. 16, 2013.

Marianne had worked as a telephone operator in Maquoketa, the Andrew gas station, and as a home health caregiver for several years. She also farmed with her husband in the Andrew area for many years. 

Marianne was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew and the WELCA. Through the years, she had been an active Andrew community volunteer and supporter. She enjoyed baking, gardening, playing cards, dancing, traveling and spending time with her family. 

Those left to honor Marianne’s memory include her children, Gary Hoerschelman of Dubuque, IA, Lori (Brad) Edaburn of Marion, IA, Lisa Dursky of Andrew, IA, and Jan (Adam) Pyatt of Mount Vernon, IA; 10 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Bob (Nancy) Fuglsang of Dubuque, IA.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Allen, a brother Max, and a sister Betty Whitmore.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Marianne Hoerschelman memorial fund has been established.

Online Condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

Clyde Martin
Clyde Martin

Clyde Martin

Clyde Allen Martin died of heart failure on Sept. 25, 2017, in Bradenton, Florida. The painful shock of his death is eased in part by the knowledge that his star did not falter and fade, but rather burned brightly right up to the end. Clyde left the world as he came into it: full of a powerful life force.

Clyde was born on Nov. 18, 1942, in Davenport, Iowa, to Edna (Daude) Martin and Herschel Martin. He was the first of five children to be raised on their farm outside of Bennett, Iowa, and he was entrusted with great responsibility at a very early age. Clyde put himself through Iowa State University and graduated with a degree in agronomy in the winter of 1965/66. 

In December 1966, he married Gaylen Nelson; together they had two daughters, Audrey and Amy. He loved being a father and gave his daughters many happy childhood memories of his playful spirit, his interest in the world around him, and his open heart.

In 1971, Clyde started his own business, Martin Ag, in Preston, Iowa. Later he also founded the agricultural software company, AgWorks. In the 1970s, Clyde became involved in the Iowa Fertilizer Association, becoming its president in the 1980s. When the farm crisis of the 1980s hit, Clyde responded by digging in his heels and working harder than ever to keep Martin Ag alive. This grit and determination, combined with an unflagging optimism, were signature elements of his approach to life. He firmly believed that hard work would be rewarded and that good always wins in the end. 

In 1995, Clyde married Barbara Kerr Brown. Clyde and Barb were more than partners, they were best friends. They understood each other, deeply enjoyed spending time together, and took care of each other in countless ways. No one was as closely connected to Clyde as Barb, and no one will feel his loss more keenly.

Throughout his life, Clyde had a strong desire to bring people together for the common good. In the 1970s and ‘80s, he was very involved in church and community activities, such as leading the Sunday school at Miles Presbyterian Church, and helping to start the public library in Preston. Clyde had been serving as president of Tropic Isles Co-op since March of 2015. He loved being part of this close-knit community, and he would be deeply touched by the outpouring of support they have so generously offered in this difficult time. 

Clyde was a man of purpose, of action, and of ideas. He also knew how to find fun, and make it. In short, Clyde loved life, and was loved by many. He will be greatly missed.

Clyde is survived by Barb Martin; his children, step-children and their spouses, Audrey Martin and Francis Fryscak, Amy Martin, Melissa Brown Hanifen, Jason and Tommie Brown, and Jarad and Monica Brown; his grandchildren Gabriel and Beckett Martin-Fryscak, Ryann Hanifen, Zachary, Hunter and Tucker Brown, and Mason and Kendall Brown; his siblings Dean (Linda) Martin, Donna Martin, Kenny (Connie) Martin; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Clyde was preceded in death by his parents, Edna and Herschel Martin, and his sister Lois Badtrum. 

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Palmetto on Wednesday, Oct. 4. If you would like to make a memorial gift, please send donations in Clyde’s name to Red Cross Hurricane Irma Relief: https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation. 

Joseph Otting
Joseph Otting

Joseph Otting

Joseph Dominic Otting, 70, of Bernard, Iowa, went to be with the Lord Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Dubuque.

Visitation will be Sunday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m. at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque, Iowa. During the service, friends and family are invited to share personal stories about how he touched your life.

A funeral Mass will be officiated by the Rev. Don Hertges Monday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church Otter Creek, 17486 Bellevue-Cascade Road in Zwingle, Iowa. Military honors and burial will be 1 p.m. at Rock Island National Cemetery on Arsenal Island.

Joe was born Sept. 30, 1946, in Dubuque, Iowa, to Joseph P. and Della (Cox) Otting and grew up on the Otting family farm in Bernard, Iowa. He was a good man who loved his family, his garden and his country. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War in Danang March 1967 - March 1969. He received a National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with One Bronze Star and a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. 

He was a journeyman pattern maker by trade but his heart was to be out in nature. He realized a life-long dream when he built his home on the farm where he grew up and spent his final years tending to the most amazing garden that inspired many to start their own gardens. He forever touched people’s lives with his kind spirit and positive, easy-going attitude. He will be treasured in our hearts for how much he blessed us with his love and will always be remembered for being “a really good guy”. May the Lord welcome him home into paradise where he will have the most incredible garden to enjoy for all eternity.

He is survived by his children and their spouses Kelli (Marty) Otting, Terrence (Diana) Otting, Joseph C. (Monika) Otting, and Amy (Michael) McConnell; grandchildren Ian (Ashley) Otting, Olivia Otting, Tristan Otting, Matthew Silva, Kylie McConnell, Kaelyn McConnell; great-grandchildren Gracie and Charles Otting; siblings Patricia Iniguez, Terrance (Concheeta) Otting, Mary Rose (Randy) Mazure, Karen (Randall) Roundy, John “Don” Otting.

He was preceded in death by parents Joseph P. and Della (Cox) Otting, and Brothers Francis J. Otting and Timothy J. Otting

 

God bless you and thank you to all of his family, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, friends and caregivers who loved and cared for him.

Darla Shady
Darla Shady

Darla Shady

Darla Jean Shady, 58, of Maquoketa, passed away on Friday evening, Sept. 22, 2017, at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Darla’s life will be held at a later date from the Monmouth, Iowa, Cemetery. There is no visitation. Cremation rites will be accorded. Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Darla Jean Shady was born Aug. 31, 1959, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Jesse Neville and Georgia (Lund) Shady, Jr. She was a 1978 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School. 

While in high school, Darla worked in the laundry department at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa. She then worked for DAC, Inc. in Maquoketa for several years. 

Darla enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, unicorns, horses, and going for coffee with her mom, Aunt Lil and Dee. She was also especially proud of her daughter April.

Those left to honor Darla’s memory include a daughter, April Shady-Pierce and her husband Brandon of Mauston, Wis.; her mother Georgia Shady of Maquoketa; and brothers Dean (Cindy) Shady of Clinton, Iowa, Dennis (Maureen) Shady of Pittsville, Va., Danny Shady of Maquoketa, and Darin (Keri) Shady of Maquoketa; and her special friend and beloved cat, Angel.

She was preceded in death by her father Jesse N. Shady Jr., infant brother Donald, and infant sister Debbie. 

The family thanks the staff of Crestridge Nursing Home and Hospice of Jackson County.

Online condolences may be left online at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

Marlene Goetz
Marlene Goetz

Marlene Goetz

Marlene Joan Goetz, 86, formerly of Bellevue, passed away Monday evening, Sept. 18, 2017, at Hiawatha Care Center, Hiawatha, Iowa.

A funeral service was held at 12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue. Burial took place in St. John Lutheran Cemetery. 

Marlene Buchman was born July 31, 1931, at home in Springbrook, Wisconsin, the seventh child of 11, to Harold and Agnes (McNitt) Buchman.

Marlene grew up quite independent for a woman in that era. Shortly after graduating from high school, she and her sisters traveled and took summer jobs in Florida, Chicago and California.

In Chicago is where she met the love of her life, Marvin Goetz. They fell in love and were married on April 10, 1955, in Bellevue. Together they raised three children, Lori, Craig and Ann. Marlene was the model homemaker; she was a talented cook, baker and seamstress. She was always welcoming. The Goetz house became the hangout for many of the neighborhood kids. She was a mom to many.

Marlene also worked alongside her husband at the family business, Goetz Implement, in Bellevue. She did everything and anything that needed to be done, from bookkeeping to running after parts. She also worked at Bellevue Public Library for many years. Marlene loved children, and the library allowed her to be around children.

Marlene’s family meant the world to her and took priority above all else. She will be deeply missed.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Marvin, of Cedar Rapids; son Craig (Roxanne) Goetz, also of Cedar Rapids; daughter Lori (Robert) Traeger of Solon, Iowa; two grandchildren, Brendan Gorman and Andrea Traeger; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Edward (Janell) and Howard Buchman; and two sisters, Maxine (Neal) Rydberg and Janette Wessel.

Her parents; daughter Ann Goetz; two brothers, Vernon and Delbert; and three sisters, Norma, Eleanor and Phyllis, preceded Marlene in death.

George Elwood
George Elwood

George Elwood

George D. Elwood, 90, of DeWitt, Iowa, died Monday evening, Sept. 18, 2017, at Genesis Medical Center-DeWitt.

George Dawes Elwood was born Sept. 7, 1927, in Cresco to the late Dale and Marian Elwood. He graduated from Cresco High School and attended Upper Iowa University. George served in the 4th Army 73rd Battalion during the Korean Era, from 1950-52, and was stationed in Germany. He married Phyllis Clark Miller Jan. 4, 1958, in DeWitt.  

George lived in Maquoketa in the early 1950s. He worked in the advertising department of the Maquoketa Sentinel-Press before moving to DeWitt. He was a former partner of the DeWitt Observer newspaper and worked at Alcoa for 30 years, retiring in 1996. 

He was a member of Local #105 Steelworks Union, Eugene McManus American Legion Post #238 of DeWitt, First Congregational United Church of Christ in DeWitt, and was a former member of the DeWitt Noon Lions Club. George enjoyed following the accomplishments of the DeWitt Central Sabers and the Iowa Hawkeyes. He was an avid fan of high school and collegiate wrestling.

Surviving are his wife, Phyllis; daughter Krista Addis of Spring, Texas; son Clark (Sally) Elwood of Bay Harbor, Michigan; granddaughter Mikaela Addis of Spring Texas; sister Frances Melvold of Maquoketa; brother Henry (Carol) Elwood of Cresco; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Butler.

In accordance with his wishes, there will be no visitation or service. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Reach Unlimited, a day habilitation program for intellectually and developmentally disabled adults, or Eugene McManus American Legion Post #238 of DeWitt.

Arrangements are in the care of Schultz Funeral Home-DeWitt.

Condolences may be expressed at www.schultzfuneralhomes.com.

Edward Lebo
Edward Lebo

Edward Lebo

Edward Lebo, 90, of Vancouver, Washington, passed away Thursday morning, Sept. 7, 2017. 

Edward “Larry” Lawrence Lebo was born March 26, 1927, in Omaha, Nebraska, to George Edward and Edith Irene (Cadwell) Lebo, and grew up in Council Bluffs, Iowa. 

After graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs in 1945, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Leghorn, Italy, until 1947. Upon his return home, he enrolled at Creighton University in Omaha, graduating in 1951 with a degree in pharmacy. 

A job as pharmacist-in-charge brought him to McCook, Nebraska, in 1951, where he met Loretta Marie Wasia Heaton. They married on Nov. 22, 1952, and shortly after that moved (with Loretta’s son, Dennis Heaton) to Grand Island, Nebraska, where they added two more sons — Christopher Michael and Thomas Richard — to their family. 

In 1955, the family moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, where Ed earned a master’s degree in pharmacy at University of Nebraska in 1957. His working life was devoted to pharmacy, and included a position as chief pharmacist at Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, and as a salesman for both Merck and Squibb. 

In 1975, Ed and Loretta purchased Snow White Pharmacy in Maquoketa, Iowa. Together they ran the pharmacy and gift shop from 1975 to 1997, when they retired and moved to Vancouver, Wash., where even in retirement Ed worked part-time as a pharmacist for several years.

Ed loved gardening. He followed Loretta’s lead on flowers, but vegetables—especially radishes—were his specialty. He was a great dancer and an enthusiastic poker player. 

As troop leader for Boy Scouts of America, he spent many summers with his sons on scouting adventures. His lifelong love of learning and community activities lead him to membership in the Optimist Club of Maquoketa and a Master Gardner certificate from WSU Clark County Extension. He enjoyed good food, cold beer, baseball and spending time with Loretta, to whom he was devoted.

He is survived by his wife Loretta; stepson Dennis Heaton of Westport, Mass.; sons Dr. Christopher (Cindy) Lebo of Providence, R.I., and Thomas (Sharon) Lebo of Vancouver, Wash.; his grandchildren Elizabeth Heaton Sousa, Dennis M. Heaton, Kathryn Lebo, Nicholas Lebo, and Douglas Lebo; his great-grandchild Jack Murphy; and his sister Sonja Lebo (Wendell) Turner of Fort Worth, Texas.

He is preceded in death by his parents, stepmother Jessie Johnson Lebo, daughter-in-law Marguerite Heaton, and grandson Patrick Heaton.

Condolences can be left at edlebofamily@gmail.com.

Olive Anderton
Olive Anderton

Olive Anderton

Olive V. “Ollie” Anderton, 76, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, Sept. 19, 2017, at Trinity Medical Center, Bettendorf, Iowa.

A celebration of Ollie’s life was held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. A memorial visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private inurnment will be held at a later date from the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa.

Olive Vivian Boyington was born Sept. 2, 1941, in Dows, Iowa, to Hugh and Elizabeth (Lamberson) Boyington. She first attended a one-room schoolhouse in Elma, Iowa, then graduated from Riceville High School in 1960. She married James “Jim” Anderton Feb. 25, 1961, in Riceville. To this union four daughters were born: Lee Ann, Wanda, Lori and Rebecca. 

