Obituaries

Wed
15
Jul

Linda Lau

Linda Lau

 

Rescheduled:  Celebration of Life for Linda (Martin) Lau

There will be a celebration of life held Saturday, August 1, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church, 235 Rich Street, Maynard, IA for Linda Martin Lau, 47 of Oelwein. A service will be held at 11:00 a.m. with fellowship and a lunch/potluck following until 2 pm in the church basement. 

Linda passed away on February 16th. She was the daughter of Thressa Connor and Adrian (Bernie) Martin, and the mother of Angel Martin.

Wed
15
Jul

Mary Ann Schaer

Mary Ann Schaer

 

 

Mary Ann Schaer, 82, of Elgin, Iowa died Monday, July 6, 2020 at Good Samaritan Society in West Union, Iowa.  Mary Ann was born October 5, 1937 to Fred and Maude (Montgomery) Schaer in Elgin, Iowa. She graduated from Elgin High School in 1955, where she played bass drum in the high school band.

For fifty years, Mary Ann worked as a Bank Teller at Elgin State Bank, retiring in 2005. She was a member of the First Baptist Church where she played church organ, was financial secretary, taught Sunday School, and belonged to Tabitha Circle for many years. Mary Ann was active in the Elgin Betterment Club. She enjoyed traveling with her sister, Martha. Music was a big part of her life; she played piano and organ.

Wed
15
Jul

Kenneth Jensen

Kenneth Jensen

 

We are regretful to report the untimely passing of Kenneth “Ken” G. Jensen, 83, of Decorah, Iowa, on June 30, 2020.

  Kenneth George Jensen was born on October 8, 1936 in West Union, Iowa, the son of Richard Kenneth and Vivian “Pede” (Tupper) Jensen.
Ken was an educator and life-long learner, starting as a teacher and ending in the Administrative Office, retiring from the Decorah School District as Superintendent. He earned his PHD from the University of Iowa and always pushed himself to continually learn, never being content with status quo.  His educational drive impacted his family and friends who often found their positions politely challenged.  Ken made regular efforts to stay in touch with former students and colleagues from all over the country, communicating with them through conversation or email. 
 

Wed
15
Jul

Dean Winkie

Dean Winkie

 

Dean Winkie, 81, of Randalia, Iowa died Monday, July 6, 2020 at Good Samaritan Society, West Union, Iowa.  Dean was born August 25, 1938 to Emmett and Clara (Soride) Winkie in Decorah, Iowa. He attended country school outside of Waukon, Iowa and one year at Waukon High School. Dean proudly served in the United States Army.

Dean was united in marriage with Geraldine Franks on June 21, 1974. He worked as a Vacuum Salesman for over twenty years. Dean enjoyed fishing, collecting barbed wire and Campbell memorabilia and growing Indian Corn.

Surviving Dean are his wife, Geraldine Winkie of Randalia, Iowa; son, Jeff Winkie of Randalia, Iowa; two children, Marvin and Tammy; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emmett and Clara Winkie; brother, Dirk Winkie; and an infant sister.

Private Services will be held at a later date.

Wed
08
Jul

Wayne Grimes

Wayne Grimes

 

Wayne A. Grimes, 87, of Waterloo, formerly of West Union, died Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

 

He was born December 20, 1932. Son of George and Helen (Johnston) Grimes in West Union, Iowa. He married JoAnne Miller on May 31, 1953 at Bethel Presbyterian Church in West Union.

 

Wayne graduated from West Union public schools. He served in the United States Army from 1953-1955. After his service, he became employed by Northwestern Bell telephone company for 34 years, retiring in 1985.  He was a long-time member of the South Waterloo Sertoma Club and a member of Unity Presbyterian Church in Waterloo.

 

Wed
08
Jul

Marie Schneider

Marie Schneider

 

Marie Ann Schneider, 68, of West Union, Iowa died Saturday, July 1, 2020 at her home in West Union, Iowa with her family by her side. Marie was born on December 18, 1951 to Warren and LaDonna (Heineman) Sauerbrei in Waterloo, Iowa. She graduated from North High School in 1971.

Wed
08
Jul

Lucille Block

Lucille Block

 

Lucille B. Block, 91, of Maynard, Iowa died Sunday, July 5, 2020 at her home.

Funeral Service: 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 9, 2020 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Westgate, Iowa with Rev. Herbert C. Mueller, III officiating.

Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Oelwein and for one hour before the service at the church on Thursday.

Interment: St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery, Westgate.

Due to state and federal guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing will be required.  Those in attendance are encouraged to wear a mask at the services.  We encourage relatives and friends not able to attend the service to reach out to the family by leaving a message on the funeral home web site, by mail, text or phone.  

Wed
24
Jun

Fern Olson

Fern Olson

 

Fern Lorraine (Torsrud) Olson, 92, was welcomed into heaven on Father's Day, June 21, 2020 at Postville Good Samaritan Society in Postville, Iowa. Fern was born Dec. 24, 1927 to Tov and Helga (Nelson) Torsrudin St. Olaf, Iowa. She was baptized February 19, 1928 and was confirmed July 12, 1942 at Norway Lutheran Church in St. Olaf, Iowa. She attended St. Olaf School through the 8th grade and graduated from Elkader High School in 1945. For 2 1/2 years following graduation she was a bookkeeper for the St. Olaf Co-op Co. and the St. Olaf Telephone Co.  She graduated from the Waterloo School of Beauty Culture (Pitzie’s) in 1948 and owned and operated her own beauty shop in Clermont for 3 ½ years.

Wed
24
Jun

Frances Helms

Frances Helms

 

Frances Levora Helms, 82, of Elgin, Iowa died Monday, June 15, 2020at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital, La Crosse, Wisconsin. She was born on November 4, 1937 to Herman and Lida (Popenhagen) Larson in Wadena, Iowa. Frances graduated from Elgin High School, Elgin and attended Luther College, Decorah for two years.

Frances was a life-time member of the Elgin Lutheran Church. She loved music, playing piano, the Iowa Hawkeyes, was a football and basketball fan and she loved to cook.

Frances is survived by her three sons, Monte Helms of Elgin, Dr. Greg (Tracy Martineau) Helms of Corvallis, Oregon and Nathan Helms of Elgin; a sister-in-law, Marilyn Larson of Marion, Iowa and several nieces and nephews.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents and her two brothers, Herman Larson Jr. and Wayne Larson.

Services are planned for a later date.

Wed
24
Jun

Sharon Kahn

Sharon Kahn

 

Sharon Kahn, 64, of West Union, Iowa died on Monday, June 8, 2020 at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union, Iowa. She was born February 29, 1956 to Charles and Judith (Collins) Rowe in Fallbrook, California. Sharon recently celebrated her 'Sweet 16' birthday. Sharon graduated from Starmont High School. 

Sharon was united in marriage with the love of her life, Joe Kahn, in 2000. Sharon worked in food service at Tapt Out and Quillins. Sharon enjoyed being outdoors, working around her yard, taking the dogs to the lake, and going on adventures. Sharon will always be remembered for her fun-loving spirit and her spontaneity. Sharon's love for her grandchildren was uncanny and her face lit up at the pure sight of them. Sharon was perfectly imperfect and will be missed greatly. 

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