Obituaries

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Oct

Richard Vagts

Richard Vagts

 

Richard Loren Vagts was born on a farm near Eldorado on December 18, 1924 to Ewald Henry and Anna Eleanor (Pape) Vagts.   He was baptized January 18, 1925at St. Peter Lutheran Church by Rev. F. Schedtler in Eldorado and confirmed April 2, 1939 by Rev. William A. Foege. He remained a lifetime member of St. Peter, serving as organist there for over 50 years.

Wed
23
Oct

Harvey Ungerer

Harvey Ungerer

 

Harvey L. Ungerer, 87, of Hawkeye, died Thursday, October 17, 2019, at his home in rural Hawkeye, surrounded by his loving family.

Wed
23
Oct

Barbara Lee

Barbara Lee

 

Barbara Duncan Lee passed away peacefully on October 11, 2019 with her loving family at her side. She was 76.

Barbara was born in Waco, Texas on June 11, 1943 to Thomas Edison and Emily (Zacharias) Duncan. She was a resident of Weimar, Texas since 2003 and former resident of Portland, Texas. Barbara was a retired Executive Secretary employed by CPL Electric Company in Corpus Christi. She was dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend who will be missed by all who knew her.

Preceding in death is a daughter: Karen Lee; her parents: Edison and Emily Duncan; and sister: Delores Houser.

Survivors include her husband: Terry Lee of Weimar, Texas; one son: Alan Lee (Vicki) of Bluntzer, Texas; one daughter: Michelle Lee-Fierstine (Kory) of Ashburn, VA; 4 grandchildren: Kandace Lee, Kara Beth Lee, Charlie Fierstine and Kory Fierstine; two sisters:  Linda Yearwood (Stan) of Brenham, Texas and Renee Duncan of Leander, Texas.

Wed
23
Oct

Rose Ann Mangskau

Rose Ann Mangskau

 

Rose Ann Mangskau, aged 90, of Albert Lea, Minnesota (formerly of rural Ellendale), died on Thursday, October 17, 2019, at the Mayo Clinic Health System Hospital in Austin, surrounded by her family and friends.

 

Rose Ann (Anderson) Mangskau was born on February 23, 1929, to Eddie Joseph Anderson and Margaret Therese (Callahan) Anderson at Naeve Hospital in Albert Lea.  She attended Farry School, District 90, a one-room school, for grades one through seven.  Because she started school one year late due to illness, her seventh grade teacher said that if she could pass the eighth grade test she could start ninth grade with kids her age next year.  She passed the test and started ninth grade the following year at Ellendale High School (EHS) where she was the treasurer of the activity fund and worked on the annual and paper staff.  She graduated from EHS in 1947.

 

Wed
23
Oct

Rose Ann Mangskau

Rose Ann Mangskau

 

Rose Ann Mangskau, aged 90, of Albert Lea, Minnesota (formerly of rural Ellendale), died on Thursday, October 17, 2019, at the Mayo Clinic Health System Hospital in Austin, surrounded by her family and friends.

 

Rose Ann (Anderson) Mangskau was born on February 23, 1929, to Eddie Joseph Anderson and Margaret Therese (Callahan) Anderson at Naeve Hospital in Albert Lea.  She attended Farry School, District 90, a one-room school, for grades one through seven.  Because she started school one year late due to illness, her seventh grade teacher said that if she could pass the eighth grade test she could start ninth grade with kids her age next year.  She passed the test and started ninth grade the following year at Ellendale High School (EHS) where she was the treasurer of the activity fund and worked on the annual and paper staff.  She graduated from EHS in 1947.

 

Wed
23
Oct

Kathy Miller

Kathy Miller

 

Kathy Lynn Miller, 70, of Waterloo (formerly of West Union, Iowa), died on Wednesday, October 162019 at Mercy One Hospital and Medical Center in Waterloo, Iowa.  Kathy, the daughter of Daniel and Rosemary (Leitch) Hanson, was born on April 12, 1949 at the West Union Hospital.  She was baptized and confirmed at the West Union Methodist Church.  She graduated from North High in West Union, Iowa in 1968. 

 Kathy was united in marriage to Ronald Miller in 1968.  They were later divorced.  Their son Shane was born on September 24, 1968 and he passed away April 28, 1993.  Kathy was a military wife and the family was stationed in Maryland, Georgia, Chicago and Germany.

Wed
16
Oct

Michael Vagts

Michael Vagts

 

Michael Robert Vagts, 54, of Eldorado, Iowa, died Sunday, October 13, 2019, at Gundersen Palmer Hospital in West Union, Iowa.  Mike was born September 27, 1965 to Kenneth and Evelyn (McIntyre) Vagts in West Union, Iowa. He was baptized on October 1, 1965 and confirmed on April 26, 1981, both at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Eldorado, Iowa. Mike graduated from North Fayette Community School and attended DeVries University for four years. After graduating from college, Mike returned home to farm.

 

Wed
16
Oct

Blake Brown

Blake Brown

 

Services were held Monday, October 14, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, West Union, IA for David Blake Brown. Visitation preceded the service. 

On October 7, 2019, beloved husband, father and grandfather David Blake Brown passed away at Palmer Memorial Hospital in West Union.    Blake was born November 29, 1933, in Fort Dodge to David and Lucille Brown.  He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Iowa State Teachers College (UNI).

Blake served 2 years in the Army, spending 18 months in Germany, giving him a lifelong passion for travel.  He and his wife, Marilyn, would spend the next 61 years traveling to Europe, the Caribbean and around the country.

Marilyn Kintzel and Blake were married on August 19, 1958 in Clarence, Iowa.

Blake is survived by Marilyn, their son, Craig and daughter- in- law, Heidi and granddaughters, Rachel and Meredith. He also leaves behind his sister,

Wed
09
Oct

Blake Brown

Blake Brown

 

Blake Brown, a long time resident of West Union, died Monday morning, October 7, 2019.  Services are set for Monday, October 14, 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in West Union, IA. Visitation will precede the funeral service by a couple of hours.

Wed
09
Oct

Barbara Elmore

Barbara Elmore

 

 

Barbara Eastman Elmore, former West Union resident, passed away peacefully in her home in the early hours of September 2, 2019.  She was born December 30, 1934 in Sumner, Iowa to parents Samuel and Vivian Eastman.

Preceding her in death were her parents, brother Charles Eastman and her husband, Barney Elmore.

Barbara is survived by her sister, Patricia (Marc) Foorman of Los Angeles, her four children, Cathie (Richard) Hooper, Randy (Amy) Elmore, Steve (Dena) Elmore, all of Grass Valley, CA and Julie (Norman) Babcock of Auburn, CA.  Also by six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and a niece, Candi Eastman and nephew, Christopher Eastman.

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