Obituaries

Wed
27
Jan

Arlene Rude

Arlene Harriet Rude, 90, of St. Olaf, died Sunday, January 17, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. Arlene was born April 27, 1925, at home in rural Ridgeway, to Hans and Anna (Haga) Engen. She grew up on a farm near Ridgeway.

As an only child, she loved playing with her cousins whenever she could and enjoyed riding her horses. 

She attended country school, transferred to Decorah and graduated from Decorah High School in 1943.

Wed
27
Jan

Eldon Severson

Eldon Lee Severson, 85, of Clermont, Iowa died Friday, January 22, 2016, at Palmer Lutheran Health Center, West Union, Iowa. Eldon was born on August 16, 1930, in Topeka, Jewel County, Kansas, to Otto and Lulu (Larson) Severson. He was baptized at his parent’s home on November 2, 1930, in Jewel County, Kansas, and confirmed on June 10, 1944 at the Norway Lutheran Church, St. Olaf, Iowa. Eldon attended rural grade school in Clayton County and graduated from Elkader High School in 1948. Eldon farmed with his dad a few years. He joined the United States Coast Guard on November 21, 1951 and was honorably discharged on November 22, 1954. He received the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Metal. When Eldon came home from the Coast Guard, he attended Iowa State University and farmed with his family.

Tue
19
Jan

Olivia “Ollie” Bruns

Olivia “Ollie” Kay Bruns, 70, of Elkader, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, January 10, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, following a sudden illness. 

Tue
19
Jan

Katherine McCormick

Katherine Marie McCormick, 100, of Elkader, passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at the Elkader Care Center. Katherine was born on August 25, 1915, in Manchester, to Arthur Sr. and Effie (Boots) Kramer.

Her early years were spent with her parents and brother, Arthur Kramer, homesteading in Colorado. The Kramer family returned to Iowa, eventually settling in Elkader. Katherine married Cecil Moyna in 1932. They raised four children, Patricia, John, Jerry and Michael. Katherine was very proud of the family business they created, C.J. Moyna and Sons, which continues to prosper today.

Tue
19
Jan

Wayne Baumgartner

Wayne E. Baumgartner, 84, of rural St. Olaf, died suddenly on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at his home. He was born February 27, 1931, at home on the family farm, rural West Union, to Elmer and Gladys (Olson) Baumgartner. He attended country school through the eighth grade, and then farmed with his parents for a time.

Tue
12
Jan

John Wagner

John Wagner, 74, of Elkader, passed away January 10, 2016, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque after an extended illness.

John was born June 20, 1941 and raised on a farm outside of Elkader where he enjoyed his many pets, raising cattle and crops. John also had a passion for working on machinery, especially older John Deere two-cylinder tractors. Until very recently, John still enjoyed visiting the farm where he was born and raised on his afternoon outings from the Elkader Care Center.  

Tue
05
Jan

Vincent Kraus

Vincent Valentine Kraus, 79, of Jacksonville, FL, passed away peacefully at home on December 29, 2015. 

Vince, affectionately known as “Pop,” was born to Sirus and Millie Kraus in Volga, Iowa on February 14, 1936. He served in the United States Marine Corps (Korean War) from 1953-1958, the United States Navy from 1958-1962, and the Air National Guard of Florida from 1965-1967.

Mon
04
Jan

Caroline I. Schmidt

 

Caroline I. Schmidt, 90, of Prairie du Chien passed away Thursday, Dec. 31, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

She was born July 8, 1925 in Boscobel, WI the daughter of Robert and Anna (Heller) Flansburgh. She married Vincent Schmidt on Feb. 27, 1946 at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. Together they farmed in rural Prairie du Chien. Vince preceded her in death on Sept. 24, 1972. Caroline worked out of her home babysitting and later as a nurse’s aide for the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. She was an active member of St. Gabriel’s Church. 

Tue
29
Dec

Ruth Meyers

Ruth M. Meyers, 94, of Elkader, died Sunday, December 20, 2015, at the Elkader Care Center. Ruth M. (Bauer) (Hrubes) Meyers was born on February 19, 1921, in Bismarck, North Dakota to Ralph and Clara (Uhlenhake) Bauer. She was the oldest of seven children. She attended elementary and high school in Wesley, Iowa, graduating in 1939. 

After her formal schooling she worked as a bookkeeper for her father in the implement business in Wesley, Iowa. She followed her love of music by playing piano in a local band called “Silver Moon” that played throughout North Central Iowa. Her love of music especially (polka and waltzes) continued throughout her life. 

Tue
22
Dec

Charles “Chuck” Kelly

Charles Clyde ”Chuck” Kelly, 81, of Elkader, Iowa, passed away on Monday, December 14, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. He was born on June 2, 1934, in Littleport, the son of Gaye and Lois (Morarend) Kelly. Charles attended country school near Waterville and high school in Elkader. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country from 1952 to 1956 during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1960.

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