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.

Jean River
Jean River

Jean River

Jean V. River, 63, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday evening, June 8, 2017, at Bettendorf Healthcare Center in Bettendorf, Iowa.

A celebration of Jean’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 24, at First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. A memorial visitation will be held prior to the services beginning at 9:45 a.m. at the church. A private burial will be held in Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa. 

Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Jean Vivian River was born on Aug. 3, 1953, in Maquoketa to Ross and Vivian River. She was a 1971 graduate of Maquoketa High School and had attended both Iowa and Iowa State University. She married Lee Buchner on July 11, 1989. To this union one child was born, Benjamin.

Prior to her marriage Jean had lived in Seattle, Washington, where she got into horticulture, and worked in a nursery for the couple of years that followed. She then returned home where she worked for her dad, and worked at various other jobs in the community. Following her marriage, she served as the church pianist at the Methodist Church in Clinton, First Baptist Church in Maquoketa, and Union Presbyterian Church in Lost Nation, Iowa. Most recently she had worked for River Service Company.

Jean was a member of Jackson County Master Gardener’s for a number of years. She enjoyed playing the piano as well as gardening, horticulture and her pet dogs and cats.

Those left to honor Jean’s memory include a son, Ben Buchner of Maquoketa; her parents, Ross and Vivian River of Maquoketa; a sister, Sue River of Madison, Wis.; and brothers Dave (Paula) River of Maquoketa, and Bruce “B.R.” (Chris) River of Maquoketa. 

She was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents and a sister, Kay.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Jean V. River memorial fund has been established.

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

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