Obituaries

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Tue
10
Dec

Anna Mae Donlon

Anna Mae (Thole) Donlon, 86, of Elkader, died November 22, 2019, at home in Haines City, Florida. She was born at Petersburg, IA, to Joseph Frank and Anna Mary Thole.

She is survived by her husband Luke of Elkader; her children Jeff Donlon, Laure (Marc) Trenkamp and Mike (Rhonda) Donlon of Elkader; grandchildren, Jennifer Donlon, Jill (Brandon) Stannard, Mathew Donlon (Jessica Werger & daughter Jayda) Lexie (Austin) Ceaglske, Kelly Donlon (Bryce Sivesind), April Donlon and six great-grandchildren, Payton, Weston and JoJo Stannard, Grace, Grant and Grahm Ceaglske, sister, Sr. Amelia Thole and brother Ernie Thole

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Elkader assisted the family. Online condolences may be left with www.graufuneralhomes.com

Tue
10
Dec

Herbert Howard Frisch

Herbert Howard Frisch, 70, of Elkader, formerly of Waterloo, died Sunday, December 1st at MercyOne Elkader Medical Center after a short battle with cancer.

Herb was born on December 12, 1948, in Waterloo, son of Howard and Ruth Frisch. He married Beverly A. Neitzel on June 21, 1969, in Waterloo.

Herb was an electrician and instrumentation technician at John Deere PEC in Waterloo for 41 years. He was a veteran who served with the US Air Force from 1969-1973.

A memorial service will be held on December 12, 2019, at the American Legion Post 138 in Waterloo, IA. Public visitation will be from 4-6 p.m.

 

Tue
03
Dec

Milo Edward Doerring

Milo Edward Doerring, 84, of Luana, Iowa died Sunday, November 24, 2019, at Elkader Care Center, Elkader, Iowa. Milo Edward was born February 2, 1935, to Lester and Alice (Pruess) Doerring in rural Luana, Iowa. He was baptized at St. Paul Lutheran Church and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church. Milo attended Eno Country School through the eighth grade. He served in the National Guard from 1957 to 1963.

Milo was united in marriage with Diane O’Neal on July 16, 1960, at The Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. He enjoyed playing cards and yahtzee, with Diane being his best competitor. Milo’s greatest joy was being a grandpa and later a great-grandpa. He never missed a game or activity that they were involved in and was always their biggest fan. His life was farming and his John Deere tractors. Milo was known far and wide for his homemade sausage and took great pride in sharing it with friends and neighbors.

Tue
26
Nov

Dorene Larson


Dorene Dorothy Larson, 81, of McGregor, Iowa died Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at MercyOne Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa. Dorene was born April 5, 1938 to Frederick and Florence (Meier) Becker on the family farm in McGregor, Iowa. Visitation was held from 3 to 7 pm on Monday, November 25, 2019, at Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Monona, Iowa. There was a one-hour visitation before services at the church on Tuesday. Funeral services were at 10:30 am on Tuesday, November 26, at Living Faith United Methodist Parish, Giard, Iowa. Burial followed at Giard Cemetery, Giard, Iowa. Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Monona, Iowa assisted the family with arrangements.

 

Tue
26
Nov

Noreen (Berns) Rowland


Noreen (Berns) Rowland, age 96, of Garnavillo, IA, passed away Friday, November 22, 2019, at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital in Guttenberg, IA. Arrangements were handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Garnavillo, IA where the family received friends from 2 pm to 7 pm, Monday, November 25, 2019, and one hour before service at church. Funeral service was at St. Joseph Catholic Church Garnavillo, at 10 am, Tuesday, November 26, with Rev. Marvin Bries officiating. Interment was at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Garnavillo, IA.

 

Mon
18
Nov

Duane Bruening


Duane Brueing

Duane Kenneth Bruening, died peacefully at Barthell O.E.S Home in Decorah, Iowa, on November 3, 2019, at the age of 90.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 8, 2019, at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Decorah with Rev. Donald Hertges and Rev. Msgr. Edward Lechtenberg officiating. Burial was in St. Benedict Catholic Cemetery in Decorah with military honors. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, November 7, at St. Benedict Catholic Church and on Friday beginning at 10 a.m., one hour before the service, at the church.

Mon
04
Nov

John "Jack" Moyna

John “Jack” Moyna, 85, of Elkader, was born on April 21, 1934, in Strawberry Point, Iowa, to the parents Katherine “McCormick” Moyna and Cecile Moyna. After an amazing 85 years of life, he passed away on October 24, 2019.

Throughout John’s 85 years of life, he has left us with a legacy that will live on forever. John was the President of C.J. Moyna & Sons, Inc. for over 50 years. He denied that he was retired, and his ritual was to go out to the shop daily and share his wisdom with everyone. The only difficulty he had was in most years of “retirement” he would run out of vacation time because of all his travels.

Fri
25
Oct

Lylina Dittmer

Lylina Ann (Robbins) Dittmer, 44, of Elkader, IA, died Friday, October 18, 2019, at MercyOne, in Elkader. She was born February 22, 1975, to Lyle R. Robbins, Sr. of Anita, IA, and Gloria A. Robbins of Elkader.

Lylina attended school at Central Community School of Elkader and graduated in 1993. Lylina attended and graduated Kirkwood Community College 1995, with an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts and Media.

She was united in marriage to Douglas John Dittmer on September 23, 1995, at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader. They have one daughter, Erin Jo Dittmer, an 8th grader at Central Community School.

Lylina worked at Elkader Care Center for 10 years and RISE Group Home for 10 years along with being an EMT for MercyOne for 15 years. Lylina was dedicated to her EMT service, helping at extra times whenever needed, and many extra hours working on the nursing floor of the hospital.

Fri
25
Oct

Carl Hackert

Carl Duane Hakert, 75, of Elkader, passed away on Sunday, October 13, 2019, at the Elkader Care Center. He was born April 2, 1944, in Wadena, to George M. and Esther C. (Fritz) Hakert. Carl attended Central Community School, graduating with the Class of 1962. He served in the United States Air Force, stationed in Europe.

He was united in marriage to Sandra Kay Burlingame on April 14, 1984, in Calmar, IA. Carl was Parts Manager at Red Country and Windridge for many years and also farmed. He enjoyed playing softball, hunting, fishing and playing cards. In the fall Carl would love to go squirrel hunting and was very good at it. For several years he had an annual squirrel fry for several men.

Carl was an instigator—he loved to “stir up” people—then walk away and laugh!

Fri
25
Oct

Leila Klinkenberg

Leila Klinkenberg, 94, of Davenport, formerly of St. Olaf, died Monday, October 14, 2019, at the Kahl Home in Davenport, IA. She was born at home on the farm to Arno and Leona (Lenth) Glawe on April 29, 1925. She attended a small country school and graduated from Farmersburg High School with the Class of 1942. When not in school, Leila would work on the farm.

She was united in marriage to Richard Klinkenberg on January 19, 1948, at Zion Lutheran Church, Clayton Center, IA. The couple farmed near St. Olaf until retiring in 1988. Leila and Richard became the parents of two children, Deborah and Jerry.

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