Guttenberg Press

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Meredith N. Moser

Meredith Nevada Moser, 100, of Guttenberg, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at Edgewood Convalescent Home in Edgewood.

Visitation was Sunday, Feb. 22, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 23, at United Methodist Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Neil Hofer.

Interment was at Bethel Cemetery, Osterdock.

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St. John's youth plan to attend national gathering in Detroit


St. John's youth held a Shrove Tuesday meal to raise funds for a summer trip. Front from left are Isaac Sweet, Mariah Balahaja; middle row, Matthew Andersen, Ben Schmelzer and Michael Andersen; back row, Emily Kraus, Carlie Hyde and Abrianna Moore. Not pictured are  Josef Von Handorf and Braydn  Harbaugh. (Photo submitted)

This summer ten young people from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Guttenberg will be attending the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Detroit.  

These local teens along with four chaperones will spend five days in Detroit at Fords Field with 40,000 other young Lutherans from around the country and world. While at the convention, they will spend one day doing volunteer work at an urban inner city setting.  

To help raise money for their trip, the group hosted a Shrove Tuesday spaghetti and pie supper at St. John’s on Feb. 17.  Thrivent  Financial assisted the youth with funds to help purchase supplies for the spaghetti supper. 

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Guttenberg Hospital Auxiliary offers free memberships


Gift shop manager and Auxiliary member Cheryl Simmons notes that GMH and CFP employees are the shop’s best customers. The Auxiliary distributes half of the profits from the gift shop to special projects that benefit the hospital and surrounding community. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The Guttenberg Municipal Hospital Auxiliary has elected to waive the $10.00 membership fee for the remainder of 2015 in hopes of recruiting some fresh new perspective into the organization. The Auxiliary supports the hospital with fundraisers including Easter baskets, uniform sales, quilt raffles, and the annual Cookie Walk during the holiday season. 

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Superintendent Nelson approved for early retirement

By Molly Moser

The Clayton Ridge School board approved the early retirement of Superintendent Allan Nelson during a special meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 17.  Members in attendance were Janice Andregg, Christine Aulwes, Mike Finnegan, Jason Reimer, John Heying, and  Dr. Jeff Hoffmann. Kathy Ihde was absent. Also in attendance were Allan Nelson, David Schlueter and Mary Seifert.

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CR school board authorizes April 7 bond referendum

By Molly Moser

During their February meeting, the Clayton Ridge School Board voted to accept a school improvement petition with 117 signatures from community members. The board has decided to hold a special election on April 7 to request the issue of up to $10 million in general obligation bonds for the purpose of renovating school buildings in Guttenberg. Public hearing dates have been set for March 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the middle school auditorium in Garnavillo and March 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the high school gym in Guttenberg. 

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Helen S. Meder

Helen Sophia Meder, 98, died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at the Guttenberg Care Center.

Visitation will be from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Guttenberg.

Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

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David L. Meade

David L. Meade, 68, Edgewood, died on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at his home surrounded by his family.

Visitation was Sunday, Feb. 15, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Edgewood, and before service at the church.

Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 16, at Trinity United Methodist Church, Edgewood, conducted by Pastor Mike Jackson.

Interment was at Edgewood Cemetery, Edgewood.

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Volunteers invited to sewing day to make Quilts of Valor

A sewing day to make Quilts of Valor will be held Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the conference room at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital. The event is sponsored by local members of the Veterans' Angel chapter of the national Quilts of Valor Foundation (QVF). 

Local volunteers are invited to help make the quilts, which are then presented to honor and thank U.S. military veterans.   

Organizers will be there starting at 9:00 a.m. until work is completed. Volunteers are welcome to come and go as their time allows. Those attending are asked to bring sewing machines and other supplies such as fabric. 

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Supervisors set budget hearing

By Pam Reinig

The tax levy for Clayton County residents will decrease for 2015-2016 under a proposed budget that will be presented at a public hearing March 9. The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the county government building, 600 Gunder Road, Elkader.

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Wopat publishes emotional narrative


The last photo of writer Kathleen (Shannon) Wopat with her late brother Stephen Shannon was taken at Fort McCoy several weeks before Shannon deployed to Iraq. From left are siblings Stephen Shannon, Jack Shannon, and Wopat. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

“Inside, the small room looked like a hospital. The walls were white, and the floor was made of concrete, and the fluorescent lights overhead made me squint. There was a long metal counter with metallic tools that I couldn’t name and everything smelled of antiseptic… This room made no effort to alter the stark reality of what we were there for: To identify a deceased human being.”

Just days before the anniversary of her older brother’s death, Guttenberg native Kathleen (Shannon) Wopat went public with a story about the experience of seeing her brother, Stephen, for the first time when his body was returned from Iraq. Wopat’s writing, titled, "May the Force be With You," was published by Story Club Magazine. 

“Growing up, my parents never denied me two things: Traveling and reading,” Wopat explained. “English was always my favorite subject in high school, and although I wanted to pursue English, I decided to study something more "practical" and applied for nursing school at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis.” She could not deny her passion, though, and after two years in nursing school she changed her major to English Writing. 

Wopat is now an Employment Specialist at Riverfront in La Crosse, managing a program assisting low income individuals with obtaining and maintaining employment. She also works with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and receives referrals from them to place individuals in community employment. “I use my writing every day, whether it be report writing, creating resumes, writing cover letters, communicating with clients, composing letters, or practicing motivational interviewing,” Wopat told The Press.

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