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Allen John Berns

Allen John Berns, 59, of Monona, died Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Great River Care Center of McGregor. Allen John was born Oct. 30, 1958 to Louis Henry and Wilma Ann (Duetmeyer) Berns in Dubuque. He graduated from MFL High School in 1977.

Allen was self-employed and in his spare time enjoyed fishing, classic cars, riding motorcycles and playing cards.

Allen is survived by his two daughters, Amy Berns of Monona,  and Kristina (Keith) Thompson of Monona; grandchildren, Drew and Mason Hird and Vivian Thompson; his father, Louis H. Berns of Monona; his brothers, Dan (Lisa) Berns of Farmersburg, Ron (Barb) Berns of Monona, Tom (Jo) Berns of Luana, and Brian (Kerri) Berns of Luana; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Timothy William Mason

Timothy William Mason, 67, of Marquette, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse. Tim was born on Oct. 8, 1950, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Charles J. and Cecelia Margaret (O’Brien) Mason. He graduated from Mar-Mac High School and went on to attend college at both NIACC in Mason City and the University of Iowa in Iowa City.


Darlene Ann Westemeier

Darlene Ann Westemeier (Hallberg), 76, of Blue Eye, Mo., formally of Platteville/Cuba City, Wis., passed away on Sept. 3,  after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on Nov. 6, 1941 in McGregor, to Otto and Merriel Hallberg (Johnson).

She leaves three children, Dave Westemeier, Janet (Mick) Pinkham and Bob (Erika)Westemeier, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Darlene is survived by her brothers Don (Cherie) Hallberg and Dean Hallberg and sister Elaine Phelps.


Harlan F. Hass

Harlan F. Hass, 93, of rural McGregor, died Saturday, Sept. 8,  at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, Wis. Harlan was born Oct. 29, 1924, on the family farm near McGregor. He was the son of Fred and Pearl (Thompson) Hass. He was baptized at the EUB church in Monona. Harlan graduated with the class of 1941 in Monona. In August of 1945, he entered the U.S. Marine Corps and served until September of 1946. On Oct. 25, 1947, he was united in marriage to Dolores Jean Peters in Monona. 


Arlyn Arthur Schroeder

Arlyn Arthur Schroeder, 69, of Monona, died Monday, Sept. 3, in the home he grew up in, built by his parents in 1959, following a two-year-long battle with Multiple Myeloma. He was born May 25, 1949, to Loren and Arleen (Maker) Schroeder in Oelwein. Arlyn was baptized on July 10, 1949, and confirmed June 14, 1964, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Monona. He graduated from MFL High School in 1968. Arlyn proudly served in the United States Army from April 3, 1969 to April 2, 1971, during the Vietnam War.


Clinton A. Dennis

Clinton A. Dennis, 82, of Cedar Rapids, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Aug. 26. A visitation will be held on Friday, Aug. 31, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Cedar Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Saturday. Sept. 1, at 10 a.m., at First Lutheran Church, in Cedar Rapids. Burial will follow at 3:30 p.m., sy Pleasant Grove Cemetery, McGregor.

Clint was a part of the Mississippi from the time he was born. He grew up in Waterloo, and was a graduate of Waterloo West High School. He went on to wrestle for Iowa State University and graduated with a B.A. in industrial engineering. He was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity and an avid Cyclone fan.


Lloyd Carl Ernest Drahn

Lloyd Carl Ernest Drahn, 100, of Monona, died July 26, at Good Samaritan in Postville. 

He was born March 27, 1918, on the family farm near Froelich, to parents Fred and Emilie Kaiser Drahn. He was the ninth of eleven children and his mother stated, he was the only one to wait for the doctor to arrive for delivery. Thus began a lifelong love of farming and stewardship of land and farm animals. Lloyd was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monona. Lloyd attended the Drahn Country School and graduated from Monona High School in 1935. This education began a love of reading and poetry in particular. Lloyd would be referred to as a “farmer poet” and was known to recite poetry from these days until the end of his life.


Ruth Andresen Bickel

Ruth Andresen Bickel, a resident of Cottage Grove Place in Cedar Rapids, died peacefully on Aug. 6, after a short illness. She was surrounded by family at her death.

Ruth was born Sept. 12, 1920, in Flensburg, Germany to Antonia Panitz Andresen and Claus August Andresen. Her father was a violinist and landscape painter who, with Antonia and Ruth, immigrated to the United States aboard the Westphalia. They arrived at Ellis Island July 4, 1923. Shortly thereafter they made their way by train to Dysart, Iowa where Claus Andresen’s brother owned a house painting company. 


Stephen Warner Towle

Stephen Warner Towle, 81, of Paw Paw, passed away July 13, at his home. 

He was born in McGregor, Iowa, on Feb. 9, 1937, to the late William Irving and LaVonne (Prouty) Towle. On Nov. 7, 1959, he was united in marriage to Virgene (Berns) Towle.


Erwin Ruff


Erwin Ruff, 92, of McGregor, died Friday, May 25, at his home in McGregor, in the care of his family. 


He was born on May 28, 1925, to Edmund and Clara (Berns) Ruff in National. Erwin joined the U.S. Army, served in World War II and was honorably discharged.


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