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Tue
14
Nov

Delpha Bowman

Delpha Emma Matilda (Appel) Bowman, 94, of Garber, died Saturday, November 4th at the Edgewood Convalescent Home. She was born on April 27, 1923, in Clayton County to Frieda Appel. Frieda married Fritz Klinkenberg on January 30, 1924, and raised Delpha on a farm near Saint Olaf, Iowa.

Delpha graduated from Elkader High School and attended Upper Iowa University in Fayette where she studied normal training to become a schoolteacher. After graduation, she began teaching at Mecklenburg school in rural St. Olaf. During World War II she dispensed ration stamps to the rural people of the area as most goods were rationed during the war.

Tue
14
Nov

Kenneth French

Kenneth (Kenny) Gene French, age 88, passed away peacefully at home with the love of his life by his side on Monday, November 6, 2017. Kenneth was born July 22, 1929, in Postville, Iowa to LeRoy and Florence (Baldwin) French. 

 Kenny was united in marriage to Geraldine (Gerry) A. Shea on March 17, 1955, at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader, Iowa. Together, they had seven children: Terry (Dan) Sullivan, Dodgeville, Wisconsin; Sharon Taylor, Arlington, Iowa; Jeanne (Mark) Melon, Guttenberg, Iowa; Cindy (Steve) Wendl, Anamosa, Iowa; Jayme French, Manchester, Iowa; Gary (Jennifer) French, Sydney, Australia; and Merry French, Aurora, Iowa.

Tue
07
Nov

Marian Benson

Marian S. Benson, 96, passed away with her daughter by her side, Friday, October 27, in the Elkader Care Center. Born October 7, 1921 in Chillicothe, IL, Marian was the daughter of Philip and Sophie (Christensen) Ellberg. Educated in Morris, IL she received her LPN from Morris Hospital. She worked there upon graduation. In 1941, Marian met the love of her life when Russell I. Benson came into the hospital, suffering injuries from a car accident. She was his nurse and he said she gave such good back rubs, he just had to marry her. The two married on Oct 16, 1942 and farmed his family farm in Wauponsee Township.

Tue
07
Nov

Gary Stewart

Gary Gene Stewart, 77, passed away on October 27, 2017, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing Center in Dubuque, IA. Gary was born on September 21, 1940, in rural Garber, IA, the son of Samuel and Blanche (Hansel) Stewart. He attended Colesburg School and then entered the Army from 1960-1963.

On April 8, 1967, Gary was joined in marriage to Marilyn (Barnhart) at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. This past April, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They resided in Dubuque IA, and then in 1980 moved to Littleport IA, and then Elkader, IA, in 1999. 

Tue
31
Oct

Harlan Patrick

Harlan Owen Patrick, 63, of Elkader, passed away Saturday October 21, 2017, at his home. Harlan (Harley) was born July 13, 1954, in West Union, to Earl and Helen (Lauer) Patrick. He grew up and attended Central Community school in Elkader and graduated in 1972.  

Harley was united in marriage to Joyce Hemby on September 2, 2000, at St. Joseph Church in Elkader.  

Tue
31
Oct

LaVerne Troester

LaVerne L. Troester (Mrs. Oscar Troester), 93, of Garnavillo, died Saturday, September 23, 2017, at the Elkader Care Center. LaVerne was born November 3, 1923, near Clayton, Iowa. She was the daughter of Lester and Anna Fischer Mohning. LaVerne graduated from Garnavillo High School with the class of 1941. On December 29, 1943, she was united in marriage to Oscar Troester at Peace Lutheran Church at Clayton. Three children were born to this union. 

Tue
24
Oct

Terry Maggert April 29, 1945 to October 6, 2017

Terry Fredrick Maggert, 72, of Elkader, Iowa, went to be with Jesus, his Savior, on October 6, 2017.

Terry was born April 29, 1945, at the farm in Pony Hollow, outside of Elkader, to Gail and Maxine “Pat” (Freeman) Maggert. He attended school at Central Community of Elkader, graduating in May 1963. He then enlisted and served four years in the United States Navy. Terry married Suzan Rae Grabowski in Rome, New York, on September 23, 1967. To this union a son and daughter were born.

Tue
24
Oct

Eileen Ruff April 7, 1931 to October 16, 2017

Eileen A. Ruff, 86, of McGregor, Iowa died Monday, October 16, 2017, at her home in McGregor, Iowa in the care of her family. Eileen Agnes was born on April 7, 1931 to Lester and Ronilla (Schoulte) Connor in Elkader, Iowa. She attended Country School, St. Joseph Catholic School, Elkader High School, and graduated from Monona High School in 1948.

Eileen was united in marriage with Erwin Ruff on September 8, 1951, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Monona, Iowa. Eight children were born to this union. Together they farmed outside of McGregor, Iowa. She enjoyed being outdoors, gardening, growing flowers and tending to her farm animals. Eileen enjoyed cooking maple syrup each spring.

Tue
24
Oct

Duane Walter November 23, 1929-September 25, 2017

Duane Clarence Walter, 87, of McGregor, Iowa died Monday, September 25, 2017, at Central Community Hospital, Elkader, Iowa. Duane was born November 28, 1929, to Clifford and Bertha (Sonstegard) Walter in rural Luana, Iowa. He attended Eno Country School through the 8thgrade. Duane proudly served in the United States Army.

Wed
20
Sep

Larry Miles

Larry Lorraine Miles, 75, of Elgin, Iowa, died Monday, September 11, 2017, at his home in Elgin, Iowa. Larry was born November 9, 1941 to Virgil and Elna (Robinson) Miles in Aurora, Iowa. He graduated from Valley High School in 1959. After graduation, Larry joined the United States Navy in 1960 and proudly served until 1962 as a first-aid attendant in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Vietnam, Guam, Hawaii and Hong Kong. He was involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis in the Bay of Pigs. Larry later served in the Naval Reserve.

Larry was united in marriage with Marcia Dennler on March 9, 1974. Two daughters were born to this union, Sherri Lynn and Kristi Ione

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