Guttenberg Press

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St. Mary's student performs with DYSE


Mara Shannon was selected to play in the DSYE's fall concert series. The third grader says music is important "because you can go to orchestras and be in a concert, and it's fun!" (Photo submitted)

 

By Molly Moser

The Dubuque Symphony Youth Ensembles (DSYE) opened its 2013 – 2014 concert season at the University of Dubuque’s Heritage Center on Sunday, Nov. 17. The DSYE is comprised of three training ensembles: Dubuque Youth String Ensemble, Dubuque Youth Philharmonia, and Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Mara Shannon, age eight, was selected to play with the String Ensemble following a live audition. Mara told her violin instructor, Katie Sigwarth, that she’d like to perform with the DYSE. “My mom said, ‘Are you sure about it? Are you ready for it? You have to do lots of practicing!’ I was like, yes!” Mara told The Press. 

The String Ensemble is an introductory honors ensemble for young string players with at least one year of ensemble experience or equivalent ability. The group performs various levels of string orchestra literature from the standard middle school repertoire. 

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Swab a cheek, save a life during marrow drive Nov. 27


Help the Larsson family find a match for their son, Lukas, at Wednesday's bone marrow donor drives in Guttenberg. Lukas, 16, is pictured left, with his brother Max, 22, father Anders, mother Dena (Boardman), brother Axel, 18, and twin brother Oliver. (Photo submitted)

 

By Molly Moser

There are 12 million bone marrow donors in the national registry, but none so far have proved a match for 16-year-old Lukas Larsson, son of Anders and Dena (Boardman) Larsson.

Lukas was diagnosed with pediatric myelofibrosis, a blood disease so rare that only 50 cases have been documented worldwide. “Lukas does not have leukemia or cancer, and that’s the great news,” says mom Dena. A bone marrow transplant will cure her son, but until then, Lukas requires blood transfusions every two weeks – and probably more often as the disease progresses. 

Dena, the daughter of Rose Boardman and the late Joe Boardman, graduated from Guttenberg High School in 1978. She and her husband, Anders, met in Colorado. They got married and spent 12 years living in Sweden, where their four sons, Max (22), Axel (18), and twins Lukas and Oliver were born. Since 2002, the family has lived in Colorado. 

Before their son’s diagnosis, Dena and Anders remained blissfully uneducated on the topic of bone marrow transplants. “He’s never been sick,” says Dena. “He was born a healthy eight-pound twin, only one week early.” Since discovering Lukas’s illness, the family has accomplished something extraordinary.

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Terry Walters

 

Terry Walters, 65, of Earlville passed away Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at his home.

Visitation was Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Clifton-Murdoch Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Earlville and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Thursday, Nov. 21, at the United Parish Church in Earlville, conducted by Pastor Jill Mack. 

Burial was at the Brown Cemetery, Colesburg.

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Henry Kann Jr

 

Henry Kann Jr., 86, of Guttenberg, died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

Visitation was before services at the church.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Nov. 27, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Guttenberg, Rev. Marvin Bries officiating.

Arrangements are being handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Guttenberg.

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Eldon R. Swisher

 

Eldon R. Swisher, 88, of Garnavillo, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

Visitation was Friday, Nov. 22, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Garnavillo, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 23, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Garnavillo, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.

Interment was at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Garnavillo.

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Beverly R. Dubbels

 

Beverly Ruth (McKinney) Dubbels, 83, of Guttenberg, died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation was Tuesday, Nov. 26, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Guttenberg, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Nov. 27, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Shane Anderson.

Interment was at Cedar Memorial Cemetery in Cedar Rapids.

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Gerri L. Moser

 

Gerri Lynn Moser was born in Guttenberg on Sept. 20, 1963, to Clark and Janet Moser. She was the fourth child in a family of six, she was mother to two, and she cared deeply for her numerous four-legged companions. Gerri was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s American Lutheran Church. She graduated from Guttenberg High School with the class of 1982 and received a B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa. She lived with passion for the present, with hope for the future, and with deep love of all living things. 

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Galen Moser benefit is set for Saturday at Lakeside Ballroom


Galen Moser with great-grandson Peyton Lacy. (Photo submitted)

 

By Shelia Tomkins

A benefit for Galen Moser of Guttenberg will be held this Saturday, Nov. 23, at Lakeside Ballroom in Guttenberg.

Moser, 66, was diagnosed in September with cancer. Proceeds from the event will go toward meeting medical costs not covered by insurance and other expenses.

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Each drop in the bucket creates waves of the future


In the pool with gloves and coats are, from left, Bill Ertl, Jim Ertl, and Deb Moser, of Guttenberg Industries, Inc., presenting the first donation to The Wave of the Future. Accepting the donation are interim city manager Julie Zittergruen and recreation board member Bec Knudtson. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

‘The Wave of the Future’ fund-raising campaign for the Guttenberg Municipal Swimming Pool kicked off last week with a donation from Guttenberg Industries, Inc. A minimum of $300,000 will be required to begin refurbishment of the 40-year-old pool by the end of the next swimming season. If all goes according to plan, swimmers will be enjoying the pool’s facelift by the beginning of the 2015 season.

Burbach Aquatics of Platteville conducted two studies, one on construction of a new pool and one on refurbishing the current structure. “According to their recommendation, we have to do something now, in the next year or two, or it’s going to be too far gone to refurbish,” said Bec Knudtson, who represents the recreation board and is highly involved with pool operations. 

A new pool is estimated to cost $2-3 million. With refurbishment, the current swimming pool is expected to last 15-20 years more. 

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Zumba: Dancing for fun and fitness


Grace Heitman, left, and Brenda Leliefeld have been participating in Zumba for just over a year. They started co-teaching a high-energy class in October. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

In keeping with a trend that has swept across 140,000 locations in 185 countries, a pair of Guttenberg women have begun teaching a Zumba exercise class. Zumba fuses fitness, entertainment and culture into an exhilarating dance-fitness experience.

Grace Heitman and Brenda Leliefeld were introduced to Zumba through a class taught in Guttenberg by Melanie Gast. Gast taught for nearly a year before moving out of town. “We didn’t want to lose it, so we went to training in LaCrosse,” said Leliefeld. 

At the end of September, the dancing duo traveled across state lines to learn about writing routines, teaching good form, and basic wellness. “It was a full day of very intense training,” said Heitman. She estimated 50 to 60 students received the training that day.

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