Obituaries

Tue
20
Oct

Opal Wright

Opal Neoma Wright, 101, of Strawberry Point, died Friday, October 9, 2015, at Central Community Hospital in Elkader. She was born July 31, 1914, in rural Elkport, to Frank and Maggie (Noggle) Ortmann. Opal received her education in the Elkport School.

She was united in marriage to Donald Resor in September, 1931.  Later, she married Clarence Wright.

Opal enjoyed crafting, gardening, reading and exercising. She worked at Goodrich in Strawberry Point for several years.

Tue
13
Oct

Michael Roach

CMS (Retired) Michael J. Roach, 84, of Elkader, died Saturday, October 3, 2015, at his home. He was born June 10, 1931, in Elkader, to Leo M. and Julia (Quinn) Roach and grew up in rural Elkader. Mike received his education at the rural school where his mother taught and later went to St. Joseph Catholic School, graduating with the class of 1949. As a youth he was active in the Worthwhile 4-H Club and baseball and high school basketball. He attended college for 2½ years. He served in the Iowa National Guard for 1½ years before he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1952, where he proudly served his country for more than 28 years. He served two tours of duty in Japan and two tours in Korea along with many other bases throughout the years.

Tue
13
Oct

Jeanette Schuety

Jeannette L. Schuety, 86, of Elkader, died Monday, October 5, 2015, at Central Community Hospital in Elkader. She was born April 16, 1929, in Elkader, to Oscar and Evelyn (Olson) Possehl. Jeannette attended Elkader schools.

She was united in marriage to Aden Hanson in 1946, at Friedens Evangelical Church in Elkader. Three children were born to this union. They later divorced. Jeannette was united in marriage to Ronald Schuety in 1970, at the Ankeny Christian Church.

Tue
13
Oct

Steven Glawe

Steven Chris Glawe, 59, of Elkader, died Sunday, October 4, 2015, at his home in Elkader. He was born July 21, 1956, in Prairie du Chien, WI, to Bernelle and Wilma (Scherf) Glawe.  Steve was baptized September 25, 1956, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Garnavillo and confirmed October 12, 1973, at Norway Lutheran Church, rural St. Olaf.

Tue
06
Oct

Dawn Lange

Dawn Delite Lange, 54, of Edgewood, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. She was born on July 22, 1961, in Elkader, the daughter of Valdean and Patricia (Kuehl) Lange. Dawn was raised and educated in the area, and was a 1979 Central Community High School graduate.

After graduation Dawn worked for the Elkader Care Center for 20-plus years, many as a CNA.  She also worked as a bartender at various local bars and restaurants, and drove the van for Northern Iowa Community Action. On December 1, 1984, Dawn was united in marriage to Richard Clinton. They later divorced.

Wed
30
Sep

Norma Jean Nelson

Norma Jean (Lamphier) Nelson was born in her family home on February 12, 1937, to Willis and Nellie (Landis) Lamphier. Norma grew up in Elkader attending school and graduating from Elkader High School. She married Eugene Troester on June 29, 1955, at the First Congregational Church in Elkader. Four children were born to this union. They later divorced. 

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. 

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