Obituaries

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Tue
26
Mar

Lyle J. Pritchard

Lyle J. Pritchard, 89, of McGregor, died March 21, 2024, at Harmony of Waterloo, in Waterloo.

 

Tue
12
Mar

Donna M. (Yardley) Lemon

Donna M. (Yardley) Lemon, 94, was born at home in Elkader, on Dec. 6, 1929, the youngest of four children in the Susan and Aloysius Losch family. At the age of 11, she moved to California with her mother to join other family members. She graduated from Mercy High School in Burlingame in 1947 and began work as a bookkeeper for several family businesses. During those early years, she spent a lot of time doting on her young niece and nephews.

 

Tue
12
Mar

Cyril D. ‘Zeke’ DesRocher

Cyril D. “Zeke” DesRocher, age 89, of Prairie du Chien, Wis., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, at Benedictine Manor in La Crosse, Wis. He was born in Prairie du Chien on Feb. 25, 1935, the son of Filbert and Marie (DuCharme) DesRocher. After high school he enlisted and served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Alaska during the Korean War performing communication duties. Following his service, Zeke attended UW-Platteville, graduating with a teaching degree. He began his teaching career in Sun Prairie and also bartended at Ishnala in the Wisconsin Dells during the summer months. He returned to Prairie du Chien and taught at both the high school and junior high.

Tue
05
Mar

Harold R. McMillin

Harold Robert McMillin, Jr., 78, of Guttenberg, son of Harold Sr. and Marie (Carlson) McMillin was born March 28, 1945, in McGregor. Harold passed away unexpectedly on March 2, 2024. He faced many health challenges in his life and fought each one with resilience and courage.

 

Tue
05
Mar

Denise L. King

Denise L. King, age 67, of Elkader, passed away at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids on Feb. 23, 2024. She was born May 26, 1956, in West Union, the daughter of Philip J. Samuelson and Marjorie (Holloway) Samuelson. She was a graduate of Central Community High School in Elkader. 

 

Tue
05
Mar

Jane Schmitz

Jane Schmitz, 87, of Arkadelphia, Ark., and formerly of Ossian, died Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, at her home. 

 

Tue
27
Feb

Joanne Collins Stewart

Joanne Schultz Collins Stewart, 84, of McGregor, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024, in Gulf Shores, Ala. Joanne was born on Feb. 7, 1939, to Earl and Maude (Pare) Schultz in Giard. “Joanie,” as her mother called her, attended elementary school in the one-room schoolhouse called Summit Hill, west of McGregor, and later played guard on the girls’ basketball team for three years at Mar-Mac High, where she earned her high school diploma as a member of the tight-knit, Statler Bros. immortalized “Class of ’57.”

Tue
20
Feb

Todd M. Godden

Todd Michael Godden, 77 of Elkader, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024, at Strawberry Point Lutheran Home in Strawberry Point. He was born Oct. 18, 1946, to Theodore “Ted” and Edith (Fairweather) Godden in Edgewood. Todd graduated from Central High School and proudly joined and served in the United States Army, where he was stationed in Germany.

 

Tue
20
Feb

Ivanelle J. Wilke

Ivanelle Jean Boehm Wilke, 90, of Elkader, passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 15, 2024. She was born on April 5, 1933, in Elk Township, Elkport, the daughter of Emil and Eva (Schultz) Boehm. She received her education at Mount Harmony Country School. She worked at several places in Elkport and Elkader throughout her life. She especially enjoyed being a waitress at the Bridge Cafe when she was young.

 

Tue
20
Feb

Darlene Meyer

Darlene Meyer, 95, of Eagle, passed away with her family at her side on Feb. 8, 2024. She was born Darlene Amanda Ann Wehrkamp on Nov. 21, 1928, in Guttenberg. She was the only child of Herman and Adele Wehrkamp.

 

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