Obituaries

Wed
06
Nov

Caroline Wander

Caroline Wander

 

Caroline Augusta Alvina Wander, 95, of Postville, Iowa died Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Good Samaritan Society in Postville, Iowa. Caroline Augusta Alvina Mueller, the daughter of Bill and Leida (Ahlers) Mueller, was born near Farmersburg, Iowa in Clayton County on November 13, 1923. She was baptized into the Lutheran faith, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Farmersburg. At a young age, Caroline moved with the family to a farm in the Clermont-Elgin area, where she received her education in the Pleasant Valley township schools, Fayette County, Iowa.  Caroline was confirmed at West Clermont Lutheran Church with Pastor Gunstan.

 

On August 20, 1946, Caroline was united in marriage with George Wander of Castalia at West Clermont Lutheran Church by Pastor A.O. Nesset. To this union two daughters where born, Suzanne and Debra. Together they farmed the family farm for thirty-seven and a half years, before moving to Postville in 1983.

Wed
06
Nov

Paul Buckley

Paul Buckley

 

Former West Union, IA resident, Paul Ivan Buckley, 97, passed away peacefully on October 25, 2019 in Sioux Falls, SD.  He was born, February 9, 1922, to Robert Roy Buckley and Laura Coffman Buckley in Coon Rapids, IA.  The youngest of their 3 children, he grew up on the family farm, and graduated from Coon Rapids High School in 1941.  

Wed
06
Nov

Anthony Guyer

Anthony Guyer

 

Anthony Joseph Guyer, 29, of Aplington, Iowa formerly of West Union, Iowa died Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City, Iowa. He was born December 21, 1989 to Daniel Guyer and Bernadine Pritchard in West Union, Iowa. Anthony graduated from North Fayette High School, West Union in 2008 and NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, North Carolina. 

     Anthony was united in marriage with Kristen McCrea on January 23, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They recently renewed their vows on October 19, 2019. He worked at Heavy Equipment Manufacturing in Grundy Center as an Assembler and Mechanic.

Wed
30
Oct

Anthony Guyer

Anthony Guyer

 

Anthony Joseph Guyer, 29, of Aplington, Iowa formerly of West Union, Iowa died Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City, Iowa.

 

Visitation will be Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 3-8 pm at Burnham-Wood-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, West Union, Iowa and one hour before services at the church on Friday.

 

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 am on Friday, November 1, 2019 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, West Union, Iowa with Pastor Rusty Phillips as the Officiant.

 

Inurnment will be at a later date at Garden of Memories, Waterloo, Iowa.

 

Burnham-Wood-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in West Union, Iowa is helping the family with the arrangements.-

Wed
30
Oct

Marie Schaufenbuel

Marie Schaufenbuel

 

Services were held on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Lucas’s Catholic Church, St. Lucas, IA for Marie Schaufenbuel with interment in the St. Luke Cemetery, St. Lucas, Iowa.

Marie Schaufenbuel, age 96, of Sumner, IA, formerly of St. Lucas, IA, passed away on Friday, October 18, 2019 at Community Memorial Hospital in Sumner, IA. 

Wed
30
Oct

Mary Steffens

Mary Steffens

 

Mary Steffens, 91, of Clermont, Iowa passed away peacefully at the Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian, Iowa where she had been on hospice care since August 28, 2019. Mary was born in Story City, Iowa, on May 10, 1928, to Otto and Agnes (Valen) Christensen. Mary began her education in a rural school near Story City. When she was almost 13, the family moved to a farm near Randalia. Mary graduated from Randalia high school in 1946 where she had many wonderful memories and friends. After graduation Mary worked in Waterloo as a clerk at the "Three Sisters" dress shop. She then worked as a telephone operator in Waterloo and later West Union. It was in the West Union telephone office where she first saw Reuben when he came in to make a call. Soon after that, they got together at a dance at the Oelwein Coliseum.

Wed
30
Oct

Carol Kuennen

Carol Kuennen

 

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at the St. Luke’s Catholic Church in St. Lucas, Iowa, 10:30 a.m. Interment was in the St. Luke Cemetery, St. Lucas, IA.

 Carol Ann Kuennen, age 67, of St. Lucas, IA, passed away on Monday, October 21, 2019 at her home with her family by her side.  

Wed
23
Oct

Jean Groff

Jean Groff

 

 

Jean Marie Groff, 95, Ossian, IA, formerly of Johnston, IA, passed away October 9, 2019 at the Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian, IA.  Jean (Becker) Groff was born February 20, 1924 in Ossian, IA, the daughter of Charles and Mary (Peyer) Becker. She graduated from De Sales High School in Ossian and attended Hamilton Business College.   

Wed
23
Oct

John H. "Jack" Riley, Jr.

John H. "Jack" Riley, Jr.

 

John H. “Jack” Riley, Jr., 89, formerly of Galena, Illinois and now a resident of Arlington Place in Oelwein, Iowa died Monday morning, October 7, 2019 at MercyOne Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa with Betty at his side.

Mass of Christian Burial was held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein with Fr. Ray Atwood officiating.

Visitation was from 3:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday and from 9:30 to 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Oelwein.

Rosary Service was held at 4 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Parish Scripture Service was at 7 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Interment was at the Union Cemetery, Putnam Township, rural Aurora, Iowa.

The Aurora American Legion Honor Guard held a Military Graveside Service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.

Wed
23
Oct

Richard Vagts

Richard Vagts

 

Richard Loren Vagts was born on a farm near Eldorado on December 18, 1924 to Ewald Henry and Anna Eleanor (Pape) Vagts.   He was baptized January 18, 1925at St. Peter Lutheran Church by Rev. F. Schedtler in Eldorado and confirmed April 2, 1939 by Rev. William A. Foege. He remained a lifetime member of St. Peter, serving as organist there for over 50 years.

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