Obituaries

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Fri
20
Nov

James R. Schultz

James Schultz, 83, of McGregor, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, at Great River Care Center in McGregor, after a long illness. James Richard was born March 28, 1937 at the McGregor Community Hospital in McGregor, the son of Earl and Maude (Pare) Schultz. The family lived in the small town of Giard while his dad worked as a hired man for the Gold Mine Farm. In 1947, Jim’s parents purchased their own farm west of McGregor where Jim attended country school through the eighth grade. He graduated from McGregor High School in 1955. Jim helped his dad on the farm and also worked for other area farmers. He also drove a canned milk truck route for the McGregor Cooperative Creamery. He then joined and served six years in the Army National Guard.

Fri
20
Nov

Dennis L. Beck

Dennis Lee Beck, 83, of Elkader, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, in the comfort of his home.

 

Dennis was born Sept. 26, 1937, on the Carl Dietrich Beck farm north of Elkport to Homer and Violet (Duwe) Beck. 

 

Fri
20
Nov

Duane P. Dittmer

Duane Perry Dittmer died peacefully at the age of 81 on Nov. 6, 2020, during a brief hospitalization in West Palm Beach, Fla.

 

Fri
20
Nov

Petrene A. Kelleher Poss

Petrene Ann Kelleher Poss, of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., formerly of Elkader, died peacefully at home on Nov. 17, 2020. She was 84 and the cause was a recurrence of throat cancer. 

 

Fri
20
Nov

Linda Lou Moeller

Linda Lou Moeller, Luana, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, at Elkader Care Center, Elkader. She was born June 30, 1952 to Eldo and Mildred (Fette) Meyer in Oelwein. She graduated high school with the MFL class of 1970. 

 

Wed
18
Nov

Marlin W. Dettman

Marlin Walter Dettman, 62, of McGregor, died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, following a long and courageous battle with cancer with his family by his side. Marlin was born Feb. 4, 1958, to Norbert and Mildred (Nuehring) Dettman in Postville. In 1967, Marlin, along with his parents and grandparents, moved from the farm to Luana. He graduated from MFL High School with the class of 1975.  

 

Fri
13
Nov

Gerald L. Perrinjaquet

Gerald Louis Perrinjaquet, 94, of Edgewood, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home. Known affectionately as “Perry,” Gerald was born on Aug. 12, 1926, in Edgewood, the only child of Louie and Glennie (Porter) Perrinjaquet. A life-long resident of Edgewood, Gerald graduated from Edgewood High School in 1943 and served his country honorably in WWII for the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in Japan. From the time he was a small boy working with his father to owning the business until his retirement, he dedicated his working career to building and growing the, now fourth generation, Edgewood Feed Mill. Gerald was a committed businessman and community contributor. 

Fri
13
Nov

Betty C. Rentschler

Betty Carol Rentschler, 82, of St. Olaf, died Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020.      

Survivors include her husband, Curtis; five children, Rick (Beth) Rentschler of St. Olaf, Cindie (Lonny) Kuehl of Garnavillo, Brenda (Troy) Haberichter of Bagley, Wis., Julie (Steven) Fette of Coggon and Roxanne (Terry) Puelz of Garnavillo; 13 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren; one brother, Carl (Dottie) Syverson of El Monte, Calif.; and one sister, Connie (Ervin) Jones of Swisher. She was preceded in death by her parents and son, Randy Rentschler.    

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Thu
05
Nov

LaVonne A. "Bonnie" Meyer

LaVonne “Bonnie” Adell Meyer, 88, of Giard, died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, at Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse, Wis. Bonnie was born Dec. 28, 1931, to Kenneth and Alberta (Huff) Cahoon on the family farm, rural McGregor. She attended the country school at Smokey Hollow near Effigy Mounds, then the school in Marquette and graduated from Monona High School in 1950.

Wed
04
Nov

Kenneth E. Kramer

Kenneth Edwin Kramer, 96, Manchester (formerly of Strawberry Point), passed away Oct. 28, 2020, surrounded by his children—Bruce Alan (and Sarah Ruth), Jan Kenneth and Karla Mary Grauberger—at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

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