Obituaries

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Robert "Glen" Medberry

Robert "Glen" Medberry

 

 

Robert “Glen” Medberry, 89, of Elgin passed away Monday, February 10, 2014 at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette, Iowa.  Robert Glen, the son of James and Agnes (Kerr) Medberry, was born September 23, 1924 at Volga, Iowa.  Glen was baptized April 12, 1936 at Illyria Church, Elgin. He graduated from Volga High School in 1943.  Glen was united in marriage with Verna Gross in 1949 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Eldorado, Iowa.  Glen and Verna farmed north of Volga, until their retirement in 1988.

Glen was a leader in land conservation, he enjoyed forestry and livestock farming, especially Shorthorn Cattle.  The Clayton County Cattlemen’s Association presented him with the 1997 Cattleman of the Year Award.  He served on the Clayton County Farm Bureau Board of Directors for several years and was a Highland Township Trustee.  Glen was an active member of the Elgin Lutheran Church.  Glen was a kind and considerate man.

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19
Feb

Leo Buchtela

Leo Buchtela

 

 

Leo James Buchtela was born on March 16, 1923, to James and Anna (Plower) Buchtela in Churchtown, Iowa.

Leo worked for Rath Packing Plant in Waterloo, Iowa and Wardell Case in Oelwein, Iowa as a mechanic. He also worked as a farm hand and did custom farm work for several years. On March 17, 1962, Leo was united in marriage to Avis Hayes Lauer at the First Presbyterian Church in Hazleton, Iowa. The couple farmed in rural Fayette for many years.

Leo passed away on Saturday, February 15, 2014, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. He loved dancing, farm sales and watching westerns on television. His prize possession were his mules and horses and he was a member of Saddle Club.

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19
Feb

Eugene Perry

Eugene Perry

 

 

Eugene Albert Perry, 86, of West Union, Iowa died Monday, February 10, 2014 at his home in West Union, Iowa. He was born on June 20, 1927 to Albert Roy and Edna (Manderfield) Perry in Castalia, Iowa. Eugene was baptized on October 7, 1946 at the United Brethren Church in Castalia, Iowa.

Eugene was united in marriage with Mary Limkemann on October 7, 1946 in Castalia, Iowa. Six children were born to this union. Mary passed away on February 16, 1983. He then married Geneva Daily on January 1, 1984. Eugene farmed until 1952, after that he delivered gas, fuel and LP from 1952-1974 and then owned Perry Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning from 1974-2002.

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12
Feb

Bertha Bark

Bertha L. Bark

 

 

Bertha L. Bark, 96, of rural Maynard, died on Sunday morning, Feb. 9, 2014, at the Palmer Lutheran Health Center at West Union.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Maynard with the Rev. James A. Adix officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the church.

Interment will be in the Long Grove Cemetery in Maynard.

A memorial fund has been established in her name.

Bertha Lillie Bachle was born on Jan. 28, 1918, at Lamont, the daughter of August and Katharine (Kerchner) Bachle. The family moved to the Maynard area in 1921. She graduated from Maynard High School in the Class of 1935. 

She was united in marriage to Floyd Oliver Bark on Aug. 8, 1943, at Maynard. She was a homemaker and also worked in professional food service at Upper Iowa University at Fayette, Iowa for 23 years, retiring in 1990. 

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12
Feb

Brenda Rodenberg

Brenda Rodenberg

 

 

Brenda Kay (Berns) Rodenberg of Hawkeye passed away suddenly in West Union, Iowa, on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at the age of 42. She was born on November 13, 1971, in Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin, to Gary Berns and Carol (Blume) Berns. She was raised in rural Elkader.

Brenda graduated from Central Community High School in 1990, and Hamilton Business College in 1991. She began working at Pattison's in Clayton, Iowa, and then moved to Norway, Iowa, where she was employed by Benton County Co-op.

In 1996, Brenda moved back to the area and began working for Pattison's in Fayette, Iowa. She then worked for Hawkeye Renewable until finally working for Innovative Ag. Brenda became a Grain Originator where she touched many lives in the agriculture world and will be greatly missed in the grain industry. She also spent many hours working and coordinating events at the Community Hall in Hawkeye.

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12
Feb

Clarence Amundson

Clarence Amundson

 

 

Clarence E. Amundson, 88, of Clermont died Sunday, February 2, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Center in West Union.  Clarence Edward, the son of Ole and Nina (Loftsgard) Amundson, was born July 29, 1925 in rural Clermont, Iowa.  He was baptized and confirmed at East Clermont Lutheran Church, rural Clermont. Clarence graduated from Clermont High School and graduated from lineman school training in Chicago, Illinois.  Clarence was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  He farmed for several years east of Clermont before becoming a lineman and manager for ACE telephone.  He retired from ACE in 1987.  Clarence was united in marriage with Johanna Anderson on September 18, 1954 at a Baptist Church in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  To this union, three children were born.

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12
Feb

Thelma Schwinefus

Thelma Schwinefus

 

 

Thelma H. Schwinefus, 91, of Ossian, Iowa passed away Monday, February 3, 2014 at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette, Iowa.  Thelma Henrietta, the daughter of Andrew and Helga (Lervold) Hilgerson, was born September 6, 1922 in rural Clermont, Iowa.  She was baptized October 1, 1922 and confirmed October 10, 1937 at Stavanger Lutheran Church, rural Ossian, Iowa.  She attended Dover School #6 and graduated from the eighth grade.  Thelma was united in marriage with Lloyd Leo Schwinefus on September 6, 1939 at the Stavanger Lutheran Church parsonage.  Thelma and Lloyd moved to the Schwinefus family farm south of Ossian, where she proudly lived for seventy-five years.  Thelma loved her morning walks to her mailbox with her cane.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

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05
Feb

Richard LeRoy Pritchard

Richard LeRoy Pritchard

 

 

Richard LeRoy Pritchard, 77, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital after fighting a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 3, at St. John Congregational Chuch in Garber. Burial followed in the Elgin Cemetery.

Leonard Funeral Home in Elkader was charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left with www.leonardfuneralhomes.com.

The son of Walter and Margaret (Monnahan) Pritchard, he was born Nov. 11, 1936, near Elgin, the fifth of 12 children to be born into this family. He attended country school in Brainard. 

For the first few years Richard worked at Hodgemann’s Construction Company, paving roads in the twin cities area.

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05
Feb

Clarence Amundson

Clarence E. Amundson

 

 

Clarence E. Amundson, 88, of Clermont died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at Good Samaritan Society – West Union.

Celebration of Life services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at East Clermont Lutheran Church, Clermont.

Visitation will be held today (Wednesday) from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at East Clermont Lutheran Church, Clermont, and for one hour before services at the church on Thursday.

Inurnment will be held at a later date at East Clermont Lutheran Church Cemetery, Clermont.

Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Clermont, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Wed
05
Feb

Patricia Schwamman

Patricia Bea (Stenzel) Schwamman

 

 

Patricia Bea (Stenzel) Schwamman, 53, of Castle Rock, Colo., passed away peacefully Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at home surrounded by family.

Patricia was born Feb. 9, 1960, to Alfred and Caroline Stenzel in Blue Earth, Minn. She grew up in Buffalo Center, Iowa, on her family’s farm. She graduated from Buffalo Center High School in 1978. After high school, she attended Iowa State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in consumer sciences.

Patricia married James Schwamman on July 2, 1983, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Buffalo Center, Iowa. For 29 years, she and James lived near St. Louis, Mo., where they raised their children, Thomas and Laura Schwamman.

Patricia was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ted and Bina Van Hove and Hugo and Ottilee Stenzel.

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