Prior to her marriage, Ollie worked as a nurse’s aide at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. In 1963 she and Jim moved to Maquoketa and she worked as a preschool teacher at Mother Goose Pre-School then Sunshine Daycare and Preschool in Maquoketa until her kids were all in school. In 1978, she became activities director at Maquoketa Care Center for 25 years, retiring in 2003.

Ollie was a member of First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa where she was active in the UMW and the Ruth Circle. For many years she had been a member of card clubs, the Jackson County Master Gardeners, and in retirement served on the Board of Directors of Maquoketa Care Center. 

Ollie enjoyed shopping with her daughters, flower gardening, cooking, baking, kittens, dogs and horses and spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Jim Anderton of Maquoketa; daughters Lee Ann Freiburger of Dubuque, Iowa, Wanda (Mike) Meagher of Brookline, N.H., Lori (Laura Taylor) Hollingshead of Robins, Iowa, and Rebecca Formenti of Maquoketa; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Claude Boyington, and grandchild Meagan Hollingshead. 

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a memorial fund is being set up for a gift of kitchen items to United Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.  

Arlene Smith
Arlene Smith

Arlene Smith

Arlene K. Abbott Smith, 79, of Roswell, Georgia, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, June 14, 2017, at Roswell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Roswell.

Friends and family may gather for “One Last Party” in remembrance of Arlene on Friday, Sept. 29, from noon to 3 p.m. in “The Bistro” at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Arlene Katherine Redeker was born on Feb. 5, 1938, in Mason City, Iowa, to John William and Katherine Wilhelmina (Scheef) Redeker. She was a 1956 graduate of Mason City High School then attended Drake School of Nursing. She married Robert Wesley Abbott on May 17, 1957, in Mason City, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Rhonda, Kaye, Robert and Wesley. Robert passed away on Feb. 21, 1982. She later met and married Donald Ray Smith on Nov. 27, 1998, in Audubon, Iowa. He preceded her in death on March 9, 2010. 

Arlene had worked as a secretary for Culligan Water, as a teller at Maquoketa State Bank, and lastly as a librarian at Maquoketa Public Library.

Arlene had been active in her community throughout the years, donating her time, talent and resources. A few of the organizations that benefited from her involvement were the Welcome Wagon as a hostess for six years, Meals on Wheels board member, Wa-Tan-Ye officer, BPW member, Tuesday Club officer and member for 23 years, Order of the Eastern Star, the Rainbow Girls, and Jackson County Public Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. While her children were growing up she had served as a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader. She was a 40-plus year member of First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa where she had been active in the United Methodist Women and the church choir for more than 20 years.

Arlene enjoyed playing bridge, reading, biking (going on RAGBRAI twice), walking, hiking, music, movies, swimming and loving. She also enjoyed golfing and had been a member of Maquoketa Country Club.

Those left to honor Arlene’s memory include her children, Rhonda (Gregg) Mohl of Clinton, Iowa, Kaye (Paul) Lynch of Audubon, Iowa, Robert (Jeannine) Abbott of Granville, Ohio, and Wesley (Denise) Abbott of Roswell, Ga.; sister, Wilma (Willie) Grove; nine grandchildren, Megan and Courtney Mohl, Ryan and Brittney Lynch, Burke and Ellie Abbott, Piper and Charlie Tell, and Archer Abbott; and one great-grandchild, Madeline Lynch. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Jack Redeker, husband Robert, and husband Donald.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

Beth Crusha
Beth Crusha

Beth Crusha

Beth Alice (Myatt) Crusha, 61, Laughlin, Nevada, passed away Sept. 3, 2017, at UCH-Memorial Hospital, Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her husband at her side.

A celebration of Beth’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. A celebration of life luncheon will follow at Centerstone Inn, Maquoketa. A private family burial will be held at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa.

Beth was born Nov. 16, 1955, in La Porte, Indiana, to John and Kathryn (Scoville) Myatt. Beth was born and raised in La Porte, lived in Denver, Maquoketa, and presently resided in Laughlin, Nevada. She graduated from La Porte High School and Purdue University and retired from the Colorado Medical Society. She married Kenneth L. Crusha on April 7, 1989, in Kauai, Hawaii.

Beth enjoyed friends, photography, antiques and travel and was a great designer and decorator. Photography was to remain an avid life-long interest. Beth combined photography and antique collecting as she and Kenneth traveled across the United States. Beth and Kenneth shared 28-plus years of fantastic companionship, photo clubs, metal-detecting, and desert off-roading. Beth and Kenneth traveled extensive during the summer and visited many, many family and friends in 2017.

She is survived by her husband Kenneth Crusha of Laughlin, Nevada; a brother, Alan, and his wife, Josephine, and their two daughters, Ann and Jennifer Myatt; three step-children, Shania Plantz, Shaun Crusha and Renee Horton; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.  

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Beth was always a shining light wherever she traveled. The Lord has taken a “shining” angel home. She will be greatly missed, but incredible memories of her will bring a smile to many a soul. Beth loved sunshine and will be shining light for us all.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

Tyanna Gruenwald
Tyanna Gruenwald

Tyanna Gruenwald

Tyanna M. Gruenwald, 35, of Lost Nation, passed away at University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.  

A funeral service was held Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lost Nation, Iowa. Visitation was held Monday, Sept. 18, from 4-8 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Burial was held at Lost Nation Cemetery. Lahey and Dawson Funeral Services of Lost Nation will be assisting the family.

Tyanna Marie Smith was born on Nov. 22, 1981, to Richard and Judy (Seivers) Smith. She graduated from Midland Community School in 2000. She continued her education at Scott Community College and Wesleyan College where she received a degree in nursing. She was very proud to be a nurse and was very good at it, too. She worked as a charge nurse on the fourth floor at University of Iowa.

Tyanna married Cary Gruenwald in DeWitt, Iowa. She enjoyed gardening, going to fairs and raising cattle. She loved caring for her twins and was so proud of them.

Those left to cherish her memories are her mother Judy Smith; husband Cary Gruenwald; children Drew and Annavey Gruenwald; two step-children, Hannah and Chase Gruenwald; two brothers, Jack (Lora) Smith and Jason Smith, all of Lost Nation.

She is preceded in death by her father, grandma Marie Seivers, and grandmother Phyllis Smith.

Memorials may be directed to the family for a college fund for her children.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.laheys.com

Andrew Peters
Andrew Peters

Andrew Peters

Andrew L. Peters, 20, of rural Bellevue, passed away on Sept. 16, 2017, at Jackson County Regional Health Center of heart complications. 

His funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, at St. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church in Springbrook. A visitation was held from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at St. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church in Springbrook. Burial will be held at St. John’s Cemetery in Andrew. Lahey & Dawson Funeral Services of Maquoketa is assisting the family. 

 

Andrew Lee was born on Dec. 22, 1996, in Clinton, Iowa. His parents are Steve and Sherry (Boal) Peters of Bellevue. He graduated from Bellevue High School in 2016; he then went on to earn his welding certificate. 

 

Andrew’s passion was being a farmer. He helped on the family farm and also neighbors’ farms. He enjoyed driving the tractor, combine and four-wheeler. He spent his free time making memories with his friends and nieces whom he cherished dearly. 

 

Andrew was a member of St. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church in Springbrook and Bellevue FFA and was very active in 4-H in his school years. 

 

Those left to cherish his memories are his parents, Steve and Sherry of Bellevue; sister Steffany (Bryan) Duhme of Maquoketa; twin brothers Cody and Tyler Peters of Bellevue; two nieces, Coralee and JeAnn Duhme; paternal grandmother Lavonne Peters of Bellevue; maternal grandparents Wesley (Carol) Boal; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. 

 

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Floyd Peters. 

 

Memorials may be directed to his family in his honor. 

 

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.laheys.com

Rita Beswick
Rita Beswick

Rita Beswick

Rita I. Beswick, 87, a resident of Hope Creek Care Center, East Moline, formerly of Rock Island, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the center.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. on Thursday at Two Rivers United Methodist Church, Rock Island. Burial will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, 3030 Seventh Ave., Rock Island. 

Memorials may be made to Two Rivers United Methodist Church or to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Rita I. Conner was born Aug. 15, 1930, in Fenton, a daughter of Ralph Sr. and Hazel Glazier Conner. She married Robert J. Beswick on Nov. 4, 1949, in Fenton. He died Nov. 21, 2014.

Rita returned to school as her children were growing and received training to be a registered nurse from Black Hawk College, graduating in 1972. She worked as a registered nurse at Moline Public Hospital and later did home health care.

Rita was a very active member of Two Rivers United Methodist Church, Rock Island, serving on many committees and was involved in the shut-in ministry. She loved sending notes, cards and greetings to her many friends and large extended family. She also enjoyed crocheting, was a Cub Scout Den Mother. As an avid Chicago Cubs fan, Rita was delighted to see them win the World Series.

Survivors include her children, Ronald (Kari) Beswick of Rock Island, Roberta (James) Kavanaugh of Canyon Country, Calif., Ralph (Susan) Beswick of Rock Island, Ruth Ann (David) Jost of Maquoketa, Iowa, and Reva Beswick of Rock Island; grandchildren, Matthew, Genny, Dana, Sara, Stacy, Nathan, Megan, Melissa, Taylor, Becca, Jennifer, Bobby, Courtney and Topher; great-grandchildren, Kaeden, Britton, Ariel, Cove, Lydia, Travis, Taylor, Gibson, Lillian Porter and Cecilia; sister, Shirley House; and brothers, Robert and Ralph Conner.  

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; great-grandson, Jeremy; sisters, Verneita Richardson, Marilyn Goodenough, Hazel Conner and Rebecca Iffland; and brothers, George and Richard Conner. 

Online condolences may be left at wheelanpressly.com.

Marian Rossway
Marian Rossway

Marian Rossway

Marian Ruth Rossway, 92, entered eternal life in the loving care of her family, on Sept. 7, 2017, which was the birthday of her late husband Melvin, whom she had been married to for 64 years.

Marian, the daughter of Clarence and Anna Morehead, was born in Chattanooga, Iowa, on Dec. 27, 1924. She had many happy memories of growing up on her family farm. After graduating from Monmouth High School, she worked as a bookkeeper for Reichling Brothers Company in Maquoketa, Iowa. She later moved with her twin sister to Davenport, Iowa, where they were employed as long-distance telephone operators.  

During World War II, the sisters worked at Schick General Army Hospital in Clinton, Iowa, until it closed. Marian then moved back to Maquoketa and worked as the bookkeeper at Rose’s Gift Shop. She met the handsome Melvin Rossway, who was home on leave from the Army, and they were married soon after on Oct. 31, 1946. 

During their first two years of marriage, they moved 11 times with Melvin’s promotions. In 1956, Marian and Melvin moved with their three young children Ron, Rhonda and Rita, from West Chicago, Illinois, to Marquette, Michigan, where Melvin was employed by the LS&I Railroad. Marquette became their permanent home where they enjoyed many lifelong friendships. 

Marian loved to dance, and was one of the founders of the Cotillion Dance Club. She attended Beauty Academy of Cosmetology and did the bookkeeping for her daughter Rita’s businesses. She was a Girl Scout troop leader and volunteered in the Marquette General Hospital gift shop as the jewelry purchaser. 

She enjoyed playing bridge, gardening, entertaining, golfing, cross country skiing, traveling with her husband, and spending summers at their cottage on Lake Independence. They were devoted members of Messiah Lutheran Church for over 50 years. Marian was a talented homemaker, an excellent cook and seamstress. She was energetic, supportive, cheerful and deeply loved her family. During their retirement years, Marian and Melvin enjoyed spending winters in Green Valley, Ariz., Sarasota, Fla., and Gulf Shores, Ala. 

Marian is survived by her children Ronald, Rhonda (Brad) Luce, and Rita (Rich) Rossway; grandchildren Angela (Zack) Sedgwick, Rainger and Rhonda Rossway; great-grandson Dylan Luce, nieces Donna (Ken) Berg, Verna Thompson, Lois Lawson, and Shirley DeVore, and nephews Kenneth Waugh, Clifford Waugh, Gary Wosoba, and Calvin Thompson.

Marian was preceded in death by her husband in 2010, granddaughter Anna Rossway in 1993, grandson Darren Luce in 2014, twin sister Marjorie Hill in 2005, sisters Ester Peterman, Verda Thompson, Nadine Wosoba, Maxine Morehead, and nephew LeRoy Wosoba.

The family wishes to express heartfelt thanks to Pastor Allan Johnson for his compassionate support and prayers.

Honoring Marian’s request, private services will be held.

The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at www.swansonlundquistfuneralhome.com

Evelyn Skeffington
Evelyn Skeffington

Evelyn Skeffington

Mrs. Evelyn D. Skeffington, 98, of DeWitt, Iowa, died late Thursday afternoon, Sept. 7, 2017, at Grand Haven Assisted Living, Eldridge.

The family received relatives and friends at St. Joseph Catholic Church, DeWitt from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12. A funeral Mass was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the church with the Rev. Stephen Page officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Skeffington, the former Evelyn Darlene Brandenburg, was born to William J. and Mabel (Allen) Brandenburg April 11, 1919, and raised by her grandparents, Anna and Charles Kanneberg. She was a graduate of DeWitt High School Class of 1937. 

As a girl, she enjoyed playing the piano and going to dances. After graduation, Evelyn was employed as a secretary at Pascal Law Office. Evelyn married Paul Skeffington June 19, 1939, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, DeWitt.

She was a lifelong DeWitt resident, except for a two-year period when she and her husband and first two children lived in Clinton. Evelyn was a support and partner in the various grocery and meat markets she and Paul owned. At the time of Paul’s death in 1988. they were co-owners with Frances and Marcelene Skeffington of Skeffington’s Jack & Jill.

