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Tue
13
Aug

Mary Bries

Mary Bries
December 14, 1946-August 4, 2019

Mary J. Bries, 72, of Elkader, died peacefully on Sunday, August 4, 2019. As was her wish, she passed away in her own home surrounded by her children.

 
A funeral mass was held at 10 a.m., Saturday, August 10, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Garnavillo. Mary’s children received visitors from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 9, at the St. Joseph’s Church Hall in Garnavillo.

Mary Jean Berns was born in Guttenberg December 14, 1946, to Peter and Marie Langel Berns. She was joined in marriage to Charles Bries on February 17, 1968 (25 years and one day after her parents were wed) at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Garnavillo. Over the course of their 51 years of marriage, Mary and Charlie raised four children who blessed them with 12 grandchildren.

Tue
06
Aug

Sonya Stagman

Sonya Stagman
July 23, 1961-July 26, 2019

Sonya Fay Stagman, 58, of Farmersburg, Iowa died Friday, July 26, 2019, at Northgate Care Center in Waukon, Iowa. Sonya Fay was born July 23, 1961, to Clark and Sandra (Cota) Roeder in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She graduated from Central High School.

Sonya was united in marriage with Rodney Stagman on June 29, 1991, at St. John Lutheran Church in Farmersburg, Iowa. Throughout the years she worked for Monona Wire for 20 years, part-time with Service Guard, packaged cheese for Swiss Valley in St. Olaf and worked at Fluorescent Light in Monona, Iowa. Sonya was also the director of the Farmers Market in Monona and sold Avon. She enjoyed helping at the church, quilting, knitting, fishing and baking.

Sonya is survived by her husband, Rodney Stagman of Farmersburg, Iowa; two best friends, Lady and Daisy; and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clark and Sandra Roeder; and her grandparents.

Tue
06
Aug

Lee Roy Coanner

November 9, 1958-June 27, 2019

Lee Roy Coanner, 60, of Omaha, NE, formerly of Elkader, passed away of a sudden illness on June 27, 2019.

Lee Roy was born in Clarksdale, MS, November 9, 1958, to Willie and Rosie (Swopshire) Coanner.

Survivors include his daughters: Cadeisha Jones and her children, Ny-Dier, Royality and Willie; Suenora Conner and her daughter, Khloe, both of Milwaukee, WI; and Raelynn Jean Coanner and her mother, Cathy Knudtson, Elkader, IA; a brother, Macon Coanner, Las Vegas; sisters Orlena Jackson, Las Vegas, and Rosie Lee Coanner, Omaha, NE; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Lee Roy was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Frank Lee Coanner and Lourenzie Coanner; and grandson, Malachi Lee.

Wed
24
Jul

Lee Roy Coanner

September 29, 1958-June 27, 2019

 

Lee Roy Coanner, 60, of Omaha, NE, formerly of Elkader, passed away of a sudden illness on June 27, 2019.

Lee Roy was born in Clarksdale, MS, November 29, 1958, to Willie and Rosie (Swopshire) Coanner.

Survivors include his daughters: Cadeisha Jones and her children, Ny-Dier, Royality and Willie; Suenora Coanner and her daughter, Khloe, both of Milwaukee, WI; and Raelynn Jean Coanner and her mother, Cathy Knudtson, Elkader, IA; a brother, Macon Coanner, Las Vegas; sisters Orlena Jackson, Las Vegas, and Rosie Lee Coanner, Omaha, NE; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Lee Roy was spreceded in death by his parents; brothers Frank Lee Coanner and Lourenzie Coanner; and grandson, Malachi Lee.

Wed
24
Jul

Darrell Johnson

Darrell Johnson
January 30, 1956-July 16, 2019

Darrell Lee Johnson, Ph. D., 63, of Castalia, Iowa died Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  Darrell Lee was born on January 30, 1956 in Ames, Iowa to Milton Lee and Myrtle Jane (Engelby) Johnson. He was baptized in Winnebago Lutheran Church in rural Lake Mills. Darrell was confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church in Elkader, Iowa.  He attended school in Elkader, graduated from High School in 1974.  He earned degrees beginning with Bachelor of Science-Math from Iowa State University (ISU) Ames, Iowa 1979, Bachelor of Arts-Philosophy ISU 1982, Master of Arts-Philosophy Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois, 1985, PHD- Philosophy Southern Illinois, Carbondale, IL 1992.

