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Wed
14
Nov

William “Bill” Kramer

William “Bill” Kramer
May 15, 1941 to November 4, 2018

William Franklin “Bill” Kramer, 77, of Elkader, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 4, 2018, following a long battle with SCA (Spinal Cerebrum Atrophy) at the Elkader Care Center surrounded by his family. The family made the decision to donate his body to the University of Iowa Deeded Body Program.

Bill was born to Alfred and Charlotte (Dohrer) Kramer May 15, 1941, in Elkader. He was baptized and confirmed at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader. He attended Elkader Central Schools, graduating with the Class of 1959. After graduation, he worked for Commercial Wire Products in Rockford, IL. In 1963, he was instrumental in establishing another plant location in Elkader called Elkader Wire Display Company, where he became the plant foreman.

In 1964, he joined the Army National Guard serving six years and was honorably discharge in 1970.

He was united in marriage to Sandy Burgett on February 17, 1968, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elkader.

Wed
14
Nov

Dorothy Keltner

Dorothy Keltner
June 23, 1923 to November 9, 2018

Dorothy Jean Keltner, 95, of Edgewood, Iowa, passed away on Friday, November 9, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. She was born on June 23, 1923, in rural Edgewood, the daughter of Ralph Emerson and Luella Minnie (Hamlett) Pilgrim. Dorothy was raised and educated in Edgewood and graduated from Edgewood High School in 1940. She then attended Upper Iowa University in Fayette and received her teaching certificate. Dorothy taught in rural school for several years.

 
On January 23, 1943, Dorothy was united in marriage to Kenneth Appleton in Inglewood, California. One daughter, Susan, was born to this union. During WWII on October 18, 1945, Kenneth, a test pilot, was killed in an airplane accident. After Kenneth’s death, Dorothy returned to Edgewood, Iowa, to teach.

Wed
07
Nov

A salute to veterans Henry Lembke: A long voyage home

A salute to veterans Henry Lembke: A long voyage home

By Pat McTaggart
Freelance Writer

Like thousands of other Iowa boys, Northeast Iowa native Henry Lembke registered for the draft on June 5, 1917, the date that all males between the ages of 21 and 30 were required to do so. World War I was raging in Europe, with America entering into the conflict on April 6. The Army was undergoing a massive transformation from a peacetime force to a force that would be needed to confront the enemy, and that force needed men. 

Wed
07
Nov

Anna Mae Cheeseman

October 11, 1923 to October 15, 2018
Anna Mae Cheeseman

Anna Mae Cheeseman, 95, our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away in her home on October 15, 2018. Anna Mae spent her life serving, helping and guiding others.

She was born in Elgin, IA on October 11, 1923, to Clara Anderson Brabham and William Brabham and was the youngest of two children. After her father’s death, when Anna Mae was two years old, she and her brother, Bill, were raised by her mother, who worked as a farmer, housekeeper and practical nurse.

Wed
07
Nov

Ila Mae Fenchel

April 27, 1929 to October 29, 2018
Ila Mae Fenchel

Ila Mae Fenchel, 89, a resident of Mason City, IA since 1959, passed away on Monday, October 29, 2018, at the IOOF Home and Community Therapy Center in Mason City, Iowa.

 Visitation was held Saturday, November 3, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. at Major-Erickson Funeral Home, 111 North Pennsylvania Avenue, Mason City, Iowa. Per Ila’s wishes, private family graveside services will be held at Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery, Mason City, Iowa, with Pastor Steve Hansen officiating.

Wed
07
Nov

Frances Stencel

February 20, 1937 to October 22, 2018
Frances Stencel

Frances Lucile Stencel, 81, of McGregor, Iowa passed away Monday, October 22, 2018, at Great River Care Center in McGregor, Iowa. Her body is gone, but her spirit is in heaven with Jesus. She was born February 20, 1937, to Francis Baird and Lula Irene (Ferguson) Gunn. Frances graduated high school in Jacksonville, IL and continued her education at Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL and Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL, obtaining her Master’s Degree in Education.
Frances was united in marriage with John E. Stencel Jr. on June 15, 1963, in Elgin, IL. To this union two daughters were born. Throughout the years, Frances was an English teacher in Dundee, IL as well as Director of Study Skills Center and Library Head at Olney Central College in Olney, IL.  She was a member of Journey Church in Dubuque, Iowa and First Assembly of God Church in Olney.

Wed
07
Nov

L’Dean Tielbar

L’Dean Tielbar
March 2, 1936 to October 26, 2018

L’Dean Fred Tielbar, 82, of Farmersburg, IA died Friday, October 26, 2018, at his home in Farmersburg. L’Dean was born March 2, 1936, to Orval and Selma (Leupker) Tielbar on the Leupker Farm in Farmersburg. He attended Hawkeye Country School and Farmersburg High School and graduated from MFL High School. L’Dean served in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957.

L’Dean was united in marriage with Rose Mary Amundson on October 25, 1957, at St. John Lutheran Church in Farmersburg, Iowa. Throughout the years, L’Dean drove semi, hauling milk and grain. He enjoyed playing cards and traveling, hunting and trap shooting. He played softball with the “Farmersburg Old-Timers.” He was a WWII buff, and liked building and collecting model planes. L’Dean was a lifelong member of the Farmersburg Fire Department, Monona Legion, NRA and St. John Lutheran Church.

Wed
31
Oct

Facelift for Elkader Cinema

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Elkader Cinema owners Lee and Diane Akin are closing their doors November 2. Not for good, of course. Just long enough to give the theater a much-needed makeover.

The theater is getting a new screen, new carpet and paint in the lobby, and two more channels for audio. The biggest change, however, will be the seats. The current commercial-grade plush chairs, which are about 30 years old, will be replaced with state-of-the-art reclining theater seats. This is the product the couple had installed in their Ames theater to rave reviews.

Tue
23
Oct

Meet the candidates Area voters watching two House races

Anne Osmundson (R)
Anne Osmundson (R)
Lori Egan (D)
Kayla Koether (D)
Michael Bergan (R)
Michael Bergan (R)

Clayton County voters will be paying close attention to two hotly contested Iowa State House races in the November 6 general election. In District 55, which includes the town of Elkader and a few surrounding townships, Democrat Kayla Koether is challenging Republican incumbent Michael Bergan. Democrat Lori Egan and Republican Anne Osmundson will vie for the opportunity to represent District 56, which includes most of Clayton County.
Register Editor Pam Reinig and North Iowa Times Editor Audrey Posten had an opportunity to present questions to all four candidates. Their answers follow.

Iowa House District 55

Tue
23
Oct

Maxine Johnson

Maxine Johnson
June 24, 1938 to October 10, 2018

Maxine Leah Johnson, 80, of New Hampton, Iowa, died Wednesday,  October 10, 2018 at her home in New Hampton,. Maxine was born June 24, 1938, to Donald and Marcella (Sabbann) Tayek in Linton Township, Allamakee County, Iowa. She graduated from Monona High School in 1956 and earned her degree from Upper Iowa University.

Maxine was united in marriage with John Johnson. Three children were born to this union. They later divorced. Throughout the years, Maxine was a special education teacher in Farmersburg, Iowa; secretary for Dr. Pfeiffer in McGregor, Iowa; and also worked at Community Action for many years. She was also the first woman tour guide at Spook Cave. She enjoyed making crafts, knitting and crocheting. Maxine tended a large garden and would preserve her harvests. In her spare time, she relaxed by reading and doing word search puzzles. Maxine was a 4-H member and helped with many 4-H projects.

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