Evelyn was a longtime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, DeWitt.

Surviving are her children, Ramona (Bob) Lee of DeWitt, Bonnie (Laverne) Burken of Wake Forest, North Carolina, Margie (Don) Fuglsang of DeWitt, and Bob (Kathy) Skeffington of Davenport; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her husband, parents, grandparents, half-brothers Lloyd and Lynell Baker, and special cousin Elaine Kanneberg Rowland, who was also raised by their grandparents.

Pallbearers were Jerry Lee, Jeff Fuglsang, Jason Fuglsang, Kelly Skeffington, Wes Skeffington and Matt Skeffington.

Condolences may be expressed and a photo tribute viewed at www.schultzfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are in the care of Schultz Funeral Home, DeWitt.

Eleanor Clark
Eleanor Clark

Eleanor Clark

Eleanor E. Clark, 96, of Maquoketa, passed away Wednesday evening, Sept. 6, 2017, at Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A memorial service celebrating Eleanor’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. There is no visitation. Burial will be at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, St. Donatus, Iowa.

Eleanor Elizabeth Schoop was born Oct. 12, 1920, in Bellevue, Iowa, to John Henry and Mamie Dorothy (Schnoor) Schoop. She attended Bellevue High School. She married Leonard M. Clark Sept. 28, 1941, in St. Donatus. To this union three children were born: Judith, Leonard Jr. and James.

Eleanor was a housewife and had farmed with her husband in the LaMotte area for many years, moving to Maquoketa in 1974. 

She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa and the Iowa Road Runners Camping Club. She enjoyed traveling, always looking her best, and playing cards, especially Euchre and Bridge.

Those left to honor Eleanor’s memory include her children, Judy Keeney of Dubuque, Iowa, Leonard (Patricia) Clark Jr. of Clear Lake, Iowa, and James (Patricia) Clark of Medford, Wis.; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Norma (Glen) Bormann of LaMotte, Iowa, Pauline Schoop of Lost Nation, Iowa, Loreen Schoop of LaMotte, and Bernice Schoop of DeWitt, Iowa. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Leonard on Feb. 6, 2016; brothers Emil, John and Robert Schoop; half-brothers Fred Schoop, Arthur Schoop, Harold Miller and Blaine Miller; half-sister Dorothy McCrosky; and a step-grandchild.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Eleanor E. Clark memorial fund has been established.

Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family. Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

Regina Sagers
Regina Sagers

Regina Sagers

Regina C. Sagers, 104, of Amana, and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, at Lakeview Village in Amana, Iowa. 

A celebration of Regina’s life will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. There is no visitation. A luncheon will follow the services in the church fellowship hall. A private burial will be held in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Regina Campbell Swift was born April 17, 1913, to Blanche Emma Campbell and Frederick James Swift Sr. She attended the Maquoketa Schools graduating from High School in 1931, and Maquoketa Junior College in 1933. She completed her college at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in 1935 with a B.A degree in psychology.

After teaching for two years, she married Christian Blair Sagers on Dec. 4, 1937, in Marshalltown, Iowa.

Mrs. Sagers served on the Jackson County Board of Social Welfare, the Maquoketa School Board, the Library Board, Arts Committee of the Maquoketa Area Foundation, President of Chapter BX P.E.O. and served on the Historical Preservation Commission. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and First United Methodist Church. 

She was very active in her community, loved playing cards, spending time with her family, and made friends anywhere she went.

Mrs. Sagers is survived by her daughter, Janna Poula of Williamsburg, Iowa; three grandchildren, Christopher Poula, Mitchell (Lynnette) Poula, and Jennifer (James) Portwood; five great-grandchildren, David (Haley) Ramsey, Heather Poula, Haley Poula, Ruthie Portwood, and Chloe Portwood; and two great-great grandchildren Chay and Avery Ramsay.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1975 C. Blair Sagers, brother FJ Swift Jr., and two sisters Anna Mary DeWitt and Suzanne Navin.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Lakeview Village and Essence of Life Hospice, in Amana, Iowa, for the care they took of Regina Sagers.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Regina C. Sagers memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.  

Lois Gruenwald
Lois Gruenwald

Lois Gruenwald

Lois A. Gruenwald, 93, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, at Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa.

A celebration of Lois’ life will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, from Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, at a later date.

Lois Alberta Taylor was born on April 5, 1924, in Maquoketa to Albert Ellsworth and Hazel Lois (Babcook) Taylor. She was a 1941 graduate of Maquoketa High School and following graduation worked in her father’s radio shop where she met her favorite customer, Lyle. They were married March 16, 1948, in Maquoketa and to this union three children were born: Russell, Gary and Alice. They were married for over 66 years when Lyle passed away Aug. 30, 2014. 

Lois and her husband owned and operated a taxicab business in Maquoketa for 35 years. After retirement they enjoyed traveling to Italy and California to visit family. 

Lois lived most of her life in Maquoketa and was a lifetime member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church where she was very active and especially enjoyed preparing the church bulletin until 2011. She wasn’t afraid of technology, getting her first computer after retirement, which made preparing the church bulletin much easier. She loved to read, play KMAQ Radio Bingo and games on her computer.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Russell Gruenwald of Maquoketa, Gary (Adri) Gruenwald of Venice, Italy, and Alice (Tom) Daurelle of Maquoketa; brother, Jim (Ila) Taylor of Lisbon, Iowa; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lyle, and brothers Eugene and Ellsworth.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

Dorothy Beck
Dorothy Beck

Dorothy Beck

Dorothy J. “Toots” Beck, 89, of Spragueville, Iowa, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and her beloved husband, George, on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton, Iowa.

A celebration of Dorothy’s life will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Preston. Friends and family may gather prior to the service from noon to 2 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in the Spragueville, Iowa, Cemetery.

Dorothy Jean Reistroffer was born Aug. 15, 1928, in Preston, Iowa, to Edward and Gladys (McMahon) Reistroffer. She was a 1946 graduate of Preston High School. She married George F. “Shorty” Beck June 29, 1947, at the Salem Lutheran Church in Spragueville where they were active in many leadership roles of the church for over 65 years. “Shorty” and Dorothy were recipients of the Heart of Gold Volunteerism Award given by Lutheran Brotherhood. They celebrated their 65th anniversary prior to “Shorty’s” passing Sept. 13, 2012.

Dorothy and “Shorty” owned a farm north of Spragueville for more than 50 years. Dorothy was a devoted wife, mother and partner in their farm operation. 

Dorothy enjoyed square dancing, cooking, sewing and making quilts. Her faith was very important to her. She was a lifelong member of Salem Lutheran Church in Spragueville where she served as the church bookkeeper until its recent closing. Additionally, she was a member of Lutheran Brotherhood, Spragueville Legion Auxiliary, and Town and Country Twirlers. She and “Shorty” operated the food stand at Preston Little League and men’s softball games for many years and were always avid supporters of the Preston Trojans. They had also served as parade marshals at Preston High School Homecoming several years ago.

Those left to honor Dorothy’s memory include her sons, Doug (Cathy) Beck of Wyoming, Minn., Dick (Giny) Beck of Anamosa, Iowa, and Dan (Carla) Beck of Preston, Iowa; eight grandchildren, Matt Beck, Bryan Beck, Jeff (Kelly) Beck, Bradley (Sara) Beck, Michelle (Jeremy) Samuels, Russie (Tony) Reisgies, Alicia (Danny) Adams and Brice (Falicia) Beck; 12 great-grandchildren, Damen, Natalie, Trevor, Hudson, Dustin, Isla, Brooklyn, Landon, Jace, Sevi, Andee and Avery; and a brother, Charles (Delores) Reistroffer of Maquoketa, Iowa. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brothers Robert, Donald and Allen, and sisters Jerrine Boyert, Betty Mootz and Lois Tebbe.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the American Red Cross.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

Donald Durkee
Donald Durkee

Donald Durkee

Donald L. Durkee, 78, of Thousand Oaks, California, and formerly of the Maquoketa area, passed away Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, at his home in Thousand Oaks.

A memorial service for Don will be held Saturday, Sept. 16, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation with the family will begin at 2 p.m., with the memorial service at 3 p.m.

Don was born in rural Jackson County Feb. 11, 1939, the son of Earl and Lucille (McCoy) Durkee.

He was united in marriage to Mary Carraher on Feb. 20, 1960, in Maquoketa. They lived in Maquoketa, until the spring of 1963, when they moved to California and they made their home for the remainder of their years together. Don was a manager at a Ford body shop for most of his career. He was very active in the National Ford V-8 Club for 50-plus years and restored many a V-8 in his lifetime. 

Don is survived by his wife, Mary; two daughters, Kathy (Mike) Burke, and Connie (Kevin) Hensley; four grandchildren Donnie and Holly Haile, and Daniel and Christi Burke; great grandson Levi Haile; two brothers, Bill Durkee of Texas and Bob Durkee of Chicago; sisters-in-law Alice Durkee of California and Linda Carraher of Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Dick, and son Jim.

Robert Johnson
Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson

Robert L. Johnson, 79, of Delmar, Iowa, died Tuesday morning, Aug. 22, 2017, at home.

The family received relatives and friends at Schultz Funeral Home, DeWitt, from 3 until 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25. A service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt.

Pallbearers will be Dale McMain, Craig Grange, Dennis Kyarsgaard, Jeff Kyarsgaard, Don Bales and Dan Waite. Honorary pallbearers will be Dick Schneden and Shelby Rowzee.

Robert LeRoy Johnson was born Nov. 15, 1937, in Maquoketa to LeRoy and Leola (Schneden) Johnson. He was a 1956 graduate of Delmar High School where he excelled in basketball and baseball. Bob served in the Army following high school. He married Kay Brandt in 1962 in DeWitt. The couple owned and operated Johnson Trucking in Delmar for over 50 years. 

Bob developed Wheels Unlimited, a hobby of passion turned business, providing horse and carriage services for weddings, funeral, parades and the like throughout the United States. Bob was a horse enthusiast and participated in Wild West shows and state fairs all over the country including the Denver Stock Show, National Rodeo Finals in Las Vegas and Milwaukee Circus Parade, to name a few of his many adventures. He loved spending time with his family and friends. He still enjoyed driving horses whenever he had the chance. Bob was a fan of the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears and Iowa Hawkeyes.

Surviving are his wife, Kay; a brother and sister-in-law, Dean and Judy Johnson of Delmar; a sister-in-law, Sharon Leonard of Camanche; nieces Brenda Vaske and Tracy Manning; step-nieces Laurie Lechtenberg and Stacie Nelson; great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Bob Brandt.

Howard Heinzel
Howard Heinzel

Howard Heinzel

Howard R. Heinzel was born May 3, 1937, in Ottumwa, Iowa, to Bernadine (Clark) and Ralph Heinzel. He died Aug. 21, 2017, of cancer.  

A celebration of life service was held Thursday, Aug. 24 at 10 a.m. at Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines with a reception to follow.  

 

Howard spent most of his youth in Maquoketa, Iowa. He graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1956, lettering in sports all four years: football, basketball, and track. After graduation he spent a few months serving in the Army Reserve Program then attended University of Dubuque and University of Iowa. He married Kathleen Sikkink in 1959.

 

Howard began his career in the insurance industry working for American Family Insurance in Maquoketa as a salesman, then became a sales manager which took the couple to Des Moines. In 1967, Howard joined Tension Envelope Corporation where he spent 33 years. Throughout his career he received numerous awards and accolades. 

 

His greatest love was time with his family; however, as the father of three daughters he found peacefulness in the great outdoors. He was an avid duck hunter throughout his life, making it clear that there was no better place to be on a cold, frosty morning than a duck blind on a pond of water. Second-best was a large body of water with rod and reel in hand. Summer retirement in Leland with salmon fishing on Lake Michigan was a joy that almost surpassed the cold morning duck outings. He loved the many years of houseboating on Saylorville Lake and pontooning on Lake Leelanau. Howard had a talent for fixing anything. He will be remembered for his love of dogs (especially German Shorthairs), his artwork, his passion for history, and anything Hawkeye. 

 

He is survived by his loving family: wife, Kathleen; daughters, Ann (Jeff) West, Jennifer (Michael) Collins, and Julie (Chad) Roethler; 10 grandchildren: Jenny (Robert) Sanda, Julianne and Michael West, Sara, Ryann, Kelsey, Cresce, and Olivia Collins, Hannah and Nolan Roethler; three great-grandchildren: Natalie and Max Sanda, and Sophie Collins; siblings, Jerry (Mary) Heinzel, Richard Starr, Ross (Jane) Starr, Candy (Larry) Barnes; brother-in-law, Bill Davison; and numerous nieces and nephews.  

 

Howard was preceded in death by his parents, Bernadine (Ross) Starr and Ralph (Donna) Heinzel; and his siblings, Jackie Heinzel Davison, Keith Heinzel and Christy Heinzel Kilburg.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Fishtown Preservation, P.O. Box 721, Leland, MI 49654; or Mercy Hospice-Johnston, 5820 Winwood Drive, Johnston, IA 50131. Condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com. 

Jillian Suthers
Jillian Suthers

Jillian Suthers

Jillian L. Suthers, 63, of Lost Nation, Iowa, passed away Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, at her home in Lost Nation.

A celebration of Jillian’s life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, from the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lost Nation. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at the Lost Nation, Iowa Cemetery at a later date. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Jillian Lue Keller was born Aug. 26, 1953, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Clarence Wesley and Mildred Lavanchie (Hartford) Keller. She married Gene Suthers on July 27, 1979 in Maquoketa. 

