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Wed
04
Sep

Mabel M. Pettlon-Elvers

Mabel M. Pettlon-Elvers, 83, died Sunday, August 25, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She was born June 27, 1935, at home, in Hazleton, Iowa, to Leslie E. and Eleanor M. (Satterlee) Davis. Mabel was baptized on April 12, 1936.
Mabel was a 1952 graduate of Stanley Consolidated High School at the age of 16. She was united in marriage to John Strawn in June 1956. John Jr. and Janell were born to this union. She married LeRoy Pettlon in November 1980. Growing up she worked hard on family farms and eventually moved to Cedar Rapids. She worked as an accountant for many years at Maurice T. Breen Co, CPA, in Cedar Rapids, Bezdek’s Floral–Garden Center in Marion, Parker Hannifin Corporation in Hiawatha. She found joy in working with numbers.

Wed
04
Sep

Minerva Adeline Leonard

Minerva Adeline Leonard, 97, of Sycamore Illinois, formerly of Farmersburg, Iowa died Sunday, August 25, 2019, at her home in the presence of family members. Minerva was born August 3, 1922, to Oscar and Nellie (Olson) Torkelson in Farmersburg, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed at Norway Lutheran Church, rural St. Olaf, Iowa. Minerva graduated from Farmersburg High School and was valedictorian of her class.

Fri
23
Aug

Clair Tschirgi

Clair Francis Tschirgi, 76, of rural Elkader, passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at Mercy One Elkader Medical Center. Clair attended school at St. Joseph’s through 8th grade, then transferred to and graduated from Central High School with the Class of 1962.
He was a farmer and mechanic – farming the family farm south of Elkader. He had the title of the “Neighborhood Mechanic.” If he did not have time to fix a vehicle for you, he would tell you how to do it. He loved tractors and attending the annual Plagman Barn event. Clair loved all Fords and Ford Tractors; he especially enjoyed his Ford pickup.

Clair was an avid animal lover who enjoyed feeding the birds and turkeys. He dearly loved his farm cats. His greatest joy was the time spent with family and friends chatting at the kitchen table over cookies and a Pepsi.
Clair was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and a Board Member of the George Maier Rural Heritage Center and Museum.

Fri
23
Aug

Nyal Clinton

Nyal Clinton, 75, of Strawberry Point, passed away peacefully Sunday, August 11, 2019, at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines. Nyal Richard, son of Vernon and Ruth (Baars) Clinton, was born on May 23, 1944, in Littleport, Iowa. He was baptized and confirmed at Hope Lutheran Church in Littleport.

Nyal attended school in Littleport and graduated from Central in Elkader in 1962. He then joined the United States Navy in June 1962. He served two tours of duty in Viet Nam and also served on the USS Kitty Hawk. Nyal earned several awards while serving his country – which he was proud to serve. He was presented a quilt at a Quilt of Valor Ceremony in August of 2017. Nyal was honorably discharged from active duty June 5, 1968.

Tue
13
Aug

Mary Bries

Mary Bries
December 14, 1946-August 4, 2019

Mary J. Bries, 72, of Elkader, died peacefully on Sunday, August 4, 2019. As was her wish, she passed away in her own home surrounded by her children.

 
A funeral mass was held at 10 a.m., Saturday, August 10, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Garnavillo. Mary’s children received visitors from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 9, at the St. Joseph’s Church Hall in Garnavillo.

Mary Jean Berns was born in Guttenberg December 14, 1946, to Peter and Marie Langel Berns. She was joined in marriage to Charles Bries on February 17, 1968 (25 years and one day after her parents were wed) at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Garnavillo. Over the course of their 51 years of marriage, Mary and Charlie raised four children who blessed them with 12 grandchildren.

Tue
06
Aug

Sonya Stagman

Sonya Stagman
July 23, 1961-July 26, 2019

Sonya Fay Stagman, 58, of Farmersburg, Iowa died Friday, July 26, 2019, at Northgate Care Center in Waukon, Iowa. Sonya Fay was born July 23, 1961, to Clark and Sandra (Cota) Roeder in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She graduated from Central High School.

