Obituaries

Tue
30
Jul

Keith Johnson

Keith Johnson

 

In Loving Memory of a great husband, father and friend to all.

 

Keith Merton Johnson, 80, was born October 4, 1938 at home in Allamakee County, to Oscar and Selma Johnson, and died at his home in Elgin surrounded by his family on July 28, 2019, after a long, painful battle with colon cancer. Keith had been actively involved in the Volunteer Fire Department, Town Council and his true love of farming and animals.  Over Keith’s career, he worked at Hellum Produce, the Elgin Creamery, AMPI, Wadena Cheese Factory, farming, and started Keith Johnson Trucking in 1984 and retired in 2004. After retirement, Keith helped the Wettleson family with their farming operations.

Keith was united in marriage to Darlene Elaine Hellum on November 23, 1958, at the Postville Lutheran Church. To this union, four children became a part of his life.  

Wed
24
Jul

Marie Erickson Shea

Marie Erickson Shea

 

Marie Alice (Belschner) Erickson Shea, 98, formerly of Volga, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2019, at the Elkader Care Center. Marie was born June 3, 1921, at home four miles north of Hawkeye by the Turkey River. She was the daughter of Lillian (Hoepfner) and Richard Belschner. She had an older brother Ervin and younger brother Harold. Marie was baptized and confirmed at the Hawkeye Lutheran Church, Hawkeye. 

She was very athletic and played basketball all four years of high school. She was chosen Captain her senior year and named top guard in Fayette County. Marie graduated from Hawkeye High School in 1939. 

Wed
17
Jul

Mary Jo Clark

Mary Jo Clark

 

Mary Jo Clark, 61 of Loveland, Colorado died of metastatic breast cancer surrounded by family at the Pathways Hospice Care Center inside McKee Medical Center on June 16th, 2019.

She was born on August 15th, 1957 to Arthur and Gertrude (Shindelar) Holthaus of Ossian, Iowa. She is survived by her beloved husband, Clay Clark, married for almost 35 years, her 2 daughters, Whitney (Josh) Whalen and Rena (Andrew) Yates and she was a loving grandmother to 7 grandchildren whom she cherished and nurtured so much: Taiahna, Makaio, Naomi, Lanaya and Logan, Leiland, Liam.  She is also survived by her siblings, Linus (Elaine) Holthaus, Danita Watson, Neal (Charlene) Holthaus, Morris (Chris) Holthaus, Aileen Holthaus (John Lindquist), Ann Holthaus, Leonice Holthaus (Annie Neal), Zita (Randy) Bruess, Ruth (Bob) Busta, Lisa (Darcy) Valentine, Artie Holthaus, and Lee (Terri) Holthaus and many nieces and nephews, relatives, and friends. 

Wed
17
Jul

Jerome Frana

Jerome Frana

 

Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, July 12, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Ossian, Iowa. Interment was in the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Cemetery, Ossian, Iowa. 

Schluter – Balik Funeral Home, Decorah, IA helped the family with the arrangements.

Jerome Frana, age 83, of Ossian, IA passed away peacefully on Monday, July 8, 2019 at Aase Haugen Senior Services in Decorah, IA surrounded by his loving family.

Wed
17
Jul

Beverly Friederich

Beverly Friederich

 

 

Beverly Louise Friederich, 86, of Elgin, Iowa died Sunday, July 7, 2019 at Stoney Brook in West Union, Iowa.  Beverly Louise was born February 3, 1933 to Louis and Vera (Gress) Sutter in Elgin, Iowa. She attended Elgin Schools.

Beverly was united in marriage with Jacob Friederich, Jr. on January 18, 1949 in Elgin, Iowa.

In addition to being a farm wife, Beverly was owner/operator of Valley Café in Elgin for eleven years. She also baked cakes for weddings, graduations and other special occasions. She enjoyed gardening, fishing, quilting and going to the boat. She loved being a grandma, great-grandma and great-great-grandma. Beverly was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She was also active in Elgin Historical Society.

Wed
17
Jul

Gayle (Crandall) Fisher

Gayle (Crandall) Fisher

 

A memorial service for Gayle (Crandall) Fisher will be held on Saturday, July 20.

The service will be held at Zion Lutheran Church in West Union at 10:30 am, followed by a simple lunch at the church.

Gayle passed away on March 31, 2019. 

 
Wed
10
Jul

Keith Huinker

Keith Huinker

 

Keith Huinker, age 52 of Festina, IA, passed away peacefully on June 28, 2019 at Gundersen Hospital in LaCrosse, WI after a sudden illness.

Wed
10
Jul

Baby Fink

Baby Fink

 

Baby Fink, baby of Brandon and Paige (Lamphere) Fink of Independence, Iowa was stillborn Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, Iowa.

Private family services will be held.

Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Oelwein is assisting the family. 

Online obituary at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com

Baby Fink is survived by parents; brother: Kayson Fink at home; maternal grandparents: Tom and Dawn Lamphere of Fayette;

paternal grandparents: Gary and Tammi Fink of Maynard; maternal great grandmothers: Grace Lamphere of Randalia and 

Wed
10
Jul

Jon Mitchell

Jon Mitchell

 

Jon R. Mitchell, 76, of Arlington, Iowa passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, July 2, 2019 at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette, Iowa.

Funeral Service: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at St. John Lutheran Church in Arlington with Rev. Margaret Yackel-Juleen officiating.

Visitation: 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home, 310 Main Street, Arlington, Iowa and for one hour before the service at the church on Wednesday.

Interment: Taylorsville Cemetery, Arlington.

Memorials may be directed to the family for distribution later.

Online obituary at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com

Wed
03
Jul

Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith

 

Bessie E. Smith, 90, of Oelwein, Iowa died on Monday evening, June 24, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Society in West Union.

Funeral Service were held at  11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Floral Hills Funeral Home, rural Oelwein, Iowa with Jim Lawless leading the service.

Visitation was held one hour before the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Interment was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, rural Oelwein, Iowa.

Memorial Fund were listed as the  March of Dimes and the American Cancer Society.

Online obituary at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com

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