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Tue
14
Aug

Kathryn “Kay” Schilling

Kay Schilling
June 24, 1944 to August 6, 2018

Kathryn N. Schilling, 74, of Colesburg passed away Monday, August 6, 2018, at her home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation was held from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, August 9, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. A private family Memorial Service will be held. Burial will be in the St. Patrick Cemetery in Colesburg.
Kay was born June 24, 1944, in Elkader, the daughter of Azel and Norma (Warner) Pratt.  She graduated from Central High School in Elkader. She married John Schilling on November 21, 1963, in Elkader. Together they farmed near Colesburg. When they retired, Kathryn worked at Products Unlimited in Guttenburg.

Kay enjoyed her grandchildren, gardening and her flower beds, reading, and driving around with John. She also enjoyed her morning coffee group and visiting with family and friends. She enjoyed baking cookies for her grandkids as the cookie jar was never empty.

Tue
14
Aug

Pedretti’s Bakery Celebrating 50 years in business!

Christopher Reimer mixes a batch of glaze for doughnuts. Christopher is the third generation to run Pedretti’s Bakery.
Christopher Reimer mixes a batch of glaze for doughnuts. Christopher is the third generation to run Pedretti’s Bakery.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Tue
07
Aug

Sheldon Olson

Sheldon Olson
February 22, 1938 to July 30, 2018

Sheldon Olson (80) of Marion died Monday July 30, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City. Services were held at 11 a.m. Monday August 6, 2018, at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories by the Rev. Linda Livingston. There was a visitation Sunday evening at Cedar Memorial Funeral Home from 5-7 p.m.

Surviving is his son, Bradley (LeeAnn) Olson of Walford his granddaughters Ashley Olson of Cedar Rapids and Tasha (Logan) Schmidt and future great-granddaughter of Cedar Rapids; two sisters, Helen Wagner of St. Olaf, Iowa; Donna (Ron) Foels of Elkader, Iowa; one brother, Paul (Gloria) Olson of Elkader, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.  
He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years Betty, his parents, four sisters and one brother.

Tue
07
Aug

Artist inspired by great outdoors

Rabecca Hennessy
Rabecca Hennessy was photographed by fellow artist Jillian Webb Herrmann as she painted Elkader’s Keystone Bridge. Rabecca is one of 60 artists featured at the 4th annual Art in the Park Fine Arts Festival.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor
 
Rabecca Hennessy’s artistic talent was nurtured at her Grandma Amelia’s kitchen table where as a young child she sat for hours transforming pieces of paper into fanciful works of art.
“Old calendars, wallpaper, newsprint—she kept a stack of scraps handy and taught me how to draw on them,” Rabecca recalls. “She was my first teacher.”
Rabecca is one of 60 artists whose work will be showcased at the 4th annual Art in the Park Fine Arts Festival, which will be held August 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m in Founders Park, Elkader. In addition to a showcase of original art, the event will include entertainment, kids’ activities, a youth art exhibit, a silent auction, wine tastings and food.

Tue
31
Jul

Linda Lerch Vitek

Linda Lerch Vitek
June 16, 1949 to July 17, 2018

Linda Sue Lerch Vitek, 69, passed away Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at the Elkader Care Center. She was born June 16, 1949, in Oelwein, to Lawrence and Erma (Stannard) Lerch. She completed grades K-12 at Oran and Elkader Schools, graduating with the Central Class of 1967. Following graduation, she went to St. Luke’s School of Nursing, graduating in 1970. She worked 3- plus years at St. Luke’s on 3 West and 5 Central, and later at Gastroenterologists, P.C. She was a very sweet, caring, loving person and her personality certainly helped her be an awesome nurse.

She married John Bateman and to this union, son Mike Bateman, was born. The couple later divorced. Linda met Gary Vitek and was married on May 6, 1978, and to this union, son Joe Vitek was born. She had much pride and love for her family, especially her three granddaughters. She enjoyed many a conversation with her special friends and classmates over the years.

