Clayton County Register

Tue
28
Apr

Roslyn Lembke

Roslyn Lembke, 95, passed away Monday, April 20, 2015, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.  Roslyn was born January 28, 1920, in Farmersburg Township, daughter of Arthur and Hilma (Schmidt) Ihde. She was baptized and confirmed at Clayton Center. She went to Hope and Mecklenberg school.

She was united in marriage to Lester Lembke on May 9, 1939. The couple farmed Lester’s home place, moving to Elkader in 1994.  One daughter, Geraldine, was born to this union.

Tue
28
Apr

George “Bud” Witte

George F. “Bud” Witte, 91, of Garnavillo, passed away on Monday, April 20, 2015, at the Guttenberg Care Center.  Bud was born December 19, 1923, to Harvey Witte Sr. and Florence (Tieden) Witte, in Elkader. He was united in marriage to Bernadine Moser on April 22, 1951. She passed away March 23, 2003. Bud was a longtime farmer in the Garnavillo area, and a wonderful son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was an avid fisherman, a member of the “Dead Lake Five” Canadian Fishing group, the Elkader Golf and Country Club and Peace United Church of Christ (UCC) in Elkader.

Tue
28
Apr

Betty Engelhardt

Betty Pauline Livingston Engelhardt, 88, of Elkader, passed away with God’s grace, on Monday, April 20, 2015. Betty was born to Russell and Vergie (Wilson) Livingston on November 29, 1926, in rural Highland Township.

Betty married Allen Engelhardt on February 24, 1945. Three children were born to this union, Marsha, Mark and Joyce. Betty lived in Elkader for over 50 years.

Tue
28
Apr

William “Bill” Koehn

William Henry “Bill” Koehn Jr., 89, of Elkader, passed away Thursday, April 23, 2015, at his residence. He was born October 26, 1925, in Communia to Rose (Behrens) and William Koehn. On February 8, 1958, he was united in marriage to Sharon Leete at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader.

Bill served honorably in the United States Navy during World War II. He worked for Water Tower Paint and repair for 20 years in Clear Lake, IA. He also worked for the State DOT for 20 years prior to retirement.

Bill enjoyed fishing, coon hunting, gardening and telling stories.

Tue
21
Apr

What’s cookin’? Three area cooks find creative outlets


Marjorie Finley, far right, teaches a cooking class attended by Madonna Hosch, Alice Reimer and Florence Gifford. She also writes an entertaining and informative food blog.

Jane Augustyn, Picket Fence Cafe in Guttenberg, is renowned for her pies.

Jeramey Burns, owner of Old School Catering, St. Olaf, gets ready to fire up his grill as he begins work on a catering order. He is one of several area people who are finding creative ways to use their cooking talents.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

Three area cooks—Marjorie Finley, Jane Augustyn and Jeramy Burns—have found distinctive and different ways to express their culinary creativity.

Tue
21
Apr

Deputy Leaving

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

There will soon be a new deputy sheriff in town.

Clayton County Deputy Sheriff Michael Aschinger has resigned his position effective April 25.  He and his family, which includes his wife, April, and their children Autumn, 5, Bria, 3, and James, 1, are moving to Utah. Aschinger will continue his law enforcement career there.

Tue
21
Apr

Maria Piorkowski

Maria  Grabarz Piorkowski, 100, of Elkader, died Saturday, April 11, 2015, at the Elkader Care Center in Elkader. She was born March 1, 1915, in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, the third of six children to Peter and Alazia (Vilimek) Grabarz.

Maria married Stanislaw Piorkowski on February 3, 1949, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Elkader. They made their home in Elkader where they raised four children. Maria loved to garden, growing delicious tomatoes to share with family and friends. She spent many hours tending to the flowers planted around her house and she enjoyed putting together puzzles. She was a wonderful cook; her pierogi was a favorite of everyone that tasted them.

Wed
15
Apr

School start date. New law: No classes before August 23

 

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

The school start date debate is over.

Governor Terry Branstad signed a bill Friday afternoon setting August 23 as the earliest date that school can start in Iowa. Branstad described the bill as a compromise that will resolve the issue for the long term.

Wed
15
Apr

MEET FATHER ALBERT HOCK

 

By Jean Marie Hall

Freelance Writer

 

When I was first asked to do a story on Pastor Albert L. Hock, I thought it would be a fun and easy story to do. On a notepad I wrote inane questions like “when did you become a pastor? Where? Name some of the places to which you’ve been assigned. What was the funniest incident you can recall as a preacher?”

Wed
15
Apr

Russell Wenger

 

Russell Wayne Wenger, 90, of Elkader, Iowa formerly of Elgin, Iowa died Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at Central Community Hospital, Elkader, Iowa. Russell was born July 22, 1924, to Charles and Marjorie (Cook) Wenger in Elgin, Iowa, and was baptized at Elgin Methodist Church on September 9, 1934. He graduated from Elgin High School.  In 1943, Russell enlisted in the Navy where he served his country honorably until 1946.

Russell was united in marriage to Avis Mork on December 29, 1951, at Washington Prairie Lutheran Church in Decorah, Iowa. To this union, three children were born, Steven, Craig and Paul. 

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