Obituaries

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Tue
02
Jul

Vadena Knoke

Vadena Knoke
April 2, 1935-June 23, 2019

Vadena Knoke, age 84, of Willmar, MN, and formerly of Oelwein, IA and Elkader, IA died Sunday, June 23, 2019, at Carris Health Rice Hospital in Willmar, MN. Funeral services were Friday, June 28th at 11 a.m. at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader, IA.  Burial followed in the East Side Cemetery at Elkader. Visitation for Vadena was Friday at the church from 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Tue
25
Jun

Charlene Culbertson

Charlene Culbertson
April 28, 1938-June 15, 2019

Charlene Culbertson, 81, of Elkader, Iowa formerly of Vinton, Iowa died Saturday, June 15, 2019, surrounded by her family. Charlene was born April 28, 1938, to Leon and Vera Meredith in Vinton, Iowa.

Charlene was united in marriage with Cletus Schoeberl in 1958. To this union two children were born, Lynne and Kent. After Cletus passed away, she married Glenn “Mick” Culbertson in 1970. They later divorced.  Charlene was employed at State Bank of Vinton for 30 years. After retirement, she worked at Wal-Mart. In 2002, Charlene moved to Elkader and continued working part-time. On April 3, 2019, she moved into Edgewood Convalescent Home. Charlene enjoyed helping people and loved to watch her grandson, Lane show horses and play football.

Charlene is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Lynne (Schoeberl) and John McGreal of Strawberry Point, Iowa; grandson, Lane McGreal of Strawberry Point, Iowa; and one brother, Charles Meredith of Vinton, Iowa.

Tue
25
Jun

Muriel “Maxine” Stepp

Muriel “Maxine” Stepp
July 6, 1933-June 17, 2019

Muriel “Maxine” Stepp, 85, of Independence, IA died Monday, June 17, 2019 at Lexington Estates in Independence, IA.

Tue
25
Jun

Robert “Bob” Walke

Robert “Bob” Walke
January 6, 1942-June 19, 2019

Robert “Bob” Walke, 77, of Guttenberg, IA, died Wednesday, June 19, 2019. He was born on January 6, 1942, in Communia, IA, the son of Kenneth and Eunice (Zittergruen) Walke. 

Bob was baptized and confirmed at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Elkport. He graduated from the Guttenberg High School and furthered his education at Wartburg College. For many years Bob tilled the land on his family’s farm outside of Guttenberg until his retirement. 

Tue
18
Jun

Viola Mae Dennler

Viola Mae Dennler
October 17, 1938-June 6, 2019

Viola Mae Dennler, 80 of Volga, died Thursday June 6th, 2019, at the Elkader Care Center.

Viola was born October 17, 1938, at Coggan, Iowa. She was the daughter of Raymond and Lela (Grapes) Schanbeck. She received her education graduating from the Dundee High School. On January 11, 1959, she was united in marriage to Virgil Dennler at the United Methodist Church at Masonville, Iowa. After raising her family, Viola worked at the filling station in Volga, Norby’s and volunteered at the Elkader elementary school and Osborne Visitors Center. She was a member of the Chit-Chat Club and a member of the Ladies Circle at Peace Church.

Tue
18
Jun

Angela Elaine Gyorko

Angela Elaine Gyorko
February 24, 1959-June 4, 2019

Angela Elaine Gyorko, 60, of Hawkeye, passed away, Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at her home in Hawkeye.

A Celebration of Life was held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Hawkeye. Inurnment will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.

Tue
18
Jun

Betty Ione Puffett

Betty Ione Puffett
October 24, 1930-June 5, 2019

Betty Ione Puffett, 88, of Volga , Iowa, died Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on October 24, 1930, in Oelwein, the daughter of Glen and Beulah (Sloan) Oldfather, Betty attended country school and went to Volga School until she graduated with the Class of 1948. She received her teaching certificate from Upper Iowa.

Betty was united in marriage to Melvyn Wayne Puffett on December 30, 1950. They adopted a daughter, Artella, on July 21, 1955. Together they made their home in Volga.

Betty was an active member of the Volga United Methodist Church. She was president of the United Methodist Women, taught adult Sunday school, and children’s Sunday school. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 55 years.
Betty owned Puffett and Scotty Upholstery shop for many years, clerked many sales for her husband and worked at the Volga Opera House until May 1999.

Tue
18
Jun

Kevin Robert Dennler

Kevin Robert Dennler
April 24, 1959-June 5, 2019

Kevin Robert Dennler, 60, of Elkader, passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at MercyOne Hospital in Elkader. He was born April 24, 1959, in West Union, Iowa to Robert (Bob) and Jane (Neylan) Dennler.  Kevin attended Central Community High School and graduated in 1978. He was baptized, received his first communion, and was confirmed at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Elkader.

Kevin lived his entire life on the family farm and was a part of the land. As soon as Kevin was old enough to help, he was out working on the farm alongside his best friend and mentor; his father. Kevin would rather be on a tractor doing field work than anywhere else. When he was not farming, he could often be found working on equipment and numerous projects. Even though Kevin did not attend any type of training, his mechanical and carpentry skills were exceptional along with a deep pride in his work and the quality with which it was completed.

Tue
11
Jun

Iva McClimon

Iva McClimon
Iva McClimon

Iva McClimon, 82, of Channahon, IL, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 3, 2019, at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center. Iva was born on the family farm in Clayton County, IA, where she lived for almost 30 years, before residing in Channahon for over 40 years. She retired from Rittof’s Restaurant in Channahon in 2003 and was formerly employed as a dental assistant in Muscatine, IA. Iva is a founding member of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Channahon, where she was actively involved. She also made blankets and pillows for active duty service personnel as well as veterans, and was a member of TOPS Illinois #297. She enjoyed gardening, canning, baking and sewing.  

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.  

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