Obituaries

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Fri
31
Jul

Delbert C. Baars

Delbert Charles Baars, 87, of El Mirage, Ariz., went to be with Jesus, July 28, 2020, while in hospice care. A stroke and pneumonia occurred a week prior to his death. Delbert was born Sept. 12, 1932, in Communia-Volga Township, the son of Henry and Katherine (Kuehl) Baars. 

Del served in the army during the Korean War. He spent the majority of his professional career as a production engineer. Woodworking was his passion, along with helping others. He gifted family and friends with his beautiful woodworking art. Listening and dancing to country western music brought much joy to Del, as well as traveling in the motor home.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Ruth Clinton; and nephew, Nyal Clinton.

Fri
31
Jul

Charles E. 'Chuck' Peterman

Charles “Chuck” Eugene Peterman, 71, of Elkader, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at the Guttenberg Hospital. He was born June 27, 1949, on the family farm, rural Volga, to Forrest “Pete” and Mary Murray Peterman. He attended Central Community Schools and graduated with the Class of 1967. 

Chuck served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, from May 7, 1969, to March 5, 1972. He was trained to be a Redeye Gunner, receiving a National Defense Service Medal and sharpshooter commendations.

Fri
17
Jul

Joanne L. Strutt

Joanne Lucille (Reese) Strutt, 89, was born in Dodgeville, Wis., on Jan. 25, 1931, and died at her home in McGregor on July 15, 2020. She married her high school sweetheart, Donald Frost Strutt (“Doc”), on March 19, 1951. Doc preceded her in death four months earlier, on March 6, 2020, 13 days short of their 69th wedding anniversary.

 

Tue
14
Jul

Irene E. Peake

Irene Esther Rodas Peake, 99, passed away Saturday, July 11, 2020, at Great River Care Center in McGregor.

Irene was born Oct. 10, 1920, to Fred and Edna (Winch) Rodas at the Rodas family farm near Littleport. She graduated from Littleport High School in 1939.

Irene married the love of her life, Fleet Peake, on Dec. 9, 1945, at the parsonage of Frieden’s Church of Christ in Elkader. A few days later, the newly married couple started farming on the Charlie Hakert farm in Mederville. In the spring of 1952, they moved to their current farm on Highway 128, near Garnavillo. They were blessed with two children, Elaine and Dean.  

Tue
14
Jul

Katherine A. Thein

Katherine A. Thein of Surprise, Ariz., passed away on June 28, 2020, at the Susan Care Home in Surprise, Ariz. 

Katherine and her husband, Hubert, lived in Pony Hollow for 20 years. Hubert passed away in 1992. Katherine later moved to Arizona to be closer to family. Children of the couple are Sheila A. (Greg) Vannort of Wadell, Ariz., and Brenda (James) Meyer of Garnavillo. Katherine had four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

A private service will be held at a later date due to COVID-19.

Tue
14
Jul

Barbara L. Baker

Barbara Laverne Baker, 82, of Elgin, died Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at St. Mary Hospital in Rochester, Minn. She was born Jan. 5, 1938, to John and Alberta (Koester) Jarm in Chicago, Ill. Barbara grew up in Des Plaines, Ill. She earned her associate degree in biology.

Barbara was united in marriage with Thomas Baker on Aug. 18, 1956, at St. Stephens Catholic Church in Des Plaines, Ill. Three children were born to this union.

Barbara is survived by her three children, Kathleen (Kenneth) Butzen of Minong, Wis., Mark (Nora Short) Baker of Dayton, Minn., and Michael (Stephanie) Baker of Trophy Club, Texas; five grandchildren, Nicole Fisher (Mitch), Matthew (Bethany) Butzen, Lauren Reagan (Scott), Robbie Slay and Stephanie Baker (Jake Miller); and seven great-grandchildren.

Thu
09
Jul

Maureen K. Scott-Bading

Maureen Bading passed away peacefully at home after a long illness and went to be with our Lord.  On that day, we had a flock of her hummingbirds and were blessed with heaven’s kisses. We had 47 butterflies that landed on everyone standing on the porch. They would allow you to hold them and wouldn’t fly away.

Maureen attended Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids. She had many friends but developed a strong friendship with Tom Bading, for they were both free spirits. They were married on Feb. 23, 1980. Together they were not just the best of friends, but also soulmates, and they found true love in one another.  

Tue
30
Jun

Harry C. 'Kelly' Kelleher

Harry Clement Kelleher, Jr., known as “Kelly” to many of his friends and family, passed away peacefully on June 23, 2020, at his home in San Diego, Calif., with his wife of 60 years, Joyce, at his side. Kelly was born on Sept. 16, 1925, in Volga, to Harry and Mary (Connor) Kelleher. He was a graduate of St. Joseph Catholic High School in Elkader and he also attended the University of Iowa. 

Kelly enlisted in the Army while still a teenager and he served as a private first class in Company C in the 424th Infantry in World War II, including the Battle of the Bulge. 

Tue
30
Jun

Bob E. Shaw

Bob Edwards Shaw, 74, of Manchester, passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2020, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester. He was born on Jan. 14, 1946, in Denver, Colo., the son of Anthony and Lottie (Edwards) Shaw. Bob was raised and educated in Hugo, Colo., and was a graduate of Hugh High School. Bob received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado and also completed his master’s degree in school administration.

On Aug. 24, 1974, Bob was united in marriage to Judy Eckhardt in Denver, Colo. The family moved to Iowa and Bob began his career with Keystone AEA in Elkader. Bob completed his PhD in education from the University of Iowa, while also serving as the director of administrative services at Keystone.  

Thu
25
Jun

Lorna L. Peterman

Lorna L. Peterman, 87, of Walford, and formerly of Arlington, died Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at Colonial Manor in Amana.

Lorna Loretta Voshell was born Feb. 28, 1933, in Arlington, the daughter of Chancy Fillmore and Virginia Elizabeth (Northrop) Voshell. She received her education from the Arlington School. Lorna was united in marriage to Henry Lee Peterman on May 10, 1951, in Arlington. They farmed near Volga and then were long-time residents of Arlington. Lorna was a homemaker and provided childcare for many of the Arlington children. In April of 2011, Lorna moved to Walford and later to the Colonial Manor in Amana.

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