Obituaries

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Tue
19
Mar

John Hoth

John Hoth
January 21, 1935-March 9, 2019

John E. Hoth, 84, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Garnavillo, passed away Saturday, March 9, 2019, at his residence. He was born January 21, 1935, in Read Township, to Edward and Viola (Schlitzer) Hoth. He was owner of a transportation trucking business that began in Garnavillo and then Cedar Rapids for many years. John lived for working and trucking.

He is survived by his daughter, Robyn (Mark Huston) Michael of Cedar Rapids; grandchildren, Tina (Jeremy) Powers, Angie Happel and Brad Hoth; 11 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, LaNida Landt and Ivanelle Henning; sister-in-law, Ivanelle Hoth; many nieces, nephews and friends.

John was preceded in death by his parents; son, Bobbie Joseph; brothers, Harry, Duane (JoAnn) Hoth and Harold (Rachel) Hoth.

Tue
12
Mar

Gustav Lutz

Gustav Lutz

Gustav R. Lutz, 85 of Elkader, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at his daughter’s house under hospice care.

Gustav was born April 16, 1933, in Elkader, Iowa, to Gustav A. and Caroline A. Lutz. He received his education at Central Community School. Gustav was a golden glove boxer from the age of 12 to 14. Gustav was united in marriage to Marjorie Peterson in June 1953, and later divorced. He was united in marriage to Louise E. Phelps on June 16, 1956. He worked at the Lutz Locker and later owned the Locker until it closed in 2010.

Tue
26
Feb

Ida Mae Schultz

Ida Mae Schultz
January 20, 1925 to February 21, 2019

Ida Mae Schultz, 94, of Elkader, passed away Thursday, February 21, 2019, at Tower Living Center in Garnavillo. She was born January 20, 1925, eight miles south of Waukon in Allamakee County, Franklin Township, to Sankey and Minnie (Homan) Van Gorder. She was baptized and confirmed at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Postville. Ida Mae attended all rural schools.

She was united in marriage to Wilbur Schultz on April 19, 1944.  They had three daughters, Patsy (Mrs. Russ Belden), Shirley (Mrs. Wes Vanderiede) and Dianne (deceased.) They farmed part of their lives then she worked 8½ years as a waitress at the Pastime Café, then as checker at Dean’s and Kline’s Super Market for almost 15 years.

Ida Mae loved to dance, read and be with family, especially her grandchildren.

Tue
26
Feb

Linda Horns Kaspar

Linda Horns Kaspar
November 23, 1951 to February 13, 2019

Linda Irene Horns Kasper, 67, of Des Moines was born on November 23, 1951, in McGregor, Iowa, to William and Marianne (Ruff) Horns. She grew up in Clayton County and graduated from Central Community High School in Elkader in 1970 before moving to Des Moines to attend the American Institute of Business, where she earned a business administration degree. After an almost-20-year career with AT&T, she opened the UPS Store (originally Mail Boxes Etc.) in Beaverdale. In 2015, after 20 years as a successful small business owner, she sold the store and retired.

Tue
19
Feb

Keith Kobliska

Keith Kobliska
October 11, 1931 to February 10, 2019

Keith William Kobliska, 87, of Elkader, passed away Sunday, February 10, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids surrounded by his family. He was born October 11, 1931, to John Bernard and Camilla Mae (Timmerman) Kobliska in New Hampton, Iowa. He graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Charles City, Iowa.

Keith married his high school sweetheart, Anita Joan “Billie” Wagner, on July 14, 1952, in Charles City. Four children were born to this union, Kathy, Cindy, Joni and David.

He worked as a cook in the family business, the Hilltop Café in Waverly, Iowa. Keith was drafted from Army Reserves and served his country during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged as a Sgt. in 1955.

Tue
19
Feb

William (Bill) Burke

William (Bill) Burke

William (Bill) R. Burke 78, of Elkader Iowa, went to be with his Lord on February 9th, 2019, after a courageous battle with Lewy Body Dementia.

Tue
19
Feb

Eugene Shea

Eugene Shea
October 21, 1942 to January 23, 2019

Eugene L. Shea, 76, of Waverly, Iowa, passed away January 23, 2019, at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community in Waverly from multiple myeloma.

Gene was born October 21, 1942, in Volga, Iowa, the son of Cornelia (Srstka) and James Shea. He was baptized and confirmed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Volga, and graduated from Volga High School in 1960. On August 19, 1961, Gene was united in marriage to Mary Ellen Smith at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Gene worked for Volga Creamery, Maquoketa Valley Creamery in Arlington, and then Carnation in Waverly until his retirement in 1998. Gene was also the former owner and operator of Waverly Cycle and Supply, an Indian motorcycle dealership.

Wed
13
Feb

Patricia Shea

Patricia Shea
January 24, 1932 to February 2, 2019

Patricia Ann Shea, 87, of Volga, died Saturday, February 2, 2019, in her home. She was surrounded by her family.  Patty was born January 24, 1932, in Volga, Iowa, to Charles and Mary Josephine (Neylan) Bennington.

 She attended country school until 8th grade and then attended Volga High School. On November 22, 1949, Patty was united in marriage to Joseph (Jim) Shea and seven children were born to this union.

 Patty loved to bake for her family and friends and found true joy in sharing her sweets with those who visited. Her homemade cinnamon rolls, ice cream, angel food cake and cream puffs were longtime favorites of many, but in the recent past the homemade ice cream sandwiches had become the new favorite among young and old alike. She took the greatest joy in having people open her freezer door and reach into the bucket for an ice cream sandwich they knew she would have waiting there.

Wed
13
Feb

Catherine Kuhse

Catherine Kuhse
September 15, 1935 to February 1, 2019

Catherine A. (Weber) Kuhse, 83, of Elkader, passed away Friday, February 1, 2019, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque. She was born September 15, 1935, in Dubuque to Bernard and Mildred (Hefel) Weber.

She was united in marriage to Francis W. Kuhse on February 8, 1958, in Dubuque.

The couple made their home in Elkader and were blessed with three sons.

Kay was a homemaker and did enjoy cooking. She had a passion for reading, loved spending time with family and enjoyed gardening. She was always happy. She loved to cook – however, she shared her first chocolate pie baking experience—using salt instead of sugar—we cannot print Francie’s response! They were however, a very happy couple!

Wed
13
Feb

Norbert Butikofer

Norbert Butikofer
June 30, 1939 to February 2, 2019

Norbert Lee Butikofer was born on June 30, 1939, to Walter and Lydia (Dennler) Butikofer on a farm west of Elkader, Iowa. He was baptized in Christ and later confirmed his faith at St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Elgin.

Norbert attended country school until 8th grade and then Central High School in Elkader where he was involved in track and FFA. He was also a member of Worthwhile 4-H Club. In 1957, he graduated from high school and enlisted in the U.S. Army. He stayed in the States for basic training and then was sent to Italy where he worked as a telephone installer/repairman. By the end of his time in the Army, Norbert had achieved the rank of Specialist-4th Class.

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