Sonya was united in marriage with Rodney Stagman on June 29, 1991, at St. John Lutheran Church in Farmersburg, Iowa. Throughout the years she worked for Monona Wire for 20 years, part-time with Service Guard, packaged cheese for Swiss Valley in St. Olaf and worked at Fluorescent Light in Monona, Iowa. Sonya was also the director of the Farmers Market in Monona and sold Avon. She enjoyed helping at the church, quilting, knitting, fishing and baking.

Sonya is survived by her husband, Rodney Stagman of Farmersburg, Iowa; two best friends, Lady and Daisy; and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clark and Sandra Roeder; and her grandparents.

Tue
06
Aug

Lee Roy Coanner

November 9, 1958-June 27, 2019

Lee Roy Coanner, 60, of Omaha, NE, formerly of Elkader, passed away of a sudden illness on June 27, 2019.

Lee Roy was born in Clarksdale, MS, November 9, 1958, to Willie and Rosie (Swopshire) Coanner.

Survivors include his daughters: Cadeisha Jones and her children, Ny-Dier, Royality and Willie; Suenora Conner and her daughter, Khloe, both of Milwaukee, WI; and Raelynn Jean Coanner and her mother, Cathy Knudtson, Elkader, IA; a brother, Macon Coanner, Las Vegas; sisters Orlena Jackson, Las Vegas, and Rosie Lee Coanner, Omaha, NE; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Lee Roy was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Frank Lee Coanner and Lourenzie Coanner; and grandson, Malachi Lee.

Wed
24
Jul

Lee Roy Coanner

September 29, 1958-June 27, 2019

 

Lee Roy Coanner, 60, of Omaha, NE, formerly of Elkader, passed away of a sudden illness on June 27, 2019.

Lee Roy was born in Clarksdale, MS, November 29, 1958, to Willie and Rosie (Swopshire) Coanner.

Survivors include his daughters: Cadeisha Jones and her children, Ny-Dier, Royality and Willie; Suenora Coanner and her daughter, Khloe, both of Milwaukee, WI; and Raelynn Jean Coanner and her mother, Cathy Knudtson, Elkader, IA; a brother, Macon Coanner, Las Vegas; sisters Orlena Jackson, Las Vegas, and Rosie Lee Coanner, Omaha, NE; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Lee Roy was spreceded in death by his parents; brothers Frank Lee Coanner and Lourenzie Coanner; and grandson, Malachi Lee.

Wed
24
Jul

Darrell Johnson

Darrell Johnson
January 30, 1956-July 16, 2019

Darrell Lee Johnson, Ph. D., 63, of Castalia, Iowa died Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  Darrell Lee was born on January 30, 1956 in Ames, Iowa to Milton Lee and Myrtle Jane (Engelby) Johnson. He was baptized in Winnebago Lutheran Church in rural Lake Mills. Darrell was confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church in Elkader, Iowa.  He attended school in Elkader, graduated from High School in 1974.  He earned degrees beginning with Bachelor of Science-Math from Iowa State University (ISU) Ames, Iowa 1979, Bachelor of Arts-Philosophy ISU 1982, Master of Arts-Philosophy Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois, 1985, PHD- Philosophy Southern Illinois, Carbondale, IL 1992.

Wed
24
Jul

Marie Erickson

Marie Erickson
June 3, 1921-July 11, 2019

Marie Alice (Belschner) Erickson Shea, 98, formerly of Volga, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2019, at the Elkader Care Center. Marie was born June 3, 1921, at home four miles north of Hawkeye by the Turkey River. She was the daughter of Lillian (Hoepfner) and Richard Belschner. She had an older brother, Ervin, and younger brother, Harold. Marie was baptized and confirmed at the Hawkeye Lutheran Church, Hawkeye.

She was very athletic and played basketball all four years of high school. She was chosen captain her senior year and named top guard in Fayette County. Marie graduated from Hawkeye High School in 1939.

She joined the Catholic religion a year before her marriage to William Elbert Erickson on February 6, 1946, at Holy Name Catholic Church in West Union. Five children were born to this union. William passed away on October 31, 1966. She later married Loy Shea at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Volga, on September 22, 1973. Loy passed away January 12, 1985.

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