Obituaries

Wed
04
Apr

Dale McFarlane

Dale McFarlane

 

 

Dale McFarlane, 68, of Waucoma died Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at Freeport Memorial Hospital in Freeport, Ill.

Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 9, at the Waucoma Event Center in Waucoma.  

A Celebration of Life will be held there at 6:30 p.m. that evening. 

Private family interment will be held at a later date.

Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home of Waucoma is entrusted with arrangements.  

Wed
04
Apr

Michael Farrell

Michael Farrell

 

 

Michael John Farrell, age 68, of Waucoma, IA died Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at his home.

A Celebration of Life will be held 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018 at the Waucoma Event Center with Rev. Kyle Digmann celebrating the service. 

Private family interment will be held at a later date.

Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at the Waucoma Event Center.  

Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home in Waucoma is entrusted with arrangements.  

Online condolences for Michael's family may be left at hugebackfuneralhome.com.

Michael John Farrell was born Dec. 12, 1949 in New Hampton, IA, the son of Lyle and Wanda (Weber) Farrell.

He graduated from Turkey Valley High School in 1968.

He married Linda Reisner on Sept. 9, 1972; to this union two sons were born.

Wed
04
Apr

Matt Andera

Matt Andera

 

 

Matt Andera, age 92, of rural Calmar, IA died on Monday, March 26, 2018 at the Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian, IA.

Wed
28
Mar

Elbert Westpfahl

Elbert Westpfahl

 

 

Elbert “Bert” Westpfahl, 83, of Hiawatha died after a courageous battle with lung cancer, surrounded by his family on Saturday, March 17, 2018. 

Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. on Friday, March 23, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, celebrated by the Rev. Phil Thompson. 

Burial: 2 p.m. on Friday, March 23, at God’s Acres Cemetery in Clermont, Iowa.

Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Survivors include his wife, Joyce; his children, Kathy (Marc) Ferguson and Tom (Kathy) Westpfahl; his grandson, Jason; great-grandson, Gage; his siblings, Richard Westpfahl, Lorraine Miller, Ruth Amundson, Betty Freeman, and a large extended family.

Bert was preceded in death by his parents, siblings and in-laws.

Bert was born July 14, 1934, in Clermont, Iowa, the son of Carl and Grace Westpfahl. 

Wed
28
Mar

Marilyn Medberry

Marilyn Medberry

 

 

Marilyn Louise (Roepke) Medberry was born on April 17, 1942 in Littleton, Iowa to Rudolph and Edna (Weitnauer) Roepke. 

At two years old the family moved to Hazleton, Iowa and Marilyn graduated from Hazleton High School in 1960. 

In her youth she enjoyed ice skating and playing with her 11 siblings. 

The summer before her senior year of high school was spent as a nurse's aide, which she really enjoyed. She decided to be a nurse and spent three months at nurse's training and as a scrub nurse at Oelwein's Mercy Hospital in1961.

In 1964 Marilyn married and later divorced Dulane Schoen and gave birth to Michael Todd and April Zoe in California. 

Marilyn married Robert Eugene "Gene" Medberry on March 24, 1974 and Amy Gene was born in 1975. Gene then adopted Mike and April in 1976. Gene's daughters Roberta and Connie visited on the weekends and a blended family was born. 

Wed
28
Mar

Laura Timm

Laura Timm

 

 

Laura Kathryn (Hutchison) Timm, 98, passed away March 21, 2018, at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 24 at Iles Dunn’s Chapel in Des Moines. Burial was at Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines. 

Arrangements were handled by Iles Funeral Home, Dunn’s Chapel, in Des Moines.

Laura was born on Aug. 30, 1919, to James and Leah (Henry) Hutchison in Fayette County, IA and grew up in Lima, IA.  After her father passed away when she was in high school, she and her mother moved into the town of Fayette, IA.

Laura graduated from Upper Iowa University with a teaching certificate and taught in a one-room schoolhouse. 

On Nov. 27, 1942 she married her high school sweetheart, Loel Clayton Timm.  They moved to Des Moines in 1948 and had lived there since.  

Laura lived in her home for 60 years up until a year ago when after a slight stroke she decided to move into Wesley Acres.

Wed
28
Mar

Gaylord Guyer

Gaylord Guyer

 

 

Gaylord Lawrence Guyer, 74, of West Union, Iowa, passed away on March 19, 2018 at Allen Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family. 

Services were held Saturday, March 24, at West Union United Methodist Church.

Inurnment will be held at a later date. 

Gaylord was born on Oct. 1, 1943, to Lawrence and Rosina Guyer. He grew up on the farm with his siblings Leona Harris, Mary Jacobsen, James Guyer, LaVanda Meyer and LaVonne Bemiss. 

He attended the Dover #5 one-room schoolhouse – the last existing schoolhouse in Iowa – and North High School in West Union, Iowa.  After high school, Gaylord earned his Lab Tech Certification at Brown Institute in Minneapolis, Minn. 

On Oct. 11, 1964, he married Patricia Carol Paulsen.  They were blessed with two children, Christopher James and Trisha Ann Davis. 

Wed
21
Mar

Lavanda Vagts

Lavanda Vagts

 

 

Lavanda Vagts, 95, of Eldorado, Iowa died Friday, March 2, 2018 at Maple Crest Manor, Fayette, Iowa.

Lavanda Angeline Olson was born April 18, 1922 to Arthur and Louise (Skaien) Olson in rural Postville, Iowa. 

She was baptized May 28, 1922 and confirmed May 17, 1936 at East Clermont Lutheran Church, Clermont, Iowa. 

Lavanda graduated from Clermont High School in 1940. 

She remained home to help care for her grandparents and worked in Clermont at Dr. Jerde’s office until 1950. She then moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa and was employed in the sales office at Quaker Oats until May 1958.

Lavanda was united in marriage with Richard Vagts on May 4, 1958 at East Clermont Lutheran Church. They moved to their home in Eldorado, where they lived their 60 years of marriage. 

Wed
14
Mar

Harold Diemer

Harold Diemer

 

 

Harold W. Diemer, 88, of Sumner and formerly of Hawkeye, died Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Community Memorial Hospital in Sumner.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at St. Peter Lutheran Church- Richfield with Rev. Wayne Ellingson officiating. 

Interment followed at Richfield Cemetery with military rites provided by Arnold-Rogers American Legion Post #312 of Hawkeye. 

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home, Sumner, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church-Richfield, Richfield Cemetery, or given to the family for later designation. 

Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com

Harold Walter Diemer, son of Rev. Herman and Marie (Arndt) Diemer, was born on Dec. 17, 1929, in Belle Fouche, S.D. 

Wed
14
Mar

Carol Brandt

Carol Brandt

 

 

Carol Margaret Brandt, 70 years old of Prairie du Chien, WI, formerly of Fairbank, IA, died Thursday, March 8, 2018, at home. 

She was born Aug. 2, 1947 in Waterloo, IA, the daughter of Norbert and Leona Meier Schares. 

She graduated from Dunkerton High School with the class of 1965. 

On May 25, 1968, she was united in marriage to Lauren Brandt at St. Francis Catholic Church – Barclay, rural Dunkerton, IA. 

Carol retired from ICBP in Independence in 2003; previous to that she worked for both the Dunkerton & Hawkeye Coop’s as a bookkeeper. 

Following her retirement she became a Winter Texan and spent many warm winters at Lemon Tree Estates in Mission, TX where she always provided a smile and a helpful hand to many friends. 

When not in Texas she spent many hours with family and friends and enjoyed following her grandchildren proudly in various activities and sports. 

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