Harold Frank Vorwald

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Harold Frank Vorwald, 83, Monona, died peacefully with his family by his side on Monday, Dec. 18, at North Gate Care Center, Waukon.


He was born on June 18, 1934, on his family farm outside of Clayton. His parents were Erwin (Jack) and Agnes (Burr) Vorwald. He attended Country School Rural Clayton through the third grade, then attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School through the tenth grade. Harold graduated from Garnavillo High School in the class of 1952. 


Harold was married on June 14, 1956, to his loving wife Joanne Jarms, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Garnavillo. Harold also received baptism, first communion, and confirmation at St. Joseph’s. 


As a devoted farmer, Harold worked during his high school years for various farmers in the area. After his graduation, Harold worked for the John Deere factory in Dubuque, Iowa. He then came back to the E. H. Vorwald family farm, and became a full-time farmer. In 1962, Harold and Joanne moved to Monona where they continued to farm and raise their seven children together up until an unfortunate farming accident that occurred on May 17, 2011. 


Although Harold was no longer on the farm, he remained active in the operation while residing at Northgate Care Center in Waukon through family visits. Farming was Harold’s passion, he worked hard, enjoyed his life, and always had time for an ice cold Old Milwaukee and a dip of Copenhagen. He always enjoyed telling stories to whomever would come to visit him about the “Good ‘ol Days.” Harold valued his time spent with the Moritz family at Har-Gas Hideaway. His favorite visitors were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed following their many sporting events and activities; his face would always light up at the sight of his family. He was also a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Monona, and an Honorary Knights of Columbus member. 


Harold is survived by his wife, Joanne, of sixty-one years; his seven beloved children, Sheryl (Robert) Ward, Luana, Daniel (Kay) Vorwald, Monona, Michael (Lori) Vorwald, McGegor, Larry (Amy) Vorwald, McGregor, David Vorwald, Waukon, Lisa (Kevin) Duffy, Dewitt, and Gina (Charles) Roys, McGregor. Harold is also survived by his brother, Lloyd (Patricia) Vorwald, Holy Cross; sisters, Mary (Dale) Dettman, St. Olaf, and Karla (Harlan) Dettman, McGregor; his sisters-in-law, Betty Kiesau, Postville, MaryLou Jarms, Tucson, Ariz.; along with several nieces and nephews, and cousins. 


Harold also had a special spot in his heart for his grandchildren, Abbie (Randy) Bear, Jenifer and Mollie Ward, Danielle (Ben) Schlake, Jacob (Katie) Vorwald, Jordan Vorwald, Matthew (Leigh) Vorwald, Kirk Vorwald, Kory Vorwald, Rachel (Bradley) Welch, Kaleb Vorwald, Nick McKee, Kayla (Chris) Schmidt, Bryce McKee, Jack Vorwald, Jenna, Krista, Colin, and Kara Duffy, Laycee, Mikayla, and Alek Roys. Harold also had fourteen great-grandchildren and two more on the way. 


Harold is preceded in death by his parents, Ervin (Jack) and Agnes Vorwald; his father and mother-in-law, Harold and Helen Jarms; his two sisters, Janice Elsbury and Joyce Vorwald; a sister-in-law, Marlys Frye; brothers-in-law, Robert Kiesau, Don Jarms, William Jarms, Robert Frye and Leo Elsbury; and a nephew, Richard Curran.


Visitation will be held on Friday, Dec. 22, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Leonard–Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Monona. Visitation will also be held one hour before mass time on Saturday at the church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Dec. 23, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Monona. The Rev. Nils de Jesus Hernandez will be the celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery, Monona. Condolences may be left at www.graufuneralhomes.com. Leonard–Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Monona, is in charge of arrangements.



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