Obituaries

Wed
21
Aug

Sister of Don Bright dies Aug. 11

 

Sister of Don Bright dies Aug. 11

Waterloo - Shirley Ann Benham, 73, of Waterloo, died Sunday, August 11 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City from complications of an intraventricular hemorrhage.

She was born April 10, 1940 in Oelwein, daughter of Harold and Phyllis Hull Bright.  She married David Patrick Benham July 25, 1961 in Moline, Ill.

Survivors include her husband, Dave; a son, Troy (Katie) Benham of Marion; two daughters, Janece Shaffer of Waterloo and Christine (Steve) Benham of Dysart; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three brothers, Dale (Rita) Bright of Waterloo, Donald (Linda) Bright of West Union and Richard (Viola Zerfus) Bright of Oelwein and a sister, Lavonne (Howard) Rolfs of Oelwein.

Preceded in death by her parents; an infant son, Tracy Benham and a brother, Robert Bright.

Wed
21
Aug

Services at 11 a.m. today at W.U. UMC

 

 

Services at 11 a.m. today at W.U. UMC

Lyle William Guenther was born on May 7th, 1935 in Eldorado, the son of Hardy and Adleen (Danks) Guenther. He graduated from North High in 1952 and retired from Interstate Power Company in 1997.

On Feb. 11 1956, he was united in marriage to Jo Ann Herschinger. He is a member of the United Methodist Church in West Union.

He loved FISHING, Iowa Hawkeye and Minnesota Viking football, mushroom hunting and traveling to see all the grandchildren.

Wed
21
Aug

Funeral Mass celebrated for Jolene (Mihm) Galligan

 

Funeral Mass celebrated for Jolene (Mihm) Galligan

Jolene Galligan, age 51, of Waverly, IA, formerly of St. Lucas, IA, died on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MN.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 17, 2013, at St. Luke's Catholic Church in St. Lucas, Iowa, with Rev. Nick March presiding. Burial was in the church cemetery. 

Friends called from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday and after 9:00a.m. on Saturday at the church.

The Schluter – Balik Funeral Home, Chekal Chapel in Fort Atkinson, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Wed
21
Aug

Jim Monroe memorial service set for Aug. 27

 

 

Jim Monroe memorial service set for Aug. 27

A memorial service for Jim Monroe will be held Aug. 27 at Zion Lutheran Church, West Union. There will be a 9:30 a.m. wake and a 10:30 a.m. service.

James “Jim” Monroe was born Feb. 9, 1926, at Castalia, Ia. He passed away Aug. 16, 2013 with his loving family around him at the age of 87 years and 6 mo. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church of Castalia. He attended country school near his home. He went to high School one yr. He drove truck and semi for Watters of Luana and other companies.

On Oct. 7, 1951 he married Marjorie Jacobson of WU. To this union 4 daughters were born, Connie, Barb, Becky and Cindy.

Wed
21
Aug

Funeral Mass held in Festina on Monday

 

Funeral Mass held in Festina on Monday

Winnifred “Freda” Einck, age 91, of Decorah, IA formerly of Festina, IA died Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at the Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah, IA.

Winnifred “Freda” Magdelene (Buchheit) Einck,was born October 12, 1921 the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Schrandt) Buchheit near Festina, Iowa. Freda attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Festina. Freda married Herbert Einck on January 29, 1946 at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Festina, IA They ran the DX Service Station in Festina for twenty eight years, passing the business on to their sons when they moved to Decorah in 1983. At that time they joined  St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Decorah. Freda enjoyed quilting, gardening and canning her produce. Freda especially enjoyed family activities with the grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Wed
21
Aug

Funeral Mass held in Festina on Monday

 

Funeral Mass held in Festina on Monday

Winnifred “Freda” Einck, age 91, of Decorah, IA formerly of Festina, IA died Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at the Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah, IA.

Winnifred “Freda” Magdelene (Buchheit) Einck,was born October 12, 1921 the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Schrandt) Buchheit near Festina, Iowa. Freda attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Festina. Freda married Herbert Einck on January 29, 1946 at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Festina, IA They ran the DX Service Station in Festina for twenty eight years, passing the business on to their sons when they moved to Decorah in 1983. At that time they joined  St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Decorah. Freda enjoyed quilting, gardening and canning her produce. Freda especially enjoyed family activities with the grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Wed
21
Aug

Services held for Clermont woman

 

 

Services held for Clermont woman

Delores Virginia Keune, 84, of Clermont, Iowa passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse, Wisconsin.   

Delores was born May 29, 1929 to Oscar and Melvina (Ness) Tovson in Decorah, Iowa.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church in Decorah.  She graduated from Decorah High School in 1949. Delores was united in marriage with Joice Keune on February 24, 1951 at the Lutheran Church in Spring Grove, Minnesota.  Eight children were born to this union. 

Wed
21
Aug

Prayer service held in Gunder for Bernard Loftsgard

 

 

Prayer service held in Gunder for Bernard Loftsgard

Bernard Gene Loftsgard, 84, of Clermont, Iowa passed away Monday, August 12, at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon, Iowa surrounded by his family.  He was born June 7, 1929, in Marion Township, Clayton County, Iowa to Gilbert and Bessie (Larson) Loftsgard.  He was baptized on August 4, 1929 and confirmed on June 27, 1943 by Rev. S.J. Strandjord at the Marion Lutheran Church in Gunder, Iowa where he was a lifetime member.  He attended Marion Township Country School  and Elgin High School.  He was raised in Gunder and lived in the area his entire life.  

Wed
14
Aug

Dick Powers of West Union dies Aug. 7

 

Dick Powers of West Union dies Aug. 7

Richard P. Powers, age 58, of West Union, IA, died on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Iowa City, IA.

Richard was born December 10, 1954 to Charles and Margaret (nee Powers) Powers in Fort Dodge, IA.  Dick graduated from St. Edmund's High School in Fort Dodge, IA in 1973.  He was currently pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in History.  He married Bess M. Stewart on June 1, 1982 in Fort Dodge, IA. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy.

Dick worked as a welder at Dura Automotive in West Union.

He attended Ryumonji Zen Monastery in Decorah, IA.  He enjoyed gardening, reading and music.  He enjoyed singing the blues.  He loved history and Civil War re-enactments.

A gathering of family and friends was held in Decorah, IA.

Wed
14
Aug

Memorial service held for Jeff Johnson, 56

 

Memorial service held for Jeff Johnson, 56

Jeff Johnson, 56, of Waucoma, Iowa died Sunday, August 4, 2013 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Memorial Service: 8:00 P.M. Thursday, August 8, 2013 at the Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Hawkeye with Pastor Irmgard Ellingson of the St. John Stapleton Church and St. Peter’s Richfield Church officiating.

Visitation: 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday at the Becker-Milnes funeral home in Hawkeye.

Inurnment: Will be at a later date.

A Memorial Fund has been established in his name.

Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com

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