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Wed
28
Nov

LaNida Eberhardt

LaNida Eberhardt
October 15, 1924 to November 19, 2018

LaNida Minnie (Glawe) Eberhardt, 94, of Elkader, passed away Monday, November 19, 2018, at Central Community Hospital in Elkader. She was born October 15, 1924, at home, near Clayton Center, to Lucy (Lembke) and Lawrence Glawe. LaNida was also baptized at home on the day of her birth. Her godparents were Minnie Lembke, Lena Glawe and Elmer Glawe. She was confirmed in March of 1936, at Zion Lutheran Church, Clayton Center, by Rev. Harder from St. Paul’s in Garnavillo. LaNida attended Denmark Country School and Elkader High School, graduating with the class of 1942.

She was united in marriage to LeRoy Louis Eberhardt on November 25, 1942, at Zion Lutheran Church in Clayton Center by Rev. D.A. Flesner. Three children were born to this union. Together the couple farmed, and LaNida very much enjoyed working beside LeRoy and being a farm wife. The couple moved to town on Thanksgiving, 1985.

Wed
28
Nov

John Johnstone

John Johnstone
John Johnstone

John Johnstone passed away November 23, 2018, at Elkader Care Center after a long illness. John was known for loving photography, having a dry wit and always wearing loafers. John majored in piano at Chicago Music College in the 1940’s, where he met his first wife, Joan. John had six children and two stepchildren, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. During his younger years John enjoyed throwing parties for his work friends at A.C. Nielsen, smoking cigars, drinking martinis and correcting his children’s grammar. He is preceded in death by his second wife of 35 year, Yvonne (Swedo) Johnstone.  

His family would like to thank the exceptional nurses at Crossing Rivers Hospice, the caring and attentive staff at Elkader Care Center, the staff at Central Community Hospital during respite stays, and the friends he made at Kingston Court Assisted Living for caring and asking about him.

Per Mr. Johnstone’s wishes there will not be a service.

Tue
20
Nov

An early Thanksgiving Teamwork results in perfect meal

Central Food Service students
Central Food Service students made an early Thanksgiving meal for themselves and a few special guests.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

The holidays came early to Central School when students in Deb Walz’ Food Science class last week prepared a festive meal for themselves and a few special guests.

The menu, which was negotiated by the 21 students, included glazed ham, sour cream mashed potatoes, corn casserole, dinner rolls, salad and two kinds of pie. After determining the menu, three students walked to Wilkes to purchase the ingredients using, in part, funds from their October fundraiser.

“The students really enjoyed getting to choose the menu, as well as the recipes,” said Walz. “And, of course, they enjoyed eating the delicious food they prepared!”
And in the true spirit of Thanksgiving, they invited a few community members who were in the building for other reasons to join them.

Walz is quick to note that the meal was about more than fixing a delicious entrée and side dishes.

Tue
20
Nov

Jacob Beeh

Jacob Beeh
June 16, 1954 to November 13, 2018

Jacob Omer Beeh passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on November 13, 2018, at University of Iowa Hospital. Jake was born in Manchester, Iowa, on June 16, 1954, to Philip and Cora Nita Beeh. On September 27, 1980, he was married to his wife of 38 years, Connie Marie (Bolsinger). Together they had three sons, Joshua (Jinna), Jason and Jared (Brandie). He also had two granddaughters who adored him, Ari and Zoe.

Jake graduated from Central Community High School in 1972. He enjoyed learning and fixing things. That helped him to be able to do a variety of work.  He spent many years working hard on the farm. He was also an exceptional welder. But he was most proud of his years as an EMT. He loved being able to help people in any way.

Wed
14
Nov

Central Community Schools First enrollment increase in 20 years

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

The halls at Central are a bit more crowded this year and not just because students and staff are sharing space with construction workers. For the first time in 20-plus years, Central is able to report an increase in its student population. And though the upward tick is a modest one, Central Superintendent Nick Trenkamp sees it as a harbinger of things to come.

While it was not a major increase (+5.5 students), any increase is a positive for the long term financial outlook of the school district,” Trenkamp said. “We still have a lot of work to do but these are exciting times to be a Central Warrior!”