In her early years, Jillian ran Keller’s Tap in Lost Nation. She then became a homemaker, raised a family, and worked as a nurse’s aid.  

She was a member of Lost Nation American Legion Auxiliary, Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lost Nation, and Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed crocheting, fishing and camping. 

Those left to honor Jillian’s memory include her husband, Gene Suthers of Lost Nation, Iowa; children, Robert Joseph Suthers of Lost Nation, Iowa, and Dawn Heather Suthers of Maquoketa, Iowa; a former daughter-in-law, Amber Suthers of Maquoketa, Iowa; a sister, Caroline (Randy) Keller-Williams of Falls Church, Va.; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Connie, and three brothers, Jacque, Ronald and David.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Jillian L. Suthers memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

Nancy Clark
Nancy Clark

Nancy Clark

Nancy G. Clark, 77, of Bellevue, Iowa, passed away Monday, July 17, 2017, at Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue.

A private family gathering will be held in her honor at a later date. A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Nancy Gertrude Englkens was born Nov. 7, 1938, in Clinton, Illinois, to Arthur and Alice (Sikkema) Englkens. She was a high school graduate and married Ronald A. Clark in Fulton, Illinois.

Nancy enjoyed embroidery, crocheting and gardening. She had a great love of animals and had numerous dogs, cats, chickens and ducks as pets in her adult life. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, Ronald, of Bellevue; children, Boyd (Randa) Clark of Libertyville, Ill., Christine (Brad) Thom of Railroad Flat, Calif., Neal (Donna) Clark of Gardnerville, Nev., and Lyle Clark of Frisco, Texas; six grandchildren; brothers, Earl (Betty) Engelkins and Millard (Shirley) Engelkins. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Dale, and a sister Ardith.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.CarsonAndSon.com.  

Randy Lahey
Randy Lahey

Randy Lahey

Randy P. Lahey, 58, of Maquoketa, passed away Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at Jackson County Regional Health Center.

His funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held Saturday, Aug. 19 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Lahey & Dawson Funeral Service in Maquoketa. Burial will be held at West Union Cemetery at a later date.

Randy was born on Aug. 25, 1958, in Dubuque, Iowa, to Loras J. and Cecilia (Steffens) Lahey. He graduated from Fayette High School in 1976 and attended Upper Iowa University where he received his bachelor’s degree in business. He then went on to earn his degree in mortuary science. Upon graduation Randy became a funeral director and was the owner and operator of Lahey Funeral Homes for almost 30 years.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in both Maquoketa and Oxford Junction. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Fr. Loosbrook Council 8269 where he was a past Grand Knight. He also was a member of Kiwanis Club, Rotary and was on the IFDA Ethics Board for several terms and a member of the NFDA.

Randy is survived by his children: Kevin Lahey of Maquoketa, Todd (Jenny) Lahey of Cedar Rapids, Brian (Jacqueline) Lahey of Anamosa, and Amy (Jared) Delarm of Maquoketa; five grandchildren; sister Gloria “Jeannie” Wedo of Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin; brother Chuck (Sandy) Lahey of Durand, Illinois, sister-in-law Doris Lahey of New Glarus, Wisconsin; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog Isabelle who was always by his side.

He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Gail, and brothers Jerry and Loras.

Memorials may be directed to Sacred Heart Church in his honor.  

Online condolences may be left for his family at www.laheys.com

Julie Meineke
Julie Meineke

Julie Meineke

Julie Ann (Alden) Meineke, 55, of Monticello, passed away at her home Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m.  Wednesday, Aug. 16, at First Presbyterian Church, Monticello. The Rev. Emory Gillespie will officiate.

Julie was born Aug. 12, 1962, to Jerald and Helen (Potter) Alden; she was the fifth of seven children. She graduated from Midland High School in 1981. She worked for Polo Plastics in Monticello for many years and went on to work at various other places before earning her CNA; she worked at Anamosa Care Center for 14 years.

Julie married Duane Meineke on March 28, 1987; they were married 18 years and had two children together.

Julie was caring and hard working. She had a big heart and a smile that could brighten an entire room. Julie loved animals, especially dogs and her cat Cookie. She also loved reading, horseback riding, listening to classic rock, and spending time with her family.

Julie is survived by her son Nicholas Meineke of Monticello; daughter Sarah Bracht-Wagner of Mason City; mother Helen Alden of Monticello; brother John Alden of Lost Nation; brother Joe Alden of Monticello; sister Jamie (Dave) Soper of Wyoming; sister Cheryl (Russ) Recker of Alburnett; and several nieces and nephews. 

Julie was preceded in death by her father Jerald Alden, brother Charles Alden, and sister Junella Lange.

Robert Earles
Robert Earles

Robert Earles

Robert J. “Bob” Earles, 85, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, at his home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Robert John Earles was born Jan. 29, 1932, in Canton, Iowa, to John Wesley and Bernice (Bickford) Earles. He was a graduate of Maquoketa High School. 

He married Dorothy K. Dunlavy on Sept. 29, 1951, in DeWitt, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Steven, Allen and David. Dorothy preceded him in death on Sept. 18, 1998. On Jan. 11, 2000, he married Marilyn E. (Ringen) Keil in Maquoketa. She preceded him in death on June 1, 2011.

Upon graduation from high school, Bob started working for Russell Bros. Grocery Store in Maquoketa, then Clinton Engines for several years where he was a local union representative. He then worked as a machinist for John Deere in Moline for six years. Lastly, he and his brother Bill purchased Earles Construction from their father and operated it until retirement.

Bob had been a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. He liked woodworking, and hunting and camping in his younger years. In retirement he enjoyed volunteering. Some of the places that benefited from his involvement were the building of Ohnward Fine Arts Center, as well as Jackson County Historical Society and the construction of the restrooms at Goodenow Field in Maquoketa. He also enjoyed working flea markets with Marilyn, and the past several years he enjoyed visiting his daily coffee groups.

Those left to honor Bob’s memory include his children, Steven (Vickie) Earles of Maquoketa, Allen (Gayla) Earles of Maquoketa, and David Earles of Maquoketa; a brother, Marvin (Linda) Earles of Port Orchard, Wash.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; step-children; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and close friends Carol Ripple and Jim and Sarah Current. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorothy and his wife Marilyn, and brothers Wayne and William “Bill” Earles.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County.

Bob’s family thanks Hospice of Jackson County for such compassionate care.

Online Condolences may be left at www.carsonandson.com.

Verlyn Ruggeberg

Verlyn “Vicky” I. Ruggeberg, 89, was born in Marshall County, Iowa, May 20, 1928, and passed away Aug. 2, 2017, at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Illinois.

Vicky is survived by her two sons, Rand (Pam) of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Dan (Frieda) of Shorewood, Illinois. Preceding her in death were her husband Wayne, whom she married Nov. 24, 1950, and brother Alvah Collins.

She received a bachelor’s degree in social science from Iowa State Teachers College in 1949. She was a member of PI TAU PHI social sorority in which she served as treasurer and president.

Vicky had lived in seven states (Iowa, Minnesota, Kentucky, Ohio, Florida, Texas and Illinois) but was happiest while doing volunteer work in Corpus Christi during construction and opening of the Texas State Aquarium.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at Lahey Funeral Home in Maquoketa, Iowa. Inurnment will be held privately.

 

Edward Bickford
Edward Bickford

Edward Bickford

Edward G. Bickford, 72, of Moline, Illinois, passed away on Monday morning, July 31, 2017, at St. Anthony’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Moline.

Public graveside services and burial celebrating Edward’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Maquoketa. There is no public visitation. Cremation rites will be accorded. Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Edward Gene Bickford was born on March 7, 1945, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Jake and Anna (Noonan) Bickford.

Edward had worked at John Deere in Moline in various positions for 39 years until retirement. 

Edward enjoyed reading and his pet Great Pyrenees dogs over the years.  

Those left to honor Edward’s memory include step-daughter Kathy (Jamie) Spicklemeir of Las Vegas, Nevada; two granddaughters; niece Staci (Randy) Sinning of Maquoketa; nephews Terry Pinaire of California and Bruce Pinaire of California; and sister Judy Woods of Maquoketa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Sonia, brothers Floyd Bickford and Dwight Bickford, and sister Shirley Govang.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Edward G. Bickford memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

Steven Rossmann
Steven Rossmann

Steven Rossmann

Steven R. “Rozzi” Rossmann, 58, of Preston, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. 

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Preston. Cremation rites will be accorded following the funeral and burial will take place at a later date at the Preston Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, at the funeral home. 

A memorial fund has been established in Steven’s memory. Friends and family are invited to share in Steven’s life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com.

Steven was born July 28, 1959, in Storm Lake, Iowa, the son of Richard “Doc” and Darlene (Grove) Rossmann. He attended Preston High School and graduated with the Class of 1977. Following high school, Steven attended Northwest Iowa Community College in Peosta, Iowa. He was a self-employed carpenter. His abilities allowed him to create new and unique designs with precise detail. Steve’s skills allowed him to look at a picture and turn it into a masterpiece constructed from wood.

Steven enjoyed trapping, tractor pulls, watching NASCAR races, and fishing. Most of all he enjoyed creating works of art from wood for family and friends. Steven always made sure he had the proper breakfast of Mountain Dew and Hostess Zingers.

Steven is survived by his son, Blake Rossmann of Maquoketa, Iowa; two sisters, Beth (Dave) Christoffer of Lansing, Iowa, Marie (Gene Kieffer) of Preston; father, Doc Rossmann of Preston; aunts and uncles; many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Steven was preceded in death by his mother, Darlene, and an infant son, Michael.

Jerald Ritenour
Jerald Ritenour

Jerald Ritenour

Jerald W. Ritenour, 96, of Preston, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, at home. 

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 7, at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Preston. Burial will take place in Preston Cemetery with military rites accorded by the Preston American Legion Post #602 and the Preston AMVETS Post #140. Visitation will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, and again one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. 

A memorial fund has been established for local organizations. Family and friends are invited to share in Jerald’s life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com.

Jerald was born May 8, 1921, the son of William and Effie (Nesbitt) Ritenour in Hampshire, Illinois. He attended schools in Onslow, Iowa, and Maquoketa Junior College. Jerald married Camilla Taylor on June 25, 1943, in Maquoketa, Iowa. Jerald proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Airforce during World War II as a sergeant in the 9th Tactical Air Communications Squadron, spending time in New Guinea and the southern Philippines on the island of Luzon.

Jerald worked with his father at Nutrena Feed and Hatchery in Preston, and he continued the company as Preston Hatchery until retirement. Jerald was very active in the community throughout his life. He was a member of Preston City Council, Preston School Board, a volunteer fireman, and president of Preston Manor for many years. He was also a member of the American Legion, the Masonic Lodge, the Lions Club, and Preston Methodist Church. Jerald was an avid Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears and Iowa Hawkeyes fan, and enjoyed boating and attending American Legion and AMVETS activities. 

In 1964-65, Jerald served as the second district commander for the American Legion, then in 1965-66 he served as the Department of Iowa vice commander for the Legion. Most of all, Jerald loved spending time with family—especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jerald will be dearly missed by his wife of 74 years, Camilla; three children, Steven (Shirly) Ritenour, Kevin (Debra) Ritenour and Ann (Mike Arlandson) Marolf, all of Preston; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. 

He is preceded in death by a son, Rodney; one brother, Paul; a sister, Phyllis Risk, and his parents.

Clarence Horst
Clarence Horst

Clarence Horst

Clarence Frederick Horst, 89, of DeWitt, Iowa, passed away Monday, July 31, 2017, at West Wing Place, DeWitt. 

A funeral mass will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Savanna. Burial will be held in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Bellevue, Iowa. Visitation will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Preston, Iowa. 

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com.

Clarence was born on June 15, 1928, the son of Fred and Lulu (Montgomery) Horst in Green Island, Iowa. He attended Miles High School. Clarence married Mary Belk on June 25, 1949.

Clarence farmed his whole life on his family’s century farm. He was a member of the American Angus Association. He loved farming, working his land, and raising cattle and hogs.

Clarence will be dearly missed by his wife of 68 years; five sons, Stanley (Dawn) Horst of Clinton, Iowa, Stuart (Gretchen) Horst of Miles, Iowa, Sidney (Julie) Horst of Bellevue, Thomas (Kelly) Horst of Miles, and Steven Horst of Rock Island; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Clarence is preceded in death by his parents; a son, Kevin; one brother, Albert; and a sister, Bessie Hansen.

Renelda Schrader
Renelda Schrader

Renelda Schrader

Renelda M. Schrader, 82, of Maquoketa, passed away on Tuesday evening, July 25, 2017, at Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, in Davenport, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Renelda’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 4, at Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa. There is no public visitation. Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Renelda May Schrader was born on May 16, 1935, in Clinton, Iowa, to Max A. and Ruby May (Christainsen) Schrader. She attended Fallesen Country school in Charlotte, Iowa, and the Delmar Consolidated School, graduating in 1953. She attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, then Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, majoring in music education. She never married. 

Renelda first worked as a payroll clerk at Fishing Tackle Company of America in Maquoketa. She then worked as a secretary and teller at Jackson State Savings Bank and DeWitt Bank and Trust. She was an assistant office manager at Eastern Iowa Production Credit Association in DeWitt, Iowa, and later worked as a secretary at Karwath Insurance, Davenport, Iowa, and Prudential Insurance in Clinton, Iowa. She retired in 1983.

Renelda was a member of Delmar United Methodist Church for over 60 years, where she served as the church treasurer for 15 years, organist for over 20 years, Sunday School and Bible School teacher, soloist and the Administrative Board for many years. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting and baking.

