Obituaries

Wed
18
Dec

Betty Halverson

 

Betty Halverson

 

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.

Wed
11
Dec

David Lien, 76

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.

Wed
11
Dec

Esther Mary Zweibohmer, 91

Esther Mary Zweibohmer, 91, Ossian, died Sunday, Dec.1, 2013, at Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, Dec. 4, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian with Monsignor Cletus Hawes as the celebrant.

Interment followed in St. Francis DeSales Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the De Sales School or the Ossian Ambulance Fund in Esther’s honor.

Schmitz - Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Ossian, assisted the family with the arrangements.

Online condolences may be left with at www.graufuneralhomes.com.

She was born on July 16, 1922 to Daniel and Evelyn (Grabau) Murray in Bonair, Iowa. Esther graduated from Crestwood High School in Cresco in 1939.

Wed
11
Dec

Dwayne L. Johnson, 72

Dwayne L. Johnson, 72, of Elgin, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at Palmer Lutheran Health Center in West Union. 

Friends may call on Friday, Dec. 13, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Leonard-Grau Funeral Home in Elgin.

Scripture services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Leonard-Grau Funeral Home in Elgin. Inurnment will be held at a later date.

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Elgin, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.graufuneralhomes.com.

Dwayne Lester, the son of Oscar R. and Thelma (Wilke) Johnson, was born April 25, 1941, at the Bakkum Hospital in Waukon. 

He attended country school in Allamakee County.  Dwayne was united in marriage with Linda Gelo on April 21, 1961, in Waukon.  To this union four sons were born, Kevin, Gregory, Brian, and Erik. 

Wed
04
Dec

Amy Monroe

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. 

Wed
04
Dec

Memorial Service set for Sunday

Memorial service set for Sunday

A memorial service for Dorothy (Potratz) Settje, 82, of Lynchburg, Va., formerly of Sumner, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at First Baptist Church in Sumner.

Dorothy’s death occurred Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home of Sumner is handling the arrangements.

Wed
04
Dec

Edgar Eck services held Saturday

Edgar Eck services held Saturday

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.

Wed
27
Nov

Rev. John J. Purtell

Rev. John J. Purtell

 

Father John Purtell, 80, of Dubuque and formerly of Sumner, died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, November 22, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sumner. 

Interment followed at Calvary Cemetery in New Hampton.

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner is assisting Father Purtell’s family.

Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.

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.

Wed
27
Nov

Robert Linderman

Robert Linderman 67, of Hawkeye, formerly of Cresco, died Friday Nov. 22, at the Grand View Care Center, in Oelwein.

Visitation will be held 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29, followed by a 11am memorial service given by Robert's half-brother Rev. Roger White at the Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner. Family interment at a later date.

Robert Harold was born on March 17, 1946, to Lillian (Opat) White and Harold F Linderman.

He was united in marriage to Betty (Marik) Linderman of Cresco on Sept. 18, 1971. They were later divorced and Robert moved to Hawkeye.

Robert was a great farmer, excellent carpenter, welder, mechanic, and artist. He worked for many farmers, and carpentered for many years. He worked for Featherlite Industries where he was a welder and also for Lifeline making ambulances in Sumner. He loved animals of all kind, to go fishing and to go hunting.

Wed
27
Nov

Ervin Senner

Services 11 a.m. Nov. 27 for Ervin Senner

Ervin W. Senner, 97, of Hawkeye, Iowa died Friday evening, November 22, 2013 at his home.

Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Hawkeye with Pastor David Nelson and Pastor Rick Senner officiating. 

Visitation: 4:00 to 7:30 P.M. Tuesday at the Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Hawkeye and after 10:00 A.M. Wednesday at the church.

Interment: Hawkeye Cemetery, Hawkeye, Iowa.

A Memorial Fund has been established in his name.

Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.

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