Obituaries

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Tue
26
May

Gerald Nesteby

Gerald Nesteby, 92, our father, father-in-law, grandpa, great-grandpa, oil man, bus driver and a member of the Elkader Country Club Seniors Foursome left us in peace Monday, May 18, 2015, at the Veterans Hospital in Iowa City.

Gerald was born September 22, 1922, in Decorah, and he was most proud of being a World War II veteran, serving in the United States Army in the Aleutian Islands. He was a member of the VFW and had a special trip with other servicemen to Washington, D.C. on a 2011 Honor Flight.

Tue
19
May

Mary Ellen Horstman

Mary Ellen (Jones) Horstman, 86, of Guttenberg, Iowa, passed away Sunday, May 10, 2015, at the Guttenberg Care Center in Guttenberg.  Mary Ellen was born July 6, 1928, in Lima, Iowa, the daughter of Lloyd and Edith Mae (Homewood) Jones and stepfather William Jones. Her childhood years were spent in Wadena and Elkport. Mary Ellen was baptized at Wadena and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Elkport. She attended the Elkport School.

On July 10, 1946, Mary Ellen married Alvin G. Horstman at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Elkport. From this union five children were born.

Tue
12
May

Mary Peterman

Mary Rosellen (Murray) Peterman, 86, of Elkader, went to be with her Lord on May 4, 2015.  Mary was born on September 15, 1928, in Clermont, Iowa, to Thomas and Madge (Cline) Murray. She attended school in Wadena, Iowa. Mary married Forrest (Pete) Peterman on November 27, 1944, in Elkader, Iowa. To this union four children were born. Mary and Forrest celebrated over 56 years of marriage.

Wed
06
May

Dennis Hamann

Dennis Milton Hamann, 68, of Garnavillo, IA was born the son of Milton F. and Wilma (Witte) Hamann on June 14, 1946, in Postville, IA. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Farmersburg, IA. Following graduation from Garnavillo High School, Dennis served his country in the United States Army, where he received his A.A. degree in music. After being honorably discharged from the Army, Dennis married Beverly Behrend at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Guttenberg, IA on July 20, 1968, a union that was blessed with two children. Dennis farmed for over 50 years but continued helping his neighbors with farm work after he retired.

Wed
06
May

Elizabeth Wagner

Elizabeth Ann Wagner, 68, of Elkader passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at Central Community Hospital in Elkader. She was born February 21, 1947, in Owatonna, MN, to Charles Robert and Virginia (Swenson) Harris. Following high school, she attended a Truck Driving School. She was a NE Iowa Transit bus driver for five years.

She was united in marriage to David Wagner on June 18, 2004.

Elizabeth loved flowers, gardening and her pond in the backyard. She also enjoyed fishing, golfing, cooking and especially spending time with family.

Tue
28
Apr

Roslyn Lembke

Roslyn Lembke, 95, passed away Monday, April 20, 2015, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.  Roslyn was born January 28, 1920, in Farmersburg Township, daughter of Arthur and Hilma (Schmidt) Ihde. She was baptized and confirmed at Clayton Center. She went to Hope and Mecklenberg school.

She was united in marriage to Lester Lembke on May 9, 1939. The couple farmed Lester’s home place, moving to Elkader in 1994.  One daughter, Geraldine, was born to this union.

Tue
28
Apr

George “Bud” Witte

George F. “Bud” Witte, 91, of Garnavillo, passed away on Monday, April 20, 2015, at the Guttenberg Care Center.  Bud was born December 19, 1923, to Harvey Witte Sr. and Florence (Tieden) Witte, in Elkader. He was united in marriage to Bernadine Moser on April 22, 1951. She passed away March 23, 2003. Bud was a longtime farmer in the Garnavillo area, and a wonderful son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was an avid fisherman, a member of the “Dead Lake Five” Canadian Fishing group, the Elkader Golf and Country Club and Peace United Church of Christ (UCC) in Elkader.

Tue
28
Apr

Betty Engelhardt

Betty Pauline Livingston Engelhardt, 88, of Elkader, passed away with God’s grace, on Monday, April 20, 2015. Betty was born to Russell and Vergie (Wilson) Livingston on November 29, 1926, in rural Highland Township.

Betty married Allen Engelhardt on February 24, 1945. Three children were born to this union, Marsha, Mark and Joyce. Betty lived in Elkader for over 50 years.

Tue
28
Apr

William “Bill” Koehn

William Henry “Bill” Koehn Jr., 89, of Elkader, passed away Thursday, April 23, 2015, at his residence. He was born October 26, 1925, in Communia to Rose (Behrens) and William Koehn. On February 8, 1958, he was united in marriage to Sharon Leete at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader.

Bill served honorably in the United States Navy during World War II. He worked for Water Tower Paint and repair for 20 years in Clear Lake, IA. He also worked for the State DOT for 20 years prior to retirement.

Bill enjoyed fishing, coon hunting, gardening and telling stories.

Tue
21
Apr

Maria Piorkowski

Maria  Grabarz Piorkowski, 100, of Elkader, died Saturday, April 11, 2015, at the Elkader Care Center in Elkader. She was born March 1, 1915, in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, the third of six children to Peter and Alazia (Vilimek) Grabarz.

Maria married Stanislaw Piorkowski on February 3, 1949, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Elkader. They made their home in Elkader where they raised four children. Maria loved to garden, growing delicious tomatoes to share with family and friends. She spent many hours tending to the flowers planted around her house and she enjoyed putting together puzzles. She was a wonderful cook; her pierogi was a favorite of everyone that tasted them.

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