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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.  


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.


Ruthann Daniels

Ruthann Daniels, 78, of McGregor and Panama City, Fla., went home to her heavenly father on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wis., after a long and very courageous battle with cancer. She was born Feb. 3, 1942, to Alfred and Ljudmila (Butchar) Scheck in Sheboygan, Wis. 

Ruthann was united in marriage with James Daniels in 1960. Two sons were born to this union. Ruthann worked as an office manager for American Excelsior Co., before retiring. 


Severna A. Cowell

Severna Aileen Cowell, 86, of McGregor, passed away on Sunday, June 14, 2020. She was born Jan. 3, 1934, to Severin and Eda (Heilman) Johnson. Severna was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church, McGregor. She grew up on a farm south of Highway 18 with her parents, sister Mary Lou and her father’s Uncle Ole from Norway. Except for a few years in Minnesota, she lived her entire life in McGregor. In April of 2016, when her health began to fail, she came to live with Linda and Peter in Monona.



Gerald 'Bert' Bruehahn

Gerald (Bert) Bruehahn, 79, of McGregor, formerly of Prairie du Chien, Wis., passed away at the Great River Care Center in McGregor on June 14, 2020.

He was born on Oct. 27, 1940, to Bert and Eliza Bruehahn in Monona. In his younger years, he had a country band called Little Bert and the Country Class. He worked security at 3M in Prairie du Chien until he retired. Bert owned the Circle Bar in Prairie du Chien for a while and also had a cab business called B Line Cab Co. After retiring, Bert continued to work security jobs.  

Surviving Bert are his four children, Scott (Jill) Bruehahn of Mt. Horeb, Wis., Stephanie (Jerry) Koons of Elkader, Tina Bothum of Colorado and Rhonda Ruhser of Colorado; one sister, Loretta Funk of Buffalo, Wyo.; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.  


Charles R. Bries

Charles Robert Bries, 76, slipped peacefully from this world at Kavanagh (Hospice) House on June 12, 2020, a mere 10 months after the passing of his dear wife. He abandoned his earthly existence with her ashes beside him, his eldest daughter’s hand in his, while listening to the lyrics he often sang to his children: “I want to go home. I want to go home. Lord, how I want to go home.”

Charlie, ever the firecracker, was born as the 11th of 16 children on July 4, 1943, into the family of Arnold and Regina (Ulbrich) Bries near Luxemburg. He was joined in marriage to Mary Jean (Berns) on Feb. 17, 1968. Over the course of their 51 years of marriage, Charlie and Mary raised four children who blessed them with 12 grandchildren.


Janet E. Meyers

Janet Elaine Meyers, 76, of McGregor, died Friday, June 12, 2020, at her home in McGregor. She was born on June 13, 1943, to Elmer and Arlene (Larson) Erb in Postville, where she spent her childhood. Janet attended the Bailey Country School until seventh grade, then transferred to Luana School, where she graduated with the class of 1960.

Janet was united in marriage with Earl Bothel Jr. on Sept. 14, 1963, and four children were born to this union. Janet enjoyed going to auctions, painting, cooking and playing euchre and canasta with her sister and mom. She was an avid softball player and she loved her faith and family. Janet liked to “putz” around.


Lester L. Groth

Lester Lee Groth, 78, of Garber, passed away on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at his residence. He was born on April 11, 1942, in Oelwein, the son of Ernest and Velma (Willie) Groth. Lester was raised and educated in the Elkport area, attending the Dannenbring Country School until the third grade. He then attended the Elkport schools and graduated from Garnavillo High School in 1961. After graduation, Lester farmed and worked at Farley and Letcher for a short period of time. 

On Jan. 15, 1972, Lester was united in marriage to Una Horstman at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Guttenberg. Three sons were born to this union. The couple farmed together on the family farm, raising a variety of animals as well as grain farming. 


Norma J. Erickson

Norma Jean Erickson, 92, of Farmersburg, died Monday, June 1, 2020, at her daughter’s home in Delhi. Norma was born May 17, 1928, to Herman and Florence (Homan) Plummer in La Crosse, Wis. She attended school in Waukon.

Norma was united in marriage with Charles A. Erickson on June 10, 1946, at The Little Brown Church in Nashua. Three children were born to this union. Norma was a wonderful homemaker and farmer’s wife. She enjoyed gardening, playing cards and games, fishing in Minnesota, dancing and seeing old cars. She found great joy in visiting with neighbors and loved having the grandchildren over. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Farmersburg and the American Legion Auxiliary.


April Elaine Miller

April Elaine Loetz Miller, 75, of Elkader, died Saturday, May 23, 2020. April was born April 5, 1945, to Theodore James and Adelaide May (Wakelee) Loetz in Elkhart, Ind. She was baptized on Nov. 18, 1945, and confirmed on May 17, 1959, at St. Paul Lutheran Church. April graduated from Mar-Mac High School. She continued her education and earned a degree in practical nursing at Blackhawk College in East Moline, Ill. She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

April was united in marriage with William G. Miller on Dec. 27, 1962, in McGregor. Three children were born to this union. April was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in McGregor.