Obituaries

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Nov

Ramona Melchert

Ramona Melchert

 

Ramona Florence Melchert Hopkinton, passed away peacefully Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center surrounded by her family.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held 11:00 a.m. Monday morning,  November 15, at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Hopkinton. 

Visitation was held on Sunday, November 14 from 2 - 6 Sunday and again on Monday after 10:00 a.m. at St Luke’s Church.  A Parish Vigil service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.   Interment was in the Hopkinton Cemetery.  Fr. Paul Baldwin officiated at the services.  Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello has taken Ramona and her family into their care.   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hopkinton Library, Hopkinton Meal Service, Delaware County Historical Society or Camp Courageous.

Wed
17
Nov

Robert Rear

Robert Rear

 

Robert Lee Rear was born on July 17, 1957, in Postville, Iowa, to Dennis and Carla Rear. Bob was somewhat of a bonus baby to his parents, because he was the unexpected twin to his sister, Becky. The family always says that he kicked his sister out that day to the surprise of his parents who had no idea they were going to have twins. He weighed less than four pounds at birth and had a rough start so was baptized three times. Anyone who knew Bob knew he had legions of guardian angels watching over him throughout his life. 

Wed
17
Nov

Robert Kudrna

Robert Kudrna

 

Robert J. “Bob” Kudrna, 84, of Oelwein, Iowa, died on Friday evening, November 12, 2021, at Oelwein Health Care Center from complications of open-heart surgery.

Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m.Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Oelwein, with Rev. Ray Atwood officiating.

Visitation: 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday and from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home, Oelwein.

Parish Scripture Service: 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Graveside Military Honors by the U.S. Air Force.

Interment: Woodlawn Cemetery, Oelwein, Iowa.

A Memorial Fund has been established. Condolences may be directed to the family at: 812 8th Avenue NE, Oelwein, IA 50662. Online obituary at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com

Wed
10
Nov

Laverne Imoehl

Laverne Imoehl

 

Wed
10
Nov

Steven Dewitt

Steven Dewitz

 

Steven Gustave Dewitz, 66, died Saturday, October 30 at his home in Spencer, after a courageous battle with Glioblastoma, surrounded by family. A Celebration of Life service was held Saturday, November 6, 2021, 2 p.m., at the Warner Chapel in Spencer, IA. A gathering and time of fellowship was held at the Ben Tena Room at Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer immediately following the service.

                  Steve was born October 11, 1955 in the town of Eau Claire, WI, to Gus and Hazel Dewitz. He graduated from North High School, West Union, IA, in 1973.  Steve was employed at Schwan’s Sales in West Union from 1973-1978.  He was later employed with Merrill Company in Marshalltown, IA, and later transferred to the Spencer Merrill Company and continued to work there for 43 years, until his death.

Wed
03
Nov

Joan Lavell

Joan Lavell

 

Joan Margaret (Whitfield, Wilks) Lavell, age 79, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, October 8, 2021, after a difficult struggle with COPD. She was born on March 29, 1942, to Iris (Gray) and Edward Whitfield in Morpeth, Northumberland, England. Her birth father passed away young, but she was not without a father figure. Her mother later remarried Maurice Wilks, known as Grandad Tupp, who took Joan and her sister in as his own. 

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03
Nov

Ann Bartz

Ann Bartz

 

Ann Janis Bartz, 69, Monona, Iowa, died Tuesday, October 26, at Good Samaritan Society, West Union, Iowa. Ann was born on July 6, 1952 in Postville, Iowa, to LaVerne and Marilyn (Olson) Larson. She was baptized and confirmed at East Clermont Lutheran Church, rural Clermont, Iowa. Ann graduated from Valley High School in 1970. She graduated with her Associate Degree in Nursing at North Iowa Area Community College in 1972, and began working as a Registered Nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.

Ann was united in marriage to David Bartz on February 10, 1973, also at East Clermont Lutheran Church. Three children, Amy, Sara and Joel, were born to this marriage.

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03
Nov

John Zweisamer

John Zweibahmer

 

John Ralph Zweibahmer, born on July 28, 1968 died at Gundersen Health System in LaCrosse, Wisconsin on October 22, 2021 from complications due to covid.

      Karl and Jean (Holtey) Zweibahmer’s “Little Johnny” grew up on a farm outside of Ossian and went to DeSales Catholic School through the eighth grade. He then graduated from South Winneshiek High School in 1986. 

Wed
27
Oct

Lee Kleppe

Lee Kleppe

 

Lee A. Kleppe, 61, passed away on October 15, 2021 after a short battle with cancer. Lee Alan Kleppe was born June 1, 1960, in Postville, Iowa to Donald and Marlys (McNelley) Kleppe. Lee was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Ossian, Iowa. He grew up on a farm outside of West Union, Iowa and graduated from North Fayette High School in 1979. 

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27
Oct

Vanessa Bantz

Vanese Bantz

 

Funeral Services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, for Vanese L. Bantz at the White Funeral Home in Independence with Pastor Joshua Hester officiating.  Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence.  Visitation was from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the funeral home.  On line condolences may be left at www.White-MtHope.com.  A Memorial Fund has been established.  White Funeral Home of Independence is in charge of arrangements. 

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