Obituaries

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23
May

Phyllis Ann Hackman

Phyllis Ann Hackman

 

 

Sister Phyllis Ann Hackman, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 95, died on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wis.

She was in the 70th year of her religious profession.

Sister Phyllis Ann was born April 2, 1923, to Edward and Anna (Schmitt) Hackman in Festina, IA. 

She entered St. Rose Convent in La Crosse, Wis., in 1945.  Beginning her active ministry as a homemaker, Sister Phyllis Ann served her sisters in convent homes in Guam, Idaho, Utah, Wisconsin and Washington.  

After earning her dietetics degree, she became a dietary supervisor at Milbank, S.D., and Hillsboro, Wis.  

Sister Phyllis Ann felt called to serve in the pastoral care ministry and became a clinical pastoral educator. She eventually became certified as a chaplain.  From 1980 to 1993, Sister Phyllis Ann was employed as a chaplain at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, Ill.  

Wed
23
May

Larry Butikofer

Larry Butikofer

 

 

Larry Gene Butikofer, 80, of Elgin, Iowa died Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Maple Crest Manor, Fayette, Iowa. 

Larry was born on April 7, 1938 to Lawrence and Carolyn (Weigand) Butikofer in Postville, Iowa. 

He graduated from Elgin High School in 1956

Larry was united in marriage with Sarah Seitz on Sept. 24, 1960 in Monona, Iowa. 

He was a lifelong farmer and farmed the Butikofer farm in Dutch Bottom, rural Elgin, Iowa, that was established in 1856. 

Larry was a volunteer fireman on the Elgin Fire Department, a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church Council and a board member for the Elgin Co-op.

He enjoyed fishing, squirrel and rabbit hunting and spending time with his grandchildren.

Wed
23
May

Marie Mitchell

Marie Mitchell

 

 

E. Marie Mitchell, resident of Episcopal Homes in Saint Paul, Minn., and former longtime resident of Hawkeye, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 4, at United Methodist Church in Hawkeye. 

Inurnment will be held at Bethel Cemetery, which will follow the luncheon on Monday. 

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Hawkeye and for one hour preceding services at the church on Monday, June 4.

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23
May

Cynthia Spears

Cynthia Spears

 

 

Cynthia Lee Spears, age 62, of Osage passed away Saturday, May 19, 2018, at her home in Osage after a battle with cancer.

  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 833 Ash Street, Osage, Iowa, with Rev. Cindy S. Krause officiating. 

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. For visitation, relatives and friends are asked to please enter the church through the south entrance of the fellowship hall. 

Following the funeral service, cremation will take place.

  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to EWALU Bible Camp, Cyndi Spears Scholarship Fund, or Days for Girls.

  Cynthia Lee Spears was born on Dec. 31, 1955, to Ronald and Mary (Beener) Spears in Waterloo, Iowa.  

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23
May

Doris Schott

Doris Schott

 

 

Doris Marie Schott, the daughter of Melvin Nyborg and Vera (Gress) Sutter and stepdaughter to Louis Sutter Sr., was born Nov. 18, 1929, at Elgin, Iowa. 

She passed away at Stoney Brook Village, West Union, Iowa. She reached the age of 88 years, 5 months, and 29 days.

She was baptized April 13, 1930 in St. Paul’s Methodist Church at Elgin, Iowa, and attended schools at Elgin.

On Nov. 18, 1947 Doris was united in marriage with Lawrence Leon Schott at Elgin, Iowa. To this union 15 children were born. 

She farmed with her husband in the West Union, Ossian, and Castalia areas and lived east of Clermont on an acreage for the past several years and most recently became a resident at Stoney Brook Village in West Union. 

She was employed by Heying Firms at West Union, Iowa at the brooder house where her husband Lawrence was the Growing Manager. 

Wed
16
May

Henry Follett

Henry Follett

 

 

Henry Alvin Follett, 88, of Clermont, Iowa, passed away Friday, May 4, 2018, at Maple Crest Manor Nursing and Care Center in Fayette.

He was born on the family farm near Clermont on March 14, 1930, to Walter and Sophie (Anderson) Follett. Henry had two older sisters, Lorraine and Betty, and two younger sisters, Marilyn and Carolyn. 

His education began at a nearby rural school. When that school closed, he attended Larrabee School in Clermont. Graduating from Clermont High School in 1947, he moved on to Upper Iowa University. After one year he came home to the farm to earn money and continue his education. 

In 1951 Henry entered the U.S. Army. After school in Aberdeen, Md., he became a battlefield intelligence specialist. He was assigned to the U.S. Army Ordinance School in Germany, where he taught U.S. Army and NATO students. 

Wed
02
May

Anna Mae Remmen

Anna Mae Remmen

 

 

      Anna Mae Remmen, age 66, of Fort Atkinson, IA died on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Gundersen Health Systems in LaCrosse, WI surrounded by her family from a hemorrhagic stroke.

      Anna Mae (Schissel) Remmen was born on April 21, 1951 to Merle and Marie (Winter) Schissel in Decorah, Iowa.  She was baptized and confirmed at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian, IA. Anna Mae graduated from South Winneshiek High School in 1969.  She married Gary Remmen on October 24, 1970 at St. Francis de Sales in Ossian. Together they had two daughters: Annette and Wendy.

Wed
02
May

Martha Mikota

Martha Mikota

 

 

Martha Mikota, age 84, of Ossian, IA passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at the Barthell Eastern Star nursing home in Decorah, IA.

Wed
02
May

Elizabeth Barrett

Elizabeth Barrett

 

 

Elizabeth “Betty” Barrett, 82, of Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of West Union, died Monday, April 23, 2018, in Phoenix.

A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, April 28, at La Siena Senior Living Residence in Phoenix, Ariz.

Inurnment will be held at a later date at Graceland Cemetery in Sioux City, Iowa.

Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Erkonen was born May 24, 1936, to Edward and Jane Anne Erkonen in Yankton, S.D.

She graduated from Central High School in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1954.

On Aug. 26, 1956, Betty was united in marriage with William Gene Barrett in Sioux City. They became the parents of two daughters, Susan and Cindy.

The couple made their home in West Union from 1964 until 1991. 

Betty was active in the women’s groups and served as a Stephens minister at Bethel Presbyterian Church. She was also honored as West Union’s Volunteer of the Year in Religion in the 1980s.

Wed
02
May

Arnold Raatz

Arnold Raatz

 

 

Arnold Raatz, age 87, passed away on Monday, April 23, 2018 at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union, Iowa. 

Arnold was born to Henry and Zelma (Pike) Raatz on June 16, 1930. He lived in the home he was born in for 83 years in rural Hawkeye, where he was a dairy farmer.

He married Shirley Boleyn on Jan. 26, 1951, and they had four children.

In 1991, he had a stroke that forced him to retire from farming. Arnold and Shirley moved to West Union in July 2012.

Arnold was a natural on the dance floor and would sing along with Hank Williams, Jim Reeves and his other favorite country-western artists. 

Though sometimes he had a gruff exterior, he was a true softy at heart. This was evident when he shed big tears for a winner on “Wheel of Fortune” or after hearing of a friend's hardship.

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