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Obituaries

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16
Aug

Richard “Dick” A. Owings

Richard “Dick” Allen Owings, 75, passed away Aug. 10, 2023, due to complications of Myelodysplastic Syndrome, an auto-immune disease affecting the bone marrow. 

Visitation was Wednesday, Aug. 16, at Morris Funeral Home in Guttenberg.

A private funeral service was held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Guttenberg. Burial was in the Guttenberg City Cemetery.

Wed
09
Aug

Gerald “Jerry” Ostrander

Gerald “Jerry” Ostrander, 75, of Prairie du Chien, Wis., passed away Thursday, Aug. 3, 2023, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wis.

Visitation was Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Prairie du Chien, Wis., and before services at the church.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Aug. 9, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Prairie du Chien, Wis., conducted by Rev. Hillary Burns-Kite and Rev. Miranda Kostaboer.

Wed
02
Aug

Elmer Schumann

Elmer Schumann, 83, of Dyersville passed away Friday, July 28, 2023, at his home surrounded by his loved ones.

Visitation was Tuesday, Aug. 1, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville and before services at the funeral home.

Funeral services were Wednesday, August 2, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, conducted by Rev. Chris Podhajsky.

Wed
02
Aug

Joann Mesenbring

Joann Mesenbring of Camarillo, Calif. passed away peacefully on Monday, June 19, 2023, surrounded by family. 

Cremation rites will be accorded, and a memorial celebration will be held on Aug. 26, 2023, at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church in Newbury Park, Calif. at 1 p.m.  

Interment will be at the Guttenberg City Cemetery in Guttenberg.

Wed
02
Aug

Cyril G. Elsinger

Cyril G. Elsinger, 87, of Dubuque, died Monday, July 24, 2023, at Oak Park Place in Dubuque.

Visitation was Friday, July 28, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Crematory.

Funeral services were Saturday, July 29, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rickardsville, conducted by Father Tyler Raymond.

Wed
26
Jul

Floyd H. Westhoff

Floyd Herman Westhoff, 88, passed away on July 21, 2023, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester surrounded by family.

Funeral services were Tuesday, July 25, at St. Mary’s Church in Guttenberg. Visitation was before services at the church.

Burial was at the Guttenberg St. Mary’s Cemetery. 

Wed
12
Jul

Sage L. Witham

Sage L. Witham, 17, of Solon passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2023, at MercyOne Hospital in Des Moines.

Visitation was Sunday, July 9, at Morris Funeral Home in Guttenberg and before services at the church.

Funeral services were Monday, July 10, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Guttenberg, conducted by Pastor Michael Ashman.

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05
Jul

James “Jim” M. Torson

James “Jim” M. Torson, 85, of Colesburg, passed away June 26, 2023, at home surrounded by his loved ones.

Visitation was Friday, June 30, at St. Patrick’s Parish Center, and before services at the church. 

Funeral services were Saturday, July 1, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Colesburg, conducted by Rev. John Haugen.

Wed
28
Jun

June V. Freilinger

June “Junebug” Violet Freilinger, 93, of Monona, died Friday, June 16, 2023, at Ossian Senior Hospice, Ossian.

Visitation was Wednesday, June 21, at Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Monona, and before services at the church

Funeral services were Thursday, June 22, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Monona, conducted by Rev. Martin Coolidge.

Wed
28
Jun

Autumn Hall

Autumn was born on Jan. 21, 1972, in Independence. She, her parents (Skip and Marcia Hall), and her brother (Michael Horn) would remain in Independence until 1979. The family then relocated to Guttenberg, where they lived on “the Island.”

Autumn graduated from Guttenberg High School in 1990. She went on to attend Hamilton Business College in Cedar Rapids, where she received a degree in Business Administration. Autumn then returned to Guttenberg where she worked mainly in the food industry. She was married to Josh Usher in 1995 until 2005. They had one daughter (Bailee Usher) in 1996.

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