Clayton County Register

Tue
04
Aug

Jane Kruempel

Jane Ann Kruempel, 92, of Elgin, Iowa died Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at the Elkader Care Center, Elkader, Iowa, where she had been a resident for three years. She was born on January 28, 1923, in Highland Township, near Volga, Iowa. She was the daughter of Robert and Ruth (Duff) Scott. Jane was raised in the area and was an Arlington High School graduate.

Wed
29
Jul

Cold Cases, Woman focused on unsolved murders


Jody Ewing receives dozens of letters about murder cases.

Mike Kilen

Des Moines Register

She was writing book reviews for a Sioux City newspaper, which even 10 years ago wasn’t considered eye-grabbing material for the masses. An editor asked her to take on a series of cold cases — unsolved murders — the kind you see on TV shows. People love that stuff.

Wed
29
Jul

SAYING GOODBYE


In a symbolic passing of the torch, Ruth Hilgerson gives a shepherd’s hook to Jeff Krambeer. Ruth is the outgoing director at Shepherd of the Hills; Jeff is taking her place.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

Nobody has to tell Jeff Krambeer that he has big shoes to fill. The Luana man is taking over as director of Shepherd of the Hills (SOH), a position that’s been held for a dozen years by Ruth Hilgerson. Ruth has been the agency’s leader since 2003 and during that time the petite wife, mother and grandmother has earned a larger-than-life reputation as a tireless crusader for people in need.

Wed
29
Jul

Arnold Groskreutz

Arnold C. “Arnie” Groskreutz, age 88, of Mankato, MN, formerly of Wells, MN, passed away Saturday, July 18, 2015, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, MN. Funeral Services were held Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wells, officiated by Rev. Mary Iverson.  Visitation was Tuesday, July 21, 2015, from 4–7 p.m. at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells, and continue done hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Interment was at First Lutheran Cemetery in Waldorf. Military Honors were accorded by the Wells Color Guard. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home of Wells was in charge of arrangements. Please see www.brussheitner.com to leave online condolences.

Wed
29
Jul

Geraldean “Gerry” McNeal

Geraldean “Gerry” Kuehl McNeal, 87, of Elkader, died with family by her side, Saturday, July 18, 2015, at the Strawberry Point Lutheran Home. She was born December 4, 1927, in Clayton, to LeRoy and Tillie (Koehn) Harnack. Gerry graduated from Elkader High School with the Class of 1946, and then attended Elkader Junior College for two years.

Gerry was united in marriage to Merlin Arthur Kuehl on November 22, 1947. One son was born to this union. Merlin died in November 1984. She worked as office manager for Walch Ford, Dittmer Dodge and McNeal Auto, all in Elkader. On February 13, 1988, Gerry was united in marriage to Earl “Ernie” Ernest McNeal at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. 

Wed
29
Jul

Harlan Reimer

Harlan William Reimer was born on January 14, 1923, in Elkader, Iowa, to Henry J. and Lucy A. (Mueller) Reimer. He graduated from Elkader High School in 1942.
Harlan enlisted in the United States Army in April 1943 and served in Europe during World War II as a member of the 247th Combat Engineer Battalion. He was honorably discharged in October 1945. 
After the war, he attended the University of Dubuque and then Elkader Junior College, where he graduated in May 1948. He then attended and graduated from Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa, with a Bachelor of Science degree, in 1949. 

Tue
21
Jul

Africa bound, Project creating international ties

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

Though nearly a dozen people were hard at work in St. Joseph’s Hall on a recent Wednesday afternoon, the only sounds breaking the silence were the soft whirr of two sewing machines and the gentle hiss of a steam iron. The group—three adults and a handful of youth—were intently (and quietly) focused on their tasks: ironing, cutting and stitching together fabric to make drawstring bags for youngsters living 8,000 miles away in eastern Africa.

Tue
21
Jul

COMMITTEE NEEDS MEMBERS

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

When the sun sets next Sunday on the final event of Sweet Corn Days, members of the planning committee will breathe a sigh of relief knowing that they’ve done their best to make Elkader’s annual festival a memorable event.

Tue
21
Jul

Neil Meyer

Neil Elmer Meyer, 84, of Monona, Iowa, died Thursday, July 16, 2015, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. He was born on May 29, 1931, in Postville, Iowa, to Eldo and Beatrice (Backhaus) Meyer. He graduated from Elkader High School in 1949.

On March 14, 1953, Neil was united in marriage to Virginia Eilers in Dubuque, Iowa, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church with Reverend Swarbrick officiating. To this union five children were born. He was a devoted husband and father.  

Tue
21
Jul

John “JD” Daley

John “JD” Daley, 59, of Lino Lakes, MN, formerly of Elkader, IA, passed away suddenly on July 15, 2015.  He was an amazing man and the love of Suzie’s life.  He dedicated many enjoyable years to the petroleum industry. 

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