Obituaries

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24
Apr

Kay Dempsey

Ramona "Kay" Dempsey

 

 

Ramona “Kay” Darnell Dempsey, 81, of West Union, Iowa went home on Monday, April 15, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Society in West Union, Iowa.

Kay was born on February 3, 1938 in rural Fayette County to Vern and Evelyn Darnell. She grew up in West Union and graduated from West Union High School in 1956. After graduation, Kay attended Iowa State Teachers for a year before enlisting in the Women’s Army Corp where she met and married David Dempsey. They lived in Rahway, New Jersey and brought into this world four children named Dana, Lisa, Theresa and Chris.

In 1976, after a divorce, Kay and her children moved from Rahway, New Jersey to West Union, Iowa. And that July, Kay began working at the Town House Café in West Union where she worked for over thirty years.

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24
Apr

Gayle (Crandall) Fisher

Gayle (Crandall) Fisher

 

 

Gayle (Crandall) Fisher, 64, passed away with courage on March 31, 2019, at the University of Minnesota Hospital.

Gayle Ann Crandall was born July 20, 1954, in West Union, Iowa to her parents Ronald and Donna Crandall. She graduated from North Fayette High School in West Union in 1972, and attended the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls pursing degrees in science/nutrition and art. In 1991, she received a degree with honors in commercial art and graphic design from Alexandria Technical and Community College in Alexandria, Minnesota.

Gayle married Tom Fisher on September 12, 1992 in St. Paul, Minnesota.  They made Minnesota their home and lived on Lake Darling in Alexandria, Minnesota and Pine Lake in Rush City, Minnesota. Gayle was passionate about the outdoors, art, cooking, and life. Her love of nature and observation of animal life captured her imagination and wit.  She was a beautiful soul.

Wed
17
Apr

Kelly Peck

Kelly Peck

 

 

Kelly L. Peck, 56, of Decorah, Iowa and formerly of Waukon and Ossian died peacefully at his home on Saturday morning, April 13, 2019.

Celebration of Life:  2:00 p.m.. Sunday, April 28, 2019 at Phelps Park, Shelter #1 on Park Street in Decorah, Iowa with Pastor Dave Lenth leading the remembrance.  

Family and friends will continue to share memories at The Hay Market in Decorah following the service.

Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home, Oelwein, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online obituary at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com

Wed
17
Apr

Richard Forde Sand

Richard Forde Sand

 

 

Our brother, uncle and friend, Richard Forde Sand, died March 4, 2019, in his California home. He was born January 28, 1935, to the late Nanfred and Sylvia Forde Sand. He is survived by his brother, Jake; sisters Helen Sand Schaffer (Dean); Marge Golden (Tom); Janet Pinch, and Elaine Evans (Bob). Also surviving are his sisters-in-law, Verna (Bob) and Carol (Bud). Other very special survivors are his nephews, nieces and their children. Preceding him in death were his brothers, Bob, Greg and Bud, his sister Shirley Brainard, brother-in-law, Dean Schaeffer, John Brainard and nephew Bradley Brainard.

Richard graduated from Ossian Public High School in 1953, and the University of Iowa School of Pharmacy in 1958. Graduate work was achieved at USC in California.

Wed
17
Apr

Ronald Glass

Ronald H. Glass

Ronald H. Glass, 86, of Maynard, Iowa died Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette.

 

Funeral Service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Maynard with Rev. Dennis Frank officiating.

Visitation was held from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Friday at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Maynard and from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Interment was in the Taylorsville Cemetery, Arlington, Iowa with military honors by the Lundbye-Carpenter American Legion Post #245 of Maynard.

A Memorial Fund has been established for the Alzheimer’s Association of East Central Iowa Chapter, 317 7th Avenue SE, #402, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401.

Online obituary at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com

Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home – Maynard helped the family with the arrangements.

Wed
17
Apr

Mary Lou Winter

Mary Lou Winter

 

 

Mary Lou Winter, age 84, of Lawler, IA died Monday, April 8, 2019, at MercyOne Hospital in New Hampton.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2019, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Lawler, IA. Interment was held at Mt. Carmel Cemetery with John Winter, Brad Winter, David Drahozal, Nick Drahozal, Paul Meirick, Greg Meirick and Tom Meirick serving as pallbearers.

Friends greeted the family from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Lawler. There was a 7:30 p.m. Parish Scripture Service. Visitation continued up to an hour prior to the Mass on Thursday at the church.  Arrangements are entrusted with Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home in Lawler.  Online condolences may be left at hugebackfuneralhome.com  

Wed
17
Apr

Lavanna Frey

Lavanna Frey

 

 

Lavanna Jean Frey, daughter of C. “Albert” and Emma F. (Goeken) Knipp, was born February 22, 1929, at her parents’ residence in Keystone, IA. Lavanna was dedicated to the Lord by her parents according to their Lutheran faith, expressed through the Sacrament of Baptism on March 7, 1929, by Rev. A.W. Brauer. Her sponsors were Mrs. Charles (Emma) Knipp and Mrs. William (Elva) Thede. We believe she went to country school and then was educated at Keystone Lutheran School probably until 7th and 8th grade. When 13, she was confirmed as a proclamation of faith according to Lutheran tradition on March 29, 1942, by Rev. A.W. Brauer at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Lavanna was a graduate of the Keystone High School in 1946 and then graduated with a degree in cosmetology from Paris Beauty Academy in Cedar Rapids in 1947.

Wed
03
Apr

Harvey Guenther

Harvey Guenther

 

 

Harvey E. Guenther, 92, of Fredericksburg, died Thursday, March 7, 2019, at Community Memorial Hospital in Sumner.

Wed
03
Apr

Billee Conner

Billee Conner

 

 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on April 13, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in West Union for Beulah “Billee” Conner.

Family and friends are invited to attend.

Billee Conner was born October 25, 1923 and died October 16, 2018.

  

Wed
03
Apr

Dale Bodensteiner

Dale Bodensteiner

 

 

 

Services were held for Dale Raymond Bodenteiner 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the St. Luke’s Catholic Church, St. Lucas, Iowa. The clergy in charge were Rev. Aaron Junge and Rev. Benedict Croell. 

Dale Raymond Bodensteiner, age, 64, of St. Lucas, Iowa passed away on March 25, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Society in West Union, IA where he was a resident for the past two years.    

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