Obituaries

Tue
09
Feb

Mary Bankes

Mary O. Bankes, 101, of rural Elkader, died Friday, January 29, 2016, at Central Community Hospital in Elkader. Mary was born December 20, 1914, on a farm near Mederville, to George and Hilda (Lemka) Hubbard. She attended country school and Elkader Public School. She was baptized and confirmed in 1932, by Rev. Paul Kitterer in the Evangelical and Reformed Church.

She was united in marriage to Otto N. Bankes on November 25, 1933, in Charles City. Mary and Otto were long time members of Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader, where she served as a chairperson of various committees. Mary also served as a 4-H leader for 10 years and co-leader for five more years.

Tue
09
Feb

Bonnie McHugh

Bonnie L. McHugh of Elkader died January 29, 2016, at Central Community Hospital in Elkader, leaving behind many bereaved friends and family members.  

Bonnie was born in Eldora, IA, on December 16, 1944, to Vernon and Arlene (Marken) Kinsinger. Bonnie grew up on a farm outside Grundy Center with her two sisters Judy (Charlie) Obrecht and Linda (Frank) Bennett.  She later obtained her bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Science from Iowa State University. She married Bill McHugh in 1967, and they lived and taught in Colfax before moving to Elkader where they spent the last 42 of their almost 49 years together.  

Tue
09
Feb

Keith “Joe” Radloff

Keith “Joe” Harold Radloff, 88, of Farmersburg, Iowa, died Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at Great River Care Center, McGregor, Iowa. Keith was born September 16, 1927, to Louis A. and Ruth (Matthews) Radloff in Farmersburg, Iowa. He was baptized and confirmed at the Methodist Church in Farmersburg, Iowa. Keith graduated from Farmersburg High School in 1945 and joined the United States Army in 1945, served in World War II and was honorably discharged in 1947.

Wed
03
Feb

James “Jim” Moose

James “Jim” Moose, 55, of Monona, Iowa died on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at Veteran’s Memorial Hospital in Waukon, Iowa. James Ernest was born on December 11, 1960, to Albert and Marilyn (Timmerman) Moose in Waukon. He was baptized July 16, 1961, at Pilgrim EUB Church in Monona. He was confirmed April 7, 1974, at Garden City United Methodist Church in Monona. He graduated from MFL High School in 1979. Jim was united in marriage with Lesa Reimer on September 21, 1985, at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader, Iowa. Two sons were born to this union, Jarred and Jordan.  

Wed
03
Feb

Mary Hansel

Mary Corrine Hansel, 92, of Elkport, Iowa, died on Monday, January 25, 2016, at the Guttenberg Care Center in Guttenberg, Iowa. She was born on February 10, 1923, in rural Elkport, the daughter of James and Lucy (Heitman) Phelan. Corrine was raised and educated in the Elkport area attending rural school.

Wed
03
Feb

Virginia Larson

Virginia Rose (Meisner) Larson, 88, died peacefully on January 20, 2016 in Bozeman, Montana.  Virginia was born September 16, 1928, to Oscar and Florence (Noel) Meisner on a farm near Elkader, Iowa. She was baptized at Peace Evangelical Church in Elkader.  She attended rural elementary school near her home and graduated from Elkader High School in 1946. She attended Central State College in Edmund, Oklahoma and later received her teaching certificate from Upper Iowa University. She then utilized her training to teach in a one-room schoolhouse outside of Elkader.

Wed
27
Jan

Arlene Rude

Arlene Harriet Rude, 90, of St. Olaf, died Sunday, January 17, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. Arlene was born April 27, 1925, at home in rural Ridgeway, to Hans and Anna (Haga) Engen. She grew up on a farm near Ridgeway.

As an only child, she loved playing with her cousins whenever she could and enjoyed riding her horses. 

She attended country school, transferred to Decorah and graduated from Decorah High School in 1943.

Wed
27
Jan

Eldon Severson

Eldon Lee Severson, 85, of Clermont, Iowa died Friday, January 22, 2016, at Palmer Lutheran Health Center, West Union, Iowa. Eldon was born on August 16, 1930, in Topeka, Jewel County, Kansas, to Otto and Lulu (Larson) Severson. He was baptized at his parent’s home on November 2, 1930, in Jewel County, Kansas, and confirmed on June 10, 1944 at the Norway Lutheran Church, St. Olaf, Iowa. Eldon attended rural grade school in Clayton County and graduated from Elkader High School in 1948. Eldon farmed with his dad a few years. He joined the United States Coast Guard on November 21, 1951 and was honorably discharged on November 22, 1954. He received the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Metal. When Eldon came home from the Coast Guard, he attended Iowa State University and farmed with his family.

Tue
19
Jan

Olivia “Ollie” Bruns

Olivia “Ollie” Kay Bruns, 70, of Elkader, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, January 10, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, following a sudden illness. 

Tue
19
Jan

Katherine McCormick

Katherine Marie McCormick, 100, of Elkader, passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at the Elkader Care Center. Katherine was born on August 25, 1915, in Manchester, to Arthur Sr. and Effie (Boots) Kramer.

Her early years were spent with her parents and brother, Arthur Kramer, homesteading in Colorado. The Kramer family returned to Iowa, eventually settling in Elkader. Katherine married Cecil Moyna in 1932. They raised four children, Patricia, John, Jerry and Michael. Katherine was very proud of the family business they created, C.J. Moyna and Sons, which continues to prosper today.

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