Obituaries

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Tue
11
Jun

Charles “Chuck” Holmes

Charles “Chuck” Holmes
September 25, 1934-May 22, 2019

Charles (Chuck) A. Holmes, 84, of Elkader, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, surrounded by his family. Charles was born in Ames, Iowa on September 25, 1934, to Robert and Grace (Sowerwine) Holmes.  

He graduated from Ames High School in 1952. Following high school, Chuck attended Iowa State University. In 1954, Chuck enlisted in the U.S. Army serving until 1956 as an artillery fire controller in Augsburg, Germany. After service, he attended the University of Iowa where he graduated from the College of Pharmacy in 1960. After practicing pharmacy, he enrolled in the College of Dentistry graduating in 1968. Charles practiced dentistry from 1969 to 2004, primarily from his North Main Street office in downtown Elkader, Iowa.  

Chuck was united in marriage to Winnafred Thiessen of Clinton, Iowa, on August 13, 1968, in Downers Grove, IL.

Tue
04
Jun

Wayne Allan Bacon

Wayne Allan Bacon
February 21, 1955-May 24, 2019

Wayne Allan Bacon, 64, was born on February 21, 1955, the last of five children born to Walter and Wanda (Sandhagen) Bacon. He passed away peacefully at home on May 24, 2019. The family moved around quite a bit in Wayne’s younger years, finally setting up home on a farm just South of Garnavillo. He graduated from Garnavillo High School with the class of 1973. On August 17, 1974 Wayne married Becky Werges. Two daughters were born to this union.

Wayne had a place for everything and everything had a place. This was true of the dishwasher, his tools and the ever-favorite pen, which was tied to his desk. He shared his smart-wit ways with his daughters who loved to torment him a little, cutting the string of his pen shorter and shorter until he couldn’t use it. Wayne’s love for carpentry began as a high schooler. He enjoyed being a carpenter all of his working years. Wayne was a member of the Garnavillo Fire Department for 38 years.

Tue
04
Jun

Mary Kay Torkelson

Mary Kay Torkelson
September 13, 1929-May 21, 2019

Mary Kay Torkelson, 89, of Elgin, Iowa died Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Gundersen Palmer Hospital in West Union, Iowa. Mary Kay was born September 13, 1929 to Wilbur and Helen (Peyer) Thornton in Postville, Iowa. She graduated from Postville High School. After graduation, Mary attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, Iowa, now known as University of Northern Iowa, earning her two-year teaching certificate.

Tue
28
May

Cletus Bissell

Cletus Bissell
June 12, 1945-May 15, 2019

Cletus Bissell was born on June 12, 1945, in Edgewood, Iowa and fell asleep in death on May 15, 2019, in Aurora, CO as a result of injuries incurred by a car accident in Meeker.

Throughout his life, Clete was an entrepreneur, making a success out of combining his personal interests with hard work, ranging from flipping homes in his 20s in Iowa, to raising a variety of birds and livestock in Colorado into his 70s. He never knew a stranger; everyone he met became and remained his friend.

Clete is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Margret Bissell, his brother, Curtis Bissell and his daughter, Shawn. He is survived by his wife Cheryl, children, Kim (Cook) of Iowa, Chris (and Kristi) Dye of Oregon, Stacy (and Stuart) Grauberger of Eckert, Kody Reader, Kasey Bissell and Jade (and Taylor) Bissell of Delta, Colorado along with 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, a sister, Jane Glawe and a brother Chris Bissell of Iowa.

Tue
21
May

Donna Lucille Sloan

Donna Lucille Sloan
June 6, 1933—May 13, 2019

Dr. Donna Lucille Sloan died May 13, 2019 at Macomb, Illinois. She was born June 6, 1933 to W. Leroy Sloan and Leta Sloan. She graduated from Volga High School and worked several years in Elkader before attending Iowa State University where she earned her undergraduate degree.

She taught home economics in Clear Lake and Marengo, IA. Donna returned to ISU to get her master’s degree. After obtaining it, she got a position teaching textiles and clothing at Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL where she taught until her retirement. During her tenure she earned a PHD from Ohio State University.

