Obituaries

Thu
12
Jan

Alphonse Gossling

Alphonse Gossling

 

 

Alphonse Gossling, 79, of Ossian passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at his home in rural Ossian. 

Alphonse John, the son of John and Auguste (Hartmann) Gossling, was born August 2, 1937, on a farm near Festina. 

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

Alphonse was united in marriage with Beverly Ann Beer on April 3, 1961, at St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church in Ossian. Alphonse and Beverly raised their family and farmed south of Ossian for 55 years.

Alphonse served on the Co-op Board, the DeSales School Board, Parish Council, and was the chairman of the finance committee to build the new church.

Thu
12
Jan

Lavanda Thompson

Lavanda Thompson

 

 

Lavanda Thompson, 86 of Wadena, Iowa died Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital, West Union, Iowa.

Lavanda was born June 18, 1930 to Willie and Lena (Kjosa) Bergan in Gunder, Iowa. 

She graduated from Postville High School in 1948. Lavanda attended Normal School Teacher Training and taught country school around Gunder until she married. She also worked as a switchboard operator.

Lavanda was united in marriage with Floyd Thompson on December 28, 1951 at the Marion Lutheran Church Parsonage. Four children were born to this union.

After marriage she and Floyd moved to their farm outside of Wadena, Iowa and raised their family.

Lavanda was a member of the Elgin Lutheran Church and WELCA. She was also a Sunday school teacher and choir member.

Lavanda helped as a poll worker in Wadena for many years and was a Cowbelle for the Fayette County Cattlemen.

Thu
12
Jan

Darlene Shaffer

Darlene Shaffer

 

 

Darlene Shaffer, 98, Elgin, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at her daughter and son-in-law's home in rural Volga, IA. 

Darlene was born on February 20, 1918, in Elgin, IA, to James and Lola (Kiple) Yearous. 

She was united in marriage to Forrest D. Shaffer on August 18, 1935 in Elgin. Forrest passed away on December 1, 2007.

Darlene and Forrest worked together on the farm while raising their three children. In 1974, they retired from farming and moved into Elgin. 

She was a faithful member of the Illyria Community Church and later First Baptist Church in Elgin.

She enjoyed sewing, quilting, poetry writing, gardening, traveling and spending time with her family.

Darlene will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.  

Thu
12
Jan

Edith Olson

Edith Olson

 

 

Edith Marie Olson, 90 of West Union died on January 5, 2017 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon.

Edith Marie Weiland was born on April 29, 1926 to Theodore and Emma (Jesse) Weiland in Britt, Iowa.

She attended country school through the eighth grade and graduated from Britt High School.

Edith was united in marriage with Charles Axel Olson on June 9, 1949.

She enjoyed fishing, baking cookies, making afghans, watching Iowa Hawkeye football, gardening and her flowers. Edith loved spending time with her friends and going out socializing.

Edith is survived by her three children, Larry (Brenda) Olson, Joan (Ron) Schroeder and Greg (Cheryl) Olson all of West Union, Iowa; eight grandchildren, Daniel, Dean, Amber, Jeremy, Kristie, Corey, Carrie and Amy; and several great-grandchildren.

Thu
12
Jan

Sara Tinker

Sarah Tinker

 

 

Sarah Michelle Kathleen Tinker (birth name Halldin) died in Atlanta, Georgia, on Dec. 20, 2016, where she had been a resident for six years. She was 33 years old.

Sarah was born in Des Moines on March 11, 1983. Her parents are Dr. David and Denise Tinker, formerly of Des Moines and now currently residing in Elgin. Sarah was adopted by David Tinker when she was 14.

She graduated from Hoover High School in Des Moines and attended LaJames Cosmetology. Sarah loved, as she would say, “making people beautiful.”

After spending two years in Elgin, Sarah moved to Atlanta, Georgia, to pursue her career. There, she opened her salon named Chloe until health problems compelled her to sell her salon.

Most recently Sarah was employed by Solar Dimensions in Atlanta. She was recently promoted to manager of the salon.

