A memorial service for Elaine C. Johnson, 71, of Decorah, formerly of West Union, was held Friday, April 11, at Decorah Lutheran Church in Decorah. The Revs. Dave Sorenson, Bryan Robertson, and Kerry Eversole officiated.
Inurnment will be in the Lanesboro Cemetery in Lanesboro, Minn., at a future date.
Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah was in charge of arrangements.
Elaine Colleen Thompson Johnson was born October 30, 1942 to Cleo and Edna (Haakenson) Thompson in Lanesboro, Minnesota. Elaine and her cousin Joan Thompson were both baptized together at Mabel Lutheran Church, Mabel, Minnesota. Elaine attended the O’Hara Country School through the 6th grade, graduated from Lanesboro High School with the class of 1960, and Rochester Junior College in Rochester, Minnesota. She then worked as a medical secretary at the Rochester State Hospital.
Lee Ann (PeeWee) Blue passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014 after a brief illness: she was 74 years old.
LeeAnn was born at home in West Union, Iowa on February 15, 1940 to Berniece (Snyder) Northrop and Leland Northrop. She graduated from the high school in West Union, Iowa. She was united in marriage to AlNathen Blue on June 19, 1965. The couple made their home in Waucoma, Iowa. She enjoyed fishing, riding motorcycles, and spending time with family.
LeeAnn is survived by her husband, AlNathen Blue of Waucoma; her daughter, Kim Blue, of Sumner; a grandson, Nathen Blue (Megan), and a great-granddaughter, Bella all of Sumner; two brothers, Kenneth Northrop (Leslie) of Floyd; Ernie Northrop (Marty) of Sumner; two sisters, Evelyn Adams of Waucoma; and Marlys Harmening of Sumner; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Duane A. Kuhlers, 83, of Clear Lake will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 18, at Clear Lake United Methodist Church, 508 2nd Ave. N. in Clear Lake.
Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery with full military honors provided by Clear Lake VFW Post 4868.
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Ward Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St. in Clear Lake, and will continue for one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Friday.
Duane is the father of Deb (Tom) Luhman of West Union.
A complete obituary will appear in next week’s Union.
Mildred P. “Millie” Bohr, 70, Woodbury, Minnesota (formerly of Ossian, Iowa), died Friday, March 7, 2014, in St. Paul, Minn.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Ossian, with Monsignor Cletus Hawes as the celebrant.
Inurnment will follow at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Cemetery in Ossian.
Visitation will be held at 10-11 a.m. at the church on Saturday, April 12.
Online condolences may be left at www.graufuneralhomes.com.
Schmitz – Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Ossian, is in charge of arrangements.
Eleanor Marilyn, daughter of John and Frieda Vaupel Epperson, was born Aug. 31, 1932, at Vinton. She attended country school and graduated from Lincoln High School in Vinton in 1950. Later in life she attended Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapids and studied religion.
Duane Francis “Sox” O’Brien, 90, of Volga, died Thursday, April 3, 2014, at his residence in Volga. He was born June 11, 1923, in Volga to Frank Leonard and Cecile Mary (White) O’Brien. He graduated from Volga High School in 1940. Sox farmed the family farm and did carpentry work as the “O” in ET&O Construction, starting in the 1960s. He especially remembered the first house they constructed which was for Wally Oldfather in Manchester, Iowa. They were quite a crew, with Hugh Tenney and HH (Pete) Eder providing wit and commentary as the various projects progressed. In retirement, Sox and LaMae operated the O’Brien Grocery in Volga until the flood of 1999.
Clifford Eugene Saboe of Marshalltown, IA and formerly of West Union, IA died March 25, 2014 at the Iowa Veterans Home.
A graveside memorial service for Clifford will be held at the West Union cemetery on Saturday, April 5 at 11:00 a.m. for family and friends. Following the service, family will be present for visitation at the Fayette County Historical Society from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Clifford, son of Colben S. and Emma (Juvick) Saboe, was born September 4, 1923 in West Union, Iowa. He was a member of the West Union High School class of 1941. After graduation, Clifford attended college at Upper Iowa in Fayette. As part of an Army officer training program, he attended college in Spearfish, S.D. before being stationed in France, Germany, and Austria during WWII.
Jean M. Gust, 61, of Elgin died Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Elkader Care Center in Elkader, Iowa, after a long battle with cancer. Jean overcame cancer twenty-four years ago, but it returned in 2010. Jean Marie, the daughter of Robert E. and Amy (Wagner) Burgess, Jr., was born November 5, 1952 in West Union, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed at the Bethel Presbyterian Church in West Union. Jean attended the Dover School and graduated in 1970 from North High School in West Union. She was trained as a florist at the Floral Arts School in Chicago, Illinois. Jean was united in marriage with Gene Gust on August 11, 1972 at the Bethel Presbyterian Church in West Union.