Donna was an active member of Wesley United Church and also a member of AARP, PEO and University Women. She was an avid bridge player and played Mexican dominoes. Donna had many fiends especially her best friend, her cat Oreo.

Tue
14
May

Roger Fuelling

Roger Fuelling
December 17, 1935—May 7, 2019

Roger Elmer Louis Fuelling, 83, of Monona, IA, died Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at his home in Monona. Roger was born on December 17, 1935, near Farmersburg, to Carlton and Gretchen (Lenth) Fuelling. He was a member of the last graduating class at Farmersburg High School in 1953. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Farmersburg and was currently a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monona.

Roger was united in marriage to Beverly Kluss on July 31, 1955 at St. Paul, Monona. To this union four children were born. The couple divorced but remained good friends until Beverly’s death in 2016.

Tue
07
May

Mary Ann Andersen

Mary Ann Andersen

Mary Ann Andersen died Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at the age of 79 at the Westview Care Center in Britt, Iowa. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for the repose of her soul at St. James Catholic Church, Forest City, IA, on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 10:30 am. A memorial visitation will be held in Cigrand Hall, St James Church from 4:30 to 7 pm, Thursday, May 9, 2019, preceded by recitation of the Rosary led by the Knights of Columbus at 4:30 pm, with a Scripture Wake Service to follow. Visitation continues at the church one hour prior to the funeral mass.

Tue
07
May

Mary Patricia “Pat” Nus

Mary Patricia “Pat” Nus
April 13, 1927-January 13, 2019

Mary Patricia (Pat) Nus passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019. She died peacefully in her home in Cedar Park, Texas.

A graveside service will be held at 1:30 pm Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Taylorsville Cemetery, rural Arlington, Iowa. Family and friends will gather at St. John Lutheran Church in Arlington following the graveside service for a time of fellowship. Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home, Arlington is assisting the family.

Pat was born April 13, 1927, in Volga, Iowa, the daughter of Roy and Hazel Candee. Pat graduated from Volga High School in 1944 and went on to earn her teaching certificate from Upper Iowa University in 1946. She held several teaching positions in Iowa, including Arlington and Iowa City.

Pat married Vern Nus in 1949. They were married for 62 years, until his death in 2011. She is survived by a son Jon, daughter-in-law, Judi, and step-granddaughter, Michele all of Tucson, Arizona.

Tue
16
Apr

Cletus “John” Frink

Cletus “John” Frink
February 24, 1940-April 7, 2019

Cletus “John” Donnel Frink, 79, of Monona, Iowa died at his home in rural Monona, Iowa on Sunday, April 7, 2019.

Cletus was born February 24, 1940, to Adeline Elizabeth (Evans) and Herbert Donnel Frink. He was united in marriage with Linda Frink on July 22, 1969. Cletus earned his degree from Northeast Iowa Technical Institute in Diesel Mechanics in August 1989 and managed Drake Park Apartments in Des Moines from 1992 until 2001, at which time he retired to Kenny and Sandy’s Farm.

John ranched on and off for several years and was the true definition of a cowboy. He also drove semi for many years. John was a 4-H leader and also took a very active role with the Clayton County Fairgrounds. He was a man of few words but had a very strong presence.

Tue
16
Apr

Rosella Dugan

Rosella Dugan
May 1, 1936-April 4, 2019

Rosella Maye (Averill) Dugan, 82, Guttenberg, Iowa passed away April 4, 2019 at 6:57 am in the Guttenberg Care Center. She was born May 1, 1936 on a farm near Wadena Iowa to Shirley and Louise Averill and was the oldest of four children. She spent the first portion of her married life as a homemaker and assisting with farm chores. She then became a laborer at Ertl Toys in Dyersville, Iowa. She enjoyed spending time with family & friends and making puzzles & beaded bracelets.

She is preceded in death by her parents. Those left behind to cherish her memory are her children Leroy (Marsha) Dugan, Dennis (Cathy) Dugan, Lynn (Bernie) Jaster, Cindy (Arnie) Ingles, Duane (Shelly) Dugan, Mike (Connie) Dugan, Bill (Becky) Dugan; her brother Richard (Barbara) Averill and sisters Lou Ann Fox and Dianna Walker; 18 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

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