Obituaries

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Shirley Schmitt

Shirley Schmitt

 

 

Shirley Elizabeth Schmitt, 87, of Ossian, Iowa died Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Ossian Senior Hospice, Ossian, Iowa. Shirley Elizabeth was born January 9, 1931 to Theodore and Alice (Mansheim) Uhlenhake in Ossian, Iowa. She graduated from Ossian Public School, Ossian, Iowa.

Shirley was united in marriage with John Schmitt on September 19, 1949 at St. Aloysius Church, Calmar, Iowa. To this union, eight children were born. She was a loyal farm wife and loving mother. Shirley raised chickens, enjoyed cooking, canning the fruit of her labor and gardening. She loved reading and spending time with her family. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren. Shirley had served on the Ossian Public Library board, as an officer for the St. Francis de Sales Rosary Society, God’s housekeeper at the church and also helped at St. Francis de Sales School. Shirley and John lived on the family farm northeast of Ossian until moving to town in 1984.

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20
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Milo Frieden

Milo Frieden

 

 

Milo W. Frieden, 85, of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin formerly of Elgin, Iowa passed away Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Great River Care Center in McGregor, Iowa.  Milo William was born February 4, 1933 to William and Eliza (Moore) Frieden in Elkader, Iowa. He attended school in Elgin, Iowa. Milo joined and proudly served in the United States Army.

Milo was united in marriage with Marilyn DeWitte on April 28, 1954 in Arlington, Iowa.  He farmed the family farm in the Elgin area for many years. Milo also worked at the Casino in Marquette, Iowa for eleven years, retiring in 2006.

Milo is survived by his children, D. Mark Frieden of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Greg Frieden of McGregor, Iowa, Karen Harvey of Des Moines, Iowa and Mari Ellen Koehn of Monona, Iowa; six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

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20
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Marjorie Kilburn

Marjorie Kilburn

 

 

Marjorie Kilburn, 96, of West Union, Iowa, died Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at Stoney Brook Village in West Union, Iowa. 

Marjorie Lois was born Jan. 14, 1922, to Harold and Hazel (Horn) Farland in Jasper County, Iowa. 

She graduated from Newton High School in 1939 and attended Iowa State Normal School, where she earned her two-year teaching degree. She taught three years in rural Jasper County.  

For several years she was a medical receptionist in Marengo, Iowa, for Dr. Burns Byram and Dr. Robert Sauer.

Marjorie was married to Marion “Jim” Dale on May 30, 1942, in Newton, Iowa; they later divorced. 

Marjorie was then united in marriage with Norman Kilburn on Feb. 14, 1970, in West Union, Iowa. 

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20
Jun

Adalene Busch

Adalene Busch

 

 

Adalene Busch, age 85, of Festina, IA died on Friday, June 8, 2018 at the Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian, IA.

 

 

  A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by the Rev. Robert Gross on Wednesday, June 13, at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Festina. 

Interment was in the church cemetery. Casket bearers were John Bear, Alan Boess, Don Wurzer, Allen Lukas, Duane Brincks, Bruce Bonestroo.

Arrangements were handled by Schluter-Balik Funeral Home, French Chapel, in Calmar.  

Adalene Marie (Wieling) Busch was born on March 11, 1933, the daughter of Gustave Gerhardt and Mary Catherine (Schmitz) Wieling in Cresco, Iowa.  

Adalene attended school in Cresco and Lawler and then graduated from Calmar High School in 1950. 

She worked at Brueckner’s Drugstore in Calmar.  

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20
Jun

Darlene Gibbs

Darlene Gibbs

 

 

Darlene Elizabeth Gibbs, 91, of West Union, Iowa died Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette, Iowa. 

Darlene Elizabeth was born on July 20, 1926 to Fritz and Amanda (Grafenburg) Vagts. 

She graduated from West Union High School in 1944.

Darlene received her teaching certificate and taught at many country schools, including Eldorado, then worked as a secretary to the bank president at First National Bank, West Union.

Darlene was united in marriage with Arnold Gibbs on April 22, 1951 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Eldorado, Iowa. To this union five children were born. 

Together they started farming near Strawberry Point, then later east of West Union. Darlene helped Arnold with the farm work and enjoyed cooking and baking, gardening and canning the vegetables from her garden. 

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Ilene Rosauer

Ilene Rosauer

 

 

Ilene Ann  Rosauer, 56, of Cedar Falls died at her home Friday, June 15, 2018.  

She was born July 26, 1961 in Waterloo, the daughter of Elmer C. and Nancy J. (Pape) Heller. 

