Obituaries

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Tue
29
Nov

Mervin Larson

Although he looked forward to “triple digits,” Mervin Harold Larson, 94, of rural Gunder, died Saturday, November 19, 2016, at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union, Iowa. He was born March 30, 1922, in Highland Township, Clayton County, Iowa, to Adolph and Anna Marie “Mary” (Johnson) Larson. Mervin was baptized and confirmed at Highland Lutheran Church, rural Elkader where in 1900 his great grandfather was a founding member.

Wed
23
Nov

Karen Walch

Karen Rae Ann (Kammerer) “Ruby” Walch, 70, of Elkader, Iowa, entered into heaven peacefully in her home early Sunday morning November 13, 2016, after a short battle with cancer. Karen, or lovingly known to her friends and family as “Ruby” was the first born child to Raymond and Bernadine (Ashelin) Kammerer of Winona, MN. She was born October 9, 1946, in Winona.

Wed
23
Nov

Emily Schmidt

Emily C. Schmidt passed away peacefully on November 11, 2016. Emily was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Gertrude Caroline (Mott) Phillips and Harold Thomas Phillips on June 22, 1929. In her early years the family moved to Baxter, Iowa, where Harold was a pharmacist and then moved to Davenport, Iowa ,when Harold took jobs as a pharmacist with Walgreen’s and Rexall Drugs. Some of Emily’s longest, strongest and dearest friendships were formed from her years growing up in Davenport.  

Fri
18
Nov

Florene Ellen Klostboer

Florene Ellen Klosterboer, 92, of Decorah, Iowa died November 8, 2016 at the Aase Haugen Nursing Home. She was a resident there since 2005. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 19th at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Decorah with a visitation the evening before from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church. Her remains will be laid to rest at Phelps Cemetery in Decorah. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church or Lutheran Services in Iowa.

Wed
02
Nov

Joann Hoth

Joann Alice Hoth, 85, of Elkader, died Thursday, October 20, 2016, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital. She was born April 20, 1931, in Luana, to Glen and Emma (Huckstadt) Walter. Joann graduated from Farmersburg High School in 1950.

She was united in marriage to Dwane Hoth in 1950, in Farmersburg. One son was born to this union.

Joann and Dwane were in the trucking business for many years. She then farmed with her husband for 25 years.

Wed
26
Oct

Harold Kuntz

Harold August Kuntz, 91, of St. Olaf, Iowa, died Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at the Elkader Care Center, Elkader, Iowa. Harold was born on February 28, 1925, in Ridgeway, Iowa to Walter F Kuntz and Augusta M (Vatthauer) Kuntz. He grew up an active farm boy on the family farm near Ridgeway. He graduated from Ridgeway High School. 

Wed
26
Oct

Mildred Kelly-Posten

Mildred “Mikki” Kelly-Posten, age 82, of LaCrosse, formerly of Bloomington, died Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at Brookdale Assisted Living in LaCrosse.  

Mildred was born on September 15, 1934, in St. Olaf, IA, the daughter of Alvin and Mabel (Hackert) Klinkenberg.  She graduated from St. Olaf School in 1951.  

Mildred married Lyle Posten in July 1966 at the Prairie du Chien United Methodist Church.  Lyle preceded her in death in 2006. She was united in married to Keith Kelly in 2008.

Wed
19
Oct

Anna Marie Butikofer

Anna Marie Butikofer, 80, of Elgin, Iowa passed away Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society in Postville, Iowa. Anna Marie, the daughter of Azel and Norma Augusta (Warner) Pratt, was born November 1, 1935, at her home near Elkader, Iowa. Ann graduated from Central High School in Elkader.  Prior to her marriage, Ann worked as a switchboard operator for the Elkader Telephone Office.  

Wed
19
Oct

Loraine Possehl

Loraine Possehl, 90, of Elkader, died Sunday, October 9, 2016, at the Elkader Care Center. She was born January 28, 1926, to Gerhardt and Mabel (Harnack) Renken in rural Postville.

Loraine was united in marriage to Henry Louis “Red” Possehl on June 19, 1944, in Elkader. Two sons were born to this union.

She enjoyed auctions, antiques, crossword puzzles, card playing and bingo. Loraine was a bookkeeper for Leonard Auction Company for a number of years; then worked as a cook at Central Community School before retiring.

Tue
11
Oct

Anita Schmelzer

   Anita Rose Schmelzer, age 89, of Garnavillo, IA, died Thursday, October 6, 2016, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital. She was born on July 10, 1927 in Garber, the daughter of Amadeus and Viola (Matt) Berns. 

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