Tue
31
Jul

Karen Orvis

Karen Orvis
September 24, 1937 to July 22, 2018

Karen Lee Orvis, 80, of Elkader, passed away Sunday, July 22, 2018, at Central Community Hospital in Elkader. She was born September 24, 1937, in Monona Iowa, to Everett “Pete” and Myrtle (Gilson) Drahn. Karen graduated from Monona High School, class of 1955. She excelled in music, playing both flute and piano, and athletics where she and her MFL teammates reached the second round of the 1955 state basketball tournament in Des Moines, losing to the eventual state champions.

She was united in marriage to Richard Lee Orvis on June 8, 1955, and they made their home in St. Olaf, Iowa, before relocating to Elkader in 1968. They became the parents of three children, Luanne, Brad, and Brenda.

Tue
31
Jul

Noraline Lamborn

Noraline Lamborn
February 26, 1923 to July 28, 2018

Noraline Milda Lydia Lamborn, age 95, of Monona, passed away July 28, 2018, at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon, Iowa, following a brief illness. Noraline M. L. Borcherding was born February 26, 1923, in Osterdock, Iowa, the daughter of Gustav and Mabel (Lundt) Borcherding. She was baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Guttenberg on April 29, 1923, confirmed at Highland Lutheran Church in Elkader on December 18, 1938, and attended rural Clayton County Schools. Following her schooling, she worked as a housekeeper for rural area families. She also worked at the Battery Factory in Dubuque, Iowa before marrying Lloyd V. Lamborn.

Tue
31
Jul

Cubs players, fans honor Buckner

Bob arriving
Bob Buckner, Elkader, was honored at a recent Chicago Cubs game for his service during WWII.

By Pat McTaggart
Freelance Writer

Editor’s note: Elkader resident and World War II veteran Robert Buckner is a life-long Cubs fan. Last week, his team honored him for something that happened decades before any of them was born. His story follows.
In November 1943, future Central Community School District Superintendent Robert Buckner enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17 after graduating from Marion High School. About 15 months after his enlistment, he found himself embroiled in the costliest battle in Marine Corps history—battle for Iwo Jima.

Tue
24
Jul

John Miehe

John Edward Miehe
May 18, 1929 to July 16, 2018

John Edward Miehe, 89, of Elkader, died Monday, July 16, 2018, at Central Community Hospital in Elkader, Iowa.

John was born May 18, 1929, at Mercy Hospital, Oelwein, Iowa to parents Elmer J. and Marie M. (Kelleher) Miehe. He graduated from St. Joseph’s School, Elkader, Iowa, in 1948.
John entered the US Army on January 15, 1951, serving in Korea and Japan. He was honorably discharged on January 15, 1953.
On February 14, 1953, John married Vernelda L. Fehlhafer at St. Joseph’s Church in Elkader.

Upon returning from his military service, he joined his father in the family John Deere business for 31 years until the business was sold. In May 1977, he started a new business, Elkader Diesel & Electric. The business was sold in 1988, at which time John retired.

Tue
24
Jul

Clayton County Courthouse Time for more clock restoration work

Clayton County Courthouse
A recently awarded $50,000 grant will enabled restoration work to continue on historic the Clayton County Courthouse clock tower.

By Pat McTaggart
Freelance Writer

Clayton County has received a $50,000 Historic Resource Development Program (HRDP) state grant for continuing restoration work on the County Courthouse clock tower. The grant will be used for the upper areas of the tower. Since this is the highest part of the project, the costs escalate due to the use of tall cranes needed to get to the upper areas.
The areas in need of restoration are basically from the top of the windows on all four sides upwards, including all the roofing, wood decorative pieces, the wooden louvers, metal work and weather vane. This area has significant deterioration. Kendrick Lumber in Edgewood is donating all of the wood that will be used for this phase of the project. This donation was obtained through the efforts of Clayton County Supervisor Ray Peterson.

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