Obituaries

Wed
31
Jul

James A. “Jim” Lensing, 77

 

Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in Festina

James A. “Jim” Lensing, 77, of Festina died Thursday, July 25, 2013, at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Monsignor Cletus Hawes on Tuesday, July 30, at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Festina.

Interment was in the church cemetery. Military rites were conducted by Halverson Giesen American Legion Post 266 of Calmar.

Casket bearers were Dr. Dale Lensing, Roger Hageman, Richard Kipp, Allan Franzen, Neil Hageman, Travis Frana, Shane Baumler, and Marcus Baumler.

Arrangements were handled by Schluter-Balik Funeral Home in Calmar.

  James Aloysius Lensing was born May 6, 1936, in Festina to Hugo and Mathilda (Schrandt) Lensing.  

He attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Festina. 

Jim entered the U.S. Army and proudly served his country in the Korean Conflict from Aug. 25, 1953, to Aug. 4, 1956.  

Wed
31
Jul

Services held for Coranel Frieden, 95

 

Services held for Coranel Frieden, 95

Coranel Frieden, 95, of Elgin died Monday, July 15, 2013, at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Center in Waverly.  

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 20, at Illyria Community Church, rural Elgin.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Arrangements were handled by Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Elgin.

Coranel (Rothlisberger) Frieden was born Jan. 1, 1918, to Walter Simon and Jessie Nell (Probert) Rothlisberger in their stone house in Illyria Township in Fayette County.  

She was baptized and confirmed at Illyria Community Church, rural Elgin. 

Coranel was the salutatorian and president of her Elgin High School graduating class of 1934. 

After high school, she attended Iowa State Teachers College and graduated in 1936. She taught country school and also taught in Maynard until she was married.

Wed
24
Jul

Lillian Habeger, 94, of Elgin

 

Services set for Friday in Elgin

Funeral services for Lillian Habeger, 94, of Elgin will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 26, at First Baptist Church in Elgin.

Burial will follow at God’s Acre in Clermont.

Visitation will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at Leonard-Grau Funeral Home in Elgin and for one hour before the service Friday at the church. 

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Elgin is handling the arrangements.

Lillian died Sunday, July 21, 2013, at Good Samaritan Society – West Union.

Wed
24
Jul

Gene Skultety of Fayette dies July 16

 

Gene Skultety of Fayette dies July 16

Gene P. Skultety, 66, of Fayette died Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at his home.

No services are planned at this time.

S.K. Rogers Funeral Home in Fayette is assisting the family.

Gene Paul Skultety was born June 19, 1947, at St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital in Chicago, Ill., to Eugene and MaryLou (Ferguson) Skultety.

He proudly served his country as an ammo and inventory clerk in the United States Army from 1967 until 1969. During his service he earned his GED from the United States Armed Forces Institute - European Branch.

On Aug. 18, 1973, Gene was united in marriage with Suzan Worth in Bensenville, Ill. To this union, three children were born. The couple were later divorced. 

Gene later met Lynda Walkup, and the couple made their home in Fayette in 1995. 

Thu
18
Jul

Services held for former area PSAS director

 

Services held for former area PSAS director

Mary C. Flynn, 71, of Oelwein died Thursday afternoon, July 11, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her family.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 16, at Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home, Oelwein, with Robert Flynn presiding.

Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Oelwein.

Arrangements were handled by Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home, Oelwein.

Mary Celeste (Kelly) Flynn was born July 23, 1941, in Benson, Minn., to Howard William and Catherine Esther (McGovern) Kelly. 

She graduated from Murdock High School in Murdock, Minn., in 1959.  

On June 30, 1962, Mary married her childhood sweetheart, John Patrick Flynn, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murdock, Minn.  

She worked as a secretary for 10 years in the Twin Cities.  

Mary mentored her growing children as the family moved from Morrison, Ill., to Harlan, Ia., and then to Oelwein.  

Thu
18
Jul

Graveside services held Sunday in Elgin

 

Graveside services held Sunday in Elgin

Linda J. Johnson, 66, of West Union, formerly of Elgin, died Sunday, July 7, 2013, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. 