Those left to honor Renelda’s memory include her nephews, Aaron (Sherri) James of Maquoketa, Iowa, and Milan (Sherrie) James of Maquoketa, Iowa; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Darlene C. James.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Renelda M. Schrader memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

Chuck Browne
Chuck Browne

Chuck Browne

Chuck Browne, 45, of Texas and formerly of Lost Nation, passed away Monday, July 24, 2017, at his home.

His funeral service was held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, at Union Presbyterian Church in Lost Nation. A visitation was held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Union Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, Aug. 1. Burial will be held at a later date at Smithtown Cemetery rural Lost Nation. Lahey Funeral & Cremation Service is assisting the family. 

Chuck was born Nov. 9, 1971, to Sheree (Browne) Segebart in Maquoketa, Iowa. He graduated from Midland High School in 1990. Right after high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he faithfully and honorably served for four years. He received his teaching certificate from University of Northern Iowa and moved to Houston, Texas, where he taught seventh- and eighth-grade Social Studies for 14 years at Alice Johnson Junior High.

He was a member of Union Presbyterian Church in Lost Nation. Chuck spent his time golfing, fishing, coaching football and track. He was a great artist and collected comic books. A great achievement he received was District Teacher of the Year Award, and for a couple consecutive years he received the Teacher of the Year Award.

Those left to cherish his memories are his mother Sheree Segebert of Decorah; a sister Michele Budde of Spillville; a brother Alan (Dina) Browne of Cypress, Texas; four nieces, Allyssa, Ashley, Asia, Danielle; a nephew, Lane; and his maternal grandparents, Larry and Connie Browne of Lost Nation.

 

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.laheys.com

Ellsworth Manning Jr.
Ellsworth Manning Jr.

Ellsworth Manning Jr.

Ellsworth H. Manning Jr, 58, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away Friday, July 21, 2017, at his home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Ellsworth’s life will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held Tuesday, Aug. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Cremation rites will be accorded and burial will be at a later date.

Ellsworth H. Manning Jr. was born April 11, 1959, in Maquoketa to Ellsworth H. Sr. and Pauline L. Doty Manning. He married Julie Annette McGonigle on Oct. 7, 1982, in Clinton, Iowa.

Ellsworth had worked for Evans United Shows and Frys Amusements for many carnivals for a number of years, eventually becoming a crew chief. He loved working the carnivals but retired due to health reasons.

Ellsworth love to ride motorcycles. He was known as a simple guy, but family was very important to him. 

Those left to honor Ellsworth’s memory include his children, Dennis (Amy) McGonigle of Independence, Iowa, Tracy (Josh) Smith of Oelwein, Iowa, Amanda (Aaron) Brokus of Oelwein, Iowa, Travis (Sara Jo) Manning of Maquoketa, Pauline (Chris) Bradford of Waterloo, Iowa, Chris (Lisa) Manning of Dubuque, Iowa, Shawn (Emily) Manning of Dubuque, Tina Dean of Platteville, Wis. and Daniel McGonigle of Platteville; 35 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; sisters Lucille (Duane) Ranthum of Maquoketa, Joann (Tom) Brandenberg of Delaware, Iowa, and Debbie Manning of Maquoketa.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Barbara Tubbs.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Ellsworth H. Manning Jr. memorial fund has been established.

 

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

Maxine Von Spreecken
Maxine Von Spreecken

Maxine Von Spreecken

Maxine Alice Von Spreecken, 87, of Anamosa and formerly of Onslow, Iowa, passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017, at the Anamosa Care Center.

A funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 27, at Lahey Funeral Home in Wyoming, Iowa. Visitation was 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, with burial at Wyoming Cemetery. 

Maxine was born to Leonard and Mara (Shirk) Calloway on Sept. 7, 1929, in Monmouth, Iowa. She attended country schools through eighth grade and graduated from Onslow High School in 1947. She married Robert John Von Spreecken on Feb. 25, 1951, at the Methodist church in Maquoketa. Robert preceded her in death Aug. 31, 2007. 

Maxine was employed by Bell Telephone Company for over three years in Maquoketa. She managed several farms with her husband during their 56-year marriage. She was employed seven years at Center Junction Midland School in the 1970s. After her husband’s death, she moved to a home in Anamosa in August 2008. 

Maxine was a member of Center Junction Presbyterian Church since 1951, belonged to Center Junction Church Women’s Guild, was head of church session for six years, and was a Sunday School teacher. She belonged to Federated Women’s Club, local, county and district for 41 years. She and her husband, Bob, belonged to and were charter members of Circle J Square Dancing Club in Jones County for over 10 years. 

She was a newspaper correspondent for several newspapers for many years, and was a historian for the Center Junction 100-year History Book in 1971, for which she received commendation and a trophy for her work on the centennial. She also held all offices of the Midland Council of Churches Board since it started in 1986 until 2007. She was secretary and treasurer of South Mineral Cemetery Board for 26 years, member of Jones County Farm Bureau and 4-H leader for the South Sunshine Girls. Maxine was one of six finalists for Mother of the Year in Jones County in May 1969. 

Those left to cherish her memories are four children: Gregory (Melanie) Von Spreecken of Yangon, Myanmar, Joleen (Tim) Busch of Atkins, Brenda Von Spreecken of Anamosa, and Sheila (Eric) Oliver of Cedar Rapids; five grandchildren: Anthony Veit, Jonah (Brittany) Von Spreecken, Adam (Jenni) Von Spreecken, Tess (Nicholas) Walker, Eric (Fallon) Shakespeare; three great-grandchildren: Aidan and Avery Veit and Piper Shakespeare; four step-great-grandchildren: Vivian, Amelia, Thomas and Cooper Lappenbusch; two sisters, Vivian Moran of California and Carol Matthews of Florida; and brother George “Mike” Calloway of Anamosa. 

Maxine was preceded in death by her parents; husband Robert; half-brother James Holmes; three brothers-in-law, Donald Hay, Harold Eggers and John Moran; her sister Marilyn Egger; and sister-in-law Vivian Calloway.

Maxine’s family will donate memorials in her honor to Camp Courageous, American Heart Association, Alzheimer’s Association and the Anamosa Care Center. 

Online condolences may be submitted for the family at www.laheys.com.

Ted Wiggins
Ted Wiggins

Ted Wiggins

Ted D. Wiggins, 86, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday, July 21, 2017, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Iowa City, Iowa.

A celebration of Ted’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 28, at First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, where a 6:45 p.m. Masonic service will be held. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, with military honors.

Theodore Dale Wiggins was born on May 13, 1931, in Lawrence, Kansas, to Theodore Roosevelt and Ruby May (Surface) Wiggins. He grew up in Kansas and graduated from Lawrence High School. He then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict earning an honorable discharge. He married Patricia Ann “Pat” Thomas on April 24, 1954, in Lawrence, Kansas. To this union five children were born: Lori Ann, Terri, Mark, Chris and Sheryl.

Ted was owner and operator of the Spragueville Stockyards for many years and also a self-employed real estate broker.

Ted was a 50-year member of the Maquoketa Masonic Helion Lodge #36 A.F. & A.M. where he served as a past Master. He also was a member of the Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O’Connor-Regenwether, the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75, the Eastern Star and the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa.

Ted enjoyed woodworking and was a craftsman, gardening and spending time with his family.

Those left to honor Ted’s memory include his children, Terri Notz of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Mark (Brenda) Wiggins of Maquoketa, Chris (Lisa) Wiggins of Gainsboro, Tenn., and Sheryl Wiggins of Lawrence, Kan.; six grandchildren, Josh (Jamie) Wiggins of Hugo, Minn., Jayson (Ashley) Wiggins of Maquoketa, Jesse Notz of Denver, Colo., Rudy Notz of Denver, Heather Notz of Kansas City, Mo., and Tanya Whitmer of Carthage, Tenn.; 10 great-grandchildren, Madyson, Justin and Ellie Wiggins, Jayley and Kiyley Wiggins, Jonas and Zoe Godwin, Jacob and Genevieve Notz, and Geremiah Whitmer; and sisters Josephine Philips of Olive Hill, Kent., and Roney Slane of Wichita, Kan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Pat on Oct. 24, 2005, daughter Lori Ann, and brother Edsel.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Ted D. Wiggins memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

Richard Eggers
Richard Eggers

Richard Eggers

Richard D. Eggers, 84, of Andrew was called home Wednesday afternoon, July 19, 2017, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque. He entered heaven peacefully surrounded by his family.

A Mass of Christian burial was held Tuesday, July 25, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bellevue. Burial took place in the St. John Catholic Cemetery in Andrew.

Richard was born on Sept. 15, 1932, in Bellevue, the son of William and Carolena (Setzepfandt) Eggers. He married Delores Hingtgen on May 27, 1952.

Richard started farming in 1953 on a farm north of Andrew. Farming was very important to him; he loved his animals and farmland. Richard was very proud to farm with his son, Dick, since 1980.

Richard’s passion of farming showed by the many boards he served on as well as the many awards he received. Aside from agricultural organizations, Richard also served as the Andrew Bank director and was an original member of the Benefited Fire District Board at Andrew.

Richard was a very generous person who always was there to help others in need. He appreciated everything he was given in life. He loved his wife and was proud of his family; he enjoyed every minute he spent with them. He will be deeply missed.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife of 65 years, Delores Eggers, of Andrew; four children, Deborah (Karl) Malouff of Austin, Texas, Randy (Lori) Eggers of Roseville, California, Richard “Dick” Eggers Jr. of Andrew, and Jackie (Doug) McClaflin, of Maquoketa; son-in-law Dennis Heiar of Walcott; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four sisters-in-law, Joyce Mahnke, Ora Eggers, Vi Roeder and Janet Hingtgen.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Mary Jo Heiar; two brothers, Willard and Walter “Bill” Eggers; and a sister, Betty Daugherty.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hachmannfuneralhome

Richard Armstrong

Richard Armstrong, 78, of Maquoketa, passed away July 3, 2017 at Crestridge Nursing Facility in Maquoketa.

Richard Gene Armstrong was born to George and Florence (Qualley) Armstrong April 24, 1938, in Ridgeway, Iowa. He graduated from Ridgeway High School. Richard was custodian at the high school in Ridgeway until it was closed. Richard lived his adult life in Decorah, Iowa, and had fun going to NordictFest every summer. 

His hobbies were leatherwork, latch hook, and walking. He also enjoyed playing board and card games. Spending time with his brother Ferdie’s family was special to him.

Those left to cherish Richard’s memories are his sister-in-law Portialee; nephew Todd Armstrong of Plantation, Fla.; niece Stacy Armstrong of La Crosse, Wis.; two great-nieces, Elizabeth Greenhouse and Brooklyn Armstrong; and one great-nephew, Logan Armstrong.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Ferdie, and several cousins. 

As per Richard’s wishes there will be no funeral service. Lahey Funeral and Cremation Services are assisting the family at this time. A private service will be held for the family at a later date.

The family thanks all the Crestridge Nursing Facility staff and nurses in Maquoketa for their wonderful care of Richard all these years. They also thank Hospice of Jackson County for their care for Richard in his last days. 

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.laheys.com.

 

Esther Deppe
Esther Deppe

Esther Deppe

Esther A. (Ties) Deppe, 89, of Bellevue, passed away peacefully at Mill Valley Care Center on July 18, 2017, while dreaming of being reunited with her husband, Ves. He left three short months ago to save a special place for her in heaven.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, July 24, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bellevue. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Esther was born on July 15, 1928, in Springbrook, Iowa, the daughter of Peter & Clara (Helmle) Ties. She married Sylvester (Ves) Deppe on Oct. 23, 1950, at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook.

Esther was proud to be a mother of four children and homemaker for several years. She worked at Ensign Coil, Big D Grocery, and Deppe’s Convenience Store. She also worked as a housekeeper for several Bellevue residents over the years.

Esther’s faith was very important to her. She was an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Visits from her family were always a highlight of her day.

Esther will be greatly missed by her children, Gary (Shirley) Deppe of DeWitt, Lorin (Shirley) Deppe of Maquoketa, Loras (Barb) Deppe of Bellevue, and Ruth (Randy) Felderman of Huntsville, Alabama; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren with two more to arrive later this year. She will also be remembered by her sister, Lillian Dondlinger, and brother, Lyle (Mary Ann) Ties.

Esther was welcomed at the Pearly Gates by her husband, Ves, her parents, sister Eunice Fier, and brother Clarence Ties.

The family thanks the staff at Mill Valley Care Center for the wonderful care they gave to Esther.

Lavern Till
Lavern Till

Lavern Till

Lavern W. Till, 87, of Springbrook, passed away, Wednesday morning, July 12, 2017, at his home.

A Mass of Christian burial was held Saturday, July 15, at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, in Springbrook. Burial took place in the parish cemetery. 

Lavern was born on Feb. 27, 1930, in Andrew, the son of Peter and Clara (Entringer) Till. He married Naomi Scheckel on Nov. 24, 1956.

Lavern served in the U.S. Marine Corps., where he earned the rank of staff sergeant. He worked at Clinton Engines for 16 years; after they closed he worked at Chemplex for a couple of years before starting a 20-year career at John Deere in Dubuque.

Lavern was extremely handy; he was self-reliant and a jack-of-all-trades. He loved to read, to do crossword puzzles, to garden, and to be outdoors.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife of 60 years, Naomi, of Springbrook; seven children, Brian (Catherine) of Coralville, Iowa, Annette Ernst of Mission Hills, Kansas, Michelle (Mike) Daugherty of Dunkerton, Iowa, Patrick Till of Maquoketa, Paul Till of Springbrook, Chuck (Darla) Till of Dubuque, and Charlotte (Brian) Beck of Ankeny, Iowa; 12 grandchildren; sister, Janiece (Al) Thola of Charlotte; three brothers, Lowell (Arlene) Till of Maquoketa, Eldon (Virginia) Till of Davenport and Rich (Eunice) Till of Maquoketa; sister-in-law Gwendola Till of Bellevue; and brother-in-law Merwin Monner of Bellevue

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Merlin Till; and two sisters, Darlene Kilburg and Shirley Monner.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com.

