Obituaries

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Alice Koempel

Alice Koempel

 

 

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David Broughton

David Broughton

 

 David M. Broughton, 67, of Battle Mountain, Nevada, formerly of West Union, Iowa, died unexpectedly at his home on February 22, 2021.

   A celebration of Dave’s life will be held June 5, 2021, at the Presbyterian Church in West Union, IA, commencing at 12:30 p.m.

 Dave’s final resting place will be in the Wadena Cemetery in Wadena, Iowa.

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26
May

Luke Victor Kuennen

Luke Victor Kuennen

 

  A celebration to remember the life of Luke Victor Kuennen will be held at the Oelwein American Legion Post 9, 108 1st Street SW, on Saturday, June 19, 2021, from 2 - 6 p.m.

 Luke died December 22, 2020.

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26
May

Susan Schmit

Susan Schmit

 

 

Susan Lynn (Schrage) Schmit, 59, of West Union, Iowa went home to Jesus Monday, May 17, 2021 at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, Wisconsin due to medical complications alongside cancer, which she fiercely battled for the last year. 

She was born April 12, 1962 to Darwin and Barbara (Negan) Schrage in West Union, Iowa. Susan graduated from North High School, West Union in 1980, followed by Hawkeye Technical Institute, Waterloo in the dental assisting program.

Susan was united in marriage with Jeff Schmit in December of 1983 and later divorced, three sons were from this union.

She fittingly worked in customer experience at H&H in West Union, then Hawkeye Foods/U.S Foods in Coralville.

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26
May

Alden Anderson

Alden Anderson

 

Alden ‘Andy’ Albert Anderson, 92, passed away February 2, 2021, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson, KS.  He was born October 19, 1928, in Clermont, IA, to Albert and Alma (Ostle) Anderson.

Andy is survived by:  his wife, Aggie Anderson of Nickerson, KS; children, Gary (Jo Anne) Anderson of Ocean Shores, WA, Larry Anderson of Nickerson, KS, Janice (Troy) Coon of Hutchinson, KS, Connie (Robert) Yost of Pottsboro, TX, and Brenda (Steven) Guisinger of Moore, OK; ten grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

Graveside service to honor Andy’s life will be 2 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 2021, at Wildmead Cemetery, Nickerson, with The Reverend Larry Brock officiating.  The United States Marine Corps Honor Guard will conduct military honors.  Friends may sign the book from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, 2021, through Friday, June 4, 2021, at Elliott Mortuary.

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26
May

Tracy Robbins

Tracy Robbins

 

 

Tracy L. Robbins, 57, of Oelwein, Iowa, died on Monday evening, May 17, 2021 at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union.

There will be a Private Family Graveside Service.

Public Visitation:  4:00 to 8:00 P.M. Friday, May 21, 2021 at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Arlington.

Interment: Illyria Church Cemetery, rural Elgin, Iowa.

A Memorial Fund has been established for the Buchanan County Animal Shelter, Hazleton.

Online obituary at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, facemasks and social distancing is suggested.

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26
May

Alice Johnson

Alice Johnson

 

Alice Johnson was born September 10, 1922, in Forest City, IA, the daughter of John and Sophie (Ness) Ullestad.  Alice passed away peacefully at the age of 98 on May 13, 2021 at Laurels Peak Nursing Home in Mankato, MN.

She grew up on a farm near Forest City. She was Baptized and Confirmed at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Thompson and graduated from Thompson High School in 1942.  After high school, she left home to study at the Lutheran Deaconess Hospital in Chicago, IL and graduated as a Registered Nurse. She then went on to get her Bachelor of Science in Nursing through Luther College in Decorah, IA. She spent the summer of 1949 nursing children with polio in Oklahoma City, OK. She also attended the Lutheran Bible Institute (LBI) in Minneapolis, where she met her future husband.

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26
May

Janet Brant

Janet Brant

 

Janet Kay Murray Swenka Brant, 82, finished her journey here on earth May 16, 2021.  She gracefully passed away surrounded by her loving family at Stoney Brook Assisted Living Center in West Union, Iowa.

Janet was born on January 23, 1939 to Doris Anna Jenks Murray and Edwin Leland Murray at home in Manilla, Iowa nine years after the next child.  She joined two brothers and four sisters:  Grace Elizabeth (Rasmussen), Eugene Leo, Robert Wendell, Margery Faye (Disburg), Donna Delores (Sheffield), and Vesta Ilene (Senger). 

Janet has cherished memories of her childhood family and homes in Manilla and Red Oak, Iowa. She and her parents moved to Oelwein, Iowa during her high school years where Janet met and married Russell Swenka on September 29, 1956.  To this union came three children:  Roberta Lee, Rebecca Ann, and Duane Russell.

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26
May

Gary Halva

Gary Halva

 

Gary L. Halva, 75, of West Union, Iowa died Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at Mayo Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. He was born September 29, 1945 to Rudy and Dortha (Garlick) Halva. Gary graduated from Vinton High School in 1963 and went on to earn his BA in Elementary Education and his Master’s in Elementary Counseling from the University of Northern Iowa.

On June 8, 1968, Gary was united in marriage with Karen Gulick in Vinton, Iowa. Throughout the years, Gary was a 5th and 6th grade science teacher at North Tama, worked as an Elementary Counselor at Benton Community Schools, and retired in 2007 after 29 years as a consultant with Keystone AEA.

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26
May

Janette Murrell

Janette Murrell

 

Janette R Murrell, age 85 passed away on May 17, 2021 in Melbourne FL. Janette was born May 28, 1935 in Perry, IA to Harry T Hoagland and Hilda M (Appenzeller) Hoagland. She attended Perry schools graduating in 1953, and then attended the American Institute of Business in Des Moines IA. She married high school sweetheart Robert Murrell on April 18, 1954. The couple moved to Ames, IA where she worked for WOI Radio and Iowa State University while Robert attended school. In 1957 they moved to Elkader, IA where Robert taught high school vocational agriculture. 

Jan was active in church and community functions and worked as secretary for the Clayton County Extension service. She later lived in Grundy Center, IA, Chatfield, MN, West Union, IA and Clarence, IA. The couple then retired to Lead Hill, AR in 1996, ultimately moving to Melbourne, FL in 2015. 

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