Clayton County Register

Wed
09
Mar

Donald Robert Kann

Donald Robert Kann, age 90, of Guttenberg, died Saturday, February 27, 2016, at Guttenberg Care Center.  He was born the fifth child of Gregory and Anna (Miller) Kann, January 12, 1926, on the family farm near Guttenberg.

He attended St. Mary’s Elementary School till eighth grade.  At the age of 17 he enlisted into the US Navy during World War II, served on a destroyer escort and was honorable discharged in May of 1946.  He then worked at the John Deere Works in Dubuque for 1 year.

Tue
01
Mar

St. Patrick’s Day Festivities - Still time to get involved in parade


The late Pat Finley, far left, and Pat Keleher, far right, organized Elkader’s first St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Also pictured are Joan Wangen, Gerry Gundacker and Bob Mangen.

FreedomBank employees dressed as leprechauns for the 2015 parade.

Events for youngsters, including the coloring contest pictured above, were added by Jean Marie Hall when she took over as organizer of Elkader’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

There will be a hint of somberness to this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Elkader as the event moves forward without its remaining co-founder. Pat Keleher, who launched the parade in 1992 with his good friend, Pat Finley, died February 19 at the age of 77. 

Tue
01
Mar

LONG-AWAITED PROJECT NEARS COMPLETION

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

For the first time ever, space in the Elkader City Hall is being remodeled to meet the specific law enforcement needs of the town’s police department.

Tue
01
Mar

Annette Hird

Annette Marie Hird, 51, of Volga, died February 16, 2016, at North Hawaii Community Hospital in Waimea, Hawaii, due to complications of a near drowning accident.

Tue
01
Mar

Carson Stocks

Carson John James Stocks, 74, of Garnavillo, passed away on February 21, 2016. He was born on August 25, 1941, to Myrel and Amanda (Ihde) Stocks on the Ihde Homestead near Garnavillo where he currently resided.

After kindergarten, Carson and his parents moved to a farm near Littleport where Carson attended Littleport School and then graduated from Central of Elkader with the Class of 1961.  In 1960, Carson’s family moved back to the home farm near Garnavillo where Carson farmed with his parents.

Tue
01
Mar

Leona Fischer

Leona “Fern” Fischer, 96, of Garnavillo, died Monday, February 22, 2016, after short illness. She was born the daughter of Westly and Ella Mae (Stillinger) Palmer on April 8, 1919, on the family farm near Millville.

Fern received her education from the Hunter Country School, farmed with her family and was a homemaker for many years. 

Tue
01
Mar

Pamela Freitag

Pamela Sue (Johnson) Freitag, 54, passed away at Central Community Hospital on February 23, 2016, after battling a life-long illness. She was born in Hinsdale, Illinois, to Paul L. and Betty L. (Pust) Johnson on August 7, 1961. She was a graduate of Central Community School and attended Kirkwood Community College. On April 4, 1981 she married Dennis Freitag at Bethany Lutheran Church in Elkader.  To this union, a daughter, Ann Marie, was born.

Tue
01
Mar

Evelyn Seeley

Evelyn B. Seeley died February 26, 2016, at the Great River Care Center in McGregor, IA, after an extended illness. She was born October 15, 1933, to Alfred and Anne (Maly) Sawall in Ottumwa, IA, and adopted by Louis and Bertha (Cabalka) Blaha of Cedar Rapids, IA.  

Evelyn graduated from Wilson High School and Coe College. She and James W. Seeley were married June 2, 1957.  Evelyn was a teacher and choir director and very active in her churches. She had a passion for music, gardening, birds, and her many dogs.

Tue
01
Mar

Patrick Keleher

Patrick William Keleher, 77, passed away Friday, February 19,2016, at Central Community Hospital in Elkader.  Pat was born October 3, 1938, in Elkader, to Leo and Lucy Keleher. He remained a devoted Catholic throughout his life. Pat graduated from the Elkader High School in 1957 and started working for a local contractor.

In 1961, he married, his sweetheart, Joanne Havlicek, of Monona. That same year he went to work for Costigan Construction. After a short time they moved to the family farm where they lived for many years.  

Wed
24
Feb

On a Mission - Lee family is serving in Guatemala


Mark and Kelly Lee are pictured with their three children, Christian, Katelyn and Ethan, who is moving to Guatemala with his parents.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

Though it’s been two years since Pastor Mark Lee left Grace Evangelical Free Church for full-time mission work, his connection to the congregation and the people of Elkader is as strong as ever. In fact, they’re the biggest supporters—spiritually and financially—of his present effort. In just eight days, the people of Grace E-Free and folks from three other Elkader-area churches last year raised $20,000 to help purchase land for a church and school in Guatemala.

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