Steven Bock

Steven Allen Bock, 49, passed away on June 20, 2017, at his home in Brownsburg, Indiana. 

A memorial for Steve was held on July 8, 2017 in Brownsburg. 

Steve was born Aug. 29, 1967, to Larry and Frances (McNeary) Bock in Rapid City, South Dakota. 

His greatest love was his children Megan and Jared. He cherished spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his daughter Megan H. Bock, son Jared R. Bock, mother Francis Bock, brother David Bock, nieces Victoria and Brittany Bock, nephew Houston Bock, uncle Blaine (and Mary) Bock of Maquoketa, aunts and cousins. 

He is preceded in death by his father Larry W. Bock.

 

Lois Moore
Lois Moore

Lois Moore

Lois H. Moore, 91, of Maquoketa, passed away Friday, July 14, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 22, at First Lutheran Church, 210 E. Platt St. in Maquoketa. Pastor Judy Heinrich will officiate. Burial will be in St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery at Bellevue. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 21, at Carson Celebration of Life Center, 318 W. Pleasant St., Maquoketa, and on Saturday, July 17, from 9:30-10:15 a.m. at the church.

Lois Eileen Hueneke was born Jan. 27, 1926, in Bellevue, the daughter of Herman and Edna (Felderman) Hueneke. She married George Eugene Moore on Sept. 2, 1952, at Wartburg Seminary Chapel in Dubuque in a double wedding ceremony with her sister Eleanor and Eleanor’s husband Vernon Griebel.

Lois was a bright and enthusiastic person who loved people and was eager to engage with the world. After leaving her parents’ farm at age 18, she became a telephone operator, first in Dubuque, and then in Bellevue, where she met her husband. Lois and George were happily married for 60 years, living in and near Maquoketa for 59 of those years. In the late 1960s, while running a busy household and raising three children, Lois went back to school and, at age 42, earned the high school diploma that she had never had the opportunity to obtain. After finishing first in her class, she began work as a tax preparer at the Schoenthaler Law Firm. Later Lois began work at Maquoketa State Bank where she was employed for many years. She was very proud of her work at MSB and made many friends there. She was also proud of her three sons, all of whom received the college education that she wanted them to have. 

Church was always at the center of Lois’s life. First Lutheran Church was Lois and George’s spiritual home, where they were active servants and leaders. Lois led Bible studies with her church friends until the time of her death.

Lois’s full life also included square dancing, horseshoe pitching, quilting, bridge, many fun times with her grandchildren and fabulous pie baking.

She is survived by her three sons, David (Christine) of Janesville, WI, Alan (Judith Fletcher) of Havertown, PA, and Phillip (Jane Anderson) also of Janesville, WI; eight grandchildren, Caroline (Graham Thorbrogger), Catherine, Madeleine, Peter, Andrew, Alexander, Henry and Charlie, and her great-granddaughter Maeve Eileen Thorbrogger. She is further survived by her double-cousin Shirley Harvey of Cedar Falls, her cousin John (Roberta) Felderman of Dandridge, TN, her brother-in-law Rollo (Janice) Moore of Algona, and many nieces and nephews.

Lois was preceded in death by her husband, George, in 2013, her sister, Eleanor Griebel in 2015, and her brothers, Eldon and Herbert Hueneke.

Memorials may be given to First Lutheran Church, Maquoketa Community Cupboard, Camp Courageous or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

Margaret Halvorson
Margaret Halvorson

Margaret Halvorson

Margaret C. Halvorson, 85, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, July 9, 2017, at Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa.

A private family gathering will be held in her honor at a later date. A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Margaret was born on June 11, 1932, in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, to William J. and Anna L. Rielly. She married Harley McGranahan and they had seven children. She was later married to Ed Halvorson.

Margaret owned and operated Easy Ed’s and enjoyed cooking for many years. She enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren. 

She is survived by her children, Bob McGranahan of Darlington, Wis., Anne (Joe) Veach of Spragueville, Iowa, Jerry (Peg) McGranahan of DeWitt, Iowa, Deanna (Jim) Lux of Peosta, Iowa, Lisa (Keith) Clausen of Preston, Ioea, Patty (Ben) Keating of Maquoketa, and Mike (Marlene) McGranahan of Maquoketa; 23 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Helen of Oxnard, Calif., and Patty of Syracuse, NY.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her four brothers, Ed, Larry, Bill and Mike Rielly; and one granddaughter, Sue Ellen Veach.

Memorials may be directed to the family in her honor.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.CarsonAndSon.com. 

Richard Armstrong

Richard Gene Armstrong was born to George and Florence (Qualley) Armstrong April 24, 1938, in Ridgeway, Iowa. 

He graduated from Ridgeway High School. Richard was custodian at the high school in Ridgeway until it closed. Richard lived his adult life in Decorah, Iowa, and had fun going to NordictFest every summer. His hobbies were leatherwork, latch hook, and walking. He also enjoyed playing board and card games. Spending time with his brother Ferdie’s family was special to him.

Those left to cherish Richard’s memories are his sister-in-law Portialee; nephew Todd Armstrong of Plantation, Fla.; niece Stacy Armstrong of La Crosse, Wis.; two great-nieces, Elizabeth Greenhouse and Brooklyn Armstrong; and one great-nephew, Logan Armstrong.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Ferdie, and several cousins. 

Per Richard’s wishes. there will be no funeral service. Lahey Funeral and Cremation Services are assisting the family at this time. A private service will be held for the family at a later date.

The family thanks all the Crestridge Nursing Facility staff and nurses in Maquoketa, Iowa, for their wonderful care of Richard all these years. Also Hospice of Jackson County for their care for Richard in his last days. 

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.laheys.com.

 

Helen Lendt
Helen Lendt

Helen Lendt

Helen Louise (Sterner) Lendt, 92, formerly of Lowden and Tipton, died peacefully on Tuesday morning, July 4, 2017, in the Simpson Memorial Home in West Liberty, Iowa. 

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 8, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bennett, with the Rev. William Traphagan officiating. After the luncheon at Bennett Legion Hall burial will be held in the Oakdale Cemetery, Wilton. 

Visitation was held on Friday, July 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Fry Funeral Home, Tipton. You may also share your online condolences and photographs at www.fryfuneralhome.com. A memorial has been established for Bennett Ambulance and the Alzheimer’s Association. 

Helen was born near Wilton, in Muscatine County on Dec. 20, 1924, and was the daughter of Lester Elroy and Edna Louise (Marolf) Sterner. She graduated from the Atalissa High School in 1943 and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Northern Iowa. Helen was united in marriage to Raymond Ulyssis Lendt on June 3, 1950, in Atalissa Lutheran Church and they became members of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bennett. Helen was a school teacher and taught school for five years in West Branch School and 25 years in Bennett School. 

During her life Helen enjoyed gardening, oil painting, canning, various card games, traveling, family and singing old songs as well as being a school teacher. She loved her church where she taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and confirmation classes. 

Helen is survived by her two children, daughter Wendy (Larry) McDevitt of Maquoketa, Iowa, and son Kevin (Patricia) Lendt of Atalissa, Iowa; sisters, Betty Dollar of Muscatine, Iowa, and Shari Phillips of Conesville, Iowa; two grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Raymond, and three brothers, Leo, Bill and Al.

Anna Mae Steffen
Anna Mae Steffen

Anna Mae Steffen

Anna Mae Steffen, 87, of Cascade and formerly of Monmouth, passed away on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at Shade Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Her funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 10, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. A visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 9, at Lahey Funeral & Cremation Service in Maquoketa with a vigil service at 4 p.m. Burial will be at Assumption Cemetery in Sylvia Switch. 

Anna Mae was born on Dec. 21, 1929, to Peter and Elizabeth (Weis) Dondlinger. She attended school in Springbrook until eighth grade. On Feb. 5, 1952, she was united in marriage to Leon Steffen at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook. They farmed near Bernard. For many years she owned and operated the Hideaway Supper Club in Monmouth. 

She is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Monmouth Card Club.  

Those left to cherish her memories are her four children: Karla (Jim) Mahoney of Bernard, Karen (Larry Joe) Stoffel of Peosta, Daniel (Karen) Steffen of Zwingle, and Dean (Ronay) Steffen of Maquoketa; daughter-in-law Dorothy Steffen of Maquoketa; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three sisters, Jean Smith, Adeline Hefel, Julaine (Richard) Frank; and two sisters-in-law Eileen Dondlinger and Lillian Dondlinger.  

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; granddaughter Katie; great-grandchild Aleah; her son Darrell; sister Iva; two brothers, Norbert and Eldred; and brothers-in-law Merlin Kaiser, Kenneth, Donald and Elmer Steffen, Val Smith, Bernard Hefel and Jack Oberbroeckling.

Memorials may be directed towards her family in her honor. 

Online condolences may be left for her family at www.laheys.com

Adabelle Myatt
Adabelle Myatt

Adabelle Myatt

Adabelle Marie Myatt, 96, of Bettendorf, formerly of Maquoketa, died Saturday, July 1, 2017, after a brief stay at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf.

A memorial celebration and luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 15, at The Fountains, 3726 Thunder Ridge Road in Bettendorf. Cremation rites have been accorded as per Mrs. Myatt’s wishes. Inurnment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery in Maquoketa. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a favorite charity of your choice. McGinnis- Chambers Funeral Home in Bettendorf is assisting with arrangements.

Adabelle was born Dec. 25, 1920, in Maquoketa, the daughter of William J. and Daisy Belle (Wilcox) Busch. She married Robert B. Myatt on June 23, 1960, in Savannah, Ill. Mrs. Myatt taught school in Jackson County for 38 years, starting in country schools and finishing her career as a first grade teacher at Briggs Elementary. Her memberships include Retired Teachers of Jackson County, Jackson County Historical Society, and National Association of Retired Federal Employees. She enjoyed television, working puzzles, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her son, William (Christina) Myatt and grandchildren Zachary and Anna Marie Myatt of LeClaire; stepdaughter, Barbara (Tom) Pestka of Maquoketa; stepson, Robert Bruce (Sandra) Myatt of Palm Harbor, Florida; fishing buddy Judy Dunne of Dubuque; brother-in-law, LeRoy Powelka; numerous step-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; twin sons, Howard Wayne and Galen Lee; her husband, Robert Myatt (1974); grandson, Alexander Myatt (1999); sisters, Agnes Paulsen (2006) and Virginia Powelka (2017); and great-niece, Ashley Powelka.

Condolences may be made to Adabelle’s family by viewing her obituary at www.mcginnis-chambers.com.

Linda Gonner
Linda Gonner

Linda Gonner

Linda S. Gonner, 61, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, July 3, 2017, at her home in Maquoketa surrounded by her family.

A celebration of Linda’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 7, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation was held on Thursday, July 6, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Cremation rites were accorded. 

Linda Sue Waite was born on April 20, 1956, in Spragueville, Iowa, to Wayne and Mary Lou (Meyer) Waite. She attended Spragueville country school and Preston High School. She married Douglas Joseph Gonner on Sept. 10, 1982, in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Linda first worked at National Lock in Sabula, Iowa. She then worked for 10 years as a tube pusher at General Thermo Dynamics in Maquoketa, the place where she met Doug. Lastly, she worked as a welder at Precision Metal Works in Maquoketa from 1994 until 2003.

Linda was a member of Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa where she served as a trustee. She enjoyed making crafts, her pets, camping and especially fishing. Her biggest joy was being Grandma.

Those left to honor Linda’s memory include her husband, Douglas Gonner of Maquoketa; children, Tracy Boring of Bettendorf, Iowa, Brian Gonner of Maquoketa, and Nick Gonner of Maquoketa; six grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; a brother William “Bill” Waite of Minnesota; sisters, Deborah (Ken) Drury of Miles, Iowa, Connie Waite of Anamosa, Iowa, and Julie (John) Mauro of Maquoketa.

Linda was related for over 40 years to her mother-in-law Betty Gonner of Bellevue, Iowa; sisters-in law Joan (Rich) McKim of Monticello, Iowa, Mary (Mike) Petrek of Fairless Hills, Penn., Lori (Todd) Byerly of Bettendorf, and Paula Villhauer of West Branch, Iowa; brothers-in-law Gary Gonner of Maquoketa, and James Gonner of Andrew, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne and Mary Lou, her father-in-law Milton Gonner, and her grandson’s mother, Amanda Bruns Gonner.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Linda Sue Gonner memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

Johanna Koranda
Johanna Koranda

Johanna Koranda

Johanna Koranda, 102, of Oxford Junction and Maquoketa passed away on July 2, 2017, at Maquoketa Care Center.

Funeral services were held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Oxford Junction on Wednesday, July 5, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Tom Reuss officiated. Visiting hours were held at the church prior to the funeral beginning at 9 a.m. Lahey Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. 

Johanna Koranda was born Jan. 7, 1915 in Husum, Germany, to Johannes and Pauline Conrad Petersen. She was the youngest of six children. The family emigrated to America in 1923, settling near relatives in Jones County, Iowa. She married Otto Koranda on Sept. 11, 1937 in Cedar Rapids. The couple lived their entire married life in Oxford Junction.

Surviving are her children, Michael (Tina) Koranda of Datil, New Mexico, Noel (Bette) Koranda of Kirkwood, Missouri, Jean (Gerald) Drendel of Streator, Illinois, and Molly Koranda of Madison, Wisconsin; grandchildren Nick (Aileen), Nevin (Paula) and Mary Koranda, Johanna (Cory) Crossett, Michael and Patrick (Nicole) Koranda, Mark and Michael (Rebecca) Drendel, and Erika (Steve) Van Zandt; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Johanna was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two grandsons, and her beloved sisters Ann Paulsen, Christine Ketchum, Toni Babcook Hahn and Magda Hartwig and brother Pete Petersen.

