Obituaries

Wed
01
Sep

Kathryn Uhlenhake

Kathryn Uhlenhake

 

Kathryn Uhlenhake, 97, died Saturday, August 28, 2021.

Schluter-Balik Funeral Home, Decorah, IA is in charge of the arrangements. 

Wed
01
Sep

Lana Hespen

Lana Hespen

 

Lana M. Hespen, 71 of Syracuse, passed away on August 26, 2021. She was born on June 13, 1950, to Richard

& Esther (Paulson) Griebenow in Clermont, IA.

  Lana married Rodney Hespen on May 25, 1991, in Syracuse. She worked at Nashua Paper Products in Omaha for 36 years. 

She is survived by her Husband: Rodney Hespen; Brother: Dennis (Rose) Griebenow; Nephew: Christian (Siv) Griebenow; Great Nephews: William & Richard Griebenow; Brother-in-law & Sister-in-law: Jerry (Judy) Hespen; as well as many special friends, coworkers. 

  She was preceded in death by her Parents: Richard & Esther Griebenow; Brother: Paul Louis Griebenow; Parents-in-law: John & Lois Hespen and Brother-in-law: Roger Hespen.

  Memorial Services will be held Wednesday, September 1 at 5:00 p.m.., with a visitation from 1-5 p.m. all at the funeral home in Syracuse. 

  Memorials are suggested to the Nebraska Humane Society.

Wed
01
Sep

Service notice for Gladys Nelson

Service notice for Gladys Nelson

 

Gladys Harriet Nelson, 92, of West Union, Iowa died Saturday, August 28, 2021 at Stoney Brook in West Union, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 4, 2021 at West Clermont Lutheran Church in Clermont, Iowa.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 4, 2021 at West Clermont Lutheran Church in Clermont, Iowa with Rev. Mike Erickson as the officiant.

Interment will follow at God’s Acres Cemetery in Clermont, Iowa.

Burnham-Wood-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of West Union, Iowa is assisting the family with arrangements

Wed
01
Sep

Celebration of Life for Mary Fritz

Celebration of Life for Mary Fritz

 

A Celebration of Life service will be held for Mary Fritz at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 11, 2021, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 701 Iowa Ave., Decorah, IA 52101. Masks will be required indoors. Lunch will be served after the service. Interment will follow in the afternoon at the Hawkeye, Iowa Cemetery.

Mary Catharine Fritz (Belschner), age 89, of Decorah, IA (formerly of Hawkeye, IA) died on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at the Barthell Eastern Star Home in Decorah.

Wed
25
Aug

Catherine Bemiss

Catherine Bemiss

 

Catherine “Cathy” Irene Bemiss, 75, of West Union, Iowa died Saturday, August 14, 2021 at Stoney Brook Village, West Union. She was born January 11, 1946 to James Calvin and Marjorie Lou (Martin) Renwick in Sumner, Iowa. Cathy was baptized in Alpha, confirmed and married at Zion Lutheran Church. She graduated from North High School, West Union in 1964. Upon graduation, she worked at Northwestern Bell and then transferred to the Norfolk, Nebraska office. She returned to West Union and ran a preschool for several years.

Wed
25
Aug

Kate Michels

Kate Michels

 

 

Kate N. Michels, 15, of Maynard, Iowa died Sunday afternoon, August 22, 2021, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 27, 2021, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein with Fr. Ray Atwood officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 26, 2021, and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Maynard. Interment will be at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Oelwein.

Online obituary is available at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, social distancing and face masks are suggested at the visitation.  Face masks will be required at the funeral Mass.

Wed
25
Aug

Donald Vagts

Donald Vagts

 

Donald Wayne “Andy” Vagts, 90, of West Union, Iowa, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, August 7, 2021.

Services will be held Saturday, August 28, at 11:00 a.m., at Redeemer Lutheran Church, West Union, with a visitation being held on Friday, August 27 at the church from 4-7 p.m.

Andy was born December 17, 1930, in Eldorado, Iowa to Lawrence and Mabel (Scheelhaase) Vagts. He attended a one-room school house in Eldorado until the 8th grade when he went on to graduate from North High School in West Union in 1948. After high school, he farmed with his father, Lawrence, and his uncle Ewald, and also worked for Melvin and Reynold Baumler in their logging and sawmill business, along with his brother Kenny. In 1951, he enlisted in the Air Force, where he served in Japan before being honorably discharged in December of 1954. After returning, he worked for Paul Benshoof at Treasure Acres in Blairsburg, Iowa, raising show hogs.

Wed
25
Aug

Steven Hermen

Steven Hermen

 

 

Steven James Hermen, 68, of Elgin, Iowa died suddenly Saturday, August 14, 2021 at his home. Steve was born February 12, 1953 to James and Rose Ella (Chase) Hermen in Postville, Iowa.

Steven was united in marriage with Mary Landis on August 26, 1972 at Arlington Lutheran Church, Arlington, Iowa. Five children were born to this union, Jennifer, Brian, Bradley, Randy and Rodney. Steve worked for DX, Falb’s and hauled milk. He also drove semi for many years, including owning his own semi and working for Pattersons Trucking and Bushman Trucking. In the last few years, he was semi-retired while still working for Simple M Trucking in Monona, Iowa. Steve enjoyed camping, live music, mowing lawn and socializing with friends and family.

Wed
25
Aug

Michael Lueder

Michael Lueder

 

 

Michael Carl Lueder, 68, of West Union, Iowa died, Sunday, August 15, 2021 at his home. Michael was born December 19, 1952 to John Carl and Jeanette Anna (Springer) Lueder in West Union, Iowa. He attended North Fayette School and graduated in 1971. Michael was soon drafted into the United States Army, serving his time at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. 

Michael was united in marriage with Diane Streif. To this union three children were born. They later divorced. Michael enjoyed spending time with his dog, listening to his 60’s jams, driving his truck, farming and visiting his granddaughters. Michael was known to give everyone his opinion, if they wanted it or not, he was never wrong.

Wed
25
Aug

Karolin Lehman

Karolin Lehman

 

Karolin Jeanette Lehman, 89, of West Union, Iowa, formerly of Elgin, died July 19, 2021. A Celebration of Life for Karolin will be held Saturday, September 4 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Elgin, IA. Visitation will be Friday, September 3 from 4:00- 7:00 p.m. at the church. Burial will follow at the Elgin Cemetery, Elgin, Iowa with Pastor Cody Cline as the Officiant. 

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