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Tue
09
May

Aloha Franklin

Aloha C. Franklin, 91, of Marion, IA, passed away on April 28, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids. She was born in Antigo, WI, on July 11, 1925, to Fred and Fran (Fosterling) Rusch.

Aloha was united in marriage to X.L. (Frank) Franklin on August 30, 1946, in Seattle, WA. She was employed by the Linn-Mar Community Schools for 20 years.  Aloha was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection.  She was also an organ donor.

Tue
02
May

Vergean Schmidt

Vergean Mae Schmidt 83 of Farmersburg, Iowa, died Friday April 21, 2017, at the Elkader Care Center, Elkader, Iowa. Vergean M. Freitag was born April 18, 1934, in Elkader. She was the daughter of Glendor and Vera (Breitsprecher) Freitag. She received her education in Elkader, graduating from Elkader High School with the class of 1951. On September 8, 1953, she was united in marriage to Carl Schmidt at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader. 

Tue
02
May

Halverson service notice

Robert D. Halverson, 78, of Elkader, passed away Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Elkader Care Center. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader. Interment will follow at East Side Cemetery in Elkader

Leonard Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left with www.graufuneralhomes.com

Tue
25
Apr

Richard Clinton

Richard D. Clinton, 66, of Edgewood, Iowa, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. He was born on January 4, 1951, in Littleport the son of Lloyd L. and Winifred Joyce (Conner) Clinton. Richard was raised in the area and graduated from Central Community School in Elkader in 1969.

Richard served honorably in the U.S. Army from 1971 to 1973. He was united in marriage to Linda Schwietert in 1974. Together they lived in Oelwein and they divorced in 1979.  

Tue
18
Apr

Cora Koons May 7, 1931 to April 12, 2017

Cora Lou Koons, 85, of Elkader, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at Stoney Brook Village, West Union, Iowa. She was born May 7, 1931, at Fayette, to Dale and Willa (Sperry) Owen. Cora Lou was united in marriage to Julian A. Koons on July 29, 1951. Three children were born to this union.

Tue
18
Apr

Jewell Chappell June 14, 1921 to April 11, 2017

Jewell Chappell, 95, died Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at the Elkader Care Center. Jewell Janet Hulverson was born on June 14, 1921, to Lawrence and Myra (Wells) Hulverson, on a farm near Elkader. When she was nine months old the family moved to a farm west of Volga City. In 1937, they moved to Volga. She attended country school for eight years, then to high school in Volga, where she graduated with the class of 1939.

She was united in marriage to Glenn Chappell on November 9, 1939, at St. Sebald Lutheran Church, rural Strawberry Point. Five children were born to this union. Together the couple farmed.

Wed
12
Apr

Marlene Heuer June 8, 1938 to December 22, 2016

Marleen June Heuer, 78, passed away on Thursday morning, December 22, 2016, at Central Community Hospital in Elkader after a series of illnesses.

She was born on the family farm, rural Garnavillo, on June 8, 1938, to Arno and Mabel (Kelpien) Heuer.

Marlene attended county school near her home and graduated from Garnavillo High School in 1956. She lived and worked on the farm until her recent move to Elkader. For a time she worked in Monona and Guttenberg.

Wed
05
Apr

Gary White

Gary Lee White, 69, of Garnavillo, IA, died Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at the Great River Care Center in McGregor, IA. He was born on September 21, 1947, in Elkport IA, the son of Everett and Bertha White. 

Tue
28
Mar

Maurice Whitman

Maurice E. Whitman, 88, of Marion, Iowa, formerly of Clayton Center, Iowa, entered into eternal life with his Lord and Savior on Monday, March 20, 2017. Visitation was held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. Graveside Services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 27, 2017, at Clayton Center Cemetery, Clayton Center, Iowa, conducted by Reverend Bruce Hanson. 

Tue
28
Mar

Kathryn Backes

Kathryn F. (Muench) Backes went home to her savior on March 2, 2017, in Kissimmee, FL. She was born in 1945, the daughter of William and Jeanne (Jones) Muench in the small town of Elkader, IA.

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