Obituaries

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Tue
07
Jan

Geneva Hoth

Geneva Ann Hoth, 87, of Monona, Iowa passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 22, 2019, surrounded by family at Gundersen Health Care, LaCrosse, Wisconsin. She was born on March 3, 1932, in rural Guttenberg, Iowa to Ray and Pearl (Taake) Marmann. She was raised in rural Elkader and attended Hanover Country School. Gen was baptized, confirmed and later united in marriage with Vernon Hoth on May 10, 1956, at Peace United Church of Christ, Elkader, Iowa.

Gen was a member of the St. Olaf Auxiliary Unit #388 and Peace United Church of Christ, along with being a homemaker and loving mother. She was employed over the years at St. Olaf Coop Grocery, Wilke’s Grocery in Monona, Iowa and Johnson’s Restaurant in Elkader, Iowa. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking, bingo, playing cards, and polka music. Gen loved spending time with her family and she was blessed to celebrate fifty years of marriage with her loving husband.

Tue
07
Jan

Roger Scott

 

Roger F Scott, 69, died Dec. 20, 2019 of natural causes.  He would have celebrated his 70th birthday Dec. 23, 2019.  Roger was from Elkader, Iowa, but had been a Marion/Cedar Rapids resident since his kids were young.  He was a teacher at English Valley and coached the EV Bears in football and wrestling early in his career.  He worked for Borst Brothers Construction during his tenure in Marion and retired in 2008.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved to cheer on the Iowa Hawkeyes with his close friends and family.

Roger is preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Marion Scott and his nephew, Craig Noggle.

Mon
30
Dec

Ivanelle Garms

Ivanelle Martha Caroline Garms, 95, of Monona, Iowa died Thursday, December 19, 2019, at Good Samaritan Center, Postville, Iowa. She was born May 14, 1924, to Lorenz Sr and Adele (Fascher) Lenth in rural Luana.

On June 6, 1943, Ivanelle was united in marriage with LaVerne Garms at St. John Lutheran Church in Luana. They were married 67 years and farmed near Monona until their retirement. In their later years they resided at the Garden View Living Center in Monona.

Ivanelle is survived by her five children, Wayne (Lois) Garms of Monona, Judy (Rex) Carlson of Woodbury, Minnesota, Keith (Kathy) Garms of Elkader, Kristy (Joey) Rigdon of Fairbank and Laurie (Phil Steffen) Garms of Dubuque; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Mon
30
Dec

Verna Medberry

Verna Anna Medberry, 96, of West Union, Iowa, formerly of Volga and Elgin, Iowa passed away on Thursday, December 19, 2019, due to natural causes. Verna was born October 1, 1923, the daughter of Henry W. and Sabina Gross at her family’s Eldorado, Iowa farm home. She attended Dover Number 2 School in Eldorado until she entered West Union High School. She continued her post-secondary education at Cedar Rapids Business College and upon graduation 1942 was employed at 1st National Bank, West Union, Iowa until her marriage to Glen Medberry August 14, 1949. They farmed north of Volga, Iowa until retiring to Elgin, Iowa.  Glen passed away Feb. 10, 2014.  Verna resided at Stoney Brook Village, West Union, Iowa, the past five years.

 

Mon
23
Dec

Joe Dougherty

Joseph Emmet Dougherty shed his earthly shoes and entered the house of his Creator on December 15, 2019. He was 87. "Joe" to everyone who knew him, passed peacefully in the Elkader home he shared with his wife of 66 years, Jean Dougherty. Joe and Jean were married on Valentine’s Day in 1953. A respected businessman, Joe’s life was defined by his service to country and family. He was a decorated war veteran who saw tours of duty in Inchon during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army as a sergeant on July 20, 1954. He was a long-term member of the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus.

Mass of Christian burial was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 21 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elkader with Rev. John Haugen as Celebrant. A private ceremony for family followed at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. There was no visitation prior to services. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been has been established.

Mon
23
Dec

Vivian Nuehring

May 18, 1925-December 13, 2019

Vivian Nuehring, 94, of Elkader, Iowa formerly of Farmersburg, Iowa died Friday, December 13, 2019, at Elkader Care Center, Elkader, Iowa. She was born May 18, 1925, to Ray and Lucille (Ricketts) Canoe near Pleasant Ridge, rural Monona, Iowa. She attended Swede Ridge Country School and Monona High School through the eleventh grade.

Vivian was preceded in death by her husband, Fred in 1992; sons, Curt and Ron Nuehring; her parents and sisters, Gretta Baxter and Ellen Ferguson.

Visitation was Tuesday, December 17, 2019, from 5-7 p.m. at Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Monona, Iowa and one hour before services at the church on Wednesday. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at St. John Lutheran Church, Farmersburg, Iowa with Rev. Jerome Godson as the Officiant. Burial followed at Monona Cemetery, Monona, Iowa.

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Monona, assisted the family with arrangements.

Wed
18
Dec

Martha Marrah

Martha Ellen (Robbins) Marrah, 67, of Deland FL, formerly of Elkader, passed away peacefully December 9, 2019, at home in DeLand Florida of Glioblastoma multiforme brain cancer with her husband Joe by her side.

 

 Martha was born in West Union Iowa on January 22, 1952. She was raised on a farm south of Mederville by her parents, John and Gladys Robbins. Martha graduated at Elkader Central High School in 1970. On June 20, 1970, she was united in marriage to Joe Marrah of Elkader, formerly of Strawberry Point, IA. To this union they were blessed with two boys, Brian of Sanford, Florida and David of Kansas City, MO.

 

Survived by husband Joe, Deland, FL, sons Brian of Sanford, FL, and David and wife Carrie of Kansas City, MO, grandchildren Austin, Ellie and Brextin, Kansas City, MO; brother, Harry (Gloria) Robbins, Elkader and sister, Celia Proctor, Neosho, MO.

 

Wed
18
Dec

Roger Kuhse

 

     Roger LeRoy Frederick Kuhse, 86, Postville, Iowa, died Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at Garden View Assisted Living, Monona, Iowa. Roger was born October 18, 1933 to Victor and Evelyn (Koth) Kuhse in Postville, Iowa. He joined and served in the United States Army from June 1953 to May 1955, serving one year in Korea and six months in Japan.

     Roger was united in marriage with Janet Alice Welper on September 15, 1956, at Zion Reformed Church in Waukon, Iowa, with Rev. W.E. Odenbach as the officiant. Together they lived on a farm south of Postville until October 2015. Roger enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing and especially snowmobiling. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Northeast Iowa Trail Blazers, Clayton County Snowbirds and the American Legion of Postville.

Visitation was held on Sunday, December 8, 2019, from 3-6 p.m. at the Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Monona, Iowa. There was also a visitation one hour before services at the church on Monday. Funeral services were held on Monday, December 9, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Postville, Iowa, with the Rev. Lynn Noel officiating. Burial followed in the Postville Cemetery, Postville, Iowa, with military rites.

Schutte - Grau Funeral Homes and Cremation Services of Postville, Iowa, was in charge of arrangements.

 

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.

 

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