Obituaries

Wed
16
Aug

John Svendsen

John Svendsen

 

 

John E. Svendsen, 85, of Castalia, Iowa died Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota.  John Edward, the son of Johannes “John” and Anna (Mikkelson) Svendsen, was born September 25, 1931 at his home in Winneshiek County, Iowa. He was baptized at Stavanger Lutheran Church, rural Ossian, Iowa and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Castalia, Iowa.  He went to school at Bloomfield Township School #8 and graduated from Postville High School in 1949.  While in high school he lettered in track and instrumental music.  John helped his dad with the family farm and worked for Kneeskern’s Mink Farm after graduation.  He entered the United States Navy in March of 1956 and was honorably discharged in October of 1957. He then worked for Anundsen Publishing Company in Decorah, Iowa from 1958 until his retirement in the early 2000’s.

 

Wed
16
Aug

Ethel Flack

Ethel Flack

 

 

 

Ethel Murein Flack, 88, of Postville, Iowa died Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Good Samaritan Society, Postville, Iowa. Ethel Murein was born, February 24, 1929 to Gottfried and Clara (Knutson) Kurth in Gunder, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed at Marion Lutheran Church, Gunder, Iowa. Ethel graduated from Postville High School in 1946.

Wed
16
Aug

Dennis Moritz

Dennis Moritz

 

 

Dennis Michael “Moritzy” Moritz, 76, of Elgin, Iowa died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital, West Union, Iowa.  

Dennis Michael was born June 10, 1941 to Milo and Jean (Gager) Moritz in Luana, Iowa. 

He attended country school through the eighth grade and graduated from North High School, West Union, Iowa.

Dennis was united in marriage with Karolyn Kerr on Jan. 16, 1961, they later divorced. 

He farmed most of his life in the West Union and Elgin area. Dennis also owned and operated Moritz Stump Removal for many years. He also worked for John Deere for a time. After retirement, Dennis worked for Nick Polfer as the “general manager”. 

Dennis was an avid hunter, fisherman and trapper. He also enjoyed mushroom hunting, gardening and spending time with grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.

Thu
10
Aug

Kathleen (Huinker) Timpe

Kathleen (Huinker) Timp

 

 

Kathleen Marie Timp, 48, of Dubuque, passed away on Friday, August 4, 2017 at home surrounded by her family.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 7, at Resurrection Catholic Church. 

Burial was in Resurrection Cemetery. 

Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. was in charge of the arrangements.

Kathleen was born on March 28, 1969 in Decorah, Iowa the daughter of Dennis and Elberta (Moellers) Huinker. 

She graduated as a Four-Year Fine Art Scholar at Coe College in 1991 and earned her Bachelors in Communications from Clarke College in 1999.

On June 19, 1993, she married her high school sweetheart, Thomas Timp at St. Aloysius Church in Calmar, Iowa.

In 1991 she accepted a position in Dubuque as an Art Editor at Wm. C. Brown Publishing (present day McGraw-Hill Education).  

Thu
10
Aug

Lydia Murphy

Lydia Murphy

 

 

 

Lydia Murphy, 88, of Clermont, Iowa died Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Stoney Brook Village in West Union, Iowa. Lydia Crystal was born December 4, 1928 to Clarence and Lydia (Anderson) Thorson at the family home in Clermont, Iowa. She graduated from Clermont High School in 1947.

Lydia was united in marriage with Gerald Schneider on February 27, 1949, six children were born to this union, and they later divorced. She was then united in marriage with Eugene Murphy on March 1, 1975.

While young, Lydia worked for Baechlers Dry Goods. Lydia was always busy on the farm and would haul can milk. Throughout the years she worked as a CNA at Methwick Nursing Home in Cedar Rapids, Home Health in Cedar Rapids, for Nordec, in Waukon, Iowa and Good Samaritan Society in Postville, Iowa. She enjoyed writing in her journals, making comforters for her grandchildren and traveling, especially her trip to Turkey. 

Thu
10
Aug

Townsend "Ted" Cass

Townsend Mills "Ted" Cass

 

 

Townsend Mills “Ted” Cass, born in Waterloo Iowa in 1934, died peacefully July 30 at a health care facility in Brewer, Maine.  

He spent part of his childhood in Tulsa OK, and   was for many years a resident of Sumner IA where the family owned the Cass Family dairy and crop farm.

He and his former wife Nuna moved to Sullivan ME in 1986 from Clermont, Iowa.

Ted was a remarkable individual who left a strong impression on everyone who knew him. He spent at least one college summer as a merchant mariner (oiler and wiper,) working as a deckhand on a Texaco oil tanker, little knowing that a coasting trip from Texas, which included jumping into Portland Harbor on a dare, (and getting out of the water as fast as possible) and a stop at Brewer, would be first glimpses of his last home state.

Wed
26
Jul

Duane Martin

Duane Wander

 

 

Duane Wander of Springfield, Ore., died Wednesday evening, July 19, 2017, at his home.

He is the brother of Linda (Jerry) Anderson and Keith Wander of Clermont.

No funeral services have been set at this time.

Wed
26
Jul

Michael Fielding

Michael Fielding

 

 

Michael “Mike” Fielding, 77, died peacefully on Monday, July 17, 2017 in Royal Blackburn Hospital. 

Much loved husband of Val and father to Andrea and Louise, granddad to Jack, Ben, Emma and Mattias, Fielding was a former teacher for over 30 years at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School. 

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 28, 2017, at Accrington Crematorium, followed by cremation. 

Memorials, if so desired, in memory of Mike may be given to: The Alzheimer's Society and/or British Heart Foundation, c/o Clitheroe Funeral Service, 10/12 Whalley Road, Clitheroe, BB7 1AW. 01200 443045.

Mike Fielding was instrumental in establishing the British Exchange program at North Fayette High School. 

Wed
26
Jul

Willys Fritz

Willys Fritz

 

 

Willys “Willie” Fritz, 83, of West Union, Iowa died Monday, July 17, 2017 in West Union, Iowa from injuries sustained in a car accident. 

He was born on Father’s Day on a farm near Alpha, Iowa to Alfred and Elsie (Borcherding) Fritz on June 17, 1934. He was the oldest of two children. 

He was baptized at St. Peter (Richfield) on July 8, 1934 in Sumner, Iowa and confirmed on March 21, 1948 at St John Lutheran Church in Sumner. 

Willie learned the value of hard work at the young age of 13, when he lost his father. His first job was at the Sumner Bakery. He also worked for Sumner Tire where he fixed a tire for 75 cents and cleaned a car inside and out for $1.50. 

He graduated from Sumner High School in 1952. 

Wed
19
Jul

Dorothea Odekirk

Dorothea Odekirk

 

 

Dorothea M. Odekirk, 89, of Fayette died Monday, July 10, 2017 at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette.

 

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017, at the United Methodist Church in Fayette with Rev. Mee Kang officiating. Interment will follow at Dunham Grove Cemetery rural, Randalia.  Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 14th at Becker-Milnes Funeral home in Fayette and for one hour preceding services at the church on Saturday. Memorials may be made in her name to the United Methodist Church in Fayette or Palmer Lutheran Hospice. Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.

 

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