Central’s certified enrollment now sits at 424.1 students, up from 418.6 the year before.

Wed
14
Nov

Susan Wilke

Susan Wilke
August 26, 1956 to October 30, 2018

Susan JoAnn Wilke, 62, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Monona, Iowa, died Tuesday, October 30, 2018, surrounded by family. Susan was born August 26, 1956, to Thomas and Mary Jo (Iverson) Wilke in Decorah, Iowa. She graduated from MFL High School with the class of 1974 and attended Luther College earning her B.A. in 1978. Throughout the years, Susan was an art teacher, owned and operated five Hallmark Stores, and currently owned and operated Ink & Stamp with Sue in Galena, Illinois.

From an early age, Susan took great pride in her role as a big sister. The four siblings shared a love of their grandma’s caramel suckers and cranberry cake, and could be brought to tears laughing over Susan’s infamous Chippewa Flowage spill on water skis.

Wed
14
Nov

Mary Reece

Mary Reece
October 3, 1933 to November 4, 2018

Mrs. Mary Rae (Don) Reece of Elkader Iowa, passed away Sunday November 4th, 2018, in her home with her loving husband of 62 years and family at her side at the age of 85. Mary Rae was the only child of Raymond George Dauber and Mary Grace (Smith) Dauber of Iowa City. Mary Rae was born on October 3rd of 1933, in New Orleans, Louisiana, where her father was a teacher and coach at Tulane University. Mary Rae and her parents moved back to Iowa City in 1945. Mary Rae studied at the University of Iowa in Liberal Arts.

Mary Rae had a passion for horses and showing that she passed on to her three daughters.

Wed
14
Nov

William “Bill” Kramer

William “Bill” Kramer
May 15, 1941 to November 4, 2018

William Franklin “Bill” Kramer, 77, of Elkader, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 4, 2018, following a long battle with SCA (Spinal Cerebrum Atrophy) at the Elkader Care Center surrounded by his family. The family made the decision to donate his body to the University of Iowa Deeded Body Program.

Bill was born to Alfred and Charlotte (Dohrer) Kramer May 15, 1941, in Elkader. He was baptized and confirmed at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader. He attended Elkader Central Schools, graduating with the Class of 1959. After graduation, he worked for Commercial Wire Products in Rockford, IL. In 1963, he was instrumental in establishing another plant location in Elkader called Elkader Wire Display Company, where he became the plant foreman.

In 1964, he joined the Army National Guard serving six years and was honorably discharge in 1970.

He was united in marriage to Sandy Burgett on February 17, 1968, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elkader.

Wed
14
Nov

Dorothy Keltner

Dorothy Keltner
June 23, 1923 to November 9, 2018

Dorothy Jean Keltner, 95, of Edgewood, Iowa, passed away on Friday, November 9, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. She was born on June 23, 1923, in rural Edgewood, the daughter of Ralph Emerson and Luella Minnie (Hamlett) Pilgrim. Dorothy was raised and educated in Edgewood and graduated from Edgewood High School in 1940. She then attended Upper Iowa University in Fayette and received her teaching certificate. Dorothy taught in rural school for several years.

 
On January 23, 1943, Dorothy was united in marriage to Kenneth Appleton in Inglewood, California. One daughter, Susan, was born to this union. During WWII on October 18, 1945, Kenneth, a test pilot, was killed in an airplane accident. After Kenneth’s death, Dorothy returned to Edgewood, Iowa, to teach.

Wed
07
Nov

A salute to veterans Henry Lembke: A long voyage home

A salute to veterans Henry Lembke: A long voyage home

By Pat McTaggart
Freelance Writer

Like thousands of other Iowa boys, Northeast Iowa native Henry Lembke registered for the draft on June 5, 1917, the date that all males between the ages of 21 and 30 were required to do so. World War I was raging in Europe, with America entering into the conflict on April 6. The Army was undergoing a massive transformation from a peacetime force to a force that would be needed to confront the enemy, and that force needed men. 

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