Obituaries

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Donald Vontalge

Don Vontalge

 

 

Donald “Don” Edward Vontalge, 87, of Wadena, IA, died Saturday, February 11, 2017, at Good Neighbor Home in Manchester, IA.  

Don was born July 12, 1929, in Manchester, IA, to Edward and Irma (Brockmeyer) Vontalge.  He attended rural country school near Wood Center and graduated from Edgewood High School in 1947. Don enlisted in the United States Marine Corps from 1950-1953, including serving with the First Marine Division, 11th Battalion – Love Battery, from June, 1951 to June, 1952 in Korea.  Don married Arla “Joanna” Corkery on May 23, 1959, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, in Wadena, IA.

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Michael Bowen

Michael Bowen

 

 

Michael “Mike” Bowen, 66, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, passed away after a long illness, Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids.  

Services:  10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids.  Pastor Steve Knudson officiated.  

Visitation: 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, at the funeral home.  

Burial:  East Clermont Lutheran Cemetery, Clermont, Iowa, at a later date.

Mike was born October 4, 1950, in Cedar Rapids, the son of Robert and Lorraine (Wyjack) Bowen.  

He graduated in 1968, from Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids.  

On Dec. 4, 1971, he married Elizabeth Ann Bilden at East Clermont Lutheran Church in Clermont, Iowa.

Mike was a union sheet metal worker for 15 years for Sheet Workers Local #263. 

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Jane Westerfield Turner

Jane Westerfield Turner

 

 

Word has been received of the death of former West Union resident Jane Westerfield Turner of Irving, Texas.

Jane died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017.

She was the daughter of the late R.M. “Dick” and Jannes Westerfield of West Union. Dick was the longtime editor/publisher of The Fayette County Union.

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Margery Gorden

Margery Gorden

 

 

Margery Kay (Fike) Gorden was born on January 31, 1929 in Waterloo, Iowa, the daughter of Homer and Margaret (Dawson) Fike.  

She graduated from Orange Consolidated School in 1947.  

She attended McPherson College in Kansas and received her Home Economics Education degree in 1951 from Iowa State University. Margery taught Homemaking classes at Newhall, New Hampton and Klemme, 

Iowa schools and Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia. 

Margery was united in marriage to Doyle Gorden on August 7, 1955 at South Waterloo Church of the Brethren. They lived in Garner, Tripoli, Fort Collins, Colorado, Spirit Lake, and West Union before moving to their farm near Castalia in 1971. 

Margery was a member of numerous organizations, some of which were the Association for Retarded Citizens, Opportunity Homes, and United Way of Winneshiek County. 

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Anita Parsons

Anita Parsons

 

 

Anita (Steffens) Parsons, 95, of Eldorado, Iowa (formerly of Henderson, Nevada) passed away Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Society in West Union, Iowa. 

Rozella Anita, the daughter of Edward and Frieda (Vagts) Steffens, was born Jan. 25, 1922 on the family farm near Eldorado, Iowa. 

She was baptized March 5, 1922 and confirmed April 14, 1935 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Eldorado. 

Anita attended Dover School #4 and graduated from West Union High School in 1940. She received normal teacher training at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa and was a country schoolteacher. Anita attended summer classes at Upper Iowa University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She then taught elementary school in Tripoli, Postville, and Decorah.  

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Louis Seitz

Louis Seitz

 

 

Louis Roy Seitz, 83, of Monona, Iowa, died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at the Elkader Care Center in Elkader, Iowa. 

Inurnment will be at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at Farmersburg-Wagner Cemetery, Farmersburg, Iowa.

A Celebration of Life will follow at the Monona Community Center in Monona from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Louis was born April 15, 1933, in Smithfield, Iowa, to Rufus and Sybil (Cowell) Seitz. 

He attended school at Smithfield and at Monona High School. 

In 1952 to 1953, Louis served in the Army, most of which was spent in the Korean War.

In 1957, Louis married Janice Kleppe. They had five children. Janice died in 1974.

In 1977, Louis married Shirley Hauan. 

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Gerald Oyloe

Gerald Oyloe

 

 

 

            Gerald G. Oyloe, 91, of Ossian, Iowa passed away Monday, January 23, 2017 at the Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian, Iowa.  Gerald Gilbert, the son of Glen and Mabel Rosvold Oyloe, was born October 15, 1925 in Ossian, Iowa.  He graduated from Ossian Public High School in 1944.  Gerald served in the Navy during World War II aboard the U.S.S. Wachapreague.  Gerald was united in marriage with Ruth Kuennen on October 12, 1948 and had one son, Gordon. He operated the Ossian Grain Elevator for many years with his father and also worked for the Iowa Department of Agriculture before retiring in Phoenix, Arizona.

 

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John Pape

John Pape

 

 

John Pape, 78, of Clermont, Iowa died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

John Thomas, the son of George and Matilda (Schmelzer) Pape, was born Jan. 3, 1939 in West Union, Iowa. 

He attended the Union #2 country school, St. Peter’s Parochial School and graduated from Clermont High School in 1956. 

John served with the Army National Guard for several years. 

John farmed the family farm until his retirement in the late 2000’s.

John was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Clermont. 

He enjoyed gardening, reading, mushroom hunting, playing cards, and spending time with his family. He loved animals and had many pets, including dogs, cats, chickens, cows, pigs, and geese.

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Kilian Bodensteiner

Kilian Bodensteiner

 

 

Kilian P. Bodensteiner of St. Lucas, Iowa, age 84, died peacefully at his home on Feb. 7, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church (307 East Main St.) in St. Lucas, IA with Rev. Joseph Hauer and Rev. Kyle Digmann celebrating the Mass. The pall was placed by Kilian’s wife Elaine and his children. Lectors were grandchildren Cara Howe and Zac Reicks. Offertory gifts were presented by Elizabeth Bodensteiner, Emily Ungerer, and Darci (Jirak) Woods. Music was provided by Bob Huinker and the church congregation.

Interment was in St. Luke’s Church Cemetery with his 12 grandsons serving as pallbearers: Ben and Zac Reicks; Clayton and Joey Jirak; Jesse, Shane, and Noah Eichenberger; Adam and Jacob Ungerer; Nick, Ryan, and Alex Bodensteiner.

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Kilian Bodensteiner

Kilian Bodensteiner

 

 

Kilian P. Bodensteiner of St. Lucas, Iowa, age 84, died peacefully at his home on Feb. 7, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church (307 East Main St.) in St. Lucas, IA with Rev. Joseph Hauer and Rev. Kyle Digmann celebrating the Mass. The pall was placed by Kilian’s wife Elaine and his children. Lectors were grandchildren Cara Howe and Zac Reicks. Offertory gifts were presented by Elizabeth Bodensteiner, Emily Ungerer, and Darci (Jirak) Woods. Music was provided by Bob Huinker and the church congregation.

Interment was in St. Luke’s Church Cemetery with his 12 grandsons serving as pallbearers: Ben and Zac Reicks; Clayton and Joey Jirak; Jesse, Shane, and Noah Eichenberger; Adam and Jacob Ungerer; Nick, Ryan, and Alex Bodensteiner.

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