Obituaries

Tue
21
Apr

Maria Piorkowski

Maria  Grabarz Piorkowski, 100, of Elkader, died Saturday, April 11, 2015, at the Elkader Care Center in Elkader. She was born March 1, 1915, in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, the third of six children to Peter and Alazia (Vilimek) Grabarz.

Maria married Stanislaw Piorkowski on February 3, 1949, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Elkader. They made their home in Elkader where they raised four children. Maria loved to garden, growing delicious tomatoes to share with family and friends. She spent many hours tending to the flowers planted around her house and she enjoyed putting together puzzles. She was a wonderful cook; her pierogi was a favorite of everyone that tasted them.

Wed
15
Apr

Russell Wenger

 

Russell Wayne Wenger, 90, of Elkader, Iowa formerly of Elgin, Iowa died Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at Central Community Hospital, Elkader, Iowa. Russell was born July 22, 1924, to Charles and Marjorie (Cook) Wenger in Elgin, Iowa, and was baptized at Elgin Methodist Church on September 9, 1934. He graduated from Elgin High School.  In 1943, Russell enlisted in the Navy where he served his country honorably until 1946.

Russell was united in marriage to Avis Mork on December 29, 1951, at Washington Prairie Lutheran Church in Decorah, Iowa. To this union, three children were born, Steven, Craig and Paul. 

Wed
15
Apr

Raymond Lower

 

Raymond A. Lower, 92, of Arlington, Iowa, died Friday afternoon, April 10, 2015, at the Elkader Care Center in Elkader.

Raymond Albert Lower was born August 23, 1922, on a farm west of Arlington, the son of Albert Leo and Katherine Lucille (Cornelson) Lower. He attended country school in rural Arlington and graduated from Maynard High School. Raymond proudly served in the United States Navy during World War II. On February 9, 1947, he married Maxine Welch. To this union three children were born, twin daughters, Susan and Sally, and a son, Greg. Raymond and Maxine later divorced.  

Wed
15
Apr

Corrine Roys

 

Corrine Rae Roys, 83, of Elkader, formerly of St. Olaf, passed away at the Elkader Care Center on Thursday April 9, 2015, after a short illness. She was born to Ray and Mabel (Erickson) Klingman on March 17, 1932, in Elgin, Iowa. She attended Hewitt Creek country school in Sperry Township and later the Volga High School.

Wed
15
Apr

Marcella “Marcy” Lenth

 

Marcella D. “Marcy” Lenth, 83, of Prairie du Chien and formerly of Garnavillo, passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in LaCrosse, WI after a brief illness.  She was born November 28, 1931, in rural Monona, IA the daughter of Frank and Emma (Havlicek) Lestina.  She attended country school and was a graduate of Monona High School.  She married Arnold Lenth on November 21, 1957 at the First Lutheran Church in Waterloo, IA.  Together they farmed near Garnavillo where she enjoyed cooking, baking and gardening. He preceded her in death on June 2, 2009.  

Wed
15
Apr

Mathew “Matt” Karpan

 

Mathew “Matt” Karpan was born on March 21, 1944, to John Sr. and Sarah “Babe” Karpan (Laws) in Des Moines, Iowa. He entered into eternal life on March 29, 2015.  Matt was known for his ferocity of spirit and even amazed many in the medical community, with his will to fight, against impossible odds throughout his journey.  Through this experience, Matt has taught many that living with cancer requires one to live with an attitude. An attitude to never give up, no matter what the odds are.

Wed
15
Apr

Duane Engelhardt

 

Duane Henry Engelhardt, formerly of St. Olaf, died March 30, 2015, in Summit, NJ, following a long battle with cancer.

Duane was a man with a loving heart for his wife of 57 years, Norma; three sons, Mark (Laura), Kevin (Tracey) and Jeff (Diane); eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

Tue
07
Apr

Ione Dennler

Ione Dennler, 85, of Elgin, Iowa, died Monday, March 30, 2015, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota.  Borghild Ione, the daughter of William and Luella (Benson) Torkelson, was born September 21, 1929, on the family farm in Clayton County, Iowa. After Ione’s mother, Luella, passed away in 1934, she lived with her aunts and uncles until her father married Elsie Butikofer in 1938. Ione graduated from Elgin High School in 1947 and received her teacher certification from Upper Iowa College in Fayette. She taught in a country school near Volga, Iowa until she was united in marriage with Albert Lee Dennler on September 26, 1948, at the Highland Lutheran Church, rural Elkader, Iowa. Albert and Ione farmed southeast of Elgin for many years. After Albert’s death on November 30, 2010, Ione continued to live on the farm until 2013.

Tue
07
Apr

Donald Yohe

Donald Robert Yohe of Gilbert, AZ passed away March 30, 2015 in Chandler, AZ at the age of 95. Donald was born in Clayton, IA to George and Elsie Yohe.

He is survived by his children Ralph (fiancée Mia), Bernie, Aletha DeRonde (husband James), Dean (wife Nikki), and Roger (wife Karen), 19 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Mary Yohe; son, Dennis; parents George and Elsie (Luther); brothers Morrell, Eugene, Virgil (infant); sisters Phyllis Schute, Irene Freese, Marcella Yohe (infant), and Katherine Clefisch.

Tue
07
Apr

Zala Baade

Zala Pauline Schultz Baade was born December 19, 1936, on a farm near Garber. She passed away at home on April 1, 2015. Zala attended country school through eighth grade and graduated from Garnavillo High School. She was the only child of Art and Edna (Kruse) Schultz. Zala was baptized and confirmed at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Elkport. She loved music and learned to play the guitar, piano and accordion by ear. She never needed or read a note of music. She and her dad had a band called the Turkey River Rangers and entertained many people! Her love of music has been passed on to her family.

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