Obituaries

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Tue
16
Jul

Betty J. Gingerich

Betty Joan Gingerich, 91 years young, gained her official angel wings on July 7, 2024, at the Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wis., after sudden complications from pneumonia. 

 

Tue
16
Jul

Virgine Groth

Virgene Mathilde Anna Groth, 100, of rural Elkport, passed away peacefully at MercyOne Hospital in Elkader on July 10, 2024.

 

Tue
09
Jul

Mary E. Zittergruen

Mary Esther Zittergruen, of Monona, went peacefully to her forever home surrounded by her family on Saturday, June 29, 2024. She was 67 years old. She was born Aug. 31, 1956, in Guttenberg, to Allen and Esther (Brase) Werges. Mary’s faith was nourished at Saint Peter Lutheran Church in Garnavillo where she was baptized on Sept. 16, 1956 and confirmed on May 24, 1970. Mary graduated from Garnavillo Community School in 1974.

Tue
09
Jul

Charles R. 'Chuck' Leif

Charles R. “Chuck” Leif, age 77, of Minneapolis, Minn., passed away on Friday, June 21, 2024.

 

Tue
09
Jul

Mary M. Frater

Mary M. Frater passed away peacefully in the presence of her family at Oakwood Village on June 28, 2024. She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton Frater, on March 1, 2002. Mary was born in Racine, Wis., on May 31, 1924, and moved to Watertown in 1938. She attended Watertown Sr. High School, where she met Milton. They were married June 27, 1945. Mary and Milton were blessed with six children and six amazingly patient in-laws, Timothy Frater (Kathy), James Frater (Kris), Linda Zahn (Charlie), Robert Frater (Kelly), Patrick Frater (Sandy) and Scott Frater (Karen). Mary was also blessed with 11 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren.

Tue
02
Jul

Earl W. Crary

Earl W. Crary, 66, of Garnavillo, passed away Monday, June 24, 2024, at his home surrounded by his loving family after a 10-year battle with cancer.

 

Tue
02
Jul

Anna Mae Meyer

Anna Mae Meyer, 90, of Garnavillo, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2024, at Elkader Care Center.

 

Tue
02
Jul

Brooklyn M. 'Brook' Scherf

Brooklyn “Brook” Marie Scherf, age 41, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at University of Iowa Hospital.

 

Tue
02
Jul

Donald D. Spragg

Donald Dean Spragg, 74, of Rock Island, Ill., died June 21, 2024, at St. Anthony Nursing Home in Rock Island, Ill.

 

Tue
02
Jul

James A. Walter

Amazing Grace has called Dad home. James Allyn Walter was born on March 28, 1939 to Glen and Emma (Huckstadt) Walter at the Postville Hospital. He was baptized on May 7, 1939 and confirmed in 1953 at St. John Lutheran Church in Farmersburg. He attended grade school at the Eno school just north of his home farm. He finished high school in ‘57 at Luana, where he played basketball and baseball. He took over the farm at a very early age.

 

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