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Tue
09
Jul

James Olinger

James Olinger
August 19, 1930-July 7, 2019

James Lewis Olinger, 88, of Strawberry Point, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2019, at his home. He was born on August 19, 1930, in Strawberry Point, the son of Paul and Nellie (Farmer) Olinger. James received his education in the Strawberry Point Schools.  

On December 26, 1957, James was united in marriage to Mary Marlene Avis at St. John Catholic Church in Coggon. Four children were born to this union.  James was a lifelong farmer.  

James was also a longtime member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Strawberry Point. He enjoyed square dancing, as well as playing cards and games.

Tue
09
Jul

Delvin “Del” Tieden

Delvin “Del” Tieden
July 2, 2019

Delvin “Del” Dale Tieden, Sr., 64, of rural Elkader, died Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at MercyOne Health System in Elkader. He was born in McGregor, to Duane and Margaret “Darlene” Entwisle Tieden. Del was baptized and confirmed at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader.

Del attended Central Community School, Elkader. He was united in marriage to Karen Roeder on December 15, 1979, at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader. Del worked many years as a hired man for Richard Troester, Alto Kelly, and George Leonard. He also worked on the family farm until his parents retired from farming. Del was employed as a construction worker running heavy equipment for Carlsons, Tesar, and Moynas. He was especially happy driving semi trucks for Ray’s Excavating until he finally retired.

Tue
09
Jul

Florence Bruns

Florence Bruns
May 1, 1919-July 1, 2019

Florence Pauline Amelia Bruns, 100, of Monona, Iowa, died Monday, July 1, 2019, at Good Samaritan Society in Waukon, Iowa. Florence was born May 1, 1919 to Emil and Amelia (Schultz) Aulerich on the family farm two miles west of Monona. She was baptized May 18, 1919, by Rev. Albert Daugs and also confirmed by him August 27, 1933, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monona. Florence graduated from Luana High School in 1936, and attended Iowa State Teachers College.

Florence was united in marriage with Otmar H. Bruns on November 25, 1937, at St. Paul Lutheran Church by Rev. H.W. Siefkes. Two sons were born to this union: Gary Otmar and Brent Louis. The couple farmed southwest of Monona, along with having an insurance business. They moved to Monona in August 1964.

Tue
02
Jul

Evan Drew Coobs

Evan Drew Coobs
November 11, 1963-June 24, 2019

Evan Drew Coobs passed away on June 24, 2019, in Champaign, Illinois. He was 55 years old.

Evan was born on November 11, 1963, in Oelwein, Iowa, the son of Edward W. Coobs and Doris A. (Rodenberg) Coobs.  He graduated from Central High School, Elkader, Iowa, (1982), the University of Iowa College of Business (Accounting) and the University of Iowa College of Law (1989).

He was married to Karen Marie (McGann) Coobs in Peoria, Illinois on July 4, 1987.  He is survived by Karen and their children, Evan Drew (Marie) Coobs II; Abigail Marie (Kale) Brinkoetter; and Katherine Anne (Jacob) Chesnut, and grandchildren Kayla Jo Coobs and Evan Drew Coobs III; siblings Earl Coobs, Donna Strange, Eric Coobs, and Cory Coobs; and numerous aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Tue
02
Jul

Amalie Beth “Betsy” Zein

Amalie Beth “Betsy” Zein
July 22, 1947-June 25, 2019

Amalie Beth “Betsy” Zein, 71, of Elkader, died Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at The Bird House – Hospice Home of Johnson County in Iowa City. She was born July 22, 1947, in Elkader to Horace “H.K.” and Helen (Lenth) Roggensack.

Betsy graduated from Elkader High School in 1965. Following high school, she attended Wartburg College, graduating with degrees in English and Biology. She was united in marriage to Elias Zein and lived in the Los Angeles and Phoenix areas for a time before he passed away.

Tue
02
Jul

Vadena Knoke

Vadena Knoke
April 2, 1935-June 23, 2019

Vadena Knoke, age 84, of Willmar, MN, and formerly of Oelwein, IA and Elkader, IA died Sunday, June 23, 2019, at Carris Health Rice Hospital in Willmar, MN. Funeral services were Friday, June 28th at 11 a.m. at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader, IA.  Burial followed in the East Side Cemetery at Elkader. Visitation for Vadena was Friday at the church from 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Tue
25
Jun

Charlene Culbertson

Charlene Culbertson
April 28, 1938-June 15, 2019

Charlene Culbertson, 81, of Elkader, Iowa formerly of Vinton, Iowa died Saturday, June 15, 2019, surrounded by her family. Charlene was born April 28, 1938, to Leon and Vera Meredith in Vinton, Iowa.

Charlene was united in marriage with Cletus Schoeberl in 1958. To this union two children were born, Lynne and Kent. After Cletus passed away, she married Glenn “Mick” Culbertson in 1970. They later divorced.  Charlene was employed at State Bank of Vinton for 30 years. After retirement, she worked at Wal-Mart. In 2002, Charlene moved to Elkader and continued working part-time. On April 3, 2019, she moved into Edgewood Convalescent Home. Charlene enjoyed helping people and loved to watch her grandson, Lane show horses and play football.

Charlene is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Lynne (Schoeberl) and John McGreal of Strawberry Point, Iowa; grandson, Lane McGreal of Strawberry Point, Iowa; and one brother, Charles Meredith of Vinton, Iowa.

Tue
25
Jun

Muriel “Maxine” Stepp

Muriel “Maxine” Stepp
July 6, 1933-June 17, 2019

Muriel “Maxine” Stepp, 85, of Independence, IA died Monday, June 17, 2019 at Lexington Estates in Independence, IA.

Tue
25
Jun

Robert “Bob” Walke

Robert “Bob” Walke
January 6, 1942-June 19, 2019

Robert “Bob” Walke, 77, of Guttenberg, IA, died Wednesday, June 19, 2019. He was born on January 6, 1942, in Communia, IA, the son of Kenneth and Eunice (Zittergruen) Walke. 

Bob was baptized and confirmed at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Elkport. He graduated from the Guttenberg High School and furthered his education at Wartburg College. For many years Bob tilled the land on his family’s farm outside of Guttenberg until his retirement. 

Tue
18
Jun

Viola Mae Dennler

Viola Mae Dennler
October 17, 1938-June 6, 2019

Viola Mae Dennler, 80 of Volga, died Thursday June 6th, 2019, at the Elkader Care Center.

Viola was born October 17, 1938, at Coggan, Iowa. She was the daughter of Raymond and Lela (Grapes) Schanbeck. She received her education graduating from the Dundee High School. On January 11, 1959, she was united in marriage to Virgil Dennler at the United Methodist Church at Masonville, Iowa. After raising her family, Viola worked at the filling station in Volga, Norby’s and volunteered at the Elkader elementary school and Osborne Visitors Center. She was a member of the Chit-Chat Club and a member of the Ladies Circle at Peace Church.

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