Obituaries

Tue
05
Apr

Gwen Kennedy

Gwen Kennedy, 85, former Elkader resident, died Thursday, March 3, 2016, at Victorian Manor in Pace, Florida. She was born in Elkport, IA to Homer D and Violet E (Duwe) Beck. She was baptized in her home by Reverend Paul Kitterer in 1937 and was confirmed at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Guttenberg in 1944.  She graduated from Elkader Public School in May 1948.  In July 1969, she graduated as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) from Area 1 Voc-Tech School in Calmar, Iowa. Gwen had a passion for caring for people and worked as an aide and nurse in hospitals in Iowa (Elkader and West Union) and in West Palm Beach, FL. She retired in 1993 after 32 years of nursing.

Tue
05
Apr

Randy Rentschler

Randy Rentschler, 51, of Elkader, died Saturday, March 26, 2016, at his home in St. Olaf. He was born on September 4, 1964, in Prairie du Chien, WI, the son of Curt G. and Betty C. (Syverson) Rentschler. 

He had many loves in his life. The number one was his family, camping, snowmobiling, four wheeling—anything to do with nature, playing cards and spending time fishing at the pond.

He truly loved his four grandchildren. He had great friends, especially our camping family.  Many laughs. The bigger the campfire, the better.

Wed
30
Mar

Mary Banner death notice

Mary E. Banner, age 91 of Winder, passed away Friday, March 18, 2016. She was of the Baptist Faith. Mary was a homemaker and loved being with and doing things for her family. She is preceded in death by her parents, Otis Alvin and Caroline Orilla Gerard Allen; her husband, John David Banner; three brothers, David, Gene and Otis Allen Jr.; four sisters, Neva Banner, Dorothy Allen, Florence DeVore and Alice Vanderworf and a grandchild, Marshall Ernst.  She is survived by a son, David Banner (Kathie) of Winder; two daughters, Rosemary Ernst (Jerry) of Edgewood, IA and Sandy Bush (Mike) of Winder; 11 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive. The family will have a private service at a later date.

 
Wed
30
Mar

Randy Rentschler death notice

Randy Rentschler, 51, of Elkader, died Saturday, March 26, 2016, at his home in St. Olaf. 

There will be a visitation from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at Leonard Funeral Home in Elkader. A private family inurnment will be held at Gockel Cemetery in Glen Haven, WI.

In lieu of flowers, the family has established a memorial fund.

Wed
30
Mar

Richard “Dick” McAllen

Richard “Dick” Paul McAllen was born July 30, 1941, in Oelwein, Iowa, the son of Hugh and Eileen (Heth) McAllen. He passed away February 25, 2016, at Mercy Hospital of Franciscan Sisters in Oelwein, Iowa. He was baptized at Grace Lutheran Church, Fayette, and was confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church, Arlington. He attended Arlington Schools. Richard “Dick” was united in marriage to Maxine Margaret Belden on February 17, 1962, at the home of his grandparents, Paul and Emma Heth in Fayette.

Wed
16
Mar

John Nagle December 3, 1942 to March 10, 2016

John Joseph Nagel, 73, of Elkader, died Thursday, March 10, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Society Home in Manchester. He was born in Fort Madison, IA, to John A. and Genevieve (Dinan) Nagel. He graduated from Elkader High School in 1961. 

He was united in marriage to Kay Zittergruen on August 10, 1963, at Immanual Lutheran Church in Elkport. Two children were born to this union. Following their marriage, John worked for his dad (United Roofing) until he started with the state. John worked for the Iowa Department of Transportation for 35 years, retiring in December of 2005.  

Wed
16
Mar

Richard Hager November, 15 1951 to March 10, 2016

Richard A. Hager, 64, of Elkader, IA, formerly of Waukon, IA, died Thursday, March 10, 2016, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, WI. Visitation will be held Thursday, March 17th from 4-7 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon.

Wed
09
Mar

Ruby Mary Matt

Ruby Mary Matt, age 81, of Des Moines formerly of Garnavillo, IA, died Friday, March 4, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center West Lakes in West Des Moines, IA.  She was born on December 30, 1934, in Springdale Arkansas, the daughter of Victor and Flossie (Toy) Barron.

Wed
09
Mar

Donald Robert Kann

Donald Robert Kann, age 90, of Guttenberg, died Saturday, February 27, 2016, at Guttenberg Care Center.  He was born the fifth child of Gregory and Anna (Miller) Kann, January 12, 1926, on the family farm near Guttenberg.

He attended St. Mary’s Elementary School till eighth grade.  At the age of 17 he enlisted into the US Navy during World War II, served on a destroyer escort and was honorable discharged in May of 1946.  He then worked at the John Deere Works in Dubuque for 1 year.

Tue
01
Mar

LONG-AWAITED PROJECT NEARS COMPLETION

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

For the first time ever, space in the Elkader City Hall is being remodeled to meet the specific law enforcement needs of the town’s police department.

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