Obituaries

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Tue
11
Jan

Danielle L. Pape

Danielle Louise Pape, 48, of Littleport, passed away on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, at MercyOne Medical Center in Elkader. She was born on Oct. 13, 1973, the daughter of Dwight and Janis (Bente) Rodas in Elkader. Danielle was raised and educated in Elkader, graduating from Central Elkader in 1992. She continued her education at NICC in Calmar and graduated in 1993.

 

Tue
11
Jan

Leslie J. Peterson

Leslie Jay Peterson, 80, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Volga, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. Les was a loving brother, husband, dad, grandpa and friend, known for his quick wit and sunny disposition.

 

Tue
11
Jan

Fr. Phillip E. Schmitt

Fr. Phillip E. Schmitt, 91, of Cedar Rapids, died Friday, Dec. 31, 2021. His body was donated to the UI Deeded Body Program. Funeral Mass will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 17, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids. Archbishop Michael O. Jackels will officiate. Masks are recommended. A livestream of the funeral mass will be available at service time at www.youtube.com/c/ImmaculateConceptionCatholicChurch. Burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Roseville will take place later.

Sun
09
Jan

Wendy S. Gress-Yearous

Wendy Sue Gress-Yearous, 60, of Monona,  died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022, at her home in Monona. Wendy was born Sept. 9, 1961, to John “Jack” William and Gale Marie (Kurth) Bissell in Guttenberg. She graduated from MFL High School in 1979 and attended NICC in Calmar for a brief time for nursing.

 

Tue
04
Jan

Richard J. Wessels

Richard (Dick) John Wessels, 71, formerly of McGregor, passed away Dec. 24, 2021, after a two-year battle with lung cancer. Born to Leonette and Lavern Wessels in Manchester, Dick spent almost his entire life in northeast Iowa until retiring with his wife, Kathy, to Oro Valley, Ariz., in 2018. Dick graduated from MFL High School in 1968, and married Kathy Louise Halliwill on May 24, 1975. Dick served for the U.S. Army as a sergeant on the front lines of the Vietnam War.

Tue
04
Jan

Donna Watkins

Donna Watkins, 91, passed away in La Crescent, Minn., on Dec. 22, 2021. She was born in Kiester, Minn., on October 17, 1930, to Emil Hermanson and Ruth Olson Hermanson. Donna was the second of five children in the Hermanson family, including her older sister Shirley and younger brothers Ronald, Jerome and John. She grew up in rural Winnebago County, and graduated from Scarville High School in 1948 and from Iowa State Teachers College in 1950. Donna taught in several Iowa elementary schools for 10 years. 

Tue
04
Jan

Richard F. Hubbard, Jr.

Richard (Rich) Frank Hubbard, Jr., 67, of McGregor, passed away at his home on Dec. 24, 2021.

 

Thu
23
Dec

Theresa L. Henkes

Theresa Lynn Henkes, 48, of Guttenberg, formerly of Monona, died Monday, Dec. 20, 2021, at Guttenberg Hospital in Guttenberg. Theresa Lynn, known as “T” to family and friends, was born Oct. 12, 1973, to James and Mary Lou (Huinker) Henkes in Postville. She attended MFL Grade School and Garnavillo Public School.

 

Wed
22
Dec

Doran M. Kirschbaum

Doran M. Kirschbaum Sr., age 64, of Marquette, passed away Monday, Dec. 20, 2021, at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wis., surrounded by his wife and family. He was born in Prairie du Chien on March 8, 1957, the son of Michael and Goldie (Jones) Kirschbaum. He graduated from St. Mary’s in Bloomington before going to work on the family farm with his brother Ray. Doran was married and had two children to this union. After working on the farm, he then went to work for Prairie Sand & Gravel, where he stayed for 38 years. He took pride in operating equipment and watching the company grow into his second family.

Tue
21
Dec

Norman O. Gunderson

Norman Ohnstad Gunderson, age 92, of Garnavillo, died Dec. 14, 2021, at the Guttenberg Care Center. Iowa Cremation (www.iowacremation.com) is assisting the family. Due to COVID, restrictions there was a private family service on Dec. 18, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Garnavillo. Internment will take place at a later time.

 

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