Obituaries

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May

Mass of Christian Burial celebrated for Ft. Atkinson man

 

Mass of Christian Burial celebrated for Ft. Atkinson man

Sam Franzen, 86, of Fort Atkinson died Sunday, May 12, 2013, at his home.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by the Rev. Nick March on Thursday, May 16, at St. Luke Catholic Church in St. Lucas.

Interment was in the church cemetery with military rites conducted by Aloysius Schmitt American Legion Post 691 of St. Lucas and Helof Holm VFW Post 1977 of Decorah. Casket bearers were Mark Sweitzer, Joe Moellers, James Kroeger, John Hill, Gene Gordy, and Michael Bedard.

Arrangements were handled by Schluter-Balik Funeral Home in Fort Atkinson.

Eligius John “Sam” Franzen was born on May 29, 1926, to Joseph H. and Johanna (Baumler) Franzen in the same Fort Atkinson home in which he died.  

He attended school at St. Luke’s Catholic School in St. Lucas.  

Wed
22
May

Graveside services held for Marguerite Upham, 104

 

 

Graveside services held for Marguerite Upham, 104

Graveside services for Marguerite O. Upham, 104, of West Union were held Saturday, May 18, at West Union Cemetery.

Burnham-Wood & S.K. Rogers Funeral Home of West Union was in charge of arrangements.

Marguerite’s death occurred Monday, May 13, 2013, at Palmer Lutheran Health Center in West Union.

Until her death, she was believed to be West Union’s oldest living citizen.

Marguerite Olive “Rite” (Taylor) Upham was born May 4, 1909, in Springville to Fred Glen and Josephine (Dunbar) Taylor.

The oldest surviving member of the Springville High School Class of 1927, she attended her 80th class reunion in 2009.

In 1932, Marguerite married Dale L. Upham in Cedar Rapids. They welcomed their only child in October 1942.

Wed
22
May

Sensor memorial service May 25

 

Sensor memorial service May 25

A memorial service for Karen K. Sensor will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Randalia United Methodist Church.

Karen died April 2, 2013, at her home in Harlingen, Texas. She and her husband, Donn, have spent their summers near Fayette for many years.

 
 
Wed
22
May

Former West Union man dies in Florida

 

Former West Union man dies in Florida

John Leonard “Jack” Fencl, 69, of Palmetto, Fla., formerly of West Union, died Wednesday, April 24, 2013.

A committal ceremony with military honors will be held at Sarasota National Cemetery in Florida on Tuesday, May 28.

Born in West Union on Sept. 25, 1943, to Leonard and Marcella (Marty) Fencl, Jack had been a local resident for 25 years. 

A Viet Nam veteran, he was the recipient of a Bronze Star medal. Jack was retired from the United States Army as a master sergeant. He was active with VFW Post 9226 and American Legion Post 325, both in Ellenton, Fla. 

Jack’s parents preceded him in death.

Survivors include Cathy, his loving wife of 32 years; a son, John Fencl of Las Vegas, Nev.; a daughter, Amy (Jim) Clausen of West Union; three sisters, Judy Stevens and Joyce Landers of Paris, Tenn., and Jean Earle of Central City; and three grandchildren, Dalton, Trenton, and Madison.  

Wed
22
May

Services held for Dustin Amdahl, 28

 

 

Services held for Dustin Amdahl, 28

Dustin L. Amdahl, 28, of Kalispell, Mont., died Saturday, May 11, 2013, at his home.

A Celebration of Life service was held Saturday, May 18, at Buffalo Hill Funeral Home and Crematory, Kalispell, with the Rev. Tim Bartholomew officiating.

Dustin Lee Amdahl was born Dec. 28, 1984, in Whitefish, Mont., to Gary and Deborah (Hutchens) Amdahl, formerly of West Union.

He attended schools in the Flathead Valley, graduating from Flathead High School.

Following high school, Dustin worked at Nickel Charlie’s, Jagz, Outback, Quiznos, Taco John’s, Lawn Care Services, and as a local DJ.

