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Tue
11
Jun

Deloris Lorraine Olson

Deloris Lorraine Olson
July 5, 1925-May 31, 2019

Deloris Lorraine Olson was born on July 5, 1925, at home, to Willie and Lena (Kjosa) Bergan in rural St. Olaf, Iowa.  She was baptized and confirmed at Norway Lutheran Church. She graduated from Postville High School in 1944 after having taken a year off due to a lack of transportation to school. Deloris passed away on May 31, 2019, at All Saints Assisted Living/Memory Care in Madison, WI at the age of 93.

Deloris was a social, cheerful person who always saw the best in everyone. She enjoyed dancing, especially the waltz and polka. She accepted a marriage proposal from Olvin Olson at White Springs Dance Hall in McGregor, Iowa on a lovely evening in 1945 when he was home on leave from the Army/Air Force. They were married on October 22, 1950, at Marion Lutheran Church, Gunder, Iowa.  They had one daughter, Vicky, and a son, Bradley, who was stillborn at birth.  

Tue
11
Jun

Charles “Chuck” Holmes

Charles “Chuck” Holmes
September 25, 1934-May 22, 2019

Charles (Chuck) A. Holmes, 84, of Elkader, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, surrounded by his family. Charles was born in Ames, Iowa on September 25, 1934, to Robert and Grace (Sowerwine) Holmes.  

He graduated from Ames High School in 1952. Following high school, Chuck attended Iowa State University. In 1954, Chuck enlisted in the U.S. Army serving until 1956 as an artillery fire controller in Augsburg, Germany. After service, he attended the University of Iowa where he graduated from the College of Pharmacy in 1960. After practicing pharmacy, he enrolled in the College of Dentistry graduating in 1968. Charles practiced dentistry from 1969 to 2004, primarily from his North Main Street office in downtown Elkader, Iowa.  

Chuck was united in marriage to Winnafred Thiessen of Clinton, Iowa, on August 13, 1968, in Downers Grove, IL.

Tue
04
Jun

“Sew” much fun Women stitch together memories, quilts

Several members of a quilting group were on hand recently to talk about their unique projects. They are, left to right: Ellen Clinton, Debby Fischer, Jillian Miller, Sandy Phillips, Kris Sass and Donna Baumler.
Several members of a quilting group were on hand recently to talk about their unique projects. They are, left to right: Ellen Clinton, Debby Fischer, Jillian Miller, Sandy Phillips, Kris Sass and Donna Baumler.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

A Garnavillo woman has found a new use for the organizational skills that made her an exceptional nurse.

Debby Fischer, who is retired from the former Central Community Hospital, Elkader, has pulled together a group of 12 women with an interest in quilting. Their goal is to complete 13 quilts this year—one for each member and one for the hospital auxiliary to sell.

But the quilting project has a unique twist: Each woman is making one row of each quilt. By year’s end, each member will have a finished, queen-sized quilt made by 12 different people.

Tue
04
Jun

Wayne Allan Bacon

Wayne Allan Bacon
February 21, 1955-May 24, 2019

Wayne Allan Bacon, 64, was born on February 21, 1955, the last of five children born to Walter and Wanda (Sandhagen) Bacon. He passed away peacefully at home on May 24, 2019. The family moved around quite a bit in Wayne’s younger years, finally setting up home on a farm just South of Garnavillo. He graduated from Garnavillo High School with the class of 1973. On August 17, 1974 Wayne married Becky Werges. Two daughters were born to this union.

Wayne had a place for everything and everything had a place. This was true of the dishwasher, his tools and the ever-favorite pen, which was tied to his desk. He shared his smart-wit ways with his daughters who loved to torment him a little, cutting the string of his pen shorter and shorter until he couldn’t use it. Wayne’s love for carpentry began as a high schooler. He enjoyed being a carpenter all of his working years. Wayne was a member of the Garnavillo Fire Department for 38 years.

Tue
04
Jun

Mary Kay Torkelson

Mary Kay Torkelson
September 13, 1929-May 21, 2019

Mary Kay Torkelson, 89, of Elgin, Iowa died Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Gundersen Palmer Hospital in West Union, Iowa. Mary Kay was born September 13, 1929 to Wilbur and Helen (Peyer) Thornton in Postville, Iowa. She graduated from Postville High School. After graduation, Mary attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, Iowa, now known as University of Northern Iowa, earning her two-year teaching certificate.

Tue
28
May

Mysteries at the museum Carter House focus is murder, mayhem

Mary Lammers, LaVonne Auguston and David Burns are three Carter House Board Members responsible for this year’s Mysteries at the Museum theme. Burns is holding one of the props, a fake bloody knife.
Mary Lammers, LaVonne Auguston and David Burns are three Carter House Board Members responsible for this year’s Mysteries at the Museum theme. Burns is holding one of the props, a fake bloody knife.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

If you’re in the mood for a good mystery, the Carter House Museum in Elkader is the place to be. This year’s theme is “Mysteries at the Museum,” and it covers everything from unsolved murders to UFO sightings to a Wells Fargo heist
Board members credit their colleague Marge Costigan for inspiring this year’s special exibits. “She always has the most intriguing stories about Clayton County,” said Mary Lammers. “It just sort of grew from that.”