Wed
24
Jul

Marie Erickson

Marie Erickson
June 3, 1921-July 11, 2019

Marie Alice (Belschner) Erickson Shea, 98, formerly of Volga, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2019, at the Elkader Care Center. Marie was born June 3, 1921, at home four miles north of Hawkeye by the Turkey River. She was the daughter of Lillian (Hoepfner) and Richard Belschner. She had an older brother, Ervin, and younger brother, Harold. Marie was baptized and confirmed at the Hawkeye Lutheran Church, Hawkeye.

She was very athletic and played basketball all four years of high school. She was chosen captain her senior year and named top guard in Fayette County. Marie graduated from Hawkeye High School in 1939.

She joined the Catholic religion a year before her marriage to William Elbert Erickson on February 6, 1946, at Holy Name Catholic Church in West Union. Five children were born to this union. William passed away on October 31, 1966. She later married Loy Shea at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Volga, on September 22, 1973. Loy passed away January 12, 1985.

Tue
09
Jul

James Olinger

James Olinger
August 19, 1930-July 7, 2019

James Lewis Olinger, 88, of Strawberry Point, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2019, at his home. He was born on August 19, 1930, in Strawberry Point, the son of Paul and Nellie (Farmer) Olinger. James received his education in the Strawberry Point Schools.  

On December 26, 1957, James was united in marriage to Mary Marlene Avis at St. John Catholic Church in Coggon. Four children were born to this union.  James was a lifelong farmer.  

James was also a longtime member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Strawberry Point. He enjoyed square dancing, as well as playing cards and games.

Tue
09
Jul

Delvin “Del” Tieden

Delvin “Del” Tieden
July 2, 2019

Delvin “Del” Dale Tieden, Sr., 64, of rural Elkader, died Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at MercyOne Health System in Elkader. He was born in McGregor, to Duane and Margaret “Darlene” Entwisle Tieden. Del was baptized and confirmed at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader.

Del attended Central Community School, Elkader. He was united in marriage to Karen Roeder on December 15, 1979, at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader. Del worked many years as a hired man for Richard Troester, Alto Kelly, and George Leonard. He also worked on the family farm until his parents retired from farming. Del was employed as a construction worker running heavy equipment for Carlsons, Tesar, and Moynas. He was especially happy driving semi trucks for Ray’s Excavating until he finally retired.

Tue
09
Jul

Florence Bruns

Florence Bruns
May 1, 1919-July 1, 2019

Florence Pauline Amelia Bruns, 100, of Monona, Iowa, died Monday, July 1, 2019, at Good Samaritan Society in Waukon, Iowa. Florence was born May 1, 1919 to Emil and Amelia (Schultz) Aulerich on the family farm two miles west of Monona. She was baptized May 18, 1919, by Rev. Albert Daugs and also confirmed by him August 27, 1933, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monona. Florence graduated from Luana High School in 1936, and attended Iowa State Teachers College.

Florence was united in marriage with Otmar H. Bruns on November 25, 1937, at St. Paul Lutheran Church by Rev. H.W. Siefkes. Two sons were born to this union: Gary Otmar and Brent Louis. The couple farmed southwest of Monona, along with having an insurance business. They moved to Monona in August 1964.

Tue
02
Jul

Evan Drew Coobs

Evan Drew Coobs
November 11, 1963-June 24, 2019

Evan Drew Coobs passed away on June 24, 2019, in Champaign, Illinois. He was 55 years old.

Evan was born on November 11, 1963, in Oelwein, Iowa, the son of Edward W. Coobs and Doris A. (Rodenberg) Coobs.  He graduated from Central High School, Elkader, Iowa, (1982), the University of Iowa College of Business (Accounting) and the University of Iowa College of Law (1989).

He was married to Karen Marie (McGann) Coobs in Peoria, Illinois on July 4, 1987.  He is survived by Karen and their children, Evan Drew (Marie) Coobs II; Abigail Marie (Kale) Brinkoetter; and Katherine Anne (Jacob) Chesnut, and grandchildren Kayla Jo Coobs and Evan Drew Coobs III; siblings Earl Coobs, Donna Strange, Eric Coobs, and Cory Coobs; and numerous aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

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