Obituaries

Wed
08
Jul

Gordon Lauer

Gordon Lauer

 

 

Gordon Arnold Lauer, 74, of West Union passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Traditions Assisted Living in West Union.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at Zion Lutheran Church in West Union with Rev. Ron Roberts officiating.

Burial followed in West Union Cemetery.

A public visitation was held from 4 pm to 7 pm on Monday, July 6, 2015 at Burnham-Wood Funeral Home in West Union.

Gordon was born in West Union on November 7, 1940 to Arnold Henry and Helen Emily (Granger) Lauer.

He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran in Hawkeye.

Gordon graduated from West Central High School in 1958. He attended Upper Iowa University and graduated in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in education. He taught school for a short time in Lowden, Iowa.

He was united in marriage to Barbara (Miner) Lauer on July 16, 1961, at Grace Lutheran Church in Fayette. 

Wed
01
Jul

Duane Meyer

Duane Meyer

 

 

Duane H. Meyer, 81, of Postville, Iowa died Friday, June 26, 2015 at Gundersen Lutheran Health Systems, La Crosse, Wisconsin.

 

Visitation will be on Thursday, July 2, 2015 from 4-7 pm at Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Postville, Iowa and one hour before services at the church on Friday.

 

Funeral Services will be at 10:30 am on Friday, July 3, 2015 at Zion Lutheran Church, Castalia, Iowa.

 

Burial will follow at Postville Cemetery, Postville, Iowa with Military Rites.

 

Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Postville, Iowa is helping the family with the arrangements.

 

 

Wed
01
Jul

Lucille Clara Fanning

Lucille Clara Fanning

 

 

Lucille Clara Fanning (nee Bodensteiner), age 98, formerly of Floral Park, NY, died peacefully June 26 at her residence in Baltimore, MD, following a long, thoroughly engaged life.

Through the 1960s and ’70s, Lucille was a substitute teacher on Long Island in the five Sewanhaka district high schools serving Floral Park and the surrounding villages. Earlier, after graduating in 1939 from Clarke College (now Clarke University) in Dubuque, Iowa, Lucille taught high-school students for two years at  the Immaculate Conception school on the Crow Creek Sioux reservation in Stephan, South Dakota.

Wed
01
Jul

Ida Mae Olson

Ida Mae Olson

 

 

Ida Mae Olson, 89, of Postville, Iowa died Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at Stoney Brook Village in West Union, Iowa. 

Ida Mae was born on September 1, 1925 to Frank and Edna (Clark) Severn in Dubuque, Iowa. 

After graduating from Postville Community School, she attended and graduated from the Finley School of Nursing in Dubuque, Iowa in 1946. 

Ida Mae married Cliff Olson on February 1, 1947 and four children were born to this union. 

Ida worked as a registered nurse at the Postville Community Hospital, the Good Samaritan Home in Postville and was the school nurse for the Postville Community Schools for many years from which she retired in 1995.

They moved in 1992 from the farm near Postville into town and later moved to Stoney Book Village in West Union in November 2010.

She was a member of the East Clermont Lutheran Church.

Wed
01
Jul

AlNathen Blue

AlNathen Blue

 

 

AlNathen (Muggs) Blue passed away on Monday, June 22, 2015 after an illness at the age of 75.

Muggs was born on April 14, 1940 to Deva Fish and Ed Blue.

He was united in marriage to LeeAnn Northrop June 19, 1965: they made their home in Waucoma, Iowa.

Muggs retired from ConAgra Foods in Fredericksburg in 2001.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, being outside, playing cards, and spending time with family and friends.

Muggs is survived by his daughter, Kim Blue, of Sumner; a grandson, Nathen Blue (Megan), and a great-granddaughter, Bella all of Sumner; one sister, Sue Howe, Jericho; and two brothers, Keith (Nancy) Blue, Cerulean, KY; and Tuffy Blue, Waucoma; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, LeeAnn in 2014, his parents, and several siblings: Edna Pascal, Waucoma; Donald Blue Sr., Fayette; and Dick Blue, Independence.

Wed
01
Jul

Clara (Halstead) Kleiman

Clara (Halstead) Kleiman

 

Clara M. (Halstead) Kleiman, 76, of Cedar Rapids passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Monday, June 22, 2015, after a long illness,

Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. Friday, June 26, at St. Jude Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids. Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at Cedar Memorial Funeral Home in Cedar Rapids.

Burial was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Clara was born the youngest of four children to Herbert and Mary (Tillman) Halstead at home in rural Fayette County on Aug. 31, 1938.

After graduating from West Union High School, she attended Iowa State Teachers College, where she received a teaching degree in 1958. She taught in Jesup and Newhall.

She married Thomas E. Kleiman on June 20, 1959. Together they had four children.

Wed
01
Jul

Ilo Mae Rau

Ilo Mae Rau

 

 

Ilo Mae Rau, 91, of Arlington, Iowa died on Sunday morning, June 28, 2015 at the Elkader Care Center in Elkader.

Funeral Service:  10:30 A.M. Thursday, July 2, 2015 at St. John Lutheran Church, Arlington with Pastor Margaret Yackel-Juleen.

Visitation:  3:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Arlington and for one hour before the service at the church on Thursday.

Interment:  Taylorsville Cemetery, Arlington, Iowa.

A Memorial Fund has been established for St. John Lutheran Church, Arlington Fire & Rescue and the Arlington Community Center.

Online obituary at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com.

Ilo Mae Johnson was born on September 15, 1923 on the family farm at rural Wadena, Iowa, the daughter of Ole Martin & Pearl (Erickson) Johnson. 

Wed
24
Jun

James Bantz

James Bantz

 

 

James W. Bantz, 79, of Westgate, died Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at his rural Westgate home.

 

Private family prayer service will be held at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner. Public visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner. Private inurnment will take place at a later date at Hope Lutheran Cemetery, rural Westgate. Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.  

 

Wed
24
Jun

Harold Crain

Harold Crain

 

 

Harold William Crain of West Union, Iowa entered his heavenly home on Friday morning June 19th 2015 at Linn Manor Care Center, Marion, Iowa with Millie by his side.

Harold was born February 9th 1931 to Lester Nelson Crain and Leta Voshell Crain. He grew up on a farm near Brainerd, Iowa. 

He worked at several gas stations in his younger years and later worked for the Elsheimers Meat Packing Plant for 3 years. He spent most of his working years at Ken’s Conoco pumping gas and fixing cars. He finished his career working for the Fayette County Road Dept. from 1975-1993.

Harold came to know the Lord February 24th, 1949 and attended the West Union Gospel Hall. 

Wed
24
Jun

Braulic Caballero

Braulic Caballero

 

 

Braulic “Cabby” Caballero, 85, of Fayette died Friday, June 19, 2015 at his home in Fayette.

Mass of Christian Burial was held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Fayette with Rev. James Brokman officiating. 

Interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Oelwein with military rites conducted by American Legion Post #339 of Fayette. 

Visitation was held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  Monday, June 22nd at Becker-Milnes Funeral home in Fayette and for one hour preceding mass at the church on Tuesday. There was a rosary recited at 4:00 p.m. and scripture service with sharing of memories at 7:00 p.m., both on Monday at the funeral home. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Office of Student Development Cabby Fund at Upper Iowa University. 

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