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Mon
18
Jan

Darlene Cummings Willadsen

 

Darlene Cummings Willadsen, 91, of Clermont, Iowa passed away Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Good Samaritan Society in West Union, Iowa. 

Darlene, the daughter of Fritz A. and Gladine T. (Mays) Nottnagel, was born Dec. 21, 1924 in Marquette, Iowa. She graduated from Marquette High School. 

Fri
15
Jan

Edward J. Laufer

 

Edward J. Laufer died on Jan. 8, at his home in Omaha, Neb. surrounded by loved ones. 

Ed was born Nov. 22, 1921, the fifth of sixth children born to John and Nellie Laufer. His birth occurred in Hettinger, N.D. where he was the first of two sons to follow four daughters. 

He is the last surviving member of his immediate family. In 2012, he was preceded in death by beloved spouse Edith, who left this world just shy of their 70th wedding anniversary. He is also preceded in death by five siblings and many other family members. 

Fri
15
Jan

Jackson Neal Baty

 

 Jackson Neal Baty, 90, of Cedar Falls, Iowa passed peacefully on Jan. 12, while attempting to recover from a broken hip. 

He was born on June 18, 1925 to Eben and Emma (Jackson) Baty in Chicago, Ill.

He will be fondly remembered as a newspaperman, educator, and encourager of others. Jackson was a cowboy at heart with a passion for learning, living, and exploring. He was a generous person who gave willingly of his time and resources to help others. He smoked a pipe for many years and was known lovingly as the “Old Puffer.”

Fri
08
Jan

Janice Le Rhea Mae (Cahalan) McGeough-Donahue

 

Janice Le Rhea Mae (Cahalan) McGeough-Donahue, 78, of Guttenberg, formerly of Waterville, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Guttenberg Care Center in Guttenberg, Iowa. Janice was born on Nov. 14, 1937 to Woodrow and Gretta (Huffman) Cahalan in rural Harpers Ferry. She attended Smoky Hallow Country School, Marquette Grade School and Waukon High School.

Mon
28
Dec

Delpha D. McCormick

 

Delpha D. McCormick, 89, of Harpers Ferry, Iowa, passed away Sunday, Dec. 20, at the Good Samaritan Center in Postville, Iowa. 

Fri
04
Dec

Loras John Kluesner

 

Loras John Kluesner, 75, of Marquette, Iowa, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, at Prairie Maison, Prairie du Chien. 

Loras John was born Aug. 2, 1940 in Farley, Iowa, to Joe and Norma (Schute) Kluesner. He graduated from MFL High School in 1958. After high school, Loras enlisted into the United States Air Force and served his country for six years. 

Wed
28
Oct

Severna A. DaVelaar

 

Severna A. DaVelaar, 98, formerly of Waterloo and Evansdale, died Saturday, Oct. 24, at Sunrise Hill Care & Rehab Center, Traer.

She was born May 20, 1917, in Ridgeway, daughter of Severn and Anna Langan Olson. She married Lester Pillard in 1936 and they later divorced. She married John W. DaVelaar on Aug. 11, 1945, in Galena, Ill.; he died March 27, 2003.

A 1934 graduate of McGregor High School, Severna and her husband owned and operated both Jax Tavern and Evansdale Furniture Store for 20 years, retiring in 1970.

Mon
19
Oct

Norma Catherine (Schoulte) Mitchell

 

Norma Catherine (Schoulte) Mitchell, 82, of Prairie du Chien, passed away on Friday, Oct. 16, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse, due to complications of a stroke. 

She was born on Sept. 22, 1933 in Farmersburg Township to Oliver and Lydia (Handke) Schoulte.

She grew up on the family farm near National and this is where she developed her life-long love of plants and birds.

Thu
24
Sep

Lois Ruth Knapp

 

Lois Ruth Knapp, 89, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Postville, died on Saturday, Sept. 19, at Stone Hill Care Center in Dubuque. 

Lois was born on May 27, 1926 to Glen and Amy Zoe (White) Tindell in Guttenberg. 

Lois was united in marriage with Donald LeRoy Knapp on June 25, 1946 at the Community Presbyterian Church in Postville. To this union a daughter, Amy Zoe Knapp, was born. 

Wed
23
Sep

Robert James Gerndt

 

Robert James Gerndt, 77, of McGregor, Iowa died Saturday, Sept. 19, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. 

Robert James was born on Aug. 17, 1938 to Harry and Helen (Trygg) Gerndt in McGregor, Iowa. He attended school in McGregor, Iowa. 

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