Obituaries

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. 

Tue
01
Sep

John Briggs

John Jason Briggs, 83, of Volga, Iowa, passed away at his residence in Volga on Thursday, August 27. He was born on September 22, 1931, at his grandma’s house in Mechanicsville, the son of George G. and Lucy L. (Ford) Briggs.

John attended country school near Lisbon and was a 1949 Lisbon High School graduate.  After school he worked at Eddy Paper in Cedar Rapids.  He also sheared sheep for local farmers and the Dubuque Packing Company.

Tue
25
Aug

David Dennler

David Paul Dennler, 62, of Elkader died on August 19, 2015, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse, WI. 

He was born August 11, 1953, in Postville, to William and Barbara (Rainey) Dennler. He grew up on the family farm near Elgin. After graduating from Valley High School in 1971, he worked for Walch Ford in Elkader. From there he went to work driving truck for the Elkader Wire. Prior to his retirement on August 3, 2015, he worked for the local Co-op through various name changes.

Tue
25
Aug

George Kuehl

George Kuehl, 70, died Thursday, August 20, 2015, at his home. He was born March 12, 1945, in Elkader to Edward Vernon and Phyllis E. (Wikan) Kuehl. George was baptized March 16, 1947, and confirmed October 30, 1960, both at Highland Lutheran Church. He attended Elkader High School; then stayed at home to help his parents with the milking and other farm chores. He was a lifetime member of Highland Lutheran Church. 

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