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Tue
09
Apr

Roy Robert Pady

Roy Robert Pady
July 29, 1923-March 17, 2019

Roy Robert Pady, 95, died March 17, 2019, at the Elkader Care Center.

Roy was born on July 29, 1923, to Arthur and Elizabeth Pady, in Washburn, WI. His growing up years were spent on his family’s dairy farm. He attended Progress Elementary School,  one-room country school, and graduated from Ondosigan High, a small country high school. He attended two years of college in River Falls, WI, but then returned to the farm to help out as World War II was going on. In 1945, Roy joined the Army, training at Ft. Lewis, Washington, before being send to Germany where he was stationed from 1946 through the ends of the war in 1948. On April 19, 1948, Roy married the love of his life, Kornelia (Connie) Nedecey-Ruszak, a beautiful Hungarian girl who was cashiering at the PX. Their marriage lasted 65 years until her passing in 2013.

Tue
02
Apr

Moving on Gibney gets ready for new a challenge

Moving on Gibney gets ready for new a challenge
Ann Gibney, who is retiring at the end of the school year after more than 30 years at Central as a faculty member, is the new Elkader Chamber Coordinator.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Ann Gibney is ready to finish one chapter and begin another.

    A teacher for more than three decades, Anny will retire at the end of the school year. And soon after she says her final good-byes, she’ll start a new job as Elkader Chamber Coordinator.

The decision to pursue the Chamber position came several weeks after Ann announced her retirement.

“I saw the advertisement in the paper and I thought ‘I can do that,’” Ann said. “I love Elkader, and I know I’m going to enjoy promoting it. People may not realize that without the school and a strong business community, we wouldn’t have such a vibrant community. I’m excited for the opportunity to share that message with everyone.”

Tue
02
Apr

Barbara Hummel

Barbara Hummel
February 6, 1954-March 19, 2019

Barbara Ann Hummel, 65, of Oelwein, passed away at Covenant Hospital in Waterloo on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, surrounded by her family.

She was born on February 6, 1954, at the Oelwein Hospital to Wayne and Janet (Shaw) Hummel. Barbara was raised and educated in the Volga area. She graduated in 1972 from Central Community High School in Elkader.
After high school, Barbara worked at the HiWay Café in Strawberry Point. On April 29, 1979, she gave birth to her only child, Brian Hummel. Together they lived in rural Volga, and Barb worked at ATWOOD in West Union for 25 years. In her later life, she retired to the Oelwein area.

Barbara was a member of the Lutheran Church in Volga. She enjoyed sewing and reading books in her free time, but most of all she loved spoiling her grandchildren, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great niece, who she adored dearly.

Tue
02
Apr

Berniece Johnson

Berniece Johnson
October 16, 1923-March 25, 2019

Berniece Irene Wilhelmina (Glawe) Johnson, 95, of Elkader passed away Monday, March 25, 2019, at the Elkader Care Center. She was the daughter of Herman and Louisa (Polkow) Glawe, born on October 16, 1923, in Boardman Township in rural Elkader, Iowa. She was born and raised in Clayton County.

She was united in marriage to Orville N.T. Johnson on September 4th, 1941. Besides raising 10 children and farming with her husband, she used her love of cooking to establish two restaurants, which she owned and operated, first in Monona and then Elkader. The Cedar Rapids Gazette ranked Johnson’s Restaurant in Elkader as one of the 10 best restaurants in Eastern Iowa. In 2004, she sold it to two of her sons, and continued to help out until she was 92-years-old.

Tue
02
Apr

Kenneth Nading

Kenneth Nading
August 6, 1925-March 28, 2019

Kenneth R. (“Kenny”) Nading, 93, of rural Elkader, died Thursday, March 28, 2019 at the Strawberry Point Lutheran Home. He was born in Littleport, IA, on August 6, 1925, to Merritt and Martha (Reick) Nading. Kenneth graduated from Littleport High School in 1943, at the age of 17. A few months later, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was stationed in Oakland California and Mare Island where he served as a Pharmacist Mate Second Class. Following his Honorable Discharge on August 5, 1946, he started working for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company, where he worked as a lineman. He then married Celia Robbins. They had six children. The couple later divorced.

