Betty J. Halverson, 79, of Elgin, Iowa died Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at her home in Elgin, Iowa. Betty Joan, the daughter of Jacob and Bertha (Tinderholt) Wander, was born December 31, 1933 on the family farm west of Clermont. She graduated from Clermont High School in 1951. After high school, Betty worked as a telephone operator in Decorah, Iowa.
Betty was united in marriage with Roy Halverson on February 21, 1954 at the West Clermont Lutheran Church in Clermont, Iowa. After Betty and Roy had their family, Betty went to work as a cook at Valley High School in Elgin, Iowa until her retirement. Betty and Roy lived on a farm south of Elgin until Roy’s death in 1987, when she moved into town.
Betty loved to cook and garden. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren and going places with her friends.
David Lien, age 76, of Decorah, died on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Decorah Lutheran Church, Decorah, with Rev. David Sorenson and Rev. Bryan Robertson presiding. Burial was in the Springfield Cemetery, rural Decorah.
Memorials may be given in memory of Dave Lien to the Winneshiek Hospice, 907 Montgomery Street, Decorah, IA 52101.
David Lowell Lien was born on July 5, 1937, the son of Carl M. and Gladys (Hogenson) Lien, on the family farm in Springfield Township. Dave was baptized and confirmed at the Springfield Lutheran Church and attended rural country school near his home.
He graduated from Calmar High School in 1956 and served in the U.S. Army in 1960. Dave was united in marriage to Patricia Juve on Sept. 25, 1971, at Decorah Lutheran Church. Together they farmed the family farm until 1999, when they rented the farm ground out.
Amy Monroe, age 38, of Decorah, died on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, at her parents’ home, near Castalia, Iowa, from a courageous battle with cancer.
A Service of Death and Resurrection was held Monday, Dec. 2, at First United Methodist Church in Decorah with Rev. John Caldwell officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Amy Monroe Memorial Fund, 1466 – 123rd Avenue, Castalia, IA 52133.
Schluter-Balik Funeral Home in Decorah assisted the family with the arrangements.
Amy Rochelle Monroe was born on Nov. 17, 1975, the daughter of Jerry and Pat (Reckward) Monroe in Decorah.
She graduated from South Winneshiek High School in 1994. She attended Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, receiving an Associate in Arts in Interior Design. Amy then went to work in the office of Iowa Turkey Products in Postville.
Edgar Velmore Eck, 76, of Elgin, Iowa formerly of Waverly, Iowa died Monday, November 25, 2013 at his home in Elgin, Iowa. He was born on February 25, 1937 to Anthony and Birdie (Phelps) Eck in Miami, Oklahoma. Tony and Birdie were later divorced and she married Curtis Bradford, Ed’s step-father. Ed attended high school in Granite City, Illinois and graduated from Miami High School in Miami, Oklahoma in 1955.
Ed enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1958 and was stationed in Korea followed by the 788th Radar Squadron in Waverly, Iowa. He was honorably discharged in 1962. On April 27, 1963, Ed was united in marriage with Marva Connor at Western Douglas Lutheran Church in Bremer County, Iowa. Two daughters were born to this union, Lacretia and Monica.
John Joseph Purtell, son of John J. Sr. and Lena Salz Purtell, was born Jan. 24, 1933, at Oelwein. He graduated from Visitation High School at Stacyville and Loras College in Dubuque.
Following military service, he taught school at Turkey Valley. He later graduated from Mount Saint Bernard Seminary in Dubuque and was ordained June 1, 1968, at St. Raphael Cathedral in Dubuque by the Most Rev. J.J. Byrne.