Obituaries

Wed
03
Feb

Opal Sanders

Opal Sanders

 

Opal Sanders, 96, of Elgin, Iowa passed away peacefully at Stoney Brook Village, West Union, Iowa on January 25, 2021. 

Opal Jean Sanders was born in rural Elgin IA, to Albert and Mabel (Medberry) Dennler on April 17, 1924.  She attended country school and graduated from Elgin High School in 1941. 

In 1943, she went to Evanston, IL and was a nurse’s aid at St. Francis Hospital.  Later she moved to Chicago and was a file clerk at the Army War Bond Office.  

While in Chicago she met her future husband, Arnold Sanders, who was in the Navy.  They were married September 14, 1944, at the Baptist parsonage in Wildwood NJ where Arnold was stationed.  Later he was transferred to Alameda CA where Opal worked in the Southern Pacific Freight Depot office.  

Wed
03
Feb

Marlys Nefzger

Marlys Nefzger

 

Marlys J. Nefzger, 89, of Fayette, died Friday, January 29, 2021, at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette.

Private family funeral services will be held at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Fayette with Rev. Andy Sayer officiating. Burial will be at Grandview Cemetery in Fayette. Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.  

Marlys Joreen, daughter of Arthur and Clara (Ruzicka) Phillips was born September 28, 1931, in Spring Valley, Minnesota. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lime Springs. Marlys received her education in the Lime Springs Public School. 

Wed
27
Jan

Phyllis Lechtenberg

Phyllis Lechtenberg

 

Phyllis Lechtenberg, age 97, of Festina, Iowa, died on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at the Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Festina, Iowa at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, January 23, 2021. Interment was in the Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Cemetery, Festina, IA

     Phyllis Frances (Huber) Lechtenberg was born on March 24, 1923, the daughter of Alphonse and Elizabeth (Reicks) Huber in rural St. Lucas, IA.  She was baptized at St. Luke Catholic Church in St. Lucas and attended one year of school there until the family moved to Lawler, IA where she received her first communion and was confirmed at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church.  

Wed
27
Jan

Barbara Scheidel

Barbara Scheidel

 

Barbara Jo Scheidel, age 68, of Ossian, Iowa, passed away on Friday, January 15, 2021. Barb was born on May 2, 1952, the daughter of Harold and Pearl (Schultz) Scheidel in Postville, Iowa. She graduated from South Winneshiek High School in 1968. After graduation, she attended Paris Academy of Cosmetology in Cedar Rapids. She then went to work at Norplex in Postville and worked there for the past forty-four years. 

Barb enjoyed reading books, playing cards and knitting. She was especially fond of all her nieces, great- nieces and nephews.

Wed
27
Jan

Clarence Reierson

Clarence Reierson

 

Clarence Reierson was born May 24, 1931, in Fayette County near Clermont, Iowa, to Ole M. and Marie Ann (Martie) Reierson. He died January 22, 2021, at the age of 89 years, 8 months, 29 days. Visitation was held 5 – 7 p.m. Monday, January 25, 2021, at St. John Lutheran Church in Center Point, Iowa. Funeral Service were held 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at the church, with a visitation one-hour prior. Interment was at Walker Cemetery, Walker, Iowa. Military Honors: Walker American Legion Post 376. All guests are respectfully requested to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Center Point is assisting the family.

Wed
20
Jan

Michael Heller

Michael Heller

Michael Frank Heller, 63, of Clermont, Iowa died Saturday, January 9, 2021 at UW Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. Michael was born on October 2, 1957 to Elmer and Nancy (Pape) Heller. He graduated from Waterloo West High in 1976.

Mike moved to Clermont and married the love of his life, Mary Schott on April 30, 1977. 

Wed
20
Jan

Gary Bostrom

Gary Bostrom

 

Gary Fraser Bostrom, 85 of West Union, Iowa passed away on Friday, January 8, 2021 in the town he loved, surrounded by his family who adored him. Gary was an outstanding husband, father, grandfather, friend, business-owner, citizen and Iowa Hawkeye fan. One would be hard-pressed to find a better all-around good guy. 

Wed
20
Jan

Robert Bartels

Robert Bartels

 

Robert Bartels passed away peacefully on Sunday January 3, 2021. He was born in Randalia on June 1, 1924, baptized at Hope Lutheran church Westgate, Iowa and confirmed at Richfield church in Richfield, Iowa.  

Bob attended School Center Number 5 in Randalia, Iowa and graduated high school in Alpha, Iowa.  Except for a brief period when he lived and worked in Waterloo, Bob spent his whole life in Fayette county Iowa.  

During the time he worked at John Deere in Waterloo, he married Eileen Potratz and they briefly lived in Waterloo before making their permanent home in Westgate, Iowa.  Bob and Eileen married at St. Peter Lutheran in Westgate.  Both were longtime members of St. Peter where Bob served as a deacon, church treasurer, and chair of the finance committee.  

Wed
20
Jan

Sharlene Rose

Sharlene Rose

 

 

Sharlene Rose, 84 of Ossian, Iowa died Friday, January 8, 2021 in Oak Creek, Wisconsin after a short illness (non-Covid).  She was born August 13, 1936 to Peter and Martha (Sands) Bushman in Fredericksburg, Iowa. Sharlene graduated from De Sales High School in Ossian, Iowa.

On July 20, 1956, Sharlene was united in marriage with Bernard Wesley Rose at Westside Chapel in Fort Hood, Texas. Besides being an amazing homemaker, when the appropriate time arose Sharlene worked outside the home starting as a cook at De Sales Grade School. She also worked at Graphics in Calmar.  Most will remember her for the treasures she crocheted and knitted as well as her daily walks. She enjoyed spending time with her family and would often travel with them on adventures to see new places

Wed
13
Jan

Fern Kleppe

Fern Kleppe

 

Fern Elizabeth Kleppe, 93, of Elgin, Iowa, died Saturday, January 2, 2021, at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran

Hospital in West Union. She was born March 5, 1927, to Jacob and Ida (Schneider) Friederich Sr. in

Clayton County, Iowa. The family moved to a farm west of Elgin where Fern grew up. She attended

Wander Country School, rural Clermont, through 8th grade. She was baptized and confirmed as an adult

at First Lutheran Church, rural West Union.

 

On July 25, 1946, Fern was united in marriage with Leslie B. Kleppe in Preston, Minnesota. Fern was a

dedicated and caring housewife and farmer. Fern and Leslie operated a dairy farm for many years. Fern

raised the calves from birth, with a special touch. Fern cared for various cats over the years, spoiling her

favorites, Midnight and Lily. She enjoyed being outdoors, gardening, baking, refinishing furniture,

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