Ilene married Allan M. Rosauer on Aug. 7, 1993 in Waterloo. 

She graduated from Waterloo West High School and was a cook for Mama Nick’s in Waterloo for many years.

She loved her kitties and her dogs, Mikey and Buddy. 

Ilene is survived by her husband, Allan M. Rosauer, of Cedar Falls; her mother, Nancy Heller, of Clermont; three brothers, Mike (Mary) Heller of Clermont, Pat (Kayla Stevenson) Heller of Cedar Rapids, Tim Heller of Clermont; and many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her father.  

Services were held Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home in Cedar Falls.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Cedar Bend Humane Society.

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13
Jun

Marcy Alcorn

Marcy Alcorn

 

 

Marcia “Marcy” Alcorn, 86, of West Union, Iowa died Thursday, June 7, 2018 at the Good Samaritan Society in West Union.  

Marcia Rose, the daughter of James and Dora (Lynn) Willsey, was born Sept. 17, 1931 in Burrough, Saskatchewan, Canada.  

She graduated from West Union High School and attended Iowa State Teachers College for two years.  

Marcy was united in marriage with Rollyn Colberg on March 16, 1951. Two sons, Kim and Kent, were born to this union. Rollyn passed away on Oct. 19, 1954. 

Marcy was then united in marriage with Lavern Alcorn on Dec. 30, 1955. Vern passed away on July 25, 2015.  

Marcy worked as a secretary for the North Fayette Elementary School Principal and the Athletic Director for several years. She then worked for PIL in West Union until her retirement.

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13
Jun

Kenneth Kuennen

Kenneth Kuennen

 

 

Kenneth Kuennen, age 89, of Decorah, IA, died on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at his home in Decorah, IA.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by the Rev. Kyle Digmann on Friday, June 8, at St. Luke Catholic Church in St. Lucas.

Interment was in the church cemetery. Military rites were conducted by the St. Lucas American Legion Post, Turkey River VFW, and the U.S. Army.

Casket bearers were Wayne Smith, Marianne Huinker, Ken Bodensteiner, Joel Smith, Clair Blong, and Daniel Kuennen. Honorary casket bearers were Tim Kuennen and James Schneberger.

Arrangements were handled by Schluter-Balik Funeral Home in Decorah.

Kenneth Clair Kuennen was born on Oct. 13, 1928 in St. Lucas, Iowa, to Albert and Philomena (Minnie) Schneberger Kuennen. 

He was baptized in his faith by Father Paul Kirchhoff, assistant pastor at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in St. Lucas.  

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13
Jun

Alvina Bodensteiner

Alvina Bodensteiner

 

 

Alvina Katherine Bodensteiner, age 97, of Rapid City, N.D., formerly of Waucoma, Iowa died Oct. 10, 2017 at the Rapid City Hospice House.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 14, 2018 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Waucoma, Iowa with burial in St. Mary's Cemetery, Waucoma. 

Honorary urnbearers are Alvina’s grandchildren Steve, Luke, Nathan, Bert, Carl, Matt Bodensteiner, Sheryl Batt, Megan Archer and Andrea Tripolino, and great-grandchildren Bergen, Gage, Thea, Julia, Sydney, Ashtyn, Aubrey, Ellery, Lindemn, Eli, Izzy, Amelia Bodensteiner, Towsend and Johanna Batt, and Jack Archer. 

Friends may greet the family from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. at the church Thursday morning. A luncheon will follow at the Waucoma Event Center.

Services are entrusted to Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home in Waucoma. 

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06
Jun

Lucille Boyer

Lucille Boyer

 

 

Lucille Anna Boyer, 94, of West Union, Iowa died Sunday, May 27, 2018 at Stoney Brook Assisted Living Center in West Union, Iowa.   

Lucille was born April 19, 1924 to John and Mary (Schmitt) Wurzer on the family farm near St. Lucas, Iowa. Lucille joined a sister, Leona and a brother, Edmund, where she helped with milking, feeding chickens, and gardening.  

She fondly shared stories about walking 3 miles to St. Luke’s School in St. Lucas, Iowa where she graduated from eighth grade.  

As a lifelong member of St. Luke Catholic Church and Rosary Society, Lucille faithfully practiced and shared her Catholic faith with her family and those around her. Recent years found her watching daily Mass on TV.    

Lucille was united in marriage with Joseph John Boyer on Jan. 27, 1953, after which they purchased and moved to a farm near the Turkey River in rural Hawkeye, Iowa.   

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