An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing, boating, hunting, snowboarding, skateboarding, basketball and football. He had a love for music, writing, mixing, rapping, singing, recording and performing in various clubs.

Preceding Dustin in death were his maternal grandmother, Gladys Hutchens, and an uncle.

Wed
22
May

Funeral Mass held for retired longtime W.U. fire chief Chuck Broghammer

 

Funeral Mass held for retired longtime W.U. fire chief Chuck Broghammer

A Mass of Christian Burial for Charles P. “Chuck” Broghammer, 87, of West Union was celebrated Tuesday, May 21, at Holy Name Catholic Church in West Union. 

Burial was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, rural West Union.

Burnham-Wood & S.K. Rogers Funeral Home of West Union was in charge of arrangements.

Chuck died Thursday, May 16, 2013, at his West Union home, where he resided for the last 80 years.

Charles Philip “Chuck” Broghammer was born to Dr. Francis J. and Margaret (Leahy) Broghammer on April 29, 1926, in Superior, Wis. 

He graduated from West Union High School in 1944. Following high school, Chuck proudly served his country as a medic in the United States Navy. 

After serving in the Navy, Chuck attended St. Louis University. 

He then returned to West Union to work on the family farm. 

Thu
16
May

Memorial service set for longtime W.U. businessman

 

Memorial service set for longtime W.U. businessman

Verl E. Timm, 73, of West Union died Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Palmer Lutheran Health Center in West Union. 

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Zion Lutheran Church.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Zion Lutheran Church in West Union. 

Arrangements are being handled by Iowa Cremation in Cedar Rapids.

Verl Ervin Timm was born March 20, 1940, to Ervin and Verla (Gager) Timm in Hawkeye. 

He was united in marriage with Patricia Burkhart on Aug. 12, 1960, at Richfield Church. 

Verl worked at Wilbur Ford Sales for 42 years and retired as co-owner. 

He was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church, as well as the West Union Rotary Club. 

Verl enjoyed traveling with his family. He loved his time camping, fishing, mushroom hunting, and simply being outdoors.

Thu
16
May

Graveside service set for Saturday

 

Graveside service set for Saturday

A graveside service for Marguerite “Rite” Upham, 104, of West Union will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at the West Union Cemetery.

Burnham-Wood & S.K. Rogers Funeral Home, West Union, is handling the arrangements.

Marguerite’s death occurred Monday, May 13, 2013, at Palmer Lutheran Health Center in West Union. 

 
Thu
16
May

Sister of Betty Spies dies on May 7

 

 

Sister of Betty Spies dies on May 7

Diane Holmes, 77, of Perry, formerly of West Union, died Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at Rowley Memorial Masonic Home in Perry.  

Graveside services were held at Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry on Tuesday, May 14. 

Diane Marie (Schmelzer) Holmes was born July 18, 1935, to George A. and Edna (Bloomfield) Schmelzer on the family farm near West Union.  

She attended school in West Union and graduated from Paris Beauty Academy.  

In 1952, she was united in marriage with Leo Shori. They traveled for the next 20 years in the military, including two tours in Germany.  

Diane moved to Perry in 1972 and worked at Woodward State Hospital.  

She married Richard “Dick” Holmes in 1977, and they made their home in Perry.

Thu
16
May

Services held yesterda for Alison Jo Garvin, 25

 

Services held yesterda for Alison Jo Garvin, 25

Funeral services for Alison J. Garvin, 25, of West Union will were held at 10:30 a.m. yesterday (Wednesday) at United Methodist Church in West Union with the Rev. Galen Smith officiating.

Burial will follow in West Union Cemetery.

Visitation was set for Tuesday, May 14, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Burnham-Wood Funeral Home in West Union.

Burnham-Wood & S.K. Rogers Funeral Home of West Union is in charge of the arrangements.

Alison died Saturday, May 11, 2013, at her parents' home in West Union.

Alison Jo Garvin was born Dec. 1, 1987, to Scott and Joleen (Pape) Garvin at Palmer Lutheran Health Center in West Union. 

She was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawkeye and confirmed at Bethel Presbyterian Church in West Union.

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