Obituaries

Wed
15
Apr

Marcella “Marcy” Lenth

 

Marcella D. “Marcy” Lenth, 83, of Prairie du Chien and formerly of Garnavillo, passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in LaCrosse, WI after a brief illness.  She was born November 28, 1931, in rural Monona, IA the daughter of Frank and Emma (Havlicek) Lestina.  She attended country school and was a graduate of Monona High School.  She married Arnold Lenth on November 21, 1957 at the First Lutheran Church in Waterloo, IA.  Together they farmed near Garnavillo where she enjoyed cooking, baking and gardening. He preceded her in death on June 2, 2009.  

Wed
15
Apr

Mathew “Matt” Karpan

 

Mathew “Matt” Karpan was born on March 21, 1944, to John Sr. and Sarah “Babe” Karpan (Laws) in Des Moines, Iowa. He entered into eternal life on March 29, 2015.  Matt was known for his ferocity of spirit and even amazed many in the medical community, with his will to fight, against impossible odds throughout his journey.  Through this experience, Matt has taught many that living with cancer requires one to live with an attitude. An attitude to never give up, no matter what the odds are.

Wed
15
Apr

Duane Engelhardt

 

Duane Henry Engelhardt, formerly of St. Olaf, died March 30, 2015, in Summit, NJ, following a long battle with cancer.

Duane was a man with a loving heart for his wife of 57 years, Norma; three sons, Mark (Laura), Kevin (Tracey) and Jeff (Diane); eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

Tue
07
Apr

Ione Dennler

Ione Dennler, 85, of Elgin, Iowa, died Monday, March 30, 2015, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota.  Borghild Ione, the daughter of William and Luella (Benson) Torkelson, was born September 21, 1929, on the family farm in Clayton County, Iowa. After Ione’s mother, Luella, passed away in 1934, she lived with her aunts and uncles until her father married Elsie Butikofer in 1938. Ione graduated from Elgin High School in 1947 and received her teacher certification from Upper Iowa College in Fayette. She taught in a country school near Volga, Iowa until she was united in marriage with Albert Lee Dennler on September 26, 1948, at the Highland Lutheran Church, rural Elkader, Iowa. Albert and Ione farmed southeast of Elgin for many years. After Albert’s death on November 30, 2010, Ione continued to live on the farm until 2013.

Tue
07
Apr

Donald Yohe

Donald Robert Yohe of Gilbert, AZ passed away March 30, 2015 in Chandler, AZ at the age of 95. Donald was born in Clayton, IA to George and Elsie Yohe.

He is survived by his children Ralph (fiancée Mia), Bernie, Aletha DeRonde (husband James), Dean (wife Nikki), and Roger (wife Karen), 19 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Mary Yohe; son, Dennis; parents George and Elsie (Luther); brothers Morrell, Eugene, Virgil (infant); sisters Phyllis Schute, Irene Freese, Marcella Yohe (infant), and Katherine Clefisch.

Tue
07
Apr

Zala Baade

Zala Pauline Schultz Baade was born December 19, 1936, on a farm near Garber. She passed away at home on April 1, 2015. Zala attended country school through eighth grade and graduated from Garnavillo High School. She was the only child of Art and Edna (Kruse) Schultz. Zala was baptized and confirmed at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Elkport. She loved music and learned to play the guitar, piano and accordion by ear. She never needed or read a note of music. She and her dad had a band called the Turkey River Rangers and entertained many people! Her love of music has been passed on to her family.

Tue
31
Mar

Mildred "Millie" Walch

 

Mildred G. “Millie” Walch, 92, of Elkader, entered into death on March 24, 2015, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque following a brief illness. Mildred was born July 19, 1922, in Elkader, to Joseph and Hildagard (Peick) Downey.

She was united in marriage to David Walch on November 13, 1944, in California. To this union, three sons were born, Michael, Jeffrey and Dennis. They made their lifelong home in Elkader. 

Tue
24
Mar

Harold “Shorty” Matt

 

Lifetime resident of the Elkader area, Harold Edward Matt, fondly known as “Shorty”, died at the age of 90 with amazing grace on March 21 at the Mercy Medical Center in West Des Moines after a battle with leukemia.  He was born November 24, 1924 in the rural St. Olaf, Iowa to Leo and Rose (Gebhart) Matt.  He attended the Garnavillo St. Joseph’s Catholic School through tenth grade school and graduated from the Garnavillo High School in 1942.  

Tue
17
Mar

Lorenz Landt

 

Lorenz Herman Landt, 88, of Luana, Iowa died Thursday, March 12, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Center, Postville, Iowa. Lorenz was born on the family farm in Luana on July 9, 1926 to Herman Henry and Alvina Anna (Mueller) Landt. He was baptized on October 27, 1926, and confirmed on March 29, 1942, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Monona, Iowa. Lorenz received his education at Luana Consolidated School.

Tue
10
Mar

Ilaverne Breitsprecher

 

Ilaverne A. Breitsprecher, 89, of Onalaska, WI and formerly of Merrill, WI, died Thursday, March 5, 2015, at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse.

She was born August 12, 1925, in Froelich, IA to Arthur and Anna (Hamann) Seeland. Ila attended and graduated from Monona High School, Monona, IA. She then attended business college in Davenport, IA, graduating with an associate’s degree.  On April 12, 1951, Ila married Lloyd Breitsprecher in Monona, IA, and they celebrated 63 years of marriage this last April. On September 9, 2014, Lloyd preceded Ila in death.  

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