Throughout her 102 years Johanna remained kind to all, appreciative of all that was done for her, inclusive to strangers and newcomers, and a proud and thankful citizen of her adopted country. She remained happy with a wonderful sense of humor.

The family thanks Johanna’s many kind and attentive neighbors, friends, and relatives who visited her and remembered her with cards and notes. The family also thanks the staff at Maquoketa Care Center for the professional and loving care which they have shown to Johanna during her stay there. 

Memorials may be directed to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Oxford Junction.

Evelyn Carlson

Evelyn M. Carlson, 94, of Bellevue and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away on Friday, June 30, 2017, at Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue. 

Her funeral Mass was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 8, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, with a Catholic Daughters Rosary at 10 a.m. Burial was at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Maquoketa. Lahey Funeral & Cremation Service is assisting the family. 

Evelyn Mary was born on Sept. 23, 1922, in Jackson County to Elmer J. and Marina M. (Puetz) Laffey. She graduated from Maquoketa High School and went on to get further education at the University of Dubuque. She was united in marriage in 1962 to Osmind “Swede” Carlson. In her earlier years she was a teacher at country schools in Jackson County then had a family she stayed at home to raise. 

She is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court St. Raphael 1156 of Maquoketa. For many years she volunteered at Jackson County Public Hospital and Crestridge Nursing Home. 

Those left to cherish her memories are her two daughters, Lewaan Balzer of Golden, Colorado, and Shelley Partridge of Boulder, Colorado, two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and many cousins.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband and one son, Kelly. 

Memorials may be directed towards her family in her honor. 

Online condolences may be left for her family at www.laheys.com

 

Michael Christensen
Michael Christensen

Michael Christensen

Michael James Christensen, 50, of Marion, passed away Sunday, June 25, 2017, of injuries he received in a pedestrian/vehicle accident in Tempe, Ariz. 

The family will greet friends from 4-7 p.m. Friday, July 7, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 8, at the funeral home with Reverend Charles Johnson officiating.

Michael is survived by his wife, Anne Christensen, of Marion; his children, Aaron and Sara Christensen, both at home; his mother, Cathy McCluskey of Cedar Rapids; his father, Dwayne (Shirley) Christensen of Elberon; and his siblings, Michelle (Rick) Prull of Maquoketa, Derek (Lynn) McCluskey of Cedar Rapids, and Jennifer McCluskey of Cedar Rapids. Also surviving are many loving family members and friends.

Michael was preceded in death by his grandparents, Melvin and Rozelle Kasal and Earl and Mildred Christensen.

Michael was born June 8, 1967, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Dwayne Christensen and Catherine (Kasal) Christensen. He graduated from Belle Plaine High School. Michael then attended Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, graduating with his bachelor’s degree. 

On May 14, 1994, in Hinsdale, Illinois, he was united in marriage to Anne Beube. Michael continued his education receiving a master’s degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Later from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he graduated from the Graduate School of Banking. Michael worked as a director at CliftonLarsonAllen. He was an avid Cubs and Hawkeye fan.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to: US Bank, 5321 Council St. NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402-1901, Attn: Jessica Doocy. Funds will be used for future educational expenses of his children.

Please share a memory of Michael at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.

Mary Walters
Mary Walters

Mary Walters

Mary E. Walters, 86, of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on June 29, 2017, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Mary’s life will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 6, at Zion American Lutheran Church in Wyoming, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 5, at the Barn at Calkins Square in Wyoming, Iowa. Burial will be at the Wyoming Cemetery. Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Mary Eleanor Hansen was born on April 26, 1931, in Elwood, Iowa, to George P. and Adah (Martin) Hansen. She graduated from Wyoming High School where she was an all-state basketball player. She then attended AIC in Davenport where she was captain of the traveling basketball team. They went on a six-week goodwill tour that traveled through Mexico and all Central American countries to Panama. 

On July 26, 1952, she married Donald W. Dirks in Iowa City, Iowa. He preceded her in death on July 31, 1978. She married Rodney Walters on March 23, 1985 in Wyoming. He preceded her in death on Jan. 22, 2013.

Mary had worked as an accountant for Bill Helms, Inc. (Strieter Motors) in Davenport for many years then moved and worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa as a bookkeeper for over 41 years, retiring in 2002. 

Mary was a member of Zion American Lutheran Church in Wyoming and had served as treasurer of the Mary Rebecca Circle. She had also been a member of the Red Hat Society and Clinton Engines Historical Society.

Mary enjoyed traveling, gambling, golfing, playing cards, riding motorcycles, dancing, and most of all attending all sporting events of her children and grandchildren. 

Those left to honor Mary’s memory include her children, Debi (Joe) Hronik of Davenport, Iowa, Jeff Dirks of Center Junction, Iowa, Steven (Cindy) Dirks of Wyoming, Iowa, and Sharon (Mike) Holmes of Delmar, Iowa; step-children, Jeff (Donna) Walters of Lisbon, Iowa, and Debra (Thomas) Vaccaro of Williamsburg, Va.; 18 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and brothers George (Herta) Hansen of Wyoming, Iowa, and John “Bill” (Lola) Hansen of Wyoming, Iowa. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Donald and her husband Rodney, a son Daniel, brothers Rex and Dale, and sisters Maxine, Charlene, Doris, Ellen and Georgeann.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Mary E. Walters memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.carsonandson.com.

Arlene Smith
Arlene Smith

Arlene Smith

Arlene K. Abbott Smith, 79, of Roswell, Georgia, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, June 14, 2017, at Roswell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Roswell. 

Friends and family may gather for “One Last Party” in remembrance of Arlene on Friday, Sept. 29, from noon to 3 p.m. in “The Bistro” at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.  Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Arlene Katherine Redeker was born on Feb. 5, 1938, in Mason City, Iowa, to John William and Katherine Wilhelmina (Scheef) Redeker. She was a 1956 graduate of Mason City High School, then attended Drake School of Nursing. She married Robert Wesley Abbott on May 17, 1957, in Mason City.  To this union four children were born:  Rhonda, Kaye, Robert and Wesley. Robert passed away on Feb. 21, 1982. She later met and married Donald Ray Smith on Nov. 27, 1998, in Audubon, Iowa. He preceded her in death on March 9, 2010. 

Arlene had worked as a secretary for Culligan Water, as a teller at Maquoketa State Bank, and lastly as a librarian at the Maquoketa Public Library.

Arlene had been active in her community throughout the years donating her time, talent and resources.  A few of the organizations that benefited from her involvement were the Welcome Wagon as a hostess for six years, Meals on Wheels Board Member, Wa-Tan-Ye officer, BPW member, Tuesday Club officer and member for 23 years, Order of the Eastern Star, the Rainbow Girls, and Jackson County Public Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. While her children were growing up she had served as a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader. She was a 40-plus-year member of First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa where she had been active in the United Methodist Women and the church choir for over 20 years.

Arlene enjoyed playing bridge, reading, biking (going on RAGBRAI twice), walking, hiking, music, movies, swimming and loving.  She also enjoyed golfing and had been a member of the Maquoketa Country Club.

Those left to honor Arlene’s memory include her children, Rhonda (Gregg) Mohl of Clinton, Iowa, Kaye (Paul) Lynch of Audubon, Iowa, Robert (Jeannine) Abbott of Granville, Ohio, and Wesley (Denise) Abbott of Roswell, Ga.; sister Wilma (Willie) Grove; nine grandchildren, Megan and Courtney Mohl, Ryan and Brittney Lynch, Burke and Ellie Abbott, Piper and Charlie Tell, and Archer Abbott; and one great-grandchild, Madeline Lynch.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Jack Redeker, her husband Robert, and her husband Donald.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

John Hinz
John Hinz

John Hinz

John G. “Jack” Hinz, 92, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday evening, June 23, 2017, at Crestridge Nursing Home, Maquoketa.

A funeral mass celebrating Jack’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 30, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, where a 6:30 p.m. scripture service will be held. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, with military honors.

John Gilbert Hinz was born on Sept. 22, 1924, in Charlotte, Iowa, to John H. and Meta (Weideman) Hinz. He grew up in Elwood and attended Elwood country school. He then worked as a farm hand prior to entering the military. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II receiving an honorable discharge. He married Agnes M. Smith on Oct. 1, 1946, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Garryowen.

Jack worked at the Maquoketa Company then Clinton Engines for 28 years as a maintenance foreman. He then worked at Caterpillar in Mt. Joy for 10 years as a maintenance machine repairman, retiring in 1988. 

Jack was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa and a 55-year member of the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75. He also had been a member of the IAM Union while working at Clinton Engines, and the UAW while working at Caterpillar.

Jack enjoyed fishing, coaching baseball, and spending time with family attending his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting and school activities. He could fix anything, spending countless hours in his garage repairing items. He was a Jack-of-all-trades.

Those left to honor Jack’s memory include his wife, Agnes M. Hinz of Maquoketa; children, John (Twyla) Hinz of Morton, Ill., Gil (Sherry) Hinz of Dubuque, Iowa, Tom (Karen) Hinz of Pontiac, Ill., Steve (Alesha) Hinz of Odell, Ill., and Diane (Ron) Frandsen of Maquoketa; a sister-in-law, Margie Smith of Bella Vista, Ariz.; 15 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Henry, Orval, Ed and Ernie; and five sisters, Lillian Swanton, Norma Shirley, Rose Collins, Alma Koontz and Caroline Streets. 

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa or any hospice of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

Alvina Stillmunkes
Alvina Stillmunkes

Alvina Stillmunkes

Alvina R. Stillmunkes, 89, of Bellevue, passed away, Monday evening, June 5, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center Dubuque. 

A Mass of Christian burial was held Saturday, June 10 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, in Springbrook. 

Alvina was born the fourth child of 12 on July 19, 1927, at the family farm south of Springbrook, daughter of Matthew and Julia (Kilburg) Michel. She married Eldon Stillmunkes on Nov. 26, 1947 in Springbrook. He preceded her in death on Feb. 16, 1985.

Alvina lived on a farm most of her life. She truly enjoyed being a farmer’s wife. Even after her children took over the farm, she followed the markets daily. Alvina was a considerate woman, who never wanted to be a bother to others, but also wasn’t afraid to voice her opinion. She felt it was her duty to feed anyone who stopped by. Alvina was an excellent cook as well as a baker. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, traveling and dancing. Alvina took a great interest in her family and loved every moment she spent with them. She will be deeply missed.


Those left to honor her memory include her children, Mary Ann Schwager, of Dubuque, Patricia (Ken) Sattizahn, of Columbia, Missouri, Dale (Deb) Stillmunkes, of Bellevue, Dean (Diane) Stillmunkes of Asbury, Leon (Marcia) Stillmunkes of Bellevue, and Loras Stillmunkes of Preston; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and eight siblings, Alverda Heiar, Helen Zeimet, Marian Kloft, Arlene Hager, Bernadine Hartung, Donald Michel, Bernard “Bun” (Darlene) Michel and Carma (Lloyd) Frank.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Eldon; son-in-law Arnie Schwager; daughter-in-law, Patsy; two sisters, Dolores Heiar and Sr. Mary Matthews; and brother, Herman Michel.

The family thanks the staff at Luther Manor and Mercy Medical Center for the special care and compassion shown to Alvina.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Alvina’s name.


Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com.

Betty Davison
Betty Davison

Betty Davison

Betty I. Davison, 88, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at her home in rural Maquoketa.

A celebration of Betty’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 28, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa, Cemetery.

Betty Iola Mychalek was born on Aug. 3, 1928, west of Andrew, Iowa, to Fred George and Mary Iola (Wentworth) Mychalek. She was a graduate of Andrew High School. She married Harold Allen Davison on Jan. 9, 1949, in Andrew. To this union three children were born: Linda, Leanna and Lori.

Prior to her marriage Betty worked at Schultz Dime Store and the Fishing Tackle Company, both in Maquoketa. After her marriage, she farmed with her husband on the century family farm raising dairy, hogs, beef, sheep, goats and various poultry.

Betty was a member of the Andrew Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed gardening, baking and especially spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Those left to honor Betty’s memory include her daughters, Linda Bennett of Maquoketa, and Leanna Holloway of Platteville, Wis.; sister Joyce Moen of Newton, Iowa; six grandchildren, Amy (Tom) Shilliam, Aaron Coates, Angel (Craig) Larson, Brian Olson, Aric (Jenifer Wright) Olson and Michael (Carly) Browne; 10 great-grandchildren, Briar Shilliam, Tyler and Kendra Larson, Preston, J.D., and Mariah Browne, Tristin and Zach Lucas, Alex Wright and Devon Lee; and six great-great-grandchildren, Marley Erickson, Leightyn and Holdyn Rapp, Cayden Harris, Eli and Cameron Lucas. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Lori Davison Browne on Sept. 10, 2002, and her husband Allen on Nov. 22, 2003.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Betty I. Davison memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.carsonandson.com.

Myrna Larkey
Myrna Larkey

Myrna Larkey

Myrna J. Larkey, 75, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday evening, June 18, 2017, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21, at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. A celebration of Myrna’s life will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 22, 2017, at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the services. Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Myrna Joann Gohlmann was born on June 9, 1942, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Durward E. and Irene C. (Gombert) Gohlmann. She was a graduate of Lost Nation High School and had attended Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. She married Robert Frank Larkey on July 11, 1969, at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. They were proud parents of four children: Troy, Rick, Scarlet and Robin.

