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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.

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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.

 

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Clayton County Register coloring contest winners!

Congratulations to Marcia Kuempel, Garnavillo, for finishing in first place in our annual adult coloring contest. Other winners were: Bev Hamann, Ganavillo, second place; and Amanda Wagner, Prairie du Chien, and Debbie Wilke, Elkader, tied for third. Look for photos of the winning entrees in our January 1 issue.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Prairie students learning a lot in pursuing rain garden project


This is the area near the Performing Arts Center that will become the first rain garden at Prairie du Chien High School. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Gavin Knapp and Collin Kober stand next to the ebb and flow tank in the high school greenhouse that will be used to grow some of the plants for the rain garden.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Teacher Diane Colburn gave a presentation to the Prairie du Chien School Board Monday night saying that the rain garden project at the high school is proceeding nicely and she continues to seek funding.

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Biden makes Elkader Stop


Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden was accompanied on his Elkader stop by former Secretary of State John Kerry, who recently endorsed BIden.

     About 200 people turned out last Friday to hear Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden at Johnson’s Reception Hall, Elkader. The rally, which started more than an hour late, began with a big surprise: Accompanying Biden on his No Mularkey Tour was former Secretary of State John Kerry, who recently endorsed Biden to the nation’s top job.

            Sounding like a candidate himself, Kerry took 20 minutes to introduce Biden. Kerry talked about the time he spent in Iowa during his own bid for the presidency and also mentioned that he carried the state in the 2004 primary. He then touted his long working relationship with Biden, even using it as a punchline for a stab at Donald Trump.

            “The only team that’s worked more closely than us, is Trump and Putin,” he said.

            Kerry went on to say that he wasn’t endorsing Biden because he’s known him so long but because he knows him so well.

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Elkader woman Celebrates 100 years

     1919 was a very good year.

      The Treaty of Versailles was signed, bringing World War I to an end. Congress passed the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote. Babe Ruth was traded to the New York Yankees for $125,000, the largest sum ever paid for a player at that time.

      And just as importantly but a lot closer to home, Marjorie “Marge” Witt was born in Elkader to William and Virginia Witt, descendants of one of the town’s pioneering families.

     Last Saturday, Marge, who became Marge Costigan following her marriage to Clark Costigan in 1945, celebrated her 100th birthday. Her four children—Heidi, John, Colleen and Dan—threw a party in her honor. Dozens of other family members and friends attended.

     “I’m not sure what the fuss is about,” Marge said in an interview in her home a few days before the event. “I sort of expected to make it to 100. After I passed 95, it was pretty easy.”

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