Obituaries

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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.

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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.

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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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02
May

Alma Schreiner

Alma Schreiner

 

 

Former area resident Alma Irene Schreiner, 99, died on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Glenview Living Center in Shell Lake, Wis. 

No services will be held.

Skinner Funeral Home of Cumberland, Wis., is serving the family.                                                                                                                                                               

Alma was born on Oct. 1, 1918 at the family farm in rural Clayton County, Iowa to Martin and Annie (Meyer) Hanson. 

She attended and graduated from Cheery Valley County School in 1932 and Elgin High School in 1936.

Alma was united in marriage to Clayton Schreiner at the Bethel Presbyterian Church in West Union, Iowa on Aug. 17, 1940. They had one daughter, Cynthia Ann (Cindi). 

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02
May

Laura Gefaller

Laura Gefaller

 

 

Laura M. Gefaller, 67, of Hawkeye died Sunday evening, April 22, 2018, at her home in Hawkeye surrounded by her loving family following a battle with cancer.

A Celebration of Life Service was held Saturday, April 28, 2018, at St. John’s Lutheran Church-Stapleton with Rev. Wayne Ellingson officiating.  

Private family inurnment will be held at a later date. 

Memorials may be made in Laura’s name to St. John’s Lutheran Church-Stapleton.

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Hawkeye assisted Laura’s family.  

Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com

Laura Marie Lewig was born March 8, 1951, in New Hampton, the daughter of Irvin and Katherina (Mahler) Lewig. 

She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith.

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02
May

Donna Weyland

Donna Weyland

 

 

Donna M. Weyland, 85, of Wadena died Thursday evening, April 26, 2018, at her home in Wadena surrounded by her loving family.

A Memorial Mass was celebrated Monday, April 30, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Volga with Rev. John Haugen officiating. 

Interment followed at Wadena Cemetery. 

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the family for later designation. 

Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com

Donna Marie, daughter of Arthur and Nellie Mae (Cagley) Hultman, was born Oct. 3, 1932, in Fergus Falls, Minn. 

She received her education in the Fergus Falls Schools.

Donna was baptized in the Lutheran Faith and would later be confirmed in the Catholic Faith. 

Two daughters, Susan and Barbara were born to her first marriage. 

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02
May

Eleanor Torkelson

Eleanor Torkelson

 

 

Eleanor Marie Torkelson, 84, of Elgin, Iowa died Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Stoney Brook Village in West Union, Iowa.  

Eleanor was born Dec. 29, 1933 on a farm near Castalia to Elmer and Marie (Backhaus) Schutte. 

She was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church in Castalia and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Postville. 

Eleanor graduated from Postville High School in 1951. 

Upon graduation, Eleanor moved to Cedar Rapids with three very dear friends. While in Cedar Rapids she worked for Handler Motor Co. She also lived in San Francisco, California for a short time. 

While living in Cedar Rapids a young Elgin boy started to visit her. When that Elgin boy was discharged from the Army, Eleanor moved back to Elgin and married Ivan Torkelson on Oct. 24, 1954 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Postville. Three children were born to this union.

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Apr

Laura Gefaller

Laura Gefaller

 

 

Laura Gefaller, 67, of Hawkeye died Sunday evening, April 22, 2018, at her home in Hawkeye, surrounded by her loving family. 

Arrangements are pending with Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Hawkeye.

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25
Apr

Tim Burkey

Tim Burkey

 

 

Tim Burkey, 57, of Hawkeye and formerly of Maynard, Iowa died Sunday afternoon, April 15, 2018 at Unity Point – Allen Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa.

Celebration of Life Service was held Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Hawkeye Community Hall in Hawkeye with Pastor Dan Hanson officiating.

Online obituary at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com.

Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Oelwein assisted the family.

Timothy Lee Burkey was born Nov. 8, 1960 in Vinton, Iowa, the son of Marvin Keith and Janet Joyce (Rabe) Burkey.  

Marvin died when Tim was very young. His mom later married Delbert Leverington.  

In 1979, Tim graduated from West Central High School in Maynard. He then attended Luther College and Hawkeye Community College.  

On April 27, 1985, he was united in marriage with Teri Ann Moore at Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein. 

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25
Apr

Ervin Kamaus

Ervin Kamaus

 

 

Ervin Robert Kamaus, 87, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of West Union, passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. 

Services were held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 1 p.m. at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home in Cedar Rapids.

  Ervin Robert Kamaus was born on June 9, 1930, the son of Henry and Grace (Shepherd) Kamaus. 

Ervin was united in marriage to his second wife, Joyce Simmons.  

He served in the United States Army in the Korean War.  

Throughout his life, Ervin worked as a machinist, dairy farmer, logger, and owned a tavern in Cedar Rapids. 

He also enjoyed traveling all over the world with his wife, Joyce; he also enjoyed reading.

  Ervin was preceded in death by his parents, and two children in infancy.

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