Obituaries

Wed
07
Aug

Mildred Steinbronn

Mildred Steinbronn

 

Mildred E. Steinbronn, 87, of Fayette, died Wednesday evening, July 31, 2019, at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, August 5, 2019, at Grace Lutheran Church in Fayette with Rev. Herbert Mueller, III officiating.  Interment followed at Grandview Cemetery in Fayette. Visitation was held from 1 - 4 p.m., Sunday, August 4th, at Grace Lutheran Church in Fayette and for one hour preceding the service on Monday. Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Fayette is assisting Mildred’s family. Memorials may be made to the family for later designation. Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.  

Wed
07
Aug

Shirley Barness

Shirley Barness

 

 

Shirley Barness, 78, of West Union, Iowa died Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at Gundersen Palmer Hospital in West Union, Iowa. Shirley Ann was born November 18, 1940 to Willard and Zenita (Holtzman) Ash in West Union, Iowa. In 1958 she graduated from North High in West Union.

Shirley was united in marriage with Lloyd Barness on June 14, 1958, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Ossian, Iowa. Two children were born to this union. They lived on the farm for seven years before moving to town in 1965. Shirley worked at a hamburger shop, Lilac Motel, H & H Distributing and for the school lunch program. She enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s events, playing cards and board games and watching television. Shirley was a fan of the Chicago Cubs, Iowa Hawkeyes, Iowa Cyclones and UNI.

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 

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