Obituaries

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Tue
09
Jun

Don Henkels

Don Gerard Henkels, 51, of Monona, Iowa formerly of Garnavillo, Iowa died on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 after a two-year battle with cancer, at the Elkader Care Center in Elkader, Iowa. He was born on May 19, 1964, to John and Verna (Althoff) Henkels in McGregor, Iowa. He was baptized on May 31, 1964, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Guttenberg, Iowa, and confirmed on April 4, 1976, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Garnavillo, Iowa. Don graduated from Garnavillo High School. Don was employed with Innovative Ag Service, Monona Wire and Affordable Improvement. 

Tue
09
Jun

Norma Olson

Norma J. Olson, 73, of St. Olaf, died Thursday, May 28, 2015, at the Elkader Care Center. She was born February 15, 1942, in Spencer, to Albert and Lucy (Needham) Geno. Norma attended school in Elkader, where she graduated with the Class of 1960.

She was united in marriage to Leland Olson on June 17, 1961, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elkader. Three children were born to the couple.

Thu
04
Jun

Jane Dennler

Jane Roberta Dennler, 76, of Elkader, died Friday May 22, 2015, at the Elkader Care Center. She was born August 1, 1938, in Los Angeles, CA, and raised by John and Grace (Kemp) Neylan. Jane attended country school and St. Joseph’s Catholic School until her senior year, when she transferred to Central High School, where she graduated with the Class of 1955. 

Thu
04
Jun

Wilbur Schultz

Wilbur Glen Schultz, 96, of Elkader, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Elkader. He was born September 25, 1918, in Giard Township, Clayton County on the home farm, 2 ½ miles north of Farmersburg, to John and Ella Mina (Kuthe) Schultz. Wilbur was baptized on October 11, 1918, and confirmed on August 28, 1932, both at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monona. He attended rural schools.

Thu
04
Jun

Helen Taylor

Helen Marie (Knoke) Taylor, 98, of Coon Rapids, MN, previously of Elkader, passed away on May 14, 2015.  Helen was born April 22, 1917, in Klemme, IA, the second child born to Fred H. and Ella (Glawe) Knoke. She was baptized at the Reformed Church in Klemme on July 1s, 1917.  

Tue
26
May

Gerald Nesteby

Gerald Nesteby, 92, our father, father-in-law, grandpa, great-grandpa, oil man, bus driver and a member of the Elkader Country Club Seniors Foursome left us in peace Monday, May 18, 2015, at the Veterans Hospital in Iowa City.

Gerald was born September 22, 1922, in Decorah, and he was most proud of being a World War II veteran, serving in the United States Army in the Aleutian Islands. He was a member of the VFW and had a special trip with other servicemen to Washington, D.C. on a 2011 Honor Flight.

Tue
19
May

Mary Ellen Horstman

Mary Ellen (Jones) Horstman, 86, of Guttenberg, Iowa, passed away Sunday, May 10, 2015, at the Guttenberg Care Center in Guttenberg.  Mary Ellen was born July 6, 1928, in Lima, Iowa, the daughter of Lloyd and Edith Mae (Homewood) Jones and stepfather William Jones. Her childhood years were spent in Wadena and Elkport. Mary Ellen was baptized at Wadena and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Elkport. She attended the Elkport School.

On July 10, 1946, Mary Ellen married Alvin G. Horstman at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Elkport. From this union five children were born.

Tue
12
May

Mary Peterman

Mary Rosellen (Murray) Peterman, 86, of Elkader, went to be with her Lord on May 4, 2015.  Mary was born on September 15, 1928, in Clermont, Iowa, to Thomas and Madge (Cline) Murray. She attended school in Wadena, Iowa. Mary married Forrest (Pete) Peterman on November 27, 1944, in Elkader, Iowa. To this union four children were born. Mary and Forrest celebrated over 56 years of marriage.

Wed
06
May

Dennis Hamann

Dennis Milton Hamann, 68, of Garnavillo, IA was born the son of Milton F. and Wilma (Witte) Hamann on June 14, 1946, in Postville, IA. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Farmersburg, IA. Following graduation from Garnavillo High School, Dennis served his country in the United States Army, where he received his A.A. degree in music. After being honorably discharged from the Army, Dennis married Beverly Behrend at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Guttenberg, IA on July 20, 1968, a union that was blessed with two children. Dennis farmed for over 50 years but continued helping his neighbors with farm work after he retired.

Wed
06
May

Elizabeth Wagner

Elizabeth Ann Wagner, 68, of Elkader passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at Central Community Hospital in Elkader. She was born February 21, 1947, in Owatonna, MN, to Charles Robert and Virginia (Swenson) Harris. Following high school, she attended a Truck Driving School. She was a NE Iowa Transit bus driver for five years.

She was united in marriage to David Wagner on June 18, 2004.

Elizabeth loved flowers, gardening and her pond in the backyard. She also enjoyed fishing, golfing, cooking and especially spending time with family.

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