LaVonne Auguston gives a nod to Lammers, Barb Chandler and others for doing much of the research that was used to create storyboards about each mystery. The cards and a few props are placed in rooms throughout the 18-room Greek Revival mansion. Moving through the museum is both fun and informational.

An open house to celebrate the new season and the new theme will be held Friday, May 31, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served; there is a $10 admission fee.

Tue
28
May

Cletus Bissell

Cletus Bissell
June 12, 1945-May 15, 2019

Cletus Bissell was born on June 12, 1945, in Edgewood, Iowa and fell asleep in death on May 15, 2019, in Aurora, CO as a result of injuries incurred by a car accident in Meeker.

Throughout his life, Clete was an entrepreneur, making a success out of combining his personal interests with hard work, ranging from flipping homes in his 20s in Iowa, to raising a variety of birds and livestock in Colorado into his 70s. He never knew a stranger; everyone he met became and remained his friend.

Clete is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Margret Bissell, his brother, Curtis Bissell and his daughter, Shawn. He is survived by his wife Cheryl, children, Kim (Cook) of Iowa, Chris (and Kristi) Dye of Oregon, Stacy (and Stuart) Grauberger of Eckert, Kody Reader, Kasey Bissell and Jade (and Taylor) Bissell of Delta, Colorado along with 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, a sister, Jane Glawe and a brother Chris Bissell of Iowa.

Tue
21
May

New gallery Works of Elkader native going on display

“Golden Fields” is one of many works by American artist Gene Sharp to be featured in a new gallery opening this weekend in Elkader. Sharp was raised in Elkader but later lived and worked in Chicago.
“Golden Fields” is one of many works by American artist Gene Sharp to be featured in a new gallery opening this weekend in Elkader. Sharp was raised in Elkader but later lived and worked in Chicago.
Lucy Sharp and her son, Alan Szech, have renovated a space in downtown Elkader into a gallery for the works of Gene Sharp, Lucy’s father and Alan’s grandfather.
Lucy Sharp and her son, Alan Szech, have renovated a space in downtown Elkader into a gallery for the works of Gene Sharp, Lucy’s father and Alan’s grandfather.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

The works of an artist with ties to Clayton County have found a home here.

Gene Sharp, who was raised in Elkader and later lived and worked in Chicago, was a prolific artist who created an impressive body of work, especially watercolors. His works hang in Central State Bank, the Carter House Museum, and the Elkader Opera House.

Many of Gene’s pieces have been in storage since his death at age 79 in 2002. His daughter, Lucy, and grandson, Alan Szech, felt it was time to share Gene’s talent with others and have chosen to do so with a new gallery in downtown Elkader.

“This is really my mom’s passion,” Alan explained. “I just lit the fire and pushed it into her yard.”

The catalyzing event was Alan’s discovery in August 2018 of two watercolors sitting in his mother’s basement where they were getting damaged.

Tue
21
May

Donna Lucille Sloan

Donna Lucille Sloan
June 6, 1933—May 13, 2019

Dr. Donna Lucille Sloan died May 13, 2019 at Macomb, Illinois. She was born June 6, 1933 to W. Leroy Sloan and Leta Sloan. She graduated from Volga High School and worked several years in Elkader before attending Iowa State University where she earned her undergraduate degree.

She taught home economics in Clear Lake and Marengo, IA. Donna returned to ISU to get her master’s degree. After obtaining it, she got a position teaching textiles and clothing at Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL where she taught until her retirement. During her tenure she earned a PHD from Ohio State University.

Donna was an active member of Wesley United Church and also a member of AARP, PEO and University Women. She was an avid bridge player and played Mexican dominoes. Donna had many fiends especially her best friend, her cat Oreo.

Tue
14
May

Top scholar Jenna Jansen is Central’s valedictorian

Top scholar Jenna Jansen is Central’s valedictorian
Jenna Jansen is the top graduate for Central’s Class of 2019. She will speak at commencement Sunday at 2 p.m.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

The valedictorian for the Central Class of 2019 is Jenna Jansen, daughter of Jim and Joleen Jansen, rural Elkader. Jenna has attended Central since kindergarten, following in the footsteps of her two older siblings, Jessica and Jacob. Her family lives near Moto Mill on an acreage they share with their dog, Jill, and eight chickens.

It has been a Register tradition to feature Central’s top graduate. Here are answers Jenna gave to our questions.

What does it mean to you to have achieved the distinction of being named the top graduate of the Class of 2019?

It is a pretty special and rewarding feeling. My sister and brother are awesome academic role models. From them, I learned, success comes through motivation and hard work. I made it a plan to work as hard as I could throughout high school by putting the necessary work to achieve my goals.

What are your outside interests/hobbies?

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