Obituaries

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Bradford Finch

Bradford D. Finch

 

 

Word was received recently of the death of Bradford D. Finch, 96, of Cokato, MN, on Sunday, January 5, 2014.  Bradford was the son of long-time Fayette County Engineer Aulden Finch. 

Bradford Duane Finch was born in West Union on June 5, 1917, to Aulden D. and Xanta (Talcott) Finch.  He graduated from West Union High School, Class of 1934, then attended Luther College for two years before transferring to the University of Iowa where he graduated with a Degree in Law.  

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24
Apr

Dwight Berg

Dwight Berg

 

 

Dwight H. Berg, 98, of Fayette, died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette.

Services and inurnment will be at a later date at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Ocala, Fla.

Memorials may be made to the Dwight and Trudy Berg Scholarship Fund at Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio.

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Fayette is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.

Dwight Hillis Berg, son of Charles H. and Myrtle E. Stockholm Berg, was born Jan. 6, 1916, at Franklin Forks, Pa. He received his education at Montrose High School and Mansfield State Normal School, both in Pennsylvania and Ph.D from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

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24
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Winnifred Spani

Winnifred Spani

 

 

Winnifred Adel Spani, of Butte, Mont., died Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in a local hospital.

She was born Oct. 12, 1924, in Maynard, to Harold L. and Laura P. (Ranny) Arthur. She graduated from Consolidated High School in Fayette, in 1942 and worked as a telephone operator for two years before entering the U.S. Army.

Winnifred and her sister, Dorothy, joined the WAC’s Purple Heart Platoon after their brother, Robert, was killed in action in France.

Following her discharge she worked for Pacific Bell in Pasadena, Calif., and it was there that she married Ernest Spani on Jan. 10, 1948. Soon after they settled in Butte where she raised her family and later worked at the Mile High Motel.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest, who passed away July 5, 1995; her parents; brothers, Robert, Elwyn and Earl; and her sister, Dorothy Johnson.

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24
Apr

Duane Kuhlers

Duane Kuhlers

 

 

Funeral services for Duane A. Kuhlers, 83, of Clear Lake were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 18, 2014, at Clear Lake United Methodist Church, 508 2nd Avenue N., Clear Lake, with the Reverend Bernie Colorado officiating.

Burial followed in Memorial Park Cemetery, with full military honors provided by Clear Lake VFW Post 4868.

A visitation was held from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Ward Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th Street, Clear Lake, and continued for one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Friday.

Should friends desire, memorials may be left to the family in Duane’s name.

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24
Apr

Jo-Ann Behnken

 

Jo-Ann Behnken

 

Jo-Ann Joyce Behnken, 81, of Colesburg, Iowa, died on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home.  She was born on November 10, 1932, in West Union, the daughter of Gilbert and Edith (Bartels) Stockman. Jo-Ann was raised and educated in the area, and graduated from West Union High School.  She also graduated from Upper Iowa University with a B.A. in Elementary Education and Library Science.

Jo-Ann taught at Colesburg Elementary School until she met her future husband, Duane Richard Behnken, Sr. to whom she was married on August 22, 1954. Four children were born to this union. She stayed at home and raised her family until she returned to teaching at St. Peter & Paul Catholic School in Petersburg in 1966 until she retired after the 1992-1993 school year.

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24
Apr

Ernest Dahlquist

Ernest Dahlquist

 

 

Ernest J Dahlquist passed peacefully from this life on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at his home in Fayette. He was born in Sac County on June 28, 1917 to Ernest L. and Anna (Louder) Dahlquist. After his mother died in the flu outbreak of 1918, he was raised most of his young years by his aunt and uncle, Veva and Harry Garnatz.

He graduated from Auburn High School and Iowa State University in Veterinary Medicine. After serving in the Federal Veterinary Service in West Virginia during World War II, he came to Fayette to resume the veterinary practice of Dr. Sperry who had mentored him for a summer during his college years. Ernest (known as Ernie or ‘Doc’) continued serving this large and small animal practice until his retirement in 1984.

He loved to tell stories about some of the animal antics he observed and relished the relationships he had with his clients.

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24
Apr

Richard Hansen

Richard Hansen

 

 

Richard Hansen, 94, of Hawkeye, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at his home in Hawkeye following a sudden illness. At Richard’s request, there will be no services. Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Hawkeye is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.

Richard Hansen was born October 28, 1919, at Racine, Wisconsin. He served with the U.S. Navy from February of 1942 to November of 1945. He received a Masters degree from the University of California at Berkeley and traveled to various countries in conjunction with his education. He lived in Racine, Wisconsin for many years and was employed with American Motors in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He enjoyed his coffee group in Racine and gardening. He has lived the past several years in Hawkeye.

Wed
16
Apr

Elaine Johnson

Elaine Johnson

 

 

A memorial service for Elaine C. Johnson, 71, of Decorah, formerly of West Union, was held Friday, April 11, at Decorah Lutheran Church in Decorah. The Revs. Dave Sorenson, Bryan Robertson, and Kerry Eversole officiated.

Inurnment will be in the Lanesboro Cemetery in Lanesboro, Minn., at a future date.

Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah was in charge of arrangements.

Elaine Colleen Thompson Johnson was born October 30, 1942 to Cleo and Edna (Haakenson) Thompson in Lanesboro, Minnesota.  Elaine and her cousin Joan Thompson were both baptized together at Mabel Lutheran Church, Mabel, Minnesota.  Elaine attended the O’Hara Country School through the 6th grade, graduated from Lanesboro High School with the class of 1960, and Rochester Junior College in Rochester, Minnesota. She then worked as a medical secretary at the Rochester State Hospital.

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16
Apr

Lee Ann Blue

Lee Ann Blue

 

Lee Ann (PeeWee) Blue passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014 after a brief illness: she was 74 years old. 

 

LeeAnn was born at home in West Union, Iowa on February 15, 1940 to Berniece (Snyder) Northrop and Leland Northrop.  She graduated from the high school in West Union, Iowa.  She was united in marriage to AlNathen Blue on June 19, 1965.  The couple made their home in Waucoma, Iowa.  She enjoyed fishing, riding motorcycles, and spending time with family. 

LeeAnn is survived by her husband, AlNathen Blue of Waucoma; her daughter, Kim Blue, of Sumner; a grandson, Nathen Blue (Megan), and a great-granddaughter, Bella all of Sumner; two brothers, Kenneth Northrop (Leslie) of Floyd; Ernie Northrop (Marty) of Sumner; two sisters, Evelyn Adams of Waucoma; and Marlys Harmening of Sumner; and many nieces and nephews. 

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16
Apr

Duane Kuhlers

 

Funeral services for Duane A. Kuhlers, 83, of Clear Lake will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 18, at Clear Lake United Methodist Church, 508 2nd Ave. N. in Clear Lake.

Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery with full military honors provided by Clear Lake VFW Post 4868.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Ward Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St. in Clear Lake, and will continue for one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Friday.

Duane is the father of Deb (Tom) Luhman of West Union.

A complete obituary will appear in next week’s Union.

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