Obituaries

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Sep

Kalen Jacobsen

Kalen Jacobsen

 

A Celebration of Life was held for Kalen Jacobsen at 11 a.m., Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the First Lutheran Church, Decorah, Iowa.

Kalen Layne Jacobsen, 45, passed away on September 3, 2019 at Winneshiek Medical Center, Decorah, IA following a yearlong battle with cancer.  

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11
Sep

Michael Stanbrough

Michael Stanbrough

 

Michael Oliver Stanbrough, 64, passed away peacefully at home on August 30, 2019. He was born on January 4, 1955 in Hampton, IA to Donald and Gertrude (Stubbe) Stanbrough. 

Michael attended school in West Union, IA. He joined the army and served during the Vietnam War. During his time in the military, he met his future wife Lynn Aschnewitz. They later married in April 1979 in Santonio, TX. A short time later they held a wedding at Lynn’s parents farm near Dent, MN.

Michael and Lynn eventually made Dent, MN their home where they had four boys. He enjoyed hobbies such as spearing, fishing, hunting, working on cars, wood working and farming with family and friends.

His father Donald, mother-in-law Jane, and father-in-law Archie preceded Michael into death.

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11
Sep

Geneva Kuennen

Geneva Kuennen

 

Geneva Kuennen, age 91, of St. Lucas passed away on Monday, September 2, 2019 at the Ossian Senior Hospice surrounded by her family. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 5, 2019 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in St. Lucas, IA with Rev. Aaron Junge presiding.  Burial will be in St. Luke’s Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in St. Lucas, IA and also after 10:00 a.m. at the Church on Thursday morning.  The Schluter – Balik Funeral Home in Decorah is handling arrangements.

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11
Sep

Inez Schmitt

Inez Schmitt

 

Inez Schmitt, 79, Of West Union, Iowa died Thursday, September 5, 2019 at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union.  Inez was born February 1, 1940 to Raymond and Hilda (Bohr) Holthaus in Ossian, Iowa. She graduated from Ossian De Sales in 1958 and then attended Paris Beauty Academy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

      Inez was united in marriage with Daniel Schmitt on June 2, 1962 at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Decorah, Iowa, making their home in West Union since then.  Inez worked as a hairdresser for forty years and owned and operated the Hair Hut in West Union, retiring in 2001. She made many lifelong friends at the Hair Hut, both customers and colleagues. Inez was a member of the Holy Name Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters of the Americas and a lifetime member of the Red Hat Society. 

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11
Sep

Harry Henry

Harry Henry

 

Harry Norman Henry, 80, of West Union, Iowa died Friday, July 26, 2019with his family by his side at Sumner Community Memorial Hospital in Sumner, Iowa. Harry was born February 23, 1939 to Donald and Gladys (Grimes) Henry in West Union, Iowa. He graduated from Fayette High School and attended one year at Iowa State University. 

 

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11
Sep

Mark Zieman

Mark Zieman

 

Mark Louis Zieman, 74, of Postville, Iowa died Sunday, September 8, 2019at his home in rural Postville. He was born January 17, 1945 to Lyle and Leah (Harris) Zieman in Postville. Mark was baptized on February 17, 1945, and confirmed on March 30, 1958, both at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Postville. He graduated from Postville High School in 1963 and attended Iowa State University.

Mark was united in marriage with Jennifer (Overland) Zieman on August 8, 1964, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Postville. A farmer since 1965, he also owned Cherry Valley Enterprises and Hi-Way Lanes. Mark followed in his father’s footsteps and proudly served as a State Senator from 2001 to 2008.

Wed
04
Sep

Edna Huinker

Edna Huinker

 

Edna Ann Huinker, 99, of Ossian, Iowa died peacefully Sunday, August 25, 2019 at Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian, Iowa. Edna the daughter of Bernard and Susie (Weber) Brincks was born on January 31, 1920 in Ossian, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Francis de Sales in Ossian, Iowa. Before marriage Edna spent several years as a nanny in Chicago, Illinois.

Edna was united in marriage with Charles Gerhardt Huinker on April 4, 1945 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian, Iowa. To this union seven children were born, Janet, Judy, Nancy, Larry, Sherry, Debbie and Joey. Together they farmed east of Ossian for thirty-four years before moving to Ossian in 1983. Edna loved her flowers and gardens. She tended a large vegetable garden and did lots of canning and freezing. Edna enjoyed sewing a variety of things,even a baptismal gown for the first grandchild of which approximately forty were baptized in.

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04
Sep

Dirndl Benzing

Dirinda Benzing

 

Dirinda Benzing, age 73, of Ossian, IA, died on Thursday, August 22, 2019, at her home in Ossian, IA.

 

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, August 31, 2019, at the Ossian Lutheran Church, 305 Jessie Street, Ossian, IA, with Rev. David Lenth presiding.  Burial was in the Hillside Cemetery, Ossian, IA.

Visitation was from 4-7 p.m., on Friday, August 30, 2019, at the Ossian Lutheran Church, 305 Jessie Street, Ossian, IA, and also after 10 a.m., at the church on Saturday morning.  The Schluter-Balik Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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04
Sep

Wanda White

Wanda White

 

Wanda White, 73, of Palo, Iowa, died Wednesday, August 28, 2019, under hospice care at The Bird House in Iowa City, Iowa, following a ten-year battle with cancer. A Vigil Service will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, September 27, 2019, at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids. Visitation will follow from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, September 27, 2019, at the funeral home. Funeral Mass will take place at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 28, 2019, at St. Jude Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids. Private family entombment will take place at a later date at Linwood Cemetery Mausoleum, Cedar Rapids.Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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04
Sep

Abigail Whitford

Abigail Whitford

 

Abigail Rose Whitford, 10, of Bellevue, NE, was pronounced dead on Thurs, August 22, 2019 of severe brain trauma after being struck by a car in a crosswalk. 

She attended Trumble Park Elementary in Papillon and loved reading, art and math. She delighted in simple moments, made friends easily and was becoming a mature young lady while being unapologetically herself. Her kindness and spark will live on because Abby donated her organs.

Abby was welcomed to her heavenly home by great-grandparents Harold "Jake" and Leola Baker; Mildred Reinig; Floyd and Faye Neal; Floyd, Jewel, and Clara Whitford; and great-uncles Bob Gaeta and Wendell Whitford.

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