Obituaries

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Wed
04
Nov

Lavon Martins

Lavon Martins, 92, of Postville, died Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, at Good Samaritan Society in Waukon. Lavon was born Sept. 4, 1928, to Larry and Bessie (Segrist) Ewing in Franklin Township. She was baptized on April 17, 1938, and confirmed on Oct. 2, 1955. She attended Forest Mills Country School and graduated from Waukon High School.

Lavon was united in marriage with Virgil Walter Martins on Feb. 13, 1955, at Community Presbyterian Church in Postville. Lavon worked at Douglas Drug Store and was a farm wife. She enjoyed dancing, playing cards, having coffee with her sister, Lola, going to sales and doing ceramics. 

Surviving Lavon are many family members on both the Ewing and Martins side. She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil; her parents, Larry and Bessie Ewing; and one sister, Lola Mork.

Thu
29
Oct

Kay M. Troester

Kay Melinda Troester, 71, of Elkader, died Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, surrounded by her family due to complications from cancer. She was born on April 21, 1949, in rural Edgewood, to Kenneth and Maxine (Otterbeck) Weyant.  

On April 20, 1968, Kay was united in marriage to Richard Troester of Elkader. For over 40 years, they farmed together and raised registered Guernsey cattle. After retiring and moving to town, Kay enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, traveling to Virginia, going to her grandchildren’s ball games, watching the Iowa Hawkeyes and tending to her flowers.

Thu
29
Oct

Marjorie E. 'Marge' Hamann

Marjorie E. (Burlingame) Hamann (Marge) died Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, at 98 years of age.

Marge was born May 7, 1922, to Edward Burlingame Sr. and Elisabeth (Deringer) Burlingame in Elkader. She was one of seven children, raised by a serious shopkeeper and a hard-working mother. As a child living through the economic depression, she enjoyed the simple pleasure of play especially with her younger sister Ruth. Life centered on the support of friends and family through Catholic school and church activities.

Thu
22
Oct

Steven L. Schlitter

Steven Lynn Schlitter was born Dec. 29, 1959, in Dubuque, to Alice and Leo Schlitter. 

Steve grew up farming, was a welder at Double L and Bituma, and later was an owner of Schlitter’s Whitewashing. 

Steve passed away Oct. 14, 2020, at his home in Viroqua, Wis., at the age of 60. 

Survivors include his mother, Alice Schlitter of Waterville; siblings Luanne Miller (Steve) of McGregor, Stan Schlitter of Waterville and Linda White of Smith Station, Ala.; and son, Shane Fox (Schlitter) of Ardmore, Okla.

Steve was preceded in death by his father Leo Schlitter and grandparents Lester and DELillia Schlitter and Julius and Mabel Johnson. 

Thu
22
Oct

Cheryll Scherf

Cheryll Scherf, 85, of Farmersburg, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, at the Elkader Care Center in Elkader. Per her wishes, cremation has taken place. Friends and family are invited to a graveside service at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Wagner Township Cemetery in Farmersburg. All guests are respectfully requested to wear a face mask and practice social distancing. Bohnenkamp-Murdoch Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Manchester is assisting the family.

Fri
16
Oct

Geraldine A. French

Geraldine (Gerry) Adeline French left her earthly home to join the love of her life and her lord on Oct. 12, 2020. Gerry was born March 23, 1928, outside Geddes, S.D., to Andrew and Adela (Bartekoske) Shea, the oldest of 14 children.  

Gerry was united in marriage to Kenneth (Kenny) Gene French on March 17, 1955, at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader. Together, they had seven children: Terry (Dan) Sullivan, Dodgeville, Wis.; Sharon Taylor, Arlington; Jeanne (Mark) Mellon, Guttenberg; Cindy (Steve) Wendl, Anamosa; Jayme French, Manchester; Gary (Jennifer) French, Sydney, Australia; and Merry French, Aurora.

Thu
15
Oct

Robert D. Buckner

Robert Dean Buckner, 94, of Elkader, died Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, at Elkader Care Center, Elkader. He was born in Marion on Jan. 19, 1926, to Mike “MJ” and Neola (Staman) Buckner. Robert (Bob) was a beloved son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.  

Thu
15
Oct

Daniel A. Nugent

Daniel “Dan” Allen Nugent, age 78, of rural Madelia, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Private services will be held. Lake Crystal Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Dan was born on Nov. 28, 1941, to Clarence and Laura (Drahn) Nugent in McGregor. 

Dan served individuals in the mental health field for many years. He was forever compassionate and a calming presence. Dan loved baseball—playing in his younger years and attending games and going on baseball tours in his later years. He enjoyed writing poetry and “words of wisdom.”

Thu
08
Oct

Virginia M. Freeze

Virginia Marie Freeze, 91, formerly of Hopkinton, died on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, at the Elkader Care Center in Elkader after a long battle with multiple myeloma. Virginia was born Nov. 21,1928, in Manchester. She was the oldest daughter of Nicholas and Hattie (Benter) Mesch and spent most of her life living in Hopkinton. She graduated from the Hopkinton High School in 1946. She was a dedicated member of the Hopkinton Community Church.

Virginia was married to Leslie (Bud) Freeze on May 7, 1947. Three sons were born to this union. They were later divorced. Virginia held various roles for Lux Farms and Bucheit Poultry and worked there for 32 years. Virginia loved gardening and made many birds and squirrels happy by filling feeders throughout her life.

Thu
08
Oct

Richard J. Larimer

Richard J. Larimer, 72, of Cedar Falls, died Oct. 5, 2020, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. 

Richard was born on March 19, 1948, in Ames, to Robert and Minnie (Johnson) Larimer and married Karen Astin on Dec. 22, 1972. He worked as a special education teacher and consultant for many years. Richard was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls and enjoyed golfing, sports of all kinds and reading. He was always proud to be a Norwegian Lutheran. In his 10-year battle with cancer and other health complications, Richard never lost his easy-going attitude or his commitment to his family and faith.

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