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Tue
03
Jul

Francis has found her ‘happy place’

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Jenni Francis, owner of a new Elkader salon called A Little Off the Top, finishes a fancy braid for client Jamie Parish.

After nearly 30 years as a stylist, Jenni Francis has found her happy place. The Northeast Iowa native recently opened a hair salon on Mulberry Street, across from the Elkader Post Office. As part of refreshing the space, she turned one wall into the story of her life’s journey covering it with sayings that represent her irrepressible optimism and an “everything will be OK” attitude. One of her favorites is a Maya Angelou quote that also serves as her professional motto: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
“I truly believe that,” Jenni said, “and part of feeling good is looking good. That’s where I come in.”

Tue
03
Jul

Christine Lerch

Christine Lerch
August 29, 1964 to June 22, 2018

Christine Ladawn Lerch, 53, of Cedar Rapids, passed away Friday, June 22, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. Through it all, she kept her faith, positive attitude, and always put her family and friends first. A visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, July 8, 2018, at New City Church, 5335 Midway Drive NW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405. A memorial service will be held there at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 9.
Christine was born August 29, 1964, the daughter of Donald and Donna (Ellis) Winn, in Tuscan, AZ. She graduated from Prairie High School in 1982, where she played softball and basketball. She continued to serve on her class reunion committee throughout the years. On May 2, 1992, she was married to Lonny Lerch in Cedar Rapids. Christine worked as a logistics manager for West Side Transport in Cedar Rapids. She was a member of New City Church in Cedar Rapids where she spent a great deal of her time volunteering.

Tue
03
Jul

Benjamin Zuercher

Benjamin Zuercher
August 31, 1932 to June 23, 2018

Benjamin Franklin Zuercher, 85, of Garber, IA, died Saturday, June 23, 2018, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital. He was born on August 31, 1932, in Arlington, the son of Louis Sr. and Gladys Zuercher.
Ben received his education from the country schools and later from the Fayette public school. On April 21, 1954, Ben was united in marriage Mildred Rose Althoff at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg. For many years, Ben farmed and drove truck in the construction industry. He was a long-time member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Garber until it closed and since has been a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Elkader. Ben enjoyed volunteering at George Meier Heritage Museum all the way up to this year. He also enjoyed fishing, gathering and shelling nuts, telling stories and jokes and spending time with family and friends. 

Tue
03
Jul

Edna Grace Thiese

Edna Grace
March 18, 1917 to June 23, 2018

Edna Grace Thiese, 101, passed away June 23, 2018 at Elkader Care Center, due to natural causes.
Edna was born March 18, 1917, near Independence, IA, the middle one of three daughters to Clarence and Lela Zimpfer. During her childhood, she moved to Oelwein, Volga, Garber, and Elkader with her parents, wherever her father could find employment, helping with farming.
Edna Zimpfer attended and graduated from the Elkader School. She attended Junior College in Elkader after winning a one year scholarship. She earned her teaching certificate after completing two years at Junior College. She found employment teaching in a country school in rural Elkader, near the home of Dorothy and Herman Thiese. She met their son, Oliver, while she was a boarder at the Thiese home. Oliver proved to be a real gentleman in helping Edna load firewood into the schoolhouse’s wood stove on cold winter mornings. He also assisted in repairing books.

Tue
03
Jul

Leslie “Les” Klink

Les Klink
August 11, 1926 to June 22, 2018

Leslie C. Klink, 91, of Elkader, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, June 22, 2018 in Elkader. A celebration of life was held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at Peace United Church of Christ, Elkader, with Rev. Jon Haack officiating. The family greeted friends from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at Peace United Church of Christ, and also one hour prior to the service at the church.

Tue
26
Jun

Elkader women honored

Marilyn Nielsen and Janice Possehl, both of Elkader, have received the Governor’s Volunteer Award for their 35 years of dedication to the Central Community Hospital’s auxiliary rummage sale. Thank you to these special women for all they have done for our hospital and our community!

 
Tue
26
Jun

Mary Ellen Cavanaugh

Mary Ellen Cavanaugh
Mary Ellen Cavanaugh September 3, 1930 to June 16, 2018

After almost nine decades of happy stewardship, Mary Ellen Cavanagh died Saturday, June 16, 2018, at her home in Lansing, Iowa. 

Tue
26
Jun

Milo Frieden

Milo Frieden
Milo Frieden February 4, 1933 to June 16, 2018

Milo W. Frieden, 85, of Prairie du Chien, WI, formerly of Elgin, IA passed away Saturday, June 16, 2018, at Great River Care Center in McGregor, Iowa. Milo William was born February 4, 1933, to William and Eliza (Moore) Frieden in Elkader, IA. He attended school in Elgin. Milo joined and proudly served in the United States Army. 

Milo was united in marriage with Marilyn DeWitte on April 28, 1954, in Arlington, Iowa.  He farmed the family farm in the Elgin area for many years. Milo also worked at the Casino in Marquette, Iowa for eleven years, retiring in 2006.

Tue
26
Jun

First auto returns to Clayton County


Dave Beck, Tom Chandler and Delbert Reimer are restoing a 1903 Crestmobile.

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Writer

 

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Tue
19
Jun

WarEagle baseball

WarEagle Nate Helle is safe at home, scoring the team’s only run in the first game of a doubleheader against North Fayette Valley. NFV took the first game 9-1. Game 2 ended in the Tigerhawks’ favor, as well. The final score was 4-0. The WarEagles faced Waukon on June 12. They lost the game, 10-3. On June 14, Clayton Ridge/Central faced New Hampton, who took the game, 5-0. They also dropped a game to MFL MarMac the following day. The final score was 9-0.

 

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