A graveside memorial service was held Sunday, July 14, at the Elgin Cemetery, Elgin, with the Rev. Chris Ebbers as the officiant.

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Elgin, assisted the family with arrangements.

Born Feb. 18, 1947, in Postville, Linda was the daughter of Dale and Marie (Erhardt) DeSart. 

She graduated from Valley High School in 1965.

On Aug. 21, 1966, Linda and Ernie Johnson were united in marriage in Strawberry Point. They lived in Bad Hersfeld, West Germany, for a few years while Ernie was in the service.  They were later divorced.

Thu
18
Jul

Doris Gibson of Wadena dies July 10

 

 

Doris Gibson of Wadena dies July 10

Doris J. Gibson, 68, of Wadena died Wednesday, July 10, 2013, after a four-year battle with breast cancer.

No services were held. An inurnment will be held at a later date.

Burnham-Wood & S.K. Rogers Funeral Home, West Union, is in charge of the arrangements.

Doris Jean (Nickerson) Gibson was born April 3, 1945, in Tuscaloosa, Ala., to Francis and Tommie Jean Nickerson. 

Later she moved to Iowa, where she met and married Monte Joe Gibson. They farmed and raised their four children near Wadena.

Doris loved life and spending time with Joe, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She never met a stranger, and she will be remembered for the fun, loving spirit she shared with everyone she encountered. Her humor, the stories she told, her creativity, and her ability to turn a weekend gathering into a Mardi Gras bash will be treasured memories.

Thu
18
Jul

Funeral held for 1971 North High graduate

 

Funeral held for 1971 North High graduate 

Funeral services for David C. Swale, 60, of West Union were held Thursday, July 11, at United Methodist Church in West Union with the Rev. Chris Ebbers officiating.

Burial followed in the West Union Cemetery.

Burnham-Wood & S.K. Rogers Funeral Home, West Union, was in charge of the arrangements.

Dave’s death occurred on Friday, July 5, 2013.

David Charles “Dave” Swale was born July 2, 1953, in Washington, D.C., to Robert and Marie (Aue) Swale. 

He graduated from North High School in 1971.

On July 7, 1998, Dave was united in marriage with Janis Enyart in Oelwein. 

He worked for 34 years at John Falb Motor Company in West Union, running the auto body shop.

Wed
03
Jul

Funeral Mass at Holy Name set for Saturday

 

Funeral Mass at Holy Name set for Saturday

Funeral services for Therese Kaiser, 76, of West Union will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at Holy Name Catholic Church in West Union with the Reverend Dale Rausch officiating.

Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery, rural West Union. 

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday, with a rosary service starting at 4 p.m., at Burnham-Wood & S.K. Rogers Funeral Home in West Union, which is handling the arrangements.

Therese died peacefully Friday, June 28, 2013, in Eldridge, surrounded by her children. 

Eloise “Therese” (McDonald) Kaiser was born June 22, 1937, to Thomas and Katherine (Maher) McDonald in Imogene. 

She graduated from St. Patrick’s Academy Catholic School in Imogene in 1955. Therese earned a degree in registered nursing from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Council Bluffs in 1958.

Wed
03
Jul

Memorial service held for former W.U. woman

 

Memorial service held for former W.U. woman

Sandra S. “Sandy” Amdahl, 73, of Springfield, Ill., formerly of West Union, died Monday June 24, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center. 

A memorial service was held Thursday, June 27, at Bisch and Son Funeral Home in Springfield, Ill., with the Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Radtke officiating. 

Inurnment will be at a later date in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Tomah, Wis. 

Sandra S. (Shaffer) Amdahl was born March 20, 1940, in Tomah, Wis., to W. Dale and Mabel (Hubert) Shaffer. 

Sandy was the owner of the Sears & Roebuck Catalog Store in West Union, retiring in 1978. 

She was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Springfield. 

In her leisure time, she was an avid reader and enjoyed crafts and puzzles.

Sandy was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson: and her two brothers, Gene and Gary Shaffer. 

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