Clayton County Register

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Preserving an historic building


Tom Klingman enters through newly installed doors at the Volga City Opera House. Most of the exterior work on the historic structure has been finished.

Renovators will now concentrate on the building’s interior, destroyed by a leaky roof.

Mother Nature has not been kind to the Volga City Opera House. Several feet of water gushed into the basement of the stately brick building in 1999, when a devastating flood swept through the town. Two years later, the roof began to leak, eventually causing as much damage to the main floor as the flood caused in the basement. The wood floor, once polished to a mirror-like finish, was stained and spotted. The custom-styled tin ceiling was falling away in chunks. The windows and doors now longer fit tightly enough to keep out the elements. The interior had a damp and lifeless smell.

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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.  

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Karen Wright

 

Karen Wright, 74, of Monona, formerly of Clayton Center, died Sunday, August 11, 2013, at the Guttenberg Care Center. She was born June 19, 1939, in rural Farmersburg, to Lester and Esther (Kliefoth) Kurth. Karen graduated from Luana High School with the Class of 1957.

She was united in marriage to John Clifford (Jack) Wright on December 12, 1958 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Garnavillo. Eight children were born to this union.

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Kenneth W. Miller

 

Kenneth W. Miller, 84, of New Hampton, IA died on Friday, August 2, 2013, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, IA.

A memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton with Pastor Kevin Frey officiating. 

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John Joseph Walsh

 

Rev. John Joseph Walsh, 83 of Dubuque, died Tuesday, August 13, 2013, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, IA following a short illness. Services held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 19, at All Saints Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids, by Archbishop Michael Jackels. Burial was at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cedar Rapids. A rosary was recited at 9 a.m. on Monday followed by a visitation at 9:30 a.m. at the church. 

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Duane Charles Delbert Lamker

 

Duane Charles Delbert Lamker, 84, of Monona, Iowa, died Thursday, August 15, 2013 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon, Iowa. He was born on March 10, 1929, to Alvin and Cora (Breitsprecher) Lamker in Monona, Iowa. Duane was baptized on March 31, 1929, and confirmed on March 10, 1943, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monona, Iowa. He graduated from Monona High School.

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John LuVern Palas

 

John LuVern Palas, 59, of rural St. Olaf, died Thursday, August 15, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. He was born on July 18, 1954, in McGregor, to John and Elvera (Marmann) Palas. He graduated from Central High School, Elkader.

On June 19, 1976, he was united in marriage to Christine Heimann at Zion Lutheran Church in Clayton Center. Three children were born to this union.

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First-time visitors from Tanzania accompany Father Paul Fagan

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The first stop in the United States for Sister Anna Nchama and Iluuminata Mashalla, along with Father Paul, was a thrilling view from the 96th floor of the John Hancock Building in Chicago.
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This is the future Operating Suites building at Songambele Health Center. (Submitted photos)

The impossible dream of visiting the United States has come true for Sister Anna Nchama, IHSA (Immaculate Heart Sisters of Africa) and Illuminata Mashalla, who were accompanied by Father Paul Fagan who has worked in Tanzania for the past 53 years.  Their arrival in the United States began in Chicago where Fr. Paul’s cousin Bob met them at the airport and then took them to the John Hancock Building for an amazing ride 96 floors straight up. What a great place for them to get their first view of an American City. Fr. Paul who has designed and built more than 50 buildings in his parishes was equally fascinated by this and other extraordinary architectural designs and construction.

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Verdeen Waterman

 

Verdeen Emil Charles Waterman, 79, of Elkader, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 10, at the Regional Medical Center in Manchester, Iowa.   

Verdeen was born November 4, 1933 to Martin F. and Pearl M. (Maier) Waterman in Elk Township, Iowa. He graduated from Littleport High School in 1953. He was united in marriage to Loretta Pugh on January 23, 1955, in Rockford, Iowa. To this union five children were born. 

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A look at facade project

More than a dozen local property owners and residents got their first look at the complete Elkader façade project during a public meeting last week at Elkader City Hall. Sixteen properties are participating. Nearly $489,000 in exterior improvements will be made. Seventy percent of the cost (more than $343,000) will be covered by a state grant. The remaining amount (about $145,396) will be the responsibility of individual property owners.

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