In 1968, he married Marjorie Gentz. The couple lived in Mederville. Marjorie passed away in 2010. In 2013 he moved into the Swales Assisted Living apartments in Strawberry Point. When his health began to fail, he moved into the Strawberry Point Lutheran Home where he remained.   

Tue
02
Apr

Jerry Spykerman

Jerry Spykerman
November 1, 1942-March 24, 2019

Jerry John Spykerman, 76, Elgin, Iowa, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2019, at Prairie View Nursing Home in Sanborn, Iowa, following a short illness. A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. at the Highland Lutheran Church, Elkader, Iowa on April 8, 2019.  

Jerry was born November 1, 1942 in Hull, Iowa, to Garret and Mable (Schlicht) Spykerman. He graduated from Sanborn High School in 1961 and in 1974 received his degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Iowa State University. He served in the Army National Guard from 1964-970. He spent his life in Iowa, living in Sanborn, Storm Lake, Humboldt, Ames, Muscatine, Elkader and Elgin. He worked for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for 34 years as a fisheries biologist, retiring in 2004. His last duty station was at Big Spring Hatchery, Elkader,.

Tue
02
Apr

Ray Williams

Ray Williams
February 21, 1939-March 27, 2019

Ray Alfred Williams, 80 of Elkader, died March 27th, 2019, at the Elkader Care Center after a two-week stay. He was born February 21, 1939, to Floyd and Bertha (Willie) Williams.  

He was united in marriage to Shirley Ann Handke on December 12, 1959. Four children were born to this union. Together they made their home near Motor Mill where they farmed for many years. Ray also served in the Army before he enjoyed a lifelong career working at John Deere until his retirement. Ray loved to spend his days fishing, coon hunting, and cooking maple syrup.  He also enjoyed bluegrass festivals and traveling to National Parks to see the mountains. Above all he valued spending time in the outdoors surrounded by his family.

Tue
26
Mar

Conversations with Your Congresswoman Finkenauer makes infrastructure tour

Congresswoman Abby Finkenhauer

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Northeast Iowans last week had an opportunity to meet one-on-one with Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer during an infrastructure-focused tour that also included small group meetings with constituents. In addition to a stop in her hometown of Dubuque and a tour of a storm-damaged school in Waterloo, Congresswoman Finkenauer spent an hour at the Guttenberg Public Library listening to concerns of residents there.

Finkenauer, who represents Iowa’s first congressional district, serves on the committee of transportation and infrastructure. Her “Conversations with Your Congresswoman” events are designed to highlight the important work being done and still needing to be done with flood mitigation and aging infrastructure.

Tue
26
Mar

Diana Kitterman

Diana Kitterman

Diana Dee (Ivey) Kitterman, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, passed away March 17, 2019 at her home in Sioux Falls, SD with her family by her side. She was 69 years old.

Diana was born October 4, 1949 in Wichita Falls, TX to Bobby and Betty Ivey. She graduated from Burkburnett High School before going on to attend Draughon’s Business College and Alladin Beauty College.

Tue
26
Mar

Donald Storms

Donald Storms
June 16, 1942-March 19, 2019

Donald Charles Storms, Jr., 76, of Clayton Center, IA, died Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals surrounded by his family. He was born on June 16, 1942 in Richland Center, WI, the son of Donald Sr. and Norma Storms. Don grew up in the Richland Center area where he attended the Pleasant Hill Country School through 8th grade and graduated from the Muscoda Public High School in 1960. On January 18, 1975, Don was united in marriage with Jean Stroschein in Richland Center.  
For many years Don worked in the agriculture industry in the area of genetic engineering for Tri-State Breeders and Select Sires. He also worked for Dairy Herd Improvement Association as DHIA supervisor. He enjoyed helping farmers with their dairy herd production needs but even more than that he loved and considered all his herd owners/families an extension of his own family.

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