Myrna was a homemaker for many years raising her four children. She also owned and operated Maquoketa Livestock Sales with her husband where she served a vital role in helping run the business as well as the family farming operations. 

Myrna was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Fulton Community Church in Fulton, Iowa, and the Jackson County Public Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. She served Meals on Wheels and was a dedicated volunteer working at Ohnward Fine Arts Center in Maquoketa. Her unwavering faith in the Lord was evident in the many years of service to her community. Years of donating her time, talent and resources were appreciated by the many she served unselfishly.

Myrna loved traveling, gardening, coffee, and a glass of wine while visiting with friends. She also loved spending many hours with grandchildren and family, and exemplifying patriotism throughout her life. Myrna always believed in others and always had encouraging words. She also enjoyed many hours at her “Arizona Home” (1865 stone house in Maquoketa that she had restored). Words cannot describe how much she will be missed by so many!

Those left to honor Myrna’s memory include her husband Robert “Bob” Larkey of Maquoketa; children, Troy (Shonna) Larkey of Great Falls, Mont., Rick Larkey of New Hampton, Iowa, Scarlet (Craig) Dietz of Maquoketa, and Robin (Paul) Krogman of Elvira, Iowa; eight grandchildren, Alyssa Larkey, Levi Larkey, Danielle (Dietz) Riley, Brandi (Larkey) Tomasich, Amanda Larkey, Morgan Dietz, Montanna Krogman, and Ciera Krogman; one great-grandchild, Ruger Larkey; sisters, Marlene (Darrel) Hicks of Wheatland, Iowa, and Kathy (Lary) Becker of Maquoketa; a brother, Galyn (Rhonda) Gohlmann of Grinnell, Iowa; and sisters-in-law, LuJean (Lud) Gocek of Nazareth, Penn. and Karen (Florian) Steffen of Bellevue, Iowa. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, a grandchild Brogan Dietz, and brothers J.C. and Merlyn Gohlmann.

Memorials may be made directed to the family of Myrna Larkey who will be establishing a scholarship fund for the medical field in her name.

Online condolences may be left at www.carsonandson.com.

LaVonne Owen
LaVonne Owen

LaVonne Owen

LaVonne Owen, 78, passed away peacefully in Monticello, Saturday, June 17, 2017, after a brief illness.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday morning, June 21, 2017 at Wayne Zion Lutheran Church with interment in the Wayne Zion Cemetery, officiated by Pastor Wade Reddy. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello.

LaVonne Louise Harms was born July 20, 1938, at the John McDonald Hospital, Monticello, Iowa. She was the daughter of George and Evelyn Rieken Harms. LaVonne attended Wayne Township School #4 and graduated from the Monticello Community Schools with the class of 1957. She worked as a typist from 1958 to 1960 at Iowa National Insurance Company in Cedar Rapids. From 1960 until 1963 she was employed as a secretary at Concrete Materials and Construction in Cedar Rapids. 

LaVonne Harms and Phillip Owen were married on May 19, 1962 at Wayne Zion Lutheran Church. The couple made their home in Lisbon, Iowa where she devoted her time to raising their children. They moved to Monticello in 1986.

LaVonne was a lifelong member of Wayne Zion Lutheran Church. She was baptized Aug. 17, 1938, and confirmed her faith on April 6, 1952. She was involved in the community which included volunteering in the schools and more recently the Jones County Safe and Healthy Youth Coalition. She enjoyed going to exercise and socialize at Rhythm of Life at Jones Regional Hospital. She enjoyed traveling, especially to spend time with family and friends. She attended all of the events of her grandchildren that she could. She showed her love for others in many ways, including sending cards, visiting, attending events, and hosting others in their home.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband of 55 years, Phil; two children, Janelle (Todd) Jones of Cedar Rapids and Jeff (Kim) Owen of Monticello; six grandchildren, Tyler (Frances) Owen, Bryana (Sam) Hart, Spencer (Morgan) Owen, Chelsea (Brian) Kuhn, Alyssa (Keaton) McFarlan, Sydney Owen, three great-grandchildren, Mason Hart, Eli Owen, Indiana Owen, and another on the way; brothers-in-law, Gerald Owen and Milt Owen; sisters-in-law, Linda Owen and Cheryl Owen; nieces, nephews and many other extended relatives. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, brother-in-law Ron Owen, sister-in-law Connie Owen; and nephew Stephen Owen.

In her words, “Life was good! I enjoyed many blessings of having lived in the U.S.A. I was especially blessed with a loving husband and two children and their families. I also give thanks and gratitude for family and friends.” A paraphrase of her favorite portion of the Lutheran liturgy spoken after offering was “Lord, I give thanks for what you have first given me – myself, my time on earth, and all the possessions you have given; all these are signs of your endless love.”

She will be greatly missed and will be remembered for her generosity and love for others.

Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at www.goettschonline.com.

Jenner Jo Johnson

Jenner Jo Johnson, infant daughter of Chad and Billie (Bowling) Johnson of Andrew, Iowa, received her angel wings on Tuesday evening, June 13, 2017.

Private family graveside services and burial were held Tuesday morning, June 20, from Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa. Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Jenner Jo is survived by her parents, Chad and Billie Johnson of Andrew; siblings Jentry and Jensyn, both at home; maternal grandparents Bill and Deb Bowling of Maquoketa; paternal grandparents Lee and Marlene Johnson of Maquoketa; maternal great-grandmother Madonna Varner of Maquoketa; paternal great-grandmothers Charlene Johnson of Maquoketa, and Marielda Klemme of Preston, Iowa; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandparents, Kenneth and Evelyn Bowling and Donald Varner, and paternal great-grandfathers, Leroy Johnson and Robert Klemme.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Jenner Jo Johnson memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

 

Orville Michels
Orville Michels

Orville Michels

Orville N. Michels, 96, of Bellevue passed away on Friday morning, June 16, 2017, at the Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

A Mass of Christian burial was held, Tuesday, June 20, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bellevue. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Orville was born on Oct. 8, 1920, in Bellevue, the son of Peter and Clara (Gerardy) Michels. He married Florence Deppe, on Aug. 21, 1945, in Bellevue. She passed away on Nov. 2, 1998.

Over the years, Orville farmed with Dyas and Sons, worked at the Dubuque Packing Company for 28 years, and later took care of the Bellevue Cemetery until he fully retired in 2015.

Orville was a quiet, hardworking, gentle person, who enjoyed playing cards, especially cribbage, and spending time in his garden. Every year Orville looked forward to playing KMAQ Radio Bingo. Orville was involved in the Bellevue Knights of Columbus and was an active member in the St. Joseph Catholic Church. Not only did Orville have a love for his family, he also had a love for his dog Susie.

Those left to honor his memory include his 12 children; Carol Keeney of Guthrie Center, Iowa, Dale (Margie) Michels of Garland, Texas, Dwain Michels of Miles, Connie Taylor, Cheri Kaczinski, Danny Michels, Cora (Chester) Sutton, and Carma (Jim) Hovey, all of Maquoketa, Dean Michels of Bellevue, Carla (Ben) Caes of Clarence, Iowa, John (Denna) Michels of Maquoketa, and Tammy Hansen of Camanche; four brothers, Lester (Leanna), Larry (Joyce), Robert (Celma) all of Bellevue, and Kenneth of Springbrook; two sisters, Arlene McGinnis of Dubuque, and Norma Jean Casel of LaMotte; 28 grandchildren; and 45 great-grandchildren.

Orville was preceded in death by his parents, wife Florence, brother Marvin, sister Maxine, and three grandchildren.

 

The family of Orville thanks the doctors and staff at Mercy Medical Center and all of the people who came to help Orville in his time of need; your care and compassion will never be forgotten.

Elke Steahr
Elke Steahr

Elke Steahr

Elke Steahr, 77, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, June 12, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Elke’s life will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, June 19, from Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the services from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at 3 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Muscatine, Iowa.

Elke Ilsa Marie Neumann was born on April 26, 1940, in Stutgaard, Germany, to Willi and Liseseaotte Neumann. She grew up in Germany and received her high school education there. She married Carl A. Steahr on Feb. 19, 1963, in South Carolina. He preceded her in death on Aug. 31, 1996.

Elke had worked various jobs throughout the years, most notably working for Pacific Coast Feather Company and Wady Industries in Maquoketa.

Elke was a member of the Andrew AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary. She loved both vegetable and flower gardening, baking, fishing and animals. 

Those left to honor Elke’s memory include her children, Werner Neumann of Maquoketa and Clytha (Butch) Wakefield of Leavenworth, Kan.; step-children, Jenna Bunch and Marty Allen Brown; sister Lori Lochinger of Heidelberg, Germany; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Carl, and a brother-in-law, Werner.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Elke Steahr memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

Gilbert Manderscheid
Gilbert Manderscheid

Gilbert Manderscheid

Gilbert (Gib) J. Manderscheid passed away June 6, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gib is finally at peace after a long and courageous battle with heart failure. 

He was born in Andrew, Iowa, March 24, 1942, and became a Las Vegas resident in 1965 after serving our country in the United States Air Force from 1960-1964.

Gib had a most loving heart, always knowing how to welcome and comfort others. His heart could have gone on forever simply by the love he had for life, all animals, and mostly his caring and amazing family. He was the second oldest of nine brothers and sisters, Jim, Bill (Leslie), Judy (Bob), John (Angie), Mary (Dennis) and Allen. Gib is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Larry and David.

Those of us who loved him most are unable to join Gib on his new journey. He leaves wonderful memories to be cherished by his loving wife Mary; daughter Annie Manderscheid, son Douglas Manderscheid (Stacey Carrillo), daughter Molly Hamrick (Bob), son David Manderscheid (Louise), stepson Jeffrey Livingston (Claire), stepdaughter Sarah Livingston (Roberto Ricci); the mother of his children, Catherine (Callaghan) Manderscheid; his seven grandchildren, Katelyn, Kara, Kelsey, Gracie, Liam, Lucille and Gabriel; countless nieces and nephews; and many friends. 

During Gib’s life he was a proud Air Force veteran and a baseball and football coach whose players respected and loved him but most of all he was a wonderful son, brother, husband, uncle, father, and grandpa who will be dearly missed. Gib also loved animals and over the years made a home for many of them.  

Services will be held on Friday, July 21, at 2 p.m. at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City, Nevada 89005. Following the ceremony you are welcomed and encouraged to join a celebration of Gib’s wonderful life at Bob & Molly Hamrick’s home. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org or any no-kill animal shelter of your choice in Gib’s name.

Ilo Starry
Ilo Starry

Ilo Starry

Ilo Mae Starry, 80, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away surrounded by her family on Wednesday morning, June 14, 2017, at her home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Ilo Mae’s life was held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 16, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation was held prior to the services from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Cremation rites have been accorded, and a private family burial will be held at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, at a later date.

Ilo Mae Simons was born on Feb. 12, 1937, near Latimer, Iowa, to Carl Hunt and Lillian Pearl (Bullis) Simons. She was a graduate of Hampton High School. She married Richard Starry on Dec. 23, 1956. He preceded her in death in 2004. In 2006, she met Albert Carter and they were together until his passing in December 2016.

Ilo Mae had worked various jobs throughout the years including as a day care provider, house cleaner, food service worker at several places including Garner High School, and as an office technician for a dentist in Garner.

Ilo Mae enjoyed spending time with her family, dancing, gardening, sewing, making blankets, cooking, baking and canning.

Those left to honor Ilo Mae’s memory include her children, Barbara (Bob) Roe of Maquoketa, and Shawn (Hope) Starry of Freeport, Ill.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Pat Simons of Iowa Falls and Lois Simons of Tennessee; and the extended family of Albert Carter. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Richard, a daughter Nancy Starry Lewis, a granddaughter Carla Fadale, brothers Charles Simons and Carl “Alvin” Simons, and her longtime partner Albert Carter.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to Hospice of Jackson County.

Online condolences may be left at www.carsonandson.com.

Sandra Stender
Sandra Stender

Sandra Stender

Sandra L. “Sandy” Stender, 73, of Delhi, Iowa, died Tuesday, June 13, 2017. 

Visitation was 4-7 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at Bohnenkamp-Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Manchester, Iowa, and additional visitation one hour prior to service on Friday at the church. Funeral services were 11 a.m. Friday, June 16, Delhi United Methodist Church, Delhi, with Pastor Sam Mack officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Delhi.

Survivors include her husband, Richard of Delhi; her children, Brian (Candy) Stender of Franklin, Wisconsin, Kelly (Greg) Mordini of Denver, Colorado, and Chris (Wendy) Stender of Delhi; seven grandchildren, Josh, Ashley, Madisen, Zachary, Mitchell, Nick and Alex; a sister, Barbara (Joe) Ketter of Reedsburg, Wisconsin; and a brother, Cary (Nadine) Zumhof of Bellevue, Iowa.

Sandy was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Helen Zumhof; and brothers Jerry and Jeff Zumhof.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family to be designated at a later date.

Please share a memory of Sandy at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.

Joan Littell
Joan Littell

Joan Littell

Joan J. Littell, 82, of Davenport passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in the Runge Chapel. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service in the mortuary. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family. Online tributes and condolences may be expressed at www.rungemortuary.com. 

Joan was born April 16, 1935, in Onslow, IA a daughter of Louis and Wilhelmina (Busch) Buck. She was united in marriage to Donald M. Littell on Nov. 21, 1954. 

She was a loving mother and grandmother. She lived for her grandchildren. 

Those left to honor her memory include her loving husband of 62 years, Don; child, Pam (Dan) Bailey, Davenport; brother: Wayne Buck; daughter-in-law, Kim Littell and grandchildren: Amanda (Brittany) Tower and Justin Bailey. 

In addition to her parents Joan was preceded in death by her son, Greg, and two brothers.

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