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14
Nov

Central Community Schools First enrollment increase in 20 years

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

The halls at Central are a bit more crowded this year and not just because students and staff are sharing space with construction workers. For the first time in 20-plus years, Central is able to report an increase in its student population. And though the upward tick is a modest one, Central Superintendent Nick Trenkamp sees it as a harbinger of things to come.

While it was not a major increase (+5.5 students), any increase is a positive for the long term financial outlook of the school district,” Trenkamp said. “We still have a lot of work to do but these are exciting times to be a Central Warrior!”

Central’s certified enrollment now sits at 424.1 students, up from 418.6 the year before.

Wed
14
Nov

Susan Wilke

Susan Wilke
August 26, 1956 to October 30, 2018

Susan JoAnn Wilke, 62, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Monona, Iowa, died Tuesday, October 30, 2018, surrounded by family. Susan was born August 26, 1956, to Thomas and Mary Jo (Iverson) Wilke in Decorah, Iowa. She graduated from MFL High School with the class of 1974 and attended Luther College earning her B.A. in 1978. Throughout the years, Susan was an art teacher, owned and operated five Hallmark Stores, and currently owned and operated Ink & Stamp with Sue in Galena, Illinois.

From an early age, Susan took great pride in her role as a big sister. The four siblings shared a love of their grandma’s caramel suckers and cranberry cake, and could be brought to tears laughing over Susan’s infamous Chippewa Flowage spill on water skis.

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14
Nov

Mary Reece

Mary Reece
October 3, 1933 to November 4, 2018

Mrs. Mary Rae (Don) Reece of Elkader Iowa, passed away Sunday November 4th, 2018, in her home with her loving husband of 62 years and family at her side at the age of 85. Mary Rae was the only child of Raymond George Dauber and Mary Grace (Smith) Dauber of Iowa City. Mary Rae was born on October 3rd of 1933, in New Orleans, Louisiana, where her father was a teacher and coach at Tulane University. Mary Rae and her parents moved back to Iowa City in 1945. Mary Rae studied at the University of Iowa in Liberal Arts.

Mary Rae had a passion for horses and showing that she passed on to her three daughters.

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14
Nov

William “Bill” Kramer

William “Bill” Kramer
May 15, 1941 to November 4, 2018

William Franklin “Bill” Kramer, 77, of Elkader, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 4, 2018, following a long battle with SCA (Spinal Cerebrum Atrophy) at the Elkader Care Center surrounded by his family. The family made the decision to donate his body to the University of Iowa Deeded Body Program.

Bill was born to Alfred and Charlotte (Dohrer) Kramer May 15, 1941, in Elkader. He was baptized and confirmed at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader. He attended Elkader Central Schools, graduating with the Class of 1959. After graduation, he worked for Commercial Wire Products in Rockford, IL. In 1963, he was instrumental in establishing another plant location in Elkader called Elkader Wire Display Company, where he became the plant foreman.

In 1964, he joined the Army National Guard serving six years and was honorably discharge in 1970.

He was united in marriage to Sandy Burgett on February 17, 1968, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elkader.

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14
Nov

Dorothy Keltner

Dorothy Keltner
June 23, 1923 to November 9, 2018

Dorothy Jean Keltner, 95, of Edgewood, Iowa, passed away on Friday, November 9, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. She was born on June 23, 1923, in rural Edgewood, the daughter of Ralph Emerson and Luella Minnie (Hamlett) Pilgrim. Dorothy was raised and educated in Edgewood and graduated from Edgewood High School in 1940. She then attended Upper Iowa University in Fayette and received her teaching certificate. Dorothy taught in rural school for several years.

 
On January 23, 1943, Dorothy was united in marriage to Kenneth Appleton in Inglewood, California. One daughter, Susan, was born to this union. During WWII on October 18, 1945, Kenneth, a test pilot, was killed in an airplane accident. After Kenneth’s death, Dorothy returned to Edgewood, Iowa, to teach.

Wed
07
Nov

A salute to veterans Henry Lembke: A long voyage home

A salute to veterans Henry Lembke: A long voyage home

By Pat McTaggart
Freelance Writer

Like thousands of other Iowa boys, Northeast Iowa native Henry Lembke registered for the draft on June 5, 1917, the date that all males between the ages of 21 and 30 were required to do so. World War I was raging in Europe, with America entering into the conflict on April 6. The Army was undergoing a massive transformation from a peacetime force to a force that would be needed to confront the enemy, and that force needed men. 

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07
Nov

Anna Mae Cheeseman

October 11, 1923 to October 15, 2018
Anna Mae Cheeseman

Anna Mae Cheeseman, 95, our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away in her home on October 15, 2018. Anna Mae spent her life serving, helping and guiding others.

She was born in Elgin, IA on October 11, 1923, to Clara Anderson Brabham and William Brabham and was the youngest of two children. After her father’s death, when Anna Mae was two years old, she and her brother, Bill, were raised by her mother, who worked as a farmer, housekeeper and practical nurse.

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07
Nov

Ila Mae Fenchel

April 27, 1929 to October 29, 2018
Ila Mae Fenchel

Ila Mae Fenchel, 89, a resident of Mason City, IA since 1959, passed away on Monday, October 29, 2018, at the IOOF Home and Community Therapy Center in Mason City, Iowa.

 Visitation was held Saturday, November 3, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. at Major-Erickson Funeral Home, 111 North Pennsylvania Avenue, Mason City, Iowa. Per Ila’s wishes, private family graveside services will be held at Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery, Mason City, Iowa, with Pastor Steve Hansen officiating.

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07
Nov

Frances Stencel

February 20, 1937 to October 22, 2018
Frances Stencel

Frances Lucile Stencel, 81, of McGregor, Iowa passed away Monday, October 22, 2018, at Great River Care Center in McGregor, Iowa. Her body is gone, but her spirit is in heaven with Jesus. She was born February 20, 1937, to Francis Baird and Lula Irene (Ferguson) Gunn. Frances graduated high school in Jacksonville, IL and continued her education at Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL and Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL, obtaining her Master’s Degree in Education.
Frances was united in marriage with John E. Stencel Jr. on June 15, 1963, in Elgin, IL. To this union two daughters were born. Throughout the years, Frances was an English teacher in Dundee, IL as well as Director of Study Skills Center and Library Head at Olney Central College in Olney, IL.  She was a member of Journey Church in Dubuque, Iowa and First Assembly of God Church in Olney.

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07
Nov

L’Dean Tielbar

L’Dean Tielbar
March 2, 1936 to October 26, 2018

L’Dean Fred Tielbar, 82, of Farmersburg, IA died Friday, October 26, 2018, at his home in Farmersburg. L’Dean was born March 2, 1936, to Orval and Selma (Leupker) Tielbar on the Leupker Farm in Farmersburg. He attended Hawkeye Country School and Farmersburg High School and graduated from MFL High School. L’Dean served in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957.

L’Dean was united in marriage with Rose Mary Amundson on October 25, 1957, at St. John Lutheran Church in Farmersburg, Iowa. Throughout the years, L’Dean drove semi, hauling milk and grain. He enjoyed playing cards and traveling, hunting and trap shooting. He played softball with the “Farmersburg Old-Timers.” He was a WWII buff, and liked building and collecting model planes. L’Dean was a lifelong member of the Farmersburg Fire Department, Monona Legion, NRA and St. John Lutheran Church.

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