Obituaries

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Al Klinger

Al Klinger

 

 

Allan Howard “Al” Klinger, 80, of Windsor, Colo., formerly of Waterloo and West Union, Iowa, died peacefully Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018 at home. 

Allan was born June 21, 1938 in West Union, son of Howard G. and Alma D. Downs Klinger. 

He graduated from West Union High School in 1957. He obtained a BA from the University of Iowa in 1961.

He married Linda L. Teig on Aug. 19, 1962 in West Union. She preceded him in death on Dec. 16, 2006. 

He was united in marriage with Beatrice “Bea” Troyanek on April 17, 2008  in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Allan was a teacher and coach in Denver, IA. He was an insurance agent for Northwestern Mutual for 50½ years and a part of the Million-Dollar Roundtable.

Allan had been an active member of Bethel Presbyterian Church in West Union, First Presbyterian Church and Central Christian Church in Waterloo. 

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Nov

Audrey Bennett

Audrey Bennett

 

 

Audrey E. Bennett, 93, of Independence and formerly of Hawkeye, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, at the Buchannan County Health Center in Independence.

A Celebration of Life was held, Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Oelwein.

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Hawkeye assisted Audrey’s family. 

Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.

Audrey Eileen, daughter of Austin and Helen (Huffman) Ames, was born July 7, 1925, in Luana, Iowa. 

She received her education in the Postville schools. 

On Dec. 18, 1940, she was united in marriage with Doyle Bennett at East Clermont Lutheran Church, where she would later be baptized and confirmed in 1947. 

Audrey worked as a waitress for many years, prior to owning and operating Bennett’s Tap in Hawkeye for 21 years. 

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Nov

Janice Armentrout

Janice Armentrout

 

 

Janice Mary (Erion) Armentrout, 86, of Cedar Rapids passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. 

Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 at Unity Center of Cedar Rapids with entombment in Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.

Janice was born July 21, 1932, in New Hampton, IA to Russell and Leota Reinhart Erion. She grew up in Fayette, IA.  

She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and were inspired by her positive outlook on life. “Not all is good, but good comes from all.” 

In addition to Harold, her husband of 56 years, Janice is survived by three children, Nancy Andreasen of Cedar Rapids, Randall (Randy) Armentrout and wife Anne Updegraff of Urbandale, and Karen Potter and husband Lee of Cedar Falls. 

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Lorna Zupke

Lorna Zupke

 

 

Funeral arrangements for Lorna Zupke, 91, of rural Randalia are pending with Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Fayette.

Lorna died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, at her home.

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14
Nov

Orville Strand

Orville Strand

 

 

Orville Strand, 73, of Oelwein passed away on Friday Nov. 9, 2018 at Oelwein Healthcare Center. 

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Oelwein with Rev. Dave Byrd officiating.  

Geilenfeld Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

A memorial fund has been established.  

For condolences, please visit www.geilenfeldfh.com.

Orville Joseph Strand was born on March 22, 1945 in Decorah to parents Selmer and Borghild (Barness) Strand.  

He attended school in Ossian and Decorah.  

On April 24, 2004 he was united in marriage with Lucy Ives at First Baptist Church in Oelwein.  

He had been employed with Goodwill Services in Waterloo and the Goodwill store in Oelwein.  

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07
Nov

Gary Gilson

Gary Gilson

 

 

Gary C. Gilson, 79, of Oelwein passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein with Father Ray Atwood and Deacon Jim Patera officiating. 

Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein. 

A memorial fund has been established.  

For condolences please visit www.geilenfeldfh.com

Gary was born on May 4, 1939 in West Union, Iowa, the son of Oliver W. and Corinne (Wenger) Gilson.

He attended school in Clermont, graduating in 1957. 

He later attended Upper Iowa University for two years where he played football and wrestled, before beginning employment with Interstate Power Company, retiring from Alliant Energy in 1999.  

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Nov

Jack Gehring

Jack Gehring

 

 

Jack Dean Gehring passed away at his residence in Orono, Maine, on Oct. 18, 2018.   He was 91.  

Jack was born to parents Charles and Alice (Schoentag) Gehring on Sept. 26, 1927, in Elgin, Iowa, and graduated from Elgin High School in 1944.   

He attended Iowa State University before entering the United States Army in 1946, where he was deployed to Seoul, Korea, in the Signal Corps.  

Jack married Eva Mae Dennler in 1950, and they had two children, Jeffery and Julianne.   

In 1959, he began his career as an air traffic controller for the Federal Aviation Administration in Indianapolis, ultimately retiring as Chief of the Des Moines Flight Service Station in 1985.   

Jack was a member of Masonic Lodge #628 in Norwalk, Iowa, for many years. 

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Nov

Walter Germann Jr.

Walter Germann Jr.

 

 

Walter Germann Jr., 85, of rural Postville, IA, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, at his home. 

Graveside services were held Friday, Nov. 2, at Smithfield Cemetery in rural Monona, IA, with Pastor Duane Smith officiating.

Honorary casket bearers were Heather Germann, Amber Junk, and AshLee Wood. Casketbearers were Shane, Jesse, and Travis Monroe, Mike Germann, Chris Wood, and Josh Harms.

Martin Funeral Home in Waukon was in charge of arrangements.

    Walter Germann Jr. was born Jan. 3, 1933, in rural Clermont, IA, the son of Walter Sr. and Marjorie (Heubner) Germann. 

On Dec. 31, 1947, he was baptized at First Baptist Church in Elgin, IA. 

Walter attended country school and graduated from Clermont High School in 1952. 

On Oct. 22, 1958, he married LaVon Kurth at St. John Lutheran Church in Farmersburg, IA, by the Rev. Steege. 

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Josephine Rochford

Josephine Rochford

 

 

Josephine M. Rochford of Sumner died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, at Unity Point/Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo after a brief illness. 

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sumner with Rev. James Brokman and Deacon Michal Schemmel concelebrating. 

Interment followed at Mt. Olivet Cemetery (Pinhook), rural Sumner. 

Memorials may be made in Josephine’s name to St. Bridget’s, Pinhook.

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner assisted the family. 

Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com

Josephine Marie, daughter of Carl and Mabel (Stunes) Exman, was born Jan. 21, 1926, in Oelwein, Iowa. 

She was baptized at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein and confirmed Oct. 8, 1940, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Fayette. 

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Rosemary Hanson

Rosemary Hanson

 

 

Rosemary Hanson, 93, of Sumner, Iowa, formerly of West Union, Iowa, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, at Hillcrest Living in Sumner, Iowa.  

Rosemary was born Nov. 17, 1924, to Samuel R. and Zenita (Howe) Leitch in New Hampton, Iowa. 

She was a graduate of Waucoma High School. She earned her B.A. in Music and English Education from Luther College and her Master’s Degree in Remedial Reading from Upper Iowa University.

Rosemary was united in marriage with Daniel C. Hanson on May 28, 1944, at Plymouth Congregational Church in Los Angeles, Calif. Five children were born to this union.  

Rosemary taught at Lehigh, Iowa; Somers, Iowa; Holy Name in West Union, Iowa; and in the South Winneshiek School District, including the parochial schools.  She was a substitute teacher in the North Fayette and South Winneshiek Schools following her retirement.

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