Obituaries

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Leslie Lauer

Leslie Lauer

 

Leslie Ralph Lauer, 89, of West Union, Iowa was called home by our heavenly Father on Wednesday morning, February 10, 2021 at his home in West Union. Born May 26, 1931 at the family home near Eldorado, to Peter and Hulda (Trapp) Lauer, the youngest of four children. Leslie was baptized at St. Peter’s Lutheran, Eldorado on June 14, 1931 and was confirmed at St. Peter’s on May 20, 1945. He graduated from high school in West Union in 1948 and the summer of 1948 he started a custom baling, trucking, and harvesting business.

Leslie was united in marriage on November 16, 1952 with Frances Wolfs at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Eldorado, Iowa. Five children were born to this union. In 1955 Leslie and Frances purchased their first bulldozer and the excavating work was added to the business, which is still operated as a family business today.

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Feb

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 was a 1946 graduate of Clermont High School, Clermont, IA.  He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1951 to 1953.  Andy was employed by Big Chief Buildings for over 30 years, and Farmland Industries as the Human Resources Manager, retiring in 1982.  He enjoyed working and always had a side job.  Andy was the owner/operator of Triple A Trash Service that was eventually sold to Stutzman Refuse Disposal.  He drove an activity bus for Unified School District 309 Nickerson-South Hutchinson from 1983 to 1996.  He always said that there was nothing better than getting paid to watch his grandchildren at their activities.  Andy also worked for Ramsey Oil for several years.  

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Feb

Marlene Mayo

Marlene Mayo

 

Marlene Mayo, 89, of Hawkeye, died Saturday, February 13, 2021, at the Hillcrest Home in Sumner. Born: October 30, 1931, to Albert and Hertha (Albrecht) Uttecht in Chicago, Illinois. Marriage: to Frank Lee Mayo, December 30, 1949, at the Hawkeye Methodist Church. (d. May 23, 2016) Survivors: son, Tom (Deb) Mayo of Hawkeye; two grandchildren, Christopher (Kristin) Mayo and Heather Dowd; five great-grandchildren, Landon, Liam, and Lincoln Dowd, and Madison and Alexis Mayo; and sister-in-law, Marjorie Warnke.

A private family funeral services will be held at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Hawkeye. Burial will be at Oak Lawn Cemetery, rural Hawkeye at a later date. Memorials may be made in Marlene’s name to Otter Creek Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 336, Hazelton, Iowa 50641.

 

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10
Feb

Imelda Schmitt

Imelda Schmitt

 

Imelda was born on April 9, 1933 in New Hampton, Iowa. 

She departed this earthly life suddenly on Tuesday, February 2, 2021.

Sunday, February 7, 2021, visitation was observed from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.,  Rosary at 12:30 p.m. and Scripture Service at 3:30 p.m. at the Burnham-Wood-Grau Funeral Home in West Union.  Funeral Mass was held Monday, February 8, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Holy Name Parish in West Union, celebrant Fr. Carl Schmitt.  Internment followed at Mount Calvary Cemetery. 

Imelda was the daughter of William and Rose (Rosonke) Schwickerath. She was united in marriage to Henry Schmitt on May 22, 1956 at the Immaculate Conception Parish, in North Washington, Iowa.

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10
Feb

Alma Ameling

Alma Ameling

 

Alma A. Ameling, 86, of Hawkeye and formerly of St. Lucas, died Saturday, January 30, 2021, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Funeral Mass was held on Friday, February 5, 2021, at 11 a.m. at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in St. Lucas with Rev. Nick Radloff celebrating the Mass. Burial followed at the Church Cemetery. Visitation preceded the Mass on Friday starting at 9 a.m.. A Rosary was recited at 8:45 a.m. at the Church on Friday. Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Hawkeye is assisting Alma’s family. Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com

All attending the visitation and Mass are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Wed
03
Feb

Margaret Hanken

Margaret Hanken

 

 

Margaret Ann Hanken, 80, of Ossian, Iowa died Wednesday, January 20, 2021at Ossian Senior Hospice, Ossian, Iowa. Margaret was born September 26, 1940 to Henry and Margaret (Kleve) Wenthold.  She graduated from St. Francis de Sales High School in 1958.

 

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03
Feb

Irvin Holder

Irvin Holder

 

Irvin John Holder, 68, of Hawkeye, Iowa passed away on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He was born June 28, 1952 in West Union to Irvin Sr. and Lucille (Otter) Holder. Irvin attended Holy Name School until May 27, 1966 through the eighth grade and graduated North Fayette High School on May 24, 1970. He helped farmers after school.

 

Irvin proudly served his country in the United States Army from August 1972 to 1974. He was the 1stCav Div and served in Korea for a year. Irvin was united in marriage with Connie Mannion on March 6, 1971 at Holy Name Catholic Church in West Union. They made their home on the family farm near Hawkeye. In 1974, Irvin went to work for Barker on the grading crew and in 1989 went to work for the Alpha Maintence Shop in Fayette County, where he retired on July 24, 2015.

 

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03
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LeNora Sawvell

LeNora Sawvell

 

LeNora Gerene Sawvell was born on September 28th, 1938 in Postville, Iowa to George O. and Nora (Johnson) Larson. She became an angel on January 22, 2021. She was married to the love of her life, Paul R. Sawvell on December 3, 1966 in Vermillion, SD. They had four daughters, Pamela (Paul) Woodson of East Troy, WI, Paula (Chris) Grau of Oakdale, MN, Geri Sawvell of Fayette, IA and Patricia (Dean Hayes) Sawvell of Cedar Rapids, IA. 

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03
Feb

Alma Ameling

Alma Ameling

 

Alma A. Ameling, 86, of Hawkeye and formerly of St. Lucas, died Saturday, January 30, 2021, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, February 5, 2021, at 11 a.m. at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in St. Lucas with Rev. Nick Radloff celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow at the Church Cemetery. Visitation will precede the Mass on Friday starting at 9:00 a.m. A Rosary will be recited at 8:45 a.m. at the Church on Friday. Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Hawkeye is assisting Alma’s family. Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com

All attending the visitation and Mass are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

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03
Feb

Helen Scheidel

Helen Scheidel

Helen Elizabeth (Lockwood) Scheidel passed away peacefully on January 27, 2021, at the age of 96 in the company of her five children. Helen will always be remembered for the love she had for her family, her singing and dancing and as a dedicated teacher. Helen enjoyed the incredible career doing what she loved: teaching children to read. She taught kindergarten, first grade and special education during her 35-year career in the Fayette and Albany school systems. 

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