Obituaries

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01
Mar

Leona Fischer

Leona “Fern” Fischer, 96, of Garnavillo, died Monday, February 22, 2016, after short illness. She was born the daughter of Westly and Ella Mae (Stillinger) Palmer on April 8, 1919, on the family farm near Millville.

Fern received her education from the Hunter Country School, farmed with her family and was a homemaker for many years. 

Tue
01
Mar

Pamela Freitag

Pamela Sue (Johnson) Freitag, 54, passed away at Central Community Hospital on February 23, 2016, after battling a life-long illness. She was born in Hinsdale, Illinois, to Paul L. and Betty L. (Pust) Johnson on August 7, 1961. She was a graduate of Central Community School and attended Kirkwood Community College. On April 4, 1981 she married Dennis Freitag at Bethany Lutheran Church in Elkader.  To this union, a daughter, Ann Marie, was born.

Tue
01
Mar

Evelyn Seeley

Evelyn B. Seeley died February 26, 2016, at the Great River Care Center in McGregor, IA, after an extended illness. She was born October 15, 1933, to Alfred and Anne (Maly) Sawall in Ottumwa, IA, and adopted by Louis and Bertha (Cabalka) Blaha of Cedar Rapids, IA.  

Evelyn graduated from Wilson High School and Coe College. She and James W. Seeley were married June 2, 1957.  Evelyn was a teacher and choir director and very active in her churches. She had a passion for music, gardening, birds, and her many dogs.

Tue
01
Mar

Patrick Keleher

Patrick William Keleher, 77, passed away Friday, February 19,2016, at Central Community Hospital in Elkader.  Pat was born October 3, 1938, in Elkader, to Leo and Lucy Keleher. He remained a devoted Catholic throughout his life. Pat graduated from the Elkader High School in 1957 and started working for a local contractor.

In 1961, he married, his sweetheart, Joanne Havlicek, of Monona. That same year he went to work for Costigan Construction. After a short time they moved to the family farm where they lived for many years.  

Wed
24
Feb

Milo Heins

Milo Frederick Heins, 78, of Dallas Center and formerly of Postville, passed away Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at Spurgeon Manor in Dallas Center, IA. A Memorial Visitation will be held from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 16, at Iles-Brandt Chapel in Dallas Center. Memorial services will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Postville, IA on Saturday, February 27, 2016, with visitation at 10 a.m. followed by the service at 11. Inurnment will follow immediately at Postville Cemetery. Following the inurnment, there will be a luncheon at the Church. 

Wed
24
Feb

Juneaver McNichols

Juneaver Wilhelmina McNichols, 98, Farmersburg, Iowa, died Friday, February 12, 2016, at the Elkader Care Center, Elkader, Iowa. Juneaver was born March 6, 1917, in Farmersburg, Iowa, the oldest of four children to George and Laura (Reinke) Radloff. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Farmersburg and was a lifelong member there. Juneaver graduated from Farmersburg High School in 1935 and received a degree in business from Wartburg College in Waverly in 1938. She was an accomplished pianist, studying under Professor Heist. She worked three years at Lutheran Mutual Life Insurance in Waverly before moving to San Diego, California, and worked in the office of Solar Aircraft. It was in San Diego that she met a young Marine on leave.

Tue
16
Feb

Louis Eberhardt

Louis Eberhardt, 54, passed away Sunday, February 7, 2016, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital, Guttenberg, IA. Louis “Louie” William Eberhardt was born on August 16, 1961, in Prairie du Chein, WI, the second of four children to LuVern and Lucille Eberhardt. Louie spent his entire life in the Elkader area. He was baptized at Zion in Clayton Center and confirmed at Peace Church in Elkader. He loved the land, the farm and, raising beef cattle. He preferred older tractors which he enjoyed working on and the history behind them. Louie also enjoyed informational programs, reading and learning about (world) war history and watching westerns or old time TV shows.   

Tue
16
Feb

Kathryn Furman

Kathryn Ann (Kotek) Fuhrman, 88, of Volga, Iowa, died Saturday, February 6, 2016, at Gundersen Medical Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She was born on July 25, 1927, in Independence, Iowa, to Benjamin and Ruth (Pierce) Kotek. She graduated from Lamont High School in 1945, and from St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing in Rochester, Minnesota in 1948. Kathryn was a member of the Army Nurse Corp.

On November 20, 1948, Kathryn was united in marriage to Clarence Fuhrman in Lamont, Iowa, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. To this union two children were born.

Tue
09
Feb

Mary Bankes

Mary O. Bankes, 101, of rural Elkader, died Friday, January 29, 2016, at Central Community Hospital in Elkader. Mary was born December 20, 1914, on a farm near Mederville, to George and Hilda (Lemka) Hubbard. She attended country school and Elkader Public School. She was baptized and confirmed in 1932, by Rev. Paul Kitterer in the Evangelical and Reformed Church.

She was united in marriage to Otto N. Bankes on November 25, 1933, in Charles City. Mary and Otto were long time members of Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader, where she served as a chairperson of various committees. Mary also served as a 4-H leader for 10 years and co-leader for five more years.

Tue
09
Feb

Bonnie McHugh

Bonnie L. McHugh of Elkader died January 29, 2016, at Central Community Hospital in Elkader, leaving behind many bereaved friends and family members.  

Bonnie was born in Eldora, IA, on December 16, 1944, to Vernon and Arlene (Marken) Kinsinger. Bonnie grew up on a farm outside Grundy Center with her two sisters Judy (Charlie) Obrecht and Linda (Frank) Bennett.  She later obtained her bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Science from Iowa State University. She married Bill McHugh in 1967, and they lived and taught in Colfax before moving to Elkader where they spent the last 42 of their almost 49 years together.  

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