Obituaries

Wed
14
Jul

Genevieve McNeil

Genevieve McNeil

 

Genevieve Frances McNeil went peacefully to her heavenly home on July 4, 2021 in West Union, Iowa after blessing us earth side for over 96 years. Genevieve was born to Anna (Hill) and Austin Charles Nesbit on November 2, 1924. Born prematurely at just 3 lbs. 9 oz, Gen has always been a tiny but mighty fighter.

Wed
14
Jul

Ronald Smith

Ronald Smith

Ronald P. Smith, age 81, of La Porte City, died Sunday, July 4, 2021, at his home. He was born on August 19, 1939, in Muscatine, the son of Paul and Pauline Smith. He graduated from Waucoma High School and proudly served his country in the United States Army until his honorable discharge. 

He married JoAnn Ambrosy on April 16, 1966, at Mt. Caramel Catholic Church in Eagle Center; they were later divorced. Ronald worked as a pattern maker at John Deere for 38 years until he retired. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and La Porte City American Legion post #207. Ronald enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s activities, watching sports - especially St. Louis Cardinals baseball, Chicago Bears football, and Iowa Hawkeye Athletics.

Wed
14
Jul

Laura Westendorf

Laura Westendorf

 

Laura Ida Westendorf, 102, of Alpha, died Monday, December 21, 2020, at Ossian Senior Hospice, in Ossian.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Westendorf’s Family Home,  25067 Johnsons Mill, Alpha, Iowa 52171.

 

Wed
14
Jul

Marjorie Grimm

Marjorie Grimm

 

Marjorie I. “Marge” Grimm, 81, of Waverly and formerly of Harpers Ferry and Maynard, Iowa died Saturday afternoon, July 10, 2021, at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community in Waverly, Iowa.

Funeral Service: 10:30 a.m.. Thursday, July 15, 2021, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Maynard with Rev. Dennis Frank and Chaplain Mike Blair of Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community officiating.

Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Maynard and for one hour before the service at the church on Thursday.

Interment: Long Grove Cemetery in Maynard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed in her name to Bremwood Lutheran Services of Iowa in Waverly or the Northeast Iowa Food Bank.

Online obituary at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com

Wed
07
Jul

Dean Timm

Dean Timm

 

A burial service was held for Dean Timm at Wilson Grove cemetery near Sumner Iowa on June 5, 2021. The burial was delayed two years. In 1965 Dean willed his body for science to the College of Medicine at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Dean Charles Timm, age 86, of Boone, Iowa passed away Wednesday June 5, 2019 at the Eastern Star Masonic Home. Dean was born May 18, 1933 in Hawkeye, Iowa to Ervin and Verla (Gager) Timm. He was the fourth of eight children. He graduated from Hawkeye High School in 1951. He served in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957 as an MP stationed in Germany.

Dean married Marion Gorball of Forest City on November 28, 1958 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. He is survived by his wife and four children: Randolph of Charles City, Richard of Waterloo, Jennifer (Michael) Gibson of Mankato, Minnesota and Barbara (Michael) MacDougall of Boone.

Wed
07
Jul

John Kaiserlik

John Kaiserlik

 

 

John A. Kaiserlik, 81, of Hawkeye, died unexpectedly Thursday, July 1, 2021, at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 6, 2021, at Faith Bible Fellowship in West Union with Pastor Dan Doebel officiating. Burial was held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Hawkeye Cemetery with military rites provided by Arnold Rogers Post #312, American Legion of Hawkeye. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in John's name to Faith Bible Fellowship in West Union. Becker & Son Funeral Home in Hawkeye is assisting John’s family. Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com

Wed
07
Jul

Don Blaker

Don Blaker

 

Celebration of Don Blaker's Life Services for Don Blaker of Arlington will be held on Sat., July 24, 2021, at Community Bible Church (307 Lincoln St.) in Strawberry Point. 

Visitation is from 9:00-10:15 a.m. with the service starting at 10:30 a.m..

For those unable to attend who may want to share memories of Don, you may send them to dablaker@gmail.com

A meal will be served following the service at the Community Center (853 Main St.) in Arlington.  RSVPs for help in planning the meal are appreciated, but not required. (dablaker@gmail.com or 563-633-5575)

Wed
07
Jul

Marie Swale

Marie Swale

 

  A celebration of life service for longtime West Union resident Marie Swale will be held at the United Methodist Church on Thursday, July 15.

  Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. with a service at 10:30 a.m.

Wed
30
Jun

Betty Morse

Betty Morse

 

Betty "Beth" Morse, 73, of Hawkeye, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

  Funeral services wereheld at 9 a.m. on Saturday June 26, 2021 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawkeye with Rev. Ron Roberts officiating. Burial followed in Alpha Cemetery near Alpha, Iowa.

  A public visitation was held from 4 until 7 p.m. on Friday June 25, 2021 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawkeye.

  Beth was born in Paletine, Illinois on March 26, 1948 to Lee and Lois Mae (Suess) Wilkie. Beth attended grade school in Alpha and North High in West Union.

  Beth was a member of the Lions Club, Hawkeye Community Club Member and worked as the manager of Tex’s Bar & Grill. She enjoyed fishing and going out to eat.

  Beth enjoyed being with her family, especially her grandchildren. Family meant a lot to her. 

Wed
30
Jun

Laverne Butikofer

Laverne Butikofer

 

Laverne Ida (Fischer) Butikofer, age 85, died June 22, 2021, at Copper Creek Senior Living in West Union, IA. She was born December 5, 1935, to Samuel and Ida (Rechkemmer) Fischer and was raised near Roanoke, IL. LaVerne was baptized in the Apostolic Christian Church and remained a faithful member. After high school, LaVerne worked as a bookkeeper at several area car dealerships. 

LaVerne was united in marriage to Albert Butikofer on August 7, 1966. Together they farmed southeast of Elgin for 33 years. Al and LaVerne moved to Elgin in May of 2000, where they lived until their move to Copper Creek in January of 2021. LaVerne will be remembered for her compassion and interest in others. 

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