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Tue
15
Sep

JoAnn Scherf

JoAnn Alice Scherf, 70, of Harpers Ferry, Iowa died Monday, September 7, 2015 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon, Iowa. JoAnn was born on December 6, 1944 to Arthur and Lucille (Bruns) Wagner in Farmersburg, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Farmersburg, Iowa. JoAnn graduated high school from MFL in 1963.

JoAnn was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Lloyd Scherf, on December 21, 1963 at St. John Lutheran Church in Farmersburg, Iowa. Five children were born to this union. They lived in St. Olaf from 1967 until 1987, then moved to Harpers Ferry and owned and operated J & L One Stop for five years and The Harbor House for 12 years.

Tue
15
Sep

Martha Horstman

Martha Agatha Horstman, 89, of Guttenberg, IA, died Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City, IA. She was born on May 17, 1926, in rural Colesburg, IA, the daughter of Robert and Etta (Barnhart) Gull.

Tue
01
Sep

Kirk Shearer

Kirk Rockne Shearer, 69, of Elkader, went to heaven Saturday, August 22, 2015, at Hospice of Mercy in Hiawatha. A Celebration of Life service was held from 6 to 7p.m. Saturday, August 29, at Palisades-Kepler Park in Mount Vernon. Burial will take place at a later date.

 Kirk was born April 3, 1946, and is survived by his children, Ki (Erin) Shearer, Kristian (Brodie) Shearer; one grandson, Liam Shearer; sister Jacqueline (Bill) Paeth; brother, Kim (Dixie) Shearer; and many nieces and nephews.

Tue
01
Sep

Keith Thoma

Keith Thoma, 89, of Garnavillo, IA, died Thursday, August 27, 2015, at the Elkader Care Center. He was born on September 9, 1925, in Garnavillo, the son of Willis and Nettie (Schlake) Thoma. 

Tue
01
Sep

John Briggs

John Jason Briggs, 83, of Volga, Iowa, passed away at his residence in Volga on Thursday, August 27. He was born on September 22, 1931, at his grandma’s house in Mechanicsville, the son of George G. and Lucy L. (Ford) Briggs.

John attended country school near Lisbon and was a 1949 Lisbon High School graduate.  After school he worked at Eddy Paper in Cedar Rapids.  He also sheared sheep for local farmers and the Dubuque Packing Company.

Tue
25
Aug

David Dennler

David Paul Dennler, 62, of Elkader died on August 19, 2015, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse, WI. 

He was born August 11, 1953, in Postville, to William and Barbara (Rainey) Dennler. He grew up on the family farm near Elgin. After graduating from Valley High School in 1971, he worked for Walch Ford in Elkader. From there he went to work driving truck for the Elkader Wire. Prior to his retirement on August 3, 2015, he worked for the local Co-op through various name changes.

Tue
25
Aug

George Kuehl

George Kuehl, 70, died Thursday, August 20, 2015, at his home. He was born March 12, 1945, in Elkader to Edward Vernon and Phyllis E. (Wikan) Kuehl. George was baptized March 16, 1947, and confirmed October 30, 1960, both at Highland Lutheran Church. He attended Elkader High School; then stayed at home to help his parents with the milking and other farm chores. He was a lifetime member of Highland Lutheran Church. 

Tue
04
Aug

Jane Kruempel

Jane Ann Kruempel, 92, of Elgin, Iowa died Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at the Elkader Care Center, Elkader, Iowa, where she had been a resident for three years. She was born on January 28, 1923, in Highland Township, near Volga, Iowa. She was the daughter of Robert and Ruth (Duff) Scott. Jane was raised in the area and was an Arlington High School graduate.

Wed
29
Jul

Arnold Groskreutz

Arnold C. “Arnie” Groskreutz, age 88, of Mankato, MN, formerly of Wells, MN, passed away Saturday, July 18, 2015, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, MN. Funeral Services were held Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wells, officiated by Rev. Mary Iverson.  Visitation was Tuesday, July 21, 2015, from 4–7 p.m. at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells, and continue done hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Interment was at First Lutheran Cemetery in Waldorf. Military Honors were accorded by the Wells Color Guard. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home of Wells was in charge of arrangements. Please see www.brussheitner.com to leave online condolences.

Wed
29
Jul

Geraldean “Gerry” McNeal

Geraldean “Gerry” Kuehl McNeal, 87, of Elkader, died with family by her side, Saturday, July 18, 2015, at the Strawberry Point Lutheran Home. She was born December 4, 1927, in Clayton, to LeRoy and Tillie (Koehn) Harnack. Gerry graduated from Elkader High School with the Class of 1946, and then attended Elkader Junior College for two years.

Gerry was united in marriage to Merlin Arthur Kuehl on November 22, 1947. One son was born to this union. Merlin died in November 1984. She worked as office manager for Walch Ford, Dittmer Dodge and McNeal Auto, all in Elkader. On February 13, 1988, Gerry was united in marriage to Earl “Ernie” Ernest McNeal at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. 

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