Thu
12
Jan

Luella Patterson

Luella Patterson

 

 

Luella Mae Folkerts Patterson, 95, of Elgin, Iowa passed away at the Good Samaritan Home in West Union, Iowa on January 5, 2017 following a year of failing health.

Luella Mae was born December 18, 1921 to Rex and Minnie (Christian) Folkerts in Steamboat Rock, Iowa.

Luella attended and graduated from Steamboat Rock High School in 1939.

She was 16 years old when she gave her heart to the Lord. She had been an avid follower of the Lord and loved to attend Bible Studies, listen to Evangelists on television and study the Bible on her own.

In 1948 she was united in marriage to Woodrow Wilson Patterson in Steamboat Rock, Iowa. They farmed for 40-plus years in the Elgin area.

Luella attended the Baptist Church in Brainerd until 1956 and then began attending First Baptist Church in West Union. She taught Sunday school for many years. Her favorite chapter in the Bible was the 23rd Psalm.

Wed
04
Jan

Phyllis Pattison

Phyllis Pattison

 

 

Phyllis L. Pattison, 79, of Sumner, died Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette.

Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 2, 2017, at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner with Rev. Scott Duffus officiating.

Burial followed at the church cemetery. Friends called from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, January 1, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the church Monday.

Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Phyllis Lucille, daughter of Leonard and Lucille (Rathbone) Jarchow, was born November 27, 1937, at Sumner, Iowa.

She was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner.

Phyllis received her education in the Sumner Public Schools, graduating from Sumner High School in 1955.

On March 6, 1957, she was united in marriage with Eugene Pattison at Union Methodist Church of rural Sumner.

Wed
04
Jan

Robert Vargason

Robert Vargason

 

 

Robert A. Vargason, 79, of Elgin, Iowa went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Robert Aice was born August 18, 1937 in Independence, Iowa, the son of Clint and Edna (Sharp) Vargason.

Bob was united in marriage to Virginia Peterman on September 1955. To this union, three children were born.

On February 16, 1960, Bob was united in marriage to Colleen Howard in Preston, Minnesota and three children were born to this union.

Bob cherished his family and friends and enjoyed every moment with them especially his grandkids and great-grandkids.

He spent several years traveling to Texas after retirement.  Bob enjoyed fishing, gardening, hunting, woodworking and camping.

Wed
04
Jan

Norene Landsgard

Norene Landsgard

 

 

Norene Henrietta Landsgard, 85, of Gunder, Iowa and Clermont, Iowa died on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at the Barthell O.E.S Home in Decorah, Iowa.

Norene was born on January 29, 1931 to Ole and Nina (Loftsgard) Amundson in rural Clermont, Iowa.

She was baptized on February 11, 1931 and confirmed on June 3, 1945 at West Clermont Lutheran Church, Clermont, Iowa.

Norene graduated from Clermont High School in 1948 where she was active in choir and band and played on the women's basketball team. 

Norene was united in marriage with Gordon Lee Landsgard on August 5, 1950 at East Clermont Lutheran Church in rural Clermont, Iowa.

While raising their family, they farmed one mile east of Gunder, Iowa and had dairy cows and hogs until moving to Clermont, Iowa in 1996.

Wed
04
Jan

Mildred Peterson

Mildred Peterson

 

 

Mildred Peterson, 94 of West Union, Iowa died Saturday December 24, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society in Waukon, Iowa.

Mildred Anna Geraldine, the daughter of Louis (LTN) and Cora (Nordhus) Olson was born September 13, 1922 on a farm near Clermont, Iowa.

She was baptized at the West Clermont Lutheran Church by Rev. Gunsten and confirmed at the West Clermont Lutheran Church by Rev. Gunsten.

Millie attended rural school near her farm and attended Clermont High School, graduating in 1939.

After graduation she was employed at the Montauk Larrabee Mansion in Clermont until 1941.

On October 24, 1941 Mildred was united in marriage with Ernest Merlin Peterson at the West Clermont Church by Rev. Ramsey. To this union, three sons were born, Larry, Dennis and David.

They farmed for several years on a farm they purchased east of West Union, Iowa.

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