Obituaries

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Tue
10
Jan

Joanne Cassutt

Joanne Frances Donahue Cassutt, 86, longtime resident of Elkader, passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at the Elkader Nursing Home. She was born February 2, 1930, to Mabel (Cronin) and Ernest Donahue in Marquette, Iowa. Joanne went to school in Marquette prior to moving to Elkader to work at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company. 

She married Raymond Leo Cassutt on December 12, 1956. Together they raised two children on the family farm. She was a loving wife, wonderful mother and a doting grandmother.

Tue
10
Jan

Darlene Shaffer

Darlene Shaffer, 98, Elgin, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2016, at her daughter and son-in-law’s home in rural Volga, IA.  Darlene was born on February 20, 1918, in Elgin, IA, to James and Lola (Kiple) Yearous.  

Tue
10
Jan

Roy “Roxie” Engelhardt

Roy “Roxie” Engelhardt, 86, of Cascade, died Thursday, December 29, 2016, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade. Roy “Roxie” William Engelhardt, Jr. was born on the family farm, rural St. Olaf, February 2, 1930, to Roy William and Lillian Ruth (Wold) Engelhardt Sr. Roy graduated from Central Community High School in 1948. 

Roy was united in marriage to Karen (Lindroth) Engelhardt on April 18, 1958, at Norway Lutheran Church. The couple was blessed with three daughters.

Tue
10
Jan

Norene Landsgard

Norene Henrietta Landsgard, 85 of Gunder, IA and Clermont, IA died on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at the Barthell O.E.S Home in Decorah, Iowa. Norene was born on January 29, 1931, to Ole and Nina (Loftsgard) Amundson in rural Clermont, Iowa. She was baptized on February 11, 1931, and confirmed on June 3, 1945, at West Clermont Lutheran Church. Norene graduated from Clermont High School in 1948 where she was active in choir and band and played on the women’s basketball team.  

Tue
03
Jan

Marleen Heuer

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.

Tue
20
Dec

Irving Ringdahl

Irving Clayton Ringdahl, 92, passed away peacefully on October 24, 2016 at McKee Hospital in Loveland, CO. He was born in McVille, North Dakota on March 7, 1924. The oldest of Dorothy and Henry Ringdahl’s 10 children, from an early age he was known to be hard-working, kind, patient, humble, and a gifted learner. Growing up on his family’s farm during the Great Depression, Irving always said he felt lucky because sleeping on a cot in the hall made him feel “as if I had a room all to myself.” 

Tue
20
Dec

Jon A. Burlingame

A longtime Prairie du Chien businessman, Jon A. Burlingame, 75, passed away Thursday, December 15, 2016, at the Crossing Rivers Hospital in Prairie du Chien.  He was born July 3, 1941 in Elkader, IA the son of Edward and Blanche (Bailey) Burlingame.  He married Carol Nelson on December 21, 1963 in Lincoln, NE.  Jon served in the US Air Force from 1963 until 1967.  

Jon was a talented musician who owned and operated the Main Entrance in Prairie du Chien for 27 years.  He enjoyed giving budding musicians a chance to play at his establishment.  

Tue
13
Dec

Yvonne Nelson

Yvonne Nelson, 91, of Elkader, died Sunday, December 4, 2016, at the Elkader Care Center. She was born in Ayrshire, Iowa, January 7, 1925, to Hilda (Kuehl) and Dr. William Dohrer. Yvonne was baptized at Friedens Evangelical Church in Elkader and confirmed April 2, 1939, by Rev. Paul Kitterer at the same church. Yvonne attended grade school in Ayrshire, Iowa, Elizabeth Town, Kentucky, and graduated from Elkader High School in 1942.

Tue
13
Dec

Margie Larson

Margie Nell Larson, 89, of Elkader, died Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at Central Community Hospital in Elkader. Margie Nell Esther (Schuety) Larson was born September 30, 1927, in Boardman Township, to Emil and Hilda (Lahrs) Schuety. She was baptized and confirmed at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader. Margie went to country school.

On July 8, 1948, she was united in marriage to Henry Larson Jr. at the Peace church parsonage in Elkader. Four children were born to this union.

Tue
13
Dec

Marilyn Berns

Marilyn Berns, 91, of Elkader, died Friday, December 9, 2016, at the Elkader Care Center. 

She was born April 22, 1925, in rural Elkader to Jake Martin Steen and Mahaly (Knuth) Steen-Wolters.

She graduated from Elkader High School in 1943. Marilyn was united in marriage to Carroll William Berns on May 25, 1948.   The couple was blessed with three children.  

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