Obituaries

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20
Feb

Margaret May

Margaret M. Buckwalter (VansCoy) May, 97, of Strawberry Point, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, surrounded by her loved ones, at the Strawberry Point Lutheran Home in Strawberry Point, Iowa.  She was born on May 30, 1920, in Geneseo, Illinois, the daughter of Charles Edward and Emma (Kaiser) Buckwalter.  She was baptized on April 17, 1922, at the Congregational Church in Atkinson, Illinois, and confirmed on October 31, 1937, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Geneseo, Illinois.  Margaret was raised and educated in the Geneseo area.  The family moved to Springville, Iowa, in 1938.

Tue
20
Feb

Merrill Smith

Merrill Russell Smith, Jr, 92, of Mount Dora passed away on Thursday February 8, 2018. He was born on March 20, 1925 in Dubuque, Iowa. His parents were Merrill Rosslyn Smith Sr. and Myrtle Ann Cassutt. He was married to Elaine Marie Felker on December 27, 1948 in Elkader, Iowa. 

Merrill had two children Rhonda Marie Smith and Holly Jane (Smith) Philpott (Steve). He had three siblings Donna Jean (Smith) Rippy(Ted), Jacqueline Jane(Smith) Moon(Ronnie), and Richard Allen Smith(Barbara). 

Tue
13
Feb

Emma Kennedy September 29, 1930-February 5, 2018


Emma Kennedy

Emma Jean Kennedy, 87, of Manchester, Iowa, died on Monday, February 5, 2018, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester from cancer and complications. Per Emma’s wishes, there will be no visitation or services. Private burial will be at East Side Cemetery in Elkader at a later date. 

Tue
30
Jan

C. Delbert Andrews

C. Delbert Andrews, 80, of Strawberry Point, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2018, at the Regional Medical Center in Manchester. He was born on June 21, 1937, in Center Point, the son of Clarence and Bertha (Lovell) Andrews. He was raised and educated in Benton County.

On June 7, 1957, Delbert was united in marriage to Janet Schwarting at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Three children were born to this union. Delbert farmed and was a farm implement mechanic.  

Tue
30
Jan

Jerrine Lovett

Jerrine Ann Lovett (Kliefoth), 86, of Henderson, NV passed away peacefully Friday, January 5, 2018, at Pacifica Senior Living Center in Henderson. She was born August 10, 1931 in Monona, Iowa, to Clarence and Edna Kliefoth and grew up in Clayton County, IA. She later moved to Arizona, where she graduated from Yuma Union High School in 1948.

Tue
23
Jan

Kathleen Bente

Kathleen Rose Bente, 91, formerly of Elkader, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, January 14, 2018, at Strawberry Point Lutheran Home. She was born November 25, 1926, to James and Elise (Homann) Bissell near Turkey River Junction. She graduated from Colesburg High School and then began teaching at a country school. Kate was joined in marriage to Lloyd Bente on June 4th, 1946. To this union six children were born. 

Tue
16
Jan

Mary Jane Steger

Mary Jane  Francis (Meyer) Steger, age 89, of Elkport, IA, died peacefully Sunday, January 7, 2018, at the Central Community Hospital in Elkader surrounded by her family. She was born on November 7, 1928, in Dyersville IA, the daughter of Leo and Loretta (Weber) Meyer.

Tue
16
Jan

Edward Coobs

Edward William Coobs, 81, of Elkader, Iowa, died unexpectedly on December 17, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Ed was born in Elkader, Iowa, in 1936 and graduated from Central Community High School in 1955. He married Doris Rodenberg on January 26, 1957, and four children were born into their union: Earl (Liwen) Coobs (Billings, MT), Donna (Charles) Strange (North Liberty, IA), Eric (Lori) Coobs (Billings, MT), and Evan (Karen) Coobs (Champaign, IL). Ed and Doris divorced 13 years later.

Tue
16
Jan

Dale Sylvester

Dale G. Sylvester, 82, of rural Strawberry Point, Iowa, passed away on January 4, 2018, at Colonial Manor, Amana, Iowa.

Dale was born October 27, 1935, in rural Guttenberg to Dale and Hazel Putzier Sylvester. He married Rose McDowell. They later divorced. Dale served in the United States Air Force as an MP from 1955-1958. He was employed full-time at Rockwell Collins for 38 ½ years. While working at Collins, Dale also had many part-time jobs including pumping gas at a Conoco Station in Marion, custodial work for Midwest Janitorial Services in Cedar Rapids, and owning his pride and joy, Sylvester Radio and TV Repair Shop in Marion, retiring in 1990.

Tue
16
Jan

John Kluth

John Verdine Kluth, 86, of Farmersburg, Iowa died Sunday, January 7, 2018 at Elkader Care Center, Elkader, Iowa. John was born on May 1, 1931, to John A. and Alice (Glawe) Kluth in rural Farmersburg Township. He was baptized on June 14, 1931, and confirmed on July 25, 1945, at St. John Lutheran Church, Farmersburg, Iowa. John attended Mecklenberg rural school and graduated from Farmersburg High School in 1948. He farmed with his folks after graduation. In 1953 John was drafted into the United States Army. He served thirteen months in France. John was honorably discharged in 1955.

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